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31 Jul, 2014

British Council Survey: Brits Polite & Friendly but Drink Too Much

London, 29 July 2014, British Council media release – Research by the British Council shows that the UK’s culture and history are our biggest draws in the eyes of the world – but the UK weather and food put the most people off. The research was carried out for the British Council by Ipsos MORI […]


31 Jul, 2014

Jews Can No Longer Claim to be a “Compassionate People” – by Rabbi David Seidenberg

Introductory Note by Rabbi Michael Lerner, Director of Tikkun, Network of Spiritual Progressives: Rabbi David Seidenberg, one of the most creative rabbinic voices explicating the Jewish mystical tradition and championing the environment, presents an important Jewish religious perspective on the religious ethical issues raised by Israel's war in Gaza. Please more…

31 Jul, 2014

12 Mega-Trends in Focus at Frost & Sullivan Conference in New Zealand

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mega trends are defined as transformative, global forces that define the future world with their far reaching impact on business, societies, economies, cultures and personal lives. Frost & Sullivan's report, 'World's Top Global Mega Trends To 2025 and Implications to Business, Society and Cultures' identifies more…

31 Jul, 2014

UN health agency moves to allay travel industry fears over Ebola spread

Geneva, UN News Centre, 30 July 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today advised that while travellers should be aware of Ebola, they will not contract the highly-contagious, often fatal disease unless they actually touch someone who is showing active symptoms. “So one can travel,” Gregory Hartl, WHO more…

30 Jul, 2014

11 Takeaways From the Worst Crisis Ever to Hit Thai Tourism


What next for Thai tourism? Will it bounce back from the worst crisis it has faced since the first outbreak of AIDS 30 years ago? Imtiaz Muqbil, one of Asia's longest serving travel trade journalists, has compiled an in-depth compendium of 11 factors that will change the face of Thailand's most more…

30 Jul, 2014

U.S. Transparent Airfares Act: Is it, or isn’t it?

Is the U.S. Transparent Airfares Act really "transparent"? Depends on which side you are on. On July 28, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Act. It now goes to the Senate. The same day, Airlines for America (A4A), issued a statement lauding the House. The following day, the American Society more…

30 Jul, 2014

MH17: Who stands to gain? – by Prof Chandra Muzaffar

Kuala Lumpur, 26 July 2014. -- The Russian military has released military monitoring data which challenge allegations circulating in the media pertaining to the MH 17 crash in the Donetsk Region of Eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014. Questions have been raised about Kiev military jets tracking MH 17, Ukrainian more…

30 Jul, 2014

Australian Research Shows Children Fare Best in Families With Less Conflict

Department of Social Services

Canberra, 29 July 2014, New research shows children can have more behaviour problems and difficulties socialising with peers if raised in families with high levels of parental conflict, or with low levels of parental warmth and few shared activities between parents and children. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews said the more…

30 Jul, 2014

Gallup Polls: Reports of Alcohol-Related Family Trouble Remain Up in U.S.

by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ - July 29, 2014, Gallup Polls - More than one in three Americans (36%) say drinking alcohol has been a cause of problems in their family at some point, one of the highest figures Gallup has measured since the 1940s. Reports of alcohol-related family troubles have been much more…

30 Jul, 2014

Britain announces visa reform package in China

Beijing, (Xinhua) 2014-07-29 - The British Home Office on Monday announced a variety of improvements to the visa system in China, including a 24-hour visa service, the expansion of mobile biometrics, and a new service enabling customers to apply for the British and Schengen visa at the same time. The mobile more…

30 Jul, 2014

US visa delays likely to continue, says embassy in Beijing

By Zhao Xinying

Beijing, China Daily, July 29, 2014 - Delays in issuing visas for the United States are likely to persist as the computer problems causing them have not yet been resolved, Nolan Barkhouse, spokesman for the US embassy in Beijing, said on Monday. "Our recordssystem has been experiencing significant performance problems, including outages, more…

29 Jul, 2014

Americans Waking Up – Discover That High-Sugar Sodas are Bad for Health

by Justin McCarthy

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2014, Gallup Polls - Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they avoid soda in their diet, while more than half say they avoid sugar. Meanwhile, more than nine in 10 Americans claim they try to include fruits (92%) or vegetables (93%) in their diet -- slightly more more…

29 Jul, 2014

Survey: Business Travelers Demand Better Day-of-Travel and In-Trip Alerts

July 28, 2014, BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Business travelers crave proactive, personalized communication when they travel, yet most third-party travel providers are falling short, according to a new survey of more than 550 business travelers by FlightView, the day-of-travel information company. “Proactive travel alerts and notifications are a critical element of the business travel more…

29 Jul, 2014

Another Expose Report: How U.S. Mass Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law & Democracy

(Washington, DC) July 28, 2014 (ACLU media release) – Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released today. Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately more…

29 Jul, 2014

Too much “growth” a cause of frequent plane crashes?

