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WHO: No evidence Dengvaxia caused other illnesses

MANILA, Philippines — For the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no evidence to back claims that the Dengvaxia vaccine has caused other illnesses amon.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 17th, 2018

No solid proof yet dengvaxia caused deaths of 39 – DOH chief

There is no evidence yet that would directly link Dengvaxia to the death of 39 individuals who earlier received the vaccine, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

Ronaldo rape allegation moving on 2 legal tracks in Nevada

By Ken Ritter, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a Nevada woman who claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her nine years ago and paid her $375,000 in hush money has set in motion a two-track legal process in Las Vegas. One involves the lawsuit, which will proceed to a jury trial in civil court only if a state judge sides with attorneys for plaintiff Kathryn Mayorga on key procedural and statutory questions. The other track involves a police investigation that was recently reopened at the request of Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher who alleges that one of the world's most famous athletes attacked her in the bedroom of his penthouse at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. At the end of the investigation, police will decide whether to recommend that prosecutors file criminal charges against the 33-year-old soccer star from Portugal who plays for the Italian club Juventus and his national team. He has had lucrative contracts with other clubs including Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Real Madrid. The Associated Press does not generally name people who say they are victims of sex crimes. Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to make her name public. THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION Mayorga's attorneys say she underwent a medical exam to collect DNA evidence soon after the alleged attack in June 2009. But the investigation was ended because Las Vegas police said she only identified her attacker as a European soccer player — not by name — and did not say where the incident took place. The case was reopened in recent weeks at Mayorga's request. Her lawyers say she provided Ronaldo's name to detectives who interviewed her in 2009 and identified the location as the Palms Hotel and Casino. Police will turn over the results of the investigation to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson to decide whether to file criminal charges. A jury of 12 people would have to reach a unanimous verdict of guilt for a conviction on a felony sexual assault charge that could bring a sentence ranging from 10 years to life in state prison, depending on whether the jury decides if Mayorga suffered substantial bodily injury. Police have refused to release documents about the case. Officer Aden OcampoGomez, a police department spokesman, said Tuesday he could not comment about an ongoing investigation. THE LAWSUIT Ronaldo's attorneys have not yet responded to the lawsuit filed by Mayorga on Sept. 27 in Clark County District Court. William Terry, a veteran Nevada criminal defense attorney not connected with the case, predicted that Ronaldo's legal team will ask the judge to dismiss the lawsuit before they reply to its claims. "There will be a ton of issues to decide long before the case gets to a jury," Terry said after reviewing the lawsuit and statements by attorneys at the request of The Associated Press. "I think the whole complaint is vulnerable to dismissal." Before the lawsuit could go to trial, Judge Adriana Escobar would have to decide if too much time has passed since the alleged attack; whether Ronaldo or Mayorga violated a 2010 non-disclosure agreement that requires Mayorga to keep quiet about an encounter that Ronaldo's lawyers say was consensual; and whether documents cited in European news stories about the case are authentic. Mayorga's attorneys want to void the non-disclosure pact. The lawsuit claims Ronaldo used "fixers" to pressure Mayorga to sign. It also accuses Ronaldo or people working for him of conspiracy, coercion and fraud, defamation, battery, breach of contract and negligence for allowing details of the confidential settlement to become public in European publications. If the lawsuit gets to trial, a jury of as many as eight people would be asked to reach a majority decision based on a preponderance of evidence or the probable truth or accuracy of the allegations. That is a less-stringent standard than a criminal case. If jurors find in favor of Mayorga, they would be asked to consider possible monetary damages. Mayorga is seeking an unspecified amount greater than $200,000. TIMING OF THE CLAIMS Leslie Mark Stovall, a lawyer for Mayorga, has acknowledged that plaintiffs in personal injury cases in Nevada usually have two years to file a civil lawsuit. However, he says a psychiatrist diagnosed Mayorga this year with post-traumatic stress and depression "caused by Cristiano Ronaldo's sexual assault in 2009." As a result, the attorney says, Mayorga was not emotionally or legally competent to enter the non-disclosure agreement nine years ago. "We believe that we have the factual basis to ask the court to set aside the agreement so that we can litigate her original damages," the attorney said. In the police case, veteran prosecutors, defense attorneys and law professor Eve Hanan at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, agreed that the state could bring criminal charges despite the passage of time because Mayorga filed a police report. "There is no statute of limitations if there is a valid police report," attorney Tom Pitaro said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Mark Cuban donates $10M after Mavericks workplace probe

