State COVID case counting system fails again, churches, protests exempt from social gathering regulations, Honolulu police shoot man wielding machete, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

COVID cases spike in HawaiiTech Problems Lead To Undercount In Hawaii COVID Cases. Wednesday’s COVID-19 case total of 472 is a partial count. The electronic laboratory reporting system was interrupted for approximately 20 hours on Monday, Aug. 10 and Tuesday, Aug. 11. As a result of this interruption, there has been a delay in the reporting of an unknown number of cases, according to the DOH. It’s the second time the state’s coronavirus count has been interrupted in two weeks. Civil Beat...
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Just Desserts

  When going out for dinner I usually eat less during the day as I know it isn't polite to offend the hostess by asking for a small portion and not finishing my plate. Hence, I did not heed my own advice when going out to dinner at Pierre Jean and Sylvie's home. Double hence, the button on my pants was undone. In their town, there is a pastry shop called, "TO DIE FOR" ... no just teasing it is called Carre Noir (Chocolate Square) but seriously, it should be called, "Be prepared to have your soc...
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Worrying signs for USA travel and tourism industry as Delta variant hits home

Recent research shows Delta variant is hitting US tourism but is there any hope for international travel
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Rugged, remote Lanai is perfect for exploring by jeep

While the masses head to the beaches of Oahu and the other more celebrated Hawaiian Islands, Lanai is often overlooked due to its diminutive size and lack of tourist infrastructure. Many people who visit Hawaii regularly haven’t even heard of Lanai. However, for those who prefer dirt roads and wild, empty beaches, Lanai can’t be beaten. Don’t be fooled by the so-called Lanai City, the island’s capital. The “city” is, in fact, a small town consisting of a couple of tiny supermarkets, a scatte...
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Watch a YouTuber find striking Soviet architecture and art in the longest city in Europe

Benjamin Rich, the man behind the YouTube channel Bald and bankrupt, loves a trip down Soviet memory lane. He’s visited Chernobyl; he’s gone to ​​the formerly closed city of Maylisuu in Kyrgyzstan; and he has spent time in Transnistria, a breakaway state located between Moldova and Ukraine. This time around, Rich takes us to the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, the longest city in Europe, for a treasure hunt. After purchasing a second-hand coffee-table book about life in Soviet Kryvyi Ri...
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Old and contemporary Tokyo together

Different generations and yet a surprisingly similar colour palette.
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The 5 best bike pumps of 2021, for road cyclists, mountain bikers, or city commuters

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Having a bike pump in your cycling kit ensures that your tires are always inflated to their ideal pressure. There are generally three types of bike pumps to consider: Floor pumps, hand pumps, and C02 inflators. Our top pick, the Specialized Air Tool Comp V2, is durable and accurate and is a great choice for any cyclist. Bike tires go flat for many reasons and while a flat is never ideal, it's even worse to be caught without the means for fixing it. With a ...
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EASY Baked Ricotta Pesto

Baked ricotta is one of the easiest recipes using ricotta. Ricotta is mixed with pesto, egg and cheese and it tastes like a souffle. Serve it warm or cold, on a cheese platter or for a light lunch. It's so easy and just requires a few ingredients!
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Airbnb, DoorDash report earnings as COVID threatens to slow the IRL economy (again)

Home-stay giant Airbnb and on-demand delivery concern DoorDash reported their quarterly results today after the bell. Both companies were heavily impacted by the onset of COVID-19. Airbnb saw its revenues collapse in 2020 during early lockdowns, leading the company to raise expensive capital and batten its hatches. The company recovered as the year continued, leading to its eventual IPO. DoorDash, in contrast, managed a simply incredible 2020 as folks stayed home and ordered in. Given that we go...
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The perfect walking tour of Mexico’s most beautiful city: San Miguel de Allende

Matador Network will be taking travelers on adventures to Mexico in 2022. For more details, check out Matador Trips. Mexico does not lack beautiful towns, but few can rival the colorful display of distinctive architecture, texture, and colors to be found in San Miguel de Allende. Named a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site in 2008, the colonial city, located in the central highlands of Mexico, was founded in the 16th century and is filled ​​with buildings from the Baroque to Neo-Gothic styles...
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At-home COVID-19 tests every traveler should be aware of

