Hawaii elections officials rethink mail-only ballots, long lines spur COVID-19 concerns, Blangiardi and Roth solicit cabinet appointees, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii voters line up in Hilo ©2020 All Hawaii News  Last-minute surge of isle voters flooded election sites. In a last rush to have their opinion count, hundreds of voters showed up just before the 7 p.m. scheduled close of Hawaii voting centers across every county on Election Day, delaying the release of results for more than four hours. Out of 832,466 registered voters — another record — the number of ballots cast represented 69.6% of registered voters. Star-Advertiser.‘Distrust,’ Enth...
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  We are still here! It has been awhile since I have posted anything on this blog, but despite the ongoing worldwide pandemic we are still living full-time in Basilicata, Italy.It has been just over 10 years that we purchased our house in Trivigno, were featured on House Hunters International and launched our genealogy business - My Bella Basilicata. We have been busy with daily life - working, interacting and being a part of our local community. We continue to explore not only Basilicata...
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Exclusive: OCEN, which aims to reshape the lending ecosystem, will go live in a few weeks

A few large lenders will launch a new lending platform, based on the Open Credit Enablement Network (OCEN) protocol for micro-small-medium-enterprises (MSMEs), in the next one or two months, a senior executive aware of OCEN’s development told MediaNama. Developed by the Bengaluru-based software products think-tank iSPIRT Foundation, OCEN is essentially a common set of application programme interfaces (APIs) that lenders and third-party apps can use to deliver loans digitally to MSMEs across the ...
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Corporate travel is expected to permanently reduce by 10–12%: Yatra CEO

Corporate travel is expected to permanently reduce by 10–20% as companies move to video conferencing for internal meetings, but business development trips will not be scaled back, Dhruv Shringi, CEO and co-founder of Yatra Online, Inc. said during the company’s Q2FY21 earnings call on November 5. “They may not reach pre-COVID levels due to reduction in travel for internal reasons,” he said. While per-customer travel spend may go down by about 10–20% depending on the nature of the customer, the p...
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Shakkar Pare: Sweet Fried Cookies

With Diwali just around the corner, it’s no surprise that my kitchen has started to burst into activity. I guess the old saying does hold true in my case, that nothing pleases a cook more than to see the happy faces of those enjoying the food – and these bite-sized crispy cookies or Shakkar Pare,... The post Shakkar Pare: Sweet Fried Cookies appeared first on Hooked on Heat.
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UK closes Denmark travel corridor over mink Covid scare

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, announces travellers arriving after 4am on Friday must self-isolate for 14 daysDenmark has been removed from the British government’s list of travel corridors.Travellers arriving in the UK from Denmark after 4am on Friday must self-isolate for 14 days. Continue reading...
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Tokyo alleyway bikes and bike riders

There wasn’t really enough room for the bikes, let alone the bike rider, but that didn’t seem to make the slightest bit of difference at all.
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The Infinitely Adaptable Spicy Asian Any Mince Noodles!

These spicy Asian any mince noodles were inspired by a Dear Reader who asked me for recipes to use up items that they had stockpiled in quarantine. One item was freezer mince and the other was tinned beans. And that's how I came up with my spicy any mince noodles!
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The Way Home

As I left the Luxembourg Gardens I passed some pretty sites as it is a beautiful area. I also bought a book at The Red Wheelbarrow, happy to see they had made it through the Isolation times. These bears are all over Paris bringing a bit of joy. A pretty square. A sort of bad photo of the window of an upscale florist. Lots of outdoor seating these days, often with overhead heating. This hotel always has flowers in the windows.
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Upselling During a Pandemic: Early Check-In and Late Check-Out

Nor1, the global leader in hospitality upgrade, upsell, and merchandising technology, has dived into its buyer behavior data to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected guest demand for hotel upgrades. Now we're looking at guest upgrade buying behavior by upsell offer type. Offer types include configured room types, room attributes, and non-room inventory like amenities, or early check-in and late check-out.
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Viking: First COVID-19 Lab at Sea

