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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving New York Newsletter for Sunday April 05, 2020 ( 203 items )  

350.org Responds to Announcement That TC Energy Will Proceed With Keystone XL Pipeline
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: In response to the announcement that TC Energy will proceed with the Keystone XL pipeline, with a US$1.1 billion "strategic investment" from the Alberta government, 350.org calls on the protection of local communities and the respect of Indigenous peoples' rights and sovereignty. In response, 350.org North America Director Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, said: "Shame on TC Energy and the U.S. and Canadian governments who enabled the  more

Access Now Releases Recommendations on Privacy and Data Protection in the Fight Against COVID-19
NEW YORK, March 31 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Since late 2019, the world has been fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In response to the pandemic, governments around the world have been using data and technology in their efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Access Now puts forward privacy and data protection recommendations for governments to fight against COVID-19 in a rights-respecting manner. From past health crises, we know how important it is to not   more

Access Now: Tunisia - Human Rights Groups Call for Withdrawal of Draft Law That Threatens Free Expression During COVID-19
NEW YORK, April 1 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Human rights organizations and associations, signing below, express their deep concern at draft law No. 29/2020 on amending Articles 245 and 247 of the Penal Code provisions. It reflects a blatant contradiction with Articles 31, 32, and 49 of the Tunisian Constitution, and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which was ratified by the Republic of Tunisia. The undersigned associations and organ  more

Access Now: Zoom Heeds Access Now's Call for Transparency Reporting
NEW YORK, April 3 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Access Now recently urged Zoom to issue regular transparency reports, which would show how the company responds to government and other third-party requests for user data and clarify its policies on security matters like encryption of its services and data retention. On April 1, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, in response to Access Now's letter and mounting pressure from civil society and policymakers, announced a series of measures the co  more

ACLU Poll Shows Wide-Ranging Support for Releasing Vulnerable People From Jails and Prisons
NEW YORK, March 31 -- 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: * * * - Following First Death in Federal Prison, ACLU Continues to Demand Release of Those Vulnerable * * * The American Civil Liberties Union released a new poll from Bully Pulpit Interactive that demonstrates far-ranging, bipartisan support for releasing pe  more

Advocates Applaud New York Move to Ensure Undocumented New Yorkers Can Access Emergency Medicaid Coverage for COVID-19 Testing
NEW YORK, March 30 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following statement: Yesterday, the New York State Department of Health announced that all low-income immigrants, regardless of immigration status, would have access to COVID-19 testing, evaluation, and treatment as services covered by Emergency Medicaid - a key plank of the NYIC's New York United platform. The State's move came the same day that President Trump signed an economic stimulus package that excluded many immigrants   more

AFSCME: Union Leaders Say Dire, On-the-Ground Situation Shows Immediate Need for More PPE, Fourth Stimulus Package
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- The AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - AFL-CIO) issued the following news release, dated March 31: * * * - From health care workers updating wills before work to recycling masks and wearing garbage bags for gowns, AFSCME leaders detailed stories from the front lines - and solutions including what is needed in a fourth congressional stimulus package to address the short- and long-term needs of communities and front-line workers. * * *   more

Albany Med to Accept Transfer Patients With Suspected and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
ALBANY, New York, April 2 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: To support our neighbors and health care workers beyond the Capital Region, Albany Med accepted 14 transfer patients late Tuesday from downstate hospitals who have either confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. Transfer patients under investigation for COVID-19 (PUIs) will be tested at Albany Med. The decision was approved by Albany Med's Executive Leadership team. As th  more

Albany Medical Center: Capital Region Hospitals Provide Update on Coronavirus Preparedness Plans
ALBANY, New York, April 4 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release on April 3: Clinical leadership from Albany Med; Saratoga Hospital; Ellis Medicine; St. Peter's Health Partners; and St. Mary's Amsterdam gathered at Albany Med Friday, April 3 to provide an update on the regional health care systems' coordinated response efforts related to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Officials discussed the process of transferring patients from New Yo  more

Alliance for Quality Education Issues Statement on Gov. Cuomo's Actions on COVID-19
ALBANY, New York, March 28 -- The Alliance for Quality Education issued the following statement by Executive Director Jasmine Gripper: "While Governor Cuomo is filling news cycles with his response to the COVID-19 crisis, he is preparing a state budget that would devastate educational opportunities for the children of New York. When it comes to our children and their education, Governor Cuomo has a heart of stone. Budgets are a reflection of our priorities: Whether it's your household budget or  more

Alliance for Quality Education: At Time of Greatest Need, New York's Lawmakers Abandon Students & Families
ALBANY, New York, April 2 -- The Alliance for Quality Education issued the following statement by Executive Director Jasmine Gripper: Governor Cuomo announced that he and the New York State legislature have reached a three way agreement on a final budget. The budget bills, which are expected to be voted on later, would flat-fund public education. In response, the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: "The New York State legislat  more

AMDA and AHCA Jointly Urge States Not to Push Hospital Patients With COVID-19 Into Nursing Homes and Assisted Living as the Solution to Hospital Overcrowding
COLUMBIA, Maryland, March 30 -- AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine issued the following news release on March 29: * * * - States Urged to Work Collaboratively with Nursing Homes and Hospitals to Develop Appropriate Solutions * * * AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and the American Health Care Association (AHCA) released a joint statement urging states not to adopt orders similar to a recent New York State advisory calling for nursing ho  more

American Academy of Physician Assistants Calls on Governors to Empower Physician Assistants in COVID-19 Fight
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, April 1 -- The American Academy of Physician Assistants issued the following news release: The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) is calling on governors in all states to waive physician supervision or collaboration requirements for PAs (physician assistants) during a declared public health emergency or disaster through executive orders. PAs are required to have a supervisory or collaborative agreement with a physician in order to practice in most states. This unnecessarily c  more

American Association of University Professors Supports Eighteen Attorneys General Urging Suspension of New TItle IX Regulations During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The American Association of University Professors issued the following news: On March 27, following news reports that the Department of Education would soon be issuing its new proposed Title IX regulations, the attorneys general of 18 states (Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawai'i, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia) signed a l  more

American Health Care Association: Long Term Care Leaders Address State Orders on Hospital Admissions to Nursing Homes
WASHINGTON, March 30 -- The American Health Care Association issued the following statement: Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and Dr. David Gifford, Chief Medical Officer for AHCA issued the following statement addressing state orders directing nursing homes to accept all hospital patients: "Multiple states are considering adopting an order similar to what was issued in New York that requires every nursing home to admit hospital patients who have n  more

American Jewish Congress Applauds the Inclusion of the 'No Hate In Our State' Package in the State Budget
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement: The American Jewish Congress applauds the inclusion of the "No Hate In Our State" package in the FY2021 Budget - an initiative that we have strongly supported and advocated for since it was first launched. The "No Hate In Our State" plan will guarantee $25 million in state funding to help communities, organizations, and houses of worship vulnerable to hate crimes, while it will invest $2 million in supporting the  more

American Jewish Congress Salutes the Formation of a Unity Government in Israel
NEW YORK, March 30 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement: The American Jewish Congress wholeheartedly salutes the formation of a unity government in Israel. We want to congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu and General Gantz for putting aside their differences and showing true leadership in agreeing to jointly govern and respond to the important challenges that Israel is facing - not only the coronavirus outbreak, but also other important regional and international chall  more

American Jewish Congress: Encouraging Engagement Between Israelis and Palestinians to Minimize the Impact of COVID-19
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement: It is heartening to see how, amid the coronavirus outbreak that is challenging the entire international community, Israeli and Palestinian health workers and officials are working together to mitigate the impact of disease. They are showing that, when there is good faith, cooperation is possible and it is effective. The U.S. Mission to the United Nations and the U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace   more

American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine Issues Research Articles in April 1, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, a journal from the American Thoracic Society that says it focuses on human biology and disease, as well as animal and in vitro studies, published research articles on the following topics in its April 1, 2020 edition: * Biomarkers Predict Severe Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Recovery in Pediatric Septic Shock * Effective Care Practices in Patients Receiving Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation. An Ethnographic Stu  more

American Journal of Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, a journal from the American Thoracic Society that says it focuses on pulmonary biology, published research articles, including the following topics, in its April 2020 edition: * Air Space Distension Precedes Spontaneous Fibrotic Remodeling and Impaired Cholesterol Metabolism in the Absence of Surfactant Protein C * Long Noncoding RNA FENDRR Exhibits Antifibrotic Activity in Pulmonary Fibrosis * Screening for   more

American Maritime Operators and Civilian Mariners Answer Call to Deliver Healthcare Resources on USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy
WASHINGTON, April 1 -- The American Maritime Partnership issued the following news release: The American Maritime Partnership, the voice of the domestic maritime industry, applauds the American maritime operators and mariners that once again came together in time of crisis to serve our nation, supporting the swift arrival of the USNS Mercy to Los Angeles, and the USNS Comfort to New York City. As our nation focuses on providing the needed medical attention and resources to our communities, the   more

American National Standards Institute Draft Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Version 2 Released for Comment
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released for public review and comment a working draft of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 2.0) being developed by the Institute's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC). Working groups have been developing the draft for several months, following a kickoff meeting held on September 12, 2019.   more

American National Standards Institute: People on the Move
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release on April 3: 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. The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National St  more

American National Standards Institute: Reminder to Submit Feedback - NIST Guidance on Federal Agency Conformity Assessment Activities
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) reminds its members to submit comments on proposed revisions to regulations updating policy guidance on Federal agency use of conformity assessment. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which published the new guidance, requests comments by April 7, 2020. NIST requests input on revisions to 15 CFR Part 287, which outlines Fede  more

American National Standards Institute: Young and Emerging Professionals: Register for April 2020 Webinar on Introduction to the USNC and IEC
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The U.S. National Committee (USNC) Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) committee will host a free webinar, Opportunities for Young and Emerging Professionals in Standards: An Introduction to the USNC and IEC, on April 9, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The session will cover how young and emerging professionals working in standards and conformity assessment can become involved with the USNC and th  more

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: State Policy Updates
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, April 3 -- The American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued the following news release: ASRM would like to share some good news for New Yorkers in the midst of such an unprecedented, challenging time. The New York State Legislature will pass the 2020 state budget which will include the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA). As many of you know, the effort to overturn NY's ban on gestational carrier contracts has been in the works for quite some time. This year, Governor And  more

