Attorney General proposes more power for Health Department, tighter vacation rental laws, unemployment dips slightly, COVID-19 cases spike upon reopening, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Attorney General Clare Connors addresses Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 AG proposes measures aimed at improving state’s response during pandemics. Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors told lawmakers Thursday she’s proposing a set of bills aimed at a smoother transition into emergency mode and better tracking of quarantined individuals during pandemics. Tribune-Herald.Hawaii Short Term Vacation Rental Rules Clarified, New Bill Proposed. As state and local officials explain the curr...
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Pinehurst Resort Trip Log – Day 1

My buddy and I left Daytona Beach, Florida this morning for the 485 mile drive to the village of Pinehurst,
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16 Quintessential Northern Irish Foods To Try!

Looking to try some of Northern Ireland's most traditional foods? From a huge range of breads to tray bakes, the world's oldest whisky distiller to a gourmet seaweed that has been used for health benefits, here are 16 Northern Irish foods!
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Museum visits in the COVID-19 era

There was a time when avoiding crowds in museums was a challenge. Getting to the Egyptian mummies at the British Museum before everyone else was a nearly impossible feat, and managing to get a peek of the Louvre’s Mona Lisa without hundreds of people blocking your view was the stuff of myths. But since mid-March, entire collections sit alone in galleries, undisturbed and unappreciated by the throngs of admirers who usually take so much pleasure in looking at them. A by the International Cou...
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Lyft aims for an all-electric fleet

On Wednesday , Lyft promised that by 2030, all vehicles on its platform would be electric in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The electric vehicle initiative will apply to drivers’ personal cars, the company’s Express Drive rental car partner program, the rental car program for riders, and its autonomous vehicle program. John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft, said in a statement, “Now more than ever, we need to work together to create cleaner, healthier, and more equitabl...
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Re-open EU app

Keeping up with the current rules regarding travel can feel like an impossible and overwhelming task. Even though many EU countries are slowly easing their travel restrictions, figuring out where you can go, when, and what you can do there, is still a headache. A new app, developed by the European Union, aims to make it easier, giving travelers the most up-to-date information on each country’s reopening. The app, called Re-open EU, will give travelers real-time information about Covid-19 res...
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BBQ is as a cultural tradition

The word barbecue is as loaded as the average plateful at a backyard cookout. It’s both a noun and a verb. One theory posits that it derives from barbacoa, the Spanish term for the Taíno technique of slow-grilling meat over hot coals. This would plant barbecue’s etymological roots in the Caribbean, but the act of smoking, pit roasting, and grilling heaps of beef, pork, poultry, and other proteins is grounded in customs that span nearly every continent. Styles vary around the world, but all ...
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Cruise Lines Cancel All Cruises from U.S. Ports Until Mid-September

Just announced, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) cruise line members will cancel all ocean cruises from U.S. ports until September 15, 2020.  If you were planning a late summer or early fall ocean cruise, it’s now canceled.  Cruise Lines Voluntarily Cancel All Cruises for At Read More The post Cruise Lines Cancel All Cruises from U.S. Ports Until Mid-September appeared first on .
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Cruise Lines Cancel All Cruises from U.S. Ports For at Least Three More Months

Just announced, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) cruise line members will cancel all ocean cruises from U.S. ports until September 15, 2020.  If you were planning a late summer or early fall ocean cruise, it’s now canceled.  Cruise Lines Voluntarily Cancel All Cruises for At Read More The post Cruise Lines Cancel All Cruises from U.S. Ports For at Least Three More Months appeared first on .
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Space Perspective balloon spaceship

International travel is tough these days, given ever-evolving border restrictions around the world, but there’s one destination where you can avoid all that — outer space. A new startup called Space Perspective is offering adventurers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the edge of space, and it’ll only set you back $125,000. Photo: Space Perspective This week, Space Perspective announced its new Spaceship Neptune — a 10,000-pound crew capsule surrounded by giant windows, with a m...
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Soul Fire bringing social justice

