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Leon Lai Returns As Ambassador For Entertainment Expo

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 6:28 am | ACN Newswire

6 events help to promote Hong Kong's entertainment industry HONG KONG, Feb 22, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong superstar Leon Lai has accepted the invitation from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to once again act as Ambassador for ... More >>

Sea Transport Is Primary Route For Counterfeiters, Says OECD

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 6:24 am | OECD

More than half of the total value of counterfeit goods seized around the world are shipped by sea, according to a new OECD-EUIPO report. Misuse of Containerized Maritime Shipping In the Global Trade of Counterfeits says that seaborne transport accounts ... More >>

Emirates Operates First Flight Serviced By Fully Vaccinated Frontline Teams Across All Customer Touchpoints

Monday, 22 February 2021, 6:10 pm | Emirates Airlines

Safety above all, always: Emirates operates first flight serviced by fully vaccinated frontline teams across all customer touchpoints EK215 to Los Angeles supported by over 70 vaccinated frontline team members across the operational spectrum Close to ... More >>

Sustainable Energy Key To COVID-19 Recovery In Asia And The Pacific

Monday, 22 February 2021, 4:22 pm | Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

The past year is one that few of us will forget. While the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have played out unevenly across Asia and the Pacific, the region has been spared many of the worst effects seen in other parts of the world. The pandemic has ... More >>

Probes On Extrajudicial Killings, ‘Important Step’ In Fighting Impunity In Colombia – UN Rights Office

Saturday, 20 February 2021, 4:40 pm | UN News

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, welcomed on Friday, progress on the investigation in Colombia of people falsely presented as having been killed in combat as "an important step in fighting impunity". So-called “false positives” cases ... More >>

UN Chief Lauds ‘day Of Hope’ As US Officially Rejoins Paris Climate Accord

Saturday, 20 February 2021, 4:39 pm | UN News

The official return of the United States to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change represents good news for the country and the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday during a virtual event to mark the occasion. The US, under ... More >>

‘Exercise Restraint And Calm’, UN Chief Urges After Violent Outbreak In Somalia

Saturday, 20 February 2021, 4:37 pm | UN News

The UN chief expressed grave concern on Friday over an outbreak of violence in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Farhan Haq, Secretary-General António Guterres called on all parties to “exercise restraint ... More >>

Iran’s State Terrorism Must Be Met With Maximum Pressure And Not Maximum Diplomacy

Saturday, 20 February 2021, 4:36 pm | British Committee for Iran Freedom

The International Committee of Parliamentarians for a Democratic Iran deplores the inaction of the UK and EU following the conviction of an Iranian diplomat and his collaborators in Belgium on charges of terrorism and for planning to bomb the Free ... More >>

"One-Third Of Deaths Reported To CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred Within 48 Hrs Of Vaccination"

Saturday, 20 February 2021, 2:12 pm | Childrens Health Defense

One-Third of Deaths Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred Within 48 Hours of Vaccination • Children's Health Defense The numbers reflect the latest data available as of Feb. 12 from the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System website. ... More >>

"CENTRALIZED OR DECENTRALIZED - How Can Institutions Ensure Their Digital Assets Are Safe And Secure"

Saturday, 20 February 2021, 6:59 am | ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Feb 19, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Moonstake will hold a joint webinar with Tokenize Xchange and Merkle Science about "CENTRALIZED OR DECENTRALIZED - How can institutions ensure their digital assets are safe and secure" on 24th of ... More >>

Comment By UN HR Office Spokesperson On Colombia’s Investigation Of “false Positives” During The Armed Conflict

Saturday, 20 February 2021, 6:54 am | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Comment by UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Liz Throssell on Colombia’s investigation of “false positives” during the armed conflict GENEVA (19 February 2021) – We welcome the progress in the investigation in Colombia of the so-called “false ... More >>

