Day: November 7, 2020

UK removes Denmark from travel corridor list after outbreak in Denmark’s mink farms

Hans Henrik Jeppesen interacts with one of his minks at his farm near Soroe, after government’s decision to cull his entire herd due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Denmark November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen

(Reuters) – Britain said it is removing Denmark from the government’s travel corridor list, with people arriving in UK from there needing to self-isolate starting Friday after health authorities in Denmark reported widespread coronavirus outbreaks in mink farms.

“Passengers arriving into the UK from Denmark from 4am on Friday 6 November 2020 will need to self-isolate for 14 days by law before following domestic restrictions now in force,” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement.

“I understand that this will be concerning for both people currently in Denmark and the wider UK public, which is why we have moved quickly to protect our country and prevent the spread of the virus to the UK,” he added.

Denmark announced strict new lockdown rules on Thursday in the north of the country after authorities discovered a mutated coronavirus strain in minks bred in the region, prompting a nationwide cull.

Outbreaks at mink farms have persisted in Denmark, Europe’s largest producer and exporter of mink furs, despite repeated efforts to cull infected animals since June.

On Thursday, Sweden and Germany were also removed from England’s travel corridors.

Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Gerry Doyle

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Coronavirus explosion overseas will ‘really test’ Australia’s hotel quarantine program, experts warn

The explosion of COVID-19 cases overseas will strain Australia’s hotel quarantine system and increase the chance of “leakage” into the community, leading epidemiologists say.

Victoria isn’t accepting return international travellers, but the number of positive cases in NSW hotel quarantine has doubled in the past two weeks, data has shown.

This follows the Federal Government’s increase of the international arrivals cap from 6,000 to 6,290 people per week.

The rise in COVID-19 cases in quarantine has not been unexpected, with infections surging in the US, Europe as well as Pakistan and India, which are the top two countries of origin for return travellers in Sydney.

NSW has had only one quarantine scare — when two security guards at the Sydney Marriott Hotel tested positive in August.

But epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws said the program was about to be “really tested”.

“There will be the occasional incident as hotels are not purpose built for quarantine,” said Professor McLaws, who is an advisor to the World Health Organization.

“This virus doesn’t understand rules and regulations, it just uses any opportunity, like contaminated surfaces or staff letting their guard down.”

Melbourne’s ‘perfect storm’

Melbourne’s second wave of COVID-19 proved just how much rides on quarantine being watertight, with one infected hotel manager causing mass infections and months of lockdowns.

“It was a perfect storm, what happened in Victoria. That would be hard to replicate in any other state but the possibility is always there,” Professor McLaws said.

The differing levels of virus surveillance in some parts of the world were making it very hard to accurately judge risk right now, she said.

“India cannot keep up and not everyone is getting tested and there is severe under-reporting in Bangladesh.”

Epidemiologist Tony Blakely from the University of Melbourne said hotel quarantine seemed to be working well in NSW but there was now increased pressure on the system.

“Doubling the rate of people infected arriving in quarantine [for example] will double this very rare occurrence to something not quite as rare.”

He admitted leakages were unlikely but said they could occur “from time to time” due to inaccuracies or carelessness.

“For example, the one-in-a-thousand (or more) person who is infected beyond 14 days, but not detected by testing, gets out of quarantine and haplessly passes it on to someone,” Professor Blakely said.

“[Or] the staff member at quarantine who picks it up, tests negative — it happens, about 20 per cent of the time — and takes it home.”

But epidemiologist from the University of Sydney, Fiona Stanaway, said the climbing cases in hotel quarantine shouldn’t cause unnecessary alarm.

“The rates are going gangbusters overseas so yes there will be more people positive but I think it is a risk that can be managed,” she said.

“Rates were really high in the US and Europe in March and April and that was managed here. I don’t think there’s necessarily a cause for concern about this third wave here.

