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24 Jan, 2020

Year of ASEAN Identity 2020 launched

Jakarta, January 21 (VNA) – The ASEAN Secretariat launched the Year of ASEAN Identity 2020 and presented awards for winners of the Year’s logo design competition on January 21. Speaking at the launch ceremony, Deputy Secretary General in charge of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak said 2020 is chosen as Year of ASEAN Identity to […]

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23 Jan, 2020

UN official outlines priorities to harness potential of Lao PDR’s young population

By Víctor Valdivieso, UNFPA Deputy Representative Vientiane, 22/01/2020 (KPL) The Lao PDR has one of the youngest populations in Southeast Asia, with over half (50.8%) of the population being between the age of 10 and 35 years (Lao Statistics Bureau [LSB], 2015). The age structure and demographic transition presents an advantageous direction and great potential […]

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23 Jan, 2020

Thailand helps fund US$65.6 million road access to Luang Prabang

Vientiane, 17 January 2020 – (KPL) This week witnessed an inauguration ceremony held in Chomphet district, Luang Prabang, for newly built Road 4B stretching 114 km between Hongsa district of Xayaboury and Xiengmen district of Luang Prabang. The road was built with THB 2 billion, approximately over US$65.6 million, including 80% as loan and 20% […]

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23 Jan, 2020

Should Indian airports prioritise duty-free financial health over human health?

Editor’s Note: Both alcohol and cigarettes are known health hazards. But they are also major revenue spinners for private companies and governments. The Indian government wants to cap the sales of both at the airport duty-free shops. Airports Council International Asia-Pacific opposes the move because it “is inconsistent with the Government’s fruitful efforts to date […]

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5 Jan, 2020

New Study Reveals Paid Family Leave Policies Lead To 20% Fewer Women Leaving The Workforce

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A new study funded by the March of Dimes Center for Social Science Research and conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), underscores the long-term effects of paid family leave on women’s participation in the workforce. The analysis of states that have implemented paid leave policies […]

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28 Dec, 2019

Families Of Americans Killed And Injured By Terrorists Sue Eight Multinational Corporations For Allegedly Financing The Attacks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Two lawsuits were filed today on behalf of hundreds of Americans, including members of more than 100 Gold Star families, against eight multinational corporations and the Islamic Republic of Iran, both of which stand separately accused of supporting a campaign of terrorism in Afghanistan that was led by al-Qaeda […]

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28 Dec, 2019

Simplicity and Sustainability top Agoda Research Travel Trend Expectations for The 2020s

Singapore, (agoda media release) December 27, 2019 – Single apps for all travel needs, passport free travel, and mobile app check-in are the top three ‘new travel norms’ expected by travelers in the next decade, according to new research by Agoda, the world’s fastest growing digital travel platform. With the continued advancement of technology, revolutionary […]

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27 Dec, 2019

New Decade: 2020 eCommerce Industry Threats and Predictions

TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) December 26, 2019 – According to a recent report, retail e-commerce sales around are projected to grow to 6.54 trillion in 2022. But this immense growth comes at a cost, with an additional cost burden of $3.00 for every $1.00 in payment fraud paid by merchants, and the rate of chargebacks increasing […]

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27 Dec, 2019

American Consumer Credit Counseling on Top Money Mistakes to Avoid in 2020

BOSTON (PRWEB) December 26, 2019 – Making better money choices allows consumers to strengthen their finances and avoid debt. Financial mistakes here and there may seem innocent, but they can add up quickly and lead to bad habits and financial disaster. To help, national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) explains five money mistakes consumers […]

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26 Dec, 2019

Over $24 Billion Was Lost in 2018 Due to Payment Card Fraud Worldwide – Report

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 23, 2019 – SmartMetric, Inc. (OTCQB: SMME) reported that in 2018, $24.26 Billion was lost due to payment card fraud worldwide. The United States leads the world in credit card fraud with 38.6% of reported card fraud losses in 2018. Credit card fraud increased by 18.4% in 2018 and is still increasing. […]

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24 Dec, 2019

Visitors to Malaysia will now breathe cleaner air

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 24 – Visit Malaysia Year 2020 is set to get off to a great start with the announcement that all PETRONAS stations across Malaysia are now supplying a cleaner fuel with 10 times less sulphur content than the previous category. The new Euro 4M RON 95 fuel is now already available at […]