Beijing (People's Daily Online), July 28, 2014 - July 2014 must be the darkest month in the aviation history. Three air disasters happened in eight days and 465 people were killed. Despite the varying circumstances of each crash, insufficient preventive measures is a common cause of the accidents. Zhang Qihuai, vice-president more…

29 Jul, 2014

Chinese developers placing bets on casinos overseas

Beijing, (China Daily), July 28, 2014 - Chinese real estate companies are trying to participate in overseas casino projects as the sluggish property market at home is leading to a drop in profits. In the first half of 2014, Jeju Island in South Korea and Queensland in northeast Australia became the more…

29 Jul, 2014

Campaign Launched to Address Work/Life Conflicts of Today’s Families

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 28, 2014 - In response to the increasing conflict between work and family life Americans face today, BlogHer, The Center for American Progress and The Huffington Post are teaming up to launch “Make Life Work,” a campaign to raise awareness and promote real solutions to more…

27 Jul, 2014

Machinists Demand Apology over Boeing CEO ‘Cowering’ Comment

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 25, 2014 - The President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is calling on Boeing CEO Jim McNerney to apologize to Boeing’s workforce for offensive remarks made during a quarterly earning call with reporters on July 23, 2014. “The heart will still be beating, the more…

27 Jul, 2014

No Vacation for One in Five U.S. Microbusiness Owners Last Year

by Ben Ryan

WASHINGTON, D.C., Gallup Polls,  July 24, 2014 -- One in five U.S. microbusiness owners (20%) report not taking any vacation days in the past 12 months, with another 21% saying they took a week or less. These owners are also the most likely to say they will not be vacationing more…

27 Jul, 2014

Kunming to join list of 72-hour visa-free cities

By Guo Anfei in Kunming and Hu Yongqi in Beijing

(China Daily) 2014-07-25 - Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, is to launch a 72-hour visa-free policy for transit passengers from 51 countries, local authorities said on Thursday. The tourism venue will become the eighth Chinese city to offer such a service, following those such as Beijing and Shanghai. The move more…

27 Jul, 2014

Indian cultural tour operator calls for Israel boycott at travel shows

An Indian tour operator has initiated a call for a boycott of Israeli stands at international trade shows, starting with the World Travel Mart in London. The move means that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has entered the realm of global travel events and will almost certainly have a deep and lasting more…

26 Jul, 2014

Thailand’s tourism comeback party in pictures: From protests to parades in six months

Bangkok - The Thai tourism industry pulled off a grand comeback party on July 25, designed to show the world that the kingdom is back to normal, safe and ready to receive visitors again. Blessed with a 35 million baht budget and the benevolence of the gods who kept the more…

25 Jul, 2014

New Partners Sign Up for Int’l Telecoms Union Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiative

Geneva, 23 July 2014 – The International Telecommunication Union today announces that global healthcare company GSK and Public Health England (PHE) will join Be He@lthy, Be Mobile, an initiative which it leads in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). The new partnership and the continued evolution of digital health around more…

25 Jul, 2014

UN Human Rights Council agrees probe into war crimes, U.S. votes “no”

United Nations, UN News Centre, 23 July 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council today decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. Meeting in an emergency session today, the Council adopted a resolution more…

25 Jul, 2014

Xinjiang’s privately funded railways face uncertain future

URUMQI, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Track-laying on the Hongliuhe-Naomaohu Railway, one of the largest privately funded rail projects in China, was just completed in early July, but insiders have already begun to worry about its future. The 435-km-long cargo line, with Xinjiang Guanghui Industry Investment Group Co. Ltd. as a major more…

25 Jul, 2014

The new order of global networks depends on equality and joint governance

Beijing, (People's Daily Online), July 24, 2014 - Internet governance requires peaceful coexistence and the cooperation of the entire international community, with the goal of building a peaceful, confident, open and cooperative network, through the establishment of a multilateral, transparent and democratic system. During his recent speech to the Congress of more…

25 Jul, 2014

Nobel peace laureates, celebrities call for military embargo on Israel

Palestinian BDS National Committee on July 20, 2014- Israel has once again unleashed the full force of its military against the captive Palestinian population, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip, in an inhumane and illegal act of military aggression. Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza has so far killed scores of more…

24 Jul, 2014

HRW-Columbia Law School report exposes how U.S. created fake “Islamic terrorists”

July 21, 2014 (Washington, DC) –The US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have targeted American Muslims in abusive counterterrorism “sting operations” based on religious and ethnic identity, Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute said in a report released today. Many of the more…

24 Jul, 2014

China’s RMB as next world currency – four challenges to be faced

Beijing, (People's Daily Online), July 24, 2014 - The Chinese renminbi (RMB) will become the world's third largest currency after the U.S. dollar and Euro within five years as the country accelerates the promotion of its currency unit. A report by the International Monetary Institute of Renmin University of China and more…

24 Jul, 2014

Jewish Voice for Peace Executive Director Calls on World to Act Against Israel

Action Alert call by Rebecca Vilkomerson

Action Alert The glimmer of hope I have in these dark days is you - our community of members, supporters, and allies standing up all over the world.  In the police van with Maia Ettinger, daughter and grand-daughter of Holocaust survivors. The time to act is now. Dear Supporter, Yesterday, I was part of more…

24 Jul, 2014

The positions of global governments on the Israeli attack on Gaza

Editor's Note: The following is a summary record of statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict made at the 7222nd meeting of the UN Security Council on 22 July 2014. It was distributed by the UN Department of Public Information. United Nations, 22 July 2014, Department of Public Information - Although a ceasefire more…