Important Press Releases

Recent Attacks on Civilians in Syria

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms ISIL’s attacks yesterday on predominantly Assyrian Christian villages in the northeast Syrian province of Hasakeh, where they kidnapped dozens of civilians, including women, children, priests, and the elderly. Hundreds of other civilians remain trapped in villages surrounded by ISIL fighters, and clashes continue between ISIL and local forces defending their communities. ISIL burned and destroyed homes and churches, and the violence has reportedly displaced more than 3,000 people.

24-Feb 11:16
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Reward for Information on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

The U.S. Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Rewards Program is offering a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, a Russian national wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for his alleged participation in a major cyber racketeering enterprise.

24-Feb 11:15
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Three Kankakee Area Felons Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms

Urbana, Ill. B Three Kankakee area men, with prior felony convictions, have been sentenced to federal prison terms for illegal possession of firearms, as announced by U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, Central District of Illinois. The men, who have been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since their arrests in September 2014, were sentenced on Friday, Feb.

24-Feb 11:08
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Treasury Sanctions Network of Slovenian Steroid Trafficker Mihael Karner

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of five individuals and 14 entities as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for their role in the international steroid trafficking organization led by Slovenian national, Mihael Karner.

24-Feb 10:57
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A new generation of economic development

Metropolitan leaders across the country share a desire to create high quality jobs, get more young adults and other workers into those jobs, expand incomes, reduce inequality, and keep their core industries competitive in the face of rising global competition and opportunity. Yet traditional tools of economic development are ill suited to achieve these aspirations and create inclusive, prosperous communities.

24-Feb 10:51
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National Council on Disability Releases “Home and Community-Based Services: Creating Systems for Success at Home, at Work and in the Community”

Washington, DC – The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, in a cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), will release “Home and Community-Based Services: Creating Systems for Success at Home, at Work and in the Community” online Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

24-Feb 10:51
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Data on children’s use of complementary health approaches

The release of data from a nationwide government survey on American Children’s use of natural products such as melatonin, Echinacea, probiotics, as well as on the use of mind and body approaches such as yoga, chiropractic, massage, and meditation. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) of the National Institutes of Health will hold a webinar/telephone briefing to discuss the findings of the most recent reports from the National Health Interview Survey.

24-Feb 10:43
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MasterCard Drives Host Card Emulation (HCE) Momentum with Mobile Payment Deployments in More than 15 Countries

PURCHASE, NY – February 24, 2015 – Consumers around the globe continue to use mobile devices rather than dip or swipe payments cards for more of their MasterCard purchases. In less than ayear since announcing support for Host Card Emulation (HCE) and cloud-based software for both secure contactless and remote payment transactions, MasterCard today announced projects are currently underway in more than 15 countries. These projects provide consumers with more options for payment experiences across their Android devices.

24-Feb 10:33
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Texas A&M University Student-Athlete Angela Lowak Recognized with the Haier Achievement Award

The Haier Achievement Award program brings to light those student-athletes who have achieved success beyond sports,” said Homlish.

24-Feb 10:30
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Games, Music and Shopping Apps Hit Smartphones Hardest

AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO – February 24, 2015 – Music lovers, smartphone shoppers and mobile gamers around the world could find their favorite apps are the ones eating up most of their battery life, data plan and phone storage. The results of the latest app performance research from AVG Technologies, N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the online security company™ for 197 million active users, rank the popular music streaming service Spotify, new games like Deer Hunter 2014, and even the Amazon shopping app as among the most resource hungry apps globally.

24-Feb 10:27
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Xerox Propels Inkjet Accessibility with First-Ever, Fully-Integrated Roll-to-Cut Sheet Press

Xerox’s newest press will make inkjet technology a reality for more print service providers by breaking down barriers such as high print volumes, large footprint and cost. The Xerox Rialto 900™ Inkjet Press offers first-of-its kind features and carves out a new space within the booming production color inkjet segment.

24-Feb 10:18
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DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States.

24-Feb 09:56
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Los Angeles-Area Executive Arrested in $9 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

A Los Angeles-area executive was arrested today in connection with a $9 million scheme to defraud United Commercial Bank and East West Bank, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura of the Central District of California, Special Inspector General Christy Romero for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), Assistant Director in Charge David L. Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez of the IRS-Criminal Investigation’s (IRS-CI) Los Angeles Field Office.

24-Feb 09:40
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Superseding Indictment Charges Two Brothers with Filing 30 Fraudulent Tax Returns Seeking Refunds of More Than $200 Million

As millions of U.S. taxpayers prepare to honestly file their returns, the Tax Division, working with its law enforcement partners, remains committed to prosecuting those individuals who seek to abuse and manipulate our nation’s tax system for personal gain,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo.

