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Ontario withholding infection positivity rates in fully vaccinated people as breakthrough infections explode

Ontario's provincial health authorities have a problem.  After telling people for a year now about how effective these Covid-19 vaccines are supposed to be, infections amongst people who were supposed to be fully immunized are exploding.  Everyone knows that it is only those who have said no to the shots who are required to submit to regular testing in order to do things like work and go to school.  Fully vaccinated people are exempted from mandatory frequent testing.  I'm certain that many peop...
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Thanksgiving Week a Feast for US Hotels

The U.S. hotel industry overall had its best Thanksgiving week on record, which bodes well for a strong holiday season and end of year, barring any major setback from COVID-19 variants.
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Business activity in #SaudiArabia continues to improve in November

Business activity in Saudi Arabia continues to improve in November Business activity in the non-oil private sector of Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s largest economy, continued to improve in November, boosted by the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and a rise in tourism activity.Although the kingdom's seasonally adjusted purchasing managers' index – a gauge designed to give a snapshot of operating conditions in the non-oil private sector economy – slipped to 56.9 in November, from 57.7 in Octobe...
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Omicron Travel Update

Omicron Travel Update Here is a crucial Omicron travel update. If you are traveling overseas soon, you must read this. Well, here we go again; a new strain of the Covid virus, a media complex with seemingly nothing else to talk about, and a bit of panic and confusion in the traveling public. Here are a few things you should know: Covid Problems Have Been Infantisimal for International Travelers We have had hundreds of our clients traveling overseas (predominantly to Europe), and we’ve had jus...
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7 questions potential camper van or RV owners should ask themselves before purchasing one

The Last Resort Mercedes-Benz Sprinter conversion by Advanced RV.Advanced RV Camper vans have skyrocketed in popularity throughout COVID-19. There are several routes potential owners can take, from building one yourself to purchasing prebuilt units. Here's a guide potential camper van owners should ask themselves before making the investment.  Converted camper vans have become a popular living and travel trend across the US, and skyrocketing RV sales throughout COVID-19 has proven that ti...
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A Vietnamese airline made history by launching the first-ever commercial nonstop flight from Vietnam to the US

Vietnam Airlines' historic flight from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco.Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines launched its historic nonstop flight from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco on Sunday. The airline has waited 20 years to become the first-ever regularly scheduled operator between the two nations. The Federal Aviation Administration made Vietnam a Category 1 country in 2019, allowing it to fly to the US. Vietnam Airlines made history on Sunday when it flew the first-ever regularly...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, California, Washington, US, San Francisco, Trends, Features, United States, Aircraft, Airbus, Airlines, Vietnam, Faa, Pacific

What percentage of fully vaccinated Ontarians are testing positive for Covid?

In Ontario many people who have opted against getting a Covid vaccine are required to submit to regular and frequent testing in order to be able to work or engage in certain other activities.  Those who've rolled up their sleeves are typically exempt.  Frankly I can't see any reason why a vaccinated person would want to be tested for a disease they've been immunized against.  The only possible reason that makes sense to me is if a vaccinated person is sick with symptoms of Covid and wants confir...
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Ontario reports 153 patients in ICU due to Covid with only 57 of them being unvaccinated or 37% of the total

Ontario reported over 300 cases of Covid for Tuesday November 28th, in people who were fully vaccinated against Covid.  This doesn't do much to support the marketing strategy which says these vaccines are "highly effective".  A vaccine by defintion is a substance which provides immunity against one or several diseases.  Every day now in Ontario hundreds of fully vaccinated people are reported to have been infected with the very virus they were supposed to have been immunized against. But we're l...
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A private jet charter firm says it's seen more than 600 searches for flights out of South Africa since Omicron was identified

