Important Press Releases

MasterCard Board of Directors Announces Increase in Quarterly Dividend and $3.75 Billion Class A Share Repurchase Program

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Purchase, N.Y. – Dec. 2, 2014 – MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE: MA) today announced that its Board of Directors has increased the company’s quarterly cash dividend to 16 cents per share, a 45 percent increase over the previous dividend level of 11 cents per share. The cash dividend will be paid on February 9, 2015 to holders of record of its Class A common stock and Class B common stock as of January 9, 2015.

USDA Announces New Support to Help Schools Purchase More Food from Local Farmers

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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects spanning 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program. The program helps schools purchase more food from local farmers and ranchers in their communities, expanding access to healthy local food for school children and supporting local economies. According to USDA's first-ever Farm to School Census released earlier this year, school districts participating in farm to school programs purchased and served over $385 million in local food in school year 2011-2012, with more than half of participating schools planning to increase their purchases of local food in the future.

Through Operation Santa Program — Now Celebrating 102 Years

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NEW YORK — With a little help from the U.S. Postal Service, neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep Santa Claus from delivering dreams this holiday season. Today marks the start of the Postal Service’s annual Operation Santa program, a campaign that has helped fulfill holiday wishes of children and their families for more than a century.

President Obama And First Family To Light The National Christmas Tree December 4 From President’s Park

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WASHINGTON (December 2, 2014) – The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are excited to announce that President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their family will officially light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, December 4 at the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in President’s Park, one of America’s 401 national parks. Follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter and visit www.thenationaltree.org for the most up-to-date event information including how to tune in and watch the online live stream of the show.

SENATE CONFIRMS COLORETTI AS HUD'S DEPUTY SECRETARY

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WASHINGTON - The United States Senate today confirmed President Obama's nomination of Nani Coloretti to serve as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the second most senior official at HUD, Coloretti will manage the Department's day-to-day operations, including a $45 billion annual budget and approximately 8,500 employees.

UPS Appoints Global Marketing Head and Realigns Senior Staff Roles

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UPS® (NYSE:UPS) Chief Executive Officer David Abney today announced changes to several of the company's senior leadership assignments to enhance management focus on the company's strategic growth and organizational effectiveness.

USAID Airlifts Medical Supplies to West Africa for Ebola Response

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) airlifted more than 135 tons of medical equipment and supplies to Liberia as part of the Agency’s efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The cargo contained 107,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE)—face masks, medical gloves, protective goggles, boots, and aprons—to be distributed to healthcare workers providing care to Ebola patients.

IDC MarketScape Names IBM a Leader in U.S. Government Private Cloud IaaS

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The report recognized IBM as a leader in providing the right mix of private, public and hybrid cloud capabilities that are ideal for federal agencies with unique requirements compared to the private sector.

WPP Extends Its Partnership with IBM to Accelerate Its Digital Transformation and Global Leadership

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is building on its long-term relationship with WPP, the world’s largest communications services group. The agreement will enable WPP to innovate new digital services that will be run and managed within a global hybrid cloud infrastructure.

ICE smartphone app leads to arrest of fugitive child predator suspect in Northern Minnesota

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A federal fugitive since 2009, who was listed on a smartphone app created by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), made his initial appearance in federal court Monday after his arrest Wednesday on charges of sexually exploiting children.

ICE collaborates with industry and international law enforcement agencies to shutdown domain names selling counterfeit merchandise

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The HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (National IPR Center) continues to work vigilantly to protect the U.S. public from counterfeit products that pose health and safety concerns or have an adverse effect on the U.S. economy. With its industry partners, the National IPR Center initiated a coordinated effort to disrupt the operation of these infringing websites. During this past year and leading up to Cyber Monday, the National IPR Center and its partners used both criminal and civil actions to successfully shutdown websites selling counterfeit goods, significantly bolstering the overall impact of this year’s efforts.

