Raises nixed for top state officials, Honolulu plans to allow dine-in, modified lockdown to be extended through June, Ironman postponed, Maui fair canceled, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Capitol interior PC:Charles Freedman Top State Officials Likely Won’t Get Pay Raises This Year. Gov. David Ige and his cabinet, state judges and lawmakers wouldn’t get pay raises this year under a proposal that won approval of a key panel of senators Thursday. Civil Beat.Bill Seeks to Defer Salary Increases for Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Branches in Hawai‘i. The Senate Ways and Means Committee today approved House Bill 117 SD1, a bill to defer salary increases as recommen...
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Those opposed to opening the economy need to up their game....

This pandemic is no fun for anybody, but let's not kid ourselves, for some its not that bad.   On the financial side of the equation things are actually pretty good for probably about 80% of the population.  Yes around 3 million Canadians have lost jobs, and many have seen their work hours reduced, but that's far from the majority.  According to reports, for about two thirds of the Canadian workforce things are pretty much status quo employment wise.  And of course those who are comfortably r...
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New bill for canceled flight refunds

It’s hard to pay your rent with a flight voucher. This, or some version of it, has been the refrain many people have repeated to airlines after their flights are canceled, only to be offered a voucher for a future trip. And despite a stern warning from the federal government in April, and a sizable financial bailout, airlines are still refusing to give refunds when they cancel flights. The problem is so widespread that the Department of Transportation has gotten over 25,000 complaints over th...
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Lockdown sex buddy

There’s a world of difference between lockdown for single people and lockdown for couples. Singles are sinking into the couch watching Netflix and Tinder-swiping with the vague hope of a FaceTime date. Couples might be sinking into their couches at the same rate as singles, but at least they can have sex afterward. And this disparity is unlikely to change soon. With social distancing in place and bars and clubs off the table, this is perhaps the worst possible time in history for singles have...
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Inflatable, portable Poimo e-bike

There’s one word that those in the tech-transit bubble are familiarizing themselves with — Poimo. The term, which stands for “portable and inflatable mobility,” refers to a new form of affordable transportation that aims to change how students, professionals, and others living in congested urban areas get around town. Photo: ACM SIGCHI/Youtube Currently in the prototype phase, the portable, inflatable e-bike blows up in minutes and fits inside a backpack, meaning that buying one immediatel...
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Abu Dhabi luxury travel

Jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the ultra-modern and sparkling clean capital of the United Arab Emirates. With 1.5 million residents, it is the second-largest urban area in the Emirates, after Dubai, which lies 87 miles to the northeast. Geographically, Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates, taking up roughly 80 percent of the country’s landmass. Nearly two-thirds of the UAE’s economic activity takes place here, with the majority of tourist attractions dotted along a ...
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5 Tips for Visiting Colorado as a Family

With a population of 5.7 million, the state of Colorado welcomes more than 82 million tourists from across the country and globe every year. Whether you’re heading to the capital of Denver or venturing to other territories across the state, here are five useful tips for visiting Colorado as a family. Always ‘Leave No Trace’ One of the main reasons why families flock to Colorado is to take in the stunning scenery of the great outdoors. As you can imagine, Coloradans take great pride in protect...
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Wirecard’s #Dubai business partner enters liquidation | Financial Times

Wirecard’s Dubai business partner enters liquidation | Financial Times:Wirecard’s most significant business partner of recent years, a Dubai business central to whistleblower allegations that the German payments group fraudulently inflated sales and profits, has announced its liquidation. The liquidation of payment processor Al Alam Solution Provider comes after KPMG said late last month that it could not verify that large portions of Wirecard revenues and profits were genuine. Shares in Wirecar...
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Oil slump puts pressure on Gulf states’ currency pegs | Financial Times

Oil slump puts pressure on Gulf states’ currency pegs | Financial Times:The slump in oil prices this year has prompted some investors to rekindle bets against Gulf nations’ currencies, putting longstanding pegs to the dollar under pressure.Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — together, the Gulf Cooperation Council — have kept their currencies glued to the dollar since the 1970s. That has meant mirroring US interest rates and tweaking reserves regularly to kee...
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Wirecard shares plunge as #Dubai-based partner shuts shop - Reuters

:Shares in Wirecard (WDIG.DE) fell to more than two-year lows on Friday after a Dubai-based business partner closed its doors even as the German payments company played down the impact on operations. The shares dropped after a tweet pointed to a May 11 liquidation notice in the newspaper Gulf Today by Al Alam Solution Provider FZ based in Dubai. A newspaper employee confirmed the publication of the notice in its print edition.Al Alam was one of Wirecard's routing partners for payment transaction...
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Galle-vanting Around Galle, Sri Lanka!

