Legislature advances capital gains tax hike, cuts services and jobs in proposed budget, public TV exec implicated in CARES fraud case, rental car shortage as tourism surges, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Legislative money chairs Rep. Sylvia Luke, Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz (file) Hawaii state agencies in an uproar as budget eliminates hundreds of positions. State agencies were in an uproar Monday as they fought to reinstate funding for hundreds of government positions and hold onto tens of millions of dollars squirreled away in special funds that normally fall outside of the legislative budget process. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Lawmakers Advance Capital Gains Tax Increase. A proposal to jack up ...
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What is Perfection?

      What is perfection? What is loved- What is created for someone- and cherished- even when it is worn true. what is perfection? a loaf of bread, a lily and contentment in the simple things that nourish us and bring beauty.                      [Author: French la Vie]
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A boldly masked Tokyo salaryman under the blossoms

Not your average mask, and clearly not your average Tokyo salaryman.
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'Culture without crowds': UK tourism chiefs tout virtues of fall in foreign visitors

Industry body report shows 70% decline in visitor numbers at British attractions last yearA “phenomenal” summer of culture in the UK without crowds, queues or inbound tourists beckons, tourism chiefs have promised, as new figures were published laying bare just how bad 2020 was.Bernard Donoghue, the director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), said there would probably not be another chance for people to experience the nation’s museums, galleries, zoos, castles, country hou...
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Oil falls as Suez Canal reopens, dollar rallies; eyes on OPEC+ meeting | Reuters

Oil falls as Suez Canal reopens, dollar rallies; eyes on OPEC+ meeting | ReutersOil prices slid more than 1% on Tuesday as the Suez Canal reopened to traffic and the U.S. dollar rallied.Investors shifted focus to the upcoming OPEC+ ministerial meeting on Thursday, where analysts expect the group to extend supply curbs given dim demand prospects.Brent crude fell 84 cents, or 1.3%, to settle at $64.14 a barrel while West Texas Intermediate U.S. oil ended the session down $1.01, or 1.6%, at $60.55 ...
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In the Sixth

The sixth arrondissement is full of interesting places and things. There is the wonderful architecture. Saint Sulpice Church seen down the street. It looks like the tower is leaning a bit. The back of the church. I love the fountain in the front of the church. Here it is from across the street.
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Amadeus Expands Hoteliers’ Access to Historical Market Insight to Complement Forward-Looking Data

For more than a year, the global travel industry has been impacted by unprecedented uncertainty due to the spread of COVID-19. Changing travel regulations across all regions of the world forced hoteliers to make challenging decisions for their business. Where they once relied on the prior year's performance to inform their strategy, hoteliers quickly found that during a global pandemic, solely looking to prior year data couldn't provide the needed context of the weeks and months that lay ...
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Airline stocks could climb 70% as the hard-hit sector recovers from the pandemic, Jefferies says

Flying on American Airlines during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Airline stocks could advance by another 70% after their 30% rise so far in 2021, said analysts at Jefferies. American Airlines was upgraded to a hold rating from underperform as part of a look at the sector. Commodity inflation is something to watch as a pressure point for earnings but currently works as a "tailwind". See more stories on Insider's business page. Airline stocks look set to fly up by another 70% a...
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Strong ongoing censorship by Big Tech – and a plea for critical thinking

This is an email I sent to some media people in Australia a moment ago. Please share this with the anyone from the media that you’re aware of. === Dear all I’m a candidate for the federal seat of Menzies in the forthcoming elections. I’ve been a whistleblower for the grossly disproportionate response we’re seeing from […]
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The 6 best men's hiking boots, perfect for backpacking trips or short day hikes

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The pair of hiking boots you wear has a huge impact on how comfortable and enjoyable a hike can be. The best offer a long-lasting and comfortable fit, are stable across varied terrain, and can be broken in quickly. Our top pick, the Asolo TPS 520 GV, is a water-resistant boot that's supportive and highly comfortable. Choosing the right hiking boot means first considering the environment in which you'll primarily use them. Whether you're keen on da...
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DIVINE Kataïfi Walnut Pastries in Spiced Syrup

Kataïfi are wonderful Cypriot Greek pastries filled with walnuts with a buttery threadlike thin pastry. They're finished with a spiced syrup redolent in clove, cinnamon and orange and are wonderfully crunchy on top and syrupy on the base. And Dear Reader, these are so good they are a pushy recipe!
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#Qatar Petroleum takes over ownership of first-ever LNG plant | Reuters

