Airbnb Luxe launched without listings in one of their biggest potential markets — why?

first_imgA West Village Airbnb listing (Credit: Airbnb)UPDATED, June 26, 4:10 p.m.: On Tuesday, Airbnb announced it was rolling out Airbnb Luxe, a vertical featuring properties that rent for $1,000 or more per night. Sourced from listings on Luxury Retreats, which the firm acquired two years ago, Luxe features about 2,000 properties worldwide. Renters using the service can take advantage of the services of a concierge who can arrange tours, transportation, and more.The launch of Airbnb Luxe is limited to listings in only six locations in the U.S. — Los Angeles, Palm City, Hawaii, Vail, Utah and Park City — and in countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa.Why aren’t there any listings in New York City?When asked why Gotham listings were excluded, an Airbnb spokesperson said that only 2,000 properties worldwide met the criteria for the new vertical. TRD asked for clarification as to why no New York City units met the criteria — particularly since there are in fact plenty of local units on Airbnb in the $1,000-plus price range. But the company maintained that it was due to the Airbnb Luxe criteria.The properties on the Luxe website must pass a 300+ point inspection, including a strict set of standards, from chef-grade appliances to high end finishes; and from desirable location to the proper amount of bathrooms corresponding to each bedroom, the spokesperson said.It may be that the company is steering clear of NYC due to the fact that Airbnb is heavily regulated in the city. In most buildings it is prohibited for an apartment to be rented out for less than 30 days unless the permanent tenant is also residing there. But local brokers added that it would also be difficult to offer enough options of that kind to meet the level of demand you find in a place like New York City.“Most of our properties are co-ops and condos. I don’t really see how they’re going to be able to roll this out in New York City with much success,” said Sean Murphy Turner, a broker at Stribling & Associates who handles long-term leases of high-end units. “If someone needs a really glamorous rental, they’re going to have a hard time if it’s for a short period of time.”The high-end vacation rental agent is something of a rare bird, but brokers within that specialty don’t believe Airbnb Luxe will impact their business — and that it wouldn’t, even if short-term rentals were generally less regulated.Christopher Stewart, a Douglas Elliman agent in East Hampton, said that the restrictions for short-term rentals in the Hamptons likely kept Airbnb Luxe away from the area.“I think the business platform of it is probably good. The road blocks are what’s allowable under town code,” he said.In East Hampton, homeowners are only allowed to rent out their properties twice in a six-month for periods of less than 15 days. Luxury properties rent out for anywhere from $100,000 a month to $1 million a month in season, which is between Memorial Day and Labor Day.Stewart said the personal touch of an agent will remain essential to Hamptons vacation renters, considering the nature of the housing stock in his market.“Out here, given the fact there are so many different styles, ages, locations of luxury homes, people will always want to look at them. So we’ll survive,” he said. “If you’re not uber familiar with where you’re renting, that’s where the agents come into play.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

