(AP) Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing intere Recent It is becoming clear that this years race for the Governors Mansion is going to sift down to a couple of issues, whether the Empire State sh Recent Tiny plastic beads found in certain products, including body washes and toothpaste, should be added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s l Recent A link to the suffragette past celebrated during Seneca Falls’ annual Convention Days is coming to the village this weekend. Recent My mother would spend hours preparing food without ever complaining. The smiles on our faces and the gratitude she felt from all of us in the Recent New York State Health Plan Marketplace More Deals Gillibrand to EPA: Add microbeads, microplastics to Great Lakes contaminants list Saved (0) Comments Tiny plastic beads found in certain products, including body washes and toothpaste, should be added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Great Lakes contaminants, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Thursday. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to include microbeads and microplastics on a list of emerging contaminants in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s action plan. According to Gillibrand, microbeads pose serious environmental and health risks and could harm fish in Lake Ontario and the other Great Lakes. “Microbeads can concentrate toxins already in the environment and pose a serious threat to New York waterways’ natural ecosystem,” Gillibrand said. “I urge EPA to add microbeads and microplastics to the list of emerging contaminants in the Great Lakes, to ensure the proper improvements can take place to help remove them from Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.” Including microbeads on a list of emerging contaminants will allow further study of the plastic objects and their impact, according to Gillibrand’s office. Gillibrand’s call for microbeads to be added to the list of contaminants was praised by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Schneiderman, a Democrat, released a report in May making the case for a ban on microbeads . He also introduced legislation that would ban microbeads. “From the Great Lakes to the Hudson River to Long Island Sound, our commitment to protecting and restoring New York’s waters is among our most important responsibilities,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “While they may be invisible to users, roughly 19 tons of microbeads are washed down the drain in New York every year. “I applaud Senator Gillibrand for her leadership in fighting to stop the flow of plastic from ill-designed beauty products into our vital waters, protecting our national heritage against the hidden threat.”
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Embed http://abc7.com/video/embed/?pid=191046 By Tuesday, July 15, 2014 LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Just because the word “natural” appears on the outside of a beauty product doesn’t mean the contents on the inside http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/07/14/debra-messing-tca-katherine-heigl-nbc-presentation/ are natural, according to a year-long investigation by Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports ShopSmart investigators advise looking past the front of the packaging. “When we looked at the fine print on many personal-care items, we found several ingredients that concern us, such as coal tar, triclosan, and chemicals that release formaldehyde. Prolonged use of these ingredients may pose an increased risk of cancer or other health issues,” said Lisa Lee Freeman with ShopSmart magazine. For instance, the label on Naturtint hair color products say it’s made “with ingredients of natural origin.” But, it contains a petroleum-derived coal-tar color called p-phenylenediamine, plus hydrogen peroxide. That combination may be carcinogenic based on preliminary animal studies. The label on Arm & Hammer deodorant says it has “natural” deodorizers, but it contains triclosan, an antibacterial. It may contribute to bacterial resistance, and animal studies show it’s could potentially disrupt hormones that may affect reproductive and developmental health. There are ingredients like quaternium 15 and DMDM hydantoin in body washes that claim to be “natural” and “nourishing.” But when combined with water they can release formaldehyde, which is a human carcinogen if it’s inhaled. “Fortunately, some manufacturers and retailers are taking steps to reduce or eliminate potentially risky ingredients from their personal care products,” said Freeman. The best label to look for in beauty products is USDA organic.
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Younique Announces Chief Scientific Officer, Mukhtar Siddiqui – Yahoo Finance

Mukhtar Siddiqui, Younique’s Chief Scientific Officer, leads all Research & Development efforts at Younique and manages their internal Laboratory, overseeing all the formulations, testing, processing, manufacturing, and quality. Mukhtar says, “Uniting science and nature will be our focus at Younique as we continue to select the finest, safest, cleanest, and most effective cosmetics ingredients.”

Retaining walls are great for leveling out sloped property so that you can then utilize that space for gardening. Again, the material is up to you, but I recommend something that goes with the house, or a similar material or color that is in some other part of the hardscape, such as a walkway. Wood structures such as gazebos, pergolas, patio covers, even archways, all look fantastic in the garden in the right place. Most add welcome shade to an area that might not otherwise have it and welcome people to come and sit awhile, especially if you have some attractive inviting seating provided there as well. Make sure if they are painted that the color goes well with the house. Another part of “hardscaping” is lighting. Many people dont think much about it, but in Southern California in the summer, outdoors is a really nice place to be, especially if you entertain, or maybe youre just cooking on that amazing outdoor kitchen or barbeque grill for the family. In addition to lighting the areas you “hang out” in you might also consider the beauty of “uplighting” some key focal points in your garden typically large trees, but boulders, waterfalls, a group of cactus, anything thats particularly “striking” would look great at night with the benefit of uplighting. Gates, walls, fencing these are all hardscape, and although in many areas, we get what the developer put in, we can still often change that. If you have a choice, do something that reflects your tastes.
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Shire is the maker of Adderall, a leading drug to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The purchase adds fuel to an escalating debate in Washington about so-called inversions, in which an American multinational company buys a foreign competitor and restructures abroad to avoid paying the high U.S. corporate tax rate on its offshore earnings. AbbVie, which is based in North Chicago, Ill., will cut its overall effective tax rate from 22.6% last year to 13% in 2016 by reincorporating in Jersey, according to a regulatory filing Friday. The U.S. corporate tax rate is 35%. Jersey is a well-known tax haven because it has a 0% standard corporate tax rate. The AbbVie/Shire deal is among the largest of about 50 inversions over the past decade. Several have been in the pharmaceutical industry.
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He also holds a Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from University of Sind. He currently has six US patents in the cosmetics, skin care, and hair care categories. His expertise in formulating with the finest ingredients and most cutting-edge technologies led him to bring to the market some of the most successful, environmental-friendly, and high-performance products worldwide. About his role at Younique Products, Mukhtar says, “Uniting science and nature will be our focus at Younique as we continue to select the finest, safest, cleanest, and most effective cosmetics ingredients.” About Younique Younique is based in Lehi, Utah, and was founded less than two years ago by a brother-sister team, Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft. Derek is a proven entrepreneur, already having founded a company previously that was on the Inc. 500 fastest-growing private companies in America for two consecutive years. In 2009, his company, NetSteps, placed 11th in the nation and 1st in Utah, as the fastest growing software company. Derek was recognized by Utah Valley Business Q Magazine twice as #1 and #8 overall for the area’s fastest growing companies. Melanie has a background in Advertising Art, Marketing, Purchasing, and Sales.
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