Eviction moratorium to expire, free meals for all public school students, military reviewing exercises after whale deaths, highest COVID case count since January, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Apartment buildings seen from the Ala Wai ©2021 All Hawaii NewsEviction moratorium in Hawaii to end Aug. 6. A moratorium on evictions that Gov. David Ige imposed in April 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began strangling Hawaii’s tourism-based economy will be lifted Aug. 6, paving the way for renters and landlords to tap into federal rental assistance and free mediation serv­ices on all islands intended to make landlords whole and keep families in their homes. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Heral...
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Do You Speak Another Language?

  When I arrived in France I was thirty years old and did not speak more than three words of French. Some of you have asked me what was that like and how long did it take me to learn to speak French.   1) It was hard. Language isn't one of my natural gifts. I also do not like to study.           It took me a very  l.............o.......................n.......................g   time to learn French. I am still learning. I have a very thick accent that doesn't bother me in the least because I ...
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Hank's Hot Box Pizzas

Craving pizza? (OK who isn't?) Hank's Hot Box is a DIY pizza kit delivery service that has a slightly different proposition. Napoletana style pizza kits are delivered frozen with separate toppings that you add on yourself and bake at home. It's a foolproof way of making delicious Napoletana, wood fired pizzas at home and is world's apart from the frozen pizza aisle!
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Oil falls for the week on supply concerns, rising COVID cases | Reuters

Oil falls for the week on supply concerns, rising COVID cases | Reuters Oil prices were little changed on Friday and ended the week lower, sapped in volatile trade by expectations of growing supplies just when a rise in coronavirus cases could lead to lockdown restrictions and depressed demand.Brent futures rose 12 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $73.59 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 16 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $71.81. Earlier in the volatile session, both bench...
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More OPEC+ Crude is Needed, How Much Depends on Who You Believe - Bloomberg

More OPEC+ Crude is Needed, How Much Depends on Who You Believe - Bloomberg The world needs the OPEC+ group to open the taps further to balance the oil market in the coming months, on that everyone agrees. But there’s less unanimity on just how much more crude they will have to pump.The International Energy Agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries all say that global oil demand will continue to recover through to at least the end...
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Quarantine to remain for vaccinated UK travellers returning from France

Late change to Monday’s new Covid rules as strict conditions introduced on travel to BulgariaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDouble-vaccinated travellers returning from France will still be forced to quarantine next week after ministers made a last-minute change to rules due to come into force from Monday.Earlier this week, ministers considered placing France on the red list amid concerns about the prevalence of the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa, acro...
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Manchester City owner raises $650m in one of soccer’s biggest debt deals

Manchester City owner raises $650m in one of soccer’s biggest debt deals Manchester City’s parent company has raised $650million (€550 million) in one of football’s biggest ever debt deals as it seeks to step up investment in its international network of football clubs.City Football Group (CFG), the Abu Dhabi-controlled holding company that owns the English Premier League champions alongside clubs in the US, Australia and India, recently raised the loan, which will come due in July 2028, accor...
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Mubadala Is Said to Seek Over $20 Billion Value for EGA in IPO - Bloomberg

Mubadala Is Said to Seek Over $20 Billion Value for EGA in IPO - Bloomberg Mubadala Investment Co. is seeking a value of more than $20 billion including debt for Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC as it inches closer to listing the business, according to people familiar with the matter.The Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund has asked banks to start pitching for roles on an initial public offering of EGA, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential information.EGA’s Chairman K...
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#Russia's VTB says #AbuDhabi's ADIA now holds 1.2% voting stake in the bank | Reuters

Russia's VTB says Abu Dhabi's ADIA now holds 1.2% voting stake in the bank | Reuters Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, has become a minority shareholder in Russia’s state-owned VTB Bank, holding a 1.2% voting stake, VTB said on Friday.The market value of the stake is estimated at around 7.3 billion roubles ($98.34 million), VTB said. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Intel in talks to buy GlobalFoundries for about $30 billion - WSJ | Reuters

