emergency preparedness: in which climate change plus living in a remote community push this 60-year-old into more responsible adulthood

In all our many years together, Allan and I never had an emergency kit in our home, or anything even approaching one. In New York, I never felt the need. Everything was in such easy reach all the time. It seemed nearly impossible to be cut off. We lived through more than one major blackout, and a kit wouldn't have made any difference. Even 9/11 didn't lead me there. I've always viewed emergency preparedness as a hedge against anxiety and worry. If it helps you worry less, that's great. Use eve...
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Trip to Switzerland– Zurich

At the end of October, I made a special five-day trip to Switzerland. The first two and half days I spent in Zurich, which was sponsored by the Zurich Tourism Office.  I had visited Zurich once before about 10 years ago just for an afternoon and honestly, I wasn’t very impressed. The city was nice enough and very clean, but it seemed dull except for the beauty of the lake. After my trip last month, I was beyond impressed and now Zurich has made it into my favorite list of European cities. ...
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To Marty and Julie

One moment leads to another  Seed . Bud . Blossom …     Life is movement Becoming  .  Changing  .  Growing Blending the physical and spiritual, Intellect and intuition.   Life changes it weaves within us  connects us to each other   … When someone we love leaves us  Life around us shifts, changes, leaving us with an empty space.  A seed of their life roots slowly within us, in that inner space, often invisible, overtime leading us to a relationship with our memory and often a spiritual c...
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tom morello on the iww and the soundtrack to the good good fight

In October, The New York Times published this piece by musician and activist Tom Morello. I've read it several times, and shared it on social media, and still I can't stop re-reading and listening. When something moves me like that, you know I have to preserve it on this blog.I am and always will be a Wobbly at heart. I often feel I was born in the wrong era. Rather than sitting across the table and trying to persuade an employer to put a few more scraps in a contract, I should have organized to...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Sweden, Activism, Woody Guthrie, Los Angeles, History, West, Labour, Maine, New York Times, San Diego, Kremlin, Stockholm

Need research on the criminal gang called Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook

We need formal systematic research to identify the causes for which these criminal groups ban people. They have done so too many times – to too many people, and there is no sign they will stop. I must add Google to this list since they are actively blocking content which may not suit their narrative. […]
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Citadines on Bourke Melbourne Partners With Liveport to Exceed Guest Expectations for High-speed Wi-Fi

MELBOURNE, Australia — December 2, 2021 — Liveport, a leading provider of internet services and IoT-based technology, has today announced the successful implementation of an extensive Wi-Fi network upgrade at Citadines on Bourke Melbourne. A trendsetting apart’hotel providing travellers with the privacy of their own apartment along with the latest in modern amenities, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne can now importantly also cater to demands for fast, responsive and reliable online connectiv...
Tags: Travel, Iot, Melbourne Australia, Citadines, Liveport, Bourke Melbourne Partners, Bourke Melbourne

United Airlines just became the first airline in history to operate a passenger flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel

United Airlines is the first airline in the world to use 100% SAF on a passenger flight.United Airlines United Airlines operated the world's first passenger flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel. The aircraft carried over 100 passengers from Chicago to Washington DC with United's CEO onboard. United has invested millions into SAF, as well as other projects to reduce its carbon footprint. United Airlines has become a global leader in reducing the aviation industry's carbon ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Climate Change, Washington, US, Trends, Features, Chicago, Washington Dc, Aviation, Airlines, Carbon Footprint, Boeing, United, SAF

An Airbus A340 aircraft just landed on Antarctica for the first time ever — see the history of aviation on the 7th continent

The first Airbus A340 to land on Antarctica.Hi Fly An Airbus A340 made history in November when it became the first jet of its type to land on Antarctica. The South Pole has a long history of aviation that has contributed to the exploration of the continent. A number of airliners, military planes, turboprops, and luxury jets have landed on the polar tundra since 1956. Airlines operate regularly scheduled service to nearly every corner of the globe across six continents, connecting people to...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Australia, Navy, Russia, US, Trends, Bbc, Features, Ford, United Kingdom, Aircraft, Airplanes, Portugal, Antarctica, Cape Town

Mannaggia a Trois, Darlinghurst

Mannaggia a Trois is a trio of chefs who do periodic pop ups on Sundays at Sagra restaurant in Darlinghurst. During lockdown they had cook at home meals but now that it is over they're hosting dinners once every few months. Each menu features their twist on Italian and Asian cuisine featuring local producers and products.
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Oil prices sink again as traders use Omicron as an excuse to hit 'sell' | Reuters

