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    Jadestone Energy Inc. Announces Progress on Montara Shutdown Work *SINGAPORE / ACCESSWIRE / December 11, 2018 / *Jadestone Energy Inc. (AIM:JSE, TSXV:JSE) ("Jadestone" or the "Company"), an independent oil and gas production company focused on the Asia Pacific region, reports an update on its Montara asset inspection and maintenance shutdown.

    As announced on November 15, 2018, following the decision to shut in the Montara asset in order to correct an extensive backlog of inspection and maintenance routines, the operating team has made excellent progress in efficiently and safely completing over 8,000 hours of work offshore. Work has progressed to a detailed plan, which included dealing with a small number of improvement notices issued by NOPSEMA, the offshore regulator, as well as inspections throughout all parts of the facilities. As a result, no further integrity concerns, or safety-critical exceptions, have been identified.

    All activities associated with the oil system are now fully complete, and the facility is ready for the restart of oil production, subject to an independent audit currently under way, and regulator support. The Company expects production to restart later this month, and a further announcement will be made at that time.

    Work on the gas system is progressing, independent of the oil system, and is now approximately 85% complete and expected to be finished in the near future.

    In addition, the maintenance management system ("MMS"), which was identified as inadequate to reliably guide the asset's ongoing maintenance regimen, has had to be partially re-built, tested and audited internally for compliance. The safety management system has also been reviewed with extensive updates to the assurance plan, and all maintenance routines and inspection records have now been correctly incorporated into the two systems.

    Jadestone has also completed the secondment of a number of key operational leaders, both onshore and offshore, and is now well positioned to advance a seamless transition over the next few months while the Jadestone safety case and environment plan are under review, prior to acceptance by NOPSEMA.

    Thereafter, all inspection and maintenance work will be complete, with the exception of one activity - the long-planned replacement of the subsea control umbilical - which is now due to be delivered early in the new year, and installed shortly thereafter. The Company anticipates that the facility will be able to operate reliably and without the need for a planned major maintenance shutdown until at least the second half of 2020.

    *Paul Blakeley, President and CEO, commented:*

    "Whilst we were aware, through the due diligence process, of the opportunity to improve operating performance at the Montara asset, and had factored this into our analysis, integrity flaws in the incumbent operator's MMS made it impossible to identify the full extent of the inspection backlog, and couldn't provide clear information on inspection status, or the ability to plan future maintenance tasks.

    "In the course of working with the operator during the transition phase, since closing the acquisition at the end of September, this became more fully apparent, and led to the identification of a number of incidents of non-compliance with the approved safety case. Having opted to shut down the facility and remedy the broad maintenance and inspection backlog, we have also corrected the MMS itself. While this work scope has resulted in a protracted shutdown timeline, it was a prudent operational decision and one that will significantly reduce ongoing work effort, uncertainty and inefficiency. The asset is now up to date with regards to inspection and major maintenance.

    "The extensive scope of inspection work we have undertaken has confirmed our view that the Montara facility is in excellent condition. After having completed over 800 assurance tasks, we see nothing that changes our view of the exceptional value we have attributed to the Montara asset.

    "This shutdown will more rapidly embed Jadestone's proven operating philosophy and safety culture, and when Jadestone assumes operatorship, we will now inherit a high reliability facility that we can operate safely and with confidence. Whilst unplanned outages can always occur, the work undertaken in this shutdown is expected to materially improve uptime performance in the years ahead."

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    *About Jadestone Energy Inc.*

    Jadestone Energy Inc. is an independent oil and gas company focused on the Asia Pacific region. It has a balanced, low risk, full cycle portfolio of development, production and exploration assets in Australia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

    The Company has a 100% operated working interest in Stag, offshore Australia, and a 100% working interest in the Montara project, offshore Australia, effective January 1, 2018. Both the Stag and Montara assets include oil producing fields, with further development and exploration potential. The Company has a 100% operated working interest (subject to registration of PVEP's withdrawal) in two gas development blocks in Southwest Vietnam and is partnered with Total in the Philippines where it holds a 25% working interest in the SC56 exploration block.

    Led by an experienced management team with a track record of delivery, who were core to the successful growth of Talisman's business in Asia, the Company is pursuing an acquisition strategy focused on growth and creating value through identifying, acquiring, developing and operating assets throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

    Jadestone Energy Inc. is currently listed on the TSXV and AIM. The Company is headquartered in Singapore. For further information on Jadestone please visit http://www.jadestone-energy.com.

