The Heart Power

  Via Keeley Shawart Illustrator, Self Awareness Advocate, Enneagram devoteecreator of art and space for the soul seekers.                 [Author: French la Vie]
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sidney poitier, rest in power

Sidney Poitier was one of my favourite actors. He starred in two of my favourite movies that I watched as a child: "A Patch of Blue" and "To Sir, With Love". Of course I loved him in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "A Raisin in the Sun," and "Lilies of the Field", but it was those two early films that imprinted him in my heart.Both those early movies led me to books, and I watched and read both, several times.  I have a personal memory connected to Patch of Blue. The story revolves around the f...
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Former Honolulu top officials indicted in alleged corruption conspiracy and surrender to FBI, possible repercussions in gubernatorial race, nurses' union head says avoid hospitals, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

An FBI agent handcuffs former Honolulu Corporation Counsel Donna Leong on Wednesday, Jan. 12 PC: Hawaii News Now3 former Honolulu city executives charged with conspiracy as part of sprawling Kealoha corruption probe. In a stunning scene Wednesday morning, three former high-ranking city officials -- former city Managing Director Roy Amemiya, former Corporation Counsel Donna Leong and former Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword--surrendered to the FBI as part of the ongoing massiv...
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EU could suspend Vanuatu visa-free travel over ‘golden passports’ scheme

EU states set to vote on proposal after commission found deficiencies including ‘the granting of citizenship to applicants listed in Interpol’s databases’The European Commission has proposed suspending a visa-free travel arrangement with Vanuatu due to concerns about the Pacific nation’s controversial “golden passports” scheme.The proposed suspension, which still needs to be voted on by EU states, would prevent all holders of passports issued as of 25 May 2015 – when Vanuatu started issuing a su...
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The wonderfully dated looks and colours of an old Japanese shop front

Some old shop fronts are definitely more striking than other old shop fronts.
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Top 5 Cauliflower Recipes

Cauliflower is an incredibly versatile spring and summer vegetable and here are 5 recipes in which cauliflower is the unexpected hero and where it can take place of other ingredients. There's Korean unfried cauliflower "wings", cauliflower steak, cauliflower pizza base, butter cauliflower plus cauliflower hot wings with dipping sauces!
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Oil edges lower on profit-taking, rate hike worries | Reuters

Oil edges lower on profit-taking, rate hike worries | Reuters Oil prices edged lower on Thursday as investors took profits after two days of gains amid fears of aggressive U.S. interest rate hikes, but the losses were cushioned by expectations of a strong economic recovery that will boost demand in a tightly supplied market.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures settled down 52 cents, or 0.6%, at $82.12 a barrel, after rising 5.6% over the last two days.Brent crude futures fell 20 ce...
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Pegasus Named Best CRS for 2022 by Hotel Tech Report

Pegasus, a leading global provider of hotel reservations and distribution solutions, has again been named #1 Central Reservation System in the 2022 HotelTechAwards.
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Swiss Chocolate and Culture Tours Give Families and Youth a Sweet Taste of Switzerland in 2022

Swiss Education Academy has curated a set of unique travel and hands-on learning experiences for families and youth this January, July and August with programs showcasing some of Switzerland’s most famous cities, landmarks and culinary traditions—including Switzerland’s world-renown chocolate.
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Aramco Oil Pipelines investors expected to raise roughly half targeted amount with bonds | Reuters

Aramco Oil Pipelines investors expected to raise roughly half targeted amount with bonds | Reuters A group of institutional investors that last year took a stake in Saudi Aramco's oil pipelines network is expected to raise between $2 billion and $2.5 billion via a sale of dual-tranche amortising bonds for which final spreads was unchanged from initial guidance, a bank document showed on Thursday.A separate bank document earlier showed that the investors, through EIG Pearl Holdings, were seekin...
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Oil holds near $85/bbl on stronger demand prospects | Reuters

