Important Press Releases

Reclamation and Department of Water Resources to Release the CalLite 3.00 (Beta) Model

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On November 7, 2014, the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources will jointly release the CalLite 3.00 (Beta) Model, a Central Valley Project and State Water Project water operations simulation screening tool. The CalLite model runs faster and provides results within 5 percent of the more detailed CalSim II model...

USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

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Enrollment Continues Through Dec. 5; Comments Accepted Until Dec.

2014 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, on the Capitol’s West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Over 190 missing after landslide in central Sri Lanka

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More than 190 people still remain missing and 8 confirmed dead following a massive landslide that buried a village in central Sri Lanka yesterday around 7:15 in the morning on 29 October. The mudslide has wiped out over 150 line-houses of tea estate workers at a tea estate in Haldummulla, Badulla...

Oregon Armed Career Criminal Receives 15-year Prison Term

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On September 9, 2014, Brolin pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a stolen firearm and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 16, 2014, before United States District Court Judge McShane.

HUD RELEASES TWO YEAR PROGRESS REPORT ONSANDY REBUILDING STRATEGY

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Sandy Program Management Office (PMO) today issued a report tracking progress on the Sandy Rebuilding Strategy.

IBM and Cleveland Clinic Use Watson to Advance Genomic Research for Cancer Care Pilot

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new initiative to accelerate the adoption of genomic based medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic will use IBM Watson technology in the area of genomic research to help oncologists deliver personalized medicine by uncovering new cancer treatment options for patients...

Twitter and IBM Form Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Decisions

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SAN FRANCISCO and ARMONK, NY - 29 Oct 2014: Twitter and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a landmark partnership that will help transform how businesses and institutions understand their customers, markets and trends – and inform every business decision...

IDC Reveals CIO Agenda Predictions for 2015

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Framingham, MA – October 29, 2014 –International Data Corporation (IDC) today hosted a web conference, IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2015 Predictions, to highlight the predictions based on the IDC FutureScape report. Featuring industry analysts Michael Rosen, Serge Findling, and Joseph Pucciarelli, the session provided organizations with insight and perspective on long-term industry trends along with new themes that may be on the horizon...

Universal Need for Adaptive Insights Spurs Banner Global Growth

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PALO ALTO, CA. – OCT. 29, 2014 – Adaptive Insights, the worldwide leader in cloud business analytics for the biggest brands and the hottest companies, announced strong third quarter business momentum as it rapidly scales its business to meet customer demand.

Vamco Sheet Metals to Pay $215,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Suit

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NEW YORK - Construction contractor Vamco Sheet Metals, Inc., will pay $215,000 as part of the settlement of a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. Legal Momentum, a women's rights nonprofit organization (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), joined the EEOC's suit on behalf of four discrimination victims...

Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee Issues Annual Report

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WASHINGTON ― The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) today issued its annual report for 2014, including numerous recommendations to the Internal Revenue Service on new and continuing tax administration issues.

IRS Announces Tax Guidance Related to Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued two items of guidance in response to the need for charitable and other relief due to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. One provides special relief intended to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims who have suffered from the Ebola outbreak in those countries...

Avaya Honored with Three TSIA STAR Awards for Services Excellence at Technology Services World Service Transformations

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Santa Clara, Calif. – Avaya announced it has been named the winner of the Fall 2014 Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) STAR Awards for Innovation in the Delivery of Managed Services, Leveraging Technology for Service Excellence, and Enabling Customer Success in Service Revenue Generation...

Bangladesh: Death penalty will not bring justice for crimes during independence war

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Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of Jamaat-e-Islami, the third largest political party in Bangladesh, was sentenced to death for war crimes today by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), a Bangladeshi court established to investigate the events of Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war...

Save the Children Partners with The Ugly Sweater Run to Help ‘Make the World Better with a Sweater’

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Participants run in an Ugly Sweater Run last year in Denver, Colo.

Leave agreements alone, global unions warn

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have criticised train operator Aurizon after it asked Australia’s industrial relations tribunal, the Fair Work Commission, to overturn 14 negotiated Enterprise Agreements, covering over 5,000 railway workers in Queensland...

Number of billionaires doubles since financial crisis as inequality spirals out of control

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Far from being a driver of economic growth, extreme inequality is a barrier to prosperity for most people on the planet.

Texas Oil Company to Pay $1.6 Million Civil Penalty in Settlement of Alleged Oil Spill and Spill Prevention Violations

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Superior Crude Gathering Inc. (Superior Crude) has agreed to pay a civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2010 crude oil spill from tanks at Superior’s oil storage facility in Ingleside, Texas, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today...

Eleven Men Sentenced to Prison in Connection with International Child Exploitation Enterprise

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Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter of the District of Montana and Special Agent in Charge Mary Rook of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Division made the announcement.

Biomet Companies to Pay Over $6 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Concerning Bone Growth Stimulators

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EBI LLC, doing business as Biomet Spine and Bone Healing Technologies and Biomet Inc.

Pfizer’s PRISTIQ® (desvenlafaxine) Demonstrates Low Potential For Sexual Dysfunction in Adults with Major Depressive Disorder

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced the publication of a clinical study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showing comparable sexual function in adult patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) treated daily with PRISTIQ Extended Release Tablets 50mg and 100mg doses versus placebo...

