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17 Jun, 2016

Chinese President’s trip to CEE countries, Central Asia to boost Belt & Road Initiative

BEIJING, June 14 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s upcoming trip to Central and Eastern European Countries (CEE) and Central Asia from June 17 to 24 is expected to significantly boost the Belt and Road Initiative. During his trip to CEE countries as well as Central Asia, two key regions under the framework of the […]

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17 Jun, 2016

High-speed railway linking Shanghai and Kunming completed

GUIYANG, June 16, 2016, Xinhua– Workers finish the last part track of the high-speed railway linking Shanghai and Kunming in Guiyang, southwest China’s Guizhou Province, June 16, 2016. The whole track laying work of the 2,266 kilometer-long high-speed railway linking Shanghai in east China and Kunming in southwest China’s Yunnan Province was completed on Thursday. […]

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17 Jun, 2016

Bulletpoint highlights of India’s National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016

New Delhi, 15-June-2016 — The Minister of Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju released the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 in New Delhi today. This is the first time since independence that an integrated Civil Aviation Policy has been brought out by the Ministry. Speaking on the occasion Mr Raju said that the centre-piece of […]

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17 Jun, 2016

Security fears to boost Western Europe defence budgets by $50 Billion through 2019, IHS Says

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 16, 2016 – A deteriorating security situation has caused Western European defence budgets to rise for the first time in six years, according analysis released at the Eurosatory defence and security trade show by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight. Approximately $50 billion will be added […]

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17 Jun, 2016

Bangkok Bank President urges more local entrepreneurship in Mekong region

Following is the full text of the Keynote Address by Mr Chartsiri Sophonpanich, Bangkok Bank President, at the CLMVT FORUM 2016, on the topic of “Enabling Trade And Investment In CLMVT: The Role Of Banking And Finance In Regional Development”,  Thursday, 16 June 2016, Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand It is my great pleasure to […]

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17 Jun, 2016

Anti-Muslim sentiment in Germany hits record high

Berlin, (IINA) 16 Jun 2016  – The number of Germans with negative attitudes towards Muslims has hit its highest mark yet, Anadolu Agency reported citing the results of a recent study by Leipzig University released in Berlin on Wednesday. Some 50 percent of those surveyed said that they “sometimes feel like a foreigner in their […]

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15 Jun, 2016

UNWTO, The Netherlands to hold conference on Religious Heritage Tourism

To promote the role of religious tourism as an agent for cultural preservation, peace and understanding is the focus of the agreement undersigned by UNWTO and the Government of The Netherlands. The partnership includes the celebration of a conference on ‘Religious Heritage and Tourism: How to increase religious heritage tourism in a changing society’” that […]

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15 Jun, 2016

Bali Preparing for Jazz Market by the Sea, 19-21 Aug 2016

Bali, June 2016… Jazz market by the Sea is back for it’s 6th year! As always there’s the best of the Indonesian jazz scene, hotly-tipped emerging talent and exciting cross genre artists, with a programme that truly brings something for everyone. Attracting not just music fans, the festival includes vibrant market stalls showcasing local arts […]

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15 Jun, 2016

Father’s Day Survey Reveals What U.S. Dads Want Most: A Vacation

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American dads have spoken, and what they most want for Father’s Day this year is: a vacation. According to new research from Ebates, the online cash back shopping and subsidiary of the global internet services company Rakuten, loving children and spouses should be browsing for vacations and getaways, because Dad is hoping to get […]

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14 Jun, 2016

Visa Study: Households Traveling Internationally Will Surpass 280 Million By 2025

SAN FRANCISCO, 9 June 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) today released the results of a new study that forecasts a significant increase in international travel by households globally over the next decade. The study estimates that roughly 282 million households will plan at least one international trip per year by 2025, up nearly 35 percent […]

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14 Jun, 2016

Tourico Holidays Sees Strong Growth in U.S. Hotel Bookings from Europe, Asia

NEW ORLEANS, 9 June 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–Tourico Holidays, a leading wholesale travel brokerage, today shared data revealing a significant increase in year-over-year hotel bookings into the United States from Europe and Asia – with 20 percent growth and 19 percent growth respectively. The jump in inbound hotel activity was due, in large part, to a […]

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14 Jun, 2016

Humana Works to Break Americans’ Habit of Spending 93% of Life Indoors

CHICAGO, 9 June 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–As a proud partner of the National Park Service Centennial, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is encouraging Americans to get out and enjoy nature this summer. Humana’s increased emphasis on embracing the health benefits of the outdoors is supported by a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by the company, which revealed […]

