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what i'm reading: john steinbeck and me

I recently read Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck by William Souder, part of my new-found interest in biographies over the past few years.* Instead of reviewing the book, I thought I would write about the presence of John Steinbeck's writing in my life -- its history, its influence, the connection I feel. The book itself is quite good, but I assume it's of interest only to readers of John Steinbeck. Possibly to people who like biographies of writers? I don't know. Personally, I'd be v...
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Redistricting and politics, Land Board rejects aquarium industry plan, Honolulu marathon slated to return, more news from all the Hawaiian islands

Hawaii tropical fish ©2021 All Hawaii NewsRedrawing Hawaii’s Election Districts: ‘People Are Going To Be Pissed’. Years ago the political lines were redrawn in ways that clobbered Republicans. Today, the question is which Democrats will take the hit. Civil Beat.Hawaii Tourism Authority contract award to top marketing agency prompts scrutiny. The Hawaii Tourism Authority recently awarded a $9.4 million sole-source contract to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, even as the marketin...
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There is no evidence Southwest flights were cancelled due to a vaccine protest, FAA says

A Southwest Airlines plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport. FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Southwest Airlines cancelled more than 1,800 flights over the weekend. The company and its pilot union both said the issue was unrelated to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Southwest is requiring employees to be vaccinated by December 8. There is no evidence that Southwest Airlines' operational difficulties over the weekend "were related to vaccine mandates," the Federal Aviation Admini...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Politics, Texas, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Republican, Pilots, Faa, Charles Davis, Southwest Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration


Leaders Rally Together to Awaken the Hospitality Industry

LOS ANGELES, CA - BLLA (Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association) is formally announcing the next conference taking place October 25-26 is being held virtually to allow a more global audience to participate. The association is well known for its experiential events having held 2 other digital events in the past 4 months. With more than 75 speakers ready to light the stage up with incredible content you may not hear elsewhere, now is the perfect time for attendees and sponsors to participate...
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A half-century old Tokyo sweet shop, its elderly owner, and an ending

The owner of the shop below started the business when she was 40 years old. Back then, penny sweet shops would have been fairly common, but as out of place as it seems today, a lot of little kids still enjoy going in. This big kid liked dropping by too. Whether I went in alone, or with clients on photowalks, the warm welcome and ready smile were always the same. The only thing that really changed was the old lady’s age. It tended to vary. Sometimes she was 91 or 92, and on other days it was 93 o...
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Firepop DIY BBQ Packs

Firepop is a food truck that has pivoted to delivering DIY bbq kits to cook at home. Boxes change weekly and can feature aperitivo offerings like bone marrow, Ortiz sardines and Iggy's sourdough to other boxes containing their signature lamb and wagyu beef skewers and non alcoholic drinks. Don't have a bbq? They've got that problem solved as orders come with a single use, eco friendly charcoal grill (that has to be tried to be believed)!
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Tata Sons just won the bid for ownership of Air India in a full-circle moment - see the airline's 89-year history

Tata Airlines 747 Tata.com Tata Sons won a 100% stake in Air India, having bid $2.4 billion for the debt-ridden airline. Tata will take on $3.1 billion in debt but maintain Air India's brand and assets. Air India has an 89-year history, having been founded by the Tata family in 1932. Air India dates back to 1932, when it was founded as a private entity by renowned industrialist and philanthropist JRD Tata. Tata was India's first private pilot and his fascination with the industry l...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, London, News, Australia, Singapore, India, Trends, History, BBC News, Features, Chicago, Britain, Royal Air Force, Malaysia


Oil settles up 1.5%; hits multi-year highs on surging demand | Reuters

Oil settles up 1.5%; hits multi-year highs on surging demand | Reuters Oil prices jumped on Monday to the highest levels in years, fuelled by rebounding global demand that has contributed to power and gas shortages in key economies like China.Brent crude rose $1.26, or 1.5%, to settle at $83.65 a barrel. The session high was $84.60, its highest since October 2018.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude gained $1.17, or 1.5%, to settle at $80.52, after touching its highest since late 2014 at $...
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Brent Oil Rises Toward $85 With Energy Crisis Boosting Demand - Bloomberg

