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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

European lawmakers allowed to see scientific studies on glyphosate safety

European lawmakers will be given access to scientific studies involving glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, an E.U. court ruled. The studies were used by the European Food and Safety Agency in order to approve the use of glyphosate, but the agency refused to share the studies with lawmakers over concerns that doing so could harm the commercial interests of companies. The safety of glyphosate has been in question around the world for years. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015 classified the chemical as a probable carcinogen. Last August, ... Read More

Oregon Legislature to pay $1.32 million to resolve sexual harassment claims

The Oregon Legislature has agreed to pay $1.32 million to resolve sexual harassment claims brought by eight women who claimed they had endured unwanted touching, and verbal and electronic propositioning while working in the Legislature. State Sen. Sara Gelser started the ball rolling when she registered a complaint against then-Sen. Jeff Kruse, which led to an investigation by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). That investigation, which wrapped up earlier this year, found that the women had been subjected to sexual harassment and that legislative leadership, namely House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney, had failed ... Read More

Police officer claims fellow officers sexually harassed her

A police lieutenant and three sergeants at a Branchburg, New Jersey police department were named in a six-count lawsuit filed by officer Kate Proscia-Berger in Superior Court in Warren County in Phillipsburg. According to the lawsuit, the men sexually harassed her and created a hostile work environment. The lawsuit also claims the men retaliated against her and refused to promote her after she reported the incident to supervisors. According to the lawsuit, Proscia-Berger claims one of the sergeants repeatedly asked her for sex since 2002, kissed her and groped her, and even reached for her crotch in a patrol car. ... Read More

FDA promises better oversight of talc-containing cosmetics

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking new steps to protect consumers from dangerous cosmetics. “We’ll soon be working with cosmetics manufacturers and requesting information about what procedures they use to ensure their cosmetics are safe and, in particular, about how they ensure that talc used in any cosmetic product is free from asbestos,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a prepared statement. The agency will investigate how manufacturers source talc and whether they test the raw talc they use and/or their finished products. The agency also aims to know how many cosmetic products contain talc and whether ... Read More

IRS gives tax break to victims of sexual harassment

A loophole that prevented victims of sexual harassment who receive settlements from companies or individuals that victimized them from deducting their legal fees on their taxes has been closed, according to Robert W. Wood, a tax expert and contributor to Forbes. The so-called Weinstein tax law passed December 2017 prohibits individuals and companies that paid hush money settlements in sexual harassment cases from deducting those payments from their taxes. But it also prohibited those who received sexual harassment settlement payments from deducting their legal fees as well. For example, if a person received a $500,000 settlement and her lawyer got ... Read More

Miami bans use of glyphosate-containing weed killers

Miami, Florida, city commissioners have banned the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, in an effort to improve water quality and protect public health. “Water quality issues are so important to the city of Miami, and we can be one of the worst polluters as a municipality,” said Commissioner Ken Russell, who sponsored the resolution. “We ask for residents to make a change in their habits and that they be conscious of what they put in their gardens, but when I realized the totality of what the city uses at any given time, ... Read More

CDC: Experienced supervisors need for dicey tree felling projects

The death of a 21-year-old tree feller, working from a bucket truck as part of a small tree-felling crew, might have been avoided had the contractor ensured that the crew was led by a person with substantial experience in tree felling, and if crews had been equipped with satellite phones to ensure communication with the supervisor and medical emergency services was readily available, according to an evaluation by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program. The tree-felling crew was charged with taking down an 80- to 90-foot, fire-damaged oak tree located below ... Read More

Third cancer-causing impurity found in certain ARB blood pressure drugs

A third type of cancer-causing impurity has been found in a type of high blood pressure and heart failure medication from a class of drugs known as ARBs (angiotensin receptor blocker), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a news release. The impurity N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA), was detected in losartan potassium tablets made by Hetero Labs Ltd., and distributed by Camber Pharmaceuticals. As a result, Hetero Labs recalled 87 lots of the pills in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg dosages. Since last summer, the FDA has issued numerous recalls of the ARBs losartan, valsartan and irbesartan mainly due to the ... Read More

Senate approves resolution for Asbestos Awareness Week

The United States Senate has approved the 15th resolution establishing April 1-7 as National Asbestos Awareness Week. The resolution seeks to “raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure.” Asbestos is a strong, fire-resistant mineral that was mined from the earth and used in a variety of construction, shipbuilding and friction materials. Its use was greatly reduced in the 1980s. By then, it had been known for decades that asbestos exposure could lead to serious diseases including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos-related diseases can take up to 50 years to develop. Once symptoms ... Read More

Asphalt company fined after worker death in slat/drag conveyor

Western Engineering Company Inc., was fined $89,032 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), following an investigation into the death of an employee. The accident occurred Nov. 7, 2018, when employee Andrew Martinez, 28, was pulled into an unguarded slat/drag conveyor at the company’s North Platte, Nebraska asphalt plant. He was found dead and pinned inside the machine. Western Engineering Company was slapped with seven serious violations of machine guarding, lockout/tagout and permit-required confined space standards, including failing to develop a confined space entry program; issue safety permits; test atmospheric conditions; and provide air testing ... Read More