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EPA blasts media for misreporting its COVID-19 policies

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says its mission is to protect human health and the environment, and during this time of unprecedented public health concerns, that mission is even more critical. On March 26, EPA released a  temporary policy  regarding the agency’s enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary policy is not a license to pollute, it claims. The EPA has “strongly encourage(d) the press to actually read EPA’s T...
Tags: Washington, Ap, Policy, New York Times, Epa, U S Environmental Protection Agency, The Hill, COVID-19


Dear Sophie: How do we craft a strong H-1B petition? If I’m not selected, what are my options?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Attorney Sophie Alcorn answers readers’ immigration questions Dear So...
Tags: Column, California, Mexico, Singapore, Immigration, Tech, Policy, Canada, Chile, Silicon Valley, Talent, Lawyers, Hiring, H-1b Visa, Sophie, USCIS


Leading VCs discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the world of digital health

In December 2019, Extra Crunch spoke to a group of investors leading the charge in health tech to discuss where they saw the most opportunity in the space leading into 2020. At the time, respondents highlighted startups in digital therapeutics, telehealth and mental health that were improving medical practitioner efficiency or streamlining the distribution of care, amongst a variety of other digital health markets that were garnering the most attention. Where top VCs are investing in digital h...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Science, Funding, Medical, Tech, Policy, Mental Health, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Biotech, Telemedicine, Diagnosis, Kleiner Perkins


Summary: India’s Telemedicine Guidelines 2020

Within a week of Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring the Janta Curfew against the COVID-19 pandemic, where he said that people should simply consult doctors over the phone instead of visiting them, the Health Ministry notified the Telemedicine Guidelines 2020, laying down norms for an industry that has so far operated in a regulatory grey […] ...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, Government, India, Narendra Modi, Policy, Regulation, Telemedicine, Health Ministry, Ministry of Health


Facebook deletes Brazil President’s coronavirus misinfo post

Facebook has diverted from its policy of not fact-checking politicians in order to prevent the spread of potentially harmful coronavirus misinformation from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Facebook made the decisive choice to remove a video shared by Bolsonaro on Sunday where he claimed that “hydroxychloroquine is working in all places.” That’s despite the drug still undergoing testing to determine its effectiveness for treating COVID-19, which researchers and health authorities have not ...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Government, Tech, BBC News, Policy, Brazil, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Fact Checking, Trump


We must consider secure online voting

Amelia Powers-Gardner Contributor Share on Twitter Amelia Powers-Gardner is county clerk of Utah County in Utah and was sworn into office in January 2019. Chris Walker Contributor Chris Walker is county clerk of Jackson County in Oregon. First appointed in 2008, Chris was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. The list of states delaying primaries and elections is quickly increasing, wi...
Tags: Apps, Column, Utah, Elections, Voting, Congress, Oregon, Government, Tech, Policy, United States, Iowa, New Jersey, District Of Columbia, Chris, Electronic Voting


EPA uses COVID-19 as excuse for bailing out refineries

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency does not intend to unilaterally revisit or rescind any previously granted small refinery exemptions issued for prior compliance years. As noted in the temporary policy on COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Assurance Program, EPA is focused on protecting our employees and ensuring continued protection of public health and the environment from acute or imminent threats during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, investigating and initia...
Tags: Washington, Policy, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, RFA, Tenth Circuit, COVID-19, EPA s Enforcement and Assurance Program EPA


Daily Crunch: FDA clears procedure for N95 mask decontamination

The FDA approves a new procedure that could allow healthcare workers to reuse N95 respirator masks, Microsoft divests from a facial recognition startup and Saudi spies have been taking advantage of a network security flaw. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 30, 2020. 1. FDA grants emergency authorization to system that decontaminates N95 respirator masks for reuse Research, development and lab management company Battelle has received special emergency authorization from the U.S. healthcare regul...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Fcc, Microsoft, Singapore, Tech, Spain, Policy, Netflix, West Bank, Ohio, Fda, Hulu, Ministry of Health, North America Europe