NBA press release The NBA today issued the following statement about the report by independent investigators regarding workplace conditions at the Dallas Mavericks, following allegations made in a Feb. 20, 2018 Sports Illustrated article: Upon learning of the allegations, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban notified the NBA and an independent investigation was launched with oversight from the league office. Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey, a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at New York University School of Law, and currently Special Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, and Evan Krutoy, who spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and currently heads Krutoy Law, P.C., led the seven-month investigation. The league’s oversight function was led by David Anders, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The report was based on information gathered from 215 interviews with current and former Mavericks employees who worked for the team during the past two decades and from the evaluation of more than 1.6 million documents, including emails and other electronic documents. Following the launch of the independent investigation, the Mavericks, under Mr. Cuban’s direction, hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Marshall, a former AT&T senior executive, who has since implemented a massive overhaul to improve the organization’s workplace culture. While the investigation was ongoing, Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall took a series of steps to enhance the team’s workplace policies and procedures. Under Ms. Marshall’s direction, the Mavericks have replaced or added several new leadership positions in the organization, including a new head of Human Resources, a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, a head of Diversity & Inclusion and a new General Counsel. The Mavericks also instituted mandatory “Respect in the Workplace” training for all employees and ownership; created a confidential hotline for employees to share concerns, issues or allegations of misconduct; and established employee resource teams and an external advisory council to ensure a more diverse and collaborative work environment. Ms. Milgram’s and Mr. Krutoy’s extensive investigation, with full cooperation from Mr. Cuban and the Mavericks organization, resulted in a detailed understanding of the scope and substance of the issues. Among the investigation’s key findings: - The investigation substantiated numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization over a period spanning more than twenty years. - Among other things, the investigation found:     - Improper workplace conduct toward fifteen female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching, and forcible kissing;     - Improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde, including inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers; and     - Two acts of domestic violence perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee. - The investigators concluded that Mavericks’ management was ineffective, including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and that these shortcomings permitted the growth of an environment in which acts of misconduct and the individuals who committed them could flourish.  In particular, the investigators found:         - The Mavericks executive leadership team failed to respond adequately and committed a significant error in judgment by retaining Mr. Sneed following his domestic violence incidents; and         - The Mavericks’ executive leadership team was responsible for allowing Mr. Hyde to remain employed with the organization despite his inappropriate and problematic behavior, and failed adequately to address his various acts of misconduct.         - The investigators found no evidence that Mr. Cuban was aware of Mr. Ussery’s misconduct.  None of the 215 witnesses who were interviewed stated that they informed Mr. Cuban of Mr. Ussery’s actions, the investigators found no documentary evidence of such a communication, and Mr. Cuban stated that he did not know about the conduct.   The investigation report also contains a series of recommendations for changes to the Mavericks’ organization, including:     - Increasing the number of women on staff, including in leadership positions;     - Enhancing formal reporting processes for victims of misconduct;     - Implementing regular anonymous employee surveys to evaluate workplace culture; and     - Expanding and improving the Mavericks’ Human Resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating workplace misconduct. The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that “we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following” the publication of the Sports Illustrated article. In recognition of the institutional and other failures set forth in the report, Mr. Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to organizations that are committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.  These organizations will be selected by an advisory council of leaders from the Mavericks, including Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall, and the NBA, including President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, President of Team Marketing & Business Operations and Chief Innovation Officer Amy Brooks, and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Oris Stuart. Additionally, the NBA is requiring the Mavericks to:         - Provide the league office with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation;         - Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee;         - Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and         - Implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports Illustrated – including the immediate hiring of Cynthia Marshall as CEO to effect change, but as Mark has acknowledged, he is ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees. While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing -- the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.” Following the allegations made in the Sports Illustrated article, the NBA conducted a thorough review of its existing policies and procedures related to respect in the workplace, and required all NBA teams to do the same. In addition, the league established a confidential leaguewide hotline for team and league employees to report workplace misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  While many of the recommendations contained in the investigation report are already part of established practice at the league office, any that are not will shortly be adopted. The report of the independent investigation is available here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Parents insist before DOJ: Dengvaxia caused our children s deaths

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Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Myanmar court rules Reuters reporters can face full trial

YANGON, Myanmar --- A judge in Myanmar ruled Monday that the prosecution of two Reuters journalists charged with illegally possessing official information can go to a full trial. The case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went through several months of hearings to determine if there was enough evidence to support the charges, which the reporters denied. The two had been working on stories about the Rohingya crisis in western Myanmar, where state security forces are accused of carrying out massive human rights abuses that caused about 700,000 of the Muslim ethnic Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh. The charges they are facing carry a punishment of up to 14 years in pri...Keep on reading: Myanmar court rules Reuters reporters can face full trial.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

PAO answers PNoy, Garin

At least 60 deaths caused by D’vaxia Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta yesterday reiterated that the Dengvaxia vaccine caused the death of at least 60 schoolchildren. Acosta issued the statement in response to the claims of former president Benigno Aquino III and former health secretary Janette Garin that….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

PAO chief disputes Noynoy on Dengvaxia

PUBLIC Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta yesterday reiterated that the Dengvaxia vaccine caused the death of at least 60 schoolchildren. Acosta issued the statement in response to the claims of former president Benigno Aquino III and former health secretary Janette Garin that the deaths cannot be attributed to Dengvaxia….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Dengvaxia fund pressed

