Deutsche Bank scandal: Courts still chasing billions through tax scams and carbon credits

first_img Major banks enabled fraudsters to steal billions of pounds of public money through VAT scams, according to documents obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.A decade later, tax authorities are still chasing the money through the courts. Bureau of Investigative Journalism Tags: Trading Archive whatsapp Traders in London facilitated the so-called “carousel” fraud by organised crime gangs in 2009, which involved the trading of carbon credits, permits which allow a country or organisation to emit greenhouse gases.The gangs imported millions of carbon credits from outside the UK before selling them on in Britain, charging VAT to the customer but disappearing with the money instead of passing it on to HMRC. These credits were eventually bought and sold by Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Citibank among others, a key step in the fraudsters’ plans, court documents show.To hide the scam, the fraudsters set up a chain or “carousel” of bogus companies which traded the carbon credits, before selling them on to major banks through brokers. The carousel allows criminals to recycle the carbon credits and then re-sell them, allowing the fraud to continue for longer.The fraudsters moved their operations from country to country. Now, German non-profit media organisation Correctiv has coordinated 28 newsrooms across Europe to put the jigsaw together. Teams of journalists including the Bureau have scoured thousands of newly obtained documents and talked to some of the participants as part of a project called Grand Theft Europe.The documents reveal in great detail the allegations made against Deutsche Bank, RBS and Citibank and the broker companies who sold them the carbon credits. It is alleged the banks and brokers did not do enough to ensure the credits they traded were not connected to fraud. Tuesday 7 May 2019 12:01 am Share This pushed the fraud to the UK – where VAT was still charged on sales of carbon credits – and HMRC had been given only a day’s notice about the changes in France.An internal RBS email sent in early July said “it seems the UK’s carbon emissions market is rotten” and “is being targeted by carousel trading fraudsters”. RBS said this email reflects that individual’s opinion and not the wider team’s.A summer spreeShortly after the Bluenext Exchange reopened on 9 June 2009, court documents show an associate at Deutsche Bank London’s carbon trading desk, a trader, messaged a broker about the closure. “The whole carousel/VAT scam is a bit troubling,” they wrote, “maybe it really is a scam, and clearly illegal and clearly troubling”.In any case, the trader predicted a “summer slowdown” on trades “as we all take holiday”. But in reality, over the next seven weeks trading suddenly exploded as fraudsters cashed in on the UK carbon credit market.In mid-June Deutsche Bank was approached by SVS Securities, a broker with whom Deutsche had not dealt before. It had carbon credits to trade and expected to grow its business.SVS was soon providing Deutsche Bank with many more carbon credits than expected. On 2 July, SVS sold 842,000 credits to the bank, three times the amount it had initially estimated it could supply. In its defence SVS said this was because the initial volume was calculated by an intern. It said the sudden increase can only be said to “appear illegitimate with the benefit of hindsight”.The bank asked SVS for a reason behind the spike in carbon credits. SVS brokers met Deutsche Bank traders at a Corney & Barrow wine bar, and gave a plausible explanation for the uptick in business, according to Deutsche Bank.SVS said another broker, Tradition Financial Services (TFS), had approached it with an influx of clients from Eastern Europe wanting to sell carbon credits, and that SVS and TFS introduced them to Deutsche Bank and split the commission.SVS denies it ever gave the bank this explanation and said the meeting was simply a social occasion.SVS and TFS’s clients were not in fact genuine Eastern European suppliers. They were the “missing traders” who disappeared with the VAT once Deutsche Bank sent in a claims form to HMRC, according to a witness statement given by Rod Stone, a fraud investigator at HMRC, during the German authorities’ investigation.After the meeting trading resumed, and over the next 23 days Deutsche Bank bought more than 24m credits from SVS.The documents reveal that during this summer spree traders at SVS and TFS were raising their own concerns about the carbon credits they were selling on to the banks.Phone calls between Simon Fox, a trader at SVS, and Luca Bertali from TFS reveal they had never met anyone from one of the companies they were trading with and Bertali said one of them “could be an axe murderer”. Fox also questioned whether the company could “do a runner”.After hearing of a presentation by Barclays Bank about how to detect VAT fraud, Bertali phoned Fox and asked: “What are we going to do?… I hope to God they’re not all dodgy, I can’t imagine every single one of these people being fucking dodgy.”In another phone call between two unidentified SVS and TFS employees, the two agreed “the shit” will come down on carbon credit trading.The Bureau spoke to Bertali, who left TFS in 2014 and now owns a yoga studio in Shoreditch, east London. He said he believed the market for carbon credits was genuine, and that clients came to brokers like TFS who took less of a cut of profits than a bank.