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16 Sep, 2014

New Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index Upgrades Ways to Measure What Makes Life Worth Living

WASHINGTON & NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 16, 2014 – As part of their ongoing partnership in innovation, global well-being improvement company Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) and management consulting firm Gallup have released their inaugural analysis of the state of global well-being. More than 133,000 surveys in 135 countries or other areas led to the new report, entitled, […]

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16 Sep, 2014

5,000 overseas students trained for master’s degree in teaching Chinese

BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- China has trained more than 5,000 overseas students pursuing Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) degrees. Since the MTCSOL was set up in 2007, 5,052 students from more than 100 countries have studied in China. About 3,500 have graduated, most of whom more…

16 Sep, 2014

In “major milestone,” 150 states ratify UN disability convention

United Nations, UN News Centre, 15 September 2014 – Guyana became the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century and one of the fastest to be ratified. “The more…

15 Sep, 2014

Gallup Polls: Americans’ trust in all branches of federal govt at or near record lows

by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ, September 15, 2014 (Gallup media release) -- Americans' trust in each of the three branches of the federal government is at or near the lows in Gallup's trends, dating back to the early 1970s. Americans' trust in the legislative branch fell six percentage points this year to a more…

15 Sep, 2014

Chinese Commentary: Snowden nails US lie on its economic spying

By Chen Weihua

(China Daily) 2014-09-13 - The US government is an expert at taking the moral high ground when it comes to justice. But instead of being apologetic after the devastating revelations made by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in June last year, its top US officials, President Barack Obama more…

15 Sep, 2014

Bureau of Investigative Journalism files case challenging UK govt over media surveillance

by Rachel Oldroyd

Brussels, (BIJ media release), September 14, 2014 - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is asking a European court to rule on whether UK legislation properly protects journalists’ sources and communications from government scrutiny and mass surveillance. The Bureau’s application was filed with the European Court of Human Rights on Friday. If more…

15 Sep, 2014

Snowden leak: U.S. Govt tapping expats to help maintain global “supremacy”

From students to academics and businesspeople, American expatriates and citizens are being tapped to provide the U.S. government with information on anything that could help uphold its global supremacy, especially in the sectors of business, science, technology and defence, according to the latest Edward Snowden leak published by journalist Glenn more…

15 Sep, 2014

Israel Denies Palestinian Education Minister Travel Permit to Gaza

RAMALLAH, September 14, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities on Sunday prevented Minister of Education Khawla Shakhshir access to the Gaza Strip for the opening of the new school year, which was delayed by almost three weeks due to the recent Israeli aggression on the coastal enclave. A press release by more…

15 Sep, 2014

Israeli Professor blasts Europeans for looking the other way as Israel unleashed “holocaust” in Gaza

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Sept 14 (NNN-KUNA) - A well-known Israeli academic and human rights activist, lambasted the Israeli atrocities being committed against the Palestinians in Gaza, but also condemned the West's double-faced policy on the Palestine question. "I am a linguist and therefore very conscious of the power of words. What has more…

14 Sep, 2014

Mumbai to host Cultural Hub Along the Lines of NY Times Square

New Delhi, Ministry of Tourism, 12-September-2014 - The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, Mr Mrpad Naik today announced that the Ministry of Tourism would help the Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra to create a cultural hub, most of it open air, in Mumbai. Mr Naik more…

14 Sep, 2014

Myanmar: UN officials urge greater humanitarian, development support for Rakhine

United Nations, UN News Centre, 11 September 2014 – Two senior United Nations officials have called for increased humanitarian assistance and development efforts to meet the needs of all communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state following a visit there this week. “Stability and sustainable peace can be achieved in Rakhine state when more…

14 Sep, 2014

Global NGOs Warning: Mega-corporations trying to hijack UN Climate-Change Summit

Full text of statement circulated by Focus on the Global South, Bangkok.

Invitation to sign on statement to denounce corporate takeover of Climate Summit (Español, Français, Italiano below) We call upon all fellow social movements, peoples organizations and environmental and climate justice movements to sign on this statement and join us in this call to action. On the 23rd of September, United Nations Secretary General Ban more…

14 Sep, 2014

Activist pinpoints the four main factors destroying Indonesian forests

Jakarta (ANTARA News), 12 September 2014 - The non-governmental environmental organization Wahana Lingkungan Hidup (WALHI) stated that four factors cause destruction to forests in Indonesia. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="267"] (walhi-or.id)[/caption] "The four factors are industrial plantations, oil palm plantations, mining, and forest concessions," manager of WALHI's Forests and Plantations, Zenzi Suhadi, stated more…

13 Sep, 2014

Taxi service for the disabled launched in Jakarta

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, September 11 2014 -  Indonesia’s largest taxi operator, Blue Bird Group, launched on Wednesday its new line of taxis designed for the disabled, Blue Bird Lifecare Taxi, the first of its kind in the country. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="407"] Care on wheeels: A disabled man tries out more…

13 Sep, 2014

World Bank Report: How the Israeli Blockade is Destroying the Palestinian Economy

JERUSALEM, September 11, 2014 (World Bank media release) - Private sector is a key driver for economic growth and job creation but Palestinian enterprises have remained hostage to political instability, unresolved conflict, and continued restrictions on movement, access, and trade. “An active private sector is much needed to fuel economic and more…

13 Sep, 2014

Malaysian PM: MH17 Tragedy Shows Lack of Standards on Flight Path Safety

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (NNN-Bernama) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has said the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 has exposed an "uncomfortable truth", that there are no clear standards to determine whether a flight path is safe. The prime minister pointed out that the International Civil Aviation more…

13 Sep, 2014

UK to further relax visa rules for Chinese

Beijing, (chinadaily.com.cn) 2014-09-12 - The United Kingdom is to relax its tough rules on visas for Chinese travelers, in a bid to appease UK businesses and China's leaders, the Telegraph reported. Visitors from China can use the European Schengen visa when changing planes at UK airports, instead of being forced by more…

13 Sep, 2014

Chinese commentary: Is the US part of the problem, or part of the solution?

