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Press release: Arrest Made in Nolan Scully raffle scam

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*** PRESS RELEASE *** YONKERS DETECTIVES MAKE ARREST IN NOLAN SCULLY FAKE RAFFLE TICKET SCAM


On July 7th, 2017, the Yonkers Police Department became aware of a scheme to defraud the public involving the sale of fake raffle tickets purporting to support the cause of Nolan Scully.


Nolan Scully was a 4 year old boy from Leonardtown, Maryland, who tragically passed away on February 4th, 2017, after battling cancer for a year and a half. At the age of 3, he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. His fight with this disease was documented on social media under the name

NolanStrong, eventually reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
The Yonkers Police Department was notified by the Aisling Irish Community Center on McLean Avenue that raffle tickets in Nolan’s name were being sold to patrons of local bars and restaurants for a fictitious fundraising event to be supposedly held at the Center on July 29th. No event was ever scheduled with the Center. Upon contacting the family of Nolan Scully, it was confirmed that someone was selling raffle tickets without their permission or authority, and even downloaded Nolan’s image from the NolanStrong Facebook page to be printed on the fake tickets. The Yonkers Police Department initiated a criminal investigation.


Officers from the 2nd Precinct and Detectives from the Financial Crimes Unit interviewed multiple subjects, canvassed and identified witnesses and victims who purchased tickets, and reviewed hours of surveillance video. A suspect was identified and sufficient evidence collected which yielded probable cause to charge that suspect with a crime.


Yesterday, Yonkers Police Detectives arrested Tracey Jacqueline WEIR, a 35 year old female resident of Yonkers, for allegedly perpetrating the above described fraud. WEIR was charged with one count of Scheme to Defraud 1°, a Class E Felony.
Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “This defendant allegedly defrauded multiple people using the name of a deceased child. Not only were the victims affected, but the family of Nolan Scully more so; their unimaginable loss was exploited for selfish greed, compounding their pain and suffering. It is our hope that with this arrest, we can offer the Scully family some degree of closure to this upsetting incident.”


WEIR was arraigned in Yonkers Criminal Court on August 10th. The prosecution of this case is being managed by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Press Release: Green Bay Man Sentenced to 5 ½ Yrs

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Darren Roberts, aka “Danger” of Buckleys Street Green Bay, was convicted and sentenced to 5 ½ years at Her Majesty’s Prison on multiple firearms, ammunition and drug related charges in the St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh and pleaded guilty to all the charges and was sentenced to 2 years in prison for Possession of one modified 12 Gauge shot Gun, one 9mm Beretta Pistol  and one modified Flare Gun. He was further sentenced to an additional 2 years for Possession of thirteen 9mm rounds of ammunition, one .4mm round of ammunition, four 12 gauge cartridges, eighteen .22 live rounds of ammunition, one hundred and four.22 blank rounds of ammunition and two modified flare gun cartridges.

He was ordered to pay a fine of $7,000 forthwith or 18 months in prison for Possession with intent to transfer one pound of cured Cannabis and eight Cannabis plants. These sentences are to run consecutively. A 3 months sentence was further imposed for Possession of a Bulletproof Vest, which will run concurrently. He was reprimanded and discharged on the charges of Cultivation, and Possession of one pound of Cannabis and eight Cannabis plants.

The Court heard that on Friday 29th July, the police carried out an early morning raid on his home based on intelligence, and found him in possession of the items. He, along with his girlfriend were arrested and taken into custody. 

Darren Roberts aka Danger of Green Bay

Press Release: The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for Germany Remains Unchanged

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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for Germany Remains Unchanged

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NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2017

NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for Germany was unchanged at 109.5 in June 2017 (2010=100).

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index(R) (CEI) for Germany was unchanged at 108.6 in June 2017 (2010=100).

The composite economic indexes are the key elements in an analytic system designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle. The leading and coincident economic indexes are essentially composite averages of several individual leading or coincident indicators. They are constructed to summarize and reveal common turning point patterns in economic data in a clearer and more convincing manner than any individual component — primarily because they smooth out some of the volatility of individual components.

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The updated data tables can be found here.

The 2017 data release schedule is available here.

For more information about The Conference Board global business cycle indicators, click here.

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Press release: Cades Bay Man Charged in Fatal Accident

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Source: rionlawdayton.com

Police have charged 22yr-old Regino Nicholas of Cades Bay with Causing Death by Dangerous Driving.

Nicholas was the driver of the Silver Toyota Corolla motor car A43607 that struck 3yr-old Jadianne Spencer of Bathlodge on Monday 7th August.

