"fine. biden. but this is bullshit."

  I've said it before and I'll say it again: Donald Trump is the single greatest gift the Democratic Party could ever hope to receive. The Democrats have finally achieved their most sought-after position: every thinking person must now vote Democrat, no matter what. They can now run whoever they want with whatever consequences that will have, because the alternative is an existential threat to the country itself. Both parties, of course, have always been an existential threat to other countries...
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Hawaii's on-again-off-again reopening plans are off again, Honolulu mayor to loosen restrictions, Kauai to open resort bubbles, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii sunset with airplane ©2020 All Hawaii News Gov. Ige says pre-arrivals testing program to reopen tourism probably won’t begin Oct. 1. Gov. David Ige today said that he’s likely to delay for the third time the start of a pre-arrivals testing program to reopen tourism in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.Pre-travel testing program likely to be delayed beyond Oct. 1. It’s likely that the 14-day mandatory quarantine for all passengers arriving to Hawaii will remain in place beyond Oct. 1, Gov. Da...
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An abandoned Japanese hamlet in the mountains

The vast majority of abandoned buildings are interesting in their own unique way, but for me at least, old houses probably offer the most. The remnants of lives lived, and sometimes sadly lost, posses a poignancy and personal element that shuttered up theme parks and resort towns often lack. In that past I’ve photographed a whole village lost in time due to death and job losses, plus a long-abandoned mountain settlement once home to a small population of forestry workers. And below is a similar...
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Back to the beach in a pandemic

This humble HAT blogger has a confession to make, and I’ll just come right out and say it: I’m not much of a beach person. I say that because I’ve just returned from a trip to the beach. Like most kids in Hawaii, I “grew up at the beach”. I remember clearly riding my first […] The post Back to the beach in a pandemic appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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Zucchini & Bacon Roulade Roll!

This zucchini roll or roulade is deceptively easy and is like a cousin of the zucchini slice. It is very easy to put together despite it looking a bit complicated. It is also an ideal dish to make beforehand, even the day before so all you have to do is slice it up on the day!
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While Other Airlines Stay Quiet, Southwest Goes Big on Ads

Southwest Airlines is rolling out its second campaign of the pandemic, another sign that the Dallas-based airline is going against the grain of an industry that's faced pandemic-induced decimation. The "Wanna Get Away" campaign, released today, features two 30-second spots created with agency GSD&M. It's familiar ground for the brand, which first rolled out "Wanna...
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The pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in Singapore's famed food hawker culture, where the average age of an operator is 60. Young Singaporeans are turning to social media to save it.

People mingle over food and drinks at a restaurant on March 25, 2020 in Singapore. Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images Singapore has become famous for its hawker food centers, where flavorful local dishes are served in a no-frills manner. But now, social distancing measures limiting the number of diners who can eat in have brought added challenges to a vulnerable industry where the average age of an operator is 60. Young Singaporeans have turned to social media to bring their neighborhood hawker...
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The best headlamps

With the right headlamp, you can safely hike at night, find your way around a nighttime campsite, take your dog for a walk at dusk, or work on that prized '69 Mustang hands-free.When shopping for a headlamp, you'll want a durable option that offers a comfortable fit, variable brightness settings, and enough battery life to avoid going dim after a few hours of use. Our top pick, the BioLite Headlamp 330, is a balanced and comfortable headlamp featuring a sweat-wicking headband and a light enough ...
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11 million girls may never return to school after the coronavirus pandemic, the UN warns

Students arrive to Dallas Elementary School for the first day of school on Monday, August 3, 2020, in Dallas, Georgia. Brynn Anderson/AP Images Countries must prioritize safe reopenings of schools in order to prevent devastating long-term consequences, global leaders said Tuesday.  The coronavirus has already damaged kids' well-being, with about 11 million girls projected never to return, putting them at risk for early pregnancy, abuse, and marriage.  The pandemic's effect on schooling has...
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Oil rises over 2% as U.S. Gulf Coast braces for hurricane | Reuters

Oil rises over 2% as U.S. Gulf Coast braces for hurricane | Reuters:Oil prices rose more than 2% on Tuesday, supported by hurricane supply disruptions in the United States, but demand concerns loomed as energy industry forecasters predicted a slower-than-expected recovery from the pandemic.Brent crude LCOc1 gained 92 cents, or 2.3%, to settle at $40.53 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 rose $1.02, or 2.7%, to settle at $38.28 a barrel. Both contracts fell on M...
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#Saudi Telecom Said to Weigh IPO for Internet-Services Unit - Bloomberg

