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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving New York Newsletter for Sunday April 12, 2020 ( 127 items )  

350.org Reacts to European Governments' Call for Green Deal Recovery Plan
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: Ten governments published an open letter calling on the European Commission to ensure that a Green Deal is front and center of EU efforts to recover from the devastating impacts of Covid-19. Ministers representing Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden say it is important that EU recovery plans are sustainable and don't compound the climate crisis. The EU has already   more

350.org Responds to OPEC and G20 Nations' Commitments to Oil Production Cuts
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The 350.org issued the following statement by Executive Director May Boeve: Amid a global economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the last 2 days have seen G20, OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations hold extraordinary virtual meetings to negotiate a coordinated plan to restrict production aimed at preventing a historic plunge in the industry. An agreement to end the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia was reportedly reached, as OPEC and other n  more

Abortion Providers Forced to Cancel Appointments Yet Again After Appeals Court Reinstates Gov. Abbott's COVID-19 Order
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release on April 10: For the second time this week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against abortion providers, this time granting a stay reversing in part the federal district court's latest temporary restraining order. This means abortion is once again largely inaccessible in the state of Texas. The ruling is one of many that has created legal whiplash, causing confusion and uncertainty for hundreds of p  more

Academy of Management Discoveries Journal Issues Research Articles in March 2020 Issue
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, New York, April 10 -- Academy of Management Discoveries, from the Academy of Management, that says it features theories of management and organizations neither adequately predict nor explain, published research articles on the following topics in its March 2020 issue: * How Much Does Business Model Matter for Firm Performance? A Variance Decomposition Analysis * Organizational Legitimacy, Reputation, and Status: Insights from Micro-Level Measurement * Pay-for-Performance an  more

Access Now: Australian Rights Groups Urge Transparency on Government COVID-19 App
NEW YORK, April 9 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Human rights and privacy experts have called on Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to explain privacy and surveillance issues arising from the Federal Government's recently launched Coronavirus Australia app. The app has been downloaded over 500,000 times in Australia, yet there is little publicly available information about what data is being collected from people and how that private information is being used and kept safe. Th  more

Access Now: COVID-19 - Gulf Governments Must Unblock All VoIP Technologies
NEW YORK, April 8 -- Access Now issued the following news release: In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic outbreak, we, the undersigned organizations, urge the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Oman to permanently lift the ban on all Voice Over IP (VoIP) platforms used for voice and video internet calls. Gulf countries have for a long time banned voice and video internet call apps and platforms under the pretext of protecting the economic interests of national telecom  more

Access Now: Global Civil Society Urges Gulf Countries to Unblock Internet Calling Services
NEW YORK, April 8 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Access Now, together with 29 organizations from around the world, signed a joint statement urging the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, and Qatar to permanently lift the ban on WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, and all other Voice Over IP (VoIP) platforms used for voice and video internet calls, especially in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. While the UAE and Oman have recently unblocked Skype for Business, Zo  more

ACLU Comment on Apple/Google COVID-19 Contact Tracing Effort
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following statement: Apple and Google announced a joint contact tracing effort using Bluetooth technology. Below is comment from Jennifer Granick, ACLU surveillance and cybersecurity counsel, in response: "No contact tracing app can be fully effective until there is widespread, free,  more

ACLU Demands That Immigration and Customs Enforcement Suspend Civil Enforcement, Release Detainees During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- 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: The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) temporarily suspend civil immigration enforcement and release those in civil detention for the duration of the COVID  more

ACLU Ramps Up Advocacy to Release Vulnerable People in Prisons and Jails With National TV Ads
NEW YORK, April 10 -- 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: The American Civil Liberties Union launched a nationwide television ad campaign, paired with a targeted ad buy in key states, urging federal, state, and local officials to release elderly and medically-vulnerable people from prisons and jails. The ads mark an es  more

Advocates for Children of N.Y. Commends the Decision to Modify Graduation Exam Requirements in Light of COVID-19
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Advocates for Children of New York issued the following statement: Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the cancellation of the June Regents exams and the release of guidance from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) modifying graduation requirements for impacted students: AFC commends Chancellor Rosa, the Board of Regents, and the State Education Department for their decisio  more

AFT: Weingarten, Mulgrew Call on Federal Government to Help Unemployed Workers, Families of Deceased Workers During Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The American Federation of Teachers issued the following news release: * * * - Union Leaders Praise Biden's Recommendation, Urge Congress to Include Government Coverage of COBRA Payments in Next Recovery Bill * * * American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work directly with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi o  more

AICPA Calls on Accounting Profession to Support Rollout of Small Business Relief Program
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants issued the following news release on April 3: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) praised the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) for the fast rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a small business relief program that is a key part of the recently enacted $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package. The $349 billion PPP program focuses on small businesses impacted by the  more

AICPA Offers Resources for CPA Firms Helping Small Businesses Access Paycheck Protection Program
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants issued the following news release: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is providing free resources to assist CPA firms supporting small businesses that have had their operations disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help more than 30 million U.S small businesses. The program offers $349  more

AICPA Recommends Lender Documents and Key Calculations to Use in PPP Applications
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants issued the following news release: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) recommended a defined set of documents for lenders to rely on as well as some key clarifications in the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application process. The $349 billion PPP is a key element of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act and is designed to speed relief to small businesse  more

AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, April 11 -- AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, 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: * Effectiveness of an 8-Week Aerobic Exercise Program on Autonomic Function in People Living with HIV Taking Anti-Retroviral Therapy: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Epidemiology: * Comorbidity Medications Are Dispense  more

Albany Med Among First to Use Experimental Therapy to Treat Coronavirus
ALBANY, New York, April 10 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: Albany Med is among the first hospitals in the country to obtain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to use convalescent blood plasma therapy to experimentally treat critically ill patients who are infected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Convalescent plasma therapy--or plasma from a survivor of an infectious disease--was the same treatment used during the 19  more

Albertsons and UFCW Launch Joint Effort to Classify Grocery Workers as First Responders During Coronavirus Outbreak
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union issued the following joint statement by President Marc Perrone and Albertsons Companies President and CEO Vivek Sankaran: * * * - America's Largest Food & Retail Union Announces New Partnership with Major Grocery Chain in Full-Page New York Times Ad Campaign * * * Albertsons Companies -- which employs more than 250,000 grocery workers across the country at Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel Osco, Vons, Pavilions, and  more

