Day: November 17, 2020

Hotel employees come to rescue of woman restrained by former boyfriend: Beachwood police blotter

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Disorderly conduct: Park East Drive

At 4 p.m. Nov. 16, police arrested for disorderly conduct a Kentwood, Mich. man, 21. While at the Hotel Indigo, 3581 Park East Drive, the man attempted to physically restrain his former girlfriend, 19, of Willoughby.

The man was holding the woman as he tried to force her out of the building. Two male hotel employees saw what was happening, grabbed the man and called police.

Fraud: Chagrin Boulevard

At 5:50 p.m. Nov. 11, a Solon woman, 65, reported that she had been the victim of a telephone fraud in which she lost $500. The woman told police that she received a call from a person claiming to be an Apple representative who said that her computer’s security had been compromised.

The caller instructed the woman to purchase $500 worth of gift cards and to give the caller the cards’ numbers.

Family offense: Richmond Road

At 7:20 p.m. Nov. 11, police were called to a residence where two adult brothers, age 32, of Beachwood, and 30, of Pepper Pike, were involved in a physical altercation. The fight began when one of the brothers spoke ill of their mother. No one was arrested.

Warrant arrest: Cedar Road

At 1:55 p.m. Nov. 12, two Cleveland women, 38 and 50, who had been banned from Beachwood Place, 26300 Cedar Road, because of prior theft offenses, returned to the mall. Both were cited for trespassing, while the older woman was arrested on a Beachwood police warrant.

Receiving stolen property: Cedar Road

At 3:05 p.m. Nov. 12, police arrested a Lakewood man, 41, after he was caught stealing a watch valued at $98 from Dillard’s at Beachwood Place. In addition to theft, the man was charged with receiving stolen property when he was found to be in possession of merchandise stolen from mall stores Hype and American Eagle valued at a total of $378.85.

Domestic violence: Eaton Boulevard

At 9 p.m. Nov. 13, a Cleveland man, 29, was arrested for striking in the face and neck the mother of his child, a Cleveland woman, 34. The couple had argued when the man threw the woman’s clothing into the hallway of the Aloft Hotel, 1010 Eaton Blvd.

Police charged the man with domestic violence.

Theft: Chagrin Boulevard

At 7:25 a.m. Nov. 14, police arrested a Cleveland man, 38, for stealing goods valued at $35.94 from Giant Eagle, 24601 Chagrin Blvd.

OVI: Richmond Road

At 6 p.m. Nov. 15, police investigated a two-car crash and found that one of the drivers, a Cleveland man, 41, was intoxicated. The man, who refused to take a breath test, was charged with OVI and refusing to take a breath test with a prior OVI conviction on his record. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license.

Reckless operation: Cedar Road

At 5:55 p.m. Nov. 16, Beachwood Place security told a man to move his car, which was parked in a service dock area as he waited to pick up his

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Pac-12 football games set to continue despite West Coast travel advisories

The travel advisories issued jointly late last week by the governors of California, Oregon and Washington are not expected to impact Pac-12 football teams located in those states.

The advisories “urge against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country and encourage residents to stay local,” according to a statement posted on the website of California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

A conference source pointed to the non-binding nature of the advisories and to the Pac-12’s health and safety precautions.

“We’re looking into it, but at this time we do not think this will impact our games as scheduled,” said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic.

“To date, our teams have and continue to receive testing prior to travel and upon arrival to each location, as well as use of physical protective measures during travel and upon arrival.”

Conference policy requires all players and coaches to receive point-of-care testing the day of travel, with results available before prior to boarding or departure.

A spokesperson for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee seemed to support the conference’s position in a statement issued to KING 5 in Seattle:

“These are recommendations, not requirements, so there is not an enforcement element to this. Collegiate sports are already governed by their own health guidance and will continue to follow those protocols.”

While the travel advisories seemingly won’t affect the Pac-12, which has eight teams in the three states, there is less clarity on the potential impact of tightening local restrictions.

