Email Address* Tags Full Name* At Barkwells, a group of dog-friendly vacation rentals in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, bookings for the rest of the year have grown 30 percent over 2019’s numbers.As guests compete for bookings, prices are on the rise. According to Transparent, a vacation-rentals data company, the national average nightly rate for Airbnb rentals in July and August is around $220. That’s an increase from last year’s $194; in 2019, a typical year, it was $185.And thanks to more workplace flexibility, renters are staying longer. According to Evolve, a hospitality company that manages more than 14,000 short-term rentals, the average length of stay has increased from 3.7 days in 2020 to 4.9 days. Across search engine HomeToGo, the stay length for travelers checking in between May 1 and Sept. 1 is 11 days, a 14 percent increase from 2019.[NYT] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Message* Share via Shortlink It may not be so easy to book a vacation this year: Rental listings are flying off the market, and prices are soaring. (iStock)After a year of putting travel plans on hold, Americans are eager to embark on their next trip. But finding a place to stay domestically may not be as easy as in years past.By the end of March, 90 percent of vacation homes listed on Vrbo in the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod were booked for July, the New York Times reported. Compare that to 2019, when more than 30 percent of the listings in those areas were still available.At The Redwoods In Yosemite, a company that operates more than 120 vacation homes in Yosemite National Park, bookings for May are 35 percent above what they were in 2019. Bookings for June are up 37 percent; for July, it’s an increase of 27 percent.Read moreTravel roars back — and summer rentals book upThe tri-state rental market’s endless summerHot, hot, hot: Resi market sets new price records in March Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Hotel MarketRental MarketResidential Real Estate
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced finalization of a bi-state agreement between New York and Vermont for the progression of a project to rehabilitate or replace the Lake Champlain Bridge, spanning Lake Champlain between Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont. HTNB Corporation of New York City has been selected as design consultant. This project is being jointly progressed by NYSDOT and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).The bi-state agreement announced Monday demonstrates the partnership between the states and the common understanding of the needs of the structure. The project is in a preliminary planning stage and is expected to require the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement before a proposed solution is selected. Options include rehabilitation or replacement of the existing bridge. Construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2013. The 80-year-old bridge accommodates approximately 3,400 vehicles per day.The existing structure is a combination of a thru-truss, deck-truss and deck plate girders measuring 2,184 feet in length on 14 spans. Each state recognizes the significance of this bridge.HNTB Corporation is a national transportation infrastructure firm renowned for their work on bridge rehabilitations and replacements. The design team will initiate work on the project once approved by the New York State Comptroller.One of the first tasks the consultant will complete is an evaluation of the existing structure to determine the feasibility of rehabilitating the bridge, including cost of the work and potential impacts to motorists. All options will be identified and evaluated and public input will be solicited before progressing a particular alternative.Many perspectives must be considered with the planning of this important project. To help elicit these perspectives, a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) has been organized composed of members of the communities and representatives of community groups. To date, three PAC meetings have been held to initiate dialog between the lead agencies and the PAC. The next PAC meeting will be held shortly after the design consultant begins work on the project.Historic, business, agricultural, residential, environmental, and recreational interests are represented on the PAC. The PAC will be one important method for the lead agencies to obtain stakeholder input early in the planning process when needs are assessed, objectives formulated, and alternatives evaluated for feasibility.Public informational meetings scheduled during the project s design phase will provide an opportunity for community input. The bridge s condition will continue to be monitored during the development of the project to ensure the safety of the traveling public.NYSDOT has established a web site for this project which can be found at www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge(link is external). The public is encouraged to visit this site for periodic project updates and can contact NYSDOT with comments about the project by emailing [email protected](link sends e-mail). A link to this address is provided on the Web site. Comments can also be sent to NYSDOT, Region One Design, 328 State Street, Schenectady, NY, 12305, Attn: James C. Boni, P.E., or by phone at (518) 388-0200.