“Rounding the Bases” in Orioles’ 4-1 win over Yankees

first_imgWho stood out in the Orioles’ 4-1 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night?In the spirit of hockey’s “three stars” system with the addition of home plate for honorable mentions and other notes, we go around the bases after the 25th game of the 2016 season.1st — Mark Trumbo continues to give the Orioles everything they could have asked for in the offseason trade with Seattle as he hit two home runs and drove in three runs on the night. His first homer in the second inning was an absolute bomb to left with an exit velocity of 113 miles per hour and an estimated distance of 405 feet to tie the game at 1-1. He hit his second shot off Luis Severino in the fifth to give the Orioles a 4-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Trumbo isn’t going to hit .337 for the entire season, but it’s tough not to be reminded of the impact Nelson Cruz brought in 2014 when you see the right fielder continuously driving the ball with authority and leading the Orioles in home runs so far this season. It was the ninth multi-homer game of his career and second this season.2nd — Chris Tillman was excellent for a second straight outing as he held the struggling New York lineup to one run and five hits over seven innings, his deepest start of the young season. The right-hander struggled with his fastball command at times and walked four hitters on the night, but he used his secondary pitches effectively to keep hitters off balance and struck out nine to match his career high. Four of those strikeouts came via his slider, three by his changeup, and two by his fastball, but his curveball was also an effective pitch for much of the night. Tillman lowered his season ERA to an impressive 2.81 in 32 innings, and he is now averaging 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings, which is markedly better than his 6.7 career average entering the 2016 season.3rd — Brad Brach faced four left-handed hitters in the eighth inning, but the reliever only allowed a soft one-out single to pinch hitter Dustin Ackley in a scoreless frame against the heart of the Yankees order. The lefty-heavy lineup might have been best suited for lefty specialist Brian Matusz in past years, but Brach has held lefties to a .148 average and Matusz has struggled since being activated from the disabled list late last month. Brach lowered his season ERA to 1.18 and has arguably been the Orioles’ most valuable reliever so far.Home — Chris Davis went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, but he continues to play excellent defense as he scooped a couple balls in the dirt and made a good throw to second to get the lead runner on a close play in the fourth. Buck Showalter said after the game that his first baseman is playing Gold Glove-caliber defense so far in 2016, and it would tough to argue. … With Zach Britton still resting his left ankle, Darren O’Day picked up his 16th career save and second of the season in a scoreless ninth. The Orioles are 11-1 in games in which he pitches. … Baltimore collected its sixth straight win over the Yankees, a stretch dating back to Sept. 8 of last season. … The Yankees lost their season-high sixth consecutive game and have now scored three or fewer runs in eight of their last nine games. They’re eight games below .500 for the first time since May 29, 2007. … The Orioles retook first place in the AL East after Boston fell to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. … Tyler Wilson goes to the hill on Wednesday against New York southpaw CC Sabathia.last_img read more

Thiago Alcantara has successful knee surgery but set to be out for another six months

first_imgBayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has undergone successful knee surgery in Barcelona. Dr Roman Cuga performed the operation, while Bayern doctor Lutz Hansel was also present. Upd. at 21:54 The 23-year-old has been sidelines for over seven months after tearing ligaments in his right knee and after a training setback he is likely to miss another half-year.  Sport EN 23/10/2014 CEST A statement on Bayern Munich’s website read: “The operation on his right knee was successful. There were no complications. Nevertheless, the player will not be available for the coming months.” Thiago joined Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich last season and has been stricken by injuries in his time there.last_img read more

Another win baled

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie A small rural school of just 95 students proved to be the most active school in the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Wildcats edge Bombers 61-58

first_imgRory Bond and Daniel Stewart combined for 38 points to lead the host Wildcats to a 61-58 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action Wednesday at the Mount Sentinel Gymnasium.Trailing 36-28 at recess, the Cats outscored the Bombers 38-32 in the second half to steal the victory. Bond finished the game as the top scorer with 21 points while Stewart added 17.For LVR Jiro Mangapot and Josh Jolicoeur each had 13 points.last_img

Corofin’s Liam Silke is AIB Club Footballer Of The Year

first_imgThe GAA have confirmed that Corofin’s Liam Silke is the inaugural winner of the AIB GAA Club Footballer of the year award. Silke was selected at corner back on the football team and claimed the Footballer of the Year award in recognition of his massive contribution to the Galway champions in their march to AIB GAA club championship glory.Cuala’s Seán Moran had been picked at centre back on the hurling team and was honoured with the overall Hurling award in recognition of his immense leadership role in Cuala’s impressive defence of the AIB GAA All-Ireland club title.The awards, which were voted on by a selection of GAA media, were presented by Uachtarán CLG John Horan, and Head of Retail Banking in AIB Denis O’Callaghan.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The announcement was made last night at the AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards banquet at Croke Park which honoured a team selected from outstanding club championship player performances in both codes.last_img read more

