Important Press Releases

Yusuf / Cat Stevens Donates Famous Song to PETA to Fight Animal Homelessness

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Los Angeles – Singer-songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens has donated his very first hit song—”I Love My Dog,” which recently marked its 50th anniversary—for PETA to use in a brand-new video in celebration of National “Adopt a Shelter Pet” Day on April 30.

Got to Be NC Festival offers agricultural fun

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RALEIGH – The Got to Be NC Festival, a family-friendly celebration of agriculture, food and fun, returns to the N.C. State Fairgrounds May 19-21.

2017 Cabot Fellows announced

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Stephen Burt, Professor of English, The Poem Is You (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2016).

Outpouring of Public Support for Protecting Wild Places and Wildlife in New Helena-Lewis and Clark Forest Plan

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HELENA, MONT. – Over 8,500 Americans urged the U.S. Forest Service to do more to protect wilderness and wildlife as it begins revising the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest’s forest plan. The new plan will set a blueprint for managing the public lands in Western Montana over the next 10 to 15 years, or more.

Consumer sentiment remains on high plateau in April

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ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment in April continued to travel on the high plateau established following Donald Trump's election, with only minor deviations from its five-month average of 97.4, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.

Oregons Clean Fuels Program Off to a Great Start

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Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program (CFP) was initially authorized by the legislature in 2009, with subsequent legislation in 2015 allowing the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fully implement the program in 2016.  The program’s goals are to foster the development of an in-state market for cleaner fuel by requiring that transportation fuels used in Oregon get steadily less-polluting over the next decade. The program requires average life cycle global warming emissions per unit of energy in transportation fuels to decline by 10% by 2025 compared to 2015.

The Nitrate Picture Show Kicks Off on May 5 at the George Eastman Museum

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Rochester, N.Y., April 28, 2017—The George Eastman Museum will present the 3rd Nitrate Picture Show on May 5–7, 2017, at the Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY.  The schedule for this year’s festival includes ten programs of feature-length and short films from twelve international archives and collections. The titles in this year’s lineup—which have collectively won five Academy Awards—will be revealed at 9 a.m.

2017 Regional Transportation Plan Approved

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Stateline, Nevada – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board on Wednesday unanimously approved the 2017 Regional Transportation Plan, Linking Tahoe. The long-term transportation plan is reviewed and updated every four years as a blueprint to prioritize investments to improve Lake Tahoe’s transportation system over the next 20-plus years.

Event: Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russias New Nationalism

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Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism provides a fascinating study of the root motivations behind the political activities and philosophies of Putin’s government. The book strives to offer an explanation of the rationale behind Russia’s geopolitical actions and ambitions and delves into the largely unknown Russian philosophy – Eurasianism – that underpins seismic current events in Russia’s foreign policy.

North Carolina to Participate in Learning Lab to Fight Opioid Addiction

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North Carolina is one of only eight states nationwide selected to participate in a learning lab to find better ways to fight opioid addiction among prison inmates, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

Judging for Next UMass Amherst Seasonal Ice Cream on May 1

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For the third year, local chefs and guest judges will sample four new ice cream flavors developed by senior food science majors for this year’s competition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The winning flavor will become the newest seasonal ice cream to be produced and marketed across the state by contest sponsor Maple Valley Creamery of Hadley.

U.S. Chambers Energy Institute Praises Trump Administration Efforts to Expand Offshore Energy Development

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On the campaign trail, candidate Trump promised that energy was going to be a priority of his administration and President Trump has made that a reality. Of all executive actions as well as bills to repeal Obama’s midnight regulations, 20% have been focused on energy. Much remains to be done over the next several years but, President Trump has made it clear that developing and producing more American energy is a win for the economy and for American families.

FBI Directors Community Leadership Award Recipient

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On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Sanford Health Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for 2016 in a ceremony hosted by Director James Comey at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. This is the first time in the award’s history that an organization in North Dakota has received this prestigious award.

Growth falters in the first quarter

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported today that gross domestic product (GDP), the most comprehensive measure of economic activity, grew at just a 0.7 percent annualized rate in the first three months of 2017, the slowest quarterly growth rate reported since the first three months of 2014.

Shopworkers' trade union 2017 annual conference starts on Sunday 30 April at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool

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The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) is holding its 71st Annual Delegate Meeting, #Usdaw17, at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from Sunday 30 April to Wednesday 3 May 2017.

Fossil Fuel Resisters to March on Washington, Across Nation

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WASHINGTON― The Center for Biological Diversity’s staff and members will join the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. and across the nation on Saturday in united resistance to Trump’s attacks on the climate during his first 100 days in office.

Eagle Pass CBP Hosts Bring Your Child to Work Day

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Assistant Port Director Pete Macias welcomed the children in attendance and thanked the parents for allowing their children to participate in the event.  Invocation was delivered by Chaplain Supervisory CBP Officer Arnulfo Molina.

Alstom inaugurates the first French cross-border Citadis in Strasbourg

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The first passengers will cross the bridge of the Rhine from Saturday 29 April aboard one of the 12 Citadis trams already delivered.[1] The new Citadis trams are in circulation today on the extension of line A[2], which runs towards Illkirch-Graffenstaden, and that of line D, which links the centre of Strasbourg to Kehl in Germany[3].

Trumps EPA Solicits Ideas on How Polluters Can Attack Water Protections

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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is holding a meeting next week to look for ways to let polluters dump more toxic contaminants into the nation’s drinking water. Americans who want clean water can also try to speak up, but the opportunity for public input is severely restricted.

