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There is no limit on the amount of

money that can be taken out of, or

brought into, the United States.

However, if a person or persons

travelling together and filing a joint

declaration (CBP Form 6059-B)

have $10,000 or more in currency or

negotiablemonetary instruments, they

must fill out a “Report of International

Transportation of Currency and

Monetary Instruments” FinCEN

105 (formerly CF 4790).

If assistance is required, a Customs

and Border Protection (CBP) officer can

help with filling out the form.

Please be aware, if persons travelling

together have $10,000 or more, they

cannot divide the currency between

them to avoid declaring it.

For example, if one person is

carrying $5,000 and the other has

$6,000, they have a total of $11,000 in

their possession and must report it on a

FinCEN 105. If a person or family fails to

declare his or her monetary instruments

in amounts of more than $10,000, those

monetary instrument(s) may be subject

to forfeiture and could result in civil and

criminal penalties.

The FinCEN 105 can be obtained

prior to travelling from the Financial

Crimes Enforcement Network website at

www.fincen.gov , or

when going through

CBP.

Source: Embassy of the United States

Studies have linked multiple

medication use to a higher rate

of motor vehicle accidents.

With some medications, the

driving risk is associated with

a sedating effect – usually

clearly marked on the bottle’s

warning label. ACE inhibitors

(which may be prescribed for

hypertension) and beta-blockers

(which treat hypertension and

irregular heartbeat) are examples.

Medications with side-effects such

as anxiety, itchy eyes, blurred vision

and headaches can also impair

your ability to drive. But a driving

warning may not be on the label.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND DRIVING:

SAFE TOGO?

Six important tips to keep eyes safe from the sun

If you’ve ever felt the pain of sunburn on your skin, the feeling of sunburned eyes is just as uncomfortable. To avoid discomfort and protect your

eyes from the long-term effects of sun damage, follow these six tips suggested by doctors of optometry:

1.

SPF. SPF. SPF. Always wear sunscreen with

a minimum SPF of 25 on your face, and pay

special attention to the area around your

eyes.

2.

Wear sunglasses year-round. More than

90% of ultraviolet rays penetrate through

the clouds. Even when it’s overcast, your

eyes are heavily exposed to UV rays. Plus,

these rays reflect off surfaces such as snow

and water.

3.

Channel your inner movie star. Bigger

sunglass frames will provide more protection

from the rays. Check with a doctor of

optometry to make sure that the lenses are

both UVA and UVB blocking – after all, not

all sunglasses are created equal.

4.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat. It will cover your

face from the sun.

5.

Choose UV-blocking contact lenses. In

combination with sunglasses and a hat,

UV-blocking contact lenses can protect your

eyes from up to 90 per cent of UVA rays and

99 per cent of UVB rays. Ensure that your

brand has the appropriate level of protection.

6.

Avoid man-made light sources. Tanning

lamps or welding sources, for example, emit

harmful UV rays. Whether it’s with tinted

goggles or simply by closing your eyes, be

proactive and protect your eyes fromharmful

light sources. Rhea Anderson, a doctor of

optometry, explains: “Although there can

be immediate symptoms from UV damage

to your eyes, many long-term effects can

start out symptomless, including cataracts,

macular degeneration or eyelid cancer. It is

important to get your eyes checked regularly

and to keep an eye out for those harmful rays

all year long.”

More information is available at

www.doctorsofoptometry.ca . www.newscanada.com

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