PhD Scholarship in Economics and Finance in Milan, Italy

first_img Deadline: 9 June 2014Open to: candidates of all ages and nationalities who have an Italian laurea specialistica, a laurea magistrale, a post-graduate degree or any foreign academic qualification recognised as equivalent to a Italian degreeScholarship: 1,100 euro/monthDescriptionThe Graduate School (DEFAP) aims to equip students with the skills required to undertake successfully academic research and/or a career in the private sector, in international organizations and in governmental bodies, and also to offer students a thorough understanding of the working of modern economies.Economics and quantitative methods form the core of the DEFAP programme. The students are in daily contact with prestigious academics and are exposed to a culture of openness and diversity. DEFAP School combines the research and teaching skills of two well-established universities: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore,  and Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. The School is run by a Managing Committee under the supervision of an International Scientific Committee.EligibilityApplications for the selection procedure will be considered from candidates of all ages and nationalities who have an Italian degree (laurea specialistica or laurea magistrale) or a post-graduate degree or any foreign academic qualification recognised as equivalent to the Italian degree by the academic authorities in accordance with inter-university agreements of co-operation and mobility.Applications will be also considered from candidates who, by the date of the application deadline, have not yet obtained their degree or other foreign academic qualification. In this case, admission will be accepted conditionally and the candidate will have to submit the diploma di laurea or the foreign academic qualification by the deadline for matriculation, or give up their place.ScholarshipAt least ten fellowships are offered (for a period of three years) to the highest ranked applicants. Each fellowship pays a grant of 13,600 Euros (gross) per year. The monthly allowance can be increased up to 50% for our PhD students visiting one of partner institutions abroad. The number of scholarships may increase if sponsorships on specific research projects become available.ApplicationThe deadline for submissions is June 9, 2014.The admission procedure consists of two stages: a pre-application and an official application. The purpose of the Pre-Application stage is to give candidates a preview as to whether their official Application will have a chance to be successful. Pre-Application must be received by June 9rd and the result of the selection will be available by June 26th . To apply, read the entire “Call for pre-application” and download the form from the admission page. Enquires and applications should be addressed to: [email protected] further information, please visit the official website. Reddit ← Customer Service Representative in Gdansk, Poland May 12, 2014 Published by daniel +1 PhD Scholarship in Economics and Finance in Milan, Italy Similar Stories Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Share 0 LinkedIn 0 Short Film Competition: ‘The Taste of Freedom’ → Pocket Tweetlast_img read more

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Nigeria’s electricity generation keeps plunging

first_imgIn West Africa, Nigeria’s power generation continues to be unstable, a situation that has obligated almost every Nigerian to have an emergency power supply when generation drops.On Monday, electricity generation dropped to 3,233MW, down from 4,500MW recorded last week due to gas constraints, the Guardian reported.The media made reference of a report by the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), which stated that the sector lost 2,885MW estimated at N1.385 million ($4,544) on 14 January 2017, caused by gas constraints.The frequent occurrence of the output drop in the nation’s power sector has resulted in every home or corporate organisation depending on generators for their electricity and energy needs.The Guardian also reported that a daily operational report from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the system operator, said that on 15 January 2017, Jebba 2G5 was shut down due to water management.It added that Okpai GT11 has also been out due to a flame monitor problem, while Omoku GT3 was shut down due to gas constrains. TCN added that Okpai ST18 has been out due to a hydraulic valve problem.Gas supplies intensifiedThe Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said a total of 528 million metric standard cubic feet/day (mmscfd) of gas was delivered to the thermal power plants in November 2016. This generated an average power capacity of nearly 2,344MW compared with December 2015 to November 2016, which had an average gas supply of 538 mmscfd and power generation of 2,409MW.According to the media, NESI insisted that improving Nigeria’s electricity generation is a key factor to resolving the power shortage, noting that the ongoing refurbishment of existing generation plants and construction of new gas-fired power plants would help.“However, building more generation capacity alone is not enough; it needs to be supported upstream with improved gas availability and downstream with additional transmission capacity,” it added.Projects to improve electricity generationIt is reported that the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the new projects, once completed, would address the issue of unstable electricity supply.The minister said 2016 remained a peak year with electricity generation of 4,010MW, despite 3,000MW lost to gas pipe vandalism in the Niger Delta areas.Fashola listed the ongoing projects to include the 215MW Kaduna Power (gas); 40MW Kashimbila Power (hydro); 40MW Gurara 1 Power (hydro); 29MW Dadin Kowa Power (hydro); 10MW Katsina Power (wind), 1,125MW (14 solar plants); and the 240MW emergency power project for Afam (gas). UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Finance and Policy BRICS Previous articleSolar field highlights renewable energy in BurundiNext articleAbout Powering Africa: Summit 2019 Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Police: Bayonne crossing guard caught ‘possibly masturbating’ in his car

