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Tokyo drunk and indifference

Total oblivion and the completely oblivious.
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DELICIOUS Sri Lankan Devilled Curried Potatoes {VEGAN}

Looking for an easy, flavour packed way to cook and serve potatoes? These Sri Lankan potatoes are so full of flavour but are deceptively easy. They are cooked with onion, curry spices and curry leaves and finished off with some coconut cream. If you have some leftover boiled potatoes this also works well and this is a vegan recipe too. This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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The Prettiest Entrance in Paris

Not too far from the Eiffel Tower on Avenue Rapp is a gorgeous building in the Art Nouveau style built in the late 1800’s by an architect named Lavirotte. I wasn’t too far away the other day and decided to get another look. Here it is. Pretty elaborate and over the top. Closer. Once I was here as a lady came out and I went inside to look at the entrance lobby which turned out to be rather plain to my surprise. Note her fox stole, at least I think that’s what it is. Surely not ...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Architecture, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Rapp, Art Nouveau, Exterior, Lavirotte


Despite Calls To Stay Home For Thanksgiving, US Air Travel Sets Pandemic-Era Record

(CNN/CBS13) — The number of travelers passing through airport security checkpoints in the United States reached its highest level since mid-March on Wednesday despite urging from federal health officials for Americans to spend Thanksgiving at home. In a pandemic-era record, more than 1 million people passed through security at America’s airports on the day before Thanksgiving. That number is just 40% of last year’s passenger volume on the same day when 2,602,631 people were screened. The US Cent...
Tags: Travel, Business, News, Thanksgiving, US, America, Cnn, United States, Tsa, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, Airlines for America, Cable News Network Inc, WarnerMedia Company, Coronavirus, Stay Home For Thanksgiving US Air Travel


Mideast Stocks-Major markets log weekly gains on vaccine hopes | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks-Major markets log weekly gains on vaccine hopes | ZAWYA MENA Edition Abu Dhabi shares ended lower on Thursday but all major Gulf markets managed weekly gains, riding on a rally fuelled by optimism around COVID-19 vaccine developments.Financial markets globally have gained in most sessions over the past couple of weeks as U.S. drugmakers Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc, and British firm AstraZeneca released positive data on the effectiveness of their vaccine candidates.Investors are opt...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, Astrazeneca, Abu Dhabi, Gulf, Pfizer Inc, Air Arabia, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Dubai Islamic Bank, National Commercial Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Moderna Inc, Qatar Commercial Bank, Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Services Group


BP to Invest More in Middle East’s ‘World-Leading’ Oil Fields - Bloomberg

BP to Invest More in Middle East’s ‘World-Leading’ Oil Fields - Bloomberg BP Plc said it will invest more money in Middle Eastern oil and natural-gas fields even as it transitions to renewable energy and tries to lower emissions.The company is a major producer in countries such as Iraq, where it operates the world’s third-largest oil field of Rumaila, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. It’s focusing on their low-cost oil, while also boosting output of gas, according to Stephen Willis, BP’s senio...
Tags: Travel, Iraq, Bloomberg, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bp, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Middle Eastern, Willis, Rumaila, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bloomberg BP Plc, Stephen Willis BP


Italy’s covid experience was not particularly different to its previous “bad flu” years

Italy’s performance has been a big mystery – and I’ve not had time to study it. This is a placeholder post on this topic. Italy has been a mystery but Wolfgang Wodarg has provided some helpful clues (this is from May 2020). I'm also compiling a blog post on Italy's covid experience – do send […]
Tags: Travel, Current Affairs, Italy, Wolfgang Wodarg


#Qatar Inks Deal for Minority Stake in Turkish Stock Exchange - Bloomberg

Qatar Inks Deal for Minority Stake in Turkish Stock Exchange - Bloomberg Qatar announced on Thursday a series of high-profile investments in Turkey, its biggest ally in a years-long rift with Gulf heavyweights Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, including the purchase of a stake in the country’s main bourse.Doha-based sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with its Turkish counterpart known as TWF to purchase a 10% stake in Borsa Istanbul AS....
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Qatar Investment Authority, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Doha, Gulf, Ankara, Hamad al Thani, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bloomberg Qatar, Turkish Stock Exchange Bloomberg


Oil rally stalls on signs of more supply, demand doubts | Reuters

Oil rally stalls on signs of more supply, demand doubts | Reuters Oil slipped from seven-month highs on Thursday as signs of growing supplies helped to halt a rally driven by optimism that COVID-19 vaccines will revive fuel demand. Brent futures had risen to nearly $50 a barrel this week after three major pharmaceutical companies announced progress on vaccines that could start to be rolled out before the end of the year.But Brent was down 74 cents, or 1.5%, at $47.87 a barrel by 1650 GMT on Thur...
Tags: Travel, Reuters, Reuters Oil, Avtar Sandu, Phillip Futures, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Steinbeck’s Salty Turkey and Thanksgiving in Amalfi

