Planning a holiday abroad this summer? We’ve put together a list of the current terror threat levels of popular tourist destinations and advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on travelling to them. Although terrorist attacks are considered likely or very likely in some destinations, millions of Brits head abroad every year without a problem. Here is the official advice: Australia Terrorists are “likely” to try to carry out attacks in Australia, the FCO says. The current national terrorism level is ‘probable’. The FCO says: “Over 670,000 British nationals visit Australia every year. “Most visits are trouble-free. “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. “You should be vigilant and take sensible precautions.” There is a wider risk of tropical cyclones which occur, mainly in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia between November and April. Australia is prone to … [Read more...] about How safe is my 2019 holiday destination?
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Donald and Melania Trump are in Ireland after a three-day state visit to the UK. The US President claimed Ireland would be in 'very good shape' after Brexit adding "I don't think the border is going to be a problem at all." He and the First Lady will spend two nights at his five-star golf resort in Doonbeg. Earlier today, the Queen led world leaders, including Donald Trump, in paying tribute to the D-Day heroes who stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago. The 93-year-old monarch said: “In a broadcast to the nation at that time, my Father, King George VI, said: ‘...what is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance; we need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve...’ “That is exactly what those brave men brought to the battle, as the fate of the world depended on their success." The D-Day ceremony in Portsmouth, attended by hundreds of veterans, was the final event of the US president's three-day state visit to the UK. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump says ‘Brexit will work out well for Ireland’
From the Belfast News Letter of May 8 1739 (which is May 9 in the modern calendar): By a private letter from Boston in New-England, dated the 16th of March, they write, that a Spanish sloop bound from the Gulph of Honduras to the Havanna, was lost in her passage; the captain and crew with the utmost difficulty got to Moccroon Island, where they all soon were famish’d. Capt. Darby, of Rhode-Island, having information where the wreck lay, went and took up 7,000 pieces of eight, 500 pistoles, a silver tea-table, a gold cup, several crucifixes of great value, and other valuable goods; they raised up an iron chest, supposed to contain pieces of eight, but being in a boat, and the Wind exceeding high, was obliged to let it go again, rather than endanger their lives; it is said there were three large chests of Silver on board when the ship was lost. Capt. Darby sailed from Holland to dispose of the above, but in his Voyage unfortunatly founder’d about fourteen days ago near the … [Read more...] about 1739: Treasure found then lost
A new migrant caravan of around a thousand Hondurans hit out for the United States border on Wednesday in defiance of threats from US President Donald Trump. According to the Red Cross "more than 800, almost a thousand," migrants converged late Tuesday on the town of San Pedro Sula before heading north through Guatemala towards Mexico and the US border. The caravan, which followed a call on social media, took the authorities by surprise after similar appeals since February failed to muster numbers. Such groups are a target of Trump, who has vowed to tighten migration policy and build a wall to stop them from entering the United States through Mexico. Among the latest departures were many families with children. Alexis Perez, 27, said: "We are done with this government. There is no work." Around half of them crammed aboard a fleet of minibuses, some that would take them to Tecun Uman on the Guatamala-Mexico border for a $51 fee. Others opted for the shorter and cheaper trip to Agua … [Read more...] about Hondurans defy Trump to head north for US border
Black howler monkeys grumbled in the soursop tree. Long-toed jacana and purple gallinules padded around the lilies. Herons and egrets squabbled in the frothing tideline on the lake’s edge. No ordinary lake, mind you – Lake Nicaragua, only slightly smaller than Titicaca and, when we visited, a wind-worried inland sea of rolling waves. We – myself, my partner Kate and our guide, Juan Carlos – again paused to admire the active cone-shaped volcano behind the plantain trees before us and the forest-clad dormant one behind, which we would be climbing on the morrow. A caracara hawk studied us from the cambered branch of a towering coconut palm. In Costa Rica this would have been a national park. In Europe it would have been a safari park. In Nicaragua it was merely the scruffy edgelands of a shoreside holiday resort. It’s good that once again there are people arriving, though not many, yet. While not quite closed to tourism from April 2018 to February 2019, … [Read more...] about How to surf down a volcano – and other notes from dazzling Nicaragua