Bickering shuts down meeting on reopening Hawaii economy, Caldwell signs new Honolulu energy code revision, Big Island raises taxes for luxury homes, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii state Capitol ©2020 All Hawaii News DBEDT and Senate committee communication shuts down amid allegations of bullying, harassment. A briefing on how to reopen Hawaii’s economy was canceled today due to an evolving spat between some members of the Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 and the head of the state Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism. Star-Advertiser.Bullying Feud Again Thwarts Senate Hearing On Hawaii Economy. Mike McCartney says senators have intimidate...
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3 Unique Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is only three weeks away and if you haven’t thought of anything for dad, here are a few
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Lockdown location, location: surge in Britons searching for properties abroad

Spain, France and Portugal the most searched-for destinations in May, says Rightmove Estate agents are reporting a surge in online searches for overseas properties as locked-down Britons rethink where they want to live, or indulge their fantasies of owning a bolthole in the sun.Searches for properties in Spain, particularly in locations such as the Costa del Sol, were up 34% year on year during May, while those for homes in France, including in areas such as the Dordogne and Brittany, were up 33...
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Hulftsdorp, Colombo's Fantastic Street Food Scene!

When I was in Sri Lanka, I was determined to find street food, but not just any kind. I was after the more adventurous kind. After much internet sleuthing, I found a street food area that sounded perfect. Hulftsdorp near Colombo 12 is for those that want their street food authentic. If you want to pull up a stool next to a local and be the only tourist there, then plan a visit to Hulftsdorp!
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12 books books by Black women

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, a righteous uprising against racism and police brutality has swept the United States, and with it, a proliferation of so-called anti-racist books lists. The aim of these reading recommendations is to educate non-black people how systematic racism affects every aspect of our society — from what and where we eat, to who gets arrested, elected to office, or a starring role in a movie, and yes, who gets to write and publish a book. These efforts to amplify the...
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Oil climbs 5% on U.S. jobless drop, OPEC+ meeting hopes - Reuters

Oil climbs 5% on U.S. jobless drop, OPEC+ meeting hopes - Reuters:Oil prices rose on Friday after an unexpected fall in the May U.S. jobless rate and OPEC’s decision to bring forward to Saturday discussions on whether to extend record production cuts.Brent crude futures settled up $2.31, or 5.8%, at $42.30 a barrel, surging 19.2% on the week. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose $2.14, or 5.7%, to $39.55 a barrel, rising 10.7% on the week.The U.S. Labor Department reported a sur...
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Airlines drop service to 75 airports

US airlines taking government funding during the coronavirus pandemic had been required to maintain service to all their destinations. But airlines have been asking for exemptions from this requirement citing low passenger demand, and the Department of Transportation (DOT) has allowed 15 US airlines to drop their service to 75 airports. United and Delta airlines were approved to drop flights to 11 airports, Allegiant Air was allowed to stop service to six airports, and JetBlue, Alaska, Spirit...
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How to visit the D-Day beaches

To this day , the shrapnel remains sprinkled in the sand, a hard-hitting reminder of the bravery of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in battle. For the D-Day beaches are no mere pleasure spots by the sea, but meaningful memorial locations, celebrating the moments in World War II when Western Europe was led to freedom. One of the most important historical events commemorating the relationship between France and the USA is that of the D-Day Landings. Here, along with British and Canadi...
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#Qatar, #UAE Ministers Stand Their Ground on Crisis in Tweets - Bloomberg

Gulf Cooperation Council News: Latest on Future Affairs - Bloomberg:Top officials from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar stood their ground on Twitter on the third anniversary of the rift between Gulf states.Anwar Gargash, UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, said Gulf Cooperation Council affairs had changed, and there can be no return to the situation before the sparring with Qatar erupted. “I don’t see that the Qatari crisis on its third anniversary deserves comment,” he said in a tweet...
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D-Day anniversary events canceled

