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Bringing Renewable Power to Solomon Islands

Monday, 16 December 2019, 7:53 pm | International Finance Corporation

Bringing Renewable Power to Solomon Islands, with a Financing Package Worth Over US$200 Million Construction now set to begin on Tina River Hydropower Project in early 2020 HONIARA, December 16, 2019 — The Government of Solomon Islands and the ... More >>

CIMC Vehicles eyes emerging cold chain logistics

Monday, 16 December 2019, 5:36 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 16, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - A few important policies have been released to support the ongoing development of the manufacturing industry. These, along with the deployment of policies in recent months by the People's Bank of China, China ... More >>

Johnson’s thumping win an electoral lesson

Monday, 16 December 2019, 4:12 pm | The Conversation

Johnson's thumping win an electoral lesson in not just having policies, but knowing how to sell them More >>

Bougainville votes to become a new country

Monday, 16 December 2019, 3:58 pm | The Conversation

Bougainville has voted to become a new country, but the journey to independence is not yet over More >>

UN Secretary-General: Message on International Migrants Day

Monday, 16 December 2019, 11:32 am | United Nations

Migrants are integral members of society, contributing to mutual understanding and sustainable development in communities of both origin and destination. More >>

UN Secretary-General on the results of COP25

Monday, 16 December 2019, 9:39 am | UN Spokesman for the Secretary-General

I am disappointed with the results of COP25. The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis. We must not give up and I will not give up. I’m more ... More >>

Hamilton Engineer to chair Internatinal Flood Committee

Monday, 16 December 2019, 9:18 am | HYDRA

The Director of HYDRA Software, Dr Alastair Barnett FEngNZ, has been nominated as incoming chair of the world body overseeing flood planning standards. This body is the Flood Risk Management committee of the IAHR, based jointly in Madrid and Beijing, ... More >>

COP25: No deal on UN carbon markets

Monday, 16 December 2019, 8:39 am | Carbon Market Watch

MADRID 15 DECEMBER 2019 Governments at the UN climate talks (COP 25) postponed decisions on future carbon market rules - article 6 of the Paris Agreement - after no agreement was reached on the most contentious issues such as the fate of old credits and measures ... More >>

COP25 is a failure of leadership of historical proportions

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:25 pm | Global Climate and Health Alliance

Madrid, 13 December 2019 - The United Nations negotiations on climate change (COP25) are due to close later today in Madrid, after two weeks of talks where countries -- the big emitters in particular -- failed to put us on a path to achieve 1.5 degrees, ... More >>

Greece praised for progress but must end detention practices

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:23 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / ATHENS (13 December 2019) – Greece has made improvements on ending arbitrary detentions, but still has challenges due to widespread detention in the criminal justice and migration systems which must end, UN human rights experts have concluded ... More >>

Algeria: ITUC Demands Release of Jailed Union Official

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:22 pm | International Trade Union Confederation

The ITUC has denounced the imprisonment of Algerian trade union official Kaddour Chouicha, a member of the Executive of trade union centre CGATA, and called for repression against CGATA to end. Chouicha was detained on 9 December when he attended a police ... More >>

Conservative Win is a Victory for Democracy

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:14 pm | New Conservative

Brexit is taking its toll on the people of Britain as the politicians charged with representing them have continually failed to honour the referendum and the expressed desire of the voting population. More >>

Blockpass Onboards ADAX for KYC Verification, Lists PASS

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:12 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 13, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Blockpass and ADAX Tech Limited have announced a new working relationship as ADAX integrates the Blockpass KYC Connect solution to provide KYC services for its token issuance and exchange platform. By integrating ... More >>

As COP25 goes into the night, Guterres calls for ambition

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:10 pm | UN News

With national delegations thrashing out an outcome agreement at the UN COP25 climate change conference in Madrid, the UN chief has called on countries to be more ambitious, side strongly with science, and commit to stronger action. More >>

