Day: October 28, 2020

Wingate Hotel in Montana accused of racism against Native Americans

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Racist policies have led to COVID-19 being more dangerous and deadly for Black, Latino, Asian and Indigenous Americans than for white Americans.

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When Kevin Kickingwoman, a teacher who lives in Browning, Montana, checked in to the Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Great Falls, Montana, Tuesday evening, an employee at the desk allegedly told him the hotel does not serve people from Browning due to the Blackfeet Nation’s stay-at-home directive due to coronavirus. 

Kevin planned to get back surgery in Great Falls, which is two hours from Browning, early Wednesday, and his daughter and her mother, who live in Missoula, Montana, which is close to three hours from Great Falls, met him at the hotel.

Kevin’s daughter, Sharen, 26, took to Twitter after the incident.

“How come they will still serve people from Missoula? We have high covid numbers, (expletive) every where across the state has high numbers at this point. Sounds like some racist picking and choosing.. is this your policy, Wingate Hotels?” she tweeted Tuesday evening. 

Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Great Falls (Photo: NORA MABIE/TRIBUNE PHOTO)

Larry Gooldy, general manager of the hotel, said the hotel does not accept guests from any state that has a COVID-19 lockdown. The Blackfeet Nation’s stay-at-home order, which was recently extended through Nov. 8, exempts certain activities, including leaving the reservation to obtain medical services and groceries, and nowhere in the order does the tribe ask businesses located off the reservation to enforce its directive. 

Gooldy told the Great Falls Tribune, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, if guests are from Browning, which is the headquarters for the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, they must present either a verified doctor’s note, with their name and date of visit, or a document from the Blackfeet COVID-19 Incident Command, saying the person is allowed to leave the reservation. 

Gooldy said guests have shown him such travel permits, but the tribe’s public information officer Jim McNeely said that is untrue and those forms do not exist. 

The Blackfeet COVID-19 Incident Command (Photo: BLACKFEET COVID-19 INCIDENT COMMAND)

“The Blackfeet Tribe is currently looking into this matter and will keep the public updated,” McNeely said in a statement Wednesday. 

Gooldy said his policy applies to all states with COVID-19 quarantine orders. 

“Anytime that there’s a lockdown in the United States from any location, we post it up here, and they don’t get a stay,” Gooldy said. “Like we had California guests in here when their state was in lockdown initially. And they didn’t get to stay here at the Wingate in Great Falls. But I wasn’t called a racist either.”

When the Kickingwoman family explained Kevin was getting surgery the next day, Sharen said the employee asked for proof, so Kevin emailed the manager a doctor’s note. Gooldy said the doctor’s note did not have the patient’s name or time of visit, but that his employee alerted him of the situation and checked them in.

The family checked in to the hotel for about

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Rising infections complicate rules for New York-area travel

“The problem is, if I bring my daughter to Rhode Island for her weekend here, then when she goes back to New York — due to Rhode Island being on New York’s quarantine list — she can’t go to school. She has to quarantine for 14 days,” said Collins, 36, of Warwick.

“It’s been taking its toll,” he said. “There’s no end in sight. I find it ironic that Rhode Island is the only New England state on New York’s list. It’s very frustrating.”

With coronavirus rates rising across the country, more states have qualified for the travel restrictions imposed by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, raising questions about the usefulness of those rules. Only seven states now have rates low enough to avoid the three states’ 14-day quarantine mandate.

Connecticut and New Jersey recently qualified for their own restrictions due to rising virus rates, dealing a blow to the pride of a region that saw low virus numbers over the summer after suffering through the country’s first large outbreak.

Public health officials say the restrictions continue to help limit the spread of the virus, but enforcement has been uneven, with the three states all relying on the honor system for travelers to self-isolate and complete forms.

And the virus rate thresholds adopted by the three states are low, compared with some others used around the country and world.

“When you impose these rules and you can’t even satisfy them yourself, what it does is it shines a bright light on how ill-conceived these rules are,” said Sheldon Jacobson, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who studies pandemic data. “Do you change the bar? Do you keep moving it so that you are no longer part of it? Or do you … drop it, saying, ‘This is not working’?”

Some research has shown travel restrictions are effective. In a study of several European countries and New Zealand published in July by the New England Complex Systems Institute, researchers said they reduce the chances of “undermining disease containment by importing infected cases.”

When New York, New Jersey and Connecticut implemented their travel rules in late June, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, blasted mostly Republican-led states where the virus was spiking for reopening their economies too early and playing “politics” with COVID-19.

