Day: November 7, 2020

Campobello Island residents frustrated by new travel requirements

When Fran Langerfeld goes to buy gas, she makes sure to bring her wallet — and her passport.

That’s because the closest gas station for Campobello Island, N.B., residents is across the border in Maine.

But those once routine international trips now require planning several days in advance.

New Brunswick is asking Islanders to complete a travel registration each time they enter or pass through Maine to access services in St. Stephen, N.B. It’s mandatory even if residents don’t stop during the hour-long drive through the U.S.

“Driving through is certainly becoming a risky situation,” Langerfeld said.

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The community has been facing increasingly limited mobility during the U.S. border shutdown. Campobello has no year-round link to mainland New Brunswick, and its seasonal ferry connection to Deer Island, Maine, ends on Dec. 1.

Islanders are partially exempt from the province’s travel restrictions and can enter and drive through Maine to access essentials — such as food and medicine — without self-isolating for 14 days.

The latest change comes as new COVID-19 cases rise in Maine.

Langerfeld owns a motel on the island and has to cross frequently to do banking.

“If you had an appointment, you’d have to be really sure ahead of time that you would get it and get it on time,” she said. “It’s just an added burden and I’m not sure of what good it does.”

Residents upset with communication

Islanders say the Department of Public Safety did little to inform them of the changes.

St. Croix MLA Kathy Bockus represents Campobello and said communication about the travel registry “wasn’t rolled out properly.”

“It’s no wonder Islanders got their backs up,” she said.

“If anybody has COVID fatigue, it’s the people of Campobello.” – St. Croix MLA Kathy Bockus

Bockus said the travel registry was created for contact tracing purposes in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19.

“If anybody has COVID fatigue, it’s the people of Campobello,” she said. “They’re feeling left out, singled out, alone.”

Langerfeld said she found out about it a few days after the announcement.

“It is rather anxiety producing to have to just sit here and wait and wonder from day-to-day what new thing will be announced,” she said.

Province speeding up travel registration approvals

New Brunswick began introducing travel registration in July when the Atlantic bubble started.

Coreen Enos, a spokesperson for Public Safety, said the information is used to better understand how residents travel and will help with contact tracing in the event of outbreaks.

Enos said Islanders need to register for both directions when driving between St. Stephen and Campobello, and can do so online or over the phone.

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“We are taking steps to ensure that the residents of Campobello Island who register to travel get rapid responses,” she wrote in an email. “The average turnaround for all travel registrations is one business day; many are approved in minutes but some cases take up to 48 hours to

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10 Unique Ways To Display Your Travel Photos

Toronto-native Janice Chung has visited France 34 times since 1978. “Going to France brings me to my happy place,” she says. An introvert by nature, Chung is more outgoing and comfortable meeting new people there, especially since she’s become proficient in the language.  

During her career as a school principal, she seized every opportunity she could to spend summers and holiday vacations abroad. After retirement, the trips became longer and more frequent. Her last 12-day visit (to Menton, Nice, and the Côte d’Azur) was in March 2020, just as COVID-19 cases were surging. As might be expected, Janice is sticking close to home right now—deriving pleasure from the memories and photographs she took during those past trips.

Like Chung, many travel enthusiasts have accumulated hundreds (or thousands) of digital photos. asked avid travelers, photographers and interior designers for ideas on how they creatively display their most treasured photos:

Bring a landscape home on metal

Chung, a resolute Francophile, found a way to bring some of the joy of southern France into her home. A metal print of the lavender fields on a bright sunny day of Provence, made from one of her digital photographs, is prominently displayed above her fireplace mantle. It was relatively inexpensive, made at a local camera shop.  

Print a series of coffee table books

“I wanted to brighten the predicament of living in a no-travel world right now,” says photographer and wanderer Louise Trotter. She did that by displaying books with her own photos and stories on shelves, as they might appear in a library.

The 10×10-sized collection has a uniform look although the books vary in length based on the particular trip.  She uses Shutterfly, one of many photo services that print and bind photo books professionally. Although more likely to share them with family and friends pre-pandemic, she enjoys looking at them, “leafing through the images and memories,” she says.

Design a pentaptych gallery wall

Houston-based interior designer Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs often creates gallery walls for her clients. In one installation, she hung the client’s photos up and down a hallway almost from floor to ceiling. “It created a bohemian, interactive gallery because everyone loves to peruse the shots and figure out which ones are new,” she says.

However, one of the most interesting ideas she’s come across was a design by her colleague, photographer Donna Carnahan, who took an original photograph and turned it into an asymmetric five-piece canvas. “It’s a very fresh and clever way to display a treasured photo,” says O’Brien. “Dividing a photo into segments makes the display feel more custom and creates movement and interest.” 

