Booking.com for the first time in history announced revenue in business with private renters

first_imgThat Booking.com is the world’s leading company in offering accommodation with the largest number of unique accommodation facilities is confirmed by the fact that in the segment of non-hotel accommodation revenue of $ 2018 billion in 2,8, which accounts for 20% of the company’s total annual revenue (faster growth than overall revenue growth and excellent profitability). In the third quarter of 2018 alone, a record revenue of more than $ 1 billion was generated in this segment, which clearly speaks of the day-to-day expansion of accommodation in non-hotel facilities globally. The company also discloses information as to how 40% of active Booking.com users have booked some of the non-hotel accommodation options in the last 12 months available on the Booking.com page, which shows the need of travelers for the most diverse offer of accommodation on one platform – from hotels to holiday homes.   RELATED NEWS: For the first time in the history of its business, the Booking Holdings group discloses data on Booking.com’s revenues generated in the business of non-hotel accommodation facilities (apartments, holiday homes and other unique accommodation facilities).center_img The non-hotel accommodation segment is extremely important in the business of Booking.com, which achieved great growth in 2018, ending the year with 5,7 million registered accommodation units on the Booking.com page (more than any other non-hotel booking company). This figure also shows an increase of 18% compared to the previous year.  MINISTRY OF TOURISM: UNIQUE CREDIT LINE FOR PRIVATE RENTERS PRESENTEDlast_img read more

Man who kidnapped13-year-old Jayme Closs sentenced to life

first_imgThe Wisconsin man who reportedly killed a married couple and kidnapped their teen daughter has been sentenced to life in prison.21-year-old Jake Patterson was sentenced Friday in Barron County after pleading guilty to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping in March.Patterson reportedly gained interest in the victim, 13-year-old Jayme Closs, in October after seeing her get on to a school bus. He then followed her home and eventually killed both of her parents before kidnapping the teen. Patterson reportedly kept Closs under his twin bed in a remote cabin for 88 days before she escaped and contacted one of his neighbors.“Mr. Patterson is a coldblooded killer who traumatized a 13-year-old girl for 88 days,” Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright said.“He brutally murdered James and Denise because they stood in the way of his getting away with kidnapping the girl he saw getting on a school bus. A girl whose name he didn’t even know when he kidnapped her.”Patterson’s defense attorneys did not attempt to argue with the sentence or what was being stated about their client, they did, however, stated that Patterson understood that he would be going to jail for the rest of his life and has accepted responsibility for his actions. They then asked if his sentence could be designed in a way to give him “a chance to work on his issues.”“I would do absolutely anything to take back what I did.”“I would die,” Patterson said during his final statement before sentencing. “ . . . To bring them back. I don’t care about me. I’m just so sorry.”The judge, however, called him “one of the most dangerous men to ever walk on this planet.”He has been sentenced to life in prison without release for each count of homicide and 25 years in prison on the kidnapping count. Each sentence will be served consecutively.Read more about the story here.last_img read more

