A number of maritime companies which have continued to support trading with the North Korean regime may soon find themselves excluded from sending vessels into U.S. waters. In an effort to ratchet up diplomatic tensions on the government headed by Kim Jong Un, the Trump Administration recently decreed the “largest ever” set of economic sanctions in support of United Nations resolutions. Recently, Vice President Pence told the news media he had anticipated meeting with representatives of the Pyongyang regime, but the discussions had not occurred.
Tough Sanctions Against Smuggling
The new measures announced by Treasury Department officials reportedly will impact some 28 maritime vessels, including several flying flags located in nations outside North Korea. The BBC reports the list names one individual and 27 business entities, including some 16 shipping companies. The stiffening of U.S. economic sanctions may reflect frustration following years of disregard for the trading prohibitions imposed on North Korea by the United Nations and the international community. Despite economic sanctions, the regime in Pyongyang has continued to develop its nuclear missile weapons program.
Ships which will no longer enjoy welcome access to West Coast ports include a number of vessels flying flags based in North Korea, as well as five from Hong Kong, two from the Peoples Republic of China, two from Taiwan, one from Panama and one from Singapore. In an effort to stymy the North Korean weapons program, the United Nations has sought to prevent the export of North Korean products to other nations and the import of 90% of fuel into North Korea. At the beginning of 2018, Kim Jong Un bragged he keeps a nuclear launch button available at all times.
West Coast Trade
Several ports along the West Coast have witnessed thriving trade during recent years. As a group, the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, and Tacoma enjoyed a sharp increase in business during 2017. In nearby Canada, the Pacific ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver have also prospered. All of these ports frequently handle container shipping, playing a crucial role in commerce across the Pacific.
President Trump today addressed the audience attending the Conservative Political Action Conference. He mentioned the new ban against the vessels and trading companies which have violated trade restrictions involving North Korea. He hopes the measure provides the “heaviest sanctions” ever brought against the Hermit Kingdom’s disregard of weapons prohibitions.
Foodies on the West Coast can look forward to yet another amazing eatery at Anaheim’s Disneyland Theme Park in the near future. Disney execs just announced they are working on a new dining area near the popular Jungle Cruise ride in Adventureland.
This new restaurant, named The Tropical Hideaway, will take the space of what used to be Aladdin’s Oasis. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views of the Jungle Cruise ride as they eat on an outdoor patio.
No further details were released on when this restaurant will open or what kinds of foods they will offer. The lack of official facts, however, hasn’t stopped Disney fans from speculating about this new addition to the beloved theme park.
A few Disney bloggers pointed out that the city of Anaheim received a permit three years ago asking to use flame-lit torches in this area of the park. Many believe this restaurant will offer Hawaiian cuisine and have an ambiance close to that of the Tiki Room, which is only a short walk away.
Amazingly, Disney announced this new eatery on their official “Parks Blog” one week before it got any mainstream attention. TimeOut LA was the first major company to report this restaurant opening.
While foodies might have to wait a bit to try out The Tropical Hideaway, there are many exciting restaurants opening up all across Disneyland this year. Disney fans can look forward to the opening of the Ballast Point Brewery later in 2018. Disney’s California Adventure theme park will also open the Lamplight Lounge on June 23rd.
The stalled Fontainebleau Las Vegas Resort project is now being given new life. After dumping almost three billion dollars into the resort, the work was shut down in 2009 due to economic concerns. The empty 63-floor tower sits just across the street from Circus Circus on the northern end of the famed Strip. The new project is scheduled to be complete in 2020 and hopes to be done by the time the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion is finished.
New York developer Steve Witkoff bought the property last August for $600 million and is currently partnering with Marriott International to relaunch the resort. Witkoff’s group announced that the new resort will feature nearly 4,000 guest rooms, allowing it to accommodate more than 600,000 annual visitors to Las Vegas. The property will encompass three separate brands: the iconic and luxurious JW Marriott, the boutique brand Edition, and a new hotel called the Drew. The resort’s official name will be The Drew Las Vegas, as the Drew will occupy the most space within the property.
