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Airbnb to Acquire LastMinute Booking Service HotelTonight

first_img Airbnb For Work Simplifies Business TravelAirbnb’s Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Rental Is a Hot Dog Lover’s Paradise Airbnb has inked a deal to acquire last-minute booking service HotelTonight for an undisclosed sum.The move comes more than a year after Airbnb launched Plus, a new tier offering stays at boutique hotels, traditional bed-and-breakfasts, hostels, and resorts.“A big part of building an end-to-end travel platform is serving every guest, whether they plan their trip a year or a day in advance,” Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO and Head of Community, said in a statement.“Working with the incredible team at HotelTonight,” he continued, “we will offer guests an unparalleled last-minute travel experience that provides unique, memorable hospitality on every trip, on any schedule, at any time.”What began 10 years ago as a home rental platform has grown into a tourism experience—including concierge services and optional tours for select bookings.Since introducing deluxe features early last year, Airbnb has more than doubled the number of rooms available in hospitality venues that aren’t someone’s half-finished basement, and tripled hotel bookings between 2017 and 2018.The acquisition should also benefit Home hosts: Nearly 90 percent of guests who first used Airbnb to reserve a hotel room and returned to the e-hospitality site for a second trip booked a home stay.“We started HotelTonight because we knew people wanted a better way to book an amazing hotel room on-demand, and we are excited to join forces with Airbnb to bring this service to guests around the world,” according to co-founder and CEO Sam Shank, who will lead Airbnb’s boutique hotel category.The HotelTonight app and website will continue to operate as usual, though listings will likely also be available through Airbnb’s Plus portal.Airbnb could certainly use some good press: A host in Melbourne, Australia, recently admitted to killing a guest who could not afford to pay his bill.Jason Colton, 42, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ramis Jonuzi in October 2017. According to a BBC report, two housemates held 36-year-old Jonuzi down while Colton beat and strangled him for not paying the A$210 ($149) he owed.Colton, who could be jailed for 20 years, said he didn’t mean to seriously injure Jonuzi; he only wanted the bricklayer to “pass out.”More on Geek.com:This Little Robot Blasts the Bacteria in Your Hotel Room BedFuturistic Hotel Fires Most of Its Creepy Robotic StaffWatch: Is This Robotic Hotel Room on Wheels the Future of Travel? Stay on targetlast_img read more

Dugarry on Neymar antics If I was at PSG Id be

first_imgFormer France international Christophe Dugarry has heavily criticised  Neymar for his actions, while Paris Saint-Germain sealed the Ligue 1 titleThe club’s world record signing was absent, while PSG sealed the Ligue 1 title in impressive fashion by defeating last season’s winners AS Monaco 7-1 at the Parc Des Princes Stadium on Sunday.Neymar, who is currently recovering in Brazil from his fractured fifth metatarsal bone in his foot, instead, posted images of him playing a game of poker with his friends, that left Dugarry furious.“How could Neymar not be there with his teammates with the title at stake?” he asked on RMC Sport (via Marca).“They’ve given him the role of leader and he doesn’t even come to share in the win?“How is it possible that PSG can accept that? How can he look his teammates in the eye when he behaves that way?Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“He’s spitting on the club. I think it is outrageous. If he was at Barcelona, he would have returned with no problem.“If I was at PSG, I’d be very angry.”Dugarry, who was a member of the France squad that won the 1998 World Cup, believes that PSG will never win the Champions League with players like Neymar.“I can’t stand those players who are only worried about themselves because it is the collective which wins games,” said the former Bordeaux forward.“It is never individual players… and yet people think that PSG can win the Champions League with attitudes like that!”last_img read more

The Nation will stand still to watch the countrys first Olympian

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:delano williams, TCI first Olympian, team great britain Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 18, 2016 – Friday August 19th is a big day in the Turks and Caicos as it is the day that the first islander will compete at Olympic competition and there will be a watch party.Flow on Wednesday announced that there will be a watch party at the Conference room next to the Opus Restaurant for Delano’s debut on the Olympic track.  Williams, will be a part of the men’s 4x400m relay squad for Team Great Britain.A Flow Brand Ambassador, Williams has himself been promoting the dates of Friday and Saturday; and so on Friday from 7pm there will be an event to watch the heats and there will be live entertainment by Tess Charles.Flow warns that space is limited. Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! Delano Williams return home postponed due to weather Motorcade for TCI first OLYMPIAN!!last_img read more

