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Jumping Out of a Plane

                                  Over ten years ago when Chelsea graduated from high school we asked her what she wanted to mark the occasion, what gift would she prefer...    Chelsea's smile had a tinge of mischief and her eyes started to sparkle. I thought to myself this is not going to be a typical response, I better prepare myself. I sat down. She said she would like to parachute out of a plane. I looked at my feet and thought to myself that is what you get for marrying a wild Frenchman...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Coco Chanel, French la Vie


Pick me a Winner

Hi AllBefore it was time to go back to work we went down to Hong Kong for a few days of warm weather shopping and an evenings racing at Happy Valley racetrack. Happy Valley was built by the British on the only piece of land on the island that is
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Happy Valley


Paddling in Zhuhai

Hi AllTime for some warm weather. We took the bullet train down to Guangzhou and then the commuter train to Zhuhai. We stayed in the Jingjiang Inn on Fenghuang street which has a great location close to the beach parks shops and restaurants. We
Tags: Travel, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Fenghuang, Jingjiang Inn


(Closed) Live from Nullcon 2019 Day 2 – Elections, disinformation, cybersec and more

Welcome to MediaNama’s Live Blog from Nullcon 2019. Please note that quotes may be paraphrased for brevity and speed. Notes from the Keynote panel: “Hacking Elections for Fun & Profit: Disinformation & Cognitive Cyber Offence”. Moderated by Pukhraj Singh (PS), cyber threat... ...
Tags: Travel, Security, Elections, News, Privacy, Internet, Cybersecurity, Conference, Data Security, Data Mining, Nullcon, Pukhraj Singh


Live from Nullcon 2019 Day 2 – Elections, disinformation, cybersec and more

Welcome to MediaNama’s Live Blog from Nullcon 2019. Please note that quotes may be paraphrased for brevity and speed. Notes from the Keynote panel: “Hacking Elections for Fun & Profit: Disinformation & Cognitive Cyber Offence”. Moderated by Pukhraj Singh (PS), cyber threat... ...
Tags: Travel, Security, Elections, News, Privacy, Internet, Cybersecurity, Conference, Data Security, Data Mining, Nullcon, Pukhraj Singh


Who is Avi Dandiya and what is his credibility?

There is one Avi Dandiya who has released an extraordinarily inflammatory video that contains an “audio recording” of an alleged “phone call” between Amit Shah and some unknown woman. This video purports to show that Amit Shah got Indian soldiers killed in Uri and now in Pulwama, in order to provoke a “retaliation” that would […]
Tags: Travel, Politics, India, Amit Shah, Pulwama, Uri, Avi Dandiya


Alternative Ways to Spend Your Time in Orlando

Orlando, Florida is synonymous with theme parks, however, there is more to this beautiful part of the world than just rollercoasters, arcades, parades, and cotton candy, though. There are lakes, gardens, zoos, ranches, adventure parks, watersports, and, of course, one of its oldest attractions, Gatorland. If you do fancy doing something other than visiting Walt Disney World Resort or LEGOLAND Resort when you next take a trip to Orlando, then, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of thi...
Tags: Travel, Blog, Orlando, Pirate, Florida Panthers, Orlando Florida, Walt Disney World Resort, International Drive, Gatorland, Orlando Executive Airport ORL, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park


What to do in Siem Reap

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital city, but Siem Reap is the country’s capital of tourism and culture. The city is home to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and is the commercial hub of northern Cambodia and the surrounding section of the Mekong Delta. While Angkor Archeological Park is worth at least a visit, there are plenty of things to do in Siem Reap beyond the temples. The city’s signature pagodas and mellow vibe stand in stark contrast to Southeast Asia’s bustling urban hubs, but that d...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Angkor, Angkor Wat, Da Nang, Siem Reap, Mekong, All, Phnom Penh, Viva, Wang, Battambang, Tonle Sap lake, Pub Street, Sim Reap


Best things to do in Grinnell, Iowa

The Midwest tends to get a bad rap in the travel world. Even when publications aim to tout it, a backhanded slight is rarely far away — take Vogue’s write-up on Kansas City, for example. The first four paragraphs amount to “Where? Mississippi?” underscoring the idea that a Midwesterner’s ignorance is intolerance but coastal ignorance? Well, that’s just cute and relatable. The Washington Post sums this phenomenon up nicely with its “You’re Going Where?” series, though it’s kind enough to inclu...
Tags: Travel, Mississippi, Washington Post, Indianapolis, Chicago, Harvard, New York Times, Iowa, Vogue, Monsanto, Ncaa, Boulder, Buffalo, Kansas City, Fargo, All


