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28 May, 2020

Thai Prime Minister, Foreign Minister flag importance of balance in “Build Back Better” strategy

Bangkok – Two of Thailand’s top leaders have reaffirmed the importance of balance and the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy in charting the future course of national development, with tourism playing a major role. Thai Prime Minister Gen (retd) Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed this in two speeches to local and international audiences on May 21 and May 26, […]

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13 May, 2020

NGO World Animal Protection pushing for permanent end to Global Wildlife Trade

NEW YORK, 12 May 2020, PRNewswire – Wildlife trade has become big business and the subsequent exploitation of wild animals puts our health, economies and biodiversity at risk, says World Animal Protection as it launches a global campaign today, targeting G20 leaders to support a permanent wildlife trade ban to protect animals and prevent future zoonotic pandemics.  […]

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13 May, 2020

เคล็ดลับและกับดัก: การทำงานจากที่บ้านระหว่างช่วงวิกฤต

โดย Mishari Muqbil และ Pakapak Sangkhasuntorn วิกฤตการณ์ครั้งใหญ่ที่คนทั้งโลกกำลังต้องเผชิญหน้ากันอย่างคาดไม่ถึงอยู่ในตอนนี้ นโยบายการห้ามการเดินทางบีบบังคับให้บริษัทต่าง ๆ ต้องให้พนักงานทำงานจากที่บ้านแทนการเดินทางเข้ามาทำงานยังออฟฟิศ เหตุนี้ทำให้เกิดการพลิกผันในรูปแบบการทำงานและการใช้ชีวิตของคนจากที่เคยเป็นมา แต่อย่างไรก็ดียังมีบางคนที่รู้สึกมีความสุขจากความเพลิดเพลินของการทำงานจากที่บ้านมาหลายปีแล้ว จากรูปแบบการทำงานที่เรียกว่า “การทำงานจากระยะทางไกล (Remote Work)” Gitlab เป็นตัวอย่างที่ดีที่สุดตัวอย่างหนึ่งสำหรับบริษัทที่มีพนักงานถึงหนึ่งพันสองร้อยคนจากหกสิบห้าประเทศ ที่ทำงานร่วมกันโดยไม่มีออฟฟิศ นี่คือบริษัทที่ทำงานจากระยะทางไกลอย่างแท้จริง คู่มือการทำงานของพวกเขาคือสิ่งที่ควรค่าแก่การศึกษาอย่างแท้จริง ถ้าคุณอยากจะรู้วิธีการจัดการกับทีมงานให้ทำงานจากระยะทางไกลแบบมีประสิทธิภาพได้ ลองอ่านดูที่นี่ https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/ และเนื้อหาต่อจากนี้คือเคล็ดลับบางประการสำหรับมือใหม่ที่ต้องทำงานจากที่บ้าน     วัดผลลัพธ์จากการทำงาน (+) ในมุมมองของบริษัทสิ่งสำคัญที่สุดของการทำงานจากที่บ้านก็คือการวัดผลลัพธ์จากการทำงาน หลายบริษัทคุ้นเคยกับการให้พนักงานคอยอยู่รอบ ๆ เพื่อรอรับคำสั่ง แต่การทำงานจากระยะทางไกลนั้นมีแนวคิดที่ต่างออกไป เมื่อมีการมอบหมายงาน และตัวงานมีการวัดผลในแง่มุมของผลงานหรือที่ดีกว่านั้นคือผลลัพธ์ แต่ไม่ใช่เวลาที่ใช้สำหรับการทำงานนั้น ๆ ตัวอย่างของผลงานอาจจะเป็น “การสร้างแคมเปญโซเชี่ยลมีเดีย” ผลลัพธ์ก็คือ “ลูกค้าใหม่หนึ่งร้อยคน” เมื่อกำหนดเนื้อหางานและผลลัพธ์ได้แล้วย่อมแปลว่าพนักงานจะมีความยืดหยุ่นในการจัดรูปแบบการทำงานและชีวิตส่วนตัวในสภาวะแวดล้อมการทำงานที่มีขอบเขตไม่ชัดเจน บางคนสามารถทำงานรวดเดียวได้แปดชั่วโมงติดต่อกัน บางคนอาจจะรู้สึกว่าอยากทำงานหกชั่วโมงในตอนเช้า และอีกสองชั่วโมงในช่วงหัวค่ำ และบางคนอาจจะตัดสินใจว่าตนเองต้องการใช้เวลาแค่สี่ชั่วโมงในการจัดการงานทั้งหมดของตัวเอง จงเตรียมพร้อมสำหรับสิ่งเหล่านี้ ยืดหยุ่นในสิ่งที่จำเป็น และต้องมั่นใจว่าคุณจะวัดผลในสิ่งที่สำคัญ หลายบริษัทที่ทำงานจากระยะทางไกล กำหนดให้พนักงานเข้ามาแสดงตัวในช่วงเวลาบางช่วง เพื่อแสดงให้เห็นว่าพวกเขามีความพร้อมที่จะทำงานในวันนั้น แต่ไม่ได้มีการติดตามผลว่าพนักงานลงมือทำงานจริง ๆ […]

