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16 Sep, 2019

New WTO indicator finds services trade weakening into second half of 2019

Geneva, 16 Sept 2019, WTO media release – World trade in commercial services lost momentum through the second quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s new Services Trade Barometer, launched on 16 September. The index’s reading of 98.4 is below the baseline value of 100, suggesting that services trade continued to face strong headwinds leading […]

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16 Sep, 2019

India joins growing number of “democracies” on human rights violations list

Geneva — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet has painted a bleak picture of the global human rights situation. Although climate change is having a worldwide impact such as on indigenous peoples and environmental rights defenders, individual geopolitical flare-ups in many countries which are otherwise popular tourism destinations are worsening the problem. […]

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16 Sep, 2019

Grant Thornton survey: 62% of U.S. business owners see a recession looming

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 12, 2019 — American businesses do not plan on treading water when the next recession hits, according to a new Grant Thornton LLP survey of more than 250 business owners and C-level executives conducted in late June 2019. Innovation will remain a top priority: At least half of respondents identified innovation and innovation-related […]

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16 Sep, 2019

The Most Enriching Environmental Film Festival launched in Kuala Lumpur with Climate Action Theme

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) — The International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2019 (KLEFF 2019) was launched at Taman Tugu today to celebrate the 12th installation of the film festival with the theme “Climate Action…Now!”. This year’s theme will explore the stories of people and organizations committed to taking climate action to create maximum […]

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13 Sep, 2019

Penang to host 7th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum October 15-17

George Town, 2019.09.05 – The 7th edition of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) will be held from 15 to 17 October 2019. Touted as the largest and most diverse urban forum in Asia Pacific, this year it will be held in Penang, Malaysia. The forum is themed “Future of Asia and Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways […]

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10 Sep, 2019

WAIC 2019 Closes with $1.39 Bn Commitment to Transform Shanghai into Global AI Tech Hub

SHANGHAI, 5 September 2019, PRNewswire – The second World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC), which welcomed hundreds of global companies, start-ups and universities, ended on August 31 with the unveiling of several groundbreaking AI projects and international cooperation agreements, set to turn Shanghai into one of the biggest technological hubs in the country. The Shanghai AI Investment Fund […]

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10 Sep, 2019

Life360 Survey Finds 25% of Parents Wish the Internet Was Never Invented

SAN FRANCISCO, 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – More than 67% of parents surveyed believe that the digital age has made parenting more difficult, and 25% wish the internet was never invented, according to results from a survey released today by Life360, the leading safety and coordination service for families worldwide. To manage family life in […]

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9 Sep, 2019

AB InBev Targets Rising China’s Gen-Z with New Multi-Cultural “Smart Drinking” Strategy

SHANGHAI, 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Global brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) today celebrated the 12th year of its annual China smart drinking campaign by staging an awareness gala in Shanghai. Reinvented with a multi-cultural approach where heritage meets new lifestyles, this year’s campaign features a virtual character under its popular brand Harbin Beer and […]

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9 Sep, 2019

New Study Reveals Growing Skills Gap Becoming “Serious Drag on Business Efficiency”

HOBOKEN, N.J., 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Wiley Education Services, a division of Wiley (NYSE: JWA) (NYSE: JWB) that provides tailored services and technology solutions for university and enterprise partners, and Future Workplace, an HR advisory and research firm preparing leaders for disruptions in recruiting, development and employee engagement, today announced the results of a survey […]

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7 Sep, 2019

Transparency.org: Three ways to stop money laundering through real estate

Source: Transparency.org • 6 September 2019 – Around the world, buying property is a favourite method for the corrupt to launder their ill-gotten gains. When corrupt officials take large bribes, embezzle funds or otherwise steal money from the countries they are meant to serve, the money usually has to be cleaned before it can be […]

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7 Sep, 2019

Physician burnout, improving patient experience amongst top priorities of U.S. healthcare organisations, study reveals

ALPHARETTA, Ga., 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – LocumTenens.com, a leading physician and advanced practitioner staffing agency, announced today the results of its newly-released signature study, Locum Tenens Engagements: Strategies, Usage and General Attitudes. The 2019 survey measures the perception and attitudes of hundreds of clinicians and healthcare executives and administrators across the United States about healthcare […]

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7 Sep, 2019

Gen Z is Highly Optimistic, Purpose Driven (and Less Stressed Out): Korn Ferry Survey Claims

LOS ANGELES, 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – As Gen Z (born 1997-2010) enters the workforce, a new Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) survey of professionals of all ages examines how the next generation in the workplace is bringing plenty of optimism, a lot of purpose and less stress than Millennials (born 1982-1996). Nearly two-thirds of respondents (60 percent) […]

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7 Sep, 2019

U.S. Watchdog Groups Planning Grassroots Push to Ban Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept/6/2019 – Almost 30 organizations from across the U.S. political spectrum have joined hands to launch the BanFacialRecognition.com campaign calling for a U.S. federal ban on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology. The groups, which represent more than 15 million combined members, plan to flood lawmakers with emails and calls from constituents. There is […]