Jadianne was at the time with her mother Honora Thomas of Bathlodge, and Honora’s Aunt, Carol Richards of Johnson’s Point, when the incident happened. She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Mount St. Johns Medical Center by a medical doctor.

Both Thomas and Richards are still at the hospital nursing injuries. Nicholas appeared before the Court (Today) Thursday and was remanded to prison.

Regino Nicholas of Cades Bay

Beware of Security by Press Release

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On Wednesday, the security industry once again witnessed an all-too-familiar cycle: I call it “security by press release.” It goes a bit like this: A security firm releases a report claiming to have unearthed a major flaw in a competitor’s product; members of the trade press uncritically republish the claims without adding much clarity or waiting for responses from the affected vendor; blindsided vendor responds in a blog post showing how the issue is considerably less dire than originally claimed.

At issue are claims made by Denver-based security company DirectDefense, which published a report this week warning that Cb Response — a suite of security tools sold by competitor Carbon Black (formerly Bit9) — was leaking potentially sensitive and proprietary data from customers who use its product.

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DirectDefense warned about a problem with Cb Response’s use of “a cloud-based multiscanner” to scan suspicious files for malware. DirectDefense didn’t name the scanner in question, but it’s Google’s VirusTotal — a free tool that lets anyone submit a suspicious file and have it scanned against dozens of commercial anti-malware tools. There’s also a paid version of VirusTotal that allows customers to examine any file uploaded to the service.

Specifically, DirectDefense claimed that Cb Response’s sharing of suspicious files with VirusTotal could expose sensitive data because VirusTotal allows paying customers to download any files submitted by other users. This is the full extent of the “vulnerability” that DirectDefense labeled “the world’s largest pay-for-play data exfiltration botnet.”

Carbon Black responded with its own blog post noting that the feature DirectDefense warned about was not turned on by default, and that Carbon Black informs customers of the privacy risks that may be associated with sharing files with VirusTotal.

ANALYSIS

Adrian Sanabria, a security expert and founder of Savage Security, published a blog post that called “bullshit” on DirectDefense’s findings, noting that the company inexplicably singles out a competitor when many other security firms similarly allow customers to submit files to VirusTotal.

“Dozens of other security vendors either have an option to automatically submit binaries (yes, whole binaries, not just the hash) to VirusTotal or do it without the customers knowledge altogether,” Sanabria wrote. “In singling out Carbon Black, DirectDefense opens itself up to criticism and closer scrutiny.”

Such as shilling for a partner firm (Cylance) that stands to gain from taking Cabon Black down a few notches in the public eye, Sanabria observed [link added].

“I personally don’t believe DirectDefense is a shill for Cylance, but in singling out one of many vendors that do the same thing, they’ve stepped into a classic PR gaffe that makes them look like one,” he wrote.

My take is that most people in corporate cybersecurity roles understand what VirusTotal is and the potential privacy risks involved in uploading files to the service — either on a one-off basis or automatically submitted through some security suite like CB Response (if not, those security folks probably need to investigate another career).

That’s not to say that organizations don’t inadvertently overshare. I’ve seen instances where entire email threads and apparently sensitive documents have been submitted to VirusTotal along with embedded malware.

Lesley Carhart, a security incident response team leader and a prolific security commentator on Twitter, said there are immense amounts of trust given VirusTotal. Carhart said if a malicious actor were able to identify individual files uploaded from a target organization to VirusTotal — even just as file hashes — they could gain lots of information about the organization, including what software suites they use, what operating systems, and which document types.

“They provide an amazing free resource for the infosec community, as well as some great paid services,” Carhart said of VirusTotal. “However, we have unintentionally given them one of the largest repositories of files in the world.”

If DirectDefense’s report helped some security people better grasp the risks of oversharing with multiscanners like VirusTotal, that’s a plus. But from where I sit, these types of overblown research reports tend to live or die by uncritical and/or unbalanced coverage in the news media — also known as “churnalism.”

My advice to tech reporters: Quit taking claims like these at face value and start asking some basic questions before publishing anything. For example, the early coverage of DirectDefense’s report in the media suggests that few reporters even asked about the identity of the multiscanner referenced throughout the report. Also, it’s clear that few (if any) reporters asked DirectDefense whether it had alerted Carbon Black before going public with their findings (it hadn’t).

Pro tip: If a researcher or company with a vulnerability “scoop” doesn’t mention interaction with the affected vendor before going public with their research, this should be a giant red flag indicating that this individual or entity is merely trying to use the media to generate short-term PR buzz, and that the “vulnerability” in question is little more than smoke and mirrors.

