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Sin Taxes & Other Orwellian Methods of Compliance

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:48 pm | John W Whitehead

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity ... More >>

2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:12 pm | Pacific Islands Forum

I speak as the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Pacific Ocean Commissioner and stand before you as a representative of a regional bloc comprising 18 Pacific Countries that span 40 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. ... More >>

Team of health workers to support Samoa measles response

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:14 am | Save The Children

A team of midwives and a doctor from Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit arrived in Samoa on Sunday to support the government's response to the measles outbreak. More >>

Taylor calls on other countries to reduce emissions

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:09 am | Greenpeace

MADRID , Dec 10, 2019 - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor has ignored Australians suffering from bushfires and Pacific Islanders facing the obliteration of their homelands by refusing to outline a plan for Australia to honour ... More >>

Deliver ‘significant results now’, COP25 told

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:42 am | UN News

It is “imperative” that the COP25 climate conference underway in Spain delivers “significant results now”, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the UN General Assembly (PGA), said on Tuesday. More >>

Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority children

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:41 am | UN News

Seventy people have now died from Samoa’s measles outbreak, UN humanitarians confirmed on Tuesday, as the organization released emergency funding to help the authorities step up efforts to eradicate the preventable disease. More >>

Aung San Suu Kyi appears at ICJ

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:40 am | UN News

Making the appeal is the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee , who reports that online hostility against activists has increased since the announcement last month of international legal proceedings over the atrocities. More >>

Standing with human rights defenders in the Philippines

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:36 am | International Trade Union Confederation

This Human Rights Day, the international trade union movement is calling attention to the alarming attacks on human and labour rights defenders in the Philippines. The government’s targeting of trade unionists has been ramped up recently with ... More >>

JCB Releases Muslim Friendly Japan Special Offer Guide

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:23 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

TOKYO, Dec 10, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International Co., Ltd., the international opera-tions subsidiary of JCB Co. Ltd., the only international payment brand based in Japan, will re-lease the Muslim Friendly Japan Special Offer Guide, which introduces ... More >>

Dodgy carbon market rules risk undermining Paris Agreement

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:20 am | Carbon Market Watch

MADRID 10th December 2019. The UN carbon market talks are at a crossroads in Madrid as ministers take over today. Carbon Market Watch calls on governments to only accept a deal that bans old Kyoto credits, includes rules to avoid double-counting, and ... More >>

Pacific Health Plus sends medical volunteers to Samoa

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 4:47 pm | Pacific Health Plus

In response to the measles crises in Samoa, Porirua-based primary health care provider, Pacific Health Plus , in a joint project with Pacific Cooperation Foundation , are sending two staff to assist medical teams in Samoa. More >>

Colt connects to Alibaba Cloud in Asia

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 4:27 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

TOKYO, Dec 10, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Colt Technology Services, a leading provider of agile, high-bandwidth connectivity solutions, today announced that Colt's Dedicated Cloud Access (DCA) service which provides secure and reliable private network connectivity ... More >>

Human Rights Day celebrates activism of global youth

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 4:13 pm | UN News

The United Nations is highlighting the role of young people in leading the way to a better future for all people for this year’s observance of Human Rights Day , celebrated on Tuesday. More >>

Avianca Airlines partners with FirstHive

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 3:36 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

FirstHive will work with Avianca to improve customer understanding by enabling the delivery of hyper-personalized customer buying and flying experiences SUNNYVALE, CA, Dec 10, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - FirstHive today announced that it will begin ... More >>

Human rights abuses in the Philippines

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 12:25 pm | FIRST Union

Today, December 10th, is Human Rights Day. It has been chosen by the International Trade Union Confederation to highlight human rights abuses of trade unions and labour activists in the Philippines. Two New Zealanders - Robert Reid, President of FIRST ... More >>

Pacific Health Plus volunteers travel to Samoa

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 10:43 am | Pacific Health Plus

In response to the measles crises in Samoa, Porirua-based primary health care provider, Pacific Health Plus, in a joint project with Pacific Cooperation Foundation, are sending two staff to assist medical teams in Samoa. More >>

‘Each lump of coal is a nail in our coffins’

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 10:03 am | Greenpeace

Pacific church leader tells Scott Morrison ‘each lump of coal is a nail in our coffins’ More >>

Inequality threatening human development, report warns

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:54 am | UN News

Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme ( UNDP ) argues in its latest report released on Monday. More >>

Human Rights Day

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:51 am | United Nations

GENEVA (9 December 2019) – This has been a year of tremendous activism – notably by young people. It is particularly fitting that this year we mark Human Rights Day during the crucial UN conference in Madrid to uphold climate justice. We owe a debt ... More >>

Ethiopia: UN expert praises reforms

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:49 am | United Nations

GENEVA / ADDIS ABABA (9 December 2019) – In a sharp break from a quarter century of repression, Ethiopia has embarked on a reform process that is both encouraging and fragile, and deserves international support, a UN human rights expert has found ... More >>

