Day: October 25, 2020

DEC obtains 525 acres in North Collins for wildlife management and outdoor recreation | Local News

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired 525 acres in the Town of North Collins for hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor recreation.

The property, known as the Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area, includes the 43-acre Clear Lake Reservoir and surrounding area that has mature forest, wetlands, brushland and open fields.

The unused land was transferred from the state Office of Mental Health to be managed by the DEC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife reproduction and outdoor recreation.

The lake was constructed in the 1920s as a reservoir to serve the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center. More recently, it provided water for the Collins Correctional Facility. 

“The new Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area will provide outstanding wildlife-based recreational opportunities for visitors while protecting important habitat for many local species,” Abby Snyder, director of DEC’s Region 9, said in a prepared statement.

“DEC will continue to work with our public and private partners to conserve critical parcels like this that connect our communities to natural resources,” Snyder said.

The area can be accessed on the north side of Genesee Road in North Collins, west of Route 75. The DEC recently installed two parking areas to improve public access to the site.

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‘Bachelorette’ Alum Hannah Brown Poses Naked in Sexy Pool Pic

If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Hannah Brown surprised her Instagram followers on Friday, October 23, by posting a nude photo while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

“Views,” the Bachelorette alum, 26, captioned the photo showing her leaning over the edge of an infinity pool and staring out over the ocean, as she revealed her toned back and a hint of her bare booty.

'Bachelorette' Alum Hannah Brown Poses Naked on Vacation in Sexy Pool Pic
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“OKAYYYY HANNAH BBBBBB,” Bachelor Nation fan Demi Lovato commented on the pic, while Hannah Ann Sluss shared four fire emojis.

“I didn’t need to see this,” her brother, Patrick Brown, wrote, while others tagged Hannah’s ex Tyler Cameron and a fan joked, “Tyler C has entered the chat.”

“Luke P is definitely having a stroke right now,” another follower commented.

“Spotted: HB unapologetically living her best life!!!!” a fan proclaimed.

'Bachelorette' Alum Hannah Brown Poses Naked on Vacation in Sexy Pool Pic
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Her thirst trap pic came days after Hannah admitted she’s single and still looking for Mr. Right.

On October 18, the Alabama native took a chance on love and asked out a stranger who she spotted walking down the street in L.A.

“This beautiful specimen of a human walked by me. He was so cute, we kind of smiled at each other I think,” she explained on her Instagram Stories. Hannah admitted she was too “nervous to say anything” in the moment but decided to leave a note on the mystery guy’s car.

“I said, ‘We smiled at each other on the sidewalk. I was wearing a pink dress. Call me sometime,’” Hannah revealed.

“Maybe we’ll show our kids this someday. And our grandkids. Lol,” she captioned the clip.

The former beauty pageant queen “freaked out and ran like a crazy person” when the guy walked to his car. “He’s reading the note. If you could see, I have pit stains. S–t I’m scared,” she said in another video.

The Dancing With the Stars winner searched for love on season 15 of The Bachelorette in 2019, ending up engaged to Jed Wyatt. She later called off her engagement to the singer and briefly reunited with runner-up Cameron.

The pair went their separate ways but sparked rumors that they’d reconciled in March, when they quarantined together in the model’s native Florida.

Earlier this month, Cameron, 27, exclusively spoke to Us Weekly about his ups and downs with Hannah and revealed that they’re now “in a great place.”

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Trump travel anticipates race decided by one Electoral College vote

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is spending precious time in the final days of the 2020 campaign in places with just a single Electoral College vote at stake — a sign of just how close an election his campaign is expecting.

With nine days to go, Trump traveled Sunday to Maine, and planned to go to Nebraska on Tuesday. Unlike most states, which tend to utilize a winner-takes-all system, Maine and Nebraska divide up their Electoral College votes, giving two to the winner of the statewide vote and one vote to the winner of each congressional district.

While most of the attention this year has been on traditional battleground states like Florida and Pennsylvania, both campaigns have included Maine and Nebraska — places typically off the beaten campaign path — in their last-minute push, with the Trump team citing possible scenarios where the election could come down to one or two Electoral College votes.

