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Showing posts from June 29, 2014



Florida Oldest Maritime Event

The Florida Seafood Festival is a two day event annually drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County. 

The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola river under the shady oaks of Apalachicola's Battery Park. 

The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events, Musical Entertainment. 

Some of the notable events include Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, Blue Crab Races, Photo Contest, Parade, 5k Redfish Run, The Blessing of the Fleet ,History of the Festival Exhibit, Fireworks Show and King Retsyo's Ball.

Florida's Oldest Maritime Event Apalachicola, Fl
51st Annual Festival will be held October 31st - November 1st ,2014

What is Behind Violence on the Guatemala-Honduras Border?

Written by Marguerite Cawley
Monday, 23 June 2014

Results of a Zetas-provoked gun battle in Zacapa (2008)

A new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) details how inadequate measures to combat drug trafficking helped exacerbate violence in the Guatemala-Honduras border region, a phenomenon that has important policy implications. 

The provinces of Zacapa and Chiquimula on Guatemala's eastern border had homicide rates more than twice the national rate of 34 per 100,000 in 2013. 

On the Honduran side of the border Copan and Ocotepeque had a combined rate of 102 per 100,000 in 2012, more than 20 points higher than the national average -- though the number of killings dropped in 2013.

The June report, titled "Corridor of Violence: The Guatemala-Honduras Border" (pdf), notes that these provinces all share some important common characteristics: they are all poor, with high levels of unemployment, and little respect for or control by the government. 

They are also all important…


This map shows why Finland, Sweden, and the UK have more freedom than any other countries

By Lily Kuo @lilkuo June 24, 2014

A recent map from GOOD shows a new way to measure a country’s stature on the world stage: The freedom that its citizens have to travel the globe.

Western countries tend to have more travel freedom as measured by the number of visa exemptions, or the ability to get a visa on arrival. 

Finns, Brits, and Swedes can travel to 173 countries without obtaining a visa ahead of their trip, while at the other end of the spectrum, Afghanis need to obtain visas for all but 28 countries.


North American and European countries clearly have the edge, but some Asian countries have nearly as much freedom to travel: Japanese citizens can travel visa-free to 170 countries, the most of any East Asian country. 

And Singaporean, South Korean and Malaysian citizens can travel without visas to 167, 166, and 163 nations respectively.

Nor is travel freedom dependent on a country’s economic de…