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Top cities in the US to list spaces on Airbnb

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Budget: 65% of US-based hosts plan to use Airbnb’s earnings to cover the heightened cost of living | Photo: Aislinn Spaman

With the cost of living going up around the world, people are looking for alternative income streams for some relief. In the US, one of those potential solutions for passive income generation has been turning a spare bedroom into an Airbnb rental.

According to Airbnb, the majority of hosts in the US are using the money they earn from sharing their space on the platform to help cover high costs of living. A recent survey released this week highlights that 65 percent of US-based Hosts plan to use the money they earn on Airbnb to cover the heightened cost of living in the next 12 months. 

For those already with a place available in the US, Airbnb has recently released the top-opportunity cities to host across the country.

Chicago, IL

The Windy City,” home of the Magnificent Mile, a big shiny bean, 22 miles of stunning Lake Michigan shoreline and world-famous restaurants and bars. It’s no surprise that people would want to travel to this stunning city – which means there is ample opportunity to earn some additional money by becoming a Host on Airbnb. Last year Hosts in Chicago earned over $140 million with the typical Airbnb Host earning approximately $18,500.

Denver, CO

The Mile High City”, home of Red Rocks, a newly-crowned championship basketball team, year-round outdoor activities and endless places to explore. Denver offers travelers so much, and in turn, is a top-opportunity place to host on Airbnb. Last year, Hosts in Denver earned over $115 million, with the typical Host earning over $18,000. 

San Diego, CA

It’s nicknamed America’s Finest City,” for a reason – pristine beaches, phenomenal weather and restaurant options galore, San Diego offers travelers an escape that’s unlike many other places in the US. It allows it to provide a lot of opportunity for prospective Airbnb Hosts. Last year, Hosts in San Diego earned over $350 million, with the typical Host earning over $20,000. 

Los Angeles, CA

The City of Angels,” amusement parks, beaches, hikes, Hollywood – there is truly no city like LA and because of its uniqueness, it offers ample opportunity for those considering hosting. Last year, Hosts in Los Angeles earned over $375 million, with the typical Host earning over $24,000. 

Sevierville + Smoky Mountains, TN

It’s hard to compete with the scenic, natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains and Sevierville sit at their northern base, with quick access to Smoky Mountain National Park and Douglas Lake, Sevierville offers ample opportunity for those considering hosting on Airbnb, with the typical Airbnb Host earning nearly $20,000 last year.

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Just Stop Oil protesters arrested after spraying Stonehenge orange

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73-year-old Vandal Rajan Naidu Joins Niamh Lynch to Damage Historic Stonehenge Monument
Feeling Young: 73-year-old vandal Rajan Naidu joins Niamh Lynch to damage historic Stonehenge monument

What would you do on a sunny British afternoon to help save the planet? If you are an entitled Just Stop Oil protester, you target something to spray with orange paint – their favorite color.

On June 19th, the chosen target was the historic Stonehenge monument, a prehistoric megalithic structure on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. Two activists have been arrested on suspicion of damaging some of the stones at the ancient site.

One of the people behind the stunt and arrested earlier today is Niamh Lynch from Birmingham, a 21-year-old Poundland version of Harry Potter and a student at the University of Oxford.

“Stonehenge at solstice is all about celebrating the natural world – but look at the state it’s in! We all have a right to live a life free from suffering, but continued burning of oil, coal and gas is leading to death and suffering on an unparalleled scale,” said the activist in a video posted on the Just Stop Oil Twitter account to inform their cult of followers.

Her partner in crime was Rajan Naidu, 73. Video footage posted on social media showed both of them wearing white shirts with the slogan “Just Stop Oil,” approaching the monoliths with canisters and spraying orange powder paint.

The action may have gained media attention, but the public is far from supporting the actions of Just Stop Oil, a group known for disrupting traffic and attacking artworks in the name of climate change.

“Mandatory psychoanalysis for anyone who feels compelled to throw paint on artworks or at heritage sites,” suggested Nina Power, Senior Editor at Compact Magazine.

Science fiction author C. R. Walton suggested that the disgruntled vandals should find cleverer ways to get their point across: “Defacing shared cultural heritage is shameful. Stonehenge belongs to everyone. It is not a canvas for activism. What might be more effective is convincing people with compelling logical argument and data.”

And Madrid-based Spanish writer Alejandro Suárez Basso didn’t mince his words expressing what would be suitable to punish the activists behind the Stonehenge damages:

I hope they rot in jail”

The stones at Stonehenge (which are protected under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act) have multiple rare lichen growing on them, which are also protected species.

“At around noon, we responded to a report that orange paint had been sprayed on some of the stones by two suspects.

Officers attended the scene and arrested two people on suspicion of damaging the ancient monument.  

Our enquiries are ongoing, and we are working closely with English Heritage,” the Wiltshire Police said in a statement released earlier today.

Some Twitter user shared humoured suggestions about how the Police should deal with the pair caught spraying

Warrington-born Alan Horn tweeted: “Make them clean it up, with tooth brushes,” whereas Royalist Naomi Ripley left a length reply to Naimh:

“Dear Naimh, Personally I would give you a toothbrush and make you stand there and brush it all off. You see child (and you are a child) you have no right to deface those stones. You have an opinion and that is fine but no opinion is able to be given using criminal damage. Grow up and you know what.. GET A JOB. and do something useful for society. I hope your parents are ashamed of you, I would be.”