It was a turning of the tables. In March, Cuomo had criticized President Donald Trump for wanting to quarantine tri-state-area residents due to high virus rates, saying it would be a “federal declaration of war.” New York officials also weren’t happy when Florida and Texas set quarantine rules for people coming from the three states early in the pandemic.

Under the three states’ advisories, travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days and submit forms disclosing personal information if they are arriving from states averaging 10 or more new daily cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period, or from states where 10% or more of tests came up

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Montour recreation group working to connect trails | News

DANVILLE — The borough will receive a $98,650 state grant to help construct a 1.1-mile handicapped-accessible trail on top of the Hospital Run and Upper Susquehanna River levees, as well as related handicapped-accessible parking areas.

Bob Stoudt, director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission (MARC), told commission board members at their meeting this week that the grant will match $620,629 in previously awarded federal Transportation Alternatives grant funding. Stoudt submitted the application on behalf of the borough on April 22 to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) 2020 Non-Motorized Trails grant program.

The project will connect Danville’s residential neighborhoods with the Washies Playground and the Danville Soccer Park.

“It gives us one more piece of the puzzle in connecting the (North Branch Canal Trail),” Stoudt said.

The funding will help pay for the final design, permitting and construction of the project, he said.

MARC also is planning a trail paralleling Route 11, from the Danville Area High School-Primary School complex to Hopewell Park. Stoudt said students walking to and from the park won’t have to walk along the highway. 

Under the updated memorandum of understanding with the borough, “MARC shall be permitted to investigate and construct a new trail paralleling the US-11 road corridor to connect the Danville Area School District campus and planned athletic fields with Hopewell Park and existing trails,” according to the agreement. 

MARC will have to coordinate with the borough on the trail location, design and maintenance and to secure all required permits, it states.

The MARC board also decided to ask the Montour County commissioners to resume an eviction against Bear Hunters’ Grove Campground, which was started in 2017 and paused in 2018. Commissioner Dan Hartman, who represents the county on the MARC board, said the commissioners would discuss the matter.

Stoudt reported he met on Oct. 23 with representatives of the campground, located at the Montour County-Columbia County line, to discuss ongoing encroachments on the North Branch Canal Trail and SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority properties. He said he saw new construction of a wooden-framed animal pen on the location where a horse corral had previously been removed. He said he also saw gardens, woodpiles, vehicles and other encroachments. He said the campground representatives reasserted ownership of the land in dispute and strongly objected to MARC’s efforts to have the items removed. 

He said he advised them that MARC would consider them to be in violation of a 2018 agreement stating the campground would cease objections to the trail, allow public use of the trail corridor, and remove encroachments identified by MARC. 

Stoudt said he will post trail closures on either side of the campground until the legal dispute is resolved.

The board also opted to accept a playground set from St. Joseph Catholic School in Danville. The school offered the equipment, which is currently in place at the school’s playground, to MARC at no cost. The only stipulation is MARC must remove the set, which the commission will do once it

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This Alcohol-Free Fragrance Is the No-Travel Vacation We Didn’t Know We Needed

As passports gather dust and searches for far-away Airbnbs register as the “new norm” for nightly entertainment, a little wanderlust—in the form of a new fragrance import—seems to be just what this stay-at-home society ordered.

Enter Brûmée, a straight-from-Grasse (all the ingredients are sourced from the South of France) natural fragrance line that’s hitting stateside come mid-November. While the scents—Pine Tree + Vetiver, Aromatic Spices + Jasmine and Cedarwood + Vanilla—are deliciously crafted, the formula behind the range isn’t so standard, as all three boast alcohol-free fragrances that the company says are simply “kinder on your hair and skin.”

While the water-based fragrances wouldn’t necessarily flag any differences in a simple “sniff test,” the formulas look slightly “milkier” than the norm, as the line boasts a one-size-does-not-fit-all result as it works with your skin’s natural pH to create a scent that’s unique to the individual. 

The secret: A little behind-the-scenes chemistry and R&D magic that uses a new procedure the company refers to as “aqueous emulsions or WPE” that mixes water and oil into one emulsified mix and extends the shelf life of the scent. The result: Rich and distinct scents that are intriguingly complex and successfully check off the box for a truly 100-percent natural, vegan and cruelty-free product that also hits the European ECOCERT standards.

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Raiders sign ex-Seahawks rookie who was cut for sneaking woman into hotel

Raiders sign infamous Seahawks rookie to practice squad originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Kemah Siverand’s second NFL chance will come in silver and black.

