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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving New York Newsletter for Sunday May 10, 2020 ( 152 items )  

15 Knowledge Is Power Program Foundation Students Selected for the 2020 Dave Goldberg Scholarship
NEW YORK, May 4 -- The Knowledge Is Power Program Foundation issued the following news release on May 1: The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Foundation and the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (SGFF) announced the 2020 recipients of the Dave Goldberg Scholarship. These 15 high school seniors were selected from hundreds of applicants and will join the 45 students already in the program. "Dave was a huge believer in education, a generous mentor, and the center of a big-heart  more

19 Million Children Internally Displaced by Conflict and Violence in 2019, Highest Number Ever - UNICEF
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The U.S. Fund for UNICEF issued the following news release: An estimated 19 million children, more than ever before, were living in displacement within their own countries due to conflict and violence in 2019 - some of them for years, UNICEF said in a new report. The report, 'Lost at Home', looks at the risks and challenges internally displaced children face, and the urgent actions needed to protect them. As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, these children are a  more

50 Racial Justice, Civil Liberties Groups Release Joint Statement Calling for Whistleblower Protections for Frontline Workers
NEW YORK, May 2 -- Fight for the Future, an advocacy group for digital rights, issued the following news release: On May Day, 50+ racial justice, civil liberties, and worker advocacy organizations release a joint statement condemning the silencing of front line workers blowing the whistle on unsafe corporate practices during COVID-19. The joint statement calls for an expansion and improved enforcement of legal protections for frontline workers who speak out and organize for a healthy and safe w  more

Access Now: U.S. Senate Republicans' COVID-19 Data Protection Bill Misses the Mark
NEW YORK, May 9 -- Access Now issued the following news release on May 8: Yesterday, U.S. Senate Republican Committee Leaders introduced the COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act. While the legislation is a welcome effort, it falls short. This new bill is primarily focused on protecting health data associated with COVID-19 response. It applies narrowly to identifiable geolocation, proximity, and health data, and device identifiers like IP addresses. It allows companies to collect data only for  more

ACLU Comment on Department of Education's Final Title IX Rule on Sexual Harassment
NEW YORK, May 7 -- 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: The U.S. Department of Education issued a final rule governing schools' obligations to investigate sexual harassment or assault complaints under Title IX. Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director, had the following reaction: * * * "The ACLU is equally committed t  more

ACLU Files Department of Education FOIA Request for Information on Title IX Rule
NEW YORK, May 5 -- 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 ACLU's Women's Rights Project filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on behalf of Know Your IX, a project of Advocates for Youth. The ACLU and Know Your IX are seeking documents related to the anticipated re  more

ACLU, Council of Prison Locals Call for Mass Testing of Employees, Incarcerated People
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on prisons and jails across the country and during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, over 5,000 state and federal correctional officers have tested positive for the virus, with New York being the st  more

Ad Council Launches New PSAs to Help Parents and Families During COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, April 30 -- The Advertising Council issued the following news release: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ad Council, working with the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), launched a new series of public service ads (PSAs) to educate and empower parents and families as they navigate the challenges they're facing as a result of the crisis. According to research fielded by Ad Council, 45 percent of   more

Advocates For Youth: ACLU and Know Your IX File Freedom of Information Act Request for Information on Title IX Rule
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The Advocates For Youth issued the following news release: The ACLU's Women's Rights Project filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on behalf of Know Your IX, a project of Advocates for Youth. The ACLU and Know Your IX are seeking documents related to the anticipated release of a final rule with implications for how educational institutions address reports of sexual assault and harassment under Title IX. The ACLU is speci  more

Advocates Unveil Comprehensive Plan to Address Educational Equity for Multilingual Learners/English Language Learners, Multilingual Families During Pandemic
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following news release: New York State school districts have been closed since March 18, 2020, and according to Governor Cuomo's recent announcement will stay closed for the rest of the school year. New York Advocates for Fair and Inclusive Resources for Multilingual Learners (NY-AFFIRMs) has launched a "NYS Pandemic Relief & Educational Equity for MLLs/ELLs Platform" to outline critical steps to address the impact of prolonged sc  more

AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc. Senior Litigation Counsel, Steven J. Antunes, Named Co-Chair of the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Council
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution issued the following news release: The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices and solutions, announced that Steven J. Antunes, Senior Litigation Counsel for AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc., has taken the helm as Co-Chair of the CPR Council. Steven joins existing Co-Chair, Mark Baker, Global   more

African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies: Central Darfur State: A Minor Raped by an Officer of the Sudanese Armed Forces
NEW YORK, May 4 -- The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies issued the following news release: The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) calls for urgent steps to be taken to investigate and hold to account the perpetrator of rape of a 17-year-old girl reported to the police in Nertiti municipality, Central Darfur state. Sudanese authorities should ensure the allocation of adequate resources and guarantee the protection of the victim and witness in the case. The incident  more

AGS Honors Dr. John B. Murphy of R.I. for Pioneering Work to Build Better Health Workforce for Us All as We Age
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release on May 8: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) announced that John B. Murphy, MD, a clinician, educator, and administrator working to embed geriatrics education in the fabric of medical curricula and clinical operations will be honored with the 2020 Dennis W. Jahnigen Award celebrating work to train health professionals in the care we all need as we age. President of Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hos  more

AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, May 5 -- 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 on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * Neurocognitive Impairment in the Combined Antiretroviral Therapy Era in a Romanian Cohort of Young Adults with Chronic HIV Infection Epidemiology: * Mortality of People Living with HIV in Paris Area from 2011 to 2015 * Associations o  more

Alliance for Quality Education: Education Advocates Respond to Governor Cuomo's Announcement to Collaborate With the Gates Foundation to Reimagine Education
ALBANY, New York, May 6 -- The Alliance for Quality Education issued the following statement in response to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement that state will collaborate with the Gates Foundation to reimagine education: In response to Governor Cuomo's announcement that New York State will collaborate with the Gates Foundation to reimagine education, the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: "Governor Cuomo's collaboratio  more

American Geriatrics Society Confers Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in Internal Medicine
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation conferred one of their newest honors, the Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in Internal Medicine Focused on the Care of Older Adults, on two experts: * Rasheeda Hall, MD, a board-certified nephrologist and assistant professor of medicine at Duke University; and * Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, MBBCh, BAO, a board-certifi  more

American Geriatrics Society Honors Expert & Emerging Geriatrics Leaders of 2020
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) annually honors researchers, clinicians, educators, and emerging health professionals who have made outstanding contributions to high-quality, person-centered care for older people. This year's award recipients include more than 20 leaders representing the breadth of disciplines championing care for us all as we age. Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scien  more

American Geriatrics Society Honors Society's First Pharmacist President With Prestigious Nascher/Manning Award in Geriatrics
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) will this year honor past AGS President Todd Semla, PharmD, MS, AGSF, with the prestigious Nascher/Manning Award, given biannually at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21, to be held next year May 13-15 in Chicago, Ill., following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to COVID-19). Dr. Semla, who served as the AGS's first pharmacist president,  more

American Geriatrics Society: New Issue of JAGS Highlights Award-Winning Research at Crossroads of Geriatrics, Urology, Palliative Care, Oncology
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: Advancing care for older people across health specialties, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation announced that two expert researchers--Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, MSc, an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in N.Y.; and Nazema Siddiqui, MD  more

American National Standards Institute's Virtual Company Member Forum to Focus on Standards Management
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: Join interactive discussions on standards management, emerging technologies, and international activities at the virtual ANSI Company Member Forum (CMF) Spring Meeting on June 9, 2020, from 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ET. The CMF annual meeting is a platform for industry members to discuss national, regional, and global standards and conformity assessment issues, and to collectively influence U.S. policies   more