Oil prices sink again as traders use Omicron as an excuse to hit 'sell' | ReutersCrude oil futures settled lower on Wednesday, as an early rally fizzled and selling intensified on worries the Omicron variant of coronavirus could cut oil demand as global supply builds.Late in the session, oil prices dropped into negative territory after U.S. officials said the Omicron variant - believed more transmissible than previous strains of coronavirus - had been found in the country."When the markets gets ...
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Hawaii travel news: December 1, 2021

– Easing of some COVID-19 restrictions start today in Hawaii. From a visitor’s perspective, the biggest difference is that restaurant capacity restrictions, which should make it easier to dine in Hawaii. The Safe Travels program and indoor mask mandates will continue as is. – If you’re renting a car on Oahu, you’ll find a spiffy new rental car facility at Honolulu’s airport. They’re calling it “Conrac” and it opens today. Arriving passengers can catch a free shuttle from Terminal 2 baggage clai...
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Two Glion Institute of Higher Education Alumni win the prize of Best Professional Success at the Hospitality Awards 2021

At annual event gathering hospitality professionals from all around the world, Hospitality ON, the international hospitality and tourism media, has awarded Glion Institute of Higher Education alumni Rita Amorim and Bonn Krongsak Paramacharoenroj the trophy of Best Professional Success.
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Cannabis Travel Association International (CTAI) Announces “Cannabis Travel: Now and Next”

The Cannabis Travel Association (CTAI) has announced its Annual Virtual Cannabis Travel Summit happening on December 14th and 15th. The Cannabis Travel: Now and Next summit features the most up-to-date and comprehensive cannabis travel data, and a well-rounded line up of expert speakers.
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Powerful police union drives state policy, Pacific Fleet launches probe into Red Hill fuel spills, developer withdraws Kauai glamping plan, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii police ©20221 All Hawaii NewsThe Power Of SHOPO: Here’s How The Police Union Contract Drives Public Policy. The statewide police union plays an outsized role in everything from police shootings to investigating officer misconduct. But the public is kept in the dark about important issues being negotiated in the contract. Civil Beat.151 WWII veterans are expected to attend event at Pearl Harbor. Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro will be the keynote speaker for the 80th anni­versary of...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Kauai, Maui, Mauna Loa, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, Roth, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Garden Island, Hilo

The Three N’s of Employee Fulfillment | By Shep Hyken

In the best of times, it’s important to keep your best employees. In tough times, it’s even more important. Customers are beginning to feel the results of The Great Resignation, which quite honestly, is not so great. It has resulted in longer lines, longer hold times, and slower service – basically a lower level of customer service.
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Fortune Hotels goes the pilgrim way

Gurgaon, - Fortune Hotels, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Ltd announced the signing of two individual operating agreements for hotels in Katra (Jammu & Kashmir) and Amritsar (Punjab), thereby strengthening its growth strategy in key pilgrim locations and adding over 100 new rooms to its existing inventory.
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GolfBlogger’s Gift Guide: Golf Trips Pt.1

The post GolfBlogger’s Gift Guide: Golf Trips Pt.1 appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog. GolfBlogger's Gift Guide: Golf Trips Part 1: Pinehurst, Boyne Golf, Forest Dunes, Bandon Dunes and Gull Lake View The post GolfBlogger’s Gift Guide: Golf Trips Pt.1 appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog - Golf news, course & equipment reviews & more
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A Vietnamese airline made history by launching the first-ever commercial nonstop flight from Vietnam to the US

Vietnam Airlines' historic flight from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco.Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines launched its historic nonstop flight from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco on Sunday. The airline has waited 20 years to become the first-ever regularly scheduled operator between the two nations. The Federal Aviation Administration made Vietnam a Category 1 country in 2019, allowing it to fly to the US. Vietnam Airlines made history on Sunday when it flew the first-ever regularly...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, California, Washington, US, San Francisco, Trends, Features, United States, Aircraft, Airbus, Airlines, Vietnam, Faa, Pacific

youtip to Power ‘Cocktails for a Cause’ at ILHA Conference via Digital Donation Drive

This week at INSPIRE 2021, the 10th annual International Luxury Hotel Assn.’s (ILHA) conference on luxury hospitality, digital tipping platform youtip will team with The Cocktail Guru to power “Cocktails for a Cause,” a digital donation drive designed to support the ServiceSource Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports individuals who have disabilities nationwide and finds them employment within the hospitality industry. The “Cocktails for a Cause” pop-up bar will ope...
Tags: Travel, Fairmont Miramar Hotel Bungalows, Ilha, ILHA Conference via Digital Donation Drive, International Luxury Hotel Assn, ServiceSource Foundation

Gulf markets rebound after virus-fuelled rout | Reuters

Gulf markets rebound after virus-fuelled rout | Reuters Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Wednesday, tracking a wider rebound in oil prices and equities after a selloff triggered by worries that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus could resist existing vaccines.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) gained 0.8%, with Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) rising 1.7% and Banque Saudi Fransi (1050.SE) finishing 8.1% higher.Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair (4240.SE) gained 1% after signing franchis...
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Emerging Trends in Hotel Design | By Belinda O’Kelly

The hotel industry is emerging with a wave of optimism after the chaos an d trauma of the pandemic. Placing extra emphasis on interiors and ensuring that guests are left with a joyous and uplifting experience will be key over the coming months. Consumers’ priority over mental health and well-being will need to be reflected in hospitality spaces—where creating a comforting environment will be a major focus. Coming out of the last few months, some trends will emerge as we look to the future...
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What percentage of fully vaccinated Ontarians are testing positive for Covid?

