Day: November 30, 2020

Holiday air travel surges despite dire health warnings



FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, a traveler wears a mask as she walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)


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FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, a traveler wears a mask as she walks through Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the greatest number since the pandemic gripped the country in March, despite pleas from health experts for Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving.

The Transportation Security Administration screened at least 1 million people on four of the last 10 days through Sunday. That’s still half the crowd recorded last year at airports, when more than 2 million people were counted per day.

With new reported cases of coronavirus spiking across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issued a warning against Thanksgiving travel just a week before the holiday.

Some airlines had reported a pullback in bookings as virus cases grew. On Monday, JetBlue Airways said “booking trends remain volatile,” and a recovery in travel demand will be uneven into next year.

JetBlue, the nation’s sixth-largest airline, plans to fly only half its normal schedule in the fourth quarter and revenue will fall about 70% from the same period last year. Those are slightly deeper reductions in flying and revenue than the New York carrier had expected before the recent spike in infections.



FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, travelers walk through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)


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FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, travelers walk through Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

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The world’s first energy-positive hotel is opening in Arctic Norway

You’ve heard about carbon neutral but how about ‘energy positive’? That’s exactly what this brand new hotel in the Arctic Circle promises to be. 

Svart is an eye-popping circular hotel floating on stilts at the edge of a fjord close to Svartisen glacier in the Meløy area of northern Norway. When it opens in 2022, it’s should be able to produce more energy than it uses – a world first. Pretty incredible, huh? 

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Photograph: Svart

The hotel’s design is sustainable and low-impact. It’s currently being built using local materials and is designed to blend into its rather beautiful surroundings. There’s even a sustainable farm on site, producing ingredients for the hotel’s four restaurants.

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Photograph: Svart

The best bit? ‘The hotel will save 85 percent of its annual energy consumption and it will harvest enough solar energy to cover both the hotel operations, including its boat shuttle operation, and the energy needed to construct the building,’ explains the team behind it. The plan is then for the hotel and everything associated with it to go entirely off-grid and zero waste, and sustain itself within five years of opening. 

When it opens, Svart will have around 100 bedrooms, many of which will have enviable views of the fjord, thanks to the hotel’s circular design and vantage point. Guests will also find an indoor-outdoor spa – think sound therapy, cryotherapy and Nordic-inspired treatments – an education centre and design laboratory, plus two electric boats to ferry visitors around. As for what you could spend your stay doing, the hotel will put on activities like ice climbing on the glacier, yoga classes in the midnight sun, wildlife-spotting, diving and fishing.

Oh, and you could probably kill a day or two just admiring the hotel itself. 

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Photograph: Svart

Find out more here. 

Can’t wait until 2022? You can sleep in a human-sized birdbox high above this Norwegian fjord. 

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Oregon teen gunned down in hotel parking lot following dispute over loud music

A dispute over loud music ended with a 47-year-old Oregon man fatally shooting a Black teenager in a hotel parking lot just days before Thanksgiving, police said.

The shooting happened in front of the Stratford Inn in Ashland, about 16 miles north of the California-Oregon border, in the early morning hours of Nov. 23, authorities said.

Aidan Ellison, 19, was staying at the hotel with his friend Sara Jones and her cousin when the young man couldn’t sleep that night.

“I gave Aidan my car keys to listen to music,” Jones, 35, told NBC News on Monday.

“I had fallen back asleep because I had to work in a few hours. Around 4:50 a.m. I get a knock at the door from police asking, ‘Is there a young black male that stayed with me?’ I said, ‘Yes, that would be Aidan.’ They asked me if I knew where he was. I said, ‘Yes, I’ll take you to him, he’s in my car.’ They said he wasn’t in trouble. He was possibly shot and it was a matter of life or death and they needed to find him.”

When she and the police got downstairs, Jones said she saw Ellison’s body near a tree and some shrubs as paramedics attended to him. Police said in a statement that though paramedics attempted to render aid on the scene, Ellison was “beyond help” and died on scene.

“From what I was told was there was an argument over loud music, the front desk clerk tried to break up the argument but when he went back inside is when Aidan was shot,” said Jones, who lives at the hotel and knew Ellison from their work at a local fast food restaurant.

