Important Press Releases

Fair Taxation: Commission puts in place first EU counter-measures on listed non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

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The European Commission is today delivering on its pledge to ensure that the EU's common EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions is backed up by effective countermeasures.

CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents, Religious Slurs at a Maryland High School

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That school’s Principal Stephen Gorski wrote in a letter to parents that racial, ethnic and religious slurs and symbols were discovered last week scrawled on a toilet seat inside a boys’ bathroom. Last Friday, racial slurs were also discovered carved into a classroom doorway.

FEMA Approves $2.2 Million for Public Service Commission of S.C Santee Cooper for Hurricane Matthew

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ATLANTA – Santee Cooper will receive $2,206,238 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offset costs to South Carolina’s rural electric utility resulting from Hurricane Matthew.

OECD: Probe Colombia's inaction on indigenous hunger crisis

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Amelia sat on a bench outside her one-room straw-roofed hut knitting a handbag while her toddler grandsons played nearby in the dirt. They were skinny, and itchy-looking red rashes spread up their arms.

NIH-supported international team confirms new genetic mutation link to ALS

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Kinesin family member 5A (KIF5A), a gene previously linked to two rare neurodegenerative disorders, has been definitively connected to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by an international team from several of the world’s top ALS research labs.

Obituary: Anne Tessier, Retired Clerical Worker in Several Departments

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Anne R. Tessier, 92, of Florence, who earned associate and bachelor’s degrees in her 60s and was employed as a clerical worker in several departments, died March 17.

Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Curb Risks From Pesticide Malathion

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SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health and Californians for Pesticide Reform filed a formal notice of intent today to sue two federal agencies for failing to finalize measures to protect endangered wildlife and the environment from pesticides containing the chemical malathion.

Questions and Answers on a Fair and Efficient Tax System in the EU for the Digital Single Market

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Why has the Commission presented a Digital Tax Package?

FEMA Approves $5.8 Million for Beaufort County for Debris Removal from Hurricane Matthew

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ATLANTA – Beaufort County will receive a total $5,858,517 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offset costs for debris removal following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Five universities including Purdue launch joint cyber security operations center

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Five Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions, including Purdue University, on Wednesday (March 21) announced the launch and activation of the OmniSOC, a collaborative cybersecurity operations center.

Understanding Effects of Climate Change on California Watersheds

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California relies on the Sierra Nevada snowpack for a significant portion of its water needs, yet scientists understand very little about how future changes in snowpack volume and timing will influence surface water and groundwater. Now researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are developing an advanced hydrologic model to study how climate change might affect California watersheds.

Attorney General Sessions Issues Memo to U.S. Attorneys on the Use of Capital Punishment in Drug-Related Prosecutions

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The opioid epidemic has inflicted an unprecedented toll of addiction, suffering, and death on communities throughout our nation. Drug overdoses, including overdoses caused by the lethal substance fentanyl and its analogues, killed more than 64,000 Americans in 2016 and now rank as the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. In the face of all of this death, we cannot continue with business as usual.

Eastern Caribbean: LGBT People Face Bias, Violence

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Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018) – Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

A packed schedule of career events in April

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April 3: Fort Irwin Transition Summit. Open to active-duty servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, veterans and military spouses.

Earth Hour 2018 A New Generation of Leaders Turn Out to Turn Up Climate Action

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This Saturday, March 24th at 8:30pm local time, World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour will sweep the globe. Millions of people, cities and businesses across the world will switch off their lights for one hour to show support for taking action to fight climate change.

Texas Democrats Statement On Texas Credit Downgrade Risk

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Austin, TX — Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegar warned lawmakers this week that Texas’ budget is “riddled with enough unfunded liabilities” to worry credit rating agencies.

Rice U. event to focus on resilient housing

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HOUSTON – (March 21, 2018) – Local and national experts will discuss how resilience strategies can shape Houston’s affordable housing system at a March 27 event hosted by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Houston office of the Local Initiatives Support Corp.

University welcomes guests to celebrate Sikh Guru's 350th birthday

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From left to right – Shri D.P.Singh, Counsellor (Consular) High Commission of India, London, Bhai Saheb Dr Mohinder Singh , Chairman Nishkam Guru Nanak Sewa Jatha, Dr.

Britains pay squeeze has finally ended but public sector workers will have to wait

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Britain’s 12-month pay squeeze has finally ended, though public sector workers will have to wait until new higher pay settlements are agreed to see real pay rises, the Resolution Foundation said today (Wednesday) following the latest labour market statistics.

Bristol unveils high-fidelity radio models for ultra-reliable 5G deployment

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The University of Bristol's Smart Internet Lab unveiled its world-leading 5G radio models to government and members of the public last weekend [Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March] at the Layered Realities 5G Showcase.

