More parents opt for home schooling, $25M in 'pivot' grants to spur business innovation, Safe Travels tourist tracking system falters, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii classroom PC:Hawaii Department of Education Just 1 in 10 public school students get daily in-person classes in Hawaii. Only 10% of public school students in Hawaii are receiving in-person instruction daily, with younger students getting the most time on campus, according to data released Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.More Hawaii Parents Are Pulling Their Kids From DOE To Home School. There was a 43% rise in requests to home school in the first three months of the 2020-21 school year in ...
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Stix, Marrickville

Stix is a new cafe on Chapel Street in Marrickville. Here you'll find creative brunch and lunching options all made with produce from the Stix Farm in the Hawkesbury.
Tags: Travel, Marrickville, Chapel Street, Stix, Stix Marrickville, Stix Farm Launches Brand-approved Online Platform To Streamline Hotel Design, Re-design, And Renovation

Vancouver, BC: ("HF") has announced the launch of an all-in-one, brand-approved platform that streamlines guest room design, brand submissions and approvals, orders, and deliveries, all designed to help hotels save time and money with renovations and new builds.
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Nominations Open for HSMAI 2020 Top 25 and Lifetime Achievement Honors

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) Americas is now accepting nominations for its Lifetime Achievement and Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization honors. HSMAI will recognize honorees during the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner in conjunction with the HSMAI Marketing Strategy Conference and other HSMAI Marketing Week events in 2021. Nominations are open until December 1, 2020.
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Oil prices fall as inventory report reflects demand weakness | Reuters

Oil prices fall as inventory report reflects demand weakness | Reuters:  Oil prices settled lower on Wednesday after U.S. inventory figures showed demand weakening for refined products as global COVID-19 cases spiked.  Brent crude futures LCOc1 settled at $41.73 a barrel, down $1.43, or 3.3%, as of 12:48 p.m. ET. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures dropped $1.67, or 4%, to $40.03. Both benchmarks rose in the previous session.  Crude inventories fell by 1 million barrels in th...
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HTNG Announces New Leadership Across Board of Governors and Executive Advisors

Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) introduces new hospitality executives to serve on the organization's board of governors and veteran industry leaders to serve as executive advisors to the board.
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Virgin Hotels And The Source Team Up To Launch 'Don't Sleep On Voting' Campaign

Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand by Sir Richard Branson, today announces the "Don't Sleep on Voting" campaign in partnership with The Source, the legendary and original home of hip hop. Designed to inspire voter participation, the nonpartisan campaign calls upon a lineup of familiar faces - artists, performers, creatives and more - to remind people to use their voice and vote in the 2020 election.
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COVID-19 Recovery: How Hotels Can Reestablish Brand Trust | By Rick Garlick

Fall is in full swing and as businesses continue to face myriad challenges related to COVID-19 and economic downturn, brand trust continues to stagnate across the travel, hospitality and leisure sector. As such, several behavioral and attitudinal shifts will have long-term impacts across the industry and cause recovery challenges as consumers resume travel - but there are also some bright spots on the horizon.
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The Data of Long-lived Institutions

The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity.  I want to lead you through some of the research that I’ve been doing on a meta-level around long-lived institutions, as well as some observations of the ways various systems have lasted for hundreds of thousands of years.  Long Now as a Long-lived Institution This is one of the early projects I worked with Stewart Brand on at Long Now. We were trying to define our problem space and explore the ways we think on ...
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What’s Next for Libya’s Oil Surge as Warring Rivals Talk Peace - Bloomberg

