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29 Jan, 2012

UN Marks Holocaust Day; Criticises Israeli Demolition of Palestinian Homes

The following five Press Releases were published back to back by the UN News Centre last week. Well worth thinking about. (Click on each link to go to the story) Jan 23: New Online Tool Featuring Video Testimonies Of Holocaust Survivors Debuts At UN Jan 25: Raising Awareness Of Holocaust Essential To Prevent Acts Of […]

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28 Jan, 2012

Negotiation US style – Opinion – DAWN.COM

LIKE individuals, nations have a style, an attitude and an outlook. They are reflected most strikingly in the style of their diplomacy. Our region is at a crossroads today. Afghanistan holds the key to regional peace; so does Iran. The United States` diplomacy on both will make the big difference between peace and protracted conflict. […]

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28 Jan, 2012

Indian Realtors plagued by Rs 120,000 cr debt as banks play hardball – Hindustan Times

The (Indian) real estate sector, which has seen a 36% surge in its outstanding debt at Rs 120,000 crore so far in 2011-12, has become a cause for concern to the banking industry. Most real estate firms including the big daddies such as DLF, Unitech, Parsvnath have sizeable debt on their books. While they are […]

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28 Jan, 2012

Torture, lawlessness abound as Libya ‘victory high’ ends | The Jordan Times

Violent crime and clashes between armed militants are running rife in Libya as the jubilation of last year’s liberation fades, to be replaced by the harsh and unromantic reality of building a new state. Although much less frequent than the celebratory shooting in the weeks after Muammar Qadhafi died in October, the sound of gunfire […]

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27 Jan, 2012

Europe Hotel Room-Nights Hit 1.6 billion in 2011, up 3.8%

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Brussels, (January 26, 2012) – In 2011, the number of nights spent in hotels and similar establishments1 in the EU27 reached a peak of 1.6 billion nights, up by 3.8% compared with 2010. The evolution of the number of nights spent in hotels in the EU27 showed alternating phases of growth and decline over the […]

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27 Jan, 2012

More Than Half of “Happiness Country” Bhutanese Are Not Happy

Gyalsten K Dorji, Kuensel / Asia News Network

26-01-2012, The Gross National Happiness index based on results of the GNH 2010 survey shows that 41 per cent of Bhutanese can be classified as happy, while 59 per cent are “not-yet happy”, according to an analytical presentation available on the GNH website. The categorising was determined by a sufficiency threshold and a happiness threshold. […]

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27 Jan, 2012

Financial Short-Termism Obstructs Sustainable Change in Business: Experts

UN Environment Program Media release

Nairobi/ Paris, 26 January 2012  – Financial short-termism represents a critical barrier to businesses’ transition to sustainability, according to a new poll. The latest wave of The Sustainability Survey – GlobeScan and SustainAbility’s regular survey of attitudes across businesses, NGOs, academia and government – reveals that a very large majority (88%) of the 642 experts […]

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26 Jan, 2012

Diverse, Flexible Manpower Models Will be Key To Success – HR Consultancy Report

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DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Manpower (NYSE: MAN), a supplier of contingent and permanent recruitment workforce solutions from ManpowerGroup, today called for organizations to adjust their workforce strategy to incorporate a more flexible, agile approach if they hope to successfully navigate the Human Age in a new insight paper published at the World Economic […]

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26 Jan, 2012

UN Outlines Five-Year Action Plan to Build ‘The Future We Want’

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25 January 2012, UN News Centre – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined a series of actions he believes the global community must take over the next five years to build “the future we want.” In a speech to the General Assembly last September Mr. Ban had presented five imperatives – or generational opportunities – that […]

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26 Jan, 2012

Gallup Poll: Americans’ View of Big Business, Big Gov’t At Record Low

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by Frank Newport. www.gallup.com PRINCETON, NJ, January 19, 2012 — Americans’ satisfaction with the size and power of the federal government is at a record-low 29% and their satisfaction with the size and influence of major corporations remains near the all-time low at 30% — making both highly susceptible targets for politicians and presidential candidates […]

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26 Jan, 2012

Europe Seeks Reform of Data Protection Rules to Boost Privacy, Cut Business Costs

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Brussels, 25 January 2012 (European Commission – Press release) – The European Commission today proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU’s 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe’s digital economy. Technological progress and globalisation have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. In addition, the 27 […]

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25 Jan, 2012

Which U.S. Presidential Candidate Would Avoid Another War?