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6 Sep, 2019

New Australian visa rule means 5-day turnaround time for major investors

Canberra, 30 Aug 2019, Austrade media release – Companies with major investments in Australia can quickly bring skilled employers into Australia to fill temporary shortages, after implementation of a change to the Accredited Sponsor Scheme for the Temporary Skill Shortage visa. Announced in March , the scheme is accessible to companies that have invested over […]

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4 Sep, 2019

New WHO report flags Europe’s alcohol epidemic and what to do about it

4 September 2019, IOGT News – Brand new WHO Europe alcohol status report 2019 illustrates the high burden of alcohol across the region and that alcohol use and related harms are not declining at an acceptable rate. In response, IOGT International is calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy, for an updated and improved Action Plan […]

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3 Sep, 2019

Partnerships with civil society and youth ‘essential’ for a future that leaves no one behind

Utah, 28 August 2019, UN News – Partnerships with civil society and youth are essential to achieving the goals of key UN-backed international agreements, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change, María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, told delegates at the UN Civil […]

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3 Sep, 2019

‘Extinction crisis’ pushes countries to agree stronger protection for global wildlife

28 August 2019, UN News – At-risk wildlife that is facing a “growing extinction crisis” received a boost on Wednesday, as countries wrapped up a marathon meeting in Geneva, by agreeing to increased protection measures and more sustainable trade in animals and plants across the globe. At its latest three-yearly conference, the UN-backed Convention on […]

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3 Sep, 2019

Shanghai to host Asia’s largest Musical Instruments Fair in October

SHANGHAI, 3 September 2019, PRNewswire – Music China, one of the most reputable musical instrument fairs in the world, will be held from October 10-13, 2019 in Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Known as Asia’s largest trade show of music industry, Music China 2019, organized by Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd., gathers more than 2,200 international exhibitors from […]

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3 Sep, 2019

Kashmir: The Worst Conflict Area In The World

by Binu Mathew, Editor, countercurrents.org 27 August 2019, countercurrents.org – It won’t be an exaggeration to say Kashmir is the worst conflict area in the world. Look anywhere else in the world where there are conflicts, there is no communication crack down. From Gaza to West Papua, from Hong Kong to the Yellow Vests in France….. […]

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3 Sep, 2019

Growing neo-fascism today worryingly similar to European fascism in the 1930’s

By John Scales Avery 22 August 2019, Human Wrongs Watch – I would like to announce the publication of a new book, entitled “Fascism, Then and Now”. It can be freely downloaded from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fascism-then-and-now-John-Scales-Avery.pdf Please circulate the link to your friends who might be interested. Parallels between fascism of the 1930’s and […]

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2 Sep, 2019

Generation Z and Millennials Desperately Seeking Personal Fulfillment at Work, New Payments Study Finds

CHICAGO, 28 August 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – A national online study of adults ranging from 18 to 38 years found that Generation Z and Millennial employees are feeling an overwhelming sense of dissatisfaction at work. Close to half (43 percent) of Millennials surveyed said they plan to leave their job within the next two years. Even more […]

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2 Sep, 2019

Cloud Robotics Global Revenue Expected to Reach $170.4 Billion by 2025: Tractica Report

BOULDER, Colo.-August 28, 2019-(BUSINESS WIRE) – While the global cloud robotics market is at a nascent stage of development, companies are becoming aware of its growing importance and are in the early stages of understanding what cloud robotics is, how it works, and what the implications are for their businesses. According to a new report […]

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2 Sep, 2019

ADB Opinion Piece: How South Asia can continue as world’s fastest growing subregion

By Lei Lei Song Manila, 2 August 2019, ADB News – Since 2014, South Asia has been the fastest growing subregion in the world, with its eight economies collectively boasting average annual growth of 7.0%. This is higher even than East Asia (6.2%), which includes China; Southeast Asia (4.9%); and the Pacific (4.7%). To carry […]

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2 Sep, 2019

ADB President Pledges $12 Billion in Support of New Flagship Initiatives in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA, 29 August 2019, ADB News – Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Mr. Takehiko Nakao met with India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today for the third time since Mr. Modi became Prime Minister and pledged to support the government’s new flagship initiatives led by the Prime Minister. He also met with Finance […]

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2 Sep, 2019

SKAL Bangkok and HSMAI Special Joint Event ‘Russia – It’s Not Just Caviar and Vodka’

Bangkok, 29 August 2019, — Skål International Bangkok has partnered with HSMAI Thailand to convene a Networking Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Soi 22. on Sept 10. Guest speaker Mr. Dmitry Chernyshev, General Manager of Siam@Siam Hotel Design Pattaya, will provide unique insights into the future of Russian business travel and travel. […]

