Tax revenue forecast brightens, teachers union files grievances over COVID protocols, Oahu median home price tops $1M, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii dawn ©2021 All Hawaii News New Hawaii climate technology fund to be unveiled. Hawaii-founded Elemental Excelerator plans to unveil a $60 million early-stage venture capital fund today called Earthshot Ventures that will be the first climate technology fund with roots in the state. The fund, which will invest in both hardware and software companies, is being launched to support entrepreneurs tackling climate change. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii panel boosts general fund tax revenue foreca...
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Bee Sting

Sent to me by Patricia xx The thought above reminded me of   Saint Francis and his teachings- … though when the bee stings me the idea of being a flower fades. Ah to be able to hold good thoughts about another when they sting you, to seek understanding in the face of adversity. That was Saint Francis.                   [Author: French la Vie]
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Machine Learning to Reduce the Burden of Cancer in Hawaii and the Pacific

In our most recent Nature Article we detail how we used a novel compositional breast imaging technique and machine learning/artificial intelligence to better detect cancer. We have been funded for the next 5 year by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build upon this research in Hawaii.  As you may know, Hawaii's ethnic diversity makes it an ideal location to develop health based machine learning models. We seek to better the health of Hawaii, its people, and the rest of the world. Please...
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United is forcing its employees who don't get vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons to stay home mostly unpaid

A Boeing 777/200 of United Airlines on July 30, 2020. DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images United Airlines has established a vaccination policy for employees who have requested a medical or religious exemption. The policy allows temporary leave for employees with an approved religious or medical exemption beginning October 2. Front-facing employees who have a denied exemption and do not get vaccinated will be fired. See more stories on Insider's business page. United Airlines has strengthe...
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United is forcing its employees who don't get vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons to stay home unpaid

A Boeing 777/200 of United Airlines on July 30, 2020. DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images United Airlines has established a vaccination policy for employees who have requested a medical or religious exemption. The policy allows temporary leave for employees with an approved religious or medical exemption beginning October 2. Front-facing employees who have a denied exemption and do not get vaccinated will be separated from the company. See more stories on Insider's business page. United A...
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How to make the most of your one-day visit to COSI in Columbus, Ohio

Despite being the biggest city in Ohio, Columbus is still vastly underappreciated. Most know it as home of the Ohio State University, but beyond football games it still flies a little under the radar. Perhaps its most underrated asset is The Center for Science and Industry (COSI), a massive, three-story, 320,000-square-foot hands-on interactive museum set in what was once Columbus Central High School. It’s a place where you can immerse yourself in the world of dinosaurs, ride a unicycle acros...
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Oil settles up 1% on low U.S. output after hurricane | Reuters

Oil settles up 1% on low U.S. output after hurricane | Reuters Oil prices jumped on Wednesday and settled up more than 1% as U.S. Gulf of Mexico producers made slow progress in restoring output after Hurricane Ida.Brent settled up91 cents, or 1.3%, at $72.60 and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled up 95 cents, or 1.4%, to $69.30 a barrel.Producers in the Gulf are still struggling to restart operations nine days after Ida swept through the region with powerful winds and drenching r...
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These are the top 37 cities in the world for 2021

In the past couple of years , many have decided to pack up their belongings and move. But deciding on a new place to live in is not as easy and throwing a dart at a map and hoping it’ll all work out. To make sure you choose your next home very carefully, Time Out has ranked the best cities in the world in 2021. To create this ranking, the publication surveyed 27,000 city-dwellers from around the world and asked them what living in their cities was like this year. Topics covered in the survey...
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Kuro at Home Chef's Signature Menu Delivery

Kuro restaurant has Kuro at Home comprising of a few modern Japanese menus designed for serving at home. The Chef's Signature menu consists of 9 dishes designed to share and requires a little bit of light cooking and heating up. Perfect for a special occasion or when you want to treat yourself a bit!
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NEOM is planned to be the world’s first “sustainable” city. Here’s what we know.