Find out the best places to eat in Galle with a food tour of Galle's food scene with chef and local hotelier Henrietta Cottam of Why House. We find this scenic town's best coffee, breakfast, cheapest cup of tea and eat modern Sri Lankan food!
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Oil prices jump as demand shows signs of picking up - Reuters

Oil prices jump as demand shows signs of picking up - Reuters:U.S. crude prices jumped 7% on Friday to their highest since March, on strengthening fuel demand as countries around the world eased travel restrictions they had imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.U.S. crude gained 19.7% in the week and Brent crude rose 5.2% after a week of bullish news. Both contracts gained for the third consecutive week.West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil settled up $1.87, or 6.8% at $29.43 a barrel, just ...

Exclsuive: #AbuDhabi in talks with #Dubai for support through state fund Mubadala - sources - Reuters

Exclsuive: Abu Dhabi in talks with Dubai for support through state fund Mubadala - sources - Reuters:The governments of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are discussing ways to prop up Dubai’s economy by linking up assets in the two emirates, with Abu Dhabi’s state fund Mubadala likely to play a key role in any deal, three sources familiar with the matter said.Some economic sectors have come to a near standstill in Dubai during the coronavirus outbreak, and it faces its most severe downturn since a 2009 debt ...
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Live drag show etiquette

Once upon a time , the only way to see a drag performance was to go to a gay bar. Aside from the occasional John Waters film featuring Divine, gown-clown court jesters were relegated to the stages of sacred queer establishments. Spotting a drag queen outside their natural habitat was like spotting an elephant traipsing down Fifth Avenue in New York City. RuPaul’s Drag Race changed all that. Like a gag-worthy costume reveal, drag transformed from holy queer subculture into secular sensation ov...
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How to Pack Everything You Need Into One Carry-On

With the cost of baggage increasing, the risk of lost or damaged luggage and the unsavory fact that checking a bag means the bag will touch many surfaces (germy surfaces), it’s smart to stick with a carry-on.Read more...
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Best places to camp on the beach

You know what sounds great right about now? A beach. Some nice, calming, lapping waves and a soft patch of sand to lay your head down and forget about all the problems of the world. If you can imagine yourself there, it’s not so far away. It’s right in this country, which, with 88,000 miles of coastline and countless inland lakes, has an abundance of places you can spend the night next to the water. Here are 15 of our favorite beachfront campgrounds, from the deserts of New Mexico to the shor...
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Pub Lisboeta in Lisbon

Life in Lisbon’s Príncipe Real neighborhood congregates on Rua Dom Pedro V. Afternoon shoppers ricochet between sleek concept stores. Weekend diners swarm Portuguese-Peruvian restaurant A Cevicheria ready to splurge. A few doors down, passersby slip behind the red door out front Pavilhão Chinês, an old grocery store that’s now the city’s least-secret speakeasy. Wedged between an antique shop and women’s boutique on one end of the street is Pub Lisboeta, a bar that’s hardly wider than its door...
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Marriott 20 percent off gift cards

Planning a vacation in advance is a bit tricky these days. Since the global health situation is changing on a daily basis, almost no one is comfortable booking a hotel stay multiple weeks in advance. To give travelers some peace of mind, Mariott is issuing gift cards at a 20 percent discount, good for hotel stays at any Marriott location around the world, including partner brands like EDITION, Moxy, Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, Aloft, and JW Marriott. The best part about the promotion is that you...
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New Jersey beaches reopening

New Jersey, one of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, is taking a monumental step by deciding to open its beaches in time for Memorial Day weekend. While it probably won’t look like a typical summer beach season, with some new restrictions and limitations in place, it’ll surely be a relief for the people of New Jersey who have been under stay-at-home orders since March 21. According to governor Phil Murphy, “We are living through unprecedented times, but we have confidence t...
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COVID-19 Recovery Series: Digital Marketing Management for Restaurants | By Jen Cialfi, CHDM

For restaurants, it is important to stay connected with customers both now and as you begin to reopen and adjust to the "new normal" after this COVID-19 pandemic. Your customers are as eager to get back in your restaurants as you are to start serving them again.
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How to Book a Flight

