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21 января, 10:00

20 UK hotels, rooms and hostels opening in 2017

New places to stay this year will include a cool hostel at Hadrian’s Wall, a Titanic hotel in Belfast and a Coal Exchange in CardiffThe people behind the Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, are expanding their empire. Their new hotel collection is called Another Place, and The Lake is the first to open. The 40-room hotel is in an 18th-century building in 18 acres of parkland on Ullswater. There is a restaurant serving regional food such as Herdwick lamb and Morecambe Bay shrimps, plus a more casual diner, library and spa. The grounds include a vegetable patch, herb garden and walnut grove, and oaks, beech and alder strung with hammocks and swinging seats. There is a wooden jetty by the lake for open-water swimming, standup paddleboarding and sailing.• Opens 1 August, doubles from £160 B&B, another.place Continue reading...

21 января, 03:50

10 Changes Disney Made to ‘Rogue One’ With Their Reshoots

Reshoots for 'Rogue One' were well-publicized before the film's release. But what exactly did Disney change in the final product?

21 января, 01:32

Behind Trump's Dark Rhetoric Was A Populist Agenda He's Unlikely To Deliver On

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Forget, just for a moment, about the quality of the prose in President Donald Trump’s inaugural address. Don’t get caught up in the idealism, or lack thereof. And put aside whether its dark portrait of “American carnage” resembles the reality of America today. Focus instead on some of the promises Trump made to the American people ― to smash the business and political establishments, to rebuild America’s manufacturing economy, to fix schools, to stop crime and even to fight poverty. “Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another,” Trump said. “We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the American people.” There are many reasons to be skeptical that’s how Trump will actually govern. Some of the best ones were right up there on the stage with him. One was GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who had a prime seat near the front row and the Trump family. After the ceremony, Adelson joined members of Congress and other dignitaries for the Capitol Hill luncheon ― which left reporters scratching their heads, trying to remember if a political financier had attended the exclusive event before. It's my 5th inaugural luncheon - I don't ever recall a mega donor being in this lunch. But there's Sheldon Adelson at Table 23 with Boehner.— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) January 20, 2017 In his speech, Trump warned, “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.” But Adelson’s presence was a reminder that the self-interested elite will carry plenty of influence in Trump’s Washington. Trump himself has seen to it by filling his administration with moguls, donors and representatives of the very Wall Street firm, Goldman Sachs, that he vilified on the campaign trail. The new president wants to turn the Education Department over to Betsy DeVos, who appears unfamiliar with some basic education policy issues but just happens to be among the GOP’s biggest donors. He wants to hand the Commerce Department over to Wilbur Ross, an investor who specializes in corporate restructuring and was also a major GOP donor. And that’s to say nothing of Trump’s own conflicts of interest now that he’s decided to maintain ownership of his business empire ― a decision that has drawn public condemnation from the Office of Government Ethics, among others. Another reason to doubt that Trump can deliver on his promises were a group of people sitting right near Adelson at the inauguration: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republican leaders from Congress. They’re already hard at work on an agenda that will feature massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, coupled with the slashing of social programs that benefit the poor and the middle class. Congress is starting with repeal of the Affordable Care Act, through which something like 20 million people get health insurance. What these initiatives have in common is that they would tend to concentrate wealth at the top, among the elite, rather than distributing it more broadly ― in short, the opposite of what Trump promised in his speech. Of course, Trump didn’t mention those congressional efforts in his inaugural address, preferring to focus on the importance of enacting a new infrastructure program ― an idea that, properly constructed, could genuinely lift wages and, over the long term, improve productivity.   But unlike congressional Democrats, who would happily support such an initiative, Ryan, McConnell and the rest of the Republican leadership have been conspicuously less enthusiastic. Meanwhile, many of the conservative groups these GOP leaders heed have been downright hostile. It’s always possible that appearances are misleading, that over the next four years Trump will actually deliver the policies and changes he promised from the stage on Friday.  But the odds seem long. Either way, the challenge for the next four years will be keeping those promises in mind ― and holding Trump accountable for them. How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter to find out. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 января, 00:18

Watchdog Complaint: Trump Is Now In Breach Of His D.C. Hotel Lease

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the General Services Administration on Friday, arguing that President Donald Trump is in violation of his lease to operate the Trump International Hotel on government property. Trump’s agreement with the GSA to run a luxury hotel within Washington’s Old Post Office building, which is owned by the federal government, specifically states that the lease cannot be held by an elected official. After Trump announced his plans to only marginally separate himself from his multibillion-dollar business empire on Jan. 11, the GSA issued a statement indicating that it hadn’t been unaware of those plans and declaring that it would not comment until Trump was sworn in as president. Now that he is a sitting elected official, CREW contends that the GSA needs to immediately begin the process of informing Old Post Office LLC, the Trump company that holds the lease, that it’s in breach of that agreement. This could lead to termination of the lease and the Trump Organization’s removal from the Old Post Office building. “The potential conflicts of interest with regard to President Trump’s company’s lease of the Old Post Office Building are serious and real,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in the letter to the GSA. “President Trump now both owns the lessee, Old Post Office LLC, and controls the lessor, GSA, whose administrator is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the president.” Trump’s company was selected to open a hotel in the Old Post Office building through an open bidding process in 2013. The lease states very clearly, “No member or delegate to Congress, or elected official of the Government of the United States or the Government of the District of Columbia, shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.” When Trump announced his plan to remain a beneficiary of his business earlier this month, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said he was “very concerned.” “We’ll see what happens, I guess, see next Monday after he’s sworn in. I expect that there will be a decision on [Jan. 20],” Cummings added. The Washington hotel has been a hot spot for Trump supporters during inauguration week. The New York Times reported that it was bustling with activity as guests, including Trump’s Indonesian business partner Hary Tanoesoedibjo, were seen schmoozing in the lobby. After Trump won the election, the hotel’s manager held meetings with foreign dignitaries to sell them on staying at the hotel as a way to ingratiate themselves with the new regime. “Why wouldn’t I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, ‘I love your new hotel!’ Isn’t it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitor’?” one diplomat commented to The Washington Post. Foreign governments paying for rooms in Trump’s hotel raised the possibility that the new president would find himself in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bans government officials from receiving payments or gifts from foreign governments and foreign government-owned corporations. Ethics experts and constitutional lawyers argue that payments by foreign governments to the hotel would directly benefit Trump and violate the Constitution. Trump’s tax lawyer addressed this issue on Jan. 11 by, first, disagreeing that payments to the hotel would violate the Constitution and, second, announcing that any profits the hotel receives from foreign governments would be directed to the U.S. Treasury. But that solution actually did little to solve the problem of the receipt of emoluments and raised the additional worry that Trump was directly entangling his profitable personal brand with the U.S. government. The Trump hotel does not seem worried right now. Staffers gathered Friday on the hotel steps to wave to Trump along his inaugural parade route. We are waiting for you Mr. President! Thank you! #Inauguration2017 #WashingtonDC #TrumpDC pic.twitter.com/Spau9WPiIC— Trump Washington DC (@TrumpDC) January 20, 2017 How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter to find out. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 января, 23:42