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11 May, 2020

Smokers opting out, thanks to COVID-19 Pandemic health fears, stress

NEW DELHI, India, May 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic is twofold: in addition to suffering from direct effects of the virus, the world is grappling with the challenge of social distancing. The mental and physical toll of this practice may be particularly profound for millions of smokers who, as […]

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9 May, 2020

Hotels in focus as Thai PM holds second personal meeting with tourism sector

Bangkok – Thai Prime Minister Gen (retd) Prayuth Chan-o-cha continued his extraordinary personal interaction with the Thai tourism industry on 08 May with a meeting with committee members of the Thai Hotels Association to discuss the business impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and remedial measures for the kingdom’s top service sector and job-creating industry. Similar […]

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5 May, 2020

Tips and Traps: Working from home during a crisis

By Mishari Muqbil and Pakapak Sangkhasuntorn Bangkok – The crisis that the world is facing now is unprecedented. Movement restriction policies are forcing companies to have their staff work from home instead of coming into the office, causing widespread disruption in process as well as culture. Some of us however have been enjoying the luxury […]

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4 May, 2020

อนาคตของอุตสาหกรรมท่องเที่ยวและการเดินทางคืออะไร? เริ่มโดย…มอบความนับถือแก่ปู่ย่าตายาย

โดย Mishari Muqbil   จากวิกฤตการณ์ของไวรัส โควิด 19 ที่รุนแรงขึ้นเรื่อย ๆ และยังมองไม่เห็นหนทางแก้ไข จึงเป็นเรื่องสำคัญที่เราจะต้องมองไปยังอนาคตระยะยาวว่าอุตสาหกรรมการท่องเที่ยวและการเดินทางจะพบกับผลกระทบอย่างไรบ้าง สิ่งใดจะเกิดความเปลี่ยนแปลง และสิ่งใดจะยังคงเป็นเหมือนเดิม       มุมมองหนึ่งที่สามารถนำมาช่วยในการประเมินวิกฤตการณ์ครั้งนี้คือทฤษฎี Lindy Effect ซึ่งเป็นทฤษฎีที่ถูกคิดค้นขึ้นโดยนักวิทยาศาสตร์ชื่อว่า Benoit Mandlelbrot และถูกนำขยายความต่อโดย N. Taleb โดยใจความสำคัญของทฤษฎีนี้ก็คือ ยิ่งสิ่งใดดำรงอยู่มานานเท่าไร สิ่งนั้นยิ่งมีโอกาสจะดำรงอยู่ได้ยาวนานมากขึ้นเท่านั้น ยกตัวย่างเช่น กวีชื่อดังอย่างเชกสเปียร์ (Shakespeare) ผู้ได้รับการขนานนามยาวนานร่วม 400 ปี ดังนั้นเราจึงคาดหวังไว้ว่าผลงานของเขาจะโลดแล่นไปได้อีกถึง 400 ปี รวมเป็นเวลาร่วม 800 ปีเลยทีเดียว หรือหากเทียบกับนวนิยายยอดนิยมของไทยอย่าง “คู่กรรม” ที่ได้รับความนิยมมากว่า 40 ปีแล้ว ก็ย่อมคาดได้ว่านวนิยายเรื่องนี้จะยังคงความนิยมต่อไปได้อีก 40 ปีเช่นกัน แต่ในขณะเดียวกัน เราจะเห็นได้ว่ากระแสของละครดังอย่าง “บุพเพสันนิวาส” ในช่วงสองปีก่อนนั้นเริ่มซาลงไปบ้างแล้ว เราลองมาดูที่ภาพรวมของอุตสาหกรรมการท่องเที่ยวกันบ้าง เพื่อดูว่าทฤษฎี Lindy […]