    *Cautionary statements*

    Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements and information (collectively "forward-looking statements"), within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation, as well as other applicable international securities laws. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are forward-looking and not historical facts.

    Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by statements that express, or involve discussions as to expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, through the use of phrases such as "will likely result", "are expected to", "will continue", "is anticipated", "is targeting", "estimated", "intend", "plan", "guidance", "objective", "projection", "aim", "goals", "target", "schedules", and "outlook"). In particular, forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to statements regarding the timing of audits, restart of Montara production, replacement of the subsea control umbilical, transfer of Montara operatorship and future maintenance shutdowns.

    Because actual results or outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, which contribute to the possibility that the predicted outcomes will not occur. Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are similar to those faced by other oil and gas companies and some are unique to Jadestone. The forward-looking information contained in this news release speaks only as of the date hereof. The Company does not assume any obligation to publicly update the information, except as may be required pursuant to applicable laws.

    This announcement contains inside information as defined in EU Regulation No. 596/2014 and is in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of that Regulation.

    *Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.*

    This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

    * SOURCE: *Jadestone Energy Inc.
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    https://www.accesswire.com/530207/Jadestone-Energy-Inc-Announces-Progress-on-Montara-Shutdown-Work Reported by Accesswire 42 minutes ago.

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    The new Football Federation Australia board has to make a bold decision on A-League expansion when they meet for the first time on Wednesday. Reported by Brisbane Times 51 minutes ago.

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    Automotive parts end-use segment in the tungsten market will grow with a CAGR exceeding 8% from 2018 to 2025 as the product is employed for different applications in automotive production and assembly.

    Selbyville, Delaware, Dec. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --The tungsten market is predicted to grow from $3.5 billion in 2017 to $8.5 billion by 2025, according to a 2018 Global Market Insights, Inc. report. Increasing tungsten usage in the production of various alloys will be a major growth enabler for the tungsten market.

    The product is used as a pure metal or mixed with other metals to make various alloys. These alloys are used in different applications due to characteristics such as flexibility, wear resistance and corrosion. The different types of alloys manufactured by using the product includes heavy metal alloys, superalloys, stellites, etc.

    *Request for a sample of this research report @ *https://www.gminsights.com/request-sample/detail/1249

    Metal alloys is a major application segment in the global tungsten market. This segment is likely to grow with around 8% CAGR during the forecast timeframe. Increasing product usage in the production of steel alloys will give a significant boost to this application segment’s growth. Increasing demand for superalloys, heavy metal alloys, tool steel, and other such alloys which are manufactured using tungsten will propel the overall industry growth in the study period.

    Automotive parts are a major end-use segment in the tungsten market, gaining with a CAGR exceeding 8% from 2018 to 2025. The product is employed for different applications in automotive production and assembly. Pure tungsten, its alloys, or carbides are employed in the automotive industry as studs for tires (studded snow tires), ball joints, brakes, crank shafts in performance vehicles, and other mechanical parts that sees heavy usage or extreme temperatures. Increasing production as well as demand for automobiles will drive this segment’s growth in the study period.

    Browse key industry insights spread across 250 pages with 294 market data tables & 28 figures & charts from the report, *“Tungsten Market Size By Application (Tungsten Carbide, Metal Alloys, Mill Products), By End-use (Automotive Parts, Aerospace Components, Drilling, Boring & Cutting Equipment, Logging Equipment, Electrical & Electronics Appliances), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE, Qatar), Application Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2018 – 2025”* in detail along with the table of contents:

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    Europe is an important tungsten market accounting for more than one-fifth of the overall industry size in 2017. Steady growth in the regional automotive industry coupled with increasing production of aerospace components in Germany, France, Italy, and UK will provide a major boost for the product market growth.

    Key participants in the global tungsten market includes China Minmetals Corporation, W Resource, Specialty Metals Resources SA, H.C. Starck, Wolfram Bergbau-und Hutten, Japan New Metals Company, Soloro, Wolfram Company JSC, and others. Integration is a major strategy used by market participants to strengthen their positions and to increase their profit margins.

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    Australia must not squander the “once-in-a-generation” opportunity presented by the booming demand for lithium-ion batteries, ministers say. Reported by Brisbane Times 46 minutes ago.

