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Hawaii Democrats say Case doesn't represent party values, schools cut COVID quarantines in half, Navy to drain Red Hill fuel tanks, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  U.S. Rep. Ed Case Hawaii Democrats: Rep. Case Does Not Reflect Party’s Values And Principles. The Democratic Party of Hawaii has passed a resolution expressing “disappointment” with U.S. Rep. Ed Case over his position on one of President Joe Biden’s top legislative priorities. The congressman is criticized for his stance on Build Back Better, but Case says the party mischaracterizes his position and never bothered to call him. Civil Beat.New guidance for Hawaii schools cuts isolation...
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For All Time: The Shakespeare First Folio  celebrates the University of British Columbia Library's recent acquisition of a complete first edition of William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies -- an extremely rare book published in 1623. That's seven years after Shakespeare's death and the First Folio is credited with preserving nearly half of his plays.  In partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, this piece of cultural heritage will be exhibited to the public alon...
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OpenKey Announces Integration with Acculock to Bring Digital Key Technology to Hotels Throughout North America

DALLAS, Texas - OpenKey, the industry standard for universal Digital Key in hotels, today announced an exciting new partnership with Acculock, one of the top hospitality lock providers in North America. Through this partnership, Acculock and OpenKey bring enhanced access to Digital Key technology to hotels throughout North America.
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Take Us Away, St Leonards

Take Us Away is a new cafe in St Leonards specialising in takeaway meals from salad bowls, burgers, larger meals and a range of smoothies and drinks. Perfect for a lunch or to takeaway for a nearby picnic!
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Oil rises 2% on U.S. crude drawdown, weaker dollar | Reuters

Oil rises 2% on U.S. crude drawdown, weaker dollar | Reuters Oil prices hit two-month highs on Wednesday on tight supply as crude inventories in the United States, the world's top consumer, fell to their lowest since 2018, and as the dollar weakened and worries eased about the Omicron coronavirus variant.U.S. crude inventories fell 4.6 million barrels last week to 413.3 million barrels, their lowest since October 2018, the Energy Information Administration said. Analysts had forecast in a Reut...
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Wapta Falls Hike or Snowshoe in Winter

In the winter a Wapta Falls hike or snowshoe makes for a delightful half day outing. It’s a longer hike in the winter since you basically start from the Trans-Canada Highway, so you must add a few kilometres to reach the summer trailhead. If you’re staying in the Field – Golden corridor, or you have a few hours to spare while you’re driving between Golden and Calgary, I would encourage you to do the hike.  We opted for snowshoes on the Wapta Falls hike but even with as much snow as you see in th...
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Carlos Lugo Named Vice President and General Manager of Hospitality at Single Digits

Today, Single Digits announces Carlos Lugo has joined as Vice President and General Manager of Hospitality. As an IT Executive with over 20 years’ experience, Lugo has led enterprise-level digital transformations with proven success in global infrastructure planning, capacity/cost projections, financial systems, IT governance, telecom, point of sale systems, and digital trends.
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Two major cruise lines just postponed sailings on 15 ships — here are all the cruises that have been canceled amid the Omicron surge

Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship docked in Hong Kong in October 2021.Tyrone Siu/Reuters On Tuesday, Norwegian postponed sailings across 11 cruise ships.  Royal Caribbean has also paused itineraries on four ships as COVID-19 cases continue to spike. These are all the cruise ships Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have postponed. Two major cruise lines have canceled sailings on a combined 15 ships as COVID-19 continues to spike around the world amid spread of the Omicron varia...
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Most Gulf bourses in black, tracking oil, global shares | Reuters

Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Wednesday, in line with oil prices and world stocks after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sounded less bullish on rates than expected in testimony to Congress.Powell told a congressional hearing on his confirmation for a second term at the helm of the central bank that the economy could weather the COVID-19 surge and was ready for tighter monetary policy. Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) advanced 1%, reaching its highest since mi...
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Chief Financial Officers Favor Increased Spending on IT, People, Culture

Transformation and reinvention are the buzzwords for business in 2022. On a webinar titled “The Outlook for 2022” hosted by business advisory Deloitte, Richard Houston, Deloitte's CEO for North and South Europe, said technology investment will underpin businesses’ appetite for transformation.
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#Saudi Wealth Fund Plans to Invest $10 Billion in Stocks in 2022 - Bloomberg