In 2010, Leah Penniman co-founded Soul Fire Farm on an 80-acre plot in Petersburg, New York, with a three-tenet mission: create equity in land ownership, reverse the damage caused by industrial agriculture, and distribute fresh produce to people living under food apartheid. The farm is run by Afro-Indigenous people using ancient farming techniques, and equipped aspiring Black and Brown farmers to do the same. The ultimate goal is to ensure that by 2050 Black farmers own “100,000 farms on 10 mil...
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Positive environment news June 2020

Last week’s Climate Win focused on Environmental Justice, a movement that addresses environmental hazards and how they disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities. We have more on that this week, with a dose of good news, with our look at “peaker plants.” Across the US more than 1,000 part-time power plants, or peaker plants, are used only when the country’s energy demands peak. This happens when air conditioning units turn on for the summer, for example. Though they’re used only some...
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Column: Oil prices no longer especially cheap after strong rally - Kemp - Reuters

Column: Oil prices no longer especially cheap after strong rally - Kemp - Reuters:Oil prices are no longer particularly cheap by historical standards.Perceptions about prices tend to be over-influenced by recent experience so current prices feel very low to producers used to receiving $60-80 per barrel over the 2018/19 period.But over a longer time horizon, current prices are not especially cheap, and are only a little below long-run averages over the last few price cycles.Current Brent prices a...
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Oil pares some gains on fears of economic weakness due to virus - Reuters

Oil pares some gains on fears of economic weakness due to virus - Reuters:Oil prices rose on Friday but pulled back sharply from early highs on concerns that continued spread of the novel coronavirus could stall the United States’ economic rebound.Crude benchmarks followed other assets lower after Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said more fiscal and monetary support for the U.S. economy will likely be needed.Rosengren repeated his view that the U.S. unemployment rate will likely ...
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‘Into the Wild’ bus removed

The abandoned Fairbanks bus made famous by the 2007 movie Into the Wild just got airlifted away from its spot on the side of the Teklanika River. The movie is an adaptation of John Krakaeur’s 1996 novel Into the Wild. The story chronicles real-life adventures of Christopher McCandless. After hitchhiking to Alaska, McCandless stumbled upon the abandoned bus and lived there for about four months before his death. Located on the Stampede Trail, the bus has become a pilgrimage site for fans of th...
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How #SaudiArabia Caused The Worst Oil Price Crash In History |

How Saudi Arabia Caused The Worst Oil Price Crash In History | Arabia made good on its promise to flood the market with oil after the collapse of the previous OPEC+ deal in early March, exporting a record 10.237 million barrels per day (bpd) in April 2020, up from 7.391 million bpd in March, data from the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) showed.   Total oil exports from Saudi Arabia, including crude oil and total oil products, also soared in April – by 3.15 million b...
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Best places to camp in all 50 states

If ever there were a time to head outdoors, this is it. Camping is already our national pastime, but this year it may just be our savior — as we seek places where we can actually travel to and achieve some of the serenity we all need. We’ve been taking a good look at camping as of late, everything from pitching a tent, taking the kids, and camping permit-free or in an RV. Here, we bring it all together to let you know our very favorite places to camp, whether by crashing ocean waves or on a l...
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Rainbow crosswalks in Key West

Every June, colorful artwork and rainbow crosswalks have filled open spaces throughout Key West, FL. Due to ongoing construction, previous artwork has been a temporary feature, but this year Key West unveiled colorful crosswalks that will now have a permanent home. New rainbow crosswalks made from preformed thermoplastic and enhanced with propane torches for durability are now gracing the intersection of Duval and Petronia, in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. “The rainbow cr...
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The trampling of Venice shows why tourism must change after Covid-19 | Neal E Robbins

Coronavirus has given hotspots like the besieged Italian port breathing space – and a vision of a new, greener kind of tourismBefore Covid-19, the tourist industry was the largest employer by sector on the planet, giving work to one in every 11 people. And when the emergency ends, it will surely resurge – but should it return in the way it was before? Maybe now, finally, is a good time to rethink what tourism should be. Related: Sinking city: how Venice is managing Europe's worst tourism crisi...
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HTNG and HSMAI Partner to Advance Hospitality Marketing Through Technology

Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), in partnership with the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), launches a joint initiative to better-align marketing and technology disciplines in hospitality organizations.
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Aloha Friday Photo: Blue Surf