American College of Surgeons: 2 New Resources Available on Expanding Capabilities to Care for Critically Ill Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic
CHICAGO, Illinois, April 9 -- The American College of Surgeons issued the following news release: The likelihood of expanding health care facilities to accommodate critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic makes it imperative for our health care system to make preparations in advance. Efforts are already underway in large metro areas such as New York City and Chicago, where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has worked to convert convention centers into alternate health care facilities  more

American Geriatrics Society COVID-19 Policy Brief Offers Roadmap to Government Action for Critical Group: Older Adults in Nursing Homes
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: In a policy brief published in its namesake journal (DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16477), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) offered a roadmap to guide federal, state, and local governments addressing COVID-19 concerns for a critical--and critically impacted--group: Older adults in nursing homes and long-term care. The brief outlined recommendations based on the latest research and guidance, encompassing actions on r  more

American Intellectual Property Law Association: Activision Beats Humvee Trademark Claims Over 'Call of Duty'
ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 8 -- The American Intellectual Property Law Association issued the following news: The US District Court for the Southern District of New York held on April 1, 2020, that Activision Blizzard cannot be sued for trademark infringement for featuring Humvees in its "Call of Duty" video games, saying the game developer was shielded by the First Amendment. AM General LLC v. Activision Blizzard, Inc., S.D.N.Y., No. 17-8644, Opinion 4/1/20. AM General sued Activision in 2017  more

American Jewish Congress Congratulates New Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement on April 7: The American Jewish Congress congratulates Member of Parliament Keir Starmer for his election as leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom and wishes him success in his new position. We were pleased that Mr. Starmer committed in his victory statement to working towards tackling antisemitism in the Labour Party and making amends with the British Jewish community. His predecessor, Mr. Jeremy Corby  more

American Jewish Congress Lauds China's Consul General for Facilitating the Donation of Ventilators & Medical Equipment
NEW YORK, April 7 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement: The American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) lauds China's Consul General Huang for facilitating the donation to of 1,000 ventilators and other critical medical equipment needed in facing the coronavirus pandemic. Ambassador Huang, with whom the American Jewish Congress has closely worked with, is a strong advocate for renewed engagement between the United States and China. His work and contribution was essential in   more

American National Standards Institute Expands Standards Portal for COVID-19 Crisis to Include IEC Standards
NEW YORK, April 6 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: * * * - U.S. Standardization Community Spurring Rapid, Timely Response Efforts * * * The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has expanded its portal for international standards to help speed COVID-19 response efforts to include International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for medical electrical equipment. In addition to the International Organization for Standardization (IS  more

American National Standards Institute Federation Members Support Health and Building Safety With COVID-19 Resources
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The ANSI Federation and standardization community are stepping up with guidance, resources, and initiatives to support public health, safety, and infrastructure during the COVID-19 outbreak. ANSI is monitoring, sharing, and promoting appropriate news to highlight these efforts. Suggestions for news items may be submitted to pr@ansi.org. All submissions are published at ANSI's discretion. CSA Grou  more

American National Standards Institute Federation Members Support Health, Safety, and Manufacturing With COVID-19 Resources
NEW YORK, April 6 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: * * * - In this issue: ASSP, ICC, GBI, Microsoft, MIT, NIH, and more * * * The ANSI Federation and standardization community are stepping up with guidance, resources, and initiatives to support public health, safety, and infrastructure during the COVID-19 outbreak. ANSI is monitoring, sharing, and promoting appropriate news to highlight these efforts. Suggestions for news items may be submitted   more

American National Standards Institute National Accreditation Board Accredits Islamic Food, Nutrition Council of America to Certify Halal Products
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has accredited the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America in accordance with the international standard ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment--Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes, and services,and pertinent halal certification scheme requirements and   more

American National Standards Institute Seeks Member Comments on U.S.-Kenya Trade Agreement Negotiations
NEW YORK, April 6 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Submit Responses to ANSI by April 10, 2020 * * * On behalf of the U.S. standardization community, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking feedback to develop a response to a March 17, 2020, Federal Register Notice on negotiating objectives for a United States-Republic of Kenya trade agreement. As the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) develops U.S  more

American National Standards Institute: On World Health Day, a Look at Standards That Support Global Sustainable Sanitation Solutions
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: On World Health Day, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recognizes the important role of international standards supporting improved global health and sanitation. With a suite of newly released videos, ANSI illustrates how two standards from the International Standards Organization (ISO) are helping to support sustainable sanitation solutions around the globe. ANSI is the U.S. member   more

Anti-Defamation League and GWU Experts Release New Report on White Supremacist Terrorism
NEW YORK, April 7 -- The Anti-Defamation League issued the following news release: As news reports indicated that the U.S. Department of State will - for the first time ever - designate a white supremacist group as a terrorist organization, experts from ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) and George Washington University's Program on Extremism released a joint report on white supremacist terrorism, urging the government to take further steps to address this emerging threat. The report notes that,  more

Association for Computing Machinery US Technology Policy Committee Enlists Internet, Cybersecurity Luminaries in Multi-Group Call on Governors, State Election Officials to Avoid Internet Voting
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The Association for Computing Machinery issued the following news release: The Association for Computing Machinery's US Technology Policy Committee (ACM USTPC) joined many of the nation's leading experts in cybersecurity, computing, and science--including two recipients of ACM's A.M. Turing Award--in calling on all Governors and State Election Directors to refrain from using any form of internet voting or voting app system in the 2020 elections. In a joint open letter org  more

Association of National Advertisers: Vast Majority of Marketers Adjusting Creative Messaging In Covid-19 Era
NEW YORK, April 7 -- The Association of National Advertisers issued the following news release: * * * - In-House Agencies Are Most Important for Producing New Creative Assets * * * More than 90 percent of respondents to a new ANA survey indicated they have adjusted their creative marketing messaging since mid-March, when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The survey, "Creative Messaging Development and Production Given COVID-19," revealed that 46 percent of r  more

Association of University Presses Respond to Coronavirus Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The Association of University Presses issued the following news: The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) is pleased to announce a new website and resource for readers and seekers of knowledge everywhere. The UP Social Distancing Collaboration can be found online at https://covid19.up.hcommons.org/ This site collects and organizes for easy browsing and reference: Escape the News: A reading list of more than 100 suggested titles, available to order directly from i  more