Wealthy travelers are searching for private jet flights out of South The newly-discovered Omicron variant of COVID-19 has the wealthy looking to leave South Africa.  Searches for private jet flights have increased to more than 600 inquires in one week's time for one company.  Only a select type of private jet can fly non-stop from South Africa to places like the East Coast of the US.  Southern Africa is among the latest COVID-19 hotspots following the detection of ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, News, Air Travel, Planes, Africa, US, Trends, Atlanta, Qatar, Flying, South Africa, Amsterdam, Cape Town, World Health Organization

Most Gulf bourses tumble on vaccine efficacy concerns | Reuters

Most Gulf bourses tumble on vaccine efficacy concerns | Reuters Most Gulf bourses ended lower on Tuesday, mirroring weakened global shares and oil prices, although the bourses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gained ahead of long holiday weekend.A sudden burst of risk aversion gripped most major asset markets across the globe after the head of drugmaker Moderna (MRNA.O) told the Financial Times that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant of the cor...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Egypt, Tim Clark, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Financial Times, Reuters, Saudi Basic Industries Corp, United Arab Emirates UAE, The World Health Organization, Tasi, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, QSI, Al Rajhi Bank

House prices jump 21% as rich flock to #Dubai, but 2021 could be peak of current property cycle | ZAWYA MENA Edition

House prices jump 21% as rich flock to Dubai, but 2021 could be peak of current property cycle | ZAWYA MENA EditionHouse prices in Dubai jumped 21 percent this year thanks to the government's response in arresting the spread of COVID-19, which triggered interest in the property market from rich investors outside the emirate, according to a study by global property consultant Knight Frank.While developers are responding by pushing the envelope and bringing AED 10,000 per square foot homes to the ...
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Most Gulf bourses tumble as Omicron spooks investors | Reuters

Most Gulf bourses tumble as Omicron spooks investors | Reuters Most Gulf stock markets ended lower on Sunday, with the Saudi and Dubai indexes suffering their biggest single-day fall in nearly two years as fears of a potentially vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant spooked investors.The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday designated the Omicron coronavirus variant detected in South Africa as being "of concern" - the fifth variant to be given that designation. read moreSaudi Arabia's...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Egypt, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Mozambique, Abu Dhabi, Reuters, World Health Organization WHO, Emirates NBD, Comoros Islands, Tasi, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Al Rajhi Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Most Gulf bourses slide on fears over COVID-19 variant | Reuters

Most Gulf bourses slide on fears over COVID-19 variant | ReutersMost Gulf stock markets fell sharply in early trade on Sunday, with the Saudi index suffering its biggest single-day fall in nearly two years as fears of a potentially vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant rattled investors.The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday designated a new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa as being "of concern" - the fifth variant to be given the designation. read moreSaudi Arabia's benchmark in...
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South Africa health minister calls travel bans on country amid Omicron variant fears 'unjustified': report

A young woman reacts as she receives a Pfizer jab against COVID-19, in Diepsloot Township near Johannesburg Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. A new COVID-19 variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province, Minister of Health Joe Phaahla announced Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File South Africa Health Minister said the travel bans ...
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Overpopulation is Earth's Greatest Threat - Please Get Vaccinated

Prior to the pandemic the most pressing concern for left wing environmentalist types was climate change. And with catastrophic weather events happening with frequency not seen since the so called "Little Ice Age" the scientific community and progressive minded politicians are once again sounding alarm bells over the need for urgent action.  The biggest hurdle to solving the problem of things like carbon and pollution is this planet's ever growing population.  We're now at over 7.9 billion people...
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Top Automotive Travel Tips for Travelers by Auto for Thanksgiving 2021

Traveling by auto for Thanksgiving 2021? You are not alone. Total number of travelers* by auto appear to be nearing pre-pandemic levels at 48.3 million, an increase of 8.4% from 2020 according to AAA. This total is higher than volumes seen as recently as 2018 and the highest year-over-year growth since the Great Recession. Total number of travelers by Auto, Air and Other is within 5% of pre-pandemic 2019 levels. If you’re one of the travelers, there continues to be a lot to be made aware of an...
Tags: Travel, Thanksgiving, Autos, Travel Tips, Road Trip, Holiday Travel, Car Safety, PSI, Openbay, NAPA Auto Parts, Thanksgiving Road Trip, Auto Air, COVID-19, COVID, AAA COVID, Travel Restrictions Map

