Ask anyone why they travel and they will probably tell you it’s to see new things. Whether it’s somewhere they learned about in a class, somewhere they have a family history tie, or somewhere they saw tagged on Instagram, many people love to explore. Tourism has also been known to positively impact the economy of destinations. But if left unchecked, it can also put a great deal of strain on an environment – both natural and economic. From coral reefs in Thailand to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, here are what 13 destinations around the world looked like before and after they were ruined by tourists. In 2017, more than 2 million tourists visited the island of Boracay, Philippines, known for its the powdery white-sand shores and crystal clear waters. Source: Philippine Information Agency But the island’s lack of infrastructure finally caught up to it. Thousands of island residents and hundreds of tourism-related businesses were not connected to underground … [Read more...] about Disturbing photos show what famous destinations looked like before and after tourists wrecked them
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Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - The Foreign Affairs Ministry has entrusted Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi Province, to host the 2019 Diplomacy Festival on Feb 22 and 23. "Makassar is not only a large and potential city but also one with adequate experiences in the context of communication with the outside world," Rachmat Budiman, the Inspector General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, stated here on Monday. Makassar is also keen in establishing international relations as it has signed cooperation agreements with 17 countries, he noted. The ministry invites the younger generation, particularly university students, to participate in the festival, which will also be enlivened with various training courses on diplomacy. The festival will also promote the government`s achievements in diplomacy over the last four years, he added. Indonesia is currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and has been active in promoting world peace, including helping address … [Read more...] about Makassar to host Diplomacy Festival on Feb 22, 23
At the end of last year, POLITICO Magazine asked historians if 2017 had been the craziest year in American politics. That was before 2018, when several of President Donald Trump’s onetime cronies were indicted for financial crimes, when rapper Kanye West delivered a soliloquy in the Oval Office and when an accidental alert had Hawaii residents convinced nuclear missiles were inbound for a full 38 minutes. That was before one midterm election and three government shutdowns, before the Trump administration ordered migrant children be separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and before the president’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It was before the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and before 13 federal agencies issued a dire report on climate change that the White House attempted to bury. How will history remember this wild year? Which events were significant and which were distractions? POLITICO Magazine asked the smartest historians we know … [Read more...] about What Will History Books Say About 2018?
A mini Pacific Game of Thrones will be going down this weekend as Papua New Guinea plays host to 21 nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby. Australia and China in particular will be vying for influence and they already have the checkbooks out. China’s President Xi Jinping is already on the ground in Papua New Guinea for a state visit. But Bridi Rice, the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Australian Council of International Development and a former Australian government anti-money-laundering adviser to Papua New Guinea says the country needs genuine partners, not handouts. On Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison joined his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on an historic visit to the northern Australian city of Darwin that Japanese forces attacked more than 75 years ago Just a few hours earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down for a state visit with the Pacific neighbour where Japan and Australia met in a … [Read more...] about APEC host Papua New Guinea doesn’t need cheap cash and hollow promises, it needs a genuine solution
0 Have your say Chancellor Philip Hammond has been urged by political and business leaders to commit the Government to re-balancing the economy in next week’s Budget by delivering ‘real and focused investment’ in Yorkshire and the North. Teesside mayor Ben Houchen said his fellow Tory was in the “unenviable position” of continuing to try and balance the books while fulfilling the Prime Minister’s pledge to end austerity amid the uncertainty of Brexit.He said: “With our economy now almost 20 per cent bigger than it was in 2010, the Government now needs to use this Budget to show that the hard work was worth it, and that fiscal restraint can now pay dividends.” Bernard Ingham: Budget 2018 – Theresa May has left Philip Hammond with austerity headacheSheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis said: “The Chancellor must not miss the opportunity to show people in the Sheffield City Region and Yorkshire that this … [Read more...] about This is what leading figures in Yorkshire want Chancellor Philip Hammond to say in Monday’s Budget speech