In Ontario many people who have opted against getting a Covid vaccine are required to submit to regular and frequent testing in order to be able to work or engage in certain other activities.  Those who've rolled up their sleeves are typically exempt.  Frankly I can't see any reason why a vaccinated person would want to be tested for a disease they've been immunized against.  The only possible reason that makes sense to me is if a vaccinated person is sick with symptoms of Covid and wants confir...
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Oil prices rally ahead of OPEC meeting despite Omicron concerns | Reuters

Oil prices rally ahead of OPEC meeting despite Omicron concerns | ReutersOil prices rallied on Wednesday after recent sharp drops as major producers started to discuss future output against the backdrop of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus triggering fresh travel restrictions which could dampen oil demand.Equity markets, which often move in tandem with oil prices also rebounded as investors bought the previous session's dip in the hope that Omicron would not derail an economic recovery.Bren...
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Oil prices climb over 4% ahead of OPEC meeting despite Omicron concerns | Reuters

Oil prices climb over 4% ahead of OPEC meeting despite Omicron concerns | ReutersOil prices rose more than 4% on Wednesday, still struggling to recoup losses of more than 16% in November, as major producers prepared to discuss how much of a threat the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus would pose to energy demand.Brent crude futures for February rose $3.56, or 5.1%, to $72.79 a barrel at 1048 GMT.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose $3.25, or 4.9%, to $69.43 a barrel. Both B...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Opec, Reuters, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Adnoc board approves $127bn spending plan as it unveils increase in hydrocarbon reserves

Adnoc board approves $127bn spending plan as it unveils increase in hydrocarbon reserves The board of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, under the chairmanship of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, approved plans to spend Dh466 billion ($127bn) between 2022 and 2026, of which Dh160bn will be directed towards the local economy by the state energy producer.Adnoc's board, which gave a nod to the company's five year business plan ...
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UNWTO General Assembly Gets Underway in Madrid

Madrid, Tourism leaders from every global region have arrived in Madrid for the 24th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly. Ministers of Tourism will be joined by representatives of international organizations and from across the private sector for the first truly global tourism meeting to be held since the start of the pandemic, with innovation, education and investments high on the agenda.
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The nose knows

Or at least it seeks to find out. Some deer (I think) ripped this ear of corn off its stalk and enjoyed a meal or two of fresh corn kernels. The cob is in the dirt road not far from a stand of corn out among the grape vines. Just as I took the photo, a certain canine stuck her nose into the shot (second photo). Corn cob as art. Second attempt, sans dog. This morning's low temperature at the house is about 9ºC (about 48ºF). Compare that to yesterday's low of just below freezing. We should be ha...
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#Dubai’s $25 Billion State Utility Picks Banks for Record IPO - Bloomberg

Dubai’s $25 Billion State Utility Picks Banks for Record IPO - Bloomberg State-owned utility Dubai Electricity & Water Authority has picked banks to arrange what could be the biggest-ever listing in the Persian Gulf emirate, people with knowledge of the matter said. DEWA has chosen Citigroup Inc., HSBC Holdings Plc and Emirates NBD Bank PJSC to lead the offering, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. It is planning to seek a valuation of around $20 bi...
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Most Gulf bourses rebound after virus-fuelled rout | Reuters

Most Gulf bourses rebound after virus-fuelled rout | Reuters Most stock markets in the Gulf rose in early trade on Wednesday, rebounding from a sell-off triggered by comments from Moderna's chief executive that existing COVID-19 vaccines would be less effective against the new Omicron variant.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) rose 0.7%, with Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) advancing 2.1% and petrochemical maker Industries Qatar (IQCD.QA) putting on 1.3%.Elsewhere, Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair (4240.S...
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Intelligent Hotel Revenue Management – 3 Reasons Why Automation is Your Friend | By Paprika Le Bourgeois

The world is speeding up, with technology setting the pace for entire industries. This is true of the hotels space, with an emphasis on building long term relationships with guests by implementing relevant offerings that take personalization to the next level. As an integral pillar to strategy, revenue management helps create clarity to to maximize resources that contribute to profitability. That means accounting for incoming data in volumes greater than those in any other era of the indu...
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