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Whistleblower Seeks Supreme Court Review in Controversial Iraqi War Defense Contracting Fraud Case
11/26/2014 3:26:51 PM
Washington, D.C. November 25, 2014. A whistleblower who formally worked for the giant defense contractor, Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) has filed a petition for a writ of  certiorari  to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of a highly controversial ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit permitting corporations to hide documentation of fraud obtained in …
Inmarsat and ESA sign Iris Precursor partnership
11/26/2014 12:43:32 PM
Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety service is to play an integral part in the future European air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure. Inmarsat has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the Iris Precursor partnership which will upgrade SwiftBroadband to meet the demanding standards set for ground-based VHF data links. This will enable Single European …
Lung Association Welcomes Obama Administration’s Long Overdue Ozone Pollution Proposal, Calls for Greater Protection
11/26/2014 10:46:50 AM
Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to strengthen the current ozone pollution limits to a more protective level in the range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), down from 75 ppb: “Today’s proposal by the Obama Administration to …
EPA Proposes Smog Standards to Safeguard Americans from Air Pollution
11/26/2014 9:47:55 AM
Based on extensive recent scientific evidence about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone, or smog, EPA is proposing to strengthen air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) to better protect Americans’ health and the environment, while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to review the standards every …
FDA finalizes menu and vending machine calorie labeling rules
11/26/2014 9:33:47 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations to provide consumers with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home. The rules are required by the 2010 …
Satellite Views Early Thanksgiving Travel Trouble Areas in U.S.
Satellite Views Early Thanksgiving Travel Trouble Areas in U.S.
11/25/2014 6:25:07 PM
As the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday approaches this Thursday, November 27, NOAA’s GOES-East and GOES-West satellites are keeping a weather eye out for storms that may affect early travelers. In an image from Nov. 25, the satellites show an active weather pattern is in place for travelers across the central and eastern U.S. NOAA’s GOES-East satellite provides visible and …
Sanctions are ‘effective’ method to build global stability, Security Council told
Sanctions are ‘effective’ method to build global stability, Security Council told
11/25/2014 6:22:01 PM
From Afghanistan and Angola to Haiti and the former Yugoslavia, sanctions implemented by the United Nations Security Council have had a positive track record, proving their efficacy and economy in supporting Member States overcome instability, the top UN political official said today. “UN sanctions have proved to be an effective complement to other Security Council instruments …
The Army Marathon and the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Honor the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
11/25/2014 12:42:09 PM
Today, leaders with The Army Marathon and the National Mounted Warfare Foundation (NMWF) announced the next step in their partnership – the unveiling of the Marathon’s 2015 finisher’s medal that includes an image of the one of the battle tanks that will be a focal point in the National Mounted Warrior Museum which the foundation is planning to build at Fort Hood. “The Army …
US Marine Corps awards Rolls-Royce v-22 engine services contract
11/25/2014 10:49:09 AM
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a new, two-year contract to provide aftermarket engine support for the US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 fleets, which provides a more than 30 percent reduction in support costs. The contract, through the company’s innovative MissionCare™ model, is valued at up to $287 million and will cover all V-22 aircraft across the Marine and Air Force …
KBR Compelled To Release Internal Reports Documenting Iraq War Contracting Fraud
11/24/2014 6:01:58 PM
Washington, D.C. November 24, 2014. A U.S District Court judge has ordered defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), the massive multinational company responsible for many of the construction projects in the Iraq war, to turn over incriminating documents prepared as part of an internal investigation of multi-million dollar war contracting fraud. The order to produce …
False insurance claims leads to jail term, orders of restitution to Aviva Canada
11/24/2014 11:57:29 AM
Aviva Canada, one of the country’s leading providers of home, auto, leisure and business insurance, today commends the of Durham Regional Police, Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Crown Attorney’s Office for bringing those committing insurance fraud to justice.  On November 13, 2014, Superior Court Justice Christopher Corkery convicted former Aviva Canada policyholder …
French President François Hollande inaugurates new Safran/Albany production plant in eastern France
French President François Hollande inaugurates new Safran/Albany production plant in eastern France
11/24/2014 11:27:00 AM
François Hollande, President of France, Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO of Safran, and Joseph G. Morone, President and CEO of Albany International Corp., today inaugurated a new production plant in Commercy, eastern France, within the scope of the industrial partnership between Safran and Albany. Opened in May 2014, the plant makes parts for new-generation aircraft …
Serco awarded contract to continue running Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre
11/24/2014 11:25:07 AM
Serco will introduce a series of improvements and innovations at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) under a new eight year contract awarded by the UK Home Office to continue running the Centre.  Serco will draw on best practice from around the world to ensure that the highest standard of care is provided for residents at all times and to place even more emphasis on …
Planned Parenthood Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action to Address Nation’s Broken Immigration System
11/21/2014 2:41:34 PM
Planned Parenthood Federation of America commends President Obama for taking long overdue executive action addressing key issues in our nation’s broken immigration system, and calling on the administration and Congress to work to extend healthcare coverage to these individuals. Statement from Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America : “We …
In West Africa, countries at risk of Ebola remain on high alert: UNICEF
11/21/2014 1:09:05 PM
With new Ebola cases in Mali and a continuing surge in Sierra Leone, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to help other West African countries at risk prepare for potential outbreaks.   “The new cases in Mali remind us that no country in the region is immune to Ebola,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “We cannot wait for new cases in …

Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program
Keeps Children’s Holiday Spirit Alive
Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program Keeps Children’s Holiday Spirit Alive
11/21/2014 11:22:52 AM
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark! Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa: Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole. Tell your child that …
Most people who drink excessively are not alcohol dependent
Most people who drink excessively are not alcohol dependent
11/21/2014 11:11:47 AM
Nine in 10 adults who drink too much alcohol are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The study appears today in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease . Excessive drinking includes binge …
Lawmakers Press KBR On Gagging Whistleblowers
11/20/2014 6:15:40 PM
Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto’s landmark case,  In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al. , continues to make headlines as members of Congress are joining KKC’s battle aimed at halting the use of non-disclosures agreements to silence whistleblowers.  Members of Congress called on  KBR CEO Stuart Bradie  to come forward with information about the company’s non-disclosure …
Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Anonymous Speech in California Prop. 35 Case
11/20/2014 10:02:06 AM
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Proposition 35, a 2012 California ballot initiative that would have restricted the rights of registered sex offenders to communicate on the Internet, is likely unconstitutional. The opinion affirms an earlier district court ruling in Doe v. Harris , a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern …
Atos is the first IT company to obtain BCR Certification in recognition of how it safeguards its clients’ personal data
11/20/2014 9:58:48 AM
Atos, an international leader in digital services, today announced that it is the first IT company to obtain the Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) approval for processing personal data on behalf of its clients and for itself. The approval covers the worldwide operations of Atos Group including Atos Worldgrid, Canopy and Worldline, and has been granted by all European data …