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first_imgView of Booking.com’s new categorization system (red ellipse) “Search by star rating is the most used filter on Booking.com“, Explained Olivier Grémillon, Vice President of Global Segments. “Previously, when someone searched on Booking.com for three, four or five star accommodation units, holiday homes would not be displayed. Now, when they search using the same filter, they are displayed and everyone benefits from it.” Jeff Hurst, chief salesman at Expedition-owned Vrbo, finds it difficult to be precise when determining stars. “Personally, I often knew how to stay in a four-star hotel without my experience being up to standard.” Source / photo: Skift; Booking.com The new grading system was first unveiled during a presentation at this week’s conference of the Holiday Accommodation Management Association in New Orleans, USA. But several property managers disagree with the ratings given by Booking.com to their facilities. For example, a few said they would have preferred the agency to give them a lower grade. They would rather keep the user’s expectations a bit lower because they could pleasantly surprise the guest and thus are more likely to leave a review with a better rating. Some feel that user reviews have a greater impact on potential guests. Booking.com’s move is quite bold because the agency arbitrarily determines ratings. Holiday homes and apartments are no longer aligned with hotels, which have long been categorized by government organizations and third parties according to the number of stars. The number of stars is separate, ie there is no correlation with the average accommodation result determined by user reviews. Olivier Grémillon, whose job involves overseeing rental units within Booking.com, said guests on average give better ratings to holiday homes or apartments than hotels. This new system of the company will provide an additional reference point that will help users in comparing real estate, Grémillon believes. Others have complained that this process will confuse many users because, for example, Airbnb displays user review ratings in asterisk form. Booking.com rates real estate including about 400 different factors. For example, an apartment that has an espresso machine is more likely to get a fifth star more easily. Some experts supported Booking.com’s move. “I find it important not only to have user review ratings, but also official categorizations to better determine user expectations. For example, there may be a two-star accommodation that has impeccable user ratings, but the mere fact that the property has only two stars would certainly help put the review rating in a different context.”, Said Steve Milo, founder and CEO of Vtrips. Earlier this month, Booking.com began applying star ratings to its short-term rental offerings. An online travel agency ranks properties from one to five stars – where a five-star rating indicates the most attractive accommodation, reports Shift. The company strives to adjust the calculations to make them as relevant as possible. For example, an accommodation facility in cold Copenhagen will not have a worse rating due to the lack of air conditioning, unlike some holiday homes in the tropics.last_img read more


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first_imgExperts from various fields are dissatisfied with the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, urging it to prioritize health care in tackling the crisis, a recent survey reveals.Pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia conducted the survey in July involving 304 opinion leaders in 20 cities, including academicians, business people, journalists and NGO activists.Among them are Nadhlatul Ulama’s (NU) Mustofa “Gus Mus” Bisri, former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Busyro Muqoddas and Persahabatan Hospital pulmonologist Erlina Burhan. The reasons behind the government’s inefficient response, they said, were ineffective rapid antibody tests, insufficient funds to help those affected, poor identification of affected patients, slow distribution of aid, non-integrated regulations, inconsistency at implementing regulations and poor coordination among different sectors.However, the level of trust toward President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto was not much different between the public and the surveyed opinion leaders.The majority of the public (60.9 percent) and opinion leaders (57.6 percent) trusted Jokowi, according to the survey. Terawan, meanwhile, had the trust of 37.2 percent of surveyed opinion leaders and 38.9 percent of the public.The survey also revealed that the majority of expert respondents (71.1 percent) believed health care should be the government’s number one priority in solving the crisis rather than the economy.“This is in contrast with the measures taken by the government lately, which seem to focus on economic recovery, with 47.9 percent of the public supporting the approach,” Burhanuddin said.Surabaya-based Airlangga University political expert Kacung Marijan said the disparity between these opinions resulted from the different impacts felt by the public and the opinion leaders, who were part of the elite.“Most of the elite have not been not hit [economically] by the pandemic, unlike the public. After three months of the outbreak, the public has lost its patience.”He added, however, that the elite group urged the government to prioritize health care in order to revive the economy in the long term. Indikator executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi emphasized the importance of the survey, saying that experts tended to be more critical of the government’s efforts as they have better knowledge and understanding of relevant details that the general public may not be aware of.Released on Thursday, the survey revealed that 36.8 percent of respondents approved of how the government is dealing with the pandemic — less than 51.5 percent of members of the public surveyed in May.A majority of respondents, or 64.4 percent, were of the opinion that COVID-19 transmission in Indonesia was not under control.Read also: Public trust in Jokowi’s COVID-19 response declines, survey findscenter_img Topics :last_img read more


