Desk Diary 20210517

Has it really been 5 years since I wrote the last Desk Diary? Life at work and home has changed drastically - and so has my workspaces too. I'm still constantly on the look to optimize my workspace which involves experimenting with what I need - and looking at what I can do without. I've been living in this apartment for the past few years now. It's literally a stone's throw away from work - not including the elevator wait, it's a 30 second run from door to door ;-) The apartment is small so I ...
Tags: Travel, Nvidia, MacBook Air, Kensington, Mirai, Alyx, RYZEN, Danny Choo, Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Vinpok Taptek

Chef wanted in Canada

  Dining and Bar located in SK is looking for a talented experienced   CHEF Full time  2-year contract        Wage:  18.50 CAD/hour       Hours:  40 a week Job Duties: Organize the kitchen, schedule staff Plan menu, determine daily specials Instruct staff in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, and presentation of food Plan, direct and supervise food preparation and cooking activities Prepare and cook food to the highest standards while following safe food handling procedure...
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Gratitude Above All

  The rewards of living with a big extended family in a small town are plentiful, I had fifty-five first cousins growing up, with the exception of eleven cousins the rest of us lived in the same town. My mom came from a family of seven, my dad came from a family of six they both were the youngest in their families. We were close, happy, loved I had instant friends. Plus I had four younger brothers. So it stands to reason that as I am sixty-three years old with most of my cousins older than me o...
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Maestro PMS Integration with HelloShift Brings Seamless Guest Messaging and Comprehensive Hotel Operations

[MARKHAM, ONTARIO, MAY 17, 2021] — Following the impact of the pandemic, hotel guest service and communication is more virtual than ever. The new integration partnership between Maestro PMS and HelloShift brings their mutual clients a Guest Messaging Solution that is simple and intuitive for staff and guests to use. In addition, because HelloShift’s unique messaging platform includes comprehensive hotel operations software, no guest request slips through the cracks.
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I have a friend who lives in Paris and who is also Belge. She texted me one day to say that the border between France and Belgium was open and asked if I wanted to make a quick trip with her for a visit. Of course, I said yes. A negative covid test was required and a form was filled out telling where you would be staying. In addition, we had both been vaccinated. After we got there we found out that we were supposed to stay isolated and get two more tests. We got our first test for free at the A...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Belgium, Denmark, Brussels, Mussels, Antwerp, Waffles, mannequin Pis

How to get Dubai visit visa for a family member

Are you planning to bring your family members to Dubai for a visit? In past few years, the rules for obtaining visit visa for Dubai have become stricter. You need to provide certain documents and pay fees to get Dubai visit visa for your family. Visit visas for immediate family members can be obtained by […] The post How to get Dubai visit visa for a family member appeared first on Dubai Expat Blog.
Tags: Travel, Dubai, Living in Dubai, Visit Visa, DNRD, Daily Dubai

MOIST Vegan Carrot Cake With "Cream Cheese" Frosting

Hey Vegans and vegan lovers! I've got an amazing vegan carrot cake for you! This moist, spiced carrot cake has carrot, walnuts and pineapple and a "cream cheese" frosting as well as adorably tiny little carrots on top! If you love a moist carrot cake this is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Cruise News Wrap-Up: Week Ending May 15, 2021

Cruise news seems to be a little more positive lately.  Despite new cancellations, cruise lines are revving up for hopeful mid-summer cruising.  Four cruise lines made the headlines in the past few days.   Cruise News for the Week Ending May... Read More The post Cruise News Wrap-Up: Week Ending May 15, 2021 appeared first on Cruise Maven.
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#Iran to Award $1.8 Billion Gas Field Contract to Local Company - Bloomberg

Iran to Award $1.8 Billion Gas Field Contract to Local Company - Bloomberg Iran’s Petropars Ltd. will be awarded a $1.78 billion contract by the National Iranian Oil Co. to develop the giant Farzad-B gas field that was previously intended to be tapped by a group of Indian companies.Petropars will produce 28 million cubic meters of gas a day from the offshore deposit within five years, according to the agreement, the Iranian oil ministry’s official Shana news service reported, with the contract...
Tags: Travel, Iran, Islamic Republic, Shana, China National Petroleum Corp, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, National Iranian Oil Co, ONGC Videsh Ltd, Petropars Ltd, Petropars, Local Company Bloomberg, Local Company Bloomberg Iran, Farzad B

