Autumn Sunshine

photo above via my dear friend Erika.     Thanksgiving day ( my mom and sister in law Diane are out of view can you find them sitting at the table. My brother Marty’s family did not join us. Understandably, it was too hard for them.)     Sacha came from Seattle with Elena his Italian girlfriend. As it was an incredible warm beautiful day we had Thanksgiving lunch outside.    Natural table decorations    My mom showing Elena how to make 10 pounds of mashed potatoes. Muscles.   The nie...
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Gulf bourses rebound as calm returns after Omicron battering | Reuters

Gulf bourses rebound as calm returns after Omicron battering | Reuters Stock markets in the Gulf rebounded on Monday, mirroring oil prices and global shares as investors waited for more details to assess the severity of the Omicron coronavirus variant on the world economy.European shares and U.S. stock futures firmed, oil prices bounced more than $3 a barrel, while safe-haven bonds lost ground as markets latched on to hopes the new variant of concern would prove to be "mild". read moreSaud...
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Why Casinos Hotels are Investing in Mobile and Smart-Room Tech More than Ever Before | By Benjamin Keller

During the height of the pandemic in 2020, casino hotels scrambled to adopt mobile check-in to protect their guests and staff, and adhere to social distancing guidelines. This big push towards mobile also led hoteliers to seek better tech solutions to improve other areas of the guest experience and hotel operations. Today, in the midst of a labor shortage and the pandemic’s uncertain end, casinos are doubling down on their tech initiatives, focusing investments in new technologies that wi...
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Australia accused of trying to block Unesco process that could put Great Barrier Reef in danger list

A dozen countries block Morrison government’s ‘highly inappropriate’ push to suspend process for adding sites to world heritage ‘in danger’ listGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesA dozen countries have accused the Australian government of trying to hit pause on a process that could still lead to the Great Barrier Reef being placed on a list of world heritage sites “in danger”.But a global climate change policy to guide h...
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Looking in and out of an abandoned Japanese mountain complex

It was a little over a year ago when I first photographed this abandoned apartment and dormitory complex. A completely chance find, it was once home to cement company employees relocated to the area — the apartment building to presumably house families, and the dormitory rooms for unattached workers or those who opted to move out there alone. Returning again after 12 months or so did not disappoint in the slightest, although despite being empty since the early 1980s, one or two things had moved...
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Anna Maria Beach Resort Deploys BeyondTV by HIS for the Industry’s Latest Capabilities in Achieving Ultimate Guestroom Entertainment Personalization

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. — November 30, 2021 — Hotel Internet Services(HIS), a full-service provider of internet services and solutions for the hospitality industry, is pleased to announce the successful adoption of its industry-leading personalized content streaming platform, BeyondTV, by Anna Maria Beach Resort. Following a recent full-scale renovation of the property, the Florida luxury resort is not only able to provide its guests with all of the amenities that make for an ideal beach ...
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My Mother's Cousin, Bexley North

My Mother's Cousin is the phenomenally popular pizza restaurant in Bexley North. The queues stretch out down the street with people waiting for a table in the New York diner style restaurant. On the menu are pizzas, shakes and hot wings. So what are the pizzas like and what is the one ingredient that you will never see on their pizzas?
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Oil pares gains, but ends higher after Friday slump | Reuters

Oil pares gains, but ends higher after Friday slump | Reuters Oil pared gains late on Monday, but finished the session higher as investors viewed Friday's slump in oil and financial markets as overdone absent more data on the Omicron coronavirus variant.Brent briefly surged above $77 a barrel, while U.S. crude touched highs above $72. However, both contracts gave up gains late in the session.Brent crude futures settled at $73.44 a barrel, up 72 cents or 1%, having slid by $9.50 on Friday. U.S....
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HFTP and GFC Release First Exposure Draft for the USALI 12th Revised Edition — A New Energy, Water, and Waste Section

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and the Global Finance Committee (GFC) are preparing for the Fall 2022 release of the 12th Revised edition of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI). Prior to publishing the newest edition, HFTP and the GFC have recruited a group of leading industry stakeholders to participate in the review of exposure drafts, requesting comments for consideration ahead of the 12th edition publication. The first exposure d...
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Thinking of Switching Your Hotel’s PMS? The Grass Isn’t Always Greener and Here’s the How, When, What, Who, and Why | By Warren Dehan

Are hotels making the most out of the technology they have? This is becoming a crucial question for leaders to ask as technology takes on a greater share of daily operations. Hotel property-management systems provide a vast array of capabilities, but it’s up to the technology provider to keep operators informed of what those capabilities are. Otherwise, operators could spend unnecessary time and money moving from one perfectly capable system to an unfamiliar and less effective one, costin...
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Investment Corporation of #Dubai’s H1-2021 revenues at Dh75.2 in ‘significant performance’ | Markets – Gulf News

