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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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16 May, 2018

Japanese operators set up Alliance of Responsible Tourism Agencies

Kyoto, 16 May 2018 (JARTA media release) — On the occasion of the 2017 International Year of International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, a number of responsible travel agencies in Japan have united to establish the Alliance of Responsible Travel Agencies. Asia including Japan is projected to be one of the most active regions […]

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14 May, 2018

Save our planet by protecting migratory birds and their ‘epic journeys,’ urges UN chief

United Nations, UN News Centre, 11 May 2018 — As they make their global journeys, migratory birds not only set birdwatchers’ binoculars agog, they also help the planet maintain its essential ecological balance. That’s one of the key messages from United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, for World Migratory Bird Day, celebrated on Saturday, with the soaring […]

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14 May, 2018

UN to live broadcast Palestinian Rights Committee meeting, 17-18 May

United Nations, 14 May 2018 – The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will convene the United Nations Forum on the Question of Palestine under the theme “70 Years after 1948 — Lessons to Achieve a Sustainable Peace” on 17 and 18 May in the Trusteeship Council Chamber of United Nations Headquarters in […]

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14 May, 2018

Small Luxury Hotels of the World adds five new properties

14 May 2018, SLH media release — Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has added five new properties, including four newly opened hotels, to its portfolio of independently minded hotels around the world. Bask in the sun in Santorini, stay in the heart of Bangkok’s tourist district, take in sweeping views of stylish Shanghai, […]

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14 May, 2018

For Rohingya refugees, imminent surge in births is traumatic legacy of sexual violence – special report

United Nations,(UN News Centre) 11 May 2018 – Late last year, as violent repression in Myanmar sent Rohingyas fleeing to safety in Bangladesh, women from the mainly Muslim minority were subjected to what a United Nations official called “a frenzy of sexual violence”. Now, a surge in births among these women is imminent, according to […]

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11 May, 2018

Digital Ad Spend Hits All-Time High of $88 Billion in 2017, with Mobile Upswing Unabated

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 10, 2018 — Total U.S. digital ad spend reached a record-setting $88 billion last year, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, released today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and prepared by PwC US. This represents a 21 percent uptick over the previous year at $72.5 billion, and marks […]

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11 May, 2018

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights lauds Malaysian election outcome

Official statement issued by the APHR Board on 11 May 2018 On behalf of the membership of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), we offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Malaysian people on a historic election. Despite irregularities and other challenges that prevented the vote from being a fully free and fair contest, we are […]

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11 May, 2018

IOGT International welcomes new alcohol taxes introduced in Peru

Düsseldorf, Germany, May 10, 2018 – The government of Peru has just introduced new taxes to address harms caused by alcohol, tobacco and sugar-sweetened beverages. IOGT International welcomes these new measures and commends the Peruvian government for their leadership to protect the health and wellbeing of their people. “Alcohol taxation is a triple-win measure as […]

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11 May, 2018

New UN agency guidelines aim to sustain forest benefits for future generations

United Nations, UN News Centre, 10 May 2018 – New guidelines designed to give poor and isolated communities more of a say in how tropical forests are used and preserved around the world were published on Thursday, by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO is the lead United Nations agency on the sustainable […]

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11 May, 2018

Sino-Indonesian construction duo win SGD 1.4 billion contract for resort complex in Bintan

SINGAPORE, May 7 (Bernama) — The Haven Hotels and Resorts Pte. Ltd. (‘The Haven Group’), is has awarded a SGD 288 million (IDR 2.88 trillion) contract to China’s Yunnan Construction Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd. (‘YCIH’) and Indonesia’s PT Total Bangun Persada Tbk (‘TOTAL’) for a multi-purpose residential, recreational and convention complex in Bintan The […]

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11 May, 2018

Asia’s First HIV Financing Programme Delivers Online Hub Of Community Resources

Bangkok, Thursday 10 May 2018: Asia’s first HIV programme to focus solely on HIV financing has launched a new online portal to help HIV advocates across Asia become more effective at participating in conversations with their national governments to fund health programmes for communities most affected by HIV. The SHIFT Knowledge Management Hub –  which […]

