Airbnb cancels all DC-area bookings for inauguration week

first_imgEmail Address* Airbnb Brain Chesky and President-elect Joe Biden (Getty) Airbnb is taking the unprecedented step of canceling all reservations in the Washington, D.C., area during the week of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the company said Wednesday.Airbnb said the policy is a response to “various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C.” In addition to canceling reservations, Airbnb said it would block new bookings.“Guests whose reservations are canceled will be refunded in full,” Airbnb said on its website. “We also will reimburse hosts, at Airbnb’s expense, the money they would have earned from these cancelled reservations.”Read moreReal estate players denounce insurrection @properties agent fired after storming U.S. Capitol Airbnb to ban rioters ahead of inauguration Tags2020 ElectionAirbnbDonald TrumpJoe BidenPolitics Previously, Airbnb said it would ban users from its platform if they were identified as being part of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.Given the number of people involved in the riot, however, it was shaping up to be a daunting task of ensuring the platform was free of everyone involved.Airbnb said the decision to cancel all reservations was informed by local officials, including Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Along with the governors of Maryland and Virginia, she has urged visitors not to travel to the metro area for the inauguration.“Additionally, we are aware of reports emerging yesterday afternoon regarding armed militias and known hate groups that are attempting to travel and disrupt the Inauguration,” the company said in its statement announcing the move.Airbnb’s stock was up on news of the announcement. As of midday, it was trading around $171.68 per share, up 6.7 percent from its opening price.While lawmakers push for President Donald Trump to be removed from office for his role in inciting the insurrection at the Capitol Building, he and his family are facing corporate backlash.The Trump Organization’s banks, business partners and political allies have been distancing themselves from the president and his family in recent days.JLL dropped its involvement to sell Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., and Cushman & Wakefield said it would no longer work on the firm’s commercial properties. Signature Bank said it would close Trump’s personal accounts, and Deutsche Bank said it won’t do business with the family business going forward. PGA of America has pulled the 2022 PGA Championship from Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.Contact E.B. Solomont Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Message* Full Name* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

First phase of Iran’s $1bn Goreh-Jask pipeline project gets 76% completed

first_imgThe 1,100km pipeline will transfer crude oil from Goreh oil terminal to the west of Jask region off the Sea of Oman The new 1,100km pipeline will transfer one million barrel per day. (Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay) The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) announced that the construction of the first phase of the IRR45,000bn ($1.06bn) Goreh-Jask crude oil transfer project has reached 76.5% completion.The 1,100km pipeline will be capable of transferring one million barrel per day (mb/d) of crude oil from Goreh oil terminal in the northwest of Bushehr Province to the west of Jask region off the Sea of Oman.It will be equipped to transfer light and heavy and ultra-heavy crude oil from West Karoun region for storage and exports.NIOC subsidiary Petroleum Engineering and Development Company (PEDEC) Goreh-Jask project deputy director Ali Jafarzadeh told Shana about the latest progress on the project construction.Jafarzadeh added: “Currently, the progress of the first phase of the project has reached 76.5 percent and all facilities and forces have been mobilized to launch the strategic plan by the end of the current [calendar] year (which began on March 21) to allow the transfer of more than 300,000 barrels of crude oil from Goreh to Jask.”Goreh-Jask project to diversify oil export hubs in IranThe first phase of the Goreh-Jask project involves the construction of pipelines, pumping stations, pigging stations and electricity supply, among others.The pipeline is aimed at diversifying oil export hubs in Iran, which currently utilises the Khark Oil Terminal for its oil exports.Jafarzadeh further noted: “So far, nearly 700 km of pipeline has been delivered to the site and more than 300 km of pipe laying has been done.“According to the master plan, the entire pipeline stretch, which is about a thousand kilometers, will be tested, installed and operated by the end of this year.”Soroush Energy Company is serving as the consultant for the Goreh -Jask crude oil pipeline.last_img read more

Nicholas Christopher Starts Performances in Hamilton

first_img Related Shows View Comments from $149.00 Ladies and gentlemen! Nicholas Christopher, who covered the role of George Washington this past summer, will officially begin performances as the character in the Great White Way’s Hamilton beginning on November 15. He steps in for Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, who played the part “One Last Time” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 13.Christopher is also set to star as John in the forthcoming revival of Miss Saigon in March 2017. His other New York theater credits include Lazarus, Whorl Inside A Loop, Motown The Musical, Rent and Hurt Village. He is set to remain at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning tuner through the end of 2016. The current cast of Hamilton also features Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton (with Michael Luwoye stepping in for select performances), Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, and Rory O’Malley as King George.center_img Hamilton Nicholas Christopher(Photo: Sam Rudy Media Relations)last_img read more