24-Feb 09:40
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Avaya Extends SDN Simplicity to the User Edge with Fabric Networking Architecture

Santa Clara, Calif. – Avaya today introduced a new, open software-defined networking (SDN) architecture that will help companies create the agile networks required by today’s dynamic applications.  The Avaya SDN Fx architecture is the first to deliver “connect anything, anywhere” simplicity, shaving weeks in provisioning time by allowing devices and users at the network edge to be added easily to the network. The Avaya SDN Fx architecture, built on the Avaya Fabric Networking technology, features new products and capabilities for a complete solution that delivers on the promise of SDN, without the hidden complexity that comes with the towering overlays of software and hardware inherent in many other vendor approaches.

24-Feb 09:34
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European Union contributes additional EUR 5 million to support employment opportunities in Gaza

The European Union (EU) has announced a new EUR 5 million (US$ 5.7 million) contribution to the UNRWA Job Creation Programme in the Gaza Strip. The EU has now contributed almost EUR 19.5 million to the Job Creation Programme in Gaza since 2011.

24-Feb 09:33
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Absolute Software Partners with Latin American Reseller GM Security Technologies

Vancouver, Canada: February 24, 2015 – Absolute® Software Corporation (TSX: ABT), the industry standard for persistent endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, today announced an agreement with GM Security Technologies, one of Puerto Rico’s largest value added resellers and managed security  services providers.

24-Feb 09:29
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Large reduction in distillate fuel sulfur content has only minor effect on energy content

Note: Distillate fuel volumes with sulfur content below 15 parts per million produced before 2004 are included in the 'between 15 and 500 ppm' category.

24-Feb 09:27
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Since 2010, 9.4 million people with Medicare have saved over $15 billion on prescription drugs

The Department of Health and Human Services released today new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continued to enjoy prescription drug savings and improved benefits in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

24-Feb 08:59
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NTSB Launches Go-Team to Grade Crossing Accident in Oxnard, CA

WASHINGTON—The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a go-team to investigate today’s rail grade-crossing accident in Oxnard, Calif.

24-Feb 08:06
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Broadcom Announces Industry's First 5 Gbps Chipset for Microwave Backhaul

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2015 / / -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced two new system-on-chip (SoC) devices to provide mobile access carriers with industry-leading capacity and spectral efficiency to boost existing microwave backhaul infrastructure. The new SoCs are the first to deliver 5 gigabit per second (Gbps) speeds and deliver a 4X increase in spectral efficiency1 of 48 bps/Hz. Broadcom will showcase its innovations for the mobile and carrier ecosystem at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, March 2-5.

24-Feb 08:03
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Barnes & Noble Invites Customers to March Children’s Storytime Events Where Kids Can Explore Their Imaginations and Discover a Love of Reading

New York, NY – February 24, 2015 – Barnes & Noble, Inc.

24-Feb 08:00
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Lanhydrock book helped Henry VIII annul marriage

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24-Feb 07:27
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Banks Can Help to Incentivize Commercial Performance of Power Sector, says World Bank Study

MUMBAI, February, 24, 2015: Despite significant increase in private investment in the power sector in Maharashtra over the past two decades, electricity distribution to the end consumer continues to be the weakest link in the value chain, says a World Bank report.

24-Feb 06:06
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The World Bank reaffirms its commitment to support Sri Lanka

The President Maithripala Sirisena outlined his priorities for Sri Lanka’s development agenda and confirmed that the Bank’s ongoing portfolio and pipeline of projects were in line with the country’s development priorities. Dixon expressed the Bank’s support for the implementation of the reforms for strengthening good governance, transparency and accountability as outlined in the government’s 100 day plan.

24-Feb 06:06
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Small Cell as a Service connects football fans in Poland

Legia Warszawa has become the first football club in Europe to sign a Small Cell as a Service contract with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC). The six-year agreement will ensure that visitors to the municipal stadium in Warszawa can enjoy carrier-grade Wi-Fi connectivity and value-added services accessible via a mobile app. Under the Small Cell as a Service business model launched at Mobile World Congress in 2014, Ericsson will provide Legia Warszawa with a complete, managed solution.

24-Feb 06:03
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SEB and Ericsson to showcase remote advisory service to small and medium enterprises

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Swedish financial group SEB have today announced an innovative joint project to demonstrate remote financial advice for SMEs service at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

24-Feb 06:03
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Mobile data traffic dominated by top five apps: Ericsson Mobility Report

Findings included in the interim edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report reveal the top five apps in a given country dominate in terms of mobile traffic generated on smart devices. In the countries illustrated in the report - the US, South Korea, and Spain - they account for around two-thirds of all app traffic over mobile networks, which reflects a global trend.

