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‘Would you burn the Mona Lisa if it was sent?’: Our horror bureaucratic bungle

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It’s a bungle that has floored botanists around the globe and embarrassed the Australian government. How did 105 priceless and irreplaceable historical plant specimens, sent here by the French, end up being destroyed by biosecurity officers?

via The Sydney Morning Herald

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Brits pay more than DOUBLE the price for Boots No7 beauty products than they do in America — The Sun

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BRITS are forking out up to 60 per cent MORE for No7 beauty products in Boots than US shoppers. Even though the pharmacy’s own brand range of products is made in the UK, US shoppers are scooping a hefty discount on the exact same products, …

via Brits pay more than DOUBLE the price for Boots No7 beauty products than they do in America — The Sun

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Bahamas resort Baha Mar hiring someone to hang with flamingos all day — The Sun

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nintchdbpict000385109282IMAGINE relocating to the Bahamas – it would certainly make a difference from the monotony of the office. One luxury hotel called Baha Mar in Nassau – which cost over £3billion to build – is hiring someone to hang out with its flamingos.

Read more about it via Bahamas resort Baha Mar hiring someone to hang with flamingos all day — The Sun

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Alexa is about to get a lot snappier — Quartz

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Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa could be getting an upgrade in the near future. Amazon is joining the ranks of Google and Apple in creating its own custom processing chips for AI, according to a report (paywall) from The Information. This potential chip would give Alexa devices, like the Amazon Echo, the ability to transcribe and…

via Alexa is about to get a lot snappier — Quartz

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Extreme Cold Warning Issued in Alberta

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Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning Friday for parts of Alberta.

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FASTBOOKING Appointed by Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts to Strengthen Direct Sales Strategy

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FASTBOOKING announced today that it has entered a multi-year partnership with SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts. FASTBOOKING is a leader in the e-commerce and digital marketing solutions for the hospitality industry. SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts, established in 1981 and managed by PT Grahawita Santika, owns and operates hotels across Indonesia and Singapore including the Santika, Santika Premiere, Amaris and The Royal Collection.

SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts has very ambitious plans to grow our direct channel sales,” says Agustino Fernando, General Manager of e-commerce & Revenue Management, SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts. “Today, we manage more than 80 hotels in 38 cities across Indonesiawhich makes us one of the biggest local chains in the hospitality Industry. While we see an increase of business through various online channels, less than one-third of these contributionsare derived from our direct channel.

We believe…

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The APEC Summit is Getting Interesting

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When someone started a hashtag #APEChottie , I guess they knew things could get interesting.

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