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14 Jun, 2016

New Airbnb Feature Allows Employees to Book Business Travel for Co-Workers

SAN FRANCISCO, 8 June 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–Airbnb today announced the launch of a new tool that allows employees to book business travel for co-workers. As business travel has tripled in growth on Airbnb in 2016, this new feature allows business partners like travel managers and executive assistants to be able to book Airbnb listings on […]

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14 Jun, 2016

Millennials at Forefront of Shift toward “Experience-Based” Spending – Research

NEW YORK, 9 June 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–The Millennial Generation is the largest in U.S. history and will heavily influence the fortunes of commercial real estate and the retail sector for the next half century, according to The Age of Experience-Based Retail, a new study by the research arm of MetLife Investment Management (MIM). The Millennial […]

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14 Jun, 2016

It’s official: Much more growth potential in Merchants of Death than Industry of Peace

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–13 June 2016 – Global defence trade reached a record-breaking $65 billion in 2015, according to the annual Global Defence Trade Report released today by IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight. The report examines trends in the global defence market across 65 countries and is based upon 40,000 […]

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13 Jun, 2016

Turkish tourism praises extension of Eid al-Fitr holiday to nine days

Compiled by Imtiaz Muqbil & Sana Shamsi

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 13 June 2016 (08 Ramadan 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA MALAYSIA, SAUDI ARABIA SIGN MoU TO BOOST TOURISM […]

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13 Jun, 2016

Airport and Marine Port Security Market to double to US$110.5 billion by 2025 – Report

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 07, 2016 – Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Airport and Marine Port Security Market by Security Technology, by Service (Facility and Asset Management, System Integration, Training and Consulting), by Infrastructure Type, by Region (NA, Europe, APAC, MEA, LA) – Global Forecast to 2025” report to their offering. The airport […]

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13 Jun, 2016

Increase in Terrorist Activities to Propel Defense Technology Market – Technavio Report

LONDON–June 08, 2016  – As asserted repeatedly by Travel Impact Newswire over the years, terrorist attacks are manna from heaven for the military-industrial complex and the security industry. Both are set to make windfall profits, drive economic growth and create jobs which, of course, will be good for alleviating poverty and meeting the UN Sustainable […]

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9 Jun, 2016

UN agency announces world’s first illegal fishing treaty now in force

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 5 June 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it. “This is a […]

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9 Jun, 2016

UN unveils first-ever global standard to measure food loss and waste

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 7 June 2016 – A partnership of leading international organizations, including the United Nations, has announced the launch of a first-ever global standard to measure food loss and waste while at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit currently underway in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Food Loss and Waste Accounting […]

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9 Jun, 2016

Global Trades Union survey: Worst Year for Workers Rights, Free Speech and Democracy

Brussels, 9 June 2016 (International Trade Union Confederation OnLine): Weakening of workers’ rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 ITUC Global Rights Index.  Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out […]

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9 Jun, 2016

World Bank loans US$500 million to help Hebei Province, China, cut deadly air pollution

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2016 (World Bank media release) — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a loan of $500 million to help China’s Hebei Province reduce air pollutants. “Hebei has the highest annual average PM2.5 concentration in the Jing-Jin-Ji (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) region. It is also responsible for about 70% of the emissions in […]

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6 Jun, 2016

ASEAN uses economic analysis to assess anti-competitive practices

Putrajaya, 6 June 2016 (ASEAN media release) – A Regional Workshop on Economic Analysis for Competition Law Enforcement was held on 1-2 June in Putrajaya, Malaysia to discuss the role and scope of economic analysis within the context of Competition Policy and Law (CPL). The workshop serves to highlight the significance of economic analysis in […]

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5 Jun, 2016

Australia urged to raise alcohol taxes, ban alcohol sponsorship in sport

CANBERRA, June 1 (NNN-Xinhua) — The Australian government should ban alcohol sponsorship in sport, introduce higher alcohol taxes and mandate “lockout laws” to reduce alcohol-related harm, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health provider has said. St Vincent’s Health Australia has released its health “wish list” ahead of the 2016 federal election, and has urged both major […]

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2 Jun, 2016

Path to happiness lies in good health and a good job, OECD Better Life Index shows

Paris, 31 May 2016, OECD media release – Being healthy and having a good job are two of the most important ingredients associated with subjective well-being, according to the latest data from the OECD’s Better Life Index. It shows life satisfaction is generally highest in Denmark, Norway and other Nordic nations, as well as in […]

