Boating restrictions eased, Maui unemployment rate highest in nation at 35%, George Floyd protests continue, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Sailboat off Keaukaha ©2020 All Hawaii News Boating and water sports restrictions relaxed statewide. Boating and other water sports got the green light to expand activities with some restrictions Wednesday. Hawaii News Now.Hawaii eases restrictions on number of people allowed on commercial, recreational boats. State officials said that up to 10 people may now be on a commercial or recreational boat at a time, effective immediately, due to the easing of emergency restrictions imposed in re...
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11 things on my mind about the anti-police-violence and anti-racism protests

1. Most violence is not being committed by protesters.What percentage of protesters are violent? Filter for police provocateurs, filter for white nationalists, filter for random thieves hiding under cover of mayhem. All of those exist at mass protests and have been proven to exist countless times.What percentage of actual protesters used violence? 0.5 percent? I have been to my share of protests, and I doubt it is even that. 0.05 percent?What percentage of media coverage is about violent protest...
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Mubadala to invest $1.2 billion in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

Abu Dhabi-based sovereign firm Mubadala has become the latest investor in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms, joining five American firms including Facebook and Silver Lake that have secured stakes in India’s biggest telecom operator at the height of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Mubadala said it had agreed to invest $1.2 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms for a 1.85% stake in the firm. The deal valued the Indian telecom operator, which launched in the second half of 2016, at $65 bi...
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Time flies...

Hello! Been a while since I last wrote. Last I wrote was on the last day of the last month. Time is flying so fast it's not funny. Last I remember I was sitting down for a session with Anjum Sir to learn about screenwriting (this was on last Sunday) and when I looked at the calendar, I realized its Friday morning! 5 days flew as it if were riding on a HummingBird or whatever is the fastest bird that you know of! I did not move an inch on things that I was supposed to work on. I did not read a da...
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Tokyo’s least practical parking space?

Sometimes, some things, simply don’t make any sense whatsoever.
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Russia Arctic oil spill

A massive oil spill in Russia has prompted Vladimir Putin to declare a state of emergency, as 20,000 tons of diesel oil leaked into an Arctic river this weekend. The spill occurred when a fuel tank near Norilsk, a city in Siberia, collapsed on Friday. Officials reportedly only learned about the incident on Sunday, and the Russian Investigative Committee (SK) has launched a criminal case over the pollution and negligence. Vyacheslav Starostin, the power plant’s director, has already been taken...
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Campaign to defund the police

The murder of George Floyd at the hand of a white police officer on May 25 has sparked more than just protests and calls for shifting racial relations. It’s also prompting a movement to defund law enforcement across the US. For several years activists have been advocating for US cities and states to cut police budgets, and although such demands previously gained little traction, recent events have drawn more mainstream attention to the issue. Julia Salazar, a New York state senator, told , ...
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No Bake Apricot Coconut Slice

Apricot and coconut slice is a fantastic classic Australian slice that is easy to make and feeds a crowd. Made from simple, pantry friendly ingredients it is studded with apricots and coconut in a cookie base!
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General Lee statue removed Richmond

The George Floyd protests are causing everyone around the country to admit to the widespread racism and discrimination across the United States, and this reevaluation includes taking a good look at racist symbols sprinkled around the nation and making decisions about them. In Richmond, Virginia, a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be removed from its central, visible location on Monument Avenue and placed in storage. Richmond’s Monument Avenue is lined with several homages to C...
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Dominican Republic reopening in July

In an effort to keep up with other Caribbean islands reopening this summer, the Dominican Republic has confirmed that its tourism industry will resume on July 1. This means the return of international flights, and restaurant and hotel reopenings. According to Dominican Today, the Dominican Republic’s reopening plan consists of four phases. The first, which began on May 20, allowed up to 50 percent of staff to return to work for small companies. Barbershops and medical offices were also allowe...
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Asteroid to zoom past Earth

