Spring breakers hit Hawaii beaches, Blangiardi highlights housing, 65k vaccines for 400k people in Phase 1C, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Visitors crowd Waikiki over the weekend PC:Hawaii News Now Hawaii logs its highest three days of tourist arrivals in a year. Some 21,433 trans-Pacific travelers and 4,968 interisland travelers were screened by Safe Travels Hawaii on Saturday, Hawaii’s highest single day since coronavirus-related fears and government restrictions caused travel to plummet. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Hawaii’s Rush To Vaccinate Has Led To A Patchwork System With Little Policing. The state acknow...
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I didn’t have particularly fond memories of this movie — I’m sure that kid me was probably expecting Bond in space, and that’s definitely not what this is. It’s basically a slow-paced crime drama in space (or more specifically, in a mining colony on the moon of Io), and one that I ended up quite enjoying. Connery plays the role of the marshal well, and I liked the slow build towards the confrontation that we get near the end. I can’t remember if this was generally well reviewed when it ori...
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A possible way forward to douse the covid hysteria

Extract from an email I sent to a few people a moment ago. Sharing: ==== Hi all, over the past month it has been great to interact personally with many of  those who’re already “converted”. But the WA election result has made it clear that the voter continues to be a state of deep hysteria […]
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The Final Conflict

I’ve always been a pretty big fan of the Omen movies, and have revisited them a few times over the years. I remember liking the third film as well, even though it takes a bit turn by aging our young Damien, presenting him as an adult — and we also finally veer towards the climax that sees the second coming of Christ, and what our good ol’ son of Satan can do to stop him. It’s still a decent film, with some great sequences throughout, but I find the ending to be a bit too anticlimactic. See...
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With Spring comes a lot of pink. Aren’t these pretty? A closeup of a magnolia tree. The Eiffel Tower has a lot of flowering bushes and trees around the Eiffel Tower. Not pink but an interesting chimney neat the Eiffel Tower part of a factory that helped produce products needed to build the foundation of the Eiffel Tower. I’m surprised it’s still there. There is a carrousel close to the Eiffel Tower.
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Faded Japan a few hours north of Tokyo

Japan’s vast train network means it’s easy to get to and from almost anywhere, and that’s especially true in and around the nation’s big cities. A system that is ideal for long walks, as no matter where you decide to get off, it’s almost always possible to make it to another station, allowing for plenty of options, detours and the chance to change destinations on the fly. It was such an approach that resulted in the photos below. We got a local train north of the capital, and then just meandere...
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Jalapeno Shrimp Poppers AKA Snake Bites

Looking for a fun game day or barbecue party snack? These jalapeno poppers are SO delicious! Dubbed Snake Bites, they're a hollowed out jalapeno chilli filled with sweet chilli cream cheese and topped with garlic prawns, cheese and smoked paprika. They're a bit spicy, creamy and garlicky in one bite and they're totally moreish too! These are a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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#SaudiArabia's economy expands 2.5% in Q4 as non-oil sector grows | The National

Saudi Arabia's economy expands 2.5% in Q4 as non-oil sector grows | The NationalSaudi Arabia's gross domestic product expanded 2.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020 from the previous three months as the economy continued its recovery from a pandemic-induced slowdown.The kingdom's non-oil economy expanded 2.4 per cent in the final quarter last year, data from the General Authority for Statistics on Tuesday showed. Saudi Arabia's oil economy grew by 2.6 per cent in the fourth quarter as crude...
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Oil drops as COVID-19 vaccine halt threatens demand | Reuters

Oil drops as COVID-19 vaccine halt threatens demand | ReutersOil prices fell for a third day on Tuesday, as Germany, France and other European states suspended the use of a major coronavirus vaccine, threatening the recovery of fuel demand.Brent crude fell 49 cents to settle at $68.39 a barrel, while U.S. crude dropped 59 cents to end at $64.80 a barrel.Earlier this month, Brent reached its highest since early 2020, while U.S. crude hit a 2018 high.Germany, France and Italy said they would suspe...
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Make Room, West Texas Intermediate and Brent. Murban Is Here. - Bloomberg

