Hawaii all-mail balloting deemed a success, more money earmarked for public schools, 20% of traffic tickets go unpaid, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Voters line up in Hilo on Nov. 3, 2020 ©2021 All Hawaii NewsCommission sees election success in all-mail balloting. Despite a 2020 general election when some Oahu polls closed almost four hours late and some Hilo voters spent three hours in line, the state Elections Commission is sending the Legislature a rosy review in its required biennial evaluation of the conduct of the election. West Hawaii Today.=====Gov. Ige says DOE’s budget shortfall is $123M less than feared, but teachers unio...
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The Bravest Flower

  Violets. The bravest little flower dares to bloom before spring announces itself Receives a white winter coat and a heavy tiara of raindrop diamonds,  Blooming purple with a note of glee. Here I am, such a tender little flower reminding me of faithfulness against the odds, courage with grace.                     [Author: French la Vie]
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Restaurant Leo, Sydney

Restaurant Leo is a modern Italian restaurant in the beating heart of Sydney's CBD. The chefs are Federico Zanellato and Karl Firla of Lumi Dining and Oscillate Wildly and there are some must order dishes that you simply have to try!
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Oil falls on China's COVID-19 cases, high crude build | Reuters

Oil falls on China's COVID-19 cases, high crude build | Reuters Oil prices settled lower on Friday, weighed down by a build in U.S. crude inventories and worries that new pandemic restrictions in China will curb fuel demand in the world’s biggest oil importer.Brent crude futures fell 69 cents to settle at $55.41 a barrel, for a 0.4% change on the week.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 86 cents, or 1.6%, settling at $52.27, nearly unchanged from the beginning of the week.Overa...
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Aimbridge Hospitality's Lifestyle Division, Evolution Hospitality, to Manage New Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Evolution Hospitality, the lifestyle division of Aimbridge Hospitality, the leading, global, third-party hotel management company, has opened and is managing the 105-room Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento.
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As Covid cases spike, #Dubai works to keep its economy open | The Guardian ht @frankkanedubai

As Covid cases spike, Dubai works to keep its economy open | Dubai | The Guardian Evening view of the Dubai International Financial Centre in the emirate’s bustling financial and business district.  Photograph: Urbanmyth/Alamy As if the Boohoo online fashion company had not generated enough controversy in recent months, its bosses once again found themselves in the headlines last week for hosting a four-day meeting with suppliers in the luxurious surroundings of a Dubai hotel.The...
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Kuaishou Is Said to Draw BlackRock, #AbuDhabi to $6 Billion IPO - Bloomberg

Kuaishou Is Said to Draw BlackRock, Abu Dhabi to $6 Billion IPO - Bloomberg Kuaishou Technology, the Chinese short-video startup, has attracted BlackRock Inc. and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as cornerstone investors in its Hong Kong initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.Capital Group Cos. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board also committed to buy stock in the offering, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. Kua...
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Biden just signed an executive order that mandates mask-wearing while flying and utilizing most forms of mass transit

Then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds up a face mask at The Queen theater on October 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday requiring air passengers wear masks. Airports and commercial aircraft are included, as well as other modes of transport including trains. New testing requirements to enter the US from abroad are also being reviewed.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Preside...
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A Glimmer of Hope Amidst a Hemorrhage | By Crocker Liu

Prices of hotels along the east coast continue to drop, although the rate of decline has moderated. Hotels on the west coast enjoyed positive price momentum, both on a quarter-over-quarter or year-over-year basis. Hotels in gateway cities exhibited poorer price performance than those in non-gateway cities. Our moving average trendlines and standardized unexpected price performance metrics indicate a positive price reversal for large hotels, while the hemorrhaging continues for small hotel...
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I was hesitant about Vegas resorts during the pandemic, but The Wynn Las Vegas impressed me with its strictly enforced COVID protocols and suite-like standard rooms

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. The Wynn Las Vegas is a popular, high-end resort on the Las Vegas Strip.The property, which includes sister hotel Encore, features a casino, spa, restaurants, theaters, and more.I was impressed by my entry-level room for $149 per night, which felt more like a luxury suite.Read more: Is it safe to stay in a hotel right now? An infectious disease doctor, a cleaning expert, and hotel reps ...
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American Airlines will now deliver wine to your door, and you can get air miles for every dollar spent. A 3-bottle monthly subscription costs $100.

