In the end, words are all that will survive. And, after six decades of writing, Shantadevi Kanavi’s thoughts live on in six languages.

Shantadevi Kanavi, the Kannada short story writer, has passed away in Belgaum due to age-related issues. She was 87. In a six-decade life in words, Ms Kanavi had eight collections: Sanje Mallige, Bayalu Alaya, Maru Vichara, Jaatre Mugidittu, Kalachi bidda Paijana, Neelima Teera, Gandhi Magalu and Achcha Parimala—and a volume of collected short stories, Katha Manjari. Born in Bijapur (now Vijayapura) to Siddabasappa Gidnavar and Bhagirathidevi Gidnavar in January 1933, she became part of the vib...
Tags: Travel, Karnataka, Jane Eyre, Bijapur, Kannada, Churumuri, Literati, Kannada & Karnataka, Belgaum, Dharwad, Vijayapura, Chennaveera Kanavi, Shantadevi Kanavi, Shivanand Kanavi, Kanavi, Paijana Neelima Teera Gandhi Magalu

Senate gives itself subpoena powers as Legislature, governor squabble over CARES money; Honolulu and Kauai reopen churches and restaurants; 22% unemployment is historic high, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige press conference via Facebook live Citing frustration with Ige administration, state Senate forms investigative committee. State senators have formed an investigative committee, saying they’re frustrated by a lack of transparency from Gov. David Ige’s administration during the pandemic crisis. Hawaii News Now.Hawaii lawmakers try to move COVID-19 relief money out of Ige’s reach. Simmering frustration between Gov. David Ige and the state Legislature approached the boiling po...
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Venice Emerges from Quarantine

Venetian Cat sunbathing on the Grand Canal at Rialto - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) As Venice yawns, stretches and blinks her way into the sunlight, slowly coming out of quarantine, contrasting stories emerge -- a bit like the parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant. One individual's version of reality can depend on which part of town they see, and who they talk to -- if you go here, you will see the elephant's tusk. If you go there, you will see the trunk. Or the knee. Or the ear. ...
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Notes on innate immunity, particularly in relation to coronaviruses

This is preparatory material for a TOI blog post I plan to write to address Tim Colbourn’s question. The idea here is to understand the concept of innate immunity further and to work out whether Sunetra Gupta is right. My last tweet first: This article suggests innate immunity can work excessively (cytokine storm) – which […]
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Hawaii COVID-19 shutdown: on the ground

Hawaii COVID-19 shut down statistics tell two very different sides of the same story. It is confusing for residents, and likely for anyone considering a Hawaii vacation. On one side, there is the encouragingly low number of active cases, new cases, and hospitalizations. Recoveries and hospital discharges have been consistent. According to the Washington Post […] The post Hawaii COVID-19 shutdown: on the ground appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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The Muddler's Club, Belfast

There's a little spray painted sign that tells us to turn right to find the Muddler's Club. Our first meal in Belfast is a cracker and the Michelin starred Muddler's Club restaurant is located down a laneway (past some construction at the time). I whisper to Mr NQN, "Are we going to be mugged?".
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#SaudiArabia Economic Problems: Gulf News, Payment Programs - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Economic Problems: Gulf News, Payment Programs - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia suspended payments by two of its mortgage-support programs as it looks to cut costs with the coronavirus pandemic and lower oil prices taking a major toll on the economy.Authorities have also tripled the kingdom’s value-added tax and cut a cost-of-living allowance for government workers, among other measures.An interest-free loan program for military personnel which covers 20% of a property, or up to 140,000 Sau...
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Oxford Economics Sees Exodus of Expat Workers From Across GCC - Bloomberg

Oxford Economics Sees Exodus of Expat Workers From Across GCC - Bloomberg:Population in some of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council countries may drop as much as 10% as the impact of the coronavirus forces their largely foreign workers to leave the oil-rich nations, according to Oxford Economics.“The dependence of the GCC on expat workers and large swathes of job losses as the lockdowns bite in key sectors may result in significant falls in population, which could have longer-lasting implica...
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Oil falls on China-U.S. tensions, energy demand doubts - Reuters

