BlogExpat is back

12 February, 2007 14:32  EasyExpat EasyExpat

After months trying to migrate to an other server, we eventually (cross fingers) made it working on a new machine... We appologize for all the inconvenience and issues it might have caused.

It did not only affect BlogExpat but also all the services provided by ExpatGroup.

Hopefully everything is back to normal now ...with improvement even such as more security against spams for your blogs (you can see the AuthImage at the bottom of the comment form) ... :-)

Enjoy!

   


How to display videos on BlogExpat

17 December, 2006 06:09  EasyExpat EasyExpat

BlogExpat allows you to easily embed videos in you articles.

The video can be inserted via a popup window (button YouTube in the edit form for posts) where users can type the video page URL (like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8GoJw-7Q7Y&mode=related&search=) or the movie URL http://www.youtube.com/v/-8GoJw-7Q7Y)

On top of this, users don't need to worry about XHTML compliancy as the plugin will generate the right code using only <object> tags. (More)

   


Brits Abroad

11 December, 2006 22:33  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Interesting reports on the BBC News website about the British expats.

An estimated 5.5m British people live permanently abroad – almost one in 10 of the UK population. The emigration of British people has happened in cycles over 200 years. The trend is now rising again: some 2,000 British citizens moved permanently away from the UK every week in 2005. (More)

   


How to prevent spams on Blogexpat /2

19 November, 2006 21:01  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We talked previously about several ways to secure your blog.

With the new version of LifeType blogs (the system used on BlogExpat)  we have implemented 2 new features:

Plugin badbehavior
It prevents spambots from accessing your site by analyzing their actual HTTP requests and comparing them to profiles from known spambots. It goes far beyond User-Agent and Referer, however.

It is activated by default on your blog.

Plugin akismet

Akismet checks your comments and trackbacks against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. (More)

   


Guide to the new rules for hand baggage in airports

06 November, 2006 02:16  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Guide to the new rules for carry-on/hand baggage in European airports (EU+ Switzerland, Norway,...) from the 6th Nov. 2006

Liquids and liquid substances in your carry-on baggage must be packed in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml (1/10 litre)

You may pack more than one container, but no more than you can fit into a one-litre plastic bag

Authorities specify that the bag must be a ‘transparent, re-sealable bag with a maximum capacity of one litre. The closing mechanism must be an integral part of the bag. You may for instance use re-sealable “freezer bags”, available from many major supermarkets.’

Get hold of a bag that meets the authorities’ requirements – and pack your liquid containers in this

At the airport, help is at hand

At the airport, signs, information flyers and airport staff will remind you of the new rules

In the initial period, bags will be available at the airport free of charge, but please regard this as an option of last resort; the more passengers packing correctly before they leave home, the quicker passengers will be able to pass through security.

Be prepared at the security checkpoint

Have your bag of liquids ready for separate x-raying at the security checkpoint

Remove computers and other large electrical items from your carry-on baggage – such items must be x-rayed separately

Remove your coat at the security checkpoint. It too must be x-rayed separately

Duty-free: you can buy tax-free goods at the airport as usual

You can buy goods as usual beyond the security checkpoint

Articles bought at the airport beyond the security checkpoints (including spirits, perfume and other liquids) are exempt from the new rules

You can buy tax-free goods at the airport as usual, but please be aware that your will receive your goods in a sealed bag, which must remain sealed until your final destination

For passengers in transit from non European countries, items bought in duty-free might be confiscated as it is difficult to trace their origin.

See also for more information European websites such as:
Arrow http://www.cph.dk/
Arrow http://www.baa.co.uk/
Arrow http://www.swiss.com/

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In addition you have still specific rules for British Airports:
Passengers are allowed to carry ONE item of hand baggage, no larger than:

* 56 centimetres tall (approximately 22 inches)
* 45 centimetres wide (approximately 17.7 inches)
* 25 centimetres deep (approximately 10 inches)

through the airport security search point. This is the maximum bag size allowed through security.
Please note that other bags, such as handbags, may be carried WITHIN the single item of cabin baggage - not in addition.

