Joey Bonura - As part of a new campaign, Thailand wants to promote their medical tourism by offering a competition for free plastic surgery.
Eric Larson - In 1931, construction workers added the final nail to the Empire State Building in New York. At 1,250 feet high, it was the tallest building in the world, and remained so until the 110-story north tower of the World Trade Center finalized in 1972.
Joey Bonura - If you happen to be in Cali, Colombia this month be on the lookout for celebrity sightings as some of the biggest names in Hollywood head to Colombia’s...
Joey Bonura - Two Russians, Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov, have climbed The Shanghai Tower, which is the second tallest in the world, to complete the most epic high-five.
Joey Bonura — Mercer has released their updated Quality of Living Survey for 2013. The survey analyzes 39 factors like political stability, cost of living, crime levels, pollution, and...
Brad Lendon -- It is a giant 5-foot diameter new species of jellyfish that slimed a beach in Australia last month, much to the delight of Lisa-ann Gershwin, a scientist at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.
Global Post - Panama's government has put into operation the country's first solar plant at a cost of approximately US$10 million, authorities said.
Joey Bonura - The Legatum Institute has released their yearly Prosperity Index which measures a country’s prosperity by using several factors besides just GDP. One of the factors includes safety & security which can be a significant variable in the lives of the country’s citizens. Here are the countries that were ranked with the highest safety ranking in 2013:
Daniel Jennings - Eating meat could become a thing of the past if two of the biggest names in technology get their way.
Huffington Post - Valentine's Day is upon us once again, and the sight of red roses, teddy bears and heart-shaped chocolate boxes is nearly ubiquitous on street corner in any number of cities worldwide.
Joey Bonura - After the Panama Canal expansion being put on pause for a few weeks, construction has finally resumed.
Colin Daileda - The fireworks are over. The streets are quiet. Now, Sochi, Russia must figure out how to move forward without a clear plan for doing so.
Joey Bonura -- The Foreign Ministry of Colombia announced that 46,943 visas were given out to foreigners in 2013. These included visas for tourism, work, studies, and business and were required for the groups of people obtaining them.
Joey Bonura - The current expansion of the Panama Canal has come to come to a halt due to unforeseen costs.
Elizabeth Anderson Ferruelo – Economic inequality is expected to be a major theme of President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address. While policy discussions on this subject usually center on jobs, taxes and education, there is growing recognition of the value of urban design and public spaces in shaping the equitable development of a city.
Joey Bonura -- In 2013 Panama received more than 2.2 million tourists that generated about US$3.3 billion for the country, a 7.8% increase from the year before.
Hugh Carnegy -- Hundreds of taxi drivers jammed roads around Paris and other big French cities on Monday in a protest against what they called unfair competition from private cabs, despite moves by the Socialist government to protect them.
Channel4.com--The first Bulgarians and Romanians with unrestricted access to the labor market arrived in the UK on Jan.1 despite last-ditch efforts to prevent a much talked-about wave of fresh immigration.
Heather Stewart and Larry Elliott (The Observer)—Will the coming year be one of tax cuts, pay rises and good cheer, or will the legacy of the financial crisis still haunt us? And what of China, Japan, the eurozone … Observer writers try to predict the economic shape of the next 12 months
Leonardo Haberkorn (Associated Press: ABC News)--Uruguayan President Jose Mujica says Brazil will fund 80 percent of a new deep-water port that will get around Argentine efforts to control shipping in the South Atlantic.
Joey Bonura - Ryanair hopes to expand flights between Europe and the United States.
(CNN) -- France is an impressive country.
And nobody knows it better than the French.
The country is surprisingly like the United States (which it taught a thing or two about liberté) in that you don't really ever need to leave.
There are sophisticated cities, sunny seashores, snowy mountains and wooded valleys all in one country.
Joey Bonura - Trip advisor has released their picks for the best islands in the world and our favorite island, Ambergris Caye, came in at number one. Here are the rest of the picks for you to plan your next island getaway:
Sucheta Rawal - Maybe your cruise ship docked for only a day in Belize, which didn't allow you the time to explore much of the local culture, jungles or coral reefs. Or perhaps you stayed at one of the all-inclusive resorts and didn't venture out beyond the sun, sand and water. If so, book the next flight you can back to this breathtaking Central American...
