Guest Post: Chris Ulichney

When Corey invited her followers to share their stories, it seemed like the least I could do in thanks for all the beauty, positivity and joy she has shared with us. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Corey in person, but it could have happened more easily four years ago. Let me explain. My husband, Mick, teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD has four campuses. One of them is in Lacoste, France. Mick was offered the chance to teach there for a quarter in January 2017. Prior to...
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Twitter apologises to Meenakshi Lekhi-led committee for incorrectly geo-tagging Ladakh: Reports

Twitter has tendered a written apology to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill for incorrectly geo-tagging Ladakh in China, the Committee’s Chairperson Meenakshi Lekhi said on November 18, PTI reported. In the signed affidavit, Twitter’s Chief Privacy Officer Damien Karien has reportedly promised to correct the error by November 20. The issue arose on October 19 when Nitin Gokhale, a journalist and security analyst, went live on Twitter from Leh. However, Twitte...
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Hawaii schools superintendent says students' COVID-19 vaccine should be voluntary, 100+ legislators head to Maui conference despite pandemic, Hawaii National Guardsman, 52, dies from coronavirus, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Schools Superintendent Christina KishimotoHawaii DOE Optimistic Students Will Return To Class In January. In a briefing with legislators, school leaders said they were also encouraged by the low rate of teacher vacancies during the pandemic. Civil Beat.Should a COVID-19 vaccine be required for students to attend school? State superintendent says it should be “personal choice." The House Higher and Lower Education Committee held a meeting with the Department of Education (DOE) Tues...
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Zen Tea Lounge, Smithfield

Social enterprise meets delicious food at Zen Tea Lounge in Smithfield. This oasis in the middle of an unexpected setting channels funds raised in their restaurant towards programmes to eradicate domestic violence. Tomorrow, the 20th of November 2020 marks White Ribbon Day.
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Goldman Sachs says commodities poised for bull market | Reuters

Goldman Sachs says commodities poised for bull market | Reuters Goldman Sachs on Wednesday maintained its ‘overweight’ recommendations for commodities in 2021, reasoning the sector was possibly the best hedge against likely inflation and poised for another bull market.The bank forecast a return of about 27% over a 12-month period on the S&P/Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI), with a 19.2% return for precious metals, 40.1% for energy, 3% for industrial metals and a negative 1% return on agricul...
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HFTP Announces HITEC 2021 for September 27-30 in Dallas, Texas USA

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is pleased to announce that HITEC North America 2021 will be held in-person on September 27-30 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas USA. Traditionally held in June, the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) has been pushed back to give the hard-hit hospitality industry an opportunity to build positive momentum as it recovers from the pandemic-related slow-down. In addition, HF...
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Hospitality Data Alert: Top U.S. Thanksgiving Destinations by Hotel Occupancy | By Katie Moro

As Americans approach what is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year - the day before Thanksgiving - many people want to know if it will maintain its status, albeit under very different circumstances as COVID-19 cases continue to rise again. Amadeus, a global leader in travel technology, with its unique ability to track forward-looking occupancy in major markets around the world, is seeing a positive trend in U.S. hotel bookings the week of Thanksgiving. While overall occupancy ...
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Oil gains 1% on potential OPEC+ rethink and vaccine hopes | Reuters

Oil gains 1% on potential OPEC+ rethink and vaccine hopes | Reuters Oil prices firmed by about 1% on Wednesday on hopes OPEC and its allies will delay a planned increase in oil output and after Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine was more effective than previously reported.The market was also supported by a smaller-than-expected increase in U.S. crude stockpiles last week.Brent crude LCOc1 rose 59 cents, or 1.4%, to settle at $44.34 a barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 gained 39 c...
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COVID-19 deaths are counted DIFFERENTLY to deaths from other causes: THIS IS A SERIOUS MISDEMENOUR.

Even while writing the ICC complaint I wasn’t aware of this fact – that on 24 March 2020 CDC changed the method for counting deaths ONLY from covid. All other deaths are counted using the old (2003) method. THIS PANDEMIC IS TURNING OUT BE A SINISTER AND CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE. SMELL SOMETHING FISHY? CDC has CHANGED […]
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Dante’s Train: A Beautiful Train Ride From Faenza To Florence

Ever heard of Dante’s Train? Starting in Faenza and ending in Florence, the scenic train ride leads you across gentle hills, cultivated fields, and thick forests, from Emilia Romagna to Tuscany. A short itinerary, with a lot to do and see along the way. The perfect choice to immerse yourself in nature and discover a piece of Italy off-the-beaten-track and at a slow pace. Vie di Dante – Landscape between Marradi and Brisighella Of all means of transportation, the train is my favorite. There’s...
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#UAE e-scooter start-up backed by Israeli venture capitalist - The National