Investment Corporation of Dubai’s H1-2021 revenues at Dh75.2 in ‘significant performance’ | Markets – Gulf News Dubai Government’s investment arm ICD generated revenues of Dh75.2 billion in the first six months of this year, which amounts to a “significantly stronger performance” than in the same period last year. Net profits for Investment Corporation of Dubai came to Dh1.4 billion, again a major turnaround from last year.Last year, with all the challenges of COVID-19 to deal with, revenues w...
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Aramco CEO Nasser Stays Bullish on Oil Demand After Friday’s Price Rout - Bloomberg

Aramco CEO Nasser Stays Bullish on Oil Demand After Friday’s Price Rout - Bloomberg Oil demand will bounce back to what it was before the coronavirus pandemic crushed energy use last year, and a rout in prices last week was based on unfounded fears of new variants of the disease, the head of Saudi Aramco said.The market “over-reacted” to news of the new omicron coronavirus variant when prices plunged Friday, Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser said Monday. “We’re very optimistic about demand,”...
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Oil gains more than 3% on speculation Omicron-related drop overdone | Reuters

Oil gains more than 3% on speculation Omicron-related drop overdone | Reuters Oil bounded upward Monday, briefly touching highs above $77 a barrel as some investors viewed Friday's slump in oil and financial markets as overdone absent more data on the Omicron coronavirus variant.If the new variant of the virus proves vaccine resistant or more contagious than other variants, it could impact travel, commerce and petroleum demand.Top officials from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Coun...
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This Resort is a Mega-Scale Reproduction of Planet Earth’s Moon

Michael R. Henderson & Sandra G. Matthews had an objective to develop a resort with an authentic, mega-scale reproduction of planet earth’s moon, incorporating the world’s largest sphere. MOON will be licensed in four global locations; asia, mena, europe and north america. The project touches on hospitality, entertainment, education, attractions, the environment, technology, and space tourism. with a focus on architecture, engineering, design, and art, MOON will deliver a contemporary, fu...
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Hawaii officials evaluate Omicron risk, Meadow Gold sued over marketing, Maui firm's no-locals hiring policy draws outcry, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hanauma Bay ©2021 All Hawaii News Hanauma Bay to require online payments for nonresidents. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on Wednesday will begin requiring non-Hawaii residents, ages 13 and up, to confirm their reservations with an online fee. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. Private Schools May Miss Out On Federal Covid Relief Funds. Gov. David Ige’s office increased the percentage of low-income students private schools must serve before they can participate in the pro...
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Artist Maynard Johnny Jr. with his Coast Salish artwork BC Ferries and the First Peoples' Cultural Council have revealed the design for the Salish Heron. As the fourth vessel of the Salish Class ferries -- the first three were built in 2016 -- the Salish Heron will enter service in the spring of 2022 in the Southern Gulf Islands.  Maynard Johnny Jr. of the Penelakut First Nations created the artwork, which was selected from 36 submissions. Criteria for selection included artist...
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#Dubai faces up to rivals as it plans stock exchange revival with IPO offerings | Financial Times

Dubai faces up to rivals as it plans stock exchange revival with IPO offerings | Financial Times Competition is heating up in the capital markets of the United Arab Emirates, as Dubai seeks to revive its ailing stock exchange with a flurry of initial public offerings.  The government of the UAE’s commercial hub plans to privatise 10 state-backed companies, listing some of their shares on Dubai’s domestic bourse in a bid to rival the success of neighbouring emirate Abu Dhabi and regiona...
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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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Travellers’s Q&A as new measures are announced to tackle Omicron Covid variant

As new travel restrictions come into effect, we answer the key questionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has announced travel measures to tackle the new Omicron coronavirus variant. From 4am on November 30, anyone who enters the UK must take a PCR test by the end of the second day after arrival and self-isolate until they have received a negative result.Prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced the measures at a press conference at the weekend, just weeks...
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Emirates Investment Authority aims to double assets in 10 years, WAM reports | Reuters

Emirates Investment Authority aims to double assets in 10 years, WAM reports | Reuters The Emirates Investment Authority aims to double the size of its assets in the next 10 years with an investment policy aimed at increasing returns, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.The authority will invest in a group of financial portfolios, via its existing assets or by investing in new companies, WAM added. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#AbuDhabi’s Sovereign Fund Mubadala Plans Investment in Singapore Data Center - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi’s Sovereign Fund Mubadala Plans Investment in Singapore Data Center - BloombergMubadala Investment Co., an Abu Dhabi sovereign fund, is considering investing in Princeton Digital Group Pte as part of the Asia-focused data center operator’s fundraising plans, according to people familiar with the matter.Mubadala is likely to become the anchor investor of the round, the people said, asking not to be identified because the process is private. Others are set to join as part of the financin...
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Domestic politics to test #Kuwait's crown prince in push for fiscal reform | Reuters

