DEA; FDA Issue Warning To Four Website Operators

first_imgThe DEA and FDA urge these operators to immediately cease offering for sale drugs in violation of federal law to U.S. consumers. Website operators have 15 days to notify DEA and FDA of corrective action and remedial steps taken to address violations and prevent their recurrence. Failure to address violations may result in legal action. DEA News: Opioid addiction and abuse have created an immense public health crisis with a staggering death toll. In 2017, there were 47,600 opioid overdose victims in the United States, which accounted for nearly 70 percent of all drug overdose deaths. According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, there are currently tens of thousands of illicit online pharmacies. Given the severity of the opioid epidemic, the easy availability of opioids via the internet poses significant risks to U.S. consumers. Preventing rogue online pharmacies from further flooding our communities with opioids is critical to protecting the American public from harm. This is the first time the agencies have issued such letters jointly. Combined, these website operators run 10 websites engaged in illegal activity. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have issued warning letters to four website owners of rogue online pharmacies offering to distribute or dispense controlled substances, including opioids, and advertising their sale in violation of federal law. “As the FDA works to forcefully tackle the opioid crisis on all fronts, we cannot allow rogue online pharmacies to continue to fuel the crisis by illegally offering opioids for sale and circumventing the important safeguards that have been put in place for opioids to help protect the public health,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D. “Today’s effort is also noteworthy because, while the FDA partners regularly with the DEA, this is the first time we have issued joint warning letters with them. We remain committed to using all available regulatory and enforcement tools to stop the illicit flow of opioids online.” “Issuing these warning letters is not only an effort to deter the availability of dangerous illegal opioids, but it is also a testament to the close cooperation between DEA and FDA,” Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon said. “We will continue to attack organizations that facilitate the sale of dangerous drugs, putting profit over public safety.” The U.S. Department of Justice’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section attorneys assigned to DEA’s Special Operations Division and Policy Unit provided substantial assistance in drafting the warning letters sent to these websites. The website owners receiving the letters are Divyata, Euphoria Healthcare Pvt Ltd., JCM Dropship and Meds4U.last_img read more

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Property legends: Lord Samuel, 1912-1987

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Titan LNG Signs New Customer

first_imgAmsterdam-based Titan LNG signed a 5 year LNG supply contract with a new industrial customer in Niedersachsen (Germany).“Titan LNG will supply natural gas in liquid form or LNG from 2014 avoiding a multi-million Euro investment in a gas pipeline by transporting the LNG per tanker truck to Germany. This fits our strategy of replacing oil burn in the industrial sector.” said Niels den Nijs, Titan LNG’s Commercial Director.Using LNG instead of industrial heating oil will make high and volatile energy costs to produce steam a thing of the past for this industrial energy user. LNG is around 15% more economic than industrial heating oil and propane (LPG). On top of this economic benefit LNG reduces CO2 emissions by 30%, NOx emissions by 50% and SOx emissions with 30% compared to industrial heating oil.To serve its customers Titan LNG builds and then rents the infrastructure to store the gas in liquid form and vaporize the LNG to normal natural gas at its customer’s locations.Ronald van Selm, Operational Director Titan LNG, comments: “Titan LNG is a frontrunner in the transition from polluting oil to clean natural gas by constructing safe, fully CE certified and easy to operate LNG installations at all our customer’s locations, providing a carefree user experience equal to having a gas pipeline.”LNG can now be distributed by tanker truck throughout North West Europe due to the installation of truck loading facilities at the LNG import terminals in the harbours of Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Furthermore the price of natural gas and LNG has improved considerably versus oil based fuels. The result is that any industrial user currently not connected to the natural gas grid has the option to switch from industrial heating oil or propane to economic and clean natural gas, saving money with every cubic meter of gas burned and reducing their environmental footprint.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, December 19, 2013; Image: Titan LNGlast_img read more

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No spring bounce in work say contractors… despite official figures showing a huge jump

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Report sees forwarding market decline

first_imgHowever, the consultancy also says that it expects business to recover this year and the outlook through to 2017 is bright. The report notes that trade lanes are shifting as freight forwarders look to emerging markets in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America for growth opportunities while at the same time modal shifts are underway.Shippers are in search of different options whether it’s slow steaming sea freight or quicker but more expensive air freight or a combination of sea and air or even a road/rail solution.According to the report, troubling capacity concerns within the air and sea freight markets combined with manufacturers focusing away from globalisation and towards regionalisation are resulting in changes to freight forwarding strategies and product solutions.Dependent on an improving global economy, the report says that it expects this market will grow 6.7 percent through 2017.Unsurprisingly, emerging markets will be the leaders in this growth as will the sea freight forwarding sub-segment. The heady days of the air freight forwarding market are over as shippers now appear more rational in their approach to transportation management.www.transportintelligence.comlast_img read more