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2 Jun, 2016

Now Available: An Unrivalled hiSTORY of Asia-Pacific Travel & Tourism

Bangkok – Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil, the Asia-Pacific Travel & Tourism industry’s leading journalist-cum-historian, has curated 36 years of reports, notes, research and interviews into an unrivalled collection of Travel & Tourism hiSTORY. Now available for public presentation via lectures, university courses and/or keynote speeches, this authoritative and compelling collection of STORIES […]

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1 Jun, 2016

Singapore travel agents association ushers in “next-generation” Executive Committee

Singapore – The newly-reelected President of the National Association of Travel Agents of Singapore (NATAS) has set his sights on fulfilling three major objectives which in fact apply not just to his constituency but the global travel agency community at large. Mr. Devinder Ohri was re-elected NATAS President at the 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) […]

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31 May, 2016

1.7 M Expat Workers in Oman in April 2016

Muscat, May 28 (ONA) —- The total number of expatriate workers in the Sultanate witnessed an increase by the end of April 2016 totaling 1,763,710 workers increasing by 1% when compared with 1,747,097 workers by the end of March 2016. The report issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) revealed that expatriate […]

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31 May, 2016

Hotels Will Lead Global Public Relation Robots Market Through 2020 – Technavio Report

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– May 30, 2016 – According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global public relation robots market is expected to grow at a CAGR of about 26% during the forecast period. This research report titled ‘Global Public Relation Robots Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of […]

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31 May, 2016

Halal, Vegan Drive Ethical Label Market Projects 5% Growth per Year by 2020

London, 26 May 2015,(Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) — Global Market Research Company Euromonitor International launched today the new Ethical Labels database, responding to the growing movement towards sustainability, social responsibility and transparency on labels. According to the new research, halal and vegan labels are set to grow by a compound annual growth rate of over 5 percent […]

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31 May, 2016

Philippines: Peace panels affirm partnership for continuity of Bangsamoro peace process

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 May 2016, (PNA) — The Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels concluded their May 29-30 special meeting in the Malaysian capital with the signing of the Declaration of Continuity of the Partnership of the GPH and MILF in the Bangsamoro Peace Process. In a […]

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31 May, 2016

New global poll: Corporate greed, corruption fraying trust in democracies

Brussels, 31st May 2016 (ITUC Online): Multinational companies are putting the brakes on global growth with a business model built on low wages according to a new poll from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released at the OECD Forum in Paris, the annual meeting of high income developed economies. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC […]

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31 May, 2016

ASEAN meeting to monitor effectiveness of competition policy and law enforcement

BANGKOK, 27 May 2016 (ASEAN media release) – A Brainstorming Session to Monitor the Effectiveness of Competition Regimes in ASEAN was held on 25-26 May in Bangkok, Thailand. The session is part of the initiative to develop an Assessment Toolkit on Competition Enforcement and Advocacy tailored to the ASEAN context under the ASEAN Competition Action […]

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30 May, 2016

300+ Stakeholders Convene for Meeting to Broaden Asia-Pacific Tax Collection

JAKARTA, Indonesia, (BUSINESS WIRE), 26 May 2016 – Fiscal officials from 15 Asia-Pacific countries met this week with leading academic specialists and private-sector representatives in Jakarta, Indonesia for the 13th annual “Asia-Pacific Tax Forum.” The meeting, organized by the International Tax and Investment Center (www.iticnet.org), in cooperation with the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance, […]

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30 May, 2016

Thai Medical agencies join hands to seek herbal cures for cancer

BANGKOK, 19 May 2016 (NNT) – An agreement has been signed by three medical bodies on their cooperation to research and develop cancer drugs from herbal ingredients. Participating in the agreement signing ceremony were heads of the three agencies, which consist of the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Medical Services and the Government Pharmaceutical […]

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30 May, 2016

Upgraded marketing, training facilities offered to Thai restaurants

Bangkok, 27 May 2016 (PR Department) – The Ministry of Commerce is starting to push for the promotion of the Thai restaurant business as a rising star in the country’s service industry. Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said that the policy to promote the restaurant business would generate more income for the country. It focuses on […]

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30 May, 2016

“Indonesians’ assets kept abroad are larger than those at home” – VP Jusuf Kalla

Jakarta (ANTARA News), 29 May 2016 – Indonesia is lagging behind other countries in economic development because of its own wrong policies, not because it lacks capability or potential, Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla said. “If we had not spent too much money on fuel subsidies in the past 10 years, we would have earned […]

