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Hawaii-based ships join saber-rattling in the South China Sea; Waikiki, Maui beaches reopen; state pension fund takes hit; food stamp, Medicaid applications jump, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

The Independence-variant littoral combat ships USS Montgomery (LCS 8), bottom, and USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) operate in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys/Released) Navy sends subs to sea as message to China. The Pacific Fleet Submarine Force took the unusual step this month of announcing that all of its forward-deployed subs were simultaneously conducting “contingency response operations” at sea in the Western Pacific — downp...
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Some Indian companies are bypassing the internet to connect to their cloud providers

Companies have been connecting directly to cloud providers around the world for some time, through a connection that is separate from the internet connection they subscribe to. But some companies have gone a step further, connecting directly to multiple cloud providers through a single link, essentially cutting off a major part of their internet use. […] ...
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Are we ready to move past panic mode now?

Liberal progressive consumers of news have long known that it pays to be skeptial of over the top reporting.  Whether it was the Gulf of Tonkin incident in Viet Nam or the more recent wars in the Persian Gulf, with Iraq presented as a major threat to world peace and security, the media loves to play on fear.   A lot of Canadians are scared right now, and that is understandable given the fashion in which most media outlets have been reporting on the novel coronavirus.  I've seen frequent refer...
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SoftBank, Saudis Would Get a Liquidity Boost From Vision Fund IPO - Bloomberg

SoftBank, Saudis Would Get a Liquidity Boost From Vision Fund IPO - Bloomberg:SoftBank Group Corp.’s flagship, $98.6 billion Vision Fund is almost tapped out. Its holdings of unicorn startups aren’t likely to deliver cash to investors anytime soon.Yet SoftBank needs liquidity, and there’s talk that the Saudi government’s Public Investment Fund may be looking to monetize its stake through a margin loan. (The PIF denied a Bloomberg News report that it has such plans). An answer to both problems wo...
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Airport services company dnata turns to layoffs and unpaid leave -sources - Reuters

Airport services company dnata turns to layoffs and unpaid leave -sources - Reuters:Emirates Group’s airport services subsidiary dnata is laying off some employees and has placed thousands of others on unpaid leave after a large drop in business during the coronavirus pandemic, industry and company sources said.Dnata, which employs 45,000 globally across its airport and travel services divisions, this month reported a 57% fall in annual profit after the pandemic shredded travel demand.The busine...
Tags: Travel, Emirates, Dubai, Reuters, Al Maktoum, Emirates Group, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Dnata

Best things to do in Las Cruces, NM

Most travelers to New Mexico set their sights on Santa Fe, Taos, or Albuquerque, destinations that each merit a visit. But the state’s less-traveled southern region has a fascinating vibe and culture all its own. Las Cruces is a friendly city along the Rio Grande just north of Mexico, next to russet-hued mountains that offer excellent opportunities for hiking and exploration. Add in savory cuisine spiced with green chilis and washed down with local wines, a fascinating history, and some unexp...
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Priest squirting holy water

Religious services are problematic in multiple ways when it comes to social distancing, especially when it comes to the more interactive elements of a service. Receiving the host at Catholic mass is quite a challenge when you’re not supposed to come within six feet of another human being — no less being fed a cracker by that human being. Dipping your hands into a stagnant bowl of holy water at the door to bless yourself is another issue. Father Tim Pelc of Michigan is getting creative to reme...
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Honor system in Mizo culture

India is often thought to be the destination of choice for intrepid travelers, but few venture away from the now well-trodden paths that lead to Goa, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, New Delhi, and Mumbai. Northeast India is well away from most travelers’ itineraries. Hidden from the world’s eye in between Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, and Myanmar, the region seems detached from the rest of the nation — even on the map. The forest-clad state of Mizoram that borders both Myanmar and Bangladesh, for exampl...
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Seoul digital wave how does it work

Billboard ads have become a ubiquitous part of our cities and highways, but rarely do they show anything worth looking up for. In Seoul, the largest advertising screen in South Korea isn’t exactly a canvas for cheesy accident lawyer ads. D’strict, a digital media tech company, is using the screen to display a massive computer-simulated ocean wave, as part of the Public Media Series. The billboard is located in Seoul’s COEX Square — the location of a convention and exhibition center that also...
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INCREDIBLE Short Rib Rendang (Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker Or Stove Top)!

