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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving New York Newsletter for Sunday July 12, 2020 ( 164 items )  

350.org Joins the Facebook Boycott
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: 350.org has decided to join the #StopHateForProfit campaign and will be cancelling all Facebook ads for the month of July. "You might still see our posts, but we won't be sending a single dollar (or euro) to the company. Our team's decision was a fairly easy one, as many of us have witnessed Facebook's destructive actions for a long time. They actively make provisions to allow racist, hate-filled and inaccurate information. Hop  more

350.org on Supreme Court Upholding Block of Key Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The 350.org issued the following statement by Ground Campaigner Kendall Mackey: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal court ruling that blocked a key water-crossing permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. However, the justices have allowed for other fossil fuel pipeline projects to continue construction using the permit. * * * "Despite the Trump administration's desperate pleas and corporate pandering, the highest court in the country has upheld the decision to cancel a key  more

350.org on Suspension of Dakota Access Pipeline, Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, July 7 -- The 350.org issued the following statement by Ground Campaigner Kendall Mackey: A federal judge ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to suspend the Dakota Access pipeline pending further environmental review. The pipeline, supported by Energy Transfer Partners, was met with massive global opposition, and this latest decision comes after the Trump administration fast-tracked the project in 2017. Over the weekend, two utility companies announced the cance  more

Access Now to EU Commission: Strike Down the Toothless Privacy Shield
NEW YORK, July 10 -- Access Now issued the following news release: On July 16, the Court of Justice of the European Union will deliver its judgement on the "Schrems II" case. While the case deals with larger EU-US data transfer questions, it could lead to the invalidation of the Privacy Shield. Access Now has repeatedly called for the suspension of this deal as it fails to protect people's rights to privacy and data protection. "We must lay the EU-US Privacy Shield to rest once and for all," s  more

Access Now: ISPs Lose a Critical Motion in Maine Broadband Privacy Fight
NEW YORK, July 8 -- Access Now issued the following news release on July 7: Judge Walker of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine denied internet service providers' (ISP) motion for judgment on the pleadings in ACA Connects v. Frey, the ISP's challenge to the Maine broadband privacy law. (Access Now submitted an amicus brief in this case.) The ISPs argued Maine's broadband privacy law should be struck down because it is preempted by federal law, violates the first amendment rights   more

Access Now: Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act Would Cripple Digital Security
NEW YORK, July 9 -- Access Now issued the following news release: This week, Access Now joined public interest organizations, academics, and industry groups in a joint letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee opposing the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. The bill would undermine encryption and place marginalized communities at greater risk of unwarranted surveillance. The legislation incorrectly asserts that breaking encrypted systems is necessary to protect public safety and catch cr  more

Access Now: New Police Powers in Hong Kong Threaten Human Rights Online
NEW YORK, July 7 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Marked the first meeting of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), chaired by the HKSAR Chief Executive and established by the controversial law on 'Safeguarding National Security' in Hong Kong passed by the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China. During the meeting, the Hong Kong national security committee approved -- without any prior publi  more

Access Now: Prosecution of Independent News Site Signals Backslide on Free Expression in Malaysia
NEW YORK, July 10 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Independent online media outlet Malaysiakini, highly regarded for its coverage of human rights issues in Malaysia, is facing criminal contempt proceedings aiming to hold the publication liable for content it did not produce. The Attorney General of Malaysia is pressing charges against the outlet and its editor-in-chief - initiating proceedings in the highest court so there is no possibility of appeal - to hold it liable for co  more

ACLU: Court Blocks Montana Law That Restricts Voting Rights of Native Americans
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release on July 7: A Montana court has blocked a state law that severely restricts the right to vote for Native Americans. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, and Native American Rights Fund successfully sought the preliminary injunction halting the so-ca  more

ACLU: Survivors of U.S. Torture and Rendition to Be Heard Before International Tribunal
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: In a historic decision released on July 8, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights determined that four survivors of the U.S. secret detention and torture program have the right to present their case before the regional tribunal. Binyam Mohamed, Abou Elkass  more

ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 9 -- ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features design, development, assessment and management of information technology and systems within organizations, businesses and societies from the Association for Computing Machinery, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Regular Articles: * Security and Privacy Requirements for Cloud Computing in Healthcare: Elicitation and Prioritization fro  more

ACM US Technology Policy Committee Urges US Supreme Court to Narrowly Interpret Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Association for Computing Machinery issued the following news release: The Association for Computing Machinery's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case of Van Buren v. United States. Van Buren marks the first time that the US Supreme Court has reviewed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a 1986 law that was originally intended to punish hacking. In recent years, ho  more

Action Against Hunger: New Streamlined Approach to Treat Acute Malnutrition Brings Same Recovery in Children at Lower Cost
NEW YORK, July 10 -- Action Against Hunger issued the following news release: A new streamlined approach to treating acute malnutrition is as effective as standard treatment but will free up funds to reach more children with life-saving care, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine. The study was led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and Action Against Hunger. It was supported by the No Wasted Lives Coalition, th  more

Advocates for Children of New York Statement on Reopening Schools
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The Advocates for Children of New York issued the following statement: Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza's announcement of plans for reopening school buildings in September. * * * Bringing 1.1 million children and more than 70,000 teachers safely back into the classroom in the midst of a pandemic is an enormously challenging task, but the plans May  more

AIDS Patient Care and STDs Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 9 -- AIDS Patient Care and STDs, a peer-reviewed journal that says it covers diagnostics and therapeutics care for HIV/AIDS patients, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Clinical and Epidemiologic Research: * Comorbidities in Older Persons with Controlled HIV Infection: Correlations with Frailty Index Subtypes * HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for Conception Among HIV Serodiscordant Couples in the United States: A Cohort Stu  more

Albany Med Welcomes Dr. Rebecca G. Rogers, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
ALBANY, New York, July 6 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: Rebecca G. Rogers, M.D., has joined Albany Med as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rogers comes to Albany Med from the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School where she was professor and associate chair for clinical integration and operations, as well as director of the Women's Health Institute. With more than 30 years of clinical experienc  more

Albany Med Welcomes Primary Care Provider Dr. John Hickey
ALBANY, New York, July 8 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: John Paul Hickey, M.D., M.P.H., an internal medicine physician, has joined Albany Med's Department of Medicine and has been appointed assistant professor at Albany Medical College. Most recently, Dr. Hickey served as a primary care physician at the Veterans Administration in central western Massachusetts. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Hickey completed his resid  more

Alliance for Justice: Supreme Court Rules President Is Not Above the Law
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- The Alliance for Justice issued the following statement on July 9 by President Nan Aron: In a stunning set-back for Trump, the Supreme Court ruled that the president is not immune from scrutiny of his financial documents. In Trump v. Vance, the Court ruled 7-2 that New York state prosecutors can subpoena his tax returns, and in Trump v. Mazars, the Court ruled 7-2 that Congress has the power to subpoena his records as well. Because litigation will continue in both cases,   more

Alliance for Quality Education Releases Community-Centered Roadmap for a Just School Reopening
ALBANY, New York, July 11 -- The Alliance for Quality Education issued the following news release: Public education advocacy organization the Alliance for Quality Education released a "roadmap" for reopening New York's public schools in September, centering the recommendations and voices of parents, students, educators and others in cities and communities across the state. As New York's school districts grapple with how to safely reopen school buildings in the fall, they have received little g  more

American Heart Association Names NY Neurologist New National Volunteer President
DALLAS, Texas, July 7 -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: The American Heart Association, the world's leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, named Mitchell S.V. Elkind, M.D., MS, FAHA, FAAN, president of the organization for its 2020-2021 fiscal year which began on July 1. Elkind is a professor of neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University in New York and a renowned neurologist who has held numerous local and national v  more

American Jewish Congress Opposes the Van Hollen Amendment That Jeopardizes Israel's Security
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement: The American Jewish Congress expresses its disappointment with the decision of a group of 13 Senate Democrats - led by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and two others - to file an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This amendment attempts to prohibit Israel from using U.S. security assistance funds for the annexation of territory, an act already prohibited by an agreement ma  more

American National Standards Institute Opens Survey: Standardization Empowering AI-Enabled Systems in Health Care
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released a survey on standardization empowering artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled systems in health care. ANSI seeks feedback from interested stakeholders on related standardization issues, solutions, efforts, and the role of standardization in the governance and regulation. Survey responses are requested by July 31, 2020, and the results will   more

