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Booking and Expedia in the race to develop “all inclusive” travel reservations

first_imgThe competition between online travel agencies used to revolve around the amount of hotels or apartments that each platform added to its list during the previous quarter, and the situation is similar today. But lately, a new trend has emerged around which the battle is being fought, and that is the so-called “connected journey”. He was joined by Booking Holdings and Expedia, reports Shift. Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, said it is quite clear that companies like Expedition, Airbnb and TripAdvisor have been talking a lot about related travel lately. However, he explained that his company has the advantage of having “more capital and technology“Which can dedicate to the development of such a service from other travel agencies. “We are making very good progress and look forward to further progress in developmentHe said. Namely, it is an application that takes care of absolutely all aspects of travel – from booking a flight, checking in to a hotel, renting a car and other services needed by passengers. Today, many companies have joined the race to create such an “all inclusive” service. Both companies are already arranging large-scale collaborations with other companies in order to incorporate as many different services as possible when traveling. All to minimize, often embarrassing, situations in which a single passenger may find himself. Source / photo: Skift; Pexelscenter_img Expedia has already, in some segments, implemented the plan, so for certain hotels, “loyalty” provides members with options such as ordering a bowl of fruit in a hotel room before they check into the hotel. Mark Ockerstrom, CEO of Expedition, said that “the team has a bunch of plans to further develop the complete travel service from the traditional one.“The company, for example, intends to allow customers to import a flight reservation into an itinerary containing a hotel reservation made through Expedition. If that flight is canceled, Expedia will automatically notify the hotel on behalf of its user. Fogel believes mobile applications will be at the center of connected travel, and artificial intelligence will be able to recognize what to offer the user. For example, a loyal customer will be offered a free or fairly cheap transfer to the airport or a premium seat in a restaurant that is difficult to book.last_img read more

WRGB, Sinclair and honest journalism

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn today’s media climate, the smoke around any one story gets cleared in record time reducing already short public attention spans and curtailing demand and opportunity for thoughtful contemplation.This writer, holding a postgraduate degree on the relationship between government and mass media, could not be expected to resist the opportunity to comment on the controversy that arose last month involving Sinclair Broadcast Group and WRGB channel 6, its local media property.    All this gives the impression that Sinclair and WRGB are trying to deceive viewers into watching “product” they want to push.Sinclair protests that its editorial simply endorsed responsible journalism and warned against false and biased reporting, a universally shared concern. But the issue was never the message itself, rather the opaque and faithless way Sinclair chose to deliver it.  Newspapers reserve space for viewpoints that disagree with their editorial opinions. To restore faith with its viewers, perhaps Sinclair and WRGB should do the same.John Figliozzi is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes The central issue is whether and to what extent media owners and journalists have a responsibility to differentiate dispassionate reporting from editorial opinion for their readers, listeners and viewers.  POWER AND RESPONSIBILITYThe First Amendment recognizes and protects the unique influence that “the fourth estate” can wield as an independent source of information and check on government power.Indeed, the term itself springs from recognition of the news media as an integral part of the political system, but separate from the government itself.  A.J. Liebling, the noted war correspondent and longtime writer for The New Yorker magazine once pithily noted that, “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those that own one.”His point was that opportunities to “own one” are limited, making for a two-edged sword.  While some might point to general access to the Internet and social media as counterweights, there is an important distinction to be made between freedom of speech there and freedom of the press. The former is primarily individual and fleeting in nature, regardless of how “viral” a tweet or posting becomes. The latter is institutional and more established.    It is the print and electronic news media that have proven capacity to influence public opinion by either amplifying speech or restricting it.Fortunately, most media outlets respect that responsibility. But some seek to exploit it.It’s the latter that sparked the Sinclair controversy.  MISLEADING INTENT?There is no denying that Sinclair “owns” a press — in the form of 193 broadcast television stations nationwide — and has the constitutional right to use it to express its own opinions.Like newspapers, television station owners have always delivered clearly stamped editorials themselves.Instead, Sinclair issued a script to be read by the principal news anchor(s) on all its stations, apparently intending it to appear locally sourced.  Greg Floyd and Liz Bishop did so at WRGB.The online sports and news blogger Deadspin noticed a distinct pattern and produced a split screen video showing the identical text being delivered at dozens of Sinclair stations. The resulting ridicule was immediate, caustic and deserved.The political satirist John Oliver observed, “Nothing says we value independent media like dozens of reporters forced to repeat the same message … like members of a brainwashed cult.”Ironically, Sinclair’s act served as a pertinent example of the dodgy practices its editorial sought to criticize.  It also tainted the trust that local anchors painstakingly win through earnest journalism — like Floyd’s “You Paid for It” state government report segments and Bishop’s peer honored four decade career in local news — by using them as mere corporate mouthpieces.  If only an isolated incident, it could be excused as a rare atypical error.But Sinclair has a track record – from refusing to run CBS’s roll call tribute to fallen soldiers during the Iraq War, seeing it as implied criticism of the Bush policy, to instructing its stations to broadcast a highly questionable critique of candidate John Kerry’s Vietnam service just two weeks before the 2004 election. More recently, it had a dubious one-sided agreement with the Trump campaign securing exclusive interviews with the candidate and has since hired only declared Trump partisans as “commentators” for airing during its stations’ ostensibly local newscasts.Locally, WRGB-6 has given viewers more reason for doubt by using national report segments from Sinclair-owned Circa in its local newscasts and inserting another Sinclair program, Full Measure, halfway through Sunday morning’s CBS Face the Nation hour, confusingly moving the CBS program’s second half hour to another owned station without any notice to the viewer.last_img read more

