Bloglikes - Travel en-US Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:11:02 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Visioning the post-COVID era in CRM & loyalty The importance of loyalty during a downturn cannot be emphasized enough. Guests that love your property are going to be far more engaged than transient one-timers. They will also be better guests than deal-seekers amidst a global downturn. And, once the recovery gains steam, these guests are usually the first to return.]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 06:40:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel 4 Simple Tips To Enhance Your Online Charisma | By Dr Lohyd Terrier When asked what differentiates a good speaker from a great speaker, the answer is often the same: charisma or presence. Indeed, if what you say can make you a good speaker, the way you say it can make you a great speaker. For once, popular intuition and scientific findings point to the same conclusion.]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 06:40:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Marriott International Named One of the Top 10 Companies for Executive Women Marriott International has been named one of the 2020+ Top 10 Companies for Executive Women by Working Mother Media, for the 17th year. The list celebrates companies that champion women's advancement, with a focus on succession planning, profit-and-loss roles, gender pay parity, and programs that support work-life integration.]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 05:40:05 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Marriott International Companies for Executive Women Interstate to manage 31 Jupiter Hotels in the UK Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Aimbridge Hospitality's international division, has announced it has been appointed to manage Jupiter Hotels' UK portfolio.Interstate will step in as the new management company for all 31 of Jupiter's UK properties from 1 December 2020.The portfolio is made up of both Mercure and Holiday Inn branded hotels, as well as two independents.Nicholas Northam, Executive Vice President International at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, said: "This is a very exciting development for Interstate, as we expand our portfolio significantly in the UK - a fast-growing market for us."The 31 properties further assert our position as a global leader in hotel management and we look forward to putting our industry talent and operational expertise into action.]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 05:40:05 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel UK Jupiter Interstate Hotels Resorts Interstate Jupiter Hotels Interstate Hotels Resorts Aimbridge Hospitality Jupiter Hotels UK Nicholas Northam Hilton Digital Marketing Opportunities | By Sonya Taylor Over the last few years, Hilton has worked especially hard to combat OTA marketing funds and come up with programs to increase direct bookings for your individual hotel. Some are mandatory and others are optional/additional marketing opportunities that will support your digital exposure.]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 05:40:05 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Hilton Sonya Taylor Hilton Digital Marketing Opportunities Rugby ace Quinlan throws weight behind bid to save Ballykisteen

Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel near Limerick Junction in Co Tipperary

Former Munster and Ireland rugby star Alan Quinlan has thrown his weight behind a local campaign to save Tipperary gem Ballykisteen Golf Club from being sold as farmland.

The Tipperary native (46) is saddened that the course next to Limerick Junction has been put on the market by owners, the Great National Hotel Group, for an estimated €1.2 million.

It has emerged that the members have found people willing to back a purchase bid for the Des Smyth-designed course but say their efforts to engage with the owners have been in vain.

“It’s just sad,” said Quinlan, who is a club member. “Number one, there’s a number of jobs that are going to going to be gone and a lot of work and effort has gone in to make the golf course there and keep it viable over the years.

“I know the owners are quite entitled to sell it, but as members we want to explore other avenues and see if there's a possibility of them dealing with someone who's going to keep it as a golf course.

“The members were asked would they would they buy it but it wasn't something that was feasible for the members to do. But there are potential outside parties who were willing to buy it and lease it back to the golf club and it's just that that would be the preferred option for us. To lose the golf course just like that to farmland would be a devastating blow.”

“ To lose the golf course just like that to farmland would be a devastating blow. ”
— Alan Quinlan, former Ireland rugby international and Ballykisteen member

The hotel was acquired from receivership by the Great National Hotel Group on 2017, and while it will remain open, they put the 155-acre golf course on the market in September.

Locals were dismayed to learn the land would be sold as farmland and concerned members are asking why potential buyers, who want to retain the golf course, were not prioritised.

“The amount of people who lose out with this sale is massive,” said former Irish amateur international golfer Arthur Pierse, who lives nearby and still coaches up and coming stars at the club.

“Families who golf together, young people who are training to play at an international level, older members who use it as their pastime and the community that it has built. Even for the hotel, the loss of business because of golfers from around the world no longer staying.”

Quinlan insists it is the damage to the community that worries him.

“This isn’t about the golfers of the golf club because there are other clubs around,” he said. “But it would be a sad day because it is a social hub and a lot of old and young people use it.

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“We understand the plight of the owners that financially golf clubs can be tricky to make money on and Covid has affected everything.

“But we would be confident that we could bring someone to the table who would keep it as a golf course. We'd also be asking for support from Tipperary County Council from the government. We haven’t a firm proposal but the the lack of contact and engagement from the owners in the last few weeks has been disappointing.

”It is frustrating because we're trying to unearth every opportunity, every practicality and every option available and there's so many people out there trying to put something together to bring to them and we can't even get a hearing.

“We know that there are people who are interested in keeping it as a golf course and that option is not being explored . There’s there seems to be a major push to sell this to this one particular farmer who wants to make it into farmland and that’s probably the biggest concern.

“We went to them a few weeks ago asking him would they would the sit down and talk about doing a lease for two years just to try and keep it alive but they didn't really entertain it at all.”

Ballykisteen has over 400 members in all categories and the club, which uses the hotel as its clubhouse, has reached out to local T.D.s, including Independent Mattie McGrath and launched an online petition to save the course.

In a joint statement, club captains Ann Quane and Mike Lynch said: “Members have been in contact every day and the Great National Hotel Group despite numerous requests for both information and cooperation, have had little to no communication with us.”

Efforts were made to contact the Great National Hotels Group by email and telephone yesterday but the company has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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Almost there At the bottom of the path through the woods, we emerge on the valley floor where several agricultural parcels are planted in grains each year. There are some houses, a couple of small orchards and private vegetable gardens, all connected by dirt roads to the paved road that parallels the river.

Tasha is ready to venture back into the light.

I started walking this route back in 2003 with our first dog, Collette. Callie and I took most of our afternoon walks this way, except for springtime when the grape grower at the top of the hill would hook up an electric fence to keep deer out of the vineyard. He doesn't do that any more. Now Tasha and I (and Ken, too) are walking the route. One of the nice things about it is that, once you go down, you have to climb back up. And that's good exercise.

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Guest Post: Marilyn Miller Marilyn Miller

Each of us has a story to tell.
I have so appreciated and

enjoyed each story being shared.

Here is my story.





As a young girl, I dreamt of being a fashion designer.

I would design clothes from scraps of cloth for my dolls.

My family didn’t understand that desire to be a creative soul,

so after a while, my dream left me,

but it must have really just been tucked away

in a corner of my heart.