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20 Dec, 2019

Top Thai developer MQDC to build Thailand’s first town purposefully designed for healthier, happier living

BANGKOK, Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), one of Thailand’s leading property developers, today, announced that it is increasing investment in its 48-hectare The Forestias development on the outskirts of Bangkok and expanding the project size from US$2.98 billion to US$4.14 billion to make it a new, global prototype for a […]

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19 Dec, 2019

European MPs say digital revolution facilitating tax avoidance by large companies

Brussels, 17 Dec 2019, (European Union media release) – Europeans expect EU action to ensure multinationals pay fair taxes on EU soil, MEPs said during a plenary debate on 16 December. The discussion centred on international efforts led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to modernise corporate tax rules in line with […]

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18 Dec, 2019

Indigenous Languages Face Extinction as Two Vanish Every Month, U.N. General Assembly told

United Nations, Dec 17, 2019 (UN press release and meetings coverage) — Indigenous languages are in danger of extinction unless concrete measures are taken to protect them, speakers warned today, as the General Assembly convened a high‑level event marking the conclusion of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the […]

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18 Dec, 2019

Economic growth does not make “knowledge workers” healthier, happier or richer

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest. With the decade coming to a close, what career goals are American knowledge workers focused on? The Work Resolutions Report by Zapier — Zapier Editorial Team / Published December 16, 2019 2020 is almost here and knowledge workers are thinking […]

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18 Dec, 2019

Conference to expose workings of Israeli Lobby in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The “Transcending the Israel Lobby at Home and Abroad” conference (IsraelLobbyCon) takes place all day on May 29, 2020, in Washington, DC, at the National Press Club ballroom. The conference will feature the following speakers: Gideon Levy is a columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. In his keynote speech […]

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18 Dec, 2019

Why the Shopping Experience adds to Festive Season stress

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Dec. 16, 2019 /CNW/ – At a time when holiday cheer should be at an all-time high, a majority of Canadians report that the busy holiday shopping season elicits feelings of stress. According to a recent survey commissioned by Staples Canada, 60 per cent of Canadians stated that they find holiday shopping […]

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18 Dec, 2019

Beware the Deadly Danger of Alcohol during the Festive Season

BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Many of us look forward to celebrations during the holidays, yet it is also a time when some people are more likely to drink beyond their limits than at other times of the year. Some will suffer adverse consequences that range from fights to falls to traffic crashes. […]

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17 Dec, 2019

How Israeli “fam-trips” help brainwash American decision-makers and the public

JERUSALEM, Dec. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — A bipartisan delegation of Secretaries of State from across the United States are visiting Israel with the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Project Interchange. The program features in-depth discussions on cybersecurity policies and practices at the state, local, and federal level as it relates to business services, election administration, and […]

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17 Dec, 2019

Asian NGOs blast Modi government, Delhi Police for violent student crackdown

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 17 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) unequivocally condemns the irresponsible and unprofessional conduct of the Delhi Police and the Union Government in orchestrating violent attacks against protesting students of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia University on 15 December 2019. FORUM-ASIA believes these were deliberate attempts […]

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17 Dec, 2019

‘Seasons Cheatings’: AARP Survey Finds Many Retirees at Risk from Holiday Scams

WASHINGTON, 12 December 2019, PRNewswire – Consumer fraud schemes escalate each year during the holidays, and a new research report, “Seasons Cheatings,” from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Fraud Watch Network finds that a significant number of consumers are at risk of becoming victimized by common seasonal scams. Nearly 20% of those surveyed […]

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17 Dec, 2019

Canadian Air Passenger Protection Regulations come into effect December 15

MONTRÉAL, 12 December 2019, CNW Telbec – The new federal Air Passenger Protection Regulations (APPR), partially in effect since last July, will come into force in its entirety on Sunday, December 15, at which time airlines will be subject to a new series of obligations intended to improve airline supervision and better protect travellers. Flight […]

