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Docs Reveal FDA Should Have Acted Sooner to Prevent Meningitis Outbreak - Stage Set for Tuesday Hearing with FDA Commissioner | Energy & Commerce Committee

Docs Reveal FDA Should Have Acted Sooner to Prevent Meningitis Outbreak - Stage Set for Tuesday Hearing with FDA Commissioner | Energy & Commerce Committee | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
 April 15, 2013  

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) today outlined the subcommittee’s focus for the panel’s Tuesday hearing to examine the deadly meningitis outbreak, which has resulted in 53 deaths and over 700 individuals sickened. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will provide testimony – she previously appearedbefore the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee last November when the death toll stood at 32. The committee launched its investigation into the deadly outbreak in early October 2012, but the FDA did not begin to fully cooperate until March 2013, after the committee had announced it was considering a subpoena for FDA’s documents.

“We now understand why FDA was so reluctant in cooperating in our investigation and withheld the documents and information for months until we threatened to issue a subpoena. We know the actions of NECC and Ameridose led to 53 tragic and unnecessary deaths, and we know the FDA had ample opportunity to intervene before those tainted vials were ever distributed, but they did not do so,” said Upton and Murphy. “We must learn from FDA’s mistakes of the past to ensure a similar public health disaster is not repeated. We owe it to the families who lost loved ones and those hundreds of Americans who are still sick and suffering who may never return to leading normal, healthy lives.”

The documents produced by FDA establish the following facts about the agency’s history with NECC and its sister company, Ameridose:

FDA has known for years that NECC and Ameridose were significantly engaged in drug manufacturing activities and operating well outside the bounds of traditional pharmacy compounding.FDA has also received a litany of complaints about NECC and Ameridose, a number of which directly involved the safety and sterility of the companies’ products.Information received by FDA about NECC and Ameridose, including complaints about the safety and sterility of their products, was not shared with state regulators.

Learn more about the committee's ongoing investigation here.

More information on Tuesday's hearing, "A Continuing Investigation into the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Whether It Could Have Been Prevented," can be found here.

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Which States Are Likely to Enact Laws Restricting Non-Compete Agreements in 2017?

Which States Are Likely to Enact Laws Restricting Non-Compete Agreements in 2017? | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
In 2016, several states enacted laws that were designed, in varying degrees, to limit non competes, including Illinois, Utah, Connecticut and Rhode Island
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The four most depressing reasons why Americans are not saving any money

The four most depressing reasons why Americans are not saving any money | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
People are more confident about their finances, but should they be?
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Amazon to buy Middle Eastern online retailer Souq.com, say sources

Amazon to buy Middle Eastern online retailer Souq.com, say sources | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Amazon has agreed in principle to buy 100 percent of Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com from its shareholders, sources familiar with the deal.
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Group of brutes pummel man at Brooklyn restaurant

Group of brutes pummel man at Brooklyn restaurant | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

A man offered to do a good deed at a Brooklyn restaurant — and was punished with a bone-breaking beating, cops said.

A group of men kicked and pummeled a 37-year-old customer, beating him with his own cane after he offered to pay for their meal, police said Tuesday.

Then, as he lay prone and bleeding on the ground, two customers simply ordered dinner as if nothing had happened, police sources said.

“Can I get No. 12?” one woman asked a cashier, with the victim curled up on the floor behind her, sources said.

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Boca Raton Tribune’s City Council Election Survey Results

Boca Raton Tribune’s City Council Election Survey Results | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

We sent out a survey to our readers on facebook, twitter, and online with a simple question: Who gets your vote in the City Council Seat A, Seat B, and Mayoral race in Boca Raton.

Please remember, this is only a survey of the people who took time out of their day to complete the survey, this does not officially represent the outcome of the City Council Election that will take place on March 14.

Don’t forget to go out and VOTE on March 14.

If you are still not sure on who to vote for, The Boca Raton Tribune gave the members running for Seat A, Seat B, and the Mayoral seat all the same opportunity to be interviewed as well as participation in our City Council Forum that can be found here for Seat A, and B, and here for the Mayor Forum.