NWS Winter Storm Warning On Seward Highway Turnagain Arm

first_imgKaitlyn O’Brien with the NWS in Anchorage: “What we are expecting is heavy snow with snow accumulations of 18-30 inches, and it’s possible that we’ll see some localized amounts up to 36 inches.”  A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. A band of very heavy snow is currently over the region north of Moose Pass, including the Seward Highway through Turnagain Pass. Snowfall rates of up to 6 inches per hour have been observed through Turnagain Pass. According to an advisory from the Department of Transportation, travel is nearly impossible due to very heavy snow. Expect significant  reductions in visibility. O’Brien: “Travel will be difficult through that heavy snow, and not possible at all in some areas. We are expecting very low visibility through that area.”  center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Seward Highway around the Turnagain Arm area effective until noon, on Thursday. The snow band is expected to remain nearly stationary through Thursday morning, contributing to the very high snowfall totals. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov. For avalanche information around Turnagain Pass, visit cnfaic.org.last_img read more

Builders in Anchorage await a miniboom from earthquake repairs

first_imgOver the weekend, the Alaska Airlines Center hosted the Anchorage Home Show, filling up with business booths advertising everything one could ever need to transform a house. The industry event brings together realtors, tree surgeons, asphalt experts, Tupperware merchants and every service in between.“Since the Earthquake we’ve had people who have been inquiring and I think they’ve been waiting to see the snow melt and get real damage reports. But it appears there’s going to be quite a bit,” said Darren Williams, manager of residential sales for Spenard Builder Supply.The company had a spacious walk-in display, modeled like a classy new kitchen. According to Williams, plenty of people have started wandering into SBS locations to begin figuring out home repairs. The projects run the gamut, from cracked sheet rock to righting whole foundations. It’s prompting a lot of businesses in the construction and building sector to anticipate a surge in demand over the coming months. But from where Williams sits, that boom is still on the horizon.“People aren’t buying stuff to fix it yet,” he said. “There’s a lot of quotes, and a lot of people talking about it, but I think as far as real business where it turns into dollars, it is when they start coming in and have to pay for it and actually get it done.”“People haven’t got there yet,” he added.Williams thinks the other reason cash hasn’t started to flow is that people are still navigating the process to receive recovery funds from insurance and FEMA.For 21 years, Cody Lee has run a medium-sized construction business in Anchorage. Since the earthquake, the advice he’s given home-owners about repairs and remodeling is to just hang tight.“We’ve been telling people to wait until the aftershocks quit and the frost came out of the ground,” Lee said at his booth. “I didn’t want to get started too early on it and people have to end up doing it twice.”Lee is handling his existing clients before taking on new customers later this season. He, too, has a rosy outlook for his business. But its based less on people fixing actual earthquake damage than those repairs inspiring property-owners to use the opportunity for other home-improvement projects.“We get a lot of that ‘well you’re here, go ahead and take care of this’ type of stuff,” Lee said. “The earthquake stuff is business obviously, but it’s not exactly fun work that we like to do.”For Lee, “fun work” means a new deck or a kitchen remodel. Projects that improve daily lives.There might be more of that in the next couple months that you’d expect. Anchorage’s housing market may have survived the earthquake relatively unharmed. After the quake there was concern potential home-buyers would be wary of a major investment that could literally collapse around them. But realtor Debraly Gamache’s work has not slowed down.“I haven’t really noticed a difference at all,” she said.In fact, Gamache thinks the housing market is actually beginning to creep upwards. One change she has noticed since the quake: housing inspections involve more thorough hunts for typical earthquake injuries.“So far, what I’m seeing is everything looks really, really good,” Gamache said, attributing the housing stock’s solid performance to the municipality’s building codes.Some financial institutions are also looking to seize on new quake-related business. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is hoping property-owners looking to pay for damages will go a step further by taking advantage of a flexible loan program they offer that covers additional improvements.“Our theme for this convention is: on a scale of 1 to 7.2, how badly does your house need renovation?” said Mark Romick, deputy executive director for AHFC.As a public corporation, AHFC is set up to take on more risk than most lenders. They not only help property-owners secure loans at a lower rate, but will also base loans on the projected value of a completed home project, rather than just the original purchase price. These particular renovation loans aren’t new for AHFC, but the November earthquake created an opportunity to highlight them for Alaskans.“I think we all anticipate that this summer will be a very busy one for renovation contractors and other people, so homeowners can get their houses fixed,” Romick said.With the state still in recession, and in a city without much new construction, the building sector is banking on a silver-lining to the November earthquake. Vendors and business booths filled the floor of the Alaska Airlines Center during the Anchorage Home Show (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)With Southcentral Alaska’s post-winter thaw underway, a more complete picture of damage from last November’s powerful earthquake is starting to emerge. Though many marveled at how well buildings and infrastructure held up, there’s still plenty of subtle damage that has remained buried under snow. And it is fueling optimism for a mini boom in the region’s construction industry.last_img read more