Washington IOLTA program found constitutional Washington IOLTA program found constitutional Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled November 14 that the state of Washington’s interest on lawyers’ trust accounts program does not violate the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The 7-4 en banc decision of the San Francisco-based court reversed an earlier three-judge panel ruling that using the interest from IOLTA accounts was an illegal taking of private property without just compensation. Writing for the majority, Judge Kim M. Wardlaw said while the plaintiffs “have the right to control the accrued interest generated in theory, as a practical matter, that right will never come to fruition on its own because without IOLTA there is no interest. “We therefore hold that even if the IOLTA program constituted a taking of [the plaintiffs’] private property, there would be no Fifth Amendment violation because the value of the just compensation is nil,” Judge Wardlaw said, adding that the plaintiffs sought compensation not for the value of what they lost, but for the value of what the Legal Foundation of Washington created. Washington Legal Foundation v. Legal Foundation of Washington, case no. 98-35154. The court, however, remanded the case back to the district court for reconsideration of the plaintiffs’ First Amendment claim that the use of the plaintiffs’ funds violates their rights by forcing them to finance ideological causes with which they disagree. The decision is at odds with a similar case decided in October by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that found the Texas IOLTA program’s use of pooled interest from lawyers’ trust accounts amounts to an unconstitutional taking without just compensation, in violation of the Fifth Amendment. Washington Legal Foundation v. Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, case no. 00-50139. Writing for the Fifth Circuit panel, Judge Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale said: “In reality, the linchpin for this case has already been inserted by the Supreme Court: Interest income generated by funds held in IOLTA accounts is the ‘private property’ of the owner of the principal. And, because the state has permanently appropriated [the appellant’s] interest income against his will, instead of merely regulating its use, there is a per se taking.” The Texas IOLTA program and Texas Supreme Court filed a petition for en banc rehearing of that decision, which has yet to be ruled on. “Obviously, it’s great news and provides some encouragement that when the Fifth Circuit considers this issue en banc, that perhaps they will reach the same conclusion,” said Darryl Bloodworth, president of The Florida Bar Foundation. “This is good news at a time when we need good news,” said Miami’s Randall C. Berg, Jr., who represents more than 60 IOTA programs and bar associations across the country and participated in the Washington case. “So there is now a split in the circuits, and this decision, hopefully, will encourage the Fifth Circuit to rehear the panel decision en banc — if not have the panel vacate their own decision and reconsider it in light of this better-reasoned Ninth Circuit en banc decision,” Berg said. If both the Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit decisions stand, he said he expects the U.S. Supreme Court would grant cert in one of the cases. Paul Kamenar, senior executive counsel of the Washington Legal Foundation, the Washington, D.C.-based organization which challenged the Washington state and Texas IOLTA programs, told the Sacramento Bee he was disappointed and the WLF plans to seek review of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. “If the Supreme Court said that interest is the property of the client, and if the client doesn’t have the property, somebody took it,” Kamenar said. “We think that somebody is the bar authorities of the state.” Tampa’s L. David Shear, chair of the ABA Commission on IOLTA, said the organization is “elated with the ruling” and believes that IOLTA programs will ultimately be vindicated through the court system. “I think this is a very heartening decision from a national perspective,” Shear said, adding that IOLTA programs generate approximately $150 million for the delivery of legal services to the poor. “I know this will certainly be a shot in the arm and give a boost of encouragement to all of the programs around the country that rely upon IOLTA funding.” “We hope this will be the beginning of maybe a finalization of these issues so everyone can go about the business of trying to create more funding for delivering legal services to those in need,” said Shear, who served as president of The Florida Bar in 1979. Don Saunders, director of Civil Legal Services for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, called the decision a well-reasoned analysis of the Fifth Amendment “takings” test in the context of the IOLTA decision and “a significant victory for providers of legal services to the poor across the United States.” Saunders said Judge Wardlaw’s decision turned on her finding that the “ad hoc” analysis central to the decision in Penn Central Transportation Co. v. City of New York, 438 U.S. 104 (1978), was controlling in this case rather than the “per se” test set out in Loretto v. Teleprompter Manhattan CATV Corp., 458 U.S. 419 (1982), that was applied by the three-judge panel and the Fifth Circuit. “The ad hoc analysis requires a court to perform