Twitter/X user Duncan McDonald expressed his views and why he is not supporting Just Stop Oil:

“Well unless Naimh walked naked from Oxford to Stone Henge without anything about her person, I can’t but help think that everything used from the start of the journey to the conclusion of lobbing of orange shit all over the ancient monument involved oil, from the transport, clothes worn, glasses, mobile phone and all the tech to record this vandalism, even the package containing the orange shit and probably the orange shit itself. Until these arseholes supporting this idiotic protest mechanism stop using oil themselves, I won’t take them seriously at all. Only when they live their lives by embracing a policy of not using ANYTHING that has oil in it or used oil in its manufacturing process in any way can anyone take them seriously. Until then it’s just an exceptionally ironic annoyance that they are causing. So come on Just Stop Oil, show the world how to live without using oil, in EVERY aspect of your lives. Come on, eat your own dog food, practice what you preach, I challenge you to do it. And I bet you any money you like, once all your uneducated knuckle dragging followers realise what they would have to give up, they would immediately stop supporting your cause. Which is why I bet you are so economical with the truth to them. Just be honest, explain that all tech uses oil in its manufacturing processes. Manufactured clothing, the same, glasses and lenses, medicines, food, books and paper, the internet, you name it; oil is involved in it somewhere along the line.

This is not the first time that Just Stop Oil has angered the public instead of getting people on their side to fight global warming. The group managed to shut down key roads such as the M25 and Dartford Crossing in November 2022. They also disturbed major sports events, including the Wimbledon tennis championships, and had supporters throw tomato soup over Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery. On another controversial occasion, they damaged the case around the Magna Carta at the British Library.

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Bloomberg New Voices Launches Initiative in Brazil

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Banco do Brasil CEO Tarciana Medeiros in conversation with Julia Leite, Bloomberg Managing Editor for Emerging Markets in Latin America.

Bloomberg announced the expansion of its New Voices program to São Paulo with a celebration and networking reception held at Instituto Tomie Ohtake. This marks the program’s first expansion into South America, and São Paulo now joins New York, London, Paris, Johannesburg, Dubai, Singapore, and more as the initiative’s 16th city. The New Voices program began in 2018 with the goal of increasing the representation of women as expert sources across media platforms. Bloomberg sponsors intensive media training for women and other under-represented executives in business and finance to prepare them for broadcast appearances on Bloomberg TV and other media outlets.

During the event Banco do Brasil CEO Tarciana Medeiros spoke with Julia Leite, Bloomberg Managing Editor for Emerging Markets in Latin America, about her growth outlook for 2024 and the legacy she hopes to leave as the bank’s first woman CEO. The event also featured a conversation with Nubank Brazil CEO Livia Chanes moderated by Bloomberg TV anchor Annmarie Hordern, where she discussed the fintech sector, Nubank’s expansion into other Latin America markets, and more.

Laura Zelenko, Senior Executive Editor and Founder of New Voices at Bloomberg, and Vanessa Dezem, Bloomberg’s Bureau Chief for Brazil also delivered remarks at the launch about the importance of amplifying diverse voices through the New Voices program.

Speaking at the event, Zelenko said, “We decide every day who gets to speak on our platforms, whose views inform our coverage, who gets to tell our audiences what is the outlook for the economy, for markets, for a particular industry.” She continued, “Standing here in São Paulo, I should add that even beyond gender, it’s important that we are bringing more voices from this country, from this region, to our global financial reporting.”

Since the inception of the New Voices Program, Bloomberg has more than tripled the number of on-air female guests to 36%. The initiative expanded in 2020 to include a cohort of Black executives of all gender identities, and in 2021, Latinx executives across the U.S. More than 600 executives in more than 15 cities have participated in the program.

To apply or nominate someone for the program, please click here.

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Iranian journalist stabbed near his home in London

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Iranian journalist Pouria Zeraati
Pouria Zeraati is a journalist and TV presenter at London-based broadcaster Iran International.

Iran International presenter Pouria Zeraati, 36, was attacked by a group outside his home in Wimbledon, south London, on Friday night.

On March 30th he updated his social media with a picture from his hospital bed as he recovers in London. UK.

Counter-terrorism officers are leading the investigation; while the Iranian regime has denied any involvement.

London-based Iran International, a channel broadcasting in Persian since 2017, has been under “threat, heavy threats” for 18 months, according to its spokesman, Adam Baillie.

During an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Braillie said the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been targeting journalists and their families.

“The IRGC “get in touch through proxies, they don’t leave a paper trail”, he said.

“No one’s going to call up from the IRGC and go ‘hey, it’s us’, but families have been taken in for questioning and threatened,” Mr Baillie added.

The broadcaster spokesperson also said that Mr. Zeraati had received death threats before and that the threats against Iran International’s staff had “escalated dramatically” over time.

Since 2022, several plots to either kidnap or kill British or UK-based individuals perceived as enemies of the Iranian regime have been disrupted by police, it is understood.

The Metropolitan Police said the motivation for the attack on Friday was not yet clear, but Mr Zeraati’s occupation and recent threats towards UK-based Iranian journalists meant the investigation was being led by specialist counter-terrorism officers in the country.

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