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Ludington offers Up North vacation fun as remote learning for students

LUDINGTON, MI – Vacations to West Michigan beach towns like Ludington are always full of fun things to see, from lighthouses and beaches to maritime history and walking tours.

With more students – and grown-ups – doing their work remotely these days, some of Ludington’s favorite tourist spots have pulled together a large lineup of remote learning and entertainment options. This includes things like lesson plans oriented around Michigan’s lighthouses, at-home craft projects, history-based scavenger hunts and even remote music concerts.

“Our Ludington community has created a variety of remote educational opportunities, plus put together some fun virtual events for plenty of family-friendly options to experience Ludington from home,” said Brandy Miller, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are excited to share more about our beautiful lakeshore community even when people aren’t visiting in person.”

Here’s the information being shared by the Visitors Bureau and these popular tourist sites, broken out into easily-searchable topics:

Educational Resources / Lesson Plans / Home Projects

  • Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) lighthouse education – SPLKA’s education committee of two former university professors, one former school superintendent and six teachers assembled a variety of educational resources that meet 2020 Michigan Educational Standards, including: Big Sable Lighthouse Educational Packet (30 pages of fun activities for grade school children to learn about Big Sable), The Properties of the Light (Lesson Plans on the Fresnel Lens), Lighthouse presentation plus related handout, video of author Pamela Cameron reading her book “Sport Ship Dog of the Great Lakes,” virtual tour of Big Sable Point Light, and Big Sable Point Lighthouse Virtual Escape Room. For more information, go to splka.org/education.html
  • Mason County Historical Society virtual experiences – The Mason County Historical Society, which manages Historic White Pine Village and the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, provides a bevy of online resources and interactive experiences on its virtual education page, including Historical Photo Detective (answer questions while viewing historic photos), Mason Memories Essay (discover the past as you read memories and write an essay on what you learned), Virtual History Hunts (learn about the exhibits at each museum and how early settlers lived and worked), Outdoor Scavenger Hunts (look for trees, flowers, and insects in your backyard or at a park), and Journaling Ideas (keep a diary and record what it is like to live through these times). For more information, check out masoncountyhistoricalsociety.com/online-programming
  • Sandcastles Children’s Museum at home – From do-at-home craft projects and Wacky Wednesday Science, to virtual puppet shows and concerts, Sandcastles offers online activities to keep kids busy at home. Check the Sandcastles Facebook page for free weekly events. The museum also has a YouTube channel; subscribe and get instant access to tutorials and musical performances. For more details, check out sandcastleschildrensmuseum.com/have-fun-at-home
  • Mason County District Library – The library offers a variety of virtual stories through its Facebook page, such as Babytime Mondays at 10 a.m. with songs and rhyme reading, and Storytime Tuesdays through Thursdays at 10 a.m. with music, rhythm,
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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 southaustralia.com/voucher.

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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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EasyJet offers passengers cheaper COVID-19 tests to encourage travel

LONDON (Reuters) – UK airline EasyJet said it would partner with COVID-19 testing companies to offer passengers discounted tests to try to encourage more travel, following similar moves by Wizz Air and London’s Gatwick Airport.



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FILE PHOTO: EasyJet restarts its operations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Gatwick Airport, in Gatwick

Travel rules in England will change from Dec. 15 so that if a traveller receives a negative test result from a self-funded test, they can reduce their quarantine from 14 to 5 days.

Desperate to stimulate the travel market after months of restrictions, airlines and airports are teaming up with testing firms to make it easier and cheaper to get a test.

EasyJet, whose finances have come under severe pressure during the pandemic, said on Monday that passengers will receive a reduced rate of 75 pounds per home test with Confirm Testing or with CityDoc, 100 pounds per home test or 150 pounds per in clinic test.



a boat sitting on top of a tower: FILE PHOTO: EasyJet restarts its operations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Gatwick Airport, in Gatwick


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FILE PHOTO: EasyJet restarts its operations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Gatwick Airport, in Gatwick

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The 75 pound rate is cheaper than the 85 pound rate available to Wizz Air passengers. Both are more expensive than Gatwick Airport’s offer of 60 pounds per test for passengers who use its drive-through testing facility.