Dr Stanaway said people in quarantine were tested

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Grand staircase remembered from childhood not likely at San Antonio’s business-oriented Continental hotel

I read the (June 5) article about the sale and redevelopment of the old Continental Hotel and wondered if you have any pictures of the inside or know if it had a grand staircase? My grandfather took me to a hotel in San Antonio as a child, and all I remember was a grand staircase when you walked in the door. I do not think it was the St. Anthony or the Menger. When I saw this story, I thought maybe this was the hotel … just wondering.

— Susie Williams

“Grand” was not part of the Continental’s brand. When it opened as the Laclede Hotel in late 1898, it was advertised as the “best $2 house in Texas … New furniture, good (dining) table, clean beds.”

The emphasis was on practicality — a short walk from City Hall and the Bexar County Courthouse with good streetcar connections.

Its original “well-ventilated” 100 rooms had “not a dark room among them” because of the building’s simple design, long and narrow, with a central hallway and outer walls with windows for each room. Guests could choose American plan (meals included) or European plan (dine on your own). On the ground floor was a handy restaurant, a barber shop and a tailor’s shop.

Built by mortgage investor Francis Smith at 722 (now 322) W. Commerce St., the Laclede’s design was “not as pretentious as some of its counterparts,” according to an undated (probably early 1980s) historic preservation certification application to the Department of the Interior provided by the Conservation Society of San Antonio Library.

The Italianate Victorian, three-story buff-color brick and limestone building had a stern and manly vibe, with its flat roof ornamented with fortress-like crenelations.

Its architectural significance, says the application, “is an example of the distinctive building demanded by the successful businessman who desired to present a prosperous image to the public.”

At the turn of the last century, San Antonio saw considerable economic growth. Hotel space on a major commercial street in what the Laclede’s ads called “the heart of downtown” was needed for the commercial travelers, lawyers and visitors from smaller towns who traveled regularly to what was then the largest city in Texas.

The Laclede was “not an elegant hotel,” says the application, but it was “reasonably priced and pleasantly decorated … built to meet a need and to accommodate the increasing trade in the city,” including “many cattlemen who sought its convenient location near the plaza and the stockyards.”

As Houston Street — wider, with streetcars, and a couple of newer hotels — took prominence over Commerce, the Laclede lost some ground. The Gunter (1908) and the St. Anthony (1909) were elegant hotels, as well as taller and situated in the new heart of downtown.

When the original owner of Laclede died in 1919, his heirs renamed the property, and as the Continental Hotel, it was divided into 200 smaller rooms, and began to advertise at lower rates – $1 a day for rooms with a

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Inside Madrid’s finest luxury hotel, which just opened in the middle of a global pandemic

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I’ve been watching construction on the Four Seasons Madrid progress for several years. Today, the hotel is open, standing regally in the center of Spain’s historic capital.

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When I moved to Madrid in 2008, the massive building that’s now home to the Four Seasons (it’s actually a complex of seven connected buildings) stood empty and alone, just steps away from the city’s most central square: Puerta del Sol. In 2013, construction started. Since then, I’ve walked past the construction site countless times. I grumbled when the renovations shut down a key stop on Madrid’s subway system for several months, and “ooohed and ahhed” when the original facade was meticulously restored to perfection.

When the hotel announced a May 2020 opening date, I was thrilled. I texted back and forth with my hotel-obsessed friends (read: most of the TPG and TPG UK staff) asking when they’d come for a visit.

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Then COVID-19 hit, and as we all know, the world changed forever. Madrid suffered immensely, and Spain imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe. The hotel, unfortunately, couldn’t open in May for obvious reasons, but I was surprised and delighted to hear it planned to open in September — and it did.

While I was thrilled, I had a lot of questions. Madrid was (and still is) dealing with an enormous health crisis. At the time of this writing, Spain is under a state of alarm, non-residents are not allowed in or out of the city with the exception of medical or work purposes, and U.S. citizens are still not allowed to enter the E.U. Spain (with the exception of the Canary Islands) is on the quarantine list for U.K. citizens. Basically, it’s still very hard to travel throughout Spain, Europe and the entire world.