Make Room, West Texas Intermediate and Brent. Murban Is Here. - BloombergOn March 29, Saudi Arabia’s control over Mideast oil supply could be loosened, possibly forever. On that day, traders on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) will begin buying and selling a futures contract based on Murban crude oil, which is produced by Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. Anyone who buys Murban oil will be able to sell it anywhere in the world, as they already can with West Texas Intermediate crude from the U.S. and...
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Oil Extends Retreat With Market Assessing Global Demand Recovery - Bloomberg

Oil Extends Retreat With Market Assessing Global Demand Recovery - BloombergOil fell the most in a week as investors assessed the state of the demand recovery in different parts of the world.Futures in New York slipped 0.9% on Tuesday for a third straight session of losses, following a surge earlier this month to intraday levels last seen in 2018. Though there are indications of growing demand in some parts of the world, other regions -- notably Europe -- are lagging.Road-fuel use is picking up ...
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World’s Top Oil Trader Vitol Smashed Profit Record in 2020 - Bloomberg

World’s Top Oil Trader Vitol Smashed Profit Record in 2020 - BloombergVitol Group reaped record profits of around $3 billion last year as the world’s largest independent oil trader surfed the dramatic moves in energy markets, according to people familiar with the matter.The results are the latest indication of the bonanza that oil traders enjoyed in 2020, when the commodity plunged amid a Saudi-Russian price war in the early days of the pandemic and then staged a sharp recovery as OPEC+ cut prod...
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Examine the hidden costs of on-premises hotel software | By Di Davillas

If I only had a dollar for every time I've heard someone say, "I feel safer with my server right next to me" or "Cloud is so much more expensive than if I buy the software outright."
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Hotel Management Company Keeps Guests Connected With Support From Comcast Business

Deep Blue Communications, a Comcast Business company, today announced a partnership with Island Hospitality Management to provide a reliable managed Wi-Fi solution for 10,623 rooms in 16 hotels across 21 states and the District of Columbia, helping the hotel management company to reduce operational complexities, lower costs, and keep guests better connected.
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Jumeirah Group Honours Female Empowerment In Celebration Of International Women’s Day 2021

In honour of International Women's Day (IWD) 2021 last week, Jumeirah Group hosted a special lunch of thought-provoking discussions with some of the country's most aspirational women.
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Take me there Tuesday: Pristine Polihua Beach, Lana’i

If you like to get off the proverbial beaten path, then Lana’i’s Polihua Beach will suit your desires. You’re more likely to see a turtle or monk seal resting on the beach than you are to see another person. To get to Polihua Beach, you’ll need to rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle and drive a 10-mile, dirt road to find this amazing seclusion. By the way, spending a day to exploring Lanai’s unpaved roads is a really fun adventure. Check out our video with scenes from this off-road exploration, in...
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Aleph Hospitality Inks Management Contracts For Three Hotels In Kenya

Aleph Hospitality has signed management contracts for three hotels in Kenya. Boma Nairobi, Boma Inn Nairobi and Boma Inn Eldoret are owned by Red Court Hotels, a subsidiary of the Kenya Red Cross Society.
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The surreal photos that show how Covid has changed travel

From an empty Machu Picchu to ghost cruise ships haunting the horizon, take a look back at the photos that defined this strange year in travel.
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Hotel Mariposa Deploys Advanced Wi-Fi Network by HIS to Meet Guest Expectations for High-performance Connectivity

Hotel Internet Services (HIS), a full-service provider of internet services and solutions, has announced the implementation of a high-speed Guest Wi-Fi service at Hotel Mariposa. A newly constructed luxury boutique property situated near some of the most popular attractions in Los Angeles, Hotel Mariposa's adoption of industry-leading Wi-Fi technology by HIS notably ensures that it gains a competitive edge in addressing the top guest priority of instant access to a fast and hassle-free on...
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How Vaccinated Travelers Became Hot Property

The "Plague Island" headlines splashed across the front pages said it all.With its out of control infection rates and deaths heading past the 125,000 mark, the UK started 2021 as Europe's Covid pariah.
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Are Covid ‘Resort Bubbles’ The Next Step For Safe Travel?

