Airbnb is moving to fight problematic guests

first_imgAirbnb also announced it would introduce new standards of guest behavior in early January to combat excessive noise, unauthorized guests, smoking and leaving a pile of garbage behind. And the hosts will get a set of new rules. For example, they may even be kicked off the platform if they trade positive reviews or leave negative reviews to competitors. Many hosts have encountered guests who threaten them with a negative review if they do not receive certain bonuses or a discount on the price of accommodation. To put an end to this, Airbnb is currently introducing a series of new rules to protect hosts from false reviews. Some of these steps resulted from host feedback. “Therefore, at the beginning of 2020, we will introduce improved standards for guests who set higher expectations from a reliable community”, They said from Airbnb in a blog post. Among other things, it changes the way Airbnb handles guest and host reviews on the platform. Airbnb support agents are authorized to remove posts and ratings resulting from irrelevant, biased, and false reviews, and may completely deny access to the platform to all users who have repeatedly committed a particular offense. Source / photo: Skift; Airbnb It is often written about tougher sanctions for fraudsters who publish accommodation ads on Airbnb that do not exist or do not resemble photos and descriptions from the platform. But Airbnb is now announcing a series of measures to protect hosts from guest misbehavior, reports Shift. According to Airbnb, examples of irrelevant reviews may be from guests who did not show up at the booked accommodation for reasons unrelated to the host and decided to criticize the experience. Other irrelevant reviews may include a description of the appearance of the host, public transportation, or “the kind of people in the neighborhood”. The rule will give hosts the option to cancel the remaining nights if they cannot resolve the issue with the guest. The hosts can also file a claim for damages.last_img read more

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Winning streak revives men’s hoops

first_imgIn the midst of a five-game winning streak, Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser has given the Badgers excellent all-around play. He had eight points, two rebounds and an assist against Indiana.[/media-credit]Halfway through the Big Ten season, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has found its groove.After losing three of their first four conference games, including three straight at one point, the Badgers have now won their last five in a stretch of contests that wasn’t consistently pretty, but rewarding nonetheless.Thursday night against Indiana, Wisconsin shot barely less than 40 percent (39.6) from the field and connected on just four of 17 three-point attempts. A 3-for-7 mark from the free throw line in the first half was perhaps the clearest sign the Badgers were not about to have a sparkling night shooting the basketball.Ten second-half points from Ben Brust and stingier team defense sufficed to carry Wisconsin to a 57-50 victory, and afterward, head coach Bo Ryan praised his team’s “grit” and “fight” in pulling out the win. Whether it was those factors at play or simply better luck putting the ball in the hoop, the effort was emblematic of the confidence the Badgers have fostered in their five-game streak.“Especially when we get a couple of close wins and grit out a couple wins, it makes everything feel a little bit better,” forward/center Jared Berggren said. “Guys have their confidence back; maybe we lost it a bit during our rough stretch there.”The first game of that skid was a home loss to Iowa on New Year’s Eve, and three days later, Wisconsin lost again in the Kohl Center to Michigan State. For a team that was a perfect 16-0 on its own court last season and also fell to Marquette in Madison back in early December, the Badgers appeared to be thrown off-kilter by their three home losses less than a week into the new year.Several pitiful shooting efforts – the three-game skid saw the Badgers shoot below 40 percent in each game, and Wisconsin also hit just 31 percent against Nebraska – ensued and the Badgers’ woes stuck around until a tough 67-62 road win at Purdue Jan. 12.“We’ve been playing better overall, we’ve been winning,” assistant coach Lamont Paris said. “A lot of times, we’re just really structured. You feel like, hey, we’ve got some good shots, we just haven’t made them. We’re right there where we need to be, and we’re going to win it one way or the other – whether that means a defensive stop, or somebody’s going to make a shot, whatever it takes.”This week, with a trip to Penn State looming Tuesday night and then a battle with No. 3 Ohio State slated for Saturday afternoon, the longevity of that confidence will surely be tested. Wisconsin also has five road games remaining in Big Ten play, including trips to Ohio State and Michigan State – both of which could be top-10 opponents by the time they meet the Badgers.“I feel pretty much all of our games have been close lately, so that’s definitely going to help us moving on throughout the year,” guard Josh Gasser said. “We’ve got a lot of tough guys on our team that don’t like to lose. That’s a good thing to have.”The Badgers also have their top-ranked defense, which is almost always a saving grace in Madison. Wisconsin allows just 49.6 points per game and holds opponents on average to 36.3 percent shooting from the field, both the best marks in the country.Against Indiana Thursday night, Berggren was critical in shutting down the Hoosiers’ leading scorer, 6-foot-11 forward Cody Zeller. Averaging 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, Zeller had just seven and three, respectively, against the Badgers. Saddled with four fouls, he took the floor for just 10 minutes in the second half.Berggren also blocked five shots in that game, fueling much of the talk of grit and fight permeating Wisconsin’s post-game press conferences.“I think we’re showing a little more of it now this little winning streak we’re on here,” Berggren said. “It’s not something that you can really turn on or off sometimes; it’s just something you’ve got to have. It’s something that we have. The guys in our locker room are all tough kids, and they’re all going to play hard.”last_img read more

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Greinke pitches Dodgers past Marlins