In the Bay Area, for example, Santa Clara County is expected to move to an elevated safety level this week — either Red Risk Tier or possibly the most extreme, the Purple Risk Tier, according to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

When the county was in Red in early October, Stanford was not permitted to practice on campus.

Instead, the Cardinal spent several days working out at Woodside High School in nearby San Mateo County.

It returned to campus for practice only when Santa Clara County dropped into the less-restrictive Orange Risk Tier.

Asked for the status of practices this week, the university issued the following statement:

“Stanford Athletics remains in contact with Santa Clara County as we strive to create an opportunity for all of our student-athletes to safely train and compete in their 2020-21 season.

“We appreciate the county’s continued leadership and remain prepared to adjust accordingly based on updated guidance.

“We will continue to evaluate the rapidly-changing landscape while prioritizing the safety, health and well-being of our entire community.”

Stanford players are tested nine times per week. The program hasn’t recorded a positive test since practice began in early October.

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CA Lawmakers Head To Hawaii Despite Coronavirus Travel Advisory

CALIFORNIA — An alarming surge in COVID-19 cases prompted California officials to issue a travel advisory last week. Still, some California legislators along with other states are planning to head to Maui this week for an annual conference, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The conference was set to gather at least 50 people, with more than half a dozen lawmakers coming from California. The event is sponsored by a nonprofit, the Independent Voter Project, and will be held at the Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel in Wailea, the LA Times Reported. Travel expenses will be paid by the host, the Times reported.

In the past, the event has gathered up to 25 California legislators in past years. The gathering, according to the LA Times, has been scrutinized since it is partially funded and attended by parties of special interest including businesses and labor groups.

For this particular event, lawmakers are facing criticism for their decision to attend the event in the midst of a major spike in COVID-19 cases and just after the state urged its residents to stay local.

The first day of the conference coincided with the day that California officials moved some 40 counties back to the state’s strictest tier on the state’s COVID-19 risk assessing blueprint.

“Every age group, every demographic, racial, ethnic, in every part of the state we are seeing case rates increase,” Newsom said Monday. “We are seeing community spread broadly now throughout the state of California.”

READ MORE: CA Pulls ‘Emergency Brake,’ Considers Curfew In Coronavirus Surge

According to the LA Times, the chairman of the Independent Voter Project, Dan Howle, declined to identify which members of the California Legislature would be in attendance of the four-day event.

He only mentioned that “multiple members are attending from multiple states” including California, the Times reported.

“IVP decided to move forward based on the Hawaii Safe Travel program and agreement from the hotel to provide adequate social distancing spacing for seating at all meetings,” Howle told the LA Times in an email. “Based on that [program] and conversations with the hotel regarding guest safety we decided we could have a safe and secure event.”

Read more from the Los Angeles Times: California lawmakers travel to Hawaii conference amid COVID-19 travel warnings

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Independent Hotels Band Together to Keep Giants at Bay

(Bloomberg) — A group of independent hotel owners is forming a “rebel alliance” to survive the pandemic and prevent their properties from getting swallowed up by the likes of Marriott International Inc. and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.


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The group, led by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, is launching Curator Hotel & Resort Collection, a new company that aims to reduce costs on everything from bed linens to credit card processing. The move comes during the worst year in the history of the modern lodging industry, as spiking Covid-19 cases threaten to squash a modest travel rebound.

“We’re trying to give owners and operators of independent lifestyle properties an alternative to selling out their businesses or becoming more commoditized by joining with a major brand,” Pebblebrook Chief Executive Officer Jon Bortz said in an interview. “We want to do it in a way that gives them all the flexibility to be the rebels they want to be.”

Companies like Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt Hotels Corp. own very little real estate, and they make much of their profits by licensing brands and providing services to property investors, who agree to comply with certain standards as part of the deal. In downturns, they focus on recruiting owners of existing hotels — dangling so-called soft brands that let owners join the larger network without going through a wholesale makeover.

