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Testing branchless banking to deliver cash transfers in Nepal

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The Human Development Social Protection Pilot (HDSPP) is a sub-project of the joint UNDP-UNCDF Local Governance and Community Development Program (LGCDP). It has been initiated in two far-western districts in Nepal, Kanchanpur and Dhadheldura and it is being implemented by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MOFALD).

manage staggering data requirements with unprecedented speed, all built on an open server platform. In a move that sharply contrasts other chip and server manufacturers' proprietary business models, IBM through the OpenPOWER Foundation , released detailed

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Built on IBM’s POWER8 technology and designed for an era of Big Data, the new scale-out IBM Power Systems servers culminate a $2.4 billion investment, three-plus years of development and exploit the innovation of hundreds of IBM patents -- underscoring IBM's singular commitment to providing higher-value, open technologies to clients. The systems are built from the ground up to harness Big Data with the new IBM POWER8 processor, a sliver of silicon that measures just one square inch, which is embedded with more than 4 billion microscopic transistors and more than 11 miles of high-speed copper wiring.

Nepal: South Asian experts gather to discuss sexual violence and armed conflict

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News Release Kathmandu (ICRC) – The fifth annual South Asian Regional Conference on International Humanitarian Law, jointly organized by the Government of Nepal and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), will be held in Kathmandu on 8-10 April 2014. This year’s conference will primarily focus on addressing the issue of sexual violence in armed conflict and post-conflict situations.

Newton-Based ReconCraft wins the Massachusetts and New England SBA 2014 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year Award

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BOSTON – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that ReconCraft  - owned by Jay Hoflich - has been selected to receive the prestigious Massachusetts and New England SBA Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year Award for 2014.


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Taoyuan, Taiwan – April 7, 2014 – HTC Corporation (TWSE: 2498), a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today reported unaudited consolidated results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Unaudited quarterly revenue was NT$33.12 billion and net loss before tax was NT$1.88 billion. Operating loss was NT$2.05 billion, and net loss after tax was NT$1.88 billion, or -NT$2.28 per share based on 823,438 thousand weighted average number of shares. The Company expects to see positive trajectory of its revenue in April from March and forecasts quarter-on-quarter revenue growth in the second quarter, driven by strong market demand for its new products, including flagship HTC One (M8) and mid-tier flagship Desire 816.  The Company expects to return to profitability in the second quarter, as indicated on the earnings call on Feb 10, 2014.  Further details on first quarter financial performance and second quarter outlook will be reported on the next earnings call scheduled in early May, 2014. About HTCFounded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts.

Swiss Contribution Will Boost Nutrition For Mothers And Children In Sudan

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KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed two contributions from the government of Switzerland that will improve the poor nutritional status of children, pregnant women and nursing mothers in Sudan.

Deepening Crisis In C.A.R. Devastating People's Ability To Support Themselves

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ROME – The unprecedented crisis in the Central African Republic is devastating the economy and people’s ability to secure basic necessities, two United Nations food agencies said in an assessment report this week.

Death of activist Dinh Dang Dinh should be ‘wake-up call’ for Viet Nam

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Amnesty International has paid tribute to Dinh Dang Dinh, the Vietnamese environmental activist, blogger and former prisoner of conscience, who has died aged 50.

Human Rights Education Resources

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Headline Title:  Egypt ‘tightens the vice’ on dissent by upholding conviction of three activists A Cairo appeals court today upheld the conviction of three government critics for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest, a further sign that the Egyptian authorities are tightening the vice on f A Cairo appeals court today upheld the conviction of three government critics for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest, a further sign that the Egyptian authorities are tightening the vice on freedom of expression and assembly.

FDA warns consumers not to use Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen capsules

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Tainted product contains undeclared drug ingredients with health risksThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to immediately stop using Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen, marketed as a product for weight loss and body reshaping. The product contains at least one potentially harmful active pharmaceutical ingredient that is not listed on the product’s label.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Inaugural Members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship Initiative

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will today chair the first-ever meeting of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, a group of successful American businesspeople who have committed to sharing their time, energy, ideas, and  experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.

