• Politics
    The Wrap

    CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’

    Various CNN talent and representatives have issued responses to Fox News’ Sean Hannity as he’s berated them on Twitter over the past few days, calling his accusations “rich” and suggesting the real source of his ire is a forthcoming book about Fox News from CNN’s Brian Stelter.On Saturday, one day after attorney Michael Avenatti was found guilty on all three charges related to his attempts to extort up to $25 million from Nike, Hannity lashed out at Stelter online, tweeting a link to a piece that reviewed a number of television news hosts speaking to Avenatti before he was charged. Stelter’s face is displayed prominently in the lead image.Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent, responded with a reminder he’s writing a book about the relationship between some at Hannity’s network and President Donald Trump.“For my forthcoming book about Fox and Trump, I sent fact-checking Q’s to some of Hannity’s lawyers and confidants today,” Stelter wrote. “A few hours later, Hannity lobbed a bunch of Twitter missiles at me. Complete coincidence!”Also Read: Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on All Three Counts in Nike Extortion TrialHannity began his attack again Sunday, after Stelter addressed his own dealings with Avenatti during a segment of his Sunday show. Hannity’s renewed attacks came with a pretty self-aware preface: “Alright, I haven’t done this in a while and I’m sure the write-ups will say ‘Hannity rages in a tweet storm against .@brianstelter and CNN.’ But here it goes…”From there, he used insulting nicknames to describe Stelter and CNN’s senior media reporter, Oliver Darcy. He castigated Stelter for “arrogance,” then brought up cable news ratings, where Fox News has continuously outpaced both CNN and MSNBC.Darcy responded after Hannity accused the CNN team of being “stenographers” for network head Jeff Zucker, writing, “Given the level of stenography you do for the man sitting in the White House, it is quite rich for you to make that accusation against anyone else.”Similarly, Emily Kuhn, the communications director for CNN Digital as well as Stelter’s “Reliable Sources,” referenced the forthcoming book again Sunday, musing, “Must be an interesting book if someone is reacting like that.”Hannity tweeted another round of insults a few hours after that, calling the others “creepy” and “hacks.”Read original story CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’ At TheWrap

  • World
    People

    China Begins Disinfecting Cash in an Attempt to Contain Coronavirus

    China Begins Disinfecting Cash to Avoid Spread of Coronavirus

  • Lifestyle
    Yahoo Style UK

    Designer creates cotton flesh suits to show concept of ideal body shape is 'ridiculous'

    Textile artist Daisy May Collingridge, 29, has made five characters out of fabric.

  • World
    The Daily Beast

    American Passenger’s Coronavirus Diagnosis Raises New Fears

    Officials are scrambling to track down passengers who came into contact with an American woman who tested positive for coronavirus after leaving a cruise ship that was supposedly free of the bug.The nightmare scenario linked to the MS Westerdam, which is docked in Cambodia, came as the U.S. evacuated Americans from another cruise liner, the Diamond Princess. More than 300 passengers, including 44 Americans, were infected on that voyage.The MS Westerdam was stranded at sea for two weeks after Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Guam refused to let it dock because it had made a stop in Hong Kong.It was finally allowed to dock in Cambodia and began disembarking passengers on Friday. An 83-year-old U.S. woman who got off with her husband flew to Malaysia with 145 other cruise passengers.She later felt ill at the Kuala Lumpur airport and sought medical help. The Holland America cruise company confirmed Sunday that she had tested positive for COVID-19, as the new coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China, has been named.Now health officials must track down other travelers, who have since dispersed, to make sure they get screened for the contagious illness.Beijing’s Deadly Mistakes on Coronavirus“We are in close coordination with some of the leading health experts from around the world,” Dr. Grant Tarling, chief medical officer for Holland America Line, said in a statement.“These experts are working with the appropriate national health authorities to investigate and follow-up with individuals who may have come in contact with the guest.”Holland America said it screened 1,445 passengers on board Feb. 10 and did not find any elevated temperatures. “During the voyage there was no indication of COVID-19 on the ship,” it said.But the cruise line said it had tested just 20 patients for the virus—all of whom visited the on-ship medical clinic—and all were negative. But the 83-year-old American never visited the clinic and was never tested.If she was sick while on board the Westerdam and did not develop symptoms until later, it raises the question of whether other cruise passengers, who have gone on to final destinations, could fall into the same category.The diagnosis underscores the continuing uncertainty about whether, and to what degree, the average patient can spread coronavirus before they show symptoms.As the Westerdam situation unfolded, the U.S. evacuated about 300 Americans who had been quarantined on another cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, where 355 people were infected with coronavirus.At least some of them will need to be quarantined for another two weeks once they arrive back in the U.S. Matthew Smith, who has been chronicling the on-board quarantine on Twitter, said he and his wife decided to stay behind.COVID-19 has killed 1,770 people in China, 1o5 of them on Monday, the government announced. On Sunday, Chinese officials had been quick to point out that the number of new cases had declined the three previous day and credited their infection control measures—but the number crept up again on Monday.The head of the World Health Organization cautioned that it was “impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take,” and that unpredictability could be seen in Taiwan, where officials revealed the first person to die of coronavirus was a cab driver, who got sick after picking up passengers from China, Hong Kong and Macau. One of the man’s family members has also tested positive. Officials there are now trying to figure out who was in the man’s cab.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • Business
    Bloomberg

