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Cuomo: Make hard but smart choice not to travel or gather

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor and New York City’s mayor made one more plea Tuesday for people to abandon plans for in-person Thanksgiving festivities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo donned a turkey-themed face mask at a press conference on Long Island, where he confirmed he has decided not to celebrate Thanksgiving with his 89-year-old mother in person. He had initially said he planned to do so Monday.

“I didn’t want to disappoint my mother,” he said. “89 years old, she’s thinking how many Thanksgivings will I get, you start to think that way. But it’s hard. But sometimes hard is smart.”

Cuomo said New Yorkers who avoid Thanksgiving gatherings could help control the spread of the coronavirus as hospitalizations surge.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals increased to about 2,900 patients, which is almost one and a half times the number hospitalized on Nov. 1.

New York has reported an average of about 5,500 new coronavirus cases per day over the last seven days, up 70% from two weeks ago.

New York City Sheriff Joe Fucito said he is setting up vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings throughout New York City, as well as at curbside stops for buses entering and leaving the city. Deputies will advise travelers of quarantine rules.

He cited potential fines of $1,000 a day for people who violate travel rules, though officials have previously acknowledged that enforcement mostly works on the honor system.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said air travelers leaving from the JetBlue terminal at Kennedy Airport will be given a test kit that they can administer themselves under a partnership with the airline.

But he urged travelers to stay home instead.

“Unless there’s a really, really crucial reason, don’t travel,” he said. “It’s just going to only add more exposure to this disease, more chance that you might get it, your family might get it, it might be brought back here inadvertently.”

Cuomo criticized several sheriffs in upstate New York who have said it is impossible to enforce a recent executive order that banned indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people at private residences.

“That is a frightening precedent,” Cuomo said Tuesday. “What if they don’t agree with anti-discrimination laws? What if they don’t agree with domestic violence laws? … I’m not interested in your political opinion. Enforce the law.”

Some sheriffs have argued that Cuomo hasn’t made it clear exactly how law enforcement can enforce his rules on private gatherings.

“Instead, we are faced with an unenforceable dictate issued without any consultation with law enforcement or the public as to enforceability,” the New York State Sheriffs’ Association said in a Monday statement.

Meanwhile, Fucito said his office will be concentrating on enforcing bans on large-scale gatherings.

One fine that has been given out is to the organizers of a large gathering in a Brooklyn synagogue, after reports that thousands of unmasked people attended a secret wedding there earlier this month.

De Blasio said a fine

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Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar look smart yet stylish as they return from their vacation

Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar took millions of their fans and the telly world by surprise when they announced their engagement a few weeks ago. Since then the couple have been soaking in all the love and wishes coming their way. Pinkvilla had exclusively revealed that the couple will be tying the knot next month in a grand ceremony at one of the city’s five-star hotels. However, ahead of their big day, Gauahar and Zaid decided to steal some quality time and head to Dubai for a vacation. 

While their Dubai holiday was quite a success and their Instagram pictures are proof, the couple were snapped at the airport on Monday morning as they returned from their mini vacay. Gauahar and Zaid looked super smart and stylish as both of them chose comfortable athleisure outfits. 

While Zaid opted for a printed co-ord set, Gauahar made for quite a picture in her powder blue athleisure co-ord set. She also accessorised her look with a black sling bag. The couple wore the mandatory masks but obliged to smile for the paparazzi without it as well. 

Take a look at Gauahar and Zaid’s airport photos: 

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Pinkvilla’s exclusive report reveals that Gauahar and Zaid will tie the knot on Christmas Day with the wedding festivities beginning on December 22. According to the source, only family members and close friends will attend the functions owing to the COVID-19 crisis. 

ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar to tie the knot in ITC Maratha on December 25

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Trump says report that he failed to pay $287M debt tied to failing hotel shows he’s a “smart guy”

Donald Trump; Chicago Trump International Tower
Donald Trump; Chicago Trump International Tower

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This article originally appeared here on Salon.com

President Donald Trump had $287 million in debt forgiven by his lenders after failing to repay loans tied to his Chicago hotel and other projects, according to a new report.

Trump’s federal income tax returns obtained by The News Times showed that most of the debt was tied to Trump International Hotel & Tower — “another disappointment in a portfolio filled with them.”

Lenders gave Trump years of extra time to repay the debt, and Deutsche Bank even loaned him $99 million — more than previously known — to pay off his $99 million debt to another division of the bank, according to The Times. But Trump still did not repay the debt, and lenders ultimately forgave much of what he owed.

The New York Attorney General’s Office is now investigating the debt forgiveness as part of a larger probe into Trump’s company, according to the report. The IRS considers canceled debts as income, but Trump, who paid no federal income tax for years, appears to have paid no taxes on the funds.

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Alan Garten, the Trump Organization’s chief legal officer, denied any impropriety.

“These were all arm’s length transactions that were voluntarily entered into between sophisticated parties many years ago in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis and the resulting collapse of the real estate markets,” he told the outlet.

But Trump publicly insisted that he had made a “great deal” with his lenders in order to avoid having to cover his hotel’s losses.

“I was able to make an appropriately great deal with the numerous lenders on a large and very beautiful tower” he tweeted. “Doesn’t that make me a smart guy rather than a bad guy?”

When Trump set out to build the tower in 2001, he arranged for two of his LLCs to borrow more than $700 million for the project, according to The Times. Most of the money came from Deutsche Bank, which was one of the few lenders willing to do business with Trump after a series of bankruptcies and defaults.

The bank agreed to lend the LLC $640 million after Trump said that his daughter Ivanka would be in charge of the project, according to the outlet. Trump personally guaranteed $40 million of the loan.

Another firm, a hedge fund called the Fortress Investment Group, agreed to loan Trump an additional $130 million, which he would pay back once the first loan was repaid. Lenders could seize the building if Trump defaulted under the terms of the agreement, according to the report.

Deutsche later sold off parts of the loans to overseas banks, while Fortress sold off parts of the loans to other equity and hedge funds, including Dune Capital Management, which was then run by now-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Trump was projected to earn income from the

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