Monthly Archives: July 2014

Holiday Inn Express In Park Slope Now Accepting Bitcoins  – Ny Daily News

Holiday Inn Express on in Park Slope, Brooklyn now accepts bitcoins, an alternative currency some supporters say could replace traditional money.

A Holiday Inn Express in Park Slope has begun accepting bitcoins for rooms a week after the general manager denied knowing anything about it, the Daily News has learned. The Union St. hotel served their first guests paying in the alternative currency that some supporters say could replace traditional money, a worker confirmed on Tuesday. The bitcoin technology, sometimes called cryptocurrency, allows people to transfer money without a middleman such as a bank or credit card company. The Brooklyn Holiday Inn Express was set to become a test site for the massive hotel chain, bitcoin pioneer Charlie Shrem told the News last week. But general manager Brandon Ward initially claimed ignorance of the project in a series of heated e-mails. I dont know anything about bitcoin at the Holiday Inn Express and EVERYTHING operationally at that asset runs through me, Ward wrote on June 24.
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TWO MILLION Brits go back to the same holiday resort year after year | Mail Online

New experience?: No thanks. The majority of British tourists know what they like and want that on holiday

From beyond the grave: Richard III boosts Leicestershire tourism by 482m in just one year (not bad for a body in a car park) Two out of five stay in the same resort, one in 10 do the same activities, almost two fifths go to the same beach, and almost a third will go to the same bar or pub. When it comes to the type of holidays, half want relaxing beach holidays, a fifth want sightseeing trips or city breaks. Top destinations for boomerang Britons are Tenerife, Paris, Florida, Benidorm and Majorca with two fifths saying good weather and reasonable prices made them return to the same place. Over an eighth cited the resort being family friendly for their return. New experience?: No thanks. The majority of British tourists know what they like and want that on holiday My spot: An eighth of British holidaymakers will even sit in the same place Overall two in five enjoy revisiting the same place because they know what to expect, while a fifth said they do not feel the need to try somewhere new as they know they like this particular location.
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Send them on a free holiday: China’s new method of taking on dissidents

“We would spend up to 1,000 yuan ($160) on a single meal.”‘Stability maintenance’China’s ruling Communist party keeps a tight grip on power, frequently detaining those who speak out against government abuses.Over the last decade domestic security spending has soared, regularly exceeding Beijing’s declared military outlays.It has built a vast “stability maintenance” apparatus and President Xi Jinping has sought to further stifle dissent since his 2012 ascension to the top of the ruling party.State-enforced travel spiked this year ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown — where the army killed hundreds of protesters — on 4 June.According to US-based advocacy group Human Rights in China, 15 people were taken on forced vacations beforehand.”I’ve just returned from Beijing after being travelled,” Yan Zhengxue, a painter and government critic, told AFP.Police “went with me everyday, and paid for everything” on a trip to Ningxia in the northwest, including the towering dunes of the Tengger desert.”If you refuse to go travelling, there will be consequences,” he said. “You have to go. Even though you are at tourist sites, you have been forced to go, so you’re not in the mood to enjoy it.”Government personnel relish the trips, some regular forced travellers suggest.”We ate the best food, and drank the best alcohol. The security officials enjoyed it too. Not just any security official can go on this kind of trip, they need to be above a certain rank,” said environmental campaigner Wu Lihong, adding he was taken to the ancient city of Xian for two weeks in March.”Quite a few” officials from Beijing’s secretive ministry of state security accompanied him, he said.They stayed at Xian’s “best hotel”, he said, and saw the Unesco-listed Terracotta Warriors, as well as the “Wild Goose Pagoda”, a Tang dynasty tower that hosts night-time laser shows.”They are usually stuck inside using their computers and reading the papers, but by accompanying me they have a chance to travel and eat well,” he added.’Moving jail’When Chinese citizens travel to Beijing seeking redress from higher authorities for local government abuses they risk detention in makeshift “black jails”, where they are sometimes beaten before being sent home.More persistent ones, though, are targeted for holidays.”If you’re really grassroots you’ll be held in a black jail. Forced travel is for fairly well-known activists,” said Maya Wang, of US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch.”It’s a form of illegal detention,” she added. “This kind of forced travel depriving people of their freedom is unlawful.”China’s foreign ministry often says that detained activists are treated according to the law. The public security ministry did not respond to a request for comment.Wang Rongwen, a longtime petitioner from Sichuan in the southwest, had her third trip ahead of the Tiananmen anniversary, with six officials taking her to the majestic peaks and gurgling waterfalls of the Tiantai mountains.During the Communist party’s 2012 Congress she was brought to a hotel that boasts a chandeliered restaurant, marble-floored lobby and king-sized beds.But she did not enjoy the experiences, she said.”Being travelled is no better than being in a moving jail.”AFP
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Hot Dog, It’s A Holiday Week | Marketplace.org

