Important Press Releases

Attempt To Undermine Johnson Amendment Removed From Tax Bill

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Senate Democrats last night announced that they removed a provision from the tax bill that would have essentially repealed the Johnson Amendment.

A Big Win for the Johnson Amendment

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Washington D.C., December 15, 2017)–A victory was won today for those who support church-state separation and electoral accountability. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced that the provision of the tax bill, which would have gutted the Johnson Amendment, was blocked from being included in the final legislation to be unveiled today.

Award-winning combat photographer adds Delta veterans to portfolio

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Just as Delta is committed to hiring and supporting veterans, Stacy Pearsall is committed to telling their stories. On Thursday, the renowned combat photographer and owner of the Veterans Portrait Project came to the Delta campus in Atlanta to share her own journey and continue her mission of connecting with veterans nationwide.

Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy Graduation Ceremony

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, will attend the graduation ceremony Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 09:00 a.m. CST at the Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy at 3965 Stewarts Lane, in Nashville.

Sri Lanka must urgently implement reforms to end arbitrary detention, UN rights experts say

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COLOMBO / GENEVA (15 December 2017) – The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country.

Tips for a fun and safe festive break

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Christmas is a time of celebration, but it can be daunting for people with an allergy, with exposure to more possible triggers.

UCL research leads to haemophilia gene therapy success

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UCL research is behind the first successful gene therapy trial to treat haemophilia A, the most common type of the disease.

Press briefing notes on Iraq executions, Iraq: Tuz Khurmatu clashes and El Salvador

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We are deeply shocked and appalled at the mass execution on Thursday of 38 men at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya, Iraq, which once again raises huge concerns about the use of the death penalty in the country.

Single European Sky partners team up for ICAO Symposia

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The first event, Second Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS/2), provided a platform for global and regional industry partners to share their latest developments, thus identifying commonalities/differences between the systems to ensure interoperability and facilitating the harmonisation of air navigation systems. While the second event, the First Safety and Air Navigation Implementation Symposium (SANIS/1), showcased the Safety and Air Navigation implementation strategies with ICAO’s Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) as complimentary global plans and thereby drivers for performance improvements and promoted collaboration amongst all stakeholders.

Turkey: Saudi Sisters at Risk of Forced Return

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Ashwaq Hamoud and Areej Hamoud, in still from video, fled Saudi Arabia in late February to Turkey to escape abuse from male family members.

EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: one year on

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On 15 December 2016, the European Union, through the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and with contributions from Germany (€48 million) and Italy (€22 million), launched a joint initiative with the International Organization for Migration to support the efforts of partner countries in Africa.

Combatting illicit trade in tobacco products: Statement by Commissioner Andriukaitis on the EU's adoption of an EU-wide track and trace system

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Today the EU has taken a big step forward in combatting the illicit trade in tobacco products. The new EU-wide track and trace system adopted today will ensure that tobacco products in the EU are easily traceable with a unique identifier for each product. In addition, we are also making sure that tobacco products meet specific security requirements, with at least five types of authentication elements required per packet.

Investment Plan for Europe: EUR 50m for EZs Inven Capital to support growth of innovative smart energy and clean-tech companies

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing EUR 50m to the Czech Republic Inven Capital Fund to develop a co-investment initiative to support the growth of clean energy and smart technology SMEs and midcaps. Czech energy utility ČEZ is contributing the same amount to this initiative so that the total financing available for joint co-investments to clean-tech and smart energy businesses is EUR 100m. The transaction is backed by the guarantee of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is the central pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe.

Report on Welsh Assembly reform a key moment in Senedds history

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Commenting on the publication of the Expert Panel on Assembly Reform’s final report, Jess Blair, Director of Electoral Reform Society Cymru, said, “This report is a key moment in the Assembly’s history, and the proposals will be vital in securing the success of the Senedd in the future.

Expert Group Meeting on Urban Law approaches held in Sweden

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Stockholm, 15 December 2017 – Hosted by Sida, UN-Habitat organized back-to-back international expert group meetings on urban legislation from 6-8 December 2017. Participants of the meeting included experts in different fields and professions of Urban Law from around the world.

Joint statement by Commissioner Vera Jourova and Haruhi Kumazawa, Commissioner of the Personal Information Protection on the state of play of the dialogue on data protection

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Joint statement by Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality of the European Commission and Haruhi Kumazawa, Commissioner of the Personal Information Protection Commission of Japan Commissioner Haruhi Kumazawa and Commissioner Věra Jourová held a constructive meeting in Tokyo on 14th December 2017 with the aim to accelerate work towards achieving mutual adequacy findings as soon as possible in 2018.

Proposals to reform income tax in Scotland

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The Scottish government's Draft Budget 2018-19 proposes a progressive income tax policy which protects low earning taxpayers through the introduction of a new Starter Rate of tax.

Older carers 'left to fill the gap as our social care system crumbles'

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New figures from Age UK reveal the shocking extent to which millions of older people are being left to prop up the country’s disintegrating care system, with those aged 65 and over providing nearly 54 million hours of unpaid care each week in England during 2016.

