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The Trump Administration’s Environmental Policy

President Trump has already taken massive steps to erase all the progress made on environmental issues during the Obama administration. In March, he rescinded a number of clean air initiatives set by his predecessor. Since then, the administration has not left off on the issue, which was a signature one during last year’s campaign. During the campaign, Trump presented himself as a champion of the coal industry, and he promised to bring back coal jobs by removing the regulations he and some in the industry feel are responsible for the decline in the use of coal nationwide.

In October, the EPA signaled that their intent was to continue in this direction by reviewing and removing Obama era expansions on the Clean Air Act.

These two points, combined with other acts in the administration and other comments made by those in the administration, suggest the environment is in for a very difficult four years. With recent extreme weather events suggesting global warming may be advancing faster than previously expected, this could be a truly tragic development.

There is a reason to hope, however. Though the administration in the White House is determined to unravel as many regulations as possible, no matter the consequences, it is not clear that the country will follow suit.

The decline in coal, for instance, has been due more to the increased use of natural gas (which burns cleaner than coal) than to any government policy. As renewable energy becomes increasingly cheaper, this trend is only going to continue, no matter the change in governing philosophy.

At the same time, many companies have already invested in the technology required to comply with the Obama era rules, and it would only be a needless expense to undo what is already done, particularly when it is not clear how long the policy may last as it is.

Other companies have also started up, and indeed, inventions and innovations in the green energy and clean airfields are surging. Consider the robovent, which prides itself on how well it can comply with the Obama regulations. Its success testifies to the strength of the trend toward cleaner energy and greater energy efficiency. It seems unlikely any of this will stop now. At most, it may slow slightly.

That does not mean no damage can be done. As has been seen in the response to Puerto Rico, the Trump administration has a great deal of power it can choose to deploy or not in order to deal with immediate environmental challenges. The putative attitude on display towards Puerto Rico suggests the administration will hold grudges and use or refuse to use its power depending on personal feelings about particular regions, communities, or issues.

Another issue on the Trump agenda, the travel ban, also shows that the administration can be very dedicated to pushing a policy no matter how much blowback it experiences.

It must be assumed until proven otherwise that all that can be done that the Trump administration is dedicated to dismantling as many environmental regulations as possible.

Common Challenges Startups Face

When you think about businesses, the first things that come into your mind are money and security. But businesses are not that simple. Before you even become successful, you have many challenges to overcome, especially if you are just starting out.

But what are these hurdles exactly?

Business Law

According to the website of Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, startups have specialized legal concerns and need to consider certain factors that other businesses do not. These concerns include but are not limited to the following:

  • Determining the best business model
  • Funding options
  • Protecting the business’s assets, such as intellectual property

Without the proper help, these legal difficulties can truly be a burden and can significantly affect the creation and progress of your business.

Competition

Competition is one of the constant struggles in business, and this can be particularly problematic for startups because they don’t have an established brand and customers yet. They are entering the market empty-handed. If there is anything they have, it is the buzz that is created just because of the fact that they are new players in the existing market. But sadly, that is not enough to get a competitive edge in the long run.

Financial Management

Whether you are a new businessman or an experienced one, there is always the struggle of handling finance. Like competition, financial management can be particularly problematic for startups, because they may not have the financial flexibility to take risks, which can make them lose out on the competition. Flexibility is also important when it comes to expansion, when the startups start rolling, getting profits, and having higher operation costs.

Market Share

As said earlier, startups have the advantage of being new, as this can create buzz and make potential customers try your product and services. But this buzz will not last forever, so it is important to use it as an effective stepping stone to get a chunk of market share.

Getting a consistent flow of customers can be hard for startups because of many factors, like customers already satisfied with a competitor’s product and services, doubts on the fact that the company is new, and the lack of talented staff because they are already taken by competitors.

The Dangers of Homeopathic Solutions: FDA Issues Warning Against Hyland’s Teething Tablets

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently come out with a statement warning the public against the use of Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets and similar products. In an announcement reported by CNN on October 13, the FDA strongly discouraged parents and caregivers from using the homeopathic teething solution that are now being linked to ten infant deaths, plus 400 more incidents of adverse side effects in infants and children.

