Important Press Releases

CTF 150 Makes Record Number of Drug Busts in Four Months

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MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- In a four-month span, Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Forces has proven itself a formidable force against narcotics trafficking, with 10 drug seizures totaling over 3,300 kilograms of heroin, cocaine, cannabis resin and hashish since March.

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Lawsuit Against Queens Investment Adviser For Allegedly Defrauding Elderly New Yorkers

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NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a lawsuit against Dean Mustaphalli and several of the entities he controls for allegedly engaging in a six-year scheme to defraud New Yorkers—many of whom were elderly and at or near retirement—out of millions of dollars of their savings. The suit alleges that Mustaphalli caused his clients to invest in his hedge fund where he engaged in a highly speculative and risky trading strategy— against their interest and without their knowledge.

BOMA's Annual Conference Offers Unparalleled Opportunities for Professional Development

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 14, 2017 ) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International will offer an extensive educational program and unparalleled opportunities for professional development at the 2017 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo, which takes place June 24-27 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Scott Pruitt, EPA Approves Decision to Keep WV Waters Polluted

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Charleston, WV-- This week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made the decision to approve the state of West Virginia’s attempt to delay by as much as 9 years its duty to set maximum pollution limits (“Total Maximum Daily Loads” or TMDLS) for 467 of the state’s most precious waterways and streams.

Take a Kid Fishing! upcoming dates announced by DNRECs Division of Fish & Wildlife

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DOVER – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and delight in having the opportunity to catch a fish? DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife invites budding anglers age 6 through 15 to come out and learn to fish with a parent/guardian on three upcoming “Take a Kid Fishing!” dates.

Arbitrary transmission fee adds costs for Montana wind developers

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PORTLAND, OREGON - Ignoring widespread calls from key stakeholders and decision-makers, a federal agency today proposed retaining an extra transmission fee that is a key obstacle keeping Montana wind developers from starting new projects and bringing new jobs to the state.

Why Brazil Should Speak Out About Rights Abuse in Venezuela

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On May 31, 2016, foreign ministers from the Americas met at the Organization of American States (OAS) to discuss Venezuela’s crisis. Brazil’s foreign minister, Aloysio Nunes, gave a powerful presentation in defense of human rights and democracy in Venezuela—one that has triggered a strong negative reaction from the Brazilian columnist, Elio Gaspari.

Highmark Requests 2018 Health Insurance Rate Increase of 33.6%

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Dover, DE – The Delaware Department of Insurance (“DOI”) has received a proposed rate increase request from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware (“Highmark BCBSD”) for 33.6% for its 2018 individual Marketplace business. This requested rate increase assumes that the cost-sharing subsidies and individual mandate will not be in place for 2018. Highmark BCBSD’s proposed rate will be thoroughly vetted by the DOI and its independent actuaries before a final rate is determined.

Musk Deer Poaching in Russia Linked to Logging Roads

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VLADIVOSTOK, JUNE 14, 2017) – Musk deer are small, shy, fanged deer targeted by poachers across Asia for the musk gland found in males, a substance that, gram from gram, is more valuable than gold.

Bellingham CBP officers assist in locating wanted man at airport

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CBP officers at the Bellingham POEarrested a man who was being sought bythe Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.

Disabled Kids Discover the "Best Day of the Year" at Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Day of Discovery: differently-abled children experience the fun and weightlessness of SCUBA diving in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Great Tidepool.

Los Angeles dentist extracts fraudulent payments from multiple insurers

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Carlos Maria Vallarta Fausto, 55, of Rancho Palos Verdes, surrendered last week after he was charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly charging insurers more than $31,000 in fraudulent billings for services provided in his Los Angeles area dental practice."Of the various kinds of Insurance fraud we investigate at the Department of Insurance, medical provider fraud has the largest average suspected losses per case," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

N.C. National Guard project creating more parking for Mountain State Fair

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Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, left, and Maj. Gen. Gregory Lusk, commander of the N.C. National Guard, center, get a briefing from Capt. Charles Williams on construction of a new parking lot at the Western N.C. Ag Center.

Walsh elected as alumni fellow; Rice named as successor trustee

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Kate Walsh ’77 B.A., ’79 M.P.H., president and chief executive officer of Boston Medical Center, has been elected  an alumni fellow of the Yale Corporation — the university’s board of trustees — in a worldwide balloting of alumni, President Peter Salovey has announced.

Governor Cuomo Names Schenectady County New York's 13th Certified Climate Smart Community

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today recognized Schenectady County as the 13th local government to be designated a Certified Climate Smart Community in the state. The county's actions to strengthen resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions supports the Governor's aggressive goals to reduce statewide emissions 40 percent by 2030 and reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050."New York continues to make significant strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and as communities across the state step up to help achieve our nation-leading climate goals, we are laying the foundation for a more resilient, stronger state for generations to come," Governor Cuomo said.

Yale staff members take part in Artpaces 30th anniversary celebration

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Artists and art lovers alike, including Yale staff members, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Artspace during a three-day “reunion” Friday-Sunday, June 23-25.

Hydrological Summary: For the UK, May 2017 was second warmest since 1910

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May was a generally dry and settled month dominated by high pressure with the exception of a few wet interludes, and thunderstorm activity in the final fortnight. For the UK as a whole, May was warm (the second warmest for the UK in a record from 1910) and brought to a close the warmest spring in the Central England Temperature series from 1659. Rainfall was moderately below average at the national scale, but there was a reversal of the typical UK rainfall gradient: large parts of the north and west registered less than half of the average, whilst parts of the south and east were significantly wetter than average.

