The Balcony Story

The house that I grew up in Delhi, we have this fairly large balcony. Fairly large by Mumbai standards. Smallish by Delhi. But there was a balcony. And that meant that I grew up with this habit of waking up and going to the balcony to stretch and breathe in the "fresh" air. I did it every day for like 30 years at the subconscious level that it became second nature!  When I moved to Mumbai, I was lucky to have started living in Nahar. That meant that I had a 2-feet wide thing for a balcony. Of ...
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Top 5 Healthy Chips or Fries!

Chips or fries don't always have to be deep fried. In fact there are several ways to cook healthy chips or fries that don't involve a deep fryer at all. Whether it be the crunchiest potato chips in the microwave, baked sweet potato fries, crunchy avocado wedges, kale chips or baked root chips, you will get crunchy satisfaction without the oil!
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Next TOI blog post and comments: Why less than 25% of the world’s population is likely to get Covid-19

This is the post. And this is an email I sent out a moment ago to a number of people. ==EMAIL=== Dear all Things went pear shaped for all previous analyses and “models” when Stockholm’s data showed that it had crossed the herd immunity threshold in mid-April but serological studies showed far less than 20% […]
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PlayStation 5

Le compte Twitter de PlayStation a annoncé qu’une conférence numérique sur la PS5 se tiendra le jeudi 4 juin à 22h heure française. D’après le blog officiel, il semble que nous allons avoir un premier coup d’œil des jeux présent au lancement de la PlayStation 5. Les fans de PlayStation attendaient avec impatience d’autres nouvelles sur la prochaine PlayStation 5 (PS5), Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) restant relativement discret par rapport à son rival sur Xbox. Les jeux qui arrivent sur P...
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3 years of ‘isolation’: #Qatar denies rumors it plans to exit Gulf bloc — RT Newsline

3 years of ‘isolation’: Qatar denies rumors it plans to exit Gulf bloc — RT Newsline:Qatar has denied that it plans to quit the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as Doha prepares to mark three years of isolation led by the regional bloc’s heavyweight Saudi Arabia. The gas-rich state cautioned, however, that the effort to isolate Doha economically and politically meant people in the region were “doubting” the GCC.Rumors of Qatar’s imminent departure from the GCC, founded in 1981 and headquartered i...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Egypt, GCC, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Doha, Uae, Gulf, Riyadh, Afp, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Lolwah Al Khater

police resisters: not the solution to systemic racism, but an extremely positive development

I was shocked when Detective Dmaine Freeland, an active duty officer on the NYPD force, publicly condemned the Minneapolis officer who killed George Floyd and the other cops who witnessed the murder and did nothing to stop it. To say this is unusual is a massive understatement. It's absolutely unheard of.Being the first person to speak out in a culture that demands silence is incredibly difficult.When one person speaks out against evil and stands up for justice, others will follow. Next, four m...
Tags: Travel, Minneapolis, New York City, US, Freeland, Michael Bell, Bigotry, Laura K, War Resisters, Abuse Of Police Power, George Floyd, Dmaine Freeland, Winston Faison, Carl Achille, Melody Peguese

250th Anniversary of the Deadliest Fireworks Show in History

After a decade of France's peace negotiations with the Austrian Empire, the deal was sealed with the marriage of the Dauphin Louis (future Louis XVI) and the Austrian Archduchess Marie-Antoinette on May 16th, 1770. The wedding festivities culminated with a fireworks show in Paris near the Seine at the Place Louis XV (now known as the Place de la Concorde) on May 30th. At the opposite end of the Rue Royale was the huge construction site of the future Eglise de la Madeleine and a large fa...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Italy, Seine, Marie Antoinette, Versailles, Louis, Madeleine, Rue Royale, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Eiffel Tower Talk, Mercier, Ruggieri, Dauphin Louis

Kolkata Port Trust: The light of life

Rabindra Setu, also known as Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, India, was illuminated with energy-efficient dynamic LED on May 16, 2020 by Kolkata Port Trust on the occasion of UNESCO’s International Day of Light, to pay tribute to COVID-19 frontline warriors for their contribution in the fight against the pandemic. Pre-programmed digital lighting algorithms made the iconic structure a beautiful gift to the citizens, who were forced to stay at home during lockdown. This film was circu...
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Lockdown in containment zones extended until June 30, others to re-open in phased manner

