National Guard to start screening passengers today, state and counties face tough budget choices, masks urged as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Staff Sgt. Joey Paulino, 154th Medical Group health services manager passes medical supplies to an awaiting civilian medical representative April 2, 2020, in Honolulu PC:U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz Gov. Ige, lawmakers face grim budget scenario with tough choices ahead. It’s tough to plan ahead when the state economy is a shambles, but Gov. David Ige and state lawmakers will have to make tough spending and policy choices for next year, and they don’t have ...
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listening to joni: #13: chalk mark in a rainstorm

Chalk Mark In a Rainstorm, 1988 After writing my first negative review in this series, I was half-dreading listening to the album. Happily, I ended up pleased and relieved. Chalk Mark In a Rainstorm is a solid album with some lovely and memorable songs. There are choices that don't work for me, and one truly awful song, but overall the album is a great improvement over the previous Dog Eat Dog.On Chalk Mark, Joni's writing is strongest when she's at her most topical. "Tea Leaf Prophecy," quotes...
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Adjusting to life in a new country and adjusting to quarantine lifestyle

I got to spend three weeks with my family in Vancouver before I moved to my new home in Winnipeg. They come to the Philippines once a year but never during the Christmas holidays so it was great to have had the chance to celebrate the holidays with them ag
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The prospect of inflationary expectations as lockdowns continue

In recent days I’m coming to the view that governments are driven by a political imperative to value all lives equally, and will NOT change tack till their societies almost collapse – which can take 4-5 months at the least. In the meanwhile things can get worse on the debt front. This is a post […]
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The long way home

R The next morning it was time so say our goodbyes and head off. I was booked on a flight from El Calafate airport in the early afternoon which required an early start. The tour company had told me that the could take me to the airport but it wouldn't be
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#SaudiArabia's PIF discloses 8.2% stake in cruise operator Carnival - Reuters

Saudi Arabia's PIF discloses 8.2% stake in cruise operator Carnival - Reuters:Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), on Monday disclosed an 8.2% stake in coronavirus-hit Carnival Corp, sending the cruise operator’s shares nearly 30% higher.The stake of about 43.5 million shares is worth $369.3 million as of Friday's close, making the investment fund the second-largest investor in the world's biggest cruise line, according to Refinitiv Eikon data. (
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NMC rejects call for administration as debt crisis widens - Arabianbusiness

NMC rejects call for administration as debt crisis widens - Arabianbusiness:Struggling hospital operator NMC Health Plc has rejected a call to be put into administration as banks in the UAE disclosed more than $2 billion of exposure.Shares in Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC extended declines after the lender revealed its $541 million of exposure to NMC, risking almost half of its annual profit. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC also tumbled after revealing it extended $291.4m to NMC, the UAE’s largest private...
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Global Oil Powers Grope Their Way Toward Historic Output Deal - Bloomberg

Global Oil Powers Grope Their Way Toward Historic Output Deal - Bloomberg: The world’s largest oil producers are groping their way toward a deal to mitigate the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on their industry. The challenge now is to nail down numbers everyone can live with.Ministers and diplomats will spend the next two days talking about who’s willing to cut production, and by how much. The most important contributions will come from oil’s trio of big powers: Saudi Arabia, Rus...
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“The great worry I have for India is that its fragile law and order situation will be dramatically compromised by extended lockdowns, as some of the poor – with nothing to lose – resort to widespread crime in connivance with India’s unaccountable police (which also has a long history of working as a team with […]
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#SaudiArabia to face "sharp" spending cuts on lower oil prices | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Saudi Arabia to face "sharp" spending cuts on lower oil prices | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Saudi Arabia’s government budget is expected to face substantial pressure as oil prices drop sharply, a report produced by ICAEW in partnership with Oxford Economics said.Despite an estimated 8 percent cut to expenditure, the public finance deficit is forecast to widen to 8.6 percent of GDP this year, which could undermine recent progress on the kingdom’s diversification agenda that is financed through public spe...
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GCC banking sector outlook: Oil price drop, COVID-19 to hit profits in 2020 | ZAWYA MENA Edition

GCC banking sector outlook: Oil price drop, COVID-19 to hit profits in 2020 | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Conventional and Islamic banks in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will see a drop in revenue and credit growth in 2020, according to S&P Global Ratings.The sharp drop in oil prices and measures implemented by regional governments to contain transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) will take a toll on sectors such as real estate, hospitality, the rating agency said in a new report. “Und...
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OPEC+ likely to agree to cut production if U.S. joins effort: sources - Reuters

OPEC+ likely to agree to cut production if U.S. joins effort: sources - Reuters:Major oil producers including Saudi Arabia and Russia are likely to agree to cut production at a Thursday meeting but only if the United States joins the effort, aimed at coping with the disastrous effect of the coronavirus on fuel demand, three OPEC+ sources told Reuters on Monday.Worldwide oil demand has dropped by roughly 30%, or about 30 million barrels a day, at the same time that Saudi Arabia and Russia have be...
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Oil falls after #SaudiArabia, Russia delay meeting, Cushing stockpiles soar - Reuters

