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Oh, what a year it has been! What a year it has been, Virgo! Today, you’re being called to look into the rearview mirror and gauge your progress. Take a moment to understand the methods that have and haven’t worked, because making the same mistake twice does *not* look good on you. Monday finds you getting your groove on, hustling hard, and calling all the right opportunities into your yard, Scorpio. It’s true that there have been some losses lately. It’s also true that not everything is going as per your plan. But, with ‘lemons to lemonade’ as your mantra, you managed to pull through *and* experience some breakthroughs too! 





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This Week with the Crimson Tide: December 27-January 2, 2022


Somehow, someway, we are entering the year 2022 this week. Which, of course, means an action-packed week for Alabama athletics. 

Alabama men’s and women’s basketball will enter SEC play after a long stretch of non-conference games. Oh yeah, and Alabama football will play in the semifinal of the College Football Playoff. 

Things will look a little different this week in Texas for Alabama football, as more COVID-19 regulations have been implemented regarding the current situation of the virus. Nevertheless, the team will begin their travel on Dec. 26. 



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December 24 Outdoors Digest Calendar Fishing Hunting reports tip


Calendar

Through Dec. 29 – Oklahoma dove season second split.

Through Jan. 2 – Texas North Zone second split of dove season.

Through Jan. 2 – Texas North Zone general whitetail season.

Through Jan. 2 – General whitetail season in Grayson and Collin Counties with the means and method of take restricted to lawful archery and crossbow gear.

Through Jan. 15 – Oklahoma archery deer season.

Through Jan. 16 – Texas South Zone general whitetail season.

Through Jan. 30 – Texas North Zone duck season second split.

Through Jan. 30 – Oklahoma Zone 2 duck season second split.

Through Jan. 31 – Texas woodcock season.

Through Feb. 15 – Oklahoma quail season.

Through Feb. 27 – Texas quail hunting season.

Jan. 4 – Monthly meeting of the Red River Fly Fishers at the Rec Hall at Eisenhower State Park. For information, visit www.rrff.org .

Jan. 7 – Second TPWD trout stocking at Denison’s Waterloo Lake Park Pond.

Jan. 8 – 15th annual City of Denison Howard Caylor Trout Derby at Waterloo Lake Park Pond. For information, call (903) 465-2720 (extension 2034) or visit the city of Denison’s website at http://www.cityofdenison.com/parksrec .

Jan. 30 – Third TPWD trout stocking at Denison’s Waterloo Lake Park Pond.

Feb. 1 – Monthly meeting of the Red River Fly Fishers at the Rec Hall at Eisenhower State Park. For information, visit www.rrff.org .

Feb. 5 – 2022 Red River Fly Fisher’s “Red River Rendezvous” at the Rec Hall at Eisenhower State Park.

Feb. 26-27 – 5th annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival at the Mesquite Convention Center. For information, visit https://txflyfishingfestival.org.

Feb. 27 – Fourth TPWD trout stocking at Denison’s Waterloo Lake Park Pond.

Feb. 27 – TPWD trout stocking at Sherman’s Pebblebrook Community Park Pond.

