To the rescue, Ingenuity Matters

Somerset, England - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals takes its mandate seriously and goes to great lengths to fulfill its duties. So, it comes as no surprise that RSPCA officer Alison Sparkes did what she did when called upon in Somerset, England recently. 

Attorney General Becerra Supports New York City’s Suit to Hold Big Oil Companies Accountable for Sea-Level Rise

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Friday joined a multistate coalition in filing an amicus brief supporting New York City in its suit against five of the largest oil companies for their contributions to climate change and passing costs on to local governments. The case is currently pending in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. New York City’s suit seeks to hold defendants accountable for long-term and ongoing impacts of climate change through their production, marketing, and sale of massive amounts of fossil fuels.

2018 AAFSW Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad

Washington, DC - Four winners will receive the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) at a ceremony on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert will deliver remarks, highlighting the winner’s exemplary service.

A rare bird, indeed

New York City - It might look like a colorful decoy, but it is a real, live duck. New York City was abuzz recently with the news that a genuine Mandarin duck had found a home in a lake in Central Park. 

Comment Period Extended for Glossary of Key Information Security Terms

Washington, DC - Comment Period Extended:  Comments on Draft NISTIR 7298 Rev. 3 and the Online Glossary are now due by December 21, 2018 (the original due date was November 30).

German Shipping Operator Sentenced to Pay $3.2 Million for Obstruction of Justice and Falsifying Official Logs to Hide Deliberate Oil Pollution

Portland, Maine - A German shipping company, MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH (MST), pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday in Portland, Maine, for obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, announced Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey B. Clark for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank for the District of Maine.