Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In June the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released four new drinking water health advisories related to PFAS contamination. The soundness of these advisories has since been called into question and in late July a lawsuit was filed seeking to overturn two of them. PFAS is the acronym referring to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, which the EPA describes as “a group of manufactured chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products since the 1940s because of their useful properties.” The EPA notes there “are thousands of different PFAS, some of which have been more widely used and studied than others.” “These advisories indicate the level of drinking water contamination below which adverse health effects are not expected to occur,” the EPA said in a statement. “Health advisories provide technical information that federal, state, and local officials can use to inform the development of monitoring … [Read more...] about New Lawsuit Would Overturn EPA Advisories Seen As Precursor To More State & Federal Regulation
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Based on the March 2022 Labor Force Survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority, there are more than 17 million informal workers, including tiangge, ambulant and street vendors, plus over 1.3 million sari-sari stores that remain unregistered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Generally, they fall under the category of micro enterprises. However, under Revenue Regulation No. 11-2000, self-employed individuals with annual gross sales not exceeding P100,000 are classified as marginal income earners. While they may also apply for Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) certification to avail of income tax exemption, they are exempted from: P500 annual registration fee; maintaining books of accounts and submitting audited financial statements; issuing official receipts; 12 percent value added tax (VAT) or 3 percent business (percentage) tax; and expanded withholding tax. Should we increase the income threshold to encourage the informal sector to register with BIR? The … [Read more...] about Tax challenges and opportunities for the new administration
BIDEN INVOKES EMERGENCY WAR POWERS TO BUILD SOLAR PANELS… NY POST: Biden draws heat for invoking Defense Production Act to boost solar panels President Biden drew criticism Monday after invoking the Defense Production Act to potentially expedite the production of solar panels — with journalists and Republicans questioning the rationale for using special wartime powers. Renewable energy advocates, meanwhile, cheered the White House announcement that Biden would invoke the act “to accelerate domestic production of clean energy technologies, including solar panel parts.” […] The Biden administration did not specify a national-defense reason for using the act to boost solar panels. When Biden was vice president, the Obama administration aggressively pushed for solar energy production — sparking the Solyndra scandal when a politically-connected firm went bankrupt after getting $535 million in federal loan guarantees. KOREAN WAR-ERA LAW WIELDS POWER OVER AMERICAN … [Read more...] about Editor Daily Rundown: Biden Invokes Emergency War Powers To Build Solar Panels
PELOSI’S JAN 6 PRIMETIME SPECTACULAR BEGINS THIS WEEK… FORMER ABC NEWS PRESIDENT JOINS CAMPAIGN… AXIOS : Scoop: Jan. 6 committee’s secret adviser The House’s Jan. 6 committee has turned to a renowned former network news executive to hone a mountain of explosive material into a captivating multimedia presentation for a prime-time hearing Thursday. James Goldston — former president of ABC News, and a master documentary storyteller who ran “Good Morning America” and “Nightline” — has joined the committee as an unannounced adviser, Axios has learned. […] I’m told Goldston is busily producing Thursday’s 8 p.m. ET hearing as if it were a blockbuster investigative special. MORE … NETWORKS PLAN TO INTERRUPT PROGRAMMING TO TAKE IT LIVE… At least two of the broadcast networks will interrupt evening programming for live coverage anchored by ABC’s David Muir and CBS’ Norah O’Donnell. NBC will announce plans soon. MORE… DEM CONGRESSMAN WANTS JAN 6 COMMITTEE TO PUSH … [Read more...] about Editor Daily Rundown: Pelosi’s Jan 6 Primetime Spectacular Kicks Off This Week
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Jakarta ● Mon, August 8 2022 Activists have condemned police treatment of protests against the Komodo ticket-price hike, saying that it shows the government has responded with repression to criticism against the Labuan Bajo development that disenfranchised local residents and the tourism industry. On Aug. 1, the government increased the ticket price to Komodo and Padar Islands of the Komodo National Park to Rp 3.75 million (US$251), from the previous ticket price of around Rp 200,000. The move was intended to limit the number of visitors to protect the Komodo habitat, with a study by the Komodo National Park Agency recommending ideal yearly visitor numbers of 219,000 for Komodo Island and 39,420 for Padar Island. to Read Full Story SUBSCRIBE NOW Starting from IDR 55,500/month Unlimited access to our web and app content e-Post daily digital newspaper No advertisements, no interruptions … [Read more...] about Activists condemn ‘repressive’ treatment of Komodo Island ticket-price-hike protests
