Africa Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #travel #and #leisure

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Map of Africa

Africa is a vast continent which, including island groups, holds 53 different countries. Africa stretches from temperate areas in the north to those in the south, and is crossed by the equator. The continent is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.

Hints and Tips for Africa

  • Double-check your visa requirements though many citizens do not need a visa for a stay of 30-90 days.
  • Expensive jewelry and fancy watches or cameras can make you a target for theft. At the same time, baggage theft is also known to occur in airports, so the best approach is to travel without too many valuables that cannot be replaced.

  • Some medicines Western tourists may take for granted such as Benadryl/Dimedrol or Advil PM contain diphenhydramine, which is illegal in Zambia and can lead to a fine or even jailing. If you plan on traveling with medicine, double-check the legality of the medicine in the countries you plan to visit.

  • If you do find yourself in a dangerous situation getting robbed, give the robbers whatever they are asking for and hopefully you will be relieved that you left your passport, and most of your credit cards and money back in a safe.




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    Asia Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #traveling #nurse #jobs

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    Map of Asia

    • Be warned that quite a few countries will charge visa-on-arrival (i.e. US$25 for Indonesia at the time of this writing) and also charge a departure tax (i.e. 150,000rp for Indonesia at the time of this writing).
  • Also be prepared to have an alternate means of payment as some budget airlines, such as Air Asia, sometimes do not accept US credit cards online.

  • Dress ranges from conservative to liberal, so it’s good to bring cool clothing for more modern, hot climates and longer sleeves and pants for religious temples and more conservative situations.

  • Harder to reach rural cities and islands may not have modern conveniences. Be prepared to say bye-bye to the internet, hot water, and flushing toilets in exchange for some amazing experiences.

  • Citizens of Malaysia and Singapore tend to speak fluent English, but this decreases as you venture to more rural areas. Japan can be difficult because everything is written in kanji and Chinese characters, so it may be a good idea to have an English copy of the subway system. China with its multiple dialects can be challenging, but the signage in the subway systems is written in both Chinese and English.




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    Argentina Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #travel #map

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    Argentina

    Photos from Argentina

    Torres Del Paine

    Spectacular Light

    Crossing the Rio Leticia

    Break Time

    The Tidal Zone

    Descending from La Chaira

    View of Fitz Roy’s summit

    Mt Fitz Roy

    Coffee in Miramar

    Me

    “Beach” in Miramar

    Church – Cordoba

    Main plaza in Cordoba

    On the way out of Miramar

    My friend after the st.

    Dead birds everywhere.

    Flooded in – Miramar

    Lake shore in Miramar

    Lake shore in Miramar

    Lake shore in Miramar

    Sunset in Miramar

    House in Miramar

    Hotel ruins – Miramar

    Hotel ruins – Miramar

    Hotel ruins – Miramar

    Miramar

    “Beach” in Miramar

    On the way to Miramar

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    Norway Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #travel #prices

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    Norway

    Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that was to last for more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway’s economic fortunes. The current focus is on containing spending on the extensive welfare system and planning for the time when petroleum reserves are depleted. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. To be updated

    Photos from Norway

    Going to the top!

    View from the cottage

    Linde and Northern Lights

    Northern lights and cl.

    Pink northern lights

    Northern lights

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    Noorderlicht

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    19) Climbing Out

    17) Resting Walrus at.

    Besseggen

    Reindeer do not care a.

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    I’m on top of the world!

    From Skara to Geirange.

    so many trees

    stopped on the side of.

    siesta

    laughing

    “I’m going to fly like.

    it just popped out of.

    route 55

    Stave Church at Norsk.

    Blogs from Norway

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  • May 6th 2008 Tag 5: Auflug von Bergen in die Umgebung

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  • May 3rd 2008 Tag 2: Fahrt von Kopenhagen über Göteborg nach Oslo





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  • Germany Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #cheap #airfares

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    Germany

    As Europe’s largest economy and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent’s economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the Communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro. To be updated

    Photos from Germany

    Nurnberg

    Residenz Munchen

    Residenz Munchen

    Frauen Kirke

    Neuhauer Strasse

    Munich Palace of Justice

    Schloss Neuschwanstein

    Stasi Museum

    Reminder of the Holocaust

    Charlottenburg Palace

    Young Male Proboscis M.

    Dom from Hohenzollern.

    The Alps

    A Winter Wonderland

    Reichstag Dome

    Brandenburg Tor at night

    Rathaus

    Asamkirche

    Renaissance Town Hall

    You know this picture.

    View from the Alte Liebe

    Cologne Cathedral

    neuschwanstein castle

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    Jerina on the move.

    Ride the wheel

    MJ at the Eagles Nest

    Beautiful architecture

    Colorful buildings

    Along the Romantic Road

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    Hotel and car rental – Honolulu Forum #kyak #travel

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    hotel and car rental

    My family,2 adults 2 kids(12yrs and 14yrs) is planning a trip to Hawaii this Apr. A friend recommends Waikiki Marina Resort but some recommend Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Do you have any advice on the above hotel choices? Is a rental car necessary if I stay at one of the above hotels. If YES, any tips for car parking ?

    I can t think of why anyone would recommend the Waikiki Marina for a family, although I admit i ve never stayed there and never been there. I m sure it is a fine hotel and maybe someone here will have more information on that.

    My main objection would be that it is absolutely not located where I would want to be in relationship to the Waikiki Beach area and what I consider to be the main attractions. The Reef would be much better and lots on here think that is the only place to stay. I like the Reef and I have been there and stayed there.

    That said, we still prefer the more central location and huge number of hotel options down around the Outrigger Waikiki and the Moana. Lots of options that are reasonably priced across the street from the beach. I suggest you get a map of Waikiki and decide what area you like best. Read the posts on here for lots of information about all the hotels.

    I only caution strongly against the Marina area for a family especially with the kids.

    Rental cars are not necessary at all if you stay in the main Waikiki area. First they are very expensive to park and you will not use it for most of the days. Instead, I recommend renting a car for the day or two you might really want to use it to drive around the island or over to Pearl Harbor, and do it right in the Waikiki Beach area at one of the agencies located in the hotels there.

    I do recommend that you decide ahead of time what days you think you need a car and reserve ahead of time as they do run out of cars. Rent only the days you need it and avoid a $25-$30 a day parking fee at your hotel as well as the car rental costs.

    Do a little research and ask specific questions here and you will get lots of opinions and ever some help.

    Have a great trip and Aloha

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    Madagascar Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #responsible #travel

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    Madagascar

    Photos from Madagascar

    Village girl

    Verreaux’s sifaka lemur

    Leaf bugs

    Mango sellers

    Going fishing in a pir.

    Typical village

    Family

    Village children

    Komba

    Lemur Park

    Male Lemur

    The Elephant Eared Cha.

    Parson Chameleon

    Stump Taled Brookesea

    Parson Chameleon

    Madagascar

    Tsiribina (7)

    Miandrivazo (15)

    Anjozorobe covered in.

    Malagasy Flower

    Another sunset

    Anjozorobe’s River Sunset

    Anjozorobe’s river by Day

    Mural in Fianar

    The sunning ritual by.

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    Zebu market in Ambalavao

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    Mongolia Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #britax #travel #system

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    Mongolia

    The Mongols gained fame in the 13th century when under Chinggis KHAN they conquered a huge Eurasian empire. After his death the empire was divided into several powerful Mongol states, but these broke apart in the 14th century. The Mongols eventually retired to their original steppe homelands and later came under Chinese rule. Mongolia won its independence in 1921 with Soviet backing. A Communist regime was installed in 1924. During the early 1990s, the ex-Communist Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) gradually yielded its monopoly on power to the Democratic Union Coalition (DUC), which defeated the MPRP in a national election in 1996. Since then, parliamentary elections returned the MPRP overwhelmingly to power in 2000 and produced a coalition government in 2004. To be updated

    Photos from Mongolia

    Ger camp

    Removalists – nomad-style

    Milking the family yak

    The golden eagle

    Near Khosghol lake

    The 1st family who hos.

    Drinking vodka and airag

    Horse race

    The girl who decided t.

    The little neighbor pe.

    Making cheese

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    Trans Mongolian Railway

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    Mongolian grasslands

    Never Too Old To Goof.

    Eagle!

    Staying in a Ger

    Camel riding

    Fabulous Terelj Park

    view from the Monastery

    Ger camp in a beautifu.

    The Gandan Khiid Temple

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    Mongolian Sunset





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    Peru Gateway Travel – Peru Forum #travelling

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    Peru Gateway Travel

    We just got back from a week in Peru with gateway travel. We did Cusco. horseback riding, white water rafting Machu Piccu.

    Dealing with the agent before we left was a bit frustrating – we booked 5 months in advance but had to keep asking for confirmations – only when I demanded a final detailed confirmation one week before we left did we get one. Print a few copies and bring them as we had to show the guides a couple times that we have indeed already paid for things.

