TripAdvisor plans to introduce a loyalty program to win the battle against Google Travel

first_imgWhen you think of the experience of online travel booking, such as searching portals like, or, the loyalty program is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But in the campaign against Google Travel, a loyalty program could be the element that will put online travel agencies at an advantage, Skift reports. TripAdvisor is not the only one considering a loyalty program. And Booking Holdings, which owns platforms like, and, plans to upgrade its existing program. Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, said the company plans to “expand the reach of the Genius program.” However, with minimal differences between online travel agencies, TripAdvisor will have to differentiate itself very creatively and ultimately offer users unique value. Of course, this would not be the first loyalty program in the online travel agency sector – Expedia Rewards and Orbitz Rewards have been around for years. However, TripAdvisor could make a difference thanks to its powerful review-based system.center_img This is at least the idea of ​​TripAdvisor, which in its latest financial reports has hinted that they are determining the type of loyalty program that makes sense to their community. The concept is, in this case, that current TripAdvisor members are already showing deeper engagement with the platform. By implementing a loyalty program, users will have an additional incentive to stay in the TripAdvisor network, and as far away from Google’s “claws” as possible. Source / photo: Shift; TripAdvisorlast_img read more

Secondary market looks healthy out in front

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South Korea’s Moon honors Gwangju Uprising victims

first_imgChun, who was convicted in 1996 of treason over Gwangju and condemned to death but released following a presidential pardon, remains hugely divisive and still denies any direct involvement in the suppression of the movement.Moon has regularly highlighted Gwangju, and on Monday reiterated his call for it to be included in the country’s constitution.He backed a newly launched probe into the crackdown, urging those responsible for the “state-led violence” to come forward.”The purpose is not to punish, but to record our history properly,” Moon said.”If you confess the truth now, it will open a path toward forgiveness and reconciliation.”The South is still technically at war with the nuclear-armed North and Moon’s opposition seeks to paint him as a Pyongyang sympathizer, while attempting to use Gwangju to discredit liberals by linking them to the North. Those who died, Moon said “believed that those who will remain will open up a better world. They were convinced that today’s defeat will turn to tomorrow’s victory”.”Those who survived fought for democracy to fulfill the yearnings of the dead.”But Gwangju remains one of the most politicized historical events in a heavily polarized country.Some conservatives in the South continue to condemn the uprising as a Communist-inspired rebellion, while the left-leaning Moon — who participated in other anti-dictatorship protests — has reopened investigations into the military’s actions, including an alleged helicopter shooting incident. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in honored the victims of the pro-democracy Gwangju Uprising on Monday, speaking at the spot where protestors were killed 40 years ago.Demonstrators protesting against military dictator Chun Doo-hwan confronted his martial law troops on May 18, 1980.Official bodies point to around 160 dead over the next 10 days — including some soldiers and police — and more than 70 missing, but activists say up to three times as many may have been killed. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal to rival PSG for Manchester United contract rebel Ander Herrera

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Mar 2019 11:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link417Shares Arsenal to rival PSG for Manchester United contract rebel Ander Herrera Herrera will not be short of offers if he does decide to leave United (Picture: Getty)‘It’s logical when you’ve got three months left on your contact and there is an international break. I knew something would come out.‘I take it as normal. I focus on playing football in the month-and-a-half that remains (of the season). The rest is left to my agent, both the possible renewal with United and any talks with another club for my departure.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bolster his midfield in the summer (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is in need of a new midfielder with Aaron Ramsey joining Juventus in the summer and is a fan of his compatriot.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTForeign clubs are already able to hold pre-contract talks with Herrera, though Arsenal will have to wait until he has been released before making official contact – giving PSG the edge.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHerrera is believed to be looking to almost double his current £80,000-a-week salary, with PSG prepared to offer him a three-year deal, though he would be open to staying in the Premier League.Speaking about the speculation, Herrera told El Periodico: ‘I do not concern myself with what will happen in four months, so I do not know if my time here is over.center_img Advertisement The Spaniard’s current deal expires in the summer and he could leave Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are ready to rival Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and have registered their interest in the Spaniard, according to reports.Herrera is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer, when he can leave the club on a free transfer, and has already received a £150,000-a-week contract offer from PSG.The 29-year-old insists he is yet to decide where he will play his future next season, and now the Daily Mail claim Arsenal are hoping to lure him to the Emirates. Advertisementlast_img read more