As I was approaching forty years old

I began evaluating my life.

Where had I gone?

I had married at 21 and had two children by the time I was 30.

I was a mom and a wife,

but that little tickle in my heart was still there.





Finally, I put a voice to this dream

and went back to school gaining

a degree in apparel design.

I didn’t become a famous designer,

but I had a 25-year career as an apparel

pattern maker and technical designer

for several well-known  companies

in the Portland, Oregon area.

I was proud of what I had accomplished

and I think my family was too.

I retired from Nike at 65 years old.




While I was at Nike

I began coming across blogging.

Corey’s beautiful blog was

the first one I discovered.

Whenever I need ed a few  moments

to break at work

I headed to her blog and

took a mental holiday.

It brought me so much joy.

After I retired I decided to write a blog,


Delights of the Heart. 


  With my last bonus check from Nike,

I invested in a “big girl” camera.

Well I didn’t even know-how

to turn the camera on,

but with blogging, forced me to learn.

Blogging and taking pictures

gives me an outlet to share

and still have a creative outlet. 







While I was working at Nike

I realized I had one more dream.

It was to have my own business.

After making a list of the things

I loved I realized I loved drinking tea.

Simple isn’t it?

Just sit and drink tea all day I thought.

Do I open a tearoom?

No, that is a restaurant.

Being involved with product development

I would love making products

for other tearooms.




I developed a line of jams and jellies

made with tea and sold them wholesale to tearooms for 9 years.

Now I sell on Etsy "M armaladys" ,  

a line of tea-related sewing patterns.

See the connection?

I was a pattern-maker

that now has incorporated tea

into the picture.




Friendships and connections

always touch my heart.

The people I have met through

pursuing my joys has delighted me. 

How I would still love to meet Corey,

but when I travel the I-5 corridor

from Oregon to California

I make a stop in Willows

and have met Corey’s mom a couple of times.

Yes, connections and friendships

are my total joy.



















  Always curious and learning,

it keeps my  heart young

and puts a smile on my face .








You can also find me on 

Instagram  @ marilyntea  

or on Facebook

where I share quotes, tea pictures,

pictures from nature and my garden.

Occasionally my grandson pops in there too.  

At 69 years old I became

a first-time grandma and  

I love having my

           8-year-old grandson by my side. H



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#Saudi shares ease, other markets gain after UK's Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approval | Reuters Saudi shares ease, other markets gain after UK's Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approval | Reuters
Saudi shares edged down on Wednesday, tracking lower oil, while other Gulf markets were buoyed by encouraging news in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as Britain became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rollout.
Britain said the vaccine developed by Pfizer and partner BioNTech will be rolled out from early next week, a boost for investors worldwide.
Oil prices extended losses, hit by a surprise build in oil inventories in the United States and as OPEC and its allies left markets in limbo by delaying a formal meeting to decide whether to increase output in January. [O/R]
The Saudi benchmark, which had achieved its best monthly gain in four years in November, eased in morning trade for a second consecutive session, edging down 0.1%
Food processing company Anaam International Holdings Group Co was the biggest faller on the Saudi blue-chip index, declining nearly 10%.
Index heavyweight Saudi Aramco fell 0.3%, while Saudi Arabia’s biggest lender National Commercial Bank shed 0.5%.
Among gainers on the Saudi benchmark, food processing firm Wafrah For Industry & Development Co added nearly 10%.
The Dubai and Abu Dhabi markets are shut for three days for holidays until the end of this trading week and will reopen on Sunday.
In Qatar, the benchmark gained 0.3% with Industries Qatar and property group Ezdan Holding putting on 0.7% and 3.5%, respectively.
The Kuwait benchmark strengthened 0.8% in morning trade, with logistics company Agility Public Warehousing Co leading the gainers, up 2.2%.
Bahrain’s benchmark added 0.8%, boosted by gains in ALuminium Bahrain, which firmed nearly 5%.

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Survey: 9 in 10 U.S. Voters Want Another COVID Relief Bill Eighty-seven percent of respondents to a recent survey—all of whom voted in the November 3 election—believe there should be another round of coronavirus-related relief from Washington, according to results released Tuesday by the U.S. Travel Association.]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 04:40:04 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Washington Bill AHLA Statement On Problem Solvers Caucus Bill The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, on the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 relief proposal released today by the Problem Solvers Caucus. "The hotel industry has consistently urged lawmakers to grant relief to those affected by the pandemic since March in order to save millions of jobs and small businesses.]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 04:40:04 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Bill American Hotel Lodging Association Chip Rogers Top Ten Trends in Hospitality 2021 | By Bob Rauch Today's hotel business models look entirely different from their predecessors. COVID-19 is just one earthquake that has jolted the landscape this year. The hotel industry must evolve and reinvent itself to exploit the opportunities and cope with the challenges it faces. After all, this industry is no stranger to disruptions. As we do every year on December 1, the top trends shaping our industry next year will be:]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 04:40:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Bob Rauch #Dubai external trade doubled ten times to $346bln since 2000 | ZAWYA MENA Edition Dubai external trade doubled ten times to $346bln since 2000 | ZAWYA MENA Edition
Dubai non-oil external trade has doubled about ten times between 2000 and 2019 rising from AED143 billion in 2000 to AED1.271 trillion in 2019. In the first half of 2020, Dubai trade made around AED551 bn, according to trade figures released by Dubai Customs on the occasion of the UAE 49th National Day celebrations.
The figures reflected the significant role the oldest government department played in developing and enhancing Dubai and the national economy through the years.
In its long journey, Dubai Customs has gone through different stages of development. In the 1970’s, it established Customs Centres to control Dubai’s sea, air and land ports. These included coastal customs centres at Dubai Creek, Port Rashid and Jebel Ali Customs Centre.
With the development of airports, customs centres were established at Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum Airport, Air Cargo Customs centres, among others.

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Drone traffic management: Privacy plays catch up in India’s drone automation plans Provisions under India’s proposed data protection Bill will be followed for maintaining the privacy of individuals whose sensitive personal data has been captured by drones, a new floated by the Civil Aviation Ministry said. However, the paper, which deals with automating and securing drone operations, was silent on the blanket exemptions available to government bodies from adhering to provisions under the bill, and whether there will be any additional safeguards around drone data collected and processed by law enforcement agencies.

This is significant, given that the government can potentially use drones for mass surveillance exercises, and citizens should be offered adequate safeguards against such practices. However, the discussion paper offers no such respite. Also, while the current draft of the data protection bill mandates consent be sought from people before collecting their sensitive data, the discussion paper does not explain how consent will be sought when drones are flown over hoards of people.

