Day: November 18, 2020

Suspect identified in shooting of brothers at hotel near state fairgrounds

a car parked in front of a sign: Columbus Police responded to a shooting on the Northeast Side on Saturday.

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Columbus Police responded to a shooting on the Northeast Side on Saturday.

Columbus police have a warrant for a suspect in the shooting of two brothers, one of whom was killed, at a hotel near the Ohio State Fairgrounds Monday morning.

Said M. Said, 19, of the Northeast Side, has been charged with murder in Franklin County Municipal Court. He remains at large.

Police said Said went to the Days Inn, located at 1700 Clara St., near the state fairgrounds on the Northeast Side, around 1:15 a.m. Monday.

More: One dead, one injured in shooting at motel near state fairgrounds

Said shot 20-year-old Hussein Dahir and 24-year-old Abdisaid Dahir, of the Northeast Side, police said.

Hussein Dahir was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he died at 4:30 a.m. Monday.

Abdisaid Dahir was taken to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Officials say he is expected to survive his injuries.  

Anyone with information about Said’s whereabouts is asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4545 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers anonymously at 614-461-TIPS.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says ‘think twice’ about holiday travel plans


Holidays are usually for gatherings but many get-togethers are complicated or canceled because of COVID-19.


Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging Americans to “think twice” about traveling and having indoor gatherings for the holidays.

During a meeting with USA TODAY’s Editorial Board Wednesday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said seemingly “innocent” family and friend dinner gatherings at home are where many of the infections are now stemming from.

“Because of the almost intuitive instinct that when you’re with people you know … and no one appears to be physically ill that it’s OK to congregate 10, 12 people for drinks or a meal or what have you, but it’s indoors because the weather is cold, that’s where we’re seeing these types of outbreaks,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explained.

He continued, “As we get into the colder weather, we should really think twice about these kind of dinner parties where you’re not sure of whether the people that are in your bubble (are safe). Then you’re going to start seeing these unanticipated infections related to innocent home gatherings, particularly as we head into the holiday season.”

Fauci’s recommendation? He advises each individual person and family unit “should make a risk-benefit assessment.”

The assessment should consider, he says, the risk of going to a crowded airport, getting on a plane as well as whether you have family members who are elderly or have underlying conditions that would put them at a higher risk of a serious outcome.

“That should determine what your decision is about the risk you’re willing to take. Because the risk of not traveling is less than the risk of traveling,” he said. “So you’ve got to decide, during this interesting period of a lot of infection going on, colder weather, indoors: Do you want to travel and go to a Thanksgiving meal where there may be 12, 15, 20 people?”

Fauci’s own Thanksgiving plans have been affected by the pandemic. He says his three adult daughters, who all live in different parts of the country, decided not to come home this year.

“If they were going to come to Washington and see their daddy, they would have to travel,” he said, in addition to complications of quarantining and getting tested. “They made a decision because of my age, that as much as they would like to see me … that they are not going to come for Thanksgiving, … and I’m proud of them for that.”

Instead, Fauci and his wife are planning to have a dinner with the children over Zoom.

“We’re going to say we had a great Thanksgiving last year, we’re looking forward to a great Thanksgiving next year, but today, we’re going to call a time out,” he said. 

Fauci said he does not think everyone “needs to do what I’m doing” but urged others to “at least pause for a moment” to assess the risks based on every individual’s circumstances.

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An Instagram Guide To Carlton Hotel St. Moritz

When snow blankets St. Moritz, Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, with its white façade, looks like a winter wonderland. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel faces the Alps and lake, which ensures breathtaking panoramas at every turn, from the indoor-outdoor spa to all 60 individually decorated suites. And the property makes use of its photogenic backdrop, serving everything from breakfast to afternoon tea on its many terraces.

In advance of the seasonal hotel’s December 18 opening, we turned to Christina Tan, an Indonesia-based photographer and luxury travel influencer who goes by @SassyChris1, to give us a tour of the Carlton’s most Instagrammable spots. She shared her experience from an earlier trip, and it confirms what you might have guessed about this St. Moritz hotel from its photos: it’s like a fairy tale.

“Daily breakfast at Restaurant Romanoff is a delight with traditional and international fare.”