“It’s very easy to say with hindsight. We were just doing what we thought was the right thing,” he said. “We weren’t the ones stealing the VAT.”A member of the emission trading desk at Deutsche Bank in London claims to have raised concerns about SVS’s trading, though it is unknown exactly when. The trader said she had queried the high volumes of credits coming from SVS.During the civil case in the UK the lawyers acting on behalf of SVS and TFS’ creditors, Grant Thornton, alleged Deutsche Bank should have questioned SVS’s purported business model as it “made no commercial sense”. No other financial institution experienced such a spike in trading.Deutsche Bank London bought increasing numbers of credits from SVS at favourable prices while knowingly failing to investigate SVS’s business properly as it was not in its financial interest to do so, the lawyers allege.They were “wilfully shutting their eyes to the obvious, which was that there was no legitimate explanation for the trades such that there was a significant and unexplored risk that they were connected with criminal activity and in particular VAT fraud,” the claimants allege.While Deutsche Bank settled, Grant Thornton lawyers are still seeking £50m from SVS, two of its former employees and TFS. The case will be heard in March next year.In its defence, SVS said it denies being a knowing party in the fraud and denies that its traders “deliberately closed their minds or failed to ask questions”. They are “not culpable” for any fraud against companies or HMRC, it added.TFS also denies assisting alleged VAT fraud but that if it did assist “it did so unwittingly and not dishonestly”.Suspicions about Deutsche Bank’s trading were later raised at HMRC when in September 2009 the bank submitted a VAT refund claim for £48m, while prior to January 2009, the London branch would normally have paid VAT to HMRC. On investigators’ instruction, HMRC withheld the claim.By this time, carbon credits were no longer charged VAT, putting an end to the fraud in the UK. RBS and Citibank stopped trading with SVS in July over concerns of fraud.Despite this, Deutsche Bank London carried on trading: it stopped buying carbon credits from SVS and started selling to them instead.These credits were coming from the bank’s Frankfurt branch and fraudsters were now stealing from German tax authorities, where VAT was still being charged. Deutsche Bank declined to comment further.Almost a decade after the first suspicions of fraud emerged at HMRC, it has still been unable to recoup the full amount stolen from British taxpayers, estimated to be up to £300m. Even if it wins in court, it’s likely HMRC will only get back around half of what it is owed.For Grand Theft Europe, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism teamed up with a network of 35 European media partners from every European country, coordinated by the German non-profit newsroom Correctiv, to investigate VAT carousels, the biggest ongoing tax fraud in the EU. Read more at grand-theft-europe.com center_img Court documents reveal allegations that the fraud uncovered in Germany had its seeds in the UK in the months before the raids.Seven Deutsche Bank employees in Germany have been prosecuted to date. None of the traders in Deutsche Bank’s London office have faced criminal charges so far.The documents piece together how the carbon credit carousel fraud began in France, moved to the Netherlands and the UK, before migrating to Germany and Italy, in a pan-European fraud that is estimated to have cost EU governments €5bn.By early June 2009, a series of scandals meant it was widely known across Europe that the market for carbon credits was teeming with frauds. The Paris-based Bluenext Exchange, the main trading exchange for carbon emissions, closed for two days on 8 and 9 June as the French tax administration opted to charge a zero rate of VAT on carbon credits to prevent carousel fraud.A few days later, the Paris prosecutor’s office admitted it was investigating a multi-million-euro VAT fraud in the French carbon emissions market. Within a week, the Netherlands had also introduced a mechanism to combat the fraud. Deutsche Bank scandal: Courts still chasing billions through tax scams and carbon credits whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAmoMediaMan Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Her Revenge Is BrilliantAmoMediaUndoMike HistoryBruce Willis Is Nearing 70 & This Is The Car He Has TodayMike HistoryUndoScalp Psoriasis SearchWhat Exactly is Scalp Psoriasis? 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Deutsche Bank told the Bureau it “exited carbon emissions trading in 2010 and reimbursed the German state”.The current civil cases involve RBS – now called Natwest Markets – and Citibank, who are being sued for £71.4m and £14m respectively by liquidators of a string of companies involved in the fraud. The firms that absconded with the VAT have gone into liquidation. Accountancy firm Grant Thornton is acting on behalf of the companies in an attempt to recover the money.Citibank said it considers the claim to be “fundamentally misconceived and entirely without merit”. It is “vigorously defending against the allegations”.Natwest Markets said it “denies the allegations and defended them in court in 2018. This is a long-running claim and we are expecting judgment to be handed down shortly.”Raids at Germany’s biggest bankIn April 2010 EU police and tax investigators raided hundreds of offices and homes across Germany, including those of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. The bank was ordered to repay €145m (£124m) of lost VAT on trades between August 2009 until the raids in April 2010 that were connected to fraud.last_img read more