While the deadly dispute may have started over loud music, Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara said in a statement that this tragedy is “100%” the fault of suspect Robert Paul Keegan.

“The only thing that caused this murder was suspect’s actions,” O’Meara said. “It is completely immaterial what led up to it.”

The chief added: “Yes, there was an argument over music, no, this did not happen because of loud music, it happened because the suspect chose to bring a gun with him and chose to use it.”

Keegan allegedly pulled a gun from inside his coat “and fired a single shot, striking the victim in the chest,” according to a police statement.

Jim Tumpane, owner of the Stratford Inn, said he and his staff are “heartbroken, shocked, and angered by the senseless murder” Ellison.

“Our hearts grieve for his family and friends. We appreciate the vigils that have been coordinated,” Tumpane said in a statement. “We also welcome and greatly encourage the posting of ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs on our property. We are thankful for the community’s support towards all of those affected, including Aidan’s loved ones, our staff, and our residents here at the Stratford Inn.”

Keegan, who lives in nearby Talent, was arrested at the scene and was still in

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Ochsner LSU Health offers free COVID-19 testing at Shreveport recreation centers

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is offering free coronavirus testing this week at several recreation centers in Shreveport.

Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, it is encouraged that you get tested to know your COVID-19 status in order to prevent illness in others.

Coronavirus testing will be provided at the following locations:

Monday, Nov. 30

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bill Cockrell Community Center – 4109 Pines Rd., Shreveport

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Querbes Park Community Center – 3500 Beverly Place, Shreveport

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Querbes Park Community Center – 3500 Beverly Place, Shreveport

Thursday, Dec. 3

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Billberry Park Community Center – 1902 Alabama Ave., Shreveport

Friday, Dec. 4

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Billberry Park Community Center – 1902 Alabama Ave., Shreveport

If you want to be tested please bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized.

You will receive your test results within 3-4 days via the MyChart patient portal or by phone.

Those who test positive will have the opportunity to participate in Ochsner’s 14-day symptom tracker program designed for COVID-19 patients who do not require hospital care. Participants receive daily text messages to monitor symptoms and can be connected to our 24/7 nurse on-call line for additional support.

In addition to offering community testing, Ochsner LSU Health has the following resources available:

  • Call the free COVID-19 information line at 844-888-2772 for 24/7 advice.
  • Ochsner LSU Health patients can schedule a video visit with their provider and send secure messages via MyChart.
  • New patients can see a provider over video through ochsnerlsuhs.org/anywhere or via the Ochsner Anywhere Care app.

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Vacation rentals for people who don’t want to share a house



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The property is both kid- and pet-friendly, and has plenty to keep both entertained, including a large screened pavilion, shown above, a swimming pool, and plenty of nature to explore.



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Amenities include multiple grills, picnic tables, and seating areas, hammocks for peaceful lounging, and a hot tub.



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Other amenities include multiple fire pits, fountains, a grilling area, and a large pool and spa.



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The Best Travel Jigsaw Puzzles To Quench Your Wanderlust

Just as travel has always been a great way to escape, travel jigsaw puzzles have become the escape of choice during the pandemic.

Jigsaw puzzles, in general, have become the activity for the pandemic, with sales doubling and tripling as people have found it a relaxing and satisfying way to escape the news, de-stress and create beautiful pieces of art in the process.

New puzzle companies are thriving, thanks to vibrant, unexpected images that transport you somewhere else, literally leave those boring old landscapes in the dust. They’re creating puzzles that will let you experience some of your favorite destinations in a whole new way.

“I asked myself what people were fantasizing about and realized it was travel: being far away in space and time from where we all were,” said Mia Galison, founder of Piece & Love by eeBoo. “The smell of food not cooked by you, the sounds of crowds, airplane solitude, sleepy taxi rides to unexplored destinations. It was all about traveling somewhere while staying put, disconnecting from the now for a little while, absorbed in the calm, pleasing act of putting together a beautiful jigsaw puzzle.”

