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Airbnb and 23andMe are teaming up to popularize genealogical travel


first_imgWhether it’s another neighborhood within the city you’re from or a trip to a distant land, connecting with your roots can be an enriching experience, and with the help of Airbnb and 23andMe, you can now plan a trip as unique as your DNA. The rise in popularity of genealogical travel is also prevalent on Airbnb. Since 2014, the number of passengers using Airbnb to track their roots has increased by 500 percent. This type of travel is most often chosen by users between the ages of 60 and 90. The most popular destinations for genealogical travel are places known for their immigration history such as the US, Canada, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, France, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and Brazil. Learning about origins is a key reason why people opt for genetic testing like the ones offered by 23andMe. As many as 53 percent of users said they opted for the test because they want to learn more about their ancestors and the origins of their family. The rise of genealogical travel “At Airbnb, we believe that authentic travel experiences help connect with local culture and create a sense of belonging wherever you are in the world. And is there a better way to do that than traveling to the destination you come from? We are proud to announce that we have partnered with 23andMe to make it easier for travelers to plan trips that are as unique as their DNA.Said Joe Gebbia, director and co-founder of Airbnb. “Collaborating with Airbnb provides our clients with an exciting opportunity to connect with their ancestors through deeply personal cultural and tourist experiences”, Said Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe. With the rise of home genetic testing and analytics, such as that offered by the 23andMe platform, it has never been easier to learn about one’s origins, which in turn has contributed to the growing trend of so-called “genealogical travel”. People around the world travel to connect with their ancestors, which is why Airbnb and 23andMe team up to make it easier to organize this type of travel. Both companies will integrate genealogical travel into their services. When a user receives a report of their origin on the 23andMe platform, they will have the opportunity to search through Airbnb for private accommodations and experiences in their ancestral countries. For example, if the user of the 23andMe service is originally from southern Italy, he can look for private accommodation in Apulia and explore his ancestors in more detail from there. Or someone with Mexican roots can find experience in Ciudad de México to learn ancient techniques of using natural colors that are part of his heritage. Also, special genealogy planning pages are now in Airbnb’s range of services. It is this curiosity about the origin that has contributed to the rise in popularity of genealogical journeys around the world. According to a study from April 2019, commissioned by Airbnb, as many as 89 percent of Indians traveled to at least one country where they have roots, just like 69 percent of French and more than half of Americans.last_img read more


IN THE CLUTCH: Ennis guides No. 2 Syracuse to win over No. 22 Pittsburgh


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ At this point, Tyler Ennis’ actions can’t surprise anybody. None of his teammates look at him as a freshman — they really haven’t all year. Trevor Cooney expects Syracuse to go to his backcourt mate for big plays. Jim Boeheim said the guard is as good at getting to the rim as anyone he’s seen.There was never a doubt that Syracuse’s head coach could look to his freshman point guard for a critical play during a close game. Pittsburgh stops players from getting to the rim as well as anyone, but it couldn’t stop Ennis.“He made some of the best plays I’ve seen in a long time,” Boeheim said.Ennis darted through an off-balanced defense for a go-ahead scoop shot with less than two minutes remaining. Just over a minute later, he went with his left hand to end the No. 22 Panthers’ (16-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) upset bid and seal a 59-54 win for No. 2 Syracuse (18-0, 5-0) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.“They don’t let you get all the way to the rim,” Ennis said. “I got there once. I wasn’t really expecting to get it a second time.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe guard, who led the Orange with 16 points, scored six of the SU’s final eight and kept Syracuse atop the ACC in front of a raucous 30,046 — the second largest crowd this year.It was just the second time this season that Ennis led the Orange in scoring, but he’s been one of SU’s most reliable offensive weapons. Syracuse has other options but the freshman is the catalyst.“From the moment I started to work with him,” assistant coach Gerry McNamara said, “I kind of got the feeling that he was a little bit different.”McNamara is surprised at how often Ennis gets overlooked.C.J. Fair, not Ennis, was the Orange’s unquestioned star in the preseason. When Ennis played with Andrew Wiggins with CIA Bounce in the Amateur Athletic Union, it was Wiggins, not Ennis, who typically stole the show.“I’ve watched him for three years now and every time I’ve watched him,” McNamara said, “he’s made every player on the court a better basketball player.”In the final moments on Saturday, it played to his benefit. Ennis is no longer a relative unknown — he’s a legitimate ACC Player of the Year and National Freshman of the Year candidate — but he also has a plethora of options to distribute to.Cooney went just 2-for-8 but he’s too dangerous when open to be left alone. Fair scored fewer points than Ennis, but is SU’s leading scorer for the season. Ennis doesn’t have the offensive reputation of the two, so the Panthers often left him one-on-one.He just had to get his man off balance and the help from the wings wouldn’t be quick enough to close in on him at the rim.“You kind of just spread it out and let him go to work,” Cooney said. “If they’re going to try and take him away, he’ll make the right play and find the open guy, but you’ve got to cover everyone else and he made spectacular plays.”For the opening 20 minutes on Saturday, though, Ennis was a non-factor offensively. He had just one assist and his two points came from a pair of free throws.But he’s started slow before — particularly of late — and still managed to put together standout performances. He followed up a two-point first half against Boston College with a 10-point second and recovered from a handful of early turnovers to score 10 against North Carolina.“You’ve never seen any intimidation when you look at him,” Fair said. “He always plays the same game no matter what the score is.”Less than three minutes into the second half, Ennis was able to get himself going. He found his way to the heart of the defense, but got stuck in no-man’s land and twirled around. Somehow, the defense sagged off him and he pulled up for a mid-range jump shot.Moments later, the talented two-way freshman grabbed a steal and found Cooney in transition for one of his two 3-pointers. Syracuse’s lead swelled to seven. The Orange led by as many as 10, but a barrage of 3s from Pittsburgh wing Lamar Patterson made it a struggle until the end.There aren’t many freshmen that Boeheim could turn to at the end of the game when in need of a steadying presence and critical bucket. He said Carmelo Anthony and McNamara were two. Ennis is another.Said Boeheim: “He won the game down the stretch for us.” Comments Published on January 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more


Kennedy warns of hurling players drifting away


first_imgKennedy says the GAA must act to ensure that the grassroots are kept healthy. A prominent Tipperary GAA figure is warning that the club game is ‘going down the very same line’ as rugby.Drom-Inch hurling manager Ted Kennedy fears that ‘ordinary’ players will drift away from the association’s sports if more isn’t done to meet their needs.IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has admitted that many rugby clubs are struggling to survive since the advent of professionalism two decades ago.last_img