Teacher absences disrupt public schools, Honolulu mayor cuts crowd size by half, legislative leaders target governor's emergency powers, rainy day fund, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Interim Schools Superintendent Keith HayashiStaff shortages hit Hawaii public schools with 800 teachers out sick. Hawaii’s public schools are now starting to see disruptions due to rising teacher absences caused by the COVID-19 omicron variant surge, state schools interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi has confirmed. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.Gov. David Ige’s emergency powers, Rainy Day proposal face challenges. Following nearly two years of COVID-19-related em...
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Amy Kortuem: Shared Stories

After many years of penning this blog I have come to know many of you and if you have been following me and reading the comments you probably know each other too. During Christmas many of you shared your home’s Christmas decor which gave us another glimpse of you. I enjoyed that so much that I want to continue putting forth ways for us to connect. If you have a personal story that you would want to share please send it to me at [email protected]   Shared Story Number 1   Photo via Amy’s Facebo...
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The inevitable failure of the government-owned and managed health system in Australia

Snow Leopard wrote this on Telegram; In December I had an “elective” surgery. A spinal fusion after a decade of debilitating chronic pain and my final 6 months leading up to my surgery struggling to walk. Slowly but surely it took everything from me in spite of me fighting tooth and nail against it. I’m […]
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Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Launches Pay with Points for Best Western Rewards® Members

Best Western Hotels & Resorts' (BWHR) award-winning loyalty program – Best Western Rewards (BWR®) – is welcoming the new year with the launch of Pay with Points. Starting today, BWR members can reserve their next hotel stay using accumulated loyalty points to pay for part of their booking, allowing for added flexibility when planning their next hotel stay. By using Pay with Points, BWR members no longer have to wait to reach the free room night threshold and can tap into their points righ...
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Noble Acquires the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District

Noble Investment Group ("Noble") today announced the acquisition of the Hampton Inn Savannah Historic District and Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District. The hotels are prominently located on East Bay Street, across from the Savannah River and River Street, and within walking distance to the Historic District's top attractions.
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Why Are Hotels Still Using Bar Soap?

It’s one of the first things a traveler does when entering a new hotel room: set down bags, check out the view, wash up and unwrap the small bar of hand soap at the bathroom sink. Some small aspects of the guest experience have changed amid rising environmental concerns and awareness of sustainability—most notably and recently, tiny toiletry bottles swapped out for larger pump units to cut down on single-use plastic. Yet the miniature hand soap has remained, instead of being changed out f...
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Japanese New Year tradition and toil

Visiting a shrine on New Year’s Day is an important part of the holidays for many Japanese — the impetus seemingly a mixture of tradition, superstition, and belief, with the importance or otherwise of each element dependent upon the individual. What the driving force was for the old fella below is anybody’s guess, but whatever it was, age, limited movement and ice underfoot were not a deterrent.
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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Launches Alchemy Of Sleep Retreats, Inspiring Guests To Improve Their State Of Rest

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® introduces Alchemy of Sleep, a global collection of new and immersive retreats designed to promote rest through sleep-inducing treatments, movement-driven activities and special amenities. Dedicated to those setting intentions for profound change in the new year, the thoughtfully crafted programs support renewal of the body and longevity to come.
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A Look at US and Hotel Employment Data in 2021

Throughout 2021, employers in the U.S. struggled to hire and retain employees as the economy recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Top 5 Summer Salads!

It's summer time in the Southern Hemisphere and that means that it's salad weather! These seasonal summer salads will have you enjoying the best fruit and vegetables in season. From a delicious Mexican street corn salad, a tomato and strawberry salad to a peach, fig and goat's cheese salad or the very best potato salad ever you'll spend less time cooking and more time enjoying summer!
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Airlines around the world have raised concerns about Airbus' A350 paint issues, and now Qatar is seeking over $600 million in damages from the planemaker

A Qatar Airways jet arriving from Doha, Qatar, at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, in January 2015.AP Photo/Michael Probst, File Qatar Airways wants $618 million from Airbus over paint-related damages on the airline's A350 jets. Qatar has grounded 21 of its A350s, citing airworthiness issues due to cracked paint and exposed copper mesh. The two have been at a stalemate for months, with Airbus claiming the paint issues do not impact safety. Paint issues on Airbus' A350 jets have rais...
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Major cruise lines like Royal Caribbean are canceling sailings amid the Omicron crisis, and it's a signal the industry's troubles are far from over

Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship docked in Hong Kong in October 2021.Tyrone Siu/Reuters Cruise companies are in rough waters again as COVID-19 cases continue to spike around the world. Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line recently canceled several itineraries. Most cruise ships operating in the US have reported COVID-19 outbreaks in recent weeks. Major cruise lines have begun canceling sailings amid a growing number of COVID-19 cases, and it's a sign tha...
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Oil Gains as North American Freeze, OPEC+ Constraints Hit Supply - Bloomberg

Oil Gains as North American Freeze, OPEC+ Constraints Hit Supply - Bloomberg PRICES West Texas Intermediate for February delivery rose $1.91 to $79.76 a barrel at 12:22 p.m. in New YorkBrent for March settlement rose $1.50 to $83.31 a barrel [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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AP COVID Hospitality Bulletin Asia Pacific - January 2022

AP COVID Hospitality Bulletin Asia Pacific; Transactions that matter and COVID news that matter.
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Ultra-low-cost airline Allegiant is flipping its business strategy by buying 50 Boeing 737 MAX jets

Rendering of Allegiant 737 MAX jets.Allegiant Air Allegiant Air announced it has purchased 50 new Boeing 737 MAX jets to add to its all-Airbus fleet. The decision breaks from the typical low-cost business strategy of operating just one aircraft type. Industry expert Henry Harteveldt said the order makes sense because of the jet's operating capabilities. Ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air announced Wednesday that it is buying 50 new Boeing 737 MAX jets as it continues to modernize and gr...
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Positive Results For 2021 and a Great Position Going Forward in 2022 for Adagio

Adagio, the European leader in aparthotels is reporting positive results for 2021 with ambitious plans for 2022. After a difficult first half of the year, Adagio has seen a recovery that confirms the resilience of the aparthotel model, particularly in thanks to long stays.
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MGM Resorts Reimagines Loyalty Rewards Program

MGM Resorts is rolling out its reimagined loyalty rewards program, MGM Rewards, on February 1, unlocking unprecedented access for both gaming and non-gaming guests to the Company's 20+ premier destinations across the country, offering more ways to earn and a host of exciting new benefits.
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First #AbuDhabi Bank: Biggest #UAE Bank Taps Bin Tarraf to Replace Departing COO - Bloomberg

First Abu Dhabi Bank: Biggest UAE Bank Taps Bin Tarraf to Replace Departing COO - Bloomberg First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC has appointed Suhail Bin Tarraf to the role of group chief operating officer, according to people familiar with the matter, in one of the most important personnel choices made by the new head of the biggest lender in the United Arab Emirates.Bin Tarraf, who served as chief operations officer at Dubai-based Emirates Islamic Bank, will be partially replacing Fadel Al Ali, said th...
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I drove an electric van cross-country for a month. It was cheaper than a normal car, but the challenges showed how far EV travel has to go.

Alex Outhwaite's VW electric van can be seen charging on the far left.Alex Outhwaite The TV presenter Alex Outhwaite was offered a VW ABT Transporter for her cross-country UK tour. The trip required meticulous planning, and still, one in four charging stations had an issue. She encountered long waits and out-of-service charging stations but found EV travel more affordable. I want to get an electric vehicle one day. The reduced environmental impact and lower cost are appealing — but their ...
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Hawaii preps to allow cruise ships this month

After a pause of almost two years, Hawaii is preparing to allow large cruise ships to dock once again. Per this Hawaii News Now segment, approximately five cruise ships with a combined total of 8,000 passengers are set to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands in January. With the Omicron variant still circulating in Hawaii and reports of cruise ships having COVID outbreaks despite the , some folks are hesitant about allowing cruise ships. Despite these fears, it appears that the cruise industry is set...
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Most Gulf bourses fall on Fed minutes, rising COVID-19 cases | Reuters

Most Gulf bourses fall on Fed minutes, rising COVID-19 cases | Reuters Major Gulf bourses ended lower on Thursday on worries over higher U.S. interest rates and the rapid spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Minutes from the Federal Reserve's December meeting showed that a tight jobs market and unrelenting inflation could require the U.S. central bank to raise rates sooner than expected and begin reducing its overall asset holdings.  read more Saudi Arabia's benchmark index  (.TASI)...
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#Dubai's DP World to build dry port in India's Jammu and Kashmir, regional leader says | Reuters

