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8 Oct, 2018

Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC will require changes “in all aspects of society” – IPCC Report

INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 8 Oct, IPCC PRESS RELEASE – Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand […]

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7 Oct, 2018

$4.2 Trillion Wellness Industry growing nearly twice as fast as global economy

CESENA, Italy (PRWEB) October 06, 2018 — The global wellness industry grew 12.8% in the last two years, from a $3.7 trillion market in 2015 to $4.2 trillion in 2017, according to an in-depth research report, the 2018 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, released today by the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute (GWI). This all-new data on […]

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4 Oct, 2018

UN Green Industry Conference opens in Thailand

Bangkok (ESCAP News) — The Fifth Green Industry Conference opened in Bangkok on Wednesday 03 October, with a strong focus on the opportunities green growth could yield for businesses and emerging economies. Organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific […]

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1 Oct, 2018

Jewish fanatics intensify provocations in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque

JERUSALEM, September 27, 2018 (WAFA) – Jewish fanatics intensified on Thursday their provocations of Palestinians in the Old City of Jerusalem and Muslim worshippers inside the holy site, Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, according to witnesses. They said Palestinian residents of the Old City confronted a group of Jewish extremists who attempted to hold prayers outside some […]

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1 Oct, 2018

Palestine reports surge in Asian, European overnight hotel guests

RAMALLAH, September 27, 2018 – Overnight hotel guests from Asia and Europe visiting Israeli-occupied Palestine have surged in the first half of 2018, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MOTA) said in a joint report Marking World Tourism Day Sept 27. Asian overnight hotel guests rose 64.23% […]

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1 Oct, 2018

WHO: 20% of Palestinians denied access to medical care outside Gaza were cancer patients

JERUSALAM, September 27, 2018 (WAFA) – A fifth or 20% of the August applications by patients in the Gaza Strip that were denied by Israel a permit to leave the besieged enclave for medical treatment in East Jerusalem or Israeli hospitals were cancer patients, said the World Health Organization’s monthly report on health access for […]

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1 Oct, 2018

Free Global E-Learning Academy Launched to Support Women’s Advancement

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– September 28, 2018 – Badiri E-Academy, a free, global, multilingual online academy was launched by the Sharjah-based NAMA Women Advancement Establishment on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly session in New York, offering educational resources and professional courses that can be accessed online by anyone around the world. The […]

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1 Oct, 2018

Guangzhou Launches Culture Journey to Connect Maritime Silk Road

AYIA NAPA, Cyprus–(BUSINESS WIRE) – September 28, 2018 — On 27 September, “Floral Whisper along the Silk Road—Culture Journey of Maritime Silk Road” marks a successful end in Cyprus. It is a global campaign to accelerate the cultural construction of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the “Belt […]

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1 Oct, 2018

Filipina environmental and indigenous rights activist wins Champions of the Earth Award

United Nations, 26 September 2018, UNEP media release — Joan Carling, one of the most prominent fighters for environmental and indigenous rights in the Philippines, has been recognized for her work with a Champions of the Earth Award for lifetime achievement, the UN’s highest environmental distinction.  For more than 20 years, Carling has been at […]

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30 Sep, 2018

Palestine Circus Festival’s “United for Freedom” opens in Ramallah

RAMALLAH, September 29, 2018 (WAFA) – The second edition of the Palestine Circus Festival, entitled “United for Freedom”, opened in Ramallah on Thursday with the participation of about 200 local and international artists, according to press release. Palestinian officials, a representative of the European Union, representatives of international and local cultural and artistic organizations, municipalities […]

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30 Sep, 2018

Palestine files lawsuit against US at the International Court of Justice

RAMALLAH, September 29, 2018 (WAFA) – The State of Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the United States at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the main judicial body of the United Nations, for violating international law by moving its embassy in Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said on […]

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29 Sep, 2018

ADB’s new Access to Information Policy “expands some areas of disclosure”

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (28 September 2018) News Release — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors today approved a new Access to Information Policy that aims to maintain ADB’s high standards of transparency. The policy, which will come into effect on 1 January, 2019, will replace the current Public Communications Policy (PCP). The new policy […]

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26 Sep, 2018

Youth2030: UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 24 September 2018 — The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people on Monday, to help put “their ideas into action”. Noting that it was “a rare treat” to see so many young faces at the UN, to launch the new “Youth2030” […]

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26 Sep, 2018

China plans education reform for seniors to counter shrinking workforce

Beijing, (China Daily) September 25, 2018 – Policymakers are considering changing the syllabuses at Chinese elderly universities, education centers that target senior citizens, to include more practical courses, equipping retirees with a modern skill set in response to the nation’s rapidly aging society and shrinking labor force. The idea has been welcomed by retirees who […]