“Conversions as a percentage of our openings were highest coming out of the Great Recession,” Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said on a recent earnings call. “We would expect conversion activity to increase, certainly in terms of discussion, starting now.”

Occupancies Hammered

This year through September, occupancy at U.S. hotels was below 45% on average, down from 68% during the same period of 2019, according to lodging-data firm STR. The pandemic has landed hard on urban hotels, which depend on a combination of business travel and leisure guests who come to sample local restaurants and cultural institutions.

Pebblebrook, whose 53 properties include the Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel and the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, has seen its shares plummet 33% since the beginning of the year, in line with a Bloomberg index of real estate investment trusts that own hotels. While lodging stocks have rallied on recent vaccine news, industry projections estimate that a full recovery is at least three years off.

Bortz said his company began developing the plan after outbidding Blackstone Group Inc. to acquire LaSalle Hotel Properties in 2018. The $5.2 billion deal made Pebblebrook the largest U.S. owner of independent lifestyle hotels, giving it scale to negotiate savings with a variety of vendors.

Curator will aim to provide similar savings to other hotel owners, charging fees that are roughly 15% of what big brand companies demand, and offering short-term contracts that give owners freedom to exit the program after 12 months.

Pebblebrook is the majority owner of Curator. Other founding members have minority stakes, including Benchmark Hotels & Resorts, Viceroy Hotels & Resorts and Provenance Hotels, the lodging company founded by

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Want to gift a vacation? Here are 11 refundable Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals

Every year, The Arizona Republic publishes a grand list of some of the great travel deals available for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In years past, readers have loved a chance to gift their family leisure time together to places they normally couldn’t afford to visit. 

Putting together this list every year is a gigantic undertaking but one I thoroughly enjoy. Our culture, sadly, often looks as booking a vacation as excess.  But what I know from talking from Arizona Republic readers is that is not the case. People save up for years to have both the the money and time off to enjoy some quality moments with their loved ones.

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Bill Gates says more than 50% of business travel will disappear in post-coronavirus world

  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday that he predicts over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away in the pandemic’s aftermath.
  • Moving forward, Gates predicted that there will be a “very high threshold” for conducting business trips and there will always be a way to work from home.

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The coronavirus will fundamentally alter the way people travel for and conduct business, even after the pandemic is over, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday.


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“My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away,” Gates told Andrew Ross Sorkin during the New York Times’ Dealbook conference.

Moving forward, Gates predicted that there will be a “very high threshold” for conducting business trips now that working from home is more feasible. However, some companies may be more extreme with their efforts to reduce in-person meetings than others, he said.

Gates, whose foundation has been working to deliver a coronavirus vaccine to people most in need, said during a new podcast, “Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions,” that he’s had a “simpler schedule” due to the pandemic now that he doesn’t travel for business.

The philanthropist and tech executive, who appeared alongside Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla during the livestreamed conference on Tuesday, said he’s already held five virtual roundtables this year with pharma executives — a meeting that’s usually held in person in New York.

“We will go to the office somewhat, we’ll do some business travel, but dramatically less,” Gates said.

The pandemic has devastated air travel demand, particularly for lucrative business trips. Business travelers before the virus accounted for half of U.S. airlines’ revenue, but just 30% of the trips, according to Airlines for America, an industry group that represents most U.S. carriers.

However, Microsoft executives have predicted that business trips will make a rebound, even as the company moves to make air travel more sustainable.

“We believe that as we return to the skies, the travel routes we’ve had … will resume at the level they had been before,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Microsoft’s worldwide commercial business, said in October.

— CNBC’s Leslie Josephs contributed to this report.

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Bill Gates says 50% of all business travel will go away post-pandemic

  • Bill Gates is predicting that business travel and office work won’t return to pre-pandemic levels in the future. 
  • “My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away,” Gates said at The New York Times DealBook conference on Tuesday. 
  • In-person business meetings won’t be the “gold standard” anymore, Gates said, predicting that most companies will have a “very high threshold” for doing those types of business trips. 
  • Many major tech companies, particularly in the tech realm, are reconsidering the future of work. Some, like Twitter and Slack, have said employees may work remotely forever. Others, like Microsoft, after planning to implement hybrid models of work. 
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The sweeping changes we’ve seen this year to office work and business travel won’t go away, even after the pandemic subsides, according to Bill Gates. 

