Michigan State University granted an extension to comply with House inquiry into

first_img Categories: Kesto News,LaSata News,News 09Feb Michigan State University granted an extension to comply with House inquiry into Nassar failings The Michigan House of Representatives today did not receive information from Michigan State University in response to the official request made on January 25, 2018.  The university had been given a deadline of February 9, 2018 to turn over the information.Michigan State University instead requested a short extension to collect and provide all requested information.  State Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata have granted that extension in order to receive full disclosure.  Michigan State University will turn over all records regarding allegations made against Larry Nassar in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 by Wednesday, February 14, 2018.State Rep. Klint Kesto, chairman of the Law and Justice Committee, and state Rep. Kim LaSata, chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, today released the following statement:“This information is important to our ability to improve state law and build a better, safer system for crime victims and students.  We look forward to reviewing this information, finding points of failure in the university’s process and beginning work on important reforms that can ensure these mistakes will never be made again.“We fully anticipate all requested information being turned over by Wednesday. If it is not, our committees will meet shortly to discuss the next steps in compelling the university to do the right thing.”#####last_img read more

Rep Vaupel a veterinarian introduces plan to protect pets in Michigan

first_img02May Rep. Vaupel, a veterinarian, introduces plan to protect pets in Michigan New legislation requires transparency and tougher standards on sales of dogs from breeders and pet storesState Rep. Hank Vaupel testifies in support of his legislation today before the House Agriculture Committee.State Rep. Dr. Hank Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, this week introduced legislation raising the standards for all pet stores and breeders operating in the state of Michigan to protect Michigan pets, families, communities and small businesses.“Ensuring animal health and welfare is of paramount importance to me as a veterinarian,” said Rep. Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “This legislation adds important protections for all dogs sold to and in these establishments while also providing consistency for small business owners in the form of a statewide standard.”The plan laid out in House Bills 5916 and 5917:Requires pet stores in Michigan to purchase from reputable breeders that instill and follow best practices as set by federal and state guidelines.Establishes safeguards like breeders not having ANY direct violations for the past two years and no more than three indirect for the past year.Requires detailed records be maintained about where every dog is acquired and that each animal has a certified health certificate from a licensed state veterinarian, has all shots, and is micro-chipped.Allows community stores to operate, provided they meet these higher standards, while allowing animal control authorities to inspect and request certifications at any time, providing municipalities with local control.“It’s important to recognize the impact of a brick and mortar retail location in a community. Not only do they provide a valuable service, many of these family-owned businesses have been staples in the community for years, they also provide a gamut of consumer protections,” said Dan Papineau, Director of Tax Policy for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. “Giving families a choice when they are looking for a pet is important as is ensuring these entities are well-regulated and reputable.”With demand in American households for pets growing every year, more and more consumers turn online or unwittingly to sources like flea markets or unregulated breeders. In a recent study by the Better Business Bureau, experts believe up to 80 percent of online advertisements for pets may be fraudulent. In addition, when forced to online retailers, consumers often have no recourse if the puppy is not as advertised or unhealthy.The legislation remains under consideration by the House Agriculture Committee.### Categories: Vaupel Newslast_img read more

