Coronavirus vaccinations expanded to age 70-plus, all teachers to be immunized by April, Maui closes in on Oahu for tourism numbers, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Department of Health Director Dr. Libby Char Hawaii residents 70 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday; state receives Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The state has decided to open eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations early to residents 70 and older on Monday because of a substantial increase in the number of shots arriving in the islands. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Big Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4. The first shipment of Johnson &Johnson’...
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Striking Tokyo light and looks

With the light in the spot below only like this at a certain time of year, and of course only on certain days, the temptation to keep returning is hard to resist. Then when I am there, there’s a similar temptation to wait for the next person of interest, then one more after that, and finally one last one — on loop. This early black and white shot remains my favourite, but I’m also happy with a couple of recent colour ones: this stylish young woman, and an older, bearded man. Plus now there’s th...
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Saudis Bet ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ Is Over in Push for Pricier Oil - Bloomberg

Saudis Bet ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ Is Over in Push for Pricier Oil - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia just made a high-stakes wager that the glory days of U.S. shale, which transformed the global energy map in the last decade, are never coming back.By keeping a tight grip on supply at Thursday’s meeting of the OPEC+ alliance of oil producers, Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman showed he’s focused on boosting prices -- and confident that this time around it won’t encourage American producers to...
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France River Cruise: Rhone River

France River Cruise: Rhone River A river cruise on the Rhone River in France is a culinary and historical delight. To date, Carol and I have enjoyed eight European river cruises. We’ve sampled most of the fabled European rivers.  And we’ve had the privilege of experiencing these rivers aboard a variety of different cruise lines. We are often asked, “what is your favorite river in Europe for a river cruise”. Boy, that is a difficult question to answer. My photo of Café Van Gogh (left) and Van G...
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The Passage Vivienne is the most beautifully preserved walkway in Paris in my opinion. So elegant. Another direction. Outside a flower shop. A bust of Victor Hugo in a bookstore. Seen outside a restaurant.
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Rainbow Mardi Gras Chiffon Cake!

This rainbow chiffon cake is perfect for Mardi Gras! With all six colours of the rainbow, this cake is ethereally light and yet still moist inside too. Covered with a rich vanilla buttercream and decorated with edible confetti this cake is pure joy! I called her Miss Kitty Plush!
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Cyprus will allow vaccinated British tourists from 1 May

Visitors would need vaccine approved by EMA administered at least seven days before travel Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCyprus will allow British tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 into the country without restrictions from 1 May, a tourism minister has said.British visitors are the largest market for the island’s tourism industry, which has suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. Arrivals and earnings from the sector, which represents about...
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Oil scales 1-year peak as OPEC+ rolls over output for April | Reuters

Oil scales 1-year peak as OPEC+ rolls over output for April | Reuters Oil rallied more than 4% on Thursday, hitting its highest in over a year, after OPEC and its allies agreed to keep production unchanged into April, reasoning that the demand recovery from the coronavirus pandemic was still fragile.Brent crude rose $2.67, or 4.2%, to settle at $66.74 a barrel, after rising to $67.75, its highest since January 2020.U.S. crude futures ended $2.55, or 4.2%, higher at $63.83, having also scaled a ...
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How to take a restaurant road trip to New York, Chicago and beyond, without leaving the kitchen

“I miss the snow,” he says, looking out the window on a beautiful sunny day as we scroll through images of friends on Instagram playing in the snow in New York.   “Me, too,” I say. “But I’m not squeezing into an airplane filled with recirculated virus droplets just yet.”   My partner and I typically fly away somewhere this time of year. Travel is a shared passion and indulgence. It’s what keeps us sane. We ski almost every winter but sometimes we satisfy our need for cold weather somewhere els...
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OPEC+ Squeezes Oil Production Tight to Protect Price Recovery - Bloomberg

OPEC+ Squeezes Oil Production Tight to Protect Price Recovery - BloombergSaudi Arabia and its OPEC+ allies shocked the oil market with a decision to keep supply in check, sending prices surging and adding inflationary pressure to the global economy as it emerges from the pandemic.One year on from the outbreak of a bitter price war that sent crude below zero, the kingdom showed that its priority is preserving the hard-won oil recovery rather than worrying about tightening the market too much.“I d...
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STR: U.S. Hotel Results For Week Ending 27 February