Brent Oil Rises Toward $85 With Energy Crisis Boosting Demand - Bloomberg Global benchmark Brent crude approached $85 a barrel as a growing power crisis from Europe to Asia boosts demand for oil ahead of winter. Brent futures rose as much as 2.7% to the highest since October 2018 on Monday. Prices of coal and natural gas have surged globally with stockpiles running low before the Northern Hemisphere winter, prompting some switching to oil products such as diesel and fuel oil.It is quickly ...
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Rebranded #Qatar Energy touts broad strategy, no plans to sell assets | Reuters

Rebranded Qatar Energy touts broad strategy, no plans to sell assets | Reuters Qatar changed the name of its state-owned oil and gas firm to Qatar Energy from Qatar Petroleum to reflect what it said was a broader strategy but said it had no plans to sell assets to raise funds as other Gulf state producers have."We have plenty of cash," Chief Executive Saad al-Kaabi said on Monday, indicating the Qatari firm would not follow in the footsteps of Gulf rivals which have sold assets, such as Saudi ...
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Wiz raises $250 mln, values Israeli cyber firm at $6 bln | Reuters

Wiz raises $250 mln, values Israeli cyber firm at $6 bln | Reuters Israeli cybersecurity startup Wiz said on Monday it had raised $250 million in a private funding round that values the company at $6 billion.Wiz, established in 2020, completed a $350 million financing round this year that had valued the cloud security platform at $1.7 billion.Wiz has 180 employees in Israel and the United States. It said its platform is used by 15% of Fortune 500 companies.The company said most of the investor...
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#AbuDhabi's IHC acquires 51% of Bin Suhail Group to form beauty JV | Reuters

Abu Dhabi's IHC acquires 51% of Bin Suhail Group to form beauty JV | Reuters Abu Dhabi conglomerate International Holding Company (IHC) (IHC.AD) has agreed to acquire 51% of Bin Suhail Group through a subsidiary to form a beauty industry joint venture, it said on Monday.IHC subsidiary Multiply Group, owner of beauty brands such as Bedashing, will merge with Bin Suhail Group, which owns the 35-location beauty and spa brand Tips & Toes.The joint venture will operate under newly-established Omorf...
Tags: Travel, Abu Dhabi, Reuters, IHC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bin Suhail Group, Multiply Group, Omorfia Group, Bedashing Jazz Lounge Spa, Ben Suhail, Faris Suhail Al Yabhouni


NEOM JV to secure billions in financing in early 2022, ACWA CEO says | Reuters

NEOM JV to secure billions in financing in early 2022, ACWA CEO says | Reuters ACWA Power, which debuted on Saudi Arabia's stock market on Monday, expects to finalise in the first quarter of next year billions of dollars in financing for a green hydrogen joint venture at the planned futuristic city NEOM, ACWA's CEO said.The project, which will be equally owned by Air Products, ACWA Power (2082.SE) and NEOM, will produce green ammonia for export to global markets, with the first shipment expect...
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Southwest's weekend meltdown wasn't due to a vaccine protest, its pilots union says

Southwest Airlines pilot Mike Stewart/AP Southwest Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights over the weekend due to staffing shortages. High-profile public figures incorrectly suggested the shortages were due to an anti-vax walkout. The company's pilot union said flight crews were not participating in a protest. Southwest Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights over the weekend due to a confluence of severe weather and air traffic control issues, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. T...
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PM Hotel Group Selected to Manage the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel

PM Hotel Group, the industry’s leading independent hospitality management company, has been selected to manage the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. This latest addition further expands PM Hotel Group’s Mid-Atlantic portfolio of Marriott-affiliated properties.
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New #Saudi investment strategy aims for $100 bln annual FDI flows - SPA | Reuters

New Saudi investment strategy aims for $100 bln annual FDI flows - SPA | Reuters Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave details of a new investment strategy on Monday that aims to raise net foreign direct investment to 388 billon riyals ($103.45 billion) annually, the state news agency (SPA) reported.The new strategy also aims to increase local investments to 1.7 trillion riyals annually by 2030, SPA said.The crown prince said in March the kingdom was planning 12 trillion riyals worth of ...
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Oil extends rally to multi-year peaks as energy crunch bites | Reuters

