Brazil’s BizCapital raises $12 million for its online lending service

BizCapital, an online lender based in Brazil, has raised $12 million from a clutch of investors including the German development finance institution, the corporate venture capital fund of MercadoLibre and existing investors Quona Capital, Monashees, Chromo INvest and 42K Investments. “This latest round reinforces investors’ confidence in BizCapital’s ability to innovate in the Latin American credit market amid challenging circumstances caused by Covid-19,” said Francisco Ferreira, the company’s...
Tags: Travel, TC, Money, Finance, Funding, Economy, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Brazil, Private Equity, Ferreira, Corporate Finance, Quona Capital, MercadoLibre, Venture Capital Firms, BizCapital

Quick & Easy Coconut Fish Curry

One area where I always seem to excel as someone who could have organization as their middle name, would be in making sure my fridge, freezer and pantry are always well-stocked – just what I need to make this Coconut Fish Curry at the drop of a hat! This might surely have something to do with the fact that I may be a compulsive list maker. Yes, I love making lists. In fact, I make so many lists within the span of one day that I sometimes even have to make a list of the lists I’ve made. Confusing...
Tags: Travel, Popular Recipes, RECIPES: NON-VEGETARIAN, 30-Minutes or Less

Coconut Fish Curry

One area where I always seem to excel as someone who could have organization as their middle name, would be in making sure my fridge, freezer and pantry are always well-stocked – just what I need to make this Coconut Fish Curry at the drop of a hat! This might surely have something to do with the fact that I may be a compulsive list maker. Yes, I love making lists. In fact, I make so many lists within the span of one day that I sometimes even have to make a list of the lists I’ve made. Confusing...
Tags: Travel, Popular Recipes, RECIPES: NON-VEGETARIAN, 30-Minutes or Less

Interisland travel reopens, Honolulu patches economic stimulus package, mayor says call 911 on shoppers not wearing masks, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu airport PC: Hawaii Department of Transportation Lifting of interisland quarantine brings slight boost to Hawaii’s tourism industry. Local travel demand for Hawaii did pick up slightly with the lifting of the interisland quarantine. However, interisland travel alone won’t be enough to keep Hawaii’s nearly $18 billion industry from falling off a cliff. Star-Advertiser.First Day After Inter-Island Quarantine Lifted. State officials say things went smoothly on Tuesday, the first day ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Maui, State, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, County Council, Garden Island, Labor Department, Puna, Doug Chin

Sweden’s Båstnäs Car Cemetery

If you made a list of your top 50 excursions for your next trip to Sweden, a visit to a junkyard probably wouldn’t be on it. Unless you’re a car enthusiast who can spend hours happily peering under the hoods of various rusty, out-of-use cars, the prospect of dedicating a day to visiting an old auto-parts shop isn’t very appealing. Unless, of course, that abandoned junkyard is the Båstnäs Car Cemetery. Located deep in the forest of Värmland, on the Swedish border with Norway, the Båstnäs Car C...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, Stephen King, Car, Norway, Narnia, Stockholm, All, Atlas Obscura, Värmland, Junkyard, Old cars, Car Parts, Car Cemetery, Swedish Attractions, Saabs Volvos Fords Sunbeams Buicks Volkswagens

Black African-owned bush camps

When Beks Ndlovu set out to open his first safari camp, Somalisa Camp, on a private concession in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, he furnished it with items from his own home. Sixteen years later, Ndlovu, one of the few Black safari camp owners in Africa, is about to open his 16th safari camp. While the company that Ndoluv founded, African Bush Camps, has long since been able to buy furniture for its many safari camps in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia, it’s the attention to detail and person...
Tags: Travel, Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, All, Bush, Hwange National Park, Matador, Elizabeth Gordon, NDLOVU, Somalisa, Zimbabwe Botswana, Zimbabwe National Parks Authority, Beks Ndlovu, Ndoluv

Only 383 Covid patients in all of Ontario, yet the state of emergency drags on

Ontario is a province of more than 14 million people, about 6 million of whom live in the Greater Toronto Area, or GTA for short.  Out of this entire population there are currently only 383 patients being treated for Covid-19, the disease that can result from being infected with the novel and mostly benign coronavirus.   I use the words " can result " intentionally, because I have trouble with the concept of saying someone has a disease when it doesn't make them sick.  The whole problem with ...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Atlantic, Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Gordie Canuk, COVID, John Ionnidis

North America border restrictions

To prevent further spread of the coronavirus, the US has extended border restrictions with Canada and Mexico until July 21. Restrictions on non-essential travel between the North American bloc were set to expire on June 21, but that deadline will be extended by one month. The countries closed their borders to non-essential travel in March, with extensions occurring in both April and May. Just like before, cross-border travel will only be allowed for those working in essential services, and f...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, US, Canada, North America, Department Of Homeland Security, All, Us Travel, Department, US Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, Travel Restrictions, COVID-19, Border Restrictions, Us-canada Border

