Travel: See four countries from one luxurious ship

January 28, 2019 5:44 AM

Wrapped in blankets on a chilly day in mid-August, cruise passengers waited on the sundeck for the breathtaking vistas ahead. This is what they came to see — castles on the Rhine. One after another, 23 turreted castles and fortresses overlook the river from their hilltop posts in a seven-mile stretch.Viking River Cruises’ Rhine Getaway itinerary begins in Basel, Switzerland, and follows the mighty river to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, meandering along fairy-tale towns and [...] Continue Reading


Kids play tough it means that they will occasionally fall, bruise their knees and skin their ankles. Using hard surfaces like concrete, pavers, earth or grass can be life threatening. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80% of children injuries is a result of falling from playground equipment. Improper surface material multiplies the risk. More than 200,000 children 14 and younger visited emergency rooms with playground-related injuries.


California has been getting the tons of attention for the historic drought, but it is not only one state that experiences severe economic impacts on agriculture and natural resources. The drought is officially declared in the state of Oregon.

According to the final Water Supply Review for 2015, the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), Oregon's snowpack in the winter of 2015 peaked at the lowest levels ranked in the last 35 years. Numerous snow monitoring sites set records for the lowest peak snowpack and earliest melt-out date since measurements began. Streamflow is presumed to be well below normal through the end of summer, especially in the driest regions of the state. The current statewide average precipitation is 88%.


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What wouldn't you do in the face of California Drought? San Jose's and Santa Clara's mayors took big gulps of filtered sewage water on Monday, April 28. Good stuff? Ouch.

Disinfected and purified water from the sewage has been used since 1997 in Silicon Valley for the landscaping irrigation and industrial purposes.

New Advanced Water Purification Center in Alviso opened in July 2015, take previously filtered water to a new level, cleans it with microfilters, ultraviolet light and reverse osmosis. The outcome is generally distilled water. After five years of nowhere near sufficient rain, Californians are questioning where else to find water, and it often comes to the question about the desalination.


"The drought is being used as a political mechanism to take away property rights," said Cindy Steinbeck of Steinbeck Vineyards; Winery in Paso Robles. To take water from streams, lakes and rivers in California, you must have permits and licenses, but no such process existed before for groundwater. Now, groundwater legislation becomes law.

On September, 16 governor Brown Jr. signed the legislation that mandates the creation of local groundwater agencies that will manage, control the extraction of water from underground, and create plans to help sustain water supplies in the state.


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