Association of University Presses Seattle Conference Cancelled, Virtual Event in the Works
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Association of University Presses issued the following news: The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the AUPresses 2020 Annual Meeting, scheduled to be held June 13-15 in Seattle, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The possible risks to the safety and health of our attendees, as well as the uncertain duration of current travel restrictions, have made it impossible for the in-person meeting to proceed. Th  more

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Makes $500,000 Donation to Support COVID-19 Related Activities by American Thoracic Society
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The American Thoracic Society issued the following news release: The American Thoracic Society announced that Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., donated $500,000 to support the ATS COVID-19 Crisis Fund, a newly launched initiative to develop and disseminate research, education and scientific recommendations to providers in the pulmonary and critical care communities, as well as other clinicians in need of expanding their skill set during this emergency. Boehringer   more

Boyce Thompson Institute: Wallflowers Could Lead to New Drugs
ITHACA, New York, April 9 -- Boyce Thompson Institute issued the following news: Plant-derived chemicals called cardenolides have long been used to treat heart disease, and have shown potential as cancer therapies. But the compounds are very toxic, making it difficult for doctors to prescribe a dose that works without harming the patient. For decades, researchers have longed to figure out how plants biosynthesize cardenolides, knowledge that could help them discover and develop safer versions   more

Center for Reproductive Rights: 5th Circuit Allows Texas to Continue Blocking Abortion Access During COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release: * * * - The court ruled that the district court was wrong to grant emergency relief that would allow all abortion care to continue in Texas. * * * In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals used a rare procedural mechanism to rule that the district court was wrong to grant emergency relief to protect access to essential, time-sensitive abortion care. This allows Gov. Abb  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Court Blocks Oklahoma's COVID-19 Abortion Ban
NEW YORK, April 7 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release on April 6: * * * - Federal court says Oklahoma abortion providers can resume care, blocking the state's order to halt abortions during the pandemic * * * a federal district judge in Oklahoma granted a temporary restraining order at the request of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Dechert LLP, allowing providers to continue time-sensitive, essential abortio  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: European Governments Must Ensure Safe and Timely Access to Abortion Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following joint statement with 102 organizations: The COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis is presenting grave challenges for health care systems across Europe. As European countries work to address the pandemic, protect their populations, and meet the increased demand on health care workers and health care facilities it is vital that they adopt measures to safeguard the health, human dignity, physical and mental integrity  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Federal Court Blocks Gov. Abbott's COVID-19 Order Against Abortion Care AGAIN
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release: * * * - Abortion providers can resume medication abortions and abortion procedures for patients who would otherwise be unable to access abortion due to gestational age cut-offs * * * A federal district court granted a second temporary restraining order against Gov. Abbott's COVID-19 order, which the State threatened to enforce as a ban on time-sensitive abortion services. Under this latest order, abor  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Texas Abortion Providers Push for Emergency Relief in Federal District Court
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following statement by Staff Attorney Molly Duane: * * * - This comes one day after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals used unusual legal mechanisms to enforce Gov. Abbott's COVID-19 order targeting abortion. * * * This afternoon, Texas abortion providers went back to a federal district court to renew their request for emergency relief for their patients. This comes one day after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals used unusual le  more

Children's Rights Calls for Urgent Policy Changes Amidst COVID-19 Crisis
NEW YORK, April 10 -- Children's Rights issued the following statement: In response to the COVID-19 emergency, Sandy Santana, executive director of Children's Rights, issued the following statement regarding youth held in jail, detention centers, foster care group homes, and institutions: "We need to prioritize the health and safety of our children, which is why we're calling for urgent state and municipal policy changes now starting with an immediate halt to all new entries of youth into jail  more

Civil Rights Organizations Demand Southern Officials Protect Health of Incarcerated People From COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), along with The Promise of Justice Initiative, Southern Center for Human Rights, Mississippi Center for Justice, SPLC Action Fund, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, Forward Justice, ACLU of South Carolina, and Arkansas Civil Liberties Union, issued a Demand for Immediate Action for Southern government officials to implement d  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Featured in New Ken Burns Documentary, The Gene
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, April 7 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is featured in The Gene: An Intimate History, a Ken Burns documentary premiering on PBS April 7, 2020 (Part 1) and April 14, 2020 (Part 2) at 8 PM ET. The Gene: An Intimate History is a two-part series that explores the role of genetics in revolutionizing medical science. The film weaves stories of patients and doctors at the forefront of genetics research   more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Zachary Lippman Wins Charles Albert Shull Award
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, April 9 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Professor and HHMI Investigator Zachary Lippman was awarded the 2020 American Society for Plant Biology (ASPB) Charles Albert Shull Award. Lippman is being honored for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of the genetic and regulatory networks and mechanisms in tomatoes and other related plants. His research focuses on plant genetics, dissecting the gene networks responsible for v  more

Columbia University Names Interim EVP/Dean at Medical Center
NEW YORK, April 10 -- Columbia University Irving Medical Center issued the following news: On April 8, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger announced the appointment of Anil Rustgi, MD, director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, as interim EVP and dean, effective July 1, 2020. Lee Goldman, MD, who has served as executive vice president, dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine, and chief executive of Columbia University Irving Medical Center for the past 14  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Bahrain Puts Imprisoned Journalist in Solitary Confinement After Reporting on COVID-19 Danger
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Bahraini authorities should immediately stop retaliating against imprisoned journalist Mahmoud al-Jaziri for reporting on conditions inside Bahraini prisons and should free all journalists imprisoned for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Al-Jaziri, who according to CPJ research has been imprisoned since December 2015 and is serving a 15-year prison sentence on charges of belonging to a te  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Iraqi Kurdish Authorities Call for Closure of NRT Broadcaster Over COVID-19 Report
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news on April 8: Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan should allow the NRT broadcaster to cover the COVID-19 pandemic freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Yesterday, the Kurdistan regional government's Health Ministry sent a letter to the attorney general requesting authorities close NRT and prevent it from broadcasting, according to a report from the broadcaster, NRT Director General Awat Ali, who spoke to   more