Gates described how he envisions the future of work during an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin at The New York Times DealBook conference on Tuesday. According to Gates, one of the biggest changes to how business is conducted will have to do with work-related travel. 

“My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away,” Gates said.

The type of business travel where it’s important to fly somewhere to physically sit in front of someone else to discuss something in person won’t be the “gold standard” anymore, Gates said. He predicts most companies will have a “very high threshold” for doing those types of business trips. 

When it comes to working from home, “some companies will be extreme on one end or the other,” Gates said, likely alluding to companies like Twitter, who have said their employees may work remotely forever, from anywhere. 

Gates did reveal one downside of virtual meetings versus in-person events: the inability to meet new people. He told Sorkin that he hasn’t made new friends this year because he never meets people at random.

“More could be done on the software side to allow for serendipitous run-ins after meetings,” Gates said. 

Many companies, particularly those in the tech world, from which Gates hails, are reconsidering the future of work now the the pandemic has shut down the majority of travel and in-office work this year. Twitter isn’t the only company who has said employees never need to return to the office: Slack, Stripe, and Facebook have all said employees may relocate away from company headquarters, though in some cases, they’ll take pay cuts.

At Microsoft, the company Gates founded with Paul Allen in 1975, employees will shift to a “hybrid workplace” where they’ll only report to the office for half the workweek. 

Gates’ predictions on business travel line up with research from industry experts, who have estimated that it will likely take several years to return to pre-pandemic levels. According to Bank of America research from October, corporate travel is unlikely to rebound until “late 2023 or

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A Tale Of Two Cities Through Art-Centered Travel

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Ironically, this classic literary reference by Charles Dickens is true of the life we live in 2020. Technology continues to sprint forward, social injustice resuscitated a movement of change, new voices in pop music hit the airwaves, and art, in all its forms, brushed along the canvases of the world.

Travel was hindered, as was most industries, by the Coronavirus, but as travel restrictions begin to loosen, and people find the means to adapt by finding experiences that bring joy, a trip focusing on art of a particular city or region can become a well-deserved distraction. Though every country on earth can boast of their artistic landmarks, two of the many cities with a strong art history and contemporary vibe are Paris and London.

The aforementioned novel of A Tale of Two Cities takes place in London and Paris. Just as the themes of great novels are centered around its characters, so the theme of this article will revolve around a contemporary artist who is emerging as a powerful force in both historic cities. Cho, Hui-Chin is a Taiwan-born artist who has lived and worked in London and Paris since 2014. Her work has elements of collage and mixed media expressing a narrative which touches upon desire, fetish, humanity and obsession.

The repetitive imagery within her intriguing work includes babies in all forms of abstraction, from the grotesque to the serene. Like any true artist, Cho, Hui-Chin expresses herself in the most honest way – through the beauty of her art as delivered through the sieve of her creative spirit.

Travelers to London and Paris can certainly avail themselves of those city’s rich artistic spirits. Paris, for instance, is home to some of the largest art collections in the world. Besides the Louvre, whose 7500 paintings and 15000 daily visitors will have to wait until December 1, its proposed opening after a hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Musee d’Orsay mostly exhibits 19th and 20th century art in a variety of genres, from painting to photography, and includes the Cafe des Hauteur, a bookshop and an auditorium for special events and lectures. They, too, will reopen December 1, 2020. 

The museums are not the only way to see art, though. The streets of Paris themselves can be considered its own gallery, from the architecture to the vibrant street art movement, which reflect the history and historical commentary of the city. Paris has become synonymous with art and the plethora of famous artists who found fame there, from Degas to Rodin to Monet to Lautrec paved the way for contemporary talents like Cho, Hui-Chin who exhibited her work multiple times in Paris. 