GBA Welcomes Venture Investment Platform DAO Maker As New Corporate Member

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:55 pm | ACN Newswire

GBA joins forces with the go-to platform for retail venture investing, bringing more benefit to their Members. Washington, D.C., Feb 19, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - The GBA has added another valuable corporate member to their growing network. DAO ... More >>

Celebrating Palestinian Poet And Novelist Mourid Barghouti

Friday, 19 February 2021, 5:10 pm | Lois Griffiths

The renowned Palestinian poet and novelist Mourid Barghouti died on 12 February 2021, at the age of 77 in Amman, Jordan. He was born in the village of Deir Ghassaneh, near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank in 1944, 4 years before the State of Israel ... More >>

Five Million Yemenis ‘One Step Away From Famine’– UN Relief Coordinator Tells Security Council

Friday, 19 February 2021, 4:24 pm | UN News

Malnutrition rates in Yemen are at “record highs” as the country is “speeding towards the worst famine the world has seen in decades”, the UN EmergencyRelief Coordinator told the Security Council on Thursday, citing newly released data. “We ... More >>

Bitcoin Latinum Launches Tesla Roadster Special Edition Global Giveaway

Friday, 19 February 2021, 2:26 pm | ACN Newswire

Bitcoin Latinum ( ), the next generation Bitcoin fork, is announcing the worldwide giveaway of a custom, new edition Tesla Roadster. As a tribute to honor the innovation of Tesla and Bitcoin Latinum, eight custom, new ... More >>

‘Put Syrians First…finally’, UN Rights Investigators Urge After Deadly Decade Of Conflict

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:49 am | UN News

Along with an end to the “instrumentalization” of humanitarian aid, victims of Syria’s decade-long civil war and their families need justice to help rebuild their lives, Human Rights Council-appointed investigators said on Thursday. After ... More >>

Pakistan: UN Experts Welcome Death Penalty Ban For Individuals With Mental Health Conditions

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:47 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (18 February 2021) – UN human rights experts* have welcomed a decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to ban the execution of defendants with mental health conditions. “We applaud the Supreme Court for recognising that executing such individuals ... More >>

Belarus: Further Attacks On Unions And Journalists

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:44 am | ITUC

In a further crackdown on trade unions this week, the authorities in Belarus have ransacked the offices of the REP radio and electronics union and targeted the BAJ journalists’ union . Several officials and members of both unions have been detained. ... More >>

Europe's Electric Motorcycle Market Surges, Mirroring Electric Cars, Reports IDTechEx

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:42 am | IDTechEx

IDTechEx expects electric motorcycle sales in Europe to grow at least 50% year-on-year in 2020, building on the momentum of recent years. This is driven by continued policy support from governments alongside start-ups and incumbent OEMs entering the market ... More >>

Blockpass Foundation To Roll Out $PASS Liquidity Mining Initiative

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:39 am | ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Feb 18, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Today the Blockpass Foundation is excited to introduce a new initiative, developed based on customer feedback and requests, designed to improve liquidity for $PASS users. At Blockpass our main goal is the ... More >>

Seascape Network NFT Store Now Online Ahead Further BSC Integration Announcements

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:37 am | ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Feb 18, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Seascape Network, NFT and DeFi gaming platform supported by Binance, has unveiled its native NFT Store with their NFTs named Scapes, complete with minting and staking capabilities. Users are now able ... More >>

India: UN Experts Say Jammu And Kashmir Changes Risk Undermining Minorities’ Rights

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:35 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (18 February 2021) – UN human rights experts are concerned India’s decision to end Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy and enact new laws could curtail the previous level of political participation of Muslim and other minorities in the country, as ... More >>

Tencent Invested In 31 Gaming Companies In 2020, 300% More Than In 2019

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:33 am | Psychic Ventures Ltd

In 2020, Tencent Holdings went on an acquisition spree, securing more deals than any other studio. According to the research data analyzed and published by Safe Betting Sites , Tencent had invested in 31 gaming companies, four times higher than in 2017 ... More >>

Euro-Med Monitor And 33 Yemeni Orgs Send An Urgent Appeal To EU On Marib Attack Risks