American National Standards Institute: Announces Changes to World Standards Week Format and Events in Light of COVID-19
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: In the interest of public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today that World Standards Week (WSW) 2020 will transition to a series of virtual events. To be held October 19-23, 2020, the virtual meetings will include ANSI's member forums, policy advisory groups, and the Annual Business Meeting. Other official World Standards Week   more

American National Standards Institute: People on the Move
NEW YORK, May 2 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: People on the Move highlights the career advancements of high-level trailblazers working professionally in diverse areas of standardization, contributing every day to the strength and success of the U.S. standards and conformance community. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has na  more

American National Standards Institute: Spring 2020 Edition of U.S. National Committee Current Focuses on Interconnectivity and Infrastructure
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: With features on connected vehicle infrastructure and interoperability, the Spring 2020 edition of the quarterly USNC Current provides industry insights on how standards support future mobility and innovation. Access the current issue, published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The issue  more

American National Standards Institute: Standards Alliance Supporting U.S.-Africa Relations Through Appointment of New Technical Barriers to Trade Advisor
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The Standards Alliance, a public-private partnership between the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is supporting U.S.-Africa trade relations through the appointment of a technical advisor for technical barriers to trade (TBT  more

American Thoracic Society Announces GSK Grants to Support COVID-19 Crisis Fund's Research and Outreach Efforts
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The American Thoracic Society issued the following news release: The American Thoracic Society announced that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has awarded the Society two grants totaling $380,000 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.  more

American Thoracic Society: Common Genetic Variations Found in First Genome-Wide Study of Children With Sleep Apnea
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The American Thoracic Society issued the following news release: The first large-scale genome-wide association study in pediatric patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has provided new insights into the genetic basis for this sleep disorder in children. The study was posted online in the Abstract Issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Abstract #13116. Title: Genome-Wide Association Study Detects Common Snp Among Pediatric Patients with   more

American Thoracic Society: COPD Patients Who Do Pulmonary Rehabilitation Are Less Likely to Be Re-Hospitalized
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The American Thoracic Society issued the following news release: According to new research, people who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation within 90 days following hospitalization for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) flare-ups (exacerbations) are less likely to require readmission to the hospital. The study was posted online in the Abstract Issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Abstract #13517. Title: The Association Between   more

American Thoracic Society: Dual E-cigarette and Cigarette Smokers Are Less Successful at Smoking Cessation
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The American Thoracic Society issued the following news release: In a new study that looks at whether e-cigarettes are helpful in getting poorly motivated smokers to quit, researchers have found that those who smoked both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes were less likely to abstain from smoking than traditional cigarette-only smokers. The study was posted online in the Abstract Issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Abstract #13611. Ti  more

American Thoracic Society: In Mice, Chronic Inhalation of E-cigarette Vapor Negatively Affects Lungs
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The American Thoracic Society issued the following news release: According to a new study, mice exposed to aerosols generated from both the older box Mod e-cigarettes and the newer, bestselling JUUL e-cigarettes developed changes in pulmonary function, but did not develop changes in heart rate or blood pressure. The study was posted online in the Abstract Issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Abstract #14602. TITLE: Chronic Inhalation of E-c  more

American Thoracic Society: Not All Patients With Suspected Sepsis May Benefit From Early Antibiotics
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The American Thoracic Society issued the following news release: New research indicates that not all patients suspected of having sepsis may benefit from receiving early antibiotics. The study was posted online in the Abstract Issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Abstract #12285. TITLE: Interaction Between Severity of Illness, Diagnostic Uncertainty and Antibiotic Timing in Patients with Suspected Infection). A research team led by Ian Bar  more

American Thoracic Society: One in Three VA ICU Nurses Suffer 'Burnout'
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The American Thoracic Society issued the following news release: ICU nurse "burnout" may have serious consequences for nurses as well as for patients, according to a study posted online in the Abstract Issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Abstract #13051. Title: Characterizing Trends in ICU Nurse Burnout in VA and Relation to Outcomes). "We expected to find a close relationship between burnout and intent to turnover and rating of the workp  more

American Thoracic Society: Potentially Hazardous Bacterial Contamination Found in JUUL Vaping Products
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The American Thoracic Society issued the following news release: In the first study of bacterial contamination of JUUL e-cigarettes, public health researchers have found contamination in the brand's nicotine vaping liquids. The study was posted online in the Abstract Issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Abstract #10365. TITLE: Microbial Toxins In JUUL Nicotine Vaping Products in the USA). Although the researchers previously looked at marke  more

Amy Gammon Receives American Association of School Librarians Inspire Special Event Grant
CHICAGO, Illinois, May 7 -- American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, issued the following news release: Amy Gammon, reading teacher at Greenport Elementary School in Greenport, New York, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina "Marney" Welmers, the grant program provides funds for p  more

Arab American Institute Statement on the New York Democratic Presidential Primary
WASHINGTON, May 2 -- The Arab American Institute issued the following news release on April 28: Earlier this week, the New York State Board of Elections canceled the Democratic Presidential Primary, which was re-scheduled for June 23, 2020. The Arab American Institute (AAI) requests the New York State Board of Elections to reconsider this decision. This undemocratic decision would silence the voices of nearly 20 million New Yorkers. In statements to the press, the New York State Board of Elect  more

Asia Society: Gerry Shih of the Washington Post Wins 2020 Osborn Elliott Journalism Prize
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The Asia Society issued the following news release: Asia Society announced that Gerry Shih of The Washington Post has won the 2020 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia for his wide-ranging and penetrating coverage of China. The award-winning stories were reported over the course of 2019, on topics ranging from use of a hidden military base in Tajikistan, a clandestine Twitter crackdown, and the disappearance of student activists at Peking University. He   more

Astrobiology Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, May 5 -- Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on findings and discoveries from interplanetary exploration and laboratory research, published research articles, including the following topics, in its May 2020 edition: * Observational Constraints on the Great Filter Research Articles: * The Production and Potential Detection of Hexamethylenetetramine-Methanol in Space * Persistence of Habitable, but Uninhabited, Aqueous Solutions and the Application to Ex  more

At #AGS21, UCSF Expert Will Offer 'Confessions of Unfocused Researcher' on Road to Better Care as We Age
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and AGS Health in Aging Foundation announced that Alexander K. Smith, MD, MPH, an associate professor of medicine at UCSF and one of geriatrics' most influential rising researchers and advocates, will be honored with the 2020/2021 Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation. Following the cancellation of the AGS 202  more

BritishAmerican Business Signs Coalition Letter Calling for the Exclusion of J-1 Visas From Future Restrictions on Employment-Based Immigration
NEW YORK, May 7 -- BritishAmerican Business issued the following news: BritishAmerican Business co-signed a letter to Secretary Pompeo alongside other 105 organisations from a range of sponsors, businesses and industries that recruit, host and support the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. The letter urges the United States government to exclude the Exchange Visitor Program from any future executive actions suspending employment-based immigration, reflecting concerns that Section 6 of the April 22   more

Cancer Action Network: Survivors and Cancer Advocates Ask Lawmakers to Pass Measures to Fight Cancer
ALBANY, New York, May 8 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network issued the following news release: Volunteers of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) are reaching out to their state lawmakers and tomorrow as part of a Virtual Day at the Capitol. ACS CAN has organized this event to ask lawmakers to maintain critical funding of the Cancer Services Program which provides cancer screenings for the uninsured and the underinsured. Hundreds of cancer survivors, care  more

