Day: November 3, 2020

Hotel security guard dies in freak mishap in Ranjit Avenue : The Tribune India

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 2

Satbir Singh (32), a security guard at a reputed hotel in the posh Ranjit Avenue area here, was allegedly stuck in a lift in a freak accident and died here this afternoon.

Satbir Singh. File photo

The family members of the victim alleged that he died due to the negligence of the hotel management. They said the hotel authorities informed neither the police nor the family members when the incident took place. They informed the family and the police three hours after his death.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Sandeep Malik said investigation was underway to ascertain the cause of death. The role of hotel authorities would also be looked into. He said CCTV footage of the hotel was being taken into custody for investigation.

The hotel authorities informed the police very late. All aspects would be looked into the case as further investigation was under progress. —Sarabjit Singh Bajwa, Assistant Commissioner of Police

Amrik Singh, a relative of the victim, said Satbir, a resident of Dhapai village and a father of six-year-old daughter, had been working as a security guard at the hotel for the past seven months. He said at around 12.30 pm, the family got a phone call from the hotel that Satbir had got injured in an accident. He was admitted to a private hospital.

Amrik said they immediately rushed to the hotel and found that his body was badly crushed. He said when they reached the hotel, they came to know that Satbir died on the spot as he was struck in the lift.

The family member later raised slogans and protested against the hotel management. They alleged Satbir died due to the negligence of the hotel authorities. They demanded the registration of an FIR against the hotel owner. He said there was no blood stains in the lift where the accident took place. They alleged the police were being pressurised not to take action. They alleged the lift was in a very bad condition.

ACP Sarabjit Singh Bajwa said the hotel authorities informed the police very late. He said all the aspects would be looked into the case as further investigation was under progress.

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How Blue Fern Travel co-founder Stefan Woehlke would spend a perfect day in D.C.

In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District.

a man sitting at a table eating food: Stefan Woehlke and his wife, Mary Collins, launched the food tour company Carpe DC in 2014.

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Stefan Woehlke and his wife, Mary Collins, launched the food tour company Carpe DC in 2014.

When Stefan Woehlke and Mary Collins launched the food tour company Carpe DC in 2014, the husband-and-wife pair veered from the well-worn path of national monuments and federal institutions and instead guided their enterprise in a decidedly local direction.

“D.C. has such a weird tourism market in the sense that people coming to the city are, for the most part, coming to learn this national mythology,” says Woehlke, 36, who co-founded the company while getting a PhD in archaeology at the University of Maryland. “There’s really no other city you go to visit expecting to learn nothing about the city you’re visiting.”

Carpe DC quickly gained a following thanks to its signature tours of Georgetown and U Street, all while building tightknit relationships with local businesses and donating a portion of its ticket sales to D.C.-based nonprofit Bread for the City. As the business expanded to include tours of Old Town Alexandria and Fells Point in Baltimore, Woehlke and Collins realized they had outgrown the Carpe DC moniker and, earlier this year, rebranded it as Blue Fern Travel.

After the coronavirus pandemic put tours on hold this past spring, the company pivoted to virtual experiences with local chefs and started a service called Black Box DC, in which customers can buy a curated collection of items from Black-owned businesses. (All of the profits go to the social justice initiative Campaign Zero.) In recent months, Blue Fern Travel also has reimagined its walking tours as socially distanced endeavors.

It should come as no surprise that Woehlke embarks on an urban hike on his perfect day, as he’s joined by his wife, 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son for the ultimate D.C. tour.

a statue of a dinosaur: The African American Civil War Memorial.

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The African American Civil War Memorial.

My daughter loves doughnuts, so we’d probably start off our morning at District Doughnut in Cady’s Alley in Georgetown. I’d personally get a brown butter doughnut and a cup of coffee — they serve Compass Coffee — and we’d take our doughnuts on the road and walk along the canal. If there are any ducks, my son would quack at them as we munched on our breakfast and meandered down toward the Georgetown waterfront. We’d just sit and take in the peaceful surroundings, looking over at what today is called Theodore Roosevelt Island but used to go by a number of different names, including Analostan Island, where the Nacotchtank Indian village was established in the 17th century.

Then we’d meander up to Rock Creek Park, looking for whatever wildlife we can spot — we’d probably have our binoculars with us because my daughter loves to do as much birdwatching as a 4-year-old can handle. Then we’d make our way toward Adams Morgan,

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Book a getaway and support others through Vacation Angel Network

The Seattle-based home rental business donates time in rental properties to families in need

SEATTLE — Wanna get away? Vacation Angel Network, a home rental platform based in Seattle, may have what you’re looking for.

