Casting our Stone

    Years ago there was an interview about Mother Theresa who was in India caring for the dying. In this particular interview, Mother Theresa was feeding a starving baby while reporters pestered her with comments such as: "You cannot save the dying, you are only one person, look at you care for one baby in the sea of many dying people. What is that you are doing... feeding one life?" and as they threw their insulting accusing anger towards her, Mother Teresa focused on the baby in her arms sayi...
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Lawmakers reach tentative deal on budget patch, loopholes let visitors break quarantine, Honolulu bus driver attacked for requiring mask, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii state Capitol ©2020 All Hawaii News Legislative Deal In The Works Would Use Untapped Funds To Dodge Budget Cuts. A new financial plan taps into mostly unused funds while moving around money for affordable housing and Aloha Stadium. Civil Beat.As the state legislature is set to reconvene on Monday, lawmakers have reached a tentative deal on a key bill allocating $862 million in state CARES Act money to the neighbor islands and for emergency services. What’s unusual about the measure...
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Wisconsin’s Lake Country guide

Wisconsin has an astounding 15,000 lakes scattered throughout the state, and no visit to this low-key Midwestern region would be complete without a detour to Wisconsin’s Lake Country in Waukesha County. Situated just 30 minutes outside of the state’s largest city, Milwaukee, and only an hour from the capital, Madison, Lake Country is home to over 250 lakes. With so many lakes to choose from, picking the right ones to visit on a day trip from Milwaukee can be overwhelming. Each has its own per...
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Future of air travel

No one can look ahead to the post-pandemic world and claim to know what it will look like. There are, however, two certainties: People will be eager to travel again, and travel itself will be very different for quite some time. Exactly what the airport experience will look like is anyone’s guess, but we already have some clues. Airports and airlines know that the only way to get people traveling again is to reassure them that the experience will be safe. The only way to do that is by complete...
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The Radical Shift That May Worsen #SaudiArabia’s Economic Crisis - Bloomberg

The Radical Shift That May Worsen Saudi Arabia’s Economic Crisis - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia’s economic downturn is about to worsen. Already reeling from the slump in oil prices and lockdowns to halt the spread of the coronavirus, the kingdom has now increased taxes and cut spending.While the government says overall expenditure will remain broadly in-line with the 1 trillion riyals ($266 billion) outlined in the 2020 budget, tripling value-added tax and cutting bureaucrats’ allowances will damage c...
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#Dubai Watchdog Fines Al Masah Capital, Bans Firm’s Founder Dash - Bloomberg

Dubai Watchdog Fines Al Masah Capital, Bans Firm’s Founder Dash - Bloomberg:Dubai’s financial regulator fined private-equity firm Al Masah Capital Ltd. and barred its founder from working in the emirate’s financial center for allegedly deceiving investors about fees.The Dubai Financial Services Authority, or DFSA, imposed a combined $5.03 million penalty on Al Masah Capital and Al Masah Capital Management Ltd. and three Al Masah executives, including the firm’s founder Shailesh Dash, the regulat...
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#Kuwait's Equate Petrochemical to issue bonds as soon as this week -sources - Reuters

Kuwait's Equate Petrochemical to issue bonds as soon as this week -sources - Reuters:Kuwait’s Equate Petrochemical Co plans to issue U.S. dollar bonds and sukuk as early as Tuesday, four sources familiar with the matter said, reviving a debt issue that it postponed in late March due to volatile markets.Two of the sources said the issue would consist of five-year sukuk and 10-year conventional bonds in a benchmark issue, of at least $500 million.In late March, Equate Petrochemical, a joint ventur...
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Airlines and Covid-19: #Qatar Air Says No Full Flights Before 2023 - Bloomberg

Airlines and Covid-19: Qatar Air Says No Full Flights Before 2023 - Bloomberg:Qatar Airways said it won’t be able to operate a full network of flights until 2023 “unless a miracle” happens within the next year, as the aviation market begins a long, slow recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.The travel industry needs “around two to three years to get back to 2019 levels,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said in a phone interview on Monday. The Doha-based company has reduced headc...
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Oil Rebounds as Deeper Output Cuts Seen Easing Storage Pressure - Bloomberg

Oil Rebounds as Deeper Output Cuts Seen Easing Storage Pressure - Bloomberg:Oil firmed in Asia as additional output cuts announced by Saudi Arabia and others were seen easing some of the pressure on storage sites that are nearing capacity.Futures in New York rose 2.1%, erasing most of Monday’s drop. Saudi Arabia announced a surprise move to slash its output by another 1 million barrels a day on top of what it already agreed with OPEC allies, while the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait also announc...
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Middle East News: #Oman (OMR USD) Bailout Likely in Crisis: S&P - Bloomberg

