Hawaii happiest state in the nation, Ige signs proclamation on travel, masks, eviction moratorium; COVID-19 cases back in triple digits, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hula in Hawaii ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii tops ranking as Happiest State in America. Hawaii may have a double-digit unemployment rate and a virtual tourism lockdown, but the state ranks as the Happiest State in America, according to a WalletHub study released Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.Ige’s latest emergency proclamation OKs pre-travel COVID-19 testing and extends travel quarantine, evictions ban. Gov. David Ige today signed a new emergency proclamation that extends Hawaii’s COVID-19 emer...
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Going to Try Something New

Going to try something new on my Blog, I do not know why I hadn’t  thought of it before. After 15 years of blogging I think I should have thought of it.  My idea is to feature readers of my blog. Intentionally I will ask some of you who have been reading my blog since time began for French la Vie. What I hope is that each person will write whatever they want a poem, a story, about themselves, their hopes or ideas on whatever as a way for us to know each one better. Comments have lead many of yo...
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My radio/ TV/ Youtube/ Instagram interviews against covid lockdowns

Here’s a list to help me keep track. I’m listing these on the day I gave the interview, not when it was published. Just for context, some prior dates as well: Resigned: 9 September 2020 Handed over laptop and pass to DTF: 10 September 2020 Participated for the first time in any protest: 13 September […]
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5 Things You Need To Look Good And Ride Safely On A Motorcycle

Do you ride a motorcycle? More women than ever before are hitting the open road and enjoying the freedom and style that comes with riding a motorcycle. It’s a great way to get from A to B or taking a motorcycle road trip! No matter where you go, riding a motorcycle gives you a sense of independence, it’s a great hobby and it’s also a wonderful way to meet fellow biker-moms! If you’ve only recently passed your motorcycle test, you may be wondering what to wear. Of course, you must take s...
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The cheapest and readily available vaccine for covid19 is available right in front of our nose

To find out more about how cross-reactivity helps us fight covid19, see: and And these are a few of my tweets. Getting people to get a harmless coronavirus (common cold) would be similar to what Edward Jenner did with c...
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Disappearing Tokyo drinks and smiles

Back in the spring of 2018, I took these 3 frames of the old lady below. She initially pretended she didn’t want to be photographed, then happily slid the door open to be in full view of the camera. A brief but enjoyable moment, and one I am very happy to have captured. Sadly, however, I never saw her again. The old, former shop is still there, as is the bicycle in exactly the same position, but the drinks machine, and much more importantly the smiles that accompanied it, have now disappe...
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Daniel Andrews’s double speak: Staying apart keeps us together

My two tweets and the short video I made: In this 11 August 2020 tweet I compared this Victorian government slogan with doublespeak slogans in Orwell's "1984". The resemblance is uncanny. This slogan has not stopped, leaving me with no option but to resign on 9 September. Liberty is never given on a platter. […]
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AUTHENTIC Mexican Birria Tacos!

Birria is an incredible Mexican dish that originates in the state of Jalisco in the west central part of Mexico. It is a meat stew made from goat meat (but is also made using beef or mutton). Birria is a celebratory dish most often served at weddings and baptisms or at Christmas and Easter.
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I hadn't flown in over 4 months, but The Gant Aspen lured me to Colorado with condo-style rooms, outdoor activities, and reassuring COVID-19 policies

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. The Gant After months of quarantining at home, I finally felt ready for my first getaway and chose the scenic mountains of Aspen, Colorado for fresh air, outdoor adventures, and ease of social distancing. As advised by experts, I paid close attention to new COVID-19 measures being implemented and chose to spend four nights at The Gant.Their condo-style accommodations include full kitchens, laundry,...
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“Recovery Framework” begins to reopen Oahu

Today, Thursday September 24, Oahu begins the first step toward reopening with the launch of “Honolulu’s COVID-19 Recovery Framework” announced by Mayor Kirk Caldwell a couple of days ago. And while the easing of the Stay/Work at Home doesn’t do much for Oahu visitors, it does offer hope that the Aloha State is making progress […] The post “Recovery Framework” begins to reopen Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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Crude steady as rising European COVID-19 cases offset U.S. oil stock draw | Reuters