Intel in talks to buy GlobalFoundries for about $30 billion - WSJ | Reuters Intel Corp is in talks to buy semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries Inc for about $30 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.Any deal talks don't appear to include GlobalFoundries directly, as a spokesperson for the company told the Journal it was not in discussions with Intel, according to the report. ( come as a semiconductor shortage...
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Oil edges up but on track for big weekly drop on supply concerns | Reuters

Oil edges up but on track for big weekly drop on supply concerns | Reuters Oil edged up after turning positive in volatile trade on Friday following supportive U.S. economic news, but prices were on track to decline this week as expectations for more supply and a rise in coronavirus cases that raised demand concerns.Brent futures rose 31 cents, or 0.4%, to $73.78 a barrel by 11:52 a.m. EDT (1552 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 38 cents, or 0.5%, to $72.03. Earlier in ...
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#Saudi PIF buys into McLaren as part of 550 mln pound equity raise | Reuters

Saudi PIF buys into McLaren as part of 550 mln pound equity raise | Reuters The McLaren Group announced a 550 million pound ($758 million) equity investment on Friday with much of it coming from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) and global investment firm Ares Management.McLaren Group includes the British supercar maker as well as McLaren Racing, which competes in Formula One and IndyCar in the United States and is also entering the Extreme E off-road electric series next year.McLar...
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Announcing - Hospitality Financial Leadership - Workshop Series for Financial Managers

Individuals will complete training in all essential facets of hospitality financial leadership for the financial leader.
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The Long View: 3 Things That Everyone In The Business Travel Industry Should Be Monitoring Over The Next Few Years

Between industry leaders lobbying for easing of travel restrictions in time for summer holidays, and eyes and ears firmly on vaccination rollouts and the Delta variant, so much seems to be riding on the next few months.
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US Hotel General Managers See More Demand, Business From Smaller Groups

While the industry awaits the return of corporate and international travel, which is expected to return in the fall, hotel general managers see a growing transient business and signs of a recovery.
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Hospitality Education Can Help Solve the Industry’s Workforce Crisis | By Yong Shen

No business sector was hit harder by the pandemic than hospitality. And none has experienced such a meteoric rebound. It’s a testament to how vital travel and the hospitality industry are to our lives and relationships. Now the new challenge is how to staff up to meet traveler demand without sacrificing the guest experience.
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Hotel Website Design - What it Says about your Business | By Joao Trindade

Your hotel website design tells guests how much you care about them and their experiences. Branding and images are the cornerstones of how you communicate your hotel to guests and inspire them to book, along with revenue and offers. If your branding is from the 80s, or your hotel website is littered with unappealing images, your website will tell guests that your hotel couldn’t care less about delivering the best experiences to them. What does your hotel website tell guests about what you...
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PGA Tour Champion Brian Gay Donates $50,000 To Diamond Resorts International Foundation To Support Military Families

Diamond Resorts®, a global leader in the hospitality, vacation ownership and entertainment industries, is pleased to announce a $50,000 donation to the Diamond Resorts International Foundation from PGA Tour Champion and Diamond Celebrity ambassador Brian Gay. The donation will help support military families.
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Top 10 Global Spa Trends For 2021 Designed To Heal Mind, Body & Soul | By Louis de Vilmorin

The wellness industry is transforming into a booming trillion dollar market with plenty of potential for new entrants in the sector, be it new products or services. EHL has compiled a list of the top 10 global spa trends for 2021. The spa experience is no longer simply about pampering; spas are now required to offer an extensive menu of healing therapies for the mind, body and soul.
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Oil rises, but on track for biggest weekly drop in months | Reuters

Oil rises, but on track for biggest weekly drop in months | Reuters Oil prices rose on Friday but remained on track for their biggest weekly drop since at least May after expectations of more supply put pressure on the market.Brent crude was up 10 cents, or 0.1%, at $73.57 a barrel by 1152 GMT, heading for a 2.6% fall this week, marking its biggest weekly drop since May.U.S. crude for August rose 21 cents, or 0.3%, to $71.86 a barrel, on track for a 3.7% decline, its largest weekly drop since ...
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All - Accor Live Limitless Partners With Zrou To Bring Palate Innovation To Members And Guests Across Greater China