Oil falls after Saudi Arabia, Russia delay meeting, Cushing stockpiles soar - Reuters:Oil prices slumped on Monday, pulling back from last week’s gains after Saudi Arabia and Russia delayed a meeting of oil producers aimed at resolving growing worldwide oversupply as the coronavirus pandemic pummels demand.The global oil market rebounded over 35% last week after sources at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, including Russia, said they are close to a deal...
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26.den madeira

Dnesne rano na vybornu ked ma preberala vm. Kto by to aj povedal ze toto bude moj hlavny motivator na ceste vpred.Ranajky spraveny zoznam do obchodu slnenie sa na terase zacatie citania zaklinaca.Nieco po dvanastej vybehnutie do mesta.V no
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Chicken Soup For The Soul - Oaxacan Chicken Soup

I had one chicken. I had to make it count. I wanted it to not only taste good but I wanted it to be a balm for all the ills out there at the moment. Chicken soup for the soul in the most desperate way. Chicken soup to fill a dull ache in the heart. To soothe an anxious pulse or pat a sweat dripped brow. In short, I was expecting a lot of this humble chicken. Enter Caldo de Fandango del Valle or Oaxacan Chicken Soup for the soul.
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Hawaiian recipes to enjoy a taste of Hawaii while staying at home

While we can’t truly travel to Hawaii right now, we can let our tastebuds take us there on a virtual trip. We’ve rounded up some great, simple recipes to get a taste of Hawaii, but from home. It’s the next best thing to being there. Since we don’t have the luxury of shopping around for ingredients at the moment, we tried to focus on recipes that have relatively simple ingredients that may already be in your pantry or to easy find and/or order online. Breakfast Hawaiian Style Pancakes We aim to...
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Here we go...

Here I am in the middle of a pandemic like the rest of the world. Found this portal and was thinking Why not try it out. One thing that I like to do when a lot is going on is to write it helps me to process realized when I had started up this whol
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I am a farmer.

Hello from the other sideI guess I can call myself a farmer from now on or at leat a person that is trying to be a farmer. I want to learn everything that's possible to learn AND I want to be able to use this knowledge in the future. I am hoping to
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Tripadvisor Donates $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief, Helping Restaurants and More

*EMBARGOED UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT* Travel recommendation and booking site Tripadvisor announced on Tuesday that it is enacting several tools to help local and small business weather the coronavirus storm, as well as donating up to $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts focused on the travel industry, which has been decimated by the crisis. Unlike the...
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Ya Gotta Be Lost to Find This Place

One of our unspoken rules is that the driver makes any realtime navigation decisions. Depending on the adventurousness of the driver this can result in some expected destinations. And no I am not currently talking about the scurrilous tale that I tried
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A fun week in Belize

Hello everyoneAfter a long time 7 months so be exact I'm writing another travelblogentry. With the Covid19 Corona issue worldwide most of us are at home so I do have time to write again. I'm still behind with my blogs but it doesn't matter I'l
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Switzerland leider oder zum Glck

Hallo zusammenWie einige schon mitbekommen haben bin ich wieder zurck in der Schweiz. Da die Situation in Indonesien sehr schwierig abzuschtzen ist fand ich es sicherer nach Hause zurck zu kehren. Aber die Entscheidung ist mir nicht leicht gef
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HFTP to Host Series of Hangouts to Bring Hospitality Professionals Together Online

HFTP will go live on Zoom three times a week throughout April for a new series of virtual networking opportunities called "HFTP Hangouts." All HFTP members, stakeholders and hospitality professionals are invited to attend. These collaborative, online sessions will begin on Tuesday, April 7 and will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 p.m. CT for the remainder of the month.
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Statement on Hyatt's Updated Cancellation Policy and World of Hyatt Benefits

Our purpose at Hyatt - we care for people so they can be their best - is guiding our decisions as we support you and your future travel with us. Hyatt is taking additional actions to care for World of Hyatt members and guests during this difficult time.
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Hilton and American Express to Donate Up to 1 Million Rooms to Frontline Medical Professionals During COVID-19 Crisis

Hilton (NYSE:HLT) and American Express (NYSE:AXP) today announced that the companies, in partnership with Hilton's ownership community, will donate up to 1 million hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19.
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EasyJet boosts cash reserves to andpound;2.3 billionEasyJet boosts cash reserves to andpound;2.3 billion

Airline prepares for 'prolonged grounding' of fleet
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Covid-19 package launched for agents struggling to renew insuranceCovid-19 package launched for agents struggling to renew insurance

PTS says in most cases its solution is cheape
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Airbnb 'Covid-19 retreats' threatened with finesAirbnb 'Covid-19 retreats' threatened with fines

Govt. insists holiday homes should only be used by key workers
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Japan in the Rear View Mirror

In the rear view mirror Japan still has me offkilter. What will I say if someone asks What did you think of Japan I'm a muddle of conflicting but trueforme opinions I'm intrigued but not besotted. I wrote this entry first while in Hong Kong i
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Road of the volcanoes

There is actually a road nicknamed avenue of the volcanoes in Ecuador. There for about 200 miles you can see many high volcanoes like Cotopaxi and Chimborazo if you're not in rainy season otherwise it's full of clouds.....I know I was there..
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