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Firefighters battling fire at St. Louis County recycling center : News

Firefighters from the Mehlville Fire Protection District battle a four-alarm blaze at the Republic Services recycling center at 4076 Bayless Avenue in south St. Louis County on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

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Science hinted that cancer patients could take less of a $148,000-a-year drug. Its maker tripled the price of a pill.

Science hinted that cancer patients could take less of a $148,000-a-year drug. Its maker tripled the price of a pill. | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

A group of cancer doctors focused on bringing down the cost of treatments by testing whether lower — and cheaper — doses are effective thought they had found a prime candidate in a blood cancer drug called Imbruvica that typically costs $148,000 a year.

The science behind Imbruvica suggested that it could work at lower doses, and early clinical evidence indicated that patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia might do just as well on one or two pills a day after completing an initial round of treatment at three pills per day.

The researchers at the Value in Cancer Care Consortium, a nonprofit focused on cutting treatment costs for some of the most expensive drugs, set out to test whether the lower dose was just as effective — and could save patients money.

Then they learned of a new pricing strategy by Janssen and Pharmacyclics, the companies that sell Imbruvica through a partnership. Within the next three months, the companies will stop making the original 140-milligram capsule, a spokeswoman confirmed. They will instead offer tablets in four strengths — each of which has the same flat price of about $400, or triple the original cost of the pill.

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Taxpayer Advocate Makes Congress Aware of IRS Defficiencies

Taxpayer Advocate Makes Congress Aware of IRS Defficiencies | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

On April 17, 2018, the Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson, testified before a Congressional Oversight Committee regarding on-going challenges to the administration of an efficient and effective tax system. Ms. Olson runs the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent office within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Taxpayer Advocate is appointed by and reports directly to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. The office was created under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which became law on July 30, 1996. The office replaced the IRS Office of the Ombudsman.

In her testimony, Ms. Olson reviewed the substantial issues facing the IRS. The main issues she commented on include:

  1. Since 2010, the IRS has lost approximately 20 percent of its funding and personnel. These reductions have led to systematic cuts to the service level and have prevented the IRS from deploying new technology and improving the efficient and effective administration of the tax law.

  2. The comprehensive tax reform that occurred in December of 2017 further challenges the IRS’s ability to provide consistent service to taxpayers as the IRS attempts to provide timely resources.

  3. The IRS’s electronic and online infrastructure is seriously lacking and leading to deficits: “The IRS must also upgrade the technology available for taxpayers using its online resources.” For example, of the 1.8 million online account registration attempts, only 15 percent were successful because of aging and failing technology.

  4. Fraud detection continues to be a serious problem for the IRS. IRS filters returns to try to detect thieves using the IRS’s systems to steal money from the fisc. Unfortunately the tools at the IRS’s disposal are inadequate and last year had a false-positive rate of 60 percent! Similar issues exist with taxpayer identity theft.

Practice Point: Ms. Olson’s testimony echoes many tax professionals’ concerns that our tax system is not being implemented in the most effective and efficient manner. Although TAS’s perspective focuses on the “customer service” experience, the frustrations identified are systematic. With the advent of tax reform and the government’s struggle to implement its sweeping changes, we are hopeful that many of these issues will be addressed and perhaps rectified. After all, hope springs eternal!

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Congress to Battle Opioid Crisis Using CDC Recommendations

Congress to Battle Opioid Crisis Using CDC Recommendations | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
CDC urged efforts to reverse disturbing trend be multifaceted, with improved surveillance of usage, increased naloxone availability, improved safe-prescribing practices
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Google is Pursuing the Pentagon’s Giant Cloud Contract Quietly, Fearing An Employee Revolt

Google is Pursuing the Pentagon’s Giant Cloud Contract Quietly, Fearing An Employee Revolt | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Last August, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis made a journey to the West Coast and met with Google founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai. Over a half day of meetings, Google leaders described the company’s multi-year transition to cloud computing and how it was helping them develop into a powerhouse for research and development into artificial intelligence. Brin in particular was eager to showcase how much Google was learning every day about AI and cloud implementation, according to one current and one former senior Defense Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

It wasn’t an overt sales pitch, exactly, say the officials. But the effect of the trip, during which Mattis also met representatives from Amazon, was transformative. He went west with deep reservations about a department-wide move to the cloud and returned to Washington, D.C., convinced that the U.S. military had to move much of its data to a commercial cloud provider — not just to manage files, email, and paperwork but to push mission-critical information to front-line operators.