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first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 3:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kShares Comment ‘The Ivory Coast winger has blown hot and cold so far, which is not a great quality in Arteta’s book.‘Undoubtedly talented, Pepe has got to kick on if he’s going to survive because, in the short term at least, Willian can provide great know-how and quality on that right side.’After Arsenal confirmed a deal for Willian, manager Mikel Arteta said: ‘I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us.‘We had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal plot ‘active’ summer transfer strategy after signing WillianMORE: Arsenal confirm Willian’s shirt number after signing winger on free transfer Arsenal have signed former Chelsea winger Willian on a three-year deal (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith has warned Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe he must ‘kick on to survive’ at the club after Mikel Arteta signed former Chelsea winger Willian.The Gunners have signed Brazil international Willian on a three-year deal following his departure from Stamford Bridge. He will wear the No.12 shirt for Arsenal.Willian made more than 300 appearances for Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea and helped the Blues win two Premier League titles and the Europa League.Smith remains unsure whether Willian will prove to be a success at Arsenal but says his arrival has piled the pressure on Ivory Coast star Pepe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPepe joined the Gunners last summer for a club-record fee of £72million and endured a mixed first season in north London.Discussing Arsenal’s move for Willian, former Gunners striker Smith told Sky Sports: ‘It is time to move the project forward by adding quality in certain positions, which is not easy at all when money is tight.‘Willian’s free transfer from Chelsea looks like the first step, which surprised me at first given the Brazilian’s age. Alan Smith fires warning to Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe after Mikel Arteta signs former Chelsea winger Willian Alan Smith has warned Nicolas Pepe he has to ‘kick on to survive’ (Picture: Getty)‘Just turned 32 with lots of miles on the clock, Stamford Bridge has surely seen his best days.‘So was this just a convenient move because he has the right agent? Something foisted upon Arteta by Raul Sanllehi, the head of football?‘Or does Arteta see something in Willian that can improve the team straight away?‘One thing is for sure, as a right-sided attacker, his arrival asks immediate questions of Nicolas Pepe, signed at exorbitant cost this time last year. Advertisement Advertisement 🆕 New club. New colours. New beginnings.👋 Welcome to The Arsenal, @WillianBorges88! 🔴 pic.twitter.com/B7Tl01BXLe— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 14, 2020last_img read more


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first_imgThe Danish krone is unlikely to become decoupled from the euro in the way the Swiss franc recently parted company from the pan-European currency despite today’s expected decision by the European Central Bank (ECB) to initiate a wide-scale quantitative easing (QE) programme, according to Danish pension funds.However, one suggested the Danish currency may end up fluctuating more widely against the euro than is now the case.Michael Kjærbye-Thygesen, senior portfolio manager of fixed income at Sampension, said he believed the Danish krone’s euro peg would hold.“It has been in place since 1982, and the Danish central bank will do all in its power to maintain the peg,” he said. This would mean interventions and possibly further interest rate cuts, he said, adding that Danish rates were still attractive compared with core euro rates.Kjærbye-Thygesen said he believed the market was now pricing in purchases by ECB of government bonds of the order of €500bln, as the central bank aimed to bring its balance sheet up by around €1trn.“We expect the ECB to meet expectations with an announcement of €500bn balance sheet expansion from the purchases but will keep the door open for further purchases, should that be required,” he told IPE.Sampension holds a large part of its bond portfolio in euro government bonds, as well as Danish government bonds, Kjærbye-Thygesen said, adding that the pension fund expected these holdings to benefit from today’s announcement. “We are not moving bond risk to the US, as there is a clear decoupling between the euro area and the US, both on the macro economy and the reaction of central banks,” he said.Sampension takes the view that the US Fed will hike rates around the middle of this year.Similarly, pensions provider SEB Pension sees no chance at all that the Danish currency will become uncoupled from the euro.Jorn Styczen, CIO at SEB Pension in Denmark, said: “There is zero probability that Denmark is going to break the link with the euro.”He said he thought there was general misunderstanding on the Danish krone and the position of the Danish central bank (Danmarks Nationalbank). “The situation of the Danish central bank does not resemble the Swiss National Bank (SNB) at all,” Styczen said, referring to the SNB’s decision earlier this month to cut the peg between the Swiss franc and the euro.While the SNB’s peg to the euro was a relatively recent policy action, Styczen said the Danish krone had been pegged to the euro for many years. “It is the regime Danish investors are working with,” he said. “The euro is incorporated in all the legislation we have.”If the Danish krone were to go the way of the Swiss franc, it would be a major change to the structure of the Danish economy, he said.“Based on this, we are not changing our euro-hedging strategy,” he said.SEB Pension’s assets had been positioned in anticipation of euro-wide QE for some time, he said, with the overall portfolio overweight in equities, long in US-dollar holdings and long in bonds.“In general, we have been positioned for the ECB to act for many months,” Styczen said.Elsewhere, Lars Lyhne, head of asset allocation at labour-market scheme PenSam, pointed out that, technically at least, there was a lot of flexibility in the Danish krone’s link to the euro.“We tend to forget the krone is allowed to move 15% without leaving the peg,” he said.“It was conceived in the days of the ERM (exchange-rate mechanism), where currency movements were more common at this level,” he said.That said, the Danish central bank would be defending the plus or minus 2.25% band against the euro, he said.“There is a lot of political will to maintain this peg, and the Danish perspective is very different from the Swiss one,” Lyhne said.If the Danish krone were to fluctuate more widely against the euro, Lyhne said PenSam’s investments would suffer no direct impact because they were currency hedged.“But there would be an indirect impact, as a 15% swing would hurt the Danish equity market, so there would be second-round effects on us,” he said.“We are overweight equities compared with our benchmark, and one of the reasons for that is our expectations of more expansionary monetary policy.”Separately, KLP Kapitalforvaltning, the asset management arm of Norwegian public sector pension fund KLP, said it was making no special preparations for the possible consequences of QE.Lars Mouland, portfolio manager at the division, said the fund believed market expectations of an ECB announcement would be met.“We expect some volatility in the next couple of days, but then things will continue,” he said.“The ECB will buy enough to meet the €3trn balance sheet within a couple of years.”He predicted national central banks would buy the majority of that amount.last_img read more