American Wind Energy Association Statement on New York Renewable Energy Siting Reform Passed as Part of State Budget
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- The American Wind Energy Association issued the following statement: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement after the New York Legislature passed a state budget that includes critical improvements to the way that renewable energy projects are sited and developed in the state. "New York continues to lead the nation in its commitment to affordable, clean, renewable energy. These siting reforms will enable significant additional investmen  more

Americas Society Presents Virtual Panels With Regional Cultural Institutions, Talks With Artists, Exclusive Online Music, Visual Arts Content
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Americas Society/Council of the Americas issued the following news release: Americas Society presents a new series of online cultural programs to offer original musical and artistic content. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americas Society turned to the virtual world to keep creating awareness of Latin American contemporary artists and music, providing support to that community and engaging audiences beyond the geographic limits of New York City. On Wednesday, April  more

Annals of the American Thoracic Society Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The Annals of the American Thoracic Society, a peer-reviewed international online journal of the American Thoracic Society, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Early Age at Natural Menopause Is Related to Lower Post-Bronchodilator Lung Function. A Longitudinal Population-based Study * Temporal Factors and Missed Doses of Tuberculosis Treatment. A Causal Associations Approach to Analyses of Digital Adherence Data * The Hospital   more

Anti-Defamation League Joins Over 180 Jewish Communal Groups in Joint Statement of Solidarity Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The Anti-Defamation League issued the following news release: ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) joined with more than 180 Jewish communal groups today in a joint statement urging political leaders and all Americans to treat the COVID-19 pandemic as a "moment for kindness and solidarity, and to make extra efforts to reach towards one another in support, not look to blame or scapegoat." The statement of solidarity, organized by ADL, has been signed by organizations representi  more

Antiquities Coalition: The Long Journey Home - Story Maps of Cultural Racketeering
WASHINGTON, March 31 -- The Antiquities Coalition issued the following news release: Ever wonder how invaluable looted artifacts travel unimpeded across international borders? A new online mapping project by the Antiquities Coalition allows you to follow the money, the criminals, and the art. How did an ancient Lebanese sculpture of a bull's head end up in New York's leading museum? How did a Hindu stone warrior travel from a Cambodian jungle temple to a major international auction house? How   more

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce & Associated Industries of Arkansas: Summary of Gov. Hutchinson's March 31 COVID-19 Press Conference
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, April 1 -- Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas issued the following news release: There were 473 cases yesterday with 62 people hospitalized. Today, we are up 50 bringing the total cases to 523, 64 of which are hospitalized. There is 1 new death increasing the total to 8. Cases have occurred in 3 new counties: Columbia, Newton, and Perry. The Governor checked on the New York Times report that showed Arkansas near the bottom in per cap  more

Asia Society: Saving Lives in America, China, and Around the World
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Asia Society issued the following news release: Over 90 bipartisan, high-level former government officials and experts in the U.S.-China relationship released a joint statement urging cooperation between the United States and China in a much-needed effort to combat the COVID-19 global health crisis. The statement was released by Asia Society's Center on U.S-China Relations and the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy. The st  more

Association for Computing Machinery Prize in Computing Awarded to AlphaGo Developer
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Association for Computing Machinery issued the following news release: ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, announced that David Silver is the recipient of the 2019 ACM Prize in Computing for breakthrough advances in computer game-playing. Silver is a Professor at University College London and a Principal Research Scientist at DeepMind, a Google-owned artificial intelligence company based in the United Kingdom. Silver is recognized as a central figure in the gr  more

Association for Computing Machinery Signs New Transformative Open Access Publishing Agreement With IreL for Eight Irish Universities
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The Association for Computing Machinery issued the following news release: * * * - New Open Access Publishing Agreement is ACM's First with Institutions Outside the US * * * ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, entered into a transformative open access agreement with IReL, the Irish e-resource licensing consortium. The agreement covers both access to and open access publication in ACM's journals, proceedings and magazines for eight Irish universities, including   more

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons: COVID-19 Good News/Bad News
TUCSON, Arizona, April 1 -- The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons issued the following news release: Daniel Dae Kim is feeling better and is "virus free." He revealed that he was taking hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, among other drugs. He urges people not to "hoard medicines" and not to self-medicate. He lives in Hawaii and has a doctor willing to prescribe these medications and a pharmacist willing to fill the prescription. / Few Americans are so lucky. In Nevada, Ohio, New  more

Attention: ANSI Announces Precautionary Measures Regarding COVID-19
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: In view of the significant health risks posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has put in place several precautions: Temporary Office Closures To ensure the safety of our employees, the continuity of ANSI's operations, and to help minimize the potential spread of the virus, ANSI, ANAB, and Workcred offices remain closed until f  more

Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System Deployed to Meet Need for Personal Protective Equipment for N.Y. Healthcare Workforce
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 2 -- Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization, issued the following news release: Battelle announced that it has deployed a system to decontaminate N95 respirator masks to State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island to meet the critical need of protecting healthcare workers on the frontline. It is in the final stages of assembly, will begin testing procedures and expected to start decontaminating up to 80,000 masks per day by the end of th  more

BMJ Open Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
LONDON, England, April 3 -- BMJ Open, a medical journal that says it features research questions in clinical medicine, public health and epidemiology, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Acupuncture for poststroke hemiplegia focusing on cerebral bilateral connections: study protocol for a randomised controlled neuroimaging trial * Birth incidence, deaths and hospitalisations of children and young people with Down syndrome, 1990-2015: birth cohort st  more

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: New York Takes Historic Action to Tackle Youth E-Cigarette Use by Ending the Sale of All Flavored E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issued the following statement by President Matthew L. Myers: New York leaders delivered a historic win for kids over the tobacco industry by agreeing to include legislation in the state's annual budget that prohibits the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes. The final measure contains additional provisions as part of a comprehensive approach to reduce tobacco use, including prohibitions on tobacco sales at pharmacies and on coupons and oth  more

Canadian Hospitality Workers Union UNITE HERE on Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 1 -- UNITE HERE, a labor union for workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada, issued the following news release: Leadership from across UNITE HERE Canada discussed the unprecedented economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on workers nationwide in industries as diverse as airlines, hotels, remote camps, and food service. With mortgages, utilities and rent coming due April   more

Cancer Action Network Reacts to Budget Measure Aimed at Curbing Tobacco Use
ALBANY, New York, April 3 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network issued the following news release: Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature's final budget includes a package aimed at reducing tobacco use, including flavored e-cigarettes. The final budget language: * Restricts the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. This proposal restricts the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, except for flavored e-cigarettes that have received a premarket review order from the FDA. To date, no   more

CARE: New COVID-19 Global Rapid Gender Analysis Addresses Concerns of Women and Girls in Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 2 -- CARE issued the following news release: CARE and the International Rescue Committee published a Rapid Gender Assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic based on secondary data analysis undertaken between 12-20 March, 2020. The analysis was undertaken to explore the current and potential gendered dimensions of COVID-19 and highlights the ways in which women, girls and other marginalized people are likely to suffer from the pandemic. The Rapid Gender Analysis is intended to be read   more

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Announces $3.75 Million Raised to Date for Appeal 2020
BUFFALO, New York, April 4 -- Catholic Charities of Buffalo issued the following news release on April 3: Appeal Sunday, a decades-long Palm Sunday tradition, would have played out in parishes across the Diocese of Buffalo this weekend. Volunteers would greet Mass attendees at the church vestibule or ensure they were encouraged by their Pastor to put their envelopes in the basket as it was passed. Although none of that will happen because of the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Charities of Buffa  more

Catholic Charities of Buffalo: Joyce Family Food Pantry & Outreach Adjusts Service Because of COVID-19
BUFFALO, New York, March 31 -- Catholic Charities of Buffalo issued the following news release: Catholic Charities' Joyce Family Food Pantry & Outreach, 67 E. Peral St., Wellsville, is adjusting service next month because of the COVID-19 virus: the Easter Food Box will be given out with pantry clients' April pantry visit, and extended hours will be offered during Holy Week (April 6-10). Also, clients are asked to call ahead for their April visit, and until further notice. The Easter Food Box D  more

Cell Research Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 3 -- Cell Research, a journal that says it features life sciences related to molecular and cell biology, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Signaling networks in immunometabolism * Targeting immunometabolism as an anti-inflammatory strategy * The yin and yang of co-inhibitory receptors: toward anti-tumor immunity without autoimmunity * Toward targeting inflammasomes: insights into their regulation and activation The April 2020 ed  more

Cellular Reprogramming Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, April 1 -- Cellular Reprogramming, a journal that says it covers molecular basis of the virus to clinical studies on vaccines and potential cures, published research articles, including the following topics, in its April 2020 edition: * Advances in Isolation and Culture of Chicken Embryonic Stem Cells In Vitro * Yes-Associated Protein and PDZ Binding Motif: A Critical Signaling Pathway in the Control of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Self-Renewal and Differentiation Rese  more

Center for Inquiry: Michigan Drops Opposition to Secular Marriage Celebrants, Ending Lawsuit
AMHERST, New York, April 3 -- The Center for Inquiry issued the following news release: Secular celebrants are now permitted to officiate and solemnize marriages in Michigan, after the state attorney general reversed the government's opposition to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Promising that the state considers CFI-trained and certified Secular Celebrants to be covered by existing statutes regarding marriage solemnization, the presiding federal court brought the case to a c  more

Center for Popular Democracy: Housing Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Cancel Rent and Mortgages
BROOKLYN, New York, April 1 -- The Center for Popular Democracy issued the following news release on March 31: * * * - The day before rent payments are due, 200 housing advocates call a virtual townhall with elected leaders * * * Tomorrow, millions of families across the United States will be unable to make their rent and mortgage payments due to unemployment and illness. The economic and public health crises caused by coronavirus have compounded for families that were already feeling the st  more

Center for Popular Democracy: Multiracial Network Calls on U.S. Census Bureau to Improve Outreach to Hard-To-Count Communities
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The Center for Popular Democracy issued the following statement: * * * - Grassroots Network Raises Questions of Effective Outreach During COVID-19 on Census Day * * * On national Census Day, a date created by the U.S. Census Bureau to encourage every person living in the United States, Puerto Rico, and its territories to fill out the survey intended to inform political and economic resource distribution, the Center for Popular Democracy released the following statement:   more

