Ige opposes Kapolei casino, coronavirus hospitalizations up 38%, Kahikina named interim HART CEO, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii beach beauties ©2020 All Hawaii NewsTourism recovery not seen until summer, hotel execs say. Longtime Hawaii hotel industry executives don’t see any meaningful recovery in tourism until the summer even though the COVID-19 vaccines began getting dispersed throughout the United States this month. Star-Advertiser.Visitor arrivals in November down 77% compared to last year. Most of the visitors were from the U.S West Coast. There were 524 visitors that came from Japan. KHON2.Hawai‘i V...
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Anno Dantesco: Celebrating Dante in 2021

In 2021, Italy will commemorate the 700th anniversary of the passing of Dante Alighieri, known worldwide as the father of the Italian language.
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AMAZING Esquites or Mexican Street Corn Salad!

Do you love Mexican street corn? This Mexican street corn salad or Esquites is summery goodness in one dish. It's easy to make and requires just 5 minutes of cooking. It has a wonderful balance of cheese, fresh corn and lime and is definitely a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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If you want to travel next year, you may need a vaccine passport

Now that coronavirus vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and abroad, many people may be dreaming of the day when they can travel, shop and go to the movies again. But in order to do those activities, you may eventually need something in addition to the vaccine: a vaccine passport application.
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JetBlue has banned Lil Pump for life after the rapper refused to wear a mask on a flight

Rapper Lil Pump performs during the 2020 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images 20-year-old rapper Lil Pump has been issued a lifetime ban from JetBlue after he refused to wear a mask on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the airline said Lil Pump "became verbally abusive with crew members after being asked multiple times and refusing to comply with JetBlue's ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Los Angeles, Trends, Delta, Airlines, Donald Trump, Jetblue, Trump, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas Nevada, Barbara Smith, Ethan Miller Getty, Lil Pump, October United

Wrong-Way Bet on Covid Is Changing Oil-Trading Industry Forever - Bloomberg

Wrong-Way Bet on Covid Is Changing Oil-Trading Industry Forever - Bloomberg In January, as a mysterious illness ripped through the Chinese city of Wuhan, global oil prices plunged. Two thousand miles away in the island state of Singapore, one of the most powerful men in the world of commodities trading, Lim Oon Kuin, quietly added to his vast stockpiles of fuel – making a bet that China would successfully control the spread of the new disease.That gamble soured quickly. While China did curb the ...
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California COVID-19 Update: Stay-At-Home Order Extended In San Joaquin Valley, SoCal

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — Stay-at-home orders in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions, where ICU units are running out of beds, were extended on Tuesday after Gov. Gavin Newsom warned residents to brace for the effect of a “surge on top of a surge” of coronavirus cases from holiday travel. The order will remain in place as ICU capacity in both regions was at 0 percent, according to California’s top public health official Dr. Mark Ghaly on Tuesday. That means 23 of the state’s 58 ...
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Reducing Friction and Elevating the Guest Experience in Hotels | By Rick Garlick

Even prior to COVID-19, the travel experience has always had it stress points, commonly referred to as 'friction.' Friction occurs anytime a customer is frustrated, uncomfortable, confused, angry, impatient, or simply has to expend much more effort than they expected.
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Art and More

Some photos taken on Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V. I was looking for Christmas decorations mainly. The lobby of the George V Hotel. It’s the first time I’ve seen trees as decorations there. Trying a photo from the ground which seems a bit more dramatic to me. The Dior store which had a really lovely tree on its facade last year is undergoing renovation but is covered by this really nice facade so as not to be ugly. Chanel looks nice too. There were about ...
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I don’t believe in blind idealism: An interview with Katarzyna Boni

Is it possible to bring a utopia to life? When searching for an ideal world, do we part with reality or maybe give it a new shape? And is creating alternative realities something only cult leaders do? Stasia Budzisz discussed these and other questions with Katarzyna Boni, whose reportage Auroville: The City Made of Dreams was published in Polish in June 2020.Stasia Budzisz: You came across one of the communities of Auroville, the city of the future, by accident in 2009. You knew nothing about it...
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My op-ed in The Australian today – demolishing the covid hysteria and lockdowns

My op-ed in today’s Australian. Key points: 1) Sweden’s 2-yr average death rate will likely be the second lowest in ten years. This has been a “bad flu” but less lethal than the Hong Kong flu. 2) Lockdowns have only been used once in 500 years: for Ebola, and were not effective even for it. […]
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This Mercedes-Benz Sprinter camper van conversion that can sleep 6 skyrocketed in popularity amid the pandemic - see inside the $68,900 Doc Holiday