Oil holds near $85/bbl on stronger demand prospects | Reuters Oil prices were little changed on Thursday, with Brent crude trading near $85 a barrel, buoyed by expectations that a strong economic recovery will boost demand, but prices were pressured by rising U.S. inventories and fears of aggressive U.S. interest rate hikes.Brent crude futures fell 18 cents, or 0.2%, to $84.52 a barrel, by 1133 a.m. ET (1634 GMT). It had gained 4.7% over Tuesday and Wednesday.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI)...
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Travel Outlook Introduces BellaTM, The Virtual Hotel AgentTM, Providing Instant Guest Service While Reducing Fixed Labor Expense

Travel Outlook Premium Hotel Call Center (“Travel Outlook®”) announces the launch of the hotel industry’s first AI-powered voice bot, purpose-built to reduce fixed labor costs with a distinct human touch: BellaTM, The Virtual Hotel AgentTM.
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Delta is paying $1,250 bonuses to all of its more than 75,000 employees — despite a $408 million loss in the final quarter of the year

A Delta aircraft.James D. Morgan/Getty Images Delta plans to divvy out $108 million to employees in profit-sharing, or about $1,250 per person. The bonus is well below the record $1.6 billion the airline shared with staff after 2019's year-end earnings. The airline reported a pretax profit in the second half of 2021, though it lost $408 million in Q4. Delta Air Lines managed to post a profit in 2021, and it plans to share some of it with employees. Delta revealed its fourth-quarter earnin...
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Best Travel Pants Women that are Stylish and Comfortable

The best travel pants women are versatile and work well with different shoes and tops already in your wardrobe. They are the comfy pants you will want to wear on the airplane and on long road trips. These travel pants will work for all of your adventures — from sightseeing to dinner. They will be your go-to pants even when you’re at home. And they pack well and light in your carry-on luggage. The best travel pants for women are the ones that provide comfort and style from the moment you put them...
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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 8 January

Reflecting post-holiday seasonality, U.S. hotel performance fell from the previous week, according to STR‘s latest data through 8 January.
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Video: AHEAD Global Awards 2021 virtual ceremony

AHEAD is the new global celebration of hospitality experience and design. Our awards are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of the exceptional, recognising design in all its forms, and the guest experiences created in hospitality projects worldwide.
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#Saudi index at highest in over 15 years; blue-chip selloff hits Egypt | Reuters

Saudi index at highest in over 15 years; blue-chip selloff hits Egypt | Reuters Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Thursday, with the Saudi index reaching its highest level since mid-2006, while the Egyptian bourse retreated due to a selloff in blue-chips.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) advanced 1%, buoyed by a 5.4% rise in Riyad Bank (1010.SE) and a 1.5% increase in Saudi National Bank (1180.SE).The Saudi market was supported by the high price levels in oil markets, acc...
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#AbuDhabi solar firm Sweihan takes orders for green bonds | Reuters

Abu Dhabi solar firm Sweihan takes orders for green bonds | Reuters Abu Dhabi solar energy firm Sweihan PV Power Company gave initial price guidance of around 3.875% for amortising green bonds, through which it aims to raise around $728 million, a bank document showed on Thursday.Investors will receive semi-annual payments starting July 31 and the bonds, which will fund spending linked to the Noor Abu Dhabi solar plant, will likely have a weighted average life of 15 years, a document from one ...
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How to Reduce Unpredictable Guest Behavior | By Jos Schaap

For a long time, hotels’ have been reluctant to offer upsells – in particular early check-ins and late check out. And for good reason. The operational logistics and associated risk involved was too great; they outweighed any perceived benefit. But times have changed – not only in terms of Covid and low occupancy, but in terms of technology. With automation, hotels can actually guarantee availability. This not only provides hotels with a real tangible way to increase revenue – something al...
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Brazil's BRF, #Saudi fund set up poultry joint venture | Reuters

