Most powerful passports

Well, according to report, the Singaporean passport, which now ranks as the most powerful passport in the world, this should be proud of Singaporean. However, whose passport will be in for trouble? The answer is American’s likely to lose power and be denied easy access to more countries due to controversial foreign-policy decisions from President Trump administration.

Most powerful passports

The judgment comes from the Passport Index, a service firm of Montreal-based financial consultancy Arton Capital, which maintains a record of operations based on how many countries do not require a visa or issue a visa when they arrive at a passport holder in a particular country.

A Passport Index spokesperson said in an email. “Singapore’s No.1 position is a testament to its successful foreign policy and its desire to bring political and economic stability to the region.” Since Paraguay recently canceled visa requirements for Singaporeans, the Lion City ranked higher on the index than the former Germany. The city-state is now located on the fast lane of 159 countries, leading to 158 in Germany. Singapore is the first Asian country to be among the top in the index.

The spokesperson said “Higher placement in the Passport Index ranking shows the power and respect a given passport commands,” then added again “The more countries accept a country’s passport visa-free, the more powerful it is. Visa-free global mobility is considered a privilege, which is why more and more people are investing in a second passport.” “We foresee a drop in US passport ranking namely due to domestic and foreign policies adopted by the Trump administration,” the spokesperson said. “It is important to note that even if the US remains with the same visa-free score, its placement may be pushed down by other countries successfully signing bilateral visa-free agreements, thus moving up.”

Most powerful passports

The United States and Canada, Ireland and Malaysia have the sixth-level passport rights, accelerating visits to 154 countries. The least powerful passports among the 193 United Nations members and territories considered to belong to Afghanistan can only open visa-free borders with 22 countries.

However, in the 2017 Henley&Partners Visa Restriction Index, Germany is still ranked first totally in 218 countries, while Singapore is ranked fourth and shared the rank with the other eight countries. In this ranking, the United States ranked third with Spain, Italy, Denmark and Finland.

Best South American Travel Destinations.

I trust that a lot of people love to travel across the world, Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and even South Africa and so on. Different countries often are with distinctive and attracting landmarks, scenic spots and landscape such as Mountain, Plain, grassland, Beach and so on. By this time, let us share good things from South America trip. Perhaps, you have never been there before, but after my introduction about some countries in South America, expect you may like it and travel there for an opportunity. I provides an expert guide to the most fun-loving continent on Earth namely South America regions. Here we go, I list many countries below, you may understand and appreciate through my description and pictures I put.

Brazil

We can say Brazil is the most seductive country in the world, exactly the beaches are very famous and well known across the world. With the great World Cup and Olympic Games, Brazil is back to doing what it does best. Many worthwhile things to attract travelers showing off dancing with pulsating music, spectacular wildlife and hitting the beaches for surfing, swimming and beach football and beach volleyball. Street food is the thing to eat in Rio, from tapioca–served with bananas or chicken–to grilled cheese kebabs and pasties filled with palm hearts.

Best South American Travel Destinations.

Argentina

Actually Argentina is the eighth biggest country in the world but often easy to forget it by us, because of it is at the bottom of a continent largely off the UK news radar. If it is your first time to Argentina, it might be best to land in Buenos Aires first, arguably still South America’s most romantic city. What do you think about it? Its dreamy old cafes, an opera or ballet, lively steakhouses and some of tango experience absolutely attract your eye and tempt your coming and never back.

Best South American Travel Destinations.

Chile

It is also a famous football nation, every citizens there love football or may say addict it. Skinny and long terrain of Chile is the best self-drive destination. The Pan-American Highway (Route 5) runs from the Peruvian border to Puerto Montt in the south, linking up wonderful offbeat cities such as Iquique, La Serena and Valdivia with the capital, Santiago, and its more arty, attractive sister city, Valparaíso. Meanwhile, stargazing or the lake district for greating walking and roaming and Atacama for the desert. A second major highway, Route 7, from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins, opens up the Aisén region, the cold, green General Carrera lake and the Río Baker, where fly-fishers can fill their boots.

Best South American Travel Destinations.

Colombia

Stable politics, a direct flight from Heathrow, safe major cities–including capital Bogotá and former cartel hubs Cali and Medellin. Cali is hot and sweaty, as befits the undisputed “capital of salsa”; it’s also a place to see, and hear, Afro-Colombian culture. Sober Medellin is impressive for its modern architecture and so on. The verdant, hilly “Coffee Triangle”–formed by the cities of Armenia, Manizales and Pereira–is easy on the eye, great for tasting the bean and seeing how it is cultivated. Paso Fino horses dance around the cobbled streets of quaint Jardín, and accommodation is in old coffee haciendas, with swoon-inducing views of the greenest green.