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first_img 58 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! St. Mary’s Primary School Students at semi-final round of the contest held on 5th May, 2011.The St Mary’s Primary School has emerged winners in the finals of the National Primary Schools Mathematics Contest which got underway here today.Six primary schools competed for the championship trophy and other cash prizes.Coordinator of the National Primary Schools Mathematics Contest Clement Vital gives the details: Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimary SMP wins National Primary Schools Maths contest by: – May 18, 2011last_img


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first_img The Red Devils signed the former Leicester defender for a record fee of £80million after been on their wishlist since 2018 According to Parker, the England international has failed to solve the club’s defensive problems. Parker, himself a defender during his playing days, believes Maguire has ‘done okay’ at Man United but thinks the club should not have spent the money they did on him.Advertisement Loading… “He has done okay,” Parker told https://bonuscodebets.co.uk. “He has not stood out for me and for the money that United paid for him, he has not earned that. “You look at someone like Virgil van Dijk, who has absolutely been value for money, and you would go as far to say that he has exceeded that. “I don’t think they needed to spend that money on Maguire. They got pressured into getting him from the previous manger [Jose Mourinho] when they did not need to spend that type of money.” read also: Man Utd no longer a football club, says Parker Parker also suggested that Man United were too hasty in their decision to let Chris Smalling join Roma on loan as he has excelled in his time at Italy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Harry Maguire has failed to live up to the huge hefty price tag at Manchester United, according to ex-player Paul Parker. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterMacaulay Culkin’s Own Version Of The New ‘Home Alone’7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodylast_img read more


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first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg woman has been arrested on multiple drug related charges.Megan Friend, 26, was arrested after a traffic stop in Greensburg.According to police, officers saw movement in the car during the stop that made them believe the occupants of the car were trying to hide something.According to police, there was also a three-year-old boy in the back seat of the vehicle.Police say Friend gave consent for officers to search the vehicle.During the search, officers found a plastic baggie in a cigarette pack that contained a white crystal like substance and a glass pipe with burnt residue.The white substance tested positive for Methamphetamine.Friend was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.last_img read more