​Danes not properly told about pension risks, watchdog finds

first_imgMore than two-thirds of pension contributions in Denmark are now directed into unguaranteed market-rate products, the authority said, noting that the shift away from guaranteed pension products had political support.The FSA said the information pension holders were given in their pension forecast threw up many issues.“The only thing a pensioner can be almost sure of is that the number can and will change – both before and after retirement. However, this is often not communicated clearly to the pensioner,” the watchdog said.It stressed, however, that several things had happened in the field of market-rate pensions since the report was compiled, but that it was still relevant to publishing the study’s overall result, since it contained a description of how the industry communicated before focusing on the area.“In this way, it is easier to chart the development and industry improvements by a subsequent follow-up study,” the FSA said.“it is hard for pension holders to gain insight into the risks they carry with market-rate products”Finansitilysne, the Danish FSAIn the consultation following the FSA’s conference entitled “Pensions when guarantees disappear” in early 2017, industry association Insurance & Pension Denmark (IPD) announced four sector initiatives to increase consumer information.The FSA said providers implemented some of these solutions on 1 January 2019 and, according to its information, all the measures were to be completed by the beginning of 2020.These initiatives had not been reviewed in the report, it said, nor whether they had solved consumer issues or would do so.Among conclusions, the FSA said in its report that with some providers, disability pensions were connected to the same risks as old-age benefits, and were affected by the same changes in the assumptions, but that pension savers were not told this explicitly.It also said that while five commercial life insurance companies out of the 11 providers in the report did provide some form of security through hedging for their market-rate products, what these schemes actually covered and how they were described to pensioners varied widely.Information given to pension customers about risks was very sparse, it said, and where companies did mention this, most emphasis was on the investment risk.“None of the material of the companies in question contains clear information on the risks associated with a possible change in life expectancy,” the FSA said, adding that  several companies omitted this information completely. Providers of market-rate pensions in Denmark have not been giving customers adequate information about the risks they are exposed to, both in the accumulation and payout phases of the products, according to a new report by the financial regulator.The Danish FSA’s (Finansitilysnet) said its report covers information from pension companies on the “privatisation” of risk in unguaranteed market-rate products, and follows fact-finding work begun by the authority three years ago.The FSA said: “Based on the study, the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority finds that it is generally challenging for companies to adequately inform pensioners about the risks associated with pension products.“The FSA considers that it is hard for pension holders to gain insight into the risks they carry with market-rate products, and what consequences they may have for them,” it said.last_img read more

Somalia’s Youth ministry uses football for peace and development

first_imgRecently, Somalia’s then-rulers the Al-Shabaab militant group had outlawed all sport and used the capital city Mogadishu’s main sports arena to stage executions.Fast forward to this week, and Waaxda 5 are playing Waaxda 1 and the reaction of the crowd is no different to any you would see at a football match anywhere else in the world.This football match is part of the African Union Mission in Somalia peacekeepers initiative for community engagement exercise amongst the youths and the local administration as they seek to strengthen peace and stability in the country through sports.AMISOM recently received 4500 footballs from the One World Futbol Project through the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM.Organizers say that this is a major step to stabilizing the country that has been deeply affected by numerous attacks from the Al Shabaab.Somalia’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, along with AMISOM are aiming to use the sport to help unite the country, while also targeting national development in the Horn of Africalast_img read more