2019 was a year of global unrest

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:43 am | The Conversation

2019 was a year of global unrest, spurred by anger at rising inequality – and 2020 is likely to be worse More >>

Biopipe Global Completes Commissioning in India

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:32 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ / CHENNAI, IN, Dec 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Biopipe Global Corp, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lifequest World Corp, with JV partner Biopipe Global India has successfully installed and commissioned 10m3 and 30m3 plants at ... More >>

NetDragon Showcases Intelligent Classroom Solution

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 8:56 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that, the Company participated in the "Africa ... More >>

Janet Yellen to speak at Asian Financial Forum

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 8:54 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Business leaders from around the world will gather in Hong Kong to share insights at the 13th Asian Financial Forum (AFF), which takes place on 13 and 14 January 2020 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition ... More >>

HK International Franchising Show draws to a close

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 8:51 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The fifth HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded last Friday (6 December) on a successful note. This year's event attracted more than ... More >>

World Bank commits support to fight Samoa measles

Monday, 9 December 2019, 6:37 pm | World Bank

World Bank commits support to fight Samoa measles outbreak US$3.5 million to support measles emergency response, with further $9.3m program to address health system challenges SYDNEY, December 9, 2019 — The World Bank will provide US$3.5 million in funding ... More >>

Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:16 pm | UN News

As we enter a decade of ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs ), stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promote good governance is “essential…to deliver on our global pledge to leave no one behind”, the ... More >>

Container laboratory advances Tongan science self-reliance

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:13 pm | ESR

A New Zealand-built innovative mobile container laboratory designed by ESR scientists, will be officially opened in Tonga this week. More >>

Paranoias of Interference: Russia, Reddit & the UK Election

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In some ways, it is a very British thing: fair play is expected; the reasonable person with all faculties intact, going about the business of living and voting. Little thought is given to the fact that these assumptions are as much constructions, façades ... More >>

Fake News By Omission: The Mass Media’s Distortion tool

Monday, 9 December 2019, 11:11 am | Caitlin Johnstone

Western mass media have continued their conspiracy of silence on the OPCW scandal, making no significant mention yet this month of the leaks which have been emerging from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons indicating that the ... More >>

Journalist: Newsweek Suppressed OPCW Scandal

Monday, 9 December 2019, 11:06 am | Caitlin Johnstone

A Newsweek journalist has resigned after the publication reportedly suppressed his story about the ever-growing OPCW scandal, the revelation of immensely significant plot holes in the establishment Syria narrative that you can update yourself on by ... More >>

Salvation Army rallies to support Samoans

Monday, 9 December 2019, 8:58 am | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has launched an appeal to assist those affected by the measles epidemic in Samoa. More >>

UN warns violence risks placing Iraq on dangerous trajectory

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 3:19 pm | United Nations

The top UN official in Iraq has strongly condemned the shooting of unarmed protesters in Baghdad on Friday night, which left a high number of deaths and injuries among innocent citizens, calling for the perpetrators to be “identified and brought to ... More >>

APEC Host Economy Leader's Statement

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 11:54 am | APEC

Through a statement , Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera shared with APEC Economic Leaders and member economies his reflections on APEC Chile 2019 and the steps taken this year by the forum to advance sustainable and inclusive growth. More >>

Forced Conversion that Violates Human Rights

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 11:53 am | HWPL

On 29 November, Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) from Italy, and Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) from Belgium, hosted a seminar on human rights entitled “Intolerance and Discrimination Against New Religious Movements: An International ... More >>

COP25: Health sector denounces lack of funds

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 11:52 am | Global Climate and Health Alliance

Madrid, 7 December 2019 --- The global health community meeting at the Global Climate and Health Summit alongside COP25 urged governments meeting at the climate negotiations in Madrid to turn words into action and start implementing measures to incorporate ... More >>

Myanmar: Ongoing Human Rights Violations Against Rohingya

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 10:48 am | Fortify Rights

Myanmar: Ongoing Human Rights Violations Against Rohingya Child-slave labor, severe violations against Rohingya continue More >>

Brazil ‘milestone’ decision over Venezuelan refugees

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 11:56 am | United Nations

Brazil’s move to recognize thousands of refugees from crisis-wracked Venezuela through a new accelerated procedure, has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. The decision by Brazil’s National Committee for Refugees (CONARE) on Thursday ... More >>

Ex-Tuvalu PM Sopoaga asks at COP25

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 11:54 am | Greenpeace

‘If you don’t transition from coal, are you really part of the Pacific?’ Ex-Tuvalu PM Sopoaga asks at COP25 More >>

Close to 1,500 e-tailers join Asian E-tailing Summit

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 11:34 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 6, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The third Asian E-tailing Summit, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded yesterday with close to 1,500 e-tailers and business professionals from related sectors in attendance. ... More >>

Thailand: Prevent Forced Return of Ethnic-Rakhine Family

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 11:31 am | Fortify Rights

(BANGKOK, December 6, 2019)—The Government of Thailand should prevent the forced return of ethnic-Rakhine woman Hnin Zar Phyu and her two children to Myanmar, where they face likely persecution as the family of Arakan Army commander Tun Myat Naing, ... More >>