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:30 am | Euro Med Monitor

Geneva – The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and 33 other Yemeni human rights organizations have sent an urgent letter to the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, calling for an urgent intervention ... More >>

UN Regional Meeting To Focus On Energy Transition In Asia-Pacific During COVID-19

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:28 am | UN ESCAP

Third Session of the Committee on Energy 24 – 26 February 2021 (online) Senior government officials and stakeholders from 53 countries will convene next week to discuss energy transition in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on policy ... More >>

Biosecurity Officers Investigate Alleged Beetle Incursion On Noni

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:13 am | Solomon Islands MAL

Officers of the Biosecurity Solomon Islands (BSI) within the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) are currently investigating an alleged Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes Rhinoceros) attack on Noni plant at Baunasaitonga Noni Farm in East Guadalcanal. ... More >>

‘Triple Threat’ Adds To Long-standing Crises Menacing Food Security In Somalia – FAO

Friday, 19 February 2021, 5:56 am | UN News

Poor rainfall, flooding and desert locusts are contributing to extreme food insecurity in Somalia, threating 2.6 million people, the UN agriculture agency said in a new analysis released on Wednesday. In a joint report, the UN The Food and Agriculture ... More >>

Continuum Blockchain Legislation Summit On February 19

Friday, 19 February 2021, 5:54 am | ACN Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Feb 17, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Continuum Market hosts a monthly event to discuss the future of United States & Cross-Border Blockchain Legislation. The next Continuum Blockchain Legislation Summit, a virtual monthly event, is scheduled ... More >>

COVID Infections Drop 16% Worldwide In One Week: WHO

Friday, 19 February 2021, 5:51 am | UN News

In its latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that although the number of global infections have fallen by 16 per cent in a week – 500,000 fewer cases – regions, including Europe, are still in the grip ... More >>

KYC-Chain To Provide Onboarding Software For HKVAX, A Prominent Virtual Assets Service Platform

Friday, 19 February 2021, 5:49 am | ACN Newswire

HKVAX, the Hong Kong Virtual Asset Exchange Limited, has made official announcements that it is teaming up with KYC-Chain, an all-in-one workflow solution for KYC on-boarding processes. HONG KONG, Feb 17, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - HKVAX, the Hong Kong Virtual ... More >>

UN Women’s Rights Committee To Review Denmark Online

Friday, 19 February 2021, 5:46 am | UN Treaty Bodies

GENEVA (17 February 2021) — The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) will review the situation of women’s rights and gender equality in Denmark, including the self-governing territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, ... More >>

Synopsis 2021: The Global DeFi & Digital Economy Summit

Friday, 19 February 2021, 5:45 am | ACN Newswire

MOSCOW, Feb 17, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Synopsis 2021: The Global DeFi & Digital Economy Summit will be held on February 20 and 21, with the support of the Commission on Blockchain Technologies and Digital Economy of the all-Russian public ... More >>

MAL Committed To Deliver Sape & Varivao Food Bank Projects

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 6:06 pm | Solomon Islands MAL

The Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) remain committed to deliver Sape Farm and Varivao Holdings Ltd National Food Bank projects despite budget pressures brought to by Covid-19 pandemic. Under the National Food Bank project, ... More >>

Businesses Found In Breach Of Pesticides Act

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 5:27 pm | Consumer Council of Fiji

The Consumer Council of Fiji and the Ministry of Agriculture have issued a stern warning to businesses and individuals that no pesticides may be used, offered for sale or sold in Fiji unless it has been registered with the Registrar of Pesticides. ... More >>

Myanmar: End Assault On Media Freedom

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 5:11 pm | Fortify Rights

The Myanmar military junta has arbitrarily detained journalists, threatened others into hiding, and dictated proposed legislation that would severely curb media freedoms, Fortify Rights said today. The junta arbitrarily arrested or detained at least nine ... More >>

