Today, Airbnb offers over 6 million units of private accommodation worldwide, and such acquisitions will only strengthen their dominance in the online travel market. “We created HotelTonight knowing that people need a better way to book hotel accommodation and we are excited to partner with Airbnb to provide this service to guests around the world. HotelTonight and Airbnb can provide guests with more choices, and the world’s best boutique and independent partner hotels to help connect with guests”, Said Sam Shank, co-founder and CEO of Hotel Tonight. The acquisition of HotelTonight will surely accelerate Airbnb’s work on building a comprehensive travel platform that is at everyone’s service. People who use Airbnb find it easier to find a last-minute stay when the other hosts are already busy. The availability of a boutique hotel, with private rooms and entire houses that can be booked immediately, ensures an authentic, high-quality stay available last minute. HotelTonight.com Also, the acquisition meets the huge demand from and for boutique hotels. In 2018, Airbnb doubled the number of rooms within the boutique hotel. “A big part of building a comprehensive travel platform is to serve every guest, whether planning a trip a year or a day in advance. Working with an amazing team at HotelTonight, we will offer guests an unparalleled last-minute travel experience that provides unique and unforgettable hospitality on any trip, at any time.Said Brian Chesky, co-founder, CEO and community leader of Airbnb. Airbnb, one of the leading private accommodation rental services, has announced that it has taken over the HotelTonight app. Namely, it is an application that helps users find last-minute discounts for hotels.
FIFA has ratified a coronavirus relief plan that will make $1.5 billion available to soccer communities and national associations around the world.All of the 211 FIFA member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million.Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer during the plan’s third phase.The massive spending plan aims to help men’s and women’s professional soccer as well as youth and grassroots soccer through a system of grants and loans.Each of the six soccer confederations will also receive a grant of $2 million. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches. The Latest: Texas Longhorns exploring 25% stadium capacity Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity, which would be allowed under statewide orders from Gov. Greg Abbott. That would include nearly 50,000 fans. But Austin’s health authority said Tuesday the 50% plan caught the city off guard and he questioned whether the school should host any fans at games. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season.In a campus letter Wednesday, Interim President Jay Hartzell said the chairman of the school’s Board of Regents asked the school to plan for a 25% attendance, including students.The state of Texas has seen record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the month of July.___ Spanish soccer club Sevilla says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus.The club has not disclosed the name of the player. It says he has not shown symptoms of COVID-19 and is in good health and isolated at home.Sevilla says the positive result was discovered on Monday. It immediately informed sports and health authorities and temporarily suspended the team’s training sessions. It also disinfected the club’s facilities in accordance with the strict protocols in place because of the pandemic.Sevilla is scheduled to face Roma on Aug. 6 in the Europa League.___ Planning for the remaining qualifiers for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is ongoing. Twenty-one of the 24 places in the Olympic tournaments have been confirmed.A dozen teams are set to play in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments in the first half of next year for the remaining spots in Tokyo.The last five stops in the 2020 series were canceled in June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The National Women’s Hockey League is pushing back the start of its season from mid-November to January because of the new coronavirus pandemic.The league announced Wednesday it still plans to have teams play a full 20-game season, with the playoffs to conclude by the end of March. Should time permit, the NWHL will schedule holding its traditional midseason all-star game after the playoffs.The NWHL has six teams, with the addition of a Toronto expansion franchise. The league was unable to complete last season, having to cancel the championship game between Boston and Minnesota in mid-March because of COVID-19.The NWHL plans to begin holding optional practices beginning the week of Sept. 21, followed by formal practices a month later. The schedule was determined by the league’s COVID-19 safety committee formed in April.___ July 29, 2020 Associated Press In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic.He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.“Under normal operations, a large percentage of our annual budget comes directly from ticket sales and TIDE PRIDE memberships,” Byrne said, referring to Alabama’s ticket priority program.“In the event we have to adopt a modified seating model at Bryant-Denny Stadium, this number will be impacted significantly. While we don’t yet know the effects on individual ticketholders, we do know that we will need your continued and generous support.”___ The team says the three riders returned two negative tests three days before the race.