Bloglikes - Travel https://www.bloglikes.com/c/travel en-US Sun, 05 Apr 2020 03:05:25 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Let’s get our hands dirty. A simple model by Tim Colbourn to audit. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SanjeevSabhloksBlog/~3/WEoWU_6GWTE/ ]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:55:34 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Science Tim Colbourn NMC Health News: ADCB Asks U.K. Court for Administration - Bloomberg http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/tjViyTYcIdU/nmc-health-news-adcb-asks-uk-court-for.html NMC Health News: ADCB Asks U.K. Court for Administration - Bloomberg:
One of NMC Health Plc’s biggest creditors asked a court to put the troubled hospital operator into administration, prompting the company to counter that such an action would endanger the lives of people living in the United Arab Emirates as the coronavirus rages.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC said Saturday it applied on April 2 to the U.K.’s High Court for the appointment of administrators to take control of NMC Health and investigate alleged unauthorized activities.
NMC’s new executive chairman Faisal Belhoul had previously asked for patience from creditors, seeking a standstill on debt repayments to give the company time to prepare a recovery plan. In a later statement, he said he’s open to adding individuals to the board as recommended by ADCB and other creditors, and accused ADCB of disregarding the principles of the informal standstill accord.
“ADCB is putting its own interests above not only other creditors, but also the health and safety of UAE residents amid an escalating pandemic,” Belhoul said. Placing the company in administration would create “considerable downsides” on the community, country, the company and its creditors, he said.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:12:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel United Arab Emirates Uae NMC Rupert Neil Bumfrey ADCB NMC Health NMC Health Plc Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC NMC Health News Faisal Belhoul ADCB Asks U K Court for Administration Bloomberg U K 's High Court Belhoul
Farewell Brookes Restaurant http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4097966.html Following its recent closure, Don Sloan reflects on the pivotal role played by Brookes Restaurant in shaping an engaged, inclusive community of learning. Brookes Restaurant was located within the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:10:08 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Oxford School of Hospitality Management Farewell Brookes Restaurant Don Sloan Brookes Restaurant #Dubai imposes two-week lockdown as Gulf states step up coronavirus fight - Reuters http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/iqDyiccT-UA/dubai-imposes-two-week-lockdown-as-gulf.html Dubai imposes two-week lockdown as Gulf states step up coronavirus fight - Reuters:
Dubai imposed a two-week lockdown Saturday night and Saudi Arabia sealed off parts of the Red Sea city of Jeddah as Gulf states tightened measures in big cities to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
FILE PHOTO: Police car patrols Al Ras district, famous for its gold and spice markets, after a full lockdown, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike/File Photo
Dubai had been under an overnight curfew along with the rest of United Arab Emirates since March 26 but its Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said the lockdown would now run around the clock for two weeks, state news agency WAM said.
In neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the authorities announced a lockdown and a partial curfew in seven neighbourhoods of Jeddah also starting on Saturday as part of measures to contain the outbreak, the interior ministry said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia is the country worst hit by the pandemic in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) group of Arab oil monarchies. It had reported 2,179 cases of confirmed infections up until Saturday and 29 deaths.

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Top 5 Healthy Savoury Snacks! http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotQuiteNigella/~3/-2BZ_FjNM2k/ ]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:01:43 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Healthy Savoury Snacks Trump says he will consider tariffs on oil imports to protect U.S. jobs - Reuters http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/0tq6O5rJMCQ/trump-says-he-will-consider-tariffs-on.html Trump says he will consider tariffs on oil imports to protect U.S. jobs - Reuters:
U.S President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will consider imposing tariffs on oil imports as he criticized plans by other major global oil producers to cut output, suggesting the United States will not join them.
“It’s going to hurt a lot of jobs in our country, this price,” Trump told reporters during a daily briefing. “If I have to do tariffs...I’ll do whatever I have to do.”
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by Saudi Arabia, and its allies are working on a deal for an unprecedented oil production cut equivalent to around 10% of worldwide supply in what they expected would be a global effort including the United States.
The White House, however, did not make such a commitment after a Friday meeting with oil companies.
“I don’t care about OPEC,” Trump said, adding he believed the producer group was destroying itself.