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Poor and on their own, South Korea’s elderly who will ‘work until they die’

Poor and on their own, South Korea’s elderly who will ‘work until they die’ | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
“I will take care of myself as long as I can… then I’ll go to the hospital and die,” says an 81-year-old in a country where nearly half the elderly population is poor. Part 2 of a regional series on elderly poverty.
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Hacked by the Hamburglar? Questions abound after McDonald's tweet calls Trump 'disgusting'

Hacked by the Hamburglar? Questions abound after McDonald's tweet calls Trump 'disgusting' | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

McDonald's said Thursday that a tweet calling President Donald Trump disgusting was the result of its corporate account being compromised.“You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny h

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Chinese Lantern Festival ready to glow

Chinese Lantern Festival ready to glow | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Even in daylight the 800 giant animal shapes from dinosaurs to penguins assembled in Sunset Cove Amphitheater, on the grounds and even a family of towering jellyfish lakeside are eye-catching.

The Chinese Lantern Festival, with a Kung Fu shows at 6:30PM & 8PM and artists creating works, has moved into the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in West Boca Feb. 24 through April 9. Sunset hours with the lanterns lit from within are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

The theme is "The Wild," with animals in four parts of the ancient world represented, said George Zhao, owner of Hanart Culture, the show's producers. "We did similar shows in a fair park in Dallas and two in Calgary. We've been looking for suitable venues."

The six-week run is a first for the county, said amphitheater manager Don Perez.

"This is the longest-term contract I have experienced in five years with Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation and amphitheaters," he said. "Most rentals are from one to two days. However we have seen a significant increase in the desire for festivals and long-term vans at all of our amphitheater properties… Recently we had the garlic festival in Lake Worth."

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Promising student living in fear after hammer attack - Crime - NZ Herald News

Promising student living in fear after hammer attack - Crime - NZ Herald News | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The parents of a promising business student fear for his future after a vicious, unprovoked attack by two men armed with a screwdriver and hammer that they say has left him a shell - New Zealand Herald
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Paying Taxes for a Hired Caregiver

Paying Taxes for a Hired Caregiver | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The nanny tax isn\'t just for Mary Poppins. It covers any household employee including housekeepers, gardeners and caregivers.
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Discovering The Chinese Lantern Festival — Where The East Meets The West (Boca That Is)

Discovering The Chinese Lantern Festival — Where The East Meets The West (Boca That Is) | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

After months of reading about this year’s Chinese Lantern Festival and seeing the gorgeous pictures posted all across social media, I was ecstatic to learn the festival tour dates included stops in my home state of Florida.

Sunset Cove Amphitheater, one of this year’s stops, is located inside South County Park on the southwestern edge of Palm Beach County.  This amazing festival of larger than life illuminated lanterns will run from February 24 to April 9, 2017, lighting up the night skies of West Boca Raton with an array of dazzling, beautiful and whimsically-colored magical creations.

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Chinese Lantern Festival Now Running in Boca Raton Feb 24- April 9th 2017

Chinese Lantern Festival Now Running in Boca Raton Feb 24- April 9th 2017 | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Chinese Lantern Festival is coming to Boca Raton Feb 24- April 9th 2017. Aside from Chinese paper lanterns, there will be several artists on the scene. The artists perform and use a multitude of mediums such as clay sculpture, embroidery and hand pa
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Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The Chinese Lantern Festival is going on now at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca and Andi Tilis gives us a preview.

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Senate votes to block internet privacy regulations

Senate votes to block internet privacy regulations | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The Senate passed a resolution Thursday in 50-48 party line vote that would dismantle a set of internet privacy rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year.

The rules, which the FCC passed in a party-line vote in October, require internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon to obtain customers’ permission before using their personal information for advertising purposes.

 

If passed by the House and signed by President Trump, the bill would use an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to eliminate the rules before they go into effect. The CRA would also prevent the FCC from passing “substantially similar” regulations in the future, though no court has ruled on what agencies can pass under those standards.

Critics of the privacy regulations say they are too onerous, and subject service providers to stricter regulations than websites such as Facebook and Google, which also collect consumer data.

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday night, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who introduced the bill, said the FCC regulations were an example of a “bureaucratic power grab.”

