Mumbai, Feb 26 (PTI) Despite an over threefold growth in revenue, low-cost carrier AirAsia India today reported narrowing down of its operating loss to Rs 25.65 crore in the December quarter.The airline had reported a loss of Rs 65 crore in the July-September period of 2015.The statement from the airline did not shared the year on year figures. AirAsia India began operations in June 2014.The loss comes even as every other airline that has declared their numbers has reported record profits on rising traffic coupled with record low fuel costs.The airline, which is promoted by Tata Sons, AirAsia and Arun Bhatia said revenue rose 232 per cent to Rs 208 crore and it registered strong capacity growth of 133 per cent.The revenue increase was due to increased seats factor as well as fare increases, which on an average rose by 12 per cent to Rs 3,626 coupled with a 133 per cent jump in the ancillary revenue per passenger, which grew to Rs 492.In the September quarter, the airline had reported an increase in operational losses at Rs 65 crore, even as its revenues rose during the same period.AirAsia Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said, “Our operations in India are geared to grow further after a year in service as we believe our low fares and excellent product appeal to travellers who remain underserved by air travel.”Load factor improved to 84 per cent amid heightened competition by other players, while total passengers carried increased 134 per cent to 0.51 million,” he said.On outlook, Fernandes said fuel trended lower in the quarter, which undoubtedly remains favourable for all airlines. The group as a whole saw a great end to 2015 with record profitability and looks to 2016 with a positive light.advertisementHe expressed hope that AirAsia India will witness a new phase of growth and will work towards keeping its cost under check, with increased focus on ancillary revenue.Last week, Fernandes had said here that AirAsia India, which has six aircraft in its fleet now, would add two more planes shortly. While launching the carrier, he had said that the airline would add one plane every month. It put on hold the fleet expansion plans citing “lack of clarity” on the policy front. PTI BEN SDL ABK RDS
Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says some of the recommendations made in a report by the Mental Health and Homelessness Task Force will be implemented this fiscal year.The report, received by the Minister in 2016, examines the current status of mental illness in the society, existing methods and techniques of treatment, and proposes new approaches to tackling the ailment.One of the most significant elements of the document to be implemented this fiscal year is a public education campaign geared at the destigmatisation of persons afflicted by mental illness.“The destigmatisation is crucial. We need to convince persons to recognise the illness for what it is and how they can play a role… and for it (campaign) to deal with those who have been abandoned on the streets,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton pointed out that the big ongoing concern that requires immediate action is the extent to which abandoned mentally challenged persons are left on the streets without treatment, and without any care and attention, despite the efforts of the psychiatric health officers.The Minister was speaking at a ceremony to hand over two Toyota Hiace buses donated by the National Health Fund (NHF), to the North Eastern Regional Health Authority (NERHA) and the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), at the pharmaceutical division of the NHF on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston, on April 3.The two buses, valued at $15 million, will be used to provide support for community mental health services in the parishes of Portland, Hanover and Westmoreland.The Minister said another recommendation of the report involves the training of approximately 62 psychiatric nursing aides, in order to “beef up and support the mental health teams already on the streets and in the communities”.Dr. Tufton informed that active non-profit voluntary organisations will be engaged “to lend greater support to the efforts of public health officers to support those who are on the streets and, in particular, those who are mentally ill”.The Minister noted that between three and five additional vehicles will also be procured during the year.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHF, Everton Anderson, commended community health workers out in the field for their efforts in addressing mental health issues, as the situation is “not easy”. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says some of the recommendations made in a report by the Mental Health and Homelessness Task Force will be implemented this fiscal year. “The destigmatisation is crucial. We need to convince persons to recognise the illness for what it is and how they can play a role… and for it (campaign) to deal with those who have been abandoned on the streets,” the Minister said. One of the most significant elements of the document to be implemented this fiscal year is a public education campaign geared at the destigmatisation of persons afflicted by mental illness.
