Oahu tops 1M people in census, first responders to sue over vaccination mandate, school testing plan still in limbo, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Surfers at Waikiki ©2021 All Hawaii News 2020 Census: Oahu’s Population Tops 1 Million For The First Time. Oahu eclipsed Maui in population growth over the past decade, topping 1 million for the first time, according to 2020 census data published Thursday in a reflection of how Hawaii’s demographics have changed. Civil Beat. West Hawaii Today. Star-Advertiser. Attorneys: 1,200 first responders will file lawsuit against COVID vaccine mandate. Representatives for Hawaii union members taking...
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Driving from Marseille to  the Normandy coastline  to see Yann’s family  16 hours in a car with anyone is a proof of love, right? We are taking the backroads… I want to stop every two inches to take a photo. But that hasn’t happened - we are not driving straight through That was the compromise!     So many roads! so many charming villages! so many chateaux! so many « oh look at that’ » so many naps. more to come …                   [Author: French la Vie]
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18 music festivals you can still hit up this year

Music festivals might seem like a relic of the pre-pandemic past, but we have good news for music lovers of all persuasions: the 2021 festival season is in semi-full swing. Though a number of events have been called off this year, and others are still subject to be canceled or postponed, more than a dozen of the coolest North American and European fests are scheduled to take place. In order of when they’re happening, here are 18 epic music festivals to keep an eye on if you’re itching to get ...
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COVID-19 is causing Jamaica to tighten its curfew. Here’s what you need to know

As COVID-19 cases are rising in Jamaica, the government has gradually started to tighten restrictions around the island, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said in a press briefing. A new curfew schedule will begin on August 11:00 and end on August 31. The curfew will take effect from 7 PM to 5:00 AM Mondays to Fridays, 6:00 PM to 5:00 AM on Saturdays, and 2:00 PM to 5:00 AM on Sundays. The country has chosen to gradually tighten restrictions to give businesses and consumers room to adjust. “We h...
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Watch what it’s like to live inside Tokyo’s most famous and bizarre building: The Capsule Tower

Chris Broad, host of YouTube channel Abroad in Japan, couldn’t wait to take viewers inside what he says looks like “Jenga with washing machines.” Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower is a unique building erected in 1972, that is made up of 140 capsule apartments, each one 13.1 feet long and 8.2 feet wide. The capsules are stacked on top of each other in a way that makes each of them removable from the main structure. Tokyo’s Capsule Tower is part of an architectural movement called Metabolism, whi...
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Airbnb will remove forced arbitration of sexual assault cases from its terms of service, allowing victims to sue the company

Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Airbnb logo Reuters Airbnb is lifting its forced arbitration clause for users or hosts in sexual harassment and assault cases. The company said it stopped requiring arbitration procedures for these cases in 2019. The updated terms of service update is expected to rollout later this fall. See more stories on Insider's business page. Airbnb will no longer force hosts or guests into forced arbitration for sexual assault or harassment claims,...
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Rafting Utah’s winding, crimson Cataract Canyon is the trip of a lifetime

“You ready? I’m going to try to get us to hit that hole head on so we get the biggest ride,” Zia says with a laugh from the back of our two-person, inflatable kayak as she steers us towards roller coaster waves on Cataract Canyon in Utah. We are on the last stretch of rapids here, on day five of a six-day, nearly 100-mile wilderness river trip through Canyonlands National Park. “I’ll try to remember to keep paddling, you try not to flip us,” I respond from the front. I’m the motor, she’s in c...
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Taku Kondo is here to help you forage your own fresh coastal food

On his YouTube channel Outdoor Chef Life, Taku Kondo is the paragon of a California adventurer, foraging for spiky purple sea urchin in tide pools and preparing eel and crab sushi for an oceanside picnic. The 30-year-old sushi chef chronicles his foraging adventures across the United States and beyond—and he’s found an audience that relishes learning how to eat seafood sustainably, straight from the ocean to your plate. Kondo launched his project back in May of 2018, way before a global pand...
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Yachiyo Japanese Takeaway, Darlinghurst and Mosman

