Caldwell extends Oahu lock-down, but opens parks; Kim mandates masks on Hawaii Island; Victorino defies state beach ban on Maui, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian Airlines flight at Honolulu airport ©2020 All Hawaii News On average, more than 125 visitors fly to Hawaii every day despite coronavirus quarantine. The Hawaii Tourism Authority reported today that 444 trans-Pacific passengers arrived on Monday, including 111 visitors and 151 residents. Star-Advertiser.The visitor industry showed signs of deterioration before hotels began to close. The rapid deterioration of Hawaii’s hotel industry in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns began to hit i...
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COVID-19 will test the limits of the privacy debate

By Shashidhar KJ With the unprecedented spread of the COVID19 disease across the world and the spiralling death count, technology giants like Google and Facebook are stepping up their efforts to help the governments contain the outbreak. Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that Google and Facebook are in talks with the US government to aid in […] ...
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Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19

News release Temporary rule change aimed at helping health-care facilities, other workplaces under pressure April 22, 2020 — Ottawa —To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical good...
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A Not So Modest Proposal - An excercise in creative writing...

Balphus was pleased, things were going well. No operation ever goes off without a hitch, there are almost always surprises that weren't anticipated, but so far there hadn't been any unexpected or insurmountable incidents.  The agent was working as designed, the collateral damage minimal at best.  In another twenty four months, give or take, the world's human population was going to be both younger and healthier. Balphus couldn't remember the last time he'd heard his first name, he and the three ...
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List of Australia’s 265 SELF-DECLARED MORON ECONOMISTS – or just call them commies

From here: [Screenshot for posterity – URL and front end of letter | FULL page] Stinging critiques: Coronavirus: Return to sender — economists’ letter is gibberish – HENRY ERGAS and JONATHAN PINCUS   === THE PUBLIC GALLERY OF SELF-DECLARED MORONS == Alison Booth—Professor of Economics, Australian National University Jeff Borland—Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne […]
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#Ramadan kareem to all celebrants - unfortunately this year health guidelines should be followed #stayathome

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Day 30 of the Lockdown

Day 30 of the lockdown.  Or this may be 31ist for all you care. Let's carry on with whatever number. Day 36 otherwise.Hello, blog, or whoever is reading this.As I start writing this, it is 4:42 AM and I have just done the dishes. What an ungodly hour to do dishes. But I don't know what else to do at this time. I am tired - physically, mentally, and emotionally. For some reason, I can't get sleep (one reason is that the AC has conked off and the people I've taken it on rent from can't fix, cos lo...
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Chewy And Crunchy Anzac Biscuits!

It's almost Anzac Day and what better way to commemorate the occasion than with baking a batch of these delicious Anzac biscuits. But the big question is which type to make, chewy or crunchy Anzac biscuits? We've got you covered with both recipes! There's also a bonus Anzac biscuit ice cream sandwich recipe with a golden syrup and ginger ice cream filling!
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Crave Interactive launch ServeSafely to protect restaurant staff and customers from COVID-19.

22 April, London. Crave Interactive, a leading global hospitality technology company, today announce ServeSafely, an innovative range of solutions that enable restaurants to protect staff and customers by using technology to maintain social distancing at all times and eliminate the need to handle menus, cash or payment terminals.
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How You Think Airlines Should Change, Post-Pandemic

At the beginning of this week we asked you what you think airlines should change, once the pandemic is over and life returns to something close to normal. We received over 60 comments, with many of you noting that it’s unlikely airlines will change (at least for the better). Which may be true, but hey, we’re trying to…Read more...
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Lockdown in Paris: Day 39 - Earth Day

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It’s a bit sad to think that people have been trying to save this planet for half a century, and we still ended up in the place we are now. It would be nice to think the current pandemic would bring people to their senses. Happy Earth Day I still have hope, especially because since I’ve been with Sea Shepherd I’ve met so many passionate people fighting to do everything possible to make a difference. Today we celebrated Earth Day, despite our fleet b...
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10 Breathtaking Lake Louise Hikes, Banff National Park

