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No Visas for St Petersburg

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 in Migration News |

St. Petersburg Mayor Valentina Matvienko decided to allow all tourists into the city without visas for 72 hours. If the project is successful, it could be repeated again and extended around Russia. Sergey Korneev, vice-president of the National Association of Tourism Industry, said the plan was “revolutionary” explaining that “it’s a brilliant decision to support the tourism.” St. Petersburg will attract about 30 million European tourists a day, spending 150 euro each, which will bring 13,5 million euro total earnings. Russia already did waive visas in 2008 when Moscow hosted the UEFA Champions League football final in 2008. Instead of visas, fans were able to use their match...

Aussie’s Population Growth

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 in Migration News |

Aussie’s population has been progressively growing since the mid-2000s to reach 22 million people in September 2009. In recent years the fast growth of population became a major topic of discussions about the effect of immigration over the population and its future size. The tendency is crucial to consider because infrastructure, services, economy and environment need to be adjusted in order to fit the larger population. “The recent growth rate of around 2% per year is faster than at any other time in the past several decades, and faster than nearly all other developed countries,” the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported. According to ABS, two components cause the population growth – the natural increase, which is the number of births minus the number of deaths, and the net overseas migration. The number of births has increased in recent years, but this is not the main driver of population growth – t is the overseas migration causing the growth. “In the three years to December 2009, NOM made up almost two-thirds (64%) of population growth,” per ABS. People find better opportunities in the more developed countries and they emigrate from the less developed ones. Also, the communications and travel have become more affordable and thus more appealing for prospective migrants. “Recent increases in immigration reflect Australia’s relatively strong economic growth as well as the engagement of Australia in the wider global economy, and especially the provision of education services to large numbers of overseas students” says the Bureau. “Between 2005 and 2010, the world’s population was projected to grow by an average 1.2% per year. Australia’s growth between 2005 and 2009 averaged 1.9% per year, faster than most other developed countries and many developing countries.” ANNUAL AVERAGE POPULATION GROWTH RATES OF SELECTED COUNTRIES(a) Reference year Annual average growth rate(b) % Australia 2005-2009(c) 1.9 Canada 2005-2010 1.0 China 2005-2010 0.6 France 2005-2010 0.5 Greece 2005-2010 0.2 Indonesia 2005-2010 1.2 Italy 2005-2010 0.5 Japan 2005-2010 -0.1 South Korea 2005-2010 0.4 Malaysia 2005-2010 1.7 New Zealand 2005-2010 0.9 Papua New Guinea 2005-2010 2.4 Singapore 2005-2010 2.5 Sweden 2005-2010 0.5 United Kingdom 2005-2010 0.5...

An Island Made Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 in Migration News |

Dutch scientists are working on a unique project – to create an island from plastic bottles. The island will be the size of Hawaii and it will be completely made of recycled plastic waste that is currently floating around in the Pacific Ocean. The scientists will need 44 million kilograms of plastic waste to build the Recycled Island. The even more impressive part is that the island will be self-sufficient as solar and wave energy will proving food and work for its 500,000 residents. Here’s what a spokesman said of the project: “The proposal has three main aims – cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste, creating new land and constructing a sustainable habitat. Recycled Island seeks the possibilities to recycle the plastic waste on the spot and to recycle it into a floating entity.” The scientists plan to create the island close to Venice, Italy, and will be recycling the plastic on the spot into floating blocks which will be also the foundation of the island. According to a research, the Pacific Ocean is currently the most polluted with plastic waste in the world. The waste is extremely dangerous to the sea life because fish and birds see it as food and eat it. “Recycled Island should be seen as a unique opportunity to create a new floating habitat from scratch, yet at the same time the ocean is cleaned from a huge part of its plastic pollution,” according to the...

Extraordinary Way to Explore Western Australia

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 in Migration News |

“Sit down, buckle up and enjoy the ride…” Whether you are a native or a foreigner, the new way to explore Western Australia is equally appealing to all as you are taken on a trip…in a taxi. The Extraordinary Taxi Ride service offers 11 different routes, and every one of them is completely unique. You can choose between “Vines, Forests and Beaches,” “Great Southern Explorer,” “Perth Lifestyle,” “Coast and Nature Spectacular,” “Ningaloo Reef Adventure,” and many more travel deals. A taxi literally picks you up and drives you around on the route you choose upfront. The trip lasts for days during which the cab driver makes sure you have fun and learn something new on the way. The man whose mission is to provide an enjoyable and unforgettable ride is Doug Slater. He has been a taxi driver for over 11 years now, and he loves people and their travel stories. Here are some facts about him: · Doug was able to assist a passenger in his taxi, who had a mild heart attack, helping to save his life. · Doug thinks the Bungle Bungles are WA’s most extraordinary place because of the impressive landscapes, and especially the caves. · When asked what he loves most about WA, Doug said it’s his home town of Bunbury, because of its vibrant atmosphere and abundance of tourists. · Doug once picked up a passenger who had won at the casino and shared his winnings with him. · If chosen to be the driver for the Extraordinary Taxi Ride, Doug would be most excited about being able to promote WA as an extraordinary place and show his commitment to WA’s taxi industry.” To learn more and/or sign up for a trip, visit...