Federal budget measures to change the face of Brisbane housing

first_imgFederal budget measured aimed at curbing foreign investment will change the face of Brisbane’s residential landscape.Last night’s Federal Budget included measures aimed firmly at foreign buyers with the flow-on effects potentially fuelling a middle-ring construction boom.Among the announcements, developers will be limited to selling a maximum of 50 per cent of their stock to foreign buyers in multi-story residential projects of 50 homes of more.In addition, rules around capital gains tax exemptions plus a new charge for foreign investors who leave their property vacant for six-months or more each year are predicted to boost the budget’s revenue by over $600 million a year.The moves will be politically popular based on a survey by comparison website where 40 per cent of the homeowner respondents said the best way to make property more affordable is to tighten rules on foreign investors.Are foreign investors being unfairly blamed?However the budget announcement will also change the face of residential development in our city, by driving development into the suburbs according to Rob Langton, business development director at property portal Development Ready.“In the Brisbane CBD we expect the large scale apartment projects, which are typically funded and implemented by Chinese developers, we expect them (the measures) to have pretty significant effects.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBudget 2017 – What does it mean for the property market? 01:45More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoMr Langton said the value of development sites in the CBD could soften as developers exit the five-kilometre ring and look towards lower density projects in the 15- to 30-kilometre radius.“Over the next 12 to 24 months there’ll be a more discernible impact in terms of developers that have previously looked at high-density or large-scale apartment projects will potentially affect their development appetite and move towards sort of townhouse style product as we’ve seen in Melbourne over the last 12 to 24 months as well.”Mr Langton also said the new rules may help address some aspects of the potential oversupply issues currently dogging the CBD as developers move away from the city.“Over the next 24-plus months, you will start to see that oversupply come down and a recorrection of the market in the CBD.”Graham Wolfe, deputy managing director at Housing Industry Australia HIA, isn’t pleased about the moves on foreign buyers in the budget.Mr Wolfe said the measures will create a hurdle to economic growth.“Plans to tax vacant homes, limit the share of foreign investment in new projects and increase foreign investor duties all send exactly the wrong signal to potential investors in Australia.“Barriers to investment are not productive for the building industry or the economy more broadly; investment needs to be encouraged.”last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 flame to pass historic landmarks in Greece

first_img Loading… Flame for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics will pass by historic landmarks in Greece over a period of eight days before it is handed over to Japan, Greece’s Olympic Committee said Monday. Greek singer Sakis Rouvas wears the uniform of the torch relay runners as he holds the torch of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games during a presentation of the torch relay within in Greece, in Athens, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. The Olympic flame lighting ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 12, and will burn at the July 24 – Aug. 9 Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) According to the route of the Greek leg of the relay revealed Monday, the flame will visit World Heritage sites and major landmarks, including the Acropolis in Athens and the port city of Thessaloniki by the Aegean Sea. About 600 torchbearers will carry the flame after it is lit during a ceremony on March 12 at Ancient Olympia, situated in western Greece. The flame will be handed over to Tokyo organizing committee officials on March 19. On the final day of the relay’s Greek leg on March 19, the flame will travel from the Acropolis before the handover ceremony at Panathinaiko Stadium, which staged the first modern Olympics in 1896, in the Greek capital.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthcenter_img Greek Olympic shooting champion Anna Korakaki will start the torch relay as the first woman in games history to serve as the first torchbearer. She will pass the flame to Mizuki Noguchi, the winner of the women’s marathon at the 2004 Athens Games. Judoka Tadahiro Nomura and wrestler Saori Yoshida, who have both won three Olympic gold medals for Japan, will also carry the torch in Greece. The Japanese leg of the relay will begin on March 26 from the northeastern Tohoku region, which was widely affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami which killed nearly 16,000 people. Read Also:Tokyo 2020: D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal- Kida The flame will visit all 47 Japanese prefectures before making its entrance at the opening ceremony, to be held at Tokyo’s National Stadium on July 24. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Mom decries ‘Red recruitment’ of 12-year-old daughter