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24.den madeira https://www.travelblog.org/Europe/Portugal/Madeira/blog-1049801.html Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:10:13 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Cerveny Prosecco versus Champagne https://www.travelblog.org/Europe/France/Champagne-Ardenne/Epernay/blog-1049795.html Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:10:13 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Make Your Own Mask https://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Japan/Tokyo/Harajuku/blog-1049798.html Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:10:13 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Scavenger Hunt for Self Quarantine https://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/California/Clovis/blog-1049799.html Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:10:13 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Derbyshire 69 Chesterfield again I would walk 5000 miles herd mentalityCamping out night Virtual Grand National https://www.travelblog.org/Europe/United-Kingdom/England/Derbyshire/Chesterfield/blog-1049790.html Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:10:16 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Derbyshire Chesterfield Still at sea https://www.travelblog.org/Oceans-and-Seas/Atlantic/North-Atlantic/blog-1049788.html Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:10:14 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Tenerife Amalfi Coast Luxury Hotels Raise Money to Fight Covid-19 http://www.ciaoamalfi.com/2020/04/amalfi-coast-luxury-hotels-raise-money-to-fight-covid-19/ Five of the Amalfi Coast’s luxury accommodations have come together to create a unique opportunity to raise money to fund vaccine research for Covid-19. Created by the Il San Pietro di Positano, Le Sirenuse, Palazzo Avino, Hotel Santa Caterina, and Don Alfonso 1890, the fundraiser aims to raise €200,000 by offering 40 vouchers worth €5,000 each that can then be used for a stay in the next two years at your chosen hotel. The money raised will be donated to the G. Pascale Foundation at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Naples, the Fondazione Melanoma Onlus, and the Rome-based biotech company Takis. Together they are working on a vaccine for Covid-19 and the funding will help continue this vital research. Each voucher includes a 2 night luxury stay, other exclusive perks, and dinner at the stellar Don Alfonso 1890 restaurant.

This challenging time has left many of us asking how we can help. My thoughts there are to always start where you are: with your family, with your friends, in your neighborhood, in your town. However, I wanted to share about this local initiative in case you were interested in combining a holiday on the Amalfi Coast with a good cause. There will surely be more ways to help the Amalfi Coast in the future and I’ll be providing updates here on Ciao Amalfi. For more information or to purchase a voucher, contact any of the hotels participating: Don Alfonso 1890 in Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, Il San Pietro di Positano or Le Sirenuse in Positano, Palazzo Avino in Ravello, or the Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi.

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Day 11 of 21daysOfLockdown http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheWarOfWords/~3/JVrgx0-_xLA/day-11-of-21daysoflockdown.html Day 11 of the lockdown. Day 16 otherwise.
So today, I finally decided to stop cooking at home. Even though it is super risky to order in, I still want to go ahead and do it. My theory is that these restaurants have been operational for a while now and that means they are taking care of the safety requirements in terms of food and all. Plus the amount of time and mental trauma it takes to cook, clean, cook, clean twice a day is not something that I can't handle. I have learned enough to be able to do it if there is an absolute need. But for the time being, I am happy to order. The only trouble is that most restaurants that you can order from are cutting corners (at least the ones I have been ordering from) and sending in smaller portions. And I think it's ok. I want to judge but lemme take a step towards stoicism. 
The food situation is thus sorted. I need to reduce the amounts I eat so that I can actually lose some weight without working out - who doesn't want that? Apart from that, I also want to (and will work on) my sleep. For starters, I plan to sleep at 930 PM till the time lockdown is lifted. I mean if I cant do this at this time, when would I do? In terms of headspace, thanks to Naval's 60-day meditation challenge, I have been thinking hard about things. Harder than I've ever thought. And on things that are important. And has made me realize things that I never knew about myself. For example, today I realized that I am no longer a details person. I like to think and execute the macro and want someone else to do the dirty work. Of course, no ships were built by people that did not do the dirty work themselves but if that's a tradeoff I have to make, I will! At the age I am at, while I do want to learn new things and upskill myself, I do not want to undo what I have.
If I do these three (not waste time on chores, sleep well and think deeper), I think I should be ok. I will have enough time to be able to do things that I have planned to do in this break. This IS a break! I mean most of us are getting paid while we are at home. If you can read this, you for sure are. It may be less, it may have reduced a bit, it may be under a threat but as of today, you are getting paid. And all that you have is today! Not yesterday, not tomorrow. Yes, learn from the past and plan for the future. But live in today. 
Anyhow. So that's that. Today was day 11. We are at more than the halfway mark. If we survived for this long, we can do whatever is left. As always, please take care, be good! 
See you guys soon! 
Previous posts in the series - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10 * - the days I did not post