Dubai's DP World to build dry port in India's Jammu and Kashmir, regional leader says | Reuters Dubai ports giant DP World is set to build an inland port in Jammu and Kashmir as part of plans by the emirate to invest in the Indian territory, the head of the region said on Thursday.The Indian government last year said Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), would invest in infrastructure and other projects in the disputed region claimed by India and Pakistan but ruled in parts by both.Ja...
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Noting some references cited by those who oppose ALL vaccines (i.e. the genuine anti-vaxxers)

Dr. Paul Thomas (a pediatrician in USA) – study about the health of vaccinated children as opposed to unvaccinated children – Some others referring to Children’s Health defence. The High Wire. Dissolving Illusions by Dr Suzanne Humphries – and watch her videos on polio or small pox. Dr Judy Wilyman and her book Vacci-nation.
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Oil extends rally on Kazakhstan unrest and Libyan outages | Reuters

Oil extends rally on Kazakhstan unrest and Libyan outages | Reuters Oil prices rose sharply on Thursday, extending a rally from the previous session, on escalating unrest in OPEC+ oil producer Kazakhstan and supply outages in Libya.Global benchmark Brent crude futures rose $1.33, or 1.7%, to $82.13 a barrel by 1324 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained $1.55, or 2%, to $79.40.Both contracts were trading at their highest since late November.Brent's six-month backwardation...
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Oil extends rally on Kazakhstan unrest, Libyan outages | Reuters

Oil extends rally on Kazakhstan unrest, Libyan outages | Reuters Oil prices rose sharply on Thursday, extending a rally from the previous session, on escalating unrest in OPEC+ oil producer Kazakhstanand supply outages in Libya.The global benchmark Brent crude futures rose $1.09, or 1.4%, to $81.89 a barrel, by 1054 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained $1.17, or 1.5%, to $79.02 a barrel.Both contracts were trading at their highest since late November.Brent's 6-month mar...
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#Qatar Airways seeks more than $600 mln in Airbus A350 dispute | Reuters

Qatar Airways seeks more than $600 mln in Airbus A350 dispute | Reuters Qatar Airways is claiming $618 million in compensation from planemaker Airbus (AIR.PA) in a dispute over erosion to the surface of A350 jetliners, a court document showed on Thursday.The Gulf airline is also seeking extra compensation of $4 million for every day that 21 of its A350 airplanes remain grounded by Qatar's regulator over the skin damage, which includes erosion and gaps in a layer of lightning protection.The Eur...
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#AbuDhabi's Al Qudra Holding allows foreigners to own 30% of capital | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Abu Dhabi's Al Qudra Holding allows foreigners to own 30% of capital | ZAWYA MENA Edition Abu Dhabi-based Al Qudra Holding has allowed 30 percent of its capital to be owned by non-UAE nationals following a decision passed at its general assembly meeting.The company has also increased its capital to AED 5.508 billion ($1.5 billion) following the acquisition of Al Tamouh Investment for AED 2.244 billion, which was also approved at the meeting.On Wednesday, UAE’s Alpha Dhabi Holding (ADH) acquire...
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How to recreate hotel design at home

We asked Citadines apart’hotels to share the secrets behind the designs of three very different Citadines properties, along with tips to help us recreate those designs in our own homes.
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IHG seals four-hotel destination resorts portfolio deal with strategic partner Sun Group

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, is proud to announce a four-hotel, 2,709-room portfolio deal in Vietnam with long-standing partner Sun Hospitality Group (a member of Sun Group), the renowned tourism-focused real estate developer.
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Why It Is Critical To Care About Your Employess’ Financial Wellness | By Mark Heymann

As every hospitality leader tries to address declining employee satisfaction, one simple way to think about the problem is to spend two weeks in their shoes. Why two weeks? Because that’s typically the time frame that an employee is waiting for another paycheck to arrive, and those 14 days can feel like an eternity. According to research from, 125 million adults in the U.S. are living paycheck to paycheck. For hotels and all service-related businesses, what needs to change is c...
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