first_imgHer daughter was among the 14 minorsrounded up by authorities during a search operation at a compound in BarangayBata on Thursday. During the raid, police and militaryoperatives seized firearms, ammunition and explosives. “Halunganniyo inyo mga bata nga indi na madala sang mgarecruiter nga wala sang mayo ngahinimu-an. Tap-ana niyo na bi ang recruiter kay wala na pulos,” Villamonte said.(With a report from PNA/PN) Nilda Villamonte of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental tightly embraces her 12-year-old daughter after they were reunited in Bacolod City on Saturday. The girl, whom she thought was attending a dance practice, was among the 14 minors arrested by authorities during a raid in Barangay Bata on Thursday. BACOLOD City – A mother from LaCarlota City, Negros Occidental thought her 12-year-old daughter was attendinga dance practice for a cultural show after not being home for quite some time. The 54-year-old Nilda Villamonte foundherself on Saturday at the Bacolod police headquarters where her youngest childwas being held. Villamonte said last year, herdaughter started joining the activities of the progressive groups upon theinvitation of a relative. Villamonte said her daughter went toBacolod on Oct. 16 or 17.   “Walako ga-expect nga amo na ila ginahimo ‘ya. Abi ko gani may contest sila saut sa Bacolod ‘ya,” Villamonte said. center_img She also urged parents like her toprotect their children from people trying to recruit them into the allegedrebel movement. The operation also led to the arrestof 40 persons with alleged links to the Communist Party of the Philippines-NewPeople’s Army (CPP-NPA). “Kis-aisa ka semana, duha ka semana waay gapuli. Kung tawgan mo wala gasabat,” Villamonte added. After reuniting with her child,Villamonte was thankful that those allegedly trying to influence her daughterwere arrested, calling on them to stop recruiting minors to join their cause. “Bag-oko lang ni siya gani nakita. Pila na kaadlaw wala kami kakit-aay. Kis-a gatawagko sa cellphone niya,”she added. “Dawnaglain na gid siya ya,” she said. She added authorities were able tolocate her on Saturday, and brought her here to confirm if her daughter, aseventh-grader and the youngest among three siblings, was among the detainedminors. last_img read more

