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a5t1. Life is an adventure. There is a big world out there to explore. Seeing it on TV or in the movies is one thing. Getting out and experiencing it is totally different. You can watch a TV special about a person walking down a jungle trail and seeing a python in a tree, or, you can walk down a jungle trail and see the python yourself. The first experience you will forget tomorrow; the second you will remember for a lifetime.

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  Helen Keller

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”  Jawaharlal Nehru

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” Pat Conroy

2. We all need to escape on occasion. Life can be hectic. We get lost in our day-to-day existence. Traveling breaks the chain. It recharges our batteries. Even planning a trip eases the tedium by giving us something to dream about.

“One of the gladdest moments of human life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.”  Richard Burton

3. Travel challenges and changes our understanding of the world. Not only do we learn about other places and other cultures, we learn more about our own. When I returned from serving for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, I realized that even my father had a slightly different culture than mine. He had been raised in a different time, had different experiences, and even had different beliefs. There was much I could learn from him, just as I did from the Kpelle people of Liberia.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”  Mark Twain

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”  St. Augustine

 “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”  G.K. Chesterton

4. Travel can also change how we view ourselves and how we perceive the world around us. For 20 years of my life, I took people on hundred mile backpack trips. Few of these people had ever backpacked 100 miles and some had never backpacked at all. The sheer physical challenge of hiking up and over mountains for nine days while dealing with weather, insects and wildlife created an adventure they would never forget. For many, it was a life-altering event. It changed their perspective of who they were and what they could accomplish. Any journey can change how you view yourself and the world… but you have to be open to learn from the experience.

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” Martin Buber

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”  Henry Miller

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”  Bill Bryson

5. Great beauty exists in the world. Whether it is a towering redwood on the northern coast of California or a towering cathedral in Florence, beauty is found wherever you wander. It can be as small as a raindrop on a flower, or as large as a waterfall cascading into Milford Sound, New Zealand. One doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to find this beauty, however. It waits outside your door. Be like Bilbo Baggins: grab your pack and go charging after Gandalf. Treasures beyond your imagination await you.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”  Andre Gide

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”  Frank Herbert

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by.” Robert Frost

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 More than 300 workers had to be evacuated from the Abkatun A-Permanente rig

Mexico's state-run energy firm Pemex says it is still searching for three workers who went missing after a fire at an offshore oil platform.

Four people were killed in Wednesday's fire, the cause of which is unknown.

More than 300 workers had to be evacuated from the rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Daily production in the area fell from 650,000 barrels to 430,000 barrels, a company official said, losing Pemex close to $10m (£6.7m) a day.

Pemex's director of exploration and production said it was difficult to restore production because of the large number of pipelines which had been affected.


The fire broke out at the Abkatun A-Permanente complex in the Campeche Sound.

One survivor described how workers had "jumped into the sea out of desperation and panic".

It took eight firefighting boats to quell the blaze.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said there would be a thorough investigation into what had caused the fire.

Pemex said that while the accident had caused some oil to run off into the sea, a "considerable oil spill" had been averted.

In 1979, a blowout at a Pemex well in the Campeche Sound led to one of the worst oil spills in history,

It took Pemex more than nine months to stop the leak, during which time the oil travelled as far as the Texas shoreline.