“Passing this CRA will send a powerful message that federal agencies can’t unilaterally restrict constitutional rights and expect to get away with it,” Flake said.

Democratic Sens. Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Ed Markey (Mass.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) railed against the measure on the Senate floor ahead of the vote, saying it would leave consumers vulnerable.

“Passing [the resolution] will take consumers out of this driver’s seat and place the collection and use of their information behind a veil of secrecy, despite rhetoric surrounding our debate today suggesting that eliminating these common-sense rules will better protect consumers’ privacy online or will eliminate consumer confusion,” said Sen. Bill Nelson(D-Fla.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee.

“President Trump may be outraged by fake violations of his own privacy, but every American should be alarmed by the very real violation of privacy that will result of the Republican roll-back of broadband privacy protections," Markey said in a statement after the vote.
 
“With today’s vote, Senate Republicans have just made it easier for American’s sensitive information about their health, finances and families to be used, shared, and sold to the highest bidder without their permission," he continued.
 
"The American public wants us to strengthen privacy protections, not weaken them."

The vote was a major win for the internet service providers who have been pushing the Trump administration to undo rules passed under Tom Wheeler, the FCC’s previous chairman. The new CRA action is also the latest in the deregulatory campaign the GOP has undertaken since gaining control of the White House.

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Amazon delays its entry into Southeast Asia

Amazon delays its entry into Southeast Asia | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Amazon has postponed its much-anticipated entry into Southeast Asia. The company initially planned to launch local e-commerce services in Singapore during the..
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How 'ping pong diplomacy' brought Nixon to China - BBC News (video)

How 'ping pong diplomacy' brought Nixon to China - BBC News (video) | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

In April 1971, at the height of the Cold War, a group of ping pong players became the first Americans to visit Communist China.

Their successful trip is often credited for reviving diplomatic relations between the two countries, who hadn't been in contact for 22 years.

Less than a year after the outbreak of so-called "ping pong diplomacy", Richard Nixon travelled to Beijing as the first US president to visit the People's Republic of China.

Author Nicholas Griffin tells the BBC why this sport was the perfect intermediary.

The interview was conducted at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in Miami, Florida.

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Spring break in Boca: Kid-friendly activities in and around town | Southern Palm Beach County

Spring break in Boca: Kid-friendly activities in and around town | Southern Palm Beach County | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
BOCA RATON — It's spring break for local school children, and there are plenty of ways parents can keep the kids busy this week. There are several events and activities for children planned this week in and near Boca Raton.
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2017 Boca Raton election results

2017 Boca Raton election results | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilman Scott Singer will retain their seats for a second term on the Boca Raton City Council, while newcomer Andrea Levine O’Rourke will join the council, according to unofficial results in Tuesday’s municipal contests from the Palm Beach County elections supervisor.

Haynie held a lead over civic activist Alfred “Al” Zucaro, while Singer won in a landslide over political novice Patti Dervishi with all but two precincts reporting in the city.

In a race with with three candidates and no incumbents, O’Rourke, a design consultant and local activist, beat Andy Thomson and Emily Gentile.

More than 11,000 votes were counted in the election.

Singer attributed a positive campaign — during an otherwise contentious election — to his overwhelming victory.

“I worked very hard to reach as many residents as I could,” Singer said. “I’m happy to have run a campaign that focused on the issues and the residents that was entirely positive.”

Singer, 40, has been critical of some development in the past, and wants to continue work in improving traffic and mobility, approving responsible development and strengthening job creation efforts.

 
 
 
 
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Lonely Planet names the top 10 spring break destinations

Lonely Planet names the top 10 spring break destinations | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
From hiking in Asheville to saving turtles in Cabo, each place offers more than the cliché experiences.
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Queens Community Rally for Mr. Chun Man Tse

This video is about a Queens Community rally led by Assemblyman Ron Kim, demanding an upgrade on the charges from assault to manslaughter for Cleamon Anderson the death of Mr. Chun Tse Man.