    Hotels – the hotel advertised on the website for 4 star will not be provided – the agent said that there were no rooms available (however you could find availibility when I did a search on-line) after much push back she said that they get preferred rates for only one room and if that fills they will send you to a lesser hotel (read fine print on their website!) we ended up staying at the Novotel in Cusco (which was actually nice) but we paid $190 U.S per night when I could have booked it on-line for $110.

    Overall Peru was amazing certanly a great adventure – I wish I would have booked the hotel train on our own as we would have saved alot of money – this company was very unogranized and we were frustrated with them more than a few times – but if u get a detailed confirmation be clear as to your expectations – it was a wonderful trip in the end and the guides were informative and entertaining.

    Hope that helps!

    Enjoy Peru!

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    STI Travel: Egypt Jordan – Cairo Forum #bing #travel #flights

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    I picked STI USA, aka Sakkara Group (STI Egypt), as our tour operator after extensive comparison shopping on the internet and personal exchange. I chose STI for our group of 12, who have traveled together for several years, for several reasons, 1) easier to deal with an US-based office, 2) willingness to work with my customized itinerary, 3) competitive pricing, and 4) reputation as described by posts on several big travel boards.

    We left on March 6, 2008 for a 20-day, customized tour, which included selected 5-star hotels and non-touristy restaurants, of Egypt. Istanbul. and Jordan. Every detail seemed set as we departed from JFK.

    During the trip I began to develop and form a changed opinion of STI based upon the experiences and follow through. Although STI should be considered a strong contender for a trip to Egypt, I would forewarn you of possible problems if you go with them.

    I think STI is a superb choice of tour operator to Egypt, Istanbul, and Jordan from the US if you stick to one of their standard itineraries. They have an impressive array of vertically-integrated resources and services, including hotels, guides, vehicles, restaurants, and Nile cruisers. Their pricing for contracted hotels and restaurants that are not theirs are indicative of their clout. However, if you want to include personal choices of accommodations, restaurants, and sites, resulting in a customized tour and itinerary, you may be very disappointed and upset, even after every detail is seemingly finalized before departure.

    For example, in several cases the daily itinerary was not followed in proper sequence causing serious time-related problems in seeing the iconic attractions. We had to go to Giza twice because we missed the Sphinx the first time. By the time the return to the Sphinx was granted after angry demands, 2 couples had already left Egypt for home. On the other hand, in Istanbul one day’s itinerary ended by 3:00 when were supposed to enjoy the night life aboard a private Bosphorous cruise. Incidentally we were first booked on a public boat and had to tell the guide that we prepaid for a private cruise as stated in the itinerary. Also restaurants were switched twice, rooms at Old Cataract were downgraded from Nile view to courtyard view, and guides were less than competent and attentive. But the most irritating aspect of the experience was the slow, indifferent attitude of STI to act upon and resolve the many discrepancies presented to STI through our evaluation report. Although STI refunded the cost of the Turkey visas, which we were charged twice, and settled the downgraded room issue, they have not only failed to accept responsibility for making our trip less than what we expected and paid for, but also failed to acknowledge the issues I have raised. I am still waiting to hear from STI.

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    World Travel Forum. #travel #blogs

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    Hi VTers

    We would arrive at JFK in the morning (8 am, Terminal 4) and plan to travel to Boston the same day by bus. We are 2 adults and 2 small kids with luggage. We have been to some countries together but this will be our first time to the US – 2+ weeks vacations starting from the 2nd week of December.

    From some Internet search, it seems that first we have to make it to Manhattan from JFK to catch the bus to New England – although I’d have preferred bypassing NYC which does not seem possible (?).

    Please suggest how to do that as a first timer. Which ticket we should buy, how, and where? We would like to use public transport but may use the taxi if that is necessary. Just to mention, we plan to come back to NYC later.

    For NYC-Boston, we intend to take the late afternoon (3-4 pm) bus connection so that we are not rushed. In the best case scenario it looks like that we could reach NYC around afternoon, and will have a few hours to roam/relax around. Would that be a good strategy? Can we leave our luggage at the bus station safely for a few hours (e.g. Megabus)?

    We contemplated about staying one night in NYC before moving ahead to Boston but decided otherwise due to reasons.

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    Travel Soon Holidays – Holiday Travel Forum #around #the #world #travel

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    Hi I bookes an all-inclusive Holiday with Travelsoon on the Internet – On arrival in Cyprus Papos we were take to Eleni Holiday Village, and the duty manger told us we were not on his guest list?

    He said they do it all the time.

    He took our accommodation voucher and rang the number on the voucher, after half an hour he said I have found somewhere you can stay, we asked why we can not stay at the Eleni Village, and he said we are Full.

    He said the agents just take the bookings then hope they can accommodate the bookings.

    A cab took us to the Paffian Sun Holiday Village.

    On arrival we asked who sent us here and to check we will not get an extra bill etc-

    We were told they did not know who sent us here and did not know anything regarding our situation apart from we can stay at their Holiday Village as an All-Inclusive Guest?

    Next day we again asked if the reception could get us in touch with the organisers who sent us to the Pafian Sun, they said they did not know who to contact, and due to the Eleni Village Duty Manager keeping our accommodation voucher. of what we thought he needed to cross charge our stay at the other Holiday Village, we had no contact details, and we had no one at home to get copy s off our computer etc,All so we were on holiday and did not need the stress of chasing why and how etc. until we got home –

    We did ask a Thomas Cook Repmat out Venus if they had any dealings or knew how to contact Travelsoon, but we were told they have not heard of them?

    On return we have had been trying tto get an answer since last early October 2012- as to why we were miss sold a holiday package and each time we send a letter to them it takes a month to reply or more-

    We wer also told ournhold luggage would be £30 pound a bag when we confirmed we need two bags it went up to £55 .50 per bag.

    We ask as to who got the extra money above the £39 pound and to date refuse to reply on that point.

    I m About to report my situation regarding Travelsoon and Bedwithease – too the two local offices of Fairtrading and to Abta-

    Also to the TV programme on Rip-Off Holidays that runs several times a year.

    If you are interested, we could share our experience s and try to stop firms mugging normal people.

    And hide behind e/mails-





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    Mexico canadian travel advisory this real? Cancun Forum #travel #new #zealand

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    Mexico canadian travel advisory. is this real ?

    I believe Cancun was in Mexico

    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

    Last Updated: April 4, 2012 8:57 EDT

    Still Valid: April 13, 2012 23:50 EDT

    4. ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS

    It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. All countries or regions have special requirements for persons intending to reside for extended periods (usually more than 90 days) or who plan to work, study, or engage in non-tourist activities. To obtain information on specific entry requirements, contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) to be visited. Violations of entry and exit requirements may result in serious penalties.

    The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Mexican authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveller’s responsibility to check with the Embassy of the United Mexican States or its consulates for up-to-date information.

    Canadian citizens, including those with dual citizenship, are required to present a valid passport in order to enter and exit Mexico. Canadians without a valid passport will be refused entry and returned to Canada.

    Canadians with a criminal record might be refused entry and returned to Canada on the next available flight. Canadians in this situation should contact the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa prior to making travel arrangements.

    Permanent residents and landed immigrants of Canada should check for specific entry requirements with Mexico’s immigration authorities (Instituto Nacional de Migración, or INAMI).

    Persons seeking to enter Mexico for purposes other than tourism are required to have a proper visa. Foreigners involved in unauthorized activities will be expelled. Special and diplomatic passport holders require a visa to visit Mexico. Consult the Embassy of Mexico in Canada or its consulates for more information.





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    Best 200 amp panel? Electrician Talk – Professional Electrical Contractors Forum


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    Originally Posted by TheElectricalGuru

    lol. shunk is a comedian at heart. lol. I would guess I am partial to Eaton� Products but I have no idea why

    No, I was dead serious. I feel the Pushmatic was the best resi panel ever made. Just hard for older folks to push in and out.

    Lacking that option now, I’m an Eaton man too. (Cutler-Hammer). Specificaly, the CH series. They plug on tighter than any residential panel on the market. They had a little manufacturing boo-boo for 6 months or so, but things are back in line again. Good thing. They’re my main panel.

    I would add that I don’t think there’s anything on the market right now that’s absolute junk. You’ll get pretty good service, no matter what you pick. My least favorite is probably GE, but I can’t really put my finger on why. Lots of little things, but not enough for me to not put one in if a customer specifically asked for one.

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    One reason not to give DIY advice:
    Catch a man a fish and you can sell it to him.
    Teach a man to fish and you�ve ruined a good business opportunity.

    Pushmatic is in my opinion one of the best, with the excepton of the 2-poles which if I rememeber were complicated.

    I wouldn’t say that they were so much complicated as they were just weird. You had to bring one leg down the left side of the panel and the other leg down the right side of the panel. The 2 poles spanned side to side, as opposed to over/under like everything else.

