State orders Navy to pause Red Hill operations, state commemorates 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor bombing, rain soaks the state, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday tour the Red Hill fuel storage facility on Dec. 6, 2021. PC:Office of the Secretary of the Navy State orders Navy to suspend operations at Red Hill, de-fuel underground tanks. In a significant move Monday night, the governor ordered the Navy to empty its Red Hill underground fuel storage tanks amid an investigation into tainted drinking water. Petroleum has been found in the Pearl Harbor-Hickam water system’...
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Freedom under socialism: Essay by Rajaji, 1958

[I had drafted this 4 years ago but accidentally forgot to publish; doing so now] AT the Sastri Hall, at a recent meeting, Mr. Arabindo Basu, Professor of Indian Philosophy at the Durham University, gave a thought-provoking talk on socialism on the background of a recent visit to Israel. Mr. Basu’s point was that socialism—any […]
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The court-released Pfizer post-market report doesn’t tell us anything new

Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT) have managed to get Pfizer to publish its analysis of adverse reactions to the vaccine. A key extract below: This is not new information – it was widely available in the public domain through VAERS and other such databases. Pfizer says: “This cumulative case review does not […]
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Sharad Joshi’s book, What went wrong with India’s Independence?

Came across this. Have converted into Word and PDF. The problem is that there are a lot of errors – this was probably OCR of a scan – someone needs the original book to correct the errors. Despite that, this book provides a glimpse into Sharad Joshi’s thinking.
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Hawaii stargazing: Geminid Meteor Shower Dec. 13-14

The annual Geminid Meteor Shower is at this moment heading toward planet Earth, set to streak Hawaii’s night skies on December 13-14. The celestial event is considered by astronomers and amateur stargazers to be the best of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. There is no better place to view the stellar spectacle than right […] The post Hawaii stargazing: Geminid Meteor Shower Dec. 13-14 appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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November U.S. Meetings and Events Reflect Normal Seasonality Trends, Knowland Reports

Knowland, the world’s leading provider of data-as-a-service insights on meetings and events for hospitality, today released monthly meetings and events data for November. Although November U.S. group meeting volume decreased 12.4 percent over October 2021, this decline reflects normal seasonality trends for this time of year with less of a decrease than pre-pandemic trends.
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Review: American Queen Voyages

Review: American Queen Voyages Here is our review sailing with Amerian Queen Voyages. Carol and I sailed with American Queen Voyages in early November 2021 on the American Empress sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. This was our second journey with American Queen Voyages.  Please read the review of our first sailing with them on the Mississippi River at THIS LINK . When COVID-19 hit our shores nearly two years ago, interest in U.S.-based river cruises shot through the roof. Before COVID-19,...
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Across the Street

Up a block and across the street from where I live is a shopping center. I wandered over one very busy Saturday afternoon to have a look at the Christmas decorations. There was a beautiful Christmas tree hanging down. Here it is from above. Pretty wreath in a window. For a minute I thought this said Winter Sucks but it days Winter Socks as this healthy food place will give socks to the homeless if you buy a bowl of their soup. I should go in someday and try their soup. ...
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Preferred Hotels & Resorts Announces Nine New Independent Hotel Openings for 2022

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, announces nine new launches for 2022 that it will welcome into its global portfolio of unique hotels, resorts, and residences. From a contemporary ski resort on the slopes of Utah to a national landmark turned luxury design hotel in Oslo, each of these new urban retreats, beach resorts, and historic hideaways will offer travelers authentic, personalized experiences, inviting them to reconnect with inspiring destinati...
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Email design trends ready to take over 2022 | By Chris Bram

With 2021 nearly in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look ahead and get ready for a fresh start in 2022 – beginning with your email design. While several trends from last year are poised for growth in the months ahead (like dark mode and soft gradients), we are also seeing new opportunities for marketers to get creative and encourage guests to connect with your brand in new, exciting ways. So without further ado, let’s explore the design trends ready to invade your inbox in 2022.
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EasyWay Tracks the Ups and Downs of Guests’ Emotions to Improve Their Hotel Experience

EasyWay - the premier end-to-end contactless guest journey platform for hotels - has taken hotel personalisation to a new level with the launch of a rich Guest Sentiment feature.
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AMAZING Apple Pie Fritter Donuts!

