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29 Jul, 2015

Travel Impact Newswire launches First Early-Warning Report for Travel & Tourism Industry

Bangkok – Travel Impact Newswire, the leading alternative-perspective online publication covering travel & tourism, has launched what is claimed to be the first Early-Warning Report designed to alert the world’s pre-eminent service industry to looming risks and threats in a rapidly-changing world. Focussing on subjects ranging from the impact of geopolitical conflict to the expanding […]

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29 Jul, 2015

Iran Looks Forward to Stepping up Relations with ASEAN

Jakarta, 24 July 2015. ASEAN Secretariat News - Iran will intensify its relations and cooperation with ASEAN as well as with ASEAN Member States, according to the country’s new Ambassador to ASEAN, Valiollah Mohammadi Nasrabadi. Ambassador Nasrabadi presented his Letter of Credence to Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh more…

29 Jul, 2015

APEC Business Travel Card to be Extended to Five Years from 1 September

Singapore, 28 July 2015 (APEC Business Mobility Group) - The APEC Business Mobility Group has announced the implementation of the extension of validity of the APEC Business Travel Card from three to five years, effective from 1 September 2015. This announcement follows agreement reached by all 21 APEC member economies after the last more…

28 Jul, 2015

Global Rescue App Helps Travellers Stay Informed and Prepared Amidst Rising Threats

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2015 -- As threats to global travelers increase in countries throughout the world, Global Rescue has developed an app to help keep travellers safe and support enterprises in meeting their legal Duty of Care responsibilities. The Global Rescue app puts critical medical, security and other essential real-time travel more…

28 Jul, 2015

Etihad Airways Chief says it’s all about free competition, great products and the Power of Choice

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2015 - Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan emphasized the importance of consumer choice and innovation as the fundamental drivers of competition in the international airline industry during a public conversation before an audience of approximately 4,000 attendees at the 2015 Global Business Travel Association more…

28 Jul, 2015

Spotlight: Despite fanfare, U.S. aid programs for Africa fail to make big difference

NAIROBI, July 27 (Xinhua) -- During his just-concluded visit to Kenya, U.S. President Barack Obama has unveiled, amid intensive global attention, a 1-billion-U.S.-dollar program to support global entrepreneurship, especially among women and youth in sub-Saharan Africa. The 1-billion fund and other forms of assistance promised by Obama during his three-day high-profile more…

28 Jul, 2015

Australia warns foreign students about being used for organised crime money-laundering

Canberra, 27 July 2015, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre -- Foreign students in Australia are being warned to be wary of attempts by organised crime groups to use them for money laundering through business express deposit boxes and Internet banking transactions. AUSTRAC has released the following brief to alert more…

28 Jul, 2015

Masterpiece essays by 70 multi-lingual students top UN-organised competition

United Nations -- A Vietnamese university student writing in Arabic, an Australian writing in Chinese, a Kazakh writing in French and a Korean writing in Spanish are among the 70 winners of a global multi-lingual essay-writing contest organised by the United Nations to involve the world’s young people in crafting more…

28 Jul, 2015

Terrorism’s saffron fault line – DAWN.COM

Saffron now carries the indelible imprint of BJP’s aggressive brand of religious-political chauvinism, particularly in the wake of the 2002 communal carnage in Gujarat when sword-wielding killers sported saffron headbands, stoles and pennants. It has thus become the default term for anything to do with Hindu supremacist politics and actions more…

27 Jul, 2015

Dozens Injured as Israeli Police Attack Worshippers to Let Jewish Fanatics into al-Aqsa Mosque compound

ERUSALEM, July 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Dozens of Muslim worshipers Sunday were injured, while many suffocated by tear gas during clashes that erupted with Israeli police at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound, after groups of Jewish hardliners broke into the Islamic holy site to mark Tisha B’Av holiday, according to local more…

24 Jul, 2015

Seoul, Dubai top list of luxury travel destinations by length of stay – Switchfly data index

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 23, 2015 - Switchfly, Inc., the technology company powering travel search/booking and loyalty point redemption solutions for the world’s most celebrated brands, today announced its 2015 Luxury Travel Index. The destinations were ranked by average length of stay, using data from Switchfly’s global booking engine, and give more…

24 Jul, 2015

76% of Working Adults Have Suffered Under a Bad Boss, U.S. National Workforce Survey Finds

HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--23 July 2015 -- The Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, a leading executive MBA program for working managers, today released findings from its national workforce survey, which was conducted to determine how employees perceive their managers, careers, and workplace culture. Based on the survey, eight in ten more…

24 Jul, 2015

Are We Becoming 24-Hour Workers? CareerBuilder Survey Explores the Demise of 9 to 5

CHICAGO, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A new CareerBuilder survey indicates that, much like flip phones and fax machines, the traditional eight-hour work day may be on its way out. More than 1,000 full-time workers in information technology, financial services, sales, and professional and business services  – industries that historically more…

23 Jul, 2015

The German Workforce Has a Burnout Problem — Gallup

by Marco Nink

14 July 2015, (Gallup Inc.) -- In 2012, the German business publication Manager Magazin reported the number of burnout cases among companies in the DAX, the German stock index covering the 30 most actively traded blue chip companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Working with patient data, the European hospital more…

23 Jul, 2015

Indian start-up inventor helps women avoid filthy public toilets

A New Delhi based start-up aims to help women across India overcome the problems of urinating in unhygienic public toilets. Made from waterproof cardboard, Pee Buddy is a single use funnel which allows women to micturate without having to squat on a dirty toilet seat and risk infection. This is the more…

