Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

19 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Bangkok now expat hub for online professional poker players

In spite of the fact that gambling is mostly illegal in Thailand, Bangkok is now being celebrated as a world hub for online poker-playing professionals earning enough money to keep themselves in a manner other expats can’t quite manage. According to media reports, moving to Thailand in order to play poker for a living is the latest fad amongst the expat professional poker-playing community. US pro players choose Thailand due to the sad fact their own country only has three states in which playing for money online is legalised,...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2019

British expats in Spain flying to join huge Brexit protest

Around 100 members of Brexit protest group Bremain in Spain are planning to fly back to the UK to join what promises to be a huge protest against Brexit. The march will take place Saturday, just a few days before the UK’s time for negotiating a soft withdrawal runs out. Estimated to draw huge numbers, the ‘Put it to the People’ protest is set to be the largest ever held in the entire history of British politics. Organised by the People’s Vote campaign, the march is intended to demand any Brexit exit be first legitimised by the...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2019

UAE still expat professional favourite for quality of life

New release of a popular annual survey ranks Abu Dhabi and Dubai tops in the region for quality of life. The recently-released Mercers’ Quality of Living survey saw Abu Dhabi and Dubai keeping their high rankings as the most liveable expat cities in the Arab states. Some 231 world cities were surveyed, with the two popular expat destinations retaining their positions as 74th and 70th respectively. Unfortunately for the region’s overall reputation, another of its cities – Baghdad – was rated as the least hospitable and took...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Chiang Mai suffering from world’s worst air pollution

Local media are reporting the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai is in the grip of the world’s worst air quality. At the beginning of this week, the already dangerous levels of PM2.5 dust particulates across the north of Thailand increased still further, with the popular expat and tourist destination faring worse than the rest of the region due to its position in a valley almost surrounded by mountains and its permanently heavy traffic. An increased incidence of forest fires and agricultural burning both across the region and in...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Cutting your expat retirement spend without wrecking your lifestyle

If you’re thinking of retiring overseas using your pension as your sole means of support, it’s wise to work out the best way to cut your spending once you’ve arrived. Understanding exactly where your monthly pension transfer goes is the first step in managing your money as an expat and even being able to save for the occasional treat. According to research in Europe and the USA, some 80 per cent of expat retirees’ monthly income is spent on food, clothing, housing, healthcare and transportation. Exact amounts depend on the...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats warned to keep dogs away from poisoned Spanish lake

After the sudden death of a one-year old pup after drinking water from famous Lake Istan, expats and Spanish locals are being warned not to walk their dogs anywhere near the waters. American expat Livia Taravella and her husband were walking their pet dog Skye along the waters’ edge and allowing him to drink from the shallows. Almost immediately, the pup began having seizures and died in the couple’s car on the way to the nearest vet. On the same day, another dog died in similar circumstances, with two more dying earlier the same...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expat kids in Prague love School in Nature tradition

The annual School in Nature tradition originated in Germany with the wish to give children living in the cities a chance to enjoy the clean air and natural greenery of the countryside. The first such expedition took place in 1904 at the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, and soon spread to France and Denmark. Over the years it became a popular predecessor of the present day ‘forest school’ where pupils spend the entire day outside, swapping blackboards and desks for blue skies and green meadows. The idea was taken up in the Czech...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Canada join fight against frozen pensions

Over half a million British state pensioners live overseas in countries where their pensions are frozen. Retired Britons living in Australia, Canada and New Zealand make up a considerable number of the half -million UK expats existing on frozen state pensions in spite of the fact they’d paid National Insurance contributions for all their working lives. Oddly enough, those living in the USA have annual upgrades, as do those living in EU member states – at least until the UK’s 29th March deadline for leaving the EU. Chair of...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in BVI set to benefit from residency status

British Virgin Islands premier Andrew Fahie has promised to regularise elegible expats’ statuses by allowing residency. As part of a pledge to stimulate the local economy by putting people first, Fahie described British expats without formal residency as people who’ve worked and lived in the BVI for up to 20 years or more and have met every criterion necessary for residency status. Their applications, he said, seem to have been stuck for no good reason. He believes several thousand are affected, adding the issue is both moral and...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2019

British expats being denied French driving licenses

With just two weeks to go before Brexit kicks in, Brit expats applying for French driving licenses are having their applications refused. In spite of the British government’s advice to exchange UK driving licenses for the French equivalent before Brexit day, attempts to comply by UK expats living in France are being rejected by the authority. Letters have been sent out informing applicants their requests will not be processed and their applications will be returned. Reasons given by the Nantes office for its refusal to cooperate seem...