Australian borders closed until 2021

Most countries are looking for ways to speedily open their borders and welcome back tourists this summer, but Australia is saying, “Nah, we’re good.” According to Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, Australia is unlikely to reopen to international travelers until 2021. The country enforced a strict and early lockdown earlier this year, and successfully limited the outbreak of the virus. Understandably, they’re not too eager to reverse their progress. Birmingham told the National Press Club, “I ...
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Southern Soul Sydney Vegan

I first tried the food from the Southern Soul Vegan stand at the Sydney Vegan Market a few months ago, just before COVID-19 took over. I tried the creamiest mac and cheese, a cheesy yet cheese-less lasagna and melt in the mouth cornbread. It was so delicious and I was convinced that there was some sort of magic at play because it tasted just like the non-vegan versions.
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Macron expected to ask UK to review 14-day quarantine rule

The French president visits No 10 for talks on Thursday during trip to commemorate WWII allianceThe French president Emmanuel Macron is expected to call on the UK to revisit its decision of imposing a 14-day quarantine period on visitors from abroad during his trip to the UK on Thursday.Macron, on his first visit abroad since the coronavirus outbreak, is in London to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Gen Charles de Gaulle’s broadcast announcing an alliance with Winston Churchill, “the leader o...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Politics, UK, London, France, UK News, Foreign Policy, Winston Churchill, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Charles de Gaulle, Macron, Coronavirus outbreak

Oil slides on fresh COVID-19 outbreaks, bump in crude stocks - Reuters

Oil slides on fresh COVID-19 outbreaks, bump in crude stocks - Reuters:Oil prices settled lower on Wednesday on fuel demand worries due to an uptick in coronavirus cases, with emerging hotspots in China and the United States, and as U.S. crude stocks grew again, taking commercial inventories to another all-time high.Brent crude settled down 25 cents, or 0.6 %, at $40.71 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell 42 cents, or 1.1%, to $37.96 a barrel.U.S. crude inventories rose to a record...
Tags: Travel, China, United States, Reuters, The World Health Organization, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees Announced: Michael Blake, CAE and Henri Roelings

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is pleased to announce two champions of hospitality technology: Michael Blake, CAE and Henri Roelings as the 2020 HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame inductees. Blake, CEO of Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), was recognized for his experience and leadership in promoting hospitality innovation and technology. Roelings, owner and CEO of, was recognized for building a comprehensive d...
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Loophole innSupreme Court ruling

This week’s Supreme Court ruling prohibiting workers discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was a landmark decision, but there’s a big loophole. Although it extends employment discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community in all 50 states, it does not apply to small businesses with fewer than 15 employees. According to Al Jazeera, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that about 17 percent of the workforce is employed by companies with fewer than 19 employer...
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How to Drink on Domestic Flights During the Pandemic

Even as we adjust to the new normal of travel in the midst of a global pandemic, airlines are changing their policies to make it easier for crews to physically distance from passengers. One of the ways they are doing so is by limiting in-flight snack and beverage services. Unfortunately for you boozy travelers,…Read more...
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Gramercy Tavern chef talks support

In the first week of June, when Black Lives Matter protesters flooded the streets with their grief and anger, megaphones pointed at the sky demanding that their country finally treat them with humanity and compassion, a much quieter movement swept social media. On Instagram, lists of Black-owned restaurants went viral. Non-Black and white restaurant owners expressed support for the protests, and promised “solidarity” with the Black Lives Matter movement in so-called blackout posts. While the...
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Column: Oil prices likely to average less than $60 over next cycle - Kemp - Reuters

Column: Oil prices likely to average less than $60 over next cycle - Kemp - Reuters:Oil prices are likely to average less than $60 per barrel across the next cycle to ensure production, especially from the shale sector, remains in line with the slow increase in consumption.On Monday, BP announced its long-term investment appraisal price had been cut to an average of just $55 per barrel for Brent in real terms between 2021 and 2050.Explaining its decision, the company cited the lingering impact o...
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Breaking quarantine in Hawaii

If you think that “mandatory quarantine” means “lightly suggested period of slightly heightened social distancing” that isn’t actually enforceable, you’re wrong. Hawaii requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone visiting the state, and violations of that rule could result in jail time. On April 30, 2020, according to local authorities, a California couple on their honeymoon ignored the requirement to remain in their hotel room, and after several warnings by hotel staff, were arrested b...
Tags: Travel, California, Cnn, Hawaii, Jail, All, Honolulu, Quarantine, Jail Time, Audra Sellers of the Maui Police Department

Best luxury cabin rentals in the US

Howling winds and jagged rocks poking at your back don’t exactly make for a good night’s sleep. Add the omnipresent possibility of a bear encounter, and you’re off the hook if tucking into a thin layer of canvas for the night just isn’t your thing. You’re not off the hook for bashing on nature, however, so, fortunately, it’s totally doable to seclude yourself away from the civilized world without sacrificing the bed-laden comforts and four walls you’re used to. These cabin escapes spare you ...
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Barcelona opera house reopens

