Video Tutorial: Creative Video and Photo Ideas Using Fireworks

first_imgIn this video tutorial, check out some creative video production and photography ideas for your next project — inspired by fireworks!In this tutorial, we’re going to look at some fun photo and video ideas you can try out using fireworks. (Obviously, safety is the top priority, so please be smart and safe when attempting any of these project ideas.)You’ll learn how to create some amazing bokeh backgrounds (on the cheap), as well as smoke atmospheres and backgrounds. We’ll also explore some examples of long-exposure photos with fireworks and sparklers — and some creative firework sound design use cases.The following key points can help you when you’re working with fireworks in your creative projects:Use a telephoto lens for close-ups, which also allows you to film from a safe distance.Experiment with different frame rates and shutter speeds for different results.Look for “Emits Showers of Sparks” on warning labels to identify fountain fireworks.Use metal sparklers for more consistent sparkling on long-exposure photos.Have one person manage the fireworks while another person manages the camera gear.Always check your local laws before using fireworks at any location. Looking for more film and video production tutorials? Check these out.3 Visual Effects You Can Create with a Whip Pan TransitionVideo Tutorial: Top 10 After Effects Mistakes To AvoidMake Your Titles And Graphics Pop with This Advanced Glow EffectCreate a Responsive Infographic in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Which Microphone Should You Use?last_img read more

How will supply help when there is no demand, says former Bengal FM

first_imgVeteran CPI(M) leader Asim Dasgupta, who served as West Bengal’s Finance Minister for nearly quarter of a century, has said that the Centre should work together with the States in combating the economic slowdown.“The current economic slowdown has resulted from the fall in the purchasing power of the common people,” said Mr. Dasgupta, who served as the State’s Finance Minister from 1987 to 2011.“What the government needs to work on is improving the demand and not supply. The measures taken by it in the recent times, such as announcing a corporate tax relief of ₹1.45 lakh crore, are aimed at improving supply. How will more supply help when there is no demand?” he said.Mr. Dasgupta, who was instrumental in initiating land reforms in Bengal, suggested a series of measures the Centre could undertake to increase demand. One of them is land reforms (fixing a ceiling on the amount of land that can be held by an individual and distributing the excess land to the landless) because smaller lands, according to him, are better utilised. He also called for a hike in the fair price charged by farmers.Irrigation sectorAmong the things that are immediately “doable”, he said, is an allocation of an additional ₹10,000 crore to the irrigation sector (to the current ₹9,900 crore); a 10% hike on the food subsidy of ₹1.7 lakh crore; pumping in another ₹40,000 crore to MNREGA (current budget ₹60,000 crore), and spending ₹15,000 crore on an MNREGA-type programme for the urban population.“These measures, if you do the maths, will cost about ₹1 lakh crore. Where will this money come from? It can come from the ₹1.45 lakh crore that has been set aside as corporate tax relief,” Mr. Dasgupta said.last_img read more

22 days agoCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg win

first_imgCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg winby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Crouch has questioned Liverpool’s nerves after Wednesday’s 4-3 win over RB Salzburg in the Champions League.The European champions blew a three-goal lead at Anfield when Erling Braud Haaland equalised for the visitors.And Crouch says the performance was “absolutely mental” from his former side.”It was mental, absolutely mental,” Crouch said on BT Sport.”Liverpool were flying, playing some of the best attacking football I have seen from them this season. And then the second half, I don’t even know where to begin. 3-3, I just couldn’t have seen it, and then Salah pops up with the winner.”An incredible match, highly entertaining, but for the wrong reasons for Liverpool in the end. They got a bit nervy Liverpool, you have to say.”Once the first goal went in, then the second, Fabinho, whose normally so calm on the ball, was passing it out of play, they weren’t as intricate as they were in the first half.”So it definitely affected them but the fourth goal killed them off and then they controlled the game and managed it out.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Total to Establish LNG Bunkering Hub in Oman