Lake Louise hikes are some of the best you’ll find in Banff National Park – and even Canada. Superlative mountain and alpine lake scenery is the reward for your efforts. The downside to most but not all of the Lake Louise hikes are the sheer number of people on the popular trails – especially Lake Agnes and the Plain of Six Glaciers.  If you can do it, book accommodation somewhere close to Lake Louise so you can spend more time hiking than driving. Then over three or four days knock off any nu...
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COVID-19: Management During A Crisis

It's been over a month since COVID-19 travel bans and social distancing mandates have forced the hospitality industry, and much of the world, into a state of shutdown. The coronavirus has changed the way we live our lives and do business. Above all else this is a humanitarian crisis, and we're grateful that the Vizergy team and their families are staying healthy and looking after each other.
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#SaudiArabia: What happens when the oil stops | @MiddleEastEye

Saudi Arabia: What happens when the oil stops | Middle East Eye: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (AFP) Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) can no longer plead youth or inexperience.That time has passed.What you see is what you get. The misrule, blunders and war associated with him as crown prince will only continue with him as king.The full repertoire of the crown prince's statecraft was on display in a stormy telephone call he made to Russian President Vladi...
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Crude Oil Latest News: WTI, Brent Updates for April 22, 2020 - Bloomberg

Crude Oil Latest News: WTI, Brent Updates for April 22, 2020 - Bloomberg:Oil recovered from a 21-year low, bucking two days of frenzied selling.Brent futures for June delivery closed 5% higher after slumping as much as 17% earlier in the day. West Texas Intermediate crude also gained in New York, ending the day 19% higher following an unprecedented plunge into negative territory on Monday. The market, already inundated with bearish signals, shrugged off a U.S. government report showing that the ...
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ICE ready to switch model for Brent oil options if prices go negative - Reuters

ICE ready to switch model for Brent oil options if prices go negative - Reuters:Brent crude oil options are not currently set up to settle at negative prices but the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) that operates the contract is ready to switch pricing models if necessary, ICE said.“We currently use Bachelier to settle Brent Calendar Spread Options and other options products where the underlier can trade at negative prices,” a spokeswoman for the ICE said in a statement.“If Brent prices become ne...
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How to Get A Refund For Your Canceled Summer Plans

Summer is traditionally a time for conquering your fear of rollercoasters or jamming out on the lawn with your crew at a music festival—but not this summer. The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed nearly enough to make large scale summer gatherings seem advisable, or even possible, and many major events have already…Read more...
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Ritz buyer revealed as brother-in-law of #Qatar’s ruler | Financial Times

Ritz buyer revealed as brother-in-law of Qatar’s ruler | Financial Times: A Qatari investor agreed to buy the Ritz hotel in Mayfair, London, from the billionaire Barclay family last month © AFP via Getty Images A 40-year-old Qatari businessman who is the brother-in-law of the Gulf state’s ruler is the new owner of London’s Ritz Hotel, UK company filings show.An unnamed Qatari investor agreed to buy the Mayfair hotel from the billionaire Barclay family last month, inflaming tensions i...
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LGBTQ Muslim Community Prepares for First-Ever Muslim Pride Festival

London is set to host what’s being hailed the world’s first-ever Muslim Pride festival, called ImaanFest, in December. The indoor event will feature workshops, panels, film screenings, an oral history […]
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#UAE News: #AbuDhabi Sheikh Tahnoon Fund in $1 Billion LuLu Bet - Bloomberg

UAE News: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Tahnoon Fund in $1 Billion LuLu Bet - Bloomberg: A Lulu hypermarket sits in Salalah, Oman.   Photographer: Schellhorn/ullstein bild via Getty Images An investment firm backed by a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family agreed to buy a stake worth just over $1 billion in LuLu Group International, which runs one of the Middle East’s largest hypermarket chains, according to people familiar with the matter.The company led by Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan a...
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Asia’s Hotels Warming Up to Automation Thanks to Growing Social Distancing Norms

