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Philippine anti-drug agency chief vows 'rule of law'

The new chief of the Philippines’ anti-drug agency has promised a fresh approach to the controversial war on drugs, “based on the rule of law”.

Aaron Aquino said that since he took over in August, only one suspect had been killed in 1,341 operations.

Thousands have died in the anti-drug campaign since it was launched by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.

Rights groups say Mr Duterte has sanctioned extrajudicial killings by vigilantes…

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Added by Adam Fleming on November 23, 2017 at 4:54am — No Comments

Finance chiefs say bitcoin is 'real' but many think it's in a bubble right now

Bitcoin is a “real” asset but it’s currently in a bubble, according to a CNBC survey of global finance bosses, with many calling it a “fraud.”

Ninety-seven chief financial officers (CFOs) on CNBC’s Global CFO Council were asked their view on bitcoin. Out of the…

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Added by Adam Fleming on November 21, 2017 at 5:13am — No Comments

Current and future USFDA food import and export safety regulations

The US economy’s appetite for ingesting food imports is phenomenal, to use a mild term. How else does one describe an economy that takes in $49 billion a year? Considering that the FDA is the sole regulating agency that is tasked with overseeing imports of this magnitude, who can envy its responsibility? This is not all that the FDA does: its allied regulatory agencies monitor about half a million facilities in the US and abroad.

Since foods from…

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Added by Adam Fleming on November 17, 2017 at 5:22am — No Comments

Trump administration pulls back curtain on secretive cybersecurity process

The White House on Wednesday made public for the first time the rules by which the government decides to disclose or keep secret software flaws that can be turned into cyberweapons — whether by U.S. agencies hacking for foreign intelligence, money-hungry criminals or foreign spies seeking…

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Added by Adam Fleming on November 16, 2017 at 5:26am — No Comments

The vital area of Pharmaceutical Process Engineering

Pharmaceutical Process Engineering is an often-overlooked area in the field of pharmaceutical manufacturing. It calls for a high degree of precision and coordinates technical expertise and communication between professionals involved at diverse levels of the manufacturing unit, such as pharmaceutical researchers, chemical engineers and industrial. It is concerned with how pharmaceutical development is related to the application of major concepts and important unit operations in the field of…

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Added by Adam Fleming on November 13, 2017 at 5:21am — No Comments

FDA Form 1572 -an understanding

A vital document required when carrying out a clinical trial is FDA Form 1572 Statement of Investigator. It is a contract between the Principal Investigator (PI) and the FDA. FDA Form 1572, or just 1572, has all details of the subjects in the research, as well as the commitments the PI, who oversees the trial, has to undertake to the FDA. This commitment concerns meeting all the requirements from the FDA as they relate to the trial.

When the PI signs the FDA Form 1572, which relates…

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Added by Adam Fleming on November 9, 2017 at 4:31am — No Comments

5 Ways to Maintain a Clean Eating Lifestyle During the Busy Holiday Season

Sometimes, we all just need a little inspiration to stay on-track to eat healthy meals, especially when life gets busy. With the holidays around the corner, consumers are surrounded by more opportunities to eat decadent dinners and indulgent party appetizers. That's why the Just BARE® chicken brand, known for raising goodness by providing good food for more people, launched its Living Lean & Clean campaign. 

Experience the interactive…

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Added by Adam Fleming on November 8, 2017 at 5:07am — No Comments

Companies continue to increase transparency of external audit oversight

More companies are providing investors and other stakeholders with information about audit committee oversight of external auditors, according to the latest edition of the Audit Committee Transparency Barometer, an annual report released Wednesday by the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and Audit Analytics.

“For the fourth year in a row, audit committees have continued to…

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Added by Adam Fleming on November 3, 2017 at 5:48am — No Comments

Making medical device hazard analysis in compliance with 14971

Medical device hazard analysis may be defined as a structured manner in which the inherent and potential problems that a medical device could have at any stage of its production or after it is released into the market. This is of vital importance to a medical device. Why? It is because a device that is not analyzed thoroughly for the hazard (danger) that it poses is likely to cause some or another kind of problem to the user.

