14-day out of state quarantine extended to July 31, vacation rentals to begin reopening, facial recognition coming to airports, no audit for Honolulu rail, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige June 10, 2020 press conference from video Gov. David Ige Extends Trans-Pacific Travel Quarantine To July 31. Interisland travel will be opened on June 16. Passengers will be subject to a temperature check and anyone with a fever over 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to board. Civil Beat.Gov. David Ige extends trans-Pacific quarantine through July 31, announces temperature checks for interisland flights. Gov. David Ige today extended the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for...
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A Tokyo playground squeak consultant?

What this local government employee’s official job title is remains a mystery. Is he a squeak consultant, specialist or even a connoisseur? But whatever it is that’s written on his business card, there can’t be many better jobs than cycling round the city, trying out all the swings, then rather precariously de-squeaking any that aren’t perfectly smooth and silent.
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Lemon & Poppyseed Basil Cupcakes

These lemon cupcakes are a dream! Soft pillowy cupcakes are flavoured with fresh lemon, white chocolate, basil and poppy seeds. Then they're topped with a silky cream cheese browned butter frosting, dabs of lemon curd and a basil leaf!
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Into the Garden

A few photos from the first day of the opening of the Tuleries Gardens. I’ve never noticed this architecture before. I assume it’s original to either Greece or Rome. Chairs waiting for visitors. The fountains were running. We walked through the petite Arch de Triumph. Louvre Museum which is opening soon. I’ve always been intrigued with this building from the 1600’s. It is part of a school now. I’m not happy with the puddles and streams of urine in front ho...
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Middle East News: #Oman Weighs Financial Aid Request From Gulf - Bloomberg

Middle East News: Oman Weighs Financial Aid Request From Gulf - Bloomberg:Oman has discussed the possibility of financial aid with other Gulf states to help it cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices, according to two officials in the region and a U.S. government official familiar with the contacts.The topic was one of several discussed at recent high-level political meetings between Gulf officials, two of the people said. The discussions are preliminary and ...
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Holland America Cancels More Cruises for 2020 and Beyond

It wasn’t that long ago that Holland America announced cancellations for all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for 2020.  Now Holland America cancels all Vancouver departures for the rest of this year and into 2021. Canceled Cruises from Vancouver  The newly canceled cruises from Read More The post Holland America Cancels More Cruises for 2020 and Beyond appeared first on .
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No 'patient zero' as Covid-19 came into UK at least 1,300 times

Study prompts further criticism that chances to suppress infection early in outbreak were missedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere was no “patient zero” in the UK’s Covid-19 epidemic, according to research showing that the infection was introduced on at least 1,300 occasions.The findings, from the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium, have prompted further criticism that opportunities to suppress the spread of infection in February and March were missed. Continue readin...
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Mideast Stocks: Most of Gulf in red as oil prices fall; banks aid #Qatar | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Most of Gulf in red as oil prices fall; banks aid Qatar | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Most Middle Eastern stock markets ended lower on Thursday, amid falling oil prices, though the Qatari index bucked the trend on the back of gains for its banking shares.Brent crude futures erased Wednesday's gains, falling 6.1%, or $2.53, to $39.20 a barrel by 1246 GMT, hit by a record build-up in U.S. crude inventories and the U.S. Federal Reserve's projections that the world's biggest economy would shr...
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Ontario's case mortality rates by age....