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: MPA Singapore French energy major Total is looking to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering hub in Oman under a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).The company said it would use its equity gas entitlement as feedstock to supply LNG as a fuel to marine vessels. For this purpose, Total plans to build a new small-scale modular liquefaction plant in Sohar port.The plant will comprise a train of around 1 Mt per year and will offer the flexibility for expansion as required by the development of the LNG bunkering market.Under the MoU, signed with the Government of Oman, Total is to develop natural gas resources in Oman, covering both upstream and downstream businesses.Total and Shell as operator will develop several natural gas discoveries located in the Greater Barik area on onshore Block 6 with respective shares of 25% and 75%, as per the agreement between both companies and before possible State back-in, with the objective of an initial gas production of around 500 MMcfd and a potential to reach 1 bcf/d at a later stage.“We are pleased to sign this MoU with the Sultanate of Oman that will give us access to new gas resources and the opportunity to develop an integrated gas project,” Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total, said.“We will bring our expertise in LNG and will introduce access to a new gas market for the Sultanate. Developing an LNG bunkering service will generate in-country value and job opportunities, and will support industry diversification through fostering the shipping activity in Oman.”last_img read more

MoneySense ranks Fort St John as the best place to live in

first_imgThe magazine also cites the average annual household income in Fort St. John of $124,000, saying that it takes just 3.1 years of the average resident’s household income to buy an average home in Fort St. John, valued at $386,000.The magazine said that the city had an unemployment rate in March of 5.7 percent thanks to its oil, natural gas, forestry and agriculture industries.The two Sea-to-Sky Country cities of Squamish and Whistler ranked 2nd and 3rd on this year’s list respectively, saying that the two communities have a large number of recreation attractions, along with fairly high average earnings.Delta and North Vancouver rounded out the Top 5 in B.C.The magazine ranked Oakville, Ontario as the best place in Canada to live, while Lacombe, Alberta has ranked the best place in Western Canada, and 5th overall.The full rankings can be found here: https://www.moneysense.ca/canadas-best-places-to-live-2018-create-your-own-ranking/#. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MoneySense magazine has ranked Fort St. John as the best place to live in B.C. and the three Canadian territories, and 15th best place to live in Canada.The magazine, which is owned by Rogers Publishing Ltd., cites the city’s low taxes, relative affordability of housing, and amenities as reasons for ranking the Energetic City at the top of the list.The magazine’s Best Places to Live edition ranked 415 cities across Canada for this year’s list, looking at everything from transit access, arts and community, demographics, health, and crime rates, among a host of others.last_img read more

Why kids have math anxiety?

first_imgIs your daughter more anxious over maths than your son? Blame gendered stereotypes about mathematics as well as anxiety of both teachers and parents, finds a study. While mathematics is often considered a hard subject, not all difficulties with the subject result from cognitive difficulties. Many children and adults experience feelings of anxiety, apprehension, tension or discomfort when confronted with a maths problem. The study, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, showed that maths anxiety is seen more in girls than boys. The gender gap stems from the gendered stereotypes about the ability to crack maths. Primary-aged children noted that they had been confused by different teaching methods, while secondary students commented on poor interpersonal relations with their math teachers. Secondary students indicated that the transition from primary to secondary school had been a cause of maths anxiety, as the work seemed harder and they could not cope.last_img read more