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30 May, 2016

California hails Small Businesses as “economic engines”

SACRAMENTO, Calif., (BUSINESS WIRE), 25 May 2016 -Today, over 20 California governmental agencies, 25 small business organizations and 90 California State Legislators come together to recognize small business owners from across the state for their hard work and success. The annual event honors a few of the millions of small businesses that serve as the […]

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30 May, 2016

U.S. now seeking ways to quell “excessively long” airport security lines

WASHINGTON, (BUSINESS WIRE), 26 May 2016 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded the members of the House Homeland Security Committee for introducing legislation intended to help reduce the excessively long security lines experienced by passengers, particularly at the country’s largest airports. The Checkpoint Optimization and Efficiency Act of […]

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30 May, 2016

91 major reservoirs of India report huge water shortage

New Delhi, Press Information Bureau,  27 May 2016 – The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on May 26, 2016 was 26.816 BCM which is 17% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This was 55% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 79% of storage of average of last ten years. The […]

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30 May, 2016

Gallup chairman warns universities: Disruption Is Coming

By Jim Clifton GALLUP, 19 MAY 2016 (The Gallup Organization) – Do we need universities anymore? What if they ran out of customers? Google announced it is hiring employees without college degrees, and Ernst & Young made a similar decision in the U.K. last fall. Both organizations see less value in a traditional college degree. […]

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28 May, 2016

U.S. behind dwindling leftist influence in Latin America: Argentinian Professor

HAVANA, May 13 (Xinhua) — The U.S. government aims to stamp out progressive governments in Latin America with the help of its conservative allies, Argentine political observer Atilio Boron told Xinhua. During a recent conference in Havana, the Harvard-educated professor and author said Washington launched a plan in 2013 to reinstate its influence in Latin […]

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28 May, 2016

Chinese commentary: ‘Money politics’ erodes US political systems

BEIJING, (Xinhua), May 17, 2016 – With estimated record spending, the 2016 presidential election will be one of the most “money-burning” in the US history, which demonstrated that “money politics” is eroding the US political systems. Bloomberg has predicted that 10 billion US dollars will be spent on the 2016 US election, which has outnumbered […]

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28 May, 2016

The Price of “Growth”: Asia Pacific Fast Losing its Unique Biodiversity – UNEP report

Nairobi/Bangkok, 22 May 2016 – Despite some progress in tackling growing threats to biodiversity and ecosystems on its lands, forests and waters, Asia and the Pacific is fast losing its unique flora and fauna. The rapid economic growth in the Asia Pacific region, accompanied by increased resource use by a growing urban and middle-class population […]

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27 May, 2016

For F&B Managers: Top 12 Ways World Can End Hunger, Stem Environmental Damage from Food Systems

Nairobi, 25 May 2016 (UNEP media release) – A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) says. In its latest report, the IRP – a consortium of 34 internationally renowned scientists, […]

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25 May, 2016

First star-rating report of Travel & Tourism press releases launched

Bangkok – Travel Impact Newswire has launched what is claimed to be the first report conferring a star-rating on travel and tourism industry press releases. In a revolutionary effort to “disrupt” the generally low-quality content and structure of industry releases, and force improvements, Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil has set the ball rolling […]

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21 May, 2016

354 European human rights, church groups, trade unions & political parties call on EU to back right to boycott Israel

The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCPalestine) issued this Press Release on May 18, 2016 : More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of […]

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21 May, 2016

Cvent Reveals 2016 List of World’s Top Meeting Destinations

TYSONS CORNER, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 17, 2016 – Cvent, Inc. (NYSE: CVT), a leading cloud-based enterprise event management company, today revealed its annual list of the top 50 cities for meetings and events in the United States, and the top 25 cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the Asia Pacific (APAC) regions. […]

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21 May, 2016

Terror Attacks Spark Fears of Veteran Travellers by More than 50%, New Study Shows

ALEXANDRIA Va., May 20, 2016 – The Association of Corporate Travel Executives expresses its condolences to the families of those lost aboard EgyptAir MS804 flight from Paris to Cairo. While the cause remains unknown at this time, this crash will create fear and anxiety to travellers considering the rise in number of terrorist attacks. In a […]

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21 May, 2016

Faith Matters: Fear-mongering vs. fearlessness

By Jimmy E. Jones 05/20/16 New Haven Register – “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning terror, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” In spite of these eloquent words uttered during his first […]

