Cambridge Police Department Shares Important Safety Information Leading into Holiday Weekend


Thanksgiving is traditionally the heaviest travel day of the year, a time when people seek to be with family and/or close friends. During the Thanksgiving holiday, more motorists are traveling with their friends and families than any other time of the year. The night before Thanksgiving has also become one of the biggest nights of the year at bars, restaurants and night clubs as friends and families reunite.

The Cambridge Police Department wants to provide the following safety recommendations for residents heading into the weekend:

Plan Ahead Before Going Out
Heading out to a bar, restaurant or night club? Plan ahead. A few ways to play it safe include:

  • Take public transportation or walk to your destination.
  • Travel with a designated driver you can rely on.
  • Order a cab or rideshare to get to your destination(s).
  • Make arrangements to stay the night somewhere near your destination, so you don’t have to drive home until the morning.

Be Safe While Out
With the potential for more people walking and bicycling on roadways and squares shopping or going out late at night, please also follow these tips if you are driving during the holiday weekend (and in the future):

  • Plan your route before heading to your destination
  • Don’t drive under the influence
  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Don’t block intersections or bicycle lanes
  • Don’t drive aggressively
  • Drive at a safe speed (remember: as a part of the City’s Vision Zero efforts, the speed limit is 20 mph on most Cambridge streets)
  • Share your location with a trusted loved one if you are traveling alone


Throughout the weekend, the Cambridge Police Department will be monitoring key intersections near the squares, in particular, for traffic concerns and maintaining high visibility.

If alcohol is served while you are enjoying a night out, safeguard your drink(s):

  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers
  • If someone you do not know offers you a drink and you accept, go to the bar with them and have the drink poured and served directly to you
  • If you did not see your drink poured, do not drink it
  • Keep an eye on your friends and their drinks
  • If you believe your drink may be spiked or observe an individual spiking someone else’s drink, immediately call 911.


Protect Your Home If Away
If you are traveling and your residence is unoccupied for the weekend, please consider the following safety tips to keep your home safe for the holidays.

  • Secure all windows, including those upstairs and reduce the chances of easy entry by removing objects that might allow access to your home such as ladders, recycling bins, etc.
  • Have a home security system installed to allow you to check on your residence while you are away or so you can be notified of any suspicious activity.
  • Never leave a key hidden outside.
  • Don’t post Thanksgiving travel plans on publicly available social media accounts letting people know that you will be out of town.
  • Consider asking a trusted neighbor or loved one to keep an eye out on your home if you are away for an extended period of time.


As always, the Cambridge Police Department encourages residents across the City to remain vigilant and be aware of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. Those who wish to provide information anonymously may dial the Cambridge Police Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 617-349-3359 and leave a message.  Anonymous tips may also be sent via the Cambridge Police MyPD mobile app or via text message to 847411. Begin your text with TIP650 and then type your message.  To send anonymous tips via email, visit www.CambridgePolice.org/Tips.  

 

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$30,000 in rewards are available for tips leading to Brian Laundrie’s arrest


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By Melissa Alonso, Dakin Andone and Travis Caldwell, CNN

Efforts to locate Brian Laundrie, who faces a federal warrant for arrest, continue over the weekend in the wilderness of Florida’s Carlton Reserve.

Laundrie’s parents told authorities on September 17 that the 23-year-old left their home days earlier with his backpack and said he was headed to the reserve, which has since been the focus of an extensive search by local and federal officers.

Now, two separate rewards totaling $30,000 have been offered to anyone who provides law enforcement officials with Laundrie’s whereabouts.

Boohoff Law, a personal injury law firm, said in a release on its website it is offering a $20,000 reward to be “paid once the investigating law enforcement agency supplies” the firm with “written verification that a tip helped lead to locating” Laundrie.

The law firm, which has multiple offices across Florida, including North Port, said its reward “will remain open for two months starting from the receipt of the tip” by law enforcement.

Meanwhile, a second reward has been offered by Jerry Torres, who said in a tweet Wednesday he was a neighbor of the family of Laundrie’s 22-year-old fiancée Gabby Petito, whose remains were found last Sunday in Wyoming.

Torres wrote that he and his daughter “offer our deepest condolences to the family of Gabby Petito,” adding, “We are offering a reward of $5,000 for tips leading to an arrest.”

Torres said Friday the reward he’s offering had been raised to $10,000, thanks in part to help from people like Steve Moyer, the former deputy chief of police for Sarasota, Florida.