Consumer Energy Alliance: Consumer Group Warns New York's Energy Plan Ignores State's Urgent Need for Jobs and Access to Reliable, Affordable Energy
ALBANY, New York, April 7 -- Consumer Energy Alliance issued the following statement: Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the nation's leading consumer advocate in support of sensible energy and environmental policy, released the following statement in response to the New York Legislature passing an overhaul of the process for energy project siting and construction. While it is encouraging that the new legislation creates a new fast-track permitting process for large wind and solar projects, it fai  more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY Files Religious and Sexual Harassment Complaint Against CUNY
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced the filing of a Division on Human Rights discrimination complaint for employment and sexual harassment and hostile workplace against City University of New York (CUNY) on behalf of a Muslim female employee. SEE: Muslim Woman Experienced Discrim  more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY, ECBA File Civil Rights Class Action Lawsuit Against City of Yonkers
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and the law firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP (ECBA), a leading civil rights firm, filed a class action civil rights lawsuit in federal court seeking an injunction to block the City of Yonkers from removing arrestees' religious head coverings (l  more

Counter Extremism Project Statement on U.S. Designation of Russian Imperial Movement as A Foreign Terrorist Organization
NEW YORK, April 7 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following statement: Counter Extremism Project (CEP) Executive Director David Ibsen released the following statement upon reports that the U.S. Department of State will designate the extremist white supremacist group Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and members of its leadership. Such a move would put RIM on the same footing as other terror groups--such as ISIS and al-Qaeda--and the State Department  more

Counter Extremism Project: Extremist Content Online - Extremists Plot Anti-Semitic Harassment Campaign Targeting Philadelphia Jewish Day School
NEW YORK, April 7 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, users of an 8chan successor site detailed a plot to target and harass the Zoom classes of students at a Jewish day school in Philadelphia, and encouraged other users to participate. Additionally, al-Qaeda issued a statement   more

Counter Extremism Project: Taliban Rejects Afghan Government's Prisoner Release Offer
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release on April 9: * * * - Success Of U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal Appear Doubtful * * * Yesterday, the Afghan government announced the release of 100 Taliban prisoners in accordance with the phased releases required under an agreement signed on February 29 between the U.S. and Taliban officials. However, the Taliban rejected the announcement, claiming they were unable to verify which prisoners had been released. The T  more

Counter Extremism Project: Tech & Terrorism - Despite Terrorist Ties, Hizb Ut-Tahrir Hosts Khilafah Conference on Facebook Live
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: * * * - A 'Conveyor Belt' For Terrorists, HT Alumni Includes 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed * * * On Sunday, the American chapter of noted Islamist extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) hosted its annual Khilafah ("Caliphate") Conference using Facebook Live. HT is banned in at least 13 countries worldwide and is most notoriously known as the breeding ground or "conveyor belt" for many individuals who   more

Counter Extremism Project: U.S. Designates the Russian Imperial Movement as a Global Terrorist Organization
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: * * * - First White Supremacist Group To Be Designated By The U.S. * * * On Monday, the U.S. Department of State designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) as a global terrorist organization. The RIM has reportedly provided training and resources to white nationalist groups around the world and seeks to promote the idea of a "mono-ethnic state" led by a Russian autocratic monarchy. In 2018, the White Ho  more

COVID-19's Devastating Impact on Children: Human Rights Watch
NEW YORK, April 10 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: * * * - Governments Should Mitigate Harm, Protect Most Vulnerable * * * The COVID-19 crisis has a potentially far-reaching, long-term negative impact on children around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released. The impact is likely to be devastating, even though children who contract COVID-19 appear to have less severe symptoms and lower mortality rates than other age groups. More than 1.5 billion stu  more

Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, April 10 -- Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal that says it publishes research on understanding the social, behavioral and psychological impact of social networking practices, including Twitter, Facebook and internet gaming and commerce, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Gender Differences in Social Support on Social Network Sites: A Meta-Analysis Original Articles: * Texting at a Chi  more

Education Trust-New York: New York Parents Overwhelmingly Concerned Their Children Will Fall Behind Academically During School Closures
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Education Trust-New York issued the following news release on April 8: * * * - Parents report significant gaps in access to resources and elevated stress levels for families statewide * * * Nearly 90 percent of New York State's public school parents (89%) indicated in a recent poll that they are concerned their children will fall behind academically as a result of coronavirus school closures, ranking higher than any other financial or socioemotional concern. Nearly   more

Everytown for Gun Safety Launches $1.5 Million, Student-Led Effort to Register 100,000 Young Voters Through Virtual Field Offices
NEW YORK, April 8 -- Everytown for Gun Safety issued the following news release: * * * - Program Will be Driven by Students Demand Action Volunteers Using Virtual Tools to Register People in Their Online Networks, With More than a Dozen Paid Organizers Helping Lead Organizing Efforts in Key Battleground States * * * Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund ("Everytown") and Students Demand Action, a part of Everytown, announced the launch of a new, student volunteer-driven virtual organizing pro  more

Food & Water Watch: Amidst COVID Crisis, Cuomo Must Ensure Access to Water for All New Yorkers
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- The Food and Water Watch issued the following news release on April 6: A coalition of over 70 New York organizations is calling on Governor Cuomo to issue an executive order that ensures every New Yorker has clean water during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday the groups sent a letter to Cuomo - signed by environmental and community groups as well as labor, senior, civil rights, and faith-based organizations - that lays out three urgent actions: suspend water shut-offs st  more

Human Rights Watch: India - Protests, Attacks Over New Citizenship Law
NEW YORK, April 10 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: * * * - Muslims Face Discriminatory Policies; Protesters Targeted * * * India's discriminatory new citizenship law and policies have spurred violence against Muslims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in December 2019 adopted the Citizenship Amendment Act, which for the first time makes religion a basis for citizenship. The act, together wi  more

Human Rights Watch: Rights Risks to Older People in COVID-19 Response
NEW YORK, April 8 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: * * * - Combat Ageism - Ensure Access to Health Care, Services * * * Governments should respect the rights of older people in their response to the COVID-19 epidemic, Human Rights Watch said. Available evidence has shown that older people are more likely to experience serious and life-threatening complications from COVID-19 infection. Older people also face a heightened risk of infection if they live in institutions  more

IEEE Sensors Journal Issues Research Articles in Part 1 of April 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 6 -- The IEEE Sensors Journal, a journal that says it features design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of devices and electronics and physics aspects of sensors from the IEEE Sensors Council, published research articles, including the following topics, in Part 1 of its April 2020 edition: * Bolometric Effect Enhanced Ultrafast Graphene Based Do-It-Yourself Wearable Respiration Sensor for Personal Healthcare Monitoring * Calibration and Characteristics of an Electrowe  more

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 10 -- IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, a journal that says it features approaches from computer science, control systems, electrical, mathematics, mechanical engineering and operations research from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * 3-D Path Following of Helical Microswimmers With an Adaptive Orientation Compensation Model * Automated Geometric Shape Deviation Modeli  more

