Quiet Paris

Paris and several other regions went into a stricter lockdown than what all of France has been experiencing since October. Parts of Palais Royal were I go to Play with Gabriel are completely closed off.   All restaurants, bars and cafes have been closed since October and will be into April and maybe longer.     Rue de Rivoli is blocked off to most vehicles... only bicyclists and pedestrians can use it freely.   The museum are closed It is so odd.  Though Paris is hauntingly beautiful  ...
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Hawaii lawmakers set to get 13% pay hike, spring break boom crowds Waikiki beaches, mask enforcement increases, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii state Capitol ©2021 All Hawaii News Two Pay Raises For Lawmakers Over The Next Year Are Raising Eyebrows. The salary commission approved the wage hikes two years ago but critics now question the optics of government officials getting pay raises during an economic crisis. Civil Beat.Did Unions’ Lack of Support Spell Trouble for School Superintendent? Some education insiders said while union opposition was damaging, it was not as simple as unions throwing their weight around. Civil B...
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Tokyo shadows and a pandemic portrait of a portrait

With almost everyone in Tokyo wearing a mask almost everywhere, relative anonymity has now become the new norm. So for the feasible future, covered faces or the occasional photograph of a portrait will quite rightly have to suffice.
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AMAZING Mushroom Stuffed Potato Zrazy With Satsibeli {Vegan}

These Mushroom Stuffed Potato Zrazy With Satsibeli might perhaps be new to you but I'm hoping that you'll get very familiar with these Ukranian/Georgian treats. They are crispy potato cakes filled with a tasty filling and are served with spicy Satsibeli sauce, similar to a tomato salsa. These get a vegetarian update with a mushroom filling and are actually vegan too. With a crispy potato outer and a delicious filling these are a definite pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Reasons Why You Should Hire VAT Consultants in UAE

The UAE has strict norms for filing tax and VAT returns. Many of the business entities and organizations are not thorough about the VAT regulations and policies. The complexities involved in understanding the concept and calculating the VAT deters the firms from trying it. They may have an in-house accounting team carrying out the VAT […] The post Reasons Why You Should Hire VAT Consultants in UAE appeared first on Dubai Expat Blog.
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Halloween II (1981)

This was a lot better than I was expecting — it had been so long since I’d last seen it that I really didn’t remember much, other than the fact that it infamously reveals the family connection between Myers and Strode (that has now been eliminated with the new films, that act as direct sequels to the original film only). What I especially like is that it’s a direct continuation of the first film, and basically continues straight from the last scene of that movie, with the action taking pla...
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Around the Louvre

Seen on another sunny Sunday around the Louvre. There’s the Louvre. The pyramid always looks lovely. There were couples dancing in front of the Palais Royals-the tango I think. The Palais Royal was closed for some reason. Yesterday all parks, gardens and cemeteries were closed due to a forecasted high wind but it never amounted to much. I love the architecture and columns here. I’ve started on a program called Tandem where a French person exchanges conversat...
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Update on PTSD-like fear among Australians

An email I just sent out to eminent scientists and also copied Ferguson === Hi all As you might know, I resigned my government job to protest the police state in Australia, wrote a book, a complaint to the ICC, many articles, came on TV, but with none of these having an effect on the draconian […]
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RDIF Says it Invested in Telegram with Mubadala, But App Says No - Bloomberg

RDIF Says it Invested in Telegram with Mubadala, But App Says No - Bloomberg The Russian Direct Investment Fund said Tuesday it joined Mubadala Investment Co. in buying convertible bonds of Telegram, but the messaging app denied the Kremlin-controlled entity was an investor.Earlier Tuesday, Mubadala and an Abu Dhabi joint venture it owns a stake in announced each made a $75 million investment in pre-initial public offering convertible bonds in Telegram, without mentioning the Russian fund, wit...
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Oil slumps 6% on demand concerns amid Europe COVID curbs, vaccine rollouts | Reuters

Oil slumps 6% on demand concerns amid Europe COVID curbs, vaccine rollouts | ReutersOil prices tumbled about 6% on Tuesday as concerns over new pandemic curbs and slow vaccine rollouts in Europe compounded additional crude volumes.Brent crude futures settled down $3.83, or 5.9%, at $60.79 a barrel, after hitting a session low of $60.50. West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) ended $3.80, or 6.2%, lower at $57.76 a barrel, after touching a low of $57.32.Both benchmarks traded near lows not seen sinc...
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Southwest is reverting to its normal boarding policy and bringing back fan-favorite in-flight amenities

