Important Press Releases

Amnesty International strengthens human rights presence in MENA with new office based in Lebanon

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Amnesty International will launch its annual state of the world’s human rights report on Wednesday 22 February 2017. Spokespeople will be available to discuss human rights violations and abuses across the Middle East from the organization’s new office in Beirut, Lebanon.

GNI Joins Broad Coalition Opposing US Department of Homeland Security Social Media Password Requirement Proposal

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GNI encourages other stakeholders to sign on to the letter, which was led by GNI member the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Bernstein and Cisco to Host Service Provider Tech Talk

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SAN JOSE, Calif, --- February 21, 2017 --- Cisco will host a Tech Talk with Bernstein to discuss Cisco’s Service Provider strategy and outline why there’s never been a better time to transform.  Yvette Kanouff, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Business, will be answering questions during the session, live from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Interested parties can find more information on Cisco's Investor Relations website at

Spain biggest recipient of EIB Group financing in EU in 2016

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) presented today in Madrid the results of its activity in Spain in 2016. EIB Group financing in Spain last year totalled EUR 11 540 million, the highest amount in the European Union. This EUR 11 540 million financed 112 projects in all sectors of the Spanish economy.

Cisco Accelerates Digital Network Transformation with New Virtualization and Security Technologies

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BERLIN, Germany – February 21, 2017 – According to a newly released IDC study, organizations around the world are expected to triple the adoption of modern, automated networks over the next two years. To accelerate the journey to these digital-ready networks, Cisco is introducing new technologies that allow customers to virtualize and secure their networks.

Your Papers and Social Media Passwords, Please

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Thousands of people cross the United States border every day. If the Trump administration has its way, some visitors may soon be required to give their social media passwords to enter the US – an extraordinarily invasive demand that would likely prompt reciprocal demands by other countries from US citizens traveling abroad.

eBay Partners with Snupps, A Social Organizing App, for Seamless Selling

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New feature announced just in time for Spring Cleaning, allowing engaged Snupps enthusiasts to list their stuff for sale on eBay.

Pfizer Announces Acceptance of Regulatory Submission for Inotuzumab Ozogamicin by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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NEW YORK--( )--Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced that a Biologics License Application (BLA) for inotuzumab ozogamicin has been accepted for filing and granted Priority Review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Inotuzumab ozogamicin is being evaluated for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

TUM ranked best start-up promoter

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TUM's start-up consultation supports spin-offs during all phases of creating their business.

Entomological Society of America Supports the March for Science

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Annapolis, MD; February 21, 2017—The Entomological Society of America (ESA) endorses the March for Science to be held on April 22. The guiding principles of ESA, a non-partisan scientific society, recognize that the discipline of entomology is global, that all of its members must be able to participate fully in the organization, and that entomologists must collaborate with government and the public to maximize the positive benefits insect science offers to the world.

Atlantic Health System Hospitals in Top One and Two Percent of Hospitals in Nation for Clinical Excellence

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February 21, 2017, Morristown, NJ, – Two Atlantic Health System Hospitals were recognized in the top one and two percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence by consumer rankings group Healthgrades.® Morristown Medical Center was the only hospital in the state to be recognized as one of ‘America’s 50 Best Hospitals’ for the second consecutive year. Overlook Medical Center was recognized as one of ‘America’s 100 Best Hospitals’ for the second consecutive year. The distinction places Morristown Medical Center in the top one percent and Overlook Medical Center in the top two percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance.

When Rocket Science Meets X-ray Science

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Francesco Panerai of Analytical Mechanical Associates Inc., a materials scientist leading a series of X-ray experiments at Berkeley Lab for NASA Ames Research Center, discusses a 3-D visualization (shown on screens) of a heat shield material’s microscopic structure in simulated spacecraft atmospheric entry conditions. The visualization is based on X-ray imaging at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source.

Plate of the Union: New Campaign Will Activate Consumers for Healthy Food and Sustainable Farm Policy

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WASHINGTON – Every five years, the government passes an almost-trillion-dollar piece of legislation that profoundly impacts food and farm policy. For decades, big agribusiness has dominated the process, with its interests taking precedence over public health and the environment.

Ricardo participates in thermoelectric generator research

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Thermoelectric materials are able to directly convert heat into electricity. The conversion yield is low, but when the heat is lost anyway, like in thermal engines or in energy intensive industries, any benefit is good to take. Most current thermoelectric materials are based on rare or toxic elements, which precludes their implementation at large scale.

Watch: Electric shocks make dried herbs taste better

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Certain dried herbs, such as basil, dill and coriander, can be a sad affair. But this could change. A group of researchers in Food Technology at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that by subjecting basil leaves to electric shock, the dried version both tastes and smells almost as if it were fresh.

Employer Alert: Use the New I-9 Form

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Because it wants to reduce errors and make it easier to complete the forms on a computer, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and all employers are now required to use it.

Tre Whyte to miss Gator Nationals - Supercross Series due to concussion

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Great Britain Cycling team’s Tre Whyte suffered a heavy fall in training and is showing signs of concussion.

Israeli and Palestinian Researchers Cooperate to Find Risk Factors for B Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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In both groups, recreational sun exposure, black hair-dye use, a history of hospitalization for infection, and having a first-degree relative with a blood cancer were associated with B-NHL. Each group had unique risk factors too.

The Year 2000 Would've Been More Futuristic With Fewer Regulations

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Recently, a friend of mine came across a copy of a 1959 issue of Modern Man, an American quarterly magazine that was published between 1951 and 1967. The article that caught his attention, and which he shared with me via email, tried to imagine the life of an ordinary person in the year 2000.

