Friday, December 13, 2019

Major Alert Issued for 'Fashion Doll'

Tests Conclude Popular Toy Contains Dangerous Levels of DEHP

The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) has urged the federal government to recall a toy known as Fashion Doll, a 5-inch doll wearing a pink floral dress and pink shoes with blonde hair.

As part of its responsibilities, the DCP conducts product research and testing and enforces New York’s Children’s Product Safety and Recall Effectiveness Act.  Testing found that the Fashion Doll contains more than 246 times the federally allowable limit of the chemical phthalate Di(2-ethylhexyl), also known as DEHP. The toy is imported by Greenbrier International, Inc. of Chesapeake, VA, and is sold at stores throughout New York State, including Dollar Tree, where the Fashion Doll was purchased.

“During this holiday shopping season, we need to make sure the toys we are buying our children are safe,” said New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado.  “This toy poses an unacceptable risk to our kids and should not be on store shelves. I urge Dollar Tree to voluntarily pull the item from its shelves and call on the federal government to issue a recall of this product immediately.”

The DCP contacted the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to request a national recall of the Fashion Doll containing DEHP, and asked Dollar Tree to remove the toy from its shelves and discontinue its sale. The DCP also contacted the importer requesting it and its distributers cease distribution and sale of the Fashion Doll in New York State and nationwide.

If anyone has the Fashion Doll at home, they can dispose of it by simply throwing it in the garbage, or they can choose to set it aside in a safe area and await any future recall instructions, which may or may not include a refund component.

Phthalates are chemical substances often used in production of many types of plastics, certain inks, paints, and other products. They are generally used to make plastics softer. The National Toxicology Program has concluded that DEHP is a reproductive and developmental toxin in animals. The National Toxicology Program cites concerns about human exposures to DEHP and potential health effects from such exposures, especially in infants and toddlers. The Fashion Doll contained 24.60% of DEHP, well above the federal limit 0.10% (for more information on phthalates, please click here).

Hazards in children’s products are often latent and unfortunately not known until someone is hurt. Accordingly, the DCP urges consumers to follow simple safety tips when shopping to best ensure the toys purchased are safe for children: always purchase age-appropriate toys; read labels carefully and take note of all warnings; keep toys in good condition and dispose of broken toys or repair them right away; and make sure any fabric toys are labeled as flame-resistant or flame-retardant.
Consumers who identify a recalled product in the marketplace, or require more information about toy safety and recalls, are urged to call the Consumer Assistance Hotline: 1-800-697-1220. Consumer complaints can be filed at any time at
Source: The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection

We Must Love Each Other: A Powerful Message for Our Troubled Country....from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This video was published on YouTube in November 7, 2014. 

This speech by Dr. King is as important today as when he first delivered it.

Source: Martin Luther King Jr. 

What Happened to Kid President?

This video was published on YouTube on October 1, 2019. 

SoulPancake: Kid President went off the air for a few years... so what happened while he was gone? And why did he stop making videos in the first place??? Hear from Brad and Robby, the team behind Kid President, about everything that has happened since the last Kid President video, and what's next for Kid President.

Fashion Influencer and Instagram Star: The Story of Steves Hounkponou

The Magic of Christmas in Paris

2019 AFIMSC Leadership Team Holiday Message

The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) Leadership thanks everyone for their hard work throughout the year.

NAAEE 30 Under 30: Young Leaders Making a Difference

This video was published on YouTube on November 22, 2019. 

North American Association of Environmental Education: (October 19, 2019, Lexington, KY) -  Danni Washington, host of Xploration STATION: Nature Knows Best, and Taiji Nelson, Senior Program Manager at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, moderated a panel of four Class of 2019 EE 30 Under 30 to discuss why young leaders are making a difference and how environmental educators can support them. 

The panelists talked about their respective backgrounds, perspectives of nature, and civic engagement efforts. The group fielded a variety of questions regarding topics like mentoring, climate change, and the future of environmental education.

Why Millennials Are Increasingly Choosing an Alcohol-Free Lifestyle

This report was published on YouTube on December 10.

Man Trying to Get a Song on the Radio Since the ‘50s

This report was published on YouTube on December 11.

Malls Opening Early So Kids with Autism Can Visit Santa in Calmer Environment

10-Year-Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy Signs with Favorite Basketball Team

This report was published on YouTube on December 11.

