Airbnb 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.
Kolkata: Legendary Indian striker Shyam Thapa, best remembered for his back volley in 1978, feels he is what he is today because of ‘magical’ coach P.K. Banerjee who breathed his last at a city hospital here on Friday.A pall of gloom descended on the footballing world in the country as one of India’s greatest players and coach succumbed to prolonged illness at the age of 83.As several former stars, belonging to the golden era of Indian football, mourned the death of a footballing colossus, Thapa said he would never have become a great striker without Banerjee’s guidance and famous ‘vocal tonic’.“I scored a goal dribbling past four Mohun Bagan defenders when I was at East Bengal in 1975. Pradip da was the coach. Yes, I scored the goal but you won’t believe how it was made possible by Pradip da. You have to see it to believe it. He was magical,” Thapa told IANS.Known for his famous back volley for Mohun Bagan against East Bengal in the 1978 Calcutta Football League, Thapa said the iconic goal which was part of Durga Puja celebrations that year in Bengal, was also to Banerjee’s credit. Banerjee had also jumped ship to Mohun Bagan by then after helping East Bengal win four of their six consecutive Calcutta Football Leagues during 1970-75.“It was a goal I am still told about. People see me on the streets and still recall that goal. But again, if you ask me that was also Pradip da’s credit. Not only the technical side, but his motivational talks also spurred me on. Not only me, ask anyone from the team or his teams. They will tell you,” said Thapa who was a regular in the Indian team from 1970-77.“I had played under Pradip da in the Indian team also. He was a true leader. I have not played under such a great coach, great human being and someone who always used to bring the best out of you. I am Shyam Thapa because I had Pradip Kumar Banerjee to guide me. He was my godfather,” he concluded.Former India midfielder and coach Gautam Sarkar, who was famously assigned to mark Pele during New York Cosmos’ 2-2 draw against Mohun Bagan in 1977, said Banerjee was the man behind modern coaching in India in the 1970s.“I am talking to you because of him. Ask anyone who has played under him, they all will echo me. I have never seen someone who can inspire players like him. ‘Vocal tonic’ is an art and he had mastered it,” said Sarkar who captained East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.“I have learned so much under him and just by seeing him you get motivated. I don’t want to demean anyone but since Pradip da, Indian football has not seen such a great coach, such a legendary footballing personality,” he added. IANSAlso Read: Shyam Thapa reveals sad state of Indian footballAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assam