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1 Sep, 2016

G20 Hangzhou summit to discuss documents on inclusive finance

BEIJING, 26 August 2016,  (Xinhua) — The upcoming G20 Summit will discuss three important documents on inclusive finance to guide the sector’s development globally, a Chinese central bank official said on Friday. The documents, which are about high-level principles, a new indicator system and funding services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), will be submitted […]

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1 Sep, 2016

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank set to hit 90 member states

Beijing, 26 August 2016, (People’s Daily Online)–The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will review more than 30 new membership applications beginning in September, and the bank may have as many as 90 members by early 2017, outstripping the membership numbers of U.S. and Japan-led Asian Development Bank (ADB), said Jin Liqun, the bank’s president, at […]

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1 Sep, 2016

China’s richest man offers solutions to bring Chinese visitor spending back home

Beijing, 26 August 2016, (People’s Daily Online) – “Chinese overseas spending is growing by double digits. This is a problem that needs our attention. To change the situation, we not only need tariff reductions and good quality domestic products, we also need the government to get involved a high level,” said Wang Jianlin, chairman of […]

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1 Sep, 2016

People’s Daily Editorial: Four major tasks G20 Hangzhou summit is expected to accomplish

Beijing, 23 August 2016, (People’s Daily Online)–The G20 summit in Hangzhou is scheduled to take place on Sept. 4 and 5. It is regarded as the next in a line of globally influential events hosted by China, coming after the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in 2014. The summit, as China’s most important diplomatic event […]

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1 Sep, 2016

Japanese shrine Prayer Hall restoration wins top honor in UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards

BANGKOK, 1 September 2016 (UNESCO media release) — The Restoration of the Sanro-Den Hall at Sukunahikona Shrine in Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. A total of 13 winning projects from six countries – Australia, China, India, Iran, Japan and Pakistan […]

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23 Aug, 2016

Low petrol prices not being passed on to motorists: Aussie consumer watchdog group report

Canberra, 22 August 2016, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission media release — The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s latest report on the Australian petroleum industry shows that average petrol prices in 2015–16 were at their lowest levels since 2002. However, gross retail margins also increased to their highest levels, indicating that the full benefits of […]

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22 Aug, 2016

Exclusive Compilation: Highlights of the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum

A compilation of progressive, positive, inspiring and motivating events and developments in the world of Islam for the week ending 22 August 2016 (19 Dhul Qa’dah 1437). Pls click on any of the headlines below to go to the story. ============ A WORD FROM MY SPONSORS: TOURISM MALAYSIA AUGUST MARKS INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR MALAYSIA Proclamations […]

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20 Aug, 2016

China to push for new rules to stabilise global financial governance

by Xinhua writer Xiong Ping BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) — Global financial governance desperately needs to continue to overcome hurdles to become more stable and resilient, as it has now entered a period of risk exposures. The global financial crisis emerging in 2008 has exposed the flaws of the existing global financial system and highlighted […]

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20 Aug, 2016

Muslim, Sikh Groups Launch ‘Twitterstorm’ Urging FIBA to Drop Hijab Ban

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/19/16) – Later today (3-5 p.m. EDT) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join with MPower Change and the The Sikh Coalition to launch a “Twitterstorm” urging the Switzerland-based International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to permanently lift the ban on athletes wearing religious attire when it issues a final decision on its […]

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20 Aug, 2016

Nine out of ten US tourists more likely to visit Britain following Brexit vote

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 17, 2016  – London remains a top destination for US tourists following the EU referendum vote, according to new research, with two thirds of US visitors pledging to return to the capital. Analysis carried out by London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional company, shows that London’s booming tourism trade is set […]

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20 Aug, 2016

Human suffering at highest level since founding of UN

New York, 19 August 2016, (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs): On World Humanitarian Day, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, is calling for increased global leadership to address humanitarian crises. “Today, the scale of human suffering is greater than at any time since the United Nations was founded. A record 130 million people are […]

