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Human activity on rivers outpaces, compounds effects of climate change

The livelihoods of millions of people living along the world’s biggest river systems are under threat by a range of stressors caused by the daily economic, societal and political activity of humans — in addition to the long-term effects of climate change, researchers report. A new paper by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign geology and […]

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Higher rates of severe COVID-19 in BAME populations remain unexplained

Higher rates of severe COVID-19 infections in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) populations are not explained by socioeconomic or behavioral factors, cardiovascular disease risk, or by vitamin D status, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London. The findings, published in the Journal of Public Health, suggest that the relationship between […]

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Adolescents from disadvantaged neighborhoods show gene regulation differences

The neighborhood a child grows up in may influence their health for years to come in previously invisible ways. A long-term study of 2,000 children born in England and Wales and followed to age 18 found that young adults raised in communities marked by more economic deprivation, physical dilapidation, social disconnection and danger display differences […]

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US cities with pro sports see more flu deaths

Sports leagues may want to consider calling a timeout on reopening their doors to fans, based on new West Virginia University-led research that links an uptick in seasonal flu deaths to U.S. cities with pro sports teams. Analyzing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 1962 to 2016, WVU economists found that flu deaths […]

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Crowded homes, poor neighborhoods linked to COVID-19

A study of nearly 400 pregnant women in New York City is among the first to show that lower neighborhood socioeconomic status and greater household crowding increase the risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “Our study shows that neighborhood socioeconomic status and household crowding are strongly associated with risk of […]

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COVID-19 affects adolescent and young adults sexual and reproductive health

Social distancing and limited access to contraceptive and abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young adults according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Rutgers University. The researchers address how these challenges, as well as peer and […]

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Swiss Financial Institution Clients May Have Claims for Hidden Fees (6/12/20)

I picked up this article, reporting that investors may have some relief for Swiss financial institutions receipt of hidden undisclosed fees related to their investment of client funds.  Leon Harris, How to turn the tables on the Swiss banks – opinion (Jerusalem Post 6/11/20), here.  According to the article, bribery and kickbacks are normally illegal, […]

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[VIDEO] How Your Stimulus Money Impacts Your Tax Return

Andrew Oswalt, senior tax analyst at TaxAct, explains why your stimulus money will not impact your 2020 tax outcome when you file next year. Click to watch! [embedded content] Have more questions? Visit our Everything You Need to Know About the Stimulus Payments blog post for additional details regarding your stimulus payment. Source

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Stimulus Payments for the Deceased: Should I Keep It?

Q: I received a stimulus payment on behalf of my deceased relative. Should I cash it? A: According to the IRS FAQ page on its website, families who receive a stimulus payment on behalf of a deceased loved one should send the money back to the government. The FAQ specifically states: A Payment made to […]
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Extradited E&Y Tax Shelter Enabler Sentenced (6/9/20/ 6/10/20)

I have often posted on the Government’s criminal prosecution of persons promoting abusive tax shelters.  There were a number of prosecutions starting around 2005 as the Government focused on major accounting firms, law firms and financial firms and the persons involved with them.  One set of the prosecutions related to principals at Ernst & Young, the accounting […]