Mylan bows to pension fund pressure on use of drug in executions

first_imgA pharmaceutical company is to prevent one of its drugs from being used in lethal injections after pressure from the Dutch government and pension managers ABP and PGGM.Mylan said it would contractually prevent its distributors from selling the drug rocuronium bromide for use in lethal injections.In a statement, the company did not directly credit any one party with its decision, which followed claims its product was being acquired by a US department of corrections. The company said it never directly distributed the muscle relaxant to prisons and did not condone third-party distributors selling it for use on anything “outside of the approved labelling”. Mylan said it contacted the US correctional facility for the state of Virginia, asking for assurances the drug was not being used for anything other than its dedicated purpose, but received no reply.It then went on to demand the facility in Virginia return its product, ahead of an execution scheduled for 1 October, the state’s first in three years.“It is important to note rocuronium bromide is not approved for, labelled for or marketed for use in lethal injections,” the company said.“Mylan takes this matter seriously and will continue to work with distributors and other interested parties to ensure its products are used appropriately.”Peter Borgdorff, director of Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW, applauded Mylan for listening to the concerns of its shareholders.“We are convinced this step will have a positive contribution to the reputation of a company that has an important contribution to medical care in the Netherlands and the rest of the world,” he said. Eloy Lindeijer, chief investment manager at PFZW’s asset manager PGGM, said its approach to responsible investment meant it occasionally engaged in “intensive and at times elaborate” discussions, and cited Mylan’s decision as a successful example of its ESG policy.Fellow pension manager ABP earlier this year announced that it sold its stake in the company after unsuccessful talks with Mylan.Its decision followed a report by UK human rights charity Reprieve that purported to show the Virginia correctional system stocking the drug, a report that led to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs engaging with the pharmaceutical.ABP has previously engaged with pharmaceutical company Hospira over one of the company’s products being used in lethal injections, efforts that were also prompted by Reprieve.last_img read more

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Japan may postpone Tokyo Olympics as coronavirus cases mount

first_img Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto has said Japan’s agreement with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2020 games could be deferred until the winter. “The contract calls for the games to be held within 2020. That could be interpreted as allowing a postponement,” the minister said in response to a question in parliament. The Tokyo Olympics are due to get underway in July this year in the capital. But Japan has counted 274 cases of coronavirus as infections worldwide continue to spike. And Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week ordered all schools to close until April, affecting more than 10m children. Global coronavirus cases have blown past 90,000 to hit 90,937, according to John Hopkins University. And the death toll stands at 3,117. The right to cancel the Games belongs to the IOC under Japan’s hosting agreement. But speculation about a delay or cancellation of the Olympics has mounted as coronavirus concerns have led to other sporting events being cancelled. Japan may be allowed to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until the end of 2020, the country’s minister responsible for the games said. Loading… Promoted ContentIt Looks Like An Ordinary Doughnut, But It Glows In The Dark!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow Movie8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Six Nations rugby matches between Italy and Ireland were called off, and Italy has cancelled multiple Serie A games. Formula One has also postponed the Chinese Grand Prix and a host of non-sporting events, like advertising bash Mipim, and the Geneva Motor Show, have been cancelled. Hashimoto told parliament: “We are doing all we can to ensure that the Games go ahead as planned.” Japan has blasted London’s offer to host the 2020 Olympics as “inappropriate” after London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said the capital could step in if the Tokyo Olympics are cancelled. Bailey told City A.M. last month: “Given the ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, I urge the Olympic Committee to seriously consider how London could stand ready to host the Olympics should the need arise.” Mayor of London Sadiq Khan added that London would be ready to “step up to the plate”. Read Also:Tokyo 2020 ticket :NTTF boss commends Nigerian players Any delay to the Tokyo Olympics could prove costly: Japan has spent 120bn yen (£870m) to build its Olympic Stadium and 30bn yen towards the cost of the 2020 Paralympics. The overall Olympic Games budget is 1.35 trillion yen. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Strong Applause given to BiH Handball Team, even after Defeat (video)

first_imgEven though BH handball team was defeated by the Czech Republic in the 2nd qualifying round of the European Championship in 2020 with a score of 25:20, a strong applause was given by the audience in Tuzla Mejdan Hall.To recall, both teams played well tying at 1-1 in the 2nd minute after which the visiting team continued the lead and in 22ndminute, visiting team lead 10-7. One minute later, BiH head coach Bilal Suman called a time-out after which the visiting team took a 12-10 lead before the break.Both teams played defensively during the beginning of the second half, after which the visiting team scored 3 goals and Suman called a time-out again at 15-11. The rest of the second half was a splendid show by the visiting team to take a 25-20.last_img read more

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Group Forms To Protect The Navesink River

