Up to 8 guests are welcome to stay in this Broadbeach Waters house. This $899 per night Reedy Creek property is described as a ‘Commonwealth Games luxury home’ on Airbnb.Gold Coast City Council decided last year to slug property owners $8086 to rent out a room or their home. This was introduced under changes to the city plan.As part of the council’s enforcement of regulations governing party houses, most Airbnb hosts would have to apply for development permits to rent out their properties legally. A current Airbnb listing on the Gold Coast. This two-bedroom apartment with a private pool can be rented for $446 per night.A PILOT program is targeting tenants illegally subletting homes as the popularity of short-term rental options such as Airbnb grows.BnbGuard is currently monitoring 3000 properties across 12 websites for unauthorised listings. You can book a mansion on the Gold Coast! This Hinterland haven, featured in a Mission Impossible TV series, can be rented for $1250 per night.Co-founders Richard Frey and Reuben Schwarz started BnbGuard to address the risks of unwanted subletting, such as out-of-control parties, increased wear and tear, uninsured property damage, security worries, pop-up brothels, and squatters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Our unique technology and specialist team monitor short-term and long-term rental sites for our clients’ properties,” Mr Frey said. The listing is advertised for $373 per night.There were more than 120,000 Airbnb listings active in Australia as of November 2017 — an increase of 40 per cent from the year before; according to industry estimates, 35 per cent of those were listed by tenants.Surfers Paradise ranks the fourth highest Australian suburb with the greatest number of listings on Airbnb with one in 10 rental properties listed on the website. It comes with the number of Airbnb listings expected to peak in the lead-up to and during the Commonwealth Games.
SINGAPORE – A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely. “For the safety of all involved in the proceedings, the hearing for Public Prosecutor v Punithan A/L Genasan was conducted by video-conferencing,” a spokesperson for Singapore’s Supreme Court said in response to Reuters’ questions, citing restrictions imposed to minimize virus spread. (Reuters) Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, received the sentence for his role in a 2011 heroin transaction on Friday, court documents showed, with the country under lockdown to try and curb one of the highest coronavirus rates in Asia. At least four people were reportedly executed in Singapore in 2019 for drug-related and murder charges. HOW HWEE YOUNG/EPA
Photo from USC Dornsife websiteHelping hand · Natalie Reyes, a senior majoring in sociology and law, history, and culture helps lead the Virtual Food Pantry.Though most USC students take full advantage of meal plans and on-campus dining options, some face a daily struggle to put food on the table. In an effort to combat food insecurity at USC, the Dornsife College Office of Diversity and Strategic Initiatives partnered with Campus Activities to support these students through the Virtual Food Pantry. Food insecurity can occur for a variety of reasons, but the high cost of living in Los Angeles can make it particularly difficult for low-income USC students. The Pantry provides $25 Ralph’s gift cards for students to use at their own discretion, offers services to help students with budgeting tools and connects them with financial aid representatives. Mary Ho, the assistant vice dean of Diversity and Strategic Initiatives, said the team behind the Virtual Food Pantry collects data on students to understand how food insecurity negatively affects them. “We have seen the impact,” Ho said. “The students who have come to me have expressed gratitude. So we better understand that this does impact them negatively when they don’t have food.” The Food Pantry initiative began with a donation from Leo and Dorothy Braudy, who worked with Dornsife Diversity Director George Sanchez to help underprivileged students.Kelly Sanchez, a senior majoring in NGOs and social change, helps to run the pantry. She said that the pantry “makes USC more of a home,” providing a sense of security that some students might not be experiencing in their own homes.“It’s hard enough being a college student in the first place —managing finances, managing life and also trying to decide who you are trying to be,” Sanchez said. “For someone that really just has a blank slate, food insecurity is a very common problem.” Savannah Robinson, who serves as the social media coordinator for the project, added that food insecurity is “more widespread than we think.” “One of my close friends is someone who is extremely money conscious. She was so excited when she heard about this food pantry,” Robinson said. Natalie Reyes, a senior majoring in sociology and law, history and culture, personally dealt with food insecurity during her sophomore year of college. Now in a different financial position and as one of the leading members of this initiative, she is able to use her own experience to help in the effort. “I knew all of my friends were struggling, and it was just something we knew that was going on but we didn’t know there was someone we could talk to for help,” Reyes said.