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first_imgLeroy “Gene” Mayberry, age 72, of Holton passed away on Tuesday May 15 in Columbus, IN surrounded by his family.  Gene was born on August 2, 1945 in Fayette County, IN,  the son of the late Lewis and Viola (Larkey) Mayberry.  Gene grew up in the Richmond area along with his brothers and sisters and graduated from Webster High School in the class of 1964.Little did he know that a blind date set-up by friends in 1964 would change his life.  He met Linda Elmore and this began a life story for the next 53 years.  They were married on March 29, 1965 outside of Richmond.   They understood the concept of providing a hard days labor and they purchased a farm to raise their family.  Development in the area around Richmond saw them sell the farm and purchase a new place outside of Holton in 1977.  They moved their family and this is where they would spend the rest of their years together.Gene was passionate first about his family but loved his desire to farm and raise livestock.  He was a dedicated employee for the last 38 years to the Indiana Department of Transportation.  He enjoyed life from every aspect, and he admitted to never being wrong, but maybe mistaken.  Gene could often be seen attending various farm sales.He will be deeply missed by wife Linda; sons Toney of Holton, Jim (Trish) of Holton, and John (Terri) of North Vernon, along with grandchildren; Lindsey, Jodi, Jimmy, Stacey, and Lacey, and brother James Roudabaugh of Albuerque, New Mexico.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Albert Ray, Elbert Jay, and Phillip R, and sisters; Thelma Jordan, Louise Greene, and Ruby Teague.Visitation will be held on Friday May 18, 2018 from 4-7 pm. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, with Funeral Services being held at 7 p.m., also at the funeral home.  Memorials can be given to the American Lung Association or American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.last_img read more


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first_img Sky Bet Championship club Wigan have confirmed Holt, signed from Norwich last summer, is undergoing a medical at Villa. The move would reunite 32-year-old Holt with his former Norwich manager Paul Lambert. Whelan told Sky Sports News: “If he decides to go we will wish him well.” Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has wished Grant Holt well as the striker edges closer to a loan move to Aston Villa. Holt has failed to impress at the DW Stadium having scored just twice and not since August. New manager Uwe Rosler, who recently indicated that he wanted to get some of the higher earners off the wage bill, has stressed Holt will remain a Wigan player and that both clubs could benefit. He said on Sky Sports News Radio: “This was a great opportunity for him to work under his previous manager when he got the best out of him. “Both parties have worked very well and successfully together. “It was too good an opportunity for Grant to turn down and we wish him all the best. “He’s our player and we will see how we’ll do and we will see where we are in the summer.” Lambert had been coy about the matter when asked after his side’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Monday. He said: “Holty was fantastic for me at Norwich. He is a proper guy. “I have just heard the rumours are everywhere but until something is concrete then I won’t say.” Signing Holt would bolster Lambert’s attacking options after a run of just one win in seven Premier League games. He could link up with a rejuvenated Christian Benteke after the Belgian finally got back on the scoresheet after a four-month drought against the Gunners at Villa Park. Benteke’s back-post header in the 76th minute, after he had previously looked ineffective, set up a rousing finish and the Belgian himself went close to snatching an equaliser. After trailing 2-0 following quickfire goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud, that finish offered encouragement for both Benteke and a team that remain five points above the bottom three. Benteke said: “It is a great feeling for me, it had been a long time. “For my confidence it is very important but it is a shame because we lost. “I think the lads showed great character in the second half. The way we played we have to start every game like that.” Since returning from a month on the sidelines with a hip injury in October, Benteke has looked a shadow of the player that scored 23 goals for the club last season. Yet after diving to turn home a wicked cross from Matt Lowton, the confidence returned and he seemed a man transformed. The 23-year-old added on avtv: “It was great cross from Matty. I was in a good place. I am happy. “I hope this is going to help me to score more in the next few weeks. We will see. “It was very hard for me (after the injury). It was hard to be 100 per cent and try to give all but now I feel better. “I will keep it up and work hard and see what happens.” Villa were caught out by two moments of brilliance from Wilshere in the first half. The England midfielder finished superbly to put Arsenal ahead after 34 minutes and then set up Giroud for the second less than 60 seconds later. It seemed Arsenal were cruising to victory until Villa, sparked by Benteke, found their new lease of life late on. Villa will hope Benteke can retain his new-found belief as they travel to another of the competition’s high-flyers, Liverpool, next weekend. Benteke has good memories of Anfield having scored twice there in a 3-1 win last season. He said: “I hope I will try to do the same but it will be hard because Liverpool are on fire. “But we showed in the second half we have to take it away and just work for the team.” Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_img The 24-year-old has not played for Spurs since March, and no timescale was put on his recovery in a brief statement on www.tottenhamhotspur.com on Tuesday evening. “Kyle Walker has undergone lower abdominal surgery,” it read. “The England right-back’s pre-season preparations were disrupted by the abdominal injury and the decision to have surgery was taken following further medical assessment by specialists.” The north London club had initially hoped to avoid surgery, but resorted to sending the player for an operation in a bid to fix the long-standing problem. “Kyle is good some days. On other days he has a bad feeling,” boss Mauricio Pochettino said last month. “We believe he may recover soon, but we need to be calm with him because it is an injury that he has had for five months.” Press Associationcenter_img Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker has undergone lower abdominal surgery, his club have announced.last_img read more