Day: November 30, 2020

City employee at Minto Recreation Complex tests positive for COVID-19

The City of Ottawa says an employee at the Minto Recreation Complex in Barrhaven has tested positive for COVID-19 and two additional employees are self-isolating.

In a memo sent Monday afternoon, General Manager of Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Dan Chenier said the employee’s positive test result was confirmed on Saturday.

“The employee was last at work at Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven on November 24 and was asymptomatic at the time. On November 25, the employee did not attend work and presented for testing upon receiving news that a close contact had tested positive, as well as having developed symptoms. A positive test was confirmed on November 28 and the individual continues to self-isolate at home,” Chenier said.

Chenier noted that two employees at the complex were deemed to be close contacts of the employee who had tested positive and they are also self-isolating.

“We are working directly with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and are conducting contact tracing of individuals who have, or may have been, in close contact with the employee,” Chenier said.

Chenier did not say that any services at the complex would be affected.

“If customers have concerns of exposure, they can contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 to speak to a public health nurse or visit,” Chenier said. 

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‘Assume that you were exposed’: Officials warn of the fallout from Thanksgiving travel.

While many in the United States celebrated a muted Thanksgiving over Zoom, millions of people traveled instead, rejecting the advice of public officials.

According to Transportation Safety Administration data, about 800,000 to one million people passed through T.S.A. checkpoints each day in the days before and after the holiday — far lower than the same period last year, but likely far higher than epidemiologists had hoped to see.

A United Airlines spokeswoman, Annabelle Cottee, said the week of Thanksgiving was “the busiest since March” for the carrier.

Americans also took to the roads. AAA predicted significant declines in bus, train and cruise travel, but predicted only a modest drop in car travel.

For several days leading up to Thanksgiving, as case numbers and hospitalizations across the country grew exponentially, political leaders and medical experts warned of the dangers of compounding the virus spread by being with others. In November alone, there have been more than 4.1 million cases and more than 25,500 deaths.

There were 91,635 current hospitalizations as of Nov. 28, according to the Covid Tracking Project, almost twice as many as there were on Nov. 1, and triple the number on Oct. 1.

Aware of the emotional resonance of the holiday, experts tried to thread a narrative from these numbers that would convince people of the danger. Their warnings were direct — sometimes stern, sometimes impassioned pleas.

“Keep the gatherings, the indoor gatherings as small as you possibly can,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on “Good Morning America” last week. By making that sacrifice, he said, “you’re going to prevent people from getting infected.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was also urging people not to travel. “All Americans want to do what they can to protect their loved ones,” Dr. Henry Walke, a Covid-19 incident manager at the C.D.C., said at a news briefing.

And though it would have been unrealistic to expect a public that is restive from months of restrictions to universally abide by such recommendations, the aftermath of those decisions will begin to unfold in the weeks ahead.

Dr. Fauci, during an appearance on the Sunday news program “This Week,” said the best course for Thanksgiving travelers might be “to quarantine yourself for a period of time.”

Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that travelers “have to assume that you were exposed and you became infected and you really need to get tested in the next week.” She urged that travelers avoid anyone in their family over 65 or with underlying illnesses.

That guidance comes as the C.D.C. is considering shortening the recommended isolation period for infected people. And while it is too early to know if holiday travel will affect the virus’s spread, new research suggests that people are most infectious about two days before symptoms begin and for five days afterward, meaning this week will likely be crucial in containment.

On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City

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Did Thanksgiving Spread Covid-19? Here’s Why You Can’t Tell Yet.

That’s what happened after July 4, said Megan L. Ranney, an emergency physician and public health researcher at Brown University. She said a jump in positive tests began between two and four weeks after the holiday, suggesting that many were pass-along infections.

The American Automobile Association forecast that about 50 million people would travel for Thanksgiving. Even if only 1 percent caught the virus, Dr. Ranney said, “that’s an extra 500,000 infections in one day,” and they could infect untold thousands more before showing up in the statistics. “We are looking at an exponential effect,” she said, one that would only truly be seen around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. “It will be a double whammy.”

