Support for emergency measures shows how selfish some Canadians can be.

" We're all in the same boat ".How many times have you heard this thoughtless platitude?  I've heard it many times, and without exception it has come from someone for whom emergency measures are not that bad.  By "not that bad" I mean they have stable incomes, either from continuing employment or pension/retirement income.  They're healthy, secure and happily binge watching dumb TV shows.All their essential needs are being met, and many that aren't essential.  There are armies of workers out kee...
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Hawaii Legislature convenes today to spend CARES money, Honolulu mayoral candidates spar over rail, COVID-19 spikes expected, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Iolani Palace ©2020 All Hawaii News Iolani Palace is ‘hurting badly’ financially following Covid-19 closure. Iolani Palace is facing financial difficulties after being closed for three months due to the coronavirus. Pacific Business News.=====Hawaii lawmakers lay out plans to use $635M in federal aid for the unemployed and small businesses. The Hawaii state Legislature has announced plans for how it will spend $635 million from the federal aid package in response to the coronavirus to hel...
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US passport applications delayed

Not that traveling is convenient or recommended right now anyway, but if you’re in need of a passport, don’t expect to get one anytime soon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US State Department is warning applicants that they could experience extensive delays for new or renewed passports. According to the State Department, unless you have a life-or-death emergency, you should expect a long wait when applying for a new passport or renewing an existing one. If you require a passport because y...
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Sweet Belem, Petersham

Sweet Belem is a haven for Portuguese custard tart lovers. Every day, queues form outside the Portuguese bakery on New Canterbury Road for warm Pasteis de Nata. So what's the secret of what many say are Sydney's best Portuguese custard tarts?
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EatOkra on Black-owned restaurants

The EatOkra app is booming. Anthony Edwards, who founded the app in 2016 with his wife Janique, says that in the wake of the social uprising spurred on by the alleged murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, the app has seen around 100,000 new downloads. That’s compared to last year when the app netted 12,000 downloads in total. And it’s not just users who are growing: The database — which currently lists 2,600 Black-owned restaurants, bakeries, cafes, food trucks, bars and w...
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Dubai is reopening in July

Dubai is the UAE’s flagship tourist destination, and in July, it’s finally opening back up to tourists. On July 7, the emirate plans to welcome international visitors once again. To enter Dubai, you must have international health insurance that covers COVID-19 and either show documentation that you have recently tested negative for the virus or undergo a test at the airport. In a statement, Dubai’s government media office said, “The new announcement will allow thousands of people affected by...
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Aperitivo versus digestivo

Many drinkers are familiar with Italy’s beloved wine culture. Many people have also tried, ordered, or at least seen an Italian espresso or other coffee drink. What many in the United States overlook is the massive influence of spirits and liqueurs that make up Italy’s aperitivo and digestivo culture. Admittedly, it’s not always easy to define what constitutes an aperitivo drink and what constitutes a digestivo (also commonly known stateside by the French version of the words, aperitif and di...
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Carnival Cancels More Cruises Through September

Announced today, Carnival cancels all of their cruises from North America ports through September 30, 2020.  The cruise line had hoped to begin short cruises to the Bahamas in early August.   Carnival cancels cruises past recommended date of September 15 Just last week, major ocean Read More The post Carnival Cancels More Cruises Through September appeared first on .
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Netflix starts restoring video bitrate quality to pre-pandemic levels in India

You’re reading it here first: 91 days. That’s how long Netflix kept video bitrates suppressed in India after the Cellular Operators Association of India and the government’s telecom secretary asked it to do so. You may or may not have noticed a dip in quality, as video resolutions stayed the same, but Netflix reduced the amount of data it uses per stream by 25%, on an average. On Monday, these bitrates seemed to be returning to normal across at least ACT Broadband and Reliance Jio, and perhaps f...
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Puerto Rico is reopening

Puerto Rico is the latest country to announce that it’s welcoming back tourists, with a reopening date set for July 15. As with many other border reopenings, however, international visitors will have to comply with a strict set of safety precautions. Visitors arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (the only airport currently welcoming international flights) are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Free testing will be available on site at the airport. Currently,...
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US travelers fined $1,200 for hiking

The border between Canada and the United States has been closed for non-essential travel since March and will remain as such until July 21, but that has not stopped determined US travelers from getting in. The Canada Border Services Agency is letting Americans through who claim they’re traveling to Alaska. Unfortunately, many are exploiting this loophole and taking a few unsanctioned detours in Canada. On June 16, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a complaint about a vehicle with US ...
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Rename Columbus, Ohio, Flavortown

