If you want to engage in a long-winded and frustration process, try doing 2 US State Department and Customs visa applications… From my, albeit limited, experience of US bureaucracy it seems to me that it is far worse than anything I saw in Europe…

With the first annual Carnivale celebrations due to start on Saturday, it is reported that over 30,000 police and security officials will ensure safety. Such is the scale of lost ID cards during such celebrations, it seems, that it has been necessary for the Tribunal Electoral department to institute a “lost & found” operation with an online portal to reunite users and their cards, without the need for a $35 replacement…

In what is not good publicity for a country trying to boost its tourism, El Pais in Spain has carried a feature about the fire at Cerro Patacón, Panama’s main landfill site, that has has caused a large cloud of toxic smoke that has reached the outskirts of the capital. A spokesman for the fire department is quoted as saying that it could take up to a week to extinguish the fire.

The media reports today that, of the 66 migrants on the bus that crashed into a ravine (now said to have seen 40 die), perhaps surpringly, the majority (22) were Ecuadorians, with 16 Haitians and 11 Venezuelans making up the largest nationality groups.

16 FEBRUARY 2023

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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