Lewis S. Nelson, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said he was not certain that Thanksgiving travel and gatherings would create a widespread surge in new cases. The virus has been tricky, he said, and predicting the numbers can be extremely difficult.

“We keep saying we’ll see a bump, but most of these events don’t seem to really materialize into something really concerning,” Dr. Nelson said. “Sometimes what you expect to happen doesn’t happen.”

Even so, he said, “my gut tells me we should remain concerned and attentive.”

Dr. Nelson said his hospital in Newark, N.J., was overwhelmed in April, but is manageable now, even though the state is reporting many more new cases. He said there were currently about 30 coronavirus patients, compared to more than 200 in April, a drop he and his colleagues were still puzzling over.

“Just the whole fact that we are not experiencing April right now is inexplicable at this point,” he said. “People haven’t changed. A lot of us believe maybe the virus has.”

Officials were trying to make sure that any Thanksgiving exposure would be reflected in the data. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City urged residents who had ignored official guidance and attended Thanksgiving gatherings to get tested.

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Machine Gun Kelly Said His Beef With Eminem Led To Low Album Sales

Back in 2018, Machine Gun Kelly made headlines when he released the Eminem diss track “Rap Devil,” a clap back to Em’s Kamikaze number “Not Alike.” Eminem settled the beef shortly thereafter by obliterating Kelly with the follow up “Killshot,” which incidentally became one of the most-viewed YouTube premieres in history. While Kelly put the beef behind him and is now celebrating his No. 1 pop-punk album Tickets To My Downfall, he can’t help but blame the diss track for his 2019 album’s flop.

In a recent conversation with actor Dave Franco for Interview Magazine, Kelly explained why his beef with Eminem was to blame for the poor reception of his album Hotel Diablo.

“That was the first time I really expressed my true self with no outside influence, meaning the label. As a hip-hop album, it’s flawless front to back, and also a hint at the evolution of how I went into a pop-punk album. But it was coming off the tail-end of that infamous beef [with Eminem]. So no one wanted to give it the time of day. It’s like if you make a sh*tty movie and then you come out with a great movie right after, but people want to focus on the fact that they hated whatever you just did. What I did in the beef was exactly what it should be, but that project wasn’t welcomed. The next album came from already feeling like I’d counted out, so I didn’t even care what the public was going to think. That’s why the project was ironically my best received one, because it was the most effortless, with the least outside influence.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Kelly spoke to how critics received his pop-punk pivot:

“I made four albums straight-up not giving a f*ck what critics had to say. But this one, when the numbers were what they were, and the fans were as excited as they were, and the fact that we against all odds got the number-one spot, it was really weird to see that critics couldn’t even be like, ‘Hey, man, way to stick it out and finally show the world that you can conquer all the obstacles.’ It was weird to see people be like, ‘Well, now because you got success, I need to go out of my way to go against the popular opinion and tear away at it.’”

Tickets To My Downfall is out now via Interscope. Get it here.

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Rico Nasty Unveils Her Anticipated ‘Nightmare Vacation’ Tracklist

Rico Nasty has been teasing her upcoming album since this past spring. Now after ushering in the beginning of a new era with the singles “IPhone,” “Own It,” and “OHFR?” Rico Nasty has finally uncovered some more details about her impending release Nightmare Vacation.

Rico Nasty returned Monday to officially unveil her Nightmare Vacation album art and tracklist. Speaking about the project in a recent interview with W Magazine, Rico Nasty addressed certain pressures she faced while penning the album:

“I started feeling like I should make what I hear on the radio. I was only making those songs to please my A&R, like, does this sound mainstream? By the time the studio session is over, you have a song that you wouldn’t listen to if somebody paid you. […] I look back at my tracklist like, not only did I overcome people trying to tell me what I should sound like, but I overcame a f*cking pandemic and was still able to create it. I think I’m on the cusp of being ready to just take sh*t head on, take it for what it is.”

Check out Rico Nasty’s Nightmare Vacation cover art and tracklist below.


