Imperial Valley News
Washington, DC - Six 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 Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. Secretary Kerry will provide videotaped remarks to congratulate the winners who are carrying on the proud tradition of helping others and highlight the 25th anniversary of SOSA. Deputy Secretary Higginbottom will highlight the winners’ exemplary service and present the awards at the ceremony.
FTC and Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Partners Announce Nationwide Crackdown Against Abusive Debt Collectors
Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission and other law enforcement authorities around the country announced the first coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative targeting deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. This nationwide crackdown encompasses 30 new law enforcement actions by federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities against collectors who use illegal tactics such as harassing phone calls and false threats of litigation, arrest, and wage garnishment.
Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined a coalition of 24 other states and municipalities across the country to defend the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which sets nationwide limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Today’s court filings respond to suits that several states, coal companies and industry groups have filed to block the new rules, which are aimed at slowing climate change.
Washington, DC - Statement by Members of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
Sacramento, California - A historic achievement for California rice – on the final day of the 7th Annual World Rice Conference, hosted this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it was announced that the “World’s Best Rice” award had been won by California Calrose rice.
Washington, DC - The United States is deeply concerned with recent events in Maldives, including today’s announcement of a state of emergency that curtails vital civil liberties and human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of movement, and safeguards against arbitrary detention and arbitrary and unlawful interference with one’s privacy.