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Newsmotion - Technology http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/39/all en Now You Can Hire a Prostitute Like You Hire an Uber http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/now-you-can-hire-prostitute-you-hire-uber <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now You Can Hire a Prostitute Like You Hire an Uber </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p> If a German app launched this month succeeds, smartphones could well be the next big marketplace for prostitution. Not unlike Uber for sex workers, the Berlin-based <a href="https://peppr.it/#/">Peppr</a> app uses GPS to connect potential clients with prostitutes in their immediate area. Prostitution is legal in Germany, and the app&#39;s declared intention is to save prostitutes from having to pound sidewalks for customers. It was created by Austrian developer Pia Poppenreiter &#8211; you couldn&#8217;t make up her (actually genuine) last name, which translates loosely as &#34;screw-rider&#34; &#8211; who came up with the idea after seeing sex workers out of doors on a cold night. &#34;The story always sounds corny, but it&#39;s true,&#34; she told German start-up magazine <em><a href="http://www.gruenderszene.de/allgemein/peppr-it">Grunderszene</a></em>. She continued:</p> <blockquote> <p> On a late autumn day in Berlin, I was on my way with a friend to a bar on Oranienburger Stra&#223;e. It was cold - I had a skirt on myself - and I saw a sex worker on the street. I thought, &#34;It&#39;s crazy that there&#8217;s an app for everything, but not for that. Why do they have to stand there in the winter all day?&#34; That thought has never left me.</p> </blockquote> <p> To help make sure that its sex workers don&#39;t become part of any human trafficking chain, Peppr interviews its advertisers over the phone before they sign them up, hoping to weed out anyone who is working against their will. The company will also not work with brothels, only individuals and escort agencies. Given that legal prostitution is already common and open across Germany, the app seems a fairly sound way for prostitutes to drum up customers from the comfort of a chair. The app&#39;s relative privacy could also be welcome &#8211; users could, for example, send identifiable headshots only after receiving a message. Many women and men working in the sex industry are keen to find ways to limit their exposure only to potential clients.</p> <p> Still, there are some obvious issues. Sex workers who solicit on the streets get a chance to suss out customers before they go off alone with them. Streetwalkers also tend to cluster in groups, for good reasons other than attracting customers. Having someone who can pay attention to who you&#39;re going off with and whose car you&#39;re stepping into can provide an extra, if far from infallible, sense of security. Exchange that for the comfort of an app, and prostitutes could find themselves turning up to a strange address to meet someone they&#39;ve had little chance to assess. This is of course what thousands of sex workers who advertise on the Internet already do daily, but it could be one reason why some still prefer the streets.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/22/Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 5.05.55 PM.png" style="width: 300px; height: 500px;" /><img alt="" height="500" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/22/Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 5.06.20 PM.png" width="300" /></p> <p> Especially streets like Berlin&#39;s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oranienburger_Stra%C3%9Fe">Oranienburger Stra&#223;e</a>. The strip where Poppenreiter first got her idea is probably safer than average. A small area in Central Berlin that&#8217;s busy day and night with shops, offices, and bars not connected to the sex industry, sex workers are probably tolerated there by police because it&#8217;s so compact &#8211; you can walk through it in two minutes. Angela Merkel herself lives in an apartment barely 100 meters away, so this is hardly some far-flung alley.</p> <p> To get a good number of hits on the app, sex workers might still need to locate in busy areas like this, where clustering together would also help to attract steady customers. The obvious answer to this would be to pick out a well-located place or premises in which to hang out together, and maybe some security. The problem with this concept &#8211; beyond the potential for abuse and exploitation &#8211; is that it has already been invented. It&#39;s called a brothel, a working model with which Peppr currently says it won&#39;t associate.</p> <p> Given the app&#39;s need for sex workers to situate themselves near customer clusters and its limitations as a screening device, it seems unlikely that concepts like Peppr (should more come) will supplant existing markets for sex work entirely. It will still be very interesting to see how the concept&#8217;s future pans out.</p><img width='1' height='1' src='http://atlanticcities.feedsportal.com/c/35095/f/648529/s/39a3eb04/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~4/fsZO5ZICU28" height="1" width="1"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/fsZO5ZICU28/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/fsZO5ZICU28/story01.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> Berlin Feargus O'Sullivan Germany Technology Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:31:00 +0000 feed 271972 at http://newsmotion.org Now You Can Hire a Prostitute Like You Hire an Uber http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/now-you-can-hire-prostitute-you-hire-uber-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now You Can Hire a Prostitute Like You Hire an Uber </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p> If a German app launched this month succeeds, smartphones could well be the next big marketplace for prostitution. Not unlike Uber for sex workers, the Berlin-based <a href="https://peppr.it/#/">Peppr</a> app uses GPS to connect potential clients with prostitutes in their immediate area. Prostitution is legal in Germany, and the app&#39;s declared intention is to save prostitutes from having to pound sidewalks for customers. It was created by Austrian developer Pia Poppenreiter &#8211; you couldn&#8217;t make up her (actually genuine) last name, which translates loosely as &#34;screw-rider&#34; &#8211; who came up with the idea after seeing sex workers out of doors on a cold night. &#34;The story always sounds corny, but it&#39;s true,&#34; she told German start-up magazine <em><a href="http://www.gruenderszene.de/allgemein/peppr-it">Grunderszene</a></em>. She continued:</p> <blockquote> <p> On a late autumn day in Berlin, I was on my way with a friend to a bar on Oranienburger Stra&#223;e. It was cold - I had a skirt on myself - and I saw a sex worker on the street. I thought, &#34;It&#39;s crazy that there&#8217;s an app for everything, but not for that. Why do they have to stand there in the winter all day?&#34; That thought has never left me.</p> </blockquote> <p> To help make sure that its sex workers don&#39;t become part of any human trafficking chain, Peppr interviews its advertisers over the phone before they sign them up, hoping to weed out anyone who is working against their will. The company will also not work with brothels, only individuals and escort agencies. Given that legal prostitution is already common and open across Germany, the app seems a fairly sound way for prostitutes to drum up customers from the comfort of a chair. The app&#39;s relative privacy could also be welcome &#8211; users could, for example, send identifiable headshots only after receiving a message. Many women and men working in the sex industry are keen to find ways to limit their exposure only to potential clients.