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy dipped slightly from the previous week, according to STR's latest data through 27 February.
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Sustainable Hotel Management: Trends Hoteliers should know in 2021 | By Natacha Reymond

Along with the pandemic and associated health and economic concerns, climate change is driving the world's agenda. Business leaders everywhere are wrestling with how to respond to rising public and political pressure and align their systems and operations with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, established to keep global warming below 2°C and ideally 1.5°C. None more so than for hotels, that means reducing their emissions by 90 percent by 2050. Let's take a look at what sustainable...
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#AbuDhabi satellite group Yahsat has met with banks about IPO - sources | Reuters

Abu Dhabi satellite group Yahsat has met with banks about IPO - sources | ReutersAl Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has held the kick-off meeting with banks for a potential initial public offering, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.Yahsat, backed by Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment Co, has five satellites that serve more than 150 countries, information on its website shows. It also owns United Arab Emirates satellite phone operator Thuraya.Mubadala said in a...
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How Air Travel is Changing for Good - and for the Better | By Robert Reitknecht

I recently made the decision to relocate back to my old stomping grounds of Connecticut and begin looking for a new career opportunity. I'd had a great run working at an ultra-luxury resort in Utah, where I was responsible for creating memorable experiences, inspiring strong guest and employee relationships, and collaborating with other guest experience leaders. I'm now in the process of planning my next great move. In the meantime, relocating gave me the opportunity to see firsthand how ...
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How To Be A Human Swiss Army Knife | By Thomas Magnuson

When you start a business you often only have one or two people so you have to fill every role, even though it's only a company of one. You may have taken classes, you may not. If you can, take a step back and ask yourself, "What business functions are needed to achieve a profit?" Then, create a simple and lean org chart, not of people, but of the functional roles needed.
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#Saudi prince pushes on with $500 billion megacity as U.S. points the finger over Khashoggi killing | Reuters

Saudi prince pushes on with $500 billion megacity as U.S. points the finger over Khashoggi killing | Reuters It seems an unlikely vision, a megacity in the desert with no cars or roads, all run by machines that can recognise your face.Yet preparations for NEOM, the $500 billion signature project in Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s drive to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy, are well underway. The organisation behind the development, expected to be close to the size of Belgium when it is completed, w...
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Oil Surges After OPEC+ Agrees to Keep Oil Output Unchanged - Bloomberg

Oil Surges After OPEC+ Agrees to Keep Oil Output Unchanged - Bloomberg Oil surged to the highest in more than a year after the OPEC+ alliance surprised traders with its decision to keep production unchanged, signaling the potential of an even tighter market next month.Futures climbed more than 5% in New York on Thursday to the highest intraday level since January 2020, while global benchmark Brent also jumped. The OPEC+ alliance agreed to keep oil output unchanged in April and Saudi Arabi...
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Anchorage Lodging Market: Winter 2021 Update | By Kasia Russell & Breanna Smith

Amid a worldwide pandemic, the Anchorage lodging industry continues to experience a downturn that is greater than the past two lodging-market declines combined. The major factors that have affected this market since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 are highlighted below.
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The Tender Dance

  The tender dance of grieving two steps forward one step back   In grief, loving hurts then it heals   in a tempo with uneven steps   until the rhythm becomes fluid with heart and mind   with the delicate steps  of sweet sorrow slowly becomes  soften edges.                          [Author: French la Vie]
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Eight In Ten Americans Working From Home Due To Covid-19 Say They Miss In-Person Meetings And Conventions

A new survey by APCO Insight affirms that Americans working from home are eager to return to in-person meetings and conventions. The survey finds that even after adapting to the new digital workplace, 81% of professionals who attended in-person meetings and conventions before the pandemic miss doing so and would be just as likely - if not more likely - to attend in-person conferences, conventions, trade shows and other business events in the future.
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Luxury air travel startup Aero raises $20M

Aero, a startup backed by Garrett Camp’s startup studio Expa, has raised $20 million in Series A funding — right as CEO Uma Subramanian said demand for air travel is returning “with a vengeance.” I last wrote about Aero in 2019, when it announced Subramanian’s appointment as CEO, along with the fact that it had raised a total of $16 million in funding. Subramanian told me that after the announcement, the startup (which had already run test flights between Mykonos and Ibiza) spent the next few mo...
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OPEC+ Decides Not to Increase Output, Sending Oil Prices Soaring - Bloomberg

