Christmas Decor at my Mother’s House

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Nallur Fort: Ruins Amidst a Biodiversity Heritage Site

It’s not tough to find this secluded place, but blink your eyes and you are sure to miss it. Nestled close to the Bangalore International Airport, Nallur Tamarind Grove was declared a biodiversity heritage site in 2007. The lone guide here says that this 50-acre site is home to a few hundred tamarind trees, some of which are more than 300 years old. There are claims that the trees here were initially planted by the Chola kings, during the 12th or 13th centuries. The oldest tree is more th...
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Oil Slides on Global Surplus as Omicron Stokes Demand Fears - Bloomberg

Oil Slides on Global Surplus as Omicron Stokes Demand Fears - Bloomberg PRICES: West Texas Intermediate for January delivery fell 56 cents to settle at $70.73 a barrel in New YorkBrent for February settlement dropped fell 69 cents to settle at $73.70 a barrel Oil fell as the International Energy Agency said the global oil market has returned to surplus, while some countries tightened restrictions in an effort to tame the omicron variant’s spread.Futures in New York closed down 0.8% ...
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STUNNING Viennetta Ice Cream Cake Mangoes & Cream!

Dear Reader, your spectacular Christmas dessert is here! This Mangoes & Cream Viennetta is a cross between the iconic Viennetta ice cream cake and the beloved Weis Mangoes & Cream Bar. Best of all it is straightforward to make (pinky swear!) using a simple ice cream recipe and needs no ice cream maker or machine. There are layers of mango ice cream and salted coconut vanilla ice cream with white chocolate, coconut and mango curd on top! This is a seriously delicious ice cream cake and it is a pu...
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UNESCO: Read the sources

For more than 60 years, UNESCO has campaigned for press freedom and access to quality information for all. The spread of disinformation across the globe is impacting how we think, vote in public elections and make government policy. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how lies cost lives, the challenges posed by false and hateful forms of expression are even greater: they affect our identities, our knowledge, and our democratic systems. ...
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Faster trains and cheaper tickets to boost European rail travel in new strategy

European Commission proposals aim to encourage cross-border and long-distance train journeysTrains will run faster on key routes across Europe and ticket prices and provider costs could be slashed under a Brussels plan to boost faltering efforts to make rail Europe’s default mode of transport.A new speed requirement to ensure trains on a core network of track are able to travel at 160 km/h or faster would be introduced by 2040, the European Commission has proposed. Continue reading...
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The Amazing Italian Presepe

Throughout the Christian parts of the world there is a strong tradition of putting out a nativity scene, manger scene, crib, or creche in their homes and churches as Christmas approaches. Generally it’s a simple display of Mary, Joseph, perhaps the three wise men, and the important manger cradling baby Jesus. Italians put up a presepe. It is not just a moment of time from a Biblical story. It is a constantly changing narrative of life from the time of Jesus. When’s the last time you’ve seen a ...
Tags: Travel, Time, Italy, Berlusconi, Naples, Veneto, Mary Joseph, Jesolo, Via San Gregorio Armeno, Greta Thunberg Tellaro La notte della Vigilia, Tellaro

Congolese rumba wins Unesco protected status

The music and dance style from the two Congos is a fundamental part of the countries' identities.
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New Partnership Between Pestech Pest Solutions And Spotta Smart Pest Systems Delivers Early Sales Success

Spotta Smart Pest Systems has partnered with Pestech Pest Solutions as part of a strategic program to bring full-service smart bed bug detection and treatment to hospitality, care homes, housing associations and other accommodation-based businesses in North America.
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Cyberattacks hit Oahu government, COVID trends upward, secretary of defense pledges to monitor Red Hill mitigation, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

TheBus at a Honolulu stop ©2021 All Hawaii News Cyberattacks hit at least 3 Hawaii government systems in past week. The apparent ransomware attack that infiltrated and shut down the time-keeping services for employees at the Board of Water Supply and Emergency Medical Services, part of a nationwide offensive on public and private networks, could take weeks to fix. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.TheBus, Handi-Van websites remain offline following cyberattack. TheBus and TheHandi-V...
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Most Gulf bourses rise ahead of cenbank meetings | Reuters