Determining a broad based mortality rate for Covid-19 has always seemed a pretty pointless exercise to me, given that this disease is exponentially more serious for those who are older.Going off the numbers reported by CTV today (Thursday June 11, 2020) Ontario has identified 31,544 positive cases and 2,487 deaths.  Those numbers show that there is almost an 8% fatality rate for people who test positive for the novel coronavirus in the province of Ontario.  But of course there's a huge differ...
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Emirates NBD Bank clarifies: No acquisition of shares by US-based bank | ZAWYA MENA Edition

:Emirates NBD Bank has said that 101,731,408 shares were purchased by 254 unique investors on 28th May 2020, following a press clipping indicating that the US-based Bank of America, BofA, had acquired a 1.5 percent stake in Emirates NBD.In a statement published on the Dubai Financial Market website, the Dubai-based bank explained, "The largest purchase by one single investor was 10,116,892 shares on this date (28th May 2020)." It went on to note that, "This increase in purchase volume coincides ...
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Qatari government entities must cut foreign staff costs by 30%: document - Reuters

Qatari government entities must cut foreign staff costs by 30%: document - Reuters:Qatar has directed ministries and all other government and public entities to reduce costs for non-Qatari employees by 30% as of June 1, either via pay cuts or lay-offs, a finance ministry document seen by Reuters showed. The document also outlined other cuts affecting Qatari employees, including to benefits, which come as the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter feels the bite of a global coronavirus downtu...
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Oil prices slump 8% as virus-related demand concerns resurface - Reuters

Oil prices slump 8% as virus-related demand concerns resurface - Reuters:Oil prices tumbled about 8% a barrel on Thursday, fuelled by renewed concerns about demand destruction as new cases of coronavirus tick up globally, while crude inventories hit a record in the United States.U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 2 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, and new infections are rising slightly after five weeks of declines. While most states have loosened restrictions on movement that sh...
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How to Land a Job That Pays You $1,000 to Take Virtual Vacations

A few months ago, you may not have given a second thought to the concept of “virtual travel.” After all, if you were someone with the time, money and inclination to travel, you could essentially just... go somewhere if you wanted to. Thanks to the COVID-19 global pandemic, that has all changed. For the time being,…Read more...
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Snapchat redesigns its app with new action bar

Snap is unveiling some important changes for Snapchat at its Snap Partner Summit. The navigation has been rethought with a new action bar at the bottom that lets you access Snap Map and Snap Originals in just a tap. Snap Map is also getting some brand new features to compete head-to-head with Google Maps. A new banner called ‘Happening Now’ is also being rolled out to all users in the U.S. with a curated selection of stories at the top of the Discover tab. Snap has been testing the new des...
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Hawaii’s governor extends out-of-state traveler quarantine through July 31, but…

… Hawaii’s lieutenant governor still says that they’re working towards opening up travel to/from the mainland with testing. From his summary video on June 10, he said, “You all know we’re going to open up interisland travel on the 16th [of June] but we’re working towards a month later opening up Hawaii with a test. So, testing on the mainland, working with CVS, that would give us some extra layer of protection.” You can watch his full summary video here: In the above video, Lt. Gov. Green doe...
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Twitter restricts ex-Amnesty India head Aakar Patel’s account

Twitter has restricted access to columnist and Amnesty International’s former India head Aakar Patel’s account to Indian users. The company said a legal demand from India (either a court or government order) resulted in the takedown. This comes days after Patel posted a tweet hoping that Dalits, women, and Adivasis in India would protest their conditions like Americans have in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. It’s not clear if that tweet is what led to his account being withheld in India, but ...
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SiteMinder World Hotel Index Shows New Guests Plan Less As Bookings Surpass A Third Of 2019 Levels

Data by SiteMinder, the global hotel industry's leading guest acquisition platform, reveals that minimal planning will go into the trips of the post-COVID hotel guest. The data stems from new indicators within the World Hotel Index, which show that hotel bookings globally have surpassed a third of 2019 levels - for stays as soon as this month.
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STR: Preliminary May data for Abu Dhabi hotels

Abu Dhabi's hotel industry reported improved but still relatively low performance levels, according to preliminary May data from STR. Compared with May 2019:
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’60 Minutes’ producers launch a ’10 minute or less’ Quibi series in bid to attract younger viewers

