Pharma giant Sanofi charged with manslaughter in birth defects case

first_imgBut research found that when pregnant women took the drug, their children had an elevated risk — between 10 to 40 percent — of congenital malformations, autism and learning difficulties.Sanofi is facing separate charges of aggravated fraud and unintentionally causing injury in 42 cases filed by families, but insists it had warned health authorities of the drug’s risks already in the 1980s.On Monday, the company confirmed a report in Le Monde newspaper that prosecutors have now also charged it with manslaughter.But in a statement sent to AFP it insisted it had “fulfilled its obligation” of providing information on the drug and its side-effects, and said it “contests the validity of these proceedings.” French prosecutors have indicted pharma giant Sanofi for manslaughter over birth defects linked to an epilepsy drug, the company said Monday, in a long-running case that has also seen it charged with fraud.The charges relate to the drug valproate, marketed as Depakine among other trade names, which studies say has caused disabilities in about 15,000-30,000 children whose mothers took the medicine while pregnant.On the market since 1967, the drug is used to treat epilepsy, migraines and bipolar disorder. Sanofi said it has filed a legal challenge to the indictment.Under the French legal system, charges do not automatically result in a trial as prosecutors can decide not to proceed based on a lack of evidence.Last month, a French court ordered the state to pay thousands of euros in damages over the scandal, saying officials should have ensured the drug was not taken by pregnant women.The court found that health officials knew about the risk of birth defects from Depakine already in 1983, and of learning disabilities and autism from 2004.Another 500 complaints have been lodged with France’s national compensation agency for medical accidents, which has already proposed a 6.5-million-euro ($7.6-million) package for Depakine victims.Sanofi, a France-based multinational, is working on a candidate vaccine against the novel coronavirus with Britain’s GSK, for which it will receive up to $2.1 billion from the US government.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gary Neville compares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after Everton strike

first_img Comment Advertisement Richarlison equalised for Everton on the stroke of half-time (Picture: Getty)Former France international Henry became Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in 376 appearances.Gunners captain Aubameyang, 30, has now scored 18 goals in 30 games this season.Arsenal’s win over Everton sees them move above Burnley into ninth in the Premier League.MORE: Arsene Wenger rates Liverpool’s chances of eclipsing Arsenal’s unbeaten recordMORE: Arsene Wenger rates Arsenal’s top-four chances under Mikel Arteta Metro Sport ReporterSunday 23 Feb 2020 5:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on target for Arsenal against Everton (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville compared Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after he scored against Everton on Sunday.Mikel Arteta’s side came into the Premier League fixture in good form but found themselves behind after just 49 seconds when Dominic Calvert-Lewin produced a superb overhead kick.Eddie Nketiah levelled for Arsenal midway through the first half and Aubameyang put the hosts in front just six minutes later.The Gabon international latched on to a through ball from David Luiz before slotting a shot past Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT#️⃣1⃣4⃣ – “This is Thierry Henry, everything about it!” David Luiz unleashes Aubameyang who does the rest! 🔥📺 Watch on Sky Sports Premier League📱 Follow #ARSEVE here:📲 Download the @SkySports app!— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 23, 2020Reacting to the goal, Manchester United hero Gary Neville told Sky Sports: ‘This is Thierry Henry, everything about it.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘As he went through on goal you just imagined the great French striker sprinting down on goal, setting it out to that far post and scoring.‘It’s Aubameyang now, wonderful. He’s got so much pace and he times the run well.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe goal also drew comparisons with Henry from former England defender Matthew Upson, who told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘Great composure from Aubameyang but David Luiz – there are not many better centre-backs who can step out like that.‘This is exactly what he is good at. But I have to say Sidibe has been done a couple of times and he has absolutely had him on toast. Aubameyang is very calm, very Henry-esque.’Arsenal were pegged back on the stroke of half-time, with Richarlison putting Everton level with a scruffy goal.But Aubameyang scored his second and Arsenal’s third of the afternoon immediately after the break and the home side held on to secure the three points. Gary Neville compares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after Everton strikelast_img read more

