My next TOI blog post: Common questions about the Swedish model

In this two-part article I remove common misconceptions about the Swedish model. Part 1: Part 2:
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Relaxing Things to do in Dubai

Sometimes in life, we need to take a break to relax and re-energize our mind, body, and spirit. Dubai is a magnificent city that allows tourists to calm down as they take advantage of the many attractions. It is home to stunning scenic sights, fascinating cultures, lively nightlife, water-skiing, dhow cruising, Moroccan bath, massages, and […] The post Relaxing Things to do in Dubai appeared first on Dubai Expat Blog.
Tags: Travel, Dubai, Atlantis, Dubai Creek, Living in Dubai, Kite Beach, Dubai Miracle Garden, Dophin Bay

Top 5 Mug Cakes, Pizza & Quiche

Want something sweet but don't want to make an entire cake? Or maybe you only have 5 minutes to spare to make a cake, quiche or pizza? Not to worry! I've got a selection of 5 delicious mug cakes, pizza and quiche that will fix you up for something tasty to eat in no time at all!
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U.S. weighs taking equity stakes in U.S. energy companies, Mnuchin says - Reuters

U.S. weighs taking equity stakes in U.S. energy companies, Mnuchin says - Reuters:The U.S. government is considering taking equity stakes in U.S. energy companies as it seeks to help the nation’s oil and gas sector amid the coronavirus outbreak, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday.President Donald Trump, speaking at a White House event with Mnuchin, said he wants to help industry and suggested the federal government could buy fuel for the country in advance as well as purchase airli...
Tags: Travel, White House, Treasury, Donald Trump, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Mnuchin, Steven Mnuchin

Italy Revisited-Valle D’Itria-Locorotondo

As we only had two days in this part of Puglia we didn’t get to the famous town of Alberobello. As that town is well known for its concentration of trulli,  it’s also known to be quite touristy so we decided to save it for another time. Instead we drove to  Locorotondo which we could see […]
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Inside the Oil Market: The 20 Minutes That Broke the U.S. Sector - Bloomberg

Inside the Oil Market: The 20 Minutes That Broke the U.S. Sector - Bloomberg:It was evident from the very beginning on April 20 that the oil market was headed for trouble.Frantic sell orders had been pouring in overnight and any traders who connected to the Nymex platform that morning could see a bloodbath was coming. By 7 a.m. in New York, the price on a key futures contract -- West Texas Intermediate for May delivery -- was already down 28% to $13.07 a barrel.Thousands of miles away, in the Ch...
Tags: Travel, New York, Shenzhen, Bank of China, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, U S Sector Bloomberg, A'Xiang Chen, Yuan You Bao

Latest Oil News: #Saudi Aramco Starts Cuts for OPEC+ Target - Bloomberg

Latest Oil News: Saudi Aramco Starts Cuts for OPEC+ Target - Bloomberg:Saudi Aramco began reducing oil production earlier this week ahead of the May 1 start date for OPEC+ output cuts, according to a Saudi industry official familiar with the matter.Aramco has begun to curtail production from about 12 million barrels a day to achieve the agreed level of 8.5 million barrels a day, the person said, asking not to be named discussing private information. The country joins fellow OPEC members Kuwait, ...
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Middle East News, #Saudi Binladen: Houlihan Lokey for Debt Plan - Bloomberg

Middle East News, Saudi Binladen: Houlihan Lokey for Debt Plan - Bloomberg:Saudi Binladin Group hired Houlihan Lokey Inc. as an adviser to help the kingdom’s biggest construction firm to restructure an estimated $15 billion of debt.The investment bank will assist in “a comprehensive review and financial restructuring of SBG’s capital structure,” according to a statement from Binladin International Holding Group.The restructuring is aimed at reorganizing privately-held Saudi Binladin’s assets int...
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#AbuDhabi's Etihad extends suspension of scheduled flights to at least May 16 - Reuters

Abu Dhabi's Etihad extends suspension of scheduled flights to at least May 16 - Reuters:Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said on Saturday it would extend its suspension of scheduled passenger flights until at least May 16 due to the coronavirus outbreak.The airline, which had aimed to partially resume passenger flights from May 1, said in a statement all scheduled services would remain grounded until May 16 at the earliest. Earlier in the day, it had said the suspension would last until May 15.Etihad ...
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Today Like Yesterday and Possible Tomorrow

M o n d a y T u e s d a y W e d n e s d a y T h u r s d a y  S a t u r d a y  S u n d a y               [Author: French la Vie]
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Access Now, Human Rights Watch and other rights’ groups ask for 4G restoration in J&K

41 rights’ groups, including Access Now, Committee to Protect Journalists, and Human Rights Watch, have asked the Indian government to restore 4G internet access in Jammu and Kashmir in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an open letter, the organisations said that the absence of 4G internet has hindered the work of health professionals, has […] ...
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Over the past few days, I've been working on the oregano patch. I mentioned in a previous post that I had planted oregano in the vegetable garden one year. It's a perennial that likes to roam and it started colonizing the adjacent lawn. I decided to just let it grow where it wanted to and now I have a sizeable oregano patch that comes back every year. The oregano patch out by the vegetable garden. I also discovered that this oregano (and I have no idea what particular variety it is) has litt...
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Amazon delivering tube lights, utensils in violation of MHA lockdown orders

After Flipkart, Amazon is now in violation of the Home Ministry’s guidelines over what it is and is not allowed to deliver during the COVID-19 lockdown. MediaNama was able to place orders for a tube light in Bangalore, with delivery on April 27, and for Amazon-branded steel utensils in Delhi, with delivery on April 28. […] ...
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Home Ministry allows physical shops to reopen; e-commerce still restricted to essential goods

All shops, except those in multi-brand and single brand malls, registered under respective states’ and UTs’ Shops and Establishments Act can now open with 50% of their workforce. The government said that mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing would be required. This was announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs in an order dated April 24. Through a […] ...
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Top 10 stories of the week: April 20th to April 26th 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 26th April 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. Courts, contracts, and coronavirus There’s little doubt that we’ve entered unprecedented times. Our courts are barely functioning; we’ve been asked not to step outdoors without good reason, […] ...
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The bittersweet story of Marina Abramović's epic walk on the Great Wall of China

In 1988 Abramović and Ulay trekked from opposite ends of the wall to meet in the middle, but this act of love and performance art was doomed from the startFrom the moment in 1976 that Serbian and German performance artists Marina Abramović and Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen, who died last month aged 76) clapped eyes on each other they were inseparable. Ulay found Abramović witchy and otherworldly; she found him wild and exciting. Even their initial encounter was propitious: they met in Amsterdam on ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Asia, Europe, Life and style, Art and design, Walking, Amsterdam, Walking Holidays, Marina Abramovic, China Holidays, Great Wall Of China, Abramović, Ulay Frank Uwe Laysiepen

Afternoon Tea Mackintosh at the Willow, Glasgow

No stay in the UK is complete without an afternoon tea and the one at Mackintosh at the Willow is as much about exquisite cakes as it is about the soul of Glasgow through its most famous architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, born in Glasgow.
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