</p> <p> Still, there are some obvious issues. Sex workers who solicit on the streets get a chance to suss out customers before they go off alone with them. Streetwalkers also tend to cluster in groups, for good reasons other than attracting customers. Having someone who can pay attention to who you&#39;re going off with and whose car you&#39;re stepping into can provide an extra, if far from infallible, sense of security. Exchange that for the comfort of an app, and prostitutes could find themselves turning up to a strange address to meet someone they&#39;ve had little chance to assess. This is of course what thousands of sex workers who advertise on the Internet already do daily, but it could be one reason why some still prefer the streets.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/22/Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 5.05.55 PM.png" style="width: 300px; height: 500px;" /><img alt="" height="500" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/22/Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 5.06.20 PM.png" width="300" /></p> <p> Especially streets like Berlin&#39;s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oranienburger_Stra%C3%9Fe">Oranienburger Stra&#223;e</a>. The strip where Poppenreiter first got her idea is probably safer than average. A small area in Central Berlin that&#8217;s busy day and night with shops, offices, and bars not connected to the sex industry, sex workers are probably tolerated there by police because it&#8217;s so compact &#8211; you can walk through it in two minutes. Angela Merkel herself lives in an apartment barely 100 meters away, so this is hardly some far-flung alley.</p> <p> To get a good number of hits on the app, sex workers might still need to locate in busy areas like this, where clustering together would also help to attract steady customers. The obvious answer to this would be to pick out a well-located place or premises in which to hang out together, and maybe some security. The problem with this concept &#8211; beyond the potential for abuse and exploitation &#8211; is that it has already been invented. It&#39;s called a brothel, a working model with which Peppr currently says it won&#39;t associate.</p> <p> Given the app&#39;s need for sex workers to situate themselves near customer clusters and its limitations as a screening device, it seems unlikely that concepts like Peppr (should more come) will supplant existing markets for sex work entirely. It will still be very interesting to see how the concept&#8217;s future pans out.</p><img width='1' height='1' src='http://atlanticcities.feedsportal.com/c/35095/f/648529/s/39a3eb04/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505109401/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3eb04/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~4/fsZO5ZICU28" height="1" width="1"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/fsZO5ZICU28/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/fsZO5ZICU28/story01.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> Berlin Feargus O'Sullivan Germany Technology Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:31:00 +0000 feed 272055 at http://newsmotion.org The NYPD Just Figured Out How to Publicize Its Own Worst Moments on Twitter http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/nypd-just-figured-out-how-publicize-its-own-worst-moments-twitter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The NYPD Just Figured Out How to Publicize Its Own Worst Moments on Twitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="annotatable" data-annotation-count="0" data-article-id="201861" data-thread-id="63125"> <span class="anno-span">The New York Police Department just got a, shall we say,&#160;brutal lesson in social media.</span><br /> <br /> <span class="anno-span">A little before 3pm New York time this afternoon, the NYPD&#160;tweeted out a seemingly innocuous three sentences, &#160;asking people to share photos taken with NYPD members and include the hashtag #myNYPD. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us &#38; tag it <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a>. It may be featured on our Facebook. <a href="http://t.co/mE2c3oSmm6">pic.twitter.com/mE2c3oSmm6</a></p> &#8212; NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYPDnews/statuses/458665477409996800">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p class="annotatable" data-annotation-count="0" data-article-id="201861" data-thread-id="63128"> <span class="anno-span">The good news is that that hashtag is now trending. The bad news is that it&#8217;s trending. </span></p> <p> <span class="anno-span">While a few people&#160;shared the sorts of pictures the NYPD was hoping for, the thousands who think much less highly of the department&#8212;including the Occupy Wall Street movement&#8212;responded with cheeky, stark, and even gory photos of apparent police brutality. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> You might not have known this, but the NYPD can help you with that kink in your neck. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a> <a href="http://t.co/fzUok1FWXG">pic.twitter.com/fzUok1FWXG</a></p> &#8212; Cocky McSwagsalot (@MoreAndAgain) <a href="https://twitter.com/MoreAndAgain/statuses/458703571609874432">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Here RT <a href="https://twitter.com/NYPDnews">@NYPDnews</a>: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us &#38; tag it <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a>. <a href="http://t.co/eHy0owq01s">pic.twitter.com/eHy0owq01s</a></p> &#8212; Nova Sankofa (@NovaSankofa) <a href="https://twitter.com/NovaSankofa/statuses/458693975470125056">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Need a deep tissue massage? <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MyNypd&#38;src=hash">#MyNypd</a> has you covered!! <a href="http://t.co/2ZuwGTYONt">pic.twitter.com/2ZuwGTYONt</a></p> &#8212; आनिल् (@guru0509) <a href="https://twitter.com/guru0509/statuses/458696795095592960">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Here the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NYPD&#38;src=hash">#NYPD</a> engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a> <a href="http://t.co/GErbiFFDvY">pic.twitter.com/GErbiFFDvY</a></p> &#8212; Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) <a href="https://twitter.com/OccupyWallStNYC/statuses/458684716447973376">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> &#34;Children STOP RESISTING.&#34; - <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a> <a href="http://t.co/1PBdpYty2p">pic.twitter.com/1PBdpYty2p</a></p> &#8212; Casey Aldridge (@CaseyJAldridge) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaseyJAldridge/statuses/458704706261381122">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <span class="anno-span"><span data-num="1">As many pointed out, the NYPD&#160;should really have learned a thing or two from JP Morgan, which&#160;brought on a similar <a href="http://thefinancialbrand.com/35532/8-lessons-from-jpmorgan-twitter-disaster/">deluge of abuse</a> last November&#160;when it invited people to send&#160;questions for a live Q&#38;A with a bank executive using the hashtag #AskJPM: </span></span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MyNYPD&#38;src=hash">#MyNYPD</a> - Best activist hijacking since <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhiteManMarchProtestSigns&#38;src=hash">#WhiteManMarchProtestSigns</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskJPM&#38;src=hash">#AskJPM</a>.