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737. Chris Parypa Photography/shutterstock Southwest Airlines is restoring additional amenities to its in-flight drink service. Coke, Diet Coke, and 7UP will be offered to passengers instead of just ice water. Southwest is also resuming a normal boarding procedure with groups of 30 boarding at a time. See more stories on Insider's business page. Southwest Airlines flights are slowly returning to normal in preparation for the summer of vaccinated travel.A...
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#AbuDhabi agrees multibillion-pound investment in British business | Financial Times

Abu Dhabi agrees multibillion-pound investment in British business | Financial Times The United Arab Emirates has agreed a multibillion-pound investment partnership with the UK to invest in British health, technology, clean energy and infrastructure, delivering a significant post-Brexit boost to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. As part of the deal, Mubadala, one of Abu Dhabi’s most active state funds, will pump £800m into the life sciences sector over five years alongside £200m from a British g...
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Oil Drops With Renewed Lockdowns Dimming Outlook for Demand - Bloomberg

Oil Drops With Renewed Lockdowns Dimming Outlook for Demand - BloombergOil slumped as a string of renewed lockdown measures in Europe clouded the prospects for a speedy recovery in consumption.Prices in New York and London fell as much as 5%, and the oil futures curve showed signs of near-term weakness. Europe’s demand recovery is set to take another hit with Germany, France and Italy all having widened lockdown measures this month. Meanwhile, coronavirus cases are surging in India and threateni...
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Russia, Mubadala Invest in Telegram After Kremlin Ban Failed - Bloomberg

Russia, Mubadala Invest in Telegram After Kremlin Ban Failed - BloombergThe state-controlled Russian Direct Investment Fund said Tuesday it joined Mubadala Investment Co. in buying convertible bonds of the Telegram messaging app, which was banned in Russia from 2018 until last summer.Earlier Tuesday, Mubadala and an Abu Dhabi joint venture it owns a stake in announced each made a $75 million investment in pre-initial public offering convertible bonds in Telegram. A spokesman for RDIF declined to...
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Plant-based egg maker Eat Just raises $200 million in new funding round | Reuters

Plant-based egg maker Eat Just raises $200 million in new funding round | ReutersEat Just Inc said on Tuesday it had raised $200 million in new funding that will be used to boost capacity and expand into new markets, as the plant-based egg producer looks to meet the growing demand for alternative protein products.Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund led the funding round, with private investment firm Charlesbank Capital Partners and Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital also pitching in...
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OPEC+ won't pump more oil than market can handle - #UAE energy min | Reuters

OPEC+ won't pump more oil than market can handle - UAE energy min | ReutersThe United Arab Emirates’ energy minister said on Tuesday that OPEC+ is unlikely to pump more oil than the market can handle.“I don’t think there is an idea to pump a lot of oil, more than the market can handle,” Suhail al-Mazrouei told Forbes Middle East in an interview when asked about possible scenarios for the OPEC+ meeting on April 1. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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As Gulf competition grows, #Dubai ruler announces government shake-up | Reuters

As Gulf competition grows, Dubai ruler announces government shake-up | ReutersAmid growing competition among Gulf states to position themselves for a post-oil future, Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum on Tuesday announced plans to restructure his government to make it more efficient.Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter that all Dubai officials and directors of government institutions will sign binding three-year contracts with set outcomes and pay.Dubai’s economy, which is the regio...
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What’s In A Word? | by Julian Walker

Almost every day I deal with a neologism, while sometimes I have to engage with a prelogism, and, occasionally, if I am especially lucky, I attend the birth of a protologism. What am I?
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Off To The Races! MCR Purchases A Dual-branded Tru And Home2 Suites By Hilton Near The Nashville Superspeedway

The ultimate pit stop! MCR, the fourth-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States, has acquired the 167-room dual-branded Tru by Hilton Smyrna Nashville and Home2 Suites by Hilton Smyrna Nashville in Tennessee.
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Digital Vaccine Passports Need To Be Unified To Strengthen Recovery Of International Travel, Says GlobalData