With child care shortage, local organizations offer assistance to future providers

first_imgEducation | Family | JuneauWith child care shortage, local organizations offer assistance to future providersDecember 16, 2015 by Lisa Phu Share:(Creative Commons photo by Kids Work Chicago Daycare)The Auke Bay Cooperative Preschool recently closed, deepening the child care shortage in Juneau. As options for child care facilities dwindle, local organizations are encouraging potential and new child care providers with resources.The Association for the Education of Young Children in Juneau holds a monthly meeting called the Business of Caring for anyone thinking about starting a state licensed child care home or center.“The Business of Caring is just an opportunity for people who are thinking about becoming a licensed provider to find out more about the business, and hopefully, that just helps them think about if this is a good fit for them or not,” said AEYC early learning services coordinator Christa Womack.Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska also offers assistance to license applicants.Tlingit and Haida Central Council will help pay for First Aid and CPR certifications, background checks, a fire inspection, a business license, safety equipment and other costs of getting licensed. It’ll also help pay for startup costs such as learning materials, books and art supplies. The applicant doesn’t have to be Alaska Native but must commit to watching kids within Tlingit and Haida’s Central Council’s child care program.Once licensed, AEYC provides up to 10 hours of free on-site assistance on how to set up a learning environment. Womack says up to $1,000 in funding is available for startup costs.“Sometimes they use the funds to purchase classroom materials or supplies for their program. Sometimes it’s like playground equipment – different things like that. It’s basically to support what they need to get their program off to a good start,” Womack said.AEYC also offers incentives for people already in the childcare business who are interested in getting further educationFor more information on resources for interested or new childcare providers, call AEYC at 789-1235 or Tlingit and Haida Central Council at 463-7140.Share this story:last_img read more

140 minutes to fish thousands of tons of Sitka Sound herring

first_imgFisheries | Southeast140 minutes to fish thousands of tons of Sitka Sound herringMarch 18, 2016 by Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka Share:The seiner Infinite Grace pursing up during a Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery in March 2014. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The commercial herring season opened Thursday, more abruptly than in past years. Herring seiners had about two days’ notice to get to Sitka. And then about another four hours’ notice to prep their gear.Although winter salmon trolling wrapped 10 days ago, this always feels like the opening bell of the commercial fishing season in Alaska.State biologist Dave Gordon manages the commercial herring fishery. Over the years, he has also become its voice.“Five, four, three, two, one, open! The Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery is now open. This is the Alaska Department of Fish & Game standing by on channel 10,” Gordon announced.Gordon opened fishing at 2:45 Thursday afternoon along the shoreline of Kruzof Island, about 10 miles northwest of Sitka.Fishing closed at 5:05 p.m. The openers are typically 2 to 3 hours, as seiners home in on schools of large fish with adequate proportions of females. The value in this fishery comes from the egg sacs inside the females, which are stripped, salted, and sold overseas in Asia.There are 48 active permit holders in the 2016 fishery. That’s not a lot compared to other fisheries, but owning a herring permit is a little like owning a silver mine. According to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, purse seine permits for Southeast Alaska are now worth $227,500 — a staggering figure that’s actually down from the all-time high permit price of $540,000 in 2011.This year seiners are targeting 14,741 tons of herring. Processing capacity limits fishermen to no more than 4,500 tons per day. A big harvest day usually means fishermen will take a day off to let processors catch up.The commercial fishery is over when the guideline harvest level is met, or the herring start to spawn, whichever comes first.The beginning of spawning is also the beginning of the subsistence harvest of roe on hemlock. Subsistence fishermen cut hemlock branches from the forest and sink them in quiet coves around the inner islands of Sitka Sound. Successful fishermen return to find their branches covered in a thick layer herring eggs, which they can eat on the spot, cook, freeze or deliver to family and friends around the state.Editor’s note: The headline has been corrected to reflect what the herring catch was limited to for the day, rather than the seasonal limit. Share this story:last_img read more

