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Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say.
The projects being targeted make up a more than $300 million, federally funded program that over the past two decades has exposed dangers to fetuses and children. Those findings have often led to increased pressure on the EPA for tighter regulations.
Children’s health researchers and environmental groups accuse the EPA of trying to squelch scientific studies that the agency views as running counter to the Trump administration’s mission of easing regulations and promoting business.
“A lot of the centers, including mine, have identified a lot of chemicals that are associated with diseases in children,” said Catherine Metayer, an epidemiologist who directs research into children’s leukemia at University of California at Berkeley through the federal program.
The EPA awarded smaller than average funding for the research grants for this year, asked Congress to cut funding for it from its budget, and has refused to commit to future funding for the program.
“The EPA anticipates future funding opportunities that support EPA’s high priority research topics, including children’s health research,” spokesman James Hewitt said, while declining to answer questions on the future for the national research projects.
Children’s centers at universities around the country typically get joint funding from the EPA and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in three- and five-year packages, with most packages running out in 2018 and 2019. With no word on future funding, researchers overall “have been kind of scrambling to find a way to continue that work which is so important,” said Tracey Woodruff, director of the children’s center at the University of California at San Francisco.
Woodruff’s federally funded work includes looking at how flame-retardant chemicals and PFAS compounds – a kind of stain-resistant, nonstick industrial compound – affect the placenta during pregnancy. The Trump EPA has come under increasing pressure from states to regulate PFAS as it shows up in more water supplies around the country.
With no news from the EPA on any more funding in the future, “we’ve been winding down for about a year” on work funded through those grants, Woodruff said. On Tuesday, a banner across a website home page for the overall children’s research declared “EPA will no longer fund children’s health research.”
The EPA and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have jointly funded the children’s environmental health research since 1997, through grants to at least two dozen children’s environmental research centers around the country. The annual grants averaged $15 million through 2017. In the current fiscal year, the EPA contributed $1.6 million, agency spokeswoman Maggie Sauerhage said.
The research often involves enrolling women while they are still pregnant and then following their children for years, to study environmental exposures and their effects as children grow, said Barbara Morrissey, a toxicologist and chairwoman of the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee.
The long-term projects often produce much stronger results overall than one-off studies do, Morrissey said. Each children’s center funded by the grants also works to spread information about environmental threats to local health workers and to families.
The institute is under the National Institutes of Health, which has numerous other children’s environmental research studies underway but said with the EPA joint program left hanging, it was considering a new program to put lessons learned about pediatric risks into practice in communities.
EPA’s funding for the grants comes from the agency’s Science To Achieve Results, or STAR, program for research into environmental threats. The Trump administration 2020 budget request sought to eliminate funding for the STAR grants, and sought a nearly one-third cut in the EPA’s budget overall.
A House Appropriations subcommittee released its own budget proposal Tuesday to restore funding for the STAR grants and boost the agency’s overall budget from last year by 8%, rejecting the administration’s requests for cuts.
EPA spokespeople did not respond when asked why the EPA had asked Congress to end funding for the grant program, and whether the agency would commit to continuing the children’s health research if Congress overrides the EPA and restores funding for the grants, as expected.
The science journal Nature first reported funding concerns for the program. In a statement Tuesday, Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group said “crippling research to protect children’s health, while bowing to the agenda of the chemical industry, is the calling card of the EPA in the Trump administration.”
Even if the administration restores funding to previous levels, for one year or several years, the time span of grant cycles and grant-funded work means that uncertainty over continued federal support is making the intended multiyear research untenable, researchers and program supporters said.
“The whole point of these children’s centers is to be following children over time,” Morrissey, the chairwoman of the advisory committee to the EPA, said. “That’s why it’s so high-quality.” (VOA)
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Suffering a traumatic fall can lead to serious injuries, stress, and loss of work. Slip and fall victims often feel confused and overwhelmed long after the incident. In many instances, the property owners were negligent because of a failure to repair a known condition. Victims need to be aware of their legal rights. Discover how to combat a traumatic slip and fall case by first hiring a good attorney.