The COVID-19 Pandemic requires us to reconsider the Internet as infrastructure

By Divij Joshi As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, with India among the jurisdictions undertaking a complete lockdown on social activity, ‘social distancing’ has viscerally brought to fore our increasing dependency on the internet for our lives and livelihoods. The Home Ministry’s guidelines on the maintenance of essential services during this lockdown also recognises that ‘internet […] ...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, Internet, India, Policy, Divij Joshi, Coronavirus


Ethanol and electric vehicle supporters come together on fuel plan

In Minnesota, more than 20 organizations including ethanol companies, agriculture associations, electric utilities and others have come together in the state to push a “technology-neutral” policy aimed at decarbonizing transportation, which has surpassed electricity production as the state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to Aberdeen News. “Supporters say the idea, which is likely to become legislation for the 2021 session, could accelerate decarbonization in both the tran...
Tags: Transportation, Minnesota, Policy, Brendan Jordan, Aberdeen News, Decarbonization, Great Plains Institute


'Universal basic income is a brilliant idea'. Here's why.

The welfare state is an ineffective and expensive system that hurts and targets the poor more than it helps. Universal basic income is a better alternative that could work.The question becomes, then, where would the money for UBI come from? There are a myriad of reasons why UBI via taxes would be a bad idea. Instead, we should look to socially produced capital.Companies rely on people to be successful, so a percentage of all shares of all companies should go into a public equity trust and the di...
Tags: Work, Politics, Resources, Money, Democracy, Government, Immigration, Success, Economics, Poverty, Policy, Innovation, Population, Inequality, Global Issues


EPA relaxes enforcement of environmental laws during the COVID-19 outbreak

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Thursday that it is temporarily relaxing enforcement of environmental regulations and fines during the COVID-19 outbreak. The “enforcement discretion policy” applies retroactively to March 13, with no end date set yet. “EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes the challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated ...
Tags: TC, Obama, Environment, Tech, Policy, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Cynthia Giles, United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Andrew Wheeler, Office of Enforcement, COVID-19, COVID


V4+ countries warn of ulterior motives for seeking biofuel blending cuts in Eastern Europe

In Hungary, although the European Union committed to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels by 2020, one spectacular last subsidy is now in the works in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Biofuel producers from the V4+ countries say in some CEE Member States, governments are now considering suspending, or have already suspended, biofuel blending mandates as a response, suggested by parties unnamed, to the current crisis, a crisis that threatens to reduce demand for liquid fuels to 50%. “Suspend...
Tags: Europe, European Union, Policy, Hungary, Eastern Europe, CEE


EPA chooses to not appeal SRE court ruling but four small refiners do

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency did not file an appeal to the decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on small refinery exemptions made in January, which the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers calls “astonishing” and “effectively ends the small-refinery exemption program,” a move that has been praised by the biofuel industry who has suffered under the expansion of the SRE program since President Trump entered the White House. The biofuels i...
Tags: Washington, White House, Policy, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Reuters, American Fuel Petrochemical Manufacturers, Cheyenne Wyoming, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, DTN, Woods Cross Utah, SRE, Wynnewood Oklahoma, Wynnewood Refining Company LLC, HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining LLC


SF survey addresses gig workers’ concerns amid COVID-19 pandemic

With the novel coronavirus pandemic posing an ongoing threat to people’s health, especially the health of essential workers, San Francisco is conducting a survey to learn more about the issues gig workers are facing during this time. The results of this survey, which should be available within four to six weeks, will help shape local policy decisions. The survey seeks to understand how COVID-19 has impacted the number of gig jobs available, pay, and companies’ stances on health insurance and pai...
Tags: Health, Food, TC, California, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, Gavin Newsom, Benner, AB, UC Santa Cruz, Chris Benner, Gig workers, Local Agency Formation Commission LAFCO, Gig Workers Rising, Coronavirus