In September, Defense Department officials announced that they would be moving onto the cloud in a big way. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, program has since morphed into a single contract potentially worth $10 billion over a decade, to be awarded by year’s end.  

The competition is still in its early phases, with a request for proposals expected as early as this week. But the senior defense official said that the race is shaping up as a three-way fight between Amazon, Microsoft, and Google — with Oracle a rather distant fourth. While Amazon and Microsoft have participated in public events related to the contract, such as an industry event on March 7, and have reached out to media, Google has kept its own interest in the contract out of the press. Company leaders have even hidden the pursuit from its own workers, according to Google employees Defense One reached.

Google did not respond to repeated requests for comment about its interest in the JEDI contract. A spokesperson for Google’s cloud business did point out that they had recently achieved FedRAMP certification, earning the right to compete for government work.

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A Female Engineer’s Fight for Equal Pay at Google - Bloomberg

A Female Engineer’s Fight for Equal Pay at Google - Bloomberg | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Software engineer Kelly Ellis is locked in a high-profile battle against the search giant.
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Speech to Women in 1985 Still Relevant Today – Trending

Speech to Women in 1985 Still Relevant Today – Trending | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Apparently I’m a pack rat.  How else can you explain coming across a set of index cards for a speech I gave to a women’s organization…in 1985!

If I hadn’t dated the index cards, I would not have been able to guess the year, or decade. The title of my speech was, “Why Aren’t Women Making It?”

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Trial Date Set for Discrimination Case Against Idaho State University

Trial Date Set for Discrimination Case Against Idaho State University | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Where the conversation about Asian America Begins
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sailors visit Vietnamese shelter for victims of Agent Orange | Reuters

sailors visit Vietnamese shelter for victims of Agent Orange | Reuters | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Sailors from a U.S. aircraft carrier on Wednesday visited a Vietnamese shelter for people suffering from the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to destroy foliage.
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Boca Raton Tribune Candidate Forum Canceled

Boca Raton Tribune Candidate Forum Canceled | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

It’s with great regret that we at The Boca Raton Tribune have to announce to our readers that the Annual Candidate Forum that was to be held at Wayne Barton Study Center on Thursday, March 8, is officially canceled.

With over 100 confirmed residents, and less than one week to the event, Wayne Barton informed us that he would not be able to host the forum which takes place in one of the cities most historic neighborhoods, Pearl City.

Wayne Barton pulled the plug on the event late last week and we at The Boca Raton Tribune have been working feverishly to find a new location for the Forum with no avail, making this the first time in four election cycles that The Boca Raton Tribune’s Candidate Forum will not take place.

Historically, the Candidate Forum gave a voice to the residents of the city who were sometimes overlooked in the main campaign push and would end up making or breaking a candidate in their eyes. Residents would see what the candidates were all about, and to see if they were just blowing smoke, or truly cared about the city.

We are very saddened by this situation but won’t let this keep us down.

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In Việt Nam 4.5m lack clean water - Society - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports - VietNam News

In Việt Nam 4.5m lack clean water - Society - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports - VietNam News | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Việt Nam must exploit its water resources more efficiently if it is to ensure the remaining 4.5 million local people without tap water gain access, while at the same time the growing population and economy put additional strain on water capacity.

This was one of major topics discussed during Việt Nam International Water Week 2018, taking place between March 4 and 8 in Hà Nội, with the participation of over 300 international and domestic delegates.

The week, an annual event, was organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to find out possible solutions to sustainably manage water resources in Việt Nam and other countries in the world.