Sheila Dikshit was a beloved daughter of Congress Rahul Gandhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Saturday said he was devastated to hear about the passing away of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and called her a “beloved daughter” of the party. In a tweet, Gandhi said, “I am devastated to hear about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a three-term chief minister, in this time of great grief.” The Congress, in its official Twitter handle, posted, “We regret to hear of the passing (away) of Smt Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong congresswoman and as three-time CM of Delhi she transformed the face of Delhi. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us I’m devastated to hear about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 20, 2019 Our condolences to her family and friends. Hope they find strength in this time of grief.” Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also condoled the demise of his party colleague Dikshit. “Deeply sad and anguished to know about the demise of Sheila Dikshit ji. It is a great loss for Congress,” Gehlot tweeted. “She was a mass leader and would be hugely missed,” he added. Dikshit passed away on Saturday at a private hospital in Delhi. She was 81.last_img read more

Woman burnt alive for lodging FIR over triple talaq

first_imgLUCKNOW: On late Friday evening, in Uttar Pradesh after a 22-year-old woman had lodged a police complaint about being given triple talaq. She was allegedly burnt alive by her husband and in-laws in front of her five-year-old daughter at Gadra village of Shravasti district. The father of the victim Ramzan Khan has alleged that, on August 6 his son-in-law, Nafees (26), who works in Mumbai, had given triple talaq to his daughter Sayeeda over phone. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us In his complaint Khan has said, “Sayeeda went to lodge a complaint, but the police did not register a case and sent her home, telling her to let her husband returned from Mumbai. When Nafees arrived on August 15, police summoned the couple, talked to them and told Sayeeda to stay with Nafees.” The five-year-old Fatima told the police, “On Friday noon, my father returned after offering Namaz and told mother to go away since he had given her talaq, resulting in a spat. My grandfather Azizullah, grandmother Haseena, and aunts Gudiya, Nadira came. Father held my mother by her hair and thrashed her, my aunts Nadira and Gudiya poured kerosene and grandfather Azizullah and grandmother Haseena lit a match.” Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us On Saturday, the police had registered an FIR. “The accused have not yet been arrested. I will even knock the doors of the Supreme Court,” said Sayeeda’s brother Rafique. Shravasti SP, Ashish Srivastva had said, “An FIR has been registered against Nafees and his family members on charges of dowry harassment, murder, and dowry prohibition act. The allegations of the victim’s father about triple talaq will be probed. It will be seen why a case was not registered if the victim had approached police on August 6.”last_img read more