Best South American Travel Destinations.

Bolivia

The quirkiest capital city, the most fantastic landscapes, the most complete indigenous cultures and the most clean air. If you visit to Bolivia, you will need your lungs. La Paz is still a wild place full of clamorous markets and in a spectacular setting in a bowl at 11,942ft above sea level, at the foot of the mighty Illimani mountain. But cool hotels, such as the Atix and Casa Grande in Zona Sur and the new Altu Qala in the historic centre, as well as pleasant cafés such as the Writer’s Coffee is in the gorgeous old Gisbert bookshop, daring restaurants for recommending as vegan Ali Pacha is outstanding and, more subtly, a sense of self-esteem after 19 years of government by Evo Morales, the indigenous Aymara president, make the city intriguing.

 

Trump’s Travel Ban List of Countries.

According to the news from CNN, the US Supreme Court has upheld a ban by President Donald Trump on travel to the US from seven countries such as Somalia, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, North Korea and Venezuela. Before targeted only Muslim Main countries for prevent even refugees and now the ruling comes after months of challenges to Trump’s executive order on immigration. So let us see what the ban does for each countries,

  • Somalia

Suspends entry to Somalians as immigrants.

  • Syria

Suspends entry to Syria as immigrants and non-immigrants.

  • Iran

Suspends entry to Iran as immigrants and non-immigrants. Those with valid student and exchange visitor visas can enter, but they may face enhanced screening.

  • Yemen

Suspends entry to Yemen as immigrants. Also suspends entry to non-immigrants on business and tourist visas.

  • Libya

Suspends entry to Libya as immigrants. Also suspends entry to non-immigrants on business and tourist visas.

  • North Korea

Suspends entry to North Korea as immigrants and non-immigrants.

  • Venezuela

Restricts entry to certain Venezuelan government officials.

According to these ban on 7 countries, now focus on the current situation in each country below,

  • Somalia

Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world, In 2012, a new government emerged, but warring tribes and extremist groups, such as al-Shabaab, have flourished over the subsequent years, carrying out attacks against government and military targets, and recruiting child soldiers for its cause.

Trump's Travel Ban List of Countries.

  • Syria

Millions of people, citizens in Syria have been affected by the civil war. a conflict that has riled for more than seven years, with an estimated 400,000 people killed by this time and numerous injured or permanently disabled. Thousands of refugees have fled from the Syria and entry into neighboring countries, as well as someone to Europe, North America and so on. Trump authorized, along with the UK and France, strikes against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad after an alleged chemical weapons attack against the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta recently. Military operations to rout ISIS fighters out of their de-facto capital in Raqqa ended in 2017 after a sustained bombing campaign by the US and its allies like France, British and so on. Separate action by the Assad regime and its Russian allies also contributed to a dramatic reduction in the militant group’s territory.

 Trump's Travel Ban List of Countries.

  • Iran

Iran was considered a pariah state by many Western powers, when Tehran agreed to restrict its nuclear program in a deal crafted with the US, European partners, and Russia, the circumstance has changed in Iran. The deal allowed the lifting of many sanctions, loosening restrictions on Iran’s economy, and allowing foreign investment. In May Trump canceled American commitment to that deal, angering European partners, drastically worsening relations with Tehran, and putting the status of foreign companies operating in Iran in doubt.

 Trump's Travel Ban List of Countries.

  • Yemen

there are more than a million suspected cholera cases in Yemen by statement from the Red Cross, and “more than 80% of the population lack food, fuel, clean water and access to health care.” The war in Yemen has its roots in years of conflict between various factions, but the latest war began in early 2015 when Houthi rebels — a minority Shia group from the north of the country — drove out the US-backed government, led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and took over the capital of Sanaa. After that, Saudi Arabia as Neighbor, supported heavily by America government, launched military operations and airstrikes in Yemen including civilian areas.

 Trump's Travel Ban List of Countries.

  • Libya

around 2003 Libyans emerged from years of isolation when Col. Moammar Gadhafi agreed to abandon nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief. When the Arab Spring took hold in the country, resulting in Gadhafi’s brutal death and the fall of his regime.

Migrants sit in front of a painted wall during a visit of United Nations’ special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler (not pictured) at the Abu Salim detention centre in Tripoli, Libya on 19 May 2016. EPA/STR
  • North Korea

Actually relationship between America and North Korea have progressed since the last year after Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June after months of negotiations over denuclearization and other security issues. Now North Korea also has been included into the list of countries banned came after two other bans, which exactly aimed to restrain and restrict Muslim main countries. It was added in September last year after the death of American Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for 17 months and was returned to the US in a coma. He died soon after. In fact, North Koreans are tightly restricted from traveling overseas, except as part of controversial work programs which have been denounced as involving “slave-like” conditions.