Girl Scout Cookie Campaigns Build Confidence and Leadership in Young People

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Source: PIX 11 News

Tunnel to Towers to Honor Slain Jersey City Officer, Pay for Home Mortgage

 Detective Joseph Seals

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Source: PIX 11 News

Share Your Holiday Wishes with New York Public Library Staff

The following announcement was submitted by the New York Public Library. 

Your local library is a special place—it's a home for information, inspiration, and community. It could not be the warm and welcoming place it is without the work of dedicated New York Public Library staff.

Each and every day, the people who work at your local branch—from managers to librarians, educators to assistants, clerical staff to pages—provide and support the essential free services New Yorkers depend on.
Will you join us in wishing them happy holidays? Sign our card and your special message will be shared across the Library, including the staff at your local branch.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Alex Jones Told 'This Sandy Hook Stuff is Killing Us' by Infowars Editor


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Source: The Huffington Post

The deposition of Paul Joseph Watson, in Heslin v. Jones, was taken on November 27, 2019, by attorney Mark Bankston of Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball, LLP.

How Corporate Tax Incentives Rob Public School Budgets

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The Inspector General’s Report on 2016 FBI Spying: A Major Scandal for the Bureau and U.S. Media

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Source: The Intercept_

'We Want People Power Solutions': Activists Ousted From COP25 for Protesting Corporations at Summit

House Judiciary Marks Up the Articles of Impeachment - Day 2

PBS NewsHour: The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday is expected to consider amendments to the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and vote on whether to send those articles to the full House of Representatives.

Pelosi Says She Won’t Try to Persuade Democrats on Impeachment Vote

New Developments in Shootout That Left 6 Dead in New Jersey

New Security Warning for In-Home Smart Cameras

Oakland Considers Housing 1,000 Homeless People on Cruise Ship

US: N Korea Missile Tests Are 'Deeply Counterproductive'

Israel Heads for Third General Election Within a Year

‘No Christmas Break’: France Set for More Strike Chaos Over Holidays

Protests in Iraq: Families Angered by Altered Death Certificates

UK General Election: Voters Go to Polls for 3rd Election in Less Than 5 Years

Rohingya Refugees Reject Suu Kyi's Genocide Denial

Mayor de Blasio Discusses City's Response to Jersey City Attack

G.O.P. Senators Flood the Exits in N.Y., and Party Woes Deepen

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Source: The New York Times

NYC Comptroller Demands de Blasio Hand Over Homeless Hotel Records

Scott Stringer
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Source: The New York Daily News

New Law Protects NY Workers from Wage Theft by LLC Companies

The Power of the Pen

Legislation (S.2734/A.453) has been signed amending the Limited Liability Company Law to protect employees and the wages owed to them. This bill clarifies the law to make the ten members with the largest ownership interest of any Limited Liability Company, foreign or domestic, responsible for unpaid wages to employees. This legislation was proposed by  Governor Andrew Cuomo as part of his 2017 State of the State address.

"We have zero tolerance for any company that exploits workers and attempts to steal the hard-earned wages of its employees," Governor Cuomo said. "This measure closes a loophole that for too long allowed certain companies to hide behind their complicated corporate structure to avoid wage theft laws currently on the books."

Senator James Skoufis said, "New York State's hard-working employees will no longer be exploited by certain companies that intend to skirt their responsibilities to pay wages that have been rightfully earned. By ensuring all LLCs are held to the same standards, we've taken a significant step in protecting New York's employees and I thank the Governor for signing this into law."

Assembly Member Phil Steck said, "Businesses have an obligation to pay their employees for the work they perform and unscrupulous companies scamming New Yorkers won't be tolerated. New Yorkers work hard for their money, and this law will ensure they are paid every dime they've earned. That is why I was proud to sponsor this legislation in the Assembly."

New York State continues to take action so that all workers are treated fairly and receive all of the wages they are entitled. Since Governor Cuomo took office in 2011, the State has recovered nearly $300 million in stolen wages and returned them to more than 280,000 workers.

