Day: November 8, 2020

Mahesh Babu, Namrata and kids go on a vacation with masks on. See Instagram pic

a group of people posing for the camera: Mahesh Babu goes on a family holiday with masks on.

Mahesh Babu goes on a family holiday with masks on.

Mahesh Babu along with his wife Namrata Shirodkar, son Gautam Ghattamaneni and daughter Sitara has jetted off to an undisclosed location for a family holiday. On Sunday, he took to social media to share a photo of himself, Gautam and Sitara with their facemasks on. In his caption, Mahesh Babu said that he and his family are still getting used to the new normal.


Mahesh Babu and his family members used to travel often before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Like the rest of us, the actor’s family has been staying indoors for about eight months. But now, Mahesh Babu has decided to go on a holiday before the actor resumes work.

He took to social media to share a photo of himself, Gautam and Sitara at the airport with their facemasks. Mahesh Babu wrote, “Getting ourselves used to the new normal!! All equipped for a safe flight. Life’s back on track! Jet set go! (sic).”

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Mahesh Babu stressed on the fact that his family members are getting used to the new normal. He also added that they have taken all precautions for a safe flight.


Reports are rife that Mahesh Babu is all set to commence the shoot of his upcoming film Sarkaru Vaari Paata in January 2021. Major portions of the film will be shot in the US. Recently, the team of Sarkaru Vaari Paata welcomed Keerthy Suresh as the female lead.

Mahesh Babu announced the film on his dad Krishna’s birthday this year. Directed by Parasuram Petla, the film is expected to be a commercial entertainer with a social message. More details on the cast and crew of Sarkaru Vaari Paata will be announced soon.

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For tradition and luxury it has to be The Balmoral in Edinburgh – hotel review

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The Balmoral hotel on Princes Street, with its iconic clock tower, is a city landmark.
The Balmoral hotel on Princes Street, with its iconic clock tower, is a city landmark.

Exquisite architecture, world-famous views, lavish interiors and the very best in fine dining: The Balmoral Hotel truly ticks all the necessary boxes for a 5-star stay.

Considered among the most luxurious hotels in the British Isles, this elite Edwardian beauty with its majestic clock tower has kept watch over central Edinburgh since 1902.

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And it’s that very same iconic timepiece, traditionally set three minutes fast so that rail passengers would make it to their Waverley platforms on time, which ensures that all The Balmoral’s guests arrive fashionably early no matter the season.

The spacious lobby in The Balmoral Edinburgh

Bosses at the North British Railway Company, the original owners of the hotel, were able to claim the perfect site for their grand station hotel. The Balmoral’s address – No.1 Princes Street – serves as the ideal base to plan the civic sightseeing trip of a lifetime.Now owned by the Rocco Forte group, the hotel is up to date with all the latest amenities, such as a gorgeous pool and top spa facilities, but retains its traditional spirit.

Following the Scottish Government’s announcements and phased exit from lockdown, The Balmoral reopened its doors on August 1. Covid-19 prevention measures are visible the moment you walk in into the main lobby with masks, disposable gloves and hand sanitisers available to all guests. Staff are adhering to government guidelines regarding cleanliness and disinfection procedures. More information can be found here:

Bar Prince, Balmoral Edinburgh

Celebrity guests at The Balmoral over the years include Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and the Queen Mother, which tells you all you need to know about the clientele this 5-star hotel regularly attracts. Spend a night here, and you’ll feel like an A-lister too.

The hotel has 167 rooms and 20 vast suites all luxuriously dressed by renowned interior designer Olga Polizzi, sister of Sir Rocco Forte, and evoking Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage.

Furnishings are of the highest quality, with rooms featuring handmade beds from Glencraft – suppliers to the Queen at Balmoral Castle – and textiles by popular Glasgow brand, Timorous Beasties.

Marble and a free-standing bath make the bathroom in the Scone & Crombie Suite a luxurious place to relax

And, while there is no such thing as a bad room at The Balmoral, many rooms are enhanced by the views they boast out over the key landmarks of central Edinburgh.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, The Balmoral’s Michelin-starred Number One restaurant remains closed, but don’t let that deter you, as the sumptuous Brasserie Prince makes for a suitably rewarding substitute. A delightful blend of French and Scottish cuisine, the relaxed restaurant, which is also surprisingly affordable, is as perfect a place as any to enjoy a first class meal.

The serving of alcohol, for the time being,

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Hythe Imperial Hotel expansion to go ahead

An ambitious £3 million project to expand an historic seafront hotel has been given the go ahead.

