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Music in the Maze: The Borges Labyrinth on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice has its Own Soundtrack

The Borges Labyrinth on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore - Photo: Cat Bauer

(Venice, Italy) I remember when the magical Borges Labyrinth was unveiled here in Venice on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore a decade ago, back on June 14, 2011, to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of the renowned Argentinian writer and poet, Jorge Luis Borges, who died on June 14, 1986. 

The Borges Labyrinth is a reconstruction of the maze that Randoll Coate, the British diplomat, maze designer and Borges friend, designed in Argentina inspired by the short story The Garden of the Forking Paths. It was created at the behest of Maria Kodama, the widow of Borges, who wished to commemorate her husband's love of Venice. The aim of the project was to "create a garden full of spiritual meaning in memory of Borges" and generate public interest in his work. 

Renata Codello, Andrea Erri, Ilaria D'Uva, Antonio Fresa

Now, 10 years later, we celebrate the opening of the Borges Labyrinth for the first time to the public with a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack composed by Antonio Fresa and performed by the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra, which was presented by Renata Codello, the dynamic new Secretary General of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Andrea Erri, the Managing Director of Fondazione Teatro La Fenice, Ilaria D'Uva, CEO and owner of D'Uva, and Antonio Fresa, the composer himself.

I have walked the maze before accompanied only by the sound of birdsong and silence. This time, as I wandered the maze with a handful of others, I actually felt like I was in a movie -- a real-life movie -- with Teatro La Fenice Orchestra playing the score. I became misty-eyed by the music wafting through the headphones and the gentle twists and turns of the path. Fresa said, "Walking the Labyrinth is a four-movement suite that tells the metaphor of existence flowing backwards, experienced through evaporation, solidity, chaos and the origin of life." 

And that is what it felt like -- that time was flowing backwards, and I was in the same labyrinth, feeling the same way I felt back in 2011 when it first opened and then again and again throughout the years when it was open for special events, and now here I was here in the labyrinth again in 2021 with the music of Teatro La Fenice in my ears, the theater which has burned and resurrected and burned and resurrected throughout time -- it felt so familiar and wonderful that these heavenly vibrations still hover in the air for more than a thousand years on the ancient Island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

The Borges Labyrinth - A Sountrack Experience - Photo: Cat Bauer

Everything about the Borges Labyrinth is loaded with symbolism and profound thought, including The Garden of the Forking Paths, the short story that inspired it, which, on the surface appears to be a spy thriller set during the first World War. Wikipedia says: "The story's theme has been said to foreshadow the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics." Here are some excerpts:
"The advice about turning always to the left reminded me that such was the common formula for finding the central courtyard of certain labyrinths. I know something about labyrinths. Not for nothing am I the great-grandson of Ts'ui Pen. He was Governor of Yunnan and gave up temporal power to write a novel with more characters than there are in the Hung Lou Meng, and to create a maze in which all men would lose themselves. He spent thirteen years on these oddly assorted tasks before he was assassinated by a stranger. His novel had no sense to it and nobody ever found his labyrinth."

"Under the trees of England I meditated on this lost and perhaps mythical labyrinth. I imagine it untouched and perfect on the secret summit of some mountain; I imagined it drowned under rice paddies or beneath the sea; I imagined it infinite, made not only of eight-sided pavilions and of twisting paths but also of rivers, provinces and kingdoms.  ...I thought of a maze of mazes, of a sinuous, ever-growing maze which would take in both past and future and would somehow involve the stars."

"An invisible labyrinth of time."

"At one time, Ts'ui must have said, 'I am going into seclusion to write a book,' and at another, 'I am retiring to construct a maze.' No one realized that the book and the labyrinth were one and the same."

"Differing from Newton and Schopenhauer, your ancestor did not think of time as absolute and uniform. He believed in an infinite series of times, in a dizzily growing ever spreading network of diverging, converging and parallel times."

Until now, it was only possible for the public to see the Labyrinth from the terrace of the Branca Center, not actually walk it. Seen from above, the Labyrinth looks like an open book with 3,200 box hedges arranged to form the name Borges forward and in reverse, dotted with references to the works of the Argentine writer: a walking stick, mirrors, two hourglasses, a huge question mark, a tiger, the name Jorge Luis and the initials of Maria Kodama .

