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Flashy Dubai Will Cash in on a World Cup a Short Flight Away

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By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The FIFA World Cup could also be bringing as many as 1.2 million followers to Qatar, however the close by flashy emirate of Dubai can be seeking to money in on the most important sports activities match going down simply a brief flight away.

Some soccer fan golf equipment have already stated they’re going to be commuting to Qatar through the cup on 45-minute flights from Dubai, the skyscraper-studded, beachfront city-state in the United Arab Emirates. Other followers plan to sleep on cruise ships or camp out in the desert amid a feverish rush for rooms in Doha.

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Dubai’s airways, bars, eating places, buying malls and different points of interest now hope to profit, additional boosting their rebounding tourism trade in the essential fall and winter months after the blows delivered by the coronavirus pandemic.

“If you may’t keep in Qatar, Dubai is the place you’d most prefer to go as a international vacationer,” stated James Swanston, a Middle East and North Africa professional at Capital Economics. “It’s someplace protected, someplace extra liberal in phrases of Western norms. It’s probably the most engaging vacation spot.”

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Now house to the world’s tallest constructing, cavernous malls — together with one with an indoor ski slope — and thriving nightclub scene, Dubai has seen explosive progress fueled by its boom-and-bust actual property market that is remodeled the one-time pearling village over the past 20 years.

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Its long-haul provider Emirates helped make Dubai International Airport the busiest in the world for international journey and offers a regular stream of latest guests who keep for layovers or longer. And whereas nonetheless an autocratic sheikhdom like its different Gulf Arab neighbors, Dubai has a comparatively more-liberal view on ingesting and nightlife.

In the lead-up to the match, issues about lodge room area and excessive prices for the rooms obtainable have trailed Qatar, which lacks lodge capability for all groups, staff, volunteers and followers on the World Cup. So Doha has created tenting and cabin websites, hiring cruise ships, and inspiring followers to remain in neighboring nations and fly in for video games.

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Qatar has estimated it is going to have 45,000 lodge rooms for the match.

Surrounding nations, like Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, additionally recommend they may see a spike in guests — despite the fact that Bahrain is the one amongst them that enables alcohol. Even Iran, months in the past, advised creating plans for World Cup vacationers to remain on its Kish Island. Apparently, nothing got here of the idea and now the Islamic Republic is gripped by nationwide protests.

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Meanwhile, Dubai has over 140,000 lodge rooms, placing it simply into the highest 10 locations worldwide so far as obtainable lodge rooms go, stated Philip Wooller, a senior director at STR, a firm that displays the lodge trade. Dubai additionally provides value ranges higher than what Qatar can in the intervening time, given the demand, he stated.

“I believe Dubai is an extremely eclectic metropolis,” Wooller stated. “You can purchase a room for $100 or you should purchase a room for $5,000.”

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Still, he added, he expects “Qatar will be capable of accommodate many of the followers coming to the World Cup (however) there might be a knock-on in Dubai.”

Dubai seems absolutely poised to reap the benefits of the match.

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Its low-cost provider, FlyDubai, plans as many as 30 round-trip flights a day through the World Cup, shuttling followers between Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, or DWC, in the city-state’s southern reaches, to Doha International Airport, Qatar’s outdated primary airport.

Other airways which will use Al Maktoum airport embrace KLM, Qatar Airways and Wizz Air, whereas personal jets will fly from there as effectively to the match, stated Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. That may assist enhance the profile of an airfield that Dubai hopes will develop in the longer term as Dubai International Airport nears its capability.

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“It’s a nice expertise for us to see DWC all of the sudden so busy for the World Cup,” he stated. “It will give publicity to the comfort of the airport for therefore many individuals that (airways could) really favor working from there.”

The anticipated financial enhance from the World Cup for Dubai comes after its turnaround since struggling via the pandemic. It spent billions for its delayed Expo 2020 world’s honest — which largely attracted guests already in the UAE.

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Dubai, like a lot of the world, had a lockdown early in 2020. However, by July that yr, it introduced it was reopening for vacationers. Though Dubai confronted a surge of worldwide criticism when circumstances unfold from the emirate months later, round New Year, Dubai and the remainder of the UAE extensively rolled out vaccines.

The UAE dropped its obligatory masks coverage about a month in the past.