Domestic politics to test Kuwait's crown prince in push for fiscal reform | ReutersThe biggest task facing Kuwait's octogenarian crown prince after unexpectedly stepping in for the emir this month will be to tackle the perennial political feuding which has long blocked badly needed fiscal reform in the wealthy oil producer.Previously a low-profile figure who avoided public politics, little was known about Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, 81, who was security chief and then deputy of the National...
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#Saudi stock market cashes in on its own growth | Reuters

Saudi stock market cashes in on its own growth | ReutersSaudi’s bourse is cashing in on its own success. Riyadh’s Tadawul on Sunday priced an initial public offering of 30% of its shares at the top end of the previously published range, implying a valuation of 12.6 billion riyals ($3.4 billion). With orders worth 121 times the shares on offer, demand was not quite as exuberant as for the recent listing of ACWA Power (2082.SE) . But it is still indicative of a handy market position.Not counting T...
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House prices jump 21% as rich flock to #Dubai, but 2021 could be peak of current property cycle | ZAWYA MENA Edition

House prices jump 21% as rich flock to Dubai, but 2021 could be peak of current property cycle | ZAWYA MENA EditionHouse prices in Dubai jumped 21 percent this year thanks to the government's response in arresting the spread of COVID-19, which triggered interest in the property market from rich investors outside the emirate, according to a study by global property consultant Knight Frank.While developers are responding by pushing the envelope and bringing AED 10,000 per square foot homes to the ...
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Morgan Stanley cuts Q1 2022 Brent oil forecast on Omicron risks | Reuters

Morgan Stanley cuts Q1 2022 Brent oil forecast on Omicron risks | ReutersMorgan Stanley on Monday cut its first quarter 2022 Brent crude price forecast to $82.50 per barrel from $95 on market expectations that the Omicron coronavirus variant could turn into a major headwind for oil demand.The market appears to be pricing in the possibility that the new variant could prompt restrictions and cut oil demand, amid expectations of oversupply driven by planned release from the Strategic Petroleum Rese...
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Oil rebounds to $76 on speculation Omicron-related drop overdone | Reuters

Oil rebounds to $76 on speculation Omicron-related drop overdone | Reuters Oil rebounded by almost 5% on Monday to $76 a barrel as some investors viewed Friday's slump in oil and financial markets on concern about the Omicron coronavirus variant as overdone.The World Health Organisation has said it could take weeks to understand the variant's severity, although a South African doctor who has treated cases said symptoms so far seemed to be mild. read moreBrent crude was $3.24, or 4.5%, higher a...
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‘Best Business Hotel Brand in the Middle East’

Underlining its hospitality credentials on the international stage, Rotana has been awarded the coveted title of ‘Best Business Hotel Brand in the Middle East’ at the Business Traveller Awards 2021 (UK). This accolade recognises the group’s commitment to setting the standard for service excellence and consistently delivering positive experiences to travellers across the region.
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Chef Stéphane Décotterd at Glion Institute of Higher Education awarded 18 by Gault et Millau

Gault et Millau, the worldwide-recognized gastronomic guide founded in 1972, awards 18 points to Stéphane Décotterd’s gastronomic restaurant. This recognition confirms the great talent of Stéphane Décotterd who recently relocated his operation in Glion, the hospitality higher education institute.
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Six Steigenberger Hotels win a “101 Best Hotels in Germany” Award

The “101 Best Hotels in Germany” Awards, the only ranking list of its kind to combine objective quality benchmarks with individual customer satisfaction perceptions, have just been published for the second time. Six Steigenberger Hotels are confirmed as being amongst the leading lights of the German hotel sector. In the individual “Grand Hotel” category, the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof and the Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf were placed sixth and ninth respectively.
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Customers face fourth night snowed in at Britain’s highest pub

Staff of Yorkshire’s Tan Hill Inn plan best-dressed snowman competition for guests trapped by Storm ArwenSixty-one people face a fourth night snowed in at Britain’s highest pub with a best-dressed snowman competition planned on Monday to pass the time.Guests who had travelled to the 17th-century Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales on Friday night to watch an Oasis tribute band have been trapped ever since as Storm Arwen hit the UK, with staff laying on pub quizzes, board games and karaoke for en...
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