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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Overall Tax Cost and Compliance Burden Lower for Business Around the World
11/20/2014 9:46:51 AM
Paying taxes has become easier over the past year for medium-sized companies around the world, the latest report from the World Bank Group and PwC finds. The time it takes an average company to meet its tax obligations dropped by four hours last year, according to the Paying Taxes 2015 study. The report also revealed that the total amount the average company paid in taxes and …
At global food conference, UN officials sound the call for better global nutrition
At global food conference, UN officials sound the call for better global nutrition
11/19/2014 1:56:34 PM
The international community must intensify its efforts towards eradicating hunger and malnutrition, top United Nations officials declared today at the opening of a major global food conference held in Rome, Italy, as 170 Member States adopted a series of pledges aimed at ensuring that that all citizens around the world gain better access to healthier and more sustainable …
HHS and NIH take steps to enhance transparency of clinical trial results
11/19/2014 1:07:03 PM
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which proposes regulations to implement reporting requirements for clinical trials that are subject to Title VIII of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). The proposed rule clarifies requirements to clinical researchers for registering clinical …
SEC Whistleblower Office Continues Big Improvements
11/19/2014 9:46:07 AM
Washington, D.C. November 19, 2014.  On Monday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of the Whistleblower released its FY 2014 Annual Report.  The report, required by Congress, documented significant improvements in the SEC’s whistleblower program, leading the National Whistleblower Center to point to the SEC program as a model for other federal agencies to …
BHP Billiton’s Conservation Efforts on the World Stage
11/17/2014 9:35:54 AM
Thousands of conservation experts from around the world, including environmental scientists from BHP Billiton, are in Sydney for the 2014 World Parks Congress (WPC). WPC is the preeminent conservation forum and is held every 10 years to share best-practice knowledge in managing protected wilderness areas. BHP Billiton Senior Manager Environment, Erika Korosi joined …
Pro-Hillary Grassroots PAC Launched to Reach Working Families and Latinos in Key Battleground States
Pro-Hillary Grassroots PAC Launched to Reach Working Families and Latinos in Key Battleground States
11/17/2014 8:32:44 AM
Camarillo, CA – Stand With Hillary PAC launched a social media campaign, #SWH2016, to invite working families and Latinos to stand with Hillary Clinton in her much-anticipated run for the Democratic nomination and to counter gender-based attacks in the 2016 presidential campaign.   The song and video “Stand With Hillary” is featured on www.SWH2016.com and on  YouTube  and …
Germany Boosts Nutrition & Resilience Efforts For Malawi’s Vulnerable Communities
11/13/2014 11:40:25 AM
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed two contributions from the government of Germany totalling €2.6 million. Part of the donation, €395,900 (about 240 million MWK), is for nutrition assistance, and the remaining €2,250,000 (about 1.4 billion MWK) will help build resilience over a four-year period in some of Malawi’s most food insecure districts. Despite …
TTIP: Big Opportunity for Small Business
11/13/2014 11:32:24 AM
According to a new report by the Atlantic Council conducted in both the United States and the European Union, small and medium businesses based in both America and Europe would benefit from passage of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP.)  In survey research and interviews conducted with SMEs on both sides of the Atlantic, the study** cites three core …
World Bank Group Supports Egypt’s Investment Climate and Competitiveness Senior Director Anabel Gonzalez Holds Two-Day Visit in Egypt
11/12/2014 10:22:46 AM
The World Bank Group’s Senior Director of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, Anabel Gonzalez, begins a two-day visit to Egypt today to discuss with the Egyptian government support to the country’s investment climate and competitiveness. Ms. Gonzalez is due to hold meetings with senior government officials including the Minister of Investment, Ashraf Salman, and …
Michael Gill has Released a new Video Narrative
11/11/2014 3:11:57 PM
Over the last few months, Mike Gill has been documenting his allegations of corruption and organized crime in the State of New Hampshire in a series of videos.  Today he is releasing another video in this series titled “Wall of Corruption”. In this video, Mike Gill recaps all of the information that he has released to-date addressing his allegations of corruption and tying …
One year after devastating storm, UN says Philippines ‘on road to recovery’
One year after devastating storm, UN says Philippines ‘on road to recovery’
11/7/2014 1:36:25 PM
One year after super Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines, destroying large swaths of the archipelago, the United Nations has declared the country to be “well on the road to recovery” as efforts to rebuild the livelihoods of local communities – particularly farmers and fishers – begin to yield results. “Farmers are the backbone of this recovery and the key to …
Mayor de Blasio, Senator Schumer Announce FEMA Commitment of at Least $1.6 Billion to Repair and Protect Sandy-Damaged Public Hospitals
11/7/2014 12:42:49 PM
Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced that the City has secured a commitment of at least $1.6 billion in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to repair and protect the City’s public hospitals damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The allocation—the second largest FEMA award ever and the largest award under FEMA’s 428 program—will …