Smalling: United can overhaul City

first_img United are now two points behind City, who lost to Burnley on Saturday, and they are just one point adrift of third-place Arsenal, who visit Old Trafford on the penultimate weekend of the season. And Smalling is convinced finishing second above City is not just a pipe dream. “Yes, I think we could (finish second), especially after City’s result on Saturday,” the United defender said. “It is all very close. “I think it’s very open all the way up to second place and we will be aiming for that, especially when we are playing those teams coming up. “We want Champions League football back here. It’s a must. Fourth is the minimum but when it’s there, second is a realistic target and if we keep on performing like that I don’t see why we can’t give it a good push.” United face Liverpool, Aston Villa, City and Chelsea in the next four weeks. Many viewed the difficult run-in as a reason why United could fail to qualify for the Champions League, but Smalling views the situation differently. Press Association Chris Smalling insists Manchester United are capable of overtaking bitter rivals Manchester City and finishing second in the Barclays Premier League. “These games are six-pointers,” the England centre-back said. “We can do ourselves a favour and do our rivals big damage as well. “Sunday was the first step. It was the perfect time to put in a performance like that, especially with our run of fixtures. “Confidence will be good it’s one of the biggest games of the season and hopefully we can play like that again.” For Michael Carrick, it felt like old times at Old Trafford on Sunday. The midfielder has become irritated at the lack of big mid-week action against top clubs at United this season and is pining for the return of Champions League football. “For this club it’s the place to be isn’t it? We had been in it for so long and not being involved on the big nights makes you realise what it is all about,” said Carrick, who scored the second goal against Tottenham. “Hopefully when that pressure kicks in, and it goes up and up, then we perform even better and we’re going to have to in the weeks to come.” Louis van Gaal’s methods had come into question after a series of slow, unimaginative displays, but Carrick says he and his team-mates support their manager. “The players are behind him, of course,” Carrick said. “It is just that results prove everything don’t they? “We can improve on the training pitch, we can get better there, but it is all about what we do on game day really. “And Sunday was a big step for us. “I think it will give everyone a big boost and big shot of confidence. “And it shows we are moving in the right direction, which is good.” United put on their best display of the season on Sunday as they swept aside Tottenham in a near-effortless 3-0 victory at Old Trafford. The impressive performance raised hopes and expectation levels at the club and Smalling thinks United are well-equipped to maintain that performance level for the rest of the season. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img May 24, 2020 Kurt Busch won the pole for the Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch ran a lap at 181.269 mph to earn his first pole of the season and third top-10 start of 2020.Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson qualified second and was followed by Hendrick Mototsports teammate Chase Elliott.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. The New York City area was one of the hardest-hit parts of the U.S. by the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 deaths and new infections in the state have been trending downward. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players’ unions.— The president of the Spanish soccer league says its schedule could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby (DAHR’-bee) between Sevilla and Real Betis. The announcement comes a day after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that the league would be allowed to resume from June 8 provided the country continued to keep the coronavirus outbreak in check. — Formula One driver George Russell has won the virtual Monaco Grand Prix on the day the iconic race would have been held if not for the pandemic. Russell finished 39 seconds ahead of former F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez of Mexico. Formula One’s first 10 races have been either postponed or canceled.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-EDDIE SUTTONEddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Eddie Sutton has died of natural causes at 84, according to his family.Sutton led Kentucky, Arkansas and Oklahoma State to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA tournament. He was 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach, not counting vacated victories or forfeited games. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR takes the spotlight with no Indy 500 or Monaco Grand PrixUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR continues its frantic return tonight with its third Cup race in seven days, the Coca-Cola 600.center_img — A Bournemouth soccer club player in England is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing. The club says “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed.” The team says the player will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date. The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.— English soccer’s Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours. The results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing. It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.— BATE Borisov has won the Belarusian Cup with thousands of fans watching in a rare case of a soccer trophy being decided during the coronavirus pandemic. The Belarus soccer federation said that 5,761 tickets were sold for the game. That was only a fraction of the stadium’s capacity so that fans would be spaced around the arena. Many supporters ignored the seating arrangements to sit in groups and most did not wear masks. BATE beat Dynamo Brest 1-0.— The coach of one of Florida’s top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the pandemic. Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended, pending the result of the investigation, according to a school district official who spoke to The Miami Herald. The district says football practice at this time would be an “unauthorized athletic activity” and parents of players who may have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation.— Youth sports organizations across the United States have come together to form the PLAY Sports Coalition to push for federal help with the coronavirus crisis. The leaders of the coalition are trumpeting the importance of youth sports and sounding the alarm about the future of their organizations. The fate of providers in low-income communities is of particular concern. Nearly 60% of local sports leaders expect to lose at least 50% of their revenue over the next year, according to an Aspen Institute for Sports poll. Associated Press Sutton won two SEC titles with Kentucky but had to resign in 1989 after the NCAA announced 18 allegations against the program. Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, Sutton fell short as a finalist six times before finally being selected. He had said he believed that a scandal that ended his stint at Kentucky was likely the culprit for his lengthy wait.He was Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1978 at Arkansas and in 1986 at Kentucky.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

MBB : Return fire: Hazell bounces back from injury, gunshot wound to lead Seton Hall