The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) released the results as part of the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions, conducted annually by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, capturing data on the living conditions of Jamaicans. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is reporting a significant decline in the rate of poverty in Jamaica. Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is reporting a significant decline in the rate of poverty in Jamaica.In a statement to Parliament on Tuesday (May 22), Dr. Clarke said that poverty fell by four percentage points from 21.1 per cent for calendar year 2015 to 17.1 per cent for 2016.This represents a 19 per cent drop in the incidence of poverty, the largest annual reduction in 10 years.“The rate of poverty in 2016 was, therefore, the lowest since 2009,” he noted.The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) released the results as part of the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions, conducted annually by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, capturing data on the living conditions of Jamaicans.The figures show that rural poverty declined from 28.5 per cent in calendar year 2015 to 20.5 per cent in calendar year 2016, a fall of eight percentage points, which represents a 30 per cent drop in the incidence of rural poverty.The Finance Minister said in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, poverty declined from 14.3 per cent to 11.9 per cent, representing a 17 per cent fall in the incidence of poverty.He noted, however, that for other towns, disaggregated data showed that there was an increase in the proportion of individuals in poverty from 14.7 per cent to 16 per cent.“That is an indicator of the general imbalance in the distribution of growth and development that is possible and points to the need for direct targeting to reach all vulnerable groups,” he said.Dr. Clarke pointed out that the fall in poverty is consistent with rising employment, low inflation, the sharp jump in agricultural output of 12 per cent in 2016 relative to 2015, and increase in social protection.“The unemployment rate has been falling steadily from a high mid-teens in 2013 to 9.6 per cent in January 2018,” he noted.He said that the Government is serious about reducing poverty through its focus on job creation and having increased the allocation to school feeding through the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) by 47 per cent.“This emphasised the need to reprioritise spending away from compensation and interest, which together comprise 70 per cent of total spending towards poverty alleviation, social assistance and growth-inducing activities,” he said. Dr. Clarke pointed out that the fall in poverty is consistent with rising employment, low inflation, the sharp jump in agricultural output of 12 per cent in 2016 relative to 2015, and increase in social protection.
Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a sneeze or cough. When soap and water are not handy, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an acceptable alternative. Cough and sneeze into elbow or sleeve. If using tissues, dispose of them appropriately and wash hands. Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth. Do not share drinking glasses, water bottles, mouth guards, cosmetics or eating utensils. If concerned that medical advice or care is needed, contact HealthLink 811. Like any illness, should symptoms worsen, visit a doctor or walk-in clinic. “I have every confidence that the H1N1 vaccine is safe and effective for Nova Scotians,” said Dr. Strang. “I urge all Nova Scotians to get the H1N1 vaccine. It is the best way to protect yourself and your community.” Nova Scotia has ordered 1.4 million doses of the vaccine. The first shipment, 52,000 doses, arrived Oct. 19. The province will pay about $4.5 million for the vaccine. District health authorities are organizing community immunization clinics. Doctors will also have the option to offer the vaccine in their offices. Private nursing agencies can also get the vaccine for workplace clinics. H1N1 vaccine is also being provided to hospitals and long-term care facilities to immunize staff. Each district health authority will organize its immunization program, including clinic dates and times. Nova Scotians should check with local district health authorities for dates and times. “Every Nova Scotian who wants the H1N1 vaccine will be able to receive it,” Dr. Strang said. “Our priority is to ensure that all Nova Scotians have the opportunity to receive the vaccine in a timely manner.” If Nova Scotians have questions about the