first_img He couldn’t find a bathroom? Come on now. That is irresponsible ! Previous articleFulop keeps 6-3 council majority, Solomon takes Ward E in Jersey City runoffsNext articleRomano racked up at least $77k in debt during failed Hoboken mayoral run John Heinis A Bayonne crossing guard was charged with lewdness after a woman spotted him “possibly masturbating” in his car, though he claimed he was urinating in a cup prior to his work shift starting, police said.  Comments are closed. Crime Police: Bayonne crossing guard caught ‘possibly masturbating’ in his car NJ24/7 Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say TAGSbayonne policelewdnessmidtown community school SHARE By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewAnthony Correnti, 55, of Bayonne, was charged with lewdness yesterday around 7:36 a.m., according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.A 54-year-old women told police that she saw a man parked in front of her home, located near the intersection of 24th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, sitting in his car with his genitals exposed and “possibly masturbating.”After the alleged incident, Correnti proceeded to walk to his post as a crossing guard for Midtown Community School, officials said.When police questioned Correnti, he denied masturbating, claiming he was urinating in a cup prior to his shift starting, authorities said. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Bayonne Facebook Twitter CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network December 7, 2017 2:15 pm at 2:15 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne BayonneCrime By John Heinis – December 6, 2017 10:22 am 1 1 COMMENTlast_img read more

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Department of Theatre and Dance – One-Year Term Appointment in Performance Studies (Start Fall 2021)

first_imgGRINNELL COLLEGE – Department of Theatre and Dance – ONE-YEARTERM APPOINTMENT IN PERFORMANCE STUDIES (START FALL2021).  The Department of Theatre and Dance invitesapplications for a one-year term appointmentin Performance Studies beginning Fall 2021. AssistantProfessor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD or foreign equivalent)or Associate Professor possible. Teaching responsibilities includea three-course series in Performance Studies and one course inthe candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidatewill also direct one of the department’s main stage productions,reinforcing the department’s commitment to the connection betweenresearch and creative praxis. Areas of expertise might include butare not limited to Film, Digital Arts, Devised Theatre,Installation Art, Adaption and Staging of Literature, Body Art, andGender and LGBTQIA+ Studies. Qualifications for the positioninclude successful college-level teaching experience, directingexperience, and a strong record of scholarly andcreative research.  The new hire will be expected to share their researchwith the Grinnell community and to be a contributing member ofthe Theatre and Dance faculty. Additional informationabout our curriculum and faculty can be found at https://www.grinnell.edu/academics/areas/theatre-dance. Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal artscollege with a strong tradition of social responsibility.Application review will begin on April 12, 2021 and continue untilthe position is filled. Please visit our application website athttps://jobs.grinnell.edu  tofind more details about the job and submit applications online.Candidates will need to upload the following applicationmaterials: 1. Letter of application in which candidates shouldaddress their interest in teaching at a liberal arts college thatemphasizes close student-faculty interaction. 2. Curriculum vitae.3. Transcripts (copies are acceptable). 4. Portfolioof directorial work (or a link to a web portfolio). 5. Adiversity statement in which candidates should discuss theirpotential to contribute to a college community that maintains adiversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. 6.A statement of teaching philosophy. 7. Email addresses for threereferences. Questions about this search should be directed tothe search chair Celeste Miller, at [email protected] Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining asafe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all Collegecommunity members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscriminationin matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access toand participation in its education programs, services, andactivities. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexualorientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteranstatus, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed, or anyother protected class.An offer for this position will be contingent on successfulcompletion of a background check.We use E-Verify to check employment eligibility of our newhires. E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by theDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United StatesCitizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The system allowsemployers like Grinnell College to verify the employmenteligibility of its employees, regardless of citizenship. Based onthe information provided on Form I-9, E-Verify confirms thisinformation with DHS and Social Security Administration (SSA)records.last_img read more