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19 Aug, 2016

13 Unusual Things Job Seekers Have Done To Get Noticed, like Kissing the Hiring Manager

CHICAGO, Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — When you’re applying for a job, you don’t just want to get noticed, you want to stand out as the best applicant the hiring manager has ever seen. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, candidates are doing some creative and crazy things, but are they really helping them get […]

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11 Aug, 2016

Gulf residents favour Southeast Asia for summer breaks

Dubai, Aug 9, 2016, Media release distributed by Shamal Marketing Communications — According to Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Gulf residents spinning the globe in search of exciting destinations in which to enjoy summer breaks are being drawn to Southeast Asia with direct air routes, the affordability factor, cooler temperatures and an ample choice of accommodation […]

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11 Aug, 2016

$81 Billion Mobilized In 2015 to Tackle Climate Change – Joint MDB Report

MANILA, PHILIPPINES  – ADB News Release – 9 August 2016 –  Climate finance totaling $81 billion was mobilized for projects funded by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) in 2015. This included $25 billion of MDBs’ direct climate finance, combined with a further $56 billion from other investors. The latest MDB climate finance […]

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11 Aug, 2016

Dutch Chamber hosts first luncheon talk on Historic Success of Thai Tourism

Bangkok – The Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce has become the first in Thailand to host a luncheon talk on the inspiring history behind the phenomenal success of the Thai tourism industry. Two of Thailand’s longest serving travel trade journalists, Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor of Travel Impact Newswire, and Don Ross, Editor of TTR Weekly, gave […]

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30 Jul, 2016

Singaporean Museum hosts World’s First Exhibition on History of Christian Art In Asia

Singapore – The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) presents Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour, the world’s first exhibition on the history and spread of Christian art in Asia. This is also the ACM’s inaugural special exhibition after an extensive revamp last year. Asia has played a significant role in the spread of Christianity […]

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24 Jul, 2016

UNESCO: How Satellite Imagery Can Help Monitor Threatened Cultural Heritage

Singapore, Asia-Europe Museum Network media release, 9 July 2016 – A report published by UNESCO and UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) in late June illustrates how satelllite imagery analysis can help to assess potential damage to cultural heritage sites today. The report, which includes examples from Iraq, Nepal, Syria and Yemen, covers […]

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24 Jul, 2016

Study Shows Positive, Long-Term Effects of Science Museums

Singapore, 15 June 2016 (Asia-Europe Museum Network media release) – Science museums and fairs have clear positive effects in the long term, both for its visitors and for the cities hosting them. This is the main conclusion drawn from a study undertaken in six Spanish cities, where nine scientific culture initiatives (science museums, planetariums, science […]

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21 Jul, 2016

Muslim Passenger Removed from American Airlines Flight

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16) – (CAIR media release) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a major Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to investigate a possible bias motive for the removal of a Muslim passenger from an American Airlines flight in December of 2015. [NOTE: CAIR filed […]

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20 Jul, 2016

First Russian-made business jet delivered to Royal Thai Air Force

Bangkok, July 15, 2016, (Russian embassy media release) – Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) held a roll-out ceremony of two Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) aircraft built for Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF). The aircraft will be providing VIP transportation services for Thai top officials and government leaders as well as to the High Command of Thailand. […]

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6 Jul, 2016

UN officials call for global consensus, preventive approach to combat terrorism, violent extremism

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 30 June 2016 – The unprecedented levels of terrorism and violent extremism on a global scale requires balanced implementation of commitments made through collective action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized, calling on the international community to act with unity and resolve to address “this major scourge of our time.” “We […]

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6 Jul, 2016

Four UK Muslims detained for days in Israel for trying to visit Al-Aqsa mosque

Jerusalem, (IINA), Sunday 03 Jul 2016 – Four British Muslims including a 10-year-old boy who planned to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque were detained and deported from Israel, Middle East Eye (MEE) reported. The Muslims who were held for several days in an Israeli detention centre were earlier this week removed from a Monarch Airlines flight back […]

