Airbnb bookings tripled in Philly ahead of conventions and almost quadrupled in Cleveland

By Kate Silver,

[The hunt for America’s finest food cities: Philadelphia]

Representatives at Airbnb are reporting an uptick in hosts guests in addition to in both cities for the coming conventions. While Philadelphia bookings have tripled, Cleveland Airbnb bookings have quadrupled, in comparison to the weeks surrounding the convention.

The median nightly cost that’s been reserved is $ 260 a night. During the convention, hosts will make about $ 611 on average. Almost 60 percent of those hosts are recording their homes for the very first time.

In Philadelphia, Airbnb anticipates 4,000 guests to let rooms, flats and residences during the DNC, and about 14 percent are anticipated to come from Washington, D.C. There, hosts will make, normally, $ 721 during the convention, and the median nightly cost that’s been reserved is $ 100.

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A hunt on implies quite few hotel rooms are obtainable in the Cleveland area during the convention. Philadelphia, on the other hand, seems to have much more rooms available at many different speeds — along with the Airbnb DNC listings that are affordable.

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Visitors are drawn by singing dune to Kazakh steppe

Growing incongruously above the steppes of southeastern Kazakhstan is a construction as famous for the myths that encompass as for the sound it generates — a single, dune that is singing.

Legends about its sources abounded, some asserting the great Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan was entombed beneath it, before physicists confirmed that the sound came from sand grains rubbing against each other.

The sand hill is among the main attractions of the Altynemel national park some 180 kilometers (110 miles) northeast of Kazakhstan’s commercial heart Almaty,

The component frequented by tourists is called the Valley of Citadels, where some stone are formed like the towers of a mediaeval citadel.

(Reporting by Shamil Zhumatov; Additional coverage by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by John Stonestreet)

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Wall Street Journal takes environmentalist advertisement but bills additional

By Paul Farhi,

The Partnership for Responsible Growth approached the Journal with plans to run 12 advertising marketing a fee that was projected on carbon-fuel companies. It sought to put its advertisements on the paper’s op ed page, where environmentalists blasting generally and climate change activism particularly are normal menu.

The group’s first advertisement, nevertheless, appeared to have hit a little close to home.

“Exxon’s CEO says fossil fuels are increasing sea levels and temperatures its headline reads. “Why wo’t the Wall Street Journal?”


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The Partnership for Responsible Growth says the Wall Street Journal rejected this advertising.

“Is’t it about time?”

Journal representative Colleen Schwartz denied that the first advertisement was rejected by the newspaper. “We do welcome the argument,” she said.

And that superior cost? It’s really not a premium, Schwartz said, but the normal, non-discounted rate. All other advertising are subject to reductions and negotiation. And that’s what occurred here: the normal rate was paid by the venture for the first advertisement, and received marked down costs for the remainder of the show, she said.

Bottom line: The Journal will print the Journal-bashing advertisement in Tuesday’s edition.

“We’re not actually attempting assault or to convert the newspaper,” he said.

Several studies, including one by the venture itself, signify the Journal’s editorial pages have tipped ardently toward climate change denial for years. The venture found that none of the newspaper’s 201 editorials on the subject since 1997 admitted that fossil fuels were a cause of climate change, and just 14 percent of 279 guest editorials printed since 1995 represented “mainstream climate science.”

The Partnership for Responsible Growth, which says it’s bipartisan, calls the planned fee on carbon-fuel makers a “earnings-neutral, pro-growth, free market” response to climate change.

The group intends to purchase two TV advertisements on Fox News — possessed by a Murdoch-managed firm — during the Republican National Convention in July featuring

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At Malia Obama’s high school graduation, the commander in chief is ‘merely an absolute father’

By Krissah Thompson,

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President Obama and the first lady attended Malia’s commencement ceremony at Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

He declined, when Sidwell Friends School asked the president whether he’d like to talk at his older daughter’s commencement this spring.

“I’m going to weep.”

He didn’t talk at Malia Obama’s commencement ceremony, which the first lady and he attended, along with friends and family of other grads of the private school in Northwest Washington.

“He was simply a father that was absolute,” the mummy of a graduating senior said of the president. “No fanfare. You did’t understand they were there.”

His tears may have been concealed behind his shades, if the president did weep during the outdoor service.

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Malia and her father in April. The president has attended fewer occasions than his wife at Sidwell, maybe to prevent causing a disruption on campus.

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With tickets and security measures needed, commencement was a limited occasion this year, at Sidwell, revealed here in 2008.

