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Coronavirus: Merkel slams state premiers over Christmas hotel opening plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel railed against the plans of some regional governments to let hotels open for family visits over Christmas, warning it risked worsening the coronavirus surge sweeping Germany, participants in a party meeting said.

Infection levels rose overnight compared to the same time last week, despite the partial lockdown introduced for November and since extended and tightened in an attempt to control the spread of the virus.

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Merkel and state premiers agreed last week that some partial easing of the lockdown would be allowed to allow families some low-key Christmas celebrations.

But in a video conference of her conservative party’s top leadership on Monday, Merkel said she could not understand the plans of some northern and western states, where the epidemic is less severe, to allow hotels to open to allow far-flung families to get together.

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Meeting participants told Reuters she saw this as particularly risky in large cities and in regions with high infection numbers.

Despite Merkel’s comments, however, the regional leaders have the final say on what happens in their states under Germany’s federal structure.

Her intervention came shortly before a meeting of the “coronavirus cabinet”, at which ministers are expected to discuss further responses to Germany’s greatest public health crisis in a century.

Though Germany has already mobilized unprecedented government aid to help support the economy through the pandemic, ministers warned on Monday that nothing could fully spare companies from the impact.

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“People have to show discipline,” economy minister Peter Altmaier, the architect of the economic response to the pandemic told Deutschlandfunk radio. “We have to do more to reduce social contacts.”

Altmaier added that pandemic aid for companies could not be extended indefinitely.

In an indication of the severity of the pandemic’s economic impact, the percentage of companies using the state-backed furlough scheme rose to 28 percent in November, up from 24.8 percent the month before, the Ifo institute said.

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Nikhil Dwivedi Slams Celebs For Posting Pictures From Maldives Vacation | Calls Them Plain Stupid

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Actor and produced Nikhil Dwivedi slammed Bollywood celebrities who are posting pictures of their Maldives vacation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He agreed with a tweet by journalist Barkha Dutt and said that celebrities are oblivious to the crises across the country and that they are not heartless, but just stupid to be sharing pictures of themselves holidaying.

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“Absolutely. Then we r surprised at the suddenness of the backlash the movie industry receives for unrelated reasons. We r so self-absorbed &so oblivious to what’s around us tht we appear unempathatic. Let me also assure it’s not like they r heartless, none are.. just plain stupid,” Nikhil wrote in a tweet, responding to Barkha Dutt’s tweet.

Barkha had written, “With apology to #Maldives but I just cant bear to see one more sun-kissed, rippled water image from there while our COVID numbers surge & jobs plummet. Its sort of the November version of Banana Bread & Celebrities would be be well advised on the tone-deafness of it.”

In the past few weeks, many celebrities have taken to their social media handles to share glimpses of their Maldives vacation. These include Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Mouni Roy, Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi, Sonakshi Sinha, Rakul Preet Singh, Aadar Jain, Tara Sutaria, Taapsee Pannu and Kajal Aggarwal.

Nikhil tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus last week. In an interview with ETimes, he told that he underwent the test as a precautionary measure. He said that he was asymptomatic and that he is under home quarantine, resting.

Talking about work, Nikhil recently announced his next production, which is going to be a Naagin trilogy starring Shraddha Kapoor.

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Nikhil Dwivedi slams Bollywood stars posting vacation photos from Maldives amid surge in Covid-19 cases: ‘We are so self-absorbed’





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Actor and producer Nikhil Dwivedi feels that Bollywood stars posting pictures of themselves holidaying in the Maldives amid the Covid-19 pandemic is tone-deaf. Many parts of the country, including the capital, continue to witness a spike in new cases which has triggered an unemployment crisis.

Responding to a tweet by journalist Barkha Dutt, Nikhil wrote on Twitter that it might appear that celebrities are heartless, but that is not the case. They are ‘just plain stupid’, he said. “Absolutely. Then we r surprised at the suddenness of the backlash the movie industry receives for unrelated reasons. We r so self-absorbed &so oblivious to what’s around us tht we appear unempathatic. Let me also assure it’s not like they r heartless, none are.. just plain stupid,” he wrote.

Barkha had written, “With apology to #Maldives but I just cant bear to see one more sun-kissed, rippled water image from there while our COVID numbers surge & jobs plummet. Its sort of the November version of Banana Bread & Celebrities would be be well advised on the tone-deafness of it.”



