Hotel website – Prague Hotel http://prague-hotel.co.uk/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 09:51:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/icon-2-120x120.png Hotel website – Prague Hotel http://prague-hotel.co.uk/ 32 32 Darwen’s Whitehall Distillery Launches New Website by Fruity Llama https://prague-hotel.co.uk/darwens-whitehall-distillery-launches-new-website-by-fruity-llama/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 07:00:40 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/darwens-whitehall-distillery-launches-new-website-by-fruity-llama/ New LGW Hub Digital and Creative fruity llama Whitehall Distillery If you’re from Darwen or the Lancashire area, chances are you’ve heard of Neil Bullows and the fantastic Whitehall Hotel. But did you know that this is the only hotel in Lancashire to have an on-site spirits distillery? The Whitehall Hotel is Blackburn’s oldest hotel […]]]>




If you’re from Darwen or the Lancashire area, chances are you’ve heard of Neil Bullows and the fantastic Whitehall Hotel. But did you know that this is the only hotel in Lancashire to have an on-site spirits distillery?

The Whitehall Hotel is Blackburn’s oldest hotel along with Darwen. With so much legacy and exciting new gin ventures, Neil needed a quality website to showcase this information FAST.

Web design by Fruity Llama, one of Lancashire’s top emerging talents, has been carefully selected to undertake this exclusive project.

The aim was to create a visually striking website that showcased Whitehall’s dynamic Gin products, as well as showcasing their heritage in a user-friendly way. As you can see from the homepage, the legendary Darwen Tower is everywhere. Look yourself!

There is so much to explore! Real Lancashire gin, food and drink at Cromwells Bar, gin experiences, private labeling… and an overnight stay!

Fruity Llama are proud to have launched this new website for Whitehall Distillery and look forward to working with them on their SEO and social media projects in the future.

Fruity Llama owner Stephen Ashcroft had this to say: “From photography/product shots to design/development, this project has been a joy to work with. I invite you all to take a look on the Whitehall Distillery website and maybe buy some gins!”

Whitehall’s new website is not only informative for customers, but also easy to navigate and optimized for use on all devices.

See the new website here – whitehalldistillery.co.uk

If your business needs a clean, modern website like this, please contact Fruity Llama using the details below:

steve@fruityllama.co.uk

fruityllama.fr

07704798311

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Trip.com Reports Better Than Expected First Quarter Numbers; Website visits hinted at it https://prague-hotel.co.uk/trip-com-reports-better-than-expected-first-quarter-numbers-website-visits-hinted-at-it/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:19:07 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/trip-com-reports-better-than-expected-first-quarter-numbers-website-visits-hinted-at-it/ Trip.com Group Limited, a travel services company based in China (NASDAQ: TCOM) offers a wide range of services, including hotel accommodation, transportation ticketing, tour packages, business travel management, property management systems, and advertising. Recently, Trip.com reported better-than-expected results in the first quarter of 2022, beating both profit and revenue expectations, as indicated by TipRanks website […]]]>

Trip.com Group Limited, a travel services company based in China (NASDAQ: TCOM) offers a wide range of services, including hotel accommodation, transportation ticketing, tour packages, business travel management, property management systems, and advertising.

Recently, Trip.com reported better-than-expected results in the first quarter of 2022, beating both profit and revenue expectations, as indicated by TipRanks website visits tool.

Strong demand for outbound travel, primarily in Europe and Asia-Pacific, drove strong website bookings, which boosted first-quarter performance. However, the resurgence of COVID-19 in China negatively impacted results.

Following the update, the company’s shares were down 1.51% in Monday’s extended trading session.

Results in detail

Trip.com reported an adjusted loss per ADS of 0.06 RMB ($0.01) in the first quarter, compared to an adjusted loss of 0.34 RMB per share in the year-ago quarter. Analysts estimated a loss of $0.08 per ADS.

Net revenue was RMB 4.1 billion ($649 million), flat year-on-year, but beat analysts’ expectations of $575.04 million. Interestingly, vacation stays were a major contributor to the recovery of the Chinese domestic market, reflecting a 20% increase in local hotel bookings. In addition, global air ticket bookings jumped more than 270%, driven by the recovery of European and Asia-Pacific markets.

On a yearly basis, accommodation bookings revenue, tour package revenue, and business travel revenue fell 8%, 27%, and 12%, respectively, due to increased COVID-related disruptions in China.

However, transportation ticketing revenue was up 10% year-on-year thanks to a strong rebound in air travel in the overseas market.

Adjusted EBITDA margin was 2%, compared to negative 5% in the prior year quarter.

CEO Comments

Trip.com CEO Jane Sun said, “While it was challenging for domestic travel due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in China during the first quarter, our results demonstrated our resilience amid a confluence of challenges and uncertainties. Although we may continue to see short-term fluctuations, travel demand is still strong and shows good long-term prospects. »

The Taking of Wall Street

The consensus among analysts is a strong buy based on four buys and one hold. Trip.com’s average price target of $28.20 implies 14.77% upside potential from current levels. Shares have gained 5.5% over the past six months.

