Coquette, The Miniature Portrait I call Piglet

  This is Piglet.     With her grey curls, which was a thing back then, because she is not that old. Her eyebrows are so hip now. How did she know? A seductive echelle, blue-ribbon untied, what was she thinking I doubt it was about chocolate. And one gold loop, not two, trying to be a modern girl without a pearl earring. I tell you this portrait has a story. Coquette! ------------------             Here is Barbara (Frank is her husband and they love France. I have had the pleasure of mee...
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Digital Marketing: 41 Tools +12 Tips + 6 Steps to Create a Strategy

I found these 3 articles very helpful for those who are already working in digital marketing industry so I mentioned them all here with a summary and the links that will take you to the relevant articles where you can learn it all. Kindly let me know if you personally use some other tips and tools so I will update my blog post accordingly. Many thanks, – ...
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Top 5 Mother's Day Edible Gifts!

Nothing means more than something home made and this year for Mother's Day I've got some delicious edible gift recipes for you. From a simple but effective bunch of tomato tulips to a more time elaborate like a cookie selection box, home made chocolates or cupcake bouquet!
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It’s odd, isn’t it, that a throat-scorching liquor made from the almost spent left-overs of the wine making process would command a relatively high price and be consumed in thin and elegant glasses whose glistening flared chimneys amplify the vapors like the bell of a tuba amplifies the wet lip blat that originates with the artist at the other end. But there you have it. But what gives Grappa the luster of modernity is the way it is produced from the detritus left over from a vintage: skins, s...
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Niagara Falls Illuminated in Blue For Doctors’ Day

Reading Time:  2 minutes - Niagara Falls’ Illumination Board confirmed it will be lighting both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls in blue, the evening of May 1 from 9 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., to show appreciation for doctors on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors’ Day occurs every year in Canada on May 1 and is a time to highlight and celebrate doctors’ expertise and dedication to patient care. With this year’s Doctors’ Day falling in the middle of the COVID-19 pand...
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The Growth In Management Fee Expense | By Robert Mandelbaum

In 2019, 86% of the hotels that participated in CBRE Hotels Research's annual Trends® in the Hotel Industry survey of property-level operating statements reported the payment of a management fee. On average, these hotels paid management fees equal to 3.6% of total operating revenue. The management fee to revenue ratio was the highest for convention hotels (4.1%) and lowest for resorts and full-service hotels (3.5%). Relative to the bottom line, total management fees averaged 13.9% of prof...
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CBRE Announces Rebounding U.S. Hotel Performance

The April edition of CBRE U.S. Hotels' State of the Union showcases a collection of current industry trends, economic drivers, margins, key leading indicators for the lodging industry and an update on the debt capital markets. The overview looks at the factors influencing both leisure and business travel and underscores the message that the recovery is well underway.
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Event Replay: World Tourism Forum - Lucerne Online Meetup Session #1 - 29 April 2021

Now is the time to talk about the future, challenge the past and come up with new business models. Join our first free 90-minute Online Meetup to hear from speakers such as Guy Parmelin (Switzerland's President and Member of the Federal Council), Nadia Fettah Alaoui, (Morocco's Minister of Tourism), futurist Matthias Horx, and CEOs Marcus Bernhardt and Johannes Reck. We'll learn how tomorrow's world will look, whether the pandemic is prompting governments to rethink their tourism strategi...
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What Caught Your Eye Today?

  The painter captures the moment. Giving a glimpse of the story that unfolds before his eyes. The small details set up the atmosphere, a book with a page being turned, an empty china teacup, an apple that sits near the fold line of a crisp white linen tablecloth.   Tomorrow I will give two little portraits away and tell the story of Piglet. If you haven't already please leave a comment or send me an email to be part of the giveaway.   What small detail caught your eye today? Mine was a grassho...
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Ask me anything – the Aron Ra edition

Greetings from the San Francisco Bay area. It’s great to be back in the old neighborhood visiting friends. I’ve been away for almost 15 months. The weather is as usual wonderful. Traffic on 101 and 880 is lighter than normal… Continue reading →
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Disney has unveiled its newest cruise ship with interactive 'Frozen' and 'Avengers' restaurants and a Star War-themed bar - see inside the Wish

