The US ambassador to the European Union is said to have been an active proponent of the Trump administration's efforts to change the leadership at Ukraine's state-owned energy company even though the move seemed to undermine anti-corruption efforts. Multiple sources told NBC News that ambassador Gordon Sondland - a hotelier and major Trump campaign donor - pushed for a change in leadership at Naftogaz even though career diplomats believed that the company's new CEO and independent supervisory board had eliminated many of its corrupt practices. A source said that Sondland was 'was generally unhappy with their governance (at Naftogaz), and encouraged them to shake up the board, but not necessarily replace specific individuals.' Sources said that US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, tried to push the Ukraine to change the leadership at its state-run energy company, Naftogaz Sondland was said to have been seeking to have Naftogaz 'adopt more Western-style … [Read more...] about Gordon Sondland ‘pushed to change the leadership at Ukraine state-run energy company at the same time Giuliani pressured the country’s president to investigate Democrats’
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Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting the first federal trial that was scheduled to start Monday morning in Cleveland. The settlement covers drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp and Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, and ends lawsuits by two Ohio counties. Hunter Shkolnik, an attorney for the counties, said Teva is paying $20 million in cash and will contribute $25 million worth of Suboxone, an opioid addiction treatme Drug distributor AmerisourceBergen, is among the four companies to settle before the start of a nine-week trial that was to start in Cleveland on Monday. The company's office building in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, is pictured above Cardinal Health's corporate office in Dublin, Ohio, is pictured above. The company was among three drug makers to agree to a settlement in the opioid epidemic on … [Read more...] about Three drug companies and an opioid manufacturer reach last-minute settlement with two Ohio counties to avoid federal trial that was set to begin today
A wealthy fund manager has been forced to resign from the firm where he worked for 36 years after he was 'secretly collecting shares for his own benefit in the same companies as his investment funds.' Evidence discovered by a BBC Panorama investigation suggests Mark Denning, 62, was breaking rules by secretly buying shares for his own benefit through a secretive fund based in Liechtenstein, called Morebath Fund Global Opportunities. The fund appears to be named after the village of Morebath in North Devon, where he owns a 9 bedroom house, Morebath Manor, and 21 acres of parkland. Mr Denning helped to manage more than $300bn (£229bn) of investors' money at Capital Group, and denies any wrongdoing. The BBC claim leaked documents show the Morebath fund had invested in a medical research company called Mesoblast, an Indian film company called Eros International and a gold mining company called Hummingbird Resources. Evidence discovered by a BBC Panorama investigation suggests … [Read more...] about Wealthy fund manager, 62, is forced to quit firm where he worked for 36 years after ‘secretly collecting shares for his own benefit in the same companies as his $300bn investment fund’
Robert Murray, a coal magnate who forged ties in 2016 with Donald Trump as he championed reviving the beleaguered coal industry, hosted a fundraising dinner this July in West Virginia that hauled in an estimated $2.5m for the president’s re-election coffers. Texas lobbyist Jeff Miller, who has several big fossil fuel clients and ran energy secretary Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign, raised about $1m in this year’s second quarter for the Trump Victory Committee, campaign filings show. The stellar fundraising by figures like Murray and Miller highlight an early spurt of fossil fuel backing for Trump’s re-election as his campaign gears up, according to analysts and campaign finance reports. Leading coal, oil and gas CEOs and some industry lobbyists are ponying up millions of dollars to help Trump win in 2020, after reaping a regulatory windfall that has benefited some of their bottom lines during Trump’s first term. However, many of these pro-fossil … [Read more...] about ‘Swampy symbiosis’: fossil fuel industry has more clout than ever under Trump
In 2010, the small community of specialists who pay attention to US road safety statistics picked up the first signs of a troubling trend: more and more pedestrians were being killed on American roads. That year, 4,302 American pedestrians died, an increase of almost 5% from 2009. The tally has increased almost every year since, with particularly sharp spikes in 2015 and 2016. Last year, 41% more US pedestrians were killed than in 2008. During this same period, overall non-pedestrian road fatalities moved in the opposite direction, decreasing by more than 7%. For drivers, roads are as safe as they have ever been; for people on foot, roads keep getting deadlier. Through the 90s and 00s, the pedestrian death count had declined almost every year. No one would have confused the US for a walkers’ paradise – at least part of the reason fewer pedestrians died in this period was that people were driving more and walking less, which meant that there were fewer opportunities to be … [Read more...] about Collision course: why are cars killing more and more pedestrians?