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Deal of the Week

March 04, 2001

Off-season discounts at many California hotels extend through March or even later. For instance, the Half Moon Bay Lodge, in the coastal community of the same name about midway between San Francisco and San Jose, knocks more than a third off its regular rates for stays through March 31. Rooms without fireplaces, normally $190, go for $119; rooms with fireplaces, normally $220, go for $139. The lodge, rated Three Diamonds by AAA, has 80 rooms, a heated outdoor pool and spa. It overlooks the Arnold Palmer-designed Half Moon Bay Golf Links. You must book by March 15; subject to availability. Ask for the "Winter Special." Telephone (800) 368-2468, Internet http://www.wood-


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This Week's Holidays

Banking and government offices will be closed or services curtailed in the following countries and their dependencies this week because of national and religious holidays:

* Monday: Afghanistan, Australia, Egypt, French Polynesia, Guam, Malawi, Switzerland, Vanuatu

* Tuesday: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauretania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen

* Wednesday: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Maldives, Mauretania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen

* Thursday: Afghanistan, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Maldives, Mauretania, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

* Friday: Azerbaijan, Belize, Gibraltar, Iran, Jordan, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Yemen

* Saturday: Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

* Sunday: Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Tuvalu

Source: Thomson Financial Publishing

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