UAE e-scooter start-up backed by Israeli venture capitalist - The National A new UAE-based micro-mobility business has landed $3.8 million in seed funding from an Israeli venture capitalist.Fenix, founded by former directors of e-scooter firm Circ Jaideep Dhanoa and IQ Sayed, will soon begin operations in Abu Dhabi. It is being backed by Maniv Mobility in what is the first venture investment into a UAE company by an Israel-based VC.“As a result of the new friendship that has emerged since normal...
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#Saudi, #Dubai shares gain; #AbuDhabi declines | Reuters

Saudi, Dubai shares gain; Abu Dhabi declines | Reuters Saudi shares reversed course to end sharply higher on Wednesday as further positive news on COVID-19 vaccine development cheered investors, while the Abu Dhabi market posted losses on a day when most major Gulf markets logged gains.U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc PFE.N said final results from the late-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine showed it was 95% effective, adding it had the required two months of safety data and would apply for emergency ...
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Struggling airline Saudia got $7 billion of state help in 2019-2020: documents | Reuters

Struggling airline Saudia got $7 billion of state help in 2019-2020: documents | Reuters The government has provided state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) with at least $7 billion in direct payments and other financial support in 2019 and 2020, company documents show, as the carrier struggles with losses and the coronavirus pandemic.The finance ministry approved a payment of 13.6 billion riyals ($3.6 billion) for Saudia in 2019, and a further 6.4 billion riyals in the first half of this ye...
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Sovereign wealth funds rotate from U.S. stocks to bonds | Reuters

Sovereign wealth funds rotate from U.S. stocks to bonds | Reuters Sovereign wealth funds pulled $4.1 billion from United States stocks in the third quarter, while adding to their U.S. bond holdings by the most in at least three years, data showed on Wednesday.Around $4.5 billion was sucked into U.S. fixed income, with the bulk into short-duration instruments, according to the eVestment data on strategies managed by third-party fund managers.The activity came ahead of the U.S. presidential electi...
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2021 Will Be the Year of Patience | By Alan Young

This week, it was announced that two vaccine candidates have an over 90% effectiveness rate against the COVID-19 virus. This is incredibly good news for the travel and hospitality industry struggling under the weight of this unprecedented event. There is still a great deal of work to do; however, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel will bolster the industry and those who serve within it.
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Three-star Michelin chef Mauro Colagreco takes over restaurant at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, Switzerland

The legendary Kulm Hotel St. Moritz will welcome the three-star Michelin chef Mauro Colagreco this winter season when he takes over the hotel's restaurant the K. Colagreco, is currently the best chef in the world (according to his peers in the annual Le Chef list), while his restaurant Mirazur in Menton holds the top position in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list at present.
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Cut Costs and Grow Stronger: Award-Winning Luxury Aspen Property, The Gant, Shares Strategies to Succeed in Tough Times and Bounce Back Better Than Ever | By Ryan Hamilton

What does it mean to be authentically Aspen? Book a stay at The Gant, and you'll soon find out. The luxury resort is nestled in a 5-acre enclave at the base of Aspen Mountain, striking a thoughtful balance between unpretentious luxury, nature, and culture within a world-class destination. From skiing adventures to romantic getaways, family vacations, or long-awaited reunions with friends, The Gant is home to a variety of unique and memorable experiences.
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Don’t Lose Sight of the Optimal Distribution Strategy

It's easy to forget that hotels first started selling their rooms online just 20 years ago. Over the past two decades, hoteliers have learned a great deal about how to distribute their inventory in the most cost-effective manner. We learned the importance of last-room availability and rate parity, we learned how to negotiate for lower commission costs, and we learned how to drive traffic to our direct sites and capture that demand through best-in-class conversion techniques.
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Update: Carnival Cruise Line Issues New Cancellations Into 2021

This morning, November 18, 2020, Carnival Cruise Line announced an extension their cruise cancellation dates.  All embarkations from U.S. homeports are canceled through January 31, 2020. Carnival Cruise Lines Further Extends Cancellations into 2021 In addition, departures from the ports of Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Read More The post Update: Carnival Cruise Line Issues New Cancellations Into 2021 appeared first on .
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#SaudiArabia News: Oil Giant Aims Next to Be Largest Hydrogen Exporter - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia News: Oil Giant Aims Next to Be Largest Hydrogen Exporter - Bloomberg The world’s biggest oil exporter has set its sights on also becoming the largest supplier of hydrogen, a fuel seen as pivotal for curbing climate change.Saudi Arabia has “ambitious” plans and “will not be challenged in its record of being the biggest exporter of hydrogen on earth,” Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said at a news briefing in Riyadh.The kingdom’s large natural gas reserves enable it to pr...
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#Israel, #AbuDhabi markets regulators agree to cooperate on FinTech | Reuters

