PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Peace in Sudan / Dangers of MTBE / White-Collar Crime

Thursday, October 22, 2009 General News
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SWINE FLU (continued)

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1. REDENTOR MEDIOLA, M.D., travel medicine and infectious diseases expertwith SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP in Berkeley Heights, N.J.: "The main difference isthat the swine flu has been correlated with high fever, more so than with thecommon flu. In general, the H1N1 flu presents itself with many of the samecharacteristics of the flu. These garden-variety symptoms include fever,lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea,vomiting and diarrhea. However, there seems to be more acute gastro-intestinalsymptoms associated with the H1N1 flu." Mendiola is available to speak onsymptoms, treatment and prevention of H1N1 flu and seasonal flu, including thelatest H1N1 vaccines. News Contact: Maureen Bennett, Phone:+1-908-277-8834 (10/21/09)

1. ECONOMY: U.S. DEFICIT: PAY FOR IT TODAY OR TOMORROW? JAMES FRISCHLING,president and co-founder of NEWOAK CAPITAL, an asset management, advisory, andcapital markets firm based in Manhattan: "The Treasury reported the 2009fiscal year deficit at $1.4 trillion or about 10 percent of the U.S.'s grossdomestic product, its biggest deficit since World War II. The politicians aregoing to use this number as a lightening rod to cast blame on one side or theother. The Democrats will blame the Bush administration, which inheritedbudget surpluses, but left with deficits. The Republicans will blame theDemocrats for their supporting the stimulus package and the continued spendingand bailouts that are being used to thwart and turn around the financialcrisis. In the end, it's both parties' collective decision to combat aneconomy that is struggling as a result of excessive spending, borrowing andleverage with additional spending, borrowing and leverage. And since ourgovernment's officials reflect the views of the citizens that elect them, thenit's safe to surmise that the majority of this generation would like to putoff the pain that comes from running deficits of this size onto anothergeneration. Someone will have to pay for this, but why pay for somethingtoday, when you can put it off until tomorrow?" News Contact: Marisa D'Vari, (10/19/09)

2. ENERGY: U.S. COMPANIES SEEKING OVERSEAS SHALE. SCOTT SCHWIND, attorney inthe Houston office of THOMPSON & KNIGHT: "With lower industrial usage anddomestic gas prices combining to deflate the domestic natural gas market fromits 2008 highs, production companies are increasingly turning their attentionoverseas. As a result, we're seeing significant interest from U.S. producersin developing unconventional gas resources in Europe and Asia. Exploration andproduction is cranking up in China, India, Poland and France, in many casesusing the imaging and extraction technologies developed in Texas andPennsylvania. The number of accessible natural gas resources around the worldis rising sharply, and development could be less costly and bring higher gasprices than in the current U.S. market. Until demand and prices increase,pursuing new domestic reserves may not be a sound fiscal decision. However,overseas investments may be a different story." News Contact: Barry Pound, Phone: +1-800-559-4534 (10/19/09)

3. ENVIRONMENT: EXXONMOBIL VERDICT UNDERSCORES DANGERS OF CORPORATESTRATEGIES/MTBE. DAVID CASSUTO, professor of law at PACE LAW SCHOOL, directorof the school's Brazil-American Institute for Law, and water and environmentallaw expert: "The verdict against ExxonMobil underscores not just the inherentdangers of corporate risk management strategies, but also those of MTBE. Oncethis chemical made it into the marketplace, it should surprise no one that italso ended up in the groundwater." A former professor of English specializingin literature and the environment, Cassuto has published and lectured widelyon legal, literary and environmental issues. He teaches in the areas of waterlaw, property, professional responsibility, animal law, internationalcomparative law and legal and environmental theory. Pace Law School'senvironmental law program has been consistently ranked among the top three inthe nation (US News & World Report) and the school is the first law school inthe nation to offer a course of study focused on climate change law, which isincluded as a specialty "track" as part of its Master of Laws in EnvironmentalLaw. Cassuto is located in White Plains, N.Y. News Contact: Gladwyn Lopez, Phone: +1-212-843-9231 (10/21/09)

4. LAW: BROAD IMPACT LIKELY IN HIGH COURT'S REVIEW OF ENRON CONVICTION. BILLMATEJA, white-collar defense attorney from the Dallas office of FISH &RICHARDSON and former high-level Justice Department lawyer: "A pending SupremeCourt review of former Enron boss Jeffrey Skilling's fraud conviction couldshake up a favorite prosecution technique relating to the theory of 'honestservices,' as clarity is sorely needed in the overly vague statute that allowspublic officials and private individuals to face criminal charges for misusingtheir positions. The Supreme Court is having some heartburn with the honestservices theory and this is going to be a showdown. If the Supreme Court rulesthat this is no longer a viable prosecution theory, it will deal a severe blowto the government's ability to prosecute many types of white-collar offenses."News Contact: Robert Tharp, Phone: +1-800-559-4534(10/21/09)

5. WORLD AFFAIRS: UN'S DEVASTATING REPORT ON WORLD HUNGER. TIMI GERSON,director of advocacy for AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE (AJWS): "The UNrecently released a devastating report concluding that more than 1 billionpeople in the world are now hungry, and unless the trend of exploding hungeris reversed, the international goal of cutting global hunger in half by 2015will not be met. The report correctly indicated that there is far too littleemphasis on investing in sustainable local agriculture, but it fell short infailing to address unfair trade rules that have pushed small-scale farmers outof business. This has effectively destroyed local food production in manyareas of the world. We should also seriously question the effectiveness of theU.S. foreign aid program, which is currently set up to benefit Americanagribusinesses by exporting our industrial agricultural system, rather than tobenefit the world's poor by creating models for local food sovereignty."Gerson, based in Washington, D.C., is fluent in Spanish. News Contact: JoshBerkman, Phone: +1-212-792-2893 (10/15/09)

6. WORLD AFFAIRS: LASTING PEACE IN SUDAN WITHIN REACH WITH UNIFIEDADMINISTRATION. RUTH MESSINGER, president of AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE(AJWS): "Watching General J. Scott Gration, Secretary Hillary Clinton and U.S.Ambassador Susan Rice stand together behind a plan endorsed personally byPresident Obama marks an important beginning for what we hope will be arenewed and strengthened commitment to the people of Sudan. It is criticalthat an inclusive peace process move forward in Darfur, that the ComprehensivePeace Agreement between North and South Sudan is fully implemented, and thatthere is accountability for those who continue to attack civilians, obstructhumanitarian efforts and undermine peace. With an administration that isunified in its commitment to these priorities and to leading the internationalcommunity in active engagement on all of these fronts, we believe that lastingpeace in Sudan is well within reach." Messinger is located in New York. NewsContact: Josh Berkman, Phone: +1-212-792-2893 (10/21/09)

PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire.To submit an Opportunity by e-mail: profnet@profnet.comTo consult the ProfNet Experts Database: contact ProfNet by phone: +1-800-PROFNET, ext. 1To share a thought on ProfNet Expert Alerts: profnetalerts@prnewswire.com___________ TOPIC ALERT Swine Flu (continued, 1 response) _____________ EXPERT ALERTS 1. Economy: U.S. Deficit: Pay for it Today or Tomorrow? 2. Energy: U.S. Companies Seeking Overseas Shale 3. Environment: ExxonMobil Verdict Underscores Dangers of MTBE 4. Law: Broad Impact Likely in High Court's Review of Enron Conviction 5. World Affairs: UN's Devastating Report on World Hunger 6. World Affairs: Lasting Peace in Sudan Within Reach


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