Just Started My New Job

I just started out on a new job this week. I am not really able to do much of it yet, because this requires a lot of training. You are dealing with a lot of poisons in fact when you are working to exterminate bugs. They took me out with guys who knew what they were doing. A big part of the job is act as a bed bug exterminator in NYC. The bed bug had been exterminated in the United States at one point in time, but they were brought back by some person who traveled to a country where they still existed and they have made a big comeback.…

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THE BENJAMIN HOTEL in NYC Announces Halloween Events

THE BENJAMIN HOTEL in NYC Announces Halloween Events

There’s exciting news on the Halloween front at The Benjamin Hotel in NYC – for this year’s Halloween festivities, the hotel has two exciting activities happening:

World-renowned pumpkin carver, Hugh McMahon, will be doing a LIVE pumpkin carving session outside at The Benjamin Hotel (on the corner of 50th and Lexington).

-The live (and socially distant) event will take place on Thursday, October 29th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

McMahon is a world-renowned pumpkin carver, who has partnered with The Benjamin Hotel in NYC to create this live, two hour pumpkin-carving display on October 29th in honor of Halloween festivities. He is an original artist whose talent for carving pumpkins has been featured in many restaurants, events, television segments, magazines, and books throughout the world.

There will also be a social media costume contest, where one person will win a weekend stay at The Benjamin in one of the sprawling suites – people can enter by:

-Following @thebenjaminhotel on Instagram

-Post a photo of their favorite/best halloween costume (can be from previous years) using the hashtag #BooAtTheBenjamin

-The person with the most original costume will win a stay in a sprawling suite at The Benjamin Hotel with a terrace and a bottle of wine for a weekend of your choice

To learn more about Hugh McMahon’s artistry, visit his web site at http://www.hmcmahonpumpkins.com/.

The Benjamin Hotel is located at 124 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022. Visit their web site at https://www.thebenjamin.com/ or call 212.715.2500.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Benjamin Hotel

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Parineeti Chopra looks stunning in streetwear; Shares photo from her Europe vacation

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Parineeti Chopra, who is reportedly vacationing in Europe with her family, has recently shared a stunning picture of her on Instagram. The 31-year-old actress recently celebrated her birthday with her family. However, to make her day more special, her friends and fans flooded social media with sweet birthday wishes. In the latest picture, the actress is shelling out major vacay goals. Parineeti can be seen donning a blue street wear along with a pair of sneakers in the latest still. 

To complete her look, she has opted for a sling bag and sunglasses while striking a stylish pose on the streets. Parineeti’s brother Shivang clicked her. While sharing the picture on her Instagram handle, she wrote, “Streetwear pehenke street pe photo. @shivangchopra99”.

Take a look Parineeti Chopra’s latest picture here:

A post shared by Parineeti ⭒ (@parineetichopra) on Oct 24, 2020 at 1:04am PDT

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Ritz-Carlton launches 19th anniversary hotel package

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Man Found Dead In Delhi Hotel Room: Cops

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Balwinder Singh, a resident of Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi, was in the garment business. He had come to Delhi for work and was staying at the hotel for the last three-four days, they said.

Police said a 10-page suicide note has been recovered where its stated that no one is responsible for his death.

Police, however, said they are analysing it. Financial crisis is cited as a reason behind the extreme step, police said.

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Circa’s staggered opening of hotel, casino now part of Derek Stevens’ legacy

Circa owner Derek Stevens felt like he was in a bind when COVID-19 was discovered on the downtown job site and one of his contractor’s construction workers was infected with the disease.