Website traffic

Earnings results were evident on TipRanks’ new tool that measures visits to the Trip.com website. Pre-earnings, we were able to see information on Trip.com’s performance in the first quarter.

According to the tool, an upward trend in website traffic was visible. In the first quarter of 2022, the total number of visits to the Trip.com website showed an upward trend, globally, representing an increase of 11.56% compared to the fourth quarter and a considerable increase of 79 .21% year over year. This, in turn, indicated that the company could beat analysts’ expectations in the first quarter.

Predictions based on website visitation data from TipRanks matched reported results, with Trip.com reporting upbeat results in Q1 2022.

Conclusion

Amid macroeconomic uncertainty and disruption in China, Trip.com triumphed with a strong recovery in travel demand. This points to a long-term outlook as COVID-related restrictions ease. As a result, based on analysts’ bullish stance, strong price performance and positive sentiment signal from hedge funds according to the TipRanks Hedge Fund Trading Activity tool, investing in the stock is likely a prudent move.

Also, observing the website trends shown by the TipRanks website traffic tool could be productive for investors to reap potential gains.

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How to Improve Your Website Visitor Experience in 5 Steps https://prague-hotel.co.uk/how-to-improve-your-website-visitor-experience-in-5-steps/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 21:10:06 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/how-to-improve-your-website-visitor-experience-in-5-steps/ It’s understandable that most businesses value their online presence during the pandemic. And the truth is, many customers today find your business online first, so every aspect of your online presence, especially your website, must provide your customers with a amazing user experience (UX). Your website is your best seller, and Customer service because it […]]]>

It’s understandable that most businesses value their online presence during the pandemic. And the truth is, many customers today find your business online first, so every aspect of your online presence, especially your website, must provide your customers with a amazing user experience (UX).

Your website is your best seller, and Customer service because it is the only aspect that contains all the information about your company, available products, etc. The websites operate 24 hours a day, in all countries and time zones, which leaves very little effort for human faults.

It’s hard to constantly keep up with ever-changing trends from design to shopping experience and more. However, you can avoid feeling old or outdated if you have successfully taught certain aspects, although sometimes an overhaul is essential.

But before trying to figure out how to improve your website visitors’ experience, let’s see why it matters.

Benefits of a Good Website Visitor Experience

Most businesses want the best website, but not everyone understands that websites are created for the consumer and not for a business owner only.

When thinking about a good website visitor experience, the first aspect to look for is the user experience. This will ensure:

Higher conversion rates

When a consumer or user likes the experience on your website, they are more likely to convert. A good user journey gives the consumer clarity about the product or service they are interested in.

Lower bounce rates

A poor user journey can depend on a variety of factors, starting with incomplete product or service details, unreadable text, loading issues, and more. All of these factors contribute to a consumer leaving your business site.

Brand Loyalty

Sometimes it’s important to keep in mind that not everyone is ready to buy. According Marketoaround 96% of people who visit your website are not ready to buy the first few times.

So no matter how clear some aspect, from design to text, how attractive or how big that call-to-action button is, if your consumer just doesn’t want to buy, they won’t convert.

So, the best action for businesses to take, in this case, is to create the best website possible and market your efforts through social media and other methods for the world to see. To make your social media plans less taxing on your team, you can always come up with a social media posting schedule just like SocialPilot does, to help you plan, schedule and more.

And how do you create this great website? Here’s how.

If you’re looking for a brief version of what you should be doing to improve your website, here it is – five surefire ways to improve your website experience.

  1. Use design to your advantage
  2. Use language for clarity
  3. Optimize your website’s page speed
  4. Be compatible with multiple devices
  5. Use tempting calls to action

Use design to your advantage

Select colors and fonts that appeal to your consumers. A good designer or design firm will spend a lot of time thinking about this and how to align it with your business goals.

If you’re working on your own website without a designer, white space is your best friend. White space is essential for good websites today because it helps your product stand out and your content to be more readable. It also has the ability to give your website a modern and minimal look and can be a timeless design that may require small changes in the future.

Image source: Zara

Another aspect to consider is visuals. Visuals are a great way to keep visitors engaged with your website. They can support communicating your message more effectively. A good rule of thumb when it comes to visuals is to use a high quality file so it doesn’t pixelate, but small enough not to cause lag for your page. Also consider including user generated content like customer videos or photos, as it helps build social proof.

Use language for clarity

Often we believe in the power of marketing, slogans and jingles and therefore use fun and quirky text to make our website exciting. While this is great and relevant to us, it may fall out of taste with some of your other consumers. Take, for example, this user who expressed his frustration to Microsoft Outlook for his choice of words.