#GivingTuesday for Ebola awareness

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UNDP Mongolia's team volunteered their time at a school for children from vulnerable families.

Paloma Blanca in Albuquerque Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit for $145,000

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According to the EEOC's suit, EEOC v. Paloma Blanca Health Care Associates, LLC, d/b/a Paloma Blanca Health and Rehabilitation, 14-CV-0235 JCH/SCY, Paloma Blanca refused to reasonably accommodate Doug Johnson's disabilities.  The company then fired him because of his medical conditions and/or because he requested the reasonable accommodations he needed.

Swissport Fueling to Pay $250,000 to Settle EEOC Race and National Origin Harassment Lawsuit

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PHOENIX - Swissport Fueling, Inc., which fuels aircraft at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, will pay $250,000 and furnish other relief to settle a lawsuit for race and national origin harassment filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

Well Servicing Companies to Pay $1.2 Million to Settle EEOC Suit for Race Harassment, Retaliation

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DENVER - A federal judge in Casper, Wyo., has approved a  $1.2 million settlement in a case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment  Opportunity Commission against Dart Energy Corp.

CDC’s response to Ebola is the largest international outbreak response in CDC’s history.

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Today, CDC has 175 staff on the ground in West Africa supported by hundreds of public health staff in CDC’s Emergency Operation Center.CDC teams are deployed from the CDC 24/7 Emergency Operations Center (EOC), activated at Level 1, its highest level, because of the significance of this outbreak.

ICAO Conflict Zone Task Force Completes Challenging Agenda, Prepares Recommendations for 2015 High-level Safety Conference

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MONTRÉAL, 2 December 2014 –The Third Meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation arising from Conflict Zones (TF-RCZ) arrived at its successful conclusion today, with participants expressing clear satisfaction with the substantial progress achieved.

Autodesk Reinvents Teamwork in the Cloud

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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) cloud-based tools like A360 and Fusion 360 empower designers and engineers to work in whole new ways and are reinventing the modern design and collaboration experience. At Autodesk University, the company announced that A360 Team will be available globally later this month.

10,000 Explore Future of Making at Autodesk University 2014

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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At its flagship annual user event, Autodesk, Inc.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter Named Best Circulating Coin

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WASHINGTON - The United States Mint is pleased to announce that the Mount Rushmore National Memorial quarter has been named Best Circulating Coin in the annual international competition sponsored by Krause Publications, publishers of World Coin News and Numismatic News.

Scansource Catalyst Announces Cloud Offering Powered by the Avaya IP Office Platform

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GREENVILLE, SC – ScanSource Catalyst®, a sales unit of ScanSource, Inc.

Zimbabwe: Authorities must act against attackers of pro-democracy activists

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The activists sustained injuries and were later handed to the Zimbabwean police by their abductors. They were subsequently released by police without charge and admitted to hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.

Dr. Leo Rouse Retiring After Decade as Howard University Dentistry Dean

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WASHINGTON (December 2, 2014) – Leo E. Rouse, D.D.S., FACD, whose leadership and vision as dean have been the guiding forces for the Howard University College of Dentistry for the past decade, has announced his retirement, effective Dec.

Seventy percent of U.S. adults don’t know down-payment assistance is available

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Down-payment assistance programs make home purchasing more accessible for first-time buyers,” said Marietta Rodriguez, vice president of Homeownership Programs and Lending at NeighborWorks America.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces Launch of U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Officer Recruitment Process

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the opening of the 2014-2015 application process for U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Officer (Commercial Service Officer) positions. This new class of officers will support the ongoing expansion of the Commercial Service’s global footprint.

Guatemala’s President Pérez Molina must deliver on promises made to Polochic families, say international NGOs

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Having these 140 families resettled is a first step. However, hundreds more are still deprived of their right to food, health, education and housing.

Principal in $28.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

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A Florida owner and operator of multiple physical therapy rehabilitation facilities was sentenced in federal court in Tampa today to serve 11 years in prison for his role in organizing a $28.3 million Medicare fraud scheme involving physical and occupational therapy services.

