Amanda Bullock / January 07,2023

Turn Over a New Leaf

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  • Few people know that the cuppa tea they cherish is in trouble.

    Every mature industry experiences rising production costs, saturated markets, stagnant prices, and a lack of tech intervention – in tea, the over-dependency on subsidies, risk-averse attitude, complacency, and fear of change add to these troubles.

    Other industries have found solutions through innovation (product, material), new technology (cloud, platforms, software), market expansion (exports, new manufacturing hubs), and cost-saving (zero inventory, automation). However, the woes of the tea industry seem bottomless.


Amanda Bullock / December 27,2022

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Amanda Bullock / December 26,2022

Southwest cancellations continue as rival carriers cap fares to help stranded flyers

Southwest Airlines slashed another 2,500 flights on Wednesday, sending more frustrated customers scrambling to find seats on other airlines.

The Dallas-based carrier’s cuts amounted to 60% of its schedule and nearly 90% of overall cancellations in the U.S. on Wednesday, marking another day of disruptions even as weather conditions and operations at other airlines improved.


Close to 60% of Southwest flights were already canceled for Thursday. It scrubbed less than 1% of the schedule for Friday, but the carrier still has to accommodate the thousands of travelers left stranded by its meltdown.

Airlines have canceled thousands of flights since last week when severe winter weather roiled holiday travel around the U.S., but Southwest’s outsized disruptions have drawn scrutiny from the Biden administration and lawmakers. Southwest has blamed its performance on its internal technology platforms that were overloaded by schedule changes.


Amanda Bullock / November 13,2022

Foreign visitors in Japan surge after tourism reopening


TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of foreign visitors to Japan rose to nearly 500,000 in October, the first month it fully reopened to overseas visitors after more than two years of COVID restrictions, more than doubling the volume from September.

Japan on Oct. 11 ended some of the world's strictest border controls, and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is counting on tourism to recharge the economy - especially with the yen hovering near a 32-year low against the dollar.

The number of foreign visitors, for both tourism and business, rose to 498,600 in October, more than double September's 206,500 and surging a massive 2,155% from the year before, the Japan National Tourism Organization said, though it was still down 80% on 2019.

This year, 1.52 million foreign visitors have arrived, a far cry from the record 31.8 million in 2019 and the government's 2020 goal - pegged to the Summer Olympics, that were ultimately postponed - of 40 million.

Amanda Bullock / October 16,2022

Novel set in WW2 PARIS and 1963 Brittany

Novel set in WW2 PARIS and 1963 Brittany

The Last Hours in Paris by Ruth Druart, novel set in WW2 Paris and 1963 Brittany.

Novel set in WW2 PARIS and 1963 Brittany

This is a dual timeline novel which opens in 1963. 18 year old Joséphine is living in Brittany with her mother and an ‘aunt’ and discovers that her father – whom she has never met – is not who she thinks he was. He is not Frédéric as she had ben led to believe. She senses that her mother and her family have held some kind of secret from her and now she is desperate to find out the truth, but still she is blocked at every turn. She decamps to visit her mother’s sister in Paris, where she can be in touch with more members of the family.

Amanda Bullock / October 09,2022

Kylian Mbappé: PSG denies a departure, the French silent


[Mis à jour le 12 octobre 2022 à 09h26] Who practices the language of wood in the new “case” Kylian Mbappé? On Tuesday, the Spanish daily brand dropped a bombshell announcing that the French international already wanted to leave next January, feeling betrayed by the leaders and his pivotal role which he absolutely does not appreciate. During the pre-match PSG – Benfica, counting for the 4th day of the Champions League, Luis Campos, also involved in the rumors, spoke, indicating that Kylian Mbappé never announced his desire to leave in January. , without really omitting a deep desire to leave the attacker.

Amanda Bullock / September 24,2022

Going to Hong Kong? Get ready for a barrage of Covid tests

Travelers headed to Hong Kong no longer need to quarantine in a hotel upon arrival.

But they will have to submit to a barrage of Covid tests.

They can go to work, take public transportation and go to supermarkets, but for the first three days, travelers can’t go into “high-risk premises” such as restaurants, bars and gyms.

Visitors who plan an eight-day trip must take 12 tests — four PCR and eight rapid antigen tests — which averages to 1.5 tests per day.

Moreover, those who test positive must isolate in a community facility for at least a week.

Still, the relaxed rules are welcome news to the city’s residents, who have endured hotel quarantine restrictions of up to three weeks at various points during the pandemic.

Amanda Bullock / August 17,2022

Volcano Watch…..HVO Responds to American Samoa Earthquake Reports

Volcano Watch…..HVO Responds to American Samoa Earthquake Reports

By Ta’u Island August 18, 2022

Earthquakes have been felt since late July in the Manuʻa Islands of American Samoa in the South Pacific. These earthquakes are likely associated with magmatic activity beneath the islands. The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) is working closely with federal partners, American Samoan officials, and local residents to better understand the and potential hazard implications.

Volcano Watch is a weekly article and activity update written by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists and affiliates. Subscriber here. 

Volcano Watch…..HVO Responds to American Samoa Earthquake Reports

Amanda Bullock / July 15,2022

Tourists advised to observe traffic rules in Murree to avoid congestion

RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi City Traffic Officer (CTO) Naveed Irshad advised the tourists travelling to Murree and adjoining hill stations to observe traffic rules to avoid traffic congestion and road mishaps.
He urged the motorists to strictly follow the traffic rules and avoid wrong and double parking on the roads of Murree to avoid traffic congestion.
The CTO said the traffic wardens have been directed to take strict action in accordance with the law against the violators.
He informed that a control room had been set up at the Headquarters to monitor the situation while a helpline 1915 and 051-9269200 for Murree had also been set up.
All-out efforts were being made to control traffic in Murree, he said and informed there was a parking facility of only 3,500 vehicles in Murree while thousands of vehicles enter the hill station, particularly on weekends in the summer season.

Amanda Bullock / March 20,2022

Travel to Mexico during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Editor’s note: Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus, especially if you’re not fully vaccinated. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on March 18.

If you’re planning to travel to Mexico, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently moved Mexico’s travel advisory rating down to Level 3 (“high” risk for Covid) from Level 4 (“very high” risk).

The basics

Mexico remains open to travelers. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, though most resorts ask guests to fill out health questionnaires. There are health screenings at airports.


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