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    Although good crisis management is essential, precedents show that the power of the brand, as well as the passage of time, do their job. Buttoni and Kinder are far from the first brands to deal with a major health scandal. For nearly thirty years, one business in the agri-food business has been following the other and scratching the image of the companies associated with it. With the horsemeat affair in 2013, we are openly thinking about Findus with baby milk contaminated with lactalis and Salmonella in 2017-2018. But we can use Mars (the plastic found in the chocolate bar in 2016), Ikea (shit in the dart in 2013) or the Buffalo grill (during this time).Crazy cow“In the early 2000s). Read moreFood Safety: Nestl மற்றும் and Ferrero Media face tsunami However, with the exception of a few very rare cases like Spanghero, which was dissolved in 2013 following the horse meat scandal – these companies have recovered from these crises. “There is no miracle recipe, every crisis is a special caseஜெ, Geraldine Michael, Director of Brands & Values ​​Chair at IAE...
    by Brian Robertson   When Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. published his book The Real Anthony Fauci in November, the fact that it was met with near-total silence from the media was hardly surprising. After all, since the declaration of the COVID pandemic in March 2020, with social media in the lead, Americans have witnessed an unprecedented suppression of any view departing from the official narrative on everything from the origin of the virus to lockdowns, mitigation strategies, and early treatment. This crackdown on dissenting opinions has been especially harsh for those who have questioned the safety and efficacy of the vaccines that received Emergency Use Authorization in December 2020. Regardless of their professional expertise or the soundness of the data they present, people have been deplatformed, canceled, and fired from their jobs for supposedly refusing to “follow the science” (otherwise known as the latest self-contradictory assertions of official public health authorities), a consensus determined by COVID Czar Anthony Fauci. Merely retweeting facts from peer-reviewed papers or official government sources that were not in line with Fauci-approved messaging that the vaccine is...
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as received a 'high risk' designation from a key government watchdog group for its shortcomings not only during the COVID-19 pandemic but during previous crises that have struck the nation as well.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a part of the routinely reviews and audits federal agencies. While reports for each agency are generally published on a two-year cycle, though in examples like the HHS' they will issue these types of warnings before the next report date. The report released last week points out a lack of leadership and lack of preparedness for Covid, the zika virus outbreak, natural disasters like hurricanes and other events that fall into the agency's responsibilities. Since the release of the report, Xavier Becerra, secretary of the HHS, has been under fire, though White House officials have stood by him - at least in public. Jessica Farb (left), managing director of health care at GAO, said the HHS's shortcomings go beyond just Covid, but in its response to previous crisis's faced by the U.S. as well. Xavier...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Councilmember Bobby Henon has stepped down from his leadership role on four City Council committees just days after he was convicted in the high profile bribery and corruption trial, along with Philadelphia labor leader John Dougherty. Henon sent a letter to City Council President Darrell Clarke on Wednesday saying he’s resigning as Chair of the Committee on Public Property and Public Works, Chair of the Committee on Licenses and Inspections, Vice Chair of the Committee on Finance and Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Health and Human Services READ MORE: Person Shot Near West Philadelphia Barbershop, Police SayHenon has not yet resigned from City Council. READ MORE: Cash-Checking Store Murder Has Neighborhood Outraged Over Violent Crime Around Olney Transportation CenterBy law, Henon does not have to resign until he is sentenced in February. MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Health Officials Concerned Region Could See New Wave Of COVID-19 Cases As Holidays ApproachStay with CBSPhilly.com, CBSN Philly and CBS3 on-air for the latest on this developing story.
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A report into dealings by senior officials at South Africa’s health ministry during the coronavirus pandemic was made public Wednesday, revealing corruption, fraud and the misappropriation of millions of dollars meant to aid the fight against COVID-19. The highly awaited report by the Special Investigating Unit, released by President Cyril Ramaphosa, found wrongdoing by former health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize and others. The report said Mkhize, who resigned last month, interfered in the procurement process to have a COVID-19 communications contract worth $10 million awarded to close associates. The associates later made payments for Mkhize and his family’s benefit, the report said. Some of the funds were used for renovations at one of Mkhize’s homes and to buy a vehicle for Mkhize’s son. Digital Vibes, a company connected to Mkhize’s former communications advisor and his former personal assistant, was awarded the contract to render consultancy work for the national health department’s COVID-19 communications strategy. Opposition parties have called for Mkhize’s removal from parliament, where he remains a lawmaker and continues to draw a salary. The scandal...