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25 Sep, 2018

Leaders Call for New Global Architecture for Sustainable Markets at World Economic Forum Summit

Geneva and New York, 24 September 2018 (WEF media release) – The World Economic Forum’s second annual Sustainable Development Impact Summit opened in New York City with a call for government, business and civil society leaders to scale up proven initiatives to build sustainable global markets.  “The thinking has been done. Now is the time […]

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25 Sep, 2018

Australian consumer watchdog warns of social media celebrity endorsement scams

Canberra, 24 September 2018 (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission media release) — People are increasingly being caught out by celebrity endorsement scams, with reports to Scamwatch increasing 400 per cent and losses increasing a staggering 3,800 per cent so far in 2018. These scams often appear as online advertisements or promotional stories on social media […]

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24 Sep, 2018

7 Oct: World Day for Decent Work will highlight “deeply entrenched injustice of the global economic system”

Brussels, 24 September 2018 (ITUC OnLine): Workers from around the world will be holding activities to mark the 11th World Day for Decent Work on 7 October. This year’s global theme, “Change the Rules”, highlights the deeply entrenched injustice of the global economic system alongside shrinking democratic space and deteriorating labour rights in many countries, […]

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24 Sep, 2018

Australian welfare debt dodgers being hit with travel bans

Canberra, 22 September 2018, Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation media release – Welfare debt dodgers are being warned they could be hit with international travel bans as part of a new push to recover hundreds of millions of dollars owed to taxpayers. The Department of Human Services began issuing Departure Prohibition Orders (DPOs) […]

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23 Sep, 2018

Survey finds today’s children are spending 35% less time playing freely outside

MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE) — September 20, 2018 – Kamik, a footwear and apparel manufacturer, today announced new survey result findings that indicate a significant decrease in outdoor play among children ages 3-12. An overwhelming majority of mothers agreed that their best childhood memories took place outdoors while playing with a friend or a sibling, recalling these […]

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23 Sep, 2018

HSBC Value of Education Survey reveals the U.S. has the largest college funding gap

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 20, 2018 – HSBC Bank, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, today published a global study on education trends, parents’ hopes and fears for their children’s education, and their attitudes and behaviors towards funding. The survey, entitled, The Value of Education, also explores students’ own experiences while studying. Key […]

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23 Sep, 2018

2018 Busan One Asia Festival to be held Oct 20-28

BUSAN, South Korea September 20, 2018–(BUSINESS WIRE) — BUSAN METROPOLITAN CITY announced that the Busan One Asia Festival (BOF) will be held from October 20 to 28 in Busan. BOF will open with a spectacular ‘BOF Opening Performance’ on October 20 and end with the ‘BOF Closing Performance’ on Oct 28, both will be at the Busan […]

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21 Sep, 2018

Wars, conflict will bleed Gulf States to death, with U.S. arms dealers to be main beneficiaries, report confirms

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 06, 2018 – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states are forecast to spend over USD100 billion on their defence capabilities for the first time next year, with increasing budgets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) driving growth between 2018 and 2027. Across the Gulf states comprising the GCC (Saudi […]

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21 Sep, 2018

The three Prize-winning essays of The Olive Tree Awards Round II essay competition

First Place Co-winner Twinkle Malukani: Tourism to accelerate UN SDGs: From personal level to industry level and beyond boundaries of regions and economy Leisure has not been the sole purpose of moving from one place to another. From the time Plato propagated the concept of Cave Allegory in which his protagonist philosopher once breaks through […]

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18 Sep, 2018

Report exposes ugly truth behind Israel’s blood-soaked “security” apparatus

September 12, 2018 (Jewish Voice for Peace media release) – From the acting Deputy Director of ICE to the current Chief of Police in Washington DC, from San Diego to Chicago to Atlanta, since 2002 thousands of American law enforcement officials have trained in Israel with Israeli police, military and the Shin Bet. And thousands […]

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18 Sep, 2018

Israeli-occupied Palestine has world’s highest unemployment rate – UNCTAD Report

Geneva, 12 September 2018 (UNCTAD news release) – Unemployment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory rose to more than 27 per cent – the highest rate in the world – while per head income declined and agricultural production contracted by 11 per cent, as socioeconomic conditions in the past year worsened, according the latest UNCTAD annual […]

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18 Sep, 2018

Americans urged: Oppose Jewish lobby’s bid to gag anti-Israel events on U.S. College Campuses

The following announcement has been circulated today by the the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). American expatriates living abroad, especially in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, take note. Te American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) urges you to call and email your Senators and demand they: (+) Oppose U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Assistant […]

