current favourite instapot recipe: orange beef and rice (adapted from the instant pot bible)

It doesn't look anything like this. When I mentioned on Facebook that I was making this, many people were interested in the recipe. So here it is, adapted from the awesome Instant Pot Bible. (My review of the cookbook is here.)This dish, as the authors say, crosses a retro rice casserole with the taste of classic Chinese takeout. The rice will be sticky.The original recipe is here. Below, the recipe the way I make it. What's different:- I double everything. I have an 8-quart Instapot (yes...
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Hawaii doesn't meet federal criteria to reopen, RIMPAC 'ready to flex' anyway, 1/3 of residents on unemployment, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Strapping a M777A2 towed 155 mm howitzer to a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion at Pyramid Rock Beach, Hawaii in 2018. RIMPAC Facebook photo Hawaii Gov Asks RIMPAC Participants Not To Disembark. Governor David Ige is asking the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command to disallow participating personnel aboard the ships to disembark during the international military excersise set for this summer. Big Island Video News.Navy ‘ready to flex’ Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii despite coronavirus o...
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Oil News: Just How Big Is the Biggest-Ever Slump in World Demand? - Bloomberg

Oil News: Just How Big Is the Biggest-Ever Slump in World Demand? - Bloomberg:How low can you go? That seems to be the question bothering the world’s big-three oil forecasting agencies as they grapple to come to terms with the size of the slump in oil consumption triggered by the international response to the Covid-19 virus.The International Energy Agency, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and the U.S. Energy Information Administration have all updated their oil market forecasts ...
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Possible megadrought in Western US

As if the current global pandemic wasn’t already enough to deal with, a new contentious study published in the journal Science on April 17, 2020, suggests that the American West is undergoing a megadrought. A megadrought is a naturally occurring multi-decade event with periods of high severity. The study says that this particular megadrought actually began in the year 2000 and is made worse by climate change. The effects of this drought are said to be extremely severe, leading to shrinking w...
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Wild boars in Haifa, Israel

Living through this pandemic has been more difficult for some than others. For wildlife, it’s definitely been a holiday; from to goats taking over a town in Wales, animals are having a blast in the world’s currently empty streets, towns, and parks while we’re stuck at home. In the Israeli city of Haifa, wild boars and their babies have made themselves very much at home, trotting the streets in large numbers and rummaging through garbage for snacks. Wild boars, some as bulky as Rottweil...
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Lanai Tabura & Show Aloha Challenge raise $500K to feed seniors

When Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast cohost Lanai Tabura returned (remotely) to the show , he and Aloha Bruce talked about Lanai’s important work with The Show Aloha Challenge. The Hawaii Aloha Travel ohana is thrilled to report that the program has reached the $500,000 mark in its fundraising goals. Show Aloha is a community-based program […] The post Lanai Tabura & Show Aloha Challenge raise $500K to feed seniors appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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#UAE News, Middle East Job Cuts: Banks Can't Cut Staff Jobs - Bloomberg

U.A.E. News, Middle East Job Cuts: Banks Can't Cut Staff Jobs - Bloomberg:Banks in the United Arab Emirates are not permitted to terminate the contracts of citizens due to the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, the central bank said in a statement on Thursday.The order does not include Emirati employees who have resigned or breached job duties that require letting them go, the regulator said. Workers’ salaries cannot be reduced in response to the virus outbreak, either.The Gulf nation ear...
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#SaudiArabia, Russia Hint at Further Action to Stem Oil Rout - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia, Russia Hint at Further Action to Stem Oil Rout - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia and Russia signaled they may be open to further output cuts after the latest OPEC+ deal to curb global oil supplies failed to stem crude’s downward spiral.The two nations will “continue to closely monitor the oil market and are prepared to take further measures jointly with OPEC+ and other producers if these are deemed necessary,” Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Saudi counterpart Prince Abdulazi...
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Airline Future is Empty Middle Seats Now and Business Class Only Later

Wizz Air is considering flying with empty middle seats to enable social distancing while on flights. This would need to be combined with all passengers have masks and other sanitizing and safety... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula travel