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1 May, 2020

Thai PM makes historic visit to tour operators HQ to hear industry’s concerns

Bangkok – In a global first, Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha personally visited the offices of the Association of Thai Travel Agents on April 30 to get a first-hand update on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country’s most important service economy sector and generator of foreign exchange. A spokesman for the […]

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28 Apr, 2020

PwC Survey: As States Look to Reopen, CFOs Prioritise Workplace Safety and Employee Health

NEW YORK, April 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The fourth release of PwC’s COVID-19 CFO Pulse Survey reveals 77% of US chief financial officers (CFOs) anticipate changing workplace safety measures upon returning to on-site work. As employers focus on protecting employees, 65% anticipate reconfiguring work sites to promote physical distancing and 52% anticipate changing and/or alternating shifts […]

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28 Apr, 2020

Research Finds COVID-19 Robs Americans Of Sleep And Brings New Waves Of Stress

  ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Better Sleep Council (BSC), the consumer education arm of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), released its latest research findings from “The 2020 State of America’s Sleep” study. It revealed COVID-19’s arrival caused America’s quality of sleep to significantly decline.   Read the report. The BSC launched wave two […]

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28 Apr, 2020

The “Make America Great Again” dream is quickly being undone by Covid-19

By Hassanal Noor Rashid WHO IS AT FAULT? The Covid-19 pandemic has been a real roller-coaster ride as far as geo-politics is concerned. Through the chaos and the barrage of information and updates on the on-going pandemic, there are still those, especially among the political elite who have moved ahead of the pandemic management curve […]

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27 Apr, 2020

COVID-19 Stimulus Measures Must Safeguard Nature and Reduce the Risk of Future Pandemics

Expert Guest Article by Professors Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz and Eduardo Brondizio and Dr. Peter Daszak on 27 April 2020 Click here to read this article in  عربى / español / English / français / русский /中文 / Deutsch. There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic – us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, […]

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27 Apr, 2020

Global Trades Union: Protect workers who get Covid-19 and then face financial ruin

The following is the full text of a Council of Global Unions Statement on Recognition of COVID-19 as an Occupational Disease. Protection of workers’ health by prevention of infection should always be the first priority, but workers who do become ill should be focused on recovery, not worrying about whether they will face financial ruin […]

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22 Apr, 2020

Covid-19 solves Climate Change problem

GOLDACH, Switzerland, April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — IQAir (www.iqair.com), a global leader in air quality data and solutions, today published the COVID-19 Air Quality Report that shows that air pollution levels in 10 major global cities have dropped 9 to 60 percent, during government-mandated lockdowns due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The report examined fine […]

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21 Apr, 2020

What’s next for Travel & Tourism? For starters, more respect for grandparents

By Mishari Muqbil With the COVID-19 problem reaching new highs with no end in sight, it’s important to look at things from a long term perspective to see what it means for the travel and tourism industry, what changes will come and what remains the same.   One lens that can be applied to this […]

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20 Apr, 2020

Slap the U.S. in the face, Donate to WHO Solidarity Response Fund

NEW YORK, 18 April 2020, PRNewswire – International advocacy organization Global Citizen, together with Lady Gaga, tonight announced $127 million in commitments to date in support of healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Corporate partners and philanthropists announced their support for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN […]

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1 Apr, 2020

UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’

United Nations, (UN News) 31 March 2020 — The UN chief launched on Tuesday a new plan to counter the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on everyone to “act together to lessen the blow to people”. “The new coronavirus disease is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods”, […]