OPEC+ Decides Not to Increase Output, Sending Oil Prices Soaring - BloombergOPEC+ decided not to increase production next month, sending prices soaring in a market that had been expecting additional supply.The cartel had been debating whether to restore as much as 1.5 million barrels a day of production, but after being urged to “keep our powder dry” by Saudi Arabia delegates said they decided to hold output steady at current levels. Brent crude rose 5% in London.The decision is a victory for th...
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ADNOC, Korea's GS Energy to explore opportunities to grow #AbuDhabi's hydrogen economy | ZAWYA MENA Edition

ADNOC, Korea's GS Energy to explore opportunities to grow Abu Dhabi's hydrogen economy | ZAWYA MENA EditionAbu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and South Korea's GS Energy agreed to explore opportunities to grow Abu Dhabi’s hydrogen economy and carrier fuel export position.During a virtual business trip hosted by ADNOC on Thursday, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Group Managing Director and CEO, and Yun-Mo Sung, Korean Minister of Trade, In...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Korea, Abu Dhabi, Uae, ADNOC, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Advanced Technology, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Al Jaber, GS Energy, ADNOC Korea, MENA EditionAbu Dhabi National Oil Company ADNOC, UAE Korea, GS Energy Approximately

MIDEAST STOCKS- #Dubai bourse leads most of Gulf lower | Nasdaq

Stock markets in Dubai and Qatar ended lower on Thursday, hit by blue-chip shares trading ex-dividend, while the Saudi index retreated ahead of an OPEC+ meet.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index .TASI lost 0.7%, with Al Rajhi Bank 1120.SE falling 0.8% and Saudi Telecom Company 7010.SE down 2.7%.OPEC, Russia and other oil producers meet on Thursday to decide whether to keep April output steady or increase it as they weigh a recent price rally against uncertainty about the economic recovery.With oil abo...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Qatar, Dubai, Gulf, Emaar, Tasi, Saudi Telecom Company, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Al Rajhi Bank, Emirates NBD ENBD, DFMGI, Emaar Properties EMAR DU, Emirates Telecommunications Group Etisalat, United Development Company

World's first space HOTEL to begin construction in low Earth orbit in 2025

Work is due to start on the world's first 'space hotel' in low Earth orbit in 2025 - and it will come equipped with restaurants, a cinema, spa and rooms for 400 people.
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Xperium Launches JOE, AI Enabled OmniChannel Messaging Platform for Hotels

Xperium is pleased to announce the launch of its Journey Orchestration Engine for omni channel messaging (Xperium Joe). It enables hotels to directly engage with guests over WhatsApp, SMS and other key messaging platforms.
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Women in Leadership at Preferred Hotels: How to Achieve an Equal Future in a Post-COVID-19 World

In honor of International Women's Day (March 8), Preferred Hotels & Resorts is sharing wisdom from its female leaders regarding how to cultivate more diversity in the infamously male-dominated hospitality industry in a post-Covid world.  
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Hyatt Announces Global Expansion of Independent Collection Brands with New Hotel Openings and Developments Slated Through 2025

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the global growth of its independent collection brands, including recent openings and development plans through 2025 across The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Destination by Hyatt and JdV by Hyatt brands. This growth reinforces Hyatt's focus on continuing to immerse guests, members and customers into cultures and destinations that matter most to them.
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Etihad Targets 2023 Turnaround After Virus Doubles Annual Loss - Bloomberg

Etihad Targets 2023 Turnaround After Virus Doubles Annual Loss - BloombergEtihad Airways doubled its operating loss to $1.7 billion last year, after a multi-year turnaround effort at the Gulf carrier was interrupted by the coronavirus crisis.Abu-Dhabi-based Etihad said in a statement Thursday that operating revenues halved in 2020 as passenger numbers plunged 76% to just 4.2 million. Still, it said it expects to complete the restructuring by 2023.State-owned Etihad has been shrinking its operati...
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Sightline Hospitality Selects ProfitSword to Deploy Customized Business Intelligence and Performance Forecasting Solution

ProfitSword, a premier developer of hospitality-related business intelligence and data integration software, has announced the successful implementation of their customizable, fully intuitive business intelligence platform for Sightline Hospitality. A rapidly expanding hotel management company that adopts an outside the box approach to maximizing revenue for its hotel owners, Sightline Hospitality's partnership with ProfitSword ensures that the company can effortlessly identify areas for ...
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