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ADAO Releases Report Detailing EPA’s 30 Year Failure to Implement an Asbestos Ban

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Report Looks at Public Health, Environmental, and Economic Impact of Continued Asbestos Use and Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Cancer–The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos caused-diseases, today released a new report detailing the inaction on the part of the EPA for the past 30 years to effectively ban asbestos. The report, EPA’s Failure to Ban Asbestos: The Impact from 1989 – 2019 on Public Health, Environment, and the Economy, documents the very real dangers associated with asbestos exposure, industry’s continued use and government exemptions, asbestos consumption metrics, and policy history associated with ban efforts.

“Asbestos victims and their families have been begging policy and lawmakers to take action for decades,” said ADAO co-founder and President Linda Reinstein. “While they have allowed asbestos imports and use to continue in the United States, one million Americans have died of asbestos-related disease and more continue to be exposed to this deadly substance every day. The human cost of inaction is simply too high. These deaths are preventable—the only thing we need is the will to put public health before private profits.”

On July 12, 1989, the EPA attempted to place the health and safety of Americans at the forefront of their agenda with a full ban on asbestos. However, the ban has been thwarted by industry lobbyists and distorted facts that don’t tell the truth about the dangers of asbestos.

The report highlights key facts associated with the EPA’s failed asbestos ban attempts since 1989:

  • The Chlor-Alkali industry, the primary importers and users of raw asbestos, have successfully lobbied for an exemption in 1989, 2007, and are lobbying again in 2019
  • U.S. Companies have spent over $100,000,000 USD buying asbestos
  • More than 375,000 metric tons of asbestos have been consumed
  • Congress has introduced 12 ban asbestos bills without passage
  • Congress has introduced 28 anti-asbestos victims bills without passage
  • Meanwhile, more than 70 nations have successfully banned asbestos
  • And most importantly, more than one million people have died from asbestos exposure

Asbestos has been found in homes, schools, industrial buildings and products, as well as unsuspecting consumer products including children’s toys, cosmetics and crayons. And though many Americans likely believe that asbestos has already been banned, it remains legal and lethal. There is no safe level of exposure. The need for this report is clear as unethical administration changes at the EPA become even more questionable. As this report was being written, it was announced that Nancy Beck, the controversial deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s toxics office and a former chemical industry lobbyist, is heading to the White House. She is being replaced by David Fischer from the American Chemical Council.

In the face of this ongoing threat and EPA’s inaction, ADAO continues to urge Congress to pass the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 (ARBAN).

“For 30 years public health has taken a back seat to private profit. The time to end this is now,” said Reinstein. “We are hopeful that this report will help shed light on important facts that don’t distort the truth and will ultimately lead to the EPA’s support for a full ban, and Congressional action to make it happen.”

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.

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Media Contacts:

Tracy Russo

(202) 556-1631

tracy@upshiftstrategies.com

Kim Cecchini

Media Relations

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

(310) 251-7477

info@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org

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Karuna Therapeutics Schedules Webcast and Conference Call to Announce Results from its Phase 2 Clinical Trial of KarXT for the Treatment of Psychosis in Patients with Schizophrenia

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BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$KRTX–Karuna Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: KRTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing novel therapies with the potential to transform the lives of people with disabling and potentially fatal neuropsychiatric disorders and pain, today announced it will hold a webcast and conference call on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. EST to provide results from its Phase 2 clinical trial of KarXT for the treatment of acute psychosis in patients with schizophrenia.

The dial-in numbers are 1-855-548-1216 for domestic callers and 1-409-216-6318 for international callers. The conference ID number for the live call will be 9498519. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the investor relations page of the Karuna Therapeutics corporate website at www.karunatx.com. After the live webcast, the event will remain archived on the Karuna Therapeutics website for three months.

About Karuna

Karuna is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and delivering first-in-class therapies with the potential to transform the lives of people with central nervous system (CNS) disorders – which remain among the most disabling and potentially fatal disorders worldwide. Galvanized by the understanding that today’s neuropsychiatric and pain management patients deserve better, Karuna’s mission is to harness the untapped potential of the brain’s complex biology in pursuit of novel therapeutic pathways that will advance the standard of care. For more information, please visit karunatx.com.

