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Burton Team Snowboarders Reflect On Filming ‘One World,’ Missing Travel And Jake Burton Carpenter’s Legacy

There is little to no dialogue in the minute-and-a-half trailer for Burton’s new snowboarding film, One World, which released Tuesday. There doesn’t need to be.

Burton Team snowboarders hail from countries across the globe, from the U.S., Italy, Canada, Austria, Japan and more. They compete against each other on the World Cup circuit, in the Olympics and in contests like X Games, Dew Tour and Burton U.S. Open.

But when they’re together on their boards, with no medals at stake, none of that matters.

Burton developed and filmed One World to celebrate “the global connection we all share through our love of snowboarding, our respect for the environment and our desire to discover what’s next.”

But little could the 39 riders who filmed over 72 days have understood just how much that global connection would come to mean when the Covid-19 pandemic cut the competitive snowboarding season short and cut Burton Team riders around the world off from one another.

“In a normal year, it’s easy to take all these trips for granted,” says Canada’s Mark McMorris, who won back-to-back X Games gold medals in slopestyle and took bronze in slopestyle at both the 2014 Sochi Olympics and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. “With winter ending early for many of us this year, I really missed the global snowboard community and all the friends I have around the world.”

Many Burton riders hail from the U.S. or Canada and can ride and train together regularly, whether it’s in California, British Columbia or Colorado. For those who live across the world, however, the lockdowns brought about by the spread of Covid-19 delivered a mountain of perspective.

“Being from New Zealand at a time like this has been a crazy thing,” says Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, who won bronze in big air at the 2018 Winter Olympics and the women’s slopestyle title at the 2019 World Championships.

“It has really made me sit back and think about how lucky we are to be able to jump on a plane and get anywhere we like to see family and friends and go snowboarding,” she continued. One World has really made me appreciate the fact that no matter where you are from or where your local resort is, if you’re a snowboarder then you are one of us, part of this awesome community of like-minded people.”

Anna Gasser from Austria, who in 2018 became the first woman to land a cab triple underflip, feels similarly.

“Snowboarding unites us, no matter where we live” she says. “This shared passion makes us all a big family.”

In addition to celebrating the global bond they’ve forged through snowboarding, those involved in making One World also cherished the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Burton founder Jake Burton Carpenter,

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Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel Rooms Revealed at Disney World

Disney World has revealed the first look at their Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel rooms. While theme parks all over the world have been hit hard by the public health crisis, Disney is still looking towards the future and beyond. Even as their California park remains closed, development on the Florida park’s highly anticipated Star Wars Hotel experience has continued on. “This groundbreaking experience is unlike any resort experience you’ve ever seen,” according to Disney, so they want people there as soon as possible.

Disney is promising a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins and all of the exciting action you would expect from the world that George Lucas created. The hotel has been in the works for years, but we have yet to truly see what it looks like in the real world. Now, we have our first look at Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel rooms with a cabin that shows a queen bed with two padded bunk bed “pods” along the wall.

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The images are physical mockups, which give Star Wars fans a real indication of what a stay is going to look like at the hotel. The rooms look a bit compact, which Disney says is for safe space travel. The rooms look pretty simple, but they all come with screens that detail your journey and double as actual, working TV sets. A table can be pulled out from its wall pocket, with stools to sit on beneath it. Construction is still ongoing, so it’s going to be a little bit longer before the world gets a chance to truly experience the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel rooms.

As for staying in one of the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel rooms, that is going to cost some serious credits. There are two different sized rooms. A regular sized cabin, which is pictured in the mockups, and larger Captain’s Quarters cabin. Expected pricing for a 2-night/2-day stay starts at $3,300 for a single person, which is not cheap. With that being said, Disney is promising an unprecedented immersive experience that is not available anywhere else in the world.

The whole idea of the rooms is to make it seem like you’re on a galactic spacecraft. While construction has gone on during the pandemic, it does not look like reservations will go live this year, as was the original plan. Disney could have some magic up their sleeves, but it looks like they might hold out until next year for taking reservations. The economy has been hit hard, and Disney is even seeing losses, so it will be interesting to see how soon all

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Camping World Announces Entry Into North Dakota with Agreement to Acquire Outlet Recreation

Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) (“Camping World”), the nation’s largest network of RV and outdoor lifestyle – centric retail locations, today announced an agreement to acquire the Outlet Recreation dealership based in the Fargo market. This acquisition marks the Company’s first location in North Dakota, with plans for the deal to close in December 2020.

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“We are well-positioned to remain a leader in the RV industry as it continues to evolve,” said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman of Camping World. “The addition of Outlet Recreation in Fargo will allow us to expand our footprint into the state of North Dakota while continuing to deliver a high standard of customer service and integrity in the industry.”