The coronavirus pandemic has canceled events around the world. One of those is the D-Day anniversary, a solemn occasion that marks the landing of Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. It’s the 76th anniversary of the 1944 landings, but for the first time there won’t be any veterans on the beaches to mark the occasion. Due to bans on large gatherings, official commemorations have been canceled, except for a small gathering of representatives from nine countries for a short ...
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#Qatar's foreign minister says there is a new initiative to end Gulf crisis - Reuters

Qatar's foreign minister says there is a new initiative to end Gulf crisis - Reuters:Qatar’s foreign minister said on Friday there is a new initiative to end the three-year-old Gulf crisis and that Qatar is open to negotiations, Qatar’s Al Jazeera broadcaster reported on its twitter account.“We hope the initiative will produce results, we are open to dialogue and ready to meet each step forward with 10 steps from our side,” Al Jazeera’s tweet quoted foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahm...
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MSC Cruises Adds Central Florida Departures in 2021

For the first time, MSC Cruises will reposition a cruise ship to Central Florida’s Port Canaveral.  In March 2021, MSC Divina will have a new home on Florida’s Space Coast.  MSC Divina Moves to Port Canaveral  MSC made the announcement as they revealed their summer Read More The post MSC Cruises Adds Central Florida Departures in 2021 appeared first on .
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An open letter to Gianna Floyd

Dear Gianna, Millions of people know your name now, and like most of us I first found out who you were a few days after your father’s murder. In that time between, the people of the United States erupted on your dad’s behalf. Even though we are still braving a global pandemic, Americans flooded the streets with their cries promising no peace without justice, proving that they would not tolerate your father’s death at the hands of the state under literally any circumstances. I say “they” becau...
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Sweden admits COVID mistakes

The architect of Sweden’s unusual coronavirus strategy admitted this week that the country’s approach had “potential for improvement” and that too many people had died. On Wednesday, Sweden reached the unenviable distinction of the world’s highest weekly number of COVID-19-related deaths per capita. According to The Guardian, in an interview with Swedish Radio, the country’s top epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said, “If we were to encounter the same disease again knowing exactly what we know ab...
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Why Travel Stocks Jumped Higher Today

Hyatt Hotels (NYSE: H) is up 5.7%. Basically, they form a continuum of the tourism experience, wherein would-be travelers might begin researching a trip on TripAdvisor before heading over to Expedia to make reservations to stay at a Marriott or Hyatt hotel upon arriving at their destination.
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Positive environmental news, June

This is The Climate Win, the most positive sustainability news around the world every week. During the COVID-19 pandemic, patronizing local businesses in whatever ways deemed appropriate is inarguably the right thing to do. But efforts to increase sterility and sanitation during the pandemic have led to massive increases in single-use plastics — the vast majority of which cannot be or are not recycled. While use of expanded polystyrene (EPS), commonly called styrofoam (though that term is act...
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Los Angeles make cuts to police

Amid calls from protesters and organizations for lawmakers to defund the police, Los Angeles has been the first to announce a significant budget cut for its law enforcement. Before George Floyd’s death, the Los Angeles police department was set to receive an increase in its annual budget from $1.189 billion to $1.86 billion, mostly in the form of bonuses. On Wednesday, after activists protested outside his home, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti nixed these increases, and cut $100-$150 million from the...
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Hospitality International Inc. Launches New Branding Identity

Tucker, GA 6/5/2020 — Hospitality International Inc., a recognized leader in franchising of conversion and new build hotels for economy lodging, today announced "hihotels by Hospitality International" as their renamed umbrella for Red Carpet Inn, Scottish Inns, Master Hosts Inns, Downtowner Inns and Passport Inn.
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Berlin theater reopening

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping our entertainment and cultural events in a number of ways. We’ve seen festivals and exhibitions resurrecting the drive-in to ensure social distancing and now, an iconic venue in Berlin, Germany, is giving us a glimpse of what theaters may look like once they reopen. Photo: /Berliner Ensemble The Berliner Ensemble theater group that performs at the 19th-century Theater am Schiffbauerdamm has removed 70 percent of its seating in the last 10 days in an effor...
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Online Travel: Can Anyone Challenge The Supremacy Of Booking And Expedia? | By Peter O’Connor