Catholic Charities of Buffalo: Mobile Food Drive to Benefit Catholic Charities
BUFFALO, New York, May 5 -- Catholic Charities of Buffalo issued the following news release: Erie County Legislator John Gilmour, in partnership with City of Lackawanna Mayor Annette Iafallo, will host a food and essential item drive Saturday, May 9, to support the Lackawanna community through the Catholic Charities Russell J. Salvatore Food Pantry and Outreach in Lackawanna. "All areas of Erie County are struggling during this time of crisis," stated Legislator Gilmour. "Food pantries all ove  more

Center for Popular Democracy: Grassroots Organizations Urge House to Fund Elementary and Secondary Education
BROOKLYN, New York, May 6 -- The Center for Popular Democracy issued the following news release: The Center for Popular Democracy, a network of community organizations, released a letter to the House of Representatives calling for immediate and long-term spending for elementary and secondary education. The letter, signed by 21 organizations including Detroit Action, One Pennsylvania (OnePA), Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), the Texas Organizing Project (TO  more

Children's Rights: HHS Ruling Targets LGBTQ Youth During Public Health Crisis
NEW YORK, May 9 -- Children's Rights issued the following news release on May 8: This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final rule change that will end data collection regarding the sexual orientation of foster children and foster and adoptive parents in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel at Children's Rights, who recently spoke with members of the administration urging them to w  more

Children's Rights: Motion to Dismiss Denied in South Carolina Discrimination Case
NEW YORK, May 9 -- Children's Rights issued the following statement on May 8 by Lead Counsel Christina Wilson Remlin: Yesterday, a South Carolina judge denied defendants' motion to dismiss in a case brought last year by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of South Carolina against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on behalf of a married lesbian couple, Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch. The couple was turned away by a government-funded foster care agency for failing to meet its religious cr  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Dog Adaptations Are Like Brain Adaptations
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, May 7 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Autism can sometimes be inherited, but exactly how is complicated. CSHL Professor Michael Wigler defied the field's common wisdom in the mid-2000s to figure out some of the genetics underlying autism. It turns out that dogs can help explain Wigler's approach. In a video call conducted March 20, 2020, Wigler mused about how remarkable it is that dogs--a single species--come in so many sizes: "Let  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Swaziland Journalists Harassed, Threatened With Treason Charges Over Reporting on King
NEW YORK, May 4 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news on April 30: Swaziland police should stop intimidating and harassing local journalists for reporting critically about King Mswati III and should allow them to write freely without the threat of treason charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On April 23, police officers raided the home of Eugene Dube, the editor and publisher of the privately owned news website Swati Newsweek, and seized his three mob  more

Corporate Accountability: Major Tobacco Corporation to Celebrate Profit, Vie for Public Health Credibility
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The Corporate Accountability issued the following news release: Amid a global health crisis, Philip Morris International (PMI) will virtually gather shareholders on Wednesday, May 6 2020, to applaud the corporation's continued efforts to rebrand itself as 'smoke-free.' PMI's annual meeting was preempted by tobacco control advocates Tuesday, who exposed that while PMI would have the world believe it is changing, it's still using the same tactics to profit off of death and addi  more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY Welcomes Queens Judge's Ruling Reinstating Two South Asian Muslim Candidates to the Ballot
NEW YORK, May 6 -- 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, welcomed a Queens Supreme Court judge's ruling reinstating two Muslim candidates of Bangladeshi descent to the June primary ballot after initially being removed by the Board of Elections. The Board of Elections initially dropped the two candidates over diff  more

Counter Extremism Project: Extremist Content Online - RocketChat Channel Praises Suspected Vehicular Terror Attack & Encourages Violence During Ramadan, COVID-19 Crisis
NEW YORK, May 6 -- 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, a pro-ISIS RocketChat chatroom celebrated the recent vehicular attack in France that left three French police officers injured and encouraged supporters to conduct more attacks during the holy month of Ramadan and the ongoing   more

Counter Extremism Project: Germany Designates Iran-Backed Hezbollah As a Terrorist Organization in Its Entirety
NEW YORK, April 30 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: Germany designated Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization, banning all of its activities in the country. The announcement by the Federal Ministry of the Interior came hours after German authorities raided properties in Bremen, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Berlin, detaining several suspects accused of providing financial and propaganda support to the terrorist group. Germany had previously design  more

Counter Extremism Project: Members of U.S. Congress Demand Extradition of Hamas Terrorist Ahlam Ahmad Al-Tamimi
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: Last week, seven members of the U.S. Congress wrote to the Jordanian ambassador to the United States, Dina Kawar, asking the Hashemite Kingdom to extradite wanted Hamas terrorist Ahlam Ahmad al-Tamimi to the United States. Tamimi is wanted by the FBI for coordinating and aiding the August 2001 Hamas suicide bombing of a Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem that wounded 130 people and killed 15, including two Americans.   more

Counter Extremism Project: Tech & Terrorism - Extremist Groups Leverage Coronavirus Pandemic Online
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: On Sunday, the New York Times highlighted increased efforts by white supremacist extremist groups to leverage the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to advance their radical agendas and attract new members. Far-right extremist groups are increasingly mobilizing their appeals to potential supporters online that include racist sentiments, anti-Semitic tropes, and misinformation with claims that COVID-19 is a Jewish-run   more

COVID-19: MSF Demands US Stop Deportations to Latin America and the Caribbean
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: The United States government must suspend all deportations to Latin America and the Caribbean as these actions are moving people from the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic to countries with lower rates of transmission and will exacerbate a public health crisis in the region, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. "Despite   more

CPR Announces New COVID-19 Flat Fee Mediation Program, in Collaboration With Legal Innovators and FTI Consulting, to Resolve Disputes Below $5 Million
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution issued the following news release: The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices and solutions, announced the planned launch of a COVID-19 flat fee mediation program, aimed at redressing the economic impact of the pandemic, particularly on small and mid-sized businesses. The program, created   more

Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, May 8 -- 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 May 2020 edition: * Male Body Image Portrayals on Instagram * Workplace Cyberbullying and Interpersonal Deviance: Understanding the Mediating   more

Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, Routine Vaccination of Children Continues Across the Middle East and North Africa
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The U.S. Fund for UNICEF issued the following news release: Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, most countries in the Middle East and North Africa continue with routine immunization for children while applying strict precautionary health measures. However, in some countries special vaccination campaigns have had to come to a halt as health workers were diverted to the response of COVID-19. As a result, one in five children or 10 million children under the age of five risk missing   more

Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Women of Color: Society for Women's Health Research
LOS ANGELES, California, April 30 -- The Society for Women's Health Research issued the following news: The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc worldwide, but its disproportionate impact on specific communities and groups of people follow along familiar lines, reflecting existing societal inequalities. In the United States, some of these vulnerable groups include the elderly and individuals with pre-existing conditions, homeless people, individuals with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minor  more

Doctors Without Borders Begins Treating COVID-19 Patients in Tijuana, Mexico
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has begun treating COVID-19 patients in Tijuana, the epicenter of the outbreak in Baja California, northwestern Mexico, the international medical humanitarian organization announced. Tijuana, which borders San Diego, has the largest number of cases of COVID-19 in Baja California and one of the highest numbers of deaths in Mexico. "We will be  more