Notes

On this Christmas Eve morning, allow the Herald Democrat Outdoors staff to wish you, your family, and your friends a very Merry Christmas! And thanks for reading!…Since 2012, the Game Warden Peace Officer’s Association has been working to relocate its memorial from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens to the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. According to a TPWD news release, the life-size bronze figure of a Texas Game Warden stands to honor the Texas game wardens that have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as serving as a reminder of the enduring legacy of wardens across the Lone Star State. “The Association saw this as a necessary move since other memorials—specifically peace officer memorials—are housed on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol,” said Game Warden Peace Officer Association president and current Texas game warden Major Quint Balkcom, in the release. “Housing the memorial on Capitol grounds would also serve a larger audience, many who have never interacted with a Texas game warden. This is an educational opportunity to learn more about our history and our critical conservation efforts.” When the Game Warden Peace Officer’s Association took the reins of this project, they also facilitated the necessary funding and legislative efforts required for relocation according to TPWD. After multiple attempts, a 2017 resolution in support of the project passed through both chambers of the Texas legislature. And last week’s hearing of the State Preservation Board cleared any remaining logistical hurdles that had stalled relocation. “This is an incredible step in the right direction,” said Colonel Chad Jones, director of law enforcement for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “The fallen wardens this memorial honors aren’t just the wardens of the past. Some of them were my friends and colleagues. Placing the memorial at the Capitol ensures their sacrifices will be remembered daily by the leaders, residents, and visitors to this state.”…TPWD notes that despite overcoming monumental hurdles, the memorial still faces an uphill battle to reach its final home. “Now that the project has received final approval from the State Preservation Board, we have moved into the planning phase of relocation which will be a lengthy process as well,” said Balkcom in the news release. “Ordering the granite for a new pedestal and physically moving the memorial takes months to plan and perform, but I am thrilled the project is one step closer to its new home and honoring our fallen family the way it was intended.” Balkom also added that an updated sculpture will be replacing the memorial in Athens in the future…Did you know? As the state’s only conservation law enforcement agency, TPWD’s game wardens patrol a vast network of waterways across Texas, respond to natural disasters, and oversee hunting and fishing regulations statewide. Through the agency’s 125 year history, a total of 19 Texas game wardens have lost their lives while serving the people of Texas…ODWC reports that the Sooner State’s 2021 holiday antlerless deer gun season opened up in specific zones on Dec. 18 and runs through Dec. 31. And once again, the agency is reminding everyone that “Hunters in the Know … Take a Doe!” …ODWC says that every hunter who participates in the holiday season may harvest two bonus antlerless white-tailed deer, even if the hunter has already harvested the maximum aggregate limit of six deer for all other current deer seasons…The holiday season in Oklahoma runs 14 days in all open zones, providing ample time for hunters to get out and help manage the state’s deer herd by increasing the antlerless deer harvest…Dallas Barber, big game biologist for ODWC, is hoping hunters will respond and help create a more balanced buck-to-doe ratio in the state’s deer population…ODWC notes that it’s big game biologists have a goal for overall antlerless harvest between 40 and 45-percent for all seasons combined. Heading into this year’s holiday season, so far, only about 37-percent of the statewide deer harvest in 2021 has been antlerless deer. So, Barber is hopeful the holiday season will push antlerless harvest over the agency’s 40-percent goal…Why is such a higher antlerless harvest necessary? ODWC says that it yields several benefits including an improved buck-to-doe ration, which brings a healthier overall herd in the state; promotes better antler growth by reducing competition for forage; prevents localized deer overpopulation; reduces the potential for damaging and potentially deadly deer/vehicle collisions; and lessens the extent of potential crop depredation problems across the state’s agricultural lands…

Hunting Reports

Despite this being Christmas Eve, most reports indicate that hunting is slow over much of the Red River Valley due to the unusually mild weather here and to the north…On the whitetail hunting front, there have been few if any recent reports of bucks being tagged by archers in Grayson County…On the duck hunting front, Dakota Stowers and his North Texas Outfitters are still putting clients on mixed bag hunts in southern Oklahoma, but he admits that many are having to work hard to find huntable concentrations of birds on area tanks and small lakes…There’s no recent update on quail hunting in Texas and Oklahoma, nor is there any report on woodcock hunting in East Texas, where the season for timberdoodles opened up a few days ago…Looking for a good, different hunt with family and friends over the Christmas holidays? Then don’t forget that the second split of dove season continues in Oklahoma through Dec. 29 and in the Texas North Zone through Jan. 2…Also, don’t overlook small game hunting options for rabbits and squirrels in North Texas. Check the TPWD website for full details and regulations…While deer hunting is slow as the season winds towards its conclusion on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, don’t forget that several of Grayson County’s biggest bucks have been tagged over the holidays and in the final few days of the season…Right now, hunting food sources is your best option unless a yearling doe proves the secondary rut is true and a buck chases her through a bottleneck area in front of your stand…Buck sightings might be slow in the unusually warm weather, but you can’t tag a whopper whitetail sitting in front of the Christmas tree!…