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19 May, 2016

Chinese consortium prepares for Singapore-Malaysia rail bidding

Beijing, (China Daily) May 14, 2016 – A Chinese consortium is preparing to bid for the high-speed project linking Malaysia’s Capital Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, a source with China Communications Construction Group said on Friday. The source in Beijing-based CCCG, a major construction enterprise of transportation infrastructure and dredging projects, said that consortium members are […]

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19 May, 2016

Xinhua commentary: World not safer with the US as its policeman

By CHEN WEIHUA Washington DC., 2016-05-13 (China Daily) – When Elizabeth Trudeau, director of US State Department Press Office, read a statement on Tuesday about a US Navy surface ship “exercising the right of innocent passage” while transiting near China’s Yongshu Reef that day, she said it was to uphold the rights and freedoms of […]

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19 May, 2016

ADB, Japan-Assisted Project to Promote Tourism Jobs in Mon State, Myanmar

18 May 2016 – YANGON, MYANMAR (ADB media release) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar today signed an agreement for a $3 million grant to support the development of tourism-based micro and small enterprises in Mon state. The grant, from the Japan Fund for […]

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19 May, 2016

Demonising Muslims in media, avoiding root causes, makes violence more likely, new study shows

PHILADELPHIA, May 17, 2016, (AFSC media release) – Islamophobia is at work in our national media, according to an original content analysis by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and justice organization. The analysis shows a disturbing narrative link between Muslims and extremism, and then over-represents violent responses to politically motivated conflict. […]

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17 May, 2016

Xinhua News Analysis: Gazans desire for peaceful life amid spiral of conflicts

by Keren Setton JERUSAELM, May 14 (Xinhua) — The wounds from the 2014 war between Israel and the Hamas in Gaza have not healed yet and it seems the region is headed to another round of violence — the only question is when. In recent weeks, the Israeli army has discovered underground tunnels that Hamas […]

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13 May, 2016

Chinese Commentary: Rising nationalism, growing identity crisis spoil Europe Day

STRASBOURG, May 8 (Xinhua) — Europe Day, celebrated by all European countries annually on May 9, takes place this year around the theme of diversity, a notion often claimed to be at the heart of the European project. This 2016 edition, however, has been spoiled by the rise of nationalists in a European Union (EU) […]

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13 May, 2016

Post-80s and 90s born first-class passengers surging in China

Beijing, chinadaily.com.cn, 2016-05-06 — China’s post-80s and 90s born have surpassed the 70s to become the major force of first-class and business-class passengers, and the number is still growing, according to the first season report issued by Ctrip on Wednesday. The report shows that among these two kinds of seats takers, those born in 80s […]

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13 May, 2016

New Data Shows U.S. Female-Headed Households See Higher Levels of Poverty, Hunger

WASHINGTON, 06 May  2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–Women, particularly single mothers, are disproportionately affected by poverty and hunger, according to a new analysis, Hunger and Poverty among Female-Headed Households, released today by the Bread for the World Institute. “Female-headed households make up just over half of American low-income households with children,” said Asma Lateef, director of Bread for the […]

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13 May, 2016

Gaza mothers strive to avoid poverty, balance life & career

GAZA, May 8 (Xinhua) — In a tiny rundown house in the overcrowded Shati refugee camp in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, Hayat al-Hessi, her husband and five kids struggle to survive poverty and destitution. While the world marks Mother’s Day on Sunday, life is treating 60-year-old al-Hessi so roughly and pushing her already poor family […]

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11 May, 2016

More countries commit to tackle tax evasion, avoidance in now “unstoppable movement”

Paris, OECD news release – 11/05/2016 – The OECD and the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes announced today that Bahrain, Lebanon, Nauru, Panama and Vanuatu have now committed to share financial account information automatically with other countries. With these new commitments, 101 jurisdictions around the world have committed to […]

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11 May, 2016

Israel imposes travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti

Palestinian BDS National Committee / Mondoweiss — May 10, 2016 – Israel has officially refused to renew the travel document of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in a move that amounts to a travel ban and is an escalation of its attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders who nonviolently advocate for […]

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10 May, 2016

Jewish fanatic settlers continue Palestinian land-grabs

JERUSALEM, May 9, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers on Monday raided and took over a Palestinian-owned home in the Old City neighborhood of Jerusalem, claiming it was their property. Witnesses told WAFA that a group of settlers guarded by policemen broke into a three-storey building owned by local Youzbashi clan. The seized home overlooks the […]

