Monthly Archives: August 2014

Norwegian Breakaway Review & Tour

When you sail with Norwegian Cruise Line, you are cruising on the most innovative and accommodating fleet on the high seas. Take a tour of the Luxurious Norwegian Cruise Line in this documentary by Popular Cruising.

 

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Tokyo to host the 2014 International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference

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About the International Bar Association (IBA)

As The International Bar Association  (IBA) website outlines , the organization,  ” established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

The Association has a membership of 55,000 individual lawyers and 206 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents, and has considerable experience in providing assistance to the global legal community.”

About the 2014 IBA Annual Conference

As the conference website outlines: “With a population of more than 13 million, the capital of Japan and the seat of Japanese government is one of the largest metropolises in the world. A city of enormous creative and entrepreneurial energy that enjoys a long history of prosperity, Tokyo is often referred to as a ‘command centre’ for the global economy, along with New York and London. Not only a key business hub, Tokyo also offers an almost unlimited range of local and international culture, entertainment, dining and shopping to its visitors, making it an ideal destination for the International Bar Association’s 2014 Annual Conference.”

What to expect from the conference

While an agenda has not yet been released for the conference, delegates can expect to hear news and information about Asia-Pacific legal market issues.  Among them include legal market liberalization, competition from foreign law firms, the expansion of the legal market, growth of Asia-Pacific economies, regional opportunities for clients, efforts to continue to liberalize trade with Europe and America, legal marketing and law practice management, legal technology and the impact of social media on law practice, among others.

As more information becomes available, we’ll publish updates here on Asia Law Portal.

Should anyone be interested in more information about the International Bar Association (IBA) or the 2014 Annual Conference in Tokyo, please see the following websites:

http://www.ibanet.org/ or call us on 2348098229999

Nile River Facts

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The Nile River is the longest river in the world. On this page of Interesting Africa facts we list many facts about this amazing Africa landform. In this list you will find information on such things as where the river begins and ends, why it has been so important through out history, and the significance of the river especially to those who live along it.

Nile River Facts List

  1. It is the longest river in the world. It is approximately 4,160 miles (6,670 km) long.
  2. The Nile river flows from the high mountains in the middle regions of Africa north to the Nile delta.
  3. Near the Mediterranean Sea the river splits into two branches, the Rosetta Branch (to the west) and the Damietta (to the east). Both flow into the Mediterranean Sea.
  4. The name of the river (Nile) is derived from the Greek word “neilos” which means “river”.
  5. There are two major branches of the Nile; they are the White Nile and the Blue Nile. The White Nile originates in East Africa, and the Blue Nile originates in Ethiopia. The two branches join at Khartoum (the capital city of Sudan located in North East Africa).
  6. The two major sources of the river are Lake Victoria which feeds the White Nile branch, and Lake Tana which feeds the Blue Nile branch.
  7. The rivers average discharge is approximately 300 million cubic meters per day.
  8. Ancient Egypt may have never become one of the greatest civilizations in history if it had not been for the Nile. Ancient Egypt relied on agriculture for its wealth and power.
  9. The Ancient Egyptians called the river Ar or Aur which means “black”. They named it this because the annual flood left black sediment along the river banks.
  10. There are nine countries the Nile and its tributaries flow through. These countries are Egypt, Zaire, Tanzanian, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya.
  11. There are several major cities that are located along the edge of the Nile. These cities are Cairo, Thebes/Luxor, Khartoum, Gondokoro, Aswan, and Karnak.
  12. Many parts of the Niles banks are teeming with Crocodiles. They are the largest crocodiles in Africa.
  13. Numerous animals live in and around the river they include Nile crocodiles, Nile monitors, frogs, mongooses, turtles, tortoises, hippopotamus, wildebeest, baboons, and over three hundred species of birds.
  14. The fertile soil and water supplied by the Nile enabled ancient civilizations in Egypt to form and flourish. Before stopped by dams the Nile would overflow every year leaving deposits of rich soil along the banks.
  15. The river serves as a major source of transportation. This is especially true during the flood season when road transportation in many areas along the river is impossible.
  16. Major dams built on the Nile include the Aswan High Dam, Roseires Dam, Owen Falls Dam, and Sennar Dam.
  17. The Nile basin (the land area drained by the river) is very large. It includes areas in Tanzania, Congo, Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda.

see more at http://interesting-africa-facts.com

 

 

HOLI: FESTIVAL OF COLORS , INDIA 2013

Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!