7 Sports Issues Donald Trump Could Affect As President

Like many presidents before him, Donald Trump is an avid sports fan with deep connections to the sports world. He’s a dedicated golfer who owns 17 courses around the world, he once tried to buy the Buffalo Bills, and a number of franchise owners and athletes are among his supporters and friends. And as they did for many presidents before him, sports could potentially play a sizable role in his presidency. From hosting the Olympics to helping decide the future of sports gambling, several prominent sports-related policy issues await Trump now that he is the nation’s 45th president. And in that role, he could have a major effect on the sports landscape over the next four years. The 2024 Olympics In September, the International Olympic Committee will choose the host of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, and Los Angeles is hoping to win hosting rights for the third time. Trump supports the city’s effort to beat out Paris and Budapest, and has discussed the bid with both LA 2024 organizers and IOC president Thomas Bach. Former President Barack Obama also kicked off his presidency with support for a prospective Olympic bid, and even flew to Copenhagen in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to convince IOC voters to give the 2016 Summer Games to his hometown, Chicago. It’s unclear if Trump will go as far as Obama did, though it’s reportedly an issue he is already working on. Tidbit from TrumpWorld: PEOTUS has the Olympics on his to-do list. 2024 Los Angeles for summer games. Working on it already, per sources— Robert Costa (@costareports) January 17, 2017 Taxpayer-financed stadiums Obama’s final few budgets attempted to eliminate a tax break that puts federal taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in subsidies for the construction of sports stadiums. The exemption, which lets cities and states use tax-free, reduced-interest bonds to subsidize stadiums, has led to federal taxpayers racking up $4 billion in existing stadium debt. Obama’s budgets never went anywhere in Congress, so neither did this specific provision. But if Republicans have comprehensive tax reform on their minds, it could return, given that GOP budget leaders have previously targeted other sports-related tax breaks. Women’s sports The Obama years were a boon for women in sports, on the field and off. Women broke barriers in all of the major professional leagues, won a World Cup, and set the standard for American success at multiple Olympics. Girls and women also benefited significantly from Obama’s aggressive expansion of Title IX, the federal law that guarantees gender equity in education and school athletics. How Trump approaches that law could drastically affect the sports landscape for women and girls. Obama reversed a Bush-era Title IX policy to institute more stringent requirements for ensuring gender equality in scholastic sports, and his Department of Education took a more aggressive approach to enforcing the law. Trump’s Education Department could roll that back to Bush-era policy, or simply take a more apathetic stance on enforcement, though Betsy DeVos, his choice to head the department, has said little about her view of the law. Gambling Except in four states, sports gambling is illegal in the United States. But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ― an on-again, off-again Trump ally throughout the 2016 campaign ― is trying to change that, as his state continues its effort to legalize sports wagering there. A federal court ruled against New Jersey in 2016, but the Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear the case, and this week it asked the solicitor general to weigh in on the incoming administration’s position on legalized gambling (Trump has yet to name his choice to fill that position). The NBA opposes New Jersey’s efforts but has called for legal and regulated sports gambling, a softening of sports leagues’ traditional hardline stance against it. The gaming industry is also gearing up for a fight to repeal or reform the 1992 federal law that largely prohibits sports wagering, and sees Trump ― whose real estate empire has included multiple casinos ― as a potential ally in that fight. That could also expand to online sports gambling, a hot topic in recent years thanks to the rise of daily fantasy sports, and how Trump and his allies in Congress view the issue could lead to sweeping changes in the country’s gambling laws. The NCAA Though many of the fights over compensation for college athletes will fall to the courts and the NCAA itself, Trump could potentially shape those battles as well.  Major college athletic directors recently formed a lobbying organization headed by a former member of Congress, a hint that they could soon seek legislative relief ― perhaps even an antitrust exemption ― from potential losses in an assortment of compensation cases winding through the courts. Obama weighed in on the never-ending debate over compensation for college athletes several times during his presidency; if Congress indeed takes up the issue, Trump and his party could play a substantially larger role in the NCAA’s future. LGBT issues Trump’s approach to Title IX will have an impact on LGBT issues in sports, too. The law protects gay, lesbian and bisexual students and athletes, and the Obama administration last year specifically reminded states and schools that it covers transgender students as well. Schools, the Department of Education directive said, are required to allow those students to compete on athletic teams that match their gender identity. Republicans have challenged that interpretation, and a federal court in August issued an injunction against the administration’s directive while it considers a case against it. And given DeVos’ past stances on LGBT issues, some Title IX advocates and observers are concerned the Trump administration will attempt to reverse those guidelines ― even as most states now have policies regarding transgender athletes. Resistance, or support, from athletes Obama often used sports ― and prominent athletes ― to help advance key parts of his agenda, including the Affordable Care Act, LGBT equality both at home and around the world, and his efforts to pass gun control legislation. Trump, like Obama, turned to sports for an early appointment: On Thursday, he tapped New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as his ambassador to the United Kingdom. But whether Trump will find, or utilize, similar help in the sports world remains to be seen.  What seems likely is that he will face some significant resistance from athletes, some of whom have already refused to stay in his hotels during road trips, and have hinted that they will not visit his White House if their teams win championships. The last few years have been marked by a resurgence of athletes speaking out on political and social issues, and how that plays out over the next four years could become a fascinating aspect of his presidency.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 января, 22:05

Procrastinating on January 20, 2017

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20 января, 21:30

Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Pleads Not Guilty in U.S. Court

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord who evaded U.S. authorities for years and built a billion-dollar narcotics empire, made his first appearance in a U.S. courtroom on Friday, pleading not guilty to the 17 criminal charges against him.

20 января, 16:08

Buy these 5 Low Leverage Stocks to Be Safe

Considering the fact that debt ridden companies are more vulnerable at times of volatility, it is safe to avoid those for achieving optimal returns.

20 января, 14:49

Televisa Faces a Major Setback in Mexican Tribunal Ruling

Grupo Televisa SA (TV) recently suffered a major setback as a Mexican tribunal questioned the country's telecom regulator's favorable judgement regarding Televisa's monopolistic prowess.

20 января, 12:00

Ancient Wisdom for Donald Trump on Inauguration Day

There is only one way for the president-elect to be the happiest of men.