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule in Place Next Week – Around Town – Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood, PA Patch

Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone with the Wind” was published on June 30, 1936 according to history.com . It won the Pulitzer Prize the following year. On Tuesday, the Commerce Department reports on construction spending for May. Wanna take a ride? Wednesday is World UFO Day .
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Loving Billie Holiday Doesn’t Mean Black Girls Aren’t Suffering | The Nation

Posted by Alison Smith (Editor) , June 27, 2014 at 02:31 PM Lower Merion Townshipwill be following a holiday trash collection schedule next week. There will be no trash or recycling collection on Friday because of the July 4 holiday. Input your address on the township’s websiteto find out when your trash and recycling will be picked up next week. Contact the Refuse Division at 610-667-1952 for additional information, the township says.
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Red, White & New: Fresh Ideas For Holiday Entertaining | Times Free Press

Send them on a free holiday: China’s new method of taking on dissidents

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published Saturday, June 28th, 2014 Red, White & New: Fresh ideas for holiday entertaining view bio Create a conversation piece by repurposing items around the house, suggests Kellie Clements. What Ive done here is refurbished an old piece of wood by carving a rectangular hole in the center. Then I dropped in a plastic planter and instead of using plants, I filled it with ice and colorful sodas for an instant drink station. Photo: Tiki Brand Create a kids zone brimming with activities as well as red, white and blue craft supplies such as star stickers. Red- and blue-striped straws make a festive display in a Mason jar. Tiki tabletop candles add color and ambient lighting and help repel mosquitoes. Photo by Photo: Tiki Brand Easy, colorful decorating is as simple as inserting flags into pots of flowers. Photo by Photo: Tiki Brand enlarge photo July Fourth is all about grilling and chilling. The long holiday weekend thanks to the Fourth falling on Friday this year calls for relaxing with family for food, fireworks and backyard fun.
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“You have to go. Even though you are at tourist sites, you have been forced to go, so you’re not in the mood to enjoy it.”Government personnel relish the trips, some regular forced travellers suggest.”We ate the best food, and drank the best alcohol. The security officials enjoyed it too. Not just any security official can go on this kind of trip, they need to be above a certain rank,” said environmental campaigner Wu Lihong, adding he was taken to the ancient city of Xian for two weeks in March.”Quite a few” officials from Beijing’s secretive ministry of state security accompanied him, he said.They stayed at Xian’s “best hotel”, he said, and saw the Unesco-listed Terracotta Warriors, as well as the “Wild Goose Pagoda”, a Tang dynasty tower that hosts night-time laser shows.”They are usually stuck inside using their computers and reading the papers, but by accompanying me they have a chance to travel and eat well,” he added.’Moving jail’When Chinese citizens travel to Beijing seeking redress from higher authorities for local government abuses they risk detention in makeshift “black jails”, where they are sometimes beaten before being sent home.More persistent ones, though, are targeted for holidays.”If you’re really grassroots you’ll be held in a black jail. Forced travel is for fairly well-known activists,” said Maya Wang, of US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch.”It’s a form of illegal detention,” she added.
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TWO MILLION Brits go back to the same holiday resort year after year | Mail Online

New experience?: No thanks. The majority of British tourists know what they like and want that on holiday