The resort will delight guests with an 8-acre pool deck, a casino, an upscale retail space, 20 restaurants, and various entertainment options. Not only will business travelers be able to take advantage of the property’s 500,000 square feet of meeting space, but the resort will also be connected directly to the Las Vegas Convention Center along Elvis Presley Boulevard.
A new dining location has been announced to open in Disneyland Park later this year. The new Tropical Hideaway will replace Aladdin’s Oasis in Adventureland.
The space was formally a dining location known as the Tahitian Terrace. The restaurant was Polynesian themed to match the theme of the neighboring Enchanted Tiki Room. During peak times, dancers would perform a show during dinner. After the success of Aladdin in the 90s, the space was converted into Aladdin’s Oasis. The spot is not as popular as it once was.
Disney is returning the spot back to its Polynesian roots. It has been reported that the construction permit for the Tropical Hideaway will expand the stage. Many speculate that a dinner show will be brought back. It is not known whether the space will be a new restaurant or an added dining space to accomodate already existing restaurants.
As construction continues on Pixar Pier, new plans for the land are being revealed. The Lamplight Lounge, named after the iconic Luxo Jr. lamp in the Pixar logo will open along with the rest of Pixar Pier. The dining location will replace the former Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto. The two spaces will be joined to form large seating areas to accommodate more guests. The famous lobster nachos will return, but princess character dining will not. The Cove Bar will reopen one last time on March 16 before closing again in May. The Lamplight Lounge will open June 23rd at Disney’s California Adventure.
If you’ve been looking forward to taking a vacation and want to spend time doing yoga, exercising and meditating while you take some time away from the norm, you’re in luck. There are a number of west coast destinations that will help you stick to your fitness goals while centering your mind and body as you make the most of vacation time.
Spiritual retreats like Vacaville California’s Silent Stay Retreat Hermitage is the perfect facility to help you get some peace and quiet during vacation. The owners of the retreat run a similar wellness program in Assisi, and guests in both locations are encouraged to practice yoga and meditate. This is a great vacation to take if you want to travel solo; you won’t have to worry about the awkwardness of making conversation, since silence is actually preferred.
When you want to take a quality vacation that involves getting pampered, you can visit Baja, California’s Rancho La Puerta. This fitness resort was the first of its kind in North America, and provides personal training sessions for guests, as well as fitness classes, outdoor recreation activities, cooking classes and a variety of beauty treatments that will keep you looking and feeling your best.
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The Bay Area is currently witnessing a massive exodus of its citizens. Of course, it is a bustling metropolitan area where people come and go all of the time. The amount of people leaving has hit the highest level that the Bay Area has seen in more than ten years. All types of people, young and old, and are leaving for greener pastures.
Those who are not enlightened about the conditions of the Bay Area and California, at large, may wonder why an area that is known to be so beautiful is being abandoned by so many people.
There is a plethora of reasons for why people are leaving. The number one reason is the fact that housing is way too expensive, and there is simply not enough of it.
Of course, sometimes homes and apartments are out of people’s price ranges. However, in California the housing crisis is so serious that even high skilled professionals are finding it extremely difficult to attain affordable housing.
Many people also do not agree with the politics of the state. California is a sanctuary state, which means that it protects undocumented immigrants from threats of deportation. American Californians who don’t agree with the sanctuary situation feel that the rights of “illegal immigrants” are wrongfully put before theirs. They also feel that the resources are being spread too thin, and crime is being encouraged.
The Bay Area has the largest outflow in the nation, and its outflow outnumbers its inflow. Cities with the most inflow include Nashville, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta.
Traveling to the West Coast of the USA was a noteworthy decision by one of the first pencil making companies in the USA, the General Pencil Company. Founded by Edward Weissenborn in 1889 and located in Jersey City Heights, New Jersey, he originally called his company The American Pencil Company. Mr. Weissenborn learned and brought the art of pencil making from his native Germany and six generations later, the company is still owned and operated by the Weissenborn family.
