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Booking.com enters into a partnership to enable flight reservations in 7 European countries

first_imgFrom Booking.com, they presented the next step in the development of their business towards a full-service online travel agency. Namely, it is a flight reservation system that is available in seven European countries. With this move, the company is offering independent flight reservations for the first time, without the sister travel search engine Kayak, reports Shift. From now on, users from Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, who use Booking.com’s website and mobile app, can choose the option to book flights which then redirects them to the Gotogate website. From this airline ticket service, they have the opportunity to book flights from 650 airlines that offer destinations around the world. Booking.com has agreed a partnership with a Swedish online travel agency specializing in eTraveli flight reservations, whose brand is Gotogate. Booking.com’s expansion of its flight offer comes after similar efforts by Airbnb. The main competitor also plans to introduce flight reservations and thus become a full-service online travel agency. Extending Booking.com’s business to flight reservations with the help of Gotogate seems like an evolutionary move for a brand that, for its two decades of existence, until recently only offered hotels and alternative accommodations.center_img But unlike its sister company Priceline, which has been offering flight reservations since the company was founded in 1997, users are still unable to book airline tickets directly on Booking.com, but are redirected to Gotogate. If a company decides to step deeper into the area of ​​online flight reservations, it is likely to enable them directly from their website instead of redirecting users to another service. Until now, and still in other countries, this process, if users chose the option to book flights, involved automatic redirection to Kayak, which would then redirect them to the websites of the appropriate airline or travel agency. Source / photo: Skift; Booking.com; Gotogate; Pixabaylast_img read more

Bulldog Netters Victorious Over Trojans

first_imgThe Batesville Boys Tennis team defeated East Central 3-2 on Tuesday to improve their record to 6-0 and 3-0 in the EIAC.#1 Singles- Lleyton Ratcliffe was defeated by Chase Lambrinides 6-7 (7), 1-6#2 Singles- Sam Giesting defeated Brody Taylor 4-6, 6-0, 6-2#3 Singles- Adam Scott defeated Cole Davidson 6-3, 7-6 (1)#1 Doubles- George Ritter/Cooper Williams defeated Zach Bovard/Gavin Daniels 6-1, 6-1#2 Doubles- Brayden Worthington/Ben Rodgers were defeated by Josh Hudepohl/Logan Huisman 2-6, 3-6In JV, Batesville won 5-0. Lane Oesterling and Jon Hoff won in singles. The doubles teams of Grant Story/Sam Voegele (two matches) and Seth Gausman/Jon Hoff also won. The JV is 6-0 on the season. Batesville will travel to Lawrenceburg on Thursday for a 4:30 start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

