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Toya Bush-Harris’ Nude One-Piece Bathing Suit on Jamaican Vacation

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Apparently, Toya Bush-Harris was just getting started with her stunning vacation style when she graced us with a shot of her skimpy, bright orange bikini. The Married to Medicine beauty is enjoying a luxe getaway to Jamaica with her adorable family and by the looks of it, she’s packed more than one smoldering swimsuit for the occasion. 

On November 1, Toya took to Instagram to share a sun-kissed, moody photo as she sat perched on a stone wall by the beach. Toya let her radiant skin do all the talking in the sexy swimsuit snap in which she wore a nude, halter-neck, one-piece swimsuit. The sheer bathing suit was strategically embellished with playful, floral appliqués in shades of red, pink, and yellow. Each flower detail pulled double duty to cover up Toya’s (ahem) assets with a built-in flirty sash to emphasize her snatched waist. Toya’s tropical one-piece merely proved what we all knew to be true — that Toya is an absolute stunner, especially when the weather calls for an endless parade of bathing suits. 

Toya placed her oversized, circle glasses in her long, curly strands and left the rest of her accessories at home. Who needs sweater weather when you can keep summer going strong? Slay all day, Toya. 

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If you need to travel during the pandemic, here’s how to stay in a hotel safely

Q: Is it safe to stay in hotels during the pandemic?

In a recent travel update, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes it clear: Staying home is the best way to protect yourself against the coronavirus.

If you do travel, the CDC says, sharing a rental home with people from your own household is safer than staying with friends or family who aren’t from your household or staying at a hotel where you would encounter more people. The riskiest option, it says, is a hostel or other dorm-like lodging with shared sleeping areas.

Try to find a rental that guarantees a 72-hour buffer between guests, says Dr. Natascha Tuznik, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, Davis. Airbnb will require hosts to commit to enhanced cleaning by Nov. 20. That includes scrubbing floors and other surfaces with soap and water; washing linens on high heat; disinfecting high-touch items like door knobs; and ventilating rooms.

Rentals might also have more access to fresh air than hotel rooms, Tuznik said. But she said there have been very few reported coronavirus outbreaks connected to hotels.

If you stay at a hotel, check to see what safety steps it’s taking. Many hotels have adopted enhanced cleaning procedures, for example, and are encouraging social distancing in common areas.

You can also use disinfectant wipes to clean the surfaces that are most touched, like light switches and faucets, Tuznik said. And consider omitting housekeeping services to ensure fewer people enter the room.

Outside the room, experts suggest avoiding common areas and taking the stairs instead of the elevator if you can.

The AP is answering your questions about the coronavirus. Submit them at: [email protected].

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The Space Travel Between Us

Proxima is, in the broadest sense, about a mission to Mars. But neither the mission nor Mars itself are the source of the film’s tantalizingly muted energy; we have Eva Green to thank for much of that. She plays Sarah Loreau, an astronaut in training at the European Space Agency whose life takes a long-hoped-for but nevertheless unexpected turn when she finally gets her chance to go to space. Sarah’s a last-minute addition to a team headed to the red planet. She’s been training for this for years.

This science-fiction–inflected drama by Alice Winocour, however, is more interested in the things one cannot train for: in this case, the delicate line Sarah must now walk between being a divorced mother/caretaker for her daughter, Stella (Zélie Boulant-Lemesle), and the fulfillment of her own dreams. Stella, whose very name means star, has a Skywatcher telescope of her own, powerful enough to see to Mars from her bedroom. She’s inquisitive, quiet, and bad at math, which bodes poorly for future prospects following in her mother’s footsteps someday. Still, the young woman is incredibly sensitive to what’s happening — and to what’s about to happen. She wonders aloud, for example, whether she or her mother will die first, a question gripped with awareness of the gap that will now grow between mother and daughter — one defined not only by distance, but by time. 

Sarah, you see, will be gone for over a year in earth time. In the meantime, Stella and her cat, Laika, will stay with the girl’s father, Thomas (Lars Eidinger), a fellow space head who’s committed to staying on the ground. The tensions start once Mom moves to Moscow’s Star City to begin her intensive mission training, i.e. that familiarly grueling regimen of vomit comets and impossible underwater missions. In Sarah’s case, there’s the additionally difficult double-bind of being the sole woman among so many men and of missing her daughter. There’s an American astronaut, Mike Shannon (Matt Dillon), whose too-apparent skepticism sends Sarah internally reeling from the moment he introduces her to the press as a Frenchwoman who, by nature of her kind, must be a great cook. Dillon not only nails such hapless misogyny but stands in for men in the workplace, broadly speaking: men who, unsure of how to acknowledge women colleagues as equals and peers, practice a form of collegiality predicated on reductive belittlement, harmless “jokes,” and offhanded undermining. 