What’s Next for Libya’s Oil Surge as Warring Rivals Talk Peace - Bloomberg After years of setbacks and false starts, Libya is back in the oil game. A stalemate between the armed forces battling to control the OPEC nation has led to an uneasy truce, and most fields and ports shuttered amid the fighting are operating once again.A blockade of many of the country’s energy facilities ended last month, and the state energy firm National Oil Corp. is ramping up production faster than many analysts e...
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#Dubai wealth fund sells $600mln in long 5-year bonds - document | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Dubai wealth fund sells $600mln in long 5-year bonds - document | ZAWYA MENA Edition Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), the Dubai government's main investment arm, sold $600 million in long five-year bonds at 275 basis points over mid-swaps, a document showed on Wednesday.ICD began marketing the bonds at around 300 basis points over mid-swaps earlier on Wednesday and received more than $1.1 billion in orders, according to the document issued by one of the banks leading the deal.Issuers from...
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#AbuDhabi fund drops lawsuit against Goldman over 1MDB | Financial Times

Abu Dhabi fund drops lawsuit against Goldman over 1MDB | Financial Times:  One of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth funds has dropped a lawsuit alleging Goldman Sachs bribed its officials as part of a “massive global conspiracy” that led to billions of dollars being embezzled from Malaysia’s 1MDB.  The news comes the day before the expected announcement of a long-awaited global regulatory settlement that includes more than $2bn of new fines for Goldman and a guilty plea from one of its Asian subsidi...
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Hawaii’s newly implemented pre-travel testing program is working, but has issues

It’s been almost a week since the October 15th start of the new pre-travel testing program. The system is working, but not without some issues. Per an estimate provided to Hawaii News Now, the Safe Travels application has gone smoothly for about 80% of travelers. Here are some updates on the pre-travel testing program and how it’s working: – The data through the first five days of the Safe Travels program reveals that 45,410 people were screened. Of those 38,063 were exempted from quarantine an...
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How Sonder Is Riding the Short-Term Rental Wave to Success

Driving from San Francisco to Charleston, S.C. with stops across Texas and Georgia, Francis Davidson is one of the few business travelers currently traversing the country, clocking more than 7,000 miles. To the chagrin of public health officials, Davidson simply can't do his job over Zoom. The CEO and co-founder of the short-term rental company...
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Hotel Zena, a Groundbreaking Hotel Dedicated to Female Empowerment, Opens with Volara + Google in Every Guestroom

When Hotel Zena opened its doors this month in downtown Washington, D.C., Volara was there to get guests talking via Google Nest Hubs in each of its 191 guestrooms. Implementation of Volara's contactless guest engagement and touchless room controls solution is part of a systemwide rollout by Viceroy Hotels & Resorts to voice-enable all guestrooms at its luxury boutique hotels.
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Compare Yourself To The Best | By Shep Hyken

Stop comparing yourself to the competition. It's okay to ask yourself, "What are they doing that we aren't?" However, that can be a dangerous question. I use the word dangerous to warn you that all you are doing is "baseline thinking." I call it that because it's at the base.
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How Yext reinvented itself on its way to going public

Last week, Yext CEO Howard Lerman dropped by Extra Crunch Live for a chat about his former startup, pivoting and becoming the CEO of a public company. Yext, which focuses on business information and enterprise search products, went public in 2017, making it one of the first companies to demo at a TechCrunch event and eventually list. The full recording is embedded below, along with a number of at-length quotes if you prefer to read. But here, above the paywall, I wanted to share my favorite b...
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TikTok details how it’s taking further action against hateful ideologies

TikTok said on Wednesday it’s strengthening its enforcement actions against hate speech and hateful ideologies to include “neighboring ideologies,” like white nationalism and others, as well as statements that emerge from those ideologies. In a blog post, TikTok explained that it regularly evaluates its enforcement processes with the help of global experts to determine when it needed to take action against emerging risks. While the TikTok Trust & Safety teams were already working to remove neo-N...
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SoftBank’s $100 million diversity and inclusion fund makes its first bet … in health Vitable Health

SoftBank’s Opportunity Growth Fund has made the health insurance startup Vitable Health the first commitment from its $100 million fund dedicated to investing in startups founded by entrepreneurs of color. The Philadelphia-based company, which recently launched from Y Combinator, is focused on bringing basic health insurance to underserved and low-income communities. Founded by Joseph Kitonga, a 23 year-old entrepreneur whose parents immigrated to the U.S. a decade ago, Vitable provides affor...
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Angie Hospitality Demonstrates Contactless, Smart Hotel Technologies at Cyber HITEC