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3 dead, dozens injured, amid violent white nationalist rally

first_img Published: August 13, 2017 9:20 AM EDT Updated: August 13, 2017 11:48 AM EDT 3 dead, dozens injured, amid violent white nationalist rally Recommended SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet college town a bloodied symbol of the nation’s roiling racial and political divisions.The chaos erupted around what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade – including neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan – who descended on the city to “take America back” by rallying against plans to remove a Confederate statue. Hundreds came to protest against the racism. There were street brawls and violent clashes; the governor declared a state of emergency, police in riot gear ordered people out and helicopters circled overhead.Peaceful protesters were marching downtown, carrying signs that read “black lives matter” and “love.” A silver Dodge Challenger suddenly came barreling through “a sea of people” and smashed into another car, said Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student.The impact hurled people into the air and blew off their shoes. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed as she crossed the street.“It was a wave of people flying at me,” said Sam Becker, 24, sitting in the emergency room to be treated for leg and hand injuries.Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety. Video caught the car reversing, hitting more people, its windshield splintered from the collision and bumper dragging on the pavement. Medics carried the injured, bloodied and crying, away as a police tank rolled down the street.The driver, James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old who recently moved to Ohio from where he grew up in Kentucky, was charged with second-degree murder and other counts. Field’s mother, Samantha Bloom, told The Associated Press on Saturday night that she knew her son was attending a rally in Virginia but didn’t know it was a white supremacist rally.“I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a white supremacist,” said Bloom, who became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally.“He had an African-American friend so …,” she said before her voice trailed off. She added that she’d be surprised if her son’s views were that far right.His arrest capped off hours of unrest. Hundreds of people threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays. Some came prepared for a fight, with body armor and helmets. Videos that ricocheted around the world on social media showed people beating each other with sticks and shields.Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, both Democrats, lumped the blame squarely on the rancor that has seeped into American politics and the white supremacists who came from out of town into their city, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, home to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation.“There is a very sad and regrettable coarseness in our politics that we’ve all seen too much of today,” Signer said at a press conference. “Our opponents have become our enemies, debate has become intimidation.”Some of the white nationalists at Saturday’s rally cited President Donald Trump’s victory after a campaign of racially-charged rhetoric as validation for their beliefs.Trump criticized the violence in a tweet Saturday, followed by a press conference and a call for “a swift restoration of law and order.”“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” he said.The “on many sides” ending of his statement drew the ire of his critics, who said he failed to specifically denounce white supremacy and equated those who came to protest racism with the white supremacists. The Rev. Jesse Jackson noted that Trump for years questioned President Barack Obama’s citizenship and his legitimacy as the first black president, and has fanned the flames of white resentment.“We are in a very dangerous place right now,” Jackson said. McAuliffe said at Saturday’s press conference that he spoke to Trump on the phone, and insisted that the president must work to combat hate.Trump said he agreed with McAuliffe “that the hate and the division must stop and must stop right now.”Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced late Saturday that federal authorities will pursue a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Sessions wrote. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.”Oren Segal, who directs the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said multiple white power groups gathered in Charlottesville, including members of neo-Nazi organizations, racist skinheads and KKK factions. The white nationalist organizations Vanguard America and Identity Evropa; the Southern nationalist League of the South; the National Socialist Movement; the Traditionalist Workers Party; and the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights also were on hand, he said.“We anticipated this event being the largest white supremacist gathering in over a decade,” Segal said. “Unfortunately, it appears to have become the most violent as well.”On the other side, anti-fascist demonstrators also gathered, but they generally aren’t organized like white nationalist factions, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center.In addition to Fields, at least three more men were arrested in connection to the protests.The Virginia State Police announced late Saturday that Troy Dunigan, a 21-year-old from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was charged with disorderly conduct; Jacob L. Smith, a 21-year-old from Louisa, Virginia, was charged with assault and battery; and James M. O’Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Florida, was charged with carrying a concealed handgun.Just as the city seemed like to be quieting down, black smoke billowed out from the tree tops just outside of town as a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed into the woods.Robby E. Noll, who lives in the county just outside Charlottesville, heard the helicopter sputtering.“I turned my head to the sky. You could tell he was struggling to try to get control of it,” he said.He said pieces of the helicopter started to break off as it fell from the sky.Both troopers onboard, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Berke M.M. Bates, one day shy of his 41st birthday, were killed. Police said the helicopter had been deployed to the violent protests in the city, which has been caught in the middle of the nation’s culture wars since it decided earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, enshrined in bronze on horseback in the city’s Emancipation Park.In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally. Spencer returned for Saturday’s protest, and denied all responsibility for the violence. He blamed the police.Signer said the white supremacist groups who came into his city to spread hate “are on the losing side of history.”“Tomorrow will come and we will emerge,” he said, “I can promise you, stronger than ever.”Four-hundred miles away, the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, hinted that the white supremacists might get the opposite of what they’d hoped for.Mayor Jim Gray announced on Twitter that he would work to remove the confederate monument at his county’s courthouse.“Today’s events in Virginia remind us that we must bring our country together by condemning violence, white supremacists and Nazi hate groups,” he wrote. “We cannot let them define our future.” Related Articles:1 dead, 26 injured in downtown Charlottesville violent rally Author: AP FBI: Fields sentenced to life in prison Winter storm snarls Midwest roads, claims at least 7 lives last_img read more