How would a hotel operate without tourists? And does Madrid need a luxury hotel of this magnitude while thousands are out of work and the nation’s economy is in rapid decline?

After getting to tour the property, my tune quickly changed. I realized that perhaps this opening represents the hope Mardrileños and Spaniards need to remember that at some point the coronavirus will be behind us and we will be able to get back to some sort of normal life once again.

For the very same reasons people are binge-watching “Emily in Paris” or sharing viral Tik Tok videos, touring the Four Seasons Madrid represented a wonderful escape I so desperately needed. I think you’ll feel the same, even if you can’t visit just yet. Here’s why.

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Giants benching WR Golden Tate, who won’t travel with team for Week 9 game

Joe Judge is putting his foot down.

The Giants took a train to Landover, Md., on Saturday afternoon, and wide receiver Golden Tate did not join them. The veteran wideout will not play in the Giants game against the Washington Football Team on Sunday at FedEx Field.

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This comes in the wake of Tate’s public displays of frustration about his role in the Giants offense.

To recap: After a 12-yard catch in Monday night’s loss to the Buccaneers, Tate looked to the Giants sideline and could be heard shouting: “Throw me the damn ball!”. Then, after he scored on an impressive 18-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, he looked at ESPN’s camera and shouted something similar.

Tuesday, Elsie Tate — his wife, an Instagram influencer — ripped the Giants on Instagram (since deleted) for underutilizing him. She called it “excruciating to watch.” At some point, Tate liked a tweet calling for the Giants to cut him.

Tate and Judge spoke at length on Wednesday, when Tate was told not to show up to the Giants facility. He returned Thursday and Judge said it would be “business as usual” … but it wasn’t really.

Tate participated in individual drills, but didn’t run routes during the portion of practice that allowed for media viewing. Friday, he was seen with the scout team, acting as Washington receiver Terry McLaurin.

Giants cornerback James Bradberry was asked about Tate’s presence on the scout team, and awkwardly smiled. “It’s a little … different,” he said.

Judge didn’t directly address the Tate situation with the media this week, though he did say that “I’m not going to tolerate and put up with any kind of selfish behavior from anybody.

So, what does this mean for Tate’s future with the Giants?

On top of this issue, Tate struggled performance-wise, too. He only has 22 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season, and has generally been a massive disappointment since general manager Dave Gettleman signed him to a four-year, $37.5 million contract in 2019.

Tate was already a near-lock to be cut this offseason, which will get the Giants out of the final two years of his contract and save them $6.1 million, with a $4.7 million dead cap penalty.

It seems unlikely at this point that the Giants will cut him this season — they’d save a little less than $4 million right now if they did — though if he continues to act this way, perhaps that will alter the Giants’ decision about his stance with the organization.

With Tate out, starter Sterling Shepard will likely slide over as a slot receiver, with undrafted rookie Austin Mack getting his first start on the outside opposite Darius Slayton.

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Golden Tate reportedly won’t travel with Giants after week of rants, missed practice, scout team duties

Golden Tate will not travel with the New York Giants for their game against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, per NFL Networks’ Kim Jones. The decision was based on his “effort and performance,” according to the report, after a roller coaster week that included rants, missed practice and a scout team demotion.

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Tate was demoted to the scout team on Friday, days after he was missing from practice following multiple rants about his role in the offense.

The 11-year veteran was in the red No. 17 pinnie at Giants practice on Friday playing as Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin. The NFC East’s last-place Giants (1-7) play the Washington Football Team (2-5) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The scout team duties are usually for reserve players, not veteran wideouts. But it’s been a long, winding week for Tate.

Tate missed practice day

Tate, who joined the team prior to the 2019 season on a four-year $37.5 million deal, was not at practice on Wednesday and first-year coach Joe Judge addressed the absence.

“I spoke to Golden at length today and we’re dealing internally with a lot of things,” Judge told reporters. “We have a walk-through today. He is not going to be at the walk-through today but he will be back in the building and practicing with us the remainder of the week. It will be business as usual.”

