Le Théorème de Narcisse- Jean Michel Othoniel 

I’ve always admired the work of artist and sculptor Jean Michel Othoniel ever since I saw his Palais Royal metro kiosk in the early 2000s and have followed his work since. I have also had the pleasure of meeting him socially several times through a mutual friend.   Jean Michel Othoniel works mostly with Venetian blown glass globes in jewel tone colors and metallic finishes, creating impressive sculptures.   I still vividly remember the wonderful retrospective of his work at the Pompid...
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Peloton is bringing 'stretching and meditation classes' to Delta flights

Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico. Thomas Pallini/Insider Peloton and Delta Air Lines are partnering to add in-flight stretching and meditation classes. Five classes will be offered to passengers through their seat-back screens. It's the first time Peloton content will be available outside its app or utilities. Fitness powerhouse Peloton and Delta Air Lines are partnering to bring in-flight stretching and meditation classes to the skies, CNN reported on Monda...
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Look What the Neighbors are Throwing Out

  Okay, from now on I am going to post things that I see people are throwing out on the street. Hence, the title "Look what my Neighbors are throwing out." Spotted these on the street in Paris. Mid-century reproduction of the classic frog chairs, yes that is what they are called: "Fauteuil Crapaud" usually, the feet are not seen as fabric or passementerie hangs from the seat to the floor... but these are not the real deal. XIX Louis Philippe Style. Short legs, large back known for comfort. It a...
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Higher Oil Prices Hit Aramco’s Refining and Chemicals Business - Bloomberg

Higher Oil Prices Hit Aramco’s Refining and Chemicals Business - Bloomberg The surge in oil prices has been good for Saudi Aramco’s upstream business, but it’s hurting the refining and chemicals unit.Aramco’s downstream arm -- which includes refineries, retail operations, trading and the energy giant’s chemicals subsidiary, Sabic -- made a $4 billion profit before interest and tax in the third quarter. That was up from a loss of almost $800 million a year earlier, but down 13% from the previou...
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Ige headed to Glasgow for climate change conference, Kamehameha Schools contact tracing draws Maui resistance, Honolulu lifeguard shortage closes beaches, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Gov. David IgeGov. David Ige among governors to join U.N. climate talks. At least a half-dozen state governors, including Hawaii Gov. David Ige, plan to attend parts of the United Nations’ climate change conference in Glasgow, known as COP26, that started Sunday and runs through Nov. 12. Ige will lead a delegation that includes Suzanne Case, director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Scott Glenn, head of the Hawaii State Energy Office. Star-Advertiser.Senate Con...
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Amidst the Ongoing Staffing Shortages, the Right Hospitality Tech Can Help Stabilize Revenue and Elevate Guest Experience | By Robert Stevenson

COVID-19 is continuing to put a damper on travel, particularly in international markets where lockdowns and restrictions continue to exist. In areas where the vaccine has received broad distribution, like North America and parts of Europe, we have seen an uptick in travel in the early months of summer that was soon subdued by the growing number of Delta variant cases.
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A California man accused of striking an American Airlines flight attendant was charged with assault

An American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Carlos Yudica/ 20-year-old Brian Hsu has been charged with the assault of an American Airlines flight attendant. Hsu is accused of striking a crewmember after she inadvertently bumped him when walking past mid-flight. The defendant is in custody and is set to be arraigned in Denver at a later date. California resident Brian Hsu, accused of striking an American Airlines flight attendant in the face, has been charged with assault....
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Thrillin’ and Chillin’ in October 2021

As I’ve been doing for the past three years (2018, 2019, 2020), I devoted October to a lot of horror watching. The main change this year is that I’ve decided to focus only on films, whereas in past years I’d also include TV series (that said, I still watched some horror-related shows, like Midnight Mass and Brand New Cherry Flavor). The final number is lower than previous years, and I blame video games for that, especially the 30+ hours I spent playing Far Cry 6. So below you’ll find the fu...
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The silent homes of a long-abandoned Japanese village

Over the last year or so I’ve posted a few sets of photographs from long-abandoned Japanese mountain villages. There was this incredibly photogenic little hamlet, and then more recently, the time capsule-like quality of a settlement tucked away in the trees. The gathering of houses below, however, is a bit different. Or at least a bit different in the sense that I’ve visited it a couple times, and after recently finding a forgotten photo of a photo from when the village was still occupied, it s...
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#Qatar, Rolls-Royce to plough billions of pounds into green tech startups | Reuters