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Family system ‘woefully behind’ in treatment of vulnerable

first_imgFamily judges are to receive guidance on dealing more appropriately with children and other vulnerable witnesses.The interim report of a working group set up by Sir James Munby, head of the Family Division, says the family system ‘lags woefully behind’ the criminal justice system in this regard.The group, lead by Mr Justice Hayden and Ms Justice Russell, says the Family Court still tolerates processes that are prohibited by statute in the Crown Court, and stresses there is a ‘pressing need’ for that to be addressed.Cautioning against reinventing the wheel, the group proposes 20 recommendations that seek to adapt procedures drawn up by the Advocacy Training Council (ATC) for use in the criminal courts. ’We need to consider the extent to which this excellent work can be adapted for use in the Family Division and the Family Court,’ it says.Included among the recommendations are rules requiring that the court or judge identify whether a party or witness is vulnerable at the outset of the proceedings and make provision for such support, special measures or other assistance they may need to properly and fully participate in the proceedings and to give best evidence.Judges would also be required to recognise the role and needs of any children involved in the proceedings, giving them the opportunity of communicating with the judge and considering how best to provide for their participation and support.Particular consideration should be given to the provisions for parties and witnesses in cases of forced marriage and female genital mutilation, the report adds.The working party notes that in forced marriage cases, nullity hearings are in open court when the protected person is a vulnerable witness who is likely to have to give evidence of a most intimate and sensitive nature.In female genital mutilation cases, the child and/or other witnesses are most likely to need support and special measures, and such support and assistance should be provided by the judge, court and advocates.The practical application of the work of the ATC to the family justice system is already under way in the form of general guidance for family lawyers and advocates being prepared by the Advocates’ Gateway as a toolkit for use in family proceedings.The draft guidance is due to be published this autumn. The report notes that some judges have already taken steps to help vulnerable witnesses on their own initiative, making use of intermediaries and pre-recorded oral evidence.The proposed rule changes will go to the Family Procedure Rule Committee in late October, with implementation anticipated by the beginning of 2015.last_img read more

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Delay over £15m legal aid injection ‘completely unacceptable’

first_imgThe government’s delay in making good on its £15m promise if barristers ended their boycott of new legal aid work is ‘completely unacceptable’, the head of the criminal bar has said.In his latest weekly message, Chris Henley QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, said he was ‘profoundly unhappy’ that bar leaders were notified only hours before the Ministry of Justice announced it was extending its consultation on how to allocate an additional £15m into the advocates’ graduated fee scheme as well as publishing further data and analysis to inform its proposals.Henley said his predecessor Angela Rafferty QC, and Bar Council chair Andrew Walker QC, met lord chancellor David Gauke in May, when the £15m offer was made. ‘No one in the room believed that come October the new enhanced fees would not be in place,’ he said.Last week the Law Society said the ministry’s offer doesn’t appear to add up. The Society said the ministry’s impact assessment shows the proposals amounts to £15m, including VAT, based on the 2016-17 case mix information. When applying the 2017-18 data, the proposals amount to £8.6m.Henley said: ‘It is a serious problem that, having now released the modelling data, the fee increases being consulted upon would have only delivered an £8.6m increase to the 2017/18 budget. This is not good enough. Something significant will need to happen to make good on the promises made to us in May, which resulted in the suspension of the action.’Following Thursday’s email to bar leaders, Henley said the ministry is now aiming to commence the revised fee scheme in December, but that the process is ‘unpredictable’.Henley said: ‘The delays are completely unacceptable. Any remaining trust is hanging by a fraying thread. Every week that passes saves the MoJ money, and costs us. This has not escaped us, and will not have escaped them. We know of no legal reason why the new fees cannot be backdated. We are waiting to be shown any legal advice, if it exists, that would prevent this.’The ministry had told Henley that the data that has now been published was confidential. But, the criminal bar chief points out, the ‘simple step’ of applying anonymised numbers to the fees, to replace the advocate’s unique number or name, has solved the problem.But, he stressed, advocates must ensure the data is reliable: ‘I have asked for the anonymised number that relates to me, so that I can confirm the fee information is accurate. Others may wish to do the same.’Henley met the government yesterday. Bar leaders will meet today.The ministry’s consultation closes on 12 October.last_img read more