    The reputed boss of the Colombo crime family and his top henchman were among 12 alleged mobsters arrested in an early-morning raid Tuesday over fraud and corruption, federal officials said.  Andrew Russo, 85, and his underboss were scooped up with seven other members of the Colombo crime family - the youngest of five families said to control organized crime in New York City, a U.S. attorney spokesperson said.  The feds also arrested a soldier for the Bonanno family, another of the five families, as well as two other unidentified men, the spokesperson also revealed.  Reputed street boss of the Colombo crime family Andrew 'Mush' Russo, 85, was arrested in an early-morning raid Tuesday over fraud and corruption The alleged wiseguys were cuffed on charges connected to healthcare fraud and union-related corruption, NBC News 4 reported.  They are expected to be taken to federal court in Brooklyn and will appear before a judge later Tuesday on the healthcare fraud counts.  Feds expect to arrest a 13th suspect who remains at large, officials said.  Carmine Persico, former boss of the Colombo...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The killing of a South African health official providing evidence about an allegedly corrupt contract to purchase COVID-19 personal protective equipment has sparked calls for better protection of whistleblowers in the country. Babita Deokaran, 53, the Department of Health’s chief director of financial accounting, was shot and killed outside her home in Johannesburg this week. She was a key witness in investigations into suspect contracts worth millions of rands (dollars). Deokaran was shot multiple times after dropping her child off at school in an apparent hit. Police announced Friday that seven people have been arrested for Deokoran’s killing and will appear in court on murder charges. Although South Africa has is legislation to protect whistleblowers, more that needs to be done, Richard Chelin, a senior researcher at the Institute of Security Studies, said. “The moment that somebody starts becoming important in a corruption investigation, there is always a threat to their lives,” said Chelin. “In this case, the Special Investigations Unit said the health official did not feel that her life was in danger, but the...
    BUCHAREST (AP) — Seeing the day that her life changed forever played out on a big screen was an emotional moment for Tedy Ursuleanu. “I watched the film for the first time in this cinema,” the 34-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview at Bucharest’s Elvire Popesco cinema. “The fire scenes at the beginning of the film when the pillar next to the stage starts burning — I felt the same intensity from the night I was there. I had to go outside for a few minutes to take a breather.” The Romanian movie “Collective” is nominated for two Oscars — best foreign film and best documentary feature. It follows a team of investigative journalists searching for the truth in the wake of the Oct. 30, 2015, fire at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest. It killed 65 people — 27 on the night, the others in the months that followed, including a suicide victim more than 18 months later. It left Ursuleanu with severe burns and her recovery has taken years. The fire was the result of an on-stage...
    Silvio Berlusconi has been in hospital since Monday, his lawyer revealed today as the former Italian Prime Minister went on trial for corruption.  Federico Cecconi told a judge in Milan the 84-year-old is suffering from 'health problems that I will not go into' as he justified his absence from the courtroom. He added that Berlusconi is currently at San Raffaele hospital on the outskirts of the city, while a source from his Forza Italia party said he will need to rest 'for a while'. Silvio Berlusconi, 84, has been in hospital for the last three days suffering from 'health problems' and will need to rest 'for a while', his lawyer said today No further details about Berlusconi's health problems were disclosed, but news he has been hospitalised comes six months after he was diagnosed with Covid. While most coronavirus patients recover from the infection within a few days, some are left with symptoms lasting month - often referred to as 'long Covid'. Berlusconi has also suffered heart problems - undergoing major surgery in 2016 and landing in hospital in...
    The New York Times Vaccination scandals in Latin America: the powerful and their allies skip the line A wave of corruption cases has revealed how influential figures in the region managed to access vaccines earlier. The public’s surprise is turning to outrage. LIMA, Peru – The hope that came with the first vaccines to South America has turned to anger as immunization campaigns have been embroiled in scandal, cronyism and corruption, shaking national governments and undermining trust in the political class. Four ministers in Peru, Argentina and Ecuador have resigned this month or are being investigated on suspicion of having received or granted preferential access to the few injections against COVID-19. Prosecutors in those countries, and in Brazil, examine thousands of other allegations of wrongdoing in inoculation drives, most involving local politicians and family members who have skipped the line. By involving more dignitaries, the crime allegations create tension in a region where popular outrage at corruption and inequality has already spilled onto the streets in loud protests against the political status quo. Frustration could once again vent itself on...