Fishing Reports

As Christmas weekend arrives at Lake Texoma, the water remains lightly stained, the water temp is 56 degrees, and the lake is 1.21-feet low. While there probably won’t be much fishing as families gather for the Dec. 25th holiday and travel far and wide across the state. But for those who do get out in the mild weather conditions, the current striped bass fishing at Lake Texoma is rated as excellent according to guide John Blasingame of Adventure Texoma Outdoors. He tells TPWD in its weekly fishing report that stripers are good in the main lake on Alabama-rigs, with the larger fish biting on swimbaits tossed around structure. The dead stick bite is also producing as jolly old St. Nicholas flies into town tonight.…At Lake Ray Roberts, site of the 51st Bassmaster Classic earlier in the year, TPWD says that crappie are good on main lake brush piles in 20-30 feet of water on minnows. The agency says that the bigger slabs remain in the Buck Creek area in the standing timber around 20-foot depths, with bait suspended in the 10-12-foot range…At Lake Fork, where water is being steadily drawn to reduce the lake level for work on the dam, water is lightly stained; water temps are 62-64 degrees; and the lake is 4.36 feet low and falling. Fork guides Jason Hoffman and Marc Mitchell tell TPWD that largemouth bass are good using suspending jerkbaits along drop-offs and ditches in 6-10-feet of water. Slow rolling spinnerbaits are also working in these same areas work also. The veteran Fork guides also note that Viper XP jigs in black and blue are also working against big timber found along the creeks and ditches in 7-10-feet of water. Finally, Shakyheads are also working in these areas with a four-inch Ring Fry as the bait. The guides say good luck and Merry Christmas to all! Meanwhile, the crappie bite at Lake Fork is good between the 154 and 515 bridges on creek channels according to Jack Wiggins of Jack Wiggins Guide Service. He tells TPWD that the slabs are feeding up on bait, so they are shad and happy! The Fork guide says to fish deep in 45-55-feet of water with fish suspended around 20-30-foot depths, with the best action on top of the timber with minnows…At the Blue River, ODWC says that rainbow trout are good on in-line spinnerbaits, PowerBait and spoons cast along channel braids and rocks. In-line spinnerbaits and spoons have been working the best for catching trout, especially in metallic colors slowly retrieved just off the bottom. For fly fishers, try small streamer patterns, midges, and nymphs. ODWC says that trout are hugging the bottom and are in deeper pools because of how clear the water is and the lack of stream flow in the gathering drought conditions… If you’re heading for the Texas Gulf Coast over the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, Galveston Bay in the Houston area is one place to consider. TPWD quotes Capt. David Dillman of Galveston Bay Charter Fishing as saying that there are plenty of sheepshead around structures such as pier pilings, oyster reefs, and rocks. He says that live shrimp is the best bait for sheepshead right now. Meanwhile, speckled trout and redfish are being caught on the shorelines around Eagle Point and April Fool Point. In the jetties, fishing is the same song and dance according to the guide. Bull reds are also being caught on the bottom by anglers using fresh dead shad and crabs. A few oversized black drum are also mixed in. Anglers throwing live shrimp against the rocks are catching slot reds and sheepshead too…At Rockport, Damian Hubbs of Mathis Bait Company tells TPWD that redfish are good in 2-4-feet of water in sand pockets on gold spoons and cut bait. Speckled trout are good in 2-4-feet of water on Bass Assassins and topwaters fished early. Black drum are good on dead shrimp fished near drains on an outgoing tide. And flounder are good on Berkley’s Gulp baits fished on the edge of channels…At South Padre Island, Capt. Lou Austin tells TPWD that there is a good mix of redfish and speckled trout when anglers find them and can stay with them. Redfish have been really soft in their bite on live shrimp under popping corks and for those anchored and using cut mullet. The guide says that a good place to look for redfish is around the gas wells and near Three Islands. He’s also heard of a good bite in the Arroyo for those using cut mullet. Some are catching a lot of sand trout and some whiting too and sheepshead are being caught around the jetties and both causeways. Finally, Capt. Austin says be safe out there on the water since it’s gotten cold and Merry Christmas!…

Tip of the Week

As the city of Denison gets ready to celebrate the city’s Sesquicentennial Celebration next year, D-Town is getting ready to host the 15th annual Howard Caylor Trout Derby early in 2022. This upcoming event will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at Waterloo Lake Park Pond according to Andrew Means of the city’s Parks and Rec Department. Look for more details soon; call (903) 465-2720 (extension 2034) during business hours; or visit the city of Denison website at www.cityofdenison.com/parksrec .



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The 2022 Hotlist: nominations close 23rd December


BTN Europe's 2022 Hotlist

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Nominations for BTN Europe’s 2022 Hotlist – the annual rundown of the people, places, products and trends making their mark on the business travel industry – close on Thursday 23rd December.

Who’s driving change or leading business travel’s recovery? Which companies or products are turning heads? And what travel trends are going to punctuate the year ahead?

There’s no limit to the number of nominations you can put forward – just complete the short form below and tell us why you think they should make the list. Nominations close on 23rd December.