For followers of tech blogs, sustainable design, and futuristic thinking, the term “NEOM” and “The Line” are by now familiar. Outside those circles, NEOM is not yet a household name. The term signifies a new, futuristic plan for a city, built to the highest standards of sustainability and convenience. It’s forward-thinking, controversial, and in the broad history of cities, is far beyond the scope of anything that has been done before. NEOM, an acronym for “new future,” is garnering increased p...
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Over 200 female Afghan judges trapped in hiding are at risk of being ‘killed by Taliban’

Exclusive: ‘Now the Taliban has come to power and released the prisoners, this man has called me via the phone’ says female judge
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#UAE's anti-money laundering body endorses framework for virtual assets | Reuters

UAE's anti-money laundering body endorses framework for virtual assets | Reuters A United Arab Emirates committee tasked with fighting money laundering has endorsed a regulatory framework for virtual assets, the Gulf state's central bank said on Wednesday.The National Committee for Combating Money-Laundering and Financing of Terrorism and Illegal Organisations has "announced the adoption of a regulatory framework for virtual assets in the UAE, concordant with approved anti-money laundering and...
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Hawaii “junk food” favorites

Every now and then, Aloha Bruce talks about something on the Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast that sends us here on the blog down a rabbit hole of memories of growing up on Oahu. The Labor Day episode about must-try Hawaii foods for Hawaii vacationers did just that, and now we’re thinking about Hawaii “junk food”. […] The post Hawaii “junk food” favorites appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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Analysis: The West owes #Qatar a favour over Afghanistan. That was the point | Reuters

Analysis: The West owes Qatar a favour over Afghanistan. That was the point | Reuters Since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the world's top diplomats have been beating a path to Qatar, long the gateway to the Taliban and now the essential go-between as the West tries to deal with the new Kabul government. This is no accident.Analysts describe Qatar's emergence as a broker in Afghanistan as a part of a carefully nurtured strategy by the tiny but rich state to bolster its own security, by ...
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5 celebrity vineyards and wineries you can actually visit across the country

There are celebrity wines out there that are celebrity in name only. And then there are celebrity wines that go a little further with vineyards and tasting rooms that you can visit to see and taste for yourself. From California wine country to Arizona and Virginia, there are wineries owned by the stars across the country. Some, like the wineries owned by Francis Ford Coppola, are almost as famous for the wine as for who owns it. Others are quietly putting out tasty bottles without splashing a...
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The most strenuous hikes in America’s flattest states

Elevation and distance are the most obvious metrics for determining the difficulty of a hike. But they’re not the only ones. Factors like terrain, trail maintenance, technical demands, and weather conditions all impact how strenuous a hike may be, regardless of its incline. This comes as a surprise even to Appalachian Trail trekkers. “A lot of people find the Pennsylvania section to be really challenging, not because of the overall elevation gain but because it’s so rocky,” says Wesley Trimbl...
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Headout raises $12M, plans to hire 150+ people as domestic travel rebounds

The travel industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and startup Headout was no exception. A marketplace that let tourists make same-day bookings for tours, events and activities, the app expanded around the world after launching in 2015. Then COVID-19 hit. But business is growing again thanks to rebounds in domestic travel and Headout claims it has grown 800% since January 2021. The company announced today it has raised $12 million led by Glade Brook Capital, which has also invested ...
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Courtyard by Marriott Celebrates the Reunion of Football and Travel for the 2021-2022 NFL Season

Courtyard by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy's extraordinary portfolio of 30 hotel brands and the Official Hotel of the NFL, is celebrating the return of travel and live football games this fall with the launch of its fan favorite, Courtyard Super Bowl Sleepover Contest. NFL fans can enter for a chance to spend a night at the stadium on the eve of the Super Bowl LVI by sharing how football fuels their passion for travel.
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Blue Water Development Expands into Southeast, Adds RV Resorts in Louisiana and Tennessee to Portfolio

 Blue Water Development, a real estate developer specializing in outdoor hospitality management, has assumed management of its first RV resorts in the Southeastern United States – Reunion Lake in Ponchatoula, La., and Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge in Sevierville, Tenn. The transition was made official on June 1 and brings the firm's campground portfolio to 12.
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Cascade Investment Affiliate Agrees to Acquire Controlling Stake in Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts ("Four Seasons" or "the Company"), the world's leading luxury hospitality company, today announced that its longstanding shareholder, an affiliate of Cascade Investment, L.L.C. (collectively, "Cascade"), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling interest in the Company. In the all-cash deal, Cascade will increase its existing 47.5 percent stake to 71.25 percent by purchasing half of the existing 47.5 percent stake owned by an affiliat...
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You’re Terminated: Three Reasons Customers Will Stop Doing Business With You | By Shep Hyken

