“They sit on a pile of search and booking data and can implement dynamic pricing models to earn more per user, or product type and location. The question is, why haven’t they done it before?” The move makes sense from a Tripadvisor perspective, Alster said: “We hope to create a more balanced market with a single minimum commission rate for all operators of your type and in your area.”, It is stated in the e-mail. “A balanced market will allow travelers to focus on the quality and uniqueness of your experience.” Tourpreneur, a travel tour podcast that published parts of the e-mail, said Tripadvisor “left many of their tour and activity partners in a trance”. This move by Tripadvisor comes a week after the restructuring of its business experience-related business sector. In the third quarter of last year, they recorded a 46 percent drop in revenue in the sector. They also feel that operators are worried that customers could get angry if they book a higher price through Tripadvisor or its sister company Viator than the one published on the tour operator’s website. Jared Alster, co-founder and executive director of strategy at marketing agency Wildebeest, said Tripadvisor’s use of the term “balanced market” is actually “commission collection code”. The e-mail also states that Tripadvisor Experiences “adjust the retail price of your products to match our new commission rates in your destination“, Although the company claimed that the new policy will not affect the fees that operators receive for reservations. Changes are underway, she said, and the company is in the process of communicating with operators around the world. “Tripadvisor Experiences increases commission rates and introduces a single minimum rate, depending on the type of tour operator and location”, Reads the e-mail received by tour operators, which confused many, he reports Shift. Laurel Greatrix, a spokeswoman for Tripadvisor, said the new policy “brings compliance with our prices and balances the market”. Source / photo: Skift; Tripadvisor; Pexels
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37 Queens Rd, Clayfield, has sold for $2m under the hammer.BRISBANE locals dropped $2m on this classic Queenslander midweek, going into Easter as the city’s newest homeowners.The Queenslander with a history going back to the early 1900s has fetched a 21st century price tag for its classic charms, selling under the hammer midweek. for $2m.The house, named “Blenheim”, was among 25 that were part of a pop-up auction at the Brisbane Powerhouse.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe home was immaculately maintained. It has multiple entertainment spaces.Agent Damon Lewis of Ray White New Farm said it was a great result for the colonial home.“It was a wonderful turnout at the auction,” he told The Courier-Mail. “The property sold under the hammer for $2m to a local buyer.”“Bidding started at $1.5m and quickly went to $1.9m before the property was put on market at $2m.”The house at 37 Queens Rd, Clayfield, has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, three car spaces and a pool. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK A classic beauty within 5km of the CBD.
Shipping company Solstad Farstad and oilfield services provider TechnipFMC have extended the frame agreement covering the provision of vessels for ploughing and trenching operations.Solstad Farstad said on Monday that the contract with Technip FMC was extended for one year.The frame agreement is now valid until December 31, 2019.Hans Knut Skår, EVP of Subsea Constructions & Renewables of Solstad Farstad, said: “We have been working closely with TechnipFMC since 1997 and are excited that they once again have trusted us to continue the delivery of high powered vessels to support their ploughing and trenching operations.”The initial deal for the supply of vessels for trenching, construction, and subsea services was signed between Solstad Offshore and Technip in 2016, prior to mergers of Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping, Deep Sea Supply, and REM Offshore as well as Technip with FMC Technologies and respective name changes.The frame agreement was valid for 2016 – 2018 and through the agreement Technip could utilize Solstad Offshore’s two construction support vessels (CSVs), Normand Progress and Normand Pioneer, and two anchor handling tug and supply vessels (AHTS) Normand Ranger and Normand Mariner.Under the agreement, Solstad Offshore was Technip’s supplier of tonnage for trenching and subsea construction work.Offshore Energy Today Staff
“Sabihin ko sa China, ‘Look China, we’refriends. We’re doing business. You want money, we want money. It produces moneyfor both of us. Now, do you intend to cut it? And for what reason?” PresidentDuterte said a television interview. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO “Kasi ang China tumulong lang, nagmagandang loob. Gusto rin niya ‘yung may kakampi sila kasi puro kakampi ng Amerikano eh. So they’re trying to help everybody na makinig sa kanila,” said the President. Earlier, lawmakers aired their fears over China’s State Grid Corporation’s 40 percent stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, and to the potential threat this brought to the national power grid, that a legislative probe into the national security implications of the partnership had been floated. MANILA – President Rodrigo Dutertedismissed concerns on China’s control over the Philippines’ power grid orthreat to the country’s national security, saying this allegation is completelygroundless. The Philippine and China have been at odds for years over contested territories in the South China Sea, with the Philippines winning an internationally-backed arbitration case against China before The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016./PN Duterte, however, was skeptical of this, saying the likelihood that China would shut down the country’s power supply was “about a million miles away.”