Doctors Without Borders: Bangladesh - Preparing for COVID-19 in the World's Largest Refugee Camp
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: Bangladesh, one of the world's most densely populated countries, is also home to the world's largest refugee camp. Across the Cox's Bazar area of southeastern Bangladesh, nearly one million Rohingya refugees who fled targeted violence in neighboring Myanmar now live in overcrowded, unsanitary camps. As the novel coronavirus pandemic spreads through Bangladesh, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans  more

Dr. Ellen Flaherty, Prestigious Henderson Lecturer at #AGS21, Sets Sight on Key Priority for Us All as We Age: Collaborative Care
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) announced that Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health & Aging, will deliver the society's prestigious Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture. Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGS announced that Dr. Fl  more

During Coronavirus Pandemic, NYSBA Seeks to Align With Bar Associations on Every Continent Around the World
ALBANY, New York, April 30 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release: The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has reached out to 109 bar associations on seven continents as a first step toward establishing official working relationships with those organizations that share mutual interests. "The global pandemic of COVID-19 has upended the world. This imposes a special duty on our profession and provides an opportunity to perform an important public service," sai  more

Environmental Integrity Project: Two Former Top EPA Officials Support Lawsuit Against Trump EPA's Relaxed Enforcement Policy During Coronavirus Crisis
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- The Environmental Integrity Project issued the following news: The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) filed a court brief on behalf of two former high-ranking EPA officials in support of an April 1 lawsuit by environmental groups against the Trump Administration EPA over its relaxed environmental enforcement policy during the coronavirus pandemic. EIP filed the "friend of the court" (or amici curiae) brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York  more

Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The Episcopal Relief and Development issued the following news release: Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting Episcopal Dioceses in the United States in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The organization's US Disaster Program is providing resources, technical support and funding to meet specific needs related to the pandemic in communities around the country. Since mid-March, the US Disaster team, in partnership with the Presiding Bishop's office, has been  more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action Release State-by-State Analysis of Estimated Guns Sold in April 2020
NEW YORK, May 6 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on May 5: 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 2.9 million background checks conducted in April 2020 was 25 percent higher compared to April 2019. According to an Everytown analysis using the Small Arms Survey methodology, an  more

FDA Approves Oral Bafiertam, Similar to Tecfidera for Relapsing MS - No Launch Date Yet
NEW YORK, May 4 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Bafiertam(TM) (monomethyl fumarate, Banner Life Sciences) as an oral disease-modifying therapy for people with relapsing forms of MS. Bafiertam (pronounced bah"feer'tam) is similar to Tecfidera(R) and Vumerity(TM) but has a distinct chemical structure. No launch date has been announced yet. * Relapsing forms of MS includes people with clinically isolated synd  more

For Second Time in History American Geriatrics Society to Award High Honor to West Health
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: For only the second time in its near 80-year history, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) will award one of its highest honors typically reserved for individuals to West Health, a family of nonprofit organizations dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to enable older adults to successfully age in place. West Health will receive the David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award for its visionary and trailb  more

Funding Raised at Coronavirus Global Response Summit Must Come With 'Strings Attached' to Ensure Access for All
BROOKLYN, New York, May 5 -- Health Global Access Project issued the following news release on May 4: As a pledging conference for the World Health Organization's Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator kicks off during the Coronavirus Global Response Summit, hosted by the European Commission, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Norway and Saudi Arabia, activists called for donors to commit to up-front conditions in order to transform the ACT Accelerator's goal of guaranteeing global access to   more

Gift to International Rescue Committee, CARE to Provide Support for Women and Girls in Pandemic Response
NEW YORK, April 30 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: As the global race to combat the spread of COVID19 continues, CARE and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) announced a $5 million gift from Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal. This critical funding will strengthen efforts to support women and girls, who find themselves disproportionately on the frontlines battling this pandemic and will be hurt most by the virus, especially in the poorest and most fra  more

Helping Transition to College 15 KIPP Students Receive 2020 Amplify Scholarship in Partnership With IMentor
NEW YORK, May 4 -- The Knowledge Is Power Program Foundation issued the following news release: iMentor and KIPP, a network of public charter schools, are announcing the 2020 winners of the Amplify Scholarship Program, which provides KIPP students and alumni with support in the transition to college. The winners will receive about $14,000 each to cover additional expenses during college. Watch the students reaction to winning on camera as their college counselors reveal the big news here. "Ou  more

Human Gene Therapy Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, May 9 -- Human Gene Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal that says it focuses on the human aspect of gene therapy, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * Adeno-Associated Virus Genome Interactions Important for Vector Production and Transduction * The Carter Lab at NIH: A Model of Inclusive Excellence in Biomedical Research * The Unusual Properties of the AAV Inverted Terminal Repeat * Viral Vectors, Animal Models, and Cellular Targ  more

Human Rights Watch: Bangladesh - Mass Arrests Over Cartoons, Posts
NEW YORK, May 8 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Bangladesh authorities have arrested four people and charged seven others for "spreading rumors and misinformation on Facebook," because they criticized the government's response to Covid-19, Human Rights Watch said. The authorities should immediately drop all charges, which appear to violate freedom of expression, release the four people in custody, and repeal the draconian Digital Security Act (DSA). According to the Fi  more

Human Rights Watch: Bangladesh - Rohingya Refugees in Risky COVID-19 Quarantine
NEW YORK, May 5 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Bangladesh authorities have quarantined 29 Rohingya refugees without adequate access to aid on an unstable silt island in the Bay of Bengal, Human Rights Watch said. The authorities said that they are holding the refugees, who had been adrift at sea for over two months, on Bhasan Char to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak in the camps. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told the media on May 2, 2020, that the new arrival  more

Human Rights Watch: China - COVID-19 Discrimination Against Africans
NEW YORK, May 5 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: The Chinese government should end the discriminatory treatment of Africans related to the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said. Authorities should also protect Africans and people of African descent throughout China from discrimination in employment, housing, and other realms. In early April 2020, Chinese authorities in the southern city of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, which has China's largest African community,   more

Human Rights Watch: Pakistan - Ahmadis Kept Off Minorities Commission
NEW YORK, May 8 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Pakistan's government has excluded the long-persecuted Ahmadiyya community from a new government commission aimed at safeguarding the rights of the country's minorities, Human Rights Watch said. On May 5, 2020, Pakistan's cabinet established the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) and adopted the position of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony not to include Ahmadis among its members. Informatio  more

Human Rights Watch: Pakistan - Investigate 'Disappearance' of Activist
NEW YORK, May 5 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Pakistani authorities have not seriously investigated the enforced disappearance of a political activist and human rights defender, Idris Khattak, who has been missing nearly six months, Human Rights Watch said. Khattak, 56, has not been seen since November 13, 2019, when unidentified armed men intercepted his car near Swabi, in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Khattak's family filed a habeas corpus petition in the  more

Huntington's Disease Society Announces Winners of 2020 Donald A. King Summer Research Fellowship
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The Huntington's Disease Society of America issued the following news: The Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Donald A. King Summer Research Fellowships, a vital program to train the next-generation of scientists with research expertise in Huntington's disease. Huntington's disease is a rare, hereditary neurodegenerative disorder currently affecting approximately 41,000 Americans. The purpose of this fellowship pr  more

Improving Balance and Walking: Conference Focuses on Rehabilitation Strategies for People With MS
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: Nearly 100 clinicians, researchers, engineers and others from around the world gathered in Denver, Colorado for the 9th International Symposium on Gait and Balance in MS. Their goal was to share current knowledge about how to address walking problems experienced by people with MS. These studies add evidence to help confirm the benefits of innovative rehabilitation approaches so that they may be more broadly di  more