Finally, China nods

first_imgChina’s retreat from providing international protection for Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and its patron Islamabad, marks a milestone in the political and diplomatic war on terror with potential reverberations beyond the subcontinent. For a decade, Azhar was cast as the touchstone of Pakistan-China friendship and flag-bearer in a proxy war on India. That finally ended on Wednesday when Beijing wilted under growing international pressure and revulsion towards terrorism and agreed to the Security Council sanctions committee branding him the terrorist he is. Also Read – A special kind of bondTotally isolating them, none of the other 191 other members of the UN – including some who advocate “your-terrorist-is-my-freedom-fighter” policy in other cases – had joined Pakistan and China in backing Azhar. India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said that India’s persistent “subterranean” diplomacy helped achieve this. Now the next milestone in the political and diplomatic war on terror – it is still only that and not an all-out war – will be a global one if that consensus against terrorism can be extended to the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that was proposed by India in 1996. Also Read – Insider threat managementWork on it has been stuck on the most basic issue – defining terrorism, with some making a false distinction between “freedom-fighters” and terrorists. It escapes them that the mark of terrorism is the method – the wanton killing of civilians including children – and not the ideology. Arriving on a consensus on the convention is the challenge before Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative Rohan Perera who heads the UN’s working group on eliminating international terrorism. China’s turnabout, despite its words of sympathy for Islamabad, may force Pakistan to take a long-overdue inward look at its policy of classifying terrorists as bad and good – those creating mayhem within the country and those in India. That schizophrenic policy has taken a toll on Pakistan, whose diplomats like to point out that their country has suffered the most from Islamist terror. Yet Islamabad – or specifically its military overlord – was willing to pay the price to keep its army of proxies. For the world, that was too high a price. Pakistan’s strategic doctrine that its nuclear weapons provided immunity against Indian retaliation against its war by terror was tested in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack in February that killed more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel. While that attack itself stung the world, the Indian air retaliation against terror camps and Pakistan’s counter-attack in which an Indian plane was downed showed the international community how fragile the situation is. China had reluctantly gone along with a Security Council press statement condemning the Pulwama attack, which was short of a formal resolution, and it was expected that it might relent on Azhar. But it vetoed in March for the fourth time his listing as a terrorist by the sanctions committee that deals with Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and their affiliates. That re-energised the US, Britain and France to pursue the option of having the Security Council itself declare him a terrorist under sanctions of financial freeze and travel ban. They circulated a US draft resolution and lobbied hard, with Washington declaring it will utilise all available resources. If that resolution were to come up, China would have had to publicly veto it and defend Azhar, which probably gave it pause. China had claimed that it was not convinced by the evidence that Azhar was connected to terrorism, but suddenly it said the evidence it rejected was now convincing. Besides its ties with India, the Afghanistan developments were another incentive for Washington. With negotiations taking place with the Taliban for a settlement, the US would want a complete wind-down of terrorism in the region to protect Afghanistan, and also to ensure that Pakistan does not turn its other proxies fighting Afghanistan towards India. As for China, it was time to recognise its own risks. It has an Islamist terror problem in the Uighar region and beyond, and its support to JeM and Azhar was not buying it goodwill with them. As its One Road, One Belt initiative advances, Beijing will have to ensure the safety of its multi-billion-dollar investments along with it, while ensuring that pan-Islamist terror does not ply the road. Already, China has faced terror attacks in Pakistan, where its workers and resources have been targeted and even its consulate in Karachi attacked last year. Under these circumstances, it had to come out openly against all forms of terrorism if it were to credibly protect its investments elsewhere and even itself. This was the moment for it. Even afar in Sri Lanka, where it has billions invested and loaned, China saw Islamist terrorism’s potential to disrupt the island’s stability with consequences for it. And no doubt, the Sri Lanka suicide bomb massacres on Easter sunday added to the international community’s pressure on China. Sanctions committee chair Dian Triansyah Djani, a soft-spoken Indonesian diplomat with a self-deprecating sense of humour, was able to deftly coalesce these developments into a consensus against Azhar. In the subcontinent, Pakistan now faces the stark choice of complying with the sanctions against Azhar – and those imposed earlier on JeM and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba – or continuing to defy international opinion, perhaps by even spawning new proxies. Perhaps if China has had a true change of heart, it could move Islamabad away from the proxy war. Then in a post-election India, there may be an opportunity for a fresh start having met New Delhi’s prime condition of abandoning terrorism. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Grants Plots of Land to 5 Raja Players