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(PRWEB) January 25, 2012 – If America is truly at a crossroads as many of the GOP candidates hint towards, which of the current presidential candidates would best serve our nation in avoiding war and keeping the peace? LatexMattress.org has sponsored an informative infographic of each candidate’s position on several important issues of our day […]

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25 Jan, 2012

Britons Feel Life Getting Too Complicated – Insurance Company Survey

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CARDIFF, Wales, January 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Admiral MultiCar, the UK insurance company, has revealed that Britain is a complicated place to live, according to new research. It shows that over half the population believe their lives are too complicated, with money, work-life balance and family issues causing the complication. The car insurance specialist found […]

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25 Jan, 2012

Half of Real Estate Investment Concentrated in 30 Cities — JLL Report

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DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As world leaders gather to address global challenges at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, a new report by Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) reveals that more than half of all global real estate investment resides in 30 cities.  A quarter of the total investment is […]

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25 Jan, 2012

Stress Reducing Strategies for Chronically Unhappy Wives

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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 25, 2012 — In 2009, AOL and Women’s Day took a poll that revealed 70% of American women seriously admitted they were considering divorce. “Obviously, women are not happy and believe that breaking up their marriage and starting another relationship will bring them the happiness they desire. This is an overwhelming […]

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25 Jan, 2012

New Report Highlights Role Of Universities in Entrepreneurship, Job Creation

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LOS ANGELES and WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation today announced a new report titled Universities in Innovation Networks: The Role and Future Promise of University Research in U.S. Science and Economic Policymaking by USC Vice Provost for Innovation Krisztina “Z” Holly. This is the fourth report in a series […]

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25 Jan, 2012

Labour Leaders Demand Jobs, Growth And Equity In Davos

25 January 2012 (ITUC, WEF media releases): The international union movement has put its case for the reform of capitalism at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week with five principles for dealing with current economic challenges. Addressing political and business chiefs, trade union leaders from Indonesia, USA and the UK and the international […]

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25 Jan, 2012

Jewish Casino Baron Behind Anti-Muslim Films Being Shown to NY Cops

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NEW YORK, N.Y., 1/24/12, (CAIR Media Release) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to offer a concrete plan to help counter the misinformation about Islam and Muslims provided to almost 1,500 officers through the screening of “The Third Jihad,” […]

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25 Jan, 2012

US Public Now Focussed on Poor Economy But Still Backs “Tough Stand” on Iran

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Washington DC., Jan 23, 2012 (Pew Research Centre Media Release) – As the 2012 State of the Union approaches, the public continues to give the highest priority to economic issues. Fully 86% say that strengthening the economy should be a top priority for the president and Congress this year, and 82% rate improving the job […]

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25 Jan, 2012

STR Global Releases World Hotel Performance Results 2011

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Hotels in Venice, Abu Dhabi, Santiago and Asian cities such as Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore were among the big winners of 2011, according to hotel occupancy and revenue data compiled by STR Global and released on January 24. The performance of Bangkok was a surprise inclusion. Cities worldwide showed the impact of both […]

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24 Jan, 2012

World Economic Forum 2012 Gives Youth A Chance to Speak Out

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Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 24 January 2012 (WEF Press release) – A new worldwide essay competition will tap into the ideas and energy of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers Community in order to tackle the growing youth unemployment crisis. The Global Shapers, a worldwide network of people aged between 20 and 30 who have demonstrated […]

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24 Jan, 2012

Western Economic Crisis Has Cost 27 Million Jobs, And It’s Not Over Yet

The global economic crisis increased the number of total unemployed by 27 million, raising to 1.1 billion people the number of people out of work, most of them young people, women and those already poor, according to a blistering report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a United Nations agency. Mincing no words, the report […]

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23 Jan, 2012

Chinese Researcher: Beware Of US Game Over Iran

By Mei Xinyu (China Daily)

The author is a researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, affiliated to the Ministry of Commerce. Published in China Daily, 2012-01-20 — The United States is expediting its efforts to persuade its allies like Japan and the Republic of Korea to reduce their oil imports from Iran. Even the European […]

