$1.9B radar dropped from budget, Hawaii woman on cruise ship contracts coronavirus, Blangiardi running for Honolulu mayor, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Wind turbines in Hawaii ©2020 All Hawaii News Renewable energy rises 28% in 2019, Hawaiian Electric says. Hawaiian Electric said its use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal on the Big Island, and significantly lower wind energy production. Star-Advertiser.Hawaiian Electric Puts Activist Fund Manager On Board. The once-critical investor changed his tone on Wednesday. Civil Beat.=====Budget drops $1.9B radar. Funding for the $1.9 billion ...
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Vernon B.C. launches Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

By  Shelby Thevenot A municipality in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley is accepting applications from immigration candidates New immigrants and temporary foreign workers in Canada may have the opportunity to apply for Canadian permanent residence in Vernon, B.C.— a small city in Canada’s wine country. Vernon became the fourth community to accept applications through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) on February 1. The program will be open until February 2022. The following communitie...
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Preparing for the IELTS Exam

by  IDP Welcome back to our three-part series on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). In part one, we gave you an overview of the IELTS and answered some popular questions. In part two, we will answer more questions and dive into the steps that will help you succeed on your test. IELTS is a high-stakes test and you must be well prepared to demonstrate your English skills to the fullest. IDP IELTS provides you with multiple support tools to help you prepare to do your be...
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First Holland America cruise ship passengers begin to disembark in Cambodia

Passengers aboard the MS Westerdam began to disembark in Cambodia Friday, bringing their wayward journey to a close amid coronavirus fears.          [Author: USA TODAY]
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Beautiful images from Madagascar

In December , my family and I took a trip across northern Madagascar, the world’s second-largest island country after Indonesia and home to diverse animal species found nowhere else on the planet. The country is made up of the main island of Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island, and several smaller islands. We started on the island of Nosy Be, off the coast of the main island, and ended at the main island’s northern port city of Antsiranana, visiting three national parks along the w...
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Best local ski resorts near Zurich

Zurich, the financial capital of Switzerland, is home to world-class universities, multinational companies, and hip neighborhoods. The city has a lot going on, but during winter weekends, many Zurich residents leave town to hit the slopes. The Swiss Alps are home to many resorts, both big and not so big. Some you may have heard of — and many probably not. From this picturesque little city, it’s crazy easy to explore a huge variety of places loved by both locals and international visitors. We...
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How to plan a trip to Pakistan

For much of the past two decades, Pakistan was hardly thought of as a tourist destination. Though the mountain-rich South Asian nation had once been an integral part of the Hippie Trail, foreign arrivals all but ceased post-9/11. But the tourism department has been completely overhauled under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. The country saw a 70 percent increase in foreign tourist arrivals between 2017-2018, according to Middle Eastern news outlet Gulf News. This number is only project...
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How can I adopt ethical tourism?

Ethical tourism is now becoming a buzzword from recent months. Tourists are now more aware of their activities during their visit to different places. The consequences of any tourist’s visit could leave a mark on the mind of the locals that could be negative or positive. On the other hand, some tourist companies are exploiting the traveling niche and are creating misconceptions related to false environment claims. Following are some steps that you can adopt to ethical tourism: 1. Pack light and...
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Innovaccer wants to be the service that unifies all healthcare data

The holy grail for technology companies working in the healthcare industry is becoming the gateway for all healthcare data. Big legacy providers like Epic and Cerner are trying to reach out to hospital networks to hoover up all of their data. Google is interested in it. Salesforce is interested in it. Everyone wants to be the resource that organizes and manages healthcare data for physicians and hospital providers — everyone including the San Francisco-based startup Innovaccer, which has r...
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Is Love Possible at 35,000 Feet in 2020? These Deals and Technology Might Help…

As Valentine’s Day is about here for 2020, here is a look at the deals and technology which are available for you to meet that special someone — especially if you like to travel or are a frequent flier who does not have the time to meet people. Before delving into exactly what are some of the options available to you, please indulge me in presenting to you the following novel fictional scenario... The post Is Love Possible at 35,000 Feet in 2020? These Deals and Technology Might Help… appeared f...
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HotelPlanner acquires Australian venue platform EventConnectHotelPlanner acquires Australian venue platform EventConnect

HotelPlanner continues expansion in APAC
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Week four more than halfway

Okay folks week four and we are now in Yucatan in the colonial city of Merida. But back to last week and Santa Maria del Oro SAMAOor Laguna Santa Maria del Oro to be precise. We drove from Guadalajara airport and it was raining and the road through the
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Magical & Unique – Goblin Valley State Park, Utah Is Remote But Worth It

If you’re looking for a unique and rugged land filled with goblins, gnomes and mushroom shaped desert creatures, then don’t miss Goblin Valley State Park, one of the coolest places to visit in Utah! Goblin Valley was created by sand deposited 170 million years ago from a vast inland sea that was then sculptured by uplift and erosion by wind and water. Now we have stone gnomes and uniquely shaped goblins luring us into play. The valley, which is only about a mile across and two miles long is fil...
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Asiana Airlines asks cabin crew to take unpaid leaveAsiana Airlines asks cabin crew to take unpaid leave

Nearly all Asiana China routes suspended or downgraded
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Are Customers Being Cheated By Scales That Improperly Weigh Checked Bags?