American National Standards Institute Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Technical Activity on Reference Materials
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks comments on a proposed new technical committee within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) focusing on reference materials. ANSI is the U.S. member body to ISO. For a number of years, ISO's policy development committee, ISO REMCO, has developed a series of ISO Guides for Reference Materials. Recently, the ISO/Technical Mana  more

American National Standards Institute, NIST, and Intel to Feature in July 16 CSIS Webcast on Public Private Partnerships
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: Join a live webcast on Public Private Partnerships: The Foundation for America's Approach to Standards-setting, featuring S. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in a roundtable discussion with Dr. Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce and Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Phil Wennblom, Director of Standards Policy  more

American National Standards Institute: People on the Move
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: People on the Move highlights the career advancements of high-level trailblazers working professionally in diverse areas of standardization, contributing every day to the strength and success of the U.S. standards and conformance community. OASIS, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has announced that Guy Martin is its new executive dire  more

American National Standards Institute: RealClear Education Features Workcred Efforts on Integrating Certifications Into Degrees
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: In times of economic uncertainty, students, job seekers, educational providers, and employers are seeking innovative strategies to build a stronger, more secure future. Creating new stackable credential pathways are one such innovation, according to an article (https://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2020/07/01/combining_degrees_with_quality_certifications_is_a_win_for_everyone_110439.html) feat  more

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Many States Moved to Ensure Access to Reproductive Health Care, New Report Shows
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The National Institute for Reproductive Health issued the following news release: During the first half of 2020, many states took action to protect access to reproductive health care, with some stepping up to protect abortion care specifically. The National Institute for Reproductive Health's Gaining Ground: 2020 Midyear Report details the progress states made so far this year in advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice, even in the midst of a pandemic that tempora  more

Astrobiology Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 11 -- Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on findings and discoveries from interplanetary exploration and laboratory research, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Rapid Communication: * Biological Soil Crusts as Modern Analogs for the Archean Continental Biosphere: Insights from Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopes Research Articles: * Lipid Biomarker Record of the Serpentinite-Hosted Ecosystem of the Samail Ophi  more

AT&T Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Bruce Byrd, Joins CPR's Board of Directors
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution issued the following news release: The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that manages conflict to enable purpose, announced the addition of Bruce Byrd, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, AT&T, to its Board of Directors. Bruce is responsible for legal affairs for AT&T Communications, AT&T's largest operating company, direc  more

Biden's Commitment to Global Sharing of COVID-19 Vaccine Technology Is Step in Right Direction, Must Be Followed by Concrete Plans to Dismantle Dangerous Healthcare Nationalism
BROOKLYN, New York, July 11 -- Health Global Access Project issued the following news release: In a conversation with healthcare activist Ady Barkan, Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for U.S. president, committed to sharing COVID-19 vaccine technologies and ensuring patents do not stand in the way of other countries accessing life-saving vaccines if he is elected. Health Global Access Project (Health GAP) issued the following statements in response to the news. Broo  more

Campaign Legal Center: Groups Seek Remedy for New York's Highest-in-the-Nation Rate of Ballot Rejection
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The Campaign Legal Center issued the following news release: A coalition of groups filed a lawsuit urging a federal court to change New York State's flawed absentee ballot verification requirements in time for the 2020 General Election. New York has consistently had one of the highest absentee ballot rejection rates in the country. In the 2018 general election, state election officials discarded more than 34,000 absentee ballots - or about 14% of all absentee ballots cast. T  more

Catholic Charities of Buffalo: Appeal 2020 Achieves $8.4 Million
BUFFALO, New York, July 9 -- Catholic Charities of Buffalo issued the following news release: Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced that Appeal 2020 in support of Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith achieved a total of $8,411,138 in cash and pledges, representing 84.1% of its $10 million goal. "While it has certainly been a challenging year, we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and generosity of the Western New York community," said Deacon Steve Schumer, president & CEO,  more

Cell Research Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 9 -- Cell Research, a journal that says it features life sciences related to molecular and cell biology, published research articles, including the following topics, in its July 2020 edition: Research Highlight: * Ubiquitilated Fanconi ID complex embraces DNA * Secret(ory) revealed: the long-awaited structures of secretory IgA * Social dominance hierarchy: toward a genetic and evolutionary understanding * ILC transdifferentiation: roles in cancer progression Article: * St  more

Center for Constitutional Rights: Lawsuit Over Israel Boycott Should Be Dismissed as SLAPP, Academics Argue
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following news release on July 7: Academics who were sued over the American Studies Association's (ASA) resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions asked the D.C. Court of Appeals to reverse a decision that declined to dismiss the claims under a D.C. law prohibiting SLAPP suits, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Among those appealing is Dr. Steven Salaita, an outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights,   more

Center for Constitutional Rights: Plaintiffs Groups Dismayed by Court Decision That Declines Ordering Investigation Into NYPD's Racially Discriminatory Social Distancing and Curfew Enforcement Practices
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following news release: This week, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a ruling regarding an emergency motion and supplemental submission filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, the law firm of Beldock, Levine, & Hoffman, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and The Legal Aid Society. These measures sought immediate court action in response to the New York C  more

Center for Inquiry Denounces 'Ridiculous' SCOTUS Ministerial Exception Ruling for Teachers
AMHERST, New York, July 9 -- The Center for Inquiry issued the following news release: The Center for Inquiry (CFI) criticized the Supreme Court's rulings in the twin cases of Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel as expanding the Ministerial Exception beyond all reasonable and sensible limits, and handing a carte blanche to religious organizations to discriminate free from government oversight. These cases referenced fifth grade teachers from private, rel  more

Center for Reproductive Rights Condemns U.S. Withdrawal From WHO
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following statement by President and CEO Nancy Northup in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization: "The Center for Reproductive Rights condemns the Trump administration's unjustified and harmful withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO). The United States' termination of its relationship with WHO will exacerbate the devastating impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, further disrupting and re  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: New Website Exposes Motives of Anti-Abortion Policymakers
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release on July 9: The Center for Reproductive Rights and Ibis Reproductive Health released a new interactive map, which shows the number of abortion restrictions in each state compared to the number of policies that support pregnant people, children, and families. The findings reveal a clear trend: states with the most abortion restrictions tend to have the fewest supportive policies for women and their families.  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Supreme Court Gives Green Light for Employers to Deny Birth Control Coverage to Employees
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following statement by Lourdes Rivera, senior vice president of U.S. programs: The U.S. Supreme Court let stand the Trump-Pence rules allowing nearly any employer and university to deny birth control coverage to their employees and students. The Court held that the Trump-Pence administration had the authority to issue these harmful contraceptive coverage rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This decision leaves the rules in  more

Children's Rights: Administration Proposes Rule to Remove Protections for LGBTQ People at Shelters
NEW YORK, July 8 -- Children's Rights issued the following statement by Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin in response to the proposed modification: Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a rule change that would remove protections for LGBTQ people at HUD-funded homeless shelters. * * * "Giving federally-funded shelters a green light to discriminate against transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth is a deeply cruel policy that will impact   more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Blocking Cholesterol Storage Could Stop Growth of Pancreatic Tumors
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 8 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have found that they can stop the growth of pancreatic cancer cells by interfering with the way the cells store cholesterol. Their findings in mice and lab-grown pancreas models point toward a new strategy for treating the deadly disease. The study, reported in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, was led by CSHL Professor David Tuveson. Tuves  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Krainer Wins 2020 NYAS Innovators Prize for SMA Research
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 9 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor Adrian Krainer has been named the 2020 Senior Scientist Winner of the Innovators in Science Award. Presented by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the 2020 awards focus on research in rare diseases. Krainer was chosen for his pioneering research on the mechanisms and control of RNA splicing, and in particular his wo  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: The World Destroyer in Your Shampoo and Ice Cream
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 7 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news on July 6: As little as two centuries ago, the northern edge of the island of Borneo, home to Malaysia's Sarawak state, was covered in a verdant canopy that stretched--uninterrupted--from shore to shore. It was a forest that had persisted for more than 100 million years, sheltering a dizzying abundance of plants, animals, and fungi that were found nowhere else on Earth. It survived the extinction  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Who COVID-19 Hit Hardest in New York
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 11 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: For the first time since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak appeared in the United States new research from the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research provides a comprehensive analysis of the New York population that sought care from Northwell Health, New York State's largest health system. The study, published July 8 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, leveraged the   more

