Posts By John Miller

chikungunya fever

Disease control officials in the Western Hemisphere are on edge about a rising outbreak of chikungunya fever, a brutal mosquito-borne illness that is nearing epidemic status in the Caribbean. For decades, chikungunya outbreaks were confined to Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. However, in December, it was confirmed for the first time on several Caribbean Islands. The…

Anti-government protest in Kiev

If you’ve paid even a little bit of attention to the news for the last week, you know that there are plenty of angry people out there, and they’re not gonna take it anymore. The headlines have been filled with stories of protests in Kiev, Ukraine and Caracas, Venezuela, as well as the very sudden mass resignation of the Egyptian…

Pokedoff_Sochi

Mark Pokedoff is a television industry veteran who travels the globe to help broadcast some of the world’s premier sporting events. Right now, he’s in Sochi, Russia, preparing to play a role in NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. Pokedoff is a tape operator; in other words, he's one of "the boys in the truck" the announcers always thank when…

Explorer of the Seas

Here we go again. The last couple years have been difficult for the cruise industry, with numerous outbreaks of illness, mechanical malfunctions, and of course the Costa Concordia disaster two years ago. Now, comes more bad news. The Associated Press reports that Royal Caribbean cruise lines has ended a 10-day cruise early after an outbreak of novovirus on board the…

Sochi Olympics

If you’re heading to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month, beware. The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory Friday warning Americans planning to attend that terrorists have threatened to attack the Games. There have been three suicide bombings a couple hours away from Sochi in recent months, and the region is generally volatile. There has also been…

New Year resolutions

This year, it’s going to be different. In 2014, we’re all going to lose weight, work hard, quit those bad habits and be better people in general. And for those of us who travel, this is the time when we resolve to keep our cool in the security line, behave ourselves on the airplane and eat more healthily when we’re…

The stereotypical pilot is a dashing figure – tall, lean and handsome, a Master of the Universe-type who appears to have a perfect and exciting life.  Of course, that’s not reality. Their lives aren’t perfect, and they aren’t all tall, lean and handsome. In fact, some of them are downright out of shape. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there…

The New York Times

mPassport, HTH Worldwide’s mobile app that serves as a “mobile medical passport” for international travelers, recently was updated to make accessing medical information and care around the world even more convenient. How big a deal is this? Big enough that the New York Times just covered the news. On the In Transit blog, Rachel Harris reports on the added functionality…

Typhoon Haiyan

The big news this morning is Super Typhoon Haiyan smashing into The Philippines, sending more than 100,000 people scrambling for safety, and stranding thousands of travelers. Manuel Mogato and Rosemarie Francisco report for Reuters on what is being called the strongest storm in recorded history. Flights have been canceled, and, from the sounds of things, the damage could be extensive…

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