Flower Language

You two bloomed  gracefully even when the sky turned grey and the spring day was as cold as February  fear did not overshadow you. I hear you guiding my steps.                     [Author: French la Vie]
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subscribe-by-email is going away. bloggers, what are you going to use instead?

Blogger will soon stop supporting the function that allows readers to subscribe to blogs via email. This is occurring because Google is killing Feedburner. Like the deceased Google Reader, Feedburner is very popular, used by millions, but Google has not been updating it, and is now officially killing it.There has been some concern that Google might kill Blogger, but over the past several years, they have been answering Blogger-related questions and upgrading some Blogger features. I am still w...
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I went for a walk on Promenade Planteé in our old neighborhood. It was a really good place to enjoy Spring. It is found on top of this row of shops which once was used for wine storage. There is a lot of art in the shops including a bear skin made of feathers. This church looks especially great against the sky. There were tulips everywhere. Even more tulips. Some fun art.
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Mideast Stocks Head Warily Into May After April Gains: Inside EM - Bloomberg

Mideast Stocks Head Warily Into May After April Gains: Inside EM - Bloomberg Middle East stock markets were mixed as investors looked for direction on the first trading day of the month following gains in April.The main indexes in Kuwait, Oman and Dubai each rose 0.7% on Sunday, while the gauge in Abu Dhabi added 0.5%. Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index led losses with a 0.5% retreat. Qatari and Israeli markets were little changed. Trading in Bahrain and Egypt was closed for holidays.Thoug...
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Schlumberger-Backed Arabian Drilling Said to Plan #Saudi IPO - Bloomberg

Schlumberger-Backed Arabian Drilling Said to Plan Saudi IPO - Bloomberg Arabian Drilling Co., a Saudi oilfield-services company partly held by Schlumberger NV, is preparing an initial public offering that could give it a valuation of around $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.The firm, also owned by Saudi Arabia’s Industrialization & Energy Services Company, known as Taqa, has asked banks to pitch for a role on the potential share sale, the people said, asking not to be id...
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Mideast Stocks: Major Gulf markets end mixed; #Dubai index outshines | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Major Gulf markets end mixed; Dubai index outshines | ZAWYA MENA Edition Stock markets in the Gulf ended mixed on Sunday, with property shares driving the Dubai index higher while the Saudi bourse was hit by declines in financials.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index dropped 0.5%, with Saudi National Bank 1180.SE , the kingdom's largest lender, losing 2.1%, while Riyad Bank retreated 2.8% after it reported a fall in quarterly earnings. On Wednesday, the Saudi index gained sharply aft...
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#UAE's flydubai reports $194 mln loss for 2020 | Reuters

UAE's flydubai reports $194 mln loss for 2020 | Reuters United Arab Emirates carrier flydubai swung to a loss of 712.6 million dirhams ($194 million) last year, hit by a plunge in passenger traffic as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it said on Sunday.The loss compared with a 198.2 million dirham profit in 2019, when the airline reached a compensation deal with Boeing (BA.N).Revenue contracted 53.7% to 2.8 billion dirhams.Flydubai said the pandemic had impacted the airline more than any o...
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I flew on America's newest airline, Avelo, for $19 and the friendly service more than made up for the complete lack of frills

Flying on the first flight of Avelo Airlines. Thomas Pallini/Insider Avelo Airlines began flying on April 28 with an inaugural flight from Burbank to Santa Rosa in California. The ultra-low-cost airline is launching 11 routes from Burbank to kick off operations. The one-hour flight was enjoyable due to Avelo's friendly atmosphere but lacked in amenities. See more stories on Insider's business page. America has a brand new airline. Flying on the first flight of Avelo A...
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How to Snag a Last-Minute Campsite Reservation This Summer

While there have always been people who enjoy camping, the limited travel options during the COVID-19 pandemic had people sleeping under the stars (or in a tent) who wouldn’t have considered it previously. Though we’re several months into the vaccine rollout, only about 30% of the country’s population has been fully…Read more...
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Europe may allow vaccinated US travelers this summer. Here are the documents you'll need and how to know when it's safe.

A federal police officer checks the document of a passenger who landed from Prague at Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images European countries could accept fully vaccinated US travelers this summer. Americans would need to prove they've had their shots, but the specific rules may vary by country. Greece and Iceland, among the few countries already open to US tourists, are accepting CDC cards. See more stories on Insider's business page. Hol...
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AMAZING Wool Roll Bread!