Most Gulf bourses rise ahead of cenbank meetings | Reuters Most stock markets in the Gulf reversed early losses to close higher on Tuesday despite Omicron coronovirus variant fears as the markets await central banks' decisions regarding their policies this week.The global balancing act begins Tuesday when the Federal Reserve convenes for a two-day meeting, and includes new monetary policy statements by the U.S. central bank on Wednesday, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England on...
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Oil drops towards $73 as Omicron concerns dominate | Reuters

Oil drops towards $73 as Omicron concerns dominate | Reuters Oil prices dropped towards $73 a barrel on Tuesday after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said that the Omicron coronavirus variant is set to dent the global demand recovery.U.S. data showing producer prices at 11-year highs confirmed market expectations of faster stimulus tapering to emerge from this week's Federal Reserve meeting, supporting the dollar and weighing on oil, which typically move inversely. read moreBrent crude o...
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Increase Your Website’s Readability in 3 Simple Steps | By Christy Jobman

In our last blog, 4 Ways to Simplify Your Website Design, we discussed the importance of simplicity in design, such as keeping your branding consistent across your website, using the right images, optimizing your website to avoid long load times, and implementing an easy booking process.
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Sajid Javid clears England’s travel red list as Omicron takes hold

All 11 countries to be removed from list as concerns about importing variant diminishCoronavirus – latest updatesAll 11 countries on England’s travel red list are to be taken off it from 4am on Wednesday, amid diminishing concern about Omicron cases being imported into the country.Given that the variant has already taken hold in the UK – making up a third of new infections in London – the health secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that mandatory hotel quarantine for those arriving from some southe...
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IDS Next CEO Takes Hotel Technology, and New Brand, to the ‘Next’ Level | By Alan Young

In the world of hospitality, being a technologist isn’t just about bringing a great product to market. Rather, it’s about having the foresight to chase continued evolution and innovation that keeps your product or service offering one step ahead of traveler demands and, respectively, the needs of hoteliers. In an ever-changing world, technology acts as a critical catalyst. With the right platforms and digital partnerships, hotels can effectively transform and scale their operations in a w...
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Google: Top digital marketing trends and predictions for 2022

It’s that time again when we all collectively look at the digital trends and opportunities for the new year. Naturally, Google leaders from across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) are looking ahead too. And they have some predictions for top marketing trends that will shape 2022. Be ready for shifts in the way the industry approaches inclusive marketing campaigns, shoppable content, and more. Here’s what we’re expecting next year:
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Duetto Pulse Report: Recovery Continues, But Cancelations Increase

The latest edition of the Pulse Report, which compares data from November 2021 with October 2021, shows continued recovery across the majority of regions, and despite increases in Omicron concerns leading to a rise in cancellations, web search activity shows that appetite to travel is still very much there.
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STR: Melbourne hotel rates reached pandemic-era highs in November

Reflecting the end of lockdown and eased travel restrictions, Melbourne’s hotel industry reported its highest room rates of the pandemic-era, according to preliminary November 2021 data from STR.
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How TMCs are strategizing their way out of the pandemic’s biggest challenges | By Paul de Villiers

It’s been almost two years since the start of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, business travel has been a hotly discussed and debated topic, with varying opinions on recovery depending on who you speak to. Having said that, there seems to be a consensus that business travel will return, however it may well look different than before. With that in mind, what are the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Travel Management Companies (TMCs)? How can they not only recover but grow in t...
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Google Posts open to hotels for update notices but not promotions

Google is now officially allowing hotels to use Google Posts, but only in a limited manner. Hotels can use Google Posts to give customers notifications about the hotel, but not for offers or promotional purposes.
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Rethinking spaces with Mews: parking

For a property to fully maximize its revenue, you need to utilize its space in the most efficient way. This sounds simple, but historically it hasn’t been. For a long time it was too complicated to manage multiple space types all in one place; the technology wasn’t ready and hotels that offered additional space types like meeting rooms or parking spots had to manage them in separate systems, hack their existing platform, or even keep track via humble pen and paper.
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ABC is a criminal organisation for publishing EXTREME FALSEHOODS by Catherine Hanrahan, Tom Lowrey and Tony Cunningham