Sunscreens can work their way into the bloodstream

first_imgThe researchers looked at four commonly available sunscreen products that are used maximally in a population. They observed the amount of the drug absorbed via the skin when applied over it maximally as directed by the manufacturers. Results revealed that all of the four active ingredients present in the formulations of sunscreen were absorbed via the skin. The researchers add that there is no evidence that these ingredients are unsafe but say that more studies are necessary to evaluate the safety of these ingredients when they are absorbed via the skin.They also state that most of the safety tests are part of a product’s approval and need to be conducted before it is available for use. Same is true for each of these ingredients, the authors of the study assure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now strictly regulates sunscreens like other drugs and formulations and has the same stringent set of rules that go into their approval. As part of the new rule, the FDA has called upon manufacturers to come up with extensive safety data on 12 active ingredients present in commonly available sunscreen formulations. The FDA states that ingredients that are absorbed 0.5 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter) or higher in blood need to undergo strict safety tests to see if they could lead to cancers or birth defects in the users. According to this latest study, these four ingredients in question have a higher than the 0.5 ng/mL absorption in blood. Their safety is not yet ascertained.The study focuses on maximal use of these products as well as their use in young children and in pregnant women. The authors explain that as the sunscreens become more powerful and broad spectrum to protect against the UV rays of the sun, the concentrations of their key ingredients tend to rise.First author Murali K. Matta and colleagues included 24 healthy participants who applied the 4 commercially available sunscreen formulations. The randomized clinical trial was conducted at a phase 1 clinical pharmacology unit. The four ingredients they studied included avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. They were asked to apply 2mg of the sunscreen per 1 cm2 to 75% of body surface area 4 times per day for 4 days. The team collected 30 blood samples over 7 days from each of the participants. Maximum plasma concentrations of Avobenzone in the 2 sprays, lotions and creams respectively were 4.0 ng/ml, 3.4 ng/ml, 4.3 ng/ml and 1.8 ng/ml. For oxybenzone similarly the values were 209.6 ng/mL, 194.9 ng/mL, 169.3 ng/mL for spray 1, 2 and lotion respectively. For octocrylene absorption level was 2.9 ng/mL, 7.8 ng/mL, 5.7 ng/mL and 5.7 ng/mL for 2 sprays, lotion and cream respectively. For ecamsule the values were 1.5 ng/mL for the cream. Rash was the commonest side effect observed with the use of the sunscreens.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyLiving with advanced breast cancerThe authors conclude, “The systemic absorption of sunscreen ingredients supports the need for further studies to determine the clinical significance of these findings. These results do not indicate that individuals should refrain from the use of sunscreen.”Dr. David Leffell, a spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology and Yale School of Medicine dermatologist, in a statement said, “Studies need to be performed to evaluate this finding and determine whether there are true medical implications to absorption of certain ingredients.” Scott Faber, senior vice president for government affairs at the Environmental Working Group, or EWG, in his statement said, “The sun is the real enemy here… It’s not news that things that you put on your skin are absorbed into the body. This study is the FDA’s way of showing sunscreen manufacturers they need to do the studies to see if chemical absorption poses health risks.”A decade old study from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had looked into the levels of oxybenzome in the urine samples of participants and found it in 97% of the samples. Oxybenzome present in the sunscreens is linked to hormonal changes in boys, shorter pregnancies and low birth weights of babies etc. Oxybenzone in sunscreens is also known to cause contact allergies. Hawaii has since then banned the use of oxybenzone and octinoxate in sunscreens because it could damage the marine ecosystem and bleach the corals. The European Union too has eliminated oxybenzone from sunscreen products. But oxybenzone remains in use in the US with at least two thirds of the sunscreens sold in nation containing the chemical.Commeting on the latest study, former FDA Chairman Dr. Robert Califf assured that the results of the study do not “mean these ingredients are unsafe.” The Personal Care Products Council, the national trade council for sunscreen, cosmetic and personal care product chief scientist, Alex Kowcz said, “The presence of sunscreens in plasma after maximal use does not necessarily lead to safety issues. It’s important for consumers to know that for the purpose of this study, sunscreens were applied to 75% of the body, four times per day for four days — which is twice the amount that would be applied in what the scientific community considers real-world conditions.” She added that reports of this kind may dissuade the general population from using sunscreen.The American Academy of Dermatology recommends application of at least 1 ounce of sunscreen on the exposed parts of the skin every two hours or after swimming. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMay 7 2019Sunscreens are one of the most essential means to protect oneself from the harmful UV rays of the sun and protect oneself from skin cancer. Skin cancer, say health officials, remains one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States. Millions of people use sunscreens with an SPF of over 15 when stepping out. New studies are focussing on the safety of these sunscreens for long term use.A recent trial called “MUsT” or maximal usage trial looked at the long term use and safety of sunscreens. The study was titled, “Effect of sunscreen application under maximal use conditions on plasma concentration of sunscreen active ingredients: a randomized clinical trial”. The study results were published yesterday (6th of May 2019) in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. This pilot study was conducted by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, an arm of the US Food and Drug Administration. Image Credit: Rawpixel / Shutterstocklast_img read more