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Aric Almirola continues solid, consistent run as SHR lands all four cars in top 10

first_imgAVONDALE, Ariz. — With three straight victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Kevin Harvick deserves top billing in the Stewart-Haas Racing camp, but Aric Almirola has been strong and steady through the first four races of the season.In his debut season with SHR, Almirola was less than a half-lap away from winning the Daytona 500 when contact from race winner Austin Dillon sent his No. 10 Ford into the Turn 3 wall. Almirola finished 11th and followed that performance with a 13th at Atlanta and a 10th last week at Las Vegas.RELATED: Race results | Harvick wins at ISM Raceway | Photos from PhoenixThe trend continued on Sunday at ISM Raceway, where Almirola ran seventh as all four SHR cars finished in the top 10 for the first time in the organization’s history. Remarkably, Almirola has turned an average qualifying effort of 24.8 into an average finish of 10.2 through four races.“We just keep plugging away,” Almirola said. “(Crew chief) Johnny (Klausmeier) and the guys made a lot of good adjustments on the car throughout the day. We started off OK, and then we started dialing ourselves out the first few stops.“We got some track position there with that two-tire call (on Lap 194 of 312) and got our Smithfield Ford Fusion up front and it really liked the clean air. Our car got a lot better up there. I’m proud of everybody. We just keep building on it. Top-10 ’em to death. Just keep scoring points and doing what we do.”last_img read more

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BFS2014 Berlin Finds: 8bar’s new Kronprinz road from Berliner FahrradSchau

first_img8bar, whose video we featured a month ago from their adventurous fixed gear ride across the alps, has a new road bike frameset coming this summer, their first geared option. The Kronprinz was first shown this weekend at the show in Berlin. Read on for pricing, more details from 8bar, and how the bike got its name. The final pre-production aluminum frame weighed in at 1300g for a size medium and has clearance for 28mm tires. (We measured it, and 32s would probably fit as well.) We will keep in touch, and maybe try to test the bike out when the first full production batch is available. 8bar also has 2 other single speed models, one road (Krzberg) and one cyclocross (Tflsberg), that they offer as lower cost semi-custom build bikes with a durable spec through their web-based configuration tool.8bar-bikes.comcenter_img The new Kronprinz, a 6066-T6 aluminum frame, made its debut over the weekend and will be available at the end of the summer for <700€ including a full carbon fork. It uses a traditional bottom bracket and a tapered fork. Like the other bikes in the 8bar line, this one is named after a place in Berlin, although a bit indirectly. In the forest of Grunewald on the west side of Berlin there are many great riding opportunities away from the bustle of the city, including DH trails, sandy/rooty singletrack, and hardpack and paved forest roads. One of these roads popular with cyclists around the park (having ridden there myself after the show) is named for a Crown Princess, so 8bar thought it fitting to give her a Crown Prince.last_img read more

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What Was It Like to Watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Live?

