Feds bust $1M fraud ring

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Peter StrozniakWashington federal prosecutors busted a large fraud ring that stole nearly a $1 million from three credit unions and four banks over five years, according to a 60-count indictment filed in U.S District Court in Seattle last week.The indictment alleged between November of 2010 and the present, 10 individuals used 219 different bank accounts to steal more than $987,000 from the $13 billion Boeing Employees Credit Union in Tukwila, the $924 million TwinStar Credit Union in Lacey, the $1.1 billion Sound Credit Union in Tacoma, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Banner Bank and KeyBank. continue reading »last_img

HHS orders 18 million doses of anthrax vaccine

first_img Besides the shelf-life bonus, the contract also provides for bonuses if the company makes progress toward winning regulatory approval for using the vaccine to help protect people after possible exposure to anthrax (postexposure prophylaxis, or PEP). The vaccine is currently approved only for preexposure use. Sep 26 Emergent BioSolutions news releasehttp://investors.emergentbiosolutions.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=202582&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1055689 The contract also includes $2.2 million to cover shipping costs for delivering doses to the national stockpile, the company said. HHS has a goal of acquiring a next-generation anthrax vaccine that would require fewer doses and cause fewer side effects. In 2004 the agency awarded an $877 million contract to VaxGen Inc., based in Brisbane, Calif., for 75 million doses of a vaccine based on a recombinant form of an anthrax protein called protective antigen. But last December HHS canceled the contract after problems with the vaccine’s stability caused VaxGen to miss a deadline for starting a phase 2 clinical trial. Under the contract, HHS also promises to pay Emergent up to $11.5 million for achieving certain steps toward winning a PEP indication for the vaccine, the company said. Officials said they expect to receive $8.8 million of that by the end of this year. Sep 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government has awarded a $400 million contract to Emergent BioSolutions for another 18.75 million doses of anthrax vaccine, with a bonus to be paid if the company wins approval for extending the vaccine’s shelf life. Funds for the anthrax vaccine come from Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion program that Congress established in 2004 to promote development of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons by guaranteeing that the government would buy promising products. Sep 26 HHS news releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/09/20070926a.html “HHS expects to issue a new rPA anthrax Vaccine Request for Proposals within the next month or so,” Wolfson added. HHS officials said in a statement today, “Today’s acquisition, in addition to the current stockpile of anthrax vaccine, will allow HHS to maintain a stockpile of at least 10 million doses of anthrax vaccine through 2011. In addition, HHS has two current contracts for the acquisition of anthrax antitoxins, to treat individuals with advanced anthrax disease.” See also: center_img Emergent BioSolutions, based in Gaithersburg, Md., previously sold a total of 10 million doses of AVA to HHS under contracts awarded in May 2005 and May 2006, according to a company news release. The 3-year contract for BioThrax vaccine, also known as Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), is worth up to $448 million, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The vaccine will go into the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs and medical supplies for civilian use. HHS still aims to acquire 75 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine, or enough to immunize 25 million people, Wolfson told CIDRAP News by e-mail. He said the agency published a request for information from industry on a recombinant protective antigen (rPA) vaccine in May. The vaccine has an official 3-year shelf life, but the company applied to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year to extend the shelf life to 4 years, the company said. If the FDA approves the application before the new contract expires in September 2010, the company will receive about $34 million to reflect an increase in the vaccine price. The company won’t get any of the money if the FDA doesn’t approve the change before the contract expires. The stockpile contains enough antibiotics to treat 40 million people for anthrax, according to Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. AVA, developed in the 1950s, is the only anthrax vaccine licensed in the United States. It requires six doses, with an annual booster recommended thereafter. More than 1.6 US military personnel have received the vaccine since 1998, but some have protested or refused the vaccine because of concern about side effects. In announcing the purchase, Rear Adm. Craig Vanderwagen, MD, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, said, “Together with the already substantial supply of antibiotics, our nation’s first line of defense against an anthrax attack, this additional AVA anthrax vaccine will further broaden the stockpile’s medical countermeasures.” But major biotechnology companies showed little interest in the program. As a result, last December Congress passed a bill designed to strengthen the program. The bill established the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority within HHS, which can pay contractors when they achieve development milestones, instead of requiring them deliver finished products before they can get paid. Dec 20, 2006, CIDRAP News story “HHS cancels VaxGen anthrax vaccine contract”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/news/dec2006vaxgen.htmllast_img read more

Cuba rejects US claims over health of imprisoned American citizen

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyle Cuba rejects US claims over health of imprisoned American citizen by: – December 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! Alan Gross. Photo credit: thewashingtonnote.comHAVANA, Cuba — Cuba has rejected what it described as manipulations by the US government with regard to the case of US citizen Allan Gross, 63, who was convicted and imprisoned in Cuba three years ago for trying to subvert the government after he was arrested for bringing banned satellite communications equipment into the country.Over the last few days, statements and reports by Washington officials in relation to Gross have intensified, particularly on the reported deterioration of his health, Josefina Vidal, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s Director for US Affairs, said in Havana.The official claimed that the US government is lying to public opinion once again, by asserting that Gross has cancer and is not receiving adequate medical care.These lies have not stopped, continued Vidal, even after the results of the biopsy to the lesion on his back were sent to his family and US authorities, which leave no doubt that it is not cancer, said the official at a press conference.Vidal also claimed that Washington is lying about Gross’s prison conditions and his regime of phone calls and visits. The Director for US Affairs stated that Washington has never taken Gross’s case seriously, and has just reiterated the unsustainable stance that it has nothing to negotiate with Cuba to find a solution.Caribbean News Now 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