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20 января, 06:30

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20 января, 05:30

Executive Actions Ready To Go As Trump Prepares To Take Office

 Donald Trump is preparing to sign executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday to take the opening steps to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and roll back outgoing President Barack Obama’s policies. Trump, a Republican elected on Nov. 8 to succeed Democrat Obama, arrived in Washington on a military plane with his family a day before he will be sworn in during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Aides said Trump would not wait to wield one of the most powerful tools of his office, the presidential pen, to sign several executive actions that can be implemented without the input of Congress. “He is committed to not just Day 1, but Day 2, Day 3 of enacting an agenda of real change, and I think that you’re going to see that in the days and weeks to come,” Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday, telling reporters to expect activity on Friday, during the weekend and early next week. Trump plans on Saturday to visit the headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Virginia. He has harshly criticized the agency and its outgoing chief, first questioning the CIA’s conclusion that Russia was involved in cyber hacking during the U.S. election campaign, before later accepting the verdict. Trump also likened U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany. Trump’s advisers vetted more than 200 potential executive orders for him to consider signing on healthcare, climate policy, immigration, energy and numerous other issues, but it was not clear how many orders he would initially approve, according to a member of the Trump transition team who was not authorized to talk to the press. Signing off on orders puts Trump, who has presided over a sprawling business empire but has never before held public office, in a familiar place similar to the CEO role that made him famous, and will give him some early victories before he has to turn to the lumbering process of getting Congress to pass bills. The strategy has been used by other presidents, including Obama, in their first few weeks in office. “He wants to show he will take action and not be stifled by Washington gridlock,” said Princeton University presidential historian Julian Zelizer. Trump is expected to impose a federal hiring freeze and take steps to delay a Labor Department rule due to take effect in April that would require brokers who give retirement advice to put their clients’ best interests first. He also will give official notice he plans to withdraw from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, Spicer said. “I think you will see those happen very shortly,” Spicer said. Obama, ending eight years as president, made frequent use of his executive powers during his second term in office, when the Republican-controlled Congress stymied his efforts to overhaul immigration and environmental laws. Many of those actions are now ripe targets for Trump to reverse.   BORDER WALL Trump is expected to sign an executive order in his first few days to direct the building of a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and actions to limit the entry of asylum seekers from Latin America, among several immigration-related steps his advisers have recommended. That includes rescinding Obama’s order that allowed more than 700,000 people brought into the United States illegally as children to stay in the country on a two-year authorization to work and attend college, according to several people close to the presidential transition team. It is unlikely Trump’s order will result in an immediate roundup of these immigrants, sources told Reuters. Rather, he is expected to let the authorizations expire. The issue could set up a confrontation with Obama, who told reporters on Wednesday he would weigh in if he felt the new administration was unfairly targeting those immigrants. Advisers to Trump expect him to put restrictions on people entering the United States from certain countries until a system for “extreme vetting” for Islamist extremists can be set up. During his presidential campaign, Trump proposed banning non-American Muslims from entering the United States, but his executive order regarding immigration is expected to be based on nationality rather than religion. Another proposed executive order would require all Cabinet departments to disclose and pause current work being done in connection with Obama’s initiatives to curb carbon emissions to combat climate change. Trump also is expected to extend prohibitions on future lobbying imposed on members of his transition team. ‘THE HIGHEST IQ’ Washington was turned into a virtual fortress ahead of the inauguration, with police ready to step in to separate protesters from Trump supporters at any sign of unrest. As Obama packed up to leave the White House, Trump and his family laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and attended a concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Trump spoke earlier to lawmakers and Cabinet nominees at a luncheon in a ballroom at his hotel, down the street from the White House, announcing during brief remarks that he would pick Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets of the National Football League, as U.S. ambassador to Britain. “We have a lot of smart people. I tell you what, one thing we’ve learned, we have by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever assembled,” Trump said. Trump has selected all 21 members of his Cabinet, along with six other key positions requiring Senate confirmation. The Senate is expected on Friday to vote to confirm retired General James Mattis, Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon, and retired General John Kelly, his homeland security choice. Senate Republicans had hoped to confirm as many as seven Cabinet members on Friday, but Democrats balked at the pace. Trump spokesman Spicer accused Senate Democrats of “stalling tactics.” Also in place for Monday will be 536 “beachhead team members” at government agencies, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said, a small portion of the thousands of positions Obama’s appointees will vacate. Trump has asked 50 Obama staffers in critical posts to stay on until replacements can be found, including Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Brett McGurk, envoy to the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State. The list includes Adam Szubin, who has long served in an “acting” capacity in the Treasury Department’s top anti-terrorism job because his nomination has been held up by congressional Republicans since Obama named him to the job in April 2015. The Supreme Court said U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who will administer the oath of office on Friday, met with Trump on Thursday to discuss inauguration arrangements. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 января, 03:15

Will Real Estate Investors Take Over Airbnb?