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17 Dec, 2019

Paychex Identifies the Top 10 Regulatory Issues for Employers in 2020

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 12 December 2019, PRNewswire – Paychex, Inc., a provider of HR technology solutions for human resources, payroll, benefits, and insurance services, today identified the top 10 regulatory issues that employers should be aware of and prepared for in 2020. As business owners and HR managers plan for the year ahead, the list outlines the compliance topics […]

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17 Dec, 2019

“Evolution of Attacks on Online Users” eBook Details Attack Strategies and Tips for Improving Defenses

SAN FRANCISCO, 12 December 2019, PRNewswire – Castle, the user-centric account security company, today announced the availability of Evolution of Attacks on Online Users eBook. The eBook provides research that illustrates four new tactics cyberattackers are using to successfully take over accounts and exploit users. Castle is continuously researching attacks to improve threat modeling for […]

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17 Dec, 2019

Hoteliers warned of impending recession

BOCA RATON, Fla., 12 December 2019, PRNewswire – As 2020 rapidly approaches and the hotel industry is wrapping up its 10th consecutive year of growth since the Great Recession, hospitality industry professional MaryJo Finocchiaro, Chief Financial Officer at BRE Hotels & Resorts, offered her opinion on the hotel macroeconomic outlook for the coming year and […]

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17 Dec, 2019

Agoda Reveals Most Popular Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 16, 2019. – With only two weeks until New Year’s Eve, digital travel platform Agoda.com reveals Tokyo, Paris and Las Vegas are the destinations-of-choice respectively in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America for travelers celebrating New Year’s Eve. In Asia Pacific, Tokyo steadfastly continues to be the most popular destination to ring in the […]

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12 Dec, 2019

Southeast Asia: Jurists launch report on increasing restrictions on online speech

Bangkok, December 11, 2019 — The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today launched its report Dictating the Internet: Curtailing Free Expression, Opinion and Information Online in Southeast Asia at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT). The report looked at selected legal frameworks and case studies across ten countries in the region – mapping […]

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12 Dec, 2019

ASEANTA launched “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”

Pattaya, Thailand 29 November 2019, ASEANTA Press Release – ASEANTA launched “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” tourism business exchange platform to increase the international tourists spending per head from 877 USD to 1,500 USD by 2025. Mrs. Mingkwan Metmowlee, President of ASEANTA on behalf of ASEANTA committee in collaboration with public and private partners from 10 […]

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10 Dec, 2019

Seven Ways To Stay Sober During The Holidays

OTTAWA, Dec. 9, 2019 /CNW/ – 1000 Islands Wellness & Treatment Centre knows that during the holidays, it can be hard to stay sober, especially if you’re just beginning the journey to sobriety. If you have plans for the upcoming holiday season and you want to avoid drinking or taking drugs, keep the following tips […]

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9 Dec, 2019

Injunction Order Passed Against Messe Berlin, Organisers of ITB India

MUMBAI Dec. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — An injunction order has been passed against Messe Berlin, organisers of ITB Berlin, who recently launched ITB India. Fairfest Media Limited, organisers of the largest travel trade show in India – OTM Mumbai took Messe Berlin, a German State owned company to court for alleged breach of an NDA […]

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29 Nov, 2019

Head in the Cloud: Quebec City Museum Explores Human Impact of the Digital Revolution

QUÉBEC CITY, Nov. 27, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – In the great history of humanity, the appearance of writing, the invention of printing and the Industrial Revolution have been powerful drivers of change. Today, the advent of digital technology is even more disruptive—a little frightening even—due to the creation of this gigantic “cloud” that processes huge […]

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26 Nov, 2019

FREE DOWNLOAD: How to Hire, Develop, and Inspire Gen Z: A Study from The Workforce Institute at Kronos

LOWELL, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-November 25, 2019 –The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated today announced the final segment of a global study examining the attitudes of Generation Z1 – teenagers and early 20-somethings – in the workplace to reveal how employers worldwide can most effectively attract, develop, motivate, and retain talent within the next next-generation workforce. Completing […]

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26 Nov, 2019

With e-waste predicted to double by 2050, business-as-usual is not an option

September 19, 2019, United Nations University – A new report from the United Nations University-hosted Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative, published together with UN Environment, has highlighted future e-waste scenarios. Under a baseline scenario, the amount of e-waste will more than double by 2050, to reach approximately 111 million tonnes per year. But the […]