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4 May, 2016

Taiwan honoured at ATM for show of strength following recent earthquake

Dubai, 28 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the region’s leading travel industry showcase, has named Taiwan as the recipient of the New Frontiers Recovery Award 2016 at a special presentation that was also broadcast on ARN radio on the final day of the annual event. “We wanted to recognise Taiwan not […]

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4 May, 2016

ATM 2016: BSI lays down guidelines for tapping into eco tourism

Dubai, 26 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – BSI, the world-leading business standards company and respected international certification body, provided a compelling case for organisations in the region to adopt international best practice standards and certifications during an interactive seminar session on day one of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016, as Dubai Corporation for Tourism and […]

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4 May, 2016

ATM 2016: Mid-Market Hotel Debate set to rage on through 2020

Dubai, 28 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – The influence of Millennials and their preference for quality over luxury, as well as the rise of a new breed of trendy and tech-friendly mid-market hotel brands, was the focus of a dedicated PwC-hosted panel session today (27 April 2016), with a line-up of international hoteliers stressing the […]

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4 May, 2016

Empower women in hospitality, says DUKES boss

Dubai, 27 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – Women in the workforce have been in the spotlight in the UAE recently with three companies launched in recent weeks designed to help women find career roles – Hopscotch, Mums@Work and Making Mumpreneurs added to the recent announcement that eight women had been handed ministerial roles in the […]

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4 May, 2016

Middle East traveller mobile transactions hit double digits

Dubai, 27 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – Newly released data from travel industry research authority, Phocuswright, has revealed that mobile transactions from Middle East travellers are set to hit double digits for the first time ever in 2016 as consumers become increasingly comfortable using their handheld devices for travel purchases. Addressing a full house […]

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4 May, 2016

YouGov travel trends report released at ATM 2016

Dubai, 26 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – YouGov has unveiled the results of its latest Travel Booking Trends study for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region today (26 April), day two of ATM 2016, with one of the key findings highlighting that 51% of respondents claim the concept of virtual […]

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4 May, 2016

ATM 2016: Industry leaders map out sustainable future of UAE tourism

Dubai, 26 April 2016 , (ATM Press Release) – The Future of the UAE as a Global Tourism Hub was the headline session opener for the all-new Global Stage at ATM 2016 yesterday (Monday, 25 April 2016), as eight of the Emirate’s leading tourism and hospitality minds shared their experience and insight into opportunities for sustained […]

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4 May, 2016

Five ATM 2016 exhibitors come out on top in Best Stand Awards

Dubai, 28 April 2016,  (ATM Press Release) – The winners of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016 Best Stand Awards were announced at a photo-call on the show floor on 27th April. The four-strong panel of judges had toured more than 423 main stand holders across 10 exhibition halls covering the full spectrum of the […]

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2 May, 2016

Report: Half of older Australians living with disability

Canberra, Australian Bureau of Statistics Media Release, 29 April 2016 – Just over half (50.7 per cent) of Australians aged 65 and over reported living with disability in 2015, compared to one in 8 (12.5 per cent) aged under 65, according to new data published today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). First results […]

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27 Apr, 2016

Australia bans drones at ANZAC day events

Canberra, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, 26 April 2016 — People with drones are being warned not to fly near ANZAC Day ceremonies or marches. Civil Aviation Safety Regulations generally do not allow drones to be flown near or over groups of people or within 30 metres of people. Drones could also pose a safety risk […]

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26 Apr, 2016

UN launches toolkit for floods early warning in transboundary river basins

Bangkok (ESCAP News) 26 April 2016 — Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most disaster prone region, is home to many transboundary river basins that are perennially affected by large scale flooding. Recent advances in science and technology, especially space technology applications, have enabled longer lead times of up to five to eight days for […]

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25 Apr, 2016

UK ‘preferred’ destination for Middle East travellers in 2015

DUBAI – Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, has announced that room nights from outbound business originating from the Middle East region increased by 21% in 2015, when compared with 2014. According to Preferred Hotels & Resorts boking data, the UK, France, […]

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25 Apr, 2016

DUKES Dubai hotel spices up its culinary offering in partnership with Indian restaurant Khyber

DUBAI – Indian food is one of the most popular cuisines in Britain, which is why it’s only natural for English hospitality brand DUKES to be bringing the best of Indian fine dining to the stellar line-up of restaurants at its upcoming property on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Khyber at DUKES Dubai was officially announced […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Launch of dedicated Wellness & Spa Lounge at ATM 2016 to highlight rapid growth of high value tourism