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By, Bill Reed One day in early 1981, I was sitting with friends at Pichòn’s beach restaurant when John Huston arrived offshore and hailed me from his panga. I had received word earlier that he wanted to see me, but I had put off going to Las Caletas because I didn't want to tangle with the Alacran. I went down to the water's edge to see what it was that John wanted. He tossed me an envelope. "There, Billy. That's the final payment on the book. That does it." No mention of foreign rights, subsidiary rights, or other income to which I was entitled by our contract. Simply, "That's it!" Maid was sitting beside him, a triumphant smirk on her face. Of course this was all at her prompting. I had no time for such petty nonsense. I said, "Yeah, John, I suppose so. That just about does it." John Huston and I looked at each other quietly for a few moments, exchanged casual salutes, and went our separate ways. I opened the envelope. Inside was a check for $5,000 dollars. Added to what I had previously received, that check brought my total recompense for almost four years of work with John Huston to exactly $32,500. It occurred to me that during the same four-year period, my retirement income from the U.S. Navy had totaled three times that amount. Also inside the envelope was a statement from John's business manager, Jess Morgan, which neatly itemized – and deducted from the amount which was rightfully due to me - considerable monies that I had been advanced for research and travel expenses. Not everything had been deducted; there were some items which Morgan graciously indicated were gratis. I recalled my original conversation with John Huston concerning the subject of expenses: "I want you to go where you think you need to go, Billy, and do whatever you have to do. Interview whomever you wish. There are no restrictions, and don't penny-pinch on this. We want to do it right, don't we? And don't worry about what it costs. I'll take care of everything!" I then re-read that sneaky Clause 7 of our written agreement, and realized that legally they had me cold. It wouldn't do any good to scream "... but you said ..." nor would I demean myself to that extent. Nor would I embarrass John by even mentioning “contract violations.” I am sure that Huston had nothing to do with that, and didn’t even think about it; he was above such trivial and mundane things as contracts. The head office (Jess Morgan and his Hollywood lawyers) were behind that clever gambit. Well ... another experience cost. The expense column in my life-experience-ledger was mounting alarmingly. So much for the Big Time, Reed. I only talked with John Huston once after that, at Boca de Tomatlan. We found ourselves waiting there one day for our respective pangas. We chatted for awhile. John said, "You know, Billy, I really miss Jerry Preston. Remember how he used to stand, with his arms folded over his chest, rocking back and forth on his heels, telling those marvelous stories about Cuba? Remember the way he used to grin, give that little jerk of his head, and say, ‘Yep, John. That's the way it was!’ He really was something, wasn't he? I wonder what ever happened to Jerry Preston?" I didn't have the heart to tell him. Let somebody else bring that unpleasant news. I said, "I don't really know, John, but wherever he is, I'm sure he's happily engaged in a scam of some sort." We laughed, for the last time together. We really had nothing to say to each other. I guess we never had. And so it went; repetitive cycles of frantic-if-prosaic activity, comedy, and semi-tragedy worthy of a first-rate soap opera. The last four years had been one hellacious merry-go-round. I was determined that 1982 would be quiet, pacific and, if possible, totally uneventful for me. I needed a break. I got one. I started off that year by breaking my back in a parachute accident. Ho hum.

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NewswireGuadalajara, Jalisco (PRWEB) June 24, 2014
From today 24th of June and until the 31st of August 2014, Dr. Castaneda launches a new campaign in the USA that is going to save patients money on weight loss surgery. Gastric sleeve in Mexico for just USD$ 3,600 at one of the best hospitals in Guadalajara.

The website GastricBypassMexico.com is considered by general visitors and industry peers as one of the best for usability, content, mobility, and design. The launch of the new bariatric campaign this summer 2014, with an exclusive focus on gastric sleeve surgery (also known as gastrectomy sleeve) will benefit US patients under the current economic climate.

Dr. Castaneda explains: "We are continuously working to understand the needs of our international patients, and one of the main obstacles mentioned by people relates to the cost of bariatric surgery. At the same time, summer is particularly a better time to undergo weight loss surgery because it gives patients quality time to recover during a typical holiday season. Today, I am launching a new campaign aimed at patients in the United States looking for gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico. The interest received just on our Facebook page has been fantastic and we want to reciprocate."

Since its launch in the summer of 2013, GastricBypassMexico.com has grown exponentially in content, features and usability. From this week, patients looking for weight loss surgery in Mexico will be able to use the new Chat Line which gives website visitors a direct and easy way to contact Dr. Castaneda´s staff and support team right then and there. How much does bariatric surgery cost, which weight loss surgery is best, hospital information, references and more. Dr. Castaneda says: "I am really excited to introduce a live chat on the website to engage better with our visitors and respond to their questions more efficiently, right there without having to pick up the phone or email us. There is an excellent and highly trained patient support team in place to assist the public with professional guidance. And completely free to use for our visitors."

Gastric sleeve in Mexico is typically regarded as the most popular bariatric surgery and destination among patients arriving from the United States. Other types of weight loss surgery include gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding, duodenal switch surgery and mini gastric bypass, and in some cases some procedures can be done with minimally invasive surgery such as SILS (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery), the cost of gastric sleeve SILS in Mexico slightly higher than the standard gastric sleeve surgery and most definitely worth considering. Standard gastric sleeve is usually performed making up to 5 incisions in the surgery area, whilst laparoscopic gastric sleeve is made with just one incision.

"GastricBypassMexico.com is always a good starting reference point to watch video patient testimonials, before and after weight loss surgery photos, which we publish on the website in both Spanish and English, always very useful for new patients considering gastric sleeve surgery abroad. And the website is just the initial starting point, people are encouraged to call or email a member of the GastricBypassMexico team, free and under no obligation," confirms patient support team leader Judith Tabares.


