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MASTA was established over 30 years ago and now operates over 170 private travel clinics in the UK. We offer travel health consultations, vaccinations, anti-malarials and travel related retail items, as well as a wide range of non travel vaccination services.





05/04/2018

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Egypt travel advice: Tourists tell of safety fears as UK tour

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Tourists tell of Egypt safety fears as UK tour operators continue to fly to Red Sea resorts

Published: 11:39 GMT, 19 August 2013 | Updated: 16:19 GMT, 19 August 2013

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Worried British tourists who cancel their trips to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts will not get a refund from their tour operator because the British Government has not yet extended its advice against ‘all but essential travel’ to the country’s east coast.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all travel to North Sinai and all but essential travel to Egypt but the warning excludes the Red Sea resorts in South Sinai and the Egyptian mainland.

These include the entire region of Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab.

Business as usual: The FCO has not extended its warning to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts, including Sharm el Sheikh, which is popular with British holidaymakers

However other European countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, France and Belgium, have advised their citizens not to travel to the Red Sea resorts.

The US has also issued an alert for the whole of Egypt and Thailand is preparing to evacuate 2,000 of its nationals.

If the British Government follows suit and issues a warning telling British holidaymakers not to travel to the resorts, tourists will be able to claim a refund on their booking.





31/12/2017

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Colombia Travel Guide – Essential Tips and Advice #book #cheap #flight

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Colombia: The only risk is wanting to stay

Long ignored as a tourist destination for it’s shady past Colombia is finally taking its rightful place as the one of the most fascinating and beautiful countries in the world .

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As the only South American country with coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans its shores are home to a wide variety of marine life. The majestic hunchbacked whales migrate along the pacific coast while the caribbean coast abounds with colourful coral reefs and crystal blue waters.

The interior of the country boasts everything from deserts to snow-capped mountains. jungles to glaciers .

Given the overwhelmingly negative media coverage the country receives it is hardly surprising that most people dismiss Colombia out of hand when it comes to planning their next trip. I can understand this because I was also once of this mindset!

If you’re looking for a slightly more reasoned argument about the country being safe for visitors than “Trust me, it’s great!” then have a look at my safety guide for more reassurance.

The key is to speak to people who have actually visited the country. And I challenge you to find one of those people who doesn’t rave about how wonderful the place is – it won’t be easy!

So jettison all those pre-conceptions you have about this country and give it a chance. I did, and I’ve now almost clocked up almost a decade here with no plans of leaving anytime soon!





26/12/2017

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Colombia travel advice. #travel #insurence

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Latest update: Safety and security section – the archaeological park at San Agustin is located in the department of Huila; the FCO doesn’t advise against travel to this department, but the department is known for activity by illegal armed groups, including the FARC; you should enter and leave the park on the main road through Neiva and not by any other routes

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • the port of Buenaventura in the department of Valle de Cauca
  • the port of Tumaco in the department of Nariño

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the departments of Putumayo, Arauca, Cauca, Caquetá, Guaviare, Guainía, Vichada, and Norte de Santander (except certain capital cities, as indicated on the map)
  • the department of Chocó (except the whale-watching towns of Nuquí and Bahía Solano)
  • the department of Nariño (except its capital and the Ipiales border crossing)
  • the department of Meta (except its capital, Villavicencio, and the tourist site of Caño Cristales); visitors travelling to Caño Cristales should only do so with a reputable tour company travelling by air to and from the town of La Macarena
  • within 20km of the Venezuelan border in the departments of La Guajira, César and Boyaca
  • rural areas in northern Antioquia, southern Cordoba, southern Valle de Cauca, and southern Bolivar (as indicated on the map)

Main roads are generally safe within daylight hours. See Road Travel

The departmental capitals of Amazonas, Vaupes and Guainía are only accessible by air due to the lack of road infrastructure in these departments.

The Venezuelan government has closed several major border crossing points between the Venezuelan states of Tachira and Zulia and the Colombian departments of La Guajira and Norte de Santander until further notice due to concerns about security and smuggling. You should avoid crossing from Colombia into Venezuela by land. Seek up-to-date advice from the local authorities if you’re travelling near the border areas affected.

There is a high threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The security situation can change very quickly in many areas of the country. You should pay close attention to warnings issued by the Colombian authorities. In general, the more remote the area, the greater the potential threat to your safety. You should be particularly cautious and vigilant during any major events and in crowded places.

Despite the high levels of crime, most visits to Colombia are trouble-free. See Crime

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.





26/12/2017

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Cambodia travel advice. #travel #tickets #cheap

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Latest update: Summary – political tensions have increased and it’s possible further protests may take place; you should avoid all public gatherings and monitor local media closely

Around 133,000 British nationals visited Cambodia in 2014. Most visits are trouble-free but there have been reports of assaults and armed robberies against foreigners. See Crime

National elections took place on 28 July 2013 in a mostly peaceful environment. The main opposition party disputed the results and this led to a number of protests, most of which took place in Phnom Penh. While most demonstrations were peaceful, some clashes occurred. The most severe took place on 3 January 2014 when 5 protesters died.

On 22 July 2014, a political agreement was reached by leaders of the ruling party and the opposition but as of November 2015, political tensions have once more increased. See Political Situation

An arrest warrant was issued for Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition on 14 November. He is currently travelling but media reports indicate that he may be arrested on his return to Cambodia. The situation is unpredictable. It’s possible that further protests may take place. You should avoid all public gatherings and monitor local media closely. See Political Situation

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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23/12/2017

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Indonesia travel advice. #travel #blogs

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Latest update: Summary – volcanic activity affecting flight schedules and regional airport operations

Volcanic activity from Mount Barujari, Lombok, is affecting flight schedules and the operation of regional airports including Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali) and Lombok International Airport. Disruption to flights could continue for some time. Contact your airline, tour operator and travel insurance provider for more information.

Around 220,000 British nationals visit Indonesia every year. Most visits are trouble free.

There is a high threat from terrorism. Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks at anytime and anywhere in the country. You should be particularly vigilant during holiday periods such as Easter, Christmas, New Year, Nyepi (Balinese New Year, 21 March) and Independence Day (17 August). On 3 January 2015 the US Embassy warned of a potential threat against US associated hotels and banks in Surabaya. You should be particularly vigilant in these areas. See Terrorism .

You should exercise caution when travelling to Aceh, Central Sulawesi Province (especially Palu, Poso and Tentena), Maluku Province (especially Ambon), Papua and West Papua Province due to potential for violence or violent conflict.

Clashes in late July 2014, resulted in the death of security service personnel and civilians in the Lanny Jaya regency of Papua province. If you’re travelling in the region you should exercise extreme caution.

Following the abduction of a British national in the Aceh region of Northern Sumatra in June 2013, you should exercise caution in the area. While the risk of abduction is not high, you should be aware that 1 French national and 5 Chinese nationals were abducted in separate incidents in 2008. See Local travel

Possession, trafficking and manufacture of drugs are serious offences in Indonesia. Some offences carry the death penalty. Don’t get involved. See Local laws and customs

Indonesia sits along a volatile seismic strip called the ‘Ring of Fire’. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur regularly and tsunamis are possible. Flash floods and more widespread flooding occur regularly. See Natural disasters

With the exception of Garuda Airlines, Mandala Airlines, Airfast and Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua (operating as PremiAir) and Indonesia Air Asia, all other Indonesian passenger airlines are refused permission to operate services to the EU because of safety concerns. See Air travel

There have been a number of deaths and cases of serious illness of tourists in Indonesia, caused by drinking alcoholic drinks contaminated with methanol. See Safety and security

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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18/12/2017

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Italy travel advice. #airfare #and #hotel

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Latest update: Summary removal of information and advice for Manchester City fans travelling to Turin for the match against Juventus on 25 November

Over 2.5 million British nationals visit Italy every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Demonstrations may occur with little or no warning in cities, including Milan which is hosting the Milan Expo until October 2015. You should avoid any protests, political gatherings, or marches.

If you are visiting a ski resort you should take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel and  familiarise yourself with local skiing laws and regulations. See Winter Sports

If you’re planning to visit Rome for the Holy Year of Mercy (8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016) see this information and advice issued by the British Embassy in Rome.

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.





08/12/2017

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Mexico travel advice. #hotel #and #flight #deals

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Latest update: Summary – removal of advice about Hurricane Sandra

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and affects both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the website of the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See our tropical cyclones page for information and advice about what to do if you’re caught up in a storm.

Protests have affected Mexico City and other parts of the country. You should avoid demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities if you’re in an area where a protest is taking place. Illegal roadblocks have been reported more frequently, particularly in the state of Guerrero. If you’re driving in Guerrero, travel during daylight hours and use toll roads, although you may still encounter disruptions. If possible, travel by air if you’re visiting a major tourist destination in Guerrero.

424,860 British nationals visited Mexico in 2014. Most visits are trouble-free.

The security situation can pose a risk for foreigners. Be alert to the existence of street crime as well as more serious violent crime like robbery, assault and vehicle hijacking. In certain parts of Mexico you should take particular care to avoid being caught up in drug related violence between criminal groups. See Crime and Violence

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.





06/12/2017

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Namibia Travel Advice #travel #magazines

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Namibia Travel Advice

There’s nothing like up-to-date, relevant travel information direct from the experts – get Go2Africa’s essential Namibia travel advice before you go.

Money Spending

Namibia’s national currency, pegged to the South African Rand, is the Namibian Dollar but travellers who have combined South Africa with Namibia can use either currency in shops, lodges, markets and restaurants throughout the country. Note however that the Namibian Dollar is not accepted in South Africa.

Visa and Mastercard credit cards are generally accepted throughout Namibia though holders of other credit cards are advised to check whether their card is acceptable. Self-drivers should note that credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations.

Banking hours: 9am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 11am on Saturday.

Tipping

Tipping for good service is only expected in upmarket tourist establishments but is officially prohibited in national parks and reserves. A service charge is included in many restaurant bills if not, and the service was satisfactory, a tip of 10% is standard.

For in-depth tipping guidelines, enquire with one of our Africa Safari Experts – they’d be happy to share their knowledge with you.

Climate

Average summer temperatures: 15 C to 40 C

Average winter temperatures: 0 C to 23 C

Refer to best time to visit Namibia for climate charts and details on the best wildlife-viewing times.

What to Pack

Temperatures in Namibia vary depending on the region and season but in general days are hot and nights can be unexpectedly chilly, so layering clothing is your best bet on a Namibia safari. Opt for cool, cotton fabrics in neutral colours for the daytime and a fleece or jacket for morning and evening game drives. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are a must.

For more on what to pack for a safari, refer to our Africa Safari Guide travel advice section.

Flights Getting Around

Did you know you can book your flights through Go2Africa? For more information and frequently asked questions, please see our Flights section.

Hosea Kutako International Airport: Windhoek ‘s major airport is the international gateway but to get to the country’s far-flung destinations by air you’ll be transferring to the capital’s second airport – Eros – for charter flights on light aircraft.

Walvis Bay Airport: located 15km east of Walvis Bay, Namibia’s second largest airport is well located for easy access to Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast .

Transfers and game drives in Namibia are usually conducted in open-sided 4X4 vehicles.

The country’s good infrastructure means that many visitors to Namibia hire a car for a self-drive holiday which makes for independent, flexible travel within the ambit of a pre-planned itinerary. Self-drivers staying at private reserves join the other guests for guided game drives in 4X4s.

Visa Passport Requirements

Every visitor to Namibia must be in possession of a passport that is valid until six months after the initial date of travel; however no visas are required for citizens of the USA, UK, most European countries (including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland), Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Japan and Singapore. Travellers receive entry for 90 days and visas for onward travel can be obtained in Windhoek.

For visitors from other countries, please check with your nearest Namibian Consulate about obtaining a visa.





06/12/2017

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Russia travel advice. #stein #travel

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Latest update: Safety and security section – (Road travel section) – demonstrations by lorry drivers have caused blockades on major roads throughout Russia; further demonstrations planned for Moscow from 30 November could cause travel disruption on roads in and around the city

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to within 10km of the border with the Ukrainian Kharkiv Oblast.

The FCO advise against all travel to Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan and the districts of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky, Stepnovsky and Kursky in Stavropol Krai.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to North Ossetia, Karachai-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria (including the Elbrus area). See Local travel and Terrorism

The UK doesn’t recognise Crimea as being part of Russia. See the Ukraine travel advice page for details.

There are on-going armed clashes, kidnappings, seizure of buildings and other violent incidents in the Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkiv oblasts of Ukraine bordering Russia. The picture remains volatile and uncertain. However, it is clear that a number of border crossing points are insecure, and fighting is taking place across the border. You should remain vigilant throughout regions of Russia bordering Ukraine, and avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings.

There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks have occurred most frequently in Moscow and in the North Caucasus. You should remain vigilant in all public places. See Terrorism

On 14 November, Russia’s anti-terrorism committee announced that all elements of the security system had been put on heightened alert. Security measures have been bolstered including at airports and transport hubs.

On 31 October 2015, a flight from Sharm el Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed in North Sinai. Egyptian and Russian authorities are conducting an investigation. The investigation has not yet formally concluded but, on 17 November, Russian authorities stated that the crash was caused by an explosive device on board the flight.

Political rallies can occur in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places across Russia. Check media for the latest information, be vigilant, and avoid any demonstrations. See Political situation

You should be aware of the risk of street crime. See Crime

According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, British nationals made around 260,000 visits to Russia in 2013. Most visits are trouble-free.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance  before you travel.





02/12/2017

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Travel advice and advisories for Mexico #deals #on #hotels

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Last updated: November 19, 2015 08:42 ET Still valid: December 1, 2015 13:58 ET Latest updates: An editorial change was made.

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MEXICO – Exercise a high degree of caution

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Mexico. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to violence, especially in those parts of the country experiencing a deteriorating security situation. High levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks, remain a concern throughout the country.

We strongly recommend travel to Mexico by air in order to avoid land border crossings through potentially dangerous regions. You are advised to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service if travelling to or residing in Mexico.

The Yucatan Peninsula, which includes the tourist destinations of Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Merida and Progreso, has not been significantly affected by violence or insecurity.

Some municipalities popular with Canadian tourists in the state of Jalisco are experiencing an increase in drug-related violence, as Mexican security forces battle organized criminal groups who have engaged in retaliatory actions such as arson attacks against businesses, gas stations and banks, and blockades using burning cars. Bystanders could be affected by this violence and should be aware of their surroundings at all times. Remain vigilant throughout the state and exercise extreme caution. Stay in tourist areas and follow local media closely. If you do venture outside urban areas, exercise extreme caution, including on major highways. Avoid travelling at night. Canadians are advised against non-essential travel to areas of Jalisco that border the states of Michoac n and Zacatecas as the security situation along these borders continues to be unstable (see Regional Advisory below).

Due to high levels of organized crime in rural areas, including on major highways, you should exercise extreme caution in the states of Baja California (North), Morelos, Nayarit, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, and Zacatecas. Popular tourist areas, such as South Nayarit (from Nuevo Vallarta to La Pe ita de Jaltemba), and the cities of Tepoztlan, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi, Xalapa, Veracruz, and Zacatecas remain relatively safe.

Regional Advisory for the northern states

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises against non-essential travel to the northern states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Le n (except the city of Monterrey), Sinaloa (with the exception of Mazatl n), Sonora (except the cities of Hermosillo and Guaymas/San Carlos), and Tamaulipas due to continuously high levels of violence linked to organized crime. Consult the Security tab for more information.





28/11/2017

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When to Buy Airline Tickets and More Travel Advice #travel #australia

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When to Buy Airline Tickets and More Travel Advice

Want to find cheapest available flights every time you shop? FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney shares his favorite money-saving tips.

LISTEN :   Rick Seaney s podcast of best tips.

5 Ways to Save on Airfare

Let s start off  with basic advice for all travelers: Always  compare airfare prices. No single airline always has the best deal. If you don t compare, you could pay too much. More good tips:

#1: Shop for domestic deals on Tuesdays

According to FareCompare s database of current and historical airfares (one of the world s largest), airfare pricing trends show the best day to shop for U.S. domestic tickets is Tuesday and the best time on Tuesday is about 3 p.m. eastern. Here s why:

Airlines typically kick off airfare sales late Monday or early Tuesday.

  • Other airlines lower prices to stay competitive
  • Price matching is usually complete by early Tuesday afternoon
  • Newly discounted airfares hit reservation systems by 3pm eastern

However, deals can and do pop up at other times and this is especially true for deals sought by international travelers which bring us to our second tip.

#2: Sign up for real-time airfare alerts

Sign up for airfare alerts and you ll receive notifications of airfare price drops in real-time. This is important because sale seats are limited and the quicker you learn of a deal, the better your chance of getting it.

#3: Don t buy airline tickets too early

Airlines don t begin actively managing U.S. domestic fares until about three and a half months before departure; if you buy earlier, you will likely pay a mid-range price which won t be the best deal. For international flights, there is a longer window. Our guidelines:

  • U.S. flights: Start shopping no earlier than about 3 and a half months before departure.
  • International: Start shopping no earlier than about five months before departure.

#4: Don t buy airline tickets too late

When it comes to most U.S. legacy carriers (American, Delta, United),  airfare prices can rise dramatically inside 14-days before departure; with discount or low cost airlines, that window is usually 7 to 10 days before departure. This is when last-minute business travelers typically shop and as a result, they pay more. No reason for vacation travelers to do likewise.

  • U.S. domestic flights: Purchase tickets a month before departure.
  • International travel: Purchase tickets a month and a half before departure.

#5: Fly the cheapest days

Most people want to squeeze as much time out of a vacation as possible which is why flights on Fridays and Sunday are so popular. However, the airlines know this and they usually charge more for such flights.

  • Cheapest days to fly, U.S. domestic flights: Usually Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.
  • Cheapest days to fly, international flights: Midweek dates are often cheaper than weekends.

Now that you ve found cheaper airfare, what will you spend that extra vacation money on?





15/11/2017

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UK Travel Tour London Guide Advice Tourist Information #travel #companion

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UK Travel Tour London Guide Advice Tourist Information and Explore

Your essential stop for UK major attraction places

Established site-seeing that will get you familiar with most of Britain’s United Kingdom attraction historical and the finest sightseeing places before you even take the first step of the UK Cities tour. The truly most cosmopolitan, trendy and wonderful exciting continent place for a Holiday.

Britain offers historical country side ranges of tour for example Stonehenge and Windors castle. And the cities like Oxford, Bath and Cambridge.

UK Travel Tour is genuinely committed to provide tour information guide, images experiences and high standards of services for our entire site visitor.

Experience the best of Britain’s attraction places- cultures. Now you can!

Online site-seeing has being designed to show you the very best of Britain’s famous landmark and bring cultures together with no cost.

LONDON UK TRAVEL TOURS Most Visited Places

London Sightseeing Tour

See the highlights and lesser known sights of the city London tour. Buckingham Palace, House of common and Tower of London last but not least London Eye Westminster.

Top London Gardens

Tour London best loved gardens such as Royal Botanical Kews Gardens, Kensington Palace Gardens, Hampton Court Gardens, Syon House and Eltham Palace Gardens.

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Stonehenge Tours

Visit Stonehenge with the Avebury stone circle, privately at dusk – dawn, city of Bath.

Romans being the founded and health spa. Britain Castles Historic Castles of England Tour – Leeds, Hever Windsor Castle and Dover





14/11/2017

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Philippines travel advice. #travel #times

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Latest update: Terrorism section – there continues to be a threat of kidnapping in the southern Philippines; editorial amendments throughout

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of on-going terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao for the same reasons. See Terrorism and Local Travel .

Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year. Most typhoons occur from June to December. There may be flooding and landslides. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Information as of late October 2015 indicates that kidnap for ransom groups may be planning operations in North Mindanao including the islands off the coast. See Terrorism

Around 133,665 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2014. Most visits are trouble-free.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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05/11/2017

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Fort Worth Bankruptcy Advice and Bankruptcy Help in Fort Worth #fort


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Offering expert advice and bankruptcy help to consumers and businesses

The experienced attorneys at The Vida Law Firm, PLLC represent individuals and small businesses throughout the Fort Worth, Texas area in all kinds of bankruptcy proceedings. If you or your organization is facing financial difficulties, mounting bills, foreclosure and repossession proceedings, or harassing collection activity, you can rely on our skilled Fort Worth bankruptcy advice.

Although the prospect of bankruptcy may seem intimidating, a qualified attorney can offer Fort Worth bankruptcy help to guide you through each step of the process. The attorneys at The Vida Law Firm, PLLC can represent you and your interests to creditors, the trustee, and the court, helping you reorganize debts and make a fresh start.

Bankruptcy in Fort Worth – We specialize in cases like yours

With nearly 70 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have the skills and experience to guide you or your business through even the most complex Chapter 7. Chapter 11. or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Fort Worth.

Behrooz Vida and Richard Venable are certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as specialists in consumer bankruptcy law. Mr. Vida is also a specialist in business bankruptcy law, and is the recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious AV peer rating. indicating the highest levels of professionalism and ethical standards. Carla Reed Vida is an exceptional Fort Worth bankruptcy attorney with strong capabilities in all areas of personal and business bankruptcy in Fort Worth. and a Master of Business Administration degree.

Fort Worth bankruptcy help advice – We have your best interests in mind

At The Vida Law Firm, PLLC, we meet with you personally to examine your financial situation and explore all possible Fort Worth bankruptcy options. Once you have decided what is best for you, your family, or your business, we move quickly to ensure that you can begin rebuilding your finances as soon as possible.

Call us for bankruptcy help in Fort Worth

To schedule a free initial consultation, contact The Vida Law Firm, PLLC today. You can call us at (817) 803-3365 or contact us online for bankruptcy advice in Fort Worth.

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15/10/2017

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Funny Retirement Advice

Poignant Retirement Advice – Retirement Never!

Giving funny retirement advice in your retirement speech can add interest and sparkle, but the content and your speech should reflect your personality. You should feel under no compulsion to use jokes, quotes or poems. They are not essential to an entertaining speech. Don ’t try it if you are not confident of your ability to do it well.