Planning permission has been granted for a new Leisure and Spa Facility at the Hythe Imperial Hotel.

CGI of what the Hythe Imperial expansion will look like
CGI of what the Hythe Imperial expansion will look like

Artist impressions of the proposals reveal a glass-fronted two-storey building, covered in foliage, sitting to the left of the existing 92-bed hotel, along Princes Parade.

The new-build will allow space for 10 additional bedrooms and a new bridal dressing room.

Updated treatment rooms for the spa are also planned, including a manicure and pedicure room, a relaxation room and seven spa treatment rooms, two of which will be double rooms with en-suite facilities.

The project will also create new spin and aerobics studios, a separate gym changing room and a 40-machine gymnasium complete with an outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi.

This will all be topped off with an all new leisure club members private lounge with access to a new Japanese gardens.

New spa and gym facilities are planned for the seafront hotel
New spa and gym facilities are planned for the seafront hotel

The documents have been submitted by GSE Group, owners of the popular hotel, as well as the Marquis of Granby in Alkham, near Dover.

Bosses hope the project will transform the 4-star hotel into a ‘destination resort’.

Design proposals have been developed by Guy Hollaway Architects, which is already behind a number of new builds in the county such as the new cinema in Elwick Place, Ashford, and the one-of-a-kind skate park being developed in Folkestone.

Guy Hollaway has said “We are delighted to have achieved detailed planning approval for what we believe will prove to be a fantastic extension to the Hythe Imperial Hotel, and we look forward to realising this Wellness building for the town and the many visitors to the Imperial.”

Darrell Healey, GSE Chairman, said the news gave “hope for the hospitality sector at a time when it is needed most”.

‘This allows us to look forward to the future…’

“The new spa and leisure facility will further enhance the stay of our guests and will provide an excellent outlet for our guests to work out and unwind,” he added.

Nick Gauntlett, Managing Director of the Hythe Imperial Hotel, said “The new spa and leisure facility allows us to expand upon this already beautiful building.

“The hotel is very much part of the local history and has become an iconic holiday destination and wedding venue for many over the years.

“During these unprecedented times that we are all navigating our way through, this allows us to look forward to the future and as a team we are very excited to see the new addition come to life”

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In pandemic travel bust, cargo shipments of Botox and cheese replace passengers for starving airlines

  • Air cargo prices have surged in the pandemic as capacity plunged.
  • International travel has dropped sharply, taking belly-cargo space out of the market.
  • Some passenger carriers have started flying cargo-only flights in an effort to boost sales.

American Airlines fleet services employees prepare to load cargo pallets on a 777-300 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) bound for Frankfurt Airport in Germany during the cornoavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 20, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

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American Airlines fleet services employees prepare to load cargo pallets on a 777-300 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) bound for Frankfurt Airport in Germany during the cornoavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 20, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

The coronavirus pandemic has created a global crunch in air cargo markets and retailers like Alex Motamedi in Harbor City, California are feeling the pain.


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“We’ve been so desperate that we take anything and first available,” said Motamedi, general manager of La Espanola Meats, which sells imported Spanish ham, cheese, sweets and other products.

Certain products are arriving a month later than usual and air freight costs have doubled in some cases, Motamedi said. Such perishable items often arrive by air so they don’t spoil.

The root of the problem is the slump in air travel during the pandemic, which has forced carriers to drastically reduce flights to help curb their losses, taking air cargo capacity out of the market and driving up prices.

About half of the world’s air freight demand is usually met by space in passenger planes’ bellies. That means a flight home from a vacation in Greece or Iceland might be shared with goods like feta cheese or cod.

New Covid-19 cases, lockdowns and a web of travel restrictions have had an outsize impact on international travel, while domestic demand has recovered some ground. Demand for international air travel was down close to 90% in September from a year ago, according to the International Air Transport Association, a trade group whose members operate most of the world’s airline capacity.

Seeing a bright spot in otherwise bleak landscape, United, Delta and American this year started flying cargo-only flights. All three already had cargo businesses but their customers’ goods usually fly on passenger flights.

What began as cargo-dedicated flights to transport personal protective equipment and other medical-related items at the start of the pandemic has expanded. Airlines have been redeploying their aircraft to help deliver produce, apparel, electronics, fish, like Scottish salmon, and pharmaceuticals, executives say. American Airlines’ vice president of commercial cargo, Roger Samways, said the airline saw an increase in Botox shipments to the U.S. this spring.

