Ten European cities have demanded more help from the EU in their battle against Airbnb and other holiday rental websites, which they argue are locking locals out of housing and changing the face of neighbourhoods. In a joint letter, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Vienna said the “explosive growth” of global short-stay lettings platforms must be on the agenda of the next set of European commissioners. In April the advocate general of the European court of justice found in non-binding opinion that under EU law Airbnb should be considered a digital information provider rather than a traditional real estate agent. That status, if confirmed by the court, would allow Airbnb and similar platforms to operate freely across the bloc and, crucially, relieve them of any responsibility to ensure that landlords comply with local rules aimed at regulating holiday lets. “European cities believe homes should be used … [Read more...] about Ten cities ask EU for help to fight Airbnb expansion
European vacation packages multi city
BOSTON (CBS) – Even though a recount will be needed to determine the fourth-place at-large member of the newly elected Boston City Council, the body is assured of being the most diverse in Boston history, with non-white and female majorities. Former City Councillor Ayanna Pressley’s upset congressional win last year was a sign of the times. “To have a city that reflects our new demographics is hugely important,” said Alejandra St. Guillen, who finished just 10 votes behind Julia Mejia for the seat once held by Pressley. She said the new diversity means a better understanding by the council of what the city’s multi-ethnic, multi-racial residents are experiencing – in the schools, for instance. “The achievement gap is so stark between the communities. You have people sitting on the council who have been in those schools, who have been students of color in the Boston public school system,” she noted. “I think that changes the … [Read more...] about Boston Elects Its Most Diverse City Council, Reflecting Changing Demographics
In the southern reaches of Egypt, the city of Aswan is one of the hottest and sunniest in the world. Temperatures reach 41C in the summer and less than a millimetre of rain falls each year. Some years it doesn’t rain at all. Aswan may be one of the world’s least rainy places, but it’s not even close to being the most water-stressed city. It nestles on the east bank of the Nile, close to the Aswan High Dam and the vast Lake Nasser, one of the largest manmade lakes in the world. With a capacity of 132 cubic km, the dam serves the irrigations needs not just of Aswan, but Egypt and neighbouring Sudan as well. Water stress – where the human or ecological demand for water is not met – is caused by a variety of factors. There’s the physical scarcity of water due to lack of rainfall, the natural aridity of the area and, increasingly, changes in climate; but poor management and investment in water infrastructure, and pollution, also play their parts. The … [Read more...] about Where are the world’s most water-stressed cities?
Around 2,000 years ago, Muziris was one of India’s most important trading ports. According to the Akananuru, a collection of Tamil poetry from the period, it was “the city where the beautiful vessels, the masterpieces of the Yavanas [Westerners], stir white foam on the Periyar, river of Kerala, arriving with gold and departing with pepper.” Another poem speaks of Muziris (also known as Muciripattanam or Muciri) as “the city where liquor abounds”, which “bestows wealth to its visitors indiscriminately” with “gold deliveries, carried by the ocean-going ships and brought to the river bank by local boats”. The Roman author Pliny, in his Natural History, called Muziris “the first emporium of India”. The city appears prominently on the Tabula Peutingeriana, a fifth-century map of the world as seen from Rome. But from thereon, the story of this great Indian port becomes hazy. As reports of its location grow more sporadic, it … [Read more...] about Lost cities #3 – Muziris: did black pepper cause the demise of India’s ancient port?
Photo: PRWeb Photo: PRWeb Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: PRWeb There’s Still Time to Enjoy Thanksgiving in Belize With The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Annual Thanksgiving Vacations 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Thanksgiving in Belize? The local ancient Maya feasted on turkey for thousands of years, and The Lodge at Chaa Creek has just announced that last minute booking are still available for the popular Belizean eco-resort’s annual “Thanksgiving In Belize” vacation packages that combine the familiar with the exotic. SAN IGNACIO, Belize (PRWEB) November 12, 2019 Belize’s The Lodge at Chaa Creek has announced that booking are still available for the popular Belizean eco-resort’s annual “Thanksgiving In … [Read more...] about There’s Still Time to Enjoy Thanksgiving in Belize With The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Annual Thanksgiving Vacations