Ebola Updates from CDC

Disinfectants to Use Against Ebola, According to the CDC:
Disinfectants for Use Against the Ebola Virus 8/26/2015

Go Here: http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/ebola-list-L-aug2015.pdf

To confirm the products in the list above, go here:
http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/atp-product-list.pdf

And also check it here as well:
http://www2.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/antimicrobial-testing-program

Case counts updated in conjunction with the World Health Organization updates and are based on information reported by the Ministries of Health.

As of August 25, 2015
(Updated August 27, 2015)

Main Page (2014 West Africa Outbreak)
Countries with Widespread Transmission
Country Total (Suspected, Probable) Confirmed Cases Total Deaths
Guinea 3797 3336 2528
Sierra Leone 13582 8697 3952
Total 17379 12033 6480
Countries with Former Widespread Transmission and Current, Established Control Measures1
Country Total (Suspected, Probable) Confirmed Total
Liberia2 10666 3151 4806
Liberia3 6 6 2
Total 10672 3157 4808
Previously Affected Countries4
Country Total (Suspected, Probable) Confirmed Total Deaths
Nigeria 20 19 8
Senegal 1 1 0
Spain 1 1 0
United States 4 4 1
Mali 8 7 6
United Kingdom 1 1 0
Italy 1 1 0
Total 36 34 15

1 This category also includes countries that have experienced widespread transmission but are transitioning to being declared free of Ebola. The World Health Organization is responsible for determining when a country will be declared free of Ebola virus transmission. Public health authorities in these countries should maintain active surveillance for new cases of Ebola and identify, locate and monitor any potential contacts.

2 The World Health Organization declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia on May 9, 2015, after 42 days (two incubation periods) had passed since the last Ebola patient was buried. On May 13, 2015, CDC changed the country classification for Liberia to a country with former widespread transmission and current, established control measures. Public health authorities are maintaining active surveillance so that any new cases of Ebola are rapidly identified.

3 On June 29, routine surveillance detected a new confirmed case of Ebola in Liberia—the first since March 20. The person died on June 28 and postmortem testing confirmed Ebola. CDC is working closely with the Liberian government and other international partners to investigate the chain of transmission, identify any new cases, and prevent further spread.

4 There are currently no cases of Ebola in Senegal, Nigeria, Spain, the United States, Mali, the United Kingdom, and Italy. A country is considered to be free of Ebola virus transmission when 42 days (double the 21-day incubation period of the Ebola virus) has elapsed since the last patient in isolation became laboratory negative for EVD.

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Judge Napolitano: Hillary Clinton Provided Material Assistance To Terrorists And Lied To Congress

On FOX Business News this morning, FOX News chief legal correspondent Judge Andrew Napolitano told FBN host Charles Payne a “conspiracy existed” among President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Treasury Department and various Congressional leaders to have arms sent to rebels in Syria and Libya.

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DeKalb County Georgia Judge Cynthia J. Becker, May Get Her Just Due!

New Trials for DeKalb Corruption Convicts Were Wrong, Judges Say

Kathleen Baydala Joyner, Daily Report

http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202720970954?keywords=Pat+Reid+Tony+Pope&publication=Daily+Report&slreturn=20150223141513

March 18, 2015

The Georgia Court of Appeals has agreed with prosecutors that DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker was wrong to reverse the felony corruption convictions of a former county school district administrator and her ex-husband.

The decision by the three-judge appeals panel on Wednesday extends a roller-coaster ride for the defendants, who were released from prison after Becker’s surprise order last fall. The appeals court vacated Becker’s order granting a new trial to former schools chief operating officer Pat Reid.

Judge William Ray II wrote for the panel that even though Becker didn’t believe the testimony of Reid’s co-defendant and former boss, Crawford Lewis, Becker did not fully weigh Lewis’ testimony against the remaining evidence before granting a new trial to Reid. The court remanded Reid’s case to the trial court for further consideration of Reid’s motion for new trial.

The panel also reversed Becker’s order granting a new trial to Reid’s ex-husband, architect Tony Pope, stating she lacked authority over that matter.

A county grand jury indicted Reid, Pope and Lewis, the former schools superintendent, for conspiracy and theft in July 2013. The charges stemmed from allegations they manipulated school construction contracts for personal gain.

In October 2013, Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction charge in exchange for his testimony at trial against Reid and Pope. A trial jury convicted Reid and Pope in November 2013 of racketeering. Reid also was convicted of theft.

Reid received a 15-year prison sentence, and Pope received an eight-year prison sentence.

Lewis’ plea agreement with the DeKalb district attorney’s office called for a sentence of 12 months of probation. But Becker rejected that part of the deal and instead sentenced Lewis to a year in prison.