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    One reason not to give DIY advice:
    Catch a man a fish and you can sell it to him.
    Teach a man to fish and you�ve ruined a good business opportunity.

    My first pick is always Square D QO – however a little pricey, Then Murray, and then CH. Homeline seems a little ‘cheap’ and I agree with everyone about GE – Just dont like em.

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    I can get the panels crazy cheap now, so I only install QO. here are some panels I upgraded recently.


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    Japan Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #travel #ocity

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    Japan

    In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the United States in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1933 Japan occupied Manchuria and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 – triggering America’s entry into World War II – and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. In 2005, Japan began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. To be updated

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    See giant snow and ice sculptures at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival

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  • See giant snow and ice sculptures at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival





    30/09/2017

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  • JetLine Travel agents – Bargain Travel Forum #direct #traveller

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    JetLine Travel agents

    We have just booked a holiday to benidormin this october, we had paid 510 pound on the 18th aug to this company, and then because we had to change the dates due to work, they charged us another 250 pounds. We have just foned this number we had all the time, and they are saying they have no recollection of us paying any money. We are fuming, they have said now that there is no reference number to this number to this holiday.

    They re atrocious.

    Paid over 2K for 10 day holiday via Jetline in Ios, Greece. They didn t book the hotel! We turned up after a 14 hour journey to find this out.

    The hotel staff at Dionysos resort were excellent and sorted us out with alternative accommodation as best they could but it s not what they paid for. If it hadn t been for them we would have been really stuck.

    Took multiple emails to Jetline to get any response at all (they woke when we contacted them via Twitter Facebook). It was weeks afterwards we got some small amount of compensation, after rejecting a derisory first offer. We were to worn out by the constant uselessness of them to carry on fighting.

    Our experience was to be: a) ignored at first b) fobbed off for a while c) be offered a small amount of money (with a patronising note).

    To recap: Paid Jetline 2k. They didn t book the hotel. They did nothing to help sort out an alternative. Gave us a small amount of money back.

    Want this experience? No? Then I recommend giving Jetline a wide berth.





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    Fraud Prevention Month – Competition Bureau #internet #fraud #prevention, #fraud #prevention


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    Fraud Prevention Month

    2017 marks the 13 th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month

    This year marks the 13 th anniversary of the annual education and awareness campaign that began in 2004 by encouraging Canadians to recognize, reject and report fraud .

    Spearheaded by the Competition Bureau, Fraud Prevention Month is a unique effort that brings together over 80 law enforcement agencies and public and private sector organizations to combat fraud.

    During the month of March, the Bureau and its partners in the Fraud Prevention Forum carry out numerous activities and host a variety of events to inform Canadians about the impact of fraud and how to protect themselves.

    Check out the tips below, and visit the Bureau’s fraud prevention portal for more information and many other resources to help you fight fraud.

    Tips to protect yourself from fraud

    • Don’t be fooled by the promise of a valuable prize in return for a low-cost purchase.
    • Be extra cautious about calls, emails or mailings offering international bonds or lottery tickets, a portion of a foreign dignitary’s bank account, free vacations, credit repair or schemes with unlimited income potential.
    • Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone, delete the email or close your Internet connection.
    • Don’t purchase a product or service without carefully checking out the product, service and company.
    • Don’t be afraid to request further documentation from the caller so you can verify the validity of the company.
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    Im almost 100% positive that it’s a cv joint. You dont have to take it in to have it checked out! With your car parked, turn the wheel to the left as far as it will go. Put it in ‘park’. Using a flashlight, look at the cv boot. You might catch a glare from the grease if theres a tear. Because the cv boot is black, you might not be able to see any grease. In this case, feel in between the folds (try using latex gloves. cv grease is a b*tch to clean off your hands) for tears. Be thorough like a good proctologist (butt doctor, in lamens terms).
    Some B14’s are notorious for tearing up cv boots. Driving technique has a bit to do with the wear and tear. When driving, try not to turn the steering wheel to its max radius. This causes the inner part of the boot to rub against the axle joint.
    It took me about 20-30 minutes to replace one, however, I used a pneumatic ball joint spreader. It’ll no doubt be extremely tough to do the job without one. Taking it in might be your best bet.
    Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

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    so are we talking about replacing the CV joint or just the boot? b/c that’s a huge price difference.

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    From the sound of the axle (if thats what it is) the damage has already been done. A new boot will not fix it. I usually trade my old one in for a completly rebuilt one at a parts store.

    There are other check you can do like jacking up one side of the car and wiggling up and down, then side to side. This checks the tie rod ends, balljoint, wheel bearings.

    Originally Posted by iceman

    i’ve noticed that whenever i turn, there’s a clunking noise that seems to be coming from my passenger side front tire. it’s more prominent when i turn right, but it happens on left turns as well. does anyone have a clue to what this is from? thanks.

    I have the same problem and posted a similar question. it is the CV joint and chances are that the boot broke and allowed all that road gunk in and killed the joint. i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

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    Originally Posted by Johnjay7777

    i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

    is that the price from the dealership. because i have to go in for my 86,000 check up (or something like that) and i have the same problem, i want to know the price from nissan, if it is at all possible. can anybody help on the pricing.

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    Originally Posted by Johnjay7777

    I have the same problem and posted a similar question. it is the CV joint and chances are that the boot broke and allowed all that road gunk in and killed the joint. i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

    125 for the part, and another 100-150 for labor. is that for the boot replacement? or the joint. I’ve noticed my ’96 doing it too at 108k. I can handle a 225 repair job. I was thinking it’d be much more.

    I may as well take the car in and have the whole 9 yards done up on it. Bought a 24mo warrenty with the car, so we’ll let the warrenty cover it and the airbag light that keeps blinking.

    Last edited by infazorak; Jun 18th, 2005 at 02:56 AM.

    Originally Posted by infazorak

    125 for the part, and another 100-150 for labor. is that for the boot replacement? or the joint. I’ve noticed my ’96 doing it too at 108k. I can handle a 225 repair job. I was thinking it’d be much more.

    I may as well take the car in and have the whole 9 yards done up on it. Bought a 24mo warrenty with the car, so we’ll let the warrenty cover it and the airbag light that keeps blinking.

    I paid $150 including part and labor for the half axle replacement(I dont know what it means)in a shop around here, and it is warrantied for 2 years. and there are ton of a people saying that the shops does great job So you better search around for shops, actually get the lowest price and call back the other shops back. That bsometimes works and they pricematch it

    I dont know when people will start to understand that Mechanical Engineers are not Mechanics.

    Originally Posted by Johnjay7777

    I have the same problem and posted a similar question. it is the CV joint and chances are that the boot broke and allowed all that road gunk in and killed the joint. i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

    Now that’s one expensive CV joint replacement!
    Do they have to be Nissan Original or can you go for an aftermarket one? i replaced both sides of mine with some CV Joint aftermarket, which works like new for $25 each. it’s been 6 months by now and still works perfect. no clicking, no loose feeling at cv.


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    China Travel Service International (REVIEW)

    First off – BE CAREFUL as there are dozens of agencies called China Travel Service so don t get confused. The company I am reviewing is China Travel Services International based in San Francisco, CA (also in Los Angeles. New York and Beijing ) and their website is www.intertrips.com (so you don t get confused).

    After searching the Internet and talking to local travel agents, we decided to go with CTSI and worked with Alex Wang in the SF office.

    We read some horror stories about poor quality food, hotels, airlines and high-pressure sales at factory stores so were obviously concerned when we booked, especially given CTSI was quite a bit cheaper then the other online travel agencies.

    Well, we just completed a 21+ day tour from SF to Beijing, Shanghai. Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hangzhou, a cruise on the Yangtze River /Three Gorges. Hong Kong and a custom side trip to Canton.

    Here s are feedback on each of the important criteria:

    Itinerary: The itinerary was perfectly planned, not only allowing us to visit a variety of cities/provinces, but also experiencing the broad spectrum of local cultures throughout China. We experienced the busy cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but also relaxed in Hangzhou, Yangshuo and of course the cruise on the Yangtze River – none of which we would have enjoyed if not recommended by your company. We originally had concerns with 21 packed days of travel (esp. with young children and seniors with us) but everything down to the daily itinerary (including shows/entertainment) was perfectly orchestrated.

    Food/Accommodations: This is the area we were most concerned with because of reviews on the Internet but was NEVER a problem on our tour. EVERY meal was colorfully prepared in local tradition and served in banquet style, dish after dish! Accommodations were all first class – both clean and functional and centrally located. Even the domestic and international flights were as good if not better than domestic flights in the US.

    Local/National Tour guides: The local and national CTSI tour guides were what really transformed a 21-day tour into a memorable experience of a lifetime. They were ALWAYS there to educate us on the local sights and customs, assist us in every aspect of our stay, and constantly making us laugh. We especially want to thank David (Hangqing) Huang our national guide in Beijing/Xian/Guilin/Shanghai who was more like an ambassador to us than a tour guide and Andy in Guilin who “joined” our family during our stay.