first_imgCasablanca- King Mohammed VI has recently granted plots of land to five members of Casablanca’s Raja football team, according to daily Assabah’s issue of Tuesday, March 18.  King Mohammed VI recently granted five Raja football players plots of land, of 300 m2 each, in reward for their achievements for Morocco during the Fifa Club World Cup 2013.In the run up to the final, after a string of victories, the Green Team qualified to play the final match against Bayern Munchen.  Raja was the first African team ever to qualify for the FCWC final. According to daily Assabah, the Royal Cabinet informed the five Raja players that the Moroccan sovereign had decided to grant each of them a plot of land worth MAD 150,000. Although Raja lost the final match to Bayern Munchen, its qualification to the final was deemed “a historical event,”and all Moroccans across the kingdom celebrated Raja’s unprecedented achievement. In contrast, the 2014 CAF Champions League was not as successful for the Raja team as the FCWC 2013. The Eagles were eliminated in the second round by the Guinean team, Horoya Conakry.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Ohio State mens hockey falls to Michigan in firstever Big Ten game

The Ohio State men’s hockey team will be searching for its first-ever Big Ten conference win Monday, as the team fell to the Michigan Wolverines, 4-3, in overtime Friday in Ann Arbor.The game saw the Buckeyes (8-5-0, 0-1-0) come back from a one-goal deficit three times against the No. 3-ranked Wolverines (9-2-1, 1-0-0).A goal from sophomore forward Anthony Greco with 3:13 left in regulation tied the game at 3-3 and sent the teams into overtime.Michigan sophomore forward Andrew Copp netted the game-winning goal with 1:22 left in the extra session.Despite the loss, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the effort was something to be noted of the Buckeyes in the tough matchup.“Our kids emptied the tank, we played hard and there were some chances on both sides,” Rohlik said in an OSU press release. “We just came out on the short end. You always have to learn from things and we’re going to learn from this and get better.”The teams were tied, 1-1, after the first period, and Michigan had a 3-2 advantage heading into the third.Freshman goalie Logan Davis, in his third start between the posts for the Buckeyes, had a career-high 34 saves, including one on a second-period penalty shot from Michigan freshman forward Evan Allen.OSU converted on both of its power play opportunities, while the Wolverines had one goal on four power plays, the first power play goal allowed by the Buckeyes in 27 opportunities.The Buckeyes are set to close the two-game series with Michigan Monday in the Schottenstein Center. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. read more

Arsenal Legend reveals why he wishes he was still a player

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder and Nice manager Patrick Vieira has expressed his feelings over the attitude of striker Mario Balotelli.Patrick Vieira has had a reasonable start to life as Nice manager and the Italian has been a key member of his squad although he has struggled to find the back of the net this term.Vieira was appointed the manager of the French side in the summer and they are currently seventh place in Ligue 1 table, four points outside the Champions League places.In an interview with l’Equipe, as quoted in Football London, Vieira gave an astonishing response to questions about Balotelli and why he wished he was still a player.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…He said: “When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can’t, as I’m no longer a player.“I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. I don’t want to say something I’ll regret.“I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him.”last_img read more

Mayor Of Montego Bay Highlights Citys Achievements

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, July 14 (JIS): With Montego Bay celebrating its 35th anniversary of being granted city status, Mayor Glendon Harris says there are major achievements of which the city can be proud.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ in Montego Bay, today (July 14), Mayor Harris said despite some obvious shortfalls, the city has grown in stature and currently stands as the fastest developing city in the Caribbean.Citing the high level of infrastructural development, the growing world renowned Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry, the establishment of several university campuses, and investments by major hotel chains, the Mayor said Montego Bay has come a far way in 35 years.“We are employing strategies that will ensure that Montego Bay becomes the Montego Bay that we want – the complete resort – comfortable for the residents and comfortable for visitors,” he said.The Mayor pointed out that issues which are holding back the city’s development will be tackled head on by the authorities, using a “tough love” approach.“It is the love for the city that will tell us that you cannot vend where you want to vend…it is the love that is going to let us say you cannot throw your garbage at the most convenient place, so we are at that stage now where we will be tackling these problems,” he said.Montego Bay was granted city status on October 9, 1980. The proclamation of its recognition as a city was officially read in Sam Sharpe Square on May 1, 1981, by then Minister of Local Government, Pearnel Charles.It has Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s largest airport, the Donald Sangster International, and as such is the gateway to most of the island’s tourists.According to figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, last year Jamaica welcomed over 3.5 million visitors to the island, a 3.6 per cent increase over 2013. Gross earnings from the sector in 2014 stood at US$2.1 billion, which translates to a 5.8 per cent increase over the previous year. Montego Bay’s Elegant Corridor ‘Lights Up’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Mo-Bay Expects To Earn Us$9 Million During Reggae Sumfest Sandals’ Ceo Stewart’s A Winner… Again! Recommended for you Related Items:35th anniversary, Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry, city achievements, mayor harris, montego baylast_img read more