ALL – Accor Live Limitless and Zrou have announced their partnership to bring innovation to the dining arena in hospitality. This first-of-its-kind cooperation aims to launch a plant-based creative menu concept across Accor branded hotels as part of a substantial step toward the two parties’ commitment to bringing gastronomic modernization to the culinary scene across Greater China.
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Gwene – Reading RSS feed as Newsgroup

If you are a big fan of Newsgroups, now this blog is available on it. It's made possible by Gwene, which is a FOSS RSS-to-NNTP gateway. It's by Lars Ingebrigtsen and seems to be online since 2011. It's written as a simple set of Perl scripts. So if you are interested in Newsgroups or want the nostalgia of reading things in Newsgroups, you can subscribe to this blog. You can use Thunderbird as the reader. Subscribing to this blog as Newsgroup Name : Server news.g...
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Las Vegas Sands Announces $300,000 Investment In Nevada Partnership For Homeless Youth

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) announced continuation of its multi-year partnership with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) with a donation of $300,000 to aid Southern Nevada's most vulnerable youth. The Sands Cares funding will help NPHY strengthen services and pursue long-term solutions to help make the incidence of youth homelessness rare, brief, non-recurring and equitably addressed, as outlined in the Southern Nevada Plan to End Youth Homelessness.
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Hotel Industry Launches ‘Hotels Are Hiring’ Ad Campaign To Fill Open Jobs; Promote Benefits Of Working In The Industry

To help fill thousands of open hotel jobs and communicate the benefits of a career in the hotel industry, today the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and its charitable giving arm, the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) announced a new advertising campaign across five major hotel markets.
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Aloha Friday Photo: Lana’i City at sunset

Mahalo to Russell DeJetley for sharing this beautiful sunset shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Russell took this photo above Lana’i City on June 16th. The friendly town of Lana’i City is located in the highland center of the Hawaiian Island of Lana’i. Check out our tour of Lana’i City to get a better appreciation for this unique small town. Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photo: Lana’i City at sunset appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
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Norwegian Cruise Line sues Florida over ban on Covid vaccine passports

• State law forbids asking passengers to prove their vaccine status• Lawsuit is ‘last resort’ as company considers leaving FloridaA cruise ship company has filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida surgeon general, over a state law that prohibits companies from asking or requiring customers and employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Related: As Covid cases rise in Florida, Governor DeSantis digs at Fauci with merchandise Continue reading...
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Scandic’s Interim Report Q2 2021 – Recovery Gaining Momentum

As expected, demand for hotels improved during the second quarter as restrictions from authorities were eased in all markets. After a very weak start to the year, Scandic’s occupancy rate rose to around 20 percent in April, 25 percent in May and 36 percent in June. The increase has been across the board, with similar development in all of the Nordic countries and improved occupancy at almost all destinations both on weekdays and weekends.
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#AbuDhabi's Mubadala teams up to pick minority stake in $1.5t asset manager Apex Group | Markets – Gulf News

Abu Dhabi's Mubadala teams up to pick minority stake in $1.5t asset manager Apex Group | Markets – Gulf News Abu Dhabi wealth fund Mubadala has teamed up with investment firm Carlyle to take up minority stakes in the UK-based financial services provider Apex Group.The two entities invested in the ordinary share capital alongside Apex’s founder and CEO Peter Hughes, majority investor Genstar and leading growth investor TA Associates. For Carlyle, the latest transaction builds on an existing rel...
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Fleur d'artichaut

Our artichokes are blooming now. Since I took this photo last weekend, several more of the deep blue flowers have opened up. If you don't eat the artichokes, this is what they become. And the bees and other pollinators love them. Our back yard artichokes. This year the buds seem to be bigger than in recent years. I'm thinking that it's because of all the rain we've had. I do water these when it's dry, but this year I haven't had to and I think Mother Nature is giving them more water than I do....
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COVID-19’s Impact On The Greater Kansas City Lodging Market

Amid a worldwide pandemic, the lodging industry faced a downturn that was greater than the past two lodging-market declines combined; fortunately, most markets have begun to recover in both occupancy and average daily rate (ADR). Prior to the pandemic, Kansas City had undergone an extended period of strong economic growth, with the urban core amid redevelopment and revitalization.
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