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11 May, 2018

Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution launched in KL

KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 (Bernama) — The Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AiADR) was officially launched in conjunction with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)’s Asia ADR Week 2018. The launch was officiated by H.E. Professor Dr. Kennedy Gastorn, the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) Secretary-General and Dato’ Quek Ngee Meng, Malaysia-China Business Council […]

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9 May, 2018

UFI European Conference 2018 in Verona debates how to future-proof exhibitions

Paris/Verona, 9 May 2018: This year, the UFI European Conference once again lived up to its reputation as the most international gathering of European exhibition industry leaders. The event recorded double-digit growth for the second year in a row, bringing together over 220 participants from 35 different countries and regions. “I am happy to see […]

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5 May, 2018

Bali hotel Griya Santrian marks 46th anniversary with 2018 Theme – Aim Higher

Bali, May 2018 … Griya Santrian a Beach Resort and Spa, one of the first local hotel brand established in Sanur Bali, is celebrating its 46th anniversary this year having opened its doors to its first guests on May 1, 1972. The resort, where everyone is family, developed a unique concept of hospitality in terms […]

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5 May, 2018

Secret Retreats Community Helps Raise More Than $15,000 for Misool Foundation

Singapore, 02 May 2018 – Secret Retreats, a collection of more than 100 independently owned boutique hotels, restaurants and cruises, has helped raise more than $15,000 USD for the Misool Foundation (www.misoolfoundation.org) as part of its first-ever annual charity campaign. Throughout 2017, the collection took a multi-pronged approach to support member property Misool’s non-profit, Misool […]

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5 May, 2018

Palestinian lecturer’s assassins used fake Serbia, Montenegro passports to enter Malaysia, fled to Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand May 4 (NNN-Bernama) – The two men linked to the killing of Palestinian lecturer Dr Fadi Mohammed Al Batsch last month were believed to have used fake passports from Serbia and Montenegro to enter Malaysia. After executing the precision-timed hit on the Hamas-linked academician on April 21, the alleged assassins slipped into Thailand […]

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5 May, 2018

The REAL Brand USA: 35,000 gun-violence deaths a year, Brady Campaign report reveals

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 03, 2018 — As the National Rifle Association begins its 2018 convention, a new report from the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence details what the NRA has done in the last year, juxtaposed against shockingly frequent shooting incidents. As the report shows, the NRA’s extremism, knee-jerk opposition to life-saving gun […]

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4 May, 2018

ADB Seminar Considers Challenge of Technological Change, Globalisation, and Jobs in Asia

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (4 May 2018) — As Asia and the Pacific seeks inclusive and sustainable economic growth, countries are adapting to the possibility that new technologies in fields such as robotics and artificial intelligence may lead to challenges for some industries and groups of workers, according to participants at a high-level Asian Development Bank (ADB) […]

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4 May, 2018

Survey Finds Employers Reeling from Regulatory Shifts and New Forces Impacting the Workplace

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 02, 2018 – Littler, which claims to be the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has released the results of its seventh annual survey, completed by 1,111 in-house counsel, human resources professionals and C-suite executives. The Littler® Annual Employer Survey, 2018 analyzes the impact that sweeping regulatory changes and other […]

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3 May, 2018

Vejthani hospital in Thailand gets “Excellence” accreditation

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vejthani Hospital (https://www.vejthani.com/) in Bangkok, Thailand has been awarded a three-year term of “Accreditation with Excellence” by the Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) Program (http://globalhealthcareaccreditation.com/) for its Medical Travel Services Program. Numerous reports including recent ones by Healthgrades, Accenture and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality […]

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3 May, 2018

Fosun International unveils Asia Pacific’s first Atlantis Resort in Sanya, China

SANYA, China, April 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — China’s first Atlantis resort in the city of Sanya has opened, culminating four years of anticipation for a CNY 11 billon (close to US Dollar two billion) project, developed by owning company – Fosun International and managed by reputable and global hospitality leisure brand operator, Kerzner International. Atlantis […]

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3 May, 2018

More than 100 “high-risk” Australians being probed for tax evasion

Canberra, 2 May 2018, (Minister of Revenue and Financial Services media release) – The Turnbull Government is committed to uncovering anyone who seeks to mask the true nature of their tax affairs. More than 100 Australians with links to Swiss banking relationship managers alleged to have actively promoted and facilitated tax evasion schemes have been […]

