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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Intoxicated hotel guest arrested for disorderly conduct: North Olmsted Police Blotter

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio

Disorderly conduct: Country Club Boulevard

Police responded to a report of a disorderly guest at 6:21 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Extended Stay America hotel on Country Club Boulevard west of Great Northern Boulevard.

Officers learned that an intoxicated woman was causing a disturbance by stumbling around the front lobby and bothering nearby guests. A manager, who had received noise complaints from other guests, had unsuccessfully asked the woman to keep the noise down, according to a police report.

The hotel manager asked police to assist in evicting the woman and a second woman who was in their room.

The second woman appeared to be sober. She was released, but told to leave the hotel. The intoxicated woman was arrested for disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Petty theft: Brookpark Road

Officers at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 12 responded to Walmart after store security reported that they were holding a shoplifting suspect.

An asset protection employee told police that he saw the woman, driving an electric cart, removing items of clothing from store displays and placing them in plastic shopping bags. The woman grabbed a Pepsi and proceeded past the cashiers without making any attempt to pay for the items in her cart, according to the employee.

The value of the recovered items — mostly clothing — totaled more than $318. The woman told the police she is homeless. Officers charged her with petty theft and she was held in police custody until her mother could take custody of her.

Improper handling of a firearm: Brookpark Road

Officers at 2:22 a.m. Oct. 9 stopped a car on Brookpark near Great Northern Boulevard. Officers charged the woman driver with driving without a license.

During the traffic stop, officers searched the driver, her male passenger and the car. Before the search, the driver and her passenger denied having any drugs or weapons and agreed to a search. However, during the search, officers found that the passenger had a 9mm handgun in his waistband that was loaded with 20 rounds of ammunition. Officers also found an empty 9mm magazine in the car and 1.9 grams of suspected marijuana.

Police charged the man with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

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Pence’s top aides have COVID; he’ll keep up travel schedule

Vice President Mike Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week, the White House says, despite an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus among his senior aides.

Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and “a couple of key staff surrounding the vice president” have tested positive for the virus, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday.

The vice president, who along with his wife, Karen, tested negative on Sunday, according to his office, is considered a “close contact” of the aides under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria but will not quarantine, his spokesman said.

Devin O’Malley said Pence decided to maintain his travel schedule “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit” and “in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.” Those guidelines require that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.

O’Malley said Pence and his wife both tested negative on Saturday “and remain in good health.”

President Trump commented on Short early Sunday after his plane landed at Joint Base Andrews, outside Washington. “I did hear about it just now,” he said. “And I think he’s quarantining. Yeah. I did hear about it. He’s going to be fine. But he’s quarantining.”

Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease expert at George Mason University, called Pence’s decision to travel “grossly negligent” regardless of the stated justification that Pence was an essential worker.

“It’s just an insult to everybody who has been working in public health and public health response,” she said. “I also find it really harmful and disrespectful to the people going to the rally” and the people on Pence’s own staff who will accompany him.

“He needs to be staying home 14 days,” she added. “Campaign events are not essential.”

After a day of campaigning in Florida on Saturday, Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington aboard Air Force Two shortly after the news of Short’s diagnosis was made public. He is scheduled to hold a rally on Sunday afternoon in Kinston, N.C.

Pence, who has headed the White House coronavirus task force since late February, has repeatedly found himself in an uncomfortable position balancing political concerns with the administration’s handling the pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans. The vice president has advocated mask-wearing and social distancing, but often does not wear one himself and holds large political events where many people do not wear face coverings.

By virtue of his position as vice president, Pence is considered an essential worker. The White House did not address how Pence’s political activities amounted to essential work.

Short’s diagnosis came just weeks after the coronavirus spread through the White House, infecting Trump, the first lady, and two dozen other aides, staffers and allies.