Meet Genie, Gena, and Genius, the latest hires at L'hotel Island South in Hong Kong to beat the coronavirus travel slump.
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf indexes rebound from early losses as oil recovers - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf indexes rebound from early losses as oil recovers - Reuters:Major stock markets in the Gulf endedhigher on Wednesday, buoyed by recovery in Brent crude afterprices hit their lowest level since 1999 earlier in the session.OPEC+ agreed new curbs this month, but global measures toprevent the coronavirus pandemic from spreading have hit demandand sent oil prices plunging.Brent crude, which fell 24% in the previous session,touched $15.98 a barrel on Wednesday, hitting its lo...
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Love On The Battlefield: Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in the frontline against Covid-19 around the world

In the face of the battle against Covid-19 in Singapore and around the world, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels (M&C) has committed to extending support to the communities it operates in, and is standing in solidarity with key frontline workers and healthcare professionals.
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg:Updated stock indexes in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Get an overview of major indexes, current values and stock market data in Europe, UK, Germany, Russia & more. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#Dubai Financial Market launches new ESG Index consisting of 20 companies | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Dubai Financial Market launches new ESG Index consisting of 20 companies | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Dubai Financial Market (DFM) has launched the UAE Index for Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) to encourage listed companies in the UAE to expand embracing ESG best practices.The S&P/Hawkamah UAE ESG Index is developed in cooperation with S&P Dow Jones Indices and the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance in the UAE (Hawkamah). It is supported and approved by the UAE Securities and Commoditi...
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Brent crude rises after coronavirus drags it to lowest since 1999 - Reuters

Brent crude rises after coronavirus drags it to lowest since 1999 - Reuters:Brent crude oil sank below $16 a barrel to its lowest since 1999 on Wednesday, before recovering slightly on the prospect of extra pledges to cut output in addition to a pact by major producers to limit supplies.International benchmark Brent crude LCOc1, which fell 24% in the previous session, touched $15.98 a barrel on Wednesday, hitting its lowest since June 1999. By 1225 GMT, it had recovered to $21.16, up $1.83 or 9....
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Whether OPEC+ formally agrees, deeper oil cuts now look inevitable - Reuters

Whether OPEC+ formally agrees, deeper oil cuts now look inevitable - Reuters:Whether or not OPEC+ oil producers formally agree to extra oil output curbs, rapidly filling storage capacity and plummeting demand due to the coronavirus crisis may force them to cut more.With crude consumption collapsing, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other producers, a group known as OPEC+, is due to implement a deal to cut supply by a record 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) from ...
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SoftBank-backed Oyo cuts salaries, furloughs employees

Oyo is furloughing more employees globally and levying a 25% pay cut across the board through July this year as the Indian budget lodging startup looks to reduce its expenses to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that has slashed its revenue by about 60%. Rohit Kapoor, chief executive of Oyo, shared the news with employees in a virtual town hall Wednesday. The move comes at a time when Oyo has already furloughed and cut thousands of jobs in recent months globally. “Today, our company is taking a...
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Aarogya Setu will include telemedicine, greater personalisation; may act as building block for India Health Stack

Aarogya Setu will soon integrate telemedicine video consultations and “greater personalisation in terms of better data collection” in its interface, Arnab Kumar, the Program Director of Frontier Technologies at NITI Aayog who is spearheading the project on the government side, and Jay Dutta, Senior Vice President (UX Design) at MakeMyTrip and a private volunteer who […] ...
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So long, minibar: How the coronavirus will change hotel stays

A hotel stay that doesn't include a breakfast buffet, an in-room minibar and a coffee station would have been inconceivable to many Americans three months ago. But the onset of the coronavirus has prompted a sea change that could alter everything from how guests check in and eat to how rooms are cleaned.
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