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Image source: Jonathon Colman – Twitter, Asset Global Files

When it comes to a website, a safe bet is to use simple, clear language that sets the right excuse for your consumer – this will help sell a service or product better. However, you can use fun elements in your conversation if you’re addressing a niche audience that you know will connect with quirky messages.

Optimize your website’s page speed

In today’s world, if you don’t have the audience’s attention in the first few seconds, you miss it completely. With the rage of social media, instant purchases, etc., the world is changing for people and websites alike.

At the end of 2019, Google considered a page load speed of up to two seconds to be the acceptable speed, although it recommended speeds under half a second. You can check the page loading speed of your website using Google’s Page Speed ​​Insights tool.

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Image source: Google Developer Speed ​​Test

An article published by Nielsen Norman Group in May 2020 explained how page loading delays of a single second can interrupt a person’s consciousness. Further reiterating Google’s recommended page load speeds.

To avoid website lag, check all external plugins, backlinks and your website server performance. You can also choose to upload images as small as possible (well under 1MB), while maintaining their quality.

Be compatible with multiple devices

The world is constantly on the move and your website should be too. From tabs to tiny cellphones, your website should cater to all audiences and devices. This doesn’t just mean limiting your site to a vertical design. These websites should also be responsive to the user and include features that make the website zoomable, scannable, etc.

Make sure your font size is large enough to read on a phone, because you don’t want a user to get bored of zooming in to read everything. It might also help to stick to one main goal for each page.

Here is an example of a website designed and optimized for multiple devices by a design company for a luxury hotel customer.

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Image source: Muscat branding by Whoa Mama

Use engaging calls to action

Whereas great design is all, a good responsive design should include an appealing call to action. Calls to action are such a critical aspect that they deserve special attention.

Every page on your website needs at least one clear and compelling call to action. This can be a link, a form, or a button that allows users to take the next step.

Understanding where to place your call to action is essential. The last thing you want is for your user to get frustrated with a faulty call-to-action button. Smaller devices make it difficult to work with buttons that aren’t properly coded because small screens don’t allow consumers to zoom in and click the button simultaneously.

Apple is very effective with their call-to-action buttons. As the image shows, Apple gave people 2 options – one which is a more direct call to action asking the user to buy and another which educates the user about the product.

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Image source: Apple

bonus tip

Although websites are the best way to focus on your brand, it is important to consider social media – which in 2022 became a secondary website. A majority of people now turn to social media for honest portrayals of a company and seek Commentsfeedback, customer service, etc.

It helps to have an organized feed on each social platform and personalized tones depending on the platform. But don’t get overwhelmed just yet. You must also formulate a strong social media marketing strategy that helps you do your job.

You can also use your efforts here to redirect them to your official website, thus gaining greater online visibility for your business.

To sum up

Stick to a clean and simple website if all else fails. Focus on your product or service and give it the spotlight it deserves. You can’t go wrong with minimalism – but remember that minimalism shouldn’t stop you from adding the important information.

In short, don’t overdo it. Although websites require special attention and personalization, personalizing a website should convey a smooth experience to your target personas with consumer-relevant visual or textual elements. They should not be misled by exaggeration or lack of information.

Understand that even the best websites take time to sell to people and market your work, even on other platforms like Google or other social platforms.

Authors biography

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Chelsea Cris Crocker is Senior Content Writer at social pilot. She is a Google Certified Digital Marketer with over 6 years of agency experience. When she’s not writing or strategizing for brands, she’s photographing, embroidering, hoarding books and spending more time than necessary caring for her pets. Her weaknesses include coffee, swimming pools, and more that she is unwilling to share.

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Relaunch of website promoting Richmond https://prague-hotel.co.uk/relaunch-of-website-promoting-richmond/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 14:45:44 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/relaunch-of-website-promoting-richmond/ Left to right, Fiona Hall, from the Green Howards Museum, David Hannah, English Heritage Cluster Manager, Clare Owen, Managing Director of the Georgian Theater Royal, Terry Rawson, volunteer at the Richmondshire Museum, and Chris Brown, Station Manager. A popular website promoting Richmond has been relaunched for the benefit of locals and visitors. A team from […]]]>
Left to right, Fiona Hall, from the Green Howards Museum, David Hannah, English Heritage Cluster Manager, Clare Owen, Managing Director of the Georgian Theater Royal, Terry Rawson, volunteer at the Richmondshire Museum, and Chris Brown, Station Manager.

A popular website promoting Richmond has been relaunched for the benefit of locals and visitors.

A team from the city’s tourist attractions worked together to revamp and refresh the richmond.org site, which has long been a source of information about the city.

Fiona Hall, communications and commerce manager at the Green Howards Museum, said: “The strength and reach of the richmond.org domain cannot be underestimated. It’s an incredibly powerful informational and promotional tool, and we’re very excited to take it forward.

“The site was an excellent resource for many years, but like all websites, it needed periodic updating.

