Hawaii COVID-19 cases drop, Caldwell announces 4-phase reopening plan for Honolulu, affordable housing plan dropped after community pushback, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Coffee beans on a drying floor ©2020 All Hawaii News  Coffee Producers Eligible For Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Hawaiʻi Coffee Association lauded the USDA for including coffee in CFAP funding eligibility. Big Island Video News.Candy maker Hawaiian Host feels squeeze to pay off vendors’ invoices. Hawaiian Host Inc., a 60-year-old kamaaina producer of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts largely enjoyed by tourists, has been one of Hawaii’s businesses hardest-hit by COVID-19 fallou...
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interspecies love: it's been too long

I've been stashing these in a folder, but it's been years since I've posted any! I don't know about you, but I could sure use a break. [Author: laura k]
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Daily Walk Saint Pons in Gemenos

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Marta's Roman Bakery, Rushcutters Bay

In life you have to have a purpose," says Flavio of Marta in Rushcutters Bay. Ever since the Covid-19 restrictions first hit, he and his team have pivoted creating a weekend bakery as a supplement to the dining restaurant experience. And this involves getting up at 2am to create the dazzling array of baked goods.
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APSA Plans Slimmed Down Awards Ceremony After Financial Turmoil

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, held annually in Brisbane, Australia, will run in November in a slimmed down fashion. Earlier this year the event’s future seemed deeply clouded due to financial problems and the coronavirus. Where normally a dozen prizes are awarded to artistic films from across the vast UNESCO-defined Asia region, the event this […]
Tags: Asia, News, Awards, Global, Unesco, APSA, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Brisbane Australia, Tracey Viera

Feasting at the Officina della Bistecca

(Much of this article is derived from information in our free newsletter on the subject.Sign up here to get one ever couple of weeks or so) Fermentation was quite an important means of preservation in antiquity. What words do you hear most in the depiction of food and spirituality in southern Europe? Bread and wine, yeah? Substitute beer in the north, where wine grapes didn’t grow so well. Roman troops transported wine on their military campaigns, which gave them great benefit in that they did...
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The Larch Valley Hike – Sentinel Pass Hike in Fall

It’s larch season in Alberta. What that means is seemingly sane people do insane things. Take myself for example. Yesterday, I rose at 3:15 AM and was in the car driving towards Lake Louise by 3:30 AM. I had been closely monitoring the weather forecasts across three stations and was keen on picking a clear day in the mountains. Even though the forecast wasn’t ideal, the weather looked to be worsening over the week so I went. (It turned out to be a way better day than forecast!) My goal was to do...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Banff, Rockies, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Paradise Valley, Valley, Moraine Lake, Paradise Creek, Pinnacle Mountain, Mount Temple, Arethusa Cirque Hike

Saudi Arabia Is ‘Assessing All Options’ to Stimulate Economy - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Is ‘Assessing All Options’ to Stimulate Economy - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia is “assessing all the options” to boost its economy after taking painful measures to offset a sharp decline in oil revenue and deep economic contraction caused by restrictions to halt the spread of the coronavirus, the kingdom’s commerce minister said.“The impact of oil prices has affected Saudi Arabia’s revenue and like any other country we have to adjust,” Commerce Minister Majid Al-Qasabi told Bloomberg TV i...
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Oil edges higher after U.S. crude, fuel stockpiles draw down | Reuters

Oil edges higher after U.S. crude, fuel stockpiles draw down | Reuters:Oil prices edged higher on Wednesday, supported by U.S. government data that showed crude and fuel inventories dropped last week, though concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic capped gains. Brent crude LCOc1 rose 5 cents to settle at $41.77 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 gained 13 cents to settle at $39.93 a barrel.U.S. crude, gasoline and distillate inventories all fell last week, Energy Informati...
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#UAE, #Israel discuss energy, infrastructure cooperation | Reuters

UAE, Israel discuss energy, infrastructure cooperation | Reuters:The energy ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Israel discussed possible cooperation and investment opportunities, including natural gas exports to Europe, in a video call on Wednesday, an Israeli statement said.Israel and the UAE signed an agreement on Sept. 15 to establish diplomatic relations, an accord that Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in the statement presented a “historic opportunity” for energy development in th...
Tags: Travel, Energy, Europe, Israel, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Mediterranean, Reuters, Yuval Steinitz, Steinitz, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, UAE Israel

