Sophisticated and iconic, Sydney, in Australia’s state of New South Wales, is everything a world-class city should be. It’s famous for many things, but especially the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and those New Year’s Eve fireworks, placing it firmly on most traveler’s bucket lists. But is Sydney safe? By most accounts, it is. According to the U.S. Department of State, Sydney crime is comparable to that of most major U.S. cities. In fact, Australia has much stricter gun laws than the U.S. does, making it rare for a crime to be committed by firearm. SafeAround rates Sydney as a low-risk city for pickpocketing, mugging, scams, and terrorism, and notes that what crime Sydney does have tends to affect its locals more than its tourists. Still, it’s worthwhile to read up on Sydney safety, to know something about Sydney’s dangerous animals, and to be aware of which areas to avoid in Sydney. Related: Sydney Travel Guide Tips for … [Read more...] about Is Sydney Safe? Warnings and Dangers Travelers Need to Know
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Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press Published 4:14 PM EST Dec 31, 2018 Given that the best way to store your car keys at night is by putting them in a coffee can, what's an ex-FBI agent's advice to protect cars from theft during the day? Wrap car fobs in aluminum foil. “Although it's not ideal, it is the most inexpensive way,” said Holly Hubert, a cybersecurity expert who retired in 2017 from the FBI in Buffalo, New York. “The cyber threat is so dynamic and ever changing, it’s hard for consumers to keep up.” Now, as CEO of GlobalSecurityIQ, she suggests clients go online and spend a few dollars and buy what’s called a Faraday bag to shield the fob signal from potential theft. Imagine a traditional sandwich bag made of foil instead of plastic. Thing is, the car is always waiting for the fob signal. Thieves can buy legitimate devices that amplify the fob signal sitting unprotected in a purse, a pocket, on a … [Read more...] about Why you should wrap your car fob in foil
Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review. I recently enjoyed a relaxing long weekend in Dubai. You can read my trip reports here: Review: Emirates Boeing 777-300ER new Business Class Brussels to Dubai Review: Armani Hotel Dubai Review: Six Senses Zighy Bay (Oman) Review: Emirates Boeing 777-300ER new First Class Dubai to Brussels (today) Today (December 19, 2018): Emirates Boeing 777-300ER new First Class Dubai to Brussels. On October 10th 2018, I flew in an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER featuring the carrier’s newest and game-changing First Class product from Dubai (DXB) to Brussels (BRU). With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, virtual windows, beds with zero-gravity position, and sleek design features inspired by Mercedes-Benz, Emirates’ new B777 First Class suites take luxury and privacy to the next level. As of now Emirates’ new First Class is only available on newly delivered … [Read more...] about Review: Emirates Boeing 777 new First Class Dubai to Brussels
John Carlisle Detroit Free Press Published 9:31 AM EST Dec 12, 2018 Ten o’clock and no sign of Angel. “He’s late today,” said Joyce Nielsen, leaning back on her living room couch. “He’ll pop up in a minute,” Pete Johnson said in his Mississippi drawl while sitting across from Joyce in an easy chair, looking out the window at the sunny street. “He ain’t had nothing to eat.” 7 short stories about Corktown It was a fall morning and Angel Suarez, their guest of honor for breakfast, had not yet arrived. Joyce, 79, a former social worker, and Pete, 70, a retired factory worker, live together in a very clean, small house in Corktown. Angel, 60, lives nowhere and everywhere. He’s homeless. And just about every morning, he comes to their home to eat breakfast. Angel is a Cuban refugee who's lived on the streets of Corktown for years. Joyce and Pete can’t remember when his daily visits first began. … [Read more...] about Corktown couple came here to retire. Ford plans stir fears
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?