One of the biggest hassles of traveling internationally is having to exchange money. But the U.S. dollar (USD) is widely accepted in many countries, both officially and unofficially. Some nations have adopted our currency as their own while others use dollars in addition to their own accepted legal tender. Plagued by hyperinflation, Zimbabwe ditched its currency in April 2009. (Customers got tired of trying to break 100 trillion-dollar bills.). And while South African rands, Botswana pulas, Chinese yuans and British pounds all used, prices are marked in dollars in the capital city of Harare.As U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands all use the U.S. dollar as their official tender. But so do two British Overseas Territories—Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands.Some countries have pegged their currency to the dollar at a set ratio, a process called "dollarization": Barbados has permanently … [Read more...] about 27 Countries That Accept U.S. Dollars as Currency
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The landscapes that comprise America’s national park system are experiencing climate change with a special intensity — warming about twice as fast as the country overall, while experiencing a fourfold greater precipitation decline. These trends, according to a paper just published in the journal Environmental Health Letters, point to rising pressures, even potential extinction, for plants and animals the parks were established in part to conserve. Not to mention the potential loss of such namesake features as the ice sheets of Glacier, or the huge, extraterrestrial-looking yuccas of Joshua Tree. Climate change may also necessitate a rapid, expensive shift in management approach to head off certain impacts — an undertaking that, even if it overcame resistance from the Trump White House, would likely tee up a big fight over whether to mitigate this human impact or just “let nature take its course.” The new paper is hardly the first to discuss impacts that … [Read more...] about Climate has national parks heating up, drying out faster than the rest of U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday warned the Trump administration that the NAFTA trade agreement should be maintained as a trilateral pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada and not just a U.S.-Mexico arrangement. FILE PHOTO: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press conference in Washington, U.S., on June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan Whatever deal ultimately is reached in negotiations will be reviewed by the next Congress that convenes in January. Pelosi could be the speaker of the House if Democrats win this November’s congressional midterm elections. The House speaker sets the legislative agenda and often has the political muscle to assure passage or defeat of initiatives. “I think it should be trilateral,” Pelosi told reporters, adding that she did not think it would be “in the interest of this hemisphere” to turn the North American Free … [Read more...] about U.S. House Democratic leader says NAFTA should remain trilateral
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mondelez Global LLC (MDLZ.O) has voluntarily begun recalling some Ritz Cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits products over concern that they may include an ingredient tainted with Salmonella. The logo of Mondelez International is pictured at the company's building in Zurich November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer The company said in a statement on Saturday that it has not received any complaints of illness, and that it issued the recall as a precautionary measure. The concern is over the ingredient whey powder, which one of Mondelez’s suppliers has recalled due to “the potential presence of Salmonella,” according to Mondelez. Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause people to experience fevers, nausea and gastro-intestinal problems, which can be serious in children and others with weakened immune systems, the company said. The recall extends to more than a dozen types of Ritz cracker sandwich and Ritz Bits products sold in the … [Read more...] about Mondelez voluntarily recalls some U.S. Ritz cracker products
0 View Comments CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands says all of the territory's main roads will be rebuilt to federal standards following the damage inflicted by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Kenneth Mapp says $530 million of the $1.2 billion needed has been pledged for the project. He also said Monday that officials have already assessed the territory's 1,273-mile public road system. Crews plan to rebuild roads to accommodate water, sewage and power lines, as well as fiber optic cables. They also will feature American Disabilities Act certified sidewalks, traffic signals and crosswalks, among other things. Both storms pummeled the U.S. territory last year. Irma passed near St. John and St. Thomas on Sept. 6 as a Category 5 system, and Maria passed to the south of St. Croix two weeks later. … [Read more...] about US Virgin Islands to rebuild all main roads for $1.2B