Tokyo restaurant preparation, and purification

Before opening up for lunchtime diners, the usual food preparation is required, along with several pinches of salt for purification*. * Probably.
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RV makers are rushing to cater to the new 'work from anywhere' crowd as the pandemic continues to force people to rethink their lives

Blacksford's van. Blacksford The pandemic and the subsequent rise in remote workers has encouraged many Americans to take up the "digital nomad" or "work from anywhere" lifestyle. Many camper van, RV, and travel trailer makers have noticed the rising popularity of this community and are tapping into the potential client base by adding updates on existing builds or creating new floor plans. Companies like Bowlus Road Chief and Leisure Travel Vans already have remote work-friendly builds...
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This Policy, Alone – Part 5

There’s something peculiar about the world today that was not true about the world of the past. It’s this: the world of today is about ideas whereas the world of the past before the recent 500 years or so was a world that was about objects. Ideas, and not objects, characterize today’s world. This distinction … Continue reading "This Policy, Alone – Part 5"
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#Saudi up on petrochemical shares; Egypt extends losses | Reuters

Saudi up on petrochemical shares; Egypt extends losses | Reuters:Saudi Arabian shares ended higher on Sunday as Saudi Industrial Investment Group 2250.SE and National Petrochemical Company 2002.SE surged on news the two were in merger talks, while Egypt's blue-chip index extended losses for a second session.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index .TASI rose 0.3%, with SIIG 2250.SE advancing 5.5% and National Petrochemical Company 2002.SE jumping 6.8%.A deal between the two would mark further consolidatio...
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Iran's rial hits record low as tension spikes with the U.S. | Reuters

Iran's rial hits record low as tension spikes with the U.S. | Reuters:The Iranian rial fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar on the unofficial market on Sunday, a day after the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration declared all United Nations sanctions on Tehran had been restored.The dollar was offered for as much as 273,000 rials, up from 267,800 rials on Saturday, according to foreign exchange site, which tracks the unofficial market.Iran has dismissed the U.S. move a...
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Prosciutto Ricotta Morning Buns

These prosciutto, ricotta and spinach morning buns are a savoury twist on the traditional sweet morning bun! They're feather light and stay fresh for days and are filled with a seasoned three cheese mix of ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan and layered with baby spinach and leaves of prosciutto! If you love savoury buns, these are a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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#Saudi Firms Start Talks to Form $11 Billion Chemicals Maker - Bloomberg

Saudi Firms Start Talks to Form $11 Billion Chemicals Maker - Bloomberg:Saudi Industrial Investment Group and National Petrochemical Co. started talks to merge, potentially creating a firm with $11 billion in assets as Middle Eastern energy companies assess their options in a lower oil-price environment. The shares climbed.The discussions are at an initial stage and no agreement has been reached, the companies said Sunday. Saudi Industrial owns 50% of National Petrochemical, and they had attempt...
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Days of Thunder

The one thing I can’t really tell is whether the racing here is realistic or not, since I don’t understand much about NASCAR racing — but the way the cars bump and grind in this movie does feel farfetched. But hey, it’s still a pretty fun and silly ride, reeks of late 80s-style moviemaking (the machismo, the heavy Tony Scott color saturation), and all in all, I can’t say I disliked revisiting it — and I’m pretty sure it’s the first time I watched it since its original release.
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Chancellor warned scrapping tax-free shopping risks 70,000 jobs

Owners of major retail businesses and airports urge Treasury to think againCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUK retailers, hoteliers and airport chiefs have warned the chancellor that scrapping tax-free shopping for international tourists has put 70,000 jobs in jeopardy.Earlier this month the Treasury said that the retail scheme, which enables non-EU visitors to reclaim VAT paid on their purchases, would finish at the end of December. The Treasury says it is making use ...
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Big News … Moon Amalfi Coast 2nd Edition Coming Out in 2021!

Amidst the stress and challenges that 2020 has presented there has been one very welcome surprise. Earlier this year I received an unexpected email from Moon Travel Guides, the publisher of my guidebook Moon Amalfi Coast with Capri, Naples & Pompeii. Thanks to all of the lovely people who have purchased my book, it has been selling well and they asked if I could start on updates for the second edition. Already the second edition! It’s exciting to have the chance to work on the guidebook...
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Pumpkin Harvest

Cinderellas I have watched you grow on the vine, snuggled in the dirt, full and ripe Stacked on the blue truck away you go                             [Author: French la Vie]
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How to Apply for a Job That Pays $50K to Explore National Parks

It appears as though we are currently living in the golden age of contests marketed as “dream jobs,” with new opportunities being announced regularly. The latest one comes from Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, which posted its listing for a new CEO—that’s Chief Exploration Officer—earlier this week. But this one doesn’t just…Read more...
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OPEC’s Libya Edges Closer to Reopening Battered Oil Sector - Bloomberg