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Visit Puerto Rico From Your Couch With Lin-Manuel Miranda https://lifehacker.com/visit-puerto-rico-from-your-couch-with-lin-manuel-miran-1842648163

While travel is out of the question right now, Puerto Rico is offering would-be travelers a way to take a virtual trip to the island with a celebrity tour guide: Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Bali for families Where to stay and what to do https://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Indonesia/Bali/blog-1049785.html Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:10:22 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Bali OPEC+ Meeting to Be Delayed on New #Saudi, Russia Rift - Bloomberg http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/5NhpEGj2dcE/opec-meeting-to-be-delayed-on-new-saudi.html OPEC+ Meeting to Be Delayed on New Saudi, Russia Rift - Bloomberg:
 The OPEC+ meeting to try to end the oil price war is unlikely to go ahead of Monday as previously expected, as Riyadh and Moscow engaged on a war of words about who’s to blame for the collapse in oil prices.
The OPEC+ alliance needs more time for negotiations, a delegate familiar with th matter said, noting the meeting may still happen a few days later.
Saudi Arabia made a pointed diplomatic attack on Russian President Vladimir Putin, opening a fresh rift between the world’s two largest oil exporters and jeopardizing a deal to cut production.
In a statement early on Saturday, the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said comments by Putin laying blame on Riyadh for the end of the OPEC+ pact between the two countries in March were “fully devoid of truth.”

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NMC Convertible Bondholders Tap PJT Ahead of Debt Restructuring - Bloomberg http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/vS4nFKhSnjg/nmc-convertible-bondholders-tap-pjt.html NMC Convertible Bondholders Tap PJT Ahead of Debt Restructuring - Bloomberg:
NMC Health Plc convertible bondholders are working with PJT Partners Inc. as the troubled Middle Eastern hospital operator prepares for a restructuring, people with knowledge of the matter said.
PJT is advising a group of investors in NMC Health’s $360 million of convertible bonds due 2025, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.
NMC Health’s known debt pile has more than tripled in recent weeks to $6.6 billion, up from the $2.1 billion reported at the end of June, after it uncovered borrowings that hadn’t been disclosed to the board. The company said March 24 it hired Matthew Wilde, the former head of PwC’s Middle East corporate finance and restructuring practice, as its chief restructuring officer to draw up a plan to address its indebtedness.
The hospital operator sold $450 million of convertible bonds in 2018 with an annual coupon of 1.875% in a deal led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. It bought back $90 million of the notes last year, paying investors 92.5% of their value. In addition to bank loans, it also has $400 million of Islamic bonds.

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It was Russia, not #SaudiArabia, that pulled out of OPEC+ deal: Saudi ministers | ZAWYA MENA Edition http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/xIppSQ069FU/it-was-russia-not-saudiarabia-that.html It was Russia, not Saudi Arabia, that pulled out of OPEC+ deal: Saudi ministers | ZAWYA MENA Edition:
Saudi Arabia's foreign and energy ministers on Saturday denied Russia's claim that the Kingdom abandoned the OPEC+ deal, leading to a collapse in world oil prices.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said "a statement attributed to one of the media of President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation claimed that one of the reasons for the decline in oil prices was the Kingdom's withdrawal from the deal of OPEC + and that the Kingdom was planning to get rid of shale oil producers."
"The minister affirmed that what was mentioned is fully devoid of truth and that the withdrawal of the Kingdom from the agreement is not correct," the statement said.
In fact Saudi Arabia and 22 other countries tried to persuade Russia to make further cuts and extend the deal, but Russia did not agree, it said.

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OPEC+ emergency meeting likely to be postponed to April 8 or 9: OPEC sources - Reuters http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/LU6Yw59rIzo/opec-emergency-meeting-likely-to-be.html OPEC+ emergency meeting likely to be postponed to April 8 or 9: OPEC sources - Reuters:
OPEC and its allies will not hold their emergency virtual meeting on Monday and will likely postpone it until April 8 or 9 to allow more time for negotiations among oil producers on crude supply cuts, two OPEC sources said on Saturday.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2020 05:30:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Opec Reuters Rupert Neil Bumfrey
#Saudi energy minister rejects Russian comments about kingdom's withdrawal from OPEC+ deal - Reuters http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/VDIoT3Lk9ks/saudi-energy-minister-rejects-russian.html Saudi energy minister rejects Russian comments about kingdom's withdrawal from OPEC+ deal - Reuters:
The Saudi energy minister on Saturday rejected Russia’s remarks that the kingdom withdrew last month from a deal to cut output.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman was responding to comments made by his Russian counterpart on Friday, according to a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA. 
“The Russian Minister of Energy was the first to declare to the media that all the participating countries are absolved of their commitments starting from the first of April, leading to the decision that the countries have taken to raise their production to offset the lower prices and compensate for their loss of returns,” Prince Abdulaziz said in a statement.