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 Are Customers Being Cheated By Scales That Improperly Weigh Checked Bags?...
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A colourful kimono on a cold and windy day

The blustery weather was absolutely biting, but the colours of this kimono and the late afternoon sun at least offered the suggestion of some warmth.
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What is the Wim Hofmethod

I look down to see that my toes are a striking shade of vermilion. Upon closer inspection, my feet, legs, and the rest of my body, all the way to my shoulders, match the color of my toes. I’m in nothing but my soaked bathing suit and my woolen hat dancing to an upbeat tune, and after about one minute of a fun-filled, ungraceful jig, I can feel my body getting warmer. The 12 people similarly shaking it on Que Caliente beside me must be heating up again, too — everybody has a huge smile on thei...
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Feline Good At The Cat's Meow, Darlinghurst

Gone is Embers on Oxford Street. In its place is The Cat's Meow, an Art Deco style bar with a distinctly 1920's theme. In the back is a Champagne bar decked out in Prussian blue velvet banquettes with marble drink rests. The Champagne Bar space focuses on privacy-guests are asked to put their phones away in lockers to enter. The front bar has cocktails, wines and drinks as well as bar food. It also holds regular monthly roaring twenties parties.
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Amtrak is returning to Gulf Coast

Amtrak hasn’t visited the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina hit the area 15 years ago. Given the abundance of alternative transportation options like highways and cheap flights, Amtrak’s return to the area seemed unlikely. But City Council members in Mobile, Alabama, just voted for the return of the Sunset Limited — the train that once traveled along the Gulf Coast — and those who frequently traveled on the old route are sure to feel a bit nostalgic. The vote would bring back a portion of th...
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NYC campaigns help Chinatown

New York City might not be home to any coronavirus cases, but Chinatown is feeling the negative effect of the safety concerns that surround the disease nonetheless. Unfounded fears of catching the virus have steered tourists away from the area, which has dealt a serious economic blow to a community that depends on visitors frequenting its stores and restaurants. So, NYC is launching a campaign to promote Chinatown and drive tourism dollars to the neighborhood. The “Show Some Love to Chinatown...
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Pure research says radio helps with loneliness

To celebrate UNESCO’s World Radio Day, new research has been released saying that nearly half of people rely on putting the radio on to help with their loneliness. Brits say they discover on average eight new artists a year through the radio and 50% of people also listen to radio whilst on the go or doing manual labour. The survey polled 2,000 Brits and reveals the extent of loneliness felt by Brits across the country. Despite living in an increasingly connected world, 1 in 5 of those surveyed ...
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Hard seltzer festival coming to US

Whether you embraced it or not, hard seltzer was undeniably the alcoholic beverage of 2019. At first, it seemed like it might just be a passing fad, but it turns out people love the easy-drinking fruit flavors and fun-loving, casual attitude of these carbonated beverages. Not as heavy as beer or as uptight as wine, hard seltzer found its niche among millennial drinkers. And it looks like it’s here to stay. Seltzer Land, a festival celebrating fizzy, canned alcohol, is set to begin touring the...
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Why Alaska Airlines Will Devalue Mileage Plan As Part Of Joining oneworld

American Airlines had been winding down its partnership with Alaska Airlines. American viewed Alaska Airlines as a competitor once Alaska acquired Virgin America. They emphasized the substantial route overlap rather than the unique contributions of each airline. Now they've done a 180 degree turn. But for this to work for American, can Alaska have such a generous frequent flyer program? Continue reading Why Alaska Airlines Will Devalue Mileage Plan As Part Of Joining oneworld...
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Traveling with a Bus & Van: Convoying Two RVs

One of the most frequent questions we’ve gotten since we traded in our MINI Cooper for a Class-B Winnebago Travato van conversion was – do we flat tow the van behind our motorhome? And nope, the Dodge ProMaster chassis is not flat towable. And our bus conversion really isn’t meant for towing much of anything […]
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Batman-themed restaurant in London

You’d think that a Batman-themed restaurant would be located in Gotham, but as it turns out, London will be home to the first-ever restaurant inspired by the Dark Knight — not New York. The restaurant will be called Park Row, and it’s set to open in spring 2020 on 77 Brewer Street in London. The restaurant, which is a partnership between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC, and Wonderland Restaurants, will feature three bars and five different dining environments, including rooms inspired by ...
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I stopped with a friend for a glass of wine in this charming café. The exterior. It was a bit chilly outside but I guess if you have to smoke, why not? A sign inside which means the prices bring you in but the quality keeps you there. It was hanging on a coat rack. My glass of white wine being poured. It was nice to have glass to look through and see the architecture outside, not to mention the blue sky.
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Stolen bonsai trees returned

You’ve heard of art and jewel thieves, but it’s 2020 now and apparently thieves are diversifying their interests. On Sunday, February 9, 2020, at around 7:00 AM, two thieves stole two rare bonsai trees from the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Washington. The trees are over 70 years old and worth thousands of dollars, but museum staff were most concerned for their well-being, as the trees would be in danger of dying without proper daily care. Luckily, after the museum shared security footage of the ...
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You Can Still Use Alaska Miles to Book on American Airlines

Alaska Airlines announced a new “West Coast International Alliance” today with American Airlines, an alliance that will bring with it a few solid advantages for customers.Read more...
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Oil prices climb on prospects for deeper OPEC+ output cuts - Reuters

Oil prices climb on prospects for deeper OPEC+ output cuts - Reuters:Oil prices edged higher on Thursday as investors hoped the world’s biggest producers would cut output more while they largely shrugged off forecasts of slumping demand due to the coronavirus outbreak in top oil importer China.Brent crude LCOc1 ended the session up 55 cents, or 1%, at $56.34 a barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) CLc1 settled up 25 cents, or 0.5%, at $51.42 a barrel.The Organization of the Petroleum E...
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Not quite the relaxing day we hoped for

Its probably best if we start with last night and more specifically dinner. We ended up in a not so great hotel and headed to the dining room for dinner where a menu was presented. The conversation went something like this Well hav
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