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Massive Fireworks Recall in Three States

June 27, 2019 — Days before July Fourth celebrations across the country, federal officials have ordered a recall of almost 40,000 fireworks sold in three states because they’re too powerful.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled products from:

  • Grandma’s Fireworks in Indiana
  • GS Fireworks in Michigan
  • Patriot Pyrotechnics/Bill’s Fireworks in Michigan
  • Keystone Fireworks in Pennsylvania

These recalled fireworks are overloaded with pyrotechnics intended to produce a booming sound. Overloaded fireworks can result in a bigger than expected explosion, posing blast and burn hazards to consumers.

Grandma’s Fireworks in Indiana had the largest recall: 25,000 pieces from 18 fireworks ranging in price from $ 20 to $ 50 a pack. The recall covers fireworks bought from January 2009 to April 2019. You can go the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to find a full list of recalled products. The commission says two boys were injured using the broken end of one of the recalled products. One of the boys lost a hand in the explosion.

Patriot Pyrotechnics/Bill’s Fireworks in Michigan has 22 fireworks on the recall list. They were sold from January 2017 to July 2018, ranging in price from $ 100 to $ 125. The CPSC also has a full list of recalled products from that company.

Keystone’s recall includes about 1,660 G-Force Fireworks sold at a Pennsylvania location between November 2018 and May 2019. The box of fireworks is about $ 60. The CPSC has a full list of its recalled products.

The GS Fireworks recall includes 26 products sold at stores in Michigan. See the CPSC site for a full list of recalls from that company.

Customers can return any of the recalled products for a full refund and are urged not to use them.

Sources

Consumer Product Safety Commission: “GS Fireworks Recalls Fireworks Due to Violation of Federal Standards; Explosion and Burn Hazards; Sold Exclusively at GS Fireworks,” “Keystone Recalls G-Force Fireworks Due to Violation of Federal Standard; Explosion and Burn Hazards,” “Patriot Pyrotechnics/Bill’s Fireworks Recalls Fireworks Due to Violation of Federal Standards; Explosion and Burn Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Patriot Pyrotechnics,” “Grandma’s Fireworks Recalls Fireworks Due to Violation of Federal Standards; Explosion and Burn Hazards.”

CBS Sacramento: “Nearly 40,000 Fireworks Recalled Ahead Of July 4th.”

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Annecy: Disney Unveils ‘Frozen 2’ and Three New Shorts

On Friday, Disney Animation Studios took advantage of the gathering of animation fans at Annecy to showcase a special look at the making of its much-anticipated holiday 2019 feature Frozen 2 and to unveil three new shorts from its experimental program Short Circuit. Head of animation Becky Bresee and head of effects animation Marlon West and three shorts directors Brian Menz (Just a Thought), Natalie Nouigat (Exchange Student) and Jerry Huynh (Jing Hua) took center stage at the Festival’s Bonlieu Theater.

Short Circuit is the studio’s experimental program that began in 2016 where anyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios is invited to pitch an idea and potentially be selected to create an original short film with the support of the Studio and their fellow artists. The goal of is to take risks in both visual style and story, surface new voices at the Studio and experiment with new technical innovation. The program has so far given 20 Disney animation artists the opportunity to create their own short, most averaging two minutes in length.

Last year’s award-winning Disney Animation VR short, Cycles directed by Jeff Gipson, was created within the Short Circuit program as well. The short films within Short Circuit will be available Spring of 2020 on Disney.

Frozen 2, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, will be released in theaters on Nov. 22nd

Here is the new trailer which was released earlier this week:

Frozen 2

Frozen 2

Frozen 2

Frozen 2

Becky Bresee

Becky Bresee

Marlon West

Marlon West

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Three Clues to Raised Risk of Miscarriage

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A woman’s age and previous pregnancy complications influence her odds of miscarriage, a new study says.

The findings suggest that miscarriage and other pregnancy complications share underlying causes that require further investigation, according to the researchers.

“More focused studies of these associations might lead to new insights,” they wrote in the March 20 issue of the BMJ.

Miscarriage is a common problem, but it’s difficult to estimate a woman’s risk because of inconsistent data collection, according to researchers, led by Maria Magnus, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Norway is one of the few countries where miscarriage data has been consistently collected since 2008.

In this study, the researchers analyzed data on more than 421,000 pregnancies in Norway between 2009 and 2013.

The overall miscarriage rate was about 13 percent. Miscarriage was lowest among women aged 25 to 29 (10 percent). It rose rapidly after age 30, reaching 53 percent among women aged 45 and older.

The study also found that after one miscarriage, the risk of another increased by half. After two miscarriages, the risk doubled. After three consecutive miscarriages, the risk quadrupled.

Women with previous pregnancy complications such as preterm delivery, cesarean section or gestational diabetes also had a higher risk of miscarriage. Preeclampsia (abnormally high blood pressure) in the previous pregnancy was not associated with increased risk of miscarriage, the authors said in a journal news release.

Women who were small at birth also had an increased risk of miscarriage, according to the study.

However, because this is an observational study, it can’t establish cause and effect.

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SOURCE:BMJ, news release, March 20, 2019

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Three French Animated Series Nominated for Prix Export

The nominees for the 15th annual Prix Export (Export Prize), organized by TV France International, have been revealed. Covering three categories — animation, documentary and fiction — the award celebrates French companies which have contributed to uplifting the national audiovisual industry through their internationally distributed content. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony on March 18.

The 2019 Animation nominees are:

GO-N International – Simon (104×5’)
Production: GO-N Productions | Channel: France 5

Hari International – Grizzy and the Lemmings Season 1 (78×7’)
Production: Hari Productions | Channel: France 3

PGS Entertainment – Monchhichi Season 1 (52×11’)
Production: Technicolor Animation Productions & Sekiguchi Co., Ltd. | Channel: TF1

Last year, the Prix Export for Animation was given to Millimages for Molang.

Monchhichi

Monchhichi

Simon

Simon

Grizzy and the Lemmings

Grizzy and the Lemmings

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