Center for Reproductive Rights: 5th Circuit Allows Gov. Abbott to Block Abortion Procedures During a Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release: A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals used an extraordinary measure to allow Gov. Greg Abbott to drastically restrict essential, time-sensitive abortion procedures using his COVID-19 executive order. The court issued its stay before the abortion providers -- represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Lawyering Project, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America -- could eve  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Abortion Providers File Litigation in Four States to Protect Access to Essential Abortion Care
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release: Abortion providers in Alabama, Iowa, Ohio, and Oklahoma -- represented by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Center for Reproductive Rights, and local lawyers -- filed litigation to stop anti-abortion politicians from trying to use the COVID-19 pandemic to block access to time-sensitive, essential abortion care. This follows a similar legal action las  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Oklahoma's COVID-19 Ban on Abortion Challenged in Court
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release: The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Dechert LLP challenged an Oklahoma order effectively banning abortion care in the state. The March 24 order, issued by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, requires all "elective" medical and surgical procedures be postponed. In a press release issued March 27, Governor Stitt sing  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Texas Abortion Providers Secure Emergency Relief to Keep Essential Abortion Procedures Available During Pandemic
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release: A federal district judge granted Texas abortion providers a temporary restraining order to allow abortion services to continue for the time being during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that abortion providers can resume offering the essential and time-sensitive Texans need, for now. This decision comes in response to Gov. Greg Abbott's attempt to exploit the pandemic to block abortion access. His irres  more

Center for Strategic and International Studies: U.S. Navy Humanitarian Assistance
WASHINGTON, April 1 -- The Center for Strategic and International Studies issued the following commentary by J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director at the Global Health Policy Center: Striking images from Monday, March 30, show the USNS Comfort hospital ship pulling past the Statue of Liberty and into New York Harbor. Meanwhile, docked in the Port of Los Angeles, the USNS Mercy hospital ship began accepting patients a day earlier. The ships are expected to treat non-COVID-19 pa  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Carol Greider - Nobel Prize-Winning Rogue Biologist
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, April 1 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Dr. Carol Greider proudly calls herself a "rogue scientist." That iconoclastic approach led to her Nobel Prize-winning work on telomeres, and to becoming a champion for women in science. "You can do whatever you want, but you have to like whatever you do." That's what Carolyn "Carol" Greider's father told her when she was growing up in Davis, California. He was a physicist at the University o  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Pursuing COVID-19 at Internet Speed
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, April 4 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: It is the slowest of times, it is the fastest of times. The hours drag heavily during the COVID-19 pandemic, as we worry about our safety and about the safety of the people we care about; the wait for effective drugs and vaccines often feels agonizing. And yet, by any traditional measure, the research on the novel coronavirus responsible for the pandemic is progressing at an astonishing pace.   more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Exiled Pakistani Journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch Goes Missing in Sweden
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Swedish authorities should make every effort to locate missing journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On March 2, Baloch, a Pakistani exile and editor-in-chief of the English and Balochi news website Balochistan Times, disappeared from his home in Uppsala, Sweden, according to a statement by the Balochistan Times editorial board issued on March 28 and  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Hamas Security Forces Repeatedly Detain Palestinian Cartoonist Ismael El-Bozom
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Hamas-affiliated authorities should stop their campaign of harassment against Palestinian cartoonist Ismael el-Bozom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On March 20, officers in the Hamas-controlled General Investigation Unit arrested el-Bozom, a Palestinian cartoonist who publishes his political drawings on Facebook, where he has more than 6,700 followers, at his home in the refugee camp of Jabalia, i  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Iraqi Regulator Suspends Reuters' License for 3 Months Over COVID-19 Report
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Iraqi authorities should immediately reinstate the license of the Reuters news agency, and allow all media outlets to cover the COVID-19 pandemic freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Yesterday, the Communications and Media Commission, Iraq's media regulator, suspended Reuters' license for three months and fined it 25 million Iraqi dinars ($21,000) for a news report published the same day, which a  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Togo Suspends 2 Papers After French Complaint, and a Third for Criticizing Decision
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Authorities in Togo should lift the suspensions of the Liberte, L'Alternative, and Fraternite newspapers and ensure all media are free to cover politics and all other newsworthy topics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Togo's media regulator, the Broadcast and Communications High Authority, ordered the privately owned daily Liberte and biweekly L'Alternative to suspend publication on March 23, and or  more

COP26 Climate Talks Postponed. 350.org to Governments: 'COVID19 and Climate Crisis Call for Just Recovery Plans'
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The 350.org issued the following statement: The UNFCCC just announced that the COP26 climate change conference, set to take place in Glasgow in November, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response to the announcement, Anna Vickerstaff, Senior UK Campaigner at 350.org, said: "While the pandemic has forced international climate diplomacy to drastically slow down, to the point of postponing a major moment for climate negotiations as COP26, climate action  more

COP26 Climate Talks Postponed. 350.org to Governments: COVID19 and Climate Crisis Call for Just Recovery Plans
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The 350.org issued the following statement: The UNFCCC just announced that the COP26 climate change conference, set to take place in Glasgow in November, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response to the announcement, Anna Vickerstaff, Senior UK Campaigner at 350.org, said: "While the pandemic has forced international climate diplomacy to drastically slow down, to the point of postponing a moment as major for climate negotiations as COP26, climate ac  more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY Condemns Racist Hackers Who Infiltrated Esopus Town Board Zoom Meeting
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: * * * - Welcomes NY AG's Probe into Zoom Security Practices * * * The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned the actions of hackers who infiltrated a video meeting of the Esopus Town Board and went on a hateful rant. CAIR-NY also welcomes the NY Attorney General's investigation into Zo  more

Counter Extremism Project: As Attacks Against U.S. Personnel in Iraq Increase, Sanctions Are Imposed on Iran-Backed Militias
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: Iran-backed militias continue to plan attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq more frequently, according to U.S. officials, as tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalate. The latest series of attacks follow the targeted U.S. strike against Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) Commander Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the former leader of the Kata'ib Hezbollah (KH) militia group. U.  more

Counter Extremism Project: Tech & Terrorism - Online Extremists Exploit Coronavirus Pandemic to Incite Violence & Encourage Terrorism
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: * * * - Terror Groups Urge Members Online To Target Health Care Systems & Spread Virus Intentionally * * * As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, far-right and Islamic extremist groups are plotting to exploit the health crisis to advance their radical agendas. Last week, FBI agents thwarted a car bomb attack on a hospital in Missouri by 36-year-old neo-Nazi Timothy Wilson, while the De  more

Democrats for Education Reform NY Appoints New State Director
NEW YORK, March 31 -- Democrats for Education Reform issued the following news release: * * * - Crisanta Duran to Lead Work to Improve Equitable Outcomes for NY Students * * * Democrats for Education Reform New York (DFER-NY) announced that Crisanta Duran will serve as the chapter's new director, as well as director for its affiliate organization, Education Reform Now NY (ERN-NY). Crisanta will continue DFER-NY's mission to improve educational equity in New York State, with a priority focus  more

Deportations Back to Central America Risk Virus Spread and Compounding Vulnerabilities Across the Region, Says International Rescue Committee
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: The U.S. administration has invoked preventing the spread of Coronavirus in the United States to justify a blanket policy blocking asylum seekers from accessing protection, instead sending them back to harm. In the name of keeping America safe, the U.S. administration has put other countries at risk, continuing to send deportation flights to countries with fragile public health systems and already contrib  more

Diverse Coalition of Student, Community Organizations Permitted to Intervene in Suit to Defend Expanded Access
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: In a recent decision, Teens Take Charge - a public school student-led organization, the Hispanic Federation, Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), and multiple Black and Latinx public school students and their families were granted intervenor status in Christa McAuliffe Intermediate School PTO v. Bill de Blasio, a lawsuit filed by the Pac  more

Doctors Without Borders: Ivory Coast - Coronavirus Preparations in Full Swing
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news on March 30: Ivory Coast has now registered 140 cases of COVID-19 (as of March 29 according to WHO) and recently entered the stage of local transmission. In response, the Ivorian authorities, like those in most neighboring countries, have quickly taken measures to restrict movement, according to the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which h  more

Doctors Without Borders: Nigeria - As Coronavirus Spreads, Humanitarian Assistance in Borno State Must Be Maintained
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: After more than a decade of armed conflict, outbreaks of malaria, measles, and cholera, and waves of severe malnutrition, approximately 1.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Nigeria's Borno state now face the threat of COVID-19. Many live in deplorable conditions in vastly overcrowded camps with poor water and sanitation facilities, limited supplies of hygiene essentials such as soa  more

Downstate Medical Center: Statement on University Hospital of Brooklyn Designated by Governor Cuomo as a COVID-19 Only Facility
BROOKLYN, New York, March 30 -- Downstate Medical Center issued the following news release: The United States has surpassed Italy and China with over 100,000 coronavirus cases; more than 52,000 cases are in New York State, nearly 30,000 are in New York City, and more than 7,000 cases are in Brooklyn. SUNY Downstate is answering Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's directive to prepare University Hospital of Brooklyn as a COVID-19 only facility. We are working closely with neighboring hospitals to transf  more

Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Marijuana Legalization Being Left Out of New York State Budget
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following statement: Below is a statement from Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director and Managing Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to Governor Cuomo's comments that marijuana legalization will likely be left out of the New York state budget: "While legalizing cannabis is necessary to reduce the decades of unjust, racist targeting of communities of color in New York, our state fac  more

Drug Policy Alliance Statement on the Tragic Death of Patrick Jones, the First COVID-19 Fatality in the U.S. Federal Prison System
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following statement: * * * - Policymakers Must Act Now to Release People Inside Jails, Prisons & Detention Centers * * * Below is a statement from Kassandra Frederique, Managing Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at the Drug Policy Alliance, in response to the tragic death of Patrick Jones, the first COVID-19 fatality in the U.S. prison system: "We are out of time. The tragic death of Patrick Jones, a 49-year-old man serving   more

Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Trump Escalating the International War on Drugs to Distract From Delayed COVID-19 Response
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following statement by Kassandra Frederique, managing director of policy advocacy and campaigns, in response to comments President Trump made during his White House briefing on coronavirus to escalate the international war on drugs: "In an effort to distract Americans from his delayed response to the COVID-19 crisis--which at this point we know will likely cost hundreds of thousands of lives--Trump is unnecessarily choosing to double down  more

Drug Policy Alliance: Made of Millions and Drug Policy Alliance Partner for 'First of All' Drug Education Web Series
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following news release: Coinciding with National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week, global mental health advocacy nonprofit Made of Millions, in partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), has launched First of All -- a web series hosted by DPA's Safety First Senior Program Manager, Sasha Simon. The first episode went live March 30, and will continue with new episodes being live streamed on YouTube every Monday. The program addresses drug  more

Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Episcopal Relief and Development issued the following news release: Episcopal Relief & Development is working with program partners, both in the United States and around the world, to adapt programming in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Our programs rely on partners visiting communities in-person for a range of activities including conducting home visits, collecting family and child health data, supporting savings groups, distributing emergency supplies after a  more

Episcopal Relief and Development: Responding to the Tornadoes in Tennessee
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The Episcopal Relief and Development issued the following news release: * * * - Episcopal Relief & Development Supports the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee in Response to Tornadoes * * * Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee to provide direct assistance in communities impacted by the devastating tornadoes that struck the Nashville area in early March. At least two tornadoes touched down in North and East Nashville on March 3, 202  more

Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action Denounce Sen. McConnell for 1 Year of Inaction on Violence Against Women Act
NEW YORK, April 4 -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release on April 3: * * * - As the Risk of Domestic Abuse Rises Across America, the Bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Still Sits Untouched on Senate Majority Leader McConnell's Desk * * * Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, the grassroots arm of Everytown, denounced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his allies for one year of inaction on the bipartisan House-passed version  more

Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action Respond to New FBI Data Showing Increase in Background Checks
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release: Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown, responded to new data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which found the number of background checks conducted in March 2020 was 41 percent higher compared to March 2019. "Decades of NRA lobbying have created deadly loopholes in our background check laws, and now, thanks to the gun lobby's fear-mongering, a   more

Everytown for Gun Safety: Democratic Senators Send Letter to FBI Urging 5 Key Steps to Protect Public Safety
NEW YORK, April 4 -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release on April 2: * * * - Historic Increase in Gun Sales and Reduced NICS Capacity During the COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Potentially Deadly Background Check Delays and Increased Risks of Unintentional Gun Violence, Domestic Violence, and Gun Suicide * * * Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown, applauded a group of Democratic senators led by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT  more

Everytown for Gun Safety: NRATV 2.0 - NRA Partnering With Glenn Beck's TV Network That Features Coronavirus Deniers and Racist Content
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release: * * * - Partnership with BlazeTV Comes Less than One Year After the NRA Shut Down NRATV and Called it "Distasteful and Racist" - NRA Associates Have Mirrored BlazeTV's Rhetoric Throughout Coronavirus, Furthering the Racist "Chinese Virus" Narrative, Spreading Conspiracy Theories, and Dismissing the Pandemic * * * Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, the grassroots arm of Everytown, denounced the NRA  more

Everytown Law Analysis: 2nd Amendment Does Not Require Officials to Give Gun Stores Special Treatment During Coronavirus Closures
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release: Everytown Law, the litigation arm of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, released a legal memorandum debunking gun lobby arguments that public officials must exempt gun stores from closure orders affecting thousands of businesses as they work to slow the spread of COVID-19. The analysis, which comes as the NRA and other gun lobby groups continue litigation against state and local governments over their actions d  more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action Respond to New FBI Data Showing Increase in Background Checks
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown, responded to new data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which found the number of background checks conducted in March 2020 was 41 percent higher compared to March 2019. "Decades of NRA lobbying have created deadly loopholes in our background check laws, a  more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action Respond to New FBI Data Showing Increase in Background Checks
NEW YORK, April 3 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown, responded to new data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which found the number of background checks conducted in March 2020 was 41 percent higher compared to March 2019. "Decades of NRA lobbying have created deadly loopholes in our background check laws, a  more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action Respond to Trump Administration's Guidance on Gun Manufacturers 'Essential' During Coronavirus
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release on March 31: * * * - Caving to Gun Lobby Pressure, The Trump Administration Issued Guidance on Saturday Night Recommending that Gun Manufacturers, Dealers, Importers, Distributors and Shooting Ranges be Deemed Essential During the Coronavirus Pandemic--Putting Gun Shops on Same Level as Police Departments, Hospitals, and Grocery Stores - Yesterday, Everytown, Moms Demand Action, and Student Demands Action Responde  more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action Respond to Trump Administration's Guidance Recommending That Governors and Mayors Declare Gun Dealers and Manufacturers 'Essential' During Coronavirus
NEW YORK, March 30 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown, responded to the Trump administration's guidance updating the "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce" advisory list to include "workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges" as "essential" during t  more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action: Governors Can Extend Background Checks Windows to Reduce Gun Violence Risks During Coronavirus Crisis
NEW YORK, April 4 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: * * * - Everytown Releases List of Actions Governors Can Take Amid Concerns Over Unintentional Shootings, Domestic Violence Shootings, Gun Suicides - Agencies Currently Seeing Increases in Background Checks That Remain Incomplete After 3 Days; Newly Released NICS Data Shows More Background Checks Done After Trump's State of Emergency Declaration Than After Shoo  more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action: Governors Can Extend Background Checks Windows to Reduce Gun Violence Risks During Coronavirus Crisis
NEW YORK, April 4 -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release: * * * - Everytown Releases List of Actions Governors Can Take Amid Concerns Over Unintentional Shootings, Domestic Violence Shootings, Gun Suicides - Agencies Currently Seeing Increases in Background Checks That Remain Incomplete After 3 Days; Newly Released NICS Data Shows More Background Checks Done After Trump's State of Emergency Declaration Than After Shooting at Sandy Hook School * * * Everytown for Gun   more

Extremist Content Online: White Supremacists Urge Followers On Telegram To Exploit COVID-19
NEW YORK, March 31 -- 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. This week, white supremacist and neo-Nazi accelerationist Telegram channels continued calling for the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, British neo-Nazi group Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD) launched a Telegram channel c  more

Family Equality Council: Child-Parent Security Act to Pass in New York State
ALBANY, New York, April 3 -- The Family Equality Council issued the following news release on April 2: * * * - Modernization of Family Building Law Welcomed by Family Equality and partners in the Protecting Modern Families Coalition * * * The Protecting Modern Families Coalition, led by Family Equality, welcomes passage of the Child-Parent Security Act in the 2020 New York State Budget. Millions of New Yorkers need assistance building their families -- people struggling with infertility, can  more

Greater Support Needed For Working Families As COVID-19 Takes Hold - UNICEF And ILO
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The U.S. Fund for UNICEF issued the following news release on March 30: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its exponential growth, it is essential to support working families to minimize negative consequences for children, UNICEF and ILO said. Job loss, school closures, and unavailability of childcare mean that families, especially those in low-income households, need extra support. "The fallout from the pandemic - job losses, prolonged stress and a deterioration of menta  more

Health Global Access Project: Analysis & Comment on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Pricing and Manufacturing Capacity
BROOKLYN, New York, April 4 -- Health Global Access Project issued the following news release: Johnson & Johnson has announced that it intends to sell its COVID-19 vaccine candidate for 10 euros a dose, depending on production costs and volume. This would be a concessionary, no-profit price. Johnson & Johnson further reported that it might be able to produce 5-10 million doses by early 2021 and ramp up to 100-300 million doses by the end of that year, eventually reaching 1 billion doses. Its sp  more

Human Rights Watch: Afghanistan - Leaders Bicker Amid COVID-19 Crisis
NEW YORK, April 1 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: * * * - Government, Taliban Cooperation Needed to Help Millions at Risk * * * The Afghan government and Taliban should urgently work together with the United Nations and aid agencies to improve access to health care for the millions of Afghans most at risk from COVID-19, Human Rights Watch said. The most vulnerable communities in Afghanistan include millions of internally displaced people and rural communities where   more

Human Rights Watch: Bangladesh - End Wave of COVID-19 'Rumor' Arrests
NEW YORK, April 1 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: * * * - Academics, Critics Apparently Targeted in Violation of Free Speech Rights * * * The Bangladesh government appears to be cracking down on free speech as COVID-19 hits the country, silencing those who express concern over the government's handling of the epidemic, Human Rights Watch said. The authorities should stop targeting academics and arresting people for speaking out about the coronavirus epidemic, and ens  more

Human Rights Watch: Cambodia - Emergency Bill Recipe for Dictatorship
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: * * * - COVID-19 Crisis Pretext for Hun Sen to Seek Unlimited Powers, Go After Critics * * * The Cambodian government should withdraw its draft state of emergency law, which would empower Prime Minister Hun Sen to override fundamental human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said. On March 31, 2020, the Council of Ministers approved the "Law on Governing the Country in a State of Emergency," which would allow the   more

Human Rights Watch: End Internet Shutdowns to Manage COVID-19
NEW YORK, April 1 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: * * * - Blocking Access Could Cost Lives * * * Intentionally shutting down or restricting access to the internet violates multiple rights and can be deadly during a health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said. Governments that are currently imposing an internet shutdown, such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, and Myanmar, should lift them immediately to save lives. During a health crisis, acces  more

Human Rights Watch: Malaysia - Release Inquiry Into Indigenous People's Deaths
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: * * * - Full Disclosure Needed to Address Batek Community's Concerns * * * Malaysia's Health Ministry should release the results and act upon its investigation into the deaths of 16 Batek villagers in mid-2019, Human Rights Watch said. The deaths occurred amid reports of contamination of the Indigenous community's water supply and infringements on their customary land. In May and June 2019, illness swept through the   more

Human Rights Watch: Pakistan - Workers Face Health, Economic Risks
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: * * * - Mitigate COVID-19 Impact on Low-Income Households * * * Pakistani authorities should take urgent steps to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 on its most vulnerable workers, Human Rights Watch said. Social distancing, quarantines, and the closure of businesses will have enormous economic consequences for garment and textile workers, domestic workers, home-based workers, and other workers in low-income hou  more

IAVA Joins Forces With Team Rubicon in Call for Credentialing of Military Veterans With Medical Experience to Help Fight COVID-19
NEW YORK, April 3 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release: Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America is joining forces with Team Rubicon to call on the government to begin credentialing military veterans from medical fields to assist in the fight against COVID-19. Hospitals and Emergency Departments across the country are stretched thin in terms of staffing and COVID-19 is showing no signs of slowing down. There are over 100,000 veterans with medical expertis  more

IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking Journal Issues Research Articles in February 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 4 -- IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, a peer-reviewed journal that says it explores the area of communication and computer networking from the IEEE Communications Society, published research articles, including the following topics, in its February 2020 edition: * Design and Performance Evaluation of an Implantable Ultrasonic Networking Platform for the Internet of Medical Things * Dynamic Control for On-Demand Interference-Managed WLAN Infrastructures * Fast and Accurate   more

