Spain: Takeover of Catalonian Administration Likely to Prompt Continued Protests

Continued protest activity relating to tensions around the issue of Catalan independence is likely in the coming weeks after the Spanish federal government revoked Catalonian autonomy and dismissed the regional government. Although Madrid will now likely seek to de-escalate the crisis, campaigning ahead of fresh regional elections scheduled for Dec. 21 could encourage further demonstrations by both pro-Spain and pro-independence activists. However, it remains highly unlikely that the situation will deteriorate to the point where it poses a direct threat to foreign companies or travelers in Catalonia.
Travel Security for US-bound Flights

New Security Measures for US-Bound Flights Unlikely to Cause Significant Disruptions

On Thursday, October 26, the deadline for airlines to impose new security measures mandated by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for international flights to the United States went into effect. While the deadline received significant media attention, the new measures have not caused significant disruptions for travelers.
Know the warning signs of stroke

Workplace Preparedness: Stroke Warning Signs

The World Health Organization established October 29 as World Stroke Day in order to raise public awareness about strokes. This day can be used by employers to raise awareness about strokes and is also a useful opportunity to raise awareness about transient ischemic attacks, or “mini-strokes.” Transient ischemic attacks tend to be milder than strokes, and because the symptoms usually dissipate within a few minutes, many people delay seeking medical care for mini-strokes. However, mini-strokes are medical emergencies and, like strokes, they require immediate medical attention.
Know the health effects of smoke exposure

Health Effects of Smoke Exposure

Dry weather conditions increase the potential for wildfires. The hazards of wildfires can extend well beyond the fire itself. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself from wildfire smoke. Smoke from wildfires and large structure fires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees, plants, and building materials. Ultra-tiny particles in smoke can bypass the protective filtering mechanisms in airways and lodge deep in the lungs and enter the bloodstream. Such smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.