Important Press Releases

Monitoring for the National Microbiological Database

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Microbiological data is collected in the National Microbiological Database (NMD) and analysed to ensure meat and poultry for sale in NZ or for export is free of organisms which might make it unsafe.

Australian Contribution Provides WFP School Meals For Children In Bhutan

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THIMPU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a donation of AUD 120,000 from the Government of Australia, which will enable WFP to continue its support to Bhutan’s National School Feeding Programme. The funds will allow WFP to feed 12,000 students for a full month during the 2018 school year.

Timor Sea dispute: progress and prospects as a deal emerges

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Throughout the course of 2017, Australia and Timor-Leste have negotiated in international conciliation proceedings to resolve their protracted disagreements over hydrocarbon resources and maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea.

UNICEF statement on suicide of 11-year-old Afghan refugee in Austria

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VIENNA/GENEVA, 22 November, 2017 –  “The recent reported suicide* of an 11 year-old Afghan boy in a refugee facility in Austria is a tragic reminder that European authorities need to pay greater attention to the deep psychosocial distress facing thousands of refugee children and children on the move.“Children fleeing war and conflict or uprooted from their homes are already dealing with significant levels of trauma. Not knowing what the future holds for them causes them additional emotional distress and anxiety. For some, this is simply too much to bear.“Exact numbers of suicides among child refugees in Europe remain unknown, but there have been several troubling reports of children, particularly from Afghanistan, ending their lives while awaiting news of their asylum claims or to be reunified with family elsewhere in Europe.“It is crucial that these children receive the right quality of care at the right time – help from caregivers and social workers trained to detect early warning signals of trouble, access to mental health services and the support of guardians or foster families.“If such measures are not put in place as a matter of urgency, the long term impact on children’s lives and their societies can be incalculable.”###Note to Editors: *Austrian authorities are investigating the circumstances of what led to the suicide of the boy who had reportedly been struggling to take care of his siblings.Austria has received 150,000 total asylum claims since 2015, including 60,000 children of which at least 12,000 were unaccompanied children.

Turkey: Global figures join call to end gross injustice as trial of Amnesty Chair and Director and other rights activists resumes

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More than 70 renowned cultural and political figures have come together to demand that Turkish authorities drop trumped-up terrorism charges against 11 human rights defenders, including Amnesty International’s Turkey Director and Chair.

Operation to protect eel fishery

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The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently ran an operation inspecting whitebaiters and eel fishers along the west coast of the lower North Island.

Trade unions can help people who feel 'left behind' by tackling insecure employment says Usdaw

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Usdaw, the shopworkers’ trade union, is today giving evidence to the House of Lords select committee on citizenship and civic engagement, which is investigating barriers to active citizenship. Presenting the union’s evidence is Fiona Wilson – Usdaw Head of Research and Economics.

UQ staff available to discuss student concerns

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UQ Student Services staff are available to any assist students who wish to discuss concerns arising from news reports about Emmanuel College.

Macris Power After Last Election

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Last week, with the elections in his pocket, Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced the instatement of several key reforms that were aimed at consolidating his executive power. Changes in his cabinet, labor reform, and a renewed relationship with the International Monetary Fund allowing for participation in the institution’s annual audit mechanism (previously abandoned by both Cristina and Nestor Kirchner), would mark a clear separation from the country’s previous style of administration.

Chancellor needs to end the unnecessary hardship low and middle income working families suffer on Universal Credit says Usdaw

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Shopworkers’ trade union leader John Hannett is calling for today’s Budget to fix the problems with Universal Credit (UC) that cause unnecessary hardship for many working families.

Australias citizenship saga projects an insular image

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Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg was subject to claims he may be a Hungarian citizen.

Open letter ahead of the upcoming trial of Taner Klc and the Istanbul Ten

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On Wednesday the trial of 11 human rights defenders including Taner Kılıç, and İdil Eser the chair and director of Amnesty International Turkey, will resume in Istanbul.

Schooling fish mainly react to one or two neighbours at a time

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New research has shown schooling fish constantly change who they decide to pay attention to and respond to one or two neighbours at a time. The study, published in PLOS Computational Biology, developed a new method combining behavioural analyses with a computer model to map the chain of direct interactions in a school of fish.

Fort Wayne Man Sentenced to 324 Months

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FORT WAYNE – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch, II, announces that, Eduardo Martinez, age 32 of Fort Wayne, IN was sentenced, before United States District Court Chief Judge Theresa Springmann after pleading guilty to possessing with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, distributing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm as an illegal alien.

Valeant Announces Closing Of Add-On Secured Notes And Credit Agreement Amendment

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LAVAL, Quebec, Nov. 21, 2017 / / -- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

Rainfall can indicate that mosquito-borne epidemics will occur weeks later

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The aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika and Chikungunya viruses.

AASL sets new standards with National Conference & Exhibition, providing school librarians with tools to think, create, share and grow

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PHOENIX – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) closed the curtain on a landmark National Conference & Exhibition Nov.

