By Dialogo July 22, 2009 Bogotá, July 20 (EFE).- Today Colombian President Álvaro Uribe expressed his expectation that the counternarcotics and counterterrorism cooperation agreement that his country is negotiating with the United States will provide for the possible expansion of this collaboration to regional and worldwide spheres. The Colombian leader observed that the aim is “to fight against drugs, transnational organized crime, terrorism, and weapons spread.” For the last several months, Colombia and the United States have been negotiating an agreement to allow U.S. armed forces to access at least three Colombian military installations. The president considered that his country gains nothing when the international community transmits expressions of solidarity and condolences in response to kidnappings and bloodshed in Colombia. “Cooperation needs to be effective and not symbolic,” added Uribe, who was speaking about the negotiations as part of the opening ceremonies for the regular congressional session. “Terrorism and acts of violence are chains of slavery that have not yet been entirely broken, financed by drug trafficking. For this reason the agreement with the United States of America is intended to eradicate them forever,” Uribe affirmed. The agreement under discussion “includes the possibility of expanding regional and worldwide cooperation against these evils, by virtue of shared responsibility,” Uribe said during an appearance before the Congress in Bogotá. This session, which will last until June 2010, will be the last session of the current Congress, as new congressional elections will be held in March of the coming year. With this access, Washington is seeking to make up for the closure of the Ecuadorian base of Manta, which has operated since 1999 under a lease agreement that the current president of the Andean country, Rafael Correa, has refused to renew. Uribe affirmed that the accord under negotiation “is intended to strengthen Colombian military bases, not to open American bases.” The Americans will be allowed “limited use of and access to” the Colombian installations by virtue of the projected agreement, which “will be governed by principles like sovereign equality, territorial integrity, and non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states,” he immediately emphasized.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former North Hempstead town councilman said he gave $20,000 to the son of New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) to fulfill an alleged bribe requested by a mutual acquaintance.The ex-councilman, Tom Dwyer, was one of three officials to take the stand Monday as the corruption trial against the senator and his son, Adam, enters its second week at federal court in Manhattan. The other two officials included Glenn Rink, chief operating officer at AbTech Industries, an environmental technology company, and Joseph Strasburg, president of a landlord advocacy group known as the Rent Stabilization Association (RSA).“‘This should get Dean off my back,’” Dwyer testified was the response he got from Charles Durego, general counsel and senior vice president at developer Glenwood Management Corp., after he told Durego that he’d done what Durego had asked by giving Adam a check disguised as payment for work that Adam didn’t perform at Dwyer’s title insurance company, American Land Services (ALS).Dwyer testified that he did as Durego wanted without question because Glenwood was his biggest and most lucrative client—and he didn’t want to lose their business. Dwyer said he thought Durego meant the payment would help Glenwood stay in the state Senate majority leader’s good graces when lobbying the senator on legislation the developer backed.New Hyde Park-based Glenwood, Arizona-based AbTech and Roslyn-based Physicians Reciprocal Insurers are the three companies that the former state Senate majority leader allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of no-show jobs that his son, Adam, was unqualified for, in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Dwyer said the payment to Adam was funded by a commission for title insurance work on an real estate transaction unrelated to Glenwood.“Charlie did not want the payment to Adam to be associated with Glenwood Management,” Dwyer testified. Durego also responded to an email about how the $20,000 was calculated with “not for emails” and later emphasized that point in a phone call, Dwyer recalled.Dwyer met Adam on Feb. 18, 2013 for lunch at Coolfish, a restaurant in Syosset, to give Adam the check in an envelope without discussing its contents, Dywer testified.Tatiana Martins, one of the federal prosecutors trying the case asked: “Had Adam Skelos performed any work for that $20,000?”Dwyer replied: “No.”Defense attorneys and prosecutors noted that Dwyer had lied to federal investigators when first questioned about the money. Dwyer said he made a “big mistake” because he was “extremely nervous,” but a week later he began cooperating and turned over his emails. The defense also questioned Dwyer if he knew about large title insurance work referral fees given to others besides Adam.Dwyer had been a North Hempstead town councilman for more than a decade until he resigned in November 2013. He told Newsday at the time that he left office because he was too busy with his outside work and didn’t want to have any conflicts of interest with his consulting business.During cross examination, Dwyer testified that AbTech officials offered him compensation to be a consultant for the company and find out why Nassau County, which had secured a $12 million contract through Adam, “was not moving quickly.” Dwyer said he learned that the project “wasn’t a priority” for the county.When Strasburg, the RSA president, took the stand, he testified that Leonard Litwin, the billionaire owner of Glenwood, did not share Strasburg’s view that the 421a program—a tax break for developers—would easily be renewed at the same time RSA was lobbying for rent control laws to be renewed without any changes.“He actually thought 421a was in jeopardy,” Strasburg testified, recalling his conversation with Litwin.Rink, CEO and founder of AbTech, took the stand next and recounted how Litwin’s family became investors in his company, which manufactures a product called the smart sponge that removes pollutants from storm water runoff when it’s installed in drainage systems. Rink gave the jury a demonstration of his product, using water he’d contaminated with petroleum products. Martins, the prosecutor, asked that it be noted for the record that the small test tube of water came out clear after passing through the smart sponge.Rink testified that Durego, who had set AbTech up with Adam, told him that their proposed contract was illegal on the grounds that it offered lobbying on a contingent fee basis. It can only be commission based or a flat fee, Durego said in an email read in court. AbTech and Adam signed the contract after making modifications only for how big of a contract Adam must secure before he’d get a raise from $4,000 monthly to $10,000 monthly.Rink is scheduled to continue his direct examination Tuesday, when the jury in a separate federal corruption trial against ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) is expected to begin deliberating in the same courthouse.