But mainly, they’ve been protective into maturity and as Malia transitions out of their cocoon. She is going to turn 18 next month and has been taken to Harvard. Her parents have said she’ll take a gap year, enabling her to enrol after her daddy’s duration ends.

[ A departure Obama is fearing: Leaving the White House? No, Malia moving out.]

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The White House declared after taking that firstborn daughter Malia Obama will attend Harvard University. Editor’s note: A previous version of this video erroneously said that Malia Obama would have Secret Service protection at Harvard.

Sidwell, which additionally cultivated the kids of Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover and Teddy Roosevelt, highlights equality among its Quaker conventions: Awards aren’t handed out at commencement, and VIPs get no special acknowledgement (although heads did turn when the Obamas passed and, after the service, the president and Malia modeled for a handful of photographs with well wishers that immediately ended up on societal media).″>

“You have significant folks, dignitaries. But they’re treated like everyone else said Giulia Adelfio, last year a 1979 graduate who attended the school’s commencement.

They attempt to make it as smooth as possible for everyone.

The president has spent less time on campus than his wife, maybe seeking to not affect the community. “Yet, when President Obama came on campus, things stiffened greatly.”

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When Malia’s name was pronounced at commencement President Obama stood and clapped. “you’ve dignitaries, significant folks. But they’re treated like everyone else,” a Sidwell grad said.

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Like her classmates, Malia Obama walked across the stage to get her diploma from Bryan Garman, the head of Sidwell Friends; like other fathers, hers stood proudly to applaud at that minute.

It was the closest the low key Sidwell service came to presidential pomp. Gave a commencement speech in 2012.

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At Ramadan, migrants in Europe fantasy of comfort and family food

The Muslim holy month that started on June 6 revolves around day-to-day fasts from dawn to sundown, and then favored meals during the nighttime hours with relatives and buddies.

But for many of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who came to Europe – largely Muslims escaping conflict, war and poverty in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and beyond – Ramadan will be a considerably more dim matter.

Their protest has developed raucous with the tactic of the religious festival.

Many shelters in Berlin are hosting some are striving to ensure an enjoyable dining encounter and Ramadan for the very first time.


Moreover, the dawn-to- sunset continues more in northern Europe than in the Middle East. With the June sun setting after in Europe and rising before, it can be two to three hours more for migrants than for those rear residence.

The cafeteria was abuzz with kids playing and adults chatting with plates and mugs within their hands, prepared to chow down at just 10:00 p.m..

The camp supervisor, Magnus Falk, stood with a bag of bread in his hand, attempting to calm down folks.

     Ramadan is observed by about half of the 300 residents.

    “We like to throw remaining bread outside for the birds, so me and my sibs can view them up close,” he said. In Islam, Muslims shouldn’t throw away leftover food, but give it to creatures or to the destitute.

Mohammed, who is currently waiting for an interview with the Migration Agency and came to Sweden with his family of five nine months ago, isn’t impressed with the food in the dwelling. He says by adding spices migrants try and ensure it is more appetizing.

     But we still observe Ramadan, because it really is a custom,” he said.


In Greece, their edges were closed by Muslim migrants stranded since nations along the Balkans path, say the scorching heat and poor states at the state-run camps are making it more challenging to discover the sacred month.

Mahdieh, whose family fled the Logar province of Afghanistan because they were endangered by the Taliban, recalls Ramadan at house as a time when families would get together to discuss, laugh and be happy.

“(Here) we’ve melancholy, we’re tired, we do not understand how we can remain here,” she said.

Abdul Baseer Nomand arrived in Greece before the edges close in February and used to work as a technical adviser for the German army in Afghanistan. He lives in a tent with his wife and five kids and wonders their needs would be accommodated by camp authorities.

    “If the weather is hot, it is very hard for everyone because they’ll be parched. The issue is that here the environment isn’t appropriate for appropriate living,” he said.

    Like others compelled to flee home, he longed for the time it really is not dangerous for them to return.

    “Everyone is missing his family, his nation, and this is quite challenging,” he said. “(It is) so challenging for folks far away from their nation, from their neighbors, from their relatives.”

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(Reporting by Joseph Nasr in Berlin, Karolina Tagaris in Athens and Nikolaj Skydsgaard in Bastad; Composing by Joseph Nasr and Caroline Copley; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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Whitney Houston' costumes, s awards, keepsake to be sold at auction

Over 100 bits of memorabilia will be contained in the sale, which is part of the Amusement & Music Signature Auction of the company’s.

Houston, who fought with substance abuse, drowned in a Beverly Hills resort in 2012 in a tub at the age of 48.