Israel, Abu Dhabi markets regulators agree to cooperate on FinTech | Reuters The securities regulators of Israel and Abu Dhabi said on Wednesday they would cooperate in innovation and financial technologies, the latest collaboration after Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalise relations in September.Under the memorandum of understanding, the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) and Abu Dhabi Global Market Financial Services Regulatory Authority (ADGM FSRA) said they would undertake...
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Hawaii vacation news: November 18, 2020

* On November 16th, the governor issued a new emergency proclamation to clarify the statewide mask mandate. Scroll to  to read the full details of the mask mandate. The crux of it is that face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when in public. There are some limited exceptions, so please read Exhibit J to understand the rules. * Hawaii has added 11 new trusted testing partners for the pre-travel testing program. One of the most notable, new partners is Costco/AZOVA, which offers a...
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Bartech Unveils BarTouch Cloud to Enhance Manual Minibar Operations Efficiency

Las Vegas — November 18, 2020 — Bartech, a Las Vegas-based provider of automatic, profit-generating minibar solutions for the global hospitality industry, has announced the launch of BarTouch Cloud, an advanced manual minibar management solution designed to address the needs of today's hotels in a post-COVID industry environment. With guests expected to remain socially distanced and with properties limiting the presence of non-essential staff for the foreseeable future, BarTouch Cloud ens...
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Webinar: Adventure ecotourism makes a difference to people and planet

On Saturday 28th November hoteliers are invited to meet the owners of two eco adventure resorts: Renée H. Kimball, Owner/Operator of Tranquilo Bay Eco Lodge in Panama and Dr Marc van Loo, CEO of LooLa Eco Adventure in Indonesia. For both resorts eco-tourism has been the foundation of their business plan from the outset.
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Oaky wins at Skift Idea Awards!

We're thrilled to have been selected as the winner of the Tech Provider category at the Skift IDEA Awards 2020!
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How to Prepare If Your College Student Is Coming Home for Thanksgiving

This year has been full of sacrifices and impossible choices, but it’s not quite done with us yet. If you have kids who are away at college, you may now be facing the pandemic’s latest conundrum: Do you have them come home and risk everybody infecting each other, or do you tell them to stay put and ride out the…Read more...
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Instant Pot Tomato Rice

It’s mid-week. Which just means that energy levels of us regular 9-5 folk are slowly dying out. It’s also raining heavily outside, which means that a warm comfort meal ranks high on the wishlist! The simple solution – a one-pot meal like this Instant Pot Tomato Rice warming enough to drive away those heebee-jeebees! One-pot... The post Instant Pot Tomato Rice appeared first on Hooked on Heat.
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In broadband consultation, Jio recommends localisation to reduce reliance on undersea cables, assails rivals’ 2G strategy

“The single most important reform” to improve penetration of fixed broadband in India “is the strengthening of the Right of Way Rules 2016 issued by [the Department of Telecommunications],” Reliance Jio said in a filing to TRAI on the regulator’s wide-ranging consultation on improving broadband access in India. State and local governments’ ignorance of the importance of optical fibre connectivity have “thwarted” approvals to lay fibre and improve networks, Jio said. The telco added that the Righ...
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Exclusive: Instamojo is looking at international expansion in SE Asia, Middle East

Instamojo plans to take its payments and commerce solutions products to international markets in the coming months, in particular to emerging markets neighbouring India including Southeast Asia and the Middle-East, the company’s CEO and co-founder Akash Gehani told MediaNama. Recently, Instamojo raised an undisclosed amount through a pre-series-C round from a clutch of Japanese investors, which Gehani says will help the company focus on building its product stack, increasing its user base, growi...
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#AbuDhabi's ADQ eyes around $1 billion loan to back Louis Dreyfus deal: sources | Reuters

Abu Dhabi's ADQ eyes around $1 billion loan to back Louis Dreyfus deal: sources | Reuters Abu Dhabi state-owned ADQ is in talks with banks for a loan of about $1 billion that would back its acquisition of a 45% stake in commodities trader Louis Dreyfus Co (LDC), three sources said.ADQ said last week it had signed an agreement to acquire an indirect 45% equity stake in LDC, in what would be the first outside investment in the family-owned commodity merchant’s 169-year-old history.ADQ has been in ...
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