We first heard about the Swine flu / H1N1 around the end of April, when some people in Mexico became ill with a particular type of flu. More than 2 months passed now and this flu was detected in a number of other countries, making it the first pandemic on this level since 1968.
This flu is nowadays in almost all countries around the world, with some deaths too. Until now we’ve heard of deaths mainly on patients who ever had any past medical history but today we heard about the first case in the UK were such patient is believed to have been always in good health!
As expected, this type of flu reached the Maltese Islands too (Malta & Gozo), with a number of cases reported in Gozo! With only, approximately, 413,000 inhabitants, and in such a small area, the general public is getting more concerned as time goes by. This is mainly due to the number of cases reported and in just a short period of time. Only 10 days passed since it was first found on the island and the number of reported cases is already 75!
With the WHO suggesting to avoid large crowds, this couldn’t come at a worse time ….. a number of concerts are being organised on the island! The first important concert was The Isle of MTV, which took place last Wednesday, 8th of July. Another 2 important ones will be held on the 19th of July, featuring Michael Bolton and Joseph Calleja, while the 2nd one will be on the 21st, featuring Laura Pausini! It was after a small village festa, on the island of Gozo, that The Maltese Islands reported a considerable increase, what should we expect from all these now, were thousands of people will gather for such activities?
– Is there the need to be concerned?
– What is being made to contain this flu?
– Are the authorities doing what they should do?
– What should we expect in the winter season?
It was a morning just like any other one but it ended up as a complete nightmare to the whole world, especially to those who have lived such a dramatic experience personally. It was the 11th of September 2001, also known as the 9/11 or September 11. 4 planes have been hijacked, 2 flown into the Twin Towers (in New York City), 1 into the Pentagon and the other one crashed in Pennsylvania, with its exact destination not know. Since then the world have never seen some peace again!!!
Following this, the United States declared war against terrorist groups across the globe and at the same time went after the regime of Saddam Hussein, believed to have weapons of mass destruction and sponsoring terrorism.
From there on, regular terrorist attacks have been plotted, and conducted, in a number of countries and till today there are still people at large trying to organise more, just for the sake of harming others!
The most significant terror attacks, apart from the ones mentioned above, have been conducted in Israel, Indonesia & Afghanistan, mostly always targeting westerners. Foiled terror plots have been averted in Australia, United Kingdon, United States, etc.
– What will happen next?
– Which country is being targeted?
– How many more innocent people are going to die unnecessarily?
– Will we ever manage to live life as we once used to, without expecting imminently terrorist attacks or war with other countries?
Marseille is located in the south east coast of France and it’s France’s largest commercial port. With a number of historical sites and attractions it’s a good destinations for tourists alike! Having said that, when it comes to accommodation, like almost all other places, it’s important you take note of the standard available. With a number of 2 Star hotels on the front and within walking distance to the sea, one tends to go for these accommodation. In general, theynot that bad but some rooms and / or bathrooms are relatively small and cleaning is not something they’re so popular about. I am a frequest traveler to this part of France and can say that, from the 2 Stars I’ve ever had the opportunity to stay at, I was never completely satisfied. Some rooms had a great view, since they’re just overlooking the port, but that was it! Prices do leave a lot to be desired too!
Air France Flight 447 left Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, heading to Paris on the 1st of June 2009 but never reached its destination. This flight disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Brazil, and believed to have killed all 228 passengers on board!
With over a month since the disappearance of the plane, the search and rescue operations are now almost over. The only vessel in the area is a French nuclear submarine looking for the black box. Without this, the exact cause of the accident will be unknown. All we know so far, from the bodies and parts of the plane recovered, is that most likely the plane went down intact and was only destroyed as soon as it touched the sea. Debris of the doomed plane recovered are now being flown to France for further studies.
– What exactly happened to this plane?
– Can something be done to the black box in order to be more easily found?
– Are people going to be more afraid to travel?
– Lately we’ve been hearing about issues involving Airbus. What will the effect be on such a company?