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Family Vacation’ Fans Want an Update on Mike ‘The Situation’ and Lauren Sorrentino’s Pregnancy Journey

Jersey Shore fans know Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and his wife, Lauren, want to start a family. Many fans were heartbroken when Lauren announced that she had a miscarriage at the end of last year. But being the Sorrentinos, the couple remain optimistic about starting the next chapter in their lives. 

Now, with a new season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation debuting Nov. 19, many fans think the Sorrentinos might share an update regarding their baby situation. 

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The Situations want to start a family 

After Mike was released from his eight-month prison sentence in September 2019, the couple started trying for a baby right away. 

“The night he came home we actually conceived,” Lauren shared on GMA. “When I found out we were pregnant, I felt like this is why we went through all these challenges for years and that this was our time and it was our blessing.”

Mike’s prison sentence wasn’t the only hurdle for the couple. Throughout his time on Jersey Shore, “Big Daddy Sitch” was dealing with substance abuse. Thanks to his wife’s support, Mike was able to work through recovery. He will celebrate five years of sobriety in December. 

Lauren Sorrentino had a miscarriage in November 2019

About six to seven weeks into her pregnancy, Lauren had a miscarriage. As a role model to many Jersey Shore fans, Lauren felt obligated to share her story. 

“It was hard,” she said on GMA. “It was really difficult. I didn’t want to hold this in. I wanted to share it for other people going through it and just be honest so I can kind of heal through the process.” 

In discussing her miscarriage, Lauren added that they were still actively trying for a baby. Mike was extremely encouraging.

“I said, ‘Honey, we’ve been through some rough situations in life, prison, addiction,’” Mike told Entertainment Tonight. “‘What did we do?’ And pretty much what we did was we picked ourselves up, we dusted ourselves off, and went right back to the basics.”

“We’re going to keep trying,” Mike added. “We can’t wait until that happens, and we’re very excited to start that chapter, and we’re moving forward.”

Many fans are hopeful that they’ll learn good news about the Sorrentino’s baby situation in the forthcoming season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation

Will Mike ‘The Situation’ and Lauren Sorrentino announce a pregnancy on ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’? 

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation has truly turned into a family gathering. A majority of the roommates are in committed relationships, married, or married with kids. According to the promos, season 4 will include the cast’s significant others — including “Laurens.”

With season 4 of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation debuting Nov. 19, many fans are hopeful the Sorrentinos will share even more about their pregnancy journey. 

“I have a feeling this story will be picked back up in the new season,” a fan said on Reddit. 

“I’m sure they

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US and Britain officially sign agreement on post-Brexit air travel

The United States and Britain officially signed an agreement on air travel following the European country’s vote of independence from the European Union.

The Air Services Agreement was signed on Tuesday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the British counterpart U.K. Transport Minister Grant Shapps, according to Reuters. The signing of the document officially concludes negotiations reached in 2018.

Britain voted to leave the EU in a June 2016 referendum, but progress on approving a plan for the nation’s exit was stalled for more than three years. In October 2019, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a Brexit deal with the EU, but Parliament later blocked a vote on the deal, forcing the prime minister to ask the EU for another extension to pass it.

Johnson then called a December election in an effort to win enough conservative seats to get the deal passed. He led the Conservative Party to victory in the United Kingdom’s legislature, winning 80 seats and a Tory majority. A month later, members of Parliament passed the “Withdrawal Agreement Act” and sent it to the queen for approval, making “Brexit” official law in January 2020.

The new U.S.-U.K. aviation agreement keeps flight operations between the countries similar to when Britain was in the EU, Reuters reported. However, the coronavirus pandemic has limited international travel.

Some airlines, including United, have launched new COVID-19 testing programs to deter government officials from advocating future travel restrictions. In October, United announced that it will begin the testing program on flights from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to London Heathrow starting Nov. 16 until Dec. 11.

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