Happy Birthday, pd29june!

Lemme tell you a story. The kinds that is only possible on the Internet.  The year is 2003 (I thought it was 2001 but thanks to my obsession with not deleting anything ever, I discovered it was 2003). The age od chain emails and Orkut and coming of age, of people my age. The time is Diwali when everyone in India is in this cheerful and all that. And I am being the way I am - frivolous, enthusiastic, and trying hard at being funny. Some friend sends an email to some 100 people and I reply to...
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Banking platform solarisBank raises $67.5 million at $360 million valuation

Despite the Wirecard fallout, German fintech startup solarisBank has raised a Series C funding round of $67.5 million (€60 million). Following today’s funding round, solarisBank is now valued at $360 million (€320 million). solarisBank doesn't have any consumer product directly. Instead, it offers financial services to other fintech companies through a set of APIs. With solarisBank, you can build a fintech startup and leverage solarisBank’s line of products to do the heavy lifting. It’s an i...
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COVID? What COVID? Hawaii survey shows residents less concerned as cases spike, teachers' union OKs school reopening plan, union tries to stem Honolulu newspaper layoffs, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hilo Farmers Market vendor without a mask on June 27, 2020. ©2020 All Hawaii News Many residents no longer see COVID-19 as a threat, DOH survey says. An increasing number of Hawaii residents no longer see COVID-19 as much of a threat as they did in the earlier stages of the pandemic, according to a follow-up survey commissioned by the Hawaii State Department of Health. KHON2.DOH survey shows ‘alarming’ decrease among Hawaii residents who follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines. An increasin...
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Vintage Hotel Group Selects Go Moment’s Ivy Smartconcierge to Enhance Guest Satisfaction

SANTA MONICA, California (June 30, 2020) - Go Moment™, the world's leading provider of real-time artificial intelligence guest communication solutions for the hospitality industry, today announced Canada's Vintage Hotel Group, as one of its newest clients to implement their award-winning smartconcierge, Ivy®. Vintage is an internationally-recognized hotel group comprised of 11 unique properties located in Ontario's picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake region. Vintage is known for creating memo...
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America’s public bathrooms

Outdoor seating at restaurants and bars used to be a treat. Now, eating and drinking outside is just about the only way to stay (relatively) safe. There’s just one major problem: Restaurant and bar bathrooms are all still inside. Restaurants and bars across the United States have moved dining tables to the streets and parking lots. Cocktails and beer are now sold to-go, and sipping your drink while walking is about as common for some as bellying up to the bar once was. But stay outside long e...
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#Saudi PIF said to take majority stake in Lucid Motors, lawsuit claims - Arabianbusiness

Saudi PIF said to take majority stake in Lucid Motors, lawsuit claims - Arabianbusiness:California-based electric vehicle gave up Lucid Motors transferred majority ownership to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in exchange for the $1.3 billion investment the PIF made in 2019, according to documents included in a lawsuit filed by the firm’s former head of finance.The lawsuit was filed by Doug Coates, whose lawyers are arguing that he was entitled to a number of severance benefits because of a...
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OPEC has cut oil output by 1.25 mbpd in June, says Petro-Logistics - Reuters

OPEC has cut oil output by 1.25 mbpd in June, says Petro-Logistics - Reuters:OPEC has cut oil output in June by 1.25 million barrels per day (bpd) from May levels as it works to implement a supply restraint agreement with Russia and other allies, according to estimates from tanker-tracking company Petro-Logistics.OPEC and its allies, a group known as OPEC+, agreed to cut supply by a record 9.7 million bpd from May 1 to offset an oil price and demand slump triggered by the coronavirus crisis. OPE...
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Lithuania Has a Secret Weapon for Tourism Success: Cold, Pink Soup

?altibar??iai is not a dish you're likely to see very often outside of Lithuania, and, unless you're a linguist, you're not to likely to have much luck pronouncing it either-but the Baltic state is betting on it to help lure in more tourists, even if it does leave them tongue-tied. ?altibar??iai (pronounced "shull-tee-barsh-chay") is a...
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Oil rises on improving economic data but new coronavirus cases loom - Reuters

Oil rises on improving economic data but new coronavirus cases loom - Reuters:Oil prices rose about $1 a barrel on Monday, after bullish data from Asia and Europe, but investors are wary about sharp spikes in new coronavirus infections around the world.Brent crude LCOc1 gained 69 cents, or 1.7%, to settle at $41.71 a barrel. U.S. crude CLc1 rose $1.21, or 3.1%, to settle at $39.70 a barrel.The recovery of economic sentiment in the euro zone intensified in June with improvements across all sector...
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Paste Australia arrives in Mittagong!