ILWU: ITF - US Maritime Unions Playing Essential Role in COVID-19 Fight
SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 31 -- The International Longshore and Warehouse Union issued the following news document: As the United States is grappling with a surge of COVID-19 cases, US maritime unions are on the frontlines aiding the government's efforts to combat the spread of the virus. Last week, the government activated its two military hospital ships, the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort, which will be docked in Los Angeles and New York City. The two 1000-bed military hospitals sh  more

Innocence Project Statement on Netflix Series Featuring Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Innocence Project issued the following news release: In Netflix's new limited documentary series, How to Fix a Drug Scandal, the two drug lab technicians at the center of the scandal, Sonja Farak and Annie Dookhan, falsified forensic evidence and tampered with drugs resulting in over 61,000 dismissed drug charges across more than 37,000 cases. Adding to the systemic failure were former Assistant Attorney Generals Anne Kaczmarek and Kris Foster who were found by the cou  more

Innocence Project Statement on New York State Budget
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Innocence Project issued the following news release: Immediately after last year's passage of transformational pretrial criminal justice reforms, and before any data could be analyzed to assess the efficacy of the new laws, a massive and sophisticated campaign was launched by many members of the law enforcement community to roll back the new laws. Unfortunately, the recently passed New York State budget for fiscal year 2020-21 acquiesced to some of the fearmongering ef  more

Insurance Information Institute: Triple-I - Insurers Are Engaged In the COVID-19 Crisis
NEW YORK, March 30 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release on March 28: U.S. insurers are covering employees and employers facing exposure to COVID-19 while easing the financial burdens of its customers and communities during an extraordinary time in the nation's history, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I). "These are challenging times for insurance customers, and the industry is doing all that it can to be a financial first responder.   more

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Strongly Condemns Coronavirus Related Racism
NEW YORK, April 4 -- International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees issued the following statement by International President Matthew D. Loeb: "One of the most devastating impacts of the unprecedented coronavirus health crisis has been the rise of anti-Asian rhetoric and racism due to the geographic origin of the virus. Asians of every descent are dealing not only with the virus itself, but have been widely scapegoated with verbal harassment and physical violence from xenophobic individua  more

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union Launches Mutual Aid Effort, Iatsecares.Org
NEW YORK, March 31 -- International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees issued the following statement by Director of Communications Jonas Loeb: IATSE launched its mutual aid program, dubbed Coronavirus Active Response and Engagement Service (C.A.R.E.S.) on Saturday. Through a new website, iatsecares.org the program facilitates volunteer deliveries for at-risk members, as well as a system for volunteers to intermittently check in with other members by phone. "We've had over 1,000 members a  more

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees: Sports Broadcast Technicians Given the Cold Shoulder by Sinclair Broadcasting Group
NEW YORK, April 2 -- International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees issued the following news: As sports broadcast technicians were heading into two of their busiest months, COVID-19 took hold of the nation. First the NBA came to an abrupt halt after players tested positive. All other sports immediately followed. The result: 100% of the TV sports broadcast workforce is now unemployed. For every game cancelled, about 50 broadcast techs lost a job. These technicians are not salaried. They   more

International Institute for Conflict Prevention Continues to Pioneer in Diversity Space
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution issued the following news release: * * * - New clause to be made available to parties who wish to pre-commit to a diverse panel of neutrals * * * The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices and solutions, announced that it is taking a further step toward promoting diversity in alternati  more

International Rescue Committee Analysis Reveals Coronavirus Transmission Rates in Moria Could Outpace Diamond Princess Cruise Ship
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: Refugees and displaced people in camps in Syria, Greece and Bangladesh face a heightened risk of Coronavirus owing to conditions that are even more cramped and densely populated than the Diamond Princess - the cruise ship where transmission of the virus was four times faster than in Wuhan at the peak of the outbreak. New analysis by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) examines the extreme levels of   more

International Rescue Committee: New COVID-19 Global Rapid Gender Analysis Addresses Concerns of Women and Girls in Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: CARE and the International Rescue Committee published a Rapid Gender Assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic based on secondary data analysis undertaken between 12-20 March 2020. The analysis was undertaken to explore the current and potential gendered dimensions of COVID-19 and highlights the ways in which women, girls and other marginalized people are likely to suffer from the pandemic. The Rapid Gender Ana  more

International Trademark Association Report Highlights Brands' Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The International Trademark Association issued the following news release on March 31: Commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives is generally high among members of the International Trademark Association (INTA), with organizations overwhelmingly recognizing that it is their social obligation to positively impact global issues and give back to the community, and that these efforts--when made public--can contribute to brand value and brand loyalty, accor  more

International Trademark Association's 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting to Take Place in Houston, Texas in November
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The International Trademark Association issued the following news release: The International Trademark Association (INTA) announced that it will be holding its 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting on November 16-20 in Houston, Texas. Registration will open in early June. The new date and location as well as combining for the first time the Association's Annual Meeting and Leadership Meeting reflect scheduling changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and INTA's pri  more

International Women's Health Coalition: UN Women Postpones Generation Equality Forums, Reaffirms Commitment to Women's Rights
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The International Women's Health Coalition issued the following news release: The Generation Equality Forums--planned for Mexico City in May and Paris in September--have been postponed until the first half of 2021 due to ongoing measures to combat COVID-19, UN Women announced. The International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) welcomes the decision as a necessary step to prioritize global health and ensure the participation of feminist activists worldwide. "The Generation E  more

Journal of Computing & Information Science in Engineering Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features algorithms, computational methods, computing infrastructure, computer-interpretable representations, human-computer interfaces, information science, and system architectures from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Automated Classification of Manufacturing Process Capability  more

Journal of Fluid Mechanics Issues Research Articles in June 10, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Journal of Fluid Mechanics that says it covers theoretical, computational and experimental investigations of all aspects of the mechanics of fluids, published research articles on the following topics in its June 10, 2020 edition: * Contributions of very large-scale motions to turbulence statistics in open channel flows * Data-driven discovery of governing equations for fluid dynamics based on molecular simulation * Dynamic wetting failure in shear-thinning and shear-  more

Journal of Law & Policy Issues Research Articles in March 2020 Edition
BROOKLYN, New York, March 31 -- The Journal of Law and Policy from the Brooklyn Law School, published research articles on the following topics in its March 2020 edition: * Protecting Health Information In Utero: A Radical Proposal * The Long Road Back to Skokie: Returning the First Amendment to Mask Wearers The March 2020 edition of the Journal of Law & Policy can be viewed at https://brooklynworks.brooklaw.edu/jlp/vol28/iss1/. [Category: Law/Legal]  more

Journal of School Health Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
CINCINNATI, Ohio, April 4 -- The Journal of School Health, a peer-reviewed journal from the American School Health Association that says it features health and well-being of school-aged youth, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * At the Margins: Comparing School Experiences of Nonbinary and Binary-Identified Transgender Youth * Bullying and Peer Victimization of Minority Youth: Intersections of Sexual Identity and Race/Ethnicity * Food Allergy Managem  more

Lambda Legal: New Blood Donation Policy A Step In the Right Direction But Falls Short
NEW YORK, April 4 -- Lambda Legal issued the following news release on April 2: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new guidelines for blood donations that change the current one-year deferral for donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) to a three-month deferral. While a step in the right direction, the new guidance falls short of what many recognize as the optimal policy for enhancing the safety of the blood supply while ensuring it does not discriminate against gay, b  more

LatinoJustice PRLDEF: Diverse Coalition of Student and Community Organizations Permitted to Intervene in Suit to Defend Expanded Access for Black and Latinx Students to New York City's Specialized High Schools
NEW YORK, April 4 -- LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following news release: In a recent decision, Teens Take Charge - a public school student-led organization, the Hispanic Federation, Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), and multiple Black and Latinx public school students and their families were granted intervenor status in Christa McAuliffe Intermediate School PTO v. Bill de Blasio, a lawsuit filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a  more

Lawmakers and Hispanic Federation Call on Inclusion of All Latinos Including Immigrants and Puerto Ricans in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The Hispanic Federation issued the following news release: During a video press conference, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro of Texas and Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York joined Hispanic Federation in calling for COVID-19 disaster relief for all Latinos, including immigrants and Puerto Ricans who receive limited assistance in the previous three aid packages enacted by Congress. The news conference took place as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi begins discus  more

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: Advocates, Experts Demand Congress Provide More Election Assistance Funding Amidst Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued the following news release: * * * - Groups Say $400 Million In Funding Inadequate, Urge Lawmakers to Provide Full $2 Billion * * * Earlier, advocates and experts from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, Common Cause, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights joined Stand Up America in urging Congress to immediately provide more election assistance funding to states during the coronavirus pand  more

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Partners Commit $4.5 Million for Blood Cancer Patients Impacted By COVID-19
RYE BROOK, New York, April 2 -- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society issued the following news release: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), a global leader in the fight against cancer, along with valued partners, announced their commitment to help as many blood cancer patients as possible during this unprecedented crisis. The LLS COVID-19 Patient Financial Aid Program will begin immediately to provide $250 to eligible patients struggling with the economic h  more

MBZUAI Partners With Institute of International Education to Recruit International Students Studying Artificial Intelligence
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Institute of International Education issued the following news release: This year the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) launched its inaugural effort to engage international students with the globally competitive education, research, and scholarship opportunities available at the university. MBZUAI has partnered with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to recruit scholarship students from around the world for its master's and Ph  more

Military Officers Association Joins Call to Use Title 32 Orders for National Guard
WASHINGTON, March 31 -- The Military Officers Association of America issued the following news: Last week, The Military Coalition (TMC) released a letter asking the president to continue his support for states responding to COVID-19 by activating members of the National Guard on Title 32 federally funded orders. This follows in the wake of such activations for National Guard members in New York, California, and Washington state. "As the primary uniformed military first responders to homeland e  more

Moms Demand Action Applauds Gov. Cuomo and New York Legislature for Passing Gun Safety Measures in 2020 Budget
MANHATTAN, New York, April 4 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on April 2: The New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after the New York General Assembly passed the 2020 budget, which includes provisions that will disarm domestic abusers, measures to prohibit individuals from gun ownership if they commit a serious misdemeano  more