UWP formally withdraws election petitions from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

first_imgGoefrey Letang. Photo credit: Dominica Central Newspaper.The two election petitions which were brought against five candidates of the Dominica Labour Party have been formerly withdrawn from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.Lack of access to the state media and bribery were among matters brought before the court following the 2009 general elections but these matters were struck off.The petitions were appealed and expected to be heard at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Monday.Lawyer representing the United Workers Party Jeffery Letang said the appeal would not have been successful.“When you look at the constitution which provides for appeal, it does not provide for appeal as it relates to election petition matters. The constitution provides that if you have to appeal a decision from the high court, an election petition matter, that decision should be a final one. We are of the view that the applications that were heard before Justice Errol Thomas when he allowed that the dual citizenship to proceed and the others were struck off, it was not a final decision of the court of appeal, and so it does not fall within the ambit of the Constitution which provides for an appeal hence therefore it was necessary to withdraw the appeal,” he said.Click here for audio: Letang dismissed suggestions that there was insufficient evidence to successfully prosecute the appeal, “but because we were barred by the constitution,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews UWP formally withdraws election petitions from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court by: – April 11, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride to be held Saturday

first_imgMILAN, Ind. — The 2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride will be held on Saturday with a breakfast starting at 9:00 AM.Ride registration will be held from 10 – 11:30, with the ride leaving at noon.The cost is $20 for individuals, $25 if you have a rider and both include dinner.If you are interested in dinner, but don’t want to ride, the cost for the dinner only is $8.WRBI’s Brent Lee will be broadcasting live and on location from 11 AM – 1 PM.Gavin’s Ride is a memorial ride and fundraiser in honor of Gavin Lee to support local athletes in the Ripley County Area.last_img

Tree City Fall Festival royalty introduced

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Emily Tallent, daughter of Tina Tallent, was named Miss Tree City and Miss Congeniality. As Miss Tree City 2017, Ashley DeArmand passed the crown on her boyfriend proposed to her.First runner-up was Kierston Hess and the second runner-up was Danielle Smith.Tyce Robbins was the inaugural Junior Miss Tree City.  First runner-up in the junior class was Kaylie Smith and the second runner-up was Caroline Koehne.Little Mr. and little Miss Tree City were Lana Wall and Preston Hart. Preston was also named Mr. Personality. Chloe Kramer was named Miss Congeniality.last_img

School resource officer arrests man with two guns

first_imgColumbus, IN — A Columbus Police Department (CPD) school resource officer assigned to a Columbus middle school arrested a man with two concealed firearms Wednesday after he was spotted by the officer on school property. Columbus Chief of Police, Michael Richardson stated, “I would like to commend the officer for his swift actions today. This is just one example of why we have veteran law enforcement officers in our Columbus schools. By being proactive, rather than reactive, Officer Ross was able to investigate and confront a potential threat to student safety and arrest the suspect without incident.”Around 11:15 am, CPD School Resource Officer Greg Ross observed a man, later identified as Michael K. Jones, 38, of Columbus, acting suspiciously around vehicles in the Central Middle School staff parking area. Ross made contact with Jones and took him into custody after determining that he was in possession of two handguns that were loaded and concealed on his person. Jones was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was charged on an allegation of Possession of a Firearm on School Property.Detectives from the Columbus Police Department are assisting with this ongoing investigation.last_img read more

Ten-man Ireland U21s salvage draw

first_img Press Association Ireland were left facing a major test after defender Sean McGinty was dismissed for a foul on Youssef Toutouh early in the second half. However, they managed to hold out to claim a morale-boosting share of the spoils in Fredericia. In a game played in blistering heat, Ireland created a handful of chances on the break despite their numerical disadvantage against a side King always believed would give them just the kind of test they needed ahead of the start of the new European Championship qualifying campaign in August. Blackburn defender Anthony O’Connor went close with a 60th-minute header from Sean Murray’s free-kick, while Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers almost snatched victory 12 minutes from time. He homed in on substitute Michael Harriman’s dangerous low cross but was unable to connect in front of goal. However, keeper Sean McDermott, who replaced Aaron McCarey at the break, had to make two late saves from Bassel Jradi to deny the Danes a win in a rousing conclusion to the game. Ireland, who finished third behind Italy and Turkey in qualification for this summer’s finals in Israel, open their new campaign in the Faroe Islands on August 14 and then face Germany at home the following month. center_img Noel King’s Ireland Under-21s claimed a battling 0-0 friendly draw in Denmark despite having to play for 40 minutes with only 10 men.last_img read more

