Day: November 18, 2020

Rock Island Parks and Recreation makes changes under Tier 3 mitigations

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – Governor J.B. Pritzker announced all regions in Illinois will begin Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation restrictions beginning Friday, Nov. 20.



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Rock Island Parks and Recreation says it will be making some changes to operate under these guidelines.

Rock Island Parks and Recreation shared the following changes:

The Rock Island Fitness and Activity Center will remain open operating at 25% capacity and all participants must make a reservation before coming. Reservations can be made by calling or visiting the member service center. The phone number is (309) 732-7275 option 2. Members must wear a face covering at all times, including while engaged in individual exercise. Restrooms will remain open, but locker/shower rooms will be closed, except to pool participants. All group fitness classes, recreation and sports programs, and swim lessons are temporarily suspended. All amenities will be open with the exception of the steam rooms, saunas, whirlpool, and indoor playground. For a detailed list of guideline changes, click here. For specific member questions please call our membership office at (309) 732-7275 option 1.

Preschool will remain open with all current safety precautions in place.

Parks and outdoor recreation will be open but the public should continue to maintain social distancing.

The Parks and Recreation Department is working hard to be able to offer many virtual recreation offerings during this time. Virtual fitness classes will be offered including Zumba Gold, Turbo Kick, Beachbody PIYO, Ballet Barre and more. Families can register for a Family Holiday Activity Pack, including crafts and fun games that can either be picked up or delivered right to your door. Pup Packs are also available which include a DIY dog toy, dog art project and special treat for your furry friend. Kids to Pros virtual classes include Active Kids, Art Skills, Graphic Design, Lego Masters, Minecraft, Origami & Papercraft, ROBLOX, and Web Design all beginning soon. We also offer Letter/Video from Santa. To register for virtual fitness classes please visit www.rigov.org/epark. A free Virtual Holiday Concert with Kevin Horton will be streamed live on Facebook on Wednesday, December 16th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

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Top safety tips for vehicle travel during pandemic

In a year full of unknowns and uncertainties, what’s normally the busiest travel season of the year will certainly slow down. People will decide what makes most sense for them when it comes to family gatherings and trips. For those who choose to travel this holiday season, their family’s health and safety is a top priority, more so than ever.

Celebrating the holidays virtually to avoid large gatherings would be the safest option, but those who are planning to see family members should plan to quarantine ahead of time to decrease the risk of exposure. That said, many see traveling by car as a way to have more control over potential exposure to COVID-19. In fact, a recent survey conducted on behalf of Toyota shows more than half of Americans see their vehicle as a “safe haven” from the coronavirus.

Despite the pandemic, the survey also found:

  • 42% of U.S. adults are likely to go on vacation or travel by year-end
  • 56% said they were less likely to venture outside their home state
  • 72% said they would take a vehicle versus flying

“Safety is one of our top priorities, but it reaches well beyond making our Toyota vehicles among the safest on the road,” says Mike Goss, general manager, social innovation. “Our mission extends to making the roads safer for everyone who travels by car. Starting with the safety of infants and children, to teens behind the wheel, and graduating up to safe driving for seniors — it is an all-encompassing safety commitment.”

Buckle Up for Life is a national safety program from Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center that educates parents and caregivers about the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

Regarding infants, a startling 75% of child safety seats are not used correctly. Beyond installing the seat in the car, do you know which way your child should face? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children remain in rear-facing seats until age 2, or until they exceed the height and weight limit for the seat. And don’t forget to remove your child’s winter coat before you buckle them into their car seat. Puffy coats and excess clothing can prevent straps from tightening enough to properly restrain your child if an accident occurs.

Buckle Up for Life, a national child passenger safety program created by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Toyota, teaches parents how to help keep their children safe. Here are the top safety tips provided by Buckle Up for Life and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for traveling during the pandemic:

1. Conduct vehicle safety checks. Before departing, have a service shop check your vehicle’s tire pressure, battery, fuel filter, radiator coolant and brake fluid. Also top off your windshield-washer fluid.