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30 Mar, 2020

Trip.com Group Chairman James Liang: Beware the xenophobia epidemic

SHANGHAI, March 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — James Liang is an economist and entrepreneur. Trip.com Group Ltd. is one of the world’s largest OTAs. The following are his thoughts on current events. These opinions are his own, and do not necessarily reflect those of Trip.com Group Ltd. as a whole:       The international outbreak of COVID-19 […]

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27 Mar, 2020

COVID-19: When Might We See a Recovery? Three Possible Scenarios

NEW YORK, March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Given the high uncertainty on how the epidemiological trajectory of COVID-19 and the economic response to this crisis will develop over the next few months, The Conference Board has developed three scenarios for the development of the US economy through the remainder of 2020. Editor’s Note: The same […]

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23 Mar, 2020

Masterpiece Earth Summit 1992 speech by ex-UNWTO chief shows how Travel & Tourism bungled the agenda

Bangkok – The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) last week held a Global Tourism Crisis Committee meeting in preparation for the launch of a global guide for recovery. Some important-looking people were shown conducting their first virtual meeting. The press release promised a set of recommendations for recovery is to be released “in the coming […]

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20 Mar, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Disrupts UN Meeting Plans Around the World

United Nations, (UN SDGs Knowledge Hub) 19 March 2020 — The wave of postponements and cancellations of UN meetings around the world is affecting preparations for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Glasgow Climate Change Conference, and the fifth UN conference on the least developed countries (LDCs), as well as efforts to reach […]

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20 Mar, 2020

Boracay “cesspool” shutdown goes viral, Planet Earth “cesspool” in clean-up mode

Bangkok – In April 2018, Philippines President Roderigo Duterte announced a shutdown of Boracay Island. His unprecedented move after describing one of the archipelagic country’s most popular tourist spots as a “cesspool” shocked the tourism industry and triggered widespread wailing about the loss of jobs and income. He stayed the course. When the island reopened […]

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10 Mar, 2020

Lively Halal Fest 2020 bucks cancellation trend, lights up Bangkok tourist district

Bangkok – At a time when public events are being cancelled and/or postponed worldwide, a grouping of young Thai-Muslim business leaders forged ahead with the World Halal Fest 2020, a long-planned event designed to promote Islamic cuisine, culture and commerce in Thailand. Attended by high-profile Thai politicians as well as business and religious leaders, entertainment […]

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4 Mar, 2020

This should make the Indian travel & tourism industry hangs its head in shame

The following Joint statement was issued by Amnesty International India, CIVCUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, FORUM-ASIA and FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) on 02 March 2020. Reproduced here verbatim, it should make the Indian travel & tourism industry hang its head in shame. A once proudly free, democratic and secular country, home to […]

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3 Mar, 2020

Global Trades Union calls for Workplace Safeguard Measures Against Coronavirus

Geneva, ITUC media release, 03 March 2020 — With some 90,000 people in dozens of countries currently infected by the COVID 19 virus, the International Trades Union Congress (ITUC) is calling for urgent measures to ensure that workers who show symptoms can take sick leave without fear of losing their jobs or their incomes, and […]

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3 Mar, 2020

Have Your Say: What should be the Travel & Tourism priorities in the post-Covid19 recovery era?

Bangkok – It is more than likely that the Covid-19 virus will be brought under control some time in the second quarter of 2020. A highly relieved global Travel & Tourism industry will swing into action to get business moving again. But should it revert to business as usual, or take a deeper look at […]

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2 Mar, 2020

OECD report on Covid-19 impact: Global economy faces gravest threat since financial crisis

OECD media release – Paris, 2 March 2020 – The coronavirus Covid-19 presents the global economy with its greatest danger since the financial crisis, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook. Covid-19 is spreading from China to other regions causing human suffering and economic disruption. It is raising health concerns and the risk of […]

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1 Mar, 2020

Industry Poll: Was cancelling ITB Berlin 2020 the right decision?