Staggering profit in nine months

first_img Big spenders look to Queensland The home when it was last listed for sale. Pictures: (First National Real Estate Cleveland)Mr Juresic said the new owner intended to do some work on the property before moving in.The lowset home is on the beachfront at Raby Bay. It is on 748sq m of land. It has five metre high ceilings in the main living room, a lagoon-style swimming pool and Balinese style gazebo.The main bedroom has water views.In the kitchen are Caesar stone bench tops and an American oak island bar. An aerial of the big selling property at 6 Sentinel Court Raby Bay. Supplied NGU Real EstateA BRISBANE man has made a staggering profit on a home he bought just nine months ago — and he didn’t have to do a thing to it.A very keen buyer paid $850,000 more than the owner had paid in January for a waterfront home in Raby Bay that wasn’t on the market.The previous owner, which CoreLogic revealed was businessman Damien Scully, had bought the four-bedroom home at 6 Sentinel Court, Raby Bay, on January 19 for $2.7 million. The now former owner only settled on the property in January this year. Pictures: (First National Real Estate Cleveland)There is French Oak timber flooring throughout and an atrium with a fishpond.The popular street has racked up a significant number of multimillion-dollar deals in recent years. Just a couple of weeks ago developers Chris and Virginia Anderson sold their property at 8 Sentinel Court for $5.25 million. It has just sold for $3.55 million. Emil Juresic of NGU Real Estate, who negotiated the latest sale said he knew the owner had been keen on something on a larger block of land.Mr Scully was prepared to sell quickly if the right offer came up and if he was able to find a property on a bigger block — which he had, according to Mr Juresic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe agent’s colleague Yan Wang introduced the buyer to the home and negotiations started on the deal about five weeks ago. The $3.55 million deal settled Monday afternoon.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Pictures of the home taken when it was listed through First National Real Estate in 2017. Picture: Coal veteran’s luxury homes on the marketlast_img read more

July 11, 2017 Police Blotter

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Rayo Vallecano win second half in bizarre return for Spanish football

first_imgRayo Vallecano beat Albacete 1-0 on Wednesday as Spanish football returned in bizarre circumstances from its COVID-19 hiatus.They won the second half of a match which first kicked off six months ago but was suspended due to offensive chanting. The second division encounter, played without fans in attendance, was the first Spanish football match to take place since March after all football was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Only 45 minutes were played and Albacete lined up with 10 players as midfielder Eddy Silvestre had been sent off when the first half of the match was staged on December 15.That game’s first half, played at the Vallecas Stadium, was abandoned at half-time as the home fans had accused Albacete forward Roman Zozulya of being a Nazi.It was the first time a Spanish football match had been called off due to offensive chanting.Zozulya had little impact on this second half of the match, however, which was settled by a brilliant strike from Rayo Vallecano’s Peruvian right-back Luis Advincula. The defender found the net on the hour mark with a superb curling strike from outside the area.The win kept up Rayo Vallecano’s hopes of earning a play-off spot and lifted them up to seventh in the standings.It also left struggling Albacete 18th, level on points with the final spot in the relegation zone.Spain’s top flight La Liga resumes on Thursday with a local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, with the second division starting up again properly on Friday.A minute’s silence was held before kickoff in memory of the 27,000 people in Spain who have died from COVID-19. Flags displayed across the empty stands also honoured the victims, reading: “We’ll never forget you” and “Always in our memory”.The other seats stood bare, save for a handful of journalists, substitutes and reserve players.But a father and his young daughter, both clad in Rayo Vallecano shirts, could be seen watching the match from their balcony above the stadium.“It was very strange to play without fans. That’s what was missing the most – the support and noise of our people,” said Rayo Vallecano’s coach Paco Jemez.RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv Ukrainian forward Zozulya has had a long-running dispute with Rayo Vallecano ever since he signed for the club in January 2017.But he left after fans turned up at his first training session and accused him of belonging to far-right groups in his home country.Zozulya has repeatedly denied belonging to the far-right movement.Even though fans could not enter the stadium due to safety reasons, Rayo Vallecano’s hardcore supporters hung up a banner outside the ground bearing an offensive message about Zozulya.Reuters/NAN.Tags: AlbaceteEddy SilvestreLa LigaRayo VallecanoRoman Zozulvalast_img read more