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2 May, 2018

Mango Tree enters India with flagship restaurant in Mumbai

Bangkok – One of the leading purveyors of Thai-inspired genuine Asian cuisine, Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide, headquartered in Bangkok opens their first outpost in India at the glamorous address of Juhu, Mumbai. After winning a loyal patronage across all their restaurants across Bangkok, Hongkong, China, Tokyo, Manila and London, Mango Tree now makes its way […]

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2 May, 2018

15th edition of MIHAS contributes to Halal economy, exports and SME development

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 (Bernama) — The 15th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2018, organised by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), yet again proved to be a major catalyst in growing halal trade in Malaysia as well as internationally. The event, which took place from 4-7 April 2018 was held at the Malaysia International Trade […]

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2 May, 2018

“Liberation Zone of Expression” to be theme of 10-day Jeonju Int’l Film Festival, opening May 3

JEONJU, South Korea May 2 (Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) — In the month of May, the 19th Jeonju International Film Festival and 22nd Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival, will be held in Jeonju known as a city that has best preserved Korean traditional culture and a typical tourism city in Asia. The 10-day Jeonju International Film Festival will open on May 3, […]

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2 May, 2018

Study Shows Tariffs Against China Would Destroy Thousands of American Jobs

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 01, 2018 — The Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, coupled with retaliation promised by China, would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by nearly $3 billion and destroy 134,000 American jobs, according to a new study released today by the National Retail Federation and the Consumer Technology Association. The […]

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27 Apr, 2018

Open Letter: Palestinian Christians and Muslims call on faith communities to help end Israeli occupation

Open Letter on April 26, 2018   Palestinian Christians and Muslims march together to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to protest to a new Israeli tax policy and proposed property law which caused Christian leaders to temporarily shut the doors of the church in February, 2018. (Photo: Seth Herald)   Then the Lord saw […]

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26 Apr, 2018

Trades Union launches platform to help migrant workers combat unscrupulous recruitment agencies

Brussels, 04-04-2018, (International Trade Union Confederation) — The ITUC has launched a new web platform to help protect migrant workers from abusive employment practices, by providing them with peer-to-peer reviews about recruitment agencies in their country of origin and destination. The Recruitment Advisor, developed by the ITUC with support from the ILO Fair Recruitment initiative, […]

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26 Apr, 2018

Workers in 35 OECD countries pay 25% of their wages in taxes

Paris, (OECD media release), 26/04/2018 – Workers in OECD countries paid just over a quarter of their gross wages in tax on average in 2017, with just over half of countries seeing small increases in the personal average tax rate, according to a new OECD report. Taxing Wages 2018 shows that the “net personal average tax […]

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26 Apr, 2018

ITUC May Day Statement 2018: Corporate power is running out of control

Brussels, 26 April 2018 (International Trade Union Confederation) — The following statement was issued today by the International Trade Union Confederation to mark the upcoming Labour Day, 01 May 2018. One hundred and fifty years ago, workers in Britain came together to create the world’s first national trade union centre, the TUC, in the city […]

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25 Apr, 2018

Malaysian Bank opts for the National Zoo for its ‘Grow, Green and Glow’ CSR project

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 (Bernama) — AmBank Group organised its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme at Zoo Negara Malaysia (Zoo Negara) on 7 April 2018 with the ‘Grow, Green and Glow’ initiatives to show its support towards the environment, with a variety of activities to beautify the Zoo, besides creating awareness with regards to wildlife […]

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25 Apr, 2018

1 in 3 Americans Say Preparing Income Taxes Affects Their Eating Habits

MINNEAPOLIS (PRWEB) April 13, 2018 – A survey conducted by Bite Squad, the online and mobile food delivery service, found that one third of U.S. consumers claim the thought of preparing income taxes impacts their eating habits. The Bite Squad survey asked U.S. consumers how they feel about food in relation to preparing their income […]

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25 Apr, 2018

Early Life Crisis: New Study Reveals Millennials facing more depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies

MONTREAL, Canada (PRWEB) April 14, 2018 — Many mental health red flags may be dismissed by parents and teachers as “normal” teenage angst or a cry for attention: A tendency toward isolation, nervousness, lashing out, or sleeping too much. Perhaps far worse is the knee-jerk reaction of dealing with issues like attention problems or hyperactivity […]

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25 Apr, 2018

Firm releases annual analysis of changes in the wealth management industry

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (PRWEB) April 13, 2018 – For nearly 2 decades, Diamond Consultants – a financial advisor recruiting and consulting firm – has conducted an annual survey of the wealth management industry, identifying key players and trends. Their initial goal was to gather the information and build a single document for the firm’s recruiters to […]

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24 Apr, 2018

Japan overtakes U.S. as world’s most popular destination, Visa Study shows

Dubai, 23 April 2018 – Japan has overtaken the United States as the most popular destination for global travelers in the past two years, Visa’s Global Travel Intentions (GTI) Study 2017. The study said, “Regional preferences prevail, though, with travelers in the Asia Pacific region leaning heavily toward Japan as a travel destination.” Full text of the press releases issued in Dubai […]

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24 Apr, 2018

Turkish FM warns of growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the West

Istanbul (UNA-OIC) 19 April 2018 – Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that anti-Muslim sentiment was rising rapidly in the West, especially in Europe, Anadolu Agency reported. Speaking at the first-ever World Muslim Minorities Summit held in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Cavusoglu said Muslims are seen as scapegoats in the West. “Anti-Muslim […]

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24 Apr, 2018

New CAIR Report: Trump’s Muslim Bans Increased Anti-Muslim Discrimination, Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/2018, (CAIR media release) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a one-of-its-kind report offering data on the impact and legal pushback against anti-Muslim bias across the United States in the past year. Video: CAIR News Conference to Release 2018 Civil Rights Report CAIR 2018 Civil […]

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24 Apr, 2018

European Commission plans stronger, EU-wide whistleblower protection rules

Brussels, 23 April 2018, European Commission media release – Recent scandals such as Dieselgate, Luxleaks, the Panama Papers or the ongoing Cambridge Analytica revelations show that whistleblowers can play an important role in uncovering unlawful activities that damage the public interest and the welfare of our citizens and society. Today’s proposal will guarantee a high […]

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23 Apr, 2018

Amadeus Middle East travel report: Women key decision-makers, social media influencers faces trust challenge

Dubai – April 23, 2018: The ‘Middle East Consumer Travel Report 2018’, a study co-sponsored by Amadeus and developed by InsightOut Consultancy, has identified the following six key trends shaping the Middle East market: 1) Travel sellers need to adopt consultative approach to package clients’ requirements, within designated budget 2) The leading role of women […]

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23 Apr, 2018

Transparency International lauds new EU proposals for whistleblower protection

Brussels, 23 April 2018, (Media release issued by Transparency International Liaison Office to the European Union) – Today, the European Commission published its long-awaited proposal for an EU-wide Whistleblower Directive, which is a bold step in recognising the importance and rights of whistleblowers, according to Transparency International EU. The proposal, which is a victory for […]

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16 Apr, 2018

ICON-IC India and her Feat of Clay – By Mark Deane

AKA: Our national fascination with busts and grand erections  “Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air, Nelson stylites in Trafalgar Square. Reminds the British what once they were, Aboard the Victory, Victory O.” (Borrowed from “A Ballad of the Good Lord Nelson” by Lawrence Durrell) Ours is an ancient land, steeped in history, […]

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16 Apr, 2018

49 retired senior civil servants pen Open Letter to PM Modi: India facing an “existential crisis”

April 16, 2018 — This is the text of open letter to the Prime Minister that 49 retired civil servants are releasing to the media/public. Honourable Prime Minister, We are a group of retired civil servants who came together last year to express our concern at the decline in the secular, democratic, and liberal values […]

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12 Apr, 2018

High demand for Environmental Technologies projected at IE Expo China 2018

SHANGHAI, 3 April 2018, (Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) — IE expo China 2018, an IFAT brand family member and Asia’s largest environmental technology show with a history of 18 years, will kick off on May 3-5, 2018 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre. It is expected to attract 1,800 exhibitors in the fields of water, waste, air […]

