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4 Aug, 2018

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

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

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4 Aug, 2018

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

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

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4 Aug, 2018

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

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

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4 Aug, 2018

ASEAN launches region-wide Car-Free Day initiative

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

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27 Jul, 2018

India sees rising crime against women, Dalits under Modi regime

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

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27 Jul, 2018

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

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

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27 Jul, 2018

Insurance company engages Malaysians to live healthier through #Laughforhealth Campaign

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

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24 Jul, 2018

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

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

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24 Jul, 2018

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

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

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24 Jul, 2018

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

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

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24 Jul, 2018

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

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

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24 Jul, 2018

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

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

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13 Jul, 2018

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

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

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13 Jul, 2018

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

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

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13 Jul, 2018

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

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

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12 Jul, 2018

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

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

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12 Jul, 2018

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

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

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12 Jul, 2018

Israeli police wreck work to renovate compound of Al Aqsa mosque

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

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12 Jul, 2018

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

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

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11 Jul, 2018

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

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

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11 Jul, 2018

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

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

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11 Jul, 2018

Battle of Imphal WWII Tours Expands Into Myanmar

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

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11 Jul, 2018

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

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

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10 Jul, 2018

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

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

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10 Jul, 2018

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

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

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10 Jul, 2018

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

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

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10 Jul, 2018

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

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

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9 Jul, 2018

Jewish fanatics raze hundreds of Palestinian vineyards

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

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9 Jul, 2018

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

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

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8 Jul, 2018

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

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

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8 Jul, 2018

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

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

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8 Jul, 2018

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

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

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8 Jul, 2018

FIFA President lauds ‘fantastic’ Russia-hosted World Cup

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

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8 Jul, 2018

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

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

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11 Jun, 2018

Study Surveys Workers on What Robots Could or Could Not Do

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

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11 Jun, 2018

Survey: Women Crush Men at Conquering Workplace App Overload

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

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11 Jun, 2018

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

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

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11 Jun, 2018

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

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

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11 Jun, 2018

Following Historical Budget Allocation, Canada Forecasts Thriving Life Science Industry

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

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9 Jun, 2018

Seafood Summit Convening in Barcelona to Tackle Tough Sustainability Questions

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

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9 Jun, 2018

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

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

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6 Jun, 2018

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

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

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23 May, 2018

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

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

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18 May, 2018

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

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

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18 May, 2018

First TIR transports in China advance Belt and Road prospects

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

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18 May, 2018

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

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

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16 May, 2018

Japanese operators set up Alliance of Responsible Tourism Agencies

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

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14 May, 2018

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

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

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14 May, 2018

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

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

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14 May, 2018

Small Luxury Hotels of the World adds five new properties

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

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14 May, 2018

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

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

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11 May, 2018

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

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

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11 May, 2018

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights lauds Malaysian election outcome

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

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11 May, 2018

IOGT International welcomes new alcohol taxes introduced in Peru

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

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11 May, 2018

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

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

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11 May, 2018

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

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

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11 May, 2018

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

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

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11 May, 2018

Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution launched in KL

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

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9 May, 2018

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

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

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5 May, 2018

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

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

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5 May, 2018

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

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

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5 May, 2018

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

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

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5 May, 2018

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

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

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4 May, 2018

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

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

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4 May, 2018

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

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

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3 May, 2018

Vejthani hospital in Thailand gets “Excellence” accreditation

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

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3 May, 2018

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

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

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3 May, 2018

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

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

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2 May, 2018

Mango Tree enters India with flagship restaurant in Mumbai

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

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2 May, 2018

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

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

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2 May, 2018

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

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

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2 May, 2018

Study Shows Tariffs Against China Would Destroy Thousands of American Jobs

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

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27 Apr, 2018

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

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

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26 Apr, 2018

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

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

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26 Apr, 2018

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

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

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26 Apr, 2018

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

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

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25 Apr, 2018

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

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

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25 Apr, 2018

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

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

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25 Apr, 2018

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

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

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25 Apr, 2018

Firm releases annual analysis of changes in the wealth management industry

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

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24 Apr, 2018

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

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

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24 Apr, 2018

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

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

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24 Apr, 2018

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

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

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24 Apr, 2018

European Commission plans stronger, EU-wide whistleblower protection rules

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

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23 Apr, 2018

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

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

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23 Apr, 2018

Transparency International lauds new EU proposals for whistleblower protection

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

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16 Apr, 2018

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

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

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16 Apr, 2018

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

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

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12 Apr, 2018

High demand for Environmental Technologies projected at IE Expo China 2018

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

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12 Apr, 2018

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

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

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12 Apr, 2018

Indonesia to hold Creative Product Festival 2018 in Malaysia

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

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11 Apr, 2018

China chides developed countries for overseas garbage dumping

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

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11 Apr, 2018

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

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

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11 Apr, 2018

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

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

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8 Apr, 2018

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

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

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8 Apr, 2018

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

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

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8 Apr, 2018

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

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

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6 Apr, 2018

Jewish billionaire’s role in fomenting Islamophobia coming to light

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

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6 Apr, 2018

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

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

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6 Apr, 2018

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

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

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