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     United Nations members have adopted a controversial pact aimed at improving the way world copes with rising migration, but almost 30 countries did not. Reported by Sydney Morning Herald 49 minutes ago.

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    World-first Approval For Multiple Myeloma Drug APLIDIN(R) Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration approves APLIDIN (plitidepsin) for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma patients

    APLIDIN will continue to be made available to eligible patients via a Compassionate Access Program, pending reimbursement

    APLIDIN is a first-in-class anti-cancer agent approved to treat multiple myeloma, which has one of the lowest survival rates in cancer

    SINGAPORE, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Australian multiple myeloma patients will have world-first access to a new first-in-class drug developed to treat the disease, following approval by Australian regulatory authorities.

    The drug, APLIDIN (plitidepsin) will be available to patients who have failed or are resistant to other therapies, after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)  decision to approve APLIDIN before any other country.

    Leading Australian myeloma clinicians are welcoming the decision, saying APLIDIN will provide another valuable treatment option for patients.

    Alfred Hospital Head of the Malignant Haematology and Stem Cell Transplantation Service, Professor Andrew Spencer, said:  "APLIDIN provides a chance for some myeloma patients to extend their lives."

    "We now have another drug to offer patients who have relapsed after being treated with existing therapies."

    "This is important, because once patients become resistant to standard therapies, there have been very limited treatment options."

    And Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital haematologist, Professor Jeff Szer, who was the Australian principal investigator on the pivotal APLIDIN registration study, said APLIDIN had been shown to be effective and well tolerated.

    He commented: "More Australian myeloma patients were enrolled into the pivotal international trial of APLIDIN than anywhere else in the world.

    "These patients in the Phase 3 study known as ADMYRE have now paved the way for others to have access to a new and novel therapy."

    "This really means that some patients with advanced myeloma have the possibility of improved outcomes, when previous therapies have failed."

    Specialised Therapeutics will continue providing APLIDIN to eligible Australian patients at no cost via a Compassionate Access Program, prior to national reimbursement.

    Chief Executive Officer of Specialised Therapeutics Asia, Carlo Montagner, said Australian regulatory authorities should be commended for ensuring Australian myeloma patients have the first opportunity to access this cutting-edge therapy.

    He commented: "It is not often that Australian patients are the first in the world to access new medicines. In this case, the TGA is at the forefront, with decision-makers recognising the great need that exists in multiple myeloma. This disease remains incurable and patients eventually run out of treatment options."

    The company is pursuing opportunities to provide APLIDIN to myeloma patients across South East Asia.

    Specialised Therapeutics Asia has exclusive rights to market and distribute APLIDIN in Australia, Singapore and 12 other South East Asian countries under the terms of an exclusive arrangement with European partner, PharmaMar.

    APLIDIN was the first drug licensed by Specialised Therapeutics Asia for the broader SE Asian market.

    PharmaMar President, Jose Maria Fernandez Sousa-Faro, said: "This approval for an incurable disease, corroborates the work that the PharmaMar team has done over the years with APLIDIN^®. Patients and the medical community will now have a new therapeutic alternative with a new mechanism of action, that is different from the products currently in use."

    Managing Director of PharmaMar's Oncology Business Unit, Luis Mora, added: "The approval of APLIDIN^® is a very important step forward for the company. This increases PharmaMar's presence with a second drug on the Australian market and, together with our partners, we are initiating procedures for other markets, such as South America, Mexico, Canada, Asia and Israel."

    *About APLIDIN^® (plitidepsin)*

    Plitidepsin is an anticancer agent of marine origin, originally obtained from the ascidian Aplidium albicans. It specifically binds to the eEF1A2 and targets the non-canonical role of this protein, resulting in tumor cell death via apoptosis (programmed death). Plitidepsin is currently in clinical development for hematological cancers, including combination studies in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, and a Phase II study in relapsed or refractory angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.