Tallinn 2 Museums and a Walking Tour

I can't decide whether I like that nothing seems to open until 10 am here. It does mean that I can get some extra sleep and take my time getting ready but I also feel like if things were open earlier I could see and do more each day. After a leisurely
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The River Walk

blog 030119 The River WalkAfter the usual morning routine I washed off the car just to get the worst of the dirt off. I sure felt better even though it's not clean. Back to my favorite parking lot in town I found the entrance to the river walk
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Travel Alert March 2019: Winter Weather to Affect Northeastern and Rocky Mountain United States and Southeastern Canada

If the northeastern United States, Rocky Mountain area of the United States or southeastern Canada are in your travel plans over the weekend, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to winter weather which is already disrupting travel. Through Monday, March 4, 2019, up to one foot of snow is expected to accumulate from... The post Travel Alert March 2019: Winter Weather to Affect Northeastern...
Tags: Travel, Canada, United States, Airlines, News And Weather, Southeastern Canada, Rocky Mountain United States, United States Rocky Mountain


My Africa Diary Part 2

This is the second episode of video blog to present a slideshow of my journey through my dreamland Africa. I have tried to capture the imagination of my viewers through my lens presenting a slideshow with my narration. It is the beautiful Masaimara Many c
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DAY 8 KANDY

Today was a welcome cycle free day starting with a guided tour of a tea factory at Giragama just outside Kandy finishing with a nice cuppa to sample. We then returned to Kandy by tuk tuk to wander in and around the city which is very clean by Asian standa
Tags: Travel, Kandy, Giragama


If You Ask Marriott If Your Data Was Stolen, Plan to Wait a Month to Hear Back

I've continued pressing Marriott for a timeline, how long it will take customers who have submitted even more information to them to find out if their data was part of the breach? They've finally shared Thirty. Days. And that's a 'goal'. They want you to know they are not breaking the law ('consistent with regulatory expectations') which is apparently their standard for customer service. Continue reading If You Ask Marriott If Your Data Was Stolen, Plan to Wait a Month to Hear Back...
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#Saudi Aramco faces key test of demand in global debt markets | Financial Times

Saudi Aramco faces key test of demand in global debt markets | Financial Times:Saudi Arabia’s state-owned energy company is preparing to issue a debut bond — a key test of investors’ willingness to do business with the kingdom five months after the murder of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.Plans to offer shares in Saudi Aramco, billed as the biggest initial public offering in history, were put on ice last year because of concerns over valuation and litigation risks. Now the kingdom is turning to the...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Wall Street, ExxonMobil, Financial Times, Saudi Aramco, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi


Canada’s Oil Capital Takes a Page From the OPEC Playbook - Bloomberg

Canada’s Oil Capital Takes a Page From the OPEC Playbook - Bloomberg:When prices for Canada’s heavy crude collapsed late last year, Alberta did something quite out of character. The traditionally conservative, free-market-loving province took a page out of OPEC’s handbook and ordered its largest oil producers to throttle back output by about 325,000 barrels a day, the equivalent of almost 9 percent of daily production.The move was an unprecedented intervention meant to rescue Canada’s oil produc...
Tags: Travel, Opec, Canada, Alberta, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, OPEC Playbook Bloomberg


How to haggle in Morocco’s markets

The Moroccan souk , or marketplace, is heaven for the shopaholic. Marrakech, Fez, Tangier, and every other major Moroccan city have extensive markets, usually packed within the walls of a medina, or old city, where cars are banned and foot traffic is dense. Sellers cram themselves into countless alcoves along snaking walkways. Colorful goods hang overhead, burst from every corner, overwhelm the eye. Merchants clamor for attention from passersby, especially anyone who looks foreign with money t...
Tags: Travel, US, Morocco, Haggling, Marrakech, All, Bazaars, Sahara, Matej Kastelic Shutterstock, Haggling In Morocco, Morroccan Souks, Souks, Marrakech Fez Tangier


Timing the key for Gulf's equity markets | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Timing the key for Gulf's equity markets | ZAWYA MENA Edition:GCC markets have gotten off to a strong start in 2019 led by the market in Saudi Arabia, which is up approximately 8 percent  year-to-date (YTD). The recent rally on the Tadawul Index has been led mainly by foreign investors, who bought close to 4.4bn riyals ($1.17 billion) through QFIs and Swaps during the first month of the year in anticipation of inflows that will come from FTSE and MSCI inclusion in March and June respectively.The...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, GCC, Brent, Ksa, MSCI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Tadawul Index