Check out this awesome video of Last year’s  Festival  by  devinsupertramp

5 weird and wonderful world festivals

Looking for a weird and wonderful event? There are hundreds of exciting, odd and – well, plain silly – festivals around the world providing any excuse for a celebration.  Here are five weird and wonderful festivals written by Andrea Crome  that you definitely won’t be disappointed with.  If you have more to add, then please leave a comment!

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Fallas Festival, Valencia, Spain

Fallas is the fire which is held in Valencia, Spain each year.  More than 300 monuments are created that reflect the strife’s that have occurred over the previous year, these monuments can cost up to €600,000 to create yet are all burnt down during the course of the festival.  There are loads of fireworks, music everywhere and processions throughout the city; this all goes on for for 2 days.

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Holi Festival, India

Known as the festival of colours this unique festival celebrates by throwing coloured dyes and coloured water at each other to celebrate religion and enjoy the start of spring.  The colours are believed to bring feelings of love and belongingness.

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Baby jumping, Castrillo De Murcia, Spain

This bizarre Christian festival involves men dressed in black, the beating of drums and of course baby jumping.  Babies are placed on mats while men dressed up as the devil proceed to jump over them to cleanse their sins from the last life.

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Big Mountain Furniture Race, Whitefish, Montana, USA

The Big Mountain Furniture race sees 40 contestants battling it out in the hope of winning a sofa.  Held every April at the Whitefish ski resort, each entry must feature some kind of furniture – this might be a living room scene, toilet or armchair – all of which must have breaks fitted.

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Birdman Competition, Bognor Regis, UK

Every year in Bognor Regis the Birdman competition sees hundreds of people compete with the aim of flying.  From jet packs, to homemade planes you will see the serious and the silly!

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Sango Festival

The Sango Festival is a celebration in tribute to an ancient hero, Sango – the deity of thunder in Oyo State. During the festival the Sango believers  are decorated in a queer manner, the Sango faithfuls all clothed in red while the Ifa priests are dressed in white regalia.  Drummers ,masquerades and hundreds of traditional dancers still hold this festival to the highest  esteem and is attended to by  thousands of tourists around the world. (culled from travelstart.com)

See more at http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/

Top Vacation Destinations and Attractions in Nigeria

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Here are the top  vacation destinations in Nigeria courtesy of infonubia.com;

 Tinapa Business Resort

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Situated by the Calabar River, Tinapa is a business and leisure resort conceptualized to be an integrated business resort. It is a four phased development promoted by the Government of Cross River State, under a Private Public Partnership (PPP), and very close to Calabar Free Trade Zone.

It is the realization of an exciting dream – the first integrated business and leisure in resort in Nigeria. Tinapa Free Zone has world class facilities that enable visitors to engage in retail and wholesale activities as well as leisure and entertainment.

Tinapa has space for retail and wholesale, several line shops, warehouses etc. It also has an open exhibition area for trade exhibitions and other events, a movie production studio commonly referred to as “Studio Tinapa” or “Nollywood”, an entertainment strip that comprise a casino, an Eight-Screen Cinema, a children’s…

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Tokyo Disneyland Full HD

Check out this video of the magical world of Disneyland Tokyo by  Trent O’Toole

 

Myanmar to debut tourist e-visas on September 1

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar – The e-visas set to debut on September 1 will be for tourists only, but other types will be issued online in the future, the Ministry of Immigration and Population has said.

The tourst e-visas will cost US$50, though the fee may change, said Aung Thiha, assistant director of the ministry’s office at Yangon International Airport. Tourists who apply online will receive the visa within one week, but it must be used within three months of issuance and is valid for a visit of up to 28 days, Aung Thiha said.

The ministry said tourists will be able to apply for the e-visas on its website but has yet to announce this on its website in English.

Officials said that after the tourist e-visa system is operating effectively other types of visas will be offered online.

The e-visas will be introduced in cooperation with the information technology firm Myanmar Ease Net Company Limited.