    ABC News confirmed the reporting of Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer, author of the New York Times bestseller Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite,  regarding the corruption of the Biden family — specifically the connection between the president and his son-in-law Howard Krein. Krein serves as StartUp Health’s chief medical officer. He oversees the company’s investments “in hundreds of companies, including some hoping to break through with the federal agencies battling the global coronavirus pandemic,” as ABC reported. Schweizer has led the charge in unveiling the layers of corruption within the Biden family. While all eyes remained on Hunter Biden and his lucrative business dealings throughout his father’s presidential campaign, the questionable deals and connections extend far beyond the president’s son. The establishment media is beginning to zero in on Howard Krein, a Philadelphia surgeon who is married to Biden’s daughter, Ashley. Krein served as an adviser to Biden’s campaign on the Chinese coronavirus crisis, specifically, and did so “while investing in companies presenting solutions to the coronavirus with his venture capital firm,” as Breitbart...
    Countries with the least corruption have been best positioned to weather the health and economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a closely-watched annual study released Thursday by an anti-graft organization. Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the perception of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, concluded that countries that performed well invested more in health care, were "better able to provide universal health coverage and are less likely to violate democratic norms." "COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis," said Transparency head Delia Ferreira Rubio. "It is a corruption crisis - and one that we are currently failing to manage." This year’s index showed the United States hitting a new low amid a steady decline under the presidency of Donald Trump, with a score of 67 on a scale where 0 is "highly corrupt" and 100 is "very clean." That still put the U.S. 25th on the list in a tie with Chile, but behind many other Western democracies. It dropped from scores of 69 in 2019, 71 in 2018 and 75...
    BERLIN (AP) — Countries with the least corruption have been best positioned to weather the health and economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a closely-watched annual study released Thursday by an anti-graft organization. Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the perception of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, concluded that countries that performed well invested more in health care, were “better able to provide universal health coverage and are less likely to violate democratic norms.” “COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis,” said Transparency head Delia Ferreira Rubio. “It is a corruption crisis – and one that we are currently failing to manage.” This year’s index showed the United States hitting a new low amid a steady decline under the presidency of Donald Trump, with a score of 67 on a scale where 0 is “highly corrupt” and 100 is “very clean.” That still put the U.S. 25th on the list in a tie with Chile, but behind many other western democracies. It dropped from scores of 69 in 2019, 71...
    Updated: 11/29/2020 06: 00h Save Be informed about the last hour of today it is essential to know the world around us. But, if you don’t have too much time, ABC makes available to those readers who want it, the best summary of the Sunday, November 29 right here: Medicines to stop smoking and 17,000 other drugs that fall in price Antibiotics as popular as augmentin, statins for cholesterol, sedatives such as trankimazin or bupropion, the drug used to help quit smoking, are among the 16,872 drugs that will be forced to drop their price immediately. The Official State Gazette yesterday published the reference price order of the Ministry of Health that allows reducing the prices of drugs when their patent is exhausted. This system, designed to guarantee the sustainability of the healthcare system, organizes drugs with the same active ingredient into groups. The new price is calculated from the cost per treatment and cheapest day. Thus a cascade saving is achieved. Although a limit of 1.60 euros is established, below which it cannot be...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Thursday announced that a former official with the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been charged for helping arrange a DPH contract that netted her husband a $65,000 commission. Heather Zalatimo, 45, a former chief information security officer at DPH, has been arrested and was arraigned Thursday in court on two counts of violating a government code. She pleaded not guilty and is to appear in court again on Nov. 12. According to prosecutors, in 2016 Zalatimo, then working as the Manager of IT Operations at DPH, advocated for DPH to purchase more than $1 million worth of cybersecurity products from Fidelis Cybersecurity. Her husband, who worked for the company, was the sales agent responsible for the sale and received a $65,000 commission from it. Months later, Zalatimo was promoted to chief acting security officer. “San Franciscans deserve to know that their public servants act purely in San Francisco’s best interest, not to line their own pockets,” Boudin said in a statement. “When they don’t, my office...