Retirement for couples

There is a commercial on Television these days which shows a gentleman, apparently just returned from his office retirement party, walking through the front door and saying to his wife: “Honey, I’’m home. forever!”

Imagine the look on his wife’s face. And what does he have to look forward to? Happiness? Joy? Relief? The end of a working life! Perpetual unemployment! Deterioration! Stagnation! Decay!

Luckily, most of you people – especially homemakers-don’t have that problem. You never retire. But for all career men and women, my advice is: Avoid retirement as you would poison ivy in a nudist camp.

From dynamic career to the doldrums

By “retirement” I mean the sudden stoppage of work, going from the dynamic career to the doldrums, from vigor to vegetation.

If you are seriously thinking about quitting your job, and have no ready replacement for it, permit me to offer you several practical suggestions: One, don’t quit! Two, keep busy! And three, don’t look back!

First of all, don’t quit! Maggie Kuhn, the founder of the Grey Panthers organisation, once said: “Ours is a throwaway society, and we do it with people as well as machines.”

Unfortunately, sometimes we do it ourselves, when we quit work prematurely. How often have you heard about men and women having heart attacks, shortly after retiring? Why? Because not infrequently, the retirement itself is more stressful than the work it was supposed to replace.

If I had my say, every pension check would carry a warning: “This retirement may be hazardous to your health.”

Keep busy

My second point is a corollary to the first: keep busy! You’’ve got to keep working, one way or another. You’’ve got to have a goal in life in order to survive.

There are a number of options available: employment, leisure, volunteerism. take your pick.

If you choose employment, why not become a management consultant-like everyone else. All it takes is a title, a phone number and 500 business cards.

If you need a title, be imaginative. I know an auto mechanic who is now a “vehicle maintenance engineer.” He repairs my Toyota – and drives a Mercedes.

If you need a degree, that’s simple for you Toastmasters. All you have to do is complete the Basic Communication and Leadership Manual, and put CTM (Competent Toastmaster) behind your name. For all anyone knows, CTM means “Master of Computer Technology,” and that’s pretty important these days.

Another way to keep busy is by what I call “purposeful leisure.” Too often people think of leisure as the absence of work. Nonsense! It’s productive labour. Do you realise how much green fees and golf cart fees, for example, contribute to the gross national product? Billions! You golfers out there, men and women, tell your spouses that when you get up at four o’clock in the morning.

The best way to keep busy, of course, is by volunteer service. There must be a hundred thousand organisations out there that could use your help right now. They won’t discriminate against you because of your grey hair-or the lack of it, you grey panthers and bald eagles.

If you run out of ideas, try coordinating Speechcraft and Youth Leadership, the finest programs ever invented, for the training of the young – of all ages, and I might add, for the rejuvenation of jaded Toastmasters.

Don’t look back

Which brings me to my third point: don’t look back! James M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, once wrote: “God gave us memories, so that we could have roses in December.” Roses, not regrets. Nursing homes are filled with people who cling to their regrets like security blankets.

Don’t look back and look down. Life isn’t a vicious circle. It’s a rising spiral, a cornucopia of opportunities. (Grandma Moses, Buckminster Fuller, Col. Sanders, Pablo Casals and our own Cavett Robert and Roy Graham are models of geriatric initiative.)

Pablo Casals at 90, for example, when asked why he practiced eight hours a day, replied: “I think I’’m improving.

Just last week I heard of a Toastmaster who spent his first Social Security check on lessons in hang gliding. That’s the spirit!

What it all adds up to is this: we can’t quit. We can’t retire from life. It’s too precious. We’’ve got to keep working, whether for money, fun or glory. And above all we mustn’’t look back.

Funny Retirement Advice? Retirement Never!

It’s never too late to learn-to grow-to create, to do all the wonderful things we had no time for in our youth. This is what the last third of life is about.

It’s a time of discovery, when we really begin to see, perhaps for the first time, the providence of God, the love of family, friends and neighbours-even Toastmasters-and sometimes we even catch a glimpse of our own potential. still. to do great deeds.

Life, my friends, is not a candle flickering in the breeze. It’s a torch to light new flames.

Roy was 77 at the time he gave this funny retirement advice. I have found his poignant and funny retirement advice to be a wonderful retirement gift to all who have read it since. I hope you enjoy it! This sample Retirement speech is reprinted here with the permission of Toastmaster International Magazine.

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Attorney Profiles

Meet the Lawyers of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C.

With several attorneys and an additional staff of more than thirty committed professionals serving the needs of clients in our Pikeville, Hazard and Lexington offices, the law firm of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. is ready to advise and represent people across the range of personal injury claims — car accidents, medical malpractice. gas explosions. drug litigation, mass tort and truck accidents.

To learn how our experience can help you resolve a serious injury claim in Central or Eastern Kentucky, contact us for a free consultation at any of our three locations. To find out more about each of our attorneys, see their profiles below.

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  • Gas Explosion – $270,050,323.57
    Plaintiff was injured when a gas explosion erupted from his water well.
  • Medical Malpractice – $8,063,000.00
    Medical malpractice action against hospital and OB/GYN.
  • Automobile Collision/Utility Company – $6,222,000.00
    Plaintiff was severely injured when a utility truck came crashing through a parking lot and struck her parked car.
  • Railroad Negligence/Wrongful Death – $5,000,000.00
    Plaintiff was killed when he attempted to cross a railroad crossing in his motor vehicle and was struck by a train.
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    Personal Injury underinsured motorist claim

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05/10/2017

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Family Law and Divorce Attorneys in Troy, Michigan

If you are planning to file for a divorce, understandably, you may feel like your life is spinning out of control. Obtain help from an experienced divorce lawyer to guide you through the legal process. Many important decisions need to be made quickly, which could have long-lasting implications.

At the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder. our attorneys Ronald Bookholder and Patricia Leary have more than 50 years of combined experience handling divorce and family law matters. We have earned respect from clients and the local legal community with our client-driven approach. Our goal is always to find a constructive resolution, but we fight hard for our clients in court whenever necessary.

To talk about your options with a compassionate family law and divorce lawyer in Troy, Michigan, contact the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder, online or 877-502-7892. We are committed to representing clients in Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County.

Handling All Aspects of a Divorce

At the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder, our firm’CM/Custom/Attorneys.asp”>family law attorneys have extensive experience helping clients with all aspects related to divorce and family law. including:

  • Parenting issues. Our law firm has a strong background handling child custody. child support and move away cases focused on preserving the children’PracticeAreas/CustodyParenting-Time.asp”>child custody and parenting time .
  • Property settlement. Our legal team offers strong advocacy and legal counsel in high-asset divorces. We have the skills and legal resources to handle business evaluations. while determining the extent of marital assets and debts in property division .
  • Support issues. At the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder, we strive to find constructive solutions to support issues. In a divorce involving children, child support will always be determined before considering spousal support. If a spouse is paying child support, that amount is considered when determining spousal support .
  • Debt division. The division of family debt should be decided by the divorcing parties, otherwise a court will make the decision. A divorce judge and the divorcing couple cannot stop a third-party creditor from pursing collections. If the debt is joint, the creditor can sue both parties to collect a debt. At the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder, we discuss allocating the responsibility of the parties to pay marital debts.

Is Divorce Right For You?

Many family law firms fail to explore whether a divorce is actually the best option for their clients. Even the best attorney cannot provide much help if clients are pursuing the wrong outcome. At the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder, we sit down with our clients to closely examine their individual situations and determine if a divorce is in their best interests before pursuing an end to their marriage. Other options, such as marital counseling, with a focus on reconciliation, could better suit your situation than a divorce.

Experienced Oakland County Child Custody and Support Lawyers

With more than 50 years of combined experience, we are ready to develop a divorce agreement focused on protecting your best interests during these challenging times. From our law office in Troy, Michigan, we offer consultations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekdays.

Contact our law firm online or call 877-502-7892 to schedule a consultation with a highly skilled family law attorney. Credit cards are accepted as payment for our consultation and legal services. Attorneys Ronald Bookholder and Patricia Leary are committed to representing clients in Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County.

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Experienced Charleston, South Carolina, Bankruptcy Lawyer

When you face difficult financial challenges, life can seem overwhelming. Understand, though, that you are not alone, and we are here to help. At The Law Office of Lauren Clark, L.L.C. we work with clients in South Carolina who are dealing with issues of debt, foreclosure and financial situations that seem unmanageable. We want to do the same for you.

Bankruptcy laws are designed to protect you and to help you move forward to a more successful financial future. Attorney Lauren Clark will help you get started by reviewing your debt situation and advising you about your full range of options. If bankruptcy is the right solution for your circumstances, we will guide you through all phases of the process.

Contact The Law Office of Lauren Clark to schedule a free case evaluation. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal services at reasonable costs to meet your specific needs.

Make Educated Decisions About Your Future With A Charleston Debt Relief Lawyer

The decision to file for bankruptcy is not a decision that most people anticipate making in their lives. Despite the fact that millions of people have successfully used bankruptcy as a tool for debt relief, there are still many myths and incorrect assumptions that dissuade some people from filing. You should not feel embarrassed about taking back control of your future. You have rights under the law, including the right to take action to get rid of debt, protect your property and restore your financial health.

Our law firm can walk you through every step of a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy and help you address related issues of foreclosure, repossession, creditor harassment and lawsuits.

Contact The Law Office Of Lauren Clark, L.L.C.

Learn more about your debt relief options by speaking with a lawyer about the advantages and disadvantages of bankruptcy. For a free initial consultation, contact us by filling out our online form or by calling 843-284-7405 (local) or 855-684-8149 (toll free). We advise and represent clients in Charleston and the surrounding communities of South Carolina.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Why Choose Us?

  • We take the time to understand your specific circumstances.
  • You get personalized service from attorney Lauren Clark every step of the way.
  • No matter how complex your situation may be, we can help. We handle all aspects of consumer bankruptcy.
  • We provide a free case evaluation to help you understand your debt relief options.
  • If you ever have questions or concerns about your case, we are always accessible and ready to help.

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Bronx Real Estate Lawyer

Law Office of Phil Napolitano is a real estate law firm in the Bronx. Since 1996, we have provided valued legal services to clients throughout our community and across New York City.

Our real estate services span many areas of real estate, including residential or commercial transactions, leasing, lending and dispute resolution. While our primary focus is on real estate, we also handle business law, probate, estate administration, wills, trusts and personal injury.

Your Neighborhood Law Office

With a more comprehensive list of services offered, we have become trusted legal counsel to our clients, their friends, family and colleagues. Bronx real estate attorney Phil Napolitano has more than 15 years of experience. Our firm has become a neighborhood law office for clients looking to solve a diverse range of legal problems.

We work productively with clients and seek to identify the underlying needs, present situation and future goals. This helps us construct effective strategies to pursue successful outcomes. Our clients are individuals, couples, investors, landlords, business owners, lenders and builders. These clients, like you, seek to:

  • Purchase or sell a house, condo, cooperative apartment building or commercial space
  • Lease residential or commercial property
  • Resolve a contractual or leasing dispute
  • Build new real estate property
  • Close loans
  • Start a business
  • Respond to foreclosure

Whatever your real estate need, we have handled countless similar cases and can help you achieve the best possible result.