Food Insecurity In Syria Reaches Record Levels: WFP

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 4:22 pm | UN News

The number of Syrians who lack access to sufficient food has reached a record 12.4 million, or nearly 60 per cent of the population, the World Food Programme ( WFP ) reported on Wednesday, citing “alarming” new national data. Economic crisis, ... More >>

UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry Into Paris Agreement With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 11:53 am | United Nations

Watch live at UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More >>

Reclaim Your Face: A Call For European Citizens To Demand Facial Recognition Ban

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 7:17 am | Access Now

Access Now, EDRi, and the Reclaim Your Face coalition are calling for a Europe-wide ban on the use of dangerous facial recognition technologies that perpetuate discrimination, erode privacy, and enable biometric mass surveillance. Today, February 17 , the coalition ... More >>

Myanmar Crisis: ‘Terrified’ UN Rights Expert Sounds Alarm Ahead Of Expected Protests

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 5:02 pm | UN News

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar raised has warned of the potential for a sharp uptick in violence on Wednesday, as protests continue against the 1 February military takeover of the government. Special Rapporteur ... More >>

Myanmar: UN Expert Sounds Alarm Ahead Of Expected Protests

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 4:51 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, today releases the following statement: “I fear that Wednesday has the potential for violence on a greater scale in Myanmar than we have seen since the illegal takeover ... More >>

Rita Ora Leads Epic Entertainment Line-up For 2021 Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 12:40 pm | Mardi Gras

International chart-topping pop star Rita Ora heads up a superstar line-up of entertainment planned for the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 6 March 2021 . The UK powerhouse behind hit tracks “Anywhere” and new release “ Big ... More >>

Transparency Must Rule Iraqi Elections, ‘Loyalties Cannot Be For Sale’, Security Council Hears

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 7:24 am | UN News

A deadly rocket attack on Monday night in Erbil drew condemnation from the UN envoy in Iraq, who told the Security Council on Tuesday that “such reckless attempts to inflame tensions pose grave threats” to the country’s security. “Close collaboration ... More >>

Armed Group Atrocities Creating Havoc In Eastern DR Congo: UN Refugee Agency

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 7:13 am | UN News

Atrocities committed by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have become part of a systematic pattern to disrupt lives, instill fear and create havoc, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR , said on Tuesday, expressing alarm over ... More >>

Secretary-General Underscores Need For Peace And Stability In Africa’s Sahel Region

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 7:09 am | UN News

The UN Secretary-General has underlined his concern for Africa’s Sahel region, where deteriorating security and violence are aggravating an already difficult humanitarian situation that is unfolding amid the COVID-19 pandemic and climate emergency. António ... More >>

Fire At Afghan-Iranian Border Hits Vital Humanitarian Assistance: UN Migration Agency

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 7:07 am | UN News

A catastrophic fire on Saturday, at a border between Afghanistan and Iran has damaged an UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) reception centre, stalling services for Afghan migrants returning to their country. The blaze erupted after small arms ... More >>

Biggest Toymaker Posted 70% Growth In Star Wars Revenue 2020 Thanks To The Mandalorian

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 7:05 am | Psychic Ventures Ltd

The world’s largest toymaker, Hasbro, reported a double-digit surge in sales in 2020 tied to the spectacular performance of its Star Wars merchandise. According to the research data analyzed and published by Sijoitusrahastot , there was a 70% ... More >>

Asylum Seekers Hunger Strike Shows UK’s Disregard To Their Mental And Physical Health

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 7:02 am | Euro Med Monitor

The hunger strike undertaken by a group of asylum seekers in the UK to protest inadequate food supplies and lengthy asylum procedures should raise attention towards the UK government’s little regard for their physical and mental health, Euro-Med Human ... More >>

Myanmar: ‘World Is Watching’, UN Special Envoy Urges Military To Refrain From Violence

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 6:49 am | UN News

The UN Special Envoy on Myanmar has called on the country’s military leadership to refrain from violence and fully respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, amid ongoing protests against the military takeover. In a conversation ... More >>