Why is carrying out a medical device hazard analysis…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 31, 2017 at 6:05am — No Comments

Joe Stuntz on cybersecurity and One World Identity

Joe Stuntz was most recently the Policy Lead for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Cyber and National Security unit, now he works with One World Identity. We spoke with Stuntz about cybersecurity threats and solutions.

In October 2017, One World Identity, an…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 30, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments

Misinterpretation of closed Data when Treated with “Normal” Statistical Methods

Geology is among the many branches of science in which compositional data (CoDa) arise naturally. In branches such as geochemistry, compositional data seem to occur typically, when one normalizes raw data or when one obtains the output from a constrained estimation procedure, such as percentages, ppm, ppb, molar concentrations,…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 27, 2017 at 6:06am — No Comments

Shockingly few Americans are putting money in a 401k

There's a lot of hoopla surrounding President Trump's new tax plan, which is reportedly considering capping pre-tax 401(k) contributions at $2,400 a year , a far cry from the current maximum contribution of $18,000 for 2017, and…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 26, 2017 at 5:44am — No Comments

Centrelink delays leave recipients unable to pay for rent or food

Problems with Centrelink payments caused “extremely stressful” delays for some of Australia’s most disadvantaged groups this week, while newly released figures show complaints about the agency jumped by more than 50,000 in the last financial year alone.…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 25, 2017 at 5:44am — No Comments

Learn How to manage and improve Human reliability

Manufacturing is a behemoth of an activity that straddles several industries. Modern manufacturing has come a long way from the days of its infancy, which can be traced to the Industrial Revolution of some 250 years ago. Getting advanced and refined at many stages; production or industrialization or manufacturing is the lifeblood of most of the world’s economies. Automation in the processes may have been introduced in many industries; yet, manufacturing…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 24, 2017 at 6:20am — No Comments

What is cyber security certification worth?

There have been a lot of interesting reactions to the Equifax data breach. One of the most interesting for me is the criticism of the Equifax CISO’s lack of technical or cyber security education. She does have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music composition as well as a resume that shows a work history at several companies also in the finance industry. This situation illustrates the challenge we all face in identifying qualified candidates.…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 23, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments

Learn How to Prevent Quality and Compliance Problems by having a strong system for Purchasing Controls!

In this era of globalization; outsourcing has become a major component of business. Outsourcing brings many benefits for companies. Short and long-term cost benefits, the ability to concentrate on their core activities and grow their business, and the freedom of avoiding the actual tasks that go into manufacturing are some of the stated…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 19, 2017 at 6:19am — No Comments

Ukraine Will Pursue Hard Reforms This Fall, Finance Minister Says

After a week of back-to-back meetings in Washington, Oleksandr Danylyuk is tired. He gladly downs a cup of coffee before we turn on our microphones to discuss Ukraine’s economy. The affable forty-two-year old finance minister is one of the few reformers left in Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers and has a reputation as a doer. He’s in town for the International Monetary Fund’s and World Bank’s annual meetings.…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 18, 2017 at 5:35am — No Comments

When SSARS does and does not Apply to Preparation Engagements

The Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) is a section of the professional standards set out by The American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), seeking to review earlier standards for reviewing and compiling financial statements and setting out the terms of engagement between the…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 17, 2017 at 6:23am — No Comments

Who Benefits from the changes, and How it will affect the Retailers and Customers

Credit card surcharge was the bone of contention in an antitrust lawsuit filed 2005. As a result, the judgment in this case, which came in mid-2012, prohibited credit card surcharge in ten States. The implementation of their respective laws is underway in another 12 States.

Credit card regulations have traditionally opposed surcharging. Yet, companies have been devising ways by which they have sidestepped merchant rules and have continued to ensure that credit card surcharge gets…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 16, 2017 at 6:13am — No Comments

How to test your firm's Compliance Program based on what the Regulators are Focusing on

The financial regulators publish a listing of their exam initiatives for the upcoming year. Financial advisers use this listing to anticipate what thinking the regulators bring into a financial year, which will have a major bearing on the financial industry. This listing offers financial advisers an idea of what to expect during a particular financial year.

For instance, taking off from the backdrop of the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009; the…

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Added by Adam Fleming on October 13, 2017 at 6:03am — No Comments

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