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2 Sep, 2014

Mark World Day for Decent Work – October 7, 2014

Statement by Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC

Geneva, 2 Sept 2014 (ITUC media release) — The world is on an unsustainable path. Vast numbers of working people face insecurity in their jobs and the highest levels of inequality in living memory. One half of working families have experienced unemployment or reduced working hours in the past two years, while 1.2 billion people […]

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2 Sep, 2014

Transparency Int’l blitz to unmask crooks, cronies and the corrupt in Switzerland

2 September 2014 (Media release)  Transparency International Switzerland - Switzerland must make it much harder for the corrupt to hide behind secret companies if the country wants to keep criminal activity out of its financial system, Transparency International Switzerland said today as it launched the "Unmask the Corrupt" campaign in more…

2 Sep, 2014

2014 UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Heritage Award Winners Announced

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014, (UNESCO media release) — A total of 14 projects from 10 countries, including Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, New Zealand and Thailand, have been recognized in this year’s UNESCO Asia‐ Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. A panel of international conservation experts met in June to more…

2 Sep, 2014

Global Unions Call to Action on Gaza / Thousands of postcards for peace to be delivered to UN Chief

Geneva (ITUC media release) - The International Trades Union Confederation is horrified by the appalling death toll of civilians in Gaza. Schools, hospitals and the only power station have been bombed, drawing heavy condemnation from the United Nations, several of whose personnel have also lost their lives. The targeting of more…

2 Sep, 2014

Iran Enjoying Tourism Boom

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA -- Experts believe Iranˈs main treasure is hidden in its tourism sector. Investment in this sector could help disseminate Iranian culture and customs to other nations. This investment is necessitated by the fact that Iran is a four-season nation with numerous historical and natural attractions. Recently, President Hassan more…

31 Aug, 2014

Urumqi Air makes maiden flight

BEIJING, Aug. 29, (Xinhua) -- Urumqi Air, the first airline based in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, made its maiden flight on Friday, from the region's capital Urumqi to the western city of Yining which borders Kazakhstan. Starting on Saturday, there will be two round-trip flights every day between Urumqi more…

29 Aug, 2014

RM6 billion recovery plan unveiled for Malaysian Airlines

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (NNN-Bernama) - The Malaysian government investment arm Khazanah Nasional has unveil a RM6 billion recovery plan for ailing Malaysia Airlines (MAS). Khazanah Nasional, which has a majority share in the airline has outlined a 12-point enabling plan for returning MAS to sustain profitability and revive Malaysia's national more…

29 Aug, 2014

Chinese govt spending on trips, vehicles, receptions stabilizes

Beijing, (Xinhua), 2014-08-27 - The Chinese government has kept its January-July budget on overseas trips, vehicles and receptions level with last year's figure amid the country's frugality campaign, according to an official report issued on Wednesday. China has long been bedeviled by officials tapping expenses accounts to sightsee abroad in the more…

29 Aug, 2014

UN Alliance of Civilizations Facing Funding Shortfall, Seeks “Meaningful Partnerships”

Opening Remarks by Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the United Nations High Representative For The Alliance Of Civilizations Before The Sixth UNAOC Global Forum, Bali, 29 Aug 2014 Your Excellency Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhiyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia Your Exellency Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, Your Excellency Mr. John Ashe, President of more…

29 Aug, 2014

UN Secretary-General: “Man-made Crises Driven by Those Who Exploit Fear for Power”

Full Text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's remarks to the Sixth Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, Bali, 29 August 2014 Thank you for your strong commitment and participation in this very important initiative of the United Nations. I am honoured to address this Sixth Global Forum of the Alliance of more…

29 Aug, 2014

Indonesian President: World Not in Good Shape but “Global Conscience” is Emerging

PROF. DR. SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

Full text of a Keynote Speech At The Sixth Global Forum Of The United Nations Alliance Of Civilizations, Bali, 29 August 2014 Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim Assalaamu’alaikumwa-Rahmatullahiwa-Barakatuh, Om Swastyastu, Peace Be upon Us All, Your Excellency United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, My Dear Friend, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao of Timor-Leste, Your Excellency, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Minister for Foreign Affairs of more…

28 Aug, 2014

Time For Parents To Discuss The Risks Of College Drinking

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As college students arrive on campus this fall, it's a time of new experiences, new friendships, and making memories that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately for many, it is also a time of excessive drinking and dealing with its aftermath—vandalism, violence, sexual aggression, and more…

28 Aug, 2014

London, 24 Sept: Invitation to Exclusive Screening of “Open Bethlehem”

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28 Aug, 2014

NGOs meet at UN to help shape new global development, prosperity agenda

United Nations, (UN News Centre), 27 August 2014 – Civil society converged on United Nations Headquarters in New York today to make their voices heard regarding the future global development agenda that will point the way forward on a range of issues such as eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger and combating more…

28 Aug, 2014

Judicial Watch Sues TSA over Cover-Up: Passenger Complaints “Assaults Relating to Sexual Misconduct”

AUGUST 21, 2014, (Washington D.C.) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking “Incident Reports” of alleged sexual misconduct throughout 2013 by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Dulles, Chicago, Denver, Miami, and more…

28 Aug, 2014

Survey: U.S. Travelers Want Full Airfare Prices Listed in Ads

CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The majority of air travelers prefer to see fares, fees and taxes listed as one total cost, according to surveys conducted by The GO Group, LLC, an international  ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O'Hare more…

27 Aug, 2014

ITU Telecom World seeks technological, social, design innovations that change lives