Volcanic cones raising from the dense jungle, bumpy backroads leading to booming waterfalls, miles of zipline cables stretching above the rainforest, and hidden beaches — Costa Rica is the ultimate playground for those seeking adventure and relaxation. The Osa Peninsula, a sliver of land located in the southwestern corner of the country, is among the country’s most remote and biodiverse regions — a Pacific enclave that allows for slow travel and cultural immersion without the crowds. Eco-lodg...
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Explore Notre-Dame in this 360 video from Ubisoft’s VR experience

It’s been a year since a devastating fire destroyed the historic cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Today Ubisoft teased a release of its VR tour, which was originally made using assets from Assassin’s Creed Unity. So if you’ve been missing an inside look at the cathedral’s interior, here’s your chance for a look. The video description calls it a “360° video teaser of Ubisoft’s VR experience, based on Notre-Dame de Paris 3D reconstitution from the videogame Assassin’s Creed: Unity.” Ubisoft debut...
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Human connection after COVID crisis

George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel, 1984, begins, “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” What feels like an eternity ago, we woke up inside our own dystopia. It’s not exactly 1984 — at least those guys got to go outside — but you don’t need a totalitarian oligarchy to realize you’ve entered a painful new reality with no visible exit door. In movies and literature dystopian societies have a certain hopeless permanence. There’s a sense that the world was...
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Italy Revisited-First Stop Lucca

For the past ten years April is the month when I pack my bags and head to Italy for my Panini Girl week in Lucca. This year due to a wedding in California in early May I planned my tour for mid September. Little did I know that our world would be shaken up and […]
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Johannes Bronckhorst’s studies of ancient Vedic religion and Buddhism

This indologist seems to have arrived at very similar views to that of Sanjay Sonawani. e.g. Brahmanism: Its place in ancient Indian society – Johannes Bronkhorst (PDF and RTF).     His other works include:Greater Magadha (2007; Indian reprint 2013), Buddhism in the Shadow of Brahmanism (2011; Indian reprint in preparation) and How the Brahmins […]
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Caireid Away By Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast has a bit of something for everyone. From a luxurious afternoon tea, a look at what it was like to sail on the Titanic at the £101 million Titanic Belfast to a picturesque Game of Thrones tour there's so much to do!
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The history and future of emojis

Texting vernacular has come a long way since this form of communication first became a reality. Gone are the days when a person had to use letters, numbers, and punctuation to create a very limited range of facial expressions. Emoticons are still much in use today, but together with the rise of the smartphone, they’ve paved the way for their successors: emojis. Emojis, unlike emoticons, are image-based, which opens up many possibilities when it comes to what they can be of — expressions, actu...
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What to do in St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine , on the coast of northern Florida, is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. This town of about 15,000 has a rich and complicated history that’s reflected in its handsome architecture and dining options shaped by the city’s diverse cultures. St. Augustine also offers options for water sports, historic tours, ghost and pirate lore, and exotic animal encounters — all of which make this picturesque city just an hour south of Jacksonville the idea...
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Oil mixed as weak Chinese data, growing U.S. supplies offset Trump plan to ease lockdown - Reuters

Oil mixed as weak Chinese data, growing U.S. supplies offset Trump plan to ease lockdown - Reuters: Oil prices were mixed on Friday, with weak Chinese economic figures and rapidly filling U.S. crude storage offsetting bullishness built on U.S. President Donald Trump's outlines for the U.S. economy to emerge from the coronavirus shutdown. Brent futures LCOc1 rose 26 cents, or 0.9%, to settle at $28.08 a barrel while West Texas Intermediate crude contract (WTI) for June CLc2, which became the day’...
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Hotel Sales Teams: Use Downtime To Up Your Game At Using Screen Share, Video Email, Webcam Sales | By Doug Kennedy

Based on the conversations I'm having this week with our KTN clients, it seems that hotel sales teams are finding that there's a lull in activity right now. The flood of calls and emails regarding cancellations and postponements has abated, and most hotels are lucky to have even a trickle of RFP's coming in from traditional channels. For most markets, being too aggressive with traditional cold-call prospecting right now might be perceived as being insensitive. As a result, salespeople mig...
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Inside the era of virtual classrooms

The coronavirus pandemic is teaching humans all kinds of new things. How to occupy our Saturday nights when the bars are closed, how to get creative with at-home gym workouts, mastering the art of a social-distancing happy hour. In addition to teaching us these new skills, the virus is also changing the way we teach each other. With most schools around the country closed through the end of the year, learning has gone virtual. That’s new and potentially terrifying territory for many teachers ...
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Keep Dreaming

