Trump turned his hotels, resorts into ‘Beltway’s new back rooms’: New York Times

The New York Times has released a report, the fourth in its series, based on President Donald Trump’s federal tax returns, illustrating how the paper says the president turned “his own hotels and resorts into the Beltway’s new back rooms, where public and private business mix and special interests reign.”



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the South Lawn on June 25, 2020, in Washington.


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President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the South Lawn on June 25, 2020, in Washington.

Trump attended 34 political fundraisers at his hotels and resorts that brought in $3 million in revenue, the Times reported.

“Sometimes he lined up his donors to ask what they needed from the government,” the Times said.

Brian Ballard, a Florida lobbyist and confidant of the president, joined Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida midway through Trump’s presidency, the paper reported. Associates later said he did this because the president wanted him to

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Travel Gone 2020 – Daily Times

If somebody would’ve have told us last year to invest in Zoom shares and stock up at home on pasta, tons of litres of Dettol and toilet paper, I would’ve laughed it off as a joke. I think many memes were floating similarly on the internet about this. Unfortunately, now, it feels like the joke was on us. (No disrespect to any of the things listed).We didn’t have a time machine or soothsayer to predict all that that came towards us in the first quarter of theyear(and then some as the year progressively got worse). I also remember in the early part of the year doing a mental checklist on how to wangle out some trips on my bucket list of the world to see. The year 2020 has not been that year for anybody to travel at all.I think this year is the year possibly most have prayed or

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Trump turned his hotels, resorts into ‘Beltway’s new back rooms,’ New York Times reports

Trump attended 34 political fundraisers at his hotels and resorts that brought in $3 million in revenue, the Times reported.

“Sometimes he lined up his donors to ask what they needed from the government,” the Times said.

Brian Ballard, a Florida lobbyist and confidant of the president, joined Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida midway through Trump’s presidency, the paper reported. Associates later said he did this because the president wanted him to “ante up,” the Times said.

Ballard dismissed any accusations questioning his membership at Mar-a-Lago, the Times reported, and called the idea, in part, “ridiculous.”

PHOTO: President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the South Lawn on June 25, 2020, in Washington.

President Donald Trump walks

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The Mallee: Book a tour guide set to inspire post-COVID visits | The Canberra Times

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The Mallee is a region of northwestern Victoria. It occupies about 41,000 square kilometres between the Wimmera and Murray rivers. Michael “Booza” Robertson believes there is a boom time coming for the Mallee, with greenshoots already sprouting. The Patchewollock long-timer said pubs were re-opening, tourists were returning and city slickers were looking for greener rural pastures. “I was talking to a real estate friend and house inquiries for little towns like Patchy, Hopetoun, Ouyen are booming,” he said. “All the people in Melbourne just want to get out of the rat-race. So every cloud has a silver lining. “I think it will have a big impact on rural Victoria – it will benefit it enormously.” In recent weeks grey nomads and tourists have hit the road again and are heading out bush. They go in search of silo trails and nature. Enter a new book

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Travel deals: Coogee Beach, Phillip Island, Cape Otway and more | The Canberra Times

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Escape to the sea and enjoy this pristine stretch of Sydney with a two-night stay at Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach. A stone’s throw from the beach and dining hotspot Taqueria at Estate, the stay includes a room upgrade, daily breakfast, late 2pm checkout, parking, a welcome pack and the flexibility to cancel up to 24 hours prior to arrival. Book before October 26 for a stay before 30 June 2021. Price: from $350 for 2 nights Visit: exclusive.hotel.qantas.com.au Book directly with Cape Otway Lightstation in Victoria and use the code “Explore” to save 10 per cent on stays in either the Lightkeeper’s Cottage, Lighthouse Lodge or Lightstation Studio. Built in 1848, the lighthouse, which is known as the “Beacon of Hope”, sits 90 metres above the pristine ocean of Bass Strait, just off the Great Ocean Road. Book before the end of November 2020

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Grim times for Hong Kong’s travel agencies as 71 companies fold, with more likely to go by year-end

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has halted international trips, took its toll on 71 Hong Kong travel agents this year, but the industry regulator has warned that the worst is yet to come.

“The outlook is most gloomy for travel agents,” said Alice Chan Cheung Lok-yee, executive director of the Travel Industry Council, which issues licences to agents. “Who can survive a zero-income situation for such a long period?”

‘We are dying’: Hong Kong tourism industry begs government to restart travel

The companies closing between January and the middle of last month joined about 100 which shut down last year, after tourism took a hit from months of anti-government protests in the city.

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Chan told the Post that there were 1,723 travel agents still in business at the middle of September, compared to

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Travel deals: Tasmania, South Australia, Hamilton Island | The Canberra Times

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Experience untamed natural beauty on this four-day walking tour of Bruny Island. Picture white-sand beaches, rugged forest and Antarctic wildlife, all just off the Tasmanian coast. The four-day journey includes return transfers from Hobart. You’ll stay three nights at Bruny Island Lodge and spend your days trekking. All meals are provided. Travel before 19 December 2021. Discover the treasures of the south on this seven-night Wonders of the Murray River and Kangaroo Island Tour. Stay three nights in Adelaide, with a full-day Barossa Valley tour, and a night on Kangaroo Island. Next, you’ll embark the paddlewheeler Murray Princess for a three-night river cruise. Excursions and 13 meals are included. Take control with a five-night self-drive Hunter Valley and Port Stephens itinerary, departing Newcastle or Sydney. Pop into award-winning wineries in the Hunter and spend two nights at 4-star Cypress Lakes Resort By Oaks. Venture

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Travel deals: Green Island, Crown Metropol Perth, Ovola deals nationwide | The Canberra Times

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Ovolo Hotels is offering a 25 per cent discount on any two-night stay booked Australia-wide when you sign up to the boutique hotel group’s Friends with Benefits program. A bottle of wine and box of chocolates can also be expected on arrival. There are Ovolo hotels in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. Price: from $240 per night Visit: ovolohotels.com Save $650 on a two-night stay at Crown Metropol Perth. No expenses have been spared at this glam resort in the Western Australian capital. Palm-fringed pools, restaurants, boutiques and a casino… all before you leave the resort. Spend two nights in a Luxe room including daily breakfast for two at the Atrium, a bottle of sparkling wine and valet parking. Travel before 30 November 2021. Price: from $469 for two nights Visit: luxuryescapes.com Visit the Great Barrier Reef while on a

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Governor issues $1M grant for Magazine internet upgrade – News – Times Record

MAGAZINE — The governor allotted more than $1 million to the city of Magazine for internet upgrades, aiding remote education needs during the pandemic.

The $1,025,000 was allotted from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed by Congress earlier this year.

Denny Stone of The Magazine Telephone Company said they are using the grant money to create a fiber line to that disperses WiFi.

The fiber system works by creating a physical line that contains pieces of glass. Pulses of light travel down the line to create the connection, said Joseph Sanford, the interim director of digital health and innovation for the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Stone said that the state will cover 80% of the grant, and his company will pay the other 20%.

The state issued more than $33 million to companies to entities aiming to

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