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2 Sep, 2019

Global Trades Union call for Global Resistance to Bolsonaro’s Amazon destruction

29 August 2019, The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) – The ITUC has expressed its full solidarity with the indigenous peoples of the Amazon who have seen vast swathes of their homeland go up in smoke. The policies and environmental denialism of Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro have been heavily criticised by the international community as […]

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2 Sep, 2019

HIMSS AsiaPac19 Conference & Exhibition in Bangkok Will Address Shifting Paradigm of Healthcare

BANGKOK, 30 August 2019, PRNewswire – Healthcare and Information Management Systems Society Asia Pacific (HIMSS APAC), supported by the Ministry of Public Health Thailand, will organize the HIMSS AsiaPac19 Conference & Exhibition from 7-10 October 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre. HIMSS AsiaPac19 is into its 13th installment as an annual […]

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2 Sep, 2019

Russian Railways Demonstrates Driverless Lastochka Train at the PRO//Motion.EXPO

SHCHERBINKA, Russia, 29 August 2019, PRNewswire – Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Maxim Akimov and the Chairman of Russian Railways (RZD) Oleg Belozyorov took a test trip on Russia’s first unmanned electric train Lastochka on the experimental railway ring in Shcherbinka during the International Railway Salon PRO//Motion.EXPO on August 28th. “What we saw is a major technological […]

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2 Sep, 2019

Survey: One in Four Workers Would Steal Company Information to Secure Job at Competing Firm

  LOS ANGELES, 27 August 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Gurucul, a leader in behavior based security and fraud analytics technology for on-premises and the cloud, today announced the results of a survey of workplace behavior conducted at Blackhat USA 2019. According to the 476 IT security professionals canvased, nearly one in four (24%) said they would take company […]

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31 Aug, 2019

Better Sleeping Environment Can Reduce Burnout Risk, Blinds.com Report Reveals

Editor’s Note: An excellent how-to item on upgrading the quality of sleep, one of the most important sources of poor health.   HOUSTON, 22 AUGUST 2019, PRWEB – Today, Blinds.com released a new report, State of Sleep: Burnout is a National Epidemic and a Better Home Oasis Can Help, examining the close tie between work related-burnout […]

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31 Aug, 2019

Beijing expands foreign partnership networks to promote tourism, culture

BEIJING, 28 August 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – The Second “Beijing Tourism Global Distribution Partnership Summit” was held at the Olympic Tower in Beijing on August 27, 2019. Sponsored by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, the summit aims to assist the construction of the cultural centers and international exchanges centers throughout the country and […]

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31 Aug, 2019

Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia Feature in Eight New National Geographic Journeys for 2020

WASHINGTON, 27 August 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – National Geographic Expeditions has entered into its fifth year in partnership with G Adventures and has added eight new trips to their National Geographic Journeys collection, all of which provide an enriching, in-depth look at the history, culture, and natural heritage of a destination. The newly announced itineraries add three […]

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31 Aug, 2019

Yelp App Launches Easier Way to Find Places Based on Personal Preferences

Editor’s Note: Another practical time- and money-saving idea, especially for travellers. But raises obvious questions related to privacy protection. The App developers know your personal preferences. What do users know about the App developers?   SAN FRANCISCO, 27 August 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Yelp Inc. (NYSE:YELP), the company that connects people with great local businesses, announced it […]

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30 Aug, 2019

U.S. Denies Entry to Palestinian Harvard Student

by Elias Khoury, ADC Summer Intern 28 August 2019, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee News – Just this week, immigration officials denied entry to Harvard enrollee Ismail Ajjawi, a Palestinian refugee from Lebanon, supposedly due to content that his friends posted on social media. This comes as a result of the sitting administration’s cruel and backwards regime of […]

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29 Aug, 2019

Decision by Yahoo! Japan to End Ivory Sales Celebrated by Elephant Advocates

GENEVA, 28 August 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Elephant advocates are celebrating reports that Yahoo! Japan, the world’s largest internet ivory retailer, has decided to end sales of elephant ivory on its platforms by November 1st, 2019. The decision was based on evidence that ivory purchased on Yahoo! was being exported illegally to China, according to inside […]

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29 Aug, 2019

New Lawpilot Guardian App Helps Calm Fears of ICE Raids

Editor’s Note: Dallas Immigration Lawyers have launched an Emergency Response Alert App to contact friends, families and lawyers when the midnight knock on the door arrives.   Dallas, Texas, 27 August 2019, BusinessWire – As President Trump continues to announce upcoming ICE raids, fear sweeps through immigrant communities even though no evidence of a widespread […]

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29 Aug, 2019

Survey: Rebooting Healthy Habits Priority for Americans to Relieve End-of-Summer Blues

Editor’s Note: A good story about the socio-psychological effects of vacations. Useful for employers and human resources managers to understand in order to enhance post-vacation staff productivity.   NEW YORK, 27 August 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – The majority of Americans report feeling their happiest during the summer months and experience the blues at summer’s end. Even so, […]

