February 1, 2020

Few cheer in Northern Ireland as Brexit finally happens

iStock/ktsimage(BELFAST, Ireland) -- As the countdown approached Friday for Britain to leave the European Union, the only sign it was being marked in Belfast was a small group of people celebrating outside the gates of Northern Ireland's regional parliament. Around 50 people gathered at the national assembly building, known as Stormont, and waved union jacks. As the clock passed 11 p.m., a local politician led cheers of "Freedom" and shouts of "Who here is British?" The tiny celebration ref..
January 31, 2020

Yoshi the sea turtle sets record with 22,000‑mile swim in 2 years

hocus-focus/iStock(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- A sea turtle from Australia has officially left all other long-distance swimmers in her wake after recording nearly 22,000 miles in two years on her open water journey. "Yoshi has swum an incredible 35,400 km in the two years since her release - that's an amazing 48 km per day (no rests)," Two Oceans Aquarium announced on Twitter of the loggerhead turtle's lengthy migration path. The sea turtle's swim is "definitely a record-setting m..
January 31, 2020

US declares public health emergency over coronavirus, announces temporary travel ban

Boarding1Now/iStoc(NEW YORK) -- Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in the United States at a White House press briefing on coronavirus Friday. U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to a 14-day quarantine. Foreign nationals, other than immediate family members of U.S. citizens, who have traveled to China in the previous 14 days will be denied entry into the country. The temporary measures take eff..
January 31, 2020

Delta, United and American Airlines suspend flights to China amid new coronavirus

Boarding1Now/iStoc(NEW YORK) -- Delta Airlines, American Airlines and United Arlines suspended all of their flights to China as coronavirus cases in the country top 9,600. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered a federal quarantine order for all 195 passengers who were repatriated from Wuhan, China, and are currently voluntarily quarantined at a base in California. The quarantine, the first order of its kind in 50 years, will last for 14 days from when the plane left ..