Crude steady as rising European COVID-19 cases offset U.S. oil stock draw | Reuters:Oil prices were steady on Thursday as a new wave of coronavirus cases in Europe led several countries to reimpose travel restrictions, offsetting a bullish drop in U.S. crude and fuel inventories.Brent futures LCOc1 settled 17 cents, or 0.4%, higher at $41.94 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 gained 38 cents, or 1.0%, to end at $40.31.That cut Brent's premium over WTI WTCLc1-LCOc1 to i...
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Use These Sites for Real-Time COVID Travel Restrictions

Let’s first acknowledge that if you don’t have to travel right now, you should definitely stay home. But if you absolutely must travel, it’s important to have up-to-date information about what’s going on with COVID-19 at your planned destination.Read more...
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Do You Need a Passport for an Alaska Cruise

You’re finally going to plan that long-awaited Alaska cruise.  One question I’m often asked is, “do I need a passport  for an Alaska cruise?”  The answer is easy: yes.  And no. Do You Need a Passport for Alaska? Alaska cruises are different.  Your destination is Read More The post Do You Need a Passport for an Alaska Cruise appeared first on .
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Southwest is offering its coveted companion pass, which gives you buy-one-get-one-free tickets, if you book a flight today

Customers who book a flight by the end of September 24 and fly by November 15 will get a free companion pass, good for buy-one-get-one-free tickets between January 6 and February 28. Associated Press Southwest Airlines is offering a companion pass to passengers who book a flight by Thursday, September 24 and fly by November 15. The companion pass, which is good from January 6 to February 28, 2021, lets travelers bring a guest for free, aside from $5.60 in taxes. The promotion is part of So...
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Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program becomes more official + United Airlines to pilot pre-flight testing

Well, it’s “official-er” that Hawaii’s new pre-travel testing program is set to begin October 15, 2020.  After a few delays, at least this time, the pre-travel testing program with a start date of October 15, 2020 has made its way into official state documentation. The pre-travel testing program was signed by Governor Ige yesterday, September 23, 2020, in a new supplemental proclamation. This new program allows visitors to be exempt from quarantine if they provide an approved, negative COVID-19...
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After A Long Chill, Survey Of Travel Advisors Shows Clients Are Warming Up To Deals And Interest In International Travel Is Stable

MMGY Myriad, a leader in international destination marketing, and Travel Market Report, a news publication that serves as the voice of travel advisors in North America, have released the latest findings of the Travel Advisors COVID-19 Sentiment Barometer (Wave III). This online survey, designed and analyzed by MMGY Travel Intelligence, monitors the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel agencies.
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#Dubai leads most Gulf indexes lower as COVID-19 cases spike | Reuters

:Most Gulf markets ended lower on Thursday, with Dubai taking the hardest hit from losses in real estate shares, a day after the United Arab Emirates reported its sharpest daily spike in coronavirus cases.The Gulf Arab state on Wednesday reported 1,083 new cases, with authorities attributing the recent surge of infections to people not adhering to social distancing measures.Dubai's main share index .DFMGI declined 1.5%, weighed down by a 2.4% fall in blue-chip developer Emaar Properties EMAR.DU ...
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Oil steadies as frail demand outlook offsets U.S. stock fall | Reuters

Oil steadies as frail demand outlook offsets U.S. stock fall | Reuters:Oil prices steadied on Thursday, as the bullish impact of a fall in U.S. inventories was offset by a stronger dollar and a renewed wave of coronavirus cases in Europe that led several countries to reimpose travel restrictions.Brent crude LCOc1 futures rose 8 cents, or 0.2%, to $41.85 a barrel by 1408 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures gained 17 cents, or 0.4%, to $40.1 per barrel.Both benchmarks traded...
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STR: U.S. Hotel Results For Week Ending 19 September

U.S. hotel occupancy was nearly flat from the previous week, according to the latest data from STR.
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 19 September

STR data for 13-19 September 2020 showed slightly lower performance from prior weeks for Canada's hotel industry. Year-over-year declines also worsened.
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Inside the last remaining workshop making Portuguese cowbells by hand — a UNESCO-recognized tradition 'in need of urgent safeguarding'

Chocalhos Pardalinho is the only workshop in Portugal that still crafts cowbells using traditional techniques. Co-owners Guilherme Maia and Francisco Cardoso are fighting to keep the craft from disappearing altogether. The bells are a mixture of iron and brass that are hand-shaped and fired in a furnace at 1,300 degrees Celsius. The process may look easy, but it takes a lot of effort to do correctly.  UNESCO declared the art of handmade cowbells an intangible cultural heritage that is in need o...
Tags: Trends, Unesco, Portugal, Angola, Cardoso, Maia, Portugal Spain France, Fernando Teixeira, Chocalhos Pardalinho, Guilherme Maia, Francisco Cardoso, Alcáçovas Portugal

