Hawaii not ready to reopen yet, residents chafe against beach restrictions, federal payments to hit unemployment checks, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hawaii per state Department of Health Gov. David Ige expects Hawaii stay-home order to be extended beyond April 30. Gov. David Ige said Monday that Hawaii’s stay-at-home order probably will be extended past April 30, but said the state is looking at loosening some local restrictions on specific activities such as delays in elective surgeries. Star-Advertiser. Despite decline in new cases, Ige says he’s not ready to ease stay-at-home restrictions. Hawaii is repo...
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Quick & Easy Egg Fried Rice

Ever since I left home over twenty years ago, my Mom and I have had many a phone conversation around food. There would be times when the sole purpose of my call to her would be to find the ingredients... The post Quick & Easy Egg Fried Rice appeared first on Hooked on Heat.
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HFTP Debuts Two USALI Certificates, Developed and Powered by Ascend

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is debuting two new professional certificates which demonstrate one's expertise in the USALI 11th Revised Edition: The USALI-11 Certificate, Theory and USALI-11 Certificate, Practice. Each certificate is a four-module course which cover the concepts, organizational structure and application of this industry-wide reporting standard. Developed by Ascend, a hospitality talent development company, the courses are available to all, wit...
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Facebook buys 9.9% stake in Reliance Jio for $5.7 Billion; Our Take

So it’s confirmed: Facebook has bought 9.9% stake in Jio Platforms Limited, the parent company of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, for $5.7 billion (Rs 43,574 crore). This makes Facebook the largest minority shareholder in Jio Platforms, and values Jio Platforms at $65.95 billion (Rs 4.62 lakh crore, pre-money). Reliance Industries had said last quarter, that […] ...
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Facebook buys 9.9% stake in Reliance Jio for $5.7 Billion; Plans

So it’s confirmed: Facebook has bought 9.9% stake in Jio Platforms Limited, the parent company of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, for $5.7 billion (Rs 43,574 crore). This makes Facebook the largest minority shareholder in Jio Platforms, and values Jio Platforms at $65.95 billion (Rs 4.62 lakh crore, pre-money). Reliance Industries had said last quarter, that […] ...
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Capacity Building for Reconstruction of Mosul's Cultural Heritage

UNESCO and ICCROM (The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) sign an agreement on capacity building for the reconstruction of Mosul's cultural heritage. ICCROM, through its Regional Conservation Office in Sharjah (UAE), will provide a two-year capacity building programme for professionals and craftspeople to contribute to the reconstruction of Mosul's Old City. This programme is possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of...
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Crude Oil Latest: WTI, Brent Sink Again When Glut Overflows Tanks - Bloomberg

:Oil’s collapse is deepening.Just a day after U.S. crude futures for May delivery plunged below zero for the first time ever, June futures plummeted 43% to close below $12 a barrel in New York. A massive supply glut brought on by the pandemic and a worldwide shortage of storage space have touched off a relentless rout that has shifted the entire forward curve for oil. The meltdown spreading across global oil markets has already wiped out tens of thousands of jobs and frozen billions of dollars ...
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The demise of a Tokyo danchi, or social housing complex

The golden era of Japanese danchi, or social housing projects, peaked in the early 1970s when the large-scale construction of concrete tower blocks eventually caught up with the huge number of young, urban middle-class families looking to move out to the suburbs. Influenced by Soviet architecture designed to deal with similar population demands, danchi were relatively cheap and efficient to build, but at the same offered a new kind of lifestyle to a generation of Japanese looking to make a break...
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Valle D’Itria-Cisternino

Driving south from Calitri towards Lecce we passed fields with olive trees, but it wasn’t until we were off the highway heading towards Cisternino that we came upon the ancient trees that Puglia is known for. The gps directed us onto a dirt road through a grove of trees lined by short rock walls. It […]
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Virtual Travel/Tourism

cool things that tourism is doing to promote places, destinations, tourism boards, national parks.  Sanparks, live webcams (link to live animal)  Keukenhof flower fields, Netherlands Egyptian ministry of tourism and antiquities. Virtual tours of some of the most famous museums and archeological sites in Egypt. English Heritage, Stonehenge interactive tour
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Souper Sweet Potato & Blue Cheese Soup

Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables that are also ideal for quarantine as they keep for a long time. With a natural sweetness to them they lend themselves to sweet or savoury dishes easily. This sweet potato and blue cheese soup only has a few ingredients and yet is satisfyingly creamy thanks to a roux rather than adding cream!
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Still Here

Life goes on, even if it’s not exciting. Basically, we are afraid to go outside. We still make occasional trips to the grocery store but it’s pretty stressful. I’ve been having very vivid dreams, some of which wake me up. I think it might be because I’m taking Claratine for allergies along with my over the counter sleep medication. The last one was where I was driving a car and no matter how hard I tried I was lost. I’m not much of a dream interpreter but I think it must mean I have no control o...
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Brent oil futures plunge as growing glut feeds market panic - Reuters

Brent oil futures plunge as growing glut feeds market panic - Reuters:Brent oil futures prices plunged again on Tuesday as oil market panic extended into a second day with no end in sight to a swelling global crude glut as the coronavirus pandemic has obliterated demand for fuel.The most-actively traded U.S. contract, which expires in June, briefly sank into single-digits a day after traders had to pay $37.63 to get rid each barrel of oil at settlement of the expiring May contract. Facing a dear...
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Mideast News: #Qatar Airways to Defer Salary Pay for Some Staff - Bloomberg

Mideast News: Qatar Airways to Defer Salary Pay for Some Staff - Bloomberg:State-owned Qatar Airways is planning to defer salary payments for mid-level and above staff in Doha for three months starting April.The basic monthly salary of those employees will be subject to a 50% deferral, according to a statement. This “position will be kept under review depending on the economic situation,” the airline added.“The company will credit salaries back as soon as possible when circumstances allow,” the ...
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#UAE News: #AbuDhabi's NMC Health Investor May Revamp Debt - Bloomberg

:Abu Dhabi-based KBBO Group, once one of NMC Health Plc’s biggest shareholders, plans to restructure its debt and is weighing strategic options for the business, people familiar with the matter said.KPMG LLP is advising the privately-held investment firm on the asset review along with ways to address the company’s debt load, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.The company plans to negotiate with its creditors under a process supervised by th...
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#UAE telco Du reports 4.8% drop in year-on-year revenues for Q1 - Arabianbusiness

UAE telco Du reports 4.8% drop in year-on-year revenues for Q1 - Arabianbusiness:Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), Du, has announced a 4.8 percent drop in revenues to AED2.99 billion for the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year (AED3.14bn), which has been blamed on a contraction in mobile and other revenues.According to a company statement released on Tuesday, mobile revenues for Q1 declined by 9.3 percent year-on-year (yoy) to AED1.5bn “impacted by lo...
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#Dubai real estate fund weighs debt options amid downturn -sources - Reuters

Dubai real estate fund weighs debt options amid downturn -sources - Reuters:Emirates REIT, a Dubai-based sharia-compliant real estate investment trust, is considering buying back some of its roughly $400 million in outstanding Islamic bonds to improve its balance sheet, three sources told Reuters.The idea is one of a number the company is considering in the face of the economic pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which are weakening an already sluggish property market in Dubai.The comp...
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Brent oil drops 25%, near two-decade lows on scant demand, storage - Reuters

Brent oil drops 25%, near two-decade lows on scant demand, storage - Reuters:Brent crude futures plunged 25% on Tuesday to the lowest in nearly two decades, a day after panicked traders sent U.S. oil below minus $40 per barrel on fears of a historic glut due to the destruction of fuel demand by the coronavirus pandemic.Monday’s historic crash in U.S. crude futures saw the front-month May contract, which expires Tuesday, settling at negative $37.63 a barrel as traders facing a dearth of storage s...
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Trump calls for U.S. oil industry bailout as prices plunge - Reuters

