COVID cases rise; weekend ceremonies bring in new congressman, Honolulu mayor, council members; Mauna Kea management plan critiqued, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele displays Hilo painting in his congressional office PC:Kahele Facebook page Kai Kahele sworn in as U.S. representative, becomes the 2nd Native Hawaiian to serve in Congress. Kahele said that for his swearing-in ceremony, he used the Bible of the first Native Hawaiian congressman, the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka. Star-Advertiser.Kahele becomes second Native Hawaiian sworn into U.S. Congress.  U.S. Congressman Kaiali'i Kahele (HI-02) was sworn in Sunday as a Member of...
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100 years ago this week

A new year, a new resolution. Invisible Paris has certainly lived up to its name over the last couple of years, but it feels like a time when it would be good for all of us to be a little more visible. Exploring, wandering, researching - hell, even getting outside the house and inside other buildings – has been more complicated than we could have ever imagined in the past year, but can we still [Author: Adam]
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Brooklyn Crispy, Potts Point

Brooklyn Crispy is a brand new pizza place in Springfield Avenue in Potts Point. They serve up crispy based, thin crust pizzas for humans and for your dog. With booth seating inside and a large outdoor courtyard, you can bring your four legged best friend along for their own version of doggy pizza and doggy vino!
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20 Things in 2020 That Made it a Surprisingly Good Year

We all know that 2020 was an insanely awful year – a year we want to put behind us even if it’s one we’ll talk about for the rest of our lives. While I was certainly affected, I was also spared the worst of 2020. No one I was close to caught the virus (though my mother was in a long term care home that saw a major outbreak.) I always had food on my table, and my husband who is my best friend, was always there for me. I never had to live with my own company for months on end and I knew I could pa...
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Choice Hotels Bolsters MainStay Suites Portfolio With Largest Conversion Deal In Brand History

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) has awarded franchise agreements to Gulf Coast Hotel Management, Inc. to convert 15 MainStay Suites hotels in major markets across the U.S., the largest multi-unit transaction in the brand's history. These properties, which have already begun welcoming guests, significantly increase the brand's foothold in the midscale extended stay segment.
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Money is Not Always the Priority - The Life of a Hotel Doctor | By Mike Oppenheim

The phone rang at 3:30 a.m. An airline pilot at the Costa Mesa Hilton needed a doctor, explained the caller. Could I go?
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#SaudiArabia, #Qatar to sign U.S.-brokered deal to ease Gulf crisis - Axios

Saudi Arabia, Qatar to sign U.S.-brokered deal to ease Gulf crisis - Axios Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf countries are expected to sign an agreement on Tuesday toward ending a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf after 3½ years. The big picture:  A Saudi-led coalition severed ties with Qatar in 2017 and closed their airspace and sea routes to Qatar...
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#SaudiArabia to open borders with #Qatar to end bitter Gulf dispute | Financial Times

Saudi Arabia to open borders with Qatar to end bitter Gulf dispute | Financial Times Saudi Arabia has agreed to reopen its land, air and sea borders with Qatar in a move to end a dispute lasting more than three years that triggered an unprecedented crisis in the oil-rich Gulf and pitted US allies against each other. Kuwait, which has been mediating between the rivals, said the borders would be open from Monday evening. The rapprochement comes after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arab...
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Oil slides with U.S. stocks as OPEC+ delays output decision | Reuters

Oil slides with U.S. stocks as OPEC+ delays output decision | Reuters Oil prices slipped from multi-month highs to end more than 1% lower on the first trading day of the year after OPEC+ failed to decide on Monday whether to increase output in February and agreed to meet again on Tuesday. Brent futures settled 71 cents, or 1.4%, lower at $51.09 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 90 cents, or 1.9%, to settle at $47.62.Earlier in the session, WTI hit its highest since Fe...
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The Best of 2020: Tactics and Habits of Hospitality Insiders and World-Class Performers

What a year this has been! COVID has obviously been the big story, but personally, I took the leap and started my own company at the start of the pandemic, launched the podcast and have connected with more people in the industry than in many previous years combined. A big part of that has been because of this podcast. What started as a hobby has turned into a passion project that I look forward to doing every week. There have been too many great moments on the show this year to count but ...
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Emerging Markets Start 2021 With a Record as Dollar Stumbles - Bloomberg

