Day: October 18, 2020

Spaniard’s Bay dealing with recreation complex vandalism

Noah Wilson remembers the summer between Grade 6 and Grade 7 well.

The Spaniard’s Bay native was 11 at the time and wanted to get better at basketball. He spent every day working on his game at the basketball courts at the Spaniard’s Bay Recreation Complex on Back Cove Road.

“I spent every single day at the park playing basketball,” said Wilson, now 22.

From there, those basketball courts became even more of a fixture in his life as he picked up baseball, and his group of friends fell deeper in love with basketball.

The courts, and the recreation complex, moved from a training space into a space where he and his friends could hang out and build relationships.

“We spent a lot of time there,” he said. “It’s where we all grew up.

“It kept us out of trouble and gave us something to do.”

In recent weeks, Spaniard’s Bay has been dealing with an increase in vandalism at its playgrounds Tilton and the Spaniard’s Bay Recreation Complex across from Holy Redeemer Elementary.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the Spaniard’s Bay recreation commission pointed to damage done to various parts of chain link fencing, a large amount trash left around the facility, a soccer net that had been knocked over and broken glass that was found in parts of the park.

The complex is home to the town’s ballfield, a playground, a soccer pitch, a community garden and basketball courts.

That news came as a disappointment to Wilson, partly because he can’t do anything to keep people from vandalizing the property and partly because it is a space for the community.

“I know how much work goes into keeping it going,” he said. “That (equipment) costs a lot of money and it is there for their use.”

At a recent council meeting, Spaniard’s Bay moved to purchase and install security cameras in the area to serve as a potential deterrent to vandals.

“It is not just one incident,” said Spaniard’s Bay Mayor Paul Brazil. “It’s been on the go all summer.”

Brazil said the issue is again on the agenda for the next council meeting on Oct. 19.

Again, they will discuss any measures the town can take to deal with vandals. That might include contacting the RCMP when it happens.

“You have to try and keep ahead of it if you can,” said Brazil. “You still have to go ahead and fix it.”

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The mayor was previously heavily involved in the recreation scene in Spaniard’s Bay. While he is not as involved as he once was, Brazil still likes to keep an eye on how things are going.

He knows the importance recreation facilities have in a community and the benefits they give children and young people.

Brazil said he was disappointed to see the disregard some people have had for the recreation facilities in town and the affects the damages have on the volunteers who use the facilities.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said

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City plans for men being relocated from Lucerne Hotel on Upper West Side include cruel twist

More than 200 homeless men whom the city plans to relocate from an Upper West Side hotel to another hotel Downtown will have to enter their new digs through a side entrance in a pub, of all places, the Daily News has learned.

A homeless resident and a local activist supporting the men — some of whom are in recovery for substance abuse — were shocked to learn of the plan when they visited the new site last week.

“I’m in recovery and I’m OK, but don’t put me in a bar. It just psychologically is triggering,” Shams DeBaron told The News. “I said, this makes no sense at all when there’s [another] entrance over there.”

It’s the latest twist in a saga that began when the city moved thousands of homeless men out of group shelters during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, relocating them to temporary hotels.

When a group of Upper West Side residents threatened last month to sue the city over the placement of some homeless men in the Lucerne Hotel on W. 79th St., Mayor de Blasio quickly caved, deciding to shuffle the men to a Radisson in the Financial District. The Department of Homeless Services was expected to bus the men from the Lucerne to the Radisson, located on William St., on Monday morning.



a group of people walking on a city street: The city is planning to move more than 200 homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to a Radisson in the Financial District.


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The city is planning to move more than 200 homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to a Radisson in the Financial District.

The city is planning to move more than 200 homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to a Radisson in the Financial District. (Zalcman Daniella/)

Shams and local activist Stephanie Tchuente learned of the plans to have the men enter through a bar, instead of the Radisson’s main entrance, last Thursday.

DHS staff conducting a site walk-through told the duo that to enter the hotel, the homeless men will have to go through the nearby Bailey Pub & Brasserie, undergo a metal detector check there and then use a back door leading into the Radisson.

While the pub is closed for business, a bar including beer taps was visible during the visit, according to Shams and Tchuente, who co-founded a group of FiDi residents working to support their prospective new neighbors.