Hyland’s teething tablets and other similar products were found to cause vomiting, muscle weakness, agitation, lethargy, sleepiness, difficulty breathing, flushed skin, difficulty urinating, and seizures. The side effects caused by taking teething tablets are largely similar to symptoms of belladonna toxicity. Belladonna, more typically known as dead nightshade, is one the main ingredients used in these tablets. In controlled doses, it has been used as a sedative to remedy conditions like Parkinson’s disease. While homeopathy techniques claim that belladonna was properly diluted in the production of tablets, the lack of FDA regulation for these tablets doesn’t give much assurance of this.

Parents and caregivers on the lookout for teething remedies should instead try the many medically sound and tested techniques suggested by many doctors. One way parents can help soothe a teething bay is through the use of chew toys and child-safe pain medication like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Just remember to ask a physician about age-appropriate dosage when using OTC pain relievers. Another easy tip is to use a cold washcloth to gently massage the baby’s gums. Whatever solution you may try, remember to avoid using homeopathic remedies like teething tablets and gels. These products make use of ingredients that haven’t been properly tested and regulated. As noted by Williams Kherkher, these ingredients are so often powerful that, even when diluted, might leave you wondering why it can be safe to use for babies and children.

Medical Negligence vs Medical Practice: What’s The Difference?

We all put a great deal of trust and confidence in medical professionals. Whenever we need some treatment or medication, the very first person we will approach is a doctor or other medical professional. However, doctors are just humans and are prone to commit errors as well. According to the website of Abel Law Firm, negligence of a doctor and medical personnel can lead to serious injuries on your part.

In the medical field, doctors can commit either negligence or malpractice. While these two terms both refer to errors committed by one who is in the medical field, they are actually two different terms. Medical negligence refers to failure of the medical personnel to exercise reasonable care that a prudent person would have done in similar circumstances. On the other hand, malpractice refers to negligence by a licensed professional to provide services according to the standards set by the governing body.

Another element that can make medical negligence malpractice is “intent.” If the doctor has knowledge that he had to do something to treat the patient but did not do so with the knowledge that failure could result to injury or harm to the patient, then he can be liable for medical malpractice. Negligence, on the other hand, does not involve the element of intent. While the failure to treat in itself is negligence, it cannot be considered as malpractice since there was no intent to harm or they did not know that the patient might get harmed.

Medical negligence happens when a nurse accidentally leaves a sponge inside a surgical wound. There was no intention to harm the patient so it would be considered medical malpractice. Having a qualified attorney can help determine whether a doctor who made an error on your treatment committed medical malpractice or medical negligence.

Things You Didn’t Know About Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are some of the worst case scenarios that one could face while on the road. They are not as common as car accidents and this is no coincidence. While driving a car has practically become a requirement for most people who live in metropolitan areas, it is much more difficult to acquire a license that allows for you to drive a truck.

Yes, you need to be professionally licensed to drive an eighteen wheeler truck. A vehicle of that magnitude demands proper experience before a driver is allowed on road with it, what with civilian drivers and pedestrians to look out for as well. There are blind spots and ways to turn that a truck driver needs to be hyperaware of in order to be a responsible driver not just for themselves but also for the people around them. One wrong turn or one miscalculation could snowball effect into a giant mess of destruction and that really isn’t the way to go.

Another thing about truck accidents is that, as is according to the website of the lawyers with Williams Kherkher, a truck driver must submit to certain federal laws and requirements that are not applicable to other land vehicles. For example, a truck driver is only allowed to drive a truck for a total of fourteen hours, consecutively. From the same website, it can be found that it can approximately reach up to around 500,000 truck accidents that occur yearly within the United States of America alone.

The average cost of a truck accident can amount to around $60,000 in damages. Though every accident is different and there are always going to be different variables for all victims and survivors, one thing you can take away from this is that truck accidents are always extremely costly. It is never easy to deal with a truck accident but knowing your options and that you don’t have to be alone during such a dilemma can be a huge comfort.

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