Amanat 1Q Net Income 31.5M Dirhams - Bloomberg video

Amanat 1Q Net Income 31.5M Dirhams - Bloomberg Mohamed Hamade, CEO of Amanat, the Gulf Cooperation Council's largest healthcare and education investment company, discusses his company's reported first quarter net profit that more than quadrupled to 31.5 million dirhams. He says that profits rose on the back of a turnaround of its healthcare business. He speaks with Yousef Gamal El-Din on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East." (Source: Bloomberg) [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumf...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Gulf Cooperation Council, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Amanat, Bloomberg Daybreak, Yousef Gamal El Din, Mohamed Hamade

#Saudi banks will maintain high deposit levels, strong liquidity despite COVID-19: S&P | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Saudi banks will maintain high deposit levels, strong liquidity despite COVID-19: S&P | ZAWYA MENA Edition Banks in Saudi Arabia will maintain high deposit levels and enjoy strong liquidity despite the current environment, S&P said in a report on Sunday. The global ratings agency also sees economic risk in the kingdom as stable despite a budget deficit and public debt accumulated over the past years. “We think the country still has sufficient fiscal and external buffers to weather periods of l...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Conflict rattles Israeli rapprochement with Arab states | Financial Times

Conflict rattles Israeli rapprochement with Arab states | Financial Times When the United Arab Emirates shocked the Arab world by normalising relations with Israel it said the move would help ease the protracted Arab-Israeli conflict. But nine months later, the wealthy Gulf state finds itself in a difficult position as its newest ally bombards the impoverished Palestinian territory of Gaza.  Israeli warplanes and artillery have been pounding Gaza while Hamas, the group that cont...
Tags: Travel, Israel, Gaza, United Arab Emirates, Hamas, Financial Times, Arab, Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abraham Accords

MIDEAST STOCKS Top lender FAB boosts #AbuDhabi; #Dubai retreats | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS Top lender FAB boosts Abu Dhabi; Dubai retreats | Reuters The Abu Dhabi stock market ended higher on Sunday, buoyed by a surge in its top lender First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) (FAB.AD) on expectations that an upcoming review by MSCI of its emerging markets index will increase the bank's index weighting and spur foreign fund flows into its shares.The benchmark index (.ADI) jumped 3.5%, its biggest intraday gain since mid-January, with First Abu Dhabi bank surging more than 10%."The b...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Reuters, Ibrahim, MSCI, Adi, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, MSCI Emerging Markets, Abudhabi, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Emaar Properties EMAR DU, First Abu Dhabi, Bank Audi Egypt

The e-commerce boom fueled by Amazon has led to the creation of the world's largest twin-engine cargo plane - meet 'Big Twin'

Israel Aerospace Industries' Boeing 777-300ER "Big Twin" cargo plane. Israel Aerospace Industries The growth of e-commerce companies like Amazon is prompting cargo carriers to take on more planes. Israel Aerospace Industries and GECAS are developing a new cargo plane based on the Boeing 777-300ER. The world's largest twin-engine cargo will carry more cargo and be more efficient than its predecessors. See more stories on Insider's business page. The booming e-commerce indu...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, News, Planes, Israel, Trends, Features, Emirates, General Election, Dubai, Amazon Prime Air, Michigan, Boeing, Cargo, GE Aviation

Going 'Yellow'

  This was the first week since last year when the pandemic situation allowed us to leave our region for non-emergency reasons. Basilicata was declared "giallo" and we could go to other regions without a self-authorization. We took advantage of the freedom and drove down from the mountains to Vietri Sul Mare near the Amalfi Coast to visit one of our favorite restaurants, Sesta Stazione. They have tables in a small piazza and serve only local products and fresh seafood - always a grea...
Tags: Travel, Amalfi Coast, Daily Life, Basilicata, Bryan, Travels in Italy

3 predictions for how company operations will change post-pandemic, according to an operations expert

Airlines will need to retool their pricing model after a year of unpredictable travel. Kittiphan Teerawattanakul/EyeEm/Getty Images Marty Lariviere is a professor of operations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. He offered three predictions for how operational changes will stay the same or shift in the future. Stores will keep minimal SKUs, supply chains will snap back to normal, and travel pricing will vary. See more stories on Insider's business page. As growing num...
Tags: Travel, Business, Cdc, Opinion, Trends, Strategy, Stores, Airlines, Travel Industry, Operations, Nordic, Inventory, Kimberly Clark, Kellogg School, Global Business Travel Association, Kellogg School of Management