Trump calls for U.S. oil industry bailout as prices plunge - Reuters:U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has asked his cabinet to devise a plan to inject cash into the ailing U.S. oil-drilling industry to help it survive a historic collapse in crude prices.“We will never let the great U.S. Oil & Gas Industry down. I have instructed the Secretary of Energy and Secretary of the Treasury to formulate a plan which will make funds available so that these very important companies and jobs w...
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Oil giveaway spells doom, brings out market bears - Reuters

Oil giveaway spells doom, brings out market bears - Reuters:The crash in U.S. crude prices has turned a reliable commodity less than worthless and given fresh urgency to bearish voices, who say it sounds alarm bells for global growth and are bracing for a catastrophic collapse in asset prices.Markets are already unnerved at the specter of traders paying to get rid of May futures contracts for West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1, as storage tanks at the delivery point in Oklahoma quickly fill with...
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#SaudiArabia News: Economy Heads for Worst Contraction in Decades - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia News: Economy Heads for Worst Contraction in Decades - Bloomberg:The meltdown in oil markets is turning back the economic clock for Saudi Arabia, putting it on track for the deepest contraction in two decades.Already under lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s largest crude exporter is bracing for a second impact from the oil rout and unprecedented production cuts negotiated by OPEC and its allies. Both will slash government revenue, and in turn der...
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What to Do in Singapore: An Adventure Guide

Planning your next family vacation? Singapore is full of fun activities for everyone in your party. Here’s a guide on what to do in Singapore! Did you know that Singapore attracts over 18.5... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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The Many Languages Missing From the Internet

Imagine your favourite social media platform does not let you post in English. Now think of a keyboard that won't allow you to type in your own words. You would have two options: either switch to another language or remain digitally silent. This is the reality for most people that speak indigenous languages and dialects. From a report: There are nearly 7,000 languages and dialects in the world, yet only 7% are reflected in published online material, according to Whose knowledge?, a campaign that...
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Hawaii Update Through April 20, 2020

We know everyone is interested to know when Hawaii is going to open back up for visitors. It’s unclear when that will happen. More time is needed before the Hawaiian Islands can open back up for tourism. In the meantime, we wanted to provide relevant information and data to show you where Hawaii stands to date. How has COVID-19 affected Hawaii? Through April 20, 2020, here is the data reported by the Hawaii Department of Health. 584 people have tested positive for the coronavirus. Here’s how...
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Video: Marriott CEO Says Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change Hotel Stays

No one knows when the lodging business will bounce back from the social-distancing measures designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but it's a safe bet that the deadly pandemic will change the experience of staying in a hotel.
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Marriott International Launches Global Cleanliness Council to Promote Even Higher Standards of Cleanliness in the Age of COVID-19

Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), which for 92 years has been recognized as a hospitality leader for its commitment to quality, exacting standards, and rigorous training, announced today that it will be rolling out a multi-pronged platform to elevate its cleanliness standards and hospitality norms and behaviors to meet the new health and safety challenges presented by the current pandemic environment.
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A Sustainable Exit Strategy: Managing Uncertainty, Minimising Harm

The lockdown imposed in the UK to slow the spread of Covid-19 has saved many lives. Across Europe, only full lockdown has worked to reduce the reproduction number of Covid-19 below 1, slowing the rate of spread and buying time. But the economic, social and other health consequences of the suppression measures are severe. The Office for Budget Responsibility anticipates a 35 per cent fall in GDP in Q2 if current restrictions remain in force through June, and unemployment is expected to ris...
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Business Travel Has Stopped. No One Knows When It Will Come Back

Business travel worldwide has basically come to a standstill in the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hong Kong’s Legacy Luxury Hotel Players Join Forces to Aid in Recovery

Hong Kong's legacy hotel companies are ditching competition for collaboration with one another, as daily arrivals to the city sank to below 100 visitors per day at the start of April.
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STR: US Hotel Performance For March 2020

In its first month with a visible impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. hotel industry reported double-digit declines in the three key performance metrics during March 2020, according to data from STR.
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