Via Priceonomics.com, In 2012, Jon Wheatley bought a $40,000 apartment in Las Vegas so that he could rent it out on Airbnb .  “I was surprised by just how cheap real estate was in Las Vegas,” says the British-born Wheatley. “I didn’t want to live in Vegas, and I wasn’t planning on being there very much. So when I looked at Airbnb, it looked almost too good to be true.”  Wheatley looked at the rates of similar apartments on Airbnb, and he decided that the apartment could pay for itself. He bought the flat and spent 3 weeks and $10,000 on furniture and renovations. After a year of remotely renting out the apartment, he says , he’d made $13,000 in profit.  When we ask if he recommends doing this, he replies, “One hundred percent. The model definitely works.” In only 8 years, Airbnb’s premise—to allow someone to host a business traveler in a spare bedroom, or a family to rent their apartment to tourists while they’re out of town—has made it a $25 billion company . Co-founder Brian Chesky often talks about how anyone can turn extra space in their home into an asset that helps them pay their rent. But the economics of short term rental sites Airbnb and VRBO also appeal to people who do not live in the house or apartment they rent out. This includes go-getters like Wheatley, as well as professional real estate investors. Outside the real estate scene, however, this development has not been met with a positive reaction. In cities like San Francisco and New York, where housing is a scarce, politicized resource, the prevalence of property owners renting out multiple apartments has inspired protests, critical press, and the attention of regulators and lawmakers.   Photo via Airbnb What’s missing from the already fractious debate over Airbnb, however, is the fact that the big players in the real estate market aren’t involved. At least, they aren’t involved yet . Companies like AvalonBay and Camden Property Trust own tens or hundreds of thousands of units, and they spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying and constructing residential buildings. These companies normally rent out apartments to people who sign year-long leases. But they could instead rent them out on sites like Airbnb. We partnered with Priceonomics to investigate  whether this real estate investing trend could spread to these big players.  At this point, we’re seeing that the uncertainty created by municipal debates over how to regulate Airbnb is keeping major investors out of the short-term rental game. For individual investors, however, the door is more or less wide open.  The Rise of the Professional Airbnb Investor The financial benefit of an Airbnb property is clear to investors. They can make more money from short term rentals for the same reason you typically spend more on lodging while you’re traveling than you do on rent.  So how many professional real estate investors list apartments on Airbnb? And how large are their businesses? The best way to see whether there is a big trend of professional investors using Airbnb would be to see how many hosts rent out multiple properties on the site. (After all, most people don’t have that many homes.) That kind of data, however, is hard to come by. The presence of professionals is a matter of controversy, which has made Airbnb selective about the information it shares. But we can see how many professional investors used Airbnb in New York City by looking at a report—which is based on 4 years of subpoenaed data—released in late 2014 by the New York Attorney General.  According to the report , 94% of Airbnb hosts in New York city rented out 2 units or fewer. This supports the Airbnb company line that the majority of users are average joes renting out their homes. The other 6% of hosts, however, listed from 3 to 272 units. They earned a collective $168 million and were responsible for over a third of all bookings and revenue in the city. Table from the New York State Attorney General’s report “Airbnb in the City” During this time period, over 100 users had 10 or more properties. So at least in New York City prior to recent legislation , major, million-dollar real estate businesses use Airbnb. It’s possible that these apartments are pieces of larger real estate empires. But this data suggests that mostly small-scale investors use Airbnb—not billion dollar real estate companies.  To gauge how many real estate professionals use short term rental sites, we also talked with the founders of companies that help people rent out properties on Airbnb. These founders confirmed that most professionals on Airbnb are personal investors, but they also offered evidence that major real estate companies are interested. Peter Abualzolof of Mashvisor , a real estate analytics startup focused on short term rentals, works mostly with amateur investors. Abualzolof says that he and his co-founders started Mashvisor at a Startup Weekend where they met many tech workers who wanted to buy Airbnb properties. The company helps some full-time investors, but most people are in the mold of Jon Wheatley. Jim Breese says he works with people renting out spare rooms, personal investors, and some large ventures. He is the co-founder of LearnAirbnb , a young company that helps hosts “start, grow, and optimize [their] Airbnb business like a professional.” The chart below shows the results of a LearnAirbnb survey. As co-founder Jim Breese points out, almost one third of these hosts view Airbnb as a business.   Data via LearnAirbnb . The survey asked questions of 836 hosts who’ve worked with LearnAirbnb or one of its partners. Breese has worked with a client who owns a 30-unit complex. He knows of groups of friends pooling a few hundred thousand dollars to purchase properties to Airbnb, as well as people raising funds from investors to do the same. But he hasn’t worked with really large real estate companies. “I don’t personally know anyone making $2 million a year,” he says. Sean Conway of Pillow offered us some of the best evidence that big companies are interested in Airbnb properties. Pillow manages short term rentals—its staff will take care of listing your apartment, confirming guests, and everything else. Conway says that Pillow rents out families’ vacation homes and apartments that belong to consultants who travel 5 days a week. But he has also been approached by major investors.  “We’ve had investors with 500 units come to us and say, ‘We want you to take all of them,’” says Conway, “and we say, ‘No way, we’re a start up!’” The Obstacles to Airbnb-ing at Scale From looking at the report on Airbnb’s New York City data and talking with people in real estate, we can conclude that some significant commercial business happens on Airbnb.  But we’ve yet to find evidence that real estate companies with tens of thousands of units do short term rentals on Airbnb. Those companies declined our requests for comment, and even Pillow, Conway says, despite getting requests to manage hundreds of properties, has not talked with the major players. They could just be keeping their plans quiet, but there are many reasons why short term rentals could remain the purview of average joes and smaller-scale investors.  At RealtyShares, our reasoning for not accepting investments for Airbnb properties is simple: they’re too new. Investors want to see a track record when evaluating a deal, and since Airbnb is only 8 years old, there’s less data and the market is immature. Renting out an Airbnb also has elements of the hospitality industry that are foreign to the real estate business. Sure, you can find out the average price and occupancy rates in a neighborhood. But if you do a poor job promoting your Airbnb listing and satisfying your guests, you’ll never make the revenue you anticipated.  Another problem for big real estate investors is that they can’t benefit from economies of scale with Airbnb. Usually a company like AvalonBay owns entire buildings, which saves on the costs of upkeep for each unit. The company can hire on-site repair staff, make upgrades to the entire building in one go, and so on. That’s not the case when you have 200 units scattered around town.  This isn’t necessarily a crippling problem. Several companies that rent out individual houses, which have the same scaling problems, have recently had billion dollar IPOs . Other tools, like Pillow’s management service and Nest thermostats, make managing many Airbnbs easier and more efficient. Investors could also rent out an entire complex on Airbnb, although at that point they’re really in the hotel business.  Apartment photo by Axel Tregoning A more paralyzing obstacle is that Airbnb dominates the short term rental market for apartments, which means that investors would be at the mercy of a single company. If Airbnb decided to cap its prices or demand a bigger cut of the profits, every real estate company’s short term rental investments would go to hell.  But the biggest deterrent, the uncertain and hostile regulatory environment, supersedes all of these. Voters and governments in some of the biggest cities in the short-term rental market are taking action to reduce their impact and ward off professional hosts. For people living in these cities, this backlash is hard to miss.  In order to prevent investors from renting out apartments full-time on Airbnb, San Francisco limits the number of days a unit can be occupied by short term renters to 90 days. Last November, 45% of voters supported a ballot measure that, if it passed, would have reduced that cap to 75 days.  In New York, it’s illegal to rent out an apartment in a residential building if the owner is not home. Meanwhile, a number of resort towns have banned short term rentals outright, and critics question whether the decentralized short term rental model can ensure safety without the regulations that exist for hotels. Scott Shatford has been tracking the profitability of investments in Airbnb properties, which can be dependent on the regulatory environment of a given city. As the CEO of Airdna, an Airbnb data and analytics company, Shatford explains, "One of the interesting trends that we see with the short-term rental investments is a shift towards secondary markets, where there is less regulation and more untapped opportunities." Not every city wants to ward off Airbnb. Peter Abualzolof of Mashvisor cites Philadelphia and Seattle as cities passing laws to legitimize short term rentals. Still, the situation is uncertain and in flux. “ I’m even confused,” says Abualzolof. “I try to do the research and provide information, but I’m very hesitant, because it’s very vague.” There’s no city where a property owner can know exactly how Airbnb will be regulated—or even if it will be legal—ten years down the line. If you’re an investor at a company deciding where to invest hundreds of millions of dollars, that’s not what you want to hear.  Airbnb’s White Whales? Major real estate companies are unlikely to get involved in short term rentals until the regulatory situation is more clear. But there is another way they could get involved: as landlords partnering with tenants who host Airbnb travelers.  In December 2015, Bloomberg  reported that Airbnb is in talks with billion dollar, multi-home real estate companies. In the past, landlords have clashed with tenants who they suspect break their lease by listing their apartment on Airbnb. These multi-home real estate companies are—indirectly through property management companies—the nation’s biggest landlords. Airbnb is reportedly offering to share profits with these companies if they bless their tenants’ use of short term rentals.  The companies are not offering updates or details on the talks. A representative of Camden Property Trust told us that it would be “premature” to comment.  Photo via VRBO We did, however, get a glimpse of how this might work by talking to a local landlord and real estate investor. As he chose to remain anonymous, we’ll call him John Smith. Smith has experimented with the type of arrangement Airbnb is proposing to major real estate investors. He partnered with a tenant, modified the tenant’s lease so he could rent out extra rooms in his apartment, and helped him register with the city.  When we ask how the experiment went, Smith responds, “There is absolutely something there.” The market rental rate for the apartment is around $6,000 a month, and Smith and the tenant made about that much from just one bedroom by putting bunkbeds in it, hostel-style.  Still, Smith is not sure whether it’s a good arrangement for landlords. Short term rentals come with extra costs—more wear and tear, higher electric bills, more expensive insurance—and he’s unsure whether the increased profit is worth the occasional headaches involved with the hospitality industry. The most interesting takeaway from the experiment, though, has nothing to do with profits and everything to do with the ethos Airbnb tries to communicate. To counter critics and regulators who say Airbnb makes housing more expensive, Airbnb reps talk about how it helps hosts make money to pay their rent, and the company’s narrative centers around creating a sense of belonging that is absent when you stay in a hotel.  Smith’s experience echoes these talking points. He says that one of his tenants who rented out spare rooms on Airbnb used the extra money to quit his job and pursue artistic interests—and that he’s enjoyed hosting travelers, because he’s a big fan of hostels.  For this reason, Airbnb may eschew professional investors who want to rent out entire apartments in favor of working with real estate companies through landlord-tenant partnerships. Who Rents the Future? Airbnb is the posterchild of the sharing economy. By giving people a way to monetize an underutilized asset—a spare bedroom, Americans’ 7 million second homes, apartments that belong to people who are on vacation—the company created a huge, new industry. But as business reporter Will Alden has written , decentralized services tend to become reliant on a small number of professional users. Anyone can run an auction on eBay, but full-time “power sellers” dominate the site. Similarly, professionals and “ad-hoc temp agencies” claim a large share of the work on TaskRabbit.  Now, this is happening on Airbnb. The appealing economics of short term rentals has attracted professional investors, and services that manage properties, use data to identify promising properties, and provide concierge services are popping up to support them.   Apartment photo by AIMCO/Architecturist But in Airbnb’s case, the rise of professional investors has contributed to a backlash—from residents and regulators who believe it raises rents, and from tenants and co-op boards who dislike seeing strangers with suitcases in their building every night.  Depending on how the fight to regulate Airbnb and its peers shakes out, professional investors could be banned, welcomed, or treated differently in every city around the world. Perhaps partnering with landlords will be how the big players in real estate will get involved.  When we talked to people buying Airbnb properties and the founders of companies meant to support them, they expressed confidence that regulation would ultimately accommodate short term rentals. “I don’t know what [the regulation] is going to be,” says Jim Breese of LearnAirbnb, “but once people start to see, ‘Hey we can co-exist,’ and once everyone sees how much money is in hospitality, everyone will want what they believe is their fair share.”  Several compared the situation to how Uber has overcome attempts to ban its ride-hailing services and how the music industry has gotten over its fear of piracy in order to profit from streaming. Whether they are right will determine if Airbnb becomes a gold rush for investors, remains a moneymaker for millions of homeowners and renters, or does a bit of both.