SFA’s Walkup Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgMen’s Basketball Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin junior guard/forward Thomas Walkup has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Honorable mention this week goes to Central Arkansas freshman guard Jordan Howard, Sam Houston State senior guard Kaheem Ransom and Northwestern State sophomore guard Zeek Woodley. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.center_img Walkup sparked the Stephen F. Austin offense with a career-high 34 points in SFA’s 95-59 win over Houston Baptist. The junior from Pasadena, Texas (Deer Park H.S.), shot 86.7 percent (13 of 15) from the field and made 8 of 10 shots from the free throw line. Walkup also pulled down seven rebounds, dished out five assists and tied a career-high with three steals. Walkup and the Lumberjacks improved to 9-0 in conference and 19-3 overall, having won their last 18 games and 31 straight conference games, dating back to Feb. 16, 2013.last_img read more

Data Storage: Bit Rot Threatens to Leave Behind a Digital Dark Age

first_imgVint Cerf, a “father of the Internet” and now Google Vice President, is warning that we’re at risk of losing massive amounts data to future generations.  Our current culture might well become a “digital dark age” mystery to historians.Cerf said that “when you think about the quantity of documentation from our daily lives that is captured in digital form, like our interactions by email, people’s tweets, and all of the World Wide Web, it’s clear that we stand to lose an awful lot of our history.  We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole without realizing it. We digitize things because we think we will preserve them, but what we don’t understand is that unless we take other steps, those digital versions may not be any better, and may even be worse, than the artifacts that we digitized. If there are photos you really care about, print them out.”‘Bit Rot’ may be part of the problem.  As hardware and software continues to evolve at a breakneck speed obsoleting older less-efficient technologies, data not migrated forward to be stored with newer technologies are at risk of being irrecoverably lost.  Storage media and today’s proprietary file formats may not be accessible in the future.In 2007, the Storage Networking Industry Association offered a plan to build a “100 year archive”, but it was never implemented.  The problem is that right now the problem doesn’t seem urgent and no company, group or agency that sees any incentive for funding such a project.Cerf said that “we don’t want our digital lives to fade away. If we want to preserve them, we need to make sure that the digital objects we create today can still be rendered far into the future.”last_img read more

Bunker One to Start Marine Fuel Supply in German Ports

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Denmark-based marine fuel supplier Bunker One revealed plans to establish a new physical bunker entity that will serve the German market. The new entity Bunker One (Germany) GmbH will be supplying marine fuel products and other related services to ferry, container and other commercial vessels in all ports it the German North Sea and Baltic Sea regions with bases in Rostock, Kiel and Hamburg.Products will be delivered by barge, truck, and ex pipe. The new business unit will operate storage facilities in several relevant locations in Germany. Barge deliveries will be carried out by tank vessels, according to Bunker One.From mid 2019 the latest, the physical operation will be able to provide very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%, as informed by Bunker One.Last month, Bunker One also started with its operation in Jamaican ports, off Jamaica and Trinidad. In the Caribbean, the company is using two specialized tankers – MT Kalymnos and MT Keflonia.last_img read more

Delhi has one of the best bowling attacks in IPL: Ishant

first_imgNew Delhi: India speedster Ishant Sharma believes his IPL franchise Delhi Capitals has one of the best bowling attacks for the upcoming edition of the event. The Delhi Capitals boast of a perfect combination of fast and spin bowlers with the likes of New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada in their side, according to Ishant. “Our team has picked up some great bowling options in the squad and with the likes of Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada also in the team. I think we have one of the best bowling line-ups this time. We have some very good all-rounders along with great spinners, which shall help us in restricting teams from scoring freely,” Ishant said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhTalking about his goals, the Indian pacer said he is eager to take more wickets in the IPL, starting March 23. “I feel there is a huge ambition for me this season. I am very focused on taking more wickets throughout the tournament instead of just bowling well. “Of course, taking wickets depends on how well you bowl, but the most important thing is that you use your good performance by helping the team in taking important wickets,” said the 30-year-old. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIshant, who has taken 58 wickets with an economy of 8.2 in his IPL career, believes that his team has a great blend of pacers and spinners in the squad. Speaking on his return to Delhi, Ishant said he is extremely happy to represent his home city in the IPL. “I have played for different teams in the IPL but it makes me immensely happy to be able to represent Delhi Capitals this season. Being a Delhi boy, it is a great chance for me to represent my home side and my most important target is to make the Capitals win the coveted title,” said the lanky bowler.last_img read more