vaccination, they can go to www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1 , call their local public health unit or call HealthLink 811. Groups at high risk for seasonal flu can receive that vaccine at the same time. “In the weeks past, we were recommending that only people above the age of 65 and those in long-term care facilities get the seasonal flu vaccine,” said Dr. Strang. “Our decision was based on the best information we had available to us at that time. “New data indicates that we can offer the vaccines concurrently. In an effort to make it easier for Nova Scotians, both the H1N1 vaccine and seasonal flu vaccine will be offered at the mass immunization clinics.” As in previous years, the seasonal flu vaccine will also be available through doctors’ offices. We are now starting to see signs of H1N1 activity in Nova Scotia. There have been 17 cases of H1N1 in the province since Aug. 29. There has been one death in Nova Scotia associated with the virus. Dr. Strang continues to advise Nova Scotians to make every effort to minimize the spread of the virus. The most important step is to stay home if sick with flu-like symptoms, which are fever and/or cough with unusual tiredness, head/muscle/joint aches or sore throat. Along with immunization, people are also encouraged to take the following precautions to prevent illness: H1N1 vaccine will be available for free to all Nova Scotians who want it; People in high-risk groups for seasonal flu can get seasonal flu and H1N1 shots at the same time; H1N1 vaccine will be available through community clinics, some doctor offices and workplace clinics; Community clinics will begin across Nova Scotia within the next two weeks. With the announcement of federal authorization of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, Nova Scotia is set to begin its biggest immunization campaign yet, Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief public health officer, announced today, Oct. 21. The federal authorization order for H1N1 vaccine means the government of Canada is satisfied the vaccine is safe and effective. Specifics of the Nova Scotia plan include:
Les élèves du deuxième cycle du secondaire en Nouvelle-Écosse pourront obtenir un crédit pour leurs intérêts en matière de leadership et des arts à l’extérieur de l’école. Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation, a présenté aujourd’hui 19 juin le nouveau crédit de développement personnel. « L’un des objectifs du plan Priorité aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage est de préparer les jeunes pour de bons emplois et pour la participation citoyenne, a dit Mme Jennex. Ce crédit est une autre façon d’encourager les élèves à acquérir une expérience et des compétences de vie inestimables à l’extérieur de la classe, renforçant ainsi leurs liens avec la communauté. » La première phase du nouveau crédit sera lancée en septembre. Les élèves qui participent aux programmes approuvés, notamment le Programme des cadets, Dance Nova Scotia, 4-H et Jeunes entreprises, peuvent obtenir un crédit facultatif ou un demi-crédit facultatif au deuxième cycle du secondaire. « Le programme des Jeunes entreprises m’a inspirée à poursuivre l’entrepreneuriat comme carrière et m’a donné les outils pour le faire avec succès, a dit Bethany Dickey, élève de 12e année de l’école Dartmouth High School. Je crois que la possibilité pour les élèves d’obtenir un crédit pour leur participation au programme est une chance incroyable. Il s’agit d’une autre façon d’encourager les élèves qui n’auraient peut-être pas prévu participer au programme. » Mme Dickey, qui était vice-présidente des finances de l’entreprise Snug That! dans le cadre du programme Jeunes entreprises, fréquentera l’Université Acadia à l’automne. En septembre, le ministère de l’Éducation acceptera les demandes d’autres programmes communautaires et fournisseurs de services qui sont intéressés à offrir le crédit en 2013. Les programmes qui font la promotion du leadership, des arts ou des langues et qui ne sont pas offerts dans les écoles sont admissibles. Les programmes qui exigent des frais d’inscription doivent également offrir différentes options, par exemple des bourses, afin de permettre à tous les élèves de participer. « Nous sommes heureux de travailler avec les écoles pour faire en sorte que les cadets reçoivent un crédit pour leur apprentissage dans le cadre du Programme des cadets », a dit le Capitaine de frégate Wayne DiPersio, commandant de l’Unité régionale de soutien aux cadets (Atlantique). « Les cadets peuvent profiter de nombreuses possibilités intéressantes, par exemple apprendre à naviguer, explorer l’arrière-pays du Canada ou obtenir leur licence de pilote. Ils peuvent acquérir des compétences de vie inestimables, comme le civisme, le leadership, la confiance en soi et le respect des autres, tout en s’amusant et en formant des amitiés durables. »