Greater Grand Forks Fair has two dates for IMCA Modifieds

first_imgGRAND FORKS, N.D. – Two events for Xtreme Mo­tor Sports IMCA Modifieds are on Greater Grand Forks Fair race programs.Both Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 features at River Cities Speedway pay $500 to win and a minimum of $70 to start.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded each night. Tow money is $25.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Racing on the 1/3-mile clay oval starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission during the fair is $5. Pit passes are $25.Sanctioned Modified also return for Friday shows Aug. 14 and Sept. 18 at Grand Forks. National, regional and state points will also be awarded at those events.More information is available at the www.rivercitiesspeedway.com website and on Facebook.last_img read more

Area Football Friday Scores (10-18)

first_imgArea Football Friday ScoresWeek #9  (10-18)Batesville  42     Connersville  13East Central  49     Beech Grove  15Milan  54     Switzerland County  0Harrison  55     Franklin County  7     Covenant Christian  46     Oldenburg  0     Greensburg  37     Rushville  8North Decatur  39     Park Tudor  0South Decatur  29     Cambridge City Lincoln  28Lawrenceburg  55     South Dearborn  20     Southside Home School  44     Edinburgh  15     Tri  38     Union County  7     New Albany  42     Jennings County  20Columbus East  61     Madison  14last_img read more

Martinez has plans for Neville

first_imgNew Everton manager Roberto Martinez intends to speak to former Toffees captain Phil Neville over a possible coaching role. Former England international Neville spent eight years with Everton after leaving United in 2005. He said he would consider numerous offers to move into coaching full-time or step into the media after his involvement with England Under-21s ended. Martinez is building his backroom staff following his appointment last week. One man who will need replacing is former Scotland defender David Weir who, after being interviewed for the Toffees’ top job, has left to become manager at Sheffield United. Martinez said: “I spoke with David Weir and he is a phenomenal gentleman and it is a real shame – the timing of the opportunity of management is something he had to take. “It is a real shame he hasn’t been able to be part of the project because he is someone that would have fitted in really well.” Neville, 36, has retired as a player and made moves into coaching by taking up a role with England Under-21s at this summer’s European Championships. There has been speculation linking him with a post at his first club Manchester United, under his old Everton boss David Moyes, but Martinez believes he could have a role at Goodison Park. Martinez told evertontv: “I think Phil Neville is an Everton icon and I think he can bring a lot into his time as a coach. I really want to speak with him and see how he feels about his future.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Routledge wins red card appeal

first_imgSwansea winger Wayne Routledge has successfully appealed against the red card he was shown against QPR on New Year’s Day and will face no further punishment. “I’m losing a bit of faith. It’s hard for us to keep faith when we continually have decisions like this, big moments within games. “That sounds like me moaning, I’m not at all. I’m just telling you the facts. “I hope the red card gets rescinded because that will 100 per cent be the right thing to happen. “We’ll be appealing for sure. My player goes from nearly having his leg broken to getting sent off, I don’t see how that can happen.” Despite the red card, Swansea mustered a stoppage-time leveller through Wilfried Bony, cancelling out Leroy Fer’s strike for the hosts. Routledge was sent off for his reaction to a strong tackle from Karl Henry in the 86th minute of the 1-1 draw, with Henry booked for the challenge. The dismissal had left Routledge facing a three-match ban but that has been lifted after his appeal was upheld. A Football Association statement said: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday 2 January 2015, Swansea City’s Wayne Routledge has had his claim for wrongful dismissal upheld. “Routledge was dismissed during his side’s 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers on New Year’s Day for violent conduct. “The three-match suspension has therefore been withdrawn with immediate effect.” Routledge’s red card was one of a number of decisions from referee Anthony Taylor which upset Swansea – as QPR goalkeeper Rob Green should have been sent off for handling outside his area early in the match. Swans boss Garry Monk described Henry’s challenge on Routledge as a “leg-breaker” and said the officials were mistaken in believing Routledge had kicked out in response. “It’s a leg breaker,” Monk said. “I think everyone knew in the stadium apart from the official and then the double whammy of our player getting sent off for apparently kicking out. “He doesn’t kick out at all. I just hope justice is done not just for us but for football in itself. Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida Atlantic University prepares for coronavirus in a mock disaster drill