“They did say they would block [the bar], but didn’t give any details as to how much would be seen or unseen,” Tchuente said of DHS staff. “On all fronts, the city has completely messed it up.”

DHS spokesman Isaac McGinn said Shams and Tchuente’s account was “inaccurate,” but didn’t specify what they got wrong or immediately answer a request for clarification.

“The so-called ‘main’ entrance … is too narrow and does not provide sufficient space to implement our standard comprehensive security screening,” he stated. “A second entrance provides sufficient space to implement these required measures, including standard comprehensive security screening as well as implementation of best health practices, like social distancing.”

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Caelynn Miller-Keyes Called Her Recent Vacation With Dean Unglert Their ‘Honeymoon’

Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Dean Unglert recently went on a dream vacation in the Maldives. The couple met on Season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise in 2019, and the two have been together ever since. To show fans what their vacation in the Maldives was like, Miller-Keyes uploaded a vlog of the vacation on YouTube. In the video, she referenced the vacation as her “honeymoon” with Unglert.

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Fans wondered if the two are married

For the past several months, fans of Bachelor in Paradise have wondered if Unglert and Miller-Keyes are married. While promoting The Lovebirds with Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Jared Haibon, and Ashley Iaconetti, Unglert joked that he married Miller-Keyes in Europe after his ski accident.

On Instagram, Miller-Keyes also replied to fans’ comments and told fans that Unglert proposed and the two were married. While some wondered how honest Miller-Keyes and Unglert were being, fans noticed that Unglert was wearing a ring on his left ring finger.

E! News reported in February 2020 that the two had a “commitment ceremony” while traveling following Unglert’s accident. A source reportedly told E! News that the ceremony “really brought their relationship to a new level” and Unglert and Miller-Keyes were using it to “troll fans.”

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Dean Unglert and Caelynn Miller-Keyes cleared up the rumors

On June 22, Miller-Keyes and Unglert appeared on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever, and they were interviewed by Chris Harrison. During the interview, the two confirmed once and for all that they are not legally married. However, they do wear rings as a symbol of their commitment to each other.

“In my opinion, I don’t need the title of ‘husband’ to show the world I’m committed to one person,” Unglert said on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever. “So the fact that I’m wearing the ring is showing just that. I’m committed to Caelynn and only Caelynn. And that’s why I’ve worn it.”

He continued, “It’s not a traditional marriage or engagement ring. But it’s our little way of telling the world — or the people we’re around — that we’re committed to each other. I think it’s one of those comforting things where you can wake up in the morning and see your partner wearing that ring and be like, ‘OK, yes. They know that I’m committed to them’ and vice versa.”

Dean Unglert and Caelynn Miller-Keyes went to the Maldives

To travel to the Maldives, Unglert and Miller-Keyes were tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) before their trip, while they traveled, and when they arrived. The couple documented the vacation on social media, and Miller-Keyes also uploaded a vlog of the trip to her YouTube channel

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Jersey Shore fans upset that Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi is not returning for Season 4 of Family Vacation

Jersey Shore Family Vacation continues without Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
Jersey Shore Family Vacation continues without Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Pic credit: MTV

The season 4 premiere of Jersey Shore Family Vacation is set to air on Thursday, November 19.

However, fans are taking to social media to announce disappointment that OG cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will not be joining her shore family.

Since 2009, Snooki has become a fan favorite, and her crazy “meatball” antics are a beloved staple for the reality series.

Recently, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino shared a photo to his Instagram with the caption, “ITS HAPPENING #jsfamilyvacation4” as he and wife Lauren boarded a jet on their way to their filming location in Nevada.

Snooki commented on the post, “Yasss can’t wait to watch you both 💋 so proud of my fam.”  

This sparked an immediate fan response, with many posting about their displeasure in Snooki’s decision to call it quits. 

One fan wrote, “No Snooki? The show is pointless now without you.” with another adding, “won’t be the same without the queen ❤️.”

Backlash after Season 3

Snooki’s decision to leave is not entirely shocking, as the Season 3 finale ended in a blow out after the infamous speech given by Snooki, JWOWW, and Deena, roasting Angelina at her own wedding.

While meant to be a joke, the speech was not well received by Angelina or her wedding guests.

The speech ignited a feud between the girls, with Angelina proclaiming they ruined her wedding, leaving Snooki in tears during her final confessional.