Middle East News: Oman (OMR USD) Bailout Likely in Crisis: S&P - Bloomberg:S&P Global Ratings said members of the Gulf Cooperation Council would likely come to Oman’s rescue if the sultanate experiences “significant external liquidity pressures,” especially in a situation that threatens its currency peg to the dollar.“In the event Oman’s external reserves deteriorate significantly, we expect that financial support from neighboring GCC countries would be forthcoming,” S&P analysts including Zahab...
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Oil prices settle lower, even as Saudi Arabia announces additional June output cut - MarketWatch

Oil prices settle lower, even as Saudi Arabia announces additional June output cut - MarketWatch:West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery CL.1, 2.49% CLM20, 2.49% on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 60 cents, or 2.4%, to settle at $24.14 a barrel after touching an intraday low of $23.67. The front-month contract rose 25.1% last week, according to Dow Jones Market Data.Global benchmark July Brent crude BRNN20, +1.85% saw a late change to its settlement on ICE Futures Europe on Monday,...
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Dunkin’ Donuts stops using Styrofoam

Dunkin’ Donuts , welcome to the 21st century. While seemingly every other quick-service national food chain did away with polystyrene foam — or Styrofoam, the brand name most people call it — Dunkin’ held fast to its white-foam roots. The stuff kept coffee hot and our hands cool, and by gosh it somehow made that cup of coffee, cream, and all the sugars they put in your Xtra Large coffee taste… like Dunkin’. But this week Dunkin’ finally announced it will be 100 percent free from polystyrene fo...
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#SaudiArabia deepens oil cuts as weak demand weighs on prices - Reuters

Saudi Arabia deepens oil cuts as weak demand weighs on prices - Reuters:Saudi Arabia will voluntarily deepen oil output cuts from June as low oil prices are causing huge pain to the kingdom’s budget and global demand remains weak due to lockdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement by the kingdom to add 1 million barrels per day (bpd) - equal to 1% of global supply - to the previously announced cuts follows last week’s phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and S...
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#UAE will make additional oil output cut in June - energy minister - Reuters

UAE will make additional oil output cut in June - energy minister - Reuters:The United Arab Emirates will cut its oil output by 100,000 barrels per day more in June than its commitments under the OPEC+ pact, its energy minister said on Monday, joining Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in announcing new crude supply reductions.“In support of efforts led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to further restore stability to energy markets, the UAE has committed to undertake an additional voluntary cut of 100,000 ba...
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UPDATE 1-Falcon Private Bank signals wind down with client transfer talks - Reuters

UPDATE 1-Falcon Private Bank signals wind down with client transfer talks - Reuters:Falcon Private Bank signalled its winding down on Monday, as the Swiss wealth manager involved in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal said it was in advanced talks to transfer clients to another Swiss bank and exit private banking activities.“We have concluded that, especially in the current environment, the controlled cessation of Falcon’s banking activities is the best way to protect the interests of our stakeholders,” its...
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More countries likely to have credit ratings cut: S&P Global - Reuters

More countries likely to have credit ratings cut: S&P Global - Reuters:Governments around the world are likely to face more credit rating cuts as the economic cost of the coronavirus continues to take its toll, S&P Global said on Monday.S&P has reviewed 90 countries, over two-thirds of those it rates since early March, either downgrading or cutting the outlook in almost half of the cases.It now has 25 countries on negative outlooks - effectively a downgrade warning - compared to just six on posi...
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BLACK's Table For Two - Birthday Celebrations In The Time of COVID-19

With so many people having birthdays at home this year due to COVID-19 it can be difficult to find something special enough to celebrate your birthday. For my birthday in isolation I try out the brand new Table for Two offering from The Star's BLACK Bar and Grill. This is a 5 course seasonal menu that you can have take away or delivered to your home!
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Notes from the Apocalypse book

Mark O’Connell is obsessed with the end of the world. He can’t stop thinking about the ways that humans fantasize about the end times — with their bunkers, and zombie movies, and tours of places that have already been touched by their own kind apocalypse. So he decided to go looking for it — the end of the world, that is. As O’Connell finds out in his new book, Notes from the Apocalypse, he’s not the only one preparing for the worst. On Youtube, O’Connell dives head first into the world of s...
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Portugal. The Man sending free books