Not to forget, government agencies could deploy drones over protestors, as they have already done several times, and be exempt from adhering to provisions of the privacy bill by conducting surveillance under the guise of “public order”.

The Civil Aviation Ministry, on November 30, floated a discussion paper for a national unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) policy. UTMs are essentially traffic management solutions for drones, akin to how airlines have an air traffic management system. The only difference is that UTMs automate the process of managing drone traffic in a given airspace. By means of this discussion paper, the government is taking a significant step into proposing processes to automate drone operations, while highlighting relevant stakeholders, and how they will integrate.

Govt will have unfettered, unprecedented control over drone data and ops

The paper offers a glimpse of the amount of control the government will eventually have over drones related data. In fact, the paper proposes to give government bodies unprecedented insight and control over drone operations in India, even when most of the processes are largely automated — data shared with the DigitalSky platform, a platform being built to handle automation requests, will be available to the government, including law enforcement and security agencies, at all times. As such, law enforcement and security agencies will be allowed access to real-time or historic information recorded by the DigitalSky platform, for any security, surveillance or counter drone purposes.

The paper also allows the government to share drone data with private companies. “Whenever any data collected by drones is shared by a government agency with any non-government agency then such data shall not be shared further with any individual or entity without the permission from the government agency,” it said.

It is not to say that the paper doesn’t offer any respite for citizens’ privacy. The UTM ecosystem will make data about active drone operations available to the general public on a need-to-know basis. Citizens can also report issues if they may notice a particular drone is not flying as per recommended norms, or is in breach of their privacy.

Data localisation: The paper said that all the software and hardware systems hosting such data will have to be hosted in India, the policy document said. “It shall be ensured by the system owner that all types of data including user-provided, collected, generated, analysed and other similar data will reside in India and will not be accessed by any entity outside India,” it added.

Security agencies to have full access to drone ops, via DigitalSky

The DigitalSky platform is essentially expected to be backbone of all drone operations in the country, and will handle automated drone clearances, among other things. While it is not yet fully functional, it is planned to eventually connect with government agencies, security agencies, supplementary data providers (weather, terrain, etc.) and other relevant stakeholders.

“One of the primary functions of the DigitalSky Platform is to act as a seamless and automated communication channel between the UAS industry, regulators and other government stakeholders,” the discussion paper said. The DGCA can issue registrations and permits like Registration of a UAS, issuance of a Remote Pilot License, Issuance of Operator Permit, etc automatically through the DigitalSky Platform.

“DigitalSky Platform further becomes the central data archive for all flight permissions and flight logs. Security agencies and other relevant stakeholders can interface with the DigitalSky Platform to have complete, real-time, situational awareness for all UAS [drone] operations in India.” — from the National UTM policy discussion paper

Why do drones require UTMs?

A UTM is essentially an air traffic management system (similar to airplanes) for drones, except that the process is automated. It can detect real-time location of a drone, and has anti-collision warning systems so that drones flying in the same airspace can communicate with each other. On top of that, it will allow for real-time, or near-real-time communication between other drone pilots, DGCA, Airports Authority of India, and other stakeholders. The service will also automate drone flying permits from the DigitalSky platform.

UTMs will also collect a substantial amount of data in the process of ensuring drone flights, such as flight intents, and real-time telemetry, among other things, and share all the information with the DigitalSky platform (which is accessible by government agencies at all times).

UTMs, according to the Ministry, can fit seamlessly in the current regulatory system and potentially make drones co-exist with airlines. Integrating drones with current air traffic management systems will require equipping drones with additional hardware, which is neither advisable nor feasible for several types of drones. UTMs, on the other hand, by virtue of being software-based solutions will allow control over a higher density of drones, without necessarily putting additional load on civil aviation operations.

The UTM ecosystem in India includes a set of distributed services, along with an overarching DigitalSky platform, and is built on a layered approach of information sharing and data exchange standards between drones, pilots, and pilots to the DigitalSky platform. These services are key to ensure secure drone flights, as they support receiving flight authorisation, real-time situational awareness, communication services, weather services, and deconfliction services.

The Ministry said that several companies that make UTM products, and the DigitalSky platform will work together using a published Data Exchange Standards. The policy document didn’t make it clear as to who would publish these data exchange standards.

Govt wants to compete with private UTM companies

The discussion paper said that the government will largely focus on regulatory intervention and oversight in the UTM ecosystem, and not on a full-fledged partnership with private UTM makers. However, at the same time, government-owned entities such as public sector undertakings are free to develop their own UTM solutions, and compete with the private industry. The paper also allows a public-private partnership to develop UTM solutions. As such, for any of these business models, “the regulatory control will still be with the Government, with adequate powers vested on various regulators under the central government”.

There is another way where the central government will directly compete with the private industry. The paper said that the DigitalSky platform will act as a UTM service provider for the entire Indian airspace, in order to ensure pan-India services. The government is even making a hard pitch to sell DigitalSky as a UTM player:

“[…]the DigitalSky platform would always be responsible for providing airspace mapping, approval, authorisation and other related services to various regulators and government authorities. It would also act as the single hub of all registry, flight information, constraint management, flight data management and discovery & synchronization services.” — from the National UTM policy discussion paper

The layer of the DigitalSky portal, which will function as an UTM, will be “directly accessible” to various government stakeholders, along with private entities. Multiple industry representatives that MediaNama spoke to said that DigitalSky getting into UTM services could be “potentially bad for their business”. One of them, speaking on the condition of anonymity said, “Hope the government does a bad job at this, like BSNL”.

The govt’s idea of an automated airspace for drones

The paper majorly suggests that the core idea going forward — when UTMs become more common — will be to automate processes, which will eventually be managed by a “distributed set of actors”. This essentially means that the DGCA and AAI will continue to maintain their “regulatory authority” over certifying drones and managing the airspace, albeit in an automated way.

How the UTM ecosystem will look | Source: MoCA’s discussion paper

India dabbles with remote ID

As the density of drones in the Indian airspace increases, the ability to identify and track hem will become crucial, the paper said, suggesting that real-time identification and tracking of drones will enable sharing the identity of a particular drone, and its location to other airspace owners and people on the ground. This will especially allow law enforcement agencies to identify and locate drones, it added. Interestingly, Chinese drone maker, DJI, in an exclusive interview to MediaNama had said that the government should consider remote-ID for drone identification.

