Some Exciting Cheese News!

I resisted. Boy did I resist! The idea of going virtual with cheese "tastings," both during and after the lockdown in France, was completely overwhelming to me and I just didn't know how to make that transition. Several friends offered advice, but I was stubbornly closed to the idea. Then something changed.  Part of it was the positive reaction from the guest post I wrote listing my Top Ten French Cheeses for David Lebovitz's fabulous blog. Additionally, Context Travel, who I was a...
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Ige reassembles COVID-19 team, sets Oct. 15 tourism reopening date; VA 'tiger team' moves in after 15 veteran deaths; Hawaii Island beach closures extended, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Department of Health Director Libby Char  Gov. David Ige announces Oct. 15 as the start of the state’s pre-arrivals testing program. Gov. David Ige has set Oct. 15 as the new date to launch a pre-arrivals testing program to reopen tourism in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.Ige: Hawaii Will Launch Pre-Travel Testing Program Oct. 15. The long-awaited program to let travelers bypass quarantine is set for next month, but state leaders did not have all the details ironed out on how it will work. Civil...
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13 Things to Know About Employment Law Right Now (in Honor of 13 Years!)

13 years ago this week, I started this blog. But rather than dwell on another anniversary (and six months since working from home), I’d rather spend the time hitting a few (ok, 13) items in employment law because have been quite a few developments. Governor Lamont issued new Executive Orders this week amending the travel quarantine.   The biggest change from Executive Order 9C?  There’s now an expanded testing alternative that allows for a traveler to get a negative test either immediately prio...
Tags: Travel, Politics, Jobs, Law, Labor, Uncategorized, Training, Website, Unemployment, Connecticut, Guidance, Prevention, Sexual Harassment, Free Speech, Rate, EEOC

Boston Dynamics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year

Boston Dynamics is just months away from announcing their approach to logistics, the first real vertical it aims to enter, after proving their ability to build robots at scale with the quadrupedal Spot. The company’s new CEO, Robert Playter, sees the company coming into its own after decades of experimentation. Playter, interviewed on the virtual main stage of Disrupt 2020, only recently ascended from COO to that role after many years of working there, after longtime CEO and founder Marc Raib...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Gadgets, Hardware, Softbank, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Coo, Techcrunch Disrupt, Marc, Marc Raibert, Boston Robotics, Playter, Robert Playter

Security Validation | SecValMSP Named to MSSP Alert’s Top 250 MSSPs List for 2020

Fourth-Annual List Honors Leading MSSP, MDR and SOCaaS Cybersecurity Companies Worldwide
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Tokyo scarecrows photographed at night

These two scarecrows were stood silently protecting a couple of rice fields in west Tokyo. One of them, even when suddenly appearing out of the darkness, seemed more serene than scary. His colleague, on the other hand, was suitably sinister.
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The slow death of Big Oil | Financial Times

The slow death of Big Oil | Financial Times:Oil and gas companies used to measure their success by how good they were at finding new reserves. The unforgiving rule by which they were judged was the “reserve replacement ratio”, a metric of how successful a company was at replacing the oil and gas it extracted with new supplies. Today, that view is being turned upside down. Bernard Looney, chief executive of BP, believes the future lies in producing less hydrocarbons, not more. He wants BP to cut ...
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EASY Chorizo, Lentil & Fennel Stew

September is the start of spring with a few remaining chilly nights (or if you're in the Northern hemisphere, there's just a little bit of chill starting!). This chorizo, lentil and fennel stew is as easy and user friendly as you can get. Place everything in a pot and let it simmer away and you've got yourself a delicious bowlful of goodness!
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#Saudi energy minister warns oil market gamblers will be hurt "like hell" | Reuters