Yachiyo is a Japanese bistro restaurant in Darlinghurst that serves gold origami boxes and delicious sushi. These fancy chirashi sushi boxes are perfect for a birthday or special occasion (or just getting through lockdown!). Their menu also has items like tuna tacos, Balmain bug rolls and pork belly skewers plus frozen DIY udon kits!
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E-cargo bikes could make urban transit more efficient and eco-friendly

This is the Climate Win, the most positive sustainability news around the world every week. This week’s Climate Win is all about e-bikes. Not just any e-bikes, however, as we aren’t here to repeat ourselves. Today we’re celebrating a very specific type of electric bicycle: the e-cargo bike, which you may be seeing more of on the streets of your city in the near future. That’s because a new report from Promise, a UK-based non-profit working towards environmental solutions, just released a deta...
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Pink Sand Beaches of Bermuda

Pink Sand Beaches of Bermuda In a few weeks, Carol and I will be enjoying the pink sand beaches of Bermuda as we enjoy Viking’s “Getaway” cruise . This was one of Viking’s first offerings in their Welcome Back Cruises .  And the idea here is to fly to a beautiful destination close to the U.S. and enjoy the ship as your floating hotel for the week. We’ve got good friends joining us from North Carolina, and Carol and I will be spending a few nights in Boston before we fly off to Bermuda. The “O...
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U.S. Sanctions Broker, Businesses in #Iran Oil-Smuggling Network - Bloomberg

U.S. Sanctions Broker, Businesses in Iran Oil-Smuggling Network - Bloomberg The U.S. sanctioned an individual and businesses it says are involved in an oil-smuggling network that supports Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force.The Treasury Department on Friday placed financial restrictions on a foreign broker, Mahmood Rashid Amur Al Habsi, who worked with senior Revolutionary Guard officials and facilitated shipments of Iranian oil, including to customers in East Asia, according t...
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Book this luxurious stay in the heart of downtown Asheville for just $149

We hope you love the spaces and stays we recommend! Just so you know, Matador may collect a small commission from the links on this page if you decide to book a stay. Listed prices are accurate as of the time of publication. See our full Advertiser Disclosure here. Asheville, NC, is known for its breweries, modern eateries, and live music. Each of these amenities is much better when you can walk there. Such is the case at the AC Hotel by Marriott Ashe...
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How to plan a family trip to Alaska

E very year, over two million people visit Alaska — many of them as families. They come to explore the country’s most epic landscapes; to bond under the northern lights; to learn about the different Alaska Native cultures around the state; to have the kind of vacation the entire family will remember forever. It’s a little intimidating at first glance: Countless must-see places and must-have experiences are spread out across an area that could fit 19 smaller US states! With a destination this g...
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How a midlife gap year could stave off that future midlife crisis

Americans are burning out, in no small part because workers fail to take advantage of their allotted paid time off for fear of falling behind. We’re going to sleep at 23 years old, waking up at 40, looking at our not-quite-empty but not-quite-robust bank accounts and saying with a shrug, “well, it could be worse.” Yeah, it could. But it could also be much, much better. As times change, trends evolve. If a classic midlife crisis is calling to you, by all means stomp off into the woods for a ...
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US Hotel Demand Slips for Second Week Straight

Amid increased COVID-19 cases, the rise of the Delta variant, and the return of in-person schooling, U.S. weekly hotel room demand dropped for a second consecutive week, and hotel rates slipped further from historic highs.
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China’s Hotel Recovery Evaporated in 2 Weeks

China, usually seen as the global leader in the hotel industry’s recovery from the pandemic, took a massive fall last week in its hospitality comeback due to the Delta variant. Prior industry optimism about the country’s ability to quickly rally after a setback doesn’t seem to apply this time around.
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Hotel Executives Weigh Obstacles to Recovery at Hotel Data Conference

To reach full recovery, the U.S. hotel industry must minimize obstacles such as the Delta variant and find ways to attract talent from outside the hospitality industry, hoteliers said during the first day of the 2021 Hotel Data Conference.
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Travel Back on Agenda as Hoteliers in the Med See Bookings Rocket

More than 60% of small and independent hoteliers in the Mediterranean say bookings are rising faster than at any time in the last 12 months.
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Activate Your Inner Event Professional | By Andrew Moffett