Rising artists Citizen Queen are setting the scene for female a cappella

first_img“I didn’t imagine in a million years that I would perform at Madison Square Garden that early [in my career], but here we are,” bass singer Dalley said. “Wherever we went, the crowd was so receptive of us and very welcoming, and it seemed like they were very impressed with what they heard. It gave me a little bit of fire sometimes whenever I had down days. I’d just think of how people receive us and how we bring a lot to the table.”  From left to right, Cora Isabel, Kaylah Sharve’, Nina Nelson, Hannah Mrozak and Kaedi Dalley compose the group. (Photo courtesy of Citizen Queen Instragram; Design by Ellie Gottesman) “One day in sixth grade, I was sitting at the lunch table singing some Adele song to myself,” Isabel said. “I remembered being able to just hum and beatbox with it and make cool noises with it and was like ‘That sounds cool,’ and it honestly just became a habit.”  The tour was not only a productive learning experience for Citizen Queen but also a chance for the group to gain a large fan base. “We are so passionate about our original music  and are working with some heavy hitters in the industry,” Sharve’ said. “We’re excited about it, I’m excited about it and the label is excited about it.” Although the group hasn’t released original music yet, there’s a lot to look forward to in Citizen Queen’s future, according to Sharve’.  Citizen Queen’s most memorable moment on tour was when the group was able to perform near each of the members’ hometowns for family and friends, Mrozak said.  “Just because the five of us are amazing singers, it doesn’t mean that we’ll have the chemistry that is needed for an audience to love us,” Nelson said. “It doesn’t mean that we’ll get along, you know, so we were kind of put to the test.”  SoCal VoCals alumnus and member of the world-renowned a cappella group Pentatonix Scott Hoying, along with alumni Ben Bram and Shams Ahmed, two acclaimed vocal arrangers and producers, hand-selected each member of Citizen Queen. The co-founders spent months sorting through hundreds of audition tapes until they hosted in-person callbacks in Los Angeles and New York, according to the members. “It’s so easy to  let your identity slip when you don’t see people like you on the screen, and representation is so important when you’re a young person trying to build self esteem and confidence,” Nelson said. “We live in a specific time in history where more and more women are taking less shit, and our music is becoming less about the man and more about empowering ourselves.”  No single member of a cappella girl group Citizen Queen is alike: All five women come from different states and different ethnic backgrounds, but that’s only the beginning. As vocalists, each has a distinct sound and style. Instead of fitting a group mold, these women draw inspiration from one another’s  strengths and lean into their individuality, coming together like pieces in a puzzle.   Shortly after discovering their sound and harmony, the members of Citizen Queen received their second test: a nine-week world tour opening for Pentatonix. Although they didn’t know each other that well yet, the tour gave Citizen Queen the opportunity to understand what it was like to be professionals in the music industry, and sharing that experience bonded the women greatly. center_img Isabel, the group’s gifted beatboxer, was still in high school when she joined Citizen Queen as its first member. After only sending in a couple of videos to Hoying, Bramm and Ahmed, she was quickly chosen without an in-person audition. Even more impressive is that her beatboxing abilities are self-taught. “I don’t think I’ve met a group of people who are more different from each other, but that’s the beauty of it,” Nelson, the group’s soprano, said. “Musically, in personality, in what kind of things or experiences we’ve had in order to get to this point … it can’t be about competition when there’s so much to learn from each other.”  “When I saw them live for the first time … I was screaming because all five of them … come together, and their blend is so incredible,” Ellis said.  “I remember almost having a mental breakdown, if not one for sure, because it was so brutal and so hot …  It was supposed to be a continuous shot, so we had to nail every single scene, so there was a lot of reviewing things,” mezzo-soprano Mrozak said about the filming of the music video. “I think there was a moment in there where we were all like ‘Is this even worth it?’ But then we all ended up realizing very quickly that this is what we want to do with our lives, you have to put in the work … but it’s the finished project that counts. We were so happy with it … and I remember we saw the views just go up and up and up, and we were genuinely taken aback.” Tyler Ellis, a 2020 graduate, had been close friends with Nelson since his freshman year when he was able to see Citizen Queen twice on its first tour. He described how he knew Citizen Queen had untapped potential after observing the members’ powerful stage presence. “For me, it was beneficial to just be in that setting of being on tour and sound checking every night and being on the road and being in a tour bus with all of these people,” alto Sharve’ said. “It’s just getting us prepared for what’s to come, and I’m believing [in] great things.”  Unstoppable is exactly how members of Citizen Queen want their listeners to feel. Their mission is to empower women and help every girl listener realize that they have a queen living inside of them, which is precisely how they came up with the name Citizen Queen, according to Dalley. Whether it’s because of their different cultural backgrounds or their diverse life experiences, the women hope that any listener can identify with at least one member of the group. Once all the members were chosen, Citizen Queen’s spark came to life at an Airbnb in L.A. where they recorded four fully produced songs and music videos in one week. The women faced obstacles right off the bat: Mrozak had strep throat, Isabel was sick and ants had infested their living space, Nelson said. Despite these hurdles, the group’s dynamic was magnetic; this was their first time collaborating in any way, shape or form. To their delight, not only did the women have unimaginable chemistry but their first projects were well-received. Their most popular video to date, “Evolution of Girl Groups,” has accumulated more than 18 million views. Beginning in 1954 with The Chordettes and ending in 2014 with Fifth Harmony, Citizen Queen takes us on a seamless journey through legendary hits of past and present girl groups. The concept of the video is wildly creative and was difficult to compose and choreograph. Nina Nelson, Kaedi Dalley, Hannah Mrozak, Cora Isabel and Kaylah Sharve’ compose Citizen Queen. They’ve already stunned millions of viewers on YouTube with their perfect harmony and created magic on stage during their first tour as openers for Pentatonix. It’s shocking to learn that they were complete strangers before the group’s founding, aside from Nelson and Sharve’, who both graduated from USC and were members of the SoCal VoCals, the University’s oldest a cappella group.last_img read more