Saudi energy minister warns oil market gamblers will be hurt "like hell" | Reuters:The Saudi Energy Minister warned traders on Thursday against betting heavily in the oil market saying he will try to make the market “jumpy” and promised those who gamble on the oil price would be hurt “like hell”.The comments by Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, OPEC’s most influential minister, came after a virtual meeting of a key panel of OPEC and allies, led by Russia, known as OPEC+.Prince Abdulaziz told the gath...
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Credit Suisse Teams Up With #Qatar for Direct Lending Venture - Bloomberg

Credit Suisse Teams Up With Qatar for Direct Lending Venture - Bloomberg:Credit Suisse Group AG and Qatar Investment Authority are joining forces to set up a multi-billion dollar platform to invest in direct lending.The partnership will make loans to upper middle-market and large-cap companies in the U.S. and Europe, the Swiss bank and QIA said in a joint statement Thursday. The financing will mainly consist of first or second ranked loans which are secured against the business.Sovereign wealth ...
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All-Inclusive Resorts: Mexico, Caribbean

All-Inclusive Resorts: Mexico, Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean are showing an uptick in bookings for 2020, and 2021. Dubbed by some as a “land cruise”, the appeal of the all-inclusive resorts is the one-price does it all convenience. Before your journey, you will know your costs for lodging, food, cocktails, and even some included adventures. We like the idea.  When we return to international travel, the Grand Velas Los Cabos is at the top of our list. However, if ...
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Oil rises 2%, reverses loses as OPEC+ addresses market weakness | Reuters

Oil rises 2%, reverses loses as OPEC+ addresses market weakness | Reuters:Oil prices rose more than 2% on Thursday, turning positive as OPEC and its allies said the producer group would crack down on countries that failed to comply with output cuts and planned to hold an extraordinary meeting in October if oil markets weaken further.After falling early in the session amid bearish jobs numbers and a ramp up in Gulf of Mexico oil output following Hurricane Sally, crude benchmarks reversed course t...
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'We are still fighting for our survival', British Airways boss says amid decline in travel

Alex Cruz told MPs BA is burning through £20m in cash per day, and that he has taken a one-third pay cut
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Nominate Your Favorite Teacher to Win a Free Vacation

After a few weeks—or, really, a few days—of overseeing their kids’ online classes once they started in the spring, many parents found a new level of appreciation for their teachers. Being in charge of a (literal or virtual) room of students is an exhausting, usually thankless job at the best of times. But as it turns…Read more...
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UK quarantine list: Slovenia joins ‘no-go’ countries, but Thailand and Singapore gain exemption

Slovenia is the latest country to be placed effectively off-limits for British travellers. It was added to the no-go list of countries “to keep everyone safe,” in the words of the transport secretary, Grant Shapps.
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STR: U.S. Hotel Results For Week Ending 12 September

U.S. hotel occupancy decreased slightly from the previous week, according to the latest data from STR.
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President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to host a Week of Action to build resilience in the Caribbean amid COVID-19

The week of September 21, the CGI Action Network will bring together heads of state with business and civil leaders to promote a sustainable recovery and investments for island states
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UNWTO Executive Council Backs Strong, United Plan For Global Tourism

The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met in-person and virtually for its 112th session. This was the first major in-person event involving tourism and the United Nations held since the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. The Executive Council was able to gather 170 delegates from 24 countries, who all agreed to support the Tbilisi Declaration with its commitment to making international travel safe again. The Council also decided to open a first UNWTO regional ...
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Swapping strict Dubai for the natural wonders of northeastern Turkey

With lush national parks, the impressive Uzungol Lake and a plum Black Sea location, Trabzon makes for an ideal Turkish retreat, writes Rebecca Holland
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 12 September

STR data for 6-12 September 2020 showed slightly lower performance from prior weeks for Canada's hotel industry. Year-over-year declines, while improved, also remain significant.
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Which 5 cloud startup categories are the hottest?