In 1923, the operation became the General Pencil Company and in 1965 they broadened their horizons and set up a new location in Redwood City, California. This enabled them to cater to the Western USA markets, and to be closer to the supply of incense Cedar wood, the material used for encasing graphite, wax and other raw materials to form pencils. http://www.generalpencil.com/ Many of the hand making methods, brought from Germany by Edward Weissenborn in the 19th century, are still used in their California and New Jersey locations today. Art shops and office suppliers sell an extensive range of their quality products, which include charcoal sticks, water color pencils and pastel chalks.
Through the generations, the descendants of Edward Weissenborn have learned and participated in the art of pencil making and today they determine the running practices of the company. Each one of the company’s pencils is carefully encased in incense Cedar wood, one of the reasons the company traveled to the West Coast of the USA.
For many, the most treasured souvenirs from a trip are the photographs taken of family, friends, and the unique sights of the region as a reminder of the trip. Combine the special feeling of a photo from a memorable trip with the enduring trend of taking pictures of meals to be posted to social media websites like Instagram and it’s clear to see why so many travelers are flocking to restaurants with photogenic foods across the country.
The competition to become the most photogenic food in America is fierce, whether it is an elegant farm-to-table dish in earth tones or one of the trendy pastel “unicorn” food items bedecked with edible glitter. The amount and variety of beautiful dishes being created by chefs is simply astounding! What is less surprising is the fact that many of the foods ranked most photogenic are to be found along the West Coast of the United States. The West Coast is home to many naturally beautiful foods, such as the massive variety of fresh seafood to be found along the coast. And of course, there are enough trendy cities dotted along the coast to make room for many niches for special, photogenic foods. If you’re planning a trip to the West Coast with an avid photographer, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see these one of a kind culinary creations – and to snap a picture while you’re at it! These foods are only almost too beautiful to eat, it’s a good thing that photographs last forever!
Alaska Airlines announced Tuesday that they will be adding 13 daily flights to their roster from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Most of the flights will go to California; new flights will be offered to Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. Additional flights will also go to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Portland.
In May 2017, Alaska Airlines first announced they would be flying out of Paine Field. However, company representatives stated that they would only be offering 9 daily flights. With their new announcement, they have since expanded that number to 13.
The airline expects to start the new nonstop flights in fall 2018, when Paine Field will begin providing commercial service. Paine Field will also be the site of a new $20-million passenger terminal constructed to service Alaska Airlines passengers. Alaska is not the only major airline to move into the airport. United Airlines announced in August that they will offer six flights from Paine Field, starting in 2018.
Founded in 1932, Alaska Airlines is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The legacy carrier has earned the top ranking for customer satisfaction from J.D. Power and Associates every year since 2007. In 2017, its mileage rewards plan was also ranked first by U.S. News & World Report among American airlines.
Currently, Alaska Airlines flies out of Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, the region’s largest airport. By adding flights from Paine Field, Alaska Airlines hopes to attract customers who do not wish to make the hour drive south to the larger airport.
The city of Shasta Lake, California, shares it’s name with, you guessed it, a lake! Not just any like, though, but the biggest man made reservoir in California. Originally founded as a housing ground for government workers on the Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake City has a long, and storied past with the great man made body of water. So much so, the county hosts a festival yearly called Damboree days, in celebration of the dam itself, without which there would be no Shasta Lake. The lake itself is home to a variety of water activities in the hot, dry summers, including waterboarding, fishing, jet skiing, and house-boating.
The various hiking trails that surround the lake showoff the incredible natural scenery of the area, and may even present travelers with a view of some of the indeginous wildlife, which include Ringtailed Cats, Blacktailed Deer, and elk. Hopefully not so much the Black Bear, Mountain Lions, and Bobcats who also call the area home. One of Shasta Lake’s most pursued past times, fishing, is made even better by the variety of fish which live within the lake itself. Several different species of Trout, both Large and Small Mouthed Bass, Blue Gill, and various other breeds have been reported in the area by fishermen.
An avid historical society keeps record over the lake, which is on display at the society’s headquarters, and operates the county’s website, which you can visit for more information on the unique city of Shasta Lake, by visiting http://www.shastalake.com.