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Earthquakes linked to fracking in China

Earthquakes linked to fracking in China

Science
April 5 (UPI) -- Two damage-causing earthquakes have been linked to fracking operations in China's Sichuan Province. The two earthquakes, which originated in the South Sichuan Basin, registered magnitudes of 5.7 and 5.3. Though no one was killed, 17 people were hurt. Farmhouses, barns and local infrastructure suffered $ 7.5 million in damages. When scientists analyzed the seismic data, they traced the earthquakes to shallow origins, between one and six miles beneath the surface. Human activities, including oil and gas extraction, are often responsible for shallow earthquakes. Hydraulic fracturing involves the injection of high-pressure fluids deep into rock, most commonly shale, in order to trigger the release of oil and gas trapped between the rock layers. Often, wastewater left over fr...
Canada to halt sales of breast implants linked to cancer

Canada to halt sales of breast implants linked to cancer

World
April 5 (UPI) -- Canadian health officials on Friday announced they plan to halt the sale of implants linked to a form of cancer. Health Canada made the announcement with a notice to Allergan, the maker of the implants, that it would suspend licenses for Biocell breast implants "as a precautionary measure." The decision comes after studies showing a link between the implants, which have a textured surface, and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a type of cancer. The disease develops months or years after breast implant procedures, Health Canada said, and presents as an accumulation of fluid between the implant and surrounding tissue. The announcement comes one day after France's National Agency for Safety of Medicines and Health Products also banned textured breast...
Blood pressure drug linked to death risk, study says

Blood pressure drug linked to death risk, study says

Health
March 18 (UPI) -- A well-known drug used to control blood pressure and angina has been linked to out-of-hospital heart failure, a new study says. High-doses of either nifedipine or amlodipine, two forms of the drug dihydropyridine, are both associated with a high risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to findings presented Monday at EHRA 2019. "Nifedipine and amlodipine are often used by many cardiologists and other physicians, and the choice often depends on the prescriber's preference and personal experience," Hanno Tan, a researcher at Academic Medical Center and study author, said in a news release. "Both drugs are generally considered to be equally effective and safe and neither has been associated with sudden cardiac arrest." Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart quivers ...
Colin Kaepernick linked to Patriots, Panthers

Colin Kaepernick linked to Patriots, Panthers

Sports
Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Colin Kaepernick's attorney thinks his client will sign with an NFL team within the next two weeks. Mark Geragos told CNN on Saturday that he would not be surprised if Kaepernick signed with the New England Patriots. He also said he would not be surprised if Patriots owner Robert Kraft's former coach made a move. He could have been referring to several coaches with the latter statement, including Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "I'm going to make a bold prediction, although I've been wrong once before on this ... one of three teams picks him [Kaepernick] up," Geragos said. Geragos said the Panthers would be a "natural" pick if quarterback Cam Newton misses time in 2019 due to shoulder issues. Newton had shoulder surgery in January. "He absolutely wants to play [in t...
How to check if PAN is linked with Aadhaar

How to check if PAN is linked with Aadhaar

Finance
With the Supreme Court upholding the government requirement that PAN must be mandatorily linked with Aadhaar, Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act comes into play. As per this section, if your PAN is not linked with Aadhaar by a date to be specified by the government then it would be deemed to become invalid. Currently, the deadline for this has not been set by the government although those who have filed ITR for FY16-17 without linking PAN with Aadhaar are required to do the same by March 31, 2019. Shalini Jain, Tax Partner, People Advisory Services, EY India says, "The deadline of March 31, 2019 to link PAN with Aadhaar is relevant for those taxpayers who have filed their income tax return (ITR) for FY2016-17 (AY2017-18). Without linking the same - their returns will not be processed unl...