IEEE Transactions on Robotics Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 8 -- IEEE Transactions on Robotics, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features approaches from computer science, control systems, electrical engineering, mathematics and mechanical engineering from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Adaptation and Robust Learning of Probabilistic Movement Primitives * Approximate Optimal Motion Planning to Avoid Unknown Moving Avoidance Regions * Captura  more

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility: Investors Urge Pharma Companies to Work Collaboratively on COVID-19 Response
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility issued the following news release: Investor members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility have sent letters to the CEOs of fourteen pharmaceutical companies calling for a collaborative approach in the development of health technologies, including diagnostics, treatments and a vaccine in the global fight against Covid-19. The letter was sent to AbbVie (ABBV); Amgen (AMGN); Biogen (BIIB); Bristol-Myers Squibb (  more

Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America Joins Nurses Working at Brooklyn VA to Call on VA Secretary Wilkie to Address PPE Shortage
NEW YORK, April 7 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release: Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America is joining forces with National Nurses United to call on VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to address the dire situation at the Brooklyn VA clinic and clinics across the country. Nurses at the Brooklyn VA clinic are caring for five times more patients than before, and supplies of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, are dwindling. With epidemiologists continuously   more

Journal of Aerosol Medicine Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, April 7 -- The Journal of Aerosol Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal that says it covers health effects of inhaled aerosols and delivery of drugs through the pulmonary system, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Adapting the Aerogen Mesh Nebulizer for Dried Aerosol Exposures Using the PreciseInhale Platform * Clinical Bioequivalence of Wixela Inhub and Advair Diskus in Adults With Asthma * Development of an Inline Dry Powder   more

Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, April 6 -- The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features clinical and biological aspects of treating this patient population with psychotropic medications, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Comparative Efficacy of Methylphenidate and Atomoxetine on Social Adjustment in Youths with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder * Development of a Composite Primary Outcome Sco  more

Journal of Medicinal Food Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, April 11 -- The Journal of Medicinal Food, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the medicinal value and biomedical effects of food materials, published research articles, including the following topics, in its April 2020 edition: * Foods from Mayan Communities of Yucatan as Nutritional Alternative for Diabetes Prevention Full Communications: * Schisandra Chinensis Acidic Polysaccharide Improves the Insulin Resistance in Type 2 Diabetic Rats by Inhibiting Inflammati  more

Journal of Sedimentary Research Issues Research Articles in March 2020 Edition
BOULDER, Colorado, April 6 -- The Journal of Sedimentary Research, an earth science journal dedicated to the field of sedimentology from the Society for Sedimentary Geology, published research articles on the following topics in its March 2020 edition: * Characteristics and context of high-energy, tidally modulated, barred shoreface deposits: Kimmeridgian-Tithonian sandstones, Weald Basin, southern U.K. and northern France * Characterization of chert in the Dammam Formation (Eocene), Kuwait: C  more

Latino Commission on AIDS: Successful National Hispanic/Latinx Health Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.
NEW YORK, April 7 -- The Latino Commission on AIDS issued the following news release: The National Hispanic/Latinx Health Leadership Network held a successful first ever community driven health policy agenda-setting summit this past March 2-3 in Washington, DC. The participants had the opportunity to look at the final draft of the health policy recommendations developed through a community participatory process. The National Summit gathered a diverse group of over 150 Hispanic/Latinx and Hispan  more

Law Enforcement, Gun Safety Advocates - Secure Gun Storage Is Critical: Moms Demand Action
MANHATTAN, New York, April 10 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: As American life changes in the midst of COVID-19, millions of children and teens are home from school, and at the same time, NRA fear mongering has led to an increase in gun sales, in some cases to first-time buyers. Law enforcement officers, gun safety instructors, and gun safety advocates with Moms Demand Action across the country are calling on all  more

Learning & Memory Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, April 6 -- Learning and Memory, a journal that says it advances in neuropsychology, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Impact of a reminder/extinction procedure on threat-conditioned pupil size and skin conductance responses * Odor modulates the temporal dynamics of fear memory consolidation * Sign-tracking behavior is sensitive to outcome devaluation in a devaluation context-dependent manner: implications for analyzi  more

LGBT Health Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, April 9 -- LGBT Health Journal, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features health of and healthcare services for sexual and gender minority populations worldwide, published research articles on the following topics in its April 2020 edition: * Health Disparities Between Sexual Minority and Different-Sex-Attracted Adolescents: Quantifying the Intervening Role of Social Support and School Belonging * Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Coverage of Hormone Therapies Used by  more

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research: New Study Analyzes Costs, Benefits of California Electricity Shutoffs
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research issued the following news release: * * * - Electricity shutoffs help utilities prevent wildfires--but customers foot a disproportionate bill * * * Last fall, electric utilities in California, especially the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), executed a series of electricity shutoffs to prevent their equipment from sparking wildfires. Customers across California, from small businesses to nursing homes, were left without po  more

Maria Balcan Named Recipient of ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for Significant Innovations to Machine Learning
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Association for Computing Machinery issued the following news release: ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, named Maria Florina "Nina" Balcan of Carnegie Mellon University the recipient of the 2019 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for foundational and breakthrough contributions to minimally-supervised learning. Balcan's influential and pioneering work in machine learning has solved longstanding open problems, enabled entire lines of research crucial for modern AI   more

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Redesigns Protective Boxes Used During Airway Procedures
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center issued the following news release: Anesthesiologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) have modified the protective boxes commonly employed during airway procedures in infectious patients, such as intubation, creating a two-piece setup instead of the usual single unit. This simple innovation allows medical professionals better access if difficulties arise during airway procedures. The specs for the modified device ar  more

Mobile Marketing Association Launches COVID-19 Marketer Support Hub as Central Resource for Tech Industry to Navigate Current Global Crisis
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The Mobile Marketing Association issued the following news release: * * * - Includes Aggregated Content on Covid-19's Impact Around the World as well as Guidance for Brands on Marketing and Advertising in the Current Climate * * * Building on the MMA's core DNA of helping, supporting and connecting brands, media companies, tech enablers and agencies, the global trade group launched the most comprehensive central resource for information on the coronavirus pandemic as wel  more

Moms Demand Action: 'Police Seeing Increased Domestic Disputes Since Coronavirus Crisis Began'
MANHATTAN, New York, April 8 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on April 7: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep people in their homes, experts and police are increasingly worried about the uptick in domestic violence calls. On Sunday, the Topeka Capital Journal reported that the Topeka police are seeing an increase in domestic violence since the coronavirus pandemic began. Police in Topeka have responded to 1  more