2. Plan your route. When considering your destination, the CDC suggests asking yourself the following questions:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading in the community or the area you are visiting? If so, you may have a higher chance of becoming infected or infecting others.
  • Will you be able to maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others during travel and at your destination?
  • Does the destination require visitors to quarantine themselves
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NJ Expands Coronavirus Travel Quarantine List To 46 States

NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy has once again expanded New Jersey’s quarantine travel advisory list to its biggest ever, now demanding any travelers from 46 states and territories to quarantine for two weeks after returning – even if their travel route started in the Garden State.

Nonessential travel from Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware also is highly discouraged, although none of the states are on the travel advisory list. New York and Connecticut are also discouraging nonessential travel to and from the Garden State, but they are not mandating that travelers quarantine.

It’s not clear how much of the travel advisory list will remain intact for Thanksgiving, but Murphy has consistently expanded the number of states in recent weeks as the coronavirus outbreak has gotten worse.

The new list comes as New Jersey has taken new steps to curtail the spread of the virus in the Garden State. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ To Lower Gathering Limits Amid Coronavirus Spikes

New Jersey reported 4,060 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases and 38 more fatalities on Tuesday – the highest single-day death toll since early July.

Murphy added one state on Tuesday – Vermont – raising the total of states and territories included in the advisory to 46, marking the largest number of states on New Jersey’s quarantine list to date.

The travel advisory is issued for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Delaware, Connecticut and Pennsylvania meet the criteria for New Jersey’s travel advisory, but they were left off the list due to the interconnected nature of the region, Murphy said. A 14-day quarantine for travelers from these states is “not reasonable in all instances,” Murphy said.

The only state that could appear on the list – but doesn’t – is Hawaii.

Still, anybody traveling south will still have to find a circuitous route since Maryland remains on the quarantine list. In fact, traveling to nearly all parts of the US will be difficult without having to isolate upon return (see full list of states on the quarantine list below).

Anyone returning from the designated states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging, Murphy said, and only leave for medical care or essential items.

“As we face the second wave of this virus, we need to recommit ourselves to the mindset of personal responsibility that helped us flatten the curve earlier this year,” said Murphy. “We are asking anyone arriving from these 46 states and territories to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Here is the latest list:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Guam

  • Iowa

  • Idaho

  • Indiana

  • Illinois

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Missouri

  • Mississippi

  • Montana

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Nebraska

  • New Hampshire

  • New Mexico

  • Nevada

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • Puerto Rico

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Vermont

  • Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • West Virginia

  • Washington

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Montreal nurse, a mother of three, murdered during Cuban vacation

MONTREAL —
Global Affairs Canada has confirmed that a 52-year-old Quebec woman was murdered in Varadero, Cuba.

A spokesperson for the department confirmed that Antoinette Traboulsi, who family members say went missing on Nov. 14, has been found dead and that she was the victim of violence.

Cuban authorities told their Canadian counterparts that the Montreal nurse was murdered.

Traboulsi’s cousin Sami Soussa said the victim’s friend reported her missing on Saturday and that they later learned Cuban authorities found a body a on beach. Global Affairs confirmed the victim’s identity to Soussa.

The mother of three children in Quebec travelled to Cuba Nov. 13 for a two-week holiday — a much-needed vacation after fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines — and went to the beach the next day.

According to authorities, she was found buried a metre in the sand with bite marks on her chest and her face badly beaten.

“They confirmed that it was the body of my cousin at the morgue in Cuba and apparently she’s been assassinated and buried in the sand on Varadero beach,” said Soussa.

Traboulsi was a nurse at Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal, and she visited Cuba once or twice a year. Family said she considered the island nation a second home.

“She’s full of life, she likes music, she likes to have fun in her life, she really liked the lifestyle there,” said Soussa.

“She’s been going to Cuba once or twice a year for several years. She even learned how to perfectly speak Spanish.”

Soussa has asked to be the person to retrieve his cousin’s body. He said he can’t stop wondering how his cousin’s life ended.

“I want to know what happened,” said Soussa.

“I want to know how a 52-year-old woman was killed, buried one metre deep in the sand, on a public beach. There’s a resort on the same beach! What happened? Do we have a suspect? I want someone to pay.”

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5 candidates to replace Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

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Nicole ” Snooki” Polizzi gives the ‘deets’ about the Snooki Truck.

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi may be is gone but she’s not forgotten.