an essentially factual inquiry into the individual property acquired to determine whether the acquisition amounts to a taking,” Saunders said. “The per se analysis, on the other hand, assumes that for certain types of property interests, governmental acquisition amounts to a categorical taking under any circumstance. The critical distinction reached in this opinion is based, among other factors relating to the state’s regulatory functions, upon the fact that prior per se cases involved real property, rather than money as in the case of the IOLTA program.” In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Philips v. WLF, case no. 96-1578, found that clients have a protected property interest in funds created by pooled IOLTA accounts. The Supreme Court, however, took no view as to whether the funds had been “taken” by the state or if any “just compensation” was due the respondent. It left those issues for the lower courts to decide. Judge Wardlaw said the government’s ad hoc taking of the interest arises from a public program “adjusting the benefits and burdens of economic life to promote the common good.” “In creating the IOLTA program, Washington concluded that the health, safety, morals, or general welfare [of the state] would be promoted.. . by using the interest generated on IOLTA funds to help fund legal services for the poor.” Wardlaw said the taking clause was never intended to replace the role of the people in determining which social programs are appropriate, and “has not been understood to be a substantive or absolute limit on the government’s power to act.” The constitutional provision on the taking of private property also “does not prevent the government from being able to regulate how people use their property but limits that ability to what is ‘just and fair,’” Wardlaw wrote. Although the government may impose regulations to adjust rights and economic interests among people for the public good, Wardlaw said, it may not force “some people alone to bear the public burdens which, in all fairness and justice, should be borne by the public as a whole.” However, Judge Wardlaw said, the plaintiffs had not been singled out, but “as participants in our legal system are required to place their funds in IOLTA trust accounts that generate funds at no cost to them and that expand access to the legal system from which they benefit.” Because the right to earn interest on money held in IOLTA accounts “has no economic value,” there is no unconstitutional taking of private property, Wardlaw said. In dissent, Judge Alex Kozinski said the majority “deprecates one of the cherished protections of the Bill of Rights,” not to have the government take away private property without just compensation. “While the interest income at issue here may have no economically realizable value to its owner, possession, control and disposition are nonetheless valuable rights that inhere in the property,” Kozinski said. December 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News
ILOILO – Four employees – three females and one male – of the local government unit (LGU) of the municipality of Lemery who were initially found positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a rapid diagnostic test were now cleared from the infection. The town mayor said two of them were job hires while two were permanent personnel. They were tested positive for a rapid test on June 10 and underwent a confirmatory testing on the following day. He considered the results as a triumph for Lemery in its continued fight against the virus. Villegas said they had not traveled outside the town and had no contact with any suspected COVID-19 case. Villegas added the town remained free from COVID-19. However, he appealed to his constituents to remain calm and observe health safety protocols such as wearing facemask, observing physical distancing and hand washing./PN They were among the 200 municipal employees, as well as police and Bureau of Fire Protection personnel, tested by the local government unit. “Malipayon namon nga gina-anunsyo sa tanan nga negative ang ila results,” Mayor Oscar “Embong” Villegas said, adding the four yielded negative results in the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19. Villegas said the four employees were immediately subjected to the more reliable RT-PCR for further verification because rapid COVID test results are deemed inconclusive. Mayor Oscar Villegas Jr. of Lemery, Iloilo undergoes rapid testing for COVID-19 on June 10, 2020. Four employees of the local government earlier found positive of the disease after undergoing a rapid test were tested negative during the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test. PNA
