ANOTHER council wades in to regulate ‘wild west’ Airbnb property sector

first_imgBrighton has become the latest city to tackle Airbnb and other short-term lettings platform head-on with new regulations.Councillors at Brighton and Hove City Council yesterday passed a motion requiring Airbnb to draw a list of ‘approved landlords’ within the seaside resort.The move is designed to clamp down on the problem of ‘party houses’ when big groups book whole properties for hen and stag gatherings and go on to disturb local residents into the early hours.Earlier this month the council also called on the government to start charge Airbnb landlords business rates to create a level playing field with hotels and traditional bed and breakfast establishments.“It’s like the Wild West in some ways,” councillor Jackie O’Quinn (left), who proposed the landlord registration measure, told local media.“Technology has moved ahead and we have still got to catch up. Most visitors to our city enjoy themselves without these issues and are very welcome here. But we hear residents’ concerns and wish to build on previous work.”Airbnb has said it is working on a statutory registration system for all of its hosts across the globe that would satisfy Brighton’s request.The city’s efforts are hot on the heels of similar action taken by both Bristol City Council, which is seeking to regulate properties rented out via Airbnb, and the Scottish government. It is to give local councils HMO-style powers to ensure properties are safe to rent and enable ‘party houses’ to be closed down more quickly.Jackie O’Quinn short lets airbnb Brighton January 16, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » ANOTHER council wades in to regulate ‘wild west’ Airbnb property sector previous nextRegulation & LawANOTHER council wades in to regulate ‘wild west’ Airbnb property sectorBrighton councillors vote through motion calling for Airbnb to draw up list of local ‘trusted landlords’ as disruption by ‘party houses’ causes anger in the seaside city.Nigel Lewis16th January 202001,953 Viewslast_img read more

USS Underwood Completes UNITAS

first_img View post tag: Underwood View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval May 27, 2012 View post tag: USS The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) completed the Exercise Scenario Phase (ESP) of UNITAS Pacific (PAC), May 23.Underwood operated closely with ships from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru during the two-day event.“Basically, it entails multi-national cooperation,” said Lt. Lori Rose, Underwood’s operations officer. “We have the different units from the different navies coordinating in one force, the Blue force, going up against another force which is the opposition force. It gives us a chance to exercise the lessons that we’ve learned from being out here in the previous days.”The ships engaged in a variety of exercises, ranging from maritime interdiction operations, counter-piracy events, air warfare, surface warfare, and anti-submarine warfare.“This was the culmination of all the little things we’ve been doing up until the last few days of UNITAS PAC,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Brent Hall. “It’s more of a “be on your guard” type training. We set the ESP scenario and have no idea what’s coming or when it’s coming, so we have to just be on our toes from start to finish.”Coordinating the exercises among the ships while maintaining a high operational tempo had its challenges, but proved to be a good opportunity for the navies to learn from each other. “I’ve learned a lot of different techniques and a lot of different ways to execute certain types of events,” said Hall. “The other navies have different ways of carrying out their executions, but this broadened my horizons and gave me some more options to fall back on and put to use in the future sometime. I think this has been an excellent exchange of techniques and strategies between the navies.”UNITAS PAC 53-12 is an annual naval exercise where the U.S. Navy and South American navies increase interoperability with each other and promote maritime security in the region. Underwood is representing the U.S. Navy during UNITAS PAC and is deployed to Central and South America and Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 27, 2012 View post tag: completes USS Underwood Completes UNITAS View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood Completes UNITAS View post tag: UNITAS Training & Education Share this articlelast_img read more

Saab seals Swedish corvette contract

first_img View post tag: HMS Stockholm View post tag: Swedish Navy View post tag: HMS Malmö The Swedish defence and security company Saab announced December 18 that it signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration for the yearly overhaul and modification of the Swedish Navy’s Stockholm-class corvettes. The two Swedish Navy vessels are HMS Stockholm and HMS Malmö.The announced contract covers the period 2016-2017 while the work on the corvettes will be undertaken in Karlskrona.According to Saab, the ships will be classified as warships intended primarily for maritime surveillance after the modification is completed. Both ships were built at the Karlskrona shipyard in the early 1980s and entered service in 1985.In 2002, the vessels went through a midlife upgrade.Gunnar Wieslander, head of Saab’s business unit Saab Kockums, said: “HMS Stockholm and HMS Malmö are fine examples of how a good basic design combines with planned maintenance and modifications to deliver low lifecycle costs and longer operational deployment.”[mappress mapid=”17541″] December 21, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today Saab seals Swedish corvette contract center_img Authorities View post tag: Saab Saab seals Swedish corvette contract Share this articlelast_img read more

