Day: November 5, 2020

Cambridge council rejects request to demolish former Preston Springs hotel

CAMBRIDGE — Councillors rejected a request to demolish the former Preston Springs hotel so the city can follow through with an appeal process currently before a provincial heritage tribunal.

“We started a process, I think we owe it to our citizens to allow the process to unfold… and allow the public to come up with plans and ideas to save the building,” Coun. Pam Wolf said at a virtual Cambridge council meeting Tuesday evening.

“Any building can be saved it’s just the amount of money you’re willing to put into it,” she said.

Property owner Haastown Holdings asked the city for permission to demolish the once-famed hotel that overlooks Preston. Paul de Haas told council he doesn’t have much choice but to demolish the heritage structure.

“To date, we’ve spent eight years trying to find a viable solution to redevelop this site while retaining the existing structure, and the bottom line is, we cannot,” said de Haas of Haastown Holdings.

He rebutted claims that this is an example of demolition by neglect, saying Haastown has tried its best to salvage what it can from the building that sat vacant for many years before he purchased it in 2012.

Council had to make a decision on de Haas’ demolition request before Nov. 24, when a 90-day period from the date of his request for demolition would expire and result in allowing demolition.

But because the property is a designated heritage landmark, council must remove the heritage designation before the city can issue a demolition permit.

The fate of the crumbling heritage structure has been up in the air since a local heritage advocacy group appealed a city decision to remove the building’s heritage designation and allow its demolition.

That appeal is now before the Conservation Review Board, a subsection of the Ontario Land Tribunal that hears heritage disputes.

de Haas told council he has spent $150,000 to uphold property standards at the decrepit building since he purchased it.

“We’ve exhausted our efforts to try to salvage this building,” he said.

“We know however we can make this site iconic once again, albeit in a different form.”

Built in the late 1880s, the historic building was home to a popular tourist hot spot where visitors would enjoy the sulphur springs that bubbled below the hotel.

Area residents and heritage advocates have pleaded with the city to try to save the crumbling structure since it was deemed unsafe by the city’s chief building official earlier this year.

“It’s almost always cheaper to demolish a heritage building than to save it,” said Alex Ciccone, counsel for the advocacy group Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

He told council the current owners of the once-famed hotel left it to deteriorate.

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“Just because it’s expensive to repair doesn’t mean it cannot be rehabilitated,” Ciccone said.

Michelle Goodridge lives on Fountain Street North and can see the building from her home.

“It is financially possible to save it and bring it back to its

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Travel Insurance Market Size to Reach USD 39.3 Billion by 2027 | CAGR of 17.4%

BANGALORE, India, Nov. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A New Travel Insurance Market Research Report published on Valuates Reports in Insurance category.  The report contains segmentation By Insurance Cover (Single-Trip Travel Insurance, Annual Multi-Trip Travel Insurance, and Long-Stay Travel Insurance), Distribution Channel (Insurance Intermediaries, Insurance Companies, Banks, Insurance Brokers, and Insurance Aggregators), and End User (Senior Citizens, Education Travelers, Business Travelers, Family Travelers, and Others). It also covers Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast to 2027.

The global travel insurance market size was valued at USD 19.2 Billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 39.3 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 17.4% from 2020 to 2027.

The major factor driving the growth of the travel insurance market size is increased tourism due to the rise in disposable income, easy online travel bookings, package holidays, comprehensive holiday coverage, and others.

The report focuses on the growth prospects, restraints, and trends of the travel insurance market analysis. The study provides Porter’s five forces analysis to understand the impact of various factors such as suppliers’ bargaining power, competitive intensity of competitors, the threat of new entrants, the threat of substitutes, and buyers’ bargaining power on the travel insurance market.

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TRENDS INFLUENCING THE TRAVEL INSURANCE MARKET SIZE

Increased tourism has resulted in many incidents, such as cancellations of flights, loss of baggage & essential documents, and medical emergencies. To mitigate these risks, consumers are opting for travel insurance, which in turn is driving the travel insurance market size. 

The growing globalization has reinforced the travel industry. This, in turn, is expected to be the key driver for the growth of the travel insurance market size. The aging population buys the most travel insurance, especially foreign vacations, which boosts the travel insurance industry’s revenue. 

The growth of the travel insurance market size is driven by convenient options for travel insurance purchases through online comparison-shopping websites such as direct airline sites and online travel agencies (OTAs), and others. 

With the support of technologies such as geo-location, application program interface (API), artificial intelligence ( AI), data analytics, and global positioning system ( GPS), among others, insurers are expected to improve existing travel insurance distribution networks. As a result, these trends are expected to generate prospects for the travel insurance industry in the coming years.

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TRAVEL INSURANCE MARKET SHARE ANALYSIS

Europe is expected to hold the largest travel insurance market share during the forecast period. In order to reduce the risk associated with the rise in tourist traffic, higher incidences of baggage loss, essential documents, medical emergencies and natural disasters, more travelers are purchasing travel insurance in the European region. 