Bank of Israel Holds Rates, No New Announcement on Shekel - Bloomberg

Bank of Israel Holds Rates, No New Announcement on Shekel - BloombergThe Bank of Israel held rates near zero for the 13th time to support the economy’s recovery from Covid-19, and said it would intervene as needed to rein in a strengthening shekel. The Bank of Israel didn’t announce any new policies to tame the rising shekel, one of the best-performing major currencies in the world this year, saying it would continue “to act taking into account the state of the economy and the continuation of ec...
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Oil prices retreat in face of supply and demand pressures | Reuters

Oil prices retreat in face of supply and demand pressures | ReutersOil prices fell on Monday as rising COVID-19 cases in Europe and a potential release of Japanese oil reserves raised concerns about both oversupply and weak demand.Brent crude was down 56 cents, or 0.7%, at $78.33 a barrel at 1157 GMT and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 54 cents, or 0.7%, to $75.40.The prospect of national lockdowns in Europe has raised concerns about economic and oil demand growth, said Tamas Varga...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Reuters, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI, Varga, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Tamas Varga, COVID, PVM Oil Associates Investors

A Florida-based cruise line has unveiled a five-month, around-the-world cruise in 2024 for $34,700— see what it'll be like

Santorini, Greece.Azamara Miami-based cruise line Azamara has announced a five-month 2024 world cruise. The cruise will sail for 155 nights to over 40 countries across six continents. Prices range from $34,700 for an interior stateroom to $128,200 for the most premium suite.  Miami-based cruise line Azamara has announced a five-month world cruise for 2024 as global sailings continue to sell out or sell fast. Santorini, Greece.Azamara Source: AzamaraSeveral cruise lines have already announc...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, Trends, Cruise, Italy, Sydney, Peru, Miami, Azamara, Santorini, Adriatic, Venice Italy, Fort Lauderdale, Kotor Montenegro, Santorini Greece

Hawaii luaus adapt to COVID restrictions

As we were recently updating our luau pages, we noticed quite a few new trends as luau companies adjust to COVID restrictions and guidelines. Here are some of the trends we’re seeing. Please note that these trends have not been applied across the board. Social distancing More luaus are moving away from ginormous, shared tables. Instead of having to sit elbow-to-elbow with a stranger, many luaus are offering private tables just for your ohana (family) or even just tables for two. We found this t...
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Disney Cruise Line will now require all guests 5 or older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Disney Wonder.Disney Disney Cruise Line says all guests five years old or older must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2022. The US recently greenlit a lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children who are at least five years old. Several major cruise lines, like Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises, also have a vaccine mandate. Disney Cruise Line will require all passengers five years old or older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on all cruises beginning January 13, 2022, the crui...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Disney, US, Trends, Cruise, Vaccine, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, Cruise Industry, Disney Cruise Line, Brittany Chang, COVID, Covid-19 Vaccine, Vaccine Mandate, Disney Wonder Disney Disney Cruise Line

Analysis: LNG markets eye record prices in race to replenish stocks | Reuters

Analysis: LNG markets eye record prices in race to replenish stocks | ReutersLiquefied natural gas (LNG) prices face a quick return to recent record highs as cold weather approaches the Northern Hemisphere and surging power demand and depleted gas storage heightens the global energy crunch, particularly in Europe.This year's power price shock has seen several domestic energy suppliers go out of business, while heavy industry curtailed output in energy-intensive sectors.Consumers are paying signi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain, Reuters, Northern Hemisphere, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, COVID

Oil settles mixed on questions over crude supply, demand, strong dollar | Reuters