first_imgThe Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Photo by Eric King) Last night, NBC resurrected the classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar just in time for Easter. Following up the network’s past live musical broadcasts such as The Wiz, The Sound of Music and Hairspray!, this Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner follows Jesus and his apostles in the days before his crucifixion. Audiences saw the stunning performances from John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Brandon Victor Dixon, but they didn’t see what happened on the set when the cameras were switched off. Broadway.com did, though, and we’re letting you in on some moments you might not have caught at home. So, what was it like to watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, live?1) Some of the audience was bussed to the set from another location…And most of us didn’t know where we were going. We were transported à la high school field trip through Brooklyn from the 1 Hotel to the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, a huge, 19th Century 165,000-square-foot brick fortress that’s become a popular set for filmmakers. This was the crowd after that Show stopping Gethsemane #JesusChristSuperstarLive pic.twitter.com/08cSqOIoHl— Eric King (@erickingdavid) April 2, 2018 Pre-show for Jesus Christ Superstar Live(!) giving us Post WWII European chapel pic.twitter.com/vUiuAxB4V8— Eric King (@erickingdavid) April 1, 2018 3) Glitter cleanup is a hard job.In addition to sand that ensemble members scattered across the stage, glitter from the “The Temple” scene as well as (spoiler alert?) Judas’ suicide, seemed to reproduce over time. It took two commercial breaks, a team of eight guys frantically sweeping and eventually a vacuum, just to clean it up.4) The ensemble were the unofficial hype team. Cast members would run up to the mosh pit off stage and wave their arms up to get the audience going. Plus, during commercials, family and friends would shout to the performers they knew and cast members blew kisses to them. 5) Marc Platt wants you to dance!Before the show started, the super-producer encouraged the audience to—if the spirit so moved them—shout, dance, sing along and flail their arms in the air. In “Hosanna,” the front row and mosh pit earned their spotlight with some arm waving.6) There was a not-so-strict dress code. An email sent to audience members read “Production kindly requests that guests come dressed for a rock concert…Casual & fun attire (i.e., no sports coats).” Platt asked that the audience take their coats and jackets off so that they looked more like a rock concert crowd and not a bunch of musical theater nerds. (I’m looking at you, grandma in the fuchsia quarter zip!) John Legend ascends with the help of the ensemble. (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC) 2) It felt like a football game. Within the first moments of the opener, Brandon Victor Dixon (as Judas) got the audience clapping, waving and stomping so much that you could feel the bleacher seats swaying. After the curtain call, members of the first few rows thought they were at the Super Bowl and stormed the stage to dance with the ensemble members and Alice Cooper. 7) People went nuts over John Legend’s “Gethsemane.”It was one of three show-stopping moments that had the audience on their feet, including Alice Cooper’s appearance as Herod and Brandon Victor Dixon’s excellent riffing in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (It was a little weird, though, to see people dancing in the audience while John Legend was hanging on the cross covered in fake blood.)8) We couldn’t hear some parts, either. Before going live after commercial, members of the audience would start cheering before the actors even did anything. It’s a rock concert, after all. This sometimes meant the beginnings of songs were garbled, which seems to have translated on air as well. John Legend in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert'(Photo: Peter Kramer/NBC) They’re storming the field????#JesusChristSuperstarLive pic.twitter.com/QzZwCXAvRB— Eric King (@erickingdavid) April 2, 2018 9) The set was huge. You probably noticed that at home, but we want to reiterate it here. Around 25 ensemble members had to run up and down the long set just to hit their cues. It makes sense, because Andrew Lloyd Webber never wanted this rock opera in a traditional proscenium theater, which is why he objected to the original 1971 Broadway production. This production wasn’t filmed on a sound stage, like Hairspray! and Sound of Music were. Instead, multiple cameras in the audience, on stage and overhead captured the action on the singular stage.Last night’s exciting broadcast has us pumped up for the next scheduled musical, Fox’s Rent, which is scheduled to air on January 27, 2019. Hell, they can reuse the scaffolding! View Commentslast_img read more

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DJJ panel sets out to right the wrongs of the juvenile justice system