19 января, 22:08

Obama’s Hidden Legacy

Behind the headlines, he rebuilt American policies in ways the Trump team will have hard time undoing—and may not even want to.

19 января, 21:24

Ivanka Trump: Speculation that I'll be first lady 'inappropriate'

Ivanka Trump says it is “inappropriate” to speculate that she will effectively serve as first lady in her father’s administration and occupy an office in the East Wing.“I think it’s an inappropriate observation,” Trump told the ABC News program “20/20” for a segment set to air Thursday night. “There’s one first lady and she’ll do remarkable things.”President-elect Donald Trump’s wife, the former model Melania, was a reluctant campaigner, and she plans to stay in New York City for several months after the inauguration before moving to Washington so that their young son, Barron, can complete the schoolyear there. But Ivanka, Trump’s oldest daughter, was a regular surrogate for the campaign and has advised him on policy issues including parental leave and the environment. Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, is also an incoming senior adviser to the president-elect, and the couple is moving to Washington with their three children.All that has prompted widespread speculation that Ivanka may fulfill some of the first lady’s traditional duties in Melania’s place.She pushed back on that in her interview with ABC, though. She also discussed her transition from leader at the Trump Organization to Washington, describing it as “emotional.”“It’s emotional that I’m stepping away from my business, and my father will be president, and hopefully I can be there to support him and to support those causes I’ve cared about my whole professional career,” she said.ABC also spoke with Trump’s two adult sons, Don Jr. and Eric, for the segment. Both sons are taking over managerial control of their father’s business empire, an arrangement that has not satisfied ethics experts, who say it does not eliminate Trump’s many financial conflicts of interest.Eric, though, suggested that his father will be too busy to get involved with the business as president.“My father has the biggest responsibility of any person, arguably, on the planet, and that’s to run the United States of America,” Eric Trump said. “His focus is going to be running this country.”

19 января, 21:19

The Ethics Problems Plaguing Trump's Cabinet Have Sunk Plenty Of Prior Nominees

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Three of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for Cabinet positions on Wednesday revealed that they had engaged in illegal or questionable behavior that prior administrations have considered serious enough to necessitate a nominee’s withdrawal. Taken together, the disclosures by Wilbur Ross, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) offered a likely preview of a presidential administration that appears confident in its ability to cross legal and ethical boundaries without consequences. Trump has already set the tone at the top of his administration by failing to fully divest himself of his multibillion-dollar business empire and its many conflicts of interest, both foreign and domestic. As the Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub said of Trump’s decision not to do what every other president of the modern era has done: “Should a president hold himself to a lower standard than his own appointees?” The assumption that Trump and his Cabinet can get away with ethical breaches that doomed past presidents and nominees may very well flow from the incoming president’s historic unpopularity. Past presidents sought to maintain the temporary goodwill granted by the broader public during their ascension to power, hoping not to waste their political capital on fights over nominees. But Trump is already the most unpopular incoming president in recorded history, and his scorched-earth media strategy doesn’t bode well for his ability to win over new supporters. “He doesn’t care and he doesn’t think, politically, that he needs to care,” said Meredith McGehee, chief of policy at the campaign finance and ethics reform group Issue One. “It’s like his own conflict-of-interest issues. With good reason, I believe he feels that his base really could care less about these issues.” Just how far Trump and his Republican Cabinet nominees can push their ethical boundaries was put to the test this week. Before any of the four confirmation hearings could begin, The New York Times reported that Mulvaney, Trump’s pick to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, had failed to pay over $15,000 in taxes for a household employee. Then, Wilbur Ross, the billionaire private equity investor who is Trump’s pick for secretary of commerce, opened his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee by admitting that, unbeknownst to him, one of his “dozen or so” household workers was an undocumented immigrant. Ross stated that he fired the employee of seven years after finding out their status in December. In testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Price, Trump’s pick to run the Department of Health & Human Services, admitted that he purchased stock in a private placement for a biotechnology company after Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a board member of the company, talked up the company to him. This immediately raised questions of whether Collins had shared non-public information with Price, which Price denied. Ethics experts agreed that if Price did receive information not available to the public, that would constitute insider trading. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the leading Senate Democrat, labeled Trump’s nominees “a swamp Cabinet.” “It’s no surprise Republicans are trying to rush through these hearings,” Schumer said. “They don’t want the public to know the true views of their nominees, the potential conflicts of interest, just how many of them come from the top 1 percent and are even billionaires.” Schumer called for a delay in confirmations until the nominees have answered all relevant questions. In addition, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined Schumer in demanding that Price’s nomination be put on hold until an ethics investigation into his stock trades could be completed. By Thursday morning, even Trump’s fellow Republicans were beginning to sound worried. Asked about Mulvaney’s failure to pay taxes, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told CNN that “it could create problems.” Grassley added that he’d had “problems with former Cabinet people under both Republicans and Democrats, where [tax issues had] either been straightened out ― or there wasn’t justification [to oppose the nomination].” Past nominees have fallen by the wayside for equal or lesser crimes than these, including when the Senate was in the hands of the president’s party. After President Bill Clinton came to the White House, he had to withdraw two nominees for attorney general after it came to light that they employed undocumented household workers. In 1993, corporate lawyer Zoe Baird withdrew her nomination after it was revealed she employed two undocumented Peruvian workers and failed to pay their payroll taxes. Clinton’s next choice to head the Department of Justice, federal judge Kimba Wood, had also employed an undocumented household worker. She too withdrew her nomination. In 2001, President George W. Bush chose Linda Chavez to head the Department of Labor, but she also withdrew after it was revealed she’d sheltered an undocumented woman from Guatemala in the 1990s who was trying to escape an abusive relationship. When President Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, he wanted former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to lead his push for health care reform. Daschle had lost a bid for re-election in 2004 and gone on to work as a lawyer at Alston & Bird, a top-flight law and lobbying firm in Washington ― but he never officially registered as a lobbyist. In addition, it was revealed that he had failed to pay $128,203 in taxes in the three previous years. Daschle’s admission came as a number of other Obama nominees revealed their own tax issues. Treasury secretary nominee Tim Geithner had failed to pay around $43,000 in taxes. Then-Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.), chosen to be Obama’s labor secretary, had $6,400 in unpaid tax liens. And Ron Kirk, the pick to be the U.S. trade representative, owed $10,000 in back taxes. Among these, Daschle’s tax issues stood out the most. With the added questions about his work as an unregistered lobbyist, the administration pulled his nomination. In addition, Nancy Killefer, Obama’s pick as the top performance officer for the White House, withdrew her nomination after it was revealed she had back tax issues and had failed to pay taxes for household help. All of these controversies came at the beginning of each president’s administration, when they had soaring poll numbers and broad support. Trump has a 40 percent favorable rating, according to Gallup ― the lowest in recorded history for an incoming president. Trump’s team has dismissed nearly all concerns about his Cabinet nominees, claiming the nominees have answered all questions and have been or are being vetted by the Office of Government Ethics. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 января, 21:19