UW in thin air for opener

first_imgAfter two tune-up exhibition games, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team will finally get to test its young team as the Badgers travel to the thin air of Colorado to take on the Air Force Falcons.”It’s not only our first road game but our first official game,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “I treated these exhibition games like normal games. The difference is that we’re on the road. This one goes in the record book, and we’re hoping we can get off to a great start.”The 19-point, come-from-behind win against UW-Steven’s Point and the 50-point rout of Winona State in exhibition gave Stone and her squad some early signs of how this young team will gel together, as well as what needs to be improved.”I’d say right now we need to concentrate on two main areas,” Stone said. “One is rebounding, [doing] a better job on clearing the glass and getting better position on the boards. The other is free-throw shooting. Our first two exhibition games, we only shot 62 percent. That’s something we need to do a better job of.”Friday’s contest will mark the first time the Badgers have faced the Falcons, who finished the preseason 1-1, and will be the first road game for Wisconsin’s seven freshmen.”Obviously going on the first away game, there’s going to be some jitters for them, but eventually they’ll get through them,” junior guard Jolene Anderson said. “I think they took their [nervousness] out early by playing on the Kohl Center floor. I think they’re more calm.””I think having a couple games — even though they were exhibition — under our belt is going to help us with our jitters a lot just because we’ve played in front of people, and we’ve played against different opponents,” sophomore forward Caitlin Gibson said. “I think we’re a lot more prepared because of the exhibition games.”While the team’s main objective on the trip is to come back to Madison with its first regular season win of the year, the Badgers will also get the opportunity to do a little sightseeing as well.”We have three words that we use a lot this year, and [those are] ‘fun,’ ‘focus’ and ‘freedom,'” Stone said. “We’ll have some fun on the trip. We’ll tour the Air Force Academy. It has a tremendous history and reputation. The focus part certainly will come when we lace them up and go on that court, and when we practice hard and prepare for a great team. The freedom [means having] freedom to play. You’re going to learn from your mistakes. We need to grow.””It’s going to be really exciting because for the eight new people, it’s their first road trip,” Gibson said. “Air Force has a lot of history. Everyone’s excited to go there.”Since the Air Force Academy is located more than 7,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, the change in altitude will definitely be a factor in Friday’s game, but the team hopes it will not present itself as a distraction.”We’ve just got to go there [and not] worry about the altitude,” Anderson said. “Obviously, that’s everybody’s main concern, but if you go up there thinking like that, then it’s going to affect you. We just have to go in there and play our game, and hopefully we’ll come out with a W.”On the defensive side of the ball, the Badgers hope to carry over their strong play from the first two exhibition games. In the team’s game against Winona State, they were able to force 34 turnovers while limiting the Warriors to just 15 first-half points.”Defensively, I think that’s certainly the bread and butter right now,” Stone said. “It’s something that we’re going to have to continue to buy into and understand, that your best offense is your best defense. To take the turnovers, if we can turn those into points, capitalize on those turnovers, that’s what we’re looking for as well. I really like the energy we came out with on Sunday, and we need to make sure that we can try to revisit that on Friday.”Though young, Stone and her players feel ready for the regular season’s tip-off against Air Force.”Right now, I love this team,” Stone said. “I think they’re terrific young women, and they’re fun to be around. Hopefully, this will be the start of a great season ahead.”last_img read more

Men’s hockey: UW hosts unranked team from East, St. Lawrence

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will play unranked St. Lawrence this weekend, marking the start of a four-game homestead. The non-conference matchup will be played at the Kohl Center Friday and Saturday.The Badgers settled for a draw last weekend against Northern Michigan, with a 4-5 overtime loss in the first game and a decisive 4-0 win in the second game. Despite the split, the Badgers (5-2-0) have moved up to the 5th rank in the USCHO poll.The Saints (0-6-0) have yet to win a game this season. They simply lack offensive depth and cannot keep up with their ranked opponents in the ECAC.Over six games, the leading point producer Jacob Pritchard only had one goal, three assists and four points. In addition, their starting goaltender Author Brey is abysmal, with a .861 save percentage and allowing, on average, four goals per game. But considering the Saints are determined to have a first win of the season, expect them to be ambitious at the start of the first period.Three keys to the series:Kyle HaytonKyle Hayton played a subpar game in Friday’s matchup against Northern Michigan, letting in five out of 20 shots. But expect Hayton to bounce back after Jack Berry’s outstanding performance of allowing zero out of eleven shots. Hayton will likely be determined to play a strong game against his former team.Keep the offense upWisconsin’s main strength is that they can put a lot of pucks in the net. Wisconsin has scored 25 goals over the course of seven games. Trent Fredric, Tarek Baker and Linus Weissbach are having a phenomenal seasons so far. Furthermore, Wisconsin boasts secondary scoring from Seamus Malone and Will Johnson.Defense needs to stay strongJunior defenseman Peter Tischke suffered a head injury early in Saturday’s game, resulting in Wisconsin having only seven defensemen, three of them freshmen. But the defense was strong, allowing no goals. If they can maintain their performance this weekend Wisconsin will easily win both games.Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. and will be aired on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Saturday’s game will start at 7 p.m. and can be heard on WIBA 1310.last_img read more