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‘Please don’t’ travel for Christmas, Gov. Whitmer tells Michiganders

With Thanksgiving behind us and the leftover stuffing nearly gone, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is already eyeing the next holiday on the horizon and how it could contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan.

“We all know the next two months are going to be hard. Too many people traveled for Thanksgiving. And we will see our numbers increase, very likely, because of it. And that will coincide with the next big holiday, Christmas. Too many people are considering traveling and I’m reiterating: please don’t,” Whitmer said in a press conference on Tuesday.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services put in place a three-week “pause” that limited in-person gatherings to between two households, stopped sports and in-person instruction for high school students and closed dine-in service at restaurants.

Related: Here’s what changes in Michigan under new COVID-19 restrictions, in place for 3 weeks

Those restrictions are scheduled to last until Dec. 8.

Asked by MLive if she was considering extending the pause, Whitmer said nothing was predetermined and it was too early to say, but she would be consulting health experts and examining data in the coming days.

Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said experts are “cautiously optimistic,” given the latest data, that more people started wearing masks, not gathering and maintaining six feet of distance from one another in early November.

The test positivity rate is down from 14% on Nov. 16 to 13% now, she said. The case rate is at 608 cases per million people and has been declining over the past week.

However, she is watching for an increase stemming from the Thanksgiving holiday.

“That is one thing that I am very concerned about, is that people may have gathered or traveled over the Thanksgiving break. Any increases in cases from the Thanksgiving holiday we would not expect to see for two to three weeks in our data,” Khaldun said.

She encouraged those who did gather over Thanksgiving to isolate as much as possible for 14 days and wear masks around others.

According to holiday guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, virtual holiday gatherings pose the lowest risk.

The CDC recommends anybody with COVID-19, with COVID-19 symptoms, waiting for COVID-19 test results, may have been exposed to somebody with COVID-19 in the last 14 days or is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 does not participate in any in-person gatherings.

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Hotel Worker Tells Angry Customer Her Job Is to ‘Listen to You Complain at Me’ in Viral Video

A hotel worker told an angry customer that her job was to listen to her complain in a viral video.

The video—titled “angry karen pt 2″—was posted on TikTok on Saturday night. Apparently uploaded by the person working the hotel’s front desk, the caption said “someone’s angry Karen grandma yelling at me without a mask.”

The video soon went viral and has since racked up more than 800,000 views and more than 80,000 likes on the platform.

It appears the customer in the clip was complaining about the hotel’s limited service during the coronavirus pandemic. It was not immediately clear where the incident took place, but at one point, the customer indicates that it was in a Comfort Inn.

“I already explained that we don’t do daily servicing because of COVID. If you can’t accept that, that’s too bad,” the employee is heard telling the woman. “I don’t know what you want me to do ’cause I can’t do nothing about it.”

When the woman complains about the lack of toilet paper, the worker replies: “I can give you toilet paper, but I can’t do anything else.”

The customer continues to express her annoyance, saying: “It’s not my job for me to come and pick it up, it’s your job, the hotel’s job, okay?”

“No, my job is to be front desk and listen to you complain at me, so I’m doing my job,” the employee responds.

The customer appears stunned at the response.

“Unbelievable,” she says, later adding: “It is a shame, I have never in my entire life, in a Comfort Inn, have never gotten this type of…”

The TikTok user and Comfort Inn have been contacted for comment.

The same TikTok user posted a video featuring the same customer last week.

A title card for that video said the customer had complained for around 15 minutes. In that clip, it appeared the customer was demanding a refund and asking the employee to call her manager.

“We understand that you cannot deal with us. It’s obvious that you don’t have the capacity, okay?” The customer tells the employee in the video. “Can you call somebody?”

The employee replies: “I will not call my manager on her day off.”

The customer then tells her “that’s what managers are for, because you don’t have management authority.”

“Okay, but I have the authority to stand here and listen to what you’re saying, so like I don’t know what you want from me,” the employee tells her. “I’m not going to give you a refund because you still stayed here.”

