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Healthy Travel: a pocket guide for seniors

by Daphne @ IAMAT

Travel is exciting, inspiring, and can even be life-changing. As we age, we become less resilient to health risks and infections – and more likely to be managing a chronic condition – but this shouldn’t prevent us from seeing the world. A handbook for older travellers Our new guide, Healthy Travel: a pocket guide for seniors, provides practical advice tailored to the needs of older travellers. It covers a range of topics including vaccinations, accessibility and mobility, travel stress, and chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, aches and pains, and cardiovascular disease. Healthy Travel was published in collaboration with the South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM). Book details, the table of contents, and a sample can be found here. The guide can be purchased from IAMAT (prices include shipping and handling). Contact us to order. IAMAT members (US and Canada): $11 USD / $12 CAD Non-members (US and Canada): $12 USD / $13 CAD International: $15 USD Healthy Travel was written by Claire Westmacott and edited by Dr. Garth K. Brink and Tullia Marcolongo. We caught up with Claire, Garth, and Tullia to find out what motivated them to publish this guide. IAMAT: Who should read Healthy Travel: a pocket guide for seniors? What do you hope travellers will take away from it? Claire Westmacott, MPH (Health Writer & Research Specialist, IAMAT): Seniors are increasingly becoming a larger proportion of international travellers. We wanted to create a resource that addresses their common questions and concerns so that they are prepared for their journey. We cannot always avoid the unexpected but we can prepare for it by understanding the risks and doing our best to manage them. Whether you are travelling with medication, managing a health condition, curious about travel health insurance, or just mindful of your health, we hope this guide can be of use.   IAMAT: Dr. Brink, from a physician’s perspective, what is the most important thing for older travellers to remember when planning a trip? Dr. Garth Brink, MBChB, MMed, MFGP, FCFP (Project Manager, SASTM; IAMAT-affiliated physician in Durban, South Africa): The single most important question that travellers should ask is “What do I need to do to ensure that I do not become ill while away?” There are so many variables that have to be taken into account. Each traveller is different; the destination and reason for travelling is not uniform, and the activities in which they will be involved vary. This is the ideal opportunity to ensure that you are up-to-date with regular immunizations as well as the applicable travel vaccines. Travellers who have a chronic medical condition should ensure that they are fit to travel and that their condition is well controlled. They should request documentation from their health professional that outlines the problem, the treatment prescribed and include the latest investigation results.   IAMAT: What did you learn from writing this guide? What was the most challenging part? Claire Westmacott: Travel health is a complex field, where health risks can vary depending […]

The Tenth Parallel | Eliza Griswold | Macmillan

The Tenth Parallel | Eliza Griswold | Macmillan


US Macmillan

A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worldsThe tenth parallel&mdashthe line of latitude seven hundred miles nor...

Winter Newsletter

by Moostash Joe Tours @ Moostash Joe Tours

Happy New Year from the Moostash Joe Tours family! We’re so excited about what 2018 has in store and we cannot wait […]

Civil Disobedience at the Boston Federal Building with Howard Zinn, 1971

by Michael Ellsberg @ Viet Nam – Daniel Ellsberg's Website

(Outtake by Daniel Ellsberg from Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers; it fits in between Chapters 27 and 28) A day after the May Day protests, Howard Zinn was the last speaker at a large rally in Boston Common. I was at the back of a huge crowd, listening to him over loudspeakers. 27 years later, I can remember some things he said. “On Mayday in Washington thousands of us were arrested for disturbing the peace. But there is no peace. We were really arrested because we were disturbing the war.” He said, “If Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton had been walking the streets of Georgetown yesterday, they would have been arrested. Arrested for being young.” At the end of his comments he said, “I want to speak now to some of the members of this audience, the plainclothes policemen among us, the military intelligence agents who are assigned to do surveillance. You are taking the part of secret police, spying on your fellow Americans. You should not be doing what you are doing. You should rethink it, and stop. You do not have to carry out orders that go against the grain of what it means […]

EcoTravel - The Team - Connecticut Audubon Society

EcoTravel - The Team - Connecticut Audubon Society


Connecticut Audubon Society

The EcoTravel Team Andrew Griswold has been the Director of EcoTravel for Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS) since 1996. He graduated as an honor student in biology from Hartwick College, where he worked at their biological research station in the Bahamas studying avian ecology. Andy is the original concept creator and scientific consultant for a cable …

Communities pay tribute to their military veterans

Communities pay tribute to their military veterans


Courant Community

Voluntown and Griswold hold special observances, including a breakfast and ceremonies, to honor their military veterans on Veterans' Day.

Carletta Brooks a friend of Midland history

Carletta Brooks a friend of Midland history


Midland Daily News

Daily News RYAN WOOD Carletta Brooks, wearing Victorian era clothing, has shared the feeling of the 1880s with visitors touring the Bradley Home. Brooks have volunteered for nearly 15 years with tours and special projects for the Midland County Historical Society. Carletta Brooks, a petite woman with curly white hair, a ready smile and bright eyes, may be short in stature, but she's long in ability and spirit. For many years, she's been a stalwart volunteer for the Midland County Historical Society.Brooks has always loved history, so after retiring in 1988, she gravitated toward historical pursuits.