As an expat, holidays are always a bit different from what they once were. You can recreate traditions, but without the familiar places and, most of all, the familiar faces of family and friends, the holiday can feel quite flat. Of course, there are new families created and friends found, but it’s never the same. The holiday that feels the most that way to me is Thanksgiving, since it doesn’t exist here in Italy. Even though they have a name for it–Giorno del Ringraziamento–it’s just the fo...
Tags: Travel, Thanksgiving, Lifestyle, America, Italy, John, Harper, Amalfi Coast, Liz, Amalfi, Positano, Johnny, John Steinbeck, Steinbeck, Praiano, Seuss


Cutting the 14-day quarantine to five days is welcome news for the UK Travel & Tourism sector, says WTTC

The UK government's latest move that will slash the travel quarantine lockdown if passengers test negative on the fifth day, will provide a much-needed economic boost and is a step towards reviving international travel, says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
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'Devastating and unrelenting' COVID-19 crisis will cost airlines $157 billion, says IATA

More huge losses are looming for the airline industry as carriers brace for the COVID-19 crisis to extend well into 2021.
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Thanks Giving

For many of you, this is a very unusual Thanksgiving. It certainly is for my mother and family given that it is the first time my mother is celebrating alone, not preparing her cherished feast, nor having to chase my brother Marty from biting off the turkey cookies’ heads, though I bet she is secretly happy not to have had to make those pesky cookies... and at the same time wishing without a doubt that my brother Marty would run in and eat every single turkey cookie. My brother is in the h...
Tags: Travel, Marty, French la Vie


STR: Canada hotel results for week ending 21 November

STR data for 15-21 November 2020 showed flat occupancy from the previous week for Canada's hotel industry.
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Pandemic to Prompt Rise in UK Hotel Insolvencies According to Webinar Experts

Hotel insolvencies caused by the pandemic are likely to increase through 2021 according to experts speaking at a global webinar held 24 November organized by HVS, AlixPartners, Bird & Bird and EP Magazine.
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Notes from the Internet Governance Forum: Is Net Neutrality essential or harmful during disasters?

Should Net Neutrality be undermined during natural disasters to free up bandwidth and increase access to more “essential” services? Net Neutrality regulations around the world frequently have exemptions for emergency situations. This is the case even in India, which has arguably the strongest Net Neutrality regulations in the world; regulations make an exception for emergency circumstances, but don’t elaborate on what can be done in such situations, such as pandemics. Indian telcos asked the Tel...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Europe, News, Net Neutrality, France, India, European Union, South Africa, United Nations, Korea, Gupta, Nikhil Pahwa, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Tual, Anriette Esterhuysen


4 Reasons GOPPAR Should Be on Your List of KPIs | By David Eisen

With the pandemic still raging and hotel operations still in flux, hoteliers are still left figuring out what to do next. Churning out profit in the age of COVID is a Herculean task, but consulting the right data can be a step in the right direction.
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Delta launches the first quarantine-free travel from the US to Europe, thanks to a new testing program that reduces infection chances on a flight to '1 in a million'

Noam Galai/Getty Images Delta is trialing a new testing program that will allow passengers to travel to Europe without quarantine. The airline is piloting the scheme on flights between Rome and Atlanta from December alongside Italian airline Alitalia. Passengers will have to take two COVID-19 tests before boarding the plane in the US, and another one upon arrival in Italy. If the Delta flights are 60% full and the tests are combined with other protective measures, the risk of COVID-19 inf...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, White House, US, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Eu, Rome, Delta Airlines, Tourism, Italy, Delta, Transport, Aviation


U.S Flips to Positive Hotel Profit as Europe Backslides

The U.S. in October shed the ignominy of being the only global region to have not recorded a positive month of profitability since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country finally reached gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) above $0, but at $5.43, it was still down 95.5% compared to the same time last year.
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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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Thanksgiving Week Special: A Recipe For Amazing Customer Service | By Shep Hyken

As we approach Thanksgiving, I can't stop thinking about turkey and stuffing—and all the different ways to prepare them.
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Austrians and Swiss go off-piste in Christmas skiing Covid row

Germany, Italy and France in favour of resorts closures amid third-wave Covid fearsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernments are at odds over a Europe-wide plan to bar ski holidays over Christmas and new year, with Germany, Italy and France in favour but Austria and Switzerland reluctant to damage a sector worth billions to their economies.The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Thursday joined Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, and the French president, Emman...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Ski Resorts, Skiing Holidays, Emmanuel Macron, Antonio Conte, Germany Italy, Giuseppe Conte, Coronavirus