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And Derek Stevens will have left his mark on downtown Las Vegas for the fourth time.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. Announces C$30,000,000 Million Bought Deal Financing | 2020-10-21 | Press Releases


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The Company has granted the Underwriters an option, exercisable, in whole or in part, at any time not later than the 30 th day following the closing of the Offering, to purchase up to an additional 15% of the Offering at the Offering Price for market stabilization purposes and to cover over-allotments, if any (the “ Over-Allotment Option ”). If the Over-Allotment Option is exercised in full, the total gross proceeds of the Offering will be approximately $34,500,000.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A judge on Friday ordered arbitration of a lawsuit brought by a former longtime worker at the downtown Omni Los Angeles hotel who alleges she was fired in 2019 for complaining that the establishment was over-serving alcohol to patrons with a “bottomless mimosas” promotion, endangering guests and staff alike.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Randolph M. Hammock said he based his ruling on an arbitration agreement plaintiff Sandra Cortez signed in April 2016, the most recent of several such documents she signed over the years.

“This evidence shows that plaintiff agreed to submit claims arising out of her employment or the termination of her employment with defendants to binding arbitration,” the judge wrote.

Hammock further noted that although Cortez’s lawyers acknowledged she signed an arbitration agreement, they argued it was unenforceable because it was allegedly one-sided and that the hotel could modify it at any time. But the judge said the evidence showed neither assertion was true. He put the lawsuit on hold pending the outcome of the arbitration and set a post-arbitration status conference for Oct. 25, 2021.

Cortez sued June 3, alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation and various state Labor Code violations by the Omni Los Angeles, one of several hotels in the chain temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cortez says she was hired by Omni in October 2000 and rose from a server to a leadership position in which she trained many employees. The 43-year-old plaintiff immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador in 1983 and has worked hard to build a life here for both herself and her family, according to her court papers.

“However, plaintiff’s dreams were crushed when (Omni’s) multinational hotel conglomerate, with an estimated annual revenue of $2 billion, unlawfully discharged her after 19 years of devoted employment,” the suit alleges.

During the six months before Cortez’s firing, she complained about the over-serving of alcohol to guests during weekend brunches at the Olive Street hotel and the inherent risks caused by dangerously inebriated guests, the suit alleges.

According to the suit, the hotel’s website said it “doesn’t disappoint with … free-flowing bottomless mimosas,” a cocktail composed of champagne and chilled citrus juice.

Cortez frequently complained about the issue at Omni’s monthly staff meetings, but her concerns were ignored in pursuit of the generous profits brought in by the bottomless mimosa promotion,” according to the complaint. “Stated otherwise, as usual, the almighty dollar prevailed over the health and safety of hard-working employees.”

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2020 Election Live Updates: Trump to Travel to 3 States as Biden Focuses on Pennsylvania

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President Trump is seeking to recapture the last-minute energy that lifted him to a surprise win four years ago, undertaking an aggressive schedule of rallies that will bring him to some of the country’s top battlegrounds even as coronavirus cases surge.

The president will start on Saturday in Lumberton, a town in North Carolina, one of the most important states for determining not only the next president but also control of the United States Senate, with Senator Thom Tillis locked in a tight re-election race against his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham.

From there, Mr. Trump is off to Circleville, Ohio, outside of Columbus, and then Waukesha, Wis. On Sunday, He will fly to New Hampshire, the lone state on his weekend itinerary that he did not carry in 2016. The hopscotching schedule is reminiscent of 2016, when Mr. Trump flew from state to state for multiple events a day in his private plane.

Except then there was no pandemic, and this time the final stages of the presidential race are coinciding with a surge in cases and hospitalizations. “We’re rounding the corner. It’s going away,” Mr. Trump claimed inaccurately at Thursday’s debate.

The virus’s surge ensures that even Mr. Trump’s well-attended rallies can be a political liability, a reminder to voters fearful of the pandemic of his regular disregard for expert and public health advice.

His rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., will return to the campaign trail after a week dominated by debate preparations and capped by a speech on Friday in Delaware on the coronavirus, which the former vice president has made a centerpiece of his campaign and his closing argument. His opening line at the debate was counting the 220,000 dead Americans. “Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America,” he said.