These Apple Fritter Donuts are full of softly cooked and spiced apple chunks held together by a rich, buttery spiced brioche dough and a delicious glaze made with Baileys Apple Pie liqueur. They're the sort of treat that will power you through the festive season or warm you up from the inside. They're the ultimate good mood food!
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Aramco pipeline is net win for BlackRock and #Saudi | Reuters

Aramco pipeline is net win for BlackRock and Saudi | Reuters Saudi Aramco (2222.SE) has handed both Larry Fink and Mohammed bin Salman a win. The BlackRock (BLK.N) chief executive is part of a group that on Monday announced it was paying $15.5 billion for 49% of a 20-year lease over the oil giant’s gas pipeline network, ultimately controlled by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. Both leaders gain more than they lose.The transaction looks identical to last year’s sale by Abu Dhabi National Oil Compan...
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Travel bans not the answer to Omicron variant, WHO says

Flight restrictions won’t stop spread of variant, Europe official says, as archbishop denounces ‘travel apartheid’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Omicron coronavirus variant is “already everywhere” and travel bans will not stop its spread, the World Health Organization’s top Europe official has said, as the archbishop of Canterbury called for the scrapping of a “travel apartheid”.As mounting numbers of cases are detected and evidence suggests the Omicron variant t...
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Spirit Airlines is expanding its network with 7 new routes from Philadelphia to the Caribbean and across the US

Spirit Airlines A319 aircraft.Marcus Mainka/Shutterstock Spirit Airlines is targeting Philadelphia with seven new routes in its latest network expansion. The carrier will focus on vacation destinations in the Caribbean and across the US, including two all-new routes. American Airlines will be Spirit's biggest competitor as it already operates five of the seven new routes. Philadelphia residents will have more options come 2022 as Miramar-based Spirit Airlines brings new routes and frequen...
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Oil Prices Extend Relief Rally With Omicron Concerns Subsiding - Bloomberg

Oil Prices Extend Relief Rally With Omicron Concerns Subsiding - Bloomberg Oil extended gains on optimism that the omicron virus variant may not be as severe as feared, easing concern over the demand outlook.West Texas Intermediate traded near $72 a barrel, while the global benchmark Brent hovered around $75, as equity markets rallied. Initial data indicates that the surge in cases hasn’t overwhelmed hospital so far, and mobility statistics show little evidence of a significant hit to gl...
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Peachtree Hotel Group Continues Growth Strategy with the Acquisition of Two Hotels

Peachtree Hotel Group ("Peachtree") announced the acquisitions of the 207-key AC Hotel Miami Aventura and the 233-key Aloft Miami Aventura, in Aventura, Fla., which is part of the Miami metropolitan area. Peachtree Hospitality Management ("PHM"), a division of Peachtree, will operate the properties.
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Remembering Pearl Harbor + Hawaiian Airlines flash sale with fares starting at $62 one way

An aerial view of Pearl Harbor as seen on a Magnum Helicopter tour. Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the surprise attack. It’s a time to reflect upon the bravery and sacrifices on this “date which will live in infamy” as Franklin D. Roosevelt so solemnly said. — Hawaiian Airlines announced a flash sale that’s truly incredible — fares starting at $62 one-way to/from Hawaii! Tickets must be booked by the end of today for travel dates between January...
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Visionaries of a New “Bharat” – a short book about Sharad Joshi’s work