The Amazon: Staying well on your river cruise

by Daphne @ IAMAT

River cruising in the rainforest The Amazon basin is a vast region that spans 9 countries. Travellers visit the region for its incredible biodiversity and the chance to experience wildlife and the rainforest firsthand. There’s no doubt about the amazing flora and fauna in the Amazon, but the confined spaces of a cruise ship and infections transmitted by insects, animals, and microorganisms can be a risk to your health. Here’s how to stay well as you explore. Staying healthy in the Amazon Most Amazon cruises begin in the city of Manaus, Brazil or Iquitos, Peru. In the Amazon region, the extent of some diseases (such as Schistosomiasis and Chagas) remains unknown. Luckily, you don’t have to leave your health to chance: There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick. In addition to basic travel health precautions, check your itinerary and consider the health risks below. (And don’t forget to book an appointment with your health practitioner or travel medicine specialist at least 6 weeks before departure!) Mosquitoes Insect bite prevention is key in any tropical area and the Amazon is no different. For the best protection, use multiple methods to prevent mosquito bites during the day and at night: Wear neutral-coloured clothing (beige or light grey). If possible, wear long-sleeved, breathable garments. Use insect repellent containing 20%-30% DEET or 20% Picaridin on exposed skin. Re-apply according to manufacturer’s directions. When you are using both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and wait 20 minutes for it to be absorbed by your skin, then apply repellent on top. (Repellent decreases the effectiveness of sunscreen so you may have to re-apply more frequently.) Pre-soak or spray your outer clothing and gear with permethrin, an insecticide that kills mosquitoes. Ensure that door and window screens in your cabin work properly. Regularly empty any containers of standing water near your cabin (such as vases). Sleep in an air-conditioned cabin to prevent mosquito bites. (Mosquitoes don’t like cold air or air currents.) If air conditioning is not available, sleep under an insecticide-treated mosquito net. Malaria Antimalarial medication is a must for travellers on an Amazon River cruise. There is high risk of multi-drug-resistant malaria throughout the Brazilian Amazon region, including Manaus and the trans-Amazon highway. Malaria is also present in the Amazon regions of Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Malaria mosquitoes bite from dusk to dawn with peak biting times between midnight and 4am, they don’t hum, and don’t leave an itchy welt after biting. You may not even know that you’ve been bitten. Be meticulous about preventing mosquito bites, especially if you will be on land at dusk or in the early morning. Consult your healthcare practitioner or a travel medicine specialist at least 6 weeks before your trip and take antimalarial medication as prescribed. Learn more about Malaria Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika viruses These viruses are spread by daytime-biting Aedes mosquitoes. Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika virus infections can be asymptomatic […]

Disney Magic Bands Hit Disney World in Stlye

by Steve Griswold @ Uncategorized | Pixie Vacations

Mouse Chat Fan Jesse Barrett was nice enough to share this great review of the new Disney World Magic Bands with us. I got to try the new MagicBand system this last weekend, and have to admit – even though it is still full of bugs – it made this my best/favorite Disney Trip EVER! […]

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Speer

by Michael Ellsberg @ Viet Nam – Daniel Ellsberg's Website

(Outtake by Daniel Ellsberg from Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers; it fits in between pp. 408 and 409. Part of this outtake was adapted from Ellsberg’s 1972 book Papers on the War) After entering the Post Office Building, Charlie Nesson, Leonard Boudin, Patricia and I took the elevator to the eleventh-floor offices of the U.S. Attorney, Herbert F. Travers, Jr. Apparently, I wasn’t even under arrest yet. They were going along with the script that I was surrendering to the U.S. Attorney, right on the schedule my lawyers had promised. (We had arrived at the Square at almost exactly ten o’clock). I introduced myself to Travers and said that I was appearing in response to the arrest warrant. FBI agents in the office placed me under arrest and took me to the U.S. Marshal’s office for photographs and fingerprinting. Patricia and my lawyers went off to the courtroom where I would be appearing for arraignment. It was the first time I’d ever been arrested. (The next time, for an action of civil disobedience, was five years later, at the Pentagon. Since then I’ve gone through this process between sixty and seventy times.) The first time I’d […]

Draft Speech for Secretary McNamara

by Michael Ellsberg @ Viet Nam – Daniel Ellsberg's Website

(Written by Daniel Ellsberg, July 22, 1965. Discussed in Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, pp. 88-97. ) It is the intent of the United States Government, reaffirmed on many occasions, to do whatever is necessary to help South Vietnam preserve its independence. I have just returned from a trip to South Vietnam, with Ambassador Lodge and General Wheeler, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to help us determine what is, now necessary.. It was our purpose to review the force level planned for South Vietnam, the number of U.S. troops to be assigned there, the equipment required, the expected consumption of munitions and other products. We had the opportunity for full. discussions with Ambassador Taylor, with General Westmoreland and other senior U.S. Commanders, and with Premier Ky and members of the GVN, all of whom gave us their latest appreciation of the requirements for moving toward our mutual objectives in SVN. Our discussions confirmed, in considerably more detail, the situation as I described it for the press just before leaving: that the Viet Cong have continued to increase their forces in South Vietnam, importantly through continued infiltration of troops, leadership, and now, regular North Vietnamese combat units; that […]

The Midwest’s Premier Tour Operator

by JM Web Designs @ Moostash Joe Tours

If you haven’t already noticed on our homepage, check out our brand new video below! Its purpose is to capture what we […]