EasyJet said that the two companies it was working with aimed to provide results within 48 hours.

There is also demand for tests prior to travel as some popular destinations like Spain and Italy require passengers to show a negative test on arrival.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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Denver mayor offers apology for Thanksgiving travel after urging residents to stay home

He recognized that many people were “disappointed” by his decision.

On Wednesday, Mayor Michael B. Hancock headed to Mississippi to join his wife and daughter there, he said.

Earlier that day, the mayor told Denver ABC affiliate KMGH that during the holiday, “if you can, remain in your household. If you can, stay with those in your household.” If you choose to travel, he said to “do what we’ve always been asking throughout the entire experience: Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands.”

He also advised residents to avoid travel “if you can” and to host virtual gatherings this Thanksgiving in a social media post on Wednesday.

Hancock did not mention his own plans to travel. In his mea culpa, the mayor said he should have.

“I fully acknowledge that I have urged everyone to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel,” he said in a statement. “I have shared how my family cancelled our plans for our traditional multi-household Thanksgiving celebration. What I did not share, but should have, is that my wife and my daughter have been in Mississippi, where my daughter recently took a job. As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver.”

The news of Hancock’s travels was met with calls of hypocrisy on Twitter. The mayor said he recognized that many people were “disappointed” by his decision.

“As a public official, whose conduct is rightly scrutinized for the message it sends to others, I apologize to the residents of Denver who see my decision as conflicting with the guidance to stay at home for all but essential travel,” he said. “I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that are borne of my heart and not my head.”

PHOTO: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock listens as Colorado Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, makes a point during a news conference about the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the state Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Denver.

Denver County has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, with the seven-day moving average of new cases reaching a peak of 728 on Nov. 21, county data shows. The county is in the state’s “level red” risk category, indicating a 14-day average positivity rate of between 10% and 15%.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised people to spend the holiday at home as the number of COVID-19 cases spike.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has also urged residents

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Mayor offers apology for Thanksgiving travel after urging residents to stay home

The mayor of Denver apologized for traveling on Wednesday after having urged residents to stay home for Thanksgiving as COVID-19 cases surge.



Michael Hancock wearing a suit and tie: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock makes a point during a news conference about the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the state Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Denver.


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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock makes a point during a news conference about the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the state Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Denver.

On Wednesday, Mayor Michael B. Hancock headed to Mississippi to join his wife and daughter there, he said.

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Earlier that day, the mayor told Denver ABC affiliate KMGH that during the holiday, “if you can, remain in your household. If you can, stay with those in your household.” If you choose to travel, he said to “do what we’ve always been asking throughout the entire experience: Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands.”



Michael Hancock wearing a suit and tie: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock makes a point during a news conference about the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the state Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Denver.


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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock makes a point during a news conference about the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the state Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Denver.

He also advised residents to avoid travel “if you can” and to host virtual gatherings this Thanksgiving in a social media post on Wednesday.

Hancock did not mention his own plans to travel. In his mea culpa, the mayor said he should have.

“I fully acknowledge that I have urged everyone to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel,” he said in a statement. “I have shared how my family cancelled our plans for our traditional multi-household Thanksgiving celebration. What I did not share, but should have, is that my wife and my daughter have been in Mississippi, where my daughter recently took a job. As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver.”

The news of Hancock’s travels was met with calls of hypocrisy on Twitter. The mayor said he recognized that many people were “disappointed” by his decision.

“As a public official, whose conduct is rightly scrutinized for the message it sends to others, I apologize to the residents of Denver who see my decision as conflicting with the guidance to stay at home for all but essential travel,” he said. “I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that are borne of my heart and not my head.”



a man wearing a suit and tie: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock listens as Colorado Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, makes a point during a news conference about the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the state Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Denver.


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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock listens as Colorado Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, makes a point during a news conference about the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the state Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Denver.