Committee to Protect Journalists Attacked, Harassed While Covering Anti-lockdown Protests in Serbia
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Serbian authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate attacks on journalists covering anti-government protests in the country, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 7 and 8, demonstrators and police attacked at least 10 journalists who were documenting protests in Belgrade, the capital, against the Serbian government's decision to reapply restriction  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Army Bars Journalists From Reporting on Beirut's Hamra Street, Citing Permit Regulations
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news on July 10: Lebanese authorities should allow journalists to report from Beirut's Hamra street and other public areas in the country without seeking prior approval, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 6, two men who identified themselves as army intelligence officers stopped Charbel Abboud, a reporter for French public broadcaster France 24, and Maha Hoteit, a reporter for local broadcaster Ashar  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Bulgarian Investigative Journalist Nikolay Staykov Receives Threatening Calls
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Bulgarian authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the threatening phone calls made to journalist Nikolay Staykov, hold those responsible to account, and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Since mid-June, Staykov, an independent journalist and co-founder of the Anti-Corruption Fund in Bulgaria, a local advocacy group, has received dozens of anonymous phone calls inquirin  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Kazakhstan Decriminalizes Defamation, But Maintains Detentions, Criminal Penalties for Speech Offenses
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Kazakhstan authorities should deepen their reforms on laws affecting the press and ensure that journalists are never jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On June 27, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed into law amendments to the country's criminal and administrative codes that decriminalized defamation, according to mediareports (https://vlast.kz/novosti/40475-v-kazahstane-dekrim  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Malaysian Editor Steven Gan Charged With Contempt of Court Over Reader Comments
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Malaysian authorities should drop the charges against Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan and stop using legal threats to intimidate the independent news outlet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 2, a seven-member federal court panel agreed to hear contempt of court proceedings against Gan and his news website over five comments posted by readers that were allegedly critical of Malaysia's j  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Pakistan Media Regulator Suspends 24NewsHD Broadcaster Indefinitely
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority should immediately lift the suspension of independent news channel 24NewsHD, and allow it to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 3, the regulator ordered the station off the air indefinitely for the alleged "illegal transmission of news and current affairs content" in violation of its broadcast license, according to a statementE  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Panama Court Freezes La Prensa's Assets Amid Defamation Suit by Former President
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Panamanian authorities should immediately restore Corporacion La Prensa's access to its financial assets, and ensure that legal actions do not censor the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 4, a Panamanian civil court ordered a freeze on the assets and bank accounts of Corporacion La Prensa, which owns the newspapers La Prensa and Mi Diario, totaling $1.13 million, as part of a civil defa  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Tanzania Bans Kwanza Online TV for 11 Months Citing 'Misleading' Instagram Post on COVID-19
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Tanzania's broadcasting regulator should immediately lift its suspension of Kwanza Online TV and stop weaponizing regulations against critical media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 2, the Contents Committee of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, a department within the country's broadcast regulator, sent a letter to Kwanza Online TV, a privately owned local broadcaster  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Unidentified Attackers Shoot and Kill 2 Journalists in Honduras
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Honduran authorities must thoroughly investigate the killing of journalists German Vallecillo Jr. and Jorge Posas, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 2, two unidentified individuals shot Vallecillo Jr., a host for the local privately owned TV station Canal 45, and Posas, a camera operator and technician at the station, while they drove in the residential a  more

Common Cause: Supreme Court Rejects President Trump's Arguments for Withholding Financial Records From N.Y. Prosecutors, Congress
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Common Cause issued the following statement by President Karen Hobert Flynn: The Supreme Court reiterated that no one is above the law, including President Trump. The ability of Congress and state prosecutors to subpoena documents directly related to President Trump's conduct running for and winning the presidency is vital to holding the president accountable for unlawful actions - including Trump's illegal "hush" payments first detailed in Common Cause complaints - and   more

Constitutional Accountability Center Reacts to Rulings in Trump Financial Records Cases
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- The Constitutional Accountability Center issued the following statement by President Elizabeth Wydra: On news that the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decisions in Trump v. Vance, and Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, ruling that a New York grand jury may gain access to President Trump's financial records, while Congress may not--at least any time soon--gain similar access. * * * In Vance, the Court reaffirmed that the President is not above the law and has to cooperate with stat  more

Consumer Reports Hails Supreme Court Decision Upholding Landmark 1991 Law Protecting Consumers Against Unwanted Robocalls
YONKERS, New York, July 7 -- Consumer Reports issued the following news release: Supreme Court decision also knocks out an ill-conceived exception for robocalls to collect federal debts. In a big win for consumers, the Supreme Court upheld the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the landmark 1991 law that prohibits nearly all non-emergency robocalls to cell phones without the consumer's consent. The Supreme Court also struck down a provision that was slipped into the 2015 budget bill,   more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY Condemns Racist Graffiti in Saranac Lake, N.Y., Supports Hate Crime Probe
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned racist graffiti on a bridge in the small village of Saranac Lake, N.Y. The incident has prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to deploy the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate. The racist, anti-Black graffiti included slurs,  more

Counter Extremism Project: Kata'ib Hezbollah Escalates Pressure on Iraqi Government
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: On June 25, Iraqi forces arrested 14 militants belonging to the Iran-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah (KH) in an anti-terrorism raid ordered by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. The KH members were allegedly planning an attack on Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic compounds. Shortly after the arrest, a "show of force" from KH resulted in the detainees' release to the Shiite Popul  more

Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking: Social Media Can Identify Fathers at Risk of Postpartum Depression
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 8 -- Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking issued the following news release: Fathers' prepartum social media posts can predict their risk of postpartum depression. A predictive model based on machine learning is described in the peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Click here to read the article now. Fathers' social media posts were evaluated for changes in behavior (engagement with the platform), emotions, linguistic s  more

Doctors Without Borders Concludes COVID-19 Activities in New York
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has concluded its COVID-19 activities in New York City, handing over one of its relief stations to a local organization and ending its infection prevention and health promotion activities. In New York City, MSF partnered with local organizations to support at-risk groups by improving infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in facilit  more

Doctors Without Borders Opposes Proposed U.S. Immigration Rule to Shut Out Asylum Seekers
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is writing to object to the proposed rule--"Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal; Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Review"--and demand that it be withdrawn entirely. Since 2012, MSF has provided medical and mental health care to thousands of migrants and asylum seekers on the migration routes through Mexico to the United States  more

Doctors Without Borders Responds to U.N. Programme on HIV & AIDS 2020 Global Report Warning World Will Miss Its Targets
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news on July 6: As the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) released its 2020 Global AIDS Update, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) remains concerned that COVID-19 will interrupt lifesaving care for people living with HIV/AIDS--a group at a higher risk of becoming severely sick if infected with COVID-19. The new UNAIDS report shows that the world will miss criti  more

Doctors Without Borders Welcomes Johnson & Johnson Price Cut on Lifesaving Tuberculosis Drug As An Important Step Forward
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) welcomes Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) announcement to reduce the price of its tuberculosis (TB) drug bedaquiline to $1.50 per day. Governments must now urgently scale up the use of the treatment as a core part of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) regimens, MSF said. The World Health Organization (WHO)  more

Doctors Without Borders: El Salvador - Deaths Increase as Health System Collapses
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: The health system in El Salvador is on the brink of collapse, with an increasing number of people dying from COVID-19 and other illnesses at home before they can receive medical care, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). On March 20, the Salvadoran government declared a state of national emergency, suspending primary he  more

Doctors Without Borders: U.S. Withdrawal From the World Health Organization Would Be Dangerous and Self-Defeating
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: The Trump Administration's decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) could have life-threatening consequences for people around the globe, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The WHO, while in need of reforms, plays a vital role in coordinating global medical research, producing evidence-based guideli  more

Doctors Without Borders: Urgent Call to Oppose Dismantling of U.S. Asylum System
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: A new rule proposed by the Trump administration threatens to effectively end the United States asylum system, making it nearly impossible for people fleeing violence and persecution to obtain protection in the US, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. MSF is calling for members of the public to join in submitting origina  more

