COVID crisis could bring new travel restrictions, cases hit record high, vaccine mandates spread to Capitol, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Tougher Hawaii travel restrictions possible as COVID-19 surge continues. State and county officials are considering bringing back COVID-19 testing for vaccinated domestic travelers, as well as implementing other requirements aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii’s Vaccine Mandate For State Lawmakers Is Unusual. The Hawaii Legislature will be one of the few in the country to require all of its members and staff to be fully vaccinated or submit to weekly Covid-1...
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Hanging Out with This Bunch

Hanging out with this bunch wishing Sacha was here too. (Diogenes, we won't know the name until the birth.) We asked Gabriel what the baby's name is and he calls her "Papillote" and he calls himself, "Babou". I love when he says, "Maman, Daddy, Babou, Papillote, Grandpapa, O.E. (that's me) and then smiles as if to say, "We are all here and I am happy." Which swells my heart with joy. Much needed and appreciated vacation.                 [Author: French la Vie]
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Governor asks visitors to reduce travel to Hawaii

On Monday, August 23rd, Hawaii’s governor held a press conference to address the state’s increase in COVID-19 cases. He states that it’s a risky time to travel right now. He is asking visitors and residents to reduce travel to Hawaii to essential business only. You can watch the replay of the press conference: The island mayors are considering measures to reduce the spread. For example on Oahu, event gatherings are to be limited to 10 persons indoors and 25 persons outdoors. The mayor of Haw...
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Governor asks visitors to reduce travel to Hawaii through October 2021

On Monday, August 23rd, Hawaii’s governor held a press conference to address the state’s increase in COVID-19 cases. As Hawaii hospitals and ICUs are filling up, the governor is asking visitors and residents to reduce travel to Hawaii to essential business only through the end of October. You can watch the replay of this press conference: Governor Ige stated that it’s a risky time to travel right now. For sure, it is less than ideal. Obviously the coronavirus a serious threat but on top of t...
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This underwater light show near Orlando is all-natural and it will blow your mind

The area around Orlando, Florida, is known for thrill rides, Mickey Mouse ears, and crowds of tourists. What it’s not known for is the underwater light show that happens every year here from June to October. It’s during this time that the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — 140,000 acres of water, islands, and marshlands off the east coast of Central Florida — puts on an exhilarating show of a whole different caliber. The wild phenomenon, which you can reach within 45 minutes from the m...
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Did Racist Airline Agents Really Call This Passenger After He Was Denied Boarding?

An Asian man has posted video two videos to Instagram and YouTube claiming to have received two phone call from American Airlines where, he says, agents used racist ephitets against him and otherwise offered general abuse. I'm skeptical of the authenticity of these videos for reasons I'll explain. Continue reading Did Racist Airline Agents Really Call This Passenger After He Was Denied Boarding?...
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An abandoned and collapsing old Tokyo house

Old and incredibly dilapidated shops and homes aren’t that uncommon in Tokyo, but abandoned and slowly collapsing houses on relatively well used thoroughfares most certainly are. How long it has been there and how long it has been abandoned is anybody’s guess. Similarly, the owner remains a complete mystery aside from the clothes left behind. So with little in the way of information, there’s lots left to the imagination, which in some ways makes it all the more interesting.
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A Romantic Getaway Near Calgary: The Crossing

For a romantic getaway near Calgary, plan a visit to The Crossing at Ghost River. It’s located on 145 rolling acres along the picturesque Ghost River, just 20 minutes west of Cochrane, and only an hour’s drive from Calgary. Over the years the property has primarily been used for corporate and team building meetings, weddings, and retreats. It’s just recently that they’ve been allowed to open to individuals and couples. In fact, John and I were only the second couple to visit! The Crossing is o...
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At this Costa Rica hideaway, the real luxury is seeing abundant and rare wildlife

Cahuita is a small, unassuming town on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast. It may not be for everyone, but it’s perfect for those who choose wildlife over nightlife and prefer a basic cabana on an untamed stretch of sand to a luxury resort. In Cahuita the jungle-backed beach is left as nature intended and is devoid of sun-lounging tourists. From tree frogs to sloths, wildlife is abundant – you never know what you might spot in the trees as you stroll along the dirt track which runs alongside the bea...
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Lockdown Pastries For Beyond Blue