Serious Fraud Office asks for £26.5m more to fund “blockbuster” financial probes

first_img More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Share Thursday 23 October 2014 9:01 pm whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img Serious Fraud Office asks for £26.5m more to fund “blockbuster” financial probes by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekWarped SpeedOnly True Americans Can Ace This Geography QuizWarped SpeedEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun Michael Bow Bow The City fraud squad yesterday asked for a 75 per cent increase in funding next year to help it pursue a range of financial probes, including its investigation into alleged Libor rigging. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has asked Treasury ministers for an extra £26.5m next year, on top of its annual budget of £35.2m set for this year, to tackle a host of what it has dubbed “blockbuster” cases. “We have blockbuster or ring-fenced funding to protect our most expen­sive investigations,” SFO director David Green said yesterday. “The arrangement recognises that the SFO is demand-led and honours the pledge that on my watch the SFO will never turn down any investigation simply on grounds of cost. The mechanism is not perfect, but it does the job.”The request tops the £24m the agency previously asked for last year. The SFO has been embroiled in a number of expensive investigations recently, including inquiries into Barclays’ 2008 recapitalisation and bribery allegations linked to Rolls-Royce. The cash the SFO has requested includes a £4.5m payout to Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz, the property tycoons who launched a damages claim against the agency over a botched investigation by the SFO.Green added: “This is an important, if not a pivotal time for the SFO.” Tags: NULLlast_img read more

US drug prices are so high that Canada wants other countries as reference points

first_imgPharmalot By Ed Silverman May 22, 2017 Reprints How high are drug prices in the US? So high that the Canadian government may remove the US from its long-standing list of countries that are used as a guide for determining whether prices are excessive.In a proposal issued last week, Health Canada said it wants to overhaul the framework used by the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, which assesses therapeutic benefits and sets ceiling prices. Right now, this is accomplished, in part, by benchmarking prices against what drug makers currently charge in seven other countries — the US, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints What’s included? What is it?center_img GET STARTED @Pharmalot STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] US drug prices are so high that Canada wants other countries as reference points Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Massachusetts AG launches probe of addiction treatment fraud

