The flying taxi market is ready for takeoff, changing the travel experience forever



Tim Hornyak
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  • The market for flying cars, now known as electric air taxis, should continue to mature during this decade, soaring to $1.5 trillion globally by 2040, according to a Morgan Stanley Research study.
  • Driving this trend is a confluence of technologies, including autonomous vehicles such as drones and self-driving cars, more efficient batteries and advanced manufacturing techniques.
  • Start-ups and major brands are developing them, including Boeing, Hyundai, Airbus, Toyota and Uber. 

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A 5-story hotel used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in China. People are demanding an investigation.

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Tim O’Donnell, The WeekMarch 7, 2020

While new cases appear to be slowing in China, the country is still reeling from fallout and criticism over its response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

That was on full display Saturday when a five-story hotel in Quanzhou, China, used to quarantine people potentially exposed to COVID-19 after traveling to the epicenter, Hubei province, collapsed Saturday, reportedly trapping around 70 people. It is not clear if anyone has died, but Reuters reports 34 people have been rescued in the hours after the hotel collapsed.

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Iran warns it could use ‘force’ to halt travel amid virus

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities warned Friday they may use “force” to limit travel between cities and announced the new coronavirus has killed 124 people amid 4,747 confirmed cases in the Islamic Republic.

Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour offered the figures at a televised news conference. He did not elaborate on the threat to use force, though he acknowledged the virus now was in all of Iran’s 31 provinces.

The threat may be to stop people from using closed schools and universities as an excuse to go to the Caspian Sea and other Iranian vacation spots. Semiofficial news agencies in Iran posted images of long traffic lines as people tried to reach the Caspian coast from Tehran on Friday, despite authorities earlier telling people to remain in their cities.

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‘Serial stowaway’ beaten in jail


Marilyn Hartman, the ‘serial stowaway’ has been caught trying to board another flight: AP

The “serial stowaway”, Marilyn Hartman, has been beaten up inside a Chicago jail.

Ms Hartman is currently serving time in Cook County Jail for violating her probation.

CBS 2 reports that she was assaulted on Tuesday and that the offending inmate may have been having some kind of mental health episode at the time.

The inmate repeatedly struck both Ms Hartman’s head and another inmate’s against a number of hard surfaces. They were evaluated by medical staff at Cermak Hospital and found to be uninjured.

Is this the worst restaurant in New York City?





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Rachel Paula Abrahamson TODAY March 4, 2020, 4:09 PM CST

Three years ago, a Turkish butcher named Nusret Gökçe became an internet phenomenon after he posted a video of himself stripping, slicing and then sensually salting a hunk of meat.

Salt Bae was born — and the internet couldn’t get enough … for a few months.

Today, Gökçe still boasts more than 26 million Instagram followers, who eat up clips of his over-the-top seasoning style. He’s also been able to use his viral fame to grow his branded empire of steakhouses and burger restaurants around the world.

Today, Gökçe operates over a dozen eateries, but his latest venture, a burger place in New York City called #SaltBae, is definitely not as popular as the man himself.

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With Thousands Trapped on Board, Cruise Ship Awaits Coronavirus Test Results

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By Tim ArangoSarah Mervosh and Jenny Gross

LOS ANGELES — A normal day on board the Grand Princess cruise ship might go like this: Sleep late under a “European-inspired duvet.” Take a dip in one of the pools on deck. Afternoon tea promises white tablecloths and finger sandwiches. Dinner could be lobster tails and steak on a private balcony. And all evening, there are plenty of things to do, from theater to gambling to dancing.

“Expect the extraordinary,” the company says in its advertising.

Yet on Thursday, the cruise ship, on its way back to California from Hawaii with more than 2,000 passengers on board, was idling off the coast of San Francisco, as officials scrambled to confront the latest threat from the coronavirus and passengers panicked amid fears that they could be among the sick.

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The Fanciest Members-Only Restaurants In New York

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by Stephanie Maida · March 5, 2020

Fancy restaurants are a dime a dozen in the city, and even if you’re willing to pay extra for an upscale private dining room experience, nothing compares to the exclusivity or bragging rights of a table at one of New York’s members-only eateries. From exorbitant dues to table-timeshares, these coveted spots primarily serve up status, with a side of dinner.

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While commoners can dine downstairs at The Tavern by WS, Wine Spectator’s exclusive club above it, WS New York, is reserved for members who are willing to pay a $15,000 initiation fee, and $7,500 in annual dues. The food, drink, and social club at Hudson Yards promises “unparalleled access to the finest wine and spirits, world-class dining, and one-of-a-kind cultural events.” The menu is curated by Chef Eli Kaimeh, formerly of Per Se and Gramercy Tavern, and the space is, as one would expect, very plush.

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Louisville church group stuck in Israel because of coronavirus, blames United Airlines


Author: Tyler EmeryPublished: 6:46 PM EST March 4, 2020Updated: 12:01 AM EST March 5, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The coronavirus is interrupting travel plans for people across the globe, as some countries won’t even allow flights in or out. 

That’s what stopped a Louisville church group in their tracks in Israel, leaving them stranded more than 6,000 miles from home. 

Members of the Evangel World Prayer Center travel with Pastor Dr. Bob Rodgers to Israel every year, but this time they don’t know if they’ll make it home when planned, due to the virus. 

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