This brand-new $56 million Bombardier Global 6500 private jet can fly 6,600 nautical miles and is now for sale – see inside

A Bombardier Global 6500 private jet. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Aircraft sales firm Jetcraft just took delivery of a brand-new Bombardier Global 6500 aircraft and is looking to re-sell it. The Global 6500 is one of Bombardier's newest planes having entered service in September 2019 and is an upgrade to the popular Global 6000. New Rolls-Royce engines and re-designed wings give the jet an additional 600 miles of range and increased efficiency.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for mo...
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RIU provides more than 22,000 hours of COVID-19 prevention training for its staff

Since the reopening of Riu Plaza Berlin on 25 May, up to 31 August, RIU Hotels & Resorts has delivered 22,138 hours of training in the prevention of COVID-19 infection to its staff, by means of an online training system. The programme includes webinars complemented by face-to-face training on practical application and crisis management, as well as an audit of implementation in all the hotels. The objective of this training, and indeed of the department itself, is to provide the company wi...
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This expandable pet carrier is a versatile option for cats and small dogs — it's comfortable and my cat loves it

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Mr. Peanut's Platinum Series Double Expandable Airline-Approved Tote expands to make extra space for your pet to stretch out. Shoshi Parks/Business Insider Mr. Peanut's Platinum Series Double Expandable Airline-Approved Tote is a versatile, comfortable pet carrier made for easy travel and storage.This pet carrier expands to nearly three times the size of an average carrier and has several useful...
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Gansevoort Meatpacking to Upgrade Guest Experience with Comprehensive Mobile Capabilities

Los Angeles, CA - INTELITY®, the provider of the hospitality industry's broadest guest experience and staff management platform, has signed a deal with Gansevoort Meatpacking to provide mobile capabilities to both guests and staff. The Meatpacking District's landmark hotel will implement the INTELITY platform, including a new, branded mobile app that delivers control to guests and GEMS®, a back-office tool that streamlines operations.
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Following The Shot In | By Shep Hyken

Much of my life is spent traveling. Lately, I've been home more than usual, along with most other people in the era of COVID-19. When I am home, I play hockey three or four times a week. This is hardcore cardio training with some friendly competition worked in, which makes for an exhilarating workout.
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Angie Hospitality Launches Cloud PBX Service, Modernizes Hotel Telephony and Reduces Costs

​​Angie Hospitality® by Nomadix, the leading provider of voice-activated and contactless technology solutions for hotels, today announced Angie PBX, a cloud phone service delivered through Angie digital guest room assistants that offers calling capabilities throughout the hotel and meets emergency calling requirements. As the hospitality industry continues to face hardships, this cost-effective solution allows hoteliers to remove outdated equipment, modernize the guest experience, offer t...
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How Robinhood and Chime raised $2B+ in the last year

Last night Robinhood, the American fintech unicorn that provides free securities trading services to consumers via an app, announced that it raised an additional $460 million in its previously-known Series G. That round is now worth $660 million at an $11.7 billion post-money valuation. A little over a month ago Robinhood announced that it had raised a $200 million Series G, bringing its valuation to $11.2 billion at the time. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every ...
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WhyLabs brings more transparancy to ML ops

WhyLabs, a new machine learning startup that was spun out of the Allen Institute, is coming out of stealth today. Founded by a group of former Amazon machine learning engineers, Alessya Visnjic, Sam Gracie and Andy Dang, together with Madrona Venture Group principal Maria Karaivanova, WhyLabs’ focus is on ML operations after models have been trained — not on building those models from the ground up. The team also today announced that it has raised a $4 million seed funding round from Madrona Ven...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Madrona Venture Group, Datadog, Allen Institute, Madrona, Tim Porter, Maria Karaivanova, Karaivanova, Visnjic, Alessya Visnjic Sam Gracie, Andy Dang, Ascend VC Visnjic

EU’s antitrust probe of Google-Fitbit gets more time

European antitrust regulators now have until almost the end of the year to take a decision on whether to green light Google’s planned acquisition of Fitbit. The tech giant announced its intention to buy the fitness tracking wearable maker in November 2019, saying it would shell out $2.1 billion in cash to make off with Fitbit and the health data it holds on some 28M+ users. EU regulators were quick to sound the alarm about letting the tech giant go shopping for such a major cache of sensitive...
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STR: Central/South America hotel performance for August 2020