NGOCHR: Human Rights Day March Cancelled due to measles

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 11:28 am | NGO Coalition on Human Rights

The NGO Coalition for Human Rights has cancelled the Human Rights Day March scheduled for 10 December 2019 in Suva. The Human Rights Day March has been an annual event celebrating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the ... More >>

Bachelet calls on Iran to address human rights violation

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 11:26 am | UNHCHR

Bachelet calls on Iran to address multiple human rights violations in context of recent protests More >>

USD 10.7 million response and recovery appeal launched

Friday, 6 December 2019, 5:37 pm | UN in Samoa

Apia, Samoa - The Prime Minister of Samoa Honorable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi today launched the Samoa Measles Response and Recovery Appeal on behalf of the people of Samoa to support ongoing efforts in containing the measles outbreak and to effectively ... More >>

Nepali officials impressed by NZ earthquake learnings

Friday, 6 December 2019, 3:49 pm | National Reconstruction Authority

Nepali officials on a study tour of New Zealand, have been impressed by Kiwi authorities and agencies’ response to the earthquakes in Canterbury and Kaikoura and their generosity in sharing their experiences. More >>

Christchurch’s Muslim community gives back to Samoa

Friday, 6 December 2019, 3:23 pm | Christchurch Muslim Community

The Muslim community in Christchurch will pay commemoration to those affected by the measles outbreak in Samoa today. More >>

Cognovi Labs Brings Consumer Insights to Financial Sector

Friday, 6 December 2019, 1:58 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Columbus, OH & New York, NY / ACCESSWIRE, Dec 5, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Cognovi Labs, a market leader in Emotion Artificial Intelligence, today announced that its alternative data set is now available through Bloomberg Enterprise Access Point. ... More >>

Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media

Friday, 6 December 2019, 1:08 pm | United Nations

Measles deaths and infections in 2019 are set to “substantially exceed” last year’s toll when more than 142,000 people died from the preventable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. In a warning over dangerously low ... More >>

RNZAF Brings Christmas Cheer in Guam

Friday, 6 December 2019, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) is participating for the first time in Operation Christmas Drop in Guam, packaging and delivering supplies to islands in the Western Pacific. More >>

Chancellor of Germany visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

Friday, 6 December 2019, 11:37 am | Embassy of the Republic of Poland

On Friday, 6 December, the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel will pay a historic visit to the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. It will be Angela Merkel’s first visit to the Memorial Site after her 14 years ... More >>

Boost to Pacific Islands renewable energy

Friday, 6 December 2019, 11:06 am | Todd Corporation

Solar power generation in the Pacific Islands has been given a major boost with an investment of up to $30m by New Zealand’s Todd Corporation to progress solar based power generation projects. More >>

European Union helps Samoa fight measles outbreak

Friday, 6 December 2019, 10:19 am | European Commission

Following a request for assistance from the World Health Organisation, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to tackle the serious measles outbreak in Samoa. Through this mechanism, two emergency medical teams from France and Norway ... More >>

Business of IP Asia Forum opens today

Friday, 6 December 2019, 8:17 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 5, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The ninth edition of the Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia Forum) - organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and ... More >>

DesignInspire opens today

Friday, 6 December 2019, 8:13 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 5, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the third edition of DesignInspire opens today and runs until Saturday (7 December) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The three-day ... More >>

Tunisian Authorities must meet protesters’ demands

Friday, 6 December 2019, 8:10 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Geneva –Tunisian authorities must respect the right to peaceful demonstration, meet the protesters demands, and refrain from dealing violently with the protests that erupted this week, following the suicide of a young man after he did not receive ... More >>

Fiji’s efforts in healthcare should address violence

Friday, 6 December 2019, 8:06 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

SUVA / GENEVA (5 December 2019) – Fiji has good opportunities and strong political will to realise the right to health – but achieving this goal will depend as much on addressing violence, discrimination and inequalities as on investment in its healthcare ... More >>

UNHCR Statement on the Repeal of “Medevac” Legislation

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 8:20 pm | UNHCHR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is disappointed by the repeal of the “Medevac” legislation in the Australian Parliament yesterday. More >>

Samoa Measles Crisis

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 12:43 pm | Funeral Directors Assn of NZ

The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) has today released an update on the Samoa Measles Crisis. More >>

Fiji among 10 nations most impacted by climate crisis

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 10:25 am | Greenpeace

MADRID, Dec 5, 2019 - Climate change caused eight deaths and wiped $172 million from Fiji’s economy in 2018, according to a report by climate advocacy group Germanwatch. More >>

Joint statement - Israel Folau dismissal

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 10:03 am | Rugby Australia

Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby and Israel Folau have today [ 4 December ] settled their legal dispute following the dismissal of Israel Folau after he posted a religious message on social media (the Social Media Post). More >>