“Local web designer Andy Russell had been running the site for many years, but wanted to hand over responsibility.

“He transferred ownership to us so that we could run the website on a partnership basis for the benefit of the entire city.”

Richmond.org includes information including the logistics of parking and finding your way, downloadable maps and walking trails, an events section, as well as brief information on the city’s history, landmarks and attractions, its customs and traditions.

It is designed to interest visitors as well as locals.

“We felt it was really important to cover as much of the great things about the city as possible in a nice, polished format so you can choose the information, depending on what you need or want. at one point.

“Much of the content already existed on the site, but we reviewed the most logical way to present it, then edited and refreshed it.

“We have also created a ‘living’ section; updated community group listings from previous website.

“One of the biggest areas is the activities section so you can always find something to do whether you are visiting Richmond or are lucky enough to live here.”

The work was carried out on behalf of Welcome to Richmond; the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association’s attractions sub-group.

The website redesign is the latest initiative from the group, which works together on joint projects, such as the Town Ticket, the locals’ Love being Local day and the town map leaflet.

Group members contribute to an annual budget, which has been used, with funding from the Richmondshire District Council’s Community Investment Fund, to make improvements to the site.

If you’re hosting an event in Richmond, you can use the online form in the What’s New section to request a spot on the rosters.

Hosting providers that appeared on the site before the update are being contacted so that they can update their information; the directory of places to stay will be published in due course.

Community organizations that would like to be featured, but do not currently have a list, can request one by emailing hello@richmond.org

Visit the website at richmond.org

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Travel website warns tourists of ‘nightmare’ visiting Dublin https://prague-hotel.co.uk/travel-website-warns-tourists-of-nightmare-visiting-dublin/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:24:37 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/travel-website-warns-tourists-of-nightmare-visiting-dublin/ A popular travel website has warned tourists of the “horrors” of visiting Dublin city due to the high costs of accommodation and rental cars. Popular travel site Lonely Planet has warned would-be tourists wishing to visit the capital of ‘accommodation shortages, soaring car rental costs and airport chaos’, which have dominated international headlines in recent […]]]>

A popular travel website has warned tourists of the “horrors” of visiting Dublin city due to the high costs of accommodation and rental cars.

Popular travel site Lonely Planet has warned would-be tourists wishing to visit the capital of ‘accommodation shortages, soaring car rental costs and airport chaos’, which have dominated international headlines in recent times. weeks.

Visitors wishing to come to Dublin were asked to ask themselves a series of questions before making the trip – the main one being “have you booked your accommodation in advance?”

A popular travel website has warned tourists of the “horrors” of visiting Dublin city due to the high costs of accommodation and rental cars. Photo: David Soanes Photography/Getty Images

“Soaring hotel prices are wreaking havoc on holidaymakers’ budgets as figures from the Central Statistics Office show price increases of up to 17% for hotel accommodation in Ireland over the past three years,” said the travel site.

Lonely Planet added a quote from the Tourism Advisory Group, which heard that tour groups across the country were “jostling” for beds in the city – citing an increase in travel demand and hotels offering a emergency accommodation for Ukrainian refugees.

“Finding last-minute accommodation won’t be easy,” the travel experts said. “Lonely Planet looked at weekend availability in Dublin city center in July for two people and average prices ranged between €700 and €900 via Booking.com.

Lonely Planet spoke of the difficulty in finding accommodation, rental cars and the cost of living as it saw massive price rises in the capital. Photo: Peter Unger/Getty Images

“Over the weekend, the cheapest price was €411 for a private room in purpose-built student accommodation, while the second-cheapest was €428 for two beds in a mixed dorm.

“In September there are a few more options available but prices remain high, averaging between €500 and €700 for Friday and Saturday nights.”

Lonely Planet added that accommodation prices are relatively cheaper outside the capital, “with average prices around €400 for a two-night weekend in Galway in early September and around €300 in Cork for the same period”.

Cities like Cork and Galway would have been “considerably cheaper” than Dublin, according to Lonely Planet. Photo: Ange Villalba/Getty

‘We recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as your flight is booked.’

The guide added that renting a car in the city is a nightmare, with prices skyrocketing after car rental companies had to sell half their stock during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In a case that made headlines in May, a couple were quoted €18,703 to hire a seven-seater car at Dublin Airport for the first week of August,” the guide said. “And while exceptional, the cost of renting a car will put a significant dent in your budget.”

The guide added that when looking for a 10-day car hire in early August, the cheapest car available was with Hertz in Dublin, which cost €1,750 for a five-seater – however, they found that the average rental car price was around €3,000.

Two other points Lonely Planet raised around Dublin were the difficulty of getting a table at a walk-in restaurant, and also added that the current cost of living crisis has fueled price hikes across the board .

“Dublin is a notoriously expensive city and the cost of living crisis continues to fuel price hikes for everyday goods and services.”