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29 Aug, 2019

FeganScott: Consumers Sue Apple, Samsung Citing New Study Questioning RF Radiation

Editor’s Note: An issue worth discussing at Travel Technology forums? I wouldn’t hold my breath. CHICAGO, 26 August 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – A group of smart phone owners filed a proposed class action suit against Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Apple (AAPL), claiming the manufacturers knowingly subjected smartphone users to RF radiation levels far in excess of mandated […]

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29 Aug, 2019

Wine Industry survey finds Baby Boomers better targets than Millennials

SAN FRANCISCO, 28 AUGUST 2019, PRWEB — Wine Access, an online direct-to-consumer wine retailer, announced today the findings of a recent internal study of sales data that shows Generation X holds greater immediate purchasing potential than Millennials, despite greater industry focus on wooing the younger generation. The data, which spans 2017 to 2019, supports recent […]

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29 Aug, 2019

U.S. Lawyer says Immigration Benefits to the Economy are Established and Proven

A Los Angeles immigration lawyer comments on a recent op-ed that evidence establishes that immigrants’ contribution to the US economy is essential for continued growth. “The facts show that reducing immigration would actually harm millions of US workers.” LOS ANGELES, 28 AUGUST 2019, PRWEB – A July 7th op-ed at The Hill argues that a factual […]

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29 Aug, 2019

Indian Tourism Minister: We Need to Change the Perception of India

Editor’s Note: India’s image has undergone some critical changes in recent years. Until the 1980s, it was seen as a poverty-stricken, disease-ridden country populated by snake-charmers. Then it became a tech and IT giant. Then it suffered from a safety and security deficit image, mainly related to attacks on women. Today, it is seen as […]

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27 Aug, 2019

Vietjet and Flying Eye Hospital join hands to bring sight to millions of patients

Editor’s Note: Bravo VietJet. One of the world’s best Corporate Social Responsibility Projects. Bangkok, 27 August 2019, Vivaldi Integrated Public Relations – In the 17th year of supporting Vietnam’s eye care services and the 10th year conducting the Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) program in Vietnam, Orbis has accompanied with the new-age carrier Vietjet to bring bright eyes […]

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27 Aug, 2019

Five Ways to Make a Difference on World Senior Citizen’s Day

Editor’s Note: This article is just as valid today, and perhaps every day. OMAHA, NEB., 21 AUGUST 2019, PRWEB – Today we celebrate World Senior Citizen’s Day, a holiday that should inspire us to do something for an older adult in our life and remind us to make seniors a priority not only today, but every […]

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27 Aug, 2019

U.S. Healthcare Costs Soar as Patients Seek New Kind of Provider Relationship

Editor’s Note: Useful insights for the health and wellness tourism sector. By Kevin Fleming, CEO, Loyale Healthcare LAFAYETTE, CALIF., 21 August 2019, PRWEB –  There is much debate today around the cost of healthcare in the United States. Most of this debate is focused on the shifting responsibility for the payment of these healthcare costs. […]

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27 Aug, 2019

UK: As Young Drinkers Decline, Baby Boomers Drive Alcohol Consumption

UK, 21 August 2019, IOGT International News – While alcohol consumption steadily declines with young people, baby boomers continue to drive more alcohol consumption. More and more young people across the world are choosing to be alcohol-free, driving a global decrease in alcohol use. According to a recent report by University of Sheffield on alcohol use trends […]

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25 Jul, 2019

The Barracks Hotel Sentosa to Open Dec 2019, Now Accepting Bookings

Singapore, 25 July 2019 (Media release distributed by Red Agency Singapore) – Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s newest member hotel in Singapore, The Barracks Hotel Sentosa, will open its doors from December 2019. Part of Far East Hospitality, Singapore’s leading operator of hotels and serviced residences, the hotel is now accepting room bookings for […]

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25 Jul, 2019

Get Set, Sweat: The Sanchaya welcomes fitness enthusiasts to decompress after the Bintan Marathon

Singapore, 17th July 2018 (Media release distributed by PR company Vim&Vigour) — Committed to offering an unparalleled guest experience through an ongoing programme of experts in residence, The Sanchaya has announced plans for two upcoming fitness residencies in September. The stylish, beach-front property is well suited to athletic guests, with a fully-equipped gym and a […]

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13 Jul, 2019

First World Longevity Forum and Life Science Conference kicks off in Hezhou, S. China

HEZHOU, China, July 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The First World Longevity Forum and Life Science Conference (WLF&LSC), organized by Hezhou Municipal People’s Government, opened on Friday in Hezhou city, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The WLF&LSC aims to build a longevity city brand for Hezhou, promote life science applications, and facilitate human health and longevity. […]

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5 Jun, 2019

$2.75 Billion okayed for Malolos–Clark Railway, ADB’s largest infrastructure project financing ever

