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Tampa Ambassadors Program

Tampa Bay (Florida) is increasing industry leaders’ awareness of the benefits of locating to the area. The Ambassadors Program centers on an individual approach from high level executives and CEOs all the way to college students. These ambassadors are then the ...
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Honorary consuls just an excuse?

When a new honorary consul was appointed in New Orleans, one blogger was quick to denigrate the position by calling it “stupid.” He/she then said it’s an excuse for Old Liners (whatever that may refer to) to get special license plates and ...
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Consul convertible

The Consul Convertible has me hooked. It was made by Ford in the United Kingdom from 1951-62, and 1972-75 and is today a collector’s item. How many consuls do you suppose actually went out of their way to buy one, ...
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Consulate or consul?

When Israel celebrated its 67th year of independence, the Miami Herald wrote about the consulate (general) greeting guests. But it’s the consul (general) – in the person of Chaim Shacham – shaking hands with one of them. Pop quiz: what is correct in the above, the consulate ...
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Honorary Consular Corps?

Is there such a thing as an honorary consular corps? If the answer is yes, there must also be a career consular corps. And how about distinguishing in other ways, like by geographic areas? There would then be an argument for a European consular ...
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Honorary consul ambassador

When is an honorary consul also an ambassador? The simple answer is when he serves as a goodwill ambassador, and that would be always. Career and honorary consuls represent a foreign nation in an official consular role but, unofficially, all ...
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Honorary consul award, Russian denies

Recently, there were unconfirmed rumors that Hollywood actor Steven Seagal was suggested as honorary consul of Russia by President Putin. It’s long been known that Mr. Seagal supports Kremlin policies so some people took seriously the rumors (although as I ...
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Consul speaks and breathes?

Notice the question mark in the header. Of course, a consul speaks and breathes like the rest of us…, or so you thought. But this is a legitimate question about at least one consul: the main character in the Consul ...
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Honorary consul to something?

I have written about this before, but the incorrect preposition keeps cropping up. An honorary consul somewhere in the United States is not a representative to a foreign nation, but of or for. When Mr. Cornelissen became Belgium’s new honorary consul in the Boston area, ...
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Sister City begins with Consul

You have heard me talk about how a foreign consul in our midst can be a great start-off point for the establishment of a new Sister City in the country he represents. But sometimes the reverse happens: a Sister City relationship becomes the first seed for ...
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