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Website Designer Should Refuse Gay Marriage Clients https://prague-hotel.co.uk/website-designer-should-refuse-gay-marriage-clients/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:27:56 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/website-designer-should-refuse-gay-marriage-clients/ Ted Cruz and Mike Lee by Gage Skidmore More than 50 congressional Republicans have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court calling on the nation’s highest court to side with a Colorado website designer who wants the power to refuse to create personalized websites for same-sex couples. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. […]]]>
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More than 50 congressional Republicans have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court calling on the nation’s highest court to side with a Colorado website designer who wants the power to refuse to create personalized websites for same-sex couples.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) are leading the effort to show their support for designer Lorie Smith, enlisting 18 other senators and 38 representatives to sign the memoir, which throws out the denial of Smith to serve same-sex couples as a matter of religious freedom and artistic expression protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Smith, the owner of 303 Creative LLC, says she should be allowed to refuse to create websites for same-sex couples based on her personal religious beliefs opposed to homosexuality and refusal to communicate a message that implicitly supports the same gender. sexual marriage.

Seeking the help of anti-LGBTQ legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, Smith sued the state of Colorado in 2016, demanding an exemption from Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, which prohibits businesses that open as accommodations public to discriminate against people. based on sexual orientation.

Smith says she will do work for LGBTQ clients, but creating wedding websites for those people would not only violate her religious beliefs, but violate her freedom of artistic expression, because every website she creates is a purpose-built, one-of-a-kind site. -kind product reflecting own creativity.

A federal district judge ruled against Smith in September 2019, finding that his proposal to release a statement outlining his objection to promoting same-sex marriages “proposes an unlawful act” because it would deny services to same-sex couples based on their relationships. sexual. orientation. She appealed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the lower court’s decision.

Smith’s attorneys then appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which agreed to consider whether applying a public accommodations law to compel an artist to speak or keep the silence violates the artist’s free speech rights. The court is expected to hear oral arguments in the case in the fall.

The case seeks to clarify a point of law left unclear by the High Court’s 2018 decision Masterpiece pastry decision, in which the Supreme Court found that a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, was treated with anti-religious bias by state officials when he refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. However, the court did not address the broader issue of whether certain businesses can claim a religious exemption that would allow them to refuse to serve certain customers based on their personal beliefs.

The Supreme Court has already dodged the issue by refusing to hear cases involving the question of whether marriage-related services, such as baking or flower arranging, are inherently forms of “artistic expression” or simply a service or product made available (at least hypothetically, but not in practice) to the general public.



In their amicus brief, members of Congress say Colorado’s anti-discrimination law cannot withstand legal scrutiny and infringes on the rights of Smith and other business owners who oppose same-sex marriage.

“These are not aberrations. Time and time again, this Court has refused to sanction laws mandating speech or restricting speech on the basis of content or point of view, despite government arguments that such laws were necessary to serve important interests,” says the memory. “Regardless of the interest at stake, the First Amendment almost always wins.”

Republicans also argue that Colorado law simply requires people who oppose homosexuality and same-sex marriage to “express opinions with which they disagree” or remain silent.

“As the Tenth Circuit has recognized, same-sex couples have no shortage of alternative options for wedding web design. The state insists that the availability of these myriad alternatives is just as the “guide to identifying safe accommodations for African Americans at a time when some hotels were refusing them service” in Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States“, continues the memoir. “There is no similar record here. Indeed, “virtually all marriages [website] publications now publish LGBTQ+ marriages,” and “it is more noticeable if a publication does not publish LGBTQ+ marriages.

“The point of applying CADA to Ms. Smith, then, is not to provide public housing; it is to force her to conform her speech to the prevailing opinion. Yet it is well established that the state “is not free to interfere with speech for no other reason than to promote an approved message or discourage an unfavorable message, no matter how enlightened either objective may be.” hit the government,” add the Republicans.


Speaking to Fox News, Cruz touted a Supreme Court ruling in Smith’s favor as a victory for “religious freedom” for all Americans.

“Compulsory speech against anyone’s religious beliefs is a flagrant violation of the most fundamental freedoms our Constitution protects,” he said. “Every American should have the freedom to practice their profession without having to sacrifice their religious beliefs.”

Alliance Defending Freedom General Counsel Kristen Waggoner, Smith’s attorney, told right-wing CNS News that religious opposition to same-sex marriage is a protected right that dates back to a 1995 Supreme Court ruling involving the right of a Boston veterans group to ban gays, lesbians and bisexuals from marching visibly in its St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

In that case, the court unanimously ruled that the LGB ban would stand, despite a Massachusetts law ostensibly protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination.

She also noted that even in the Oberfell v. Hodges case legalizing same-sex marriage in 2015, the court found that the First Amendment protects people who disagree with same-sex marriage.