Insurance Information Institute White Paper--Costs of Convective Storms Are Rising
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: Severe convective storms--tornadoes, hail, thunderstorms with lightning, and straight-line winds--are among the biggest threats to life and property in the U.S., according to a white paper released by the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I). "Convective storms were among the costliest natural catastrophes for insurers in 2019, and the start of this year's tornado season in March coincided with the   more

Insurance Information Institute: Knowing Insurance Is Part of Wildfire Preparedness
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: The Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) co-delivered a presentation on Wildfires and Insurance: Learn How to Prepare Financially during a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firewise USA webinar. "The increased severity of the nation's wildfires stems in part from too many people residing in harm's way. Builders and residents need to focus on how to be more resilient as a whole community, o  more

International Organization for Standardization, International Electrotechnical Commission, and International Telecommunications Union April 2020 Listings of Work Items Published
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: In an effort to increase stakeholder engagement and collaboration and reduce duplicative work, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have coordinated the publication of a monthly document that lists all new work items from the three organizations, including updates on the projects  more

International Rescue Committee Announces $1 Million Contribution From Novartis in Support of COVID-19 Response in East Africa
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: As the global COVID-19 pandemic begins to reach fragile and conflict-affected countries, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) announced a $1 million contribution by Novartis to its COVID-19 response efforts in Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. This funding will help the IRC mitigate the spread of the disease among some of East Africa's most vulnerable communities and ensure the IRC's life-saving work can conti  more

International Rescue Committee Issues Statement on COVID-19 Appeal
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following statement by President and CEO David Miliband regarding the U.N. increases its Humanitarian Response Plan to nearly $7 billion to counter the global public health and humanitarian consequences of coronavirus: "The UN's renewed funding appeal of $6.7 billion to continue fighting the common threat of Coronavirus sends a simple message: global action is needed now to avoid the pandemic running rampant in the weakest corners  more

International Rescue Committee: Data Shows Decrease in Women Being Able to Report Incidents of Domestic Violence in Fragile Countries
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: As the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt around the world, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) found through an analysis of its gender-based violence case management data that the suspension of essential protection services for women, as well as restrictions on mobility, lack of information, and increased isolation and fear, have resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of   more

International Rescue Committee: Hundreds of Thousands Will Be At Risk If COVID-19 Spreads in Northeast Syria
NEW YORK, April 30 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: With two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in northeast Syria, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is warning that hundreds of thousands of people will be at risk if the disease starts to spread. With only 28/* beds currently available in Intensive Care Units across the northeast, and only 10* ventilators, the organization is concerned that the region's weak health system will quickly become overwhe  more

International Women's Health Coalition: U.S. Unalienable Rights Commission Shouldn't Cherry-Pick Rights
NEW YORK, May 2 -- The International Women's Health Coalition issued the following news release: The US State Department's Commission on Unalienable Rights should uphold international human rights commitments and not use freedom of religion as a cloak to permit violations of the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people, 167 leading human rights activists and groups from 28 countries said in a letter to the Commission. The Commission on Unalienable Rights is an advisory body created by Secretar  more

Journal of Palliative Medicine Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, May 8 -- Journal of Palliative Medicine, a journal that says it reports clinical, educational, legal and ethical aspects of palliative care for patients in end of life or with intractable pain, focusing on improving quality of life, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * Building Specialized Palliative Care for the Czech Republic: A Fifteen-Year Leadership Journey in a Developing Country Original Articles: * Modifiable Factors A  more

Journal of Rheology Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
MELVILLE, New York, May 6 -- The Journal of Rheology, a journal from the Society of Rheology that says it provides coverage of issues drawn from industry and academia, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: * Influences of chemical crosslinking, physical associating, and filler filling on nonlinear rheological responses of polyisoprene * Testing shear thinning/thixotropy and shear thickening/antithixotropy relationships in a fumed silica suspension The J  more

Kristina Graves Receives American Association of School Librarians Inspire Special Event Grant
CHICAGO, Illinois, May 9 -- American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, issued the following news release: Kristina Graves, school librarian at Schenectady High School in Schenectady, New York, is one of six school librarians from across the country receiving a 2020 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina "Marney" Welmers, the grant program provides funds f  more

LDF Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Louisiana Voting Requirements That Put Voters at Risk Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the firm Covington & Burling, LLP filed a federal lawsuit challenging voting requirements imposed by the State of Louisiana, including restrictions on the use of absentee mail-in ballots, which pose serious health risks to voters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, th  more

Leading Consumer Energy Advocate Asks New York Regulators Consider Rate Relief
NEW YORK, May 7 -- Consumer Energy Alliance issued the following news release: Consumer Energy Alliance, the leading consumer energy advocate, submitted comments to the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) on a petition filed by a group of energy users seeking temporary rate relief as consumers struggle with financial hardships from COVID-19. CEA's New York Executive Director Wendy Hijos said: "Due to the widespread nature of COVID-19, we are seeing unprecedented impacts to all facets of   more

LECOM Institute for Successful Aging's Dr. James Lin Named AGS Geriatrics Clinician of the Year
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) named James Lin, DO, MS, MHSA, president of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Institute for Successful Aging in Erie, Pa., its 2020 Clinician of the Year. Lin will be honored at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21), May 13-15, 2021, in Chicago, Ill., following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to COVID-19. "Dr. L  more

Local Leaders Join Vera's SAFE Network in Calls for Release of All People in ICE Detention
NEW YORK, April 30 -- The Vera Institute of Justice issued the following news release: As conveners of Vera Institute of Justice's SAFE Network, we are proud to partner with 18 jurisdictions that are moving forward sensible, humane, and dignified measures that protect the health and safety of the most vulnerable members of our society, including funding programs that ensure legal representation for their immigrant community members in ICE detention. Today, as cases of COVID-19 are reported in   more

Managing Risk for Youth and School Trips: American National Standards Institute Seeks Feedback on New International Organization for Standardization Proposal
NEW YORK, May 2 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), seeks comments on a new proposal for a new ISO standard focused on Managing risk for youth and school trips. ANSI requests stakeholder input by June 5, 2020. COPOLCO, the ISO Policy Advisory Committee on Consumer Issues, and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), sub  more

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research: New Study - Most Light Rail Projects Costly and Inefficient
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research issued the following news release: With the coronavirus wreaking havoc on America's economy, state and local budgets will be tight for the foreseeable future. City planners hoping to optimize transit and attract talented workers will need to use funds shrewdly. A new Manhattan Institute issue brief by policy analyst Connor Harris evaluates light rail in the U.S. and suggests that most cities should avoid inefficient spending by forg  more

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Awards & Appointments
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center issued the following news release: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announces the following awards and appointments: Tsvi Gal Is Named MSK's Head of Infrastructure Tsvi Gal has been appointed Head of Infrastructure of MSK. Mr. Gal assumed his role on April 28. Mr. Gal will lead the hospital's technological and architectural development and make technical recommendations that align with MSK's institutional and digital pr  more

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Innovation: Novel System Could Double Mechanical Ventilator Capacity
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center issued the following news release: A new mechanical ventilator system designed by anesthesiologists and biomedical engineers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has the ability to support two intubated patients simultaneously while compensating for variability in each patient's size, weight, and pulmonary needs. This innovative design could potentially double the number of ventilators available by superseding the imprecis  more

Moms Demand Action: New FBI Data Suggests Americans Bought 4.2 Million Guns in March and April, Everytown Analysis Finds
NEW YORK, May 6 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on May 4: 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 April 2020 was 25 percent higher compared to April 2019. According to an Everytown analysis using the Small Arms Survey methodology, an   more