Saudi Telecom Said to Weigh IPO for Internet-Services Unit - Bloomberg:Saudi Telecom Co. plans to spin off its internet-services unit through an initial public offering on the local stock exchange late next year, in a listing that could value the business at about 10 billion riyals ($2.7 billion), according to people familiar with the matter.Saudi Telecom is considering selling as much as 30% of the unit, Solutions by STC, although no final decisions have been made and the company may still deci...
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Mideast Stocks: #Saudi outperforms Gulf bourses, Egypt extends losses | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Saudi outperforms Gulf bourses, Egypt extends losses | ZAWYA MENA Edition: Saudi Arabian shares ended higher on Tuesday, outperforming Gulf peers, buoyed by gains in banking shares, while property shares supported the Dubai index.The kingdom's benchmark index rose 0.8%, with Al Rajhi Bank gaining 1% and Saudi Telecom Company advancing 2.8%.Elsewhere, Saudi Chemical Company surged 10%, to become the top gainer in the index, after the firm signed a memorandum of understanding with ...
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UPDATE 1- #Israel's Leumi signs deals with First #AbuDhabi Bank, Emirates NBD | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Israel's Leumi signs deals with First Abu Dhabi Bank, Emirates NBD | Reuters:Bank Leumi said on Tuesday it had signed memorandums of understanding with First Abu Dhabi Bank and Emirates NBD, hours before Israel and the United Arab Emirates are due to sign agreements toward normalising relations.On Monday, Hapoalim, Israel’s biggest bank, said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Emirates NDB, Dubai’s largest bank.Leumi said its agreements with the UAE banks would help enable...
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Oil rises nearly 3% as U.S. Gulf Coast braces for hurricane | Reuters

Oil rises nearly 3% as U.S. Gulf Coast braces for hurricane | Reuters:Oil prices rose nearly 3% on Tuesday, supported by hurricane supply disruptions in the United States, but demand concerns loomed as energy industry forecasters predicted a slower-than-expected recovery from the pandemic.Brent crude LCOc1 rose 98 cents, or 2.5%, to $40.59 a barrel by 1:01 p.m. EDT (1701 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 rose $1.07, or 2.9%, to $38.33 a barrel. Both contracts fell...
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The best Airbnbs in Vermont

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb Private vacation rentals on Airbnb allow travelers to practice social distancing more easily than in hotels, with new cleaning policies in place.Many such vacation rentals are found in Vermont, which is one of the best places to see fall foliage, hike, and ski.These are some of the best Airbnbs in Vermont, selected for cozy amenities, locations ensconced in nature, and COVID-19 cleaning poli...
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#Israel expects $500m in deals with Bahrain and #UAE | Financial Times

Israel expects $500m in deals with Bahrain and UAE | Financial Times:Israel expects to seal deals worth about $500m after Tuesday’s historic agreements to normalise ties with the UAE and Bahrain come into force.Ofir Akunis, Israel’s minister of regional co-operation, said the accords would expand into bilateral trade and investments reaching “billions of dollars for each side”.The Jewish state will offer its expertise in water desalination and agricultural technology as the most promising sector...
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US shale producers bleed cash despite slashed spending | Financial Times

US shale producers bleed cash despite slashed spending | Financial Times:North American shale producers far outspent their revenue in the second quarter despite making deep spending cuts to survive the worst oil price crash in decades.Operators idled rigs, sacked workers and even stopped producing oil as the coronavirus pandemic hit global energy demand and sent US crude prices below zero in April — but it was all “too little, too late”, analysts at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financi...
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Governor Ige indicates probable delay in October 1 tourism opening

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser hosted a Facebook Live discussion with Governor Ige on September 14th. Of course, the governor was asked if the October 1st start date for the pre-travel testing program was still the goal. He said that it’s probably not going to be October 1st. He said that in the next few days he’ll be providing a better plan for the scheduling of what the reopening dates will look like. Until the pre-travel testing program is implemented, visitors will have to . — The number of ...
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The Lodge at Tiburon Partners with Hotel Internet Services to Upgrade Its Guest Wi-Fi with High Speed Network Capabilities

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. — September 15, 2020 — Hotel Internet Services (HIS), a full-service provider of internet services and solutions for the hospitality industry, has announced the successful upgrade of guest Wi-Fi services at The Lodge at Tiburon. Known as the perfect launching point for all Northern California adventures, The Lodge at Tiburon wanted to revamp its internet capabilities by providing a strong, continuous and fast Wi-Fi signal throughout all areas of the property. Since part...
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OLS Hotels & Resorts Rebrands to Springboard Hospitality and Launches Hospitality Intelligence Platform