Denver County has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, with the seven-day moving average of new cases reaching a peak of 728 on Nov. 21, county data shows. The county is in the state’s “level red” risk category, indicating a 14-day average positivity rate of between 10% and 15%.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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New travel website offers carbon labelling for UK breaks

A new website aims to help climate conscious travellers make more-informed holiday choices by calculating the carbon costs of British breaks and even day trips in response to the increase in domestic tourism during the pandemic.

Natural Britain, which launched in July, wants to become the go-to website for ethically-run travel in the UK, and claims to be the first company in the country to offer carbon labelling – a calculation of the carbon dioxide emitted – for every part of the trip.

Natural Britain hopes to appeal to the growing number of outdoor enthusiasts, many of whom have taken on new challenges or found a fresh appreciation for nature in 2020. Itineraries include a cycle tour of the Cotswolds, sky-running in Snowdonia and sea-kayaking in Scotland, and activity sessions and accommodation can also be booked separately. It hopes to feature 35 experiences by the end of the year, increasing to about 100 in 2021.

Although most are green, low-carbon trips, especially compared with foreign travel, founder Mark Wright said he wanted to make consumers more aware of the amount of carbon different aspects of a holiday generate, and hoped such labelling would become commonplace across the travel industry.

“If we all start to calculate our emissions, and everybody in the country aims for a personal footprint of 10 tons of carbon a year, there’s a much better chance of us making a meaningful reduction as a country, and as a world population,” he said.

On one of the company’s trips, on average accommodation accounts for 40% of emissions, transport 33%, food 25% and activities 1%. A five-day multi-activity break in Wales, for example, including packrafting, “riverbugging” (riding river rapids with an inflatable) and wild camping is labelled as generating 53kg of carbon dioxide per person, excluding food and reaching the destination. Advice on how to offset through a rewilding or reforestation scheme will be offered when bookings are made.

Aviation is usually responsible for 40% of global tourism’s carbon emissions, contributing 7% of the UK’s total emissions, according to the World Tourism Organization.

Yet, while the International Air Transport Association forecast air traffic would be down 66% in 2020 compared with 2019, and said it would go down as “the worst year in the history of aviation”, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization announced on Monday that climate-heating gases have still reached record levels. The reductionn of emissions of between 4.2% and 7.5% due to the pandemic was described as a “tiny blip” in the build up of greenhouse gases.

This doesn’t mean we should lose hope, says Wright, it just “stresses the urgency that we have to make changes for the long term”.

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Carbon isn’t Natural Britain’s only concern. Experiences must also benefit local communities, something Wright says the domestic tourism market has been slow to recognise as worthwhile. They must have strong sustainability policies regarding sourcing locally and single-use plastic, and be able to back them

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Emirates offers a free hotel stay with your Dubai layover

From Covid tests to canceled flights, flying in 2020 can be pretty stressful.



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So a little piece of good news is that if you’re stopping over in Dubai for more than 10 hours, Emirates airline might throw in a free hotel stay.

The United Arab Emirates flag carrier is resuming its Dubai Connect service on December 1, making travel a little easier for people navigating flight schedules altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

To book the service, you need to be a transit passenger traveling on two Emirates flights, using the best available connection for your chosen journey — so no cheating by booking a flight with a longer layover.

If your layover is between 10 and 24 hours, you could qualify for a complimentary night at a four- or five-star hotel, plus airport ground transfers, meals at the hotel, and assistance with your UAE visa on arrival, if required.

You can expect to stay at the four-star Copthorne Hotel Dubai or the five-star Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, but the airline must also put passengers up at alternative accommodation.

The service is open to all passengers, no matter the travel class — unless they’re traveling to a destination which requires a PCR test for Covid-19 on arrival.

In that case, business and first class passengers might get a stay at the Dubai International Hotel at Dubai Airport — depending on availability — and given access to Emirates’ Dubai Connect airport lounge.

The lounge has facilities for eating, drinking and unwinding, and economy passengers on longer stopovers will also get the chance to hang out here.