Montefiore Health System: First-Of-Its-Kind Report Details How New York Children's Hospital Transformed to Provide Care to Adult COVID-19 Patients
NEW YORK, May 5 -- Montefiore Health System issued the following news release: Over the course of two weeks in March, COVID-19 cases at Montefiore grew from two to almost 700. As the health system looked to increase capacity, an inpatient pediatric unit at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), quickly became a 40-bed unit that would be home to adult patients. A new, first-of-its-kind report published in the Journal of Pediatrics describes the rapid transformation that took place. The re  more

N.Y. Legislation Would Ban Live Animal Markets to Control Spread of Disease: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
NEW YORK, May 6 -- Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine issued the following news release: In an effort to control the spread of infectious diseases, live animal markets might soon be banned in New York. A new bill, introduced by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), would immediately prohibit the operation of live animal markets in New York, effectively suspending current live markets' operations and preventing further licenses for such markets from being issued. "In a ma  more

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Calls on Arkansas Governor to Implement Statewide Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release on May 7: Yesterday, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson requesting he implement a statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to protect Arkansas's most vulnerable households facing extreme economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic Arkansas is one of only a handful of states that has yet to impose such a mo  more

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Urges Alabama State Leaders to Ensure the Distribution of Crucial School Meals
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter stressing the necessity for school meals to be provided during the COVID-19 pandemic to the Alabama State Superintendent of Education, State Board of Education, Department of Human Resources Commissioner, among other Alabama state leaders. The letter urges their respective offices to provide all necessary guidance and resources  more

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: Coalition of Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Horrific Attack on Ahmaud Arbery
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), NAACP, National Urban League, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and the National Action Network (NAN) today released the following joint statement in response to the recent killing of Ahmaud Arbery: The video we have all seen does not show a citizen's arrest. It shows an exe  more

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Condemns NYPD Social Distancing Enforcement Following Multiple Arrests of Black Residents
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) strongly condemns the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) targeting of and excessive use of force in Black and Brown communities in connection with the enforcement of social distancing rules, and demands accountability for this unlawful conduct. This weekend, the NYPD announced it would deploy 1,000 officers across New York City to enfo  more

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Files Lawsuit Challenging Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement
NEW YORK, May 1 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr, the United States Department of Justice, the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice ("Commission"), and the chair and vice chair of this Commission. Our suit challenges the creation of the Commission - an initiative that was first announced in Octobe  more

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: 100 Organizations Urge Congress Against Shielding Businesses From Liability During COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, May 1 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined over 100 other organizations in sending a letter to congressional leadership urging Congress against passing legislation that would shield businesses from liability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any legislation that would that would immunize businesses that fail to ensure safe workplaces will subject essential and frontline workers,   more

National Action Network: National Black Civil Rights Leaders Participate in Call With Democratic Presidential Nominee, Former VP Joe Biden
HARLEM, New York, May 6 -- The National Action Network issued the following news release: National Black civil rights leaders participated in a call with former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, a day after the release of Lift Every Voice: The Biden Plan for Black America. Among the participants were Reverend Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, Melanie Campbell, Convener of the Black Women's Roundtable Public Policy Network, Derrick Johnson, Presi  more

National Association of Scholars: Statement on New Title IX Regulations
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The National Association of Scholars issued the following news release: On May 6, the Department of Education formally issued new regulations to implement Title IX, the law that bans sex discrimination at schools receiving federal funds, and which now often applies to campus accusations of sexual misconduct. "These new regulations go a long way toward fixing a broken system," said the National Association of Scholars (NAS) President Peter Wood. "We congratulate and thank Edu  more

National Black Justice Coalition Statement on Tragic Killing of Ahmaud Arbery
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The National Black Justice Coalition issued the following statement by Executive Director David J. Johns: Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed Feb. 23 while jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood near his home. Currently, no arrests have been made, though two suspects were identified, questioned and released. Citing conflicts of interest, two previous district attorneys recused themselves from the case without seeking charges. This Tuesday, video emerged that stands in stark co  more

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: CBD Products Marketed Toward Pets Suffer From Quality Control Issues
ITHACA, New York, May 8 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: The percentage of CBD available in commercially marketed pet products is often inconsistent with what is advertised on the products' labels, according to data published in the journal Veterinary Medicine: Research and Reports. Investigators affiliated with Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine analyzed 29 commercially available CBD/hemp products marketed toward  more

Nature Genetics Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, May 7 -- Nature Genetics, a journal that encompasses genetic and functional genomic studies on human and plant traits and on other model organisms, published research articles, including the following topics, in its May 2020 edition: * Biallelic mutations in SORD cause a common and potentially treatable hereditary neuropathy with implications for diabetes * Genetic identification of cell types underlying brain complex traits yields insights into the etiology of Parkinson's disease *  more

Nature Methods Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, May 6 -- Nature Methods, a journal that says it features novel methods and improvements to tried-and-tested basic research techniques in life sciences, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * Anti-CRISPR protein applications: natural brakes for CRISPR-Cas technologies Resources: * Genetic tool development in marine protists: emerging model organisms for experimental cell biology * Meltome atlas--thermal proteome stability across the tree of l  more

New AGS Position Statement Addresses One of Health Care's Most Difficult Issues: Allocating Scare Resources in the COVID-19 Era
NEW YORK, May 7 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on societies worldwide, given the pandemic's rapid, often deadly spread. In health care, the pandemic has raised the pressing question of how society should allocate scarce resources during a crisis. This is the question experts addressed in a new position statement published by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in the Journal of the American Geriatri  more

New Co-Chair of Human Rights Watch Board
NEW YORK, May 8 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release on May 6: Neil Rimer, a Human Rights Watch board member since 2009, is joining Amy Rao as co-chair of the organization's international board of directors. Rao, a tech entrepreneur, took on this role in October 2019, succeeding former co-chairs Hassan Elmasry and Robert Kissane. Rimer steps into this leadership role as Human Rights Watch tackles the considerable human rights issues around the coronavirus pandemic and relate  more

New Counter Extremism Project Report: Career Break or New Career? Extremist Foreign Fighters in Ukraine
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) published a new report that analyzes the profiles of individuals that joined the conflict in the Ukraine from abroad. The study, Career Break or New Career? Extremist Foreign Fighters in Ukraine, focuses on the motivations of western foreign fighters from the extreme right-wing milieu. The study aims to explain who these fighters are, where they come from, and what they are li  more

New Volcker Alliance Book Tackles How Government Can Meet the Challenges of the Century Ahead
NEW YORK, May 2 -- The Volcker Alliance issued the following news release on April 1: The Volcker Alliance announced the publication and release of a book entitled Public Service and Good Governance for the Twenty-First Century. The book offers recommendations for developing public leaders through higher education, creating a federal civil service to meet future needs, and rebuilding bipartisanship to make the sweeping changes needed to restore good government. "The pandemic has brought our co  more

New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor Testimony
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The Partnership for New York City issued the following news release on May 5: The Partnership for New York City submitted the following testimony to New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor. Testimony as prepared for Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City Thank you, Chair Miller and members of the committee, for the opportunity to testify today. The Partnership for New York City represents private sector employers of more than   more

New York Civil Liberties Union Issues Statement on Demonstrations During Pandemic
NEW YORK, May 8 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement by Executive Director Donna Lieberman: The New York Police Department issued summons to protesters outside a Manhattan hospital on Sunday. * * * "People across New York have gathered outside in recent weeks for myriad reasons without facing punishment from law enforcement. Health experts, elected officials, and police officers all agree that people can be outside safely while practicing social distancing; there i  more