first_imgOne focus of the investigation appears to be the way in which insurance benefits were obtained for the patients sent out of state, according to people familiar with the matter.Peter SanAngelo, of Malden, Mass., died of a carfentanil overdose last fall in Delray Beach, Fla., where he was allegedly brokered for treatment using a Capital Blue Cross insurance plan purchased with a phony Pennsylvania address. He was 33.Peter SanAngelo FacebookHis cousin Samantha Herring said she has been contacted by Massachusetts investigators.“With the anniversary of Peter’s death approaching, it is of course my greatest hope that the people who were involved in this are held accountable,” she said.SanAngelo had been homeless and jobless in July 2016 when he was offered free insurance and luxury rehab that he hoped would rid him of his decade-long dependence on heroin. A sober life with his 4-year-old son suddenly seemed possible. He jumped at the opportunity.Text messages on his phone, obtained by the Globe and STAT through Herring, laid out the scheme that brought him south. A broker signed him up for insurance using the address of a Pennsylvania sober house where he had never been, and then someone else bought him a plane ticket. Shortly after he got to the treatment center, however, his Blue Cross policy was canceled for nonpayment. He got a job managing a Florida sober house, and relapsed.On the morning of Oct. 16, 2016, police found his body slumped in the driver’s seat of a van that belonged to the sober house where he worked. He was alone, with a needle in his pocket. HealthMassachusetts AG launches probe of addiction treatment fraud Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, whose office is investigating drug treatment fraud. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe The Massachusetts attorney general’s office is investigating a far-reaching insurance scheme that recruited drug users and sent them to treatment centers in other states to exploit their benefit payments, according to people contacted by the office and others familiar with the matter.Jillian Fennimore, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Maura Healey, confirmed the office is conducting a criminal investigation of addiction treatment scams, which have proliferated amid the national opioid addiction crisis. She would not provide details of the probe, including whether particular entities or individuals were being targeted.The investigation follows reporting by STAT and the Boston Globe on a national network of insurance fraud that preyed upon people desperate to break their addiction to opioids.advertisement Related: Related: The addict brokers: Middlemen profit as desperate patients are ‘treated like paychecks’ Desperate for addiction treatment, patients are pawns in lucrative insurance fraud scheme Investigators have also contacted the family of Patrick Graney, according to a person with direct knowledge of the communications.Graney spent about two months in south Florida in the summer of 2016 after an alleged broker offered him free insurance and a free plane ticket.The 30-year-old from Milton, Mass., who had first tried OxyContin at a high school dance and later graduated to heroin, relapsed just a few weeks after he arrived. He left treatment to sleep on the beach for a period before returning to the facility.But by late August, the insurance plan purchased for him had been canceled. By early September, he was back out on the street.Graney’s mother was trying desperately to get him home, and made plans to buy him a bus ticket.Graney didn’t make it. He checked into a hotel room on Sept. 9 with two strangers he had met during a failed attempt to get into a detox center. Just after 2 a.m. on Sept. 10, he overdosed on cocaine and died. The Greyhound he was supposed to take to Boston left 10 hours later.Patrick Graney (center) with his parents, Maureen and Jack. Graney familyIn a statement, Healey urged anyone victimized in a drug treatment scam to call her office’s Health Care Helpline at 888-830-6277 or file a complaint online at www.eform.ago.state.ma.us.“It is critical that people struggling with addiction can safely access treatment services,” Healey said. “Unfortunately, those seeking to make a profit off of this epidemic are targeting vulnerable patients with illegal treatment and recovery scams.”The attorney general’s office also indicated it is taking a broader look at sober home operators in Massachusetts. Sober homes offer group living for people in recovery from drug addiction. Healey’s office said it was looking into allegations of poor living conditions in some sober homes, false advertising, and the failure of some operators to maintain a sober environment. The families of two Massachusetts men who died in Florida after allegedly being sent there for treatment by patient brokers are among those who have been contacted by investigators in the attorney general’s office. In both cases — detailed by STAT and the Globe in May and July — brokers or their associates allegedly helped the men obtain private insurance benefits and paid for them to fly to Florida for treatment.advertisement Tags addictionlegalopioidsstates [email protected] About the Authors Reprints @evanmallen By David Armstrong and Evan Allen — Boston Globe Sept. 29, 2017 Reprints Many were sent to treatment centers hundreds of miles from home for expensive and often shoddy care paid for by insurance benefits obtained by using fake addresses. Patient brokers are often paid as “marketers” by treatment centers to sign up patients with private insurance plans. Evan Allen — Boston Globelast_img read more

ER patients given ketamine, other powerful drugs in clinical trials without their consent, FDA finds

