Important Press Releases

Ask the scientist: Extreme rainfall, why it happens and how we predict it

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s. When it pours to excess, that’s when life gets messy.

FDA approves treatment for two rare types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Poteligeo (mogamulizumab-kpkc) injection for intravenous use for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory mycosis fungoides (MF) or Sézary syndrome (SS) after at least one prior systemic therapy.

DRC: Kabilas decision not to run must be followed by concrete human rights steps

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Today’s announcement that President Kabila will not run for a third term will be welcome news to many Congolese, but more needs to be done. His government must show real commitment to ensuring an environment where people can freely exercise their human rights throughout the election cycle, by formally lifting the ban on peaceful demonstrations.

Responsibility for surging death toll in Central Med laid squarely at Europe's door

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The number of people drowning in the Central Mediterranean or being taken back to squalid detention centres in Libya has surged as a result of European policies aimed at closing the central Mediterranean route, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today.

From CIO Review - America's Oldest Bank takes on the future of VMWare Integration

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Washington Trust Chief Information Officer, Jim Mignone, and Director of Technology, Daryl Clark, recently wrote an article for CIO Review about the future of virtualization through the Bank's own experience with VMWare Integration.

Presentation for FY2018 Q1 Results

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Disclaimer: This IR briefing was in Japanese. The English narration over the audio data is a simultaneous interpretation offered for convenience only.

SEC Charges U.S. Congressman and Others With Insider Trading

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the filing of insider trading charges against Congressman Christopher Collins, the U.S. Representative for New York’s 27th Congressional District, his son, Cameron Collins, and a third individual, Stephen Zarsky. In a parallel action, the U.

Stress makes people better at processing bad news

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Feeling stressed or anxious makes people more able to process and internalise bad news, finds a new UCL-led study.

Bureau of Reclamation performing safety of dams' work on Sugar Loaf Dam near Leadville, Colorado

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Sugar Loaf Dam - Turquoise Lake is located on the Lake Fork of the Arkansas River, approximately 5 miles west of Leadville, Colorado.LEADVILLE, Colorado -- The Bureau of Reclamation will be performing work at Sugar Loaf Dam from August 7-16 and August 21-30. The work is being done to modernize the dam safety instrumentation equipment located in the dam.

EEOC to Hold Executive Leadership Training Conference Oct. 29-31 in Charlottesville

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity  Commission (EEOC) will hold its Executive Leadership Training Conference (ELTC)  on Oct.

Intervention for first-time moms and their infants improves child weight through age 3

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NIH-funded study results may inform efforts to prevent childhood obesity.

UNICEF and WFP harness technology to strengthen food and hygiene distribution for Rohingyas

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Cox’s Bazar. UNICEF has partnered with WFP to use the food agency’s SCOPE digital assistance system to distribute soap supplies to up to 50,000 refugees in Rohingya Refugee camps, strengthening hygiene practices and helping prevent disease outbreaks. The pilot was launched in Balukhali Refugee camp on 1 August 2018.

New HRC Report Details Threat Brett Kavanaugh Poses to Millions of LGBTQ Americans

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WASHINGTON -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a comprehensive report on how Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court poses a serious threat to millions of LGBTQ people.

The Tories Should Ditch the Pro-Business Label and Focus on Being Pro-Market Instead

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8. The great and good of the commentariat fear that Brexit will mean the Tories’ abandoning the terrain as the “pro-business” party.

Wilkes-Barre Woman Sentenced to 30 Months' Imprisonment for Drug Trafficking

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SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Siobhan Daniels, age 31, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and four years supervised release on August 7, 2018, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E.

New AHA Social Impact Fund will improve community health in Boston and Flint/Southeast Michigan

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DALLAS, August 7, 2018 — The American Heart Association—the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke—announced today a $5 million donation from long-term supporters Stevie and David Spina of Wayland, Massachusetts.

Commonwealth: an excellent facilitation body, says Sri Lankan Minister

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The Sri Lankan Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, has thanked the Commonwealth Secretariat for supporting Sri Lanka’s trade facilitation efforts. It has also called for more to be done to unleash the country's untapped trade potential.

Gainesville Brothers Sentenced for Distributing Crack Cocaine

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Twin brothers, Kecole Dukes and Kemeca Dukes, have been sentenced for conspiracy to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine.

Dementia listed as top reason for slowing life expectancy in older people

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In new analysis out today, the Office for National Statistics reports that increases in life expectancy are slowing across the UK. In particular, the report notes that increases in the mortality rates for people over the age of 90 echoes increases in deaths caused by dementia.

9th Annual Social Good Summit - Tickets Now Available

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New York City - 7 August 2018 - The annual Social Good Summit, a unique gathering of global thought leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists, and influential voices around the globe, today announced the initial roster of speakers for its 2018 edition. Taking place September 23 in New York during the United Nations General Assembly week, the Social Good Summit will focus on how technology and innovation can help advance global progress for everyone, everywhere.

Logitech POWERED Makes Charging Your iPhone Effortless and Easy

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f. Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the Logitech POWERED Wireless Charging Stand. Designed in collaboration with Apple, POWERED is a wireless charging stand for iPhone 8®, iPhone® 8 Plus and iPhone® X that makes it easy to charge and use iPhone at the same time.

