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Friday, April 24, 2015

  • Posted at 9:41 AM
    "Military Contractors Belie the Myth of the U.S. Leaving Afghanistan and Iraq," argue Robert Weiner and Daniel Wallace in an article they wrote in the Cleveland Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com today. They assert that the U.S. army leaving Iraq and Afghanistan is a myth when there are still thousands of private military contractors there. The authors ask, "If the point is to leave, why are they still there?" and contend that "they are carrying out the same missions as ... read more
  • Posted at 6:00 AM
    Skills.com today announced the launch of its community and platform focused on developing and sharing the world's practical skills to enhance peoples' careers and lives. Skills.com launched at the White House Upskill Summit, joining 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across America who are answering the President's call to action and equipping workers of all ages with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs. Skills.com's mission is to provide a platform where ... read more
  • Posted at 6:00 AM
    The Media Institute today released an analysis by Harvard Law School faculty member and Media Institute Global Internet Freedom Advisory Council member Stuart N. Brotman that implements a new approach for assessing a country's broadband Internet capabilities. Net Vitality: Identifying the Top-Tier Global Broadband Internet Ecosystem Leaders identifies five countries leading in their deployment and use of broadband Internet. The analysis examines ways to sustain long-term Internet vibrancy, both in the United States and around the world, and inform future ... read more
  • John McDonough Joins Sequoia Security Group Inc. --- WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015
    Posted at 5:31 AM
    We welcome John McDonough who has recently joined the Sequoia Security Group (SSG) team bringing over 28 years of law enforcement, military and private sector experience in both investigative and protection related services. At SSG, John will lead as the Vice President of Executive Protection. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150423/201199 John retired from the United State Secret Service after a succesful 23 year career, the latter part of which he served as a senior manager. John's career spanned across all mission areas of the ... read more
  • Posted at 4:44 AM
    Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Vanda) (NASDAQ: VNDA) today announced that the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of HETLIOZ(®) (tasimelteon) for the treatment of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (Non-24) in totally blind adults in the European Union (EU). "The positive opinion by CHMP on HETLIOZ(®) is another milestone on the road to approval in the EU and the building of a global brand to benefit patients with Non-24 ... read more
  • Sagoon Inc. Closes $500,000 Seed Funding --- WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015
    Posted at 4:00 AM
    Sagoon Inc., a Washington, DC-based tech startup, is pleased to announce that, due to the generosity of several angel investors, it has closed $500,000 seed funding. Funds raised will go towards product development and team expansion in engineering in India and US, supporting the company's upcoming web and mobile applications. "We are grateful and proud to have such wonderful angel investors who clearly believe in our vision and have rewarded us with the ability to tackle great challenges in the future," ... read more

Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 24 --- WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015
    Posted at 9:01 PM
    Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20110428/DC91889LOGO PUBLIC HEALTH Profile America -- Friday, April 24th. Early America certainly was a simpler society than that which we have today, but some of today's familiar institutions were part of the national experience over 200 years ago. On this date in 1795, the city of Baltimore set up a permanent, elected board of health, successor to the nation's first such appointed agency. The first board was created by Maryland's governor ... read more
  • Posted at 4:50 PM
    Despite being entirely in English and produced for U.S. audiences, FactCheckArmenia today issued a statement highlighting the fact that 100lives.com relies on Russia to drive up site visits and search ranking. In fact, only 3.9 percent of overall visitors are from the United States, according to Alexa.com. In 2014, Armenia took a dangerous diplomatic turn when it chose to join Russia's new customs union, turning its back on the West and its fellow former Soviet states. Armenia is a former member ... read more
  • Posted at 2:46 PM
    Today 37 Senators wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to set strong biofuel volume requirements for 2014 and beyond that are consistent with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanked the Senators for this bipartisan effort to support the goals ... read more
  • Launch Of Enhanced Public Plans Data Website --- WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015
    Posted at 1:52 PM
    The Center for State and Local Government Excellence, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, and the National Association of State Retirement Administrators announced the launch today of the enhanced Public Plans Data website (PPD) at www.publicplansdata.org. The PPD aggregates data to provide policymakers and others a comprehensive view of public sector retirement plans. Available on the site are: -- "Quick Facts," including asset allocations and funded ratios at the ... read more
  • Posted at 1:36 PM
    After attaining standing for clients last November in their challenge against an illegal employment visa program called the Optional Practical Training program (or OPT), the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), along with attorney John Miano, today has filed a new complaint against the federal government, asking the D.C. District Court to find that another employment visa program violates federal law. IRLI is suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over its new H-4 visa Rule which purports to grant work ... read more
  • Posted at 12:34 PM
    The Oregon HERC coverage guidance on proton beam therapy (PBT) which was recently open for public comment, only supports coverage of malignant ocular tumors, and declines to recommend coverage for pediatric malignant tumors or any other tumors for adult patients. Because this document will be used by public and private payors throughout the state to guide their coverage decisions around PBT, which is an advanced form of radiation, this unprecedented decision has grave implications for residents of the state of ... read more
  • Posted at 11:00 AM
    This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed two important cybersecurity information sharing bills that provide liability protections to companies that share critical security information with the government. The National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (NCPA) and the Protecting Cyber Networks Act also allow businesses to provide defensive measures to protect their own networks from criminal intrusion. These bills will help foster the existing public-private partnership that already exists between the government and industry by creating a trusted environment that makes ... read more
  • Posted at 11:00 AM
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE:TEVA) and Active Biotech (NASDAQ OMX NORDIC:ACTI) today announced the first patient has been enrolled in the study A Randomized Placebo-controlled Trial Evaluating Laquinimod in PPMS, Gauging Gradations In MRI and Clinical Outcomes ... read more
  • Posted at 9:02 AM
    Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday urging the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable because of the negative ... read more
  • Posted at 8:44 AM
    The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced today that three leading health care IT companies are participating in its electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) pilot testing program, eMeasure. All three companies work with electronic health record (EHR) data. The program will test the ability to ... read more
  • Posted at 8:21 AM
    Financial literacy month ends on May 1. But you still have time to change your own spending habits--and shape your kids' spending habits, for life, the FoolProof Foundation says. FoolProof was founded with the strong support of legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite--for decades known as the most trusted man in America. "Cronkite's belief in the power of skepticism when making decisions drives our Foundation's work," says Foundation Director Will deHoo. Here's how to put Cronkite's skepticism to work for you and ... read more
  • PIA Agency Marketing Guide Available Online --- WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015
    Posted at 8:12 AM
    The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has made its 2014 PIA Agency Marketing Guide available to insurance professionals across America through its website at www.PIAAgencyMarketingGuide.com. The PIA Agency Marketing Guide contains hands-on marketing advice from some of the insurance industry's premier experts and practicing professionals. The 2014 edition focused primarily on case studies and firsthand accounts of marketing successes experienced by independent agents across America. It was originally published in print and online in June 2014 and made available ... read more
  • Posted at 7:30 AM
    For members of the military, dogs are their best friends. Dogs keep them safe and can provide company in the face of unspeakable hardships. Last week, American Humane Association, which has been working with the military for a century, met with members of Congress and Senators on both sides of the aisle about the issues facing the brave dogs who serve our military. Accompanying them at these meetings were two K-9 Battle Buddy teams whose stories you can hear on ... read more
  • Posted at 6:33 AM
    The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Hubble has completely transformed our view of the universe, revealing the true beauty and richness of the cosmos," said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate. "This vista of starry fireworks and glowing gas ... read more