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Regional play gaining steam | High School

If high schools in Eastern Oregon resume competitive events in 2021, the teams might seek to limit their opponents to relatively nearby schools to reduce travel and make it easier to comply with COVID-19 precautions.

This regional approach would prioritize distance between schools rather than whether they’re in the same district or league.

Athletic directors from regional high schools, while in the midst of the series of three “mini-sessions” this fall that allow teams to have practices, also are discussing a regional approach to scheduling for when regular contests begin.

“We believe it is prudent to restrict our travel to schools closer to home, and these schools offer us competitive games for our players,” said Beccy Nordvedt, athletic director at Enterprise High School. “Decreasing the risk of exposures contributes to being able to not only continue to practice and compete, but also helps to keep our doors open for students

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  • October 24, 2020
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Sacha Baron Cohen Dubs Donald Trump a ‘Racist Buffoon’ After President Calls Actor a ‘Creep’

Rachel Luna/Getty Images; MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Sacha Baron Cohen has responded to criticism aimed at him from President Donald Trump following the release of the new Borat sequel, which features the president’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani.

On Friday, Trump told reporters that he thought Cohen was a “phony guy” and “a creep” when asked if he has watched the new Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

“I don’t know what happened. But years ago, you know, he tried to scam me and I was the only one who said no way. That’s a phony guy and I don’t find him funny,” Trump told reporters, according to journalist Steve Herman. “To me, he’s a creep.”

On Saturday, Cohen replied to Trump’s comments by thanking the president for the film’s free marketing and insinuated that Trump would

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  • October 24, 2020
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How the travel industry is building back more responsibly in the wake of coronavirus

On United Nations Day, we look at the companies building back more sustainably (Getty Images)
On United Nations Day, we look at the companies building back more sustainably (Getty Images)

Saturday 24 October marks 75 years since the United Nations officially came into being.

Perhaps it’s apt that this momentous anniversary falls in the midst of a global pandemic – a time when we’re in need of the UN’s tenets of solidarity and multilateralism more than ever.

In an increasingly interconnected world, containing the virus, as well as dealing with the social and economic impacts yet to come, is not something one country can do alone.

“Today, the urgency for all countries to come together, to fulfil the promise of the nations united, has rarely been greater,” says the organisation.

“This anniversary comes in a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with severe economic and social impacts. But it is also a

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  • October 24, 2020
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THE BENJAMIN HOTEL in NYC Announces Halloween Events

THE BENJAMIN HOTEL in NYC Announces Halloween Events

There’s exciting news on the Halloween front at The Benjamin Hotel in NYC – for this year’s Halloween festivities, the hotel has two exciting activities happening:

World-renowned pumpkin carver, Hugh McMahon, will be doing a LIVE pumpkin carving session outside at The Benjamin Hotel (on the corner of 50th and Lexington).

-The live (and socially distant) event will take place on Thursday, October 29th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

McMahon is a world-renowned pumpkin carver, who has partnered with The Benjamin Hotel in NYC to create this live, two hour pumpkin-carving display on October 29th in honor of Halloween festivities. He is an original artist whose talent for carving pumpkins has been featured in many restaurants, events, television segments, magazines, and books throughout the world.

There will also be a social media costume contest, where one person will win a weekend stay at The Benjamin in one of the

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  • October 24, 2020
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Study: Solid data needed to make tough decisions for economic recovery

Teri Ooms, Institute executive director at The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Wilkes University, said The Institute realizes regional leaders will need reliable information, unbiased fact-based analysis, and real-time data to make the tough decisions necessary for a successful economic recovery.

“These decisions will need to be data-driven and The Institute is answering the call,” Ooms said. “Our region needs a well-defined path forward and we strongly believe that a comprehensive COVID-19 data and research initiative will be critical in this process.”

Ooms said studies include research on the economy, workforce, business and industry, local government, education, housing, social services, health and emergency planning are posted or in process.

She said the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Sordoni Family Foundation, and UGI Utilities along with the Luzerne County COVID_19 Emergency Response Fund of The Luzerne Foundation, Scranton Area Foundation’s NEPA COVID-19 Fund and Wells Fargo Foundation are

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  • October 24, 2020
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Behind the White Door: See what awaits | News

A business that started with no money down and one fancy purse has snowballed in seven months into a women’s clothing resale store owned by two friends — both military veterans — who share a love and knowledge of “thrifting.”