Speaking at the plenary session of the week, held on Sunday, Deputy Minister Trần Quý Kiên said that effectively using water resources to serve socio-economic development was already listed among the Government’s top priorities for the past few years.

However, it should consider allowing private sector actors to participate in protecting and supplying the water resources to support effective water usage, he said.


Read more at http://vietnamnews.vn/society/423806/in-viet-nam-45m-lack-clean-water.html#wTCtA7S2uUwDtSUw.99

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Man fatally shot while driving on Interstate 95

Man fatally shot while driving on Interstate 95 | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

A man driving a sports car was shot and killed on Interstate 95 Wednesday — an incident that closed a southbound portion of the highway for more than four hours.

About 4:30 a.m., a Florida Highway Patrol unit working an overnight construction detail heard a crash approaching the Yamato Road exit on I-95, said Mark Economou, a spokesman for Boca Raton police.

The man who was found inside the car was bleeding and was taken to Delray Medical Center but did not survive.

Investigators think the man was shot while he was driving on I-95.

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Wife Denied Visa to Go to Husband’s Funeral

Wife Denied Visa to Go to Husband’s Funeral | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The funeral of a Chinese man who came to New York to earn money for his wife and son back in China is on hold while they fight for a visa to attend the funeral.
 
NBC New York reported the State Department denied the visas for the family fearing they would not return to China.
 
Jucong Wu fell nine stories to his death in a construction accident last Tuesday.
 
“When she went in to get what she thought was a formality — for her to be able to come to bury her husband — and she was told ‘No,’ she lost it. She was inconsolable,” the family’s attorney, Steven Gershowitz ,said. “She’s being denied the opportunity to say goodbye to her husband.”
 
The New York Daily News reports Wu was among a group of workers installing an elevator for a 12 story building. He worked with U-Tek Elevator and was not attached to a safety line when he fell.
 
The State Department declined to comment on the case.
 
This is similar to the story of 22-year of Ngoc Truong, a navy veteran who died of leukemia after serving four years in the Navy. His mother earlier this month missed her son’s funeral because the State Department twice denied her a visa.
 

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Talk Surfaces of Ann Curry Returning to Today

Talk Surfaces of Ann Curry Returning to Today | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

 Could the elevation of Hoda Kotb to co-host of the first two hours of Today with Savannah Guthrie lead to the return of Ann Curry?
 
That’s the speculation reported by Inquisitr, a global news aggregator which claims 40 million readers a month. The website cites a story from Life and Style Magazine.

“There is talk now of bringing Ann back,” the unnamed insider told Life and Style. “They’ve always felt Ann was an incredibly likeable colleague. They feel there’s a place for her.”

The talk comes as Curry is set to make her return to national TV. Her six part program We’ll Meet Again debuts on PBS January 23. By now Curry’s departure from Today has been well documented. The tension between Curry and her then co-host Matt Lauer became apparent when on Curry’s farewell show on Today, Laurer reached over to kiss Curry and she flinched.

With Laurer’s departure after sexual harassment charges emerged, why not bring back Curry who has maintained her popularity despite leaving the national broadcast.

Kotb has been serving as co-anchor of Today’s fourth hour. The Oklahoma-born Kotb whose parents are from Egypt has made numerous appearances at the annual conference of the Asian American Journalists Association and has also been a featured guest at AAJA’s J-Camp, the annual multi-day seminar for high school students of color interested in a career in journalism.

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The Last Days Of Banking Heir Matthew Mellon

The Last Days Of Banking Heir Matthew Mellon | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Matthew Mellon’s death in Mexico raises many unanswered questions, including what will happen to the estimated $500 million of XRP digital currency he owned. “I am trying to live a responsible life,” he told Forbes earlier this year.
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Father, restaurant owner murdered in front of Durham home

Father, restaurant owner murdered in front of Durham home | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

DURHAM, N.C. — The widow and daughter of a man murdered outside his home on Carlton Crossing Drive in Durham on Sunday want police to find those responsible.

Shirley Chan said she and her husband, Hong Zheng came home late Sunday, after closing their Chinese restaurant.