On April 22 , Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough School Board voted to remove five classic books from the district’s elective English course curriculums. High school students in the borough, with a population of just over 100,000 and 19,000 public school students, will no longer see F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou on their schoo...
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How to Get a Passport for the First Time

One of the first rites of passage for any traveler is getting your passport. And while some people have been traveling internationally since they were little, plenty of others have never had a passport and don’t know how to get the process started. This is for them. (Please note: Applying for a passport as described…Read more...
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7 types of Italian pizza

Pizza is loved around the world. There are many American styles with fierce defenders, like New York style and New Haven’s apizza (no, that’s not a typo), which vary from the pies made at the cherished pizza shops of Paris, which are different from the pizza in Buenos Aires. But hands down, the most famous pizza in the world comes from Italy. Pizza, along with an overwhelming number of pastas, is often the first food people think of when they imagine Italian cuisine. Yet there’s no one Itali...
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Matador Network survey on travel

As normal life has been upended by the pandemic, so has travel. We’ve all been instructed to stay put, international borders are closed, and international flights are very limited, but signs that traveling is very much still on the agenda are showing. Airports and airlines are implementing new sanitation measures to restore peace of mind and make people feel comfortable about flying again, destinations like Greece are readying themselves to welcome visitors this summer, and travelers’ desires...
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Things to do in Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaica is the largest island in the English-speaking Caribbean and has a population of nearly three million. Jamaica is also home to one of the highest peaks in the Caribbean, the 7,402-foot Blue Mountain Peak, and 120 rivers, more than 200 species of orchids, and one Usain Bolt — the fastest human on Earth. If you’re the type of traveler who feels more secure holing up in an all-inclusive, then you’ll likely head to Jamaica’s picturesque, heavily touristed beach towns of Montego Bay, Negril...
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Mother bear saves cubs stranded

One mom in California brought joy to thousands of viewers just before Mother’s Day this year with her feel-good story. On May 3, the South Lake Tahoe Fire Fighters Association was called to Tahoe Keys Marina in response to three distressed bear cubs who had been separated from their mother and were stranded in the marina. But the adult bear decided she couldn’t wait for someone else to save her children. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, she was mid-rescue, having already saved t...
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Beer shortage in Mexico during COVID

As the world continues to remain on lockdown due to COVID-19, unexpected consequences continue to arise. In Mexico, for instance, a beer shortage has given rise to a thriving black market. About a month ago, Mexico decreed that beer breweries are “nonessential” for the duration of the pandemic, reported The Guardian. Bigger brands like Modelo, Corona, and Pacifico are still being brewed, but for export only. The result is growing unease as the country lurches toward the day when the supply r...
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The most popular Airbnb rentals

Not so very long ago, Airbnb was literally some guys renting space on their air mattresses in San Francisco to make rent. In the 13 years since, it’s turned into a multi-billion dollar company and made itself a verb, like Uber (or Xerox if you were born before 1975). All the while giving us access to homes, apartments, and all kinds of unusual lodgings we’d have never been able to rent otherwise. But of the tens of thousands of rentals on Airbnb, some are exceptionally aspirational. And as we...
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Iceland COVID stimulus for climate

Since Iceland has already virtually eliminated the coronavirus threat within its borders, now it’s turning its attention to climate change and using COVID-19 stimulus money to do it. The country’s second coronavirus economic stimulus package, designed to alleviate the financial strain on citizens and businesses, will also include funding for projects tackling climate change. Around $3.7 million will be dedicated to climate-focused projects, including a proposed ban on certain single-use plas...
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How To Support Tour Operators When You Can’t Travel And Sate Your Wanderlust

Tour operators have been hit hard recently, but they're still finding unique ways to help travellers sate their wanderlust from home. Check it out: You can read the original article here: How To Support Tour Operators When You Can’t Travel And Sate Your Wanderlust. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel - Trekking and Hiking Tours in Europe | Mountain Hiking | Adventure Travel Blog
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Meliá Hotels International Presents “Stay Safe With Meliá”

Meliá Hotels International has developed a program for the gradual reopening of its hotels in the post-COVID-19 recovery phase and is working together with one of the most prestigious certification organisations in the world, Bureau Veritas, to ensure that it complies with the most rigorous health and safety standards.
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Free vacations for health workers

Everyone agrees that hospital staff could use a free vacation, and luckily, it’s not just wishful thinking. NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst surprised over 4,000 hospital workers — including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and facilities and food service teams — with a free three-night vacation, courtesy of American Airlines and Hyatt. Workers will be able to take a free round-trip flight on American Airlines to one of several destinations across the US and the Caribbean, where they wil...
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