After I twice journeyed through space and time inside the labyrinth, I joined the other travelers at the San Giorgio Café, which has also reopened. And just like a forking path in the labyrinth, it turned out that I knew the new chef, Najada Frasheri, whom I had written about for LUXOS Magazine back in 2018 when she was at Vecio Fritolin (which is sadly now closed), and who has now manifested on the Island of San Giorgio. Najada assured us that visitors will leave the San Giorgio Café well-fed. 

Tomaso Buzzi exhibit in the Longhena Library - Photo: Cat Bauer


Antonio Fresa has also composed a soundtrack to accompany the tour of the Vatican Chapels which are located in the woods of San Giorgio Maggiore, which I have seen previously, but not heard. In addition, there is a tour of the Giorgio Cini Foundation itself, and a free tour of the whimsical sketches in the  Venezia è tutto d’oro. Tomaso Buzzi: disegni “fantastici”1948-1976 exhibition in the Longhena Library, as well as different combinations of all the tours. 

In order to visit the Borges Labyrinth and the other excellent offerings under the umbrella of the Giorgio Cini Foundation on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, you must make a reservation. At the time of this writing, if you go to the English Visit Cini dot Com website, you will see that it says "Tour Temporarily Not Available." Actually, that is not true -- the tours are available, but only if you make reservations on the Italian website. So, for those who do not understand Italian, here are some clues to help you wind your way through the reservation labyrinth: First go here to the English website so you can see what tours are available (some are listed in English, but not all), then go here to book which tour you would like after you decipher the Italian site.

  "I leave to various future times, but not to all, my garden of forking paths." Ts'ui Pen  from the Garden of the Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges    Ciao from Venezia, Cat Bauer Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog

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Man sues 7 airlines including JetBlue, Southwest and Delta, which he accuses of discriminating against travelers who can't wear masks because of medical conditions A Southwest Airlines agent in Los Angeles.

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  • JetBlue, Southwest, Delta, and four other airlines were sued over their mask requirements.
  • Lucas Wall, of Washington DC, said his anxiety condition means he can't wear a mask.
  • He said he's been living in his mother's retirement community in Florida and is stranded there.
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A frequent flier on Monday filed a lawsuit against seven airlines - Southwest, Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, and Spirit - accusing them of discriminating against travelers who can't wear masks because of medical conditions.

Lucas Wall, of Washington DC, can't wear a mask because he has generalized anxiety disorder, according to a complaint filed in US District Court in Orlando, Florida.

He filed a similar complaint against government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Federal mask mandates for travelers have been in place for months. Airlines have their own mask requirements. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in late May said mask mandates were still in place as a "matter of respect" for flight crews and others.

Wall said he's been stranded in his mother's retirement community in The Villages, Florida, because he can't fly without a mask. His court filings included medical paperwork detailing his diagnosis.

"I take medication for that, but I'm still prone to panic attacks," he said in a phone interview this week. "One of the triggers is any time my breathing is obstructed - that brings a feeling of claustrophobia and a complete sense of unease."

A TSA employee raises her hand to stop passengers in front of a JetBlue sign A TSA employee at JFK airport in NYC.

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Wall bought tickets for eight flights this summer, according to his complaint. He requested a mask waiver on the airlines' websites. When he went to Orlando International for the first one, on June 2, he recorded his interactions with members of the Transportation Security Administration.

"To get in you need a mask," a TSA officer said in one video. After a back-and-forth with the TSA, airport officials, and Southwest employees, Wall missed his flight.

Wall said the airlines' requirements violate the Air Carrier Access Act, which protects passengers with disabilities from discrimination. He sought an emergency temporary restraining order, letting him travel without a mask.

JetBlue on Thursday filed in opposition to a temporary restraining order, saying Wall's complaint "is entirely without merit." Only the Department of Transportation can investigate or enforce ACAA regulations, the airline said in its filing.

"Plaintiff cites that he needs emergency relief from this Court because, otherwise, he will be 'stranded at [his] mother's house in the Villages,'" wrote JetBlue's lawyer, Suzanne E. Gilbert, of Holland & Knight LLP. "Plaintiff's procrastination is not an emergency."

Wall said he expected that initial defense, which amounted to "a government agency conspiring with the airlines" to ground travelers who can't wear masks.

A Delta spokesperson said via email: "While Delta has no specific comment on this complaint, the actions Delta began taking in 2020 to protect our people and customers during the pandemic are part of our long-standing commitment to a high standard of care as nothing is more important at Delta than safety."