The 20-year-old picked up possession inside his own half and powered his way through the mesmerised home defence before blasting an unstoppable shot past keeper Tim Krul. Team-mate Romelu Lukaku was just as clinical when he was presented with a chance to effectively kill the game off. Gerard Deulofeu, who was a sizeable handful throughout, tested Krul with a skidding 52nd-minute effort from a tight angle and then served the ball up on a plate for the Belgian to fire into the roof of the net for his 13th of the season. To their credit, Newcastle did not throw in the towel as Cheick Tiote tested goalkeeper Tim Howard with a 57th-minute piledriver and Yoan Gouffran sent a volley screaming just off target. However, Lukaku might have doubled his tally 16 minutes from time but for a good reaction save by Krul, before Leon Osman cemented the victory with a third goal three minutes from time. Everton were deserved winners on a night when absent Magpies boss Alan Pardew received confirmation, if he needed it, of just how far his squad have to go to compete on a regular basis with the top six. The home side’s night was summed up 12 minutes from time when Vurnon Anita looked certain to score from substitute Hatem Ben Arfa’s cross, but missed the target from point-blank range. Buoyed by successive home victories, Newcastle started brightly and pinned Everton back in an early flurry which saw Papiss Cisse and Gouffran have early efforts blocked and Gouffran scuff a shot when he should have done significantly better. The England international stated his case eloquently in a 3-0 victory over Newcastle at St James’ Park with a superb solo effort to remind Roy Hodgson of his blossoming talent. Barkley’s contribution was little short of stunning as he produced a 22nd-minute run and finish worthy of winning any game in front of a largely stunned crowd of 47,266. Press Association But the visitors responded in short order to force a series of corners which left the Magpies in little doubt as to the challenge they faced. Indeed, it was they who started to gain the upper hand with Leon Osman in particular picking holes in the home defence, and Krul had to be at his best to deny Lukaku after he had been played in by Osman with 18 minutes gone. However, there was little the Dutchman, or indeed anyone else, could do to prevent the Toffees from taking the lead in spectacular style four minutes later. Barkley ran on to Deulofeu’s chest down inside his own half and set off on a run which took him deep into enemy territory, as he skipped past a series of half-hearted challenges and left Fabricio Coloccini flat on his backside before drilling an unstoppable left-foot shot high into the net. Newcastle’s response was concerted, if somewhat blunt, as Cisse found himself well-marshalled by an Everton defence in which John Stones had to leave the pitch briefly to have a head wound stitched. For all the pressure they exerted, Howard did not have a save of note to make, and as they pushed men forward, the visitors exploited the space they left behind. They might have done so to good effect in the final minutes of the half when Deulofeu blasted a right-foot shot across Krul and just wide of the far post to bring an end to a thoroughly entertaining half. The Magpies returned in determined mood and Gouffran failed to make more of good work by Cisse, De Jong and Sissoko within two minutes of the restart when he mis-hit his snapshot. Krul had to hack away another well-struck Deulofeu effort five minutes later, but his defenders did not heed the warning and Lukaku was in the right place at the right time seconds later to turn home the Spaniard’s driven cross. Tiote warmed Howard’s hands with a blistering 57th-minute strike from distance and Gouffran sent a stinging volley just wide, but the game was rapidly slipping away from Newcastle, a feeling confirmed by Anita’s late howler and Osman’s cool 87th-minute finish after Deulofeu had excelled once again. World Cup hopeful Ross Barkley scored one of the goals of the season as Everton continued their pursuit of the Barclays Premier League’s top four.
MONTE-CARLO, Monaco (CMC) – Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt says he hopes to remain involved in athletics even after retiring following the London World Championships next month.The Jamaican will compete in his final Diamond League here today before also bringing an end to his glittering career at the August 4-13 showpiece at the Olympic Stadium.“There are a lot of directions I could go, but one thing I know is that I’ll definitely be close with track and field,” the 30-year-old told reporters here.“I’ll try my best to stay as close as possible to sport, stay in sports and try to educate young athletes coming up and what it’s all about to be a champion.”Bolt will walk away from the sport as the most decorated sprinter ever after dominating every Olympic Games and World Championship since shooting to international stardom in 2008.And after winning unprecedented double sprint titles at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympiads and also having similar success at the Berlin, Moscow and Beijing World Championships, Bolt said it was time to call it quits.“I’ve done everything that I possibly can in this sport,” he said, before recalling a conversation he had with great former American track star Michael Johnson.“I asked (him) because I was surprised when I heard he retired. I said, ‘Why did you retire? You were dominating so much.’ And he said, ‘I’ve done everything I wanted to do, I’ve accomplished all my goals.’ And that’s how I feel at this point. I decided that it’s just time.”Bolt’s retirement has coincided with the rise of the exciting South African Wayde van Niekerk, the reigning World and Olympic 400 metres champion and record-holder.van Niekerk is tipped to dominate the 200 metres in the future but Bolt said the 25-year-old had arrived on the scene too late to forge a rivalry.“I think that’s one of the most disappointing things in my career now. He came along at this late stage and I didn’t get to compete against him, because I think he’s one of the best now,” Bolt said.“I’m never afraid, I live for competition. But for me it’s too late now, I’m at the end of my career. We’ll never know what could happen.”