Drones would be able to share their identity over:

  • Bluetooth/Wi-Fi: These signals can be received and displayed by a mobile phone, via an app. However, the operational range of this protocol — 100 metres — will be limited, owing to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi standards, which is “significantly low” for identifying drones. Drones used by intelligence agencies however, can possibly use this protocol given the sensitivity of their operations.
  • The internet: Civilian drone operations will have to share their identity over the internet. “In this case, stakeholders such as law enforcement agencies, airspace users and the general public connect with a UTM Service Provider to access information about active UAS [drone] flights in their area of interest using a web-based or a mobile application,” the paper said. However, this protocol has its limitations in places with no network connectivity.
    • It is worth noting that companies in India have plans to use this particular protocol. MediaNama was the first to report that Vodafone Idea has partnered with Zomato and a few other companies to experiment with drone deliveries.

This is the first version of this discussion paper, and comments to it can be sent until December 30 at 

*Update: The headline was updated at 3:03 pm.

MediaNama has prepared an exhaustive guide to the drone industry in India, encompassing regulations, use cases, concerns around privacy and surveillance, and the way forward for the industry. The guide is available here

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Oil prices slip but traders cheer vaccine approval | Reuters Oil prices slip but traders cheer vaccine approval | Reuters
Oil prices fell early on Wednesday but later pared some of the losses on news that Britain has become the first country in the world to approve a vaccine for use and that it will be rolled out from early next week.
Prices had been hit earlier by a surprise build in oil inventories in the United States and as OPEC and its allies left markets in limbo by delaying a formal meeting to decide whether to increase output in January.
Brent crude oil futures were down by 8 cents, or 0.2%, at $47.34 a barrel by 0743 GMT, while West Texas Intermediate crude was down by 14 cents, or 0.1%, at $44.41.
Industry data from the American Petroleum Institute showed U.S. crude inventories rose by 4.1 million barrels last week, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a draw of 2.4 million barrels.
The numbers came after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other allies, a group known as OPEC+, postponed talks on next year’s oil output policy to Thursday from Tuesday, according to sources.

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RTI: Kolkata, Delhi police refuse to give information on facial recognition systems Delhi and Kolkata’s police departments refused to furnish details about their respective facial recognition systems, in responses to RTI queries filed by the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), the digital rights advocacy body said on Tuesday. Additionally, the Telangana State Technology Services (TSTS), which was supposed to provide a facial recognition technology (FRT) solution to authenticate remote voters during the just-concluded Hyderabad municipal elections, told IFF that it had no intention to improve the present accuracy rate (80%) of the algorithm.

IFF asked the Delhi police if it had ever used the technology for investigations; whether any arrests had been made on the basis of results obtained from FRT systems; accuracy rates of such systems; information on databases in the department’s possession and on privacy impact assessments. However, the Delhi police told IFF that it could not share any of the required information, and referred to Section 8(d) of the RTI Act, 2005.

  • IFF noted that Section (1)(d) of RTI Act contains provisions that allow the state to prohibit furnishing information on “commercial confidence, trade secrets, intellectual property”. The organisation said that the absence of information about privacy protections put in place by the Delhi police, there are concerns that the data collected from citizens might be accessed by Innefu Labs, the company that supplies the FRT technology.

To the Kolkata Police, IFF posed questions about the law that allows the use of FRT; whether it had sought legal opinion on usage; whether a privacy impact assessment was conducted; whether there are any guidelines or standard operating procedure; the specific purposes for using FRT; the cost of procuring and maintaining the systems. The Kolkata Police refused to furnish any information, citing Section 24(4) of the RTI Act, 2005. 

  • IFF noted that Section 24(4) allows “certain organisations” such as intelligence and security organisations exemption from disclosing information. “This means that the Kolkata Police is using facial recognition technology without there being any avenue through which transparency and accountability can be demanded from them for their use of such an invasive technology,” it said.

Meanwhile, IFF asked the Telangana State Technology Services (TSTS), which has supplied the State Election Commission (SEC) with an FRT system for voter authentication, for information on how the system works; what law authorises the use of FRT; accuracy of the algorithm from when FRT was first used by the SEC in the Kompally municipality elections; whether steps were taken to improve the accuracy; expenditure and so on.

MediaNama had reported earlier that the SEC had planned to deploy a remote e-voting system during the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporations (GHMC) elections. TSTS managing director GT Venkateswara Rao had then told MediaNama that remote voters would be authenticated using Telangana’s FRT-based Real Time Digital Authentication of Identity (RTDAI) system. This plan was subsequently dropped and replaced with an Aadhaar-based voting system. Eventually, the SEC dropped the remote voting idea altogether due to logistical issues.

  • In its reply, the TSTS said that it had achieved an 80% accuracy while identifying voters. The remaining 20% of the cases failed due to quality of the photograph database. It said it had found no bugs in the system, and hence no steps were taken to improve the accuracy. TSTS also said the data collected by the FRT system was deleted in 14 days.

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Lee Applbaum of Wheels Up Wants to Democratize Private Air Travel ]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 03:45:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Advertising Challenger Brands Lee Applbaum Applbaum EHL's Berceau des Sens maintains 16/20 in the Gault & Millau guide The Ecole hotelière de Lausanne is a world renowned hospitality university. Our gastronomic training restaurant, Le Berceau des Sens, is equally deserving of praise and has once again obtained 16 out of 20 points from the prestigious Gault & Millau restuarant guide for Switzerland!In the kitchen, head chef Cédric Bourassin, leads a high-flying brigade of professionals and students. In the dining room too, it is the students providing the service, meticulously coached by restaurant manager André Wawrzyniak, senior lecturers and highly experienced staff.]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 03:40:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Switzerland Lausanne Gault Gault Millau Millau Le Berceau des Sens Berceau des Sens Cédric Bourassin André Wawrzyniak Is Customer Service an Oxymoron or Leadership Tool for Hospitality Managers? | By Justin Taillon Hospitality professionals universally recognize the importance of customer service to the success of their businesses. Examples of this importance are measurable. For example, one study on the impact of customer service found the following (Oracle, 2011, p. 2).]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 03:40:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Customer Service Justin Taillon 10 Myths About Expat Life in Dubai

Dubai is home to seven million expats. These people hail from diverse backgrounds. However, we can divide them into two broad categories – those from Asia and those from the West. There are some misconceptions and myths in both, east and west, about expat life in Dubai. Here are the top 10 myths about expat […]

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Facebook re-brands digital coin Libra as Diem The Libra Association, Facebook Inc’s digital coin project, will now be called the “Diem Association” as part of the social media giant’s attempt to rebrand and restructure. While Facebook had released a white-paper for Libra in June last year, the project did not take off as central banks and regulators had raised several concerns over the attempts to create the world’s first digital coin which would be backed by a basket of currencies.