Contact Us To Get Started | New York City Residential And Commercial Real Estate Attorney

To discuss your options with a lawyer during a free initial consultation, call our office at 718-414-6175 or contact us online here .

Se habla español. We have a large Spanish-speaking clientele and bilingual staff on hand.

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The Law Office of Phil Napolitano is in the Bronx, New York, and represents clients in New York City, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, White Plains, Mineola, Parkchester, Baychester, Belmont, Castle Hill, Fieldston, Longwood, Melrose, Norwood, Riverdale, Woodlawn, Nassau County, Suffolk County, New York County, Kings County, Bronx County, Richmond County, Westchester County and Rockland County.


26/09/2017

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The D.C. Bar s unique and extremely successful Continuing Legal Education ( CLE ) Program is the subject of a feature article in the June 2017 Washington Lawyer Magazine. Diane Seltzer Torre, Chair of the CLE Committee who teaches numerous CLE programs each year, is quoted throughout the article regarding the courses offered and what sets the CLE.

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The Judges of the United States District Court of Maryland gave Diane Seltzer Torre their Exceptional Service Award

Employment law and civil rights law are constantly evolving areas of law. By focusing its practice on employment and civil rights matters, the Seltzer Law Firm is able to stay abreast of the latest developments in these fields, which best ensures that the firm s clients receive advice based on up-to-the-minute changes in the law.

The Seltzer Law Firm concentrates on employment law and civil rights litigation. The Firm s philosophy is to provide practical solutions to complex, as well as common, workplace issues. We appear before all federal and state trial and appellate courts in the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as before administrative agencies

Diane Seltzer Torre earned her J.D. from American University s Washington College of Law in 1991, where she was a member of Law Review. She clerked for the judges of the Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland after graduating from law school. She received her B.A. in Sociology, cum laude.

The Seltzer Law Firm concentrates on employment law and civil rights litigation. The Firm s philosophy is to provide practical solutions to complex, as well as common, workplace issues. We appear before all federal and state trial and appellate courts in the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as before administrative agencies


21/09/2017

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20/09/2017

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St. Cloud Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Attorneys

From our law office in Central Minnesota and Minneapolis, we represent people who have been injured in accidents and defend individuals against misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. Bradshaw Bryant, PLLC is defined by our strong experience and award-winning talent. For six consecutive years, attorney Michael Bryant has been recognized as a SuperLawyer and has been named among Minnesota’s Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers by Minnesota Law Politics.

Attorney Michael A Bryant discusses wrongful death law. Click here to hear his interview from Northwest Airlines Sky Radio.

At Bradshaw Bryant. we encourage everyone to drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive. When you do drink, make sure you have a designated driver or call a taxi or a friend for a ride. Here are the most dangerous roads for drunk driving deaths. Be safe and stay away from these areas at bar closing times.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.

Years of Experience in Minnesota Injury Law

Our personal injury lawyers regularly represent clients suffering from serious and catastrophic injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. We have an extensive background negotiating with insurance companies and trying personal injury and wrongful death claims in front of juries and judges in Minnesota.

Whether you were injured in a car accident. motorcycle accident or truck accident. we will vigorously seek the financial compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages and future rehabilitation costs. We are experienced trial attorneys who will make sure the insurance company and the jury understand how your injury has changed your life.

Our personal injury attorneys also have significant experience successfully representing accident victims in no-fault arbitrations and pursuing damages for injuries caused by uninsured drivers and drivers without enough insurance. Whether your accident claim is resolved through negotiation, arbitration or trial, our goal is to secure as much financial compensation as possible to help you recover from your losses.

Are you curious about our approach? Listen to attorney Bryant explain how he worked with a family in a wrongful death case.

Skilled Minnesota Criminal Attorney

Our criminal defense practice is dedicated to representing clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. including traffic violations and drunk driving (DWI). Every criminal charge must be taken seriously. A criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, can result in serious penalties. You need a Minnesota criminal attorney to protect your rights and be an advocate for you. We have successfully defended clients in a wide range of felony matters.

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If you are suffering from a personal injury or need skilled defense against a criminal charge, contact us by e-mail or call 800.770.7008 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer. Our phone line is answered 24-hours a day, seven-days a week.

From our offices in Waite Park and Minneapolis, we represent clients across Minnesota, including the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as St. Cloud, Brainerd, Alexandria, and other cities in Stearns County, Sherburne County, Wright County, Hennepin County, Benton County and throughout Central Minnesota.

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18/09/2017

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Entry requirements

Visas

British Citizens don’t usually need a visa to visit Canada for short periods. If you have a different type of British nationality or intend to travel for a longer period, check entry requirements with the Canadian High Commission. When you arrive you will need to be able to show that you have enough funds available to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends.

If you have any doubts about whether you’re eligible to enter Canada (eg if you have a criminal record or have been arrested even if it did not result in a conviction), or about visa matters generally, contact the Canadian High Commission before you travel.

Some unauthorised websites charge for submitting visa applications. These websites are not endorsed by or associated with the Canadian government. Be wary of such sites and businesses, particularly those that seek additional fees.

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

From 15 March 2016 any visitor travelling to Canada – including those who don’t currently need a visa to visit – will have to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. From 1 August 2015, travellers will have the opportunity to go online and apply for their eTA ahead of time. For more information see the official Canadian government website .

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required, but if your passport has less than 6 months validity remaining when you arrive in Canada it may take longer to pass through immigration control.

The Canadian authorities have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Canada.

Travelling with children

If you are travelling with children, and only one parent is present, you should carry a letter of consent from the non-travelling parent. Immigration officers have the right to question children using simple and appropriate language to establish whether there are any concerns about child abduction. A letter of consent may help to dispel potential concerns. For further information check with the Canadian High Commission or the Canada Border Services Agency.

Travelling to the United States

Travellers who have been admitted to the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme and make a short trip to Canada are usually readmitted to the United States under the VWP as long as they still meet the requirements. Granting entry under the VWP is a matter for the US authorities. You can check the US entry requirements on the website of the US Customs and Border Protection.





09/09/2017

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Argentina is Cheap Again (If You Follow This Advice) #freedom #travel

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Argentina is Cheap Again (If You Follow This Advice)

When I put out the first edition of The World s Cheapest Destinations at the end of 2002, Argentina was one of the best travel values in the world and it stayed that way for quite a while. Reeling for a huge banking collapse and currency crisis, the local peso went from parity to the dollar to a rate of three to the dollar when the dust settled, without any change in prices.

After a while though, even though the exchange rate kept widening, inflation galloped even faster. As tourism picked up and hotels were able to fill their rooms, rates for those went up as well. With an inefficient and pricey airline system, combined with very long distances for buses, eventually Argentina drifted out of budget travel territory and I had to drop it from the book when doing updates.

This is a country that can t get out of its own way though and you can almost bet money that every 10 years they re going to be in trouble again. That time is now. They have defaulted on debt. robbed the public pensions, strangled international business, and practically outlawed a whole range of imported goods. It keeps getting messier and nothing is working as intended though.

Another Collapse, but When?

The prevailing wisdom from people who live there is that one of two things will happen before the next election at the end of 2015.

1) The government and economy will collapse, the opposition will come in and make rescue moves, and in a few years they ll get all the credit for the turnaround. The current government won t regain power.

2) The current government will somehow keep limping along and will stay in power long enough to hand the whole mess off to the opposition, then the old guard can blame the whole mess on the opposition since it will take a while to turn things around. Then eventually the pendulum will swing and they ll be back in power.

Either way, few are predicting good news on the horizon anytime soon. There are so many red flags right now that it s hard to see anything positive to point to.

There s one big red flag though that s really a gold one for travelers: a dual exchange rate for those with dollars.

Official Rate vs. Blue Rate

Nobody wants to call the real exchange rate a black market rate, so they re calling it a blue rate to make it sound prettier. The official rate is a little more than 8 to the dollar. The real rate you ll get on the street is more than 15. This rate is so open that it s printed in the newspaper and you can look it up online each day.

What this means for you the traveler is this: cash is king. Forget the ATM, forget using your credit card. For both of those you re going to get the lousy official rate. You can almost double your spending power by bringing cash.

Your Argentina-bound carry-on bag

Yes, I know this goes against everything you ve learned about safety, theft prevention, debit card back-ups, and the like. But really, you are better off acting like a mobster and coming in with rolls of $50 and $100 bills (clean and recent of course) than you are trying to use plastic. Then you simply exchange these dollars for pesos and use those pesos to pay for your now-much-cheaper hotel rooms, restaurant meals, and bus tickets. Use those pesos to shop for now-cheap leather goods and to buy good wine for cheap.

If you do this, you ll be copying what the wealthy Argentines are doing now. The country has slapped a 35% international travel tax on anyone leaving the country to try to stem the outward flow of money, but it s not keeping the rich from traveling. That s because they can easily justify it as a business expense: they ve stowed their money in Montevideo, Panama, or Miami. So it s a banking trip. It s also the only way they can shop for items not made in Argentina: the import restrictions have gotten so tough that most of the best-known international brands have pulled out of Argentina. The ones who stayed are having to buy buildings to have something to do with their profits since they can t get them out of the country.

In short, its a big mess. But when there s upheaval, that s often the best time to visit. You have a hard currency in a land where that hard currency is extra valuable.

Just be advised there s one big expense you can t get around: the hefty reciprocity fee to enter the country. Chile dropped it recently, but not Argentina (or Brazil). You need to apply in advance and pay $160 per person if you re American, $92 if you re Canadian, and $100 if you re Australian. Stay a while to make up for this tax on tourists.





09/09/2017

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Lois Kulinsky

Lois Kulinsky has been a trial attorney since 1980, representing clients in contested matters in Cook, Lake, McHenry and DuPage Counties as well as the United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois. Her trial practice concentrates in family law, guardianship, disabled estates, juvenile court law, probate, corporate and estate planning. She and her associates also provide services in the areas of real estate, and traffic law. In the Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division, and in Lake County, she is often appointed by judges to represent minor children as a Guardian Ad Litem, Attorney for minor Child and Child Representative. Lois is court approved and often acts as a guardian for disabled people (both young and old) in the probate division in Lake County. She has been included in Who s Who in American Law. Recently she was nominated and accepted as a 2015 American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 best family law attorney for client satisfaction.