CNN - If you're accosted at an airport by someone who already knows your name, destination and dietary requirements, don't assume they're working for the TSA.
Skift - Indonesia is hoping to turn a disaster into a money-spinner. It wants to promote Mount Sinabung — the volcano that has been erupting since September last year and that has killed 16 people over the weekend — as a tourist hot spot.
Justin Jones - The Aiguille du Midi mountain sits nestled within the French Alps, home to some of the most picturesque, high-altitude landscapes in the world.
Here's a list compilated by Viator Travel of 25 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Belize:
1. It's the only English speaking country in Central America: Belize was occupied by the British, making it unique among its neighbors.
Joey Bonura — Photographer Murad Osmann is being led around the world by his girlfriend Nataly Zakharova in a series of Instagram photos known as “Follow Me”. Each photo features Nataly reaching behind and leading her boyfriend through an exotic location.
Joey Bonura -- Japan Airlines already has a very impressive first class cabin with privacy walls and seats that recline all the way back. But they have just announced that they will be letting passengers get even more comfortable on long flights by allowing them to customize the firmness of their mattresses.
Lief Simon -- “The good news from Belize is no news from Belize...” That's been the running joke as long as I've been spending time in Belize.
Bobby Casey--Why Invest in Lativa? From my perspective, there are three very good reasons:
By FarmsUY–Uruguay is the least corrupt country in Latin America, according to a new ranking which, in contrast, sheds light on the lack...
Kathleen Peddicord--An investment in a piece of property in a foreign country is one of the smartest things you could do with your money right now.
Kathleen Peddicord–You make three decisions in life that matter. You choose what to do to support yourself. You choose who to come home to at night (or maybe you choose to come home to no one...fair enough). And you choose where to come home.
Omar Best–So what is a country to do when they have exhausted all viable options to stimulate their economy and create jobs?
The Guardian- Catalonia is at a crossroads. The demand of our people is to hold a free vote on our future path--just as Scotland plans next year, just as other European countries have done in the last few decades.
Denis Foynes- In April 2012 the rating agency Standard and Poor’s assigned Uruguay the Investment Grade, which was also later assigned by Moody’s and Fitch.
Denis Foynes- European residency is a great way to diversify; and as crisis-hit Europe struggles to pay its debts, they are making very interesting offers.
BBC -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has made her first public speech in six weeks, ending a long silence that led to questions about her health following brain surgery.
Boonsong Kositchotethana, Bangkok Post -- International travelers are not yet shunning Thailand in great numbers but rather bypassing Bangkok, the centre of political tensions, and heading directly to other local destinations.
Joey Bonura -- The Vice President of Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti, was flour bombed by two women shortly after giving a speech at the Teatro Nacional. The two women approached her as she was exiting and threw the powder, which is normally used for cooking, at her face.
Kathia Martinez (Associated Press: ABC NEWS)--Panama's president said Thursday that he'll travel to Italy and Spain to seek their governments' help in resolving...
Pamela Meyer--If North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un had whispered to his uncle, "Looking forward to seeing you over the holidays" it would have taken the cake on this year's Top Ten List... but this year there were even stronger real contenders:
Lief Simon--I finally received my permanent residency card for Panama last week through the “Specific Countries” visa program that President Martinelli authorized with an Executive Order issued in May 2012.
FRANCE 24--The lower house of the French parliament, the National Assembly, approved a bill on Wednesday that would impose a €1,500 (US$2,050) fine on those caught paying for sexual services. The bill is expected to go before the upper house for consideration in early 2014.
Huffington Post: THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP)--Costa Rica is asking the United Nations' highest court to call a halt to construction by Nicaragua of two canals linking the Caribbean to the San Juan river near the two countries' border.
Brenna LaBine--Tensions are high in Honduras as the results in the latest presidential election have the opposition and many citizens calling for a recount
By Fiona Govan, Madrid and David Blair (The Telegraph)– Spain has been accused of a "serious infringement" after opening a bag belonging to the British government as officials traveled across the border.
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