The 2022 Hotlist is ultimately based on a combination of nominations, the opinions of a panel of judges that includes previous ‘Hotlisters’, and the insight of BTN Europe’s editorial team.

More than 200 nominations were lodged for The 2021 Hotlist. Among developments highlighted were digital health passes and new travel risk management standard ISO31030; trends earmarked to gain traction included industry consolidation, sustainability and working from anywhere; Thrust Carbon, Festive Road and Shep were among companies receiving a nod; and industry leaders singled out for praise includied the BTA’s Clive Wratten, Advantage’s Julia Lo-Bue Said and bp travel manager Richard Eades.

The 2022 Hotlist will be published in late January.



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Corporate E-note – December 2021 | Burr & Forman


Resources

South Carolina Business License Reforms Go Into Effect January 1, 2022

South Carolina businesses have historically been subject to business license taxes on their gross income that vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The South Carolina Business License Tax Standardization Act (the “Act”) was enacted in 2020, but the effective date was generally delayed until January 1, 2022. The Act should greatly simplify the previous complex and burdensome state business license tax regime. The Act creates uniformity by establishing a formal appeals process for taxpayers, setting one standard 12-month filing period (May 1st to April 30th), requiring one standard application established by the Director of the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office (RFA), requiring RFA to establish one standard class schedule by Dec. 31st of every odd year, and establishing a payment portal businesses can voluntarily use to pay any business license taxes owed. To read the full article, click here. By: Jeffrey T. Allen and John F. Wall, IV

Seminar Recording: SC Business License Tax Reforms

On December 9th, John Wall of Burr & Forman and Scott Slatton of the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) gave a summary of the South Carolina Business License Tax Standardization Act, discussed what the new law means for businesses, and gave a demonstration of the new statewide business license tax portal hosted by MASC. The new law simplifies business license tax (BLT) requirements by creating a standard BLT application, establishing a uniform BLT class schedule, and authorizing a centralized portal where businesses can apply for businesses licenses and pay any taxes owed at one location instead of coordinating with each municipality individually. To view the recording, click here.

Department of Labor Releases Final Rule for Tipped Employees

The Department of Labor recently reversed a December 2020 final rule and resurrected the “80/20 Rule” governing how tipped employees are paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Fair Labor Standards Act generally permits employers to pay tipped employees less than the minimum hourly wage, provided that the tips the employee receives are at least equal to the difference between the required cash wage (which must be at least $2.13 per hour) and the federal minimum wage and the employee is given appropriate notice. This is known as the “tip credit” rule. The Department of Labor’s return to the traditional “80/20 Rule” means that an employer may take a tip credit on work that directly supports tip-producing work if it is less than 20 percent of all hours worked during the workweek and the work does not exceed more than 30 continuous minutes. Read the full article here. By: Cayman L. Caven and Amy Jordan Wilkes

Formation and Enforcement of Online Contracts

How frequently do you make purchases or conduct other business online? If you are like the majority of people in the 21st Century, the answer is “all the time.” Businesses expect to rely on the electronic contracts that consumers enter into through online transactions, including arbitration agreements and other terms of use. But, businesses are not always successful in doing so. This article outlines practices and procedures for businesses to help ensure the enforceability of online contracts. By: Elizabeth B. Shirley, CIPP/US

Webinar Recording: New COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Rules

Burr & Forman’s health care, government contract, and labor & employment attorneys presented this webinar on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. They discussed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Safer Federal Government Workforce Task Force rules regarding COVID-19 vaccination and testing. If you would like to review the presentation, please click on the video link below. For additional information about COVID-19 vaccination or testing mandates, please reach out to any of the speakers. To view the recording of this webinar, click here. Speakers included Michael W. Rich, Angie Cameron Smith, Amy Jordan Wilkes, and Ronald D. “Scott” Williams.

Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Updates Guidance for Federal Contractors

On November 10, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (“Task Force”) updated its Guidance for Federal Contractors (“Guidance”). As discussed in earlier updates, all federal contracts meeting certain criteria issued after November 15 incorporate the Guidance through FAR Clause 52.223-99 (Deviation) or an agency-specific version of it. Read the full article here. By: Michael W. Rich

Vaccine-based U.S. Entry Restrictions to Replace Geographic COVID Travel Bans Starting November 8

On October 25, 2021, President Biden announced plans to revoke the current country-by-country travel restrictions to the United States which have been in place since January 2020. The order outlines new air travel policies for foreign travelers seeking to enter the United States as nonimmigrants, which relies primarily on COVID-19 vaccination status and effectively revokes Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199, all of which restricted entry to the United States from Brazil, China, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the Schengen countries in Europe, Ireland, India and Iran. Click here to read the full article. By: Melissa Azallion Kenny, Anna L. Scully, and Jonathan C. Eggert

Firm News

Michael Rich Discusses Major Bid Protest Ruling with Law360

Following the December 7 Federal Circuit ruling reviving Harmonia Holdings Group LLC’s dispute over a $325 million U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) contract, Michael W. Rich was quoted in Law360 sharing insight on the lengthy case and the Federal Circuit’s decision.

The matter centered on whether Harmonia had waived its right to protest a CBP cargo screening application by failing to “diligently pursue” the case in the Court of Federal Claims. The court ruled that the company preserved its right by timely submitting an earlier protest to the agency itself, meaning a delay in bringing the case to the claims court did not trigger the “Blue & Gold” rule. Stemming from a 2007 Federal Circuit decision, the Blue & Gold rule suggests that contract bidders must flag patent or clear errors in solicitation before bidding closes or effectively waive their chance to challenge those errors. Read more.

Marcel Debruge Discusses National Union and Striking Efforts for The Wall Street Journal Video Series

With employers across the country monitoring the conversation around supposedly expanding unionization activities and American workers going on strike, Marcel Debruge was included in The Wall Street Journal’s Current Features video series on November 23, 2021, providing perspective on the current state of employee protections. While some might portray the recent trends in workforce strikes and unionization as a major issue in the American workplace, work stoppages are actually historically low based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor that highlights the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s as peaks in U.S. history.

“We live in a different world than we did in 1950,” Debruge said. “There are dozens and dozens of laws on the books that protect employees. There are safety and health rules. Back in the day, the only place a person had to go for protection was a union contract or a union grievance procedure. Today an employee can pick up the phone and call the EEOC, OSHA, or the NLRB.” For the full video, please click here.

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December 17 Outdoors Digest Calendar Fishing Hunting reports tip


Calendar

Through Dec. 29 – Oklahoma dove season second split.

Through Jan. 2 – Texas North Zone general whitetail season.

Through Jan. 2 – General whitetail season in Grayson and Collin Counties with the means and method of take restricted to lawful archery and crossbow gear.

Through Jan. 15 – Oklahoma archery deer season.

Through Jan. 16 – Texas South Zone general whitetail season.

Through Jan. 30 – Texas North Zone duck season second split.

Through Jan. 30 – Oklahoma Zone 2 duck season second split.

Through Feb. 15 – Oklahoma quail season.

Through Feb. 27 – Texas quail hunting season.

Dec. 17 – First TPWD trout stocking at Denison’s Waterloo Lake Park Pond.

Dec. 17 – Jan. 2 – Texas North Zone dove hunting second split.

Dec. 18-Jan. 31 – Texas woodcock season.

Jan. 4 – Monthly meeting of the Red River Fly Fishers at the Rec Hall at Eisenhower State Park. For information, visit www.rrff.org .

Jan. 7 – Second TPWD trout stocking at Denison’s Waterloo Lake Park Pond.

Jan. 8 – 15th annual City of Denison Howard Caylor Trout Derby at Waterloo Lake Park Pond. For information, call (903) 465-2720 (extension 2034) or visit the city of Denison’s website at http://www.cityofdenison.com/parksrec .

Notes

As the city of Denison gets ready to celebrate the city’s Sesquicentennial Celebration next year, D-Town is getting ready to host the 15th annual Howard Caylor Trout Derby early in 2022. This upcoming event will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at Waterloo Lake Park Pond according to Andrew Means of the city’s Parks and Rec Department. Look for more details soon; call (903) 465-2720 (extension 2034) during business hours; or visit the city of Denison website at www.cityofdenison.com/parksrec… Grayson County’s first local stockings of catchable size rainbow trout have been taking place this week. The first such TPWD stocking was on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Pottsboro Lake while the second one will happen today on Dec. 17 at Denison’s Waterloo Lake Park Pond …Wintertime is also trophy catfish season in Texomaland and ODWC reports that such action is heating up on 89,000-acre Lake Texoma.  Blues, channel cats, and flatheads are all good on cut bait, dough bait, goldfish, hot dogs, live shad, punch bait, shad, stinkbait and sunfish right now according to ODWC. Look for big whiskerfish along creek channels, in coves, near docks, on the main lake, near points, and in the river channels. Blue cat action should continue to get better according to ODWC as the winter season continues, with a lot of success coming on juglines in 15-45-feet of water for those using live shad…Renowned bowhunter Chuck Adams has tagged another Pope and Young Club world record animal. The velvet racked Sitka Blacktail Deer was taken on Alaska’s Kodiak Island in August and was panel measured last week by P&Y measurers. To see more on Adams latest world record big game animal, visit http://www.bowhunter.com ….