Even in an uncertain world, we still believe in the power of travel. Keep dreaming, and when it’s time to explore again, we will be there for you! The post Keep Dreaming appeared first on The Roaming Boomers.
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EY ordered to pay $10m to #Dubai whistleblower | Financial Times

EY ordered to pay $10m to Dubai whistleblower | Financial Times:Accountancy firm EY has been ordered to pay $10.8m in compensation to a former partner who blew the whistle on a client in Dubai suspected of laundering money and smuggling gold.In an excoriating High Court ruling, Mr Justice Kerr awarded the payout to Amjad Rihan, who previously worked as an auditor for EY in Dubai. The ruling found that the accounting firm had breached professional duties in its handling of a 2013 audit of Dubai-b...
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Amanda Staveley taps ‘anti-Wall Street’ skills to woo Saudi elite | Financial Times

Amanda Staveley taps ‘anti-Wall Street’ skills to woo Saudi elite | Financial Times:Last October on the Red Sea, British financier Amanda Staveley and her husband stepped aboard the megayacht of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Also among the party were Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, and global business chiefs including SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.This week one of the fruits of that trip became evident...
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Bookstore delivers mystery bags

Since people can’t visit bookstores to get their regular literary fix, businesses are getting creative with ways to give customers the reading material they crave. When all nonessential businesses in Boulder, Colorado, were ordered to close, Trident Booksellers and Cafe was faced with a decision: close completely, or find an ingenious solution to stay afloat and satisfy its customers. Rather than throw in the towel, the shop decided to bring books directly to its customers via bicycle delive...
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Lion sleeping on roads in Kruger NP

Animals have been taking true advantage of lockdown conditions all around the world, filling the void left but humans on city streets and in parks. While mountain goats take over Wales and coyotes make themselves at home in the empty streets of San Francisco, in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, lions, impalas, zebras, African wild dogs, hyenas, and giraffes have taken up residence on the roadside and on golf courses. Park ranger Richard Sowry took some photos of a pride of lions sleepin...
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Social distancing park in Austria

Right now, social distancing must conform to the pre-existing spaces in our lives. It’s up to us to navigate parks, sidewalks, and walking trails in a safe and responsible way, because those spaces were not built to accommodate the reality of COVD-19. Austrian design studio Precht wants to make social distancing easier for those who live in urban areas and still want to enjoy green spaces, so it designed “Parc de la Distance.” Photo: chrisprecht/Instagram The ingenious and beautiful curvy ...
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Positive environmental news Apr 2020

This is The Climate Win, the most positive sustainability news around the world every week. If you’re like us, you’ve been supporting your favorite local restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic by ordering takeout and buying gift cards. Kudos to all who have done so, and a social distancing balcony clap to the restaurant staff holding it down — and to those sent home simply trying to hold on. The thought itching in the back of our collective head, however, is that all these to-go orders ...
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What are stave churches

Most of Europe’s finest cathedrals and basilicas are made of stone, set in the heart of the world’s grandest cities, products built to showcase the power of the Catholic church. In Norway, that’s not how it happened. Yes, churches were built. Yes, the same classic basilica plans were used. But the structures were built of wood and called stavkirker, or stave churches. These beautiful, often tiered, somber-hued giants stood tucked at the foot of quiet mountains, between meadows and farms, or ...
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Hot dry noodle vendors in Wuhan

On the morning of April 8, Wuhan, ground zero of the global coronavirus outbreak, quietly reopened after 78 days of lockdown. Breakfast stalls selling hot dry noodles opened, too. Eager customers quickly lined up. Dine-in service was still not allowed. Many eaters just dug into their noodle bowls standing on the curbside. “I haven’t had it for two months. I’ve missed it a lot,” a woman exclaimed, holding an almost-finished paper cup of hot dry noodles in her hands, in a video posted on socia...
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Lyrid meteor shower April 2020

If you missed the beautiful pink supermoon that peaked on April 7, know that you can make it up with the Lyrid meteor shower. The shower will be visible from April 16 to April 30, but its peak is scheduled for April 21 and 22. The best time to see the natural light show is after moonset and before dawn. Watchers might be able to see as much as 20 meteors per hour, although NASA reported that the celestial event has previously dazzled observers with hundreds of stars per hour. The Lyrid met...
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