“I just love my roomies, always. Jersey Shore is literally my life,” she said sobbing. “I never would have met my best friends, so the fact that it has to end like this, for me, it really sucks.”

Jersey Shore fans are not the only ones upset about Snooki’s departure.

JWOWW took to Twitter: “I watched my best friend quit because she couldn’t handle the stress. I stayed up so many nights hearing Deena cry over being called names she didn’t deserve. All while Angelina basked in the attention she was given”.

It is unclear whether the castmates made amends with Angelina before filming.

Production during pandemic

MTV announced the cast would take over a resort and be placed in their own quarantine “bubble.”

The cast is regularly being tested for COVID-19 and following all federal and state safety guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The cast includes Deena Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

Unlike other seasons, extended family members of the cast will stay with them in the Shore bubble.

While being isolated during a pandemic is sure to make for an interesting dynamic, one thing is for certain, “jerzdays” will be different without everyone’s favorite meatball, Snooki.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premieres on Thursday, November 19, at 8/7c on MTV.

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Merkel urges Germans to reduce contacts and travel as infections rise

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to curb social contacts and keep travel to a minimum on Saturday after federal and state governments struggled to agree on how to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections.

FILE PHOTO: Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel removes her mask for the EU summit final news conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium October 16, 2020. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

“We have to do everything to prevent the virus from spreading out of control. Every day counts,” Merkel said in a weekly video podcast.

While Germany’s infection rates are lower than in much of Europe, they have been accelerating and hit a daily record of 7,830 on Saturday, according to the Robert Koch Institute for infections diseases. The death toll rose by 33 to 9,767.

“We have to go further,” Merkel said. “I appeal to you: meet with fewer people, either at home or outside.

“Please forsake any journey that is not absolutely essential, every party that is not absolutely essential. Stay at home, where at all possible.”

Merkel’s appeal came as President Frank-Walter Steinmeier went into quarantine after a bodyguard tested positive for coronavirus, his office said. Steinmeier, whose role is largely ceremonial, has also been tested and is awaiting the result.

German leaders have been unable to agree on tougher measures to contain a second wave. Courts in several regions have, meanwhile, overturned bans on hotel stays for visitors from infection hotspots.

Politicians and health experts have appealed to the public to take voluntary measures over and above those already prescribed – including wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing.

Austria’s Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg tested positive for coronavirus after attending a meeting with his European Union counterparts on Monday, his spokeswoman said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who also attended the meeting in Luxembourg, tested negative on Friday as did members of his team, his spokesman said.

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Vacation abroad, but with lots of caution

WITH nonessential outbound travel now allowed, Filipinos will be able to go on vacation in seven countries that have no travel restrictions against them. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs’ travel advisory, as of October 11, 2020, these countries are Haiti, Mexico,  Andorra, Montenegro, New Macedonia, Serbia, and Zambia.

Countries like the United States, Azerbaijan, and Somalia allow Filipinos to enter their countries, “subject to flight availability and other special arrangements/commercial flights.” The Philippines’s nearest neighbors and usual vacation destinations like Hong Kong and Japan for instance, allow the entry of Filipinos subject to Covid-19 screening, and government visa regulations in the case of Japan. (https://bit.ly/3j9bb67)

Ritchie Tuaño, president of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), told the BusinessMirror, “We don’t expect an immediate spike in international outbound travel since most of the international borders, our neighboring countries in particular, have not opened up yet.” In the case of Singapore, noncitizens are subject to a 14-day quarantine at a facility of the government’s choosing.

He added, “There is a significant amount of interest but the willingness to immediately travel is still wrapped with anxiety or fear of being infected. It will likely take a while for traveler confidence to get back but this is still good to start it.”

Under the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) conditions, nonessential outbound travel is allowed starting October 21, with only a negative antigen test 24 hours before departure to be presented. In contrast, an RT-PCR test is needed when traveling to domestic destinations.

Also, outbound travelers need to have confirmed roundtrip tickets, travel and health insurance, and sign a declaration before departure that they know of the risks involved in traveling abroad.

“Allowing it [nonessential outbound travel] throws the blame of frustration on the Filipino-banning country,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. in a Viber message. “That also means, Pinoys must get RT-PCR just in case the destination is strict. I have told foreign countries to accept only Red Cross testing.”