For instance, should Trump manage to hold on to states he won in 2016 other than Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, there could be an Electoral College tie. In that scenario, a tie would be broken by the state delegations in the House of Representatives, which are currently majority Republican. Should Trump fail to win that trio of states, along with one of Maine or Nebraska’s congressional districts, he could lose the race by just one Electoral College vote.

In Maine, Biden leads by double digits in recent statewide surveys, according to the NBC poll tracker, and is expected to win Maine’s First Congressional District that includes Portland and Augusta. But the state’s more rural Second Congressional District could come into play — while Trump won it in 2016 it was carried by Obama in 2012 and 2008.

The district “could be pivotal in this election cycle,” said Trump campaign senior adviser Corey Lewandowski in an interview Sunday on Meet the Press.

Trump has spent months trying to win over Maine voters by advocating for the state’s lobster industry. He visited the state in June to hold a roundtable on the lobster industry, invited a Maine lobsterman to speak at the Republican National Convention, and this summer directed his administration to provide lobstermen with bailout money to make up for lost income from his trade war with China.

In Nebraska, Trump is expected to win the popular vote, but Biden has a chance of winning a single vote from Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. A NYT/Siena College poll this month showed Biden leading the district, which includes Omaha and its suburbs, by 7 percentage points.

The district has about the same number of registered Republicans as it does Democrats, and the results could be determined by just a few thousand votes. Trump won the district in 2016 by 6,500 votes and it went to Obama in 2012 by just under 3,500 votes.

The Biden campaign has also been eyeing Maine: Biden’s wife Jill Biden will visit the state on Tuesday, and Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff

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Family turned away from Wales after non-essential journey

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A travel ban is in place to stop people entering Wales from coronavirus hotspots in the UK. (Getty)

A family who travelled for more than five hours to Wales from Sussex were turned away by police because their journey was “non-essential”.

Police said the family were stopped on the A40 at Whitland in Carmarthenshire in the early hours of Friday (October 23).

Despite the lengthy journey, they were “escorted out of the county”, said police.

Wales is currently in a 17-day ‘firebreak’ lockdown in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Under the lockdown, which started at 6pm on Friday and is set to end on November 9, people have been asked to stay at home and leave only for a limited number of reasons, including exercise, buying essential supplies, or to seek or provide care.

A travel ban is in place stopping people from entering Wales from coronavirus hotspots, and the government has also advised that people should only travel if their journey is essential.

In a tweet, Carmarthenshire Police said the family had travelled for “over five hours” from Sussex for a “non-essential reason”.

They added: “The occupants were suitably advised and escorted out of county. #longdrivehome #firebreaklockdown.”

As part of the firebreak lockdown, non-essential retail was also ordered to close and supermarkets were told they could only sell “essential” items.

But the latter sparked a widespread backlash, with critics questioning why it was possible to buy alcohol but not purchase things like baby clothes and sparking a petition that has been signed by around 60,000 people.

Watch: How Wales defines the ‘essential items’ that can be bought during firebreak lockdown

On Sunday, First Minister Mark Drakeford said supermarkets would be able to exercise “discretion” over the ban.

Drakeford said people may need to buy such products “for entirely unexpected reasons which they couldn’t have foreseen” during the 17-day period.

He told ITV Wales News: “I won’t need – I don’t think – to buy clothing over this two weeks and I think many, many people in Wales will be in that position too.

“For me, it won’t be essential. But I recognise that there will be some people who for entirely unexpected reasons which they couldn’t have foreseen will need to buy items.

“In those circumstances where those welfare reasons are at stake, we will make sure that our supermarkets understand they have the discretion to apply the rules differently.”

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Trump travel anticipates a race potentially decided by a single Electoral College vote

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is spending precious time in the final days of the 2020 campaign in places with just a single Electoral College vote at stake — a sign of just how close an election his campaign is expecting.

With nine days to go, Trump traveled Sunday to Maine, and planned to go to Nebraska on Tuesday. Unlike most states, which tend to utilize a winner-takes-all system, Maine and Nebraska divide up their Electoral College votes, giving two to the winner of the statewide vote and one vote to the winner of each congressional district.