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – Brian Rice wants to work on improving the Navesink River and has support from neighboring communities.Rice and other like-minded individuals have re-established the Navesink River Municipalities Committee, which intends on working on issues related to the river, especially the rising level of bacteria that has been revealed in recent studies.“I think it’s something that we can’t turn our backs on,” Rice said of the river’s current condition.The committee was active in the early 2000s, involving government representatives and citizens from the communities bordering on the river. But by about 2008, “things kind of fell apart at that time,” and the committee really ceased to continue, observed Zachary Lees, ocean and coastal policy attorney for the environmental group, Clean Ocean Action.“I just think it kind of ran out of steam,” as volunteer groups can on occasion, Rice said.Cindy Burnham, a Red Bank Borough Council member, who is one of Red Bank’s designated committee members, said the original committee had a couple of members die, which contributed to the loss of momentum. On top of that, Lees pointed out, 2008 was the release of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s pollution source-tracking study, which at that time indicated an overall improvement to the water’s condition.But since that time, there have been studies from county and state agencies, as required by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that have shown an increase of bacteria in the river waters, including a rise in fecal contamination. That has caused the DEP to increasingly expand the area where recreational and commercial shelf fishing is prohibited.“There is a bacteria problem in the Navsink,” Lees said, resulting in “hundreds and hundreds of acres” closed to shellfish harvesting.Rice is a fourth generation Fair Haven family, with his parents still living in the family home on the river’s shore where Rice grew up. In addition to operating a financial services firm with his father, Rice is a licensed charter boat captain— “My fun job,” he acknowledged.“So, I have deep roots on the river,” he said, explaining in part his commitment to improve it.The Navesink River plays an important role for not only the area’s environmental health but its recreational and commercial viability. As such, Rice has adopted a motto, he shared: “Keep and maintain the river, leave it better than we found it for the next generation.”The newly-formed committee has had its first meeting, held last month at the Red Bank Municipal Complex, 90 Monmouth St., and will continue to meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., with the meetings open to the public. At its first meeting in May, committee members selected Rice as its chair.The group has established its mission statement involving monitoring the river’s condition to positively impact its health and wellbeing, Rice explained.So far, Red Bank, Tinton Falls, Fair Haven and Rumson have appointed members and the committee is waiting for Middletown and Colts Neck to sign on, Rice said.Burnham said the committee in its earlier iteration was instrumental “in getting things done,” encouraging the river’s dredging to improve its health, among other steps. She hopes the work will aggressively look at the pollution and its source to correct it, Burnham added.“We’re really happy that they’re back,” Lees offered, believing it’s a good forum for environmental discussions and a means of communicating with local governing bodies. “We can get things done in a cooperative way,” working with the committee and local elected officials, Lees said.Rice said he’s committed to improving the water’s condition and the committee’s work. “I’m going to see it through,” he said.last_img read more

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Get ready to play ball — exciting season on tap for NDBA

first_imgThe upcoming season looks very promising for Nelson Baseball on the eve of completion of upgrades to Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview.Thanks to the many hours of volunteer work, those upgrades should be completed in the next few weeks.“New irrigation system and natural turf infield replaces the hard clay infield we’ve been playing on for a few decades,” said outgoing Nelson and District Baseball Association President Larry Martel.“The City of Nelson is helping to upgrade the player dugouts, the backstop fencing and trees this year.“The outfield banks were overgrown and full of weeds and thorny scrubs which have been cleaned up and re-seeded.”Martel said had increased by 30 percent in 2014 last season in Nelson and NDBA also saw Okanagan Falls, Salmo and Kaslo join the West Kootenay Little League association for our house league schedule. The registration increase saw NDBA increase to 20 teams playing in the Minors — 9-10 years — and Majors 11-12 years.These divisions play a 12-15 game schedule and attend a couple of tournaments during the 10-week season that runs from April to June.Martel said T-ball 5-6 years — and Rookies —7-8 years — also have seen registrations increasing.“These younger baseball players have very limited travel and play all their games and practices at the new Lions park diamond,” he explained.NDBA baseball registration closes Friday (April 1) so that division managers can evaluate and get teams in coaches in place for the start of the West Kootenay League.Practices usually start soon after April 1 and the first games around the April 15th, weather permitting.“The season runs to the end of the school year then a few of the players continue with summer baseball in the American Legion, Little League provincials or with travel baseball teams that attend tournaments in July in the Okanagan or in Montana, Idaho and Washington state,” Martel said.Anyone interested in umpiring should attend at clinic hosted in Castlegar this year in early April before the first games.David Gray is  the new association president for NDBA.last_img read more