OLS Hotels & Resorts, a leading hospitality management company with more than 30 independent and branded properties throughout the U.S., today announced its rebranding as Springboard Hospitality. Founded in 1988, the company is building upon its successful history with a new name and visual identity that better reflects its dynamic management services and innovative technology solutions. Coinciding with the rebrand, the company is launching its new Hospitality Intelligence (H.I.) platform...
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Daily Dose of Nature’s Beauty

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COVID-19: Voice of Consumers on Travel & Hospitality | By Alan Young

It's a Tuesday evening, and you wait at the curb for your Uber. The app prompts you with a reminder that riders must wear a mask, and you sort through your bag to make sure you packed one. As you strap on your mask, your driver pulls up, and you duck into the backseat, where you spot a hand sanitizer bottle in the cupholder. Your driver smiles at you in the rearview, although you can't actually see the smile — but his eyes are warm and welcoming. Your phone pings from your pocket, and you...
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Horwath HTL Market Report: India Hotel Market Review: H1 2020

2019 had been one of the strongest performing years for the Indian hotel market in the past decade, uplifting hopes for even better performance in 2020. However, 2020 has been the toughest year in living memory and unfortunately looks to carry on the negative trend for the rest of the year due to the global pandemic. A significant part of the first half of the year was impacted by COVID-19, especially after a complete country wide lockdown was implemented effective 24 March 2020.
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Mandarin Oriental, Santiago Adopts Advanced Security and Convenience Enhancing Technology by ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions

Stockholm - September 15, 2020 - ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions has successfully implemented a wide range of advanced security access platforms at Mandarin Oriental, Santiago. Located in Chile and recognized as one of South America's most luxurious hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Santiago's decision to implement VingCard Signature RFID locks alongside VingCard elevator controllers, panic bars and Elsafe Sentinel advance safes ensures that guests and their belongings are fully protected with the l...
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Maestro PMS Says the Future of ‘Virtual Events’ is Bright with BITAC Ongoing and CYBER HITEC On Deck

If you were planning on attending a hospitality event in 2020, chances are high that it was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. While this disruption in show business has been devastating to event planners and convention facilities, the advent of virtual events is quickly proving to be a lucrative alternative for everyone involved. The recent BITAC® Independent Connect® Virtual 2020, produced online Sept. 1 by Hotel Interactive, is receiving rave reviews.
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Michael Ellis reveals Jumeirah’s new gastronomy strategy

Michael Ellis, Jumeirah's new Chief Culinary Officer (CCO), is a leading figure in the food and drink industry. He joins us from the prestigious Michelin Guides where he was Global Head for Europe, Asia and the Americas. His career in hospitality dates back to when he started working as a busboy aged 13.
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CBS All Access to rebrand to Paramount+, expand internationally in 2021

Viacom-owned streaming service CBS All Access is becoming Paramount+, the company announced this morning. The name change, which will take place next year, aims to better reflect the expanded content lineup that has joined the service following the Viacom-CBS merger in 2019, including content from brands like BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel, TV Land, VH1, Paramount Pictures, and other sports programming. In addition, Paramount+ will expand internationally in 2021, init...
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Long-range delivery drone maker Volansi raises $50M

Robotics generally have seen an increase in interest during the pandemic, so it makes perfect sense that investors are taking a closer look at autonomous drone delivery. That’s good news for Volansi, which just announced a $50 million Series B. The round, led by Icon Ventures, brings the Bay Area-based startup’s total funding up to around $75 million. Also involved are existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and YCombinator, as well as new names, Harpoon Ventures and Merck Global Health I...
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Watch the first official trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2, premiering October 30 on Disney+

Disney has released the first trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian, and it actually provides a lot of plot detail via voice over of a conversation behind main character Mando and someone directing him as to what he should do with The Child (aka Baby Yoda). It sounds like the main action will focus on Mando trying to reunite Baby Yoda with the rest of his species – not without difficulty, of course. The trailer features a lot of brief glimpses of action, at least one funny child mo...
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Global Tourist Numbers Down 65% In First Half Of 2020, UNWTO Reports

International tourist arrivals plunged 93% in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization showing the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the sector. According to the new issue of the World Tourism Barometer from the United Nations specialized agency, international tourist arrivals dropped by 65% during the first half of the year. This represents an unprecedented decrease, as countries around the world closed their borders and introduced travel restr...
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