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15 Sep, 2018

‘Shadow’ of persistent inequality is growing worldwide, key UN human development report reveals

United Nations, 14 September 2018, UN News — While health, education, and income levels have improved overall across the globe, “wide inequalities” both among and within countries, are casting a shadow on sustained human development, a new United Nations report shows. Looking at the widening gap in real terms, a child born in Norway today […]

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15 Sep, 2018

Seven Thai Dishes You Should Never Order

Thailand may be promoting Gastronomy Tourism, but the health promotion website WebMD has put out a bulletin warning that not all Thai food is good for health. It says, “Thai food is often packed with vegetables and lean protein, but your favorite restaurant’s menu also has some fat and calorie bombs. Here’s what to order […]

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15 Sep, 2018

Asia will need $8.4 trillion to build new transport infrastructure

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (12 September 2018) ADB News Release — Meeting Asia and the Pacific’s transport needs will require $8.4 trillion in financing by 2030, said Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Mr. Takehiko Nakao at the Transport Forum 2018, which opened today at ADB’s headquarters, coorganized by ADB and the ADB Institute. The theme of Transport […]

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14 Sep, 2018

Five Aviation/Aerospace stakeholders launch global study on women in leadership

Halifax, 13 September 2018 (Airports Council International media release) – Five stakeholder organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry will launch a global study – “Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling” – to identify and promote means by which the aviation and aerospace industry can more effectively recruit and advance women into leadership roles. The study […]

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3 Sep, 2018

Hyatt under pressure to drop annual convention of U.S. anti-Muslim hate group

Shoulder to Shoulder, a coalition of 34 religious denominations and organizations which says it is “committed to standing with American Muslims to uphold American values”, has written to Mark S. Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hyatt Hotels, urging the chain’s property in Crystal City, Virginia, to drop the annual convention of ACT for America, […]

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3 Sep, 2018

Equal Pay Day: Australian agency offers tips to narrow the male-female earnings gap

Canberra, Workplace Gender Equality Agency — Equal Pay Day falls on Friday 31 August this year. It marks the additional 62 days that women had to work to earn the same amount as men did on 30 June this year. “Although the gender pay gap has fallen to its lowest level in 20 years at […]

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2 Sep, 2018

World Council of Churches to mark Global Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel, 16-23 Sept

World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel, 16-23 September, 2018  Investing in young people  A week of education, prayer and action for peace in Palestine & Israel, initiated by the World Council of Churches. Planned events below This year’s theme is “Youth and Children: Raising Hope and Making Change”. Youth and children are the ones […]

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28 Aug, 2018

Israel continues Palestinian home demolitions, displacements in July 2018

JERUSALEM, August 18, 2018 (WAFA) – The month of July 2018 recorded the highest number of Palestinian structures Israel has demolished or seized (54), and of Palestinian civilians displaced (97) in the occupied territories, since January 2017, a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian […]

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28 Aug, 2018

Indonesian government pursues 50% local component for infrastructure projects

Jakarta (ANTARA News) 24th August 2018 – Minister of Transportation (Menhub) Budi Karya Sumadi said that the Indonesian government encourages the use of 50 percent of local components for infrastructure development, especially railways. “We will intensify our train manufacturing industry, so that `local content` would increase. When we built the first `local content,` it was […]

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28 Aug, 2018

Malaysian deal enables One-Stop Airline and Attractions Tickets Purchase

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 (Bernama) — Malindo Air has tied up with Tripcarte.asia, a tourism-ticketing platform to allow its customers to plan, review and confirm their holiday activities prior to their travel date. Malindo Air passengers will enjoy special rates and be able to use exclusive express lanes at various attractions to skip queues. They […]

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28 Aug, 2018

Indonesia posts 7.5 million tourist arrivals in first half 2018

Baubau, S.E. Sulawesi, (ANTARA News) – The Tourism Ministry reported that Indonesia recorded 7.5 million visits by foreign tourists in the first six months of this year. “This represented an increase from the same period and from the second half of last year. Therefore, hopefully the target of 17 million visits this year could be […]

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28 Aug, 2018

Foreign college tours for Chinese teens a growing market

CHICAGO, Xinhua, 2018-08-26 – As growing numbers of Chinese families are sending their teens on college tours in other countries, they are creating a potentially lucrative market for universities, college towns and tourism-related businesses, a study of the University of Illinois (UI) suggests. In 2013, more than 300,000 young people from China participated in overseas […]