Paste, the Michelin starred Thai restaurant has just opened in Mittagong, in the NSW Southern Highlands. Here chef Bee Satongun showcases historical Thai dishes with complex flavour combinations using Australian produce.
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5 ways to get the word out about your new side hustle

If you want to attract customers, then you'll need to be proactive about telling the world what makes your products or services special.It's hard to point to just one issue that's holding 89 percent of people with side businesses back from earning more than $1,000 per month, but failure to drum up significant demand likely plays a significant role. To start, you'd do well to experiment with social media marketing, maximizing customer reviews, receiving referrals, making the most of the marketing...
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The Rummel Lake Hike in Kananaskis Country

The 10.0 kilometre return hike to Rummel Lake in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, is a great choice if you want an easy mountain hike that leads to a lake partially ringed by larch trees. You won’t find nearly the crowds on this hike that you do on the nearby hike to popular Chester Lake.  The Rummel Lake hike – which gains just 315 metres in total, also offers beautiful views of the Spray Lakes Reservoir. In addition you can ogle horseshoe-shaped Tent Ridge across the Smith-Dorrien Road – perh...
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Doing the Right Thing: 4 Amazing Eco-Friendly Destinations

As a conscientious person, you are no doubt looking for environmentally friendly travel destinations. Each year, the list of worldly sites that cater to those who want to leave as little behind as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Unlock 2.0: Lockdown in containment zones extended until July 31

Lockdown will continue to remain in force in containment zones until July 31 with strict perimeter control and enforcement of containment measures, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in its released today. However, “night curfew” on movement of individuals except for essential activities will remain in effect from 9 pm to 5 am across the country. Section 144 orders may be passed by local authorities to enforce it. Essential activities also include operations of industrial units, movement of goo...
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Dubai is waiting

Dubai is waiting to welcome it's first tourists since the Covid 19 related shutdown. It's taken a little then we anticipated. But the moment is almost here. Are you ready?  Click here. To see our other post click here [Author: [email protected] (Unknown)]
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Mysterious group carrying suitcases spotted at UK reservoir

Police in West Sussex, England responded last week to reports that around 50 people carrying suitcases were spotted walking towards Ardingly Reservoir. Part of the reservoir is a nature reserve popular for organized watersports, fishing, and birding. "“An area search carried out and the team could not locate anyone with suitcases…most bizarre," tweeted Inspector Darren Taylor. I wonder if anyone saw Wilford Brimley in the area. (Evening Express via Anomalist) Team are currently ...
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STR: Short-Term Rental Occupancy In Nashville Increases

Nashville short-term rental properties showed significant improvement in May after the COVID-19 pandemic had led to down performance in April, according to STR.
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What Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman can learn from the Mughals, the Marathas—and the Maharaja of Mysore—on direct cash transfer to India’s needy

With millions suddenly thrown out of jobs due to closures and shutdowns following the COVID outbreak, or deprived of a source of livelihood, governments across the world have rushed to cushion the blow. The quantum of support has varied but in most developed economies, citizens—workers, self-employed, freelancers—-have been front and centre, as they should be. Japan gave $930 (Rs 70,000) to every one of its 12 crore citizens. Germany paid $5,000 (Rs 300,000) in assistance to freelancers; Ameri...
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UNWTO Adapts Agenda For Africa To Accelerate Tourism Recovery