___The first two stops on the 2021 World Sevens Series rugby circuit have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says the joint events in Dubai from Nov. 26-28 and in Cape Town from Dec. 4-6 have been cut because of the “ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.”The 2020 series was curtailed and New Zealand declared champions of the men’s and women’s titles after sports around the world were shuttered in March. The Big 12 will hold its football media day online Monday with only the conference’s 10 head coaches available.The coronavirus pandemic forced all major college conferences to cancel their traditional in-person football media days and switch to virtual events. The uncertainty of when and if the season will start then prompted the virtual events to be delayed.The Big 12 will be the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to conduct a media day, with some of the teams in the conference scheduled to begin play on Aug. 29.___Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports. FIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021.___Three riders competing at the Vuelta a Burgos cycling race in Spain have been dropped from the event after being in contact with someone with the coronavirus.UAE Team Emirates says Colombian riders Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila will not start the second stage.The team says they were in contact with a person who turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. They have been isolated and sent home in accordance with protocols by the team and international cycling body UCI.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Before Wednesday’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, with the season on the line, starting pitcher Zack Greinke was trying to make fantasy football trades. His teammates were doing their usual pregame routine of playing dominoes and cards. It sure didn’t seem like an elimination game was on deck. And now the Dodgers, already full of confidence, know they can do this. They know they can advance to the World Series.They’ve suddenly got power – via four home runs in their 6-4 Game 5 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday – and perhaps the best thing of all in ace Clayton Kershaw. No pep talk from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly necessary. He did that after Game 4 by walking through the clubhouse and telling players they were going to play in a Game 7.The Dodgers can win this series and they know it. They’re two wins away from their first World Series appearance in 25 years, as improbable as that seemed when St. Louis took a 2-0 lead despite the Dodgers throwing Zack Greinke and Kershaw in those games. Armed with a momentum-swinging victory and hits and runs, the Dodgers can do this. They rebounded from a disastrous start and turned the season around with a 42-8 run. Suddenly, two more victories doesn’t seem so daunting. “Well, we know we have a good team,” said outfielder Carl Crawford, who has four postseason home runs after just six in the regular season. “We know what we have in the clubhouse. We believe in ourselves. We trust one another. “To be honest with you, guys weren’t ready to lose (Wednesday). We have to take it one game at a time.” This is an elimination game for the Dodgers. If they lose Friday, their season is done.But if the Dodgers are going to lose this series, they’re going to do it having fun.They seem loose, relaxed and energized, and that’s not just Yasiel Puig. Strangely enough, Adrian Gonzalez is now carrying the celebration torch for the Dodgers. Gonzalez flashed Mickey Mouse ears after his first home run Wednesday in response to pitcher Adam Wainwright’s annoyance with the Dodgers’ celebrations after hits. Wainwright called it “Mickey Mouse.”And Gonzalez gave him a dose of Disney. “Other teams are going to do whatever they need to do in order to prepare themselves and have their guys ready,” said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny in a news conference Wednesday in St. Louis. The Dodgers bullpen can do this too. Once a weakness for the Dodgers – remember the Brandon League closer experiment? – the bullpen is now a strength. If starters can go seven innings – a la Greinke in Game 5 – and the Dodgers get to Brian Wilson, an August addition who has thrown six shutout innings in the postseason, and closer Kenley Jansen, all is well. Jansen made it an eventful ninth inning Wednesday, allowing two runs on four hits, but he still got the job done.“I don’t care about the stats,” Jansen said. “We’re just trying to get 11 wins so we can get a ring.”If Kershaw (0.47 ERA in the playoffs) can give the Dodgers one of his usual gems, Hanley Ramirez can stay in the lineup and get a hit or two despite the broken rib on his left side, and Hyun-Jin Ryu can pitch like he did in Game 3 – seven shutout innings – the Dodgers have a shot at winning the NLCS. The Dodgers have five postseason wins and resiliency, something no statistic can measure. “We were the worst team in the league … June 22,” Jansen said. “We were the worst team. We stunk so bad. We never quit. We always have that in us. We keep fighting. (Down) 3-1, you can’t worry about that. You’ve got to look at the positive. You’ve got Greinke and Kershaw and then (Hyun-Jin) Ryu.” Mattingly is even calling the Dodgers “America’s Team.” Everyone wants a Game 7, even Cardinals fans, he joked. He believes. And his Dodgers don’t just believe they can do this.They know they can do this.
