Important Press Releases

Occupational health for dental staff in Scotland

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A NEW occupational health service for dentists and dental practice staff in Scotland is now accessible as of 1 June 2018.

Spain takes over from Italy Chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD

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ROME – In a ceremony held today at the annual session of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme, the Italian Government handed over the chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD to the Spanish Government.

IDC Forecasts Worldwide Technology Spending on the Internet of Things to Reach $1.2 Trillion in 2022

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass., June 18, 2018 – International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced publication of the latest Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide (version 2H17). The Spending Guide forecasts Internet of Things (IoT) spending will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6% over the 2017-2022 forecast period and reach $1.2 trillion in 2022. The forecast is based on the latest research in the burgeoning IoT technology market, which offers business investment opportunities across a spectrum of industries and illuminated through use case implementations.

Doctoral Oral Exams for June 25-29

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Supreeth Shastri, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tuesday, June 26, 10 a.m., 309 Knowles Engineering Building Conference room. Dissertation: “Financializing Cloud Computing.” David Irwin, chr.

Shriever and Manaton rule the track in Glasgow

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Bethany Shriever and Curtis Manaton proved themselves to be up to the task of a new track as both doubled up with victories in the HSBC UK BMX National Series in Glasgow.

Governor Cuomo Issues Open Letter to New Yorkers on Father's Day

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Happy Father's Day. Mine could not be better. Mariah and Michaela made a great effort and truly did it dad's way—willingly! Cara is in Rwanda doing sustainable development work. The gift I requested from all three is a handwritten letter about "us"—whatever that means to them.

Churches comment on Universal Credit report

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Speaking on behalf of the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, Paul Morrison commented on the release of the National Audit Office (NAO) report, Rolling out Universal Credit, saying, “Churches have repeatedly expressed concerns about Universal Credit and the damaging effects it is having on communities. The NAO’s findings are deeply concerning but not a surprise.” The NAO report states that that Universal Credit is not value for money, failing to meet its financial objectives. Most importantly it is the first official document to take seriously the concerns of claimants and acknowledge the problems they are facing.

Sad News Death of a Student on a Study Abroad Program

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I am heartbroken to report the tragic death of Elmer Arrieta, a Texas Tech University student participating in a UT Austin study abroad program in Irkutsk, Russia. Elmer was injured in a fall during a hiking excursion on Olkhon Island. He was one of 20 students on the excursion on June 16.

Dideriksen edges tense finale on Stage Four of the OVO Energy Women's Tour

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Amalie Dideriksen sprinted to victory on Stage Four of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Worcester as Great Britain’s Dani Rowe overcame a crash to remain third overall.

ICE detainee passes away at the Eloy Detention Facility

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ELOY – A Vietnamese national, who was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) died Tuesday morning at the Banner Casa Grande Medical Center in Casa Grande, Arizona. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death.

Comets Score Franchise-Record 11 Runs in Rout of Eagles

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 16, 2018) – The Cleveland Comets pounded out a franchise-record 13 hits and scored a franchise-record 11 runs on Saturday to pull away for an 11-3 win over the Beijing Eagles. The win improves the Comets’ record to 3-11, while the Eagles fall to 11-10.

Disaster Recovery Center in Mentone to Close June 16; Help Remains Available

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Mentone will close permanently at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018. The DRC hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weekend catch-up: Singapore summit, ChinaPakistan, and diplomacy at the World Cup

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The meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un dominated headlines this week. The Interpreter covered the Singapore summit from a range of angles.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer an $18.5 million offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium. The consortium is a cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization, and develop advanced technology solutions for installation, operation, maintenance, and supply chain.

Get Home Repair Advice June 18-23 in Caguas, Guaynabo, Naranjito, Yabucoa and Yauco

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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico –  As the people of Puerto Rico repair and rebuild their homes, FEMA has teamed with Kmart, National Lumber and Hardware and Sears to provide free information and tips on how to make homes stronger and safer.