(Reporting by Alicia Powell; editing by Patricia Reaney and Tom Brown)

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Promotion in Communist-ruled Cuba: from guerrilla to mainstream?

“Cuba has awesome beaches, and creates exceptional rum. But many other nations make rum and have seashores. “The reply, again, is investment in the brand.”

But tourists who view the lack of gaudy hoardings as improving the allure of its cities that are graceful and rolling countryside shouldn’t stress simply yet.

Companies can just advertise on their own premises and the attractive buildings of Havana is free of billboards. Along roads, images of Castro or “Che” and mottos like “Fatherland or death” stay the average.

Broadcast media and papers are state controlled and don’t run commercial areas. Its joint ventures with foreign businesses like Havana Club rum and just the state are running advertising campaigns that are incorporated, primarily abroad.

High-priced Internet access and limited means few companies, even those in the tourism sector creating dollar earnings, can afford to advertise on the internet.

In one video, surgeons lean around, seemingly functioning on a client. Yet the patient is a broken telephone, not an individual, and the advertising is for the “Cellphone Clinic”.


All places of promotion here are new. Before the reforms, companies like the beauty parlor of Carballo existed but were not legal, so they concealed in living rooms that were ratty and didn’t advertise themselves.

State-run eateries and stores faced no opposition made little attempt to identify.

Cuba will probably try and keep advertisements low-key consumerism and in check.

He compared advertisements in the USA to a “virus.”

Cubans need advice about what restaurant to go to for example to make knowledgeable choices, but they don’t desire adverts interrupting radio or television, ceaselessly creating more consumer desires, he said.

“I ‘d never have pictured this.”

To date, several international communications teams have been assigned by services to Cuba but merely WPP has opened up. It’s yet to declare any business deals.

Specialists say there’s scope for the enormous services to step up advertising of Cuban-foreign joint ventures in cigars, rum and tourism. The authorities will also probably demand market research as it seeks to foster exports and foreign investment

Promotion may become a revenue earner in a nation with low wages and a very educated work force. 28, freelance designer Fidel Lezcano, said around 60 percent of his company came from abroad. He designed a site for a craft shop that was Mexican.

Designers face challenges, like Internet access.

But in a nation that some believe has the maximum number of artists per capita on the planet, they hold an ace card.

“Expressiveness, originality is innate to Cuban culture,” said Lezcano. “That is our strength.”

(Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Kieran Murray)

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Peace is found by a transgender divinity student as a guy

By Jesse James DeConto,

When he started his studies, Adam was a North Carolina girl with a desire to plumb the junction of sexuality and religion. As a guy, Plant had discovered acceptance and peace by the time of the commencement service.

“Coming out to myself was, I believe, among the most challenging things I ever did,” he said. I believe I was fearful of being erroneous. Imagine if I ‘m insane? What if this isn’t right?”

As he describes in a video shown during commencement: “Those expresses rule my head. You’re not ugly. You’re adored.”

Divinity school exactly because it’s a spot where they could wrestle with questions about their area and function in the universe is sought out by a modest but growing variety of transgender students.

A transgender man, Liam Hooper, graduated a year ahead of him.

An administrator at Wake Forest said the divinity school fete sexual identities and varied gender and will not inquire about applicants’ gender identity. Duke has a similar statement.

(The law doesn’t change the divinity schools, which are private associations.)

“I’ve had conversations with folks about this that I never believed I ‘d have. “It’s been a real exercise in expanding empathy and grace and patience while also keeping my own bounds and taking care of myself and my community as much as I can.”

Although Plant began to identify as a lad as early as age 3, he did’t adopt a male identity until his first year of divinity school, when a campus counsel referred him to a gender identity specialist who helped him “to say out loud those things that I’d been believing for so long.”

Plant plans to work as teacher and an advocate on LGBT issues in religion communities. But prior to seeking full time work in community organizing, he expects to complete religious people to be educated by a video and novel job on such issues as gender diversity in the Bible.

On Sunday, the congregation voted to ordain him as its “minister of welcome and beyond.”

John Senior, who educated both guys in Wake Forest’s pastoral internship program for three years, said the divinity school supplied gender-neutral restrooms before Plant or Hooper arrived on campus. But having transgender pupils helped contour revisions to the school’s “ Language and Hospitality ” policy to admit diversity in sexual identities.

Senior, assistant teaching professor of society and ethics, said the demand to think about the urgent problems of the day shoved lessons addressing religious pluralism, race and class, but also gender and sexuality to be required by Wake Forest.

