Important Press Releases

UNRISD Tribute to Ajit Singh

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Professor Ajit Singh on 23 June 2015.

15-Jul 13:13
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U.S. Department of Commerce, Aspen Institute Announce Seven Regional Site Teams Selected for 'Communities that Work Partnership'

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Workforce Strategies Initiative at the Aspen Institute today announced the selection of seven regional site teams, comprised of leaders in industry, government, education, and workforce and economic development, to participate in the Communities that Work Partnership.

15-Jul 13:07
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EEOC Sues Ups for Religious Discrimination

NEW YORK - The nation's largest package delivery company violated federal law by discriminating against applicants and employees around the country whose religious practices conflicted with its uniform and appearance policy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

15-Jul 13:03
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Rapid Integrated Business Planning Process (rIBP) driving leading manufacturers, According to New IDC PlanScape

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., July 15 – By 2018, 75% of manufacturers will be coordinating enterprise-wide planning activities under the umbrella of rapid integrated business planning (rIBP), according to IDC Manufacturing Insights. A newly released study, IDC PlanScape: Implementing a Rapid Integrated Business Planning Process as Part of a Next-Generation Supply Chain (Doc #257293), dives deeper into the prediction and provides decision makers and executives within leading manufacturers the critical elements for success in next-generation supply chains.

15-Jul 12:47
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Justice Department Obtains $251,500 Settlement in Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Against Effingham, Illinois, Landlord

The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the owners and operators of Four Seasons Estates Mobile Home Park in Effingham, Illinois, to settle allegations of race and familial status discrimination.  Under the consent order, which must still be approved by the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois, the defendants must pay $217,500 to victims of discrimination, who intervened in the lawsuit, to account for the harm they suffered and their attorneys’ fees, and an additional $34,000 to the government as a civil penalty.

15-Jul 12:45
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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Will Pay $22,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Citi Brands, LLC, a franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts Bakery, will pay $22,000 and furnish further relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

15-Jul 12:41
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GSK and Save the Children launch 2015 call for developing country healthcare innovations to reduce child deaths

GSK and Save the Children today announced the launch of their third annual $1 million Healthcare Innovation Award that rewards innovations in healthcare that have helped to reduce child deaths in developing countries.

15-Jul 12:29
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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY CASTRO ANNOUNCE INITIATIVE TO EXTEND HIGH SPEED BROADBAND ACCESS FOR STUDENTS IN HUD-ASSISTED HOUSING

WASHINGTON – Building on the Obama Administration’s goal to expand high speed broadband to all Americans, today, President Obama and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced, ConnectHome, an initiative to extend affordable broadband access to families living in HUD-assisted housing.

15-Jul 12:29
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Yakima Basin Water Supply – mid-July Forecast

YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation's mid-July, 2015 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for senior water rights during this irrigation season, but an estimated 46 percent supply for junior water rights.

15-Jul 12:11
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Symantec and Frost Data Capital Partner to Incubate Cyber Security Startups

Mountain View, Calif. – July 15, 2015 -- Symantec and Frost Data Capital today announced a partnership to fuel innovation in cyber security analytics, big data and Internet of Things (IoT) security. Symantec and Frost Data Capital will create and seed early-stage startups with funding, resources and expertise. These startup companies will receive access to Frost Data Capital’s data analytics ecosystem and deep knowledge and will have the opportunity to collaborate with Symantec to solve the most complex challenges shaping tomorrow’s threat landscape.

15-Jul 12:07
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National Taxpayer Advocate Reviews Filing Season and Identifies Priority Areas and Challenges in Mid-Year Report to Congress

WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her statutorily mandated mid-year report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will address during the upcoming fiscal year, including the IRS’s long-term strategic planning, tax-related identity theft and administration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and presents highlights of the recently concluded filing season.

15-Jul 12:05
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USDA Announces Conservation Incentives for Working Grass, Range and Pasture Lands

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that beginning Sept.

15-Jul 12:00
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Reclamation to Hold Lake Berryessa Community Forum Meeting July 21 at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center

NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold the next meeting of the Lake Berryessa Community Forum on Tuesday, July 21, at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center. Forum meetings are designed to promote public input on recreation opportunities and services at Lake Berryessa.

15-Jul 11:43
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Barnes & Noble Sales of

New York, New York – July 15, 2015 – Barnes & Noble, Inc.

15-Jul 11:43
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SEC Chair White, Federal Agencies Join Forces for Military Consumer Protection Day 2015

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White led a multi-agency event today to support Military Consumer Protection Day 2015, highlighting how service members can best protect themselves and their finances from fraud and identity theft.