Oil settles mixed on questions over crude supply, demand, strong dollar | Reuters Oil prices settled mixed on Monday as investors wondered whether crude supplies will increase and whether demand will be pressured by the recent surge in energy costs, the strong dollar and rising COVID-19 cases.Brent futures settled down 12 cents, or 0.2%, to $82.05 a barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to $80.88.In early trading, the oil market factored in speculation th...
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A luxury bus startup with motion-cancelling seats and free alcohol will bring passengers between NYC and Washington DC for $99 - see inside the Jet

The Jet bus. The Jet The Jet, a luxury bus startup, is offering $99 bus rides between Washington DC and New York. Its motorcoaches have motion-canceling seats, in-seat service, and six feet of legroom. The Jet's CEO and founder says he's targeting leisure travelers in their mid-20s to 30s. My guess is most people don't have fond memories of inexpensive intercity bus rides. The seats. Brittany Chang/Insider After all, it's hard to enjoy long hours of being stuck on ...
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OPEC says high prices to dampen pace of oil demand recovery | Reuters

OPEC says high prices to dampen pace of oil demand recovery | Reuters OPEC on Thursday cut its world oil demand forecast for the last quarter of 2021 as high energy prices curb the economic recovery from COVID-19, although the group stuck to its prediction of robust growth to above pre-pandemic rates in 2022.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in a monthly report also raised its forecast for supply from U.S. shale producers next year, a potential headwind to the efforts of th...
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  US citizens may not be able to visit Canada during COVID-19 due to the US-Canada border closure, but families on both sides of the border can tap into the Vancouver Art Gallery's Spring Into Art,  offered online from March 15-19, 2021. The daily online art making sessions are free, and workshops are led by Family Programs Coordinator Christina Jones and/or a local artist, who will share their artworks and demonstrate activities. Open to all ages and abilities.  MARCH 15 - 1PM | Amabie Postc...
Tags: Travel, Art, Family, US, Canada, Vancouver, Christina Jones, Pauls, Art/Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Eat Play Sleep, COVID, Family Programs, Cindy Mochizuki, Amabie, Kumamoto Create

Ala Wai project back on the table, legislative leaders want to curb governor's emergency powers, assaults on nurses worry union, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Kayaks on the Ala Wai ©2021 All Hawaii News Ala Wai project back on the table to develop a new flood risk management plan. A new plan for the controversial Ala Wai Flood Risk Management project won’t emerge until at least 2023. However, on Wednesday, the first of a series of virtual public meetings will restart the clock on the two-decades-old project. Star-Advertiser.Citing COVID response, legislative leaders push to curb governor’s emergency powers. As the pandemic drags on, along with ...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Sms, Hawaii, Council, Committee, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, West Hawaii, Oahu, Legislative, Hawaiian Islands

Messenger RNA and children? Think long and hard because there's no "UN"injecting

It's already started in the United States, and Canada won't be far behind.  Five to eleven year olds in this country will soon be eligible to roll up their sleeves for a shot that will send instructions into their little bodies telling which proteins to recruit and how to build the infamous SARS-Cov-2 spike protein.  These are the same shots that have caused hundreds of cases of heart damage, (myocarditis and pericarditis) across Canada, maybe even thousands.  In Ontario alone over 200 cases wer...
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At the Close of Q3‘21, Latin America’s Hotel Construction Pipeline Project Counts are Down 14% Year-Over-Year

In the Q3‘21 Latin America Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), analysts report the total construction pipeline stands at 577 projects/103,648 rooms. The region’s pipeline project counts are down 14% and room counts are down 11%, year-over-year (YOY).Projects under construction at the end of Q3‘21 stand at 304 projects/60,048 rooms, down 12% by projects and 2% by rooms YOY. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months stand at 155 projects/2...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Colombia, Mexico City, Accor, Hilton, Ihg, Brazil, Peru, Lima, Latin America, Caribbean, Guadalajara, Dominican Republic, Sao Paulo, Hilton Worldwide

Survey: Nearly 60% Of Americans Unlikely to Travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas

While rising vaccination rates against COVID-19 have increased travelers’ comfort levels, most Americans are still opting to stay home this holiday season, according to a new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) conducted by Morning Consult.
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