Moms Demand Action Responds to Trump Administration's Guidance on Gun Dealers, Manufacturers 'Essential' During Coronavirus
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on March 31: * * * - Caving to Gun Lobby Pressure, The Trump Administration Issued Guidance on Saturday Night Recommending that Gun Manufacturers, Dealers, Importers, Distributors and Shooting Ranges be Deemed Essential During the Coronavirus Pandemic--Putting Gun Shops on Same Level as Police Departments, Hospitals, and Grocery Stores - Yesterday, Everytown, Mom  more

Moms Demand Action, Everytown Denounce Sen. McConnell for 1 Year of Inaction on Violence Against Women Act
NEW YORK, April 4 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on April 3: * * * - As the Risk of Domestic Abuse Rises Across America, the Bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Still Sits Untouched on Senate Majority Leader McConnell's Desk * * * Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, the grassroots arm of Everytown, denounced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his allies for one yea  more

Moms Demand Action: Democratic Senators Send Letter to FBI Urging 5 Key Steps to Protect Public Safety During Covid-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 4 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on April 2: * * * - Historic Increase in Gun Sales and Reduced NICS Capacity During the COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Potentially Deadly Background Check Delays and Increased Risks of Unintentional Gun Violence, Domestic Violence, and Gun Suicide * * * Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown, applauded a group of Democratic senators led b  more

Moms Demand Action: NRATV 2.0 - NRA Partnering With Glenn Beck's TV Network That Features Coronavirus Deniers and Racist Content
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: * * * - Partnership with BlazeTV Comes Less than One Year After the NRA Shut Down NRATV and Called it "Distasteful and Racist" - NRA Associates Have Mirrored BlazeTV's Rhetoric Throughout Coronavirus, Furthering the Racist "Chinese Virus" Narrative, Spreading Conspiracy Theories, and Dismissing the Pandemic * * * Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action  more

Moms Demand Action: Shooting in Bethany Highlights Deadly Connection Between Gun Violence, Intimate Partner Violence
MANHATTAN, New York, April 4 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on April 3: On Wednesday morning, a man shot three people, killing two of them, in a domestic violence-related shooting in Bethany. Reports indicate the shooter is also dead. The shooting came as domestic violence organizations in Oklahoma and across the country are raising concerns that increased gun sales, financial stress, and social isolation could i  more

Montefiore Health System: Trial for Potential Coronavirus Treatment is Underway at Montefiore and Einstein
BRONX, New York, April 4 -- Montefiore Health System issued the following news release: Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine has joined a clinical trial to evaluate the experimental drug remdesivir to treat people who are hospitalized with severe COVID-19 infection. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring the trial. This treatment has the potential to help people who have serious lung  more

Mosaed Tops April Ranking of One Free Press Coalition's '10 Most Urgent' Press Freedom Cases
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The One Free Press Coalition issued the following news: The One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide, issued its latest "10 Most Urgent" list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases are seeking justice. Iranian journalist Mohammad Mosaed tops this month's list after authorities arrested and interrogated him in Fe  more

N.Y. Immigration Coalition Thanks Gov. Cuomo for Renewal of Critical Legal Services Funding
ALBANY, New York, April 3 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following statement on April 2: As Albany grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrant advocates and allies successfully secured several investments meant to protect and empower the New Yorkers serving on the front lines of this crisis--immigrants. Governor Cuomo's FY21 state budget includes a $10 million re-investment in the Liberty Defense Project. The victory came even as the Legislature and Governor moved quickly t  more

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Files En Banc Petition in Case Challenging Qualified Immunity
NEW YORK, April 2 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) along with Cleveland-based civil rights attorney James Hardiman, filed an en banc petition in Howse v. Hodous. The plaintiff, Shase Howse, was accosted and arrested on his front porch by a plainclothes officer. Mr. Howse was tackled, punched in the neck, and arrested without violating "clearly established law." Mr. Howse lodged excessive  more

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Mourns the Passing of Reverend Doctor Joseph Lowery, The 'Dean' of the Civil Rights Movement
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release on March 31: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) mourns the loss of Reverend Doctor Joseph Echols Lowery, the "dean" of the civil rights movement who played a critical role in laying its foundations and shepherding its triumphs. On March 27, Rev. Lowery passed away peacefully at his home in Atlanta surrounded by his family. He was 98 years old. "Rev. Lowery was a stalwart of  more

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Sends Letter to National Governors Association Requesting Moratorium on Foreclosures
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: Last night, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to the National Governors Association (NGA) requesting that the NGA take action to encourage all governors to impose a moratorium on utility (water and electricity) turn-offs during the COVID-19 pandemic, require the restoration of service for customers previously disconnected, and halt the execution of evictions   more

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Urges Louisiana Governor to Ensure Provision of Essential School Meals During Closures
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release on April 3: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to express concern about the lack of school meals and educational instruction provided to schoolchildren since schools closed on March 13, 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These failures have a disproportionate impact on Black schoolchildren, many of whom rely on school mea  more

National Action Network: Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, Rev. Sharpton Calls Upon Faith Leaders to Discontinue Services Leading Into Easter
HARLEM, New York, April 2 -- The National Action Network issued the following news release: Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton convened a call with the heads of the nation's largest historically Black religious denominations and other faith leaders to call on clergy to refrain from having church services as we head into Palm Sunday and Easter Holy Week. The public appeal is being made following the arrest of a Louisiana megachurch pastor for holding Sunday services and a separate criminal ac  more

National Center for Lesbian Rights Applauds Passage of Historic New York Law Modernizing Surrogacy and Assisted Reproduction Protections
ALBANY, New York, April 4 -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the following news release on April 2: * * * - Advocacy work by Protecting Modern Families Coalition ensured that language modernizing New York law was included in final budget that would allow LGBTQ individuals to use reproductive technology to build loving families * * * National Center for Lesbian Rights applauds the New York Legislature for passing the 2021 state budget bill, which includes historic language moder  more

National Employment Law Project Issues Statement on Historic Unemployment Claims Report
NEW YORK, March 28 -- The National Employment Law Project issued the following statement by Executive Director Rebecca Dixon: "As predicted, following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, new unemployment claims last week skyrocketed to a staggering 3,283,000 initial claims. This is completely unprecedented in the history of the United States, far exceeding any previous level of one-week claims. The good news is that millions of workers are accessing economically vital unemployment compensation  more

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Administration Releases Guidance on Non-Discrimination During COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: On March 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights issued guidance regarding the obligation of states, health care providers and entities to comply with long-standing civil rights laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act and more that prohibit discrimination in health care on the basis of disability. The guidance comes amid worries abou  more

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Congress Sets COVID-19 Resources and Relief
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: On Friday, March 27th, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law. This is the third in a series of bills that have been signed into law in response to the public health and economic impact of coronavirus on the U.S. These new laws have provided additional funding, policies, and resources for people with MS. The new package includes the following provisi  more

National Strategy to Secure 5G Promotes U.S. Leadership in International Standards Development and Adoption
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The Trump administration this month released the National Strategy to Secure 5G, which sets forth how the U.S. government will lead the U.S. development, deployment, and management of secure and reliable 5G communications infrastructure worldwide. To support responsible global development and deployment of 5G, the strategy supports promoting United States leadership in international standards deve  more

Natural Products Association Responds to Claims by N.Y. Times Dietary Supplements Are Safe, Regulated, Not Snake Oil
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- The Natural Products Association issued the following statement: We all agree that drinking aquarium cleaner is never a good idea (Covid-19 Has Closed Stores, but Snake Oil Is Still for Sale, New York Times, 3/31/20), and if a product sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. There is no such thing as a magic pill and consumers should steer clear of any product being marketed as a nutritional supplement that says it will prevent, treat, or cure coronavirus or any o  more

Nature Cancer Journal Issues Research Articles in March 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, March 31 -- Nature Cancer, a journal that says it focuses on cancer biology and genetics, approaches for the development and delivery of diagnostics and therapies, ways of understanding the global societal impact of cancer, published research articles, including the following topics, in its March 2020 edition: * Circulating tumor DNA and liquid biopsy in oncology Research: * A small-molecule allosteric inhibitor of BAX protects against doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy * Integrat  more

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology Journal Issues Research Articles in March 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, March 31 -- Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, a journal that says it focuses on functional and mechanistic understanding of how molecular components in a biological process work together, published research articles, including the following topics, in its March 2020 edition: * Cryo-EM structures reveal translocational unfolding in the clostridial binary iota toxin complex * The structure of the cohesin ATPase elucidates the mechanism of SMC-kleisin ring opening The March 2020  more

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Awards Over $21K to Innovation Challenge Winners
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship issued the following news release on April 2: * * * - Nine teams of young entrepreneurs offer innovative ideas to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals * * * NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) concluded its latest World Series of Innovation cycle by awarding nine teams of young entrepreneurs a total of $21,600 in cash prizes. The World Series of Innovation is a global online competition that invites young people   more

New York Civil Liberties Union and Bronx Defenders Statement on Preliminary Injunction in No-Release Lawsuit
NEW YORK, April 1 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following news release: A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction ordering ICE's New York Field Office to end its practice of jailing nearly everyone they arrest and restoring fair release determinations for people in ICE detention within 48 hours of arrest. The ruling in Velesaca v Wolf et al, the class action lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union and The Bronx Defenders, orders ICE to rescind its de facto "No  more

New York Civil Liberties Union Statement on Passage of Bail Rollbacks
NEW YORK, April 4 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement: Early this morning, after months of fierce debate, the New York legislature voted to approve changes to the state's recently passed bail reform law. The new measures increase the scope of charges that allow someone to be jailed before trial. In response, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement from Executive Director, Donna Lieberman: "For months, New York law enforcement officials ha  more

New York Immigration Coalition: Gov. Cuomo Abandoning Immigrant NYers on Frontlines of Pandemic in FY21 Executive Budget
ALBANY, New York, April 2 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following news release on March 1: The New York Immigration Coalition and the Vera Institute raised the alarm bell about the dire impacts cutting off funding for critical immigration legal services will have on low-income immigrant New Yorkers and NY's fight against COVID-19. Without these resources, the thousands of immigrant New Yorkers, many of whom are serving as essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 p  more

New York State Bar Association Task Force Recommends Rescue Plan for Newspapers Strained by Precipitous Drop in Advertising Dollars
ALBANY, New York, April 4 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release: In the face of the unprecedented public health crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and unbiased information is more important than ever. Newspapers across the state are providing near real-time updates for readers and removing paywalls and other barriers to ensure all New Yorkers can get the potentially life-saving details they need. But newspapers and other news organi  more