Community Cleanup in Asheville, NC

first_imgThe French Broad River Cleanup will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, hosted in partnership with Asheville Greenworks and Diamond Brand Outfitters. A natural partner for United By Blue, Asheville GreenWorks hosts community cleanup events year-round in Asheville, and contributes to the education and conservation of the environment in the area. Cleanup volunteers will gather at Salvage Station and spend the morning removing litter and debris from the riverbanks. There will be complimentary stainless steel water bottles and prizes awarded in a variety of categories, and the morning will conclude with a party at Salvage Station. In addition to the cleanup, volunteers are encouraged to attend the warehouse sale at the nearby aLoft hotel, where they’ll receive a free graphic t-shirt for their efforts. What: United By Blue is an outdoor apparel and lifestyle brand that removes a pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold. Where: 144 N 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 United By Blue’s 2019 Waterway Cleanup Tour follows an impactful 2018 season where UBB team members and volunteers worked together to pull over 533,502 lbs of trash across 45 cleanups in 23 states (21 of which had never hosted a United By Blue cleanup). To sign up for an upcoming event or find out more about United By Blue’s cleanup and warehouse weekends, visit unitedbyblue.com/cleanups. Social: @unitedbyblue Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Website: unitedbyblue.com United By Blue Partners with Diamond Brand Outdoors for Cleanup and Warehouse Weekend Contact: Cecilia Schnobrich, 218.370.1313, [email protected] United By Blue (UBB), the sustainable outdoor apparel brand that pledges to remove a pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways for every product sold, announced today its plans for a warehouse sale and community cleanup weekend in Asheville, NC. The company is partnering with local organizations Diamond Brand Outdoors, Frugal Backpacker, and Asheville GreenWorks to host events held on June 21-23. The weekend-long warehouse sale, held outside Diamond Brand Outdoors, will offer customers a chance to get discounted samples and overstock, while the Saturday cleanup, co-hosted by Asheville Greenworks, will focus on removing litter from the banks of the French Broad River. Asheville is the sixth stop on United By Blue’s 2019 Waterway Cleanup Tour. Image may contain: text and waterWaterway Cleanup Tour: Asheville – Event Page United By Blue is an outdoor brand driven by the belief that every living creature is united by the blue of our world’s oceans and waterways, and we all share the responsibility to protect them. Our pledge unites our beliefs with our business: For every product sold, we remove one pound of trash from the oceans and waterways through company organized cleanups. All apparel and accessories are responsibly made using sustainable materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and bison fiber. United By Blue products can be found in more than 1000 outlets nationally, in our stores in Philadelphia, and online at unitedbyblue.com. “The purpose of our Waterway Cleanup Tour is to bring the mission side of our business directly to the customers that support us,” says Maria McDonald, UBB’s Cleanup Programs Coordinator. “By pairing this cleanup with a warehouse sale, we’re bringing the full United By Blue experience to Asheville. You’ll be able to get a great deal on some of our past products and see your purchase in action—and be a part of it—at a community cleanup.” ABOUT UNITED BY BLUE: More Details: The warehouse sale will be held outside Diamond Brand Outdoors in the aLoft hotel, located at 51 Biltmore Ave, on Friday, June 21 from 10 a.m.—8 p.m.; Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m.—8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m.—6 p.m. It will include an array of outerwear, button-down shirts, graphic tees, bags and accessories, all with marked-down prices. A longtime partner of United By Blue, Diamond Brand Outfitters has been connecting people with nature through outdoor recreation in North Carolina for decades, while their sister company, Frugal Backpacker, provides outdoor recreation opportunities on a budget. Both brands emphasis social and environmental responsibility in their business practices. last_img read more