</p> &#8212; Casey Aldridge (@CaseyJAldridge) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaseyJAldridge/statuses/458707915742789634">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <span class="anno-span"><span class="emHighlight" data-num="1">And unfortunately, #myNYPD is now a repository of everything the police department does not want people to remember about it</span></span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Who would have thought <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a> wouldn&#39;t be what <a href="https://twitter.com/NYPDnews">@NYPDnews</a> thought it should be? Welcome to the 21st century, folks. <a href="http://t.co/FbOJeBXbcs">pic.twitter.com/FbOJeBXbcs</a></p> &#8212; Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) <a href="https://twitter.com/zeynep/statuses/458712459734286336">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <b><em>This post originally appeared on <a href="http://qz.com/201861/the-nypd-just-figured-out-the-perfect-way-to-publicize-its-own-worst-moments-on-twitter/#/h/63137,1/">Quartz</a>. 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Ferdman Technology Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 feed 271973 at http://newsmotion.org The NYPD Just Figured Out How to Publicize Its Own Worst Moments on Twitter http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/nypd-just-figured-out-how-publicize-its-own-worst-moments-twitter-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The NYPD Just Figured Out How to Publicize Its Own Worst Moments on Twitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="annotatable" data-annotation-count="0" data-article-id="201861" data-thread-id="63125"> <span class="anno-span">The New York Police Department just got a, shall we say,&#160;brutal lesson in social media.</span><br /> <br /> <span class="anno-span">A little before 3pm New York time this afternoon, the NYPD&#160;tweeted out a seemingly innocuous three sentences, &#160;asking people to share photos taken with NYPD members and include the hashtag #myNYPD. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us &#38; tag it <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a>. It may be featured on our Facebook. <a href="http://t.co/mE2c3oSmm6">pic.twitter.com/mE2c3oSmm6</a></p> &#8212; NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYPDnews/statuses/458665477409996800">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p class="annotatable" data-annotation-count="0" data-article-id="201861" data-thread-id="63128"> <span class="anno-span">The good news is that that hashtag is now trending. The bad news is that it&#8217;s trending. </span></p> <p> <span class="anno-span">While a few people&#160;shared the sorts of pictures the NYPD was hoping for, the thousands who think much less highly of the department&#8212;including the Occupy Wall Street movement&#8212;responded with cheeky, stark, and even gory photos of apparent police brutality. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> You might not have known this, but the NYPD can help you with that kink in your neck. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a> <a href="http://t.co/fzUok1FWXG">pic.twitter.com/fzUok1FWXG</a></p> &#8212; Cocky McSwagsalot (@MoreAndAgain) <a href="https://twitter.com/MoreAndAgain/statuses/458703571609874432">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Here RT <a href="https://twitter.com/NYPDnews">@NYPDnews</a>: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us &#38; tag it <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a>. <a href="http://t.co/eHy0owq01s">pic.twitter.com/eHy0owq01s</a></p> &#8212; Nova Sankofa (@NovaSankofa) <a href="https://twitter.com/NovaSankofa/statuses/458693975470125056">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Need a deep tissue massage? <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MyNypd&#38;src=hash">#MyNypd</a> has you covered!! <a href="http://t.co/2ZuwGTYONt">pic.twitter.com/2ZuwGTYONt</a></p> &#8212; आनिल् (@guru0509) <a href="https://twitter.com/guru0509/statuses/458696795095592960">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Here the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NYPD&#38;src=hash">#NYPD</a> engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a> <a href="http://t.co/GErbiFFDvY">pic.twitter.com/GErbiFFDvY</a></p> &#8212; Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) <a href="https://twitter.com/OccupyWallStNYC/statuses/458684716447973376">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> &#34;Children STOP RESISTING.&#34; - <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a> <a href="http://t.co/1PBdpYty2p">pic.twitter.com/1PBdpYty2p</a></p> &#8212; Casey Aldridge (@CaseyJAldridge) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaseyJAldridge/statuses/458704706261381122">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <span class="anno-span"><span data-num="1">As many pointed out, the NYPD&#160;should really have learned a thing or two from JP Morgan, which&#160;brought on a similar <a href="http://thefinancialbrand.com/35532/8-lessons-from-jpmorgan-twitter-disaster/">deluge of abuse</a> last November&#160;when it invited people to send&#160;questions for a live Q&#38;A with a bank executive using the hashtag #AskJPM: </span></span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MyNYPD&#38;src=hash">#MyNYPD</a> - Best activist hijacking since <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhiteManMarchProtestSigns&#38;src=hash">#WhiteManMarchProtestSigns</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskJPM&#38;src=hash">#AskJPM</a>.</p> &#8212; Casey Aldridge (@CaseyJAldridge) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaseyJAldridge/statuses/458707915742789634">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <span class="anno-span"><span class="emHighlight" data-num="1">And unfortunately, #myNYPD is now a repository of everything the police department does not want people to remember about it</span></span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p> Who would have thought <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myNYPD&#38;src=hash">#myNYPD</a> wouldn&#39;t be what <a href="https://twitter.com/NYPDnews">@NYPDnews</a> thought it should be? Welcome to the 21st century, folks. <a href="http://t.co/FbOJeBXbcs">pic.twitter.com/FbOJeBXbcs</a></p> &#8212; Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) <a href="https://twitter.com/zeynep/statuses/458712459734286336">April 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <b><em>This post originally appeared on <a href="http://qz.com/201861/the-nypd-just-figured-out-the-perfect-way-to-publicize-its-own-worst-moments-on-twitter/#/h/63137,1/">Quartz</a>. More from our partner site:<em><b> </b></em></em></b></p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://qz.com/201754/activist-investor-bill-ackman-says-the-outsiders-book-explains-his-biggest-deal-ever/">Activist investor Bill Ackman says this book explains his firm&#8217;s biggest deal ever</a></li> <li> <a href="http://qz.com/201721/manchester-united-just-fired-its-manager-and-investors-are-thrilled/">Manchester United just fired its manager&#8212;and investors are thrilled</a></li> <li> <a href="http://qz.com/201767/wealthy-chinese-are-turning-to-american-surrogates-to-birth-their-children/">Wealthy Chinese are turning to American surrogates to birth their children</a></li> </ul><img