Ericsson maintains a leadership position in Gartner's Operations Support Systems Magic Quadrant

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Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced that Gartner, Inc.

32% of natural gas pipeline capacity into the Northeast could be bidirectional by 2017

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pipeline ProjectsNote: In this context, the Northeast includes the Northeast Census region as well as Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Africa Solidarity Trust Fund grants FAO $1.5 million to support Ebola-hit countries

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A Sierra Leone farmer bundling harvested rice to be threshed.

New Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite Release Delivers WebRTC-powered Enterprise Communications Experience

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News SummaryAs enterprises move to all-IP networks and cloud-based applications, communications service providers (CSPs)—facing increased competition from over-the-top providers delivering content via the Internet and independently of CSPs—must be able to offer seamless cloud-based communication and collaboration solutions that can scale for small, midsize, and large enterprises, as well as public sector organizations, in order to keep and grow market share. The latest version of Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite gives CSPs the capability to do just that. In addition, its integration with Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller enables CSPs to quickly and easily add integrated real-time and near real-time capabilities to their menu of secure, enterprise-grade services.

Oracle Unveils Flagship Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 NAS System with Extreme Performance and Innovations for Oracle Database 12c

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News SummaryOracle’s latest-generation NAS storage system, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4, enables customers to significantly accelerate application performance and dramatically improve operational efficiencies. Co-engineered with Oracle Database 12c, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 is the industry’s only storage system with analytics for pluggable databases. It doubles previous generation performance to enable faster time to actionable intelligence and smarter, more competitive business decisions.

Communications service providers can quickly offer secure and enterprise-grade communications including click-to-call, video calling, and screen sharing

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As enterprises move to all-IP networks and cloud-based applications, communications service providers (CSPs)—facing increased competition from over-the-top providers delivering content via the Internet and independently of CSPs—must be able to offer seamless cloud-based communication and collaboration solutions that can scale for small, midsize, and large enterprises, as well as public sector organizations, in order to keep and grow market share. The latest version of Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite gives CSPs the capability to do just that. In addition, its integration with Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller enables CSPs to quickly and easily add integrated real-time and near real-time capabilities to their menu of secure, enterprise-grade services.

SEC Charges California Resident With Fraudulent Sales of Stock

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the owner of several now-defunct investment entities with fraudulently selling shares of stock that he claimed to own when he had actually purchased them for others a few years before.

Staying Alive: Villages receive bicycle ambulances

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To ease the transportation of expectant mothers from remote areas to health facilities, the Staying Alive Project in Uganda has donated five bicycle ambulances to Gweri, Asuret, Kamuda, Arapai and Tubur sub-counties in Soroti District.

Draft Sequence of a Diploid A-Genome Cotton Generated & Released to Public

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A significant accomplishment has been made in the sequencing of the cotton genome by a Texas Tech research team in collaboration with Bayer CropScience and the National Center for Genome Resources (NGCR), which will fuel multi-disciplinary basic and applied research to help increase cotton productivity.

3 Ways SIF Grantees Are Giving Back to Local Communities

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In partnership with the United Nations Foundation, New York’s 92nd Street Y founded #GivingTuesday in 2012. Since then more than 10,000 organizations have engaged in this global movement to celebrate generosity and to give. On this #GivingTuesday, December 2, after celebrating five years of evidence-based impact in low-income communities, the Social Innovation Fund reflects on the three ways its grantees are giving back.

Gallery: Ukraine's war ravaged eastern regions

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With winter settling in in eastern Ukraine, MSF is continuing its support to hospitals on both sides of the frontline, and expanding its psychological assistance to help people living in some of the hardest hit areas.

Barnes & Noble Offers Holiday Shopping Event for Educators on Saturday

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New York, NY – December 2, 2014 –To recognize the company’s commitment to pre-K-12 educators and administrators, Barnes & Noble, Inc.