Ige, Caldwell unpopular in poll; UH makes SAT, ACT optional; big beach party busted at Kaena Point State Park, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Voters Have Negative View Of Ige, Caldwell. Voters have cooled on U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, too. But Lt. Gov. Josh Green is very popular. Civil Beat.In 2019, Hawaii saw 10M visitors. This year, the state projects visitor arrivals won’t top 3.5M. As the governor seeks to reboot Hawaii’s economy, the question of how to reopen tourism safely remains unanswered. The state is ramping up efforts to screen incoming arrivals ...
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Top 10 employers in Canada for 2020.

Forbes has released its list for the best places to work in Canada By Shelby Thevenot It is a good time to be looking for a job in Canada. With a low unemployment rate employers have to work harder to attract and retain top talent, as there are fewer available workers for each job opening. Forbes magazine and the market research company Statista surveyed 8,000 employees to determine the best places to work in Canada. Participants were working for businesses with at least 500 employees....
Tags: Travel, Google, Microsoft, Toronto, Cisco, Canada, Ubisoft, Montreal, Quebec, Boeing, Costco, Ottawa, Forbes, Ontario, Edmonton Alberta, Cosco

Down by the Seashore

                  Finally a moment together. Yann, Chelsea, and Gabriel spent a few days in Cassis.                         [Author: French la Vie]
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GoBear raises $17 million to expand its consumer financial services for Asian markets

Singapore-based fintech startup GoBear has raised $17 million from returning investors Walvis Participaties, a Dutch venture capital firm, and Aegon N.V., a life insurance and asset management provider. The funding brings GoBear’s total funding so far to $97 million, and will be used to expand its consumer financial services platform, which is available in seven Asian markets: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Founder and CEO Adrian Chng told...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Financial Services, Fintech, Consumer Finance, Grab Financial Group, GoBear, fintech startup GoBear, Walvis Participaties

With $84 million in new cash, Commonwealth Fusion is on track for a demonstration fusion reactor by 2025

Commonwealth Fusion Systems closed on its latest $84 million in new funding two weeks ago. The U.S. was still very much in the lockdown phase and getting a deal done, especially a multi-million dollar investment in a new technology aiming to make commercial nuclear fusion a reality after decades of hype, was “an interesting thing” in the words of Commonwealth’s chief executive, Bob Mumgaard.  It was actually one time when the technical complexity of what Commonwealth Fusion is trying to achie...
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A disappearing old Tokyo shopping district

When danchi (public housing complexes) began to appear in and around Tokyo during the mid-1950s, so did shopping areas designed to cater for the new residents. Some tower blocks had shops on the ground floor, whereas little areas of commerce naturally evolved near others. Public spaces that back in the day would have been bustling with local families, but changing shopping habits, as well as a massively altered demographic, have caused many of them to slowly fall into dereliction and disappear. ...
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San Diego in the Off Season Cost Effective and Fun Way

San Diego in the Off Season Cost Effective and Fun Way San Diego in the off season – Everyone flocks here for the amazing weather and awesome attractions. Visit San Diego in the off season and beat the crowds. We camped our last time there and enjoyed an amazing family vacation. These are just a few of the interesting attractions of Southern and Central California, but there are many other places of interest to choose from. It’s all a matter of deciding how much time you ... Read more The post S...
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Chinese Sweet & Sour Pork Meatballs With Ginger Rice

These sweet and sour pork meatballs have a gorgeous tangy and sweet sauce and a riff on the classic Chinese restaurant favourite dish. If you love sweet and sour pork this is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Russia Sees OPEC+ Taking a Wait-and-See Approach on Deeper Cuts - Bloomberg

Russia Sees OPEC+ Taking a Wait-and-See Approach on Deeper Cuts - Bloomberg:Russia and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries need to analyze the global oil market before deciding on any potential changes in their output-cuts agreement, the Kremlin said two weeks ahead of the alliance’s next meeting.“It’s obvious that the countries will look at how the situation is developing,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, told reporters when asked if Russia sees any need for...
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Oil prices climb, bolstered by ongoing supply curbs - Reuters

