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Polar bear kills young British adventurer in Norway

A polar bear

A polar bear has mauled to death a British citizen in Norway, according to reports. Photograph: Andrew Stewart/Rex Features

A British adventurer has been killed by a starving polar bear which attacked an expedition organised by the British Schools Exploring Society.

Four other people were injured by the animal, which the group then shot dead, at the Von Postbreen glacier on the island of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago.

The party of around 80 were on a five-week expedition in the Arctic run by the BSES, a youth development charity.

Continue reading here: guardian.co.uk

Wildfire, Flooding Danger Shut Down Bandelier National Monument ‘For Foreseeable Future’

Park designated in 1916 to preserve ancestral pueblo life, as well as wilderness, is one more victim of the Las Conchas fire.

By Kate Schwab, 7-28-11

  Pueblo village site, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, 1996. Photo by Flickr user <a target=
  Pueblo village site, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, 1996. Photo by Flickr user PhillipC.

Most of Bandelier National Monument is slated to remain closed “for the foreseeable future” because of wildfire damage, according to the National Park Service.

About half of the New Mexico park, home to ancestral pueblo remains dating back to 1150, was destroyed by the Las Conchas Fire, the park’s web page reports. Because officials expect seasonal thunderstorms, the rest of the park will stay closed because of flash flooding danger. Frijoles Canyon, which includes the visitor center, is considered one of the most hazardous locations. The visitor center is closed.

Continues here: newwest.net

Navigating State Department Travel Warnings

Stay safe in this post Bin Laden world. There is sure to be some backlash; work on your Canadian accent ;-)

– A friend offers us some advice in light of recent events.

We’ve lived outside of the United States for almost 10 years, with more than four of them on this around-the-world journey. In that time, we’ve consumed our share of U.S. State Department travel warnings.

So what do those advisories mean to me? Do I pay attention to them? As an American traveling abroad, am I frightened?

I got to thinking about this because this morning I received a note from my mother suggesting that we be extra careful while we’re in Bali (making reference to the terrorist bombings in 2002 and 2005). She followed up with an article about the recent State Department travel warnings issued after the announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Ah, warnings. Mothers in general tend to worry about these things. My mother also happens to be a former diplomat. Considering all this, she’s usually exceptionally good about keeping travel safety concerns in perspective.

So when she asks me to be especially careful, I pay attention.

Navigating State Department Travel Warnings
Then there are all those State Department travel warnings are regularly released – some general, some country specific. Do we pay attention to them?

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