“Without challenging the truthfulness of Lewis’ testimony, the trial judge—admittedly incensed by what she considered to be the ‘abhorrent’ criminal conduct of all involved—emphasized that Lewis was ‘a public official, this was on his watch, he stood by. And then he hindered and interfered with and tried to stop the completion of a rightful, lawful investigation,'” Ray wrote in the opinion, quoting Becker’s words at Lewis’ sentencing.

Lewis then filed a motion for reconsideration, which Becker denied. The appeals court found Becker “changed her rationale for refusing to consummate the previously agreed upon plea deal, and stated for the first time that her rejection of Lewis’ plea and the resultant sentence were based upon ‘the credibility, the believability, the probability or the improbability of (Lewis’) testimony.'”

Lewis appealed, and the DA’s office—concerned about its credibility in making plea deals—took Lewis’ side. The Court of Appeals last October remanded Lewis’ case to Becker so she could identify specific testimony by Lewis that she considered to be questionable. In a footnote of that opinion, the court implied that if the credibility of Lewis’ testimony was in question, then the validity of Reid’s and Pope’s convictions should also be questioned.

Becker responded before the appeals court could send its remittitur, pointing out pieces of Lewis’ testimony she found untruthful and ordering new trials for Reid and Pope.

The Court of Appeals responded, halting her orders and the release of Reid and Pope from prison.

Reid and Pope had indeed filed motions for new trials, but Pope’s attorney withdrew his motion just before Becker entered her order and filed a notice of appeal. The DA’s office has alleged that this action was the result of ex parte communications between Becker and Pope’s lawyer.

Because Pope no longer had a pending motion for new trial, the Court of Appeals on Wednesday found that Becker’s order related to Pope was improper as a matter of law.

Becker later acknowledged that she was the subject of an investigation by the Judicial Qualifications Commission but said she would step down March 1 to get married. Gov. Nathan Deal received a short list of candidates from his Judicial Nominating Commission nearly two months ago but has not yet made an appointment.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams granted Reid and Pope bond in December.

A spokesman for DeKalb District Attorney Robert James had no comment.

Reid’s attorney, Tony Axam, said his client will remain free on bond while the trial court considers her motion for new trial. Axam also said he is confident that Lewis’ testimony was crucial for prosecutors and so the remaining evidence would not be enough to convict his client.

However, Axam seemed perplexed that another judge, one who did not witness Lewis’ testimony first hand, will be the one to decide whether Reid should get a new trial.

“I contend only Judge Becker can talk about whether Crawford Lewis passed the smell test,” he said.

Axam said he may consider subpoenaing Becker as a witness.

Pope’s attorney, John Petrey, could not be reached for comment

JQC Files Complaint Against Ex-DeKalb Judge

Kathleen Baydala Joyner, Daily Report

http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202721365396/JQC-Files-Complaint-Against-ExDeKalb-Judge?et=editorial&bu=Daily%20Report&cn=20150323&src=EMC-Email&pt=Breaking%20News&slreturn=20150223141240

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(Image of Cynthia Becker Courtesy of KENT D. JOHNSON/AJC)

Former DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker is the subject of an official ethics complaint filed Monday with the Supreme Court of Georgia.

The state Judicial Qualifications Commission, the agency tasked with investigating and prosecuting wayward judges, has charged Becker with six counts of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct, mostly related to her handling of a 2013 DeKalb County schools corruption case.

That case resulted in the convictions of former school system COO Pat Reid and her ex-husband, architect Tony Pope. The jury found that Reid and Pope conspired to fix school construction contracts for personal gain. Former schools superintendent Crawford Lewis was to be a co-defendant in the case but took a pretrial deal in which he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction charge in exchange for his testimony against Reid and Pope. All three were eventually sentenced to prison time.

Lewis successfully appealed his sentence to the state Court of Appeals, with the judges holding that Becker should have honored the district attorney’s deal allowing Lewis to be free on probation. Becker had said she didn’t believe Lewis’ testimony.

The state Court of Appeals last week overturned Becker’s order granting new trials for Reid and Pope.

In its filing with the high court, the JQC charged Becker with failing to honor the plea agreement between Lewis and the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office; making false or misleading statements to the commission about whether she knew if Lewis or his attorneys had sought bond; engaging in improper ex parte communications with attorneys for Reid and Pope; and making public comments in a political forum about the Lewis case.

Two other charges stemmed from her actions while serving as the court’s November/December grand jury term judge. The JQC has charged Becker with refusing to perform her duty to charge the jurors and accept the return of new indictments in open court.

Although Becker stepped down from the bench on March 1, as she promised to do last fall, the JQC claims she is still subject to the judicial code because a complaint was filed within a year of her time as a judge.

