House Committee to Hold Hearing on Glyphosate Allegations

first_img The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology announced that it may soon hold a hearing on the International Agency for Cancer Research’s 2015 assessment that glyphosate is a carcinogen. The Committee has been looking into the IARC, which receives American taxpayer funding, and sent a letter to the agency’s director citing concerns over the “scientific integrity” of the group. It also sheds light on the allegations of data manipulation in the IARC review of glyphosate.The letter questions the involvement of Christopher Portier, a statistician with no previous experience regarding glyphosate, who testified during a high-profile European hearing that he was in favor of banning the herbicide. At the same time Portier chaired the IARC Working Group that proposed the assessment on glyphosate, he was also a private litigation consultant for two law firms, directly benefitting from the classification of glyphosate as a “probable” carcinogen.The House Committee may soon be asking IARC officials to appear before them to give testimony about the methodology they used to come up with their findings.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 6, 2017 Previous articleGrain Storage ConsiderationsNext articleNPPC Urges Congress to Fund Ag Research Hoosier Ag Today House Committee to Hold Hearing on Glyphosate Allegations Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News House Committee to Hold Hearing on Glyphosate Allegations SHARElast_img read more

Oceanside Hospital Alerts Thousands of Patients to Possible Blood Infections

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An insulin syringe and pen (Credit: Bruce Blaus)South Nassau Communities Hospital is urging more than 4,200 patients to get blood tests after they may have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV at the Oceanside medical facility.Hospital officials are voluntarily notifying a specific group of patients that may have received insulin from an insulin pen reservoir—not the pen’s single-use disposable needle—that may have been used on more than one patient, representatives of the medical center said in a statement.“The risk of infection from this is extremely low, nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, the hospital is recommending that patients receiving the notification be tested,” the statement read. “While the testing is voluntary, it is recommended.”Damian Becker, a spokesman for the hospital, said the letters were sent out last month after a nurse was overheard saying in January that the insulin pen reservoirs are OK to reuse, at which time the nursing administrative team was notified.The patients who are receiving notifications are being offered free and confidential blood testing services. Affected patients are recommended to schedule a blood test within 60 days of receiving the letter. About 300 patients have contacted the hospital so far.The hospital said it is working with the New York State Department of Health on the issue. It also has banned the use of insulin pens and permitted only single-patient-use vials to administer prescribed insulin treatments to patients.To inquire about testing, patients can call the hospital at 516-208-0029.last_img read more

UK schemes face planning delay as PPF postpones insolvency score model

first_imgThe UK Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has confirmed a delay in publishing the model for insolvency scores in levy calculations after development with the new provider overran.In an update from its December 2013 statement to levy payers, the lifeboat fund said it was making steady progress with score provider Experian on the new model.However, chief executive of the PPF Alan Rubenstein said development work to create a bespoke model with Experian had taken longer than anticipated.As a result, levy payers will be unable to see their new scores in early 2014 as originally planned. “We are making steady progress with Experian but want to make sure any new model we consult on is robust and fit-for-purpose,” Rubenstein said.Experian will take over the provision of insolvency scores for the 2015-16 levy period after the PPF announced its decision to end its eight-year relationship with current provider Dun and Bradstreet (D&B).Joanne Shepard, senior consultant at Towers Watson, called the delay from the PPF frustrating, as schemes are trying to prepare for the years ahead.“This [model] change has already tied in with the second levy triennium for the framework, where the PPF might change some of the factors used to calculate the levy,” she said.“There are now a lot of reasons why we cannot estimate the 2015-16 levy for clients, which is frustrating and impacts on companies’ planning.“We do not know what the Experian scores will look like compared with D&B’s and will not now have any indication in February as expected. We will just have to wait longer to provide clients with any indication of what the impact will be.”Barnett Waddingham partner Nick Griggs conceded the delay was not ideal, but he said that, given D&B’s failures as a score provider, it was important for the PPF to find a new model.“It is more important that the new rating system be fit for purpose,” he said. “The PPF appears to be aware of levy payers’ concerns, and it is encouraging it has indicated that extra flexibility will be offered during the transition period.”This delay from the lifeboat fund added to an announcement in December from D&B that it would be altering its score-calculation methodology for the 2014-15 levy.Shepard said it was still difficult to know the impact.“Most companies will have already put a budget together for the 2014-15 levy, so the change is a bit too late,” she said. “If there is now a significant move, it could force a band movement, with a significant impact on the levy, which could reach up to 50%.”last_img read more

ACC releases women’s basketball schedule; Syracuse starts conference slate Jan. 3

first_img Published on September 18, 2018 at 4:21 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 ACC play begins for Syracuse at Clemson on Thursday, Jan. 3. The home conference opener comes on Jan. 13 against North Carolina. The Orange play two conference opponents twice: Boston College and Pittsburgh.In its overall schedule, Syracuse will play 11 teams that made it to the NCAA tournament last year out of the 28 games on the schedule. The highlight game in nonconference play for the Orange will be at Oregon. The Ducks feature 2017-18 AP first-team All-American point guard Sabrina Ionescu.Syracuse will also take part in two holiday tournaments. Over Thanksgiving break, the Orange plays three games at the Cancun Challenge. And in the week leading up to Christmas, SU plays two games in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the St. Pete Classic.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, the Orange finished 22-9 overall, 10-6 in the ACC. SU returns the entirety of the starting lineup it used in every game: Tiana Mangakahia, Gabrielle Cooper, Miranda Drummond, Digna Strautmane and Amaya Finklea-Guity.The Orange also adds two five-star freshmen, Emily Engstler and Kadiatou Sissoko, according to the ESPN Hoopgurlz rankings. Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi, a five-star recruit from the 2017 class, will also be eligible to play after redshirting in her first year on campus.Here’s the full Syracuse schedule with conference matchups in bold.Tuesday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m. – vs. North DakotaSaturday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m. – at OregonSunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. – vs. BucknellThursday, Nov. 22, 1:30 p.m. – vs. Kansas State (in Cancun, Mexico)Friday, Nov. 23, 1:30 p.m. – vs. Princeton (in Cancun, Mexico)Saturday, Nov. 24, 1:30 p.m. – vs. DePaul (in Cancun, Mexico)Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. – at MinnesotaSunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m. – vs. TowsonWednesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. – vs. Maryland Eastern ShoreMonday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. – vs. NiagaraFriday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. – vs. Duquesne (in St. Petersburg, Florida)Saturday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. – vs. UCF (in St. Petersburg, Florida)Thursday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m. – at ClemsonSunday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m. – at Virginia TechSunday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m. – vs. North CarolinaThursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. – at PittsburghSunday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. – at Georgia TechWednesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. – at MiamiSunday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m. – at DukeThursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – vs. VirginiaThursday, Feb. 7, TBA – at LouisvilleSunday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m. – vs. Boston CollegeThursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. – vs. North Carolina StateSunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. – vs. Wake ForestThursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. – vs. PittsburghMonday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. – vs. Notre DameThursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – at Florida StateSunday, March 3, TBA – at Boston College Comments The Atlantic Coast Conference released its full women’s basketball schedule on Tuesday. Syracuse will play 16 ACC games beginning at the start of conference play on Jan. 3.The biggest name team to come to the Carrier Dome is defending national champion Notre Dame. The Orange host the Fighting Irish on Monday, Feb. 25. The game against UND is the culmination of a five-game homestand for SU. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more