New York State Bar Association: Autonomous Vehicles Task Force Recommends Easing State Regulations, Consumer Education Campaign
ALBANY, New York, April 4 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release: Reducing burdensome state regulations that limit the testing of automated vehicle technology and developing a consumer education campaign on the capabilities of autonomous vehicles are among the recommendations of a New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) task force formed last year to study the issue. In a report released this week, the NYSBA Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles and the Law found th  more

New York State United Teachers Statement on Passage of the State Budget
ALBANY, New York, April 4 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following statement: New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement regarding the state budget: The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic makes public services like education, higher education and health care more important now than ever before. Flat funding for K-12 schools and higher education will be tough. We traveled the state earlier this year to hear directly  more

New York State United Teachers Statement on the State Budget Process
ALBANY, New York, March 28 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following statement: With less than a week to go before the state budget is due, New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement on the budget process: "The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the vital role that our schools play in our communities. They provide meals, they provide care for the needs of children, they provide mental health services -- and that's just the tip of   more

Northwell Converts BiPAP Machines Into Ventilators for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients, Uses 3D Printed Adapter
MANHASSET, New York, April 1 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: In preparation for potential patient surge and shortage of critical mechanical ventilators for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, a Northwell Health physician, a respiratory therapist, and a 3D printing bioengineer have successfully designed the protocol to turn the more common bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machine into a functional invasive mechanical ventilator, through a 3D printed adaptor they also designed  more

Northwell Implements On-Site Laboratory Treatment Technology for COVID-19 Infected Medical Waste
GREAT NECK, New York, March 31 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Northwell Health has become the first US health system to implement a new technology that breaks down medical waste from laboratory testing in a safe, environmentally friendly way. Developed by Irish-based Technopath Clinical Diagnostics, the Envetec 200 system simultaneously shreds and disinfects infectious waste using a patented destruction and disinfection process that k  more

Northwell Salutes Frontline Health Care Workers in New Campaign
NEW HYDE PARK, New York, April 4 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Northwell Health announced the launch of a new campaign offering their heartfelt gratitude to the front line health care heroes who are tirelessly responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The 30-second commercial premiering on April 7 on all New York regional TV stations features New York's frontline health care heroes as Freja The Dragon's original song "Give You All My Love" plays in the backgroun  more

NY State Court System Joins With New York State Bar Association to Launch Pro Bono Network to Respond to Pandemic
ALBANY, New York, March 31 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release: The New York State Court System is partnering with the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) to build and coordinate a statewide pro bono network of lawyers to handle an expected surge in legal matters resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic fallout. As a first step, the courts and NYSBA will convene meetings of New York's local and affinity bar associations, large law firm  more

NYU Langone Health: Artificial Intelligence Tool Predicts Which Patients With Pandemic Virus Will Develop Serious Respiratory Disease
NEW YORK, March 31 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: An artificial intelligence (AI) tool accurately predicted which patients newly infected with 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) would go on to develop severe respiratory disease, a new study finds. The work was led by NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, in partnership with Wenzhou Central Hospital and Cangn  more

Partnership for New York City Launches Coronavirus Public Service Commercials
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Partnership for New York City issued the following news release: The Partnership for New York City, a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of New York City through its work with civic, business, labor and government leaders, has released two public service announcements aimed at reminding New Yorkers of the gravity of the Coronavirus pandemic and the need to utilize common sense to prevent its spread. Produced by Devito/Verdi, one of the New York's top c  more

PEN America: Doctors and Journalists Who Critique Officials Shouldn't Be Punished
NEW YORK, March 30 -- PEN America issued the following statement: In response to reports of a Washington state doctor losing his job after criticizing his hospital's coronavirus response and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis excluding a journalist from a press conference after she raised concerns over social distancing, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said the following: "In recent days, we have read disturbing reports of officials punishing professionals who question the official line on the COVID-19   more

PEN America: Iran Bans Print Media in Response to COVID-19
NEW YORK, April 2 -- PEN America issued the following statement Summer Lopez, senior director of free expression programs in response to an Iranian coronavirus task force's wholesale ban on print media: "This move looks worryingly like yet another example of an authoritarian regime using the the coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to constrain rights-in this case, narrowing restrictions on press freedom in Iran even further. "Many countries have rightly recognized that news outlets are essential  more

PEN America: Navy Relieves Captain Who Raised Alarm About Coronavirus
NEW YORK, April 3 -- PEN America issued the following statement: The U.S. Navy announced today that it has relieved of duty Capt. Brett Crozier, who raised the alarm about a coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship he commanded. PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said the following: "While we understand the need for discipline in the military, the summary dismissal from command of Navy Capt. Brett Crozier should send a chill down the spine of every American who values the First Amendment. "Speaking o  more

PEN America: Russia Moves to Track Residents Under Cover of Coronavirus
NEW YORK, April 4 -- PEN America issued the following news release: Russian authorities in Nizhny Novgorod, a region some 250 miles east of Moscow, have reportedly introduced a QR code-based system, via an online app, to track the movement of citizens who need to leave their homes during the city's lockdown. Similar measures are being planned for Moscow. PEN America's Eurasia director Polina Sadovskaya said the following: "For weeks, the Russian government has failed to undertake serious measu  more

PEN America: Trump Threat to Pull TV Licenses Over Coronavirus Ad 'Violation of First Amendment'
NEW YORK, March 28 -- PEN America issued the following statement: * * * - While mostly bluster, it's a bullying attempt to intimidate the press says PEN America * * * Donald Trump's presidential campaign this week sent a cease-and-desist letter to television stations airing ads critical of the way he has handled the coronavirus crisis, threatening to revoke their operating licenses. PEN America's Nora Benavidez, director of U.S. free expression programs, issued the following statement. "Sil  more

Peter G. Peterson Foundation: As America Focuses on Healthcare Crisis and Economy, Growing Debt Remains a Concern
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Peter G. Peterson Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - The March 2020 Fiscal Confidence Index, Modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index, is 47 (100 is Neutral) * * * As Americans focus attention on the unprecedented national health crisis and its economic impact, debt remains a concern, according to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's monthly Fiscal Confidence Index. The March Fiscal Confidence Index, modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index, is  more

Planned Parenthood and ACLU File Emergency Lawsuit to Keep Essential Abortion Procedures Available in Iowa During Pandemic
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release: The ACLU of Iowa and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, and along with the Emma Goldman Clinic, filed a lawsuit against Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials to ensure that patients can continue to access essential, time-sensitive surgical abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit is in response to Gov. Reyn  more

Planned Parenthood: 5th Circuit Allows Gov. Abbott to Block Abortion Procedures During a Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release on March 31: * * * - This comes one day after federal district court blocks the order, allowing essential care * * * A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals used an extraordinary measure to allow Gov. Greg Abbott to drastically restrict essential, time-sensitive abortion procedures using his COVID-19 executive order. The court issued its stay before the abortion providers -- re  more

Planned Parenthood: Texas Abortion Providers Secure Emergency Relief to Keep Essential Abortion Procedures Available During Pandemic
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release: * * * - Decision comes after Gov. Abbott exploits COVID-19 pandemic to block abortion access * * * A federal district judge granted Texas abortion providers a temporary restraining order to allow abortion services to continue for the time being during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that abortion providers can resume offering the essential and time-sensitive they need, for now. This decisi  more

Police Officers Deliver Food to Frontline Medical Workers at Jamaica Hospital
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Police Benevolent Association of New York issued the following news release: Cops continue long-standing solidarity with nurses, doctors and hospital staff as we work together to protect New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of New York City police officers, led by Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and Lieutenants Benevolent Association (LBA) officials, turned out at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens this morning to deliver food and moral support t  more

Population & Development Review Journal Issues Research Articles in March 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Population and Development Review, a journal that says it features population studies, the relationships between population and social, economic and environmental change from the Population Council, published research articles on the following topics in its March 2020 edition: * Subnational Non-Hispanic White Natural Decrease in the United States * Family Planning and Child Health Care: Effect of the Peruvian Programa de Salud Reproductiva y Planificacion Familiar, 1996-20  more

Renaissance Quarterly Journal Issues Research Articles in Spring 2020 Edition
BRONX, New York, April 2 -- 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 on the following topics in its Spring 2020 edition: * Exile and Linguistic Encounter: Early Modern English Convents in the Low Countries and France * Female Glass Engravers in the Early Modern Dutch Republic * Raphael's Parnassus and  more

Reproductive Health Care Providers: Abortion Is Essential
NEW YORK, April 3 -- Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement: As state governments in Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, and other states attempt to eliminate abortion access by labeling abortion as "non-essential" health care amid the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations representing reproductive health care providers, including the Abortion Care Network, the National Abortion Federation, Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and Planned P  more

Roswell Park Center for Indigenous Cancer Research to Host Virtual Fireside Chat
BUFFALO, New York, April 3 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research (CICR) at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is hosting a virtual conversation as it relates to cancer care and coronavirus within Indigenous communities. On Friday, April 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. EDT, join Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, Director of the CICR, in a virtual fireside Zoom cha  more

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: Collaborative Effort Brings Investigational COVID-19 Treatment Approach to Western New York
BUFFALO, New York, April 3 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University at Buffalo (UB) have launched a collaborative clinical trial that will make a new investigational treatment option available to local patients who are hospitalized and diagnosed with critical or severe COVID-19, the disease caused by the new Coronavirus, which has already sickened more than 163,000 patients in the United States  more

Roswell Park Reports Extended Survival Among Breast Cancer Survivors Who Exercise Regularly
BUFFALO, New York, April 4 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: For more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided recommendations to Americans regarding the level and types of physical activity that have been shown to have health benefits. New research from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, shows that following those guidelines can improve cl  more

Roswell Park's Dr. Pawel Kalinski to Lead $14.5M NCI-Funded Immunotherapy Effort
BUFFALO, New York, April 1 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: A team led by Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD, of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned a five-year, $14.54 million award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to expand a promising immunotherapy platform. Funded through the NCI's Program Project Grant program, this prestigious five-year grant will fund five clinical trials, all focused on a strategy for making some of the most  more

Roswell's Cuban Collaboration Goes Prime Time With 'NOVA' Episode Premiere
BUFFALO, New York, April 2 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center's collaboration with the Centro de Inmunologia Molecular (CIM) in Havana, Cuba, will be the focus of an hourlong documentary premiering tonight, Wednesday, April 1, as PBS airs "NOVA: Cuba's Cancer Hope" at 9 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. CDT. The episode focuses on how Cuba came to develop several important medical therapies, and how Roswell Park became the   more