It added: "Delta's mask-wearing requirement for customers and our people remains in place as does a federal mandate for mask-wearing across all modes of public transportation."

An Allegiant spokesperson declined to comment. Insider has reached out to the other airlines for comment.

Wall said he's been comfortable in The Villages, but the arrival of summer means unbearable weather. He's desperate to get out to the Rocky Mountains - or anywhere else.

He said he's been to all 56 states and territories, and has visited 134 countries. He's planning to make it to every one.

He added: "I mean, you can also say as a 44-year-old living in a retirement community - as much as I love my mother - it's not the greatest place to be."

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Fears Liverpool may lose World Heritage status Sat, 19 Jun 2021 06:49:17 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Unesco Liverpool Summer vacation Ever since Wednesday night's thunderstorms, it seems that summer has gone away on vacation. The air is much cooler, much cloudier, and it rains off and on. I want to cut the grass, but it's too wet. I need to weed the vegetable garden, but it's too wet. At least I don't have to water outdoors.

A summery day last week out in the vineyards.

It was raining lightly when I woke up this morning, and I see by the radar that a mild thunderstorm is headed our way in the next hour or so. More serious storms are predicted for later this afternoon. And it's chilly again. Summer arrives officially on Monday (astronomical summer), but how can it get here if it's away on vacation?

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Central bank stress test shows #UAE banking sector remains solid | Banking – Gulf News Central bank stress test shows UAE banking sector remains solid | Banking – Gulf News
The UAE banking system remains resilient despite challenging operating environment from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to results of the latest Financial Stability Report (FSR) of the Central Bank of UAE.
Core banking indicators pointed towards adequate funding and liquidity positions and sustained lending capacity. However, vulnerability of the banking sector remained as the economic slowdown weighed on asset quality.
The surge in impairment charges and lower operating income reduced profitability. However, aggregate capital buffers remained adequate and well above regulatory requirements.

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#Saudi listed company debt jumped by half in 2020 | ZAWYA MENA Edition Saudi listed company debt jumped by half in 2020 | ZAWYA MENA Edition
The debts of companies listed on Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul stock exchange, excluding real estate funds, increased by 45 percent last year as they borrowed to face down the pandemic and took advantage of low interest rates.
Debt reached SR1.3 trillion ($346 billion) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, up from SR899.2 billion a year earlier, Al Eqtisadiah reported, citing data from the Tadawul and Saudi Capital Market Authority. On a quarterly basis, debt rose 8.1 percent.
The debt-to-assets ratio of the companies climbed to a record 21.4 percent from 15.8 at the end of 2019, the data showed.
Saudi companies have stepped up bond sales in recent months as the Federal Reserve kept interest rates near record lows.
Saudi Aramco yesterday said it completed a $6 billion dollar sukuk offering, which takes its bond issuance since 2019 to $26 billion.

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EIG-led consortium closes $12.4 bln Aramco pipelines deal | Reuters EIG-led consortium closes $12.4 bln Aramco pipelines deal | Reuters
U.S.-based EIG Global Energy Partners said on Friday a consortium it led has closed a deal to buy 49% of Saudi oil producer Aramco's (2222.SE) pipelines business for $12.4 billion.
EIG said the co-investment process for the deal attracted a global group of investors from China, Saudi Arabia, Korea, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
It included Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment Company, Silk Road Fund, Hassana and Samsung Asset Management, the company said.

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Hayashi tapped as interim schools chief, DeCoite heading to Senate, only 56% of Hawaii residents vaccinated, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands Keith Hayashi
Trailblazing principal Keith Hayashi is selected to lead Hawaii’s public schools. Keith Hayashi, the pace-setting principal of Waipahu High School who is credited with raising public education to new heights, will take the reins as interim superintendent of public schools Aug. 1. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.
A Potential Shakeup At OHA Is Clouding The Agency’s Budget. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees is struggling to approve a new budget in the face of a major staff reorganization that has some employees and advocates worried workers could lose their jobs. Civil Beat.
Russian spy ship now reported north of Oahu. A Russian spy ship is again causing a stir off Hawaii — this one after a big Russian naval and air exercise hundreds of miles west of the Aloha State resulted in three missile-armed F-22 fighters scrambling on Sunday but didn’t involve intercepts of any of the exercising aircraft. Star-Advertiser.
Survey: More Than 80% Of Firms Struggle To Find Workers. As of April Hawaii had about 53,000 unemployed workers and 27,400 openings. Civil Beat.
Local high schoolers could help rebuild Hawaii’s employee shortage. The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is publicizing several efforts aimed at giving students skills to land jobs in different industries, following an informal May survey of business operators showing that 86% of respondents are struggling to hire employees as the state’s economy rebounds from a pandemic-induced recession. Star-Advertiser.