It’s Time for Ocean City Junior Raider Football

first_imgSaturday Times             Sunday TimesPeewee 4pm                  Peewee 11:30amJV  5:30pm                     Varsity  1pmVarsity 7pm                     JV    2:30pmCome out to see the beautiful new Carey Field  and cheer the Ocean City kids on to  victory. The Junior Raiders Football Team’s schedule has just started and there is still time for kids to sign-up for the Junior Varsity and PeeWee squads…Below is the 2016 Game Schedule: 9/3 – Away against Northfield9/10 – Away against Galloway9/17 – Home against  Brigantine9/25 – Home against Hammonton10/1 –  Home against Linwood (on a Sunday schedule)10/8 – Away against Absecon10/15 –  Away against Vineland10/22 –  Home against Buenalast_img read more

Lees feels margin pressure

first_imgScottish confectionery group Lees Foods has increased its sales by almost £2m during 2011.The Coatbridge-based firm reported an 8.9% rise in sales last year to £20.3m in its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2011, with pre-tax profits up 6.1% to £1.09m.Lees of Scotland, which produces snowballs, teacakes, meringues and seasonal biscuits under the Lees brand, revealed a 33.1% decline in gross margins, which the company attributes to “significantly higher input prices”.Clive Miquel, chief executive of Lees Foods, said: “Protecting margins, through managing the impact of considerable ingredient and packaging cost increases, continues to be our main focus. The cost increases we face in 2012 on two of our key ingredients, sugar and eggs, are significant. “In order to meet the current challenge of rising ingredient costs, it is vitally important that we successfully introduce new products at improved margin levels to continue our profitable growth. In this regard, during 2011, we launched Lees’ mini meringue cake decorations, which take us into a new product area with our retail customers.”Basic earnings per share increased to 31.94p for the year, in comparison to 29.28p in 2010.The firm stated that, in the past 12 months, it was able to expand into new markets with the launch of its Lees mini meringue cake decorations.last_img read more

Watch Widespread Panic Perform “Her Dance Needs No Body” With A String Quartet On NYE [Pro-Shot]

first_imgOn New Year’s Eve, Widespread Panic outdid themselves by bringing on a bevy of special guests, including a string quartet, backup vocalists, and horn players throughout the night. The band’s set with Love Sponge Strings will certainly go down as one of their finest, as they worked through a number of originals and covers with some beautiful accompaniment.Fortunately, we can now get a sneak peek into the band’s Nashville New Year’s, as Widespread Panic has shared pro-shot footage of their “Her Dance Needs No Body” performance. The string section brings new life to the rock and roll tune, creating a one-of-a-kind performance for the fans on December 31st.Watch Widespread Panic’s “Her Dance Needs No Body” with the Love Sponge Strings from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on December 31st, streaming below.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN | 12/31/16Set 1: Blue Indian, Holden Oversoul, May Your Glass Be Filled*, Her Dance Needs No Body*, Crazy*, Still Crazy After All These Years*^, Expiration Day* (44 mins)Set 2: Pigeons, Henry Parsons Died, Rebirtha, Sharon+, Tail Dragger+, Tall Boy+, Can’t Get High#, Ain’t Life Grand%# (57 mins)Set 3: Disco, A Little Help From My Friends+#^, Hope In A Hopeless World+#^, Up All Night+#^ > Moondance+#^, Bust It Big+#^ > Drums > Chilly Water, All Time Low#, Red Hot Mama+#^ (75 mins)Encore: For What It’s Worth#, Burning Down The House+#^Notes:* w/ Love Sponge Strings^ w/ Randall Bramblett on sax+ w/ the Megablasters on horns# w/ the McCrary Sisters on vocals% w/ David Davidson on fiddle[JB seated 1st set; House music is that of musicians that have passed this year; ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ first time played (Paul Simon); ‘Moondance’ LTP 12/31/09 Atlanta (473 shows); ‘A Little Help From My Friends’ LTP 12/31/14 Charlotte (147 shows); ‘Burning Down The House’ LTP 12/31/13 Atlanta (220 shows)][Setlist courtesy of PanicStream // photo via WSP FB]last_img read more