France launches marketplace to manage essential products against COVID-19

French startup Mirakl usually works with e-commerce websites in order to help them build out a marketplace with third-party sellers. This time, the company has developed a marketplace called StopCOVID19.fr to centralize the supply and demand of essential products during the fight against COVID-19. The French government is backing the project. While many French companies have promised to manufacture hand sanitizer, masks, gloves and other essential products to protect healthcare professionals and...
Tags: Ecommerce, Europe, France, Tech, Policy, France Newsletter, Mirakl, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, StopCOVID19.fr


Daily Crunch: Senate and White House reach stimulus deal

A $2 trillion stimulus package is moving forward in the United States, Google Podcasts comes to iOS and ClassPass offers livestreamed fitness classes. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 25, 2020. 1. Senate, White House reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus package to lessen COVID-19’s economic impact After five days of negotiations, Senate leaders and the Trump administration said early this morning they have reached a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package to help relieve the economic impact of CO...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Senate, White House, Tech, Policy, Chicago, United States, House Of Representatives, Second Life, Financial Times, Trump, Reliance Jio, PTO, Linden Lab


Oxford Uni academics launch a tracker for COVID-19 policy interventions

Oxford University academics have launched a project to track government responses to the coronavirus pandemic. The tool, called the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT), tracks 11 indicators to generate an index that compares the stringency of policy responses around the world. Nation state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to vary widely, both in timing and stringency. The U.K., for example, only began imposing more stringent restrictions on Saturday, ordering bars and...
Tags: Health, TC, Usa, Tech, Policy, Denmark, Oxford University, Blavatnik School of Government, Coronavirus, COVID-19, OxCGRT, Policy Interventions, China South Korea Italy UK, Thomas Hale


France announces $4.3B plan to support startups

France’s Ministry of State for Digital Affairs Cédric O and public investment bank Bpifrance announced a comprehensive support plan for startups this morning. Some French startups are going to face revenue issues as well as funding issues in the coming months. The French government wants to temporarily bridge that gap with refinancing and liquidity measures — overall it represents $4.3 billion (€4 billion). “Startups represent a growing part the economy — especially when it comes to jobs,” Cé...
Tags: Startups, Europe, France, Policy, France Newsletter, Bpifrance, Cédric O, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Ministry of State for Digital


France announces $4.3 billion plan to support startups

France’s Ministry of State for Digital Affairs Cédric O and public investment bank Bpifrance announced a comprehensive support plan for startups this morning. Some French startups are going to face revenue issues as well as funding issues in the coming months. The French government wants to temporarily bridge that gap with refinancing and liquidity measures — overall it represents $4.3 billion (€4 billion). “Startups represent a growing part the economy — especially when it comes to jobs,” Cé...
Tags: Startups, Europe, France, Tech, Policy, France Newsletter, Bpifrance, Cédric O, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Ministry of State for Digital


Chhattisgarh state cabinet OKs ethanol plants co-located at four coop sugar mills

In India, the Daily Pioneer newspaper reports that the Chhattisgarh state cabinet has approved proposals for public private partnership model ethanol plants to be set up at cooperative sugar mills in Kawardha, Pandaria, Balod and Ambikapur. The Indian government has been providing soft loans and other support to try to encourage sugar mills to introduce or expand ethanol production in order to supply the 10% ethanol blending mandate. However, with recent oil prices falling to $30 per barrel, de...
Tags: India, Policy, Chhattisgarh, Ethanol, Sugar Mills, India the Daily Pioneer, Kawardha Pandaria Balod


Dear Sophie: How is COVID-19 affecting immigration?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: How do I get visas for my team to work from home? Dear S...
Tags: Travel, Work, Startups, Column, California, Policy, Silicon Valley, Talent, H-1b Visa, Sophie, Alcorn, Green Card, Immigration Law, Extra Crunch, Sophie Alcorn, Dear Sophie


Join our conference call with immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn Tuesday at 1pm PDT