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12 Apr, 2018

Confronting Islamophobia requires” a nuanced understanding of the forms repression can take” – Dr Nazia Kazi

Dr. Nazia Kazi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University. She delivered these remarks at a recent conference on Islamophobia at Istanbul Zaim University. Salaam-alaikum. My comments today will be very brief. The title of this conference is “Contextualizing Islamophobia”. The title of this weekend’s event itself reminds us that our scholarship on Islamophobia […]

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12 Apr, 2018

Indonesia to hold Creative Product Festival 2018 in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 (Bernama) — The National Publishing & News Corporation (NPNC),  set up jointly by the state-owned companies PT Balai Pustaka, Antara News Agency and Percetakan Negara Republik Indonesia (PNRI) is to organize the “Indonesia Creative Product Festival (ICPF) 2018” on April 13th – 15th at Dewan Tun Razak 4, Putra World Trade […]

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11 Apr, 2018

China chides developed countries for overseas garbage dumping

By Zhang Ming The author is ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and head of mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union. Geneva, 4 April 2018, (chinadaily.com.cn) – During a recent meeting of the WTO Council for Trade in Goods, some representatives raised concerns about China’s ban on “foreign garbage” import. Some even […]

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11 Apr, 2018

ADC launches campaign to end U.S. taxpayer-funded military aid to Israel

Washington, DC, 5 April 2018, (www.adc.org) – In the recently passed $1.3 trillion federal spending bill, Congress increased military aid to Israel. All military aid to Israel is in violation of U.S. law prohibiting the transfer of arms to human rights violators. All of which is made worse by the fact that Congress refuses to enforce […]

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11 Apr, 2018

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Next Big Thing – Thailand Outbound Travel Report 2018

Bangkok — Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil has made travel journalism history yet again by publishing the first report on the surging Thai outbound travel industry. The report is being made available FREE, thanks to support from Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat and Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn. Both […]

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8 Apr, 2018

ASLA Survey: Demand High for Residential Landscapes with Sustainability and Active Living Elements

WASHINGTON, 3 April 2018, (BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2018 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey was conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2018. The survey was fielded February 22 through March 8, 2018, with 808 responding. Many […]

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8 Apr, 2018

YPO Announces Signature Events for Innovation Week, 7-11 May

DALLAS, (Bernama-GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –For the third consecutive year, YPO will host Innovation Week, a series of more than 50 events around the world designed to bring together the most dynamic innovators for a chance to network, overturn conventional thinking and come away inspired with actionable, applicable insight. YPO, the world’s premier leadership organization of chief […]

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8 Apr, 2018

Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions in Dangerous Decline, Scientists Warn

Medellin, Colombia, 23 March 2018, (IPBES News) –Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four […]

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6 Apr, 2018

Jewish billionaire’s role in fomenting Islamophobia coming to light

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/5/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for Federal Election Commission (FEC) and IRS investigations of virulently anti-Muslim advertisements that used Facebook and Google to target voters in swing states prior just before the 2016 election. Robert Mercer, a top supporter of […]

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6 Apr, 2018

Jewish Rabbi seeks support for media campaign: Tell Israeli soldiers to disobey orders to shoot Palestinians

Editor’s Note: The following statement was released on 05 April by Tikkun, which refers to itself as a grouping of Spiritual Progressives headed by Rabbi Michael Lerner. I am reproducing it in full here in anticipation that the travel & tourism industry, which claims to be an “industry of peace”, will read it and let […]

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6 Apr, 2018

ADB to Extend $5 Billion for Next 3 Years for Regional Cooperation in South Asia

SINGAPORE, 6 March 2018, (ADB News) — Senior officials of member countries of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program met on 5-6 March in Singapore to review progress of regional projects in transport, trade facilitation, and energy. They also updated and improved the SASEC operational plan, which has identified about 300 projects in […]

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6 Apr, 2018

ADB President Highlights Inequality, Climate Change, and Aging as Three Key Challenges for China’s New Era

Beijing, 25 March 2018, (ADB News) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao addressed the China Development Forum (CDF), which opened today in Beijing. Mr. Nakao will meet Premier Li Keqiang along with other participants of the CDF. He also participated in a roundtable with Vice Premier Liu He. During his visit to Beijing, […]