Schatz reintroduces compassionate release legislation.
Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would accelerate the federal Bureau of Prisons’ approval process for compassionate release during a public health emergency. Tribune-Herald. KITV4.
Hawaii reports 36 new COVID cases; vaccination rate stands at 56%. Of the 36 new cases, 22 were on Oahu, four were on Kauai, three were on Maui, and two were on Hawaii Island. There were also five residents diagnosed out-of-state. Hawaii News Now.
Newly released reports spotlight some evidence being used in Kaneshiro corruption probe. Records turned over to Hawaii News Now reveal engineering and architectural firm Mitsunaga and Associates tried more than once to get a criminal case going on a fired employee who then filed a civil lawsuit for age and sex discrimination. Hawaii News Now.
Lawmaker, watchdog call for investigation into HART’s alleged mishandling of Hanabusa contract. A state lawmaker and a political watchdog are calling for an investigation into the rail authority’s attempt to award a lucrative lobbying contract to former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. Hawaii News Now.
Cleaning schedule urged for Oahu city parks. A resolution that would ask the city Department of Parks and Recreation to create and publicly publish a schedule for park maintenance advanced out of the Parks and Community Services Committee and will be sent to the full City Council for a vote. Star-Advertiser.
Centenarians Could Be Exempt From City Fees Under Proposed Council Bill. The proposed legislation says centenarians would be exempt from paying for TheBus, the HandiVan and future rail fares. They also would not have to pay for admission to city park facilities, the Honolulu Zoo and Foster Botanical Garden—nor would they have to pay for municipal golf courses and golf cart rentals. Hawaii Public Radio.
Honolulu Is Revamping How It Prosecutes Domestic Violence Cases. The Honolulu prosecutor says only a small fraction of abusive family members are convicted, but that should change under a new policy. Civil Beat.
Hawaii Island
Vehicle and licensing clerks added to county roster. Relief is on its way for people who’ve complained of long lines and long waits for appointments with the county offices of vehicle registration and licensing. West Hawaii Today.
HCCC inmates transferred to Oahu amid COVID-19 outbreak. Twenty-eight inmates were transferred from Hawaii Community Correctional Center to facilities on Oahu to reduce some overcrowding at the jail, which is currently experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak that has sickened more than 200. West Hawaii Today.

Landmarks on the market: Kona Inn Shopping Village, Kona Bay Hotel up for sale. The 139-room budget hotel and 86,000-square-foot oceanfront shopping village in Kailua-Kona is listed with Eric Kathrein and Geoff Tranchina of JLL, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Inc, which is a commercial real estate services company with offices in Honolulu.West Hawaii Today.

Ige Appoints Lynn DeCoite To Fill Vacant Maui Senate Seat. Rep. Lynn DeCoite assumed the Senate seat representing Maui on Thursday, more than a month after it was vacated when J. Kalani English retired due to lingering effects from COVID-19. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.
Residents in east Maui beg for relief from visitor boom. As Hawaii experiences an influx in tourists, residents in rural communities in east Maui are begging state and county officials for help. Hawaii News Now.
Slower speed limit on S. Maui highway drives frustration. Some locals are confused and frustrated after the state Department of Transportation made a temporary speed reduction permanent on a lengthy stretch of South Maui’s sole highway. Maui News.
Hawaiian Cement permit for quarry operations approved. The state Land Use Commission unanimously approved a 15-year time extension on a permit that lets Hawaiian Cement continue rock quarry and concrete recycling operations at Pohakea Quarry in Waikapu. Maui News.
Westin Maui Resort Underwent $120 Million Renovation, Participating in Mālama Hawaiʻi Initiative. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kāʻanapali underwent a $120 million renovation of its accommodations in the Hōkūpa‘a tower and upgraded its amenities and programs, according to a news release from the resort. Maui Now.
Council supports KPD scanner encryption. The Kaua‘i County Council voiced support for the Kaua‘i Police Department’s continued efforts to encrypt dispatch communications. Garden Island.
Kealia roundabout progress continues. Roundabout use at the intersection of Kuhio Highway and Mailihuna Road intersection has partially opened, eliminating access to the temporary Kapa‘a Stream Bridge. Garden Island.