Gorillaz End Roskilde Set Early After Del The Funky Homosapien Falls Offstage During “Clint Eastwood” [Video]

first_imgGorillaz set at Denmark’s famous Roskilde Festival was cut short on Saturday evening after Del the Funky Homosapien took a fall off the stage during the set-closing performance of their smash hit 2001 collaboration, “Clint Eastwood”. As The Independent reports, the song was intended to be the last of their performance, but Del unexpectedly slipped just a couple lines into his first verse (“Finally, someone let me out of my cage; Now, time for me is nothing ’cause I’m counting no age”).The animated group’s human mastermind, Damon Albarn, immediately rushed over to see if Del was alright, the beat still blaring. After the music had stopped and an uncertain pause had ensued, Albarn stepped to the microphone to issue an unfulfilled goodbye to the Danish crowd. As Albarn explained,Thank you so much for a beautiful, beautiful night. Unfortunately, we’ve had a… uh… I don’t know yet. Listen, guys. There’s a strange bit here…You know, unfortunately, Del, like, slipped down there. It’s a really weird way to end a beautiful night, but he’s gonna be okay. We have to finish now, so thank you so much for a beautiful night. See you again soon.It seems as though Del is okay, though certainly injured from his tumble. As he explained on Twitter, You can see crowd-shot footage of Del’s stage fall and Albarn’s address to the audience below.Del the Funky Homosapien falls offstage, Damon Albarn addresses the audience[Video: thatguy]Gorillaz are coming off the release of their newest album, The Now Now, which features a number of guest appearances including Snoop Dogg and Jaimie Principle on the single “Hollywood”. You can watch the video for Gorillaz’ Snoop-assisted “Hollywood” here. See below for a full list of Gorillaz’ upcoming tour dates.Gorillaz 2018 Upcoming Tour Dates07/11 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival07/12 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival07/14 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paléo Festival07/21 – Carhaix, FR @ Vieilles Charrues07/22 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris07/25 – Kiev, UA @ U-Park Festival07/28 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival08/09 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival08/11 – Ovington, UK @ BoomTown Fair08/16 – St. Pölten, AT @ Frequency Festival08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *10/09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *10/13 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center *10/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Demon Dayz Festival* = w/ The Internet# = w/ Little DragonView All Upcoming Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

New InsideND aims to improve accessibility

first_imgStudents returned to school this year to discover more had changed than the addition of two resident halls and the introduction of Smashburger in LaFortune Student Center: The insideND portal that was installed in 2004 had been replaced. John Hartman, who served as project manager for the Office of Information Technologies (OIT)’s Portal Replacement Project, said in an email that the old insideND’s vendor told the department that the product would not be supported after July 1.  “We had no choice [but to switch], since the old portal was no longer viable from a technology standpoint,” he said. OIT conducted feedback sessions last fall with over 75 campus representatives from all major departments, faculty, staff and students to design a new portal. Hartman said the “top issues” were that there was no search function, the application wasn’t mobile-friendly, defunct links couldn’t be detected, cost and maintenance requirements were high, and high cost and the entire portal required password access. “The old portal required a netID and password to use,” Hartman said. “With the new portal, netID and password are not required until you access a link or function that require authentication.  What this means is that it opens the portal, and thus campus services, out to the community.  Access can now be made by parents, vendors, or others that require use of campus services but do not have a netID.”Other items OIT sought to address included providing the new portal as a cloud-based application, a responsive design, the ability for campus “publishers” to administer and update content easily, self-organization according to most used services and favorites and adopting a philosophy of “Search, click, done.” The new insideND portal is powered by OneCampus, and Hartman said it is being operated “exactly as it was delivered, without modification,” but that changes will be made if necessary.“What is being changed or added to insideND often corresponds to the feedback we receive from users for changes they would like to see,” he said. “For example, besides the favorites grouping, some campus users have asked to be able to build groupings on their own. This will soon be available.”The OneCampus solution was the result of a “consortium of universities [led and developed by Indiana University] that pooled their requirements and came up with a common solution,” Hartman said. In the first several weeks after its launch, the platform was met with mixed reviews from students.“I don’t understand what they’re going for,” junior Sawyer Williams said. “It looks like it’s supposed to look like an iPhone screen, but it’s not user-friendly.”Junior Aleks Gawronska said she thought the change was good in theory, but could still use some updates. “I feel like they had a good idea with all the tiles because that is a lot simpler than the system they were using before, but I feel like their execution is subpar,” she said. “I feel like there are three tiles that everyone uses everyday and none of them can be found. Even with the favorites option, I think they could have categorized them [the apps] a little neater.” Complaints about the application directed to OIT have been few, Hartman said. “It seems that getting familiar with the new portal is key to tapping into its effectiveness,” he said. ‘This is certainly a paradigm shift in how we access campus services.”Tags: InsideND, OITlast_img read more

