APTN National NewsDid the staff at the department of Aboriginal Affairs breach privacy laws?That’s what child advocate Cindy Blackstock hopes to find out.Last week, APTN National News reported that Aboriginal Affairs bureaucrats were keeping a very close watch on Blackstock.So how unusual is it for a government to keep such close tabs on a citizen?APTN National News reporter Annette Francis finds out.
TORONTO — Wealthsimple is planning to launch what the robo-adviser says is the first zero-commission stock-trading service in Canada.The financial technology company says through this new service, called Wealthsimple Trade, users will have access to unlimited zero-commission trades of more than 8,000 publicly traded stocks and ETFs listed on major Canadian and U.S. exchanges.Why robo-advisers shun specialty fundsRobo-adviser Wealthsimple launches savings account with premium rateCan you trust your retirement savings to a robot?People will be able buy, sell and track stocks and exchange-traded funds through an app, which is currently in a private beta testing phase, with no account minimum or fees.There are some other online platforms that offer commission-free trading, but may also charge monthly flat rates and require a minimum balance.Wealthsimple says its new service is the first of its kind in the country and the Wealthsimple trade app will be rolled out to users by invitation leading up to a public launch, potentially later this year.The company currently has 100,000 clients in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and manages more than $2.5 billion in assets.
During his trip earlier this week to Thailand, where he addressed the 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok and conducted an official visit, the Secretary-General exchanged views with Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai and representatives of other nations on the situation in Myanmar, according to a statement released by a spokesman for Mr. Annan.In his talks with the Thai leaders, “the Secretary-General underscored the role and responsibility of the countries of the region in helping to accelerate the process of democratization and national reconciliation in Myanmar, beginning with the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” the statement said, referring to the Nobel Laureate and General Secretary of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).The Secretary-General emphasized the need to engage the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).On the possibility of holding international consultations on Myanmar, Mr. Annan supported the “Bangkok Process” – a meeting first held last December in which 10 Asian and European Government participated – as one format in which they could be conducted, the statement noted.The Secretary-General also welcomed the support of Thailand and others for the continuing role of his Special Envoy, Razali Ismail, including his return to Myanmar as soon as possible.
Adrian BeltreMariners281021371+111.92996 David WrightMets24122556+3.81777 PLAYERTEAMAGE2017CAREERAVG. 3K CLUB HITS AT SAME AGEDIFF. Francisco LindorIndians23106410409.5+0.5 Albert PujolsAngels378629112791.1+119.9 The young gunsFor players age 25 or lower, the difference between their career hits and hits of an average 3,000-hit club member at the same age and point in season PLAYER HITS Robinson CanoMariners349923092296.5+12.5 Players in their 20s have historically gone in many different directions. To illustrate this, let’s pretend we were writing this article 10 years ago and evaluating the players who were 30 or younger and on the best pace to reach the milestone. The 3,000-hit club is about to get bigger, as longtime FiveThirtyEight favorite and noted on-deck circle relocater Adrian Beltre gets closer to the milestone with every multi-hit game. Beltre, who notched his 2,996th hit on Wednesday, probably wouldn’t need to cross the 3,000-hit threshold to ensure his place in Cooperstown, but the achievement helps underscore just what a special player he has been over his two decades in the major leagues.Beltre’s milestone, whenever it comes, will mark the third consecutive season in which a player notched his 3,000th hit; Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees homered for his in June 2015, while the Miami Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki smacked a triple for his 3,000th hit last August. New membership in the 3,000-hit club tends come in bunches, like when nine players1Rickey Henderson, Cal Ripken Jr., Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Dave Winfield, George Brett and Robin Yount. joined its ranks in the 10 seasons from 1992 to 2001, so more members could be on the way.But who will be next after Beltre? Let’s take a look at a handful of candidates coming up behind him on the active hits leaderboard — plus some younger players who might join the chase — and gauge their chances