The world has been turned upside-down the past few weeks, with flight cancellations, global travel bans and a massive slowdown of worldwide commerce. For immigrants to the United States here on work visas, these are particularly ambiguous and challenging times. We’ve had prominent Silicon Valley immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law talk about all the nuances of immigration the past few months across our stages and through her Dear Sophie column on Extra Crunch, where she ...
Tags: Work, TC, Tech, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, H-1b Visa, Sophie, Valley, Alcorn, Green Card, Conference Call, Immigration Law, Extra Crunch, Sophie Alcorn, Natasha Mascarenhas


Trump Administration won’t appeal 10th Circuit Court SRE ruling

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that the White House doesn’t plan to appeal the January ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that pushed back against the Trump Administration’s policy that significantly increased the number of small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The administration had sought and received an additional two weeks to make a decision on whether or not to appeal the ruling. Instead, the Environmental Protection Agency is going to reform how it approv...
Tags: Washington, White House, Policy, Trump, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Trump Administration, SRE, Washington Bloomberg, 10th Circuit Court SRE, Instead the Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. government seeks federally-funded research and tech dev projects to combat COVID-19

In South Carolina, at the direction of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense, the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium released a Request for Information seeking solutions to combat the novel Coronavirus (2019-NCoV) pandemic with a focus on the following areas: 1) Diagnostics/Monitoring, 2) Surveillance, 3) Information Systems for Point of Care, 4) Therapeutics, 5) Prophylactics and 6) Clinical Trials. All researchers are invited to respond wit...
Tags: Policy, Chemical, South Carolina, RFI, Therapeutics, Biological, COVID-19, and Nuclear Defense, Medical Defense, Radiological, Diagnostics Monitoring, Information Systems for Point of Care, Medical CBRN Defense Consortium


New York Has Over 45,000 Tests So More Infections Were Found

The US has had over 182,000 coronavirus tests and 25,000 confirmed cases. New York has had over 45,000 tests and has over 11,000 confirmed cases. As of the afternoon of March 19, there have been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: New York, Science, Technology, Medicine, US, World, Policy, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Disease, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Daily Crunch: Streaming services respond to COVID-19

Streaming services will reduce video quality in Europe, we get our hands on the new MacBook Air and Anthony Levandowski pleads guilty. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 20, 2020. 1. Netflix will reduce streaming quality in Europe for 30 days EU Commissioner Thierry Breton has called for Netflix to reduce streaming quality in Europe — a move to limit its overall bandwidth usage as more users turn to streaming services for in-home entertainment during the outbreak — and the company has confirm...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Media, Youtube, Tech, Eu, Policy, Netflix, MacBook Air, Catherine, Mobile World Congress, Slack, Sxsw, Don, Apple MacBook Air


Researchers say policies promoting bioplastics “ill-designed”

In Germany, while is true that plastics made from corn, wheat, or sugarcane are, in principle, climate-neutral and protect declining oil reserves—a broad shift in consumption from conventional to bio-based materials could be bad news for the environment given the current state of technology. After all, plant based raw materials are produced on land and unregulated agricultural expansion often leads to the conversion of natural, such as tropical forests. This jeopardizes climate change mitigatio...
Tags: Germany, Policy, Sugarcane, Bioplastics, Environmental Research Letters They


Twitter broadly bans any COVID-19 tweets that could help the virus spread

You don’t have to go far to find someone online downplaying the severity of a global pandemic that’s shut down entire economies and ground everyday life to a halt. Knowing that, Twitter will take extra steps to remove tweets that put people at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus as it rapidly sweeps through communities around the globe. On Wednesday, Twitter updated its safety policy to prohibit tweets that “could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.” The new policy b...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Twitter, Policy, John Mcafee, Fox Business, Devin Nunes, Microsoft Twitter, Facebook Reddit Google, Coronavirus, COVID-19


European Commission forced to pull back dumping on-site investigations

In Belgium, Bloomberg reports that the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought many parts of the world into lockdown will seriously impact its ability to investigate allegations of trade dumping, like ongoing concerns about Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel or US-origin ethanol, especially now that prices are so low they could spark an import window even if demand is currently low. The European Commission has asked companies to be very particular with the information they send about potential dumpi...
Tags: US, Bloomberg, Policy, European Commission, Belgium, Dumping