China strips license from second lawyer for HK activists

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A second Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has been stripped of his license as Beijing attempts to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Ren Quanniu, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan, said he had his license revoked by provincial judicial authorities. Ten of the 12 activists caught at sea in August were sentenced in December to prison terms ranging from seven months to three years for crossing the border illegally and organizing the crossings. The two other activists are minors. Two weeks ago, judicial officials revoked the license of another lawyer involved in the case.last_img read more

As Opioid Epidemic Continues, Steps to Curb It Multiply

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Charles Ornstein ProPublicaThe overdose death toll from opioids, both prescription drugs and heroin, has almost quadrupled since 1999. In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs.Just last month, public awareness of the opioid epidemic reached a new level when Prince was found dead with prescription narcotics on him and authorities began to investigate their role in his demise. In recent weeks, lawmakers and regulators have moved to augment treatment options for addiction and to require more education for doctors who prescribe opioids. The U.S. House of Representatives is voting on a package of bills this week; the Senate passed its own bill in March.Also in that span, the Los Angeles Times has published an investigation of Purdue Pharma, the maker of the blockbuster pain pill OxyContin, and CNN held a town hall meeting on the consequences of addiction to narcotics. Dr. David A. Kessler, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, calling the embrace of opioids “one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine.”Last week, ProPublica added warnings labels to the pages of narcotic drugs in our Prescriber Checkup news app, prompted by indications that some readers are using the tool to find doctors who will prescribe these drugs with few or no questions asked (See our editor’s note).The effectiveness of any of these steps remains to be seen. There is broad consensus on the need for more treatment options, more education, more careful prescribing by doctors. But there’s still much debate about the details—and funding–for each of those steps.What’s clear is that in recent months there has been an increasing emphasis on the role of health providers and the agencies that oversee them to stem access to widely abused prescription drugs:In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines on prescribing of opioids for chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts for more than three months (excluding pain related to cancer, end-of-life and palliative care.) The guidelines call on doctors to choose therapies other than opioids as their preferred option; to use the lowest possible doses; and to monitor all patients closely.That same month, the FDA announced tougher warning labels on immediate-release opioids, such as fentanyl, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, to note the “serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death.”Nonprofit groups and medical experts in April asked the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove questions about pain control from a survey of hospital patients’ satisfaction to remove any incentive to overtreat pain. And they asked The Joint Commission, which accredits health facilities, to revise its standards to deemphasize “unnecessary, unhelpful and unsafe pain treatments.” The commission pushed back, saying its standards do no such thing.Just yesterday, Dr. Steven J. Stack, president of the American Medical Association, called on doctors to do more. He encouraged doctors to use their state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to ensure their patients aren’t shopping for multiple doctors to prescribe them drugs. He called on them to co-prescribe a rescue drug, naloxone, to patients at risk of overdose. And he told them to generally avoid starting opioids for new patients with chronic, non-cancer pain.“As physicians, we are on the front lines of an opioid epidemic that is crippling communities across the country,” Stack wrote in a statement, published on the Huffington Post. “We must accept and embrace our professional responsibility to treat our patients’ pain without worsening the current crisis. These are actions we must take as physicians individually and collectively to do our part to end this epidemic.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Eagle Bulk Bondholders Approve Scrubber Amendments

first_imgNasdaq-listed Eagle Bulk Shipping saw a majority of investors vote to approve amendments to the Eagle Bulk ShipCo bond terms to finance more scrubber retrofits.Namely, the company informed that the holders of the USD 200 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.250% Senior Secured Bonds, due in November 2022, approved amendments to the bond terms at a meeting on November 6.Of the bondholders represented at the meeting, at which a quorum was present, 85.36 per cent voted in favor of the amendments, which was a qualified majority, Eagle Bulk Shipping informed.The amendment to the bond terms would allow for the use of proceeds from the sale of security vessels, up to a proposed USD 25 million for the partial financing of scrubbers. This would finance four exhaust gas cleaning systems to be retrofitted to the company’s fleet of vessels and options to purchase 18 additional scrubbers, the company earlier said.In early September 2018, Eagle Bulk signed a series of agreements to purchase of up to 37 scrubbers. The contracts include firm orders for 19 scrubbers and up to an additional 18 units. The projected cost, including installation, is approximately USD 2 million per scrubber system.Eagle Bulk separately released its financial report for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, in which it cited a rise in net revenues and TCE revenue.The company delivered net revenues of USD 69.1 million in the third quarter of the year, representing an increase of 10% compared to the same period in 2017, while TCE revenue for the quarter equated to USD 46.5 million, surging by 31% year-on-year.Net income for the period stood at USD 2.6 million, compared to a net loss of USD 10.3 million for the comparable quarter in 2017.“The third quarter marks the seventh consecutive quarter where we have outperformed the benchmark Baltic Supramax Index; a significant accomplishment in what has been a steadily rising market,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, said.last_img read more

