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Board imposes new tax on hotel stays to upgrade Dayton Convention Center

A board that will own and operate the Dayton Convention Center has approved imposing a new 3% tax on hotel and motel stays in Montgomery County to help upgrade the aging downtown event center.



a view of a city: The Dayton Convention Center in downtown Dayton. STAFF


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The new countywide lodgings tax will help pay for millions of dollars in renovations to modernize the convention center, which is nearly five decades old and has fallen into disrepair and has significant deferred maintenance needs, officials say.

Supporters say the Convention Center is vital to the regional tourism industry and facility improvements will make it more of a destination and increase its competitiveness to help attract more events and visitors.

Dayton to give up ownership of convention center



a large building: The Dayton Convention Center in downtown Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF


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On Thursday, the convention facilities authority board of directors unanimously voted to approve a new hotel lodging excise tax.

A month ago, the board decided to table a vote on the proposed additional tax levy, saying they wanted more time to review pertinent information and the proposed code of regulations.

The 3% tax will apply to the 71 hotels and motels located in Montgomery County. Combined, they offer nearly 6,700 rooms, officials say.

The new tax applies to any establishment that rents out five or more rooms in the county, officials say.

Montgomery County already has a 3% lodging tax that funds the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau and other entertainment-related activities. Dayton, which currently owns the convention center, has a 3% tax that is put toward the facility, but the revenue consistently fell short of covering operating costs.

Montgomery County’s 3% lodgings tax generated about $3.6 million in 2019.

The three-story convention center was built in 1972, and it also has a front and rear addition that were constructed in 1986, featuring meeting and support spaces.

The center offers a large exhibit hall, multiple ballrooms, meeting rooms, a theater, offices, skywalk and other amenities.

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U.S. Imposes Severe Travel Restrictions On Chinese Communist Party Members : NPR

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, leads the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the CCP, in Beijing in October. The U.S. State Dept. Thursday tightened travel restrictions on members of the CCP and their families.

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, leads the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the CCP, in Beijing in October. The U.S. State Dept. Thursday tightened travel restrictions on members of the CCP and their families.

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The Trump administration is imposing sharply tighter restrictions on travel to the United States by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members and their families, a move Beijing describes as part of a “deep-rooted Cold War mentality.”

The restrictions target holders of business (B-1) and tourist (B-2) visas, reducing the travel documents’ maximum validity to one month, down from the current maximum of 10 years.

“This is in keeping with our ongoing policy, regulatory, and law-enforcement action across the U.S. Government to protect our nation from the CCP’s malign influence,” an unnamed State Dept. official wrote in a statement emailed to NPR.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spent much of the year bolstering his tough-on-China approach. He’s blasted China for human rights abuses against its Uighur and other Muslim minorities, its crackdown on Hong Kong’s autonomy and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The unsigned statement accuses the CCP and its members of trying to “influence Americans through propaganda, economic coercion, and other nefarious activities” and says the State Dept. has the authority to “limit visa validity of groups of individuals hostile to U.S. values.”

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson calls the new restrictions “an escalation of political suppression by some extreme anti-China forces in the U.S.”

The CCP has roughly 90 million members, effectively making the State Dept. visa action the Trump administration’s most sweeping and direct attack on the Party’s legitimacy. The administration has previously imposed sanctions on Chinese businesses and individuals, and has appealed to the people of China to reject the Party.

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US imposes restrictions on travel visas for Chinese Communist Party members

The State Department is imposing new restrictions on travel visas to the United States for members of the Chinese Communist Party, a State Department spokesperson confirmed Thursday.



a close up of a screen: International flights arrivals are listed on a screen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 12, 2020 one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the Coronavirus.


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International flights arrivals are listed on a screen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 12, 2020 one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the Coronavirus.

Under the new rules, the travel visas of CCP members and their immediate family members will change from 10 years to one month and will be single entry.

The move, taken less than two months before the Trump administration leaves power, is the latest in a series of actions that have ratcheted up tension between Washington and Beijing.