Hello from the midst of Disrupt 2020: after this short piece for you I am wrapping my prep for a panel with investors from Bessemer, a16z and Canaan about the future of SaaS. Luckily, The Exchange this morning is on a very similar topic. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. Today we’re parsing some data that Bessemer and Forbes shared regarding their yearly Cloud 100 list. It’s a grouping of pri...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, SaaS, Bessemer, Forbes, Canaan, The Exchange

Venice Film Festival Closes with the Eerie "Lasciami Andare" (You Came Back) - Filmed during the Venice 2019 Floods

Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures - Photo: Andrea Pirrello (Venice, Italy) The closing film of the 77th Venice International Film Festival was Lasciami Andare (You Came Back), which filmed in Venice last November and December when the city was hit by the devastating November 12th flood, followed by endless periods of acqua alta, or high water. Production continued on the movie, and the weather was skillfully incorporated into the film. Venice and all her mysteries add an ...
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Facebook launches Facebook Business Suite, an app for managing business accounts across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger

Facebook this morning launched a new app designed to make it easier for businesses to manage their pages and profiles across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger in a single place. The app, Facebook Business Suite, combines access to the business’s key updates and priorities, and offers a way to draft and schedule feed posts for both Facebook and Instagram, view insights and create ads. To use the new app, business will first need to link their Facebook and Instagram business accounts, if they h...
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You Are Not Alone

    As I pushed Gabriel in his stroller I read, “You are not alone” on a building’s wall. Not three yards away was a man gathering his belongings; Several empty plastic bottles, a massive soiled plastic sheet that appeared to be his home, and a rag for a blanket. His clothes barely hung on him. Barefoot. Unruly hair and beard. He was alone. I followed him as he walked passed the sign on the wall to the park where he filled his water bottles, then stowed his measly vital belongings under a bus...
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9 affordable 'covid compatible interests' to actually enjoy yourself more during the pandemic

Jordan Siemens / Getty Images Six months into the coronavirus pandemic in the US, the pandemic had radically altered how people nejoy themselves.  In a recent Bloomberg opinion article, George Mason economist Tyler Cowen suggested that a key to feeling happier during the time might be to spend money in "covid-compatible interests" like perhaps buying more books and tipping better when you eat out. Business Insider has put together a list of nine affordable things you could do to treat you...
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Why posting photos of your boarding pass is a terrible idea

You may want to show off, but stop posting your boarding passes online. It's turning you into an easy target for hackers and indentity thieves.
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in which i implore the goddess of antihistamines to smile upon me

I am so grateful to be home, and to have several more days off before returning to work. All four of us are happy to be back. What a joy and a privilege to have a home that I love! Seeing the dermatologist in Campbell River on the day we were driving through town was an even bigger stroke of luck than we knew: it was the last day before the doctor's vacation! I would have had to wait another two weeks, in addition to another six hours of driving.Dermatologist:1. Ordered a whole whack of blood te...
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Qantas ‘flight to nowhere’ sells out in 10 minutes

‘It’s probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history,’ says spokesperson
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Watch SpaceX launch 60 more Starlink satellites for its broadband internet service live

SpaceX is set to launch the latest batch of its Starlink satellites on Thursday, with a target lift-off time of 2:19 PM EDT (11:19 AM PDT). The mission will take off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and there’s a backup opportunity tomorrow at 1:57 PM EDT (10:57 AM PDT) in case weather or any other issues prevent a launch attempt today. The launch today will add to SpaceX’s growing constellation of operational Starlink satellites on orbit. There are now over 500 of these circling the ...
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Here’s what’s happening at Disrupt 2020 today

Rise, shine and build your business startup fans. It’s day four of Disrupt 2020, and this is your daily snapshot of just some of the heavy-hitters, events, breakout sessions and all-around opportunity that’s yours for the taking. Looking for the complete lineup? You’ll find it in the Disrupt agenda. Note: unless otherwise stated, all times are PST. Kicking yourself for not jumping on the opportunity bandwagon? Simply buy a Disrupt pass here, and kick your regrets to the curb. Buckle up, folks — ...
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