Important Press Releases

UFU welcomes Goves commitment on food policy but warns change still poses a threat

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Ulster Farmers’ Union president, Barclay Bell, says the DEFRA Secretary's comments on the development of a coherent policy on food at the Oxford Farming Conference recognise farmers' role in delivering safe, affordable food and maintaining the countryside.

Migratory flows in 2017 Pressure eased on Italy and Greece; Spain saw record numbers

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In 2017, the number of detections of illegal border-crossings into the European Union dropped for the second year in a row due to lower number of migrants reaching Italy and Greece. According to preliminary data, there were some 204 300 illegal border-crossings in 2017, 60 percent fewer than the previous year. Meanwhile, Spain saw the number of irregular migrants detected at its Western Mediterranean borders more than double to the highest level since Frontex began systematically collecting data in 2009.

CALENDRIER du 08 au 14 janvier 2018

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President Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Jyrki Katainen, Mr Günther Oettinger and Ms Corina Creţu participate in "Shaping our future: Designing the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)" conference, organised by the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), and deliver speeches, in Brussels.

Stop e-Prescribing Bill, Says President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

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Forcing doctors to electronically prescribe all controlled drugs, as in Oklahoma proposed bill Req. No. 8141, is a “flawed and misguided” idea that will not reduce opioid abuse, writes Albert L. Fisher, M.D., president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), in a letter to Representative Charles McCall, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Dr. Fisher is a family physician in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

New Rohingya Arrivals In Bangladesh At Risk From Poor Diets

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COX’S BAZAR – A new study shows that although more than 90 percent of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar have received emergency food assistance, a major concern is limited access to a well-diversified and balanced diet.

China and North Korea: Following the paper trail

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Bill Gertz, senior editor of The Washington Free Beacon, specialises in scoops. But even by his high standards, his 2 January story that states a ‘(s)ecret Chinese Communist Party document reveals covert support to North Korea, including missiles, increased aid’ was a major coup.

CBP Officers Arrest Woman Attempting to Use Anothers Identity at Progreso/Donna Port of Entry

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PROGRESO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Progreso Port of Entry on Wednesday arrested a Mexican woman for violations of immigration law in connection with an attempt to enter the U.S. as an American citizen by using another person’s identity.

USAID Administrator Green's Meeting with The Right Honourable Penny Mordaunt, M.P., the United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met today with the Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom, the Right Honourable Penny Mordaunt, M.P., to discuss increasing coordination in areas of shared interest, including humanitarian assistance and civil-military cooperation.

Swift parrots bred on predator-free islands at risk of extinction

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New research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found genetic evidence that critically endangered swift parrots, which breed all over Tasmania and on predator-free islands, form a single nomadic population at high risk of extinction.

Demand for cuts deals death blow to Australias demand-driven system

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Australia’s experiment with demand-driven university funding is over, with government cash frozen for two years from 1 January. Increased funding from 2020 will be distributed by the government without reference to student demand.

New Orleans Area Woman Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Prison for Role in Approximately $2 Million Home Health Kickback and Identity Theft Scheme

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A New Orleans woman was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for her involvement in a $2 million home health kickback scheme carried out through a New Orleans area home health agency.

Delta, American Express add one million new card members in 2017

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Delta and American Express added one million new Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Members in 2017, breaking the co-brand partners' record for the number of new Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Members added in one year.

Baker Institute experts: Geopolitical risks to US oil supply lowest since the early 1970s

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The geopolitical risks to the United States’ oil supply are the lowest since the early 1970s, due to fracking, climate action and a more diverse global supply, according to a new paper by experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. America’s energy prosperity contrasts with a more fraught period for energy-exporting countries where geopolitical challenges have been compounded by fiscal stress and rising domestic energy demand, the authors said.

San Luis CBP Officers Arrest 3 Teens and 1 Adult in Separate Drug Smuggling Incidents

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested four U.S. citizens, three teenagers and one adult male, in separate incidents over the past two days, preventing more than 52 pounds of hard drugs from entering the United States.

National recognition for firefighter paramedic turned medical student

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Brigoli being congratulated at JABSOM for being named a Kahanamoku Scholar, 2017.

Study boosts hope for cheaper fuel cells

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Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes or modified graphene nanoribbons may be suitable replacements for platinum for fast oxygen reduction, the key reaction in fuel cells that transform chemical energy into electricity, according to Rice University researchers.

What happens when older adults take a class on gratitude?

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Before and after the course, participants took surveys about their gratitude and life satisfaction. In between, they read articles, watched videos, and worked on gratitude practices at home each week, and then came to five weekly classes to share their thoughts with each other and their instructor.

Delta tops U.S. global carriers in 2017 on-time performance

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Delta people showed off their competitive edge in 2017, driving a top ranking among the North American global carriers in on-time performance in a new report.

GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT SETS AGENDA FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC GROWTH AND AFFORDABILITY IN STATE OF THE STATE

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Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott delivered the 2018 State of the State address Thursday, highlighting progress made in 2017, and recommitting to an agenda focused on economic growth and affordability, while protecting the vulnerable.

Bristol appoints Professor Tavar to lead new Faculty of Life Sciences

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Professor Jeremy Tavaré will take up the role of Dean when the University of Bristol’s new Faculty of Life Sciences is officially launched on 1 August this year.

Nurses Catch Assembly Speaker in Lie About Healthy California Bill

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Perhaps Speaker Rendon is confusing his own inaction, after undemocratically parking SB 562, with the clear, loud stand thousands of Californians have taken for months, demanding Rendon unfreeze this lifesaving bill so it can move forward,” said CNA Associate Executive Director, Bonnie Castillo, RN. “Nurses have watched our patients suffer and die for far too long, and that’s why we are unrelenting in our demand for guaranteed access to healthcare.