On Monday August 3rd 2021 Lifeline registered the highest number of calls ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic as people experienced feelings of loneliness and isolation. Pastry chef Ned Parker and his partner Sabrina Little decided to do something to help generate donations to mental health charity Beyond Blue and that was to bake. And that's how Lockdown Pastries was born!
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Africa in brief: August 21 – 28

What's been happening on the continent this week? The post Africa in brief: August 21 – 28 appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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With First U.S. Covid Deaths Traced To Earlier January 2020, Did Travelers Bring Virus Here In 2019?

We now know that there were Covid-19 linked deaths in the U.S. as early as the week of January 5, 2020. That’s contemporaneous with China’s first reported death on January 9, 2020. And there were January deaths now attributed to Covid-19 in California, Georgia, Alabama, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Cases could have been brought here as early as November on flights from China. Continue reading With First U.S. Covid Deaths Traced To Earlier January 2020, Did Travelers Bring Virus Here In 2019?...
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Qantas rolls out vaccination rewards campaignQantas rolls out vaccination rewards campaign

A year's worth of free flights up for grabs
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This carbon-neutral travel gear makes staying organized on the road crazy easy

Travel is on, and the team at Matador is ready to get back on the move. Admittedly, we’re a little rusty. Where is that tattered old passport, and why is there travel gear scattered across the garage? Peak Design appears to have planned for such disarray. Their new line of carry-on travel gear is built to alleviate the common misplacing that would otherwise be inevitable as the world works back towards its travel routine. We’ve particularly come to love their new travel backpack, packing cube...
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Oil jumps 5% after 7 days of losses, boosted by weaker dollar | Reuters

Oil jumps 5% after 7 days of losses, boosted by weaker dollar | Reuters Oil prices rose more than 5% on Monday, as a weaker dollar and strong global equities markets boosted crude futures after seven sessions of declines.Brent crude climbed $3.57, or 5.5%, to end the session at $68.75 a barrel after touching its lowest since May 21 at $64.60 during the session.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for October delivery rose $3.50, or 5.6%, to settle at $65.64.Both benchmarks marked their big...
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Qantas Commercial: Get Vaccinated And Maybe The Government Will Let You Leave The Country

Australia is caught in a bind. They managed the early stage of the pandemic well, so well that they've backed themselves into a corner haven't had an end game. Lockdowns have increased, frustrations have grown, and citizens haven't been able to travel abroad - and often even domestically - for a year and a half. Against this backdrop Qantas has a new commercial: get vaccinated and maybe the government will let you leave the country. I cried watching this. Continue reading Qantas Commercial: Ge...
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15 Things I Love About the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

For many years this was the single best card for earning valuable rewards points, in a class by itself. Now it's refreshed with the biggest public offer there's ever been for the card. They've increased the offer to 100,000 points without changing the $4000 spend requirement within three months. This is the strongest initial bonus offer on any card in my opinion. But the value goes even beyond that. Continue reading 15 Things I Love About the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card...
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Apple Expands Native Maps Rating and Review Feature to the U.S.

Apple appears to be expanding on the native Apple Maps review functionality that it first introduced in iOS 14, allowing ‌Apple Maps‌ users in the United States the option to review places of interest, restaurants, and other locations. In the ‌Apple Maps‌ app in ‌iOS 14‌ and iOS 15, U.S. users can now see an option to provide a thumbs up or thumbs down for most locations. Tapping on the thumbs up/down icon brings up a secondary interface for providing thumbs up and thumbs down ratings for var...
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#AbuDhabi wealth fund poised to take stake in CityFibre | Financial Times

