Important Press Releases

Brainstorm with DARPA on a “100x Zoom Lens” for Seeing Distant Space Objects More Clearly

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Imaging of Earth from satellites in space has vastly improved in recent years. But the opposite challenge—using Earth-based systems to find, track and provide detailed characterization of satellites and other objects in high orbits—has frustrated engineers even as the need for space domain awareness has grown. State-of-the-art imagery of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO), up to 2,000 km (1,200 miles) high, can achieve resolution of 1 pixel for every 10 cm today, providing relatively crisp details.

Situation in the Central African Republic - Completion of the Bangui Forum

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The United States warmly congratulates the people of the Central African Republic on the successful conclusion of the Bangui Forum. Hundreds of Central Africans from across the country and from all walks of life participated in this historic event, and many more, including diaspora and refugee populations, stayed engaged through live media coverage and conversations in their homes and communities.

Singapore’s New Automated Integrated Sorting System From Toshiba Now Ready for Operation

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Singapore, May 11 2015 – People in Singapore can now look forward to faster, more accurate mail processing, thanks to new infrastructure installed by Singapore Post. The fully integrated automated system from Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. increases letter-sorting capacity, leading to greater productivity and efficiency.

Media Guidance for event with H.E. Beji Caid Essebsi

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On May 20, 2015 from 3:00pm-4:00pm, the U.S. Institute of Peace will host a public address and conversation with His Excellency Beji Caid Essebsi, president of Tunisia. The discussion will be webcast and is also available via D.C. Switch.

ICE honors fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) leaders, personnel and invited guests gathered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 11 to pay tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and agents who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Clean up of Coal Mine Areas in China’s Anhui Province Get $100 Million Boost from World Bank

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2015—Efforts to clean up an old mining area in Huainan Municipality and transform it into a park will be bolstered by a $100 million loan from the World Bank, approved today by its Board of Executive Directors.

New Report Shows How to Decarbonize Development with 3 Steps to a Zero Carbon Future

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WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015— A new World Bank Group report lays out three steps countries can follow to reduce net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero and stabilize climate change: Plan for the end goal, not just the short-term; get prices right as part of a broad policy package that triggers changes in investment and behavior; and smooth the transition for those most affected.

CFTC Orders Libero Commodities SA to Pay $480,000 for Call Cotton Reporting Violations

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Washington, DC - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued an Order filing and settling charges against Libero Commodities SA (Libero), an agricultural trading company, for failing to comply with its legal obligation as a reportable trader to submit weekly CFTC Form 304 Reports that show its call cotton purchases and sales, in violation of CFTC Regulation 19.02.

“Today it’s young people’s turn to talk”

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NEW YORK/BERLIN, 11 May 2015 – Today, just before the heads of state and government of the world’s leading industrialised nations meet in Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, 54 girls and boys aged 14 to 18 from the G7 states, some EU Member States and a number of developing countries are at the Federal Chancellery to present their ideas and demands and discuss how to solve the world’s most pressing problems with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Youth Minister Manuela Schwesig. The young delegates of the international J7 Youth Summit have been in Berlin since 7 May to deliberate on effective ways to protect our planet, achieve greater global equality and create opportunities for all children and young people.

National Cooperative Bank Announces 2015 Board of Directors

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Beebe, Smith, Vilet and Hazen replace Jane Garcia, CEO of La Clinica de La Raza in Oakland, California; Robynn Shrader, CEO of National Cooperative Grocers in Iowa City, Iowa; Kenneth Rivkin, managing director of Hermes Financial Management and in New York; and Judy Ziewacz, former executive director, State of Wisconsin, Office of Energy Independence in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ease of weight loss influenced by individual biology

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For the first time in a lab, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found evidence supporting the commonly held belief that people with certain physiologies lose less weight than others when limiting calories.

Australian Ambassador to Senegal sees, hears and tastes the results of Australian funded projects in Fatick

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The Australian High Commission in Accra, Ghana who has responsibility for relations  with eight other West African countries, including Senegal, visited projects implemented by World Vision Senegal and funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and trade (DFAT) and the Australian public last week. Her Excellency Joanna Adamson had the chance to see and hear from communities on the benefit of the projects and the Ambassador even had the chance to taste products produced on one of the projects using Australian tree species.