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South African healthcare workers have protested against poor working conditions and urged the government to end corruption in the purchase of COVID-19 personal protective equipment. The protesters gathered Thursday in Pretoria and Cape Town, charging that the lives of healthcare workers are endangered as some health facilities have inadequate supplies of protective equipment like surgical masks. The union leading the demonstrations, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union, has threatened that its 200,000 public workers will go on strike on Sept. 10 if their issues are not addressed. A widespread strike by healthcare workers would cause serious problems for South Africa’s hospitals, which have been stretched to the limit by the coronavirus. Although the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 has decreased, South Africa is still reporting more than 2,000 new cases per day and the country has been warned of a possible second wave of infections. The pandemic has so far claimed more than 14,300 lives in South Africa, according to official figures. South Africa has recorded 630,595 positive cases of...
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean journalist in jail for more than a month is “seriously ill” and exhibiting symptoms “consistent with COVID-19,” one of his lawyers said, but prison authorities claim the journalist “is well.” Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono looked “visibly ill,” according to Doug Coltart, a lawyer who visited the reporter in jail Monday. A private doctor who later assessed the scribe noted that Chin’ono was suffering from “a headache, fever and distorted taste. It’s consistent with COVID-19,” said Coltart. “Tests were done and we are waiting for the results. Fears of COVID-19 are real because people have been testing positive for the virus in jail. It is overcrowded and the personal protective equipment is not enough,” Coltart said Tuesday. Chin’ono has been in detention for more than a month after he was arrested together with opposition politician, Jacob Ngarivhume, and accused of inciting violence for publishing on social media his support for an anti-government protest. That protest was foiled by the military and police on July 31. The duo’s lawyers have previously told the courts that they...
    By VADIM GHIRDA, Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie and ... Claudia Anghel? Anghel, an experienced Romanian midwife, has joined the star-studded ranks of people whose portraits have been taken by famed photographer Rankin. It was done as part of a billboard campaign celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the U.K.’s National Health Service, which gives residents free health care. Anghel has been working as a midwife in Britain since 2012. Her success story as one of 600,000 Romanians in Britain is at the same time a telling sign of how the deficiencies of her home country’s health care system and the bleak prospects for a better future for herself and her family have left huge gaps in Romanian society and its health care system. Romania, an impoverished former communist country ruled for decades with an iron fist by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, joined the European Union in 2007. The move opened up massive new work prospects for the country's 19 million people. By 2013, more than 14,000 Romanian doctors were working abroad, about 26% of the...
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie and … Claudia Anghel? Anghel, an experienced Romanian midwife, has joined the star-studded ranks of people whose portraits have been taken by famed photographer Rankin. It was done as part of a billboard campaign celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the U.K.’s National Health Service, which gives residents free health care. Anghel has been working as a midwife in Britain since 2012. Her success story as one of 600,000 Romanians in Britain is at the same time a telling sign of how the deficiencies of her home country’s health care system and the bleak prospects for a better future for herself and her family have left huge gaps in Romanian society and its health care system. Romania, an impoverished former communist country ruled for decades with an iron fist by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, joined the European Union in 2007. The move opened up massive new work prospects for the country’s 19 million people. By 2013, more than 14,000 Romanian doctors were working abroad, about 26% of the country’s total number of physicians....
    By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s COVID-19 response is marred by corruption allegations around its historic $26 billion economic relief package, as the country with the world’s fifth highest number of COVID-19 cases braces for more. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a wide-ranging investigation into claims that unscrupulous officials and private companies are looting efforts to protect the country’s 57 million people. “More so than at any other time, corruption puts our lives at risk,” he said in a national address Thursday night. Food for the poor. Personal protective equipment for health workers. Grants for the newly laid off. All have been affected, he said. South Africa is seen as the best-prepared of any country in sub-Saharan Africa for COVID-19, but years of rampant corruption have weakened institutions, including the health system. In October, the head of the government’s Special Investigating Unit said fraud, waste and abuse in health care siphoned off $2.3 billion a year. The unit is already investigating more than 20 cases of corruption related to the COVID-19 relief money, spokesman Kaizer Kganyago...
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