“Money gets people to talk,” Moyer told CNN affiliate WZVN Friday.

On Wednesday, an arrest warrant for Laundrie was issued by the US District Court of Wyoming for the “use of unauthorized devices” related to his activities following the death of Petito.

Laundrie is accused of using a debit card and PIN number for accounts that did not belong to him for charges over $1,000 between the dates of August 30 and September 1, according to the indictment.

An attorney for Laundrie’s family emphasized in a statement that the warrant was not for Petito’s death but related to activities that allegedly took place afterward.

“It is my understanding that the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise,” Steve Bertolino said. “The FBI is focusing on locating Brian and when that occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper forum.”

Swampy wilderness remains focus of search

The Carlton Reserve, located in Sarasota County not far from Laundrie’s parents’ home in North Port, is an inhospitable environment spanning nearly 25,000 acres.

“Please be aware, the Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times. It is currently (waist) deep in water in many areas,” North Port police said in one of its updates last week. “This is dangerous work for the search crews as they are wading through gator and snake infested swamps and flooded hiking and biking trails.”

Dozens of law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies have combed the reserve for signs of Laundrie, using drones and bloodhounds as part of the search, North Port Police Department spokesperson Josh Taylor said.

An underwater dive team from the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office who are “called upon to search for evidence of crimes and victims of drowning, water accidents and foul play” was also brought in midweek, according to the sheriff’s office.

“We’re looking through wooded areas, we’re looking through bodies of water, we’re looking through swampy areas,” North Port Police Commander Joe Fussell said in a video shared online Friday. “And we’re deploying the resources to be able to do that. We have air units, we have drones, we have the swamp buggies, air boats, multiple law enforcement agencies, we have ATVs, we have UTVs and we have officers on foot as well.”

Petito memorial service to be held Sunday

Petito and Laundrie embarked on a cross-country trip in June and were visiting national parks. They posted online regularly about their travels with the hashtag #VanLife, but those posts abruptly stopped in late August.

Laundrie returned home with their van on September 1. Petito was reported missing September 11 after her family had not been able to get in touch with her. She was found dead eight days later near a campground in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.

A memorial visitation for Petito is planned for Sunday afternoon in New York, according to Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home, and will be open to the public. Petito grew up on Long Island in the hamlet of Blue Point.

Richard Stafford, an attorney for Petito’s family, confirmed in a statement Friday her funeral would be held Sunday, adding that the family has asked for donations to be made to the future Gabby Petito Foundation in lieu of flowers.

On Saturday night, a butterfly release and candlelight vigil were held at North Port City Hall by residents mourning the loss of Petito.

“It was just not the answer we wanted. But at least she is home with her family and they get to have their closure and peace,” Lisa Correll, who organized the memorial, told CNN affiliate WFTS.

Members of the community are invited to pay tribute at a memorial located in front of City Hall and are free to add to the growing collection of signs, flowers and letters of remembrance, WFTS reported.

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Jubilee Gastronomy Restaurant to welcome leading chefs to Expo 2020 | News


A new dining concept exclusive to Expo 2020 Dubai will host a glittering line-up of international guest chefs from some of the world’s finest restaurants.

The Jubilee Gastronomy Restaurant will welcome a rotating selection of chefs from Michelin-star restaurants and establishments featured in the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ and offer ultra-luxurious experiences that include nine-course chef’s table tasting menus, book signings and photo opportunities.

Overlooking Expo’s iconic Al Wasl Plaza, the restaurant is home to an incredible dining room, lounge and rooftop bar and presents a one-of-a-kind, modern destination that promises tantalising flavours to delight the palates of all kinds of foodies.

For the ultimate foodie experience, the limited-seating chef’s table experience includes limousine pick-up and drop-off, a skyline VIP cocktail reception and a nine-course gastronomy tasting menu accompanied by fine beverages, with prices ranging from AED 295 to AED 3,500.

The rooftop bar, meanwhile, will host the city’s best mixologists and visiting bartenders.

Diners can also expect to be taken on a musical journey, sound-tracked by house, club classics, modern beats, lounge, jazz and more, with a live DJ on the terrace.

Expo 2020 will be a food destination in its own right, offering a huge range of cuisines, venues and gastronomic experiences in one place.

From world-renowned chefs to futuristic food tech, visitors will find plenty to whet their appetites across more than 200 food-and-beverage options, serving 50-plus global cuisines.

To learn more about the Jubilee Gastronomy Restaurant, visit the official website.