But LGBTQ advocates have argued that granting Smith an exemption would simply provide more scope for discrimination against LGBTQ Americans by undermining or tearing holes in existing laws that purport to protect them.

“We are once again witnessing the relentless anti-LGBTQ crusade by self-proclaimed Christian fundamentalist legal groups aiming to chip away at the hard-won gains of LGBTQ people by carving out swaths of territory where discrimination can flourish,” Jennifer Pizer, Lambda Legal’s acting chief legal officer said in a statement. “Constitutional protections of religious freedom and free speech were never intended as weapons of discrimination for those who do business with the general public.”

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New nonprofit Baltimore News Outlet banner launches website – CBS Baltimore https://prague-hotel.co.uk/new-nonprofit-baltimore-news-outlet-banner-launches-website-cbs-baltimore/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 20:46:00 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/new-nonprofit-baltimore-news-outlet-banner-launches-website-cbs-baltimore/ BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Banner, an all-digital nonprofit funded by hospitality mogul Stewart Bainum Jr., officially launched on Tuesday. A sampling of the initial offerings, some of which are for subscribers only: writing a poll on how Baltimoreans would fix the city, a look at Baltimore’s ongoing problem of vacant homes, and an article […]]]>

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Banner, an all-digital nonprofit funded by hospitality mogul Stewart Bainum Jr., officially launched on Tuesday.

A sampling of the initial offerings, some of which are for subscribers only: writing a poll on how Baltimoreans would fix the city, a look at Baltimore’s ongoing problem of vacant homes, and an article on the “Francis Scott paradox Key”, author of the “Star-Spangled Banner”.

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Although the banner published several articles via its email newsletter ahead of today’s launch, including details of a legal dispute between the sons of Orioles owner Peter Angelos, a comprehensive website does not was posted online only on Tuesday.

The Banner currently has 42 journalists on staff and expects to have 70 by the end of the year, the company said in a press release.

Bainum and his family launched the Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism — named after former Baltimore County executive Ted Venetoulis, who worked as his post-politics news director — to oversee the banner’s operations.

As he told WJZ’s Denise Koch in November, Bainum has committed $50 million to get the project off the ground.

“We want to carry the banner of Baltimore’s great journalism tradition into the future,” he said.

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Bainum also has a background in politics, having served as a member of the Maryland General Assembly from 1979 to 1987. During that time, he recalled, there were six daily newspapers in the state. Now there is a vacuum of news.

“How can communities govern themselves when they don’t know what’s going on? He asked.

Bainum and Venetoulis made an unsuccessful takeover bid The sun and turn it into a non-profit association. Following Venetoulis’ death in October, Bainum decided to move forward with a new venture, and several city daily veterans, such as Justin Fenton, Liz Bowie and Tim Prudente, eventually signed on to join the new point of sale.

In a note posted on the banner’s site, editor Kimi Yoshino said Tuesday that the banner will provide “insight, depth, analysis and solutions” in its coverage.

“We want to make the news, but don’t expect us to cover every additional filming or development at City Hall. We will monitor government agencies and elected officials when things are not working properly. We will highlight success stories,” she wrote. “We will celebrate the rich culture and art in this region and provide useful information to help you decide how to spend your time and money. And we’ll find interesting stories you’ll want to talk about with your family and friends.

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Visit the Lauderdale Revamps website with a new focus on accessibility https://prague-hotel.co.uk/visit-the-lauderdale-revamps-website-with-a-new-focus-on-accessibility/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 12:29:07 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/visit-the-lauderdale-revamps-website-with-a-new-focus-on-accessibility/ The Fort Lauderdale Travel and Tourism Board wants everybody feel welcome, especially visitors with disabilities or reduced mobility. The council, known as Visit Lauderdale, has just launched a new accessibility-focused microsite. Travelers with disabilities or reduced mobility know that planning a trip comes with added stress and considerations at almost every stage of the trip. […]]]>

The Fort Lauderdale Travel and Tourism Board wants everybody feel welcome, especially visitors with disabilities or reduced mobility. The council, known as Visit Lauderdale, has just launched a new accessibility-focused microsite.

Travelers with disabilities or reduced mobility know that planning a trip comes with added stress and considerations at almost every stage of the trip. Visit Lauderdale’s new microsite to address these concerns head-on, with tips to help make your visit smoother from start to finish.

Every step of the way

This commitment begins upon arrival at Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL), where customers are encouraged to review the airport’s Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program.

Before your trip, you can send an e-mail [email protected] to request free lanyards or sunflower pins to wear on the day of your flight, which alert airport workers that you may need assistance or extra time.

The accessibility microsite also does a fantastic job of showcasing local attractions and businesses that are committed to providing accessible and welcoming experiences for all guests. Wondering where you can take a service animal or who has free wheelchairs? How about which beaches have disabled parking? Or which theaters offer assistive listening devices and open captioning? This is exactly the type of information you will have at your fingertips on the site, broken down by location or attraction.