Midshipmen To Honor Victims Of Pensacola Naval Base Shooting

first_img(Annapolis, MD) — The United States Naval Academy will be honoring three victims of the Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Base shooting during this weekend’s Army-Navy football game. The @NavalAcademy will honor the victims in last week’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola during the Army-Navy football game Saturday. #ArmyNavyGame #ArmyNavy— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) December 12, 2019 All three were killed when a Saudi airman shot them in a classroom last week at the Naval Aviation Schools Command in Florida.Tomorrow’s Army-Navy game is taking place in Philadelphia with kickoff set for 3 pm Eastern and will be attended by President Trump. Midshipmen players will wear red, white and blue ribbons pinned to their lapels or memorial patches to show respect for Ensign Joshua Watson, Airman Mohammed Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters. Fellow Naval Aviators recognizing those killed at NAS Pensacola #flynavy @flynavy @GlenDakan @fiestyirishlass @jeffwyler @TheRealJeffRuby @jasmineminortv— Kevin Frye (@KevinFrye1) December 10, 2019last_img read more

Indiana, Penn State meet in Big Ten tourney

first_imgTEAM LEADERS: Penn State’s Lamar Stevens has averaged 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while Mike Watkins has put up 9.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. For the Hoosiers, Trayce Jackson-Davis has averaged 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds while Justin Smith has put up 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds.LEAPING FOR LAMAR: Stevens has connected on 26.3 percent of the 95 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 14 over the last three games. He’s also converted 71.9 percent of his free throws this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Penn State is a perfect 16-0 when it scores at least 75 points. The Nittany Lions are 5-10 when scoring any fewer than that.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Penn State’s Myles Dread has attempted 204 3-pointers and connected on 31.9 percent of them, and is 10 for 26 over his last three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Penn State offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.9 percent of its possessions, which is the 20th-lowest rate in the country. The Indiana defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.9 percent of all possessions (ranked 252nd among Division I teams).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 11 seed Indiana (20-12, 10-11) vs. No. 6 seed Penn State (21-10, 11-9)Big Ten Tourney Second Round, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Thursday, 7:55 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Indiana and Penn State are prepared to match up in the second round of the Big Ten tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 23, when the Hoosiers shot 42.6 percent from the field en route to a 68-60 victory. Indiana, Penn State meet in Big Ten tourney Associated Press center_img March 12, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Digicel Senior National Squash Championships conclude