Eric Dowdle, who’s been creating travel puzzles for more than two decades, agrees. “Unlike a picture that hangs on your wall, puzzles keep you engaged. For hours, you examine and study each piece and every detail. I’ve found that people love art that exposes them to new beauty, new feelings and even great memories. What better way to relive that fabulous vacation or time spent in a different part of the world? If it’s a place you haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet, spending hours assembling a puzzle of that location can transport your imagination into the image and allow you to connect in memorable ways.”

Here are some of the best travel puzzles and puzzle companies out there. All of these puzzles will become treasured gifts, and you may want to pick up a couple for yourself to get you through this time of staying home without going stir crazy.

Botany from Cloudberries

This gorgeous 1000-piece puzzle will send visions of flowers and mountains and piazzas dancing through your head. Featuring art by Japanese painter, Naomi Okubo, its strong linen-coated pieces have a premium matte finish that looks great and feels good as you snap them together. The UK-based Cloudberries puts an emphasis on design, and plants a tree for every puzzle sold. Price: $24.95

Roadtrip from Wander Puzzle Co.

This woman-owned business supports international female artists, like Ana Hard from Bilbao, Spain, who created this girl-powered puzzle that will bring a smile to the face of any woman who has ever gone on a music- and snack-filled road trip with her BFF. In fact, it’s such a fun puzzle, it just may inspire another trip.

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Record-breaking 1.1 million Americans flew on Sunday for Thanksgiving travel

  • 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. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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. 

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 on the effectiveness of mask-wearing and high-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters, of reducing the onboard spread of the virus.

JetBlue Airways will limit capacity at 85% between December 2 and January 7, 2021, meaning most middle seats will be filled on crowded flights. As

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The Best Day To Book Travel For 2021

This year and travel did not get along, but for every postponed holiday and desperate staycation, there will be another bucket list trip sometime in the future. If you’re banking on 2021 to indulge your wanderlust, Travel Deal Tuesday may be your best day to book next year’s vacations. On Tuesday, December 1, travel providers will be offering major discounts and flexible policies, should 2021 not be as pandemic-free as hoped.

But for globetrotting optimists, travel booking app Hopper has outlined exactly what travelers can expect this Travel Deal Tuesday, to plan ahead for a promising vaccine and more normal year ahead.

“In recent years, Travel Deal Tuesday has become one of the best days to book travel. While this year has looked different in many ways, Americans are still excited about the promise of a good deal,” said Liana Corwin, Consumer Travel Expert at Hopper. “If you’re thinking about future travel, December 1 will be a great day to take advantage of low rates and unprecedented flexibility, as travel providers are expected to offer discounts on spring-summer 2021 travel and flexible booking options.”

Before you book an itinerary, take a look at what to expect on Travel Deal Tuesday, and start packing. Well, almost. Here’s how to make the most of the day’s deals:

The best time to book next year’s vacation is Tuesday, December 1

In honor of travel deal Tuesday, prices are expected to be 34% lower on December 1, compared to the same date last year, with great deals on spring and summer 2021 travel. Hopper’s data detects an average of 34 deals per second on this travel holiday, which is 30% more deals than the average day.

Take advantage of special discounted prices

Stay thrifty on Cyber Monday, because Tuesday will offer savings of up up to 40% off flights, 40% off hotels, and up to 30% off select Avis and Budget car rentals via the Hopper app.

Book 2021 travel with flexibility

If booking travel this early makes you nervous, and, rightfully so, 2020 has been a year of uncertainty, know that travelers who book through the Hopper app are eligible for 20% off the company’s Refundable Booking Plan for flights and hotels, and Flexible Dates Plan for flights only). If you choose to cancel, you’ll get 100% back in travel credit, or 80% cash back, depending on your trip details. Hopper’s Flexible Dates Plan also allows travelers to instantly change the date, time, and even airline for any reason up to 24 hours prior to departure.

Check airlines for Travel Deal Tuesday promotions

Airlines such as Hawaiian Airlines, Emirates, Air Canada and Icelandair have already confirmed they’ll be participating in Travel Deal Tuesday this year. Check with specific airlines to see what deals and offers they will promote on Tuesday.

