Britons duped by new passport renewal policy

Show more The change comes just six months after the cost of a postal passport application rose from £72.50 to £85 – a 17 per cent increase and well above the rate of inflation. For under 16s the cost is £58.50 (up from £46 before March, a 27 per cent increase). Online applications cost £75 and £49 for adults and children, respectively. A Home Office statement said the change was made to bring the UK in line with other countries. “Previously, the UK was the only country to exceed the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s guidelines for a maximum passport validity of ten years for adults, and five years for children,” it said. “The price paid for a UK passport has never reflected the validity of that passport, rather it is based on the cost of processing the application.” An Israeli stamp in your passport has long been known to cause problems visiting a number of Muslim countries, such as Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. Israeli authorities, however, typically do not stamp passports but instead give travellers arriving by air a stamped entry and exit card.Britons can visit most countries without applying for a visa, but not China, Iran, Cuba, Mongolia and Nigeria (among others). Always check the Foreign Office website as soon as you book your trip. The Government has been accused of short-changing millions of British travellers with an unannounced change to its passport renewal policy.Until this month a Briton renewing their passport would have had any time left over on their old document, up to a maximum of nine months, added to their new one. Someone whose passport expires on March 1, 2019, for example, would have been able to renew today and still be handed a fresh document valid until March 1, 2029. Now, however, a new passport issued to them today will only be valid until September 13, 2028.The change may encourage travellers to renew at the last minute to get full value from their £85 fee. But that’s a risky strategy as many countries, including Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Russia, Indonesia and the UAE, only accept passports with at least six months left to run. It means for many Britons the life of their passport has been cut from 10 to less than nine and a half years, equating to a five per cent increase in price. The change, implemented on September 10 but not announced by the Home Office, was revealed yesterday by Money Saving Expert. It was contacted by shocked readers who had renewed their passports in the last couple of days but lost the time they had remaining.“To have done this without giving anyone any notice isn’t right and isn’t fair,” said Martin Lewis, the company’s founder.“It’s really not the way that governments should be operating on something as important as your passport. People are going to feel somewhat duped by this.” More passport problems to watch out forDozens of countries around the world require arriving travellers to have at least six months left to run on their passports. They include Brazil, Turkey, China, Russia, St Lucia and Thailand (see table above for more). Many more, such as Belarus, may refuse entry unless you have at least three months of validity beyond your arrival date. For others, like New Zealand and South Africa, one month is necessary. Always check the Foreign Office’s country-by-country advice as soon as you book. Every country, even those in the EU, require your passport to be valid for the duration of your trip. Some countries may also turn travellers away if they do not have any blank pages in their passport. The Foreign Office advises travellers without at least two blank pages to renew their document.  Other entry requirements that may catch you outSouth Africa requests that parents travelling with a child under the age of 18 produce at the check-in desk the child’s full unabridged birth certificate showing the names of both parents. Lone adults flying with their offspring must also show they have the consent of their non-travelling partner in the form of a signed affidavit. The rules were introduced in 2015 to combat child trafficking.A parent travelling to any country who has a different surname to their child should expect to be questioned by border staff to establish their relationship to the youngster. Travellers to the US must apply for an “ESTA” (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), at a cost of $4, which gives you permission to visit. You cannot board a flight without it. See the official website at esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Do not use any unofficial sites which claim to do the work for you. The US also requires anyone who has visited Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since March 2011 to apply for a full tourist visa. It currently costs $160 and requires applicants to complete an online form and attend an interview at the US Embassy in London. read more

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How Alastair Cook keeps alive the memory of his childhood teammate