width='1' height='1' src='http://atlanticcities.feedsportal.com/c/35095/f/648529/s/39a3e7c7/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109040/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3e7c7/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109040/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3e7c7/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109040/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3e7c7/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109040/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3e7c7/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109040/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3e7c7/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109040/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3e7c7/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109040/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3e7c7/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109040/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3e7c7/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505109040/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a3e7c7/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~4/PTn76VIreYM" height="1" width="1"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/PTn76VIreYM/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/PTn76VIreYM/story01.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> Manchester New York Roberto A. Ferdman Technology Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 feed 272056 at http://newsmotion.org For Smaller Cities, the Airbnb Backlash Can Be Even Bigger http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/smaller-cities-airbnb-backlash-can-be-even-bigger <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For Smaller Cities, the Airbnb Backlash Can Be Even Bigger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p> Kevin Flynn has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years in Ashland, Oregon. Six months ago, though, he was recruited to crack down on an issue that&#39;s cropped up in not just his city but similarly sized communities nationwide: short-term home rentals.</p> <p> The idea of residents turning over all or part of their dwellings to a temporary guest is far from new. But thanks to <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a> and other Internet-based brokers like <a href="http://www.vrbo.com/">VRBO.com</a> and <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/">HomeAway</a>, this practice has spread like wildfire and turned into a burgeoning new&#160;industry. And in many smaller cities like Ashland, residents unused to such a high volume of tourist turnover are voicing major concerns about the arrangement.</p> <p> Their complaints range from not being able to find parking in their own neighborhoods, to feeling unsafe not knowing who&#39;s coming and going, to disruptions from loud partying. At the same time, city officials are struggling with how to classify these new-school vacation rentals and to what degree to regulate them without killing the tourism boost that they can bring.</p> <p> Ashland&#39;s claim to fame has long been its annual&#160;<a href="http://www.osfashland.org/en.aspx">Shakespeare festival</a> and picturesque setting surrounded by mountains. Altogether, an estimated 350,000 tourists make the trek annually, and in recent years it&#39;s evolved into a year-round destination. According to Flynn, many Ashland homeowners rent out their entire houses during peak tourism season. Others take their garage, remodel it, and turn it into a livable space as side income. Still other families let guests stay in a single room of the residence while they occupy the rest of the dwelling. They use Airbnb, Craigslist, essentially every digital vehicle that&#8217;s out there to advertise and book deals.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/21/Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 1.02.10 PM.png" style="width: 600px; height: 382px;" /><br /> <small><em>Photo courtesy of Flickr user <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/arbron/309002690">Jeff Hitchcock</a></em></small></p> <p> The problem comes when residents try to rent under the radar. Rules vary by city, but in Ashland, anyone renting out a dwelling is required to obtain a business license and pay what&#8217;s known as a transient occupancy tax &#8212; the same as what hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts pay. Certain residentially zoned areas of the city are also off-limits, or require neighbors to agree to allow short-term rentals. Complaints have surfaced when non-sanctioned rentals pop up in single-family residential zones, and especially in non owner-occupied rentals so &#34;they&#39;re not there to supervise,&#34; he says.</p> <p> A big part of Flynn&#8217;s role is to figure out who can and cannot rent out their homes, issuing 10-day cease and abate orders, explaining what residents must do to be compliant and, if all else fails, fining them. It&#8217;s akin to a health inspector role. He estimates he&#8217;s reached out to close to 200 properties so far. A watchdog group of citizens tips him off to rule-breakers, and he also trolls rental sites on his own to keep up with the phenomenon.</p> <aside> <p> &#34;It&#39;s noise, it&#39;s traffic, it&#39;s parking, it&#39;s sanitation.&#34;</p> </aside> <p> &#34;With some, I&#39;m able to say, &#39;You can do this legally and you just have to go through this process.&#39; Then they do that. It&#39;s hard when I have to tell them that, currently under the law, you can&#8217;t operate,&#34; he says. &#34;In the beginning it was chipping away one at a time; now as soon as (a short-term rental) pops up, that day or the next day I&#8217;m contacting the owner. It gives you an idea of how closely monitored this is.&#34;</p> <p> In Savannah, Georgia, a major tourist destination, the issue isn&#8217;t quite as settled. Problems surfaced when it became more noticeable that mansion owners downtown were renting out their properties to short-term visitors, and neighbors logged complaints about who was staying there.</p> <p> &#34;It wasn&#39;t like families showing up for vacations. These were wedding parties using these houses as venues for a weekend blowout,&#34; Assistant City Manager Peter Shonka says. &#34;We&#39;re talking about young people with money and alcohol. We got complaints of improper urination, littering. They were cramming 20 people inside the mansions, and this was putting a lot of stress on the neighbors.&#34;</p> <p> Between Airbnb and other online operators, the total number of short-term rentals has soared in Savannah. Beyond the historic downtown sector, in neighborhoods with driveways and lawns, more homes and portions of homes are being rented out, too. A &#8220;few bad apples&#8221; have prompted the city to examine the overall issue more closely, says Bridget Lidy, of the city&#8217;s Tourism Management and Ambassadorship department.</p> <p> It&#39;s much the same story in smaller cities with distinctive tourism draws around the country. In&#160;Austin, Texas, which hosts<strong>&#160;</strong>massive annual events like South by Southwest, the short-term rental market has exploded over the past five years. To balance regulation and allow Airbnb and other online services to thrive, two years ago the city&#160;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/str">created a licensing system</a>. Short-term rentals owners have to secure a license from a specially created government unit that deals with these properties. Austin officials also limit the number of homes that can be rented per building and per area of the city, in an effort to prevent any single neighborhood from becoming overrun by temporary visitors.