By John BurtonRED BANK — This summer season will boot up without one of the borough’s longest-standing events. Organizers of Riverfest have pulled the plug.The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and This Is It Productions, the groups responsible for organizing Riverfest, have decided not to move forward this year with the food and music festival held each year in the borough’s Marine Park. The news was first reported by RedBankGreen.com.“You just get to a point when you have too many costs,” said Deanna Hunt, a partner in This Is It! Productions, the Hoboken firm that mounted the event for a number of years.Hunt and Lynda Rose, president and chief operating officer of the Chamber of Commerce, said the reason for the decision not to proceed with this year’s event was due in large part to added demands placed upon them by borough officials. Those included a request for an additional $5,000 contribution to the borough on top of the other fees the organizers have to pay.“The fees they were requesting were becoming cost prohibitive for us to be able to produce the event,” Hunt said.“Quite frankly, we just had to draw the line,” Rose said.Organizers had to pay for the use of the park for the three-day festival; pay for police overtime; for private security; to cover the cost of having Department of Public Works available for cleanup; “and all the other costs that go along with producing the event the average person doesn’t see,” Hunt noted.Last year’s event included a beer and wine garden for the first time. Hunt said borough officials requested organizers make a donation to a not-for-profit organization in exchange for allowing that attraction. Organizers decided to contribute $1,000 to the borough Department of Parks and Recreation, even though, Rose maintained, the event failed to show a profit.“They weren’t happy with the amount,” said a piqued Rose. “I’m sorry, it was a donation.”Neither Rose nor Hunt had figures readily available as to the costs related to producing the event.A lengthy renovation project of Marine Park facilities damaged by Super Storm Sandy in October 2012 has begun, and organizers also feared that would cause some difficulty in utilizing the location.Much like Kaboom! Fireworks on the Navesink, the largescale July 3 fireworks display that a private group organized with borough participation, sometimes these events become victims of their own success, said Borough Council President Kathy Horgan. “At times these events become too big, they become unmanageable, they become too expensive,” Horgan said. “We have to think what that means for the police, for everybody.”Organizers of the fireworks display, not affiliated with Riverfest, decided to cancel the event in 2012.Rose said there has been some early talks with Sea Bright officials about possibly bringing the event to the beachfront town but nothing has been decided.Riverfest in another iteration began in the early 1980s as the International Food Festival, held twice a year. By the 1990s the chamber came on board and partnered with the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation to incorporate live music and other attractions, along with food merchants into the event.A contentious schism developed between the jazz and blues foundation in the early 2000s, with the chamber walking away from the event for a couple of years and taking the name, Riverfest – which it owns the rights to – with it. For a number of years, the music foundation ran it as the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, but eventually the chamber came back and took hold of the reins.By the mid-1990s, the early June event became the largest free event of its type in the area, Hunt noted. At its peak it could attract upward of 80-100,000 people to Marine Park, she said. “Back in the ‘90s it gave a name to Red Bank when Red Bank was ‘Dead Bank,’” Hunt said, referring to the derogatory moniker the borough was tagged with prior to its redevelopment.Hunt and Horgan said they both hope discussions can continue to reinstate the event in the future.“I think it’s important to have events that keep people coming to Red Bank and keep residents involved and have things to do,” Horgan said.This article was first published in the May 4-11, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
…“they are indispensable in the public service”By Devina SamarooThe public service has a crucial role to play in transforming Guyana, Minister of State Joseph Harmon charged to a roomful of administrative professionals who were eager to begin their training in public service efficacy on Wednesday morning at the Impeccable Banquet Hall, Brickdam.The event, which was organised by Zoywins Consultancy, under the theme “Shine like a Diamond”, coincides with worldwide celebrations of Administrative Professionals’ Day in recognition of the valuable contributions of administrative staff to the success of organisations.Both Private and Public Sector workers from across seven administrative regions gathered to participate in the seminar where they were brief on areas related to the development of cooperative style, strategies to prevent conflict and master cooperation and efficiency; maintenance of healthy lifestyles; among others.In delivering his opening remarks, Minister Harmon underscored the importance of being involving in training programmes of thisMinister of State, Joseph Harmon delivering remarks at the opening of the Administrative Professionals Workshop at the De Impeccable Banquet Hallnature, noting that the knowledge gained may attribute to career advancements and increased earnings.Harmon, who has responsibility for the public service, emphasised that administrative staff are an indispensable part of the delivery of public/ customer care service, and as such, he noted that it is most advantageous for organisations to invest in the proper training and development of these individuals.“Administrative professionals or secretaries are particularly important to this process in a number of ways, specifically, many of you, if not all of you, are the first point of contact between your organisation and the public. You are the face of you department or agencies or companies in which you work,” he explained, highlighting that as a consequence, administrative professionals contribute significantly to the way in which their employers are perceived.Harmon even shared a personal experience to support his assertions.“When we came into office under the coalition Government, I had the responsibility of organisation work of the Ministry of the Presidency, and from day one up to maybe day 40/50, people were coming to see me on a daily basis and sometimes by the time they get to me, they would have gone through sometimes two layers or three layers of persons and sometimes some of them come in vexed because they say “the people give me a hard time before I get to you”; and so I have been at pains to point out to those members in the public service that they are the faces of that administration, these are the people that interact with the public on a daily basis; therefore, if you are not courteous and you do not treat the public well, by time they come to me to deal with their problems, I have to unwind them, I have to spend an extra five or 10 minutes telling them that this is not the kind of administration we will have,” Harmon related.On this note, he charged that administrative professionals ought to be considered the backbones of organisations.“Your day to day work is the foundation of your organisations’ accomplishment. You take care of the details and the success achieved with respect to task undertaken… in reality, it cannot be done without you,” he stated.In further underscoring the importance of the public service in transforming the country, Harmon reminded that in delivering quality service, administrative professionals must strive to look beyond political, racial and religious persuasions.“It does not matter which political party you voted for… public servants should deliver with strict neutrality and integrity,” he noted.In conclusion, Minister Harmon urged the participants to work assiduously both individually and collectively, not only in striving for self-development but to bring about massive changes in the quality of public service being delivered in Guyana.“You are the agents of change,” he charged.