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6 Apr, 2018

First Indonesia-Africa Forum to be held in Jakarta, April 10-11

Jakarta (ANTARA News) 6 April 2018 – Fifty-three African countries have been invited to attend the first Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) to be held in Bali on Apr 10-11. “As of today, 40 countries have confirmed their participation in the Indonesia-Africa Forum,” Director of Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Daniel Tumpal Simanjuntak noted in […]

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5 Apr, 2018

Private Aviation Report Reveals Preferences of Business Elite and Wealthy Fliers

LONDON, 29 March 2018, (Bernama-GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Wealth-X, the global leader in wealth information and insight, and VistaJet, the first and only global private aviation company, have released the first customer-centric analysis on the private aviation industry. The Jet Traveler Report: The Global Perspective on Who Flies Privately and How provides unique insight into […]

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5 Apr, 2018

Alibaba offers Malaysian merchants access into China

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 March 2018, (Bernama) — As part of its commitment to lower trade barriers and provide SMEs with more equitable access to global markets, Alibaba Group hosted its first “Access to China Consumers” Seminar, with the aim to enable Malaysian exporter to tap into the demand among Chinese consumers for Malaysian and foreign […]

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5 Apr, 2018

Hollywood advances racist depiction of Arabs in new film “Beirut”

Washington, DC., 3 April 2018,  (www.adc.org)  – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the nation’s largest Arab-American civil rights organizations, is deeply offended by the racist and simplistic portrayal of Arabs, and misrepresentation of regional politics, in the upcoming film Beirut. The film is filled with the stereotypical anti-Arab sentiment which Hollywood has been notorious for […]

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5 Apr, 2018

In cost-cutting mode, U.N. downgrades staff travel, eliminates First Class entirely

UNITED NATIONS, 04 April 2018, (UN media information service) — The General Assembly today adopted five texts on matters with financial implications, ranging from the downgrading of standards of accommodation for staff air travel to the modalities of a special meeting on the global fight against tuberculosis, in line with the recommendations of its Fifth […]

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5 Apr, 2018

Islamophobia rampant in Europe, report shows

Ankara, (04 April 2018), Foundation for Political and Economic Research) — This is the third issue of the annual European Islamophobia Report (EIR) consisting of an overall evaluation of Islamophobia in Europe in the year 2017, as well as 33 country reports which include almost all EU member states and additional countries such as Russia […]

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24 Mar, 2018

Making the Caribbean’s airports and seaports more resistant to stronger hurricanes

23 March 2018, UNCTAD media release — This year’s World Meteorological Day on 23 March highlights the importance of being “weather-ready, climate-smart” – a timely theme with hurricane season right around the corner. Experts predict the 2018 season will be as busy as the last, when three major storms – Harvey, Irma and Maria – […]

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24 Mar, 2018

ADB, China Water Affairs Sign Deal to Improve Urban Water Management in PRC

BEIJING, 2 March 2018, (ADB News) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a loan equivalent of up to $200 million to help China Water Affairs Group Limited (CWA) improve wastewater management and increase people’s access to clean and reliable water supply in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The agreement was signed by […]

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24 Mar, 2018

Japan Hosts 30 Influencers from 20 Countries/Regions to Receive 40m Tourists by 2020

TOKYO, 22 March 2018, (PRNewswire) — The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) carried out a project to showcase the charms of tourism resources in each region of Japan, inviting 30 powerful influencers (bloggers) from 20 foreign countries and regions to visit various parts of the country in March 2018 with the aim of introducing abroad […]

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24 Mar, 2018

Joaquín Roy: It’s the War, Stupid

MIAMI, 14 Mar 2018, (IPS) – It is revealing that a ruler who did not serve in the military, nor enjoys any experience in war affairs, has a special inclination to use a vocabulary more typical of bloody clashes between states than in diplomatic relations. Donald Trump, both in his electronic messages and in his […]

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24 Mar, 2018

Siam Society lecture on Preserving the Underwater Cultural Heritage

Bangkok — One of Thailand’s leading cultural institutions, the Siam Society, will host a lecture on “Preserving the Underwater Cultural Heritage” by Etienne Clément, former Deputy Director Regional Asia Pacific Bureau of UNESCO on Thursday, 5 April 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The underwater cultural heritage is represented by ancient shipwrecks, submerged archaeological sites and other […]

