Four Drug Companies Reach Last-Minute Settlement in Opioid Crisis, Avoiding Trial

first_imgNearly a half million overdose deaths between 1997 and 2017 are attributed to opioids.AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and Teva are involved in the settlement, the details of which are expected later today.It’s not clear if a fifth defendant, pharmacy chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance, was also part of the settlement. Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting the first federal trial that was scheduled to start Monday morning in Cleveland, Ohio.The trial, set to begin today, came as Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Summit counties were seeking $8 billion dollars for treatment programs and health care expenses.The Ohio counties, 4 drug firms reach $260 million settlement on eve of landmark federal trial over responsibility for opioid epidemic— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 21, 2019last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said questions remain to be answered on how Merrill Lynch underestimated the cost of the bank guarantee by some €60 billion.Deputy Doherty today released a 2008 Merrill Lynch report to the Irish Government that he received through a freedom of information request. The report has been published on his website.The Donegal Deputy also said Fianna Fáil and the Green Party, who were in power at the time, must tell the people why they kept quiet about the state’s exposure resulting from the banking crisis. He said: “We are on the brink of a banking inquiry, yet the Government still refuses to release information into the public domain pertaining to the banking collapse in 2008. I sought a number of pieces of information about the banking crisis under Freedom of Information. Of the 24 documents I requested, 20 were denied. Six years after the banking collapse, the public deserves to know who knew what at the time and what sort of information was available.“In November of 2008, Merrill Lynch was telling the Irish Government that the capital hole in the banks would cost€16.4 billion. Two weeks earlier, it had estimated €8 billion. We know now that the capital hole was actually closer to €80 billion, over €64 billion of which was met by the taxpayers. How did Merrill Lynch get these figures so wrong?“It’s unbelievable that consultants such as Merrill Lynch and the auditors of Irish banks have not had to answer for their roles in the banking crisis. Last week I wrote to the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Body to ask them to investigate the role KPMG had played in the auditing of Irish Nationwide and any potential conflict of interest as members of that agency now act as Special Liquidators to the successor of Irish Nationwide, IBRC.“Questions need to be answered by Fianna Fáil and the Green Party as to why they kept people in the dark about the exposure of the State resulting from the banking crisis, given the information we now know was available to them in October and mid November 2008. “Furthermore, any inquiry into the banking collapse needs to also look at the role of external consultants and the role that auditors and other advisors played. The Irish taxpayer is carrying the legacy of this crisis in austerity and hardship and we need to start getting answers on why certain information was kept secret and who was accountable.” HOW COULD FINANCE COMPANY BE SO WRONG ABOUT BANK DEBT? ASKS DOHERTY was last modified: March 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bank debtMerrill LynchePearse Dohertylast_img read more

Huge crowd expected at ‘wedding’ to remember tragic Jasmine

first_imgOne of the biggest charity events in Donegal takes place this year when the mock wedding is held in aid of the Smile for Jasmine Fund.More than 200 guests are expected to arrive at the ‘wedding’ of Brendan McGlinchey and Ann Marie McNulty at The Banjo Bar in Castlefinn.All proceeds from the event will go towards the family of the late tragic Jasmine McMonagle who was killed in Killygordon in January last. Now the people of the area have together in a bid to help Jasmine’s young family.Today’s events begin at 5pm with a full sit-down meal schedule for 6pm – if the bride arrives on time!With The Logues taking to the stage at 7pm along with Chrissie Mac and Richie Remo, there will be a full two-hour music session followed by dancing into the night. And unlike most weddings, you don’t need an invite!There are still some tickets available for the evening Reception from reception in The Banjo.The late Jasmine McMonagle  Huge crowd expected at ‘wedding’ to remember tragic Jasmine was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Overcoming Your Fear of Sharing Insights