Infighting among the top leaders of the Haryana Congress has escalated after senior leader and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced a mega rally on August 18, in the run-up to the Assembly polls to be held later this year, without any formal intimation being sent to State Congress president Ashok Tanwar.Mr. Tanwar told The Hindu that he has no formal information or invite for the ‘Parivartan Maha Rally’ to be held in Rohtak on August 18.“I have come to know about the rally through newspapers. There has been no deliberation about participating in the rally as of now. With elections around the corner, everyone should fight with unity against the ruling BJP to oust them from power as it is what the people of the State want,” he said.Wait and watch On whether he would participate in the rally if invited, Mr. Tanwar said, “Let’s see what happens. Going there or not going there [to the rally] is hypothetical at this point of time.”The Congress has been struggling to set its house in order ahead of the Assembly polls. The party’s State unit seems to be divided between two camps — one headed by Mr. Hooda and the other by Mr. Tanwar.Recently, Mr. Hooda held a meeting of the party’s leaders in Delhi in which 13 Haryana legislators participated. Mr. Tanwar and some other senior leaders of the party were not present in the meeting.Attacks against the Haryana Congress president sharpened after the Lok Sabha election results in which the party faced defeat in all 10 seats in the State.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barca coach Valverde confirms Messi close to full fitnessby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona travel to Eibar with Lionel Messi moving towards full fitness.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde confirmed Messi was close to a return to being 100 per cent after an injury-ravaged start to the campaign.He said, “He is in the process of being 100 percent fit.”The other day he played 90 minutes and scored, that always reassures the strikers,” he told the press.”He has to go slowly to find reach top form. He only has one full game under his belt.”We hope he can give us much more in the coming matches.”
REGINA – The Saskatchewan government says higher oil and potash prices will mean more money for the province this year.But Finance Minister Donna Harpauer says she’s not sure that situation will last and that’s why the government must balance its budget next year.“I don’t have confidence,” she said Monday. “I have been … involved with govenrment for a number of years now and I’ve seen really strong prices and I’ve seen them plummet overnight.”The provincial Finance Ministry released its first-quarter update showing a deficit of $306 million, nearly $60 million smaller than forecast in the April budget.Revenue is predicted to be almost $170 million more than expected thanks largely in a boost to the forecasted price of oil.But more spending on health care, social services and public-sector pensions will eat up a good portion of that windfall.“We are borrowing, or projecting to borrow, within this budget. We still have a deficit,” Harpauer said. “That shows us how critical it is to come back to balance so that our income coming in and our expenses going out are equitable.”The government is planning to spend $20 million extra on health care, because more people are using the system, and $20 million more on social services because of an increased caseload.Changes to interest rates also mean more than $50 million in extra pension expenses.(The Canadian Press, CJWW)
Williams says he’ll wait to see “physical progress on the ground” before he commits to them.The Federal Court of Appeal last week reversed a cabinet decision to allow Trans Mountain construction to go ahead.A U.S. federal judge earlier ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline’s proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route.Williams says that as a Canadian he found the delays “troubling” but not relevant to the company in the next three to five years.Suncor is officially opening its Fort Hills oilsands mine on Monday as it works to add 10 percent to its production output this year and again in 2019.It has been ramping up production and beat its guidance by delivering Suncor’s share at 71,000 barrels per day, at lower than forecast cash operating costs. Suncor owns a 43.11 percent interest in the open-pit and shovel mine, Total has 24.58 percent and Teck 21.31 percent. NEW YORK, N.Y. – The head of Suncor Energy Inc. says Canada’s largest oil and gas producer won’t move ahead with additional crude production expansions until there’s physical progress on getting pipelines approved.Chief executive Steve Williams told a Barclays investor conference in New York that recent judicial rulings affecting Keystone XL and Trans Mountain pipeline don’t have any short-term impacts on Suncor’s ability to get its product to market.But he says further production expansions won’t be approved next year and into 2020 until there is more clarity on the fate of pipelines.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged on Saturday that the Modi government allowed economic offenders Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya to flee the country, and wondered whether this was the prime minister’s “patriotism”. “Why did Modi government make the two flee country. Is this the patriotism of Modi ji?” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief was reacting to a tweet saying Mallya and Nirav Modi have met several times in the past to discuss evading extradition to India. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThere was a fresh focus on the fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi after a British daily Saturday reported that the accused in the USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam has been living in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London’s West End and is now involved in a new diamond business. Sources in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Saturday the United Kingdom’s home secretary has recently referred India’s request for extraditing Nirav Modi to a court for initiating legal proceedings.