Beef rendang gets the gourmet treatment by using beef short ribs! This gorgeous cut of beef is just made for an intensely gorgeous rendang curry and here I show you three different ways to do this - on the stovetop, pressure cooker or slow cooker! This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Oil jumps to two-month high on easing lockdowns, positive vaccine results - Reuters

Oil jumps to two-month high on easing lockdowns, positive vaccine results - Reuters:Oil prices on Monday jumped to their highest in over two months on positive early results on a potential coronavirus vaccine, optimism about a resumption in economic activity and signs producers were following through on planned output reductions.Brent LCOc1 futures for July delivery rose $2.31, or 7.1%, to $34.81 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 rose $2.39, or 8.1%, to $31.82.That wa...
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Best tips for camping with kids

This looks to be the year the world goes camping. But the Great Camping Return of 2020 may seem like a challenge for families who haven’t introduced their kids to this quintessentially American pastime. We’ve got you covered on how to pitch a tent and what to bring, and here we focus on what will make your family camping trip unforgettable — and only in a good way. We asked kids what they love best about spending the night outdoors and then added in some hard-earned parental wisdom. These res...
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5 Steps on the Path to Reopening This Month | By Babs Harrison

You can feel the energy. More of us are getting eager to travel and here's the deal: Smart money says much of the first round of travel will be local and primarily via car.Public transit (planes, trains, and subways) are a no go for many of the wary right now.A proof of this prediction is in a new MMGY poll that says there's optimism about a Memorial Day rebound for road trips: "We see in our data that people feel safest in their cars and in a travel environment in whic h they can control...
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Dream Hotel Group Signs Three New Locations In Tulum, Mexico

Celebrated hotel and brand management company Dream Hotel Group announced today a new partnership with leading Tulum-based real estate development group Los Amigos to operate three new properties in Tulum, Mexico. All three projects will fall under the company's new By Dream Hotel Group lifestyle brand.The three new locations - one beachfront hotel and two condo-hotels - will be branded as Central Park Lagunas by Dream Hotel Group Tulum, Central Park Rios by Dream Hotel Group Tulum and Th...
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The Best Travel Deals for Essential Workers

Essential workers deserve all of the perks that can be thrown their way, and it has been encouraging to see the travel industry is honoring them by offering them free and discounted travel options they can take advantage of right now.Read more...
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Copenhagen attractions kindergartens

Scandinavian countries are known for developing creative and effective solutions to societal problems at large. So it’s no surprise that Copenhagen, Denmark, has developed a definitively Scandinavian solution to providing childcare for some overwhelmed parents during the COVID-19 pandemic: The city is turning many of its most popular public attractions into temporary kindergartens. The beautiful Tivoli Gardens amusement park and FC Copenhagen football stadium, along with the Copenhagen Zoo a...
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Classic British dessert

The English are famous for their desserts. There are numerous options, from small cakes served with tea, to towering glasses of whipped cream and fruit, to traditional recipes with a history nearly as long as modern Britain itself. Most of the country’s famous desserts from the past depend on sweetened bread and butter along with cream. Alcohol often plays a major role, as well, whether for soaking, as a main base ingredient, or for starting a fire at the serving table. These are the 11 tradi...
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#Qatar halts all commercial activities until end of May - Reuters #stayathome