Mahalo to Shirley Ho for sharing this neat surf shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. We love all the bright shades of blue in this surfing scene. Happy Aloha Friday! — Please note: Hawaii continues to have travel restrictions due to COVID-19. A mandatory 14-day quarantine is required for all travelers coming to the state through July 31, 2020. The post Aloha Friday Photo: Blue Surf appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
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Kadhai Chicken (Stir-fried Chicken with Peppers)

We had showers pouring in non-stop yesterday. All that drowsy weather left us blue and craving for some soul food. One quick look into my fridge and I just knew the peppers I bought over a week ago were going to go bad soon. Another quick peek into the freezer and pantry, and the ball was set to roll. Hubby Dear was all too happy to hear what was on the menu – his favourite Kadhai Chicken! A quick few minutes later, we had a hearty lunch waiting to be devoured!! On a day like this when all I wan...
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Up the down staircase

Stairs without hand railings make me nervous, but France is filled with them. They seem to still be in fashion in some of the houses we see on a popular renovation/interior design program we like to watch on television. Here's one, outdoors, in Collonges-la-Rouge. It makes a pretty picture. The steps look like granite set into the red sandstone of Collonges-la-Rouges. April 2006. The weather people are predicting a heat wave building in over the weekend and into next week. We shall see. It's h...
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Happy Birthday Sacha

H   A   P   P   Y         B   I   R   T   H   D   A   Y        Sacha came to California at the beginning of Covid 19, nearly two months later he returned to Seattle. How fortunate I have been to have had my son to come and stay with my mom and me. How fortunate I have been to have had two unexpected months of his undivided attention. Today is Sacha's birthday, my beautiful son! When Sacha returned to Seattle he drove the back roads before he left I asked him to send me a letter of his journey...
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Choice Hotels' Extended Stay Portfolio Shows Continued Resilience

Choice Hotels International, Inc.'s (NYSE: CHH) strategic focus on the resilient extended stay segment continues to position the company for long-term success. Its brands, which include WoodSpring Suites and Suburban Extended Stay in the economy segment, and MainStay Suites and recently launched Everhome Suites in midscale, have achieved notable, industry-leading performance amid the current worldwide decline in travel demand.
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Marriott International in Asia Pacific to Introduce Enhanced Measures for Meetings and Events

Marriott International in late April announced the launch of the Global Cleanliness Council to promote even higher standards of cleanliness in the age of COVID-19. For more than 90 years, the company has been recognized as a hospitality leader for its commitment to quality, exacting standards, and rigorous training. Today, our hotels across Asia Pacific are working to ensure that they meet the latest guidance on hygiene and cleanliness from the local health authorities to provide guests w...
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Davidson Hotels & Resorts Reinforces Commitment To Attract And Retain Best-in-class Talent By Growing Corporate Team

Davidson Hotels & Resorts, one of the nation's leading hospitality management companies, announces the appointment of Laura Presnol as Vice President of Talent & Culture and Vicki Maldonado as Director of Talent Acquisition. The newly created roles bolster Davidson's continuing commitment to being the best place to work and gr ow one's career in the hospitality industry.
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Choice Hotels' New Advertising Campaign Welcomes Guests As They Hit The Road Again

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, today unveiled a new, multi-channel, national advertising campaign that speaks directly to travelers who are excited to get back on the road again. More than two-thirds of consumers miss traveling and can't wait to hit the road, while one in four Americans are already planning a future vacation, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
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Oil prices gain with OPEC+ holding the line on supply cuts - Reuters

Oil prices gain with OPEC+ holding the line on supply cuts - Reuters:Oil prices rose more than 1% on Friday, adding to gains in the previous session, after OPEC producers and allies promised to meet commitments on cutting supply and two major oil traders said demand was recovering well.Brent crude LCOc1 futures rose 61 cents, or 1.5%, to $42.12 a barrel by 0639 GMT, the highest in more than a week. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures climbed 60 cents, or 1.5%, to $39.44 a barre...
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Report: $16.8 Billion Loss In State, Local Tax Revenue From Hotels In 2020 Due To Covid-19

As a result of the sharp drop in travel demand from COVID-19, state and local tax revenue from hotel operations will drop by $16.8 billion in 2020, according to a new report by Oxford Economics released today by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
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