THE House of Representatives will immediately transmit to the Senate after Congress’ sine die adjournment this week the proposed P1.161 billion supplemental budget aimed at extending medical assistance to around 900,000 children vaccinated with Dengvaxia even if their illnesses are not related to the vaccine. Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Groups file more evidence against Aquino over Dengvaxia controversy

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippines Constitution, Inc. (VPCI) submitted to the Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday, April 20, additional evidences supporting the Dengvaxia case against former President Benigno “Noynoy” Simeon C. Aquino III. The groups, in compliance to the DoJ prosecutors’ Order, also turned in the […] The post Groups file more evidence against Aquino over Dengvaxia controversy appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Drilon defends Aquino, others in dissent to Gordon Dengvaxia report

Drilon said that Senate committees did not find scientific evidence to support the conclusion that any of the reported deaths were connected to Dengvaxia......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Causa de la causa

Causation is a recurring theme in the events of the week. Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate committee on public accountability a.k.a. Blue Ribbon, demonized former President Benigno C. Aquino III as the cause of all the evil caused in the Department of Health Dengvaxia tragedy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

No evidence to pin Dengvaxia mess on Aquino, allies say - Philippine Star

No evidence to pin Dengvaxia mess on Aquino, allies say - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Aquino, 2 former Cabinet execs must be prosecuted for Dengvaxia mess—Senate blue ribbon

FORMER president Benigno Aquino 3rd, and some of his Cabinet officials are primary conspirators in the controversial procurement and use of the Dengvaxia vaccine in the country and must be held criminally liable, the Senate Blue Ribbon committee recommended in its report. “Aquino is responsible because he had caused the purchase of Dengvaxia and in [...] The post Aquino, 2 former Cabinet execs must be prosecuted for Dengvaxia mess—Senate blue ribbon appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

PNP chief clarifies: QC cop died of leptospirosis, not of Dengvaxia

    The Philippine National Police (PNP) disputed on Thursday the report of the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) claiming that a policeman may have died because of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa belied the PAO report saying that the policeman from Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 6 died of leptospirosis and not caused by the Dengvaxia. Dela Rosa said the policeman was not even a recipient or had been given Dengvaxia vaccine. Earlier, PAO forensics chief Erwin Erfe informed the public on social media that the policeman died probably due to Dengvaxia side effects. "Merong silang [PNP Health Service] findings...Keep on reading: PNP chief clarifies: QC cop died of leptospirosis, not of Dengvaxia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Persistent Persida

IS President Rodrigo Duterte beginning to realize the enormity of the problems caused by the last-minute push of his predecessor to implement a massive immunization campaign against dengue? It would seem that way. In a meeting with select newspaper columnists Tuesday night in Malacañang, Duterte gave a rare public statement on the Dengvaxia controversy that [...] The post Persistent Persida appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Duque: No solid proof yet of Dengvaxia behind deaths

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, Interaksyon THERE IS NO EVIDENCE YET that would directly link Dengvaxia to the death of 39 individuals who earlier received the vaccine, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said Monday. “As of latest count, 39 na ang naitala na pumanaw. Sa kasalukuyan, ito po ay iniimbestigahan. Ang mga ito ay nabakuhanan ng Dengvaxia ngunit […] The post Duque: No solid proof yet of Dengvaxia behind deaths appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

DOJ creates panel to handle Dengvaxia case vs ex-President Aquino, others

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has created a panel of investigators that will handle the criminal complaint against former President Benigno Aquino III and 19 others for the reported deaths and serious illnesses of children inoculated with the anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine. In Office Order No. 439, Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr. created a panel of prosecutors to handle the complaint filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI). The panel will be chaired by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rossane Balauag. Members of the panel are Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Hazel Decena Valdez and Assistant Stat...Keep on reading: DOJ creates panel to handle Dengvaxia case vs ex-President Aquino, others.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

‘Vaccination saves lives’

AMID THE panic and hysteria caused by the Dengvaxia controversy, former Health Secretary Janette Garin reiterated that vaccination saves lives. “Many diseases have been eliminated because of vaccination,” Garin said right after she filed libel cases against her immediate successor, Paulyn Jean Ubial, and three other physicians, at the Iloilo Provincial Prosecutors Office on Feb […] The post ‘Vaccination saves lives’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

Dengvaxia, Fear Factor and Political Games

THE DISCOVERY of Dengvaxia's negative effects on some patients afflicted with dengue for the first time worked like a magnet for political gamesmanship. The report on the vaccine caused fear and pa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

Sanofi on PAO’s lawsuit: No evidence of Dengvaxia’s link to deaths

MANILA, Philippines — French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur on Tuesday maintained that there is no evidence directly linking Dengvaxia to the deaths of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018