Military spending props up Hawaii's sagging economy, Biden wins state Democratic primary, aquarium collectors denied state approval, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

WWII vet Don Graves inspires trainees at Pohakuloa Training Area ©2020 All Hawaii News As tourism stalls, military spending continues to boost Hawaii’s economy. One of the remaining pillars of Hawaii’s economy — federal spending, including military — continues to prop up the tourist-depleted Aloha State, with the Defense Department so far resistant to the devastating financial effects of the coronavirus, which have resulted in a jobless rate of 22%. Star-Advertiser.Chinese American WWII v...
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BLLA Debuts #BoutiqueStrong Campaign To Empower Boutique Community

LOS ANGELES -- Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) and sister organization, travel discovery platform StayBoutique™, have launched their #BoutiqueStrong campaign to arm boutique hotels and businesses with the unique tools to reopen and succeed in this new landscape. These resources include an official reopening guide, private social network, and a new membership option.
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Growing Old Sucks!

Day 64 of lockdown Day 70 something Wow! Time flies! I remember talking to a friend way back in Jan if she thinks that COVID would hit India hard. She said that she thinks it's like the flu and there are hardly any repercussions for India. And then she said that India would be left untouched as COVID seems to be spreading in a narrow band of weather. Of course, since I like to follow some smart people, I took her advice and decided that I don't want to be an alarmist. And then I forgot about...
Tags: Travel, India, Ageing, Mumbai, Coke, Ageist, Chalo, COVID-19, 21daysOfLockdown

We're not all in the same boat, millions are in the water....

We were all on the same boat unitl the coronavirus iceberg hit.  The boat being the world we knew before, a ship that has now sunk.  We're all in the water now, but some are in lifeboats, some have a life jacket, and some are clinging to debris.  A few are treading water with neither, and some don't know how to swim.   And its the arrogant selfish jerks in the lifeboats who are the most despicable.   Empty and meaningless platitudes are used by thoughtless people all the time, those with m...
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Do Si Dos Peanut Butter Cookies (Copycat Girl Scout Cookies!)

Love peanut butter cookies? You'll love these copycat cookies of the famous Girl Scout Do Si Dos cookies! They're tiny bite sized peaut butter and oatmeal cookies with a delicious peanut butter filling. I made so many batches of these to get them juuuuust right down to the look and size of them. If you've always wanted to try Girl Scout Cookies, give these a go. These are a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Camping for Beginners – What You Need to Know

I’ve been camping now for 30 plus years. Growing up it was all about cottages – but when John and I moved to Colorado, camping and hiking became our focus. We were broke and camping was cheap. All we needed was the initial investment in camping gear and a tank of gas every weekend and we could get ourselves into some fabulous Rocky Mountain scenery.  With high unemployment, under employment, tanking stock portfolios and a nasty virus, this is the year to go camping. In this post you’ll find in...
Tags: Travel, Camping, Colorado, Ted, Canada, Patagonia, Newfoundland, John, Seattle, Yeti, Banff, Jasper National Park, Don, Mec, Coleman, Rocky Mountain

Russia sees global oil market balancing in June-July: RIA cites source - Reuters

Russia sees global oil market balancing in June-July: RIA cites source - Reuters:Russia’s energy ministry sees global oil demand and supply balancing in the next two months, the RIA news agency said on Monday, citing an unnamed source familiar with the minister’s speech at a state council on energy.The comments come more than two weeks before the leading oil producers hold an online conference on how to further police their joint efforts to steady a global oil market hammered by overproduction a...
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Oil steadies as demand uncertainty tempers supply cuts - Reuters

Oil steadies as demand uncertainty tempers supply cuts - Reuters:Oil prices, which have been driven higher for the past four weeks, were steady on Monday, with holidays in Singapore, London and New York dampening trade, as rising concerns over demand recovery offset supply cuts.Brent was flat at $35.13 a barrel by 1315 GMT, while U.S. oil gained 10 cents, or 0.3% to $33.35 a barrel. Both are down around 45% so far this year.“Uncertainty around the current travel patterns in the U.S. is so great ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Reuters, SINGAPORE LONDON, American Automobile Association, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Rystad Energy, Bjornar Tonhaugen

