Mulch and the garden path

On Thursday, our next door neighbor had contractors in to remove two very tall pine trees that grew very close to her house. She's been planning to do this for a few years. In fact, we thought she had changed her mind because nothing happened after she told us about it. I think her contractor flaked out on her and because she lives in Paris, making alternate arrangements can be difficult.  The pile of mulch in front of the garden shed. Earlier this week, a landscaper came through the ham...
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Wyndham Destinations Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND), the world's largest vacation ownership and exchange company, today reported second-quarter 2020 financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Highlights include:
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Hawaii shows that mail-in voting can work. Record turnout, smooth election. Plus latest COVID-19 counts and more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

More than 406,000 ballots were cast. That’s a record number for a Hawaii primary. More than half of Hawaii’s registered voters, about 51 percent, cast their ballots in the state’s first mail-in primary. According to Political Analyst, Colin Moore, the last time we saw a turnout like this was in 1996. Hawaii News Now.Hawaii sees more than 40 percent increase in voter turnout with all mail-in primary. This year's primary saw a record turn out in voters for the state. Over 400,000 ballots were cas...
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Like it’s 1980

I’ve decided to fold out on my 1980 movie marathon at only five movies. I was planning on watching about a dozen, but considering that I watched the first one in February and it’s now August, I figure it’s time to move on. As with all of my other year-based marathons (1967, 1968, 1977, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989), I am glad I watched those movies, but for some reason I just haven’t been in the mood to watch more, even though I had stuff like Superman II, The Blues Brothers, and ...
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The Wine Windows of Renaissance Florence Dispense Wine Safely Again During COVID-19

Everything old is new again and Tuscany’s buchette del vino—wine windows—are definitely rolling with the times. As Lisa Harvey earlier reported in Atlas Obscura, buchette del vino became a thing in 1559, shortly after Cosimo I de’ Medici decreed that Florence-dwelling vineyard owners could bypass taverns and wine merchants to sell their product directly to the public. Wealthy wine families eager to pay less in taxes quickly figured out a workaround that would allow them to take advantage...
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Travel Advisor Survey Indicates Clients Deterred By Coronavirus Are Banking On Vacations In Early 2021

The latest findings of the Travel Advisors COVID-19 Sentiment Barometer (Wave II), released in partnership by MMGY Myriad and Travel Market Report, indicate that travelers are being cautious about their international travel plans by booking with some of the longest windows advisors have ever seen. Meanwhile, there is still limited appetite for travel in the more immediate future - but the shift in interest to domestic, outdoor-focused trips continues.
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We need more women in STEM careers

Local solutions are needed to get more women into science, technology, engineering and maths The post We need more women in STEM careers appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Airlines Have Tightened Mask Policies, Again. Here's What You Need To Know

Airlines are tightening face mask rules three months after making masks mandatory onboard.
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Hilton College Announces Winners of the First-ever Hospitality Hackathon (HC3), Sponsored by HFTP; Challenged Students From Hospitality Programs Across the Globe

This summer, the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, in partnership with Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), challenged students in hospitality programs across the globe with the first-time Hilton College Hospitality Hackathon. The competition asked participants to tackle COVID-19 head-on and address the challenges it has posed to all sectors of the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, and to develop solutions to ...
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Don't Even Think About Sneaking Across the Border Into Canada

Oh, Canada, you temptress to the north, with your universal health care and cheese-curd-and-gravy-covered fries. There are so many beautiful spots, from Prince Edward Island to Vancouver Island, and everything (well, most parts) in between, making it a popular spot for American vacationers. And given that it has been…Read more...
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Blackberry Kiss

Funny how something so small and unknown of its impact seems to sip into our consciousness, taking hold in the depths of our being becoming a symbol or a sign of something significant. On a path deep in the forest where the morning light barely penetrated, where I deliberately watched the placement of my steps as not to trip a blackberry appeared not as juicy nor a plentiful bramble but holy and pure a kiss from nature. As if it were a winning ticket I laughed out loud and knew I had found my w...
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Extending Our Work with 1199SEIU to House First Responders