Located in West Fargo, ND off I-94, Outlet Recreation offers a wide range of new and used travel trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes from top manufacturers and brands. This acquisition is in line with the Company’s future growth plans.

“I’m proud of the network that Camping World has built over the last few years, and we are not even close to reaching our potential,” continued Lemonis. “As we enter our 38th state, we are laser focused on being in all 48 continental states by the end of 2021, which will help us execute our goal of selling RVs seamlessly online, to complement our physical retail locations.”

Camping World currently owns and operates over 160 SuperCenters nationwide, specializing in RV sales and service, RV parts and accessories, outdoor lifestyle products and its entire portfolio of Good Sam products and services. From new strategic acquisitions, new store development and facility upgrades, the Company’s network will continue to expand and evolve while serving its customers’ outdoor, RV and camping needs.

Camping World is always looking for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians, and retail support to assist with locations across the country. Individuals interested in applying for a position with Camping World may visit http://www.campingworldcareers.com/.

About Camping World Holdings, Inc.

Camping World Holdings, headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is America’s leading recreational vehicle and outdoor retailer, offering an extensive assortment of recreational vehicles for sale, RV and camping gear, RV maintenance and repair, other outdoor and active sports products, and the industry’s broadest and deepest range of services, protection plans, products and resources. Since the Company’s founding in 1966, Camping World has grown to become one of the most well-known destinations for everything RV, with more than 160 locations in 37 states and a comprehensive e-commerce platform. For more information, visit www.CampingWorld.com.

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Cabins for YOU voted Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Managers in the World

Family Company Lands in Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Managers in the World

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (PRWEB) November 15, 2020

Rentals United released their annual ranking of the world’s Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Managers on October 29, 2020 — and Cabins for YOU, a family company, is proud to be listed among them! The ranking is based on company size, growth speed, and use of technology to manage short-term rentals, as well as pave new paths in the vacation rental industry.

Family-owned and -operated since 2001, Cabins for YOU started with a handful of cabins, a passion for service, and…a basement. Now, we currently manage 445 vacation rentals in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas in Tennessee. We have multiple offices and facilities to provide full-service management, from marketing and web development to housekeeping and maintenance.

It’s our pleasure to help property owners get the most out of their vacation rental properties and create memorable experiences for our guests in the Great Smoky Mountains. Ranking in Rental United’s Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Managers in the World is a huge achievement for any company, let alone a homegrown family business. We’re ecstatic!

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Hong Kong, Singapore establish air ‘travel bubble’ to replace quarantine in ‘world first’

An inaugural “travel bubble” will be launched later this month between Hong Kong and Singapore to reestablish travel links amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.

The plan kicks off on Nov. 22, which would allow leisure travelers from the two cities to fly between each other without having to quarantine, which officials described as a “world first.”

“This policy is not easy to come by,” Hong Kong Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah said during the announcement, according to the South China Morning Post. “Whether the bubble can work and sustain (itself) well will depend on cooperation from all sides, including the participation of residents and their efforts in maintaining social distancing.”


Under the plan, tourists from either city must take nucleic acid tests before their flight, after arrival and before their return to prove they do not have COVID-19.

An inaugural “travel bubble” will be launched later this month between Hong Kong and Singapore to reestablish travel links amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced on Wednesday.  (iStock)

The plan will initially kick off with only one flight a day into each city, with a quota of 200 passengers per flight. Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific will operate alternate flights after the launch day.

The plan would then increase to two flights a day beginning Dec. 7.

Singapore Airlines said Wednesday it would not be using its largest aircraft for the flight relaunch, but that it hopes it would be a “very good pilot” for how to resume international travel.


Earlier this week the airline reported its biggest-ever quarterly loss due to the ongoing impacts on air travel due to the pandemic, the Post reported.

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Officials said the plan will be suspended for two weeks if either Hong Kong or Singapore reports a seven-day moving average of more than five untraceable coronavirus infections.


“While we may be starting small, this is an important step forward,” Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung told reporters. “It will be a useful reference for other countries and regions that have controlled the epidemic, and are contemplating opening their borders.”


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Singapore to Start ‘World First’ Air Travel Bubble With Hong Kong

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong and Singapore will start an air travel bubble that will replace quarantine with Covid-19 testing from Nov. 22, officials said in separate media briefings Wednesday.


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There will be several flights a week on Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. from that date, rising to daily from Dec. 7. A maximum of 200 people will be permitted on each flight and details of the arrangement, released nearly a month after the two Asian hubs first announced they’d reopen their borders to one another, will be reviewed after one month.

Singapore Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung said at a news briefing that this was the first travel bubble of its type and may be used as a template for other countries, if successful. The travel bubble will help ensure a brighter future for the city-state’s Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines, he said.