Iain Mackay appointed GSK Chief Financial Officer

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GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announced that Iain Mackay has been appointed GSK’s next Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He has also been appointed as an Executive Director to the GSK Board.

USTDA Partners with Government of the Dominican Republic to Promote Value-Based Procurement

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Dirección General de Contrataciones Públicas (DGCP) of the Government of the Dominican Republic, formalizing their partnership under the Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI).

Updated Blocking Statute in support of Iran nuclear deal enters into force

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As the first batch of re-imposed US sanctions on Iran takes effect, the EU's updated Blocking Statute enters into force on 7 August to mitigate their impact on the interests of EU companies doing legitimate business in Iran.

IPPR North criticises regional imbalance in transport spending

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Statistics analysed by Insititute for Public Policy Research North (IPPR North) “lay bare the regional imbalance” in the UK economy.

D.R.Congo: Ebola virus outbreak endangers lives of 300,000 Congolese

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August 2018. CARE International is deeply concerned about a new Ebola virus outbreak in the North East of D.R.Congo, risking the lives of 300,000 Congolese.

Research on the Use of IoT and AI Technology to Improve Capacity Factor of Geothermal Power Plants

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KAWASAKI, JAPAN―Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) is conducting research that employs IoT and AI technology to improve capacity factors of geothermal power plants. The research program, which began this month and is scheduled to continue until FY 2020, aims to reduce the rate of problem occurrences at power plants by 20% while boosting capacity factors by 10%.

HRC Sends FOIA Request to Justice Department Regarding Creation of Religious Liberty Task Force

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WASHINGTON -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the release of all records related to the so-called “Religious Liberty Task Force” announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on July 30, 2018.

Evans School to study effects of Seattles sick leave ordinance

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How is Seattle’s law requiring paid sick leave affecting take-home pay for the city’s workers and productivity for its businesses?

NIH awards University of Washington, partner institutions $6.5M for reusable, reproducible biomedical modeling

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $6.5 million, five-year grant to the University of Washington and partner institutions to establish the Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling. The center’s primary goal is to develop more effective predictive models of biological systems, which are used in research and medicine.

Huge Prescott National Forest Logging Project Targets Half of Spotted Owl Habitat, Remaining Old-growth Trees

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PRESCOTT, Ariz.― Conservation groups filed a formal protest Monday to stop large-scale logging of old-growth trees in Prescott National Forest in critical habitat for the threatened Mexican spotted owl and northern goshawk.

Mercy Corps Names Adrienne Karecki Chief Development & Marketing Officer

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The global organization Mercy Corps has appointed Adrienne Karecki to the position of Chief Development & Marketing Officer effective August 1, 2018.

Blue-light technology improves identification of bladder cancer

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DALLAS – August 07, 2018 – From day one, Robert McMichael has been determined to live the best life he can. Born with muscular dystrophy, he refused to let his physical challenges block his path to achievement and completed medical school and a demanding residency in neurology.

Massive Oil Project Proposed in Fragile Arctic Reserve

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Trump administration today took a major step toward opening Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve — the largest roadless area in the United States — to new, industrial-scale oil development. The project threatens polar bears, caribou and migratory birds that live and travel through the ecologically rich reserve.

UCLA bioengineers show magnetic gels use to ease pain

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In an artist’s conception, a magnet pulls small magnetic particles inside a gel to control a neural cell’s flow of certain ions.

China Smartphone Units Drop by 6% YoY while Average Selling Prices Grow by 15% in 2Q18, IDC Reports

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BEIJING, Aug 7th, 2018 – According to preliminary data of the IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the Chinese smartphone market shipped 105 million units during the second quarter of 2018, resulting in a 5.9% year-over-year (YoY) decline. However, the pace of decline has narrowed compared to 1Q18 as channel activity normalized and new products were marketed.

Go behind the scenes on Instagram with a Ground Maintenance Technician

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Sahubdin Fazal (Shabby), a Ground Maintenance Technician, took the world behind-the-scenes at Delta's Ground Service Equipment facility in Atlanta. Not only that, he allowed Delta's Instagram followers to ask him questions in real-time using the platform's new questions sticker for Instagram Stories, which were then answered publicly in a subsequent post.

Human Rights First Calls for Release of Kavanaugh Documents

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There are important questions about whether and to what extent Brett Kavanaugh may have had knowledge of or played some role in the development of controversial and unlawful policies such as those relating to the torture of detainees held in U.S. custody,” said Human Rights First’s Raha Wala.

U.S. Government Should Stand with Canada Against Saudi Human Rights Abuses

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The Saudi government is arbitrarily detaining Samar Badawi, Nassima al-Sadah, and other women’s rights activists for having the temerity to say that women aren’t property. The Canadian government is right to be calling out this appalling behavior. A decision not to comment on this matter is, in practical terms, tacit approval of the Saudi government’s actions.

SEC Charges Cloud Communications Company and Two Senior Executives With Misleading Revenue Projections

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a cloud communications company and two executives with providing misleading quarterly revenue estimates.