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  • More than 300 images are included in the Rough Guides tome You Are Here
  • The travel guidebook publisher ran a contest  to create its latest release, with thousands of entries pouring in
  • Top Magnum photographer Martin Parr acted as a judge and the winning image appears as the book’s sleeve
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Hurricane Maria made landfall near the city of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, at around 6:15 am Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center, battering the densely populated eastern side of the island with torrential rains and 155 mph gusts as hundreds of thousands of people hunkered down in one of the island’s 500 storm shelters in hopes of riding out the second major hurricane to impact the island within two weeks.

Category 4 Maria slammed the island with winds of 155 mph, just 2 mph short of category 5 status.

The island’s governor has said the hurricane will likely cause “catastrophic” damage to the island’s power grid and infrastructure, much of which has yet to be repaired following Hurricane Irma, which didn’t make landfall in Puerto Rico, but passed close enough to cause $1 billion in damage. As Bloomberg points out, Maria is the fourth major hurricane and 13th storm in the Atlantic this season that’s wreaked havoc from Texas to the Caribbean and left dozens dead.

According to the NHC, the storm made landfall around 6:15 a.m. The NHC has instituted hurricane watches and warnings for many of Puerto Rico’s neighboring islands.

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As if the speculation over the potential destruction from Hurricane Irma was not enough, which as of this morning has been dubbed the strongest Atlantic Hurricane in NHC records, a new Tropical Storm – Jose – the 10th of the seasons, has formed over the Atlantic, and according to the latest advisory, “Jose could become a hurricane by Friday.”

In other words, in a worst case scenario just as Florida struggles to emerge from Irma’s potential damage, it could be hit with a second hurricane just days behind it.

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 39.1 West. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h) and a movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days.

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Update 3: The Irma hits just keep on coming, with the NHC Atlantic Ops twitter page reporting moments ago that as of this moment, Irma is now the stronger hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico in NHC records.

According to Bloomberg, Irma’s current path – headed straight for Florida – has prompted the state to prepare for the “catastrophic” system. Unlike Harvey, which caused widespread damage, power outages and flooding and taking almost a fifth of U.S. oil refining capacity offline, Irma is a bigger threat to agriculture, with orange juice futures surging.

Airlines have canceled flights across the Caribbean and are adding planes to evacuate tourists, while cruise-line stocks have tumbled.

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  • Dark cloud of sewage seeped into Niagara Falls Saturday afternoon around 4pm 
  • Tourists were left shocked as they boarded the area’s ship, the Maid of the Mist 
  • Photos showed ship docked as the foul-smelling black gunk poured into river 
  • The sewage dump came from the Niagara Falls Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • Officials at plant said they had proper discharge paperwork to release sewage
  • The Water Board apologized for the untimely release of the sewage promising better communication in the future  

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  • The Airbus A320 was supposed to land at San Francisco’s 28R runway on Friday
  • Instead it headed towards the parallel taxiway for planes about to take off
  • Pilot can be heard asking the tower if the runway is clear because he sees lights
  • Tower tells him he’s clear to land – but there were four planes on the taxiway
  • One of those pilots spotted the plane heading towards them and called it in
  • He can be heard saying ‘Where is this guy going? He’s on the taxiway!’ in audio 
  • Air Canada’s plane was redirected at last minute – avoiding catastrophe
  • The planes were all jumbo jets, each potentially containing hundreds of people

Narrow escape: The pilot thought he was flying into Runway 28R, which was empty, but was actually heading towards Taxiway C, which had four planes on it. He was diverted at the last moment

The terrifying moment an Air Canada jet nearly landed on four other passenger planes on Friday has been captured in audio.

Pilots and the control tower at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) can be heard remarking in astonishment as the AC759 narrowly misses them on the packed taxiway.

The dramatic moment – which could have claimed more than a thousand lives – was very nearly a history-making catastrophe.

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 –Acting on fears that terrorists can build bombs into laptops, DHS has decided to expand the ban it imposed on Middle Eastern flights. Computers will now be checked as baggage. | 10 May 2017 | The Department of Homeland Security plans to ban laptops in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States, European security officials told The Daily Beast.

U.S. to ban laptops in all cabins of flights from Europe, officials say

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If you stay inside the United States you will remain free, safe, and prosperous. If you even so much as step foot outside of the United States, you will probably be murdered, if not taken. At least that is what the State Department would have you believe.

Extremists are on the loose in Europe, where they have demonstrated their ability to carry out various attacks using firearms, explosives, vehicles, and blades. Because of this, the United States has issued a travel alert for Europe.

Be afraid. If you are in a tourist location, with a crowd, or on public transport in Europe, you should probably assume everyone is a terrorist. It could happen at any time! Better to be safe and keep your clubbing to Florida.

But don’t worry, here are some steps you can take. Follow our orders, and the government and media will keep you safe.