“Carlton Bar & Lobby has been listed among the 44 best hotel bars worldwide by Forbes Travel Guide. I was lucky to experience their traditional afternoon tea during the Christmas holiday, when they decorate the fireplace with a tree.

“In the evening, I enjoyed sipping a cocktail or a glass of wine while music played on the grand piano.”

“This was one of the most spectacular sunrises I witnessed during my stay in St. Moritz.”

“The Carlton Penthouse Suite has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, five terraces, a spacious living room with a dining table and office, and a fully equipped kitchen.”

“What a view to wake up to every morning from my balcony.”

“Have breakfast on one of the balconies of the Carlton Penthouse Suite to get a view over the mountains.”

“The three-floor spa offers a sauna, a gym and an indoor and outdoor pool. For more privacy, rent a spa suite.”

“One of the most unique experiences during my stay was having a chef’s table dinner at Restaurant Romanoff. I was able to mingle with the talented chef and staff in the kitchen, where they created a five-course meal accompanied by wines.”

“I took a pleasant ride on a horse-drawn coach around town toward the woods, with a picnic basket full of hot drinks and delicious food.”

“In the evening, St. Moritz turned into something out of a fairy tale, with a touch of luxury.”

“The main street of St. Moritz radiated Christmas vibes.”

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Aadar Jain shares a ‘view to kill’ from his Maldives vacation and it features his lady Tara Sutaria; See Pic

Tara Sutaria and Aadar Jain are one of the most loved couples in Bollywood. The two have been dating each other for quite some time and their social media PDA speaks volumes about their love affair. Recently, the lovebirds have flown to Maldives to ring in Tara’s 25th birthday and both Aadar and Tara have been sharing pics from the picturesque locales of the tropical paradise. And while the pics have been a visual treat for the fans, Aadar has shared yet another pic from the vacation.

Interestingly, the recent pic also featured his lady love Tara. In the pic, Aadar was seen enjoying his drink while relaxing on a lounging in a chair. He had a woman in front of him who was chilling by the beach and was, apparently, dressed in a bikini. It didn’t take us much time to guess that it was the Student of The Year 2 actress. Aadar had also captioned the beautiful picture as “View to a kill.”

Take a look at Aadar Jain’s post from Maldives vacation feature Tara Sutaria:

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To note, Tara is turning a year older on November 19 and it will be interesting to see how her main man will surprise her on her special day.

Meanwhile, talking about the work front, Tara has been roped in to play the lead in Heropanti 2 opposite Tiger. The movie will mark her second collaboration with her Student of The Year 2 co-star and she is quite excited about the same. Sharing her excitement about the same, Tara wrote, “Reunited with my favourites. Thank You Sajid Sir For Believing in me..Heropanti 2 Here we go. P.S- Can’t Think of A better Way to kick Start my Birthday Month!.”

Also Read: Tara Sutaria amped to join Tiger Shroff in Heropanti 2; Says Can’t think of better way to start birthday month

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Tour the Sprawling Hotel the Cast Rented Out for Season 4 of Family Vacation

Jerzdays are back.

MTV will debut season 4 of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation on Thursday, once again reuniting the longtime roomies minus Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who quit the show earlier this year. By now, this cast is pretty used to weathering drama in close living quarters — but this time around, there truly was no escape.

For the first time ever, cast and crew took over an entire resort — the Hilton Lake Las Vegas — to create a quarantine “bubble” in accordance with health and safety protocols. In a video tour, exclusively debuted by PEOPLE, Angelina Pivarnick walks fans through the sprawling property, surrounded by mountains and desert and located about 30 minutes away from the Las Vegas strip.

Angelina Pivarnick posing in front of a window: For the first time ever, the cast and crew took over an entire resort to create a quarantine "bubble"

For the first time ever, the cast and crew took over an entire resort to create a quarantine “bubble”

“We made the best out of everything in here,” she begins. “I mean, usually [on] a family vacation we’d go out clubbing and stuff, but here we were just hanging out. It was more like a chill environment and a chill vacation this time.” (How “chill” it really was remains to be seen — the last time we saw Angelina, she was openly feuding with Nicole, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Deena Cortese after their now-infamous bridesmaid speech at her wedding.)