“We hadn’t seen quantities of this nature” before, he said.

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Capacity remains limited, making air cargo more expensive.

Cargo rates from Europe to the U.S. this month were about $4 a kilogram, up 150% from a year ago, according to the TAC Index. From mainland China and Hong Kong to the U.S., prices on Nov. 2 were about $5 a kilogram, up 64% from a year earlier.

The fourth quarter is the peak period for air cargo as it coincides with the holiday season, a surge that could drive prices even higher, particularly without the

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New Plymouth teacher, 24, buys home with travel money after Covid-19 ruins OE

Jacinta Radford, 24, was heartbroken when Covid-19 ruined her OE plans. Until she used her travel savings to buy her first home.


Jacinta Radford, 24, was heartbroken when Covid-19 ruined her OE plans. Until she used her travel savings to buy her first home.

Jacinta Radford had quit her job, booked the OE of her dreams and was set to fly out on May 8.

Then Covid-19 hit.

It was heartbreaking for the 24-year-old to have her plans crumble beneath her, until she focused on achieving her other dream: owning a home.

“I go through moments when I’m, like, it would be cool to be overseas,” Radford said. “Then I realise we’re actually very safe and happy in little old New Zealand. It was hard to see that at the beginning.”

In July, the New Plymouth teacher became the owner of a two-bedroom brick house in Vogeltown, which now has a vegetable garden, patio, and feels like home.

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It cost her $375,000, and with her $30,000 travel savings, $20,000 Kiwisaver, and a little help from her parents, she had a deposit.

Radford said a lot of good things have come from not travelling, and she’s loving her new home.


Radford said a lot of good things have come from not travelling, and she’s loving her new home.

She’s happy now, but it took a few tears to get there.

“A lot of good things have come out of it,” Radford said. “But it took me a while to realise it was a good thing.”

She’d always wanted to move overseas, but started seriously looking in September last year.

“I felt like it was time to go explore the world, not stay in the place I’d spent most of my life.”

In the months that followed she handed in her resignation to the school she was working at and booked guided trips across Europe, Russia and Scandinavia.

Her visas and flights were sorted, and she was set to go May 8, and travel before settling in London.

“Basically I’d packed up and I was off,” she said. “And then it all went downhill.”

At the start of March, Radford started getting emails from travel group organisations asking if she wanted to postpone due to Covid-19 spreading fast overseas.

“I thought ‘OK, I won’t go in May, I’ll go in July. My trip will still happen, but it will look different’.”

She held onto hope for a long time but eventually realised she wouldn’t be travelling anytime soon, so she applied for a job at another primary school – which she landed and loves.

Radford’s $30,000 in travel savings helped toward her deposit.


Radford’s $30,000 in travel savings helped toward her deposit.

“When I kind of came to terms with the fact I wasn’t going overseas, I knew I had a fair amount of money saved up that was going to help me with my travel,” she said. “I thought, ‘well what else can I do

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Victoria travel restrictions scrapped as state records no new Covid cases for nine days

Daniel Andrews has announced the so-called “ring of steel” separating metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will be scrapped along with travel restrictions for city residents, as the state recorded no new cases of Covid-19 for the ninth day in a row.

Declaring it “a day to be optimistic”, the Victorian premier said on Sunday that the state would take the next step in easing longstanding coronavirus restrictions by removing the checkpoints between Melbourne and the rest of the state from midnight.

“Families will be able to be together again,” he told reporters.

“Today is a day to be proud as Victorians of what we have been able to achieve. There has been a lot of pain and hurt and there is a need for healing, for investment, for all sorts of repair. The most important thing … is to stay the course on this – to be as stubborn as the virus.”

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The ban on travelling from Melbourne to regional Victoria was introduced during the state’s devastating second-wave outbreak. It will be scrapped as a number of other restrictions are eased.

Andrews said that from midnight on Sunday restaurants, pubs and cafes would be able to host up to 40 people indoors and 70 outdoors, while cinemas, galleries, music venues and museums will be able to operate with a limit of 20 people in each “space”. Other changes include an increase in the number of people able to attend religious gatherings and funerals, up to 20 people inside, and 50 outside.

But the premier said the state’s mask mandate would continue indefinitely, arguing the rule was an “insurance policy” to help “stop someone who has got it from inadvertently giving it to others”.

