新优平台官方网站，thomas cook agency. [photo/ic]
>thomas cook ceases trading
britain's oldest travel company thomas cook has gone into liquidation and an operation has begun to repatriate 150,000 of its passengers stranded overseas.
the 178-year-old holiday company, also one of the world's biggest, collapsed after last-minute negotiations aimed at saving it failed, triggering what is being described as the biggest-ever peacetime repatriation since world war ii.
the uk civil aviation authority, a public corporation within the department of transport, said the tour operator had "ceased trading with immediate effect".
it's reported that 9,000 jobs will be lost as a result of the collapse.
the financial times reported that passengers booked on package holidays with thomas cook may not receive financial compensation until late november.
the best fifa men's player award winner lionel messi of fc barcelona and argentina speaks during the best fifa football awards 2019 at teatro alla scala in milan, italy, on sept 23, 2019. [photo/vcg]
>messi wins best fifa player
barcelona captain lionel messi beat liverpool defender virgil van dijk and juventus forward cristiano ronaldo to claim a record sixth fifa player of the year award, or fifa world player, on monday.
messi, 32, led barcelona to a fourth la liga title in the past five seasons, scoring 36 goals and providing 15 assists in 35 league matches last campaign.
real madrid midfielder luka modric won the award last year, breaking up a years-long duel between messi and ronaldo for the prize.
but messi regained the honor for a record sixth time, having previously won fifa's top award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
>ufo videos are real
the us navy has finally acknowledged footage purported to show ufos hurtling through the air.
the objects seen in three clips of declassified military footage are "unidentified aerial phenomena," navy spokesperson joe gradisher confirmed to cnn.
the term ufos, which stands for "unidentified flying objects," is now used less frequently by officials, who have instead adopted the term "unidentified aerial phenomena," or uap.
gradisher also said the videos were never cleared for public release.
the clips, released between december 2017 and march 2018 by to the stars academy of arts & sciences, appear to show fast-moving, oblong objects captured by advanced infrared sensors.
a pedestrian passes by a brokerage in xi'an, capital of shaanxi province. [photo/china daily]
>rules for online accommodation
china's first specifications for online accommodation platforms was released on monday in beijing, in an effort to improve online accommodation services, protect rights and interests of consumers and strengthen self-discipline of the platforms, according to the state information center.
the standard will be applied to hotels, inns, homestays and other accommodation facilities that carry out online business activities.
the specification defines main responsibilities of the platforms and their operators, in the aspects of information filling, review, and release, reservation and evaluation, and privacy protection.
according to the specification, the platform should also establish an emergency assistance service mechanism. when users encounter accidents and emergencies, the platforms should provide emergency services related to accommodation.
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