September 2, 2013 |
Here's a luxury trip that comes with bragging rights: The SeaDream Yacht Club has put remote Papua New Guinea on the itinerary of a two-week Australia-to-Bali cruise next year. Passengers on this trip will board Zodiac boats with an expedition team to explore the rarely visited South Pacific island nation, known for its biodiversity and unspoiled local cultures. After hiking, visiting villages and other activities, they will “return to their comforts of Champagne and caviar” aboard the 112-passenger SeaDream II, said Pamela Conover, chief executive of the two-ship line.
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June 10, 2013 |
Los Angeles firefighters rescued more than 100 animals from an early morning pet store fire in East Hollywood on Monday but numerous others died. Among those saved were 25 puppies, some rabbits, mice, frogs and fish, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Others, including birds, mice, guinea pigs and fish, died and were discovered later in the heavily damaged store. The pet shop was not equipped with sprinklers, fire officials said. The fire broke out around 6 a.m. in an attic of a strip mall in the 1100 block of Vermont Avenue.
February 28, 2013 |
Kids with autism spectrum disorder could have a new ally in the classroom: animals. Autistic children who played with guinea pigs rather than toys were more talkative, made more eye contact and displayed a more positive attitude, according to a study in the journal PLoS ONE. The experiment, which tested 99 children in 15 classrooms with guinea pigs, found that animals could help students with autism improve relationships with their peers and teachers,...
February 18, 2013 |
Two people face murder charges in Papua New Guinea after a woman was burned alive, a gruesome killing that drew global attention to sorcery slayings in the Pacific nation. A mob of attackers killed Kepari Leniata earlier this month after she was accused of bringing about the death of a 6-year-old boy using witchcraft. The 20-year-old mother was reportedly stripped and tortured with a hot iron rod before being doused in gasoline and set on fire. Photos showed crowds of people -- some of them children -- looking on as her body burned on a pile of tires and garbage.
November 17, 2012 |
I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Papua New Guinea, headed by Greg Stathakis. As a world traveler who has been to more than 100 countries, I can say that he is one of the best, if not the best, tour leaders I have experienced. He is tuned in to what is going on and what his flock needs at any time. With Greg, we were able to go into areas that were relatively remote while always feeling safe. If anyone is interested in this fascinating country, he's the way to go. Next trip is May 12-24.
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January 10, 2012
Jock Smith Law partner of Johnnie Cochran Jock Smith, 63, who was a law partner with the late Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., died Sunday of an apparent heart attack while watching television at his home in Montgomery, Ala., said his law partner Sam Cherry. Smith won what the National Law Journal called America's largest civil verdict in 2004, a $1.6-billion judgment against Southwestern Life Insurance and one of its agents. The suit was later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount for a mother of three who alleged she paid the agent thousands of dollars for an insurance policy that didn't exist.