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Barcelona Surprise Sacha’s Italian Girlfriend is doing an internship at an art gallery in Barcelona (currently she speaks three languages fluently) Sacha flew to Spain yesterday to be with her as their birthdays are within a week of each other and for other obvious reasons. We drove to Spain to surprise him. 



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Oil futures rose on Friday, reversing early losses and set for a fourth week of gains after OPEC sources said the producer group expected limited U.S. oil output growth this year despite rising prices.
Officials at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries got the U.S. production outlook from industry experts, OPEC sources said. This would give the producer group more power to manage the market before a potential surge in shale output in 2022.
Brent crude futures rose 43 cents, or 0.6% to settle at $73.51 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 60 cents, or 0.8% to $71.64 a barrel.
Both benchmarks were headed for a weekly gain of about 1.1%.
"Oil markets are rallying because OPEC is skeptical that the increase in U.S. oil production is going to be enough to change their plans to support prices," said Phil Flynn, senior analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago.

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A major cruise line says its customers' private information may have been accessed during a data breach Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship in March 2020.

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Carnival Corp says its guests' and employees' personal data may have been impacted in a data breach first discovered on March 19, a company spokesperson told Insider in an email statement on Friday.

In response to the breach, Carnival "shut down the event," informed regulators, and called on a cybersecurity company to look into the attack. The investigation later found that information on guests, crew members, and employees with Carnival Corp and several of its brands - Carnival, Holland America, Princess, and "medical operations" - were impacted by the "third party access to limited portions of its information technology systems," according to the spokesperson.

Personal information like Social Security and passport numbers, addresses, and health data may have been accessed during the breach, the Associated Press reported.

However, "there is evidence indicating a low likelihood of the data being misused," the spokesperson told Insider. Carnival has since contacted the people who may have been affected by the data breach, and has created a call center to field any questions.

"As part of its ongoing operations, the company is continuing to review security and privacy policies and procedures and has been implementing changes as needed to enhance our information security and privacy program and controls," the spokesperson said.

Carnival saw two ransomware attacks in August and December of 2020, the company reported in April.

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Silversea Cruises: Reopening & Best Offers

Today, Silversea Luxury Cruises is reopening with some of its best offers ever. 

(MONACO — June 18, 2021) Silversea Cruises, the world’s premier ultra-luxury cruise line, will today mark its healthy return to global operations with the maiden voyage of its new flagship,  Silver Moon , from Athens (Piraeus).

To learn about the restart of the entire Silversea fleet, please CLICK HERE .


The launch of Silver Moon also represents the unveiling of S.A.L.T., the cruise line’s much-anticipated culinary program.

The inaugural sailing of Silversea’s new expeditionary vessel,  Silver Origin , will depart from San Cristobal in the Galapagos tomorrow, June 19. Silversea’s first destination-specific ship will sail with all-new itineraries in the archipelago.

“With the maiden voyages of these two beautiful ships, we welcome guests to rediscover exotic destinations, cultures, and cuisines in our trademark level of comfort, with impeccable personalized service,” says Silversea’s President and CEO Roberto Martinoli. “These initial sailings will transport guests to our most sought-after destinations in the Greek Isles and the Galapagos Archipelago, and we look forward to the further expansion of our offering in July with resumed service to Alaska on Silver Muse and Iceland on Silver Shadow. I look forward to personally welcoming our guests aboard Silver Moon in Greece.”

Sailing out of Athens (Piraeus), Silver Moon will follow 10-day itineraries in the Greek Isles , offering guests luxury ocean-view suites, fine dining, and personalized service, with a nearly 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio.


Silver Origin welcomes travelers to the Galapagos islands with year-round, ultra-luxury expeditionary voyages, offering balcony-only suites, the highest expert guide-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos (1:10), and the highest Zodiac-to-guest ratio (1:12.5) in the region, as well as Silversea’s customary amenities. Silver Origin is the first-ever, destination-specific ship built by Silversea and one of the most energy-efficient ships in its class.

