Important Press Releases

Authorities to focus on identifying substances of potential concern

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The focus of ECHA and Member States is on substances for which concerns have not yet been clarified. Currently, new data is being generated or assessed on 750 substances. Substances are increasingly addressed in groups based on structural similarity.

New biofouling guides aim to stop dirty vessels entering New Zealand

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The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released guidance on how international vessels can comply with strict new biofouling rules.

Commonwealth values could help rebuild business trust

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland talked about sport, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and small business during an open debate at the Business Forum at London’s Guildhall this afternoon.

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT APPLAUDS POLICE FOR INTRODUCING THIRD-PARTY REPORTING

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The Manitoba government is applauding efforts to introduce third-party reporting in the province. Justice Minister Heather Stefanson and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for the status of women, attended an announcement Monday morning where police and partners unveiled the concept to support survivors of sexual assault.

Employment as protection: complementary pathways for refugees

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Conflicts in the Middle East and Africa are causing dramatic increases in internally displaced people and refugees across the world. According to estimates from UNHCR for 2016, 10.3 million people were newly displaced by conflict or persecution; 2 million new claims for asylum were lodged; and only 189,300 refugees were resettled – mostly to the US, Canada, and Australia.

Healthy habits during pregnancy not enough

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Changing diet and lifestyle during pregnancy is too little and too late to reduce the risk of major complications, according to a University of Queensland researcher.

FEMA Approves $2 Million for Pasco County Wiregrass Sports Arena

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ORLANDO, Fla. – More than $2 million from FEMA will help to make a Pasco County sports facility more resilient against high wind events like hurricanes.

Worker Advocate to Labor Board: Rescind Obama-Era Election Rule and Require Union Recertification Votes

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Washington, DC (April 16, 2018) – Today the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed comments with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in response to the Labor Board’s Request for Information regarding the 2014 “Ambush Election” Rule pushed through by the Obama NLRB. The Foundation’s comments not only call for the 2014 changes to be rescinded, but ask the Board to institute new protections for workers who are forced under union monopoly representation they oppose.

Palliative care budget needs to be better spent

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It is rare that a group of economic hardheads recommends expansion of services, but the Productivity Commission recently did just that. In a report with the somewhat obscure and threatening title of Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services, the commission calls for a big increase in palliative care investment.

Remembering Penn State cancer research philanthropist and alumnus Warren Gittlen

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HERSHEY, Pa. — The Penn State Cancer Institute and broader Penn State community are mourning the passing of alumnus and longtime cancer research philanthropist Warren Gittlen. With support from his wife Allene, daughters Sharon Gittlen Etter and Nancy Gittlen Silverman, and many other family members and friends, Gittlen built a family legacy that includes nearly 50 years of championing the cause of cancer research and inspiring life-saving discoveries.

Hawaii Court Voids All Existing Recreational Aquarium Collection Permits

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The April 12 ruling invalidates about 131 permits, each of which authorized the capture of almost 2,000 fish, for about 250,000 fish in a year. Under these permits all of the fish could be taken from the same rare species and from the same location, including distressed coral reefs already suffering from ocean warming and pollution. The coalition of individuals and organizations that challenged these permits in court, as well as the coalition’s attorneys at Earthjustice, applauded this ruling.

Lawsuit Confronts Kern County Over Broken Promise to Protect Imperiled Hawks, Important Farmland

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club filed a lawsuit today challenging Kern County’s failure to protect key habitat for the Swainson’s hawk and set aside prime farmland, as well as the county’s decision to transfer to the general fund nearly $3 million that was supposed to be used for protecting the imperiled bird and agricultural land.

Americas Promise Alliance Communications Team Named Nonprofit Team Of The Year

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Washington, DC – The communications team at America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, was named Nonprofit Team of the Year by PR News at its 2018 CSR and Nonprofit Awards Luncheon.

Students, alumni selected for national fellowship program

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The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, or the GRFP, has selected 17 undergraduate and graduate students and alumni from Michigan State University for its fellowship program, along with 17 honorable mentions.

NYU Dentistry Study Identifies Effective School-Based Cavity Prevention Program

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School-based prevention programs can substantially reduce children’s cavities – but what type of treatment should be delivered in schools to best prevent tooth decay?

MSU Greek Life raises over $93,000 for local charities

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MSU Greek Life wrapped up its annual Greek Week having raised over $93,000 for local charities and organizations throughout Michigan. This year’s fundraising topped last year’s by $10,000.

Study: Invasive Bullfrogs Linked to Spread of Deadly Fungus in Western United States

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OAKLAND, Calif.— Scientists have uncovered a strong historical link between the introduction of the American bullfrog into the western United States and the emergence of the deadly chytrid fungus, a pathogen that has caused declines and extinctions of amphibians around the world.

Purdue, Browning announce second major project for Discovery Park District, unveil 30-year master plan

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The Convergence facility is a 145,000-square-foot, five-story office building in the Discovery Park District. The building is designed to serve as a bridge to further connect Purdue University research with technology commercialization and startup creation.

FINRA Names Timothy C. Scheve to Board of Governors

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WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has named Timothy C. Scheve, President and Chief Executive Officer of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, as a new Large Firm Governor on its Board of Governors. Scheve was appointed to complete the term of former Governor John W. Thiel, who left the Board earlier this year.