Airbnb and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East—the largest healthcare union in the nation—announced an extension of their partnership to help provide free housing to medical first responders as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the country. This extension from Airbnb will also empower 1199SEIU to serve members in Florida, a state that continues to be hard hit by the pandemic.
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AHLA Statement On Executive Orders

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today applauded President Donald Trump for supporting Americans by signing Executive Orders that extend unemployment benefits and support those impacted by COVID-19, while urging Congress to come together swiftly and pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation that helps support the hotel industry and the millions of employees we support.
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Capsolve Announces Enhanced Research Program and Industry Services

Capsolve, a leading provider of Research and Services, has released its first series of research reports as a complimentary resource to the industry. The reports include an overview of the software, services and equipment that exist within the Central Reservations, Sales & Catering, Revenue Management, COVID-19 Mitigation, Digital Ordering and Mobile categories. As part of Capsolve's complete research program, inquiries may be fielded for nearly any category of interest, such as PMS, POS ...
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Interview: Taylor Taglianetti Founder of The National Organization of Italian Americans in Film & Television

Margaret Fontana Media   Presents: An Interview with   Taylor Taglianetti   founder of the   The National Organization of Italian Americans in Film & Television   (NOIAFT).  Taylor Taglianetti  Taylor is a producer and celebrity interviewer. She is currently producing a short documentary, Heirloom, featuring Isabella Rossellini, about the significance of gardens in the Italian American community. It is set to release in October 2020. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of t...
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As Countries Start to Reopen, How Can Hoteliers Navigate This New Normal? | By Dimitris Manikis

As hotels begin to re-open, and we start the journey of navigating the new normal, it is vital that all of us in the hospitality industry feel well-prepared to overcome the various challenges brought on in the wake of COVID-19.
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Hawaii resident describes COVID-19 quarantine arrival process after out-of-state travel

Lanai artist, Mike Carroll, holds one of his original oil paintings outside his gallery. Our friend Mike Carroll is an amazingly talented artist who lives on the Hawaiian island of Lana’i. After recently traveling from Lana’i to North Carolina to visit family, he shared a bit about the new Coronavirus quarantine process for arriving in Hawaii. He kindly gave us permission to share his experience with you. First of all, 24 hours before your trip you’ll fill in an online form which asks the typ...
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HVS Monday Musings: Opening New Revenue Streams in the Hospitality Sector | By Mandeep S Lamba & Dipti Mohan

Innovation and creativity are often the by-products of a crisis. This pandemic is no different. The current crisis has forced the hospitality sector globally to come up with innovative and indigenous ways to utilize their assets to stay afloat, in the process opening newer revenue streams. From food delivery, laundry, housekeeping, and facility management to warehousing and more, hotels need to reimagine 'hospitality' by extending their services to guests in the comfort of their offices a...
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Where to Hike, Bike & Refuel in Lethbridge Alberta

If you’re on the search for new places to explore why not take a break from the mountains and head out on a road-trip to Lethbridge, a former coal mining city of just over 100,000 people, located on the scenic Oldman River in southern Alberta. Lethbridge Alberta is an undiscovered gem when it comes to its outdoor spaces. Reconnect with nature here via a network of hiking and biking trails – or a paddle/SUP experience on the Oldman River. From what I saw of the city on a short visit, it’s...
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Royal Commission for AlUla unveils expansion with Accor in partnership with the Banyan Tree brand

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has announced a partnership agreement with Accor as part of its strategy to develop AlUla as a tourism destination for nature, culture and heritage.The agreement will see Accor operate an expanded Ashar Resort under the Banyan Tree brand. There will be 47 new units added, which will bring the resort's total number up to 82 high-end villas, along with a luxury spa and several gourmet restaurants. This will be guided by a sensitive design that allows eac...
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Every Step