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£1.5bn claim against Barclays opens at High Court

first_imgA £1.5bn civil case against Barclays began in the High Court today, centring around the bank’s scramble to raise capital at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.A private equity firm which set up a Middle Eastern investment deal in 2008 is suing Barclays for alleged deceit. PCP Capital Partners claims Barclays misrepresented a separate deal it had struck with Qatari investors, preventing the equity firm from obtaining ‘vastly better’ terms. The bank denies wrongdoing.For PCP, Joe Smouha QC of Essex Court Chambers told the court that Barclays had concealed a $3bn loan to Qatar and almost £350m worth of fees, in exchange for emergency investment. PCP had allegedly been assured that Qatar was ‘getting the same deal’ that it was. Smouha said: ‘If the false representations had not been made, PCP would have obtained vastly better terms from Barclays… Barclays was in a worse bargaining position, and it was determined to not take the government’s bail-out which had been announced at that time and which was taken up by other banks.’PCP attacked the argument that because a large number of Barclays staff were involved in the 2008 transactions that fraud could not have taken place. ‘It is a much more nuanced than… saying you have to find some grand conspiracy with everyone involved in some smoky room’, Smouha said.‘That is a monolithic submission that is entirely divorced from the human reality of differences of knowledge; differences of level of seniority; of hierarchy; of function and role; of the human nature of employees in large organisations to resist pressure from above; and divorced from the reality of what is, and what isn’t, put in written communications in large organisations.’He added: ‘These differences are particularly important in this case precisely because it is a claim based on specific misrepresentations by individuals to individuals.’In February, a jury acquitted three Barclays’ executives of fraud following a seven-year investigation and prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office. The civil case, which is expected to last for nine weeks, continues. PCP is represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.last_img read more

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NGR EMUs ready to enter service in Brisbane

first_imgAUSTRALIA: The first of 75 New Generation Rollingstock trainsets being built by Bombardier for the Brisbane suburban network are expected to begin carrying passengers on December 11, Queensland Rail Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy confirmed on December 6.With 70% of Queensland’s population growth expected in the South-East region, the NGR project is intended to provide a 26% increase in capacity as well as allowing the replacement of Brisbane’s oldest EMUs dating from 1979. Each six-car set has capacity for 964 passengers including 12 spaces for people with reduced mobility. The EMUs are being supplied under an A$4·4bn PPP concession awarded to the Qtectic consortium of Bombardier, John Laing, Itochu and Aberdeen Standard Investments. Built at Bombardier’s Savli plant in India, the trains are to be maintained for 32 years at the purpose-built Wulkuraka depot near Ipswich, which will eventually employ around 200 staff.To date Bombardier has delivered 19 units for commissioning and testing, of which three are to be put into revenue operation. They will initially be deployed on the Gold Coast line between Brisbane Airport and Varsity Lakes, where QR’s Robina stabling facility is the first of seven being upgraded to service the trains. Up to 18 sets will be needed to enhance capacity during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.Following an announcement by Transport Minister Jackie Trad in September that further work was required to ensure the trains complied with accessibility standards, QR and Qtetic have reportedly applied for a temporary exemption to allow the first units to enter service pending modification. Easy said the rectified trains would be rolled out ‘progressively’ over the coming months.‘Today is a very special day for the people of South-East Queensland’, said Andrew Dudgeon, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation Australia. ‘The new fleet will provide a safer, more comfortable and better-connected passenger experience.’ Qtectic Chair Bill Haughey added that a ‘close partnership’ had seen ‘all parties working tirelessly to bring the project to this important milestone’.last_img read more

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