Day: November 30, 2020

How 2020 Thanksgiving Travel Numbers At U.S. Airports Compare To 2019 [Infographic]

Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, warned on Sunday that the U.S. could experience a “surge upon a surge” of Covid-19 in the weeks after Thanksgiving as airports saw their busiest travel period since the middle of March. Health experts had called for people to celebrate the holiday at home but the pandemic failed to deter many fliers with the number passing through airports surpassing 900,000 for seven consecutive days around Thanksgiving. That’s according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who kept tabs on airport throughput in late November.

On three days – November 20, 22 and 25 – the volume of travelers passing through U.S. airports exceeded one million. While that is well short of the two million plus travelers recorded daily during Thanksgiving week in 2019, it is still far higher than the number of fliers seen in the early days of the pandemic when the travel volume was in the region of 100,000. With many travelers attending large family dinners held indoors including the presence of over-65s, there is now real concern that the U.S. is set to experience a serious coronavirus shock over the coming weeks.

13.38 million Americans have now contracted Covid-19, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. Separate data from the COVID Tracking Project shows that the total number of people currently hospitalized has now surpassed 93,000 with 18,198 in the ICU and 6,249 on ventilators. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices are expected to discuss the approval and distribution of a vaccine over the coming week. With America bracing itself for a potential tidal wave of new Thanksgiving infections, Pfizer’s
vaccine is anticipated to gain FDA authorization by the middle of December. Preparations for distribution are well under way with the FAA confirming the first ‘mass air shipment’ of the Pfizer vaccine left Belgium on Friday.

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Naga Chaitanya, Samantha Akkineni are back home from Maldives vacation, see pics

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Actors Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni are back home from their vacation in Maldives where Chaitanya celebrated his 34th birthday. Pictures of the couple from Hyderabad airport on Monday morning have gone viral on social media.

Over the last week or so, Samantha has been sharing pictures from her vacation on her Instagram page.

Chaitanya and Samantha went on the holiday after wrapping up their current assignments. While Chaitanya finished shooting for Sekhar Kammula’s Love Story, Samantha shot a few episodes for her latest talk show, Sam Jam.


Chaitanya will soon begin work on his upcoming Telugu project which is titled Thank You. The film will mark his second collaboration with director Vikram Kumar, who had previously worked with Chaitanya in Manam.

Samantha, on the other hand, has two projects currently in her kitty. Having recently completed shooting for the second season of The Family Man, she recently signed a Tamil horror flick with Ashwin Saravanan and upcoming Tamil romantic comedy, Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kadhal which also stars Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara.


Samantha is thrilled about her upcoming horror film with director Ashwin Saravanan. Speaking about the film, she recently tweeted: “It’s going to be much more than just a horror film.”

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To be produced by Sony Entertainment, the film will mark the maiden collaboration of Ashwin Saravanan, best known for helming Maya and Game Over, and Samantha. The film will also star Prasanna and Prashanth in crucial roles.

Recently, reports emerged that Samantha had turned down an offer to star in the Hindi remake of her own film U-Turn, which had released in Tamil and Telugu recently.

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Patrick Tate looks back on a life in hospitality

There is a solution to every problem, says Patrick Tate, retiring divisional director of operations at City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG). This approach, coupled with a lifetime of experience, steady and grounded disposition, and an abundance of patience has made Tate excel as a hotelier.

Patrick Tate

City Lodge Hotel Group will bid a fond yet sad farewell to Tate on 30 November 2020 after 32 years of loyal service with the company. He was appointed by the group’s founder, the late Hans Enderle – also Tate’s mentor – in 1988 when the group only had three hotels: City Lodge Hotel Bryanston (then called City Lodge Randburg), City Lodge Hotel Sandton, Katherine Street (City Lodge Sandton at the time) and City Lodge Hotel Johannesburg Airport, Barbara Road (previously known as City Lodge Jan Smuts Airport). Tate was no stranger to the team he was joining as he had worked with all his new colleagues previously at Holiday Inn, before that group was bought out by Southern Sun (now Tsogo Sun).

Tate left his post at Holiday Inn Eastern Boulevard to manage City Lodge Cape Town (now City Lodge Hotel Pinelands) on 1 August 1988 – the group’s third birthday. He initially worked out of City Lodge Randburg with then general manager, Clifford Ross, who was preparing to open City Lodge Durban. Together with Ross and Lynda Schroeder, Tate learned the City Lodge way of operating through assisting in opening the group’s first hotel in KwaZulu-Natal, and went on to open City Lodge Hotel Port Elizabeth while the delayed Cape Town construction continued.

