Important Press Releases

Ten of the Best Supply Chains in Asia Pacific

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Gartner has published its annual list of leading supply chains in Asia Pacific with ten regional companies making the list.

It Is a Joy to Get New Game

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Kalila (play swing, middle) is always asked her parents to take her to school earlier so she can play a little longer.

FBI Announces Executive Appointments

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FBI Director James B. Comey announced several executive appointments of personnel at Washington Field Office (WFO) and FBI Headquarters.

U.S. Marshals seize drug products from Flawless Beauty

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Various unapproved and improperly labeled drug products that were marketed, sold and distributed via the Internet by Flawless Beauty LLC, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, have been seized by U.S. Marshals at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. These products, including injectable drug products, were marketed, sold and distributed to individuals, retail outlets, health spas and clinics.

SBA Spurs Economic Growth, Announces 50 Awards to Accelerators

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WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced, after reviewing more than 800 applications, the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The accelerators come from a broad set of industries and sectors - from manufacturing to tech start-ups to farming as well as a focus on a diversified range of demographic groups.

Morehouse, Howard University Debate Teams to Battle in D.C.

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WASHINGTON (September 4, 2014) – The Howard University Debate Team will take on the debate team of rival Morehouse College on Friday, Sept.

Debate and Symposium Set for AT&T Nation's Football Classic Week

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WASHINGTON (September 4, 2014) – Howard University and Morehouse College are gearing up for the slate of “More than a Game” academic events that lead up to the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic on Saturday, Sept.

Reclamation Awards $6.9 Million Contract for Goose Bay Modernization

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BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $6,960,069 contract to Helena Sand and Gravel for the modernization of the Goose Bay Marina Concession Area at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, near Helena, Mont.

SRBC APPROVED 16 PROJECT APPLICATIONS, RELEASED PROPOSED RULEMAKING

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Kenneth Lynch, SRBC Chair and Director, Region 7, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Kelly Heffner, SRBC Vice Chair and Deputy Secretary for Water Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Dr. Robert Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment; and Col. Trey Jordan, Commander, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

U.S. Global Development Lab Launches Three Public-Private Partnerships to Grow Impact Investing and Create Pathways to Scale

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, at the Social Capital Markets conference (SOCAP), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced three public-private partnerships to catalyze private investment towards early-stage enterprises and foster financially sustainable enterprise incubation in developing countries. The U.S. Global Development Lab (Lab) is partnering with Village Capital, Shell Foundation, and Unitus Seed Fund to drastically scale-up these efforts and combined will leverage nearly $40 million with a $6.3 million investment made by the Lab.

Missouri man pleads guilty to sexually exploiting 4-year-old child

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A southwestern Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to sexually exploiting a 4-year-old child to produce child pornography.

Two Chinese citizens charged with trafficking counterfeit cellphone cases

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BOSTON — Two Chinese citizens, living in Massachusetts, were charged Thursday with importing and reselling counterfeit cases for cell phones following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Missouri man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A southwestern Missouri man, who contacted a child victim on Facebook, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to producing child pornography.

HSI seizes 38 kilos cocaine and more than $3.1 million cash

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FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday against three men – Jimmy Gil, 34, of Shafter, Jose Luis Montoya-Salazar, 42, of Mexico City, Mexico and Luis Ricardo Eslava-Corral, 42, of Sinaloa, Mexico – charging them with conspiring to import, distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Montoya was also charged with re-entering the United States following deportation.

Last 2 defendants sentenced in connection with Houston stash house with 115 illegal aliens

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HOUSTON — The final two men arrested in connection with the March 2014 discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in a Houston-area stash house were ordered to federal prison Thursday. The sentences were announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas, and Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Houston.

Popeye's Chicken Franchisee to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discirmination Lawsuit

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The EEOC charged in its suit against Famous Chicken that the general manager of a Longview, Texas Popeye's restaurant refused to hire Noah Crawford for a position, despite his qualifications and experience, upon learning that he was HIV-positive.  According to the EEOC's suit, when he applied with the Popeye's franchise, Crawford had years of prior experience working at a fast food restaurant, including experience as a general manager. In response to the question on the application, "reason for leaving" his most recent job, Crawford wrote, "medical."  Crawford reported to the EEOC that after submitting the application, he was interviewed by the general manager and asked to disclose the "medical" condition referenced.  When Crawford stated that he had HIV, he was immediately informed that he could not work for Popeye's given his condition.

Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Fourth Quarter of 2014

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Oct.

NVIDIA Files Complaints Against Samsung and Qualcomm for Infringing Its GPU Patents

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NVIDIA today announced that it has filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing.

Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and Gift Cards

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Credit, debit, and gift cards have made the access to credit more convenient, but they come with terms and conditions that consumers should understand. Laws that went into effect in 2010 provide added protection to consumers. Read Answers about Credit Cards for more information.