Ms. Kulinsky received her Juris Doctorate degree from IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law in 1980. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science with high distinction from the University of Minnesota. She has lectured attorneys and accountants in tax aspects of Illinois divorce law, ethics and estate planning and has published materials on those subjects.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Formation Business Planning
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Employment Law — Employer
  • Employment Contracts — Employer
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianships Conservatorships
  • Living Wills
  • Powers of Attorney and Appointment
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Alimony Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Childrens’ Rights
  • Custody Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence Neglect
  • Juvenile Law
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Probate Estate Administration
  • Estate Administration
  • Real Estate Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1980
  • University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois
    • M.A.T.
    • Major: Teaching
  • University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.S. – 1967
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Major: Studio Art/Teaching

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, Tax Aspects of Illinois Divorce in Illinois, National Business Institute, 1994
  • Lecturer, Tax Aspects of Illinois Divorce in Illinois, National Business Institute, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • University of Chicago – Fellowship. 1968 – 1970
  • University of Minnesota – Scholarship. 1964 – 1967
  • Chimes. 1967 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Bar Association. 1980 – Present
  • Chicago Bar Association. 1980 – Present
  • Lake County Bar Association. 1990 – Present

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27/08/2017

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Latest update: Summary – be vigilant when using route 443 and route 60 and avoid stopping between the Maccabim check point and Jerusalem on route 443 if possible

This travel advice covers Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

Gaza

the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar and within 500m of the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’) east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town

east of Route 98 along the Syrian border

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to:

• 10km either side of Route 60 between Gush Etzion and Al Fawwar (including all of Hebron); FCO staff and dependants have been advised not to travel to this area

The security situation in Israel and the OPTs is fast moving, tense and unpredictable. You should keep up to date with local media and travel reports.

There have been a number of serious incidents along Route 443 (between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem), and Route 60 north of Jerusalem, including reports of stones and Molotov cocktails being thrown at cars. Be vigilant when using these routes and avoid stopping between the Maccabim check point and Jerusalem on Route 443 if possible.

There are ongoing violent incidents in Israel and the West Bank, including Tel Aviv, East Jerusalem and the Old City. There have been numerous stabbing, shooting, arson and stone throwing attacks on people and vehicles, as well as violent clashes between protestors and Israeli security forces. There’s a risk that tourists or bystanders could be caught up in any incident. You should be vigilant at all times.

Following a number of violent incidents on public transport and near public transport lines in Jerusalem, you should avoid using buses and light rail within Jerusalem.

Tensions remain high and you should consider the possibility of further incidents before undertaking travel to the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Old City. Expect road closures and numerous checkpoints across the West Bank. The entrances to the Old City may be subject to checks or closures.

There have been violent demonstrations in Arab municipalities across Israel and there’s potential for more demonstrations. Take extra care if a demonstration is taking place nearby and avoid large gatherings.

Take extra care and be vigilant when using public transport in Tel Aviv, in particular at transport hubs, and when using buses in the greater Tel Aviv area. You may wish to consider using other forms of transport.

Be vigilant when using Route 443 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. There have been reports of stones and Molotov cocktails being thrown at cars on this road.

Rockets have been fired from Gaza towards Israel in recent days. Further rocket fire is possible and you should familiarise yourself with the safety actions that you should take in the event of a warning siren.

The security situation on the border with Egypt remains volatile. Take extra care and be vigilant when using Route 10 which runs along the Israeli border with Egypt and is subject to closures by the Israeli authorities. You may wish to consider using other routes.

In northern Israel there’s still a risk of accidental or deliberate rocket or mortar fire from Syria. Take care when travelling in areas in the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights.

You should be especially vigilant after Friday prayers and on religious holidays. Demonstrations and other forms of civil unrest can occur at short notice and often turn violent. A heavy Israeli security presence is likely. Be extra vigilant and take great care, particularly at the Qalandiya checkpoint between East Jerusalem and Ramallah, in areas close to refugee camps, in and around Israeli settlements and in the cities of Jenin, Nablus and Ramallah. See Safety and security

Visa and other entry requirements are complex. Make sure you’re aware of Israeli immigration policies before you travel. Allow extra time for increased security measures and checks at airports during Israeli holidays and during the peak summer tourist season. See Entry Requirements

There is a high threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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26/08/2017

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Greece – Exercise normal security precautions

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Greece. Exercise normal security precautions.

Security

Security

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Strikes and Demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations in Athens are a common occurrence due to austerity measures imposed by the government. Demonstrations and marches occur largely in the centre of Athens in Syntagma Square and in front of the Parliament building. There is currently a heightened potential for demonstrations due to recent developments in Greece’s financial situation. Avoid all public gatherings and stay away from areas where they can occur as they may turn violent without notice. Monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

Strikes and demonstrations affecting public health services and transportation, such as trains, buses, taxi, metro, ferries and cruise ships, are usually announced in advance. Road closures may occur at short notice, particularly in Athens. Flights may be disrupted and access to airports and ports may be difficult. Contact your airline to check the status of your flight and allow plenty of time to make your way to the airport.

Terrorism

There have been periodic bomb attacks by anarchists and ultra-leftist militant groups against the Greek state, Greek institutions, and Western commercial and diplomatic interests on the mainland, including in Athens and Thessaloniki. Several bomb and arson attacks have occurred in urban areas. To enhance public safety, police officers conduct patrols in subway stations, bus terminals and other public places. Exercise caution at all times and in all places, monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Crime

Petty crime (pickpocketing, purse snatching, luggage theft, muggings) occurs in tourist areas and on public transport. Do not walk in the Athens districts of Monastiraki and Omonia, or around the two railway stations of Larissa and Peloponissos after dark. Avoid secluded areas, parks, and down-market bars and restaurants. Remain vigilant at all times.

Women should not accept rides from strangers or casual acquaintances. Sexual assaults have occurred, particularly on the islands.

Attacks against non-Caucasians have been reported in Athens and condemned by local authorities.

Road travel

The traffic fatality rate in Greece is among the highest in the European Union. Poor driving standards, aggressive drivers, difficult terrain and heavy traffic create hazards.

Driving motorbikes, scooters and mopeds is particularly dangerous, especially on the islands. Travellers must obtain insurance coverage. A helmet is a legal requirement. Stiff fines can be imposed for non-compliance.

Small, unlicensed rental agencies (especially on the islands) do not always offer vehicles that comply with up-to-date safety standards. Read the rental contract carefully.

In the event of an accident, wait until the police arrive; otherwise the insurance may not be valid.

Public transportation

Accidents have occurred due to poor safety standards on regional buses and ferries. Use reputable bus and ferry operators.

Air travel

The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.

General safety information

Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that your travel documents are up to date and that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Do not show signs of affluence and avoid carrying large sums of cash on your person.

Shortages of essential supplies, including medical supplies, have been reported.

Tourist facilities are widely available.

Some border areas are militarily sensitive and should be avoided, including the north-northwest zone.

There has been a significant increase in the number of migrants and refugees entering Europe. Some countries have already experienced disruptions to transportation services, including at ferry ports and railway stations, and have seen major delays at border crossings. The situation also heightens the potential for demonstrations that could turn violent without warning, particularly at railway stations and other transportation hubs. If you are travelling in the region, monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities, and contact your transport carrier to determine whether the situation could disrupt your travel.

Emergency services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.

Entry/exit requirements

Entry/exit requirements

It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the Greek authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an “as is” basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Hellenic Republic or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.

Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.

Passport

Canadians must present a passport to visit Greece, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of expected departure from that country. Prior to travelling, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Dual citizenship

Canadians of Macedonian ancestry have encountered difficulties when travelling to or through Greece. Any such difficulty should be reported to the Embassy of Canada in Athens.

Consult our Laws and culture for more information.

Visas

Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days*

Business visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days*

Work visa: Required

Student visa: Required

* The 90 days begin upon initial entry into any country of the Schengen area.

Canadians must be in possession of a visa to remain in Greece for more than 90 days. Contact the Greek consulate in Canada to obtain the necessary visas. In cases where an overstay becomes necessary (for example, for a serious medical reason), you may be granted an extension of stay from the Greek Aliens Police 10 to 15 days before the three months have expired.

Schengen area

The following 26 countries comprise the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The Schengen area has common rules regarding visas and controls at external borders.

You do not need visas for short-term visits of up to 90 days within a six-month period. Your stays are cumulative, and include visits to any country within the Schengen area. Some countries require that you register with local authorities within three working days of your arrival.

It is important to get your passport stamped when entering the Schengen area. The absence of an entry stamp from the initial Schengen port of entry could create difficulties during subsequent encounters with local police or other authorities throughout the Schengen area.

After 90 days of stay in the Schengen area, you must leave for another 90 days before you can re-enter.

If you overstay the permitted 90 days in the Schengen area, you may be fined or deported. To visit for longer than 90 days, you must obtain a long-stay national visa.

The Schengen Borders Code allows member states to temporarily reintroduce internal border controls in the event that a serious threat to public policy or internal security has been established. Canadians wishing to enter a Schengen area member state that has reintroduced internal border controls could be required to present a passport, valid for at least three months from the time of expected departure from that country.

For additional information, visit the European Commission s Temporary Reintroduction of Border Control .

Children and travel

Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.

Yellow fever

See Health to obtain information on this country s vaccination requirements.





20/08/2017

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Last updated: November 19, 2015 08:52 ET Still valid: December 2, 2015 05:11 ET Latest updates: An editorial change was made.

Advisories

Advisories

MADAGASCAR – Exercise a high degree of caution

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Madagascar. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to the current political situation and increasing crime rate.

Security

Security

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

National parks

Be extremely vigilant when visiting national parks. Do not visit parks alone, and seek advice from a tour operator or the park administration prior to visiting national parks.

Nosy Be

Violent demonstrations took place in Hell-Ville and Ambatoloaka (Nosy be) in early October 2013. Two foreigners were killed. Exercise increased caution.

Anosy region

Since June 2012, a number of violent incidents involving cattle rustlers and killing several people have occurred in the Anosy Region of southeast Madagascar. Exercise extreme caution and maintain a high level of personal security awareness when travelling within Anosy, where tensions remain.

Political situation

Madagascar s political situation has been unstable since the 2009 coup. Presidential elections were held in late 2013, but tensions could remain for a while.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations are taking place in Toamasina, in Tamatave, due to power cuts. Violent incidents causing injuries have occurred.

Avoid all demonstrations, even those expected to be peaceful, as they could turn violent without notice. The situation remains volatile. Avoid the vicinity of historical monuments in Antananarivo, where violent incidents have occurred. Be watchful of suspicious, unaccompanied packages or bags left in public places, as there have been intermittent bombings in and around Antananarivo. Should unrest occur, airports may be closed with little notice and other departure options may be limited. Ensure that you have adequate supplies of water, food, fuel, money and medications, and that your documentation remains up-to-date. Monitor the situation on a regular basis and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Crime

Robberies and break-ins, often violent, have increased, especially in and around the capital, Antananarivo, but also in rural and isolated areas. Muggings, purse snatchings and pickpocketing also occur. Be particularly vigilant in areas frequented by tourists, including the steps leading to Rova, the Avenue de l Ind pendance, the Analakely market, the road leading to the Soarano train station, the Caf de la gare and Tsaralalana. Ensure that your personal belongings and travel documents are secure, especially in airports and crowded places.

There have been a number of instances of large-scale looting of shops and stores in recent years. The potential for further similar incidents remains.

Gangs are known to commit home invasions and kidnappings, and to patrol areas where foreigners tend to congregate. Employees of non-governmental organizations may also be targeted.

Be wary of persons representing themselves as guides, particularly on beaches and in coastal tourist areas, as there have been reports of attacks and robberies. Avoid visiting these areas alone.