U.S. Expects Continued Growth in International Travel During Next Five Years

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today announced that the United States can expect four percent average annual growth in tourism during the next five years, and that a record 72.2 million foreign travelers are projected to visit the United States in 2014 alone.

Remote Troops Closer to Having High-Speed Wireless Networks Mounted on UAVs

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Missions in remote, forward operating locations often suffer from a lack of connectivity to tactical operation centers and access to valuable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data. The assets needed for long-range, high-bandwidth communications capabilities are often unavailable to lower echelons due to theater-wide mission priorities. DARPA’s Mobile Hotspots program aims to help overcome this challenge by developing a reliable, on-demand capability for establishing long-range, high-capacity reachback that is organic to tactical units.

CA Technologies Donates $200,000 to Global STEM Organizations

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NEW YORK, April 7, 2014 – Today CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) announced a $200,000 contribution, which will be distributed to four global Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) organizations – Apps for Good, Girls Who Code, GVI Charitable Trust and Iracambi. This initiative is in partnership with the online donation marketplace, GlobalGiving. The donation marks a year-long celebration of the mainframe’s 50th anniversary and recognizes those who will drive IT innovation in the next 50 years.

Worldwide Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Spending Declined 11.5 Percent in 2013, According to Final Results by Gartner

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Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending totaled $33.8 billion in 2013, an 11.5 percent decline from 2012, according to final results by Gartner, Inc.

Gartner Announces Supply Chain Executive Conference 2014

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The role of the supply chain has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, emerging as an important contributor to business value, competitive differentiation and enterprise growth. For the next decade, supply chain leaders must recognize and act on new opportunities as they emerge, embracing innovation to create and sustain higher levels of agility, efficiency and cost savings.

Talent mismatch costs global economy $150 billion

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 8, 2014 - New research by professional services network PwC, commissioned by LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD), the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, today reveals that poor talent adaptability – the inability for people to retrain for new skills or switch industries – is costing the global economy billions of dollars in lost productivity and leads to businesses wasting huge sums on avoidable recruitment costs.

BBX Technologies Vuesion Solution Now Rated Avaya Compliant

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Richardson, Texas — BBX Technologies, a leading provider of Contact Center solutions, today announced that its Vuesion® Multimedia Contact Center is compliant with key collaboration solutions from Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communication software and services.

Peace Corps Volunteers Find Innovative Solutions to Global Health Challenges

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2014 – In honor of World Health Day, the Peace Corps celebrates the work of volunteers around the world to improve global health in collaboration with the countries and communities they serve.

Egypt ‘tightens the vice’ on dissent by upholding conviction of three activists

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The defendants, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, both activists with the 6 April Youth Movement, and well-known blogger Ahmed Douma, are to serve three years in prison with labour and a 50,000 Egyptian pound (US$7,185) fine. The court also ruled they should serve three years’ probation following their release.

Generations For Peace celebrates first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

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April, 2014 – Amman, Jordan: Celebrating the first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), Generations For Peace volunteers in fifteen countries led activities to demonstrate how sport can be used as a powerful tool to bridge gender, religious and ethnic divides in their communities.

Nogales Tunnel Task Force, Mexican authorities shut down incomplete drug tunnel

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Nogales Tunnel Task Force b-roll package is available online at DVIDS. (Note this package contains footage from a tunnel discovered Feb.

Kenya: Somalis scapegoated in counter-terror crackdown

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Kenya’s Somali community is being scapegoated in a counter-terror operation which has seen thousands subjected to arbitrary arrest, harassment, extortion, ill-treatment, forcible relocation and expulsion, Amnesty International said today.

NeighborWorks America announces private sector partner awards

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Washington, DC – NeighborWorks America announced its private sector awards today with financial institutions and their related foundations sweeping all categories. NeighborWorks America is a nonprofit corporation that supports a network of more than 240 community-based nonprofits in fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It said that the Wells Fargo and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, Citi and the Citi Foundation and PNC received top national partner honors.

Telenor achieves efficiency targets through voluntary severance agreements and consulting reductions

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Strong competitive pressure and declining revenues from traditional fixed telephony require Telenor Norway to focus on streamlining its operations and investments. The offer of voluntary redundancy packages, early retirement and a reduction in the use of consultants, has so far had the desired effect.