Toyota finally rolls out Android Auto at Chicago Auto Show

first_imgEnlarge ImageToyota was one of the longest-lasting holdouts to add Android Auto. John Gress/Corbis/Getty Images Sometimes it’s the little updates that make the biggest quality-of-life improvements. While Toyota is rolling out several face-lifted models at Thursday’s Chicago Auto Show press day, it’s an unseen update that may prove to be the biggest benefit for owners: Android Auto integration.The Japanese automaker has long been one of the technology’s most noteworthy holdouts. Indeed, it only began rolling out Apple CarPlay compatibility on its Entune systems last year. Android Auto, which integrates users’ Android phone functionality into a vehicle’s infotainment system, will be offered in 2020 model-year Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia SUVs, as well as its Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks. Overseas, the marque’s Aygo will get the tech, as well as European-market Yaris models.A number of automakers have quietly expressed data privacy concerns over letting Google have access to many of their vehicle’s systems as a condition of Android Auto integration. Security and intellectual property reservations have previously been voiced by several automakers to me on the condition of anonymity. When I asked if any data security questions related to Android Auto may have contributed to the tech’s slow rollout in Toyota’s products, Russ Koble, the automaker’s Advanced Technology Communications Manager, said that such concerns weren’t the issue. Instead, he tells Roadshow, “Toyota and Google have been working closely on the integration of Android Auto. Part of this integration is ensuring alignment with Toyota’s usability standards. Both companies came to an agreement on the technical specifications and are pleased to provide a seamless connected experience.”It isn’t immediately clear how quickly Toyota plans to roll out Android Auto compatibility to its other models, including its popular Camry, Corolla and RAV4 families. Koble did confirm, however, that the tech will be available not just in additional Toyota models, but also future Lexus vehicles, too.A Google representative reached for comment by Roadshow did not offer an immediate response. Google Toyota Comment Auto Tech Trucks SUVs 2020 Toyota Tacoma takes a bow at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Chicago Auto Show: All the big reveals and news from the show floor.Toyota: The latest news from the Japanese automaker. 39 Photos Chicago Auto Show 2019 Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors More From Roadshow Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Tags 1 Share your voice See All reading • Toyota finally rolls out Android Auto at Chicago Auto Show 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better • Chicago Auto Show 2019 Toyota 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