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“Print media is in a deep mess. The time has come for every business to press ‘reset’”: newspapers and magazines in India are suddenly gasping for breath as #CoronaVirus strikes multiple blows https://churumuri.blog/2020/04/04/print-media-is-in-a-deep-mess-the-time-has-come-for-every-business-to-press-reset-newspapers-and-magazines-in-india-are-suddenly-gasping-for-breath-as-coronaviru/ ***

In 1988, Andrew Grove, the founder and former CEO of the American chip-manufacturing giant Intel, wrote a book titled Only the Paranoid Survive, in which he floated the concept of the “strategic inflection point”.

“A strategic inflection point is a time in the life of a business when its fundamentals are about to change. That change can mean an opportunity to rise to new heights. But it may just as likely signal the beginning of the end.”

Shorn of the jargon, a strategic inflection point is a “nightmare moment”.

As a puny pathogen called #CoronaVirus brings the world to its knees, now is a good time to ask: has the Indian print media sector reached a strategic inflection point?

Will it recover and rise once #COVID has been conquered?

Or, will it shrink, and sink, further into irrelevance?

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Despite the heroic efforts by everybody in the print food chain to reach readers in the last few weeks, the signs are far from encouraging.

# The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has said the newspaper industry, hit by the “triple whammy” of #CoronaVirus, falling advertising revenues and customs duty on newsprint, is in very real danger of turning “sick”.

# Citing a fall in ad revenues and print orders, the Indian Express group has mooted a 10-30 per cent salary cut for staff earning over Rs 5 lakh per annum, and warned of “more sacrifices” if things do not improve. Business Standard has followed suit with a 10-30 per cent pay cut for those earning upwards of Rs 10 lakh per year. More newspaper groups are likely to follow.

# Sportstar, the sports magazine from The Hindu group, has suspended publication of its print edition for the first time in nearly 43 years, owing to the problem of distribution during the period of the lockdown.

# Taranga, the weekly from the Udayavani group of the Pais of Manipal, has decided to shut both the offline and online versions at least till the period of the lockdown.

# The Hindi daily Mahanagar published from Mumbai, Pune and Nashik closed at a day’s notice. India Abroad, the ethnic Indian weekly published out of New York, has shut shop in its 50th anniversary.

# At least 15 employees of Sakal Times, the English newspaper published by the Marathi group Sakal owned by the powerful Sharad Pawar family, have reportedly been let go in a “cost-cutting exercise” without adequate notice.

In short, even before #CoronaVirus enters the next stage, India’s print media appears to be on the ventilator, gasping for breath, cutting staff, cutting salaries, cutting print orders, cutting editions—virtually cutting off its hands and legs.

“We are all in a deep mess,” says a leading newspaper baron. “The time has come for every business to press the ‘reset’ button, print media more so.”

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To be sure, Indian newspaper owners collectively do tend to exaggerate their fears.

For instance, when the Manmohan Singh government approved the Majithia wage board recommendations in 2011, INS said the move “would kill most newspapers“. Nearly 10 years on, most are still very much around; many have grown in size.

And, to be sure, again, it is not as if things were hunky-dory before #CoronaVirus arrived.

# Print publications, which depend almost entirely on advertisements for sustenance to make up for their low cover price, have never fully recovered from the downturn of the global economy that began in 2007-08.

# The explosion of the internet and social media has seen readers desert print publications in droves and spend more time online, where .

# The falling value of the rupee and the rising price of oil has seen foreign newsprint get more expensive, on top of which the Narendra Modi government imposed a 10% customs duty (which has since been reduced to 5%).

That said, something about the current crisis smells different and suggests that things are far from ordinary.

For the first time, #CoronaVirus has squeezed print media at both ends of the pipeline: advertising revenue (because of lack of advertising) and circulation revenue (because of the inability to distribute).