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28 Aug, 2018

More than Half of U.S. Employees Say Technology Makes Them Feel Isolated

CHICAGO-August 21, 2018 -(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than half of U.S. employees say technology (smartphones, social media, etc.) has resulted in more feelings of isolation, according to ComPsych® Corporation,  which claims to be the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs. The poll surveyed the 8 million employees who use ComPsych’s GuidanceResources Online site. There were 12,754 […]

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28 Aug, 2018

Major global killer, alcohol caused 3m deaths in 2016, Lancet study reveals

SEATTLE, August 23, 2018. University of Washington media release – A new scientific study concludes there is no safe level of drinking alcohol. The study, published today in the international medical journal The Lancet, shows that in 2016, nearly 3 million deaths globally were attributed to alcohol use, including 12 percent of deaths in males between […]

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27 Aug, 2018

International Buddhist Conclave 2018 held in India

New Delhi, 23-August-2018, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Tourism – The President of India Mr Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Buddhist Conclave (IBC), 2018 here today. The Minister of State (Independent charge), Mr K.J. Alphons presided over the inaugural function. The 4 days long Conclave has been organized by the Ministry of Tourism in […]

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27 Aug, 2018

CIMB First Banking Group in Malaysia and ASEAN to Commit to UN’s Responsible Banking Principles

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 (Bernama) — CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (“the Group” or “CIMB”) today announced its official membership of the United Nations’ (UN) Environment Programme Finance Initiative Principles for Responsible Banking (UNEP-FI), making it the only banking group in Malaysia and ASEAN to be a founding member of the sustainable initiative, together with 26 […]

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27 Aug, 2018

Australian consumer protection body takes action against Trivago over “misleading” hotel price ads

Canberra, 23 August 2018, Australian Competition and Consumer Protection media release – The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against trivago N.V. (Trivago) alleging it made misleading hotel pricing representations in its television advertising and website, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. The ACCC alleges that from at least December 2013, Trivago […]

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22 Aug, 2018

Illegal 2018 World Cup gambling: Asia-wide Interpol raids yield US$1.6 bln in bets

LYON, France (Interpol media release) Aug 17, 2018 – Thousands of raids have been undertaken and suspects arrested in an INTERPOL-led operation against illegal gambling conducted throughout Asia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Operation SOGA VII (short for soccer gambling) saw more than 14,900 raids at illegal gambling dens across China – including Hong […]

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21 Aug, 2018

ADB to host Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Sanitation in Asia

Tokyo, Japan, ADB News Release — In line with the UN 2018 Decade of Action on Water for Sustainable Development, and the international conference of the Inter Water Association in Tokyo, ADBI will host a development partner roundtable and a policy dialogue session with government officials on sustainable sanitation to be held on 20—22 September […]

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21 Aug, 2018

Philippines “Build, Build Build” Policy Gets a Boost from ADB’s $300 Million Loan

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (20 August 2018) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $300 million policy-based loan to support the Philippines’ efforts to strengthen the framework under which the private sector can participate in the government’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) infrastructure development program. Government reforms supported by ADB under the Expanding […]

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21 Aug, 2018

ASEAN Research Institute warns of serious impact of US-China Trade War

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) — While ASEAN member states typically will respond to the United States-China trade war on the basis of individual national interests, it is also in the member states’ national interest to collectively make ASEAN economic integration and beyond more real in order to position the East Asian Region as the […]

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21 Aug, 2018

Malaysia to host its first Information Congress to transform global libraries

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — For the very first time, Malaysia will be the host country of the 84th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ World Library and Information Congress (IFLA WLIC 2018). Scheduled for 24 until 30 August 2018, the congress will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). The event is […]

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21 Aug, 2018

ATPCO awarded patent for cacheless airline ticket pricing model

DULLES, Va., Aug 13 (Bernama-GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ATPCO today announced that it has been awarded Patent #10,032,195 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to cover new technology that enables construction of airline ticket prices using graph database and “functional programming” techniques to develop a unique approach to calculating airfare prices.   Editor’s Comment After […]

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21 Aug, 2018

Hainan showcases tourism and MICE opportunities offered by its Free Trade Zone and Port

SHANGHAI, China, Aug. 10, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– On August 10-11, 2018, the 4th China Events (MICE) Industry Fair (CEIF) was held at Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). Major cities, associations and enterprises in the events industry from Hainan Province, guided by the Provincial Convention & Exhibition Bureau, participated in the fair to demonstrate their major […]

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21 Aug, 2018

Sunway executives join Teach For Malaysia Week with school classroom appearance

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) — Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) and Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, delighted a class of 35 students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kepong when he turned up at the school to teach the Form 1 students yesterday. In a half-day […]