15-Jul 11:42
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Cisco's Wi-Fi Technology Is Deployed in MetrôRio

São Paulo, Brazil, July 15, 2015 – Cisco® Wi-Fi technology was deployed in the Rio de Janeiro city subway, called MetrôRio. Subway stations Flamengo, Largo do Machado and Catete now have wireless Internet through Cisco Access Points and Cisco Prime™ architecture. The Wi-Fi service is used by subway users and also by commercial establishments inside the stations.

15-Jul 11:28
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Reclamation Restricts Use of Snake River Boat Ramp below Minidoka Dam

HEYBURN, Idaho - Effective immediately, the Bureau of Reclamation has restricted the boat ramp below Minidoka Dam to official use only due to the poor condition of the ramp and public safety concerns. The boat ramp is located below Minidoka Dam on the Snake River about 12 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho.

15-Jul 11:21
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Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for a Temporary Warren Act Contract for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to East Bay Municipal Utility District in 2015

FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the execution of a temporary Warren Act contract with the East Bay Municipal Utility District to allow for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water from the Placer County Water Agency’s Middle Fork Project reservoirs in Folsom Reservoir, Lake Natoma and the Folsom South Canal.

15-Jul 11:21
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“Cambodia’s NGO Bill threatens a free and independent civil society” – UN expert urges Senate to reject it

The NGO Bill will soon be examined by the Senate, after being approved on Monday 13 July by the Cambodian National Assembly. The Bill was unanimously adopted by the 68 parliamentarians belonging to the ruling party, while the 55 parliamentarians in the opposition boycotted the vote.“Should the draft law be adopted, any group advocating for human rights, basic freedoms and good governance can be shut down and criminalized. It will ultimately have a disastrous impact on Cambodian citizens’ democratic participation in furthering the development of their country,” the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association warned.

15-Jul 11:00
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United States Mint Launches New Mobile Application for Smartphones

WASHINGTON - The United States Mint today announced the release of MyUSMint, the bureau's new mobile application (app) for AndroidTM, iPhone® and iPod touch®.

15-Jul 10:57
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Chamois Man Indicted For Manufacturing Meth, Possessing Two Bombs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Chamois, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for manufacturing methamphetamine and for possessing two bombs.

15-Jul 09:17
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Major Computer Hacking Forum Dismantled

The takedown of the forum and the charges announced today are the result of the FBI’s infiltration, as part of Operation Shrouded Horizon, of the Darkode’s membership.  The investigation of the Darkode forum is ongoing, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Pennsylvania is taking a leadership role in conjunction with the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS).

15-Jul 09:03
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Department of Justice Announces Designation of New Chairman of U.S. Parole Commission

President Barack Obama has designated J. Patricia Wilson Smoot as of the U.S. Parole Commission effective May 29, 2015.

15-Jul 08:13
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International Visitors Spent More than $18 Billion in May 2015

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that international visitors spent more than $18 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in May.

15-Jul 08:06
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Settlement with Interstate Power and Light to Reduce Emissions From Iowa Power Plants, Fund Projects to Benefit Environment and Communities

In a settlement announced today by the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Interstate Power and Light, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, has agreed to install pollution control technology and meet stringent emission rates to reduce harmful air pollution from the company’s seven coal-fired power plants in Iowa.  The settlement also requires Interstate Power and Light to spend a total of $6 million on environmental mitigation projects and pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.  Linn County, Iowa, the state of Iowa and the Sierra Club join the United States as co-plaintiffs in the case.

15-Jul 07:29
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HTC MAKES PREMIUM SMARTPHONES AFFORDABLE WITH NEW HTC DESIRE® LINE UP

Bellevue, WA, July 15, 2015 – HTC America Inc., a leader in mobile innovation, announces the release of four new HTC Desire LTE smartphones – the HTC Desire 626, HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 – designed to make premium smartphones affordable and accessible to all. HTC brings many of the same features found in its flagship HTC One® M9 to a premium and modern design that will withstand the test of time.

15-Jul 06:56
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India x86 Server Market on a Growth Path in Q1 2015: IDC

According to International Data Corporation (IDC) APeJ Server Tracker; x86 server market in India grew by 7.5% in terms of units, while in terms of revenue the market witnessed a double-digit year on year growth in Q1 2015. A key highlight of this quarter was the increased uptake of higher priced density and rack optimized servers that led to an increase in the ASP of the servers in Q1 2015 and  in-turn resulted in a higher growth percentage in terms of revenue rather than units. Professional Services, Communications and Media, Banking and Manufacturing verticals continued to be the major contributors in Q1 2015.