Despite their comparative youth, Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) wield an incredible influence in today's travel sector. Recent estimates suggest that two companies (Booking Holdings and Expedia Inc. respectively) control over ninety percent of the indirect online travel market in the U.S. market, making them incredibly powerful. As a result, there have been frequent calls (and increasingly, anti-trust investigations) to try to reduce their influence. Short of breaking them up, the big ques...
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STR: U.S. weekly hotel performance update

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NYU Conference - June Virtual Panel

In addition to the onsite event in November, the Planning Committee developed a virtual version of the ever-popular CEOs Check In panel, which was broadcast on June 2 at 2 p.m. Moderated by Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and co-chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation, it featured a star-studded lineup of executives and provided deeply informative insights on trends and projections.
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Global report: EU pledges to lift internal border controls by end of month

Ban on non-essential travel into EU by foreign nationals is extended until 1 JulyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe EU has pledged to lift border controls inside its territory by the end of the month while extending a ban on travellers coming from outside the bloc until 1 July. The extension of the ban on non-essential travel by foreign nationals into the EU’s border free-travel zone was approved by the EU’s 27 home affairs ministers on Friday by video conference. Co...
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‘Onions suck out bacteria. Neem sanitiser works for 15 days. Brahmins in Bhopal were saved by prayers over fire”: advice from a top Kannada publisher, an ex-BJP MP, to fight Coronavirus

Vijay Sankeshwar, the transport operator who founded Vijaya Karnataka and Vijaya Vani, shocking the Deccan Herald group and The Times of India group respectively, has offered his sage advice on how to combat #Coronavirus. Dripping with desi and swadeshi, the advice, although well intentioned, is questionable for its science. Sankeshwar, who was awarded the Padma Sri earlier this year, is a former BJP member of Parliament, and a former member of the legislative council. He has played host to Baba...
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The New Normal...are we going to continue to cocoon? | By Marloes Knippenberg

Having been surrounded by our four walls for the past couple of months and slowly spotting signs of hibernation, I believe the 'new normal' looks a lot like cocooning in a safe environment, where anything you need happens in your own surroundings, or is delivered straight to your door.
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“Sustainability as the New Normal” a Vision for the Future of Tourism

To mark World Environment Day, the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announces its new vision for global tourism- growing better, stronger, and balancing the needs of people, planet and prosperity.
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Safety Is Now The Sexiest Word In Travel

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts collaborating with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Montage International teaming with primary care provider One Medical. For French hospitality company Accor, the partner is insurance firm AXA, and with Hilton, it's Lysol. And then there's the new safety stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The list seems to go on and on.
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Where Are We Going? Travel Experts Reveal Their Thoughts On The Future Of Travel

Despite most of us still being 'grounded', with no travel plans ahead, there suddenly seems to be a faint whisper of change in the air. Emails are arriving daily in my inbox, revealing opening dates of hotels. There is an increase in announcements on how leading hotels, airlines and tour operators are going to change procedures, revise hygiene routines and how they will operate under new social distancing measures. After the shock of imposed stillness, it seems that the industry is slowly...
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Govt notifies draft drone rules which set the stage for remote drone operations; comments invited till July 3

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has published the draft Unmanned Aircraft System Rules, 2020, and the rules look set to allow beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, and bring drone traders under its ambit. The draft rules also propose establishing dedicated drone ports and corridors in “permitted areas if warranted by the nature and requirements” of drone operations, although separate licenses will have to be obtain from the regulator in those, yet unspecified, permitted areas. A drone c...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Holoholokai Beach

Mahalo to Bob Lafond for sharing this beautiful shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Bob took this shot while visiting the Big Island of Hawaii in September. This area fronts the lovely Fairmont Orchid Resort. The blazing tiki torches, palm trees and sunset sky just make us want to sigh. Such a delightful scene! Happy Aloha Friday! — Just as a reminder, Hawaii is not open for tourism at this time as incoming travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days. Follow our site for ongoing updates....
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