The Fortress of Solitude Officially Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 16, 2014 Based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude is a coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond. It tells the tale of two teenagers obsessed with superheroes who believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly. The Fortress of Solitude officially opens off-Broadway at the Public’s Newman Theater on October 22. Directed by Daniel Aukin, the new tuner, with a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, will run through November 2. The Fortress of Solitude Related Shows View Comments The cast includes Kyle Beltran, Adam Chanler-Berat, Ken Barnett, André de Shields, Carla Duren, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jahi Kearse, Kevin Mambo, David Rossmer, Conor Ryan, Kristen Sieh, Brian Tyree Henry, Alison Whitehurst, Malaiyka Reid, Noah Ricketts, Britton Smith, Akron Watson and Juson Williams.last_img read more

Study says expanded broadband could add jobs in Vermont

first_imgExpanding broadband Internet coverage in Vermont could lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs, according to a new report from the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) industries. The STUDY, ‘Economic Benefits of Broadband Expansion in Northern New England,’ measures three economic impacts ‘ share of GDP, share of employment, and compensation per worker.  The study’s authors note that an increase in broadband access of just 7 percent would stimulate nearly $275 million in economic growth and create or save more than 5,200 jobs in Vermont. ‘Broadband access is such a major part of our lives and is vital to businesses operating successfully in the 21st century,’ said Economist Scott Moody, a co-author of the report. ‘The facts are clear, increased broadband access means more jobs for Vermonters.’  The study’s results show that Vermont is squarely in the middle of its Northern New England counterparts in broadband accessibility. This study shows that the broadband industry is strong and healthy in Northern New England. However, there are sharp disparities among the 3 states that warrant attention.  As measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment and average compensation, Vermont’s strength in the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) industries is middling, while New Hampshire has the strongest ICT industry and Maine the weakest. The study indicates that Vermont’s broadband problem stems from not just a lack of coverage but a lack of high-speed coverage. Vermont’s overall broadband base has a subscriber rate of 69 percent, only 5 percent better than the national average of 64 percent.  A 10 percent increase in subscribers would put Vermont on par with New Hampshire, at 79 percent.‘For Vermont to be economically competitive and a place where businesses can flourish and hire new workers, quality, high-speed residential-business broadband must be available to everyone,’ Moody said. Recent studies cited in the white paper regarding the economic benefits of improved broadband access show one consistent finding’increased broadband infrastructure will add a significant number of jobs to the economy. The Crandall, Jackson and Singer study found that a rapid adoption of residential broadband would ultimately add more than 1.2 million jobs to the American economy. Vermont Governor Shumlin and his predecessor, Governor Jim Douglas, have emphasized the need to expand broadband coverage to enhance economic development. They have pointed to the difficulty of bringing broadband Internet access to the state’s hinterland. According to the US Census Bureau (2000, the most recent data available), Vermont is the most rural state in the nation (61.8 percent) and Maine is second (59.8 percent). New Hampshire is 11th at 40.7 percent and the US average is 21 percent.The study was undertaken by the Internet Innovation Alliance, whose MEMBERS include the American Conservative Union, AT&T, the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership and the United States Cattlemen’s Association, among many others.Lead author Moody is a tax policy economist and in January 2011 was appointed a member of Maine’s Consensus Economic Forecasting Committee. He has been a senior economist at The Tax Foundation and a Senior Economist at The Heritage Foundation. ALSO: is external) is external)last_img read more