Doctors Without Borders: Yemen - As COVID-19 Spreads, Fear Drives People Away From Hospitals
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: As COVID-19 spreads through Yemen, fear of the virus is preventing people from seeking medical care. In the new COVID-19 treatment center at Sheikh Zayed hospital in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, which Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) recently started supporting, only half of the 20 beds reserved for patients with moderate COVID-19 symptoms are currently occupied. According t  more

Drug Policy Alliance Submits Amicus Brief Cosigned by American Medical Association Supporting Attempt to Establish Supervised Consumption Site in Philadelphia
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following news release: Last week, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) submitted an amicus brief, which the American Medical Association (AMA) signed on to, in support of Safehouse being able to establish a supervised consumption site (SCS) in Philadelphia. The community-based organization is currently fending off an appeal by the federal government in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to an earlier February 25, 2020 ruling that cleared the p  more

Education Trust-New York Issues Statement on New York City Reopening Announcement
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Education Trust-New York issued the following statement on July 8 by Executive Director Ian Rosenblum: "Today's announcement about New York City schools reopening raises more questions than it answers. Most importantly, we are eager to understand what specific additional resources, access to teachers, and support will the city provide to achieve what Mayor de Blasio said must be 'the greatest school year in New York City history,' particularly for the most vulnerable st  more

Education Trust-New York Issues Statement on School District Reopening Guidance, Plans
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Education Trust-New York issued the following statement by Executive Director Ian Rosenblum: "As state and school district leaders move forward with plans for reopening schools, New York only has two choices: to allow the pre-existing inequities in our education system to continue to widen, or to take deliberate action to address them. "The state's plan to issue guidance on July 13 and require school districts to submit plans by the end of month is an important step, a  more

Educators for Excellence Statement on School Reopenings
NEW YORK, July 10 -- Educators for Excellence issued the following news release: Educators for Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, released the following statements about potential school reopenings, in light of recent comments from President Trump(link is external) and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos(link is external) on the matter, and as districts begin to announce plans for the fall. "The last few months have been incredibly stressful for students, teachers and parents,"   more

Elevating the Conversation Around COVID-19 & Drug Policy
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following news release: The Drug Policy Alliance announced the latest in their COVID-19 Webinar Series, exploring the intersection of drug policy and COVID-19. While the initial four webinars focused on areas that DPA is already known for--decarceration, re-entry, and improving substance use disorder treatment and harm reduction services--the upcoming webinars will engage the justice reform movement in more nuanced policy discussions, incl  more

Enterprise Florida: City of Jacksonville And State Of Florida Expand Investment Opportunity For Financial Services Firm
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, July 9 -- Enterprise Florida issued the following news release on July 8: Jacksonville and Florida leaders are pleased to welcome Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., a leading global financial services firm, to Jacksonville. Cantor Fitzgerald, headquartered in New York, will open a Jacksonville office and plans to employ 80 people. The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved the project in May as Project Kodiak. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity finalized the pro  more

Environmental Defense Fund, 16 States and Cities Ask Court to Require EPA to Adopt Long-Overdue Standards for Methane Pollution From Existing Oil and Gas Sources
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release: The Trump administration must stop stalling on protecting Americans from dangerous methane pollution from existing oil and gas sources, according to a motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by 16 states and cities and the Environmental Defense Fund. "For almost four years now, Trump's EPA has been shirking its duty to protect people from one of our most dangerous types of climate  more

Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The Episcopal Relief and Development issued the following news release: Episcopal Relief & Development has added a new section to the website focusing on the organization's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and in the United States. These pages contain specific information about how Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting partners in the United States and around the world. The webpages featu  more

Ethics & International Affairs JournalIssues Research Articles in Summer 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 9 -- Ethics and International Affairs, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features principles of justice and morality into discussions of dilemmas related to policy developments, global institutional arrangements and the conduct of important international actors from the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, published research articles on the following topics in its Summer 2020 edition: Roundtable: The Ethics of Limited Strikes: * Wading Knee-Deep into the Rub  more

Extremist Content Online: Content From White Supremacist Group Rise Above Movement Located On YouTube
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, a media group affiliated with the white supremacist group Rise Above Movement (RAM) published two videos on YouTube which feature RAM cofounder, Robert Rundo, offering advice on spreading propaganda and best practices for tra  more

Families, Systems & Health Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
ROCHESTER, New York, July 10 -- Families, Systems and Health, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features health, systems and families science, with a focus on healthcare from the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, published research articles on the following topics in its June 2020 edition: Research Articles: * Integrated care improves mental health in a medically underserved U.S.-Mexico border population. * Barriers and mechanisms of change: The impact of trauma and relationshi  more

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives: EU Promotes Greater Global Responsibility on Plastic Waste -- But Not for Internal Market!
NEW YORK, July 8 -- Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives issued the following news release: In April of last year, the European Union joined Norway in co-sponsoring amendments to the world's only waste treaty to establish new trade controls on the dirtiest and most unrecyclable plastic wastes. These amendments were passed in response to countless human rights abuses, and environmental pollution caused by unregulated plastic waste dumping. Such problematic plastic wastes now will require  more

Global Health and Human Rights Organizations Say U.S. Withdrawal From WHO Is Reckless Act That Could Delay Americans' Access to COVID-19 Solutions and Prolong Global Pandemic
BROOKLYN, New York, July 9 -- Health Global Access Project issued the following news release: AVAC, Health GAP and the Treatment Action Group (TAG) strongly condemn the Trump Administration's withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO). announcement formalizing the President's threats from earlier this year is short-sighted and dangerous and will cost more lives and deepen economic devastation in the United States and around the world, which are already reeling from the ongoing COVID-19  more

Health Global Access Project: This Was Preventable - COVID-19 Collides With Unmet Global AIDS Goals, Creating New Crisis for HIV Positive Adults and Children
BROOKLYN, New York, July 7 -- Health Global Access Project issued the following news release on July 6: New global AIDS data published by UNAIDS on the opening day of the 2020 International AIDS Conference indicate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are wreaking havoc on an already off-track global AIDS response. Increased funding is needed both to protect HIV treatment and prevention from further harm and to get the HIV response on track. "In many high burden HIV countries including Uganda,  more

Hispanic Federation Board Elects Banco Popular EVP Chinea As Chairman
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Hispanic Federation issued the following news release: Hispanic Federation announces the election of Manuel Chinea of Popular Bank as chairman of the organization's board of directors. Chinea is Chief Operating Officer of Popular Bank, a division of Popular, Inc., a leading financial institution with over $52 billion in assets and operations in Puerto Rico, the mainland U.S. and the Virgin Islands. Popular Bank has operations in New York, New Jersey and South Florida.   more

Human Rights Watch: Bangladesh - Move Rohingya From Dangerous Silt Island
NEW YORK, July 9 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Bangladesh authorities should immediately move over 300 Rohingya refugees, including at least 33 children, from the silt island of Bhasan Char to the Cox's Bazar refugee camps to be with their families, Human Rights Watch said. Despite pledges, the Bangladesh government has yet to allow United Nations officials to provide protection services and aid to the refugees detained on Bhasan Char, who had been stranded at sea for  more

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 11 -- IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, a journal that says it features approaches from computer science, control systems, electrical, mathematics, mechanical engineering and operations research from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: * Design of Modern Supply Chain Networks Using Fuzzy Bargaining Game and Data Envelopment Analysis * Dispersed Automation for Industrial Int  more

Insurance Information Institute: Tropical Storm Fay's Heavy Rainfall Could Cause Property Damage
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: Tropical Storm Fay has the potential to cause wind and water-caused property damage in multiple states on the U.S.'s East Coast, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I). Wind-caused property damage is covered under standard homeowners, renters and business insurance policies. Renters' insurance covers a renter's possessions; the landlord insures the structure. Property damage to a h  more

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility: 50 Investors With U.S. $4 Trillion in Assets Back Strong Methane Emissions Regulation in PA
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility issued the following news release on July 9: A group of 50 institutional investors representing US $4 trillion in assets under management issued a statement of support for a strong final regulation to reduce air pollution and methane emissions proposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Among the investor signatories are the Pennsylvania Office of the State Treasurer and firms in the state, su  more