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25 Nov, 2019

New Research Reveals Most Consumers Unaware of Financial Data Collection Practices

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Clearing House (TCH) released the 2019 Consumer Financial Apps and Data Privacy Survey that shows there is a growing disconnect between what consumers think they know about financial data collection practices and what they actually know. The 2019 survey findings show that 54% of U.S. banking […]

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25 Nov, 2019

Human Rights Activist to be Deported by Israel

Washington, D.C. | November 24, 2019 | adc.org The targeting of human rights and peace activists by Israel continues to reflect the fact that it is indeed an apartheid state with complete disregard for international and human rights. Recently Israel has ramped up their denial of entry of peace activists and continues to move to […]

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24 Nov, 2019

Teamsters Applaud House Passage Of U.S. Workplace Violence Prevention Bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Teamsters Union applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Services Workers Act. The legislation would help protect workers by requiring employers in the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement a workforce violence […]

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24 Nov, 2019

Jaipur in Cross-hairs of Peace 4 Animals & Wildlife SOS “Refuse to Ride Elephants” Campaign

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Peace 4 Animals and Wildlife SOS have joined forces to launch the campaign “Refuse to Ride Elephants: End The Abuse” in India, which is aimed to raise awareness to the abuse and enslavement of the exploitative “elephant riding” tourism industry. While a pervasive problem throughout Asia, this campaign […]

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24 Nov, 2019

Peace 4 Animals & Wildlife SOS Launch “Refuse to Ride Elephants” Campaign in India

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Peace 4 Animals and Wildlife SOS have joined forces to launch the campaign “Refuse to Ride Elephants: End The Abuse” in India, which is aimed to raise awareness to the abuse and enslavement of the exploitative “elephant riding” tourism industry.  While a pervasive problem throughout Asia, this campaign focuses on the elephant riding industry in Jaipur, India, the epicenter of […]

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24 Nov, 2019

Kitchen Habits: New Survey Finds Time The No. 1 Barrier to Cooking More At Home

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 22, 2019 – A new survey by Rouxbe, the leading online culinary school, found that time is the top barrier to cooking more at home, followed by not having enough space, not having people to cook for, and needing better kitchen tools. Interestingly, while barriers exist, the majority of people […]

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24 Nov, 2019

FlexJobs Identifies 21 Higher-Paying Flexible Side Jobs to Consider this Holiday Season

BOULDER, COLO. (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 22, 2019 – According to a recent study, temporary employment, sometimes referred to as side jobs or side hustles, will grow to more than 3.2 million jobs by 2025—an increase of 8.5 percent from 2019. To highlight the variety of these types of jobs available to professionals, FlexJobs has compiled a […]

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24 Nov, 2019

Retirement Atlas launches website for researching senior living communities

PITTSBURGH (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 22, 2019 – Making a move to senior living can be the most complex, stressful, and expensive decision of a lifetime. Seniors and their families are often left scrambling for answers to fundamental questions: That’s why Retirement Atlas built a platform that combines more than a dozen datasets, from Medicare, the Department […]

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24 Nov, 2019

Ovation Travel Group Unveils New “Sunday in the City” Mini-FAMS in New York City for its Luxury Advisors

NEW YORK (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 22, 2019 –  Ovation Travel Group – one of the largest independently owned travel management and luxury leisure companies headquartered in the United States – today announced an initiative designed for its travel advisors to experience some of New York City’s most buzz-worthy hotel properties. “Sunday in the City” is an […]

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24 Nov, 2019

Pope Francis Meets Religious Leaders in Thailand, Urges Interfaith Cooperation

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (TNA) – To promote interreligious dialogue, Pope Francis on Friday met religious leaders at Bangkok’s, Chulalongkorn University, conveying a message for interfaith cooperation and mutual respect. In his address to the gathering at Thailand’s most prestigious university, Pope Francis said cooperation was needed more than ever in a world filled with complex […]

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24 Nov, 2019

Arabian Horse Association of Arizona Saddles Up for World’s Largest Horse Show

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 22, 2019- The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona (AHAA) is preparing for the return of the 65th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The world’s largest, family-friendly horse show runs Thursday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 23 and is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of spectators. “More […]