MANILA, (23 May 2019) ADB media release — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved financing of up to $2.75 billion for the construction of 53.1 kilometers (km) of a passenger railway connecting Malolos, a suburb north of Manila, to Clark economic zone and Clark International Airport in Central Luzon. The Malolos–Clark railway is part […]

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5 Jun, 2019

Statistical Partnership Website launched to help address global e-waste challenge

Geneva, 04 June 2019, ITU media release – – The Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, of which the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a founding member, today launched globalewaste.org, an open source portal that visualises e-waste data and statistics globally, by region and by country, for policy-makers, industry, academia and the public. Discarded equipment, such as […]

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3 Jun, 2019

The clock ticketh for India’s under-performing Congress Party

Exclusive to Travel Impact Newswire by Mark Deane “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God go!” Pune, India — Uttered while booting out the ‘Rump’ Parliament of England in April 1653 during the constitutional […]

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3 Jun, 2019

ASEAN Parliamentarians pledge to ensure stronger protections for religious freedom

BANGKOK, 03 June 2019 – Lawmakers from across Southeast Asia today pledged to place greater attention and urgency on ensuring religious freedom for all citizens in ASEAN to combat rising inter-communal tensions, religious discrimination and intolerance. “The overall lack of knowledge about FoRB [freedom of religion or belief] in the broader context of human rights […]

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30 May, 2019

World Economic Forum Inaugurates Global Councils to “Restore Trust in Technology”

San Francisco, USA, 29 May 2019 (World Economic Forum media release) – To help policy-makers and businesses strike the right balance between enabling emerging technologies and proactively mitigating the social risks that can result, the World Economic Forum launched six Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils today. Covering the most pressing technology areas of artificial intelligence, […]

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29 May, 2019

India, South Africa and Bangladesh lead number of travelling fans heading for Cricket World Cup

Langley, United Kingdom, 29 May 2019 (Travelport media release): Analysis1 conducted by Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), a leading travel commerce platform, suggests India, South Africa and Bangladesh will have the most traveling fans at the Cricket World Cup 2019, which starts tomorrow in the United Kingdom (UK).   Cricket World Cup 2019 Countries Participating in the Tournament Flight […]

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29 May, 2019

$38 million in ADB loans to transform two Mongolian National Parks as Sustainable Tourism Models

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA, 28 May 2019, (ADB media release) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $38 million in loans to develop ecotourism in Khuvsgul Lake National Park and Onon-Balj National Park to serve as models for economically inclusive development and conservation in Mongolia. The lending marks ADB’s first project loans in Mongolia to focus […]

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10 May, 2019

Uber IPO is a “bad bet,” global Trade Union body warns investors

Brussels, ITUC media release, (10 May 2019) — Loss-making Uber’s stock market float is a bad bet on a business that is facing a precarious future, according to the world’s main trade union body, the International Trades Union Confederation. The company is facing strike and boycott actions called by its drivers in several countries in […]

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10 May, 2019

Unforgettable Templestay in a UNESCO-listed Buddhist monastery in Korea

SEOUL, South Korea, May 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Have you ever spent a night in a UNESCO World Heritage site? If you desire to feel a living history or take a unique getaway from your busy daily lives, here is something that you will never forget – Templestay in a “Sansa”, meaning a Buddhist mountain […]

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7 May, 2019

Report exposes how U.S. philanthropic groups are being used to fund the global Islamophobic hate agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/6/19 (CAIR media release) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which claims to be America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a groundbreaking report, called “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,” listing the philanthropic foundations, many of them mainstream, that were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 […]

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7 May, 2019

Singapore “fake news” bill open to serious abuse, ASEAN Parliamentarians warn

JAKARTA, 7 May 2019 (APHR media release) – Singapore must significantly amend a “fake news” bill being debated in parliament this week that threatens to curb free speech and give authorities sweeping powers to punish critics, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said. The Singapore parliament is expected to hold second reading of the Protection […]

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6 May, 2019

Nature’s Dangerous Decline Unprecedented, Species Extinction Rates Accelerating, IPBES Report says

PARIS, IPBES media release, 06 May 2019 – Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary […]

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5 May, 2019

ADB Launches $5 Billion Healthy Oceans Action Plan

NADI, FIJI (2 May 2019) ADB News release — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today launched the Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies for the Asia and Pacific region at the 52nd Annual Meeting of ADB’s Board of Governors in Fiji. “The prosperity of our region depends on healthy oceans and sustainable […]

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5 May, 2019

Indian traffic-choked cities generating 25% of global greenhouses gases – Vice President

New Delhi, Vice President’s Secretariat, 03-May-2019 – Indian Vice President Mr M Venkaiah Naidu has called for adopting a public transport-centric approach to decongest traffic-choked cities and combat growing vehicular pollution. He observed that Indian cities have been witnessing an undesirable shift from the use of public transport to private vehicles. ‘The average two-wheeler and […]