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SABC ‘ready for World Cup broadcast’

first_imgSource: BuaNews Mampone said two additional outside broadcasting vans would be delivered in 2010. “We are happy to announce that next year we’ll have other two vans that will ensure that those games are broadcast digitally.” The SABC is the official broadcast partner to both tournaments. The SABC is also involved in various corporate social investment initiatives in an effort to boost morale in the build-up to the World Cup, including distributing some 20 000 low-cost radio sets to rural communities. Mampone said the SABC was also in discussions with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on the possibility of an additional channel for 2010 World Cup programming. “We are getting two digital outside broadcasting vans – they are arriving next month from Germany – so that people who are outside the country will have a digital signal that will ensure that they receive direct-to-home content during these games, starting with the Confederations Cup,” he said. 14 April 2009 2010 TV Acting SABC CEO Gab Mampone told the journalists last week that South Africa’s national broadcaster was ready to broadcast the 16 Confederations Cup and 64 World Cup matches live. “We’ve got our broadcasting strategy that will help us to modernise and enhance our infrastructure, and I can say that we are ready,” Mampone said. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has acquired the infrastructure needed to bring the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup to millions of fans worldwide.last_img read more

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Hard work required for goal of old growth forests in Central Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has been said many times that prior to European settlement the trees were so thick and plentiful in the dense forests that a squirrel could cross what would become the State of Ohio without ever touching the ground. Anyone who has spent time in the woods can only dream of such a forest today with massive trees, plentiful wetlands and a vast array of flora and fauna.David Hague, with a childhood spent travelling some of the nation’s beautiful national parks, dreamed of what it would be like to stand amid that endless forest. His dreams of days spent among trees, however, were put on hold for many years as he thrived as a businessman in the water softener business in central Ohio where he enjoyed a successful career. Though his busy years of his career mostly kept him away from the natural Ohio he dreamed of, his success put him in a financial position to fulfill his unique vision: at least 500 years of old growth virgin forest in central Ohio.“We have decided to take marginal agricultural land and return it to as much of a pre-European state as we can. There are lots of bad invasive plants out there for us to kill but there are lots of interesting things to discover too. That’s what we are doing,” Hague said. “There are over 44,000 square miles in Ohio and 42,000 of that was virgin forest. Now there are just a few square miles of old growth forest left in the state. This land has been so abused and I want to return at least a small portion of it it to its native state. Every farm has areas that do not produce well or are too expensive to cultivate and these are the areas that we focus on.”In this effort, Hague has purchased about 850 acres of woodlots and farmland on the south side of rapidly sprawling Pickerington in Fairfield County. Of that, he plans to have 300 acres in a perpetual forest plan and leave the rest in farmland. The plan is to plant a total of 4,000 native tree species (heavy on oaks, maples, sycamore, and hackberry) that are four to six feet tall, an effort that is about half done. He has also moved roughly 5,000 cubic yards of soil to create around 20 wetlands and vernal pools on the property. He has done numerous prairie plantings and extensive removal of invasive species as well, all according to what the land was in its pre-settlement state.“I’ve got the land intact now to make it look and feel like it did 250 years ago — to get it back to what we lost,” Hague said. “I bought the land and it is here and that allows other people to contribute to this effort too. I could sell this and develop it and move to Wyoming, but there is too much work to do here. Ohio is so rich in diversity.”Hague has invested a large amount of his own money but also worked with the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project. EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. The project in the Ohio River Basin got its start after EPRI began investigating the potential of water quality trading as an alternate means for power facilities to meet compliance goals with nutrient discharge limits, particularly for nitrogen. Today the program combines public and private funding sources to help implement various conservation practices in the Ohio River Basin, including the use of cover crops, nutrient management techniques and, in the case of Hague’s efforts, reforestation.As the trees grow and the wetlands fill up with water, Hague is already noticing changes in the environment. “The sounds are different now. You hear more variety. Even if you don’t know what that bird is or that insect is, you just notice a change in the sound. And once you hear and see some results and the changes of things around you, it all becomes worth it,” he said. “It makes me concerned about every bit of life out here. There is life everywhere that we just don’t know about. There are things out here I don’t know about and I just need to stop and listen and look.”While Hague has noticed the changes in the fields and forests, when that much land changes ownership, the local human population takes notice as well.“The farming community, since we are targeting the areas that aren’t particularly productive, they have been supportive and have been happy to assist. Politically, the mayor and trustees from Pickerington favor having open green space,” Hague said. The farmers who were farming the ground continue to rent the land from Hague and longtime hunters continue to hunt on the property because of the significant damage the high deer population can do to the tree plantings and native plant species.“When I bought the property there were hunters paying to hunt here. The first thing I did was to ask them here and tell that that they did not have to pay to hunt here any more but that I did want their help watching the property and removing invasive species. I insist on no shooting of does that have fawns,” Hague said. “I was prejudiced about hunters at first but every one I’ve worked with has been reliable and helpful. It has been a great relationship. They help remove invasive species and the hunters wereSpotted salamanders fill up the top container and the Jefferson and Small-mouth salamanders are on the bottom at Hague’s farm.even the first ones to find hard-to-find tiger salamanders on the property.”While the work on the land is endless, keeping the forestland protected for 500 years may prove even more daunting. Hague has worked closely with local government officials, Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, among others to lay the groundwork for the plan. Tax wise, preservation of the productive farm ground is an essential component.“The goal is that 500 years from now this is all intact, but it has required a great deal of legal work because it is not a terribly common event for someone to plan out for that long,” Hague said. “What will the political entities be? What will the country, or countries, be in 500 years? We’ve had to think about all of those kinds of things to come up with a legal structure for this to continue on.”In the meantime, Hague is truly enjoying the process of reverting the land back to its native state and the results, as they appear.“Just to see a critter out doing its natural thing unobstructed and in its natural environment is very fulfilling. I think now that we have this property, we might as well make the effort to restore what we can,” Hague said. “We may be the top species but that doesn’t give us license to take away others’ existence. Ohio is a great place to live for people but it is also a great place to live for critters too, and many of these need old growth forest to survive so we thought maybe we could do something to help make that happen.”last_img read more