Angelina Pivarnick posing in front of a window: MTV

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After walking through the lobby, the restaurant and the hotel bar — “my favorite part of the entire hotel” — Angelina heads outside to show off the pool. “As you can see, the sun is always out in sunny Las Vegas. It’s very hot here,” she says. “Every single day, by the pool, it was like 100, 101 [degrees]. This is where we would have many pool parties.”

And if a private pool wasn’t enough, a lagoon area with a waterfall is just steps away. “Guys, we had our own beach, all to ourselves,” she boasts. “I mean, who’s better than us?”

Angelina Pivarnick standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: MTV

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Back inside, Angelina briefly tours the gym before heading upstairs to the suites, where bedrooms and linen closets were transformed into individual confessionals and interview rooms. Stopping outside one of the rooms, Angelina rolls her eyes and says, “Vinny [Guadagnino]’s probably in there saying the stupidest s— ever because the kid don’t even make sense. Should I bust in on him?”

Angelina Pivarnick looking at the camera: MTV

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She promptly does, and they exchange some typical smack talk. Then she heads to the presidential cast suite, where she’s surprised by Pauly “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio.

“For real, I was the plug out here,” he says. “I got everybody everything they could possibly need out here. Rented the whole place, made sure everybody’s fed, made sure everybody was getting along.”

“You always get everybody everything in Vegas, Pauly,” Angelina acknowledges.

In the back-to-back return episodes, the roommates come together in the aftermath of Angelina’s wedding. Now that they’re under one roof, the boys attempt to bring the fractured family back

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Readers ask about outdoor recreation, hunting

Brandon Sun readers requested specific questions be asked at the daily COVID-19 news conference with chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin.

QUESTION: Why are outdoor recreation spaces being closed again, with equipment removed, considering the risk was deemed low for outside activities and there are positive physical and mental benefits associated with recreation activities — especially, for example, school play structures are used during the day by school children then closed outside school hours?

ROUSSIN: Balance, and trying to keep the messages as clear as we can. And the message is, we should be staying home as much as we can. Being outdoors, doing things that are individual or their family unit … Outdoors is great. It’s the act of say, getting to a hockey rink, with 20 children outside, not that great.

We need to have that balance. You’re right, being outdoors, being active has a lot of benefits, so it’s still encouraged Manitobans to stay active. But mostly, within your family unit. We’re not going to socialize with people outside of our household because right now, we’re just so critical.

We don’t have time for nuanced messaging. We have to just be staying home socializing only with our households right now. We’ll get back to all those things.

QUESTION: It’s deer hunting season and people are going out. We did ask the health department and the reply was: “Hunting is permitted under the orders. That said, we urge Manitobans not to socialize with those outside their household.” Do you have more detailed guidelines to offer, as hunting is often a small-group activity with the aim of providing much-needed food in many cases, and often involves two or more people, and isn’t necessarily a household activity?

ROUSSIN: For all these things, and this is why we talk about things like the fundamentals, it’s because it’s really hard to have guidelines for every possible eventuality. The fundamentals apply to all of them.

So we have the rules, right? The group size is five right now. That’s going to apply indoors or outdoors.

What we’re messaging is, even better, if that’s all people from your household, if possible, and then you want to do whatever you can to keep that distancing. Ensure no one there is ill, frequent hand hygiene. There’s a lot of things that we can do to make these activities safe. Certainly, the fundamentals apply and the group-size orders apply, as well.

Do you have a question about something in your community? Send your questions to [email protected] with the subject line: Readers Ask.



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Construction begins on downtown Huntington hotel

Construction of a long-proposed hotel in downtown Huntington is underway at the site of the old Town Hall building.

Developer George Tsunis said a new building will go up and the original 1910 building on Main Street and Stewart Avenue will be renovated to make way for a Hampton Inn & Suites. An October 2021 opening is expected.

Tsunis said cleanup of the historic building began in early 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and construction of the new building commenced in September.

The $24 million project calls for turning the former Town Hall into the hotel’s lobby, breakfast room and gym and using the new building to house the 80 guest rooms.

“I feel very blessed to be able to do this project,” Tsunis said. “I’m able to invest and provide jobs for the community.”

