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Governor Paul R. LePage joined Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa on Friday in announcing that Maine ranks among the top ten states in the nation for most affordable homeowners and personal auto insurance rates.
(AUGUSTA) Tax season may just be getting started, but tax scammers have been hard at work already. The Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have gotten thousands of complaints about one kind of scammer in particular — IRS imposters. Here’s how they work: Scammers posing as IRS officials call and say you owe taxes.
State Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette released December workforce estimates for Maine. Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data Household Survey Estimates – The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in December was down slightly from 5.7 percent in November and down from 6.4 percent one year ago.
Augusta - Maine State Librarian, James Ritter, announced that users of the Maine State Library Talking Books Plus program are now eligible to apply for free currency readers provided by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
With a major winter storm bearing down on Maine, Maine Emergency Management Agency is reminding Mainers to put safety first and help their neighbors weather the storm. “We haven’t had a winter storm like this in a while.” MEMA Director Bruce Fitzgerald said.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today continued its multiyear efforts to find a permanent and workable solution for coal ash management and disposal, building off of the subcommittee’s negotiations and legislative work in previous Congresses.
WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders of House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation yesterday urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to release the text of the commission’s draft Open Internet Order ahead of the scheduled vote late next month.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today released revisions to a proposed permit for the management and oversight of municipal storm water systems that offer municipalities and institutions less costly and more flexible requirements for compliance.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded $2,188,000 in assessment and planning grants to eight municipalities throughout the state to support the redevelopment of historically significant brownfield sites.
New Delhi, January 23, 2015: Community right over forests is critical to sustenance of rural and forest communities and also for conservation of forests. While Nepal has among the best track records in Asia, Mexico is among global leaders with more than 70 per cent of its forests under community management.
New Delhi, January 23, 2015: Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) recent draft order which proposes to put curbs on the rampant use of antibiotics as a growth promoter in food-producing animals in India, such as chicken.
EUGENE, Ore. - International restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. discriminated against male employees for temporary assignments to a Utah resort, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.
WASHINGTON - Jenny Yang, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has appointed Robbie Dix III as the EEOC's Associate Director of Appellate Review Programs, the EEOC announced today.
DETROIT -- Hot Wheel City, a Detroit-based automotive wheel and accessory store chain, has agreed to pay $20,000 and to provide equitable relief to settle a federal sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.
WASHINGTON (January 25, 2015) -- President Obama today recommended to Congress that it designate the coastal plain of the iconic Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska as a wilderness. The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
WASHINGTON (January 26, 2015)--The Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever proposal to protect groundwater from the hazards of uranium mining is a good start, but more needs to be done, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $390,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air Industries of SeaTac, Wash., for allegedly operating Bombardier DHC-8 aircraft that were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.
Washington, D.C. – The third edition of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) report on long-term airport capacity needs concluded that the FAA and airport operators must rely on NextGen technologies and procedures as well as runway improvements to address future airport capacity constraints.
Today I held meetings in Washington with senior Administration and Congress leaders, including insightful and productive discussions with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Corker.
Brothers who sold ‘fake films’, headphones and other phoney goods to customers at Donington Sunday Market have been sentenced.
The pair pleaded guilty following a Trading Standards sting that saw a haul of counterfeit goods with a genuine retail value of £25,000
Fourteen-year-old Jordan is so determined to succeed at school that he hasn’t had a day off for five years – his impeccable attendance record is one of many inspiring stories being celebrated at this week’s children in care celebration events.
The neighbouring authorities of Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council have produced new guidance about how planning policies apply to planning applications relating to the development of reserves of onshore oil and gas.
Lancashire County Council has published its recommendations on the applications by oil and gas company Cuadrilla to explore for shale gas at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood, by drilling, hydraulically fracking and testing the flow of gas.
Following an investigation by the Employment Benefits Security Administration, the Department of Labor filed a complaint in 2011 alleging violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by the defendants.
Usage of Montgomery County’s award-winning Web portal and mobile website both soared in calendar year 2014 as residents continue to take advantage of numerous online programs and services provided by the County.
The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Bethesda Transportation Management District (TMD) Advisory Committee. The nominee must reside in a neighborhood inside the Bethesda TMD.
Montgomery County residents, ages 13 and above, who are artistic and want to help educate the public about water quality issues in the County are invited to submit entries into the inaugural Storm Drain Art Contest.
Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) was featured today in a consumer report on the NBC “Today Show” alerting consumers to the nationwide problem created by certain towing practices.
Chairman of the Group, Dr Maurice Manning, has again stressed that any new submissions should be within the Working Group’s terms of reference which stipulates that all changes must be within the existing constitutional framework.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will today travel to Davos to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Annual Meeting is attended by political and business leaders and heads of international organisations from across the globe.
