Visiting a Plague Church during a Pandemic - The Feast of the Madonna della Salute, Venice 2020

Madonna della Salute 2020 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) No blazing candles. No pontoon bridge. No balloons for the children, or sweets from the South of Italy. We can only imagine the discussions that went on as to how to celebrate the Feast of the Madonna della Salute this November 21st -- the day when Venice gives thanks for deliverance from the plague -- in a year restricted by a global pandemic.    Normally, thousands of Venetians pour across a pontoon bridge that stretche...
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A Japanese septuagenarian in his half-century-old restaurant

The warmth and laid back nature of this septuagenarian restaurant owner resulted in the sort of welcome one always hopes for. That lovely, and in this case immediate feeling of being completely at home in a place you have never even seen before, let alone set foot in. As the second generation chef in his family to run the business, it’s clearly something he grew up with, but still, such natural charm and good-naturedness can’t be taught. Of course cooking can be, and unsurprisingly, his skills...
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DREAMY Rhubarb, Ricotta & White Chocolate Cheesecake

Dear Reader, you simply must make this cheesecake. Rhubarb is a perennial and there's plenty of it right now. This rhubarb unbaked cheesecake is light yet beautifully creamy in texture from cream cheese, ricotta and white chocolate with a full cookie crumb crust and a layer of vanilla poached rhubarb on top. I also share one of my favourite tips for making cheesecake. I called her Millie. This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Virtual world left out of policy on universities’ international collaboration

The pandemic has underlined the need for effective research, teaching and learning through virtual platforms regardless of travel restrictions The post Virtual world left out of policy on universities’ international collaboration appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Travel, Opinion, Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, ICT, Lockdown, Pandemic, South Africa (country, COVID-19, Information And Communication Technology

Around Montmartre

Seen on a very quick visit up to Montmartre. A new metro sign. Lots of stairs around. Bread for sale in these automatic bins. This dead end street is called a villa. This ceramic cat was above a door in the villa. Isn’t he cute with that yellow leaf he is carrying?
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Guest Post: Gina Baynham

    I first came upon Corey‘s blog in 2007 accidentally as I sat in my kitchen in Australia helping my 7-year-old daughter to research a school project. The link Google brought me to was a story about gold bead necklaces  traditionally gifted to young girls in Marseille to mark special occasions as they grew up. I was captivated. For a brief moment I was unaware of my messy kitchen, the pile of laundry waiting to be done,  and young kids running around asking me to do things for them. I came b...
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#AbuDhabi Plans $122 Billion in Oil Spending to Boost Output - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi Plans $122 Billion in Oil Spending to Boost Output - Bloomberg Abu Dhabi will invest 448 billion dirhams ($122 billion) in oil and natural gas over the next five years as it seeks to raise production capacity, even while OPEC restricts its output.The Gulf emirate’s top body for energy policy, the Supreme Petroleum Council, approved the budget for Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., the state-run WAM news agency reported on Sunday. The investment plan will contribute to growth and expansion “in...
Tags: Travel, Wam, Opec, Bloomberg, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, Supreme Petroleum Council, Bloomberg Abu Dhabi

#SaudiArabia’s Acwa Power Set to Raise $1 Billion in Sukuk Sale - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power Set to Raise $1 Billion in Sukuk Sale - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power International, half-owned by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, is planning to raise about $1 billion by selling Islamic bonds early next year, according to people familiar with the matter.The company, one of the largest developers of power plants in the Middle East, has appointed the Saudi unit of HSBC Holdings Plc and Samba Capital to advise on the issuance, the people said, asking not to be...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg, Middle East, Samba, Riyadh, Jazan, HSBC Holdings Plc, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Acwa Power International, ACWA, Samba Capital, Acwa Power Set, Sukuk Sale Bloomberg Saudi Arabia, Acwa HSBC

#Qatar leads most Gulf markets higher; Egypt falls | Reuters

Most stock markets in the Middle East ended higher on Sunday, with Qatar’s index leading the gains on a rise in financial shares, while Egypt closed lower.Financial markets globally have been buoyed over the past two weeks by U.S. drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna Inc releasing encouraging news on the effectiveness of their vaccine candidates against the coronavirus.Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index added 0.1%, with Dr Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Services leaping 5.1% and real estate firm Jabal Omar Deve...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Pfizer, Gulf, Reuters, Qatar National Bank, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Industries Qatar, Dubai Islamic Bank, Commercial International Bank, Jabal Omar Development

