642,000 international students: Canada now ranks 3rd globally in foreign student attraction.

Canada’s international student population has tripled over the past decade to 642,000 in 2019. Canada has moved into third place globally behind the United States of America and Australia. By  Kareem El-Assal Canada is now the world’s third-leading destination of international students, with a staggering 642,000 foreign students. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data, Canada’s international student population grew by 13 per cent in 2019 compared to the previo...
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I visited the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church again (see previous posts here and here). The restoration works are almost finished.  For some reason, this time I was especially struck by the capitals of the pillars. The carved capitals are all different and many of them have very medieval types of decorations. I understand that most of these are not the original ones, but were later copied. Some of the original ones can be found at the Cluny Museum (see posts here and here). Now, almost all ...
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10 Places to Enjoy Green Holiday in the Wilderness

10 Places to Enjoy Green Holiday in the Wilderness Green Holiday in the Wilderness – Life in a big city is exciting as you wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and fresh bagels but there are times when you wish it was the fragrance of fresh grass that you woke up instead. This is when you dream about a place where living green is the essence of life. Travel planners like Far And Wild Travel help you find places for a thrilling ... Read more The post 10 Places to Enjoy Green Holiday in t...
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Doctors sound the alarm on Hawaii coronavirus risk, counties lack medical facilities, most mayors closing parks, restaurants, Kauai imposes curfew, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

A hospital in Hawaii, public domain photo All 16 Hawaii coronavirus cases related to travel; ‘no evidence of community spread,’ health officials say. The state Department of Health said today that the two new cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, are Oahu residents who had traveled outside Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii medical professionals ask Gov. David Ige to mandate extreme social distancing measures. Nearly 100 Hawaii doctors and medical providers are imploring Gov. David Ige to...
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Ten SCHEDULED Days in Casablanca Morocco

12 Mar 202021 Mar 2020Casablanca Morocco a nonSchengen country has always held a certain mystique for me since I watched the exploits of Buster Crabbe as the title character in the television series Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion in
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Day 2 Meeting the VESA group

Durban airportWe arrived at the Durban airport around 1100am. At the airport we had to wait for rest of the group members and their flights to arrive. Finally by late afternoon all the flights arrived and we were introduced to the VESA team lea
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Day 1 Zurich Layover

Renata and I left Thursday night on our way to South Africa. We had an 11 hour stopover in Zurich before we had to continue onto our flight to Durban South Africa. So we thought why not explore Zurich in the meantime.Getting from the airport to Zurich
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Meeting the VESA group

Durban airportWe arrived at the Durban airport around 1100am. At the airport we had to wait for rest of the group members and their flights to arrive. Finally by late afternoon all the flights arrived and we were introduced to the VESA team lea
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Japanese social distancing by the sea

With seemingly the whole world now implementing social distancing, self isolation and even full-on lockdowns, life in Japan inexplicably continues as normal, with no real measures in place whatsoever. Of course school closures were announced at the end of last month, with museums, concerts etc. quickly following suit. Sporting events have also been cancelled, or played behind closed doors, with one notable example being sumo, which now approaching the end of its spring tournament, has provided a...
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Around Paris

A mix of photos taken around Paris, as usual. I saw this fitting sunset the morning I found out a friend of mine died back in the States. A side entrance for employees into the Louvre Museum. A fountain in the Palais Royal. The water doesn’t run in the winter. A side entrance into the garden. Outdoor art installation. Spring is here! As are many in the world, we are practicing isolation. They will now give you a ticket if you are outside unless you h...
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COVID-19: Not just the elderly; all age groups are at risk

If you were pre-retirement age and comforted that only old folks were getting severely ill from COVID-19, understand that things have changed. Middle-aged folks are also severely impacted. And even infants, who seemed entirely protected in early reviews, are at risk. The high risk assessment for the elderly came from very early reports out of China, but now that itʻs a pandemic, and thereʻs a lot more information available, the picture is growing more complex. The u...
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Kuoni redundanciesKuoni redundancies

Derek Jones: 'We're having to do things I never thought we would have to do'
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Hysterical Journey to Historic Places

PINOS ALTOSSpanish Mexico had been mining in the area of Santa Rita del Cobre in New Mexico for a hundred years or so before Americans stumbled onto the scene and tried their hand at it too. The American effort there got underway in 1860. It was
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Home...the escape from Ecuador

Well what a couple of days it has beenWe are safely home .thank you to everyone who has been concerned about us andor has been offering advice about how to get home.At the end of the last blog we were holed up in Baeza with a sack of food. We
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Re-freshly Minted! Easy Mint Lemon Slushie {Limonana}

Limonana is one of the most popular drinks when you visit the Middle East. It's wonderfully refreshing and an absolute cinch to make! I also make this every time I have an excess of mint. Dear Reader, this is a pushy recipe!
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Australia travel ban impact

Australia started to recover from devastating summer bushfires only a month ago, leaving behind a landscape that led The New York Times to proclaim “The End of Australia as We Know It.” Many spent the hot summer indoors, unable to go outside due to the hazardous smoke that filled central business districts and country towns. Brave firefighters battled the flames trying to protect homes rather than enjoying Christmas with their families. When the rain eventually came, it provided much-needed r...
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TUI cuts pay and working hours of all non-retail staffTUI cuts pay and working hours of all non-retail staff

Company said move is necessary to protect the business
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Bookshops deliver during quarantine

As libraries close during the coronavirus crisis and bibliophiles find it more difficult to get their fix, independent bookshops in England are trying to make books accessible to as many people as possible. Much like restaurants that have been forced to shutter, several independent bookshops in Britain are getting creative to keep their business afloat and their customers reading, doing everything from delivering books to your door to helping you craft a recommended reading list for your virt...
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Spring break idiocy.

