Important Press Releases

Louisiana Renters with Tornado Damage May be Eligible for Federal Help

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana renters who experienced losses due to the February tornadoes that damaged Livingston and Orleans parishes may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from FEMA and the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

New structural studies reveal workings of a molecular pump that ejects cancer drugs

Sometimes cells resist medication by spitting it back out. Cancer cells, in particular, have a reputation for defiantly expelling the chemotherapy drugs meant to kill them. Researchers at The Rockefeller University have shed new light on a molecular pump that makes this possible, by determining its three-dimensional structure, down to the level of atoms.

Jordan Peele launches his movie career with an instant horror classic.

Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya, of Sicario) is a young black photographer on the rise; Rose Armitage (Allison Williams, of Girls) is his wealthy white girlfriend. Chris and Rose have been together for five months now, and Rose has decided it's time for Chris to meet her parents. Chris has reservations about this (has she told them he's black?

Partisanship dominates consumer optimism in February

ANN ARBOR—Although consumer confidence edged downward in February, the overall average in the past three months was the highest in more than a decade, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.


In the early morning of April 30, 2016, Greene was placed into custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre following his arrest by members of the Winnipeg Police Service.

McCarthy to Relinquish Graduate School Role

John McCarthy will step down as dean of the Graduate School following the May 12 commencement to focus more time on his duties as senior vice provost for academic affairs as well as his research in linguistics.

UN rights expert urges Kenya to protect four environmental defenders whose lives are under threat

Two of their homes have been burned. All have been threatened with death. The twelve-year-old son of one of them was kidnapped earlier this week and held for three days before being released on the side of a road.

Former State Department Official Joins Human Rights First as Senior Vice President for Policy

New York City—Human Rights First announced today that former Obama Administration senior official Rob Berschinski has joined the organization as its new Senior Vice President for Policy. Berschinski is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor with extensive experience in national security and foreign policy. He will lead the organization’s efforts to advance a U.S. foreign policy rooted in a strong commitment to human rights, universal values, and American ideals.

Governor Phil Scott Declares "Girl Scout Cookie Weekend" in Vermont

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott is declaring the weekend of February 24 as Girl Scout Cookie Weekend in Vermont, and encourages Vermonters to “tag along” by celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

DR Congo: Ensure Justice for Killings in the Kasais

Kinshasa) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should fully and impartially investigate killings by alleged Congolese army soldiers in the central Kasai area, Human Rights Watch said today. A video posted on the internet on February 17, 2017, shows men in Congolese army uniforms fatally shooting at least 13 alleged militia members, some of whom are carrying sticks and slingshots.

MSU undergraduates named finalists for national Truman Scholarship

Two Michigan State University students are finalists for the nationally competitive Truman Scholarship.

CRKN-Erudit Partnership receives ALCTS Collaboration Award

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has chosen the CRKN-Érudit Partnership as the recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation for 2017.

UN expert to assess violence and discrimination against LGBT people in Argentina

Mr. Muntarbhorn, the first Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity designated by the UN Human Rights Council, will investigate different forms of violence and discrimination.

The Ulster Farmers Union's Dairy committee has decided to reinstate its Milk Price Indicator (MPI).

This was originally launched in 2013, in light of an absence of milk pricing data specific to Northern Ireland, published fortnightly, with supporting market analysis, it gave dairy farmers an indication of returns from key commodity markets.  Publication was suspended in late 2014 after claims it was talking down milk prices, claims which were subsequently proved wrong with the continued calculation of the MPI accurately reflecting market returns and the milk price in Northern Ireland.

CAIR Announces Successful Settlement of Lawsuit for Mich. Muslim Inmate Denied Adequate Ramadan Diet

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/24/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the successful settlement of a lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim inmate brought against the Michigan Department of Corrections over the denial of adequate nutrition during the annual month-long fast of Ramadan.

CAIR Settles Discrimination Suit Against Advance Auto Parts on Behalf of Md. Muslim

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/24/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the settlement of an employment discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a Maryland Muslim worker against Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the nation’s largest retailer of automotive replacement parts, accessories, and services.

Operation Stonegarden partners seize 1,522 pounds of cocaine in Puerto Rico

This is evidence of the extraordinary results that Operation Stonegarden can achieve through sustained collaboration and a grant investment,” state Ramiro Cerrillo, Chief Patrol Agent for the Ramey Sector.

Celebrate Pancake Day in Tudor-style

The traditions of Shrove Tuesday, dating back to Tudor times, will be brought to life at a special event in Easton next week.

CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Fire Targeting Florida Mosque

MIAMI, FL, 2/24/17) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) today offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set a fire overnight at a mosque in that state.