24-Feb 06:03
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Efficacy of Avigan® Tablet 200mg as a treatment for Ebola virus disease (EVD) suggested in clinical trial (interim analysis)

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) announced that the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) ** released today an interim analysis of the clinical trial suggesting the efficacy of anti-influenza drug Avigan® Tablet 200mg* (Favipiravir), which is being provided to clinical trials in Guinea for patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

24-Feb 05:14
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Kaspersky Lab announces global security accelerator in partnership with venture industry leaders

Kaspersky Lab today announced a brand-new global initiative designed to identify and nurture new talent for the security industry. The Security Startup Challenge (SSC) is a mentor-driven acceleration program developed and implemented by the Kaspersky Academy, in partnership with venture industry leaders, Mangrove Capital Partners and the ABRT Venture Fund. SSC will provide startups with access to cutting-edge business, cybersecurity and cross-industry expertise from around the world.

24-Feb 04:36
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Dall Forsythe Joins MSRB Board of Directors

Alexandria, VA – The Board of Directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced today that public policy scholar Dall W. Forsythe will join the Board as a public member to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Robert A. Fippinger, who is becoming the MSRB’s Chief Legal Officer.

24-Feb 04:30
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Gartner Says By 2018, 40 Percent of Large Enterprises Will Have Formal Plans to Address Aggressive Cybersecurity Business Disruption Attacks

Although the frequency of a cybersecurity attack on a large scale is low, by 2018, 40 percent of large enterprises will have formal plans to address aggressive cybersecurity business disruption attacks, up from zero percent in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. Business disruption attacks require new priority from chief information security officers (CISOs) and business continuity management (BCM) leaders, since aggressive attacks can cause prolonged disruption to internal and external business operations.

24-Feb 04:27
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Iraq: Many more lives in jeopardy as fighting expands

Iraq. ICRC teams head towards snow-clad Panjwin near Sulymanya to deliver aid that will help displaced persons cope with the severe winter.

24-Feb 04:12
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Konica Minolta Awarded “Prime” Status by Oekom Research for Corporate Social Responsibility

Tokyo (February 24, 2015) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded Prime Status by the Germany-based oekom research AG (oekom) in its 2015 Corporate Rating as one of global leading companies for corporate social responsibility within the industry segment of electronic device and appliance. The company has maintained Prime Status for five years since 2011.

24-Feb 03:26
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New fish drying technology boosts livelihoods in Ivorian towns

February 2015, Rome - A new and easy-to-assemble fish drying technology pioneered by FAO is helping to reduce health hazards, improve food safety and quality, improve working conditions and cut down food losses in West African fishing villages.

24-Feb 03:15
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Toshiba Receives IEC 61508 (2010) (SIL3) Certification For "Unified Controller nv-safety Series type 1s" Industrial Controllers from TÜV SÜD

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that the company's unified controller nv-safety series type1s industrial controllers has received IEC 61508 (2010) (SIL3) certification for functional safety from TUV SUD, the German international certification organization.

24-Feb 02:52
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Toshiba Introduces Latest Additions to ApP Lite™ Family for IoT Solutions

TOKYO – Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced the launch of "TZ1031MBG" and "TZ1011MBG" application processors for wearable devices, as the latest additions to its ApP Lite™ family’s TZ1000 series, to provide solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

24-Feb 02:52
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Development of a nonvolatile memory circuit for high-performance processors using new types of magnetic memory elements

We have developed a spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random-access memory (STT-MRAM) circuit for use in high-performance processors and system-on-a-chip (SoC) integrated circuits, implementing a 1-Mb class of new magnetic materials. The newly developed memory circuit allows low-power, high-efficiency, high-speed performance in energy-efficient magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) memory.

24-Feb 02:46
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IT Services Spending for Asia Pacific Public Sectors Will Surpass Hardware Investments in 2015: IDC Government Insights

Singapore and Hong Kong, February 24, 2015 – IT investments of the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) government sector will increase from US$25.4 billion in 2014 to US$32.5 billion in 2018 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2%, forecasts IDC Government Insights.

24-Feb 01:45
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New IDC MarketScape Series Assesses Worldwide Business Consulting Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. February 24, 2015 - International Data Corporation (IDC) has released a new series of MarketScape reports that provide an assessment of a number of providers participating in the global business consulting services market. The reports utilize a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that evaluates providers relative to one another and to those factors expected to be most conducive to success in a given market during both the short term and the long term.

24-Feb 01:45
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