The issue stems from New York’s Monday night loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After his first target and catch of the game came in the fourth quarter, he yelled “throw me the damn ball” toward the Giants sideline.

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Tate, wife rant about lack of targets

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When he caught the late touchdown pass that brought the Giants within two, he again yelled and this time did it directly to the ESPN camera. The Giants missed the two-point conversion that would have forced overtime.

Tate’s wife, Elise, also got involved and wrote a 330-word rant on Instagram about the situation in New Jersey.

It said, in part:

“It’s excruciating to watch and killing his stats this year but you can’t have yards on a few to no targets,” Elise wrote. “He’s CRAZY Making the most of what comes his way that’s

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UPDATE: Woodstock Recreation Center, Sage YCMA temporarily close after staff members test positive COVID-19

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The Woodstock Recreation Center temporarily closed its doors Friday until Nov. 13 after three staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the city of Woodstock said in a news release.

“To err on the side of caution, we are implementing a facility closure to ensure the health and safety of all of our members, visitors, residents and staff,” according to the release. “This will also allow time for a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the building to prepare for reopening.”

The rec center is scheduled to reopen Nov. 14.

Dave Zinnen, director of the city’s recreation department, said one additional employe was identified as having close contact with the three employees who tested positive, and that person’s COVID-19 test came back negative. 

“We recommended the rest of the staff to go ahead and get tested because we do work in a very confined area,” Zinnen said.

City Manager Roscoe Stelford said the city does not think any members of the club or residents met criteria to be considered a close contact.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset – or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before being tested – until the time the patient is isolated.

Going forward, Zinnen said the recreation department likely will put more plexiglass between employees. A piece of plexiglass already is set up between the front counter staff and employees, he said.

A “tremendous amount” of safeguards have been put into place for the public because of COVID-19, Stelford said.

This includes changing the check-in process, in which members hold their card directly up to a scanner, so there’s no physical interaction between employees and members, as well as a lot of cleaning and sanitizing as people are done using the equipment. 

Because some classes are not being conducted now, they are able to put workout equipment in more places, Stelford said. 

Two area restaurants – Miller’s Diner in McHenry and Andy’s Restaurant in Crystal Lake – also have announced temporary closures in recent days after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Both restaurants had continued to offer indoor dining despite increased restrictions ordered by Gov. JB Pritzker. The intensified restrictions that have hit restaurants and bars have not affected fitness centers such as the Woodstock Recreation Center to the same degree.

Also Friday, the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake said in an email to patrons that a staff member was exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Crystal Lake fitness center will not be closing, but “out of an abundance of caution,” the employee was immediately sent home and told to get a
COVID-19 test and self-isolate for 14 days, per CDC recommendations, interim Executive Director

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Golden Tate will not travel with Giants in Week 9 due to rift with coaching staff, per report

Golden Tate is on his last leg with the New York Giants. The veteran wide receiver has marred with controversy this season regarding his displeasure in how head coach Joe Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett have chosen to utilize him, and it boiled over in Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” — when Tate yelled toward the Giants sideline to “throw me the damn ball!” following his first catch of the evening. He then stared into the cameras and doubled down on the demand, but he won’t have an opportunity to catch anything in Week 9.

“We’ll evaluate everything and make decisions on the back end of today of what we’re going to do going through the weekend,” said Judge following the in-game outburst, via The New York Post. “I’m going to discuss a lot of possibilities.”

The Pro Bowl wideout will not travel with the Giants to face off with the Washington Football Team, per Kim Jones of NFL Network, instead, remaining home due to Judge’s concerns over effort and performance. The latter item is bound to deepen the controversy, considering Tate scored a touchdown in each of the last two weeks, helping to awaken a struggling offense — despite the Giants losing both games.