Both shortfalls have happened before but never together.

“The story of print media can now be put neatly into two boxes, pre-Coronavirus and post-Coronavirus,” says a newspaper manager. “The former was bad; the latter is going to be infinitely worse.”

Adds a key functionary in a South-based family-owned newspaper group: “The strategic inflection point was approaching print media in the last couple of years, but perhaps not as quickly as now. That gave us some elbow room at least. Not after this disruption.”

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Of course, this is a generalisation.

Just like there is no one, single, monolithic, homogeneous media, there is, of course, no one, single monolithic homogeneous “print media”. There are newspapers and newspapers in dozens of languages—and hundreds of magazines of various kinds and periodicity.

What applies to one might not to the other. There are exceptions to every rule, and some newspapers and magazines are definitely better placed than others to tide over this “strategic inflection point”.

That said, for the first time, newspapers and magazines across India have been affected by #CoronaVirus in more or less the same way. Those that belong to groups that are in other businesses are affected in myriad other ways.

# Despite a blitzkrieg of stories and advertisements certifying newspapers as safe from the virus, distributors and their unions have refused to lift copies.

# Apartment blocks and residents welfare associations have disallowed newspaper hawkers from delivering copies to individual homes due to fear of contamination.

# With all retail and online businesses shut, publishers have been forced to trim pages, cut print orders, and make do with slim editions stuffed with low-yielding tender notices.

# Publications which have a pay wall have had to lower it partly or in its entirety since it was not economically viable to print small print runs or see readers go elsewhere.

# Journalists have reported, edited, designed and scheduled by remote, and everyone—from proprietors and editors to reporters—has been compelled to tweet or post links of stories on WhatsApp groups to evangelise the e-paper.

In other words, in a moment of crisis, newspapers and their employees have been forced to dig deep and relook at the very fundamentals of their business, inside out.

The question is which of these could become the “new normal” when the virus threat has passed?

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The peculiar position print media finds itself in became clear during the so-called “interaction” hand-picked representatives had with prime minister Narendra Modi six hours before he went on air on March 25 to announce a 21-day “lockdown”.

That a PM who has not held a single press conference in six years, and who did not meet them before he announced #Demonetisation in 2016 or revoked Kashmir’s special status in 2019, was seeking them out now, told its own story.

That he was only meeting the owners—not the editors—told another.

At the “interaction”, Modi, who has loudly advertised his contempt for the media on several occasions, was reduced to issuing certificates for it: “Its pan-India reach gives it a key role… it has tremendous credibility.”

Astonishingly, or perhaps understandably, his mundane comments ended up becoming the tagline for a Hindustan Times campaign.

An earlier comment by Modi that journalists were working hard to get correct information out found its way into the INS petition to finance minister Sitharaman seeking a two-year tax holiday.

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Media owners and managers generally believe in striking when the iron is hot.

Using a “nightmare moment” to trim the topline, to cut flab, to downsize, to rightsize, to “degrow”, to extract concessions from the government, etc, are all par for the course.

They have done it before and it is not beyond them to do it again.

To that extent #CoronaVirus gives them the perfect cover to take brutal business decisions that would have been difficult or unthinkable in peace time.

“Salary cuts are reflective of bad times, but great organisations should be able to weather the challenge and not pass it on to employees, my view,” says a newspaper industry executive.

But the print media’s current plight is exacerbated by several factors.

All its traditional advertisers—automotive, online retailers, construction, education, travel, hospitality—are all hit by the same #Coronavirus shutdown and all their businesses are down.

If and when things get back to normal, will they look at print the same way when the cheaper option of digital advertising is before them?

Or, will government advertising continue to be the key revenue driver, with all its attendant risks of compliance and subservience? Then again, will government itself continue to advertise like before, when its tax and GST collections are certain to be hit by #CoronaVirus; when it has other more urgent expenditures to make?

Equally, will print media promoters and publishers look at their legacy businesses in the same way when they have seen online readership soar during the lockdown, without the attendant costs of production, transportation or distribution?

And will readers look at their print media vehicles the same way as before, will they renew subscriptions at a price when they have got the news, views and juice fresh and straight into their pockets almost for free on social and digital media?

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News of the Union home ministry including  “newspaper delivery chain” in the list of essential items permitted to function in the 21-day lockdown period was reported with much glee by newspapers which have a vested interest in the matter.