New Zealand – The Most Peaceful Country

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 in Migration News |

New Zealand is ranked the most peaceful country in the world for a second consecutive year, shows the Global Peace Index. The Global Peace Index is conducted by the Institute for Economics and Peace for 149 countries. According to the survey, peace is determined by factors such as income, schooling and level of regional integration. Also, the peaceful countries demonstrate high levels of government transparency and low corruption. The smaller and more stable countries, part of regional blocks, are most likely to score higher spots in the index. Countries ranking right after New Zealand are Iceland on 2nd place, Japan – 3rd, Austria – 4th, Norway – 5th, and Ireland – 6th. Australia was far below New Zealand as it took 19th place for a second consecutive year. It was not a surprise that Iraq was placed last – 149th place, after last year it was slightly better – with 5 places up. The United States is at 85th, which is far better than previous years as in 2008 it was ranked 97th. Germany is in the top 20% of most peaceful countries and is 16th; UK is at 31st; France – 32nd, and Russia – 143rd. The index suggests that the world has become less peaceful compared to a year ago, when the previous survey was...

UK Employment Update

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 in Migration News, UK Working Holiday |

The UK unemployment rate worried economists as it rose from 7.8% to 7.9% from February through April.   The difference is only 0.1% but it equals 23,000 jobless people, which increased the total unemployment number to 2.47 million.   In addition, official statistics also showed that those out of work and not seeking employment also rose with 29,000 during the same period – or 21.5% of the working age population.   Experts say that the UK’s austerity measures will increase unemployment even more because part of the spending cuts will affect the public sector employment.   John Walker, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “The FSB believes that while it is important that the government cuts the deficit – something that over 90% of FSB members agree with – it must not be at the expense of the recovery or mean a hike in taxes for small businesses.” TUC general secretary Brendan Barber also added, “The worst possible response would be to slash spending, which will cut demand in the economy and send hundreds of thousands of public and private sector workers on to the...

“How much would it cost ?” Tool

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 in Travel |

We’ve found another useful online tool to introduce to the travel lovers – especially to those who like to budget their trips optimally.   With Kayak’s Tool, you can easily compare how much it will cost you to get to places all over the world as you see them on a map. Once you click on the spot you wish to know more about, you will see details on flight costs per person as well as prices for hotels in the area. You get pretty much all the information you need about the destination – how to get there, how much it will cost, where to stay,...

English Slang

Posted on May 21, 2010 in Uncategorized |

UK Slang   BANGERS–Sausages. A very common meal is BANGERS and MASH (sausages and mashed potatoes). The sausages are called BANGERS because they will burst if you do not pierce them while they are cooking BOBBY–Policeman in the UK. The term came from Robert Peel, the “inventor” of the policeman BROLLY–Umbrella CORKING–Excellent; splendid.Often used sarcastically ELEVENSES–Morning coffee (TEA) break LOLLY– Popsicle NIPPER–A young boy, a kid SACK–To fire from a job SPEND A PENNY–To go to the toilet. From the days when public conveniences required a penny to be put in the slot to enter WELLIES–WELLINGTONS. Rubber boots. The Duke of Wellington invented rubber boots UNDERGROUND–(With a capital letter) the London subway system. Also called The Tube ‘OFF YOUR TROLLEY’ – Mad RUDDY–Similar to bloody. “That ruddy Boss!”   Australian Slang   ALF–Stupid person AMBER FLUID—Beer AWARD WAGE–Minimum pay rate BARBIE–(barbecue) Like a cook out Spanish origin, ‘barbacoa, from Arawak language BELT UP!–Shut up! BOOZE BUS— Police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers CAARN!–Traditional rallying cry at football games (contraction of “Come on!”) DAG–A funny person, nerd, goof RECKON!–You bet! Absolutely! RHINO–Money (real money, not the cockies’ ‘shinplasters’!) ROOTED—Tired SHARK BUSCUIT–Somebody new to surfing TRUE BLUE–Dinkum, patriotic YANK TANK–An American car     New Zealand Slang   BLOKE–man BONK–sexual intercourse BUGGERED—exhausted CHOOK–slang for chicken CUPPA–a cup of tea or coffee DUNNY–toilet FACE–a steep and generally featureless hillside with no significant spurs or creeks JANDALS–flip-flops, i.e. kind of footwear KARAKAI—prayer KIP–to sleep, especially a nap KNACKERED–exhausted LOO–toilet MILO–a hot chocolate drink PISSED–drunk PAVLOVA–kind of dessert      ...

Perky Facts about Australia and New Zealand

Posted on May 21, 2010 in Travel, Uncategorized |

In Oz:   People drive on the left side of the road. Speed limit in towns and cities is 50 to 60 km/h, and 100km/h on the highways unless signs specify otherwise. In USA you are likely to hit a deer on the highway; in Aussie–watch out for kangaroos. Australian tourist information is available everywhere. The voltage is 220 volts, so make sure you get the correct plugs for your electric appliances. Aussie servers, drivers, and other service staff don’t expect to be tipped, so you are not obliged to do so, although if you are happy with the service, leaving change will make someone happy. Weather is not perfect everywhere and all the time. It does get from freezing cold to red hot depending on the area and time of year. For example, it’s hot in the North and West, and cold in Tasmania. January 26 is a national holiday. Salt water crocodiles could be found in any river or beach, so beware. There is usually a sign indicating if such creatures are inhabiting the area you plan to swim, so look around and talk with locals. Watch out your feet as 8 out of the 10 most dangerous snakes live in Oz. Instead of running or trying to kill it, however, just stay still until it goes away. The Tasmanian devil—the largest surviving carnivorous marsupial in Aussie–can be found only in Tasmania. It has black fur, pungent odour and is very loud when is stressed. Since 1941 it is an officially protected animal. Kangaroo is the national symbol of Oz. It is a marsupial and a macropod meaning “large foot.” Australia is said to be one of the best countries to be travelled by car despite its huge size (it’s the 6th largest country in the world).   In NZ: The best time to visit New Zealand is during the warmer months. Summer is from November through April. The most attractive months are February, March and April. The further you go south, the colder it gets. Don’t drink water from lakes, rivers, etc. because it contains the...