Important Press Releases

Steady decrease in Scottish hospital mortality

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NEW figures have revealed there were 7,800 fewer than expected deaths in Scottish hospitals between the first quarter of 2014 and the third quarter of 2017 – a drop of 10.6 per cent.

Dog in Houston tests positive for rabies

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DOVER — A family dog in Houston, Delaware tested positive for rabies after biting his two adult owners. The victims were bitten while attempting to put the dog in a kennel and the animal became aggressive towards them. The dog was not leashed when outside and the home has no fenced backyard, so it is not possible to determine how or when the animal got infected.

The war on children in Syria: Reports of mass casualties among children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus

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UNICEF is issuing this blank statement. We no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering and our outrage. Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts? About UNICEFUNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.

Presidents budget shortchanges research, prevention and access to care, says American Heart Association

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Under the Trump proposal, support for federal research continues to be eroded. The NIH is flat-funded and is also required to absorb the costs of three other federal agencies – the Agency for Healthcare Research, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

Fact Sheet 46: TSA Resources for Survivors Moving On

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U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA): for low-interest disaster loan follow up and questions, contact SBA at 800-659-2955, visit or meet with SBA representatives at a Disaster Recovery Center.

Safety-Net Hospital Reports It Achieved Better Esophagectomy Outcomes than National Cohort

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CHICAGO (February 20, 2018): Safety-net hospitals—often found in inner cities with a high share of uninsured and Medicaid patients—are often thought to be hospitals of last resort. However, a recent study at a safety net hospital in northeast Florida has found that it could perform a highly complex operation with fewer complications and shorter hospital stays than the national average, according to a study published online as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website ahead of print publication.

CAIR-Chicago Celebrates Asylum Status Granted to Syrian Refugee

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CHICAGO, IL, 2/20/2018) - The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, announced today that a Syrian client was awarded asylum status following intervention by CAIR-Chicago.

Pitt Among Top Fulbright Grant Producers

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PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Jiayu Zhou to use NSF CAREER Award to enable computers to perform lifelong learning in big data

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Jiayu Zhou of the Michigan State University College of Engineering is the newest Spartan Engineer to be awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Come Discover Whats Next at Explore UT

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WHAT: The University of Texas at Austin welcomes families and teachers from across the state to campus for a day of experiments, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, tours and other inspiring and exciting activities happening at Texas’ flagship public research institution.

European Centre for Manual Neutralisation Capabilities starts its activities in Vienna

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Today, the European Centre for Manual Neutralisation Capabilities (ECMAN) was officially opened in Vienna.  The ceremony was attended by the Austrian Chief of Defence, General Othmar Commenda and high level representatives from the Ministries of Defence of the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Sweden, NATO accredited COEs (CIED, EOD, JCBRN Defence), German Federal and Local Criminal Police, the German CIED Information Centre, the Swedish CBRN Defence Centre, Swedish EOD and Demining Centre, the Italian CIED Centre, as well as military attaches in Austria and the European Defence Agency (EDA).

West Lothian woman to host ladies day event in memory of mum

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A West Lothian woman is organising a ladies’ day event in Edinburgh to raise money for pioneering dementia research in honour of her mum who died with Alzheimer’s disease aged 65.

North Texas man indicted for supporting terrorist organization

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This indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, for the Northern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson of the FBI Dallas Field Office.

FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release Second PrepTalks Video Presentation

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Barry’s PrepTalk offers lessons learned from the 1918 and the 2009 influenza pandemics. He provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials to implement measures that can save lives. Barry reminds us that “the boss is the virus. We have no way of knowing if the next [pandemic] will be exceedingly mild, or like 1918, or worse.”  In 2005, the National Academy of Sciences named Barry’s book, "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History," as the year's best book on science or medicine.

Fujitsu Commences Sales of IoT Service Platform SMAVIA, Accelerating Digital Transformation in Retail and Distribution

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Fujitsu today announced the Japan launch of Fujitsu IoT Solution SMAVIA, an IoT utilization service platform upon which data can be put to new uses. It does this by linking data stored in various systems throughout a supply chain, such as data stored in sales and inventory management, transportation and delivery, and sensor data, such as employee location information and vital signs. Fujitsu plans to roll out the IoT service platform globally in the future.

Governor Cuomo Takes Action to Help Local Governments Improve Health Insurance Options and Address Rising Health Costs

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the Department of Financial Services to publish guidance and provide technical assistance to local governments to ease the process of creating health consortia called Muni Coops. Muni Coops are health risk-sharing agreements that permit municipal corporations to help share costs of health benefits for their collective employees.

Commonwealth Youth Council nominees for 2018-2020 announced

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Youth leaders putting themselves forward to join the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) leadership team have outlined the ways they want to see the Commonwealth become fairer, more sustainable, more secure and more prosperous in their manifestos.

Governor Cuomo Announces $4.5 Million Available to Expand Addiction Treatment Services in the Bronx and Brooklyn

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomotoday announced the availability of up to $4.5 million in operational funding to expand addiction treatment services in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The funding will add up to 150 residential treatment beds and help residents suffering from substance use disorders get the help they need to combat addiction.

Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum Announces Teacher Innovator Institute

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The National Air and Space Museum has announced a new program for middle-school educators, completely free of charge. The inaugural Teacher Innovator Institute will teach educators how to bring the museum experience into their classrooms by exploring connections between informal STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and authentic learning. The two-week immersive program in Washington, D.C., will welcome 30 teachers from across the country in summer 2018.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Celebrates Grand Opening of New Austin, Texas Vacation Destination

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AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 20, 2018) – Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), today celebrates the opening of Wyndham Austin, its newest timeshare vacation destination in downtown Austin.

