Antigua: sprawling ‘Chinese colony’ plan across marine reserve kindles opponent

Yida project includes a blueprint for a manufacturing hub, but foes advise construction is decimating coastal vegetation Plans to construct a sprawling” Chinese colony” complete with mills, homes and holiday resorts across a pristine marine reserve in Antigua have ignited a storm of controversy on the Caribbean island. Known locally as the Yida project after […]

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Seaweed invasion threatens tourism in Mexico’s beaches as problem worsens

Hotel occupancy rates have fallen as concern grows that the seaweed is threatening key industry in the Mayan Riviera Trying to ignore the rotten-eggs whiff stray in from the shoreline, a team of municipal workers was scooping up wads of rotting brown seaweed from the beach of this Mexican beach town 40 km( 25 miles) […]

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Transatlantic Slave Trade Spread Parasitic Disease To The New World

Classed as a neglected tropical cancer, bilharzia is thought to infect over 200 million people globally. Caused by a few types of parasitic flatworm, the potentially fataldisease is most commonly found in rural areas of tropical and subtropical countries. The worms, calledSchistosoma or blood-flukes, expend half their life living in freshwater snails, and then burrow […]

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Belize Is Not Just for Backpackers Any More

Luxury Travel Belize Is Not Just for Backpackers Any More The hiker’s haven is getting a serious injection of luxury–and yes, there will be overwater bungalows . By Nikki Ekstein @nikkiekstein More narratives by Nikki Ekstein For all of Belize’s cultural diversity–the country’s melting pot heritage is equal proportions Mayan, Creole, Mestizo, Spanish, Lebanese, Chinese, […]

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Hurricane Jose: storm nearly ‘category five’ as it follows Irma’s destructive path

The system is nearing the eastern Caribbean islands of Barbuda and Anguilla, promising further devastation in the wake of the giant Irma Hurricane Jose has weakened slightly, but remains a “dangerous category four hurricane” as it heads towards the eastern Caribbean islands ravage by Hurricane Irma. Jose was about 160 miles (260km) east-southeast of the […]

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Florida governor says ‘pray for us’ as Hurricane Irma begins its assault

Irmas northern eyewall reaches lower Florida Keys, lashing region with near 130 mph gusts after devastating Caribbean Hurricane Irma has begun its assault on Florida as a category 4 storm, lashing the area with gusts near 130 mph( 215 km/ h) and drenching rain. Millions of people huddled in shelters or in battened-down homes in […]

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Stupid cruise questions exposed

Lots of experienced cruisers have heard the same silly cruise questions so many times that we have them memorized. Topics like Does the crew sleep onboard? and What is our altitude? In fact, many so-called silly questions are really logical fears, but simply posed in a somewhat clumsy way. I recollect a time when I […]

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