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OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is keeping up the pressure on the Trump administration, warning that Canada’s support for the updated North American trade pact may hinge on the U.S. lifting tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.Freeland, who met Monday in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, says many Canadians have serious questions about ratifying the new NAFTA as long as those tariffs are still in place.Freeland says she told President Donald Trump’s trade czar that Canadians want the U.S. tariffs and Canada’s retaliatory measures removed before the countries move forward with the approval of the agreement, also known as the USMCA.In addition to being ratified in Mexico and Canada, the deal must make its way through Congress as part of a process that experts predict will take until late summer to run its course.Freeland was in the U.S. capital to meet with Lighthizer as well as other lawmakers, including Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, the new chair of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade.She calls the tariffs — which the U.S. justifies on national security grounds — illegal and absurd, saying they make even less sense now that the new NAFTA agreement has been signed by all three countries.“I also made the point to Ambassador Lighthizer that the existence of these tariffs, for many Canadians, raises some serious questions about NAFTA ratification,” Freeland said following Monday’s meeting.“I have heard from a lot of Canadians that they would be really troubled by Canada moving forward with ratification while the tariffs are still in place. I think to Canadians it just doesn’t make sense.”The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — The United States has added two oil-sector companies and 34 vessels to a sanctions list aimed at forcing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down.A Treasury Department announcement says the companies and vessels are being used to ship fuel to Cuba or in other aspects of the oil industry and help support the Maduro government.The U.S. and about 50 other countries say Maduro’s re-election last year was not legitimate and have recognized the head of the National Assembly as the interim president of Venezuela.The U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry in January to cut off the government’s most important source of revenue.The designation of the companies and ships Friday bars U.S. citizens or entities from any financial transactions involving them.The Associated Press
The South Pacific archipelago’s leadership also declared a public emergency and fired the country’s judges in a move following Fiji’s Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that the 2006 ousting of the elected Government was illegal and the appointment of the interim Government unconstitutional.In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he “strongly deplores these steps and calls for urgent action towards their reversal.” He also called for the restoration of a legitimate government and constitutional order.“The latest measures are a clear rejection of the legal process,” the Secretary-General’s statement read, adding that the actions take by Fiji’s leadership run contrary to “the stated common objective of returning the country to an elected government as soon as possible.”In February, the United Nations was requested, along with the Commonwealth, to broker an “inclusive, independent and time-bound” political dialogue, after parliamentary elections scheduled for last month were postponed.The country’s Prime Minister, Josaia Bainimarama, told the General Assembly’s high-level annual debate in September 2008 that the country would not be able to hold parliamentary elections by March 2009, as previously scheduled, because it first must reform its electoral system. The island chain has suffered prolonged internal tensions between its indigenous Fijian and Indo-Fijian communities, and had four coups since 1987. Mr. Bainimarama, commander of Fiji’s military forces, came to power in a coup in December 2006, sparking criticism from the UN at the time. 10 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed dismay on Friday at the decision to scrap Fiji’s Constitution and the clear attempt by the country’s unelected executive to prolong rule by setting a new five-year time frame for parliamentary elections in 2014.