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5 Jul, 2016

On World Day, UN hails cooperatives as drivers of sustainable future

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 2 July 2016 – Cooperatives are an old idea but more relevant than ever as they can be the drivers of a sustainable future, senior United Nations officials said on the International Day of Cooperatives today, urging Governments to create an enabling environment for these groups to thrive and grow. […]

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5 Jul, 2016

UN rights expert deplores conviction of tax whistleblowers in LuxLeaks trial

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 30 June 2016 – A United Nations independent human rights expert today deplored the conviction of two whistleblowers who revealed how tax avoidance and tax evasion occurred in Luxembourg banks in the so-called LuxLeaks scandal. “Whistleblowers are heroes of our time and serve society and human rights,” said Alfred de […]

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4 Jul, 2016

PayScale Releases New Report “Underemployed: The War on the American Worker”

SEATTLE, Washington, (PRWEB), 29 June 2016 – PayScale, Inc., a leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software, today announced its new report “Underemployed: The War on the American Worker.” The study included data from 962,956 workers collected between 3/21/2014 and 3/21/2016. “There are many economic indicators followed by business and policy leaders to gauge […]

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4 Jul, 2016

OECD releases guidance to strengthen transparency in int’l tax reporting

PARIS, OECD Press Release, 29 June 2016 – Today the OECD has taken a new step in its continuing efforts to boost transparency in international tax matters with the release of Guidance on the Implementation of Country-by-Country (CbC) Reporting. The OECD/G20 BEPS Project set out 15 key actions to reform the international tax framework and ensure that profits are […]

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4 Jul, 2016

Dominican Republic, Nauru join the most powerful instrument against offshore tax evasion and avoidance

PARIS, OECD Press Release, 28 June 2016 – Today, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, Mrs Rosa Hernández de Grullón, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to France and Mr John Petersen, Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Nauru, signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters in the presence of Deputy Secretary General […]

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29 Jun, 2016

UN Chief: Closure of Gaza Suffocates Its People, Stifles Economy, Impedes Reconstruction

GAZA, June 28, 2016 (WAFA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday arrived at Gaza city through Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing, starting his trip to the besieged coastal enclave by delivering a speech to UN staff, said UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson. Ban visited the UNRWA-run al-Zaytoun girls primary school where he addressed staff and students, […]

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27 Jun, 2016

Israel, a “democracy,” proposes legislation to gag civil society groups

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 24 June 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged Israeli lawmakers not to approve the bill that would, in effect, target non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are critical of Government policy. The experts expressed grave concern that the legislation would chill the speech of human rights NGOs by […]

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27 Jun, 2016

First Int’l Conference on Domestic Violence and Batterer Intervention to be held July 10

Portsmouth NH (PRWEB), June 25, 2016 – The first Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs (ADVIP) international conference will be held July 10, 2016 at the Portsmouth Sheraton Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in conjunction with the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Conference. In the aftermath of several highly-publicized incidents involving musicians and sports celebrities, […]

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27 Jun, 2016

Alcoholism and drug abuse have caused havoc in India and worldwide, says President

New Delhi, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, 26-June-2016 – The President of India, Prof Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Awards for Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse today (June 26, 2016) in New Delhi on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and […]

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27 Jun, 2016

AHF: New Meningitis Outbreak Hits Gay Men in Los Angeles & OC

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 24, 2016 – Three years after a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis killed two Los Angeles gay men and a San Diego student, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials today issued a Department of Public Health (DPH) ‘Health Alert’ warning that a new outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease is once […]

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24 Jun, 2016

US Federal Aviation Administration Recognizes Local Authority in New Drone Regulations

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a win for local governments and local decision-making authority, new rules issued this week by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on unmanned aviation systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, recognize that city leaders should play a role in regulating how, when and where drones operate in their communities. The […]