UPDATE: Strong winds, heavy snow force more NYC cancellations

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Delta has canceled an additional 200 flights Thursday as heavy snow and strong winds have prompted the suspension of all airline operations at New York-JFK and New York-LaGuardia. Neither airport is expected to reopen until later this evening, pending the removal of snow and ice from runways, taxiways and ramp areas.

Video, Audio & Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Delivers Update on Winter Storm Sweeping New York

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Travel Advisory Remains in Effect Until at Least 4 p.m.

Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency State Committee Appointees

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Washington, D.C., January 4, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee Appointees. State committees are selected by the Secretary, serve at the pleasure of the Secretary, and are responsible for carrying out FSA’s farm programs within delegated authorities.

Tennessee State Museum to Host Homeschool Day in February

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The Tennessee State Museum will host a free day of fun and historical activities for homeschool families on Friday, February 2, from 10 a.m.

DelDOT Winter Storm Update #3

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With roadway conditions continuing to deteriorate, Governor Carney on Thursday issued a State of Emergency for Sussex County and Level 2 Driving Restriction. The State of Emergency for Sussex County took effect at 2:00 p.m., and the Level 2 Driving Restriction took effect at 1:00 p.m.

Instead of Silence or Talking Down Regime, U.S. Should Support Iran Protesters

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Washington, D.C.– The recent protests, and violent crackdown, engulfing Iran have provoked two different responses in Washington: counsels for silence and denunciation of the regime. Neither approach furthers the aspirations of the Iranian people or the interests of the United States, according to Blaise Misztal, national security director at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Instead, he argues, the United States should focus on amplifying the demands and grievances of the protesters.

A Neglected Reservoir Gatehouse Is Now Part of a New Public Park

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It’s clear from the exterior of the square Richardsonian Romanesque building overlooking a grassy field in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts, that few details were spared for its construction. A slate hipped roof bordered with brand new copper flashing caps the structure. The mortar binding the granite blocks of the outer walls matches the rust-red color of the brownstone quoins on the corners, decorative terra cotta panels, and the voussoirs in the arches above several windows and a door.

Good News Alert: CAIR Applauds Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh for Denying Requests to Disclose Confidential Voter Information

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BALTIMORE, MD, 1/4/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR) today welcomed the dissolution of a problematic voter fraud commission that raised concerns about voter suppression and was widely believed to discriminate against minority communities.

Coalition: Speaker Prieto Showed Progressive Leadership on Nuclear Tax Issue

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A diverse group of consumer, business and environmental organizations today praised New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) for his leadership and common sense in delaying legislation being pushed by PSEG during the lame-duck session that would increase electric bills for all electricity consumers by $300 million annually even when PSEG is making profits from the plants. The Coalition called on all legislators to oppose S3560/A5330.

Real World Native Biocrusts: Microbial Metabolism

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Biocrust amongst one of its many natural habitats, taken about 20 miles from the sampling site (near the Corona Arch, Moab, UT).

HRC Responds to Failure of Discriminatory and Invasive Voter Fraud Commission Led by Mike Pence

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Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, issued the following response after the Trump-Pence Administration announced they would disband the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, led by Vice President Mike Pence, following numerous lawsuits and no real evidence of election fraud.

At Least 48,000 Rohingya Babies Set to be Born in Overcrowded Refugee Camps in Bangladesh in 2018

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (January 4, 2018)— New figures reveal that more than 48,000 Rohingya babies are expected to be born in Bangladesh this year, beginning their lives in refugee camps and makeshift settlements where families rely on food rations to survive and live in flimsy tents made of plastic and bamboo.

Draft offshore program reflects administrations zeal for drilling

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Shell's Kulluk drill rig ran aground on New Year's Eve, 2012, ending the company's disastrous year of attempting to drill in the Arctic Ocean.

New Hampshire Residents Send Letter to New EPA Regional Administrator, Raising Local Concerns

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (January 4, 2018)—When Alexandra Dunn, the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator for New England, sits down at her desk for the first time Monday morning, she’ll have a letter waiting for her from more than 200 residents from 83 towns and cities in New Hampshire. The letter expresses the group’s concerns that the EPA is abdicating its mission, to protect public health and the environment, under the Trump administration, and urges Dunn to do what she can to address toxic chemicals in local drinking water, climate change and the administration’s penchant for censoring science.

Scientia 2018 Spring Lecture Series focuses on facts, evidence and knowledge

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In an age of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” the problem of deciphering trusted information has never been more important. What can we believe, particularly when facts are disputed or held to different standards? That’s the unifying question behind the Scientia 2018 Spring Lecture Series.

CBP Officers Seize More Than Two and Half Tons of Marijuana at World Trade Bridge

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LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers marked the new year with a significant seizure of narcotics in the cargo environment; more than two and a half tons of marijuana seized at World Trade Bridge.

10 Aliens from Dominican Republic found after landing in Puerto Rico

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AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –U.S. Border Patrol and the Puerto Rico Police Department apprehended 10 undocumented aliens from the Dominican Republic during two separate incidents Wednesday in the island’s west coast.

Facing Scrutiny, President Trumps Voter Fraud Commission Shuts Down

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WASHINGTON (January 4, 2018)—President Donald Trump has ended an advisory commission he established to investigate “voter fraud.” The commission’s closure is welcome news, but it shouldn’t be cause for complacency, as the administration is still targeting voting rights, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

California Puts Freeze on New Uses of Bee-killing Pesticides

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation has announced it will no longer consider any applications by pesticide companies that would expand use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in the state.