D-Link Offers Tips for Keeping an Eye on What Matters Most During National Baby Safety Month

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Sept. 4, 2014 – Taking steps to baby-proof your home and attentive supervision are the best ways to prevent injuries. However, even the most watchful parents can't keep their little ones completely out of harm’s way. Fortunately there are a range of tools available to parents today to help childproof the house and keep an extra eye on what’s going on.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Appoints Five New Members to the First Responder Network Authority Board

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of five leading experts on public safety, wireless broadband communications, and state and local government to serve on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board. FirstNet is an independent authority within Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) mandated by Congress to develop, build and operate the first nationwide wireless public safety broadband network.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on International Trade in Goods and Services in July 2014

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker issued the following statement today on the release of the July 2014 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services data.

New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Operating Fraudulent Visa and Payroll Scheme to Facilitate Illegal Immigration

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A New Jersey man pleaded guilty today to orchestrating an eight-year scheme to falsify employment certifications to facilitate the illegal entry of Indian immigrants into the United States and to filing a false tax return.Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey, Chief Richard Weber of Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and Director Bill A. Miller of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) made the announcement.Sandipkumar Patel, 41, of Edison, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls of the District of New Jersey to conspiring to defraud the United States and to filing a false federal income tax return.

Attorney General Holder Announces Next Steps to Address Concerns Regarding the City of Ferguson and St. Louis County Police Departments

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department has launched two initiatives to address concerns about police services in the city of Ferguson and in St. Louis County, Missouri.  First, in addition to the ongoing criminal civil rights investigation, the Civil Rights Division has opened a civil pattern or practice investigation into allegations of unlawful policing by the City of Ferguson Police Department (FPD).  Second, the Attorney General announced that the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has launched a Collaborative Reform Initiative with the St.

New England Compounding Center Supervising Pharmacist Arrested at Logan International Airport

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A Canton, Massachusetts, man was arrested today at Boston's Logan International Airport in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation of New England Compounding Center (NECC) by the Justice Department’s Civil Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Highlight Conference Small Island Developing States 1

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Renewing commitment to the sustainable development of small island developing States, world leaders today agreed on a landmark action plan at the conclusion of the United Nations Third International Conference on those nations held in Apia, Samoa.

VA Rallies Community Support for Veterans During Suicide Prevention Month

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The campaign emphasizes the effect that just one person, one conversation, or one act can have on the life of a Veteran or Servicemember by offering hope and opening the door to support,” said Dr.

25 Years of PTSD Research, Education and Technology Provides Comprehensive Mental Health Care for Veterans

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Peace Corps Volunteer Uses Field Hockey to Empower Girls in Uganda

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WASHINGTON, DC September 4, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Lindsay Carrera of Hartland, Wisconsin, is empowering local Ugandan girls and improving their health through sports. Since June, Carrera has been working with 30 secondary school students ages 12-14 to form the region’s first female field hockey teams.

New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF

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NEW YORK, 4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country and community in the world.

U.S. Marine Corps announces dates for 2015 AV-8B Harrier and MV-22 Osprey Demonstration Selection Board

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The U.S. Marine Corps will conduct its annual selection board on Nov.

14-043 Ceremony held for renovation of Green Beach Access Point

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Green Beach, here, to commemorate the renovation of the Green Beach Access Point, Sept.

Cisco and Red Hat Deliver Integrated Infrastructure for OpenStack

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Red Hat and Cisco execs discuss OpenStack innovation and collaboration.

Missouri Ag Students Receive New Curriculum

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., September 4, 2014 — Agriculture students in Missouri high schools and junior colleges are learning from a new curriculum this school year. Funded by FCS Financial through a grant to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Ag Management, Economics & Sales curriculum is the first curriculum developed as a partnership between the public and private sectors.

FDA approves Keytruda for advanced melanoma

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for treatment of patients with advanced or unresectable melanoma who are no longer responding to other drugs.

Clinton, Kagan, and Scalia Join Leaders from Government, Business, and Law at Conference Marking LSC’s 40th Anniversary

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WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston will join more than 100 leaders of the legal community, government, and the private sector September 14-16 at a wide-ranging legal aid conference in Washington to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation.

Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint It Unlawfully Billed Parents for Children’s Unauthorized In-App Charges

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Call-in lines, which are for media only, will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the call. Chairwoman Ramirez and FTC staff will be available to take questions from the media about the case.

SBA Announces Award to Louisiana Accelerator in Covington

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition.  The accelerators represent a broad set of industries and sectors and include UpTech, Inc.

Hen harriers breed successfully in the Peaks

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ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Williston Firearms Theft

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Approximately 50 firearms were stolen on Sept. 4 between 1:30 and 5:30 a.m., at Myers Auto Parts, 1915 2nd Avenue West, Williston. ATF and the Williston Police Department have subsequently recovered 22 of the firearms during several enforcement operations.