Plans for the hotel were first proposed in 2013 for the old Town Hall. The town planning board that year gave approval to build a 55-room boutique hotel on the site. But by 2018, the building permits expired and the planning board voted to extend conditional approval for the plan until March 2023.

Huntington-based Huntington Village Hotel Partners purchased the property and applied to the town to extend the historic building overlay district designation for a parcel of land east of the approved site to expand to 80 rooms. Tsunis is managing partner of Huntington Village Hotel Partners.

That type of designation gives owners of historic commercial properties and large residential estates the flexibility to explore additional uses for the property other than what’s allowed by the underlying zoning. The flexibility is designed to help preserve historic structures but also put them to use.

The old Town Hall features a four-dial tower clock that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, town officials said.

“This is exciting progress for Huntington’s local economy because the accommodations provided by this boutique hotel will make Long Island’s biggest downtown more convenient to tourists while complementing the shopping, entertainment, eateries and cultural attractions nearby,” said Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci.

The project has received $2.3 million in property tax breaks over 15 years from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The project also received a sales tax exemption from the IDA of up to $825,814 on the purchase of construction materials and up to $90,881 off the mortgage recording tax.

Tsunis said the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many, and will have long-term impact on the hotel, travel and hospitality industry. In August he sought, and received, additional help from the IDA, citing economic fallout from the pandemic. In February, a package of tax breaks was preliminarily approved.

“But everything is going to be OK in time,” Tsunis said. “Were

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Will There Be Any Black Friday Travel Deals This Year?

Many of us are hoping that it will be easier to travel in 2021 than in 2020. And if you’re a travel fan, you may be wondering about the annual Black Friday travel deals along with Cyber Monday specials. As the busiest shopping weekend quickly approaches, there are some travel deals to be found. Here are a couple of things to make a note of if you’re hoping to score some travel-related deals, including sales on travel gear. 


Domestic and international airlines will be offering Black Friday 2020 travel deals. The carriers will be announcing more deals as the shopping holiday gets closer. Most airlines are waiving change fees for most flights. However, basic economy and international flights that you book in 2020 might be exempt from change fees.

To scoop up the best deals, be sure to join the airline frequent flyer program, which is usually free to join. 

American Airlines

American Airlines hasn’t announced any Black Friday travel deals yet. But you can browse their deals and offers page on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You might be able to find discounts on flights, vacation packages and buying American Airlines miles.

At a minimum, you can earn bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles on your holiday shopping. By first visiting the AAdvantage shopping mall, you can activate shopping sessions and earn miles at online stores.

Alaska Airlines

Visit Alaska Airlines will be announcing its Black Friday deals on Black Friday (11/27/2020). Also, the airline is blocking the middle seat through January 6, 2021.


Get up to 50% off on additional baggage and personal seat selection at Avianca Airlines. As some nations require special medical insurance, Avianca offers COVID-19 insurance for up to 50% off. Roundtrip flights to the United States start at $211 U.S. dollars in “size M” flights to Central America with the Red Friday deals.

Delta Air Lines

Delta will be offering flight deals starting “after Thanksgiving dinner.” As most stores will not open Thursday evening this year, you can stay home and shop for flights online. Both domestic and international flights can go on sale. You can see Delta’s flight deals here.

In addition to booking flights with cash, you can fight award flight deals.


Check the JetBlue Best Fare Finder to look for any potential Black Friday deals. In previous years, JetBlue offered deals on domestic and international flights.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines should be offering discounts on domestic and international flights from Black Friday (11/27/2020) to Cyber Monday (11/30/2020). Check back on Black Friday

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Global Hospitality Leader Millennium & Copthorne Prepares for Post-COVID-19 Recovery of Hotel Operations

SINGAPORE / LONDON, Nov 18, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – – A year after delisting from the London Stock Exchange, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Limited (M&C), a global hospitality leader, disclosed today major initiatives that will prepare it for a recovery by as early as 2021 from the recent challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The privatisation granted M&C greater agility and cushioned impact of the pandemic. Lessons learned and operational changes in recent months have helped to lay a much stronger foundation. Properties across the globe have started to show ‘green shoots’ of improvements in occupancy and Gross Operating Profit (GOP) from the second half of 2020 which are expected to gain momentum in 2021.