Member States from across Africa have shared their priorities for tourism against the backdrop of COVID-19. As with every other global region, African destinations have been hit hard by the restrictions on travel introduced in response to the pandemic. The sudden and unexpected drop in tourist arrivals has placed many millions of jobs at risk and threatened to roll back the progress made in sustainable development.
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21st Century Healthy Hotels and Resorts | By Tim Lemons

The rapid onset of the novel coronavirus and resulting COVID- 19 has stopped the world-wide economy, thus adversely affecting business and industry at large. Specifically, the hospitality industry has been hard hit as the vast majority of hotel and leisure properties have been forced to close to slow the widespread advance of this virus and limit the death and pain left in its wake. It significantly affects the consumers' confidence in travel due to concerns over individual health. This r...
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Hospitality Sector: Building Resilience In Uncertain Times

5 practical tips on how to build a strong operational infrastructure to cope with the unexpected.
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Health, Safety And Hygiene Procedures - Our 10 Commitments

Swiss Belhotel International has announced plans to implement new health and hygiene measures to reassure travellers of a renewed focus on guest wellbeing in the wake of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The company has placed 10 additional Health and Safety commitment steps which have been created by the senior executive team and the health & safety committee, which will build on existing health and safety regimens. The additional commitments will be additional to the companies already extensive H...
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In effort to fight COVID-19, MIT robot gets to work disinfecting The Greater Boston Food Bank

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has put one of its research projects to work providing disinfection services for The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), in an effort to slow the spread and still allow the non-profit to provide services to its patrons. The CSAIL-designed robotic system, which was created in partnership with Ava Robotics, can not only disinfect surfaces that might have come in contact with the novel coronavirus, but also wipe out its aerosolized forms t...
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Spirit Homes in Thailand

 Hannah Beech writes for the New York Times about Thailand's spirit homes: In Every Corner of Bangkok, Spirits Need a Home and Maybe a Strawberry Fanta BANGKOK — These spirits were not wearing face masks. They appeared well fed, untroubled by the hunger pangs that have afflicted some Thais during the lean times of a pandemic. But despite the spirits being so coddled — or perhaps because of it — the spiritual adviser accompanying them looked nervous. These spirits, or at least the pair of fig...
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Amtrak Guide: How to Buy an Amtrak Ticket Plus Insider Tips

Whether you want to book a cross-country trip on Amtrak or simply ride the train from Orlando, Florida to Charleston, NC, the process to buy an Amtrak ticket is easy.  Generally, there are three different ways to purchase your ticket.  How to Buy an Amtrak Read More The post Amtrak Guide: How to Buy an Amtrak Ticket Plus Insider Tips appeared first on .
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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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Airline Industry Turbulance Continues Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: What Does The Future Hold?

The 2020 coronavirus has dealt a serious blow to the airline industry. Prior to COVID-19, fuel costs were low, and demand was healthy. Today, the industry is struggling to survive. In this article, we'll look at trends in passenger demand, revenue, stock performance, safety protocols, and the road ahead for this industry.
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FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. launch of new Spirits Education Program

FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management through its new Bacardi Center of Excellence, a unique educational program tailored for students who are interested in careers in the spirits industry, is offering its first learning opportunity, BacardiTeach.BacardiTeach is open to students, hospitality industry workers who were laid off or lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and others interested in learning about fine spirits and pathways to entrepreneurship. Hundre...
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The Castell Project, Inc. Releases “Black Representation in Hospitality Industry Leadership 2020” Report

Officials of Castell Project, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the careers of women professionals in the hospitality industry, today released the "Black Representation in Hospitality Leadership 2020" report. The statistical document reflects the industry prior to the ongoing pandemic. Castell Project plans to release an updated report in January to show the impact on Black representation as the industry rehires.
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Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts Enters Into Cooperation With Kensington Art GmbH

Evolution Steigenberger goes Art: Just as most Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts are starting to reopen, a new cooperation agreement has been concluded between Steigenberger and KENSINGTON Art GmbH. Over the coming weeks and months, exclusive works of art promoted by Kensington Art will be displayed in all existing and future hotels operated under the Steigenberger brand. The plan is to stage around ten to twelve exhibitions per year, each of a duration of eight to twelve weeks. Some of the ...
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