Important Press Releases

Reclamation releases environmental documents for Minidoka Powerplant Unit 7 maintenance project

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MINIDOKA COUNTY, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation has issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Minidoka Powerplant Unit 7 draft tube bulkhead structure, located at Minidoka Dam in Minidoka County, Idaho.

USTDA Announces Call for Energy Project Proposals in Africa

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced today a call for initial proposals from project sponsors in sub-Saharan Africa or U.S. companies working with African project sponsors. These entities are invited to submit an initial concept paper (not to exceed five pages) on energy-related projects to USTDA no later than Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 12:00pm Eastern Time to be considered for funding.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Presents Art of Three Faiths: Torah, Bible, Qur'an

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Menorah of the Tabernacle (Book of Leviticus) from the Rothschild Pentateuch, France and/or Germany, 1296. Leaf: 10 7/8 x 8 1/4 in. (27.5 x 21 cm). Ms. 116 (2018.43), fol.

Secretary-General meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister in Colombo

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has met the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, during her first official visit to the country.

Sport as a Vehicle for Social Change and Empowerment, UN Women and Generations For Peace Announce New Partnership

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August 2018 – Amman/Jordan:  UN Women and Generations For Peace today announced a new partnership to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment using sport as an effective driver of social cohesion and civic engagement. Within this framework, more than 600,000 vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian refugee youth will be engaged in sport-based activities designed to promote a greater understanding of resilience and empowerment from a gender-sensitive perspective.

Treating severely malnourished children in NDjamena

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A nurse monitors the vital parameters of a child admitted to MSF's inpatient therapeutic feeding centre in N'Djamena, Chad, on 4 August 2018.

Bandits drill Comets for fifth straight win

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AVON, Ohio — The Chicago Bandits introduced Sprenger Stadium to professional softball Friday night and did so with a bang. Kristyn Sandberg, DJ Sanders and Stacy May-Johnson each delivered home runs in a 10-2 victory over the Cleveland Comets in Avon, Ohio.

Alumnus who is business executive, civic leader keynotes commencement

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Alumnus Ronald W. Dollens shares insight from his experiences in executive leadership with graduates during the summer commencement in Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music.

Trump Administration to Abruptly End Ban on Bee-killing Pesticides on National Wildlife Refuges

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WASHINGTON— The Trump administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it plans to reverse a 2014 national wildlife refuge system ban on the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically modified crops that trigger greater pesticide use.

More children are going hungry during summer holidays, say teachers

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A snapshot survey of 657 secondary teachers by the National Education Union shows the growing concern amongst teachers that young people are not getting enough food to eat over the summer holidays.

Newschaffer named dean of the College of Health and Human Development

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Craig J. Newschaffer, associate dean for research in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, has been named the new Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, following a national search.

OAS Celebrates First Inter-American Week for Indigenous Peoples

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The Organization of American States (OAS) will celebrate, from August 6 to 10, the First Inter-American Week for Indigenous Peoples, with a number of activities designed to highlight the culture, traditions, languages and other contributions of indigenous peoples in several fields.

Reclamation to Hold Open House Meeting on Belle Fourche Reservoir Resource Management Plan

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Reclamation and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) are holding an open house meeting on Thursday August 23, 2018, at the Rocky Point Warehouse from 5:00-8:00 pm MST. The meeting will be held at 18513 Fishermans Road, Belle Fourche, SD 57717.

Reward offered in Sanilac County, Michigan, for information leading to arrest in fireworks attack that left four animals dead

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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the cruel and thoughtless fireworks attack that killed four calves in Sanilac County.

Justice for Young Survivor in the Fastest Cybersex Trafficking Conviction to Date

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – A record-breaking conviction: After only four and a half months in trial, a Philippine court found a man guilty of trafficking and posting real-life footage of sexual abuse of children online.

Peer support could reduce readmission to mental health crisis units

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Care from peer support workers with lived experience of mental health conditions may help reduce the likelihood of readmission for people who have recently left acute mental health care, finds a new UCL-led study.

IDC Forecasts Worldwide Spending on 3D Printing to Reach $23 Billion in 2022

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass., August 3, 2018 – A new update to the Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) shows global spending on 3D printing (including hardware, materials, software, and services) growing to $23.0 billion in 2022 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.

Department of Energy Announces Request for Information on Offshore Wind Energy R&D Facilities

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input on existing capabilities and needs of national-level offshore wind research and development (R&D) test facilities.

Hayward Resident Sentenced to Over Five Years in Prison for Selling Firearms and Prescription Drugs without a License and Related Charges

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OAKLAND – Marcos Anthony Hatch was sentenced Friday, August 3, 2018, to 63 months in prison for dealing in firearms and prescription medications without a license and related charges, announced United States Attorney Alex G. Tse, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Jill Snyder, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen.

