Sep 4, 2016

Urban park cafes and shops may get longer contracts

The government plans to scrap the 10-year cap on contracts for cafes and retail shops operating in urban parks, informed sources said. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry intends to revise the urban park law to grant 20- to 30-year-contracts to venders who ...

Kumamoto garden's spring-fed pond dries up

May 2, 2016

Kumamoto garden's spring-fed pond dries up

A traditional garden in Kumamoto landscaped around a spring-fed pond has mostly dried up since earthquakes started rocking Kyushu in April. The park, Suizenji Jojuen, has been closed since April 16, when the first quake that struck Kumamoto caused a large stone gateway to ...

Agreement signed for Harriet Tubman National Park in NY

Apr 24, 2016

Agreement signed for Harriet Tubman National Park in NY

A proposal to turn Harriet Tubman’s upstate New York home into a National Historical Park is moving ahead days after it was announced that the abolitionist would be featured on the $20 bill. The Citizen newspaper in Auburn, New York, reports that U.S. Attorney ...

Dec 17, 2015

U.K. allows fracking beneath national parks

British lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of allowing fracking under national parks, despite earlier promises of a ban. Legislators voted by 298 to 261 in favor of extending legislation to permit fracking 1,200 meters below national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and ...

Oct 16, 2015

Belgian tourist dies after falling into Chilean geyser

A Belgian woman who suffered burns on 80 percent of her body after falling into a boiling hot geyser last week in northern Chile died on Thursday, the Santiago hospital where she was receiving treatment said. Francoise Guillaume, 68, was visiting the El Tatio ...