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Bridgette said “When speaking to members of the local community, I came to realise that I wasn’t the only one who’d ever considered who would look after my pet if anything ever happened to me.”As such, I thought the ‘Pet Card’ was the perfect solution to put minds at rest and I’m thrilled that they’re being distributed nationwide.” Elderly pet owners are being urged to carry ‘Pet Cards’ to prevent animals being left alone if they are taken ill. The wallet-sized, organ-donor style card, created by Co-op Funeralcare, carries details of who medics or 999 crews can contact if the owner is ill or injured and ensures any four legged, furry or feathered friends are looked after.Co-op Funeral Arranger, Bridgette Perks, from Armthorpe, Doncaster, when she realised a lot of her clients were worried about what would happen to their pets if ever they didn’t come home. Rather than direct them to rescue or re-homing centres, Bridgette took it upon herself to start creating ‘Pet Cards’ for the local residents of Armthorpe.Her idea proved to be a success, leading to Co-op Funeralcare rolling them out nationwide. The complimentary cards will be distributed in local communities as the nation is urged to take the simple precautionary measure to ensure their domestic companions are never left alone. The Pet Card is designed to make sure that medics or 999 crews know if a pet is at risk of being left alone because their owner is unwell Credit:epa european pressphoto agency b.v. / Alamy Stock Photo Helen Chandler, head of funeral operations at Co-op Funeralcare, said: ‘We always support our colleagues in any way we can so when we heard about Bridgette’s great idea there was no doubt that we wanted to roll it out in our Funeral homes across the UK.”We’re always keen to find new ways to support the local community and the introduction of ‘Pet Cards’ will hopefully offer piece of mind to those who need it.”David Hampson, head of pet insurance, said: “Pets are often considered to be one of the family and the thought of them being left alone can be concerning to say the least. Carrying a ‘Pet Card’ is a simple solution to ensure any pet is made aware of if anything were to happen to the owner.”We want to help customers to take responsibility for their pet’s wellbeing and this is a great way to ensure your pet will get the care it needs in the case of an emergency.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Jack AdcockCredit:Family Handout/PA MPS medical director Dr Rob Hendry, said: “The public and medical profession would expect that extreme cases where there is intent to cause harm or a high degree of recklessness result in prosecution – and we support that. “Most medical manslaughter cases are however more complex, involve systems failures, and are devastating for all concerned.”Dr Bawa-Garba’s conviction is a case in point, and the strength of feeling on this and its implications for an open, learning culture in healthcare, has been palpable.”A striking feature of the law in England and Wales is that intent, carelessness, or recklessness is not required for a conviction.”The legal bar is too low and it is hard to see who benefits – a family has lost a loved one through tragic circumstances, a doctor may lose their career and face a prison sentence, the NHS has lost a valuable doctor, and fear of personal recrimination becomes increasingly embedded across healthcare.”Opportunities to reform the law surrounding medical manslaughter have not been seized.”The organisation recommends the law moves in line with the legal test for culpable homicide used in Scotland, which requires an act to be “intentional, reckless or grossly careless”.The Government review is being led by the former president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Sir Norman Williams. The legal bar for convicting healthcare professionals of manslaughter is currently “too low”, a medical defence organisation has said. The Medical Protection Society say that a “striking feature” of the law in England and Wales is that “intent, carelessness, or recklessness” is not required for a conviction, and that opportunities to reform the law “have not been seized”.Their comments come in response to a Government review into the use of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare following the handling of the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba.Dr Bawa-Garba was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in 2015 over the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock, after he developed sepsis in 2011.A tribunal decided that she should remain on the medical register despite the conviction but in January the General Medical Council (GMC) succeeded in getting Dr Bawa-Garba erased from the register after taking the case to the High Court.However, many doctors reacted angrily to the GMC’s measures, raising concerns that many of the issues raised by the case – such as dangerous levels of understaffing, failure of IT systems, and staff being forced to work in inappropriate conditions – had been ignored. Last month, the Government launched the review in manslaughter cases. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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Hundreds attended the 119th Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Rosecrans May 27, 2019 Allie Wagner Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Allie Wagner, Hundreds in attendance this morning for the 119th Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Rosecrans to honor our fallen soldiers @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/MiLf9Z0e5P— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) May 27, 2019 Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. They have set up a memorial called Arlington West in front of the @USSMidwayMuseum with 288 markers to honor those who have died. @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD #memorialday pic.twitter.com/UPpmnPWvkt— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) May 27, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It is one of San Diego’s largest and most celebrated memorials dedicated to America’s veterans and today Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery hosted its annual Memorial Day celebration.The celebration is hosted by war veterans organizations, their auxiliaries, and patriotic groups.They’ve conducted the Memorial Day services at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery om San Diego for over 100 years.KUSI’s Allie Wagner has more on this story. Posted: May 27, 2019
LOS ANGELES — The U.S. is on track to end veteran homelessness by the end of next year, even in Los Angeles, the epicenter of the problem, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said Saturday.“I believe we can,” Castro said at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ HomeWalk to end homelessness. “We are making progress as a nation.”All U.S. homelessness could be ended by 2020 if Congress continues to provide the resources, he added.Castro, a rising Democratic star who’s been mentioned as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, said that under the Obama administration, Congress increased the number of rental vouchers for veterans from the 20,000-30,000 range to 75,000-80,000.Los Angeles County has an estimated 4,618 homeless veterans, the most of any jurisdiction.The county also receives the most vouchers, the federal government’s primary weapon to end veteran homelessness, Castro said. Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged to get every homeless veteran in the city into housing by 2016.Despite the increased federal aid, new homeless encampments have sprung up in unexpected places across Southern California, in part because of rising rents, experts said.