After teasing the series’ arrival for some months, Quibi is finally ready to launch its take on 60 Minutes for the social media generation. What that mainly means is content tailored to the shortened attention spans of viewers on top which the service has hung all of its hopes, dreams and $1.8 billion. The new take on the America’s oldest newsmagazine goes under the banner  ’60 IN 6’ — slightly confusing, given that its producers are committing to a broader definition of short form content at...
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Airbnb, Lyft and Uber: When to call it a comeback

As Uber and Lyft reached their public-market nadir in mid-March, you would have been forgiven for thinking they were heading under. If the markets are somewhat efficient, why else would America’s top two ride-hailing companies shed two-thirds and three-quarters of their value, respectively, in just over a month? As we know now, both companies quickly recovered and have since regained much of their former value. The two public firms have guided for a sharply unprofitable Q2 2020, but investors...
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New Joint Venture Between BentallGreenOak, Flank Management LP and Geolo Capital Leads to Acquisition of Hutton Hotel in Nashville

As part of a new three-way venture, BentallGreenOak (BGO), Flank Management LP (Flank), and Geolo Capital (Geolo) today announced the acquisition of the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., in an all-cash purchase for an undisclosed price. Credited with energizing Nashville's West End neighborhood upon opening in 2009, the Four-Star, Four Diamond Hutton Hotel weaves a creative spirit across 250 guest rooms and suites, Writers Studios for musicians, and a social club & entertainment venue wit...
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STR: Preliminary May data for Sydney hotels

Reflecting the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sydney showed continued lower hotel performance in May 2020, according to preliminary data from STR.Comparison with May 2019:
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STR: Preliminary May data for Berlin hotels

STR's preliminary data for Berlin hotels showed slight improvement from April but record lows for May. Comparison with May 2019:
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Tim Sullivan Named President & CEO of Cendyn; New CTO & CFO Join Rapidly Growing Organization

Cendyn, the leading innovator in CRM, sales and revenue strategy for the hospitality industry, announced today the appointment of Tim Sullivan as President & Chief Executive Officer. Sullivan is now Cendyn's highest-ranking officer, responsible for the company's direction, vision and strategy.
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LEVA Hotels Partners with VACKMA LLC for Expansion in USA

Dubai based LEVA Hotels has signed an exclusive partnership with VACKMA LLC to expand in the United States of America. As part of the agreement, VACKMA will develop and operate 3 and 4-star hotels under the LEVA and its sub brands in USA while offering hotel owners a choice of both franchise and management agreements.
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CityHub signs financial partnership with NIBC and ABN AMRO to accelerate European expansion

As the travel industry faces some of the most important challenges in its history, CityHub - the hotel/hostel hybrid brand - is proud to announce its financial collaboration with Dutch banks NIBC and ABN AMRO to kickstart its international expansion. The new funds will support and accelerate CityHub's development plan, to grow its portfolio to ten locations.
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg:Updated stock indexes in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Get an overview of major indexes, current values and stock market data in Europe, UK, Germany, Russia & more. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Airbnb Encourages Travelers to Seek Out What’s in Their Own Backyard

In an effort to cater to the interests of travelers just beginning to crawl out of lockdown, Airbnb has made changes to its homepage and app in an effort to get people out in their own metaphorical backyards. The campaign, "Go Near," was one of several announcements made this morning as the home-sharing platform said...
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Horwath HTL Industry Report: Tourism & Hospitality: Country Re-Opening Policies

There are signs, however tentative, that many markets are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. For some markets that light may be an oncoming train, but let's not get side-tracked so early into the report.
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Excitel CEO Vivek Raina on the broadband business, Net Neutrality, and COVID-19

On June 10, we interviewed Vivek Raina, CEO of Excitel Broadband, on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fixed line broadband business, the ISP market, and Net Neutrality. An edited transcript of that interview follows. MediaNama: How has the pandemic affected your business and your network? How have new subscribers been coming up? There were multiple stages and layers to the pandemic. There was one stage when it started to hit us that something was going to happen. The pandemic had no...
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