Photographers demo for Shahidul Alams release

first_imgPhotographers stage demonstration on Tuesday seeking unconditional release of arrested photographer Shahidul Alam. Photo: UNBSome 50 local photographers on Tuesday demanded unconditional release of internationally renowned photographer Shahidul Alam.The demand was made from a protest rally held at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture of Dhaka University (DU) in the afternoon, reports UNB.Speaking on the occasion, noted photographer Nasir Ali Mamun said Shahidul Alam has a great contribution to reaching out the Bangladeshi photography to the international arena.”From this protest rally, we’re demanding his unconditional release and we hope he will get bail soon,” he added.Another photographer Yusuf Tusher said if Shahidul Alam was not released unconditionally, the entire photography society of Bangladesh would be affected.Shahidul Alam, 63, was detained by plainclothes policemen from his residence in city’s Dhanmondi area on 5 August for his Facebook posts on the student protest erupted after the death two college students in a road accident and shipping minister Shajahan Khan’s comment regarding the accident.Since then, the internationally renowned photographer has been in jail.last_img read more

WATCH Interactive Exhibition Explores The History Of Human Knowledge at Rices Moody

first_imgCombining digital design, painting, lightboxes, music, and a virtual-reality environment, The Demon in the Diagram is NY-based artist Matthew Ritchie‘s abstract conceptualization of human knowledge and thinking throughout history. The exhibition was designed specifically for the two main gallery spaces at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts. In the video above, Ritchie describes the show as “both an effort to show the totality of human experience, of thinking, and then also very clearly showing you the way that collapses, or changes, or is altered all the time.” The Demon in the Diagram will be on view through December 22, 2018.Featured music: “Water” by Two Star SymphonyThis segment aired as part of the TV program Arts InSight, October 19, 2018, on Houston Public Media – TV 8.Watch more Arts InSight Houston stories Sharelast_img read more

Report Netflix to Buy LAs Egyptian Theatre

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on target In an apparent response to streaming-service haters, Netflix is reportedly in talks to buy an L.A.-based movie theater.The company is eyeing American Cinematheque’s esteemed Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.As noted by Deadline, this would be the first brick-and-mortar cinema acquisition for Netflix.And likely its last.The deal, rumored to be in the “many tens of millions of dollars,” could put Netflix in good standing with the cinephile community. Or at least help qualify original films for the Academy Awards.Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg recently pooh poohed streaming movies as Oscar contenders—days after Netflix walked away from the annual event with three golden statues for Alfonso Cuarón’s stunning Roma.Spielberg, part of the Academy’s directors branch, allegedly wants new eligibility rules disqualifying films that debut on streaming services or have short theatrical runs.Banning streaming platforms from the Oscars, however, could raise antitrust concerns and violate competition law, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, which warned the Academy against limiting the eligibility of Netflix and its ilk.A Netflix-owned cinema would mean longer (if not unlimited) viewing seasons for original content—including Roma, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Bird Box, Unicorn Store, Velvet Buzzsaw, and maybe even series Our Planet, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, or Queer Eye.It also means preserving one of Los Angeles’s landmark movie theaters.Built by Sid Grauman (of nearby El Capitan and Chinese Theatre fame) for $800,000, the Egyptian was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere—Douglas Fairbanks’ Robin Hood—in October 1922.As Hollywood declined in the 1980s and early ’90s, the Egyptian closed and fell into disrepair. It was sold in 1996 by the city of Los Angeles to the American Cinematheque for a measly $1, with the provision the landmark building would be restored and reopened as a movie theater.After a $12.8 million renovation, the cinema—featuring two theaters (one, ironically, seemingly named after Steven Spielberg)—resumed operations in late 1998.Nearly 20 years later, Netflix hopes to take over the building, in what sources told Deadline would serve as “something of a partnership,” with Netflix offering screenings on weekday nights (alongside the occasional special event), while Cinematheque runs screenings, lectures, and festivals on weekends.Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, a board member of American Cinematheque, reportedly recused himself from voting; negotiations will not be finalized until issues involving real estate and city permits are settled, Deadline said.Netflix did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.More on Geek.com:John Cho Headlines Live-Action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ on NetflixNetflix Price Hikes Will Hit Some U.S. Subscribers Soon‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer Teases a Retro Teenage Wastelandlast_img read more