“We have everything from small treehouses to giant mansions,” said founder John Fahey. “Your price range can be anywhere from a couple hundred dollars a night up to $5000 a night.” The network functions like Airbnb, but there are no added booking fees.

But the Vacation Angel Network doesn’t exist just to benefit renters, it also donates getaways in their homes to families in need, for free.

“Usually, it’s kids who are going through pediatric cancer, and we let their families go on a free vacation after they’re done with treatment,” Fahey said. “We’ve teamed up with a bunch of different foundations and they will nominate people for us.”

One of those families is the Wyneas. “It’s very nice to know there are a lot of people out there who are willing to help,” said Caleb Wynea. His daughter Aliyah was diagnosed with a rare benign brain tumor, “We didn’t expect this to happen to us, everything was pretty much normal until she had a headache that just wouldn’t go away.” 

Surgery to remove the tumor came with multiple complications and side effects. Aliyah had to learn to walk again, has ongoing symptoms similar to a traumatic brain injury, and her endocrine system doesn’t regulate normally. Outside support from the community and entities like Vacation Angel Network means everything to her parents.

“We’ve really developed a very virtuous cycle,” Fahey said. “For the homeowners, I know it’s a positive experience for them – I know it also helps their business out, incidentally. And then for the families, you just see it in their faces. They have an amazing time. The whole thing is just a really positive, feel-good experience.”

Vacation Angel Network features homes throughout Washington State, the Idaho Panhandle and parts of Western Montana. Fahey said he’s looking for new homeowners to join the network, and would love to spread out nationally someday.

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Port Authority Wants to Fine Travelers $50 for No Mask

Illustration for article titled You Could Be Fined $50 for Not Wearing a Mask in NYCs Travel Hubs

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Heads up for folks catching a train, plane, or bus in the New York or New Jersey area: Starting today, the Port Authority is implementing a $50 penalty for travelers caught without a face covering within their facilities.

While it still wants to put the “primary emphasis” on keeping mask-wearing voluntary for all riders, the agency noted in a memo put out last week that anyone caught failing to wear a mask or face covering “appropriately” could now be liable for a “recommended” $50 fine. The new mandate applies to all facilities under the Port Authority’s purview—that includes the LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark airports, PATH stations, and the agency’s namesake bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan, among others.

What’s a bit unclear is who, exactly, will enforce these fines. As Gothamist noted, the announcement from the Port Authority somewhat echos the MTA’s announcement back in September that it would issue its own $50 fines for those caught running maskless on the city’s subway systems. At the time, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo enlisted the help of NYPD officers to wrangle these riders, despite the fact that these same officers had been historically mask-averse. MTA Chairman Pat Foye later responded to these critiques by saying that cops, too, could be subject to these same fines.

While we don’t know how many fines have been issued under the MTA or the Port Authority’s mandates (yet), hopefully, this will be enough to encourage the currently unmasked masses in some of New York’s boroughs to reconsider covering up their face before they leave the house.

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Hotel Plus 2021 Will Open a New Chapter to Gather over 2,000 Exhibitors with The Exhibition Space Of 200,000 sqm

SHANGHAI, Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The 2021 edition of Hotel Plus show, organized by Sinoexpo Informa Markets, will be held from March 30th to April 2nd at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Covering all the 17 halls of SNIEC, the mega event is expected to reach 200,000 sqm exhibition space. Exhibit categories have been fully optimized, include Ceramics, Bathroom Total Solutions, Building & Decoration, Engineering Design, Lighting & Intelligent Control Systems, Smart Hotel, Hotel Furniture, Hotel Supplies, Cleaning, Air Purification, Facility Management, Epidemic Prevention, Self-service, Smart Retail, In-store Displays, and Commercial Space, to serve as a one-stop purchasing platform of construction and operation for hotels and commercial space.

Hotel Plus 2021 will be held from March 30th to April 2nd at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

“It’s been a tough year, we experienced many difficulties from event postponement, venue change to relocating exhibitors and reorganizing activities. Some companies delayed their event plan, but we also have welcomed many new participants. As event professionals we must strive to move forward and help exhibitors to meet the challenge. We were proud of ourselves when the Hotel Plus show in August kicked off,” said Ms Helen Du, Director of Hotel Plus, “Now 2021 is just around the corner. As the only B2B show in China targeting buyers from hotel and commercial space sector, Hotel Plus will keep its unique advantage in hotel supplies, engineering design and lighting, and continue to expand further into cleaning, smart retail and commercial design to attract a broader spectrum of trade visitors.”