New employees at EDF Energy would be given access to its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme through a proposed deal negotiated with trade unions.The deal has received the backing of EDF Energy staff that are members of trade union Unison; 79% of members balloted voted on the pension proposal and 97% support the agreement.Members of trade union GMB that are employed by EDF Energy have also voted in favour of the agreement; 95% of the 75% who turned out for the ballot have voted to accept the pensions deal.The pensions agreement would also introduce a pensionable salary cap of 1% for employees on basic pay above £65,000. This threshold would be linked to salary increases.New entrants into the pension scheme would have access to a new career average revalued earnings (CARE) scheme. Some existing employees would be rolled into the new CARE scheme automatically, but will have the chance to remain in the present DB final salary scheme should they opt to do so.The deal is expected to save EDF Energy approximately £270m from the present deficit, and around £20m in yearly funding costs.Dave Prentis, general secretary at Unison, said: “This unique deal means existing members of staff will retain their defined benefit scheme. And it is great news that this deal also extends to new entrants. Future workers at EDF Energy will enjoy some of the best workers’ pensions in the private sector.“It is rare in this economic climate to secure such a good pension scheme for private sector workers.”Eamon O Hearn Large, national officer at GMB, added: “The agreement will ensure that there are no further changes to EDF pensions for at least the next five years. It also provides a DB CARE scheme for new entrants, bucking the trend of closing schemes in the UK private sector.Almost all GMB members will see no change to their current pension arrangements and some will benefit from the new DB CARE scheme.Keeping an open DB scheme for new members is a brilliant achievement for GMB members in the face of closures in other private sector companies.”EDF was unable to comment at this time.
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Comments Tags 2 Share your voice Marriott is getting into the home-sharing business. Marriott International Marriott is looking to get in on the home-sharing business. The hotel chain plans to start a home-rental business to compete with Airbnb and similar services, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Marriott didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but the Journal reported that the company could unveil the first phase of its plan early next month. The move would make Marriott, the world’s biggest hotel operator, the first major hotel company to create a US home rental platform. Airbnb, which has over 6 million listings worldwide, has progressively moved into the hotel business over the past couple of years, including acquiring Hotel Tonight Inc. in March. It’s also increasingly working with landlords on profit-sharing deals. The company announced partnerships with major landlords in Florida and in San Francisco in 2017. And on Monday, Airbnb announced that it’s partnering with RXR Realty, one of New York City’s largest real estate owners, to convert 10 stories of an iconic Rockefeller Plaza building into Airbnb rentals.On Monday, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky was on CBS This Morning to talk about the company’s future and its new documentary, Gay Chorus Deep South, which is premiering at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. (Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.)”I think you’ll think of Airbnb to plan your entire vacation at all price points and all geographies in the world,” Chesky said. “So, we’re going to combine where to go, what to do and how to get there all in one place. The whole end-to-end trip. Not just housing, not just homes.” Originally published April 29, 6:57 a.m. PTUpdate, 7:08 a.m.: Adds details; 7:58 a.m.: Adds Chesky’s comments from CBS This Morning interview; 3:29 p.m.: Adds information on Airbnb’s partnership with RXR Realty. Tech Industry
Close Sir Richard Branson gives up control of Virgin Atlantic amid Delta-Air France deal IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:51Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Sir Richard Branson has announced he will sell a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic to Air France-KLM in a move that could bring an era of British aviation to an end.