American Airlines American Airlines is launching a wine delivery service. Members of American's loyalty program will earn two miles per dollar spent on each order. You can choose a pre-selected box of mixed wines, build your own box, or buy a $100-a-month subscription for three bottles. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. American Airlines is the latest industry giant to start selling its onboard food and drink to people stuck at home during the pandemic.The airline is lau...
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Iran Says It’s Reviving Oil Output to Pre-Sanctions Levels - Bloomberg

Iran Says It’s Reviving Oil Output to Pre-Sanctions Levels - BloombergIran has started ramping up its oil production and expects to reach pre-sanctions levels in one to two months, Deputy Oil Minister Amir Hossein Zamaninia said.The oil market will be able to accommodate Iran’s maximum oil output of around 3.9 million to 4 million barrels a day, Zamaninia told reporters on the sidelines of an oil conference in Tehran on Friday. Subject to punitive U.S. sanctions, the country is barely pumping ar...
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The Top 22 Airbnbs On Amelia Island for a Relaxing Vacation

There's an easy way to find the perfect Airbnb in Amelia Island, Florida. Here are some of our favourite picks. You can read the original article here: The Top 22 Airbnbs On Amelia Island for a Relaxing Vacation. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel - Trekking and Hiking Tours in Europe | Mountain Hiking | Adventure Travel Blog
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#Saudi reactions to Biden’s inauguration - ht @RiyadhBureau @ahmed

Saudi reactions to Biden’s inauguration - Riyadh Bureau The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States was featured on the front pages of all Saudi newspapers Thursday, with commentary ranging from sadness over Trump’s departure to cautiously welcoming the new administration and hoping that it would maintain the close ties forged in recent years. Here is a selection of linked articles and translated passages from the Saudi press in recent days:Abdulrahman al-Rashed,...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Haleakala, Maui

Mahalo to Tracey Clinton for sharing this Maui shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Tracey’s shot is of the dormant volcano Haleakala, which is a popular place to watch sunrise. Standing at just over 10,000 feet above sea level, Haleakala is Maui’s tallest peak and the third highest peak in the state of Hawaii. Not only is Haleakala tall, its width makes up the vast majority of land on the island. Take a look at the following map from the USGS that notes Haleakala. The island of Maui is mainly...
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Rice and Shine

Growing up in the age of internet anxiety, there was an intense, irrational fear of the unknown lurking in the depths of the Worldwide Web. I vividly remember stern warnings from teachers when we first climbed into chairs in the computer lab, the information superhighway at our fingertips. We were coached from day one to guard our privacy ferociously; never give out your real name, so much your phone number or, god forbid, you address, under threat of death or torture. Now here we are in 2021, m...
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Remington Hotels Announces New Management Agreement With New York Laguardia Airport Marriott

Remington Hotels, a leading third-party management company, has assumed management of the New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott in East Elmhurst, New York.
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Vaccine passports essential for resumption of international travel

The World Tourism Organisation says international coordination, standardised certification and harmonised testing protocols all needed for safe travel to restartVaccine passports must become essential travel documents in order to restart international tourism.The recommendation comes from the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, which met in Madrid this week to discuss measures to ensure the safe resumption of international travel. It called for international health and travel bodies to step up the ...
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Something I Saw Online and Thought Was Funny

France We wear masks it is not political. everyone six years of age and older must. Not just in shops. Masks are worn the second before you step outside. Children wear masks all day in school. You must use hand sanitizer before going into any shop. Some masks make my glasses fog up, if I take my glasses off I cannot see. Lesson learned: check that glasses don't fog up when wearing a new mask and before going outside. Bars, cafes, restaurants have been closed since October. If you thought findin...
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Ace of Hearts But No Free Ride

