The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: To which country would you travel to visit Casablanca? Answer: Morocco. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, the present-day city was established in the late 18th century.
On the first Christmas God did not work remotely
Right in the middle of my teaching session, something caught my eye. Glancing through the shutters from a window in our compound, I saw a caravan of nomads, a dozen or more with camels, making their way across the valley. Situated on the fringe of the Sahara Desert, Wadi Natrun had become a training base for a few dozen young men and women from all over North Africa and the Middle East, as far north as Iraq. I had been given the choice opportunity to speak to these passionate young missionaries about the task ahead of them. “Each one of you,” I said, looking into their faces, “will go places I...
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Meet a 57-year-old man with a dream: 'I want to be able to read a book before I die'
CHICAGO — For all their deprivations and frustrations, these locked-down days and nights have given some people the time and opportunity to fulfill their dreams and desires. I know a woman who has been using her “spare” time to learn to speak French, another “painting watercolors of beach scenes” and yet another determined to “finish the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.” Months ago, when all this began, a 57-year-old man named Andre (who asked that his last name not be used) was laid off from the job he had for years toting bags at a downtown hotel. He decided that his would be to “exer...
UNWTO advancing plans for consumer protections for travelers
The World Tourism Organization is advancing plans to provide travelers with greater legal protections as consumers.Restoring confidence in travel is a key part of the recovery for the industry. The International Code for the Protection of Tourists aims to assist tourists affected by emergency situations with clearer and more consistent policies globally.Currently, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has support from almost 100 member states so far.The Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists recently held its first meeting, which featured the act...
How Disney will tweak Epcot's holiday celebrations
ORLANDO, Fla. — The holidays, of course, have not been literally canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But how they are celebrated will probably look different, and that includes festivities at Walt Disney World. The resort has announced elements of its event dubbed Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which will begin Nov. 27.Disney already announced that Candlelight Processional, the popular retelling of the Christmas story featuring mass choir, live orchestra and celebrity narrator, would not be happening at the theme park this year. Here are a few of the holiday o...