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13 Янв 2021, 20:06
Власти Украины обещают наказать вмешавшихся в выборы в США граждан

Офис президента Украины Владимира Зеленского обещает способствовать привлечению к ответственности украинских граждан, имеющих отношение к вмешательству в выборы в США. Об этом глава офиса Андрей Ермак сообщил на своей странице в Twitter.

Ермак подчеркнул, что «независимо от партийной принадлежности» украинская администрация сделает «все, что в ее силах», чтобы привлечь виновных к ответственности.

Ранее сообщалось, что министерство финансов США ввело санкции против семерых граждан и четырех информационных ресурсов Украины из-за вмешательства в президентские выборы США.


— США ввели санкции против семи граждан и четырех информационных ресурсов Украины

— «Предупреждение на будущее»: почему США ввели санкции против украинцев

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13 Янв 2021, 05:05

«Манчестер Юнайтед» обыграл «Бернли» в матче 18 тура Английской премьер-лиги (АПЛ).

Встреча проходила на стадионе «Терф Мур» в Бернли и завершилась со счетом 1:0.

Таким образом, «Манчестер Юнайтед» набрал 36 очков и вышел на первое место в АПЛ.

Главный тренер «МЮ» Оле-Гуннар Сульшер прокомментировал результат игры.

«Всегда, когда берешь три очка, ты доволен. Нам нужно было побороться и заработать их, и мы это сделали», — передает слова Сульшера BBC.

Ранее сообщалось, что полузащитник «Спартака» Крал может перейти в «Вест Хэм».

13 Янв 2021, 21:41

Political officials at EPA have overruled the agency’s career scientists to weaken a major health assessment for a toxic chemical contaminating the drinking water of an estimated 860,000 Americans, according to four sources with knowledge of the changes.

The changes to the safety assessment for the chemical PFBS, part of a class of "forever chemicals" called PFAS, is the latest example of the Trump administration's tailoring of science to align with its political agenda, and another in a series of eleventh-hour steps the administration has taken to hamstring President-elect Joe Biden's ability to support aggressive environmental regulations.

“They’re just trying to lay as many landmines as possible,” said a Democratic congressional aide with knowledge of the changes. “Every single thing that they’re doing ends up being a landmine for whoever comes next. It’s going to take a lot of time to unravel, which sort of takes away from the ability to do anything proactive.”

An EPA spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on the changes, but defended its effort to tap scientists from a different part of the agency to rewrite the rule.

PFBS is a replacement for a related chemical, PFOS, that was used for decades in Scotchguard and military firefighting foam before being phased out in the mid-2000s. PFBS has been in military firefighting foam, carpeting and food packaging, but independent scientists say it may not be much safer than the toxin it replaced. It has been linked with with thyroid, kidney and reproductive problems at very low levels of exposure.

While the new assessment is a science document, not a regulatory one, the changes in question open the door for state and federal regulators to potentially set less stringent cleanup standards, drinking water limits and other standards.

The broader class of PFAS, of which PFOS is a part, has been used in everything from stain-resistant carpeting to Teflon to microwave popcorn bags, and are linked with kidney and testicular cancer, immune effects and other health ailments. The chemicals contaminate the drinking water supplies of an estimated 200 million Americans, according to an analysis by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group.

Trump administration officials at EPA have vowed to aggressively address PFAS, touting a multi-pronged PFAS Action Plan. But they have fought efforts by lawmakers to accelerate work on a federal drinking water limit for the chemicals, and in 2018 POLITICO reported that White House officials sought to block a CDC assessment finding they are dangerous at much lower levels of exposure than EPA said was safe, calling it “a public relations nightmare.”

The PFBS assessment has been in the works for more than three years, and has been a particular concern for the Defense Department, which faces massive cleanup liability.

The draft assessment EPA released for public comment in November 2018 took the standard approach of providing a single number describing how toxic the chemical is to humans, called a “reference dose.” Regulators can then use that number to calculate a safety limit for different populations — for instance, for pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems.

But the final assessment sent to the White House for review Monday replaces that single reference dose value with a range of values, the sources said, a change made by staffers in the agency's pesticides office at the direction of political officials — not the career scientists at EPA who specialize in assessing the human health risks of chemicals.

EPA spokeswoman Molly Bock defended this reassignment, saying that it is "routine" to consult with other parts of the agency.

"This collaboration is important as other program offices have information and expertise that can improve the scientific quality of the work product under review. This aligns with EPA’s PFAS Action Plan, which is the first multi-media, multi-program office plan to address an emerging contaminant of concern," she said.

But the alterations were so alarming that several of the career EPA scientists who spent years working on the study have asked that their names be removed from the document, two of the sources said.

Environmental advocates say the range approach would allow industry and state and local officials to “cherry-pick” the number they like best, regardless of whether it is sufficiently protective.

“The dream of industry has always been a range of values so that you really can choose anywhere within that range,” said Betsy Southerland, a former top EPA scientist who led the agency’s work on the health assessment for two other PFAS chemicals in 2016.

The new range of reference doses in the final assessment includes slightly weaker values than EPA forward put forward in its draft assessment in November 2018, two of the sources said. But the most alarming part isn't the numbers themselves, they said, since the conclusion is still that PFBS is dangerous at very low levels of exposure. Rather, it's the fact that political officials upended the scientific process to arrive at them.

“It’s not orders of magnitudes, but that’s irrelevant. How much does it matter if you get one drop or two drops of cyanide?” said the source, a senior EPA scientist.