Secretary-General joins a universal call on behalf of humanity in Montreal

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The Commonwealth’s Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has joined the leaders of the Francophonie, the Ibero-American General Secretariat and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries to make a universal call on behalf of humanity at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal.

Rice professor available to discuss astronaut training

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HOUSTON – (June 14, 2017) – NASA announced its newest class of astronaut candidates this month, and a Rice University expert on astronaut training programs is available to discuss what’s in store for the astronauts. Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Psychology and professor of psychology, has conducted NASA-funded research that helps inform astronaut selection and training.

Purdue professors named winners of APLUs Innovative Teaching Award

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In recognition of their outstanding work, three Purdue University professors were named recipients of the Association of Public and Land-grant University’s 2017 Innovative Teaching Award.

Orphaned Fawn Gets to Walk Again

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Though fawns often appear abandoned, their mom almost always returns after several hours with food.

More Than 800 Builders Discuss Housing Issues in Hill Visits

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More than 800 builders from across the nation marched on Capitol Hill today for the annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Legislative Conference to call on Congress to make housing and homeownership a national priority and to support policies that will keep the housing recovery moving forward.

TDCI Reminds Its Licensees of Professional Privilege Tax Due Date Extension

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) reminds its licensees that the Tennessee Department of Revenue has extended the deadline to file and pay professional privilege tax to June 30.

Worldwide Spending on the Internet of Things Forecast to Reach Nearly $1.4 Trillion in 2021, According to New IDC Spending Guide

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass., June 14, 2017 – A new update to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide forecasts worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) to grow 16.7% year over year in 2017, reaching just over $800 billion.

Beginning Farmer Veterans to tour Tuttle Orchards

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Veterans, active military and their families are invited to join Purdue Extension’s Indiana Beginning Farmer program for an educational session and tour of Tuttle Orchards near Greenfield.

Sierra Club Intervenes As FirstEnergy Seeks Another Bailout for Failing Coal Plant

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This week, Sierra Club intervened before the West Virginia Public Service Commission to oppose the fourth bailout requested by Monongahela Power Co.

The future of our cities: Engineers test resilient, intelligent infrastructure

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Western hoolock gibbon pair released into wild

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Two western hoolock gibbons under long-term care at the wildlife rescue centre run by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and Assam Forest Department were released into the wild in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape early yesterday morning.

States should condemn use of chemical weapons in Syria, ensure civilian protection, demand accountability

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We welcome the continued spotlight from the work of the Syria Commission of Inquiry on the armed conflict in Syria, and thank the Commission for its important update.

Statistics professor leads high-impact study of adolescent activity patterns

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Statistics Professor Kate Calder is leading a team of Ohio State University researchers conducting a first-of-its-kind study of adolescent health in an urban environment. The project is funded by a $1.55 million grant from Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Epigenetics could help diagnose different types of cleft

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Cleft lip and/or palate are common birth defects and affect around 15 in every 10,000 births in Europe.

All-Flash Shines as EMEA External Storage Market Declines for Ninth Consecutive Quarter, Says IDC

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LONDON, June 14, 2017 — Total EMEA external storage systems revenue fell by 3.9% in the first quarter of 2017, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) EMEA Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker 1Q17.

City Colleges of Chicago Will Pay $60,000 To Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

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CHICAGO - City Colleges of Chicago will pay $60,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

Research identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet

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Illegal wildlife traders may be turning their attention to the Darknet, a new INTERPOL research report has found.

Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of $4.9 Million Community Kitchen in Rochester

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of Foodlink’s new $4.9 million community kitchen in Rochester. The 28,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will enable the non-profit organization to significantly expand its programs and services geared toward ending hunger in the region.  "This project will broaden access to fresh food, provide employees with skills they need for future success, and support efforts to reduce poverty and end hunger across the region," Governor Cuomo said. "Our investments in community health and job creation are helping to move the Finger Lakes Forward.”The food hub’s new community kitchen will work to build community health and nutrition and to reduce poverty through targeted job creation in the culinary industry. The project will retain Foodlink’s 77 employees and create up to 34 new jobs over the next five years.

Sierra Club leaders visit Europe with audacious plan to move the US Beyond Coal

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PARIS -- Two Sierra Club leaders will visit Paris and London next week to send a clear message: the Club is doubling down on its commitment to a coal-free America by 2030, increasingly powered by clean energy.

GB Men's Squad Announced for 2017 European Championships - Copy

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GB Head Coach, Haj Bhania, announces his team to defend the European Championship title.

Yemen Cholera Epidemic Infecting One Child Every Minute

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (June 14, 2017) — A deadly cholera epidemic sweeping Yemen is spiraling out of control, with at least one child infected every minute, warns Save the Children.

The African Union and FAO seek to boost joint efforts to end hunger in Africa

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission.

EU Executive fails to act as pregnant Romani women and infants are rendered homeless in Italy

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Recent unlawful demolitions of Romani settlements across Italy have left scores of extremely vulnerable people, including heavily pregnant women and children as young as just a few months old, homeless in the country, said Amnesty International today following new research on the ground. The widespread human rights violations by the Italian authorities were documented days before the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, again failed to sanction Italian authorities for discriminating against the Roma.