Always Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Often victims feel jarred and pressured in certain situations to try to get up after a fall. Always seek immediate medical attention after slipping and falling, as it may take some to feel certain injuries. While getting initial medical care, also reach out to an attorney or visit a website such as hirejared.com to get more information.
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Liability in Slip and Fall Cases
A property owner must be liable for the slip and fall to prove negligence. For example, negligence may exist if the property owner knew about a pothole or other dangerous condition and failed to make necessary repairs. Proving negligence is a crucial element of a successful slip and fall case. If the property owner had a remedy but did not exercise it, they could be liable for costs. An attorney finds out facts and applies the law for the best possible results. Insurance representatives and property owners are watching out for their own interests and not those of the victim. When you hire an attorney, someone is on your side.
When you suffer as a result of a slip and fall, many daily activities can be interrupted. Unsplash
Proving You Are Not at Fault
When you slip and fall, a property owner may claim it was completely or partially the victim's fault. An attorney researches to determine the cause of the slip and fall and what other conditions existed at the time. From the type of shoes to the weather, various factors are considered to make a final decision in slip and fall cases. Attorneys can help victims prove they were not at fault if the case results from the property owner's proven negligence. Choose an attorney who makes you feel comfortable discussing the case and confident about the results.
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Ways Victims Be Injured By a Slip and Fall
When you suffer as a result of a slip and fall, many daily activities can be interrupted. From driving and getting to work to sharing time with your spouse, it might be impossible to enjoy life as you used to before the occurrence. Furthermore, loss of pay and other costs may build up, leaving victims feeling despondent about the near future. In addition, many victims experience emotional distress after a slip and fall incident, especially with serious injuries that prohibit usual activities. An attorney helps you get justice and compensation based on your injuries and the property owner's negligence so you can move forward with life.
Nobody expects to experience a traumatic slip and fall, but that type of accident happens every day. When property owners are negligent, they should be held responsible for their actions. Victims deserve to get justice and are ensured of having their rights represented when they hire an attorney. Before pursuing any claim or speaking to insurance representatives, contact an attorney for a consultation. It makes a difference to have someone fighting for your rights after suffering a traumatic injury to get the best possible outcome for your case.
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I had the pleasure to meet you at a conference and you came across as likeable and intelligent. And I felt, we had in common that we both grew up as Christians but realized that Hindu or Sanatana Dharma is the better option.
That's why I was surprised by your tweet:
"I am a Christian by my faith but Hindu by my roots. That's me. You cannot accept this fact about me, then it is your problem, not mine."
Most Hindus don't know the essence of the Christian faith, and you may have thought you get away with this? Or maybe you yourself don't know the essence??
Here it is in short:
The essence of Christianity is that Christians have the right faith and will be saved and Hindus have the wrong faith and will be damned forever. And from this follows that missionaries who dedicate their lives to save Hindu souls by getting them baptized, are doing a great job.
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You would know about the claim "There is no salvation outside of the Church". However, hopefully, you won't take it seriously and for you "Christian faith" may basically mean seeing Jesus Christ as your guide and object of devotion, as Hindus are devoted to Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Devi….
To feel devotion for Jesus is of course fine. No Hindu has any objection. They would see you as belonging to Sanatana Dharma, which accepts many different ways to connect with the ultimate Cause of our existence, whom the Vedas call Brahman or Tat. But to declare devotion for Jesus as "Christian faith" is not honest, because it's not true. Other conditions apply.
I am a Christian by my faith but Hindu by my roots.Unsplash
You would know that, as a Christian, you don't have the option to pick and choose. You have to accept the whole doctrine of the "faith" which you may have repeated in Sunday mass umpteen times, and this doctrine postulates the exclusivity of the 'one Lord Jesus Christ, the only son of God…. For us men and our salvation, he came down from heaven…" (Nicene Creed)
So you owe an explanation to Hindus what you mean by "I am Christian by my faith".
