My write-up in The Spectator that shows that quarantines in Australia are UNLAWFUL

This piece was commissioned by the Australian Financial Review but after finding that I oppose the very concept of lockdowns for flu-like viruses (which is not just me, but the entire science literature until Xi Jinping forced his criminal ideas down the throat of the West), they declined. Fortunately, The Spectator published the piece. (image […]
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My son’s write-up proves that Australia’s internal border closures are unconstitutional

See Sukrit’s piece here: Australia’s unconstitutional border wars I’m reproducing it below: Australia’s unconstitutional border wars There are many reasons to question the interstate border shenanigans that have stopped Australians from returning home, divided families and sparked animosity among state premiers. It’s possible to debate the policy merits of the closures. But policy is a […]
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Life’s Memories

  (Photos of my Vavie Amaro with some of her 23 grandchildren My brother Marty is standing by her side then and now)   life is one big full ride with twists, turns, getting lost, wild downhill rides and some long straight boring roads.   Filled with every emotion often in the same day silly things how life continues when it feels like it isn't one moment my brother dies, the next I am washing dishes, a friend calls I cry, then a  a memory is shared and we laugh, I dry the dishes and go to b...
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Ige nixes furloughs, Green leads Caldwell in campaign donations, FEC sends $24M for broadband improvements, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Ige: No Furloughs Necessary This Year. In the latest wrinkle in the long-running saga of proposed public worker furloughs, Gov. David Ige said Wednesday it won’t be necessary to impose twice-per-month furloughs on state workers on July 1 after all. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Lawmakers Want Their ‘Gifts Of Aloha’ Back. Several bills this session attempt to shirk new rules from the state Ethics Commission. Civil Beat.State senators advance confirmation of acting labor dire...
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Accor announces the global launch of “Accor Key," a digital key solution

Accor today announces the global roll-out of its digital key solution, "Accor Key," in line with the Group's strategy to provide a contactless guest journey in its facilities. This exciting new step for Accor confirms its ambition to innovate and invest in high-quality technological solutions to deliver the very best and most convenient experience for its guests.
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The Muslims and Christians rebuilding Mosul’s old city

A Unesco project has hired locals of all faiths to work together to rebuild the city of Mosul.
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A homemade and ramshackle Japanese hot spring

When looking for abandoned bike photos to put together the previously posted, long-forgotten Tokyo bicycles, I found the picture below and opted for a re-edit. It was taken just over eight years ago, but I can remember the scene like it was yesterday. They’d been diving in the sea, so were enjoying the well-earned warmth of their back-to-basics hot spring — the old lady casually, and very publicly, swapping a wetsuit for her birthday suit before getting in. “Come and join us,” they shouted. “The...
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Blackberry, Coconut & Ginger Ice Cream

Make the most of this season's blackberries with this luxurious blackberry, coconut and ginger ice cream! This creamy textured coconut ice cream has the intense flavour of blackberries and ginger plus a hit of coconut!
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What to Do on a Winter Road Trip to Southwest Alberta

Are you itching to go somewhere, anywhere for a change of scenery and a reboot? How about a winter road trip to southwest Alberta? If you live in the Calgary – Edmonton – Canmore corridor, you can knock off the drive in as little as 2.5 hours if you’re coming from Calgary and in just six hours if you’re driving from Edmonton. I’d suggest a loop drive – taking Highway 22, the beautiful Cowboy Highway south to the Crowsnest Pass area and returning via Highway 2 after a stop in Waterton Lakes Nat...
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Oil rises on economic optimism, tightening supplies | Reuters

Oil rises on economic optimism, tightening supplies | Reuters Oil rose on strong U.S. economic data, falling inventories and a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and producer allies to stick to its output cuts. But a stronger dollar limited price gains.Brent crude futures settled up 38 cents at $58.84 a barrel. U.S. crude futures added 54 cents to settle at $56.23 a barrel. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Back Again

My friend asked me to give her a tour of the Marais like I used to do when I was doing tours. It was fun to wander through the neighborhood and I was even able to show or tell her (she’s French and has lived in Paris for years) a few things she didn’t know. As I came out of the metro I was greeted with blue skies and lovely light on the buildings there. I like the architecture. A narrow street. Another glowing building, the Forney Library. A view inside the courty...
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#Kuwait should accelerate reforms to be less tied to oil price fluctuations - IMF | Reuters

Kuwait should accelerate reforms to be less tied to oil price fluctuations - IMF | Reuters Kuwait needs to accelerate reforms to reduce the dependence of government policies on the rise and fall of oil prices, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said.The oil-rich Gulf state faces near-term liquidity risks largely due to the absence of parliamentary authorisation for the government to borrow.“Kuwait has high levels of buffers but they need to accelerate reforms,” said Jihad Azour, direc...
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IHG Hotels & Resorts Sets the Stage for when Travellers are Ready to Re-Connect and Open up their World

From the first InterContinental hotel to the iconic Holiday Inn, from Kimpton revolutionising boutique hotels to new brands paving a new way forward, IHG Hotels & Resorts has long pioneered world travel and the way people connect.
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 30 January

STR data for 24-30 January 2021 showed Canada's hotel industry with slightly higher occupancy compared with previous weeks.
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STR: U.S. Hotel Results For Week Ending 30 January

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy remained relatively flat from the previous week, according to STR's latest data through 30 January.
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Looking for a St Valentine's Day gift? Try Adare Manor's online golf shop

Looking for the perfect St Valentine’s Day gift for your spouse or partner? Well, Adare Manor’s recently enhanced range of premium and limited-edition golf merchandise is now available via their  online Golf shop .Since it launched just before Christmas, Adare Manor’s online shop has been met with much enthusiasm as it introduces premium products decided with the dedicated golfer in mind. Amongst a wide ra...
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Oil Climbs Ever Closer Toward $60 With Inventories in Retreat - Bloomberg