Oil extends rally to multi-year peaks as energy crunch bites | Reuters Oil prices extended gains to scale multi-year peaks on Monday, fuelled by the rebound in global demand that has also contributed to power and gas shortages in key economies like China.Brent crude was up $1.39, or 1.7%, at $83.78 a barrel by 11:02 a.m. EDT (1502 GMT), after hitting its highest since October 2018 at $84.60 earlier in the session.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose $1.55, or 2%, to $80.90, after touc...
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CLIA Destination Showcase returnsCLIA Destination Showcase returns

Virtual raining event takes place next month
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Here’s why hotel chains are betting on a new era of all-inclusive resorts

Guess what? Times are changing, and all-inclusive resorts are cool again. Or, at least, some of the world’s major hotel brands including Marriott, Hyatt and Wyndham are trying to make them that way. 
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TUI’s ‘workation’ packages meet growing trend to combine travel with remote working, says GlobalData

With travel demand expected to return slowly, TUI is turning to alternative markets such as the growing trend for a combined travel and remote working experience as it launches a new ‘workation’ package in a bid to become a leading provider of this new travel service, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
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Do you prefer full-size or travel-size for mascara?

Travel-size seems to start out drier for some formulas, which can be nice as I have found there are a fair number of formulas that always seem too wet when initially opened. Travel-size is also ideal if you’re not someone who wears mascara often enough to finish a tube within a few months. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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Lodging Interactive Launches Hotelink To Connect Hotel Information And Offers With One Link On Social Media

Lodging Interactive, award-winning digital marketing, and social media engagement agency exclusively serving the hospitality industry, today announced the launch of its HoteLINK service to connect social media audiences with hotel websites, offers, and destination content pages.
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MIDEAST STOCKS Major Gulf bourses end mixed; ACWA Power surges on debut | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS Major Gulf bourses end mixed; ACWA Power surges on debut | Reuters Major stock markets in the Gulf ended mixed on Monday, with the Saudi index extending losses from the previous session.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) dropped 0.5%, with Dr Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Services (4013.SE) declining 1.1%, while Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) was down 0.2%.The Saudi stock market fell as traders took profits after the main index reached a new interim high, said Wael Makarem, senior ...
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Travelodge launches Travelodge Business™

Last week, Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain which operates over 590 hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain announces the launch of Travelodge Business™. This bespoke one-stop service has been created to help businesses restart their business travel programme post-pandemic, by supporting their accommodation needs and giving them substantial cash savings.
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HNtv INSIDERS: Hotel ICON ~ The First 10 years And Beyond

A candid but in-depth discussion between Terence and Richard Hatter, GM of Hotel ICON Hong Kong, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Hospitality Tourism Management – SHTM PolyU, about how Hotel ICON came to be and how it continues to live up to its name in the Hong Kong landscape. They cover a wide range of topics from putting people first and understanding the needs of the customer [CRM], EVs, CSR amid a contactless environment, and the importance of design. James Bond even ...
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#SaudiArabia Plans to Create Special Economic Zones To Raise FDI - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Plans to Create Special Economic Zones To Raise FDI - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia plans to create special economic zones with incentives to lure investors as part of a new strategy to boost foreign and domestic investment announced by the kingdom’s crown prince on Monday.The special zones will focus on “high-priority sectors” and offer “competitive regulations,” according to a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency. The statement did not provide further details on the z...
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Column: Hedge fund oil trades are becoming crowded | Reuters

Column: Hedge fund oil trades are becoming crowded | Reuters Climbing oil prices continue to attract fresh buying interest from hedge funds while piling pressure on bearish portfolio managers, but the trade is becoming crowded and at risk of a sudden reversal.Hedge funds and other money managers purchased the equivalent of 24 million barrels in the six most important petroleum-related futures and options contracts in the week to Oct. 5, regulatory records show.Purchases over the past six weeks...
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