The Rest of Europe

Our rural lockdown has given us a great deal of time to devote to re-thinking websites. What makes us angry when we see a page? Perhaps it is an overwhelming presence of advertisements and the resulting slowness in loading. Perhaps it is knowing that the 375 cookies set when you arrive will have the ability to trace every aspect of your existence, your dreams, your research into garter belts, and your consumption of vast amounts of vino during your lockdown. We’ve arrived at the moment of truth...
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Banks, lamps, oil, paints, paper, planes, power, soap, silk, steel, sugar: the precocious Maharaja who made Mysore “self-reliant”—a century before Narendra Modi could say ‘atma nirbhar’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s tongue-twisting call for an “Atmanirbhar Bharat” has evoked the usual gloating among the devout who still can’t get over Niti Aayog’s nursery-school alliteration, “vocal for local”. A fine report in today’s Kannada daily Praja Vani (above) shows how hollow the PM’s slogan is, devoid of any sense of history, either of India’s pre-Independence history, or its post-Independence trajectory. The report talks of how the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore had conceptualised and...
Tags: Travel, India, Narendra Modi, Bangalore, Modi, Kannada, Mysore, Mahatma Gandhi, Mysore-Bangalore, Churumuri, Issues and Ideas, Rajas & Maharajas, Praja Vani, Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Niti Aayog, IJR

Civilization 6 est gratuit en ce moment sur l’Epic Games Store !

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 est gratuit dès maintenant et jusqu’au 28 mai, sur le store d’Epic Games. De quoi profiter de l’un des meilleurs RTS disponibles, sans débourser le moindre centime ! Voici comment faire ! Après GTA 5, voici qu’Epic Games offre Civilization 6 Alors qu’à la mi-mai, c’est GTA V qui était offert aux joueurs … L'article Civilization 6 est gratuit en ce moment sur l’Epic Games Store ! a été rédigé par Mika pour NWE / NOWHEREELSE.FR.
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Ready for a Home Design Refresh?

By now, we're all going a little stir crazy. As summer approaches for many, so does our sudden itch for cleaning, gardening and taking on those "fixer-upper" projects that you've been putting off.
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QUO Podcast: Hotel Brands Have To Differentiate Beyond Cleaning Standards

Short-term strategies must be balanced with longer-term planning, explains Demian Hodari, Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL). In an in-depth and candid discussion about the future of the hospitality industry, Demian tells David that this crisis is an opportunity for creative disruption.
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#Qatar pushing ahead with LNG expansion despite slumping demand | Financial Times

Qatar pushing ahead with LNG expansion despite slumping demand | Financial Times: The North Field, which lies north-east off the Qatar peninsula, is the biggest natural gasfield in the world © Qatargas Qatar is forging ahead with the expansion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas project and eyeing investment opportunities overseas despite a slump in global energy demand and the collapse of oil prices.Saad al-Kaabi, the country’s energy minister and chief executive of Qatar P...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Qatar, Financial Times, Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, North Field, Qatar Petroleum, Saad al Kaabi, Kaabi, US Qatar Business Council

Personal data of about 29 million Indian job seekers leaked on the dark web, claims cybersecurity firm

Personal details of about 29 million Indian job seekers, including sensitive information such as their email, phone, home address, qualification, and work experience, among others were leaked on the dark web, according to cybersecurity intelligence firm Cyble. The data amounted to over 2 GB, and was posted by a threat actor (an individual or group […] ...
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Asia Pacific’s Hotel Construction Pipeline, Excluding China, Continues to Expand in the First Quarter of 2020*

According to the recent report from analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE), Asia Pacific's total construction pipeline, excluding China, expanded to 1,905 projects/404,903 rooms, up 6% and 5% respectively, year-over-year (YOY). The region currently has 977 projects under construction with 222,497 rooms. There are 409 projects with 79,610 rooms scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months, and a record-high 519 projects/102,796 rooms in the early planning stage. In addition, during...
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The Future Of Luxury Rests On Personal Relationships - QUO Interview with Helen Smith, Chief Customer Experience Officer of Dorchester Collection

How will the luxury hospitality sector fare post-crisis? Helen Smith, Chief Customer Experience Officer of Dorchester Collection, joins David and Catherine to discuss in this episode.
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US shale industry braces for wave of bankruptcies | Financial Times

US shale industry braces for wave of bankruptcies | Financial Times:The biggest independent shale oil groups in the US reported a record combined loss of $26bn in the first quarter as the sector braces itself for a wave of bankruptcies over the next two years.The collapse in crude demand brought about by the coronavirus pandemic forced more than $38bn in write-offs among top producers, according to analysis by Rystad Energy, sending net losses tumbling well below an average of $2.9bn in the past...
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Travel might be on pause in these unprecedented times, but data from reveals that this hasn't stopped people across the world from dreaming about its possibilities. Delving into the millions of wish lists created by would-be travelers on its platform over the last two months, with properties wish listed across over 100,000 different destinations since the start of March, shares the top destinations and places to stay on peoples' minds as they plan for when the time...
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Montage International Selects Modernized Primary Care Provider One Medical to Deliver 24/7 Digital Health Services to Its Guests and Associates

Leading national digital health and primary care organization, One Medical (Nasdaq: ONEM) and Montage International - are partnering to provide 24/7 virtual care services to guests of the hospitality brand's distinctive collection of properties. Upon reopening its luxury hotels and resorts, Montage International will offer guests of U.S.-based Montage Hotels & Resorts and Pendry Hotels & Resorts a 30-day membership to One Medical's full suite of digital health services. Additionally, the ...
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The Hotelier’s Action Plan for a Post-Lockdown World | By Ana Leal