He added partly in jest, “The initiative [to allow nonessential outbound travel] is mine because I am a sucker for romance and letting nurses go where they are appreciated.” The DFA chief was referring to the #LoveNotTourism appeals by foreigners and their Filipino fiancees to allow inbound travel so they could get married. The DFA, however, does not issue fiancee visas. With the lifting of nonessential outbound travel, the fiancees here can leave to reunite with their beaus abroad.

Otherwise, they can “get married online or have a kid with acknowledgement of dad’s paternity with inheritance rights, then Constitution on family unity kicks in,” he explained, and only then can the foreigner be allowed to travel to the Philippines. Locsin had also championed early on the move to allow Filipino nurses to leave and work abroad.

Meanwhile, travel agencies also expressed wariness over the IATF-EID decision last week to allow travel agencies to reopen at 50 percent capacity, after travel and tourism-related companies were moved to

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Victoria’s Covid restrictions ease as Daniel Andrews reveals 25km travel bubble and scraps exercise time limit

Melbourne’s 5km travel radius will expand to 25km from midnight under eased restrictions announced by the state’s premier Daniel Andrews.



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From 11.59pm on Sunday, residents of the city who have been under lockdown for more than 100 days will be able to travel up to 25km for either exercise or shopping.

The city’s two-hour time limit for exercise and socialising will also be scrapped and groups of up to 10 people from two households will be permitted to gather outdoors.

Hairdressers and outdoor sporting facilities including tennis courts, golf courses and skate parks will reopen, and outdoor real estate auctions will recommence.

Several changes were also announced for regional Victoria, where two adults and two children will now be permitted to visit a home and hospitality venues can increase the number of patrons to 70 people outside and 40 people inside.



Daniel Andrews wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Premier Daniel Andrews announces the easing of some restrictions on Sunday, saying Victorians had done ‘an amazing job’ during months of coronavirus lockdown.


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Premier Daniel Andrews announces the easing of some restrictions on Sunday, saying Victorians had done ‘an amazing job’ during months of coronavirus lockdown.

Andrews said on Sunday Victorians had done “an amazing job” during months of extended lockdown.

“What it means is that as so many cities across the world head into what is going to be a deadly winter, we in Melbourne and across Victoria are well-placed to have a Covid-safe summer and a Covid-normal 2021,” he said.

Restrictions to ease even further on 1 November

There will be further easing of restrictions in both Melbourne and regional Victoria from 11.59pm on Sunday 1 November.

From that date, Melbourne residents will be permitted to leave their homes for any reason, retail will reopen, hospitality venues will reopen with limits on the number of patrons, and two adults and two children will be able to visit another home once per day.

Andrews said if it was possible to make some of those changes safely before that date, the government would consider it.

The state announced another day of single figures for new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, with two cases recorded and no deaths.

Andrews hits back after federal MPs pile on premier

Andrews took aim at federal government MPs, including the health minister Greg Hunt, who have been critical of the state’s approach and called for a reopening in line with conditions in New South Wales.

“I don’t accept that anybody has a more complete picture of what this virus is doing in Victoria than the Victorian chief health officer, the Victoria deputy chief health officer, the Victorian health minister and the Victorian premier,” he said.

“My position to the Victorian communities but I’m not doing what is popular, I am doing what is safe. Because we don’t want to be back here again.”

Melbourne’s rolling 14-day case average dropped to 7.5 on Sunday, down 0.6 from Saturday.

Changes in Melbourne from 19 October

  • There will be no time limit on leaving your home for exercise or socialising.

  • The travel distance from your home will

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TWRA: Virginia woman charged with illegally feeding bear in TikTok video in Gatlinburg

Officers charged Kristin Hailee Farris, 21, with a misdemeanor violation after she fed a black bear while on vacation in Gatlinburg.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said that a woman from Virginia was charged with a misdemeanor after she fed a black bear while on vacation in Gatlinburg.

Kristin Hailee Farris, 21 years old, from Danville, Va., was filmed intentionally hand-feeding watermelon, chocolate and other food to a black bear in Gatlinburg, according to a release from TWRA.

The video went viral on TikTok, the video-sharing and social media app, and was viewed over 500,000 times.