    Price Value: We searched every online and offline travel company specializing in China Travel (many with the similar names) but narrowed down to CTSI/Intertrips. We were a bit concerned that we would be getting less quality than other more expensive tours, but upon our return, now know we just got the best value!

    Caveats: So not to paint our travel as perfect (although darn close) some things to consider. Food was high quality and plentiful (banquet style – dish after dish) but contains more oil and less salt than Chinese food we have in US. As you get closer to Hong Kong, you will find food more similar to that in US. We did take at least one break from Chinese food (25 days!!) and ate at local Mc Donalds which had a more diverse menu than US!

    Shopping is great everywhere but sales people can be aggressive and be prepared to negotiate. Weather was hot and humid, but we survived.

    We found the people very nice and courteous (except at markets and trains) and surprisingly very clean – more so than Chinatowns in the US.

    We considered booking our own itinerary, but the cost was not only more expensive, but the language barrier and lack of experience would have been a big mistake.

    Hope you all enjoy as much we did!

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    anyone used hoteltravel.com?

    This type of special deal is exactly why I used hoteltravel.com last time. I check their site every few weeks, and they have these specials every now and then. It s not a mistake, but there may not be a whole lot of rooms at that price. I ve noticed other sites (eg asiarooms.com) often come down to their price in the next few weeks after seeing the special deal. I figure they must all check each others prices, or get offered the same deal from the Hotel. Didn t happen last time, no one even came close, so I just booked with hoteltravel. Very happy. If it s what you are after, just book it.

    Seems to be a lot of good prices floating around at the moment. It could be the current political trouble in Thailand. The Hotel owners may be scared of suddenly having no cash flow if things get out of hand in Bangkok. Happened last time too.

    Hoteltravel have a price match guarantee if anyone else beats the price (good luck with that, they didn t do it the one time I tried, said they didn t get my email. ).

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    First, no I do not work for Allianz lol. Seems like whenever they get a good review, the person is accused of being an employee. Not the case.

    I used to be a travel agent with AAA and we always recommended the Access American product to our travelers. So, when I bought airline tickets much farther in advance than I normally do, I bought travel insurance thru Allianz (formerly Access) and also added the required to work rider for it just in case.

    So glad I did! Due to some changes in my department I was not able to go on vacation as previously planned.

    I cancelled my airline tickets and submitted my claim online on 9/16, including printouts showing I cancelled the tickets, along with an email from my supervisor indicating I was required to work.

    I received my FULL refund check on 9/30 no questions asked. I am very pleased in how quickly they turned around the claim and that they did not try and play games with me as I d seen in others reviews. I will purchase insurance thru them again!

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    China, Cathay, The Middle-Kingdom. Kingdom of Heaven. there are as many names for this country as its history is long. Empires have come and gone but China has endured for thousands of years. This is the country that gave us fireworks, gunpowder, paper, and the compass to just name a few things. More recently China is known for its particular mix of communism with capitalism, its spectacular economic growth rates, its cheap goods flooding Western stores, and the advantages and disadvantages that come with being the factory of the world.

    Contrasting some of the largest and most polluted cities in the world, it also offers areas of great natural beauty. Love mystical mountains shrouded in mist? Countless sacred mountains are scattered around the country. Big palaces? Try the Forbidden City in Beijing, or the Summer palace or the countless others you can pick from. Into long walls? Well, there is none longer than the Great Wall. You can see thousands of life-sized terracotta warriors in Xi’an, and the list goes on: traditional villages, rice terraces, wooden bridges, temples, snowy mountain peaks and craggy canyons, crystal clear lakes, Buddhist and Tibetan Monasteries, sky-scrapers and mesmerizing modern architecture, great food like Peking Duck, different food like birds’ feet, and more.

    Extend your trip to Chengdu, with maybe a boat trip through the Three Gorges or a trip to Guilin. But there are many more beautiful places to see that are less visited by foreigners, though still hugely popular with the Chinese. Try Jiuzhaigou National Park, a short plane ride away from Chengdu, with stunning clear lakes and mountains — 4 million visitors a year but only about 2000 non-Chinese. Whatever you might think of this nation, one thing is for sure, it has something to offer everyone.

    Highlights from China

    • Walk around Beijing with its fast disappearing hutongs. the popular Forbidden City is all it’s cracked up to be despite the crowds, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, and for something more modern, the Olympic grounds
  • Yunnan, a province off the beaten track. with far fewer tourists and great scenery, try Lijiang and Shangri-La

  • Stroll the length of the Great Wall. or if that’s a bit much, just choose a section you like, from the most famous one near Beijing, to quieter spots like Jiumenkou near Shanhaiguan, or Tiger Mountain Great Wall at Dandong overlooking North Korea

  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors at Xi’an and while you are there stroll along the city walls

  • Climb at least one sacred mountain in China, Tai Shan for instance, or Mount Huang Shan near Shanghai

  • If you are near Shanghai why not visit this city and compare old English built Bund and the old quarter with new Pudong

  • The Potala Palace in Lhasa often conjures up the image of the Dalai Lama who resided there, as such it is a contentious choice in China highlights, but the fact remains that Tibet is a part of China and this is a must see site; if Tibet is out of the picture try Labrang Monasery in Xiahe for a look into Tibetan spiritualism

  • Brave the freezing cold to visit Harbin in January or February for the Ice Sculpture Festival

  • Walk, boat or cycle through the karst limestone landscape outside Yangshuo. or for a less touristy version try Wulingyuan in Hunan and stay in nearby picturesque Dehang

  • Hobble along one of the many traditional Chinese villages dotted around the country, from the Huizhou villages in Anhui province. and Hakka Tulou villages near Xiamen, to the canal strewn villages around Suzhou and quiet cave houses of Lijiashan, to rain-and-wind bridge filled Zhaoxing in Guizhou, to name just a few

    Hints and Tips for China

    • Always take a card from your hotel or ask somebody from your hostel to write down the name and address in Chinese characters, so you can show it to taxi drivers. The language barrier is a big hurdle, few people speak English and for most people it is impossible to learn useful Chinese prior to or during their visit. Pointing is the name of the game here. Point to the phrase in a guidebook you want to say and let them read the Chinese version of it. Point at the name of the town you want to go to, and before you know it you have your ticket. In short, point, point, point!
  • Eating can be a challenge. If you can’t read a menu or understand the waiter, it is hard to know what you are ordering. Luckily there are plenty of picture menus, or just point at the dish of the person sitting next to you in the restaurant. Street food is easy enough, you can see what is being cooked and decide if it takes your fancy or not. Some travelers may find the offerings doubtful when faced with sea slugs, birds feet, stew made from cow’s spinal cords, cockroaches or scorpions on skewers.

  • There are plenty of good internal flights (and new airports and terminals springing up all the time) so you can cover more than one region easily in a single trip. China is a very safe location, and you can wander round the cities with little fear of being mugged. Flying internally in China is fine these days, but delays are common.

  • A guided trip may be an easier option for the first time visitor considering the language barrier. But that need not mean a package tour – you can book direct through a tourism service or one of the many reputable travel agents in Hong Kong, who will book accommodation and all transport for you.

  • China has a great hostel system these days. Hostels are cheap and good. Make use of them, it is also a good way to meet young, middle class, Chinese backpackers who are eager to talk to you and practice their English.

  • Chinese spit and burp without being self-conscious and generally make a lot of noise and do things that may come across distasteful. This is a different culture. Just try and ignore it, or it might ruin your trip. It is common for the toilet experience to be an unpleasant surprise for foreigners and it may be a good idea to bring your own toilet paper to be prepared.

  • If visiting Tibet, check if foreigners are being allowed to visit when you plan your trip and beware the effects of the altitude and take it gently





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  • Colombia Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #airline #tickets #deals

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    Colombia

    Photos from Colombia

    Teatro Guzman Verti, C.

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    Sunset in Guatape

    The Stunning Valle Cocora

    Dancers, a great perfo.

    Medellin christmas lights

    Tierradentro

    Tierradentro

    Tierradentro

    Bogota

    Tayrona National Park

    San Blas Archipelago

    San Blas Archipelago

    San Blas Archipelago

    Castillo de San Felipe.

    Plaza Cisneros (Plaza.

    El Peñon de Guatape

    Guatapé View

    Cartagena

    Cartagena de Indias

    Crazy Colured Lizard

    Tayrona – Cabo San Juan

    Cool Hostel in Medellin

    Bivy on the Cocuy circuit





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    Germany Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #cheap #hotel #prices

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    Germany

    As Europe’s largest economy and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent’s economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the Communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro. To be updated

    Photos from Germany

    Nurnberg

    Residenz Munchen

    Residenz Munchen

    Frauen Kirke

    Neuhauer Strasse

    Munich Palace of Justice

    Schloss Neuschwanstein

    Stasi Museum

    Reminder of the Holocaust

    Charlottenburg Palace

    Young Male Proboscis M.

