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  • Labor Movement Fighting Anti-Asian Racism in All Forms

    Labor Movement Fighting Anti-Asian Racism in All Forms

    Labor Movement Fighting Anti-Asian Racism in All Forms | site |



    (Information contained in AFL-CIO press released dated: March 5, 2021)

    The continued anti-Asian racism that has skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic is a stain on our nation. The labor movement again condemns this vile behavior and will continue to fight these injustices. “The entire labor movement is appalled by the continued rise in anti-Asian racism across the country. Acts of physical violence, yelling of racial slurs and intimidation tactics used against our Asian American friends, family and communities must be called out and stopped,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Anti-Asian rhetoric is only hurting our nation more during this pandemic, and we all must stand up and condemn in the strongest terms possible that racism in any form is unacceptable.” Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance National President Monica Thammarath stated, “It is not ri
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  • FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: March 2, 2021)


    Washington - - FEMA continues its push to speed up vaccinations across the country, supporting states as they open additional community vaccination centers this week. In addition to Pfizer and Moderna, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered to three federal pilot community vaccination centers in California, Florida and Texas, helping to bring this unprecedented pandemic to an end. FEMA continues increasing vaccine allocations to states, tribes and territories, ensuring everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. Using data from CDC’s social vulnerability index, the agency is partnering with state leaders to identify community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations. Today, a comm...
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  • New Federal Trade Commission Data Show Massive Increase in Romance Scams, 304M Dollars in Losses

    New Federal Trade Commission Data Show Massive Increase in Romance Scams, $304M in Losses | site |



    Data spotlight shows reported losses up 50 percent from 2019


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    More consumers than ever report falling prey to romance scammers, according to new Federal Trade Commission data that show consumers reported losing a record $304 million to the scams last year. A newly released data spotlight shows that the amount consumers reported losing to romance scammers is up about 50 percent since 2019, and has increased more than fourfold since 2016. Scammers draw people in using pictures stolen from around the internet, building false personas that seem just real enough to be true, but always having a reason never to meet in person. Eventually, the supposed suitor will ask for money from the unwitting consumer. The impact can be major, with the
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  • CPSC and Luyuan Warn Consumers to Stop Using Luyuan Youth ATVs

    CPSC and Luyuan Warn Consumers to Stop Using Luyuan Youth ATVs

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Luyuan Warn Consumers to Stop Using Luyuan Youth ATVs Due to Crash Hazard and Violation of Mandatory Safety Standard | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Luyuan Inc. are warning consumers to immediately stop using all Luyuan youth ATV models to avoid serious injury or death. These youth ATVs do not meet CPSC’s mandatory safety standards. The youth ATVs are intended for use by children ages 6 years and older, as demonstrated by the product dimensions and advertising. However, Luyuan’s ATVs do not comply with the mandatory maximum speed limitations and other mandatory standard requirements for vehicles intended for children under 10 years of age, posing a risk of a high-speed crash that may result in serious injury or death to young children....
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  • NTSB Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion | site |




    (Information contained in National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] press release dated: January 12, 2021)

    Washington (Jan. 12, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued 14 safety recommendations during a board meeting held Tuesday in which the agency determined the probable cause for the Feb. 23, 2018, natural gas explosion in a Dallas, TX, home. One person died and four others were injured in the explosion at 3534 Espanola Drive, that caused major structural damage to the one-story residence. The NTSB determined that the ignition of an accumulation of natural gas that leaked from the gas main that was damaged during a sewer replacement project 23 years earlier, led to the explosion. Atmos Energy Corporation failed to detect the leak when responding to related incidents at two other homes on th...
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  • HHS OCR Publishes Proposed Rule Protecting Infants Born Alive from Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

    HHS Office for Civil Rights Publishes Proposed Rule Protecting Infants Born Alive from Discrimination on the Basis of Disability | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a proposed rule promoting the fundamental human dignity of individuals with disabilities in the nation’s health care system and protecting the rights of parents seeking treatment for infants with disabilities. The proposed rule, “Special Responsibilities of Medicare Hospitals in Emergency Cases and Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Critical Health and Human Service Programs or Activities,” updates and clarifies existing Departmental regulations to conform with statutory protections against disability discrimination, and establishes that HHS’ regulations:
    • Protect patients, including infants
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  • CPSC Issues Consumer Safety Warning: Serious Injury or Death Can Occur if Lithium-Ion Battery Cells Are Separated from Battery Packs and Used to Power Devices

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Issues Consumer Safety Warning: Serious Injury or Death Can Occur if Lithium-Ion Battery Cells Are Separated from Battery Packs and Used to Power Devices | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: January 8, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers not to buy or use loose 18650 lithium-ion battery cells. These cells are manufactured as industrial component parts of battery packs and are not intended for individual sale to consumers. However, they are being separated, rewrapped and sold as new consumer batteries, typically on the Internet.

    The Dangers of Loose 18650 Battery Cells Rechargeable lithium cells without proper protection that are not installed in a device or as part of an integral battery (“loose cells”) are potentially hazardous to consumers when handled, transported, stored, cha
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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Reinsurance Program to Manage Future Flood Risk in 2021

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Reinsurance Program to Manage Future Flood Risk in 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release: January 5, 2021) Washington - - FEMA has announced its 2021 traditional reinsurance placement for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), continuing its risk management practice against catastrophic flood losses. Reinsurance is a financial risk management tool used by private insurance companies and public entities to protect themselves from large financial losses. If a qualifying catastrophic flood event occurs, reinsurance companies cover a portion of the NFIP’s losses to enhance FEMA’s ability to pay flood insurance claims without borrowing from the U.S. Treasury. FEMA transferred an additional $1.153 billion of the NFIP’s financial risk to the private reinsurance market. This annual reinsurance agreement is effective throughout 2021 with 32 private re...
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  • Statement from New York Mayor de Blasio on the Law Department Report on NYPD Protest Response

    Statement from New York Mayor de Blasio on the Law Department Report on NYPD Protest Response| site |


    (Information contained in New York Office of the Mayor press release: December 30, 2020)

    New York - - Mayor Bill de Blasio today released a statement supporting the findings and recommendations of Corporation Counsel James Johnson’s report on the NYPD’s response to the George Floyd protests in New York City. “There are clear lessons to be learned from the protests this year and a necessary drive to bring about real, transformative changes. We must make improvements immediately, and the reports from the Department of Investigation and the Law Department will help guide the way forward,” said Mayor de Blasio. In addition to the 20 recommendations from the DOI report, I fully support the Law Department’s 10 recommendations for the NYPD to better respond to protests, strengthen community engagement and improve officer training.” In May, the M
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  • FCC Chairman Pai welcomes Industry efforts to Improve Wireless Emergency Alert Geo-Targeting

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai welcomes Industry efforts to Improve Wireless Emergency Alert Geo-Targeting | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: December 16, 2020) Washington, December 16, 2020—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today praised the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), a standards organization, for its efforts to improve the geographic accuracy of Wireless Emergency Alerts. “Wireless Emergency Alerts are a more powerful public safety tool than ever before, but I’ve been clear that more should be done to improve the geographic accuracy of these life-saving messages,” said Chairman Pai. “I am pleased that ATIS has heeded my call by developing recommendations to help ensure that these alerts reach all and only those in the affected communities during emergencies. I urge providers to promptly explore implementation of these...
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