She said the return home is always scary because they've been targeted before.

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Twitter List Shares Names Of Hundreds Of Women In Tech

Twitter List Shares Names Of Hundreds Of Women In Tech | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
This past weekend, almost 300 women working in various areas of the tech industry noticed something odd: Their Twitter followers multiplied exponentially, for seemingly no reason at all.
They have one woman to thank. On Saturday, Tracy Lee, the co-founder of This Dot Labs, posted a Twitter list of women in tech she recommends following. As list members learned about the tweet, they began paying it forward, making the list even larger with their own suggestions of women to follow.
 
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FTC Broadens Settlement With Uber

FTC Broadens Settlement With Uber | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
revised order is broadened to require that Uber submit all reports from third-party audits of Uber’s privacy program rather than only initial report to FTC to ensure cybersecurity
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Bitcoin: Coinbase Buys Earn.com, Hires CEO as Chief Tech Officer

Bitcoin: Coinbase Buys Earn.com, Hires CEO as Chief Tech Officer | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Coinbase has bought Bitcoin startup Earn.com (formerly 21.co) and hired CEO Balaji Srinivasan as its chief technology officer.
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Media Advisory: AWC South FL Celebrates National AWC 108 Years Anniversary with Women Empowerment Workshop : Association for Women in Communications South Florida

Media Advisory: AWC South FL Celebrates National AWC 108 Years Anniversary with Women Empowerment Workshop : Association for Women in Communications South Florida | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

WHO: The Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter (AWCSF)

WHAT: The 2nd Empower Yourself Workshop 2018.A fast paced and interactive workshop with 11 women entrepreneur speakers sharing their struggles and journey to empower themselves. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to share their story. Then panel discussions and Q&A

Our speakers are:

* Terry Michael of Terry Michael Wellness

* Sandra Lopez of TurnOn South Florida

* Janis Buongermino of Ash & Associates Executive Search

* April Klimley of Klimley Communications

* Kim Bolufe of Bolufe

* Jessica Min of World Financial Group (WFG)

* Dianne Cirone of Dress for Success Palm Beaches

* Michele Bee Bellisari of Sooo Boca

* Monica Heiz of Priestess of Passion

* Ana Gambino of Gambino Fashion Consulting

* Sonia Artwell of LaFran Entertainment

Moderator:

* Tonya Scholz of Social Chats

Enjoy an evening of inspiration, connection and empowerment! Discover your inner you and empower yourself to enjoy love, wealth, health, joy, balance and community involvement. Attendees will enjoy drink specials, pass around appetizers and raffle prizes and more. This is a FREE event for members & non-members. Seats are limited. RSVP is required. 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 5:30PM-8:30PMWHERE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton661 Northwest 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida 33487

WHY: Founded on April 8, 1909, The National Association for Women in Communications (AWC) began as Theta Sigma Phi, an honorary society at University of Washington. In honor of AWC 108 years celebration, The Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter (AWCSF) host woman empowerment workshop

COST: Free for members and non members

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/awcsf-2nd-empower-yourself-workshop-2018-tickets-44066993564

Agenda:

5:30PM - 6:30 PM: Happy Hour & Networking

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM: Speakers

7:45 PM -8 PM: Membership Chair, Janis Buongermino discuss Spring Membership Drive

8:00 PM - 8:20 PM: Panel Discussions 

8:20 PM - 8:30PM: Raffle tickets & prizes

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Wayne Huizenga, owner of Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers, dies at 80 | Miami Herald

Wayne Huizenga, owner of Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers, dies at 80 | Miami Herald | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
H. Wayne Huizenga, who owned the Miami Dolphins, the Florida Marlins, the Florida Panthers, AutoNation, Waste Management and Blockbuster, has died at 80 in Fort Lauderdale.
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Stephen Hawking Dies: Physicist Who Awed Both Scientists And The Public Was 76 : The Two-Way : NPR

Stephen Hawking Dies: Physicist Who Awed Both Scientists And The Public Was 76 : The Two-Way : NPR | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Hawking was a theoretical physicist who changed how scientists think about gravity. He also wrote the best-selling book A Brief History of Time and lent his machine-aided voice to TV shows. He was 76.
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Big corporation goes after name of Southwest Florida business - Fox 4 Now WFTX Fort Myers/Cape Coral

Big corporation goes after name of Southwest Florida business - Fox 4 Now WFTX Fort Myers/Cape Coral | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

A Punta Gorda woman started a clothing company that's become her passion, but said now a big corporation could be stepping in and taking her name from her.