Hunting Reports

With the post-rut continuing, there haven’t been many more reports of big deer since Texas DPS state trooper Tarif Alkhatib arrowed what might be a new county record typical buck last week. If you missed that news story in last Friday’s Herald Democrat Outdoors section, the big 12-point mainframe buck has a reported green gross score in the mid-190s and a reported green net score in the upper 170s…As the second split of duck season continues, Dakota Stowers and his North Texas Outfitters guides are finding good limit shoots in southern Oklahoma, although it is taking some good scouting every day to find concentrations of ducks pushing into the region despite the mild weather…As Christmas Day approaches, most area waterfowling success is seeing wingshooters getting a few mallards, gadwalls, wigeon, green-winged teal, pintails and diver ducks like canvasbacks, redheads, and ring-necked ducks…Don’t forget that there are a couple of additional wingshooting options coming up in parts of the area over the next several weeks. First, the 2021-22 woodcock season begins in Texas as it runs its course from Dec. 18 through Jan. 31. Also keep in mind that the second split of the 2021 Oklahoma dove season is underway and continues through Dec. 29 on the Sooner State side of the Red River…In Texas, the second split of dove season begins in the North Zone today on Friday, Dec. 17 and continues through Jan. 2…Quail season is underway in both Texas and Oklahoma and there are a few reports of success. In western Oklahoma though, conditions are dry, wildfires have been erupting with ease, and scenting action is difficult for pointing dogs…

Fishing Reports

As the Christmas holidays approach, fishing remains good on Lake Texoma according to guide John Blasingame of Adventure Texoma Outdoors. He tells TPWD that the water is lightly stained; water temp is 56 degrees; and the lake is 1.35 feet low. Striped bass are good in the main luck on Alabama rigs, with the larger fish biting on swimbaits thrown around structure. The dead-stick bite is also producing right now…At Lake Ray Roberts, site of the 51st Bassmaster Classic earlier this year, there is no current bass fishing report. But TPWD says that crappie are good on main lake brush piles in 20-30 feet of water on minnows. The agency says that the bigger fish are still in the Buck Creek area in the standing timber around 20-foot depths with the crappie bait suspended in the 10-12 feet of water…At Lake Fork, water is lightly stained; water temps are 62-64 degrees; and the lake is 3.17 feet low. Guides Jason Hoffman and Marc Mitchell tell TPWD that Fork’s largemouth bass are still biting good on spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits worked along windy banks in 3-4-feet of water. Viper XP jigs are good on wood near creeks and ditches in 4-6 feet of water. Suspending jerkbaits are also good near points and creeks with some flooded timber in 4-7-feet of water…Fork crappie guide Jacky Wiggins says that the slab bite is also good between the 154 and 515 bridges on creek channels. Fork’s crappie are feeding up on bait, so they are shad and happy, if you will, says the guide. He says to fish deep in 45-55-feet of water, but keeping in mind that crappie are suspended around 20-30-feet on top of the timber. Success is coming for crappie anglers using small one-sixteenth ounce hand ties with a weight above it, but if they are biting, also add a minnow… At the Blue River near Tishomingo, Okla., ODWC reports a normal river elevation, water temp of 52 degrees, and clear water. The agency says that this past week, rainbow trout have been good on in-line Mepp’s style spinnerbaits, PowerBait, and small spoons fished along channel braids and rocks in the Johnson County stream…If your Christmas holiday travel plans take you near the Texas Gulf Coast, on the Upper Coast at the Bolivar Peninsula, TPWD is still getting many reports of bull redfish, redfish, and jackfish being caught on live finger mullet, fresh cut bait, or squid…On the Middle Coast at Port Aransas, TPWD says that the big bull reds are in 30-feet of water at the jetties and the Fina Docks, biting on cut and live perch and cut mullet. Sheepshead are good on live shrimp too according to Capt. Doug Stanford of Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters…Finally, down on the Lower Coast at South Padre Island, Capt. Lou Austin tells TPWD that if you put in the work, you will bring home a full sack of fish that will rival Santa’s sack of toys. Trout are biting well on artificial lures tossed in murky water on the east side, and for those anglers using live shrimp on a popping cork around the gas well. Lots of sheepshead are being caught by those free shrimping dead shrimp around the Causeway. Schools of sand trout south of Coast Guard station are good too, but redfish are spotty, with some oversized fish being caught in the jetties. In the main channel, slot sized reds are coming to anglers using cut finger mullet near Channel Marker 68 near Three Islands…

