• Woman plunges 164 feet to death in tragic bungee accident
    https://nypost.com/2021/07/22/woman-plunges-164-feet-to-death-in-tragic-bungee-accident

    Things went wrong after the operators signaled Morales’ beau — who was ahead of her in line — to take the plunge. But, apparently thinking the cue was meant for her, the young lawyer leaped off the bridge without an attached safety cord and plummeted about 164 feet to the valley below, Newsflash reported.

    Elle saute du pont sans être attachée à l’élastique en pensant que le « GO » issu de la file d’attente voisine lui était adressé.

    #darwin_awards

  • California bans state travel to Florida, 4 more over anti-LGBTQ laws
    https://nypost.com/2021/06/29/california-bans-state-travel-to-florida-4-more-over-anti-lgbtq-laws

    California officials have added Florida and four other states to a list of places where state-funded travel is banned over laws that purportedly discriminate against LGBTQ individuals.

    State Attorney General Rob Bonta, a Democrat, announced Monday that Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia had joined Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas on the no-go list, which was first created in 2016.

    “When states discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans, California law requires our office to take action,” Bonta said in a statement. “These new additions to the state-funded travel restrictions list are about exactly that … Rather than focusing on solving real issues, some politicians think it’s in their best interest to demonize trans youth and block life-saving care.

    “Make no mistake,” Bonta added. “We’re in the midst of an unprecedented wave of bigotry and discrimination in this country — and the State of California is not going to support it.”

    Bonta’s office cited laws enacted in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and West Virginia that bar transgender females from participating in girls’ school sports. North Dakota made the list due to a law that permits certain publicly funded student organizations to prevent LGBT students from joining without losing funding.

    The California AG’s office also cited two other Arkansas laws. One allows medical providers to deny care to LGBTQ people if they have a “conscientious objection” to doing so, while the other prohibits gender-confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youths. The latter law was passed by the state legislature earlier this year, overriding the veto of Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

  • Jack Ma reportedly spotted golfing after hiding out for weeks
    https://nypost.com/2021/02/10/jack-ma-spotted-golfing-after-hiding-out-for-weeks-report

    10. 2.2021 by Noah Manskar - Jack Ma’s battle with Chinese regulators hasn’t stopped him from hitting the links.

    The Alibaba founder — whose net worth is estimated by Forbes at $61.4 billion — was spotted golfing recently after an unusually long absence from the public spotlight, according to Bloomberg News.

    Ma’s course of choice was the Sun Valley Golf Resort, a scenic 27-hole complex on the southern tip of the Chinese island of Hainan, the outlet reported Wednesday, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.

    The school teacher turned e-commerce tycoon’s reported appearance was another sign that Ma hadn’t been locked up or disappeared since he slammed China’s regulatory system in an October speech that apparently ruffled Beijing’s feathers.

    Ma — whom one observer described as a “golfing novice” — may just be lying low while Alibaba and his digital payments firm, Ant Group, work through their problems with Chinese regulators, according to Bloomberg.

    Officials halted Ant Group’s initial public offering in the wake of Ma’s speech, but the two sides have reached a restructuring deal that could be announced this week, Bloomberg reports.

    Ma is one of China’s best-known business moguls, but he went nearly three months without appearing in public before he resurfaced at a Jan. 20 online ceremony that his charity organized for rural teachers.

    His absence stirred speculation last month that he had gone missing — especially after he reportedly failed to appear on the final episode of an “Apprentice”-style TV show he created.

    But Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son said this week that he had been in touch with Ma, who has been drawing pictures and sending them to the SoftBank CEO.

    Where is Jack Ma? Social media buzz about the famous billionaire puts spotlight on Chinese tech.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/01/06/where-is-jack-ma

    #Chine #politique #affaires #Alibaba