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many agree that the United States’ attitude towards race needs to change. That includes anti-racist policies, police reform, as well as taking down Confederate monuments and renaming streets so they don’t commemorate racist individuals. When it comes to renaming things, though, deciding on the new name can be a bit tricky. In Columbus, Ohio, there’s currently a petition to rename the entire city “Flavortown.” “Columbus is an amazing city,” the petition ...
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30 by 30 conservation initiative

Ask Senator Tom Udall about the state of conservation in America, and you’d better be prepared to hang around a while. The New Mexico Democrat is among the most active proponents of land conservation in the Senate and a continual voice for funding the Land and Water Conservation Act, including cosponsoring and voting in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act. But even after passing what many consider to be the biggest conservation bills in recent decades, Udall wants the movement to go deep...
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Oil up above 2% on tighter supplies, eased lockdowns - Reuters

Oil up above 2% on tighter supplies, eased lockdowns - Reuters:Oil was up 2% on Monday on tighter crude supplies from major producers and as coronavirus lockdowns kept easing despite a record rise in cases globally.Brent crude settled at $43.08 a barrel, up 89 cents, or 2.1%. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude contract for August, the day’s more-active contract, settled at $40.73 a barrel, rising 90 cents, or 2.3%.Prices got a boost from a plummeting U.S. and Canadian oil rig count, an indi...
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Prehistoric Durrington Shafts found

A mysterious network of ancient underground shafts, dating back 4,500 years, has just been discovered near Stonehenge. The circle of shafts was described by archaeologists as the largest prehistoric structure ever found in Britain — no offense, Stonehenge — and spans 1.2 miles in diameter. It appears to have been a boundary guiding people to the sacred Durrington Walls, one of the UK’s largest henge monuments, which sits directly at the center. The archaeological site of Woodhenge, near Sto...
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How to hike a mountain off-trail

There are 1,000,809 mountains in the world, according to mountain tracking app PeakVisor. Some are massive, topping 25,000 feet, while others are small and seemingly approachable — and the vast majority of them, even the smaller mountains, don’t have a trail to the top. For the adventurous, that only adds to their appeal and the desire to reach their summit. Hiking off-trail to a mountain peak is an exciting excursion, but without proper planning and execution it can be downright dangerous. N...
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All about pura vida

Visiting Costa Rica for the first time can be a bit confusing, even if you speak Spanish. You’ll hear the words “pura vida” everywhere — as a greeting from a friend, in appreciation of a meal, as a thank you, and even as a reaction to one of its spectacular sunsets. The term, which translates directly to “pure life,” beautifully sums up the soul of Costa Rica — a culture that values the small things and a simple way of living. More of a philosophy than a colloquialism, pura vida can be felt ...
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Former Abraaj executive Vettivetpillai consents to US extradition - The National

Former Abraaj executive Vettivetpillai consents to US extradition - The National:A former managing partner of the now-defunct private equity firm Abraaj Group consented to extradition to the United States, where he faces fraud accusations related to the misappropriation of millions of dollars.Former managing partner Sivendran Vettivetpillai was arrested in April last year in London as part of a crackdown on executives after Dubai-based Abraaj went insolvent. On Monday, a UK court clerk told The ...
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"Into the Wild Bus That Became a Dangerous Tourist Attraction Airlifted Out of Alaskan Backcountry."

New York Magazine reports.[T]here were 15 costly search-and-rescue missions related to the bus between 2009 and 2017. In 2019, a Belarus woman died trying to cross the Teklanika River to get to the bus, and another visitor drowned in the river in 2010. “We encourage people to enjoy Alaska’s wild areas safely, and we understand the hold this bus has had on the popular imagination,” Feige said in a statement. “However, this is an abandoned and deteriorating vehicle that was requiring dangerous and...
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On Anime: Captain Harlock

Captain Harlock (or Albator, as he was known in French) with friends. Over the weekend I started a re-watch of the original Captain Harlock series from 1978. I’m only 7 episodes in, but not only am I enjoying it, I’m also a bit surprised by just how dark and depressing it is, and yet this is what I always point to as my favorite animated series from when I was a kid (which I watched in French, under the name “Albator”). What is it that attracted me so much? Was it just that the characters...
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NASA ‘Photographer of the Year’