Qatar Petroleum takes over ownership of first-ever LNG plant | Reuters Qatar Petroleum said on Tuesday it would take full ownership of its Qatargas 1 liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant when its 25-year contract with international investors including Exxon Mobil Corp and Total SE expires next year.The decision not to extend the contracts for the country’s first-ever LNG processing plan came as Qatar Petroleum (QP), the world’s top LNG producer, prepares to vastly expand its capacity in the co...
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Second day of trading for Murban crude contracts | The National

Second day of trading for Murban crude contracts | The NationalMurban crude futures, Abu Dhabi's new oil benchmark, traded in line with international benchmark Brent on its second day of trading on the commodities exchange at ADGM.The Murban futures contract for June delivery was trading 0.5 per cent lower at $63.57 per barrel at 7.28pm UAE time.Brent, which underpins the majority of global oil trade, was 0.6 per cent lower at $64.57 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate, which prices oil on the b...
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#Saudi private sector to invest $1.3 trillion in diversification by 2030: Crown Prince | Reuters

Saudi private sector to invest $1.3 trillion in diversification by 2030: Crown Prince | ReutersSaudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Tuesday the local private sector will invest 5 trillion riyals ($1.3 trillion) between now and 2030 as part of new programme to help diversify the economy.The private sector investment is part of the 12 trillion riyals worth of investments in the economy planned by 2030, Prince Mohammed said in a televised speech.The amount also includes 3 trillio...
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Cruise Lines Ready to Sail Again

Cruise Lines Ready to Sail Again Are cruise lines ready to sail again in the United States? Name another business, other than cruise lines, that the federal government has forced to remain closed for over a year. There aren’t any. It seems that we are seeing a spike in new Covid-19 cases around the country.  But according to this article from WebMD, those new cases are showing up in younger age groups. And if we consider the mob scene in Miami over spring break, it is pretty easy to understan...
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How Lex Greensill and David Cameron tried to woo #SaudiArabia’s crown prince | Financial Times

How Lex Greensill and David Cameron tried to woo Saudi Arabia’s crown prince | Financial Times By reports of Lex Greensill’s account of the trip, the Australian financier explained he bonded under the night sky with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over both having studied law © FT montage; Shutterstock, Bloomberg AFP via Getty  Lex Greensill had penetrated the British establishment, forging close links with the country’s highest-ranking civil servants and ministers and lob...
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#Saudi mall operator Arabian Centres sells $650 million in sukuk | Reuters

Saudi mall operator Arabian Centres sells $650 million in sukuk | ReutersSaudi mall operator Arabian Centres on Tuesday launched $650 million in 5-1/2 year sukuk, or Islamic bonds, at 5.625%, a document showed.The yield was tightened from initial guidance of around 5.875% after orders topped $1.35 billion, the document from one of the banks on the deal showed.Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Albilad Investment, JPMorgan, Kamco Invest and Warba Bank arranged the deal.Sources told Reuters earli...
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OPEC+ Panel Revises Down Oil-Demand Estimate on Saudi Suggestion - Bloomberg

OPEC+ Panel Revises Down Oil-Demand Estimate on Saudi Suggestion - BloombergA panel of OPEC+ technical experts agreed to revise down oil-demand estimates for 2021 after Saudi Arabia suggested that the figure looked too high, delegates said.The move, which was also supported by Algeria, comes just days before the group meets to discuss production levels for May, and follows a recommendation from OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo that the coalition should remain very cautious.At the previou...
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#AbuDhabi outperforms Gulf markets | Reuters

Abu Dhabi outperforms Gulf markets | ReutersThe Abu Dhabi stock market ended higher on Tuesday, reaching its highest level since 2005, while the Saudi index was supported by utility company Saudi Electricity after it reported strong full-year earnings.In Abu Dhabi, the index finished 1.5% higher, led by a 2.7% gain in telecoms firm Etisalat and a 1.3% increase in the country’s largest lender First Abu Dhabi BankAbu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, started trading a Murban crude fu...
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Americans Spent 176 Hours Scrolling Social Media For Travel Inspiration This Year, Data Reveals

The average American spent 176 hours scrolling social media for travel inspiration throughout the past year, according to new research from Motel 6. On the heels of the one-year anniversary of the health crisis, the economy lodging brand released a survey revealing that three in five (60%) Americans experienced a stronger desire to travel in the past 12 months than in a normal year and hope to turn that into a reality in 2021.
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Loews Hotels & Co Achieves Well Health-Safety Rating