Arrow More information: http://www.baa.co.uk/

   


Easy Expat Event in Milan - 9th October 2006

15 October, 2006 20:50  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Easy Expat Event in Milan - 9th October 2006We organised a get-together in Milan on Monday the 9th October.

The meeting point, recommended by a friend, was Solci's, a famous wine bar in Milan). Very good choice as the wine was excellent (I recommend a Negroamaro Maime 2003). And last but not least, it was served in the traditional Italian style of aperitivo: with plenty of ham, saucisson and cheese with bred to eat with.

It was the occasion to meet with Massimo, Simona, Alberto, Tiziana, Brigitte...etc. Most of them actually meet regularly in events organized by partyamo.com in Milan (you will recognise some people here and there and here also).

You can see all the photos of the event in the album section.

   


How to administrate your blog

17 September, 2006 20:40  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Some templates do not show specifically an admin link to administrate your blog.

However it is very simple:

- you can access the admin login page with the address: http://<blogname>.blogexpat.com/admin

- or you can use the login box available on the right hand side column of the main page: http://www.blogexpat.com/

In the admin area, you will be able to post new messages, edit your messages, post photos, manage your categories, your user informations...etc.

   


Voice of a City

11 July, 2006 16:22  EasyExpat EasyExpat

A short message to talk about a new initiative in association with Eurostar: the website Voice of a City.

See below the announcement:

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Voice of a City"voice of a city's blog" : A thrilling and genuine way to tell the frenchies all about the londonian way of life.


Apply for the job now to become one of the privileged and lucky spokesman of the city.

London is unrepeatable and there’s so much to teach the french people about it but only a few people know about it.
Listening to passionate citizens of London is without a doubt the best way to give them the desire to travel abroad and so is ‘voice of a city’.
It is becoming a concrete and achieved website thanks to the support of the one specialist of the Paris-London route that is Eurostar. (More)

   


More Tax for Americans Abroad

29 June, 2006 23:33  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The new "Tax Cut Package" from George W Bush looks actually like a tax increase for American expatriates. As expressed by the IHT actually, those expected to feel the most pain are expatriate workers who earn comfortable, but not lavish, livings and semi- retired workers earning some foreign income while drawing U.S. Social Security, pensions and other income from U.S. sources. Many of these expatriates will be pushed into higher U.S. brackets, as will employees and independent professionals in no-tax and low-tax areas like much of the Middle East, some Caribbean nations and Hong Kong.

The foreign-earned income exclusion is expected to be lifted to $82,400 in the new law and indexed to US inflation after 2008. However there are some new legislation proposed by a Republican Senator hoping to ease expat income tax and eliminate the cap on income that Americans working abroad can earn without having to pay both local and U.S. taxes on it, a change meant to bring the U.S. system in line with those of other industrialized countries.

On the other hand, the new law cap the exclusion for housing allowances (rent, utilities, insurance ...). It is currently calculated as 30% of the foreign-earned income exclusion, minus the 16% that would be paid in the US. With the new law it is more or less eliminated. (More)

   


Easy Expat Dinner in Dubai - 2nd June 2006

12 June, 2006 19:08  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Easy Expat Dinner in DubaiA dinner was organised by San in Dubai at the The Noodle House (Souk Madinat Jumeirah), on the 2nd June.

According to San's report, the evening was a success: good ambiance, and interesting conversations (despite the absence of Benoit ...who forgot to come apparently ;-): life in Dubai of course, the quality of life abroad (in other cities like Paris, Geneva or Montreal), but also football (no way to escape with the worldcup).

The menu was Peking duck and Phad Thai, while people came from Tunisia, Canada, Switzerland ... and of course France for most of them!

A definite must do it again!

You can see all the photos of the dinner in the Album section.

   


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