New laws coming, Oahu rents dropping, vote by mail cards AWOL, fireworks injuries around the state, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii state Capitol PC:Danny de Gracia New laws you could see in the 2020 Legislative Session. The start of the year means lawmakers will soon be convening at the state Capitol to pass what could be a new set of laws for the islands. KHON2.New state laws focus on justice system, guns, marijuana. Hawaii residents and visitors caught with small quantities of marijuana can rest assured they won’t be charged with criminal offenses under a new law that takes effect this year. Star-Advertiser....
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Finding An Unlikely New Home at the Four Seasons Orlando

Today I’m pleased to share a guest post from good friend and fellow lover of all things Disney, Brandon Owen. Brandon has spent decades visiting Disney Parks around the world, amassing a treasure trove of great tips and tricks along the way. That’s just one reason of many why I’m thrilled he agreed to share his own unique experiences at the Four Seasons Orlando, a resort that I also dearly love. To learn more about Brandon as well as follow his own travels around the world, please be sure t...
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Notes from Riyadh

So, a few days ago, I was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. And this was my first trip there. And these are some notes observations from the trip, in case anyone is curious. First things first. It is safe. Probably safer than in India. I walked alone for miles and did not get uncomfortable at all. People are VERY friendly, simple and helpful. Most speak some degree of Engish. It is not tough to get around with local taxis, Ubers, and Careems. No, there is no public transport. They are making a metro but...
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Lean on Love

  This mysterious thing called life. So unbelievably beautiful, complex and deeply intertwined. Today my cousin died. A beautiful, talented, do-anything-for-anyone, tender-hearted young man. His death is shocking. I am so sorry for his children, his parents, our family. I do not understand life at times but this I know: Love deeply, reap the unending gift that it is to love and be loved, and when sadness comes because it will lean on those who love you. Lean in and let others hold you. Godspeed...
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NAMA Digest: Policy updates, internet shutdowns, 5G, telecom and more

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian digital, tech and business ecosystem. Policy updates NSCS extends deadline to submit comments on National Cyber Security Strategy 2020: The National Security Council Secretariat extended the deadline to submit comments for the formulation of the National Cyber Security Strategy 2020 (NCSS 2020) by 10 days until […] ...
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What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 12

As I was being led to a table in a restaurant in which I was about to dine recently, as I was passing by one of several televisions which were attached to the wall, I saw this portion of a game show on the screen... ...and I immediately found something which was incorrect. For this... The post What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 12 appeared first on The Gate.
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This award-winning wheelchair integrates right into an airplane seat for easy boarding and de-boarding

Securing a Discovery Of The Year Award as well as a Platinum Winner Award at the European Product Design Awards in 2019, The Row-1 by Ciara Crawford surely has stumbled on a brilliant solution for a problem that no designer recognized before. The Row-1, simply put, is an inclusive-design wheelchair that lets disabled and elderly patrons at an airport go straight from the check-in desk to inside the airline, and de-board the flight at their destination. The wheelchair works exactly how you’d expe...
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Touching tributes paid to BA crew killed in Heathrow car crashTouching tributes paid to BA crew killed in Heathrow car crash

Money floods in for fundraising page set up by colleagues
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The Insane Mileage Run-Mexican Prison Story From An Ex-Producer Of The Bachelor Was Mostly True

The story of a "mileage run gone wrong" by a former producer of The Bachelor lit up the internet. It was a crazy story of a last minute flight out of the country to earn American Airlines status that went bad. Many observers have tried to pick apart the story as 'too good'. It turns out to be at least mostly true. Continue reading The Insane Mileage Run-Mexican Prison Story From An Ex-Producer Of The Bachelor Was Mostly True...
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Economics Library: Essential Scholars

The thing that astonished me the most when I came to the United States was the public library. Every city and even rinky-dinky towns have public libraries. These are open to all and for free, unlike say university libraries. Fortunately for me, my formal schooling prepared me by giving me the tools (reading comprehension and … Continue reading "Economics Library: Essential Scholars"
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Glacier Alley and Magellan

We sailed though Glacier Alley in the Beagle Channel after leaving Ushuaia yesterday. The weather was misty with a freezing cold wind. Colder than anything we've had so far although it may have been because the temperature got up to 20 in the afternoon an
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Boarder Crossing Siem Raep Temples New Years

I'm gunna combine three days into one 30th 1st as the first day consisted of 11hrs Travel the third was just just relaxing so generating an entry on its own to say The wheels on the van go round and round isn't exactly the most riveting. Not that
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Kindle eReader Buying/Upgrading Guide

The Kindle Oasis is currently the most expensive eReader Amazon offers. But is it the best? Of that, we’re much less certain. Do you have a Kindle eReader?  If you do, is it time to get a newer one with extra features?  If you don’t, should you get one, or can you get by with the Kindle App on phones and software on computers?  If you are getting a(nother) Kindle, which model should you choose?The quick answer to these questions is that if you already have a Kindle that doesn’t have a screen l...
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Tokyo police officers and a grimacing graffiti face