Learning from Past Disasters, Preventing Future Ones

by Michael Ellsberg @ Viet Nam – Daniel Ellsberg's Website

[Daniel’s foreword to Flirting With Disaster: Why Accidents Are Rarely Accidental by Marc Gerstein, with Michael Ellsberg.] I have participated in several major organizational catastrophes. The most well known of them is the Vietnam War. I was aware on my first visit to Vietnam in 1961 that the situation there – a failing neocolonial regime we had installed as a successor to French rule – was a sure loser in which we should not become further involved. Yet a few years later, I found myself participating as a high-level staffer in a policy process that lied both the public and Congress into a war that, unbeknownst to me at the time, experts inside the government accurately predicted would lead to catastrophe. The very word catastrophe, almost unknown in the dry language of bureaucracy, was uttered directly to the president. Clark Clifford, longtime and highly trusted adviser to U.S. presidents, told President Lyndon Johnson in July 1965: “If we lose fifty thousand men there, it will be catastrophic in this country. Five years, billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of men – this is not for us. . . .” But it was for us, casualties included, after Johnson launched an […]

Why Visit Southeast Asia?

by Shannon Bradley @ Down Under Endeavours

I know, I know, the trip to Southeast Asia involves a really long flight, the locals don’t speak English, they drive on the other side of the road, the culture and food are so different… Well, having just returned from Bali and Thailand, I say those are all reasons you SHOULD visit! I’ve just returned Read More…

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2018 Tour Preview

by Moostash Joe Tours @ Moostash Joe Tours

Presenting…the first 6 months of our 2018 Moostash Joe Tour Schedule! We’re thrilled to unveil so many fantastic, beautiful, one-of-a-kind tours and […]

Previously Unpublished Papers and Memos Discussed in “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers”

by Ellsberg.Net @ Viet Nam – Daniel Ellsberg's Website

(These previously unpublished papers and documents written by Daniel Ellsberg were discussed in Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. The numbers in parentheses refer to the pages of Secrets in which the paper or memo is discussed.) (pp. 88-97) Draft Speech for Secretary McNamara July 22, 1965 (pp. 106-108) Memo to General Lansdale: Mission Council Meeting July 25, 1966 (p. 169) Memo to General Lansdale: The Challenge of Corruption in South Vietnam, November 23, 1965 (pp. 176-177) Memo for the Record: Ky’s Candidacy and the Upcoming Elections, May 4, 1967 (pp. 236-243, 275, 367-368, 384, 416-417, 432-437, 451) Draft of NSSM-1 Questions, January 1969 (p. 246) Infeasible Aims and the Politics of Stalemate, August 1969 (pp. 281-282, 310-322) Letter to the New York Times, October 8, 1969 (pp. 282-283) Letter to Charles Bolté, September 23, 1969 (p. 334) Revolutionary Judo, January 1970 Other Vietnam Memos and Documents: Some Prospects and Problems in Vietnam, February 1968 Critical Postures on U.S. Decision-Making in Vietnam, June 1960 Vu Van Thai on U.S. Aims and Interventions in Vietnam, July 1969 Some Lessons from Failure in Vietnam, July 1969 On Pacification, July 1969 U.S. Policy and the Politics of Others, July 1969 […]

Vietnam vet dedicated to serving fellow vets

Vietnam vet dedicated to serving fellow vets


Arizona Daily Star

Johnny Thompson may have ended his military career, but he still serves.

Additional Endnotes for “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers”

by Michael Ellsberg @ Viet Nam – Daniel Ellsberg's Website

Chapter 1: The Tonkin Gulf: August 1964 Chapter 3: The Road to Escalation Chapter 8: Travels with Vann Chapter 9: Losing Hope Chapter 12: Jaundice Chapter 13: The Power of Truth Chapter 14: Campaign ’68 Chapter 15: To the Hotel Pierre Chapter 16: The Morality of a Continuing War Chapter 18: Extrication Chapter 19: Murder and the Lying Machine Chapter 22: Capitol Hill Chapter 23: Leaving Rand Chapter 24: Kissinger Chapter 25: Congress Chapter 26: To the New York Times Chapter 28: Approaching June 13 Chapter 29: Going Underground Chapter 31: The Road to Watergate Chapter 1: The Tonkin Gulf: August 1964 Page 13 “insisted they could not be considered U.S. provocations:” In an executive session of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Wayne Morse suggested that our destroyers might actually have been associated with the “South Vietnamese” raids, and that anyway, the North Vietnamese might reasonably have believed this. (His suspicion, it turned out, had been stimulated by a call from someone in the Pentagon-not me, I regret to say-someone “in uniform” who told him that what the Administration was saying about the situation did not include all the facts. He suggested that the Senator question the Administration on […]

New Zealand’s Charm Lies Off the Beaten Path

by Shannon Bradley @ Down Under Endeavours

Hello, everyone! I just returned from my third trip to New Zealand. I was lucky enough to travel for 3 weeks throughout the country with my parents. And while I know that places like Queenstown, Rotorua, and Auckland are the headliners in New Zealand, some of the smaller, off-the-beaten-path places are oozing with Kiwi charm. Read More…

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A Veterans Story - From Vietnam to the Civil War, Veteran still getting into uniform 36 years after retiring from Air Force

A Veterans Story - From Vietnam to the Civil War, Veteran still getting into uniform 36 years after retiring from Air Force


The Southwest Iowa News Source

ATLANTIC - While Dave Hancock of Atlantic has officially been retired from the military for 36 years, he still gets into uniform once in a while, to carry on a

Vietnam Veteran Died With No Family to Lay Him to Rest. Just Watch What Happens on the Day of His Funeral.