Found this (PDF).  It has no clear date of publication or authorship but is well written. Have converted to Word and OCRd. HTML below.   VISIONARIES OF A NEW “BHARAT” – Sharad Joshi VISIONARIES OF A NEW “BHARAT” “SHETKARI SANGHATANA” The Farmers’ Organization in Maharashtra The Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) in Maharashtra functioning since 1978 is […]
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RobertDouglas Advises Waterton on the $30-Million Financing for the Acquisition of the Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa in Mammoth Lakes, California

RobertDouglas announced today that it advised Waterton in securing a $30-million, non-recourse senior mortgage for the acquisition and renovation of the Sierra Nevada Resort and Spa in Mammoth Lakes, California. The floating-rate financing was provided by a leading alternative credit manager focused on high-quality, floating-rate debt.
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The Number One Most Important Technology Platform Every Hotel Should Have in 2022 | By Parminder Batra

When we think about hospitality, we often think about people and places. In many ways, hospitality brands are in the business of creating memories; it is an experiential offering, and it is carefully curated to delight travelers every step of the way.
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AHLA Welcomes New Members, Partners Amid Record Membership

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced today it has welcomed several new members and partner organizations, continuing to grow the association’s reach at a critical time for the hotel industry. New members include Arbor Lodging, Golder Hospitality, KMG Hotels, and Noble House Hotels & Resorts. The new members and partners AHLA announced today join a membership roster that surpasses 30,000 members this year and includes 80% of all franchised hotels and the 10 largest hot...
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MCR Acquires Cloud-Based Hotel Management Platform Optii

MCR, the 4th-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States and one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Travel Companies of 2020, has acquired Optii, the only predictive, cloud-based technology for improved hotel operations.
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Elena’s Reflection

photo via Sacha Elena posted this to her Instagram. We enjoyed sharing country life in California with you xxx                   [Author: French la Vie]
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IHG Hotels & Resorts and Coca-Cola unveil “Santa’s Suite Retreat” in countdown to Christmas

IHG Hotels & Resorts has teamed up with the real magic of Coca-Cola to give the ultimate gift this holiday season: travel and togetherness.
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Marriott International Signs Agreement to Debut the Ritz-Carlton Reserve Brand in Eleuthera

Marriott International, Inc. today announced it has signed an agreement with Cotton Bay Holdings to introduce a Ritz-Carlton Reserve on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. A highly personalized leisure experience that blends intuitive service with local design and stunning natural landscapes, the resort joins an exclusive collection of only five Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties around the world.
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Meta aka Facebook, consumer behaviour and virtual reality with Jan Starcke

For this episode we met Jan Starcke, Travel Industry Lead at Meta, formerly Facebook. He allowed us some interesting glimpses behind the scenes of his work and told us, what it was like to join Facebook back in 2013, being part of the first one percent of the company. We learned about trends and evolvements emerging in the world of Meta, especially communication apps such as Instagram or virtual reality like Oculus.
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Tourism Tidbits: Returning a Sense of Fascination to Travel and Tourism | By Peter Tarlow

These last two years have not been easy. Tourism professionals have seen tourism industries that just a few years ago were highly successful now needing to fight for their survival. Certainly, world pandemics play a major role in this decline. It would be, however, a mistake to blame all of the industry’s problems solely on the pandemic. Careful observers of the travel and tourism scene were already noting potential problems, from poor customer service to over-tourism just a mere 24 month...
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Latest Covid travel rules for the 10 most popular holiday destinations from UK

The arrival of the Omicron variant and rising infection rates has led to myriad new rules that travellers have to negotiate before setting offSpain has banned all non-vaccinated Britons from entering the country. The ban is expected to last until at least 31 December, at which point the rules will be reviewed. Continue reading...
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#Qatar approves $56.13 bln budget for 2022 | Reuters

Qatar approves $56.13 bln budget for 2022 | ReutersQatar said on Tuesday it expects to spend 204.3 billion riyals ($56.13 billion) in its 2022 budget and run a deficit of 8.3 billion riyals.The Gulf Arab country sees revenues of 196 billion riyals next year, based on an average oil price of $55 per barrel, up from $40 in 2021, the state news agency said. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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