Moms Demand Action: Presidential Election Will Offer Voters a Clear Choice on Gun Safety
MANHATTAN, New York, April 10 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: * * * - Vice President Biden Has Spent a Lifetime Fighting to Protect Americans from Gun Violence and Taking on the NRA - President Trump Refuses to Take Action on Gun Safety, Putting the NRA Ahead of Americans' Safety * * * Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown, commented on the beginning of the general election betw  more

Moms Demand Action: UN Secretary-General - Governments Must Address Global Surge of Domestic Violence
NEW YORK, April 7 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: * * * - When it Comes to Gun Violence, the United States is the Most Dangerous High-Income Nation for Women - Last Week, Everytown and Moms Demand Action Released Guidance for Governors to Address Gun-Related Domestic Violence * * * On Sunday night, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on governments around the world to address the "horrifying global  more

National Center for Law & Economic Justice, Partners Create Quick Reference Guide for New York State Workers Impacted by COVID-19
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The National Center for Law and Economic Justice issued the following news: As the COVID-19 crisis continues, more and more people are out of work or unable to work, and the patchwork of government programs available to provide some relief can be confusing and difficult to navigate. NCLEJ, Make the Road New York, and the Legal Aid Society, along with our partners at the New York City Low Wage Workers' Task Force, have created a quick reference fact sheet to assist workers i  more

National Employment Law Project: CDC's Latest Guidance Weakens Protections for Essential Workers
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The National Employment Law Project issued the following statement: Following is a statement from Rebecca Dixon, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding critical infrastructure workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19: "Late yesterday, the CDC substantially weakened workplace protections for essential infrastructure workers from COVID-19. The new CDC guidance  more

Natural Resources Defense Council: Court Restores Limits on Climate-Polluting Hydrofluorocarbons
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency acted illegally in suspending the agency's limits on the uses of super climate-polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The court restored a prohibition on switching from ozone depleting substances to HFCs in uses such as large refrigeration systems in supermarkets. The Natural Resources D  more

Natural Resources Defense Council: Environmental Priorities Round Out New York State Budget
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature unveiled a series of critical environmental priorities as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 New York State Budget - including a much-needed boost to developing renewable energy projects, a ban on polystyrene foam containers, and the passage of a nation-leading environmental bond act. A statement follows from Rich Schrader, New York Policy Director at the N  more

New International Rescue Committee Report Exposes Double Emergency of COVID-19 in Humanitarian Crises
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release on April 9: * * * - Reveals grave shortages of Ventilators and ICU Beds in Fragile Countries * * * As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world and to conflict zones like South Sudan and Yemen and refugee camps like in Greece, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has published a new report, "COVID-19 in humanitarian crises: a double emergency," exposing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on fra  more

New York City Anti-Violence Project Opposes New York State's Bail Rollbacks
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The New York City Anti-Violence Project issued the following news release: The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) opposes the actions of Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature to rollback 2019 bail laws, which will put thousands more in jail, including marginalized LGBTQ survivors like Layleen Polanco, a Black Afro-Dominican trans woman who died in Rikers jail complex nearly one year ago. AVP serves thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of all f  more

New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Aid Society Sue for Release of People Jailed for Alleged Parole Violations
NEW YORK, April 6 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following news release: The New York Civil Liberties Union and The Legal Aid Society filed a class-action lawsuit against Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) challenging the unconstitutional automatic jailing of people held in New York City jails while waiting for a hearing for alleged parole violations. The lawsuit demands the opportunity for release of over a thousand people   more

New York Civil Liberties Union Seeks Emergency Bond Hearings for Detained Immigrants at Key Facilities in New York and Louisiana
NEW YORK, April 11 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following news release: The New York Civil Liberties Union and Equal Justice Under Law sought a preliminary injunction in Onosamba-Ohindo v. Barr, a federal class-action lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and other federal officials, for hundreds of people unlawfully jailed in the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, New York, and the Richwood Correctional Center in Richwood, Louisiana. Given the urgent threat   more

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thanks Asia Society
NEW YORK, April 6 -- The Asia Society issued the following news release on April 4: * * * - For role in navigating China relationship and sourcing vital lifesaving goods for New Yorkers to combat Coronavirus * * * For the second time in a week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo praised Asia Society for helping New York State acquire much needed medical supplies from China. At his daily press briefing on Saturday, Cuomo noted that his early efforts to source COVID-19 medical equipment in China   more

New York Immigration Coalition: New Data Reveal Immigrant NYers Serving on Front Lines Bearing Brunt of COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following statement by Executive Director Steve Choi: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage New York, multiple reports indicate the central Queens neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights have emerged as the epicenter of the city's ever-growing outbreak. Here in this seven-square-mile patch of densely packed immigrant enclaves, more than 7,000 cases have been recorded in the first weeks of th  more

New York State Bar Association Recommends Toughening NY Bar Exam, Alleviating Rural Justice Crisis, Attracting Autonomous Vehicles Testing
ALBANY, New York, April 6 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release on April 4: The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) adopted three groundbreaking reports that recommend toughening the New York bar exam, encouraging lawyers to practice in rural areas and making New York more attractive for the testing of autonomous vehicles. The measures were approved today at NYSBA's first-ever virtual meeting of the House of Delegates, the association's governing body. "Fr  more

New York State United Teachers Opens Up Disaster Relief Fund for #HealthCareHeroes
ALBANY, New York, April 7 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following news release: New York State United Teachers announced that it has begun accepting donations to the union's Disaster Relief Fund to purchase and provide personal protective equipment, food and other supplies to dedicated health care professionals across New York state. "The heroism of NYSUT's health care professionals and their colleagues working on the front lines during this crisis is as inspiring as it is   more

Northwell Health: Expanding Telehealth in Response to COVID-19
GREAT NECK, New York, April 7 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Telehealth is an important tool in Northwell Health's care delivery belt that allows patients to monitor their own health, connect with physicians in the comfort of their homes and expedite psychological and emergent care when they need it most. Its usefulness has never been more critical. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads throughout New York and the US, finding ways to keep patients with non-COVID-related   more