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23 Jan, 2012

World Economic Forum: Most Global Experts Fear Looming Geopolitical Disruption

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Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 23 January 2012 (World Economic Forum media release) – Fear among international experts of a major geopolitical disruption over the next 12 months has risen significantly to 54%, just as confidence in the state of global cooperation has dropped, according to the World Economic Forum’s third Global Confidence Index. The bleak outlook at […]

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23 Jan, 2012

Demographic Trends: Sex Selection Scourge Still Shows Preference for Boys

UNFPA Press release, 16 January 2012 – The sex-ratio imbalance that has plagued certain Asian countries has been increasing in the last few years with one exception, the Republic of Korea, while a few  European countries, including Albania, Armenia and Montenegro, are showing rises too. Moreover, some regions of China, India and Viet Nam — […]

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23 Jan, 2012

IMF Now Says Asia Can Help Europe Recover From Crisis

David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Text of Speech at Asian Financial Forum, Hong Kong, 16 January 2012. (As prepared for delivery) Introduction Good afternoon. It is my great pleasure to be here. I’d like to thank the Hong Kong government for inviting me to this important event and to all of you for taking the time to join us. In […]

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23 Jan, 2012

Logo Design Competition for Future Int’l Center for Women Artists in Amman

UNESCO Press Release – The Foundation of the International Center for Women Artists (ICWA) is inviting graphic designers from all over the world to take part in a design competition for its logo. A jury will award the overall winner a prize of US$2,000 while the two runner-ups are to receive US$500 each. The deadline […]

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23 Jan, 2012

Asia Needs New “Energy Plus” Systems: UNDP

Bangkok, 19 January 2012, UNDP Press release — New analysis from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), based on case studies from across Asia and the Pacific, calls for a set of “energy plus” services – one that combines access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, supplement incomes […]

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23 Jan, 2012

Palestinian Family Lives in Constant Fear of Jewish Settler Attacks

Burin, Israeli-occupied West Bank, January 2012 — “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person… No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home… Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks,” state Articles 3 and 12 of the Universal Declaration […]

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22 Jan, 2012

Thailand Recognises Palestine, So What’s Next?

Originally Published: 22 January 2012 Thailand’s recognition of a Palestine state brings the kingdom in line with the growing majority of countries that have gone down that path. At the same time, the timing of the recognition cannot be disassociated from the arrest of the alleged Lebanese terrorism suspect, and the anti-Arab/Muslim hysteria now raging […]

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21 Jan, 2012

UN Leadership Camp Helps Youth Use Sport To Tackle Social Issues

Doha/Geneva (UNOSDP) 20 January 2012– The inaugural ‘UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp’ concluded yesterday in Doha after eleven days of intense learning. Twenty-nine young people from nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Palestinian Territory enhanced their leadership skills on how to use sport to address pressing social issues affecting their underprivileged communities. At the end […]

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21 Jan, 2012

Holiday Season Saw More U.S. Retail Sales, But Fewer In-store Shoppers

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Despite continued economic uncertainty, holiday shoppers bought more this year than last, giving retailers two holiday seasons with year-over-year sales increases in a row. According to ShopperTrak — a provider of retail and mall foot-traffic counting services — national retail sales, when compared to the same period last […]

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21 Jan, 2012

IBM Launches New Analytics Tools for Social Business

ARMONK, N.Y., Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled new software and services that delivers comprehensive networking capabilities to the increasingly social savvy workforce. Now, organizations can apply analytics to their social business initiatives, allowing them to gain actionable insight on social networking sentiment anytime, anywhere and put it to work in […]

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21 Jan, 2012

Rising Number of Headphone-Wearing Pedestrians Getting Hit by Cars, Trains

BALTIMORE, Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Listen up, pedestrians wearing headphones. Can you hear the trains or cars around you? Many probably can’t, especially young adult males. Serious injuries to pedestrians listening to headphones have more than tripled in six years, according to new research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the […]

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21 Jan, 2012

2020 Women on Boards Launches Gender Diversity Directory

BOSTON, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Fulfilling its campaign promise to provide greater transparency to the composition of public company boards of directors, 2020 Women on Boards published its Gender Diversity Directory today on www.2020wob.com. 2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20 […]

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21 Jan, 2012

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Briefings on Important Civil Rights Issues

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The United States Commission on Civil Rights announces that at its monthly business meeting on January 13, 2012 the eight-member Commission voted in a bipartisan manner to hold four new briefings on important civil rights topics. These topics include the effectiveness of the federal government’s post-9/11 civil rights engagement […]

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21 Jan, 2012

Cruise Safety Expert: Was Costa Concordia Captain Drunk?