    *About Multiple Myeloma in Australia*

    It is estimated that around 1800 Australians are diagnosed with MM every year and 1000 people die.[1] Fewer than 50% of patients survive five-years post diagnosis.[1]

    MM accounts for between 10 and 15% of all haematological  malignancies and is predominately a disease of the elderly, with median age at diagnosis 65-70 years.[2]

    This disease typically causes increased bone osteolysis resulting in pathological fractures, renal failure, hypercalcaemia, immune suppression, increased infection risk and bone marrow failure.[2]

    Despite significant developments in frontline, maintenance and supportive therapy options, MM remains incurable, with treatment refractory relapse eventually occurring in all patients. [3]

    *About Specialised Therapeutics Asia *

    Headquartered in Singapore, Specialised Therapeutics Asia Pte Ltd (ST Asia) is an international biopharmaceutical company established to provide innovative specialist therapies and technologies to patients throughout South East Asia, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. ST Asia's existing product portfolio spans oncology, haematology, neurology, urology and ophthalmology. Additional information can be found at www.stbiopharma.com.

    *About PharmaMar*

    Headquartered in Madrid, PharmaMar is a world-leading biopharmaceutical company in the discovery and development of innovative marine-derived anticancer drugs. The company has an important pipeline of drug candidates and a robust R&D oncology program. PharmaMar develops and commercializes YONDELIS^® in Europe and has three other clinical stage programs under development for several types of solid and hematological cancers PM1183, plitidepsin, and PM60184. PharmaMar is a global biopharmaceutical company with subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and the United States. PharmaMar fully owns three other companies: GENOMICA, Spain's leading molecular diagnostics company; Sylentis, dedicated to researching therapeutic applications of gene silencing (RNAI); and two other chemical enterprises, Zelnova and Xylazel. To learn more about PharmaMar, please visit us at www.pharmamar.com.

    *Further Inquiries:*

    ST Asia Senior Manager Communications/Corporate Affairs Emma Power: *+65 3158 9940* or *+61 419 149 525 *

    *References:
    *

    *1. *Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2017. Cancer in Australia 2017. Cancer series no. 101. Cat. No. 100. Canberra: AIHW

    *2. *Palumbo A & Anderson K. Multiple Myeloma N Engl J Med 2011; 364: 1046-1060

    *3. *Ludwig H et al. Survival and years of life lost in different age cohorts of patients with multiple myeloma. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Mar 20; 28(9): 1599-605

    *Disclaimer*

    This document is a press release, not a prospectus. This document does not constitute or form part of an offering or invitation to sell or a solicitation to purchase, offer or subscribe shares of the company. Moreover, no reliance should be placed upon this document for any investment decision or contract and it does not constitute a recommendation of any type with regard to the shares of the company.

    View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/world-first-approval-for-multiple-myeloma-drug-aplidinr-300763187.html Reported by PR Newswire Asia 44 minutes ago.

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     Australia Test skipper Tim Paine has questioned the Decision Review System (DRS), saying it has been "frustrating" to deal with the technology that is "not a perfect system". Reported by Zee News 45 minutes ago.

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    The future of the world’s coral reefs is uncertain, as the impact of global heating continues to escalate. However, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change, the response of the Great Barrier Reef to extreme temperatures in 2017 was markedly different to one year earlier, following two back-to-back bouts of coral bleaching. Remarkably, corals that bleached and survived 2016 were more resistant in 2017 to a recurrence of hot conditions.

    “Dead corals don’t bleach for a second time. The north lost millions of heat-sensitive corals in 2016, and most of the survivors were the tougher species. As a result of bleaching, the mix of species is changing very rapidly,” said lead author Prof Terry Hughes, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE), headquartered at James Cook University.

    “We were astonished to find less bleaching in 2017, because the temperatures were even more extreme than the year before,” he said.

    The new research highlights the extent of damage, or “geographic footprint” of multiple coral bleaching events across the 2,300 km length of the world-heritage listed area.

    The back-to-back heatwaves bring the total number of mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef to four over the past two decades (in 1998, 2002, 2016 and 2017). The scientists found that only 7% of the Great Barrier Reef escaped bleaching entirely since 1998, and after the 2017 event, 61% of reefs have now been severely bleached at least once.

    “We found, using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) satellite-based coral bleaching tools, that corals in the north of the Great Barrier Reef were exposed to the most heat stress in 2016. A year later, the central region saw the most prolonged heating,” said co-author Dr Mark Eakin, from NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch program, in Maryland, USA.

    The southern third of the Great Barrier Reef was cooler in both years due to local weather conditions, and escaped with only minor bleaching.

    “It’s only a matter of time before we see another mass-bleaching event, triggered by the next marine heatwave, driven by global heating,” said co-author Dr Andrew Hoey of Coral CoE at James Cook University. “One of the worst possible scenarios is we’ll see these southern corals succumb to bleaching in the near future.”