“We decided that well since we can’t buy Cooper shoes, let’s see if we can help other people because they’re expensive, and especially if you have a bunch of kids that you’re buying for,” Busch said on Wednesday. Cooper’s mom Tara Busch said her son would have started kindergarten the year after he died from his cancer and never got to do that fun back-to-school shopping. Plus, she understands that it can be hard to buy everything that goes into heading back to the classroom. (WBNG) — The family of Super Cooper, or Cooper Busch, is continuing to give back to the community in honor of their son with back-to school shoes for the third year.As the school year gets closer by the day, community members can now nominate a family in our area or even their own to receive money to buy back-to-school shoes for children, paid for by the ‘Super Cooper Saves the Day’ non-profit. You can nominate someone here. Last year, about 40 children received a $50 gift card to a local shoe store. She isn’t sure yet how many pairs of shoes will be provided, as it all depends on how many people are nominated. The only qualification is that the person/family live in the Binghamton area.
May 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) –The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced approval of a new influenza vaccine manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania that could be used to produce a vaccine against the novel influenza H1N1 (swine flu) virus. The Sweetwater, Pa., facility is owned and operated by Sanofi Pasteur, which is already the nation’s largest seasonal flu vaccine producer and manufactures the only prepandemic H5N1 avian influenza vaccine for the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said that they are working on a seed strain for a vaccine against the novel H1N1 influenza virus. If pilot trials and production go smoothly, the nation could have a vaccine against the new influenza strain this fall. However, they also said that the decision about whether to use the vaccine would be made separately. Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, the FDA’s acting chief scientist and deputy commissioner for scientific and medical programs, said in a press release today that increased capacity for influenza vaccines is critical for pandemic preparedness as well as seasonal influenza. “Thanks to strategic investments by the federal government and proactive efforts and engagement by the FDA and the vaccine industry, our nation’s preparedness has come a long way over the last 5 years,” he said. In 2007 the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded Sanofi a $77.4 million grant to retrofit existing vaccine production facilities and keep them ready for 2 years to produce pandemic flu vaccines, with an option to extend the time to 5 years, according to previous reports. Sanofi had said it hoped to complete the retrofitting by late 2010. The company contributed $25 million toward there novation of its existing plant. Jun 20, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Flu vaccine makers get HHS funds to prepare for pandemic” May 6 FDA news release Sanofi will use the new facility to make Fluzone, the company’s egg-based influenza vaccine. It completed construction of the new $150 million, 140,000-square-foot plant injury 2007 and said it had hoped to bring the facility online by late 2008 or early 2009, according to a company press release in 2007. Construction of Sanofi’s new facility was designed to add capacity for 100 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine each year, while the renovation was expected to add production capacity of about 50 million doses each year. When the HHS awarded the contract to Sanofi, it also awarded a similar retrofitting contract for $55.1million to MedImmune, Inc. The department’s goal in boosting capacity at the two plants was to allow them to produce 100 million doses of a pandemic vaccine within 6 months of the start of a pandemic. See also: Jul 20, 2007, Sanofi press release
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield came to the defense of his newly acquired teammate Odell Beckham Jr. on Friday, saying he believes the wide receiver is going to fit right in with Cleveland.Beckham has been known for his fiery personality both on and off the field, but Mayfield believes that won’t be an issue. Mayfield pointed to Beckham’s dedication to his teammates and his talent on the field. “You could say the same thing about me. You don’t want to tame it, you just let them be themselves and make plays,” Mayfield said, via NFL.com. Odell Beckham Jr. pens emotional farewell to New York My NFL coverage debut: Here’s Baker Mayfield on the Browns adding Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry to his receiver corps. pic.twitter.com/XjrKyJdsrs— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 15, 2019The former Giants receiver was sent to the Browns earlier this week as part of a blockbuster trade along with defensive end Olivier Vernon. In return, New York received the Browns’ first-round and third-round picks in 2019 as well as safety Jabrill Peppers.A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Beckham compiled 5,476 yards on 390 receptions with 44 receiving touchdowns in 59 games with the Giants. “That’s who they are, when it comes down to it. The guys in that locker room, you’re going to love playing with them. And I know from Saquon [Barkley] and Sterling Shepard that I’m very close with, I know exactly who OBJ is inside the locker room and who he is to his teammates. That’s the most important thing. People can have their attitudes and perspective on it, but he’s himself and he has his teammates’ back.” Related News
The basketball team of B&H will play tonight in London the first match of the qualifications for the European Championship 2015 against the team of Great Britain.After they did the last part of the trainings for the qualifications in Tuzla, the best B&H basketball players are about to play qualification matches against GB and Island. In the last match with Island, the result was 83:70 for Island.Before that, the players led by the coach Duško Ivanović, played two preparation tournaments in Sarajevo and Trieste where they defeated Belarus and Montenegro, but lost against Italy twice and once against Canada and Serbia.The match against GB will take place tonight at 19:35 o’clock.Four days later, B&H will play against Island in Tuzla while the new match against GB will take place on August 24th. The last match of these qualifications will be held August 27th at Island.(Source: Fena/ source mikeschaft.com)