Thefts from vehicles occur frequently. Thieves target cars stuck in traffic for smash-and-grab robberies. When driving, you should keep the windows up, doors locked and valuables out of sight. Attacks on taxis and public transport are frequent, especially at night.

Armed attacks occur on main highways, especially at night and particularly in the southern region of the country between Fianarantsoa and Tulear.

Piracy

Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. For additional information, consult the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.

Road travel

Traffic drives on the right, yielding the right of way to vehicles coming from the left. The use of seat belts is mandatory. You are advised against driving in Madagascar; the vast majority of rental agencies only rent cars with drivers. Roads are in poor condition, except for a few main streets in the capital and some well-maintained roads to towns on the outskirts of the capital and to a few large towns elsewhere, including Tamatave, Mahajanga, Fianarantsoa and Toliara. Use a four-wheel drive vehicle if you must drive.

Rural roads are poorly marked. Road conditions may get worse during the rainy season, especially in the northern provinces. Bridges are frequently washed away. Before setting out, confirm with local authorities that your chosen route is passable. Pedestrians and roaming animals, as well as slow-moving and poorly maintained vehicles, pose hazards.

Local authorities occasionally set up roadblocks throughout the country. Follow their instructions and carry personal photographic identification at all times, preferably a certified true copy of your passport s identification page.

Public transportation

Public transportation (including bush taxis) is unreliable, as vehicles are poorly maintained. There is a semi-luxury minibus service between Antananarivo and Tamatave. Urban transport in regional towns generally closes down, as do most public activities, at about 8 p.m. leaving the rickshaw (pousse-pousse) as the sole means of travel.

Air travel

The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.

General safety information

Avoid walking after dark and exercise caution when visiting beaches and isolated areas. Tourist facilities are available but vary in quality.

Travel outside of Antananarivo at night is not recommended.

Sharks are present, particularly in the Tamatave area.

Dial 117 for emergency services.

Entry/exit requirements

Entry/exit requirements

It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from Malagasy authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an “as is” basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar and its consulates for up-to-date information.

Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.

Passport

To visit Madagascar, Canadians must present a passport. which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival in Madagascar.

Visas

Canadians must also be in possession of a visa and a round-trip ticket.

Tourist visa: Required for stays up to 90 days

Business visa: Required for stays up to 90 days





20/08/2017

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Last updated: November 19, 2015 08:59 ET Still valid: December 1, 2015 06:43 ET Latest updates: An editorial change was made.

Advisories

Advisories

NAMIBIA – Exercise a high degree of caution

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Namibia. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to the high level of crime.

Security

Security

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Peace in Angola has improved the security situation along the Namibia-Angola border. Due to the risk of banditry, however, you should exercise caution when travelling to this area, including the region of Kavango in the northeast and the western half of the Zambezi region (formerly known as Caprivi). Use official border crossing areas only to enter neighbouring countries.

Crime

Petty crime such as pickpocketing and purse snatching is prevalent. Vehicle theft and break-ins also occur. Violent crime, such as muggings and robberies targeting foreigners, has increased, particularly in Windhoek. Remain alert to your surroundings, ensure that your personal belongings and travel documents are secure, and avoid the townships and remote areas after dark. Avoid walking alone after dark. Keep your vehicle doors locked and windows shut, to deter carjacking and theft. Do not keep valuables in your car. There have been reports of thefts from vehicles at service stations.

You should be cautious of persons ostensibly looking for assistance by the side of the road. Unsuspecting tourists have been victims of armed attacks.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations are rare and are concentrated in Windhoek. They can disrupt traffic and business. You should exercise caution and avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

Landmines

Be aware of the presence of landmines in the border area from Katwitwi (a village on the Okavango River in Western Kavango region) to Kongola (a town in the Zambezi region).

Road travel

Traffic drives on the left. Avoid night-time driving outside urban centres. Careful driving is particularly important on rural roads, many of which are gravel with sloping sand shoulders. Road conditions are generally good, but much of the country is covered by desert; overland travel takes considerable time. Sand, salt and gravel roads become very slippery when wet. Tourists are often involved in single-vehicle accidents. Do not exceed 80 km/h on gravel roads. Excessive speed and animals on the roadway pose hazards. Emergency and roadside assistance is unreliable or non-existent outside Windhoek. Overland travel via the Trans-Caprivi Highway between Rundu and Katima Mulilo should be undertaken during daylight hours only. Avoid stopping at roadside rest stops, where robberies have been known to occur.

An original Canadian driver s licence in English is accepted, but a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended. If hiring a car, pay particular attention to the insurance coverage provided: ensure you have comprehensive insurance.

Road travel to desert areas should be undertaken with sufficient water and fuel supplies and two spare tires. Travel by convoy if you plan to go to the desert.

Public transportation

Buses and taxis operate in the capital. Public transportation is limited outside Windhoek. There have been reports of foreigners being robbed by taxi drivers. The Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) regulates taxi drivers by allocating registration numbers (one letter followed by a two-digit number). Use registered taxis (displaying the NABTA logo) only or arrange for a taxi through a reputable hotel.

Air travel

The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.

Fraud

Cases of attempted fraud are frequently reported in this country. See Overseas Fraud for more information.

There have been reports of credit card copying in some hotels and lodges. When paying by credit card, keep your card in view at all times. Be extra vigilant at automated banking machines (ABMs), as criminals may attempt to distract you or offer assistance with the aim of stealing your money. Don t accept any offer of assistance and cancel your transaction if you become suspicious.

General safety information

Avoid visiting townships unless accompanied by someone with local knowledge.

When visiting parks and game reserves, remain with your group and observe all local or park regulations and instructions given by tour guides, as wild animals pose risks. Potentially dangerous areas may lack fences and warning signs.

Carry a copy of your passport at all times.

Emergency services

In Windhoek, dial 211 111 for emergencies. If calling from a mobile phone, dial 112.

Entry/exit requirements

Entry/exit requirements

It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the Namibian authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an “as is” basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the High Commission of the Republic of Namibia and its consulates for up-to-date information.

Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.

Passport

To visit Namibia, Canadians must present a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country s entry rules. An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required upon entry to the country.

Visas

Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days

Business visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days





20/08/2017

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Compensation Claims for Falls at Work

Home Compensation Claims for Falls at Work

Falls at work fall into two very different categories – falls from height, and slips, trips and falls. Falls at work, which are from a height, are responsible for some of the most devastating injuries in the workplace, whereas falls at work which are the result of a trip or slip are the most common way in which employees sustain musculoskeletal injuries.

Both types of fall can result in lifelong health problems, and it is important that whenever falls at work occur, the victim receive emergency medical treatment. Some of the injuries which can be sustained include:-

Sprains, Strains and Tears – Depending on where and how you fall, you could sprain an ankle, strain a muscle, or tear a ligament. In falls at work where the victim hits their head on the fall, whiplash-like injuries can be sustained as the muscles of the neck are hyper-extended.

Head Injuries – Other head injuries can occur in falls at work when the head comes in contact with a solid object – such as the floor. Brain damage can result if the impact is hard enough as the brain will ricochet against the inside of the skull, damaging tissue and tearing nerves.

Knee Injuries – Damage to the knee can result in a long period away from work if you break the patella (knee bone) or tear the anterior cruciate ligament – one of the four main ligaments which connect the bones of the knee.

Back Injuries – Landing awkwardly on your back can cause vertebrae to fracture and discs to be herniated. There is also risk of damage to vital organs within your body – such as your lungs and kidneys.

The Causes of Falls at Work

There are a number of reasons why falls at work occur. Scaffolding is incorrectly constructed, ladders are poorly maintained, stairs and floorways are slippery due to spillages or obstructions are placed in the way of somebody carrying a bulky item. These are just some of the health and safety issues which cause falls at work and there are many more.

Your employer has a legal obligation under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act to provide a safe environment for his employees to work in, and this includes eliminating hazards which result in his staff experiencing falls at work. However, if you experience an accident of this nature, you first consideration should not be about making a falls at work compensation claim.

Action to be Taken after Falls at Work

Your only consideration after a fall at work should be that of your health. Wherever possible, avoid moving and wait for an ambulance to be summoned. Movement can intensify an injury and possibly turn it into a lifelong health issue. If your injury is considered not to warrant an ambulance, you should still immediately go to the accident and emergency department of your nearest hospital for a precautionary examination.

Many injuries sustained in falls at work (whiplash-like injuries for example) may not manifest for several days, so it is best to get a medical examination as soon as possible and take a colleague along with you to the hospital in case you suffer delayed shock from your accident. A report should be made in your employer´s “Accident Report Book” and, where your injuries have been caused by an employer´s negligence, you should obtain a copy of this report to submit as part of your Falls at work compensation claim.

Claiming for Falls at Work

Claims for falls at work are initially assessed by the Injuries Board Ireland, and you should complete an application form and submit it along with your medical notes and a copy of the employer´s accident report. The Injuries Board Ireland will organise an independent medical examination to assess the injury that you have sustained and calculate how much compensation you are entitled to receive.

The Injuries Board Ireland will make two assessments – one for General Damages, which is an amount for physical injury based on figures published in the Book of Quantum – and the second for Special Damages, which account for any psychological trauma you have sustained, any consequences to your quality of life because of your injury and any out of pocket expenses you have experienced.

Falls at Work Compensation

Because the Special Damages can make up a considerable proportion of the total falls at work compensation settlement, most people choose to engage the services of a solicitor to help them complete and submit the application to the Injuries Board Ireland. A solicitor will be able to advise you on all the Special Damages you are entitled to receive and ensure that your application is completed to reflect these.

A solicitor will also be already familiar with the circumstances surrounding your falls at work claim if it is contested by your employer, or he claims that you contributed to your injuries by your own lack of care. In these events, the Injuries Board Ireland will decline to assess your falls at work claim and issue you with an authorisation to pursue your claim through court. Often, your solicitor will be able to avoid the necessity of a court appearance by negotiating an appropriate settlement with your employer s insurers.

Summary

  • Falls at work can occur in almost any profession and can result in the most debilitating injuries
  • Health and safety regulations provide employers with guidelines to prevent falls at work
  • If these guidelines are ignored, and you suffer an injury as the result of a fall at work, you are entitled to compensation
  • The amount of compensation you receive is assessed by the Injuries Board Ireland following an independent medical examination
  • The Injuries Board Ireland assessment includes compensation for the physical injuries you sustained and Special Damages
  • Special damages an make up a considerable part of the award when you are likely to be off work for a long time
  • Consequently, most people choose to use the assistance of a solicitor to ensure that they receive their full entitlement

If you or a loved one have sustained injuries from falls at work, and wish to establish if you are entitled to claim for compensation, you should contact a solicitor at your earliest opportunity to discuss the points mentioned in the above article.

It is important to note that each case is unique. If you have been unfortunate enough to have suffered a fall of work and feel that you have a potential personal injury claim you are advised to discuss all of the points raised in the preceding article with a solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

About the Author
Eoin P. Campbell is an honours law graduate (LL.B) and qualified solicitor whose professional experience is in the area of litigation and in particular personal injury claims. Eoin P. Campbell is currently lecturing in law at two universities in Lyon, France.