The Ethics Problems Plaguing Trump's Cabinet Have Sunk Plenty Of Prior Nominees

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Three of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for Cabinet positions on Wednesday revealed that they had engaged in illegal or questionable behavior that prior administrations have considered serious enough to necessitate a nominee’s withdrawal. Taken together, the disclosures by Wilbur Ross, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) offered a likely preview of a presidential administration that appears confident in its ability to cross legal and ethical boundaries without consequences. Trump has already set the tone at the top of his administration by failing to fully divest himself of his multibillion-dollar business empire and its many conflicts of interest, both foreign and domestic. As the Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub said of Trump’s decision not to do what every other president of the modern era has done: “Should a president hold himself to a lower standard than his own appointees?” The assumption that Trump and his Cabinet can get away with ethical breaches that doomed past presidents and nominees may very well flow from the incoming president’s historic unpopularity. Past presidents sought to maintain the temporary goodwill granted by the broader public during their ascension to power, hoping not to waste their political capital on fights over nominees. But Trump is already the most unpopular incoming president in recorded history, and his scorched-earth media strategy doesn’t bode well for his ability to win over new supporters. “He doesn’t care and he doesn’t think, politically, that he needs to care,” said Meredith McGehee, chief of policy at the campaign finance and ethics reform group Issue One. “It’s like his own conflict-of-interest issues. With good reason, I believe he feels that his base really could care less about these issues.” Just how far Trump and his Republican Cabinet nominees can push their ethical boundaries was put to the test this week. Before any of the four confirmation hearings could begin, The New York Times reported that Mulvaney, Trump’s pick to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, had failed to pay over $15,000 in taxes for a household employee. Then, Wilbur Ross, the billionaire private equity investor who is Trump’s pick for secretary of commerce, opened his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee by admitting that, unbeknownst to him, one of his “dozen or so” household workers was an undocumented immigrant. Ross stated that he fired the employee of seven years after finding out their status in December. In testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Price, Trump’s pick to run the Department of Health & Human Services, admitted that he purchased stock in a private placement for a biotechnology company after Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a board member of the company, talked up the company to him. This immediately raised questions of whether Collins had shared non-public information with Price, which Price denied. Ethics experts agreed that if Price did receive information not available to the public, that would constitute insider trading. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the leading Senate Democrat, labeled Trump’s nominees “a swamp Cabinet.” “It’s no surprise Republicans are trying to rush through these hearings,” Schumer said. “They don’t want the public to know the true views of their nominees, the potential conflicts of interest, just how many of them come from the top 1 percent and are even billionaires.” Schumer called for a delay in confirmations until the nominees have answered all relevant questions. In addition, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined Schumer in demanding that Price’s nomination be put on hold until an ethics investigation into his stock trades could be completed. By Thursday morning, even Trump’s fellow Republicans were beginning to sound worried. Asked about Mulvaney’s failure to pay taxes, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told CNN that “it could create problems.” Grassley added that he’d had “problems with former Cabinet people under both Republicans and Democrats, where [tax issues had] either been straightened out ― or there wasn’t justification [to oppose the nomination].” Past nominees have fallen by the wayside for equal or lesser crimes than these, including when the Senate was in the hands of the president’s party. After President Bill Clinton came to the White House, he had to withdraw two nominees for attorney general after it came to light that they employed undocumented household workers. In 1993, corporate lawyer Zoe Baird withdrew her nomination after it was revealed she employed two undocumented Peruvian workers and failed to pay their payroll taxes. Clinton’s next choice to head the Department of Justice, federal judge Kimba Wood, had also employed an undocumented household worker. She too withdrew her nomination. In 2001, President George W. Bush chose Linda Chavez to head the Department of Labor, but she also withdrew after it was revealed she’d sheltered an undocumented woman from Guatemala in the 1990s who was trying to escape an abusive relationship. When President Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, he wanted former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to lead his push for health care reform. Daschle had lost a bid for re-election in 2004 and gone on to work as a lawyer at Alston & Bird, a top-flight law and lobbying firm in Washington ― but he never officially registered as a lobbyist. In addition, it was revealed that he had failed to pay $128,203 in taxes in the three previous years. Daschle’s admission came as a number of other Obama nominees revealed their own tax issues. Treasury secretary nominee Tim Geithner had failed to pay around $43,000 in taxes. Then-Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.), chosen to be Obama’s labor secretary, had $6,400 in unpaid tax liens. And Ron Kirk, the pick to be the U.S. trade representative, owed $10,000 in back taxes. Among these, Daschle’s tax issues stood out the most. With the added questions about his work as an unregistered lobbyist, the administration pulled his nomination. In addition, Nancy Killefer, Obama’s pick as the top performance officer for the White House, withdrew her nomination after it was revealed she had back tax issues and had failed to pay taxes for household help. All of these controversies came at the beginning of each president’s administration, when they had soaring poll numbers and broad support. Trump has a 40 percent favorable rating, according to Gallup ― the lowest in recorded history for an incoming president. Trump’s team has dismissed nearly all concerns about his Cabinet nominees, claiming the nominees have answered all questions and have been or are being vetted by the Office of Government Ethics. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 января, 20:21

According to This Doctor, The Key to Resounding Success is No Backup Plan

Dr. Fred Poordad is one of the world's leading physicians in liver care. When he's not mentoring and teaching medical students, residents and gastroenterology fellows or managing liver transplant patient care, he's a scientific advisory board member, peer reviewer, and researcher -- his work has appeared in over three-hundred publications. According to the US News and World Report, he's in the top 1% of physicians in his field which has landed him gigs on Dr. Phil and multiple media spotlights. (He's also a race car driver, but that's a story for another day.) Spending his early childhood in Texas, his family moved to another oil capital (his father designed oil and gas pipelines), Calgary, Alberta at age 13, where he completed high school and went on to receive his MD from the University of Alberta in 1990. He accomplished his post-graduate medical field work through a cross-country tour of prestige, doing his Internal Medicine Residency at Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine, his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of South Carolina, and his Hepatology/Liver Transplantation Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine -- all by the time he was 32. Fast forward to present day, Poordad can be found at the Texas Liver Institute, a venture he co-founded with his partner, Eric Lawitz, and an unequalled force in liver research and treatment. They have a professional affiliation agreement with University of Texas Health, San Antonio and University Hospital Systems, where Dr. Poordad is the Chief of Hepatology. These three entities in partnership also created the Texas Liver Tumor Center, an idea that was both conceptualized and realized by Poordad and his team in order to streamline the care process for patients and their families. Under one roof, and in one day, Texas Liver Tumor Center patients are evaluated by a comprehensive team including hepatology,hepatobiliary surgery, interventional radiology, social services, and a registered dietician. So, instead of seeing several consultants spread over months, a patient leaves with a care plan in-hand -- an efficient and humane system to deliver care to cancer victims. It's hard to imagine a career more resoundingly successful than that of Fred Poordad's. So, how did he do it? "I had no plan B, so I'm glad it worked out," he says. While "worked out" is an understatement, having no backup plan is a philosophy that's served him well, and one that has been echoed throughout history. Perhaps the most infamous such story takes us back to 1519 when Captain Hernán Cortés, the Spanish colonizer who headed the expedition leading to the fall of the Aztec Empire, ordered his men to burn his ships upon arrival in Mexico. Essentially, Cortés eliminated the option of retreat -- he burned his plan B. The notion that resounding success is often foiled by fear, leading inspired entrepreneurs to find comfort and complacency in their nine-to-five jobs, is not novel but is nonetheless worth repeating. If you plan to fail in business, it's easy to do so. So, the question you have to ask yourself is: what ships do you have to burn to find success in your passion? -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 января, 19:07

