Alcohol tax hike, sugary drink tax proposed in Legislature, OHA whistleblower files lawsuit, only half of state residents plan to take coronavirus vaccination, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Sweet alcoholic umbrella drink on Hawaii shoreline ©2021 All Hawaii News House measure would increase state liquor tax. House Bill 771 proposes a 3-year-long increase to the state’s liquor tax, which currently imposes a nearly $6 tax per gallon on distilled spirits and a nearly $1 tax on nondraft beer. Tribune-Herald.Ige’s Proposed ‘Sugar Tax’ Could Generate $60 Million A Year For The State. Gov. David Ige has proposed a new 2-cents-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks in an effo...
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Job in Canada: BC employer need 100 Fish processors

  Business information: We receive fresh fish from fishing boats on Vancouver Island and we cut, pack, and freeze the various product and pack styles for distribution to frozen markets.   Wage:  $17.00 hourly,  40 hours per week. Overtime is available. Positions available: 100 Term of employment: full time, Seasonal  - March 15, 2021 - November 30, 2021 Day and Nightshift     Requirements: Education: No formal education required Experience: Experienc...
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Some background research on Imperial College and Ferguson

Someone’s sent me this. It should be read along with my book, my ICC complaint, the Michael Senger China letter and these blog posts: Other critiques of Neil Ferguson’s 16 March 2020 epidemiological model TOI blog post: A critique of Neil Ferguson’s (the Imperial College) pandemic model ALSO see #GreatCrimes2020 hashtag and search for imperial […]
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Notes on the Great Reset

I’ve not found much merit in the “Great Reset” – Gates theories; a lot of speculation, no hard evidence. But noting (this is a placeholder post), some material. (I’ve received 100s of things about the reset so this is not even remotely complete) KLAUS SCHWAB AND HIS GREAT FASCIST RESET China and the ‘Great Reset’ […]
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Moving to

Quick update.  I have moved my blogs and writing to  Please do visit that from now on, in case you want to follow my life / updates / thoughts, etc. Of course, I remain active on places like Twitter and Instagram as well, in case.Thanks for your patronage over the years. Gratitude,Saurabh Garg [Author: [email protected] (SG)]
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Waste Not - Pineapple Skin "Splice" Syrup!

One of my favourite ever no waste syrups is this divine pineapple syrup! It produces a wonderfully potent syrup simply based on what you would have discarded when cutting up a pineapple. The skin, eyes and core go into this wonderful no waste pineapple syrup and we pair it with lime for a pine-lime splice syrup!
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Old and New

Ancient architecture and newer places to eat are everywhere in the Marais. Isn’t this lovely? In Spring there will be flowers in that dirt. I see this bike art quite a bit. I’m not sure what’s behind it. An old nunnery so great to look at. I like this tree in the intersection. A very famous place for falafel as you can see from the line on rue des Rosiers. The competition with few people interested. I’ve eaten at the other one but never tried the less pop...
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The U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline Stands at 5,216 projects/650,222 rooms at year-end 2020

According to Lodging Econometrics' (LE's) Construction Pipeline Trend Report for the United States, the total U.S. construction pipeline stands at 5,216 projects/650,222 rooms. These are year-end 2020 results, and are down only incrementally, as the United States grappled with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, an election, civil unrest, and the large and rapid partisan shift taking place. However, the announcement of various vaccine developments and distribution was undeniably good news f...
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Another IPO Record Beckons for #Saudi Stock Exchange This Year - Bloomberg

Another IPO Record Beckons for Saudi Stock Exchange This Year - Bloomberg The Saudi stock exchange expects to host more initial public offerings than ever in 2021, seizing on strong demand from local investors that supported several deals last year.After 22 issuances across different platforms in 2020, “I think we will break that record this year,” Khalid Abdullah Al-Hussan, the chief executive officer of the Tadawul exchange, said in an interview on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initia...
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Oil eases as demand worries offset weaker dollar, big storage draw | Reuters

Oil eases as demand worries offset weaker dollar, big storage draw | Reuters Oil eased on Thursday as the market focused more on concerns that delays to vaccine rollouts and fresh travel curbs could depress demand than the impact of a weaker dollar and a big U.S. crude inventory drawdown.Brent futures for March delivery fell 28 cents, or 0.5%, to settle at $55.53 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude ended 51 cents, or 1.0%, lower at $52.34.With the Brent March contract expiri...
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HSMAI Americas Announces A Dynamic 2021 Calendar of Virtual Experiences & In-person Events

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is thrilled to announce its schedule of virtual experiences and in-person events for 2021. HSMAI will begin the year with virtual experiences and transition to in-person events as it becomes safe to gather physically. Our slate of 2021 virtual and in-person experiences are designed to support hospitality sales, marketing, and revenue optimization professionals through industry recovery.
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So You Want to Open a Hotel? Now?