“A professional photographer might use Photoshop to lay out the image, and choose the sizes and shapes of the individual

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As COVID-19 cases rise, Yale tightens restrictions on gatherings, travel; increases testing for some staff

Yale University in New Haven announced Friday it is tightening restrictions around gatherings and travel for all school community members in an effort to mitigate rising COVID-19 case numbers.

a large tall tower with a clock at the top of a stone building: A file image of Harkness Tower on Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

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“Consistent with local and national trends, we are also experiencing increased levels of infection on our campus among students, faculty and staff,” Provost Scott Strobel and Vice Provost for Health Affairs and Academic Integrity Stephanie Spangler, who also serves as Yale’s COVID-19 coordinator, wrote in a letter to the Yale community.

As of Friday afternoon, Yale’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 28 cases among students and 14 cases among faculty and staff from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Any results from Nov. 5-6 were not yet posted. Since August, the university has reported a total of 99 cases among students and 52 cases among faculty and staff.

The sources of viral spread among the Yale community are “frequently associated with social gatherings, often with extended family or friends, where facemasks are removed; with dining indoors at a restaurant; or during travel to campus from out-of-the-area locations,” the administrators said.

For the foreseeable future, all Yale community members are asked to avoid in-person dining in restaurants, and gatherings that involve serving food or drinks where masks are removed are strongly discouraged.

In accordance with state guidelines, gatherings larger than 10 people in a private residence are prohibited. All on-campus events, and all gatherings of more than 10 people, must be approved by the school.

“In no case may [gatherings] exceed 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors,” the university said.

Travel outside of the New Haven region is also discouraged for all community members, and no student may travel outside of Connecticut for the remaining two weeks of the residential semester. In case of an out-of-state emergency, students must obtain preapproval for travel from their school’s health and safety leader.

Full-time faculty who live outside Connecticut “must not commute to campus unless there is a very compelling reason to do so,” administrators wrote. “This applies to travel from any state, not just those affected by the Connecticut travel advisory. Faculty who reside outside the state and who are not full-time and teach only on an episodic basis must teach remotely.”

All staff who can work remotely are required to do so, and COVID-19 testing frequency for certain high-contact staff will increase to twice a week. All undergraduate students, as well as graduate and professional students living in high-density dormitory housing, will continue to be tested twice a week.

Other faculty, staff and graduate and professional students continue to be eligible for regular testing and are strongly encouraged to participate in voluntary testing up to twice weekly, stated the guidelines.

Students leaving campus prior to Thanksgiving are strongly encouraged to receive a negative test result no more than 72 hours prior to their departure, and any staff and faculty who plan to travel are also encouraged to

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Mall REITs vs. Hotel REITs: Which is the Best Value?

Real estate has been one of the worst-performing sectors of the stock market during the COVID-19 pandemic, and mall REITs and hotel REITs are two big reasons why. Mall retail was struggling even before the pandemic caused retailers to shut down earlier this year. While some people are traveling, hotel booking rates are far from normal levels.

In this clip from Fool Live, three of our REIT experts — Matt Frankel, CFP, Matt DiLallo, and Kevin Vandenboss — discuss which of these beaten-down REIT subsectors could be the best place for investors to find value. 

Matt Frankel: I’m going to combine the next few. I’m going to call an audible and combine the next two into one topic. So the other two that people are afraid are going to go away forever are malls and hotels. Malls were in trouble before the pandemic let’s be honest. Everyone’s town has some mall that there’s no storage anymore essentially. I know mine does. Hotels are struggling right now for obvious reasons. There’s really no business travel, leisure travelers even just starting to come back. If you had to pick one that will be the long-term winner out of the two, would you say malls or hotels? Assuming you find a great quality company, a well-run company, would you pick malls or hotels to invest in?

Matt DiLallo: I’d go with malls. I think hotels are going to really struggle for a long time. They talked about how much liquidity they have. A lot of that’s their borrowing capacity and their credit facility. They’re taking a debt to basically operate right now and it’s going to take a long time to go back. We’re talking years before they’ll have the cash flow that they used to, to pay the dividend that people were used to seeing. Malls in the other hand, they were already prepared for this kind of thing with the retail apocalypse, switching up their buildings, adding offices, and hotels and things like that. I see retail evolving more. Buy online pickup in stores becoming a huge thing and a lot of mall REITs are picking up on that as, “Hey, we can have dedicated curbside pickup places,” and really become that last mile distribution is a lot of the online retailers benefit from. I’m more bullish on malls and I’m on hotels.