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A number of Bollywood celebrities are currently in the Maldives, including actors Sonakshi Sinha, Rakul Preet Singh, Tara Sutaria and Aadar Jain, and have been sharing glimpses of their beach vacation. Several more had taken off to the island nation in the last few weeks for a quick getaway, including actors Taapsee Pannu, Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Mouni Roy, Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi and Kajal Aggarwal.

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Nikhil tested positive for Covid-19 last week and is under home quarantine. He recently announced his next production, a naagin trilogy starring Shraddha Kapoor.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, he said that the concept of an ichchadhari naagin is not all that outlandish. “I keep giving the example of Spider Man, which is about a college-going boy who gets bitten by a spider and jumps from one building to another. We are equally ready for an ichchadhari naagin. It depends on how you want it to come on screen. Eventually, it is a fantasy. If a Spider Man or a Superman can exist, so can a shape-shifting snake. Twilight is one of the most successful films; it is believable because we know it is a fantasy,” he said, adding that their films will be ‘very contemporary’ and different from what has been made before.

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Best Western CEO slams Congress for being ‘numb’ to the travel industry’s pain and suffering

The hotel industry is crumbling — and Uncle Sam may not be coming to the rescue.



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More than 2 million hospitality jobs have already disappeared during the pandemic. Within the next six months, a stunning 38,000 US hotels could be forced to close, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

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“If we don’t get a vaccine soon and business doesn’t return, it’s going to get much worse,” Best Western CEO David Kong, the industry’s longest-serving CEO, told CNN Business.

Kong, who in March met with President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss federal aid, expressed deep frustration with the leaders of Congress for failing to reach a bipartisan agreement on another round of fiscal stimulus.

“They are just so stuck in their positions. I feel so aggravated by it. Why can’t we work something out?” the Best Western CEO said.

Like many hotels, Best Westerns are owned by franchisees, rather than a deep-pocketed corporation. These Best Western small businesses have cut an estimated 20,000 jobs since the start of the health crisis. That’s on top of the layoffs of 800 corporate associates at the parent company that owns the hotel brand.

“We’re putting them out on the street during a pandemic,” Kong said. “They don’t have a safety net. It’s a very heart-wrenching situation.”

With stimulus talks stalled, leading hotel CEOs wrote a letter to Trump on Thursday pleading for help.

“Your engagement is desperately needed to support struggling businesses, stem the impending wave of foreclosures and save millions of jobs,” the hotel CEOs wrote.

‘There is so much pain and suffering’

Politicians may not feel a sense of urgency to spend trillions more because of the uneven nature of the recession.

Although hotels, airlines, restaurants and cruise lines are in crisis, other parts of the economy are recovering swiftly — or already have. Home prices are soaring. Millions of jobs have been added to the economy. The S&P 500 has raced back to record highs. And companies like Amazon, Zoom and Apple are booming.



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“There is so much pain and suffering, but they’re numb to it because the stock market is doing well and unemployment is below 9%,” Kong said.

Even the deadlock in Congress on another round of fiscal stimulus has failed to deal a meaningful blow to the stock market. The S&P 500 is just 2% away from its early September record high.

“A lot of people would say they don’t understand why the market is seemingly going up and up,” Kong said. “That’s not Main Street. That’s Wall Street. They don’t seem to feel the pain of most businesses.”

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Maura Robson was working full-time at a Holiday Inn in Webster, New York, when the pandemic erupted. The

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Rep. Nadler Slams Trump’s ‘Irrational’ Restrictions on Travel from China to Stop Coronavirus

Rep. Jerry Nadler criticized President Trump for implementing travel restrictions to stop coronavirus as “irrational and doesn’t help the public health.”

LESKO: “Chairman Nadler, you stated just before that the President appropriately used 212(f) authority for the Coronavirus response, but did not —“

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NADLER: “I didn’t say that.”

LESKO: “Oh, you didn’t say that?”

NADLER: “No, I said he’s used it many times appropriately.”

LESKO: “Do you think then that it is appropriate under 212(f) for the COVID-19 response?”

NADLER: “Let me — no, I don’t because it’s — it’s irrational and doesn’t help the public health.”

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