Short, Pence’s top aide and one of his closest confidants, did not travel with the vice president on Saturday. Top Pence political advisor Marty Obst tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this

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Atari Hotel’s Concept Art Shows Off a Futuristic, Cyberpunk-Style Hotel

GSD Group and Gensler have revealed their concept art for the upcoming Atari Hotels that are set to open in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona, and they look like something pulled out off a Cyberpunk-style future.The Atari Hotels are meant to be pop culture and video game-inspired, and GSD Group also has plans to have more locations in Austin, Chicago, Denver, San Fransisco, San Joe, and Seattle in the future.

Atari Hotel Concept Art

Atari, known for such classic as Asteroids, Centipede, and PONG, is looking to offer “guests a wholly unique hospitality experience inspired by, and built with, classic and modern video game culture in mind” with these new hotels.

Atari Hotels, which were announced earlier this year, will allow guests to “enjoy the latest in video games, experience cutting-edge immersive entertainment, purchase exclusive Atari Hotels merchandise, and play the night away in retro-style gaming arcades.”

There will also be a speakeasy and nightclub, themed restaurants and bars, and much more.“I have seen the vision that GSD Group has for Atari Hotels, and they are poised to shatter the perception of what hotels can be,” said Fred Chesnais, CEO of Atari®. “Atari Hotels will create a world that caters to gamers of all ages and experience levels, giving them a place to call home — a groundbreaking experience that shares Atari’s legacy of innovation.”

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Pence to keep up travel despite contact with infected aides

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence will maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week the White House said Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 despite his exposure to Marc Short, his chief of staff who tested positive for the coronavirus.

FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence will maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week the White House said Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 despite his exposure to Marc Short, his chief of staff who tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Vice President Mike Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week despite an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus among his senior aides, the White House says.

Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and “a couple of key staff surrounding the vice president” have tested positive for the virus, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday.

The vice president, who along with his wife, Karen, tested negative on Sunday, according to his office, is considered a “close contact” of the aides under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria but will not quarantine, his spokesman said.

Devin O’Malley said Pence decided to maintain his travel schedule “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit” and “in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.” Those guidelines require that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.

O’Malley said Pence and his wife, Karen, both tested negative on Saturday “and remain in good health.”

President Donald Trump commented on Short early Sunday after his plane landed at Joint Base Andrews, outside Washington. “I did hear about it just now,” he said. “And I think he’s quarantining. Yeah. I did hear about it. He’s going to be fine. But he’s quarantining.”

Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease expert at George Mason University, called Pence’s decision to travel “grossly negligent” regardless of the stated justification that Pence is an essential worker.

“It’s just an insult to everybody who has been working in public health and public health response,” she said. “I also find it really harmful and disrespectful to the people going to the rally” and the people on Pence’s own staff who will accompany him.

“He needs to be staying home 14 days,” she added. “Campaign events are not essential.”

After a day of campaigning in Florida on Saturday, Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington aboard Air Force Two shortly after the news of Short’s diagnosis was made public. He is scheduled to hold a rally on Sunday afternoon in Kinston, NC.

Pence, who has headed the White House coronavirus task force since late February, has repeatedly found himself in an uncomfortable position balancing political concerns with the administration’s handling the pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans. The vice president has advocated mask-wearing and social distancing, but often does not wear one himself and holds large political events where many people do not wear face-coverings.

By virtue of his position as vice president, Pence is considered an essential worker. The

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Hotel Hit Squad: Once the haunt of royal guest from Hampton Court, The Mitre is truly thrilling

This is, frankly, thrilling. We are still caught in the worst crisis that British hospitality has faced and here I am in a new hotel that brims with optimism and a bright future. Covid be gone. The Mitre is here.

If you know the elegant Lutyens bridge that straddles the Thames between London and Surrey at Hampton, you may have glanced at The Mitre and inwardly sighed: a fine landmark gone to seed, the sort of clapped-out place you hurry past.

In fact, it has always been a hostelry, built in 1665 to accommodate the courtiers of King Charles II when he occupied Hampton Court Palace, which stands opposite. It had a moment in the 1960s, when Shirley Bassey would pop in for lobster thermidor, but after that its fortunes dipped.

Enter Hector Ross, formerly in charge of the Bel & the Dragon pub chain and Beaverbrook hotel. He is young yet, but he knows what he’s doing.