(People's Daily Online), September 10, 2014 - Libyan militias recently took control of Tripoli, the capital of Libya, while Libya’s government has lost control over most of its state offices. The Middle East is unstable. The conflicts in Iraq and Syria have lasted for years; the Bashar al-Assad government is more…

13 Sep, 2014

Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, Indian Ocean Warning System Exercise Passes the Test

12.09.2014 - UNESCOPRESS - The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of more…

11 Sep, 2014

Impact of Japan-China islands dispute fades but cloud remains

By ZHANG YUNBI in Beijing and CAI HONG in Tokyo

(chinadaily.com.cn), 2014-09-09 -Public opinion polls in both China and Japan revealed that the impact of the Diaoyu Islands dispute on bilateral ties is showing signs of moderating, yet pessimism about future ties continues. The 10th Public Opinion on China-Japan Relations survey, co-sponsored annually by China Daily and Japanese nonprofit think tank more…

11 Sep, 2014

Ensuring privacy will build both trust and business, survey of mobile apps developers shows

Canbera, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, 10 September 2014 - Clear, concise information about privacy practices builds customer trust and is good for business, according to privacy authorities that took part in this year’s global sweep of more than 1200 mobile apps. As mobile apps increase in popularity, many of more…

11 Sep, 2014

Australia Most Expensive Place for Foreign Study – HSBC Report

HSBC media release, 10 Sept 2014 - Australia is the most expensive destination for overseas students, according to research from HSBC. The average international student would need USD42,000 a year to meet university fees and living costs in the country. The research was carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of more…

7 Sep, 2014

ITU, UNICEF Release Industry Guidelines on Child Online Protection

Geneva, 5 September 2014, (ITU/UNICEF media release) – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and partners of the Child Online Protection Initiative, today released updated Guidelines to strengthen online protection for children. “The revolution in online communications have created tremendous opportunities for young people today, but at the more…

4 Sep, 2014

Exposed: How Pro-Israel Groups Conceal Their Right-wing Links from Hollywood Celebs, Media

NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 – (WAFA) – The Los Angeles group Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) conceals its right-wing identity from Hollywood celebs and media, said the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel (Adalah-NY) in a press release issued Tuesday. In a press release titled Did LA pro-Israel group conceal right-wing identity more…

4 Sep, 2014

China plans railway network across Silk Road countries

(China Daily), September 03, 2014 - China is negotiating with the governments of Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan to build three connective railroads to improve regional trade on the Silk Road economic belt. Huang Shengqiang, head of the China Port Management Office, said China has already opened 25 international airports and more…

4 Sep, 2014

Beijing govt officials face tighter outbound travel curbs

Beijing, (chinadaily.com.cn) 2014-08-29  -- Beijing government officials intending to go abroad for personal reasons face greater restrictions amid the nation's crackdown on corrupt officials trying to flee overseas, Beijing Youth Daily reported. According to a circular issued in May by the capital city's authority supervising civil servants, those taking a leading more…

4 Sep, 2014

Bilingual babies are smarter, Singapore University research shows

Singapore, Sept 2, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - A team of investigators and clinician-scientists in Singapore and internationally have found that there are advantages associated with exposure to two languages in infancy. As part of a long-term birth cohort study of Singaporean mothers and their offspring called GUSTO – seminally more…

4 Sep, 2014

UN conference ponders ways to curb decline in fish population

United Nations, UN News Centre, 3 September 2014 – Fishermen in coastal Samoan villages say there are less fish than there used to be and worry that the fish populations will soon disappear altogether, but participants at a United Nations conference on forming partnerships with small island developing states are more…

4 Sep, 2014

Erosion of Gaza’s economy worsens amid Israeli military operations, blockade – UN

United Nations, UN News Centre, 3 September 2014 – Even before the latest crisis in the Gaza Strip, the tiny enclave's local economy was in a state of total collapse, chiefly due to the accumulated impact of a crushing seven-year blockade and two devastating Israeli military operations in November 2012 more…

3 Sep, 2014

Nepal puts temporary ban on domestic helpers going to Gulf countries

KATHMANDU, Sept 2 (NNN-Bernama) -- Nepal has temporarily stopped issuing work permits to women seeking to go abroad as domestic helpers in the Gulf countries. The government has decided not to issue housemaid work permits and conveyed it to labour receiving countries in the Gulf region requesting them not to employ more…

3 Sep, 2014

With nearly 3 billion now online, UN-backed forum opens to debate key Internet issues

Istanbul, UN News Centre, 2 September 2014 – The ninth annual meeting of the United Nations-backed Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has opened in Istanbul, Turkey with more than 2,500 participants who will debate over the next four days key issues “that could affect every Internet user today and tomorrow.” [caption id="" more…