The Raiders signed the former Seattle Seahawks rookie who was cut after violating COVID-19 protocols by trying to sneak a woman into his hotel room during training camp to the practice squad Tuesday.

In August, Siverand was caught trying to sneak a woman who was dressed in his clothes into the team hotel. He was waived the following day. Given the heightened state of safety, as the NFL tries to conduct a season during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s understandable that Siverand was cut and not simply fined for his error in judgment. 

“After taking time to reflect and really consider the seriousness of my actions, I have tried to find the appropriate words to apologize to all of those affected by my poor decision and immaturity,” Siverand posted on Twitter at after the incident. “I’ve privately apologized to Coach (Pete) Carroll, John Schneider and the entire Seahawks organization.”

“I violated team rules, which would be unacceptable in normal times, but absolutely inexcusable now during a pandemic. I understand my lapse in judgment not only put myself at risk, but also put my teammates and the organization at risk, thankfully no one else was affected by my actions. I want everyone to know that I am truly sorry, hold myself accountable, and am ready to move forward. I want to make sure this one mistake will not define me, and I will continue training harder than ever to continue pursuing my dreams of playing in the National Football League.”

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Siverand was an undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State and undoubtedly deserves another chance.

The 23-year-old will get the chance to prove himself on the Raiders’ practice squad.

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Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick Pose for Cute Selfies

Back Together?! Kourtney Kardashian Shares Cute Vacation Selfies With Scott Disick
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We can’t ~keep up~ with these two! Kourtney Kardashian shared the cutest photos of herself and ex Scott Disick. “Selfie selfie,” the Poosh.com founder captioned the snapshots on Wednesday, October 28.

In the pictures, Kourtney, 41, and Scott, 37, who share children Mason, Penelope and Reign, look happier than ever while vacationing in Tahiti for Kim Kardashian‘s 40th birthday. Naturally, fans of the on-again, off-again pair couldn’t help but wonder if they’re rekindling their romance.

“I ship this so hard,” one user commented. “Get back together already, please!” added another. Kourtney and Scott dated for nearly nine years before ultimately calling it quits in 2015.

Back Together?! Kourtney Kardashian Shares Cute Vacation Selfies With Scott Disick
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Although both reality stars have had other significant relationships since their breakup, Scott and Kourtney are seemingly single these days. The Talentless founder and his girlfriend of three years, Sofia Richie, went their separate ways in mid-August, whereas the mother of three hasn’t seriously dated anyone since she split from Younes Bendjima in August 2018.

Moreover, Scott never stopped “leaning on” Kourtney for guidance, a source previously told Life & Style. “Their dynamic is that she likes to care for him and he depends on her for support.”

In late April, the Flip It Like Disick producer checked himself into a Colorado rehab facility for emotional issues related to the deaths of his parents. Scott’s mother, Bonnie Disick, died in 2013, and his father, Jeffrey Disick, passed away three months later. After returning to Los Angeles less than a week later, his relationship with Sofia hit a snag.

“They were very happy together but Sofia could not handle his issues,” the insider explained. “They were never cut out for the long term because he has too much baggage and has trouble opening up to anyone besides Kourtney. When he gets low, Kourtney is the only person he can turn to.”

Despite Scott’s obvious emotional connection with the mother of his children, he has been spotted out and about with multiple women in recent weeks — including exes Bella Banos and Megan Blake Irwin. “He’s playing the field,” a separate source revealed Life & Style.

Hang in there, Team #Skourtney.

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Boeing (BA) earnings Q3 2020 results: Another rough quarter

Boeing said Wednesday it is planning to shed 7,000 more jobs to cope with a sharp downturn in air travel and jetliner demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and the prolonged grounding of its best-selling plane.

Boeing’s CEO Dave Calhoun reiterated expectations that regulators would soon lift their ban on the 737 Max, a grounding that was put in place in March 2019 after two fatal crashes killed 346 people.

The company’s losses have mounted as struggles from the 737 Max crisis were exacerbated by the pandemic. The ban has meant Boeing can’t deliver the planes to airline customers.

Boeing posted a fourth-consecutive quarterly loss, but the third quarter results came in better than Wall Street estimates.

Chicago-based Boeing swung to a net loss of $466 million in the third quarter from a profit of $1.2 billion a year earlier. That was on sales of $14.1 billion, down 29% from a year ago but slightly ahead of analysts’ expectations for $13.9 billion in revenue. Sales declines were most pronounced in the commercial aircraft unit where revenue fell 56% from $8.2 billion in the third quarter of 2019 to $3.6 billion.

