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  Wednesday, May 12, 2004 Issue 84 Volume 4 Number 10  
IN THIS ISSUE:
• GREECE -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
• DATEDEX
• GUIDE TO LAW ONLINE: NATIONS OF THE WORLD
• PERSONALMD.COM

It won't be long before the Athens Olympics, and it seems timely to investigate trade opportunities with Greece. So, in this issue I have a portal to everything you need to know about doing business in Greece. Next, I profile a site that has a master calendar with dates for just about everything important that's happening in the world during the year. I also found a site where you can set up an account with all your medical information, for easy access in case of emergency when you're traveling. Finally, I have a portal to international legal information, which is indispensable if you're doing business in other countries.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

GREECE -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE

The country of Greece is certainly not a newcomer to world trade. Greece was one of the trading hubs of the ancient world, and it still depends on trade to bring it the products it needs. Greece imported nearly US $32 billion in 2002, and there are a lot of opportunities for savvy traders, especially with the Athens Olympics coming up.

If you'd like to learn more about trade with Greece, go to the Greece page at the University of Kansas ( http://www.ibrc.business.ku.edu/country/europe/greece.html ). This straightforward page has links to Greek financial markets, a business directory, a report on information technology in Greece, a guide to investing in Greece, country profiles, market reports, a travel guide, the latest news, a Greek search engine, and much more.

There are more useful links to Greece at the FITA site. Simply go to http://www.fita.org/webindex/countries.html, then go to Europe and click on Greece. Or, you can type "Greece" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

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DATEDEX


If you want to know when the Buddha's birthday is celebrated in South Korea, or when the Royal Windsor Horse Show is, or even when the next Sundance Film Festival is, there are many places online where you can find that information. Now, however, there's one site that has all that information and more. DateDex ( http://www.datedex.com ) has calendars that list worldwide religious and public holidays, festivals, sporting events, trade shows, cultural events, economic summits, human rights conferences -- even celebrity birthdays. I've never seen a site with so much date-specific information. To make it even more useful, you can download important dates to your computer or to a PDA (personal digital assistant).

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MedjetAssist: PEACE OF MIND WHEN TRAVELERS NEED IT MOST
http://www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm

A medical doctor from West Virginia was on vacation with his wife in Rome recently when they had an extreme medical emergency. As MedjetAssist members, they made a collect call to the 24 hour hotline and received quick assistance.

They wrote, "My wife and I wish to express our deep appreciation for your rapid and professional response to our medical emergency in Rome. We were amazed at how you took care of the most minute detail and made it possible for us to return to medical care in the States as quickly as possible. When we tell people about our experience and how expertly you handled our return to the United States they cannot believe that this could be done so expertly and efficiently."

MedjetAssist is an annual membership program for U.S-based travelers providing air medical transportation to its members should they become hospitalized due to accident or illness virtually anywhere in the world. The program transports members, free of charge, to the hospital of their choice, most often in medically equipped and staffed jets. Click on www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm to become a MedjetAssist member now at reduced FITA rates.

MedjetAssist publishes a free brochure, "A Guide To Traveling Smart". Contact MedjetAssist directly at (800) 963-3538 to order it. Make sure to mention FITA to get the FITA discount if you enroll.


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GUIDE TO LAW ONLINE: NATIONS OF THE WORLD

Legal systems vary the world over, and it's important for anyone doing international business to be aware of legal issues that may affect them. You'll find a useful portal to international law at the Law Library of Congress Guide to Law Online: Nations of the World ( http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/nations.html ). This site has everything you need in a simple, streamlined format. Just click on the name of a country, and you'll come to a page with: links to the country's constitution; information about its executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government; legal guides; country profiles; human rights information; statistics; diplomatic contacts; and much more.

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PERSONALMD.COM

It can be a scary thing to have a medical emergency when you're traveling. You could be thousands of miles away from your primary physician, specialists who are familiar with you, and even the local pharmacy that fills your prescriptions. Now, there's a Web site that can take a lot of the risk and guesswork out of this situation. It's called PersonalMD.com ( http://www.personalmd.com ), and with it you can set up an account so that medical personnel can access your medical history. This site also lets you store medical records, immunization records and important legal documents like wills and health proxies. Another neat service is ReminderRx, which will remind subscribers to take medications, attend appointments, etc. The reminder can be sent to your pager, cell phone, PDA and e- mail.

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