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“Dubai is on a lot of individuals’s radars as some of the phenomenal locations to return and go to,” stated Dennis McGettigan, the CEO of an eponymous empire of Irish bars in Dubai and elsewhere. “And I believe the World Cup has added a layer” of want to go to.

McGettigan stated his bar business is already up as a lot as 40% on its gross sales, in comparison with 2019, one thing he linked to pent-up demand for socializing after the worst days of the virus. He stated he is overstaffed his areas and expects sturdy business via the match.

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But McGettigan and others acknowledged headwinds Dubai faces in attracting World Cup vacationers — the sturdy U.S. greenback. The Emirati dirham has lengthy been pegged to the greenback, making a Dubai journey now dearer for these utilizing British kilos, euros and different currencies.

Other monetary risks additionally lurk for tourist-reliant Dubai, constructed on the promise of globalization.

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“We nonetheless have to be cautious of worldwide financial pressures, together with rising rates of interest, excessive oil and commodity prices, provide chain points which can be creating inflationary pressures which may affect Dubai’s financial restoration,” stated Sapna Jagtiani of S&P Global Ratings.

McGettigan would not expects that to be an excessive amount of of a damper. His agency additionally might be organizing a large fan zone venue in the grassy expanses of Dubai Media City, full with musical performances, large televisions and even a winter-themed space in Dubai’s desert environs.

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“I, for one, am completely delighted to see all the pieces again on full steam forward and really a little bit extra,” he stated.

Associated Press author Isabel DeBre in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

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Warriors 0-6 on Road, Fall to Pelicans With 4 Starters Out

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By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The defending champion Golden State Warriors fell to 0-6 on the street, shedding 114-105 to Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night time with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins sidelined.

Ingram scored 26 factors in his return from a four-game absence due to a concussion and reserve Larry Nance Jr. scored 20 factors for the Pelicans, together with a number of fourth-quarter dunks that saved Golden State at bay. CJ McCollum scored 20 factors and Zion Williamson added 16 for New Orleans.

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Jordan Poole had 20 factors and 9 assists for the Warriors. Kevon Looney was the one common starter in uniform for Golden State’s second sport in two nights on the finish of a winless five-game journey.

The Warriors are 3-7 total. Among Western Conference groups, solely Houston (1-8) has extra losses.

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Curry, Thompson, Green and Wiggins all had been scratched after taking part in the earlier night time in a loss at Orlando.

The Warriors will not be taking part in Thompson on back-to-back nights due to his anterior cruciate ligament and Achilles tendon accidents in 2019 and 2020. Green is beneath related limitations due to a again damage final season. Curry was being rested due to elbow soreness and Wiggins due to a sore left foot.

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A beginning lineup that as an alternative included Poole and fellow guard Moses Moody, together with forwards Anthony Lamb and Jonathan Kuminga, made the sport aggressive into the fourth quarter.

Ty Jerome, who scored 18 factors, hit a 3 to pull the Warriors inside 99-96 earlier than the Pelicans steadily pulled away through the closing six minutes.

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Trey Murphy III’s 3-pointer capped a 7-0 Pelicans spurt that started with Nance’s dunk and layup and made it 111-101 with two minutes to go. Ingram, who additionally had 5 rebounds, 5 assists and two blocks, obtained a standing ovation when he checked out of the sport within the closing minute.

New Orleans led by as many as 11 within the second quarter when Jose Alvarado intercepted Poole’s go and located Williamson for a breakaway, windmill dunk.

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But the Warriors chipped away and trailed 50-49 on James Wiseman’s putback dunk.

Nance scored the ultimate 4 factors of the quarter on a finger roll and dunk, placing the Pelicans up 61-54 at halftime.

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Warriors: Kuminga completed with 18 factors, whereas Lamb scored 16 and Moody had 14. … Went 12 of 32 from 3-point vary. … In addition to the 4 starters who sat, G/F Andre Iguodala (hip) and G Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) remained inactive. Iguodala has but to play this season, whereas DiVicenzo hasn’t performed since Oct. 23.

Pelicans: Alvarado and Murphy every scored 10 factors and every hit three 3s to assist New Orleans go 12 of 29 from lengthy vary … Shot 50.6% total (41 of 81) and outrebounded Golden State 51-36.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated he appreciates that followers paid “good money” to see gamers on his staff who sat out with the objective of preserving their long-term well being.