Stuart Levey, chief executive officer, Diem Association told Reuters that the purpose of the name change is to signify to regulators that the association is operating autonomously and independently from Facebook, though they will remain a critically important member. Facebook had created a payments entity, called Calibra, which would act as a digital wallet for the Libra coins. In May this year, the company changed the name to Novi Finance. Although the Financial Times reported that Diem would launch its coin by January 2021, Levey told Reuters that it would only launch the coin after receiving approval from the Swiss markets watchdog. Diem will now launch a single dollar-backed digital coin and may pursue additional fiat-based cryptocurrencies, Levey told Bloomberg, indicating that the idea to create a digital coin backed by a basket of currencies has now been set aside for the time being. The single dollar-backed digital coin is essentially a “stablecoin”. While many cryptocurrencies are priced based on their perceived value, stablecoins have an intrinsic value based on the underlying fiat-currency. So while 1 Bitcoin may be worth over $18,000 today, its price will change compared to a stablecoin’s price which will be more or less in line with the underlying currency. There are several US dollar denominated stablecoins in the crypto universe including Tether, USD Coin and Celo Dollar. While Facebook had said that it aims to get 100 member companies to the Libra project by the launch date, as of date Diem only has 27 members, including Novi Finance, Lyft, PayU, Coinbase, Spotify and Uber. Earlier supporters of the project like PayPal and Visa left the association. Also read ]]>
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Facebook’s Oversight Board announces first batch of cases, will consider matters of hate speech, nudity Facebook’s Oversight Board, an independent body that reviews moderation decisions by the social media giant, has chosen six cases concerning hate speech by politicians, nudity, politico-religious speech, and “dangerous organisations”, as the first batch of cases it will review in the coming days. None of these cases concern India directly.

The OSB was first proposed in November 2018, in response to several years of criticism faced by Facebook over its unsatisfactory content moderation activity. It is meant to be an independent body that can review moderation decisions taken by Facebook. The first 20 members of the board were announced in May this year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has claimed the OSB’s decisions cannot be overruled by his company.

The OSB had started accepting appeals from Facebook users in October. In its latest announcement, it said it had received more than 20,000 appeals so far. “As the Board cannot hear every appeal, we are prioritising cases that have the potential to affect lots of users around the world, are of critical importance to public discourse or raise important questions about Facebook’s policies,” it said.

Interestingly, the OSB has chosen to ignore the accusations of political bias against Facebook India executives. The OSB had earlier told MediaNama that cases such as these were what it expected to consider as it begins operating.

Five of the cases being considered by the OSB were referred via user appeals; the sixth one was referred by Facebook itself.

  • A user submitted Facebook posts and tweets made by Mahathir Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia. Mohamad had recently sparked outrage in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in France, when he wrote that “Muslims had a right to be angry”. The user supposedly wanted to raise awareness of Mohamad’s “horrible words”. While it isn’t clear what the user expects the OSB to do, it is likely that OSB will weigh in on how Facebook should moderate hate speech by world leaders, something it has gotten into trouble for in the past.
  • A user has appealed against the removal of posts in Burmese that had asked why there was “no retaliation against China for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims, in contrast to the recent killings in France related to cartoons”. The posts were taken down by Facebook for violating its “hate speech” policy, however the user has told the OSB the post was meant to empathise with human rights.
  • A user appealed against the removal of alleged historical photos that showed churches in Baku, Azerbaijan, asking where the churches had gone. They claimed the city of Baku was built by Armenians. Both countries just concluded a bitterly-fought war. The post was taken down for violating Facebook’s “hate speech” policy, but the user said their intention was only to demonstrate destruction of cultural and religious monuments.
  • An Instagram post by a user in Brazil was deleted for showing pictures of visible and uncovered female nipples. The post was supposedly meant to raise awareness of breast cancer. The user has appealed to the OSB against their removal.
  • A user in the United States appealed against the removal of a post with an alleged quote by Joseph Goebbels from Nazi Germany, on the need to appeal to emotions and instincts, instead of intellect. The post was taken down for violating Facebook’s “dangerous individuals and organisation” policy, however the user has claimed to the OSB that the quote was important since they considered the US presidency to be “fascist” one.
  • Facebook referred a case in France, wherein a post criticising a French government health body for not authorising hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment was taken down by it. Facebook told the OSB that this case is an example of the challenges it faces while moderating misinformation during the pandemic.

Each of the cases will be assigned to five-member panels. Each panel will have at least one member from the geographical region the case pertains to, the OSB said. They will be decided and implemented by Facebook within 90 days. The OSB is seeking comments from the general public on each case.

As of now, the OSB will only hear appeals in matters where Facebook has already taken content moderation decisions. Users will not be able to flag content they want removed, a feature that will be introduced in the coming months, the OSB had earlier said.

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Salesforce is acquiring workplace messaging app Slack for $27.7 billion Business software company Salesforce is buying workspace messaging platform Slack for $27.7 billion. Announced on Tuesday, the deal is “ a match made in heaven”, according to Salesforce cofounder and chief executive officer Marc Benioff. The deal is expected to give competition to Microsoft, which offers software services similar to Salesforce. Microsoft Teams, on which it has doubled down efforts during the pandemic, directly competes with Slack.  

“Together, Salesforce and Slack will shape the future of enterprise software and transform the way everyone works in the all-digital, work-from-anywhere world,” he said in a statement. “We see in Slack a once-in-a-generation company and platform. It’s a central nervous system for so many companies,” he said on a conference call.  Stating that this is the “most strategic combination” in software history, Slack cofounder and CEO Stewart Butterfield said “Salesforce started the cloud revolution, and two decades later, we are still tapping into all the possibilities it offers to transform the way we work. The opportunity we see together is massive”. 

Slack had begun as an internal tool for Butterfield’s gaming company Tiny Speck and later launched in 2013 as a workplace communications service, serving primarily as a faster, less cumbersome communication alternative to email. Slack’s paid customers now get video meetings, file hosting, IT administration, and other features usually offered by enterprise products. However, the company lost nearly half of its market value since going public in April 2019. It has not returned profits in the last three quarters despite the pandemic resulting in a surge in remote work. 

Salesforce, which gives Microsoft competition in the cloud sector, offers customer relationship management software that helps businesses manage sales online. As AP News put it, Salesforce “was one of the first to begin selling software as a subscription service that could be used on any internet-connected device instead of users having to install it on individual computers”. Going forward, Slack will be “deeply integrated” into Salesforce Cloud and will be the new interface of Salesforce Customer 360. The app will also be able to leverage access to Salesforce customers. 