One of the favorite chapters I wrote in my recent book, I’ll Be Back: How to Get Customers to Come Back Again and Again, was about why customers would terminate their relationship with you. Yes, the word terminate ties into the movie Terminator, which somehow became a theme in the background of the book. So, why would a customer terminate his or her relationship with you?
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Venice in a Day: How to Have the Greatest Time in the Most Romantic City

Is Venice the most romantic city in the world? Many think so, and I have to agree. Although small, there are so many things to do and see in the City of Canals. However, if you can only spend a day in Venice, let me help you get the most of your time in the city of canals.  Venice is famous for its elaborate labyrinth of islands and canals navigated by black gondolas and spanned by hundreds of bridges. Other cities worldwide have been dubbed “the Venice of the North,” or the West, and so on. ...
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Aramco oil pipelines investors to sell at least $4 bln in bonds in Q4 - sources | Reuters

Aramco oil pipelines investors to sell at least $4 bln in bonds in Q4 - sources | Reuters A consortium led by EIG Global Energy Partners that took a stake in Saudi Aramco's oil pipelines is preparing to issue at least $4 billion in the fourth quarter to refinance a loan that largely funded the $12.4 billion deal, two sources familiar with the matter said.The deal gave the consortium controlled by EIG a 49% stake in a new entity, Aramco Oil Pipelines Company, and rights to 25 years of tariff pa...
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The Bangladesh mask study rules out MASK MANDATES

Let’s start with my analysis of the Danish study: Now for the Bangladesh masks study. I’ve not had time to read in detail. I’ve skimmed this and this, but the following initial comments – in no particular order: PEOPLE DON’T USE MASKS THE WAY THE STUDY IMAGINES THEY WOULD A basic problem that I have pointed […]
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Sands ESG Report Demonstrates Accountability, Transparency

With the release of the 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report (ESG), Sands is continuing to fulfill our commitment to our communities, guests and Team Members to not only operate the world’s premier resort destinations, but to be accountable and transparent in regards to our efforts to safeguard our communities. The report focuses on our commitments to our core corporate responsibility pillars – to our People, our Communities and our Planet – and also to our dedication to opera...
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Hoteliers Tackle Challenge of Leisure Demand Outpacing Labor Supply

Labor, or the lack of it, as well as its higher costs, is the biggest topic of the moment in the hotel industry, and it is a challenge that has no easy route to rectification.
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How short-term rental data can help DMOs build back sustainably

Within the tourism sphere, it can often feel like trends are waves, out of our control. But the right tools can help measure and predict the tides.
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Going to HITEC 2021? What You Should Know About Travel and Event Cyber Security Risks | By Jeff Venza

As anyone in the hospitality industry is undoubtedly aware, it is finally that time of year again. The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) is just around the corner, marking the long-awaited return of in-person events and tradeshows. This year, HITEC will take place in Dallas, Texas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center from September 27-30th.
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Hotel Ramp-Up After Lockdown Closures Dependent on Market

Many hotels closed their doors temporarily at the start of 2020’s COVID-19 lockdowns, and data shows that how hotels recovered after reopening their doors depended heavily on location.
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#Saudi Billionaire Prince Alwaleed to Sell Four Seasons Stake for $2.2 Billion - Bloomberg

Saudi Billionaire Prince Alwaleed to Sell Four Seasons Stake for $2.2 Billion - Bloomberg Bill Gates’s investment firm will pay Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal $2.2 billion to raise its stake in Four Seasons Holding Co.Cascade Investment LLC will buy a 23.75% stake from Kingdom Holding Co, giving the business a $10 billion enterprise value. As part of the all-cash deal, Cascade’s stake will increase to 71.25%.Kingdom Holding will use the proceeds for investments and to repay some o...
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