HIV-positive adults are under-treated for cardiovascular problems compared to those without HIV

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People with both HIV and risk factors for heart disease and stroke were less likely to be treated with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and aspirin than patients without HIV. The researchers believe this to be the first national study comparing statin use in patients with and without HIV and the first extensive analysis using U.S. data.

USAID Administrator Mark Green Travels to India

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to India from November 28 to December 1.  He will participate in the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), a preeminent business gathering that welcomes over 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters of innovation from 150 countries.  USAID's Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Michelle Bekkering will accompany him to GES.  Administrator Green will also visit several USAID programs, and meet with senior officials of the Government of India (GOI).

Governor Cooper Announces 35 New Jobs with Airgas Facility in Mebane

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Airgas USA, LLC will open a new facility in Alamance County that is expected to create 35 jobs over five years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases will invest approximately $47 million to open an air separation facility in Mebane capable of producing liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon.

Women and Public Policy Program launches research portfolio on gender and technology

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Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) is launching a new research program that will focus on gender and technology. The program is funded by Melinda Gates, through a $2 million grant made by her executive office, Pivotal Ventures.

Miami-Area Man Pleads Guilty for Role in $63 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

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A Miami-area, Florida man pleaded guilty today for his role in a $63 million health care fraud scheme involving a now-defunct community mental health center located in Miami that purported to provide partial hospitalization program (PHP) services to individuals suffering from mental illness.

Nogales CBP Officers Seize $595K in Hard Drugs

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TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested two people in separate incidents Monday afternoon for attempting to smuggle a combined $595,000 worth of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

New Tax on Graduate Students Would Harm the US

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Thanksgiving Dinner Is Cheapest in Years, But Are Family Farms Paying the Price?

CAIR-San Diego Educational Forum for Muslim Parents a Success

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Among the panelists were also school psychologists, and DELAC "District English Learners Advisory Committee" Chair.

AG Derek Schmidt: Former Finney County contractor permanently banned from doing business in Kansas

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OLATHE – (November 21, 2017) – A former Finney County man currently living in Leawood who was operating as a contractor has been banned from doing business in Kansas and ordered to repay four Kansas consumers, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Pitt Cyber Announces Affiliate Scholars

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PITTSBURGH—Twenty-four University of Pittsburgh faculty members will combine their areas of expertise to support Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security.

TSA implements new screening procedures for carry-on items at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, other Alaska airports

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented new and stronger carry-on baggage security screening procedures at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) and other Alaska airports.

Caribbean can only 'build back better' with international support and urgent climate action, UN, CARICOM Chiefs and Heads of Government

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The powerful category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in September causing a number of deaths and widespread devastation in the Caribbean.

Owner of Two Miami Home Health Agencies Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for Role in $74 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy

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The owner and operator of two defunct Miami home health agencies was sentenced today to 80 months in prison for her role in a $74 million conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program.

Upcoming webinar reviews intellectual freedom basics

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Whether you’re an educator or library director, front-facing circulation desk staff member or behind-the-scenes cataloger, understanding the First Amendment rights of your patrons is essential. The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is pleased to announce a Nov.

Denaturalization Sought Against Five Child Sexual Abusers in Florida, Illinois, and Texas

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Today, the U.S. Department of Justice filed denaturalization lawsuits against five individuals who, according to the Department’s complaints, unlawfully procured their U.S. citizenship by concealing sexual abuse of minor victims during the naturalization process. The civil complaints were filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida, the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District of Texas (two cases), and the Southern District of Texas.

CAIR Seeks Protection for Va. Muslim Student Facing Cyberbullying for Reporting Hijab Removal by Teacher

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WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/21/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on school officials in Virginia to protect a Muslim student who is facing cyberbullying after reporting that a teacher forcibly-removed her Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

Border Patrol Discovers Meth in Vehicles Spare Tire

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INDIO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two women last night, suspected of smuggling narcotics in their vehicle.

Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Harris County

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AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in the city of Houston will close permanently at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

Purdue startup specializing in children diagnosed with minimally verbal autism presents at national conference

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LOS ANGELES and WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Oliver Wendt, chief science officer of Purdue-affiliated company SPEAK MODalities, presented at the recent annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention with Barbara Weber, a member of ASHA’s professional development committee, in Los Angeles.

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals for 2018 award

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CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is accepting applications from innovative researchers for the annual Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The $3,000 grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct research, over the course of one year, that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

Massachusetts Man Charged with Sex Trafficking and Kidnapping

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The District of Maine is one of six districts designated through a competitive, nationwide selection process as a Phase II Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam), through the interagency ACTeam Initiative of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor. ACTeams focus on developing high-impact human trafficking investigations and prosecutions involving forced labor, international sex trafficking and sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion through interagency collaboration among federal prosecutors and federal investigative agencies.

Commissioner Adam Putnam Provides Tips to Avoid Black Friday, Cyber Monday Scams

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In advance of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Commissioner Adam H. Putnam is providing tips to help consumers avoid scams.