Year: 2020

Everything you need to start cycling: A beginner’s guide

From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn't leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock
From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn’t leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock

If you’re feeling a little restless with your exercise regimen and want to try something new, try cycling.

Not only will it keep you fit, but it’ll also help you get the most out of your time outdoors and explore your local area.

Sam Jones from Cycling UK told The Independent: “Cycling remains one of the best in terms of safely maintaining social distancing.”

Aside from a form of exercise, as lockdown restrictions ease and people start returning to work, cycling is also being encouraged by the government as a better mode of transport – along with driving. It’s a good way to avoid coming into close contact with people as people do on buses, trains and Tubes.

As part of the government’s plans to boost

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Losses Mount For Hotel Owners Burning Through Cash As Recovery Slows

Major U.S. hotel companies lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the spring as they gradually reopened hotels this summer to low demand, and their leaders expect there could be a long road back to profitability. 

The 1 Hotel South Beach at 2341 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach

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The 1 Hotel South Beach at 2341 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach

The hotel industry, by job losses and debt defaults, has been the hardest hit by the pandemic. The biggest owners and operators of hotels have revealed a host of new financial information over the last two weeks as companies release their earnings reports for the second quarter, which includes the nadir of pandemic-related shutdowns.

In addition to the data from April through June, which shows billions of dollars in losses for hotel REITs and brand giants, the companies have shined a light on a discouraging trend that materialized in July. 

A spike in COVID-19 cases across the

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Maddow Blog | State Dept, CDC lift travel advisories, but where are we welcome?

For Americans eager to engage in international travel, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is, the Trump administration is lifting the “Do Not Travel” advisory it issued in mid-March. Reuters reported yesterday:

The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending U.S. citizens avoid all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, and instead issued a raft of high-level warnings for individual countries.

“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice,” the State Department said in a statement.

And what’s the bad news? As USA Today reported the other day, a lot of countries aren’t exactly eager to welcome us.

For the second time this month, the European Union extended its travel ban on Americans

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Wichitan sues travel insurance company over refusal to pay after COVID-19 cancellation

A Wichita woman is suing an online booking website’s travel insurance provider for breach of contract after she says the company refused to refund her more than $3,500 for a Texas vacation she canceled over COVID-19.

Audra Sanchez, in the Aug. 5 lawsuit, said she canceled a week-long family trip to a Rockport, Texas, beach house along the Gulf Coast after her 12-year-old daughter was exposed to the novel coronavirus while playing with a friend on July 13. Sanchez paid $254.53 for a travel insurance coverage plan through CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services when she booked accommodations on May 10 through Austin, Texas-based Vrbo, the lawsuit says.

During a doctor’s appointment the day after the COVID-19 exposure, a physician told Sanchez and her family to quarantine for two weeks. The physician also wrote a letter to the travel insurance company, asking it to “release (Sanchez) from her obligations

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Coolest Cars For Sale On Motorious To Beat The August Heat

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We check out some of the most interesting cars up for grabs right now!

The classic and collector car market is a fantastically diverse tapestry of vehicles from every breed and era. Delving into the classifieds reveals some real gems waiting to find a new home with both enthusiasts and serious collectors alike. Every week we’ll be highlighting the top cars in need of a new home that caught our eye.

1971 Pontiac GTO Convertible Is Rare Poncho Muscle

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A lot of people are going stir crazy sitting in their homes at the moment. And while take a drive in your car provides an out, cruising around is much better in a big vintage convertible like this 1971 Pontiac GTO. If you’ve never seen one of these before or it’s been a long time there’s good reason:

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Taxi and Uber drivers are taking airline passengers to quarantine

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Coronavirus: Stage Four restrictions to further damage economy

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There are concerns new coronavirus clusters could emerge in New South Wales because travellers from Victoria are still being transported to quarantine hotels by taxis and Uber drivers. 

Ben Fordham told listeners on Monday that travellers from flying into Sydney from Melbourne were either taking public transport or were catching cabs to hotels for their 14-day isolation. 

The radio host said: ‘Why do people flying in from the UK get the special bus to hotel quarantine but people from Melbourne choose their own adventure?’ he said.

‘It’s illogical, and it’s dangerous.’

Fordham’s comments come just a day after Victoria declared a ‘state of emergency’ and a 8pm curfew was placed on Melbourne residents, who are now banned from leaving their homes between 8pm and 5am other than for work, care-giving, medical reasons

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U.S. travel warning puts virus-battered Mexico on par with war-torn nations

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department urged citizens on Thursday not to travel to Mexico, despite easing a global travel ban, and warned of the rapid spread of coronavirus in the neighboring nation, in addition to rampant crime and kidnapping.

FILE PHOTO: Mexican paramedic checks the temperature of a traveler as he enters to Ciudad Jurez, Mexico from the United States through the Stanton-Lerdo international bridge to prevent contagion due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ciudad Juarez , Mexico July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

The United States and Mexico have close commercial ties and share the world’s busiest land border, crossed by many of their citizens for work, travel or family visits.

Mexico’s health ministry reported 6,590 new infections and 819 more deaths, taking its virus tally to 462,690 confirmed cases and 50,517 fatalities.

On Twitter, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Christopher Landau, said his country

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NYC Families Brace for Cuomo’s School Reopening Decision Today

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to reopen New York City’s schools is among the most consequential he has had to make in months of grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beyond the risks to public health, at stake is the education of 1.1 million students, the livelihoods of their parents, the working conditions of 235,000 school workers and the ability of thousands of struggling businesses to employ people and survive. The governor has said he would decide on local districts’ plans by Friday.

Officials in the largest U.S. school district have spent the past five months planning for a hybrid schedule in which students would attend school one to three days a week, depending on a building’s capacity. The rest of the time, the district intends to offer online learning. But the split schedule causes as much difficulty as stay-at-home instruction, said Janine Harper, a former Parent-Teacher Association

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Ladder Capital Seeks to Foreclose on Witkoff’s South Beach hotel

Steve Witkoff and the Washington Park Hotel (Getty, Google Maps)

Steve Witkoff and the Washington Park Hotel (Getty, Google Maps)

A lender is seeking to foreclose on the Witkoff Group’s South Beach hotel after it alleges the developer failed to make its July payment on a $45 million loan.

Ladder Capital Finance filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the owner of the 181-room Washington Park Hotel and is seeking to collect the entire loan, along with interest and late fees. Private equity giant Carlyle Group is also a partner in the hotel at 1050 Washington Avenue.

The lawsuit was filed on July 22 in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court and is one of the largest foreclosure lawsuits in South Florida since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The boutique Art Deco hotel reopened in 2016 after an extensive renovation.

Ladder Capital provided the $45 million loan to the hotel in May 2016. The New York-based lender sent the company a letter of default on

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Is It Safe To Go Boating During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

Recreational boating has become a popular activity amid the pandemic. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins via Getty Images)
Recreational boating has become a popular activity amid the pandemic. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins via Getty Images)

With traditional summer activities and travel plans largely on hold, people are seeking safe ways to enjoy the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One popular approach is recreational boating. 

It’s not just your Instagram feed suggesting that boat trips are all the rage this summer. The data backs it up.

“We’ve seen a huge surge in boat rentals,” Jackie Baumgarten, founder and CEO of peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace Boatsetter, told HuffPost. “Without increasing our marketing, Boatsetter recorded our highest ever booking numbers for the month of June. Peer-to-peer rentals were up 74% compared to the same time last year.”

She also noted that Boatsetter listings have increased 40% as people seek to offset the coast of boat ownership during the recession. Meanwhile, demand has spread beyond traditional boating markets like Florida and Southern California

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