Vietnam Veteran Died With No Family to Lay Him to Rest. Just Watch What Happens on the Day of His Funeral.


TheBlaze

"Based on the audience here today, I believe he does have a family — and that is all of us."

Daniel Ellsberg interviewed by New York Magazine

by Michael Ellsberg @ Daniel Ellsberg's Website

Andrew Rice interviewed Daniel Ellsberg for a profile in New York Magazine. Here are some passages: “Keeping secrets was my career,” Daniel Ellsberg says. “I didn’t lose the aptitude for that when I put out the Pentagon Papers.” This might come as a shock, considering that the former Defense Department analyst is best known for leaking classified information nearly half a century ago, thus bringing about a landmark legal precedent in favor of press freedom and, indirectly, hastening the end of both the Vietnam War and the Nixon administration. But for many years, even as Ellsberg beat prosecution, became a peace activist, and wrote an autobiography titled Secrets, he still had something remarkable left to disclose…. The Doomsday Machine is being published at an alarmingly relevant moment, as North Korea is seeking the capability to target the United States with nuclear missiles, and an unpredictable president, Donald Trump, has countered with threats of “fire and fury.” Experts on North Korea say that the risk of a nuclear exchange is higher than it has been in recent memory. Ellsberg, as one of the few living members of the generation of theorists who devised our nuclear strike doctrines, has been grappling with […]

Discover Iconic Filming Locations at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Discover Iconic Filming Locations at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood


Discover Los Angeles

Read on for ten iconic locations you must see during the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. 

Thank you for entering

by Steve Griswold @ Uncategorized | Pixie Vacations

Thank you for entering Good Luck! You can follow us on our road trips on Twitter and Instagram @GriswoldVac Don’t Forget to join our Facebook Page too. Want to see how the Griswold Wagon Queen Family Truckster was made?  Here are the photos of the construction of the Griswold Family Truckster. Ready to start planning […]

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Chairman, General Paul Kern (retired)

by admin @ Bios – AFFOA

Chairman, General Paul Kern (retired) General Paul J. Kern has an extremely distinguished record of service to our nation, including two tours of duty in Vietnam and service with the 24th Infantry Division during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. General Kern was Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command, and Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of […]

“Defiance”: Vets bring Vietnam home with them

“Defiance”: Vets bring Vietnam home with them


The Denver Post

“Defiance”: Vets bring Vietnam home with them

Implications of Sexual Tourism

by Daphne @ IAMAT

Within the last 20 years, the number of international travellers has more than doubled and is expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. The growth of the travel and tourism industry has many positive outcomes for individuals and their communities, but it can also increase risks among vulnerable populations, including women and children. A recent global study found that the rapid expansion of the travel industry has coincided with significant growth in sexual tourism, a pervasive form of exploitation that occurs around the world. Sexual tourism, particularly the kind that targets children, represents the unseemly underbelly of the travel industry. As global citizens and responsible travellers, we can help end this practice. What is sexual tourism? The term “sexual tourism” is defined as travel specifically arranged for, or planned by, travellers to facilitate the procurement of sex. In this context, these travellers are referred to as “sex tourists”. Sexual tourism encompasses travellers who have a general pleasure-seeking attitude towards casual sex with fellow travellers or local people. It may also involve specifically arranged tours to gain access to full time commercial sex workers in destination countries, or to satisfy a specific desire to have exploitative and illegal sexual contact with children. Many commercial sex workers and children are forced to engage in the trade as a result of deceptive practices and are part of human trafficking networks. Why does sexual tourism exist? Sexual tourism is a very lucrative industry that spans the globe. Estimates from ECPAT International show that each year, approximately 250,000 people travel internationally to engage in sex tourism with children and youth and that the industry generates over $20 billion in revenue. Southeast Asian countries have long been prime destinations for child sex tourists, but in recent years, countries in East Asia, Central America, and South America have been increasingly popular destinations as well. Furthermore, many regions (including countries in North America and Europe) that were previously thought of as departing countries for offenders are becoming sexual tourism destinations. Both sex trafficking and sexual tourism fuel the spread of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and pose a threat to community health, poverty alleviation, gender equality, and human emancipation. Who are sexual tourists? Sexual tourists have varied characteristics and motivations. They include persons of any gender travelling abroad or domestically for the purposes of procuring sex. While the majority of sexual tourists are men, women do account for a small proportion of offenders. Many sexual tourists are “situational abusers”, meaning that they may not consistently engage in the practice but will take advantage of the opportunity when it arises. They can be any type of traveller, including tourists, volunteers, or persons who travel for work. Sexual tourism allows these individuals to feel free from the social restraints governing their behaviour at home. They discard their moral values abroad and think they can escape the consequences by taking advantage of weak legal systems and the anonymity afforded by travel. What can be done to prevent sexual […]