    “The outcome in 2017 depended on the conditions experienced by the corals one year earlier. We called that ‘ecological memory,’ and show that these repeating events are now acting together in ways that we didn’t expect,” said Prof Hughes.

    “We’ve never seen back-to-back mass coral bleaching before on the Great Barrier Reef, in two consecutive summers. The combined footprint has killed close to half of the corals on two-thirds of the world’s largest reef system,” said Dr Hoey.

    “We need urgent global action on greenhouse emissions to save the world’s coral reefs. Australia should be – but regrettably isn’t – at the forefront of tackling global heating,” said Prof Hughes. Reported by Eurasia Review 39 minutes ago.

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    Australia reportedly set to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital In October, new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was "open" to moving his country's embassy to Jerusalem. Reported by Jerusalem Post 42 minutes ago.

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    *APAC Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Market by Equipment Type (Walk-in Coolers, Beverage Refrigeration, Transportation Refrigeration Equipment, Display Cases, Parts, Ice Making Machineries), by Application (Food Service, Food & Beverage Distribution, Food & Beverage Retail), by End-User (Supermarkets, Hypermarkets, Hotels/Restaurants & Catering, Convenience Stores, E-commerce), by Geography (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia) –Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast, 2013–2023*NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence, APAC commercial refrigeration equipment market is projected to reach $24.4 billion by 2023. Growing food and beverage industry, and increasing urbanization are the key factors driving market growth.

    *Request to get the sample pages of the report: https://www.psmarketresearch.com/market-analysis/asia-pacific-commercial-refrigeration-equipment-market/report-sample*

    On the basis of end user, the APAC commercial refrigeration equipment market has been categorized into hotels/restaurants & catering, supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, e-commerce, and others, wherein ‘others’ include hospitals; educational institutions; large pharmaceutical stores; and medical and life sciences. Among these, hotels/restaurants and catering category held the largest market share of 27% in 2017. However, e-commerce is expected to be the fastest growing end user category in terms of value, during the forecast period. This can be attributed to increasing trend of buying food and beverage online, and ease of accessibility.

    In terms of value, China dominated the APAC commercial refrigeration equipment market, during the historical period and is expected to continue holding the largest share, during the forecast period. This is attributed to growing food and beverage industry in the country. The major factors driving the growth of food and beverage industry are increasing disposable income, and growing supermarkets in the country. According to the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, supermarkets in the country are growing at a rate of 11.5% year-over-year and is further anticipated to grow at faster pace.

    *Browse report overview with 81 tables and 53 figures spread through 146 pages and detailed TOC on "Asia-Pacific  Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Market" at: https://www.psmarketresearch.com/market-analysis/asia-pacific-commercial-refrigeration-equipment-market*

    Moreover, in the recent years, there has been an increase in import of milk products, seafoods, and alcohol in China, from countries such as New Zealand, the U.S., Brazil, Russia, and Argentina. Also, with increasing population, the demand for meat and dairy products is growing rapidly in the country. According to the U.S. department of agriculture (USDA), China imported double the volume of meat during 2013-14 as compared to early 2000. Therefore, with rise in imports of food products, demand for commercial refrigeration equipment is expected to increase in the country.

    The increasing demand for food and beverage industry is one of the most important factors driving the demand for commercial refrigeration equipment in the region. Frozen foods, food preservation, cold drinks which include alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are the products which require refrigeration. The growth of modern food retail is fueling growth of APAC commercial refrigeration equipment market. Modern food retail is supported by the growth of cold supply chain infrastructure for chilled, fresh and processed foods. The growth of cold supply chain infrastructure is supported by the rising concerns of food wastage annually.

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    The intensity of rivalry among players in the APAC commercial refrigeration equipment market is moderate. The top three players in the market accounted for a majority share in 2017. In the recent past, product and services launches, and partnerships were the major activities in the market. United Technologies Corporation, Dover Corporation, and Frigoglass S.A.I.C were involved in product and services launch in the market. Additionally, Hussmann Corporation, Frigoglass S.A.I.C, and AB Electrolux were involved in partnerships to expand their businesses in other countries.

    Some of the other key players operating in the APAC commercial refrigeration equipment market include Daikin Industries Ltd., Illinois Tool Works Inc., Johnson Controls International Plc, Fujimak Corporation, and Emerson Electric Co.