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21 Aug, 2018

Zoho links up with Uber for Business to simplify expense reporting

PLEASANTON, Calif., Aug 17 (Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) — Zoho today announced that it will automatically import Uber for Business trip receipts into Zoho Expense, its expense reporting and tracking software. With direct integration between the Uber and Zoho apps, business travelers no longer need to manually forward Uber receipts to Zoho Expense. Instead, Uber users worldwide will […]

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21 Aug, 2018

Malaysia’s SME & Entrepreneurship Business Awards event to be held 14 November

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 (Bernama) — The SME & Entrepreneurship Business Award 2018 (‘SEBA 2018’) is back again for the third consecutive year and will take place on 14 November 2018 at the Grand Ballroom, Palace of the Golden Horses. Calls for nominations are currently open via www.seba.asia According to Nitesh Malani, Founder of Yayasan […]

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21 Aug, 2018

China’s leading robotics group flags trends in US$17.4 billion market

BEIJING, Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — HIT Robot Group, one of China’s leading robot manufacturers, presented the Analysis Report on Robot Industry in China 2018 alongside its new “Robotics Biosphere” business model during the World Robot Conference 2018, held from August 15-19 in Beijing. Jointly conducted and produced by HRG, the China Institute of Science and Technology, and HIT Insights, […]

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4 Aug, 2018

Malaysian oil & gas company Petronas to create new Green Lung in Bintulu

BINTULU, July 31 (Bernama) — PETRONAS Carigali Sarawak Gas (SK Gas) will collaborate with Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) and Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bintulu (UPM) to transform Nyabau Hill here into a new green lung. Through this collaboration some 3,000 Hopea Odorata (Merawan Siput Jantan) trees will be planted on a 3-hectare plot at the Nyabau […]

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4 Aug, 2018

Malaysians warned about shock phone bills after Haj pilgrimage, get tips on how to avoid them

CYBERJAYA, Aug 3 (Bernama) — International roaming services offered by mobile telecommunications providers can help consumers communicate with their friends and family easily even while they are abroad. However, usage of this service without knowing the correct mechanism may result in your phone bill to skyrocket. There are also consumers who experienced bill shock as […]

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4 Aug, 2018

Asian Students invited to apply for “Gatsby Creative Awards 13th”

OSAKA, Japan, Aug 1 (Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) — Mandom Corporation (TOKYO:4917) is holding the GATSBY CREATIVE AWARDS 13th, one of the largest awards in Asia for creative students. Calls for submissions begin on August 1, 2018. This award, which highlights both the fun in personal grooming and creativity within the younger generation, will allow any student […]

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4 Aug, 2018

ASEAN launches region-wide Car-Free Day initiative

JAKARTA, 3 August 2018 (ASEAN media release) – The region-wide ASEAN Car-Free Day (CFD), where dedicated areas or roads will be regularly free from traffic for a particular time, will be launched in Jakarta on Sunday, 5 August. The ASEAN Car Free Day is a regional advocacy initiative led by the Ministry of Health Indonesia […]

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27 Jul, 2018

India sees rising crime against women, Dalits under Modi regime

New Delhi, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, 24-July-2018- As per the latest available published information with National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the details of cases registered under total crimes against women and Scheduled Castes from 2013 to 2016 is as below: Cases registered 2013 2014 2015 2016 Crime against women 309,546 339,457 329,243 […]

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27 Jul, 2018

New digital rights to give travellers more legal cover, better access across Europe during summer holidays

Brussels, 27 July 2018, European Commission – Press release – This summer, European citizens will enjoy more digital rights than ever before. Following the end of roaming charges across the European Union last year, holidaymakers can now travel with their online TV, film, sports, music or e-book subscriptions at no extra cost. In addition, everyone […]

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27 Jul, 2018

Insurance company engages Malaysians to live healthier through #Laughforhealth Campaign

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 (Bernama) — In line with its purpose of empowering people to live a better life, AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad (AAGI) strengthens its payer-to-partner positioning in the health segment by encouraging Malaysians to laugh and live healthier in its #LaughForHealth campaign. “As the no.1 general insurer in Medical and Health, we […]

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24 Jul, 2018

Firms Offer Higher Salaries to Keep Departing Employees, but Staff Leave in Less Than 2 Years Anyway

MENLO PARK, Calif., July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In the fight to hold onto top talent, many companies are offering higher salaries to workers who announce they’re planning to quit for a better job opportunity. But new research from global staffing firm Robert Half suggests this method serves only as a stop-gap retention strategy for employers and […]

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24 Jul, 2018

At the World Cup in Russia, BeautyCam photo exhibition proclaimed “Every Skin Color is Beautiful”