  • Venezuela

support for Maduro has dropped amid widespread and often violent anti-government protests led by right wing opposition groups. The opposition won a parliamentary majority in late 2015, the first major shift in power since Chavez first took office in 1999. Maduro declared a state of “economy emergency” as Venezuela faced economic sanctions, falling oil prices, plummeting currency rates, power struggles within the government, and food shortages in January 2016. subsequently in mid 2017 more violent anti-government protests broke out.

 

A year abroad Learning Portuguese

Once regarded as a distinct segment or minor terminology, Portuguese can be a extremely common choice on the level programmes in Southampton. Its little miracle with more than 200 million speakers worldwide, Portuguese is now the sixth most spoken language at the world and the next most spoken European language later Spanish and English.

Alongside our specialized Portuguese speech teaching, that will be structured based on a pioneering platform system and covers all stages of skill — including of many legacy speakers — only in Southampton we now offer a variety of classes that allow one to learn about more about the complex and fascinating civilizations of Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa. We offer year abroad chances in both Portugal and Brazil, and in addition have a booming extracurricular community inside the design of the SLAPS society.

If you should be looking to get a level component which allows one to master a thriving universe language and also to research history and civilization onto a really worldwide scale, then Portuguese could just be to you personally.

Course mixes

As a termed language at some level, it’s possible to now combine Portuguese together with French, or even Spanish, and in addition, it can be united using just two languages at the three-language level entitled Modern Languages. Whatever amount you opt to employ for, it’s usually feasible to improve course later on if you prefer to, including in the event that you want to add Portuguese as a termed section of one’s own degree.Learn more about class mixes either during our Flexible study page or simply by looking our programme pages at the Find a class portion of the Humanities site.

Language studying

Portuguese language learning has been organized like a collection of seven language stages that operate independently in the year of analysis. Which means on your very first year you begin at the point right for you personally? If you’re starting Portuguese out of scratch, since nearly all of our students do, then you begins with Stages 1-2, and it will be an accelerated class designed for you as much as just below A-level standard annually. You may then choose another fast paced class on the next year — Stages 34 — that provides one to the particular level of article A-level students completing their initial year of University terminology analysis.

At every point, the classes have been intended to build up your own skills in spoken and written language and also to let you create steady and rapid advancement. You may have regular conversation groups with native speakers, in addition to classes dependent on the usage of written stuff. Additionally, you are going to utilize the exceptional facilities from the pro Library and Learning Commons directly on our campus that contains a comprehensive library of books, DVDs, and Portuguese-language papers and magazines, along with fully-networked PCs and comfortable work spaces.

 

Programme Outline

The initial year (First year)

The initial year will supply you with a base for further study. If you’re a beginner, then you are going to focus on the Stages 1-2 fast class, built for you as much as just below A-level standard at per year. Whether you’re just beginning or perhaps not, yet, you can follow a language course that may build up the 4 fundamental technical abilities of reading and listening, writing and talking about.

Further options on your very first year may comprise a couple of classes particular to the language(s) where you’re embarking, concentrating on cultural expression, social and governmental arrangements, and/or linguistics.

Besides Portuguese vocabulary modules, your own options may comprise:

The next year (Second year)

On the second year you are going to develop your language skills into a higher degree of proficiency, especially concerning text handling and oral communication.

You’ll choose language-specific classes that appeal within at least one of the areas of analysis, and field-specific classes that draw on material from most of the languages and civilizations studied in Modern Languages, in accordance with your interests. All through the programme of analysis, you’ll soon be encouraged to embrace particular perspectives, and to nurture understanding of the region and character of the states you have chosen to review in the broader international context.

Besides Portuguese vocabulary modules, your own options may comprise:

Additionally you will spend the Managing Research and Learning training course, that is intended to equip you for the Year Abroad and really is a mandatory module for most second year Modern Languages students.

The next year – the year overseas

You’ve got a range of options for the best way to may spend your third year abroad, and will opt to remain in Portugal or Brazil. You might opt to examine a university, act as an English language assistant at an Portuguese-speaking nation, or find other employment that is appropriate.

Throughout the calendar year, all students focus in an investigative challenge. This will make certain you have acquainted with the region where you’re staying perfectly really, and which you simply eventually become incorporated into the district.

Our students are enthusiastic about the financial value of the Year Abroad, and visit Southampton full of stories about their own experiences. Katie Uniacke spent year in Brazil, too, and contains written that a goldmine of site articles about her adventures within a AISEIC intern. Lewis Blakey spent some time at both Brazil and Portugal, and whined about his adventures.