NYU Langone Health Develops Novel Tracheostomy Approach to Improve Patient Care & Reduce Risk of 'Super-Spreading' Procedures
NEW YORK, April 8 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: Physicians at NYU Langone Health have developed a newer and perhaps safer approach to tracheostomy that addresses two important challenges: improve care for people with 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) who require prolonged intubation and ventilator support, and reduce "super-spreading" events that pose a risk to healthcare workers. Tracheostomy allows   more

NYU Langone Scientists Track Evolution of Coronavirus in New York City
NEW YORK, April 10 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: As of April 9, NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers have determined the genetic code for 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) virus taken from 91 New York City patients, the most completed on the U.S. East Coast during the current pandemic, the researchers say. Upon determining the order of the genetic letters in the codes from the local viral sampl  more

PEN America: Congress Must Include Local News in Next Coronavirus Stimulus
NEW YORK, April 9 -- PEN America issued the following news release on April 8: * * * - PEN America-led coalition letter calls on Congress to treat local news as an essential service * * * A coalition of nearly 50 organizations is calling on Congress to include vital funding for local news in the next stimulus package proposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent, PEN America, alongside Free Press Action, Common Cause, and many others, say that House and Senate leadership  more

PEN America: Puerto Rico Decree on Criminalizing Pandemic Disinformation Unconstitutional
NEW YORK, April 10 -- PEN America issued the following news release: PEN America says while governments are taking dramatic steps, Puerto Rico's governor has crossed a line PEN America said a decree by the governor of Puerto Rico criminalizing the spread of false information is a First Amendment violation. Nora Benavidez, PEN America's director of U.S. free expression programs, issued the following statement: "While the threat of COVID-19 may warrant unusual measures from governments in effor  more

PEN America: White House Denigration of VOA Unfounded
NEW YORK, April 11 -- PEN America issued the following statement by Director Thomas O. Melia: In response to a statement in a daily email from the White House falsely declaring that the Voice of America has "amplified Beijing's propaganda" in its coronavirus reporting, PEN America defended the integrity of VOA and the high quality of its journalism. "This appears to be yet another unfounded assault by the Trump White House on truth and the news media--in this case an American institution, a fl  more

Physicians for a National Health Program: Nearly 5 Million Lost Health Coverage in Past Three Weeks
CHICAGO, Illinois, April 10 -- Physicians for a National Health Program issued the following news release: * * * - 13.5 Million Likely to Become Uninsured by June 30 - New Estimates Include Dependents of Laid off Workers * * * 4,805,894 American workers and their dependents have lost health insurance coverage in the past three weeks, according to a new estimate by researchers at The City of New York's Hunter College and Harvard Medical School. The researchers also estimate that a total of 1  more

Planned Parenthood: 5th Circuit Allows Texas to Continue Blocking Abortion Access During COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release: * * * - 5th Circuit Court of Appeals doubled down on its decision to allow Gov. Abbott to use his COVID-19 order to block access to abortion. - The court ruled that the district court was wrong to grant emergency relief that would allow all abortion care to continue in Texas. * * * In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals used a rare procedural mechanism to   more

Planned Parenthood: Abortion Providers Forced to Cancel Appointments After Appeals Court Reinstates Gov. Abbott's COVID-19 Order
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release on April 10: For the second time this week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against abortion providers, this time granting a stay reversing in part the federal district court's latest temporary restraining order. This means abortion is once again largely inaccessible in the state of Texas. The ruling is one of many that has created legal whiplash, causing confusion and uncertainty for hun  more

Planned Parenthood: Court Blocks Oklahoma's COVID-19 Abortion Ban
NEW YORK, April 7 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release on April 6: * * * - Federal court says Oklahoma abortion providers can resume care, blocking the state's order to halt abortions during the pandemic * * * A federal district judge in Oklahoma granted a temporary restraining order at the request of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Dechert LLP, allowing providers to continue time-sensitive, essent  more

Planned Parenthood: Federal Court Blocks Gov. Abbott's COVID-19 Order Against Abortion Care AGAIN
NEW YORK, April 11 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release on April 9: A federal district court granted a second temporary restraining order against Gov. Abbott's COVID-19 order, which the State threatened to enforce as a ban on time-sensitive abortion services. Under this latest order, abortion providers -- represented by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Lawyering Project -- may provide medication ab  more

Risk & Insurance Management Society Harry & Dorothy Goodell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Risk Management Goes to Audrey Rampinelli
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The Risk and Insurance Management Society issued the following news release: RIMS, the risk management society(R), announced the winners of its series of industry awards. Details about the Society's 2020 award winners are available in RIMS Risk Management Magazine's Award Issue. RIMS' most prestigious honor, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award, was presented to Audrey Rampinelli, CEO and co-founder of OnRamp Risk LLC. Named in honor of RIMS' first president, the award pay  more

Risk & Insurance Management Society Risk Manager of the Year & Honor Roll Recognize Pioneering Women in Health Care
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The Risk and Insurance Management Society issued the following news release: RIMS, the risk management society(R), has announced Roxsann Wilson, Vice President of Risk Management for Cardinal Health, as the 2020 RIMS Risk Manager of the Year. The 2020 Risk Management Honor Roll inducted Jane Sandler, Vice President, Global Risk Management for McKennon Corp. "Global business risks are driving organizations to place greater emphasis on fostering robust risk management strate  more

S.T.O.P. Commends NYC Education Dep't For Zoom Ban
NEW YORK, April 7 -- 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, commends the New York City Department of Education (DOE) for banning the use of Zoom videoconferencing for remote instruction. The statement comes two days after DOE officials urged New York City's 75,000 teachers to migrate to Microsoft Teams videoconferencing "as soon as possible", but S.T.O.P. noted tha  more

Science Translational Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in April 1, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 7 -- 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 April 1, 2020 edition: * Control of brain tumor growth by reactivating myeloid cells with niacin * Durable protective immune response to wild-type measles virus infection of macaques is due to viral replication and spread in l  more

Science Translational Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in April 8, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, April 11 -- 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 April 8, 2020 edition: * Development of a neural interface for high-definition, long-term recording in rodents and nonhuman primates * Immunomodulatory stromal cell interactions in the eye * Kidney tissue hypoxia dictates T   more

Sesame Workshop: Primetime Special 'Sesame Street - Elmo's Playdate' to Offer Families Connection in Challenging Times
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The Sesame Workshop issued the following news release: Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, announced a simulcast special to help kids and families around the world feel connected in this time of uncertainty--an extension of the Caring for Each Other initiative that the organization launched last month. Featuring everyone's favorite Sesame Street friends with celebrity guests Anne Hathaway, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Tracee Ellis Ross, Sesame Stree  more