Sony nearly doubles firsthalf net profits upgrades forecast

first_imgSony on Tuesday announced its six-month net profit had nearly doubled from last year to a new record, and upgraded its annual forecasts, with games and movies leading the way. Sony profits soar nearly seven-fold to $4.5 bn Sony’s operating profit and sales were both up, with video games driving the good news The electronics and entertainment giant said April-September net profit reached 399.4 billion yen ($3.5 billion), up 88.7 percent from a year ago and marking a record high for the period.Operating profit and sales were both up, with video games driving the good news, including blockbuster software titles like “God of War” and “Spider-Man”.Unit sales of PlayStation 4 consoles slowed, but Sony’s quality sensors for smartphone cameras saw explosive demand, becoming a major pillar of the firm’s revenue.Movies and music segments also contributed to growing profits, though Sony’s mobile phone business continued to struggle.The robust six-month performance, with operating profit up 20.1 percent to 434.5 billion yen and sales up 5.5 percent to 4.1 trillion yen, prompted Sony to upgrade forecasts for the second half.It now projects an annual net profit of 705 billion yen, operating profit of 870 billion yen and sales of 8.7 trillion yen.Sony had previously forecast a moderate slowdown for the rest of the year.Analysts said the company results showed it was entering a growth phase after a remarkable recovery that followed several painful years of huge losses.”Its game sector has continued spearheading its recovery. Strong titles offset slowing sales of PlayStation 4 consoles,” Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo, told AFP ahead of the company’s announcement.”Other than mobile businesses, I have not seen any major risks surrounding Sony,” he said.Yasuo Imanaka, an analyst at Rakuten Securities in Tokyo, said “Sony has already completed a full-fledged comeback and is now heading toward a new growth phase”.”The only concern is its mobile phone business. Sony is required to revamp the sector drastically,” he told AFP before the announcement. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Sony nearly doubles first-half net profits, upgrades forecast (2018, October 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-sony-first-half-net-profits.html Explore further © 2018 AFPlast_img read more

Resignations have to be accepted speaker to only see if it is

first_img Next Resignations have to be accepted, speaker to only see if it is voluntary or not: Rebel MLAs to SCSenior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, told the court that the Speaker has to only see if the resignation is voluntary or not.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 13:37 IST Karnataka rebel MLAs have said the Speaker is delibertaely delaying the decision on resignations. (File Photo)Ten rebel MLAs of Karnataka’s ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition Tuesday said in the Supreme Court that their resignations “have to be accepted” as there is no other way to deal with the present political crisis and contended that the speaker has to see only if the resignation is voluntary or not.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is first dealing with the case of 10 lawmakers who approached the court first.Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, told the court that the Speaker has to only see if the resignation is voluntary or not.”Resignation has to be accepted, there is no other way to deal with it,” Rohatgi told the court.”It is my fundamental right to do whatever I want to do and cannot be bound due to non-acceptance of resignation by speaker,” submitted Rohatgi.There is vote of confidence in assembly and the rebel MLAs may be forced to follow whip despite resigning, he said.Rohatgi told the court that the 10 MLAs resigned on July 6 and disqualification proceedings against two lawmakers were pending.”When was the disqualification proceedings filed against rest eight MLAs,” the top court asked, to which Rohatgi responded that disqualification proceedings started against them on July 10.The 10 rebel MLAs moved the apex court alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations.They are: Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, B C Patil, S T Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, A H Vishwanath and Narayana Gowda.Disqualification proceeding is mini-trial under the Constitution’s 10th Schedule, Rohatgi said, adding that resignation is different and its acceptance is based on single criterion — it is voluntary or not.There is nothing to show the rebel MLAs conspired with BJP, the senior advocate said.The apex court, which was dealing with the plea of 10 rebel MLAs on July 12, will now be hearing five more lawmakers who have sought identical relief that Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar accept their resignations as well.The five MLAs — Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig — mentioned their application before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta Monday seeking impleadment as parties to the pending plea on which it was ordered that the speaker would not take any decision till Tuesday on the resignations and disqualifications.The top court had on Friday restrained the Speaker from taking any decision till July 16 on the resignation and disqualification of the rebel MLAs.The top court had said an incidental question that would arise in the matter is the kind and extent of the directions that should be issued by a constitutional court to another constitutional functionary, which in the present case happens to be the Speaker of the Assembly.READ | Karnataka crisis: Don’t want to be MLA, rebel legislators tell SCWATCH | Ahead of trust vote in Karnataka rebel MLAs asked not to leave Mumbai hotelFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow KarnatakaFollow Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Cant stay SCST Act as it is now a law Apex courtCant