Emerging Markets Start 2021 With a Record as Dollar Stumbles - Bloomberg Emerging-market currencies surged to a record high on the first trading day of 2021 as traders brushed aside the accelerating spread of the coronavirus and ditched the U.S. dollar for riskier assets.The MSCI index of exchange rates in the developing world climbed as much as 0.7% to 1,731.69, surpassing its previous record set in March 2018 before the U.S.-China trade war hobbled risk appetite. The greenback lost ground agai...
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OPEC+ producers split over oil output increase -sources | Reuters

OPEC+ producers split over oil output increase -sources | Reuters OPEC+ oil producers were split on Monday over increasing output from February as some feared a hit from new coronavirus lockdowns while Russia and Kazakhstan said demand recovery justified higher production, five OPEC+ sources said.OPEC+, which groups OPEC and other producers including Russia, began meeting at around 1500 GMT on Monday.Two OPEC+ sources told Reuters that in the meeting Russia and Kazakhstan backing raising product...
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Gulf Traders Need More Than a Thaw With #Qatar to Stoke Rally - Bloomberg

Gulf Traders Need More Than a Thaw With Qatar to Stoke Rally - Bloomberg Investors want to see more pieces of the Middle East’s geopolitical jigsaw drop into place before they give bonds in the region a fresh lift.The Gulf Cooperation Council’s annual meeting in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday is raising hopes for a thaw between Qatar on one side, and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on the other. But the market impact may be muted as investors focus on bigger concerns, includin...
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What are your 2021 travel plans?

For many years we’ve had a tradition of asking readers what their Hawaii travel plans for the new year. Though we’re still trying to navigate our way through this season of COVID-19, we thought we’d still continue this little custom. As part of this tradition, we also giveaway a desk calendar from Mike Carroll Gallery to one person. It’s a lovely desk calendar that features the prints of  the artist’s oil paintings. Here’s front of the desk calendar. Here’s the compilation of the 12 oil painti...
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Oil falls with U.S. stocks despite OPEC+ seen keeping output steady | Reuters

Oil falls with U.S. stocks despite OPEC+ seen keeping output steady | Reuters Oil prices fell from multi-month highs in volatile trade on Monday as U.S. stocks eased on concerns over the outcome of runoff elections in Georgia.The market declined despite expectations the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies will hold off on increasing output in February and optimism over a vaccine-driven economic recovery.Brent futures dropped 73 cents, or 1.4%, to $51.07 a barrel by 10:56...
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#Dubai leads gains as markets rise on higher oil | Reuters

Major Gulf stock markets finished higher on Monday amid a surge in oil prices, with Dubai outperforming the region, led by property and banking stocks.Oil prices touched multi-month highs on expectations OPEC and allied producers will cap output at current levels in February and on hopes that vaccines will curb the spread of the coronavirus. [O/R]Most OPEC+ countries would like to postpone a planned increase in oil output from February, because fuel demand is weakening amid new global lockdowns,...
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French la Vie Journey's 2021

  Thank you for your comments and emails the other day, that affirmed what I have been thinking that international travel most likely will not happen until possibly this  fall or probably later... and even if the borders open to international travel the possible  restrictions such as curfews, masks, and or limits to how many in a restaurant is not a pleasant carefree journey to hope for.     Therefore due to Covid 19 the events for French la Vie 2021 April through August, all six wonderful...
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in which i inadvertently discover a downside to working at home

I've always loved working at home. I loved it when I first started writing fiction and working as a freelance proofreader in 1985, and I loved it even more when I started writing for magazines in the mid-90s. As much as I find great satisfaction in my new career as a librarian, I've always missed the working-at-home lifestyle -- all the comfort, flexibility, and increased productivity, plus the company of my dogs, and the absence of so many annoyances.Returning to working at home was a huge silv...
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Stronger Demand Is Behind the Oil Price’s Rebound: Chart - Bloomberg