first_img– Arjoon retains men’s title; Khalil goes under to Nicolette FernandesIN a closely fought encounter, featuring  long rallies and frustrating missed points,Alex Arjoondefending champion Aex Arjoon retained his men’s open national title after an overwrought battle against Richard Chin in the Digicel Senior National Squash Championships, at the end of which Nicolette Fernandes picked up another women’s open title.Fernandes dethroned Ashley Khalil in straight sets for her win; but Chin stretched Arjoon out to four games, after he was down two games and fought back to win the third set in the final match of the night to go down at the courts of the Georgetown Club. The 12 – 10 margin of the first two games exposed just how close Arjoon came to losing out on another title, as he traded points with Chin, before an anticipating and excited crowd.  It was Chin who drew first blood as the action served off, but Arjoon would be the first to 10 points as he sent Chin darting all over the court for several shots he would never reply to.Both Arjoon and Chin had their fair share of supporters in the crowd rooting for them withRichard Chinevery point, but Chin’s fans celebrated the most when he took the third set 11 – 6, breathing new life into Chin’s chances of an upset, and frustration for Arjoon. As the players stepped out for the fourth set, the pressure was beginning to get to Arjoon who was even more aggressive and quickly romped to the first four points of the game. But his frustration would start handing points to Chin. After coming from 3 – 7 down, Chin climbed his way to 7 – 8, with quick comeback moves to strong putaways.But it was not just Arjoon who was feeling the pressure to seal a win, however, and Chin would never get the edge over Arjoon. He would manage to equalize at 10 – 10 however, after a stroke followed by a missed drop by Arjoon.However, another two shots to the tin ended it all and handed the match to Arjoon.The Arjoon/Chin matchup, however, did not reach the intensity of the third place play-off between Nyron Joseph and Kristian Jeffrey. In a tough five-setter, Joseph would prevail 13 – 11, 5 – 11, 10 – 12, 11 – 1, 11 – 4. Earlier yesterday afternoon, Fernandes defeated Khalil 11 – 9, 11 – 8, 11 – 1. But that was notAlex Arjoon (left) and Richard Chin during their match last nightthe only match of the day for Fernandes, who was competing in both the women’s and men’s category of the competition.Ashley’s lost would be avenged by her sibling Jason Ray-Khalil, when Fernandes next played him in a men’s plate match. Jason Ray won the match in four sets with margins of 11 – 4, 10 – 12, 11 – 7, 11 – 6. Winners in the various categories received their prizes at a presentation ceremony shortly after the matches last night.last_img read more

G.S.S.F completes successful Publik Sponsored Steel Challenge

first_imgSTEEL Challenge Matches worldwide are a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association.This gives the G.S.S.F. a SCSA affiliate organisation, the ability to pick from eight standardised stages with steel targets, ranging in size from 10″ (25 cm) round plates to 18×24″ (45×60 cm) square plates.Competitors are scored solely by the time it takes them to complete each stage, and the match winner is the competitor with the lowest overall time.The Guyana Sport Shooting Federation introduced Steel Challenge in Guyana and has been hosting these matches on a regular basis with the assistance of eager sponsors such as Publik.Publik, a popular name in the food industry, known especially for their tasty wings and burgers, assisted the G.S.S.F. in serving to local steel shooters a “phenomenal” competition to end the year 2017.This match saw shooters competing in the Limited and Production Divisions (9mm or higher caliber pistols are required).Trophies were up for grabs for the Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both divisions, and special category medals for those in Law Enforcement who were competing amongst themselves within the divisions.The match was declared open by Match Director Dr. Pravesh Harry and then commenced with two squads shooting simultaneously in the Showdown and Roundabout Stages.Shooting concluded with the Smoke & Hope stage, which is the most popular one consisting of the largest targets thereby allowing the shooters to really exercise their trigger fingers in the fastest display of the day.Ryan McKinnon proved to really smoke this stage with timings of just over three seconds per string.In every stage competitors were required to shoot five different steel targets set out at various angles and distances, one of which is designated as a “stop plate” which is shot last.Registering a hit on the plate stops the time. The total time it takes to hit all five plates is used for the score with every miss and penalty adding three seconds to the time.’Scoring was done using a digital timer which records the times according to the shots fired.The competitor’s best four scores out of five strings of fire on each stage was then be added together for a collective score. The lowest total time/score for all stages wins the overall match.Scoring was done using a specialised scoring application called Practiscore which is then posted online at for all to access.At the closing ceremony, President of the Federation, Ms. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon commended the match officials for the high standard of the match and thanked Publik for their sponsorship. She wished members and spectators present a Merry Christmas.The official scores of the Publik-sponsored match were then announced to a highly anticipating group of members and prizes were presented by GSSF Director, Mr. David Dharry and the Match Director, Dr. Pravesh Harry.Match Results of the G.S.S.F. Steel Challenge Competition sponsored by PublikProduction Division1st – Ryan McKinnon (54.97 seconds)2nd – Pravesh Harry (56.78 seconds)3rd – Michael Blake (87.46 seconds)Limited Division1st – Rajiv Latchana (71.07 seconds)2nd – Vidushi Persaud (73.90 seconds)3rd – Harold Hopkinson (83.38 seconds)Law Enforcement Category Winners in the Limited Division:1st – Harold Hopkinson (Time: 83.38 seconds)2nd – Odel August (Time: 102.94 seconds)3rd – Dallas Thomas (Time: 133.17 seconds)Match Winner – Ryan McKinnon followed by Pravesh Harry and Michael Blake in third.last_img read more