</p> <p> And in&#160;Fort Lauderdale, Florida,&#160;a 2011 law prohibited local governments from regulating, banning, or creating new rules about vacation rentals. But the Florida state legislature is currently working to change this through bills proposed this spring. Fort Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman <a href="http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2014-03-26/news/fl-vacation-rentals-bill-20140326_1_vacation-rentals-debora-oster-cities">told the <em>Sun-Sentinel</em> newspaper</a>, for locals, the problem is &#34;noise, it&#39;s traffic, it&#39;s parking, it&#39;s sanitation. Basically it&#39;s the commercialization of residential property.&#34;</p><img width='1' height='1' src='http://atlanticcities.feedsportal.com/c/35095/f/648529/s/39a2be37/sc/24/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~4/GzbDXomo6Cc" height="1" width="1"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/GzbDXomo6Cc/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/GzbDXomo6Cc/story01.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> Dena Levitz Florida Georgia Oregon Technology Texas Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:30:00 +0000 feed 271974 at http://newsmotion.org For Smaller Cities, the Airbnb Backlash Can Be Even Bigger http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/smaller-cities-airbnb-backlash-can-be-even-bigger-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For Smaller Cities, the Airbnb Backlash Can Be Even Bigger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p> Kevin Flynn has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years in Ashland, Oregon. Six months ago, though, he was recruited to crack down on an issue that&#39;s cropped up in not just his city but similarly sized communities nationwide: short-term home rentals.</p> <p> The idea of residents turning over all or part of their dwellings to a temporary guest is far from new. But thanks to <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a> and other Internet-based brokers like <a href="http://www.vrbo.com/">VRBO.com</a> and <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/">HomeAway</a>, this practice has spread like wildfire and turned into a burgeoning new&#160;industry. And in many smaller cities like Ashland, residents unused to such a high volume of tourist turnover are voicing major concerns about the arrangement.</p> <p> Their complaints range from not being able to find parking in their own neighborhoods, to feeling unsafe not knowing who&#39;s coming and going, to disruptions from loud partying. At the same time, city officials are struggling with how to classify these new-school vacation rentals and to what degree to regulate them without killing the tourism boost that they can bring.</p> <p> Ashland&#39;s claim to fame has long been its annual&#160;<a href="http://www.osfashland.org/en.aspx">Shakespeare festival</a> and picturesque setting surrounded by mountains. Altogether, an estimated 350,000 tourists make the trek annually, and in recent years it&#39;s evolved into a year-round destination. According to Flynn, many Ashland homeowners rent out their entire houses during peak tourism season. Others take their garage, remodel it, and turn it into a livable space as side income. Still other families let guests stay in a single room of the residence while they occupy the rest of the dwelling. They use Airbnb, Craigslist, essentially every digital vehicle that&#8217;s out there to advertise and book deals.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/21/Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 1.02.10 PM.png" style="width: 600px; height: 382px;" /><br /> <small><em>Photo courtesy of Flickr user <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/arbron/309002690">Jeff Hitchcock</a></em></small></p> <p> The problem comes when residents try to rent under the radar. Rules vary by city, but in Ashland, anyone renting out a dwelling is required to obtain a business license and pay what&#8217;s known as a transient occupancy tax &#8212; the same as what hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts pay. Certain residentially zoned areas of the city are also off-limits, or require neighbors to agree to allow short-term rentals. Complaints have surfaced when non-sanctioned rentals pop up in single-family residential zones, and especially in non owner-occupied rentals so &#34;they&#39;re not there to supervise,&#34; he says.</p> <p> A big part of Flynn&#8217;s role is to figure out who can and cannot rent out their homes, issuing 10-day cease and abate orders, explaining what residents must do to be compliant and, if all else fails, fining them. It&#8217;s akin to a health inspector role. He estimates he&#8217;s reached out to close to 200 properties so far. A watchdog group of citizens tips him off to rule-breakers, and he also trolls rental sites on his own to keep up with the phenomenon.</p> <aside> <p> &#34;It&#39;s noise, it&#39;s traffic, it&#39;s parking, it&#39;s sanitation.&#34;</p> </aside> <p> &#34;With some, I&#39;m able to say, &#39;You can do this legally and you just have to go through this process.&#39; Then they do that. It&#39;s hard when I have to tell them that, currently under the law, you can&#8217;t operate,&#34; he says. &#34;In the beginning it was chipping away one at a time; now as soon as (a short-term rental) pops up, that day or the next day I&#8217;m contacting the owner. It gives you an idea of how closely monitored this is.&#34;</p> <p> In Savannah, Georgia, a major tourist destination, the issue isn&#8217;t quite as settled. Problems surfaced when it became more noticeable that mansion owners downtown were renting out their properties to short-term visitors, and neighbors logged complaints about who was staying there.</p> <p> &#34;It wasn&#39;t like families showing up for vacations. These were wedding parties using these houses as venues for a weekend blowout,&#34; Assistant City Manager Peter Shonka says. &#34;We&#39;re talking about young people with money and alcohol. We got complaints of improper urination, littering. They were cramming 20 people inside the mansions, and this was putting a lot of stress on the neighbors.&#34;</p> <p> Between Airbnb and other online operators, the total number of short-term rentals has soared in Savannah. Beyond the historic downtown sector, in neighborhoods with driveways and lawns, more homes and portions of homes are being rented out, too. A &#8220;few bad apples&#8221; have prompted the city to examine the overall issue more closely, says Bridget Lidy, of the city&#8217;s Tourism Management and Ambassadorship department.</p> <p> It&#39;s much the same story in smaller cities with distinctive tourism draws around the country. In&#160;Austin, Texas, which hosts<strong>&#160;</strong>massive annual events like South by Southwest, the short-term rental market has exploded over the past five years. To balance regulation and allow Airbnb and other online services to thrive, two years ago the city&#160;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/str">created a licensing system</a>. Short-term rentals owners have to secure a license from a specially created government unit that deals with these properties. Austin officials also limit the number of homes that can be rented per building and per area of the city, in an effort to prevent any single neighborhood from becoming overrun by temporary visitors.