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    The economies in Latin America faced slow growth during 2013–2016, owing to global oil crisis and geopolitical instability in countries such as Brazil and Venezuela. Despite sluggish growth in the region, tourism industry witnessed the growth, driven by region’s diversity and natural resources as well as various government initiatives to promote tourism industry.

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    Refugee footballer fights extradition to Bahrain Bahraini Hakeem Al-Araibi, who has refugee status in Australia, was detained in Thailand last month. Reported by BBC News 5 minutes ago.

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    It was a gathering of activists masquerading as deep thinkers. Ostensibly, it was to celebrate seven decades of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one devised in the aftermath of a traumatised world and easier to do so for that fact. But this gathering on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne which featured irritatingly optimistic speakers showed the lamentable weaknesses in the human rights project. Human rights continues to be ever susceptible to personalisation and haggling, a manipulated concept that all too often serves the select.

    Human rights remains as much fashion and political statement. In Australia, the idea that such rights have truck with the political classes is a very flimsy notion indeed. A country that praises itself constantly as a paragon of freedoms and liberties is bound to find common ground with those people’s democracies who insist on keeping political prisoners and confining individuals indefinitely. Australia’s record on matters regarding the UDHR remains abysmal: indefinite detention regimes outsourced and funded on tropical Pacific islands; permitted, open-ended control regimes for those who have served their time in prison yet still remain a matter of interest to the state; and various infractions committed after September 11, 2001 in anti-terrorist operations.

    Rights documents, be they the universal declaration itself or a charter that might embed those provisions, is also politically difficult to sell. When Prime Minister Kevin Rudd received the report from Father Frank Brennan on having a Human Rights Act he insisted, rather uncharitably, that he had been served a shit sandwich. (Scatological references were a favourite theme with him.) Despite going through the exercise of having such a consultation committee, the project for a human rights act would be shelved; the sense that Australia remains resistant to such abstract notions as free speech and privacy remains strong. Many thanked their stars that the decision by Rudd had essentially set back the discussion of rights in Australia by a generation.

    The Charter of Rights movement is yet another grouping of human rights activists and lawyers in Australia attempting to encourage the country’s citizens to embrace something tantamount to a Bill of Rights. It uses the bland measures of advertising and mild condescension, more in the hope that citizens will succumb to the sheer power of persuasion.

    But even these advocates cannot, nor want to see the implications of having a firm, entrenched civil and political rights document immune from the predations of Parliament. Shen Narayanasamy, Human Rights Campaign director at the lobby group GetUp!, managed a sneer at the idea of free speech, largely because it was the sort that might be embraced by affronted conservatives and self-satisfied bigots.

    Lee Carnie of the Human Rights Law Centre, a fellow panellist, argued that any charter would necessarily have to be subordinate to the wishes of Parliament. The “legislative dialogue model”, as it is termed, still privileges the role of that all-powerful, and often erratic body, one that can imprison, separate from the judiciary, any citizen or resident who supposedly impugns and impairs its functions. Parliament, notably one run by majoritarian instincts, remains a constant threat to the liberties of the citizenry.

    Such views seem to come from the harsh bottlebrush of Australian suspicion: we have rights, but these are revocable by the whim of the legislature; we have rights, but these are susceptible to modification by judicial and parliamentary fiat. The result is a rather meagre appreciation for the very idea of rights, one stifled by process.

    What, then, are Australians left with? The Universal Declaration, or what lawyers suggestively term “soft law”, comes to mind. As “soft” law, it should not be treated as irrelevant and without utility; its crawling influence has been significant and long lasting, even if removed from any direct enforceable mechanism. It is not the stuff to make black letter lawyers swoon; in some cases, it causes them considerable bowel disruptions of discomfort.

    In the words of Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, “It has withstood the tests of passing years, and the advent of dramatic new technologies and social, political and economic developments that its drafters would have foreseen.” As the United Nations information site claims, “the UDHR has inspired a rich body of legally binding international human rights treaties.” With confidence the organisation insists that “more than 80 international human rights treaties and declarations, a great number of regional human rights conventions, domestic human rights bills and constitutional provisions” have been birthed in that vortex of inspired drafting.