Before the pandemic began, the second location of The June Motel, a 24-room boutique hotel in Sauble Beach, Ontario, was set to open late last spring. To be fully ramped up for Lake Huron's 2020 beach season was the goal.
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Pacifica Hotels Announces Four Properties Along the California Coast Will Join Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Pacifica Hotels, the largest owner and operator of independent, design-inspired hotels on the Pacific Coast is expanding further into the global brand category announcing the transition of four key California properties that joined Tapestry Collection by Hilton in January 2021. The properties that joined Tapestry Collection include The Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach, The Kinney in San Luis Obispo, Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey and The Redondo Beach Hotel in Redondo Beach.
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India had long returned to a level of normalcy with people IGNORING government “mandates”. Now these two pictures show clearly that there is not the slightest social distancing or masks. NO MASKS. NO SOCIAL DISTANCING. Near 100% normalcy in India. (In this Dec.2020 youtube report farmers explain why they reject the idea that covid is […]
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American Queen Steamboat: U.S. River Cruises

American Queen Steamboat: U.S. River Cruises The American Queen Steamboat Company offers U.S. river cruises on America’s greatest rivers. And when you book with Roaming Boomers Travel Services by February 28, 2021, we’ll help you save up to $3,000 per stateroom. American Queen Steamboat has positioned itself to be one of the first travel brands out of the gate after our long travel pause from COVID-19. Travel Close to Home in 2021 – Save up to $3,000 CLICK TO VIEW 2021 CATALOG Further, wit...
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 23 January

STR data for 17-23 January 2021 showed Canada's hotel industry with slightly higher occupancy compared with previous weeks.
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How The Pandemic Created A New Hotel Giant In Less Than A Year

Occupancy levels hit a record-breaking low of 44% for the year, down from 66% in 2019, according to analytics and data firm STR. The average daily hotel rate fell by 21%, and the all-important revPAR (revenue per available room) fell by 48%. For the first time in history, the industry surpassed one billion unsold rooms, easily blowing past the previous record of 786 million in 2009.
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New Luxury Hotel Affiliation is Launched - Once in a Lifetime

ONCE IN A LIFETIME is a new hotel affiliation programme that aims to gather together like-minded hotel properties based on their size, quality and sense of innovation.
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UPDATE 1- #Saudi bourse could go public within two years, says CEO | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Saudi bourse could go public within two years, says CEO | Reuters Saudi Arabia’s bourse, Tadawul, will announce plans to go public this year, its chief executive said on Thursday.A timeline for an initial public offering (IPO) will be provided this year, Tadawul CEO Khalid Alhussan told Reuters on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative conference, adding that the listing could take place within a two-year time frame.Tadawul hired HSBC in 2016 to manage an IPO initially planne...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf markets track global stocks lower; #Saudi gains | Nasdaq

MIDEAST STOCKS-Major Gulf markets track global stocks lower; Saudi gains | Nasdaq Major Gulf markets weakened on Thursday, tracking global shares, as a sudden sell-off on Wall Street and lingering COVID-19-induced restrictions soured investor sentiment worldwide.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS fell 2%, while pan-European STOXX .STOXX benchmark shed 1.8%.Oil, a key catalyst for financial markets in the Gulf region, steadied after earlier declines fuelled b...
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U.S. hotel profits fell 84.6% in 2020

Including a 100.6% decline in December, U.S. hotel profitability fell 84.6% in 2020, according to STR's latest monthly P&L data release. December gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) came in worse than any month since June in both absolute terms and year-over-year comparisons. "Lower demand in December coupled with fixed expenses for hotels meant profit declines on par with early in the pandemic," said Raquel Ortiz, assistant director of financial performance for STR. "That ...
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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Inspires Future Journeys as the Iconic Brand’s New Vision Debuts Around the World

With travelers dreaming of new discoveries in 2021, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is ready to welcome them as it unveils the initial hotels around the world exemplifying the brand's new vision: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, USA; Sheraton Denver Downtown, USA; Sheraton Tel Aviv, Israel; Sheraton Grand Dubai, UAE; Sheraton Guangzhou, China and Sheraton Mianyang, China.
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London Short-Term Rentals End 2020 On Low Note

London's short-term rental sector reported its lowest levels in occupancy and revenue per available room (RevPAR) since the summer, according to December 2020 data from STR.
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U.S. hotel results for week ending 23 January

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy remained flat from the previous week, according to STR's latest data through 23 January. 17-23 January 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2020):
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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) announced today that it received a perfect score of 100 on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administrated by the Human Rights Campaign. The honor marks Wyndham's third consecutive year earning a perfect score on the CEI, designating the company as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
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Oil steadies as COVID-19-induced demand worries persist | Reuters

Oil steadies as COVID-19-induced demand worries persist | Reuters Oil steadied on Thursday after early declines fuelled by delays to vaccine rollouts and fresh travel curbs to prevent new coronavirus outbreaks.Brent crude futures were up 8 cents, or 0.1%, at $55.89 a barrel by 1331 GMT, having hit a session low of $55.31.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 8 cents, or 0.2%, at $52.77 after dropping as low as $52.22.Oil prices were supported by data on Wednesday showing a h...
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Sheraton Rebrand Aims to Bring Hotel Chain ‘Up to Date’ With a Focus on Communal Spaces

Once considered a bit of a black sheep in the Marriott portfolio, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts will be getting a new look coming out of the pandemic. This morning, the brand unveiled a redesign effort Marriott hopes will bring Sheraton "up to date" for "the next generation of travelers," aiming to transform more than 40...
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Aramco will launch further share sales - #Saudi crown prince | Reuters

Aramco will launch further share sales -Saudi crown prince | Reuters Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, on Thursday said that oil giant Saudi Aramco will hold further share sales.He was speaking at the kingdom’s Future Investment Initiative conference.Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company completed the world’s largest initial public offering in late 2019. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Robots are disinfecting hotels during the pandemic. It’s the tip of a hospitality revolution

One day last summer, the newest member of YOTEL Boston's housekeeping team pulled up to work in a big crate.
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