MOSCOW–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 13, 2018 – On July 11, at VDNKH Plaza, outside a football stadium in Moscow, a set of photos featuring diverse skin colors caught the eyes of visitors. This is a charity art exhibition themed “NO COLORISM” hosted by BeautyCam, a facial beautification camera app, in Russia, during the World Cup. In the […]

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24 Jul, 2018

Creating an inclusive ASEAN digital economy will require revamp of trade and investment policies

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) — Despite the projection that the digital economy will add US$1 trillion to ASEAN GDP by 2025, there are policy hurdles that must be overcome by ASEAN to realise the digital economy potential for the region which now has a combined GDP of over US$2.6 trillion. Among others, ASEAN needs […]

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24 Jul, 2018

Europe, Japan deal to create “world’s largest area of safe data flows”

Tokyo, 17 July 2018, European Commission – Press release – The EU and Japan successfully concluded today their talks on reciprocal adequacy. They agreed to recognise each other’s data protection systems as ‘equivalent’, which will allow data to flow safely between the EU and Japan. Each side will now launch its relevant internal procedures for […]

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24 Jul, 2018

What Obama really said in his Mandela tribute lecture: The uber-rich and powerful have become threats to freedom and democracy

Johannesburg – On July 18, the day marking the 100th birth anniversary of South Africa’s iconic leader Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the 16th annual Nelson Mandela lecture. It was his first major public speech since he stepped down after eight years as the United States’ first African-American president. Unfettered by diplomatic […]

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13 Jul, 2018

Other Side of Gastronomy Tourism: Thai Univ Forum to mull perils of Corporate Concentration in Food & Agriculture

Bangkok – Focus on the Global South, the ETC Group and Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI) are organizing a Forum on Corporate Concentration in Food and Agriculture; Implications on Food Sovereignty in South East Asia on 24 July. The rate and scale of corporate mergers and acquisitions over the past three years in the […]

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13 Jul, 2018

Pakistan’s Buddha of Swat smiles again 11 years after being dynamited

Peshawar, July 12, 2018 (PTI) – The iconic Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the 7th century, has been restored to its almost original form with Italian assistance in northwestern Pakistan,nearly 11 years after it was dynamited by the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan during their control over the area. The Buddha seated in a […]

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13 Jul, 2018

CAIR Report: U.S. Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents, Hate Crimes Spike in Second Quarter 2018

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/12/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released an update on anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in the second quarter (April-June) of 2018. CAIR’s quarterly report indicates that anti-Muslim bias incidents and hate crimes are up 83 and 21 percent respectively, as compared to the […]

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12 Jul, 2018

27% of Palestinian working-age population out of a job

RAMALLAH, July 11, 2018 (WAFA) – As the world marks International Population Day, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said on Wednesday that based on the results of the Population, Housing and Establishments Census 2017, the total population of Palestine in 2017 was about 4.78 million; 2.43 million males and 2.35 million females. The […]

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12 Jul, 2018

Aug 9 deadline nearing for US$600,000 Zayed Sustainability Prize

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 11, 2018 – With less than one month to go until the August 9 deadline, the Zayed Sustainability Prize today issued a call for companies, social good organizations, and schools to submit their entries for the annual global award. This year, the Prize broadened its mandate to align itself with the United Nations […]

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12 Jul, 2018

Israeli police wreck work to renovate compound of Al Aqsa mosque

JERUSALEM, July 7, 2018 (WAFA) – Staff of Al-Aqsa Mosque were able to stop late Friday and early Saturday Israeli destruction of what the Muslim Waqf, the official party in charge of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and Muslim endowment, has been introducing of recent to the area of the closed Bab al-Rahmeh, also known as the […]

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12 Jul, 2018

UN: Jewish state demolished 197 Palestinian structures in occupied territories in first half of 2018

JERUSALEM, July 11, 2018 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities demolished 197 Palestinian structures in the occupied territories during the first half of 2018, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said on Wednesday. It said in its monthly report on West Bank demolitions and displacement for […]

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11 Jul, 2018

Planet signs deal with Thai Space Agency for satellite monitoring of land, water resources

SAN FRANCISCO, July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Planet, the leading geospatial data and analytics company, has signed a deal with the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), an agency under Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology, to provide satellite imagery to enable frequent monitoring in the country.   Editor’s Comment The importance of space technology […]

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11 Jul, 2018

The “Circle of Economists” Issues Declaration for More Peaceful Dialog in the World

AIX EN PROVENCE, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 08, 2018 – After three days of debates with 250 international speakers, the 18th Rencontres Economiques d’Aix en Provence concluded today with the “Declaration of Proposals” from the Cercle des Economistes. In terms of technology, migration, environment, identity and geostrategy, the world has undergone many metamorphoses over time. But now […]