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amexicoriquezaTeotihuacán and Monte Alban are part of the 31 cultural sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Teotihuacán and Monte Alban are part of the 31 cultural sites inscribed on the World Heritage List of the Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to locate to Mexico in the sixth place in the world and first in Latin America and the Caribbean

Well, Mexico takes the leadership in the area as well as the country with the greatest cultural property within this list and is endorsed with the inclusion of the last December 4, in Paris, France, from the Center for Indigenous Arts of Veracruz in the record of the Best Practices for the Safeguarding of the Heritage Intangible Cultural, commented in a statement the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).

Added to that, he said, are the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the entry in the list of sites of Teotihuacán and Monte Alban. In addition, the archaeological zones The Tajin and Uxmal celebrated in 2012, their 20 and 16 years, respectively.

In Uxmal, Yucatan, celebrated this event with the exhibition "Uxmal, eight decades of exploration (1920-2012) ", composed of 24 photographs (12 former and 12 current ) that reveal the gradual recovery of the prehispanic site, fruit of the dedication and passion of several archaeologists.

In the pictures we appreciate monuments such as the quadrangle of the nuns, the Temple of the soothsayer, the Group of the Palomar, the ball game, the Group of the cemetery and the Palace of the Governor, among others, must be the institute.  

On the other hand, the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacán in Mexico State, celebrated from December 11 to 14 the 25th anniversary of its inclusion in the List of World Heritage of UNESCO with the placement of 250 anchor plates around its polygon protector.

He also conducted a series of lectures on the work of restoration and preservation that has been made in the City of the Gods, in addition to displaying various images of the sites included in the list within the lobby of the former museum of the site.

In turn, Monte Albán (Oaxaca) also celebrated its first quarter-century in the list of UNESCO, the 10 and 11 of December, with a meeting of directors of prehispanic sites that have the category of World Heritage and the sample "artistic paintings of Monte Albán".

In the area of the crescent of the National Museum of Anthropology, presents the exhibition "Monte Albán yesterday and today" with period photographs and more than 50 archaeological artifacts recovered during the 18 seasons of explorations in this ancient city.

The tajine, in Veracruz, celebrated from 14 to 16 of December, its 20 anniversary of inclusion in this list with various activities involving the surrounding communities through the Council of the Totonac ancestral wisdom to unveil a commemorative plaque.

Finally, the landscape of Agavero Jalisco was recognized by UNESCO and the Smithsonian Institute, with headquarters in Washington, as one of the 10 best preserved sites of the list with strong links with their communities

These celebrations of the Mexican sites also coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Convention of World Cultural and Natural Heritage of UNESCO, signed in 1972.

For this reason,  last July  several meetings were made in Queretaro, with specialists from ten countries who called to prioritize conservation actions of the sites that are already registered, because the browser is about to arrive at the "golden number" of thousand properties inscribed

Currently, the list records 936 goods, of which 725 are cultural, 183 natural and 28 mixed (which covers both categories), located in 153 countries, total Mexico has 31 listed sites.   

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LatinosA growing share of Latinos in the U.S. are getting their news in English.

New released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center show that 82 percent of Latino adults, up from 78 percent in 2006, use some form of English-language news media.

At the same time, fewer Latino adults — now at 68 percent, down from 78 percent in 2006 — are consuming news from Spanish-language TV, print, radio and online outlets.

The trends, researchers say, are the result of changing demographics within the Latino community. The Pew report attributes the shift to four demographic trends:

Immigration has been on the decline. Fifty-one percent of Latino adults today are foreign-born. That's down from 55 percent in 2006.

Latino immigrants on average have spent two decades in the U.S. That's up from an average of 16 years in 2000.

A growing majority of Latinos, now at 59 percent, speak English well.That's up from 54 percent in 2006.

More American-born, English-speaking Latinos are becoming adult media consumers at a rate of about 800,000 per year.

Almost a third of Latinos get their news in English only. That's up from 22 percent in 2006. The share of Spanish-only news consumers is down to 18 percent. (You can get more into the numbers in .)

For Spanish-language media, though, it's not all bad news. The report points out that while there is a lower share of Latinos consuming Spanish-language media, there are now a record number of Latinos, 35 million, who speak Spanish at home.

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cucarachasA contestant in a roach-eating contest who downed dozens of live bugs and worms collapsed and died shortly after winning the contest in South Florida, authorities say.

