May 11, 2012

National Guard Mission Along Southern Border Extended

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The Department of Defense is paying $35 million to extend the National Guard mission along the U.S. – Mexican border for another three months. That will allow the National Guard to continue to support border control along the border through the end of the federal government’s fiscal year, which means it’s likely that the program will be funded in next year’s budget and the extension of funds just means that there won’t be an interruption in their service.

President Barack Obama authorized the National Guard’s mission to provide up to 1200 active duty troops to support to Customs and Border Protection agents and officers since August 2010. However, no more than 560 National Guard members have ever served during the mission and less than 560 are currently serving at the border. According to Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler, the National Guard has been a “critical bridge” to bringing more people, technology and barriers to the border. They have also been effective, helping to catch more than 7,000 illegal immigrants and make seizures of more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana as they serve in their observation posts throughout the Arizona desert.

Providing an extra set of eyes and ears to assist Customs and Border Protection agents is part of the administration’s border security plan, along with the president’s call for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. However, some critics – namely both of Arizona’s senators, Republicans John McCain and Jon Kyl – have criticized the program, saying that Obama isn’t providing enough security at the border. They’ve repeatedly called for 6,000 troops on the U.S. – Mexican border.

Best Tourist Attractions in Jamaica

Jamaica is the largest english speaking caribbean island that offers plenty of fun tourist attractions. Here are some of the best places to visit during your travel to Jamaica.

  • Dunn’s River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls is perhaps the most famous tourist attraction located in the city of Ocho Rios. You will have fun climbing the 600 feet cascading waterfalls. Don’t worry, the climb is pretty easy to do. You can even take breaks along the way by relaxing in several mountain carved pools and let the water rush down your back.

  • Dolphin Cove

Right next to Dunn’s River Falls is the family-friendly Dolphin Cove. You can enjoy swimming with the dolphins or participate in shallow water touch sessions. If you are feeling adventurous you can do the foot push, where a dolphin use its nose to push your feet and launch you into the air.

  • Kool Runnings Water Park

This water park located in Negril is a top destination for families and all those who are a kid at heart. The park offers several water slides, a kids area with pool and fun water rides, and a non-aquatic section featuring a tight rope trampoline and go-kart track.

  • Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is the longest and highest mountain range in Jamaica. There is a seven mile hike to the peak of the mountain that has an altitude of 3000 feet. The best time to visit is between December and April before the rainy season begins. Blue Mountain offers hundreds of plant, flower and bird species, and is world famous for it’s coffee.

  • Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club

Montego Bay is home to the popular Doctor’s Cave Beach and Bathing Club. The waters maintain a consistent temperature of 80 degrees fahrenheit making is very comfortable and soothing. Doctor’s Cave is best known for snorkeling where you can enjoy the vibrant colorful fishes along the coral reef.

A Vacation in France – Skiing and Much More

For many people, vacations have taken a back seat. Indeed financial resources are rough for many families and individuals, which makes it difficult to make a priority. If you’re in need of a vacation and want something versatile and cost-efficient, heading to France – one of the most beautiful countries in the world – may be just what you need.

If your “normal” French vacation isn’t enough in seeing some of the wonderful sights, a fantastic option is found in skiing. You can find great deals on ski-related vacations. If you have ever wanted or are looking to ski France is a great place.

It is not surprising based on what France has to offer. The French Alps alone have a number of very large ski areas, such as the Portes du Soleil and Paradiski, which combine for over 500 slopes. There are many fun ski resorts and areas in the Pyrenees as well.

Even if you don’t know how to ski, you can take skiing lessons on your vacation. Don’t worry about knowing how to ski before you get there – you can still have a great time in the beginning steps of your skiing adventures. Skiing is fun for beginners, and you will have a great time with the French scenery and its other attractions that you can include in your trip.

Staying in a ski resort in the Pyrenees is a blast as well. Some ski resorts include restaurants, day care facilities for young children, and other amazing features. You may not be comfortable leaving the resort to see some of the great sights in the country, or beyond.

A skiing vacation in France is a great option for any type of group. It can also be combined with other activities that are found in the country – a country filled with vacation spots unrelated to skiing. Take some time to consider a fun skiing vacation in France.