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USTDA Furthers Methane Abatement in Oil and Gas Sectors
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Dec. 5 -- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency issued the following news release on Dec. 4, 2023:

Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced that it will host two reverse trade missions (RTMs) that bring delegations of oil and gas industry leaders from Nigeria and three Central Asian countries to the United States to familiarize them with U.S. technologies, services, and best practices in methane abatement that can help them meet their emissions reduction and energy security goals. USTDA Director Enoh T. Ebong made the announcement during the 28th Conference of ... Show Full Article

Smithsonian Associates Presents In-Person and Livestreamed 'Revolutionary Road Trip' Panel Discussion With PBS Television Host Darley Newman
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

Emmy-nominated television host, writer and producer Darley Newman returns to Smithsonian Associates with a panel of four travel and history experts for a journey through American Revolution historic sites, battlefields and great places for food and drinks. Panelists will share hidden gems and rarely told stories about the American Revolution at the Smithsonian's Ripley Center Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET. The program will be livestreamed on Zoom.

The discussion will delve into the nation's ... Show Full Article

SBA Office of Disaster Assistance: Deadline Approaching in Arkansas for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Severe Winter Storm
SACRAMENTO, California, Dec. 5 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release on Dec. 4, 2023:

Associate Administrator Francisco Sanchez of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Recovery & Resilience today reminded Arkansas private nonprofit organizations of the Jan. 4, 2024, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by severe winter storm that occurred Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2023. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

According ... Show Full Article

NSF launches EducateAI initiative
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (TNSres) -- The National Science Foundation issued the following news release:

The U.S. National Science Foundation is excited to announce the EducateAI initiative. The goal of the initiative is to enable educators to make high-quality, audience-appropriate artificial intelligence educational experiences available nationwide to K-12, community college, four-year college and graduate students, as well as adults interested in formal training in AI.

"Investing in AI education is not just a commitment to technology; it's an investment in empowering educators and the next generation ... Show Full Article

NCD, Colleagues Remember Andres Gallegos
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- The National Council on Disability issued the following news on Dec. 4, 2023:

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has lost its Chairman Andres J. Gallegos, 62, of Illinois, who passed away Dec. 1.

Chairman Gallegos led NCD, an independent, non-partisan federal agency responsible for making recommendations on national disability policy to the President, Congress, federal agencies, state, territorial, tribal and local authorities.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, recommended Gallegos, of Chicago, be appointed to the Council to then-U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck ... Show Full Article

NASA, Partners Launch US Greenhouse Gas Center to Share Climate Data
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (TNSres) -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, and other United States government leaders unveiled the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Center Monday during the 28th annual United Nations Climate Conference (COP28).

"NASA data is essential to making the changes needed on the ground to protect our climate. The U.S. Greenhouse Gas Center is another way the Biden-Harris Administration is working to make critical data available to more people - from scientists running data analyses, ... Show Full Article

Affordable Housing Grants Strengthen Communities With Over $33 Million Awarded From Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 5 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news on Dec. 4, 2023:

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago) today announced that it has awarded more than $33 million to help finance 44 housing projects and developments across Illinois and Wisconsin through its Affordable Housing Program (AHP) General Fund. These grant funds will support the acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction of over 1,900 housing units, and are provided to FHLBank Chicago's financial institution members ... Show Full Article