City Lodge Pinelands was successfully opened in 1989 under the capable control of Tate, who then moved on to open City Lodge V&A Waterfront in 1992. He fulfilled his role as general manager at the latter hotel until his promotion to divisional director of operations at central office in 2001, at the same time that Ross stepped up as managing director.

Tate’s current position as divisional director of operations was carried out with boundless energy and unrivalled commitment to the continuing success of the group. His last day reporting to duty is 30 November 2020 but he will always remain a friend to the group.

Looking back over his prolific career, Tate is a hotelier to the core. When he left school, he initially wanted to be a dentist, but didn’t get into the one dentistry school he applied to. He did a stint at Safmarine as a navigational cadet, and on his return to South Africa his call-up papers saw him heading off to Upington to start his national service. While in Namibia (then South West Africa), he became friends with a chef who was a trainee at Holiday Inn in Cape Town. After national service, the two of them returned to Cape Town and Patrick joined Holiday Inn in 1976 as a trainee in the kitchen. He worked in the kitchen in a hotel in Polokwane (then Pietersburg) for a year before working his way through

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Sunwing extends massive savings on popular vacation packages with Cyber Monday Sale – Press Release

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shoppers who may have missed out on Sunwing’s popular Orange Friday Sale are in luck. The tour operator is extending the savings by offering customers incredible deals during their Cyber Monday Sale, giving customers another opportunity to secure their dream getaway at a great price point. Available for one day only – until 11:59 p.m. (ET) tonight, November 30 – Canadians can save up to 50% on vacation packages to the most popular destinations and resorts in the tropics, including Canadian-owned brands.

“Our Orange Friday Sale was so popular that we unveiled even more deals for our Cyber Monday Sale,” said Samantha Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of Sunwing Travel Group. “Whether Canadians are planning a solo getaway, a romantic retreat or a fun-filled adventure, they can secure their dream getaway at an amazing price and book with peace of mind under our wing.”

Packages during the Cyber Monday Sale start from as low as $975 per person (including taxes, based on double occupancy) for a 7-night stay in a Gardenview Room at Memories Jibacoa in Varadero, departing from Toronto on January 10, 2020. This adults only resort is located on the pristine shores of Jibacoa Beach and is the perfect spot for couples and friends planning a relaxing beach getaway.

Bargain hunters can score a luxury getaway for less at Royalton Punta Cana Resort and Casino in the Dominican Republic. For just $1,085 per person (including taxes, based on double occupancy), travellers can enjoy a 7-night stay in a Luxury Room departing from Toronto on January 10, 2021. Nestled on the world-famous shores of Bavaro Beach, vacationers can look forward to All-In Luxury™ amenities and world-class service, with the high standards they expect from a Canadian brand.

Canadians looking to soak up the sun on the shores of Riviera Maya can head to Riu Yucatan for just $1,285 per person (including taxes, based on double occupancy) for a 7-night stay in a Hotel Room departing from Toronto on January 9, 2021. Guests can spend their days lounging poolside with a margarita in hand or head into downtown Playa Del Carmen just a short walk away. Plus, vacationers can take their budget even further with exclusive RIU-topia inclusions for Sunwing guests.

Vacationers can make their return to travel safely and responsibly with the Safe with Sunwing commitment. Created under the advisement of global healthcare leader Medcan, the program ensures that the highest Canadian standards are in place every step of the way. Plus, travellers can book with peace of mind with the tour operator’s flexible booking options which include the ability to change or cancel their plans anytime with ease and complimentary COVID-19 coverage is included on select packages for departures until December 31, 2021.

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The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from over 33 airports across Canada to more than 45 popular sun destinations

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Kareena Kapoor Khan shares UNSEEN pics with Saif and Taimur from her vacation in the hills

Looks like Kareena Kapoor Khan has continued her stay in the hills and on Monday the actress treated her fans with some unseen pictures.

Kareena Kapoor Khan shares UNSEEN pics with Saif and Taimur from her vacation in the hills.Kareena Kapoor Khan shares UNSEEN pics with Saif and Taimur from her vacation in the hills.

Kareena Kapoor Khan is soaking in the winter sun with son Taimur as the actress continues to stay in Himachal Pradesh. While her BFF Malaika Arora has returned to Mumbai, Kareena and Taimur stayed back with Saif Ali Khan as he continues to shoot for a horror comedy with Arjun Kapoor and Yami Gautam. And while Kareena has continued her stay in the hills, the actress treated her fans with some unseen pictures on Monday. 

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 actress then went on to share two adorable photos. In the first picture, we get to see Bebo posing for the camera with Saif Ali Khan and their little son Taimur Ali Khan. The young one can be seen wearing a cute beanie and warm winter clothes like his mum and dad. 

Kareena looks 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. Bebo also thanked them for their hospitality as she called it the ‘most memorable stay’. 