An 144-inch Doc Holiday with add-ons. Off Highway Vans Off Highway Van created the Doc Holiday, a customizable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter camper van.The van can accommodate up to six people, making it a good camper van for families with children, according to Off Highway Van's co-founder Seth Riddle.The Doc Holiday has skyrocketed in popularity amid the pandemic as more families started opting for road trips instead of international travels.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Off...
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American Airlines just completed the Boeing 737 Max's first passenger flight in the US since March 2019

An American Airlines' Boeing 737 Max 8. American Airlines flew the first scheduled passenger flight in 21 months of the Boeing 737 Max in the US on Tuesday from Miami to New York.  The uneventful flight marked the beginning of a new chapter for the aircraft that aims to restore confidence from the traveling public.  Airlines like American are eager to get the plane flying to take advantage of its economics and get the grounding behind them. The aircraft was grounded for 20 months fol...
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Hyatt Celebrates the Opening of the First Five UrCove Hotels in China

Hyatt today announced that UrCove, the new hospitality brand developed under a joint venture between Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Hotel Group affiliates, opened its first five properties - UrCove Shanghai Jing'an, UrCove Shanghai Lujiazui EXPO, UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang, UrCove Chengdu City Center and UrCove Nanjing South Railway Station.
Tags: Travel, China, Shanghai, Hyatt, BTG Homeinns Hotel Group, Shanghai Lujiazui EXPO, Shanghai Wujiaochang UrCove Chengdu City Center

Ambani Sold a Tech Dream for $27 Billion. Now He Has to Deliver - Bloomberg

Ambani Sold a Tech Dream for $27 Billion. Now He Has to Deliver - Bloomberg Mukesh Ambani spent much of 2020 convincing Facebook Inc., Google and a clutch of Wall Street heavyweights to buy into his vision for one of the world’s most ambitious corporate transformations.Now flush with $27 billion in fresh capital, Asia’s richest man is under pressure to deliver.The 63-year-old Indian tycoon is focused on a handful of priorities as he tries to turn Reliance Industries Ltd. from an old-economy cong...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, Bloomberg, Reliance, Reliance Industries Ltd, Mukesh Ambani, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Ambani, Facebook Inc Google

Middle East, Europe airports suffer biggest losses due to COVID-19 | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Middle East, Europe airports suffer biggest losses due to COVID-19 | ZAWYA MENA Edition Airports in the Middle East and Europe have suffered the worst losses due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, with total passenger numbers for the whole 2020 expected to register the biggest decline of nearly three quarters, according to an analysis.“Europe and the Middle East are forecast to be the two most impacted regions with declines above 70 percent compared to the projected baseline,” Airports Counc...
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Delta canceled over 300 flights just before Christmas after Thanksgiving travel saw a similar number of issues, revealing a troubling trend for the airline

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 767. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty Delta Air Lines reported canceling 325 flights in the days leading up to Christmas, which was the busiest travel season of the pandemic. A perfect storm of bad weather and a lack of pilots forced Delta to cancel the flights over a three-day period starting December 23.  Thanksgiving similarly saw over 600 flight cancellations at the airline, revealing a trend of poor performance during the holidays.  Visit Business Insider's hom...
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#SaudiArabia Wealth Fund Starts Private Security Firm - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Wealth Fund Starts Private Security Firm - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund started a firm to provide private security services in the kingdom as part of efforts to diversify its business.The National Security Services Co., also known as SAFE, “will focus on providing security services that include security consulting, security solutions, training and development, and a range of specialized services,” the Public Investment Fund said on its website. It didn’t provide fi...
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#Dubai's Majid Al Futtaim forays into Uzbekistan | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Dubai's Majid Al Futtaim forays into Uzbekistan | ZAWYA MENA Edition Dubai’s retail giant Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) is expanding into Uzbekistan with the opening of a new grocery store in the country’s capital.The first Carrefour outlet in Tashkent, which promises to offer more than 16,000 food and non-food products, marks a major milestone in the brand’s regional expansion, a statement issued on Tuesday said.It is the latest addition to MAF’s overseas portfolio, which includes VOX cinemas in Saudi...
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#Saudi, #Dubai lead broader regional gains on higher oil | Reuters

Saudi, Dubai lead broader regional gains on higher oil | Reuters Saudi and Dubai shares closed higher on Tuesday as most regional markets gained in line with global stocks, as hopes of fresh U.S. stimulus teed up a strong end to the year for riskier assets.Oil rose as the United States moved towards expanding pandemic aid payments, potentially spurring fuel demand and stimulating economic growth. [O/R]Prospects of the relief package, however, kept the dollar near a 2-1/2-year low as investors we...
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26 Business Review Sites Where Customers Rate You