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Actually, Greinke has been tough to top lately, with an ERA of 0.41 over his past three starts. With LeBron James watching from behind home plate, Greinke allowed Miami six hits, walked none and lowered his ERA to 2.91. The Marlins’ lone run came on a first-inning homer by Giancarlo Stanton. They had only one base runner against Greinke over his final 4 1/3 innings.“They actually hit him a little bit early, and you saw him make a quick adjustment and start using a lot more curveballs,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It was kind of cool to watch him turn the page and throw more breaking balls and change speeds a lot more. All of a sudden he was getting quick innings.”Kershaw is scheduled to pitch the final game of the series today. Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said he believes the team’s starters do compete with each other, which makes them all better. MIAMI >> — Zack Greinke said he was merely trying to beat the Miami Marlins and not competing with teammate Clayton Kershaw.Greinke allowed one run in eight innings and won his fourth start in a row Wednesday by pitching the Dodgers past Miami 4-1.The right-hander improved to 12-3 and tied major-league ERA leader Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the team lead in victories. Greinke said there’s no rivalry among the Dodgers’ pitchers, not even a friendly one.“Kersh is on such another level that if you try to do better than him, you’re going to get your feelings hurt,” Greinke said.center_img “They wouldn’t be where they’re at without a competitive nature,” Honeycutt said. “There’s a sense of pride. When Kersh goes out and sets the tone, Zack wants to go deeper in games.”While Greinke gave the Marlins fits, sloppy defense doomed them for the second night in a row. They committed a season-high three errors, including two in the Dodgers’ three-run fourth inning. Two Marlins errors led to two unearned runs in their 6-4 loss Tuesday.“We’ve got to pick it up defensively. We’re making way too many mistakes,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “We can’t make a lot of mistakes, especially against such a good team.”Yasiel Puig was back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup. He appeared to tweak his lower left leg in the early going and limped slightly at times but stayed in the game.Puig went 0 for 5 and is batting .167 (7 for 42) over his past 11 games. The rookie sensation was back in right field after being held out of the starting lineup for one game because of his slump.“He has some good swings, I thought,” Mattingly said.The announced crowd of 24,996 included Puig’s friend, James, making his first visit to Marlins Park. James sat next to one of the aquariums along the backstop and drew the night’s biggest cheer when he was shown on the video scoreboard as Puig stepped to the plate.“I think Puig thought it was for him,” Redmond said. “That was kind of funny.” The Dodgers improved to 27-5 since the All-Star break, and they’ve won 21 of their past 24 road games. They’re unbeaten in their past 18 series since mid-June.Los Angeles had only seven hits and went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position. Much of the Dodgers’ offense came from Hanley Ramirez, who had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run against his former team.Aside from Stanton’s homer, only two Marlins reached second base against Greinke, and one was picked off.Kenley Jansen completed the six-hitter by pitching the ninth for his 21st save in 24 chances. He gave up a walk before center fielder Andre Ethier made a long run and caught Adeiny Hechavarria’s drive at the base of the wall to end the game.That left the Marlins (48-77) back on pace to lose 100 games.Ex-Dodger Nathan Eovaldi (2-4) hit 100 mph on the radar gun and allowed only two earned runs in seven innings. But he was again hurt by the poor run support that has plagued him this season, and fell to 0-4 in his past seven starts.“I felt good,” Eovaldi said. “Fastball command was there, off-speed stuff was there. I just had that bump in the road in the fourth inning.” Puig reached on a wild throw by third baseman Ed Lucas to start the fourth, and Los Angeles took advantage of the mistake. Ramirez doubled home a run, Ethier, who had two hits to improve his career average against Miami to .395, put the Dodgers ahead with an RBI single, and Ramirez came home on a wild pickoff throw to first by Eovaldi to make the score 3-1.Stanton’s 16th homer in the first put the Marlins ahead 1-0. Their first two batters singled in the second, but Greinke pitched out of the jam.Greinke improved to 3-0 in five starts against the Marlins.last_img read more

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Precision Drilling is slashing its monthly cash distribution

first_imgNevertheless, it remains very volatile and, is still more than 100 dollars a barrel less, than what it was last July. From the oil patch today, there’s another sign of the difficult economic times.According to the National Post, Calgary-based Precision Drilling Trust, Canada’s largest drilling firm, is slashing its monthly cash distribution for January by more than two-thirds.It is citing a sharp reduction in {U.S.} rig demand, resulting from the steep decline in energy commodity prices over the past three months.- Advertisement -In a prepared statement the company said today, it will pay unit holders this month, only four cents per trust unit, down from 13 cents in December.It says it has turned its focus toward stengthening its balance sheet and, addressing debt.The price of oil was still trading below 40 dollars a barrel, at the end of the trading day yesterday but, it is now up, just over 41 dollars today.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: DONEGAL MINOR HURLING BOARD NOTES

first_imgDONEGAL MINOR HURLING BOARD NOTESMinorSt Eunans were too strong for Setanta and had a comfortable win in O’Donnell Park.Burt and Aodh Ruadh had a close game inBallyshannon and it was the Burt men’s ability to get goals that proved the difference as they won 3.3 to 0.7….Goals also proved the difference in Carndonagh as Carndonagh and Letterkenny Gaels had a tough battle and the Carn men won 4.8 to 0.8. U 14 Div 1In Hibernian Park Burt and St Eunans had a thrilling game where both teams enjoyed spells of dominance in the end the Burt lads came out on top 5.3 to 2.8.Div 2Aodh Ruadh made the long trip to Gaothdobhair to take on Dungloe/Gaothdobhair, this was another thrilling game that went from end to end with both teams being on top at different stages. When the final whistle went it was Aodh Ruadh who were on top 7.9 to 6.6. GAA NEWS: DONEGAL MINOR HURLING BOARD NOTES was last modified: May 6th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMInor Hurling Board noteslast_img read more

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