NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Nearly 12,000 women have sued Johnson & Johnson, with most claiming the talc in its well-known product Johnson's Baby Powder caused their ovarian cancer. They now have a new potential legal front. In a recent case, a group of plaintiffs argued that the talc was contaminated with asbestos, a carcinogen considered unsafe at any level of exposure. A jury agreed with them and awarded them US$4.69 billion in damages in July. Q: What is talc, and why is asbestos relevant A: Talc is a mineral in clay mined from underground deposits. It's the softest mineral known to man, and that makes it useful in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Asbestos is also found underground, and veins of it can often be found in talc deposits, leading to a risk of cross-contamination, geologists say. Q: Are any other consumer products made with talc? A: Talc is used in many cosmetics: lipstick, mascara, face powder, blush, eye shadow, foundation and even children's makeup. In … [Read more...] about Johnson & Johnson sued over baby powder: What is talc, where is it used and why is asbestos a concern?
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A good rule in foreign relations is that not every problem can be fixed. The US seems well aware that it cannot help fix the problems of one-party rule in Laos, which has been controlled by an authoritarian communist party since 1975. Conscious of this, Washington rarely comments on human-rights abuses by Vientiane, hasn’t provided too much aid to the country (except for clearing up its own unexploded ordnance from the 1970s), and doesn’t think it necessary to impose punitive measures. Yet the US thinks it can help fix the Cambodia problem. To put the matter briefly, Kem Sokha, the leader of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, was arrested for treason on scant evidence in September 2017. Two months later, the CNRP for forcibly dissolved by the Supreme Court for allegedly attempting to overthrow the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) government with the support of Americans or the American government (the distinction isn’t strongly drawn by proponents … [Read more...] about What is the end goal of America’s sanctions on Cambodia?
STRENGTH FOR TODAY - Dr. Harold J. Sala (The Philippine Star) - July 1, 2018 - 12:00am ?Til I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days.– Job 27:5-6 What is integrity? Integrity is doing what you say you will do, something that seems to lack moral authority in today’s culture and world. Employers often look at resumés and ask themselves, Did this person really accomplish what he or she claims to have done? Applicants exaggerate their skills and training because they desperately need a job. CEOs overstate their earnings because they want to impress stockholders, and employees call in sick because they have used up their paid time off and they would like a day off to spend with a relative who has come for a visit. “Do you believe in life after death?” a supervisor asked a young man. “Oh yes,” he quickly replied. … [Read more...] about What is integrity?
MANILA - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he got just one instruction from President Rodrigo Duterte after he was sworn into office late Thursday: "Do what is right." Guevarra replaced former justice chief Vitaliano Aguirre, who resigned this week following criticism of the Department of Justice's decision to clear drug suspects Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. Duterte announced on Thursday that he accepted Aguirre's resignation. Guevarra was previously senior deputy executive secretary. "I thank the president for his trust. His sole instruction to me: Do what is right," Guevarra said in a text message. Duterte accepts Aguirre's resignation as justice chief Guevarra also worked under the administration of Duterte's predecessor, former Pres. Beningo Aquino, as head of the "truth commission" that was tasked to investigate alleged irregularities of the Arroyo government. The Supreme Court declared the truth body as illegal. He later served as deputy executive secretary for legal … [Read more...] about News ‘Do what is right,’ Duterte tells new justice secretary
By Alan Fram The Associated Press Wed., March 28, 2018 WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump says there’s “a good chance” that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will “do what is right for his people and for humanity” and make moves toward peace. In a pair of tweets early Wednesday, Trump says Chinese President Xi Jinping has told him a meeting Xi had with Kim this week “went very well.” Trump says that according to Xi, the North Korean leader “looks forward” to meeting the American president. The White House has said Trump plans to meet Kim by May amid nuclear tensions between the two nations. Trump has agreed to historic talks after South Korean officials relayed that Kim was committed to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons and was willing to halt nuclear and missile tests. In the meanwhile, Trump says, “unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!” The … [Read more...] about Good chance North Korean leader will do ‘what is right,’ Trump says