Even in those contests, however, Take was targeted a total of just five times and had only three receptions, and his overall yardage hasn’t topped the 50-yard mark a single time this season. The reduction in the use of Tate combines with his frustration and that of the Giants to fuel speculation of a potential trade ahead of the Nov. 3 deadline, but one never came. The decision to keep Tate as opposed to trading him — which would also allow them to garner savings toward the salary cap — will now be dissected a hundred different ways in an attempt to find the logic that may not exist.

If traded ahead of the deadline, the Giants would’ve saved $8 million in cap space, per Over The Cap. And while they’ll land the same savings if they opt to release him at some point before the offseason, the lack of a return in exchange for the divorce is a glaring thorn. Should the Giants allow Tate to play out his 2020 season and move on in 2021, the savings will take a mostly negligible bump to $8.5 million. 

Tate signed a four-year, $37.5 million contract with the Giants in 2018 that included $23 million in guaranteed money. He was highly productive in his first year with the club, reeling in a solid 676 receiving yards and six touchdowns. But with the regime change at head coach and coordinator has come both a drop in utilization and the accompanying frustrations from both sides, leaving the future of Tate in question but, by all accounts, he wouldn’t exactly be all broken up if they set him free soon. 


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New hotel, fashion designer and waterfront event center help revitalize Lorain

Have you been to Lorain lately? The Ariel Broadway Hotel, Jevon Terance and The Shipyards are bringing life to this port town.

LORAIN, Ohio — In March 2019, plans and construction for the Ariel Broadway Hotel in Lorain kicked off. A year later, doors opened. Then, just one week after launching that hotel business, a global pandemic slowed things down.

The Ariel, just one of many new businesses revitalizing the city’s downtown area. Not only can you take in lake views from your room, but also from the rooftop, where private events are held.

More on the Ariel Broadway Hotel, HERE.

Watch our interview with owner Radhika Reddy, above!

Local fashion designer Jevon Terance has worked with WWE stars, had his clothing showcased during New York Fashion Week, and, he happens to be from Lorain.

To browse Jevon’s amazing clothes, click HERE.

To watch Jevon’s interview with us, watch below: 

Do you like to dine by the waterfront? There’s a new, fun spot that has everything you need for a perfect afternoon. The Shipyards features Monkey Island Coffee, The Boiler Room, Superior City and a huge events center. All, with gorgeous views.

For more information on The Shipyards, click HERE.

Hungry? You might want to watch our interview with The Shipyards, below:

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San Diego boy’s legs amputated after developing MSSA staph infection on family vacation

SAN DIEGO, California — What a family thought was a minor scrape on a bike ride turned into a heartbreaking situation for a 3-year-old boy in San Diego.

“He fell down, scratched his knee. We put antibacterial spray and a band aid, and out we went,” Brian Baumkirschner, the 3-year-old’s father recalled.

Brian says little Beauden spent the next few hours riding bikes, running around and at one point, playing in the dirt.

“Just before 6 p.m. he said, ‘My tummy hurts. Is it bedtime?'” Brian told KGTV.

The next morning, Beauden woke up with a fever and eventually started favoring his right leg, where he had scraped his knee area.

When he became lethargic the next day, his parents rushed him to urgent care, and then Rady Children’s Hospital.

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Brian says his son’s right knee was swelling up and turned purple.

“It started spreading up his legs, arms, down to this hands,” Brian recalled.

Brian says doctors eventually diagnosed Beauden with a MRSA staph infection.

“They kept telling us, ‘There’s swelling. All of his extremities are shutting down,'” Brian said.

Beauden had developed a complication, toxic shock syndrome. His little body started to shut down.

He then developed sepsis, and his kidneys started to fail.

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“Every parent’s worst nightmare,” Brian said. “You can’t do anything. You’re helpless.”

Several leg surgeries to relieve the pressure helped save Beauden’s life.

But on Monday, doctors had to amputate his legs below the knee.

Brian is optimistic Beauden’s arms and hands can be saved. He says he’s just grateful is son is alive after their fun vacation turned tragic.

“We’re still so numb, just heartbreaking,” Brian said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe to cover some of Beauden’s medical expenses.

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