In the news: Travel health insurance

by Daphne @ IAMAT

This article is part of our monthly travel and global health news round-up. July and August are busy months for travellers. Several stories about travellers’ medical care experiences abroad have been in the news lately, so travel health insurance is the theme of this edition. In the news this month 1. Travel insurance providers remove mental health illness exclusions The Sydney Morning Herald Great news! Two Australian insurance companies have removed exclusions that deny travellers coverage for mental health conditions. This is a step in the right direction. We recognise the critical importance of incorporating specific cover for people with mental health conditions into our policies. – Mike Emmett, chief executive of the insurance company Cover-More Australia Travellers with well-managed mental health conditions can travel safely, but many insurance companies provide limited or no coverage for psychological disorders like anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, or suicide attempts. If you are travelling with a mental health condition, you may find the tips in our Travel and Mental Health series helpful. If you’re an IAMAT member, our Medical Directory lists some mental health practitioners and IAMAT doctors can refer you to local mental health practitioners if needed. 2. 4 Things Retirees Should Know About Buying Travel Insurance Huffington Post When it comes to insurance, things can be more complicated than they seem. Our Executive Director Tullia Marcolongo spoke with the Huffington Post about evacuation, medical questionnaires, and travel insurance for retirees.  Sometimes it’s a matter of getting you to a nearby city or country that has better care than the place you’re in. You might need a visa for that country or need to find air and ground crews and get cleared for landing. I’ve seen it take as long as two weeks. – Tullia Marcolongo, IAMAT Executive Director Older travellers are a diverse and growing group. When shopping for insurance, consider your health needs and pre-existing health conditions, your risk tolerance, and the activities you’re planning – then look for insurance to fit these criteria. If you are over the age of 50, many insurers will ask you to fill out a medical questionnaire which may determine your premium and the type of coverage you’ll get. Learn more about how a medical questionnaire can affect your coverage on page 46 of our Guide to Travel Health Insurance. 3. Travel insurance gap leads to costly mistake Toronto Star Does your travel insurance cover what you think it does? Having the right travel insurance can save you money and stress before your trip, as Donna Hopkins and her husband found out. The day they were scheduled to travel to Scotland and Ireland, Donna Hopkins was hospitalized with an infected gallbladder. She recovered, but was unable to claim the cost of the trip through their insurance due to confusion about the terminology in the policy. The policy included trip interruption, but not trip cancellation coverage. Donna Hopkins says of her conversation with her insurer: I tried to explain this was an interruption […]

Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Melbourne

by Laura Tober @ Down Under Endeavours

Food, food, food! That’s what it’s all about today. Really, is there anything else? I’ve just returned from my most recent trip to Australia, and I had a great time exploring Melbourne’s famous culinary scene! Below are my personal recommendations for your stay in Melbourne. Melbourne’s graffiti-covered laneways make for great photo ops! Within the Read More…

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In the news: Coral reefs and sunscreen, toilets, and accessible travel

by Daphne @ IAMAT

This article is part of our monthly travel and global health news round-up. This month we look at some of the big questions in responsible travel: Why are coral reefs dying? How do toilets and sanitation affect me and the communities I visit? We also look at two facets of accessible travel: A step by step guide to travelling with MS and one expert’s thoughts on why accessible travel is so rewarding, despite its challenges. In the news this month 1. Is Your Sunscreen Poisoning the Ocean? The New York Times It’s well known that protecting yourself from sun exposure helps to prevent sun damage that can lead to skin cancer and other illnesses. Sunscreen is one of the main methods of protecting your skin – especially at the beach – but many people are unaware that sunscreens can damage sensitive environments like coral reefs. In this article, Peggy Orenstein shares her impressions of the damage to the coral reef in Hawaii that she’s visited for decades. She says: Bleaching has been more severe in heavily touristed areas — Hawaii, the Great Barrier Reef, the United States Virgin Islands among them — and the stress of background pollutants makes even remote reefs less resilient to larger threats. It’s a cruel irony that protecting yourself and your kids from skin cancer has come at such a cost to the ocean. The good news is that there are alternatives. Mineral sunscreens — whose active ingredients are titanium dioxide or zinc oxide — are one option. If you’re visiting a coral reef, consider using mineral sunscreens, wearing long-sleeved UV-protectant clothing, and staying out of the sun during the middle of the day when the sun is most intense. 2. Nearly a billion people still defecate outdoors. Here’s why. National Geographic Sanitation, toilets, and open defecation are a hot topic in India. With successful “no toilet, no bride” campaigns and a recent romantic comedy dedicated to the subject, sanitation is on everyone’s mind. However, open defecation persists in some communities – and continues to make people sick from fecal contamination in their food and water. In this in-depth article, National Geographic correspondent Elizabeth Royte writes: The health toll [of open defecation] in India is staggering. Diarrhea kills over 117,000 children under age five each year. Millions more struggle on with chronically infected intestines that don’t absorb nutrients and medicines well. The misery cycles on: Underweight women give birth to underweight babies, who are more vulnerable to infections, more likely to be stunted, and less able to benefit from vaccines. In 2016, 39 percent of Indian children under age five were stunted. According to WHO, at least 10% of the world’s population may be consuming food that has been irrigated with waste water. Fecal contamination of food and water can occur in the fields where food is grown, through cracks in aging water pipes, or from food handlers who do not use good hand hygiene. This can result in a mild bout of traveller’s diarrhea or […]

From Vietnam to Afghanistan

by Michael Ellsberg @ Viet Nam – Daniel Ellsberg's Website

[Interviews and videos of Daniel Ellsberg on Vietnam/Afghanistan parallels posted on The Real News Network]