When it comes to getting away most Britons know what they like and want exactly that when they go away. Two million Brits are creatures of habit who prefer to return to the same resort and do the same thing year after year, and nearly two thirds will visit the same resort within five years of their last visit. Looks familiar: Nearly two thirds of Britons will visit the same resort within five years, reveals a new survey The usual, thanks: Two fifths will dine at the same restaurant and one in 10 will do the same activities Local away from home: One third of Brits will go back to the same pub when they return to a resort And a staggering third have been to the same resort more than three times and one in 20 have been back more than 10 times over the years. And when they get there, two fifths dine at the same restaurant each time and over an eighth even sit in the same spot. From beyond the grave: Richard III boosts Leicestershire tourism by 482m in just one year (not bad for a body in a car park) Two out of five stay in the same resort, one in 10 do the same activities, almost two fifths go to the same beach, and almost a third will go to the same bar or pub. When it comes to the type of holidays, half want relaxing beach holidays, a fifth want sightseeing trips or city breaks. Top destinations for boomerang Britons are Tenerife, Paris, Florida, Benidorm and Majorca with two fifths saying good weather and reasonable prices made them return to the same place. Over an eighth cited the resort being family friendly for their return. New experience?: No thanks.
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Red, White & New: Fresh Ideas For Holiday Entertaining | Times Free Press

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Red- and blue-striped straws make a festive display in a Mason jar. Tiki tabletop candles add color and ambient lighting and help repel mosquitoes. Photo by Photo: Tiki Brand Easy, colorful decorating is as simple as inserting flags into pots of flowers. Photo by Photo: Tiki Brand enlarge photo July Fourth is all about grilling and chilling. The long holiday weekend thanks to the Fourth falling on Friday this year calls for relaxing with family for food, fireworks and backyard fun. Decorating in festive red, white and blue is the expected choice for any Independence Day party, but designer Kellie Clements has some ideas to put a fresh spin on your family fun.
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Send them on a free holiday: China’s new method of taking on dissidents

Faced with little opportunity for education and employment, she first turned to prostitution, for which she served time in prison. Fortunately, she was talented and those who could present her with opportunities soon recognized her musical gifts. While many young black women face the constraints that beset Holiday before she turned 21, few can rely on musical talent or the opportunity to perform as a way out of poverty. As an adult, Holiday began to use heroin, and her drug addiction was criminalized rather than treated. Similarly, contemporary black women who experience sexual abuse, domestic violence and drug addiction make up the fastest-growing prison population.
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Loving Billie Holiday Doesn’t Mean Black Girls Aren’t Suffering | The Nation

“We would spend up to 1,000 yuan ($160) on a single meal.”‘Stability maintenance’China’s ruling Communist party keeps a tight grip on power, frequently detaining those who speak out against government abuses.Over the last decade domestic security spending has soared, regularly exceeding Beijing’s declared military outlays.It has built a vast “stability maintenance” apparatus and President Xi Jinping has sought to further stifle dissent since his 2012 ascension to the top of the ruling party.State-enforced travel spiked this year ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown — where the army killed hundreds of protesters — on 4 June.According to US-based advocacy group Human Rights in China, 15 people were taken on forced vacations beforehand.”I’ve just returned from Beijing after being travelled,” Yan Zhengxue, a painter and government critic, told AFP.Police “went with me everyday, and paid for everything” on a trip to Ningxia in the northwest, including the towering dunes of the Tengger desert.”If you refuse to go travelling, there will be consequences,” he said. “You have to go. Even though you are at tourist sites, you have been forced to go, so you’re not in the mood to enjoy it.”Government personnel relish the trips, some regular forced travellers suggest.”We ate the best food, and drank the best alcohol. The security officials enjoyed it too. Not just any security official can go on this kind of trip, they need to be above a certain rank,” said environmental campaigner Wu Lihong, adding he was taken to the ancient city of Xian for two weeks in March.”Quite a few” officials from Beijing’s secretive ministry of state security accompanied him, he said.They stayed at Xian’s “best hotel”, he said, and saw the Unesco-listed Terracotta Warriors, as well as the “Wild Goose Pagoda”, a Tang dynasty tower that hosts night-time laser shows.”They are usually stuck inside using their computers and reading the papers, but by accompanying me they have a chance to travel and eat well,” he added.’Moving jail’When Chinese citizens travel to Beijing seeking redress from higher authorities for local government abuses they risk detention in makeshift “black jails”, where they are sometimes beaten before being sent home.More persistent ones, though, are targeted for holidays.”If you’re really grassroots you’ll be held in a black jail. Forced travel is for fairly well-known activists,” said Maya Wang, of US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch.”It’s a form of illegal detention,” she added.
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