“This is in keeping with our ongoing policy, regulatory, and law-enforcement action across the U.S. Government to protect our nation from the CCP’s malign influence,” the spokesperson said in a statement to CNN. “Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, the Department of State has the authority to limit visa validity of groups of individuals hostile to U.S. values.”

The spokesperson claimed that the Chinese Communist Party “sends agents to the United States to unabashedly monitor, threaten, and report on Chinese nationals and Chinese-American groups engaging in legal, honest, and open activities that are protected under freedom of speech and freedom of assembly clauses.”

“For decades we allowed the CCP free and unfettered access to U.S. institutions and businesses while these same privileges were never extended freely to U.S. citizens in China. Interaction with free societies, economies, and access to Western technologies certainly helped China develop, while the CCP only doubled down on Marxist-Leninism and hostility to the free world,” the spokesperson said.

The State Department under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pursued a series of aggressive actions against the Chinese government as tensions between the US and China continue to rise.

It has designated more than a dozen Chinese media companies operating in the US as foreign missions. China has expelled journalists from a number of US media outlets. The Trump administration has also imposed restrictions on Chinese diplomats in the US, and in July ordered Beijing to shutter its consulate in Houston.

The activities of consulate officials in Houston “are a microcosm, we believe, of a broader network of individuals in more than 25 cities that network is supported through the consulates here,” a US Justice Department official told reporters at the time.

In response, the Chinese government ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu.

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Massachusetts imposes new travel restrictions on Vermont

Vermont is no longer considered a lower-risk state for contacting COVID-19, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Effective Saturday morning, individuals traveling to or returning from Vermont must now fill out a travel form and quarantine upon arrival in Massachusetts, unless they are able to produce a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arriving in the state.

The news comes as Vermont’s daily coronavirus cases averaged 18 cases per 100,000 residents with a positive test rate of 24 percent, according to the COVID-19 tracking website. Metrics must stay below 10 cases per 100,000 residents with a positive test rate below 5 percent, both measure on a 7-day rolling average, in order to be considered low risk. New Hampshire and Vermont were removed from the low-risk list last week. Hawaii is the only remaining US state to be considered low-risk.

Hawaii is the only state considered low risk.
Hawaii is the only state considered low risk.Mass.gov

Exemptions to the state’s travel order include commuters who cross state lines for work, those arriving for medical treatment, military personnel, and those who are traveling for work or essential services. The state also exempts certain short, same-day trips across the border and back that are designated as “critical life activities.” Those activities can include grocery shopping, visits to pharmacies, dentist and doctors’ appointments, and required appearances at official proceedings.

Failure to comply with the travel order could result in a $500 per day fine.

Prior to this month, Vermont held the coronavirus at bay, even as infections spread at breakneck pace beyond the state’s borders. On Nov. 13, Governor Phil Scott announced new COVID-19 restrictions that are believed to be among the toughest in the nation. Restrictions include a ban on households visiting each other, both inside and outside, in public and in private, hospitals barring visitors with only a few exceptions, and strict quarantine rules. Visitors to Vermont must quarantine for 14-days, regardless of where they are arriving from. Vermont’s health department even strongly advises against non-essential travel within the state.

Positive COVID-19 cases surpassed 13 million across the US on Friday, after a Thanksgiving upended by the pandemic and amid a Black Friday hampered by virus fears and capacity limits on stores.


Brittany Bowker can be reached at [email protected] Follower her on Twitter @brittbowker.

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Massachusetts imposes new travel restrictions on New Hampshire, Maine

As of Saturday morning, New Hampshire and Maine were removed from the lower-risk travel list for contracting COVID-19, and individuals entering or returning to Massachusetts from either state must now fill out a travel form, quarantine, or have a negative COVID-19 test, according to the Department of Public Health.

New Hampshire and Maine joined 46 other states to be designated high risk for COVID-19. Hawaii and Vermont are the only remaining states considered low risk, meaning individuals do not need to adhere to the travel orders upon arrival or return to Massachusetts. Other exemptions include commuters who cross state lines for work, those arriving for medical treatment, military personnel, and those who are traveling for work or essential services. The state also exempts certain short, same-day trips across the border and back that are designated as “critical life activities.”