OPEC’s Libya Edges Closer to Reopening Battered Oil Sector - Bloomberg:Libya moved closer to reopening its battered oil industry after the state energy firm said it would resume exports, though only from fields and ports that are free of foreign mercenaries and other fighters.The National Oil Corp. is ending force majeure -- a legal status protecting a party if it can’t fulfill a contract for reasons beyond its control -- at “secure” facilities and has told companies to resume production. The sh...
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ADNOC partners with Mubadala, ENEC to drive In-Country Value for #UAE | ZAWYA MENA Edition

ADNOC partners with Mubadala, ENEC to drive In-Country Value for UAE | ZAWYA MENA Edition:The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, today signed two framework agreements with Mubadala Investment Company and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, to partner on ADNOC’s In-Country Value, ICV, programme following the success of the programme which has driven more than AED44 billion ($12 billion) back into the UAE's economy and created over 1,500 private-sector jobs for Emiratis since it was lau...
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Thomas Szasz’s argument against licensing doctors

I mentioned Friedman’s argument against licensing doctors here. And two of Adam Smith’s arguments here and here. Here is Thomas Szasz’s argument: EXTRACT FROM “THE THEOLOGY OF MEDICINE” KURTZ: Your point, then, is that the state should not license doctors. SzAsz: Certainly not. The licensing of doctors is the symbol of what I am talking […]
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Those were the days

This is from May 2012, the last time Ken and I flew together. We were headed to upstate New York to get married and were fortunate to have a friend who agreed to stay in our house and watch over Callie, our border collie. We left from Terminal 2E on an Air France flight to Boston* where we visited friends and spent the night before driving west to Albany. Enjoying a pre-departure snack and some wine. That Airbus 380 out the window was not our plane. We were on a Boeing 747 that day.  I've only...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE close; #Kuwait #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session

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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US and Middle East: strongmen contemplate post-Trump era | Financial Times

US and Middle East: strongmen contemplate post-Trump era | Financial Times:It took Donald Trump less than 48 hours to lay the foundations of a radical shift in US Middle East policy and ingratiate himself with some of the region’s most powerful leaders. On visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel — his first overseas as US president in May 2017 — he set the tone for the transactional and personality-based relationship that has characterised his dealings with the region’s strongmen.He made it clear that...
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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-09-20

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Kuwaiti Banks Push Index Higher to Lead Mideast Gains: Inside EM - Bloomberg

Kuwaiti Banks Push Index Higher to Lead Mideast Gains: Inside EM - Bloomberg:Kuwait’s main equity index led gains in the Gulf as banking shares including Kuwait Finance House KSCP and National Bank of Kuwait SAKP pushed it higher.The Premier Market index of the biggest and most liquid shares in Kuwait rose as much as 1.3% on Sunday.Index provider MSCI Inc.’s review of its benchmarks in November will be a driving factor for Kuwait’s stock market for the next two months, CI Capital Senior Analyst ...
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#Dubai's Habtoor Group to open representative office in Israel | Reuters

Dubai's Habtoor Group to open representative office in Israel | Reuters:Dubai conglomerate Al Habtoor Group is to open a representative office in Israel, it said on Sunday.The United Arab Emirates and Israel last week agreed to establish bilateral diplomatic and trade ties, which officials have said would create significant economic opportunities.The family-owned conglomerate portfolio covers the hospitality, construction, education and automotive sectors.Habtoor Group, headed by prominent Emira...
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#SaudiArabia's SIIG and Petrochem in merger talks | Reuters

Saudi Arabia's SIIG and Petrochem in merger talks | Reuters:Saudi Arabian petrochemicals companies Saudi Industrial Investment Group (SIIG) 2250.SE and the National Petrochemical Company (Petrochem) 2002.SE have begun talks over a potential merger, they said on Sunday.A deal would mark further consolidation in the Saudi petrochemicals sector after oil giant Saudi Aramco 2222.SE bought a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries 2010.SE in June.The SIIG and Petrochem boards have approved initial discus...
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Mideast Stocks - Petchems lift #Saudi index; other bourses mixed | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks - Petchems lift Saudi index; other bourses mixed | ZAWYA MENA Edition:The Saudi Arabia stock market rose on Sunday, helped by gains in National Petrochemical Company and Saudi Industrial Investment Group (SIIG) after the duo said they were in merger talks, while other Gulf markets were subdued in early trade.The kingdom's benchmark index rose 0.3%, with SIIG jumping 6.5% while National Petrochemical surged by 8.7%.Dubai's main index lost 0.7%, driven down by a 1.8% fall in Emirate...
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