Tip of the Week

With family, friends, and guests coming over for the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, watching outdoor programming on your TV screen is a great way to pass the time. After all, if you can’t be outside fishing and hunting, watching some great outdoors programming is the next best thing, right? Thanks to Outdoor Sportsman Group’s MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) streaming platform, such programming is always available on demand with more than 20,0000+ hours available for viewing on your favorite devices like Xbox, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and LG and Samsung TVs. To give the gift of year-round outdoor programming, why not consider a gift card to MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) for a six month pre-paid plan ($49.50) or a 12-month plan ($98.99). For more information, visit www.myoutdoortv.com.



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Business Travel News: December 2021


Airlines/Airports.

Virgin Lounges vaccination requirement

With the opening of the Virgin Australia Melbourne and Sydney Lounges, the airline is reminding guests that in line with State government requirements, all guests over the age of 16 are required to provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or provide certification from a medical practitioner that they are unable to receive a dose.

Western Australia announces border opening date

Western Australia will ease its border restrictions from 12:01 am Saturday 5th February, meaning interstate and international travellers will not be required to quarantine on arrival, provided they are fully vaccinated. A negative PCR test will be required 72 hours prior to travel and a second will be required on arrival.

Qantas to restart Sydney-London A380 flights in July

From July 2022, Qantas will restart its A380 flights between Sydney and London offering newly upgraded business class and premium economy seating. The A380 will also launch on the Sydney-Los Angeles route from March after nearly two of hibernating in Mojave Desert, California.

Virgin to restart Sydney-Canberra

Virgin Australia has announced the re-start of Sydney-Canberra flights from 30 January 2022. Up to 9 flights per weekday will be flown by VA’s regional partner, ACT-based Link Airways, on its fleet of Saab 340 B Plus aircraft. While the flights will offer economy-only seating, eligible Velocity members will still gain access to VA’s Sydney and Canberra airport lounges.

New partnership between Virgin Australia & United Airlines

The new partnership between Virgin Australia & United Airlines will give guests access to the 130 US airports that United operates to, as well as numerous global gateways, offering seamless travel through direct services on United between Australia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. Both eligible Velocity Frequent Flyer and MileagePlus members can enjoy reciprocal benefits when flying, including priority check-in, priority boarding, priority security clearance, additional baggage allowances and Lounge access.

Qantas and Accor loyalty offering

A new joint loyalty offer from Qantas and Accor will see members of both Qantas Frequent Flyer and Accor ALL rewards schemes earn points towards both memberships for flights and hotel stays. Accor ALL Gold, Platinum and Diamond status members, or QF Platinum and Platinum One members will earn two Accor points per $10 spent on Qantas flights while Qantas Frequent Flyer members receive three QF points per dollar spent on Accor property bookings in the Asia Pacific.

Emirates to revamp aircraft with Premium Economy

Emirates will be refitting 105 aircraft with its new Premium Economy product, with the rollout expected to begin from the end of 2022. The 52 A380s and 52 Boeing 777s fitted will offer passengers a more comfortable flying experience with six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests.

Air New Zealand Sustainability Report

Air New Zealand has just released its latest Sustainability Report, taking aim at climate change and outlining the actions it will take over the next decades to improve its sustainability. The report lays out the airline’s path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with four main levers to reduce gross emissions as much as technology will allow before utilising offsetting. View the report here.

SQ opens SilverKris at Changi

On Tuesday 23 November, Singapore Airlines unveiled its new SilverKris business class lounge at Changi Terminal 3. The lounge will open to Gold-grade frequent flyers in economy and premium economy, business class and first-class passengers.

Hotels.