“Ultimately the gamers’ well being is the No. 1 consider our staff’s success and even our followers’ satisfaction in the long term,” Kerr stated.

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He added that whereas some absences are unpredictable, “it will be smart” for followers to research schedules of groups they need to see and handle expectations when these groups are taking part in on consecutive nights on the finish of a visit, because the Warriors had been.

“Especially once you get a staff with gamers who’ve previous accidents like we do, or guys who’re superior age-wise,” Kerr stated. “I apologize to any followers on the market who had been hoping to see these guys.”

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Warriors: Host Sacramento on Monday.

Pelicans: Visit Atlanta on Saturday.

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Twitter Slashes Its Staff as Musk Era Takes Hold on Platform

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By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MATT O’BRIEN, AP Technology Writers

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Twitter started widespread layoffs Friday as new proprietor Elon Musk overhauls the corporate, elevating grave issues about chaos enveloping the social media platform and its capacity to struggle disinformation simply days forward of the U.S. midterm elections.

The pace and size of the cuts additionally opened Musk and Twitter to lawsuits. At least one was filed alleging Twitter violated federal regulation by not offering fired workers the required discover.

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The San Francisco-based firm informed staff by e mail Thursday that they’d study Friday if they’d been laid off. About half of the corporate’s employees of seven,500 was let go, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security & integrity, confirmed in a tweet.

Musk tweeted late Friday that there was no alternative however to chop the jobs “when the corporate is dropping over $4M/day.” He didn’t present particulars on the each day losses on the firm and mentioned workers who misplaced their jobs have been supplied three months’ pay as a severance.

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No different social media platform comes near Twitter as a spot the place public businesses and different important service suppliers — election boards, police departments, utilities, faculties and news retailers — preserve individuals reliably knowledgeable. Many worry Musk’s layoffs will intestine it and render it lawless.

Roth mentioned the corporate’s front-line moderation employees was the group the least impacted by the job cuts.

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He added that Twitter’s “efforts on election integrity — together with dangerous misinformation that may suppress the vote and combatting state-backed info operations — stay a prime precedence.”

Musk, in the meantime, tweeted that “Twitter’s sturdy dedication to content material moderation stays completely unchanged.”

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But a Twitter worker who spoke with The Associated Press Friday mentioned it is going to be so much more durable to get that work executed beginning subsequent week after dropping so many colleagues.

“This will influence our capacity to offer help for elections, positively,” mentioned the worker who spoke on the situation of anonymity out of issues for job safety.

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The worker mentioned there’s no “concrete sense of route” aside from what Musk says publicly on Twitter.

“I comply with his tweets they usually have an effect on how we prioritize our work,” mentioned the worker. “It’s a really wholesome indicator of what to prioritize.”

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Several workers who tweeted about dropping their jobs mentioned Twitter eradicated their complete groups, together with one centered on human rights and world conflicts, one other checking Twitter’s algorithms for bias in how tweets get amplified, and an engineering crew devoted to creating the social platform extra accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Eddie Perez, a Twitter civic integrity crew supervisor who give up in September, mentioned he fears the layoffs so near the midterms may permit disinformation to “unfold like wildfire” in the course of the post-election vote-counting interval specifically.

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“I’ve a tough time believing that it doesn’t have a cloth influence on their capacity to handle the quantity of disinformation on the market,” he mentioned, including that there merely might not be sufficient workers to beat it again.

President Joe Biden, at a marketing campaign occasion in Illinois Friday night time, mentioned: “Now what are all of us anxious about? Elon Musk, who goes out and buys an outfit that sends and spews lies all the world over. … How can we count on children to have the ability to perceive what’s at stake?”

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Twitter’s workers have been anticipating layoffs since Musk took the helm. He fired prime executives, together with CEO Parag Agrawal, and eliminated the corporate’s board of administrators on his first day as proprietor.

As the emailed notices went out, many Twitter workers took to the platform to specific help for one another — typically merely tweeting blue coronary heart emojis to indicate its blue chicken brand — and salute emojis in replies to one another.

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A Twitter supervisor mentioned many workers discovered they’d been laid off after they may now not log into the corporate’s methods. The supervisor mentioned the way in which the layoffs have been carried out confirmed a “lack of care and thoughtfulness.” The supervisor, who spoke to the AP on the situation of anonymity out of issues for job safety, mentioned managers weren’t given any discover about who can be getting laid off.

