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  As one can imagine I am gaga over this new little person. When comparing the two loves One seems extra tiny and the other oversize. Everyone is doing well. Olivia was born in a bathtub at a natural birthing clinic in Paris where Gabriel was born. Chelsea's birth story can be summed up like this: Fast, painless, unless you count two contractions hard, came home a few hours later, and hasn't missed a beat.   Four days old.                   Related Stories Hanging Out with This BoyloOliviaG...
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Renovations to close Diamond Head, $160M state psychiatric hospital sits idle, Honolulu mulls banning commercial activities at beach parks, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Diamond Head hike pre-COVID ©2021 All Hawaii NewsDiamond Head demolition project to close state monument. Diamond Head State Monument will be closed on Oct. 28 and 29, and then again from November 1-5. The historic fire control station will be closed November   6-19, and possibly longer depending on construction progress. KITV4.Hawaii Rep. Sylvia Luke Plans To Run For Lieutenant Governor. The powerful House Finance chair joins a growing field of Democrats seeking the state’s No. 2 job in...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Nasa, Hawaii, Fema, Bill, Council, Pearl Harbor, County, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Haleakala, Maui, State, Honolulu, Hawaii County

Brett Sutton is the crappiest “health officer” in the world. The CRIMINALLY deficient paper to justify mandatory masks in Victoria

I was aware of the useless paper cited by Sutton to justify his mandatory masks. Sharing a comment received via email. === Hi Sanjeev, Have you seen this article. According to, the VIC Department of Health directed them to a paper published in July this year by the Burnet Institute  – as justification for the VIC […]
Tags: Travel, Current Affairs, Bad Ideas, Victoria, Sutton, Burnet Institute, Sanjeev, Brett Sutton, VIC Department of Health

New boutique hotel brings Berlin to central LondonNew boutique hotel brings Berlin to central London

Hotel AMANO Covent Garden opening next spring
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United Airlines says its unvaccinated pilots are costing the carrier nearly $3 million a month

United Airlines pilots walk through Newark Liberty International Airport Niall Carson - PA Images/Getty Images United Airlines said its unvaccinated pilots are costing the company $1.4 million every two weeks in paid leave. The carrier explained vaccinated pilots "refuse to risk their safety" by flying with unvaccinated colleagues. United is challenging a lawsuit brought forth by employees claiming the company's vaccine mandate is discriminatory. United Airlines is spending nearly $3 m...
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Tokyo memories and loss

This week my wife would have celebrated her 44th birthday. The fact that Akiko isn’t here to do so is still hard to fully grasp, although that isn’t anywhere near as hard as day-to-day life without her. Feelings that aren’t going to change any time soon either, as it’s only a little over 3 months since she died. A period that has felt unreal, and at the same time all too real, as it’s simply impossible not to think about all the meals and conversations we should have enjoyed — not to mention all...
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Driving in Dubai without a license

So you are in Dubai, got your hands on a car and planning to go for a ride. But, do you have a valid UAE driving license? If not, think twice before getting behind the wheel because driving in Dubai without a license is a serious criminal offence. According to Article no. 51 of the […] The post Driving in Dubai without a license appeared first on Dubai Expat Blog.
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Spicy Joint, Chatswood

Spicy Joint is a Sichuan Chinese restaurant in Chatswood. Part of a chain of restaurants from China, Spicy Joint has an enormous menu with pictures which help you to make your selection. There are noodles, soup and plenty of chilli laden dishes (although it's not ferociously spicy). The space is outfitted with cute booths and they don't take bookings. And a little warning: the bill will be a real surprise!
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Saudi Arabia outlines plans under Mideast Green Initiative | Reuters

Saudi Arabia outlines plans under Mideast Green Initiative | Reuters Delegates pose for a photo during the Summit of the Green Middle East Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  October 25, 2021. Saudi Green Initiative Media Office/Handout via REUTERS Saudi Arabia's crown prince launched a Middle East Green Initiative on Monday which he said aimed to secure 39 billion riyals ($10.4 billion) for an investment fund and clean energy project as part of efforts to reduce regional carbon e...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Reuters Saudi Arabia, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Mideast Green Initiative, Green Middle East Initiative, Middle East Green Initiative

Oil prices reach multi-year highs on tight supply | Reuters

Oil prices reach multi-year highs on tight supply | Reuters Oil prices reached multi-year highs on Monday before steadying, as tight global supply and strengthening fuel demand in the United States and beyond supported prices.Brent crude futures gained 46 cents to settle at $85.99 a barrel. The contract reached a session high of $86.70 a barrel, its highest level since October 2018.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were unchanged at $83.76 a barrel after reaching $85.41 a barrel...
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Southeast Asia urged to open travel corridorsSoutheast Asia urged to open travel corridors

ASEAN has to move fast says Indonesian President
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Choice Hotels Announces New Corporate Headquarters In North Bethesda, Maryland

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, announced it has executed a lease for a new corporate headquarters in North Bethesda, Maryland. The new headquarters will occupy over 105,000 square feet of office space in the mixed-use development of Pike & Rose. The building is being developed by owner Federal Realty Investment Trust and Choice is expected to begin working there in the fourth quarter of 2023.
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Case Study: HAMA AP, HotStats Review Phuket Sandbox Performance

The launch of the Phuket Sandbox on July 1, 2021, is an important step on the road to recovery from COVID-19 and a measure that many other destinations in the Asia-Pacific region could soon mimic.
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, COVID, Phuket Sandbox, HAMA AP HotStats Review Phuket Sandbox Performance

Hope for 2022 Hotel Demand To Dominate Third Quarter Earnings Narrative

Third quarter performance for major hotel brands and real estate investment trusts is expected to follow a somewhat predictable pattern: Especially strong leisure demand fueled strong numbers in July and August before a seasonal drop-off of demand in September.
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Certares Acquires The Embassy Suites Atlanta Midtown in Partnership with Highlands Investments and Monomoy Property Ventures