The Reckoning: From Obama to Trump - Empire

When Barack Obama became president, the United States was a wounded nation. His predecessor, George Bush, had taken the country to war against Iraq on false pretenses, the US was still fighting in Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden remained at large. But Obama came to power promising hope, a change from the status quo and an end to wars. He started on an unbelievable high, that sang out all around the world. He had promised to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, get out of Iraq, win the war in Afghanistan, reset relations with Moscow, improve relations with the Muslim world, and to finally, solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There were successes, but they seemed to be overshadowed by the failures, and what he leaves is a polarised nation, split politically, economically and ideologically. And then there is Donald Trump. Like Obama, he was elected because people were desperate for change. Whatever Obama had accomplished, Trump had sworn to tear down. He whipped his supporters into a frenzy, promising to overthrow the establishment. But if his cabinet nominees are any indication, that's not going to change. It's going to be a government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. So what are the 44th US president's achievements and failures? What did he really accomplish? And will Trump be his legacy? Marwan Bishara embarks on a journey of discovery to explore Obama's real legacy as experienced and related by a range of people in the US and around the world. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

19 января, 19:01

Court leaves Samsung chief free, for now, in S. Korea graft scandal

A SOUTH Korean court yesterday dismissed an arrest warrant against the head of Samsung Group, the country’s largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park

21 ноября 2013, 08:27

Список литературы от Андрея Фурсова [3]