    Dom from Hohenzollern.

    The Alps

    A Winter Wonderland

    Reichstag Dome

    Brandenburg Tor at night

    Rathaus

    Asamkirche

    Renaissance Town Hall

    You know this picture.

    View from the Alte Liebe

    Cologne Cathedral

    neuschwanstein castle

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    Jerina on the move.

    Ride the wheel

    MJ at the Eagles Nest

    Beautiful architecture

    Colorful buildings

    Along the Romantic Road

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    Peru Gateway Travel – Peru Forum #southall #travel

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    Peru Gateway Travel

    We just got back from a week in Peru with gateway travel. We did Cusco. horseback riding, white water rafting Machu Piccu.

    Dealing with the agent before we left was a bit frustrating – we booked 5 months in advance but had to keep asking for confirmations – only when I demanded a final detailed confirmation one week before we left did we get one. Print a few copies and bring them as we had to show the guides a couple times that we have indeed already paid for things.

    Hotels – the hotel advertised on the website for 4 star will not be provided – the agent said that there were no rooms available (however you could find availibility when I did a search on-line) after much push back she said that they get preferred rates for only one room and if that fills they will send you to a lesser hotel (read fine print on their website!) we ended up staying at the Novotel in Cusco (which was actually nice) but we paid $190 U.S per night when I could have booked it on-line for $110.

    Overall Peru was amazing certanly a great adventure – I wish I would have booked the hotel train on our own as we would have saved alot of money – this company was very unogranized and we were frustrated with them more than a few times – but if u get a detailed confirmation be clear as to your expectations – it was a wonderful trip in the end and the guides were informative and entertaining.

    Hope that helps!

    Enjoy Peru!

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    ISO 9001: 2015 and the telecoms industry – the easy and


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    Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Sheronda Jeffries explores the nuances and implications of the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

    TL 9000 is a two-part quality management system standard aimed at meeting the supply chain requirements of the global information and communication technology (ICT) or telecom industry. TL 9000:2016 (Release 6) is scheduled to be the first sector standard released based on ISO 9001:2015 allowing TL 9000 Certified companies more transition time than other industries like aerospace or automotive.

    The standard consists of the TL 9000 Requirements Handbook, which contains all of the auditable requirements of ISO 9001 and additional requirements specific to the ICT sector such as:

    • Service Availability (24/7)
    • Program, product, project, and service planning
    • Continuity of supply
    • Maintenance, including long-term & end of life
    • Product security
    • Disaster recovery

    The TL 9000:2016 (Release 6) Requirements Handbook is slated for publication in Q2/Q3 2016 with an effective date of September 2016 and for the first time, instead of the customary one year transition, TL 9000 certified organizations will be allowed two years to transition their existing certifications to the new release of the Handbook. This will allow alignment with ISO 9001:2015’s three year transition as agreed by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the organization that provides oversight to Certification Bodies and Accreditation Bodies that grant TL 9000 certification.

    How can ICT or telecom organizations best manage the ISO 9001:2015 and TL 9000:2016 (R6) transition? Let’s look at two buckets: easy versus hard.

    The ‘easy bucket’ includes the concept of risk-based-thinking, which has been a major subject of concern and conversation for ISO 9001:2015 along with the introduction of “context.”

    ISO 9001:2015 does not introduce the term “risk management” or terms like “risk mitigation” or “risk treatment.” Instead ISO 9001:2015 introduces the term “risk-based thinking” and clearly states that the concept of “risk-based thinking” was implicit in previous versions. The ISO 9001 standard now promotes a systematic approach to considering “risk” rather than treating the concept of preventing “risk” as a separate clause. Although many believe that “risk” applies only to negative consequences, the effects of “risk” can be either negative or positive.

    Most telecom organizations have long utilized “red-yellow-green” indicators on dashboards and performance reports. In the past, yellow was an indicator for the need for caution or quite simply it was an indicator that there may be a need to take action to prevent potential nonconformities as in “preventive action.” The adoption of the concept of “risk-based thinking” is in line with “red-yellow-green” indicators that are used throughout the telecom industry and quite frankly other industries as well. This is a very basic application of risk-based thinking that is widely used and effective.

    Many telecom organizations maintain certification or compliance with multiple management system standards. For example, Cisco Systems maintains ISO 9001, TL 9000, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 Certifications. So the inclusion of core text from Annex SL will make things a lot simpler. In the telecom world, many organizations rely on tools and spreadsheets and the “high-level structure” (i.e. clause sequence, common text and terminology) will simplify the numbering and the text fields within the tools and spreadsheets.

    The TL 9000 standard includes a focus on performance data that really fits well with the introduction of organizational “context” in ISO 9001:2015 – understanding the relevant needs and expectations of relevant interested parties. TL 9000 has long included additional requirements or “adders” for “Customer Communication,” “Customer Input” and “Supplier Input.” Additionally submission of monthly performance data allows TL 9000 Certified organizations to analyze their performance against their TL 9000 Certified competitors to evaluate whether their TL 9000 measurements performance meets “industry average” or is “best-in-class” or even “worst-in-class” for their products.

    So transition to ISO 9001:2015 and TL 9000:2016 (Release 6) shouldn’t be that difficult – but what about the hard bucket?

    One clause of ISO 9001:2015 contains the words “when addressing changing needs and trends.” For ICT or telecom, change is a way of life – markets and products are rapidly changing. With this in mind, telecom organizations may have some difficulty maintaining “organizational knowledge” when “addressing changing needs and trends” as change is almost constant in the industry.

    Another consideration is that due to the rush to transition or re-certify by the IAF deadline, Certification Bodies will be backlogged and it may be difficult for telecom organizations to schedule their transition audits. Quite frankly, there are not a lot of Certification Body auditors qualified to conduct TL 9000 audits.

    Other changes will impact TL 9000 Certified organizations as they transition. For example, the “Code of Practice for TL 9000 Certification Bodies” was revised to include a requirement that an installation or construction site be audited for initial certification at least once during each three-year certification cycle for specified organizations and a companion Code of Practice Checklist Guideline was created for Certification Bodies. An optional TL 9000 Measurements Checklist was revised and enhanced and a post-Audit Feedback Survey to gather anonymous input from auditors, auditees, and observers about their Certification Body audit experiences was recently implemented. Many of these changes were made as a result of the Validation Audits conducted by QuEST Forum.

    The Validation Audits were undertaken by QuEST Forum to gather data to assess the effectiveness of the TL 9000 Certification process by confirming there are no major nonconformities in the requirements to be included in every audit, according to the “Code of Practice for TL 9000 Certification Bodies.” Organizations evaluated were chosen at random, while ensuring a representative regional distribution. Based upon the results, QuEST Forum continues working towards improvements in the TL 9000 Certification process.

    The publication of the TL 9000:2016 (Release 6) Requirements Handbook continues QuEST Forum’s dedication to positively impacting the quality and sustainability of products and services in the ICT industry. QuEST Forum will continue to examine and address key ICT issues affecting reliability, performance, and security in future releases of its TL 9000 standard and associated TL 9000 measurements.

    Hopefully, this focus will allow TL 9000 Certified organizations to have a lighter bucket load during future ISO 9000 transitions. For more information on ISO 9001:2015, ASQ Quality Management Standards .

    Sheronda Jeffries is the Integrated Global Quality Chair for QuEST Forum, an industry collaboration of companies dedicated to ICT or telecom supply chain quality and performance, at the USTAG TC 176, ISO TC 176, ISO CASCO STAR and the IAF, where she serves as a Director representing Users and Industry.

    Sheronda is responsible for providing internal consulting support at Cisco Systems and has more than 20 years experience serving as a third-party quality auditor and a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, specializing in quality management systems implementation and auditing. Her experience spans many industries, including ICT and telecom, plus the following types of manufacturing: electrical, mechanical, paper and plastic.


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    Traveling to Thailand with Pets: Travelfish Thailand travel forum #tasmania #travel

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    Traveling to Thailand with Pets

    Joined Travelfish

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    Hi Everyone,

    We moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand about 8 months ago. We had an awfully hard time getting straight answers about shipping our cat to Thailand. We decided to write an in depth post that should prove helpful for anyone that wants a one stop place to prepare themselves and their pet for airline travel.

    Make sure you try to lock down a solid travel date 2 months in advance to allow you time to take care of all of the required tasks.

    We link to official forms, include important contact info, required exams, vaccinations, and preferred airlines, as well as pet friendly hotels. Hopefully this helps prospective expats out there. If you have any questions at all post here or comment on the post and we will be more than happy to help. We have been there before and know what you are going through! Best of luck





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    Travel sites – Air Travel Forum #ai #travel

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    Moon Township, Pennsylvania 7,431 forum posts

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    As you have found out, all that glitters is not gold. The assumption that you have even a decent probability of getting tickets at the prices advertised is not a good one.