But Winocour is too sensitive a writer for Sarah’s plights to be reduced to workplace politics or a suppressed maternal emotions. The French filmmaker co-wrote the 2015 Oscar-nominated drama Mustang, about a quintet of young Turkish women whose self-discoveries are at odds with the mores of their guardians, and for writing and directing the Matthias Schoenaerts vehicle Disorder, which took on PTSD. Her latest is something far more tense and fluid than a stock cosmic melodrama, ping-ponging as it does between Sarah’s training montages at Star City and her communications with Stella: voiceover-read letters,

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Diwali vacation for schools across Maharashtra cut down to 4 days, govt cites delayed start to academic year as reason



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DIWALI VACATION for schools across the state has been cut down to four days, as compared to the usual 18 days. The state school education department on Thursday, through a government notification, announced that the Diwali vacation will be from November 12 to 16.

The vacation has been cut short from the point of view of completing the syllabus in the remaining academic year, which has already suffered a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the notification said.

Schools and junior colleges have been instructed not to conduct any online lecture or examination during the four days.

Even as guidelines for starting online education for students across government schools were released on June 15, inadequate infrastructure to conduct online classes and lack of access to devices among large numbers of students in remote areas have been major challenges in this academic year. Teaching has not been possible online. A decision to physically start schools will be taken after Diwali, said state Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad.

Prashant Redij, secretary of Mumbai Principals Association, said it would have been better if the government had not announced a decision on the matter at all. “One can understand that the vacation needs to be cut short due to the Covid situation, but the current period is far too short,” he said.

According to the rules for primary schools, it is mandatory to have 230 work days in an academic year. For Classes I to V, teachers are required to work for a minimum of 200 days in an academic year, whereas for Classes VI to VII, 220 work days are mandatory.

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Hilton Maidstone hotel for sale

The Hilton hotel in Maidstone is up for sale.

Knight Frank is marketing the giant Bearsted Road business with offers sought in excess of £12.5 million.

The Hilton Hotel in Bearsted Road, Maidstone
The Hilton Hotel in Bearsted Road, Maidstone

Set on 6.2 acres of land and 10 minutes from the town centre, the 146-bed Hilton has eight meeting rooms, a bar, restaurant, health club, swimming pool and 200 parking spaces, and last year turned over £5.4 million.



The Hilton, which is regularly used as a wedding venue, is on Junction 7 of the M20 and backs on to Eclipse Park, which is home to a Next and giant M&S. It is also close to Maidstone Studios as well as private KIMS hospital.

Henry Jackson, head of hotel agency at Knight Frank, which is marketing the property, said: “There is an exciting opportunity next year to reposition and rebrand the property upon the expiry of the lease with Hilton. A number of brands have expressed an interest in the branding opportunity upon the expiry of the occupational lease, currently in place to Hilton Group which is set to expire on 31 December 2021.”

The company explains a new buyer could rebrand the site as a Hilton Doubletree or take it on free of branding as Hilton Group’s lease is set to end at the end of 2021.

The Hilton Maidstone Picture: Matthew Walker
The Hilton Maidstone Picture: Matthew Walker

The land was leased for 999 years in 2001, meaning 980 remain.

Hilton has been asked what the plans are for the hotel’s immediate future.

For more information call 020 3944 6318.

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Future of Princess Diana’s childhood home is thrown into doubt

  • Leonard Cheshire charity announced it will no longer be operating Park House
  • Major renovation to increase its number of bedrooms from 16 to 24 was planned
  • But charity has since said work will not go ahead and it wants to exit its lease

The future of Princess Diana’s childhood home on the Sandringham estate has been thrown into doubt after a charity cancelled its £2.3million revamp.  

The Leonard Cheshire charity has announced that it will no longer be operating Park House, which had been used as a hotel for the disabled, with the owners now searching for new tenants. 

The house was famously where Diana Spencer was born on July 1, 1961, when her family were renting it from the Queen. 

She continued living there until she was aged 14 in 1976 when she moved to her family’s stately home Althorp House after her father John inherited his title Earl Spencer.