first_img DJJ panel sets out to right the wrongs of the juvenile justice system August 15, 2007 Regular News DJJ panel sets out to right the wrongs of the juvenile justice systemcenter_img The goal: reform Florida’s juvenile justice system, plagued by high recidivism, the overrepresentation of minority youths, and alarming trends involving girls, the fastest-growing segment of children charged with crimes.The plan: gather 25 leaders in community, faith, diversity and business organizations; law enforcement and criminal justice officials; educators; and former youths in Florida’s juvenile justice system.Call the group the “Blueprint Commission on Juvenile Justice,” let them hear from other experts and members of the public, encourage them to debate ways to change the system, and write a report that will guide the Florida Legislature.One of those chosen by Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Walt McNeil to serve on the commission is Carlos Martinez, chief assistant public defender in the 11th Judicial Circuit and chair of The Florida Bar’s Legal Needs of Children Committee.“I expect the Blueprint Commission to be an ‘action’ commission,” Martinez said. “We cannot afford to lose another generation of young people to the existing draconian and ineffective laws. My hope is that our actions will disrupt the pipeline to prison and instead create a pathway to prevention and redemption.”The commission, recently announced by McNeil on behalf of Gov. Charlie Crist, is chaired by Florida Atlantic University President and former Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan. State and national juvenile justice expert on girls’ issues and author Dr. LaWanda Ravoira is commission vice chair.“Together with the Blueprint Commission, the Department of Juvenile Justice is taking an important step forward in reforming our juvenile justice system. The members of the commission are committed to providing the groundwork necessary to make improvements to our system that will have a direct and positive impact on youths,” said McNeil, formerly Tallahassee’s police chief.“We recognize that the success of our efforts depends upon public input and the participation of stakeholders from the local community who can best identify areas for change.”The Blueprint Commission on Juvenile Justice will conduct public hearings throughout the state and invite input from stakeholders from all aspects of juvenile justice programs and services, and take testimony from citizens. The meetings will feature state and national research experts on juvenile justice trends and best practices; seek presentations from local community leaders, groups and other stakeholders; and include an evening town hall meeting format where citizens can also provide comment.The following dates and cities are set for the Blueprint Commission’s public hearings: September 4-5, Ft. Lauderdale; September 24-25, Jacksonville; October 4-5, Orlando; October 17-18, Ft. Myers; October 29-30, Tampa; November 5-6, Pensacola. Meeting locations for those cities will be announced soon and will be easily accessible to the public.“Every child in this state is an opportunity,” said Brogan. “With the formation of the Blueprint Commission, Florida is voicing the need for greater accountability in providing these youths the chance to make meaningful contributions to our society and communities.”DJJ is partnering with several prominent philanthropic foundations committed to systemic reform in juvenile justice. The JEHT Foundation, a national philanthropic organization based in New York, has joined with the Jessie Ball duPont Fund (Jacksonville) and the Eckerd Family Foundation (Clearwater) to support the Blueprint initiative. This effort is JEHT’s groundbreaking entry into juvenile justice reform in Florida. All three foundations have a long history of supporting programs that balance public safety with successful intervention and treatment focused on turning around the lives of troubled youth.Three other key partners of the Blueprint Commission and DJJ are the Children’s Campaign, Inc., the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, and the Florida Juvenile Justice Association (FJJA). The Network and FJJA collectively represent the largest number of DJJ’s contract service providers. The Children’s Campaign is a non-partisan, statewide children’s advocacy organization that does not accept government funding. Its president, Roy Miller, is serving as a strategic advisor to the Blueprint Commission.“These organizations have offered their assistance with the belief that improvements to Florida’s juvenile justice system will not only improve the lives of all Floridians, but also ensure the state’s continued economic development,” McNeil said.“The Children’s Campaign has demonstrated both vision and dedication as an advocacy leader, and we are pleased to have Roy Miller’s involvement in this groundbreaking initiative.”The commission will convene its first meeting August 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Tallahassee.“The importance of the role of the Blueprint Commission cannot be overstated. The six public hearings to be held across the state will facilitate the opportunity for Florida’s citizens to become engaged and involved and will provide a level playing field for all stakeholders to be heard. Additionally, these hearings will serve as a forum where leaders can come together, discuss common problems, and seek common solutions,” McNeil wrote in a letter to those chosen to serve on the commission.“At the end of this process, the commission will provide a report of its findings, along with recommendations for improving Florida’s Juvenile Justice system, moving away from reactionary programming to proactive prevention and treatment while ensuring public safety.. . . I am confident that together we will seek balance, fairness, and accountability within Florida’s juvenile justice system.”last_img read more

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House committee grills FDA over fungal meningitis outbreak

