Month: March 2021

Aggressive tourists lead to more police, fines

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –  As a bartender at La Factoría, a popular bar in Puerto Rico, Celso Meléndez Vázquez has had a front row seat to the rise of misbehaving tourists in the island’s capital. 

Meléndez Vázquez works and lives in the popular tourist area of Old San Juan, and he was nervous about all the violent incidents happening with tourists around the area who refused to adhere to local face mask requirements. 

“I would sometimes go to work thinking, ‘Is this the day I’m going to have some aggressive interaction with someone?'”

When he clocked out of work,

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Vacation rentals see high demand, putting KC in tricky spot says city leader

As public health officials are urging people to not let their guard down from the virus, travelers are seeking out vacation destinations all over the country. “Airbnb’s have been a hot topic of discussion,” said KCMO Councilman Eric Bunch, 4th district. Vacation rental companies like Airbnb and VRBO are seeing a boost in reservations with both of their stocks soaring.”It’s tricky, it’s a mixed bag,” said Bunch. While that’s good news for the Kansas City economy—there’s still some hesitation to welcome visitors.”With things opening up again, and people coming back out, and feeling a little bit more I guess confident, … read more

La Jolla Recreation Center inches toward reopening, Cuvier Street vacation and temporary bocce court

With San Diego County in the red tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening system, those who oversee the La Jolla Recreation Center are taking steps to prepare for its reopening, possibly before summer.

No opening date is set, but “our entire department is having weekly meetings to discuss … how to open up recreation centers, how to have social distancing markers, how to have entry points and exit points,” San Diego Parks & Recreation Department area manager Rosalia Castruita told the La Jolla Community Recreation Group, the Rec Center’s advisory board, at its March 24 meeting.

Castruita said opening the

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US Orders Non-Essential Personnel Out of Myanmar as Military Escalates Protest Crackdown | Voice of America

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-essential personnel and their family members to leave Myanmar as the military’s bloody crackdown against anti-coup demonstrations continues.

“The Burmese military has detained and deposed elected government officials,” the department said in a written statement ordering the evacuations, using Myanmar’s former name. “Protests and demonstrations against military rule have occurred and are expected to continue.”

The State Department’s order updates an advisory issued just last month that allowed non-emergency U.S. personnel to leave if they wanted.

Bullet holes are seen on the window at American Center in Yangon, Myanmar, March 27,
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Instagram Travel Influencer Lee MacMillan, 28, Killed by Train in Noleta

Santa Barbara Police confirmed that highly followed Instagram personality and world traveler Lee MacMillan, 28, was hit and killed by a train last Friday by the intersection of State and Hollister roads in Noleta. 

Police had issued an alert that week asking members of the public for any information on MacMillan’s disappearance, noting she had left her home without car, keys, wallet, or cell phone. Although there was no suicide note, police expressed concern that MacMillan’s death had been self-inflicted. 

On December 5 last year, she discussed her struggles with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts at some length on an

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Delta flights won’t block block middle seats anymore

Make room for neighbors on your next Delta Air Lines flight.

The airline will end its yearlong practice of blocking middle seats on May 1, company officials announced Wednesday.

Delta had extended the popular policy several times during the pandemic, most recently in February, when it said it would keep middle seats open through April 30, a period that covers spring break and Easter getaways.

It is the last U.S. airline still blocking middle seats in regular economy as a pandemic safety measure,  though a United executive last year called blocking middle seats a publicity stunt. Alaska

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