She has been charged with illegal black bear feeding, which can carry up to six months in jail or a $500 fine, according to a release. Officials said she will be required to return to Sevier County for booking.

“The overwhelming desire to have a close encounter with a black bear is strangely more powerful than common sense,” said Sevier County Wildlife Sgt. David Sexton. “Many people intentionally feed bears with little regard for the dire consequences to the bears and humans they leave behind.”

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Boris Johnson’s inaction has forced me to ban travel to Wales from England’s Covid hotspots

Wales has strong ties and links with people from around the world – the strongest of which are on our doorstep. As we once again see coronavirus cases rise, we must sadly ask some people not to come to Wales at this time.



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This week we will introduce new rules that mean people living in coronavirus hotspots in the UK will not be able to travel to Wales, so that they do not bring the virus with them.

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I want to be clear: these regulations do not create a new border between Wales and the rest of the UK where there was none before. This is not a ban on people entering Wales. These are not the actions of some nationalist Welsh government asserting independence from the UK. And this is not the result of any sort of anti-English sentiment.

These regulations are an inevitable consequence of the prime minister’s refusal to act to protect people in England and other parts of the UK from coronavirus.

In Wales we took early action to prevent coronavirus spreading from areas where the virus is high to areas where it is low. Large parts of Wales are under local restrictions because the virus is spreading quickly – we take action when the rate rises above 50 cases per 100,000 people. People living in these parts are not able to travel beyond their local health protection zone – usually their county boundary – without a reasonable excuse, such as for work or education.



First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford


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First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford


These local rules, including travel restrictions, have helped prevent the virus being exported to other parts of the country; but people have been able to travel to Wales, including from other hotspot areas in the UK.

For many weeks I have been asking the prime minister to follow our lead and introduce mandatory travel restrictions in the areas of England where infection rates are high. I have asked him to add travel to the list of local lockdown measures, because we know that coronavirus is a sociable disease. Wherever people go, the virus likes to go too; wherever people mingle and congregate, so does the virus.

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The Dutch king and queen cut their Greece vacation short after facing backlash for traveling amid a partial lockdown

  • The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima returned home Saturday after cutting short a vacation in Greece.
  • “We see the reactions by people to reports in the media,” the Dutch king and queen said in a statement on Friday from the Royal House of the Netherlands after the trip sparked widespread backlash.
  • The Dutch government imposed a partial lockdown on Wednesday that closed bars and restaurants and discourages unnecessary travel.
  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote that he “made the wrong assessment” about letting the royal couple travel, according to the BBC.

The Dutch king and queen returned home early from a trip after being seemingly travel-shamed for their planned vacation to Greece.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima returned to the Netherlands on Saturday after spending one day in southern Greece, where the king has a private villa, Reuters reported.

The Dutch royal couple left for their trip amid an uptick of positive COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands, which prompted the government to impose a partial lockdown last week that closed bars and restaurants for at least four weeks, according to the Associated Press.

While traveling to Greece from the Netherlands is permitted, the Dutch government discourages unnecessary travel as part of the new partial lockdown rules, according to the BBC.

Not long into their vacation, the royal couple was apparently made aware of public backlash about their travels that became prevalent in Dutch media, based on a statement they made on Friday.

“We see the reactions by people to reports in the media,” the Dutch royal couple said in a statement published Friday by the Royal House of the Netherlands. “We wish to leave no doubt that it’s necessary to follow the guidelines in order to get the COVID-19 virus under control. The discussion over our vacation is not contributing to that.”



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In response to the backlash targeted at the royal couple, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote a letter to the parliament saying that he was aware of the king and queen’s plans to travel, but that he “made the wrong assessment” about allowing them to go through with the trip.

Rutte wrote that he “realized too late” that the royal couple’s holiday “could no longer be reconciled with the increasing infections and the stricter measures.”

“This should have prompted me to reconsider the intended holiday. I bear full ministerial responsibility,” Rutte said in a letter obtained by the BBC.

In the Netherlands, the seven-day rolling average of daily new COVID-19 cases has more than doubled over the past two weeks, according to the Associated Press.

On October 6, the country hit a record number of new daily cases, reporting 9,155 positive cases that day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Since Saturday, the country has reported 8,149 new cases.

Representatives for the Royal House of the Netherlands did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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