Oil falls on China-U.S. tensions, energy demand doubts - Reuters:Oil prices tumbled about 2% on Friday on rising U.S.-China tensions and doubts about how quickly fuel demand would recover from the coronavirus crisis.Fuel demand plummeted in recent months as the pandemic caused governments to impose restrictions on movement and businesses closed their doors. Oil has rallied in recent days as activity started to resume.But prices dropped after China said on Friday it would not publish an annual gr...
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Eid Mubarak

The end of the holy month of Ramadan will be marked by Eid-al-Fitr this month (Photo: Shutterstock) Copyright: Other 3rd Party [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Rare white grizzly bear sighting

The Clarkson family was treated to a rare surprise while driving down a highway in Canada’s Banff National Park. Cara Clarkson was traveling with her son and husband when they spotted and filmed two grizzly bears searching for food on the side of the road. While one had a traditional brown coat, the other had a coat of white fur. “We’re talking polar bear white,” Clarkson told local media. According to experts, the bear is not considered albino; the unusual coloring is the result of a rece...
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3,600 yr old tablet seized

In 2014, Hobby Lobby — an arts and crafts retailer — purchased a 3,600-year-old Iraqi tablet bearing original text from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one the world’s oldest works of literature, from an auction house in the United States. Hobby Lobby purchased the artifact for display in the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, which was founded by Hobby Lobby CEO Steve Green. According to a statement by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the artifact was st...
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New TSA guidelines

The number of travelers passing through US airports is slowly increasing. The Transportation Security Administration’s checkpoint travel numbers went from an abysmal 87,534 screened travelers on April 14, 2020, to 318,449 on May 21, 2020. This might be an encouraging trend for the travel industry, but the more passengers there are, the greater the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus. To protect travelers, as well as TSA agents, from potential illness, TSA is updating its security procedur...
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Priti Patel announces 14-day quarantine for travellers to UK – video

From 8 June people arriving in the UK will have to tell the authorities where they will be staying and face spot checks to ensure they self-isolate for 14 days, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has confirmed. Anyone failing to comply could face a fine of £1,000UK coronavirus liveAll people arriving in UK from 8 June must quarantine for 14 days Continue reading...
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Bison attacks woman at Yellowstone

After being closed for nearly two months, Yellowstone National Park started its phased reopening on Monday, May 18. Just two days later, on Wednesday, visitors were already acting up. A woman who got too close to a bison was knocked to the ground and injured by the animal in the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin. The visitor was immediately assessed by the park’s emergency medical providers and refused to be transported to a medical facility. Park officials said it was the first bison attack o...
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Trevi Fountain: Origins and Traditions of Rome’s Most Famous Fountain

The history behind the Trevi Fountain, one of the most beautiful and best-known fountains in the world.The post Trevi Fountain: Origins and Traditions of Rome’s Most Famous Fountain appeared first on Italofile.
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STR details forecast downgrade, weekly performance

In this week's video take on weekly performance data, STR SVP of Lodging Insights Jan Freitag started out by diving into the company's forecast downgrade for 2020.
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CBRE Hotels Research Forecasts Full Demand Recovery by Late 2022

After suffering the greatest performance declines in the history of the U.S. lodging industry during 2020, the nation's hotels will benefit from what is expected to be a relatively rapid economic turnaround in 2021 and 2022, according to the June 2020 edition of CBRE's Hotel Horizons forecast report.
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$7.4 Million Awarded in Relief Grants to Airbnb Superhosts