Behind the White Door LLC, in Shelocta, is owned by Lisa Krouse-Gayarski, of Indiana, and Lisa Stahl, of Clymer.

Krouse-Gayarski and Stahl, who were neighbors and both single mothers years ago, used to go “thrifting” together to find clothes and “make the best of it,” said Krouse-Gayarski.

Krouse-Gayarski started the business online a week before the pandemic hit, purchasing items that caught her eye at area thrift stores and reselling the merchandise online through Facebook.

Then all the thrift stores closed.

She put the word out online that she was looking for donations, since people were stuck at home and cleaning out their closets but couldn’t offload their items to

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  • October 24, 2020
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‘It feels so good to be back dancing’

Madis Abel and Aleksandra Galkina
Professional dancers and coaches Madis Abel and Aleksandra Galkina moved their teaching online

With the first Strictly Come Dancing live show on UK screens later, Nell Mackenzie looks at how professional ballroom dancers and coaches around the world are continuing to cope with the impact of pandemic restrictions.

When Covid-19 closed the ballroom dance studio where Madis Abel and Aleksandra Galkina practised, it was their first break in eight years.

Mr Abel could finally recover from the hip injury he had sustained months earlier. “Usually, I just have to keep going and going,” says the Estonian.

He and his Russian partner are highly ranked in the world of international standard ballroom dancing. This includes the waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz and quickstep categories.

In a normal year, their 12-hour weekdays at their base in the Estonian capital of Tallinn would see them first practise for three hours, and then spend

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  • October 24, 2020
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How to keep hummingbirds happy and healthy through winter

Originally published Oct. 11, 2017
By Ciscoe Morris, former In the Garden writer

Vintage Pacific NW: Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite stories from some of our favorite former magazine contributors. Check back each week for timeless classics focusing on food, fitness, gardening and more.

WE ARE INCREDIBLY lucky to live in an area of the country where hummingbirds remain year-round. It’s a special treat to watch them perform their aerial acrobatics in all seasons. Hanging a feeder in winter helps attract overwintering hummingbirds and provides extra nourishment.

However, hummingbirds can become dependent on the nectar we provide for survival. If you travel during winter, or for any reason can’t be home to make sure there is fresh nectar available at all times, don’t hang a hummingbird feeder. These little birds can freeze to death in only half an hour if the nectar they are

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  • October 24, 2020
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Expedia Group’s CEO on the future of travel, and why big cities will someday ‘come roaring back’

Peter Kern has been the CEO of Expedia Group since April. (Expedia Photo)

“The day there’s a vaccine announced, that people really believe in, will be our highest booking day in history.”

That was Peter Kern, the CEO of Expedia Group, the Seattle-based online travel giant, speaking this week at the GeekWire Summit.

On this episode of the GeekWire Podcast, we’re featuring highlights from our conversation with Kern about the future of travel and big cities, and his thoughts on virtual travel. Expedia Group includes major travel brands such as vrbo, Orbitz, Hotwire, Trivago, Hotels.com, and Egencia in addition to the flagship Expedia.com.

But we started with the big news of the day, the U.S. government’s antitrust complaint against Google. The case spotlights the difficult position Expedia and many other companies find themselves, competing with Google while simultaneously relying on and paying the search giant to direct customers to their

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  • October 24, 2020
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High school sports might stay closer to home | Sports

If high schools in Eastern Oregon resume competitive events in 2021 the teams might seek to limit their opponents to relatively nearby schools to reduce travel and make it easier to comply with COVID-19 precautions.

This regional approach would prioritize distance between schools rather than whether they’re in the same district or league.

Athletic directors from regional high schools, while in the midst of the series of three “mini-sessions” this fall that allow teams to have practices, are also discussing a regional approach to scheduling for when regular contests begin.

“We believe it is prudent to restrict our travel to schools closer to home, and these schools offer us competitive games for our players,” said Beccy Nordvedt, athletic director at Enterprise High School. “Decreasing the risk of exposures contributes to being able to not only continue to practice and compete, but also helps to keep our doors open for students

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  • October 24, 2020