Becker said Monday that she had not seen the JQC’s filing and had no comment on its contents.

The Daily Report will have more details later Monday and in Tuesday’s print edition.

ALL IN THE FAMILY! The husband of former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer has pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining county funds to help fund his and his wife’s personal lives

Husband of Former DeKalb Commissioner Pleads Guilty Theft of Funds

The husband and wife concocted a scheme to use county funds to pay for personal expenses.
By Justin Ove (Patch Staff)
February 26, 2015 at 11:47am

Husband of Former DeKalb Commissioner Pleads Guilty Theft of Funds
The husband of former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer has pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining county funds to help fund his and his wife’s personal lives, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced this week.

John Boyer brewed up a kickback scheme which saw Boyer hire a family friend as an advisor, who then submitted invoices to the county to the tune of $80,000, prosecutors said. As it turns out, the advisor did nothing to benefit DeKalb County, and $60,000 of the invoice money was funneled into the Boyers’ bank account to alleviate their personal financial problems.

Elaine Boyer resigned from the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 25, 2014 and subsequently pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiring to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Her sentencing hearing will be held on March 20.

John Boyer pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mail fraud, and will be sentenced on March 6.

Amazing What You Can Dig Up On the Web. The web.archive.org website has some really cool stuff to read!

Pages tagged “georgia”

https://web.archive.org/web/20150220025509/http://www.stateintegrity.org/tags/georgia?page=2

Opinion: Ethics enforcement is not a partisan issue
POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS · MAY 02, 2012 10:06 AM

State integrity news for Georgia, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee will meet to consider evidence that state Sen. Don Balfour, Republican chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and one of the most powerful people in the Legislature, has also filed repeated false claims for travel reimbursements and committee-related pay.

Ethics reform and ethics enforcement is not and should not be a partisan issue. And while neither party is immune, it is the party that holds power that is more likely to be seduced and tempted, and also more likely to feel more or less immune by virtue of the authority that they wield.

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Georgia Gov. Deal signs new open records law
POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS · APRIL 18, 2012 9:32 AM
State integrity news for Georgia, from the Athens Banner-Herald:

Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the state’s open-records rules, touting the measure as among several legislative successes from this year’s General Assembly session.

The measure, which takes effect July 1, reduces the cost of obtaining public documents and stiffens penalties for illegally withholding public information. But it narrows the period of time when the public can scrutinize university president candidates.

Read the rest of the story at the Athens-Banner Herald.
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Georgia legislators got $867,000 worth of gifts from lobbyists
POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS · APRIL 09, 2012 10:54 AM

State integrity news for Georgia, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s analysis of lobbyist disclosures for the legislative session just ended finds that lobbyists spent $866,747 — the equivalent of $9,525 per day — on gifts for lawmakers from Jan. 1 through March 31.

This rain of meals, tickets, trips and golf outings fell even as a statewide coalition called the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform pressed lawmakers to limit lobbyists’ gifts to $100 per event.

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Georgia ethics bill “gutted” by legislature
POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS · MARCH 29, 2012 10:18 AM


State integrity news for Georgia, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

When this newspaper noted last week that a new report judged Georgia to have the weakest anti-corruption laws in the nation, state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, pushed out a photo of the front page headline via Twitter. On Tuesday, the Senate Rules Committee gutted a measure sponsored by McKoon that merely paired a few lawmakers with citizens interested in tougher ethics laws to form a study committee.

The civilians were stripped from the committee, and membership reshuffled to eliminate McKoon – a member of Common Cause at home.

Read the rest of the story at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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Georgia Ranks Dead Last in State-by-State Ethics Study: The View from Both Sides
POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS · MARCH 20, 2012 3:59 PM · 1 REACTION


State Integrity news from Georgia from WABE:

On March 19th, the Center for Public Integrity released a state-by-state ranking of ethics laws and enforcement. The report was a joint project of CPI, Public Radio International, and Global Integrity. WABE’s Denis O’Hayer got in-depth reviews of the report from both sides: Jim Walls, the Atlanta-based journalist who compiled the Georgia report, and Rick Thompson, a former executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission.

Hear the discussion from WABE – Atlanta.
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Georgia ranks last in corruption prevention
POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS · MARCH 19, 2012 9:41 PM


State integrity news for Georgia, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

A new report measuring states on the strength of their laws on public corruption and government openness ranks Georgia last in the nation, a grade state officials dismissed as a biased hit job.

Georgia scored at or near the bottom in a number of categories in the study, including conflict-of-interest laws for civil servants, enforcement of ethics rules and government procurement laws.