The future of Princess Diana’s childhood home (pictured) on the Sandringham estate has been thrown into doubt after a charity cancelled its £2.3million revamp
The Leonard Cheshire charity has announced that it will no longer be operating Park House (interior pictured) which had been used as a hotel for the disabled

The Queen gave Park House and its grounds to international disability charity Leonard Cheshire in 1983 and it opened as a hotel offering respite care for the disabled and their families four years later.

The charity temporarily closed the facility in September last year for major renovation work to increase its number of bedrooms from 16 to 24.

It also wanted to cover its open air swimming pool and improve disability access, saying it wanted ‘to offer disabled visitors and their families a world class experience at this iconic location’.

Building work costing £2.3million was due to start this year but was shelved due to the coronavirus epidemic. 

Leonard Cheshire has now announced that the work will not go ahead and it wants to exit its lease, due to financial pressures.

A total of 70 full and part time staff at the hotel have been made redundant – although the majority lost their jobs last year. 

Park House was famously where Diana Spencer (pictured alongside Prince Charles) was born on July 1, 1961, when her family were renting it from the Queen
Building work costing £2.3million was due to start at the property (pictured) this year but was shelved due to the coronavirus epidemic
The plans had included erecting a cover over its open air swimming pool (pictured) and improve disability access

The Sandringham estate now hopes to find a new tenant for the property but is reluctant to rent it out as a private home.

A spokesperson for the estate said: ‘We understand the Leonard Cheshire decision and are sad that their long association with Park House is ending under such circumstances. 

‘We will look for a new occupier and hope to find a use that generates similar benefits to the local community and the wider area.’

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D.C. eases travel restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving while urging caution during holidays

A policy change in D.C. will make it less burdensome for residents to travel or host guests from afar, a reversal in messaging even as Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has encouraged residents to spend Thanksgiving only with members of their household.

The rules announced Thursday largely do away with the city’s mandatory two-week quarantine for travelers, which has been in place since July. The change came as the greater Washington region set a record for its average number of new daily infections, fueled by increases in Virginia and Maryland.

D.C.’s rules previously said anyone who has been in a “high-risk” state — those with an average of more than 10 new daily coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents — must stay home for two weeks upon entering or returning to D.C.

As case rates rose nationwide, the quarantine order came to apply to visitors from 42 states, which include about 90 percent of the U.S. population.

Bowser said Thursday that visitors from outside the city won’t need to quarantine if they get a negative coronavirus test before traveling and get tested again in the city within three to five days of arriving. The city will provide free tests to visitors at public testing sites.

[Coronavirus caseload sets record in Virginia as infections jump across D.C. region]

The testing requirement generally won’t be enforced — there will be no checks at points of entry — although Bowser said places such as hotels, universities and employers could lawfully require visitors to provide proof of a negative test.

Bowser said she is continuing to urge families not to host Thanksgiving visitors, but she added, “We also know that people are going to come here.”

The city essentially decided to give up on its quarantine mandate out of a belief that it wasn’t being followed, Bowser said.

D.C. residents who visit a high-risk state will be required to quarantine upon their return home until they get a negative test, but the city is abandoning its two-week quarantine requirement.

The rule change is timed to make Thanksgiving travel easier, even though Bowser late last month strongly discouraged visiting family or hosting out-of-town relatives for the holiday.

“Make sure what should be a fun holiday gathering doesn’t turn into a tragedy for your family,” she said.

[Coronavirus cases and metrics in D.C., Maryland and Virginia]

The seven-day rolling average of new coronavirus infections Thursday in D.C., Maryland and Virginia stood at 2,315 — a record high for the region since the start of the pandemic. While D.C. and Maryland remain below their peak, Virginia has registered record numbers in recent days, with the largest increase coming in rural Southwest Virginia.

Julian Walker, a spokesman for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association in Glen Allen, which includes many large hospitals and health-care providers as members, said the state has about 7,000 beds available for covid patients if Virginia sees a surge in cases.

“We had a spike in Virginia’s hospitalizations in late April and early May

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LA City Council seeks to expand program for homeless living in hotel, motel rooms

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday to seek ways to expand Project Roomkey, the program that houses homeless people temporarily in available motel and hotel rooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

LA City Council seeks to expand Project Roomkey

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“While initially mobilizing an unprecedented volume of emergency housing for 6,600 homeless individuals vulnerable to COVID-19, the concerns related to the availability of federal resources has shifted conversations to whether Project Roomkey locations should begin to be phased out,” Council President Nury Martinez stated in her original motion.