While most of the attention this year has been on traditional battleground states like Florida and Pennsylvania, both campaigns have included Maine and Nebraska — places typically off the beaten campaign path — in their last-minute push, with the Trump team citing possible scenarios where the election could come down to one or two Electoral College votes.

For instance, should Trump manage to hold on to states he won in 2016 other than Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, there could be an Electoral College tie. In that scenario, a tie would be broken by the state delegations in the House of Representatives, which are currently majority Republican. Should Trump fail to win that trio of states, along with one of Maine or Nebraska’s congressional districts, he could lose the race by just one Electoral College vote.

In Maine, Biden leads by double digits in recent statewide surveys, according to the NBC poll tracker, and is expected to win Maine’s First Congressional District that includes Portland and Augusta. But the state’s more rural Second Congressional District could come into play — while Trump won it in 2016 it was carried by Obama in 2012 and 2008.

The district “could be pivotal in this election cycle,” said Trump campaign senior adviser Corey Lewandowski in an interview Sunday on Meet the Press.

Trump has spent months trying to win over Maine voters by advocating for the state’s lobster industry. He visited the state in June to hold a roundtable on the lobster industry, invited a Maine lobsterman to speak at the Republican National Convention, and this summer directed his administration to provide lobstermen with bailout money to make up for lost income from his trade war with China.

In Nebraska, Trump is expected to win the popular vote, but Biden has a chance of winning a single vote from Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. A NYT/Siena College poll this month showed Biden leading the district, which includes Omaha and its suburbs, by 7 percentage points.

The district has about the same number of registered Republicans as it does Democrats, and the results could be determined by just a few thousand votes. Trump won the district in 2016 by 6,500 votes and it went to Obama in 2012 by just under 3,500 votes.

The Biden campaign has also been eyeing Maine: Biden’s wife Jill Biden will visit the state on Tuesday, and Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff was in

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How Should We Restrict Travel Until A Vaccine Arrives?

As infection rates soar across the EU, U.S. and the U.K., it’s clear that people will be living with the pandemic over winter; Severin Schwan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche Holding said Tuesday, it was “completely unrealistic” to expect that a Covid-19 vaccine would be available for the masses before the second half of 2021.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Good Morning America that people need to rethink Thanksgiving celebrations with the current growth in rates of infection across the U.S.

Likewise, many EU countries are currently implementing lockdowns and curfews, in the hope of staving off the worst of the second wave and limiting the impact–the Danish have been warned that they should cancel Christmas parties.

In the first wave, many countries decided on a full lockdown but during the second and third waves, countries have been trying different strategies for a win win situation; to keep the economy afloat, to keep an electorate happy but also to protect the health of the population, especially the elderly and vulnerable.

It still isn’t clear which form of restriction works best when trying to reduce mingling and mixing in the population at large, and the question remains–should we be implementing lockdowns at planned intervals until a vaccine is available?

1) Complete lockdowns

This is the worst case scenario for every country and a last resort. After many enacted a complete lockdown in March and April, leaders are not keen to do the same again, because of the psychological and economic impacts, never mind the political; no one likes to be told to stay inside their home more than once.

Belgium is currently in lockdown again, and the prime minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babis, publicly apologised to Czechs on 22 October for having mismanaged the pandemic so much that the country is now forced to go into lockdown again–free movement is limited, and non-essential services and shops have been closed.

2) A short, sharp, ‘circuit-breaker’ or ‘fire-break’

In a curfew, the emphasis is on keeping people off the streets for certain periods (which stops them mixing with each other) whilst during a lockdown, people are kept more in their homes for longer periods of time–the latter is obviously the more drastic solution.

The theory behind a circuit breaker is easy to understand–by shutting the brakes hard on the pandemic’s spread for a short period of time, it eases pressure on health services and, according to Time, makes compliance far more likely because there is a known end date.