Standards Organizations Open Access to Standards and Resources to Support COVID-19 Response
NEW YORK, April 6 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has opened access to standards at no charge to help the public and industry organizations respond to the COVID-19 global health pandemic, and its effects on global health and safety, research, infrastructure, communications, and more. IEEE ha  more

Standing With Our Economies - A Statement From BritishAmerican Business on the COVID-19 Crisis
NEW YORK, April 8 -- BritishAmerican Business issued the following statement: The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented moment for the transatlantic business community that we are proud to represent. This is a crisis that is impacting almost every aspect of our lives. The pandemic, and our response to it will change our businesses, economies, and the way we live and work forever. This is a time where decisive and impactful government and business action are needed. It is a time where businesse  more

Statement From New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Schneider on Regents Exams
LATHAM, New York, April 9 -- The New York State School Boards Association issued the following statement by Executive Director Robert Schneider on Regents exams: Students across New York State can breathe a collective sigh of relief. The State Education Department has cancelled Regents exams for June 2020 - and rightfully so. No student should be denied course credit or a high school diploma or otherwise penalized due to these extraordinary circumstances. Guidance issued by the State Educatio  more

Stop the Endless Exemptions and Accommodations on Contraception, Center for Inquiry Tells Supreme Court
AMHERST, New York, April 9 -- The Center for Inquiry issued the following news release: The Supreme Court must put a stop to the relentless attempts by religious groups to deny contraceptive coverage to employees, said the Center for Inquiry, urging the Court to end the absurd back-and-forth over whether applying for a religious exemption is itself a religious liberty violation. The Center for Inquiry (CFI), which advocates for reason, science, and secular principles, filed an amicus brief wit  more

Sudan: Free Border Guard Detainees, Review Condition of Detention Centers to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 Amongst Prison Population
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies issued the following news release: African Center for Justice and peace Studies (ACJPS) welcomes the release of 4,217 male prisoners from Al-Huda prison located in the city of Omdurman, twin city of the capital Khartoum on 26 March 2020. Their release came after the Sudan Sovereign Council passed a resolution on 23 March 2020 to release prisoners as a measure to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in jails across the country. AC  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Concerned By White House's Reported Development of Coronavirus Surveillance System
NEW YORK, April 9 -- 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, expressed concern at the White House's reported development of a national coronavirus surveillance system. According to reporting from Politico, which the White House denied, senior adviser Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force requested private sector technology firms develop a national coronavirus tracking  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Welcomes Introduction of NY Geolocation Tracking Ban
NEW YORK, April 11 -- 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, welcomed the introduction of New York State legislation that would ban geolocation tracking, citing growing concerns over how location data collected in the state's battle against COVID-19 can be used by police. The bill, which was introduced by Assembly Member Dan Quart of Manhattan, would be the first s  more

The Education Trust-New York Comments on State Education Department Guidance on Graduation and Course Requirement Changes
NEW YORK, April 8 -- The Education Trust-New York issued the following statement by Executive Director Ian Rosenblum: "We agree with the State Education Department that high school seniors need more flexible ways to demonstrate their readiness in this unprecedented crisis. "This additional flexibility must be accompanied by a commitment that school districts will provide significant additional academic, socioemotional, and transition support - such as help completing the FAFSA or finalizing a   more

The Volcker Alliance Issues Statement on Federal Reserve's Plan to Buy $500 Billion in Short-Term State and Local Debt
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The Volcker Alliance issued the following news release on April 9: The Volcker Alliance advances effective management of government to achieve results that matter to citizens. The Alliance's Truth and Integrity in Government Finance Initiative investigates states' budgeting practices and challenges, their unique fiscal landscapes, and their financing of public assets. William Glasgall, senior vice president and director of state and local initiatives at the Volcker Allian  more

UNITE HERE President: 'Health Care Crisis of a Lifetime Requires Full Emergency Health Care Coverage'
NEW YORK, April 10 -- 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 statement by President D. Taylor: * * * - Biden Praised for Call for Government to Pay 100% COBRA Premiums During Crisis * * * D. Taylor, the International President of UNITE HERE, the hospitality union with over 95% of its members unemployed as a result of the global c  more

UNITE HERE: 35 Orlando Airport Food Workers File Federal Complaint Alleging OSHA Violations Amid Coronavirus Danger
NEW YORK, April 8 -- 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: * * * - Complaint claims HMSHost has failed to protect against hazards--asks for investigation * * * As coronavirus cases erupt in Central Florida, 35 current and recently laid off workers who serve food to Orlando airport travelers filed an imminent hazard  more

United Way Worldwide: Saving Our Selves - a BET COVID-19 Relief Effort
NEW YORK, April 9 -- The United Way Worldwide issued the following news release: BET announces an array of high impact initiatives to support communities of color impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Black Americans are being disproportionately harmed by the health and financial devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. BET, in partnership with the NAACP, United Way Worldwide, leaders in the African American creative, civil rights and business communities will provide critical financial, educ  more

Vital Strategies: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Issues Executive Order to Allow Early Release for Vulnerable People in State Corrections
NEW YORK, April 11 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an order to release vulnerable inmates from state prisons in response to the growing threat of COVID-19 among those who are incarcerated. Approximately 1,500 to 1,800 people will be eligible for release under the temporary reprieve program. There are a number of individuals who will be ineligible and some will be required to return to prison after the crisis. "Governor Wolf's decisi  more

Vital Strategies: State and Local Government Stakeholders Need to Take Decisive Action to Decarcerate in Response to COVID-19
NEW YORK, April 7 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release: As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in prisons and jails continues to rise, Vital Strategies, a global health organization, is adding its voice to the growing movement of criminal justice and public health advocates calling on city and state governments to decarcerate to save lives. The organization warns that without widespread release of people who don't need to be behind bars or are incarcerated for low-level a  more

Yemen: CARE Welcomes Declaration of Ceasefire
NEW YORK, April 10 -- CARE issued the following news release: As Yemen faces the threat of a potentially devastating COVID-19 outbreak, CARE welcomes the declaration of ceasefire which comes more than two weeks after the UN Secretary General's global call. A possible ceasefire is now needed more than ever to protect all Yemenis and give them a chance to rebuild their lives. "This is the first step into the right direction. Humanitarian actors, including CARE, have consistently emphasized the n  more