US Cranks Up Pressure on Maduro

first_imgBy Nathalie Gouillou/Diálogo June 03, 2019 On May 15, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) banned all commercial and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela citing violence and unrest in the Latin American country. “Conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew traveling to or from that country,” said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a letter to DOT requesting the freeze. “The public interests requires an immediate suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela.” On April 30, The Federal Aviation Administration prohibited U.S. air operators from flying below 26,000 feet in Venezuela’s airspace due to the political instability and tensions. That same day, Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó called on the military and Venezuelan people to rally against the regime of Nicolás Maduro. The flight suspension comes amid new Venezuela sanctions from the U.S. Treasury Department boycotted two companies which tankers transported oil from Venezuela to Cuba — these were identified as Monsoon Navigation Corporation of the Marshalls Islands and Serenity Maritime Limited of Liberia. The Treasury Department added that companies involved in the defense and security sectors could also be subject to penalties, adding to the oil and banking sectors. “Treasury’s action today [May 10] puts Venezuela’s military and intelligence services, as well as those who support them, on notice that their continued backing of the illegitimate Maduro regime will be met with serious consequences,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “The U.S. will take further action if Cuba continues to receive Venezuelan oil in exchange for military support. As we have repeatedly said, the path to sanctions relief for those who have been sanctioned is to take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order.” The Treasury Department’s move came in direct response to the May 8 arrest of Venezuelan National Assembly Vice President Édgar Zambrano by agents of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN), who accused him of “high treason.” Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) stripped Zambrano and six other lawmakers of their parliamentary immunity for supporting Guaidó’s Operation Liberty. Countries of the region condemned Zambrano’s detention and the violation of parliamentary immunity. On May 13, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States approved a resolution demanding the immediate release of the opposition leader and a halt to the persecution of representatives. The following day, SEBIN agents blocked lawmakers’ access to the National Assembly under the pretense that a bomb was in the facilities. Hours later, the NCA voted to remove immunity to five more representatives. Members of the National Assembly were able to reenter the building on Wednesday. “Yesterday the dictatorship tried to prevent our session but they couldn’t and they can’t,” Guaidó wrote on Twitter. “Today we will sit in session honoring once more the support and confidence of all of Venezuela.”last_img read more

Freeport Man Charged With Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport man was indicted on vehicular homicide and other charges for allegedly driving while high and drunk when he crashed his car, killing one person and wounding two others, Nassau County prosecutors said.Jonathan Sobrane, 37, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, drugged driving, driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol and other charges.“This crash was incredibly violent, and the lives of the victims and their family members are forever changed,” said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.Prosecutors said Sobrane was speeding in an Acura eastbound on the Southern State Parkway at 3:40 a.m. April 17 when he clipped an SUV, spun off the road and crashed into a tree, killing one of his passengers and seriously injuring two others while they were on their way back from a club in New York City.A 22-year-old male passenger who was ejected from the vehicle died from his injuries. A woman and another man suffered serious injuries. Sobrane, the driver, was not injured.Judge Helene Gugerty set bail for Sobrane at $500,000 cash or bond. He is due back in court on June 20. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.last_img read more

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Pandemic disrupts food distribution across country, minister says

first_imgPreviously, the Transportation Ministry stated that it was relying on a long-running sea transportation program – the maritime highway – to support logistics in the country amid disruption induced by the pandemic.Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on June 21 stated that optimizing the maritime highway, a flagship program in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term in office, was part of the government’s efforts to ensure the movement of goods during the health crisis.“The maritime highway is expected to secure supply logistics all across Indonesia during the pandemic,” Budi said according to a press release. “To optimize the maritime highway program, all stakeholders need to take part to maximize the carrying capacity of the ships and reduce price disparity [among islands].”The maritime highway, which has run since 2015, is a subsidized cargo program to distribute staple goods and major consumer items — including rice, sugar, flour, cooking oil and eggs — as well as steel and cement to remote regions of the archipelago.It aims to reduce the price disparity across the country’s many islands, which is generally caused by costly logistics.Topics : COVID-19 restrictions, which are now being phased out in some places, have caused logistical disruptions along the supply chain by limiting mobility in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 78,500 people nationwide.At the beginning of June, TaniHub Group, which sells agricultural products online, told The Jakarta Post that the mandatory quarantine for truck drivers, which led to delays in food logistics, had increased its operational expenses. This is despite the government exemption for food logistics on the restrictions in the regions.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported that the transportation and warehouse sector grew 1.27 percent yoy in the first quarter of 2020. This was a significantly slower pace than the 5.25 percent annual growth in the first quarter of 2019.The disrupted food logistics might also affect food prices. The average price of onions on July 14 in Jayapura, Papua, stood at Rp 67,000 per kilogram this year, a more than 34 percent increase from Rp 49,750 on July 15 last year, according to monthly data from the Center for Information on Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS). The logistics disruption due to social restrictions to contain COVID-19 has affected the food distribution to many regions in Indonesia, particularly the eastern parts, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said.The pandemic restriction led to a decline in the number of ships delivering food to eastern Indonesia to six ships per month from 48 ships per month in normal times, according to the minister.“Many do not know that ships going to the eastern part of the country, including Papua, that normally can amount to 48 ships a month, now can only be six ships monthly,” Syahrul said in a virtual briefing on Monday.Truck drivers who have delivered food or picked up food from the country’s hard-hit areas also have to be in quarantine for two weeks, adding to the prolonged food distribution across the country, Syahrul added.last_img read more