France: Positive Move to Protect Schools

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Paris) – French President François Hollande’s announcement on February 21, 2017, that France has endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration is a strong signal to the international community and strengthens the legal protection for children and their education, UNICEF France and Human Rights Watch said today. By endorsing the declaration, a commitment to protect schools in times of conflict, France recognizes the importance of educational institutions to a country’s future.

Abortion law reform in Northern Ireland 'unfinished business'

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Amnesty International has reminded all political parties in Northern Ireland  that abortion reform is unfinished business and must be an urgent priority after the Assembly election, and in any political talks that follow.

400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum

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An artistic reconstruction showing W. armstrongi attacking a fish in the Devonian sea.

Expert team to help under-pressure GPs

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A SCHEME to help GP practices in England facing workload and workforce pressures get “back on track” has been launched by the Royal College of GPs.

University of Nairobi launches bike share programme

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Nairobi, 21 February 2017– Supported by UN-Habitat, the Computing for Development Laboratory (C4DLab) of the University of Nairobi recently launched its new bike sharing program.

Institute for additive manufacturing planned in Garching

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From left to right: Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO Orlikon, TUM-Präsident Wolfgang A. Herrmann and Florian Mauerer, Head of Business Unit Additive Manufacturing, Oerlikon.

Facebook's manifesto: Why the world needs a say

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Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a on how the company aims to change the way civic society operates around the world. Depending on your personal sentiments, it's an inspiring or disturbing message; either way, it is worth a read.

Daron Acemoglu wins BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

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Prolific MIT economist honored for path-breaking work.

Fair Taxation: Commission welcomes new rules to prevent tax avoidance through non-EU countries

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The Commission welcomes the agreement reached at today's ECOFIN on new rules to help prevent tax avoidance via non-EU countries. This latest addition to the EU's anti-tax avoidance toolbox will prohibit multinational companies from escaping corporate tax by exploiting differences between the tax systems of Member States and those of non-EU countries (so-called 'hybrid mismatches').

The best network is Orange in Moldavia too

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In Moldavia, it is Orange customers who enjoy the best mobile network. It’s now official following the study published by Systemics – PAB – an independent and international leader in network quality analytics, which has just confirmed that Orange has the country’s highest performing network.

Alstom to supply 9 additional XTrapolis trains to Victoria

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Alstom has signed a contract worth around €100 million[1] with Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the State’s public transport authority, to supply nine additional X’Trapolis trainsets for Melbourne’s suburban rail network. This will expand PTV’s fleet to 101 trains (606 cars) delivered from Alstom’s manufacturing facility in Ballarat since 2002. The new trains will begin production at Ballarat’s facility in late 2017 with delivery of the 101st train expected in late 2018.

Gartner Survey Shows VPAs and Messaging Platforms Keep Attracting Users

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A new Gartner, Inc. mobile apps survey* showed that the number of consumers using messaging apps and personal assistant apps is continuing to grow. The survey showed that 35 percent of respondents said they used virtual personal assistants (VPAs) in 2016, up 4 percentage points from 2015. Seventy-one per cent of respondents used messaging apps, a 3 percentage increase in 2016 (see Table 1).

UQ scoops the cream of Queensland school-leavers

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The University of Queensland is the university of choice for more than half of Queensland’s top performing secondary school students.

Supervised Exercise Training Helps Patients with Heart Failure

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Patients that participated in 12 weeks of regular supervised exercise had better effects than those who just got a recommendation to train on their own.

Roche receives EU approval of Alecensa (alectinib) for people with previously treated ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer

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Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation for Alecensa® (alectinib) as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) previously treated with crizotinib.

USA / Indigenous peoples rights: UN expert to assess impact of energy development projects

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GENEVA / WASHINGTON (21 February 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz will undertake a country visit to the United States of America from 22 February to 3 March to study the human rights situation of indigenous peoples, in particular with regard to energy development projects.

Middle East ICT Community Prepares to Set Sail as IDC Takes 10th Anniversary CIO Summit to the Seas

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Dubai – One hundred of the region's most influential CIOs are preparing to set sail early next month as International Data Corporation (IDC) prepares to host the 10th anniversary edition of its flagship Middle East CIO Summit on board the luxurious Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, 'Vision of the Seas'. Setting sail from Dubai on March 6 for a seven-day tour of the Gulf, the event's three-day agenda will focus on the theme of 'Enabling Dynamic Change for the Digital Era', with IDC promising a conference experience like no other before.

How US Intelligence Surveillance May Affect Immigrants

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Recent reports that the US monitored calls between members of President Trump’s campaign staff and Russian intelligence personnel have renewed controversy about the surveillance powers of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI), and how those bodies handle the information they collect. But anyone concerned about the scope or legality of the US government’s warrantless intelligence surveillance should also worry about the way these programs may affect the country’s border and immigrant communities.

The Internet of the Seas Sets Sail

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London: The University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) is developing smart telemetry tags using Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) technology to track and monitor the movement of harbour seals and research their population decline. NB-IoT is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) technology that was standardised by the GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative and will play a fundamental role in the emerging ‘Internet of the Seas’ by capturing underwater data that will help to monitor climate change.

Research and teaching on refugees will be focus of new MacMillan Center program

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The Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses has been launched by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale to promote rigorous interdisciplinary research and teaching grounded in the social sciences that can inform best practice and sound policy and have a meaningful impact on the lives of people affected by forced displacement.

Power Profile: Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Watch this event live on February 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

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