A well-known former hotel in Donegal Town has been sold.The building, which operated as the National Hotel, was on the market with a €185,000 through Anderson Auctioneers. The building stretches to more than 5,300 square feet and comprises of accommodation as well as a bar and restaurant.The business has been closed in recent years and the liquor licence has also been sold.The estate agent said the property is now ideal for development such as town apartments, hostel or retail etc.Former Donegal Town hotel sold was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Kick-off: 7.45pm, Friday 30 October 2015Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)BetVictor.com preview: ‘I expect goals in this one’Match in a nutshell: Brentford and QPR meet in a derby for the first time since 2004.Click here for five key battlesInjuries and suspensionsBRENTFORDRuled out: Sam Saunders (match fitness), Lewis MacLeod (match fitness), Jota (ankle), Josh McEachran (foot), Maxime Colin (knee), Andreas Bjelland (knee), Scott Hogan (knee).QPRRuled out: Jamie Mackie (hamstring), Armand Traore (calf).Fitness test: Charlie Austin (hamstring). Possible line-upsBrentford: Button; Yennaris, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Diagouraga, McCormack; Judge, Woods, Swift; Djuricin. Subs from: Bonham, O’Connell, Barbet, Kerschbaumer, Tebar, Gogia, Canos, Udumaga, Vibe, Hofmann.QPR: Green; Onuoha, Hall, Hill, Konchesky; Henry, Tozser; Phillips, Luongo, Chery; Emmanuel-Thomas. Subs from: Smithies, Perch, Angella, Yun, Doughty, Sandro, Fer, Faurlin, Hoilett, Austin, Polter, Grego-Cox. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesBrentford total: W W W L L (9 points)Home: W L L W L (6 points)QPR total: W D L W L (7 points)Away: L L D W W (7 points)Top scorers – all competitionsBrentford: Judge 6; Vibe 4; Djuricin 3; Gray 2, Hofmann 2; Swift 1, Tarkowski 1.QPR: Austin 7; Emmanuel-Thomas 5; Chery 4, Phillips 4; Onuoha 2; Fer 1, Hill 1, Hoilett 1, Polter 1.Last five meetings13 February 2004: Brentford 1 QPR 110 November 2003: QPR 1 Brentford 018 April 2003: Brentford 1 QPR 220 December 2002: QPR 1 Brentford 112 April 2002: QPR 0 Brentford 0Brentford 0 wins, QPR 2 wins, 3 drawsSee also:Brentford v QPR: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Brand South Africa continues to leverage off the potentially positive role that can be played by South African diaspora through its Global South Africans (GSA) initiative. Through targeted engagements with Global South Africans, Brand South Africa has enlisted the talent, experience and credibility of South Africans in the diaspora and strengthened its network of citizens living and working abroad. Over the month of June, we reached out to GSAs in Paris, London and Washington DC, with the aim of encouraging social cohesion and nation brand advocacy among our fellow compatriots.GSA Activation “BRAAI and BAT”, ParisDuring a recent investment roadshow to Europe, Brand South Africa reached out to GSA’s based in France and established relations with South Africans in Paris (SAiP) who have spearheaded the establishment of Le Kraal Isibaya (LEKA), a French registered association based in Paris with the aim of addressing the South African community’s social needs and promoting projects within France. As part of Brand South Africa’s efforts to ensure continuity of engagements with GSAs globally, the organisation partnered with Le Kraal to host a GSA Activation “BRAAI and BAT” during Youth Month. This activation served to strengthen relations with GSAs as it enabled Brand South Africa to reach out to the broader GSA community based in Paris and surrounds thanks to the partnership with Le Kraal. South African Youth Day Celebrations, LondonIn the United Kingdom, Brand South Africa partnered with Kasiluv Entertainment to host the South African Youth Day Celebrations in London. This year’s celebrations were intended to mark not only Youth Day, but to also recognise and celebrate 25 years of South Africa’s democracy. The activation attracted families from across the country, and served to strengthen the identity and sense of belonging of the South African community living in the UK. GSA Network “Play Your Part” Event, Washington DCSouth Africans living and working in the Beltway Region of the USA were invited to attend a GSA network “Play Your Part” event in Washington DC in partnership with Embassy of South Africa. The theme for this event was guided not only by the key messages emanating from President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address, but was also driven by Brand South Arica’s mandate to communicate positive stories by tapping into South Africans in the diaspora as brand ambassadors. GSAs from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia came to the event, and it is hoped that such events will continue to bring together Global South Africans of all races, gender and creed.