Human civilization could probably use a reset button right now, but in typical 2020 fashion, we just can’t catch a break. An Empire State Building-sized asteroid is projected to fly past Earth on June 6, but it will not be striking our planet and wiping out humanity as we know it. That’s right. We’ll still be alive and kicking on June 7, and so will the global pandemic, social injustice, and all our other issues. Asteroid 2002 NN4 — as it’s affectionately called by NASA — is an estimated 820...
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Norwegian Cruise Line Adds New Health and Safety Protocols

With their sights set on a return to cruising later this summer, Norwegian Cruise Line has detailed their new health and safety protocols.  The cruise line’s new health and safety measures, called Sail Safe, were developed following CDC guidelines.   Norwegian Cruise Line’s Six-Part Health and Read More The post Norwegian Cruise Line Adds New Health and Safety Protocols appeared first on .
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American Airlines Increases Domestic Flights With Slowly Rising Demand in Summer Travel

The coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, but some people are finding the urge to hop on a plane--despite the risks--to be irresistible. American Airlines' numbers in April had tanked amid the coronavirus outbreak, subsequent lockdowns and restrictive policies--the airline only served an average 32,000 daily customers on a domestic flight schedule reduced by 65%. But in...
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Further On

On another walk (we are meeting twice a week) we went further down the Seine than before. I don’t know if we will be doing this next week as it is predicted that there will be rain. In any case, when the sun is shining, it’s a beautiful walk. I like that you can see three bridges in this shot. I was surprised to see rocks in the water here too. A mother duck showing her young ones the ropes. A boat that was once a restaurant on the water. I hope it opens again. Places are sup...
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The Politics of a Pandemic - Why governments can't admit they overreacted

Let's travel back in time, not far, just to early March 2020.  It probably seems a lifetime ago however given all that's happened in the interceding 3+ months.   As information was coming out of China and Italy about the novel coronavirus, the Imperial College of London published a research paper authored by their Coronavirus Response Team.  It was a scary report.  The ICL had modeled what would happen in the United States and Great Britain if the virus was allowed to spread unchecked.   P...
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Guide to Japanese green teas

In Timothy d’Offay’s book The Life of Tea, which he co-authored with Michael Freeman, d’Offay characterizes Japan’s love of green tea as a “near-obsession.” Well, that’s almost true. Japanese people actually drink more coffee than tea, according to Hiroshi Nishikawa, assistant director of the Tea Industry Development sector of Shizuoka prefecture’s local government. That certainly doesn’t mean tea is going out of style, though. Data from 2013 suggests that the average Japanese person drinks ...
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NYC Pride 2020 hosting virtual rally

Pride Month will look a lot different in 2020. Instead of joyous, colorful parades across the country, there’ll be virtual events. NYC Pride, the organization in charge of Pride events in New York City, has announced that this year’s Pride Rally will be held online. In keeping with the current fervor surrounding the murder of George Floyd, the rally will be focused on raising awareness of, and putting an end to, police brutality and discrimination. According to the event’s website, the rally ...
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What is a pump track

If you ever played the video game Excitebike as a kid, picture a never-ending run through your favorite course. If that course were real, it might resemble a pump track, a type of action sports practice facility increasingly common in the United States and around the world. Sometimes called a skills course, the pump track evolved out of traditional BMX courses and made the concept accessible to other sports, including mountain biking and skateboarding. In a BMX course, the rider begins on top...
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Meghan Markle addresses BLM

In a recent video, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle emerged from the Los Angeles hideaway where she’s been living a relatively quiet life with her family, to address the graduating class of 2020 at her alma mater, Immaculate Heart High School. Markle and her husband recently stirred up what we thought would be the biggest firestorm of 2020 when they left behind the British tabloids, paparazzi, the rest of the royal family, and the Queen herself, and fled to the United States. Markle used the...
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Yosemite National Park may reopen