DUBAI – This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is shining a light on the burgeoning wellness tourism sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which has been identified as the second fastest growing market in the world for spas after Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the 2014 Global Spa and Wellness Economy Monitor […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Biggest ever ATM 2016 to focus on mid-market travel

DUBAI – Arabian Travel Market (ATM) organiser, Reed Travel Exhibitions, is all set for this year’s event, which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 25-28 April 2016. Following the success of last year’s spotlight theme, which was family travel, the focus for the 23rd edition is on mid-market tourism – a […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Nepal, the Philippines and Taiwan shortlisted for ATM New Frontiers Recovery Award 2016

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has revealed the 2016 shortlist for its annual New Frontiers Recovery Awards, with three Asian nations nominated for this year’s award, which will be announced on Thursday 28th April during ATM. The shortlisted destinations Nepal, the Philippines and Taiwan have all been recognised for dealing with the dual impact of significant […]

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25 Apr, 2016

TIME Hotels Rewards Extra Loyalty program, partners with VOILÀ Hotel Rewards in global loyalty programme first

UAE-based TIME Hotels has announced the launch of TIME Hotels Rewards Extra, a new brand loyalty programme designed to recognise its growing community of globe-trotting guests with a raft of benefits including room upgrades, luxury amenities, priority reservations amongst others. Developed in partnership with VOILÀ Hotel Rewards, a world-leading provider of loyalty programmes for independent […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Crystal Lagoons develops technologies to produce water without using energy

Dubai: Crystal Lagoons, the patented technology developer of giant crystalline lagoons, is reporting strong worldwide interest in new technology developed by the company to deal with humanity’s biggest problem – potable fresh water shortage – which affects over one billion people worldwide. Crystal Lagoons’ experimental desalination technology project is a ‘zero energy’ solution that would […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Dubai developer Seven Tides to launch hospitality division at ATM 2016

Marking its first Arabian Travel Market (ATM) appearance under the brand banner of Seven Tides Hospitality, the new hospitality division of Dubai developer Seven Tides International, will unveil its latest development plans for the beach club and provide an update on its latest project the British-themed DUKES Dubai on Palm Jumeirah. Speaking about the new […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Kuwait to invest US$1 billion in tourism sector by 2025

Kuwait returns to Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016, which takes place 25-28 April, as investment into the travel and tourism sector is forecasted to grow by 4.3% per annum over the next decade through to 2025, with a total investment figure of KWD 276 million (USD 1 billion). Kuwait’s strategy for long-term tourism growth received […]

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25 Apr, 2016

ATM 2016 gives responsible tourism green light

Dubai – Responsible tourism will headline several seminar theatre sessions at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016 as government legislation, increased focus on the traveller footprint and the impact of natural disasters on country economies put the spotlight on the importance of effective sustainable travel strategies. In 2015, ATM welcomed over 50 exhibitors with a responsible […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Oman to showcase US$35 billion 25-year tourism vision at ATM 2016

Oman continues to work on leveraging its international profile, which saw inbound tourism numbers rise by an average of 7.4% per annum in the decade 2005-14 and 1.4 million international tourism arrivals targeted by 2019, up from 1.1 million in 2015. The Reed Travel Exhibitions team were in Muscat last Februrary, to meet with key […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Qatar tourism receipts to reach $7.2 billion by 2025

According to the Qatar Tourism Authority 3 million visitors arrived in 2015, Doha targets 4 million by 2020; expanding tourism product to boost tourism GDP contribution in the next decade with significant investment into new rail network, hotel pipeline and leisure facilities Qatar’s tourism and hospitality industry is building momentum as it enters the second […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Bahrain targets tourism receipts worth US$1 billion by 2020

Bahrain returns to ATM this year to showcase its expanding hotel and tourism infrastructure with an active hotel pipeline of 13 properties, 3,000 hotel rooms and with tourism expected to contribute US$1 billion by the end of the decade. The increase in rooms, which are split between the luxury and four-star brackets, is set against […]

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25 Apr, 2016

TIME Hotels Management offers insight to Tomorrow’s World at ATM 2016

UAE-based hospitality company, TIME Hotels Management, is highlighting the impact it is making on local and regional communities at Arabian Travel Market 2016 thanks to an impressive roster of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, including the recently-launched digital platform, Tomorrow’s World (www.tomorrowsworld.ae). The forward-thinking website makes it easy for hotel guests, and all those with […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Four Crystal Lagoons to feature in US$250 million development in Egypt’s Sokhna mountains