first_imgEat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition contains a chapter about Capturing Mindshare or, put another way, shaping the lens through which your dream client views their business, their challenges, and their opportunities. The framework in that chapter is designed to allow you to identify and leverage the trends that are already impacting your dream client’s results—or soon will be. It’s also designed to provide you with the implications of maintaining the status quo in the face of what are almost always systemic challenges.After the concept of Level 4 Value Creation (strategic value), the chapter on Capturing Mindshare is responsible for the second most responses over email and social channels. The responses can generally be divided into two very different categories.Capturing Mindshare WorksThe first category of emails share success stories on how creating a context for a conversation works better than a lot of other approaches for creating new opportunities. The salespeople who send me these emails have used their insights to provide a strategic view of the client’s business as it pertains to what they sell. They are also using the idea of an executive briefing and the talk tracks in Eat Their Lunch to schedule more meetings.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchThe second category of emails that find their way to one of my inboxes might best be described as concerns about sharing trends, analysis, views and values, insights, and recommendations. Many of these notes are concerned about insulting the client, believing the client knows more than they do about the trends that impact their business. Others suggest they shouldn’t share their analysis or their views and values, that being too bold an approach. When the case being made is about changing something more strategic than swapping out their competitor’s product to buy theirs, they worry about having the right to make those recommendations.Here is how you might think about overcoming your fear of sharing your insights, ideas, views and values, and recommendations.What Do You KnowWhen you study the trends that create challenges and opportunities for your dream clients, you are undoubtedly going to find your clients are tracking some of those same trends, which is why the framework contains implications and views and values. You don’t need to have an executive briefing built exclusively on novelties. While there is value in novelties when you can find them, the trends and factors that would cause your client to change don’t need to be a surprise.Part of what you are doing by providing a sort of executive briefing is demonstrating that you are tracking these trends—and that you understand the implication for your client’s business. If you do this well, you will have established infinitely more credibility with your client than the salesperson that begins the conversation with eight slides about their company. You are demonstrating you belong in the room and that you know enough to have ideas worth exploring.You can very easily open the conversation by saying, “I am certain you are tracking some of these trends, and I’ll be interested to hear how these things show up in your world.” There is no reason to assume your dream client knows nothing, and you can learn much from your clients as you do this work, strengthening your approach.New World Approach vs. Old WorldThere are old approaches to sales that have outlived their usefulness, which is not to say that they may not be useful again sometime in the future. One of those approaches is to avoid answering a client’s question by asking questions about their question. The idea here is not to lock yourself into something with which the client might disagree. When you are trying to compel change, you need a better approach.There is an enormous misunderstanding of what “consultative selling” means. While it includes the avoiding of hard sell and high pressure tactics, that is not enough by itself to make one consultative. A consultative approach also includes good questions, something else that contributes to the approach, but is also inadequate without something more. The word “consultative” means to give recommendations and advice, requiring you to share your views, your values, and your recommendations.If you have not done the work to develop your view of your client’s world, their systemic challenges, the implications of doing nothing, it will be difficult for you to be consultative. If you don’t have views on what the right response would be and the changes the clients would make—even if they don’t choose you—you make it difficult to be perceived as consultative. If you don’t have values that suggest that you have good reason to prefer this choice over that one, it is difficult to provide advice.A Word for Young SalespeopleIf you are a young salesperson, I want to offer you two ideas here. First, you may not yet have the business acumen and situational knowledge necessary to do this work that you will after you have worked in your role for awhile (I hope you have the intellectual curiosity to learn about your business and your client’s business). That said, you need to know a couple things.Even though you may not know something, inside the four walls of your company, there are salespeople and leaders who do. They have the experience, and they have the views and values and recommendations. Ask to spend time with them, join them on sales calls, and ask questions about what they say and do to accelerate your acquisition of business acumen and situational knowledge.Also, do the work to read, study, and compile your own briefing (see Chapter 2 of Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition). The time you spend thinking about your client’s challenges and the trends that are impacting their businesses, the faster you will be consultative. Know that nothing is beyond your capabilities if you are willing to give it your time and energy. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

SEA Games: Gilas cadets survive Thailand

first_imgGilas cadets during a timeout against Thailand in the 2017 SEA Games basketball tournament. INQUIRER/ Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Under siege, Gilas Pilipinas relied on its individual brilliance — and not much on teamwork — to pull off an 81-74 victory over Thailand at the start of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament at MABA Stadium here.Kiefer Ravena sank a jumper and two free throws in the tension-filled last three minutes as the Philippines finally wiggled free from Thailand’s grip.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vietnam shuts out PH in men’s football UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Ravena’s free throw gave the Philippines the lead, 73-71, with four minutes left and then his jumper gave it more breathing space, 75-71.Asean Basketball League star Tyler Lamb nailed a triple to give Thailand a 46-45 lead early in the third as Gilas encountered difficulty smoothing its offence despite the presence of some of the A-list players in its fold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Lamb picked up his fifth and final foul in the early fourth quarter which turned things around for the Philippines.In the third quarter, Thailand even held a 66-64 lead with seven minutes left in the game. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Soon enough the Thais were ahead, 33-32, but Christian Standhardinger quickly gave Gilas back the lead entering the second half. MOST READ FIl-German Christian Standhardinger split a charity but hurt his left hand in the process and had to sit out for a few precious minutes.Teerwat Chantachot made it 68-65 which forced Gilas to push the panic button and saw emotions running wild.Kobe Paras lashed at the referee and had a shouting match with Kevin Ferrer at the bench as the rest of the bench tried to pacify the 19-year-old sensation.In what was billed as preview of the finals, Gilas tried use its brimming individual talent to good use by putting up a quick 10-points lead, 22-12, the first quarter.But the shooting went sour in the second quarter as Gilas allowed Thailand’s Chitchai Anati  and Chanatip Jakrawan to come away with crucial baskets.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgThe developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline says environmental group Greenpeace should be held legally accountable for violating federal racketeering laws.Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued Greenpeace and two other groups for up to $1 billion last year.The company alleges the groups worked to undermine the $3.8 billion pipeline that’s now shipping oil from North Dakota to Illinois.A federal judge has dismissed the other two groups from the case. Greenpeace also wants to be dismissed.Greenpeace argues that ETP’s claims are “generalized and implausible,” but the company says there’s plentiful evidence of “malicious criminal conduct.”The company alleges the group disseminated false information about the pipeline to obtain donations and incite unrest, which hurt ETP financially.The company says the group also organized and funded a violent protest faction.APlast_img read more