Travel bubbles are seen as key to reopening borders ahead of the rollout of an effective and internationally recognized vaccine. But they’ve been hard to put into practice as the coronavirus continues to spread or flare again in much of the world. Cases globally have surpassed 51 million while deaths are nearing 1.3 million.

Even the Singapore-Hong Kong arrangement comes with a long list of requirements and some restrictions. Ong said the waiting time for a Covid test would likely be about four hours and fares would be a commercial decision for the two airlines.

“I suspect travelers might well be quite careful in the beginning before they gradually become more confident,” Ong said. “I suspect that many Singaoreans and Hong Kongers will take a wait-and-see attitude until after awhile you can do one test less perhaps.”

Medical Costs

Flying on the travel bubble between the two cities will also require a degree of paperwork. Tests should be taken within 72 hours prior to departure and applications for travel approval should be done online at least seven days ahead of time. Should travelers become Covid positive in either city, they would need to bear the full cost of any medical treatment provided to them.

Read more: Here’s the Flight Schedule for Hong Kong-Singapore Travel Bubble

Shares in Singapore Airlines dipped after the announcement, down 0.5%. Cathay slipped 0.3%. Both carriers rose sharply on Tuesday after a study showing a vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE protects most people from the coronavirus.

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SQ890 SIN-HKG Sunday Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun Mon, Weds, Fri Daily
SQ891 HKG-SIN Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun Mon, Weds, Fri Daily
CX734 SIN-HKG Tues, Thurs, Sat Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun Daily
CX759 HKG-SIN Sunday Tues, Thurs, Sat Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun Daily

Having brought their Covid-19 outbreaks largely under control, Hong Kong and Singapore are eager to prise open their borders and get their economies ticking back to life again. Hong Kong’s total reported infections stand at 5,389, while Singapore’s tally is just over 58,000. That contrasts with many

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World Cinema (WCI) Provides a Total WiFi Connectivity Solution for Newly Launched Long-Term Hotel Concept stayAPT Suites

WCI, the leader in providing innovative technology, services and connectivity to guest-centric properties, and stayAPT Suites, a new hotel concept specializing in long-term lodging, today announced that WCI is providing its new, turnkey, custom-designed wireless connectivity solution ImpruviX for high-speed, secure digital connectivity for stayAPT Suites properties nationwide.

WCI’s ImpruviX provides a robust, secure high-speed connectivity solution for stayAPT Suites, providing WiFi full range secure connections wherever the guest is in the property. WCI’s ImpruviX equipment and software solution provide a quality network within the property, servicing guests and devices. Managed Services includes help desk phone support, advanced services to maintain the network, and tools to help provide excellent user experiences on the network. In addition, WCI has designed, deployed and manages stayAPT Suites’ security cameras throughout the properties.

“stayAPT Suites is a forward-thinking, new hotel concept offering an unprecedented experience in long-term lodging. They were looking for a flexible, knowledgeable partner that understands their business model as a new player, and we are proud to have been selected to provide the complete connectivity solution for this exciting new extended-stay brand. Our goal is to support stayAPT Suites with a long-term flexible solution, ultimately continuing to help with total cost of ownership, as well as support their current and future growth,” said Robert Grosz, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, WCI. “Our mission at WCI is to be our customers’ first choice – a trusted, flexible, single-source business partner, providing the most innovative, customized technology solutions, while offering guests the best in-room entertainment options and endless connectivity experiences.”

“At stayAPT Suites, we provide our guests with what they really want – plenty of space and in-room amenities to truly live comfortably while traveling away from home. WCI stepped in and was able to design and deploy our WiFi system quickly and efficiently,” said Gary A. DeLapp, CEO, stayAPT Suites. “We most appreciate WCI’s ability to partner with us to solve our high-speed internet requirements while keeping our lean, efficient business model in mind. WCI has not only met our expectations, they have exceeded them, and we look forward to a long-term and mutually successful relationship.”

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Mike Pence is taking a vacation in Florida, but he’s not going to Disney World

MIAMI — Being vice president is a tough job. Especially one who has just been voted out of office and is fighting to stay in it.

a person standing in front of a boat: Vice President Mike Pence disembarks Air Force Two at Kinston Regional Jetport Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Kinston, N.C.

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Vice President Mike Pence disembarks Air Force Two at Kinston Regional Jetport Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Kinston, N.C.

So Mike Pence can’t be blamed for wanting a little R&R.

Where is he going? Florida, of course.

The vice president isn’t heading to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach or Disney World near Orlando. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the 61-year-old Indiana native is headed to Sanibel on Tuesday and will stay through Saturday.