This law will be effective in 60 days.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Winter Safety Tips for Older New Yorkers

The New York State Office for the Aging reminds older New Yorkers and caregivers to take precautions in winter weather, as cold temperatures and heavy snow can create hazardous conditions for older adults.
“Ice, snow, and cold temperatures can be a challenge for everyone, but can be particularly dangerous for older adults, who need to be aware of what they must do—or not do—to best protect their health,” said Acting Director Greg Olsen. “Many older adults also have less social contact during winter months, which can lead to loneliness and isolation. Neighbors and family members should regularly check on older individuals to make sure they are healthy and safe.”
Some health and safety considerations for older New Yorkers during winter months include:
Physical Activity/Falls Prevention/Isolation

Those with cardiac issues or high blood pressure should always follow doctor’s orders about shoveling or performing any strenuous outdoor activity. 

Healthy adults should dress in warm layers and work slowly when doing outdoor chores. 

Take extra precautions to reduce the risk of hypothermia and frostbite. Dress appropriately. Don’t ignore early warnings signs, which include shivering, confusion, memory loss, drowsiness, and slurred speech. Shivering is an important first sign that the body is losing heat and a signal to return indoors. 

Be careful when clearing your car after a snowstorm. Sitting inside a vehicle while the motor is running can become deadly if the tailpipe has been blocked by snow or ice. 

To prevent falls, wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles, and avoid icy walkways. Remove shoes as soon as you return indoors. Melted snow on floors can lead to slippery conditions inside. 

To avoid social isolation and combat depression, older adults are encouraged to contact NY Connects at 800-342-9871 or their local area agency on aging to find a senior center in their community. In addition, a check-in system, where someone regularly calls or looks in on an older family member or neighbor can make a big difference in their lives.
Heat your Home Safely 
If you use a fireplace, wood stove, or portable kerosene heater to stay warm, be sure there is adequate ventilation to the outside. Without enough fresh air, carbon monoxide fumes can build up in your home. 
Never use a natural gas or propane stove/oven to heat your home. If you are using a kerosene heater, use K-1 grade kerosene only. Never substitute with fuel oil, diesel, gasoline or yellow (regular) kerosene. 
Follow all safety precautions when using wood stoves, space heaters, electric heaters, kerosene heaters, and pellet stoves. 
When adding fuel to a space heater, or wood to a wood stove or fireplace, wear non-flammable gloves. Never add fuel to a space heater when it is hot. The fuel can ignite, burning you and your home. Keep the heater away from objects that can burn, such as furniture, rugs or curtains.
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating their homes. Eligible individuals may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year and could also be eligible for emergency HEAP benefits if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having utility service shut off. The 2019-2020 regular HEAP benefit opened November 12, 2019, and the 2019-2020 emergency benefit will open January 2, 2020. For more information, please visit the HEAP website or call 1-800-342-3009.
Generator Safety 
Never run a generator in your home or indoor spaces, such as garages, basements, porches, crawlspaces or sheds, or in partly enclosed spaces such as carports or breezeways. Generators should only be operated outside, far away from (25 feet or more if possible) and downwind of buildings. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid fire and or carbon monoxide poisoning. 
Do not exceed the rated capacity of your generator. Overloading your generator can damage it and any appliances connected to it. Fire may result. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. Fuel spilled on a hot generator can cause an explosion. If your generator has a detachable fuel tank, remove it before refilling. If this is not possible, shut off the generator and let it cool before refilling.
Don't Be Left in the Dark - Weathering Floods, Storms and Power Outages, developed by the New York State Department of Health, is a guide for homeowners and others who want to prepare for power outages and other consequences of severe weather events.
Additional cold weather tips are available on the New York State Department of Health website.
About the New York State Office for the Aging and Health Across All Policies/Age-Friendly New York
New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) continuously works to help New York State’s 4.3 million older adults be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs, and services that support and empower older adults and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.
New York is nationally recognized for being the first age-friendly state in the nation. Using the state’s Prevention Agenda as the overarching framework, in 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a Health Across All Policies approach, where public and private partners work together to positively impact population health by marrying health care, preventive health, and community-design, in concert with addressing social determinants of health, to improve the lives of all New Yorkers, young and old.
Source: NYSOFA

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Will Be Named TIME Magazine's Person of the Year

A Bold Prediction .....from The G-Man  

The prediction is not based on political beliefs. I'm simply looking at the impeachment situation as a whole and how it has played out up to this point. Without question, Speaker Pelosi has been the driving force.

It's important to keep in mind that Speaker Pelosi had people within her own party calling for her resignation just a couple of years ago, and she has reinvented herself and risen from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix, thanks to her
steadfast leadership, poise and strength leading up to and during the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
It's for these reasons that I believe she'll be selected TIME Magazine's Person of the Year. Oh! Once she is, you can bet a king's ransom that her front cover will be real.