Qatar halts all commercial activities until end of May - Reuters:Qatar tightened restrictions on commercial activities on Monday, ordering all shops to close until the end of the month as part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.The decision taken at a cabinet meeting exempts pharmacies, food supply stores and food deliveries. Malls and dine-in restaurants were already closed but other stores had still been operating.The country of some 2.8 million on Monday reported 1,364 ne...
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Vrbo Added to Expedia Group’s Advertising Platform

After more than a year without accepting advertising on its platform, Vrbo is once again opening up shop. The home rental brand, purchased by Expedia Group in 2015, will begin to slowly introduce advertising on its homepage and across the broader site. Previously, Vrbo was using its own media team, but everything will now be...
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Qatar Airways flight attendants PPE

Your flight attendant is about to look like they just stepped off the set of Breaking Bad. They will, at least, if the rest of the airline industry takes its cue from Qatar Airways, which today released images of its new in-flight cabin crew uniforms. Which don’t look at all unlike the uniforms they wore in the basement of Lavanderia Brillante. The stunning, all-white PPE suits will be worn by every member of the cabin crew — including the first-class bartenders. In addition to the suits, the...
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Only 1 in 4 restaurants will reopen

For now, most restaurants are still only open for takeout and delivery, but that could change at the end of May when some states will allow restaurants to reopen for al fresco dining at a limited capacity. That’s great news for an industry that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in the loss of not just businesses but thousands of jobs at well. The new rules won’t save everyone though: According to OpenTable and Kayak, only 1 in 4 restaurants will reopen. Hafner broke t...
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Berkley converting streets for space

California is going European. No, the drinking age isn’t being lowered to 18, but restaurants are shifting their focus to outdoor seating to help keep the spread of the novel coronavirus in check. In the Golden State, guidelines for restaurant reopening require social distancing measures between patrons and workers, and to accomplish this, Berkeley will be closing many of the city’s streets, converting them into seating areas for local restaurants. This means the increasing pedestrianizatio...
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Venice’s Harry’s Bar to stay closed

Good news always seems to come with a catch. Today, Italy just reopened its cafes, bars, and restaurants, and announced that it plans to reopen its borders to tourism starting on June 3, but unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to visit one of Venice’s most famous bars — at least for the foreseeable future. Harry’s Bar, an 89-year-old staple of the city, famous for hosting writers like Hemingway and Capote, and inventing beef carpaccio and the bellini cocktail, is not reopening with the...
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Las Vegas airport vending machines

With hotels and casinos reopening soon with extra safety measures in Las Vegas, the city’s airport is also cleaning up its act. McCarran International Airport is making it easier for visitors to practice good hygiene by installing new vending machines that sell all the essentials to make their stay in Las Vegas as safe as possible. They dispense hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes, and face masks, making the airport the first in the country to introduce PPE vending machines. A new option to help...
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Italy and Spain will reopen

No one really knows when the coronavirus pandemic will end, but countries reopening their borders to tourism is at least a sign of progress. That’s especially true when those countries were among the hardest hit by the virus. Italy, once the epicenter of the virus in Europe, is planning to reopen its borders to citizens of the European Union starting on June 3. Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, acknowledged that the decision was risky, but believes the economic and social devastation of...
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What to see and do in Lombok

Tourists deplaning at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport can be in for quite a surprise: bumper to bumper traffic, suffocating exhaust fumes, enormous billboards obstructing beach views, and construction everywhere. The small island with four million residents welcomed 13 million visitors in 2016, a statistic that securely drops Bali into any legitimate “overtourism” conversation. This is not to say that the island doesn’t have its charm and beauty, but it’s not the wide-open paradise of...
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On the Narrow Road to Mount St. Helens

Forty years ago today, on May 18, 1980 at 8:32 a.m., Mount St. Helens erupted. The enormous first explosion wasn’t from the volcano’s top, as you’d expect.  Instead, in a fury, its north face erupted, sending rock and ash sideways at over 300 miles per Read More The post On the Narrow Road to Mount St. Helens appeared first on .
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