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Sciences, a vaccine producer in Changchun, Jilin province, faked production records and used expired material for the production of rabies vaccines over the past four years.
The company was ordered to suspend production, and senior executives
were detained and face criminal charges. The company was ordered to pay fines of 9.1 bi
llion yuan ($1.3 billion) for violations, one of the heaviest fines imposed on a pharmaceutical company over the past few years.
Following the revelations, top officials vowed harsh penalties and reform of the vaccine super
vision system to eliminate loopholes. A new law on the management of vaccines was drafted for review.
Fang Laiying, former head of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, said he has faith in the overall safety of drugs in Chi
na, but individual cases involving violations of the law can tarnish the image of the whole pharmaceutical sector.
“The government is intensifying its efforts in cases involving violations of drug safety laws, including severely puni
shing criminals and setting up strict accountability systems to improve supervision of the sector,” he said.
Gao, the CDC head, said major infectious diseases such as dengue fever and AIDS will continue to be the priority in disease prevention and control this year.
of the sector with a focus on improving financial services and forestalling financial risks.
Opening-up of China’s financial factor has sped up, as the country re
moved foreign ownership caps of banks and financial asset management firms last year.
Richard Turnill, global chief investment strategist of BlackRock, an American global investment man
agement corporation, is also positive on China’s stocks market, according to the Barron’s report.
Turnill said stronger inflows into Chinese A-shares, and China’s efforts to boost credit growth and sti
mulate its economy are also helpful to a bullish stock market.
However, selectivity of stocks is needed, Turnill said, adding that BlackRock favors b
rokers and companies related to the domestic consumer that can benefit from the efforts to stimulate growth locally.
Major securities traders in China, such as the Merchants Securities, CITIC Securities, and Fo
under Securities are all optimistic about China’s stocks market this year, according to a report from finance.sina.com.
red a series of missteps leading up to the telecast, beginning with the proposal to introduce a “popular film” category. That id
ea was quickly scuttled, as was a subsequent plan to move four awards into the commercial breaks to help st
reamline the ceremony, which prompted a rebellion from Academy members.
In between, Kevin Hart was chosen to host the awards, before the resurfacing of homophobic socia
l-media posts prompted the comic to withdraw. After a period of confusion, it was finally co
nfirmed the awards would be mounted without a host, the first time that’s happened in 30 years.
Much of the tumult surrounding the 91st annual Oscars can be traced back to la
st year’s awards — and more specifically, a precipitous ratings decline, fall
ing to an all-time low. Shortening the ceremony to three hours, or close to it, has been among the solutions that host net
work ABC has advocated as a means of stopping the bleeding from a Nielsen standpoint.
Sister Veronica Openibo, a Nigerian-born nun, is one of only three women to address an unprecedented Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse.
She did not waste the opportunity.In clear, direct and unsparing language, Openibo challenged the church’s cult
ure of silence on sexual issues and said priests are too often put on pedestals. Openibo also criticized the pr
actice of letting elderly clergy who had abused children retire quietly with their pension and good names in place.
”Let us not hide such events anymore because of the fear of making mistakes,” Openibo said after reading a searing summ
ary of abuse cases she has heard about during her work on sexual education in Nigeria.
”Too often we want to keep silent until the storm has passed! This storm will not pass by. O
ur credibility is at stake.”Sister Veronica Openibo stands next to Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blas
e J. Cupich, left, and Father Tomaz Mavric as they wait for the Pope’s arrival at the beginning of the third day of a Vat
ican’s conference on clergy sex abuse.
At one point, Openibo appeared to look toward Pope Francis, who was sitting on the
dais to her right, when calling for a policy of “zero tolerance” toward clergy who abuse children.
Iran commemorated the 38th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover Saturday with a potent missile display as thousands of de
monstrators gathered in Tehran to mark the event that triggered the hostage crisis and sparked the decades-old rift in US-Iranian relations.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian student revolutionaries climbed over the walls of the US E
mbassy in Tehran and seized dozens of Americans, holding them hostage for 444 days.
The former embassy compound is known locally as the “den of espionage,” and protests take place in front of it annually.
One of Iran’s most powerful missiles, the Qadr, was prominently featured Saturday, along with anti-US and anti-Israel signs and chanting.
The medium-range missile is liquid-fueled, with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles), a
ccording to the semiofficial Fars News agency, which says it can reach as far as Israel.
”The new version of Qadr H can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positi
ons and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability,” Fars reported.
Trump says Iran violating nuclear agreement, threatens to pull out of deal
Crowds chanted slogans condemning Washington’s policies toward Iran and shouted “Down With the US.”
The US-Iranian relationship has grown even more strained in recent months, espec
ially after President Donald Trump publicly renounced the Iran nuclear deal in October, refusing to recer
tify the 2015 multilateral agreement in an effort to initiate tougher and more wide-ranging restrictions on Tehran.
One of the two witnesses says the committee has a photograph of a younger Geovanis apparently posing in a portrait with three partially clo
thed women. The portrait, once displayed in a Russian gallery under the title “The Capitalist,” depicts the subjects in front of a picture of th
e former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. It’s not clear whether the portrait is a single photograph or a composite.
The witness told CNN that they were shown the photograph during questioning.A thi
rd witness has alleged in written testimony, seen by CNN, that Geovanis may be valuable in the mystery of
whether Russia has material on Trump that could be personally embarrassing to him.
Known by the nickname “Geo” to his friends, Geovanis was born in Brockton, Mass
achusetts, and is a graduate of Trump’s alma mater, the Wharton School at the Un
iversity of Pennsylvania. After starting his career in finance, Geovanis went to Moscow to work for a Russian ve
nture of a company called Brooke Group, which owned land earmarked for the site of a proposed Trump Tower. W
hen Trump came to town to promote the project, sources say, it was Geovanis’ job to show him around.
Also on the trip were Brooke Group’s owners, the real estate moguls Bennett LeBow and How
ard Lorber, who went on to become substantial donors to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump pers
onally acknowledged the pair from the podium after he won the 2016 New York Republican primary.