International Refugee Assistance Project Condemns Proposed Rule Exploiting Public Health Concerns to Restrict Asylum
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The International Refugee Assistance Project issued the following statement on July 9 by Policy Director Sunil Varghese: The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new regulation that would further gut the asylum system in the United States. IRAP strongly condemns the proposed regulation for using the current COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to deny protection in the United States to those fleeing persecution and torture. The rule comes at th  more

International Rescue Committee CEO Miliband Statement on Veto of U.N. Resolution Authorizing Cross-Border Aid Into Syria
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following statement by President and CEO David Miliband on Veto of U.N. Resolution Authorizing Cross-Border Aid into Syria: "Since 2014, the UN Security Council has agreed to authorize cross-border aid to reach millions of vulnerable Syrians caught in conflict through two Turkish border crossings. In the last several months, in light of ongoing violence and the devastating impact of COVID-19, those two same crossings - Bab al-Haw  more

International Rescue Committee Statement Regarding U.S. Withdrawal From WHO
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following statement by Health Unit Head Mesfin Teklu Tessema: "The Trump Administration's decision to formally withdraw from the World Health Organization during the deadliest pandemic in a century is an enormous mistake. At a time when Covid-19 case counts are skyrocketing in much of the United States- and around the world, especially in Latin America and Africa- we need to enhance our efforts to actually respond to the virus. I  more

International Rescue Committee: Aid Agencies Raise Alarm Over Veto on Cross-Border Aid to Syria
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following joint statement with six organizations raising the alarm over the veto on cross-border aid into Syria: The co-signers are World Vision International, Humanity and Inclusion, Norwegian Refugee Council, Mercy Corps, People in Need and CARE International. There is no justification for Tuesday's UN Security Council veto on the renewal of cross-border aid into Syria. This mechanism is a vital lifeline for millions of Syrian  more

International Rescue Committee: Refugees Are 60% More Likely to Be Financially Impacted By COVID-19, New Research Finds
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: Refugees are more likely to work in sectors financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and refugee-hosting countries are projected to experience slower growth in 2020, new analysis released by the Center for Global Development, Refugees International, and the International Rescue Committee finds. In this analysis, authors calculated and compiled estimates from eight large refugee-hosting countries wit  more

International Rescue Committee: Statement From David Miliband on Russian and Chinese Veto of Syria Cross Border Resolution as First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Idlib
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following statement on July 10 by President and CEO David Miliband: The Russian and Chinese veto of the life-saving cross-border aid provision into Syria is a dark day for Syrian civilians, a dark day for the UN, and a mark of shame as the world should be unifying to fight COVID-19. The second veto in a week shows a determination that defies logic or humanity to dismantle a system designed to bring life-saving aid to Syrians in   more

International Trademark Association to Hold Education Sessions in Mandarin at Upcoming Annual Meeting
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The International Trademark Association issued the following news release on July 9: The International Trademark Association's (INTA) 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting, which takes place virtually from November 16-20, will feature a track of dynamic educational sessions conducted entirely in Mandarin. Registration for the Meeting opens on July 13. The 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting (https://www.inta.org/events/2020-annual-meeting-leadership-meeting/) marks  more

JDRF and Tandem Diabetes Care Partner to Help Educate and Support the T1D Community
NEW YORK, July 9 -- JDRF, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding type 1 diabetes research, issued the following news release: JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, and Tandem Diabetes Care (NASDAQ: TNDM), a medical device company dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes through relentless innovation and revolutionary customer experience, announce a new national partnership to help drive awareness and education on topics r  more

Join American National Standards Institute's Nanotechnology Standards Panel Virtual Workshop on Advanced Materials
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) invites interested stakeholders to participate in its virtual workshop on advanced materials on August 19-20, 2020. Online registration is now open. Advanced materials are of growing interest as there is increasing recognition that size alone does not define the unique properties of a material. More and more, govern  more

Journal of Medicinal Food Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 11 -- The Journal of Medicinal Food, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the medicinal value and biomedical effects of food materials, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Full Communications: * Virgin Coconut Oil Associated with High-Fat Diet Induces Metabolic Dysfunctions, Adipose Inflammation, and Hepatic Lipid Accumulation * Lycium barbarum Polysaccharide Extracted from Lycium barbarum Leaves Ameliorates Asthma in   more

Laboratory Design: American National Standards Institute Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Technical Activity
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks comments on a proposed new field of technical activity within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) focusing on laboratory design. ANSI is the U.S. member body to ISO. SAC, the Chinese national standards body, submitted the proposal (https://share.ansi.org/Shared%20Documents/News%20and%20Publications/ISO%20TSP%20290%20(Labor  more

Lambda Legal Asks Court to Block HHS Anti-LGBTQ Health Care Rule
NEW YORK, July 11 -- Lambda Legal issued the following news release: Lambda Legal asked a federal district court to prevent the recently published health care discrimination rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from going into effect. The rule, which seeks to exclude LGBTQ people and other vulnerable populations from regulatory protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, is set to go into effect August 18, 2020. "For years now, LGBTQ and immigrant communiti  more

Lambda Legal: Trump-Pence Administration Rolls Out Yet Another Invitation to Discriminate
NEW YORK, July 8 -- Lambda Legal issued the following news release on July 1: The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a proposed new rule for federally-funded homeless shelters that would encourage shelters to deny admission to transgender people. The proposed rule cannot change the Fair Housing Act, which continues to protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing--including shelters--but the proposed rule will cause serious harm by improperly sending the mess  more

LatinoJustice Announces New Leadership in the Organization's Board of Directors
NEW YORK, July 8 -- LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following news on July 7: LatinoJustice, a public interest law organization working to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law, announced the appointment of a new leadership to the organization's board of directors, effective July 1st, 2020. The new LatinoJustice Board Leadership will now be as follows: * Chair: Jose R. Gonzalez, Esq. * Vice-Chair: Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, Esq. * Treasurer: Ernest Ceberio, Esq. *   more

League of Women Voters: League Files Lawsuit to Correct Error-Prone Ballot Verification Process in New York
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- The League of Women Voters issued the following news release: The League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of New York State joined an individual plaintiff in a federal lawsuit to ensure absentee voters have the opportunity to cure their ballots for the remaining 2020 election cycle. "For the past two election cycles, New York's ballot rejection rate has been among the highest in the country," said Laura Bierman, executive director for t  more

Learning & Memory Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 6 -- Learning and Memory, a journal that says it advances in neuropsychology, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: RESEARCH: * Similar time course of fast familiarity and slow recollection processes for recognition memory in humans and macaques * Why do we retrace our visual steps? Semantic and episodic memory in gaze reinstatement * Influences on memory for naturalistic visual episodes: sleep, familiarity, and trait  more

Libya: Lack of COVID-19 Tests When Boats Return Risks Surge in Cases, Warns International Rescue Committee
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers intercepted at sea and returned to Libya must be provided with COVID-19 testing to prevent them falling through the cracks and being unable to access the care they need, the International Rescue Committee warns. Since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Libya on March 25, over 3,100 people have been brought back to Libya's shores - and not a single one has been   more

Local Initiatives Support Corp.: $15 Million From Wells Fargo Will Ramp Up LISC-Kiva Support for Vulnerable Small Businesses
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Local Initiatives Support Corp. issued the following news release: Wells Fargo is donating approximately $400 million in Paycheck Protection Program processing fees through a new program to support small businesses owned by people who have been hit hardest by COVID-19. With 41% of their businesses closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black business owners have faced the largest shutdown of any segment in the country, said Ron Busby, president and CEO of the U.S. Bl  more

Lymphoma Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Board Gains New International Leaders in Lymphoma
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The Lymphoma Research Foundation issued the following news: The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) welcomes three new members to their elite Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The new members represent distinct specialties that will contribute to the international impact of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. LRF's volunteer Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), comprised of 45 world-renowned lymphoma experts, guides the LRF's research portfolio, seeking out the most innovative and   more

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research: New Report Explores Mining and Supply-Chain Implications of Green Energy
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research issued the following news release on July 9: As some policymakers push to include "green energy" initiatives as a key feature of economic recovery, a new Manhattan Institute report by senior fellow Mark Mills offers a sobering reality check. Any large-scale shift to using so-called green energy technologies instead of oil and gas as primary energy sources would require an unprecedented increase in the mining of key minerals across  more

