Japan Protests Russia’s Missile System Deployment on Disputed Islands
Japan has rebuked Russia’s deployment of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems on a chain of islands in the Far East that Tokyo claims as its own, media reported Tuesday.The Russian Defense Ministry said its S-300V4 large air defense system went on combat duty on Iturup, one of four Russian-held Kuril Islands, Reuters reported earlier.Japan’s government called Russia’s S-300 deployment on what it refers to as the Northern Territories is “unacceptable.”“This is not in line with Japan’s position on the Northern Territories and is unacceptable,” Russia’s state-run TASS news agency quoted the cabin...
The Moscow Times
Did the US steal an island covered in bird poop from Haiti? A fortune is in dispute
MIAMI — When the eccentric rapper Kanye West made headlines last month claiming the president of Haiti had gifted him an island to which a Texan had already laid development claims, it was not the only island off Haiti’s coast in dispute.For more than 160 years, the United States and Haiti have disputed the ownership of tiny Navassa Island at the southwest entrance of the Windward Passage covered with what was once worth a king’s ransom. More than a century later, the question remains: Who owns the poop?Known as La Navase in French, the pear-shaped island is located about 35 miles west of Hait...
Push to remove racist names draws support — and backlash
For more than two decades, Black residents of Rhode Island have argued that the official name of their state, “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” connotes slavery and should be changed.It’s a “hurtful term” that “conjures extremely painful images for many Rhode Islanders,” said Democratic state Sen. Harold Metts, who traces his family lineage to a plantation in Virginia and is the only Black man in the Senate.Metts sponsored a bill to amend the state constitution to remove “Providence Plantations” from the official state name. Rhode Island voters will decide in November, bu...
New Caribbean system near Florida developing; Hurricane Epsilon maintains strength
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Caribbean low-pressure system will possibly become the next tropical depression or tropical storm as it escalates to a 100% chance of development, according to the National Hurricane Center’s Saturday afternoon update.The system is about 125 miles west-southwest of Grand Cayman Island and is producing showers and thunderstorms mainly east and south of the center.“The system could move near western Cuba on Monday and move across the southern Gulf of Mexico or the northeastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday,” senior hurricane specialist Eric Blake said in the lates...
Caribbean system near Florida now at 70% chance to develop; Hurricane Epsilon's swells to affect East Coast
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Caribbean low pressure system had its chances of becoming the next tropical depression or tropical storm escalate Friday afternoon to a 70% chance of developing in the next two days.The broad area of low pressure is becoming better organized and will likely become a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. EDT update. The system is west of Grand Cayman Island and is producing showers and thunderstorms mainly east and south of the center. It will likely move near western Cuba by Sunday.If the system does become a tropical storm it will be the 27...
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: Where would you travel to visit Haida Gwaii?Answer: British Columbia. The archipelago of more than 1,800 islands, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is located west of the town of Prince Rupert. It was renamed in 2009 as part of a reconciliation agreement between the Haida Nation and British Columbia.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
The Caribbean has reopened and COVID-19 is spreading — but one island is finding success
After being hit with an “Avoid non-essential travel” warning by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of the coronavirus, the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia recently got some good news: it was moved to the “No Health Warning” list.“The key here is confidence,” St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told the Miami Herald. “Confidence of my nationals; confidence of the persons who work with us and then confidence of the persons who are coming down here on vacation. That’s where you have to start: How do we gain that confidence?”St. Lucia, which has suffered more th...
Tropical Storm Beta remains at a standstill in Gulf Coast; Hurricane Teddy expected to grow, aims for Bermuda
ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center continued to monitor several storms across the Atlantic basin Saturday, including Hurricane Teddy, and Tropical Storms Beta and Wilfred.Tropical Storm Beta, named using the Greek alphabet after Wilfred took up the last name in the “2020 hurricane season list,” has been stationary in the Gulf Coast for the past several hours, according to the NHC’s latest report.As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Beta was located 320 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and 245 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, with sustained winds of 60 mph, moving west at 2 mp...
Despite being frequented by actor Robert De Niro for its world-famous sake breweries, Sado Island is not all-that popular with foreign tourists.Yet, one venture to the island will allow travelers to pack so much into one trip. That ranges from its natural beauty, including picturesque beach inlands to cascading rice paddies, as well as a rich gold-mining history, nihonshu (rice wine) and onsen (hot spring) culture.Accessible by bullet train and ferry from Tokyo, the Niigata prefecture island’s joyous spirit may come from its brewed spirits. One place to sip some smooth booze is Hokusetsu Brewe...
Islands, sports and spotted dogs: Five facts about Croatia
Zagreb (AFP) - Croatia goes to the polls Sunday to elect a president who will serve as head of state of the Adriatic nation, which joined the EU in 2013.Here are five things to know about the former Yugoslav republic that became independent in 1991:People coming in and out - Like many of its Balkan neighbours, Croatia is struggling to keep young people at home as huge numbers pack their bags for wealthier European capitals.The exodus could lead to a "demographic collapse" with birthrates also plunging, warned demographer Stjepan Sterc. Since its EU entry in 2013 about 190,000 people have left,...