NASA isn’t typically associated with its artistic endeavors, and that should probably change. By launching the Photographer of the Year contest, NASA is seeking to give its internal photographers some much-deserved recognition. NASA photos are often released to the public domain and credited simply as “Photo by NASA,” with little acknowledgement of the photographer who made the photo possible. Maura White, NASA’s head of mission imagery, created the Photographer of the Year contest in 2018 to d...
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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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Mubadala to Double Down on Tech After $1.2 Billion Jio Stake - Bloomberg

Mubadala to Double Down on Tech After $1.2 Billion Jio Stake - Bloomberg:Mubadala Investment Co. is preparing to double down on its exposure to the technology sector, setting its sights on Asia, after the Abu Dhabi fund took a $1.2 billion stake in India’s Jio Platforms.Technology, in particular the venture space, medical technology, life sciences and artificial intelligence, is “the place to go,” Chief Executive Officer Khaldoon Al Mubarak said during the Bloomberg Invest Global virtual confere...
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Sovereign Wealth Fund Mubadala on Investment Strategy - Bloomberg

Sovereign Wealth Fund Mubadala on Investment Strategy - Bloomberg:The Bloomberg Invest Global virtual event shifts its focus to the Middle East… The CEO of Mubadala, one of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds, from Abu Dhabi, talks to us about his investment strategy post Covid. Khalifa Al Mubarak spoke with Bloomberg’s Manus Cranny from Abu Dhabi and Zurich on the Bloomberg Invest Middle East virtual conference. (Source: Bloomberg) [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#Dubai Property Developer Azizi Bets on Quick Rebound From Virus - Bloomberg

Dubai Property Developer Azizi Bets on Quick Rebound From Virus - Bloomberg:One of Dubai’s smaller developers is making a big bet that the city’s battered property market will soon be back to business after the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.About a month after the lockdown eased, the chief executive officer of privately-owned Azizi Developments, saw a rebound in property inquiries and sales. Now he’s preparing for a rebound and hiring almost 100 employees as he seeks to sell properties in 54...
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#Iran's currency reaches lowest value ever against the dollar

Iran's currency reaches lowest value ever against the dollar:Iran’s currency on Monday dropped to its lowest value ever against the dollar and officials warned Iranian exporters to bring their foreign earnings home from abroad.Money exchange shops briefly traded the Iranian rial 200,000 for a dollar and later in the day, the currency was valued at 198,000 rials against the dollar. The lows were a new record after the rial on Saturday traded at 190,000 for the dollar.The plunge of the rial comes ...
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#AbuDhabi state investor Mubadala plans to grow Asia portfolio - Reuters

Abu Dhabi state investor Mubadala plans to grow Asia portfolio - Reuters:Abu Dhabi state investor Mubadala Investment Co is under-invested in Asia and plans to expand its portfolio in the region, Group CEO Khaldoon Khalifa al-Mubarak said on Monday.Mubadala, the second-biggest state investor in Abu Dhabi behind Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), has 9% of its portfolio invested in Asia.“From a relative perspective we are under-invested in Asia. You’ll see us grow our portfolio in Asia,” Muba...
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MIDEAST STOCKS- #Dubai gains on further lockdown easing; Saudi retreats - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Dubai gains on further lockdown easing; Saudi retreats - Reuters:The Dubai stock market advanced onMonday after the emirate said it would allow tourists to enterfrom July 7 in a further easing of its coronavirus lockdown,while the Saudi bourse retreated with broad-based losses amongits constituents.Dubai's main share index rose 1.6%, withsharia-compliant lender Dubai Islamic Bank andEmirates NBD Bank both up 1.8%. Budget airline AirArabia jumped 5.3%.Dubai will also allow those wi...
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Palak Paneer (Paneer with Spinach)

This post was sponsored by Nanak Foods but all opinions are my own. I only write about and recommend products I use and love myself. If there is ONE green vegetable we can’t get enough of in this house, then that would have to be, hands down, spinach! Spinach is something that finds its way into my shopping cart week after week – be it in the form of fresh baby leaves in a bag or as a frozen block. I add it to my salads, sandwiches, omelettes, simmer it in my Dals, and relish it in a million oth...
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Oil steady on tighter supply, but virus fears cap gains - Reuters

Oil steady on tighter supply, but virus fears cap gains - Reuters:Oil prices were steady on Monday, supported by tighter supplies from major producers but held in check by concerns over a rise in coronavirus infections worldwide that could stall a recovery in fuel demand.Brent crude LCOc1 was up 5 cents, or 0.1%, at $42.24 a barrel by 1349 GMT. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude contract for August CLc2, which became the day’s more active contract, rose 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $39.93.South Ko...
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