The customer continues to vent, adding: “We’re not staying here, we’re telling you! We’re not staying in the darn room… only a dirty a** person will stay in a nasty a** bed without toilet paper.”

“I can give you toilet paper,” the employee tells her.

The clip is captioned: “She ended up staying bc I gave her toilet paper and coffee.”

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Quarantine Aussie tells of hotel ‘debacle’ | The Canberra Times

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A returned Australian quarantining in a COVID-19 hotel in Adelaide has told of feeling “a bit like a leper” and of being treated “worse than prisoners” after being forced to endure four weeks in isolation. Alex Tweedie has been in the Peppers Hotel since arriving from South Africa late in October. She had been due to leave and return to Victoria earlier this month, but was told she had to stay another two weeks when a security guard at the hotel tested positive for the virus, triggering a cluster of cases. She described a shocking lack of communication from health officials in the reasons for her second stint in quarantine and said she was yet to receive written confirmation she would not be charged for the extra two weeks. Ms Tweedie said she, and other guests, were also concerned over what the problems surrounding the Peppers Hotel would mean for them when they returned to their home states. “It makes you feel a bit like a leper in all honesty,” she told an SA parliamentary inquiry on Friday. “I’ve had six tests, all of which were negative. There’s no threat to society as far as I’m concerned. “And there is going to be that same problem when we’re all going away on Monday. “How are people going to think about (us) when we return to our homes.” Ms Tweedie said she had three flights from South Africa cancelled before she eventually made it back to Australia in a process which she began in June. She told the inquiry that Australians returning from all over the world during the pandemic had been left to feel like second-rate citizens, prompting feelings of rejection from both the federal and state governments. While in quarantine she said there were people with food allergies being served meals they could not eat and, in her own case, the vegetarian diet provided was lacking in iron and protein. But she said the biggest problem with the issues surrounding the Peppers Hotel was a lack of communication with more information available through social media and the mainstream media than from authorities. “This lack of communication has been the biggest downfall in the whole debacle,” she said. “Lack of communication allows for false information and mistrust and that’s exactly what’s happened. You’ve lost our trust. “For nearly a week, we were not given a departure date, when we would be retested. “Essentially, during our additional quarantine, we were treated worst than prisoners.” Australian Associated Press


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204 tourism, hotel operators shut down since March, Tourism Minister tells Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A total of 204 tourism and hotel operators have closed their businesses since March this year due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and enforcement of the movement control order (MCO), says Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

The Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister said based on data released by the Companies Commission of Malaysia, the number comprised 109 entities in the hotel sector including hotels, resorts, motels, homestays and chalets, while 95 others were tourism agencies and tourism activities operators.

“Thirty-two out of 109 entities from the hotel sector and 38 out of 95 tourism agencies were ordered to close by the courts or they closed voluntarily, ” she told the Dewan Rakyat Monday (Nov 23).

She was responding to a question from Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (BN-Machang), who had asked the number of hotels and tourism companies that had gone bankrupt since the enforcement of the MCO until Oct 31 and whether the ministry would undertake initiatives to ensure hotel operators and tourism companies could bear operating costs until the economy reopens.

Nancy said the ministry would study the matter and hold discussions with other government agencies and related associations to identify the issues and find solutions.

However, she said the ministry had also approved new licence applications from 135 tourism companies and operators during the same period.

Meanwhile, Nancy said the ministry planned to ask for about RM50mil in development allocation for the Sungai Batu archaeological site in Kedah under the rolling plan of the 12th Malaysia Plan for 2021.

“Last September, the ministry’s officers visited the archaeological site with Economic Planning Unit officers and explained the long-term plan and development allocation required, ” she said to a supplementary question from Nor Azrina Surip (PH-Merbok) on the previous withdrawal of the allocation for the archaeological site. – Bernama

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A home which tells the story of its owners’ love of heritage, travel and toys, Home & Design News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – “It is important your home reflects your character,” say owners Lindy Lin and Denice Chua of this five-room Housing Board flat in Jurong West. And theirs, filled with vintage souvenirs from their travels, toys and other mementoes, does exactly that.

