Friday - December 15, 2017
Trade Associations

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from national and international trade associations influencing the debate on federal policies.

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To the Person Who Ran Their Boat Too Close to Me
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Dec. 14 -- The Boat Owners Association of the United States issued the following news release:

When running a boat, how close is too close? For anyone behind the helm on a congested waterway or dropping anchor in a popular anchorage, "too close" could mean a boat length or a football field away. BoatUS Magazine writer Carol Newman Cronin looks at the issue in the story "How Close is Too Close?," which ranked tenth of the Top 10 BoatUS Magazine most-read stories of 2017. Just in time for winter reading, here's Cronin's story and nine other top-ranked features that can be found ... Show Full Article

NAD Recommends Alcon Laboratories Discontinue Certain Claims for 'Clear Care' Products, Including Certain 'Natural Tears' Claims
NEW YORK, Dec. 14 -- The Advertising Self-Regulatory Council's National Advertising Division issued the following news release:

The National Advertising Division has recommended Alcon Laboratories, Inc. discontinue claims that because they are preservative-free, the company's Clear Care and Clear Care Plus contact lens solutions are "more like natural tears." The claims were challenged by Bausch & Lomb, a competing maker of products for contact-lens patients.

NAD is an investigative unit of the advertising industry's system of self-regulation and is administered by the Council of Better Business ... Show Full Article

Innovative Hybrid Solar Energy System for Economically Attractive Electricity and Operationally Flexible Storable Heat
DES PLAINES, Illinois, Dec. 14 -- The Gas Technology Institute issued the following news release:

A project team led by GTI to develop a hybrid solar collector that simultaneously generates electricity and high-temperature on-demand heat has met critical Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) project milestones.

The ultra-high-efficiency novel hybrid solar converter has a double-mirror design optimized to capture as much of the energy in sunlight as possible, generating both electricity and storable heat (for later use) within the same system. An innovative collector ... Show Full Article

Genetics May Play Role in Chronic Pain After Surgery
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 14 -- The American Society of Anesthesiologists issued the following news release:

Genetics may play a role in determining whether patients experience chronic pain after surgery, suggests a study published today in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Aside from genetic factors, the study also found patients younger than 65 years old, males and those with a prior history of chronic pain were at increased risk.

"Our study not only shows there are common genetic variations among ... Show Full Article

GBTA Honors BCD Travel's Torsten Kriedt With Luoma Award
FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec. 14 -- The Global Business Travel Association Foundation issued the following news release:

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) - the voice of the global business travel industry - recently honored Torsten Kriedt, Vice President for Product Strategy and Innovation at BCD Travel, with the prestigious Luoma Award. Gehan Colliander, Chair of the GBTA Europe Advisory Board, presented the award during GBTA Conference 2017 Frankfurt in partnership with VDR last month.

GBTA established the Luoma Award in 2011 in honor of Jutta Luoma, the Executive Director of the Finnish ... Show Full Article

BIO Applauds USTR for Standing Up for Ag Innovation and Sound Science
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The Biotechnology Innovation Organization issued the following news release:

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is applauding efforts by the United States Government and other World Trade Organization (WTO) members for committing to strengthen the implementation and application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement).

Seventeen Trade Ministers signed a joint statement aimed at enhancing farmers' access to technology and tools to better feed a growing global population.

"The challenges facing our world's farmers are more complex than ever before," ... Show Full Article

AASCU Calls on Congress to Reverse the FCC'S Move to End Net Neutrality
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The American Association of State Colleges and Universities issued the following news release:

Today's action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to remove the Title II classification of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would end net neutrality by allowing ISPs to throttle, block or manipulate Internet content delivery through "paid prioritization." The Internet has been a transformative force in higher education. The FCC's unfortunate retreat from its enforcement of net neutrality will have highly adverse consequences for public colleges and universities and ... Show Full Article