Update Pam

Pam’s husband Rick has sent me daily messages regarding his lovely wife Pam. I am happy to say there is good news! Pam is recovering she is breathing and eating on her own! The days ahead will be filled with hope and thanksgiving and regaining her strength and mobility. Whew! Thank you for your everything. Good news feels so divine.                      [Author: French la Vie]
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Australia plans staggered reopening of international borders in second half of year

Scott Morrison flags changes to international travel and hotel quarantine but says he is in ‘no hurry’ to reopen borders Scott Morrison says Australia is in “no hurry” to reopen international borders, but vaccinated Australians may be able to travel for “essential” purposes in the second half of the year, with the possibility of quarantining at home on return.Just days after saying Australia would “have to get used to dealing with 1,000 cases a week or more” if the international border restricti...
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Even before I started watching this I was fully expecting it to be problematic, and oh boy, it sure was. I mean, yes, it’s a product of its time, and rampant sexism and misogyny is pretty much par for the course when it comes to that era’s comedies — especially anything that revolves around teens or college students. At first I was even taken aback by some raw examples of anti-Semitism, although that turns out to be a plot point that becomes surprisingly progressive. Did I laugh? A bit, an...
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Culture needs us, as much as we need culture

Last month, a horn player sounded an 18,000 year-old conch shell, discovered in 1931 at Marsoulas Cave in France. In doing so, he confirmed that the shell was not only decorative, but the oldest wind instrument of its kind. In January this year, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the world’s oldest cave painting was revealed, dating back 45,000 years. These discoveries remind us how culture is vital to human lives. It is a deep-rooted anthropological need, with its origins in the distant past...
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#UAE reviews plans to launch federal gold trading platform | The National

UAE reviews plans to launch federal gold trading platform | The National Gold topped the list of commodities in Dubai's 2020 external trade at Dh213 billion Reuters The UAE is reviewing plans to launch a federal platform for gold trading to strengthen the country’s role in the global gold and jewellery market.Technical plans for the platform and for establishing a comprehensive database of all of the main players in the country's gold industry were reviewed at a meeting of the Emir...
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After taking 13 flights on Frontier Airlines, I've figured how to get the best experience for the cheapest price. Here's what to know.

Flying Frontier Airlines during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Frontier Airlines boasts cheap tickets but fares can quickly add up with extra fees. Everything from advanced seat assignments to carry-on bags incurs a fee. I've taken 13 flights on Frontier and know how to make the most of flying on the low-cost carrier. See more stories on Insider's business page. Frontier Airlines is one of the country's fastest-growing airlines with a sprawling network that always seems...
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A self-flying Cessna just completed a fully automated flight with no pilot input as startup Xwing seeks to revolutionize aviation

Xwing's autonomous Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. Xwing Xwing completed a fully automated "gate-to-gate" flight with its self-flying plane. Pilots merely monitored the aircraft while it performed maneuvers on its own. The technology could revolutionize aviation and cut back on pilot expenses for airlines. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fully self-flying planes are moving closer and closer to becoming an everyday reality. Xwing's autonomous Cessna Grand Car...
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Add India to UK travel ban list to stop Covid variant, urges scientist

Indian coronavirus variant has potential to ‘scupper’ lockdown easing, says professor of immunologyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia should be placed on the UK’s “red list” for travel after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to a leading scientist.Prof Danny Altmann, from Imperial College London, says it is “mystifying” and “confounding” that those flying in from the country are not required to stay in a hotel. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, India, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Imperial College London, Coronavirus, Danny Altmann

#Saudi Binladin International carries out largest debt restructuring in the region | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Saudi Binladin International carries out largest debt restructuring in the region | ZAWYA MENA Edition Saudi Binladin International Holding is carrying out the largest debt restructuring in the Middle East, close to SR33 billion ($8.7 billion), with as much as 75 percent involving Saudi banks, said CEO Khalid Al Gwaiz on Thursday.The company has obtained principal approvals from creditors for the debt restructuring and hopes to reach a formal agreement with them by the end of June and a fina...
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Bloomin' tree

Here's a close-up of the flowers on our ornamental prunus. I don't know if it's a plum, a cherry, or something else. Prunus is a broad category. The main thing is that it doesn't produce any fruit. It's just for show. We're getting loads of pretty blossoms this year. We did have a couple of fruiting plum trees in the yard when we moved in. The fruit was good, but it wasn't all that abundant. Both trees were knocked over by wind during the storm Xynthia in 2010. It's hard to believe that it's b...
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Hawaii vaccine passport delayed, University of Hawaii mulls requiring vaccinations, coral reef threatened by climate change, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Coral reef in Hawaii ©2021 All Hawaii News Global Warming's Extreme Rains Threaten Hawaii's Coral Reefs. Extreme rain events predicted to become more common with human-caused global warming not only wreak havoc on land — the runoff from these increasingly severe storms also threatens Hawaii's coral reefs. Associated Press.Hawaii Safe Travels coronavirus vaccine passport timeline pushed back. Lt. Gov. Josh Green said it is now looking like mid-May could be the date vaccinated travelers can...
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Airbnb's CEO says the company will need millions more hosts to deal with a post-pandemic travel boom 'unlike anything we've ever seen'

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Mike Segar/Reuters Airbnb's CEO on Friday said it needed millions more hosts for the post-pandemic travel boom. Airbnb sees a "rebound coming that's unlike anything we've ever seen," CEO Brian Chesky told CNBC. It has 4 million hosts with about 5.6 million listings, numbers mostly unchanged by the pandemic. See more stories on Insider's business page. Airbnb will need millions of new hosts to meet demand as the world exits the pandemic, CEO Brian Ch...
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Oil Has Best Week Since Early March on Improving Demand Outlook - Bloomberg

Oil Has Best Week Since Early March on Improving Demand Outlook - BloombergOil posted the biggest weekly gain since early March as economic data in the U.S. and China strengthened expectations for a recovery in global fuel demand.Futures in New York advanced 6.4% this week, despite eking out a small loss on Friday. On the heels of robust economic figures out of the U.S., data from China showed its gross domestic product climbed 18.3% in the first quarter from a year prior as consumer spending be...
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A Weekend in Rylstone, Mudgee Region!

If you're headed towards the Mudgee region or Rylstone, there's plenty to do on a break there. From a delightful farm stay with wombats, kangaroos and birds to a picturesque winery, a pomegranate and olive farm visit, the town's popular Mexican eatery and a delicious yum cha and tea house!
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