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May 2014 Blog Posts (6)

Confused About Satellite Phones? Here's a Good Primer

Satellite phones, or sat phones, are mobile two-way communication devices that use satellites orbiting the Earth to receive and transmit data. For people traveling in remote or rustic destinations, they are an essential safety and communication tool. When climber John All was rescued in the Himalayas after a…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 27, 2014 at 8:08am — No Comments

Missing Italian Tourist Found Dead in Cambodia; Suicide Suspected

A 32-year-old Italian man missing for nearly a month was found dead on Friday in the jungle interior of Koh Rong island off the coast of Sihanoukville, where he was last known to have stayed, The Cambodia Daily reported.

Kol Phally, provincial deputy police chief, said that the badly decomposed body of Natan Carnevali was…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 20, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Is Anyone Missing an American in Dubai?

A MAP member reports having run into a homeless-looking man with an American accent in Dubai today. Here's the description:

"He was barefooted and filthy and looked like he was ready to do something drastic. Let me stress that homeless caucasian people DO NOT exist in the UAE, somebody must be missing this guy.... He was in his 20s with blond hair and a beard, with I think blue eyes but not too sure and probably around 6ft. I noticed he had a very long (and filthy)…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 16, 2014 at 11:16am — No Comments

Honduran Officials Court Cruise Lines in Wake of Violence Against Tourists, Murder of Cruise Employee on Roatan

Cruise Law News reports that the president of Honduras -- accompanied by Congressman Jerry Hynds, who represents the Bay Islands of Honduras, which includes the popular tourist destinations of Roatan and Utila -- traveled to Miami to meet with cruise line officials.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 7, 2014 at 8:08am — No Comments

U.S. Army Ranger Missing Off Belize Following Kayak Accident

Friends and family of 29-year-old Wrangler Leesman, of Rosenberg, are desperately watching from afar in the search for the former Army Ranger. The decorated veteran has been missing since Tuesday. Leesman -- who in five years as a Ranger deployed five times to Iraq and Afghanistan -- went kayaking with an Army buddy on vacation in Belize. The boat capsized after a wave hit. They were holding on to the kayak when another wave struck and separated…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 3, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

"Inside Costa Rica" Seeks Help to Keep Reporting

Inside Costa Rica is one of the few English-language papers in the Central America/Caribbean region that is dedicated to providing serious "warts-and-all" reporting, rather than endless puff pieces about how beautiful the beaches are. It tends to suffer financially as a result, because -- let's face it -- local advertisers are not wild about a stories on murders, disappearances, scams, and corruption that might…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 1, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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