New hall layout of Hotel Plus 2021

Hotel Plus 2021 will gather more than 2,000 suppliers from hotel and commercial space industry under one roof. The booth reservation is growing against the economic downturn. So far, brands who have confirmed to exhibit at the show include Sleemon, Canasin, povodo, xshuai, SSWW, COSO, FANYI Signage, OPPLE, TENNE, youwe, JSHDE, Power Dekor, Golden Sail, Groupe GM, LMZ, Sidefu, Gold Sanitary Ware, Zhongcheng, Dr.OPPEAL, CANWIN, SQ Hotel Linen, SOUTH, GREE, GIMIG, YAGAO, YouMian, KANGCAI, Coburg, Ming Fai, LIERKANG, Kinen, IGE, Qualicer, Zhengyi, BETONBAU, LUONNE, Xiefuchun, PADOM, Guanghao, haicheng-tex, Pengyuan, Guest Supply, GCS, Xin Jie Weaving, Yining, JOBO, Vilai Cosmetics, Shangguo, MSA, LG, Guiheng, Hyundai L&C, BVEI, PENSEN, Nanhai Space Sanitary Ware, Haotai, Hanhe, bittel, Be-Tech, Puietel Technology, JELON, Laffey Electric, Kingint, TCL, QUEENSO, bymiot, GREATSART, Keruide, ITO, SHJR, FSILON, FLOVA, Tetch Electronic, kuaierte, LONYEON, and SOQO.

Apart from products showcasing, Hotel Plus will have a variety of onsite activities during the show dates dedicating itself to working as a social hub for the community. Design Week Shanghai, Hotel Culture Week, Charm of Light, China Mall Show and many more exciting conferences and competitions will gather industry insiders from hotel groups, shopping malls, real estate developers as well as architecture and design circle at Hotel Plus to experience innovative exhibition form and space.

China International Building and Interior Design Forum at Hotel Plus 2020

If you’re interested in Hotel Plus, please go to more information.

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Hotel Plus is China’s leading trade show catering to hospitality and commercial space industry. Serving as one-stop sourcing platform for hotels, restaurants, clubs, retail shops, shopping malls and

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RI’s new $20-million COVID grants won’t help small hotels enough, tourism leaders say

Hotel, tourism and arts officials have until Monday, Nov. 9 to apply for new state grants from a $20-million pool set up to curb the closing of businesses and nonprofits struggling from the coronavirus, and government restrictions meant to stop the spread.

a vase of flowers sits in front of a window: The Graduate Providence, in the location of the former Providence Biltmore hotel, is closing its doors indefinitely due to the coronovavirus crisis. [The Providence Journal, file / Bob Breidenbach]

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The Graduate Providence, in the location of the former Providence Biltmore hotel, is closing its doors indefinitely due to the coronovavirus crisis. [The Providence Journal, file / Bob Breidenbach]

But some say the $20 million is too little to seriously help Rhode Island’s multibillion-dollar travel and tourism industry.

Others say one part of the program that offers up to $1-million grants favors big hotels and leaves out smaller lodgings.

“It’s a start. Nothing’s perfect,” said Dale Venturini, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association. ”It’s the first time hotels will get a shot at getting some money.”

House Minority Leader Blake Filippi, R-Block Island, is critical of some of the grants available to larger hotels.

“There are few, if any, small business hotels that have 200 rooms,” he said, referring to one requirement. “The program is clearly a state bailout to large out-of-state corporate interests, not Rhode Islanders. This program should be expanded to all hotel owners, regardless of size.“

Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport, a nonprofit that promotes Newport and surrounding towns, said many potential grant applicants have questions that he hoped state officials would answer.

He added, “Travel and tourism is a multibillion-dollar industry. Thanks for the program, but $20 million doesn’t solve a billion-dollar problem.”

He also said if other sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing or health care, were suffering similar losses, the state would put down a lot more to solve the crisis.

Matt Sheaff, director of communications at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, said that as with all COVID-era programs, the state will explore additional support, especially if there is a new round of federal stimulus funding.

Rhode Island’s leisure and hospitality industry has been hard-hit since the outbreak of the virus in March, and after governments here and across the country imposed restrictions on travel, gatherings and business. 

Since the spring, a typical hotel in Rhode Island has lost 85 percent of its revenue, Farouk Rajab, chairman of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, told The Providence Journal. He said half the hotels in Rhode Island will close by the middle of next year without “substantial” state and federal aid.

Thousands of workers have been affected.

Jobs in accommodation and food services are down 12,100 from peak employment of 53,000 in February, according to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. Jobs in arts and entertainment are off 2,300 since the peak of 8,200 in February. 

In a statement, Randall Rosenbaum, executive director of the RI State Council for the Arts, said, “During the pandemic, the arts sector literally ground to a halt. Theaters and concert halls and museums were shuttered and artists and cultural workers lost

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