Nicole did participate in the filming of Season 4 of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” in a Nevada resort with the rest of the cast. The new season debuts with two episodes starting 8 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 19 on MTV.

The cast, and family members, decamp in a bubble at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa in Henderson, Nevada, to soothe things out after Nicole, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Deena Cortese’s speech-gone-wrong at Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding in the end of Season 3.

Nicole was in tears when Angelina  ignored her and the roomies after the speech on the Season 3 finale.

“I’m quitting I think,” Nicole said. “I think this is it.”

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That was a summation of what she had said on her “It’s Happening with Snooki and Joey” podcast in December of 2019, which aired before the season finale.

“Our show, ‘Jersey Shore,’ is about family and making fun of each other and having a good time and laughing and just knowing that it’s all in good fun,” said Polizzi on “It’s Happening.”  “Lately, everything is so serious. It’s not about a team anymore.”

Chances are Nicole will be on TV again. Her name has been floated as a possible cast member of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Showrunner Andy Cohen said it’s legit.

“It’s something to keep our eyes out for,” said Cohen on  “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in September.

Meanwhile, the cast of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” is in a state of flux. Below are five candidates who could take Nicole’s spot in the “Jersey Shore” house.

Nicole’s spot in the hearts of fans is a different matter. 

Maria Elizondo 

On the plus side, Maria is a New Jersey native. On the negative side, she doesn’t seem to have a really strong connection to the “Jersey Shore” cast despite her two seasons on “Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny.”  Her “porn date” with Vinny Guadagnino apparently never materialized. 

Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola      

Attention Sammi, there’s a spot in the cast open. Sammi opted out of the “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” reboot in 2018 as she wanted to “avoid potentially toxic situations,” according to one of her Instagram posts. She famously had an on-again, off-again relationship with cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro.

The producers didn’t seem pleased that Sammi didn’t come on board for the reboot. They produced a life-sized Sammi doll for the cast to abuse on the first episodes. There was wedding drama between Sammi and the cast over who was invited to her since COVID-postponed wedding, but that seems to have been smoothed over when Sammi recently congratulated Deena Cortese on her baby

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RedAwning Partners with TurnoverBnB to Automate and Optimize Vacation Rental Cleaning and Provide Homeowners with a Network of 25,000 Cleaners

Emeryville, CA, Nov. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RedAwning, the only complete hospitality and reservations platform for short term rentals, and TurnoverBnB, the leader in vacation rental cleaning solutions, today announced a new partnership to enable hosts to automatically schedule, manage, and pay their cleaners for all RedAwning guests.  This new partnership also opens a network of 25,000 experienced vacation rental housecleaners to RedAwning participating homeowners. 

This launch of a combined cleaning automation solution will enable RedAwning homeowners to much more efficiently manage their cleaners at a time when cleanliness is top of mind for guests and robust demand continues to set occupancy records.  RedAwning provides industry-leading bookings demand for homeowners, and average revenue per property listing was up 120% in September over 2019. RedAwning will also provide a hospitality grade cleaning checklist that exceeds all of the new requirements being set by Airbnb.  Better still, homeowners who are happy with their current cleaners can keep their same cleaners and still benefit from all of these capabilities.

“RedAwning seeks to provide the most revenue with the least work for homeowners and property managers.  We already generate more business per property than anyone else, and this new integration will save a ton of time for our very busy owners and managers, while improving the guest experience too,” said Tim Choate, Founder & CEO of RedAwning.com. “TurnoverBnB works with thousands of property owners and managers, and we are excited to offer this combined solution to RedAwning property owners and also all our participants too,” said Assaf Karmon, Founder & CEO of TurnoverBnB.

TurnoverBnB adds to RedAwning’s long list of exclusive, industry-leading benefits for property owners and managers to help them generate more revenue with less work.  These include free professional photography with Meero, pricing optimization, distribution everywhere guests shop for travel, Amazon Prime Now delivery mapping, a mobile app, a web portal, 24/7 Reservations and Guest Services, payment processing with Stripe, Amazon Smart Concierge, and much more. 

To learn more about RedAwning’s industry-leading hospitality and reservations platform, visit www.redawning.com/list.   