As travel opens up in fits and starts, negative COVID-19 tests have become a golden ticket for some, and a way to find peace of mind for others. This is especially true when traveling abroad. Depending on where you’re going, you may have to prove vaccination, provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within a certain time frame, or have both on hand before your departure. The type of test that’s accepted at the border (or whether you need one at all) depends on which country you’re going to. Eac...
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The Million Dollar Highway is Colorado’s ultimate road trip through the Old West

The stretch of US Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton in Southwest Colorado is dubbed the Million Dollar Highway. There’s no definitive answer as to why. One legend says there’s a million dollars worth of gold ore in the road fill. According to another, early travelers refused to go back over the treacherous mountain road, “not even for a million dollars.” Though the name could simply reflect the highway’s million-dollar views in the San Juan Mountains. One thing is clear, however — with ...
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The 10 best US airports for cheap international flights

Scoring deals on flights is every traveler’s goal, especially when traveling internationally. To help save your hard-earned dollars, Scott’s Cheap Flights — a website that finds the best flight deals and shares them with its members — created an in-depth report on which airports are the best and worst when it comes to cheap international flights. Scott’s Cheap Flights looked at commercial international airports in metropolitan areas with at least 1 million inhabitants to determine which ones...
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COVID, the Delta Variant, & Cruising

COVID, the Delta Variant, & Cruising We’ve been getting a few concerned calls about COVID, the Delta Variant, & Cruising. Let’s face it; you can’t turn to any media outlet without the Delta Variant being splashed all over the headlines. Unfortunately, the media wants to sell newspapers and not necessarily bring you all the necessary facts. As we all know, bad news sells. No one is going to read an article about the number one seller of girl scout cookies.  But talk about people dying, and peopl...
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Where to find your favorite celebrity cannabis brands

Cannabis has long been a source of inspiration for musicians, actors, and other performers. So it only makes sense that, as recreational cannabis is legalized in an increasing number of states, celebrities would start their own marijuana brands. This is great for fans who want to experience the same high that their favorite celebrity approves. What’s less great is how complicated it can be to find specific brands, even if you’re in a legal state. Due to weed still being a Schedule I drug on t...
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Oil prices slip as IEA warns of slowdown in demand recovery | Reuters

Oil prices slip as IEA warns of slowdown in demand recovery | Reuters Oil prices fell on Thursday after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus would slow the recovery of global oil demand. read moreBrent crude futures fell 13 cents to settle at $71.31 a barrel. Earlier, Brent hit a session high of $71.90.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 16 cents to settle at $69.09 a barrel.The international energy watchdog's monthly report sa...
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Taxation is Theft

Lysander Spooner (1808 – 1887) the wiki informs us was “an American individualist anarchist. He was also an abolitionist, entrepreneur, essayist, legal theorist, pamphletist, political philosopher, Unitarian, writer …” My favorite bit of his writings is “No Treason: The Constitution… Continue reading →
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The Abraham Accords One Year On - Bloomberg #Israel #UAE

The Abraham Accords One Year On - Bloomberg Eitan Na’eh, Head of Mission at the Embassy of Israel to the UAE discusses how bilateral trade between Israel and the UAE has progressed since the announcement of the deal on August 13, 2020. He speaks with Manus Cranny on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East." (Source: Bloomberg) [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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All about hotel digital concierges: what to look for - and avoid | By Raj Singh

We have seen different kinds of technology make its way into our hotels and casinos. According to the market research firm, MarketsandMarkets, by 2021, the smart hospitality market will be a US$18.1 billion market, up from $5.7 billion in 2016. While some technology solutions still seem futuristic such as smart rooms and VR tours, others such as hotel digital concierges are a reality.
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I flew on JetBlue's historic first trip to London and saw how low fares and great service will give competitors a run for their money