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Launches Women in Science Endeavor, Pledging Commitment to Support Gender Equity in
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center issued the following news release on July 7: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announces the establishment of the Marie-Josee Kravis Women in Science Endeavor (WiSE) to provide financial and professional support to women scientists pursuing biomedical research at MSK, pledging its commitment to gender equity in science and paving the way for more women to become leaders in their field. The initiative is made possible by   more

Montefiore Health System: Addiction Medicine Fellowship Brings More Substance Abuse Treatment to Community Settings
BRONX, New York, July 10 -- Montefiore Health System issued the following news release: Every six hours, a person dies from a drug overdose in New York City, with more deaths in the Bronx than any other borough. COVID-19 has made the overdose epidemic even more dangerous because many people feel isolated and uncomfortable going to hospitals to get care. To ensure people get the substance use disorder treatment they need, Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine have bee  more

NAACP Issues Statement Renewing Call for Department of Justice Investigation Into Vehicle-Ramming Attacks on Protesters
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statement by President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill on the increase in vehicle-ramming attacks against protesters and the lack of federal action: "In the aftermath of yet another vehicle-ramming attack on peaceful protesters that resulted in the death of Summer Taylor, LDF renews its call for a federal investigation into what appears to be a targeted strategy by white supremacists and other extremists   more

NAACP Sends Letter to Tennessee Governor Over Business Relief Program Funding Distribution Concerns
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee over concerns that the Business Relief Program, meant to distribute funds the state received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to small businesses facing financial hardship caused by the pandemic, will adversely impact Black-owned businesses most in need of assis  more

National Audubon Society: 2020 Audubon Photography Awards Winners Display the Magic of Avian Life
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The National Audubon Society issued the following news: The National Audubon Society announced the winning photographs of the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards six prizes and four honorable mentions. The award-winning entries were selected from more than 6,000 submissions from across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and seven Canadian provinces and territories. The eleventh year of the contest honored images that evoke the ingenuity, resilience, and beauty of birds small and   more

National Black Justice Coalition: At Least Four More Black Trans Women Killed in Last Week
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The National Black Justice Coalition issued the following statement by Executive Director David J. Johns: In the past week at least 5 Black trans women were violently murdered. On Tuesday, June 30, Merci Mack, a 22-year-old in Dallas, Texas, was found murdered from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. In Louisiana, Draya McCarty was found killed in Baton Rogue and Shakie Peters was found killed in Amite. Cameron Breon -- also known as Bree Black -- was also found shot in   more

National Center for Law & Economic Justice, Coalition of Partner Organizations File Amicus Brief Opposing Trump Administration's Draconian Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 'Work Requirement'
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The National Center for Law and Economic Justice issued the following news on July 10: Yesterday, NCLEJ and our partners at the Empire Justice Center, the Legal Aid Society, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute filed an amicus brief in support of the Plaintiffs in District of Columbia et.al. v. U.S.D.A. The litigation, filed by fourteen state attorneys general, the City of New York and the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, chal  more

National Marine Manufacturers Association: Boating Captures Media Attention Nationwide Amid Summer Of Social Distancing
CHICAGO, Illinois, July 9 -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: NMMA PR efforts to shine a spotlight on the boating industry this summer are drawing significant local and national media attention. With the help of the association's members, there has been record news about heightened boat sales and interest in getting out on the water. Pitching boating as an antidote to pandemic stress and an ideal activity to do while social distancing with loved   more

National MS Society: Survey on Complementary/Alternative Medicine Points to Increasing Use by People With MS
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: The use of complementary and alternative therapies - including vitamin/mineral supplements, mind-body therapies, diet, and exercise - is widespread in MS (81%), according to researchers from Oregon Health & Science University who report on a survey of 1,014 people with MS. It is also on the rise; the team compared these survey results to those of a similar survey conducted in 2001, and found that use of all t  more

National MS Society: Ten-Year Followup of People With Suspicious MRIs Without MS Symptoms Suggests Half Develop MS
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: In a global study of 451 people described as having "radiologically isolated syndrome" (RIS, a rare phenomenon in which people with no symptoms of MS have MRI scans that show specific areas of MS-like damage), 51.2% went on to develop MS within ten years. Several factors made some more likely to develop MS, so further defining these factors should help guide decisions about whether treating specific people wi  more

National Retail Federation Announces New Format, Theme and Timing for NRF 2021: Retail's Big Show
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- The National Retail Federation issued the following news release: The National Retail Federation announced its annual exposition and conference will take place in-person at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City June 6-8, 2021. In addition, NRF is hosting a virtual event January 12-14, 19 and 21-22, 2021. Both events will feature the theme "Forward Together." "The health and safety of our team, industry partners and global attendees is our number one priorit  more

Nature Genetics Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 8 -- Nature Genetics, a journal that encompasses genetic and functional genomic studies on human and plant traits and on other model organisms, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Review Articles: * Privacy challenges and research opportunities for genomic data sharing Articles: * Discovery of 318 new risk loci for type 2 diabetes and related vascular outcomes among 1.4 million participants in a multi-ancestry meta-analysis * Lymph   more

New Streamlined Approach to Treat Acute Malnutrition Brings Same Recovery in Children at Lower Cost
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: A new streamlined approach to treating acute malnutrition is as effective as standard treatment but will free up funds to reach more children with life-saving care, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine. The study was led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and Action Against Hunger. It was supported by the No Wasted Lives   more

New York State School Boards Association's Annual Convention & Education Expo is Going Virtual
LATHAM, New York, July 10 -- The New York State School Boards Association issued the following news release: As your membership Association, NYSSBA takes the health and well-being of its members seriously. Therefore, we are transforming our annual convention, originally scheduled for October 29-31, into a two-week virtual event. You'll receive the same great quality experience that you have come to know and enjoy from our in-person event. Our virtual convention will provide you with exception  more

New York State United Teachers Statement on Reopening of Schools
ALBANY, New York, July 9 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following statement by President Andy Pallotta regarding the reopening of New York's schools: "Health and safety of students, families, educators and other school staff, and equitable access to a high-quality education must be the top priorities in reopening schools. The federal government's demands that schools reopen without concern for health, safety and equity are simply out of touch. Thankfully here in New York, we   more

Newly Appointed Leaders in Gynecologic Oncology Poise Roswell Park Department For Continued Growth
BUFFALO, New York, July 8 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: Tackling challenging and hard-to-detect cancers of the reproductive system, the staff of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center commit to being a pillar of evidence-based, patient-forward care each and every day. Highlighting this strength, Roswell Park Deputy Director Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG, has announced the promotion of three st  more

NIRH Condemns SCOTUS Ruling in Critical Case Gutting Access to Birth Control, Notes Fallout for Birth Control Guarantee at State Level
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The National Institute for Reproductive Health issued the following statement on July 9 by President Andrea Miller in response to the Supreme Court's decision to expand employers' ability to deny birth control coverage to employees or students. The decision came in response to two cases - Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania and Trump v. Pennsylvania - representing challenges to the Trump-Pence administration's hostile attacks on employer-based contraception coverage  more

Northwell Health: Large-Scale COVID-19 Patient Analysis Sheds New Clues On Hardest Hit Age Groups, Regional Locations
MANHASSET, New York, July 10 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: For the first time since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak appeared in the United States new research from the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research provides a comprehensive analysis of the New York population that sought care from Northwell Health, New York State's largest health system. The study, published July 8 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, leveraged the high degree of technical a  more

Northwell Health: North Shore University Hospital Appoints Chief Nurse
MANHASSET, New York, July 8 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) has appointed Irene Macyk, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, as chief nursing officer. Ms. Macyk is an established leader at Northwell Health, where she was most recently associate executive director and chief nursing officer at Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat and Lenox Health Greenwich Village. She replaces Kerri Scanlon, RN, who left NSUH to assume the role of executive directo  more

Northwell Health: Staten Island University Hospital Doctors Perform Life-Changing Surgery on 3-Year-Old Girl
STATEN ISLAND, New York, July 8 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Betsaida Romero Ramirez, a 3-year-old from Ecuador, was born with an extensive congenital deformity where she was missing an eye, flesh and bone structure on the right side of her face. Coupled with the fact, Betsaida was born prematurely, this deformity threatened her life and left her fighting for every breath and made feeding Betsaida extremely difficult. According to Betsaida's mother, Anabel, Betsaida's prematu  more