Saudi Wealth Fund Plans to Invest $10 Billion in Stocks in 2022 - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is planning to plow deeper into public markets this year by investing about $10 billion more into listed stocks, according to people familiar with the matter, as it pursues the goal of more than doubling its assets by 2025.Chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Public Investment Fund is looking to buy global stocks based on a thematic strategy that focuses on areas includi...
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#Saudi National Bank gets $750 million via debut 'sustainable' sukuk | Reuters

Saudi National Bank gets $750 million via debut 'sustainable' sukuk | Reuters Saudi National Bank (1180.SE), the kingdom's largest lender that is 50.4% indirectly owned by the government, sold $750 million in debut "sustainable" sukuk on Wednesday after demand topped $3.2 billion, a bank document showed.The five-year Islamic bonds launched at 85 basis points (bps) over U.S. Treasuries (UST), tightened from initial price guidance of around 110 bps over UST, the document from one of the banks on...
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Jefferies Gives Mideast Market Another Try, Applies for #Dubai License - Bloomberg

Jefferies Gives Mideast Market Another Try, Applies for Dubai License - Bloomberg Jefferies has applied for a license in Dubai and is recruiting bankers in the region in an effort to return to the Middle East after a multi-year hiatus, according to people familiar with the matter.The New York-based investment bank has offered jobs to others in the industry after initiating the application process in the emirate’s financial center last year, said the people, who didn’t want to be named because ...
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#Saudi Aramco Moves Into Russia’s Backyard With Polish Oil Deal - Bloomberg

Saudi Aramco’s agreement to supply almost half of Poland’s oil will give the world’s biggest crude exporter a stronger foothold in a region that Russian producers have long dominated.Aramco will buy 30% of a refinery on the Baltic coast, as well as a wholesale fuel unit. It also signed a long-term delivery deal with Polish refiner PKN Orlen SA. The Saudi-government-owned oil giant will be ramping up oil sales in Russia’s energy backyard just as the two nations, who are joint leaders of the OPEC+...
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The Omnichannel Experience – What The Heck Does That Mean?  | By Shep Hyken

There is a term in the customer service world that is often misused or misunderstood. That term is omnichannel. I have had many conversations with clients about the omnichannel experience, and I’ve even shared content about it with our subscribers in the Shepard Letter and my videos. It’s time to bring it back with what may be the perfect example.
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RED ROOF® Surpasses 60,000 Rooms, Celebrates Strong 2021 Growth

Red Roof®, the leader in upscale economy lodging, with continued increased demand, now has surpassed 60,000 guestrooms across the United States. Red Roof’s strong growth in 2021 outperformed 2019 results, which was the best performance in the company’s 49-year history. The 2021 numbers reflect a record year for the company, in the face of one of the most difficult years the industry has endured.
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#SaudiArabia to build 8,000 km of railway, enact new investment law | Reuters

Saudi Arabia to build 8,000 km of railway, enact new investment law | Reuters Saudi Arabia will build 8,000 km (4,971 miles)of railway across country and is also preparing a new investment law to address the needs of investors, its investment minister Khalid al-Falih said on Wednesday."New rail that will criss-cross the kingdom and add to the network we already have," Falih told a mining forum in Riyadh.He also said his ministry was working on a new investment law that would address the needs ...
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Niagara Falls History: 5 Famous Structures Surrounding The Niagara Falls

Reading Time:  6 minutes - Niagara Falls History: 5 Famous Structures Surrounding The Niagara Falls Next time you are taking in the beauty of the Niagara Falls from the Parkway, take a look around you at some other pieces of Niagara Falls History. More than the magnificent falls, here are 5 famous structures to check out while you are there. Niagara Scow (AKA “The Old Scow”) On August 6, 1918, Gustave Lofberg and Frank Harris were aboard the sand scow dredging up sand b...
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Los Angeles hotel rates forecasted at $445, second highest for a Super Bowl weekend

Hotel average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the Los Angeles market are projected to reach the second-highest levels for any Super Bowl weekend on record, according to STR’s forecasting team.
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Travel Program Communication During COVID-19 and Beyond: What Business Travelers Want to Know and How They Want to Hear It