Oil prices climb, bolstered by ongoing supply curbs - Reuters:Oil prices rose on Tuesday, supported by signs that producers are following through on commitments to cut supplies and as fuel demand picks up with coronavirus restrictions easing.Brent crude LCOc1 futures gained 64 cents, or 1.8%, to settle at $36.17 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 rose $1.10, or 3.3%, to settle at $34.35 a barrel.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and producers incl...
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The Easiest Way to Escape Paris for the Countryside

We were planning our getaway into the countryside as soon as the first phase of Deconfinement was announced, looking for the best place to escape the city within 100km of Paris. No stranger to the Ile-de-France countryside – I even still had the stack of regional Michelin maps from the summer I researched the Paris & Ile-de-France Adventure Guide – I knew there were plenty of amazing places to go hiking less than two hours from the périphèrique. But getting the details right can be the...
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Marriott is posting new job listings for hotel staff in early sign of recovery

Marriott International ($NASDAQ:MAR) has begun quietly adding job listings to its career recruiting websites. This makes it, in our estimation, the first hospitality company to show early signs of recovery from an international lockdown that's been devastating to the hotel industry.
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Upswing in travel costs can lead to a slow recovery of tourism industry post-COVID-19, says GlobalData

According to COVID-19 consumer survey, 59% of respondents globally are always or often influenced by how well a product aligns with their financial constraints. The financial crunches will lead to travel postponements that can further lead to an increase in the travel costs. This could further slowdown the tourism industry's recovery from the COVID-19 impact, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
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ProfitSword Wins Prestigious American Business Award for Next Generation ProfitAbility Business Intelligence Solution

ProfitSword, the leading developer of business intelligence and data integration software for the hospitality industry, has been awarded the Bronze "Stevie Award" during the 18th Annual American Business Awards for its recently launched ProfitAbility business performance dashboarding and reporting platform. Competing with multiple organizations across the country within the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning category, ProfitAbility was selected as an award recipient due to its cutti...
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React Mobile Receives $6 Million Investment Via Strategic Partnership with Brady Corp.

React Mobile, a robust, open, cost effective and flexible panic button safety platform, today announces it has raised $6 million through a new strategic partnership with publicly traded Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisc., and founded in 1914, Brady is one of the oldest and most successful privately controlled family businesses in the U.S. The company manufactures solutions that identify and protect people, products and places. Together, React Mobile and Brady ...
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Questions for the 4th Industrial Age

Klaus Schwab said that we must develop a comprehensive and globally shared view of how technology is affecting our lives and reshaping our economic, social, cultural, and human environments. There has never been a time of greater promise, or greater peril. We can either find ways to harmonise man, woman, and machine, or fight with them in a real-life version of “War of the Worlds”. The choice is ours. This throws up a number of questions for individuals, companies, and Governments on how to prep...
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Avatar Filmmakers Are Slipping Back Into New Zealand Under Coronavirus Travel Exemptions

The only country that’s seemingly halted the spread of the novel coronavirus could screw it up—for Avatar. New Zealand’s economic development minister revealed under questioning that he’s been using little known powers around the country’s strict foreign travel ban to issue hundreds of exemptions for “high value…Read more...
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STR: Central/South America hotel performance for April 2020

Reflecting impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central/South America hotel industry reported historic performance lows during April 2020, according to data from STR.U.S. dollar constant currency, April 2020 vs. April 2019
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Wyndham Looks Ahead to Recovery with Continued New-Construction Growth

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:WH) - the world's largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,300 hotels across 90 countries - continues forging ahead with new-construction growth, opening 11 newly built hotels across the U.S. in the first quarter and breaking ground on a number of hotels in its new-construction pipeline. In the same period, the Company executed agreements for more than 25 future new-construction hotels in the U.S., further expanding its pipeline and planting ro...
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HTNG, in partnership with HEDNA and OpenTravel, releases an Open Payments Alliance Standards Specification: Payment Recipients.