If you want to rent a scooter, wheelchair or mobility device for extra help getting from point A to point B, the site can also help you by connecting to reputable and approved providers in the area. Knowing that a good hotel experience can make or break a trip, the site has you covered there too – connecting you to trusted hotels that display their accessible amenities to guests.

Everyone is welcome

“Accessible tourism is not just a human rights issue, but also an opportunity to embrace and educate all visitors,” said Richard Gray, senior vice president of inclusion and accessibility of Visit Lauderdale. “We welcome all visitors with wide open and welcoming arms and are committed to raising awareness of accessibility features throughout the destination.”

The Visit Lauderdale update is part of a larger movement to make travel accessible to everyone. To learn more about accessible travel, check out these articles:

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Another website asks court to dismiss defamation suit from Trevor Bauer | Sports https://prague-hotel.co.uk/another-website-asks-court-to-dismiss-defamation-suit-from-trevor-bauer-sports/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 00:16:43 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/another-website-asks-court-to-dismiss-defamation-suit-from-trevor-bauer-sports/ LOS ANGELES — For the second time in 11 days, a website has asked a court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer. On Friday, Deadspin asked a federal district court to launch what the website’s lawyers called a “baseless libel suit.” [intended] to punish truthful comments. Athletic were also sued […]]]>

LOS ANGELES — For the second time in 11 days, a website has asked a court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer.

On Friday, Deadspin asked a federal district court to launch what the website’s lawyers called a “baseless libel suit.” [intended] to punish truthful comments. Athletic were also sued for defamation and also filed a motion to dismiss.

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Website ADA Compliance: Is your business compliant with the latest DOJ guidelines? https://prague-hotel.co.uk/website-ada-compliance-is-your-business-compliant-with-the-latest-doj-guidelines/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:31:51 +0000 https://prague-hotel.co.uk/website-ada-compliance-is-your-business-compliant-with-the-latest-doj-guidelines/ While commercial businesses are generally aware of their responsibilities under the Americans with Disability Act (the “ADA” or the “Act”) with respect to the maintenance of their physical office spaces and the general policies of company, some companies have received demand letters alleging ADA violations based on an allegedly non-compliant website. Financial institutions in particular, […]]]>

While commercial businesses are generally aware of their responsibilities under the Americans with Disability Act (the “ADA” or the “Act”) with respect to the maintenance of their physical office spaces and the general policies of company, some companies have received demand letters alleging ADA violations based on an allegedly non-compliant website. Financial institutions in particular, as well as other businesses that maintain significant operations through online customer portals, have been at the center of these efforts.

On March 18, 2022, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ” or “Department”) released new guidelines on website accessibility under the ADA. Given the DOJ’s stated position that “the requirements of the ADA apply to all goods, services, privileges, or activities offered by public accommodations, including those offered on the Web”,1 businesses should revise their websites to comply with the Ministry’s new guidelines.

ADA Background The law broadly protects the rights of persons with disabilities to employment, access to state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and other essential activities. Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in access to state and local government services, programs, and activities. Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of public accommodations (private entities whose operations affect commerce and that fall into one of the identified covered categories) and requires that newly constructed or modified public accommodations, as well as commercial facilities, to comply with ADA standards for accessible design. The DOJ is responsible for promulgating regulations under the ADA, except for certain provisions dealing specifically with transportation.2

DOJ guidelines on website accessibility have been in the works for many years. In 2010, the Department released its Advance Notice of Proposed Web Accessibility Rule entitled “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability: Accessibility of Information and Web Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Housing” (the “ANPRM 2010”). See 75 FR 43460 (July 26, 2010). The 2010 ANPRM announced that the Department is considering revising the regulations implementing ADA Titles II and III to establish specific requirements for state and local governments and public accommodations to make their websites accessible to people with disabilities, and further requested information on what, if any, standards it should adopt for web accessibility. The Ministry also requested comments on the projected costs of making websites accessible and on the alternatives available to mandate accessibility of websites. In 2015, after reviewing comments filed in response to the 2010 ANPRM, the DOJ announced that it intended to pursue the development of separate rules regarding web accessibility under the title II and Title III,3 and that any Title III proposals would be delayed accordingly.

What is the standard for a Title III violation under the ADA? The law provides that “[n]o the individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, benefits or accommodations of any public accommodation by anyone who owns, rents ( or rents to), or operates a public accommodation.”4 To this end, any applicant for Title III must justify:

1. He is disabled as defined by the ADA. 2. The Respondent is a private entity that owns, leases or operates a public accommodation. 3. The Claimant was denied access to this public accommodation by the Respondent on the basis of his disability, i.e. the Respondent failed to make “reasonable modifications” to the policies, practices or procedures or provided auxiliary aids as needed.

While the case law is well established as to what constitutes a disability under the Act, the question of what constitutes “public accommodation” has been the subject of differing interpretations by the courts that have been seized of this question.