The hotel had a moment in the 1960s but after that its fortunes dipped – until now

Supported by a couple of backers and a substantial bank loan, Ross bought The Mitre shortly before the beginning of lockdown and opened it soon after the end. He and a trusted team of builders (“my brothers”) moved in and spent those lockdown months on a top-to-toe refurbishment, creating a new open-to-view kitchen and implementing his friend Nicola Harding’s gorgeous, country-meets-town interiors, with original art, oak floors, tongue and groove panelling, soft velvet fabrics, Ottoline and de Gournay wallpapers and many subtle shades of paint.

Another good friend and colleague, the very tall Ronnie Kimbugwe, formerly executive chef of Bel & the Dragon, manned a vintage Citroen food van called Polly outside the hotel that made the resurging Mitre a talking point for locals during lockdown. Add Claire Fyfe, MasterChef contestant, interior designer and landscape artist as the new-to-the-game hotel manager, and you have Ross’s dream team.

You’ve either got it or you haven’t in the hospitality game. Ross, who was brought up in St James’s Palace because his father was a senior member of the royal household, has got it. He knows that generosity is key (sensible room rates, a glass of English wine on arrival, complimentary cookies and King’s Ginger liqueur, fresh flowers, Bramley bath products in the bedrooms).

He values his overnight guests enough to give them their own private sitting room (an engaging space in the oldest part of the building with shelves of books, honesty bar and a jukebox).

‘Am I in a London hotel or a rural one? The capital is at my feet, but country pursuits are on hand’

No two bedrooms are the same and they are all lovely: homely yet vibrant, with a mix of old and new furniture (much of it came with the hotel), paperbacks chosen by Fyfe, free-standing bath tubs, charming café curtains and the prettiest of mirrors.

The Mitre is substantial. It has two restaurants, a lovely events space, the orangery,

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Lack of conventions slam hotel doors, but leisure travel leading comeback in Lincoln | Local

“Unlike FFA and their blue jackets, they just blend in. Most people don’t even know they’re here. But downtown sure knew they weren’t here this summer.”

The loss of conventions, together with the cancellation of Husker and high school athletics, arena concerts and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduation ceremonies, hit downtown hotels hard.


Cindy Lange-Kubick: Walking through downtown Lincoln on a beautiful fall day in the time of COVID-19

Two of the three large hotels with convention and meeting space — the Cornhusker Marriott and Graduate — closed for several months, the Cornhusker laying off 79 of its staff. Embassy Suites, the other convention hotel, remained open, but laid off 92 people in May. That same month, a Hyatt call center in the city laid off more than 200 people.

The city’s 5,500 hotel rooms, both in and out of downtown, sat nearly empty from March through early May. But Maul said they’ve had a surprising comeback in business over the summer and into the fall.

“People are still traveling in a lot larger numbers than we thought would be traveling back in March and April,” he said. “We just don’t have the convention business. What we do have is leisure travel. Those numbers have been very positive.”

Now, there’s hope for additional business from smaller meetings and the return of athletics, like the “bubble” basketball tournament being discussed for the arena later this year. That possible business, Maul said, is partially contingent on a key COVID-19 fighting factor.

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Take a look at Eastern Michigan University’s newly renovated recreation building

YPSILANTI, MI — Although most Eastern Michigan University classes are online, students might want to leave their dorms and get a quick workout done between classes.

Fortunately, the newly expanded Olds-Robb Rec/IM building has opened after several months of construction and renovation.

The recreation and intramural sports building project includes the renovation of 72,000 square feet of existing space and a new 33,000-square-foot addition. The goal of the upgrade is to improve the look, feel and utility of the building, meaning a more open floorplan, better entrances for students and a better view of campus, university officials have said.

The first and second floors of the building are open for students, while floors three through five remain closed, Justin Jett, director, said. Plans to reopen those floors will be announced at a later date, he said.

