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Home schooling concerns rooted in class and ethnicity, say researchers

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Class and ethnicity are determining whether parents who educate their children at home are treated as “lifestyle gurus or thought criminals”, researchers have warned.

CALENDRIER du 21 mai au 27 mai 2018

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Mr Karmenu Vella in Utrecht, The Netherlands: meets Ms Stientje van Veldhoven, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management of The Netherlands; delivers opening and closing speeches for the official opening of Green Week event; participates in a Citizens' dialogue; visits Hof van Cartesius and delivers a speech for the opening of the court garden; meets Ms Mariëtte Pennarts, Provincial-Executive for the Environment, Recreation and European Affairs; meets citizens active in the Utrecht green network and Utrecht University students; visits and delivers a speech at the botanical garden; attends and delivers a speech at "The Young Councillors debate" workshop; and attends a presentation of the results of the "Designing Green and Healthy City" creathon.

Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum Launches She Can STEM Summer Camp

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The National Air and Space Museum will launch the “She Can” two-week STEM summer camp this July and August at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The camp is designed for students with an interest in aviation and seeks to empower young women to succeed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. Open to sixth- through eighth-grade girls, the museum will offer the free aviation-focused experience to low-income students in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Screening of websites on telecommunication and other digital services

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As most consumers now conclude their contracts with telephone and internet providers online, the number of problems encountered with websites offering such services is growing.

Buying telecom services online: Commission and consumer protection authorities reveal misleading practices

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Today, the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities published the results of an EU-wide screening of 207 websites offering fixed/mobile phone, internet, audio and video streaming services.

Warmest wishes to the bride and groom

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Young people from the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a long and happy marriage, lighting the way to a bright and exciting future for the Commonwealth.

Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts Creates Endowment for Building and Construction Technology Program at UMass

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AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $100,000 gift from the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) of Wellesley, Massachusetts. The gift, also made possible through the Construction Industry Association of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, will provide support for the building and construction technology (BCT) program and its students. The BCT program is part of the department of environmental conservation in the College of Natural Sciences.

Method to identify undetected drug suicides wins top NIDA Addiction Science Award

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A chip to monitor mouse movements and new rules for identifying natural compounds for research take second and third place.

NIH statement on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

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As a result of the many scientific research advances over 37 years, we now have highly effective methods of HIV treatment and prevention. These tools have allowed us to make important strides in reducing the burden of HIV in the United States and globally.

Flood Insurance Roundtable Brings Together Key Partners to Help Close the Insurance Gap in Delaware

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PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III, in partnership with the State of Delaware, will be hosting the Delaware Flood Insurance Partners Roundtable. FEMA, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) planned and coordinated the roundtable to bring together key stakeholders to discuss insurance. This meeting includes key local, state, federal, and private sector partners, including Delaware State Agency partners, floodplain managers, emergency managers, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents from across the state to engage in a critical discussion on increasing flood insurance coverage in Delaware and reducing flood risk.

Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018

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I – Results of DESI 2018What is the Digital Economy and Society Index?

Los Angeles-area law enforcement authorities arrest longtime fugitive charged with attempted murder of undercover officer in federal racketeering case

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LOS ANGELES – Early Thursday morning, law enforcement authorities arrested an alleged gang member who had been a fugitive for nearly two years after the unsealing of a federal racketeering indictment that charges him in the attempted murder of an undercover Whittier Police Officer.

European Commission acts to protect the interests of EU companies investing in Iran as part of the EU's continued commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

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Following the green light of EU leaders at the informal meeting in Sofia, the European Commission has today taken steps to preserve the interests of European companies investing in Iran and demonstrate the EU's commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the Iran nuclear deal.

EU to increase spending and improve delivery of education in emergencies and protracted crises

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Education in emergencies helps millions of children in need across the world.

African conference confirms growing strength of plant disease research network

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A plant science conference in Uganda which drew together dozens of world-class researchers from across Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK this month has confirmed the growing strength of a network whose collaborations promise to deliver solutions to devastating crop diseases in the years ahead.

How digital is your country? Europe needs Digital Single Market to boost its digital performance

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Today the European Commission is publishing the results of the 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), a tool which monitors the performance of Member States in digital connectivity, digital skills online activity, the digitisation of businesses and digital public services.

Investment Plan for Europe: EU bank advances EUR 100 million to VIVAWEST

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VIVAWEST and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have concluded a loan contract for EUR 100 million. VIVAWEST will use the EU bank finance, which is backed by guarantees from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), to build around 900 housing units to KfW 55 standard in various towns and municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia. EFSI is an essential pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe (IPE) – also known as the Juncker Plan – under which the EIB and the European Commission are working together as strategic partners and the EIB’s financing operations will boost the competitiveness of the European economy.

Global Wikipedia edit-a-thon shines spotlight on the unsung women defending human rights around the world

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Wikipedia enthusiasts from around the world are joining forces on 19 and 20 May 2018 to take part in a global edit-a-thon to shine a spotlight on extraordinary unsung women human rights defenders who have devoted their lives to fighting injustice.

UN experts urge Israel not to deport Human Rights Watch official Omar Shakir

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GENEVA (18 May 2018) – UN human rights experts* have called on the Government of Israel to rescind its decision of 7 May to cancel the work permit of Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch, who is based in Jerusalem.