</p> <p> And in&#160;Fort Lauderdale, Florida,&#160;a 2011 law prohibited local governments from regulating, banning, or creating new rules about vacation rentals. But the Florida state legislature is currently working to change this through bills proposed this spring. Fort Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman <a href="http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2014-03-26/news/fl-vacation-rentals-bill-20140326_1_vacation-rentals-debora-oster-cities">told the <em>Sun-Sentinel</em> newspaper</a>, for locals, the problem is &#34;noise, it&#39;s traffic, it&#39;s parking, it&#39;s sanitation. Basically it&#39;s the commercialization of residential property.&#34;</p><img width='1' height='1' src='http://atlanticcities.feedsportal.com/c/35095/f/648529/s/39a2be37/sc/24/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505100947/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a2be37/sc/24/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~4/GzbDXomo6Cc" height="1" width="1"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/GzbDXomo6Cc/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/GzbDXomo6Cc/story01.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> Dena Levitz Florida Georgia Oregon Technology Texas Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:30:00 +0000 feed 272057 at http://newsmotion.org How China Will Dominate the U.S. Electric-Bus Market http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/how-china-will-dominate-us-electric-bus-market <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How China Will Dominate the U.S. Electric-Bus Market </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p> Next Monday, a battery-powered, 40-foot bus is set to roll off the assembly line in a former recreational vehicle factory in Lancaster, California, a blue-collar desert community north of Los Angeles, and be delivered to the local transit authority.</p> <p> There&#8217;s no missing the symbolism&#8212;a defunct manufacturing plant that once made massive, gas-hogging RVs is reborn to produce carbon-free transportation (and local jobs)&#8212;as the world tips toward climate catastrophe.</p> <p> <a href="www.theatlantic.com/special-report/great-energy-shift-2/"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/22/energyshift_II_bug.png" style="width: 242px; height: 122px; float: left;" /></a></p> <p> But here&#8217;s who&#8217;s driving this $800,000 bus: China. The owner of the factory and the technology that lets the <a href="http://www.byd.com/la/auto/ebus.html">eBus</a> go 155 miles on a charge is BYD, the $38 billion Chinese conglomerate that makes everything from electric cars to LED lighting to solar panels. (The company is best known in the United States for the owner of 10 percent of its shares&#8212;a Nebraskan investor named Warren Buffett.)</p> <p> As I <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/automobiles/from-china-to-los-angeles-taking-the-electric-bus.html?_r=0">wrote in <em>The New York Times</em></a> last October about BYD&#8217;s move into Los Angeles:</p> <blockquote> <p> THERE&#8217;S a newcomer to this city&#8217;s auto row. Compared to the shiny showrooms displaying the latest Mercedeses and Toyotas, the Chinese carmaker BYD&#8217;s outpost in the shadow of downtown skyscrapers looks rather forlorn.</p> <p> Just two of its models &#8212; a red electric sport utility vehicle and a brown gasoline-powered sedan &#8212; are on view in an otherwise empty storefront. But it&#8217;s the pair of 40-foot-long battery-powered buses parked across the street that is driving the company&#8217;s ambitions to become the first Chinese automaker to break into the United States market.</p> <p data-uninsertable="has-special-tag"> The company beat American competitors to win contracts to build electric buses for transit agencies in Los Angeles and nearby Long Beach. BYD is also pursuing deals to supply electric shuttle buses to rental car agencies, amusement parks and Silicon Valley technology companies.&#160;<span>In New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority began a two-month road-test of BYD&#8217;s battery-powered eBus in September.</span></p> </blockquote> <p> Media attention, though, has focused on BYD&#8217;s rocky entry into the U.S. market. California state regulators last year docked the company $99,245 for violating state labor laws by under-paying Chinese engineers it brought over to work at the Lancaster factory. The labor commission later dropped that charge and reduced the fine to $37,803 for minor infractions of state labor laws.</p> <p> Then in March, the <a href="http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140327/long-beach-transit-byd-cancel-121-million-contract-for-electric-buses">Long Beach transit board canceled its $12.1 million deal with BYD</a> for 10 buses because federal officials, who are providing most of the money for the transit project, said BYD had not been an eligible recipient of U.S. funding at the time of the bidding. &#160;&#160;</p> <p> Those setbacks are distractions from the real story: China has begun to emerge as a green tech and energy innovator.</p> <p> Take the 324 kilowatt-hour iron phosphate battery that powers the eBus. BYD has built another factory in Lancaster to assemble battery packs, which can also be used to store renewable energy from solar panels or wind turbines. A smaller version of the battery pack powers the e6 SUV, giving it a range of 186 miles on a charge, compared to 75 miles for most electric cars currently on the market.</p> <p> While Americans tend to focus on invented-in-Silicon-Valley technology&#8212;Tesla!&#8212;the rest of the world is jumping onboard the eBus. BYD has signed deals to supply the vehicle to countries in Asia, Europe and South America. And the e6 has started to appear in taxi fleets around the world. &#160;So don&#8217;t be surprised if you hop in one at LAX sometime in the next few years.</p> <p> Meanwhile, back in the U.S., there&#8217;s a paucity of homegrown competitors in the electric bus market, with the leading rival being a South Carolina company called <a href="http://www.proterra.com">Proterra</a>.</p> <p> So count on continued coverage of Tesla Motors&#8217; <a href="http://qz.com/182071/the-unlikely-battle-between-elon-musk-and-warren-buffett-to-sell-electric-cars-in-china/">plans to sell its luxury electric sports sedan</a> to China&#8217;s 1 percent&#8212;Elon Musk!&#8212;while China quietly moves the masses around Southern California and Silicon Valley in its silent-running eBuses.</p> <p> <em>This post originally appeared on <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/forget-tesla-in-china-heres-how-china-will-dominate-the-us-electric-bus-market/360985/">The Atlantic</a>.</em></p><img width='1' height='1' src='http://atlanticcities.feedsportal.com/c/35095/f/648529/s/39a0ca4f/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~4/94ZKSrNeTDs" height="1" width="1"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/94ZKSrNeTDs/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/94ZKSrNeTDs/story01.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> California China Los Angeles New York South Carolina Technology Todd Woody United States Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:16:00 +0000 feed 271976 at http://newsmotion.org How China Will Dominate the U.S. Electric-Bus Market http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/how-china-will-dominate-us-electric-bus-market-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How China Will Dominate the U.S. Electric-Bus Market </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p> Next Monday, a battery-powered, 40-foot bus is set to roll off the assembly line in a former recreational vehicle factory in Lancaster, California, a blue-collar desert community north of Los Angeles, and be delivered to the local transit authority.