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NCCCO Participates in World Standards Week
FAIRFAX, Virginia, Dec. 15 -- The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators issued the following news release:

NCCCO CEO Graham Brent addressed delegates at two conferences in October in conjunction with World Standards Week 2017. Held two weeks apart in Washington DC and in Singapore, the conferences were designed to highlight the manner in which properly developed standards could reduce risk in the workplace while at the same time promoting innovation.

Brent's presentation, Construction Risk Mitigation Through Conformity Assessment, focused on the impact CCO certification ... Show Full Article

InterAction Policy Paper Highlights NGO Expertise in Successful Country Transitions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- InterAction issued the following news release:

InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations, released a policy paper on lessons learned from civil society and operational NGOs with experience transitioning the management of development programs to local communities and governments around the world. The paper highlights ten key lessons, chief among them that effective transitions take time and need to be coordinated inclusively well in advance. By working within local communities, planning for challenges and implementing programs ... Show Full Article

GOP Tax Bill Threatens Housing Assistance, Just as Many Workers Struggle to Pay Rent
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities issued the following news release:

The pending Republican tax bill threatens to deeply undermine programs that help low-income Americans keep a roof over their heads, just as a new report shows that the number of struggling renters will likely remain high in the coming years. Nearly a third of new jobs in the coming decade will be low-wage jobs, which typically employ workers who struggle to pay rent, an analysis from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) finds.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number ... Show Full Article

Conservation Advocates Take Scott Pruitt's 'Do-Nothing' Texas Pollution Plan to Court
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Dec. 15 -- Earthjustice issued the following news release:

A group of clean air and parks conservation advocacy groups today challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to allow polluters to increase health and visibility-harming pollution in court. The groups filed a lawsuit in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, along with a petition for reconsideration to EPA, asserting that EPA's Texas Regional Haze plan is unlawful and will do little to actually clean up pollution from Texas' coal plants as it was originally intended to do. The groups are represented ... Show Full Article

Bird Conservation International (BCI) Publishes Paper on Illegal Killing & Taking of Birds in Northern & Central Europe and the Caucasus
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- BirdLife Europe and Central Asia issued the following news release:

Today the peer-reviewed quarterly journal Bird Conservation International publishes a paper [1] entitled "Illegal killing and taking of birds in Europe outside the Mediterranean: assessing the scope and scale of a complex issue". Led by the BirdLife International partnership with input from experts across the region the paper exposes the scale and scope of the illegal killing of birds across these regions. It is estimated that 0.4 - 2.1 million individual birds per year may be killed illegally in Northern ... Show Full Article

Americans United Welcomes Federal Court Ruling Blocking Trump Birth Control Regulations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 -- Americans United for Separation of Church and State issued the following news release:

A federal court in Pennsylvania today issued an order temporarily blocking implementation of Trump administration rules that allow employers and universities to restrict employees' and students' access to birth control by citing religious or moral objections.

Americans United is litigating a similar legal challenge to the Trump regulations.

Kelly Percival, an attorney with Americans United, issued the following statement:

"A federal judge in Pennsylvania has wisely blocked discriminatory ... Show Full Article

ALI Elects 44 New Members
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Dec. 15 -- The American Law Institute issued the following news release:

The American Law Institute has elected 44 new members who will bring their expertise in several areas of law to ALI's work of clarifying the law through Restatements, Principles and the Model Penal Codes.

"I am deeply impressed by the variety and substance of the achievements of our new members," said ALI President David F. Levi. "It is important that diversity of experience and perspective is reflected in the Institute's membership. We look forward to working with these wise and accomplished ... Show Full Article