Ige's 15th proclamation clarifies mask mandate, Honolulu Thanksgiving gatherings likely limited to five people, military shoots down Aegis SM-3 missile in test off Hawaii, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige wearing Aloha mask PC:State of HawaiiFull Text: Gov. David Ige's 15th Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency. Masks rules clarified, Gov. David Ige imposes new decrees. A wide-ranging emergency proclamation on COVID-19 makes clear that mask-wearing is “mandatory” on every island, and imposes new statewide rules for hotels and other businesses. Star-Advertiser.Gov. Ige Issues New Mask Mandate, But Most Rules Remain The Same. People who don’t wear a mask in most pub...
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Hawaii is open, so hit the road!

Hawaii is back open to tourism, with the Hawaii Safe Travels program allowing visitors with a negative COVID-19 test to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine. This is great news for Hawaii hotels and businesses that have suffered for months, with many small businesses, restaurants having closed permanently. Now is an ideal time to book a […] The post Hawaii is open, so hit the road! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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How a Biden administration may impact tech policy in India

By Nikhil Sud Though a Biden administration may not have obvious or immediate implications for tech policy in India, several issues are worth watching closely for potential nuanced, non-obvious, sometimes indirect, and often significant implications that could take shape over time. Some of these are discussed below. Data localisation Given the recent breakdown of the EU-US Privacy Shield, a Biden administration may work with the EU to help reinstate free data-flows between the two regions. Thi...
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Canadian doctor Roger Hodkinson’s testimony against covid mass hysteria to a professional committee

Someone’s shared this. It appears to be from this doctor. If true (it sounds true) – this is making note of:  
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Hawaii hotels COVID safety plans to be made public

The Hawaii Tourism Authority will begin accepting COVID-19 health and safety plans from Hawaii hotel and resort operators as required by a Proclamation signed by Governor David Ige on Monday, November 16. The requirement, of course, is to ensure the health and safety of Hawaii’s visitors and hotel employees as Hawaii is reopened to tourism […] The post Hawaii hotels COVID safety plans to be made public appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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Notes on the science of PCR tests

This post supplements my other posts – it is a kind of “deep dive” (not too deep) into the science behind the tests, for my personal understanding of the issues involved. MY OTHER POSTS ON PCR TESTS Studies regarding the unreliability of PCR tests A Portuguese court’s ruling against improper use of PCR tests Complaint […]
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Tokyo past, present and continuous?

Tokyo is constantly, very visibly changing, and yet in many ways, it looks and remains exactly the same.
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Oil edges lower after settlement as U.S. stockpiles build, pandemic lockdowns loom | Reuters

Oil edges lower after settlement as U.S. stockpiles build, pandemic lockdowns loom | Reuters Oil prices edged lower in post-settlement trade on Tuesday after an industry group reported a bigger build than expected in U.S. crude stockpiles, adding to worries that new coronavirus lockdowns could hit demand. During the session, prices were narrowly mixed as the demand fears offset hopes for a vaccine and talk of tighter OPEC+ supply policies. Brent futures fell 7 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $43.75...
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DELICIOUS Vegan Shepherd's Pie!

This vegan shepherd's pie is rich, warming and delicious. It is made without any meat substitutes, just tasty and nutritious vegetables that give it a range of flavours and textures. You won't miss the meat at all with this vegan shepherd's pie!
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China-style totalitarian censorship by Big Tech – Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn – the handmaidens of corrupt governments

I’m writing a paper on this topic, so these are some research notes
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Tonquin Valley Hiking Guide – What You Need to Know

For a take-your-breath-away beautiful multi-day hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies, you must put the Tonquin Valley trail in Jasper National Park on your hiking wish list. You’ve probably seen postcards with the famous Ramparts in touristy shops in Banff or Jasper. They’re a mountain range with 10 named summits like Drawbridge, Bastion, Dungeon and Turret Peak – towering over beautiful Amethyst Lakes and the main reason you want to do this hike. But there are others – like the chance to see...
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Voluntary chains vs. Corporate soft brand chains: Which branding strategy offers hotel owners more value? | By Oleksii Kapichin

In the modern hotel industry, the hotel owners can choose from different branding options: Independence (non-affiliation), traditional franchise, and soft brand that includes voluntary chains and corporate soft brand chains.
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The failed “disciplines” of epidemiology and virology with bogus models and bogus PCR tests

I aim to write a full section/ chapter on this issue for my supplementary submission to the ICC – or maybe just a paper for my personal knowledge. Epidemiology is turning out to be far, far worse than I had thought. I’ve written a lot about it on my TOI blog, in the book The […]
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I decided to go out just as the sun was setting to get some different light. With the time change I have been waking up really early, like 4 AM, so I thought a bit of later activity might keep me from going to bed at 9PM. I guess the time change is still doing a number on me. I’m always happy to see a river boat go by. This bridge had lights coming on. Lovely light but you can see there was a wind by the pattern on the water. I took the exact same photo a year ago. ...
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Airbnb’s IPO Filing Proves How Little It Needs to Advertise

Confirmed by its IPO filing for prospective investors, Airbnb is more than a brand--it's a verb. Despite a year that has decimated the travel industry, a look under Airbnb's financial hood showed a company that turned a profit in Q3, has enviable brand recognition with little advertising, and could serve a short-term rental market worth...
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Aramco tightens guidance by 15-20 bps for five-tranche bonds: document | Reuters

Aramco tightens guidance by 15-20 bps for five-tranche bonds: document | Reuters Saudi Aramco 2222.SE has tightened the price guidance for its five-part U.S. dollar-denominated bond sale and received over $30 billion in orders for the debt sale, a document from one of the banks on the deal showed on Tuesday.Aramco tightened the guidance by 15-20 basis points (bps) to around 125 bps over U.S. Treasuries (UST) for a three-year tranche, around 140 bps over UST for five-year bonds, around 160 bps ov...
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Gulf markets ride on vaccine optimism | Reuters