Alastair Cook (left) and David Randall during their schooldays “They spent a lot of time together from when they were young, playing and learning from each other. They opened the batting together for Maldon Cricket Club, then Essex. It was great to watch them together“When David became ill Alastair arranged for him to visit Lords and Wimbledon, where he went just two days before he died. It was a lovely thing for Ali to do.”In an attempt to make sense of Randall’s death his mother and a group of family friends set up a foundation in his name to help people with terminal illnesses “enjoy life to the full for as long as possible” and to provide scholarships to people who demonstrate exceptional dedication and passion in sport or music, but lack the finances to pursue it. Cook looks to the heavens in memory of David Randall after achieving the last test century of his careerCredit:Paul Childs/Reuters It was the simplest of gestures, but it meant the world to Sue Randall.When Alastair Cook reached a century at The Oval last week in his last test match before retiring, the England captain removed his helmet, touched his ear and looked up to the heavens.That gesture was in tribute to his childhood team-mate David Randall, with whom Cook had come up through the ranks of junior cricket in Essex, but who died of cancer at the age of 27.The pair had met at Maldon Cricket Club, playing together in the under 10s and under 16s, with Randall breaking into the first team when he was just 13, before being selected for the England Under-15 squad.But in 2012 he fell ill with bowel cancer and died, leaving his family and friends bereft.So when Cooke touched is ear and looked skywards it was a symbolic reminder to those he loved of what Randall meant to them man who went on to become one of England’s greatest cricket players and who ended his career on such a high against India.“It’s lovely that he remembers David and keeps his memory alive in that way,” Randall’s mother Sue, a teacher, told The Sunday Telegraph. ““I was at work when Ali scored his 100, so I didn’t see it, But I am thrilled that he made such a big score in his final innings and I know David would have been too. David Randall (right) and Alastair Cook walk off the field together after clinching victory in an East Anglian Premier League match for Maldon Alastair Cook (left) and David Randall during their schooldaysCredit:Sue Randall Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cook looks to the heavens in memory of David Randall after achieving the last test century of his career David Randall (right) and Alastair Cook walk off the field together after clinching victory in an East Anglian Premier League match for MaldonCredit:Sue Randall The foundation, which is run entirely by volunteers, helps to provide memorable days for terminally ill people and their families – such as arranging visits to Wimbledon and other great sporting occasions, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Ritz and Harry Potter World.Cook has recently written movingly for the foundation’s website about his friend, known to those who knew him well as Arkle.He said: “Arkle and I grew up opening the batting together at Essex age group cricket and at Maldon CC. I will never be embarrassed to say that David was a far better player than me! We had some great moments together and I will never forget the time when we beat Bury St. Edmunds by 10 wickets on a fantastic day at Drapers Farm [Maldon CC’s ground].”Cook says it is “a huge honour” for him to have been asked to be patron of the David Randall Foundation and that he hopes his work for it would have made his friend proud.He added: “Arkle handled his illness with great bravery and never once did we hear him complain, or say ‘Why me?’ He tried to live as normal a life as possible, refusing to give in to the illness and striving to experience as much as he could in his last few months. I think the fact that he came to Lords and visited Wimbledon in his last few weeks summed up his attitude.” Mrs Randall, who used to spend hours throwing cricket balls at her son at their home in Maldon to help him master his batting, said Cook’s association with the foundation has proved invaluable in raising funds and support. Much of the proceeds from Cook’s 2014 Benefit Year went to the charity.“Ali’s name is a great thing to have. It provides a real boost,” she said. “Because he knew David so well he really cares about it. He’s not just a figurehead. For him it’s personal. You can see that.” read more

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CSA Global invests in and partners with SGC

first_imgCSA Global announced today an investment in and partnership with industry-leading geophysical consulting group Southern Geoscience Consultants (SGC).The investment and partnership align with CSA Global’s strategy to diversify and broaden the firm’s technical capabilities across the mining value chain.As part of the agreement, Managing Director, Jeff Elliott will join SGC’s Board to assist with integration and to help identify and evaluate growth opportunities.Since its inception in 1985, SGC has provided geophysical services to thousands of Australian and overseas companies, both listed and unlisted, as well as government agencies including AusAID and the United Nations.SGC has been instrumental in many mineral discoveries in Australia, Africa, and Russia, and has contributed to exploration success on numerous projects across the globe.Mr Elliott stated: “I am very happy that our two companies are collaborating to pursue efficiencies and expansion. We have a common history and share very similar business cultures and values. SGC’s reputation for geophysical consulting services is first class, and we look forward to working together and realising benefits from integrating our services.”SGC’s Managing Director, David Chapman, commented: “The partnership between CSA Global and SGC is an exciting development. Both companies are highly respected within Australia and internationally for their technical services and are now collaborating to bring a broader capability and greater value to projects at all stages; from exploration to extraction. We welcome Jeff to the Board of SGC, and we look forward to working with him and the CSA Global team.”last_img read more

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