Can a “public accommodation” be anything other than a physical place? many courts5 which decided this issue before the DOJ issued its website accessibility guidelines had ruled that a public accommodation must include a physical location for a Title III claim to be pursued. Other courts6 had investigated whether there was a “link” between the website in question and a physical place of public accommodation. However, many of these cases were decided before the explosion of e-commerce – particularly the boom in e-commerce in a post-COVID-19 landscape. And the validity of those earlier court rulings is in question given new DOJ guidance on the matter.

The new DOJ guidelines provide “[e]examples of businesses open to the public”, including:

  • Retail stores and other sales or retail establishments;
  • Banks;
  • Hotels, inns and motels;
  • Hospitals and medical practices;
  • catering establishments; and
  • Auditoriums, theaters and sports arenas.seven

Although the DOJ examples focus on places that typically have a physical location in addition to a website, it does not appear that the department will necessarily insist on a physical location for a website to be considered subject to the title. III of the ADA – as some courts have done. As the DOJ notes, “[i]he last few years have seen a multitude of services move online and people rely on websites like never before for all aspects of daily life.8 Thus, “the Ministry has . . . has taken the position that ADA requirements apply to all goods, services, privileges or activities offered by public accommodations, including those offered on the web.9 This broader approach would be consistent with the DOJ filing in National Association of the Deaf c. Netflix, Inc., 869 F. Supp. 2d 196 (D. Mass. 2012), in which the Department filed a Statement of Interest stating that the websites fall under Title III protection.

Even before the DOJ’s recent guidelines on website accessibility, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – which encompasses the Indiana federal courts – refused to interpret the word “public hosting” literally, as “meaning only a physical site, such as a store or hotel”.[.]”ten In the opinion of the Seventh Circuit, “[a]An insurer can no more refuse to sell a policy to a disabled person on the Internet than a furniture store can refuse to sell furniture to a disabled person who walks into the store. . . . The site of the sale is unrelated to Congress’ goal of granting people with disabilities equal access to sellers of goods and services. What matters is that the good or service is offered to the public. Identifier. It would appear that the Seventh Circuit’s approach to website accessibility under ADA Title III was ahead of its time and would be consistent with new DOJ guidelines on the subject.

What are some examples of barriers to website accessibility? In its new guidelines, the DOJ offers several examples of website accessibility barriers that are problematic under the ADA. Some of these examples include:

  • Poor color contrast in textwhich can make reading difficult for people who are visually impaired or color blind (e.g. light gray text on a light background).
  • Use of color alone to convey informationthat people with color blindness cannot read or verify (for example, using only red text to indicate required fields on a form).
  • Lack of text alternatives (“alt text”) on imagesso that blind people cannot understand the content and purpose of images, illustrations and graphics.
  • No subtitles on videosthat people who are hard of hearing may not understand.
  • Online forms inaccessiblethat people with disabilities may not be able to understand if they don’t convey clear instructions or error indicators telling the user that a form field is missing or incorrect.11

How do businesses ensure their websites are accessible under the ADA? Despite its new guidelines, the DOJ has not enacted any regulations establishing detailed standards for website accessibility as it has for other aspects of accessibility under Title III of the ADA. This gives businesses flexibility in how they will ensure that the programs, services and goods they offer online are accessible to people with disabilities. The Ministry has identified a number of existing technical standards adopted by other organizations that can help ensure the accessibility of website functionality. These standards include the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the Section 508 Standards. WCAG is a set of highly technical guidelines published by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative. The Section 508 standards are a set of highly technical standards published by the US Access Board regarding access to information and communications technology under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. that companies have some flexibility in how they comply with the general prohibition of When presenting their websites, the DOJ has made it clear that these companies “must ensure that the programs, services and goods they provide to the public – including those provided online – are accessible to people with disabilities”.12 Thus, companies would be well advised to review their websites and take all necessary precautions to bring their websites into compliance with the new directives of the Ministry.

Unfortunately, there are many areas that the new DOJ guidelines do not address, leaving open questions that can make it difficult for businesses to navigate these website accessibility compliance issues. For example, WCAG has adopted several versions of its technical compliance standards. The DOJ does not specify which standards will make a website “compliant” with ADA Title III. Additionally, Title III of the ADA allows for a departure from a requirement that would result in an “undue burden,” that is, significant difficulty or expense if performed. Absent guidance from the DOJ, what constitutes “undue burden” in the context of website accessibility will likely be taken to court. Likewise, as noted above, a company may make “reasonable modifications” to policies, practices, or procedures or provide ancillary aids while complying with Title III of the ADA. The new DOJ guidelines don’t say, for example, whether it’s permissible to provide an alternate toll-free number instead of an accessible website. Again, what constitutes “reasonable modifications” in the context of website accessibility will likely also be challenged in court.

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