Oil falls 2 percent as demand worries overtake supply cuts | Reuters

Oil falls 2 percent as demand worries overtake supply cuts | Reuters:Oil prices settled down about 2 percent on Friday, ending around 3 percent lower on the week as concerns over global demand growth after weak U.S. manufacturing data overshadowed OPEC-led supply cuts and sanctions on Venezuela and Iran.After strengthening early in the session to over a three-month high, U.S. crude futures turned sharply lower on demand worries. The ISM manufacturing activity index in February sank to the lowest...
Tags: Travel, Opec, Iran, Venezuela, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


#Qatar fund seeking Deutsche Bank stake of at least 5 percent - Spiegel | Reuters

Qatar fund seeking Deutsche Bank stake of at least 5 percent - Spiegel | Reuters:The sovereign wealth fund of Qatar is seeking a stake of at least 5 percent in Deutsche Bank, a German magazine reported on Friday.Der Spiegel, citing unidentified sources, said the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) could buy the stake on the open market or from Chinese conglomerate HNA, which has a 6.3 percent holding in Germany’s biggest bank.Discussions with Germany’s financial market watchdog Bafin are already un...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Qatar, Deutsche Bank, Der Spiegel, HNA, SPIEGEL, Qatar Investment Authority QIA, Bafin, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


In rebuff to Trump, OPEC oil output drops further in February | Reuters

In rebuff to Trump, OPEC oil output drops further in February | Reuters:OPEC oil supply fell to a four-year low in February, a Reuters survey found, as top exporter Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies over-delivered on the group’s supply pact while Venezuelan output registered a further involuntary decline.The drop of 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) comes despite criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, who on Monday tweeted a call for the group to ease its efforts to boost prices, saying they wer...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Donald Trump, Gulf, Trump, Reuters, Petroleum Exporting Countries, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Trump OPEC


COLUMN-NOPEC bills provide useful leverage for the White House: Kemp | Reuters

COLUMN-NOPEC bills provide useful leverage for the White House: Kemp | Reuters:For a proposed statute still at the first stage of the legislative process, with only a handful of sponsors in the U.S. Congress, the “No Oil Producing and Exporting Countries Act of 2019” (NOPEC) is generating a lot of comment.The amount of attention being paid to the proposed legislation is out of all proportion to its probability of being enacted into law - unless oil prices spike higher at some point during the re...
Tags: Travel, Senate, White House, House Of Representatives, Reuters, U S Congress, Kemp, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, NOPEC


Best parks in New York City

While New Yorkers are still cursing the cold winter temperatures and Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog for being wrong about an early spring, visitors can look ahead to the eventual warmer weather. As it comes off so urban and metropolitan, New York City probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of cities with vast amounts of green space. To the contrary, NYC does both, and it does both well. There are over 28,000 acres of park space all across the five boroughs, so you c...
Tags: Travel, New York, New York City, US, Earth, Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey, Manhattan, Bronx, New York Mets, Citi Field, Central Park, All, Empire State Building, Prospect Park


Alamo River Campground

We had not been sure how arrangements for meeting up with Ian and Mariah would work out so we had reserved three nights at The Alamo River Campground south of San Antonio. It turned out to be very nice. It was a workingclass place with a lot of fu
Tags: Travel, Mariah, San Antonio, Ian, Alamo River Campground


Emerald Lake in Snow

As ever Emerald Lake pleased us with its highpiled drifts. Sunbrightened snow drew us along a walking path into the dark woods. Probably a gentle stroll in the summer the way was narrow literally twofeetwide. Slight missteps took us down to our kn
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Takaisin pkaupunkiin

Lensin Bogotan. Illalla kvin hakemassa laukun edellisest hotellista. Taksilla matkustaminen oli hidasta ja kiinnostavaa. Koska pvylt olivat tukossa kuljettajat ajoivat hiljaisempia sivukatuja pitkin.
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Kolmas piv Medelliniss

Harkitsin lht Guatapeen mutta ptin kuitenkin pysy Medellniss. Ajoin taksilla sinne josta linjaautot lhtevt lentokentlle. Lhelt lhti mys kimppatakseja.Kvelin lhimmlle metroasemalle. Sielt pohjoiseen ja kysiradan
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Metrolla Medelliniss

Kvin hakemassa apteekista antibioottikuurin. Menin metrolla keskustaan. Kiersin katsomassa patsaita. Ajoin sitten metrolla Blinjan phn ja sielt kasvitieteelliseen puutarhaan. Rohkenin syd vasta matkan lopuksi hostellin lhell.
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How Business Class Suites are Regulated and New Options Coming to Redeem Star Alliance Miles

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading How Business Class Suites are Regulated and New Options Coming to Redeem Star Alliance Miles...
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