Trump's upcoming joint session with Congress: U-M experts weigh in

President Trump will speak to the joint session of Congress on Tuesday in a televised event. University of Michigan experts are available to discuss his agenda.

Event: Forbidden Aid: The Case of Israeli Humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria

In the past five years, Israel has managed an extraordinary effort that has provided over 12,000 tons of humanitarian aid from Israel to Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Syria itself. Despite the uniqueness of the work, this story remains largely untold.

Rice Business Plan Competition to announce 2017 competitors via Facebook Live

Rice Business Plan Competition to announce 2017 competitors via Facebook Live Feb.

Goldfein speaks on the imperatives of airpower

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to a military strategy forum at a Center for Strategic and International Studies discussion on the imperatives of airpower and challenges for the next fight Feb.

Food: Powerful Medicine to Defend Against Cancer

WASHINGTON – What we eat is strongly and intricately linked to our health. No food or nutrient is a panacea against disease, but eating right can help prevent many serious diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and several types of cancer.

Normani Kordei of pop group Fifth Harmony partners with American Cancer Society as a global ambassador

ATLANTA, Feb. 24, 2017 / -USNewswire/ -- Normani Kordei, of the internationally acclaimed pop group Fifth Harmony, has partnered with the American Cancer Society as a global ambassador to help increase awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening and HPV vaccination. The fight against cancer hits close to home as Kordei's mother, Andrea, is a breast cancer survivor having been diagnosed when Normani was just 5 years old.

Broward County Schools to Serve Students 40,000 Pounds of Plant City Strawberries

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Broward County Public Schools will serve more than 40,000 pounds of Florida-grown strawberries to their students over the next two weeks. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Farm to School program facilitated the purchase from Sweet Life Farms in Plant City, Fla., which is owned and operated by Mark McDonald.

Food insecurity and poverty pose major challenge to goal of ending hunger by 2030 in sub-Saharan Africa

A farmer taking cuttings from cassava plants. The FAO report stresses the need to increase production and productivity of staple food crops.

New heights for University accommodation

The newest addition to Selly Oak’s residential development was officially ‘topped out’ at a ceremony last week (Wednesday 15 February).

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Mr Frans Timmermans receives a delegation of members of the Senate of Romania.

ZS-9 (sodium zirconium cyclosilicate) receives positive CHMP opinion for the treatment of hyperkalaemia

AstraZeneca today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a positive opinion recommending the approval of ZS-9 (sodium zirconium cyclosilicate) for the treatment of hyperkalaemia, a serious condition characterised by high potassium levels in the blood serum caused by cardiovascular, renal and metabolic diseases.

British Cycling responds to change in personal injury claims laws

British Cycling is pleased that the government’s decision to increase the small claims limit to £5,000 for road traffic-related personal injury claims has not been extended to cyclists.

EU proposes 105 million in humanitarian assistance for Lake Chad region

The European Commission plans to mobilise a total of €105 million in humanitarian support to populations in the Lake Chad region in Africa in 2017.

UFU comment on 2017 Single Applications

If covering DAERA’s recent announcement that the 2017 Single Applications process will open on 01 March, please consider this statement from UFU president Barclay Bell.

Toxic air pollution: UN rights experts urge tighter rules to combat invisible threat

GENEVA (24 February 2017) – United Nations human rights experts are calling for strong, urgent action by States, including legislation and enforcement of corporate accountability, to try to ensure that people around the world can enjoy the human rights to life and health in environments free from contamination.

Rare Disease Day: What it means to us

Rare Disease Day holds personal significance for two colleagues working in our Rare Disease Unit; Jessica Imrie and Julie Venners Christensen both have children with rare disorders.

Redefining Rape in Jamaica

Jamaica’s Sexual Offences Act (2009) is past due for review and, earlier this month, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck signaled that the crime of rape needs to be redefined in the law.

UK workers do 33.6 billion unpaid overtime a year says TUC

UK workers gave their employers £33.6 billion of free labour last year by doing unpaid overtime, according to new analysis of official statistics published today (24 February 2017)) by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Coming up: E-democracy, mobile roaming, visa reciprocity, and lessons from the car emissions scandal

E-democracy, an end to roaming fees in the EU, and visa reciprocity with the US are all on the table in the week ahead. MEPs will also discuss findings and recommendations from the car emissions scandal inquiry.

Press briefing note on Israel: Elor Azaria case

We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian in an apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man who clearly posed no imminent threat.

Successful partnership enters second phase

The agreement for a six-year extension was signed by TUM president Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann and the SGL Group's CEO, Dr. Jürgen Köhler.