Lockdown will extend until June 30 in containment zones while prohibited activities are allowed to reopen in a phased manner outside the containment zones, according to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs today. However, “night curfew” on movement of individuals except for essential acivities will remain in effect from 9 pm to 5 […] ...
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#SaudiArabia Moved $40 Billion in Reserves to Sovereign Fund - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Moved $40 Billion in Reserves to Sovereign Fund - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia transferred 150 billion riyals ($40 billion) from its central bank to its sovereign wealth fund as it went on an investment spree seeking to take advantage of recent market turmoil.The transfers from the kingdom’s foreign-currency reserves to its Public Investment Fund were made in March and April on an “exceptional” basis, and will “strengthen the investment capacity of the fund,” Finance Minister Mohammed Al-...
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#AbuDhabi, Bahrain, Gulf News: S&P Economic Forecasts - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Gulf News: S&P Economic Forecasts - Bloomberg:Abu Dhabi’s economy will contract 7.5% this year, S&P Global Ratings said, citing lower oil production and the coronavirus pandemic.“Abu Dhabi’s fiscal position is underpinned by hydrocarbon revenue and affected by oil-price movements, despite the government’s efforts to increase non-oil revenue,” the agency wrote in a report dated May 29.The ratings company said Abu Dhabi’s economy may recover gradually from 2021, on the back of ...
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MDC’s Acclaimed Hospitality Institute to Provide COVID-19 Re-Opening Training to Area Hotels

Miami Dade College's (MDC) Hospitality Institute will provide online COVID-19 re-opening training to employees at hundreds of hotels in both the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, as part of the county's ongoing initiative, The New Normal: A Guide for Residents and Commercial Establishments, issued by Miami-Dade County Mayor and MDC alumnus Carlos Gimenez to safely re-open businesses. The program prepares a "lead trainer" wh...
Tags: Travel, Miami, Miami Dade College, Miami Dade County, MDC, Carlos Gimenez, Acclaimed Hospitality Institute, MDC Hospitality Institute, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Beaches Hotel Association

Mekong Tourism Forum postponed to February 15-16, 2021

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) announced on Saturday, May 30th during a webinar hosted by the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association that the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar decided to move the annual Mekong Tourism Forum dates to February 15-16, 2021 from August 25-26, 2020, amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. The reasoning is based on current travel restrictions, and the low likelihood that conference delegates would be comfortable in a closed meeting venue with ...
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Hi there

On my Friday morning walk with Tasha, she lagged behind a little (as she often does). I looked to my right and saw this between two rows of grape vines. The chevreuil (roe deer) froze and watched me. I stopped and slowly lifted the camera up. As usual, I had the wrong lens (100mm macro) on the camera for this kind of photo. As I moved on, Tasha caught up with me, but she didn't see the deer. A roe deer in the tall grass between vine rows. I'll be heading over to the Saturday market at Saint-Ai...
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Domino’s India has cash reserves and a delivery strategy prepared for COVID-19, but cuts cost on rent and employees

Jubilant Foodworks, which runs Domino’s Pizza restaurants in India, was uniquely prepared among for the pandemic. For one, Domino’s is among India’s most successful fast food brands, with over 1,000 stores in the country. Second, it has always been delivery-focused, meaning that relatively speaking, it stood to lose less from restaurants shutting down dine-in — […] ...
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PwC Releases Updated U.S. Lodging Outlook - Hospitality Directions US May 2020

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 hitting the US, RevPAR growth had been decelerating, increasing just 0.7 percent in Q4 2019 and 0.9 percent for the year overall. Slightly stronger growth occurred in the first two months of this year, with RevPAR increasing 2.2 percent in January and a front-loaded 1.7 percent in February, as COVID-19 began to impact market performance in the back half of that month.
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Friday's Petite Aquarelle

Swallows Over the Market 12" x 16" framed size $140 including shipping  available at           Related Stories Petite AquarelleFriday's Petite AquarelleFriday's Petite Aquarelle Brantome, Dordogne, France  [Author: [email protected] (A Small Village in France)]
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Top 10 stories of the week: May 25th to May 31st 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 31st May 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: E2E, for their support. Wikipedia to have new rules to tackle ‘harassment’, ‘toxicity’, faced by editors Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation that operates Wikipedia, will develop and introduce a universal code of […] ...
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Pourquoi Apprendre l’Équilibre sur les Mains ?

On a tous déjà tenté de tenir en équilibre sur les mains lorsqu'on était dans la cour de l'école ou en cours de gymnastique. En plus d'être un défi amusant, la maîtrise de son propre poids corporel en se mettant la tête en bas peut contribuer de manière essentielle à un certain nombre de bienfaits pour la santé qui pourront nous servir pendant de nombreuses années. L'apprentissage de l'équilibre sur les mains, plus connu sous le nom de Handstand, est un excellent point de départ pour l'entraînem...
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