Abu Dhabi wealth fund poised to take stake in CityFibre | Financial Times An Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund and a part of the Ikea retail empire are poised to take stakes in the UK telecoms infrastructure group CityFibre in a deal that would value it at about £2bn.  Mubadala Investment Company and Interogo Holding, the investment arm of the group that owns the Ikea franchise, would be the latest investors to tap into alternative UK networks, which are trying to take on the two est...
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Mideast Stocks- #Dubai gains most among major Gulf bourses, #Saudi eases | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks- Dubai gains most among major Gulf bourses, Saudi eases | ZAWYA MENA Edition Most major stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Monday amid rising oil prices, with Dubai's index gaining the most, although the Saudi shares gave up early gains to close lower."GCC markets were supported by a surge in oil prices thanks to a weaker dollar," said Daniel Takieddine, a senior market analyst at FXPrimus.Dubai's main share index advanced 0.7%, buoyed by a 1.2% rise in sharia-compliant l...
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360 Degree Virtual Tours of the Hagia Sophia

Last year, when Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an announced that Hagia Sophia would be reconverted into a mosque, he assured a concerned UNESCO that changes to the 1,500-year-old former cathedral-turned-mosque would have “no negative impact” on its status as World Heritage Site. “A state must make sure that no modification undermines the outstanding universal value of a site listed on its territory,” the world body has said. Claims to the contrary notwithstanding, the “universal val...
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Which countries can I travel to if I’m not vaccinated?

Here are the countries you can visit if you haven’t been jabbed
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Oil jumps 5% on weaker dollar after seven days of losses | Reuters

Oil jumps 5% on weaker dollar after seven days of losses | Reuters Oil prices rose more than 5% on Monday, recovering from a seven-day losing streak due to a weaker dollar and strength in global equities markets.Brent crude climbed $3.27, or 5%, to $68.45 a barrel by 10:40 a.m. ET (1640 GMT) after touching its lowest since May 21 at $64.60 earlier in the session.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for October delivery rose $3.31, or 5.3%, to $65.45.Both benchmarks marked their biggest wee...
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Buy An American Airlines Flight, Get $50 Off

Mastercard has a new promotion offering a $50 discount on an American Airlines flight if you make a booking on the website by September 30, 2021. You’ll receive a code for $50 off your next trip. If you have a Mastercard, there's no reason not to register in case you wind up booking an American Airlines flight by September 30. You don't even have to enter the Mastercard's details in order to register. Continue reading Buy An American Airlines Flight, Get $50 Off...
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Tourists to Venice will soon have to pay an entry fee as the city moves to better handle 'overtourism'

Tourists enjoy a gondola ride in Venice on June 05, 2021. Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images Venice will reportedly start charging an entry fee next summer, Italian newspaper La Stampa reported. Other measures to curb tourism will include advance reservations and turnstiles into the city. The city has been grappling with "overtourism" and the climate crisis in recent years. See more stories on Insider's business page. Starting next year, visitors to Venice will reportedly need to prepa...
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Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Welcomes Chef India Johnson For Limited-time Collaboration At Bar Margot

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta has added two new dishes to its menu as part of a special collaboration with Atlantan Chef India Johnson - Chef India’s Honey Hot Lamb Chops and Chef India’s Honey Hot Salmon. However, this joint effort goes beyond just another pop-up; what began as a moment of appreciation for a local, self-taught cook has evolved into an inclusive partnership between the Hotel’s globally trained chefs and an up-and-coming local culinary talent, debuting her first home-cook bra...
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UPDATE 1-Bank of #Israel holds rates, sees economic risks from Delta variant | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Bank of Israel holds rates, sees economic risks from Delta variant | Reuters The Bank of Israel left its benchmark interest rate at 0.1% for an 11th straight policy meeting on Monday, citing higher inflation but uncertainty over economic activity due to an increase in COVID-19 infections from the Delta variant.All 15 economists polled by Reuters had said they expected the monetary policy committee to keep rates steady after doing so ever since cutting them from 0.25% more than a year ...
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Air Astana restarting London flightsAir Astana restarting London flights

Kazakhstan ai link resumes on 18 Septembe
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Pattaya tourism reopening expected to be delayedPattaya tourism reopening expected to be delayed

Sluggish vaccination rates holding back tourism restart
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CTrip Corporate Travel renews Amadeus strategic partnershipCTrip Corporate Travel renews Amadeus strategic partnership

Amadeus Travel Platform hosts more than a million acoomodations
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