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Travel Oracle App Mobilizes And Simplifies Business Traveller Safety

Healix International’s new Travel Oracle mobile App provides an instant lifeline for business travellers and expatriate employees as well as access to critical information and support, before and during their travels.

Key features include an instantly accessible Mayday call, automated personal tracking, online storage of all travel documents, instant news reports of unrest pushed to impacted travellers, e-learning travel security certification and destination profiles.

“Duty of Care requires that measures be taken to protect employees and Travel Oracle accomplishes that,” said Scott Sunderman, Group CEO of Healix International. “Emergencies can strike at any time. On average, we airlift six medical emergency cases every day and respond to more than 450,000 assistance calls every year. The Travel Oracle App provides a safety net for employees and employers to provide protection for security issues and medical emergencies. Traveller tracking systems have provided travellers and corporations with peace of mind over the years, but they have significant limitations. Travel Oracle overcomes those limitations by making traveller tracking personal and proactive. This new tool helps corporations provide end-to-end travel security.”

Travel Oracle leverages e-Learning, live personal tracking and situational awareness to drive traveller empowerment. Combined with Healix International’s global capabilities and resources in the event of an emergency, a Travel Oracle traveller will be safer, and employers have the confidence that they have exceeded duty of care responsibilities.

Key features include:

  • Emergency Call Function - calls are instantly sent to a 24/7 Command Center
  • Mayday Alert-Personal Tracking - alerts nominated contacts of traveller whereabouts via email, takes situational photographs, sends an audio recording and current GPS location, if pre-authorised
  • Online Personal Profile & Documents - online storage of travel documents and photographs
  • News Alerts and Live Support - global incident monitoring service with real-time country alerts sent directly to employee mobile devices. Access to 24/7 Emergency Assistance Helpdesk
  • e-Learning – travel safety courses, including certification upon successful completion
  • Country Profiles - comprehensive country briefings on over 200 countries including country risks and cultural differences
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Pakistan Travel Warning: reports Of Attack By Gunmen Jinnah International Airport Karachi

There are reports of an attack by gunmen at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. A number of casualties have been reported. The airport is closed until further notice.

Take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance before you travel to Pakistan. Around 270,000 British nationals visit Pakistan every year.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: the Federally Administered Tribal Areas; the districts of Charsadda, Kohat, Tank, Bannu, Lakki, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Buner and Lower Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; the city of Peshawar and districts south of the city, including travel on the Peshawar to Chitral road via the Lowari Pass; northern and western Balochistan; travel on the Karakoram Highway between Islamabad and Gilgit.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to: the Kalesh Valley, the Bamoboret Valley and Arandu District to the south and west of Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; the city of Quetta; the city of Nawabshah in Sindh Province, and areas of interior Sindh to the north of Nawabshah; Gilgit-Baltistan.

There is high probability of demonstrations and strikes in Karachi following media reports of the arrest of MQM political leader Altaf Hussain in London on 3 June. Avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events. Demonstrations frequently become violent.

The British Deputy High Commission in Karachi has been temporarily closed to the public. Until it reopens, public enquiries should be directed to the British High Commission in Islamabad.

There is a high threat from terrorism, kidnap and sectarian violence throughout Pakistan. The Pakistan military are intermittently taking action against militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Security forces across Pakistan remain on high alert for possible attacks. There may be increases in security force presence, and restrictions on movement may be put in place at short notice.

On 24 May there were explosions in the F6 market area and in the G9 sector of Islamabad. British High Commission staff are being advised to minimise time spent in all Islamabad market areas and to beware of suspicious objects.

On 3 March 2014 a court in the F8 market area of Islamabad was targeted in a suicide attack.

On 9 April 2014 an explosion occurred at a fruit market on the outskirts of Islamabad in the I-11 district, near the Metro cash and carry store. You should remain vigilant.

In response to the World Health Organisation’s emergency recommendations about the spread of poliovirus, on 13 May the government of Pakistan announced that a valid vaccination certificate will be required for all travellers departing Pakistan from 1 June 2014.

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Paraguay Travel Advice: General Strike 26 March 2014 Demonstrations Expected

A general strike has been called for 26 March. Demonstrations are expected across the country, particularly in downtown Asuncion. Some roads may be blocked. You should avoid all demonstrations as they may turn violent.

Monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities. The British Embassy in Asuncion will be operating with limited staff on 26 March. For emergency Consular matters, call +595 21 328 5507.

There are multiple outbreaks of dengue fever in Paraguay. You should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to Paraguay.

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Yemen Travel Warning: 20 Soldiers Killed Attack In Hadramawt 24 March 2014

24 March 2014 at least 20 soldiers were killed during an attack in Hadramawt;

13 February 2014, an attack on Sana’a Central Prison killed 7 guards killed, injured 4 others and allowed 29 prisoners to escape, including 19 convicted of terrorism offences;

2 February, rockets were fired into central Sana’a;

December 2013, an attack on the Ministry of Defence Hospital in Bab Al-Yaman, Sana’a, left at least 52 people dead and over 160 injured;

October 2013, the 11th Brigade base in Ahwar, Abyan was attacked, with reports of at least 12 dead and others injured;

September 2013, the Yemeni Army Headquarters in Mukalla, Hadrawmawt, was attacked, with reports of at least 30 dead and others injured;

September 2013, there were a series of co-ordinated attacks on army and police posts in Shabwah, with reports of least 56 soldiers and police dead;

August 2013, there was an explosion on a Sana’a bus carrying Yemeni military, with reports of at least 20 dead and others injured;

The level of consular assistance available to British nationals is limited. If you don’t leave the country now while commercial carriers are still flying it is extremely unlikely that the British government will be able to evacuate you or provide consular assistance. If you need urgent consular assistance call either +967 1308 114 and follow the instructions given, or +44 (0) 20 7008 1500.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. You are reminded of the ongoing threat against foreigners and are strongly advised to avoid places visited on a regular basis by foreign nationals.