New York Civil Liberties Union Issues Statement on Rochester Police Accountability Board Disciplinary Powers
ROCHESTER, New York, May 9 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement on May8 by Iman Abid, genesee valley region chapter director: Yesterday the newly formed Rochester Police Accountability Board was stripped of its disciplinary powers through a decision issued in state Supreme Court. * * * "A lack of meaningful police accountability not only skirts justice, it puts people's lives in danger when officers who repeatedly harm civilians keep their jobs. The Rochester Poli  more

New York Public Library: Schomburg Center Names Joy Bivins as Head of Collections
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The New York Public Library issued the following news release: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is pleased to announce Joy Bivins has been named Associate Director of Collections and Research Services. She brings nearly two decades of expert leadership and extensive curatorial knowledge following her position as the chief curator of the International African American Museum (IAAM). Her tenure at the Schomburg begins June 23. "Joy is a creative and innovativ  more

New York State United Teachers Statement on Closure of Schools for Remainder of Academic Year
ALBANY, New York, May 2 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following statement by President Andy Pallotta regarding the closure of schools statewide for the remainder of the academic year: "We have said all along that the health and safety of students and educators must be the primary concern during this crisis. "Keeping school buildings and colleges closed for the rest of this academic year is the smart choice. "We will work with Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and state educatio  more

New York State United Teachers Statement on Governor's Comments About Reimagining Education
ALBANY, New York, May 6 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following statement by President Andy Pallotta regarding the governor's comments about reimagining education: "NYSUT believes in the education of the whole child. Remote learning, in any form, will never replace the important personal connection between teachers and their students that is built in the classroom and is a critical part of the teaching and learning process -- which is why we've seen educators work so hard dur  more

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: Hydroxychloroquine - First Large Study Does Not Support Its Routine Use in COVID-19 Patients
NEW YORK, May 8 -- New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued the following news release: Hydroxychloroquine has been widely administered to COVID-19 patients but without robust evidence supporting its use. Recent laboratory studies (1 and 2) suggested that hydroxychloroquine may prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from replicating in mammalian cells. Data from small clinical studies have been difficult to interpret. What's different about this study The study included nearly 1,400 patients and is curren  more

Northwell Discharges 10,000th COVID-19 Patient
NEW HYDE PARK, New York, May 9 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: More than two months after Northwell Health hospitals saw the first cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and 31 days since the health system experienced the surge's peak, New York's largest health system crossed the threshold of 10,000 patient discharges on Friday, marking a significant milestone in the evolution of the pandemic. "Based on the data we've seen, Northwell has treated more COVID-19 patients than  more

Northwell Health: Produce Alliance Foundation Delivers Fresh Produce to Support Staff at Southside Hospital
BAY SHORE, New York, May 9 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: In an effort to ease the burden on frontline health care staff of having to grocery shop after working long shifts during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Produce Alliance Foundation, the charity arm of Produce Alliance, LLC and their distributor Gargiulo Produce, distributed fresh produce boxes to staff at Southside Hospital on May 4. More than 1,000 boxes filled with a total of 20,000 pounds of fre  more

Northwell Health: Ultraviolet Light Technology PurpleSun is Helping Disinfect Hospitals Fighting COVID-19 at the Speed of Light
STATEN ISLAND, New York, May 8 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: As hospitals across the region look to resume elected procedures and care for other life threatening conditions like heart attacks, environmental service crews are working around-the-clock to disinfect hospitals to get back to normal operations. Since the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, hospitals have experienced a major decline in general emergency care and are concerned that patients are   more

NYC Business and Healthcare Employers Reject One-Sided COVID-19 Legislation From New York City Council
NEW YORK, April 30 -- The Partnership for New York City issued the following letter with 35 public policy groups: Speaker Johnson: As representatives of New York City's employers, large and small, we urge you to re-think the approach to the COVID-19 pandemic that is reflected in Intros. 1918, 1923 and 1926. This legislative package sends a terrible message to the business community, which is doing everything in its power to maintain jobs and to keep the city viable during this crisis. All New  more

Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation Acquires Former McGann-Mercy High School Property
RIVERHEAD, New York, May 6 -- Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation, a Northwell Health's hospital, issued the following news: Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation (PBMC Foundation) announced that it has acquired the property and buildings formerly occupied by McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead from the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The 24-acre parcel has been unoccupied since the school closed in June 2018. "In the spirit of ongoing community benefit and investment, the Peconic Ba  more

PEN America Launches All-Digital PEN World Voices Festival 2020
NEW YORK, May 7 -- PEN America issued the following news release on May 6: PEN America launches the digital version of its 2020 PEN World Voices Festival. The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature traditionally brings hundreds of writers from around the world to New York and Los Angeles each spring, drawing audiences of thousands to book talks, readings, and lectures. With those in-person events now impossible to convene, PEN America has turned its efforts online, curating an on  more

PEN America: 'Found' Bangladeshi Photojournalist Must Be Released
NEW YORK, May 8 -- PEN America issued the following news release: Bangladeshi photo journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol was arrested and charged Monday shortly after being "found" following a disappearance of 53 days. PEN America denounced his disappearance and arrest as a blatant attempt to muzzle criticism of the government, and demanded that Bangladeshi authorities immediately release Kajol and drop all charges against him. "For 53 days, Shafiqul Islam Kajol's family waited for news of his wher  more

PEN America: Egyptian Filmmaker and Photographer Jailed for a Music Video Dies in Prison
NEW YORK, May 4 -- PEN America issued the following news release: PEN America mourns the death of Egyptian filmmaker and photographer Shady Habash, who died Friday in Tora Prison, a maximum-security facility in Cairo, after almost 800 days in pre-trial detention. The cause of his death is not yet known. Jailed for directing a music video critical of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, he had been in prison since March 2018. PEN America said his death was a devastating blow to artistic freedom, call  more

PEN America: Russian Historian and Writer Must Be Released Amid Pandemic
NEW YORK, May 9 -- PEN America issued the following news release: On Thursday, a Russian court reportedly rejected an urgent appeal to immediately release historian, writer, and human rights advocate Yury Dmitriev due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the detention center where he's being held. Dmitriev, 64, is head of the Karelia branch of the human rights group Memorial and has been persecuted on trumped-up charges since 2016. This week, more than 150 Russian scholars, public intellectuals, and PEN   more

PEN America: Turkish Musician Suspends Hunger Strike After Nearly A Year
NEW YORK, May 7 -- PEN America issued the following news release: PEN America is relieved to hear that Turkish musician Ibrahim Gokcek, a member of the music collective Grup Yorum, suspended his hunger strike as of Wednesday and is receiving medical treatment. The news comes a day after it was announced that his health had reached a critical level. He started his hunger strike 323 days ago to protest his imprisonment and that of eight other band members in 2019. Gokcek decided to suspend his h  more

Physicians for Reproductive Health Issues Statement on Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Birth Control Benefit
NEW YORK, May 8 -- Physicians for Reproductive Health issued the following statement by Board Chair Kristyn Brandi: The Supreme Court of the United States is hearing oral arguments in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey. This case concerns the Trump-Pence administration's rule changes for contraceptive coverage to allow virtually any employer to opt out of this essential care. * * * "Contraception is an essential component of health care. Its nec  more

Police Benevolent Association Statement on Social Distancing Enforcement
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The Police Benevolent Association of New York issued the following statement by President Patrick J. Lynch on social distancing enforcement: "This situation is untenable: the NYPD needs to get cops out of the social distancing enforcement business altogether. The cowards who run this city have given us nothing but vague guidelines and mixed messages, leaving the cops on the street corners to fend for ourselves. "Nobody has a right to interfere with a police action. But now t  more