Proserv subsea controls for IOG North Sea development

first_img Subsea 7 nets IOG North Sea SURF Posted: 4 months ago Mark Hughes, chief operating officer IOG, said: Posted: 4 months ago This deal also follows yesterday’s news on Petrofac landing the well management contract on Core Project Phase 1. Elgood is a single subsea tieback to an unmanned platform at the nearby Blythe field. “We are pleased to be awarded this work in such uncertain times and it further strengthens our reputation as a subsea controls supplier. Categories: The field should come on stream in 2021. Specifically, Proserv will be responsible for the engineering, construction and installation for the Elgood single-well subsea tieback. IOG is the field operator with 50 per cent, with the remaining 50 per cent interest also belonging to CalEnergy. Iain Smith, senior vice president – Proserv Controls, said: Proserv has secured a contract from Independent Oil and Gas to provide subsea controls system for IOG’s Core Project Phase 1 development in the UK Southern North Sea. The Elgood gas field is part of the Blythe Hub, situated 35 kilometres offshore Norfolk in the Southern North Sea. “We look forward to working with IOG and their SURF contractor to ensure the cost-effective, safe and timely execution.” Elgood gas field Project & Tenders “We are pleased to be working with Proserv, a recognised specialist provider of subsea controls systems, on the Elgood well, which is an important part of our Phase 1 development.” The system will consist of a master control station, subsea control module as well as subsea distribution and instrumentation.last_img read more

Douglas says 18th FCCA conference vital to cruise sector

first_imgMinister of Tourism, Hon. Ian Douglas.Tourism Minister Ian Douglas is describing as “vital”, 18th Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference which commenced today, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.A four member delegation has left the island over the weekend to attend the annual event.Douglas said the meeting will explore tourism and Caribbean cruise in the region and come up with innovative ideas to keep the sector afloat.The main objectives of the Dominica Delegation at the annual conference are to hold discussions that will ultimately result in an increase in cruise calls to Dominica, to increase cruise industry contact base, to discuss new initiatives with cruise lines in terms of shore excursions, products and services offerings with a view to improving Dominica’s rankings on the guest experience survey.Douglas, along with Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority and Chairman of DDA Board of Directors Mr. Benoit Bardouille, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Tourism Mr. Colin Piper, and Head of Product Development Ms. Kathleen Cuffy are representing Dominica at the conference.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img 11 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Douglas says 18th FCCA conference vital to cruise sector by: – October 3, 2011last_img read more