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Press Release: WOUNDING SUSPECT WANTED BY POLICE

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Source: winnfm.com

The Police have issued a ‘Wanted Bulletin’ for the immediate arrest of Tony Thomas aka “Scar” of Whenner Road. He is wanted in connection with an alleged wounding incident at Ffryes Beach on Sunday August 6 th 2017. The police are appealing for him to immediately surrender himself at any police station, accompanied by his attorney or a family member. 

The general public is WARNED, NOT to make any attempts to engage this person if seen, but instead contact the Rapid Response Unit at 764-2310464- 3938, or call the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913463- 3914 without delay.

Meantime, Police are appealing to members of the victim’s family and the general public on a whole to immediately desist from making use of threatening languages, or any adversarial comments on social media or otherwise. The general public is further reminded that it is an offence under the Electronic Crimes Act of 2013 for anyone to send by means of an electronic system, any information that is offensive or threatening; or information which is false, causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will ect…, to any person.

Anyone found in contravention of this Act is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both; or to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years, or to both on an indictable conviction.

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Press Release: LA CLIPPERS ANNOUNCE 2017 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

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The L.A. Clippers announced today their 2017 preseason schedule. The five-game slate is highlighted by the Clippers Hawai’i Classic, which will feature two matchups between the Clippers and the Toronto Raptors at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawai’i on Oct. 1 and Oct. 3.

Following the Clippers Hawai’i Classic, the team will return to L.A. for three games at STAPLES Center. The Clippers will face the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 8 before closing out their preseason campaign with back-to-back games against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 12 and the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 13.

L.A. Clippers season tickets and partial plans for the 2017-18 campaign are available now at Clippers.com.

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Press Release concerning latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024%

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Press Release
Press Release concerning latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024%
 
8 August 2017
Sophia Antipolis, France
 
Nicox S.A. (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX), the international ophthalmic RD company, has been informed by its partner Bausch + Lomb (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.) of the receipt of a Complete Response Letter from the U.S. FDA concerning latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024% which resulted in the attached press release issued by Valeant yesterday. The text of this press release is copied below.
 
VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS RECEIVES COMPLETE RESPONSE LETTER FROM THE FDA
 FOR LATANOPROSTENE BUNOD OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION, 0.024% NDA
 
LAVAL, QUEBEC, Aug. 7, 2017 – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) today announced it has received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024%, an investigative intraocular pressure lowering single-agent eye drop for patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
 
The CRL from the FDA only refers to a Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) inspection at Bausch + Lomb’s manufacturing facility in Tampa, Fla. The FDA did not identify any efficacy or safety concerns with respect to the NDA or additional clinical trials needed for the approval of the NDA for latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024%.
 
Valeant will work closely with the FDA to determine the appropriate next steps for the NDA.
 
About Nicox
Nicox is an international ophthalmic RD company utilizing innovative science to maintain vision and improve ocular health. By leveraging its proprietary expertise in nitric oxide donation and other technologies, the Company is developing an extensive portfolio of novel drug candidates that target multiple ophthalmic conditions, including glaucoma. Nicox currently has an approved NDA product and another product at the review stage with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a promising pipeline including next-generation stand-alone nitric-oxide donors, with the potential to treat a range of ophthalmic indications. Nicox is headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France, is listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment B: Mid Caps; Ticker symbol:COX) and is part of the CAC Healthcare, CAC Pharma Bio and Next 150 indexes.
For more information on Nicox, its products or pipeline, please visit: www.nicox.com .
 
 
 
 
Analyst coverage
Bryan, Garnier Co   Hugo Solvet   Paris, France
Invest Securities   Martial Descoutures   Paris, France
Gilbert Dupont   Damien Choplain   Paris, France
 
The views expressed by analysts in their coverage of Nicox are those of the author and do not reflect the views of Nicox. Additionally, the information contained in their reports may not be correct or current. Nicox disavows any obligation to correct or to update the information contained in analyst reports.
 
Upcoming financial and business conferences
 
September 25-27  Cantor Fitzgerald’s 3rd Annual Healthcare Conference  New York; US
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Contacts
Nicox
Gavin Spencer,
Executive Vice President Corporate Development
T +33 (0)4 97 24 53 00
communications@nicox.com
Investor Relations
Europe
Nicox
Corporate Communications Department
T +33 (0)4 97 24 53 00
communications@nicox.com
 
Media Relations
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T +44 7860 361 746
jonathan.birt@ymail.com
United States
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melissa@argotpartners.com
France
NewCap
Nicolas Merigeau
T +33 (0)1 44 71 94 98
nicox@newcap.eu
 
United States
Argot Partners
Eliza Schleifstein
T +1 (917) 763-8106
eliza@argotpartners.com
Disclaimer
The information contained in this document may be modified without prior notice. This information includes forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. These statements are based on current expectations or beliefs of the management of Nicox S.A. and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Nicox S.A. and its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents, do not undertake, nor do they have any obligation, to provide updates or to revise any forward-looking statements.
 