Kevin Vandenboss: I’m going to go the opposite way. Yeah, I would go with hotels messed up. Some of the larger ones I’m a little more leery of because if anything, there are more exposure, obviously. But from what I’ve seen looking at some of the hotel REITs through this is, the larger ones have had trouble implementing changes across the board easily. Malls, to me, everything I’m seeing it’s a lot of best case scenario and how are we going to mitigate the losses? Again, I don’t see any really coming back. How do we stop the bleeding? How do we make the best of what we

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UPDATE: Woodstock Recreation Center temporarily closed after 3 staff members test positive for 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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Rich Americans might travel abroad for COVID shot

One of the biggest travel trends in recent years has been the rise of “medical tourism,” where travelers go abroad for health care procedures that they can’t get, or can’t afford, in the U.S. With COVID-19 raging around the world, and a vaccine with limits on distribution in the offing, will “vaccine tourism” be the next big thing?

There’s no guarantee that the U.S. will be the first nation to approve a COVID inoculation, which raises the question: Would you travel abroad to get one?

If the U.S. is slower than other countries to approve a COVID treatment, that could well stimulate a new wave of vaccine trips.

That’s the presumption of Tyler Cowen, an economist who writes an opinion column for Bloomberg News. In his latest column, he explores what the market for vaccine tourism could look like.

Cowen notes that China has already developed a vaccine that “seems to be safe and modestly effective,” and is testing it for distribution in the United Arab Emirates. “The timing is uncertain, but with delays on the U.S. side it is entirely possible that come January you will be able to get a ‘good enough’ vaccine in Dubai but not in Dallas,” he writes, adding that vaccines could become available before year’s end in the U.K. and Germany as well.

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Of course, getting a hold of a newly developed COVID vaccine of limited availability overseas could present quite a challenge, especially for a foreigner, since it will likely come with tight restrictions. This is a challenge that could be overcome, he suggests: “The regulations on these vaccines will be so new there are certain to be loopholes, so don’t think this is necessarily an illegal or black-market transaction. It is more akin to a grey market. There might be some legal risk, of course, and the higher it is, the higher the price will be to induce some sellers to divert supply.”

If the U.S. government faces further delays in approving and distributing a domestic vaccine, it might face “a revolt of sorts” from American elites who are desperate for a quick inoculation, Cowen said, and that pressure could erode any official opposition to vaccine tourism by U.S. citizens.
“Rather than fixing America’s cumbersome vaccine approval and distribution system, the federal government might find it easier to encourage an allied nation or two to offer their product to visiting Americans. It won’t be fair, but the U.S. might find that creating such a system for well-to-do squawkers will defuse their opposition to the status quo,” he writes.

Plenty of Americans already go abroad for medical treatments including cosmetic surgeery.

Plenty of Americans already go abroad for medical treatments including cosmetic surgeery.

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It is “hard to say” whether vaccine tourism could be considered ethical, Cowen notes, although he adds that rich foreigners “fly to the U.S. all the time for better medical treatment without provoking widespread outrage.”

“To put it bluntly, if you are a highly

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Milton adopts outdoor recreation plan to guide park improvements | Local News

Milton now has a five-year vision for its city parks.

The 70-page Comprehensive Outdoor Recreational Plan, adopted by the city council Oct. 20, lays out the recreational facilities the city has and improvements it hopes to make along with their estimated timelines and costs. 

In a memo to the council, Administrative Services Director Inga Cushman said the plan enables the city to apply for state and federal grants.

City Administrator Al Hulick said the plan is the culmination of months of work by Cushman and the city Parks and Recreation Commission.

The document is designed to offer a “clear picture of where we want to go and where we aspire to be,” Hulick said at the Oct. 20 meeting. “If you look at the Crossridge Park plan, that plan’s been around for a number of years, and we have slowly kind of ticked off some of those things … but some of those things, boy, we sure would love to have them, but we might never get there.”

Still, “it’s good to have a place to look into the future,” he said.

Mayor Anissa Welch said she appreciates having structure.

“This will help guide future councils,” she said. “When we are all not here, there will be a living document to guide decision-making, and I think that’s something that we as a council have not had.”

According to standards developed by the National Recreation and Park Association, Milton has more than enough parkland—more than 117 acres—to meet recreational space standards for its estimated population through 2040.

Even as population estimates rise in Milton—from 6,138 residents in 2020 to an estimated 7,517 in 2040—available parkland remains at a surplus.

Milton currently has 16 developed parks and the Story Gardens, which are under development at the city’s public library. Schilberg Park, the largest park, is owned and operated by the Milton School District.