State Auditor Releases the FY 2016 Single Audit of Mississippi

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JACKSON—April 27, 2017—State Auditor Stacey Pickering released the annual statewide Single Audit of Mississippi for Fiscal Year 2016, which ended June 30, 2016. The audit was conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, the provisions of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (contained in Title 2 of the U.S. code of Federal Regulations Part 200), and the State of Mississippi’s audit requirements.

Coming Soon: The NAHB 75th Anniversary Gala

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In celebration of 75 years of building communities, NAHB will host a 75th Anniversary Gala.

Tufts University makes playing fields available to Somerville's young athletes this spring

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Members of the Ounjian family pose on the new Ounjian Field at its dedication ceremony in October 2016.

Malawi president champions Commonwealth programmes

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The president of Malawi, Peter Mutharika has reaffirmed his commitment to the Commonwealth, pledging to support its initiatives on promoting youth, empowering women, building entrepreneurship, ending child marriage, tackling domestic violence and responding to climate change.

FDA approves new combination treatment for acute myeloid leukemia

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Rydapt (midostaurin) for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation called FLT3, in combination with chemotherapy. The drug is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay, which is used to detect the FLT3 mutation in patients with AML. AML is a rapidly progressing cancer that forms in the bone marrow and results in an increased number of white blood cells in the bloodstream. The National Cancer Institute estimated that approximately 19,930 people would be diagnosed with AML in 2016 and 10,430 were projected to die of the disease.

The High Cost of Surviving Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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A new study found that half of ARDS survivors were jobless after a year & lost nearly two-thirds of their annual income.

Democratic Republic of Congo: MSF staff treat measles cases across five provinces

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Since November 2016, Médecins Sans Frontières has vaccinated over 675,000 children against measles, and cared for more than 14,000 patients in health zones throughout five provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Maniema, South Kivu, Tanganyka, Ituri and Equateur.

The worlds fastest film camera: when light practically stands still

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Forget high-speed cameras capturing 100 000 images per second. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has developed a camera that can film at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second, or events as short as 0.2 trillionths of a second.

UN Food Agencies Warn Against Ignoring Famine Alarm

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ROME – The leaders of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have called on the international community to urgently step up action to prevent further hunger deaths in four countries stalked by famine: northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

TWRA Requests Public Input on Proposed 2017-18 Hunting Regulations

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NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now soliciting comments on the proposed 2017-18 hunting seasons’ regulations that were made at the April meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about the proposed hunting regulations with TWRA staff.

Executives Charged in Connection With Accounting Failures at Government Contractor

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against two former executives at a government contractor that was the subject of an SEC enforcement action earlier this year and paid a $1.6 million penalty for accounting failures.

MU Policy Expert and Physician to Explain New National Health Care Reform Law

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Millions of Americans have questions about the sweeping national health care reform legislation that became law last month. The MU Center for Health Policy will provide answers at “Health Reform Explained,” a presentation and discussion scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in Acuff Auditorium at the MU School of Medicine.

Countries share lessons on how to tackle the challenges climate change poses to agriculture

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Farmers clear weeds from a trench, which retains water and prevents soil erosion during rains, as part of the FAO project to strengthen capacity of farms for climate change in Kiroka, Tanzania.

DNREC Mosquito Control urges property owners to Look About, Dump It Out! to eliminate standing water that can breed mosquitoes

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DOVER – Through a new public awareness campaign beginning today, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section urges residential and business property owners throughout the state to empty all standing water sources, large and small, to reduce mosquito-breeding habitat on their properties. The “Look About, Dump It Out!” campaign will be featured in television and radio public service announcements, billboards and public outreach.

Invest in health care, UK-East African summit told

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Deputy Secretary-General Josephine Ojiambo has urged the UK’s East African diaspora to work together to improve health care in the region. Dr Ojiambo, herself a Kenyan, told the 2nd UK-East African Healthcare Summit in London that as a physician she was heartened by in the diaspora’s commitment to make health a priority.

New guidelines help citizens gain better and fairer access to their national courts on environmental cases

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When public authorities fail to respect the rights and obligations under environmental laws, the public can hold them to account.

.@KadenaAirBase #Airmen train up! Squadron offers 45 training courses to Airmen.https://t.co/PUxCr4ug7R https://t.co/6rQoeyRuH0

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A South Korean airman assists with decontamination operations during the South Korea/U.S. combined chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear field training exercise at Daegu Air Base, April 20, 2017. The exercise was coupled with the U.S./South Korea combined airfield damage repair exercise and included classroom study as well as detection and decontamination scenarios.

EuroCup competition heats up with British Wheelchair Basketball Teams taking on Europes finest.

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This bank holiday weekend will deliver European wheelchair basketball action as the EuroCup completions enter their final stages.

CALENDRIER du 01 mai au 07 mai 2017

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Mr Phil Hogan in Canada (until 03/05): in Ottawa, meets Mr Lawrence MacAulay, Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food of Canada; members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food; and representatives of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA); in Toronto, visits the Irish Potato Famine Memorial.

Prison suicide rate has more than doubled since 2013

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Figures released by the Ministry of Justice show the suicide rate in UK prisons has more than doubled since 2013. The official Safety in Custody bulletin reveals that 113 people – including 10 in women’s prisons – lost their lives through suicide in the year ending March 2017.In total there were 344 deaths in prison custody, up 54 from the previous year.