Show Me Around Charlotte | Charlotte's got a blog

Show Me Around Charlotte | Charlotte's got a blog


Charlotte's Got a Blog

With family and friends in town for the holidays, the pressure’s on to show them the ropes of the Queen City—and perhaps persuade them to make a change of address. With so much to see and do, you’ll need to arm yourself with the ideal itinerary. Here’s where we come in. Get hopping along the city’s brewery scene Your guests deserve a proper appreciation for the city’s plethora of homegrown pours. Take advantage of South End’s compact and considerable brewery scene to sample the most suds. Start in Lenny Boy Brewing Co.’s massive taproom, where sour beers and flavorful kombucha take the spotlight. From there, make the brief trek or take the LYNX Blue Line light rail to Triple C Brewing Co., home of the award-winning 3-C IPA. A few blocks over, stop at Sycamore Brewing, where the Southern Girl Blonde lager is a show-stealer. Finally, just a light rail ride away, wake up your taste buds at Wooden Robot Brewery; the Good Morning Vietnam coffee-vanilla blonde ale is a gamechanger. Or

2018 Full Tour Schedule!

by Moostash Joe Tours @ Moostash Joe Tours

Hot off the press! Introducing our complete 2018 Tour Schedule! This year’s tour booklet features each and every tour we offer in date […]

Tarrant County College suspends astronomy instructor who talked about the Koran in class in the dark

by Colleen Flaherty @ Inside Higher Ed

Tarrant County College in Texas suspended an astronomy instructor last week after he reportedly entered a classroom late with his head, face and hands covered, turned off the lights, and spoke about Islam.

Some students said they thought the incident was a joke. But others were frightened and called the police. Campus officers searched and questioned in the instructor, Daniel Mashburn, but did not arrest him.

“I thought I’d start this year a little differently,” Mashburn told police, according to a student video shared with local news station KDFW.

Mashburn isn’t the first faculty member to open a new semester in an unorthodox manner. Columbia University reviewed the conduct of a physics professor in 2013, for example, after he stripped to Lil Wayne’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” showed images of Sept. 11 and “executed” a stuffed animal during a lesson on quantum mechanics.

Emlyn Hughes, the Columbia professor, kept his job, and some supporters urged critics to be open-minded. Open-mindedness was, in fact, the point of the lesson, Hughes said at the beginning of class, warning students that “to learn quantum mechanics, you have to strip to your raw, erase all the garbage from your brain and start over again.”

It remains unclear what, if any, academic connection exists between Mashburn’s conduct and a course on the solar system. He did not respond to a request for comment over the weekend.

“Well, the class is about astronomy, it’s about the stars, and the Koran is about the stars,” he told KDFW last week during a quasi interview from his apartment balcony, still covered with a hat, scarf and gloves. “It is the book of stars, the book of love, the book of life.”

Asked why he’d covered his face, head and hands, Mashburn said it was the custom to do so in many countries. He said he'd kept his teaching philosophy "secret" while interviewing for his position.

"I do my best, but I am tired of hiding in the shadows. I am tired of fearing their law. I fear Allah," Mashburn said. Of students, he added, "I do not know why they fear me. Why are they afraid? I'm a man who covers his face in his hand. I offer you nothing but the Koran, a book, and the universe. The universe is in my hand right here. You can look at it."

Mashburn was fidgeting in class with something in his pocket, according to student reports. Police found no weapons. Most students left the classroom. A few stayed until the end of the session, which Mashburn moved outdoors.

The college has since assigned the course to a new instructor. College spokespeople said that Mashburn was suspended from teaching, pending the outcome of an investigation into his conduct. This was to be his second semester as an adjunct at Tarrant County. According to his LinkedIn profile, Mashburn worked at Tarrant County for an additional semester as an instructional associate and served as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee while earning his master's of science in physics, through 2015.

A widely followed American Association of University Professors policy says that professors should only be removed from the classroom during an investigation of their conduct if they pose a safety risk.

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Peake: Baseball research group tours area Mantle sites


Joplin Globe

Hank Coiner loves to talk baseball — especially when it has to do with Mickey Mantle’s lasting legacy in the area.

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Droves fill pope’s final Mass in restive Latin America trip

Droves fill pope’s final Mass in restive Latin America trip

by Nicole Winfield @ The Denver Post

More than 1 million people turned out Sunday for Pope Francis' final Mass in Peru, giving him a warm and heartfelt farewell that contrasted sharply with the outcry he caused in neighboring Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slandering a bishop.

Outtakes from “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers”

by Michael Ellsberg @ Viet Nam – Daniel Ellsberg's Website

In order to keep “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers” to a reasonable length, many worthy pieces were left out of the final cut. Here are the sections, scenes, and snippets that would have made it into the book if space were not a consideration. First Use of B-52s in Vietnam Ellsberg’s account of “the first time in the war. . . [he] had the sharp, sudden sense the people [he] was working with were mad.” Mary, 1969 Ellsberg’s description of involving his daughter Mary in copying the Pentagon Papers. (This outtake is included in the paperback edition.) Boston Federal Building, May 1971 A vignette of Ellsberg’s participation in civil disobedience with Howard Zinn, outside of the Boston Federal Building, May 1971 Speer Ellsberg reflects on comments he made after his arrest, concerning the responsibility of officials in a criminal war. Additional Notes Additional notes and commentary on Secrets, including anecdotes, explanation, analysis, and historical details not included in the book.