“For me as a supervisor, it’s been excruciating as a result of I needed to discover out about what my crew was going to seem like by tweets and thru texting and calling individuals,” the worker mentioned. “That’s a very arduous approach to care in your individuals. And managers at Twitter care so much about their individuals.”

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A coalition of civil rights teams escalated their calls Friday for manufacturers to pause promoting buys on the platform. The layoffs are significantly harmful forward of the elections, the teams warned, and for transgender customers and different teams dealing with violence impressed by hate speech that proliferates online.

In a tweet Friday, Musk blamed activists for what he described as a “huge drop in income” since he took over Twitter late final week.

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Insider Intelligence analyst Jasmine Enberg mentioned there may be “little Musk can say to appease advertisers when he’s maintaining the corporate in a continuing state of uncertainty and turmoil, and seems detached to Twitter workers and the regulation.”

“Musk wants advertisers greater than they want him,” she mentioned. “Pulling advertisements from Twitter is a fast and painless resolution for many manufacturers.”

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A lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court docket in San Francisco on behalf of 1 worker who was laid off and three others who have been locked out of their work accounts. It alleges Twitter violated the regulation by not offering the required discover.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification statute requires employers with not less than 100 staff to reveal layoffs involving 500 or extra workers, no matter whether or not an organization is publicly traded or privately held, as Twitter is now.

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The layoffs affected Twitter’s workplaces all over the world. In the United Kingdom, it could be required by regulation to offer workers discover, mentioned Emma Bartlett, a accomplice specializing in employment and partnership regulation at CM Murray LLP.

The pace of the layoffs may additionally open Musk and Twitter as much as discrimination claims if it seems, for example, that they disproportionally affected ladies, individuals of shade or older staff.

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AP Business Writers Mae Anderson, Alexandra Olson and Ken Sweet in New York, James Pollard in Columbia, S.C., Frank Bajak in Boston and Danica Kirka in London contributed to this story.

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Settlement Reached in Suits Over FBI Posing as AP Reporter

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By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will get a $145,000 settlement following a pair of lawsuits filed after an FBI agent posed as a reporter for The Associated Press and created a faux story.

The long-running Freedom of Information Act instances led to appeals court docket selections that may assist bolster entry to public information, stated Adam Marshall, an lawyer for the group. The instances additionally make clear FBI brokers posing as members of the media, a tactic that free press advocates say undermines media credibility and blurs strains between legislation enforcement and the press.

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The company did not comply with its personal guidelines over such undercover operations when an agent posed as an AP reporter and despatched a link to a faux story in an investigation in Washington state in 2007, in keeping with paperwork uncovered in the lawsuit filed together with The Associated Press.

Then-FBI Director James Comey known as the approach “correct and acceptable” below FBI pointers on the time, although he stated it might require higher-level approvals when the incident got here to gentle seven years later, in 2014. No precise story was revealed and it led to an arrest, he maintained.

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The agent posing as an AP reporter despatched a link to the faux article to a 15-year-old suspected of creating bomb threats at a highschool. When the teenager clicked the link, a monitoring instrument revealed his pc’s location and helped brokers affirm his id.

The FBI declined to remark Friday.

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Kathleen Carroll, then government editor of the AP, stated in 2014 that the FBI’s “unacceptable techniques undermine AP and the important distinction between the federal government and the press.” A letter signed by two dozen news organizations known as the revelations “inexcusable” and the Reporter’s Committee particularly known as out using the AP’s title as “cowl for delivery of digital surveillance software program.”

Lauren Easton, an Associated Press spokeswoman, declined extra remark Friday.

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The lawsuits had been filed as a part of an effort to get information about FBI news-media impersonations, and finally resulted in vital court docket selections about how far businesses should go in looking for requested paperwork and the requirements they need to meet in order to withhold paperwork, Marshall stated. The settlement will cowl lawyer’s charges and prices.

“This has proven that there are important, regarding and ongoing points with respect to federal legislation enforcement impersonation of the press in the United States,” Marshall stated. The instances have additionally “proven that the Reporters Committee and The Associated Press had been dedicated to discovering out as a lot as we might about what occurred right here for the general public to know.”

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