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NBA Celebrates First-Ever Filipino Heritage Week

NBA Celebrates First-Ever Filipino Heritage Week | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The NBA is celebrating its first-ever Filipino Heritage Week through Sunday in the Philippines. Festivities include Filipino Heritage Nights hosted by the Golden State Warriors and the Miami Heat, as well as specially designed shirts. On Wednesday,

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Bloomingdale rapist Kendrick Morris sentenced to life

Bloomingdale rapist Kendrick Morris sentenced to life | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The man who raped, beat and left a teenage girl for dead outside a public library nine years ago was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

Kendrick Morris was originally sentenced to 65 years in prison for the crime, but appeared in court last month to request a lighter sentence. He was granted the re-sentencing hearing after a Supreme Court decision that determined lengthy sentences for juvenile offenders are unconstitutional, and that they should have the opportunity for parole.

 

However, a re-sentencing hearing doesn't guarantee a lesser sentence. In Morris' case, it meant more time in prison. Now, instead of 65 years, he is sentenced to life.

 

"I want to say that it's a victory but it seems wrong to say that," said Anna Donato, whose sister, Queena, was Morris' victim. "I believe justice was served. But in the end both lives are now sentenced to life and it's just such a sad and unfortunate situation for everybody involved."

In 2008, Kendrick Morris attacked Queena, who was 18 years old, as she was dropping off books at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library in Valrico. Morris dragged her behind the building, where he raped and beat Queena so violently, he robbed her of the ability to see, talk or walk on her own.

Judge Chet Tharpe got choked up as he read through the details of Queena's case.

"These crimes were particularly atrocious and cruel," Tharpe said. "Life sentences are the only appropriate sentences in this case."

"It's always difficult to relive that day but it's just a reminder of how horrific the crime was,” Donato told reporters afterward.

Morris also received a life sentence for another violent rape he committed in 2007.

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Events - Friday, February 24 - Sunday, April 9, 2017...

Events - Friday, February 24 - Sunday, April 9, 2017... | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Featuring approximately 800 illuminated lanterns, Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival will provide a stunning visual exhibition of Chinese art and culture at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida, February 24-April 9 (Wednesdays-Sundays, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.). The Festival presents a modern and unique approach to the ancient art of lantern-making, which promises to amaze fun seekers of all ages. This year’s theme, “The Wild,” offers an enchanting safari for visitors to walk through. From lions, giraffes, and pandas to pre-historic dinosaurs, these life-size works of art take the forms of animals representing all four corners of the earth including Africa, Asia/Europe, the Americas, and Antarctica. Each location scene is set in beautiful dreamscapes of light, color, sound, and motion—delivering an unparalleled experience.
 
Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at www.ChineseLanternFestival.com. [external link] Admission tickets are $25 at the door/$22 online for adults, and $15 at the door/$12.50 online for children ages 4-12. Admission is free for children ages 3 and younger. Special discount rates are also available online for groups of 12 or more. Discounts are provided to members of the armed forces, veterans, seniors and college students.​
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Chinese Lantern Festival Just Came to Boca Raton! – Mom Junky

Chinese Lantern Festival Just Came to Boca Raton! – Mom Junky | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

This weekend was the opening weekend of the Chinese Lantern Festival.  I had no idea what to expect as this was my first experience seeing Chinese Lanterns  but I did know that the lighting of the lanterns is considered an art and an integral part of festivals and celebrations in China.  There was so much more and something for everyone.

The 2017 festival lanterns  highlight “The Wild,” including lanterns in the form of animals from around the world, including; Africa, Antarctica, Asia, America and more. We got to  experience authentic Chinese entertainment and multicultural shows.

Of course, if there was the Age of Dinosaurs at Dinosaur Empire, my kids were in on the event!  I just had to mention dinosaurs.

As soon as we parked, we saw the long line of people waiting to get it.  I had the feeling that it was popular.  Kids were playing while their parents stood in line and the aroma of Chinese food got me in the mood to party!

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Chinese Lantern Festival, Boca Raton

The 2017 Chinese Festival Lanterns highlight "The Wild," with lanterns in the form of animals from around the world, including; Africa, Antarctica, Asia, America and more. Visitors also enjoy authentic Chinese entertainment and multicultural shows.

Kung Fu/Martial Arts Performances March 12- April 9th from Wed - Sunday, nightly at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, West Boca Raton. 

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