Mitigation specialists invite all Texans to talk preparedness

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AUSTIN, Texas – Join the more than 41,000 Texans who have learned how to prepare their homes for natural disasters from FEMA mitigation specialists at local home improvement stores.

Kyrgyzstan: New rape case highlights need for immediate action to end appalling bride kidnapping practice

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The Kyrgyzstani authorities must ramp up their efforts to put an immediate end to the appalling practice of “bride kidnapping”, Amnesty International said today as details emerged that an 18-year-old woman has been abducted and raped in an effort to force her to marry her attacker.

One in nine U.S. workers are paid wages that can leave them in poverty, even when working full time

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On the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, EPI has reflected on how the campaign called attention to the injustice of poverty, government’s ability to fight it, and the importance of raising wages to mitigate poverty. The Poor People’s Campaign also called for a government commitment to full employment. The campaign understood that it is much easier to combat poverty when everyone who can and wants to work is able to find a job.

FTC Approves Final Order Adding Requirements to 2014 Order to Remedy CoreLogic Inc.s Compliance Deficiencies

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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a modifying order against California-based real estate data and analytics company CoreLogic Inc., to address deficiencies in the company’s compliance with a 2014 order.

From Activist to Environmental Activist

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At LCV’s annual Capital Dinner in Washington D.C., Field Organizer Morgan Lovell stepped up to the microphone to put an exclamation point on a remarkable evening.

World Cup: Playing fair on and off the pitch

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Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football,” Albert Camus famously wrote, and perhaps he was onto something. As the World Cup kicks off in Russia there are surely lessons to be gleaned from the beautiful game. From the sublime fluidity of the Brazil’s team-goal against Italy in 1970 to the ridiculous mendacity of Maradona’s Hand of God in 1986: from the pathos of Gascoigne’s tears at Italia ’90 to the mindless violence of Zidane’s head-butt in 2006, mankind could do worse than use football to reflect on our individual and collective responsibilities to one another.

The DACA Compromise Bill Is the Worst Immigration Legislation in a Century

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Ever since President Trump set in motion the gradual termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gave work permits to young immigrants brought here illegally when they were children, Congress has been stalled on solving the situation of these 700,000 so-called Dreamers.

Belarus: Unprecedented Supreme Court decision to suspend death sentences

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This is a hugely significant and unprecedented decision for the only country in the region that has continued to execute people all these years.

Three Caltrans Projects Honored in National Transportation Competition

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SACRAMENTO — Three Caltrans projects received top honors this week from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Western Region. The 11th annual America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by AASHTO, Socrata, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recognizes transportation projects in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Best Use of Technology and Innovation, and Operations Excellence.

Gov. Rauner announces appointment of HFS Interim Director

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CHICAGO (June 15, 2018) - Gov. Rauner announced today that Teresa Hursey has been named the interim director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). She takes over for Felicia Norwood, who recently accepted a position in the private sector.

The Case For Abolishing Occupational Licensing

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Occupational licensing is government regulation of the conditions under which someone can legally practice an occupation. The requirements can relate to education attainment, experience, personal character, residency, and payment of membership fees to professional industry bodies. In Australia, many occupations require a license to legally operate, including doctors, lawyers, electricians, hair dressers, weed controllers, and driving instructors.

Investment Plan for Europe: Metro de Madrid to upgrade and improve its network with EIB financing

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The Madrid metro is set to offer improved levels of efficiency, safety and comfort. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided EUR 85m – the initial tranche of a EUR 200m loan to cover 50% of Metro de Madrid's investments until 2019 to upgrade and modernise its infrastructure. The aim of the project, which is supported by the Investment Plan for Europe (known as the Juncker Plan), is to improve the quality of the service offered by the Madrid metro.

