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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers this week passed a bill that phases out the sale of personal care products containing microbeads—tiny plastic balls designed to exfoliate the skin but also negatively impact the environment.County legislators Tuesday unanimously passed the measure, which phases out the sale of products containing microbeads over the next four years, giving manufacturers enough time to develop alternatives.“Today’s vote puts Suffolk County on the right side of history and nature on this issue,” said Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), who introduced the bill with Legis. Steve Stern (D-Huntington).New York State lawmakers have proposed similar legislation and two other counties statewide have passed likeminded laws. Another bill like it is being debated in Congress. And in June, Illinois became the first state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing microbeads by 2019.Suffolk’s bill follows a similar timeline. If Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signs the bill into law, the phase-out would begin in January 2018 for personal care products not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and allow an additional year for ones that are.The bill was proposed amid growing concern that microbeads, which are often less than 1 millimeter in size, have been found to soak up toxic chemicals on their way through sewage treatment plants. And because of their tiny size, they aren’t filtered by sewage plants—instead washing into waterways locally and nationwide, including the Long Island Sound.“A clean face should not mean dirty water,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, who backed the bill and described microbeads as “tiny toxic sponges.”Microbeads, made of polyethylene and plastic, are found in everyday personal care products such as facial scrubs. Once they absorb toxic chemicals and wash into waterways, they’re eaten by fish, resulting in contamination up the food chain. Esposito said the toxic chemicals that attach to the microbeads have been linked to ailments ranging from birth defects to cancer.Consumers can avoid purchasing products containing microbeads by downloading an app that scans product barcodes, such as Beat the Microbead. read more
Off to its best start in three years, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (3-0) will try to keep the early season momentum rolling as they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (0-3). This is the Badgers’ first power conference opponent, after beating down on three mid-major squads to kick off the season.UW looks forward to the chance to show the country they are for real this season by winning on the road against an improved yet struggling Alabama team. The Tide dropped the season opener at Chattanooga 82-70, a game in which Alabama struggled in the first half. The past two contests for the Tide have been against ranked opponents as well as on the road, with No. 12 Nebraska handing them a 62-48 loss and No. 2 Duke steamrolling them 92-57.Unlike other teams Wisconsin has faced in the young season, Alabama’s roster is bigger, consisting of nine players standing taller than 6 feet. UW still holds the advantage in that department with 10 players 6 feet or taller, but it is something the Badgers have not seen this season.Sophomore forward Nikki Hegstetter, who stands at 6-foot-2, got off to a strong start on the season by tallying a career-high 16 points against Chattanooga and has hit over half her attempts from the field. This can potentially create problems down low for UW’s 6-foot-3 junior Michala Johnson. Thus far, Johnson has been exemplary in the early going, averaging 16.3 points per game and 10 rebounds per outing. However, she will likely have to play a tougher role on the boards and will play defensively against a more formidable front court than she has seen so far.“I’m just going to keep doing the things I’ve been doing,” Johnson said. “Defensively, I’m going to try to take the strong side away from them and offense just comes, so eventually I’ll score.”Defense has been an aspect of the game preached day-in and day-out by head coach Bobbie Kelsey, and it is now rubbing off on the players. The Badgers have been taut on defense throughout the first three games, only allowing their opponents to shoot 31 percent from the field. They have also outscored their opponents by an impressive margin of 23 points by an average score of 74-51. Alabama has shot the ball well this season (39.5 percent), but its margin of points allowed to points scored per game is minus-20.“We have to get back on defense,” junior forward Jackie Gulczynski said. “They love to run, and transition defense is going to be huge for us. And, as always, we have to knock down open shots.”Gulczynski hit plenty of open shots during the last game against Northern Iowa, her coming-out party this season. She scored a team-high 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, pulling down nine rebounds.Another facet of the game Kelsey drills into her players is boxing out. Wisconsin has out-rebounded other teams by more than 10 boards a contest this season, while Alabama loses the rebound battle by 10. In practice, Kelsey threatens giving up offensive rebounds with wind sprints. It is simply something her or the rest of the staff will not tolerate.While the Badgers have played their first road game of the 2013-2014 season, an 88-65 victory over UW-Milwaukee, the trip required little travel. Wisconsin will have to fly to Tuscaloosa for the first major road trip. It will be no big deal for the seasoned veterans, but it may be a somewhat unnerving experience for players not as experienced.“We love going on the road,” Gulcynski said. “We have to remember we’re there to take care of business. Alabama is a great team, and we have to follow our game plan.”“We can’t play every game in the Kohl Center,” Kelsey said. “You have to be able to steal some on the road and protect your home when you’re there.”Now in her third year as head coach, Kelsey and her staff have a strong inside presence, a potentially sharp shooting game, and the tenacity to play tough defense. The Badgers are off to a strong start, and look to take down their first formidable opponent of the year during the Crimson Tide’s season opener.“To us, we’re always just 0-0 because it’s a new game, it’s a new team, it’s a new challenge, it’s a new set of people that you have to figure out how to stop their best players,” Kelsey said. “We pride ourselves on that and if we don’t do that, we get lost in the shuffle. And every team I’ve been a part of, the good ones, you focus on that team and what you have to do with that team.” read more
Shopping is passe. And honestly, it was never really a mood-uplifter for the guys (yes, that’s a generalisation, right there!). And don’t even get us started on the “Have a block of dark chocolate or ice cream or pizza” advice coming in from all corners. Because even if we take that route to happiness, just seeing our waistlines after the first few times will depress us. And then we’d need another mood-uplifter. And then the waistline depression again. And then..–you get the gist.So, here are 6 sure-shot mood-uplifters, for which you don’t have to bother about calories, or changing into your running shoes:1) Punjabi songsGo ahead, call us “pendu” or “SO LS!”. The truth is the truth–any normal human being’s reaction to Punjabi beats is “shoulder chakk chakk ke”! Give it a shot:2) Puppies, puppies, and more puppiesYou can be a dog person, you can be a cat person. You can even just be a person person. The fact that being surrounded by puppies can’t help but cheer one up is non-negotiable. 3) Bhojpuri dialoguesBefore our Bhojpuri brethren go on and take offence, let’s make it very clear that we’re not trying to make an anti-nationalist statement. Any logic we try to make here wouldn’t really make sense till you see this laugh-fest for yourself:4) A rerun of F.R.I.E.N.D.SThere is nothing, we repeat, nothing, this show can’t make right. Be it relationship bullsh*t, social awkwardness or just the good old blues. Nostalgia works in mysterious ways!advertisement 5) Scared catsWe’re sorry PETA, cats getting scared is hilarious AF! Those limbs are at least put to good use when they freak out?6) Just watching Ranveer Singh being himselfGo ahead, men, hate him for being so perfect, call him “unmanly” or whatever else it is that you’d like to call him. This man for us is abso-freakin-lutely perfect. He can mend a broken a heart and slap a smile on your face in a matter of minutes! If that’s not talent, we don’t know what is? read more