10 months agoKante tells Chelsea supporters: We need you against Tottenham

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kante tells Chelsea supporters: We need you against Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante says the club’s fans can help them overturn a one-goal deficit in the Carabao Cup semi-final.Tottenham won the first leg 1-0 at Wembley last night, courtesy of Harry Kane’s first-half penalty.But Kante is confident his teammates can win the tie when they play the second leg at Stamford Bridge later this month.”The penalty put us in difficulty, we tried to react but we couldn’t score a goal, and that’s why the result is like it is,” Kante told the club’s official website.”We did a good game, we had a lot of the ball. The statistics show we could have had a better result, but it is what it is. We need to accept that.”I think now we can get a better result at Stamford Bridge.”We have more chance in front of our fans. We will need them. We have a match to get to the final and we will give our maximum to do it.” last_img read more

9 months agoPleat reveals role in Alli Tottenham move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pleat reveals role in Alli Tottenham moveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham chief David Pleat has revealed his role in their deal for Dele Alli.Pleat convinced chairman Daniel Levy to do the deal and Alli has developed into one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most important players.He told talkSPORT: “I had seen a lot of Dele Alli and I was convinced.“I had spoken to [Spurs technical director Franco] Baldini, I spoke to all sort of people about him, I was pushing, pushing, pushing.“It wasn’t clever. He’d played about 75, 80 games regularly in men’s football for a team called MK Dons, nice people, just down the road. I saw a lot of him and I was convinced, given the opportunity, that he would do well.“So, just before the deadline on, I think it was the January, I was going to a game at Luton and it was Daniel Levy [on the phone] and Daniel said to me, ‘This boy Alli, we hear he’s going to have a medical or he’s going to talk to Villa and to Newcastle. What do you think?’“I said, ‘Mr Chairman, it’s a no brainer!’ and he said to me, ‘Yes, but they want £5m for him.’“I said, ‘Chairman, it’s a no brainer. I would take him at £5m, you can’t lose on him. If we are sympathetic, if we encourage him, I’ve got every hope for this particular boy,’ and of course he took my advice.” last_img read more

Fans Tweeted Racist Remarks At Cinci’s Octavius Ellis After His Physical Play vs. Kentucky

first_imgCincinnati's Octavius Ellis.Cincinnati junior sophomore forward Octavius Ellis had himself an interesting week, to say the least. Ellis, one of the more physical players in the nation, was ejected against Purdue in his team’s second round contest after swinging an elbow at Boilermaker A.J. Hammons early in the second half. After the game, he made headlines when he trash-talked Kentucky ahead of their third round matchup. Unfortunately, that isn’t really where the story ends.Following the Wildcats’ win over the Bearcats Saturday night, a number of college basketball fans tweeted disparaging remarks at Ellis. Many of the comments were racist in nature. Others suggested he is a “thug”, and will be in jail soon. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there.Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.38 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.05 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.29.34 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.30.02 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.25.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.27.42 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.55 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.25 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.26.43 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.26.28 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.40 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.58 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.25.17 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.25.36 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.15 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.23.37 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.29.13 PMIt’s important to note that it’s likely that not all of these “fans” support Kentucky, and even if they do, they don’t represent the majority of the team’s fan base. Ellis handled the situation well, tweeting a photo of himself smiling as the comments were coming in. Still smiling thru the bad an good lol— octavius ellis (@Tay_UC2) March 22, 2015Needless to say, this kind of behavior needs to stop immediately. And it isn’t just a Kentucky problem – it’s a problem across the entire college sports landscape.last_img read more

Florida Haters Will Greatly Enjoy “An Interview With Will Muschamp”

first_imgFlorida Will Muschamp HatersFlorida Will Muschamp HatersWill Muschamp’s tenure as head coach in Gainesville got off to a decent start, but by the end of the 2014 season, Gators fans were campaigning for him to be replaced. Florida eventually cut ties with Muschamp after he won just 10 games combined in his final two years, and he wound up taking the defensive coordinator position at Auburn shortly after. A YouTube user by the name of SCS Productions decided to make light of the situation, adding hilarious subtitles to the popular interview between Jesus Quintero and comedian El Risitas. If you’re wondering, the original interview was conducted back in 2007, but it didn’t become Internet-famous until March of 2015.If you’re a fan of Florida’s mishaps over the past few years, you’ll have a hard time not laughing out loud.[YouTube]last_img read more