Year on from Yemen talks, UN Envoy hails shift towards peace

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:09 pm | UN News

When warring parties in Yemen met in a renovated castle outside the Swedish capital last December for UN-brokered talks, they showed that perhaps there could be a way out of brutal conflict and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the UN Special ... More >>

UN report cites ‘multiple root causes’ of Chile protests

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:08 pm | UN News

During the recent mass protests which led Chile to declare a state of emergency, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a report published on Friday that international human rights norms had been violated by both ... More >>

‘Air bridge’ vaccination operation begins in DR Congo

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:06 pm | UN News

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has seen an increase in the number of reported cases of the deadly haemorrhagic virus Ebola linked to ongoing violence by armed groups targeting remote communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) ... More >>

RICOH's Digital Micro Factory: Sustainable Innovation

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1:03 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SHANGHAI, Dec 14, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - RICOH unveiled its Digital Micro Factory (DMF) concept workflow at the 19h International Textile Industry Exhibition (ShanghaiTex 2019), held November 25-28 in Shanghai Expo Center. RAMP-UP: RICOH Apparel Manufacturer's ... More >>

TWO things Boris Johnson must do now

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 12:03 pm | deVere

Boris Johnson faces an uphill battle to recover more than three and a half years of lost business investment and confidence, warns the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organizations. More >>

Exit Polls: Boris Johnson's coming to town

Friday, 13 December 2019, 11:50 am | ThinkMarkets

The immediate verdict of the dramatic exit polls, Conservatives 368 vs Labour 191, have damned Labour suggesting it would be the worst result for the party in some decades. More >>

News from COP25 - 12 December, 2019

Friday, 13 December 2019, 11:02 am | SPREP

For Vanuatu, climate change presents an existential threat to its cultural heritage, identity and fundamental human rights. More >>

Christmas Comes Early for Rivers and Nature

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:24 am | WWF

The European Commission’s final evaluation of EU water legislation has concluded the EU Water Framework Directive to be “fit for purpose;” acknowledging that the objectives of the law “are as relevant now as they were at the time of the ... More >>

Euro-Med Discusses Gulf’s Human Rights Situation at EU

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:22 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Brussels - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor discussed, with the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Arabian Peninsula (DARP), Mark Tarabella, the human rights conditions and restrictions on freedom of opinion ... More >>

Announcing Host & Presenters for Global TV Demand Awards

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:15 am | Parrot Analytics

LOS ANGELES, CA – December 12, 2019 Parrot Analytics has signed TV personality/style expert/author Carson Kressley to host the 2nd Annual Global TV Demand Awards on January 21 at NATPE: Miami. Joining Mr. Kressley as presenters will be actors Martin Kove ... More >>

Fortune Times Names Mr Vito Xu Rongcan top entrepeneur Asia

Friday, 13 December 2019, 8:07 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Guest-of-Honour Ms Tin Pei Ling, Member of Parliament and CEO of Business China, presented the accolade to Mr Xu at the Fortune Times 2019 Awards gala dinner at St. Regis Hotel Singapore yesterday. The theme for this year's Awards was "Living ... More >>

Holista Files Patent for Water-Soluble Technology

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 5:13 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

PERTH, AU, Dec 12, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Holista CollTech (ASX: HCT, Holista) today announced that it has filed its 100%-owned global patent for platform technology that will deliver many fat-soluble medications by creating a water-soluble delivery ... More >>

UN Secretary-General's remarks at COP25 event

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:23 am | United Nations Secretary-General

Tiempo de Actuar, or Time for Action is the theme of this COP. It is a fitting theme on many levels. More >>

COP25: Italy and Mexico pave the way on climate education

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 10:24 am | UN News

A commitment by Italy and Mexico to ramp up climate and environmental education has been welcomed by the UN office which supports global efforts to respond to climate change. More >>

NZ Students and Grads learning how Asia does business

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 9:28 am | Asia New Zealand Foundation

Twenty-one New Zealand students and recent graduates are about to embark on internships to learn how Asia does business. More >>

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 >>