    It takes seconds for the bank card to clear. Keep all the documentation for the airfare.com transaction. You may need it. Don t be sucked in trying to save a couple dollars. Most of the time it isn t real, there may be fees associated with the 3rd parties that make it more expensive, and if you have any trouble on flight day, who would you look after first. somebody who bought a product from you or somebody who bought from a third party, reselling your product?

    The big sites like travelocity, expedia, priceline and some of the smaller sites like Vayama are reasonably reliable. There is a whole collection of them that aren t. In the end, the reality is airlines do not give 3rd party sellers discounts of more than about $5 from the prices they offer on their own sites. Just go to the airlines.





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    Tucan travel – South Africa Forum #travel #uk

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    Hi Kalei,

    You would probably be better served by setting up a new thread with your questions regarding Intrepid. This thread is a little old, and your questions would receive a better response on a new post.

    However. to follow on about Tucan. considering the title.

    I guided a trip for Tucan last year. Out of all the operators I ve guided for, I would rate them as amongst the worst.

    The route was poorly constructed and they proved one of the most badly organised and unprofessional overland operators I ve dealt with. They worked with a local ground handler whose considerable efforts salvaged a potentially disastrous tour. Tucan blatantly ignored all local information and advice, claiming they knew better .

    I, as the tour leader, received the actual itinerary something like 3 days before commencement, and vital issues were still under discussion when the tour started. I only helped out because no one else could (or would).

    We spent the last night, in Cape Town. in probably the worst backpackers accommodation I ve ever seen. It was a disgrace (and they had only booked for one of their two groups staying there – they d forgotten the second one). The other Tucan group had similar experiences of Tucan s sheer incompetence and lack of local understanding.

    At one stage, we were surrounded by a gang of AK47-wielding gunmen, despite my warnings to Tucan that the routing was not recommended for safety reasons (unfortunately a single guest, of a group of 9, had demanded that we stick to the orginal itinerary). She found the experience quite exciting .

    I would certainly never recommend the company in Southern Africa.

    I would, however, recommend Intrepid on most of their SA products.





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    MISA TRAVEL – Singapore Forum #travel #insured

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    www.airfares.com.sg – MISA TRAVEL

    Singapore

    Aug 23, 2012, 10:15 PM

    I booked a ticket with MISA TRAVEL last Saturday, 18/08/2012, departing on 11/02/2013 from Singapore to Shanghai. I bought it 7 months earlier thinking that it would save me a sum because February is the Chinese New Year, with addition more seat inventories available.

    Subsequently, MISA TRAVEL contacted me stating that there was a dispute with my name on the E-ticket and it would take a few days for MISA TRAVEL to resolve it with the relevant airline. (MISA TRAVEL s excuse was because it was NATAS and the relevant airline do not have time to entertain the dispute which I find it amusing because dont tell me that the airline has only a certain number of manning and that all of them all in NATAS?)

    That said, MISA TRAVEL weblink was not precise in stating that I should include the full name in my passport. and one would think that the weblink is just a database to store customers bio for future reference. Also, the E-ticket has not been issued to me yet.

    Further to that, I went into MISA TRAVEL booking system and realised that booking it a few days later, to be precise, on the 23 Aug 2012, a mere 5 days apart could result in me saving a good $100SGD (from $628.80SGD to $522.80), with all being the same (same flight time, same flight dates and same ticket class).

    I quickly emailed MISA TRAVEL to express my disppointment but MISA TRAVEL absurb reply was that air tickets are that similiar of buying commodities and that airline tickets flactuate due to seat inventories variances and there is nothing they could do.

    I would like to question on why airlines website prices do not flactuate as such except for periodical promotions? In addition I am booking the tickets way in advance and I do not understand that with other cancellations and such, ticket prices dropped so drastically so to pull in the customers for a 7 months more flight departure?

    I am pondering on the business ethics of MISA TRAVEL, having increasing and decreasing the prices of the airtickets randomly with no promotions rolled out?

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    Argentina Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #croatia #travel

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    Argentina

    Photos from Argentina

    Torres Del Paine

    Spectacular Light

    Crossing the Rio Leticia

    Break Time

    The Tidal Zone

    Descending from La Chaira

    View of Fitz Roy’s summit

    Mt Fitz Roy

    Coffee in Miramar

    Me

    “Beach” in Miramar

    Church – Cordoba

    Main plaza in Cordoba

    On the way out of Miramar

    My friend after the st.

    Dead birds everywhere.

    Flooded in – Miramar

    Lake shore in Miramar

    Lake shore in Miramar

    Lake shore in Miramar

    Sunset in Miramar

    House in Miramar

    Hotel ruins – Miramar

    Hotel ruins – Miramar

    Hotel ruins – Miramar

    Miramar

    “Beach” in Miramar

    On the way to Miramar

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    Cheapest flight US to Europe? Air Travel Forum #deals #on #airline

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    Cheapest flight US to Europe?

    London, United Kingdom

    Jul 30, 2013, 2:33 PM

    Hi all,

    I know this is a very general question, and sorry this is a lot of info and I know you guys aren t travel agents, but I m ready to commit to these flights and I just wanted to see if I could possibly do more searching and find a cheaper flight.

    I was looking for outbound May 24, 2014 and returning June 27, 2014 (approximately). I live in Philadelphia so I could easily fly out of PHL or Newark. (I d like to avoid JFK just because I know it is prone to delays and lots of traffic to get there.) I am pretty much open to flying anywhere in Western Europe, but our ultimate destination is Rome when we fly in so it would be best if it was accessible by train or a cheap flight connection from there. On the way back, I will definitely be flying out of London but any nearby airport is fine.

    What I have right now:

    Newark to Reykjavik to Paris (will train to Rome from Paris) $448

    London to Reykjavik to Newark $573

    All flights are on Iceland Air which I ve only heard good things about and the combined price is

    $1,020. I don t mind the connections in Reykjavik (I actually want to stay over night on the way over because the city looks so beautiful) and I ve heard the airport is small and easy to navigate for layovers.

    So in summary – is $1,000 roundtrip from the East Coast US to Europe probably about the cheapest I will get? Some people have told me to wait for $800-900 but I am not sure the possible savings of $1-200 is worth possibly paying more later by not doing these flights?





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    Germany Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #australia #travel

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    Germany

    As Europe’s largest economy and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent’s economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the Communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro. To be updated

    Photos from Germany

    Nurnberg

    Residenz Munchen

    Residenz Munchen

    Frauen Kirke

    Neuhauer Strasse

    Munich Palace of Justice

    Schloss Neuschwanstein

    Stasi Museum

    Reminder of the Holocaust

    Charlottenburg Palace

    Young Male Proboscis M.

    Dom from Hohenzollern.

    The Alps

    A Winter Wonderland

    Reichstag Dome

    Brandenburg Tor at night

    Rathaus

    Asamkirche

    Renaissance Town Hall

    You know this picture.

    View from the Alte Liebe

    Cologne Cathedral

    neuschwanstein castle

    DSC01808

    Jerina on the move.

    Ride the wheel

    MJ at the Eagles Nest

    Beautiful architecture

    Colorful buildings

    Along the Romantic Road

    Blogs from Germany

    Latest Blog Posts from Germany





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    Greece Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #travel #network

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    Greece

    Greece achieved its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between royalist supporters of the king and communist rebels. Following the latter’s defeat in 1949, Greece was able to join NATO in 1952. A military dictatorship, which in 1967 suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, lasted seven years. The 1974 democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. Greece joined the European Community or EC in 1981 (which became the EU in 1992); it became the 12th member of the euro zone in 2001. To be updated

    Photos from Greece

    Changing of the guards

    Temple of Zeus

    Oia

    Oia

    Santorini

    Santorini

    Santorini

    View from our balcony

    Let me in!

    Mykonos

    Windmills

    Mykonos

    Mykonos

    Spinalonga

    Sunset After the Gorge.

    Chania

    Grand Monastery

    Grand Monastery Monk M.

    After Partying Too Much

    Grand Monastery Wine C.

    Meteora

    Bridge over the River.

    Intricate paintings, M.

    Meteora silhouette

    Meteora

    Monastery at Meteora

    Bay of Kotor

    Looking over the Bay o.

    Kotor, Montenegro





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    Hotel and car rental – Honolulu Forum #travel #to #london

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    hotel and car rental

    My family,2 adults 2 kids(12yrs and 14yrs) is planning a trip to Hawaii this Apr. A friend recommends Waikiki Marina Resort but some recommend Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Do you have any advice on the above hotel choices? Is a rental car necessary if I stay at one of the above hotels. If YES, any tips for car parking ?

    I can t think of why anyone would recommend the Waikiki Marina for a family, although I admit i ve never stayed there and never been there. I m sure it is a fine hotel and maybe someone here will have more information on that.