Albert Pujols’ grand slam leads Angels to 6-0 victory over Dodgers

• RELATED: MLB, Angels not happy Hamilton won’t be suspendedVan Slyke was impressed with Heaney (2-1).“His ball was always moving, he never threw the same ball in the same spot,” said Van Slyke, who had the Dodgers’ only other hit as well in the ninth inning. “So when a guy’s doing that, it’s kind of tough to get a read on what he’s trying to do.”Heaney hit Jimmy Rollins in the first inning and then walked the bases loaded before getting out of the jam by getting Grandal to fly out to center. Heaney spoke after the game before Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that Heaney had been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake City.“I had control over what I was doing, I was putting myself in a good position to deliver the ball to the plate,” Heaney said. “And there were times earlier in the spring where I didn’t feel like I was doing that. I felt like that first inning I was having to fight some old habits, fight through the adjustments I was making.”Scioscia, who said his staff has been working with Heaney on his mechanics, really liked what he saw.“Andrew, after that first inning especially, made some adjustments in all the areas that are important,” Scioscia said. “And you can certainly see why we’re excited about him. He really pitched well after that first inning.”Scioscia expects to see Heaney return to the big club soon.“We expect to see him back, yes,” he said. The Angels also optioned infielders Grant Green, Josh Rutledge and Kyle Kubitza to Salt Lake.• RELATED: Clayton Kershaw anxious for opening dayAs for the Dodgers, the only roster announcement they made was that right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher has made the big club.“It’s a dream come true,” Hatcher said, “something I’ve been dreaming about and working for all my career.”The Angels got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy hit Matt Joyce in the right leg with a pitch. Freese was up next and he smacked a no-doubt, two-run home run over the left-field fence for a 2-0 Angels lead. It was Freese’s third home run of the spring.Erick Aybar then strode to the plate and he lined a ball to left field that seemed destined to fall for a hit. But Van Slyke left his feet to make a diving catch. The defensive gem was big because the next hitter — C.J. Cron — singled to left. McCarthy took back control by inducing Drew Butera to fly out to center for the second out, and getting Johnny Viotella on a bunt to third, thanks to a fine play by Juan Uribe.Speaking of Butera, the former Dodgers backup catcher picked off Joc Pederson at first base to end the top of the second inning. Albert Pujols is one day going to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Los Angeles Angels’ slugger showed everyone why Friday night in Game 2 of the Freeway Series against the crosstown Dodgers.With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Pujols stepped in against relief pitcher Pedro Baez, who right away buzzed Pujols with a high-and-tight 96 mph fastball. On the next pitch, Pujols deposited a screaming line drive over the left-centerfield fence for a grand slam that led the Angels to a 6-0 victory over the Dodgers at Angel Stadium.It was the fifth home run of the spring for Pujols.• PHOTOS: Pujols, Freese power Angels past Dodgers The Angels (15-14) have won the first two games of the series, which shifts to Dodger Stadium on Saturday.David Freese walloped a two-run home run in the second inning off Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy. All told, the two long balls were more than enough to make a winner out of Angels southpaw Andrew Heaney.Heaney came in with a spring record of 0-2 and an ERA of 9.00. He tossed 5 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. Heaney threw 88 pitches and struck out three while walking three to lower his ERA to 7.03. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning.The Dodgers (16-11) did not get their first hit until Scott Van Slyke whacked a wicked line-drive single to center off reliever Fernando Salas leading off the top of the seventh inning.Nothing came of it, though. Salas got Yasmani Grandal to hit into a force play and Alex Guerrero and Justin Turner both flied out to center. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more