In just a short number of weeks since the beginning of March 2020, the worldwide travel industry rapidly plunged deep into a state of crisis. Hotels across the globe closed their doors and reached minus 95% of new bookings compared to 2019.
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STR: China weekly hotel performance update

Each week, STR analysts provide a deep-dive into China hotel performance. The most recent video is linked below, available in both English and Chinese.Key highlights:
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Don’t Fly to Europe – 10 Best Tips For Your First Transatlantic Cruise

“It’s not really the middle of nowhere.”  That’s what I find myself saying whenever someone declares, “I’d never go on a transatlantic cruise.” A transatlantic crossing is an entirely different cruise. I have to admit, while not exactly in the middle of nowhere, on a Read More The post Don’t Fly to Europe – 10 Best Tips For Your First Transatlantic Cruise appeared first on .
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‘Never waste a crisis’: inside #SaudiArabia’s shopping spree | Financial Times

‘Never waste a crisis’: inside Saudi Arabia’s shopping spree | Financial Times:“You don’t want to waste a crisis . . . So for us, definitely we are looking into any opportunities.”That was the message delivered by Yasir al-Rumayyan, governor of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, as more than 2,000 bankers and executives tuned in to a virtual conference in April. And they were not idle words.The $325bn Public Investment Fund has not been shy about its ambitions since it fell under Crown Prince...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, US, Financial Times, Mohammed bin Salman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Yasir al Rumayyan, 325bn Public Investment Fund

Global Oil Demand Hasn’t Yet Peaked, Energy Watchdog Predicts - Bloomberg

Global Oil Demand Hasn’t Yet Peaked, Energy Watchdog Predicts - Bloomberg:Global oil consumption hasn’t peaked, the head of the International Energy Agency warned, throwing cold water on hopes the coronavirus will cap demand and reduce climate-changing emissions.“In the absence of strong government policies, a sustained economic recovery and low oil prices are likely to take global oil demand back to where it was, and beyond,” Fatih Birol said in an interview.The world consumed last year nearly ...
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'We need to figure out how to stop losing money,' #Dubai F&B boss on Covid-19 impact - Arabianbusiness

'We need to figure out how to stop losing money,' Dubai F&B boss on Covid-19 impact - Arabianbusiness:Stakeholders in Dubai’s F&B sector will need to come together to survive the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, according to Gates Hospitality CEO Naim Maadad.Gates Hospitality has a portfolio that currently includes restaurants such as Folly, Reform Social&Grill, Bistro des Arts, Asia de Cuba and Publique.In an interview with Arabian Business, Maadad said that “nobody is going to make mon...
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Benetton family, sovereign funds break up Cellnex shareholders pact - Reuters

:Italy’s Benetton family and sovereign wealth funds from Singapore and Abu Dhabi have broken up a shareholders pact that controlled 29.9% of Spanish mobile phone towers operator Cellnex (CLNX.MC).After the operation, expected to be finalised in June, the Benetton family, through its financial holding firm Sintonia SpA, will own 16.45% in Cellnex, while the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC will own 6.73% each, according to a filing to the Spanish stock mark...
Tags: Travel, Singapore, Italy, Abu Dhabi, Reuters, GIC, Benetton, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Cellnex, Sintonia SpA

Oil gains as coronavirus lockdowns ease, boosting hopes for demand pickup - Reuters

Oil gains as coronavirus lockdowns ease, boosting hopes for demand pickup - Reuters:Oil prices rose on Monday, erasing earlier losses, as countries around the world continued to ease lockdown measures imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic, boosting hopes for a recovery in fuel demand.Amid quiet trading, with financial centres Singapore, London and New York all closed for holidays, Brent was up 6 cents, or 0.2%, at $35.19 a barrel by 0636 GMT. U.S. oil had gained 27 cents, or 0.82%, at $33.5...
Tags: Travel, New York, Sydney, Reuters, Cmc Markets, SINGAPORE LONDON, Michael McCarthy, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

URGENT: Herd immunity for COVID-19 could be as low as 15%

ADDENDUM After reviewing comments here, I’ve tentatively concluded: There are two reasons to explain the resistance: (a) social distancing leading to low viral load, so the virus doesn’t reach transmissible levels, and (b) innate immunity. The key point, as Vernon Smith has pointed out, is that “the claim is that the 80% “resistance” accounts for […]
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Group admins will be held responsible for misinformation, fake news in Mumbai

Group admins on messaging and social media platforms will be “personally” held responsible for dissemination of misinformation and fake news related to COVID-19 and will be punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, as per a prohibitory order issued by DCP Pranaya Ashok of Greater Mumbai on May 23. Admins are now responsible […] ...
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