    My main objection would be that it is absolutely not located where I would want to be in relationship to the Waikiki Beach area and what I consider to be the main attractions. The Reef would be much better and lots on here think that is the only place to stay. I like the Reef and I have been there and stayed there.

    That said, we still prefer the more central location and huge number of hotel options down around the Outrigger Waikiki and the Moana. Lots of options that are reasonably priced across the street from the beach. I suggest you get a map of Waikiki and decide what area you like best. Read the posts on here for lots of information about all the hotels.

    I only caution strongly against the Marina area for a family especially with the kids.

    Rental cars are not necessary at all if you stay in the main Waikiki area. First they are very expensive to park and you will not use it for most of the days. Instead, I recommend renting a car for the day or two you might really want to use it to drive around the island or over to Pearl Harbor, and do it right in the Waikiki Beach area at one of the agencies located in the hotels there.

    I do recommend that you decide ahead of time what days you think you need a car and reserve ahead of time as they do run out of cars. Rent only the days you need it and avoid a $25-$30 a day parking fee at your hotel as well as the car rental costs.

    Do a little research and ask specific questions here and you will get lots of opinions and ever some help.

    Have a great trip and Aloha

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    Indonesia Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #hotel #travel #sites

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    Indonesia

    An archipelago of over 17,000 islands of which only 6,000 are inhabited, Indonesia remains a destination that cannot be covered in one or two brief trips. For those wanting to escape the popular hub of Bali, Indonesia provides plenty of less-travelled roads. In Northeast Sulawesi, one can find the city of Manado renowned for its exotic delicacies ranging from bat soup to dog or rat meat for the especially intrepid traveller. For those sticking to a safer diet of local nasi (“rice”) and delicious rendang (a local curry dish), there remains plenty of adventure in this diverse archipelago that lies within the Ring of Fire.

    The overland and undersea volcanoes are responsible for the vibrant biodiversity found above and underwater. Some of the most paradisiacal reefs are available to those who trek to Lembeh and Bunaken or harder to reach destinations such as the Togian Islands. Natural wonders such as Lake Toba or Mount Bromo are highly recommended alongside famous temples such as Borobudur and the nightlife of Jakarta for those looking for a social scene.

    For those looking to immerse themselves in local language and culture, it is highly recommended to observe local customs and venture onto local buses to less-travelled getaways. The full immersion required for one of these rides limits this recommendation only to hardy travellers willing to endure the probable obstacles (linguistically and in terms of reaching the correct destination) that may arise. For those who reflect local customs such as eating food with one’s fingers, it is easy to gain the surprise, curiosity and respect of locals.





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    First separate the two numbers. Gas is gas, and insurance is insurance. One can be thought of as overhead (fixed-cost), and the other is an operating expense.

    Your insurance is fixed, in that it costs you whether you drive or not, but the rate will be highly variable depending on your ZIP code, your credit report, the liability rankings of that vehicle, cost of repair parts, the coverage limits and deductibles you choose, and you. Did you just get your license yesterday, or have you been driving for a number of years? Have you carried car insurance in the past? If so, they’ll want a good explanation for the gap in coverage, and the only good one in their eyes is if you did not own a car.

    As far as liability goes, it’s just numbers. If Nissan 350Z owners are involved in more accidents than Toyota Camry owners, they will charge more to insure the 350Z for liability.

    For collision repair coverage, if parts are more expensive for one car (say, a new BMW with a lot of aluminum body panels) vs. another (say, a Honda Accord with all steel panels, and plentiful availability of factory, used, and 3rd party parts), the car that costs more to repair will get charged more to insure.

    Your ZIP code also matters. In my area, someone who lives in congested downtown or the neighborhoods immediately next to downtown will pay more than someone who lives 5 miles away (and the person living five miles away pays more than the person living in a rural area).

    All of the insurance companies look at a combination of factors, and usually come to different conclusions about what to charge you. It absolutely, no ifs, ands, or buts, pays to shop around.

    Another fixed cost to plan for is yearly registration. That varies by state, and in many (most?) states, it varies by car, with more expensive, newer cars costing more per year. In those states, the cost drops each year, until it hits a minimum after about 8-12 years. In my state, the minimum is about $40. The maximum is many hundreds, if not over a grand, but for cars most people can afford, it’s like $300-350 when it’s brand new, and it goes down every year after that.

    Now your gasoline is an operating expense. It varies according to usage. The best way to predict that cost is with a calculator, plugging in cost per gallon, miles per gallon, and miles driven.

    You also have to add in scheduled maintenance (fluid and filter changes, tune-ups, etc.), tires, brakes, probable suspension work, and other repairs as the machine ages and wears.

    So, I don’t know–start shopping for insurance (or rather, shop for an agent who seems interested in earning your business once you do buy) on some examples of cars you might buy (and maybe a vanilla car like a Taurus or Camry for comparison), and grab a calculator and run some fuel costs. Call the dealer service departments to get an idea of expected maintenance costs, and check out Tire Rack and Discount Tire’s sites for an idea of what tires will cost for the cars you’re considering.

    Run all your numbers before you decide to take that plunge. (You might also decide that a non-sports car is much more practical at whatever point in your life you are–because they are less expensive to own.)

    Edit: I see you’re looking at a Mercedes SLK. I honestly don’t think $300 is going to be nearly enough for gas and insurance, let alone everything else, unless you barely ever drive it, and insurance is close to a best case scenario.

    I forgot to mention that the major insurer’s websites like Progressive.com let you run a quote online (or at least they used to), so run a few of those at the different websites to get a better idea for yourself.

    Last edited by Thegonagle; 09-24-2011 at 08:56 PM.

    My fiancee and I are both 25, both have not-at-fault accidents on our record and pretty miserable credit. We have a 2000 Saab 9-3 convertible and a 2000 Jeep Cherokee.

    We pay $80 per month for both, though the majority is for the Jeep, which is liability-only. Liability plus comprehensive with a $250 deductible is less than half of the cost due to the Jeep being a larger vehicle.

    As for gas. well. a Jeep and a turbocharged car driven by a guy with a lead foot. I don’t even keep track anymore for my own sanity.

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    Mexico

    Whether your idea of vacation is sipping margaritas at a resort on the Yucatan Peninsula, trekking through ancient Aztec or Mayan archeological ruins, taking a Spanish immersion course, or testing your limits by sampling a spicy taco from one of the cities’ local food carts, a visit to Mexico imparts every traveler with enduring memories. This far-reaching Latin American country is rich in history and culture and its people are proud and passionate about everything from their traditions and festivals to their love of football (soccer).

    Though still marked by wide economic inequality, the country seems to be pushing a recovery through a recent call to action on the part of its president for Mexicans to “rediscover the country’s marvelous natural riches” and make Mexico a leading tourist destination. Mexican society in the cities seems to be well on its way to fostering a cosmopolitan lifestyle in the way of dining, entertainment and education. And so, travel information on destinations throughout Mexico is widely available and travel within the country is fairly easy via plane, bus or car. But beware, Federales are notorious for pulling over foreign drivers and extorting a fee in exchange for not hauling you off to jail.

    Highlights

    Cabo San Lucas A popular holiday destination with beautiful beaches.

    Chichén Itzá These famous Mayan ruins are considered one of he world’s mysterious wonders.

    Oaxaca Rich in culture, architecture, festivities and food, the state of Oaxaca and its capital have a lot to offer.

    Tips and Hints

    Learn a few helpful phrases in Spanish. Many people speak some English in the resort areas but it’s less likely in rural or small towns.

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    Mongolia

    The Mongols gained fame in the 13th century when under Chinggis KHAN they conquered a huge Eurasian empire. After his death the empire was divided into several powerful Mongol states, but these broke apart in the 14th century. The Mongols eventually retired to their original steppe homelands and later came under Chinese rule. Mongolia won its independence in 1921 with Soviet backing. A Communist regime was installed in 1924. During the early 1990s, the ex-Communist Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) gradually yielded its monopoly on power to the Democratic Union Coalition (DUC), which defeated the MPRP in a national election in 1996. Since then, parliamentary elections returned the MPRP overwhelmingly to power in 2000 and produced a coalition government in 2004. To be updated

    Photos from Mongolia

    Ger camp

    Removalists – nomad-style

    Milking the family yak

    The golden eagle

    Near Khosghol lake

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    I used STI in May 2010 for a trip through Istanbul. Jordan, and Egypt. I was not pleased with the results. They subcontract out all the services to regional travel agencies (in Egypt they use Sakara which is owned by the same company that owns STI). They require a LOT of hand holding through the planning process. You should thoroughly review the itineraries they send back to you as they frequently do not include what you ask for and throw in other things (with a fee) that you do not ask for. Even when you correct them, they often fail to make the change.