With many countries or states already requiring a negative test to travel, the concept of a resort bubble provides one more layer of assurance as more Americans demonstrate comfort in traveling to destinations that make visitors feel safe. While Spring Break travel may earn the wrong kind of headlines, resort bubbles provide an alternative method of travel that can be effective.
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Zero Travel Is The Career Opportunity Travel Managers Have Been Waiting For

While other philosophers questioned the meaning of the universe, Gottfried Leibniz famously asked why it exists at all. The pandemic has created its own economic Leibniz moment with business travel.
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Beekeeper and Bucketlist Partner to Recognize and Reward SH Hotels & Resorts’ Frontline Workers

OAKLAND, CALIF., March 16, 2021 — At the request of SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, Beekeeper has added Bucketlist Rewards to its mobile-first employee communication platform marketplace. By publicly recognizing and rewarding its frontline hotel workers in one place, the hotel management company operating 1 Hotels, Baccarat Hotels, and Treehouse Hotels is heightening employee engagement and productivity, increasing retention, red...
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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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Where Will The Post-Pandemic Travel Boom Bring Travelers?

As we approach the one-year anniversary of travel shutting down after the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, travelers are looking forward to getting back to doing what they love. But, where to first? As it stands, some international travel destinations still have their borders closed, but there is strong optimism that things will soon return to some level of normalcy.
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ProfitSword Partners With foreUP to Provide Golf Course Operators With Latest in Business Intelligence Analytics

ORLANDO, Fla. - (March 16, 2021) - ProfitSword, a premier developer of business intelligence and data integration software, has announced an integration of its solutions with foreUP, a leading comprehensive provider of golf course management technology. Now compatible with foreUP's point-of-sale module, the ProfitSword integration ensures that golf course operators can readily access real-time performance analytics that can lead to more streamlined operations while identifying opportuniti...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf stocks gain on global rally; Egypt's shares ease | Nasdaq

Most Gulf markets ended higher on Tuesday, tracking global shares, as investors anticipated the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks meeting this week will keep policies accommodative to help drive a post-pandemic global economic recovery.MSCI's All Country World Index, which tracks stocks across 49 countries, rose 0.3% to its highest since Feb. 22. .MIWD00000PUS.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index .TASI rose 0.2%, with Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company 2350.SE advancing 5.8%, while Banque Sa...
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Oil Declines With Investors Assessing Global Demand Recovery - Bloomberg

Oil Declines With Investors Assessing Global Demand Recovery - BloombergOil retreated as investors assessed the state of the demand recovery in different parts of the world.Futures in New York fell as much as 2.4% on Tuesday, pulling back after a rally that’s seen prices rise more than 30% so far this year. Though there are indications of growing demand in some parts of the world, other regions -- notably Europe -- are lagging. Road-fuel use is picking up in India and the U.S., while Italy has h...
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Free And With A Whole Host Of Benefits – The New MyMaritim Bonus Scheme

That's why Maritim Hotels are making things easy. "MyMaritim" points are collected for every online booking made through the Maritim website. 1,000 welcome points are awarded as soon as customers register for the free scheme. Customers can then use some or all of the points the next time they make an online booking. There are no restricted dates or seasons and no minimum points threshold. Best of all, MyMaritim members will always save at least 10 percent compared to offers available on t...
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Boyne Resorts Implements Agilysys Point of Sale & Cloud-Native Contactless Food & Beverage Ordering

Agilysys, Alpharetta, GA. — March 16, 2021 — Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading global provider of next-generation cloud-native SaaS and on-premise hospitality software solutions and services, today announced that Boyne Resorts has implemented the Agilysys InfoGenesis ecosystem of modern POS solutions for its sport and leisure resorts to improve guest service and optimize operations while promoting social distancing through contactless self-service options.
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