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Girl Summit 2014

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*Today, July 22, 2014*, the Government of the United Kingdom hosts the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilizing domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. The Summit, co-hosted by UNICEF, brings together women, girls and community leaders as well as governments, international organizations and the private sector to agree on action to end FGM and CEFM. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell are co-leading the U.S. delegation to London to participate in the Girl Summit.

USAID has long recognized that sustainable development will only be possible when women and girls enjoy equal opportunity to rise to their potential. The U.S. Government will continue to partner with communities to raise awareness and improve the health of women and girls suffering from the consequences of FGM/C, and to strive through diplomacy, policies and programming to eliminate this form of gender-based violence both in the United States and internationally. The United States also invests in preventing and responding to early, forced marriage through research to expand our knowledge of effective interventions to prevent the practice and programs to address the needs of married adolescents.

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* Read more about the Girl Summit [ http://www.girlsummitpledge.com/ ]
* Read the USAID Fact Sheets: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: United States Government’s Response [ http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/fact-sheets/female-genital-mutilation-cutting-usg-response ] and Child, Early, and Forced Marriage: United States Government’s Response [ http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/fact-sheets/child-early-and-forced-marriage-usg-response ]
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* Read USAID’s Vision for Action to End Child Marriage [ http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PDACU300.pdf ] [PDF, 463KB]
* Read the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally [ http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PDACT888.pdf ] [PDF, 1.5MB]

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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Declarations Update

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Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5063 issued Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:00 Washington Saddle Mountain Fire [ http://www.fema.gov/disaster/5064 ] 07/19/2014 01:07 AM EDT
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5064 issued Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:00 

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FEMA Major Disaster Declarations Update

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Major Disaster Declaration number 4182 issued Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:00 

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FEMA Rebuilding Specialists Providing Advice in Jackson and Ridgeland

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*JACKSON, Miss.* – Rebuilding or repairing property damaged from the recent severe storms?  Residents in Jackson and Ridgeland can get advice on building safer and stronger this week from Federal Emergency Management Agency specialists.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be at two Jackson-area Lowe’s locations to offer information on rebuilding after a disaster. The advisors can answer questions about protecting homes from future disaster-related damage and offer tips to build hazard-resistant homes.

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NASA Officials and Astronauts Tour Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building

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NASA Officials and Astronauts Tour Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building [ http://www.nasa.gov/content/nasa-officials-and-astronauts-tour-neil-armstrong-operations-and-checkout-building ] 07/21/2014 12:00 PM EDT At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA officials and Apollo astronauts tour the refurbished Operations and Checkout Building, newly named for Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon. Viewing the Orion crew module stacked on top of the service module from left, are Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. The building’s high bay is being used to support the agency’s new Orion spacecraft, which will lift off atop the Space Launch System. Orion is designed to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before, serving as the exploration vehicle that will carry astronauts to deep space and sustain the crew during travel to destinations such as an asteroid or Mars. The visit of the former astronauts was part of NASA’s 45th anniversary celebration of the moon landing. As the world watched, Neil Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the moon’s Sea of Tranquility aboard the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Meanwhile, crewmate Collins orbited above in the command module Columbia.  Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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FEMA Deadline Not the End of Flood Recovery in Florida

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*PENSACOLA, Fla. – *Those affected by the spring storms and flooding will still be able to reach the Federal Emergency Management Agency for follow-up questions and will have access to other disaster services and resources after *today’s registration deadline of July 21*.

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Fill er Up: NIST Develops Prototype Meter Test for Hydrogen Refueling Stations

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Fill er Up: NIST Develops Prototype Meter Test for Hydrogen Refueling Stations [ http://www.nist.gov/pml/div685/hydrogen-meter-072114.cfm ] 07/21/2014 11:08 AM EDT
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NIST’s Jodie Pope and her team have developed this prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers.

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To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers.* Once the standard is field tested, it will serve as a model for constructing similar devices for state weights and measures inspectors to use.

Three automakers plan to begin selling hydrogen-fueled vehicles to consumers in 2015. The state of California has opened nine refueling stations [ http://cafcp.org/stationmap ] and is funding the construction of an additional 28 hydrogen stations during the next few years to service the growing number of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on their roads.

NIST Handbook 44 [ http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/pubs/hb44-14.cfm ], the bedrock reference text for weights and measures inspectors, includes specifications, tolerances and other requirements for commercial weighing and measuring equipment ranging from gasoline dispensers to grocery store scales. Handbook 44, which has been adopted by all states, stipulates that hydrogen will be sold by the kilogram, and according to Juana Williams [ http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/lmdg/links-contacts.cfm ], a NIST weights and measures expert, hydrogen-dispensing pumps must be accurate to within 2 percent, or 20 grams, per kilogram.

"It’s much more difficult to measure hydrogen gas delivered at 5,000 to 10,000 psi than it is to measure a product that is a liquid at atmospheric temperatures and pressures," says Williams. "While a kilogram of hydrogen has approximately the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline, the allowable error is slightly less stringent than for gasoline."

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The Eagle Prepares to Land

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