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2010-10-13 08:00:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the greatest albums in rock history gets even better with the November 9 release on Backstreet/Geffen/UMe of the expanded and remastered Deluxe Edition of Damn The Torpedoes from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Deluxe Edition release will be available with a choice of four formats (1) on two-CDs, (2) on one audiophile quality Blu-ray disc, (3) on 2 180-gram vinyl LPs and (4) as an iTunes LP. To watch a mini film on Damn The...

2010-10-04 07:15:00

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Omidyar Network today announced a grant of up to $2.6M over three years to Refugees United, a nonprofit organization that uses an online forum and mobile phones to help refugees reunite with family. The grant will be used to expand the nonprofit's operations by augmenting its technology platforms, recruiting developers, and developing new partnerships with international refugee agencies. Stephen King, senior director,...

2010-09-27 06:55:00

BALTIMORE, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Understanding begins with just one word. That's the premise of the Understanding Campaign, whose website (http://www.UnderstandingCampaign.org) and Kickstarter.com fundraising page officially launched last week. The Understanding Campaign is a cultural outreach organization that strives to teach everyone in the world the Arabic word for understanding, Fhm (pronounced fuh-hem'). By joining the campaign, people are taking an active stance to promote...

2010-06-29 05:14:00

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, June 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the 10th of June, when significant acts of violence largely against Uzbeks in the Kyrgyz cities of Osh and Jalalabad began, Uzbekistan has opened its border to accept some 80,000 refugees - mostly women, children and the elderly - and provided significant support in terms of humanitarian aid. Uzbekistani NGOs and public organizations of Uzbekistan have been dispatching high volumes of humanitarian aid for refugees. The Mehr...

2010-02-06 11:00:00

Physician Assistant Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine partner to create model for refugee health care HOUSTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Physician Assistant Foundation (PAF), Baylor College of Medicine and other local partners today unveiled their unique approach to providing health care and social services to Burmese refugees in Houston, with hopes the program could become a model for meeting similar needs of refugees across the country. Facilitated by Epiphany...

2010-02-03 15:37:00

Letter from Bipartisan Refugee Caucus Co-Chairs follows meetings with Congress and visits to region by LOST's Jeff Fahey, USCRI's Lavinia Limon, and former US Amb. Michael Ussery WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last week, US House of Representatives Refugee Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) called on the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to "actively work" to protect Sahrawi refugees in Polisario-controlled camps near Tindouf in southern...

2009-12-24 14:47:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christian Solidarity International (CSI) has called on President Barack Obama to deliver a Christmas message of hope to Iraq's Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. Writing today to President Obama, the CEO of CSI's U.S. affiliate, Dr. John Eibner stated: "This Christmas, many Iraqi churches will yet again stand empty and forlorn because church attendance carries with it the risk of losing one's life. The inability of the...

2009-11-23 15:28:12

The goal of the new settlement policy for refugees and survivors of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 was to provide new accommodation for all who needed it. However, even though people were housed, a new thesis from the University of Gothenburg reveals that living conditions in the countryside did not improve. The thesis analyses the new settlement policy that was put in place to deal with the major problems that arose out of the genocide in 1994. Rwanda has an area that is equivalent to the...

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2009-11-10 09:20:00

MU experts say greater understanding of languages and cultures is needed Last year, the United States provided asylum and resettlement assistance for nearly 80,700 people from other countries, an increase from 71,300 individuals in 2007, according to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. University of Missouri health experts say the increase has made issues of immigrant and refugee violence and the need for effective intervention strategies more apparent. Deb Hume, assistant...

2009-10-29 15:55:00

New USCRI report, "Stonewalling on Refugee Rights," documents Sahrawi refugee rights abuse in Algeria WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Being a refugee shouldn't be a life sentence -- but that's exactly what it's become for millions of refugees who have been confined to camps and denied their freedom, some for 30 years," said LOST cast member & international advocate Jeff Fahey. On Tuesday he went to Capitol Hill with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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