11/08/2017

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Donald Strachan, Telegraph Travel’s technology expert, compares the leading flight search websites to discover which finds the cheapest deals

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For anyone hunting the cheapest flights on the web, key bookmarks are the meta-search engines . These sites trawl airlines, online travel agents (OTAs) and flight-data wholesalers to find the best price. But which of them is the cheapest?

I selected 20 routes from Britain to long- and short-haul destinations, plus one internal flight in the United States and one between Australia and Asia. I mixed five different dates, ranging from a short-notice week away in February to a 20-night August trip. I searched for every flight on eight leading flight websites, rejecting prices if they were only available with crazy layovers or a circuitous route. In other words, I chose the cheapest sensible route.

Across my bundle of 20 flights, momondo (momondo.com ) was cheapest. Only an insignificant £100 in total separated the top three of momondo, Skyscanner (skyscanner.net ) and Kayak (kayak.co.uk ). TravelSupermarket (travelsupermarket.com ) almost matched the top three on 18 routes, but only offers flights that begin or end at a UK airport.

I took most searches through to the final stage before booking, to verify prices were live . In the past, flight engines often found prices that no longer existed when the traveller clicked through to pay. This happened only a couple of times in 160 searches.

The best sites usually match each other flight for flight, to within a few pounds. However, Kayak found a London Hanoi routing that was cheapest by £35; momondo beat all rivals by £40 on a Manchester to Nairobi flight in August. Kayak, Skyscanner, and momondo were among the quickest to return results, though every engine was slower than Google Flight Search (google.co.uk/flights ). The Google tool, however, was no match for the specialists when it came to finding the best prices. In fact, Google Flight Search came eighth in price performance, almost 12 per cent more expensive than momondo for my basket of 20 flights.





09/08/2017

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Latest update: Terrorism section – there continues to be a threat of kidnapping in the southern Philippines; editorial amendments throughout

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of on-going terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao for the same reasons. See Terrorism and Local Travel .

Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year. Most typhoons occur from June to December. There may be flooding and landslides. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Information as of late October 2015 indicates that kidnap for ransom groups may be planning operations in North Mindanao including the islands off the coast. See Terrorism

Around 133,665 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2014. Most visits are trouble-free.

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07/08/2017

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Luckily, the Manhattan personal injury lawyers at DeToffol Associates can help. Our firm was founded by David DeToffol after spending years as a New York State professional engineer and a United States patent attorney. His background in these fields means that he knows what questions to ask and how to build a case with technical and mechanical evidence. Please contact our New York City office at 212-962-2220 for a free consultation.

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Sometimes personal injury cases seem like they should be straightforward, such as in a car accident caused by a person running a red light. However, in further investigation, there may be a host of issues that can prohibit you from collecting the full compensation you deserve. We are experienced in handling all aspects of personal injury claims and can sort through the issues to help recover financial damages to the fullest extent of the law.

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06/08/2017

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Democratic Republic of Congo travel advice. #travel #costa #rica

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to eastern and north eastern DRC. The only exceptions to this are the towns of Bukavu and Goma, to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of the DRC.

On 2 June 2015 small arms and heavy weapons fire was heard across the city of Goma. Reports indicate that most of the gunfire was related to an incident at a military base at the airport, but there were also shots fired in the city centre and at a vegetable market close to the airport. You should remain vigilant at all times.

Demonstrations can quickly turn violent in the DRC. In January 2015 there were violent demonstrations in Kinshasa in response to an electoral reform bill being considered by parliament. Troops were deployed to the streets to maintain order. Many schools, shops and businesses were closed and movement around the city was restricted.

Credible reports indicate that between 5 and 30 people were killed as a result of the violence, including 2 members of the police. There were also reports of violent demonstrations, looting and general unrest in other areas of the country, including in Goma, Bukavu, Mbandaka, Lubumbashi and Bas-Congo.

During periods of potential unrest remain vigilant, listen to local media and monitor the situation in your area closely. Take extra care at night. Avoid unnecessary journeys and stay away from areas where demonstrations are likely to take place, particularly the area around the parliament in Kinshasa. Protests may quickly turn violent without warning. Commercial flights may be suspended and borders closed.

The security situation in eastern DRC remains unstable. While British staff do visit Goma, there are not always British staff in the area, and our ability to offer consular assistance is therefore severely limited. In 2015 there has been a series of kidnappings in North Kivu in the area around Goma in addition to military operations against armed groups.

The lack of infrastructure throughout the country and continued insecurity in eastern DRC may prevent the British Embassy in Kinshasa from being able to extend normal levels of consular assistance to British nationals anywhere in DRC other than Kinshasa.

Street crime and robbery, including by individuals posing as plain clothes police, is common. Beware of gangs promising you cut price gold and diamonds. International non-governmental organisations in Kinshasa and Goma have been targeted. See Crime

Keep a low profile and avoid any large crowds and demonstrations. Stay alert to local political developments. See Political situation

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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03/08/2017

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03/08/2017

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This website provides free information for you to review, as well as paid legal services and links. You are encouraged to review the free information before you have a consultation, so that you understand the background of the issues you face and can better focus what you need to know.

29/07/2017

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Latest update: Safety and security section (Local travel) – tourist SIM card available for purchase for smartphones or tablets, aiming to provide tourists with various services during a 30 day period; Natural disasters section (Cotopaxi and Tungurahua) – the ‘Ecuador Seguro’ free iPhone application provides information about the Cotopaxi eruption process and evacuation routes; Tungurahua volcanic increase to orange alert

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel within the 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia except for the official border crossing town of Tulcan in Carchi province. See Local travel.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the areas of Tarapoa and the Cuyabeno reserve outside the 20km zone in Sucumbios. See Local travel

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the areas of El Angel Ecological Reserve inside the 20 km exclusion zone in the province of Carchi. See Local travel

There are a number of active volcanoes in Ecuador. The Cotopaxi volcano has experienced renewed activity in August 2015 and restrictions are in place. Don’t climb the Tungurahua, Reventador, Chiles and Cerro Negro volcanoes. See Volcanoes

Cases of armed robbery are increasing and petty crime is common. See Crime

Around 25,650 British nationals visited Ecuador in 2014. Most visits are trouble free.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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29/07/2017

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26/07/2017

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25/07/2017

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Mexico travel advice. #deals #on #airline #tickets

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Entry requirements

Visas

If you’re visiting Mexico as a tourist you don’t need a visa, but you do need a tourist card, which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico.

If you’re crossing the border into Mexico from the US, there won’t be an immigration officer at the port of entry, but you’ll need to identify the nearest immigration office and clear your immigration status before you continue your journey into Mexico. The immigration office can usually be found close to the border area, and customs officials at the border should be able to tell you where to find it. If you fail to clear immigration at this point, it is often more complicated to do so once you have left the border area.

You need a tourist card to leave the country. If you lose your tourist card you can get it replaced at the immigration office at any international airport in Mexico. The cost of a replacement is $295 Mexican Pesos, which is payable at a bank.

There have been reports of bogus immigration officers operating within international airports. You should always refuse offers of help and head directly to the immigration office.

Tourists are not allowed to undertake voluntary (including human rights) work, or activity, or any form of paid employment. If you wish to carry out this type of work you must get the correct visa from the Mexican Embassy before you travel.

You may need a visa to undertake certain adventure or eco-tourism activities like caving, potholing or entomology, especially if they involve any scientific or technological research. The Mexican authorities may define scientific or technological research activities far more broadly than other countries. If you’re in any doubt, check with the Mexican Embassy in London well in advance of your visit and ask for written confirmation if necessary.

It is no longer possible to switch immigration status in-country. You can’t enter Mexico on a tourist visa and then change it for a work visa. You must apply at the Mexican Consulate of your normal place of residence in plenty of time before you are due to travel.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Mexico.

The Mexican authorities have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.

Travelling with children

The Mexican authorities have suspended the rules which came into effect in May 2011 requiring children under 18 years of age travelling alone, or accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or legal guardian, to apply for a special permit to leave the country. These rules now only apply to Mexican nationals or foreigners with dual Mexican nationality. The accompanying adult may, however, be asked to provide evidence of his or her relationship with the child.

Although there is currently no specific requirement for authorisation by an absent parent, single parents who are not, or who appear not to be, the child’s parent (eg if they have a different family name) may be asked to show evidence of their relationship with the child and the reason why they are travelling with the child. This evidence could include a birth or adoption certificate, divorce or marriage certificates, or a Parental Responsibility Order.

Travelling to Mexico via the US

If you’re travelling to Mexico via the US, even if you’re only transiting, check the US entry requirements with the US Embassy in London. If you don’t have the correct authorisation you will not be allowed to travel to or transit through the US.

Further information can be found on the FCO’s US Travel Advice.

Importing meat or dairy products

You can’t bring meat or dairy products into Mexico from the EU.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Mexico and are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Mexico.





22/07/2017

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Visas

To enter Russia you’ll need a visa before travel – make sure you apply for the correct type and duration of visa. During periods of high demand, you should apply for your visa well in advance. From 10 December 2014 Russian diplomatic missions and the visa application centres in London and Edinburgh will collect biometric data (scanned fingerprints) from visa applicants above the age of 12. This applies to each Russian entry or transit visa application. For further information see the  Russian Embassy website and the website of VFS Global who manage Russian visa applications on behalf of the Embassy. Tourist visa applications can take 10 working days to be processed, and longer during busy periods.

On receiving your visa you should check the details of the visa including the validity dates and passport number carefully to ensure they are correct. Before you travel to Russia make sure you are aware of the terms and conditions attached to your visa, for both entry and exit. Please note that you should carefully adhere to the validity and conditions of your visa. Overstaying your visa without authorisation from the Federal Migration Authorities can result in a delay to your departure from Russia, fines, court hearings and possible deportation and a ban from re-entry. You should arrange an extension of your visa before it expires.

According to Russian law, cruise or ferry passengers can stay in Russia for 72 hours without visas only if they have booked tours through the companies officially licensed by the Russian government. These companies will supply you with a tour ticket, which is called a blanket visa or booking confirmation, and let you pass the customs/immigration offices without any other documents except your valid passport and the migration card that you will be given onboard.

This visa-free exception applies only to those who travel within an organised group and who don’t intend to explore the cities on their own. Cruise passengers are free to use any authorised local travel agencies (not only cruise ship tour companies) for visa-free shore tours.

Russia’s port cities where travellers won’t need a visa for up to 3 days are:

  • St Petersburg
  • Kaliningrad
  • Vladivostok
  • Sochi
  • Vyborg
  • Korsakov (Sakhalin Island)
  • Novorossiysk

If your passport has been lost/stolen while ashore and a replacement ETD is issued, or you would like to continue your journey by air or land, you must get a visa to leave Russia

Registration

If you’re staying for more than 7 working days you must register with the local branch of the Federal Migration Service. Most major hotels will do this automatically. If you’re staying in private accommodation the owner of the property must do this for you.

Passport validity 

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months after the expiry date of your visa.

