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Guest Post: Leau Philips

There is a poet in Montana that calls himself  a "light chaser" - I think it fits him and it fits me.       I love all kinds of light, moonlight, sunlight, candlelight just about any but that harsh overhead lighting in strange buildings. It's not that I mind the dark, it has its place but oh...that light!   A few years ago I wrote a piece about light after witnessing a rainbow in the sunset on the solstice while the almost full moon was rising. It impressed me and the image stayed with ...
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Green calls for mask mandate as COVID-19 cases climb, Maui prosecutor ousted, Kahuku 'Red Raiders' mascot nixed, more new from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. Ige and Lt. Gov. Green welcomes Japan tourists PC:Sate of Hawaii Law mandating masks needed, Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green insists. Coronavirus cases are rising again, and Lt. Gov. Josh Green is seeking to stop the spread by asking Hawaii’s legislators to pass a statewide mandatory mask-wearing law during a special session this month. Star-Advertiser.Five days of triple-digit daily case counts have created mounting concerns that the state, particularly Oahu, could be slipping back into ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Senate, Hawaii, Paris, Kim, Pacific, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Trump, Department Of Health, Josh Green, Guzman, Capitol


Southwest is reportedly looking to acquire up to 30 Boeing 737 Max jets even though travelers say they don't want to fly on the troubled plane

Grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. belonging to Southwest Airlines. Reuters Southwest Airlines is in talks with Boeing to purchase more 737 Max aircraft, Bloomberg is reporting.  The low-cost airline is reportedly looking at aircraft that have been built but not delivered due to order cancellations, known as "white tail" aircraft. The ill-fated aircraft has been grounded since March 2019 following two fatal crashes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Southwest Airlines is...
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Russell Partnership Technology Launches Hotel Forecast Toolkit to Assist with Recovery

Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent travel lockdown, the global hospitality industry is experiencing a challenge like never before. As we begin recovery, there is a huge amount of work to restore the industry to where it once was. While the industry is resilient and well positioned to recover, many hotels will require assistance and support to do so.
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Nighthawk Diner, Alexandria

Nighthawk Diner has resurfaced again. The popular diner with a cult following for their sandwiches and takes on American diner food has a new menu including a large section devoted to vegan offerings along with their classics like their Miami Cuban sandwich, Ribwich and Philly Cheesesteak!
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Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index mostly flat in October

The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index was mostly flat in October, down just 0.2% to a level of 3,323. Year to date through the first 10 months of 2020, the stock index was down 36.9%. "Hotel stocks outperformed modestly in October despite heightened stock market volatility during the month as investors focused on rising nationwide coronavirus case counts and uncertainties regarding the upcoming election and timing of additional stimulus," said Michael Bellisario, senior hotel research analyst a...
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Latin America’s Hotel Construction Pipeline Continues to Decline

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) state in the Q3 '20 Latin America Hotel Construction Pipeline Trend Report that the total construction pipeline stands at 671 projects/116,731 rooms, down 7% by projects and 11% by rooms, year-over-year (YOY). Projects presently under construction stand at 344 projects/61,159 rooms, up 3% by projects and 1% by rooms, YOY. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months are at 186 projects/34,551 rooms. Projects in the early planning sta...
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Southwest is reportedly looking to acquire up to 30 Boeing 737 Max jets even though many travelers say they don't want to fly on the troubled plane

Grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. belonging to Southwest Airlines. Reuters Southwest Airlines is in talks with Boeing to purchase more 737 Max aircraft, Bloomberg is reporting.  The low-cost airline is reportedly looking at aircraft that have been built but not delivered due to order cancellations, known as "white tail" aircraft. The ill-fated aircraft has been grounded since March 2019 following two fatal crashes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Southwest Airlines is...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Air Canada, Planes, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Flying, Miami, Aviation, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines


What to Do About the Data Leak That Hit 8 Major Hotel Booking Sites

An improperly-secured Amazon Web Services (AWS) server left over 10 million hotel reservations logs from numerous Cloud Hospitality websites openly exposed, potentially putting millions of guests at risk. The server is now secured and there’s no evidence the data is being misused (yet), but the information is…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Privacy, Hotels, Lifehacks, Data Security, Amazon Web Services AWS, Major Hotel Booking Sites


Oil soars 8% on promising COVID-19 vaccine results | Reuters

Oil soars 8% on promising COVID-19 vaccine results | Reuters Oil surged about 8% on Monday, its biggest daily gain in more five months, after Pfizer announced promising results for its COVID-19 vaccine. Brent crude LCOc1 settled at $42.40 a barrel, up $2.95, or 7.48%, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 settled at $40.29 a barrel, rising $3.15, or 8.48%.Oil markets also rose after Saudi Arabia suggested it and other oil producers could adjust its current supply-cut pact, perhaps taking...
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The best East Coast ski resorts and where to stay