Movenpick arrives in Melbourne

The 172-room Movenpick Hotel Melbourne has opened its doors on Spencer Street, becoming the second of its kind in Australia after Hobart. In addition to its iconic chocolate hour between 3:30 and 4:30pm every day, the property also offers a 25-metre swimming pool, hot tubs, a sauna and a gymnasium.

Hyatt to offer digital hotel keys in Apple Wallet

In an industry first, Hyatt is offering guests the ability to unlock their hotel room with a digital hotel key that can be stored in their Apple Wallet. The technology, available at select properties in the US, provides a contactless experience from check-in to check-out with guests able to add their room key to their Apple Wallet via the World of Hyatt app.

Information on this page is sourced from third party sources. While effort is taken to verify the accuracy of this information, CTM recommends that travellers seek independent advice and/or information from their CTM travel consultant, CTM travel tools, or direct from their chosen travel suppliers relating to the status of supplier services, schedules and booking conditions as information may change regularly.



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Rockets vs. Cavaliers – Game Recap – December 15, 2021


CLEVELAND — — Darius Garland scored 21 points, Isaac Okoro added 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight game, a 124-89 rout of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Ricky Rubio had seven points and a season-high 12 assists, and Dean Wade scored 16 points for Cleveland, which led 84-39 midway through the third quarter and had 100 points entering the fourth.

It was the largest victory margin of the season for the Cavaliers and the Rockets’ most lopsided loss.

“To keep this streak going, that’s what we’re out to do,” said Okoro, who is averaging 19.0 points over the last four games. “We’ll keep on working and our shots will keep on falling.”

Cleveland’s last five-game winning streak occurred from March 28-April 5, 2018, with LeBron James on the roster. The Cavaliers have the fourth-best record in the East at 18-12.

“We’re putting in the work, so we have the confidence that the ball is going to go in every time,” Garland said. “Our mindset all season is to play all 48 minutes. We did that tonight.”

Houston coach Stephen Silas walked off the court late in the first quarter and was treated for dehydration. The son of longtime NBA coach Paul Silas motioned to assistant John Lucas to take over as he headed past the bench.

Silas, 48, received fluids from the Rockets’ medical staff and spent the remainder of the game in the locker room. He was able to travel back to Houston with the team.

“He’s OK, he’s better,” Lucas said. “We were slowly drifting when Coach left and we lost our composure for about five minutes after. They just had us at everything.”

Rookie Alperen Sengun had season highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Christopher scored 17 points and KJ Martin added 14 for Houston. The Rockets have lost three of their last four after winning seven in a row, dropping to 9-19.

Garland scored 17 points in the first half as the Cavaliers built a 69-38 lead, their largest at intermission since being up 34 on Nov. 25, 2016, against Dallas. All five games in their winning streak have been by double digits.

“We did the job we had to do,” Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We played well and we played up to our standards. That’s all we ask from our guys.”

The Cavaliers were without rookie Evan Mobley, who bruised his right hip Monday against Miami. The third overall pick is averaging 13.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots. Cleveland is 1-4 when he isn’t in uniform.

Center Christian Wood was a game-day scratch with left knee tendinitis, leaving Houston with 10 available players. Guard Eric Gordon sat out for the second time in three games with a tight groin.

Sengun dished out five assists and Jae’Sean Tate had 12 points and six rebounds. The Rockets were called for four technical fouls, two by D.J. Augustin, and shot 5 of 29 on 3-pointers.

“That team was bigger, taller and a lot hungrier than we were,” Lucas said.

TIP-INS

Rockets: G Jalen Green (left hamstring strain), F Danuel House Jr. (left ankle sprain) and G Kevin Porter Jr. (left thigh bruise) also were out. Silas said Green is the closest to returning, followed by House. Green has missed 10 games, while House has been sidelined for five. … Porter spent his rookie season with Cleveland, but was released in 2020 after a series of disciplinary issues, including an arrest in Eastern Ohio.

Cavaliers: Garland is one of three players averaging 18.0 points and 7.0 assists while shooting better than 46%. Lakers F LeBron James and Nuggets C Nikola Jokic are the others. … C Tacko Fall and G RJ Nembhard, both on two-way contracts, are on G League assignments with the Cleveland Charge. … Cleveland has a .356 all-time winning percentage against Houston, its second-worst behind San Antonio (.343).

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host New York on Thursday night.

Cavaliers: Visit NBA champion Milwaukee on Saturday night.

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