President Obama Appoints Three New Members and One Returning Member to the National Council on Disability

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 4 — The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies – welcomed President Barack Obama’s announcement on April 3 that he intends to appoint three new members to the agency. In addition, Councilmember Janice Lehrer-Stein was reappointed for a second term. New members are expected to begin work with NCD immediately upon completion and receipt of all necessary documents.

Notice Regarding the Status (Progress Report) of the Acquisition of Own Shares

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Tokyo (April 4, 2014) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (the “Company”) announces the status of the acquisition of its own shares based on Article 156 of the Company Law, which is applicable in accordance with Article 165, Paragraph 3 of the same law as follows.

Maryland woman indicted for treating patients while fraudulently posing as a physician's assistant

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BALTIMORE — A federal grand jury indicted a 36-year-old Severna Park, Md., woman on charges of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and health care fraud.

Philip Morris Holland B.V. Initiates Consultations on Discontinuing Cigarette Production in Bergen op Zoom

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Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands -- Today the Board of Philip Morris Holland B.V. (PMH) commenced consultations with employee representatives on a proposal to end cigarette production at its factory located in Bergen op Zoom.

Chinese national detained in United Kingdom for illegally exporting US manufactured parts with nuclear applications

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WASHINGTON — Two men were indicted Friday along with two Iranian companies, of conspiring to export American-made pressure transducers to Iran. Pressure transducers can be used in gas centrifuges to enrich uranium and produce weapons-grade uranium.


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MIAMI, FL – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today named international Latin pop singer/song writer Carlos Vives as the Agency’s first Inclusion Ambassador. In this role, Vives will promote social and economic inclusion of Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities in Colombia, which is essential to overcome decades of conflict and move towards peace.

Boy Scouts troop leader arrested for child pornography

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DAYTON, Ohio — A West Carrollton man was in federal custody Friday following his arrest on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. The arrest follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Greater Cincinnati Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the West Carrollton Police Department.

ICE arrests 50 criminal aliens and immigration fugitives in central and south Texas during 3-day operation

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SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 50 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and other immigration violators during a three-day operation which concluded Thursday.

Document and Benefit Fraud

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Editor's Note: Video and stills of the two tunnels discovered this week in the San Diego area are available for download off the Defense Video and Imagery System at this link –

TOP STORY: HSI Dallas supports law enforcement partners during Final Four

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DALLAS — It's called Final Four madness for good reason. Officials predict about 100,000 visitors will flock to North Texas April 4-7 to celebrate the final four NCAA games and attend 40 surrounding events. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Dallas is lending its law enforcement support to the Dallas Police Department to ensure the public is protected during Final Four Madness events taking place in Dallas.

2014 Leadership Award Winners Recognized

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The annual Leadership Awards give special recognition to student leaders who significantly improve the quality of campus life.

Lassa Fever Reported in U.S. Traveler Returning from West Africa

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The CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have confirmed a diagnosis of Lassa fever in a person returning to the United States from West Africa. The patient was admitted to a hospital in Minnesota on March 31 with symptoms of fever and confusion. Blood samples submitted to CDC tested positive for Lassa fever on April 3.

CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report How can teen pregnancy rates decline even further?

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Teen births in the United States have declined over the past 20 years to the lowest level ever recorded, but still over 86,000 younger teens aged 15 to 17 gave birth in 2012.  About 1 in 4 teen pregnancies are to younger teens aged 15 to 17.

United States signs $500 million Loan Guarantee Agreement with Tunisia

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - ​ Today, the United States and Tunisia signed a loan guarantee agreement which will allow Tunisia to access up to $500 million in affordable financing from international capital markets.

New Law Offers Special Tax Option for Philippines Relief Donations; Cash Contributions Until April 14 Can Be Claimed On 2013 Returns

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WASHINGTON — Taxpayers who make cash contributions on or before April 14, 2014, for Philippines typhoon relief can get an immediate tax benefit by choosing to claim them on their 2013 returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service.