Brazil's BRF, Saudi fund set up poultry joint venture | Reuters Brazilian chicken and pork processor BRF SA (BRFS3.SA) signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia's sovereign fund to create a joint venture to make poultry products in the Middle Eastern country, it said on Thursday.BRF said in a securities filing it will hold a 70% stake in the joint venture, while Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, known as PIF, will have the remaining 30%. Shares rose by 3.2% to 24.60 reais on ...
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How to Become a Good Hotel Marketer and Stay Ahead

Do you want to become a top hotel marketer and stay ahead of competitors in the hospitality industry? Well, hotel marketing covers a wide range of ideas, activities, and techniques.
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AvantStay Releases Exclusive First Look at the Best Markets To Invest in a Vacation Home

AvantStay, a hospitality brand focused on redefining the way in which people travel, invest in, and manage vacation properties, released their exclusive report "25 Best Places To Buy a Vacation Home in 2022" in which they recommend the top US destinations to invest in vacation rentals. The report uses proprietary AvantStay vacation rental data and survey data compiled from US-based investors to provide a comprehensive rundown of US short-term rental vacation investment market trends and i...
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Finance, Technology and Service Will Dominate | By Bob Rauch

Interest rates are low, consumer confidence is stronger, oil prices are high and employment is very uneven. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) is at 58.7 in December 2021, down from 60 in November and 61 in October. Any number over 50 shows that the economy is expanding so the PMI is good news. Threats from COVID-19 variant Omicron should peak this month. Perhaps the biggest threat is inflation as that is starting to impact the middle class as well as the poor. The silver lining is that ...
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Toggle Market premiers its revolutionary hospitality procurement platform ‘Toggle Hospitality’ to industry professionals worldwide

Toggle Hospitality, an online business to business platform, marked its arrival at the Arabian and African Investment Conference (AHIC 2021) with CEO Fuad Sajdi speaking on how this new SaaS enabled technology will revolutionise hospitality procurement and usher in critically needed efficiencies, savings and transparency across the whole purchasing cycle and supply chain. Digital innovation was a major focus of the conference as hospitality leaders across the world look to technology for ...
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Rocco Forte Hotels Launch New Employee Listening Strategy

Rocco Forte Hotels are launching a new employee engagement and happiness programme, in conjunction with The Happiness Index, across their global portfolio.
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PCMA Confirms Vienna For ‘Convening EMEA 2022’

PCMA announced Convening EMEA is back by popular demand and will be held in one of the world’s leading meeting destinations, Vienna, Austria from 28 through to 30 September 2022. Convening EMEA 2022 is an omnichannel event for EMEA business event leaders and creatives.
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The Importance of Martin Luther King Day

Reading Time:  2 minutes - Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 17, 2022 We all know Martin Luther King, Jr. as a hero in the fight for civil rights. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The holiday is observed on the third Monday of January, which is the 17th this y...
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Portugal’s Travel & Tourism sector faces job shortfall of 85,000 this year, says WTTC report

A new analysis of staff shortages by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), has revealed a significant labour shortfall in Portugal, with 85,000 Travel & Tourism jobs across the country predicted to be unfilled by the end of this year.
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Mews Unfold unpacked: winning the booking | By Tom Brown

Session three of Mews Unfold was a deep dive into Winning the Booking: Industry Forecasts. Our expert panel considered important questions about driving direct bookings, the roles of OTAs, and the importance of leveraging Google.
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#SaudiArabia Seeks $170 Billion of Mining Investment By 2030 - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Seeks $170 Billion of Mining Investment By 2030 - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia wants to attract $170 billion of investment in its mining sector by the end of the decade, exploiting rising global demand for metals crucial to the energy transition.“That’s a lot of money,” the Saudi mining minister, Bandar Alkhorayef, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Riyadh. Minerals are “becoming more and more essential for the advancement of manufacturing, energy” and industries includin...
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