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22 Nov, 2019

New Protections Finalized for Corals, Sponges, Underwater Canyons off U.S. West Coast

WASHINGTON, 18 November 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Today, NOAA Fisheries issued final regulations to protect more than 140,000 square miles of seafloor habitat off the U.S. West Coast from destructive bottom trawling. Places protected include corals, sponges, rocky reefs and other important areas for marine life and ocean ecosystems. These safeguards for the living seafloor are in […]

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22 Nov, 2019

British Consumers Not Ready for AI and Want Higher Levels of Personalisation, New Study Reveals

READING, United Kingdom, 19 November 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – UK consumers are not prepared for the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and want brands to focus on delivering a seamless, personal digital experience instead, according to the results of a global survey commissioned by Acquia, the open digital experience company. Only two in five (44%) […]

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22 Nov, 2019

Santa Creates Sensory-Friendly Memories for Children With Special Needs

NEW YORK, 18 November 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – This holiday season, children with autism or other disabilities can enjoy a tradition that many families take for granted: visiting Santa Claus. “Santa Cares,” is a partnership between Cherry Hill Programs and Autism Speaks. Together, they are presenting an unprecedented 741 events in 581 shopping destinations across the U.S. […]

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22 Nov, 2019

Cybercriminals’ Holiday Traditions May Cost Consumers Hundreds of Dollars

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 19 November 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Today McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, announced findings from its recent survey, A Christmas Carol: Scam Edition, revealing that nearly half (48%) of Americans have been a victim of or know someone who has been a victim of robocalling in 2019, making it the worst scam of the […]

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22 Nov, 2019

Survey Shows Nearly All U.S. Consumers Plan Majority of Holiday Shopping Online

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Leanplum, a leading multi-channel engagement platform, today announced the results of a new study* that shows consumers are shunning brick-and-mortar stores this holiday season with over 95 percent choosing to buy half or more of their gifts online. As shopping online and via mobile devices quickly becomes the […]

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22 Nov, 2019

MGM Resorts International appoints Jyoti Chopra as Chief Diversity and Sustainability Officer

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (the “Company” or “MGM Resorts”) (NYSE:MGM) today announced award-winning diversity, inclusion and sustainability leader Jyoti Chopra as its Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Sustainability Officer. Jyoti will be based in Las Vegas and will report directly to President and COO, Bill Hornbuckle. She will […]

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22 Nov, 2019

Dating.com Launches Ultimate Guide for Surviving the Holidays with Your Significant Other’s Family

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The holidays are a crazy time of year, and a popular time to introduce new partners to the whole family. To help relieve some holiday stress, Dating.com, part of the Dating.com Group and the company behind numerous online dating sites, generated tips and tricks to survive both meeting your […]

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22 Nov, 2019

VolunteerNow connects American Airlines with more than 20 volunteer opportunities

DALLAS, Nov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — More than 2,000 American Airlines employees have generously given almost 5,000 hours of volunteer labor to nonprofits across Dallas Fort Worth since early June. National technology nonprofit VolunteerNow used its VOLY.org platform to connect the company to nonprofits in need. American Airlines employees helped with everything from crafting fleece blankets […]

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22 Nov, 2019

Legacy Hotel, Airline and Rental Car Brands Lag Far Behind Digital Leaders in Travel and Other Industries, J.D. Power Finds

COSTA MESA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 20, 2019 — When it comes to customer satisfaction, many of the travel apps and websites created by legacy hotel, airline and rental car brands are lagging those of digital native online travel agencies (OTAs) and travel industry disruptors, such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. But that’s not all. According to […]

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22 Nov, 2019

New Survey Reveals Toxic Cultures and Negative Behaviors Are Prevalent in the Workplace

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)- November 20, 2019 – EVERFI, Inc., a social impact education innovator, today released the findings of a new survey revealing that toxic1 behavior, distrust, and resentment, as well as egregious conduct like harassment, discrimination, and bullying are prevalent in today’s workplace. However, survey data also reveals that workplaces in which employees live and […]