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24 Mar, 2018

Global labour unions accuse UN of violating its own rules on the “rule of law”

Brussels, 22 March 2018 (ITUC OnLine) – Staff at the International Labour Organisation are taking strike action today in the latest of a series of walkouts by United Nations employees in protest at the unilateral imposition of significant pay cuts by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), which sets terms and conditions for employees in […]

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16 Mar, 2018

UN spent US$4 billion on travel in 2012-15, to cutback on first-class trips

United Nations, March 15, (UN media release) – The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) took up the air travel policies of the United Nations on day two of its resumed seventy‑second session today, with delegates voicing support for the Secretary‑General’s proposal that high‑ranking officials fly business class — rather than first class — to help […]

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13 Mar, 2018

In spite of occupation, Palestine abounds with cultural centers, museums and theaters

RAMALLAH, March 13, 2018 (WAFA) – Cultural Centers, museums and theaters have flourished in Palestinian in 2017 in spite of the 50-year long Israeli occupation. A report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on the status of cultural institutions in Palestine on the occasion of Palestinian National Culture Day, which coincides on Tuesday, […]

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13 Mar, 2018

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution to Combat Illicit Diamond Trade

United Nations, March 7, 2018, UN media release — The UN General Assembly, welcoming progress made by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to break links between the diamond trade and conflict, today adopted a consensus resolution aimed at intensifying that work and aligning it with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign […]

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13 Mar, 2018

Three millennials win first essay competition on tourism’s contribution to UN SDGs

Bangkok, 13 March 2018 – Three young people under 30, a Filipino, Mexican and Pakistani, have won top honours in the first global essay competition organised by a travel trade publication to underscore the contribution of Travel & Tourism to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The co-winners of The Olive Tree awards competition are: Michael […]

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5 Mar, 2018

Investigative reports expose corruption risks of Golden Visa schemes in Europe

Berlin, 5 March 2018, Transparency International Secretariat – Today, a series of investigations published by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have detailed how citizenship- and residence-by-investment schemes, commonly referred to as ‘Golden Visa’ programmes, are vulnerable to abuse and undermine the fight against corruption in the European Union and neighbouring countries.   […]

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3 Mar, 2018

“The Next Big Thing”: Outbound Travel from Thailand Set to Hit 10 million in 2018

Bangkok – Outbound travel from Thailand is set to hit 10 million this year, according to the first comprehensive market research report on what is expected to be the “The Next Big Thing” in Asia-Pacific tourism. Designed to help destinations worldwide better understand the dynamics and drivers of this promising source of business, the report […]

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16 Feb, 2018

Americas Tops the Global Gambling Market – Technavio report

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–09 February 2018 – The latest market research report by Technavio on the global gambling market predicts a CAGR of more than 8% during the period 2018-2022. The report segments the global gambling market by type (lottery, betting, and casino) and by geography (the Americas, EMEA, and APAC). It provides a detailed illustration of […]

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16 Feb, 2018

World invited to visit Palestine, see the reality of life under occupation

RAMALLAH, February 15, 2018 (WAFA & Travel Impact Newswire) – Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi Thursday called on all countries to accept the invitation of President Mahmoud Abbas to visit Palestine and occupied Jerusalem to assert solidarity with the Palestinian people. Abbas Thursday met bin Alawi at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, after which […]

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16 Feb, 2018

Panasonic’s 100,000 Solar Lanterns Project Brings Light to Off-grid Communities Globally

OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE) — February 08, 2018 – Panasonic Corporation announced the successful completion of its 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project, which has brought light to off-grid communities in 30 countries through 131 non-profit and other organizations in the last five years. Since the project’s inception in February 2013, a total of 102,716 solar lanterns […]

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16 Feb, 2018

U.S. Military Families Stressed by High Cost of Elder Care

FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 07, 2018 – Elder care costs are creating unexpected economic stress for many of America’s career military families and fueling a growing demand for professional financial advice, according to the First Command Financial Behaviors Index®. First Command’s sixth annual elder care spending survey reveals that 78 percent of middle-class military families […]

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16 Feb, 2018

Middlebury Interactive Languages and Qatar Foundation partner to boost Arabic speakers in U.S.