“In terms of face masks, all the mask rules remain in place,” the Labor leader told reporters. “Again, the time will come when we can make changes but not for today. Masks are, I know, not a pleasant experience, particularly as the weather gets warmer, but they are low cost and high benefit.”

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The eased restrictions come as Victoria recorded its ninth consecutive day with no new cases of the virus after a crippling second-wave outbreak led to the deaths of more than 700 people and saw the state enter lockdown for months.

The state’s chief medical officer, Prof Brett Sutton, said the state’s approach to the virus had been “validated and vindicated” by the low case numbers.

“If there’s a lesson for anyone, it’s that science-based disciplines use empirical data and really sophisticated modelling and other evidence-based inputs to try and make the best decisions,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that they’re foolproof, it doesn’t mean there isn’t some uncertainty in that.”

Also on Sunday, NSW recorded no new local cases of Covid-19. There were three new cases among overseas passengers in hotel quarantine. On Saturday,

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Golden Tate doesn’t travel with Giants for Washington game

Call him Joe Grudge.

That could be the new nickname for Joe Judge, the Giants’ first-year head coach, who continues to relegate veteran wider receiver Golden Tate to his doghouse in an effort to expel what he sees as the trait that could topple the foundation he is beginning to build: selfishness. On Saturday Judge and the Giants announced that Tate did not travel with the team to Washington for Sunday’s game at FedEx Field and that he would not be available to play.

It was the second time in four days that Tate was not included in team events as a form of discipline. On Wednesday, after what was described as a long conversation between the player and the coach, Tate was told to stay home and not participate in the team’s meetings or in that day’s walk-through practice.

The transgression that instigated this benching was Tate’s behavior on the field during Monday night’s loss to the Buccaneers. Tate, who has clearly grown frustrated with his role as the team’s No. 3 receiver behind Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, was targeted just three times in that game and six times in the past three. When he caught his first pass he shouted to the Giants’ bench that they should throw him the ball. When he caught a late touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to bring the Giants within two of the lead, he celebrated by yelling at the television cameras: “Throw me the ball!”

Tate’s wife, Elise, posted a lengthy diatribe on Instagram against the Giants for their underuse of her husband later that evening.

Judge made it clear during the week that Tate’s attitude was far from a misdemeanor in his mind.

“First off, it has to be team-first for everyone in this building,” Judge said Wednesday. “Every coach and every player. It has to be team-first. There are no exceptions for that. I’m not going to tolerate any kind of selfish behavior from anybody, a coach or a player. It’s not going to happen.”

At the time, Judge also promised it would be “business as usual” once Tate returned to the team on Thursday, but it has been anything but since. The 32-year-old receiver spent two practices lining up with scout teams while the starters prepared for the game against Washington. Judge said on Friday he and the coaching staff were still considering whether Tate would pay on Sunday. Then, on Saturday, the Giants announced this latest and most drastic aspect of the discipline.

Given the severity of the punishment, however, there was likely plenty of heated words exchanged during the chat between Tate and Judge on Wednesday morning.

The Giants hope Tate gets the message that selfishness will not be tolerated. More important to them, though, is that the rest of the roster learn that lesson too. The Giants signed Tate before the 2019 season, shortly after

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COVID-19 travel restrictions scrapped in Victoria | The Canberra Times

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For the first time in months Melburnians will be free from COVID-19 travel restrictions within Victoria. Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced “families will be able to be together again” as he scrapped Melbourne’s 25km-from-home metropolitan travel limit and removed the city’s ‘ring of steel’ which had prevented people from visiting regional areas. The new rules start from midnight. “Both the 25km limit and the ring of steel, the metropolitan regional Victoria border, comes down as well,” he said. Travel freedom is set to expand again when the NSW border reopens to Victorians on November 23. Mr Andrew’s announcement coincided with the state’s ninth straight day without a new COVID-19 case. The 14-day average for daily cases in Melbourne sits at 0.4 and there are two cases with an unknown source. A number of other restrictions will also ease from Monday, including hospitality numbers increasing to 40 indoor patrons and 70 outdoor patrons. Health Minister Martin Foley on Saturday announced an enforcement blitz on businesses and workplaces posing a high risk of COVID-19 transmission would be conducted over the weekend. Compliance checks by police, Work Safe and the Department of Health and Human Services could see offenders hit with fines of up to $10,000. “Overwhelmingly Victorian businesses are doing the right thing,” Mr Foley told reporters on Saturday. The run of low or zero cases has allowed Victoria to welcome the first international flights to Melbourne since June 30, with the resumption of flights from New Zealand from Monday. Victoria’s COVID-19 death toll is 819, and 907 people have died from the virus across Australia. Australian Associated Press

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NSW coronavirus: 0 local cases, 3 in hotel quarantine on Sunday

New South Wales recorded no new locally acquired COVID-19 infections in the 24 hour period up to 8pm on Saturday night.