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RedAwning is the only complete hospitality and reservations platform for short term rentals. RedAwning presents the world’s largest collection of vacation properties to guests wherever they shop for travel.  With over 35,000 properties represented on behalf of thousands of property owners and managers, RedAwning covers virtually every leisure destination in North America, and includes a comprehensive layer of exclusive services and support with every stay. RedAwning is the largest single U.S. vacation rental supplier to every major travel website, including Booking.com, Expedia, Vrbo, Airbnb, and Google Travel. RedAwning also operates exclusive vacation property booking websites, including RedAwning.com for travelers, and RedAwningTravelPro, which enables 20,000 travel agents to book vacation properties. 

RedAwning has been a leading innovator in the vacation rental industry since 2010, with a mission to redefine the customer journey for guests, hosts and property managers alike, and to drive new approaches that make the booking and staying experience

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Experts predict significant decrease in Thanksgiving travel due to COVID-19 pandemic

Travel industry experts are predicting a sharp decrease in Thanksgiving travel this year.

Both AAA Michigan and GasBuddy expect fewer motorists to be on the road this holiday season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

GasBuddy’s annual survey found that 35% of Americans will be taking to the roads this year, a decrease from 65% from last year, amidst some of the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices the country has seen in years.

Furthermore. AAA expects up to 50 million Americans to travel for Thanksgiving – a drop from 55 million in 2019. In Michigan, the expectation is 1.6 million travelers, down 8.1% from 2019.

However, as the holiday approaches and Americans monitor the public health landscape, including rising COVID-19 positive case numbers, renewed quarantine restrictions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel health notices, AAA expects the actual number of holiday travelers will be even lower.

“AAA acknowledges that the decision to travel is a personal one,” said Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson, AAA-The Auto Club Group. “The CDC says staying home is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19. For those who still decide to travel, we urge you to take every precaution possible to protect yourself and others.”

RELATED: Do we have to cancel Thanksgiving? CDC updates holiday guidelines

The national average gas price is projected to be $2.17 per gallon, lower this year as oil prices plunged from year ago levels amidst depressed demand for gasoline due to the coronavirus keeping Americans closer to home and away from their normal driving routines.

“Gasoline demand has continued to struggle as the coronavirus has kept Americans in their homes and keys out of their cars, working and e-learning from home. But with positive outcomes from two vaccine trials, we’re beginning to see optimism return, leading prices to rise slightly just in time for Thanksgiving,” says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

“However, survey results show continued anxiety from motorists even with the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in years, highlighting the challenges we’re facing in this pandemic.”

Seventy-nine percent of people said that gas prices are not impacting their travel plans, according to GasBuddy.

Nearly half (46 percent) of respondents in GasBuddy’s annual survey said that their travel plans are impacted by the coronavirus. When asked in what ways they were impacted, 71% said they are staying home instead of traveling this year. Five percent said they are not celebrating Thanksgiving this year due to the coronavirus.

The remainder are either celebrating Thanksgiving at a different location this year (20%), or driving instead of taking other forms of transportation to their Thanksgiving destination (11%).

Those who are traveling are taking shorter trips than in years past, with survey results seeing a 75% increase in those who are traveling less than one hour to their Thanksgiving destination compared to 2019.

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Pa. adds travel restrictions, but police won’t be pulling over out-of-state drivers

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine issued an order Tuesday that outlined new rules for travelers and strengthened the state’s existing mask mandate to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The latest mitigation efforts include a travel test, requiring travelers to be tested within 72 hours before entering Pennsylvania. Masking orders now call for wearing a face covering indoors at all times away from home, and outdoors if you can’t keep 6 feet from people outside your household.

There was no mention of enforcement of these new requirements, and Levine acknowledged that officials will continue to rely on voluntary compliance and an honor system among residents.

Here’s what we know regarding any potential enforcement:

Flying

The secretary said no one will stop travelers to ask about testing as they get off an airplane.

THE FACTS: Lehigh Valley International Airport posted the secretary’s order on its website Wednesday. Section 2 states the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 20, and will remain in effect until further notice. It states, “Individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other State or Commonwealth or an international location, must produce evidence of a negative SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) test from a specimen collected within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth, or quarantine for 14 days upon entering.”

Colin Riccobon, spokesman for the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, referenced Levine’s statement that travelers would not be stopped in the airport. He said an official statement on the travel advisory is expected later Wednesday.