La date d’échéance d’inscription pour le TPS concernant le Libéria, la Guinée et la Sierra Leone est le 20 mai 2015

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Le mercredi 20 mai 2015  sera la date d’échéance pour les ressortissants éligibles du Libéria, de la Guinée et de la Sierra Leone (et pour les personnes apatrides qui ont résidé en dernier lieu dans l’un de ces trois pays) concernant l’inscription pour le Statut de Protection Temporaire (Temporary Protected Status ou TPS). La désignation TPS fonctionne du 21 novembre 2014 au 21 mai 2016.

North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Filing False Claims for Tax Refunds and Identity Theft

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A Raleigh, North Carolina, man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to file false claims and identity theft, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Former CIA Officer Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Leaking Classified Information and Obstruction of Justice

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Jeffrey A. Sterling, 47, of O’Fallon, Missouri, was sentenced today to 42 months in prison for disclosing national defense information and obstructing justice.

Justice Department Announces Missoula Police Department Has Fully Implemented Agreement to Improve Response to Reports of Sexual Assault

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The Department of Justice announced today that the Missoula, Montana, Police Department (MPD) has fully implemented the requirements of its agreement with the department to improve the MPD’s response to reports of sexual assault.

Schenectady Man Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud, Mail Fraud and Tax Charges

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Scott T. Valente, 58, of Schenectady, New York, pleaded guilty today in Albany before Chief U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe to one count of securities fraud, one count of mail fraud and one count of obstructing and impeding the due administration of the Internal Revenue laws, announced U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen for the New York Field Office’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation, and Special Agent in Charge Andrew W. Vale for the Albany Division’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Valente was released pending his sentencing, scheduled for September 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.

Sharp Wins Business Technology Association's Top Award For The Channel's Choice Of Primary Vendor

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), has received the 2015 Business Technology Association (BTA) top overall Channel's Choice award for overall satisfaction of a manufacturer based on: Corporate Support, Distribution, Product Line and Inventory performance. The award recognizes Superior Performance as a Primary Line Provider and was presented at a ceremony during a BTA Event held in Minneapolis, on May 7.

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Up To $35 Million in Available Funding Through Obama Administration’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) joined U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez today as he announced that up to $35.5 million in funding is now available through the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative. POWER, which was announced at the end of March, is an EDA-led, coordinated effort among multiple federal agencies using existing resources to provide integrated and coordinated investments in communities and workers negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.

Special Advisor for Children's Issues Travels to India

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Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs will travel to India, May 11–14, 2015.

Alumni Engagement Winners for 2015 Announced

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The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). The AEIF competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. The teams carry out public service projects to address global challenges using the skills and knowledge gained through their experiences in the exchange programs.

U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will be joined for the Dialogue by their respective Chinese co-chairs, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang, along with members of the Chinese delegation and their U.S. colleagues.

Secretary Kerry Travels to Beijing, People's Republic of China, Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Seattle, Washington

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Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Beijing, People’s Republic of China, from May 16 to 17. While in Beijing, Secretary Kerry will meet senior leaders of the Chinese government to advance U.S. priorities ahead of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue this summer and the planned visit to the United States of President Xi Jinping this fall.

Stephen Woolery Named Special Agent in Charge of Counterterrorism Division of the Los Angeles Field Office

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Director James B. Comey has named Stephen Woolery the SAC of the Counterterrorism Division in Los Angeles. Mr. Woolery most recently served as chief of the National Security Branch (NSB) Executive Staff Section, where he served as the chief of staff for the NSB’s Executive Assistant Director.

SEC Sues Retirement Planners for Making False Claims to Investors

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The SEC also alleges that they used a bogus “net worth calculator” that improperly qualified some prospective investors for purchases by including income that investors hadn’t received, such as future pension and Social Security benefits.

Rue La La and Cotton Incorporated partner to celebrate "Cotton. It's Your Favorite for a Reason℠"

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Rue La La (, a leading online lifestyle shopping destination, announces the first of four programs dedicated to cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives®.