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) January 20, 2012 — Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria, LLC, a provider of private maritime safety and security solutions, is announcing the availability of consulting services around cruise ship safety. Headed by Captain Bill Doherty, retired safety manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Nexus’ Director of Maritime Affairs, Nexus’ cruise safety initiative […]

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21 Jan, 2012

iPad Catalog App CoffeeTable Sees Inflection Point in Shopping Behavior for 2012

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 20, 2012 — What if shoppers could skip the mall crowds, and enjoy virtual stores wherever they are? Leading iPad catalog app CoffeeTable is turning shopping on its head, aggregating catalogs from leading retailers in a digital one-stop shop. CoffeeTable is a free iPad app that features the latest catalogs […]

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21 Jan, 2012

New Breed of European Shoppers Outpacing U.S. in Use of Technology

LONDON, January 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –A new breed of ‘Xtreme shoppers’ has been identified, amongst whom the European ones are outpacing their American counterparts when it comes to use of technology for shopping. Over nine out of ten European Xtreme shoppers (95 per cent) like to research products online, compared to just over six out […]

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21 Jan, 2012

New Video Launched: How to Beat Alcoholism

Houston, TX. (PRWEB) January 20, 2012 — Downtoearthvideo.com is about to hold a “how to beat alcoholism” opening day for their readers next month. People who are struggling with an alcohol addiction can check stop by their offices and gain some knowledge that will help them to stop drinking. The team at Downtoearthvideo.com has been […]

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21 Jan, 2012

Small Business Trends to Look for in 2012

Just when small business owners thought the worst of the economic fallout had passed, an article appeared recently outlining six trends that can threaten unprepared business owners. The trends, compiled by Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute, warns that “ongoing uncertainty of the economy, increased competition and the impression of negativity surrounding election-campaign rhetoric will […]

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21 Jan, 2012

World Cuisine with a Vegetarian Twist

Stamford, CT (PRWEB) January 20, 2012 — Saffron Road™, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., will begin shipping four All Natural, Halal Certified, premium vegetarian entrees and side dishes to Whole Foods Market nationally in January. The new items slated for distribution include: Manchurian Dumplings with Basmati Rice – An Indo-Chinese masterpiece, this […]

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20 Jan, 2012

Post-floods Thai Tourism Surged 46% in Dec 2011, Arrivals Hit Record 19 mln

BANGKOK: After slumping in October and November 2011 due to the flooding crisis, visitor arrivals to Thailand rebounded by 46.2% in December 2011. The odds-defying surge allowed Thailand to end the year with a record 19.09 million arrivals, up 19.8% over 2010.

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19 Jan, 2012

India’s “People Power” Diaspora Now A Major Agent Of Change

JAIPUR, Rajasthan: When the Q&A began after one of the plenary sessions at the overseas Indian diaspora caucus on January 9, the first person to raise her voice was Dr Rashmi Dickinson, a former Hampstead, UK-based cardiologist. After narrating a brief story about her career in the UK, she said she had decided that it […]

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19 Jan, 2012

Kerala: From Wage-Earning To Entrepreneurial Society

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Excerpts from speech by Mr Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala, at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2012, Jaipur, on 9 January 2012. As all of us know, globalization is an irreversible phenomenon. It has increased the mutual dependence of countries. While this has led to a greater sharing of economic growth, it has also resulted […]

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19 Jan, 2012

Rajasthan: State Ministers, Govt Officers, Have To Disclose Property Holdings

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Excerpts from speech by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2012, Jaipur.

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19 Jan, 2012

Transparency Has Drawn More Investors to Road Projects

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Excerpts from speech by Dr. C.P. Joshi, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2012, Jaipur.

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19 Jan, 2012

India’s Brain Drain Has Now Become A Brain Gain

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Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s Keynote Address at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2012 at Jaipur, Topic: “Inclusive Growth: Two Decades of Economic Liberalisation.”