Northwell Opens Fire Island Clinics for Summer
FIRE ISLAND, New York, July 9 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Northwell Health is providing Fire Island visitors and residents with even more options for medical care this summer with the opening of three immediate care centers, including its newest location in Saltaire. Northwell Health's immediate care centers in Ocean Beach, Cherry Grove and Saltaire, located at 100 Bay Promenade, will be open for the summer season through Labor Day weekend and able to treat ailments such as   more

NYU Langone Health Expands Ambulatory Care Network on Long Island
NEW YORK, July 10 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: NYU Langone Health continues to broaden access to primary and specialty care in Nassau County, welcoming three board-certified specialists in obstetrics, gynecology, and gastroenterology to its physician network on Long Island. "We tailor our clinical services to meet the needs of patients where they live and work, so they can receive care without the need  more

NYU Langone Health: Mental Health Benefits of Parks Dimmed by Safety Concerns
NEW YORK, July 8 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: No matter how close parks are to home, perceptions of park-centered crime may keep New Yorkers from using them. Researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine found that New Yorkers are more likely to exercise in a park if they believe they live very close to it. In turn, they feel less anxious and less depressed the more often they exercise there--but only  more

Ochsner Health System: 35th Annual Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease Awarded to Mount Sinai Physician
JEFFERSON, Louisiana, July 9 -- Ochsner Health System issued the following news release: The 35th annual Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease has been awarded to Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D. (Ward-Coleman Professor and Chair, Nash Family Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York). This prestigious honor bestowed by Ochsner Health recognizes scientists who have made major contributions regarding the relationship between smoking and disease along w  more

Open Space Institute: Million-Dollar Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Improvement Project Set to Begin
ULSTER COUNTY, New York, July 8 -- The Open Space Institute issued the following news release: The Open Space Institute (OSI), in partnership with Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT), and the Hudson River Valley Greenway, announced a $1 million plan to improve the northern 9.5-mile stretch of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail located in the Towns of Rosendale and Ulster, beginning at Cragswood Road in New Paltz and ending at Route 32 in the City of Kingston. The project is expected to improve overa  more

Open Space Institute: Statement on Northern New Jersey Greenway Project
NEW YORK, July 7 -- The Open Space Institute issued the following statement: The Open Space Institute, with the support of many local and regional partners, including the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and the September 11th National Memorial Trail, is actively working with Norfolk Southern Rail Corporation to acquire nearly nine miles of out-of-use trackbed and right-of-way for a greenway-related project in Essex and Hudson Counties. As Norfolk Southern has recently begun their process to   more

OpenTheGovernment.org: Supreme Court's Decision on President Trump's Taxes Victory for Rule of Law, But Fight Isn't Over
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- OpenTheGovernment.org issued the following statement on July 9 by Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a New York prosecutor's review of Trump's personal financial records, but delayed a decision on congressional subpoenas for comprehensive personal and business records. * * * "The Supreme Court's decision sends an encouraging message that it does not support the Trump administration's antagonistic viewpoint that the president is above  more

Pan-Cancer Consortium Moves to Clarify and Promote Consistent Use of Common Terms for Biomarker and Germline Genetic Testing
NEW YORK, July 7 -- CancerCare issued the following news release: A LUNGevity Foundation-led consortium of 41 leading patient advocacy organizations, professional societies and industry partners has published a white paper detailing recommendations for the use of testing terminology in precision medicine for patient education throughout the cancer community. Use of consistent language will significantly improve patient awareness and understanding of potentially life-saving testing options avail  more

Peconic Bay Medical Group Opens New Medical Facility in Greenport
RIVERHEAD, New York, July 9 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Peconic Bay Medical Group, a vital part of Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC), has opened a 5,000-square foot, multi-specialty medical practice in Greenport. Named for Lisa and Richard Israel, the Israel Family Ambulatory Center will provide more health care options to North Fork residents and visitors Primary care, women's health, cardiology, orthopedics, breast surgery and plastic surgery specialists will be available   more

PEN America: Baseless Charges Against Russian Journalist Continue
NEW YORK, July 9 -- PEN America issued the following news release: On Monday, a Russian court found journalist Svetlana Prokopieva, a correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Echo of Moscow, guilty on specious charges of "inciting terrorism," in connection with her 2018 reporting on a 17-year-old who committed suicide inside an FSB building. While prosecutors had initially sought a six-year prison sentence and four-year work ban, the judge instead fined Prokopieva 500,000 rubles ($  more

PEN America: Detention of Chinese Scholar Is Attempt to Silence Dissent
NEW YORK, July 8 -- PEN America issued the following news release: Chinese police detained scholar Xu Zhangrun this week on trumped-up accusations. PEN America today said his detention demonstrates the increasingly limitless power of President Xi Jinping to punish his critics and silence any whispers of dissent. According to friends of Xu, at least 20 people arrived early Monday to arrest Xu and seize his personal belongings, taking his computer and papers with them. Though formal charges agai  more

PEN America: DREAMing Out Loud Anthology Centers Undocumented Voices
NEW YORK, July 7 -- PEN America issued the following news release: PEN America debuts its second annual anthology by emerging undocumented immigrant writers, DREAMing Out Loud: Voices of Undocumented Writers. Available for purchase here (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BW84BXW), the anthology collects writings from PEN America's DREAMing Out Loud program (https://pen.org/dreaming-out-loud/), a tuition-free writing workshop for emerging undocumented immigrant writers in New York City. These searing  more

PEN America: Reported VOA Visa Decision Puts Journalists at Risk
NEW YORK, July 10 -- PEN America issued the following news release: NPR News reported that journalists with Voice of America based in the U.S. will not have their visas extended once they have expired. That decision reportedly comes at the behest of the newly confirmed CEO of the agency that runs VOA and other government-funded news services. PEN America's CEO Suzanne Nossel said the following: "This reported decision puts the lives of intrepid, free-thinking foreign journalists at risk. Man  more

PEN America: Turkish Writer Faces Renewed Charges After Acquittal in February
NEW YORK, July 11 -- PEN America issued the following news release: Turkish prosecutors this week have reopened a spurious case against writer Asli Erdogan. She now faces renewed charges of sedition, membership of a terrorist organization, and use of propaganda for her work with Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper that the Turkish government shuttered in 2016. PEN America called for an end to the politically-motivated harassment of Erdogan and condemned the unjust nature of the appeal. "Thi  more

Physician for Human Rights: President Trump Decision to Sever Relationship With WHO is Misguided, Irresponsible, and Disastrous for Global Health
NEW YORK, July 8 -- Physician for Human Rights issued the following statement by Executive Director Donna McKay in response to President Trump's formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, ulfilling his threat to terminate the relationship with the United Nations agency tasked with global public health: "As the world wrestles with a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people, one-fourth of whom are in the United States, President Trump has made the deeply misgu  more

Physician for Human Rights: Veto by Russia, China on UN Security Council Resolution Facilitating Humanitarian Aid for Syria Endangers Millions
NEW YORK, July 8 -- Physician for Human Rights issued the following statement by Rayan Koteiche, Middle East and North Africa researcher: United Nations Security Council permanent members China and Russia vetoed a resolution that would have extended the provision of humanitarian aid across the Syrian border without the approval of the Syrian government. Though the cross-border aid mechanism had been authorized annually since 2014, in January 2020, it was reduced in scope and renewed for only si  more

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Doctors Call on the U.S. to Follow China's Lead, Phase Out Live Animal Markets
WASHINGTON, July 6 -- Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine issued the following news release: The Physicians Committee--the national nonprofit of 12,000 doctors-- applauds China for announcing a plan to phase out the sale of live poultry and urges the United States to follow suit. Live animal markets are a breeding ground for organisms that may not cause disease in animal hosts but can be deadly to humans. "If China can do it, why can't we? Avoiding future pandemics like the COVID-19   more

Physicians for Reproductive Health: SCOTUS Birth Control Ruling Harmful
NEW YORK, July 10 -- Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement on July 9 by Board Chair Kristyn Brandi: The Supreme Court ruled in Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey that employers can control what birth control people can access. * * * "Today's Supreme Court decision lets stand harmful Trump administration rules weakening access to birth control. As a result of today's ruling, a person could lose birth control coverage  more