Nashville child predator sentenced to 105 years following ICE HSI investigation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Nashville man who filmed himself sexually exploiting a toddler boy and an infant girl on multiple occasions was sentenced to 105 years in federal prison Monday for multiple counts of producing and transporting child pornography. The sentencing follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Attorney General Denn Announces New Online Data Security Breach Reporting Resource

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Amendments to Delaware’s data security breach notification law that went into effect Saturday require companies to notify the Delaware Attorney General when they experience a breach affecting the personal information of more than 500 Delaware residents, and the Delaware Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Unit has launched an online portal to assist consumers, businesses, and other individuals and organizations who are involved in, or want to learn more about, data security breaches affecting Delaware residents.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to replace roof of Academy building in New Castle

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DOVER, Del.—April 16, 2018)—The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is planning capital improvements at the Academy building, a state-owned historic property that the agency administers in downtown New Castle, Del. Improvements, which will begin in the spring of 2018, include replacement of the building’s existing wood-shingle roof with a new wood-shingle roof; replacement of existing roof hatches and flashing; and installation of an elastomeric coating on a metal section of the roof.

Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of $20.2 Million Rehabilitation of 59 Affordable Apartments in the City of Auburn

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of West Middle School Apartments in Auburn, the transformation of a vacant school building into a three-story development with 59 affordable apartments for area residents.

PREMIER BRIAN PALLISTER REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO LAKE MANITOBA OUTLET PROJECT

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ST. LAURENT—At a community meeting here today, Premier Brian Pallister reiterated the Manitoba government’s commitment to building and completing an outlet on Lake Manitoba for the protection of the lives and livelihoods of residents of the Interlake and Lake Manitoba basin.

Mendelssohns powerful 'Elijah' to be performed at MSU

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Felix Mendelssohn’s epic "Elijah" is among the most revered oratorios of the 19th century, and artists from the Michigan State University College of Music will bring it to life for a one-time performance at the Cobb Great Hall of Wharton Center at 8:00 p.m., April 28.

Hope for new treatment of severe epilepsy

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Researchers at Lund University in Sweden believe they have found a method that in the future could help people suffering from epilepsy so severe that all current treatment is ineffective.

University announces partnership with Sartorius Stedim Biotech

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has entered into a collaborative partnership with Sartorius Stedim Biotech to advance multidisciplinary teaching and research in biotechnology. This long-term relationship will support the education and preparation of the next generation of biotechnology leaders. Part of Sartorius’ investment will be to enhance the Fermentation Facility that will play a significant role in Penn State’s Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology (CoEIB).

Builder Confidence Slips One Point, Remains in Solid Territory

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Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a level of 69 in April on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) but remains on firm ground.

Noel Parrish 28 named to Texas Aviation Hall of Fame

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The late Rice alumnus Brig. Gen. Noel Parrish ’28, who is credited with making it possible for African-Americans to serve as aviators in the U.S. military when he was commander of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, was recently selected for induction into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.

Director of Estates awarded top honour for his long-term contribution

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Patrick Finch, Director of Estates and Bursar at the University of Bristol, has won a national award in recognition of his contribution to the profession.

Key role for University of Bristol in new supercomputer collaboration

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Led by HPE with Arm, SUSE and the universities of Bristol, Edinburgh and Leicester, the Catalyst UK project will see the development and use of one of the largest Arm-based supercomputing installations world-wide.  It will enable industry and academics to build new applications that use vast amounts of data, as set out in the government’s Industrial Strategy that was launched last year.

Analysis: Nine of America's 10 Biggest Supermarkets Fail to Publicly Report Food Waste

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OAKLAND, Calif.— Nine out of America’s 10 largest grocery companies don’t publicly report their total food waste, according to analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity and the ‘Ugly’ Fruit and Veg Campaign.

Boniuk Institutes Arts of Tolerance program kicks off with music and dance

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None other than the Grammy Award-winning Silk Road Ensemble, whose performers hail from more than 20 countries and draw on a rich tapestry of musical traditions, captivated the audience gathered for the April 12 inaugural event of the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance’s Arts of Tolerance program.

AgSci dean, faculty, staff endow scholarships during Greater Penn State campaign

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With his wife, Robyn Krause-Hale, associate director of arts advancement in the College of Arts and Architecture, Roush created the Rick Roush and Robyn Krause-Hale Open Doors Scholarship, hoping both to help students with financial need and to inspire other faculty and staff to follow suit. The couple took advantage of a 2:1 University match, which ultimately triples the value of their initial $30,000 investment.

Wichita roofer temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas

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TOPEKA – (April 16, 2018) – A Wichita roofer has been temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas by two court orders while lawsuits alleging violations of consumer protection laws are pending, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Traffic Alert: Hancock and Hawkins Counties

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KNOXVILLE – Motorists in Hancock and Hawkins Counties should be aware of rockfall mitigation work that could have an effect on their travel for weeks to come.

Runner set to earn 30th race medal on 30th birthday as she takes on London Marathon for dementia research in memory of mum

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A Twickenham woman who took up running to help her cope with the heartbreak of her mum’s Alzheimer’s disease is aiming to collect her 30th race medal on her 30th birthday by completing the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Cisco Doubles Down on Security Innovation and Investment to Protect the Endpoint and Email

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San Francisco, Calif. RSA, April 16, 2018— Employees remain an organization’s greatest asset however they can be a risk when it comes to cybersecurity. Attackers are crafting highly targeted, fraudulent emails that look legitimate and use them to deliver malware to unsuspecting users.

Dolby Laboratories Announces Conference Call and Webcast for Q2 Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, 2018 ( ) -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Rice orchestras to perform final concerts of academic year

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HOUSTON – (April 16, 2018) – Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music Chamber and Symphony orchestras will perform their final concerts of the spring semester April 19 and 20.