Radiation Concerns to Slow Property Transfer at Hunters Point

first_imgThe Navy has agreed to suspend any further transfers of property at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco due to several investigations into the falsification of data by its cleanup contractor.In 2014, Tetra Tech admitted to submitting false samples in an apparent effort to show the soil was not radioactive. The samples the company submitted actually came from different locations than the ones indicated. In reality, the samples were collected from areas that had already tested clean for radiological contamination.Last week, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen told U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy that the city “will not accept the transfer of any land until federal and state regulators are satisfied that the land is clean and safe” and the city’s health department validates the decision, reported NBC Bay Area News.“The safety of our residents and workers is paramount, and we are committed to a thorough cleanup at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard,” they wrote.Earlier this month, EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control wrote the Navy to confirm an agreement that it would not propose any further transfers until the outcome of ongoing investigations by multiple agencies “and/or any other Navy action necessary to clarify the actual potential public exposure to radioactive material at and near [Hunters Point].”FivePoint, the reuse project’s master developer, also said it will not accept any property until regulatory agencies agree it’s suitable for development, according to the story.“We absolutely want and expect the Navy to clean up the Shipyard, and expect that this current review will be conducted thoroughly,” Kofi Bonner, FivePoint’s Northern California president, said in a written statement. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Twitter tests new desktop layouts

first_img Share your voice CNET’s Queenie Wong contributed to this report. Internet Tech Industry 0 Post a comment Tags Put the old page design back, twitter. This is a cluttered mess without rhyme nor reason. Everything’s small and crowded. What were you thinking? #twitterupdate— Cobalt (@chrissutor2) April 23, 2019 Twitter has a new look. Steven Musil/CNET If your Twitter feed looks a bit different, there’s a good reason.The microblogging service rolled out a redesigned desktop layout on Tuesday that features a simpler, airier look. The redesign, which Twitter announced in January, was previously available to a limited number of users through an opt-in program.The design revamp doesn’t appear to be the same for everyone though. One layout features two columns rather than three, with a larger timeline on the left and the trending topics and who to follow features moved from the left to the right column. Still others are getting a layout with a third, static column that holds the usual tools such as notifications and messages.mytwitterEnlarge ImageNew look with the (optional?) third column on left. Steven Musil/CNET A Twitter representative said the company is still testing new designs for the website.”We’re testing a few things so people may see different versions,” a Twitter spokeswoman said. “We wanted to test out in the open to get feedback and see what people think.”The new appearance also corrals other customizable features, some that had been made available piecemeal, including the option to change the size of your text, switch to dark mode (with a black background instead of white) and the option to choose the latest tweets first.The changes come as Twitter continues to try to come up with new features to boost user engagement. On Tuesday, Twitter said its monthly active users increased to 330 million in the first quarter from 321 million users in the fourth quarter.Even though Twitter warned months ago that changes were afoot, some users seemed confused by the changes Tuesday.A D. Giggs wondered if Twitter had rolled out a redesign… …while a user named Cobalt begged Twitter to switch it back to the previous layout. “This is a cluttered mess without rhyme nor reason. Everything’s small and crowded,” Cobalt tweeted. “What were you thinking?” Did Twitter just roll out a new design in the last 5 mins? What the….?— D Giggs (@PuddinCusp) April 23, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

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Why single out Ranveer Singh when we keep mum on scores of

first_imgWhile Twitterati and several other people on other social media platforms denounced Jack & Jones’s “sexist” advertisement featuring Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh after it was slammed by Tamil actor Siddharth and the ad was eventually pulled down, it may be a sobering exercise to take stock of some other advertisements misinforming and misleading the public.Releasing its data on November 21, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) said that in August 2016, the ASCI’s Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) upheld complaints against 152 out of 209 advertisements. Though many prominent brands feature in the list, one similar advertisement promoting casual sexism in the workplace like the Jack & Jones ad that made the cut in the CCC’s list was none other than TimesJobs.com, which describes itself as the nation’s leading job portal.Describing its observation, the advertisement industry watchdog held that the advertisement “is suggestive, objectifies women and indecent in the depiction of woman which is likely, in the light of generally prevailing standards of decency, to cause grave and widespread offence.” It also made a similar observation in a follow-up ad.An even more concerning fact embedded in the ASCI’s finding is that among the 152 complaints upheld by them, 66 instances were of education category, followed by 27 belonging to the healthcare category. The list also included 17 in the food and beverages category, 10 in personal care category, five in clothing and accessories category and 27 advertisements from other categories.The overwhelming cause for misleading advertisements for educational institutions was found out to be exaggerated, unsubstantiated, unverified and misleading claims that guaranteed to provide 100% placement/AND/OR they claim to be the No.1 in their respective fields. Although a more exhaustive list can be found here, some of the well-known names in the list included: Lovely Professional University, Sharda University, Pearl Academy, Frankfinn institute of Air Hostess Training and SRM university.Out of the 27 advertisements from the healthcare category whose advertisements were also pulled up for marketing products in a misleading manner, a peculiar trend was observed. Many of these advertisements that were pulled up by the ASCI were found to be in violation of the Drugs and Magic Remedies Act that more specifically, in these cases, concern the prohibition of advertising of drugs and remedies for improving or maintaining the capacity for sexual pleasure.Advertisements of companies and products such as Olefia Biopharma Limited (Votif Range of Products), Chetan Clinic, Nurture Health Care (Ayurex S Capsule) , Jippo African Capsule and African Oil, Amba Health Clinic, and German Homeo Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. (German Homeo Laboratory) that claimed to provide cures for a range of sexual problems were included in the ASCI list.Claims such as “Nightfall, Premature Ejaculation, Sexual weakness in Men”, “Masturbation, Pen** Disorders, Weakness in Nerves”, “You can get rid of loose thin and crooked Pen**”, “Itchiness in your sexual Organs”, “Low Sperm Count”, “Ovarian Cyst”, “Leucorrhoea White Discharge”, “Sagging of Sexual Organs”, “Lack of Sexual Desire”, “Irregular Periods”, “Make you small, loose, underdeveloped chest into a shapely, beautiful and attractive one”, “Enhance your Feminity” and “Improve Husband Wife Relationship” etc. were reported as unsubstantiated after examination of the use of products were found to be inefficacious, besides being in violation of the Act.So how are they still allowed to market and advertise these products?The answer can be found in what prominent sexologist Dr. Narayana Reddy explained to the Hindu: “The law provides them enough room to escape. Section 33EEC of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940 exempts drugs manufactured by vaidyas or hakims… for the use of their own patients from any regulation. Thus, as long as the quack sells his medicine to patients who come to him of their own accord, no standards or safety regulations apply.”last_img read more

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