Plaintiffs Groups Dismayed by Court Decision That Declines Ordering an Investigation Into the NYPD's Racially Discriminatory Social Distancing and Curfew Enforcement Practices
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: This week, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a ruling regarding an emergency motion and supplemental submission filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, the law firm of Beldock, Levine, & Hoffman, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and The Legal Aid Society. These measures sought immediate court action in response to the Ne  more

Police Benevolent Association of N.Y. Issues Statement on Attorney General Report on Protests
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Police Benevolent Association of New York issued the following statement by President Patrick J. Lynch on the Attorney General's report on protests: "This preliminary report has exposed the entire inquiry as a charade. "Instead of an impartial review of the protests and their aftermath, this report tells only one side of the story and delivers reheated proposals that have been part of the anti-police agenda for decades. "If the goal is to heal the rift between poli  more

Prepare Girls for Kindergarten With Girl Scouts' Virtual Events Series
NEW YORK, July 9 -- Girl Scouts of the USA issued the following news release: Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is launching a free "Make New Friends" virtual event series hosted by local councils across the country to ensure that all girls are prepared to start kindergarten with confidence. The COVID-19 pandemic and transition to virtual learning and activities has disrupted important educational milestones, particularly for children entering kindergarten this year. Social and emotional learning   more

Renaissance Quarterly Journal Issues Research Articles in Summer 2020 Edition
BRONX, New York, July 10 -- Renaissance Quarterly, a journal of Renaissance studies that encourages approaches to bring together material spanning the period from 1300 to 1700 in Western history from the Renaissance Society of America, published research articles, including the following topics, in its Summer 2020 edition: Articles: * Printing the Weather: Knowledge, Nature, and Popular Culture in Two Sixteenth-Century German Weather Books * Displays of Sugar Sculpture and the Collection of   more

Rocky Mountain Institute Launches the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance
NEW YORK, July 10 -- Rocky Mountain Institute issued the following news release: Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a leading global clean energy nonprofit, announced the launch of the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance in collaboration with Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase--four of the world's largest financial institutions. The Center's mission is to serve as an engine room for the financial sector to partner with corporate clients to identify practical solutions th  more

Statement From CICU President Beth Labate on Rules Barring International Students From Online Study
ALBANY, New York, July 8 -- The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities issued the following statement by President Mary Beth Labate on changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program: This week, ICE announced that international students on F-1 and M-1 visas who attend colleges that are fully remote in the fall will have to either transfer to a college with an in-person component or be deported. Essentially, online-only is not an option for international students. * * * "Simpl  more

Supreme Court Recognizes President Trump Not Above Law, Center for American Progress Berger Says
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- The Center for American Progress issued the following statement by Sam Berger, vice president of Democracy and Government Reform: The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that New York state prosecutors have the power to subpoena President Donald Trump's financial and tax records in a criminal investigation. In a separate 7-2 ruling, the high court left open the possibility that Congress could subpoena the president's financial records. * * * "President Trump and his Department   more

Supreme Court's Little Sisters Ruling Means Dogma Trumps Everything, Says Center for Inquiry
AMHERST, New York, July 9 -- The Center for Inquiry issued the following news release on July 8: The Center for Inquiry denounced the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, in which the Court ruled in favor of broad religious exemptions to the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. CFI, which advocates for public policy based on science and secularism, decried the ruling for placing religious beliefs over the health of women and the rule o  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Testifies to Mayor De Blasio on POST Act, Urges Enactment
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project issued the following news release: The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.), a New York-based privacy group, testified before New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, urging him to sign the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act. The civil rights group says that passing the POST Act will allow lawmakers and the public to understand what surveillance tools the NYPD uses, including tools used to track pro  more

Sustained Support for World Health Organization 'Vital to Us All as We Age,' Say AGS Experts
NEW YORK, July 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) joined organizations across health care, international development, and science in criticizing the Trump Administration's move to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO). "Simply put: The WHO is vital to who we are--and who we can become--as we age," notes AGS President Annette Medina-Walpole, MD, AGSF. "At a time when so many hard-won victories for cr  more

Tech & Terrorism: Top E.U. Official Details Proposal to Address Content Moderation, Liability Issues With Tech Companies
NEW YORK, July 11 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: European Union (EU) digital-policy and antitrust czar Margrethe Vestager took sharp aim at U.S. tech companies last week, detailing a comprehensive plan to regulate tech companies, including proposals to curb their anticompetitive behavior. The new measures aim to compel tech firms to pay more taxes and take more responsibility for illegal content on their platforms. The renewed focus on holding tech accounta  more

Telemedicine & E-Health Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 10 -- Telemedicine and e-Health, a peer-reviewed journal for telemedicine applications for achieving patient care and outcomes, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Original Research: * Perceptions and Perceived Utility of Rural Emergency Department Telemedicine Services: A Needs Assessment * Expanding Acute Stroke Care in Rural America: A Model for Statewide Success * Inpatient eDermatology (Teledermatology) Can Help Mee  more

Telemedicine Journal and E-Health Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 10 -- The Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features telemedicine applications for optimal patient care and outcomes, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Review: * Telehealth and Breastfeeding: An Integrative Review Original Research: * Perceptions and Perceived Utility of Rural Emergency Department Telemedicine Services: A Needs Assessment * Expanding Acute Stroke Care in Rural Am  more

The American Council of Learned Societies Launches New Leading Edge Fellowship
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The American Council of Learned Societies issued the following news: The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) proudly announces the launch of the Leading Edge Fellowship program, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. This $1.6 million rapid-response fellowship aims to put the power of humanities scholarship and training to work in addressing urgent challenges facing communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leading Edge Fello  more

The IMO Should Follow ICAO's Approach in Accounting for Emissions Beyond Plane for Alternative Fuels, Environmental Defense Fund & UMAS Report Finds
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release: The international shipping industry will fail to tackle their global greenhouse gas emissions unless they put in place rules that truly reflect the climate impact of shipping fuels, according to a report released by Environmental Defense Fund and University Maritime Advisory Services. As the International Maritime Organization meets for informal discussions on greenhouse gases this week, this report explores w  more

Vital Strategies: Health and Education Experts Weigh in on How Schools Can Maximize Health and Safety as They Look to Reopen
NEW YORK, July 9 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release on July 8: Amid recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in much of the United States, school systems are grappling with whether and how to reopen for the 2020-2021 academic school year without clear public health guidance. , joined by some of the country's top educational leaders, Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC Director and President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, rel  more

WaterAid America: Toilet Paper Startup Who Gives A Crap Donates Millions to Global Sanitation Projects
NEW YORK, July 11 -- WaterAid America issued the following news release: Who Gives A Crap , the eco-friendly toilet paper company that donates half its profits to nonprofit organizations working to improve access to hygiene, clean water, and basic sanitation in developing countries, announced their largest donation to date. $3.87 million USD ($5.6M AUD) will help fund the work of 6 charities around the world. This donation, up 700% from last year's donation alone, is more than double the combi  more

WaterAid America: With WHO Withdrawal, U.S. Administration Turns Away From the Collective Fight Against COVID
NEW YORK, July 8 -- WaterAid America issued the following news release: WaterAid America condemns the U.S. Administration's recent action to begin withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO), a move that may critically weaken the global fight against COVID 19. "A global pandemic requires a global response, and the WHO is a critical instrument for that," said Kelly Parsons, CEO of WaterAid America. "Walking away from the WHO is reckless at this time." The WHO is a vital leader in addr  more

Women's Refugee Commission Responds to White House Move to Terminate U.S./WHO Relationship
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The Women's Refugee Commission issued the following news release: Moving forward with plans to terminate the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. government has formally submitted its withdrawal notification to the U.N. Secretary-General. The WHO, a UN agency that coordinates global health policy and strategy, has been leading COVID-19 response efforts to stop the spread of the disease. A June 16, 2020 letter from nearly 100 organizations--in  more

World-Renowned Transplant Surgeon to Lead Department of Surgery at NYU Langone Health
NEW YORK, July 10 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: Robert Montgomery, MD, DPhil, a pioneering surgeon and director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute, has been appointed chair of the Department of Surgery. He will assume his new post on September 1. H. Leon Pachter, MD, the George David Stewart Professor of Surgery, who has had a distinguished tenure as chair of the department since 2007, will remain a  more