Certares Management LLC a leading investment specialist dedicated to the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors (together with its affiliates, "Certares"), in partnership with Highlands Investments LLC ("Highlands") and Monomoy Property Ventures LLC ("MPV"), today announced the acquisition of the 181 key, new-build Embassy Suites Atlanta Midtown located at 290 17th Street NW in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. The deal also included the acquisition of an adjacent land parcel and an income-produ...
Tags: Travel, Midtown Atlanta Georgia, Highlands Investments, Embassy Suites Atlanta Midtown, Monomoy Property Ventures, Certares Management LLC, Monomoy Property Ventures LLC

La Quinta by Wyndham Teams Up with Actress and Podcast Host Katie Lowes, Launches Virtual Meetups to Help Moms this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time to reflect and recognize those we're most thankful for, which is why this year, La Quinta® by Wyndham is teaming up with actress and podcast host Katie Lowes to celebrate the one person who—despite all the challenges the pandemic has thrown at her—continues to keep us all on track and at our best: mom.
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The QHotels Collection Launch Spa Academy

The recently re-branded The QHotels Collection have announced the formation of a new Spa Academy which will see the creation of new positions across the group and training and qualifications for existing Spa, Beauty & Wellbeing practitioners.
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Mideast Stocks: #AbuDhabi falls, #Saudi gains as major Gulf bourses end mixed | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Abu Dhabi falls, Saudi gains as major Gulf bourses end mixed | ZAWYA MENA Edition Abu Dhabi's stock index ended lower on Monday following record highs in the previous session, while Saudi Arabian shares reversed course to close in the green as major Gulf bourses marked a mixed note. The Abu Dhabi index eased 0.2%, with Alpha Dhabi Holding shedding 2.5%, despite a sharp rise in its quarterly earnings. Aldar Properties  lost 1%, a day after the company said it would create j...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, United States, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Gulf, Aramex, Commercial Bank, Tasi, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Industries Qatar, Al Rajhi, Abudhabi, Aldar Properties, Gulf Egypt

Boom Lake Hike in Banff National Park

Boom Lake is a turquoise beauty, sitting beneath 600-metre cliffs in Banff National Park. It’s accessible from as early as June until late October, though you may have to tromp through some snow at that time. And it’s a fabulous cross-country skiing destination come the winter, through beware of avalanche chutes if you venture onto some sections of the lake. The Boom Lake hike is easy but not as interesting as many in the park. The wide trail parallels Boom Creek, though you only see it at the s...
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On the brand trail: Oakland to Denver (and back again)

I interrupt my regular scheduled posting—word of the week, monthly linkfest—to bring you some notes and images from my recent trip to Denver. It was my first out-of-California trip, and first non-driving trip, since May 2019, and the most time (four full days) I’ve ever spent in the Mile-High City. It was my bad luck to schedule the outgoing portion of the trip via Southwest Airlines, which had just canceled more than 2,000 flights and rescheduled my own 8:10 a.m. flight three times be...
Tags: Travel, Art, New York, Minneapolis, Colorado, California, Israel, San Francisco, Turkey, History, Chicago, Signs, North Dakota, Linguistics, Las Vegas, Oakland

Column: Oil prices soar, bullish hedge funds hold their nerve | Reuters

Column: Oil prices soar, bullish hedge funds hold their nerve | Reuters Petroleum futures and options saw another influx of hedge fund inflows last week as renewed bullishness about output restrictions overcame concerns about the already-high level of prices.Hedge funds and other money managers purchased the equivalent of 10 million barrels in the six most important futures and options contracts in the week to Oct. 19.Funds have been net buyers in seven of the last eight weeks, adding a total ...
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Fitch places credit ratings of 4 Qatari banks on negative watch | Reuters

Fitch places credit ratings of 4 Qatari banks on negative watch | Reuters Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings indicated on Monday it could cut the ratings of four banks in Qatar, saying it was concerned over the sector's increasing reliance on external funding and a recent rapid growth in assets.Fitch placed Doha Bank (DOBK.QA), Al Khalij Commercial Bank (KCBK.QA) Qatar Islamic Bank (QISB.QA) and Dukhan Bank on "ratings watch negative", meaning it sees a greater potential for a downgrade in th...
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Zaplox and BWH Hotel Group Scandinavia Signs Cooperation Agreement to Offer All Member Hotels a Digital Guest Journey

Zaplox AB (publ) ("Zaplox"), which offers hotels, resorts and casinos a contact-free digital guest journey for a safe and engaging guest experience, announced that BWH Hotel Group Scandinavia, a leading, global hospitality network, has signed a cooperation agreement to offer Zaplox digital guest journey to BWH's 160 member hotels with a total of about 15,000 rooms in Scandinavia. It is a 3-year agreement that gives member hotels the opportunity to launch their own digital guest journey qu...
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Recap: A New Era of Hotel Distribution

In our regular Shiji Buzz conversations, we explore various hot topics in hospitality technology with a panel of diverse experts from across the industry. In our most recent Buzz chat, we traveled to Asia-Pacific, joined by Shiji’s own Matthew Clark, APAC Sales Manager, and Patricia Brennan, VP, Strategic Accounts, Shiji Distribution Solutions, as well as Nicholas van Brenda, Director, Global Sales Distribution for Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited, Gavin Maloney, Director...
Tags: Travel, Asia Pacific, Australia New Zealand, Shangri La International Hotel Management Limited, Matthew Clark, Shiji, Patricia Brennan, Shiji Distribution Solutions, Nicholas van Brenda, Gavin Maloney, Duncan Waterman

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