Preparing for your wellness retreat

by Daphne @ IAMAT

Wellness retreats are becoming a popular way to travel and focus on personal health and wellbeing. Offering both escape and adventure, retreats are increasingly taking place in tropical and secluded locations around the world. Although wellness retreats are intended to improve your wellbeing, health risks are still present and can quickly derail your experience. Knowing the risks and being prepared can ensure you have a fulfilling and enjoyable trip. Wellness and tourism Wellness can be defined as an active process of growing one’s physical, mental, and social health. With more and more of us managing stress and living with chronic health conditions, interest in wellness has grown rapidly. This has led to an extensive wellness economy that offers products and experiences intended to promote health and wellbeing. The wellness economy consists of various industries, including beauty and antiaging, nutrition and weight-loss, and wellness tourism. The wellness tourism industry has expanded rapidly in recent years and is now growing twice as fast as total worldwide tourism [1]. Wellness tourism is a specific type of travel that promotes a positive and holistic health experience. It is often marketed as a luxury experience, with wellness tourists spending approximately 61% more than the average international tourist and 164% more than the average domestic tourist [1]. Wellness tourism is largely concentrated in Europe, North America, and Oceania but countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa and Vietnam are also becoming popular destinations. Wellness retreats Wellness retreats are a popular option for travellers who want to pursue wellbeing activities away from home. They provide a dedicated environment for improving wellbeing through topics that focus on spiritual growth, personal development, physical fitness, diet, relaxation, and smoking cessation. Some forms of wellness retreats (often referred to as “healing retreats”) are designed for those with a specific health concern such as chronic stress or a pre-existing condition like diabetes, cancer, or a mental health condition. Helpful tips for a healthy retreat Wellness retreats are designed to enhance your health and wellbeing, but injuries and illness can still occur. Knowing the risks and how to prevent them will allow you to focus on the experience at your retreat. Research your destination A little research goes a long way toward keeping you healthy! Start researching your destination a few months before departure and exercising if physical activities are planned for your trip. Quick tips: Make sure your routine immunizations are up to date and find out if you need travel-related vaccinations. Take the time to research and learn about the health risks at your destination. Health risks can differ depending on the season, region of the country, and the type of travel you do. Our Country Health Advice database is a good place to start. Retreats can take place in a variety of settings, from hotels in urban centres to jungle spas in remote locations. Wherever you are, it is important to know how far you will be from a reliable hospital with practitioners that […]

First Use of B-52s in Vietnam

by Michael Ellsberg @ Viet Nam – Daniel Ellsberg's Website

(Outtake from Daniel Ellsberg’s Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers; fits in after the section break on p. 79) On May 14, 1965, a cable came across my desk from Ambassador Taylor in Saigon, forwarding—with his support—the recommendation from General Westmoreland that B-52s be used to attack a Viet Cong “base area” in South Vietnam. It would be hard for most people to imagine the feeling this proposal evoked in me. For the first time in the war—it should have been earlier, but somehow it wasn’t—I had the sharp, sudden sense that people I was working with were mad. I thought, “They’ve gone crazy! They’ve lost every sense of proportion. They’ll use anything, anything, to fight this war.” Why not ICBMs, with non-nuclear warheads? Or with nuclear warheads, later? That’s what B-52s were designed for! I had more sense of what B-52’s were for than most civilians would, reading that message. After years of looking at and thinking about nuclear war plans, with the mind for figures I had in those days, I carried in my head precise numbers for the bomb-load of a B-52, the megatonnage and the estimated accuracy of its nuclear weapons, its range unrefueled […]

Cleveland museum returns 10th-century statue to Cambodia

Cleveland museum returns 10th-century statue to Cambodia


The Blade

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Museum of Art has returned a 10th-century statue to Cambodia after it uncovered evidence the sculpture was probably looted during the country’s civil war. The museum announced Monday that the statue of the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman, was returned, The Plain Dealer reported. The sculpture was displayed constantly at the museum since being acquired in 1982. It was a favorite among schoolchildren who imitate its kneeling pose during tours. Museum officials found last year that the statue’s head and body were sold separately in 1968 and 1972 during the Vietnam War and Cambodian civil war. An excavation showed the sculpture’s base matched a pedestal at an ancient temple. The Hanuman is the sixth “blood antiquity” returned to Cambodia in recent years. The

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In the news: A travel medicine pioneer, volunteering, monkeys, and dementia