Check out the latest photos from Kareena Kapoor Khan’s winter vacation: 

Apart from these photos, Kareena also shared a close up selfie on the gram as she flaunted her flawless skin. The actress captioned her photo, “Pink in Palampur,” as she her striking kohl-lined eyes and pink lips were the most striking features in the photo.

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Our View: Climate change putting winter recreation on thin ice

As we sit here in late November, the idea of shorter winters may sound inviting. But there’s no doubt Maine has a lot more to lose from climate change besides a week or two of colder temperatures.

In the latest warning from climate scientists, a study published this month in the journal PLoS One found that winter drownings are rising sharply along with early spring temperatures. The lack of sustained cold in the Northern Hemisphere, including the northern U.S., is forcing the ice to thaw and refreeze more often, making it weaker — and making activities such as snowmobiling and ice fishing a little more risky.

One by one, areas that were perfect for outdoor winter activities in decades past are becoming less of a sure thing. One study of 122 lakes worldwide, using nearly 80 years of lake-ice data, found that the number of ice-free winters has more than tripled since 1978 as global temperatures have reached new heights.

Mainers who enjoy outdoors in winter don’t have to be told that the environment around them is changing. Many Maine lakes have a week or two less of ice time during the winter now than in the recent past. Sebago Lake, the home of one of the state’s premier ice-fishing derbies, used to ice over about 80% of the time; now it only freezes over about half the time, and the derby is often moved off the lake for safety purposes.

It’s not just a problem confined to the winter, either. Lakes that don’t freeze over are more prone to toxic algae blooms, and the warming waters could threaten the state’s cold-water salmonid fishery.

As we’ve already seen in Maine, the small increases in temperature can have outsized impact. Just as rising temperatures have brought ticks to new areas of Maine and pushed the heart of the lobster industry north in recent years, they will shorten the winter season and change when and where Mainers can enjoy their favorite outdoor activities.

Maine will have to adapt to the changes caused by climate change. But we also need to be part of the effort to address rising temperatures so that our way of life is disrupted as little as possible.

Gov. Janet Mills has taken aggressive, thoughtful action on climate change, and President-elect Joe Biden has set even more lofty goals for his administration, including major investments in renewable energy and a goal of ending carbon pollution by 2035.

As a country and a world community, we are behind in addressing the climate crisis. There is hope now that with a new president and a new focus, we can take the steps necessary to make sure robust Maine winters don’t become a thing of the past.

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Airbnb IPO And The Impact Of Emerging Trends In Short-Term Vacation Rentals

Despite being battered by the pandemic, short-term rentals on vacation homes have surged. While traditional hotels and vacation clubs seem to struggle to keep their doors open, companies such as Airbnb, Luxury Retreats, and HouseTrip are receiving more interest and bookings. Sparse finances mean fewer people travel overseas for vacation and choose instead to stay within their local environment. The health implications of staying in public spaces such as hotels and cruises have also made people evaluate their vacation plans.

The global pandemic has led to the emergence of new trends among travelers seeking vacation experiences. A study conducted in September by Airbnb, which sampled over a thousand American citizens, found that these respondents were changing their vacation plans for the newly adopted pandemic lifestyle.

After a series of postponements, the online vacation rental company finally has its IPO in December. Airbnb intends to raise $30bn through a SPAC – a special acquisition company when it debuts on the New York Stock Exchange in December. The company has an approximate $85 million market cap today, which is an estimation of the total value of shares of the company.

Airbnb’s move is bold, considering that the pandemic has seriously battered the hospitality and travel sectors, the vacation rental industry’s leading drivers. The company’s listing is one of the year’s most anticipated IPOs.

The company’s decision to go public has been bolstered by the noted survey trends which have been forecasted by industry experts, offering positive insight into demand trends emerging in the vacation rentals sector post-pandemic:

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The surge in holiday bookings and vacation rentals

Prior to the pandemic, the timeshare industry saw its 10th straight year of growth with a 7% sales increase totaling $12.5 billion; This year travel has seen a decline of nearly 34%. While the pandemic has hindered traveling and tourism, it has not dampened holiday travelers’ enthusiasm. There has been a surge in holiday bookings between April and June, seeing approximately 32% weekly growth. Most people still want to get out and see the world, but how they do it has changed. Cruise lines such as Carnival and Norwegian Cruise announced record-breaking bookings, which, following the lifting of restrictions in more countries, has been uplifting for the sector (This is besides customers who had their bookings rescheduled to next summer). These companies’ positive news implies that travel and leisure companies may witness a record turn out next year post-vaccine distribution.