About 30 contestants ingested the insects during Friday night's contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.

Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed outside the store, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office statement released Monday. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were awaiting results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

The sheriff's office said none of the other contestants fell ill.
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Unless the roaches were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don't think that cockroaches would be unsafe to eat," said Michael Adams, professor of entomology at the University of California at Riverside. He said he has never heard of someone dying after consuming roaches.

"Some people do have allergies to roaches," he added, "but there are no toxins in roaches or related insects."

There was no updated phone number listed for Archbold in West Palm Beach.

"We feel terribly awful," said store owner Ben Siegel, who added that Archbold did not appear to be sick before the contest.

"He looked like he just wanted to show off and was very nice," Siegel said, adding that Archbold was "the life of the party."

A statement from Siegel's attorney said all the participants signed waivers "accepting responsibility for their participation in this unique and unorthodox contest."

The bugs consumed were from an inventory of insects "that are safely and domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles."

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simulacroThe aim is to strengthen coordination and response activities in the presence of a possible incident in the bay

Under the coordination of the Eighth Naval District, yesterday, (Tuesday) held a mock response to oil spill in the bay, in exercise involving the City Attorney, Juan Hernandez with the representation of Mayor Ramon Guerrero and authorities of different levels of government, parastatals and the private initiative of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay.

Port Authority, were at the scene of these maneuvers, which were carried out under the assumption of an oil spill during a fuel transfer pipe to the storage tanks of a cruise ship, caused by an error human, which elements of the naval area proceeded to take further actions to control, after meeting the unified command and the various support groups, where in addition to coordination, strengthened the strategies to be followed in such emergencies .

After registering the alleged incident, which causes a diesel slick 50 meters long by 10 wide approximately, launched the local contingency plan, which allows to respond to pollution incidents, to control and combat operations, thus which gave way to the deployment of 200 meters barrier to enclose the oil and prevent further spread of the slick at sea. The barrier consists of a buoyant material with a height of 30 centimeters and a skirt (bottom) 15 that allows to delimit the acne prone areas subsequently supported by a pump and a tank, to start collecting the fuel, thus allowing cleaning zone.

As part of this exercise, also addressed regarding the organization and operation of the Incident Command System, composed in this case by a unified and Operations groups, logistics, planning of finance.

During startup of these activities, Vice Admiral Carlos Miguel Salazar Ramonet, commander of the Eighth Naval District, welcomed the interest shown by various authorities and stressed the importance of being prepared to deal with a disaster that might arise, in order to mitigate and make it less harmful, because in spite of the scarce resources to be counted, the preparation you have is what you will achieve good results expected.

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romantic-sidePuerto Vallarta is one of the most romantic places on earth, named About.com’s Most Romantic Place and constantly featured in romance publications as the ideal location for a destination wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway.

In an effort to promote the city’s romance offerings, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board held a US and Canadian press trip from April 23-27, 2014. Participating media included Real Weddings Magazine, Perfect Weddding Magazine, Wedding Guide, and the leisure publications, Luxury Experience, Senior News and the North Americas Travel Journalists Association’s Travel World International Magazine; a circulation of almost a million possible impressions in total.

The journalists, which included 3 working couples, experienced an agenda developed to highlight Puerto Vallarta’s combination of classic Mexico, world-class resorts, the majestic beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the spectacular Bahía de Banderas.

Lead by DMC VTA - Vallarta Traveler Advisors, the trip began with a romantic, sunset-drenched walk across Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon, the River Cuale market and Zona Romantica. Other activities popular in romantic getaways such as an outdoor tequila tasting at Casa Velas’ Botanical Garden, a cooking class at El Arrayan and couples massages at Grand Miramar Club & Spa and Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa were also included in the group’s itinerary.

The host hotel for this trip was Grand Miramar Club & Spa whose team transformed the hotel’s restaurant into the setting of a wedding ceremony as well as its reception. Costa Sur Hotel & Spa also invited the guests to imagine an evening of romantic bliss with their specific style of a reception set-up.

Restaurants like Blanca Blue and River Café showed off their culinary offerings as well as the elegant settings they can offer full weddings or rehearsal dinners.

A popular activity among the journalists was a visit to the city of Pitillal by Vallarta Food Tours. The town has been generating substantial coverage in US and Canadian media and this tour is ideal for couples wanting to explore Puerto Vallarta’s secret sides.

Additional information on Puerto Vallarta is available at www.visitpuertovallarta.com.