Nancy Trejos USA TODAY Published 5:44 PM EST Dec 27, 2018 As the nation enters the holiday weekend under a federal government shutdown, many of its most popular national parks and attractions will either be closed or partially closed. The National Park Service (NPS) warned that its website—usually filled with up-to-date information—“will not be updated and may not reflect current conditions.” The Service’s Twitter account has also not been updated in five days. Its last tweet said it would not monitor or update social media during the shutdown. “Some national parks may remain accessible to visitors,” the NPS website said. “However, access may change without notice.” Some parks were completely closed. Those that remain open will have no NPS-provided services such as restrooms, trash collection and road maintenance. Many states and local non-profit organizations have stepped in to provide the services that the NPS cannot. The … [Read more...] about National parks closed during federal government shutdown
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Some national parks and historic sites across the U.S. will remain open as the partial government shutdown continues through Christmas. Others tourist sites, however, will remain closed until lawmakers broker a deal to reopen the government. On Saturday, negotiations between the White House and congressional Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse over President Trump's $5 billion demand to fund the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate will technically hold a "pro forma" session Monday, but that is unlikely to yield anything — and negotiations will probably not resume until senators reconvene Thursday. Meanwhile, the Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon are open for business, and the government said other national parks "will remain as accessible as possible." At some parks, you're welcome to take a hike — but you're largely on your own. At others, like the closed Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, you're out of luck. And while … [Read more...] about Some national parks remain open during shutdown, others close
PUBLISHED: 19:00 20 September 2018 Megan Aldous Which of these destinations do you want to visit? Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT Archant New long-haul routes from Stansted Airport have made some of the most popular global holiday destinations that bit more accessible for East Anglian passengers. Los Angeles, California, USA downtown cityscape at sunny day. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO/ CHONESSEmirates, Primera Air and low-cost carrier WOW air are now flying direct to six of the 10 most in demand destinations in the world - New York, Dubai, Boston, Washington, Toronto and Tel Aviv - from the Essex airport.And there are plans to add more to the list because London Stansted is hoping to secure direct services to at least 25 new long-haul destinations in the next five years. • Read more: Stansted tops 27 million passengers following busiest summer everPreviously, Zoom airlines ran low-fare long haul flights from the airport but operations were ceased in … [Read more...] about Dubai, New York and Los Angeles
Keeping the kids occupied over the summer holidays can be a tricky - and not to mention an expensive - even for the most adventurous of parents. While your patience may take a hammering, your wallet doesn't have to. Up and down the country there are plenty of fun family activities to keep kids (and long-suffering parents) of all ages happy - and they're all for free. So keep boredom at bay with our wallet-friendly round up of all the best free events to do with kids this summer, ranging from craft workshops to free cinema entry. Nationwide 1. Do arts and crafts at the Disney Store Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday this August, the Disney Store will be hosting fun and free activities for kids in stores all across the UK. Craft activities include designing bookmarks and badges, creating key rings, and learning how to draw Mickey Mouse. There is also a Disney Pixar Cars 3 event where kids can race and rebuild Lightening McQueen. Check if your local store is running the activity … [Read more...] about Free family days out in the UK for summer 2018
One of Falkirk’s greatest historic enigmas could finally be solved, if the resources for a full archaeological excavation are ever committed. Thirty years ago local historian John Walker wrote his first article in the Falkirk Herald about the 1298 Battle of Falkirk. The result was a disaster for the Scottish army of Sir William Wallace in which thousands of Scots are known to have died.But as we approach the 720th anniversary of the disaster, are we any nearer to finding where those countless, nameless victims - shot down by Welsh longbowmen or trampled underfoot by mounted men-at-arms - are buried?John, whose fascination with the subject is as strong as ever, reckons a likely solution could finally be - literally - in sight.Recent years have seen some remarkable discoveries down south - for example the buried remains of Richard, Duke of York under a car park, and the gruesome remains of soldiers slain at the Battle of Towton during the epic conflict known as the Wars of the … [Read more...] about Does a mystery site at Mumrills hold the answer to Falkirk’s most tragic secret?