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Consumer News: Gun sales hit new record, High travel demand leading to raised prices and more!


CNN– Gun sales are hitting new record highs. The FBI says they conducted more than 3.5 million gun related background checks in April. That marks a 20% increase over the same period in 2020. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says more guns were sold last month than any April on record. The reason for the spike? It’s thought to be fueled by fears of more gun control legislation and rising crime rates.

Face masks will be required for U.S. travelers until at least September 13. Last Friday, the Transportation Security Administration extended a mask mandate that was set to expire next month. The rule has been in effect since February 2. Since then, the TSA says its received reports of about 2,000 people violating the mandate.

Speaking of travel, experts say a record number of people are gearing up to go on vacation or visit their loved ones, but that demand is now raising prices whether you’re traveling on the road or in the skies. Mandy Gaither has details.





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IHG Hotels & Resorts reveals guests’ growing passion to travel better, younger guests are leading the way with their green intent


More than half of the 9,000 adults surveyed across the US, UK, China, the UAE, Germany and Australia – with almost two thirds in the US – agree 2020 and Covid-19 has made them more socially and environmentally conscious about their impact on the world when traveling. For Americans, younger travelers are far more likely to agree, with 78 percent of 18-24-year-olds sharing this sentiment, compared to just 27 percent of those 55 and over.

It appears travelers not only intend to do more for the planet and communities around them, they are willing to pay for it too. The research found that Americans will spend an average of 41 percent more on an accommodation they know operates responsibly – with 47 percent happy to fork out more than 40 percent extra a night.

Connecting with purpose and putting communities first
With the world traveling more domestically – or not at all – for now, it seems the pandemic has made consumers more conscious about preserving, and connecting with, the communities around them. More than a third of respondents in the US (38 percent) say they will be more mindful about their travel choices following the pandemic. The number one consideration was how ethical and responsible the hotel brand is in creating an inclusive work environment, supporting jobs, providing skills training and education, and protecting human rights (42 percent), followed by avoiding tourist activities that could have a negative impact on the local environment and communities (38 percent).

84 percent of Americans surveyed say it is important to get to know the local community when visiting somewhere new, with more than half (55 percent) doing this by supporting local eateries. Furthermore, 3 in 10 respondents globally choose to stay with travel companies that offer local community programs. As for activities such as volunteering and restoration projects, young American travelers aged 18-24 are nearly six times as likely to get involved when visiting another country, compared to those 55 and over.

Traveling smarter for a sustainable future
The appetite for kinder, greener travel is ripe. An incredible 82 percent of adults around the world, along with 66 percent of Americans, say they are committed to taking their everyday sustainability habits with them when they travel, with minimizing food waste and recycling taking the top spot in the US as a priority.

And it seems sustainability doesn’t need to take a backseat on vacation. Hotels are a welcome spot to practice better behaviors: for global travelers, the two most popular habits included re-using towels and walking short distances to explore the local area. And, when asked what people would avoid so they could be more responsible travelers, 36 percent of US respondents said they would avoid leaving the air conditioning on when they leave the room.

Our Journey to Tomorrow

Keith Barr, CEO, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “As we look to the future, the global response to Covid-19 reminded us what can be achieved when we come together and work towards the greater good. This has made us all more conscious than ever about caring for people, communities and planet. Journey to Tomorrow embodies IHG’s strengthened commitment to make sure we do what’s right, not just what’s needed, and we are determined to contribute towards positive social and economic change, to stand up for key issues such as diversity, equity and inclusion and human rights, and to make more responsible environmental choices.

A great guest experience at our hotels is inextricably linked to operating thoughtfully and growing sustainably. So while travel may have been temporarily paused for many, we want the next stage of our journey to be successful in every sense of the word.”

The ambitions and commitments are firmly rooted in an understanding of what is most important to colleagues, guests and partners across the world when it comes to doing business in the right way, as well as how IHG can play its part in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in this important 10 years of action. For decades, IHG has been championing its purpose of True Hospitality, from providing skills and education to supporting young people and taking action for environmental change, to partnering with experts globally on urgent causes such as humanitarian and disaster relief efforts.