UW, PNNL to host energy research center focusing on bio-inspired design and assembly

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an expected $10.75 million, four-year grant to the University of Washington, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other partner institutions for a new interdisciplinary research center to define the enigmatic rules that govern how molecular-scale building blocks assemble into ordered structures and give rise to complex hierarchical materials.

Felon Convicted Of Unlawful Possession Of Firearm

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Following a three-day jury trial, a Las Vegas felon was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm that was discovered during a traffic stop, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Jill A. Snyder for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Joint statement by the European Commission and the Spanish Government

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During today's meeting the European Commission and the Government of Spain discussed the current situation and the measures taken by Spain, including contingency plans to be adopted this summer.

Buell Establishes Mens Basketball Head Coaching Endowment

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Dick Buell has been a Purdue men’s basketball fan since his days as an undergraduate student watching the Boilermakers play at Lambert Fieldhouse.

Parasite infections with multiple strains are more harmful to vertebrate hosts

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The Minchella Lab explores and characterizes complex interactions between parasites and their hosts.

North Carolina Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in Multi-State Dog Fighting Prosecution

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A North Carolina man was sentenced yesterday to one year and one day in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for his role in dog fighting activities, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.

UCLA neurosurgeons accurate diagnosis restored teens vision

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Rhianna Wilson spent her senior year of high school in and out of four San Diego hospitals, seeking relief for her vision loss, leg pain and excruciating headaches.

Sudan: Harassment, threats and revocation of press licence against journalist Ahmed Abakar

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Geneva, August 3, 2018) - On July 26, 2018, Alkarama, along with the and the Arab Coalition for Sudan – ACS , requested the intervention of several UN experts in the case of Ahmed Abakar, a journalist who has been harassed, threatened and banned from working by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS ).

Trustees approve biennial budget requests

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Purdue Trustees on Friday (Aug.

Virginia Tax Return Preparer Indicted For Aiding In False Tax Return Scheme

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A federal grand jury has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging a Roanoke, Virginia tax return preparer with aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns and filing a false personal tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E.

Trustees OK residence hall construction agreement, approve other campus projects

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Purdue Trustees on Friday (Aug.

Monthly Solar Photovoltaic Module Shipments Report

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Beginning in January 2017, some respondents to the Form EIA-63B survey were required to report monthly data. The subset of respondents who now must report monthly represents approximately 90% of photovoltaic (PV) activity in the United States, based on 2016 data.

Prime Healthcare Services and CEO to Pay $65 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

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Prime Healthcare Services, Inc., Prime Healthcare Foundation, Inc., and Prime Healthcare Management, Inc.

UCLA research shows how carbon-filled oceans affect a tiny but important organism

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Coccolithophores, shown here under magnification, are food sources for small fish and zooplankton, and they also remove huge amounts of carbon from the ocean.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Grants Humboldt Marten Trapping Ban

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SALEM, Ore.— In response to a petition by five conservation groups earlier this year, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today instructed the Department of Fish and Wildlife to draft rules to protect the approximately 200 Humboldt martens left in Oregon.

Purdue trustees approve new named Education deanship, other faculty honors

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (Aug.

Mercy Corps Strongly Condemns Attacks on Hodeidah

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SANA’A, Yemen—The global organization Mercy Corps strongly condemns last night’s attacks in Hodeidah that hit a fish market and the entrance to a local hospital. These incidents make it increasingly dangerous and difficult to help civilians caught in Yemen’s war.

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour sentenced to five months in prison following lengthy trial

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Geneva, August 3, 2018) – On July 31, 2018, Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was sentenced by an Israeli court to five months in prison with an additional six-month suspended sentence on charges of “incitement to violence” and “support for terror organisations” as a result of her poetry and social media activity.

Two Former Biscayne Park Patrol Officers Plead Guilty to Deprivation of a Juveniles Civil Rights by Intentionally Making False Arrests

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Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore, U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Troy Walker, Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), today announced that former Biscayne Park Police Officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez pleaded guilty today to depriving a 16-year old juvenile, “T.

Airstrikes in Hodeidah mark fresh violence in vulnerable Yemen port city

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August 2018 – Almost two months after an offensive on the Yemen port city of Hodeidah began, last night airstrikes hit a fish market and the entrance to a hospital, injuring up to 70 people and killing at least 20, including medical staff.

Iraq: UN reiterates call for the immediate release of staff of former vice-president Al Hashimi

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Geneva, August 3, 2018) – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD ) has published a decision adopted in April 2018 and issued in late July qualifying the detention of 24 Iraqi citizens* as arbitrary. The majority of individuals named in Opinion 38/2018 were employees or persons with alleged personal connections with former Vice-President Tariq Al Hashimi.