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Jeremy Hazell never stopped running. The thought to slow down never crossed his mind.It wasn’t as if he really had a choice, though. The Seton Hall star shooting guard was walking home in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in the early morning hours of Dec. 26 when he was approached by four men who attempted to rob him. Resistant, Hazell didn’t allow it to happen.‘I wouldn’t let them,’ Hazell said, ‘so I tried to run, and they started shooting.’Hazell ran from the gunshots. The bullet that penetrated Hazell’s side didn’t even stop him. He just kept running until he saw an ambulance and flagged it down.The thought of Hazell — Seton Hall’s leading scorer before the injury — returning to the court this season seemed bleak at first. Even more so considering the fact that the SHU (8-12, 2-6 Big East) senior was already rehabbing a broken bone in his left wrist, suffered in a game against Alabama on Nov. 19.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut a little more than two weeks after that fateful Sunday morning, Hazell was running again. Only this time, he was with his teammates during Seton Hall’s game at DePaul. Seventeen days after getting shot in the side, Hazell scored 23 points in a Pirates win against the Blue Demons, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process. And with that performance, Hazell achieved the most improbable of returns. The senior made a speedy recovery from the broken bone in his wrist — only six weeks — despite dealing with the gunshot wound as well.Hazell missed 13 games between the Alabama and DePaul games, including a 61-56 loss to Syracuse (18-2, 5-2) on Jan. 8. But Hazell will be playing for SHU in its rematch against the Orange as the two teams square off at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carrier Dome.The senior has averaged 15.5 points per game in four games since returning to the court.‘It feels great coming back, playing with the team,’ Hazell said. ‘I really miss playing with these guys, and they miss me.’Prior to the doctor’s decision that cleared Hazell to play almost three weeks ago, the 24-year-old was considering a medical redshirt that would allow him to play for the Pirates next season. And there were plenty of incentives for Hazell to take the rest of this season off to prepare for next year.Hazell would have had more time to heal from his broken wrist. He wouldn’t have to worry about getting back on the court too soon for a Pirates team mired at the bottom of the Big East standings. He could have come back next season to a team with a clean slate, as well as a clean slate for himself.He also would have likely broken the Seton Hall all-time scoring record with another full season. He would have needed to score 633 points to do so next season, a total he surpassed in both his sophomore and junior years.But Hazell decided to get back on the court this season.‘It was a family decision,’ he said. ‘Once the doctor told me I had a chance to come back, I took the opportunity to come back.’Hazell also turns 25 in March, so staying an extra year could have had negative effects on his potential professional career. Ultimately, though, this season has put a dent into his NBA prospects.‘It’s going to make it a lot tougher for him to get drafted, no question,’ said Aran Smith, president of ‘The real turmoil that he has gone through, I think he’s seen as an undrafted guy.’Hazell said his time on the bench was sobering. The Pirates were 5-8 with him out. It was tough to sit and watch his team’s season go downhill, he said.Herb Pope was there to help Hazell cope with both his injury and time on the bench. He was the perfect candidate to help Hazell get by because Pope, Seton Hall’s junior forward, has dealt with his share of adversity in life as well.Pope averaged a double-double last season, but in April the junior suddenly collapsed on Seton Hall’s weight room floor. He was found to have a heart defect that disrupts regular blood flow.And Pope, like Hazell, beat the odds by making it back onto the court. So Pope was there for Hazell, especially after the attempted robbery and shooting.Because Pope, too, has been shot. Four times. All during his high school career in Aliquippa, Pa.‘I just called him, asked him how he’s doing and told him I’ve been through worse,’ Pope said. ‘He chuckled and laughed.‘I just kept telling him he’s going to be all right.’Under first-year head coach Kevin Willard, Seton Hall has not had as successful a season as anyone around the school would have hoped for. But it is not for a lack of effort. Hazell was SHU’s leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. His injury was a backbreaker to the team.Seton Hall was 2-1 under Willard with Hazell in the lineup early in the season. The Pirates are just 1-3 since the senior has returned, but Willard already sees the effects of having his leading scorer back.‘Having Jeremy Hazell back has obviously been huge,’ Willard said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Thursday. ‘Now it’s just a matter of getting everybody working together for the last half of the season.’Of the Pirates’ 12 losses, nine are by single digits — including the first matchup with Syracuse, a game in which Seton Hall shot 3-of-26 from 3-point range but lost by only five. Hazell is back to sure up that dismal outside shooting.The senior isn’t a great percentage shooter — just 35.4 percent from beyond the arc this season — but he isn’t afraid to shoot from anywhere on the court.Not being afraid. That’s something both Hazell and Pope can attest to. So much has happened to these two Seton Hall players off the court that any controversy on the court isn’t all that controversial to them.‘We’re the only two guys in America on the same team that have been shot,’ Pope said. ‘And that’s (affected) how we play. Trying to stay calm, it’s not taken as seriously.’Hazell agreed with Pope’s sentiments that his off-the-court problems have yielded a different mindset. It isn’t that basketball is no longer important, but perhaps it has been given a greater value.The senior’s near-death experience has obviously affected his values. And the game is a safe haven. A place where he can run free.‘I’m a humble kid right now because of the two things I went through,’ Hazell said. ‘It was probably life threatening. I wouldn’t be here right now. I’m just happy right now that I was blessed and rooting for Seton Hall.’mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Published on January 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more