Europe at odds over plan to ban Christmas ski holidays amid pandemic

Germany, Italy and France in favour of resort closures but Austria and Switzerland fear economic damageCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernments are at odds over a Europe-wide plan to bar ski holidays over Christmas and new year, with Germany, Italy and France in favour but Austria and Switzerland reluctant to damage a sector worth billions to their economies.The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Thursday joined Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, and the Fre...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Ski Resorts, Skiing Holidays, Emmanuel Macron, Antonio Conte, Germany Italy, Giuseppe Conte, Coronavirus


Event Announcement: Children and Privacy on the Internet; Dec 9 #Ad

MediaNama invites you to apply to attend a discussion on Children and Privacy on the Internet, being hosted on December 9 (Wednesday), starting 2:00 pm IST. This is an online session, and a link will be shared with confirmed participants. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed for increased usage of digital services by children, whether it is educational apps, games, or streaming video. Our discussion will focus on some of the privacy issues around children’s usage of the Internet, especially in the c...
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Unacademy raises funds from Tiger Global, Dragoneer Investment

Edtech platform Unacademy raised fresh investment from Tiger Global Management and Dragoneer Investment Group, which took its valuation to $2 billion, the company announced in a press release on Wednesday. It did not reveal the exact amount of capital it raised in the round, but TechCrunch pegged the round to be between $75 million to $100 million. In September, Softbank had invested $150 million in the edtech platform. In February, the platform had raised $110 million from General Atlantic, Seq...
Tags: Travel, News, Education, Youtube, Softbank, Funding, US, Tiger Global Management, Dragoneer Investment Group, Delhi High Court, Byju, Unacademy, Whitehat Jr, Aniruddha Malpani, BlackRock Sands Capital, Pradeep Poonia


NPCI raises ₹81.64 crore equity capital from 19 new shareholders

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) raised ₹81.64 crore worth of equity capital from 19 new investors for a total stake of 4.63% in the umbrella retail payments organisation, it said in a press release. In September this year, the NPCI’s board of directors decided to and broaden its investor base by offering to sell equity shares to 131 new entities. However, only 19 of these new investors have bought the shares on offer through a private placement route, the NPCI said. “We are e...
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South Korea’s information watchdog fines Facebook for sharing data without consent: Reports

South Korea’s information watchdog on Wednesday fined Facebook Inc 6.7 billion won ($6.1 million) for sharing the personal information of South Koreans, without their consent, to other companies, reported Reuters and Yonhap News Agency.  The Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) said Facebook had shared the personal data of 3.3 million users, out of its 18 million users in the country, violating its personal information law. Specifically, the violation at play here is when users l...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, South Korea, News, Commission, Personal Data, Data Protection, Reuters, Facebook Inc, Facebook Ireland Ltd, Korea Communications Commission South Korea, PIPC


#Saudi, #AbuDhabi Wealth Funds Team Up on Egyptian Drugmaker Deal - Bloomberg

Saudi, Abu Dhabi Wealth Funds Team Up on Egyptian Drugmaker Deal - Bloomberg Two of the biggest sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East are exploring a joint bid for an Egyptian pharmaceutical company, a deal that could mark the beginning of wider co-investment plans between the two state-controlled firms, people familiar with the matter said.Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and ADQ, formerly known as Abu Dhabi Development Holding Co., are weighing the purchase of Bausch Health Cos.’s Cai...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg, Egypt, Middle East, Abu Dhabi, Pif, Cairo, Gulf, Bausch, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Public Investment Fund, Louis Dreyfus Co, Abu Dhabi Development Holding Co, ADQ, Bausch Health Cos


#UAE's flydubai starts Dubai-Tel Aviv services after detente | Reuters

UAE's flydubai starts Dubai-Tel Aviv services after detente | Reuters United Arab Emirates airline flydubai started direct passenger flights to Israel on Thursday after the two countries normalised ties in a Washington-brokered deal.Israel and the UAE agreed in August to establish diplomatic relations, paving the way for economic cooperation. Bahrain and Sudan have also agreed to forge formal ties with Israel in deals brokered by the Trump administration and promoted as a strategic Middle East s...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Israel, Tel Aviv, Middle East, Dubai, Sudan, Bahrain, Uae, Trump, Reuters, Reuters United Arab Emirates, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Dubai Tel Aviv, Iran Dubai


MIDEAST DEBT-Gulf bonds likely to set new record in 2021 amid budget squeeze | Reuters

MIDEAST DEBT-Gulf bonds likely to set new record in 2021 amid budget squeeze | Reuters International debt sales from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council are likely to notch another record year in 2021 as governments need to fill wider deficits and corporates look to grab money on the cheap amid low rates.The oil-rich region saw a second consecutive year of record international bonds, topping $100 billion, as issuers’ finances were battered by the COVID-19 pandemic along with low oil prices, ...
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