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“Rather than allowing these concerns to lead conversations about closing down facilities, the city must take a concerted and proactive approach to change these circumstances so that the city can continue to support our most vulnerable homeless populations during a time that their health and safety is at greater risk than ever.”

Martinez made an amendment Wednesday to her motion to also have city staff ensure units that extend the program would count toward a settlement of providing 6,700 units for homeless people.

This would count toward an agreement with the county on providing shelter for people who are currently living under or near freeway overpasses, which was ordered by a federal judge.

Martinez also asked for a report on recommendations on eligible funding resources to serve as the local match to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s resources.

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Hotel wants to add new rooms

The Norwood House Hotel, Pave Lane, Chetwynd Aston.
The Norwood House Hotel, Pave Lane, Chetwynd Aston.

The Norwood House Hotel near Newport has applied to convert its existing dining and function room, which was built in 2014, into five bedrooms with shared washing and toilet facilities.

A design statement, submitted on behalf of Norwood House Hotel Ltd director John Watson, says the venue, on Pave Lane, Chetwynd Aston, hopes future guests will include business visitors drawn to the area by the nearby Newport Innovation Park.

Chetwynd Aston and Woodcote Parish Council will be consulted about the change-of-use application, and Telford and Wrekin Council’s planning department will make its decision at a later date.

The statement, prepared by Lilleshall-based planning agent John Nickson, says: “The Norwood House Hotel presently is a three-storey brick-construction, roof-tiled building with a cellar for the storage and operation of beer casks with the bars, kitchen, restaurant and toilet facilities at ground level and hotel accommodation at first- and second-floor levels.”

Five guest rooms are currently available, a number that “does not satisfy the levels of enquiries we get for B&B requests in the area,” Mr Nickson adds.

The Norwood House Hotel has had to divert customers to other accommodation, “losing business and trade through our lack of room capacity”.

The proposed change would add “five one-bed budget rooms” with a “communal shower room with toilet and wash hand basin facilities”, he adds.

Blueprints submitted to the council show four of the bedrooms and the bathroom in a row along the back wall of the hotel, with the fifth in front, next to the reception.

“There is also a significant new development 1.2 miles from Norwood House, in the form of the NI Park, and we would like to be able to provide local accommodations and food facilities for those businesses,” Mr Nickson writes.

The statement adds that new facilities are also planned, including complimentary bicycles for guests’ use and a twice-daily minibus service, also open for use by local residents.

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China Bans Travel From U.K., India And Other Countries With Higher Coronavirus Infection Rates

Topline

China, the country where the coronavirus pandemic is believed to have begun late last year, put in place new temporary bans on travelers coming from a handful of countries still struggling to curb the spread of the virus within their borders.

Key Facts

According to Reuters, countries affected by the new regulations include the U.K., France, Belgium, India and the Philippines.

The U.K. and France have both detected a spike in coronavirus deaths this week that rivals the figures counted in the springtime along with surges in hospitalizations related to the virus, while Belgium is the European country with the most new cases per capita.

India ranks second worldwide in terms of total confirmed cases and third in deaths attributed to the virus according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The Philippines is battling Southeast Asia’s second-worst coronavirus outbreak, though with just more than 1,500 new cases confirmed Thursday, it appears to be much better off than the other nations barred by China.

Affected travelers will include all non-Chinese citizens, even those with long-term residency permits according to media reports, but the Chinese embassy in London said emergency visas may be applied for by nationals of other countries.

The U.S. does not appear to fall under the ban, though it has one of the fastest-growing coronavirus infection rates in the world and is the worst affected in terms of confirmed cases and deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Crucial Quote

“China has referred to the practices of many countries and adjusted its approach to relevant people coming to China based on changes in the pandemic situation,” CNN quoted Wang Wenbin, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, as saying. “This is reasonable and consistent with international practice, and I believe people can understand it.”

Key Background

The coronavirus pandemic is believed to have originated in Wuhan, a city in China. While China was the first country to battle the virus, it has reportedly largely contained the spread as it has reported only double-digit new daily coronavirus case figures for months, while other nations count tens of thousands. According to Johns Hopkins University, China has reported just more than 91,000 total cases and less than 5,000 deaths, though some have questioned the country’s self-reported figures.

Further Reading

In COVID clampdown, China bars travellers from Britain, France, India (Reuters)

China will ban travelers from Belgium, India, the Philippines and the UK in response to Covid-19 (CNN)

France And United Kingdom Report Most Covid Deaths Since Spring (Forbes)

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