1. “Candy”
2. “Don’t Like Me” Feat. Don Toliver and Gucci Mane
3. “Check Me Out”
4. “IPhone”
5. “STFU”
6. “Back & Forth” Feat. Amine
7. “Girl Scouts”
8. “Let It Out”
9. “Losers” Feat. Trippie Redd
10. “No Debate”
11. “P*ssy Poppin”
12. “OHFR?”
13. “10Fo”
14. “Own It”
15. “Smack A B*tch (Remix)” Feat. PPCocaine, Rubi Rose, Sukihana
16. “Smack A B*tch (Bonus)”

Nightmare Vacation is out 12/4 via Sugar Trap / Atlantic. Pre-order it here.

Some of the artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

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Sunday saw the most travelers pass through US airports since the pandemic began as Americans bucked CDC warnings against Thanksgiving travel

a group of people in a room: Travelers at New York's LaGuardia Airport. AP Photo/John Minchillo

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  • Over 1.1 million travelers flew on Sunday, breaking a record for pandemic travel for daily passengers not seen since March.
  • Thanksgiving was largely successful in getting more flyers in the air as over 15 million passengers flew between November 19 and November 29, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned against Thanksgiving travel but over a third of Americans told Insider that the guidance didn’t change their plans. 
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The Transportation Security Administration is reporting that a record-breaking 1,176,091 passengers traveled by air on Sunday, likely returning home after the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s the first time since March 16 that daily traffic numbers have been that high.

Thanksgiving encouraged more people to fly following a lackluster summer for airlines, TSA statistics show. The days leading up to the family-oriented holiday that typically draws scores of flyers to the skies similarly saw passenger numbers exceed one million.

From November 19 to November 29, nine days saw over 900,000 passengers, four of which saw over one million passengers for a total of 10,381,904 passengers. The same period in 2019 saw 25,898,477 passengers.

It took airlines seven months to get back to one million passengers in a single day with October 18 seeing 1,031,505 flyers pass through security checkpoints at US airports. The day quickly proved to be an outlier, however, as it took another month and a popular travel holiday for the daily passenger count to rise back to similar levels.

The influx of passengers comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned against non-essential travel. Large gatherings allow for the virus to spread from person to person, especially when attendees are in close proximity, such as around the dinner table. 

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An Insider poll of 1,110 Americans found that over one-third didn’t plan on changing their holiday plans, despite CDC warnings, and the increase in traveler numbers around the holiday clearly reflects that. 

The Thanksgiving holiday itself didn’t see as many travelers with only 560,902 flyers. That’s to be expected, however, as most holiday-goers typically fly on the days leading up to and following the holiday itself.

The next busy holiday travel rush will surround the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This time, however, planes will be more crowded as Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways are filling their aircraft at higher levels than during the Thanksgiving travel period.

Southwest Airlines will allow its planes to be filled to capacity on December 1. The low-cost carrier had blocked seats over the summer, as Business Insider found on two June flights on the airline, but announced an end to the policy in October citing new Harvard University and US Department of Defense studies

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Wynwood may be getting an eco-friendly hotel at the site of the Art by God store

Art by God, the museum store specializing in furnishings and jewelry made from natural artifacts, is proceeding with negotiations for the sale of its Wynwood location. Fittingly, the site is set to become an earth-friendly hotel.


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The 21,155 square-foot store, located at 60 NE 27th St., is part of a four-parcel assemblage totaling more than 56,000 square feet and currently priced at $15.6 million. The acquisition includes three other lots at 26 NE 27 St., 25 NE 26 St. and 61 NE 26 St.

The buyer is the Miami-based Lucky Shepherd, a multi-company firm founded in 2016 that specializes in holistic wellness in technology, real estate and design.

The new owners plan to raze the existing property and build a 150-key eco-friendly lodging, with 48 residential units, a farm-to-table restaurant, a speakeasy and a rooftop pool and bar. Touzet Studio is the architect on the project. Gensler will handle the interior design. Construction is expected to begin in late 2021 and last 24-30 months.