  My daily walks continue. During the last several weeks I’ve been waking up earlier than I usually do around six so that I can have a lead beating the heat. I am not a morning person I literally have to push myself out of bed and dress with my eyes close. You might be thinking that since I go to the flea markets I must be a morning person. Yeah no. The flea markets are once a week that I can do especially since I don’t have to leave here until seven. There is an ocean of difference between 6 A...
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Hotel Demand and GDP Have a Strong Correlation and That’s a Problem | By David Eisen

Among the many delicious scenes from the movie "Goodfellas" is one where the characters of Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci burn down a restaurant because its credit has run out, putting an end to their graft. "And then finally, when there's nothing left, when you can't borrow another buck from the bank, you bust the joint out. You light a match."
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There is time for Peace

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Electronic quarantine tags another necessary evil that will discourage travel plans, says GlobalData

The electronic quarantine tag recently introduced in Singapore has the potential to rattle the number of international departures from the country, which reached 16.8 million in 2019, as it is yet another aspect that will elevate consumer angst and postpone recovery for neighboring Asian destinations, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
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August 2020 Update On Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

It's hard to believe that we're almost three-quarters of a year into pandemic-related travel restrictions. August is typically the month for last-minute trips before a brand new school year. These are the closing weeks of the peak summer travel season before Labor Day weekend.
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Up up and away

We haven't seen many montgolfières (hot air balloons) over our neighborhood this summer. There are a few that we spot far away in the northwestern sky, probably flying around Chenonceaux, Chaumont, and Amboise castles. So it was a nice surprise to see one floating by above the river at sunrise on Friday. The tall pointy tree just below the balloon in the photo is in our back yard. Tasha saw the balloon, picked up her pace and growled at it a few times. But she didn't go wild with barking and try...
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County mayors seek return of inter-island quarantine as Oahu COVID-19 cases spike, Green warns ICU could be overrun, airports install thermal screening, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Thermal screening at Honolulu airport PC:Screen grab from HDOT video New thermal cameras now helping scan passengers in Hawaii’s airports. New thermal screening cameras have been installed at Hawaii airports that welcome trans-Pacific travelers to detect anyone who may have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher. Hawaii News Now. Thermal Screening Now In Use At Hawaii Airports. The Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division announced on Wednesday that thermal temperature scr...
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Soroosh Sorooshian Awarded American Meteorological Society’s Hydrologic Sciences Medal

The American Meteorological Society is pleased to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations of the weather, water, and climate community through its Awards and Honors program. Join us in congratulating the 2021 recipients who will receive their award or honor at the 101st AMS Annual Meeting. THE HYDROLOGIC SCIENCES MEDAL Awarded to Soroosh Sorooshian For ingenious, groundbreaking work on surface hydrology and the remote sensing of precipitation that has profoundly impacted the fiel...
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Asian Refiners to Ask for Less Crude After Saudi Cut Underwhelms - Bloomberg

Asian Refiners to Ask for Less Crude After Saudi Cut Underwhelms - Bloomberg:Several Asian refiners struggling with weakening demand will ask Saudi Arabia for less crude next month after the kingdom cut official selling prices by a smaller amount than the processors had been hoping for.At least three buyers are planning to request less oil from Saudi Aramco for September, according to company officials with knowledge of their crude procurement. Three others expressed disappointment at the size o...
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#SaudiArabia Has Turned Off the U.S. Oil Taps Again - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Has Turned Off the U.S. Oil Taps Again - Bloomberg:For the second time in three years, Saudi Arabia is slashing the volume of crude it’s sending to America in an attempt to force down stockpiles in the world’s most visible oil market and thereby hasten the rebalancing of supply and demand.Weekly U.S. oil inventory data — usually published on a Wednesday and covering the period up to the previous Friday — is routinely pored over by oil analysts and traders alike. Despite their shortc...
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