Bangkok – The last-minute decision to cancel ITB Berlin 2020 has caused mayhem in the global travel & tourism industry, with billions of dollars worth of lost business and cancellations, and incalculable waste of time for thousands of people. The official press release blamed the stringent health conditions imposed by Federal Ministry of Health and […]

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27 Feb, 2020

Healthy menu options will remain strong – 2020 State of the Restaurant Industry Report

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the National Restaurant Association released its 2020 State of the Restaurant Industry Report which examines key factors impacting the restaurant industry including the current state of the economy, operations, workforce, and food and menu trends across segments from quickservice to fine dining. The report is an authoritative look […]

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27 Feb, 2020

Breathtaking photographs link African Wilderness to Buddhist Wisdom

Bangkok – Prominent Bangkok-based photographer David Lau has captured the grandeur of an East African safari in a catalogue of images exhibited in Bangkok between Feb 20-23. More than just proving his professional prowess, Mr. Lau has raised the value of his artistry to a more sublime level by including reflections from a well-known Buddhist […]

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25 Feb, 2020

Intensive Thai coronavirus prevention campaigns producing results

Bangkok – The number of new COVID-19 cases has remained unchanged at 35 in the nine-day period between Feb 17-25, official statistics show. Meanwhile, the number of recovered cases has risen from 15 to 21 in the same period, with not a single death. These figures below, compiled and distributed by the Ministry of Tourism […]

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17 Feb, 2020

Expatriates left voiceless at Thai tourism crisis brainstorming session

Bangkok — When Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports organised the historic brainstorming session on February 13 to unite the Thai tourism industry in response to the coronavirus crisis, one vital sector was missing– the expatriate community. Although the meeting was called to brainstorm responses to the slump in visitor arrivals, conducting it entirely in […]

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12 Feb, 2020

Overtourism is dead. Two landmark lectures to shape a New Future for Global Travel & Tourism

The coronavirus crisis is set to shake up the future of global travel & tourism. The world’s largest service industry now has to rethink and revamp its entire business model. Overtourism is dead. Overexposure, over-confidence, over-building, over-optimism, over-indulging and over-hyping are the new risks and threats. The over-arching need of the hour is for the […]

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12 Feb, 2020

Thai-Muslim Trade Association to go ahead with World Halal Fest 2020 in show of commitment, confidence

Bangkok — The Thai Muslim Trade Association (TMTA) and CentralWorld Shopping Complex will organize a “World Halal Fest 2020” event between March 5th-8th, 2020, 11.00am. – 21.00 pm at the Central World Square under the theme of ‘Beauty in Diversity’. Although planning and preparations for the event have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis, the […]

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10 Feb, 2020

Science model predicts near-end of new coronavirus infections in China by February 23

SUZHOU, China, Feb. 10, 2020 /CNW/ — Based on publicly available data, a data model on a recently launched website set up by an ad-hoc group of scientists predicts the number of new, confirmed novel coronavirus cases in China to dwindle to almost nothing in under two weeks. “The current model predicts a rapid decrease […]

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4 Feb, 2020

CDC and WHO’s Coronavirus Data now searchable via blockchain dashboard

ATLANTA, DALLAS, Feb. 3, 2020, PRNewswire/ — Acoer, developer of blockchain-enabled applications, today announced that it is helping its healthcare and life sciences clients to easily track and visualize the Coronavirus outbreak with its HashLog data visualization engine. Built to interact in real-time with Hedera Hashgraph, the enterprise-grade distributed public ledger, the Coronavirus HashLog dashboard […]

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4 Feb, 2020

PATA CEO announces exit, leaving association facing 11-month transition in a critical period

Bangkok – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has come under fire for announcing the year-end departure of its CEO Mr Mario Hardy at a time when the regional travel industry is experiencing one of its worst crisis in history. Mr Hardy made the announcement in his CEO blog on February 3, after the Executive […]

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3 Feb, 2020

Market overexposure overtakes overtourism as lead industry challenge

Bangkok – One welcome casualty of the corona virus crisis will be all further discussion of “overtourism”. This dreadfully humdrum topic has been overtaken by the much more serious threat of overexposure to any single market as a source of business. Virtually overnight, the pendulum has swung from one extreme to another. Although it had […]

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30 Jan, 2020

Report flags sharp divide in U.S. Wellness “Haves and Have-Nots”

