Politics

Governor Patrick Joins Massachusetts’ Desalitech And International Water Innovation Leader Veolia To Celebrate Partnership

Mexico City, Mexico – Thursday, March 20, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined representatives from Massachusetts-based Desalitech Inc. and international water innovation leader Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, who have signed an agreement to bring advanced, cost-effective water solutions to Mexico and countries worldwide. "Congratulations to Desalitech and Veoila for collaborating to bring innovative solutions to global challenges," said Governor Patrick. "Because we are fostering our global economy, the doors of Massachusetts are opening up to the world and we are forging long lasting private partnerships." The meeting followed a forum on clean energy innovation between Massachusetts and Mexican…
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The EU Meets To Discuss Response To Russia

European Union leaders met from 14:30 GMT in Brussels to discuss a new response to block the Russian intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the EU leaders would agree to new sanctions against Moscow. Merkel said before the Parliament of her country that Russia's actions meant that the G-8 (composed of Germany, Canada, France, United States, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and Russia) no longer existed. Meanwhile, the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, told the BBC that the EU should offer clear support to Ukraine because the objective of Russia was not Crimea…
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Councilman Luis Aponte Endorses Michael Solomon for Mayor of Providence

City's First Latino Councilman Cites Solomon's Plan to Rebuild the City's Schools PROVIDENCE, RI - Providence City Councilman Luis Aponte (Ward 10) endorsed City Council President Michael Solomon for Mayor of Providence. Councilman Aponte has represented South Providence and Washington Park since being the first Latino elected to the City Council in 1998. He is the chair of the Providence Commission for Housing and Community Development and is the vice-chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. "I am supporting Michael Solomon for Mayor because we need a Mayor who will invest in our neighborhoods as well as ensure a…
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Politics

#AskGina Jobs & Infrastructure Twitter Town Hall

Infrastructure week continues with citizen forum on rebuilding What: Gina hosts a Twitter Town Hall and takes questions about her plan to rebuild Rhode Island and put people back to work When: Thursday, March 20, from 12:20 - 1 Where: You can follow the conversation on her blog () or by following the hashtag #AskGina Availability: Reporters can tweet questions with the hashtag #AskGina to ask Gina how she plans to rebuild Rhode Island and put people back to work  
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Governor Patrick Discusses Opportunities For Collaboration With Panamanian Innovation Leaders

PANAMA – Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick addressed CAPATEC, the Panamanian Chamber of Information Technology and Communications, where he discussed the many opportunities for collaboration between Massachusetts and Panama in the innovation economy sectors. “Lasting growth in the 21st century global economy will come from our competitiveness in global markets and opening up Massachusetts to the markets where we share strengths,” said Governor Patrick. “The leaders in business and government and venture capitalists of Latin America’s growth centers are eager to collaborate with us because they recognize that Massachusetts is an innovation hub with a disciplined strategy…
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Culture

Governor Chafee Signs Proclamation Announcing March 17-23 as “Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Week”

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today signed a Proclamation announcing March 17-23, 2014, as "Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Week". The Proclamation builds off of Governor Chafee's May 2013 Executive Order on Diversity, which had two main goals: increasing diversity in the state workforce and increasing the utilization of Minority Business Enterprises in state contracts. Governor Chafee also welcomed Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri to the State of Rhode Island. As Miss America, Davuluri is currently traveling across the country promoting her platform "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency". A Meet and Greet with Miss America was hosted by the Miss RI Scholarship…
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World News

Ukraine Prime Minister Promises More Resources for the Regions

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatseniuk, promised during a speech televised in Russian, more powers and more resources to the regions. In a speech aimed at the regions of the South and the East of the country, Yatsenyuk said that it will introduce reforms on a large scale in order to preserve the unity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Specific requirements of each region, said the Prime Minister will be taken into account in the area of education, culture and history. Russia complained on several occasions that the rights of Ukrainian citizens of Russian ethnic origin in these regions had…
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Greenpeace Breaks Into French Nuclear Plant

More than 60 environmental activists of the non governmental organization Greenpeace entered a nuclear plantmanaged by the company EDF  in Fessenheim, in eastern France, to protest the vulnerability of nuclear facilities. Members of the Group hung a banner with the words 'Stop jeopardizing Europe'. Greenpeace appealed to European Governments to cut the use of nuclear energy. The President of France, François Hollande, promised to close the plant by 2016 and reduce the dependence of his country of nuclear power as a source of electricity. Greenpeace has a long history of irruptions in nuclear plants in France. In July of last year, about…
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US News

Obama Orders Review of Deportation Practices

President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the practices of deportation in the country to see if the application of the Immigration Act can be "more humane", informed the White House. The President met Thursday with leaders of the Group of the Congressional Hispanic to discuss efforts to revise the immigration system. Obama told the congressmen that he has asked the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, to submit an inventory of current practices to analyze how it can apply the law in a more humane way. According to the White House, Obama told lawmakers he is concerned for…
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