#Qatar Third-Quarter Exports Drop 36% on Lower Energy Sale - Bloomberg

Qatar Third-Quarter Exports Drop 36% on Lower Energy Sale - Bloomberg Qatar, the world’s biggest shipper of liquefied natural gas, posted a 36% drop in third-quarter exports as the coronavirus pandemic weighed on the sale of energy products.Exports declined to 41.1 billion riyals ($11.1 billion) from 63.7 billion riyals a year ago, according to a statement from the Planning and Statistics Authority. It was “mainly due to lower exports of mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials.”The natio...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Statistics Authority, Lower Energy Sale Bloomberg, Lower Energy Sale Bloomberg Qatar and Expedia raised $4 Billion to ride out the pandemic. Only one needed it.

For travelers looking to book a flight or hotel room, and look a lot alike. Yet the two fared very differently when the coronavirus pandemic shut down travel, thanks to different strategies behind their websites.
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Maidbot, Creator of Rosie the Robot, Closes Series B Round Led by RB, the makers of Lysol

Maidbot, a company pioneering commercial service robotics, has closed a Series B round, which will accelerate production and enable deployments across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The funding is being led by RB (Reckitt Benckiser), a leading health, hygiene, and nutrition company and the makers of many world-renowned brands including Lysol, Dettol, Harpic, Finish and Mucinex.
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VistaJet is about to take delivery of its first charter-ready Bombardier Global 7500, a $70 million ultra-long-range private jet that can fly 7,700 nautical miles — see inside

A VistaJet Bombardier Global 7500. VistaJet Private aviation firm VistaJet will welcome another Bombardier Global 7500 to its fleet in January that will be available for charter after its first model was scooped up by a single client. The Global 7500 has the longest range of any aircraft in its class, and is able to fly up to 7,700 nautical miles in a single flight.  The 14-passenger configuration allows for four living spaces, including a private bedroom and office.  Visit Business Inside...
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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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"Morris lived for many years with her gravestone standing in the corner of her library, the ne plus ultra of memento moris."

"She was an inveterate traveler but also prized her house in the Welsh village of Llanystumdwy; she wrote often about its snuggly, hyggelig qualities. Death for her may be something akin to merely being in, to borrow the words of the novelist Joshua Cohen, a bed with a lid. 'I am attracted to decline, to the melancholy spectacle of things that get old and die,' Morris told Leo Lerman in a Paris Review interview. She also joked that when she departed, the headlines would read, 'Sex Change Author ...
Tags: Travel, Death, Writing, Law, Wales, Aging, Looks, Transgender, Canada, Language, William Shakespeare, Lincoln, John, Times, Jan Morris, James

#UAE banks' profits deteriorate; bad loans likely to go up | ZAWYA MENA Edition

UAE banks' profits deteriorate; bad loans likely to go up | ZAWYA MENA Edition Profits of UAE’s top banks continued to deteriorate in the second quarter of the year as interest rates and credit uptake remained low and bad loans grew amid challenging economic conditions.Total interest income of the ten largest banks in the country continued to fall for the third consecutive time by 7.7 percent quarter over quarter, while net income dropped by 3 percent due to lower interest and other operating i...
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Could the #UAE Prompt OPEC's House of Cards to Collapse? - Bloomberg

Could the UAE Prompt OPEC's House of Cards to Collapse? - Bloomberg All is not well in the house of OPEC.As the cartel’s oil ministers prepare to meet in just over a week to decide on the next step in their record-breaking output deal, officials in the United Arab Emirates, normally a loyal Saudi ally, are privately questioning the benefits of participating, and may even be considering whether to leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties.The deliberations, leaked to the press on W...
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OK, I lied