23 Jul, 2015

Citibank N.A. Ordered to Pay $700 Million in Consumer Relief for Illegal Credit Card Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jul 21 2015 - (CFPB media release) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered Citibank, N.A. and its subsidiaries to provide an estimated $700 million in relief to eligible consumers harmed by illegal practices related to credit card add-on products and services. Roughly 7 million more…

23 Jul, 2015

Jewish fanatic settler groups urge storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark Tisha B’Av day

JERUSALEM, July 21, 2015 (WAFA) – Six days after the fasting month of Ramadan characterized by Palestinian Muslims’ permanent presence in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound ended, Jewish settler groups called Wednesday all Jewish settlers to storm the holy site to mark Tisha B’Av Day. This call came as dozens of Israeli settlers more…

23 Jul, 2015

Asian Organic Gourmet Festival to be held in Bangkok, Oct 2-4

BANGKOK: The Annual Asian Organic Gourmet Festival 2015 will take place in Bangkok at the Riva Surya Hotel. A celebration of high quality organic produce in modern Asian cuisine will be the main focus of this year's festival exclusively presented by high profile Asian chefs and held at the Riva more…

23 Jul, 2015

Singapore, Auckland, Hong Kong top destinations for Australian business travellers – Amex Travel Data

SYDNEY--(BUSINESS WIRE)-July 19, 2015 -Australian business travellers are most frequently travelling to cities in the United States (US) when travelling outside of Asia Pacific (APAC), according to data from American Express Global Business Travel (GBT). The strengthening US economy appears to be driving an influx of business travellers to many more…

22 Jul, 2015

Israel Razes Land in Hebron, Bans Construction of Bethlehem Soccer Field

HEBRON, July 22, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday bulldozed around 20-dunums of Palestinian-owned agricultural land in the town of Beit Ola to the northwest of Hebron, and ordered ending the construction of a soccer field to the west of Bethlehem. Coordinator of the anti wall and settlements committee Issa al-Amlah, more…

22 Jul, 2015

U.S. Civil Liberties groups ask Appeals Court to halt NSA’s resumption of bulk phone records collection

New York, (ACLU media release) July 14, 2015 —  The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today asked the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to halt the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ call records, arguing that immediate action is necessary more…

22 Jul, 2015

Kenya to host thousands of investors at Global Entrepreneurship Summit July 25-26

NAIROBI, July 18 (NNN-KBC) -- Kenya will play host to thousands of investors and business leaders here next week when the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which has been billed as the biggest meeting of business minds in Africa, is officially opened by United States President Barack Obama. The July 25-26 summit will more…

22 Jul, 2015

“The Halal Guys” Restaurant of New York to open in Toronto

Toronto, (IINA), 20 Jul 2015 - The Halal Guys, famous Middle Eastern street food vendors from New York City, will be coming to Toronto but the date is yet to be announced, according to Canadian CBC news. The halal-certified restaurant will have five franchises in the city, adding to 200 more…

22 Jul, 2015

Devalued ruble sees more Chinese tourists heading for Russia

Beijing, (chinadaily.com.cn) 2015-07-21, - Russia is expected to earn more revenue from big-spending Chinese tourists who spent $1 billion there in 2014, a figure helped by a devalued ruble amid Western sanctions and tourism promotions between the two countries, Russian news website gazeta.ru reported. Chinese tourists accounted for 16% of all more…

22 Jul, 2015

Summary transcript of U.N. Security Council Session Endorsing Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Programme

United Nations, UN media release, 20 July 2015 - The Security Council today coalesced around a sweeping resolution that endorsed the 14 July agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, setting out a rigorous monitoring mechanism and timetable for implementation, while paving the way for the lifting of United Nations sanctions against that more…

22 Jul, 2015

Chinese commentary: Iran nuclear deal opens new vistas of opportunities

By Chen Weihua

Washington DC, 2015-07-17 (China Daily): The long-term and comprehensive nuclear agreement reached on July 14 between Iran and P5+1 - China, the US, Russia, France, the UK plus Germany - should be applauded for opening a new channel of peace for not only the Middle East, but also the whole more…

22 Jul, 2015

First half of 2015 ‘hottest six months on record’ – UN

United Nations, (UN News Centre), 21 July 2015 – From January to June 2015, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the hottest for such period on record, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today, citing new highs across the planet in June, with heatwaves more…

22 Jul, 2015

UAE passes law to bar all forms of racial, social, cultural, ethnic discrimination

ABU DHABI, 20th July 2015 (WAM) --- Attorney-General of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on Monday stressed that the new law issued today by the UAE against any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin, following a Decree by President His more…

22 Jul, 2015

As Ramadan Ends, Jewish fanatics Resume Provocative Visits to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

JERUSALEM, July 20, 2015 (WAFA) – Unable to organize provocative visits to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque during the fasting month of Ramadan, when Palestinian Muslims maintain a permanent presence in the holy site, Jewish settlers on Monday resumed their regular daily visits to the holy site. WAFA correspondent said groups more…

22 Jul, 2015

Jewish fanatics Set Banners in Bethlehem Calling for Confiscating More Palestinian Lands

BETHLEHEM, July 20, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Monday put up banners in multiple areas in Bethlehem district calling for more Palestinian lands to be confiscated for the purpose of settlement construction and expansion, according to local and security sources. Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the village of more…

22 Jul, 2015

Airbnb Launches Global Product Suite for Business and Corporate Travel

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 20, 2015 -- Airbnb, the leading community-driven hospitality company, announced the global expansion of its Business Travel program with the launch of a new product suite aimed at making Airbnb easier to use for companies. As of July 20, companies around the world can swiftly sign in to more…