Flying JetBlue Airways from New York to London. Thomas Pallini/Insider JetBlue Airways flew its first flight between New York and London on Wednesday. The airline is using brand-new Airbus A321neoLR aircraft with new Mint business class seats and meal services in economy. The flight was seamless and enjoyable, although there are a few kinks to be worked out. See more stories on Insider's business page. JetBlue Airways has finally landed in London. Flying JetBlue Airways fr...
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#Oman deficit at $2.86 billion in June | Reuters

Oman deficit at $2.86 billion in June | Reuters Oman posted a year-to-date budget deficit of 1.1 billion rials ($2.86 billion) in June, the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday.Oman is among the weakest countries financially in the oil-rich region and more vulnerable to swings in the price of hydrocarbons, a sector that accounted for about a third of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#Oman sets up hydrogen alliance to develop clean fuel industry | Reuters

Oman sets up hydrogen alliance to develop clean fuel industry | Reuters Oman has established a national hydrogen alliance to develop an industry for the production, transport and use of the fuel that Gulf states have been increasingly looking to as a business to meet the worldwide demand for clean fuels.Oman's alliance consists of 13 institutions from the public and private sectors, including government agencies, oil and gas operators, educational and research institutions and ports, state new...
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IYF Launches Passport To Success Concierge To Support Young People Starting Hospitality Careers

American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLAF) applauds the launch of IYF’s Passport to Success® (PTS) Concierge, a free, mobile-optimized online course to teach young people about the hospitality industry and some of the most critical and cross-cutting soft skills for customer service. This new program, which will expand access to valuable online training, was enabled by a $1.5 million grant from the Hilton Effect Foundation.
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Growing Search Volume, Longer Search Windows Point to Return of Traveler Optimism

With nearly three-quarters of consumers saying they’re planning a trip in the next 12 months, new search data corroborates that more travelers are optimistic about the return of travel.
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Hotel Investors 'Kick the Can' on Acquisitions as Distressed Assets haven't Materialized

Hotel owners who thought they were experienced and poised to make the most out of a crisis following the Great Recession had to learn the hard way just how bad things could get.
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Why the Contactless Mobile Guest Journey is the Way Forward in the “New Normal” | By Pernilla Brodd

It is no news that the pandemic has accelerated the digitalization of the hospitality industry. Now more than ever, travelers and hotel guests are expecting to be able to use their phone to plan and manage their travel experience. The needs and behaviors of guests have changed and the demand for digital access has increased, resulting in many hotels now reviewing their strategies and prioritizing investments in technology to become more competitive.
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Egyptian Economy Faces Daily Losses of More than EGP 31 Million Due to UK ‘Red List’ Status, Says WTTC

Research conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed that the Egyptian economy could face daily losses of more than EGP 31 million if it stays on the UK’s travel ‘red list’.
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ROOMDEX, a Hotel Upsell Innovator, releases Full 2-way Integration with StayNTouch’s Guest-Centric PMS

ROOMDEX, the leader in hotel upselling automation, is very happy to announce the release of its full 2-way integration with StayNTouch’s guest-centric mobile PMS. Hotels using the StayNTouch PMS can quickly onboard and enjoy an additional means of fully automated digital upselling to increase profit margins, while eliminating the current manual administrative tasks hotel staff face with upselling. Within weeks of the integration finalization, more than 40 StayNTouch hotels signed up for R...
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THN’s New Global Hotel Direct Channel Report Indicates Positive Signs of Industry Recovery

The Hotels Network (THN), a full-stack direct growth platform for hotels, has released the first BenchDirect Insights Report, a global hotel study that benchmarks direct channel performance by region in Q2 2021 versus Q1 2021. To shine a light on how today’s hotel direct channel scene looks, the report analyzes the key metrics related to an effective direct booking strategy - from website traffic acquisition and conversion rates to price disparities and visitor profile.
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STR: U.S. Hotel Results for Week Ending 7 August

Reflecting seasonality and greater concern around the Delta variant, U.S. hotel occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) dipped from the previous weeks, according to STR‘s latest data through 7 August.
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