Gary Williams won two features en route to the Red River IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Tour crown. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Williams was fourth the next night at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, then duplicated his KSP showing with another flag-to-flag run at 281 Speedway. He was runner-up in another star-filled feature at Big O Speedway. HIS SPONSORS: Crazy J Kettlekorn of Desert; Jeff Reynolds Electric of Godley; Chad Jones at Big Iron Service in Bells; and Steve Ott and Steve O. Motorsports of Ardmore, Okla. “For me being a 50-year-old guy, I felt like I was racing better than I did when I was 16,” he added. “For a 50-year-old dude, I went out there and did a pretty good job.” How fast? BONHAM, Texas – Gary Williams was better than good the first four nights and good enough on the last night of the Red River Tour for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. “We weren’t even planning to run the whole tour. Then we won the first night out at Kennedale Speedway Park,” the Bonham, Texas, driver said. “We had been chasing some things and what we found worked. We knew we had a fast car.” Williams won two features, with second- and fourth-place finishes as well going into the finale at home track Southern Oklahoma Speedway. “It was really good to be able to win this tour, racing with the combination of guys who are that good,” Williams said. “We’re not a high dollar team. My son Shelby (fifth in the tour points) and I have homebuilt chassis and camped in a trailer on the way. I kind of felt like the underdog.” Starts 5 Wins 2 Additional Top Five’s 2 He started 17th that evening and was up to sixth before breaking a spindle bolt. Wobbly tire and all, Williams still managed to earn the tour title with a 14th place finish. HIS CREW: Wife Lisa, son Shelby and Mark Prater.
Debra “Debbie” Sue Thomas, age 62 of New Point, Indiana passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at UC Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. The daughter of Gilbert and Clara Mae (nee: Addison) Wells was born on December 13, 1956 in Versailles, IN.In 1975 Debbie married Lanny Thomas in New Point, IN. The New Point Christian Church member spent many of her years caring for her children and husband taking care of their home. Later she worked at the Speedway in Greensburg for about 13 years.Debbie is survived by her husband Lanny, daughter, Carla Thomas of New Point; son, Robert (Lindsey) Thomas of New Point and her granddaughter Clara Marie Thomas; in addition to her siblings, Terri Wells of Versailles, IN, Johnny (Tina) Wells of West Chester, OH, and Mark (Brandy) Wells of Martinsville, IN along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.Visitation will be Monday, July 1, 2019 from 4-7pm with Funeral Services at 10am on Tuesday, July 2nd all at New Point Christian Church in New Point, IN. Burial to follow in the Rossburg Cemetery in New Point.Memorials may be given to New Point Christian Church c/o the funeral home. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
Wigan may be fortunate to catch City, who cut Manchester United’s lead at the top to 13 points, in such underwhelming form when they meet again at Wembley next month. The first half was rather low key as both sides returned to league action after their emotionally and physically-draining semi-final victories last weekend. City right-back Micah Richards, making his first appearance since October in a revamped back four in which only Vincent Kompany survived from Sunday, was welcomed back with a kick in the face from Jean Beausejour. That gave City a free-kick outside the Wigan area which Aleksandar Kolarov flashed wide. There then followed a flurry of activity as Wigan produced a sparkling move with Kone bursting forward and Maloney backheeling into the path of Di Santo. The Argentinian jinked round two defenders and open his body to shoot but Joe Hart parried low. Di Santo was then felled on the edge of the area on another counter-raid but Maloney shot at Hart. City survived a couple of scares soon after the restart as first Maloney wrongfooted Richards and beat Hart with a shot from a tight angle only for Joleon Lescott to clear off the line. Callum McManaman entered the fray in the 68th minute for Di Santo and cut inside to create an opening for himself in the box but shot tamely at Hart. Fellow substitute Edin Dzeko turned nicely inside the box from a Yaya Toure pass but Joel Robles was off his line quickly to block his shot. Wigan appeared to go close again when Paul Scharner headed against the bar from a free-kick but the flag had been raised for offside. After that near miss, heartbreak followed for Wigan as Tevez struck a typically sublime winner. The Argentinian turned away from two defenders on the edge of the area and jinked past a third before curling a shot into the top corner. Wigan’s spirit was broken, and one of their valuable games in hand had slipped away. Tevez had another opportunity from an injury-time free-kick but shot wide. Carlos Tevez struck a stunning late winner as Manchester City snatched a 1-0 victory in their FA Cup final dress rehearsal with relegation-threatened Wigan. The visitors had looked the better side for large periods of a subdued Barclays Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium but failed to take a number of chances. Tevez made them pay eight minutes from time as he weaved his way into the area and fired an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. It was his eighth goal in nine games and left Wigan in the bottom three and to rue the near misses from Franco Di Santo, Arouna Kone and Shaun Maloney which threatened an unexpected win. Press Association
Successive victories at Punchestown this season had seen the Charles Byrnes-trained five-year-old raised 23lb in the weights prior to his latest assignment. Sent off the 4-1 joint-favourite for this 50,000 euro contest, Lite Duties made stealthy headway towards the front end before the home turn and responded to Philip Enright’s urgings in the straight to quicken past admirable mare Jennies Jewel. The other 4-1 joint-favourite, Tony Martin’s Dara Tango, emerged as the biggest threat after the final flight, but Lite Duties saw him off by two and three-quarter lengths. Byrnes said: “I was delighted with the way he stayed on. There were not that many options between now and Christmas and he could go now for a novice between two and a half and three miles. “It was a good pot to get today, and just unfortunate that Davy (Russell) couldn’t do the weight.” Press Association Lite Duties completed a hat-trick in the lucrative Tara Handicap Hurdle at Navan.
Migrant children who were being housed at a detention facility in Homestead, Florida, are no longer there.The downsizing of the camp for unaccompanied children who crossed the border illegally has been underway for days, reports say.The Homestead camp run by a for-profit company even came up during the recent Democratic presidential debate.Now all the children have been moved out.According to reports, four-hundred workers were terminated on Friday, and thousands more will be fired on Monday.The children are now at camps spread across the country.This story is developing.