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5 May, 2019

India’s looming water crisis being ignored in public discourse

New Delhi, Ministry of Water Resources media release, 03-May-2019 – Mr. U.P. Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation expressed concern that inspite of reports of water crisis in many parts of the country, water related issues have not got adequate space in our conversations and our concerns in society as […]

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31 Mar, 2019

Global e-commerce sales up 13% to roughly $29 trillion in 2017 – UNCTAD report

Geneva, 29 March 2019 (UNCTAD media release) – Global e-commerce sales grew 13% in 2017, hitting an estimated $29 trillion, according to the latest numbers released today by UNCTAD. Editor’s Comment This could herald bad news for the future of shopping tourism. If consumers can buy whatever they want at a click of a button […]

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31 Mar, 2019

Civil Society under attack in 111 countries, with populists, nationalists and extremists at the forefront

27 March 2019 (CIVICUS media release) – Civil society organisations providing humanitarian assistance to migrants and refugees are being targeted by governments mobilising right-wing populists, nationalists and extremist groups as the world faces a crisis of global compassion. This alarming trend is one of the findings of the State of Civil Society Report 2019, an […]

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15 Mar, 2019

Tokyo Modern Art Museum to launch Let’s Talk Art! program in English

TOKYO, March 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan’s first national art museum situated near the Imperial Palace, will launch Let’s Talk Art! — an English program enabling international participants to enjoy appreciating masterpieces of Japanese art since the 20th century — this coming spring. In each Let’s Talk Art! […]

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14 Mar, 2019

Asia Foundation releases results of first City Life Survey 2018 in Myanmar

Yangon, Asia Foundation media release, February 22, 2019 — According to a new survey released today by The Asia Foundation, urban residents in Myanmar’s cities report strong social cohesion and personal relationships. Trust is high, people are very charitable, and people say they are willing to make personal sacrifices to improve their communities. Urban residents […]

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14 Mar, 2019

Humanity ‘at a crossroads’ as damage to planet poses growing risk to health, UN environment agency warns

United Nations, UN News Centre, 13 March 2019 – Human activity is damaging the planet so badly, exacerbated by climate change, that it will increasingly put our health at risk, warns a major report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), released on Wednesday at the UN Environment Assembly, currently taking place in Nairobi. In a […]

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5 Mar, 2019

Survey: 1 in 3 Older Adults Feel Lonely

By Kathleen Doheny Source: WebMD, March 4, 2019 — One in three older adults say they lack companionship, a new poll has found, and the feeling is more likely in people with health problems. The poll of 2,000 adults ages 50 to 80 also found that one in four people surveyed say they feel isolated, […]

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5 Mar, 2019

Alcoholics Anonymous Releases Pamphlets for Women and LGBTQ Alcoholics

Source: Alcoholics Anonymous — “It doesn’t matter whether you are 16 or 60, rich or poor, college graduate or high school dropout, business executive or stay-at-home parent, a patient in a treatment facility, a prison inmate, or living on the street. Help is available.” So states a new pamphlet for women alcoholics issued by Alcoholics […]

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5 Mar, 2019

U.S. Alcohol Problems Grow as Booze Gets a Bigger Kick

By Matt Smith, WebMD Health News Feb. 14, 2019 — Americans may not be drinking much more than they used to — but they’re drinking more potent stuff.And that trend toward higher-alcohol drinks may be part of what’s driving an increase in alcohol-related deaths and illnesses, according to new research. Sales of wine and liquor […]

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5 Mar, 2019

Women Who Work Long Hours May Face More Depression – Study

By Amy Norton, HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Feeling trapped behind a desk, a counter or on the factory floor does no favors for the mind. Now, research helps confirm that women with jobs that demand long hours may be more prone to depression. Researchers found that compared with women who […]

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5 Mar, 2019

WWF report reveals staggering impact of human life on Planet’s natural systems

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) — Human activity is pushing the planet’s natural systems that support life on earth to the edge, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018. The report presents a sobering picture of the impact of human activity on the world’s wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers and climate. It calls for an urgent need […]

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5 Mar, 2019

ASEAN-Japan Centre program to empower women-owned startups in ASEAN countries

TOKYO, Feb 19 (Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) — The ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) organized the 3rd ASEAN-Japan Women Entrepreneurs’ Linkage Program (AJWELP), a program to empower startup women entrepreneurs, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 27 – 30, 2019. It was co-hosted by SME Corporation Malaysia. The governments of the ASEAN Member States and Japan are committed to […]

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19 Feb, 2019

Modern workplaces may be harmful to mental health, study finds

NEW YORK (PRWEB), February 18, 2019 – Manhattan Mental Health Counseling, a psychotherapy private practice in New York City that accepts insurance, today brought up the issue of workplace anxiety in the United States, and what may be done about it. In a study conducted last year by Ipsos on behalf of One Medical, it […]