Of myth magic and mysticism

first_imgExploring the mythical and magical world of Shamans, Anu Malhotra’s documentary The Shamans of the Himalayas unveils the mystery that surrounds their life. Millennium Post speaks to the filmmaker about the eye-opening experiences she encountered while helming the documentary.This documentary will be telecast as a four part series on Discovery Channel this month.What prompted your interest in the Shamanistic traditions of Kullu Manali?Manali is one of my favourite travel destinations. Whenever I went there, I made friends and listened to their stories. I encountered scenes on the streets that fired my imagination. Out of curiosity, I asked people about the things I observed. They told me that in these areas, every village has its own deity and each deity, its own ‘Gur’ or shaman. That’s where the idea of my documentary emerged. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It took you over two years to make this documentary, tell us what kept you going on during that phase?The overview of the Shamanistic culture itself is very fascinating. It’s almost a faraway world from our city-centric lives; a world where everything is alive- the rocks, the leaves, and the atmosphere around. That is what physics says as well. Shamanistic traditions emphasize upon an interconnected web of life; you disturb its balance, and its repercussions come back to you. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou had already researched extensively on this theme before you hit the ground. Still, during the course of the film, was there anything that left you flabbergasted? Share an anecdote with us. I was shooting Gur Tularam, a shaman of goddess Hadimba in the Kullu valley. Hadimba is a demon goddess. When Tularam goes into a trance, it’s terrifying to see him as he turns violent over a period of time. I could feel his waves of energy travelling to me and I was left flabbergasted with goosebumps on my skin. Shooting this four-hour -long documentary was a massive exercise. I remember chasing a procession of Shamans. I was almost jumping around with my small camera to keep up with their pace. There has been a pattern to your documentaries; you seem to be travelling to a new state with every fresh documentary you make. I started my television career in the 90s with travel shows. During that time, I used to drive or travel around the country all the time. Wherever I went, I found a new culture, a different way of life. This is what inspires me to document the fragile and vulnerable aspects of life in India for posterity. If these cultures get lost with the passage of time, a way of life will be lost, leaving us empty for forever.last_img read more

Saluting the king of Kathak

first_imgNoted film maker, artist and social worker, Shri Muzaffar Ali and renowned sitarist, Debu Chaudhuri released Birju Maharaj: The Master Through My Eyes at a function organised at the India International Center. Birju Maharaj, who was present on the occasion, later spoke about his life and passion to regale the audience.Also present at the function were Jawar Sircar, CEO Prasar Bharati, and leading personalities in the field of art and theatre.  The publication aims to highlight the work and life of noted artists and is authored by his disciple, Saswati Sen. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Birju Maharaj is not only an unmatched Kathak dancer but also a superb vocalist, a generous teacher, and an imaginative painter. The book reveals how this icon of Indian dance, who is a mentor for thousands and an inspiration for countless people across the globe, is actually an unassuming, simple person outside his artistic world. Accompanied by rare photographs, this is a heartfelt tribute to a man who, among his many achievements, has spread awareness about the classical dance form of Kathak, not only in India, but abroad while touching innumerable lives along the way. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis memoir of the legendary Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj presents layers of his personality—his simplicity, modesty, generosity—as witnessed by one of his foremost disciples, Saswati Sen, who has known him for over forty-five years.Saswati Sen, regarded as one of the best exponents of the famous Lucknow gharana of Kathak, is the driving force behind Kalashram, Pandit Birju Maharaj’s dream institution. She has received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Sanskriti Award, the Shringar Mani Award and the Critic’s Recommendation Award. She has performed at the RIMPA (Ravi Shankar Institute for Music and Performing Arts) festival in Varanasi, the Kathak Prasang in Bhopal and Jaipur and the prestigious Khajuraho Festival of dance, among others.After her initial training under Reba Chatterjee Vidyarthi at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi, she was awarded the National Scholarship in 1969 by the Ministry of Culture. She then graduated to become one of the foremost disciples of Pandit Birju Maharaj.last_img read more