Men’s soccer finally has reason to smile

first_imgFreshman Nick Janus tucked away the first goal of his collegiate career while also handing UW its first win since early September.[/media-credit]It was windy. It was cold. It was their first win in almost two months.Finally getting their second win of the season the Wisconsin men’s soccer team shutout the Milwaukee Panthers 2-0.The last time Wisconsin got a win was Sept. 4 against Santa Clara at the UC Irvine College classic. The Badgers have seen their fair share of struggles this season, but they earned a win against the Panthers with the decisive goal from freshman Nick Janus just nine minutes into the game.Off a beautiful assist from senior forward Bryan Gerster, Janus notched his first collegiate goal and the game-winning goal.“It feels good just to get over the hump,” Janus said of the goal. “I played forward in high school and club and I used to score goals and when I got here it was just kind of different. Getting used to the college game, it’s nice to finally get it.”Head coach John Trask just seemed elated to finally get another win and although he would have liked to get at least one more goal on the night he was proud to see Janus get his first goal.“It’s huge,” Trask said. “He’s been chomping at the bit. He feels like he hasn’t put away some chances that he’s had to get on the scoreboard. I would have loved to see Chris Prince get three goals tonight, but I think it’s more important for our team dynamic getting Janus a goal like that. It was a great play leading up to it.”The Badgers took an early lead with Janus’ goal, but Gerster wanted to give the squad a little more breathing room.Only thirty seconds after the first goal Gerster brought the ball down the field and set up freshman Joey Tennyson for a header into the net. With the goals only thirty seconds apart it was the shortest amount of time between goals Wisconsin has had all season.Gerster certainly had a big impact on the game with assists on both goals, but the win is what’s really important for him.“It finally felt good to win,” Gerster said. “After all those games we lost on the road and in overtime losses. I don’t really care if I get the assists as long as we win which we did so I feel good about it.”Along with all the struggles the Badgers have had this season the story of their youth goes right along side it. The freshmen on the team have consistently been a factor in all of the games this season. Finally they’re rewarded for all of their hard work.Both goals came from freshmen, showing they’re more confident and experienced than their record probably gives them credit for.“The freshmen have been good,” Gerster said. “We thought we came in prepared. They came in the right spots tonight. Janus had a great goal. Same with Tennyson. I saw him cutting into the near post and I just put it right on his head and he put it in. They’ve all done a really good job. Especially Trevor Wheeler too and Chris Prince who has gotten in the last three games five goals, I think, so he’s pretty hot right now.”Ever since switching from a 4-5-1 formation to a 4-4-2 the Badgers have been producing more offense, but this was the first game where it really paid off for them. Since making the switch Wisconsin has scored eight goals in three games compared to the eight goals they scored in the twelve games before that.The change in formation certainly seems to have had a positive effect on the squad, but Janus thinks the new formation doesn’t deserve all the credit.“Coach always says you can talk about formations, but we could play any formation, it doesn’t really matter,” Janus said. “I think it’s just working together. We’ve been getting used to each other. We’ve got four different classes playing together. It was fun tonight. We had fun I think tonight so I think it was just the attitude change.”Wisconsin has certainly had a rough season and while its 2-11-1, 0-3-1 Big Ten record doesn’t represent how tough of a team it has been all season, getting another win just gives a sense of relief.“The team’s been kind of down and we’ve been having heartbreakers like Green Bay and overtime – it’s just been rough,” Janus said. “It’s good to get the win.”So finally in their second win of the season with only three regular season games left, the Badger bench was a happy place when the clock ticked down to zero.Trask has been working hard with this team all season and while the win certainly could have come a lot sooner he was proud of the way the guys played.“I’m not big into four goal games,” Trask said. “This was my type of soccer. Take them on, make sure you’ve got numbers behind the ball, and be tough defensively. It was a good night for the guys and I’m so happy for them. They needed it, to be honest.”last_img read more