Davis' Research Could Help Cantu Syndrome Sufferers

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Cantu syndrome is a rare genetic disease characterized by distinct facial features, excessive hair growth, low blood pressure and an enlarged heart. About half of Cantu sufferers also have lymphedema — fluid retention and swelling in the limbs caused by a malfunctioning lymphatic system — and that is why Michael Davis, PhD, of the MU School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology, was drawn into the fight against the disease three years ago.

Mergers: Commission approves the acquisition of Uniper by Fortum

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The European Commission has approved unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Uniper by Fortum. Both companies are active in the energy sector. The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area.

Chinese research leaders visit Birmingham to meet potential partners

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Senior leaders from Jiangsu Industry Technology Research Institute (JITRI) visited the University of Birmingham to meet potential academic partners for future collaborations.

Plan Juncker : le Groupe BEI renforce son soutien aux TPE-PME

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En septembre 2017, Didier Robert, Président de la Région Réunion et Ambroise Fayolle, Vice- Président de la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) ont lancé officiellement « La Financière Région Réunion ». Un Fonds de Fonds de 50 millions d’euros abondé par la Région Réunion et l’Europe. L’objectif de ce partenariat novateur mobilisant fonds privés et publics est de renforcer le soutien aux moyennes, petites et très petites entreprises (PME-TPE) réunionnaises à travers deux instruments financiers : un instrument de dette et un instrument de Haut de Bilan.

Three UK universities plan further student careers success in China

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Company representatives advise visitors to the Shanghai careers event.

Massachusetts Senate Unanimously Endorses a Bold Vision for Clean Transportation

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The Massachusetts Senate yesterday unanimously passed an energy bill that promises to dramatically reshape the vehicles and fuels that power our transportation system.

ASPCA Helps Hawaii Island Humane Society Airlift Animals Endangered by Kilauea Volcano Eruptions

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Pahoa, Hawaii—At the request of the Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS), the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) deployed its disaster response team to conduct assessments of areas impacted by the Kilauea volcano eruptions, assist in managing the Disaster Pet Hotline for residents requesting assistance for their pets, and provide lifesaving field rescue for displaced animals. Yesterday, an animal search-and-rescue team – led by HIHS and the ASPCA - removed more than a dozen animals, including birds, sheep, cats and a dog, out of the Kapoho Beach Lots Subdivision in lower Puna. The animals, some airlifted by helicopter, were transported to the HIHS Keaau Shelter where they will receive care until they can be reunited with their families.

Mergers: Commission clears Comcast's proposed acquisition of Sky under EU merger rules

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The European Commission has approved unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky by Comcast, a US based global media, technology and entertainment company. The Commission concluded the transaction would raise no competition concerns in Europe.

Study: Undergrad research experiences make a noticeable difference

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College students who participate in hands-on, faculty-mentored research while earning their bachelor’s degrees cite multiple personal and professional benefits the experience delivers, from strengthening their time-management, critical-thinking and communication skills to developing one-on-one connections with distinguished faculty.

National Nurses United Endorses Andrew Gillum for Governor of Florida

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The National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, announced today its endorsement of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum as the next governor of Florida. The nurses cited his work in helping to provide high quality health care to all Floridians in announcing the endorsement.

Navy Launches Pilot Program to Pair Senior Enlisted with Priority Billets

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- A new rating modernization initiative will provide active-duty, senior enlisted Sailors looking for their next billet the opportunity to get a jump on the process thanks to a new selection board pilot program, the Navy announced June 14.

Lifting of Saudi Arabias ban on women driving poses policy challenges, say Baker Institute experts

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HOUSTON — (June 15, 2018) — This month Saudi Arabia will put an end to its ban on women driving, opening the way for millions of new drivers to navigate a country three times bigger than Texas. While the policy shift provides relief to women who lacked freedom of mobility, the long-term effects of ending the ban are far from clear and will present the Saudi government with several policy challenges, according to an issue brief by experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

16 Cancer Care Facilities Receive CoC Outstanding Achievement Award

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Outstanding Achievement Award is granted biannually to accredited cancer programs that exceed compliance expectations of the CoC standards.