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Secure facilities needed to restart hotel industry


Secure facilities needed to restart hotel industry

MANILA, Philippines — Hotels are urged to create a secure and COVID- proof accommodation facilities to be able to tap the domestic tourism market in line with restarting the industry, according to a property consultancy firm.

“With foreign visitor arrivals remaining out of the picture, restarting the hotel sector through domestic tourism could start from creating secure and COVID-proof accommodation facilities,” Cushman and Wakefield Philippines said in a property market news report.

“Restoring travel appetite among domestic travelers could take some time even if a number of accommodation establishments have been allowed to restart operations,” it said.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) reported earlier this month that over 7,000 accommodation establishments have been given the green light to operate under varying quarantine conditions.

This was through the issuance of Certificates of Authority to operate (CAO) and provisional CAOs to 7,200 hotels, resorts and other accommodation establishments.

The DOT stressed earlier that accommodation establishments are required to secure a CAO or a provisional CAO before commencing operations in various quarantine zones. This is to ensure that health and safety protocols are in place.

“Not only will a CAO a provisional CAO from DOT indicate the allowable operation of accommodation establishments, it likewise adds to guests’ confidence, knowing that these establishments have been inspected and are compliant with our protocols that follow globally-recognized health and safety standards, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said earlier.

“We are happy to see the numbers go up as more tourism destinations reopen for domestic travelers,”she said.

Cushman and Wakefield earlier said cautious customers would continue to dampen the travel industry for both international and domestic tourism.

“Domestic travel is deterred by the additional cost of having to secure mandatory medical/health certificates required for intraregional movement and other association costs that could arise from domestic travel requirements issued by national and local governments,”  the property consultancy said.

“Nonetheless, the return to full operations of hotel establishments signals the sectos readiness once travel appetite resumes,”it said.

In October, the DOT announced that hotels in general community quarantine areas (GCQ) and modified GCQ areas are allowed to operate at full capacity as the DOT was given the authority by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), to determine the allowable operational capacity, up to 100 percent, for hotels, including staycation hotels, in areas classified under GCQ and MGCQ.

Puyat, however, stressed that the decision to open at 100 percent operational capacity would be subject to the hotel management’s decision and compliance with the safety guidelines.

The DOT stressed that this was made through the IATF-EID’s approval of Resolution No. 79 last October 15.

The said resolution replaces the provision that accommodation establishments in areas under GCQ may only operate with a skeleton work force, and now provides that such operations may be governed by the issuances of relevant national agencies such as the DOT.

Moreover, Puyat said the DOT shall continue its coordination with national government agencies

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Kareena Kapoor shares pictures from hilly vacation

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], November 30 (ANI): Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan on Monday treated her fans to some unseen glimpses from her dreamy vacation in Himanchal Pradesh with husband Saif Ali Khan and little munchkin Taimur.

‘The ‘Heroine’ star shared some pictures on her Instagram Story, as hubby Saif continues to shoot for a horror-comedy with Arjun Kapoor and Yami Gautam – ‘Bhoot Police’.

Taking to her Instagram story, Kareena revealed that she is now in Palampur as she shared a stunning scenic shot and captioned it, “Incredible India.”The ‘Jab We Met’ star then went on to share two adorable photos. In the first picture, Kareena is seen posing for the camera with Saif Ali Khan and their little son Taimur. The toddler can be seen wearing a cute beanie and warm winter clothes like his mum and dad.

In the photographs, Kareena looked stylish in her athleisure and pink winter jacket. The second photo shows Saif and Kareena posing for a group photo with the hotel staff where they were staying. The ‘Ra One’ star also thanked them for their hospitality as she called it the ‘most memorable stay’.

Apart from these pictures, earlier in the day, Kareena also shared a close-up selfie in a post in which she flaunted her flawless skin. The actor captioned her photo, “Pink in Palampur,” as she looked striking in kohl-lined eyes and pink lips were the most striking features in the photo.

Of late, the mom-to-be actor has been updating fans on here activities by posting pictures and videos.

Earlier, Kareena shared pictures as she spent time learning pottery with her little son Taimur.(ANI)

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