Salesforce also acquired multiple companies in recent years, the largest being its purchase of data analytics and visualisation tool Tableau Software last year. 

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The BAME women making the outdoors more inclusive The British countryside remains a distinctly white and often intimidating place for BAME communities. We interview three outdoor enthusiasts seeking to address this lack of diversity

The British countryside being the preserve of the white middle classes is a perception that is backed by stark figures, with ethnic minorities often deterred from heading into the outdoors due to deep-rooted, complex barriers.

At the time of the last census in 2011, 13% of the UK population, around 8.1 million people, identified themselves as black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME). Yet a 2017 study by Natural England found that just 26.2% of black people spent time in the countryside, comparedwith 44.2% of white people.

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The top destinations and tips for travellers in 2021

Navigate your way through what the future of travel holds with the help of the Expedia 2021 Travel Trends Report. Learn all about how attitudes towards travel has changed and discover how you can make the most of your future holidays with these helpful travel hacks.

Timing is everything – top savings hacks

Getting the most out of your holiday bookings is easy when you adopt these handy travel hacks. Expedia, with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), has examined the data and discovered the following travel tips could help you find the best deal.

Ideal day to book flights

For both domestic and international flights, booking on a Sunday, not a Friday. This could save you around 25% on domestic airfares and almost 15% for international flights.

Ideal day to start your flight

For domestic flights, starting your trip on a Thursday, can save almost 20% compared to departing on a Sunday. Whereas, for international flights, start your trip on a Tuesday or Thursday, not Sunday to save nearly 20%.

When to book your hotel

For domestic holidays, the lowest average daily rate (ADR) for accommodation tends to occur on a Monday. Travellers could save almost 15% versus staying on the most expensive day, which is a Saturday. For international travel, the cheapest day falls between Sunday and Tuesday.

Top 2021 destinations

As Aussies looked to satisfy their travel needs over the past year, there was a big surge in regional and local getaways. Many explored the hidden gems in their backyard and finally ticked off that domestic bucket list.

Looking ahead, wanderlust is high on the agenda for 2021 with all-time international favourites looking to be quite popular. While we wait for international travel to restart, travellers will still be seeking a beachside escape at local hotspots. Here are the top contenders for 2021:

  1. Gold Coast
  2. Bali
  3. Sydney
  4. North Coast NSW
  5. Sunshine Coast QLD
  6. Fiji
  7. Oahu
  8. Whitsundays
  9. Melbourne
  10. Byron Bay


Getting the most out of your trip
  • Flexibility is key: In 2021, flexibility will continue to be top of mind for travellers, with data showing Aussies booked refundable rates 10% more often this year compared to 2019. Luckily, flexibility is more affordable than ever: Expedia lodging data shows average daily rates for refundable bookings were 20% cheaper in 2020 compared to 2019.
  • Health and safety advancements: In the year to come, concerns about staying safe while travelling will continue to impact every aspect of trip planning. To make it easier to find suitable options, Expedia’s new ‘Enhanced Cleaning’ filter helps narrow the search results on properties and activities taking additional steps to clean and sanitise.
  • Stay up to date: Before booking and travelling, it’s important to check the latest travel and health advisories for both destination and origin. Ensure the destination is accepting travellers and if there are any quarantine periods required, this includes entry back into your own state. For more information, stay up to date with Expedia’s handy COVID-19 travel guide.

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Microsoft anonymises productivity tracking feature on Office after privacy concerns Microsoft had announced a feature for its enterprise Office productivity suite that would let employers check how much time each month employees were spending on Microsoft productivity tools like Word and Excel, but later took steps to hide employee names in these statistics. While Microsoft reportedly told Forbes that the feature, called Productivity Score, was only intended to let IT support staff in companies help employees with trouble in using these applications, concerns mounted that this feature could be used to remotely monitor employees’ productivity, potentially raising privacy concerns.

In a blog post, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, the subscription service for the company’s productivity suite, said that names would no longer be accessible to employers. “During preview, we added a feature that showed end-user names and associated actions over a 28-day period. In response to feedback over the last week, we’re removing that feature entirely. Going forward, the communications, meetings, content collaboration, teamwork, and mobility measures in Productivity Score will only aggregate data at the organization level,” Spataro wrote. In addition, the UI would be tweaked to make it clear that insights were organisation-wide only, and don’t focus on individual users.

“These changes to the product will bolster privacy for end users, while still enabling IT professionals to measure and manage their organization’s adoption of the productivity apps and services in Microsoft 365,” Spataro wrote.

In March, as people started working from home amid COVID-19 related lockdowns, the videoconferencing app Zoom faced similar backlash for a feature that let meeting hosts track whether attendees were paying attention by tracking the windows that they had open. In response to criticism (which was heightened by the huge uptake in usage Zoom saw at that time), Zoom announced that it would remove that feature.

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In a first, Twitter flags BJP IT cell head’s tweet on farmers protest as ‘manipulated media’ Twitter has flagged a tweet by BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya on the ongoing farmers’ protest as ‘manipulated media’ — an audio-visual piece of content which has been “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated”. This is perhaps the first instance when Twitter has applied this label to an Indian user’s tweet, ever since it rolled out its policy on dealing with manipulated media in February this year. Apart from Malviya’s tweet, Twitter also flagged the same video shared by conservative Twitter account @PoliticalKida, AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair pointed out.

Apart from flagging Malviya’s tweet as a piece of misinformation, Twitter is also reminding users that the tweet contains manipulated media when they attempt to share it further. It is worth noting that the tweet in question was made by Malviya on November 28, and Twitter flagged it as misinformation December 2, after fact checking platforms had debunked the misinformation in Malviya’s tweet.

What was the misinformation spread by Malviya? Malviya had tweeted a video claiming that a law enforcement personnel hadn’t beaten a protesting farmer. His tweet had come in response to an earlier tweet made by Indian National Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, where he had shared an image of the law enforcement agent attempting to hit a protesting farmer. Malviya tried claiming that the security personnel was merely trying to intimidate the farmer, and not actually hit him.

Rahul Gandhi must be the most discredited opposition leader India has seen in a long long time.

— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) November 28, 2020

Debunking misinformation spread by Malviya: However, later, fact checks carried out by Boomlive and AltNews found that Malviya had only shared a cropped portion of a longer video. AltNews found out that a longer version of the video showed two security personnel trying to hit a number of protesting farmers one after the other. But, Malviya only picked the portion from that full video where the law enforcement personnel’s swinging baton had narrowly missed the farmer.