NY enacts toughest restrictions on Airbnb with fines of up to 7500

first_imgNY enacts toughest restrictions on Airbnb, with fines of up to $7,500 ALBANY — New York state enacted one of the nation’s toughest restrictions on Airbnb on Friday with a new law authorizing fines of up to $7,500 for many short-term rentals.The measure signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo applies to rentals of fewer than 30 days when the owner or tenant is not present.Supporters of the measure say many property owners use sites like Airbnb to offer residential apartments as short-term rentals to visitors, hurting existing hotels while taking residential units off the already expensive housing market in New York City.“Today is a great day for tenants, seniors, and anyone who values the safe and quiet enjoyment of their homes and neighbourhoods,” said Manhattan Democratic Sen. Liz Krueger, a co-sponsor of the bill. “For too long companies like Airbnb have encouraged illegal activity that takes housing off the market and makes our affordability crisis worse.”Airbnb said it would immediately file a lawsuit challenging the law.“In typical fashion, Albany backroom dealing rewarded a special interest – the price-gouging hotel industry – and ignored the voices of tens of thousands of New Yorkers,” said Josh Meltzer, Airbnb’s head of public policy in New York.Enforcement of the new laws will be a challenge. Thousands of short-term apartment rentals are listed for New York City despite a 2010 law that prohibits rentals of fewer than 30 days when the owner or tenant is not present.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe new law won’t apply to rentals in single-family homes, row houses or apartment spare rooms if the resident is present.The complicated rules mean many New Yorkers may not know whether they can legally rent out their homes – and Airbnb says it does not have the ability to remove listings that violate the 2010 law.Supporters say the imposition of fines will likely be driven by complaints from neighbours. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said the intention is to go after commercial operators who rent large numbers of vacant units in multi-apartment buildings.“That’s who we’re targeting,” said the Manhattan Democrat, who sponsored the bill in the Assembly.Airbnb mounted a last-minute campaign to kill the measure and this week proposed alternative regulations that the company argued would address concerns about short-term rentals without onerous fines.Most people who list a rental on Airbnb are looking to make a little money while they’re out of town, according to Chris Lehane, head of global policy for San Francisco-based Airbnb. The company says the 46,000 Airbnb hosts in New York City have generated more than $2 billion in economic activity.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America“It’s baffling to us in this time of economic inequality that folks would be looking to impose fines of as much as $7,500 on a middle-class person looking to use the home that they live in to help make ends meet,” Lehane said before the bill was signed.A spokesman for Cuomo said the administration gave the bill careful consideration.“Ultimately, these activities are already expressly prohibited by law,” said spokesman Rich Azzopardi.An investigation of Airbnb rentals from 2010 to 2014 by the office of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found that 72 per cent of the units in New York City were illegal, with commercial operators constituting 6 per cent of the hosts and supplying 36 per cent of the rentals.Schneiderman vowed to fight any legal challenge to the new law.“The law signed today will provide vital protections for New York tenants and help prevent the continued proliferation of illegal, unregulated hotels, and we will defend it,” he said in a statement.As of August, Airbnb had 45,000 city listings and 13,000 others across the state. Monday, October 24, 2016 Share Posted by The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Fire breaks out at Grand Bahia Principe Tulum

first_img Travelweek Group Fire breaks out at Grand Bahia Principe Tulum Share MAYAN RIVIERA — Guests at Grand Bahia Principe Tulum in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera were definitely feeling the heat over the weekend, not from the sun but from a large fire that broke out late Friday night.A resort employee confirmed to Global News that the area was evacuated due to the fire, and that the resort resumed normal operations on Saturday. The resort also confirmed in a release that “the situation was kept under control at all times.”No injuries were reported, while damage to the resort was “limited to material losses,” the statement said. The statement also noted that the fire started as a “result of an unfortunate short-circuit.”Popular among Canadians, Grand Bahia Principe Tulum offers 978 rooms, three pools, five restaurants and seven bars. It is located approximately 100 kilometres from Cancun. Monday, January 16, 2017 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Mexicolast_img read more