Driving

The secretary said the travel-test order also applies to Pennsylvanians who drive out of the state and return, excluding commutes for work. But don’t expect state or local police to target out-of-state drivers.

THE FACTS: Allentown police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. said,” Secretary Levine acknowledged that officials are relying on voluntary compliance. Allentown police will not be stopping out-of-state vehicles to inquire about testing.”

Bethlehem police will be taking the same approach.

“Bethlehem police will not be doing anything different than we have been since the start of the pandemic,” said Capt. Keane Knappenberger. “There will not be checkpoints for out-of-state travelers, or door-to-door canvassing to check for gatherings. If we are called to a location, we will be educating the public about social distancing and mask wearing as we have been doing since the beginning.”

State Police enforcement

State police have played a role in enforcement of COVID-19 mitigation requirements, but it’s been limited.

THE FACTS: State Police Liquor Control Enforcement officers continue to visit licensed liquor establishments to ensure businesses are abiding by mitigation requirements that include social distancing, masking and other health and safety requirements of the liquor code. They continue to write warnings and notices of violation, and more information is available on the enforcement page of the state police COVID-19 portal.

While travel is not recommended in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, state police patrols are not stopping vehicles coming from out of state.

“This [concern] came about in the

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Allegiant Travel (ALGT) to Expand Domestic Services in 2021

Allegiant Travel Company ALGT announced plans for a major domestic service expansion next year as air-travel demand, dampened by the coronavirus crisis, improves gradually. The airline will begin 15 new nonstop services in 2021, offering customers wider connectivity to   Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.

Beginning Feb 12, 2021, the carrier will initiate services connecting Orange County, CA with Boise, ID; Grand Junction, CO; Medford, OR and Provo, UT.

Starting Feb 18, 2021, Allegiant Travel will introduce services connecting Orange County, CA with Las Vegas, NV; Missoula, MT; Reno, NV and Spokane, WA.

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Additionally, the airline will begin services to/from Las Vegas, NV connecting with Spokane, Orange County, Asheville, N.C and Flint, MI. Flights between Las Vegas and Spokane as well as Orange County will begin in February, while those connecting Las Vegas with Asheville and Flint will commence operations in March.

From Grand Rapids, MI, Allegiant Travel will start flights to Newark, NJ and Destin, FL. Both these services will be operational Mar 5, 2021 onward. Further, the carrier will begin flights between St. Petersburg, FL and Fargo, ND as well as that between Houston, TX and Mesa, AZ. These services will be available from Feb 11, 2021.

Customers can avail these services for fares as low as $39, $49, $59, $69 and $79 one way. However, the offer is limited to those who purchase tickets by Nov 18, 2020 to travel by May 24, 2021.

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NYC hotel owners to pay more than $500 million to employees displaced by COVID-19: report

New York City hotel owners will have to pay more than $500 million to employees displaced by the coronavirus pandemic following a recent arbitration ruling, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.



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Sources familiar with the ruling tell the newspaper that the severance amount is likely the largest ever hotel union group payout in the country, a boon for employees but another hit for owners in an unprecedentedly difficult year for the hotel industry.

Travel of all kinds has come to a near standstill as tourists and business travelers seek to avoid COVID-19 risks.

“Continuing health care in the context of a pandemic is a critical thing. These severance payments are a necessity for our hotel workers after the federal supplements ended last summer,” said Rich Maroko, president of the Hotel Trades Council union.

There are more than 200 union-operated hotels in New York, the Journal reports, and more than 75 property owners will be responsible for the half-billion-dollar payment.

Some owners have already made their payments to the Hotel Trades Council, according to the Journal, while others plan on paying through installments. At least one owner is challenging the ruling in court.

The newspaper reports that hotel owners say they will have to shut down operations throughout the city. Even if they reopen, businesses may not recover from this extreme setback for many years to come.

Many of the city’s largest hotels, including the Hilton Times Square and the Roosevelt Hotel have announced that they will be shutting down permanently. According to hotel owners, nearly 25,000 rooms, 20 percent of those in New York, may never reopen.

According to government data, New York City is currently experiencing a slight rise cases, though nowhere near the numbers seen in the spring and summer.

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