The company is focused on cutting costs as it prepares for a long slump in demand.

Calhoun told employees the company aims to have a staff of 130,000 by the end of 2021, after attrition, retirements and buyouts. Earlier this year, Boeing targeted a 10% cut to its staff, which stood at 160,000 people at the start of the year.

About 19,000 employees are leaving Boeing this year, but the company is adding some jobs in its more stable defense unit.

“As we align to market realities, our business units and functions are carefully making staffing decisions to prioritize natural attrition and stability in order to limit the impact on our people and our company,” Calhoun said in a staff note. “We anticipate a workforce of about 130,000 employees by the end of 2021. Throughout this process, we will communicate with you every step of the way.”

Boeing’s airline customers are desperate to save cash and predict a recovery in air travel to 2019 levels is years away. In the first nine months of 2020, Boeing lost a net 381 orders for new planes. Boeing’s own estimates show that the pandemic could diminish industry demand for more aircraft for the next decade.

Boeing has slashed production rates and targets as demand has dropped. Earlier this month, it announced it would consolidate production of its 787 Dreamliner, a wide-body plane used mostly for international routes, at a single facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, instead of operating lines there and in the Seattle area.

Here is how Boeing’s third-quarter earnings report did compared with estimates: 

  • Loss: $1.39 per share, vs. $2.52 a share expected by Refinitive’s consensus estimates
  • Revenue:  $14.1 billion, vs. $13.9 billion expected

Boeing shares were down 3.3% in afternoon trading.

Boeing reported negative free cash flow of $5.08 billion, better than analysts’ estimates and than the previous quarter’s

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Itching To Travel? Preflight Coronavirus Tests Are Getting Passengers In The Air : NPR

The Tampa International Airport has started coronavirus testing for passengers with a boarding pass or proof of a reservation for a flight in the near future.

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The Tampa International Airport has started coronavirus testing for passengers with a boarding pass or proof of a reservation for a flight in the near future.

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For people who are itching to travel, airlines are working hard to offer reassurance. They’re requiring masks, disinfecting airplane cabins between flights and using hospital-grade HEPA air filtration systems. Airlines are also touting a recent study that shows that modern aircraft ventilation systems help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and suggests the probability of spreading and contracting the coronavirus on even a packed airline flight is low.

Now they’re offering one more thing in hopes of putting travelers’ minds at ease about flying: testing for the coronavirus at the airport, before you board your flight. The tests are allowing some travelers to reschedule and take vacations they had to cancel or postpone months ago.

Matt Battiata and his wife and four kids had to postpone a dream vacation to Hawaii’s lush landscapes and sparkling beaches back in March, when the island state began requiring every traveler to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. That essentially shut down tourism there. After all, who would want to fly all the way to Hawaii just to be trapped in their hotel room for two weeks?

But the Battiata family finally landed at Honolulu’s airport last week.

“We’re just happy to be able to come and visit,” Battiata said after presenting proof of the family’s negative coronavirus tests to airport workers on the first day Hawaii reopened to those who test negative for the coronavirus.

“We got a rapid test, it took about 30 minutes, you know, a nasal swab test,” Battiata said, adding that “everybody’s clear, yeah, so we’re very excited.”

Airlines are excited, too, to get paying customers back on their planes, so they’re helping facilitate coronavirus testing for travelers heading to certain destinations, like Hawaii. And some are even offering on-the-spot, rapid response testing at the airport before passengers go through security.

United Airlines was first to announce on-the-spot preflight testing, which it offers only at San Francisco’s airport for Hawaii-bound travelers. For results in 15 minutes, it costs you $250, on top of the airfare. There are also less expensive drive-up or clinic testing options, which provide results usually in less than 48 hours.

United and other airlines have worked with Hawaii public health officials to make sure the tests meet the state’s requirements for accuracy and reliability.

United Airlines was the first to announce on-the-spot preflight testing, which it offers only at San Francisco’s airport for Hawaii-bound travelers.

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Mundelein Park & Recreation District wins innovation award

The Mundelein Park & Recreation District has been chosen as a winner of the Power of Parks Award by the Illinois Association of Park Districts.