Crystal Lagoons, the patented technology developer of giant crystalline lagoons and only global company with the technological capability to make the development of giant controlled manmade bodies of water economically viable, has joined forces with Egyptian real estate development company, TatweerMisr, to develop the first man-made lagoons in the Sokhna mountains. The development will bring […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Stellar seminar line-up sets the agenda at ATM 2016

More than 50 wide-ranging seminar and tech theatre sessions are scheduled at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 25-28 April 2016. Panellists will be flying in from around the world to contribute to discussions, with topics including mid-market travel, luxury, aviation, technology trends, spa and wellness tourism, […]

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25 Apr, 2016

UAE’s Al Khoory Hotels to open 1,100 three and four star rooms by 2019

The mid-market hospitality sector is set to grow significantly in the UAE, over the next few years, primarily due to the upcoming Expo2020 envisioned by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Ruler of Dubai. Other contributing factors for the growth are […]

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23 Apr, 2016

Arab-Americans launch campaign against blatant NYPD Surveillance of their communities

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | April 21, 2016 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) strongly encourages Arab residents of New York City and those impacted by the NYPD mass surveillance program to comment on the Proposed Modifications to the “Handschu Guidelines” for Investigations Involving Political Activity. Click here to read ADC’s comments on the proposed modifications to the […]

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23 Apr, 2016

Europe-wide campaign launched to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing for all

Brussels, 15 April 2016, European Commission press release — The European Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in cooperation with the Netherlands EU Presidency have launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages, which is the world’s biggest campaign in this area. Focusing on sustainable work and […]

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23 Apr, 2016

‘Two-state solution in danger,’ warns new report from UN office on Middle East peace process

United Nations, 14 April 2016, (UN News Centre) – The viability of a two-state solution, which envisages peaceful co-existence of both Israel and Palestine, is in danger due to the negative trends on the ground, including recent violence, ongoing settlement activity, demolitions, incitement, and the absence of Palestinian unity, a new United Nations report warned […]

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23 Apr, 2016

Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to four-fold return – UN report

United Nations, 13 April 2016, (UN News Centre) – Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year, and every one dollar invested in scaling up treatment leads to a return of four dollars in better health and ability to work, according to a new study led by the United Nations health […]

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22 Apr, 2016

Experts Convene in Bangkok for Session on Advancing Standardization of Geographical Names

NEW YORK, 21 April (United Nations Statistics Division) — The twenty-ninth session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names will convene from 25 to 29 April, at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Conference Centre in Bangkok. Organized by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Governments, religious ideologies, oligarchs all now a threat – World Press Freedom Index 2016

The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published on 20 April, 2016, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels. Ever since the 2013 Index, RSF has been calculating indicators of the overall level […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Palestinians losing US$285m a year under “arrangements” with Israel – World Bank

BETHLEHEM, Palestine, Apr 19 (NNN-MA’AN) – The Palestinian Authority (PA), is losing up to $285 million a year, under its current economic arrangements with Israel, the World Bank said. The global financial institution announced the finding, in Brussels, a day before it presents its full report to the Ad Hoc Liaison committee, which decides on […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Australia to launch campaign to curb domestic violence that claims one life every week

Canberra, 20/04/2016 Media release, Minister for Social Services and Minister for Women – An A$30 million national campaign designed to help break the cycle of violence against women and their children will begin on Sunday 24 April. “Stop it at the start” targets the disrespectful attitudes and behaviours adults might dismiss or ignore in young […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Chocolate industry exposé : Companies get richer, farmers get poorer

Geneva, 21 April 2016, UNCTAD press release – Cocoa farmers in some of the world’s poorest countries are scarcely benefitting from a value chain which sees goods made from their crops, such as chocolate and cocoa butter-based cosmetics, sold for a premium in developed economies, a new UNCTAD report has found.  The report, the Cocoa […]

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21 Apr, 2016

FREE Download: ADB publication “Together We Deliver 2015: Partnerships Against Poverty”

Manila, ADB media release, April 2016 – Strong partnerships create better outcomes by improving coordination, providing specialized knowledge and expertise, and convening larger amounts of financing for ADB projects. Fourteen stories from across Asia and the Pacific highlight successful projects that demonstrate development impact, best practices, and innovation. They were implemented through the hard work of ADB’s developing member countries […]

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