Trials for vaccine passports are rolling out to ensure the flow of safe travel between international destinations but there remains a lack of collaboration which will only further delay international travel's recovery, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
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Grupo Posadas Selects Duetto To Support Its Limited Service one Hotels Brand

Grupo Posadas has contracted with Duetto, hospitality's innovative software as a service provider of revenue strategy solutions, to bring pricing optimization and revenue automation to its limited-service one Hotels brand in Mexico.
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Supporting The Asian And Pacific Islander Community

Airbnb's mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and racism in any form stands in the way of this mission. We denounce all forms of racial discrimination against the Asian and Pacific Islander community, including the rise in anti-Asian xenophobia during the pandemic and the targeted, racist hate crime in Atlanta. While violence towards this community has increased during the pandemic, discrimination towards Asian and Pacific Islanders has been a longstanding and gl...
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What’s In A Word?

Almost every day I deal with a neologism, while sometimes I have to engage with a prelogism, and, occasionally, if I am especially lucky, I attend the birth of a protologism. What am I?
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Avani Hotels Offer Workcation Destination Packages

Whatever you call it —bleisure, bizcation, short-term digital nomading or workcation — the trend of working remotely while relocating with your laptop to somewhere inspiring is catching on. As the world gradually eases travel restrictions, a growing number of countries is starting to offer digital nomad visas to those looking to exchange the office grind for a more scenic WFA (work from anywhere) set-up.
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Industry Thought Leaders Gather to Tackle Hospitality Software Innovations, Current Travel Trends, and the Future of Travel at the First Virtual Innovative Hospitality Summit

The first annual Innovative Hospitality Summit (IHS) featured industry thought leaders who tackled the current challenges of the campground and hospitality industries, changing traveler trends, and effective operational strategies. Powered by RMS North America, a leading provider of cloud-based hospitality software, this year's conference took place virtually on March 16-17, 2021.
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Marriott International Signs Agreement with Al Saedan Group to Bring Three Hotels to Saudi Arabia

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced it has signed an agreement with Al Saedan Group, a leading real estate company in the Middle East, to open three hotels across Saudi Arabia. The multi-project agreement includes the country and territory's first Renaissance Hotel, the world's largest Aloft Hotel and a Courtyard by Marriott in the Holy City of Makkah. All three properties are projected to open by 2025.
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Beekeeper acquires Lua to tackle trillion-dollar opportunity in the frontline workforce productivity and collaboration space

Beekeeper, the leading mobile workforce productivity and collaboration platform designed specifically for frontline workers, today announced the acquisition of Lua. The acquisition of this prime operational workflow platform underlines Beekeeper's commitment to providing a full-stack mobile platform to enable frontline teams to operate more efficiently and effectively. Lua, with a presence in Denmark and the U.S., digitizes how work is coordinated and orchestrated across frontline teams. ...
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WhyHotel Announces New Pop-Up Hotels in Miami and D.C.

WASHINGTON, - WhyHotel, a hospitality platform and operator, today announced that Miami and D.C. will be the latest hosts for its signature pop-up hotel model. WhyHotel Midtown Miami is coming to AMLI Midtown Miami in South Florida, and WhyHotel Washington DC National Mall will arrive at the Kiley Apartments property in Washington, D.C. Each pop-up hotel location will operate 100+ units and will be open to guest bookings during the initial leasing process. Guests of these new WhyHotel loc...
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How to build an Omni-channel experience for your guests

Whether it is browsing through the hotel's website for more information, checking out reviews on OTAs and social media, or exploring exclusive deals, your guests are getting smarter and you should be too.
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Middle East markets fall, #Saudi Aramco drops | Reuters

Middle East markets fall, Saudi Aramco drops | ReutersMost markets in the Middle East ended lower on Tuesday, with Egypt’s blue-chip index losing over 0.6%.The Egyptian Stock Exchange was forced to suspend trading for half an hour after the EGX 100 index saw a 5 percent loss in value.“The sharp fall came from individual investors’ trading activities, which pushed the EGX to incur significant losses on Monday. The main EGX index lost 2.4 percent, with all shares declining by over $1.1 billion in ...
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