Wake Forest pupils come from tons of foundations that are different, and some of them were slow to comprehend their fellow pupils’ gender transitions.

Some pupils came from conventions that did’t honor that as a manner of being in the world,” Senior said. “Even though they were difficult seconds, I believe they were significant for not only the pupils involved but also for Adam and Liam as well.”

After making that proclamation “I did’t understand if I ‘d have a church, a family, or friends,” Ray said. “I was in a gender studies course at the time, and there was simply something that snapped, and I recognized I ‘d to live into the fullness of who I was, or I was’t going to dwell at all.”

“I must be in a space where I can be comfortably and entirely ‘out’ as a queer trans-masculine individual, without anxiety about dismissal,” Ray

The Southern Baptist Convention and most evangelical churches have not.

Ray intends to move to South Dakota to wed LGBT activist Pam Roes in September. A memoir is Brett: Truths from a Trans Christian” was released last year. Ray intends to work on another novel.

A 2014 alumnus of Yale Divinity School, Angel Collie, is contemplating ordination in the MCC. Collie says working with that people needs lots of empathy, and his seminary training helps.

“Being that we’re in the South, faith is an extremely critical variable in the lives of those who are coming out,” Collie said. It ’s nearly constantly a bit of the coming out story that I strike here on campus. I find myself doing what prepared me for regular, even if it’s not in a conventional congregational circumstance.”

“If there’s one thing folks fight with in churches, it’s accepting themselves for whom they’re.”

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Saudi Arabia's rulers accommodate message for social media age

The dynastic leaders, who rule by fiat and firmly restrict public dissent of Saudi Arabia , have courted public opinion just via everyday councils with religious, tribal and business leaders or citizens seeking to petition them.

“That is the ultimate way to catch their focus.”

“A powerful and motivated nation with a link between the authorities and the citizen,” one of the mottos read.


The degree of engagement means ministers without societal media reports invest money and time observation what folks say about them online, said Diya Murra, a Riyadh-based account manager for societal media service The Online Project.

Societal media use among the 21 million Saudis and nearly 10 million foreign residents of the kingdom reductions across spiritual and political lines: keenly followed societal media users contain both stern Muslim clerics and self described liberals.

In a nation in which discourse has been controlled by state decree and ethnic convention, and in which sex mix is not frequently legal, societal media has enabled many young Saudis to socialize in ways that were not possible before.

Twitter is popular among 18 to 24-year olds in Saudi Arabia, followed by users in their own late 20s to 40s and its use is split about between women and men, based on iMENA Digital, which serves customers in Saudi Arabia. It said photo-sharing site Instagram has become the top station among young Saudis, around three quarters of them girls.


Speaking at a jam-packed discussion about Twitter in an expensive Riyadh resort Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that it could help path trends, although the program wasn’t an accurate barometer of public opinion.

“It’s direct. There aren’t any impediments,” he told the mainly youthful audience, who were segregated by sex.

Diplomats in Riyadh say while the judiciary has given on-line dissenters who drew the rage of hard liners harsh sentences, the authorities normally discount on societal media much more intense criticism of senior folks than was let before.

The growing influence of societal media became evident in 2012 when the spiritual police chief was dismissed by the late King Abdullah and replaced him after a viral video with a relative progressive revealed members of the body


In April 2014, as a lethal outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) crossed Jeddah, fury over a perceived cover up soared on social media and Abdullah fired the wellbeing minister.

Such susceptibility appears to have just amplified, since King Salman came to power in January 2015. Another well-being minister, Ahmed al-Khateeb, broadly regarded as a protege of the king, was discounted after of him yelling during a heated debate at a Saudi citizen footage was caught on a smartphone.

It really is a far cry from the days before widespread net use in Saudi Arabia, when talk was restricted to to papers and television channels that scarcely held officials to account or criticized authorities policies or informal meetings.

A culture of public expressions of reverence for authorities survives.

The argument driven by powerful Saudi characters young folks were already associated to and had been organized over various media, the Murra of The Online Project said.

He guarantees in a video to clarify the vision in three minutes.

He’s attentive to clarify the strategy as a vision, with a tangible pattern arriving afterwards, something onlookers say is significant for handling expectations about the targets that are challenging.

“The vision as it stands has quite few definite quantifiable consequences to hold anyone liable for,” analyzer Alyahya said. Nonetheless, as plans were developed to execute it, there would be performance indexes and ministers held responsible for satisfying objectives.

(Additional reporting by William Maclean, editing by Peter Millership)

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