first_imgcourts and legal crime, law and justice The recent amendments to the SC/ST law passed by Parliament cannot be stayed at this stage, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday, as it sought the Centre’s response on a batch of pleas challenging the fresh provisions. The pleas have sought declaration of the amendments to the Schedule Castes and Schedules Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as ultra vires.Parliament on August 9 had passed a Bill to overturn a March 2018 order of the apex court concerning certain safeguards against arrest under the SC/ST law.On Friday, a Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan issued notice to the Centre and sought its response in six weeks. Counsel for petitioner Prathvi Raj Chauhan said the Bench should at least stay the operation of the new provisions till the plea is being heard.To this, the Bench said: “What stay? It is now a legislation and cannot be stayed at this stage.” SHARE SHARE EMAIL September 07, 2018 COMMENTS SHARE COMMENT Published on laws Reservationlast_img read more

RS bypolls Fearing crossvoting Gujarat Congress shifts its MLAs to Mount Abu

first_imgpolitics Published on COMMENT July 03, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL national politics SHARE COMMENTS Since the 2017 elections, at least six Congress MLAs have changed sides to join the BJP On a day when Rahul Gandhi officially resigned as Congress President and asked the party’s Working Committee to find his replacement, the Gujarat unit of the party was fighting its own battle as it struggled to keep its flock together. Fearing cross-voting in by-polls to the two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat, the State Congress decided to move its MLAs to Mount Abu in Rajasthan to keep them away from the reach of the ruling BJP. The Congress camp in Gujarat is facing discontent among some of its MLAs who are likely to cross-vote in favour of BJP candidates — S Jaishankar and Jugalji Thakor. The Congress has fielded former MLA Chandrika Chudasama and Gaurav Pandya.Since the 2017 elections, at least six Congress MLAs have changed sides to join the BJP. There is also a strong possibility that rebel Congress MLA and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor and some of his supporting legislators may cross-vote in the Rajya Sabha polling scheduled for Friday. The two Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat were vacated by Union Ministers Amit Shah and Smriti Irani following their election to Lok Sabha from the Gandhinagar and Amethi constituencies, respectively. Congress MLAs led by the Leader of Opposition, Paresh Dhanani, boarded a private bus on Wednesday to travel towards Mount Abu. According to Congress leaders, all but rebel Congress MLAs were travelling together. Dhanani could not be reached for comments. ‘A precautionary move’The party officials termed this as a “precautionary move” to “thwart any attempt by the ruling BJP to influence the MLAs for cross-voting.”Last month, the Congress had directed its legislators to refrain from meeting Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel or other ministers even for matters related to their Assembly constituencies, till the Rajya Sabha by-polls are over. Earlier this week, the Congress issued a whip to all its legislators, including Alpesh Thakor, to vote in favour of the party’s two candidates in the Rajya Sabha elections. ‘Cong has slim chance’But if polling for both the seats are held separately , the Congress is set to lose both the seats for want of numbers as all MLAs would exercise their first preference votes twice.Therefore, the BJP, which has the numerical strength of 100 as against 71 of the Congress, is likely to win both seats.During the Rajya Sabha polls in August 2017, the Congress had moved 44 of its MLAs to a resort in Anand and then to Bengaluru to avoid horse trading and ensure a victory for Congress leader Ahmed Patel. last_img read more