</p> <p> There&#8217;s no missing the symbolism&#8212;a defunct manufacturing plant that once made massive, gas-hogging RVs is reborn to produce carbon-free transportation (and local jobs)&#8212;as the world tips toward climate catastrophe.</p> <p> <a href="www.theatlantic.com/special-report/great-energy-shift-2/"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/22/energyshift_II_bug.png" style="width: 242px; height: 122px; float: left;" /></a></p> <p> But here&#8217;s who&#8217;s driving this $800,000 bus: China. The owner of the factory and the technology that lets the <a href="http://www.byd.com/la/auto/ebus.html">eBus</a> go 155 miles on a charge is BYD, the $38 billion Chinese conglomerate that makes everything from electric cars to LED lighting to solar panels. (The company is best known in the United States for the owner of 10 percent of its shares&#8212;a Nebraskan investor named Warren Buffett.)</p> <p> As I <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/automobiles/from-china-to-los-angeles-taking-the-electric-bus.html?_r=0">wrote in <em>The New York Times</em></a> last October about BYD&#8217;s move into Los Angeles:</p> <blockquote> <p> THERE&#8217;S a newcomer to this city&#8217;s auto row. Compared to the shiny showrooms displaying the latest Mercedeses and Toyotas, the Chinese carmaker BYD&#8217;s outpost in the shadow of downtown skyscrapers looks rather forlorn.</p> <p> Just two of its models &#8212; a red electric sport utility vehicle and a brown gasoline-powered sedan &#8212; are on view in an otherwise empty storefront. But it&#8217;s the pair of 40-foot-long battery-powered buses parked across the street that is driving the company&#8217;s ambitions to become the first Chinese automaker to break into the United States market.</p> <p data-uninsertable="has-special-tag"> The company beat American competitors to win contracts to build electric buses for transit agencies in Los Angeles and nearby Long Beach. BYD is also pursuing deals to supply electric shuttle buses to rental car agencies, amusement parks and Silicon Valley technology companies.&#160;<span>In New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority began a two-month road-test of BYD&#8217;s battery-powered eBus in September.</span></p> </blockquote> <p> Media attention, though, has focused on BYD&#8217;s rocky entry into the U.S. market. California state regulators last year docked the company $99,245 for violating state labor laws by under-paying Chinese engineers it brought over to work at the Lancaster factory. The labor commission later dropped that charge and reduced the fine to $37,803 for minor infractions of state labor laws.</p> <p> Then in March, the <a href="http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140327/long-beach-transit-byd-cancel-121-million-contract-for-electric-buses">Long Beach transit board canceled its $12.1 million deal with BYD</a> for 10 buses because federal officials, who are providing most of the money for the transit project, said BYD had not been an eligible recipient of U.S. funding at the time of the bidding. &#160;&#160;</p> <p> Those setbacks are distractions from the real story: China has begun to emerge as a green tech and energy innovator.</p> <p> Take the 324 kilowatt-hour iron phosphate battery that powers the eBus. BYD has built another factory in Lancaster to assemble battery packs, which can also be used to store renewable energy from solar panels or wind turbines. A smaller version of the battery pack powers the e6 SUV, giving it a range of 186 miles on a charge, compared to 75 miles for most electric cars currently on the market.</p> <p> While Americans tend to focus on invented-in-Silicon-Valley technology&#8212;Tesla!&#8212;the rest of the world is jumping onboard the eBus. BYD has signed deals to supply the vehicle to countries in Asia, Europe and South America. And the e6 has started to appear in taxi fleets around the world. &#160;So don&#8217;t be surprised if you hop in one at LAX sometime in the next few years.</p> <p> Meanwhile, back in the U.S., there&#8217;s a paucity of homegrown competitors in the electric bus market, with the leading rival being a South Carolina company called <a href="http://www.proterra.com">Proterra</a>.</p> <p> So count on continued coverage of Tesla Motors&#8217; <a href="http://qz.com/182071/the-unlikely-battle-between-elon-musk-and-warren-buffett-to-sell-electric-cars-in-china/">plans to sell its luxury electric sports sedan</a> to China&#8217;s 1 percent&#8212;Elon Musk!&#8212;while China quietly moves the masses around Southern California and Silicon Valley in its silent-running eBuses.</p> <p> <em>This post originally appeared on <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/forget-tesla-in-china-heres-how-china-will-dominate-the-us-electric-bus-market/360985/">The Atlantic</a>.</em></p><img width='1' height='1' src='http://atlanticcities.feedsportal.com/c/35095/f/648529/s/39a0ca4f/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505097863/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/39a0ca4f/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~4/94ZKSrNeTDs" height="1" width="1"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/94ZKSrNeTDs/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/94ZKSrNeTDs/story01.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> California China Los Angeles New York South Carolina Technology Todd Woody United States Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:16:00 +0000 feed 272059 at http://newsmotion.org The South Korea Ferry Disaster Can Be Seen From Space http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/south-korea-ferry-disaster-can-be-seen-space <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The South Korea Ferry Disaster Can Be Seen From Space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/21/south korea korean ferry sinking disaster april 2014 death toll nasa noaa space photo RESCUE.JPG" style="width: 604px; height: 347px;" /></p> <p> A catastrophe as massive as the South Korean ferry accident deserves an equally outsized response. And indeed the search-and-rescue teams have been out in full force, creating a light signature so intense that&#160;in the night sky it looks like a small city.</p> <p> Since last week, the sinking of the&#160;Sewol ferry &#8211; which at last count had claimed roughly 100 lives with 200 people still missing &#8211; has attracted a virtual armada of assisting vessels. Newly released <a href="http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail2.php?MediaID=1536&#38;MediaTypeID=1">satellite images</a> from NASA and NOAA reveals the frenzied marine activity off the country&#39;s southwest coast (look for the white arrow). For a size comparison, the brightest grouping of lights at the top of the island below the ferry&#39;s location is Jeju City, population roughly 435,000:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/21/south korea korean ferry sinking disaster april 2014 death toll nasa noaa space photo 21.JPG" style="width: 604px; height: 620px;" /></p> <p> Here&#39;s a closer look of the wreck site surrounded by a wide scattering of other vessels in the frigid Yellow Sea:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/21/south korea korean ferry sinking disaster april 2014 death toll nasa noaa space photo CLOSE.JPG" style="width: 604px; height: 458px;" /></p> <p> So what&#39;s out there in the water? There&#39;s the hulking Korean amphibious-assault ship visible in the background of the above photo, as well as <a href="http://www.asiatoday.co.kr/view.php?key=20140416010010346">reportedly</a> a destroyer and a missile frigate and numerous smaller support units. Aircraft and helicopters are monitoring the scene, and three <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/19/korea-ship-bodies-trapped-idINKBN0D500320140419">large cranes</a> are in the vicinity should there be a need to lift the sunken vessel off the sea floor. People are shooting <a href="http://news1.kr/articles/1636893">blinding flares</a> into the sky. And though not visible from above,&#160;divers have penetrated the ship&#39;s pitch-black interior to retrieve numerous bodies, including many students and teachers from a high school near Seoul.