Silversea goes all in with new allinclusive package fares to Asia

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, June 8, 2018 Travelweek Group Silversea goes all in with new all-inclusive package fares to Asiacenter_img Posted by Tags: All Inclusives, Asia, Silversea Cruises MIAMI – Silversea is offering Asia for less in 2018 and 2019 with a new ‘All-Inclusive Package’ promotion now available on new bookings.The promotion includes free economy roundtrip air or business-class air upgrade for Can$3,299 each way, for flights from select Canadian and U.S. gateways; free one-night, pre-and post-cruise hotel stay; free transfers between airport, hotel and ship; and at least one free shore excursion in every port. Plus, an Early Booking Bonus saving of 10% is available on select departure dates.Nearly 20 new options in Asia include:Bangkok, Thailand: Thai history is revealed in a single location during the panoramic, half-day ‘Ancient City Park by Tram’ excursion to the Ancient City – home to reconstructed and relocated historical buildings.Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: During the eye-opening, full-day ‘Kayaking in the Mangrove Forest’ adventure, guests are immersed in the exquisite natural beauty of the Can Gio Mangrove Reserve.Hong Kong: The half-day ‘Tai Chi, Tea & Dim Sum’ cultural outing introduces guests to the local Hong Kong lifestyle through exercise, eating and drinking.Koh Samui, Thailand: Guests can relax in a hammock, stroll on the beach, swim in a shimmering pool, and enjoy complimentary drinks and a Thai lunch during the half-day ‘W Koh Samui Luxury Resort Getaway.’Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: The spectacular flora and fauna of the Klias Wetlands are explored during the full-day ‘Klias Wetlands River Safari,’ an exciting river-cruise excursion with dinner.Muara, Brunei: The ‘Brunei by Night with Local Dining Experience’ explores the local culture and specialties of Brunei during a memorable evening excursion with dinner.Singapore: Guests are immersed in the spectacular lights and sights of Singapore during the ‘Evening Spectacular’ excursion to this vibrant city island.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedTraditional favorites:Coron, Philippines: The ‘Coron Exploration’ showcases the exquisite natural beauty of Coron Island by boat, through an incredibly scenic and memorable sightseeing cruise.Ha Long Bay, Vietnam: The ‘Ha Long Bay Kayak Exploration’ spotlights the breathtaking seascape of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during a kayak adventure to explore amazing caves and a fishing village.Tianjin, China: The full-day ‘Forbidden City’ excursion to the historic city of Beijing reveals two extraordinary landmarks: the Forbidden City and Beijing Olympic Green.Yangon, Myanmar: An impressive landmark by day, Shwedagon becomes a stunning vision by night, as the ancient, jewel-encrusted stupa is illuminated with light. Guests can explore the temple, home to major Buddhist relics, on the ‘Shwedagon by Candlelight’ evening tour.An experience exclusive to Silversea: The ‘DMZ and the 3rd Tunnel’ excursion invites guests to discover the storied past of a nation divided by civil war for nearly 60 years.All-Inclusive Package fares with the Early Booking Bonus start from $4,680 per guest, based on double occupancy. Voyages range from 7 to 17 days. Sample itineraries include:Silver Muse departs Nov. 19, 2018, on a 12-day voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore with calls in Manila, Romblon Island, Coron Island, Palawan Island, Kota Kinabalu, Muara, and Kuching (Borneo).Silver Muse departs Dec. 1, 2018, on a 12-day, roundtrip voyage from Singapore with calls in Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, Phuket, Yangon, and Langkawi.Silver Shadow departs Feb. 1, 2019, on a 7-day, roundtrip voyage from Hong Kong with calls in Ha Long Bay, Chan May (gateway to vibrant Da Nang and Imperial Huế), and Sanya.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthFor further details on the All-Inclusive Package offer, please visit https://www.silversea.com/best-luxury-cruise-deals/asia-cruises-ft.html.last_img read more

Charity event today at Guildhall to raise money fo

first_img Charity event today at Guildhall to raise money for NI Air AmbulanceMAYOR of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councillor John Boyle is today hosting an event in the city to raise money for the local air ambulance.The Mayor said: “I am excited to be hosting the Altnagelvin Hospital Choir in the Guildhall today, Saturday, May 18, for a full performance of Handel’s Messiah complete with the Hallelujah Chorus ShareTweet “All proceeds will be donated to the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland charity.”Tickets on sale at: http://www.trybooking.co.uk/ini Mayor hosting Altnagelvin Hospital Choir at Guildhall today for charity fundraiser was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:center_img Altnagelvin Hospital ChoirDerry and Strabane CouncilMayor hosting Altnagelvin Hospital Choir at Guildhall todayMayor John BoyleNorthern Ireland Air Ambulancelast_img read more