Business review sites are an essential part of the customer buying journey today. Purchasers make snap decisions about a firm simply by reading business reviews — without ever calling your company, setting foot in your store or visiting your website. What is your presence like on review sites? Have you found all the sites where customers review your business? Are the reviews mostly positive? Managing your presence is called online reputation management and it’s something you should be doing on ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, UK, Shutterstock, Sales, Linkedin, United States, Customer, Tripadvisor, Better Business Bureau, Bing, Yelp, Yellow Pages, Homeadvisor, Opentable

Amtrak Guide: How to Buy an Amtrak Ticket Plus A Few Insider Tips

Whether you want to book a cross-country trip on Amtrak or simply ride the train from Orlando, Florida to Charleston, NC, the process to buy an Amtrak ticket is easy.  There are three different ways you can purchase your train ticket.  Three Easy Ways to Read More The post Amtrak Guide: How to Buy an Amtrak Ticket Plus A Few Insider Tips appeared first on .
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#Dubai, Switzerland, London: How the #UAE became a smuggling hub for 'blood gold' | Middle East Eye

Dubai, Switzerland, London: How the UAE became a smuggling hub for 'blood gold' | Middle East Eye Shoppers walk past a jewellery shop in Dubai's Gold Souk in May 2020 (AFP) There are no mines under Dubai's sands with artisanal miners or children toiling away trying to strike gold. But there is the Dubai Gold Souk and refineries that vie with the largest global operations as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) strives to expand its position as a major gold hub. In recent years, the UAE,...
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Emirates ' President discusses retirement and the A380 fleet - Airline Ratings

Emirates ' President discusses retirement and the A380 fleet - Airline Ratings Emirates President Sir Tim Clark Emirates chief, Sir Tim Clark, says the airline industry will bounce back strongly and his airline is planning for that recovery.In an exclusive two-part interview, Sir Tim outlines his thoughts. In the second part, to be published on Wednesday, December 30, Sir Tim talks about premium economy, the A380 saga, and the 777X.AR: Is anyone surprised that you are still Emira...
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With Pandemic Raging, London Homeless Take Shelter in Hotels for a While

There were a few places Roland Le felt comfortable sleeping in London: the doorway of shops he knew were closed and a wooded area near the city's canal. Still, Mr. Le, who became homeless after he lost his job as a cleaner during the pandemic, never quite relaxed.
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These Hotels Are Ringing in the New Year With Covid-Safe Parties, But Who’s Booking a Stay?

If you need confetti-spraying machines, free-flowing champagne and noisy concert halls to help you mark the start of a new year, New Year's Eve 2020 probably won't be for you. With Dr. Fauci and the CDC explicitly advising against mass gatherings in the U.S., the revelry will be a bit more restrained this December 31st.
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London Will See A Bumper Crop Of New Luxury Hotels In 2021

"London opens to you like a novel itself… It is divided into chapters, the chapters into scenes, the scenes into sentences; it opens to you like a series of rooms, doors and passages. Mayfair to Piccadilly to Soho to the Strand," writes Anna Quindlen in Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City
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Why Hotel Brands Are Joining the In-Housing Trend in 2021

Much like the rest of the travel industry, hotel executives are well aware that a new calendar year won't magically bring about a complete rebound from the hardships of the pandemic. To survive until that recovery arrives, they've gotten creative with their offerings, pitching drive-to destinations, day passes for work spaces, and even selling their...
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#UAE's new airline set to launch flights on January 15 - Arabianbusiness

UAE's new airline set to launch flights on January 15 - Arabianbusiness Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will take off on its inaugural flight on January 15 destined for Athens, it was announced on Tuesday.The Greek capital is one of two destinations announced by the budget carrier, with flights also scheduled to take off from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Thessaloniki, from February 4 – flights to Athens will run on Mondays and Fridays; while the Thessaloniki route will operate on Thursdays and Sundays....
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A historic oil price collapse, with worries headed into 2021 | Reuters

A historic oil price collapse, with worries headed into 2021 | Reuters This year was like no other for oil prices.Even as global prices end the year at about $51 a barrel, near the average for 2015-2017, it masks a year of volatility. In April, U.S. crude plunged deep into negative territory and Brent dropped below $20 per barrel, slammed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a price war between oil giants Saudi Arabia and Russia.The remainder of 2020 was spent recovering from that drop as the pandemic d...
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