Oil Climbs Ever Closer Toward $60 With Inventories in Retreat - Bloomberg Oil prices continued their surge in the world’s major trading centers, fortified by shrinking stockpiles and continued investor optimism that the market will strengthen in the coming months.Brent crude, which was about $35 a barrel as recently as three months ago, rose as high as $59.04 on Thursday. Multiple trading gauges suggest a market that’s getting tighter, a move with global ramifications including boosting the reve...
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CEO at UAE's construction giant Arabtec makes an exit | Property – Gulf News

CEO at UAE's construction giant Arabtec makes an exit | Property – Gulf News The UAE's biggest construction company, Arabtec, has let go of its CEO - Wail Farsakh. The company is currently in the liquidation process and changes at the top was something that the marketplace was talking about.Farsakh had been in the saddle for the last year and had come in at a time when the company was still trying to arrest its slide into bankruptcy. There was a phase when it was felt that Arabtec would find str...
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Whitbread Set to Open Four More Premier Inn Hotels in Scotland

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn hotel brands, is gearing itself up for a successful summer of staycations in Scotland with four new hotels due to open in the coming months.
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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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8 Delicious and Original Cake Recipes by EHL Chefs

Salty or sweet, there is a cake for every taste and for every occasion. We have asked some of the top chefs here at EHL to come up with a variety of recipes for original and delicious cakes. Not only do we look at a selection of unique creations, but we also explore different options for those who need to avoid certain ingredients such as animal-based products or gluten. Every aspiring baker should find something to suit their level of ambition and taste within these 8 options.
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Aimbridge Hospitality Continues Explosive Growth in its Asia Investment Group

Aimbridge Hospitality, the leading, global, third-party hotel management company, announced its Asia Investment Group executed 20 agreements in 2020, experiencing explosive growth despite a challenging year for the industry.These new properties bring the total number of rooms in the Asia Investment Group portfolio to more than 15,000. Additionally, while the industry average retention rate holds at roughly 30 percent, Aimbridge st ands well above average with a 90 percent annual retention...
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Trafigura, Mubadala Said to Weigh Sale of Spanish Copper Miner - Bloomberg

Trafigura, Mubadala Said to Weigh Sale of Spanish Copper Miner - Bloomberg Commodities trader Trafigura Group and Abu Dhabi wealth fund Mubadala Investment Co. are considering the sale of a Spanish copper miner amid rising demand for the base metal, people familiar with the matter said.The joint owners have been discussing a potential disposal of Minas de Aguas Tenidas, known as Matsa, according to the people. The operations could be valued at about $2 billion or more in a sale, the people said,...
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#Kuwait Finance House fourth quarter net profit falls 22% as COVID-19 hurts economy | Reuters

Kuwait Finance House fourth quarter net profit falls 22% as COVID-19 hurts economy | Reuters Kuwait Finance House on Thursday reported a 22% drop in fourth-quarter net profit and a 40.9% drop in 2020 net profit, blaming the annual fall on a sharp slide in investment income and a rise in impairment charges.Kuwaiti banks’ earnings have been hit by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and relative weakness in oil prices, which caused the economy to contract last year.Fitch Ratings, which cut its...
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#Dubai leads major Gulf markets lower; Saudi index gains | Reuters

Most stock markets in the Middle East ended lower on Thursday, with Dubai leading the losses, as a surge in COVID-19 cases rattled investor confidence, although Saudi Arabia bucked the trend to close higher.The main share index in Dubai, the Middle East’s trade and tourism hub, dropped 1.5%. The index also posted its second weekly loss in five, losing 1% over the five sessions to Thursday.Blue-chip developer Emaar Properties slid 2.5%, while Dubai Investments retreated 4.9%, to become the top lo...
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Incredible Travel Photographer of the Year 2020 pictures revealed

While the prospect of travel was mostly out of reach for the majority of us in 2020, entries to the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) have provided great inspiration for future dreams and voyages.
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Americans Plan to Take an Additional Week of Vacation This Year, Expedia Reports

Following a year where for many, every aspect of life - from work, school, daycare, and even vacation - was spent under one roof, in 2021 people worldwide are more determined than ever to use up all the vacation days they've earned. According to the annual Vacation Deprivation study from Expedia®, in 2021 Americans plan to take an extra week (five days) of vacation. With this new "no days left behind" mindset, Vacation Deprivation is well on its way to becoming a thing of the past.
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HVS Market Pulse: Napa Valley | By Bomie Kim & Noella Moon

Replete with world-renowned vineyards, wineries, and culinary experiences, Napa Valley has a stellar reputation as a top destination market both domestically and abroad. However, numerous wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the market. While the long-term effects of the wildfires have yet to be determined, the local economy remained relatively strong, and the impact on regional visitation from the San Francisco Bay Area and on hotel performance as a whole was relatively mini...
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Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts introduces new meetings & events technology

Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts are embracing best practice in the sector. The company is expanding its technological services in order to allow innovative and hybrid events to be staged. In future, two locations in Germany and one in Belgium will offer fully equipped studios that are able to facilitate live broadcasts, virtual meetings, live streams and video recordings. Located at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt, a studio measuring 265 square metres is situated in one of Europe...
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Culinary Sensation in St. Moritz: Second Star for the Cà d'Oro Restaurant in Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski

The joy in St. Moritz is enormous: The Michelin Guide has awarded the Cà d'Oro restaurant in Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski in St. Moritz a second star. With the creations of Executive Chef Matthias Schmidberger and Head Chef Reto Brändli, the Cà d'Oro was one of four restaurants in Switzerland to receive the second star in the Gourmet Bible this year.
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