Never booked a flight before? Look, we’ve been there. Maybe someone else has always done it for you. Maybe you’re just out of college and your parents always made the travel arrangements. Or you’ve just… never flown before.Read more...
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Sanitation booth in South Africa

After the disinfection booth trial at Hong Kong International Airport, it’s now the turn of residents of South Africa to be sprayed clean before they enter public transportation. Positioned at the entrance to several bus stations and a taxi rank in Soweto, as well as a train station in Pretoria, the booths spray incoming passengers with a plant-based sanitizing solution meant to kill the coronavirus. People go through the tunnel one by one in a single-file line, and are sprayed with a mist co...
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May's positive environmental news

This is The Climate Win, the most positive sustainability news around the world every week. Happy Friday , Matador readers. A major milestone happened this week: data released by the US Energy Information Administration shows that the United States is on track to produce more energy from renewable sources than from coal in 2020. If the prediction holds, this would mark the first time that’s ever happened. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that coal is on track to produce 19 percent of o...
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Paris Partially Re-Opened: Yay! But...

As France entered “Phase 1” of our deconfinement on Monday, Mother Nature had another good laugh at our expense by replacing the unseasonably warm and sunny weather Paris has been having for the past two months with icy wind and temperatures hovering around 12°C (low 50°s). So, honestly, I didn’t actually step foot outside of my apartment until this morning (wondering if I still needed a mask if I’m already wearing a wool scarf…). Thus begins the Secrets of Paris’ latest series we’ll call “Ya...
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NextGuest Sponsors Karisma Hotels & Resorts' "Holidays for Your Heroes" Campaign

NextGuest has partnered with Karisma Hotels & Resorts to sponsor their "Holidays for Your Heroes" campaign. Karisma Hotels & Resorts and its partners are donating 150 dream vacations to essential workers and their loved ones to redeem whenever it is safe to travel again. People are invited to nominate their heroes through the campaign website or by posting an image of who they nominate on Instagram with the hashtag #HolidaysForYourHeroes. Additionally, frontline workers themselves can app...
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Our Restaurants Are Mobilizing

Accor's hotels and partners all over the world put their F&B know-how to support frontliners since the outbreak of COVID-19. Our teams have also joined forces with Refettorio Paris, restaurant located in the crypts of the Madeleine Church, supported by our Solidarity Accor endowment fund since 2018, to serve meals to people who have been branded as social outcasts (refugees, homeless people etc.).Today, Amir Nahai, CEO Food & Beverage & Lifestyle Brands, thanks all the teams involved over...
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German cafe gives pool-noodle hats

While the pandemic has been devastating for many food and drink establishments, owners have demonstrated admirable creativity in their efforts to uphold the government-mandated social distancing guidelines. Café Rothe in Schwerin, northern Germany, is one such establishment. As Germany slowly reopens, the cafe is asking all customers to wear pool-noodle hats, which effectively separates them from each other while they sip espresso on the sunlit patio. The multi-colored styrofoam noodles attac...
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Baby turtles hatch in India

Few things are cuter than baby turtles. A video posted to Twitter by user Susanta Nanda IFS, a forest worker in the state of Odisha, India, confirms this beyond any doubt. It’s baby turtle hatching season in Odisha, and the video captures thousands of tiny, young olive ridley turtles moving across a beach toward the ocean in broad daylight. If you needed a dose of stress relief to welcome the coming weekend, this is it. A sight that casts magical spell year after year👍 Nearly 2 crore plu...
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Millions of pigs to be euthanized

With pork processing plants closed across the United States due to COVID-19 safety measures, a surplus of hogs now calls for drastic measures. American farmers are facing the grim reality of having to slaughter millions of hogs that have grown heavier than 300 pounds and can no longer be processed or sold. “The system is built for certain sized pigs to go to the processor, and to be in the barns,” Heather Hill, a farmer from Indiana told NPR. “Each load of pigs we can’t sell, it definitely cr...
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Govt reconsidering mandating Aarogya Setu: Senior MEITY official

You’re reading it here first: “It [Aarogya Setu] is based on a consent[-based] framework. Ideally, in my own opinion, it [Aarogya Setu] should not be [mandatory], it should not have been made mandatory, and this is under review presently with the government because, per se, if we are taking consent, it actually contradicts with it […] ...
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