U.S. Sanctions Are Driving Iran to Tighten Its Grip on Iraq

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Source: The Intercept_

Representative Neal Outlines Changes Made to USMCA Trade Deal

C-SPAN: House Ways and Means Committee Chair Representative Richard Neal outlines some of the changes in the deal reached with the White House on the USMCA Trade Agreement on labor and environmental enforcement rules, drug pricing, and other issues. "This is more than a triumph for organized labor. It's a triumph for workers everywhere across America ... This is an agreement that Democrats have shaped," the Ways and Means Committee chair says of the negotiations that led to deal. The agreement must now be approved by both the House and Senate.

The U.S. Has Almost No Official Presence at COP25 But Is Still 'Obstructing Any Progress'

House Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment

House GOP Leaders Issue Response to
Announcement of Articles of Impeachment 

Health Workers Fight Ebola in Congo Despite Threats of Violence

Zimbabwe Suffers Its Worst Drought in a Century

New Zealand: Eight Missing After Volcanic Eruption 'Likely Dead'

Algerian Court Convicts 2 Former Prime Ministers of Corruption

Analysis: Ethiopia PM Receives Nobel Peace Prize

Al Jazeera English: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has just received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts fostering peace with the country's neighbour, Eritrea. Abiy Ahmed was recognised for his role in ending a decades-long military standoff and re-establishing relations between the two countries. Receiving the prestigious award, Ahmed said he was accepting it on behalf of Ethiopians and Eritreans who made the 'ultimate sacrifice' for peace. 

Awol Allo is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Keele University, talks to Al Jazeera about the development.

South African Court Orders Eviction of Refugees Living in Church

Year 2019 to Be Mexico's Most Violent on Record

Ukraine Summit: 'Several Sticking Points Still Remain'

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Faces Rohingya Genocide Allegations at UN Court

PS 398 Renamed the Hector Figueroa School (Full Coverage)

NY AG Failed to Prove Exxon Misled Public on Climate Change: Judge


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Source: The New York Daily News

Monday, December 9, 2019

Hemp in New York: Legislation Establishes Regulatory Framework for Production and Sale

Legislation (S.6184/A.7680) has been signed, which establishes a regulatory framework for the production and sale of hemp and hemp extract in New York State. The measure also requires the hemp industry to test and label their products, protecting consumers from potential harm. The legislation was signed pursuant to a chapter agreement, which provided for a more streamlined regulatory pathway for hemp products, granted the Department of Agriculture and Markets supervision over hemp growers and the Department of Health supervision over hemp extract; created a registration requirement for sellers of hemp extract products; made conforming regulatory changes to the 2018 Farm Bill; and defers decision making on hemp extracts, including CBD, as additives for food and beverages.

The Governor also announced that New York State will host a hemp summit in January to further develop policies and priorities related to this burgeoning industry.

"The hemp industry in New York is exploding and with that growth comes a responsibility to regulate the industry in a way that helps ensure its long-term viability and protects consumers," Governor Cuomo said. "By establishing a regulatory framework for producing and selling hemp and hemp extract we can set the industry on a path to continued growth in a smart, safe way that empowers both farmers and consumers."

New York State's hemp program, including the hemp extract market, which sells popular products like CBD, has recently experienced significant growth. The growth of this industry, including more consumers using hemp extract products, has increased the need for a well-defined regulatory framework for producing and selling hemp extract as well as stronger protections for consumers. This measure helps achieve that goal by establishing a state permitting process for growers, processors and sellers of hemp and hemp extract as well as requires the laboratory testing and labeling of hemp extract products.

Senator Jen Metzger said, "Today, New York has taken a nation-leading step forward to create the framework for growing, processing, and selling hemp extract and related products in our state, providing a tremendous opportunity for our farmers and businesses up the value chain while ensuring that we have the standards needed to protect consumer safety and well-being. As the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am thrilled to partner with my counterpart in the Assembly, Donna Lupardo, as well as the Governor in putting this legislation in place in a timely manner."

Assemblymember Donna Lupardo said, "For the last five years, New York has carefully developed one of the most highly regarded hemp programs in the country. Given the enormous consumer interest in hemp extracts like CBD, we need to develop labeling standards the public can rely on. This legislation provides important consumer protections, while giving a clear direction for the hundreds of farmers, processors and manufacturers who have made substantial investments in this new industry. I'd like to thank the Governor for his leadership on this topic, positioning New York as a national hemp leader." 