While there have been many advances and innovation in the distribution channel, payments have not evolved at the same pace due to their intrinsic complexity. There are many forms of payment used in the indirect sales channel and each one of them has different payment and processing instructions. This hinders hotel reservations and front of desk operations causing inefficiencies and overhead costs; ultimately affecting the traveler's experience at the property.
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COVID-19: Learning Lessons From Holiday Hideaways and Luxury Escapes

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge around the world, the tourism industry has been sent into a downward spiral. Airlines have cancelled flights, hotels have shut down their services and governments are closing borders and placing their citizens in lockdown. The tourism industry, which accounts for 10% of the world's GDP, has fallen far and fast. And while countless hospitality & tourism businesses have been forced to close their doors for good, others have never been more sought ...
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Hotels in Asia Find Locking Down Easier Than Unlocking

As countries in Southeast Asia such as Thailand and Vietnam ease lockdown restrictions, hoteliers that are raring to reopen are finding that unlocking is harder than closing.
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Over Half Of British Adults Have Made A UK Bucket List During The Lockdown

Holidaying on the English Riviera, taking a trip on the Jacobite, soaking in the Stonehenge summer solstice, eating fish & chips at the seafront, exploring the Scottish Highlands and having a picnic on the Yorkshire Dales are just some of the activities to make Britons post lockdown UK bucket list.
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Aarogya Setu open sources its Android code, code now available on GitHub: Major win for privacy, accountability

In a major win for privacy, transparency and accountability, Aarogya Setu has made its code open source for the Android client, NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant announced at a press conference today. MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh also announced a bug bounty programme for the app that will be hosted on the Innovate platform. The source […] ...
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Aarogya Setu open sources its Android code: Major win for privacy, accountability

In a major win for privacy, transparency and accountability, Aarogya Setu has made its code open source for the Android client, NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant announced at a press conference today. MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh also announced a bug bounty programme for the app that will be hosted on the Innovate platform. The source […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Amitabh Kant, Abhishek Singh, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu

Govt funding a facial recognition company that can detect people’s age, gender, and soon recognise their faces under a mask

Bengaluru-based Cocoslabs Innovations will receive a loan from the Technology Development Board, under Science and Technology Department, to develop a “low-cost solution to identify persons with abnormal body temperature in a crowd and, at the same time, provide an alert system to notify about identified persons to authorities on their phones and laptops”. The product, […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Facial Recognition, Coronavirus, Surveillance and COVID-19, CocosLabs, Cocoslabs Innovations, Technology Development Board, Science and Technology Department

Supreme Court issues notice in suit to ban Zoom due to privacy concerns

The Supreme Court issued notice on May 22 on a writ petition to ban Zoom until “appropriate legislation” is passed, Bar & Bench reported. The petition asks that the government do a security audit of the app as well. Among other things, the petition points to an April advisory by the Home Ministry for government […] ...
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Hotel Technology: The Answers | By James Harrison

Anyone who follows my personal posts on LinkedIn will have recently seen me sharing a lot of truths. This is going to continue in a similar vein, albeit focussed on Hotel Technology. The truth is, as of early May 2020, we don't have all the answers. We may have some, but not all of them.
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Which European countries are easing travel restrictions?

As several European countries reopen restaurants, bars, shops and some attractions, we round up lockdown easing measures and travel restrictions country-by-country The UK Foreign Office (FCO) is currently advising against all but essential international travel for an indefinite period. However, countries across Europe have begun to ease lockdown measures and border restrictions and prepare for the return of domestic and international tourists. Reciprocal travel deals – as proposed in a leaked Eu...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Travel & leisure, World news, Infectious Diseases, Travel websites, Lithuania, Flights, Grant Shapps, Europe Holidays, Estonia Latvia, Foreign Office FCO, Coronavirus outbreak

Alibaba hits gross market value of $1 trillion, one sixth of China’s total retail sales

“User growth, annual active consumers in China reached 780 million including 726 million of China retail marketplaces. In other words one out of every two Chinese are buying our platform,” Daniel Zhang, Executive Chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group Holding Limited said in the company’s earnings call for the first quarter of 2020. “On the […] ...
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