The first floor features some social spaces, table games, like pool and ping pong, and an esports lounge, which is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The second floor is the main fitness area, with cardio and weight machines, dumbbells, squat racks and barbells. Most of the equipment in the space is new, but Jett said there are some pieces of equipment the university kept for the space.

The third floor houses basketball courts, and the fourth floor has an indoor track and more fitness space. The fifth floor is a classroom activity area.

The project cost $16.8 million and was funded by student fees proposed by EMU student leaders, Jett said. The initial $35 fee was approved by EMU students in 2017, and students had the option to opt out of the fee, according to the university.

“Students have been pleased,” Jett said of the new space. “The space has a lot more natural light, state of the art equipment and the students that have come in have been ecstatic.”

Having the first and second floors open is the first phase of reopening the building amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Jett said. The building is at 25% capacity and many multipurpose rooms are still closed for student use.

Olds-Robb originally opened in 1982 and has not received major improvements, other than routine maintenance, since its original construction, according to the university.

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What’s Been Happening In The Auckland Hotel Market In 2020

Britomart has seen the Grand Mercure Hotel and SO/ Hotel
both used as quarantine facilities for most of the year,
Meaning there has been a lack of 5 star accommodation in the
area for regular visitors. This has been somewhat alleviated
since the magnificent Hotel Britomart opened its doors
offering superb, environmentally friendly, 5 star accommodation
in the heart of Britomart
.

On Auckland’s
waterfront
M Social has been off the market with as it
too has been used to quarantine returning New Zealanders.
The Hilton has been open for regular tourists throughout the
year. The Sofitel closed its doors, but has taken the
opportunity to reorganise, renovate and plans to reopen when
conditions are more favourable. Auckland’s waterfront
hotel stocks have also been bolstered with the opening of
the Park Hyatt. This has to be Auckland’s
best 5 star hotel
now. The location, facilities and
service are all excellent. The area is about to get two more
hotels with Travelodge
and QT
Auckland
set to open later this year.

At the top
end of town Cordis
has been busy with a major expansion that will make them New
Zealand’s largest Hotel by some margin. Construction is
ongoing with things not scheduled to be completed until
2021. Meanwhile Amora Hotel has rebranded as Parkside
Auckland, and Scenic Hotel Auckland has rebranded as
Airedale Boutique Suites. Grand Millennium and 4 Points by
Sheraton have both been used for quarantine as
well.

SkyCity
suffered a setback with the delay of the new convention
centre caused by a major fire during construction. This also
pushed back the opening of their new 5 star offering Horizon
Hotel until 2021. But The Grand and SkyCity hotel have been
operating all year.

Capstone Hotels have been busy in
Auckland this year taking over management of Delamore Lodge,
Parkside Auckland, and Waitakere Resort (Formerly a Heritage
Hotel).

Auckland Airport
Hotels
have been largely used to rehouse returning
visitors this year with Jet Park, Novotel Auckland Airport,
Holiday Inn Auckland Airport and Naumi Hotel all being used
as isolation/quarantine hotels.

The
Sebel
Manukau has been used as a quarantine facility for
most of the year. While further south construction is
underway on a new Hilton in Karaka of all places. Just off
the southern motorway at the NZ Bloodstock Sale Grounds. On
Auckland’s south east coast the rundown Formosa Country
Club has been purchased by the New Zealand Super Fund and
will reopen as Rydges Formosa Golf Resort will open in late
November offering 50 one bedroom Villas.

With the
America’s Cup almost upon us it looks like our borders
will still be closed to most international visitors meaning
the much anticipated boom will be more of a wet fizzle.
Hotels in the area will be hoping a travel bubble with
Australia has been opened in
time.

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Guest Reviewer Kym Vaitiekus Shares His Thoughts On Hotel Bella Luna

Friday 23rd October 2020, 6pm, Flightpath Theatre.

The owner has put his hotel in peril as a means to increase his wealth. Much to the dismay of the remaining staff, guests (you) and his own daughter, the concerned and adorable Bellhop, Chloe LH .

As a hotel guest you are invited to the various spaces on Bella Luna to investigate and solve the issues at hand.