The Central/South America hotel industry reported slight improvement over the previous month, but low overall performance, according to August 2020 data from STR.U.S. dollar constant currency, August 2020 vs. August 2019
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FREE REPORT: The Inevitable Rise of Virtual Events in a Post-Pandemic World | By Alan Young

The world has officially gone virtual. As industries respond to shifting consumer preferences in the wake of COVID-19, along with a widespread demand for pandemic-specific innovation, the new socially distanced reality is rapidly shaping the way we do business and interact. Understandably, some industries and experiences are subject to more change than others — and the events industry, specifically, now faces a makeover of epic proportions.
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What are Bed Banks?

Bed banks have been active players in hotel distribution for over 20 years now. They are not a new business model, but a simple online technology version of the traditional wholesalers of hotel accommodations that have existed for decades before that. Bed banks are specialized B2B platforms that contract supply from hotels and accommodations providers (typically in long-haul international vacation destinations) and make it available to travel sellers that aggregate travel demand from a va...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #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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These are times for daydreaming. Times to stay grounded. Times to remain socially distant when appropriate — but, still, daydream. We’re prone to daydreaming here at FasterSkier. There’s the eventual skiing, solitude, and winter light to distract from daily tasks. Fun stuff to imagine. Along those lines, we are starting a new series: The Escape. Think of the series as an opportunity to daydream along with the rest of us, or be inspired to book that next trip once the pandemic subsides. The Escap...
Tags: Travel, Sport, Skiing, Norway, Times, Oslo, Photo Gallery, Lillehammer, Bruce Damonte, The Escape, Mork-Ulnes Architects, KVITFJELL Norway, Skigard Hyyte, Skigard Hytte, San Francisco Skigard Hytte, Lexie Mork Ulnes

Nearly 75% of hotels are expecting even more layoffs before the end of the year

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, Sunday, March 29. Jeff Chiu/AP The US hospitality industry is struggling to weather the coronavirus pandemic. And it's about to see even more layoffs, according to a new report from the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). A survey of 1,000 hotels conducted in mid-September found that almost 75% of hotels anticipate more layoffs before the end of the year. As it is, most hotels are operating with less than half of their pre-pandemic s...
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#UAE News: Central Bank Forecasts Deeper Economic Contraction This Year - Bloomberg

UAE News: Central Bank Forecasts Deeper Economic Contraction This Year - Bloomberg:The economy of the United Arab Emirates will suffer a deeper contraction this year than first estimated, dragged down by disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the country’s central bank.Gross domestic product will shrink 5.2% in 2020, compared with a previous forecast for a decline of 3.6%, the central bank said in its quarterly review on Wednesday. GDP in the Arab world’s second-largest eco...
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UNWTO And Google Host First Tourism Acceleration Program In Sub-saharan Africa

The Covid-19 crisis has disproportionately affected tourism, a sector that accounts for millions of jobs around the globe. While no one can say with certainty when tourism will recover, people are starting to dream again of getaways whether closer to home or to remote destinations. As more and more people go online to search where and when they can travel, accelerating the digitalization of the tourism sector will be key to adapting to the new tourism reality.
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World Tourism Day: How digital skills can support recovery

After months of isolation while living in quarantine, travel is the leisure activity that I miss the most. And I'm not alone. Our research, conducted with the Boston Consulting Group, shows that 31 percent of people hope to plan leisure travel once they feel safe enough to do so.
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The travel industry turned upside down: Insights, analysis, and actions for travel executives

Although the travel industry is no stranger to hardship and has been seriously damaged by the pandemic, we have already seen strong leadership actions that are keeping companies and their people above water while remaining focused on long-term growth. Many players have acted quickly to retain customer goodwill, tap into new sources of liquidity, and work effectively with unions to agree on voluntary redundancy programs. We have also seen innovation and a focus on customer experience. Thes...
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#SaudiArabia and La-La Land | Financial Times

Saudi Arabia and La-La Land | Financial Times:Saudi Arabia’s energy minister does not want bearish oil speculators “living in a La-La Land,” as he put it last week. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman reminded them of his ability to make the market “jumpy” and to hurt gamblers “like hell”. While the former is in his power, the latter could be harder.So far the kingdom deserves a nomination for best oil trader of 2020. Not because of its pledge to rebalance oversupplied markets, but rather because it rec...
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