Boomlive got in touch with the elderly farmer who was the subject of Malviya’s video, and found out that he had sustained injuries to his forearm, back and calf muscle. This suggested that while the security personnel in that particular video might have missed his shot on the farmer, security forces have used force against the protesting farmers, contrary to what Malviya was trying to portray by sharing the cropped video.

The BJP IT Cell chief head has been known to frequently spread misinformation on social media sites, documented by AltNews here.

Twitter’s policy on manipulated media

Twitter “may” label tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media, including videos, audio and images, and will remove such content, if they are “deceptively shared,” and pose “serious harm”. Users will be able to get more information from “reputable sources” on a piece of content labelled as “manipulated media”.

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Honolulu ex-police chief, deputy prosecutor sentenced in corruption scandal, House committee seeks looser travel rules, HPD chief vows to discipline CARES OT abusers, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands courtesy Hawaii News Now File footage of Katherine and Louis Kealoha PC:Hawaii News Now

Honolulu’s former law enforcement power couple learned their punishments in federal court Monday: seven years in federal prison for disgraced Police Chief Louis Kealoha and 13 years for his estranged wife, former Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha. The Kealohas and two Honolulu Police Department officers were convicted in June 2019 following an elaborate but botched effort for the Kealohas to steal the proceeds from a reverse mortgage on the home belonging to her grandmother Florence M. Puana and then framing her uncle, Gerard Puana, now age 60, when mother and son began figuring out the scheme. Star-Advertiser.

Former HPD Police Chief And Prosecutor Wife Sentenced To Prison.
Katherine Kealoha and her husband, retired Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha, are at the center of a years long investigation into public corruption. Civil Beat.
Calling their corruption ‘shocking,’ judge goes above guidelines in sentencing Kealohas. Saying that Katherine Kealoha had “perverted justice over and over and over again,” a federal judge on Monday sentenced the former high-ranking deputy city prosecutor to 13 years behind bars ― going above the sentencing guidelines of 10 years. Hours later, her husband ― ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha ― was sentenced to seven years in prison, two more than was recommended. Hawaii News Now.
Katherine gets 13 years, Louis gets 7, in Kealoha federal sentencing. Katherine and Louis Kealoha learned their fate on Monday, finally sentenced for their federal convictions last year. Katherine was sentenced to 13 years. Louis got seven years. Restitution of more than $450,000 is owed to various victims of their schemes. KHON2.
Ex-Police Chief Gets 7 Years, Wife Katherine Sentenced To 13 Years In Corruption Case. A federal judge today sentenced former Honolulu deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha to 13 years in prison for masterminding an elaborate scheme that defrauded her grandmother, led to her uncle's false arrest and plundered the trust funds for two children. Her husband, ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha, received 7 years in prison for his part in the scheme. Hawaii Public Radio.
A once powerful Oahu couple will soon be known simply as two federal inmates, Louis and Katherine Kealoha are finally sentenced. In addition to the sentences, the Kealohas were also ordered to pay hundreds of thousands in restitution to the numerous victims. Judge Seabright ordered 75% of Louis' $9,720 monthly police pension to go toward his restitution. KITV4.
Ex-Honolulu prosecutor, police chief get prison for corruption. A U.S. judge sentenced a former high-ranking Honolulu prosecutor to 13 years in prison Monday and her retired police chief husband to seven years, saying she stole money from her own grandmother and then used his law enforcement power to frame her uncle for a crime he didn’t commit — all to maintain the couple’s lavish lifestyle. Associated Press.

Judge Exceeds Guidelines in Sentencing Kealohas For Corruption. Two central figures in perhaps the most prominent corruption case in Hawai‘i history were sentenced Monday, as one of the final chapters in the years-long saga was written without sympathy by a federal judge. Big Island Now.
Letter from deceased victim says Kealoha’s ‘ruthless scheme’ was a final blow. Before she died in February at the age of 100, Florence Puana wrote a stinging letter describing the financial and emotional toll Katherine Kealoha’s crimes had on her family. Hawaii News Now.


Gov. David Ige says nearly 300 people have entered the state and later been informed of a positive COVID-19 test. Gov. David Ige said since the Safe Travels program began, nearly 300 people have entered the state and then been informed of a positive COVID-19 test.  Star-Advertiser.

Ige: Safe Travels is working.
Days after approving a request from Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami that will permit Kauai to temporarily opt out of the state’s Safe Travels program, Gov. David Ige said that the pre-travel testing initiative is working in Hawaii’s other counties. Tribune-Herald.
House COVID Committee Pushes Back Against New Quarantine Rule For Hawaii Travelers. A new report from the high-profile committee says the state’s pre-travel test program has been working fine and asks the governor to back off a stricter 14-day quarantine. Civil Beat.

Business leaders, legislators urge governor to rethink new restrictions on pre-travel testing program.  Health and business leaders across Hawaii are proposing a modification to one of Gov. David Ige’s new rules governing trans-Pacific travel during the pandemic. Hawaii News Now.
Post-arrivals test urged to shorten quarantine for travelers. The House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness is recommending allowing travelers who arrive with pending COVID-19 results the chance to shorten their quarantine by taking a rapid post-arrival test. Star-Advertiser.
State House committee proposes changes to Safe Travels program. The House Select Committee on COVID-19 has sent the state a proposal that could, once again, change the Safe Travels program. KHON2.
House Committee Proposes To Modify Safe Travels Hawaiʻi Program. A white paper was written by the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness, defending the efficacy of the pre-travel testing program before it was altered by the Governor. Big Island Video News.
COVID committee suggests Safe Travels modification. The House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness has submitted a proposal to modify the state’s Safe Travels program which involves offering rapid post-arrival tests to travelers awaiting pre-travel testing results. Garden Island.


Gov. David Ige Appoints New Public Safety Director. Max Otani, a retired corrections official and member of the Hawaii Paroling Authority, will take over as head of the state Department of Public Safety starting Tuesday, Gov. David Ige’s office announced. Civil Beat.
Gov Appoints Hilo Native to Public Safety Director. Max Otani was appointed by Gov. David Ige to serve as the director of the Department of Public Safety, effective Dec. 1, 2020. Big Island Now.
Governor names long-time paroling authority staffer as Public Safety director. Gov. David Ige has appointed the state’s former Deputy Director for Corrections as the new Director of Public Safety, replacing Nolan Espinda, who retired earlier this year. Hawaii News Now.
Critical Funding Fight Looms As Public Safety Boards Remain Cash-Strapped. State public safety boards have been shortchanged since they were put in place. But lawmakers suggest there may be little help in sight. Civil Beat.