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20 Nov, 2019

XPRIZE Announces US$10 Million Competition to Preserve Global Rainforests

LOS ANGELES, 19 November 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Today, XPRIZE, which claims to be global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, officially launched the $10M Rainforest XPRIZE. Registration is now open for teams interested in participating in the four-year global competition that calls on innovators to create technology capable of identifying […]

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20 Nov, 2019

Coalition Against Stalkerware: Organizations Combating Domestic Violence Team Up With I.T. Security Companies

WOBURN, Mass., 19 November 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Today, ten organizations – Avira, Electronic Frontier Foundation, European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, G DATA Cyber Defense, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, National Network to End Domestic Violence, NortonLifeLock, Operation Safe Escape and WEISSER RING – have launched a global initiative called the Coalition Against Stalkerware. What […]

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20 Nov, 2019

National Geographic Announces Best Trips of 2020

WASHINGTON, 19 November 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – With the publication of its annual Best Trips list, National Geographic announces the 25 must-see destinations and travel experiences for 2020. Within the list, 17 of the 25 destinations were nominated, researched, reported, and written in collaboration with National Geographic Traveler magazine’s 17 international editorial teams. With a goal […]

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20 Nov, 2019

Tips to Maximize Every Charitable Donation and Avoid Scams During Giving Season 2019

JENKINTOWN, Pa., 19 November 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – In anticipation of Giving Season, the final weeks of the year when donors make approximately 40% of all annual donations, and #GivingTuesday (Dec 3), the philanthropy experts at National Philanthropic Trust, one of the top grantmaking organizations in the US, share key tips to help empower and encourage all […]

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20 Nov, 2019

Communications Firm Reveals the Most Transparent Industries in the U.S.

ATLANTA, 19 November 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – Labrador, a global communication firm specializing in regulated disclosure documents, today announced the most transparent industries in the U.S. based on rankings determined in the inaugural U.S. Transparency Awards. The rankings, which compare the efficacy of corporate disclosure documents among the top S&P 250 companies by market capitalization trading on the […]

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15 Nov, 2019

How 1987 Visit Thailand Year Revolutionised Global Travel & Tourism

One of the world’s greatest tourism marketing extravaganzas, 1987 Visit Thailand Year changed the face of global Travel & Tourism. While establishing Thailand’s marketing genius, it also exposed the kingdom’s management deficiencies. Today, as the country prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International in 2020, the […]

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3 Oct, 2019

Independent Documentary charts Courageous Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War

LOS ANGELES, 30 SEPTEMBER 2019, PRWEB News – Kerry David of KDC Films has won yet another prestigious award with her powerful documentary, Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War. It One filmmaker’s journey to understand the complicated human/animal conflict and poaching crisis in Africa and Asia through the unique lens of […]

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3 Oct, 2019

Travelers Risk Index: Cyber Threats Are Top Overall Business Concern

HARTFORD, Conn., 30 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE – The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) today announced the results of the 2019 Travelers Risk Index, which found that cyber risks are the top concern among businesses of all sizes for the first time since the survey began in 2014. Of the 1,200 business leaders who participated in […]

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2 Oct, 2019

On Int’l Day of Non-Violence, UN Chief deplores “loathsome rhetoric directed at minorities”

United Nations, UN News Centre, 02 Oct 2019 — On Wednesday, the global community marks the International Day of Non-Violence, which this year coincided with the 150th anniversary of the birth of the global peace icon who led India to independence, Mahatma Gandhi. “His vision continues to resonate across the world, including through the work of […]

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1 Oct, 2019

Singapore, Japan retain top spots in Henley’s Global “Passport Power” Index

LONDON, Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As the global economy transforms and centers of power shift, Asia’s dominance appears to be unfaltering. Entering into the final quarter of 2019, Japan and Singapore retain a firm hold on first place on the Henley Passport Index, each with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 190 out of a maximum 227. […]

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26 Sep, 2019

Indonesia calls for end to anti-Muslim hatred, incitement at OIC meeting

Jakarta (ANTARA) 25 Sept 2019 – Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, chairperson of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Working Group meeting for Peace and Dialogue, highlighted the need to put a stop to hatred against Islam. “The trends of hatred, fanaticism, and intolerance against Islam continue to rise. The political rhetoric that […]

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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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