The premier of Silversea’s pioneering culinary program, Sea and Land Taste, or S.A.L.T. , invites guests to enjoy immersive culinary experiences for a taste of the authentic cultures and traditions of each visited region.

Silversea is on the list of our Favorite Ocean Cruise Brands .

Carol and I are very excited to see that Silversea is back again, sailing the world’s oceans. Now, the big question is, where should we sail with them next?

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SiteMinder World Hotel Index: Hotel Bookings Globally Grow for Six Months Straight | By Mike Ford The deeper into 2021 we set foot, the more we thankfully see hotel booking momentum strengthen, with small peaks and troughs not shaking the overall trajectory that’s been building since January. Reservation volumes globally have now risen to over 65% of 2019 levels, well above the 40% seen at this same time last year, and importantly, we’re able to map growing international acceleration, the fifth and final stage of the hotel booking reset, taking place in each region around the world.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:40:11 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Mike Ford Tiramisu fraise-Chartreuse en bocal (et version vegan) Lire la suite

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#SaudiArabia to auction mining licenses in 2022 | ZAWYA MENA Edition Saudi Arabia to auction mining licenses in 2022 | ZAWYA MENA Edition
Saudi Arabia plans to auction two major mining licenses in 2022 for commodities including gold, copper and zinc, as the Kingdom aims to triple the mining sector’s contribution to the national gross domestic product (GDP) to SR240 billion ($64 billion) and double the number of jobs to 470,000 by 2030.
The auction was announced by Vice Minister for Saudi Mining Affairs Khalid Al-Mudaifer during an interview with S&P Global on the sidelines of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Leaders Forum in Dubai this week.
Looking ahead, Al-Mudaifer said: “We expect to see an increase in international investment in mining, particularly because demand for minerals around the world is growing fast. According to geological surveys dating back 80 years, the Kingdom has an estimated reserve of untapped mining potential valued at $1.3 trillion.” Saudi Arabia’s mining industry has already attracted some major foreign investors. American industrial corporation Alcoa has a 25.1 percent stake in two companies, Ma’aden Bauxite and Alumina and Ma’aden Aluminum, as part of $10.8 billion joint venture with the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) located in Ras al-Khair Industrial City in the Eastern Province.
The Mosaic Company, a fertilizer producer, has a 25 percent stake in the $8 billion Ma’aden Wa’ad Al-Shamal Fertilizer Production Complex located in Wa’ad Al Shamal Minerals Industrial City in the north of Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, Barrick Gold has a 50 percent stake with Ma’aden in the Jabal Sayid underground Copper Mine and Plant.
Al-Mudaifer said that a new mining law, which came into force on Jan. 1, 2021, will help attract more foreign investors because it treats them equally with local investors.

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Hilton Doubles Down On Las Vegas Growth With Rapidly Expanding Portfolio And Grand Return To The Strip After revolutionizing the Las Vegas hospitality experience decades ago, Hilton is building on its storied legacy in time for the return to travel by almost doubling its presence in the sought-after global destination over the past three years.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 10:40:08 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Hilton Las Vegas Hilton Doubles Down On Las Vegas Sparks Are Flying! MCR Purchases The Home2 Suites By Hilton Evansville Just In Time For The Fourth Of July Celebrate red, white and blue at the Home2! MCR, the country’s 4th-largest hotel owner-operator, expands its Midwest footprint with the acquisition of the 102-room Home2 Suites by Hilton Evansville in Indiana.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 10:40:08 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Hilton Evansville The EU has lifted restrictions for all US travelers, whether they're vaccinated against COVID, or not European tourists outside the Louvre in Paris.

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  • American travelers can start taking European vacations again, whether they're vaccinated or not.
  • The European Council said Friday that member states should "gradually lift the travel restrictions."
  • The list will be reviewed every two weeks, and will be updated as needed, the council said.
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The European Union has officially lifted all bans against American travelers.

In a statement issued Friday, the European Council said member states are allowed to "gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders" for residents of 14 countries, including the US, CNN reported.

The list is expected to be reviewed every two weeks and updated if necessary.

The German network Deutsche Welle, France's Agence France-Presse, and Reuters news agency first reported on the plans on Wednesday.

Travelers from Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Lebanon, Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong are also included on the list of countries to have restrictions dropped.

According to the European Council, the countries were selected based on specifications linked to the "epidemiological situation and overall response to COVID-19, as well as the reliability of the available information and data sources," CNN reported.