Hawaiian Telcom to buy firm’s fiber assets for $50M. Hawaiian Telcom has signed a definitive purchase agreement to buy interisland submarine and middle-mile terrestrial fiber infrastructure assets currently owned by the bankruptcy estate of Paniolo Cable Co. for $50 million. Star-Advertiser.
Coast Guard completes drone ship exercise in Hawaii as Navy prepares unmanned asset test. The Coast Guard in Hawaii recently wrapped up a 30-day demonstration and evaluation of two ship drone versions to better patrol the vastness of the Pacific as the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet, also in the drone hunt, plans a “fleet battle problem” exercise early next year using unmanned systems “on the sea, above the sea and under the sea". Star-Advertiser.
Ige, others reiterate need for National Guard assistance. To help in the continued fight against COVID-19, state officials are working to secure federal funding to extend the deployment of the Hawaii National Guard. Tribune-Herald.
Why The Navy Is Becoming A Powerful Force For Clean Energy. As the pandemic highlights fragile supply chains, the Navy is working with Hawaii to harness the sun and other natural elements for power. Civil Beat.


Aquarium fishing: Environmental review required, court rules. The state Monday said it will no longer renew or issue new commercial marine licenses for aquarium fishing without a required environmental review, effective immediately, following a recent state Circuit Court ruling. Star-Advertiser.
New Court Ruling Further Restricts Commercial Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii. More than half a million aquarium fish have been collected despite a 2017 state Supreme Court ruling. Civil Beat.
Court ruling closes loophole for commercial aquarium collection. The state says it is taking immediate steps to comply with a court order shutting a loophole that allowed for continued commercial aquarium fish collection despite a 2017 high court ruling that halted the practice pending environmental review. West Hawaii Today.
Hawai‘i Court Rules Commercial Aquarium Collection Without Environmental Review is Illegal. he state’s environmental court ruled Friday that the continued extraction of aquarium fish from Hawaiʻi’s reefs without first reviewing the environmental and cultural impacts, is illegal. Maui Now.
More pets left behind during pandemic. Although there has been an increase in demand for the adoption of pets during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has also been an uptick in the number of animals being surrendered to shelters, according to several Hawaii nonprofits and shelters. Star-Advertiser.
VIRUS TRACKER — Nov. 30: 85 New COVID-19 Cases In Hawaii. Health officials reported 85 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Monday, including 66 on Oahu, four on the Big Island, 10 in Maui County including one on Molokai, and one on Kauai.  Four Hawaii residents were diagnosed out of state. Civil Beat.
Honolulu Police Department acknowledges excessive overtime. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said Monday that HPD takes responsibility for actions by officers who violated the department’s overtime policy, and she confirmed that multiple investigations are taking place as a result of the abuse. Star-Advertiser.
Chief: Officers who abused overtime while responding to COVID calls will be disciplined. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard says officers and supervisors who abused overtime privileges during COVID-19 enforcement efforts will be disciplined. Hawaii News Now.
Honolulu Police Chief addresses COVID-19 enforcement team violating overtime. According to Ballard, multiple investigations have been opened and violators will be disciplined. KITV4.


More Tales Of Crime And Violence As 2 More Caught Up In Miske Murder Case. Court records reveal two more men who are cooperating with federal authorities in the case against a Honolulu businessman charged with running a criminal enterprise. Civil Beat.


Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell rolls out food card for disadvantaged families, individuals. A new city-issued debit card would provide 4,000-plus disadvantaged families and individuals with $500 to spend on groceries and other household necessities in the coming weeks, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today. Star-Advertiser.
Honolulu Distributing $500 Grocery Gift Cards. Thousands of Oahu households will receive assistance with food and other necessities from city CARES Act funds. Civil Beat.
City to mail out $500 gift cards for groceries, necessities to thousands of Oahu families. The city will distribute $500 gift cards to thousands of Oahu families experiencing hardship because of the pandemic. The gift cards, which will be mailed out starting Dec. 7, can only be used for groceries and other necessities. Alcohol, tobacco, bus passes and gift cards can’t be purchased. Hawaii News Now.
Direct cash going to Honolulu households affected by COVID-19. Honolulu households that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are getting help in the form of $500 cash cards. KHON2.


Kapiolani nurses plan picket over expiring contract situation. More than 700 nurses from Kapiolani Medical Center are planning to picket on Wednesday over the status of their contracts, which were set to expire on Monday. Hawaii News Now.
Kapiolani nurses, sans contract, claim unsafe working conditions. Nurses and respiratory therapists on the front lines at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children are now working without a contract and say they are worried about patient care and unsafe conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Star-Advertiser.
Hawaii Island
Starting Wednesday, all trans-Pacific travelers who took a pre-boarding COVID-19 test also will be given a rapid-result antigen test upon arrival at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, Mayor Harry Kim said Monday. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Island COVID-19 case count nears 1,600. Hawaii County Civil Defense has reported a total of 49 coronavirus-related fatalities on Hawaii Island. The state has yet to confirm 15 of the deaths reported to date on Hawaii Island and has not responded to repeated requests for information on pending cases. West Hawaii Today.
County announces free COVID-19 testing schedule. Free COVID-19 drive-through testing will be provided at a handful of sites this week, Hawaii County announced Monday. West Hawaii Today.

Wastewater Flows Into Reed’s Bay Following Monday Spill.
The County Wastewater Division said the spill resulted from a sewer force main break caused by employees of Goodfellow Brothers, Inc., who were repairing the sidewalk over the Banyan SPS force main Monday. While excavating to prepare the foundation, workers accidentally punched a hole in the force main, which is 10 inches in diameter. Big Island Now.
Sewage Spill Reported Near Ice Pond Area Of Reeds Bay. An unknown amount of sewage entered the waters of Reed's Bay near Ice Pond shortly after noon on Monday, officials report. Big Island Video News.

Memorial Checkpoint Comes as Maui Police Deal with 400 Percent Increase in Habitual Drunk Driving. The Maui Police Department is seeking a change in behavior within the community in an effort to prevent further drunk driving fatalities in Maui County. Maui Now.
Kīhei Charter School Transitioning from Distance Learning to Blended Learning Model. The Kīhei Charter School is transitioning from all distance learning to a blended learning model in a steady safe process that gradually adds grades to the reopening of the school campus, Head of School Michael Stubbs announced in a news release. Maui Now.
Kawakami defends opt-out. As Kaua‘i temporarily opts-out of the Safe Travels pre-travel testing program, Mayor Derek Kawakami offered some insight into his reasoning. Garden Island.
2 more travel-related cases. The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported two new travel-related cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Both cases participated in the Safe Travels program and reportedly boarded their flight after receiving positive pre-travel test results. Garden Island.

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