Viking: First COVID-19 Lab at Sea Viking Cruises announces the first COVID-19 lab at sea with its completed first full-scale PCR laboratory. The CDC has issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order, allowing cruise lines a path to begin sailing again. Now that this important first step is behind us, we are likely to see a wave of announcements from the individual cruise lines sharing the procedures they have implemented to make cruising safe. Here is the press release from our friends a...
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Oil falls amid European lockdowns, U.S. election uncertainty | Reuters

Oil falls amid European lockdowns, U.S. election uncertainty | Reuters Oil prices fell nearly 1% on Thursday, weighed down by the steady rise in coronavirus infections and as the outcome of the U.S. presidential election had still not been settled.Brent crude LCOc1 settled down 30 cents, or 0.7%, at $40.93 a barrel and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down 36 cents, or 0.9%, at $38.79. Both contracts jumped about 4% on Wednesday.The European Union’s executive commission lowered ...
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The best farm stay vacations in the US

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Cape Resorts As travelers prioritize social distancing due to COVID-19, farm stay vacations are gaining popularity.Working farms provide an easy way to connect with nature, complete with fresh air, wide-open spaces, and plenty of solitude.Overnight visitors can take part in simple activities from gathering eggs to picking ripe fruit. We've compiled a wide variety of vacation rentals and hotels on f...
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#SaudiArabia media group to make play for elite global sports events | Financial Times

Saudi Arabia media group to make play for elite global sports events | Financial Times Saudi Arabia has launched a state-controlled sports media company to manage and secure broadcasting rights in a move that will shake up the multibillion-dollar bidding wars for the right to televise elite sporting events in the Middle East.  Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal, the sports minister, told the Financial Times that the Saudi Sports Company would create a “platform” for content development and ma...
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Reposite streamlines the most tedious tasks for travel agents

Meet Reposite, a software-as-a-service startup that wants to help travel agents of all kinds deal with their daily tasks. While the travel agency industry is huge, most people who work in this industry still don’t have a good system in place to deal with information, orders and communication. Reposite wants to be a one-stop shop for tour operators, event planners and more. The platform lets you centralize all information in one repository. It lets you upload client information and your suppli...
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Saudis Cut Oil Prices for Asia as Virus Clouds Energy Market - Bloomberg

Saudis Cut Oil Prices for Asia as Virus Clouds Energy Market - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia cut most oil pricing for its customers in Asia and the U.S. as a resurgence in the coronavirus clouds the outlook for energy markets.State producer Saudi Aramco decreased December pricing for shipments of Arab Light crude to Asia, its largest regional market, by 10 cents a barrel to a 50-cent discount to the benchmark.Oil dropped around 10% last week as European nations including Germany and France announced ne...
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Top Gulf Arab Bond Manager Hungry for Risk Eyes #Oman and #Bahrain - Bloomberg

Top Gulf Arab Bond Manager Hungry for Risk Eyes Oman and Bahrain - Bloomberg Three months ago, Franklin Templeton’s Gulf Arab bond fund hunkered down for U.S. election volatility by seeking refuge in cash and only the highest-rated debt.Now, even with the outcome of the vote undecided, it’s ready to pile back in, wagering money on some of the region’s riskiest securities.“We are predisposed to take on risk,” said Mohieddine Kronfol, the firm’s Dubai-based chief investment officer for global suku...
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The best hotels in New Orleans

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. TripAdvisor With its colorful festival culture, buzzy food and drink, vibrant music scene, and historic neighborhoods, New Orleans is an attractive destination year-round. There are dozens of hotels from international chains to unique, independent inns and historic hotels, plus a new wave of design-forward hotels springing up. Entry-level rooms can be found at four-star hotels under $100 a night, r...
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#Dubai Aerospace targets more lease-back deals as airlines struggle through pandemic | Reuters

Dubai Aerospace targets more lease-back deals as airlines struggle through pandemic | Reuters Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), one of the world’s biggest aircraft leasing companies, expects air traffic to start rebounding by the middle of next year and is looking for more deals with airlines to buy and lease back their jets.Chief Executive Firoz Tarapore told Reuters on Thursday that air traffic would rebound faster than expected, possibly as soon as early 2021 in a best case scenario, though t...
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Choice Hotels International Reports 2020 Third Quarter Results

