Day: September 14, 2020

Mondee Buys Rocketrip To Expand Travel Spending

Travel tech company Mondee has acquired New York City-based startup Rocketrip to expand travel spending incentives, according to a report from Skift.

The report noted that, for many businesses, travel spending can become a headache when employees end up spending too much on their corporate cards while out on the road.

Rocketrip’s premise is to offer benefits to employees who consciously restrain themselves on corporate spending, Skift reported. Companies like iHeartMedia, Twitter, Feld Entertainment and others are currently using it.

Mondee uses a tech platform called TripPro, which companies use for various operations. It also owns TripPlanet on its corporate side, which works with smaller businesses, providing them a toolkit to book travel without the aid of agencies. Rocketrip’s behavioral reward system will be a part of that offering, Skift reported.

With the acquisition by Mondee, Rocketrip can access the former company’s

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Alleged Gang Member Accused Of Shooting Outside Kew Gardens Hotel

KEW GARDENS, QUEENS — A 15-year-old suspected gang member faces a charge of attempted murder for a shooting this summer outside a troubled Kew Gardens hotel that local elected officials are asking the city to shut down.

The Jamaica teen stands accused of following a 17-year-old boy out of the Umbrella Hotel on Queens Boulevard and shooting him just before midnight on July 3, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

A bullet struck the 17-year-old in the right leg, shattering his femur, and he fell to the ground and rolled under a car to hide from his shooter, prosecutors said.

He was rushed to the hospital and went right into surgery.

The shooter was identified on surveillance video and arrested the next day, according to prosecutors. Authorities have not released his name because he is a minor.

A grand jury later indicted the teen on charges

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Winston-Salem native, former parks and recreation supervisor dies of cancer at 62

Art Blevins, a former supervisor with the Winston-Salem Department of Parks and Recreation died of pancreatic cancer at 62 years old.

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Blevins worked with the department for 38 years, most of it as the supervisor at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center.

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Click the video player above to learn more about the life of Art Blevins.

“We were blessed for some many years in the community with an angel,” said Tim Grant, a retired director. “He did the things to really make an impact upon young people. He never gave up on you. If you made a mistake. He gave you another chance. If you made another mistake, he gave you another chance.”

Grant said Belvins would go above and beyond, taking kids to see games at Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University.

Harry Giles III, who is from Winston-Salem, played with Duke and is

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Ric Cabot & Shelby Semmes: Recreation access needs state support

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Ric Cabot, who is president & CEO of Cabot Hosiery Mills/Darn Tough Vermont, and Shelby Semmes, the Northern New England area director of The Trust for Public Land.

Vermont’s mountains, trails, lakes, rivers, and woods have long provided the strong foundation upon which our community and economy are built. This couldn’t be more apparent than during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our parks and public lands have seen record visitation rates as recreation has provided essential mental and physical well-being and safe places to be during this difficult time. Robust sales of hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, and hunting equipment in our local businesses has also shown the promise for the outdoors as an important driver of our economic recovery. 

As our nation continues to face both a public health and economic crisis, Vermonters can utilize the outdoors as a strategy for the state’s future prosperity. Prior

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