Hiking on the Cape Verde islands, a hidden gem in the Atlantic
If you're looking for pristine beaches, Santo Antao isn’t the right place. And yet few places on this planet will come close to the north-western outpost of the Cape Verde Islands when it comes to secluded hiking trails.More than 100 well-marked walks await those who take on the trip to this island hidden in the middle of the Atlantic.Since Santo Antao has no airport, the only way to reach this particular Cape Verde island is by ferry from neighbouring Sao Vicente.The boats dock in Porto Novo, Santo Antao's capital. From there, shared taxis are the best option to reach the island's most remote...
Cebu, Visayas named top islands in Asia
Cebu, Visayas named top islands in AsiaCatherine Talavera(The Philippine Star) – October 8, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — Readers of travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler have chosen Cebu and Visayas islands as the best in Asia.“Located in the center of the Philippines, Cebu draws millions of travelers annually for its pristine beaches and diving off the island’s northern coast. Spanish and Roman Catholic influences permeate Cebu City; Basilica Minore del Santo Niño houses a small statue of Christ that was presented by Ferdinand Magellan,” the magazine said in its entry on Cebu in The Best...
Sindh: Withdraw ordinance on islands off Karachi coast
Karachi: The Sindh cabinet has demanded that the federal government immediately withdraw its recently promulgated ordinance to establish Pakistan Islands’ Development Authority (PIDA) as the provinces constitutionally own the islands within the maritime borders of Pakistan.The Sindh cabinet held an emergency meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair on Tuesday to consider the plan of the federal government to develop two small islands off the coast of Karachi into modern cities.The Sindh cabinet termed setting up of the PIDA through a presidential ordinance an illegal ...
UK minister Priti Patel considered sending migrants to South Atlantic islands, report says
The UK's home secretary explored the possibility of sendingasylum seekersto islands some 4,000 miles away from the the country, according to reports.The suggestion of sending migrants to the Ascension Island and St Helena, isolated volcanic islands located in the South Atlantic, came up during a brainstorming session involving civil servants working under Home SeretaryPriti Patel, according toThe Financial Times.Patel had asked officials to investigate how other countries manage immigration systems, including that ofAustralia, where asylum seekers are sent to offshore centres.The idea has been...
Bailique: Why these islands in the Amazon Delta are falling into pieces
The Bailique Archipelago is located at the mouth of the Amazon, where the mighty river meets the Atlantic Ocean in the Brazilian state of Amapá. It comprises eight estuarine islands that are home to about 13,000 people, coexisting with the dynamics of the surrounding lowland forest. But the balance between these communities and the environment, where small-scale fishing and sustainable management of açaí palm are the main income sources, has been deeply shaken by progressive erosion and riverbank failure.Known locally as “fallen earth,” such destruction affects homes, schools, power lines, wat...
Turkey DM: 'Greece violates international agreements by arming 18 islands'
Greece’s violation of international treaties by arming 18 Aegean islands serves only to escalate tensions and sabotage dialogue, Turkey’s top defense official said Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported.Greece should put aside ‘provocative behavior’ that raises tension in region, Hulusi Akar said in an interview with Anadolu Agency’s Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.Underlining the importance of diplomacy in resolving disputes, Akar said Turkey is always on the side of dialogue and negotiation.However, he added that the country would continue to defend its r...
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Moving Moria migrants is humanitarian imperative: Red Cross
EvacuatingmigrantsfromLesbosand the other Greekislandsis now a "humanitarian imperative" for the EU following thefireat Moria camp, the Red Cross said on Thursday.Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said containing migrants for years on the Greek islands was no solution to the crisis.The fire on Tuesday at Greece's largest migrant camp destroyed the official part of the Moria facility, which housed 4,000 people. A second blaze on Wednesday destroyed most of the remaining camp where another 8,000 lived in tents and makeshift...
On the Greek islands a long-term commitment is needed from fellow Europeans
When you sit where I am sitting here in Lesvos, you may become a bit cynical with Europe’s inaction on the refugee issue. A fire ripped through the Moria camp on Lesvos on the night of 8 September, effectively destroying 80-90% of the facility and the adjoining olive groves where 12,500 asylum seekers were staying. The whole population is now displaced and emergency solutions are sought.The immediate reaction of the European Union has been words of support towards the Greek government. The European Union (EU) Commissioner for Home Affairs immediately announced the funding for transfer of un...
DOT: ‘Beach marshalls’ to oversee implementation of COVID-protocols once islands reopen
DOT: ‘Beach marshalls’ to oversee implementation of COVID-protocols once islands reopenMANILA, Philippines — Lifeguards will now be accompanied by “beach marshalls” in supervising beach activities once the beaches and resorts reopen for business.This was indicated in the Memorandum Circular No. 2020-007 or the “Health and Safety Guidelines Governing the Operation of Island and Beach Destinations under the New Normal” signed by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat last Monday.The DOT, mandated to promulgate rules and regulations governing the operation and activities of all tourism enterpr...
DND budget hike sought as China keeps developing islands in WPS
A LAWMAKER on Tuesday asked Congress to increase the budget allocation for the Department of National Defense (DND) to upgrade its capabilities to perform its role in securing the country’s sovereign territory, as the agency admitted that China continues to develop islands in the West Philippine Sea.During deliberations on the proposed P283.2-billion budget of the DND for 2021, Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said the current and emerging challenges the Philippines face require more than the allocation currently provided for the DND in the National Expenditure Program.“Although the Department of ...