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19 Feb, 2019

Asia-Pacific countries global leaders in mobile payments, report finds

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE), 15 Feb 2019 — A new report highlights the growth in online and mobile payment services in Asia-Pacific. The report, entitled Asia-Pacific Online Payment Methods 2019, accents the potential growth of mobile wallets and showcases digital buyers’ payment preferences in Asia-Pacific’s top markets. The nations of the Asia-Pacific region are the global leaders […]

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12 Feb, 2019

Nominations open for prestigious ASEAN Prize 2019

JAKARTA, 11 February 2019 – ASEAN is calling for nominations for the ASEAN Prize 2019—a prestigious regional award which aims to acknowledge the inspiring and outstanding achievements of an individual or organisation in fostering the ASEAN identity, promoting the ASEAN spirit and championing the ASEAN way. Nominees should have exceptional merit in contributing to the […]

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16 Jan, 2019

Global Cross-Channel Payment Fraud Grows 13% During 2018 Peak Holiday Season

NAPLES, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– January 15, 2019 – New benchmark data from ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ:ACIW), a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, revealed a 13 percent increase in fraud attempts in the ‘buy online pickup in-store’ (BOPIS) channel during the 2018 peak holiday season. Based on hundreds of millions of merchant transactions, including some of the world’s leading global […]

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16 Jan, 2019

Data Breach Class Action Powerhouses Team Up to File Fifty-State Lawsuit Against Marriott Over Disastrous Data Breach

GREENBELT, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 10, 2019 — National class action law firms DiCello Levitt; Hausfeld; Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll; Cohen & Gresser; and Kramon & Graham have teamed up to file the nation’s largest class action complaint against Marriott (NASDAQ: MAR) following a massive, long-running data breach at the company. With 176 Plaintiffs from all […]

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16 Jan, 2019

DiscoverEU gives 14,500 more young people the chance to explore Europe

Brussels, 14 January 2019, European Commission – Press release – More than 14,500 18-year-olds have been selected from almost 80,000 applications to receive a DiscoverEU travel pass. Participants will be able to travel between 15 April and 31 October 2019 for up to 30 days. The second round of the European Commission’s DiscoverEU initiative attracted […]

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8 Jan, 2019

India: Mass worker protests against Modi government ahead of elections

Brussels, 7 January 2019 (ITUC OnLine): Trade unions are holding a two day nationwide general strike 8 – 9 January in opposition to further attacks on working conditions in India. The government is under pressure ahead of elections as ITUC affiliates CFTUI, HMS, INTUC and SEWA with other unions in India mobilise millions of workers […]

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13 Dec, 2018

FREE DOWNLOAD: Network of global law firms publishes expanded Anti-Corruption Compliance Guide

HOUSTON (PRWEB) December 12, 2018 – Lex Mundi, a network of independent law firms in 100+ countries, has published a global version of its anti-corruption guide. The Lex Mundi Global Anti-Corruption Compliance Guide, originally published earlier this year with a focus on Latin America, has been expanded into a global guide. Covering 78 jurisdictions around the […]

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13 Dec, 2018

New service to help senior citizens deal with drug addiction, mental health challenges

Editor’s Note: Ageing populations worldwide will require create new pressures, opportunities and challenges. This media release outlines one new initiative that should be of interest to Health & Wellness practitioners — helping senior citizens live more productive lives. MONROE, La. (PRWEB) December 12, 2018 — The elderly population in northeastern Louisiana is far too often forgotten […]

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13 Dec, 2018

Stats and strategies to attract the Next Big Customer Base: People With Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Inclusive travel for People With Disabilities is set to be the Next Big Thing, given the ageing populations worldwide. This media release provides some stats of the potential customer base just in the United States alone, and a few pointers on the kind of marketing strategies that may be used to tap the […]

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13 Dec, 2018

U.S. states building reserve funds to cushion against next economic crisis, report shows

NEW YORK (PRWEB) December 12, 2018 – The Volcker Alliance today released the second annual report of its Truth and Integrity in Government Finance initiative, Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting: Preventing the Next Fiscal Crisis. The report contains new grades for all fifty US states in five critical budgeting areas: budget forecasting, budget maneuvers, fiscal […]

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5 Dec, 2018

Coral Spawning Signals New Life for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

QUEENSLAND, Australia (PRWEB) December 01, 2018 – Like an orchestra in rehearsal, hard and soft corals on Moore Reef off the coast of Cairns, Queensland slowly began releasing eggs and sperm on Tuesday night ahead of what marine biologists believe will be a mass synchronized coral spawning event on the Great Barrier Reef starting Thursday, […]

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3 Dec, 2018

As rich get richer, ordinary workers struggle to survive, Trades Union global poll shows

Copenhagen, 2 December 2018 (ITUC OnLine): Workers across the globe are struggling to make ends meet, believe their jobs are insecure and don’t believe their voices matter in politicsm according to a new global public opinion poll from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC, said: “Governments are failing […]

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29 Nov, 2018

12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds to explore Europe in 2019