The owners, who are in their 30s, called on Ms Carmen Tang, design director of home-grown boutique design studio Wolf Woof, to create a cosy abode that caters to their differing preferences: a love of a lighter palette versus a penchant for punchy hues and black accents.

A key feature is the decorative cement breeze-block at the entrance that pays homage to Ms Lin’s Peranakan heritage on her grandmother’s side. Beyond it is the kitchen with glass accordion doors that let light in, lend a sense of openness and keep cooking fumes away from the rest of the home.

The combined living and dining area is spacious but irregularly shaped. Interestingly, its angles gel smoothly with the eclectic, playful vibe of the decor.

“Working around the odd layout was one of the main challenges,” Ms Tang points out. “Built-in furnishings were kept minimal to keep the place from feeling cramped.”

Thoughtfully placed furniture and a divider help demarcate the different areas in the open layout of the 1,185 sq ft home. The pair moved in after a three-month renovation, which set them back by $62,000, including the furniture.

The neutral base palette is punched up with a cheerful mix of patterned rugs, bright cushions, movie posters and shelves of toys.

One’s gaze is instantly drawn to a sculptural wooden swing chair from shopping website Taobao that sits in one of the home owners’ favourite spot.

The home is also brimming with vintage finds, including an old projector that used to belong to a relative , a red letterbox from an antique shop in Haji Lane and an antique Siemens Brothers & Co telephone on the wall.

“I bought that from London’s Portobello Road Market in 2013 and it still works. The customs officer thought it was a bomb as I’d stuffed it into my backpack,” recalls Ms Lin, a corporate sales manager, with a laugh.

What was previously a walkway with a built-in wardrobe that led to the master bedroom is now a cosy study that provides the pair with more opportunities to showcase their massive toy collection in two display cabinets.

The new master bedroom is dressed in soothing mint and light wood, and is simply but tastefully furnished with a curated selection of quirky finds, including a superhero robot-inspired lamp from Kickstarter.

When it comes to building a home you love, the owners say: “It is important to be on the same page as the designer. You also have to be prepared to scrap things that aren’t cost-effective and be flexible. We were initially into the mid-century modern look, but changed things up to fit our tastes.

“Talk to your partner and be open to ideas. If you’re stubborn, you’ll wind up with a home that

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Rudy Giuliani had an ex-cop guarding the door in that Borat hotel scene, Sacha Baron Cohen tells Colbert

Borat showed up to taunt Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, but Stephen Colbert got to interview Sacha Baron Cohen on Monday’s Late Show. And Cohen had some new details about Borat Subsequent Moviefilm‘s most infamous scene, where Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, puts himself in a compromising position with a young actress playing Borat’s daughter, Tutar.

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Giuliani “has denied that he was actually doing anything untoward toward this girl, this 24-year-old woman playing your 15-year-old daughter,” Colbert said. “Do you have anything to say to Rudy Giuliani about going into a bedroom with a supposedly teenage girl to drink whisky and zip your pants up and down?” Cohen noted that Giuliani “said that he did nothing inappropriate, and you know, my feeling is if he sees that as appropriate, then heaven knows what he’s intended to do with other women in hotel rooms with a glass of whisky in his hand.”

Cohen explained that while the actress, Maria Bakalova, was in the hotel room with Giuliani, he was hiding in a custom-built box in the wardrobe, unable to see but supposed to be getting updates from his producer based on the cameras hidden in the room. “You don’t want Maria left alone with Giuliani,” Colbert suggested, and Cohen said Giuliani thought he was alone with her. “He brought a cop with him, an ex-policeman, and the policeman does a sweep of the entire hotel suite,” he explained, and then Rudy’s security guard left and “sits outside the room, ensuring that no one could come in and out — which is actually more scary when you think about it, for her.” Things got even dicier when he turned on the phone, Cohen said.

Cohen also recounted what really happened when he interviewed Trump as another of his alter-egos, Ali G, and showed unreleased footage of Borat narrowly escaping a gun-rights rally after being recognized by undercover Black Lives Matter activists. Watch below.

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