In the U.K., Wales is enacting a fire-break from 6pm, 23 October until 9 November. All non-essential businesses will close, churches and schools will close (it will coincide with the school holidays), and people are encouraged to work from home. Gatherings such as Halloween and Guy Fawkes celebrations

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Kokilaben’s recreation of ‘Rasode Mein Kaun Tha’ with Gopi, Gehna cannot be missed



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‘Rasode Mein Kaun Tha,’ a dialogue that became ‘insanely’ popular and was stuck in everyone’s minds for days together. Well, now, it looks like Indian Television viewers are again going to go ‘crazy’ over it as it has been recreated. Confused, are you? The viral dialogue is incorporated in the show’s second season – Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2. Yes, you read that right!

 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2 also has a ‘Rasode Mein Kaun Tha’ moment. The makers recently shared a new promo, and it has caught everyone’s attention. However, this time it is not Rashi at the receiving end of Kolikaben’s (Rupal Patel) anger, but Gehna (Sneha Jain) at the target. Moreover, ‘cooker’ mystery is passé, as it is about the ‘prashad’ this time. In the new promo, Kokilaben questions Gopi Bahu (Devoleena Bhattacharjee) and Gehna about their whereabouts when something goes wrong in the kitchen while cooking ‘prashad’. Kokilaben then tries a trick on Gehna to blurt out the truth. 

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Well, this viral dialogue in the show’s second season is certainly going to grab viewers’ attention. Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2 premiered from October 19 (2020) onwards. Rupal Patel, Devoleena Bhattacharjee, Mohammad Nazim (Ahem) Harsh Nagar (Anant), Sneha Jain are leading the show. 

It would be interesting to see how Gehna escapes this situation. Will Gopi help to calm the situation in the Modi house? Only time will tell. Also, will we have the famous rap composer Yashraj Mukhate take a cue from the second part of the dialogue to create something new and interesting again? What are your thoughts on the same? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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UK police to enforce travel ban to curb COVID infections

Danica Kirka, Associated Press
Published 2:09 p.m. ET Oct. 25, 2020

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Traffic passes a COVID-19 sign informing drivers of the “firebreak” lockdown which comes into force from 6:00 pm (1700 GMT), closing non-food retailers, cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels for two weeks in a bid to reduce soaring coronavirus cases on October 23, 2020 in Cardiff. (Photo: GEOFF CADDICK, AFP via Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) — A police force in England says it will try to stop people from leaving Wales, which has started a 17-day lockdown to slow a surging rate of coronavirus infections.

The Gloucestershire Constabulary will patrol routes from Wales and pull over drivers they believe are making long journeys. Travelers without a good excuse will be asked to turn around. If they don’t comply, officers will inform their Welsh counterparts so they can take action because Gloucestershire police don’t have the authority to fine people traveling from Wales, the department said.

The situation illustrates the patchwork of coronavirus restrictions imposed by authorities throughout the U.K., which has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus numbers, with 44,661 confirmed virus deaths. Some 1,756 of those occurred in Wales, which has a population of about 3 million.

Under the U.K.’s system of devolved authority, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have established their own public health rules. Meanwhile, the national government in Westminster has created a three-tiered virus alert system that applies to England alone.

South Yorkshire on Saturday became the latest region to enter Tier 3 — the tightest level of virus risk restrictions in England — following Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

But it is the Welsh government that has imposed one of the U.K.’s strictest lockdowns, including a ban on non-essential travel. Under rules that took effect Friday evening, Wales also closed most businesses and restricted high schools to online instruction.

Another English police force, West Mercia, also said it will be working with their Welsh counterparts to “enforce, where necessary, the relevant rules for the area we serve.”

New infections are continuing to rise across Britain. Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the U.K.’s original lockdown in March, told the BBC that the current situation was “worrying.″

“We are in a critical time right now,″ he said. “The health system will not be able to cope with this rate of growth for much longer.”

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With Vacation Rentals Empty, European Cities See a Chance to Reclaim Housing

LISBON — Long before the coronavirus swept across Europe this spring, many cities had been complaining that a proliferation of short-term apartment rentals aimed at tourists through platforms like Airbnb was driving up housing costs for locals and destroying the character of historic districts.

Now that the pandemic has all but cut off the steady flow of visitors, many European cities are seizing an opportunity to push short-term rentals back onto the long-term housing market.

In Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, the city government is becoming a landlord itself by renting empty apartments and subletting them as subsidized housing. In Barcelona, Spain, the housing department is threatening to take possession of empty properties and do the same.

Other city governments are enacting or planning new laws to curb the explosive growth of rentals aimed largely at tourists. Amsterdam has banned vacation rentals in the heart of the old city; a Berlin official warned of a crackdown on short-term leasing platforms “trying to evade regulation and the enforcement of law”; and Paris is planning a referendum on Airbnb-type listings.

For years, properties rented out for short-term stays have snatched away housing units from local residents in several European cities. Lisbon has more than 22,000 Airbnb listings, according to Inside Airbnb, which tracks listings in cities around the globe. Barcelona has 18,000, and Paris — one of the platform’s largest markets — has nearly 60,000.

When tourists are plentiful, renting a property on a short-term basis can be more lucrative for owners than a long-term tenant, something that city governments say has distorted housing markets in cities where supply is already tight. They also accuse online platforms of circumventing laws put in place to protect local markets.

“We cannot tolerate that accommodations that could be rented to Parisians are now rented all year to tourists,” the deputy mayor of Paris, Ian Brossat, said in a phone interview. Mr. Brossat also said he was hoping to cut the number of days per year that a property can be rented through platforms like Airbnb — currently 120. He accused the company of breaching even that rule.

“Airbnb pretends to respect the law, but it’s not the case,” said Mr. Brossat, who has written a book critical of Airbnb and its impact on cities.

Airbnb denies any wrongdoing, in Paris or elsewhere. “They’ve set the rules, and we’re following the rules,” said Patrick Robinson, Airbnb’s director of public policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Where there is a vigorous discussion about the right regulations, we’re part of that conversation, and ultimately that’s for local politicians to decide.”

He said that Airbnb provided registration details and other data to the authorities in major tourism hubs like Lisbon, Paris and Barcelona to help city officials enforce their rules. “We actually think that better access to data is the solution here.” In September, the company introduced City Portal, which it says will allow governments access to data that can help identify listings that do not comply with

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Pence travel questioned after aides test positive

Trump administration and campaign officials faced questioning on Sunday about Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments McConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session MORE’s planned travel in the upcoming week after reports revealed two of his top aides tested positive for COVID-19.

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSenate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom to ‘stop second guessing’ FDA on vaccine efficacy Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day Trump hasn’t asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says MORE defended Pence’s campaign travel on CNN’s “State of the Union,” promoting the administration’s argument that Pence serves as an essential worker and is allowed to continue campaigning in person. 

“As we look at that, essential personnel, whether it’s the vice president of the United States or anyone else, has to continue on,” Meadows said after host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperNY Times slammed for glowing Farrakhan op-ed: ‘You would think he was a gentleman’ Democrats condemn Trump’s rhetoric against Michigan governor as allies defend rally Illinois governor blames Trump’s allies for state’s wrong direction on coronavirus MORE pressed him on how campaigning classified as essential work. 

Meadows declined to say how many people in the vice president’s office have contracted coronavirus, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that “we don’t give out that kind of information.” 

The chief of staff stressed that Pence is “wearing a mask, socially distancing and when he goes up to speak he will take the mask off, put it back on.” The vice president was not wearing a mask while speaking at a rally in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday.

Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and adviser Marty Obst both tested positive for COVID-19, but the vice president himself has tested negative for the virus twice.

Trump campaign adviser Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiSunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day Senate needs to confirm Judge Barrett before Election Day  The Memo: Biden landslide creeps into view MORE on Sunday also stood by Pence’s campaigning, noting on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump knocks idea of a ‘female socialist president’ Sanders hits back at Trump’s attack on ‘socialized medicine’ Watch live: Biden participates in HBCU homecoming MORE (D-Calif.) the Democratic vice presidential nominee, continued her campaign after a staffer tested positive. 

“I’m sure he’ll do what’s necessary and what’s appropriate,” Lewandowski said, referring to Pence. “And look, we’ve also seen Kamala Harris’s team — members of her team come down with COVID and she took the necessary precautions.”

Harris’s communications director, Liz Allen, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, prompting the senator to cancel some planned travel to Oct. 18. But 

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