The award recognizes IAPD members that have displayed innovative and insightful ways to pivot their programs, events and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

The Mundelein park district did that through free, daily online fitness classes; the GO Mundelein walking program; its transformation of the 41st annual Freedom Classic 5K run into a virtual event; a Mindful Minute video series addressing social/emotional health; virtual programs on topics such as baking, art, dance, language, STEM and sport; and a host of other initiatives.

“Congratulations go to so many people for this team effort during one of the most challenging times,” Executive Director Ron Salski said in an announcement of the award. “I am amazed at the ingenuity of our staff as we continue to develop new ways of keeping our community safely connected through recreation.”

The District’s Marketing Manager, wrote and illustrated, My New Mask, a story to explain to young children why they need to wear face coverings. Staff created a video of the story in English and Spanish. It was later made into a paperback and published on Amazon.com as a fundraiser for Mundelein Parks Foundation. The video has been viewed online nearly 4,000 times and has sold close to 700 copies.

Keeping our community engaged through online fun helped pass the time during Shelter at Home orders. The District posted daily Park District-themed activity sheets, including word finds, mazes, word scrambles, scavenger hunts, coloring sheets, and more. Staff also created a free, downloadable Mundelein Parks Activity Book.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Staff introduced online “Boredom Buster” challenges to keep the community engaged and entertained. Contests included Cake Wars, Art Wars, Best Pet Trick, Best DIY Obstacle Course, Mundelein’s Got Talent, TikTok Dance, Free Throw Challenge, Egg Decorating Contest, Pet Photo Contest, and more.

The District connected our community to a sense of normalcy by offering virtual programs, including baking, art, dance, language, STEM, sports, and bingo.

Dancers in the long-term dance program continued their instruction with classes on Zoom.

Staff reinvented the traditional spring recital into a produced video. They carefully recorded all

routines while dancers wore face coverings and then edited it into a final presentation. The audience socially distanced at an outdoor showing of the recital recording.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

To connect our community to celebrations when in-person gatherings were discouraged, staff developed a Porch Party package. A 10 ft. colorful balloon garland was delivered to homes and displayed on porches.

Instead of a Mother’s Day event, staff created Marvelous Moms, a tribute video created with photos and messages submitted by our community. Local businesses partnered with the District and donated prizes for a raffle. Not only did this allow residents to honor their moms,

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Local recreation departments plug into eSports – News – Dover-Sherborn Press

Recreation departments in Dover, Medfield, Medway and Norwood are now offering young gamers a chance to take part in eSports competitions.

There will be two divisions in the newly formed Metrowest league – grades three-five, and grades six-12. Competitors will have a chance to play Madden 21, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, NBA2K21 and Fortnite.

According to Mark Ghiloni, director of Dover’s Park and Recreation Department, “eSports is one of the fasting growing industries over the past few years and is a far cry from what we grew up with in years past.

“The industry is booming with colleges/universities creating teams and offering scholarships to players, the IOC looking at ways to incorporate eSports into the Olympics and recreation departments looking to bring gamers together in a virtual setting.”

Ghiloni added that a National Recreation Park Association Conference held in Baltimore last year highlighted eSports, and that inspired him to reach out to recreation directors in Medfield, Medway and Norwood with the idea of forming a local league.

“A few months ago, the four towns came together to see if we can partner and offer a fun program for gamers in our community,” he said. “Rather than limit it to just our town, we thought we can partner and possibly start a MetroWest League. We already come together for traditional sports at both the youth and high school level, why not try it for this virtual competition.”

“It seemed like a natural fit with these four towns to start, and we hope to expand once we get established through other interested towns in the area,” said Kevin Ryder, director of Medfield’s Park and Recreation Department.

Both Ghiloni and Ryder envision this as a permanent program.

“The industry is not going away and will only grow. The number of gamers has grown, and it is an opportunity for children of all interests to take part in the program. We see it as an opportunity for kids of all interests (especially those that may not enjoy traditional sports) to enjoy the social interaction and a program that works in the current Covid times with no modifications,” said Ghiloni.

“I see it as something that will appeal to a number of kids in our community, especially those that may not partake in traditional sports or are looking for something different to take part in,” said Ryder.

Both directors said that Fortnite’s been the early favorite, and both hope that there will be enough signups to have the league begin for all games in early November.

“I also think as the weather turns colder in the coming months that interest will increase in these leagues,” said Ryder.

 

What’s required

Those interested in signing up for eSports must have the necessary equipment; they need to own the specific game; own the game system; need an Internet connection to play the game online; need to have the online gaming account (such as Playstation Plus); and register with GG Leagues Gaming Systems for an online account. This information

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