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16 Jan, 2012

News vs Noise

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A Unique Course for Travel & Tourism Communicators In The Internet Era Most of the media releases circulating in the travel & tourism industry these days are Boring….Banal….and Bland. Their content and subject matter has hardly changed at all over the past 30 years. The world has changed. The travel & tourism industry has changed. […]

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16 Jan, 2012

World Economic Forum Lists 50 Biggest Global Risks, Cites “Seeds of Dystopia”

The 7th Global Risks report issued by the World Economic Forum last week could be a watershed in the history of such reports. Alongside a listing of 50 of the most pressing risks facing the world, the report for the first time mentions the word “dystopia”, defined by the Oxford dictionary as “the opposite of […]

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15 Jan, 2012

African Diaspora Museum Marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) views Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 16, 2012), as an opportunity to highlight the rich accomplishments of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, and offers free admission and special programs throughout the day. A special component of […]

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15 Jan, 2012

National Civil Rights Museum Marks MLK Day with Freedom Awards

Memphis, TN (PRWEB) January 12, 2012 — The 20th anniversary of the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Awards ceremony will be broadcast on over 100 Public Broadcast Stations (PBS) starting the weekend of the MLK National Holiday on January 14, 2012 through February. The Museum is also launching its first text mobile giving campaign on […]

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15 Jan, 2012

Panel Discussion: The Truth About Islam and Muslims in America

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m., a panel of experts will separate fact from fiction in the current debates about Islam in the United States. Anti-mosque protests, anti-Shariah legislation and related controversies have left many Americans confused about Islam and Muslims in America. During this town hall-style program, the […]

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15 Jan, 2012

Sikhs Win Turban Case Against France at the UN

BOBIGNY, France, Jan. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has concluded that France had violated the religious freedom of 76 year old Ranjit Singh when he was asked to remove his turban for his ID photograph. This was disclosed today at a media conference, in Bobigny, by the UNITED SIKHS legal […]

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15 Jan, 2012

Professor Lists 10 Reasons Why The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free

In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has comprehensively reduced civil liberties in the name of an expanded security state, and is now in the same “troubling company” as Russia, China, Cuba, Iran and other countries it criticises, according to Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington […]

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14 Jan, 2012

A win for progressives on Israel – Salon.com

Rep. Donna Edwards, a Maryland Democrat who is associated with J Street, which argues for a more progressive U.S. policy on the Israel-Palestine conflict, has staved off a challenge from a fellow Democrat who sought to raise money by running to her right on Mideast issues. via A win for progressives on Israel – Israel-Palestine […]

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14 Jan, 2012

Federer’s Wife at the Center of His Game – NYTimes.com

“I know how fortunate I am,” he said. “And maybe that’s one of the reasons that makes me very happy when I’m playing and makes me very motivated, because I know this is not a normal situation I’m in, being able to play with a healthy, happy family next to me, because the easiest thing […]

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13 Jan, 2012

Directory Published to Promote Australian Films

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Jan 13, 2012 (Screen Australia Media Release) — Screen Australia has published a Directory of International Sales Agents, providing a snapshot of companies representing Australian feature films around the world. Download the directory. Included within are details of each seller’s acquisition policy, which markets they attend, at what stage they prefer to be approached and […]

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13 Jan, 2012

Binge Drinking Up Sharply Amongst US Adults, Report Shows

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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 11, 2012 — New estimates show that binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thought according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report. More than 38 million US adults binge drink, about 4 times a month, and the largest number of drinks per binge is on average 8. This behavior […]

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13 Jan, 2012

Oil Stock Investors See Profits As Prices and Tensions Rise

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Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 11, 2012 — The price of oil will rise in 2012, according to analysts at Absolute Wealth, an authority site aimed at providing expert advice and news to the investment community and those interested in financial issues. The price of gas is, of course, connected to crude oil prices, and the […]

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13 Jan, 2012

Australian Football, Post Office Team Up to Promote Community Cohesion

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11 January 2012 (Australia Post media release) — The Australian Football League and Australia Post have joined forces to connect individuals and communities through their love of football. The Australia Post Community Inclusion Program will involve AFL teams visiting local schools and community groups, football carnivals in each State and the first ever schools letter […]

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13 Jan, 2012

“Occupy” Movement Praised for Honoring Martin Luther King Legacy

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PITTSBURGH, Jan. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Occupy protesters across the United States who have planned events for this year’s Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16) honor his mission and the method he chose to pursue it, United Steelworkers (USW) officers said this week. “By engaging in non-violent demonstration and by seeking economic justice, […]