Loews Hotels & Co announces they are one of the first hospitality brands to receive the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), the global authority on healthy buildings.
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Vaccinations And Economic Stimulus Spur Stronger Second Half Performance For U.S. Hotels

The continued rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations and additional stimulus funds have strengthened the foundation for the recovery of the U.S. lodging industry. According to the February 2021 edition of Hotel Horizons®, CBRE Hotels Research is forecasting an average national occupancy level of 43.0% during the first half of 2021, accelerating to 55.1% in the second half of the year.
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Tourists in Greece and Spain but most of Covid-hit Europe plans Easter at home

Several thousand Germans head to Crete and Balearic islands as pandemic third wave spreads across EUCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first foreign tourists may have landed in locked-down Spain and Greece, but as a third wave of the pandemic accelerates across the EU, few Europeans will be enjoying an Easter break abroad – or even away from home.German holidaymakers began arriving on Crete on Monday, with six half-empty flights landing at Heraklion airport after the...
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Is Google’s Zero-Click Search a Threat or Opportunity for Hoteliers? | By Max Starkov

Last year 64.82% of searches on Google ended up with "zero clickthroughs" to websites, blogs, articles, etc., because Google provided all the answers a user would need on the search results page itself, making a click to the underlying content unnecessary (SimilarWeb/SparkToro). This was a significant increase from the 50% "zero click searches" back in 2019.
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EHL Sustainability Week 2021: A Virtual And Inclusive Event | By Natacha Reymond

This March, EHL organized its third Sustainability Week as part of the movement for positive change within Swiss universities.
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How a small company in India produces over 2,000 tons of colorful Holi powder each year

People celebrate the Hindu holiday of Holi with colorful powder known as gulal. One company in Hathras, India, makes over 6,000 tons of gulal every year. We went inside the factory churning out powder year-round in the gulal capital of the world. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Yellow is one of the most popular colors thrown during Holi. Called gulal, the fine powder is made from a mixture of starch and dyes.One factory in India, Radha Kishan Color World, produces 2,000 tons of g...
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"It’s more necessary than ever to find the empathetic experience of meeting another person, being in another culture, to smell it, to suffer it, to put up with the hardship and the nuisances of travel, all of that matters."

The pro-travel position, aspirationally articulated by Paul Theroux, quoted in (NYT). Nice photo of Theroux's workspace at the link. I'm a longtime fan of that genre of photography, and I declare this example worth a click. I'm also a longtime participant in the debate about whether to travel, and I'm more of a con than a pro. In that light, I'll say that Theroux sets a somewhat high bar for what you're supposed to be doing in this thing called travel — "empathetic experience," "being in, "sme...
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#Saudi mall operator Arabian Centres gives initial guidance for dollar sukuk - document | Reuters

Saudi mall operator Arabian Centres gives initial guidance for dollar sukuk - document | ReutersSaudi mall operator Arabian Centres on Tuesday gave initial price guidance of around 5.875% for 5-1/2-year U.S. dollar-denominated sukuk, or Islamic bonds, a document showed.Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Albilad Investment, JPMorgan, Kamco Invest and Warba Bank are arranging the deal, which is expected to be of benchmark size and launch later on Tuesday, the document from one of the banks showed...
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IHG Hotels & Resorts Launches Interactive European Development Webinar Programme To Enhance Owner Experience

IHG® Hotels & Resorts (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced a series of six virtual free-to-join webinars, designed in lieu of physical owner, investor and developer meetings and European roadshows. Kicking off on 28 April 2021 and focusing on IHG's essentials collection brands, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, the sessions will be hosted by IHG's Vice President Development Europe, Willemijn Geels, who will be joined by keynote speakers as part of the wid...
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Marriott International Teams With Shihan Card And Visa For Korea's First-Ever Co-Branded Hotel Credit Card

Marriott International today announced the launch of Marriott Bonvoy® The BEST Shinhan Card, offered exclusively by Visa, enabling cardholders to accelerate the number of Marriott Bonvoy points they earn, which can be redeemed for free nights at more than 7,600 hotels across 30 extraordinary brands around the world. This launch is set to be the first hotel industry credit card in South Korea where Cardholders can earn Marriott Bonvoy points and enjoy member benefits that come with elite s...
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