Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

25 May at 6 PM 2018

US warns its expats over unidentified Chinese sonic influence

An American expat working at one of the USA’s consulates in China has been diagnosed with a minor brain injury caused by strange sounds and air pressure. America’s Embassy in Beijing has issued a warning to US expats living and working in China to be aware of possible health problems being caused by abnormal noises and air pressures. The original reports suggested similarities with the 2016 news that a number of US diplomatic staff in Cuba were suffering health problems due to ‘abnormal noises’ in their workplaces. However,...
24 May at 6 PM 2018

Expats love South African life but fear for their safety

In general, the majority of expats in South Africa are happy with their lives, but they don’t feel safe. The results of a recent survey reveal expats arriving from the USA, Britain and Germany are happy with their choice of destination, but day-to-day safety remains an issue for the vast majority. On the plus side, there’s a vast choice of places to spend the large chunk of cash they’re earning. The results calculated from respondents in the expat community saw the country high on the list for its ease of settling in and family...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

US businesses rejecting the Netherlands due to less competitive business environment

American companies are now shying away from opening up in the Netherlands due to its increasing lack of competitiveness. For a good while, the country was destination number one for American conglomerates wishing to open European offices, but changes to the Dutch business climate are persuading them to look elsewhere in Europe. France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and even the UK are now considered more suitable. Projects involving US investment in the Netherlands stood at 88 in 2016, falling to 75 the following year and totalling...
21 May at 6 PM 2018

Chinese culture heads West via expat websites

For almost half a century, foreign influences crept into China’s millennia-old culture through reform–generated trade and commerce, but Chinese culture’s now heading West in a big way thanks to Western expats. Nowadays, the ancient country’s major cities are home to a hotbed of Western talent, bringing with it all the trappings of Western society. Multiple channels of change have opened due to internet access, and expats in China are sharing their impressions with the world at large via social media, forums and endless...
21 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat arrested in Spain for holiday rental fraud

A British expat accused of scamming a number of UK holidaymakers via a fake holiday rental site has been arrested in Northern Spain. Paula Louise Neale disappeared from her Costa del Sol home last year amidst accusations she’d cheated British holidaymakers by placing a large number of fake holiday rental advertisements on Facebook using an alias and taking advance payments through PayPal. One alleged victim of the scam told the media she’d lost $750 in a rental which didn’t exist. The fraudster’s modus operandum involved...
17 May at 6 PM 2018

Thai consumers and expats complain over soaring healthcare costs

Consumer protection networks in Thailand are threatening legal action against the country’s Commerce Ministry for allowing huge hikes in the cost of private healthcare. Activists belonging to several consumer protection groups have delivered a petition urging the Central Committee on the Price of Goods and Services chair Sontirat Sontijirawong to instigate price controls on medical treatment in order to deal with rampant overcharging by Thai private hospitals. The protestors want medical treatment to be considered a controlled...
17 May at 6 PM 2018

British pub in Washington to host Royal Wedding and FA Cup viewing day

A British-style pub in Washington DC is now the go-to watering hole for expats keeping up with Brexit developments and watching Saturday’s Royal Wedding. This coming Saturday, the Queen Vic British pub will be the only place in town for Anglophiles and British expats in Washington D.C. From 7 a.m. all eyes will be on the Windsor Castle wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and by midday the foootie crowd will take over to watch the FA Cup Final between soccer powerhouses Chelsea and Manchester United. Expect a clash between...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Australia is still a favourite with Brit retirees but its own are leaving

Australia is still popular with UK expat retirees, but its own seniors are leaving for more affordable foreign destinations. The numbers of elderly Australians leaving their home country for a less expensive life overseas have dramatically increased over the past decade, with Oz expat communities forming in Spain, Cambodia and Thailand. In 2016, almost two thousand Australian pensioners over the age of 55 relocated to various retiree hubs in Italy and Greece as well as New Zealand, mostly due to rising property prices and the soaring...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Offensive tourist hen party causes Andalusian religious procession chaos

Andalusian residents as well as expats will be happy to hear the government is now cracking down on tourists behaving badly. The hastily-induced new law was the result of female tourists on a hen party invading a Sevilla religious procession whilst whacking each other over the head with huge, phallic inflatables. Understandably, those taking part in the religious procession were far less than thrilled by the women’s ridiculous, disrespectful behaviour, especially as they refused to stop when requested to do so. Eventually, local...
10 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat in Mallorca accused of defrauding hotel chains with travel insurance scam

A well-known British expat living on Mallorca is now in court accused of encouraging British tourists to file fake illness claims in order to benefit UK-based law firms. Laura Cameron and six employees of her company Elite Project Marketing were arrested in September last year on charges of creating an illegal network targeting and defrauding major hotel chains on the island. Amongst the companies affected are Mac Hotels and the international Melia Group, both of which are sueing her along with the Mallorca Hoteliers Association....