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13 Jan, 2012

Airports Making More Money From Non-Aeronautical Sources

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Montreal, 12 January 2012 – Airports Council International (ACI) World Director General Angela Gittens has announced the release of the Airport Economics Survey 2011. Gittens stated, “As background on the financial results in 2010, as always, it is important to consider the traffic trends during the reporting period. Powered by a strong rebound in the […]

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13 Jan, 2012

Group Of 77 (G77) Nations Urged To Champion Development Agenda

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New York, Jan 11 2012 (UN News Centre) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today urged the bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 and China to ensure that concrete and actionable measures are adopted at the forthcoming United Nations conference on […]

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13 Jan, 2012

Global Food Price Index Ends 2011 With Sharp Decline

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Rome, 12 January 2012, (FAO) – Food prices fell in December 2011 with the FAO Food Price Index dropping 2.4 percent, or five points from November, the Food & Agriculture Organisation said today. At its new level of 211 points, the Index was 11.3 percent (27 points) below its peak in February 2011. The decline […]

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13 Jan, 2012

U.S. Tea Party Speaker Says She ‘Loves’ Marines Who Desecrated Corpses

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/12/12) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned remarks by Pamela Geller, the leader of an anti-Muslim hate group and a frequent speaker at Tea Party events, applauding the alleged desecration of Afghan corpses by U.S. Marines. On her hate blog, Geller wrote in response to CAIR’s condemnation of the desecration: […]

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13 Jan, 2012

India Records One Year Without Polio Cases

12 January 2012 | Atlanta/Evanston/Geneva/New York/Seattle (World Health Organization) – India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, completing one year without polio since its last case, in a 2-year-old girl in the state of West Bengal, on 13 January 2011. India was once recognized as the world’s epicentre of polio. If all pending laboratory […]

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13 Jan, 2012

India’s Opportunity: To Lead As A New “Champion of Globalisation”

In this oration at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2012 in Jaipur, Professor Kishore Mahbubani Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, said that the Western leadership and domination of the world is ebbing, providing a golden opportunity for India to take up the mantle.

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11 Jan, 2012

Corporate Wellness Coaches See More Opportunities

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) January 08, 2012  – When it comes to corporate wellness trends in 2012, more is more, according to experts at the Spencer Institute: more education, more coaching, more corporate clients and more grassroots efforts. “Wellness coaches and experts have learned that they often need more certification and education to land […]

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11 Jan, 2012

UN Leadership Camp Aims To Empower Youth Through Sport

Doha, 9 January 2012 (UN News)  – Thirty young people from nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the occupied Palestinian territory will participate in a United Nations leadership camp which kicks off today in Doha, Qatar, and aims to empower underprivileged youth through sports-based activities. The camp consists of 10 days of experiential learning activities […]

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11 Jan, 2012

US Muslims To March In Protest Against Growing Islamophobia

SEATTLE (Washington, USA),15 Safar/Jan.9 (IINA)-Hundreds of Washington State Muslims are planning to march together to the Capitol Building on January 16, meet state lawmakers in their offices and urge their legislators to speak out against Islamophobic rhetoric and hate crimes. “This event will provide an opportunity for Muslims from the majority of our state’s legislative […]

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11 Jan, 2012

Lonely Planet Releases New Book: Cultures That Keep Us Happy

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) January 09, 2012  – Lonely Planet’s new title, Happy, has one goal: to reveal secrets of happiness from cultures around the world so that readers may manifest more joy in their own lives. Happy is an exploration on the multitude of ways different cultures inspire happiness and features 55 of these practices, […]

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11 Jan, 2012

Global Civil Society Under Attack, Says New Report

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 03, 2012  – From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movements, 2011 witnessed an incredible expansion of the use of the internet for social activism and change. But less frequently reported are the increasing cyber-attacks on human rights activists. From communications blackouts, to Denial of Service attacks, to […]

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11 Jan, 2012

Danish Presidency of EU: Key Task to Prepare Europe for Tomorrow

BRUSSELS, (EU Media release) — From January to June 2012, Denmark will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU. During that time, it wants to bring Europe together and make it more resilient for the tough challenges ahead. Denmark is taking the helm at a difficult time for the EU. Along with other […]

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11 Jan, 2012

Brand Advertising Will Represent Nearly 60% of Digital Spend in 2012 – Survey

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 09, 2012  – In a recent survey by Vizu of more than 450 advertising executives, marketers said that they will be allocating nearly 60% of their online budgets to brand advertising in 2012, indicating that spending on online branding may surpass spending on direct response advertising for the first time […]