by Daphne @ IAMAT

You’re reading the latest edition of our monthly travel and health news round up. Every month, we share four interesting articles in travel and tropical medicine. Refugee health has been at the top of our minds recently. World Refugee Day on June 20 was an important reminder that not everyone gets to choose when and where they travel. (You can see the highlights of the recent North American Refugee Health Conference with the hashtag #NARHCTO on Twitter.) In the news this month 1. Martin Wolfe, doctor specializing in tropical and travel medicine, dies at 82 Washington Post Martin Wolfe was a long-time IAMAT physician. We will always remember his kindness and generosity. – IAMAT President M. Assunta Uffer-Marcolongo Dr. Martin Wolfe was an IAMAT doctor in Washington, D.C. and an early travel medicine specialist. He opened Traveler’s Medical Service of Washington in 1980 and later opened another branch in New York. Both clinics are listed in our Medical Directory. 2. The Trouble with Medical “Voluntourism” Scientific American International medical volunteering and student placements have become more and more popular. Most volunteers have good intentions but without proper training, supervision, and an understanding of the community and local health system, they can unintentionally cause harm. Global health researcher Noelle Sullivan says: The desire to help those in need may confer volunteers with social esteem, yet few volunteers stay long enough to know patient outcomes, or realize their effect on the local health system. Considering your impact on your host community is central to being a responsible traveller. If you’re thinking about volunteering abroad, research thoroughly, ask questions, and consider the motivations for your trip. (Our ethical volunteering checklist is a good starting point.) If you want to learn more about international medical volunteering, read this article by Irmgard Bauer. It explores the ethics of medical volunteering and student placements and asks “How can we make medical assistance collaborative and equitable?” 3. When A Kiss Is Not A Kiss: Why So Many People Get Bitten By Monkeys NPR Is that monkey friendly? Researchers have found that humans aren’t very good at interpreting the facial expressions of non-human primates. For travellers, this can lead to monkey bites or near misses like this one from the article: “I’m going to go touch him,” my husband, Matt, says, referring to the male [baboon] at the gas station parking lot, munching on a cracker. “Just one little pat on the head.” So Matt — a very smart man, with a degree in computer science — steps slowly toward the creature. He’s 3 feet away … 2 feet away … 1 foot away when … boom! Mr. Baboon opens his mouth wide and reveals ginormous front teeth — about the size of thumbs. Matt freezes, turns to me and starts running back. Travel medicine practitioners shared words of caution about monkey bites: Good advice! Our clinic sees 2-5 folk a month bitten in Bali! https://t.co/ZYKE3OiPQk — Marc (@shaw_wise) June 21, 2017 Monkeys want your food and will […]

In the news: Finding safe medicines and avoiding fakes

by Daphne @ IAMAT

This article is part of our regular travel and global health news round-up. Finding safe medicines abroad is a commonly-overlooked part of trip planning. Whether you take prescription medication or need over-the-counter medicine to treat an unexpected illness, it’s important to be aware of how to find safe, good quality medication when you’re travelling. Travel and safe medicines We were saddened by the news of two young travellers who died in Cambodia last month. The travellers were ill and had gone to a pharmacy for medication but were later found unresponsive in their hostel room. Their deaths are currently being investigated. Our thoughts are with their families. In a CBC News article about this case, Dr. Pierre Plourde of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority emphasizes that falsified medicines are a major illicit industry and that counterfeiters have sophisticated methods for passing off fake medicines as the real thing. Raising awareness about fake medicines Many travellers are unaware of the risks of purchasing medications online, from unlicensed pharmacies or vendors at markets, and the possibility that fake medicines with convincing packaging may be unknowingly distributed by licensed pharmacies. More regulation is needed to make sure that patients and travellers have access to safe medicines and are protected from dangerous fake products. As such, we have worked with the Fight the Fakes campaign since 2015 to raise awareness of these issues among travellers. Fake and substandard medicines are dangerous and jeopardize people’s trust in their health system. Fake medicines (or falsified medical products) deliberately mislead patients and health professionals (they may have deceptive packaging; too much, too little, or no active ingredient; or include toxic substances). Substandard medicines are produced by legitimate manufacturers but do not meet quality standards (for example, they may be contaminated or expired). The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released 2 new reports on this issue. A few key points: Substandard and falsified medicines are found in all countries. Falsified products and packaging may be manufactured in one country and shipped to another for assembly and distribution. WHO estimates that 1 in 10 medicines in low- or middle-income countries is falsified or substandard. Many cases may be going unreported and more research is needed to better assess the scope of the problem of fake medicines. Antimalarials and antibiotics are the fake medicines most frequently reported to the WHO. Fake medicines contribute to the spread of drug-resistant Malaria parasites and bacteria, making it more difficult to treat infections. In particular, the spread of artemisinin-resistant Malaria from Southeast Asia to Africa would put millions of people – especially children – at risk. We continuously update our World Malaria Risk Chart and online Malaria information to include the latest data on drug-resistant Malaria and antimalarial medication recommendations. What you can do Everything in travel is about risk mitigation. I love travel. It’s an incredibly enriching experience. –  Dr. Pierre Plourde, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Don’t let the risk of fake medicines deter you from travelling – a little preparation goes a […]

By Veterans, For Veterans: A Monumental Accomplishment | Sierra News Online

By Veterans, For Veterans: A Monumental Accomplishment | Sierra News Online


Sierra News Online

AHWAHNEE -- Today was a celebration of our veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces, and also a recognition of what can be accomplished through the hard work and dedication of a group of veterans and local citizens. Hundreds gathered at the Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park this morning for the dedication of the Veterans' Memorial -- a project several years in the making that grew out of the desire to create something "By Veterans, For Veterans." Col Gerald Bosworth, U.S. Marine Corps Retired and Vietnam veteran, served as Master of Ceremonies, and personally honored the veterans seated on each of the five benches installed around the perimeter of the monument. One of those benches stood empty, in memory of U.S. Army veteran Albert A. Weinman, Utah Beach survivor of the Normandy Landings, who recently passed away. Two veterans from each branch of service -- Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard -- stepped forward to raise their respective flags from half-staff,

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