Roli’s light-up learning keyboard goes up for pre-order at $299

Roli is cool startup that makes fascinating music products. The Seaboard led the way, with a clever take on the keyboard that allowed players to bend notes like guitar strings. Blocks were even more fascinating — the modular light pads offered innovative control for electronic music makers. As a music fan with no discernible skills when it comes to actually making it, I’ve mostly admired the London-based company’s music from afar. Lumi, however, finds Roli getting into musical education, wit...
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Over 2,000 Students At Swiss Hotel School Placed In Quarantine

All undergraduate students at the École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) - one of the most prestigious hospitality management schools in the world - have been placed in quarantine after several coronavirus outbreaks.
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LinkedIn launches Stories, plus Zoom, BlueJeans and Teams video integrations as part of wider redesign

With the employment market remaining sluggish as the world continues to struggle with Covid-19, a company that has built its popular businesses largely around recruitment is launching a redesign that pushes engagement in other ways as it waits for the job economy to pick up. LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned site now with 706 million registered users, where professionals network and look for work, is today taking the wraps off a new redesign of its desktop and mobile apps, its first in four years. A...
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Nori is pitching carbon trading… on the blockchain!

Cryptocurrency meets carbon trading. That’s the pitch from Nori, a new Seattle-based startup, that just raised $4 million in funding from cryptocurrency focused investors including Placeholder, North Island Ventures, Tenacious Ventures, and a big, privately held agriculture multinational that the company declined to disclose. Founded by Paul Gambill, a former Deloitte Technology employee who left the firm in 2015 to begin working on a company that would tackle climate change, Nori uses blockchai...
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Bangalore-based has an ambitious vision for reshaping how movies and videos are made. CEO Ashray Malhotra laid it out for me yesterday, saying that his co-founder Nisheeth Lahoti “came up with this concept — he wants to build an engine that can take any script as input and create a professional movie,” no filming required. But is starting with what Malhotra said is a more “short-term, monetizable” goal: Offering technology that makes it easy to create personalized sales v...
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As tech stocks dip, is insurtech startup Root targeting an IPO?

During the week’s news cycle one particular bit of reporting slipped under our radar: Root Insurance is tipped by Reuters to be prepping an IPO that could value the neo-insurance provider at around $6 billion. Coming after two 2020 insurtech IPOs, Root’s steps towards the public markets are not surprising. But they are good news all the same for a number of insurance startups that have raised lots of capital and will eventually need to prepare their own debuts if they don’t find a larger corpora...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, MetroMile, Finance, Lemonade, Reuters, Hippo, Insurtech, The Exchange, Root Insurance

Atlanta gets a billion dollar startup business as Greenlight’s family-focused fintech nabs $215 million

Greenlight Financial Technology, the fintech company that pitches parents on kid-friendly bank accounts, has raised $215 million in a new round of funding. The round gives the Atlanta-based startup a $1.2 billion valuation thanks to backing from Canapi Ventures, TTV  Capital, BOND, DST Global, Goodwater Capital and Fin VC. It’s a huge win for the Canadian-based venture investor Relay Ventures . Since it launched its debit cards for kids in 2017, the company has managed to set up accoun...
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Marriott Sees Growth In Caribbean And Latin America, Despite COVID-19

Marriott Hotels and Resorts, like other hotel companies, has been navigating the bumpy travel road created by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are lots of twists and turns, but some regional pockets of the world show faster revitalization signs than others. Hotel brands like Marriott are working to hard to instill traveler confidence while following international guidelines and encouraging guests to monitor each destination's coronavirus prevention measures.
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Watch 1940s film footage of the streets of Hollywood

Welcome to Tinsel Town! La-La Land! The City of Angels! Lotusville! Hollyweird! The video descriptor says "1930s" but as one observant YouTube commenter writes: This ISN'T 30's…this is 1942 at the earliest (but I'd say most likely mid to late 40's), because Red Skeleton's prints weren't made outside the Chinese Theatre until June 18th 1942 (it says the date RIGHT THERE).… Read the rest
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