Science Translational Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in March 25, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, March 30 -- Science Translational Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that focuses on research in the translational medicine community, published research articles, including the following topics, in its March 25, 2020 edition: * Acute kidney injury promotes development of papillary renal cell adenoma and carcinoma from renal progenitor cells * Beyond synuclein: Organelle accumulation in Lewy bodies may drive neurodegeneratio  more

Sesame Workshop Expands 'Caring for Each Other' Initiative to Help Parents and Children During Coronavirus Pandemic
NEW YORK, March 31 -- The Sesame Workshop issued the following news release on March 30: * * * - New songs, animated Sesame Street spots, and an ongoing release of resources to help caregivers and young children worldwide navigate their new realities in the coming weeks and months * * * Building on last week's launch of the Caring for Each Other initiative, Sesame Workshop is rolling out brand new content to help families stay physically and mentally healthy as the coronavirus pandemic conti  more

Sesame Workshop Marks Autism Acceptance Day With Continued Commitment to Autistic Children & Their Families
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The Sesame Workshop issued the following news release: * * * - New resources help families navigate everyday moments amid the stress and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic * * * In honor of Autism Acceptance Day, Sesame Workshop is expanding its Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative, with brand new videos and activities featuring Julia, a 4-year-old Sesame Street Muppet with autism, as well as a new episode on HBO and PBS KIDS. The resourc  more

Sexuality Information and Education Council Condemns Attacks on Trans Student Athletes in Idaho
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. issued the following statement on March 31: Yesterday, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 500, the "Fairness in Women's Sports Act," into law. This bill prohibits transgender students from participating in athletic programs within the state's K-12 schools and public universities. Jennifer Driver, SIECUS' Vice President of Policy & Strategic Partnerships issued the following statement in response: "We st  more

Solar Energy Industries Association: New York Begins Solar Market Recovery With Permitting Fix for Large Scale Projects
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- The Solar Energy Industries Association issued the following statement on April 3: Yesterday, New York State leaders enacted critical, pro-solar provisions as part of the New York state budget. Following is a statement from David Gahl, senior director of state affairs, northeast for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): "We commend Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie, and Majority Leader Stewart Cousins for passing permitting reforms that will fast-track permittin  more

State Bar Task Force Recommends Restructuring of Bar Exam to Strengthen Focus on New York Law
ALBANY, New York, April 4 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release: The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Task Force on the New York Bar Exam is recommending a new process to test law school graduates to ensure that they are ready to practice law and serve clients effectively in New York. The task force recommendations include eliminating the New York Law Exam (NYLE) phase of the bar exam and replacing it with a more rigorous component focused on New York law  more

Statement From Color Of Change: Governor Cuomo, N.Y. Lawmakers' Vote to Gut Bail Reform Is a Death Sentence
OAKLAND, California, April 4 -- Color of Change, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization, issued the following statement on April 3 by President Rashad Robinson in response to the New York legislature's budget vote, which drastically weakens New York's bail reform law: "For thousands of legally innocent New Yorkers who will be condemned to jails, today's budget vote is a death sentence. In the midst of a global health emergency, Governor Cuomo and the majority of New York legislators vot  more

Statement From Women's Refugee Commission Executive Director Sarah Costa on the COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Women's Refugee Commission issued the following statement by Executive Director Sarah Costa: As countries around the world navigate the unprecedented restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic - communities on lockdown, the need for physical distancing, the closing of local businesses - the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) is acutely aware of what this could mean for displaced women, children, and youth globally. Sixty percent of the more 70 million people curre  more

Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert S. Schneider on the 2020-21 State Budget
LATHAM, New York, April 4 -- The New York State School Boards Association issued the following statement: The new state budget offers level funding for public education, at least for now, which is probably about the best school districts could have hoped for at a time when the state faces a potential $15 billion budget deficit. Foundation aid - the largest and most important source of school funding - is flat, but largely because of $1.1 billion in federal stimulus funding for schools. Schools  more

Suny Downstate Accepting Donations of Critical Medical Supplies
BROOKLYN, New York, March 31 -- Downstate Medical Center issued the following news release: In response to an outpouring of generosity by our community to donate critical medical supplies, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University - University Hospital of Brooklyn has established a special email that be contacted by anyone interested in making donations. SUNY Downstate will accept donations of the following critical medical supplies: Personal Protect Equipment - PPE * N95 masks * Surgical M  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Condemns Federal, State Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Program for COVID-19 Social Distancing
NEW YORK, March 30 -- 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, condemned Federal, State, and Local governments for using a warrantless cellphone tracking program to monitor compliance with COVID-19 social distancing requirements. The program reportedly provides information on Americans' movements in over 500 cities, providing data on apparent crowding to local offici  more

The Paley Center for Media Adds New Members to Its Board of Trustees and Los Angeles Board of Governors
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The Paley Center for Media issued the following news release: The Paley Center for Media, the entertainment industry's leading nonprofit dedicated to celebrating the cultural, creative, and social significance of media and its impact on society, today announced the addition of prominent leaders in the fields of entertainment, gaming, and technology to its prestigious Board of Trustees and Los Angeles Board of Governors. Joining the Paley Board of Trustees will be Eddy Cue,  more

TIAA Institute Study Investigates 30-year Trends in Philanthropy to U.S. Higher Education Institutions
NEW YORK, April 1 -- TIAA, a provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and governmental fields, issued the following news release: Reversing trends from 30 years before, public institutions in 2018 received more philanthropic dollars than private colleges and universities, according to TIAA Institute research released. This research provides fresh insight on trends in donor behavior over time, how different groups of donors give across institutions and the purp  more

To Speed Global COVID-19 Response Efforts, American National Standards Institute Adds ISO Standards to Portal
NEW YORK, April 5 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: * * * - U.S. Standardization Community Spurring Rapid, Timely Response Efforts * * * To speed rapid and effective response efforts to the mounting COVID-19 global health crisis, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has added a new suite of key international standards to the ANSI portal, Freely Available ISO Standards to Help Address COVID-19 Crisis. The ANSI portal now includes 31 s  more

To Support COVID-19 Response, American National Standards Institute Launches Portal for Freely Available ISO Standards
NEW YORK, April 1 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: * * * - ANSI Federation Supports Rapid and Timely Response Efforts * * * To support rapid response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is providing access to key international standards supporting biological evaluation of medical devices; protective clothing used in health care settings; and business continuity management, security, and resilience.   more

Triple-I: 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted to Be 'Above Normal'
NEW YORK, April 3 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: An above-normal level of tropical cyclone activity is projected for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, according to a forecast released by the Tropical Meteorology Project in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU). Led by Phil Klotzbach, PhD, also a non-resident scholar at the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I), the CSU project team anticipates 16 named storms,  more

Triple-I: Insurers Offer Solutions for COVID-19 Recovery
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release on April 3: U.S. insurers are meeting the challenges faced by their customers, communities, and employees amid the COVID-19 crisis, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I). "The nation's insurers continue to work actively on immediate and forward-looking solutions that will assist its customers and communities in recovering from COVID-19," said Sean Kevelighan, CEO, Triple-I. The Tri  more

Two Esteemed Education Leaders Named to New York City Leadership Academy Board of Directors
LONG ISLAND CITY, New York, April 1 -- The New York City Leadership Academy issued the following news: The NYC Leadership Academy appointed Dr. Darline Robles and Dr. John Garcia III to its Board of Directors. Dr. Robles is former Superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the first woman and Latina to hold that post. An expert in culturally proficient leadership and closing opportunity gaps for students, she is currently a professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier   more

University of South Florida Health, Northwell Health, Formlabs,Tampa General Hospital Join Forces to Create 3D Printed Nasal Swabs to Test for COVID-19 in Patients in Emergency Shortage Situations
NEW HYDE PARK, New York, March 30 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: * * * - Northwell Health collaboration delivers 3D printed nasal swabs * * * The University of South Florida (USF) Health, Formlabs, a leading 3D printing company, and Northwell Health, New York's largest health care provider, announced they have successfully produced and tested a 3D printed nasal swab to address emergency shortages that hospitals and health care teams may face as testing for COVID-19 increases.  more

Update: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Highlights 'ABCDs' of COVID-19 for Older Adults, Long-Term Care
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) this week rushed to publication a special article describing critical points for combatting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic for older adults and those in long-term care. The article offers a summary of current information and evidence, noting the imperative for understanding and acting upon the "ABCDs" of the COVID-19 crisis: * How to foster  more

Vital Strategies: Clear Criteria Must Be Met Before Gradually Reopening After COVID-19 Outbreaks
NEW YORK, April 2 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release: Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of global public health organization Vital Strategies, briefed reporters on the criteria that must be urgently met to reopen society in the next phase of the COVID-19 response. During the briefing, Dr. Frieden said, "It's not about when we can reopen, but what we have to do to make that day come sooner. A key concept here is that we need to reopen   more

With Access to Life-Saving COVID-19 Medicines, Diagnostics at Risk, Health GAP Joins Call for Creation of Emergency Technology IP Pool Benefiting All Countries
BROOKLYN, New York, March 28 -- Health Global Access Project issued the following news release: As the world races to develop treatments, a vaccine, and improved diagnostics for COVID-19, there are mounting concerns that life-saving medical technologies will be priced out of reach for millions worldwide, particularly those in countries where health systems have been starved of funding. Actions that governments take now are quite literally matters of life and death. They will determine whether l  more

WNYC and the New York Public Library Join Forces to Bring New Yorkers Together for a Virtual Book Club
NEW YORK, April 4 -- The New York Public Library issued the following news release: The New York Public Library and WNYC -- two indispensable New York institutions -- are partnering to host a virtual book club to bring New Yorkers together and foster community during an unprecedented time of social separation. Presented as part of "Get Lit," the monthly book club from WNYC's weekday arts and culture show All of It, the partnership debuts with a group reading experience of James McBride's new b  more

Zoom Makes Improvements to Privacy Policy After Consumer Reports Investigation
YONKERS, New York, April 1 -- Consumer Reports issued the following news release: Consumer Reports recently uncovered a range of privacy concerns with Zoom, a videoconferencing service that has gained in popularity as consumers, businesses, and schools have come to rely on the platform during the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers at CR's Digital Lab found that Zoom, like many digital platforms, outlines in its privacy policy that it collects personal information about its users, but failed to   more