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Apology Accepted, Apple. Now Get To Work, Google.

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts When Apple showed off iOS 6 Maps in June, few could have imagined the fiasco that would ensue three months later. Indeed, the last person expecting such major fallout was CEO Tim Cook, who today issued a rare public apology. While it could have gone further, the statement was a bold move by a company not accustomed to admitting its faults.This is a big deal for Apple. Perfection – or at least the appearance of it – is a central component of the company’s brand. Its last public black eye, a psuedo-social network called Ping, was being laid to rest just as critics and customers were winding up this new punch. Apple never explicitly admitted failure with Ping. Instead, it quietly put its social scheme to rest in favor of integrating with established social networks. Steve Jobs didn’t apologize to consumers even after the massive PR headache of Antennagate in 2010, when the company offered free bumper cases to help alleviate the issue.But Apple had no choice but to address the Maps issue. It quickly overshadowed the iPhone 5 itself, the latest entry in a product line from which Apple draws an enormous percentage of its revenue. Cook went so far as to suggest competing products as alternatives while Apple irons out the kinks. And yes, that list included the Google Maps web app. Cook’s apology could have gone further. Why not offer an iOS 6-compatible version of the old Maps app in the App Store? Or, if users want to, let them easily downgrade to iOS 5? Of course, if he did that, Cook might not have been able to tout 100 million people using the new operating system.Absent a drastic move like that, the apology will do. Apple has admitted fault, offered alternatives and assured the masses that it’s working on the problem. Apple’s Maps is a nice-looking product with a few very useful new features. We’re confident it will mature into something awesome. In the meantime, Google, hurry up and ship Maps for iOS. Apple got its bad press. Now give the rest of us a hand.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Joshua Smith on his slow start: I was holding back

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage He did in the second half, where he was unstoppable, exploding for 29 points after scoring only six points in the first two quarters.READ: Gamble on Smith to give TNT better chance at beating top teamsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just glad we won. It was a tough game, a hard game. They’re a good team and they have the crowd in there. I’m just glad we pulled it out,” he said.“I was holding myself back. One thing is, you know with the refs, I just gotta focus and I gotta play my game. I gotta know going out there that they’re not gonna help me and I can only help myself by playing good.” What ‘missteps’?center_img PBA IMAGESTNT import Joshua Smith said his slow start in Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals wasn’t because of Barangay Ginebra’s defense.The hefty Smith said he just didn’t want to force anything and only wanted to play his kind of game.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smith finished with a game-high 35 points on 16-of-22 shooting from the field on top of 13 rebounds in less than 29 minutes off the bench.READ: Smith unstoppable as TNT clips Ginebra, takes Game 1 He also had four assists as he found open teammates with Ginebra sending two or threw guys in hopes of containing the 6-foot-8, 300-pound import.“I feel like anytime [I see] the double coverage coming, I just see it in myself to score but it’s all about making the right basketball play. If they triple team me that means somebody else in my team is open so I kick out for the shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal wins record-breaking 10th French Open Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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10 months agoSunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSunderland face having to cash in on Josh Maja this month.Owner Stewart Donald is furious that Maja’s agent has now advised him not to commit his future to the Black Cats.”Yesterday (Thursday), Josh asked to see Jack to say he will sign,” the chairman wrote on social media.”Today (Friday) I got a call from Sky TV saying he won’t sign. Josh advised (us) that his agent has said don’t sign, but no courtesy to tell the club.”Also, we offered what the agent indicated! Busy January ahead.’ But he later added: ‘He wants to sign it, the agent has said don’t! Stay behind him and don’t get on his back – we will try and change his mind.”Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield have been monitoring his situation. last_img read more

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