Global Chinese Merchants Worship Their Ancestor in Shangqiu

SHANGQIU, China, Oct. 23, 2023 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– On October 23, 2023, the ninth day of the ninth month in Chinese lunar year, the grand worship ceremony was held in Shangqiu City, Henan Province, China. About 500 representatives of Chinese merchants from home and abroad gathered together to worship Wang Hai, the ancestor of Chinese merchants, and promote the spirit of Chinese merchants, which is characterized by upholding virtue and benevolence, emphasizing business ethics, honesty and trustworthiness, and seeking innovation and change, and express the determination of unity and collaboration for the future, according to the Organizing Committee of the 9th China Shangqiu International Chinese Merchants Festival.

Caption: Global Chinese merchants worship their ancestor in Shangqiu, China.

The groundwork for this gathering was laid 4,000 years ago. At that time, there was a tribe called “Shang” that was active in this area. The seventh leader of the tribe, Wang Hai, was skilled in trade, and the tribe gradually prospered and grew stronger. After several generations of accumulation, the Shang tribe established the second dynasty in Chinese history, the Shang Dynasty. The deeds of Wang Hai were engraved on oracle bones and passed down to later generations. The Chinese people believe that Wang Hai pioneered commercial trade, so he is revered as the “ancestor of merchants”. Many Chinese characters related to trade activities are also named with the Chinese character of “shang”, such as commerce (shangye), commodity (shangpin), and merchant (shangren). Therefore, Shangqiu is considered the birthplace of the ancestor of merchants, the Shang tribe, the Shang Dynasty, merchants, commodities, commerce, and merchant culture, attracting many Chinese people to hold festivals and pay homage here. This year marks the ninth edition.

Today, Shangqiu has developed transportation and is one of the few cities in China that serves as a comprehensive transportation hub for both high-speed and conventional railways, as well as a node city in the “Eight Verticals and Eight Horizontals” high-speed railway network. Shangqiu currently has three hundred-billion level industrial clusters in equipment manufacturing, textile and apparel manufacturing, and food production, as well as eleven ten-billion level industrial clusters in refrigeration, measuring tools, and superhard materials. The city is vigorously developing emerging industries such as new energy vehicles, new materials, electronic information, and biomedicine, and is also planning for multiple future industries including life and health, carbon-based new materials, hydrogen energy and storage, brain-inspired intelligence, and metaverse. Shangqiu is committed to creating a first-class business environment, constructing a gateway and hub for opening up to the outside world, and building an important center for international land ports and the Belt and Road Initiative. The city keeps upholding and promoting the tradition of respecting, valuing, and supporting businesses.

Source: Organizing Committee of the 9th China Shangqiu International Chinese Merchants Festival

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Bombardier Defense Delivers Global 6000 Aircraft to the U.S. Air Force Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) Program

U.S. Air Force’s Global 6000 aircraft

Bombardier Defense Delivers Global 6000 Aircraft to the U.S. Air Force Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) Program.

  • ombardier Defense delivered the seventh Global 6000 aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program
  • Bombardier’s multi-year contract with the Air Force supports a unique and reliable airborne communications platform essential for critical missions around the world  
  • Global business jets have become go-to platforms for special missions around the world, thanks to their speed, payload capacity, reduced cost of maintenance, fuel efficiency, reliability, and endurance

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier recently celebrated the seventh delivery of a Global 6000 aircraft to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program at the company’s Hartford Service Centre, in Connecticut.

The BACN aircraft is a specialized communications platform, known in the USAF as the E-11A, that is part of a previously announced multi-year contract representing a potential total value of close to US$465 million. Bombardier has already delivered six Global aircraft to the BACN program under previous agreements. The USAF has the option to purchase an additional aircraft each year through 2026 under the 2021 contract.

“Bombardier Defense is proud to be a trusted partner of the U.S. Air Force,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice-President, Aircraft Sales and Bombardier Defense. “Our flexibility and mission-focused approach has made the Global aircraft exceedingly recognized as the optimal option for governments and defense contractors around the world. Leveraging state-of-the-art integrated technology and a team of high-skilled experts, Bombardier Defense continues to strengthen its ties with the U.S. Air Force and to deliver its renowned platforms utilized to reinforce national and international security.”

As part of the critical BACN program, Bombardier’s Global aircraft serve as high-altitude communications gateways, relaying or bridging voice and data between air and surface forces, surmounting traditional obstacles such as mountains, rough terrain or distance. Dubbed “Wi-Fi in the sky” by the USAF, BACN-equipped Global aircraft acts as a universal gateway that can be utilized around the world. The Global family of aircraft is the platform of choice for more than 10 different mission types across the world given their ultimate combination of speed, range and endurance, and the 24/7 worldwide support infrastructure Bombardier has implemented.

Bombardier Defense has dedicated in-house engineering and support teams in Wichita, KS, with the ability to incorporate customer-requested modifications and provide comprehensive integration solutions with complete certification capabilities across the full spectrum of civilian, military and hybrid operations. Recognized around the world for its diverse portfolio of proven and versatile specialized aircraft platforms, Bombardier cumulates decades of experience working with hundreds of special mission operators and renowned mission systems integrators.

About Bombardier

Bombardier (BBD-B.TO) is a global leader in aviation, focused on designing, manufacturing, and servicing the world’s most exceptional business jets. Bombardier’s Challenger and Global aircraft families are renowned for their cutting-edge innovation, cabin design, performance, and reliability. Bombardier has a worldwide fleet of approximately 5,000 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments, and private individuals. Bombardier aircraft are also trusted around the world in government and military special-mission roles leveraging Bombardier Defense’s proven expertise.