After being closed for over two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Yosemite National Park may reopen as soon as June 11. The reopening still hinges on state health officials granting approval for the reopening of campsites and hotels in the surrounding communities, but the leaders of Mariposa, Mono, Tuolumne, and Madera counties have written to Governor Gavin Newsom urging approval. Scott Gediman, Yosemite spokesperson, said, “We have been doing our best to incrementally increase access to ...
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Mideast Stocks: #Dubai outperforms as Aramco hurts Saudi | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Dubai outperforms as Aramco hurts Saudi | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Most major stock markets in the Middle East ended higher on Thursday, with Dubai leading the way as blue-chip stocks advanced, but oil giant Saudi Aramco weighed on the Saudi index.Dubai's index advanced 2%, with Dubai Investments rising 7.4% after its shareholders approved payment of a 10% cash dividend for the 2019 fiscal year.Air Arabia was up 4.6% after the United Arab Emirates said it would allow transit flights to...
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#Oman to set up an investment authority to manage government assets - state TV - Reuters

Oman to set up an investment authority to manage government assets - state TV - Reuters:Oman’s government is setting up the Oman Investment Authority to own and manage most sovereign wealth fund and finance ministry assets, state TV reported on Thursday, citing a decree from the sultanate’s ruler.The decree, issued by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, will allow the new authority to own all public assets except the Petroleum Development Oman company and government stakes in international institu...
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#Kuwait PM vows nobody is immune from corruption investigations - Arabianbusiness

Kuwait PM vows nobody is immune from corruption investigations - Arabianbusiness:Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah has said that nobody is immune from prosecution when it comes to cases of corruption in the country.Sheikh Al-Sabah spoke as the Kuwaiti government intensified efforts to crack down on corruption cases involving public funds, money laundering and human trafficking.He said: “We will not stay silent nor keep our hands crossed regarding human trafficking and m...
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Oil prices steady as market awaits clarity on OPEC+ output cuts - Reuters

Oil prices steady as market awaits clarity on OPEC+ output cuts - Reuters:Oil prices were little changed in choppy trade on Thursday as investors awaited a decision from top crude producers on whether to extend record output cuts.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, are debating when to hold ministerial talks to discuss a possible extension of the existing cuts.Brent crude futures LCOc1 ended the session 20 cents, or 0.5% ...
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#Kuwait to cut government entities' budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 by at least 20% - Reuters

Kuwait to cut government entities' budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 by at least 20% - Reuters:Kuwait agreed to cut the government entities’ budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 by at least 20%, Kuwait’s cabinet said on twitter on Thursday.The cabinet also ordered the ministry of finance to coordinate with all the governmental entities to review public services and the value of government subsidies. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Interisland quarantine to be lifted, while trans-Pacific travel quarantine remains in effect

We continue to keep on the look out for signs of Hawaii reopening tourism. While we don’t have any specific dates yet, there’s some progress in that the interisland quarantine will be lifted and the governor says he’ll announce more next week about reopening tourism. Interisland quarantine to be lifted June 16, 2020 This week, Gov. Ige announced that the mandatory 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers will be lifted Tuesday, June 16, 2020. New passenger screening procedures will be impl...
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ALICE Launches an eBook to Address Post COVID-19 Hotel Operations

ALICE, the hospitality industry's leading operations technology company, has launched an eBook titled "Post COVID-19 Hotel Operations: How Technology Helps Deliver Contactless Hospitality with a Lean Staff." More than 2,500 hotels around the world have chosen ALICE to streamline operations and communication with a single platform.
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Marriott CEO: Virtual Meetings and Remote Work Won’t Hurt Hotels Permanently

The chief executive of the world's largest hotel company doesn't expect coronavirus to forever upend the hotel industry.
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 30 May

STR data for 24-30 May 2020 shows Canadian hotel performance up slightly from previous weeks with the same significant level of year-over-year declines.
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Journalist Survey Results Reveal Promising, Postive Travel Outlook

Flight bans and country-wide lockdowns due to COVID-19 have grounded most travel activities around the world - including travel reporting. However, a new survey from FINN Partners of global travel journalists reveals a positive outlook for travel recovery and a return to travel journalism.
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