On the other hand, Asia Pacific is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period. Due to the rise in the number of senior citizens traveling and an increase in business travel spending, As travel has become an accepted feature of academic, business

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‘Haunted’ 18th-century prison now a luxury hotel

The Bodmin Jail is an imposing former prison in Cornwall, UK, where 55 inmates were executed and rumors of hauntings persist today. And soon you’ll be able to spend the night there.

A portion of the prison, which dates back to 1799, is being developed as a luxury hotel called, appropriately enough, The Bodmin Jail Hotel.

The boutique hotel is slated to open in February 2021. It will include 63 rooms in two former cell blocks, according to Malino Group, the project’s developer.

The former Bodmin Jail has been reimagined as a tourist attraction and luxury hotel. (Rendering by Twelve Architects)

The former Bodmin Jail has been reimagined as a tourist attraction and luxury hotel. (Rendering by Twelve Architects)

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The transformed hotel rooms are “beautifully elegant” and retain original stone walls while comforting guests with freestanding tubs, walk-in showers and “sumptuous” beds, according to its website.

There are two restaurants on site, The Chapel and The Jolly Hangman Tavern, offering afternoon tea and other British favorites.

The jail sat vacant for nearly a century.

The transformed hotel rooms are “beautifully elegant” and retain original stone walls while comforting guests with modern amenities. (Rendering by Twelve Architects)

The transformed hotel rooms are “beautifully elegant” and retain original stone walls while comforting guests with modern amenities. (Rendering by Twelve Architects)
(Twelve Architects)

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Another part of the building is being used for an immersive historic experience to teach visitors about the time when it was still a working jail, showing the conditions for the prisoners and stories of child criminals and other inmates.

The jail’s history isn’t all bleak. It was actually used to house the Crown Jewels during World War I, not long before the facility was shuttered for good.

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The historic attraction just opened last summer. It and the hotel are part of a $51 million redevelopment of the former jail, according to the operator.

The surrounding area in southwest England offers plenty of other attractions for a visitor, too. There are sandy beaches, charming fishing villages, botanical gardens and Victorian historic sites.

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Hampton Roads hotel industry ends streak of highest occupancy rate in market; performance sees slight increase

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Old Dominion University Dragas Center for Economic Analysis released new data on Wednesday that show a decrease in hotel revenues and rooms sold throughout Virginia and Hampton Roads this week.

The local hotel industry’s streak of having the highest occupancy rate among the top 25 markets in the nation, ended this week. Its occupancy rate is now ranked fourth among the top markets.  

Dragas says that the area continues to see the smallest declines in both occupancy and RevPAR among the top 25 markets since the week of Sept. 6 through Sept. 12.

According to STR data released, hotel revenues are down 45%, and rooms sold are down by 28% since this time last year.

In some instances, data shows that the Average Daily Rate paid for a hotel room during the week of Oct. 25 dropped 23% and the Revenue Per Available Room dropped by 44%.

That is putting some hotel stays at less than $83.62 a room — which is slightly cheaper than the last report.

The overall occupancy rate of hotels in Hampton Roads for the past four weeks — when compared with the same time last year — shows a decline by 18%, ADR by 13%, and RevPAR by 28%.

Rooms sold during the latest week fell by 46% in the Virginia portion of the Washington market and 17% in the Hampton Roads market. The Chesapeake/Suffolk market fared better than other submarkets in Hampton Roads with a decrease in rooms sold by 11.6%.   

Within the Hampton Roads market, hotel revenue fell by 38% in Williamsburg, 35% in Norfolk/Portsmouth, 27% in Newport News/Hampton, 19% in Chesapeake/Suffolk, and 18.5% in Virginia Beach. 

Rooms sold fell by 32% in Williamsburg, 19% in Norfolk/Portsmouth, 14% in Newport News/Hampton, and 13% in Virginia Beach.

Over the last four weeks, the data also shows that the Williamsburg hotel market has the poorest performance. The city led with declines in occupancy by 41%, ADR by 13%, RevPAR by 49%, room revenues by 51%, and rooms sold by 44%.

“Performance of the hotels in the commonwealth during this week was in general slightly better than last week,” said Professor Vinod Agarwal of the Dragas Center. “COVID-19 continues to have adverse impacts on this industry.”


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The Bahamas Shines Bright in Top Consumer and Travel Trade Awards

The Islands of The Bahamas Recognized for Resorts, Dive Offerings and Still Rockin’ Campaign

NASSAU, Bahamas, Nov. 4, 2020 /CNW/ — As The Bahamas reopens its border, recent awards in top consumer, travel trade and niche vertical publications prove the island nation hasn’t missed a beat. From Condé Nast Traveler’s and Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards to Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards, The Islands of The Bahamas was recognized for its boutique and mega-resorts, animal encounters, dive offerings and marketing/advertising campaign.