Commenting on IHG’s Journey to Tomorrow, Laurie Lee, Chief Executive Officer, CARE International UK said: For the past decade, IHG Hotels & Resorts has demonstrated its commitment to responsible travel by working with CARE International UK to respond to emergencies around the world with a special focus on providing safe shelter. IHG’s support of CARE has remained firm despite the unprecedented challenges facing the travel industry – and the communities we serve – as a result of the pandemic. In the past year alone, CARE and IHG provided essential COVID-19 prevention resources to almost 5,000 people in the Bogor district of Indonesia, a region severely affected by floods and subsequent COVID-19 outbreaks.

Furthermore, with IHG’s support, CARE helped nearly 20,000 people following Vanuatu’s devastating cyclone by providing emergency materials as well as the training and tools to rebuild homes. These life-saving humanitarian efforts are critical to helping communities respond to and recover from crises wherever they happen, and we look forward to continuing the next decade of action with IHG.

With a family of 16 brands and almost 6,000 hotels and resorts at the heart of local communities around the globe, IHG is here when travelers are ready. IHG recognizes the power of collaboration and will join forces with all who stay, work and partner with them to reduce carbon emissions in line with climate science, eliminate single-use items or move to reusable/recyclable alternatives, reduce food waste, and collaborate locally to tackle water sustainability in high-risk areas.

Join the journey: More information on IHG’s Journey to Tomorrow can be found here, including information on the plan, ambitions, detailed commitments, and to follow the progress.

Methodology:

All the figures are from OnePoll, a survey-led marketing research company specialising in online and mobile polling. It has offices in London and Bristol, U.K.

9,000 people were surveyed: 2,000 in the United States, 2,000 in the United Kingdom, 2,000 in Greater China, 1,000 in Germany, 1,000 in the UAE and 1,000 in Australia.

Survey was conducted online between 20 and 28 January 2021.

The figures stated have been weighted and are representative of adults (18+) who travel for business/leisure in every region.

About IHG Hotels & Resorts  

IHG Hotels & Resorts [LON:IHG,NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts SpasRegent Hotels & ResortsInterContinental Hotels & ResortsKimpton Hotels & RestaurantsHotel IndigoEVEN HotelsHUALUXE Hotels and ResortsCrowne Plaza Hotels & ResortsvocoHoliday Inn Hotels & ResortsHoliday Inn ExpressHoliday Inn Club Vacationsavid hotelsStaybridge SuitesAtwell Suites, and Candlewood Suites.  

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 6,000 hotels and 890,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with approximately 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG Rewards, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members. 

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. Approximately 400,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally. 

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewards.com for more on IHG Rewards. For our latest news, visit our Newsroom and follow us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter

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Leading broker tips Super Retail (ASX:SUL) share price to rocket higher


The Super Retail Group Ltd (ASX: SUL) share price has been a strong performer over the last six months.

During this period, the retail conglomerate’s shares have charged an impressive 42% higher.

Can the Super Retail share price go even higher?

If you missed out on the stellar gains made by the Super Retail share price over the last six months, don’t worry. This is because one leading broker believes they can go a lot higher from here.

In response to its impressive trading update earlier this week, Goldman Sachs has reiterated its buy rating and lifted the price target on Super Retail’s shares to $14.80.

Based on the current Super Retail share price, this price target implies potential upside of 29% for its shares over the next 12 months. This potential return increases to almost 36% when you include the generous dividends the broker is expecting the company to pay.

Goldman Sachs has forecast a fully franked dividend of 78 cents per share in FY 2021. This equates to a 6.8% dividend yield at present.

Why is Goldman Sachs bullish on Super Retail?

The broker believes Super Retail is perfectly positioned to benefit from the current trading environment. It explained:

“SUL has continued to position itself extremely well to capture the unique trading environment we have seen over much of 2020, and in particular has made the most of the reopening of the Australian economy as households have increasingly shifted to outdoor activities and road travel over the summer period.”

“As we have noted before, while much of the consumer spending patterns seen over 2020 are unlikely to be sustained, we expect the international travel restrictions associated with the pandemic to provide a medium-term tailwind to SUL. Furthermore, the weakness experienced by SUL during the post bushfire period in 2H20 is likely to provide an easy base to cycle.”

In respect to its expectation for a big dividend this year, the broker commented:

“We forecast strong cash generation conditions to continue through 1H21, bringing forecast net cash to A$119mn in 1H21 and A$171mn in FY21. We forecast a recovery in dividend payout ratio to ~60% over FY21, translating to a forecast FY21 dividend of A$0.78 per share, implying a 6.7% [at the time] fully franked dividend before contemplating capital management.”

All in all, this appears to make the Super Retail share price one to watch in 2021.

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