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) said today it has received 67 applications for Enterprise Zones from communities throughout the state. The department will now review the applications.
Did charging for the New Year’s Eve fireworks go down well with visitors to the capital? And talking of tourists – what is London & Partners up to in 2015-16? Is the capital’s promotional body doing enough to promote London, both in the UK and internationally – and does the body need to be more transparent?
Eleven individuals and organizations have been named as winners of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management, an award given by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management for exemplary leadership and a commitment to balancing the human use of coastal and ocean resources with the needs of the environment.
January 21, 2015 Today, NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D, announced that Craig McLean, deputy assistant administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), has been selected to head the office, which is responsible for NOAA’s research enterprise, including laboratories and programs across the country.
Professor Carmen Lawrence, Chair of the Australian Heritage Council, said the Council was delighted to have Broken Hill’s dramatic desert landscape, its unique character and remarkable industrial and geological heritage recognised in the National Heritage List.
An unregistered gas fitter put lives at risk because of his poor work illegally fitting boilers. Arash Raeisinezhadian, 30, illegally carried out gas work at four properties in Swindon between 30 November 2013 and 22 February 2014.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today presented the sixth part of his "2015 Opportunity Agenda" – a four percent tax reduction for small businesses and a set of new resources for small businesses owners looking to start or grow their businesses.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Jan. 19, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, and fighter aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and Coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson will travel to Havana, Cuba on January 21-24 to take advantage of previously planned Migration Talks to launch a discussion with the Cuban Government on re-establishing diplomatic relations.
The United States is deeply concerned after a second day of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following the National Assembly's passage of electoral legislation and as the Senate began consideration of similar legislation.
NEW YORK, 20 January 2015 – As the world enters into the 26th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Somalia has become the 195th state party to ratify the Convention, setting a course to improve the lives of its youngest citizens.
NEW YORK/DAVOS, Switzerland, 20 January 2015 – “UNICEF congratulates singer-songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo for receiving the Crystal Award – a prize recognising artists not only for their body of work but also their commitment to improving the state of the world.
GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 20 January 2015 – Children are suffering the dire consequences of the conflict in Nigeria, losing their homes, missing out on education and risking their lives, UNICEF said today.
The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, and the leadership of the Commonwealth Secretariat have held discussions on challenges to democracy and good governance facing member states of both organizations.
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today agreed on the details of the presentations in which the candidates for Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General of the Organization will set forth their proposals to the Council and to civil society
Washington D.C., Jan. 21, 2015 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a series of federal securities law violations by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services involving fraudulent misconduct in its ratings of certain commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).
Washington D.C., Jan. 21, 2015 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Norm Champ, Director of the Division of Investment Management, will leave the agency later this month after five years serving in senior leadership positions.
Washington D.C., Jan. 21, 2015 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based investment advisory firm, its manager, and three related funds in a scheme that raised more than $17 million since November 2013.
19 JANUARY 2015 ¦ GENEVA - Urgent government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely – before the age of 70 – from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes, according to a new WHO report.
A California dietary supplement manufacturer was ordered by a federal court to stop selling its products until the company comes into compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s dietary supplement manufacturing regulations and other requirements listed in the consent decree.
Dolores, Eastern Samar, Philippines, 19 December 2014 – A farmer-to-farmer delivery of ecological seeds took place today in Dolores, Eastern Samar in the Philippines to help farmers regenerate agricultural land badly damaged by Typhoon Hagupit.
New Delhi, 20 January 2015 - Foreign funds belonging to Greenpeace India that were controversially frozen by the Indian government were unblocked by the Delhi High Court today, as a judge ruled the freeze arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) -- Efforts to eliminate the baneful issue of sexual assault “must be personal,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in closing remarks at the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Summit Jan. 16.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Leaders in academia, government, and industry presented cutting-edge research related to sexual violence at the Sexual Assault Prevention Summit Jan. 13, 14, and 15 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AFNS) -- After a year of cuts in both manning and fiscal resources, the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here had to develop a creative way to keep the mission going strong by educating Airmen in other Air Force specialty codes (AFSCs) to assist the currently undermanned aircraft hydraulics section.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force’s priorities for modernization and continuous improvement in the nuclear enterprise were the top of discussion during the Air Force Association’s monthly breakfast Jan. 20 in Arlington, Virginia.
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody visited with Airmen and hosted separate all-calls with junior and senior enlisted Airmen during his visit here Jan. 15-16.