    India’s Oyo Reports $335 Million Loss on Revenue of $951 Million

    (Bloomberg) -- Oyo Hotels & Homes, the Indian lodging startup, reported a four-fold increase in revenue for the year ending in March 2019, a dated but detailed disclosure of results at the controversial company backed by SoftBank Group Corp.The six-year-old Oyo increased revenue to $951 million for the fiscal year 2019, from $211 million for the previous year. Losses climbed to $335 million, or 35% of revenue, from $53 million, or 25% of revenue, as the startup expanded into China and other new markets. India’s regulations require companies like Oyo to disclose their financials, but with lags that can reach about a year.Oyo, founded by 26-year-old Ritesh Agarwal, began in India as a way to reserve budget accomodations online with reliable quality. With the backing of SoftBank, the company has expanded internationally and is aiming to become the biggest hotel chain in the world by room count. Its aggressive expansion has proven controversial after another SoftBank portfolio company, WeWork, crashed after attempting to go public.In its results, Oyo focused on its progress in moving toward profitability and global expansion. For example, India accounted for roughly 63.5% of its revenue in fiscal 2019, down from 99% the year before. In addition, Oyo’s loss in India was 14% of revenue, down from 24% the year before.“We are on the path to profitability,” said Aditya Ghosh, a board member, in a media conference call after the figures were released. “We haven’t set a timeline for profitability, but revenues are growing, losses have halved and margins are looking healthy.”Masayoshi Son’s Other Big Real Estate Bet Has Some Real ProblemsIts gross margin rise to 14.7% from 10.6%, the company said. Oyo has cut back in certain markets, firing about 20% of its 12,000 people in India for example.“We have pulled out of 200 cities in India, and these accounted for less than 5% of revenues,” said Rohit Kapoor, chief executive officer for India and South Asia.The two executives were cautious about the China market, given the coronavirus that has all but put a halt to travel.“The coronavirus crisis is gripping all of China, it will impact the business in the short term. We can’t say how much,” said Ghosh. “It is too soon to say how much our business will get impacted, there are too many affected provinces and it is too sensitive a matter.”Read more: Ritesh Agarwal, the Amazingly Ambitious HotelierTo contact the reporter on this story: Saritha Rai in Bangalore at srai33@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Edwin ChanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • World
    Reuters

    Battle of Iwo Jima 75 years on

    Iwo Jima was the first native Japanese soil to be invaded during the Allied advance. From Feb. 19, 1945, over 500 warships and 1,000 warplanes from the U.S. navy and army pounded Iwo Jima so heavily that the shelling and bombing changed the shape of the island's highest point, Mount Suribachi, located at its southern tip. Mount Suribachi was captured on Feb. 23.