ABC IS A GANG OF CRIMINAL LIARS. EVERY DAY SOME NEW LIE OR OTHER. FALSE – THE VACCINE TRIALS DID NOT EVEN REMOTELY CONSIDER EFFECTIVENESS AGAINST DEATHS My attention has been drawn to this article: “In the trials, of course, we know these vaccines are around about 97 per cent effective against deaths,” he said. No!!!! […]
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Zoox Smart Data Unveils Latest Capabilities in Analyzing Hotel Guest Behavior and Preferences With Launch of Zoox Eye

Zoox Smart Data (“Zoox”), an international provider of technological solutions that harness big data to build customer profiles from existing Wi-Fi networks, has today announced the launch of Zoox Eye, an advanced big data platform providing hoteliers with an intuitive and fully comprehensive analysis of each individual guest. With Zoox Eye, hotel employees can effortlessly review and interpret all relevant analytics to create personalized experiences that maximize guest satisfaction and ...
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Interior Design Studio Aylott + Van Tromp shares its 2022 predictions for the future of hospitality

Following two years that have seen the hospitality industry severely impacted by the effects of the global pandemic, contemporary Interior Design and Branding Studio Aylott + Van Tromp has identified 4 key trends that are expected to emerge throughout 2022.
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Personalized Guest Targeting makes the Difference

Munich, 14 December 2021 – Many hoteliers are facing technological problems – especially regarding interfaces to other systems. This was the result of a global study on “Personalized Marketing”, which was conducted by h2c and supported by dailypoint™, among others. Under the title “Global Automated Personalization Study”, 86 hotel chains worldwide were surveyed. The aim of the study was to find out to what extent automated processes, machine learning, and artificial intelligence can serve...
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These are the world's 5-star global airlines according to passengers — see the full list

United Airlines and Delta Air Lines aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport.Markus Mainka/ The Airline Passenger Experience Association has determined the world's five-star global airlines. 23 carriers made the cut; the rankings were based on passenger surveys collected over nearly 1 million flights. The top airlines, including Delta, American, and United in the US, represent 22 countries worldwide. The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) revealed the glo...
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These are the world's 5-star global airlines, according to passengers and US carriers — see the full list

United Airlines and Delta Air Lines aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport.Markus Mainka/ The Airline Passenger Experience Association has determined the world's five-star global airlines. 27 carriers made the cut; the rankings were based on passenger surveys collected over nearly 1 million flights. The top airlines, including Delta, American, and United in the US, represent 22 countries worldwide. The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) revealed the glo...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Japan, News, Australia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends

Pecan cranberry biscotti

'Tis the season. It seems that every year during the holiday season I make some biscotti. This year I added dried cranberries and pecans to the basic recipe that I've been using for years (originally an almond biscotti). Pecan and cranberry biscotti. The process is simple. I mixed the ingredients together (flour, eggs, vanilla, sugar, berries, and nuts), formed the dough into two logs and baked them at low temperature until done. Then, after letting them cool a little, I sliced the logs into i...
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135 Multi-Brand Hotels Managed by Concord Hospitality Now Running on PVNG by Aptech

Concord Hospitality Enterprises recently completed transitioning 135 owned and/or operated hotels to PVNG, an enterprise accounting solution from Aptech. Previously running on Profitvue since 1999, Aptech’s prior-generation solution, the operator of multi-brand, full-service, and upscale select-service properties rolled-out the solution in spurts beginning in 2020, and last month it wrapped up the project with 35 hotels going live in just two days.
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Must-Have Contactless Self-Service Technologies for Outstanding Guest Experience | By Bogdan Romashko

Face-to-face communication has always been an integral part of the hospitality industry. And it seemed like this would never change. However, life is full of surprises, and new technologies never cease to emerge. They certainly affect all areas of our lives, even those least susceptible to innovation.
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