first_img In written testimony that she submitted along with her appearance before the committee, Lovelace urged members to put aside their partisan differences to pass laws to prevent another similar outbreak from contaminated compounding pharmacy drugs. “Don’t just investigate. Instead, legislate and regulate,” she wrote. “If you will do that, perhaps my family can take some solace in the fact that Eddie Lovelace’s public service continues even after his death.” Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee also heard poignant comments from Joyce Lovelace, the wife of one of the first patients who died in the outbreak and whose death helped alert health officials to problems with methylprednisolone acetate injections from New England Compounding Center (NECC). So far 461 infections and 32 deaths from 19 states have been linked to the tainted steroids, which were used to treat back pain and joint problems, according to an update today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The total is 23 cases more than the last update on Nov 9. No new deaths were reported. The committee heard from and questioned two regulators, Margaret Hamburg, MD, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Lauren Smith, MD, MPH, interim commissioner with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Hamburg is also scheduled to testify at tomorrow’s Senate hearing. See also: Eddie’s first symptom was hand numbness after the second injection, which progressed to headaches and neuromotor problems, she recalled. “It was a nightmare to see someone perfectly healthy go quickly downhill.” House Energy and Commerce hearing information As doctors at Vanderbilt University pieced together what caused Lovelace’s death, his wife said she first heard about a possible link to contaminated steroids through media reports, followed by calls from the clinic that administered the injections. Smith told legislators that she was brought in by Massachusetts officials 3 weeks ago to lead the department through its investigation of and response to how its pharmacy boards handled problems at NECC over the past several years. She said the board’s failure to take action contributed to the outbreak and that some staff who were involved in the decisions have been removed from their jobs. “We acknowledge the lapses,” she said. One subject that members of both parties agreed on was the value of small traditional compounders and that stricter oversight measures should avoid hurting their operations. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., pushed his colleagues to pass legislation to give the FDA more oversight of compounding pharmacies before the end of the year. “If there’s an ambiguity, it’s our job to clear it up,” he said. Waxman also accused some Republican legislators of picking on Hamburg, because she is a member of President Obama’s administration. Senate HELP Committee hearing information On Nov 6 the committee subpoenaed Barry Cadden, NECC’s president and co-owner, to testify at the hearing. He took the stand flanked by his attorneys but refused to answer questions, citing his Fifth Amendment right to not testify. The chair of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., excused Cadden after he repeated the same response to several of the committee members.center_img Nov 14 CDC fungal meningitis outbreak update Michael Burgess, MD, R-Tex., was among several on the committee who pushed Hamburg and the FDA to share more background e-mails and documents regarding events over the past year that touched on the agency’s oversight of compounding pharmacies and earlier problems over the years with NECC. Nov 14, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – The first congressional hearing today on the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroids was marked by tough questions for regulators, political wrangling, and an appearance by the owner of the compounding pharmacy that produced the drugs, but he declined to testify. Hamburg said the FDA needs a tiered regulatory approach that holds nontraditional compounders that make high-risk products to the same standards as drug manufacturers, while allowing small, traditional pharmacies that make less-risky products to continue operating under a less restrictive framework. Legislators said the documents are crucial for getting a clear picture of the oversight problems. “If we’re going to craft legislation, how are we going to avoid making the same mistakes again?” he asked. The fungal meningitis outbreak has spotlighted past problems at NECC and similar pharmacies and has drawn attention to a host of regulatory gaps affecting large compounding pharmacies that have evolved to resemble drug manufacturers. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing on similar issues tomorrow. Hamburg described a complex regulatory landscape that applies to large compounding pharmacies. She said federal laws exempt them from the same rules that cover drug manufacturers, and court decisions have muddled the authorities that the FDA does have over the pharmacies, leaving much of the regulatory work to states and opening up loopholes for an industry that has evolved from the image of the corner drugstore customizing ointments and treatments for individual patients. Edward Markey, D-Mass., whose office on Oct 29 issued a report detailing safety problems with products from compounding pharmacies over the past 10 years, said, “In that atmosphere of ambiguity, we have a mess on our hands.” NECC, based in Framingham, is in Markey’s House district. Some of the committee members complimented Smith for her comments taking responsibility, and charged Hamburg and the FDA with ducking the blame for the oversight lapses. Stearns said, “You’re practicing plausible deniability.” Several of the committee members, however, pressed Hamburg for answers on why the FDA didn’t do more to investigate and shut down NECC when problems surfaced about a decade ago. Members of both parties had tough questions for Hamburg, and some of the Republican members charged that the FDA already has the regulatory authority to oversee companies like NECC and questioned whether new laws were needed. Eddie Lovelace, a circuit court judge from Albany, Ky., died of a stroke on Sep 17 at age 78 after receiving three epidural injections—the last one on Aug 31— for back pain related to a March car accident. His wife told the committee that her husband walked 3 miles every morning and hoped to serve as a judge for 2 more years, then practice law alongside his granddaughter.last_img read more

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Air Products receives ‘Excellent Service Award’

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