Hodgson says England must do better

first_img But they had little to cheer about either as they were subjected to one of the most tedious England games in living memory. Hodgson struggled to find any positives from the stalemate in the Irish capital. “We set ourselves high standards and got nowhere near them in the first half,” the England manager said. “We were marginally better in the second half, but we were very critical of ourselves. “We’ve had a good run, a year almost unbeaten, but we came here believing if we played our best football we could win the game and we never got close to that. “We didn’t lose, but we have to accept there were a lot of things we could have done better.” England put up a spirited fight to draw in Italy in their last fixture, but there was a clear lack of spark from Hodgson’s team against the Irish. England mustered just three shots on target and Wayne Rooney stumbled when through on goal to waste the visitors’ best chance of the afternoon. Press Association England’s first trip to play the Republic of Ireland in 20 years passed off without incident in the stands. The England supporters heeded the Football Association’s warning to refrain from chanting inflammatory songs during the first match the Three Lions have played in Dublin since the Lansdowne Road riot of 1995. Hodgson concedes his men will have to perform better at next year’s European Championship in France. “It’s important we are critical and continue to set ourselves high standards,” said the England boss, who takes his team to Slovenia next Sunday for the final Euro 2016 qualifier of the season. “We want to go to France and play teams there, and we’ll have to play better than we did today.” The only crumb of comfort for Hodgson was that there was no repeat of the trouble that marred England’s last visit to Dublin two decades ago when the match had to be abandoned after away fans started throwing missiles on to the pitch. “The atmosphere in the stadium and the behaviour of the fans was a remarkable positive,” Hodgson said. Only a handful of supporters sang “No surrender” during the national anthem, and they were drowned out by their fellow supporters in an act of self-policing. The Football Association said no England fans were arrested in the ground. The subdued atmosphere inside the ground was understandable given the poor quality of football on show. Ireland had the better chances of the afternoon. Daryl Murphy spurned two good opportunities in the first half and Joe Hart saved a powerful volley from Jon Walters after the break. Martin O’Neill was happy with his Republic team’s showing ahead of Saturday’s crucial qualifier against Scotland. “It was exactly what we needed,” the Republic manager said. “In the last 15 minutes we looked pretty tired, but we started off brightly and maybe could have scored a couple of goals. We certainly had a couple of decent chances. “But overall it was good for us and from a physical viewpoint it couldn’t have been better timed.” The Republic will leapfrog Scotland in their qualifying group if they win at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday. Luckily for the former Aston Villa manager, it looks as though he will have a full squad to choose from. “Jon (Walters) was just feeling a little bit, but I think everybody’s okay,” O’Neill said. “John O’Shea’s calf was tightening up on him, so I made a change there. It’s something he’s suffered a little bit from in the past and I’m hoping in next couple of games he comes through that.” O’Neill confirmed Robbie Keane will land in Ireland on Monday. “He will join in with training on Tuesday,” O’Neill said of the Ireland captain, who was given permission to miss the England game so he could play in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. Roy Hodgson hailed the conduct of England supporters in Dublin but could find few words of praise for his players after they stuttered to a dull 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium. last_img read more

Wisconsin ends 7-game skid, topples rival Marquette

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoWith the stretch that they had been on, head coach Jeff Rohrman and the UW men’s soccer team probably would have taken the 1-0 win. But thanks to two more late goals from sophomore Christopher Ede, the Badgers got off the snide in a big way with a 3-0 victory over Marquette Wednesday night.Coming off a 5-2 loss at the hands of No. 5 Indiana — which stretched its losing streak to seven games — the Badgers were looking to refocus and turn things around. Thanks to a few good days of practice, they were able to do just that.”I thought it was a real collective effort tonight,” Rohrman said. “We really played well defensively down the stretch when we needed to.”Wisconsin took the lead early in the first half thanks to a penalty kick. Freshman Victor Diaz was dragged down inside the box in the 14th minute.The Spaniard got the best of Marquette keeper Steven Grow, placing the spot kick just left of center as the keeper dove hard to the right.For the majority of the match, it looked like that might have been the only goal.The remainder of the first half was fairly slow and the Badgers carried the lead well into the much more physical second half.But with less than 20 minutes remaining in the contest, the Golden Eagles turned the attack up a notch.Marquette very nearly tied the game in the 73rd minute when sophomore goalie Mike Hood couldn’t control the ball and the Golden Eagles put a shot on.However, defender Zack Lambo was in the right place at the right time to head the ball away.”[Lambo] did exactly what he was supposed to do,” team captain Aaron Hohlbein said. “He played really well tonight.”Marquette midfielder Pat Knoelke would get his chance just eight minutes later. Looking at a wide-open upper-right corner of the net, the junior fired the ball high and Wisconsin retained the lead.But even with the Marquette attack turned up, it was the Badgers who would add to their lead later in the 81st minute. Ede got his head on a good-looking cross from midfielder B.J. Goodman.The reserve forward was not done there, however. He got his second goal of the game — and second of the season — when the Badgers found themselves with a three-on-two breakaway.The advantage quickly turned to a four-on-two, but rather than laying the ball off, Ede pulled it back and fired it into the upper-left corner.”I had a couple good practices and I’ve been playing well of late, and I just carried it over into the game,” Ede said. “If you ask the guys, I’ve had four or five good chances [this year], but the goalies have made saves and just been lucky. I knew I was going to break out one of these games.”Rohrman was pleased with his team’s attack, which now has five goals in the last two games, after a stretch where the team scored one goal in five games.”I’m pretty pleased with the offensive output,” Rohrman said. “At the same time, I think we brought enough energy on the defensive side to shut out anything they were going to throw at us.”Hood got his first clean sheet in just his second career start, as Rohrman opted to give Jake Settle the night off.”It was just a decision to give Jake a little bit of a chance to sit back and not put so much pressure on himself,” Rohrman said. “I think maybe he’s been pressured a little bit knowing that we haven’t done as much on the offensive side.”With the monkey off its back and a big goal in mind — going undefeated down the stretch — Wisconsin looks to carry its momentum back into Big Ten action when it hits the road for a match with Michigan Sunday afternoon.”We talked after the IU game, saying, ‘We’re winning out,'” Hohlbein said. “We knew we had to come out here tonight and get a win, and then this starts us off on where we want to go.”last_img read more