Some streets are most definitely more welcoming than other streets.
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Travelex sites down after software virus attack | Financial Times

Travelex sites down after software virus attack | Financial Times:Travelex sites were down on Thursday after the foreign currency service discovered it had been hit by a software virus.The company said it had immediately taken all of its systems offline “as a precautionary measure in order to protect data and prevent the spread of the virus” after learning of the attack on New Year’s Eve.The early results of its investigation show no signs that personal or customer data were compromised. Travele...
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Sweet As Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy in the centre of Sri Lanka with its sweet moniker is most famous for the Temple of the Tooth as well as being the second largest city in Sri Lanka. People make the pilgrimage there to pay their respects to the buddha's tooth.
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OPEC Output Falls as Gulf Nations Step Up Delivery of Oil Cuts - Bloomberg

OPEC Output Falls as Gulf Nations Step Up Delivery of Oil Cuts - Bloomberg:OPEC’s output declined last month as several Persian Gulf producers stepped up their implementation of cutbacks aimed at balancing global oil markets.Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates reduced production in December, the final month of a round of restrictions by the cartel before it presses on with new -- and even deeper -- curbs this year.Output from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries fell by ...
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Real estate slump unlikely to dampen interest in #Oman’s Aman REIT IPO | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Real estate slump unlikely to dampen interest in Oman’s Aman REIT IPO | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Notwithstanding the protracted slump in the real estate sector across the wider Gulf region, the promoters behind Omans maiden Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) the Aman Real Estate Investment Fund (under formation) are optimistic that the promise of a healthy dividend yield will lure Omani, expatriate and international investors to buy shares in the Fund when it opens to the public on Thursday.Around 10...
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Cheapest cities in the world

Perhaps you’ve been reading all these year-end “Where to go in 2020” stories and thinking to yourself, “Well, that sure must be nice for people who have money to do stuff like travel.” But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Keeping your eyes on cheap flights can get you out of the country for less than the cost of a trip home for Thanksgiving. And a lot of cities around the world won’t cost more than $75 a day once you get there. Starling Bank took a look at the average costs of food, ent...
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Oil edges up on Mideast tensions, trade optimism - Reuters

Oil edges up on Mideast tensions, trade optimism - Reuters:Oil inched up on Thursday on rising tensions in the Middle East and signs of improving Washington-Beijing trade relations, but a strong U.S. dollar limited price gains.Brent crude futures LCOc1 settled at $66.25 a barrel, gaining 25 cents. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 settled at $61.18, rising 12 cents.The dollar rose about 0.5% .DXY, recovering from a six-month low after a downbeat December left the index virtually unch...
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#SaudiArabia bans insurance and re-insurance activities within the same firm - Reuters

Saudi Arabia bans insurance and re-insurance activities within the same firm - Reuters:The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) has prohibited combining insurance and reinsurance brokerage activities in the same company, effective immediately, it said in a statement on Thursday.The agency said it had taken the decision to increase the stability of the insurance sector, boost its contribution to national economic growth and reduce “wrong practices” in the industry.Companies that currently combine...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf markets gain; blue chips weigh on Egypt - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf markets gain; blue chips weigh on Egypt - Reuters:Major Gulf stock markets closed up onThursday, moving in line with oil prices and global stocks,while Egypt retreated as blue chips declined.Oil prices rose to begin the new year on Thursday, buoyed bysigns of improving trade relations between the United States andChina, which eased concern over demand and rising tensions inthe Middle East.U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Phase 1 oftrade deal with China w...
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American Airlines is Being Sued for “Trafficking” the Havana Airport

The plaintiff says his father owned the Havana airport when it was taken by the Cuban government during the 1959 revolution. He purchased what was then Rancho Boyeros Airport seven years earlier from Pan Am and made investments to "modernize[.] and improve[.] it by extending the runway and building a new terminal building." It was taken during the Cuban Revolution and he's suing American Airlines (and LATAM) under the Helms-Burton Act. Continue reading American Airlines is Being Sued for “Traf...
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Forget Bed Bugs. What’s With the Stink Bugs in Hotel Rooms in West Virginia?

When John Denver unapologetically sang the praises — with a teardrop in his eye — of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River in the 1971 song Take Me Home Country Roads, nary a mention was given to an invasive pest known as the brown marmorated stink bug in the “almost heaven” of West Virginia. The “Brown marmorated stink bug was accidentally introduced from east Asia (China, Japan, Korean) into eastern Pennsylvania and was first collected in Allentown in 1998, although it probably arrived...
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11 Best Things to do in Hvar Island

Lying in the glittering Adriatic Sea just an hour’s ferry ride from Split on the mainland, Hvar is one of Croatia’s most beautiful islands and most popular tourist destinations. Its long and indented coastline is home to lots of secluded coves and gorgeous beaches, while jagged peaks, lush vineyards, and quaint little villages dot its
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SSA Spot Apartments Give Guests Ultimate Self-Service Experience

One of the most common refrains heard in hospitality today is the importance of delivering personalized service. But sometimes, all guests want is the freedom to take care of themselves.
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