Brussels, 29 November 2018, European Commission Press release – The European Commission is launching a second DiscoverEU competition. From today (12:00 CET) until Tuesday, 11 December (12:00 CET), young people aged 18 can apply for a travel pass to discover Europe next summer. This follows the successful first round which gave 15,000 young people the […]

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27 Nov, 2018

Marriott, Ryanair, Uber CEOs shortlisted on ITUC World’s Worst Boss Poll

Brussels, 27 November 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The CEOs of Marriott International, Ryanair and Uber are amongst the 10 global CEOs shortlisted in the poll for the 2018 Worst Boss in the World organised by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The shortlist was unveiled today ahead of the 4th ITUC World Congress in Copenhagen to […]

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26 Nov, 2018

Antitrust: European Commission to investigate airline ticket distribution services

Brussels, 23 November 2018, European Commission – Press release — The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether agreements between booking system providers Amadeus and Sabre on the one hand, and airlines and travel agents on the other, may restrict competition in breach of EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge […]

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22 Nov, 2018

Juniper Research: Annual online payment fraud losses to hit $48 Billion by 2023

BASINGSTOKE, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 20, 2018 — A new study from Juniper Research has found that annual online payment fraud losses from eCommerce, airline ticketing, money transfer and banking services, will reach $48 billion by 2023; up from the $22 billion in losses projected for 2018. Juniper’s new research, Online Payment Fraud: Emerging Threats, Segment Analysis […]

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22 Nov, 2018

$36.52 million ADB package for wastewater management in Lakeshore Tourist Areas in Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK, KYRGYZ REPUBLIC (21 November 2018) ADB media release — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $36.52 million financing package to help improve wastewater management systems and strengthen the sustainability of water supply and sanitation facilities in the two lakeshore cities of Balykchy and Karakol on Issyk-Kul lake, one of the most popular […]

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22 Nov, 2018

Courage, Innovation and Integrity Honoured at Annual Environmental Enforcement Awards

Bangkok, Thailand, 22 November 2018 – Nine institutions and individuals from across Asia have been recognized by the United Nations, USAID, Interpol, and the Freeland Foundation for outstanding work in preventing transboundary environmental crime in an annual award ceremony in Bangkok. Wildlife trafficking was in the spotlight as winners from China, India, the Republic of […]

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20 Nov, 2018

Full text of the Airbnb announcement delisting properties in the illegal Israeli settlements

Listings in Disputed Regions There are conflicting views regarding whether companies should be doing business in the occupied territories that are the subject of historical disputes between Israelis and Palestinians. US law permits companies like Airbnb to engage in business in these territories. At the same time, many in the global community have stated that […]

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20 Nov, 2018

Global trades union seek strong measures to protect women against work-related violence, harassment

Brussels, 20 November 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) are calling on governments and employers to stop playing games with working women’s lives and back a strong and inclusive international labour standard on violence and harassment in the world of work.  The call comes on […]

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20 Nov, 2018

Report Finds Workers Increasingly Aware of Digital Skills Gap, Yet Optimistic about the Future

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 19, 2018 – Udemy, the global marketplace for learning and teaching online, today released the “2018 Skills Gap Report,” the company’s third survey asking full-time workers directly how they feel about digital transformation and what, if anything, they’re doing to prepare and respond to workplace changes. According to the Udemy research, awareness […]

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20 Nov, 2018

Organized Retail Crime Losses Reach All-Time High – Annual Study

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– November 19, 2018 – Organized retail crime is continuing to grow, with nearly three-quarters of retailers surveyed reporting an increase in the past year, according to the 14th annual ORC study released today by the National Retail Federation. “Retailers continue to deal with increasing challenges and complications surrounding organized retail crime,” NRF Vice […]

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20 Nov, 2018

Airbnb to remove all vacation rental listings in illegal Israeli settlements

Announcement from Jewish Voice for Peace, 20 November 2018 HUGE, BREAKING NEWS. Airbnb just announced it’s removing all vacation rental listings on its site that are in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank!!! Two years ago we helped kick-start a deluge of public criticism on Airbnb for allowing settlers to profit off Palestinian’s […]

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20 Nov, 2018

New Index to map global peace over the centuries, and find ways to improve it

Sydney, November 19, 2018: (IEP media release) – The Seshat: Global History Databank (Seshat) and the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) have announced a partnership to launch the Historical Peace Index at the University of Oxford. The Index will use cutting-edge statistic methods and robust historical data to map Global Peace over thousands of […]

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15 Nov, 2018

World Leaders ‘Cannot Be Sleepwalkers’ about Rising Nationalism, Climate Change, UN Chief Stresses at Peace Forum

Paris, UN Media Centre — Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ address to the Paris Peace Forum, in Paris on 11 November: Ten years ago, in 2008, Lazare Ponticelli, the last known French veteran of the Great War, died at the age of 110. Every year on 11 November, Mr. Ponticelli, an Italian immigrant, honoured […]

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