Tackling tick-borne diseases in India

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Multi-agency research project to investigate deadly tick-borne diseases in Indian forest ecosystemsA new research project has begun which aims to understand how and why a deadly tick-borne disease is spreading in forest ecosystems in India. This cross-disciplinary £600,000 project brings together experts from multiple agencies in India and is being led by scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

Investment Plan for Europe: EIB finances Haldor Topsoes sustainable catalyst research and development

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The EIB and Haldor Topsoe, a leading Danish chemicals company, have signed a EUR 75 million (DKK 560 million) loan agreement for research and development of cutting-edge catalyst technologies.

Long duration beamline gets a gold star

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Like Santa’s workshop, synchrotron beamlines are busy places. Users are allocated slices of beamtime – usually a few hours, at most two weeks – and technological advances in instrumentation, detection, computing, automation and remote access are all moving us towards high throughput regimes. Increased speed and efficiency are the name of the day, and the results are clearly seen in the high impact and productivity of this way of working.

Tobacco track and trace system: Questions and Answers

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Why do tobacco products on the EU market need to be tracked and traced?

CALENDRIER du 18 decembre au 07 janvier 2018

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Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.

Netherlands: EIB finances OMO associations sustainable buildings

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Today in Tilburg, the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a financing agreement with the Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs (OMO) association. The EUR 60 million financing will enable OMO to undertake the sustainable refurbishment or new construction of a number of schools in the province of North Brabant.

National Education Union comments on government's social mobility plan

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The Secretary of State for Education has announced an action plan to boost social mobility through education. Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union commented on the plan, saying, “We agree with the Minister that schools on their own cannot counter social inequality. This much-heralded announcement, however, offers very little real in the way of meaningful action.

EIB Investment Survey: Denmark has highest share of top performing companies in the EU

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Denmark has the highest proportion of extremely productive companies in the EU: 42% of all Danish businesses feature amongst the top 20% in terms of productivity.

UN rights expert says everyday life in North Korea is about fight for basic survival

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SEOUL / GENEVA (15 December 2017) – The lives of many North Koreans have been reduced to sheer economic survival, a United Nations human rights expert has said after meeting those who have recently fled the country.

Call for States to spearhead a new way of thinking, speaking and acting on migration UN experts

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GENEVA (15 December 2017) – Migrants’ contribution to society needs to be fully recognized, and States should encourage discussions about them to be positive, inclusive and facts-based, a group of UN human rights experts* has said. In a call to mark International Migrants’ Day on 18 December, the experts said that it is vital for states to recognize migrants as integral members of society and as equal rights holders.

Ankudinoff and Welsford claim omnium honours in Melbourne

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Ashlee AnkudinoffSam Welsford (WA) have claimed elite titles and Alex Martin-WallaceBlake Quick (QLD) the under 19 crowns at the 2018 Cycling Australia Omnium National Championships at DISC Velodrome in Melbourne, Friday December 15.

Why Cards Against Humanity Won't Stop the Border Wall

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What did you bring back from Mexico? There are no wrong answers, but "a zesty breakfast burrito," "an endless stream of diarrhea" or "a cooler full of organs" might help you win a round of Cards Against Humanity. It's a game where each player puts down a black card with a question—and the other players toss in a white card with the funniest or crudest answer.

Probation reform has created a two-tier and fragmented system

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Government reform of probation has created a "two-tier and fragmented" system in which private companies are performing significantly worse than public sector elements, according to the Chief Inspector of Probation.

3Q: Institute Professor John Deutch on maintaining US leadership in technological innovation

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Putting limits on foreign students or technical publications would be counterproductive, write Deutch and Condoleezza Rice.

Political Journalists Have Themselves to Blame for Sinking Credibility

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Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good," legendary reporter Carl Bernstein recently claimed. Pretty good? If there's a major news story over the past 70 years that the American media has botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, I'd love to hear about it.

Greece: Dire Risks for Women Asylum Seekers

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Moria hotspot on the island of Lesbos. Poor living conditions in the camp and overcrowded hotspots, with little to no access to basic services, such as sanitation and proper shelter, are key factors that contribute to psychological distress.

An investment bank for Australias aid program

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In a recent article in the Australian Financial Review, Treasurer Scott Morrison endorsed the use of impact investing: investment with the goal of achieving a social result as well as a financial return. Such a strategy attempts to address problems or needs through market-based, for-profit models that generate a self-sustaining revenue stream.

Tackling student food insecurity with SwipeShare

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Partnership between the Division of Student Life, undergrads, and grad students that enables guest swipe donations draws 673 donated meals in its first week.

What should Australia rule out on North Korea?

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In place of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's ambiguous commitment to support US military action against North Korea, Hugh White wants a clear statement ruling out Australia's participation in a 'pre-emptive' attack. But in turn there are two points of ambiguity in White's argument that may get in our way.

How the region reported the Foreign Policy White Paper

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Yang Jie, an intern in the East Asia Program, and David Vallance, an intern in the International Security Program, summarise media reports from across the region following the release last month of the Foreign Policy White Paper.

Movie Review -- Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Things are once again fraught in that galaxy far, far away—but have they ever been otherwise? As in the last Star Wars movie, they're fraught in a familiar way. Like the Rebel Alliance of 40 years ago, the new good-guys collective called The Resistance, led by General Leia Organa (onetime princess Carrie Fisher), is being heavily oppressed by the First Order, a league of space barbarians in no way unlike the Galactic Empire of old, apart from being commanded by a desiccated potato head called Supreme Leader Snoke (a mo-capped Andy Serkis).

ANU teachers awarded for practical approach to student learning

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Patients are the people who teach us so much of how to be a good doctor.