Important Press Releases

Mali : Human Rights Organisations’ Manifesto for a Peace Agreement that Respects Victims’ Rights

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Collaborate fully and completely with the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, especially with regard to access to records, testimony by the perpetrators and the victims, and unimpeded access to the zones etc.

Azerbaijan: Brutal attack against Mr. Ilqar Nasibov

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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), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Azerbaijan.

In Sudan, male partners critical in fight against FGM

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FGM is not just a women's issue; men also have a role to play. A UNFPA-supported Y-Peer group in East Sudan advocates ending the practice.

In Sudan, male allies critical in fight against FGM

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FGM is not just a women's issue; men also have a role to play. A UNFPA-supported Y-Peer group in East Sudan advocates ending the practice.

Houston-Based Investment Advisory Firm and Co-Owners Charged With Failing to Disclose Conflict of Interest to Clients

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a Houston-based investment advisory firm accused of recommending that clients invest in particular mutual funds without disclosing a key conflict of interest: the firm was in turn receiving compensation from the broker offering the funds.

FTC Updates Telemarketer Fees for the Do Not Call Registry as of October 1, 2014

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The Federal Trade Commission has announced updated fees starting on October 1, 2014, for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.

College of Pharmacy Unveils New College Seal

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WASHINGTON (September 2, 2014) – The College of Pharmacy unveiled a new seal as part of a campaign to improve visibility and align the various educational, service, research and practice activities of the College.

Global bio-disaster response urgently needed in Ebola fight

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During an Ebola outbreak, funeral rituals are the most important contamination vectors.

USDA Announces First Quarter Sugar Feedstock Flexibility Program Expectations and Sugar Tariff Rate Quotas for Fiscal Year 2015

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in fiscal year 2015. CCC is required to announce quarterly estimates of sugar to be purchased for the Feedstock Flexibility Program in a given crop year.

Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by

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Ranchers Applying for LFP Support Who Have Scheduled Appointments by Sept.

Simplifying Needle Guided Procedures: Programmable Button Probe Headlines the new LOGIQ e from GE Healthcare

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Wauwatosa, WI, September 2, 2014 - GE Healthcare announced today commercial availability in the U.S. for its new LOGIQ™ e ultrasound system. Acute interventions, chronic patient management and needle guidance are daily challenges physicians’ asked GE Healthcare to help solve. This new system features a programmable probe with buttons on it that allow for simple, fast and precise use of portable ultrasound at the point of care.

The key to drilling wells with staying power in the developing world

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UNC study finds World Vision’s model of local water committees and usage fees results in nearly 80 percent of wells remaining in use after two decades.

GE Intelligent Platforms Receives $1.5m Order from Spain’s Sainsel to Enable New Equipment for Mission Systems

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HUNTSVILLE, AL.—SEPTEMBER 02, 2014—GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced that it has received orders from Sainsel Sistemas Navales of Madrid, Spain for a range of GE’s rugged embedded computing systems that will be deployed as part of Sainsel’s aeronautics program.

GE’s Distributed Power Gas Turbine Technology ‘Lands’ for the First Time in the Philippines

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES—September 2, 2014—GE (NYSE: GE) today announced its jet engine-based aeroderivative gas turbines have been chosen to power First Generation Corporation’s (First Gen) Avion power plant in the Philippines. The 97-megawatt (MW) plant will pave the way for increasing utilization of cleaner and more efficient energy technology than more traditional fossil fuels in the local power generation industry, and GE’s LM6000-PC Sprint gas turbines will be the first of their kind in the country.

Kristin Lord to Depart USIP to Head IREX

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Dr. Kristin Lord, acting president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, announced that she will leave USIP on October 3, 2014 to become president and CEO of IREX, a global non-governmental organization that focuses on education, civil society and media development. Dr. Lord previously held the position of executive vice president at USIP, and took over as acting president when former Congressman Jim Marshall left USIP in January of this year.

Man Sentenced for 1998 Murder

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr.

European Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Need Support to Expand Exporting

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SMEs across Europe are not taking full advantage of export opportunities, according to a survey commissioned by UPS (NYSE: UPS) of more than 8,000 SME owners or directors across seven countries.

Leading Latin American Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Reveal Best Exporting Practices

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The UPS Business Monitor™ Export Index Latin America (BMEI), the latest study commissioned by UPS (NYSE: UPS) and conducted by RGX Global Export Network, surveyed the leading small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America, analyzing the segment's best practices for exporting.

UPS Provides Transport of Ebola Aid

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UPS® (NYSE: UPS) today announced it is providing transportation support and commitments totaling $400,000 in gifts-in-kind (GIK) for urgent relief items to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak which has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 individuals in West Africa.

Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Announces 17 Award Nominees at World Water Week

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STOCKHOLM – Today at World Water Week in Stockholm, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden’s development agency (Sida), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (MFA-NL) announced 17 award nominees for their program, Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development.

EMEA Server Revenue Rising Fast in 2Q14; Denser Configurations Show Their Steel, Says IDC

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FRANKFURT and PRAGUE, September 2, 2014 — International Data Corporation's (IDC) latest EMEA Server Tracker shows that the EMEA server market saw strong growth in both revenues and units shipped in 2Q14 in comparison to the same quarter last year. Revenues increased 3.6% YoY, to $3.

MS-13 gang member from Queens indicted for murder in Long Island

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NEW YORK — An indictment unsealed Thursday charges a gang member with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering; murder in aid of racketeering; obstruction of justice murder; and firearms offenses. The indictment results from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.

Report: IBM Positioned as a Mobile Application Development Platform Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant

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For the report, Gartner evaluated the IBMapplication development portfolio that includes a complete range of tools for developers to create, deploy, manage and secure mobile apps, on-premise or in the cloud.

JEC Enterprises in Albuquerque Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit For $200,000

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - JEC Enterprises, Inc., which owns and operates four McDonald's franchises in Albuquerque, will pay $200,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

EEOC to Hold Executive Leadership Training Sept. 17 at Washington Hilton Hotel

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold its third annual executive leadership conference (ELC) on Wednesday, Sept.

EEOC Issues New Guide to Help Federal Agencies Advise Workers on Their Rights

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As one of the many efforts to preserve access to the legal system under the EEOC's Strategic Enforcement Plan / Federal Sector Complement Plan, the EEOC reached out to federal agencies, compiled their communication methods and has now issued this guide to share those methods with all federal agencies.

2014 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set Available

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WASHINGTON - Sales will open for the 2014 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set (product code XA6) Sept.

U.S.A. Makes New Contribution To WFP’s Life-Saving Work Fighting Hunger In Yemen

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SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous US$40 million contribution from the US government to provide food assistance for 2.8 million of the poorest Yemenis over the next few months.

WFP Steps Up Emergency Assistance And Logistical Support In Fight Against Ebola

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DAKAR – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) is stepping up assistance to people impacted by Ebola in the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – and increasing logistical support to the whole humanitarian community fighting the spread of the virus.

Voucher System Provides Vulnerable Families In Gaza With Critical Supplies

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GAZA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have come together to ensure critical food, water and sanitation supplies reach the most vulnerable families and children affected by 50 days of armed conflict in Gaza.


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SAN JOSE, Calif. — September 2, 2014 — NETGEAR®, Inc.

Virological analysis: no link between Ebola outbreaks in west Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo

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Results from virus sequencing of samples from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were received last night.

Bangladesh: Disturbing increase in disappearances, clampdown on press freedom, continuing torture

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Bangladeshi authorities must immediately tackle a disturbing rise in enforced disappearances over the past two years, stop the use of torture, and end their increasing crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing.

SIDS Conference: Pacific island states’ impressive death penalty record under threat

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The threat by some Pacific island states to resume executions would tarnish the reputation of a region that has a near perfect record on the death penalty, Amnesty International said on the end of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa.

ITF/IUF delegation meets ‘disdainful’ treatment in Philippines tuna dispute

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An international ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) delegation to the Philippines has expressed deep disappointment after it was met with hostile treatment during a mediation session with seafood giant Citra Mina over the dismissal of workers to prevent them forming a union.

Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination Claim Against a Restaurant Management Company

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The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Culinaire International, a catering and restaurant management company headquartered in Houston, Texas, resolving a claim that Culinaire engaged in citizenship discrimination during the employment eligibility reverification process in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Residential electricity prices are rising

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, August 2014 Electric Power MonthlyNote: Data are preliminary.Note: .

Oracle Completes Initial Tender Offer for MICROS Systems, Inc. with approximately 82.8% of Shares Tendered

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Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) announced today that the initial tender offer, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rocket Acquisition Corporation, for all outstanding shares of common stock of MICROS Systems, Inc.

Joint Statement: BANGLADESH: Government must act to protect Women Human Rights Defenders in Chittagong Hill Tracts

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) condemns the violent attack on woman human rights defender Hana Shams Ahmed allegedly by the Bangalee Somo Odhikar Andolon (BSOA) group and is alarmed by the failure of police to provide protection despite known, repeated threats.

Advancing Resilience in Small Island States: Cutting through red tape

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APIA, Samoa, September 2, 2014 – The World Bank Group has announced that it will increase its support for disaster and climate resilient development in small island developing states from US$145 million per year to about US$190 million and work with partners towards a Small Island States Resilience Initiative.