15-Jul 06:30
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New IDC Research Highlights How Smartphones and Tablets Are Changing the Way Users Print, Scan, and Manage Documents

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., July 15, 2015 – Driven by an explosion of smartphones and tablets, the landscape for printing, scanning, and document management is in the midst of profound and significant change. According to new global research covering six countries across three major regions from International Data Corporation (IDC), the mobile opportunity for document solutions continues to grow as organizations adopt mobile devices at a fevered pace. Large and medium companies are leading the charge, accounting for 54% of smartphone and/or tablet users.

15-Jul 06:23
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“Now comes the time to focus on human rights in Iran,” UN expert welcomes opportunity created by nuclear deal

Mr. Shaheed congratulated all parties to the negotiation for reaching an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, and noted that the lifting of economic sanctions will have a beneficial multiplier effect on the human rights situation in the country, especially on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights.

15-Jul 05:07
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Toshiba and Matsuya Collaborate on Department Store ICT Solutions

TOKYO- Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502) will undertake a joint project with Matsuya Co., Ltd., one of Japan’s leading department store operators, that will use Toshiba’s information and communication technology (ICT) to promote the Matsuya Ginza flagship store.

15-Jul 03:59
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Japan Contribution Ensures Vital Support For Ebola Survivors In Sierra Leone

FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes Japan’s donation of US$6 million to support WFP’s response in Eb0la-affected Sierra Leone, including support to some 3,000 Ebola survivors across the country.

15-Jul 03:47
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The Rwanda Economic Update: Financing Development

KIGALI, July 15, 2015 – One million people in Rwanda could be lifted out of poverty, according to a new World Bank report. The country’s economy is expected to continue its growth momentum with rates projected for 2015 at 7.4% and 7.6% in 2016, according to the latest Rwanda Economic Update launched today. With this growth the poverty rate is expected to decline from 63% in 2011 to 54% in 2016.

15-Jul 03:16
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HHS partnership advances experimental Ebola drug

One of the nation’s centers dedicated to developing and manufacturing drugs and vaccines for emergencies will produce a therapeutic drug to treat Ebola virus disease through a new agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The first-of-its-kind action supports the ongoing global public health response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

15-Jul 01:58
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Gartner Says Smart Lighting Has the Potential to Reduce Energy Costs by 90 Percent

Internet of Things (IoT) architectures are rapidly driving smart lighting technology, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner predicts that smart lighting installed base is projected to grow from 46 million units in 2015 to 2.54 billion units in 2020. In 2014, 300 million to 500 million square feet of commercial space worldwide could be considered to have intelligent or smart lighting.

15-Jul 01:11
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Renesas Electronics Delivers Extended Life for Connected Devices with Intelligent Bluetooth® Smart Microcontrollers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 15, 2015 — Renesas Electronics America, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, is helping designers extend battery life and accelerate time to market for connected healthcare, wearables and other connected portable applications, with the RL78/G1D Group of microcontrollers (MCUs) – a new Intelligent wireless solution that supports the Bluetooth® Smart 4.1 specification. The highly integrated RL78/G1D MCUs combine low-power Bluetooth® transceiver technology with Renesas’ ultra-low power RL78 MCUs to deliver a powerful, energy-efficient wireless solution for a range of connected medical, consumer, and industrial applications.

15-Jul 00:47
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Gartner Says Retailers Need Advanced Analytic Capabilities to Compete in the Digitalized Marketplace

Retailers will not be able to compete in the digitalized marketplace without advanced analytic capabilities, according to Gartner, Inc.

14-Jul 23:53
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Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Conveyance of Kaweah River Water in the Friant-Kern Canal to Stone Corral Irrigation District

FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact assessing the proposed issuance of a five-year Warren Act approval for conveyance of up to 1,000 acre-feet of non-Central Valley Project water per year from the Kaweah River through the Friant-Kern Canal to the Stone Corral Irrigation District.

14-Jul 23:35
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Apple Introduces The Best iPod touch Yet

CUPERTINO, California — July 15, 2015 — Apple® today introduced the best iPod touch® yet and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod® models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue. The ultra-portable iPod touch features a new 8 megapixel iSight® camera for beautiful photos, an improved FaceTime® HD camera for even better selfies, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor.

14-Jul 22:41
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Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Western Dublin Recycled Water Project

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Western Dublin Recycled Water Project and will provide partial funding to the Dublin San Ramon Services District, extending recycled water distribution pipelines to serve landscape irrigation demands at several schools, parks, streetscapes and medians, and the common area of developed areas in Western Dublin.

14-Jul 22:19
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Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Exchange of Refuge Level 2 Water for Panoche Water District Groundwater

FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for a proposal to exchange Refuge Level 2 water for Panoche Water District’s groundwater.

14-Jul 22:10
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