In a related move late last week, the Trump administration threw up a new roadblock to environmental health assessments with a new mandate from the powerful Office of Management and Budget, which resides at the White House.

On Friday, OMB ordered that the agency's gold-standard health assessments go through White House review -- a process that environmental and public health advocates say inserts political interference into documents that are meant to be purely scientific and have already been peer reviewed.

The order, sent from OMB to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a memo reviewed by POLITICO, effectively reinstates a process that was in place under the George W. Bush administration, which a government watchdog found “limits the credibility” of assessments from EPA’s premiere risk assessment program, the Integrated Risk Information System. The IRIS program has for years been a top target for the chemicals industry, Republicans on Capitol Hill and Trump's EPA research chief, David Dunlap, in his former role as a chemicals expert at Koch Industries.

The PFBS assessment is the first to go through the newly-mandated White House review, and the sources said they expect it to be perfunctory, aimed primarily at establishing a precedent. The assessment could be finalized as soon as Wednesday, they said.

“There’s no need for there to be a political review of these documents,” said Genna Reed with the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Largely it is an opportunity for political officials to interfere with the information, to weaken the science, and to play up uncertainty.”

OMB spokesman Edie Heipel defended the move, saying there is “nothing controversial about ensuring good science unless you are worried that your work won’t stand up to scrutiny from other scientists across the government.”

These latest moves come after EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler last week finalized a sweeping regulation limiting the agency’s ability to rely on scientific studies that don’t make all of their underlying data public – a requirement that public health advocates say will make it harder for the agency to use research on the health effects of toxic chemicals on humans.

To be sure, the incoming Biden administration is expected to attempt to reverse many of these moves. Environmental groups have already filed suit seeking to overturn last week’s scientific transparency rule. But critics of the move say it will take some time to unwind, leaving health and safety gaps in the meantime.

16 Янв 2021, 13:15

LeBron James had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Anthony Davis added 17 points against his former team in the Los Angeles Lakers' fifth consecutive victory, 112-95 over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit four 3-pointers while scoring 16 points, and Montrezl Harrell also had 16 for the defending NBA champions.

The Lakers remained unbeaten in five meetings with the Pelicans since the franchise-altering trade in July 2019 that sent Davis to LA and three starters to New Orleans.

Brandon Ingram scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half against his former team for the Pelicans, who have lost five straight.

Zion Williamson had 21 points and 12 rebounds after missing Wednesday's game against the Clippers due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, but New Orleans blew an early 15-point lead on its third stop on a seven-game trip.

Dennis Schroder had 12 points for the Lakers, and Kyle Kuzma added 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo overcame poor free-throw shooting to score 31 points, Khris Middleton hit two late 3-pointers and Milwaukee Bucks held off Dallas.

The Bucks improved to 9-4, winning their fourth straight and snapping the Mavericks' winning streak at four.

Both teams wasted plenty of opportunities from the foul line. The Bucks were 12 of 25 on free throws, with Antetokounmpo going one of 10. Dallas was six of 13.

Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks.

Luka Doncic had 28 points and 13 assists for Dallas, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 22 points.

Jaylen Brown had 21 points and eight assists, Semi Ojeleye added 18 points and Boston rolled past Orlando in the Celtics' return following a virus-related week-long hiatus.

Jeff Teague had 17 points, and rookie Payton Pritchard added 16 points to help Boston post its fifth straight victory.

Boston returned after having three games postponed due to players testing positive for the coronavirus and others being ruled out because contact tracing showed that they could have been exposed to it.

Aaron Gordon had 17 points for Orlando. The Magic have lost four straight.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 33 points to help Oklahoma City beat Chicago and former Thunder coach Billy Donovan in overtime.

Oklahoma City rallied from 22 points down in the second half. Zach LaVine, who led the Bulls with 35 points, could have won it in overtime but he missed a deep, off-balance three-pointer in the closing seconds.

Lu Dort scored 21 points for the Thunder. They won for the first time at home this season.

Coby White had 22 points for the Bulls. They've lost four straight.

Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and six assists in three quarters, Paul George scored 26 points and short-handed Los Angeles manhandled Sacramento.

The Clippers have won 15 consecutive road games against the Kings. Los Angeles hasn't lost in Sacramento since March 19, 2013.

Playing without guards Patrick Beverley (personal reasons) and Lou Williams (sore left hip), the Clippers led by eight at halftime and broke the game open in the third quarter when they outscored the Kings 37-16.

Marvin Bagley III had 20 points and five rebounds for Sacramento.

Andre Drummond tied his career high with 33 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and Cedi Osman scored 25 points in Cleveland's victory over New York.

Drummond had the Cavaliers' first 30-20 game since Carlos Boozer had 32 points and 20 rebounds against Seattle on 20 January, 2004. He also had three assists, two blocks and two steals to help Cleveland snap a three-game losing streak.

Julius Randle had 28 points and six assists, rookie Immanuel Quigley scored a season-high 23 points and R.J. Barrett had 20 points for New York. The Knicks have lost five in a row.

Donovan Mitchell made six three-pointers on his way to 26 points and Utah used a 21-0 second-half run to power past Atlanta.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points, Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson scored all 16 of his points in the second half to boost the Jazz to their fourth straight victory.

Cam Reddish scored 20 points for Atlanta, and Clint Capela had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Trae Young was held to four points on 1-for-11 shooting with seven assists as the Hawks dropped their fifth game in the last six.

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