NEW YORK AND MIAMI, 28 JANUARY 2020, PRWEB – Today, researchers at the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute™ (GWI), revealed new US data from its recent study: “Move To Be Well: The Global Economy of Physical Activity” at a press conference in New York. The data shows a sharp divide between the “haves and have-nots” in […]

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30 Jan, 2020

Top Trends for Incentive, Reward and Recognition Programs in 2020

WASHINGTON, 28 JANUARY 2020, PRWEB – The Incentive Research Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its signature study, The IRF 2020 Trends Report. The report highlights key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2020. “The IRF 2020 Trends Report clearly demonstrates that professionals in the non-cash […]

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30 Jan, 2020

Report identifies 10 trends that will impact $4.5 trillion global wellness industry

NEW YORK, 28 JANUARY 2020, PRWEB – The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) released its top 10 wellness trends for 2020, the new directions that the organization believes will have the most meaningful—not fleeting—impact on the $4.5 trillion global wellness industry. The trends emerged from the insights of the 550 experts from 50 nations that gathered […]

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30 Jan, 2020

Erasmus+ annual report released: A life-changing experience for 10 million young Europeans

Brussels, 28 January 2020, European Commission Press Release – The 2018 annual report on Erasmus+, published today, shows that over the last three decades, more than 10 million people have participated in what turned out to be a life-changing experience for many of them. Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: […]

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30 Jan, 2020

Five Places to Retire for the World’s Best Climate — InternationalLiving.com

BALTIMORE, 28 JANUARY 2020, PRWEB – Climate is one of the most important considerations for retirees choosing where to settle overseas. In International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2020, the countries that claim the best climates in the world all offer a variety of options—from warm beach areas to higher-altitude regions that offer year-round spring-like temperatures. […]

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30 Jan, 2020

Sanctions and Money Laundering: Report charts future of financial crime compliance in 2020

NEW YORK, LONDON, AND SINGAPORE, 28 JANUARY 2020, PRWEB – ComplyAdvantage, the regtech company transforming the compliance industry through data science and Machine learning to neutralize the risk of financial crimes, today released the ‘2020 Global Compliance Report.’ From regtech innovation to the ever shifting regulatory landscape, the report explores how technology and politics are set […]

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30 Jan, 2020

New Research Indicates Political Disinformation is Omnipresent in US Elections and Spreading to the Private Sector

MILFORD, MASS., 28 January 2020, PRWEB – Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a leading IT analyst, research, and strategy firm, today released new research examining disinformation—false information spread deliberately to deceive a person or group—as the US 2020 election nears. The results indicate that political disinformation is a major problem that frustrates voters and leaves them questioning […]

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29 Jan, 2020

Flashback: The Thai who saved global Travel & Tourism from a much worse virus

Bangkok – As the 2019-nCoV coronavirus crisis enters its second month, there is much talk about the need to learn from previous crises and deal with it in an open and transparent way. Medical teams are being praised for their dedication and commitment. Public protection is the order of the day. Suddenly, Chinese tourists who […]

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28 Jan, 2020

Thai tourism can convert the short-term coronavirus crisis into a long-term opportunity

Bangkok – There’s nothing like a good crisis to focus the mind. Natural disasters and economic and geopolitical crises also hurt tourism, but none trigger a call to action like a potentially life-threatening health scare. Thailand has experienced, and overcome, many crises over 60 years of tourism history. Although this, too, will pass, it presents […]

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24 Jan, 2020

Year of ASEAN Identity 2020 launched

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

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23 Jan, 2020

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

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

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23 Jan, 2020

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

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

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23 Jan, 2020

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

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

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16 Jan, 2020

B2B session at Thai outbound travel show hits all-time high

Bangkok – The 26th bi-annual Thailand International Travel Fair, an outbound show, began on Jan 15 with a business matching turnout of 159 suppliers, the highest ever. China was the top country represented with Japan coming in second and India third. The B2B networking session precedes the four-day event organised by the Thailand Travel Agents […]

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10 Jan, 2020

Unmatched Lectures on Thailand: The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY

Bangkok – This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International, the two founding pillars of what is now the kingdom’s largest service economy sector and job-creator. This meteoric rise did not happen by chance. It was the result of a broad range of comprehensive policy shifts, marketing […]