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    Aspirational gloss has always been central to such a document; application continues to be, if not poor, then non-existent in some cases. We are left with the imperfect callings of soft law, one that seeks to move and germinate, rather than becoming, in of itself, an enforceable document it can never hope to be. Reported by Eurasia Review 24 minutes ago.

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    · *Top Employers Institute commends DHL Express in Asia Pacific and ten countries for diversity, inclusion and opportunities for talent growth*
    · *DHL Express has received 44 awards for its workplace culture in 2018 -- bringing the total number of awards won since 2014 to 190*

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    SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 12 December 2018 - DHL Express, the world's leading international express services provider, has been named 2019 Top Employer for Asia Pacific as well as nine countries and territories in the region: Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

     

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    DHL Express team at the awards ceremony for Top Employer 2019

    The award was conferred by Top Employers Institute, a global organization recognizing excellence in employee conditions, making this the fifth consecutive year that DHL Express has received the award for Asia Pacific. This further establishes the company as a regional leader in employment practices and talent development, with a workplace culture built on respect, recognition and equal opportunities.

     

    "It is an honor to be acknowledged as a leading employer and an excellent workplace in Asia Pacific once again, and this is a strong testament to the hard work and effort that all our employees invest in harnessing this winning culture in DHL -- one that is built on respect and results," said Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific. "We strongly believe that this culture resonates with our employees, who are motivated to give the best to our customers every day. We remain committed to providing the right opportunities for our employees, so they can be best equipped to deliver the world-class results that our customers rely on to grow their businesses."

     

    The Top Employer award has consistently recognized DHL Express' sustained investment in talent growth, including its Certified International Specialist (CIS) and Certified International Manager (CIM) programs that have trained, to date, over 60,000 employees in Asia Pacific. This series of training is meant to create a powerful sense of community that enables employees to combine best-in-class product quality with incomparable service excellence.

     

    "We've always valued the importance of training and development, to ensure our employees remain at the forefront of the industry, to keep abreast of what we can do, to meet the full range of our customers' needs," said A. Mateen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, DHL Express Asia Pacific. "Everyone in the DHL family is critical to the company's success, and we take follow-up action based on feedback from our annual Employee Opinion Survey very seriously. This has helped us to establish a workplace culture where everyone has a stake, to grow professionally and to propel the business further."

     

    In 2018 alone, DHL Express received a total of 44 awards for its workplace and corporate culture in Asia Pacific. This year's string of accolades are the latest additions to the 146 other awards that DHL Express Asia Pacific has received since 2014, many with strict judging criteria based on employee feedback.

     

    Some of the notable highlights include:

     

    · DHL Express was named Best Employer 2018 for Asia Pacific by human capital firm, Aon Hewitt -- an accolade conferred to DHL Express which has won this recognition in five other countries across the region: India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
    · In Asia Pacific, DHL Express was also ranked second on the list of Asia's Best Multinational Workplaces 2018, by Great Place to Work®.
    · DHL Express has been recognized as the sixth best place to work globally in a 2018 employer ranking from Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE.

     

     

    In addition to the CIS and CIM programs, DHL Express regularly organizes activities that celebrate and recognize employees' dedication, and cultivate employee engagements at all levels. These include initiatives such as 'Staff Appreciation Week' and 'Employee of the Year'. Most recently in August 2018, DHL Express held its DHL AsiaCup in Singapore -- an annual employee football and cheerleading event involving more than 1,000 employees, to rally teams across the region to build an even stronger employee network and celebrate their successes.

     

    Note to Editors:

    DHL Express Asia Pacific received a total of 44 accolades in 2018. Some of the highlights include:**

     

    *Aon Hewitt*

    · "Best Employer" 2018 -- Asia Pacific
    · "Best Employer" 2018 -- India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand

     

    *Top Employers Institute*

    · "Top Employers Award" 2018 -- Asia Pacific
    · "Top Employers Award" 2018 -- Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand

     

    *Great Place to Work^®** Institute*

    · Ranked 2nd Asia's Best Multinational Workplaces 2018 -- Asia Pacific
    · Great Place to Work 2018 -- Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
    · Best Workplace in 2018: India, Japan
    · 25 Best Workplaces in 2018: Sri Lanka
    · 100 Best Companies to Work for -- South Korea
    · Best Companies to Work for 2018 in Greater China -- Hong Kong, Taiwan

     

    *DHL -- *The logistics company for the world

    *DHL* is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 360,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".

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