first_imgHospitalsER patients given ketamine, other powerful drugs in clinical trials without their consent, FDA finds By Sharon Begley Oct. 29, 2018 Reprints [email protected] African-Americans are disproportionately enrolled in studies that don’t require informed consent A hospital spokesperson said the findings by inspectors from the FDA “are neither formal nor conclusory.” Hennepin “has provided formal written responses to each” of the inspectors’ findings, she said, adding that the hospital “has undertaken several reviews by independent experts to evaluate its research and emergency medical practices with the intent to improve our processes. …We understand our mission includes providing the highest standards of medical care, and also conducting studies that help to continuously improve the health and wellness of our patients.” Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. About the Author Reprints Among other violations identified by FDA inspectors, the IRB ruled that researchers did not need consent to make patients part of a clinical trial in which they were given antipsychotic drugs that they might not receive as part of usual care. The Public Citizen letter said the IRB, which is legally obligated to protect research participants, “appears to lack even a basic understanding of federal regulations for the protection of human subjects and is clearly incapable of fulfilling its obligation” to do so.advertisement Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Privacy Policy Leave this field empty if you’re human: Just as concerning, Turner said, it’s not clear that the patients were in fact too agitated to be asked for their consent, as the scientists argued to the IRB. According to the evaluation form’s scoring, “it’s not like they had acute psychosis,” Turner said. “These investigators were basically drugging up individuals with a degree of agitation many of us could experience, like after being pulled over for speeding.”In the first study cited by the FDA inspectors, researchers injected either ketamine or haloperidol into people taken to the ER, to reduce their “agitation.” Ketamine is not approved by the FDA for that use. The unwitting participants were treated not according to clinicians’ best judgment but according to the study’s protocol: Those arriving during certain months got ketamine and those arriving in other months got haloperidol.Among the trial’s results was that some patients given ketamine suffered breathing problems; 39 percent required intubation, compared to 4 percent given haloperidol. Before the trial began, its leaders had warned in a 2013 paper that ketamine can impair breathing and so should be reserved for only the most severely agitated patients.The identities of five of the seven studies the FDA report flagged are redacted, but one corresponds to the second ketamine clinical trial questioned in Public Citizen’s letter. It compared ketamine to midazolam, also in “agitated” ER patients given one or the other drug essentially randomly, not according to which — if any — might help them. The study was suspended by the medical center in June, for unclear reasons, but it also failed to obtain informed consent from participants, the FDA inspectors found.A third clinical trial compared the safety and efficacy of four drugs (the antipsychotics olanzapine, haloperidol, and ziprasidone and the sedative midazolam) in agitated patients. The hospital scientists had initially requested an FDA waiver from the informed consent requirement. FDA denied the request. The scientists then requested IRB approval, calling their study observational (meaning patients would be treated according to their doctors’ best judgment rather than receiving drugs as per the trial protocol) and therefore entitled to “expedited review.” The IRB agreed, including giving the okay to forgo consent. A Minneapolis hospital tested powerful antipsychotics and the potent anesthetic ketamine on emergency room patients without their knowledge or consent, violating regulations on human research, federal inspectors have determined.Based on those findings, a health watchdog group on Monday urged federal regulators to suspend all clinical trials at the hospital. In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services office that protects human research subjects, Public Citizen also called for regulators to immediately launch an investigation into the conduct and oversight of the studies and “impose severe sanctions for the serious ethical and regulatory lapses that have occurred in the ketamine clinical trials and other studies” at Minneapolis’s Hennepin County Medical Center.The hospital committee that green-lighted the studies, called an institutional review board (IRB), “appears incapable of doing its job,” said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, who organized the letter. It acted unethically and placed patients in danger, he said, “including by waiving the requirement for informed consent in situations where that is not allowed.”advertisementcenter_img Trending Now: Related: In fact the study was not observational: Patients received one of the four drugs based on when they arrived in the ER. They were not informed of this, and so were unwitting participants, the FDA inspectors found.“When the investigators didn’t get FDA clearance, they did an end-run around the agency,” Turner said. “They claimed it was no longer the randomized controlled trial they’d planned, and then pushed it through the IRB as a waiver-of-consent study,” a strategy he called “dodgy.”The FDA inspectors found that “some or all of the subjects [in four studies] were likely to be vulnerable to coercion or undue influence,” yet the IRB did not require the researchers to do anything to safeguard the participants’ safety.In addition to asking HHS to suspend all clinical trials at Hennepin unless doing so would harm participants, Public Citizen called it “imperative” that the hospital disband its current IRB and train a new one, retrain researchers involved in human research, and inform the unwitting participants in past trials of steps “to redress these violations.” Adobe Tags pharmaceuticalsresearch Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson In July, Public Citizen and 64 bioethicists, physicians, and other scholars submitted a complaint about two of Hennepin’s ketamine studies to the FDA and HHS’s Office of Human Research Protections. In August, FDA sent inspectors to the hospital.Their report, obtained by Public Citizen through a public records request and shared with STAT, examined additional clinical trials beyond those initially flagged. It found that in four, the hospital IRB “did not determine that informed consent would be sought from each prospective subject” as required by law, while in another five, the IRB granted fast-track review to studies that didn’t qualify for it.At least three of the studies cited by the FDA inspectors involved people brought to the emergency room with “severe” agitation, as assessed by emergency technicians using criteria developed by the researchers. The study leaders apparently persuaded the IRB that such patients could not provide informed consent, and so could be swept into the trial unknowingly.In fact, such patients are considered “vulnerable,” said bioethicist Leigh Turner of the University of Minnesota, who signed the Public Citizen letter. According to federal law, they are supposed to receive special safeguards, such as having a family member or other representative give or decline consent. That did not happen. Sharon Begley @sxbegle Please enter a valid email address.last_img read more