Source: elevenmyanmar.com

News Update: Nigeria Suspends Gambian National Airline Over Ebola Virus

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Nigeria has suspended the Gambian national airline from flying into the country, alleging “unsatisfactory” measures by the airline to contain the spread of Ebola virus, officials said on Sunday.

The “NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority) has reviewed the measures put in place by your airline as contained in your letter of 30th July, 2014 and have found these measures unsatisfactory,” NCAA said in a letter to Gambia Bird Airlines.

“Consequently, your flights into Nigeria have been temporarily suspended with immediate effect until such a time that you are able to put in place acceptable and satisfactory measures,” said the letter, a copy of which was sent to AFP.

The contents of the airline’s letter to the NCAA were not disclosed.

NCAA is the government agency that serves as watchdog for all airlines operating in the country.

The Gambian national carrier flies to Lagos twice weekly. It also flies to other African countries in the region: Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Senegal.

NCAA said that part of its efforts to curb the spread of the virus was to to direct all airlines operating into Nigeria from Guinea, Freetown and Monrovia “to put in place adequate measures to ensure that passengers with this disease are not boarded and brought into the country.”

“Such measures may include suspension of flights into these countries,” NCAA added.

An American Liberian who arrived Lagos from Monrovia, capital of Liberia, via Lome (Togo), eventually died of Ebola virus in a Lagos hospital last July 25.

A Nigerian nurse who had contact with the Liberian also died last week while seven others have been confirmed to have the virus in Lagos.

Nigeria along with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are the hardest hit countries by the epidemic, which the WHO has called the worst in four decades. Nearly 1,000 people have died of the virus in these four countries, WHO said.

Nigeria’s president on Friday declared a national emergency over the deadly Ebola virus.

Culled from http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/

7 Safety Tips for Traveling Alone

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Traveling solo is undergoing a resurgence in this hyper connected world.

Anyone who travels alone is aware of its singular rewards, but such rewards can be blunted if you fail to make personal safety a priority.

Here are a few safety tips for solo travelers  by Alexis Flippin

  1. Stay Connected

Those days of being without cellphone, smartphone and Skype seem almost quaint. Before you leave home, find out whether your mobile phone has roaming capabilities at your destination. If not, or if the roaming cost is prohibitive, rent a phone once you arrive (or buy international SIM cards if you have an unlocked GSM phone) so you have a lifeline. Smartphones outfitted with GPS or online maps are good options for drivers.

  1. Keep Others Apprised of Your Daily Itinerary

Regularly let people know where you’re going — including friends and family back home and your innkeeper or hotel concierge. When traveling alone into parkland or wilderness, always let someone know when you expect to return as well as your exact route — and then stick to it.

  1. Stash Money, Credit Cards and Passport in Separate Places

Keep some money and credit cards in your wallet or purse, and additional money and cards in a pocket or money pouch. When sightseeing, carry only a copy of your passport’s data page, keeping your passport locked in your hotel safe. (It’s also good to leave a copy of the data page with someone at home.) On travel days, carry your passport separately from your money and credit cards.

  1. Study Up On Your Destination

Be aware of safety concerns as well as of local customs and etiquette, especially with regard to dress. When in doubt, opt for conservative. Women travelers should know in advance if harassment is an issue — and both men and women should get the safety lowdown on public transportation. Talk to locals about neighborhoods to avoid, especially after dark. Know the local number to call for emergencies.

  1. Ensure Your Lodgings Are Safe

Keep your door locked, with the security chain fastened. Try to snag a room close to where the action is — near the concierge desk, say, or near elevators. Stay away from ground floors where window entry is possible. Don’t answer the door if you’re not expecting anyone.

  1. Stay Healthy

Is the water safe to drink? Are poisonous snakes or spiders a problem? Are mosquitoes a health issue? Does your dive operator have a stellar safety record? Bring an extra supply of prescription medications and an extra script (with the generic drug name rather than the brand name). And don’t forget hand sanitizer.

  1. Keep Your Wits About You

Traveling alone doesn’t mean cowering in a hotel room. Venturing into unknown territory is one of the thrills of travel. But don’t let yourself get so distracted by sights and sounds (or recording every moment on camera or cellphone) that you let your guard down. Of all the travel-alone safety tips, this is the most important: Don’t leave common sense at home.

 

See more at http://travel.aarp.org/

 

 

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