Stronger Demand Is Behind the Oil Price’s Rebound: Chart - Bloomberg The Brent crude price has bounced from about $40 per barrel in mid-2020 to more than $50, with stronger demand behind the rebound as progress on Covid-19 vaccinations promises a return to normality. Bloomberg Economics splits the change in price into demand and supply drivers and estimate that a demand pick-up accounted for $25 of the gain over the last six months. Higher supply has weighed on prices, though, subtracting ...
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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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Most OPEC+ producers oppose Feb output increase -sources | Reuters

Most OPEC+ producers oppose Feb output increase -sources | Reuters Most OPEC+ oil-producing countries oppose plans to increase output from February as winter lockdowns to contain the coronavirus choke demand, three OPEC+ sources told Reuters on Monday.OPEC+, which groups OPEC and other producers including Russia, meet on Monday, a day after OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo warned OPEC+ experts of downside risks facing the oil market.The online meeting of OPEC+ ministers is scheduled to s...
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Omni Hotels & Resorts refutes claims it misused PPP funds

Hospitality union Unite Here has called Omni Hotels & Resorts' use of millions in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding into question, claiming the luxury hotel chain has failed to rehire workers in line with PPP provisions. Omni has refuted the allegations.
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Winning in the COVID Winter with Integration | By Larry Mogelonsky

The pandemic has been a great reset button for our industry, but its long tail is only now unveiling itself. Corporate guests won't be back to their 2019 levels by at least the spring of 2021 - groups will take longer still - while many leisure guests are either hunkering down for financial reasons or because they are still fearful of viral spread. With fewer travelers overall, it's going to be a dogged fight this autumn and winter, but you can stay float if your tech stack facilitates a ...
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Blended Learning in education: 5 steps to maximize ROI | By Achim Schmitt

An overview of how EHL has developed and implemented effective blended learning models, not just to meet the recent demands of the COVID pandemic, but with a view to modernizing the possibilities of teaching in general. Dr Achim Schmitt, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, shares actionable insights on how to best maximize ROI using effective digital teaching models.
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Trends That Shaped The New Age Of Travel In 2020

2020 has been one of change, which has altered the tourism and hospitality landscape forever. Health, hygiene and social distancing have been shaping travel, with reports indicating that over 90 percent people view health and safety as a key consideration; with over 80 percent travelers gravitating towards reputed brands for their travel plans. With around 90 percent people keen to resume travel, more and more travellers have been exploring the myriad beauty of India, leading to a rise in...
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Omni Hotels & Resorts Paid Out Over $50 Million In Payroll Expenses Directly To Its Associates

A Message From Omni Hotels & Resorts' President.
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Must read blogs about COVID-19 and the hospitality industry

COVID-19 took the world by surprise and has had a drastic effect on not only the way business is done but also on how to survive. With many businesses shuttering their doors due to government-ordered lockdowns, coming up with ways to safely reopen was top on the priority list. Many hospitality professionals have been left to assess the impact that COVID-19 has had on their business as well as what protocols will need to be implemented in the future. Below you will find eight blogs that de...
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16 Really Good Things That Happened in the Travel World in 2020

2020 was a bizarre year, to say the least. We rode the waves of a pandemic, a U.S. presidential election, protests, wildfires, social change marches, travel bans, and more. And while it's easy to remember all the hardships that came with 2020 (and the noticeable lack of travel), the past year was also full of truly good news.
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The Young Hoteliers Summit explores the growing trend of travel bubbles

"The Travel Bubble is an opportunity for businesses to reopen, and a glimmer of hope for the people that life is getting back to normal." - Saulius Skvernelis, Former Prime Minister of Lithuania.
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Pino Daniele, Soul of Naples

Si ‘mmuore solo quanno ‘o munno nun s’aricorda più di te. Se no, ci si allontana solo fisicamente. “You die only when the world doesn’t remember you anymore…otherwise you only move away physically.” This quote — partly in Neapolitan and partly in Italian — appears in a video tribute to Pino Daniele, the legendary singer from Naples who passed away on 4 January 2015. Pino Daniele was the soul of Naples, featuring the ancient city in his lyrics and singing often with his sweet, distinctive voice ...
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