Mary Rogner Raymond's athletic brand is called American Alpha Apparel. She got the company trademarked in 2016. But the corporation Gildan recently purchased American Apparel, and sent her a letter saying it filed a cancellation proceeding at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in attempts to cancel her trademark for American Alpha Apparel.

American Alpha Apparel sells bold leggings, shirts, and hats with an underlying American spirit.

"I've put my heart and soul into it," Rogner Raymond said.

"She is the definition of an alpha female," her best friend Sarah Zimmerman said.

Rogner Raymond said she started the company three years ago after a back injury.

"I went from making OK money to nothing. I had to live off of nothing," she said. "I decided to dump all of my savings into my company, so it is my baby."

She said the company has since taken off. But a month ago, she got that letter from Gildan. She told Fox 4 the letter said Gildan was filing a cancellation proceeding to try to cancel her trademark for American Alpha Apparel.

"Honestly, when I got the letter, I really thought it was fake," Rogner Raymond said. "I truly thought it was fake. No way, Gildan's not coming after me. This is a million dollar company. I'm just a little guy."

She took the letter to her attorney William Noonan, who told her the letter was real.

"What they're saying is American Alpha Apparel is likely to be confused by the public with American Apparel," Noonan said.

He said over 900 clothing companies use the word "American" or "America" and the word "apparel" is generic for clothing. He believes they have a good case against Gildan.

"Really, our only two options are I forfeit what I work so hard for, or I fight," Rogner Raymond said.

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Vietnam's tech innovation renaissance

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Vietnam's tech economy is experiencing an innovation renaissance, with the return of overseas nationals injecting fresh ideas and a new energy.
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$1 Million For Female-Led Startups Focused On Women's Economic Empowerment

$1 Million For Female-Led Startups Focused On Women's Economic Empowerment | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

There’s a growing number of financial funds focusing on women’s empowerment. Case in point: RSF Social Finance’s Women’s Capital Collaborative (WCC), which recently announced its first funding round--over $900,000 in loans and grants given to four U.S.-based women-led enterprises working in various part of the world. That brings the total amount disbursed so far to more than $1 million.

Formed in 2016, the WCC targets companies in need of early-stage growth capital, a critical period during which startups, especially those led by women, tend to have a tough time finding money. It’s what Lynne Hoey, RSF senior director, credit and loan administration, calls “the valley of death,” because the period is a make-or-break phase when businesses need to get to the next level of business—or else. “The WCC addresses a market failure for women, who have a more difficult time fundraising and face many more barriers than men,” says Hoey. She points to data showing that venture capital funds create extra roadblocks for women by, for example, looking for longer track records than they seek for male-run companies.

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Mom of Navy Veteran Denied Visa to Come to Son’s Funeral

Mom of Navy Veteran Denied Visa to Come to Son’s Funeral | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Ngoc Truong proudly served his country in the Navy for four years.
 
But when his family was in need, the government turned his back on him, said Truong’s father to WREG.
 
Truong died of leukemia last month, two months after leaving the Navy. His death was sudden and happened shortly after doctors diagnosed him.
 
His mother who is in Vietnam was denied twice for a visa to attend the services and ended up missing her own’s son’s funeral.
 
His father is a small business owner in Blytheville, Arkansas and is the kind of person the Trump administration says it supports.
 
“That’s what made me fuming mad. Fuming. Why?” Truong asked.
 
“He’s already done for this country, but what has this country done for him? What did this country do for him?”
 
The story gained more attention when it was tweeted by CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
 

 
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