University lobbies for research, aid

first_imgAccording to the Center for Responsive Politics, USC spent $580,000 last year lobbying the local, state and federal government on issues including Cal Grants, academic research funding and health — a $260,000 decrease from the previous year.’SC in DC · At the national level, the university generally campaigns for financial aid, such as Pell Grants. Lobbyists at all levels ensure that lawmakers are informed of USC’s research, when relevant to bills. – Photo courtesy of USCMany nonprofit universities use a portion of their budget to lobby for issues affecting the university. USC outspent many universities of its caliber in 2011, with Stanford’s expenses totaling $330,000 and New York University’s totaling $400,000.USC lobbies at the federal level in Washington, D.C., at the state level in Sacramento and locally in Los Angeles. Though each office works independently, the issues they focus on often overlap.David Galaviz, the executive director of local government relations for USC, said the university focuses on financial aid, funding for research and other issues that impact students.“It’s not lobbying in a traditional sense of something nefarious, it’s more lobbying for university priorities — either research, student aid or just day-to-day infrastructure needs of the university,” Galaviz said.Locally, projects such as the redevelopment plan for The Village at USC, are high on the university’s  respective agenda, while broader issues such as financial aid are more important at the state level.Veronica Villalobos, the executive director of state government relations in Sacramento, said her office focuses mainly on financial aid because it directly impacts students.“The governor came out with a budget proposal last week that would cut the Cal Grant for students in nonprofit universities by over 40 percent,” Villalobos said. “Over 1,800 USC students receive grants that would be cut.”Protecting students at private universities from financial aid cuts can often be an issue in state government, Villalobos said.“A lot of the time, nonprofit educational institutions are forgotten because the legislature often relies on public universities,” Villalobos said. “If there is a bill that gives loan forgiveness to students in medical school, for instance, a lot of the time the first thought is to target UC students instead of USC students who also need loan assistance.”The university also campaigns for financial aid at the national level, such as Pell Grants, USC Executive Director of Federal Relations Jennifer Grodsky said.Academic research also factors into the lobbying process, Grodsky said. The university shares its research with legislators to keep USC involved in the legislative process.“If someone at USC is doing research on something like bullying, we will connect them to lawmakers working on a bill about that subject so they can make a better bill,” Grodsky said. “We spend a lot of time thinking about how we can share our expertise.”Connecting lawmakers to researchers helps the government keep the university in mind when they write bills about higher education, Villalobos said.“This way the research doesn’t sit on the shelf, and the legislature sees the university as a public resource,” Villalobos said. “Otherwise you can get forgotten, and that’s not good public policy.”Though the topics the university focuses on vary, the motivation to keep USC engaged in the political conversation stays constant.At each level of the process, lobbyists said the most important factor is keeping the university involved.“My job is to make sure the university does not exist in the vacuum, but that it’s tied into the city and county of Los Angeles and that the university is an active and engaged member of civic life,” Galaviz said.Getting the university involved in city, state and national projects also helps USC become a bigger player in legislative decisions.“We want to contribute to the conversation,” Villalobos said. “We’re the largest employer in Los Angeles, we’re a health care provider, and we have a lot of different roles impacted by the state.”As USC becomes more involved with lobbying at all levels of government, Grodsky said she sees legislators paying more attention to the university.“Policy makers are really looking to anchor institutions like USC,” Grodsky said. “President Nikias is not only a leader in Los Angeles but also a national leader. So if he says something is an issue our students are facing, the government is going to pay attention.”Though the bills that pass with help from USC’s lobbying efforts are a significant plus, gaining the government’s attention might be the biggest benefit of lobbying, Grodsky said.“You have to have a voice,” Grodsky said. “You want to have a seat at the table. There are so many decisions made every day that impact us.”last_img read more