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - ​​Angie Hospitality® by Nomadix, the leading provider of voice-activated and contactless technology solutions for hotels, today announced it will demonstrate its new touchless technologies, including its in-room assistants, casting, PBX and mobile guest apps, at Cyber HITEC October 27-29, 2020, in the Clean to Cleaner Pavilion booth #829.
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Hospitality Industry’s “Buy One, Give One” Campaign Jumpstarted Recovery Efforts With Over 65,000 Room Nights Purchased And Gave Back To Frontline Healthcare Workers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effect on travel, the hospitality industry banded together to launch Buy One, Give One, a "vacay layaway" program. The initiative resulted in the purchase of more than 65,000 room nights for future stays, providing immediate revenue for participating hotel partners, who then donated room nights to frontline healthcare workers as a well-deserved "thank you."
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africans were involved in the slave trade. why do you think that matters?

The statementIf you are exposed to any bigoted, right-wing media or social media -- whether by misfortune, sport, or a delusion that you must counter their arguments -- and someone raises the subject of slavery, you will doubtless see on this trope. They were sold by their own people.Africans sold other Africans.Slavery began in Africa, and was imported to the new world. In fact, you might hear or see some version of this any time racism is mentioned. Or as a complete non sequitur. It appears ...
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True North Hotel Group Opens Four Hotels With Fifth On Track For Q1 2021

True North Hotel Group today announced that it is opening four new hotels within a month with an additional fifth on track to open in the first quarter of 2021.
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Massive 2,000-year-old etching of cat found on Peruvian hillside

Archaeologists discovered this darling and massive etching of a cat at the site of the Nazca Lines in Peru, about 250 miles away from the capital city of Lima. The researchers spotted the 120-foot-long etching while working on the UNESCO heritage site where the ancient geoglyphs of animals, plants, and geometric shapes may have been used for astronomical rituals or wayfinding. — Read the rest
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Guest Post: Judy Pinson

                                                                                                                                                        O ur Love Story                       The man I loved asked me to marry him three times, and I said “No” each time.   The first time was on the Grand Canal in Venice.   The second time, at the top of the Eiffel Tower.   The third time, we were on a train traveling through the mountains in Californ...
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Inside how the world's best restaurant on the French Riviera reimagined fine dining after it was forced to close

Mirazur's head chef Mauro Colagreco in the restaurant's garden. Matteo Carassale Mirazur is a three Michelin-starred restaurant located in the town of Menton, France, that was ranked as the World's Best Restaurant in 2019. After the restaurant was forced to close in March for the country's 55-day lockdown due to the pandemic, head chef Mauro Colagreco spent time in the restaurant's gardens to develop a new reopening menu, says head sommelier Benoît Huguenin. Chef Colagreco designed...
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She Has a Deal Announces Its Signature Hotel Pitch Competition for Aspiring Women Hotel Owners

She Has a Deal, an education and investment platform for aspiring women hotel investors and developers, announced today its first annual hotel pitch competition taking place on October 24 at the Hilton McLean in Virginia. During the competition, the five finalist teams consisting of 12 women will pitch their strategic hotel projects to industry experts and investors as they vie for $50,000 in deal equity.
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STR: Canada Q3 2020 Hotel Performance

The Canadian hotel industry saw higher performance from the previous quarter, but at overall low levels, according to Q3 2020 data from STR.
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STR: US Q3 2020 Hotel Performance

The U.S. hotel industry reported its lowest third-quarter occupancy level on record, according to Q3 2020 data from STR.
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Hotel Kansas City Taps Knowland to Prospect Group Business Ahead of Grand Opening

Opening a new property requires not only the right environment and the right location, it also requires industry-leading prospecting tools to help sales build out their group business pipeline. Knowland, the leader in group hospitality analytics for hotels, convention and visitor bureaus, conference centers and other meeting venues, was selected by the newly opened Hotel Kansas City, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, to help increase group business for its 20,000 sq. ft. flexible e...
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