  I spoke to my brother today a few words that said so much solemnly how does one live with suffering  pain a terminal illness one that challenges  every cell and thought without end- is it faith courage or because living has its grip and wondering why is exhausting and doesn't give you a free ride. ---- Your prayers are deeply appreciated for peace of mind, heart, and body.                     [Author: French la Vie]
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What About Love

     little by little however we can receiving and giving big gulps handfuls whenever however freely i Gotta do it make the step stay focused on that love absurd love overdose Without measure                       [Author: French la Vie]
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Bundled up Yum-Yum

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Flowers for Peace

                Daily Dose D300   I started a daily flower post due to the upheaval that Covid19 and the election was stirring and filling up my FB page with sadness.   I thought why not add a flower amongst it all to give breathing space.   Naively, I did not think I would be posting 300 days of flowers in a row.   There have been times I would have rather added my two cents instead of adding a flower. There have been times that a flower seemed dim compared to the darkness that circle...
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Steeple chase

I find that, sometimes, taking the color out of a photo makes it better. Not that there was much color in this image to begin with. These are steeples and the bell tower at Fontevraud abbey. The sky and the slate roofs came out with a blue tint. Just toning down the blue didn't do much for me, so I took all the color out, adjusted the contrast a little, and I like the shot much better. Steeples, Fontevraud abbey, September 2003. When I first switched over to digital photography, I used Adobe...
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Many Pieces Picassiette

Picassiette Dresser was seen at a brocante a few years ago.  "The name comes from the French Pique-Assiette, meaning “one who eats from others’ plates, or one who steals other plates”. This is a very loosely used translation of the French words. face Pique Assiette is a style of mosaic that incorporates pieces of broken ceramics—plates, dishes, cups, tiles — and other found objects into the design. The appeal and expressiveness of pique assiette lie in the ideas of lateral thinking, humor, rec...
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Global hospitality leaders launch coalition to accelerate gender equality at highest industry levels

Some of the world's leading hoteliers and hospitality academics have joined forces to launch a pioneering initiative that aims to accelerate the path to improved gender equality in higher level positions across the industry, in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 5.
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Preferred Hotels & Resorts Enhances I Prefer Hotel Rewards Benefits Through Introduction of Limited-Time Biddable Travel Experiences

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest independent hotel brand, has unveiled a new benefit for valued members of its I Prefer Hotel Rewards program with the introduction of I Prefer Auction s - a limited-time bidding initiative that provides an exciting, fresh way to use points earned during past travels to purchase future one-of-a-kind hotel experiences. Exclusive to I Prefer members, the pilot launch runs from today through February 3 and comprises a hand-picked selection of ex...
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Industry Leaders Predict Hospitality Recovery Is Likely to Start During the Second Half of 2021

HVS and The Lodging Conference hosted a webinar on January 14, 2021, that provided insights on what lies ahead for the hospitality industry in 2021. A truly distinguished group of hospitality executives shared their perspectives on the changing hotel landscape, along with their thoughts on navigating this unprecedented time. With more than 3,700 people registered for the webinar, participants heard from leaders across the industry.Rod Clough, President, HVS Americas, began the session wit...
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Oil drops 1% as China's surging COVID-19 cases trigger clampdowns | Reuters

Oil drops 1% as China's surging COVID-19 cases trigger clampdowns | ReutersOil prices fell on Friday, retreating further from 11-month highs hit last week, weighed down by worries that new pandemic restrictions in China will curb fuel demand in the world’s biggest oil importer.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures dropped 65 cents, or 1.2%, to $52.48 a barrel at 0740 GMT, after slipping 18 cents on Thursday.Brent crude futures fell 58 cents, or 1.03%, to $55.52 a barrel, erasing a 2 c...
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Mediclinic says Q3 revenue up on "unseasonably high" inpatient activity | Reuters

Mediclinic says Q3 revenue up on "unseasonably high" inpatient activity | Reuters:Hospital operator Mediclinic International posted a 2.5% rise in third-quarter revenue on Friday, citing “unseasonably high” inpatient activity in December in southern Africa and the Middle East.The company, the owner of a chain of private hospitals in southern Africa, the Middle East and Switzerland, said no restrictions on elective procedures and outpatient activity, unlike during the first coronavirus wave, help...
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