You (or your mum) will love this wool roll bread! It's a soft loaf of milk bread where the clever wool stripe effect is so easy to achieve (all you need is a knife or pizza cutter!). This one is filled with cream cheese and blueberry jam and it is perfect for Mother's Day coming up!
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#UAE’s Non-Oil Economy Contracted First Since 2011 Last Year - Bloomberg

UAE’s Non-Oil Economy Contracted First Since 2011 Last Year - Bloomberg The United Arab Emirates’ non-oil economy shrank 6.2% last year on lower oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic, the first contraction since 2011 at least, according to preliminary government data.Overall gross domestic product in the Arab world’s second-largest economy is estimated to have contracted 6.1% in 2020, according to data cited in a statement by the Ministry of Economy. That’s slightly more than initial project...
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#AbuDhabi's Taqa raises $1.5bn through bond sale to fund growth | The National

Abu Dhabi's Taqa raises $1.5bn through bond sale to fund growth | The National Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, or Taqa, raised $1.5 billion through a dual-tranche bond issue to fund its low-carbon growth plans and buy back some of its outstanding corporate bonds.The company raised debt through two $750 million tranches. A seven-year note has an interest rate of 2 per cent, the lowest Taqa has achieved on its bond sales, the company said in a statement on Sunday to the Abu Dhabi Securities E...
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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-05-02

Wish They Could Stay With Us Forever Nearly May... The French la VIe French Auctions ... Antiques I Have Seen Antique Glass Top Candy Boxes Walking with an Iris
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Israeli Gold, Commodities Traders Can Now Trade on #Dubai’s DGCX - Bloomberg

Israeli Gold, Commodities Traders Can Now Trade on Dubai’s DGCX - Bloomberg Israeli gold traders are to be allowed to use the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange for the first time.The exchange said in a statement it has received a permit from the Israel Securities Authority, enabling Israeli corporations to become members of the DGCX, and to use its trading services and platforms. Israeli members will also be able to act as market makers.The announcement follows the Abraham Accords signed last ...
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JLL's Salbak on Luxury Home Sales Boom in #Dubai - Bloomberg

JLL's Salbak on Luxury Home Sales Boom in Dubai - Bloomberg Head of MENA Research at JLL, Dana Salbak, discusses her firm's latest report, which says that newly announced regulatory measures, the vaccine rollout and the upcoming Expo 2020 are all opportunities to revive the United Arab Emirates' real estate market. The wealthiest home buyers fleeing virus lockdowns for Dubai are still finding bargains aplenty, turning March into the busiest month ever for the UAE’s top-end residential proper...
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UPDATE 1-Russian oil output rises 2% in April following OPEC+ deal | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Russian oil output rises 2% in April following OPEC+ deal | Reuters Russian oil and gas condensate output rose 2% to 10.46 million barrels per day (bpd) in April, from 10.25 million bpd in March, according to Reuters calculations based on an Interfax report on Sunday citing energy ministry data.Under a deal agreed by the OPEC+ group of leading oil producers in March, Russia’s production quota was allowed to increase by 130,000 bpd from April 1 to 9.379 million bpd, excluding the outpu...
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MIDEAST STOCKS Gulf bourses mixed in early trade | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS Gulf bourses mixed in early trade | Reuters Stock markets in the Gulf were mixed early on Sunday, with bourses in the United Arab Emirates supported by corporate earnings reports.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) was down 0.4%, extending losses from the previous session.Saudi National Bank (1180.SE), the kingdom's largest lender, and petrochemical firm Saudi Basic Industries Corp (2010.SE) were both down 1.4%.On Wednesday, the Saudi index registered sharp gains after Crown ...
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UN catalogues ‘chilling tide of abuse’ against female journalists

Misogyny, bigotry and threats ‘cut public trust in critical media’, warns report after major investigationAn epidemic of online violence against female journalists worldwide is undermining their reporting, spilling over into real-life attacks and harassment, and puts their health and professional prospects in jeopardy, the UN has warned.The avalanche of misogynistic abuse and threats is not only damaging women working in media, it is also weaponised “to undercut public trust in critical journali...
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Qatari emir meets with #Saudi minister, seeks to boost bilateral ties | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Qatari emir meets with Saudi minister, seeks to boost bilateral ties | ZAWYA MENA Edition Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad met on Thursday with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State Prince Turki Bin Mohammed Bin Fahd, who is also a member of the Cabinet, in his office at the Sea Palace here.At the outset of the meeting, Prince Turki Bin Mohammed conveyed to the Qatari emir greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman and their wishes for the emi...
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I took this photo before the cool-down and rain of the past few days. The flowers are now way past their prime. This is what they looked like a week or so ago. It's been so chilly that I've built brief fires in the wood stove the last two days. Brrr. I hope things warm up soon. Our every-other-year lilac is having its "on" year this year. We're making progress on emptying the old chest freezer. We're down to a single layer of UFOs in the bottom. I dare say we're within a week of emptying the d...
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Marise Payne denies racism motivated ban on Australian citizens returning from Covid-ravaged India

Foreign affairs minister says ‘temporary pause’ is to alleviate the ‘significant burden’ returning travellers were placing on health systemsForeign affairs minister Marise Payne has defended the government’s decision to ban Australian citizens returning home from India, saying the move was “not in any way” motivated by racism.On Saturday the government announced it will introduce penalties including fines and jail time for anyone who tries to return home from India, with treasurer Josh Frydenber...
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