</p> <p> There&#39;s much anger in <a href="http://www.theatlanticcities.com/topics/south-korea/">South Korea</a> aimed at the crew of the ferry, who are alleged to have responded with &#34;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/south-korean-ferry-crippled-confusion-sank-article-1.1762641">confusion and indecision</a>&#34; at the beginning of the incident. The country&#39;s president has now jumped into the fray, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/21/world/asia/south-korea-ship-sinking/index.html?hpt=hp_t1">according to CNN</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p> South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday likened the actions of the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol to murder, as police made more four arrests and divers continued searching the submerged vessel....</p> <p> &#34;The actions of the captain and some of the crew are absolutely unacceptable, unforgivable actions that are akin to murder,&#34; Park said Monday in comments released by her office. She said she and other South Koreans were filled with &#34;rage and horror.&#34;</p> <p> The latest arrests of crew members bring the total number detained to seven as authorities investigate what went wrong on the ship as it sailed toward a popular holiday island.</p> </blockquote> <p> <em>Top image: South Korean rescue team members work to save passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast on Monday, April 21. (Ahn Young-joon /&#160;Associated Press). Other images&#160;courtesy of&#160;<a href="http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail2.php?MediaID=1536&#38;MediaTypeID=1">NASA / NOAA</a>.</em></p><img width='1' height='1' src='http://atlanticcities.feedsportal.com/c/35095/f/648529/s/399d3b58/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~4/2cy2_4EZt58" height="1" width="1"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/2cy2_4EZt58/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/2cy2_4EZt58/story01.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> John Metcalfe Seoul Technology Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:25:00 +0000 feed 271979 at http://newsmotion.org The South Korea Ferry Disaster Can Be Seen From Space http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/south-korea-ferry-disaster-can-be-seen-space-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The South Korea Ferry Disaster Can Be Seen From Space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/21/south korea korean ferry sinking disaster april 2014 death toll nasa noaa space photo RESCUE.JPG" style="width: 604px; height: 347px;" /></p> <p> A catastrophe as massive as the South Korean ferry accident deserves an equally outsized response. And indeed the search-and-rescue teams have been out in full force, creating a light signature so intense that&#160;in the night sky it looks like a small city.</p> <p> Since last week, the sinking of the&#160;Sewol ferry &#8211; which at last count had claimed roughly 100 lives with 200 people still missing &#8211; has attracted a virtual armada of assisting vessels. Newly released <a href="http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail2.php?MediaID=1536&#38;MediaTypeID=1">satellite images</a> from NASA and NOAA reveals the frenzied marine activity off the country&#39;s southwest coast (look for the white arrow). For a size comparison, the brightest grouping of lights at the top of the island below the ferry&#39;s location is Jeju City, population roughly 435,000:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/21/south korea korean ferry sinking disaster april 2014 death toll nasa noaa space photo 21.JPG" style="width: 604px; height: 620px;" /></p> <p> Here&#39;s a closer look of the wreck site surrounded by a wide scattering of other vessels in the frigid Yellow Sea:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img/upload/2014/04/21/south korea korean ferry sinking disaster april 2014 death toll nasa noaa space photo CLOSE.JPG" style="width: 604px; height: 458px;" /></p> <p> So what&#39;s out there in the water? There&#39;s the hulking Korean amphibious-assault ship visible in the background of the above photo, as well as <a href="http://www.asiatoday.co.kr/view.php?key=20140416010010346">reportedly</a> a destroyer and a missile frigate and numerous smaller support units. Aircraft and helicopters are monitoring the scene, and three <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/19/korea-ship-bodies-trapped-idINKBN0D500320140419">large cranes</a> are in the vicinity should there be a need to lift the sunken vessel off the sea floor. People are shooting <a href="http://news1.kr/articles/1636893">blinding flares</a> into the sky. And though not visible from above,&#160;divers have penetrated the ship&#39;s pitch-black interior to retrieve numerous bodies, including many students and teachers from a high school near Seoul.</p> <p> There&#39;s much anger in <a href="http://www.theatlanticcities.com/topics/south-korea/">South Korea</a> aimed at the crew of the ferry, who are alleged to have responded with &#34;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/south-korean-ferry-crippled-confusion-sank-article-1.1762641">confusion and indecision</a>&#34; at the beginning of the incident. The country&#39;s president has now jumped into the fray, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/21/world/asia/south-korea-ship-sinking/index.html?hpt=hp_t1">according to CNN</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p> South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday likened the actions of the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol to murder, as police made more four arrests and divers continued searching the submerged vessel....</p> <p> &#34;The actions of the captain and some of the crew are absolutely unacceptable, unforgivable actions that are akin to murder,&#34; Park said Monday in comments released by her office. She said she and other South Koreans were filled with &#34;rage and horror.&#34;</p> <p> The latest arrests of crew members bring the total number detained to seven as authorities investigate what went wrong on the ship as it sailed toward a popular holiday island.</p> </blockquote> <p> <em>Top image: South Korean rescue team members work to save passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast on Monday, April 21. (Ahn Young-joon /&#160;Associated Press). Other images&#160;courtesy of&#160;<a href="http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail2.php?MediaID=1536&#38;MediaTypeID=1">NASA / NOAA</a>.</em></p><img width='1' height='1' src='http://atlanticcities.feedsportal.com/c/35095/f/648529/s/399d3b58/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505079548/u/49/f/648529/c/35095/s/399d3b58/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~4/2cy2_4EZt58" height="1" width="1"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/2cy2_4EZt58/story01.htm" target="_blank">http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlanticCities/~3/2cy2_4EZt58/story01.htm</a> </div> </div> </div> John Metcalfe Seoul Technology Unofficial Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:25:00 +0000 feed 272062 at http://newsmotion.org