The decision applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, a European source with knowledge of the discussions confirmed to Insider.

Individual EU countries can still choose to demand a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine upon arrival.

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WTTC Responds To Latest News From The EU, Advising Member States To Allow For A Return Of U.S. Visitors Virginia Messina, Senior Vice President WTTC, said: “Today’s announcement from the EU advising member states to begin welcoming back U.S. travel is the latest piece of encouraging news from global leaders as we all work towards revitalising the global Travel & Tourism sector. Reopening pathways for tourism and business between countries within the EU and the U.S. is a significant step in providing a much-needed boost to the economy and job market across all parties involved. With 42% of the U.S. population now fully vaccinated, according to the latest data provided by the CDC, combined with the EU’s continued vaccine rollout and introduction of digital travel certificates, the time is now to begin to lift restrictions safely and sustainably. Travel & Tourism is responsible for millions of jobs and livelihoods. Global leaders working together to reinstate travel around the world safely and consistently, as addressed in the G7 Communique, will be crucial to the global economic recovery.”]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:40:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Cdc Eu Wttc Virginia messina Pandemic Impact Severe On Mumbai's Hotel Industry The second wave of the pandemic caused by the variant of the COVID-19 virus, which was first identified in the United Kingdom has been the most severe in India. As a result, travel and tourism have been halted across the country, and the impact on the hotel industry is immense, especially in major cities such as Mumbai.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:40:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel India United Kingdom Mumbai GBTA Urges EU Governments To Lift Travel Restrictions Between Member States The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the world’s largest business travel association and worldwide leader in education, research, networking, and advocacy for the industry – is today writing to EU governments calling for strong political impetus, decisive action, and seamless coordination to safely re-open travel across the EU.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:40:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Eu Global Business Travel Association GBTA EU Governments To Lift Travel Restrictions Between Black goes first on the chess board / Échec à la créativité? THE ORIGINAL?
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Aloha Friday Photo: Quite possibly the “most Kauai” photo ever

Mahalo to Carol Randles for sharing this funny Kauai photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos!

If you’ve ever been to Kauai, you know there are chickens just about everywhere. Each time we visit, it seems that there are more and more. There are some theories why Kauai has so many chickens.

Apparently this rooster thinks he owns the place … or at least this beach chair. He looks like he might have a lot to crow about.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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More Than 150 Hotels Operated By Meliá Hotels International Worldwide Achieve The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award For yet another year, Meliá Hotels International has received numerous awards from the most important travel review site on the Internet, with 156 hotels receiving the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award, a result of the company's commitment to constantly raising the quality of its hotels to offer the best possible experiences to guests, in spite of the new health and safety measures hotel companies have had to take to adapt to the current circumstances.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 08:40:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Tripadvisor Meliá Hotels International TripAdvisor Travellers Q : What Is People Analytics? Analytics give an important way for businesses to track and measure whether they are meeting their goals. We have analytics to track online marketing efforts, finances and many other aspects of business. Now, analytics technology is being used for human resources (HR), especially in the recruitment of employees but also in much broader company applications. This type of technology is known as people analytics, or you may hear it referred to as HR, workforce or talent analytics.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 08:40:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel People Analytics Palma Convention Centre Hosts One Of The Biggest Hybrid Post-Pandemic Congresses In Europe Palma Convention Centre managed by Meliá Hotels International rebooted its most important pre-Covid functions today, hosting the XXVII National Congress of General and Family Medicine attended by more than 1,000 delegates from all over Spain. The entire meeting and events industry is looking towards Mallorca today to see the start of this new post-pandemic age for major events, dominated by two key features: technology and health and safety.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 07:40:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Europe Spain Mallorca Meliá Hotels International National Congress of General and Family Medicine EasyHotel CEO François Bacchetta dies The following statement is issued by Harm Meijer, Chairman of easyHotel, on behalf of easyHotel and its stakeholders ICAMAP, Ivanhoé Cambridge and easyGroup.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 06:40:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Easyhotel Ivanhoe Cambridge François Bacchetta Delta CEO expects business travel to return to pre-pandemic levels July 1 The travel industry has been stopped short by the coronavirus pandemic but as the nation recovers, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he expects travel to bounce back to normal.]]> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 06:40:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Delta Delta Air Lines Ed Bastian