Canada is likely being blamed for the cold temperatures that closed the Walt Disney and other Orlando theme park water parks earlier this week. SeaWorld’s Aquatica braced for the cold snap by covering up plants and flowers when temperatures dipped below the freezing point in the early morning hours.
Indeed, the National Weather Service made an unusual prediction on Tuesday amid chilly temperatures in the Sunshine State. Florida is home to many iguanas, and the cold-blooded lizards can catch a fatal chill when the weather dips below freezing.
The iguanas – which are not indigenous to Florida but originally came from Central and South America – get stunned by the cold and let go of the trees, plummetting to the ground. They don’t necessarily shatter or die, but they do become vulnerable to vehicle and foot traffic.
“This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s,” National Weather Service Miami tweeted.
Floridians were also advised not to take the frozen reptiles into their homes to thaw out. Once they wake up, the iguanas may not react too kindly to their human hosts.
Calling all farmers, homesteaders and agri-enthusiasts. The seventh annual Chatham-Kent Farm Show will be held Jan. 29 and 30 at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham.
The show is among Ontario’s largest indoor farming events. More than 130 local exhibiting companies will showcase the latest in farm equipment, communications and technology. Free seminars will focus on a variety of topics important to the region’s farmers, hobbyists and agri-business professionals.
The show strives to educate farmers and rural residents from across the region with the latest cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment, technology and services all under one roof.
The farm show is also an entertaining and educational outing for the entire family.
A U.S. federal proposal unveiled this week would significantly limit the types of animals entitled to fly in aircraft cabins as emotional support animals. It’s a crackdown the industry has sought amid concerns some passengers are bringing their untrained pets aboard fraudulently passing them as emotional support animals.
The result, the industry and Transportation Department have said, is an increase in incidents such as bitings aboard planes.
The proposal would free airlines from the requirement to accommodate passengers’ emotional support animals and reclassify them as pets. Airlines have greater leeway to determine their pet policies, including charging passengers fees and setting size limits. It would continue to require airlines to accommodate service animals but restrict that category to dogs only.
The current regulations allow a limited list of service animals species, including miniature horses.
What happens when someone dies during a trip? It’s rare, but it happens. And it can be costly, confusing and cumbersome.
According to Bill McIntyre of Global Rescue, every travel adventure comes with risks. Lost luggage, accidents, infections, all the way up to the ultimate hazard, the loss of life.
McIntyre says it’s rare but it happens. And when it does, surviving loved ones face a slew of end-of-life tasks, including how to bring the deceased back home from their trip.
McIntyre says no one likes to think about the untimely passing of a loved one, but having mortal remains transport services as part of your travel protection saves your family and friends time, money, paperwork and unnecessary guesswork under duress.
For more than 20 years, Canada Blooms has been inspiring visitors with creative floral designs, unique seminars, breathtaking gardens and expert advice. The theme of this year’s show March 13-22 is Birds of a Feather. It takes place at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
The exorbitantly expensive city of Toronto continues to move up in the annual ranking of the most unaffordable housing markets on earth. Toronto now boasts the sixth least affordable housing market out of 309 major cities worldwide.
Hong Kong remains the most expensive city in which to live, while Vancouver and Sydney rank second and third.
Toronto’s housing market is now less affordable than the pricey housing markets of London, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
Elton John Live is scheduled for March 28 and 29 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The Southwestern Ontario Boat and Recreation Show is scheduled for March 13-15 in Chatham.
The new Senator Riviera Cancun Spa Resort has announced a delay in construction that will push back its opening date until this fall. The all-inclusive resort was scheduled to debut in April. Guests who have existing reservations at the resort prior to the new opening date can cancel at no charge.
China advises against travel to Wuhan, China, as deaths surge due to coronavirus. Chinese authorities have urged people to stop travelling in and out of Wuhan, the city at the centre of the virus outbreak that has so far killed more than 17 people.
Air Canada and WestJet have now removed the Boeing 737 MAX from their operating schedules until at least June. Air Canada said the decision is based on operational considerations following word from Boeing that it now estimates the 737 MAX will remain grounded until mid-2020.
A reception to honour Wallaceburg’s glass industry is slated for Feb. 15 at the Wallaceburg and District Museum. The event will feature the unveiling of a new stained glass tribute to Glasstown. Learn the history of the Wallaceburg glass factory, hear stories from former employees and celebrate the achievements of the glass factory. Doors open at 1 p.m. and speeches will begin at 2 p.m.
With its frozen vistas and sparkling lakes, the Austrian hamlet of Hallstatt is renowned as a real-world inspiration for Frozen, Disney’s hit musical. But fame has brought unbearable levels of tourism to the 16th-century settlement, which is inundated with selfie-taking tourists. Now Hallstatt’s tourism chiefs are planning a campaign that they hope will put quality of tourism over quantity by limiting the number of visitors and requiring them to support the local economy. More than 10,000 tourists descend on the hamlet each day.
Forget buying a dream home. Why not buy a dream town to call your own? According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the downtown section of the rural town of Campo, Calif., is officially up for sale and will cost anywhere from $5.5 to $6 million.
Back in 1994, Campo sold for $1.74 million. The 16-acre village that makes up the multi-million-dollar deal is 55 miles from downtown San Diego. The sale includes not only the land, but also 28 homes and seven commercial properties, complete with a post office and a Baptist church.
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