The Disney Wish. Disney Cruise Line Disney Cruises has unveiled its newest ship, the Disney Wish. The Wish will have features like a Star Wars themed bar, a "Frozen" dining experience, and a water ride. The Wish will begin sailing in 2022 from Florida to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. See more stories on Insider's business page. Disney Cruise Line has unveiled its latest ship: the Disney Wish, which will begin sailing next year. The Disney Wish. Di...
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Oil Posts April Gain With Focus on Upcoming Demand Revival - Bloomberg

Oil Posts April Gain With Focus on Upcoming Demand Revival - Bloomberg PRICES West Texas Intermediate fell $1.43 to settle at $63.58 a barrel, but rose 2.3% this weekBrent for June settlement, which expires Friday, lost $1.31 to $67.25 a barrel. The contract is up 1.7% this week, and climbed 5.8% for the monthThe more-active July contract declined $1.29 to $66.76 Oil rose this month with a slew of positive economic data and signs of a budding fuel consumption revival in key economies of...
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What Q1 financial results of top four banks say about #UAE’s banking sector? | Banking – Gulf News

What Q1 financial results of top four banks say about UAE’s banking sector? | Banking – Gulf News Most of the leading banks in the UAE have declared their first quarter 2021results pointing to improving operating conditions. While year on year profit gains have been modest at best for most banks, they have made significant gains over the previous quarter and other preceding quarters. Clearly, the Q1 numbers are pointing to improvement in the economic conditions leading to improved non...
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#Dubai Plans New Park for Food Firms in Vertical Farming Push - Bloomberg

Dubai Plans New Park for Food Firms in Vertical Farming Push - Bloomberg Dubai will build a new business park to host specialized agricultural firms as the Middle East’s business hub pushes for food security.The first phase of the project, dubbed “Food Tech Valley,” will include headquarters, research and development facilities, innovation center, smart food logistics hub and areas for vertical farming, according to a tweet by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.Dubai, a desert city that ...
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The Forest of Notre Dame

At first, the news didn’t seem that shocking. I was enjoying a leisurely lunchtime on my parent’s porch in Richmond, Virginia. My brother had just read out a text from my sister-in-law: “Notre-Dame is burning”. I pictured a flickering garbage can in a little side room of the grand, resolute, and enduring cathedral. It’s in the middle of fire stations-galore á Paris! The firemen would have this out in a jiffy. We finished up the dishes and turned on the TV. My heart stopped and I burst into t...
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Deepest Backwardation Since ‘07 Shows World Short on Commodities - Bloomberg

Deepest Backwardation Since ‘07 Shows World Short on Commodities - Bloomberg For an idea of exactly how strong the fundamentals are for commodities such as metals, agriculture and oil today, consider this: These markets are now showing the steepest backwardation in more than 14 years.That is, the premium for commodities that can be delivered now versus later into the future is the highest it has been since at least 2007, signaling just how strong the world’s demand is for raw materials and how...
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Seedlings, again

Last weekend I posted a photo of the tomato seedlings in the green house. Here they are again this weekend, about twice the size. They look happy and healthy. And the zucchini that I thought had been eaten by something? Well, it's there. Turns out it was trying to grow upside down. I freed the leaves from the soil and righted the plant. It survived. It even looks pretty good. I'm waiting for the third one to sprout, but I'll only plant two out in the garden. You CAN have too much zucchini. I l...
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Huge Fish Spawning Migration

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#Saudi foreign reserves rose 1.7% in March to $449bln | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Saudi foreign reserves rose 1.7% in March to $449bln | ZAWYA MENA Edition Saudi Arabia’s foreign reserves increased by 1.7 percent month over month in March to SR1.683 trillion ($448.9 billion), according to data from the country’s central bank, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority.Reserves were 5 percent lower from a year earlier, SAMA said.Investments in foreign securities edged up 0.2 percent month over month to SR1.124 trillion, while foreign exchange and deposits abroad rose 5.7 perc...
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