On March 30th, we announced the Superhost Relief Fund to provide grants to tenured hosts who are facing financial challenges because of travel disruption and other impacts of the global COVID-19 crisis. Today, we are providing an update to let our community know that we have awarded $7.4 million in grants to over 4,000 hosts around the world. We continue to send out invitations and review applications in order to distribute the remaining $9.6 million in the Fund.
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(Not) Leaving on a Jet Plane | By Dr Jean-Philippe Weisskopf

Assessing the global aviation situation and harnessing possible solutions in its quest for survival. Not just the pros and cons of private credits versus government funding, but also the need for solidarity and the role of environmental issues.
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Michelin Stars Shining Brightly in Unusual Places | By Beatrice Venturini & Jasper McWhinney

Who said that setting up shop in a central, fancy location with state of the art decor was the way to secure a Michelin star? These three examples showcase the fact everything is possible, award-wise, if your produce is top quality, carefully-sourced, imaginatively put together and consistently delicious.
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 16 May

The Canadian hotel industry recorded steep year-over-year declines in the three key performance metrics during the week of 10-16 May 2020, according to data from STR.
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U.S. Travel’s Dow on VP’s Tourism Panel

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow and other industry leaders met with Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday at a roundtable on the hard-hit travel and tourism sector, afterward expressing appreciation for the vice president's attentiveness to the industry's concerns and needs.
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The 10 places people most want to visit in the US once travel can resume, according to

Many Americans had to cancel travel plans to follow shelter-in-place guidelines when the novel coronavirus spread. The hotel and airline industries have been hit particularly hard from recent disruptions, with airlines having to fly "ghost" planes and hotels around the world temporarily closing. But that doesn't mean we aren't all dreaming of our post-quarantine vacation.
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10 ways hotel stays will change after COVID-19

As the world slowly opens up again in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our hotel stays are set to be organised differently. Some beloved practices have to be shelved - goodbye buffet breakfasts - and new protocols introduced to ensure that travellers and staff feel safe and protected. Here are some of the ways in which hotel stays will adapt from now on.
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IBM confirms layoffs are happening, but won’t provide details

IBM confirmed reports from over night that it is conducting layoffs, but wouldn’t provide details related to location, departments or number of employees involved. The company framed it in terms of replacing people with more needed skills as it tries to regroup under new CEO Arvind Krishna. “IBM’s work in a highly competitive marketplace requires flexibility to constantly remix to high-value skills, and our workforce decisions are made in the long-term interests of our business,” an IBM spoke...
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Marriage equality in Costa Rica

By Tuesday, May 26, marriage equality will officially be legal in Costa Rica. In comparison to many neighboring countries, Costa Rica has seen significant advances in LGBTQ rights and has Central America’s only LGBT chamber of commerce. This legalization comes after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in January 2018 that all of its signatory countries must adhere to marriage equality if they are not currently doing so. As Central America is predominantly Catholic, this has not b...
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Another Stoic - The Life of a Hotel Doctor | By Mike Oppenheim

"She thinks her drink was spiked," explained the caller whose friend was bent over the toilet, vomiting. I explained that alcohol is a toxic drug and occasionally provokes this reaction. Common stomach viruses cause most vomiting. Did her friend want me to come?
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Hotel Industry, Google Team Up To Help House First Responders

AHLA today announced a new collaboration with Google to expand the industry's efforts to meet the continued demand from first responders and healthcare workers for available hotel rooms. This joint effort comes two months after the launch of American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AHLA) "Hospitality for Hope," an initiative designed to match emergency and healthcare workers who require temporary housing with hotels during this unprecedented health crisis. More than 17,000 properties acros...
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Hotel Industry Across U.S. & Canada Unite Around Enhanced Safety, Cleaning Standards

As states across the country navigate reopening and hotels begin to safely welcome back guests, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today announced that hospitality leaders across North America have endorsed Safe Stay, AHLA's enhanced industry-wide cleaning guidelines. AHLA's Partner State Associations, who represent the hotel industry in each state across the country, as well as leading hospitality organizations in the U.S. and Canada representing the depth and breadth of the...
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