If an amiable and influential person like you stands openly by his Christian faith, it will confirm Hindus in their belief, that all religions are the same, and it's only people who misunderstand their religion, who give trouble to Hindus and not certain tenets of the religion itself.
Yet the problem is precisely with the doctrine that "there is no salvation outside of the Church".
Please do clarify in a public post, whether you agree with this crucial tenet that there is no salvation outside of the Church and that, by extension, missionaries do a good job.
Yes, most missionaries really believe that they do a great job.
I am sure, you don't believe this. But please…. say it openly.
And hopefully you won't mind my plain speak…
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These huge dog cryptocurrencies are skyrocketing in value, making early holders wealthy. While it is attractive to join the pack and hop on the bandwagon, Floki's ascent is built on excitement rather than fundamentals. This may prompt some people to conclude that the dog's bubble of profit is weak, which wouldn't be a foolish assumption. It is crucial to be unbiased in reviewing your investment, and there are two probable warning signs for consumers concerned about losses, as well as one prospective investment, HUH Token.
This dog has a handful of fascinating perks. According to the whitepaper for Floki Inu, its creators intend to develop various core projects such as Valhalla, a game metaverse analogous to The Sandbox, and Floki Inuversity, an educational platform.
There is also a relationship with CyptoCart that allows you to use your Floki Inu money to shop at over 1000 merchants. These actions, however, seem unlikely to constitute the fundamental basis of Floki Inu's spectacular growth.
Rather than allowing the fundamentals to speak for themselves, the designers of Floki Inu have adopted aggressive marketing techniques. Floki Inu begun a big advertising campaign on London's metro trains which was promptly removed by the UK government on the grounds of it being to adjacent to advertising gambling. They plastered their offers and provoked people's anxiety of missing out, especially in light of Dogecoin's spectacular and rapid growth.
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In terms of big increases, according to coinmarketcap.com, Floki Inu today has a market cap of over two billion dollars and has climbed by around six thousand per cent since June. The meme-hungry cryptocurrency community appears to be uniting around two unofficial mascots: Tesla's CEO Elon Musk and the Inu dog variety.
On June 25th, Floki grabbed their crown as Tesla's Technoking revealed the name of his fated puppy. Because of its well-chosen name and inclusion on one of Ethereum's decentralised trading platforms called Uniswap, Floki Inu was able to separate itself from the rest of the litter. Numbers talk, and Flokis' amazing climb may be traced in part to the masses' terror of losing out on the next great wealthy maker.
Scammers prefer cryptocurrency because it typically falls outside of existing financial scope, and it has built-in anonymity and secrecy, which may help them evade legal implications. There is no actual obvious and indisputable proof to show that Floki Inu has dishonest intentions, and this is just speculation.
However, given the recent situation involving the Squid Game Token, you can never be too careful. Anyone would be sceptical of the platform's choice of a hype-driven protest and aggressive advertising techniques.
The HUH Token on the other hand is a new coin that shows promise
The HUH Token on the other hand is a new coin that shows both the promise of a climb with their impressive social media maneuverability and safe tokenomic stability. This new cryptocurrency is soon to leave pre-sale in the next few days with it announcing its release date as December 6th. It will be available on Pancake Swap and Uniswap when the Multi-chain launch happens.
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The HUH Token is releasing with $1,000,000 in liquidity that will be locked in for at least two years, if this doesn't guarantee initial stability and proof of intention then nothing will. They will have a finished Certik audit by the end of this week and have already been audited by Solidity Finance and Shellboxes.
In regards to social tokenomics, the HUH Token is taking a novel approach of referral momentum, it allows the owner of HUH Tokens to refer another individual, when this person then purchases HUH Tokens the original supplier of the code will receive ten per cent of the transaction as either ETH or BNB. This depends on the type of exchange the transaction is done on. This combined with the army of social influencers that the brand is promising could lead to a bullish release, even a small investment may be worth the payoff.
As with all investments in the risky environment that is cryptocurrency, you should do your own research and only invest that which you can afford to lose regardless of the desire to not miss out.
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