Qatar, Rolls-Royce to plough billions of pounds into green tech startups | Reuters Qatar and Rolls-Royce (RR.L) will team up in a multi-billion pound project to develop and invest in green technology start-ups in the UK and the Gulf Arab state which they hope will reach "unicorn" status as worth more than $1 billion.In a joint statement on Monday they said they aim to create five such fast-growing companies by 2030 and up to 20 by 2040, adding the venture would be based at a pair of science an...
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American Airlines canceled another 436 flights on Monday following its Halloween weekend chaos

An American Airlines pilot. COOPER NEILL/AFP/Getty American Airlines kicked off the week by canceling 436 flights as of midday Monday. Since Friday, American has canceled over 2,000 flights and delayed about 1,500. American Airlines said the cancellations happened because of staff shortages and bad weather. American Airlines kicked off its Monday morning by canceling 250 flights by 4:30 a.m. Central Time, an American spokesperson told Insider. Since then, another 186 have been canceled, b...
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How to prepare your hospitality business for proof of vaccination laws | By Harry Kazakian

Cities and counties continue rolling out mandates requiring many businesses to demand customers show proof of vaccination before being allowed inside. These orders, which apply to businesses where people congregate, may be easier to enforce for nightclubs, stadiums or amusement parks, because they already have security operations regularly checking IDs and providing support.
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Il Pontile, Woolloomooloo

Italian restaurant Il Pontile is the latest newcomer to Woolloomooloo's Finger Wharf. Chef Mario Percuoco (son of Buon Ricordo's Armando Percuoco) serves up wonderful Italian dishes with a focus on Neapolitan cuisine in an indoor and outdoor setting - there is no better place to be on a sunny day. There are some must-order dishes including a seafood linguine, Pacherri Sorrentina and a divine Sfogliatelle pastry to finish off.
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#Dubai to launch 2 bln dirham market-maker fund | Reuters

Dubai to launch 2 bln dirham market-maker fund | Reuters Dubai plans to launch a 2 billion dirham ($545 million) market-maker fund to boost trading on its stock market, state news agency WAM reported, citing the emirate's deputy ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.Sheikh Maktoum, who oversees stock markets in the emirate, was also quoted as saying that Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, had also approved a 1 billion dirham fund to encourage techno...
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Space Perspective planning to offer world’s first luxury spaceflight experience as ‘space balloon tourism’ is set to take off, says GlobalData

Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin have made sub-orbital space travel a reality for those travel adventurers and space explorers with the desire and disposable income to pay up to $450,000 for a ticket. Both of these companies have demonstrated that space tourism is a potentially massive market and, whilst not without risk, can be accomplished safely. As more companies like Space Perspective enter this fledgling market with their own innovative spaceflight solutions, travelers will inevitabl...
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Emirates is turning its first-ever A380 jumbo jet into furniture to sell to fans

Emirates' first-ever Airbus A380, registered A6-EDA NYC Russ Emirates is converting its first-ever delivered A380 into furniture and memorabilia to sell to fans. A part of the proceeds will go to the company's charity foundation that helps children in need. Repurposing the plane's materials will reduce Emirates' carbon footprint by lessening landfill waste. The pandemic took a toll on the industry in many ways, like forcing airlines to suspend routes and lay off emplo...
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#Kuwait's Jazeera Airways in talks with Airbus, Boeing for 30-jet order | Reuters

Kuwait's Jazeera Airways in talks with Airbus, Boeing for 30-jet order | Reuters Kuwait's Jazeera Airways (JAZK.KW) is in talks to buy 30 Airbus (AIR.PA) A320neo or Boeing (BA.N) 737 MAX jets in a deal worth up to $2 billion, the airline's chairman said on Monday.Marwan Boodai told Reuters the budget carrier expected to place the long-considered aircraft order by the end of March.The airline would seek to raise debt to finance part of the purchases, with the remaining to be funded from the com...
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#Saudi index snaps 4 days of losses, Egypt outperforms | Reuters