Another Beaujolais post. Ken came home from the grocery store with a new supply of Beaujolais nouveau for the coming week. Good thing. These bottles come from Super U and are sold under the store's brand. We drank the one with the purple peacock feather label (second from the left) on Saturday and it was tasty. I don't know what the peacock feather motif is all about. The grape variety used to make Beaujolais wines is gamay. Nouveau wines from Super U. The one on the right says "No ADDED sulfi...
Tags: Travel, Weather, Nouveau, Ken, WCS, Wine And Spirits, Tasha, Super U

World Cup Host #Qatar Tries to Build Its Way Out of Covid - Bloomberg

World Cup Host Qatar Tries to Build Its Way Out of Covid - Bloomberg It’s pretty much business as normal at Lusail, a half-built metropolis north of Doha’s main corniche. At least 20 cranes dot the dusty skyline as a dozen workers toil on the roof of a hotel site overlooking a new artificial island. Trucks ply around a giant mound of sand.If the coronavirus, global economic squeeze and the future of hydrocarbons are raising questions about the viability of projects across the Gulf, you’d never k...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Gulf, Lusail, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Covid Bloomberg, Host Qatar Tries

#SaudiArabia's Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group enters MSCI Global Standard Index | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Saudi Arabia's Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group enters MSCI Global Standard Index | ZAWYA MENA Edition Saudi Arabia’s largest private medical services provider, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group (HMG), will be included as a constituent of the MSCI Global Standard Index, effective 30 November 2020, according to the MSCI semi-annual Index Review.MSCI is the world’s provider of research-based indexes that cover securities from different countries and across cap sizes. The indices are a benchmark i...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain, MSCI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, HMG, Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group, MENA Edition Saudi Arabia, Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group HMG, Index Review MSCI, Nasser Al Haqbani CEO, MSCI Global Standard Index

#Saudi index leads way among little-changed Gulf markets | Reuters

Major stock markets in the Gulf were little changed on Sunday, though financial shares bolstered the Saudi index.Financial markets globally have been buoyed over the past two weeks by U.S. drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna Inc releasing encouraging news on the effectiveness of their vaccines against the coronavirus.Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index gained 0.5%, led by a 0.3% rise for Al Rajhi Bank and 1.1% increase for Saudi Telecom Company.Dubai’s main index eased 0.1, with Emaar Malls losing 2.2% and...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Pfizer, Abu Dhabi, Gulf, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Emaar Malls, Aldar Properties, Al Rajhi Bank, Moderna Inc, Saudi Telecom Company Dubai, Etisalat Qatar

New book project: Why Pandemic Hysterias Are Getting Worse

This is a placeholder post – I’ve started this publicly today (22 November 2020) but expect this project to take many months to finish. In the meantime, I’ll be uploading a current version ever few hours or days and you can come by to fetch the latest version. I would like to invite people to […]
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art in our new home

When we were in Salt Spring Island, we went to the Saturday Market, and I instantly fell in love with this man's work.  Salt Spring artist Lorne Tippett uses wine-barrel stays to create a hanging frame, and carves the designs from reclaimed wood. We splurged and bought one. It's not like we're spending money on anything else this year! It's now hanging on our covered deck. We hung it where you can also see it from inside the house. I love the shape of the wooden base; it echoes t...
Tags: Travel, Art, Personal, Indigenous Peoples, Pacific, Chris, Julie, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro, Lorne Tippett, Cluxewe

cooking with cookie!

We had a bit of excitement last week, and I realized I shared it only on Facebook. I'm sure wmtc readers want an answer to the burning question, What is Cookie up to now? This is what she's up to! She Who Cannot Be Contained must have put her paws on the kitchen counter -- I had been cooking and she was looking for morsels -- and on the way down, hit the stove, turning on a burner. The Instant Pot lid was resting on the stovetop. I was on a zoom meeting with my door shut, but Allan (who has a...
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Analysis of the covid vaccine

I’ve not had time to study this fully – given the constantly changing information – but have provided initial views both in the book, Great Hysteria and the ICC complaint. In the supplementary complaint to the ICC I might provide more info. Here are some notes: 170 infections, 162 placebo, 8 vaccine.10 severe covid cases, […]
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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-11-22

.%20 A Note From a Guest Who Stayed in the House Next Door Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland Guest Post by Rebecca Carvin aka RebeccaNYC
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