Important Press Releases

British Wheelchair Basketball announces its training venue for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

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British Wheelchair Basketball announces its training venue for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Nokia and Tele2 sign strategic partnership to provide global IoT services

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Espoo, Finland - Nokia and Tele2 IoT have signed a five-year agreement to enable the delivery of IoT services to Tele2 enterprise customers based on Nokia's worldwide IoT network grid (WING).

Half of children referred to councils experience domestic violence, says LGA

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Half of children who are assessed as “in need of extra help” by council child protection teams have experienced or witnessed domestic violence, the Locsl Government Association (LGA) has reported.

Vietnamisation in space: America withdraws from ISS

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Private enterprise is taking great strides in space. Recently, entrepreneur Elon Musk launched his own Tesla car into Martian orbit with the world’s most powerful rocket, his own Falcon Heavy. Other entrepreneurs are also making progress with rockets and spacecraft.

United States: State Laws Threaten LGBT Equality

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New York, February 19, 2018) – The rash of new “religious exemption” laws passed by state legislatures around the United States represent a thinly-veiled assault against the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In the absence of robust nondiscrimination protections, these laws function as a license to discriminate rather than a good faith attempt to protect religious liberty and should be repealed.

Government plans 'fall short of 600 extra low-cost rented homes a week needed'

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Plans announced by the Government will deliver less than 100 new low-cost rented homes a week, one-sixth of the extra supply needed – a level deemed to fall far short of the number required.

Church of Scotland Moderator joins Pope Francis in call to prayer for peace

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The Moderator of the Church of Scotland will join Pope Francis to call for a day of prayer for peace, on Friday 23 February 2018, when Christians and people of all faith traditions will seek to end conflict in war torn parts of the world, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Sex, Russia ties, and guns debate what Turnbull takes to Washington

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Malcolm Turnbull jets off to Washington this week for talks with Donald Trump as both men are engulfed in distracting scandals. For Trump, chaos is constant, while for Turnbull, a brief moment of optimism at the end of last year about his political fortunes changing for the better has surrendered, at least for now, to the Barnaby Joyce affair.

Gartner Says 25 Percent of Customer Service Operations Will Use Virtual Customer Assistants by 2020

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Twenty-five percent of customer service and support operations will integrate virtual customer assistant (VCA) or chatbot technology across engagement channels by 2020, up from less than two percent in 2017, according to Gartner, Inc.

Accommodating new program for young achievers

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The University of Queensland’s Young Achievers Program has joined forces with Atira student accommodation to help 10 students achieve their education dreams.

Researchers discover link between gut and type 1 diabetes

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University of Queensland researcher Dr Emma Hamilton-Williams investigated differences in the gut microbiota.

Aid and development links: the cost of a job, traffic in megacities, and more

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Rolling out the same aid program in different countries can generate contrasting results.

Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Leaders Endorse Governor Cuomo's 2018 Criminal Justice Agenda

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced civil rights and criminal justice leaders across New York have endorsed his 2018 criminal justice agenda to ensure access to equal justice and transform the state's antiquated system. The Reverend Al Sharpton, Hazel Dukes, the Anti-Defamation League and other leading civil rights and criminal justice advocates today issued an open letter outlining their support for the Governor's sweeping agenda.

Planning for a fairer, more sustainable educational future

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Almost 480 delegates, from 33 Commonwealth countries and no fewer than 22 ministers. Welcome to the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Meeting (CCEM) in Nadi, Fiji, gathered under the theme of Sustainability and Resilience: Can Education Deliver?

Samsung and Generations For Peace Renew Peace Through Sport Partnership for Eleventh Year

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HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan lauds Samsung’s support of grassroots impact in communities across the Levant region.

Oxfam announces comprehensive action plan to stamp out abuse

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Oxfam has announced a comprehensive plan of action to strengthen safeguarding systems across the organisation and stamp out abuse, including asking leading women's rights experts to lead an urgent independent review of its culture and practices.

Connecting Further Generation in Northern Ireland Out of the Box Thinking at Last

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Last August, SONI-NIE Networks hosted a Workshop highlighting the level of connected and committed renewable electricity generation in Northern Ireland.  At the time, 1,300MW of renewable generation has been connected with a further 500MW committed.  A Call for Evidence (CfE) followed in October 2017 and the Ulster Farmers' Union responded.  NIE Networks and SONI have now launched a formal consultation titled “Connecting Further Generation in Northern Ireland”.

Study finds GP funding in England has unfair London bias

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New research led by University of Manchester data scientists reveals that primary care funding in England is not distributed according to local health needs.

Hill Country Erosion Programme

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Hill Country Erosion Programme helps protect erosion-prone hill country. It provides leadership and targeted support to regional and unitary councils. Find out how the programme works and why it's needed.