Here is an inventory of city parks and proposed improvements:

  • Central Park, 201 Hilltop Drive, 10.5 acres. Features include a softball diamond, tennis courts, bleachers, warming house, play structure and an ice rink in winter. Recommended improvements include paint, blacktop repair and the addition of wheelchair seating around the bleachers.
  • College Green, Columbus Street, a 1-acre underdeveloped park formerly part of the Milton College campus. Recommended improvements include more benches and picnic tables, repairs to a rock wall and stairs on Columbus Street, outdoor artwork, signs, and a gazebo or other shade structure.
  • Crossridge Park, 1122 Parkview Drive, 43 acres. Park and nature conservation area has a prairie, walking trails, two playgrounds and an open area used by Milton Youth Football. Recommended improvements include a pavilion with restrooms, shade trees, blacktop or gravel on the north parking lot, a drinking fountain and more playground equipment.
  • FFA Park, South John Paul Road, a 1.5-acre underdeveloped park used for youth football practice. Recommended improvements include more picnic tables and entrance improvements.
  • King Park, 2214 Hilltop, 8 acres. Amenities include a disc golf course and bleachers. Recommended improvements include updated signs, picnic
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DC man shot dead near Northeast recreation center

Demetrius Jones, 41, of D.C., is dead after being shot multiple times in Northeast on Friday morning, according to D.C. police.

A District man is dead after being shot multiple times in Northeast on Friday morning, according to D.C. police.

Demetrius Jones, 41, of Northeast, was found at approximately 10:44 a.m. in the in the 1700 block of Gales Street by officers, police said.

Jones was transported by D.C. Fire and EMS to a hospital where he died after “all life-saving efforts failed,” according to police.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, which happened near the Rosedale Recreation Center.

D.C. police said it is offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the city.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099 or they may choose to submit anonymous information to the D.C. police text tip line by sending a text message to 50411.

A map of the area is below.

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M&S fans go wild for new Percy Pig and Colin Caterpillar Love Actually recreation

By Bridie Pearson-jones For Mailonline

11:19 07 Nov 2020, updated 11:23 07 Nov 2020

  • Marks & Spencer has delighted fans with their latest TikTok creation of Percy Pig 
  • Clips shows Colin and Percy Pig reenact romance scene from Love Actually 
  • In the 2003 original, Andrew Lincoln’s character Mark turns up at Juliet’s (Keira Knightley) door with pieces of paper do declare his love for her on Christmas Eve
  • Recreation shows Colin turning up at the door to declare his love for Percy Pig 

Marks & Spencer has delighted fans with their latest TikTok creation, which sees Percy Pig and Colin the Caterpillar reenact a famous love scene.

The clip, which was posted yesterday, sees two Percy Pigs cuddled up on a sofa at home watching film with an adorable Dachshund puppy on their lap.

Suddenly, the door bell rings and one Percy heads to the door to be surprised by a Colin Caterpillar, who holds up handwritten signs reading ‘say it’s carol singers’ in scenes reminiscent of Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln’s romance in 2003 hit Love Actually.

Marks & Spencer has delighted fans with their latest TikTok creation, which sees Percy Pig and Colin Caterpillar reenact a famous love scene
The clip, which was posted yesterday , sees two Percy Pigs cuddled up on a sofa at home watching film with an adorable Dachshund puppy on their lap

In the film, Keira Knightley’s character Juliet is married to Mark’s (Andrew Lincoln) best friend Peter, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Throughout the film, both Juliet and Peter think Mark hates her, but she later finds out he snubs her as he is actually in love with her.

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In one of the most famous scenes from the Richard Curtis classic, Mark appears at the door holding up handwritten signs wishing Juliet a ‘Merry Christmas’ adding ‘to me, you are perfect’. 

In the recreation, just like Mark in the original, Colin hold up a sign saying ‘Say it’s carol singers’.

Suddenly, the door bell rings and one Percy heads to the door to be surprised by a Colin Caterpillar
Percy, who plays the Juliet role in the recreation, holds their hands up to their face in shock at the signs from Colin
Percy, who plays the Juliet role in the recreation, holds their hands up to their face in shock at the signs from Colin

Next, in a nod to lockdown, Colin adds another sign reading: ‘With any luck next year, we’ll be doing everything we love again, 

Then, just like in the original, Colin has another sign that reads ‘just because it’s Christmas, and at Christmas you can tell the truth.’

‘To me, you are perfect, and I accept that it’s been your year, Merry Christmas’.  

Fans went wild for the clip, which has already racked up nearly 6,000 likes by TikTok users.

‘Say it’s carol singers!’: Colin recreates the famous scene in the new M&S advert with fans going wild
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