Read the rest of the story at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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Survey: Georgia last in U.S. ethics laws enforcement
POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS · MARCH 19, 2012 2:10 PM · 1 REACTION
State Integrity news for Georgia from WABE:

Georgia ranks dead last in a major new state-by-state survey of ethics laws and enforcement. The State Integrity Investigation is a joint project of the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International, and Global Integrity.

The Georgia report was compiled by Jim Walls, a former editor of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s investigative team, who now writes his own blog, Atlanta Unfiltered. Walls sharply criticized the enforcement of the State’s ethics laws, including the 2010 measure written by Republican House Speaker David Ralston.

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Paying for accountability: Founding and funding a new ethics commission in Georgia
POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY BLOG · FEBRUARY 08, 2012 3:02 PM
In 2011, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission assessed $7 million worth of fines for campaign finance violations. But because the commission, formerly known as the Georgia State Ethics Commission, couldn’t afford to send out notices by certified mail, fines against politicians, officials, and parties were cut to a total of around $1 million.

The inability of the commission to pay for a service essential to its duties is, to Georgia Senator Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna), indicative of a larger issue. The disgust was obvious in Stoner’s voice as he explained how the state of Georgia gave up $6 million in revenue. “The fact that the ethics commission could not send out certified mail should tell you that we have a problem,” Stoner said.

In response, Stoner is proposing an overhaul package that would mean a dramatic upgrade in how the state polices its political spending.
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Georgia bill would reward government whistleblowers
POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS · FEBRUARY 01, 2012 11:22 AM
Corruption news for Georgia, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

The Most Intriguing Bill of the Day award goes to HB 822, a hand-crafted, bipartisan bill that would give informers a financial incentive to rat out government fraud, whether in the state Medicaid program or in your local city hall.

Penalties would be “a civil penalty of not less than $5,500 and not more than $11,000 for each false statement or fraudulent claim, plus three times the amount of damages which the state or local government sustains.” Plus attorney fees. A private citizen – presumably not part of the fraud — can file an action, and if successful would “receive at least 15 percent but not more than 25 percent of the proceeds of the civil action or settlement of the claim.”

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Georgia judge Amanda Williams resigns to avoid ethics charges

POSTED ON STATE INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS · DECEMBER 20, 2011 2:09 PM
Corruption news for Georgia, from This American Life:

Judge Amanda Williams, who was the subject of our episode “Very Tough Love” has announced that she’ll resign from the bench as of January 2nd. Because she’s stepping down, ethics charges brought against her by the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission will be dropped.

Earlier this month, the Commission added two charges to the original 12 counts it filed in November. One of those counts accused Judge Williams (pictured, right) of allowing her lawyer in the case, John Ossick, to represent litigants in cases she was still presiding over from the bench. The other accused her of putting a man into drug court even though there were no drug charges against him, because he was the nephew of attorney Jim Bishop.

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RUMORS OF OCWEN BANKRUPTCY SURFACE AMID CALIFORNIA’S MOVE TO SUSPEND ITS LICENSE!

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The opinions expressed by the author of this blog post are the author’s opinion and do not constitute legal or financial advice.  This op-ed piece may be soon become reality!

OCWEN STOCK TANKING MAY BE A BAD SIGN OF THINGS TO COME!

For those of you who have plans to get your pound of flesh out of Ocwen at any point in time in the near future may wish to heed the warning signs.   Ocwen’s stock has plummeted over 36% in recent days … not a good sign considering the amount of business that Ocwen will have to sell off if California regulators go ahead with plans to suspend Ocwen’s operating license in that State.

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The once-booming subprime loan servicer who is tied to Goldman-Sachs like an umbilical cord to a dead baby is rumored to be 6 to 12 months out from filing bankruptcy in order to avoid…

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“Substantial Evidence” of “Forged” Endorsements: Wells Fargo Loses One

“Substantial Evidence” of “Forged” Endorsements: Wells Fargo Loses One

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The money quote (pun very much intended) from Judge Robert Drain’s Memorandum of Decision, filed yesterday in a New York bankruptcy case regarding a Texas property in which attorney Linda Tirelli is representing the homeowner:

I conclude that the foregoing evidence cumulatively shifts the burden to Wells Fargo under Tex. Bus. & Com. Code §§ 3.308(a) and 1‐206(a) to show the authenticity of the blank ABN Amro indorsement to establish its status as a holder of the Note under Tex. Bus. & Com. Code §§ 3.301(i) and 3.201(a). It constitutes substantial evidence that Wells Fargo’s administrative group responsible for the documentary aspects of enforcing defaulted loan documents created new mortgage assignments and forged indorsements when it was determined by outside counsel that they were required to enforce loans. Given that evidence, Wells Fargo should have the burden to establish the bona fides of the blank ABN Amro indorsement…

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