Nicox S.A.
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CS 10313, Sophia Antipolis
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T +33 (0)4 97 24 53 00
F +33 (0)4 97 24 53 99

Investor Contacts:
Arthur Shannon                                                                                                                               
arthur.shannon@valeant.com                                                                                  
514-856-3855                                                                                                                    
877-281-6642 (toll free)

Media Contact:
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VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS RECEIVES COMPLETE RESPONSE LETTER FROM THE FDA
 FOR LATANOPROSTENE BUNOD OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION, 0.024% NDA

LAVAL, QUEBEC, Aug. 7, 2017 – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) today announced it has received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024%, an investigative intraocular pressure lowering single-agent eye drop for patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

The CRL from the FDA only refers to a Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) inspection at Bausch + Lomb’s manufacturing facility in Tampa, Fla. The FDA did not identify any efficacy or safety concerns with respect to the NDA or additional clinical trials needed for the approval of the NDA for latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024%.

Valeant will work closely with the FDA to determine the appropriate next steps for the NDA.

About Valeant
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE/TSX: VRX) is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of dermatology, gastrointestinal disorders, eye health, neurology and branded generics. More information about Valeant can be found at www.valeant.com.

Forward-looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements which may generally be identified by the use of the words “anticipates”, “if approved”, “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “may,” “will,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “target,” or “continue” and variations or similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of management and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company’s most recent annual or quarterly report

and detailed from time to time in Valeant’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian Securities Administrators, which factors are incorporated herein by reference. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Valeant undertakes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect actual outcomes, unless required by law.
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PRESS RELEASE

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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
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NEWS RELEASE: Journalism groups rally behind UCSD student media against retaliatory withdrawal of financial support

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  JULY 28, 2017

Contact: Frank D. LoMonte, Executive Director   (202) 785-5450 / director@splc.org

Public universities should not be given free rein to retaliate against student news organizations by withdrawing financial support, a coalition of journalism and free-expression organizations led by the Student Press Law Center told a federal appeals court in a brief filed Monday.

The SPLC and seven other organizations representing the interests of student and professional journalists nationwide asked the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court’s February 2017 decision dismissing a First Amendment challenge by the publishers of a student-run magazine at the University of California-San Diego.

UCSD and its student government association sought to silence the magazine, The Koala, which has become notorious for offensive humor that plays on racial, ethnic and gender stereotypes. After The Koala published an article mocking the concept of “safe spaces” on college campuses, the president of UCSD issued a statement denouncing the magazine as “repugnant, repulsive, attacking and cruel.” Within days, the UCSD student government voted to rescind student activity fee support for all student media, including The Koala and four other publications.

Represented by the ACLU of San Diego, editors of The Koala filed suit, arguing that the decision was unlawfully motivated by the publication’s viewpoint. But U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller threw out the case. Miller ruled that the university’s subsidy for media outlets is a “limited public forum” that the government can decide to close off to speakers at any time for any reason, even a retaliatory one. The editors are now asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the suit.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday by volunteer attorney Judy Endejan with the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle, the SPLC and other journalism supporters told the appeals court that the district judge’s ruling will leave campus news organizations vulnerable to punitive financial sanctions for performing their essential civic watchdog function. 

“While this case is superficially about The Koala and its arguably offensive humor news, the rule established in this case has the potential to impact the freedom of diverse student publications across the country to report on controversial issues of public importance without fear of official retaliation,” says the brief, which was signed by the American Society of News Editors, Associated Press Media Editors, Association of Alternative Media, College Media Association, First Amendment Coalition, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. 

The brief cites successful First Amendment challenges to retaliatory financial cutbacks aimed at other college news organizations, including a 2016 lawsuit that resulted in restoration of student fee money withheld from the University of Kansas student newspaper. Because of colleges’ demonstrated propensity to use financial support to manipulate news coverage, the brief argues, “a meaningful judicial recourse can mean life or death for journalism on college campuses.” 

The case will now be scheduled for oral arguments before a panel of three Ninth Circuit judges, and a ruling will be months if not years away. 

The brief is part of the legal advocacy work of the Student Press Law Center, a donor-supported nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and founded in 1974 to provide legal training, assistance and advocacy in support of journalism students and educators nationwide. The SPLC maintains a nationwide network of attorney volunteers to assist student journalists in protecting their legal rights, and publishes guides to using the law to gather and disseminate news at www.splc.org.

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