VA Guarantees its 21 Millionth Home Loan

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this month that it has guaranteed 21 million home loans since the Home Loan Guaranty program was established in 1944 as part of the original Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the “GI Bill.” This achievement comes during the year-long commemoration of 70 years of the “GI Bill,” which established a wide range of benefits for Veterans returning from World War II, including low-cost home loans, education and vocational training...

Responding to Office Actions

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A USPTO patent examiner may issue several different types of official letters about your application. Below is a description of each type and information on how to respond. It is very important to carefully read the USPTO correspondence to understand what type of response is needed and the time period for filing one...

Nuclear Regulatory Commission resumes license renewals for nuclear power plants

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Following a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has resumed issuing license renewals for nuclear power plants.

Restoring Hope to Palestine Refugee Community in Syria

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UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis has inaugurated a rehabilitated school for Palestine refugee children in Qabr Essit camp in Sayeda Zeinab on the outskirts of Damascus.   The Alma-Yarmouk School has been closed since the conflict forced the majority of the camp’s 25,000 residents to seek refuge in safer areas...

Malala Yousafzai Donates Prize Money to UNRWA to Help Rebuild a Damaged School in Gaza

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai has announced she is donating US$ 50,000 to rebuild an UNRWA school damaged during the recent fighting in Gaza. Ms. Yousafzai made the announcement in Stockholm, where she accepted the prestigious World's Children's Prize. The amount represents all the prize money...

The Philippines: Death threats against Mr. Benito E. Molino

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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in The Philippines.

Advania Selects Oracle SuperCluster over HP and IBM for Oracle E-Business Suite Consolidation

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News SummaryAdvania hf, one of the largest IT service providers and consultancy firms in Iceland, has modernized its IT infrastructure to accelerate performance and scalability while cutting operational costs and simplifying management. By consolidating its Oracle E-Business Suite implementation on Oracle SuperCluster, Advania can now quickly build vital complex financial reports that support business decisions, while reducing its data center footprint and lowering total cost of ownership...

ANALOG DEVICES’ SYNCHRONOUS DEMODULATOR WITH CONFIGURABLE ANALOG FILTER IMPROVES SIGNAL MEASUREMENT SENSITIVITY IN LOW-POWER APPLICATIONS

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ADI’s ADA2200 demodulator raises performance threshold for low-power signal processing applications, while reducing system complexity and board space.

NAKA Mobile Deploys Cisco Technology to Launch Industry's First Virtualized Evolved Packet Core

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SAN JOSE, Calif., - October 29, 2014 - Cisco today announced that NAKA Mobile, a global mobile telecommunication and technology company based in Switzerland, has selected the Cisco® Virtualized Packet Core (vPC) to transform its network architecture. With the resulting agility and elasticity, NAKA Mobile plans to expand its network beyond Switzerland and provide customers with advanced mobile Internet services around the world...

Cisco Announces Winners of the First Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) Program in Europe at The Pioneers Festival, Vienna

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VIENNA, October 29, 2014 – Today Cisco announced the 6 winners of the first Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) Program in Europe during the Pioneers Festival in Vienna.

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Washington Community Alliance for Self Help and Good Work Network to Receive Grant Funding to Help Small Disadvantaged Businesses

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it awarded grants to the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Washington Community Alliance for Self Help, and Good Work Network for special projects to promote the development, success, and long-term survival of small disadvantaged businesses that participate in the agency's 8(a) Business Development Program...

SEC Announces Charges Against Investment Advisory Firm and Top Officials for Custody Rule Violations

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against an investment advisory firm and three top officials for violating the “custody rule” that requires firms to follow certain procedures when they control or have access to client money or securities.

Online Dating Service Agrees to Stop Deceptive Use of Fake Profiles

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Call-in lines, for news media only, will open at 1:45 p.m.

Doing Business in Moldova: Better regulations are in place but further improvements can make it easier to do business in the country

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Chisinau, October 29, 2014—A new World Bank Group report finds that in the past year Moldova made it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business by implementing regulatory reforms in the areas of starting a business and paying taxes.

Challenges Persist for Local Entrepreneurs, Despite India's Efforts to make Reform Improvements, Finds World Bank Group Report

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New Delhi, October 29, 2014—A new World Bank Group report (June ’13- May ’14) finds that India is among the 20 economies worldwide improving the quality of their business regulatory environment the most in the past year. India implemented regulatory reforms in three areas measured by the report, yet challenges persist for small and medium entrepreneurs...

Doing Business for Turkey: Business environment improved in absolute terms, as the country narrowed the distance to the frontier of best practice

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Washington, D.C., October 29, 2014—A new World Bank Group report finds that 85 percent of economies in Europe and Central Asia implemented at least one regulatory reform aimed at making it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business in 2013/14, a larger percentage than in any other region...

USDA to Provide $4 million For Honey Bee Habitat

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WASHINGTON, Oct.29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production...

NIH-led study explores prevention of heart disease in HIV-infected people

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The National Institutes of Health has launched a clinical trial to assess the effects of aspirin and cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, on preventing cardiovascular disease in people with long-term HIV infections. This group, which includes people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) as well as “elite controllers” who can limit the virus without ART, have a higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke compared to the general population...