Terrorists continue to threaten further attacks. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has previously targeted western interests and there could be a threat to commercial sites, transport infrastructure, diplomatic missions and any place where westerners gather. There is a very high threat of kidnap from armed tribes, criminals and terrorists. So far in 2014, a number of foreign nationals have been kidnapped, and groups actively continue to target westerners. In late February, there were 2 separate kidnap attempts against well-protected westerners.

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Belgium Travel Advice: Take Out Comprehensive Travel And Medical Insurance Before You Travel

Up to 1.8 million British nationals visit Belgium every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. If you need to contact the emergency services in Belgium call 112.

Theft and pick pocketing is a problem in crowded areas.

Take care of your belongings and passports at all train stations in Brussels. 

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Guinea Travel Warning: Ebola Virus Outbreak 59 Dead

An outbreak of the Ebola virus, has been confirmed in the Forest region of south-eastern Guinea. At least 59 deaths have been reported out of 86 cases. Cases have been reported in the districts of Macenta, Gueckedou and Kissidougou.

If you are travelling to this region you should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre and Guinean authorities. You should maintain strict standards of hygiene and avoid eating bushmeat.

Cholera and malaria are present in Guinea. Due to the small size of the British Embassy in Conakry, only limited emergency consular assistance can be provided. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. 

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Philippines Travel Advice: Take Out Comprehensive Travel And Medical Insurance Before You Travel

Around 122,759 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2013. Most visits are trouble-free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to the Philippines.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of on-going terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao for the same reasons.

Typhoon Haiyan/Yalonda has caused extensive damage across the Visayas region of the country. The provinces of Samar and Leyte were particularly badly damaged. Power supplies are gradually being restored. Water supplies have been restored across Leyte Province, but with health issues. The relief effort is continuing. You should check local conditions before travelling. Several other provinces in central Philippines were also badly damaged by the typhoon. Popular tourist areas like Boracay and the southern parts of Cebu are mostly unaffected, but you should check local conditions before travelling.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. With the exception of Philippine Airlines (PAL), all air carriers certified in the Philippines are banned from operating to/from the EU. 

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ONLY 1 Position Remains On Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Round Table Business Forum

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is an International Labour Organization convention established in 2006 as the Fourth pillar of international maritime law and embodies "all up-to-date standards of existing international maritime labour Conventions and Recommendations, as well as the fundamental principles to be found in other international labour Conventions".

Title 4 of the MLC covers Health Protection, Medical Care, Welfare and Social Security Protection.

Medical care on board ship and ashore: Seafarers should be covered for and have access to medical care while on board; in principle at no cost and of a quality comparable to the standards of health care on shore. Countries through which territory a ship is passing should guarantee treatment on shore in serious cases.

Shipowners' liability: Seafarers should be protected from the financial effects of "sickness, injury or death occurring in connection with their employment". This includes at least 16 weeks of payment of wages after start of sickness.

Health and safety protection and accident prevention: A safe and hygienic environment should be provided to seafarers both during working and resting hours and measures should be taken to take reasonable safety measures.

Access to shore-based welfare facilities: Port states should provide "welfare, cultural, recreational and information facilities and services" and to provide easy access to these services. The access to these facilities should be open to all seafarers irrespective of race, sex, religion or political opinion.

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Subsea Cables Identified As Major Insurance Risk For The Offshore Wind Industry

DNV GL, announced the launch of its guideline "Subsea power cables in shallow water renewable energy applications" (DNV-RP-J301), which provides a comprehensive review of subsea power cable practice and advice for managing the risk commonly associated with the cables.

The recommended practice, which is free to download from www.dnvgl.com/rules-standards/default.aspx#2, is the most comprehensive of its type in the industry. Technical guideline covers entire lifecycle of subsea power cables, from concept development to decommissioning, and is a comprehensive resource of project guidance.

Many existing offshore wind farms have faced subsea power cable problems caused by underestimation of complexities and interrelationships Guideline will become essential tool for stakeholders involved in renewable energy projects, improving safety and lowering costs for the wind industry Problems with subsea cables have affected many offshore wind farms and damage to cables has been identified as a major insurance risk for the offshore wind industry.

Cable related problems are costly and most often arise from inadequate risk identification, lack of planning, sub-standard design and deficiencies in how procedures are applied. To date, cabling failures have cost millions of euros in delays and numerous legal disputes.

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Kenya Travel Warning: Demonstrations Taking Place Central Business District Of Nairobi 5 March 2014

Demonstrations are taking place in and around the Central Business District of Nairobi on 5 March. The police are present and there is severe congestion. You should avoid all demonstrations.

On 2 February 2014, police raided the Musa mosque in Majengo district of Mombasa, resulting in several deaths. Tensions in the area remain very high and violent protests are a strong possibility. You are strongly advised to avoid demonstrations and public gatherings; pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible safety or security risks.

A small explosion took place at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on 16 January. There were no reported casualties. Airport services were not affected.

185,967 British nationals visited Kenya in 2012.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to Kenya.

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