But the big question little #Coronavirus has posed is this: information may be essential to citizens at a “strategic inflection point” like a pandemic, but does that mean the same thing as physical newspapers—and physical magazines?

And for those working in them it poses several questions: Will my publication be the same after this? Will my role and function be the same? Will my cost to company be the same? Will reader expectations be the same?

Usually the answers to a question mark in newspaper headlines is “no”.

Ditto and likewise.

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An earlier version of this piece is on Rediff.com

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This piece can also be heard as a podcast on SoundCloud

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Automating hospitality in times of social distancing | By Iis Tussyadiah http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4097965.html The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought the travel and hospitality sectors to a halt. The calls to enact social distancing measures mean no more travelling or meeting friends at pubs or restaurants. The consequences are devastating for airlines, hotels, events, restaurants etc. and result in closures and job loss around the world. Although governments have taken various measures to address these, we can expect consumers to remain cautious when interacting with others, thus continuing the negative impact beyond t he end of the crisis.]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2020 05:10:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Iis Tussyadiah ‘I live alone at sea. Here's how to be happy in isolation’ https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/apr/04/i-live-alone-on-a-boat-at-sea-how-to-be-happy-in-isolation Our lives have changed radically but we can adapt, says a former Guardian journalist who has lived solo on a boat for three years – and learned to love it
Living alone in the wild

‘I want to reassure people,” I announced grandly on Instagram the other day, “that it’s easier to change behaviour than you think.” With anxious friends facing a massive change of life in the face of coronavirus, I wanted to spread some calm.

The reason I’d started dispensing “wisdom” like some nautical soothsayer was that I gave up a much-loved job at the Guardian three years ago to pursue a simpler life on my tiny sailboat. I ended up crossing the Channel to France, sailing down the Atlantic coast to Portugal, into the Mediterranean, through Spain and Italy to Greece. It’s the slowest life imaginable, travelling at walking pace, completely immersed in nature. I sleep freely in secluded bays, by white beaches, fish and octopus swimming below me. I’ve sailed with dolphins and whales, woken to horses galloping on deserted beaches in southern Italy, and anchored by castles and cathedral-like cliffs. It is magical and it is nourishing.

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Cowslips https://wcs4.blogspot.com/2020/04/cowslips.html coucous (which in French means cuckoos,* but in English they're cowslips). Early spring is when they pop up (about the same time that the cuckoo birds show up) and make these bright yellow flowers. We have a couple in our yard, but I see them mostly in wild places along our dog-walking route.
I know they're called "cow-slips" in English, but I can't help thinking "cows-lips" whenever I hear or read their name. LOL.
Ken made a successful trip to the Super U drive on Friday. They had everything he had ordered and there were no substitutions. Today, I'll do the same over at Intermarché across the river. I'm expecting substitutions because we ordered a bunch of wine, different bottles that are on sale. We often find that the store has run out when we shop in person, so I don't expect them to have exactly what we ordered a few days ago.
Meanwhile, I checked my gas can and, to my surprise, it's nearly full. I must have filled it last fall before I put the mower away. Consequently, I won't need to go to the gas station today.
* The French also use the word to announce that they've arrived at someone's home, as in "Coucou, c'est nous !" which could be translated as, "Yoo-hoo! It's us!" or "We're here!"

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Peace Found in the Storm https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/620813174/_/tongueincheek~Peace-Found-in-the-Storm.html IMG_2159

 

The sea reminds me of prayer. 

No words needed. 

Ebb and flow of thoughts, pouring out, disappearing in the sand as the tide flows over it.

Steady strong softness unwinding and gathering.

Moving with the tide, letting go, letting be-

Seashells toss and turn becoming sand.

Moving with the tide, buoyant letting go, letting be

Diving deep and surfacing.

 

        

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IPhone Pliable : le projet d’Apple et les informations qui l’entourent http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NowhereElse/~3/ExK8iHwYSws/ L'IPhone pliable n'est pas encore annoncé et tout le monde en parle déjà. Voici les brevets qui le concernent, les informations et les rumeurs sur la sortie de cet IPhone Pliant, ainsi que les concepts imaginés par les fans d'Apple !

L'article IPhone Pliable : le projet d’Apple et les informations qui l’entourent a été rédigé par Mika pour NWE / NOWHEREELSE.FR.

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