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11 Jan, 2012

British Workers Say More Confidence Would Lead To Greater Career Success

(PRWEB UK) 9 January 2012  – As we enter the New Year, UK distance learning specialist Home Learning College has asked British adults to discuss the factors that would help them to secure a better job in 2012. Topping the list, with 31 per cent of the vote, is greater confidence, followed by more opportunities […]

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10 Jan, 2012

India Again Presses The Point, Cites High Economic Cost of Gulf Conflict

Jaipur, January 9 – For the second day running, India reiterated its concern for the safety and welfare of its six million strong diaspora in the Gulf, this time couching it in terms of their importance to the national economy. Addressing representatives of the Indian diaspora in the Gulf attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), […]

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8 Jan, 2012

TIME recognises “The Protestor”, Now the Lies Must End

Originally Published: 08 January 2012 When TIME magazine recognised “The Protester” as the Person of the Year 2011, my first reaction was: “What took so long?” Protests have been raging all through the last decade, against U.S. military adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, against crony capitalism, the IMF and World Bank, the Israeli occupation of […]

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8 Jan, 2012

India Taps Diaspora To Build Links With the Caribbean

JAIPUR, January 8, 2012: Prime Minister Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago was the Chief Guest at the annual caucus of the overseas Indian diaspora, the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2012, which opened here this morning. Wearing a resplendent Indian sari, the first female Indian-origin leader outside of India hailed the contribution of Indian-origin culture […]

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8 Jan, 2012

India Warns Against Gulf Conflict, But Prepares for Another Evacuation Operation

JAIPUR, Jan 8, 2012: Voicing concerns about the safety of millions of Indian migrant workers and citizens in the Gulf, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today sent a strong warning signal to the various countries against triggering yet another conflict there, but said that an evacuation plan has been prepared for implementation “should the […]

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8 Jan, 2012

Global Trade Stats Show U.S. Down, Developing Countries Up

Geneva – The UN Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) has released its Handbook of Statistics 2011, a wide-ranging survey of numerical information on international trade flows, commodity prices, migrant remittances, maritime transport, and the economic performances of developing countries. As transport and tourism usually follow in the footsteps of trade flows, this handbook is […]

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7 Jan, 2012

AIPAC: The Voice of America — Part 2 The Treasonous Dollar Drain | Intifada Palestine

Clearly, Israel does not want peace with the Palestinians or anyone else in their region, yet the membership of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, support, aid and abet these criminals in their disregard for the lives of others. They have done their best to suppress the Goldstone Report on the 2008/9 attack on […]

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7 Jan, 2012

25 Predictions For 2012 – 2015

By Mike Adams Carrying on with this new year tradition, here’s a new round of predictions for 2012 and beyond. Before you read these, keep in mind that while these are primarily “negative” predictions, there will always be a positive backlash in terms of the awakening of the People who need to be shaken back […]

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7 Jan, 2012

Public Safety: Aviation Remains Well Ahead of Road Transport

Thailand ended the New Year long holiday with a road casualty count of 335 deaths and 3,375 injured. Compare this carnage over a mere seven days to only 707 fatalities in all of 2010 in the scheduled commercial air transport sector worldwide. The comparison shows that while road transport remains one of the least safe […]

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7 Jan, 2012

Four New Airports Ready in Afghanistan, Tourists Now Sought

The Asian Development Bank has announced the completion of four airports in Afghanistan that are expected to play a major role in the economic development of the landlocked country. The airports involved a funding of US$35.3 million of which US$ $29.1 million was in the form of an ADB loan.

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5 Jan, 2012

25 Years After “1987 Visit Thailand Year”, New Tourism Era Set to Dawn?

BANGKOK – Recent announcements by the Thai travel & tourism industry indicate that a long-overdue mindset-change is under way in the future approach to development and sustainability. After spending 25 years since 1987 Visit Thailand Year (VTY) doing heavy-duty marketing, the Thai tourism industry is poised to enter a new era by rebalancing its management […]

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5 Jan, 2012

The Only English-language Books Ever Written About Historic 1987 Visit Thailand Year

Way back in 1987, Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil was the only industry journalist to realise the long-term significance of Visit Thailand Year, and how the momentous event would forever change both the country and the industry. To help this foresight benefit future generations, he chronicled the historic tourism extravaganza in two books […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Women’s Business Council Recommends Ways To Strengthen Entrepreneurship