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24 Jun, 2016

110 Factors That Shaped Thai Tourism

Bangkok – The record-breaking Thai travel & tourism industry is now recognised as the country’s leading economic sector, with enormous growth potential in the years ahead. This achievement did not happen by chance. It is the result of Policies, Products, Promotions and most important, the hard work of great People, especially women,  who shaped and […]

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24 Jun, 2016

London Offers Greatest Opportunities for UK Women in Tech, New Study Reveals

LONDON, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ –London’s tech community offers the greatest opportunities for British women in tech with 40 per cent of the entire country’s female tech workforce employed in the capital, according to research released during London Technology Week, and coinciding with Computer Weekly’s top 50 UK Women in Technology awards. The survey of […]

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24 Jun, 2016

Terrorism fears boosting U.S. travel insurance business – Squaremouth report

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The threat of terrorism is not preventing Americans from traveling, but it is prompting travelers to take more precautions. Leading travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth reveals notable trends in travel insurance sales that indicate how travelers respond after a terrorist attack. Is Terrorism Affecting How Americans Travel? More […]

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23 Jun, 2016

European economy slowly recovering but legacies of crisis remain and new challenges are emerging – OECD Report

Paris, 10 June 2016, OECD Newsroom – The European economy is gradually recovering but further policy action will be required to address unresolved legacies of the global economic crisis that are weighing on growth and major new concerns that have emerged, according to two new OECD reports. The latest OECD Economic Surveys of the European Union […]

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23 Jun, 2016

Samoa: World Bank aviation project expanded

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6 June 2016, The World Bank News – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$16.62 million credit to the Independent State of Samoa to expand the scope of work under the Samoa Aviation Investment Project, further advancing the objective of improved safety and security of international air transport and […]

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23 Jun, 2016

Europe is underachieving in the global competition for talent – OECD Report

Paris, 7 June 2016, OECD Newsroom –  The European Union should reform its legal labour migration policies to get its fair share of the global talent pool, according to a new report published by the OECD. Europe is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and this requires a coordinated, bold and comprehensive response by Member States. […]

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22 Jun, 2016

HealthSparq’s First Health Care Shopping Trends Report Explores the People Behind the Data

PORTLAND, Ore., 21 June 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–HealthSparq, a company dedicated to empowering people to comparison shop for their health care, today released a first-of-its-kind 2015 Health Care Shopping Trends Report that explores what matters most to health care shoppers. The report used data from 237,000 people who pulled 523,000 cost estimates using HealthSparq’s cost estimator tools in […]

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22 Jun, 2016

Samsung Unveils Plan to spend $1.2 Billion on Research and Development of Internet of Things

WASHINGTON, 21 June 2016, Business Wire – Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman & CEO Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon unveiled today Samsung’s vision for ‘Human-Centered IoT,’ including a strategy to spend $1.2 billion over 4 years for U.S.-based Internet of Things (IoT) R&D and investments. This will be led by the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, Global Innovation Center […]

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22 Jun, 2016

‘Unprecedented’ 65 million people displaced by war, persecution in 2015 – UN

United Nations, 20 June 2016, UN News Centre – The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a […]

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22 Jun, 2016

Myanmar must address ‘serious’ human rights violations against minorities – UN rights chief

United Nations, 20 June 2016, UN News Centre – Issuing a new report on the situation of minorities in Myanmar, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has urged the Government to take concrete steps to end the “systemic discrimination” and ongoing human rights violations against minority communities, particularly the Rohingya […]

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21 Jun, 2016

ASEAN Character Award 2016 opens for applications

TOKYO, 20 June 2016, (ASEAN secretariat media release) – The ASEAN-Japan Centre has opened the call for applications for the ASEAN Character Award 2016. Content-related companies from ASEAN Member States are encouraged to apply before 22 July 2016. The ASEAN Character Award was established by the ASEAN-Japan Centre and LLP ASEAN Creative Supporters in 2014 […]