On Saturday, Mr. Biden will make two stops in Pennsylvania, both for drive-in rallies, a new style of event that his campaign has popularized during the pandemic. The first will come in Bucks County, outside of Philadelphia, and the second in the northeastern county of Luzerne, a former Democratic stronghold and one of three Pennsylvania counties that Mr. Trump flipped in 2016.

Pennsylvania is a top focus for the Biden campaign. Along with Mr. Biden’s appearances this weekend, Senator Bernie Sanders will be in western Pennsylvania on Saturday, holding a get-out-the vote event in Pittsburgh and a drive-in rally with the state’s lieutenant governor.

In a sign of Pennsylvania’s potential as the 2020 tipping point, the Biden campaign dispatched President Barack Obama there earlier in the week for his first in-person event of the general election. On Saturday, Mr. Obama will be in Miami for his second in-person event.

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How a freelance journalist takes vacation without losing business

  • Lola Méndez is a freelance travel journalist.
  • Two years ago, she took her first real vacation in years — and was miserable.
  • She was operating in a scarcity mindset, fixated on all of the opportunities she might be missing.
  • Here’s how she’s learned to take restful vacations, and shifted towards an abundance mentality.
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Salaried workers have it good in many ways. 

Their benefits often include partially-funded healthcare coverage, 401K matching programs, paid sick days, and even paid time off for bank holidays and vacation. Many people even negotiate their vacation days before accepting an offer for a new role. 

Freelancers get none of these perks. Sure, we get to set our own rates and choose clients that align with our passions and expertise. But when it comes to getting away from it all and going off the grid for a few days, freelancers often struggle to mitigate stress. After all, a day away from work is a day bringing in zero earnings for freelancers who don’t have passive income.

I’m all too familiar with the struggle of vacationing as a freelancer — especially as an independent travel journalist. It’s nearly impossible for me to switch out of work mode when vacationing. I’m constantly searching for story angles, scribbling notes, chatting with locals, and snapping photos. Even when I’m not traveling on assignment, I act as if I am.

Two years ago I booked a week-long getaway on a Cambodian island with very little internet access. It was my first real vacation in years. I had zero obligation to write about the place where I was going. I expected to spend all day sunbathing at the beach, reading in a hammock swaying underneath palm trees, and enjoying all the cocktails my heart desired. Leading up to my trip I got all my assignments turned in on time and alerted my editors that I’d be offline.

I was miserable in paradise. 

After a few hours of truly relaxing, I’d want to work. I love my job and the travel-centric lifestyle I’ve created for myself. Forcing myself to take a vacation didn’t serve me. I was desperate to check my emails. I couldn’t wait to return to the mainland and get back online. I was operating on the scarcity mindset and was afraid of all the opportunities I was missing by being offline.

I’ve since learned how to embrace a short holiday. Spending three to five days offline is my sweet spot. I can truly enjoy my experience without worrying too much about work. Even though I’m typically overseas, I tend to schedule my vacations around US bank holidays, since that’s when most of my clients will also be offline. I know it’s unlikely I’ll have unexpected edits or assignments due over a long holiday weekend.

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New Castle County wants to buy Sheraton hotel, convert it to emergency homeless shelter


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At a Tuesday night meeting, New Castle County Council plans to discuss and vote on a plan to purchase the Sheraton hotel on Airport Road and convert it into an emergency homeless shelter, according to the meeting’s agenda.

The Sheraton Wilmington South, located just off Exit 5A on I-95, is up for auction beginning Monday, according to a web listing. Bidding starts at $5.5 million. The auction ends Wednesday. 

The county wants to use funding from the more than $190 million it has in “reserve allocation” it has from the more than $322 million it received in CARES Act funding during the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Castle County wants to purchase the Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel and use it as an emergency shelter. (Photo: Daniel Sato, The News Journal)

The county plans to purchase the hotel and operate it as “emergency shelter and temporary housing for our most vulnerable residents, and others as deemed necessary by the Department of Community Services, during and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The hotel, which just underwent a $6.4 million renovation, has 192 rooms and the property is more than six acres.


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