The Russian authorities have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, landside transit and exit from Russia only if they contain a valid Russian visa. The Russian authorities will only put a visa for Russia in an ETD in some circumstances. Contact the nearest Russian Embassy outside Russia or local migration office in Russia to find out if a visa can be issued. You also need to check with the Russian Embassy or migration office on the required length of Emergency Travel Document validity. UK Emergency Travel Documents without a visa are accepted for airside transit only. You should check with your travel company or airline that transit zones will be available at the airports of your planned route.

Migration cards

All foreign nationals entering Russia must sign a migration card, which is produced electronically at passport control in the major airports. Some airports may still require you to complete the migration card manually. The card is in two identical parts. One part will be retained by the Immigration Officer on arrival. You should keep the other part with your passport; you will need it when you leave Russia and if you are stopped by the police for an ID check during your stay. There are many hotels and hostels that will not check in guests if they don’t have the stamped white immigration card with them. You must complete a new migration card each time you enter Russia, even if you have a multiple entry visa. If you lose the second part of the card you will be fined, and your departure from the country could be delayed.

Travelling with children

Children born overseas and added to their parents’ Russian passports may now have to get their own passport to exit Russia. Check with the Russian Embassy or Consulate before travel to ensure you have the necessary paperwork.

Transit through Belarus

If you intend to travel by train on popular routes such as Warsaw-Moscow or St Petersburg-Kiev you will need to get a transit visa for Belarus before travelling.

Dual nationality

Under international law, the British Embassy can’t formally intervene with the Russian authorities on behalf of dual Russian/British nationals.

Legislation came into force on 4 August 2014 regarding Russian nationals who are also citizens of other countries. Russian passport holders must inform the Russian authorities of the other passports they hold. If you hold both British and Russian citizenship you should take legal advice and/ or contact the relevant Russian authority (the nearest Russian Embassy if you are not in Russia or your local Migration office if you are in Russia) to find out how the legislation might impact you. See the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation (in Russian only) for more details.

If you come to Russia to renew your Russian international passport, it may take up to 4 months for a new passport to be issued. You will not be able to leave Russia on your British passport if you entered Russia on your Russian passport, and will therefore have to remain in Russia until your new Russian passport is issued.

Customs

You can import up to 10,000 US dollars (or equivalent) into the country and export foreign currency up to the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars from Russia without declaring it.

If you import over 10,000 US dollars or certain categories of goods like electrical items, jewellery, antiques and valuable musical instruments, you must complete a customs declaration form.

If you wish to import certain advanced electronic items (e.g. Global Positioning System instruments), you must get an operating licence from the Russian authorities before you travel. Check with the Embassy of the Russian Federation before your departure.

If you complete a declaration make sure the form is stamped by a Customs official at your port of entry, otherwise your foreign currency and non-declared items may be confiscated when you leave Russia and you may be fined.

There are strict regulations governing the export from Russia of antiques, icons, medals, artwork and other items of historical significance. This includes modern art and even posters if they are particularly rare or valuable. You must get approval from the Ministry of Culture.

For further information visit the website of the Russian Federal Customs Service.





21/07/2017

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NAMIBIA – Exercise a high degree of caution

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Namibia. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to the high level of crime.

Security

Security

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Peace in Angola has improved the security situation along the Namibia-Angola border. Due to the risk of banditry, however, you should exercise caution when travelling to this area, including the region of Kavango in the northeast and the western half of the Zambezi region (formerly known as Caprivi). Use official border crossing areas only to enter neighbouring countries.

Crime

Petty crime such as pickpocketing and purse snatching is prevalent. Vehicle theft and break-ins also occur. Violent crime, such as muggings and robberies targeting foreigners, has increased, particularly in Windhoek. Remain alert to your surroundings, ensure that your personal belongings and travel documents are secure, and avoid the townships and remote areas after dark. Avoid walking alone after dark. Keep your vehicle doors locked and windows shut, to deter carjacking and theft. Do not keep valuables in your car. There have been reports of thefts from vehicles at service stations.

You should be cautious of persons ostensibly looking for assistance by the side of the road. Unsuspecting tourists have been victims of armed attacks.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations are rare and are concentrated in Windhoek. They can disrupt traffic and business. You should exercise caution and avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

Landmines

Be aware of the presence of landmines in the border area from Katwitwi (a village on the Okavango River in Western Kavango region) to Kongola (a town in the Zambezi region).

Road travel

Traffic drives on the left. Avoid night-time driving outside urban centres. Careful driving is particularly important on rural roads, many of which are gravel with sloping sand shoulders. Road conditions are generally good, but much of the country is covered by desert; overland travel takes considerable time. Sand, salt and gravel roads become very slippery when wet. Tourists are often involved in single-vehicle accidents. Do not exceed 80 km/h on gravel roads. Excessive speed and animals on the roadway pose hazards. Emergency and roadside assistance is unreliable or non-existent outside Windhoek. Overland travel via the Trans-Caprivi Highway between Rundu and Katima Mulilo should be undertaken during daylight hours only. Avoid stopping at roadside rest stops, where robberies have been known to occur.

An original Canadian driver s licence in English is accepted, but a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended. If hiring a car, pay particular attention to the insurance coverage provided: ensure you have comprehensive insurance.

Road travel to desert areas should be undertaken with sufficient water and fuel supplies and two spare tires. Travel by convoy if you plan to go to the desert.

Public transportation

Buses and taxis operate in the capital. Public transportation is limited outside Windhoek. There have been reports of foreigners being robbed by taxi drivers. The Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) regulates taxi drivers by allocating registration numbers (one letter followed by a two-digit number). Use registered taxis (displaying the NABTA logo) only or arrange for a taxi through a reputable hotel.

Air travel

The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.

Fraud

Cases of attempted fraud are frequently reported in this country. See Overseas Fraud for more information.

There have been reports of credit card copying in some hotels and lodges. When paying by credit card, keep your card in view at all times. Be extra vigilant at automated banking machines (ABMs), as criminals may attempt to distract you or offer assistance with the aim of stealing your money. Don t accept any offer of assistance and cancel your transaction if you become suspicious.

General safety information

Avoid visiting townships unless accompanied by someone with local knowledge.

When visiting parks and game reserves, remain with your group and observe all local or park regulations and instructions given by tour guides, as wild animals pose risks. Potentially dangerous areas may lack fences and warning signs.

Carry a copy of your passport at all times.

Emergency services

In Windhoek, dial 211 111 for emergencies. If calling from a mobile phone, dial 112.

Entry/exit requirements

Entry/exit requirements

It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the Namibian authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an “as is” basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the High Commission of the Republic of Namibia and its consulates for up-to-date information.

Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.

Passport

To visit Namibia, Canadians must present a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country s entry rules. An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required upon entry to the country.

Visas

Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days

Business visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days





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Visas

British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports who arrive at sea ports for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that the visit doesn’t exceed 72 hours.

You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. An e-visa costs $20 and you can pay using a credit or debit card. You can apply up to 3 months in advance of your travel date. Turkish visit visas issued on arrival are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period.

If you have any queries regarding e-Visas call the Visa Contact Centre (details provided by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Some unauthorised websites may charge for information about e-Visas, and for submitting applications. These websites are not endorsed by or associated with the Turkish government. Be wary of such sites and businesses, particularly those that seek additional fees for other services. Some unauthorised websites have also issued fake e-Visas.

In case of problems with the computer systems at the Turkish port of entry, print off and carry a paper copy of your e-Visa, or make sure you have an electronic copy on a smart phone or other device to show to the immigration officer.

Until further notice British citizens can get a multiple entry visitor visa, valid for 90 days, on arrival at any port of entry on payment of £20 in cash (Scottish and Northern Irish currency is not accepted). However, the visa on arrival service is likely to be phased out at some point in the near future. To avoid possible problems or delays at the Turkish border, or when boarding your flight in the UK, get an e-Visa from the official website before you travel.

At Istanbul Ataturk airport (and possibly at other airports) there will be self service e-Visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-Visa on arrival using their own smart devices.

You can also apply for a visa before you travel from the Turkish Consulate General in London. If you’re planning to study or work in Turkey, or are unsure about the type of visa you require, you should apply for a visa before travel.

If you don’t have a ‘British Citizen’ passport, but hold a different type of British nationality (eg BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Consulate General before you travel. These types of passport are classed as ‘UK Special Passports’ in the Turkish e-Visa system. You’ll need to apply for a visa from the Turkish Consulate General before you travel.

Make sure your passport has a blank page for the visa stamp. If it doesn’t, the Turkish authorities will issue an ‘Entry-Exit form’ and put your entry-exit stamp on there. You should carry this form with you in Turkey and present it to the border officers when you leave.

If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed. If you intend to work in Turkey, ensure you have the correct permits. More information is available from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. If you don’t abide by the terms of your visa or permit, you may be fined, deported and banned from re-entering the country.

If you’re entering Turkey via a land border crossing, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area.

Passport validity

Make sure your passport satisfies all of the following criteria:

  • valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey
  • valid for at least 3 months from the date you leave Turkey
  • valid for at least 60 days beyond the expiry date of your visa, e-visa or residence permit (visas and e-visas are often issued with 6 months validity so your passport may need to have 8 months validity at the time your visa is issued).

The Turkish authorities have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.

Travelling with children

If you are leaving Turkey with a child who is a dual British-Turkish national, you may be asked to show the Turkish immigration authorities evidence that the Turkish parent has given permission for the child to travel.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Turkey within the dates printed on the document. ETDs should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey.





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Barry Sorrels is one of the most respected criminal defense lawyers in Texas in both state and federal courts. He represents clients in all criminal matters from serious state offenses to complex federal fraud cases.

He was the 2011 President of the Dallas Bar Association and is the 2016 President-Elect of the prestigious Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, but he is best known for his career in the courtroom. He spent a couple of years as a prosecutor in the Dallas District Attorney s Office as a young lawyer, but the great majority of his career and successes are as a criminal defense lawyer. He is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law.

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Through his regular commentary for local and national news outlets, Barry has earned a reputation as an expert legal analyst in criminal cases. He has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, CourtTV and most local DFW news stations as a legal expert.

Barry has served on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Federal Court Advisory Committee 2009-Present. In 2013, he was one of five attorneys appointed by the Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to the committee to recommend a new Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas. He is on the board of trustees of the Center for American and International Law and is the course director for the Center’s Trial Skills and Trial Law Program, where he teaches young lawyers criminal defense skills.

Areas of Practice

  • White Collar Criminal Law
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Conspiracy
  • Wire Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • False Claims Act
  • Stark Law Violations
  • Anti-Kickback Statute
  • Trade Secret Violations
  • FDA Investigations
  • Bank Fraud
  • RICO Violations
  • Narcotics Charges
  • Serious Criminal State Court Charges

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 2001

Education

Classes/Seminars

  • Program Chair, Trial Advocacy in Criminal Cases, Center for American and International Law, 2004 – Present

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Law. 2001 – 2016
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Dallas “D” Magazine, Criminal Defense. 2003 – 2016
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Top 100 Texas Superlawyers. 2009 – 2010
  • Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Superlawyers. 2009 – 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Center for American and International Law. Trustee, 2006 – 2016
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Dallas, Texas. Master, President-Elect, 2016
  • Dallas Bar Foundation

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