RAC recommends an occupational exposure limit for benzene

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At its March meeting, the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) also recommended occupational exposure limits (OELs) for two other substances: nickel and its compounds and acrylonitrile. These opinions conclude the response to the European Commission, which for the first time asked RAC to assess the scientific basis for setting OELs.

Philip and Kathy Power donate renowned Inuit art collection, endow program at U-M Museum of Art

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ANN ARBOR—Ann Arbor community leaders Philip and Kathy Power have created the Power Family Program for Inuit Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a program that will position the museum as a national leader in the curation, exhibition and understanding of Inuit art.

Washington Trust Provides $19.6 Million in Financing for the Construction of a Class-A Apartment Complex in East Providence, RI

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East Providence, RI – Washington Trust’s Commercial Real Estate Group recently provided $19.6 million in financing to Kettle Point Apartments, LLC, for the construction of a 134 unit, Class-A apartment complex in East Providence, Rhode Island.

Trump Administration Offers 77 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico to Oil Industry

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NEW ORLEANS— The Trump administration is holding the biggest offshore oil and gas lease auction in U.S. history today, offering all 77 million acres of unleased, available federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Nearly $100 Million in Disaster Relief Provided to Georgians in the Six Months since Hurricane Irma

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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — In the six months since Hurricane Irma made landfall in Georgia, $91,553,288 in disaster assistance has been provided to individuals and businesses in seven counties. An additional $8,290,828 has been provided to local, county and state municipalities for debris removal, emergency protective measures and infrastructure repair throughout the state.

HRC Statement on IL03 Primary Result

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CHICAGO — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement on the primary election results in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.

GMC asks doctors about burnout

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DOCTORS are being asked about the impact of burnout and exhaustion for the first time as part of the General Medical Council’s annual national training survey (NTS).

Gas: MEPs strengthen EU rules on pipelines to and from third countries

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EU gas market rules must apply to all pipelines entering or leaving the EU, with strictly limited exceptions, Energy Committee MEPs agreed on Wednesday.

China Drives International Patent Applications to Record Heights; Demand Rising for Trademark and Industrial Design Protection

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China moved into the second position as a source of international patent applications filed via WIPO in 2017, closing in on long-time leader United States of America, in another record year in the use of WIPO's intellectual property services for patents, trademarks and industrial designs.

Graduation imminent for Solomon Islands

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The Solomon Islands are one of four nations that could be removed from the United Nation’s least developed country (LDC) category due to improved healthcare, education and earning power.

IIED marks international forests day with major new research report and toolkit

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IIED is marking the International Day of Forests (21 March) by issuing two new publications with its Forest and Farm Facility partners that highlight a powerful new approach to strengthening forests and forest producers.

Coalition forces partner to fight fire

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Members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and Qatar Emiri Air Force participate in a firefighter challenge exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 8, 2018. The a exercise, a strenuous course designed to test physical fitness and fire response capabilities, was organized by firefighters from the 379th ECES and Qatar Emiri Air Force.

Research sheds new light on prehistory of Dravidian languages and their speakers

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Map of the Dravidian languages in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal. Languages present in the dataset used in this paper are indicated by name, with languages with long (950+ years) literatures in bold.

University of Bristol announces sector-leading fossil free divestment target

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Members of the University of Bristol's Fossil Free Society on the left. On the right is Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Paloma Parkes, from the Fossil Free Society, and Robert Kerse, Chief Financial Officer at the University of Bristol.

Youth events underway throughout the UK

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The Commonwealth Roadshows are underway and have been taking place around the UK. These events, which have so far been held in London and Glasgow, run throughout 2018 and are an opportunity for young people to come together to engage in meaningful debate about the challenges and opportunities facing their Commonwealth.

Support falls short for vulnerable older teenagers, says Children's Society

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Tens of thousands of older teenagers facing serious risks including child sexual exploitation and mental health issues are missing out on vital support according to a new report.

Living standards crisis far from over, warns TUC

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Commenting on inflation figures releaded by the Office for National Statistics on 20 March 2018, which show CPI inflation down at 2.7 per cent, Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC)  said: “Britain’s living standards crisis is far from over. Today’s fall in prices may ease the pressure a bit. But working people will still be worse off at the end of this parliament than before the crash.

Gartner Says Worldwide IoT Security Spending Will Reach $1.5 Billion in 2018

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Internet of Things (IoT)-based attacks are already a reality. A recent CEB, now Gartner, survey found that nearly 20 percent of organizations observed at least one IoT-based attack in the past three years.

Time to scrap Council Tax, says Resolution Foundation

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Council tax is outdated, regressive, and, despite being notionally based on the value of homes, functions in many ways like a poll tax – exactly the type of tax it was introduced to get away from – says the Resolution Foundation in a major new report.