Hosting a full audience is still too risky for many theater venues, so Barcelona’s Liceu opera house is trying something a little different — playing to an audience of plants. The opera house just announced that it will perform a concert for 2,292 plants once it reopens next Monday, though human spectators will only be able to watch via livestream on YouTube at 5:00 PM local time, which is 11:00 AM ET and 8:00 AM PT. Photo: Liceu The Concert for the Biocene will fittingly feature a string q...
Tags: Travel, Youtube, US, Spain, Barcelona, Plants, Opera, Opera House, All, Puccini, Eugenio Ampudia

#Qatar Airways won't take new aircraft in 2020 or 2021, CEO says - Reuters

Qatar Airways won't take new aircraft in 2020 or 2021, CEO says - Reuters:Qatar Airways will not take any new planes ordered from Boeing (BA.N) or Airbus (AIR.PA) in 2020 or 2021, chief executive Akbar al-Baker said on Wednesday, adding there would be a knock-on effect to future deliveries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Qatar Airways has ordered tens of billions of dollars of aircraft from the world’s two biggest planemakers. But after a plunge in demand for air travel, it says it has no room for ...
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#SaudiArabia Idles Drilling Rigs as Pandemic Saps Oil Demand - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Idles Drilling Rigs as Pandemic Saps Oil Demand - Bloomberg:The world’s biggest oil exporter is hitting the brakes in developing some of its crude and natural gas deposits, idling two offshore drilling rigs as the coronavirus batters energy use. State-run producer Saudi Aramco has suspended work at the two platforms for about a year, according to filings from the contractors. The producer is also delaying a related $18 billion oil and gas expansion project by at least six months, ac...
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OPEC sees gradual oil demand recovery, makes 84% of cuts in May - Reuters

OPEC sees gradual oil demand recovery, makes 84% of cuts in May - Reuters:OPEC forecast on Wednesday a gradual recovery in global demand for oil, which has been hammered by the coronavirus crisis, and said record supply cuts by producers were already helping to rebalance the market.In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said demand would decline by 6.4 million barrels per day (bpd) in the second half of 2020, less than the drop of 11.9 million bpd in the first...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Opec, United States, Reuters, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

#AbuDhabi’s Mubadala Weighs Selling Property Assets to Aldar - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Weighs Selling Property Assets to Aldar - Bloomberg:Mubadala Investment Co. is weighing the sale of a mall and other real estate assets to Abu Dhabi’s largest property developer Aldar Properties PJSC, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The sovereign wealth fund is considering selling the Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island, as well as the city’s financial district, Abu Dhabi Global Market, to Aldar, the people said, asking not to be identified because the discus...
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Oil falls as coronavirus cases pick up in China, U.S. - Reuters

Oil falls as coronavirus cases pick up in China, U.S. - Reuters:Oil prices fell on Wednesday as investors worried about fuel demand due to fresh outbreaks of COVID-19, though prices drew some support after U.S. stocks of diesel fuel fell for the first time in weeks and U.S. oil production dropped sharply.Brent crude LCOc1 was down 31 cents, or 0.8%, at $40.65 a barrel at 10:50 EST (1450 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) CLc1 fell 43 cents, or 1.1%, to $37.95 a barrel.U.S. crude inventorie...
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5 Easy Steps to Bring Employees Safely Back to Work Using the InvoTech UHF-RFID Uniform System

InvoTech Systems provides the perfect solution to help wardrobe operations transition employees safely back to work in the current situation—respecting social distancing and hygiene norms to enable full productivity of staff. Track your entire inventory and distribute uniforms without physical contact using the UHF-RFID Uniform System—from uniform purchase, assignments, daily use and laundry activity. Processing uniform transactions and recordkeeping is automated by simply passing the uni...
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STS Cloud Sales and Catering System Primed for Remote Sales with ProposalPath Video

The STS Cloud ProposalPath Premium Media Package is proving itself a highly effective sales tool in today's social-distant business environment. Why? Businesses are planning third-quarter company meetings now, and groups that have put social gatherings on hold are scheduling summer events. This makes personalized property video presentations a must have as hotels and event venues ramp up sales efforts. STS Cloud is a full-function, cost effective hotel sales and cater...
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Hawaii inter-island travel opens smoothly without quarantine

Yesterday, June 16, Hawaii inter-island travel opened without a quarantine. This reopening appears to have gone very smoothly. Along with this opening, new screening procedures were implemented. These new steps are: Passengers must complete and provide a mandatory traveler health form. You can download and review the form from For efficiency, passengers are advised to download and complete the form prior to going to the airport, but no more than 24 hours prior. You ca...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Tsa, Big Island, Honolulu, Hawaii News Now, Coronavirus COVID 19

Meliá Hotels International prepares for Summer in Spain with the Reopening of more than 60 Hotels up to July

Meliá Hotels International, the leading hotel company in Spain, will start opening some of its hotels in Spain in June and eventually have almost 60 hotels open throughout the country in July. This number will increase if there is sufficient demand, with the company fully committed to getting as many people as possible back to work and helping to stimulate the economy.
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GBTA Poll Sees Renewed Levels Of Optimism As Bookings Resumed

Higher levels of optimism in the business travel sector have started to appear according to new research issued today by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Domestic and essential business travel will likely resume first, especially with industry standardized health and safety standards.
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