Saudi index snaps 4 days of losses, Egypt outperforms | Reuters Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Monday, with the Saudi index snapping a four-day winning streak, while the Egyptian bourse rose for a fourth session in five.GCC stock markets mostly were in the green as slight price corrections in the last few days to weeks triggered interest. Investors remain optimistic even though inflation is becoming a growing concern, said Wael Makarem, senior market strategist at Exness."T...
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Founder sees DAMAC takeover complete by March | Reuters

Founder sees DAMAC takeover complete by March | Reuters Dubai property tycoon Hussain Sajwani's investment vehicle said on Monday he and "associated group members" now own 91.65% of DAMAC Properties (DAMAC.DU) in a buyout of minority shareholders expected to be completed by the end of March.Sajwani stepped down in June as chairman of the property developer he had run for nearly two decades to launch the takeover, which has since gained regulatory approval and support from the board. He wants t...
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Sustainability 101 in Hospitality from Prof. Dr. Willy Legrand

As #cop26 starts today, we are taking the time to revisit the informative podcast with Prof. Dr. Willy Legrand.
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US Hotel Occupancy Inches Closer to 2019 Levels

U.S. hotel occupancy declined slightly week to week, but still inched closer to the level achieved in 2019, as a shift to more hotel stays Monday to Thursday indicated rising business travel.
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Hospitality Associates and Magnuson Hotels alliance offers an alternative for UK independent hotels

Independent hotels in the UK have seen their options limited over the past decade. Branded hotels, particularly in the budget sector, are now the majority and are looking for faltering properties to take over and bring into their portfolios. At the same time the rise of the sharing economy has meant that any building can become a hotel overnight. Independent hotels can get lost amongst the noise.
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#SaudiArabia's SRC signs refinancing agreement for $2.7 bln property portfolio | Reuters

Saudi Arabia's SRC signs refinancing agreement for $2.7 bln property portfolio | Reuters Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC) has signed a partnership agreement with Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) to refinance a real estate portfolio worth 10 billion riyals ($2.7 billion), SRC said in a statement.REDF provides subsidised loans to Saudi home buyers and SRC, wholly owned by sovereign wealth fund the Public Investment Fund (PIF), is the Saudi equivalent of U.S. mortgage finance business...
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#AbuDhabi healthcare company NMC’s ownership change takes effect December 16 | Business – Gulf News

Abu Dhabi healthcare company NMC’s ownership change takes effect December 16 | Business – Gulf News From December 16, Abu Dhabi headquartered NMC Healthcare will come under the direct control of its creditors as the hospital operator exits from administration. This will pave the way for the eventual sale of NMC – which was set up by B.R. Shetty in the mid-1970s – to a new owner.The day will mark the end of a turbulent phase for the UAE’s biggest private healthcare company, starting with the di...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Canada’s Hotel Construction Pipeline Continues to Show a Slight Decline at Q3’21 Close

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that, in the third quarter of 2021, Canada’s hotel construction pipeline stands at 257 projects/34,167 rooms. Pipeline projects declined slightly at the close of Q3’21, down 7% by projects and 5% by rooms, year-over-year (YOY). Projects under construction stand at 70 projects/9,039 rooms, down 20% by projects and 12% by rooms YOY.
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Five Tips to Tackle Hotel Costs | By Rayna Katz

Between the rising cost of labor, decreased demand and ever-changing COVID-19 protocols, hotels have taken numerous hits to profitability. Conditions likely are going to remain challenging for some time to come, but Chris Cylke, COO of asset manager RevPAR International, has a quintet of tips for hoteliers to manage costs more effectively.
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The Staycation boom is continuing into autumn half term

Summer may be over but the demand for a Staycation remains strong, with 47%of British families taking a short break this October half term, as revealed in the autumn segment of the 2021 Travelodge Holiday Index.
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ADIB's Abdel Bary: Goal is 20% Return Equity by 2025 - Bloomberg video

ADIB's Abdel Bary: Goal is 20% Return Equity by 2025 - Bloomberg Mohamed Abdel Bary, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Group CFO, discusses the bank's outlook for 2021 and beyond. He speaks with Yousef Gamal El-Din and Manus Cranny on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East." [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Aramco Surges on Higher Oil Output & Prices - Bloomberg video

Aramco Surges on Higher Oil Output & Prices - Bloomberg One company benefitting from the surge in global oil prices is Saudi Aramco. Third-quarter net profit jumped by 158%, making it the world’s most profitable firm. Bloomberg’s Paul Wallace reports on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Europe.” [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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