Gene Harris, who founded Art By God Inc. in 1982, paid $350,000 for the 1.29 acre assemblage in 1997. He opened the Wynwood store on the property in 2014. The Harris family is still deciding whether to open a store at another location or go entirely online.

Andy Charry of Metro 1 (formerly of APEX Capital Realty), represented the seller. Arden Karson, managing principal of Karson & Co., together with Mika Mattingly and Cecilia Estevez with Colliers International Florida’s Urban Core Division, represented the buyer.

“Just like 2020, this transaction has been very challenging,” Charry said. “I’m grateful to everyone who is helping to push this deal to the finish line. The buyers are getting a phenomenal site.”

A COVID delay

The property, which was sold off-market, has been under contract since November 2019.

The hospitality industry has been banking on Wynwood as a lucrative hotel location to capitalize on its flood of annual visitors (more than four million in 2019, according to the Wynwood Business Improvement District).

The San Francisco-based Sonder is currently developing a 72-room hotel at 111 NE 26th St., just one block from the Wynwood Walls. The international firm Quadrum Global is developing a nine-story, 217-room hotel at a three-parcel assemblage it bought for $8.5 million at 2217 NW Miami Court.

The New York-based Domio leased an entire 175-unit building developed by The Related Group and Block Capital Group, originally intended as apartments, and is operating it as a hotel at 51 NW 26th St.

An earlier version of this story that relied on inaccurate information provided to the Miami Herald by APEX Capital Realty was incorrect. The story has been updated to reflect that the closing is expected to happen in 2021.


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Rico Nasty Enlists Gucci Mane, Trippie Redd & More For “Nightmare Vacation”

Rico Nasty’s new project is due out this Friday.

There isn’t a rapper out right now that’s like Rico Nasty. She’s pushing the boundaries both in music and fashion and it appears that we’re just about ready to receive the long-awaited album, Nightmare Vacationthat she’s been teasing for a while. Earlier this month, she revealed the project would be arriving on December 4th and days before its release, she’s officially given fans a taste of what to expect on the project.

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Rico hit the ‘Gram today with a glimpse of the tracklist for the project that includes a few heavy hitters. As expected, Gucci Mane and Don Toliver appear on the tracklist for the song, “Don’t Like Me.” Along with those two rappers, Aminé also makes an appearance on “Back & Fourth.” Rico also hosts a women-only posse cut for the “Smack A Bitch (remix)” with Sukihana, Rubi Rose, and Ppcocaine. The project is sixteen tracks in total with the inclusion of the bonus track.

Nightmare Vacation will solidify Rico Nasty’s position in the game. She’s received some heavy co-signers over the years including from Cardi B who declared the “Smack A Bitch” rapper as the rapper who’s “up next.”Juicy Jalso revealed that he’s produced some music for Rico, though it’s unclear if we’ll hear their collab on her new project. Check out the tracklist below. What song are you most excited to hear?

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Outdoor Recreation Gave Wyoming Nearly $2 Billion in 2019 | | Big Horn Radio Network

The future of Wyoming’s economy looked brighter in 2019, thanks to billions of dollars generated from outdoor recreation – with every sign that growth will continue.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its latest analysis of how outdoor recreation contributed to the economies of the states and the nations. The results are impressive and show the increasing importance the industry has for Wyoming and the entire Rocky Mountain Region.

Outdoor recreation generated $459.8 billion across the United States in 2019. That accounted for 2.1% of the nation’s gross domestic product for that year.

For the nation, the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services sector was the largest contributor to U.S. outdoor recreation value added in 2019, accounting for $128.5 billion. This was followed by retail trade ($98.6 billion) and manufacturing ($55.0 billion.)

So how did Wyoming fare?

In 2019, outdoor recreation contributed nearly $1.7 billion dollars to the state economy – that accounts for 4.2% of Wyoming’s GDP.

Only four other states had a higher GDP contribution from outdoor recreation: Hawaii (5.8%) Vermont (5.2%) Montana (4.7%) and Florida (4.4%.) Maine tied Wyoming at 4.2%

Outdoor Recreation GDP Contribution by State

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The rest of the Rocky Mountain region was similarly impacted: Utah at 3.3%, Colorado at 3.1%, Idaho at 3.0%, and South Dakota at 2.5%.