Bureau of Reclamation Releases Two Funding Opportunity Announcements to Promote Drought Contingency Planning and Resiliency Projects

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WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation released two funding opportunity announcements today under its new Drought Response Program, to help water users develop drought contingency plans and build long-term drought resiliency. Funding opportunities are allocated through a competitive process.

One of the Best Fields for New College Graduates? Agriculture.

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WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States. According to an employment outlook report released today by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Purdue University, there is an average of 35,400 new U.S. graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher in agriculture related fields, 22,500 short of the jobs available annually.

USDA Announces Funding for Smart Grid and 1,000 miles of line on 80th Anniversary of Rural Electrification

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WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing more than $100 million in loans to build or improve 1,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines for rural electric cooperative utilities in four states.

TVA, Partners To Fund Trout Stocking For Tenn., Ga. Tailwaters

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ERWIN, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority, working with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, has reached a multi-agency agreement to provide continued funding for three federal fish hatcheries that annually supply more than one million trout for TVA dam tailwaters and reservoirs in Tennessee and Georgia.

Chris West to Join National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Office

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Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announces the appointment of Chris West as director of the newly created Rocky Mountain Regional Office. West will be based in Denver, Colo., and will be responsible for developing and advancing conservation initiatives, managing projects and securing funding for NFWF’s grant-making portfolio.

Root Capital Honored to Receive Charity Navigator’s Coveted Four-Star Rating for 9th Consecutive Year

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CAMBRIDGE, MA (May 11, 2015) – For the ninth consecutive year, Root Capital’s impact, sound fiscal management practices, and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Root Capital is among only one percent of the 8,000 charities rated by Charity Navigator to have received at least nine consecutive four-star evaluations.

Statement on Ukrainian Legislation on Historical Research and Debate

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is deeply concerned about a series of legislative initiatives that the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament, adopted on April 9, 2015.

IBM Introduces New Bluemix Services to Help Developers Create Analytics-Driven Cloud Applications

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) is introducing several new services on Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform, designed to help developers create analytics-driven cloud applications.

Source One Staffing to Pay $800,000 to Settle Multiple EEOC Discrimination Claims

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Among Many Violations, Chicago-Area Staffing Company Assigned Temporary Employees To Clients on the Basis of Sex, Federal Agency Charged.

Administration Announces Implementation Funding for POWER Initiative; ARC to Provide $500,000 in Grants

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WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015—The Obama administration announced today the availability of funding for implementation grants under the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative, a new multi-agency effort to assist communities and workers negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector. Up to $35.5 million in grants will be awarded from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Gartner Says India IT Infrastructure Spending On Pace to Reach $2.02 Billion in 2015

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The Indian IT infrastructure market will total $2.02 billion in 2015, a 3.3 percent increase from 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. The IT infrastructure market includes server, storage and networking equipment.

Iraq: ICRC launches 36 million Swiss Francs appeal to significantly increase aid

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Baghdad/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said an enormous effort is needed to cope with a dramatic increase in the number of people forced to flee their homes in Iraq. The ICRC is appealing for an extra 36 million Swiss Francs (38.5 million dollars, 34.3 million Euros) in aid, on top of funds already allocated for Iraq, to help deal with the increasing needs.

Pregnant Women in Nepal in Urgent Need of Assistance

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Kathmandu, NEPAL- (May 11, 2015) – An estimated 126,000 pregnant women affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal are in urgent need of health services, warns the international humanitarian organisation CARE. “More than 15 per cent of these pregnant women will experience some form of life threatening complication during delivery if they don’t receive medical aid as soon as possible,” says Carolyn Baer, CARE’s Senior Technical Advisor for Sexual, Reproductive Health in Emergencies. Even prior to the earthquake Nepal had one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world, with 170 out of 100,000 women dying during their pregnancy or birth. The main challenges encountered by aid organisations such as CARE are lack of access to remote but hardest-hit areas.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Celebrates White House Expansion of Highly-Successful Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship Initiative

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined President Obama in celebrating emerging entrepreneurs from across the United States and around the world. During the event, the White House announced the addition of nine new members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, which Secretary Pritzker chairs. PAGE is a group of America’s most respected business creators who have committed to sharing their time, energy, ideas, and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs around the world.