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin This is part two of a series focusing on cognitive dysfunction and inflammation. The first article can be read here . For additional writings on inflammation and Covid-19, please see my website: www. williamhaseltine.com Although inflammation is a common feature of many infections, viral and otherwise, SARS-CoV-2 elicits a particularly intense inflammatory response. Exactly why remains unclear. What is becoming increasingly clear, on the other hand, is that much of the damage associated with Covid-19 can be traced back to this hyperinflammation. This holds true both in the short term, during acute infection, as well as the long term, during Long Covid, or Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC). Cognitive impairments such as “brain fog”, difficulty concentrating, and poor short-term memory make up some of the more worrying Long Covid symptoms. Often, these are severe enough to interfere with daily … [Read more...] about Even Mild Covid-19 May Cause Lasting Brain Fog (Part 1)
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Genetic testing once was offered only to people with rare genetic conditions, or strong family histories of disease that spanned generations. But genetic testing is now being offered to healthy people, to detect if they carry a genetic change (often referred to as a “variant” or “mutation”) that may place them at high risk to develop preventable conditions, including some cancers and cardiac conditions. In theory, population genetic testing makes sense. Instead of waiting for a person to die of a heart attack at a young age, we can learn of some of those risks ahead of time and mitigate them. This approach works not only for the person having testing and their family members – who may also be at risk – but also for our medical system, employers, and overarching health care costs that we, as a society, want to minimize. But in practice, are we there yet? Cristi’s story illustrates that we still have a long way to go to … [Read more...] about Population Genetic Testing: Save Lives And Money, While Avoiding Financial Toxicity
Certified Scrum Master (CSM) is basically an entry-level credential that gives professionals who are getting started as Scrum practitioners an understanding of project management methodologies. The process of certification offers candidates a better understanding of the Scrum values that emphasizes iterative progress, accountability, and teamwork towards a defined goal. Experts who have earned a Certified ScrumMaster may fill the role of a Scrum team member or Scrum Master. While a Scrum Master usually manages how details are exchanged, a Scrum team member plays a vital role as a servant leader who enable self-managing or self-organizing team members to attain all their goals. CSM Requirements There is no prerequisite for enrolling in CSM training. However, extensive training is needed to get certified. In order to earn CSM credentials, as an applicant, you need to know the Scrum framework as well as its practices and principles. Some trainers provide a lot of … [Read more...] about What is Scrum Master Certification?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin On August 4th, the Biden Administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The announcement comes on the heels of the World Health Organization declaring monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern in July. This implies monkeypox poses a global public health risk through international spread, which requires a coordinated international response. In the U.S., prior to the Biden Administration’s declaration, a number of municipalities and even several states - California, Illinois, and New York - had declared monkeypox a public health emergency. More than 27,600 monkeypox cases have been reported across 87 countries. With approximately 8,300 confirmed cases, the U.S. comprises 30% of confirmed infections worldwide. Furthermore, test positivity is very high in the U.S., which reflects undertesting. A Public Health Declaration allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take … [Read more...] about Implications Of Monkeypox Being Declared A Public Health Emergency In U.S.
Though I advised him that I did not campaign or vote for him, the late president Fidel V. Ramos still offered me to be his secretary of justice on June 17, 1992, before he assumed office on June 30, 1992. After I respectfully declined, he changed his offer to a seat in the Supreme Court. And after he named me to the Court, he never spoke or influenced me, in any manner, in the discharge of my duties. Indeed, a gentleman-patriot, he fully respected my independence and probity even when I voted against his known political wishes. More on him in another column. WITH CHIEF JUSTICE ALEXANDER G. GESMUNDO AS GUEST OF HONOR AND SPEAKER, the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP) will award cash and plaques on Thursday, Aug. 11, to its new 21 law scholars, 10 winners of its dissertation writing contest, and five “Esmel” fellows taking master of business administration or MBA (or equivalent) major in entrepreneurship, sustainability, management, economics, or business law. In … [Read more...] about FLP’s 21 scholars, 10 winners, and 5 fellows