Outdoor recreation activities fall into three general categories: conventional activities (including activities such as bicycling, boating, hiking, and hunting); other core activities (such as gardening and outdoor concerts); and supporting activities (such as construction, travel and tourism, local trips, and government expenditures.)

Outdoor Recreation Value Added to Wyoming in 2019 – $1,686,585,000

  • Conventional Outdoor Recreation Activities – $474,506,000

  • Boating & Fishing – $43,148,000

  • RVing – $76,116,000

  • Snow Activities – $147,491,000

  • Other Outdoor Recreation Activities – $133,538,000

  • Amusement & Water Parks – $5,020,000

  • Festivals, Sporting Events, & Concerts – $3,839,000

  • Game Areas (including Golf and Tennis) – $40,874,000

  • All Other Supporting Outdoor Recreation – $927,398,000

  • Government Expenditures: $151,143,000

The three highest contributors in Wyoming were largely unqualified and didn’t fill into the more specific categories laid out by the BEA.

Historically, Wyoming’s top contributing recreation activities are:

  • Various snow activities (like snowmobiling and skiing)
  • RVing
  • Equestrian
  • Hunting, shooting, & trapping
  • Boating & fishing

Boating and fishing were the largest contributors nationally, generating $23 billion dollars on their own. RVing came in second with $18.6 billion, followed by hunting & shooting – $9.4 billion.

Snow activities were – individually -the largest Wyoming contributor with $147.5 million. While massive, that number pales in comparison to what Colorado earned – $1.7 billion. Utah made $666.3 million from snow activities, followed by Vermont with $289.9 million.

By comparison, snow activities were the sixth largest national contributor.

But wait, there’s more!

In 2019, the outdoor recreation industry also accounted for over 21 thousand jobs in Wyoming, mainly thru private businesses, hotels and lodging, and food services that directly or indirectly catered to outdoor recreation.

The trends are clear when compared to historic data – more people and more money are flowing into

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SA offers visitors $100 hotel vouchers

Come one, come all! South Australia is offering $100 hotel vouchers in time for the summer holidays to encourage more people to visit the CBD and the regions.

The program will provide $100 vouchers to use at participating CBD and North Adelaide stays and $50 vouchers are on offer for regional and suburban accommodation.

This is the second round of the Great State Voucher program. The first injected nearly $10 million into the state’s visitor economy and was only on offer for South Australians.

But this time, interstate visitors can benefit from the scheme.

Visitors can use the voucher towards stays between January 7-31, excluding Saturday nights.

The program’s second round will also include smaller operators with five or more rooms; a change from 10 or more in the first round.

More than 800 accommodation providers will have the chance to sign up for the scheme in time for online applications, which open on January 5, 2021.

Premier Steven Marshall said tens of thousands of bookings were created in the first round and sustained jobs within the industry.

“We know the summer holidays are traditionally a peak period for our tourism operators, and we are acting now to give travellers another incentive to visit our world class regions and CBD,” he said.

“The second round of the Great State Voucher program will further bolster tourism businesses right around the state and get more South Australians into jobs.”

The accommodation on offer will range from luxury hotels in the city to cabins in caravan parks.

Brand new properties — like the Majestic M Suites in North Adelaide and EOS by SkyCity on Adelaide’s riverbank — are expected to sign up to the scheme.

The nation’s first Hotel Indigo — a global luxury hotel brand which has 126 locations globally — will open on Gouger St in the CBD just in time for the scheme.

Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets General Manager Thomas Zinn said the company was excited for their launch in February next year.

“The launch of the Great State Voucher program has been a tremendous buoy for South Australia’s travel industry,” he said.

“The volume of uptake is a promising indicator of South Australians’ enthusiasm to get out and explore their backyard again and Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets is thrilled to be a part of it, when we open in February.”

To get your hands on a voucher on January 5, head to

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