The Final Four fan bus reaches the end of a long road

first_img Published on April 4, 2016 at 11:11 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Waking up on Monday morning in a Yankee Trails bus with nearly 50 other unwashed humans with unbrushed teeth and one unhappy bus driver wasn’t how this trip was supposed to go.Monday morning was supposed to be one last huzzah through warm, sunny Houston and a fervent preparation for college basketball’s last game of the season. It was supposed to be a karmic reward for believing in Syracuse’s miracle season, investing so much time into being there.But there’d be no NRG Stadium. No free ticket to the school’s potential second national championship. No envy from friends.Instead, a McDonald’s parking lot. Rural Ohio. Light snow.Yet no one seemed devastated, or even disgruntled. Sure, disappointment at not achieving the goal of making it to Monday night, but the fans on the bus seemed content. Or maybe comatose. A lot of people had brought NyQuil.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Final Four fan bus, dispatched to Houston on Thursday at 8 p.m. was on its return voyage after No. 10 seed Syracuse’s season-ending loss to top-seeded North Carolina on Saturday night. By the time the bus unloaded back at Syracuse campus around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the students had spent 67 of the last 94 hours on a bus. They’d traveled more than 3,264 miles and slept three of the last four nights upright in a cramped bus seat that made your neck sore for hours after waking up.A few of the bus’ occupants had stayed behind, bought return plane tickets to stay for an extra concert or simply because they didn’t want to drive again. Those people, the riders in the back of the bus justified, were missing out on a part of the experience.And even though Syracuse had lost, the experience is all the students had left to cling to. To be able to say they did this crazy thing, the spectacle in retrospect, was the only advantage left. The possibility of telling a friend or child years later. That may be why the atmosphere of the bus was neither somber nor agitated.People cheered when word spread throughout the bus that the Syracuse women’s basketball team earned a spot in the national championship. They cheered again when the bus stopped at Panera for lunch the next day, only slightly softer.But those two spurts aside, people generally kept their headphones on and their voices low, calmly waiting for the ride to just be over.Someone remarked that they’d never considered six hours left in a trip “the home stretch.” Two seniors, one of whom had gone to Atlanta to see Syracuse in the 2013 Final Four, considered what it’d mean when the bus stopped. The last Syracuse basketball adventure of their lives as students would be over.Was it crazy, one said, to wish a 67-hour bus ride might last a little longer?As the bus rolled up in front of Schine Student Center only two girls, the same sorority girls who slept on their Otto the Orange pillow pets the first day, tried to coax the bus into a clap. Only one rider joined them.It was like super-condensed summer camp. Unlikely friendships formed, bonding over the strange, shared struggle. There were the usual promises to meet up again, the ones often made but seldom kept. Many talked of a shower.Some students stepped off the bus in clothing suited for Houston, not Syracuse. Someone joked that they were back in time to watch the national championship game later that night. It didn’t get a laugh.The weather, which had been unseasonably warm throughout Syracuse’s run, had returned to snow by the time loss had frozen and students stepped off the bus. But those students carried a little bit of Houston warmth with them as they walked home through the cold. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes 19/08/2013:Seniors:The senior team have had mixed fortunes in the league in recent weeks with a win against Parnells and a defeat to Neasden Gaels. After falling behind to two early goals against Parnells the Gaels fought back to win by 2-16 to 2-6. Last Sunday in our final league game against Neasden we played poorly in the opening half to trail by 2-8 to 0-4 at the break. A better performance from the boys in the second half seen us reduce the score line but not enough to close the gap and we lost by a 2-13 to 1-11 margin. Credit to Neasden who showed that they will be a force to watch this season with the championship just around the corner.The result made little difference to our position in the league with us guaranteed a place in the final.Juniors: Our junior team played the final group match in the championship against Eir Og and came away with a convincing 2-16 to 0-5 score line and in doing so topping the group.Next up will be the semi final against an improving Dulwich and nothing short of a 100 percent effort will be required here to progress to another final.Under 21s:It has been a six year wait but our under 21 team have at last returned the championship cup back to Greenford after a trilling final encounter against Parnells.The game was played in Ruislip on a Wednesday night which both teams deserving to have a championship final played on a weekend.Parnells lead at the break and held out until the final ten minutes before an inspired Gaels comeback lead by Liam Gavaghan went on to win by 0-15 to 1-10. Ladies:A big congratulations to our ladies team after they picked up their first trophy of the season after winning the Joe Fryday 7s shield last weekend against St Anthonys in Greenford. Connor and Sean have got them into tip top condition and with the beer ban in place dividends are starting to pay off.Fixtures:There are no fixtures for the club this weekend due to the bank holiday, but the following weekend the seniors play KKG in the 1st round of the championship, while the juniors play Dulwich in the championship semi final on Saturday 31st August at Ruislip. Wedding Belles:The club would like to pass on our best wishes to clubman Brian Corry who tied the knot last weekend to new wife Louise in Co Waterford.Brian has served the club for up to ten years as a player, manager and committee member and we all look forward to him committing his long term future to the club.Lottery:Lotto results for 15/04/2013, Jackpot £1,500Numbers drawn 2-9-10-13, No jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, Mick Scrap, c/o Three Wishes, Pat Nagle, c/o T O Connor, Paddy Callaghan, c/o TCG, JFM, c/o British Queen. This week’s draw takes place in the club on Thursday at 9pm with a jackpot of £1,550. Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS – MIXED FORTUNES FOR TIR CHONAILL GAELS SENIORS was last modified: August 18th, 2013 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:TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more