Call for determined volunteers to join fight against dementia in Harrogate

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The UK’s leading dementia research charity is looking for people with a range of skills to help set up a group, which will aim to raise vital funds and awareness across the town and surrounding areas.

Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Grown & Certified Program Expands to Maple Industry

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Grown & Certified program is expanding to include the New York maple industry. The program will increase exposure for New York's maple producers, who rank second in the nation in syrup production and generate an estimated economic impact of $141 million each year. Annual Maple Weekends scheduled for March 17-18 and March 24-25 will help spotlight the growing maple industry and boost awareness of producers in the Grown & Certified program.

Luzerne County Woman Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Role in Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

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SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that Megan Fox, age 31, of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison on February 20, 2018, by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley, for conspiring with others to distribute heroin in Luzerne County during February through November 2014.

Reclamation released draft environmental document for five-year Warren Act groundwater conveyance contracts in the Tehama-Colusa Canal

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment for proposed five-year Warren Act contracts with water service contractors within the Sacramento Canals Unit of the Central Valley Project.

Pannell Swim Shop/KHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships Start Thursday

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The 2018 Pannell Swim Shop/KHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships (Feb.

Pitt Chief Financial Officer to Retire

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PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Arthur G. Ramicone has announced his retirement, effective in August 2018, after a 30-year career at Pitt.

NAACP Announces Key Partnerships during Annual Board Meeting

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New York—during its annual public board meeting in New York City, the NAACP announced several key partnerships designed to expand the reach, impact and effectiveness of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organizations.

ZOA Praises Cong. Wilsons Resolution For U.S. To Leave Virulently Anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council & To Cut Off U.S. Funding

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The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has praised Congressional efforts now afoot to remove the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and to cut off U.S. funding to the body, currently $23 million annually. The resolution, which reaffirms U.S. support for Israel and condemns the UNHRC for wasteful and abusive actions, is being spearheaded by Representative Joe Wilson (R–SC), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Cisco Leadership In Automation Continues With New Network Automation Portfolio for Service Providers

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SAN JOSE, Calif., February 20, 2018 – Cisco today introduced its new Cisco Crosswork Network Automation software portfolio to improve how global service providers run their large-scale networks.

EIB backs Rwandas first public sewerage network

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Thousands of people living in the Rwandan capital Kigali will benefit from the country’s first wastewater treatment plant and public sewerage network supported by the largest ever European Investment Bank loan in the country.

American Cancer Society and Fight Colorectal Cancer Rally Celebrities, Survivors and Experts to Raise Awareness About Colorectal Cancer Screening

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20, 2018 / -USNewswire/ -- The American Cancer Society, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable will kick off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month on March 8 at Smashbox Studios. The event will feature survivors, partners, experts, and celebrity guests, including actor Luke Perry, country singer Craig Campbell, and reporter and host of Accesso Total on Telemundo-52 Stephanie Himonidis also known as Chiquibaby. Guests will share their personal connections to the disease.

Delta Cargo expands Pharma 4 offering to eight locations worldwide

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Delta Cargo customers with temperature-sensitive shipments can now use the airline’s Pharma 4 program to reach eight additional destinations across the airline’s broad network, including Bogota, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney, Sao Paolo, Frankfurt and Seoul.

Purdue targeted drug combination could expedite bone fracture healing, be used as injection

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue researchers are developing and commercializing a targeted drug combination that once injected into a patient could speed up and improve bone fracture healing, and significantly cut recovery costs.

Seniors Parton, Pecsok named Pyne Prize winners

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Princeton seniors John "Newby" Parton and Maggie Pecsok have been named co-winners of the University’s 2018 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.

EIB confirms new EUR 24 million backing for private sector investment in Rwanda

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New investment and job creation by companies across Rwanda will benefit from EUR 24 million of new financing provided by the European Investment Bank in cooperation with local banks.

One year on from famine declaration, more South Sudanese are going hungry

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Juba, South Sudan, Feb. 20, 2018: One year on from the declaration of famine in South Sudan, the food situation in the country has deteriorated further exposing more than 7 million people to hunger, says leading humanitarian organization CARE International.

A.G Schneiderman, Fellow AGs To Secretary Devos: Don't Reauthorize Accrediting Agency That Approved Predatory, Failing For-Profit Schools

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NEW YORK — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today joined a coalition of 20 Attorneys General demanding that the U.S. Department of Education reject the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools’ (ACICS) application to regain its status as a nationally recognized accreditor. In a letter sent today to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Schneiderman and his fellow Attorneys General note the accreditor’s “extreme and far-reaching oversight failures” and the serious harm it caused students and taxpayers across the country by enabling fraud and abuse by predatory for-profit schools like Corinthian Colleges. Today’s letter follows a number of actions taken by Attorney General Schneiderman to protect students from unscrupulous for-profit colleges, including a multimillion-dollar settlement agreement with Devry University and another with Aequitas Capital Management, Inc.

The MLK Murals of America

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MLK Jr. mural at Callowhill and 2nd Avenue, Gift of Life, Philadelphia, 2009.

Despite the cooling influence of La Nina this winter, the global temperature ranked among the five warmest on record in January. Earths polar regions continued to experience record-low ice conditions.

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The average global temperature in January 2018 was 1.28 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 53.6 degrees, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. This average temperature was the fifth highest for the month of January in the NOAA’s record, which dates back to 1880. This was the 42nd consecutive January (since 1977) and the 397th consecutive month (since January 1985) with temperatures above the 20th-century average.

Purdues Suresh Garimella appointed to BioCrossroads board of directors

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Suresh Garimella, executive vice president for research and partnerships and the Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, has been appointed to the board of directors for BioCrossroads Inc.