Students present artwork with scientific themes

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USC School of Cinematic ArtsArtistic expression and scientific study are often seen as opposing sides of academia, but the Bridge Art & Science Alliance’s pitch day aims to change that.BASA’s pitch day, which is held every semester, gives USC students the opportunity to present projects merging art and science to obtain up to $5,000 in funding. This semester’s pitch day took place last Friday in the Temporary Research Facility.Kella Vangsness, a master’s student studying stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, used pitch day to present her project, “Heroes of Disease.” Throughout her studies, Vangsness has examined images that demonstrate the different stages of stem cell development. This inspired Vangsness to pitch her idea to create an exhibition that would showcase stem cells drawn in pop art style. “I will be using this style of art to depict stem cells as our current heroes against disease,” Vangsness wrote in her presentation. “Pop art is the style that is commonly associated with superhero comics.” Ultimately, Vangsness wants BASA’s help to bring her art to the USC community, as BASA funding recipients will also be assigned a project liaison from the BASA team, which would help to make her display as impactful as possible.“I want my work to be shown in an exhibition that allows people to be inspired creatively through art and science,”  Vangsness said.She hopes that depicting stem cells in an appealing and artistic way will not only garner interest in her field, but might also guide future scientists’ approaches toward the controversial topic. “I researched what parts of development I would want to highlight within my art,” Vangsness said, describing how she prepared for the presentation. Vangsness extensively studied stem cell images in order to foster an artistic perspective on stem cell development. To determine how to make stem cells aesthetically pleasing, she researched how pop artists of the 1970s used color. “The colors are bold, vibrant and evoke ideas of invincibility,” Vangsness wrote in her presentation. Vangsness presented “Heroes of Disease” to a panel consisting of Ph.D. students, professors and BASA board members. “I thought it was great,”  Vangsness said. “I was expecting it to be one-on-one, but then collaborating with everyone, hearing the ideas and them helping you make your work even bigger than you thought it could be was very exciting.”Vangsness not only hopes to have her pop art-inspired stem cells showcased in an exhibit, but she also wants to collaborate artistically with her fellow student Aabha Morey, a graduate student at Keck.“I want to be a neurologist and I am fascinated by the human mind,” Morey said. Morey’s project is titled “Dimensions — Crevices of the Human Mind.”  Her project visually depicts and categorizes the different stages of the human mind and development. Morey intends to gather images, develop mathematical formulae and then use the selected images to highlight biological phenomena while also blending those images with mathematical expressions.“I am going to work on the dimensions of the developing human mind and attribute different variables to them,” Morey said.The final product will be printed and displayed to the USC community.“I want people to see that math and science are more artistic than what is normally thought,” Morey said. “Art makes you think from multiple dimensions.” Because Morey is a physician, she is confident in her ability to translate information about the human body toward other fields. However, as math is not her expertise, Morey wants to use BASA’s network to find mathematicians who are willing to collaborate with her. “I will work with the mathematicians to create mathematical expressions that could define these dimensions,” Morey said.While a lot of people view art and science as separate entities, Vangsness wants to be a conduit for the two worlds in order to break preconceived notions of both fields. She feels that BASA’s program is her best option at progressing her initiative. “I want to fuse my two passions together,” Vangsness said. “They’re always swirling around in my head. To have a platform to express both of my passions, while being blended, would be one of the best gifts I can give myself.”last_img read more