Race Forward: National Racial Justice Organization Appoints Social Justice Movement Maker Cathy Albisa to Lead Institutional and Sectoral Change
NEW YORK, May 8 -- Race Forward issued the following news release: Race Forward, a leading multi-racial racial justice organization, names Cathy Albisa as the new Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change. In this role, Albisa will provide strategic leadership in the arena of planning and executing the work of Race Forward and its national program that advances racial equity in local and state governments, the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE). Albisa will play a significan  more

Radio Advertising Bureau: The Annual 'Rising Through the Ranks' Course Postponed for 2020
NEW YORK, April 30 -- The Radio Advertising Bureau issued the following news release: Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Broadcast Music, Inc. (R) (BMI(R)), and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group have announced the annual "Rising Through the Ranks" Seminar will be postponed for 2020 due to COVID-19. This marks the first time in 13 years where the program has to be-rescheduled, however, due to the current travel restrictions and fluid situation of COVID-19, it made sense to loo  more

S.T.O.P. Whitepaper Raises Concerns Over Apple, Google Bluetooth Contact Tracing for COVID-19
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project issued the following news release: The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.), a New York-based privacy group, released its whitepaper Beware: Bluetooth Ahead, detailing concerns with Apple and Google's Exposure Notification System, a Bluetooth-based contact tracing program to monitor the spread of COVID-19. The report warns that the expansion of Bluetooth contact tracing is unlikely to provide any public health bene  more

Science Translational Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in April 29, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, May 4 -- 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 29, 2020 edition: * ACE therapy for COVID-19 * Glucose and the brain: A new target in diabetes * Insulin-induced vascular redox dysregulation in human atherosclerosis is ameliorated by dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibition *  more

Selections Announced in 2020 Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show
NEW YORK, May 6 -- The Association of University Presses issued the following news: The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) proudly announces the selections for its 2020 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. The 84 outstanding examples of university press publications are currently on virtual display at https://design.up.hcommons.org/. Now in its 55th year, this show honors the university publishing community's design and production professionals. It recognizes achievement in design, produ  more

Statewide Coalition Releases Framework to Scale Up Child Care as N.Y. Re-Opens, Set Path to Stronger, Equitable Future
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The Education Trust-New York issued the following news release: As New York moves forward with its strategy to re-open, the Raising NY coalition is calling on state leaders to develop and implement a comprehensive and inclusive plan to offer affordable, safe, high-quality child care during this period, rebuilding the child care system so that it is stronger and more equitable than before the pandemic. Parents of infants and toddlers across New York State are experiencing int  more

Supporter Craig Newmark Announces Generous $100,000 Matching Donation to IAVA and Calls on Others to Join
NEW YORK, May 9 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release on May 8: Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies and long time IAVA supporter, announced a generous $100,000 matching donation to IAVA. IAVA believes veterans are an investment, not a charity and Newmark's gift is a welcome and thoughtful investment that will help IAVA create a long-lasting impact on the organization's mission, operations and community, and it will power  more

Telemedicine & E-Health Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, May 9 -- Telemedicine and e-Health, a peer-reviewed journal for telemedicine applications for achieving patient care and outcomes, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * Remote Patient Monitoring: A Systematic Review Original Research: * The Distance Teaching Practice of Combined Mode of Massive Open Online Course Micro-Video for Interns in Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Epidemic Period * Developing a Newborn Resuscit  more

Telemedicine Journal and E-Health Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, May 9 -- The Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features telemedicine applications for optimal patient care and outcomes, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * Remote Patient Monitoring: A Systematic Review Original Research: * The Distance Teaching Practice of Combined Mode of Massive Open Online Course Micro-Video for Interns in Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Epidemic Period * D  more

The American Parkinson Disease Association Kicks-Off 2020 National Optimism Walk Series
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The American Parkinson Disease Association issued the following news release: The American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA) officially announces the full schedule for the 2020 APDA Optimism Walks -- a nationwide movement to mobilize and inspire people to step up and help put an end to Parkinson's disease (PD). This year, the calendar includes new virtual events as well as in-person events to be held later in the year. With 18 events across the country, the Optimism Walk  more

TIAA Institute Study Investigates 30-year Trends in Philanthropy to U.S. Higher Education Institutions
NEW YORK, May 8 -- 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 purpos  more

Two New Directors Join International Swaps and Derivatives Association Board
NEW YORK, May 8 -- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association issued the following news release: ISDA announced that two new directors have joined its Board of Directors. The new directors are: * Tina Hasenpusch, Managing Director, Global Head of Clearing House Operations, CME Group * Taihei Okabe, Managing Director, Head of Derivatives Trading, Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. "We are very fortunate to have two such highly experienced, senior market professionals join the ISDA Board. A  more

U.S. Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Vaccine Starts at NYU Langone Health
NEW YORK, May 6 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release on May 5: The first U.S. patients have been dosed in a clinical trial testing whether four experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine candidates can prevent infection with the virus that causes 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE today announced the trial's start, with NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the University of Maryland   more

U.S. Fund for UNICEF: Schools Remain Locked For More Than 127 Million Children in Eastern and Southern Africa
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The U.S. Fund for UNICEF issued the following news release: More than 127 million pre-primary, primary, and secondary school students in Eastern and Southern Africa - who are supposed to return to school this week - remain at home, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, UNICEF has announced advanced support to this unprecedented education crisis, while advocating for the safe re-opening of schools that adhere to safety guidance. In most parts of the world, learning at ho  more

UNICEF USA Takes Audiences Around The World In Upcoming COVID-19 Virtual Special, 'UNICEF Won't Stop'
NEW YORK, May 5 -- The U.S. Fund for UNICEF issued the following news release: UNICEF USA will host their first ever streaming event on Saturday, May 9th at 8pm ET. "UNICEF Won't Stop" will highlight UNICEF's COVID-19 response, frontline workers and experts and the children UNICEF serves. The hour long special will be free to all and feature musical performances and celebrity appearances. The broadcast will air on www.unicefwontstop.org and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/unicefusa Cher will deb  more

Vera Qualifies for Paycheck Protection Program
NEW YORK, May 9 -- The Vera Institute of Justice issued the following news release: Vera is among the organizations that qualified for the Paycheck Protection Program as part of the Coronavirus Relief Response Act to protect existing jobs. These funds will be used to help cover Vera's operating expenses -- including rent, payroll, and utilities -- allowing us to remain focused on key initiatives promoting safety and justice in more than forty states nationwide. COVID-19 is striking hardest at   more

Vital Strategies Issues Statement on Efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19
NEW YORK, May 9 -- Vital Strategies issued the following statement by Senior Advisor for Science Neil Schluger: To date, hydroxychloroquine has been widely administered to COVID-19 patients but with little scientific evidence to support its use. The New England Journal of Medicine has released results from the largest study of nearly 1,400 patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 and found patients who received the drug did not fare any better than patients who did not get the drug. * * *   more

Vital Strategies: New Report Provides African Governments Real-Time Information and Guidance to Find the Balance in COVID-19 Response
NEW YORK, May 6 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release: Member states across Africa responded quickly to COVID-19 with public health and social measures (PHSM), including curfews and lockdowns, as well as training in laboratory diagnostics, surveillance, risk communication, infection prevention and control, and case management conducted by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners. Implementing these  more

Weekly Update: American National Standards Institute Member Resources Support COVID-19 Response
NEW YORK, May 2 -- 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. IES to Pres  more