London-headquartered M&C was privatised on 19 November 2019 after delisting from the London Stock Exchange at a valuation of GBP2.23 billion (S$3.96 billion). M&C operates 66 hotels (seven of which are managed by third parties) in Asia (12), Europe/UK (21), USA (18) and New Zealand (15) under the Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) global brands; and 79 are under franchise and management contracts.

M&C, with an inventory of over 40,000 rooms and operations in 29 countries, is wholly owned by Singapore Exchange-listed City Developments Limited (CDL), a leading global real estate company with total assets of over S$23.8 billion. CDL is also a Sponsor that holds an effective 37.8% effective stake in CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDLHT), a Singapore-listed Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with a market value of over S$1.40 billion.

Assessing The Operating Landscape

In 2019, M&C recorded revenue of GBP1.025 billion (S$1.82 billion) (2018: GBP997 million (S$1.78 billion)) and a pre-tax profit of GBP102 million (S$181.2 million) (2018: profit of GBP106 million (S$188.3 million)) and included net valuation and impairment charges of GBP34 million (S$60.4 million) (2018: GBP36 million (S$101.2 million)). Excluding the effects of impairment losses and net revaluation gains, M&C reported profit before tax of GBP136 million (S$241.6 million) in 2019 (2018: GBP142 million (S$252.3 million)).

M&C has assessed as positive recent reports of vaccines against COVID-19, air travel ‘bubbles’, the recent US presidential elections and plans to hold the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 (postponed from 2020). The signing by 15 countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) world trade pact also points to a brighter future for the region.

In Singapore, where M&C operates over 2,000 hotel rooms, several properties will resume pre-COVID-19 activities such as selling rooms, corporate bookings, events and weddings in the next few months.

M&C recognises that in this ‘new normal’ hygiene is much more important when a customer chooses a hotel, restaurant or consider events; and that brands must look beyond ‘personal touch’ and ambience to include the promise of safety and to emphasise value for money.

The new business dynamics mean that large hospitality groups such as M&C must have sufficient working capital to weather possible prolonged uncertainty or

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Bill Gates Sees More Than 50% Of Business Travel Vanishing In Post-COVID World


  • We will go to office, do business travel, but dramatically less: Gates
  • Airlines in the U.S. are focusing on leisure travelers as business travel has collapsed
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged more than $350M to battle COVID-19

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that the coronavirus has overhauled the way people travel for business and how workplaces function. The effects will last even after the pandemic is over, he added.

During The New York Times’ Dealbook conference, Gates said, “My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away.”

With almost all companies enabling work from home for employees, Gates believes that there will be a “very high threshold” for business trips. “We will go to the office somewhat, we will do some business travel, but dramatically less,” he said.

Major tech companies including Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter have announced permanent work-from-home policies for their employees. Cloud company Dropbox has also implemented a flexible working-days policy through its “Virtual First” policy.

Talking during the virtual conference with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, Gates said he has already attended five virtual roundtable discussions with pharmaceutical executives this year, something that would have been an in-person affair in New York usually.

In a new podcast, “Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions,” Gates said he was “embarrassed to admit” that he likes some parts of the work-from-home situation. He said he had “a much simpler schedule” now that he is not traveling for business, and he has not been to a physical office since March.

Gates’ comments are in line with the devastated airline industry across the world, especially hit by the absence of business travel. According to industry group Airlines for America, business travel accounted for 30% of the trips, but contributed more than half of U.S. airlines’ revenue.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been working during the pandemic to deliver the vaccine, when it becomes available, to those in need. The foundation has pledged more than $350 million in global support response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Nov. 12, the company announced new commitments worth $70 million for global efforts to develop and distribute affordable and timely vaccines for low- and middle-income countries.

“Ending this pandemic will require the largest public health effort in history. It will have to be well-coordinated, well-funded, and global,” Mark Suzman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in a statement.

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, seen here in October 2019, has been a top target of Russian-backed conspiracy theories, according to a US report Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, seen here in October 2019, has been a top target of Russian-backed conspiracy theories, according to a US report Photo: AFP / JEFF PACHOUD

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