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Daniel Milchev/Getty Images If you live on the East Coast, no need to hop a plane out West to get your ski or snowboarding fix.We picked top ski resorts from New England to North Carolina that appeal to all ages and abilities.To make an overnight trip of it, we added the best ski hotels for each, too.Hotels currently range from $79 to $150 per night, but prices are likely to increase significantly ...
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Rate of #Dubai property price declines slows to 16-month low - Arabianbusiness

Rate of Dubai property price declines slows to 16-month low - Arabianbusiness The rate of falling Dubai property prices slowed to its lowest mark for 16 months in October, signalling the possibility of values nearing their bottom following years of declines.According to new research from consultants ValuStrat, residential values in the emirate dipped by just 0.7 percent, the lowest rate since June 2019.It said this rate of decline has continued to decelerate from 1.9 percent during the Ap...
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Oil traders unwind bearish bets as vaccine hopes fuel optimism | Reuters

Oil traders unwind bearish bets as vaccine hopes fuel optimism | Reuters Oil traders rushed to unwind a bevy of bearish bets after Pfizer announced promising results for its COVID-19 vaccine, shaking up energy markets that were primed for demand to sink into the winter on increased lockdowns and rising coronavirus infections.Crude prices plunged this year as global demand was crushed due to travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. Coming into this week, investors have been betting hea...
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Travel companies cheer Pfizer Covid vaccine news as 'welcomed step' toward return in demand

"Today's Pfizer news is a welcomed step in the right direction," TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer told CNBC.
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Viking Adds First PCR Laboratory on a Cruise Ship

Viking Cruises announced that their ocean ship, Viking Star, is now outfitted with the first PCR Laboratory found on any cruise ship.  When the CDC released its Framework for Conditional Sailing, they included a list of requirements for all cruise ships to follow to resume Read More The post Viking Adds First PCR Laboratory on a Cruise Ship appeared first on .
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Etihad warns pilots of immediate job cuts as pandemic crisis continues | Reuters

Etihad warns pilots of immediate job cuts as pandemic crisis continues | Reuters Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has warned pilots of immediate compulsory layoffs this week as demand for air travel fails to recover as quickly as expected from the coronavirus crisis.The warning in a letter to pilots, seen by Reuters, comes a day after the state airline said it was pushing on with plans to shrink to a mid-sized carrier.“The hard reality is that, despite all hopes, our industry is simply not recovering ...
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Mideast Stocks: #Saudi index sees biggest daily rise in over six months | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Saudi index sees biggest daily rise in over six months | ZAWYA MENA Edition Most stock markets in the Middle East ended higher on Monday, mirroring a buoyant day in oil prices and global stocks, with the Saudi index leading the gains.Brent crude rose $3.33, or 8.4%, to $42.78 a barrel by 1216 GMT, after Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine was very effective and Saudi Arabia said an OPEC+ deal on output cuts could be adjusted to offset rising supply and weak demand. Pfizer Inc said o...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Qatar, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Pfizer, Kuwait, Mideast, Pfizer Inc, Emaar Properties, Kuwait Finance House, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Industries Qatar, Saudi Basic Industries


Singapore's Pavilion inks first long-term LNG deal with #Qatar | Reuters

Singapore's Pavilion inks first long-term LNG deal with Qatar | Reuters Singapore’s Pavilion Energy said on Monday it inked a deal with Qatar Petroleum’s trading unit to buy up to 1.8 million tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for 10 years from 2023.Each cargo delivered to Singapore under this agreement will come with a statement of greenhouse gas emissions from wellhead to discharge port, Pavilion Energy said in a statement.Pavilion Energy, owned by Singapore state-owned investment ...
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Energy leaders leave door open to more cuts as virus spikes

Energy leaders leave door open to more cuts as virus spikes Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said Monday that global energy producers have the ability to tweak an agreement on production cuts that could be extended through the end of 2022, signaling the anticipation of continued weakened demand for oil as the coronavirus pandemic peaks again in Europe and the United States“OPEC has been and continues to be taking a proactive role,” said Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman during the Abu Dhabi-sponsored AD...
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#Oman Seeks to Raise Billions by Leveraging Biggest Oil Block - Bloomberg

Oman Seeks to Raise Billions by Leveraging Biggest Oil Block - Bloomberg Oman is seeking to raise money off the back of its largest oil block, as the cash-strapped Gulf nation looks for new ways to tame its budget deficit and steady a reeling economy.The sultanate is transferring its 60% stake in Block 6, which has a production capacity of 650,000 barrels a day, from Petroleum Development Oman to a new company, according to three people familiar with the matter. The company would then tap intern...
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Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is reportedly becoming a citizen in the European island nation of Cyprus, which could cost him $2.5 million and give him tax breaks

Eric Schmidt , former chairman and CEO at GOOGLE visits Fox Business Network Studios on April 16, 2019 in New York City. John Lamparski/Getty Images Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is reportedly obtaining citizenship in the European country of Cyprus, per a Recode report, a move that will allow him to travel to the European Union and possibly reap tax benefits. The specific reason for Schmidt's citizenship application is unclear, but it could be to have a financial backup plan during the pandem...
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Volara Named a ‘Hot 25 Startup’ for 2021 by PhocusWire

