A deadly high-speed rail crash in China may have had a tragically ironic cause, foreign visitors to northern Kenya are threatened with kidnapping by Somali pirates, staying at a hotel where the President of the United States is also staying can be a major hassle, a woman successfully rows a boat across the Indian ocean, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
China's recent high-speed train accident
may have had ironic cause
Dozens of deaths in a high-speed train crash this
summer put into question China's programme for deploying ultra-fast
trains, the world's largest. Local engineers may not have understood how to
operate key safety equipment imported from abroad. According to an impressive Wall Street Journal
investigation, since China is claimed to often steal foreign
technology, foreign companies sold it equipment with concealed inner workings,
making the devices "harder to copy, and also harder to understand, for
instance during testing". The companies may have safeguarded their
patented technology, but local engineers may not have been able to use the
technology effectively to safeguard passengers.
tourism tarnished by kidnappings
This weekend, British and French governments issued warnings against
travel to the region around the seaside resort town of Lamu in northern Kenya.
On Saturday, a French national was kidnapped by Somali pirates.
Last month, two Britons were kidnapped. In each case, attackers raced in
speedboats right up to the hotels along the shoreline, attempted to grab
foreigners, and then jetted off while firing guns, according to some unofficial
reports. The Northern Kenya resort area is popular with the jet set. For
example, actors Jude Law, Sienna Miller and Princess Caroline of Monaco have
all reportedly vacationed there, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Carnival Cruise Lines announced a half-billion-dollar initiative to make its
ships more enjoyable for guests, reports the Miami Herald. Through
2015, 14 ships will be updated with burger joints overseen by Food Network
celebrity cook Guy Fieri, interactive game shows for families based on popular
Hasbro games like Sorry and Simon, and more original bars and comedy clubs.
Staying at a hotel where POTUS is sleeping is a hassel
Greene booked a night's stay at the same New York City hotel as President Barack Obama
without realising the president would be in town to speak at the United
Nations, and some hassles ensued: Baggage from all arriving guests were carted
to "an outdoor location behind steel-and-cement barriers" for
screening and guests themselves had to undergo airport-style screening. No
taxis come to the front door as "Secret Service war waggons" block
the way. And don't expect to catch a glimpse of POTUS, aka, the President of
the United States. All hallways will be locked down whenever he is on the move.
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout
"It is Official: Roz Savage is the First Woman to Solo Row the Atlantic,
the Pacific, and the Indian Oceans. Hip Hip…"
-- @rozsavage. This
morning, Roz Savage completed her trip across the Indian Ocean by rowboat.
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