Remote working

With the acceleration of remote working, many people are now favoring short-term vacation commitments over yearlong leases and rent. Findings from a survey on short-term rentals discovered that a growing number of remote workers are extending their stays on online rental platforms such as Airbnb.

These customers consider moving to another city but want to experience the ins and outs before committing. Others stay in specific destinations for a short period before moving to the next. Whatever may be the case, the rise of remote working has

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Indoor recreation sites say operations crucial for well-being this winter


Operators of places for indoor activity impacted by the governor’s COVID-19 regulations say their operations are essential for the physical and mental well being of the public.

Craig Rhodes, a managing partner for Kingpin Lanes in Springfield, said they were closed during the lockdown this spring, allowed to open for a few months and then closed down again.

“A, we’re in the league bowling season which is the best season for us and going into the holidays where we pick up quite a bit of extra income and foot traffic for the holidays which is not just difficult, but difficult timing as well,” Rhodes said.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has imposed prohibitions on indoor service at bars and restaurants statewide, and capacity limits on retail operations. Indoor recreation, like bowling, is prohibited.

Rhodes said he’ll be keeping a close eye on the numbers, and if there aren’t declines from all the closures, there need to be some explanations.

“If there’s no change and everyone’s closed, obviously there’s something else if afoot,” he said. “We would certainly demand to have some answers based on those numbers.”

Rhodes said while some don’t consider bowling essential, it is to his employees and to his clientele’s physical and mental well being.

For gyms, there can’t be any group exercises and locker rooms are closed under the governor’s rules. In Springfield, FitBodies owner Chris Schmulbach said he’s gone from group classes to open gym. He also said he doesn’t recommend masks.

“I can’t force them to wear masks, so I guess I’ll take the heat and deal with it from there and see what happens,” Schmulbach said.

Corynne Cooper, the general manager of a fitness facility in Chicago, will be following the guidelines to the letter.

“If [Pritzker] says masks, it is masks,” Cooper said. “If it’s not steam rooms and saunas, it’s no steam rooms and saunas. If it’s no locker rooms, it’s not locker rooms. We’re not trying to cut any corners.”

Both said keeping their facilities open is crucial to the physical and mental health of their clients.

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Chicago Weather: Snow Coming For Northwest IndianaCBS 2 Meteorologist Tim McGill has your 10 p.m. RealTime Weather update for Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020.

As He Beats Cancer, 6-Year-Old Dylan Schroeder Gets A Special Parade Of TrucksDylan Schroeder, 6, has spent half his life fighting cancer. On Sunday, he took his last chemotherapy treatment – and as CBS 2’s Steven Graves reports, the community made it a day to remember.

Southwest Side School Principal Honored For Contributions To CommunityPrincipal Victor Iturralde got a socially-distanced surprise from a group of student athletes in Pilsen Sunday for his contribution to the community.

Minority Groups Want To Ensure Equal Access To Coronavirus VaccineAs we get closer to the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, minority communities across Chicago want to make sure they get equal access – since they have among the hardest hit by the pandemic.

Dining Tents Vandalized In West LoopPolice late Sunday were trying to find out who vandalized outdoor tents along Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row in the West Loop.

Thanksgiving Airline Travel Down 50 Percent, Which Could Spell Trouble For AirlinesCBS 2’s Marissa Parra has been tracking Thanksgiving travel since last week. She reports the possible impact of decreased travel could be rough for airlines.

Health Care Workers Prepare For Thanksgiving COVID-19 SuperspreaderA superspreader event on top of a COVID-19 surge – that is what health care workers are preparing for around the country and right in Chicago. CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports.

Chicago Weather: Winds To Whip Up Big WavesCBS 2 Meteorologist Tim McGill has the RealTime Weather forecast for Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020.

Bears V. Packers: Three Things To WatchBears head to Lambeau Field Sunday night for their first matchup of the season against their division rivals. The Bears are back from the bye hoping not to say goodbye to their playoff hopes in Green Bay. Here are three things to watch.

Dolton Village Trustee Tiffany Henyard To Give Away Thousands Of Dollars Of GasolineVillage Trustee Tiffany Henyard, who is running to be Dolton’s next mayor, will pay for thousands of dollars in gasoline for anyone who signs up first. 

What Caught My Eye Nov. 29, 2020CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot and Ed Curran share the photos that caught their eyes this week.

Two Crashes In Same Lake Shore Drive Curve In Two DaysA crash on Lake Shore Drive closed the south bound lanes early Sunday morning after it almost turned into a hit-and-run. A Ferrari crashed in the same spot Saturday, sending sparks flying as it hit the barrier, flipped onto its roof and caught fire

Greater Galilee Baptist Church In Lawndale Offers Free Flu Shots And Coronavirus TestingThe church will be helping both insured and uninsured people who

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