Volara, the voice hub for the hotel industry, has been selected as one of PhocusWire's "Hot 25 Startups" for 2021 and has been invited to present their innovative solutions during the Innovation Summit at Phocuswright 2020 on November 12, 2020. The third annual event, produced by PhocusWire, the sister media brand of travel research and events business Phocuswright, recognizes companies that have navigated through the pandemic and, importantly, are well-positioned to make a mark in their ...
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Competition Commission orders investigation in Google’s App Store and GPay

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has ordered a detailed investigation into Google’s payment policies and alleged manipulation into its practice within Play Store. The apex body for anti-trust matters said that there was prima facie evidence that Google may be abusing its dominant position in India, with regards to Play Store’s exclusivity and Google Pay (GPay) services. In an  order on November 9, the CCI has ordered an investigation into four aspects of Google’s practices: Exclusivit...
Tags: Travel, Google, Android, Google Play Store, News, India, US, Commission, Play Store, UPI, Competition Commission, CCI, Nikhil Pahwa, Competition Commission of India, Competition Commission of India CCI, Medianama


Airline and cruise stocks rally as Pfizer drug progress spurs hope for travel-industry recovery

Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Travel stocks surged on Monday as Pfizer's rosy vaccine announcement renewed bullishness toward the slammed industry.Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings all gained more than 30% in the rally.United Airlines surged as much as 27%, while Delta Air Lines and American Airlines climbed 23% and 26%, respectively, at intraday highs.Strategists have long viewed a viable coronavirus vaccine as a silver bullet for endin...
Tags: Travel, US, Trends, Markets, Pfizer, DAL, Morgan Stanley, United Airlines, Royal Caribbean, Wells Fargo, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Carnival Cruises, CCL, UAL


what i'm reading: our inner ape: a leading primatologist explains why we are who we are

When I scroll through my ridiculously long book list, the name Frans de Waal appears again and again. I read reviews of his books, they sound appealing, they go on the list -- and there it ends. This has been going on since the 1990s, and now in 2020, I had yet to read one of his books. Finally, my reading plan (originally here, with updates here and here) put de Waal back on my radar. At Russell Books in Victoria, I found two of his books, and I put two more on hold at my library. I've read o...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Trips on the World’s Oldest Electric Suspension Railway in 1902 & 1917 Show How a City Changes Over a Century

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TqqdOcX4dc Today we take a ride on the world’s oldest electric suspension railway—the Wuppertal Schwebebahn in Germany. Actually, we’ll take two rides, traveling back in time to do so, thanks to YouTuber pwduze, who had a bit of fun trying to match up two videos discovered online for comparison’s sake. The journey on the left was filmed in 1902, when this miracle of modern engineering was but a year old. The train passes over a broad road traveled mostly ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Design, College, Germany, Bloomberg, History, Physics, Monty Python, Michael Palin, Facebook Twitter, Corporate Communications, Ayun Halliday, Wuppertal, Wuppertal Schwebebahn, Schwebebahn


#SaudiArabia Outlook Cut to Negative by Fitch on Oil, Virus - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Outlook Cut to Negative by Fitch on Oil, Virus - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia’s outlook was cut to negative from stable by Fitch Ratings as the coronavirus pandemic and lower oil prices clobber the kingdom’s finances.A negative outlook means the next move on the credit rating may be a downgrade to the lowest level since Fitch began assessing the kingdom in 2004. The sovereign is still at A, its sixth highest rating, and on par with Japan and Iceland, according to a statement on Monday.Fit...
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India re-entry? PUBG will now be hosted on Microsoft’s cloud service

Krafton, PUBG Corporation’s parent company, has signed a deal with Microsoft Azure to host its multi-platform games, including popular game PUBG, the company announced last week. The development comes months after the game was banned in India — along with 117 other Chinese apps — for allegedly being a national security and privacy threat. It is possible that this with this deal, the company is trying to allay some of India’s fears, and that is evident from its pitch: “With privacy and data secur...
Tags: Travel, News, Microsoft, India, Tencent, Microsoft Azure, PUBG, Microsoft Azure cloud, PUBG Corporation, PUBG Mobile, Krafton, Krafton PUBG Corporation, Tencent Games in India TechCrunch, Chinese Embassy on India


Summary: MEITY’s draft Data Centre Policy, 2020 emphasises bandwidth demand, data localisation

Data centre infrastructure in India is “necessitated by the data localization provisions of proposed Data Protection Act and for protection of the digital sovereignty of the country in an increasingly connected world,” the government said in a draft Data Centre Policy published on November 5. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has given stakeholders 15 days to comment on the policy, which purports to transform India into a global data centre hub and reduce the hurdles to set ...
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