Three new cases are in hotel quarantine, according to numbers released on Sunday.

It comes after one new local case was reported on Saturday, down from four on Friday.

The state has now recorded a total of 4,273 infections since January 25 this year.

NSW health is currently treating 63 COVID-19 patients, but just one requires intensive care.

Cars queue at Prestons drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at the Ash Road Sporting Complex in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jenny Evans
media_cameraCars queue at Prestons drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at the Ash Road Sporting Complex in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jenny Evans

NSW Health’s Dr Michael Douglas said the source of a recent local outbreak at Moss Vale remains under investigation.

“Due to these and other recent cases, the call for testing continues to apply,” he said.

He said that message is particularly targeted at communities in south-western Sydney, including Leppington, Hoxton Park and Prestons.

People who have lived in or visited the Southern Highlands region — including Moss Vale, Mittagong and Bowral — are also urged to come forward.

Dr Douglas called for vigilance, and issued a reminder that the virus could spread quickly and silently.

“The process of becoming infected and infecting others often occurs silently, invisibly, and inadvertently,” he said.

He said it was particularly important to adhere to COVID-safe practices as the festive season approaches.

“Social and community gatherings are very likely to increase during the upcoming holiday period,” he said.

“It is very likely COVID-19 will continue to circulate in the community, including among people with mild or no symptoms at all.”

Across the border, Victoria on Sunday marked its ninth consecutive day without a new coronavirus case.

The state is preparing to further ease restrictions, with Premier Daniel Andrews confirming the “ring of steel” around Melbourne will be lifted, and the 25km-radius rule will be removed from 11.59pm Sunday.

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Transformation of former children’s polio hospital into resort hotel in the home stretch | Business

MILTON — A hospital built during the Great Depression to care for disabled children is on track to begin its new role as a resort hotel by this time next year, according to its developer.

“We should have the hotel open by the fall of next year, and our golf course ready to go next spring,” said Jeff Hoops, owner-developer of the Grand Patrician Resort, taking shape on the grounds of the former Morris Memorial Hospital for Crippled Children just east of Milton.

The former hospital is perched on a gently sloping 186-acre campus once used to graze dairy cattle and nourish an orchard that produced apples, pears and cherries for patients and staff.

Commuters on Interstate 64 about 1.5 miles east of the Milton exit can glance south of the freeway and see an army of more than 50 construction workers converting a portion of the former farmland into a golf course and transforming the 81-year-old hospital into a 109-room hotel.

Hoops, a resident of Milton, said the new inn will be affiliated with Wyndham Hotels. Each of the golf course’s nine holes is designed to replicate iconic holes at renowned courses from around the globe and will be equipped with artificial turf greens and tee areas.

Much of the new hotel is taking shape within the locally quarried blue-white limestone walls of the old hospital, built between 1936 and 1939.

The U-shaped building with Y-shaped wings provided 80,000 square feet of living quarters, classrooms and therapy space for its 120 residents — most of them victims of childhood polio. It was the largest public-works project built in West Virginia by the Works Progress Administration, a federal agency created as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program.

First lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who visited the hospital in September 1939, wrote that the local laborers hired by the WPA to construct the facility had created “a monument of which they should well be proud,” and described a therapeutic swimming pool there as “the most delightful I have ever seen.”

More than 10,000 children received treatment at the hospital before an effective vaccine for polio became widely available in the 1950s, gradually making the hospital’s mission obsolete. The building closed as a children’s hospital in 1960, then reopened in 1961 as Morris Memorial Nursing Home, a geriatric facility. The building has been vacant since the nursing home ceased operations in 2009.

In 2017, Hoops and his wife, Patricia, entered an agreement with the city of Milton, which owns the property, to build the resort hotel on the site.

Since then, the building has been stabilized, cleared of asbestos and debris, upgraded to meet modern codes, fitted with new windows and roof tiles, and is now ready for drywalling. A new four-story portico is taking shape as part of a makeover of the main entrance to the building.

The hotel will include a 400-seat steakhouse restaurant, conference rooms, a 300-seat wedding chapel and a 500-seat ballroom, retail shops, two indoor

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