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, today reported its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.
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Teva Pharm third-quarter profit in line with forecasts, lowers 2020 revenue outlook | Reuters

Teva Pharm third-quarter profit in line with forecasts, lowers 2020 revenue outlook | Reuters Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries TEVA.TA reported quarterly profit in line with expectations but lowered its 2020 revenue forecast on lower demand for some products as fewer people are going to hospitals and doctors during the pandemic.Shares in the world’s largest drugmaker fell 7% in early New York trade on Thursday as the group also cut its 2020 revenue outlook for its migraine product Ajo...
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Five of six Bank of #Israel MPC members voted to keep rate at 0.1%, minutes show | Reuters

Five of six Bank of Israel MPC members voted to keep rate at 0.1%, minutes show | Reuters Five of six rate setters at the Bank of Israel voted to keep the benchmark interest rate ILINR=ECI at 0.1% on Oct. 22, minutes of the discussions showed on Thursday.“They were of the opinion that this low interest rate levelsupports the recovery of economic activity and the gradual return of the inflation rate to within the target range, and particularly in view of the Bank of Israel operating additional to...
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#Kuwait has no choice but to borrow to tackle deficit - audit body | Reuters

Kuwait has no choice but to borrow to tackle deficit - audit body | Reuters Kuwait’s State Audit Bureau said the government has no choice but to borrow to plug a growing deficit, but that it must do so alongside implementing economic reforms.The coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices have piled pressure on Kuwait’s finances and prompted the government to halt an annual transfer of 10% of revenues to the Future Generations Fund, the country’s largest reserve that has only been tapped once during...
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#Qatar leads most Gulf markets higher; #Saudi bourse flat | Reuters

Qatar leads most Gulf markets higher; Saudi bourse flat | Reuters Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Thursday, with Qatar leading on broad-based gains, while the Saudi index bucked the trend to close flat.The Qatari index .QSI advanced 1.7%, as most of the stocks were in positive territory including the Gulf's largest lender, Qatar National Bank QNBK.QA.Dubai's main share index .DFMGI rose 0.3%, driven by a 2.1% rise in its largest lender, Emirates NBD Bank ENBD.DU, and a 1.3% increa...
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Bits of News

  The energy circling around the world is palpable as the wait continues to unveil the next president of the USA. I could speak about this subject for hours,  but I promised not to be political on my blog, which is a personal commitment I often want to break. But not today. Instead I will continue to do post Guest Posts in celebration of my blog being fifteen years old this month. Please, share your story, or a poem, or a favorite recipe, something about who you are... your story is what I wa...
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STR: US Hotel Results For Week Ending 31 October

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy was the lowest for any week since late June, according to the latest data from STR through 31 October.
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 31 October

STR data for 25-31 October 2020 showed slightly lower occupancy from prior weeks for Canada's hotel industry.
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Google and Walmart face growth hurdles as India caps payments transactions

Google and Walmart have a new challenge ahead of them as they race to expand the reach of their payments apps in India: They won’t be permitted to grow beyond a limit. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the body that operates the widely popular UPI payments infrastructure, said Thursday evening that it will enforce a cap to ensure that no single payments app processes more than 30% of UPI transactions in a month. The payments body said the move is aimed at addressing the “risks” a...
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Aloo Tamatar Sabzi: Potato and Tomato Stir-fry

Good food is nice. Delicious exotic food is even better. But when you’ve overfed yourself with a variety of scrumptiously rich delicacies, the mind begins to move to a more subtle and simple option – like this quick and easy Aloo Tamatar Sabzi recipe. The past few days saw us gorging on the best of... The post Aloo Tamatar Sabzi: Potato and Tomato Stir-fry appeared first on Hooked on Heat.
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UNWTO and IMO Issue Join Call to Support Safe Resumption of Cruise Ship Operations

In a joint statement issued today, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) highlight the importance of the cruise sector for the world economy.
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