FDI to the #UAE surges 44.2 per cent in 2020, backed by billion-dollar infrastructure investments | The National

FDI to the UAE surges 44.2 per cent in 2020, backed by billion-dollar infrastructure investments | The National Foreign direct investment to the UAE surged 44 per cent to reach nearly $20 billion (Dh73.45bn) in 2020, the government said on Saturday."Despite the UN's estimates that global foreign direct investment flows decreased by 42 per cent in 2020 over Covid-19, the UAE witnessed 44 per cent growth in FDI flows in 2020, compared to 2019, to reach Dh73bn," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice P...
Tags: Travel, Dubai, Un, Uae, Mohammed, ADNOC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Iran Gears Up for Return to Oil Market as U.S. Talks Advance - Bloomberg

Iran Gears Up for Return to Oil Market as U.S. Talks Advance - Bloomberg Iran is preparing to ramp up global oil sales as talks to lift sanctions show signs of progress. But even if a deal is struck, the flow of additional crude into the market may be gradual.State-controlled National Iranian Oil Co. has been priming oil fields -- and customer relationships -- so it can increase exports if an accord is clinched, officials said. In the most optimistic estimates, the country could return to pre-...
Tags: Travel, Iran, State, NIOC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, National Iranian Oil Co, U S Talks Advance Bloomberg, U S Talks Advance Bloomberg Iran, Mohammad Ali Khatibi

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE mid-session

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE mid-session [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#AbuDhabi Shares at Record, Shrug Off Mideast Tension: Inside EM - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi’s main stock index rose to a record, even amid heightened tensions in the region, as the benchmark’s biggest member surged on hopes of foreign inflows.The ADX General Index climbed as much as 2.1% Sunday, boosted by gains for First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC, the biggest lender in the United Arab Emirates. The stock surged as much as 5.8% after MSCI Inc. last week announced a quarterly review that could trigger about $500 million in flows from abroad. Shares in Oman also gained while those in...
Tags: Travel, Israel, Bloomberg, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Oman, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Emirates NBD, Emaar Properties, DAMAC Properties, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Emaar Malls, MSCI Inc

Hot house tomatoes and other delights

Not that it's hot. The tomatoes are growing crazily and should be planted in the ground now. But the wet weather means I'd have to plant them in mud. Not what I want to do. And it's not warm. So in the green house they'll stay for the time being. Plants in the green house a few days ago. I've heard nothing in response to my question about the Blogger malware and virus issue from the user forum. I can't find anything about it on the internet, either. Typical. Thanks to all my readers who respon...
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#UAE attracts foreign investments of $20 billion in 2020 | Reuters

UAE attracts foreign investments of $20 billion in 2020 | Reuters Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United Arab Emirates rose to $19.88 billion in 2020, up 44.2% from the previous year, the government said on Saturday.Contributing to this figure were large deals carried out by the state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC), state news agency WAM said, without giving any further details.Economy minister Abdullah al-Marri said the UAE would move forward with initiatives to increase the e...
Tags: Travel, Wam, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Reuters, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co ADNOC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abdullah al Marri

Weekly Top Posts: 2021-05-16

When I Traveled to Morocco the First Time Wish They Could Stay With Us Forever Antique Glass Top Candy Boxes
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#UAE's GGICO to focus on business continuity as losses hit $459mln | ZAWYA MENA Edition

UAE's GGICO to focus on business continuity as losses hit $459mln | ZAWYA MENA Edition Dubai-listed Gulf General Investments Company (GGICO) is looking into business continuity, as accumulated losses hit 1.687 billion dirhams ($459 million) during the first three months of the year. In a bourse filing to the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the company with investments in property, manufacturing, hospitality, retail and financial services sectors, said the losses incurred were a result of impairm...
Tags: Travel, Dubai Financial Market DFM, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, MENA Edition Dubai, Gulf General Investments Company GGICO

#Dubai's DAMAC Properties lifts sales but first-quarter loss widens | Reuters

Dubai's DAMAC Properties lifts sales but first-quarter loss widens | Reuters Dubai developer DAMAC Properties’ on Sunday posted a first-quarter net loss of 189.6 million dirhams ($51.6 million), widening from 106.1 million dirhams a year earlier despite a pick-up in sales.The owner of the Middle East’s only Trump-branded golf course, located in Dubai, said this was mainly because it had yet to account for revenue from projects about to be completed.Gross profit fell to 139 million dirhams from...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, Dubai, Trump, Reuters, DAMAC Properties, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Damac, Reuters Dubai

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