The Islands of The Bahamas recognized for resorts, dive offerings and Still Rockin’ campaign.

Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards Recognizes The Bahamas’ Still Rockin’ Campaign The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s Still Rockin’ campaign was awarded the best destination advertising/marketing campaign. In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the campaign highlighted The Bahamas’ 14 major islands unimpacted by the storm, which contributed to the country’s record-breaking year with 7.2 million visitors in 2019.

The Bahamas Awarded in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards – Four Bahamian hotels were recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Kamalame Cay, Rosewood Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar were included in the Top 15 Resorts in the Atlantic Islands category.

The Bahamas Takes Home 13 Awards in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards – The Islands of The Bahamas has been recognized in this year’s Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards, with placements highlighting the destination’s vast dive offerings across 700 islands and cays. The country was voted number one for Best Big Animals, placed in the top five for Best Overall Destination, Best Cave Diving, Best Snorkeling and Best Value and in the top ten for Best Wreck Diving, Best Wall Diving, Best Advanced Diving, Best Photography, Best Shore Diving, Best Macro Life and Best Health of Marine Life.

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With over 700 islands and cays, and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy fly away escape that transports travelers away from their everyday. The Islands of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular water and beaches. Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to see why It’s Better in The Bahamas.

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Woman arrested for murder at Bricktown hotel

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City police are investigating a deadly shooting that occurred inside a hotel in Bricktown.

Shortly before 4 a.m. on Wednesday, emergency crews were called to a reported shooting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bricktown.

“We were in our room and the police were banging on the door,” said one guest who wanted to remain anonymous. “And we’ve got to be here for more days and so the continuing safety is a concern.” 

Police confirmed to KFOR that there was a shooting at the hotel and that one suspect is in custody.

“The female who was involved in the shooting, the suspect, she was taken into custody a very short time later. She remained at the scene. She was interviewed by investigators, booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a complaint of murder in the first-degree,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Investigators say that when they arrived at the hotel, there was a deceased victim in the hallway on the eighth floor.

Officials say the victim appeared to have been shot to death in what is believed to be a domestic altercation.

“At this time, it appears that it was a domestic related killing so that’s something that investigators are looking into, looking into the past between these two,” said MSgt. Knight. 

Authorities arrested 21-year-old Tyesha Long on a complaint of first-degree murder.

“I’m so sorry that this happened, we’re thinking about them,” said one guest. “That’s awful, that’s just awful.” 

If you have any information, call the Homicide Tip Line at (405) 297-1200.

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Microbial space travel on a molecular scale

Microbial space travel on a molecular scale
Space traveler Deinococcus radiodurans recovered after 1 year of exposure to low Earth orbit (LEO) outside the International Space Station during the Tanpopo space Mission. Credit: © Tetyana Milojevic

Since the dawn of space exploration, humankind has been fascinated by survival of terrestrial life in outer space. Outer space is a hostile environment for any form of life, but some extraordinarily resistant microorganisms can survive. Such extremophiles may migrate between planets and distribute life across the Universe, underlying the panspermia hypothesis or interplanetary transfer of life.


The extremophilic bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans withstands the drastic influence of outer space: galactic cosmic and solar UV radiation, extreme vacuum, temperature fluctuations, desiccation, freezing, and microgravity. A recent study examined the influence of outer space on this unique microbe on a molecular level. After 1 year of exposure to low Earth orbit (LEO) outside the International Space Station during the Tanpopo space Mission, researchers found that D. radiodurans escaped morphological damage and produced numerous outer membrane vesicles. A multifaceted protein and genomic responses were initiated to alleviate cell stress, helping the bacteria to repair DNA damage and defend against reactive oxygen species. Processes underlying transport and energy status were altered in response to space exposure. D. radiodurans used a primordial stress molecule polyamine putrescine as a reactive oxygen species scavenger during regeneration from space exposure.

“These investigations help us to understand the mechanisms and processes through which life can exist beyond Earth, expanding our knowledge how to survive and adapt in the hostile environment of outer space. The results suggest that survival of D. radiodurans in LEO for a longer period is possible due to its efficient molecular response system and indicate that even longer, farther journeys are achievable for organisms with such capabilities,” says Tetyana Milojevic, a head of Space Biochemistry group at the University of Vienna and a corresponding author of the study.

Together with the colleagues from Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science (Japan), Research Group Astrobiology at German Aerospace Center (DLR, Cologne), Vienna Metabolomics Centre (ViMe) at the University of Vienna and Center for Microbiome Research at Medical University Graz, researchers answered the question not only to what extent but also how extremophilic microbes can tolerate drastic space conditions.


Bacteria could survive travel between Earth and Mars when forming aggregates


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Emanuel Ott et al, Molecular repertoire of Deinococcus radiodurans after 1 year of exposure outside the International Space Station within the Tanpopo mission, Microbiome (2020). DOI: 10.1186/s40168-020-00927-5
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