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  • A car crashed into a gas tanker on the I-75 outside Dayton, Ohio yesterday 
  • Police said the driver of the gas tanker managed to escape with minor injuries
  • The driver of the car was going the wrong way at the time of the collision 
  • Police confirmed the scene of the smash will be closed for several days
A mushroom cloud rose into the sky as the fire ignited thousands of gallons of gasoline

A mushroom cloud rose into the sky as the fire ignited thousands of gallons of gasoline

A driver was killed instantly when the truck he was driving crashed  into an oil tanker while heading the wrong way down the interstate.

The 30-year-old victim was engulfed in a fireball after the collision on the I-75 outside Dayton, Ohio which forced the closure of the north and southbound carriageways.

A video showed the moment the two vehicles exploded in a giant orange mushroom cloud.

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New York photographer Terri Gold says she wants to find ‘the grace notes’ of humanity. She has vivid memories of spinning an old-fashioned globe as a child, and as an adult, she dreams of faraway places and the secrets they keep hidden.

In her ongoing photography project, ‘Still Points in a Turning World’, Gold sought to track down tribes around the globe that appear to stand still while time rushes forward.

Young Suri boys in Ethiopia bring home freshly caught fish

Young Suri boys in Ethiopia bring home freshly caught fish

The pictures have been taken over the course of a decades-long career and ripe for a discussion about the globalizing forces that threaten indigenous cultures.

‘My earliest memories are of spinning a globe. I was always drawn to the last mysterious corners of the Earth. I wanted to visit with people who have not forgotten the old ways, who feel their past in the wind,’ Gold tells DailyMail.com.

‘The names of far off lands called to me – Samarkand, Lhasa, and Timbuktu. I dreamed of traveling with a caravan across the Himalayas, of finding hidden kingdoms. As soon as I was old enough, I stepped into my dreams with three cameras around my neck and my life’s journey began…’

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  • The South Pacific’s Vanuatu has been voted one of the happiest places on Earth – and MailOnline finds out why
  • The 83-island archipelago boasts natural landmarks such as stunning blue holes and epic volcanoes
  • Vanuatu doesn’t boast mega-resorts or chains, instead it offers boutique hotels, nestling in jungles

As I stood at the edge of the Matevulu Blue Hole, it felt like I’d found a slice of paradise.

Thanks to the natural filtering effect through multiple layers of limestone, the blue hole gives off a jewel-like hue and the sight practically begs for you to dive in.

With the sun dazzling on the deep cerulean water, it was easy to see why Vanuatu has become one of the top destinations in the South Pacific.

Vanuatu is an 83-island archipelago and is one of the top holiday destinations in the South Pacific

Vanuatu is an 83-island archipelago and is one of the top holiday destinations in the South Pacific

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‘Air travel is becoming ever more hazardous to human health for a host of reasons. Not only are air travelers inhaling high concentrations of toxic particulates as they fly through various layers of solar radiation atmospheric haze (contributing to aerotoxic syndrome impacting passengers and crews), radiation clouds at aviation altitudes also pose a dire threat.

A recently published study in a peer-reviewed journal is now acknowledging the radiation clouds and the dangers they present to air travelers.

Jan. 20, 2017: A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Space Weather reports the discovery of radiation “clouds” at aviation altitudes. When airplanes fly through these clouds, dose rates of cosmic radiation normally absorbed by air travelers can double or more.’

Read more: Climate Engineering, Ozone Destruction, And Radiation Clouds, The Dangers Of Air Travel

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  • A nationwide customs computer outage caused nightmare lines for travelers at major airports in New York, Houston, Atlanta and Miami
  • People were flying on the US public holiday and were stuck in queues for up to two hours
  • Twitter users questioned whether there had been a cyber attack but US Customs and Border Protection said there is no evidence that the computer malfunction signified hacking

 

On one of the busiest travel days of the year, many airplane passengers were trapped in hours-long lines because of a nationwide customs computer outage.

Major airports in New York, Houston, Atlanta and Miami were affected by these delays on the US public holiday. There were also long lines in Boston’s Logan Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

The traveling snafu caused delays ranging from 30 minutes to two hours and hundreds of people got off flights and into motionless queues.

 

Crowds were packed at Miami International Airport because of the customs glitch

Crowds were packed at Miami International Airport because of the customs glitch

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  • One of the best things about Maho Beach on St Maarten-St Martin was seeing KLM’s 747s roar past
  • For over 20 years the airliners delighted beach-goers and photographers as they passed 100 feet overhead
  • The blast from the engines of planes soaring overhead has been known to blow beachgoers’ hats off

Most would agree that a roaringly good time was had by all – but now the party is over.

One of the best things about Maho Beach, for many, on the Caribbean island of St Maarten-St Martin was seeing KLM’s 747s roar overhead to the airport nearby.

But the last-ever hair-raising landing by a jumbo belonging to the carrier was made on Friday.

The last-ever hair-raising landing by a jumbo belonging to KLM on St Maarten was made on Friday (pictured)

The last-ever hair-raising landing by a jumbo belonging to KLM on St Maarten was made on Friday (pictured)

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