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Investor Contact:
Chris Brinzey

Westwicke, an ICR Company

+1 339 970-2843

chris.brinzey@westwicke.com

Media Contact:
Jenn Gordon

GlobalHealthPR

+1 202 587-2580

jgordon@globalhealthpr.com

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Dubai Future Accelerators to Pick New Cohort of Innovative Startups to Address Global Challenges

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  • Cohort 7 to commence exploring future-focused solutions; applications open until November 30, 2019
  • Program addresses government-identified challenges across key sectors

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), an initiative of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and the Government of Dubai, is once again scouting new talent from among the world’s most innovative startups and scale-ups to join its flagship program.


DFA is set up as a business development and market-entry accelerator based on specific demands identified by its partners. Startups and scale-ups offering software or product-solutions that meet partners’ requirements are invited to submit their applications until November 30, 2019.

Cohort 7 will invite startups to experiment with emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) to brainstorm innovative solutions to the likely challenges facing cities of the future in key industries, such as healthcare, transportation, and safety and security.

With DFA facilitating collaborations, the companies will work hand in hand with government entities to address their industry-specific issues. Participating government partners will include Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Police and Etisalat Digital.

The launch of this year’s edition follows the success of six earlier cohorts that synergized 13 government entities and 219 startups on 97 challenges. Furthermore, 71 percent of these startups have signed agreements with their partner entities to test their solutions through pilot projects or implement them within their organizations.

Dubai Future Accelerators is an intensive nine-week program that forges partnerships with government entities and private sector organizations from Dubai with startups, scale-ups and innovative SMEs from around the world to co-create transformational solutions. It offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to use the city as a test bed for their avant-garde prototypes.

Companies selected to join our 7th cohort get invited to an in-residence program where participants will benefit from direct access to senior decision makers, access to a coworking space, paid roundtrip airfare to Dubai and paid accommodation for the duration of their participation in the mentorship program. Furthermore, DFA does not take any equity in the participating startups.

Interested startups that are keen to participate in the global challenge and shape solutions for the future can register now at https://dubaifutureaccelerators.com/en/

*Source: AETOSWire

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Dubai Future Foundation
Noora Al Hathboor, +97145166522

noora.alhathboor@dubaifuture.gov.ae
http://www.dubaifuture.gov.ae

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The Best Verizon Black Friday Deals (2019): List of Early iPhone, Pixel & Galaxy Cell Phone & Fios Wireless Savings Shared by Deal Tomato

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Compare early Verizon Wireless Black Friday 2019 deals and save now on Apple iPhone 11, XS, 8, Galaxy S10, Note10 & Verizon Fios wireless services

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Find the best early Verizon Wireless cell phone & Fios internet & TV Black Friday deals listed below, including instant savings on the latest Apple iPhone & Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

Best Verizon deals:

Black Friday deals run for a limited period of time. For the full range of live deals check out Amazon’s Black Friday deals page and Walmart’s Deal Drop page. Deal Tomato earns commissions from purchases made using the links provided.

Verizon offers a wide range of cell phone plans, internet & TV packages. Holiday deals often include attractive promotions for new customers and those looking to switch services. Promotions on the latest iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note10 are to be expected this year, in addition to impressive deals on Verizon Fios internet packages.

Where are the best Black Friday deals? Holiday shoppers can visit Amazon and Walmart for two of the largest store-wide sales events during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Internet Retailer, an e-commerce news provider, reports that Amazon.com, Inc ranked number one in its 2019 US Top 1,000, a ranking of the leading web retailers in the US based on their online sales. Free shipping without a minimum purchase amount proved highly successful in boosting Amazon’s sales and reputation last year, as millions of products left shelves and found their way into US homes over the holiday shopping season.

Walmart has also demonstrated strong numbers over the Black Friday period. According to market research company eMarketer, Walmart.com received an impressive 132 million online visitors over the holiday sales season last year.

About Deal Tomato: Deal Tomato reports on online sales events. As an Amazon Associate Deal Tomato earns from qualifying purchases.

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Andy Mathews (andy@nicelynetwork.com)

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