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Venezuela president orders public worker sackings over referendum call

President Nicolas Maduro has set a 48-hour deadline for ministers to dismiss some public workers who requested a recall referendum against him.

Source: Reuters

Venezuelan government managers to lose jobs over recall

CARACAS, Venezuela— President Nicolas Maduro is ordering retaliation against managers in government agencies who signed a petition to recall him from office. Socialist party leader Jorge Rodriguez said Monday that Maduro had set a 48- hour deadline for ministers to fire high-ranking public workers who added their names to a petition seeking a new...

Source: The Associated Press

California lawmakers revive farmworker overtime bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California's state Senate on Monday revived a bill that would make the state the first in the United States to give farmworkers the same overtime pay as people who work in other industries, a last-ditch effort to reverse a nearly 80- year-old practice of exempting field hands from wage rules. The provision passed with only Democratic support...

Source: The Associated Press

White Lodging to bring an additional 1,000 new hotel rooms to downtown Austin with two new developments

MERRILLVILLE, Ind., Aug. 17, 2016/ PRNewswire/-- A new property adjacent to the iconic University of Texas campus will feature both the Autograph Collection and AC Hotels by Marriott brands, White Lodging announced today. The hotel investment, development and management company also released further details on a 615- room Marriott in downtown Austin, adjacent to...

Source: PR Newswire

Walgreens Launches Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk Program in Oregon

Senator Ron Wyden and Oregon House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson join Walgreens at today's launch to help in fight against prescription drug abuse. DEERFIELD, Ill.---- Walgreens today is launching its safe medication disposal kiosk program in Oregon with the installation of drug take-back kiosks at six Walgreens drugstores across the state.

Source: Business Wire

UPDATE 2-Brazil summons Uruguay ambassador as Mercosur tensions rise

BRASILIA/ MONTEVIDEO, Aug 16- Brazil summoned Uruguay's ambassador on Tuesday after the neighboring country's foreign minister accused Brazil of trying to "buy" its vote to block Venezuela from taking the rotating presidency of the Mercosur trade bloc. In comments to lawmakers last week that were made public on Tuesday, Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin...

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 1-Brazil summons Uruguay ambassador as Mercosur tensions rise

BRASILIA, Aug 16- Brazil's Foreign Ministry summoned Uruguay's ambassador on Tuesday to explain comments reportedly made by Uruguay Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, who accused Brazil of trying to block Venezuela from taking the presidency of the Mercosur trade bloc. Uruguayan media reported that Nin Novoa said the Brazilian government tried to "buy"...

Source: Reuters

Planting Seeds of Change, Prominent Leaders Meet in Los Angeles to Identify Ways to Increase Access to Opportunity for Latino Americans

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16, 2016/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- With race relations, discrimination and the economic wellbeing of diverse populations driving the national discussion heading toward the November elections, prominent thought leaders gathered in Los Angeles today for "America's Future Summit: Reimagining Opportunity in a Changing Nation," hosted by The...

Source: PR Newswire

Asterias Biotherapeutics Reports Second Quarter Results and Highlights Progress of SCiSTAR Study Evaluating AST-OPC1 in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 15, 2016/ PRNewswire/-- Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company with three clinical-stage development programs focused on the emerging field of regenerative medicine, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and recent highlights. "We recently completed enrollment and dosing of the first...

Source: PR Newswire

Sean Penn Announced as Honouree at the Bovet 1822 Artists for Peace and Justice 2016 Toronto Film Festival Gala Event in Support of Haiti

APJ, a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world with an immediate focus on supporting the poorest communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare and dignity through the arts, is delighted to announce that they will be honouring Sean Penn with the second annual Peace...

Source: PR Newswire