Sustainable Land Management & Climate Change Research Programme

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The Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) Research Programme helps the agriculture and forestry sectors with the challenges arising from climate change. Learn about the projects the programme supports and its priorities.

Towns, Juzang guide mens basketball past Brown, 65-58

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Crimson guard Christian Juzang '20 goes up for two of his career-high 21 points.

SGLI Beneficiaries Remain in Place as Navy Transitions to New Online System

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Sailors and families who log into the Servicemember's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Online Enrollment System (SOES) for the first time may be surprised when they see there is no beneficiary information listed.

FEMA Offers Repair and Rebuilding Advice in Penuelas and Aguas Buenas

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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild and repair homes FEMA and National Lumber have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on how to make homes stronger and safer during the rebuilding process.

US FDA approves Imfinzi for unresectable Stage III non-small cell lung cancer

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AstraZeneca and MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Imfinzi for the treatment of patients with unresectable Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has not progressed following concurrent platinum-based chemotherapy and radiation therapy (CRT).

Rede von Prasident Jean-Claude Juncker anlasslich der 54. Munchner Sicherheitskonferenz

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Ich wollte heute Morgen einige einleitende Bemerkungen machen und dann rede ich mit Wolfgang Ischinger und mit Ihnen allen, wenn es möglich ist. Ich bin froh hier zu sein und ich wollte über Europa, Europäische Außenpolitik, Europäische Verteidigungspolitik, Initiativen, die wir unternommen haben und unternehmen möchten, berichten.

Religious leaders call on Home Secretary to put a time limit on immigration detention

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Religious leaders have issued a joint public statement calling on the Home Secretary to use her post-Brexit immigration bill to end the Government’s use of indefinite detention – calling it “unjust, ineffective and inhumane”.

Awesome: Cal Overwatch team two-time champions

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The Cal Overwatch team today won its second straight national collegiate championship, defeating rivals UC Irvine in a 3-0 sweep.

Citizens Advice calls for integration of advice services in mental health settings

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Eight out of 10 mental health staff said that dealing with a patient’s practical issues left them with less clinical time to treat their mental health issues, Citizens Advice has found.

Marking 60 years of CND

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On 17 February 2018 the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament turns 60. It marks 60 years of campaigning against nuclear weapons.

More than 423,000 homes with planning permission waiting to be built in England and Wales

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More than 423,000 homes have been given planning permission but are still waiting to be built, according to new research published by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Barnardos becomes partner in development of digital resource for care leavers

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Barnardo's is partnering with the CareTech Foundation on a £1 million project to develop a ground-breaking digital resource to support young people leaving care.

Attorney General Sessions' Statement on Immigration Reform

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President Trump put forth reasonable, fair, and effective policy pillars for immigration reform that serves the national interest and would close loopholes in law and court decisions that frustrate the ability of the men and women of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to do the jobs that Congress and the American people expect them to do.  President Trump’s proposal would go a long way toward solving those problems by: (1) enhancing border security, including a wall and the elimination of legal loopholes that facilitate illegal immigration; (2) ending the illogical visa lottery system; (3) ending extended family chain migration; and, (4) solving the DACA problem. Nearly all of the proposals advanced in the Senate this week failed to address these issues.

ADL Deeply Disturbed by U.S. Senate's Failure to Protect Dreamers; Demands Passage of Clean Dream Act

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New York, NY, February 16, 2018…In response to the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass a narrow bipartisan compromise to protect Dreamers this week, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed deep disappointment in our nation’s failure to protect immigrant youth at risk of deportation.

Hungary: Bills Seek to Block Migrant Support

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People protest in Heroes’ square against a new law that would undermine Central European University, a liberal graduate school of social sciences founded by U.S. financier George Soros in Budapest, Hungary, April 12, 2017.

David Geffen School Medicine at UCLA presents award for excellence in basic science research

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Dr. Huda Zoghbi (left), a Baylor College of Medicine professor, receives the Switzer Prize from Dr.

Houston Businessman Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Conspiracy

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A Houston, Texas, man pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit money laundering, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick for the Southern District of Texas.

Molokai High students visit UH Mnoa

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WHAT: Molokaʻi High School students spend a half-day interacting with undergraduates, graduate students and professors in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa art department.

Nogales CBP Officers Seize $1M in Separate Failed Smuggling Attempts of Hard Drugs

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TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended six people involved in separate failed attempts to smuggle more than 200 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine into the United States on Thursday.

Gun politics polarizing America

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As emotions around the world run high following the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, people are processing what happened and how it could have been prevented. Many are looking to Congress for policy changes, but Michigan State University political science expert Matt Grossmann believes that it's more complicated, and deeper-rooted, than a vote for immediate change.

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Join ISIS in Yemen

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Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Edward C. O’Callaghan, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue, Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney of the FBI’s New York Field Office and Commissioner James P. O’Neill of the NYPD announced the guilty plea.  The plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Frederic Block.