Gulf markets ride on vaccine optimism | Reuters Most major Gulf markets ended higher for a third consecutive session on Tuesday as further positive news on COVID-19 vaccine development lifted optimism about a sooner-than-expected global economic recovery.Investor sentiment got a major fillip for a second time in as many weeks when Moderna Inc MRNA.O on Monday became the second U.S. drugmaker after Pfizer PFE.N to announce promising trial data in the development of a vaccine against the pandemic....
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Oil falls back on tightening restrictions despite OPEC+ hopes | Reuters

Oil falls back on tightening restrictions despite OPEC+ hopes | Reuters Oil prices eased on Tuesday as worries about the short-term impact on demand of a new surge in the coronavirus pandemic outweighed hopes for a vaccine and tighter OPEC+ supply policy.Brent was down 29 cents, or 0.6%, at $43.53 a barrel by 1444 GMT while U.S. crude was down 27 cents, or 0.6%, at $41.07. Both had been up 40 cents earlier in the session.“Developments with regards to a vaccine are constructive for oil demand in ...
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The first cruise line to resume Caribbean trips just canceled all 2020 cruises after an outbreak infected 7 passengers

SeaDream was able to restart cruises despite CDC guidelines because its ships are small and it's not based in the US. SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream Yacht Club has canceled its remaining 2020 cruises following a COVID-19 outbreak on one of its ships, the company announced Tuesday.  The company was the first to resume Caribbean cruises since the pandemic began, but seven passengers and two crew members tested positive for the virus on its very first trip out of Barbados.  Major US cruise ...
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Unboxing revenue management, from revenue systems to revenue strategy | By Sharad Kapur

Every crisis eventually presents an opportunity in itself. It has the potential to bring about innovation and adaptation to changing environments. Organizations that embrace the changing environment are quicker to recover and develop a sustainable strategy around their operations.
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Alpine Investors’ ASG Acquires ProfitSword, Market Leading Hospitality Software

ASG, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors that buys, builds and operates vertical SaaS companies, today announced that it has acquired ProfitSword, a hotel property operations software that provides business intelligence and data management software for the hospitality industry.
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Guest Post: Shelley Wildgen

  I've been an avid Corey follower for the past ten years or so, having first been introduced to her transformative writing in a magazine article, she wrote about her 'French Husband'.  Corey's story and pictures sent me immediately to her blog and I've been entranced ever since.         I love Corey's perspective of being immersed in a land that is so different, yet equally as beautiful as her California origins... and of course, all the characters that go with ...
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Papier Tigre Stationery Boutique

I love paper and stationery shops and so do the French, and we are blessed with such an abundance of them in Paris.   I discovered one last month with really fun, inventive, and colorful products, Papier Tigre, located in the northern Marais just off of rue de Bretagne.   The company was founded in 2012 by Maxime Brenon and Julien Crespel and now has a team of 13 employees. On their website they say, “With every collection, we strive to make Papier Tigre more local, environmentally re...
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HOSPACE: A Warm Welcome From a Distance

I think we all knew, deep down, that the chances were that we would end up back in lockdown this quarter. Perhaps we believed our combined hope and hard work would avert the inevitable. All the blood, sweat and tears that collectively everyone in hospitality has put into ensuring venues are squeaky clean and sanitised has not been wasted, but perhaps not appreciated and recognised as much as it might have been. Here we are again and despite the inevitable hardships, I know we will continu...
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Zonetail Partners with Routier to Bring AI Contactless Multilingual Guest Messaging

Routier announces an integration partnership with Zonetail Inc. (TSXV:ZONE, OTCQB:ZTLFF) that can enable 25,000+ Zonetail partnered hotels across North America to facilitate contactless mobile communication between guests, staff, and local businesses.
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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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National Bank of #Kuwait tightens guidance for $300mln bonds - sources | ZAWYA MENA Edition

National Bank of Kuwait tightens guidance for $300mln bonds - sources | ZAWYA MENA Edition National Bank of Kuwait has tightened its guidance for $300 million 10-year bonds that are non-callable for five years to 2.5%-2.625% from 2.875% and received over $1 billion in orders for the debt sale, two sources said.Citi and NBK Capital are arranging the deal, which is expected to close later on Tuesday, the sources said. Citi declined to comment and NBK did not respond to a request for comment. [A...
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Credit cards add new source of revenue for payment apps

Several of the top payment companies have launched virtual and physical credit card products in the last few months in a bid to grab a bigger share of their consumers’ spending. While payment companies are not authorised to lend credit on their balance-sheets, they are slowly entering the credit market with co-branded credit cards and partnerships with banks and non-bank lenders. Earlier this month, Paytm announced a co-branded credit card partnership with SBI Cards and Payments Services. MobiKw...
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"We don’t really want to see Mamaw at Thanksgiving and bury her by Christmas... It’s going to happen. You’re going to say hi at Thanksgiving, it’s so nice to see you..."

"... and you’re either going to be visiting her by Facetime in the ICU or planning a small funeral by Christmas."  That's how the President of the State Health Office talks to Mississippians, as reported in the Mississippi Free Press. And a doctor warned that if you travel you'd better drive with special care, "because there’s nowhere for you to go if you have a car wreck." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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6 Tips for Benchmarking Your Way to Success | By David Eisen

Like it or not, your hotel is in the middle of a race with the competition — although the current hotel climate may feel more like an obstacle course. Wouldn't it be nice if, during this ongoing marathon, you could peek across at competitors, note their positions and analyze the techniques, equipment and other factors propelling them forward?
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