first_imgAs of Tuesday, there are 3 presumptive cases of the coronavirus, and emergency officials in Florida are working overtime to prepare for any potential impacts in the state.Emergency medicine physician residents from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine participated in a mock disaster drill involving coronavirus, or COVID-19.The drill involved mock cruise ship passengers who were exposed to coronavirus. In the scenario, they’ll arrive by bus where they will be detained and isolated in a simulated cruise ship dock setting. 850 WFTL’s news partner, WPTV caught the drill on video.last_img read more

Ellsworth boys’ swim team edges MDI for PVC crown; EHS girls 4th

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts ORONO — Nearly a year to the day after the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island boys’ swim teams fought to the wire for the conference title, the two delivered another classic showing.The Ellsworth boys edged MDI in another back-and-forth battle at the Penobscot Valley Conference championships Friday at the University of Maine. The meet came down to the end with the Eagles edging the Trojans 308-295 to win their second consecutive PVC crown.“Ellsworth has a very good boys’ team again this year, and they swam a fantastic meet,” MDI head coach Tony DeMuro said. “We had some good swims, but it wasn’t our best meet overall. Hats off to Ellsworth because they deserved it.”Ellsworth began the day with a team win in the 200-yard medley relay, and MDI was close behind with a third-place finish. The next event was the 200-yard freestyle, in which Ellsworth sophomore Sean Hill placed first with a time of 1 minute, 48.86 seconds as the Trojans’ Tyler Woodworth claimed second in 1:54.96.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter Ellsworth’s Camden Holmes won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.51 seconds, MDI got its first win of the day when Sam Mitchell won the 1-meter dive with a score of 229.4. The Trojans followed Mitchell’s win with a solid effort in the 100-yard butterfly, in which Liam Sullivan, Amos Price and Zeke Valleau placed a respective second, fourth and fifth.In the final five events, Ellsworth reached top gear wins from Sean Hill (500-yard freestyle) and Sam Pelletier (100-yard backstroke) as well as team wins in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. Isaac Weaver finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke for MDI, which placed second in the aforementioned relays.“The final relay lifted us,” Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman said. “The boys battled an aggressive MDI team, but they prevailed in the end. All of them had great times.”Ellsworth and MDI also had strong days on the girls’ side; the third-place Trojans earned 189 points to edge out the fourth-place Eagles’ 183. Bangor won the girls’ meet with 281 points, and John Bapst took second with 194.For MDI, sophomore Adria Horton won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:34.31. Ruby Brown had fourth- and fifth-place finishes for the Trojans in the 200 and 100 freestyles, respectively, and Addy Smith placed fifth in the 200-yard individual medley. MDI placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay and third in the 200-yard freestyle relay.“As far as the girls’ meet went, I don’t think I could’ve been much happier,” DeMuro said. “They had all-around fast times in every race and set themselves up to do really well coming up at states.”Ellsworth’s Kristy Barry won the 200 IM for Ellsworth and set a team record in the process with a time of 2:18.73. The Eagles also got a team record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with Barry, Ellie Clarke, Caitlin MacPherson and Miriam Nelson taking second place with a time of 1:43.99.Elsewhere, Clarke earned runner-up finishers in two events, finishing 0.16 seconds behind Bangor’s McKayla Kendall in the 50 freestyle and 0.11 seconds behind Rachel Hand, also of Bangor, in the 100 backstroke. On the diving board, Elena Springer placed second for Ellsworth with a score of 303.35.The teams will return to UMaine next week to compete in the state championships with the boys’ meet scheduled for next Saturday, Feb. 16, and the girls’ meet set to be held Monday, Feb. 18. Both meets will start with the diving competitions at 10 a.m.“We have many state qualifiers, and it will be an exciting meet to watch,” Goodman said. “It’s been a great season, and we are all very proud of both our teams for their dedication and perseverance in achieving both their personal goals and those of the team.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more