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York Law Helps Prevent Water Contamination from 1,4-Dioxane

Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation (S.4389-B/A.6295-A) to help prevent the emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane from contaminating New York's water systems. This new law prohibits the sale of household cleaning products containing 1,4-dioxane and limits the sale of cosmetic and personal care products with certain levels of 1,4-dioxane.

"As emerging contaminants like 1,4-dioxane continue to show up in water systems around the country, in New York we are taking aggressive action to keep our drinking water clean and safe," Governor Cuomo said. "In the absence of federal standards to limit the spread of this harmful contaminant, this new law builds on our efforts to protect and preserve our drinking water resources from these unregulated chemicals that threaten the health of New Yorkers and the environment."

Senator Todd Kaminsky, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said, "New Yorkers deserve clean water, free of cancer-causing chemicals. That is precisely why my bill to ban cleaning and personal care products containing 1,4-dioxane is so critical. Long Islanders deserve pristine water -- nothing less will suffice. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for signing my legislation and for caring about such a fundamental issue for Long Islanders."

The Environmental Protection Agency identifies 1,4-dioxane as a likely carcinogen to humans. Despite the documented health risks associated with exposure to 1,4-dioxane, it is still found in many consumer products. When these products containing 1,4-dioxane are used by consumers and washed down the drain, the contaminant enters local water systems. Elevated levels of 1,4-dioxane have been found in municipalities across the State, with EPA data showing that Long Island has the highest levels detected in the entire country. This new law will help prevent 1,4-dioxane from contaminating New York's waters by banning and limiting the sale of products that contain this harmful chemical. To ensure compliance with these requirements, this law would impose civil penalties of up to $1,000 for each day of violation and up to $2,500 each day for a second violation.

This new law takes effect on January, 1, 2022.

This new law builds on Governor Cuomo's leadership in proposing the nation's first maximum contaminant level for 1,4-dioxane, and the nation's most protective maximum contaminant levels for PFOAa and PFOS.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

U.S. Supreme Court Leaves in Place Kentucky Abortion Restriction

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Source: Reuters

The 'Bernie Blackout' Is in Effect — and It Could Help Sanders Win

This report was published on YouTube on December 8. 

Source: The Intercept_

Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron & BP Could Be Legally & Morally Liable for Climate Crisis in Philippines

The Trump Impeachment Hearings - Judiciary Committee - Day 2

House Judiciary Committee Begins to Write Impeachment Articles

Can Biology Curriculum Reduce Racism?

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Source: Daily Kos

Gambia President Vows to Punish Traffickers After Boat Disaster

This report was published on YouTube on December 7.

Macron Welcomes Putin, Zelensky for Ukraine Peace Talks in Paris

Fragile Hopes for Peace in Ukraine's Eastern Donbas Region

Margaritis Schinas: 'No One is Happy or Proud with the Situation in Libya'

North Korea Resumes Nuclear Testing

Russia Banned from Olympics, World Cup for Tampering with Doping Data: WADA

Global News: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) held a news conference to discuss the decision made on Monday to ban Russia from competing in any international sporting events for the next four years, a period that includes the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for tampering with doping-related laboratory data. 

The decision by WADA is a serious blow to Russia‘s already tarnished sporting reputation and a disappointment for Russian sportsmen and sportswomen, who will not now be able to perform at the Olympics under their own flag and national anthem. 

WADA’s executive committee in Switzerland acted after concluding that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats.

Devastating Fire at Garment Factory in New Delhi Kills 43

This report was published on YouTube on December 8.

Seminars for Those Eligible for 9/11-Related Healthcare Benefits

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Source: PIX 11 News

NYPD Veteran: ‘I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People’


Multiple police officers in Brooklyn say they were told by a commander that white and Asian people should be left alone. 

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Source: The New York Times

Police Officer Gui Li Saves Woman’s Life While He’s at Doctor’s Office

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Source: The New York Daily News

The Most Powerful Black Men and Women in New York State

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

The 2019 Power of Diversity: Black 100

In New York, several high-profile black politicians have risen to positions of influence in recent years. New York Attorney General Letitia James is now the state’s top law enforcement official. As the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn could be the next speaker of the House of Representatives. And in Albany, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins drive the state’s legislative process. 

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Source: City & State