Three Laois girls claim interprovincial championship title with Leinster

first_imgHome Sport Rugby Three Laois girls claim interprovincial championship title with Leinster SportRugby Council Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening By Siun Lennon – 24th September 2018 Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Three Laois girls were on hand to lift the Interprovincial Cup with Leinster as they secured the title on points-difference at Energia Park on Saturday, September 15.Portlaoise starter Emma Hooban plays Hooker while fellow Portlaoise woman Niamh Griffin was introduced as scrum half for the Leinster side. Eimear Corri also joined the extended training panel for the Blues.Indeed, a burst from Hooban late in the game was essential to Leinster putting in their first and only try, with the ball moving left for openside Juliet Short to dive over the line in the 73rd minute.A last minute try from Munster out-half Rachel Allen-Carmody was enough to claim a draw, but not enough to prevent Leinster from claiming the Interprovincial title on points-difference.Leinster previously managed to see off Ulster (17-0) and Connacht (47-0) in convincing fashion before their Munster match.According to Leinster Rugby, the side were roused for a rematch after falling foul to Munster’s power in the decider last season.Defences were on top all the way through the first-half and Leinster got out to the better start, with Nikki Caughey opening their account in the 14th minute.Two minutes later, Munster moved forward with Irish star Niamh Briggs squaring the match. The back and forth continued until Ireland out-half Caugheyfound her way again in the 18th minute.Emma Hooban and Eimear CorriLeinster got into position again for Caughey to make it 9-3 from her third penalty in the 23rd minute. Briggs missed her first chance to grab a share of the lead, but grabbed her second from a penalty on the left for 9-all in the 64th minute.Former Portlaoise RFC player and scrum half Niamh Griffin was introduced in the last quarter bringing speed and momentum to the play and helped push Leinster forward.It all came down to one last power drive from Munster and a series of drives concluded with out-half Rachel Allen Connolly powering to the line.The game finished 14-14, meaning Leinster won the title on points difference.Leinster can only go from strength to strength with former Portlaoise/Blackrock player Eimear Corri now returning from injury adding a huge boost to the Leinster back line.Meanwhile, another Portlaoise woman, Tara Buggie, also helped Connacht to defeat Ulster at the weekend.SCORERS – Leinster: 14 (J Short try; N Caughey 3 pens); Munster: 14 (R Allen-Connolly try; N Briggs 3 pens)LEINSTER: 15. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere)14. Gemma Matthews (Old Belvedere)13. Michelle Claffey (Blackrock College)12. Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere) CAPTAIN11. Elise O’Byrne White (Old Belvedere)10. Nikki Caughey (Railway Union)9. Ellen Murphy (Old Belvedere)1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union)2. Emma Hooban (St Mary’s College)3. Katie O’Dwyer (Railway Union)4. Aoife McDermott (Railway Union)5. Meg Kendall (Railway Union)6. Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock College)7. Juliet Short (Railway Union)8. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College)16. Chloe Blackmore (Railway Union)17. Christy Haney (St Mary’s College)18. Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere)19. Rachel Horan (CYM)20. Nicole Purdom (Suttonians)21. Niamh Griffin (Blackrock College)22. Susan Vaughan (Railway Union)23. Lauren Farrell McCabe (Suttonians)MUNSTER:15. Eimear Considine14. Laura O’Mahony13. Aine Staunton12. Niamh Briggs11. Laura Sheehan10. Rachel Allen-Connolly9. Nicole Cronin1. Fiona Hayes CAPTAIN2. Kate Sheehan3. Fiona Reidy4. Rosin Ormond (Ballincollig)5. Siobhan McCarthy (Railway Union)6. Edel Murphy7. Ciara Criffin8. Chloe Pearse.16. Andrea Stock (Bantry Bay)17. Clodagh Cronin (Durham University)18. Sarah Quin (Richmond)19. Clodagh O’Halloran20. Enya breen (Bantry Bay)21. Christine Coffey (Thurles)22. Clarie Scanlan (St Mary’s College)23. Claire KeohaneSEE ALSO – Laois man appointed as head coach for Irish basketball team WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleCheck out the new-look Ball Room at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Wedding ShowcaseNext articleLaois chef to the stars opens up about her experiences with the rich and famous Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter Three Laois girls claim interprovincial championship title with Leinster RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Community Facebook Twitter TAGSLeinster Rugby Community last_img read more