THM supported the Nazi regime

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THM Rector Lutz Pistor at the Dies academicus, the annual academic celebration, 1940.

Syria: New property law punishes the displaced and could obstruct investigation of war crimes

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A harsh new property law implemented by the Syrian government effectively deprives thousands of people displaced by the ongoing conflict of their homes and lands and potentially destroys evidence of war crimes it has committed, Amnesty International said today.

First EIB support for nearly-zero-energy-buildings in Denmark

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EUR 100 million for two “nearly-zero-energy-building” complexes in Copenhagen.

Lokelma approved in the US for the treatment of adults with hyperkalaemia

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Sean Bohen, Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca, said: “We are pleased by today’s FDA approval of Lokelma as it enables us to help address a long-standing clinical need with a new medicine that offers rapid and sustained treatment for adults with hyperkalaemia.

Ending global blasphemy laws is Government priority, says Foreign Office Minister

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Ending blasphemy laws around the globe is ‘a priority for Government’, Foreign Office Minister of State for Human Rights Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon told the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) as he addressed its meeting on 16 May 2018. Lord Ahmad, speaking at a joint meeting of the APPHG, the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief and the All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group, underlined his commitment to tackling the issue and set out ways in which the Government is seeking to address the problem.

Kyrgyzstan: Ethnic minorities need equal treatment, says senior UN official; salutes Central Asian rights defenders

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BISHKEK/NEW YORK/GENEVA (18 May 2018) – “Fair and equal treatment of ethnic minorities is a prerequisite for a just society and helps prevent violent extremism,” said UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour, Friday in Bishkek. At the end of a three-day day visit to Kyrgyzstan, he said this was a lesson learned from UN experience in many countries confronting violent extremism. Human rights violations committed by governments, including discrimination among targeted groups, lead to a strong sense of alienation and often violence and terrorism.

Live Broadcast Announcement of British Wheelchair Basketball's 2018 National Championships

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British Wheelchair Basketball’s 2018 National Championships to be broadcast live.

Fire Brigades Union responds to the Hackitt Review

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Responding to the publication of the Hackitt review into building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Matt Wrack said, “It is perverse that the Hackitt review does not recommend an outright ban on flammable cladding despite claiming that a new regulatory framework would stop the use of these materials. The safest course of action for the public and for firefighters is for these dangerous materials to be taken out of the equation entirely.

'Widespread failures' in NHS England primary care support services provided by Capita

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NHS England and Capita misunderstood the risks in outsourcing primary care support services resulting in services to 39,000 GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacists that were a long way below an acceptable standard.

Australia: Healthcare rollbacks put refugee lives and health at risk

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The Australian government is attempting to walk away from the human rights crisis it has created for refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by winding back critical healthcare services, despite the ongoing plight of the people trapped in its offshore detention centres, Amnesty International said today.

Pickin up good quantum vibrations

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A new technique that can generate quantum behaviour in a millimetre-sized drum has been developed by researchers from The University of Queensland and the Imperial College London.

Half a million young women still 'shut out of work'

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Data released on 15 May 2018 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)  shows that 507,000 young women are out of work and full-time education – an increase of 33,000 on the same period last year.

Heres Why Seas Are Rising. Somebody Remind the Wall Street Journal.

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On May 15, the Wall Street Journal published a commentary by Fred Singer which argued that rising sea levels are unrelated to global warming, that they won’t be much of a problem, and that there’s little we can do about them. Singer, whose history of disingenuous attacks on science on behalf of the tobacco, fossil fuel and other industries goes back nearly 50 years, is wrong on all counts.

Court Agreement: Washington Will Give Public Notice Before Killing Wolves

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OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington wildlife officials will have to give eight business hours of notice before killing wolves in the state, under a new agreement reached today in Thurston County Superior Court.

Five reasons were making a fuss about finance

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It’s hippies, but not as you know it. Greenpeace campaigners Hisayo Takada, Hanna Hakko and Marina Lou present a briefing on Japanese banks and climate change to Mizuho bank in Tokyo, Japan.

Burundi: Killings, Abuse Ahead of Referendum

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Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza at the Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium in Bujumbura, as Burundi marked its 55th independence anniversary on July 1, 2017.

Lebanon: Police Shutter Pride Events

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In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 picture, Lebanese police stand guard as protesters carry banners during a sit-in for gays and lesbians in Beirut. In February, about two dozen gays and lesbians held a rare sit-in on Beirut's major intersection of Sodeco to protest what they called the beating of two gay men by two plainclothes police. Police officials denied the men were beaten by their officers.

Albatross robot takes flight

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Autonomous glider can fly like an albatross, cruise like a sailboat.

Helping the UN help Myanmar

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Guterres is the fourth secretary-general to be seized of this issue since the General Assembly first asked for help in implementing its resolutions on Myanmar in 1993. Burgener will be the fifth special representative, following in the footsteps of Alvaro de Soto, Razali Ismail, Ibrahim Gambari, and Vijay Nambiar.

Russia: patrons of assassinations

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The attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in early March saw a global response sterner than many expected. More than 150 Russian diplomats were expelled from embassies worldwide.

Big data reveals new Alzheimers risk genes

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An international research team led by scientists at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Queensland, has identified three new genes linked to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The study, supported by Alzheimer’s Research UK and also involving researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is published today (18 May) in the journal Translational Psychiatry.