Despite perceptions, Puerto Rico recovery czar says Trump is 'committed' to the island
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — As the commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 7th District based in Miami, Rear Adm. Peter J. Brown helped rush lifesaving aid to Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria pummeled the island in 2017.Now Brown has a taller order: help the U.S. territory of 3.2 million recover from those natural disasters as well as a series of earthquakes that began Dec. 28.As the newly appointed White House special representative for Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery, Brown will have to navigate a quagmire of bureaucracy, local and national politics, and perceptions, fueled by his boss, P...
You can own a private island off the Jersey Shore for just $200K
If you ever wanted to own property at the Jersey Shore, now you can — but not just any property. A whole island.There’s a 19-acre private island for salethat costs less than some condos at the shore.For $200,000, No Man’s Island — just north of West Wildwood — can be yours. The completely undeveloped piece of land is located in the Grassy Sound in Middle Township between the mainland and the barrier island of the Wildwoods.A video tour of the island, taken by boat and drone and posted online by its owner, shows an untouched, marshy oasis in the middle of the bay, just south of the North Wildwo...
Is it heartburn or something else?
A couple of months ago while traveling to an island in Southern Luzon, my friend who was with me suffered from a severe pain in his chest, which according to him started from just above his right rib cage but, after a few hours, the pain traveled from his chest to upper and lower back and down to his stomach.The moment he complained about his unbearable chest pain, which we thought was just a heartburn attack, we rushed him to the nearest provincial hospital. Unfortunately, the doctor found nothing at that time. We were advised to send him to a better hospital, where he can undergo a thorough ...
PLA conducts drills near Taiwan island for 2 days in a row
A Su-30 fighter jet attached to a naval aviation brigade under the PLA Eastern Theater Command takes off during the air combat confrontation training in southeast China’s Zhejiang province on February 5, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Li Hengjiang)The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday launched joint drills featuring naval and air forces near the island of Taiwan, one day after it conducted a combat readiness drill which saw its warplanes encircle the island.For two consecutive days, concentrated military operations surrounding Taiwan have demonstrated PLA's capabilities to ...
Indonesians protest use of island for virus quarantine
Natuna (Indonesia) (AFP) - Hundreds of residents of a remote Indonesian island protested Monday at the government's decision to use it to quarantine evacuees from the Chinese city at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.Indonesia has evacuated 237 citizens and one foreign national, married to an Indonesian, from Wuhan.The evacuees, mostly students, landed Sunday and will be quarantined for 14 days on Natuna island, which lies between Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia."The government's decision to quarantine Indonesians who returned from China has made people feel uneasy, so we strongly rejec...
IN PHOTOS: Taal eruption turns lively tourist spot into quiet, deserted island
IN PHOTOS: Taal eruption turns lively tourist spot into quiet, deserted islandRosette Adel(Philstar.com) – February 3, 2020 – 7:11pmTAAL VOLCANO ISLAND, Philippines — From a lively tourist spot, the Tourist Reception Center located on Taal Volcano Island in San Isidro, Talisay, Batangas has become a quiet, deserted area blanketed by volcanic ash.What used to be the lounging area and starting point for tourists who plan to visit the main crater, this reception center situated by the coastal area, is now all gray and muddy. This is how it looks at present. (Can’t view the photos? Click here)Tour...
Samal seeks ban of Asian tourists into island amid nCoV scare
The local government of the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) in Davao del Norte announced that it would temporarily suspend the entry of tourists from China and other Asian countries to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) there.“As a proactive measure to protect our people from exposure to the much-dreaded coronavirus, the local government unit of the Island Garden City of Samal is temporarily suspending entry of group tours of mainland Chinese tourist(s) and other Asian nationals to our city,” a social media post by the city’s public information office read.“While we a...
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PETA animal rescue continues as Taal volcanic activity subsides
PETA animal rescue continues as Taal volcanic activity subsidesGaea Katreena Cabico(Philstar.com) – January 29, 2020 – 3:54pmTAAL VOLCANO ISLAND, Philippines — An animal welfare organization said it will continue to rescue animals trapped on Taal Volcano island, which remains off limits, until none are left behind.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals-Asia said it has rescued 150 animals from the ground zero of the disaster, which was buried by massive deposits of ash when Taal erupted to life on the afternoon of January 12.On January 28, the group evacuated four dogs, three puppies and ...
JAMAICA-HEALTH- Fight against mosquitos will continue after all island clean-up activity
%%%Jamaicans have been assured that clean up activities geared towards mosquito eradication will continue after it ends on Sunday.Culture Minister Olivia Grange, made the disclosure on Saturday as she has hailed volunteers across the island who are participating in the three-day national dengue clean up activity.She was speaking at the New Day Primary and Junior High School in the Corporate Area where Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, officially launched the islandwide clean-up campaign.The Prime Minister observed and participated in the search and destruction of mosquito breeding sites in the c...
Northern Cyprus FM: EU cannot stop Turkey in Eastern Mediterranean
The Foreign Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has stated that the European Union cannot stop Turkey from asserting its rights to natural resources in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean.In an interview with the Russian news outlet Sputnikon Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister and presidential candidate Kudret Ozersay said: “Turkey’s policy in the region has managed to weaken the position of Greece and Greek Cypriots, who are trying to have their direct influence on both the mainland and the island part of the shelf.”He commented on the recent tensions in the area aro...
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