“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying”: Spring breakers are still flocking to Miami, despite coronavirus warnings.— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 18, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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How to staycation at home

We’d love for everyone to be able to travel as much as they possibly can, but sometimes, life (or a nasty respiratory disease) gets in the way, and your two weeks of paid time off cannot be spent sunbathing in Tahiti. Some people may not have the luxury of rescheduling their days to later in the year, or those days rolling over into the next year. Although it can feel like a waste of a much-anticipated break, staying at home during your annual vacation might be just what you need to get your ...
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Charities aiding hospitality workers

For many people around the country, this COVID-19 era is dark times. Restaurants and bars nationwide have laid off hourly employees. Hotels, airlines, buses, and other travel-related fields are surely not far behind. And only time will tell how far-reaching this month’s economic consequences may be. Organizations all over the nation are trying to help people who have lost their jobs or are otherwise struggling financially, and all are accepting donations. That means you, assuming you’re cash...
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Train Your Reservations And Sales Team To Show Compassion For Cancellations | By Doug Kennedy

As a hotel sales trainer, it seems very odd to be writing a train-the-trainer article about how to manage cancellations, yet this is absolutely necessary as the lodging industry has been turned upside down temporarily.Imagine how strange it must be for those who are tasked (and incentivized) for securing revenue are now dealing with a flood of calls and emails about reversing the flow. I'm sure it is time consuming, stressful and heartbreaking, especially when such staff are surely worrie...
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Oil Has Best Day Ever After Trump Hints at Role in Price War - Bloomberg

Oil Has Best Day Ever After Trump Hints at Role in Price War - Bloomberg:PRICES:West Texas Intermediate for April delivery, which expires Friday, climbed $4.85 to settle at $25.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange Global benchmark Brent crude added $3.96 to $28.84 at 3:47 p.m. on London’s ICE Futures Europe exchange [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Best virtual ways to connect social

Whether you’re on lockdown or sheltering in place, steering clear of loved ones to flatten the coronavirus curve is not doing anyone’s social life any favors. Although we’re all familiar with the physical symptoms to keep an eye on during the health crisis, boredom and loneliness are side effects of the new, post-pandemic normal that can be distressing to our mental health. To cope with social distancing, people are finding new ways to interact with their neighbors and making good use of vid...
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Qatari, U.A.E., Indian Lenders Face Exposure to Troubled Finablr - Bloomberg

Qatari, U.A.E., Indian Lenders Face Exposure to Troubled Finablr - Bloomberg:Banks from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and India risk losing millions of dollars due to their exposure to Finablr Plc, the foreign-exchange operator that’s preparing for potential insolvency, according to people with knowledge of the matter.Qatar National Bank, Doha Bank, National Bank of Fujairah, Commercial Bank International and Bank of Baroda are still owed about $300 million by Finablr’s parent BRS Ventures, wh...
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Gulf stock markets hit multi-year lows as virus, oil weigh - Arabianbusiness

Gulf stock markets hit multi-year lows as virus, oil weigh - Arabianbusiness:Gulf stock markets have plunged to multi-year lows despite massive stimulus spending as the region has suffered the double blow of plummeting oil prices and sweeping coronavirus shutdowns.Since early March, all seven bourses in the Gulf region have suffered some of their most tumultuous performances, with UAE markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as in Kuwait shedding over a third of their value.The Saudi Tadawul marke...
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Mideast airlines lose $7B as airports shut to combat virus

Mideast airlines lose $7B as airports shut to combat virus:Seven Middle Eastern countries have suspended all commercial flights due to the fast-spreading new coronavirus, as the aviation industry’s largest trade association announced Thursday that airlines in the region have already lost more than $7 billion in revenue.Those losses translate into potentially hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs in the airline industry in the Middle East alone, the International Air Transport Associa...
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UPDATE 1-U.S. blacklists 5 #UAE-based companies over purchase of Iran oil - Reuters

UPDATE 1-U.S. blacklists 5 UAE-based companies over purchase of Iran oil - Reuters:The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five United Arab Emirates-based companies, accusing them of having collectively purchased in 2019 hundreds of thousands of metric tons of petroleum products from Iran.The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement the blacklisted companies - Petro Grand FZE, Alphabet International DMCC, Swissol Trade DMCC, Alam Althrwa General Trading LLC and Alwaneo LLC Co - pu...
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U.S. oil surges 20% after three-day sell off - Reuters

U.S. oil surges 20% after three-day sell off - Reuters:U.S. oil prices rose 20% on Thursday, recouping some losses from a sell-off that drove prices to near 20-year lows, but analysts saw the rebound as a brief reprieve, anticipating more weakness as the coronavirus outbreak takes its toll on global demand. The outbreak has put pressure on the market as schools and businesses have shuttered, suppressing economic activity around the globe. At the same time, the price war between Saudi Arabia and ...
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