Earlier this year Emirates became the first airline to offer to cover customers’ medical expenses and quarantine costs should they contract Covid-19 during their trip.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office Offers Vacation Watch

CATOOSA COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF)- If you’re looking for an extra line of security when you’re away from home, The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is providing a ‘Vacation Watch’ service.

Whether it’s just a day or six months, deputies have you covered.

“We come out to your house several times -at different times throughout the day and night- check on your house and make sure that everything is the way you left it” says Captain Jeremy Keener.

Captain Keener says let the Sheriff’s Office know if you will have visitors stopping by to take care of needs around the house.

“If you tell us what cars are going to be there, cars that are going to be parked in the drive way, any contact information or people we can call if something were to be wrong” says Captain Keener.

Becky Martin, a Catoosa County resident, tells News 12 that the vacation watch service makes her feel more secure when she’s away from home.

“I did spend Christmas out last year and did not have that available to us. So we might have extended our vacation knowing that was available.”

Captain Keener offers this additional safety tip:

“Lights being left on inside the residence is not a bad thing. Anything you can do to make it look like somebody is there everyday.”

The ‘Vacation Watch’, isn’t just for the Holiday Season. It’s all year ’round. That’s another thing folks in Catoosa County can be thankful for.

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Hotel where Princess Diana stayed offers package with the same room and food she ate

A hotel where Princess Diana stayed is letting guests recreate her trip, including sleeping in the same suite and eating the same meals as she did.

The British royal stayed at the Drake Hotel in Chicago back in 1996 while visiting the city for a fundraiser for cancer research, and now the hotel has launched a ‘Crowning a Lady’ package to recreate her trip.

We’re talking the same room, the same food and even the option to request the same in-room extras that she did.

Guests who opt for the package will be staying in the aptly named Princess Diana suite; the same suite where the royal herself slept. (At the time it was called the Presidential Suite, but the Drake renamed it after her visit).



a group of people standing in front of a building: Princess Diana arriving at The Drake in 1996 with Martin Lawrence (General Manager at the time)


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Princess Diana arriving at The Drake in 1996 with Martin Lawrence (General Manager at the time)

The 1,500 sq ft suite is seriously luxurious with its own ‘grand entranceway’, a marble foyer, a huge ensuite bedroom and a separate living room and dining area. Oh, and there are some beautiful views over Lake Michigan to be had too.

Then of course there are heaps of glamorous features from velvet furniture to crystal chandeliers – all fitting for a royal of course.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: The suite is the same one where Diana stayed


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The suite is the same one where Diana stayed

The suite has been left exactly as it was decorated and designed when Princess Diana visited, with only some minor renovations to keep it modern.

Nowadays there are plenty of photos of Princess Diana adorning the walls and commemorating her Chicago visit.

Feeling peckish? Guests will get a three-course dinner complete with the same food that Prince William and Prince Harry’s mother enjoyed.



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It’s a pretty glamorous stay

So, what’s on the menu? Starters include mixed field greens, hearts of palm, walnut, chevre croutons and sherry. The mouthwatering main course boasts King Salmon, citrus, asparagus, red pepper, ratatouille, ‘gnocchi romaine’.

As for dessert? Cinnamon biscotti soufflé glace, pear and berries. Oh, and if you fancy a tipple, Princess Diana reportedly opted for a Peach Bellini with her dinner.



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But it’s not just the room and food which will be similar. Guests will also have the option to include plenty of extras in homage to Diana’s original trip.

For example, when she stayed at the Drake, Diana requested a Lifecycle exercise bike and heaps of mineral water. Guests who book the package can also opt to have the stationary bicycle and water combo, just as she did.



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Guests will be able to see her signature in the hotel’s autograph book

Other perks include the option to see Princess Diana’s authentic signature in the hotel’s autograph book, an in-room set-up so you can binge watch all series of Netflix’s The Crown, and a delicious afternoon tea.

The suite will also feature some quirky nods to some of Diana’s reportedly favourite things, such as the perfume Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris, forget-me-not

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