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) submitted its 2011 Annual Report to the President, Congress and U.S. Small Business Administration, providing its list of policy and program recommendations for how the government can best assist women-owned businesses. The NWBC spent the past year conducting research and engaging in numerous […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Spa Now Caters To Persons with Disabilities

Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 29, 2011 — Massage Envy Spa Saugus has always put customer service first; making sure each individual is matched with the right massage therapists in Saugus, Boston, MA for their ailments to receive the best results. Now Massage Envy Spa Saugus is able to provide persons with disabilities that same experience […]

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2 Jan, 2012

The Secret for Success in 2012 – ‘The Power of One’

Madison, WI (PRWEB) December 31, 2011 — “Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right,” so says Oprah Winfrey. But the facts speak otherwise. Here’s what the Opinion Corp. of Princeton, NJ, learned: On average, about 45 percent of Americans set New Year’s Resolutions; about 8 percent accomplish them. […]

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2 Jan, 2012

12 Resolutions To Boost Finances in 2012

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 29, 2011 — “When you make your New Year’s Resolutions for 2012, be sure to include investing and planning for retirement,” says Beth Blecker, CEO of Eastern Planning, Inc., a financial services company started in 1995 that serves hundreds of clients nationwide. Beth Blecker runs the business with her son, […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Keeping Safe: Three Solutions to Credit Card Fraud

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 29, 2011 — CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison site, announces a series of infographics to help consumers understand the risks they face with credit card fraud, the steps they can take to lower their risks and what actions need to occur when fraud is detected. College Students Problem: Students spend […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Is Getting Out of Debt One of Your Resolutions for 2012?

Freeport, IL (PRWEB) December 30, 2011 — The New Year is here and strong resolutions for self-improvement are being made. Some resolutions include: Getting in shape; eating healthier; losing weight; drinking less; more charity involvement; and, getting out of debt. Getting out of debt is a very popular New Year’s resolution; however, it is also […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Small Business Owners’ New Year Resolution: Take More Time Off

London (PRWEB UK) 30 December 2011 — One in every five UK small business owners will be making a New Year’s resolution to take more time off, according to a survey by XLN Business Services. “Small business owners often work long hours with few holidays, so it’s no surprise that some small business owners have […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Americans See No Economic Improvement for Three Years

Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) December 29, 2011 — Everyone wants the economy to bounce back, but we all have different ideas about when it will happen. It seems that 40% of respondents in a December Persuadable Research survey say it will take up to three years for the economy to improve. Almost the same number, […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Bad Economy Makes Men Mask-Up to Avoid Getting Laid Off

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 29, 2011 — American business executives with that certain distinguished look of fine aging are increasingly turning to anti-aging masks to turn back the hands of time. The findings were derived from six months of sales trends and customer surveys monitored by Liberty Health Network, LLC. “Fear of being replaced by […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Tips for Small Businesses on How to Win More US Federal Contracts

St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) December 29, 2011 — US Federal Contractor Registration is advising small businesses to practice persistence when pursuing their first federal government contracts. A report released by the American Express OPEN for Government Contracts: Victory in Procurement (VIP) for Small Business Program on “Trends in Federal Contracting for Small Businesses” indicates that […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Five Simple Resolutions For a Healthier Diet & Planet

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) December 30, 2011 — Celebrity Chef, Gen Anderson, creator and host of Gen’s Guiltless Gourmet, a healthy and eco-conscious cooking series premiering on PBS stations in 2012, unveils her top five New Year’s Resolutions for a “healthy planet, healthy you.” All of the resolutions call for people to make small changes […]

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2 Jan, 2012

Identity Theft Runs Rampant During Holidays; Prevention is Key

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) December 30, 2011 — In order to inform people about the danger, the financial website offers a new article entitled, “When it Comes to Identity Theft, Prevention is Key”, which provides advice and useful information on how consumers can best protect themselves. Identity thieves are increasingly utilizing the latest technology to […]

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2 Jan, 2012

In Social Media Era, Direct Mail Still Has Staying Power

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 31, 2011 — As technology progresses it creates a strange history of what does and does not become obsolete. While beepers, camera film, yellow pages, and CD players are shifting towards extinction, other old practices like newspapers, direct mail, and town hall meetings are still thriving. AccurateLeads tells why direct mail […]

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