Pence has reportedly vacationed in the area before, but not likely when a tropical storm is hanging around.

The vice president’s office didn’t immediately comment Monday about the getaway, so we will have to assume what he’ll do on his trip. We also aren’t sure if his wife, teacher Karen Pence, will be along for the ride.

We can be certain the itinerary will not include soaking up sun on the beach. Unfortunately, the weather on the Gulf Coast isn’t looking too hot. According to local weather reports, Tropical Storm Eta brought heavy rain, high winds and some downed trees to Southwest Florida on Monday.

A forecast for Lee County, where Sanibel is located, shows continuing showers and overall poor conditions through at least Thursday.

“Go ahead and secure anything you may have in your property that may be blown away, an umbrella, furniture, any signage, and just be prepared for about three days of poor weather,” Keith Williams, Sanibel’s director of community services, told TV station Fox 4.

On Saturday, when Pence is set to return home to Washington, D.C., the sun will be back out in Sanibel.


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Neymar to travel for World Cup qualifying despite injury

SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar will come to South America for World Cup qualifying matches despite a groin injury he picked up in a Champions League match for Paris Saint-Germain.

Brazil coach Tite called Flamengo striker Pedro for the matches against Venezuela and Uruguay on Nov. 13 and 17, without removing Neymar from the squad.

Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar said he expects Neymar to be available for the clash at Uruguay “after an intensive week of training” with Brazil in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro.

“We have the chance of recovery for the second match,” Lasmar told Brazil’s soccer confederation website. “We will follow his development closely.”

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said last week it would be “impossible” for Neymar to play for Brazil as he recovered from the injury.

Brazil has already lost four players for the two clashes, including three due to injury — midfielders Philippe Coutinho and Fabinho, and defender Rodrigo Caio.

Defender Eder Militão is out after contracting COVID-19.

Pedro, 23, was called for Brazil once in September 2018, but suffered a serious knee injury that stopped his debut and kept him out of action for months.

After a disappointingly short spell at Fiorentina, he came back to Brazil in the beginning of the year on loan and is now one of the top goal scorers for Flamengo, with eight goals in 13 matches.

Brazil and Argentina lead the South American qualifying group with two wins from two matches.


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My wild night of stand-up comedy at the Libertines’ hotel as the world collapsed

If you’re anywhere between the ages of 28 and 40, chances are you spent a disproportionately large amount of time in your youth rifling through army surplus stores and dusty old vintage shops trying to find the perfect red British army jacket to emulate The Libertines’ iconic look from ‘Up The Bracket’. The band had everything post-Britpop rock’n’roll required at the time: attitude, wall-to-wall bangers and pretty public substance use. Not to mention a rocky relationship with the press and, later, the world’s coolest supermodel dating the lead singer. I’ve gone out with at least three boys in bands just so I could try and pretend I was the Kate Moss to their Pete Doherty.

When NME asked me if I wanted to go and review The Albion Rooms – the Margate hotel they bought in 2016 as ‘band HQ’ and which finally opened this September – I screamed “Yes!” and dug into my wardrobe to see what I still had from 2007 to wear. Then when they said there was a comedy gig on I weedled my way into that, too. Don’t worry: I’m a stand-up comic, I didn’t just want to humiliate myself in front of my musical heroes – I’ll leave the other NME staffers to that.

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The Libertines’ love affair with Margate has been well-publicised, and not just because of that fucking massive full English breakfast Pete wolfed down in 2018. When NME first had a poke around the hotel last month, Carl Barat said that the hotel was a “physical embodiment of the band”, given that they now live across three countries. It might seem an odd move for a rock’n’roll band to open a B&B, but actually, maybe, it’s really cool? They’re keen to show off that there’s more than just beds to sleep in here – there’s a bar, a recording studio and a hidden door to a soon-to-be-built secret bar (but you didn’t hear that from me).

Margate is (sometimes reluctantly) known as Shoreditch-on-Sea on account of the burgeoning art and music scene and influx of Londoners seeking a quick escape. But it’s proper British seaside too: seagulls the size of dogs, vintage shops, old school cafes (pronounced caffs) and arcades as well as vintage theme park Dreamland and the Turner Contemporary gallery. I did a gig at their perfect tiny theatre (The Tom Thumb) last year and instantly fell in love with the place. I didn’t see a Pret the whole time.

The Albion Rooms stands out against the rest of the terraced houses it’s lodged between on account of being painted completely black and with a red neon sign. Inside the decor is typically rock’n’roll, but who knows how many tins of black paint they had to get through to do the whole thing. Anarchic, colourful art adorns the walls and the red carpets only add to the feeling that you’re in a goth’s wet dream.

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We’re given The Loft to stay in,

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