Feasibility study being carried out on ‘Field of Dreams’ for Laois Down Syndrome

first_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Previous articleOwner of Quinn’s Tea Rooms says it will remain closed for ‘the forseeable future’ after extensive fireNext articleIn Pictures: Laois Martial Arts travels West Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. “It will remove a lot of pressure from the HSE because we will dealing with the issue before it arises.“Everyone needs that structure around their lives and people with Down Syndrome by in large don’t have that.”SEE ALSO – Inmate who featured in Midlands Prison Portlaoise documentary died 9 days after release Feasibility study being carried out on ‘Field of Dreams’ for Laois Down Syndrome By Alan Hartnett – 19th February 2019 Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Community Council Facebook Home News Feasibility study being carried out on ‘Field of Dreams’ for Laois Down… News WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest TAGSLaois Down Syndrome Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening The ‘Field of Dreams’ for Laois Down Syndrome has come a step closer as Laois County Council is now carrying out a study to see if the project is feasible.Back in August 2018, the Local Authority agreed to give the branch land in Abbeyleix.This land will be used as a sheltered employment training centre of excellence for adult members of Laois Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).This model is similar to the highly popular Cork branch’s ‘Field of Dreams’.Speaking to Midlands 103, PRO of the Laois branch of Down Syndrome Ireland says there’ll be 12 independent living homes, a horticulture facility and a coffee shop staffed by students.Michael Gorman believes it will help people with the condition gain employment.He said: “Our aim is that our adults with intellectual difficulties get the same opportunities as everybody else in terms of going out there and being able to hold down a job.“That in turn has a huge positive effect in terms of mental health and well-being. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Laois County Council initiative to get rid of your old mattress, couch or armchairs – for FREE!

first_img GAA GAA Previous articleAll of Tuesday night’s Laois GAA resultsNext articleYour full guide to The Heath Golf Club Open Week LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Twitter Laois County Council initiative to get rid of your old mattress, couch or armchairs – for FREE! Pinterest Twitter Home Sponsored Laois County Council initiative to get rid of your old mattress, couch… Sponsored Facebook GAA WhatsApp TAGSLaois County CouncilMattress Amnesty Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 24th July 2019 Laois County Council are once again running their Free Mattress and Couch Amnesty at various locations around the county in August.Bring your old mattress, couch or armchairs to one of the following locations on the specified dates and Laois County Council will recycle it for FREE!This service is for Domestic Customers Only!  And there is a limit of five mattresses per customer.Furniture and mattresses must be dry.Portlaoise Municipal District at Portlaoise Civic Amenity SiteSaturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10.Excluding Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 3.30pm, Saturday 8am to 1pmBorris-in-Ossory Mountmellick Municipal District at Brand Central Carpark, Rathdowney Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 3pmGraiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District at Pedigree Corner, N78Saturday, August 24, from 10am to 3pmSEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday.ie Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterestlast_img read more