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE) – 2018-02-08 —Middlebury Interactive Languages has received a grant from the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) to provide up to thirteen student scholarships for the 2018 Arabic Summer Academy at St. Michael’s College in Burlington, VT. The four-week immersion program provides high school students with the opportunity to accelerate Arabic language learning and […]

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9 Feb, 2018

“Jailing critics does not make society safer”: A speech that will NEVER be heard at a travel industry event

BANGKOK (5 February 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein started today his official visits to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, urging all governments to employ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – in its totality – as a guide to law and policy. “The way to ensure we […]

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6 Feb, 2018

Malaysian Competition Commission signs the Corruption-Free Pledge

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 (Bernama) — The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is one of the government agencies that responded positively to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s call in signing the Corruption-Free Pledge (better known as IBR). The pledge signing ceremony held at Menara SSM, Kuala Lumpur was led by YBhg. Dato’ Abu Samah Shabudin, Chief […]

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22 Jan, 2018

DHL Launches Unique Indicator to Track Global Trade

BONN, Germany & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 18, 2018 – DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has introduced a new and unique early indicator for the current state and future development of global trade. The DHL Global Trade Barometer is based on large amounts of logistics data that are evaluated with the help of artificial intelligence. […]

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21 Jan, 2018

Indonesia to develop border areas to boost social justice

Jakarta (ANTARA News) 18th January 2018 – Development in border areas promotes social justice for all people across Indonesia, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto stated. “All people of Indonesia should get justice. People of Indonesia not only live in cities but many of them also reside in rural areas, and they […]

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21 Jan, 2018

Number of Indian tourists to Bali up by 48.25 percent

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News), 16 January 2018 – The number of Indian tourists to Bali surged to 243,639 people during January-November 2017, up 79,283 people or 48.25 percent, from 164,345 people in the previous year`s same period. “Most of them arrived at the International Airport of Ngurah Rai by direct flights from their country, and […]

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21 Jan, 2018

UNESCO opens applications for 2018 Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Conservation Awards

BANGKOK, 15 January 2018, (UNESCO News) – Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This year’s awards cycle will mark the launch of a three-year partnership with Think City, a Malaysian urban renewal body that will support the programme and host the annual Awards Jury meeting in Penang, […]

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21 Jan, 2018

18th Int’l Anti-Corruption Conf to focus on Development, Peace and Security

21 Jan 2018, Transparency International media release – In December 2016 at the 17th IACC in Panama City, Panama, more than 1,600 people from over 130 countries had one common call: The time for Justice, Equity, Security, and Trust is now. Today’s polarized politics fuels many evils: populism and extremism, violence, human rights violations, trafficking and illicit money, […]

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19 Jan, 2018

Sikhism fastest growing religion in Australia

Canberra, Jan 18, 2018 – Australian Bureau of Statistics — World Religion Day (Jan 21) aims to foster interfaith understanding and harmony, and is an opportunity to recognise the diversity of religion present in modern day Australia. The 2016 Census of Population and Housing found that three-fifths of the Australian population (61 per cent, or […]

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8 Jan, 2018

UnionPay Cross-border B2B Payment Service Platform facilitates exports of SMEs in Yiwu

SHANGHAI, 8 January 2018, (PRNewswire) — UnionPay International announced today that the official website of Yiwu Market (www.yiwugou.com), the world’s largest commodity wholesale market, now connects to UnionPay Cross-border B2B Payment Service Platform. Purchasers outside China are able to pay safely and conveniently with UnionPay cards issued overseas to buy goods at www.yiwugou.com. This cooperation between UnionPay International […]

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8 Jan, 2018

Innovative Securities: Higher Risks May Come in 2018

BUDAPEST, Hungary, 29 December 2017, (PRNewswire) – We are living in the decade of bullish markets. Because of record returns (and low interest rates) retail money floods the market. What could 2018 hold for the investors after all this? Innovative Securities’ prognosis tries to answer. In 2017, the already expensive stocks (and other instruments) became […]

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