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30.11.18  /  Extreme  /  Haiti – Updated Travel Advisory

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30.11.18 Haiti Updated Travel Advisory

Image result for department of state Haiti (Security threat level - 4): On 29 November 2018, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Haiti, which reads in part as follows: “Reconsider travel to Haiti due to crime and civil unrest. “There are currently unpredictable and sporadic demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti. On November 29, 2018, the U.S. government authorized the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent. “Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to and from the airport, and it takes steps to detect surveillance and deter criminal attacks during these transports.”

08.11.18  /  News  /   – Statins Could Prevent Spread Of Breast Cancer

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08.11.18 Statins Could Prevent Spread Of Breast Cancer

Statins could prevent the spread of breast cancer, a new study suggests.

Researchers say the drugs, which combat high cholesterol, do not prevent the cancer from occurring but stop it from spreading to other organs.

Experiments performed in human cells and laboratory mice found that the pills prevent tumors from migrating to the lungs and liver.

The team, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, says the findings could pave the way for statins to be used in combination with chemotherapy drugs as a more affordable and effective treatment for combating one the leading causes of death in women.

A new study has found that statins, which combat high cholesterol, do not prevent breast cancer from occurring but stop it from spreading to other organs (file image)

29.10.18  /  Extreme  /   – Aviation Kidnap Risks Increasing

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29.10.18 Aviation Kidnap Risks Increasing

Image result for kidnap threat Aviation kidnap and ransom risks gaining altitude Business executives rely on commercial and private aircraft for safe and efficient transportation to international locations. But getting there is only half the challenge, due to a growing set of aviation risks. A relatively new cause of worry in business travel is kidnap, ransom and extortion demands -- involving pilots. ​When a pilot goes missing or is detained, the aircraft he or she is responsible for operating cannot take off. That can be an enormous disruption to an organization’s travel plans. And because business travel is frequently conducted on a tight schedule, delays can prove costly. ​Consider some examples from just the past few years:
  • A group of 26 civilian helicopter pilots working for a leasing company were arrested and detained by Ethiopian authorities for entering a sovereign state without permission. The pilots had been mistakenly informed that they had permission to land and refuel en route to Kenya. Once the error was discovered, Ethiopia released the pilots after holding them for nearly three weeks and allowed them to continue on their journey.
  • A Honduran pilot was kidnapped in Costa Rica by a group seeking to force him to fly cocaine out of the country.
  • Lebanese militants kidnapped two Turkish Airlines pilots and held them for more than two months, in an effort to bargain for the release of other captives. The pilots were released after negotiations involving three different kidnapped groups.
  • The pilots of a private jet were wrongfully detained in Latin America after escorting a drunken passenger from the plane. The passenger turned out to be a relative of a local government official. The pilots were released shortly after the incident.
  • Pilots of a private plane were approached after landing in Central America with an offer of protection in exchange for money.
  • “Express” kidnappings are a more frequent type of incident involving lesser monetary demands. These entail snatching and taking victims to an automated teller machine and release after holding them overnight.
In other cases, pilots reportedly have been detained for having expired passports or issues with other travel documents. Inability to return as planned to their home countries can be a real risk for pilots. This is especially true in industrial aid, the private aviation segment that serves business executives.  

13.10.18  /  Extreme  /  Burkina Faso – US Department Of State Updated Travel Advisory

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13.10.18 Burkina Faso US Department Of State Updated Travel Advisory

Image result for us department of state Burkina Faso (Security threat level - 4): On 12 October 2018, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Burkina Faso and raised its level of advice for the provinces of Kmoandjari, Tapoa, Kompienga and Gourma in the East Region to “Level 4: Do Not Travel.” The advisory reads in part as follows: “Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. “Do not travel to:
  • The northern Sahel border region shared with Mali and Niger due to crime and terrorism.
  • The provinces of Kmoandjari, Tapoa, Kompienga, and Gourma in East Region due to crime and terrorism.
“Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere with no warning. Targets may include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, military posts, and schools. “The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas of the country. Due to the risk of attacks throughout the Sahel and East regions, the U.S. Embassy restricts official government travel to Dori and Djibo, the road that connects these cities, and all areas north of that road, as well as to the provinces of Kmoandjari, Tapoa, Kompienga, and Gourma.” The full text of the Travel Advisory is available here.

31.08.18  /  Extreme  /  Burundi – US Department Of State Updated Travel Advisory

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31.08.18 Burundi US Department Of State Updated Travel Advisory

Image result for us department of state Burundi (Security threat level - 5): On 30 August 2018, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel advisory for Burundi, which reads in part as follows: "Reconsider travel to Burundi due to crime and armed conflict. "Violent crimes, such as grenade attacks and armed robbery, are common. Although Westerners are less likely to be specific targets, the risk related of 'wrong time, wrong place' remains. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. "There are ongoing political tensions in Burundi, and there has been sporadic violence throughout the country, including frequent gunfire and grenade attacks. Police and military checkpoints are common and can restrict freedom of movement. Police have searched the homes of private citizens as part of larger weapons searches. "The provinces of Cibitoke and Bubanza are vulnerable to occasional cross-border raids by armed groups from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where violent clashes continue. The border may close without notice. "The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Burundi, and medical services in Burundi fall well below U.S. standards. U.S. embassy personnel are subject to restrictions when traveling in certain areas of Burundi and may be subject to other constraints as security conditions warrant. These restrictions include limitations on travel outside of Bujumbura during hours of darkness (typically 6:00 p.m.to 6:00 a.m.) and advance coordination for travel to the Bujumbura neighborhoods of Buyenzi, Bwiza, Cibitoke, Gasenyi, Kamenge, Kinama, Musaga, Mutakura, and Ngagara."

30.08.18  /  High  /  Iran – French Foreign Ministry Staff Alert

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30.08.18 Iran French Foreign Ministry Staff Alert

Image result for french foreign ministry Iran (Security threat level - 3): On 30 August 2018, reports emerged that the French Foreign Ministry has ordered its personnel to avoid non-essential travel to Iran until further notice. The ministry sent a memo to its personnel on or around 20 August, which cited increased security risks for French government personnel in Iran. The memo specifically cited increased Iranian belligerence toward France, including a disrupted Iranian terrorist plot that would have targeted Iranian dissidents in France in July 2018. French officials have not issued any cautionary advisories for private French citizens traveling to Iran.
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