Press Release By The USP Council

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 6:29 am | University Of South Pacific

The Council of the University of the South Pacific at its Special Meeting held today, 16 February 2021 resolved as follows: That the Council directs the Secretary to Council to refer the allegations of breach of the USP Council Code of Conduct along with ... More >>

QTUM And Blockpass Partnership Brings On-Chain KYC To Ecosystem

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 6:01 am | ACN Newswire

Blockpass, the pioneer of On-chain KYC(TM), is excited to announce the latest in a number of new partners for 2021: QTUM. Through this new partnership, QTUM and Blockpass will be working together to offer revolutionary On-chain KYC solutions to the QTUM ... More >>

Fiji Corrections Staff Graduate With Certificates On Healthcare In Detention

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 6:39 pm | ICRC

SEVENTEEN medical personnel of the Fiji Corrections Service have completed an online training on Healthcare in Detention, jointly organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. The Fijian ... More >>

Growing Call For Federal Democracy In Myanmar

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 5:01 pm | Citizen News Service

Growing number of civil society networks for peace, health and human rights from around the world are unifying their call for federal democracy in Myanmar. In a joint statement condemning the Coup d'état in Burma (after an online South Asia Solidarity ... More >>

Travel Ban Circular In Gaza Violates Law And Should Be Withdrawn Immediately

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 8:41 am | Euro-Med Monitor

The judicial authorities in the Gaza Strip have imposed travel restrictions on unmarried males and females in a way that clearly violates the Palestinian Basic Law and relevant international conventions, and the right to travel, the Euro-Mediterranean Human ... More >>

Myanmar: Junta’s Cyber Law Brings Age Of Darkness

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 7:25 am | ITUC

As Myanmar’s military coup leaders escalate violent suppression of popular dissent and continue to arrest and detain hundreds of people without any due process, their planned cyber law will place the entire population under ongoing surveillance and ... More >>

Three Die As New Ebola Outbreak Declared In Southern Guinea

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 7:21 am | UN News

Guinean health authorities have declared an outbreak of Ebola in a rural community in the south of the country, with at least seven people infected, three of whom died, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Sunday. This is the first time ... More >>

Bitcoin To Hit Fresh Highs – But Standby For Regulator-triggered Price Swings

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 6:53 am | deVere Group

The Bitcoin price nears $50,000 and will continue to reach new highs in this first quarter of 2021 – but investors should also expect volatility due to increasing regulatory scrutiny. This is the warning from Nigel Green, CEO and founder of deVere ... More >>

CUBERZ First Israeli, First Female-led Venture To Partner UAE-based Privity FZ LLE Post-Abraham Accords

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 6:47 am | ACN Newswire

TEL AVIV & DUBAI, Feb 15, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - CUBERZ is the first Israeli, first female-led venture company to join hands with Privity FZ LLE, an independent venture-focused advisory firm in the UAE, after the normalization of the Abraham ... More >>

Emergency Evacuation Diagrams Australia By Fire Block Plans For Facilities To Comply With AS 3745-2010

Monday, 15 February 2021, 4:56 pm | Fire Block Plans

Fire Block Plans is an expert in fire design, emergency planning, and AutoCAD. It has more than 16 years of experience in helping industries, corporates, offices, and similar facilities follow fire safety procedures and comply with essential Australian ... More >>

World Vision Responding As New Ebola Outbreak Grows

Monday, 15 February 2021, 2:12 pm | World Vision New Zealand

World Vision is ramping up its response, following the news of three Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo in one week. The cases are in Butembo, which was an epicentre of the outbreak that was declared over in June last year. “World ... More >>

Missions To Mars: Mapping, Probing And Plundering The Red Planet

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 4:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In the first month of 2020, Forbes was all excitement about fresh opportunities for plunder and conquest. Titled “2020: The Year We Will Conquer Mars”, the contribution by astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter was less interested in the physics than the conquest. ... More >>