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21 Jun, 2016

China puts squeeze on imported TV shows and remakes

Beijing, (China Daily), June 20, 2016 – China’s media regulator has issued a directive limiting imported TV shows and remakes, aiming to promote domestic originality. Insiders have called for more training of producers. With authorized remakes of foreign TV reality shows gaining popularity in China, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television […]

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21 Jun, 2016

Israel approves $21.3m aid for illegal West Bank settlements

RAMALLAH, 20 June 2016, (WAFA) – The Israeli government, in its weekly meeting on Sunday, approved an additional 82 million shekels (about $21.3m) of aid to illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, according to Israeli media. The funds include 15 million shekels to cover extra security expenses; 10 million shekels for temporary housing and […]

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21 Jun, 2016

China implements trans-provincial departure tax refund

Beijing, (People’s Daily Online), June 20, 2016 – A tourist from Italy bought clothes in the Florentia Village in Tianjin and on the morning of June 17, he smoothly went through customs and got a departure tax refund in the Beijing Capital International Airport. This was the first case of a trans-provincial departure tax refund […]

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21 Jun, 2016

Palestinian Foreign Ministry: Israel has begun annexing settlements

RAMALLAH, 20 June 2016, (WAFA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, in a statement Monday, that Israel’s recent approval to disburse $21.3m in aid to illegal settlements in the West Bank means that Israel practically started to annex the settlements. It said that, for instance, Israel’s enforcement of the Investment Promotion Law in the West Bank settlements, […]

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21 Jun, 2016

Fastest China-Europe train sets record time of 10.5 days

CHENGDU, 14 June 2016, China Daily — Container trains from China’s Chengdu, Sichuan Province, to Europe will take only ten-and-a-half days to complete a one-way trip, the fastest among China-Europe trains. The 41 trans-continent carriages departed the Southwest China city on June 8 wearing the newly-launched unified logo for China-Europe freights, the “China Railway Express” […]

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21 Jun, 2016

China’s large passenger aircraft to take flight, trillion-dollar industry clusters will take shape

Beijing, 14 June 2016, People’s Daily Online – China’s independently developed C919 large passenger jetliner will take its first flight later this year and complete the follow-up technical verifications as early as 2017 before being delivered, Economic Information Daily reports on Tuesday. The success of the maiden flight indicates that the domestically produced large passenger aircraft C919 has […]

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21 Jun, 2016

Construction of 55-km, HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge making progress

Beijing, 20 June 2016, China Daily – Experts say construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017. Starting from the Lantau Island in Hong Kong, the Y-shaped bridge will have a total length of about 55 km, including a 6.7 km underwater tunnel and a 23-km […]

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21 Jun, 2016

World’s first passenger drone may fly over Nevada this year

LOS ANGELES, 19 June 2016, (Xinhua) — The world’s first drone capable of autonomously carrying a person may test-fly in Nevada later this year, the United States, Chinese Aerial technology company EHang Holdings Limited told Xinhua on Sunday. The Chinese company based in China’s southern province of Guangdong and the state of Nevada are trying […]

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21 Jun, 2016

New global poll: Transition to digital economy must deliver justice and fairness to all workers

21 June 2016 (ITUC OnLine): Technology itself is not a threat to decent work – it is how it is managed and in whose interest that matters, said international labour unions ahead of an OECD Ministerial meeting on the Digital Economy in Mexico. “The digital revolution provides opportunities for decent jobs and quality services if […]

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21 Jun, 2016

Now everyone can fly, so why can’t all service sectors? Thai Central Bank chief asks

Bangkok – In a landmark speech on June 17, Mr Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand, praised the economic growth generated by open-sky policies and the low-cost airlines in the Greater Mekong Subregion, and asked why all the other service sectors cannot follow suit. Delivering the Keynote Address on “Financial Connectivity in Cambodia, […]

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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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