As business travel resumes amid an ongoing pandemic, keeping connected with business travelers has taken on renewed urgency for companies and their travel managers. It’s critical for travelling employees to stay on top of changes and it has accelerated the need for travel managers to communicate often complex, fast-changing information while not only deciding what to communicate, but also how to communicate most effectively.
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France poised to lift blanket ban on UK travellers ‘by end of the week’

Skiing holidays could soon be given the green light, following the ease of travel restrictions in the ‘next few days’British skiers could soon be able to return to French slopes after an announcement that France is due to lift its blanket ban on non-essential travel from the UK.The French government’s official spokesman, Gabriel Attal, said after a weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday that Paris would ease travel restrictions from the UK to France in the next few days. Continue reading...
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Marriott Guests Can Now Seamlessly Purchase Travel Insurance When They Book Directly with Marriott

Today, Marriott announced guests residing in the U.S. can seamlessly insure their domestic and international travels with Allianz Partners when booking their hotel stay on and the iOS version of the Marriott Bonvoy mobile app. Unlike typical travel insurance for individuals, Allianz Global Assistance plans developed for Marriott can cover everyone staying in the room(s) including friends or family and may provide reimbursement for pre-paid, non-refundable expenses like airfar...
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#UAE should have multiple airlines to promote competition, says Sheikh Ahmed | Aviation – Gulf News

UAE should have multiple airlines to promote competition, says Sheikh Ahmed | Aviation – Gulf News UAE should have multiple airlines operating from the country to promote healthy competition and cater to the needs of a growing population, said Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline.Responding to a CNN query about a potential merger with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, Sheikh Ahmed pointed out that several countries around the world had more than one airline. “Competition is ...
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A Doctor’s Routine - The Life of a Hotel Doctor | By Mike Oppenheim

“Under your tongue… under your tongue… close your mouth… don’t bite!” Seeing a thermometer, the guest had unbuttoned his shirt and lifted his arm. Over much of the world, doctors take a temperature in the armpit. It’s often a struggle to make guests understand.
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The 2022 Travel Trends with Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts

Inviting guests to discover some of the world’s most captivating destinations, with a portfolio that spans the globe, Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts is rooted in providing enriching experiences and heartfelt hospitality. From Marrakech to the Maldives, each of the properties is dedicated to providing experiences unique to its own corner of the world. Following a year of travel restrictions for many, the brand is delighted to be welcoming travellers back to their properties in 2022, with exciti...
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HotelTechAwards Names Duetto Best Revenue Management Software in 2022

Duetto is now officially the world’s leading provider of revenue management software after being named the highest-rated revenue management system (RMS) in the 2022 HotelTechAwards, announced on January 11, 2022.
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Gas Prices to Stay High for Next Two Years, Centrica CEO Says - Bloomberg

Gas Prices to Stay High for Next Two Years, Centrica CEO Says - Bloomberg Natural gas prices are likely to remain high for the next two years, with very few options to boost supplies quickly, according to the chief executive of Britain’s biggest energy supplier. The U.K. market is exposed to global supply and demand forces, and having more domestic supply wouldn’t have brought prices down significantly, said Chris O’Shea, CEO of Centrica Plc , owner of British Gas. Wholesale prices tripl...
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France says #UAE to join French-#Saudi fund to support Lebanon | Reuters

France says UAE to join French-Saudi fund to support Lebanon | Reuters France's foreign minister said on Tuesday the United Arab Emirates would join a Saudi-French fund that aimed to provide support to the Lebanese people.Riyadh and Paris agreed in early December to establish a common humanitarian mechanism to alleviate the suffering of the Lebanese as a first step to Saudi re-engaging with Lebanon after a diplomatic row between Beirut and the Gulf states. read more"The visit by President (Emm...
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#Saudi National Bank debut 'sustainable' sukuk top $1.9 bln in orders | Reuters

Saudi National Bank debut 'sustainable' sukuk top $1.9 bln in orders | Reuters Saudi National Bank (1180.SE), the kingdom's largest lender that is 50.4% indirectly owned by the government, has tightened price guidance for its debut "sustainable" sukuk after orders topped $1.9 billion, a bank document showed on Wednesday.The U.S. dollar-denominated five-year Islamic bonds will price between 85 and 95 basis points (bps) over U.S. Treasuries, tightened from initial price guidance of around 110 bp...
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