BWW REVIEW: Guest Reviewer Kym Vaitiekus Shares His Thoughts On Hotel Bella Luna

This evening of entertainment is a cross between an escape room, improv games and comedy theatre.

Hotel guests can choose their involvement. As a VIP you can be an observer of the mischief at hand. If you like to engage you can do so without fear of being pestered. It was not clear if one could call out at any point or just when invited. There may have been more audience involvement if we were allowed to comment when we had the urge rather than just the obvious moments of involvement.

The cast perform with an enthusiastic energy and a friendly demeanour that encourages the audience to engage. The performances have the right amount of character depth mixed with that Sci-FI parody feel. They create an environment that is not only entertaining and playful but also safe and easy going.

There is a rotating cast of seven, with four actors performing each night. Like any Hotel you can visit a few times to enjoy a new adventure with each visit.

This night had a superb Robot, Lachlan Tiberius Ruffy, who had an entertaining riddle to solve and a night of hilarious one liners.

Amy Victoria was thoroughly enjoyable as the pompous and entertaining Hotel guest, that kept the night rolling along with clever interjections and summations.

Nathan Porteus played the ultimate jovial, entertaining, concierge and Bellhop, creating hilarity and moments of down to earth familiarity.

Director Davey Seagle has devised a cohesive team, that while improvising, work well together to keep the story moving along, that bounce off each other with aplomb and with the right a humour and energy.

The final summation scene is a clever and fun way to end the journey.

Hotel Bella Luna creates a fun filled night that is engaging, entertaining, full of laughs and you’ll feel like you’ve had a cheeky hug.

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Refugee advocates concerned for detainee held in Brisbane hotel for 16 months

Refugee advocates have raised concerns about the welfare of a 37-year-old man who is under suicide watch at the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation after attempting self harm.



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The man, from Somalia, had been detained in a hotel at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane since being transferred to Australia from Nauru under now-defunct Medevac laws in June last year.

He was approved for transfer under clauses allowing people to reunite with family members in Australia for medical treatment. His wife and infant son were transferred to Australia in 2017 because his son was having trouble breathing.



a sign on the side of a fence: A group of detained asylum seekers are seen during a protest outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in Brisbane in August. A Somalian man has been transferred from the hotel after an act of self harm. He has been unable to see his wife and child since Covid-19 restrictions were imposed in March.


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A group of detained asylum seekers are seen during a protest outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in Brisbane in August. A Somalian man has been transferred from the hotel after an act of self harm. He has been unable to see his wife and child since Covid-19 restrictions were imposed in March.

They now live just 20 minutes from the motel where he has been detained for 16 months. But the family has not been reunited, and since coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March they have been unable to visit.

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“The only time he has seen his wife and son is when his wife brings his son to the fence,” Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said. “That’s the only time he has seen them since March.”

In recent weeks they have been unable to visit because both have been unwell. “He is extremely distressed to be so close to them and not be able to provide any kind of support,” Rintoul said.

The man attempted to self-harm about 3am on Saturday but guards at the Serco-run facility intervened.

He was then kept at Kangaroo Point, without any medical support or assessment, for about 12 hours before being transferred to Brisbane Immigration Transit Accomodation and placed under watch as high risk.

As of June there were more than 100 people held in detention at Kangaroo Point, which has been designated as an alternative place of detention. All were transferred to Australia from Nauru or Manus Island under medevac laws, which were repealed in December.

Related: How an inner-city motel became a detention centre for more than 100 refugees

Rintoul said detainees at Kangaroo Point, and the Mantra hotel in Melbourne, were now living in more restricted conditions than existed on Nauru. Because of the coronavirus lockdown, all in-person visits have been banned.

Meanwhile prisoners in Queensland are now allowed to receive visitors, with Queensland Corrective Services allowing the resumption of in-person from 28 September.

There have been suicide attempts among the immigration detainees at both hotels.

“They thought when they were transferred here they were going to get medical help, including in some cases for mental health,” he said. “Many of them have not got that medical help that they were promised. There are people who have applied

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