Women’s Tennis set to begin home slate

first_imgThe No. 19 women’s tennis team takes on Cal State Long Beach on Friday in its second dual meet of the season at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.With its recent 6-1 drubbing of Cal State Northridge on Tuesday and two tournament wins last weekend, the Women of Troy are certainly surging with confidence.At the Freeman Memorial Women’s Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, senior Maria Sanchez won the singles competition and the doubles competition with freshman Kaitlyn Christian.Meanwhile, at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in La Quinta, Calif., sophomore Danielle Lao made it to the singles semifinals and two Trojan teams made it to the doubles semis.“We certainly did okay as a team [at the NCTC],” said junior Alison Ramos. “The competition was really tough, so we didn’t post the results that we exactly wanted, but we got a few good wins under our belt and that was just really good preparation for the season.”Even with a handful of wins, USC is not approaching its weekend slate with any signs of complacency.“Long Beach State is always under the radar,” Ramos said. “They’ve got a lot of good foreign players. They are definitely not ranked as high as they should be, and we are definitely not expecting an easy match.”USC coach Richard Gallien essentially reiterated Ramos’ forecast: The Women of Troy will not be underestimating the competition they face Friday.“Long Beach State is a superior team to Northridge and we will still need to be very diligent and intense,” Gallien said.When the team faced off against Cal State Northridge, on Tuesday, it swept the doubles and lost one singles match. Sanchez and senior Cristala Andrews, however, did not participate.The team’s high ranking might not be enough to inspire some people to come out and watch the dual meet, but the Women of Troy’s winning ways are enough incentive for fans to watch.After today’s dual meet against Long Beach State the team will next compete at its ITA Kickoff Weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., a tournament where they will face host Michigan, NC State and Auburn.last_img read more

DeAndre Hopkins takes high road in response to trade: ‘Houston served me well’

first_imgSN TRACKER: Updates on news, rumors, signings and tradesFortunately for Hopkins, he gets to go from one dynamic quarterback to another in second-year pro Kyler Murray, a Heisman Trophy winner and two-sport star. Murray produced an impressive rookie campaign with limited help around him, throwing for 3,722 yards and rushing for 544 yards. He did so despite preseason questions regarding his ability to pick up the NFL game quickly — a testament to his football intelligence.Hopkins will be expected to carry the star receiver torch from Larry Fitzgerald, who at 36 is nearing the end of his career. If DeAndre Hopkins was as blindsided by his Monday trade to the Cardinals from the Texans as many fans in Houston were, then he didn’t let his negative emotions show on social media.The superstar receiver, dealt to Arizona for running back David Johnson and a pair of draft picks, reacted to the move on Twitter hours after learning he was headed to a new franchise and struck a positive tone. He offered appreciation to the Texans and optimism for what he might accomplish with the Cardinals. “The (Texans) organization served me well, the city of Houston served me well and my teammates served me well,” Hopkins wrote. “The city of Houston will forever be loved. Now it’s time to bring a championship to AZ!! HOP OUT!!!”The Texan’s organization served me well, the city of Houston served me well and my teammates served me well. The city of Houston will forever be loved. Now it’s time to bring a championship to AZ!! HOP OUT!!!— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) March 17, 2020MORE: DeAndre Hopkins trade gradesHopkins, 27, is one of the NFL’s best receivers and has been for some time. He recorded at least 95 receptions and at least 1,100 yards in four of the past five seasons, and his chemistry with quarterback Deshaun Watson had provided reason to believe he would stay in Houston for the long haul. The Texans obviously had other ideas.last_img read more