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- When taking an automobile in for preventative or restorative maintenance, trust is generally put in the hands of a specialist. The same can be said for the aircraft that grace the flight line of Ramstein Air Base.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D. announced that expressions of interest are being sought from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill a vacancy that has arisen on the Board of Caranua, the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today announced that Government has, this week, approved the Teaching Council Amendment Bill. The Bill will be published by the Oireachtas in the coming days.
The Department of Marketing of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management is ranked 4th in a worldwide ranking of research productivity, based on the number of publications in four prestigious American marketing journals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C), with Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, legislation that supports social and nutrition services
NYU Wagner graduate Zachary Townsend (MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2012) is heralded in Forbes magazine’s prestigious “30 under 30” roster of highly successful and original strivers.
Timothy Longman, associate professor of Political Science at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, recently traveled to Washington to brief the newly confirmed ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks Ruggles.
Mr Simon Collis CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in succession to Sir John Jenkins KCMG LVO, who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Mr Collis will take up his appointment at the end of January 2015.
In a further sign of the strength of the UK labour market, today’s independent figures show that job vacancies have risen by 127,000 to hit a 14-year record high. There are around 700,000 job opportunities across the country, showing that the government’s long-term economic plan to back businesses and create jobs is working.
An iconic former flour mill at the heart of London’s Royal Docks will be transformed into a vibrant centre for business and enterprise thanks to £12 million of government funding, Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt announced today (21 January 2015).
With just two years to go till construction is scheduled to start on the UK’s new north-south rail line, HS2 Ltd has moved to bolster its Programme and Strategy Directorate with two new senior appointments.
£3.6 million is to be provided to launch top technology experts - from firms including O2 and Google - into schools up and down the country to help prepare England’s primary school teachers for the new computing curriculum.
Pasadena, CA— Fast radio bursts are quick, bright flashes of radio waves from an unknown source in space. They are a mysterious phenomenon that last only a few milliseconds, and until now they have not been observed in real time.
Across the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, energy efficiency measures are paying off. Since 2007, the campus has saved more than nine percent on its projected energy costs, representing $3.4 million in energy savings in 2014 alone.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures performed on women trying to conceive are relatively safe and reported complications remain low.
January 20, 2015 – A second year McCourt School of Public Policy student who wants to improve energy and infrastructure in developing countries has received this year’s prestigious McCourt School Whittington Scholarship.
At the close of every semester, the USF College of Public Health honors its graduates before they embark on their professional endeavors. Students file the stresses of their final semesters in “the past” and prepare themselves for their individual paths – graduate programs, fellowships, careers – whatever the future may hold!
The Duke Brazil Initiative (DBI) offers funding for Duke students across all disciplines and schools for science and humanities research in Brazil, one of the fastest developing countries in the world and home to rich culture and biodiversity.
Cold Spring Harbor, NY – Some people have no fear, like that 17-year-old kid who drives like a maniac. But for the nearly 40 million adults who suffer from anxiety disorders, an overabundance of fear rules their lives. Debilitating anxiety prevents them from participating in life’s most mundane moments, from driving a car to riding in an elevator.
With hundreds of millions spent on Ebola response and elements of the British, American, and French military deployed to the region, what has been achieved and is the world winning against this lethal virus?
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has begun its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto, entering the first of several approach phases that will culminate with the first close-up flyby of the Pluto system six months from now.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 16,590 refund checks totaling more than $700,000 this week to consumers who lost money to a “Rachel from Cardholder Services” scheme that allegedly promised to reduce the interest rate on consumers’ credit cards for an up-front fee. Each check will be for $42.95.
A Texas company and its officers must stop making unsubstantiated claims that their computer game, Jungle Rangers, permanently improves children’s focus, memory, attention, behavior, and school performance, including for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), under a Federal Trade Commission settlement.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that global pharmaceutical company Novartis AG’s consumer health care products joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline would likely be anticompetitive.
To help Spanish-speaking consumers know their rights when dealing with debt collectors, the Federal Trade Commission has created a Spanish-language graphic novel, Cobradores de Deuda, which describes the rules debt collectors must follow, and what consumers should do if they don’t.
RALEIGH – A mobilization ceremony was held Fri., Jan. 16, for 20 North Carolina National Guard soldiers based in Morrisville. They will deploy to Kuwait to do maintenance and repair work on AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in the region.
TORONTO, ON – A study by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto suggests that exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — are more likely to have liquid water and be more habitable than we thought.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time under head coach Chad Folsom, a member Raven Women's Basketball team has be recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as its NAIA Div. I Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
The study found that employees felt less like victims when they retaliated against their bad bosses and as a result experienced less psychological distress, more job satisfaction and more commitment to their employer.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fisher College of Business has announced the integration of two of its centers of excellence -- the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Innovation Initiative -- into a single, universitywide initiative: The Ohio State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.