    Unfortunately, as we found, the itinerary/contract they do settle on with you is pretty much useless when you are on site anyway. The subcontractors will do whatever they do regardless of what is in the itinerary. Jordan was the biggest issue. Our driver Basheer was excellent, but the local guides at Petra and Wadi Rum they contracted with were horrible. The Wadi Rum camp they put us in sounded like it was along the side of a highway (trucks and buses driving through and idling until 1.00a in the morning), not the middle of a remote Arab desert. We tried to roll with the punches, but at some point the experience was simply being ruined. We raised our concerns with the local folks at the time, but they said they were sorry but unable to make a change. When we raised our concerns directly with STI, STI placed blame on the local providers and said there was nothing they could do. Our contract was with STI, we expected them to ensure we had reputable people on location, they failed to deliver and when we tried to hold them responsible for that failure, they passed the buck.

    Once they knew we had a problem, they become unresponsive to email and phone calls. I would NOT recommend STI to anyone. The people I worked with at STI were Jane (sales person you passed us to operations once they were paid) and Sergio in operations who became non-responsive when we had an issue.





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    Hi VTers

    We would arrive at JFK in the morning (8 am, Terminal 4) and plan to travel to Boston the same day by bus. We are 2 adults and 2 small kids with luggage. We have been to some countries together but this will be our first time to the US – 2+ weeks vacations starting from the 2nd week of December.

    From some Internet search, it seems that first we have to make it to Manhattan from JFK to catch the bus to New England – although I’d have preferred bypassing NYC which does not seem possible (?).

    Please suggest how to do that as a first timer. Which ticket we should buy, how, and where? We would like to use public transport but may use the taxi if that is necessary. Just to mention, we plan to come back to NYC later.

    For NYC-Boston, we intend to take the late afternoon (3-4 pm) bus connection so that we are not rushed. In the best case scenario it looks like that we could reach NYC around afternoon, and will have a few hours to roam/relax around. Would that be a good strategy? Can we leave our luggage at the bus station safely for a few hours (e.g. Megabus)?

    We contemplated about staying one night in NYC before moving ahead to Boston but decided otherwise due to reasons.

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    Canadians with a criminal record might be refused entry and returned to Canada on the next available flight. Canadians in this situation should contact the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa prior to making travel arrangements.

    Permanent residents and landed immigrants of Canada should check for specific entry requirements with Mexico’s immigration authorities (Instituto Nacional de Migración, or INAMI).

    Persons seeking to enter Mexico for purposes other than tourism are required to have a proper visa. Foreigners involved in unauthorized activities will be expelled. Special and diplomatic passport holders require a visa to visit Mexico. Consult the Embassy of Mexico in Canada or its consulates for more information.





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    JLM Travel cheap for Gambia holidays – The Gambia Travel Forum

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    JLM Travel cheap for Gambia holidays

    by mightgothere Dec 24, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    Hi,

    First time poster/reader, has anyone travelled with JLM Travel to Gambia? They have just offered me the Kombo Beach or The Kairaba for £100pp cheaper than Monarch Holidays there is three of us travelling so we will save £300! – and it is using the same flights. The woman advised me everything is atol covered and that they have some exclusive deals on it. I have done a check and found there website and it was actually cheaper when I called them lol

    Re: JLM Travel cheap for Gambia holidays

    by Odinnthor Dec 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Hi Paul, and welcome to VT. d:o)

    Frankly that is amazing. I would have thought it would be the other way around. I have not used either of the, but I know of them. Monarch is more of a budget tour operator, and JLM is known for using really good properties. If they offer better deals than Monarch, I would definately take them up on it. Just make sure you read the fine print.

    Why is there such a difference? Monarch is all over the world. JLM has a smaller scope to more selective areas. This may allow them access to better deals at the hotels, as they offer less but better choices.

    As a life long tour director for expensive operators, I do have a fairly good idea how this works. I also did a lot of (group) price negotiations with various properties. I have stayed at the Kairaba, although a while ago. It is likely still the best, but I have been through the Kombo and it is/was pretty nice, so I would think that you would be fine at either.

    Again, read the fine print as to what is actually included in both contracts. I it satisfactory, then go with JLM.

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    In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the United States in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1933 Japan occupied Manchuria and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 – triggering America’s entry into World War II – and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. In 2005, Japan began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. To be updated

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    See giant snow and ice sculptures at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival

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  • Is a cheat? California Forum #volunteer #travel

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    hoteltravel.com is a cheat?

    Has anyone ever book a room with hoteltravel.com?

    I can only relate my experience regarding these third-party online agencies. I booked a room for 2 nights at a hotel. While we was there, I was using the computer in the lobby, and I overheard the front desk clerk answer a call, and quote a room rate that was identical to the room rate I had paid through the third-party agencies. So I do not believe it is necessarily true that you are going to save money using an agency.

    We had to go home 1 day sooner than we expected due to illness. The manager of the hotel (Best Western Fresno Inn at 480 E. Shaw in Fresno ) was extremely nice to us, and said he gladly would not have charged us for the night we didn t stay – but, as we had booked through an online agency rather than directly with the hotel, he had no control over the money.

    They said this was true for any third-party bookings, such as if we had used priceline or expedia or whatever. They could not even tell us how much they would bill the agency for the night we did stay there, which I thought was strange. Another strange thing that happened was when we checked in, they had my correct name, but an incorrect address for our home address, 2000 miles away from where we live, and they had a credit card number which did not match any card I have ever had. Apparently communication between hotels and these agencies is very poor.

    The agency we used would not make an adjustment and we lost the money we had paid for the second night. I came away from this episode much more wary of using any online third-party agency to book a hotel. Not only is the agency inflexible and getting an adjustment or refund of your bill is difficult or impossible, but communication of the correct data between the agency and the hotel is not very reliable.

    We had not used the agency you are asking about, hoteltravel.com, we had used hotelstravel.com. But I think the principles apply to any third-party booking agency. And I now believe you may not even save any money by using agencies, since I heard the front desk quote a price on the phone that was exactly the same as what we paid to an agency.

    If you do use one of these agencies or aggregators, before you commit the money to them, make sure you understand their cancellation or adjustment policies (especially how long before or after your trip you can ask for an adjustment) and the exact procedure you must use to request an adjustment. I wouldn t go so far as to call these agencies a scam, but the fact that they they have control of your payment, instead of the actual provider of the service having control of the payment, is in my mind a big disadvantage for you.

    My advice is to just call the front desk of the hotel directly and book directly with the hotel. They are more flexible and they might be willing to give you a rate that would match the agency price anyway, since they would not have to pay a commission to the agency.

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    BAD travel Agent – Singapore Forum #cheap #flights #and #car #rentals

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    BAD travel Agent

    Do NOT book from SUPER TRAVELS! I book a tour with them and paid $1000 for 2 to Perth only to be told that they cannot find hotels for me. I told them to find any hotels and say I don t mind topping up the money. They told me to wait for 5 days and after I called after 5 days, they ask me to wait another few days! It is like less than a month to my tour date. I asked for a refund and I was told to wait for 2 weeks. There is always a penalty when a customer pull out of a tour booking and that penalty is based on the number of days to the tour date, then why is that tour agencies can get away with it when they have accepted a booking by a customer and yet not deliver it when it is less than a month to the tour date?

    Super Travel is ONLY good for booking of Coach to KL. THAT ALL

    Going to perth? U should be able to plan the whole trip urself, using the ever efficient Internet Portal.

    S$1000 for 2? That s for 4day 3nite? And does it cover any tours? Which month would that be for? If it covers Tours During a Peak Period, that could explain why Super Travel cannot book any Hotel for U, cos they prolly under quote U ^___^.

    The last time I did most of Perth (Self-Planned) 7Day 6 Nite, I spend only S$1250 travelling on SQ (slightly off peak with Airticket + Hotel + Guided Tour == All booked separately). Aussie is very easy, U dun even need those travel agency to do the booking nowadays.

    In ur case, if U have not manage to get Super to refund U in Full, I would advise U to make a report with NATAS, so that if Super were to penalise U later for cancellation, U got a backup for it is their inability to deliver their service with the constant delay, which could have let U replan the whole trip.





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    anyone used hoteltravel.com?

    This type of special deal is exactly why I used hoteltravel.com last time. I check their site every few weeks, and they have these specials every now and then. It s not a mistake, but there may not be a whole lot of rooms at that price. I ve noticed other sites (eg asiarooms.com) often come down to their price in the next few weeks after seeing the special deal. I figure they must all check each others prices, or get offered the same deal from the Hotel. Didn t happen last time, no one even came close, so I just booked with hoteltravel. Very happy. If it s what you are after, just book it.

    Seems to be a lot of good prices floating around at the moment. It could be the current political trouble in Thailand. The Hotel owners may be scared of suddenly having no cash flow if things get out of hand in Bangkok. Happened last time too.

    Hoteltravel have a price match guarantee if anyone else beats the price (good luck with that, they didn t do it the one time I tried, said they didn t get my email. ).

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