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11 Jul, 2018

Battle of Imphal WWII Tours Expands Into Myanmar

Yangon, 11 July 2018 – A Specialist WWII battlefield tour operator in Imphal, North East India, is now offering tours into Myanmar to give tourists a fuller picture of the decisive Burma Campaign which started the downfall of Japanese imperial ambitions in Asia Battle of Imphal Tours has expanded its tour options beyond Imphal and […]

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11 Jul, 2018

New Travel Information and Authorisation System is NOT a visa, Europe claims

On 5 July 2018, the European Commission issued the following Fact Sheet to explain the procedures and other implementation details of the upcoming European Travel Information and Authorisation System. As is normal with official government announcements, it is couched in all the appropriate language claiming what a smooth, seamless, hassle-free process it will be, all […]

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10 Jul, 2018

International Day of Cooperatives sets stage for ethical, sustainable production and consumption

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 07 July 2018 – Each year on the first Saturday in July, the international community celebrates the International Day of Cooperatives – successful businesses based on ethical values and principles. This year, the Day focuses on the theme “Sustainable consumption and production of goods and services.” Simel Esim, head of the […]

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10 Jul, 2018

UN Human Rights official tells Myanmar to show some “shame” over ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 4 July 2018 – Myanmar should experience feelings of “shame” after attempting to convince the world that it is willing to take back hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled an “ethnic cleansing campaign” last year, given that “not a single” one has returned officially, the United Nations human rights […]

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10 Jul, 2018

Myanmar: Discriminatory policies means no return for refugees anytime soon, says expert

GENEVA (9 July 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said the Government’s failure to redress discriminatory laws against the Rohingya made it impossible for hundreds of thousands of refugees to return to their homes anytime soon. “As it is now clear that the Government of […]

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10 Jul, 2018

Socialist International blasts Israel’s racist, apartheid policies, calls for military embargo on Jewish state

GENEVA, July 8, 2018 (WAFA) – The Council of the Socialist International (SI) has called for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) for Palestinian rights at their meeting in the United Nations in Geneva. SI also called for a “total embargo on all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel.” Socialist International brings together 140 […]

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9 Jul, 2018

Jewish fanatics raze hundreds of Palestinian vineyards

BETHLEHEM, July 7, 2018 (WAFA) – Jewish fanatic settlers Saturday cut down hundreds of fruitful vineyards belonging to Palestinians in the town of al-Khader, in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, said a local activist. Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the town, told WAFA correspondent settlers cut down around 200 fruitful […]

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9 Jul, 2018

More jobs available, but wages at unprecedented levels of stagnation: OECD report

Paris, 04 July 2018, OECD news release – Economic growth is picking up and unemployment has reached record lows in some OECD countries but wages continue to stagnate. Unless countries can break this cycle, public belief in the recovery will be undermined and labour market inequality will widen, according to a new OECD report. The […]

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8 Jul, 2018

Forests ‘essential’ for the future, UN agriculture chief spells out in new report

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 6 July 2018 — Time is running out for the world’s forests, warns a new report by the United Nations agriculture agency, urging governments to foster an all-inclusive approach to benefit both trees and those who rely on them. Halting deforestation, managing forests sustainably, restoring degraded forests and adding to […]

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8 Jul, 2018

Low quality healthcare is increasing the cost burden of illness globally: OECD/WHO/WB report

Paris, (OECD news release), 05/07/2018 – Poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. Today, inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or […]

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8 Jul, 2018

$99.4 million ADB loan to Upgrade Thailand Highways, Improve Road Safety

Bangkok, ADB news release, (4 July 2018) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Thailand today signed a $99.4 million loan agreement to help the country upgrade 125 kilometers (km) of highways and improve road safety management in the country’s northeastern region. The agreement was signed by Thailand’s Finance Minister and ADB […]

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8 Jul, 2018

FIFA President lauds ‘fantastic’ Russia-hosted World Cup

Moscow, July 06, (TASS News Agency)- FIFA President Gianni Infantino in an exclusive interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman. — Mr. President, thank you very much for this meeting. I know how busy you are but this Mundial, this World Cup in Russia comes to the final way. I have a very easy […]

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8 Jul, 2018

‘Just One Inch of Water’ Exhibition To Go on Show at UN HQ, 9-29 July

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 05 July 2018 – An opening reception for an exhibition entitled “Just One Inch of Water” will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, 9 July 2018, in the Visitors’ Lobby.  The exhibition is organized on behalf of the United Nations Group of Friends on Drowning Prevention by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). […]