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5 Jan, 2020

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

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

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28 Dec, 2019

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

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

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28 Dec, 2019

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

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

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27 Dec, 2019

New Decade: 2020 eCommerce Industry Threats and Predictions

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

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27 Dec, 2019

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

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

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26 Dec, 2019

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

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

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24 Dec, 2019

Visitors to Malaysia will now breathe cleaner air

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

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20 Dec, 2019

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

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

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19 Dec, 2019

European MPs say digital revolution facilitating tax avoidance by large companies

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

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18 Dec, 2019

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

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

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18 Dec, 2019

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

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

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18 Dec, 2019

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

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

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18 Dec, 2019

Why the Shopping Experience adds to Festive Season stress

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

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18 Dec, 2019

Beware the Deadly Danger of Alcohol during the Festive Season

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

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17 Dec, 2019

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

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

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17 Dec, 2019

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

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

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17 Dec, 2019

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

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

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17 Dec, 2019

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

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

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17 Dec, 2019

Hoteliers warned of impending recession

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

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17 Dec, 2019

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

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

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12 Dec, 2019

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

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

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12 Dec, 2019

Destination Marketing Forum in Pattaya shows why PATA events are losing steam

Pattaya, Thailand — The PATA Destination Marketing Forum held in this, one of Asia’s historic beach resorts, between Nov 27-29 was sponsored and supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Thailand Exhibition and Convention Bureau (TCEB), Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Activity (DASTA) and Pattaya City. As all are government agencies, the entire […]

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10 Dec, 2019

Seven Ways To Stay Sober During The Holidays

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

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9 Dec, 2019

Injunction Order Passed Against Messe Berlin, Organisers of ITB India

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

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8 Dec, 2019

First Bangkok Literature festival explores future of Asia in an Age of Autocracy, Absurdity and Anger

Bangkok – If biodiversity, clean air and water, forests, wildlife, flora and fauna are important for human survival and global sustainability, what about democracy, human rights, freedom of expression, gender equality, ethnic and cultural harmony, peace and justice? Editor’s Note: I was the only travel trade journalist to cover this inaugural event. Click here to […]

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29 Nov, 2019

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

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

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26 Nov, 2019

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

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

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26 Nov, 2019

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

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

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25 Nov, 2019

New Research Reveals Most Consumers Unaware of Financial Data Collection Practices

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

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25 Nov, 2019

Multi-Language Guidebook to Confront anti-Muslim bigotry by Travel Security Officials

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/22/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., today published its “Know Your Rights” materials online in English, Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Farsi, Bengali, and Bosnian. CAIR’s online booklets offer civil rights advice for students, travelers and employees, as well as for those who encounter law enforcement authorities or are […]

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25 Nov, 2019

Human Rights Activist to be Deported by Israel

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

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24 Nov, 2019

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

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

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24 Nov, 2019

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

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

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24 Nov, 2019

Pope Francis Meets Religious Leaders in Thailand, Urges Interfaith Cooperation

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

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24 Nov, 2019

Sabah Pygmy elephant conservation well underway

By Rohana Nasrah

The recent discovery of three Borneo pygmy elephant carcasses in the space of five weeks in Sabah has raised concern over the conservation of this endangered species, found only in this part of the world. This article looks at the efforts by the Sabah Wildlife Department to protect and conserve the unique pachyderms. KOTA KINABALU, […]

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24 Nov, 2019

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

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

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22 Nov, 2019

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

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

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22 Nov, 2019

Santa Creates Sensory-Friendly Memories for Children With Special Needs

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

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22 Nov, 2019

Cybercriminals’ Holiday Traditions May Cost Consumers Hundreds of Dollars

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

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22 Nov, 2019

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

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

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22 Nov, 2019

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

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

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22 Nov, 2019

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

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

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20 Nov, 2019

XPRIZE Announces US$10 Million Competition to Preserve Global Rainforests

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

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20 Nov, 2019

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

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

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20 Nov, 2019

National Geographic Announces Best Trips of 2020

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

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20 Nov, 2019

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

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

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20 Nov, 2019

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

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

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