Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at http://fita.org, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.

My name is John McDonnell, and for years I've been writing about useful Web sites for businesspeople, in various publications. Now I've focused on international trade, using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international businesspeople, and some sites that are just plain fun for anyone.

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Whether you want to lose weight, find a job, become a public speaker, write software, make paper airplanes, or repair your kitchen sink, you can find a step-by-step guide to it (and thousands of other topics) on the Web. WannaLearn.com is a directory of these free online tutorials, guides, lessons and other instructional sites, covering most subjects and areas of interest. These are family- safe sites that have been picked for their educational content and value. I used it to find a guide to vegetable gardening; I'll let you know how good the information was when my tomatoes come up.




When I was a kid in the 1950s my father had plans to build a fallout shelter, because he was worried about nuclear war. I thought the world was a safer place in recent years, but the news from India and Pakistan is not encouraging. To find out more about what's happening in that volatile part of the world, here are some resources on the Web.

SARAI: South Asia Resource Access on the Internet at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/southasia/cuvl. This is an excellent portal to South Asia, with plenty of links to India, Pakistan, and the disputed area of Kashmir. If you're interested in trade with South Asian countries, you'll find lots of resources here -- for example, you can click on "India", then "links India information", then find the category you're interested in.

SAJA, the South Asian Journalists' Association at www.saja.org/tipsindopak.html has links to news and information about this region of the world.

There are lots more links to South Asia at the FITA site. Go to http://fita.org/webindex/, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column or "Search by Country or Region" in the right column, then scroll down to Asia and click on "South Asia" in the drop-down box. Or simply type "South Asia" in the search box at http://www.fita.org/.




Mike Paull left Seattle on May 10 for Shanghai, China. Paull's trip ended a week later with an accident that resulted in three broken ribs, a fractured collarbone and internal bleeding. Immediately following the accident, Paull, 48, was taken to the only medical care available - a hospital in Dezhou, China. Not knowing how he was going to get home to the proper medical care he so needed and desired, Paull contacted MedjetAssist.

"I joined MedjetAssist just prior to my trip," said Paull. "Once I contacted them, I was able to rest easier. They took care of everything. They monitored the medical care I was receiving in China, made all of the transportation arrangements and had me back home in Seattle in several days."

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.




Most people talk about the weather to pass the time; I'm one of those weather nerds who really likes the subject. That's why I love Weather World at members.aol.com/Accustiver/wxworld.html. This site has links to everything a weather junkie could ask for: 380 weather- oriented Web sites; online weather calculators; over 800 "weather cams" where you can see the weather in other parts of the world; ways to make your own forecasts; articles about weather folklore; and much more.




I'm as concerned about privacy issues as the next guy, but I have to admit that when I discovered a Web site where I could find out what my neighbors paid for their houses, I wasted no time in going there. It's a fact that more public records are going online all the time, and these records can be useful. You can do background checks for new hires, find out what your competitors are up to, research a market, find sales leads, and much more by researching public records. Public Record Finder.com at www.freeprf.com has loads of links to public records in the U.S., and a selection of sites for other countries. It's amazing what you can find here -- for example, how about a worldwide aircraft registration site?


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