Domestic investors dominate stock market amid pandemic

first_img“We should examine the motives for the exit of foreign investors, whether they are just switching to bonds or whether they have truly taken away their funds out of Indonesia. But if we pay attention, they are just switching [investment],” Chris told The Jakarta Post over a text message.Foreign investors have dumped Rp 16.7 trillion worth of Indonesian stocks since the beginning of this year, while the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the IDX’s main gauge, has lost 19.3 percent as of Wednesday.The proportion of foreign ownership of shares dipped to 41.45 percent in June from 44.29 percent at the end of 2019, according to the IDX.Meanwhile, foreign ownership of government bonds increased to Rp 934.8 trillion as of July 10, higher than the Rp 924.76 trillion recorded in April, Finance Ministry financing and risk management office (DJPPR) data shows. The switch was caused by foreign investors’ current considerations of the risks and returns of various financial instruments during this highly uncertain time, said CSA Institute director Aria Santoso.Aria said that while the investors would opt for more stable alternatives in the short term, some overseas investors with long-term views remained in the country’s stock market.“They are considering the fact that Indonesia’s growth potential is still much better compared to their own country of origin,” he said.Meanwhile, domestic investors’ dominance might also be caused by rising interest from first-time investors in the stock market during the health crisis.The number of single investor identification (SID) numbers rose to 1.2 million as of May 29 from 1.11 million at the end of 2019, according to IDX development director Hasan Fawzi.Meanwhile, University of Indonesia (UI) stock market expert Budi Frensidy said the rise in new investors was caused by retail investors’ switch from less risky assets, such as fixed income or time deposits, to stocks amid declining interest rates.Bank Indonesia (BI) slashed its benchmark interest rate, the BI seven-day reverse repo rate, by 25 basis points to 4.25 percent last month — the third cut this year aimed at bolstering economic growth during the pandemic.“Some of them have started to gain the courage to get into the stock market while share prices are low,” Budi told the Post.He was of the view that the dominance of domestic investors would have a positive impact as the JCI would be less volatile in the long run, especially if many of those investors were investing for the long term.“More domestic investors means there will be less foreign hot money going in and out of the market, and this would make our index more stable.”Despite the fast-growing number of new investors, he said the IDX and the country’s financial market regulators still have to continue raising the public’s awareness of investing in the stock market to balance out the number of funds in the banking industry, which stands at Rp 6.13 quadrillion.Chris of Jasa Utama Capital also suggested that all stakeholders help educate domestic investors, especially on the risks of investing their money in the stock market. The recent stock market crash may have spooked foreign investors out of Indonesia, but domestic investors have swarmed and dominated transactions in the country’s equity market, including a rush of interested first-time investors during the pandemic.As of Tuesday, domestic investors have contributed Rp 612.1 trillion (US$42.4 billion), or 61 percent, of the total trading value since the beginning of this year, Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) data showed. They also dominated 76 percent of Tuesday’s trading totaling Rp 5.5 trillion.Jasa Utama Capital analyst Chris Apriliony said on Monday that local investors’ dominance was caused by exiting overseas investors from the country’s stock market and those who switched to other instruments like bonds.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Smart and convenient family on offer in Woody Point

first_imgThe open-plan living and dining area at 24A Clifford St, Woody Point.The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, European appliances, walk-in pantry and island bench with breakfast bar.“I love the open-plan (area) and that I can be cooking and not missing out on the fun,” Ms Rowe said.There is also a laundry, powder room, double lockup garage and a media room on the ground level. The kitchen at 24A Clifford St, Woody Point.“The fact that it’s sunny just about every day is amazing and we can barbecue almost all year round.”Ms Rowe said the first thing they did after buying the home was put in a swimming pool.“We’re in and out of the pool several times a day on the weekend and also after work,” she said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019On the ground floor of the northeast facing home there is a tiled, open-plan living, dining and kitchen space that flows out through sliding doors to the outdoor entertaining area. The home at 24A Clifford St, Woody Point.THIS modern family home is close to the ocean in Woody Point and features living spaces on two levels.Owner Lesley Rowe said she and her husband bought the home at 24A Clifford St eight years ago for its proximity to everything.“It’s not only close to everything on the Peninsula, including the beach, it’s also close to the airport and the Gateway (motorway),” she said.“Coming from New Zealand, the coastal vibe really interested us.center_img The outdoor entertaining area at 24A Clifford St, Woody Point.Internal stairs lead up to the second living area.The master bedroom has a private balcony, walk-in robe and ensuite with dual basins, shower and cleverly concealed toilet.The three other bedrooms are oversized and have built-in robes.There is also a separate toilet and a family bathroom with separate bath and shower.Outside the covered entertaining area overlooks the pool with paved edging and glass fencing.The home is being marketed by Brendan Philp of Abode Properties for offers over $775,000.last_img read more