Книги на иностранных языках. В качестве источника использованы статьи и выступления Андрея Ильича Фурсова.  Герберт Уэллс одна из самых зловещих фигур 20-го века, который в конце 30х годов написал две книги, одна называется "Открытый заговор", а другая "О будущем", где откровенно говорилось о том, что будущее это жёсткий контроль верхушки над населением, у власти должны быть учёные и технократы, остальные выполняют их волю. В этом отношении Оруэлл и Хаксли только популяризировали идеи Бертрана Рассела и Герберта Уэллса. Удивительным образом не переведено на русский язык всё, что связано с глобальным управлением, более того эти книжки не переводились даже для служебного пользования. Название: Behold a Pale Horse Автор: William Milton Cooper Год: 1991 Язык: английский Уильям Купер – это человек, который специализировался на таких темах, как убийство Кеннеди, летающие тарелки. Он автор книги «Конь бледный». Так вот в июне Уильям Купер делает заявление, что в Соединенных Штатах, скорее всего в сентябре, самое позднее в октябре, произойдут серьезные теракты, и вину за них возложат на человека по имени Усама бин Ладен. Именно так, потому что у нас часто пишут Осама бен Ладен. Дело в том, что в арабском языке нет буквы «о» и нет буквы «е», так что Усама бин Ладен. В конце 2001-го года Купера застрелили полицейские, обвинив его в том, что он якобы оказал сопротивление полиции, а потом побежал и стал отстреливаться. Бедолаги полицейские и те, кто стоял за ними не знали, что Купер не мог бегать. Он вьетнамский ветеран и у него не было одной ноги, был протез. Однако этого человека застрелили – человека, который в 2001-м году сообщил о готовящемся теракте. Тем не менее, не смотря на все это, все повесили на Усаму бин Ладена Название: Our Times Автор: A. N. Wilson Год: 2008 Язык: английский В книге «Наше время», это по сути дела социальная история Англии, написанная популярно, автор пишет, что в 50-е годы англичане жили довольно бедно после войны, но они знали, что они англичане. А вот при Тэтчер произошло следующее, пишет он – «Англия превратилась в ничейный дом». Название: Rise of Professional Society, Revised Edition: England since 1880 Автор: Harold Perkin Год: 1989 Язык: английский Название: L'empire et les nouveaux barbares Автор: Jean-Christophe Rufin Год: 1991 Язык: французский В 1991 году во Франции вышла во многом пророческая книга очень интересного автора Жана Кристофа Рюфэна «Империя и новые варвары». Он пишет о том, что после 2020 года Европа и Соединенные Штаты, но в первую очередь Европа, столкнутся с очень серьезной проблемой — наплывом мигрантов, новых варваров. И в этой связи у Севера есть только три возможные стратегии в отношениях с новыми варварами. Первую он называет стратегией Клебера. Клебер — это французский генерал, соратник Наполеона, которого тот оставил в Египте, где Клебер насаждал европейские порядки и был убит. Вторая стратегия — стратегия экс-министра стратегического планирования Бразилии Роберто Мангабейра Унгеры: белый человек, европеец поднимает знамя борьбы Востока против Запада и возглавляет афро-азиатские орды. Наконец, третья стратегия — это стратегия Марка Аврелия. Европейцы проводят черту и не пускают варваров на свою территорию. Книга вышла почти 20 лет назад, и сегодня ясно, что стратегия Марка Аврелия, которой симпатизировал Рюфен, не срабатывает — африканцы и арабы уже в Европе. Название: The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life Автор: Charles Murray, Richard J. Herrnstein Год: 1994 Язык: английский Название: Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 Автор: Charles Murray Год: 2012 Язык: английский На основе социологического исследования автор говорит о том, что 1% наверху, он вообще никак не соотносится с 99% Америки и другого человечества. Эти люди, которые живут сами по себе вообще, у них своя замкнутая среда обитания. А остальные 99%, в принципе, им помеха – это лишние едоки и т.д. Не надо мыслящую Землю создавать, есть альтернативная уже форма, для которой остальные 99% не нужны. Название: Доклад "Кризис демокартии" (The Crisis of Democracy) Автор: С.Хантингтон, М.Крозье, Дз.Ватануки (Michel Crozier, Samuel P. Huntington, Joji Watanuki) Год: 1975 Язык: английский Название: How the Scots Invented the Modern World Автор: Arthur Herman Год: 2001 Очень часто национальное государство противопоставляется империям. Началось это еще в XIX веке, когда французская и английская пропаганда твердила о том, какие плохие империи Австро-Венгрия, Германия и Россия, и какие хорошие – национальные государства Франция и Великобритания. Это было лукавством. Дело в том, что и Франция, и Великобритания были империями. Одна – сухопутная колониальная империя, с заморскими владениями, а другая – просто морская империя. Обратите внимание, наиболее успешными были те империи, у которых ядром было то самое национальное государство. Разумеется, эти национальные государства использовали и другие этнические группы. Например, вся история Ост-Индской кампании – это на 20% шотландцы. Есть даже очень забавная книжка «Мир, который создали шотландцы» – об экспансии Великобритании. Но, в любом случае, именно имперскость, империя – хорошее противоядие-антидот национализма. История показывает, что трагическая ирония истории заключается в том, что вне и без империи русские вообще лишаются исторических шансов.  Название: Les Royaumes combattants Автор: Jean-François Susbielle Язык: французский В 2008 году в Париже вышла в свет книга Жан-Франсуа Сюсбьеля «Борющиеся царства. К новой мировой войне». По мнению автора, после 2020-го мир вступит в период, похожий на эпоху Чжаньго («Борющиеся царства») в китайской истории, когда семь примерно равных по силе царств – Ци, Чу, Янь, Хань, Чжао, Вэй и Цинь – в течение почти двух столетий (403–221 до н. э.) вели борьбу за объединение китайского мира. Похоже, глобальный мир тоже вступает в подобную эпоху, и предлагаемая система «автономного управления» – один из индикаторов ее приближения. Название: The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic Автор: Chalmers Ashby Johnson Год: 2004 Язык: английский Как показывает история, контроль над миром или крупным регионом, как правило, оборачивается сворачиванием демократии внутри страны-контролера. Классический пример - Рим. Как только он захватил полный контроль над Средиземноморьем, республика была обречена. Кстати, Чалмерс Джонсон в книге "Печали империи" (2004 г.) прямо пишет о том, что республика в Америке закончилась в 1990-е годы, к власти фактически пришли военные. Они строят мировую империю, которая дорого обойдется американскому народу. У книги показательный подзаголовок: "Милитаризм, секретность и конец республики". "Имперская республика" США ХХ в. превращается в квазиимперию. Впрочем, мощь этой империи - как военную, так и финансовую - переоценивать не стоит. Название: Coningsby, or The New Generation Автор: Benjamin Disraeli Год: 1844 Язык: английский В РФ действительно налицо противостояние между богатыми и бедными, растущий разрыв, поляризация между ними — децильный коэффициент и индекс Джини зашкаливают. Ситуация весьма похожа на накал классового антагонизма в Великобритании 1830-1840-х годов, который Дизраэли, тогда ещё не премьер-министр, а романист, охарактеризовал как наличие "двух наций". Т.е. социальный разрыв был таков, что верхи и низы оказались чуждыми друг другу как две различные нации (то же было в пореформенной России). Какой же выход видел Дизраэли? Простой: сокращение опасного разрыва социальными и экономическими мерами. Название: The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden Автор: Carroll Quigley Год: 1949 Язык: английский Можно сказать, что заговор был конкретной формой подготовки войн - системой выявления, артикуляции и представления тайным образом определенных интересов преимущественно наднационального уровня. А лучшим средством реализации этого процесса являлись различные закрытые или просто тайные структуры и их агенты. Причем многие структуры подобного рода создавались на самом высоком уровне. Один из лучших примеров - группа Сесила Родса, историю которой великолепно описал американский историк Кэрролл Куигли (1910-1977) в работе «Англо-американский истеблишмент», изданной в 1981 году. Название: Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World Автор: Barrington Moore Jr. Год: 1966 Язык: английский Достаточно взглянуть на 3 разные модернизации в Западной Европе 17 -19 веков, чтобы понять, что они зависели от исхода социальных битв, социальных боев 16 -17 веков, о чем Баррингтон Мур написал еще в 1966 году в своей замечательной работе «Социальные происхождения диктатуры и демократии», в которой анализировал 3 варианта европейской модернизации и все зависит от того, кто кому сломал хребет в социальных сражениях. Франция - корона и крестьяне, грубо говоря, сделали феодалов, феодал превращается в аристократа, переезжает ближе ко двору. Это один вариант модернизации через абсолютистское государство. Второй вариант с точностью до наоборот, где бывшие сеньоры выигрывают сражение у короны и крестьянства, второе издание крепостничества. Почему то есть такое мнение, что модернизация – это такой вариант развития обязательно с демократией, с парламентом и т. д. Модернизация может быть и в другой форме, форме рабства, вторичного издания крепостничества, она вообще может быть в архаичной форме. Это тоже модернизация. Третий вариант – это социальная ничья между крестьянами и землевладельцами, возникновения компромиссного уникального слоя в Англии, собственно из которого и выросла индустриализация. Один автор работ по социальной истории Англии написал однажды, что английская индустриализация могла вырасти только из землевладельческого строя Англии 17 – 18 века. Я думаю, что он прав. Название: The Cold War: A History Автор: Martin Walker Год: 1995 Язык: английский Глобальный, всеохватывающий характер ХВ хорошо подметил Мартин Уокер в замечательной книге «Холодная война». «Южную Америку и Африку к югу от Сахары, - писал он, - континенты, которые раньше оказывались вне борьбы, теперь засосало в ее воронку. Турки сражались в Корее, алжирцы - во Вьетнаме, кубинцы - в Анголе, а американские и русские школьники, чьи уроки в школе прерывались тренировочными сигналами угрозы атомной бомбардировки, росли, чтобы погибнуть в Сайгоне и Кабуле».  Названия: The Mind of the Strategist, The End of the Nation State and, The Borderless World Автор: Kenichi Ohmae Язык: английский Глобальному рынку капиталов адекватны, с одной стороны, наднациональные (структуры типа Евросоюза или НАФТА), которые намного крупнее государства, и они выигрывают за счёт масштаба и размера, с другой — региональные блоки, которые меньше государства, и они выигрывают за счёт динамики. Известный японский бизнесмен и исследователь К. Омаэ назвал такие блоки регион-экономиками — по аналогии с броделевско-валлерстайновской мир-экономикой, которой они, по его мнению, идут на смену. ). Классические регион-экономики — это Северная Италия, район Баден-Вюртемберг на верхнем Рейне, Силиконовая долина, «треугольник роста» Сингапур — Джохор — о-ва Риау, Токийский район, район Кансай (Осака — Кобе — Киото), Сан-Паулу в Бразилии и др. Главная причина эффективности регион-экономик — умение решать региональные проблемы с привлечением ресурсов глобальной экономики и, разумеется, то, что их социальные и политические характеристики жёстко подогнаны под экономические требования финансовой системы глобализации — никакой социальной или политической «лирики», homo economicus на марше. Название: Islamisme et États-Unis, une alliance contre l'Europe Автор: Alexandre del Valle Язык: французский Год: 1997 Горючая смесь исламизма, терроризма и наркоторговли, внедряемая, как показывает в работе «Исламизм и США: союз против Европы» А. дель Валь, в Европу спецслужбами США и связанными с ними частными фирмами, представляет серьезную угрозу для европейской государственности, культуры и идентичности. Борьба с европейским упадком, американизацией и исламизмом, пишет дель Валь, суть три аспекта одной и той же проблемы, поскольку, развивает эту мысль директор французского радио Р. Лабевьер, исламисты объективно выступают как «сторожевые псы глобализации» по-американски. В любом случае, в XXI в. США вступают серьезно уменьшив те выгоды, которые Япония и Западная Европа получили в результате победы «глобального Франкенштейна» в «холодной войне». Америка осуществила передел и это, по-видимому, лишь начало; похоже, нас ждут сюрпризы. Название: Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time Автор: Carroll Quigley Год: 1966 Язык: английский Название: The Moral Basis of a Backward Society Автор: Edward C. Banfield Год: 1967 Язык: английский Традиционные ценности, формы социальной организации и идентичности в таких районах, как правило, в той или иной степени ослабляются и их место занимает то, что Э.Бэнфилд назвал "аморальным фамильизмом". Однако если такие сельские сообщества смогут организоваться в качестве коллективного грабителя или эксплуататора по отношению к более или менее развитым соседям, то они не только получают экономически-внеэкономическую основу существования, но эта основа становится дополнительным фактором как сохранения или даже усиления коллективного (этнического, социального или территориального) единства, так и ослабления "аморального фамильизма". Хотя последний благодаря "социальному хищничеству", присущему всем формам бандитизма ("вызывающего индивидуализма"), все равно развивается и так или иначе подтачивает кланово-племенную структуру. Еще один фактор ослабления последней и ее иерархии (в банды чаще всего сбиваются бедные и незнатные) - само наличие банд и функционирование бандитского промысла. Иными словами, взаимодействие коллективно-асоциальной и клановоплеменной структур носит противоречивый характер, в него встроен потенциальный конфликт, который и надо в определенных ситуациях (стратегия "святого Амвросия") использовать. Название: Great Degeneration Автор: Niall Ferguson Год: 2012 Язык: английский Америка не может больше доминировать в мире таким образом и в тех формах, в которых это имело место в последнее двадцатилетие – слишком широко шагала, вот и «порвала штаны». Поэтому сегодня американские аналитики в раздумьях: одни, как Чарльз Капчан и Адам Маунт предлагают некое «автономное управление» – передачу Америкой части полицейско-карательных функций, обеспечивающих глобальное накопление капитала, «государствам-преторианцам». Другие, такие как Найл Фергюсон, вообще предупреждают о том, что крушение американской империи может произойти очень быстро – обвально.