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U.S. And Chinese Delegations Conclude 25TH Session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade
12/19/2014 12:19:32 PM
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today hosted a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Wang Yang for the 25th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which took place in Chicago. At the conclusion of the discussions, the United States announced key outcomes in the areas of agricultural …
Americans Support Red Light Cameras at Intersections, Says FindLaw.com Survey
12/17/2014 12:55:55 PM
The long arm of the law these days is often in the form of a robotic camera that captures motorists who run red lights. But the cameras are not always popular. New Jersey is scheduled to discontinue use of red light cameras on December 16, and several other cities and states are considering similar moves. Despite the controversy, a majority of Americans back the use of red …
EFF in Court to Argue NSA Data Collection from Internet Backbone Is Unconstitutional
12/17/2014 10:36:29 AM
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue on Friday before a federal court that the National Security Agency (NSA) is violating the Fourth Amendment by copying and searching data that it collects by tapping into the Internet backbone. The hearing on a motion for partial summary judgment in Jewel v. NSA will be at 9 am on Dec. 19 before Judge Jeffrey White at the …
EPA to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Highlight Past Successes and Small System Challenges
12/15/2014 2:48:29 PM
On Tuesday, December 16th, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld will be joined by State, local and community representatives at the San Jose Community and Bea Main Learning Center in Coachella Valley to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Over the past four decades, the SDWA has enabled EPA and partners to supply safe drinking …
The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014
12/15/2014 1:13:05 PM
This past week, national newborn screening legislation unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and is now headed to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature. The bill implements new tracking measures and timetables aimed at eliminating critical delays in the newborn screening process, so that infants with deadly yet treatable genetic disorders can be diagnosed …
New York City Raises $15 Million for 2016 DNC Bid, Has $5 Million Cash on Hand
12/12/2014 12:44:52 PM
The de Blasio Administration today announced that it has secured an additional $5 million from host committee members in support of New York City’s bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, bringing the City’s fundraising total to $15 million. Today’s announcement showcases New York City’s unparalleled ability to commit substantial resources to hosting the 2016 …
People power packs Peru’s streets
People power packs Peru’s streets
12/12/2014 12:43:10 PM
Civil society members attending climate talks in Peru moved from the conference rooms to the streets of Lima on Wednesday to participate in the People’s Climate March. The march brought together thousands of climate activists from around the world and Peru. The demonstration of people power in Lima is the continuation of a series of actions that have taken place in more …
USDA Seeks Public Comment on New Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule
12/11/2014 4:08:32 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA has established a 60-day comment period for the rule. The rule is expected to be available …
Spotlighting racism, stigma, UN launches International Decade of People of African Descent
Spotlighting racism, stigma, UN launches International Decade of People of African Descent
12/10/2014 6:36:08 PM
People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the word body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent. “Over the next ten years, people everywhere are encouraged to take part in the global conversation on the realities faced by people of …
Bold Energy Reforms Needed across Major Emerging Economies to Sustain Economic Growth and Tackle Sustainability Challenges: Report
12/10/2014 10:19:06 AM
The Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2015 , launched today, ranks 125 countries on ability to deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy Switzerland, Norway and France top the global rankings; Brazil ranks highest of the major emerging economies examined, with China and India facing some of the greatest challenges Effective energy reforms are …
KKC Launches New “The Whistleblower Blog” on International Anti-Corruption Day
12/9/2014 4:00:00 PM
December 9, 2014. Washington, D.C. Today, the law firm of  Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, LLP  launched “ The Whistleblower Blog .”  This Blog is a  pro bono  public service project sponsored by the whistleblower rights law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP. The Whistleblower Blog highlights important news, legal developments and policy issues critical to whistleblowers …
“Stand With Hillary” Country Music Video Goes Viral Nearing One Million Views
“Stand With Hillary” Country Music Video Goes Viral Nearing One Million Views
12/9/2014 9:09:48 AM
The song and YouTube video, “ Stand With Hillary,” continues to make waves around the world and across social media while garnering widespread attention from the mainstream and international press . Launched by the Stand With Hillary PAC, the video supports Hillary Clinton’s much-anticipated run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Initial goals for …
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Announce Business Development Mission to China
12/9/2014 9:00:35 AM
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced that they will lead a Business Development Mission to China in April 2015, focused on industries supporting Smart Cities and Smart Growth. The trade mission will help U.S. companies launch or increase their business in China in areas such as green buildings, building energy …
The African American Male: Are They Truly On the Verge of Extinction?
The African American Male: Are They Truly On the Verge of Extinction?
12/8/2014 9:50:58 PM
According to Reverend Eliakim Thorpe, a public speaker, thought leader, Entrepreneur and ordained minister out of Kalamazoo Michigan, “In the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson Missouri & the Eric Garner choke hold death, we find the consciousness of America gripped again by the ongoing debate of race.” Mr. Thorpe added that most concerning to him, is what …
From Immigration To The First Amendment: Investigation Discovery Presents “The Joe Show” – A Film Premiere That Grants Unprecedented Access To America’S Most Controversial Sheriff, Joe Arpaio
12/2/2014 12:09:14 PM
For more than 20 years, Joe Arpaio has used fear, crime and his role as sheriff in Maricopa County, Ariz., to make himself the most famous law enforcement officer in the world. Racism, sex crimes, illegal immigration, first amendment rights and multiple deaths at the hands of his employees are all issues Arpaio faces and spins. Most recently, he announced a lawsuit against …
New Undernutrition Maps Will Enhance Decision Making For Nutrition Programming
12/1/2014 1:20:22 PM
Interesting and relevant findings emerge from the first-ever upazila-level undernutrition maps of Bangladesh, launched today by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to aid policy makers, planners and researchers in decision-making on targeted and integrated nutrition-focused …
New UN-backed open-source tool will support community resilience-building
New UN-backed open-source tool will support community resilience-building
11/27/2014 11:10:27 AM
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme ( FAO ) is teaming up with a coalition of partner agencies to develop a new data crunching tool to help national governments, development and relief organizations in their efforts to prevent and respond to crises such as animal diseases, plant pests and even conflict. In a news release out today, FAO announced that the …
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 …
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 …