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CDC ISSUES WARNING DUE TO ZIKA VIRUS: PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD AVOID TRAVEL TO MEXICO AND PARTS OF CARIBBEAN, SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA

“There’s a pandemic in progress.”-- Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health

East County News Service

January 15, 2016 (San Diego) – Zika virus has spread to at least 14 countries in the Western hemisphere as well as Puerto Rico. Tests have linked Zika virus to babies born with microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with small skulls, brain damage and sometimes death. 

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning urging pregnant women and women who may become pregnant to postpone travel to  Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname, and Venezuela.

U.S. STATE DEPT. ISSUES WORLDWIDE TRAVEL ALERT

 

 

East County News Service

November 23, 2015 (Washington D.C.)—The U.S. State Department is warning travelers about terrorist threats in multiple regions following a spate of terrorist attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey and Mali as well as ISIS claims of downing a Russian jetliner.

American citizens are urged to be vigilant in public places and transit, avoiding large crowds and exercising particular caution at holiday festivals or events. The alert does not advise canceling travel plans to any specific region, however.

Travelers are also urged to monitor media for updated information and to be prepared for additional security measures and screenings. Also stay in touch with family members and have a contact plan in case of emergency.  You shold also register with the State Department’s  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Below is the full text of the alert:

STATE DEPT. ISSUES TRAVEL ALERT FOR MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA DUE TO POSSIBLE AL QAIDA ATTACKS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 4, 2013 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert warning U.S. citizens about the potential for terrorist attacks in the region during August in the Middle East and North Africa.  The alert comes on the heels of prisoner break-outs in several countries believed to be tied to Al Qaida. 

In addition, Interpol has issued a global traveler’s alert due to terrorism concerns.

GREEN TRAVEL OPTIONS ARE SPROUTING EVERYWHERE

By Laura Chapman

March 28, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--We all know about going "green" around our homes. Recycling newspapers, plastic and aluminum has become so commonplace that we actually look for recycling bins when we're out and about. How many times have you gone to a dinner party and helped with the cleanup by asking, "Do you recycle?" All of this is aimed at the goal of reducing our individual carbon footprints. If we can all lower the amount of carbon by-products released into the atmosphere we'll be taking proactive steps to bolster our fragile eco-system.

Now the green movement has spread beyond homes and businesses and out into the travel industry. Yes, you can see the world and still go green.

MADRID, EWIN FEUD OVER COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS AND TRAVEL ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery and Janis Mork

February 15, 2013 (La Mesa)--It’s not often that a mayor accuses a councilmember of lying in a public meeting, or that a councilmember contends the mayor is engaging in schoolyard banter.  Both happened in La Mesa this week, where Mayor Art Madrid and Councilmember Ernie Ewin engaged in a terse dispute over appointments to three regional boards plus travel expenses.

BOOK REVIEW: ADVENTURES AND DANGERS ABOUND IN TRAVELS WITH A ROAD DOG

Travels With A Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along the Roads of the Americas, by R.K. (Charleston, SC, 2012, 364 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

December 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Reading East County resident R.K.s’ memoir, Travels With A Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along the Roads of the Americas, immediately conjures up thoughts of Woodstock to me, and all things associated with that time and place in American history and lore. It was a time of expression of freedom and adventure, which the author certainly demonstrates in her book.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER SHARES SOME HOLIDAY SPIRIT –AND PLANS SOME SPIRITED ADVENTURES

December 20, 2012 (El Cajon)—Members of the East County Chamber of Commerce gathered for some seasonal merrymaking and networking at the Kia dealership in El Cajon. This event, along with a Chamber breakfast earlier in the month, also doubled as a toy drive to help brighten this holiday season for children from needy families. 

 

 

 

 

DIVORCE FAMILIES CAN STILL ENJOY HAPPY HOLIDAYS—WITH A LITTLE PLANNING

Communication, courtesy and putting your kids first goes a long way

By Myra Chack Fleischer, Fleischer & Associates

November 28, 2012 (San Diego)--The holidays aren’t always warm and fuzzy like a Hallmark card for divorced and separated parents. Phones start ringing off the hook in family law offices all over the country including Fleischer & Associates as families start squabbling over custody and visitation schedules, winter vacations and even gift-giving. Serious fears about non-custodial parent abductions and unsupervised visits can arise.

EAST COUNTY AUTO CLUB BRANCH OPENS

September 24, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Automobile Club of Southern California has opened a branch at 2987 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, in the Rancho San Diego Towne Center (Target shopping center).

The new 6,480-square-foot branch is adjacent to TGI Fridays restaurant near the corner of Jamacha Road and Campo Road. The branch phone number is (619) 660-6657.

NAKED BODY SCANS AT AIRPORTS TO BE PHASED OUT

By news staff at www.GovTech.com

July 20, 2011 (Washington D.C.)--The full-body scanners used to screen passengers at airport security checkpoints will be getting new software that will discontinue “passenger-specific” images, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Wednesday, July 20.

 

KELLLY'S TRAVEL TIPS & TRIPS: CLASSIC TRAIN TRIPS

 

 

All aboard for the most scenic and relaxing train rides in North America--and beyond…

 

By Kelly Wieboldt

 

Are you ready for a unique experience? A great train ride might be exactly what you are looking for! Once you're snug in your window seat, you've already begun.