Headquartered in Greater Montréal, Québec, Bombardier operates aerostructure, assembly and completion facilities in Canada, the United States and Mexico. The company’s robust customer support network services the Learjet, Challenger and Global families of aircraft, and includes facilities in strategic locations in the United States and Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, the UAE, Singapore, China and Australia.

For corporate news and information, including Bombardier’s Environmental, Social and Governance report, as well as the company’s plans to cover all its flight operations with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) utilizing the Book and Claim system visit Learn more about Bombardier’s industry-leading products and customer service network at Follow us on X (Twitter) @Bombardier.

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Dom Marchant, Chief Creative Officer, joins the executive leadership team at OPEN Health with a new vision to drive the creative communications practice

UK, Oct. 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — October 23rd, London, UK

Dom Marchant, Chief Creative Officer, joins the executive leadership team at OPEN Health with a new vision to drive the creative communications practice

Dom will be responsible for leading the company’s overall creative strategy, with a specific focus on the creative communications practice, which specializes in data-driven creativity. By joining the OPEN Health executive leadership team, he will share this world-class, innovative approach throughout all of OPEN Health’s global practices, including scientific communications, patient engagement, and HEOR and market access.

“Data-driven creativity is central to all our services, and Dom demonstrates an innate vision for driving it within OPEN Health. He embodies a unique perspective and a freshness, seamlessly blending digital-first thinking with creative vision, but always with a commercial focus,” said Rob Barker, OPEN Health Group CEO.

Dom joined OPEN Health in 2021 through the acquisition of London-based creative agency ARK. He has a strong reputation in the industry, with a history of building successful healthcare agencies. In addition to 15 years’ experience in healthcare, he has worked with a diverse range of clients, including The Coca-Cola Company, Panasonic, Björk, and Ted Baker. His healthcare clients have included AZ, GSK, Alexion, BI, Takeda, Pfizer, and LEO.

With over 100 awards as Executive Creative Director, including two Cannes Lions, two Creative Floors, and most awarded agency at the PM Society Digital Awards in 2022 and 2023, he currently sits on the Interactive Media Council Inc. and the PM Society committee.

“We have built a solid reputation as a creative force over the past two years,” said Dom, “and we need to continue on that path, with more awards and more recognition for the highly creative and measurable work that typifies the data-driven approach.”

Dom begins in his role immediately.

About OPEN Health

OPEN Health unites deep scientific knowledge with wide-ranging specialist expertise to unlock possibilities that improve health outcomes and patient well-being. Working in partnership with our clients, we embrace our different perspectives and strengths to deliver fresh thinking and solutions that make a difference. OPEN Health is a flexible global organization that solves complex healthcare challenges across HEOR and market access, medical communications and creative omnichannel campaigns. For more information on OPEN Health, visit

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Senate session to be convened this week to discuss Palestine issue

A session of the Senate will be convened this week to address the pressing issue of the ongoing Palestine situation, following the barbaric bombings by the Zionist Israeli Army in besieged Gaza Strip.

Leader of the House in Senate, Senator Ishaq Dar, and Parliamentary Leader of the Balochistan Awami Party, Senator Manzoor Kakar had written letters to Chairman Senate, urging him to convene a session to discuss and deliberate on the situation in Palestine, to which he agreed.

This session aims to emphasize Pakistan's commitment to peace, justice, and solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Source: Radio Pakistan

90 more Palestinians martyred in fresh Israeli attacks in Gaza

At least ninety Palestinians, mostly women and children, were martyred and several others injured, in Israeli air raids that targeted civilians’ homes in the southern and central Gaza Strip last night.

The martyrdom toll of Palestinians in Gaza during the last two weeks has risen to more than 4,741 including 1873 children and 1023 women. Around sixteen thousands Palestinians have been injured in the Israel's bombing campaign.

Thirty People were martyred tonight when Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes targeting Jabalia refugee camp.

Six people were martyred and eleven others injured when the occupation warplanes bombed a house with inhabitants inside in Rafah.

Israeli warplanes also targeted a house in the Al-Amal neighborhood to the west and another in the town of Al-Qarara to the north, killing and injuring a number of citizens.

In Al-Mughraqa in the central Gaza Strip, four people were killed and six others wounded in an Israeli shelling on a house.

Another home was destroyed in the Al-Zawaida area in the central Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Israeli air raids in the last hours on the vicinity of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza’s northern city of Beit Lahia have caused “serious damage and injuries.

Meanwhile, the UN aid agencies have called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, as conditions worsen in the territory.

The demand has been made by the UN's Development Programme, Population Fund, International Children's Emergency Fund, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization.

The five UN agencies highlighted that children, pregnant women and the elderly are the most vulnerable and that nearly half of the population of the Gaza Strip are children.

They said "immediate, unrestricted humanitarian access throughout Gaza" is necessary to "allow humanitarian actors to reach civilians in need".

They said "more than 1.6 million people in Gaza are in critical need of humanitarian aid".

In a joint statement, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization described the situation in Gaza as "catastrophic" .

Source: Radio Pakistan

Repatriation of illegal foreign nationals continues

The repatriation of illegal foreign nationals to their homeland from different parts of Pakistan continues, as only eight days are left for undocumented foreign nationals to leave the country.

The government has asked undocumented foreign nationals to leave Pakistan by 1st of next month, otherwise law enforcement agencies will take action as per law for repatriation of all foreign nationals living without any legal document in their possession.

Source: Radio Pakistan