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11 Jun, 2018

Study Surveys Workers on What Robots Could or Could Not Do

MUNICH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 07, 2018 – 74 percent of US workers see artificial intelligence (AI) as a technology that makes machines better assistants in the workplace. In particular, the intelligent control over voice commands or touchpads will make it easier for people to assign the machine new tasks (75 percent). However, 64 percent of workers believe […]

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11 Jun, 2018

Survey: Women Crush Men at Conquering Workplace App Overload

BELMONT, Calif.–June 07, 2018 – (BUSINESS WIRE)–RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions, today released new findings exploring how workers manage app overload in relation to their gender, geographic location, and age group. While workers around the world still have a long way to go to effectively manage […]

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11 Jun, 2018

City in Finland claims mantle of Most Sustainable City in Europe and “Most Intelligent Community in the World”

ESPOO, Finland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 06, 2018 – The second-largest city in Finland, Espoo has won the international Intelligent Community Awards 2018. The theme of the contest was ‘humanizing data’. This refers to the use of data for people-oriented service development. Espoo’s strength in the competition lay in its client-oriented way of sustainably developing a smart city […]

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11 Jun, 2018

Menlo Park psychiatry expert: Lack of sleep can cause memory loss, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s

MENLO PARK, Calif. (PRWEB) June 08, 2018 – Sleep is as important to our health as good nutrition and regular exercise. Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to daytime functioning – to our mood, energy, concentration and reaction time – and over the long term, it contributes to obesity and the risk of serious illness. […]

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11 Jun, 2018

Following Historical Budget Allocation, Canada Forecasts Thriving Life Science Industry

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 06, 2018  – The size and prominence of the Canadian delegation arriving at BIO 2018 – among the largest international delegation – demonstrates the tremendous success that the government’s record-setting investment has had. The multi-billion dollar investment in 2018 coupled with the federal government’s initiatives to create a welcoming regulatory environment have led […]

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9 Jun, 2018

Seafood Summit Convening in Barcelona to Tackle Tough Sustainability Questions

BARCELONA, Spain and PORTLAND, Maine (PRWEB) June 08, 2018 – SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood sustainability conference, taking place June 18-21 at Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain, will feature over 100 speakers from all facets of the sustainable seafood movement for up to five days of learning, networking and problem solving. Summit speakers […]

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9 Jun, 2018

Thai Foreign Correspondents Club to hold first Panel Discussion on Thai outbound travel boom

Inbound Thai tourism is booming. What is not commonly known is that so is Thai outbound travel. Thanks to a rising middle class, strong spending power and intense marketing by airlines, hotel groups, credit card companies, the number of Thai outbound travellers is expected to cross 10 million this year. A panel discussion will be […]

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6 Jun, 2018

Submissions invited for The Olive Tree Awards Essay Competition Round 2: US$2,000 in prize money

Bangkok – Applications are now open for the second round of the Olive Tree Awards essay competition, the first such endeavour specifically designed to give young people a voice in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Millennials under 30 all over the world are invited to submit essays of up to 1,200 words on the […]

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23 May, 2018

Korea’s new, improved tourism marketing & development strategy to counter arrivals decline

Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea – From developing its Muslim-friendly facilities to promoting travel by physically-challenged people and supporting SMEs, Korea has embarked upon a detailed marketing and development strategy to counter a sharp decline in visitor arrivals in 2017. Details of the plan were outlined to media covering the PATA Annual Summit 2018 by […]

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18 May, 2018

Female billionaires grew 18% in 2018, Wealth-X report reveals

New York, 15 May 2018 (Wealth-X media release) – The fifth edition of the Wealth-X Billionaire Census reveals that billionaire wealth surged by 24% to a record level in 2017, and the billionaire population rebounded by 15% to 2,754 individuals, surpassing the previous peak of 2,473 in 2015. The report attributes this significant increase in wealth […]

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18 May, 2018

First TIR transports in China advance Belt and Road prospects

Dalian, 18 May 2018, (IRU media release) – The world’s biggest trading nation opens its borders for TIR (“Transports Internationaux Routiers”) operations today. Offering time savings in China of up to 80%, the global customs transit standard connects 73 countries across the world and is a cornerstone of the Belt and Road initiative to boost […]

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18 May, 2018

Australia moves to ensure foreign investors pay their fair share of tax

Canberra, 17 May 2018, Media Release from the office of the Treasurer Scott Morrison – The Turnbull Government is continuing to protect the integrity of Australia’s corporate tax system – ensuring foreign investors don’t have a competitive advantage over Australian investors. Today we released exposure draft legislation and explanatory material for public consultation on the […]

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