No matter what is happening in the world, we are creatures who crave and desire in-person interactions. That simple fact leads to the non-negotiable desire to host and attend meetings, celebrations, conferences, and any other purposeful event which brings people together. There is a great deal of proactive planning that goes into any event, big or small and remembering these few critical success factors can help you along the way.
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Sant' Oronzo of Ostuni

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Here’s how you can stay at Real Housewife Dorinda Medley’s Berkshire manor

Real Housewife of New York alumni Dorinda Medley has listed her Berkshire mansion on Airbnb and will welcome guests out for a lavish stay of two nights only. While Dorinda is away promoting her memoir, Make It Nice, two groups of four guests will get to experience her lavish estate for one night on Aug. 23 and 25 for $100 per night. “Exceptional spaces like this are meant to be shared. Come here to toast with friends, old and new, and ‘make it nice’ at Blue Stone Manor,” Medley said in a pres...
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Oil holds above $70 despite forecasts for weaker demand growth | Reuters

Oil holds above $70 despite forecasts for weaker demand growth | Reuters The Brent benchmark oil price held above $70 a barrel on Friday, broadly shrugging off a warning from the International Energy Agency that the spread of coronavirus variants is slowing oil demand growth.Brent crude was down 18 cents, or 0.2%, at $71.13 a barrel by 1332 GMT. U.S. crude lost 14 cents, or 0.2%, to trade at $68.95. Over the week the benchmarks are up less than 1%.The IEA this week highlighted that growth in d...
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Replacing Hospitality Software – How To Get Out Of A Sticky Situation | By Michael Schubach

Stability is important. Hotels, casinos, and resorts have guests they need to serve right now, today. Hospitality software solutions in place help them do that by taking care of the basics: reservations, check-ins, folios and check-outs, along with a staggering variety of in-house services and their associated charges. Essential software like hotel PMS is pretty “sticky” that way; it’s easier to stick to what you’ve got than it is to change. Why fix what isn’t broken?
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Silversea: New Cruise Itineraries 2023/2024

? Silversea: New Cruise Itineraries 2023/2024 Silversea has released new cruise itineraries for the summer of 2023 and the winter of 2023/2024. Silversea is on our list of Favorite Ocean Cruise Brands , and we’re very excited to share these new voyages with you. These new itineraries will be calling in 690 destinations in 125 countries. The leading ultra-luxury line’s new itineraries for 2023/2024 include new grand voyages to Africa & Arabia, and the Mediterranean. Responding to strong dem...
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Spanish Town Takes Neighbourly Chats 'Al Fresco' to UNESCO

By Jon Nazca and Mariano ValladolidALGAR, Spain (Reuters) - The town of Algar in southern Spain is seeking UNESCO world heritage status to protect...
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‘All that’s left are ashes’: Italian communities count cost of wildfires

Blazes raging in southern regions have ravaged mountain area of Calabria that is home to Unesco world heritage siteAs with most farmers living in the remote towns of the Aspromonte mountain range in Calabria, southern Italy, Nicola Fortugno’s land was his life. The 79-year-old refused to be evacuated when flames engulfed Piraino, a hamlet surrounded by pine forest above the town of Cardeto, on Wednesday. Instead, he stayed at home to try to save his animals and crops. His burnt, lifeless body wa...
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STR: Preliminary July data for Berlin hotels

STR's preliminary July 2021 data shows Berlin with its highest performance levels since the start of the pandemic.
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Sustainability Commitment A Key Component To Environmental, Social And Governance Report

The release of the 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report (ESG) continues fulfilling our long-standing commitment to being a good corporate citizen, and to transparency and accountability in reporting on our efforts in support of our corporate responsibility pillars: to the People who both work at and visit our resorts, the communities we call home and the Planet we all share. A central component of the report is an accounting of our environmental and sustainability efforts.
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Concord Hospitality named Developer of the Year During CONNECT 2020 Marriott Select Brands Owner and Franchise Awards

Concord Hospitality Enterprises, an award-winning hotel management and development company, is proud to announce it has been recognized as the Developer of the Year 2020 CONNECT award winner from Marriott® International. The award honors companies that show a proven ability to grow Marriott’s portfolio in the U.S.
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