Geneva, (International Telecommunications Union) – The ITU has announced a call for innovations, a global hunt for the innovators, makers or entrepreneurs who are using technologies such as 3D printing or advanced robotics, or working within fields such as bio-mimicry, which uses technological innovations to imitate nature in order to more…

27 Aug, 2014

China acts to boost safety of its students abroad

By Zhao Xinying

Beijing, 2014-08-25, (China Daily) - Concerns about the safety of students studying overseas have led specialists from education, foreign affairs and student associations to focus on better preparation for those planning to study in other countries. The Ministry of Education has held more than 60 sessions this year in 27 cities more…

27 Aug, 2014

China plans to further expand 72-hour visa policy for foreigners

By Su Zhou (China Daily)

Beijing, China Daily, 2014-08-22 - China is aiming to attract more overseas tourists by expanding a 72-hour visa-free policy for foreigners and launching more promotional websites in a variety of languages. Officials are considering measures to expedite visa processing and develop the system of visa-free stays for international transit passengers, the State more…

25 Aug, 2014

“Pedal Powered” Smoothies to Help Tackle Youth Obesity, Encourage Healthy Lifestyles

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 21, 2014 - UnitedHealthcare and New York State 4-H Youth Development are expanding a successful partnership called Eat4-Health that helps tackle obesity by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles among youth and families. UnitedHealthcare is providing Cornell University Cooperative Extension, which administers 4-H programs in New York, a more…

25 Aug, 2014

China teams up with APEC members in anti-graft fight

Beijing, (chinadaily.com.cn), 2014-08-25 - Anti-graft issue has gained more attention at this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings than the previous sessions as China strengthens cooperation with APEC members, including the US, in the fight against corruption, reported Beijing Youth Daily. International cooperation on anti-graft was upgraded when the APEC more…

25 Aug, 2014

India steps up projects to help growing number of People with Disabilities

New Delhi, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, 23-August-2014 - An interactive daylong Conference with Ministers of Social Welfare in States/UTs dealing with issues related to disability was held under the Chairmanship of Mr Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment here today. Welcoming all the State Social Welfare more…

25 Aug, 2014

China moves to strengthen corporate transparency regulations

BEIJING, Aug. 23, (Xinhua)  -- An interim regulation on disclosure of corporate information, to take effect on Oct. 1, 2014, has been approved by the State Council, China's cabinet, and endorsed by Premier Li Keqiang. Companies will be obliged to deliver annual reports to industrial and commercial authorities between Jan. 1 and more…

25 Aug, 2014

China UnionPay International card to be launched in Myanmar

Xinhua, August 22, 2014 YANGON, -- China UnionPay International (UPI), in cooperation with Myanmar's Cooperative Bank (CB), will introduce EASi Travel UnionPay card for the first time in Myanmar starting on Sept. 1 to facilitate Myanmar citizens in domestic and international payment, a bank official said here Friday. The EASi more…

24 Aug, 2014

Jewish Holocaust survivors from around the world call for justice in Gaza

[8/22/14 San Francisco, CA] 40 Jewish survivors the Nazi Holocaust and 287 descendants of survivors and victims issued a letter this weekend condemning Israel’s actions in Gaza. “As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and more…

23 Aug, 2014

Value of data on European consumers could hit Euro1 trillion by 2020 – Justice Commissioner

European Commission, Lyon, France 18 August 2014 - The value of data on EU citizens held by search engines and other companies was worth EUR 315 billion in 2011 and could grow to nearly EUR 1 trillion by 2020, according to Martine Reicherts, EU Justice Commissioner. Speaking at the IFLA more…

23 Aug, 2014

India cuts myriad of licenses for hotel classification

Ministry of Tourism , 22-August-2014 (Press Information Bureau) - In a significant move, the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India has decided to simplify the hotel classification and re-classification procedure by not seeking the licenses and clearances which are issued by various Local, State and Central Government authorities for operation more…

23 Aug, 2014

Hospitality Asset Managers Study: Growing Revenue Acquisition Costs Outpacing Hotel Revenue Growth

August 20, 2014, BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Officials of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (“HAMA”) today announced the results of a multi-year study that demonstrates that revenue acquisition costs outpaced hotel revenue growth from 2009 through 2012. The results were presented in “The Rising Costs of Customer Acquisition,” a white paper commissioned in more…

21 Aug, 2014

Int’l students now eligible for residency in Korea via manufacturing jobs

By Yoon Sojung

Seoul, Aug 19, 2014, (Korea.net) -- The range of jobs through which international students become eligible for permanent residency will be widened to include the manufacturing industry. Non-Korean graduates who have worked in the manufacturing sector for more than five years can now become entitled for permanent residency in Korea. more…

21 Aug, 2014

Korea unveils tourism mega-projects, visa relaxation to promote investment

By Limb Jae-un

Seoul, Aug 20, 2014 (Korea.net) - The government intends to support the establishment of integrated tourist resorts that feature hotels, casinos and performance venues, as well as for-profit hospitals on Jeju Island and in free economic zones across the country. Also, beginning next year, Chinese tourists will be allowed to more…

20 Aug, 2014

People’s Daily Online launches int’l media coverage of the ‘New Silk Road’

(People's Daily Online), August 18, 2014 - The opening ceremony of international media coverage of the "New Silk Road" by People's Daily Online was held in Beijing, Xi'an, and Quanzhou at the same time today. Two reporting teams consisting of more than 60 journalists, celebrities, opinion leaders will work along more…