Under the current travel rules, anyone entering Massachusetts from states considered high risk are required to fill out a Massachusetts Travel Form and quarantine for two weeks unless they can produce a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours before they arrive in the state. Failure to comply with the requirements could result in a $500 per day fine.

Hawaii and Vermont are the only two states considered lower risk.
Hawaii and Vermont are the only two states considered lower risk.Mass.gov

According to the DPH, states are included on the list if they average more than 10 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

New Hampshire and Maine respectively averaged 27 and 14 new cases per 100,000 residents on Friday, according the COVID-19 tracking website. Vermont also averaged above 10 new cases per 100,000 residents this week — but not last week. States must exceed the threshold for two straight weeks to be removed from the lower-risk list. Massachusetts averaged nearly 38 cases per 100,000 residents as of Friday.

The new travel rules come less than a week before Thanksgiving, when many are pondering travel despite guidance from public health officials that people should stay home for the holidays. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that travel increases your chance of contracting and spreading COVID-19, and if you must venture out, they recommend that you get a flu shot, bring along extra masks and hand sanitizer, and be aware of the latest travel restrictions.


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Court Imposes Travel Ban On Ousted Peru President Amid Protests

A Peruvian judge on Friday banned ousted president Martin Vizcarra from leaving the country days after his dismissal by Congress as the nation’s political crisis spilled over into street clashes between protesters and police.

The announcement came after thousands of people took to the streets in the capital Lima and cities across Peru late Thursday to protest Vizcarra’s impeachment over corruption allegations.

At least 14 protesters were wounded in clashes with police, the National Human Rights Coordinator said.

Demonstrators confront riot police during a protest in Lima against the ousting of popular president Martin Vizcarra by Congress Demonstrators confront riot police during a protest in Lima against the ousting of popular president Martin Vizcarra by Congress Photo: AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDES

Judge Maria Alvarez said she was imposing an 18-month travel ban on Vizcarra at the request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, investigating allegations that the 57-year-old received more than $600,000 in kickbacks from developers while a regional governor.

“We have said that we will stay,” Vizcarra assured journalists Friday, once again rejecting the charges against him and questioning the legality of his removal.

“We have the truth and the support that backs us up,” he said.

Congress voted Monday to impeach him, while Congress Speaker Manuel Merino assumed office as Peru’s third president in four years.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Warsaw and outside courts in dozens of other towns Thousands of people took to the streets in Warsaw and outside courts in dozens of other towns Photo: AFP / Wojtek RADWANSKI

Tense protests that began Tuesday continued into Friday, when hundreds of young people marched to the residence of Prime Minister Antero Flores-Araoz in Lima, after the 78-year-old conservative challenged them to come to his house because he did not understand their demands.

With signs saying “Merino is not my president” and “Rats out of Congress!” they marched dozens of blocks to the house, where they were stopped by a police barricade.

In the capital Lima late Thursday, police used tear gas and pellets to disperse a group trying to reach the Congress building while protesters threw sticks and stones at the officers.

Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a protest in Lima Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a protest in Lima Photo: AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDES

Those wounded in the clashes included two young men hit “by firearms,” said Jorge Amoros, a doctor at Almenara hospital in Lima where both are hospitalized.

An AFP photographer was struck by pellets in his arm and leg during the march in Plaza San Martin.

Riot police fire tear gas as they try to disperse supporters of ousted Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra in Lima, November 2020 Riot police fire tear gas as they try to disperse supporters of ousted Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra in Lima, November 2020 Photo: AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDES

The South America office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on authorities to guarantee the right of Peruvians to protest, saying it had received “disturbing information” about police behavior.

The Ombudsman’s Office demanded security forces “immediately cease the use of tear gas and pellets against citizens who exercise their right to demonstrate.”

Vizcarra said protests must be allowed and called on the people to express themselves peacefully.

“We also appeal to the national police to respect the demonstrators,” he said.

Interim president Merino urged calm.

“We are not

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