against the historical pace of the average 3,000-hit club member at the same age.2Age is as of June 30 of each season. Starlin CastroYankees279712441084.7+159.3 Mookie BettsRed Sox24112555552.4+2.6 Justin UptonD-Backs191919-43.31409 Mike TroutAngels2567984725.2+258.8 At that time, Beltre, Pujols and Cabrera were in pretty good shape, but every other player that was ahead of the 3,000-hit pace or slightly behind it has since fallen short or dropped way off pace. Edgar Renteria played just four more seasons, collecting fewer than 500 more hits before calling it a career (two World Series rings were was apparently enough). Likewise, Andruw Jones would retire before the 2016 season while Carl Crawford, Jimmy Rollins and David Wright — none of whom have formally retired yet — have not yet appeared in a game in 2017.And today’s younger hit leaders might have something working against them that previous generations didn’t: Hits are harder to come by in today’s more three-true-outcomes-focused game. The 2010s have seen the fewest hits per game of any decade since the 1960s and the fourth fewest of any decade since 1900.Then again, that could be counterbalanced by the fact that this is a special crop of young talent the likes of which MLB hasn’t seen in a while. And besides, in any given season between 1961 and 2000, an average of 9.2 active players went on to eventually become members of the 3,000-hit club. So odds are good that several of the players racking up hits this season will get to 3,000 before all is said and done — they just might not be the players we’d expect. Ryan ZimmermanNationals22109308+24.21611 The 3,000-hit pace was prorated to 101 games into each player’s current-age season to match where we stand in 2017.For players who are no more than 50 hits behind the average 3,000-hit-club member at the same age.Source: FanGraphs PLAYER HITS The 3,000-hit pace was prorated to 101 games into each player’s current-age season to match where we stand in 2017.For players who are no more than 50 hits behind the average 3,000-hit-club member at the same age.Source: FanGraphs The elder statesmenFor players age 31 and up, the difference between their career hits and hits of an average 3,000-hit club member at the same age and point in season Midseason hit totals were interpolated by prorating a player’s full-season total over 101 games.Source: FanGraphs.com Elvis AndrusRangers2811413801259.4+120.6 Delmon YoungDevil Rays21116156-17.01162 Andruw JonesBraves30791635+28.11933 Eric HosmerRoyals2712210621084.7-22.7 Jeff FrancoeurBraves23117363-46.31373 The middle-agersFor players age 26 to 30, the difference between their career hits and hits of an average 3,000-hit club member at the same age and point in season After Cabrera, nobody over the age of 25 is more than 200 hits above the historical 3,000-hit pace. So, in the absence of strong veteran candidates, younger players such as Mike Trout, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper show up as decent picks for the next generation of 3,000-hit club members — if only because there’s still so much ambiguity about how their careers will turn out. There’s a decent chance that at least one player in this bunch — if not a handful — will get to 3,000 hits, though it’s difficult to say which one(s) it will be.Of course, the uncertainty involved in projecting players’ careers is still huge. Even showing up on the ahead-of-pace list for your age isn’t a guarantee of getting 3,000 hits; far more young and mid-career players fall short of making the club than make it in: PLAYERTEAMAGE2017CAREERAVG. 3K CLUB HITS AT SAME AGEDIFF. PLAYERTEAMAGE2017CAREERAVG. 3K CLUB HITS AT SAME AGEDIFF. Carl CrawfordDevil Rays25115921+195.51931 The 3,000-hit pace was prorated to 101 games into each player’s current-age season to match where we stand in 2017.For players who are no more than 50 hits behind the average 3,000-hit-club member at the same age.Source: FanGraphs Manny MachadoOrioles2491790552.4+237.6 Bryce HarperNationals24116767552.4+214.6 How quickly things can change …Players age 30 and under who were furthest ahead of the 3,000-hit pace in 2007 Adrian BeltreRangers385429962897.4+98.6 AS OF MID-2007 … PLAYER HITS Jose AltuveAstros2714111871084.7+102.3 Grady SizemoreIndians24109518-34.91098 Albert PujolsCardinals271151274+189.72911 We start with the oldest group of candidates. Right behind Beltre is Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels, who — with his 2,911 lifetime hits3Current-season numbers are accurate as of end of play on July 26, 2017. — is almost assured of reaching the milestone either later this season or early next year. And Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is another strong candidate, with over 300 more career hits than the average 3,000-hit club member had at the same age. The only thing that might hurt Cabrera’s chances is a late-career slowdown; he’s currently suffering the worst hitting season of his major-league career.Cabrera has such a cushion that he can afford some small decline, though he’ll need to bounce back soon to stay on pace. Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, meanwhile, is also in a down season — he’s on pace for his lowest hit total since his rookie year — and he doesn’t have much room to fall off before losing the pace entirely. After a rough July, Cano’s chances could be evaporating before our eyes. (Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran is also fourth on the hits list among active players — but with fewer than 2,700 hits at age 40, his chances are next to nonexistent.) The next set of players are theoretically in their primes, though their chances might be more complicated to predict than any other group’s. Tigers outfielder Justin Upton started his career with a flourish, recording four 150-hit seasons by the age of 26, but he also turned in a few years below that level of production and is now behind the pace. Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has a similar story — he led the NL with 207 hits in his sophomore season, when he was with the Cubs, but has since settled into a solid pattern of racking up 150 hits per season. He’s still ahead of pace, but he might not be for long.Some of these guys are on an upward trajectory, though. Beltre’s teammate Elvis Andrus has become a hitting machine — he hasn’t dropped below 150 hits since his rookie year in 2009, and he’s on pace for more than 180 this season. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is having an MVP-type season; he’s on track for 226 hits this year, which would be his fourth straight 200-hit season. And Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals has swung his way to within striking distance of a 3,000-hit pace this season, producing what works out to a 198-hit campaign over 162 games. Jimmy RollinsPhillies281321227-32.22455 Xander BogaertsRed Sox24103631552.4+78.6 NAMETEAMAGESEASON HITSCAREER HITSVS. PACECURRENT HIT TOTAL Edgar RenteriaBraves301021872+265.12327 Carlos CorreaAstros22104370283.3+86.7 Miguel CabreraTigers348226012296.5+304.5 Rougned OdorRangers2385460409.5+50.5 Miguel CabreraMarlins24117771+218.82601 Justin UptonTigers299414091434.4-25.4 Jose ReyesMets24119643+90.72049
← Previous Story MKB Veszprem wins 20th Hungarian title! Next Story → Antonio Carlos Ortega presented as new MKB Veszprem coach! handball hungaryHungarymocsaiSzegedveszprem The Hungarian League saw its epilogue today, with MKB Veszprem becoming champions and winning their 20th title. At the same the all-star team of this season has been selected and published. As expected, MKB Veszprem players dominated the list, showing great displays thoroughout the season. The best seven players this season are:Fazekas Nándor (MKB Veszprém KC)Harsányi Gergely (Tatabánya Carbonex KC)Ancsin Gábor (Pick Szeged)Császár Gábor (MKB Veszprém KC)Zubai Szabolcs (Pick Szeged)arlos Perez (MKB Veszprém KC)Iváncsik Gergő (MKB Veszprém KC)Coach of the season is Lajos Mocsai (MKB Veszprem).
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Vimeo publie des applications gratuites pour être vu sur mobile Les vidéos hébergées sur Vimeo peuvent désormais être vues facilement sur Android, Windows Phone et Kindle Fire.Au CES de Las Vegas, (Consumer Electronic Show), l’hébergeur de vidéos Vimeo lance des applications gratuites sur mobiles et Kindle Fire. Avec des interfaces adaptées à chaque appareil, ces applications permettent de profiter des fonctionnalités de base de Viméo : regarder les vidéos, les commenter, les « liker » et les mettre dans une liste « à regarder plus tard ». Gros avantage par rapport au browser normal, le gestionnaire de transfert garde la vidéo si la connexion lache pendant un upload.Il faut au moins Windows Phone Mango ou Android 2.3 pour faire fonctionner ces applications. Vimeo (lien non disponible)a annoncé préparer également sur des version iPad et une nouvelle version iPhone pour dans quelques mois. Une bonne façon de rattraper son retard sur Youtube ou Dailymotion.Le 14 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert
Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter John Oliver WhatsApp Jamal Khashoggi Pinterest Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Videos Articles John Oliver Takes On The WWE Earlier tonight on the 5/11 WWE RAW live from Cincinnati, Daniel Bryan officially vacated the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Bryan, getting choke up, added the following.“I had an MRI last week. They don’t know how long I’ll be out. They said maybe weeks, uh, maybe months. They said I might never be able to wrestle again.”Bryan said the fans deserved a fighting champion.You can check out Mike Tedesco’s detailed RAW recap at the link below.WWE RAW Results – 5/11/15 (Live coverage from Cincinnati)Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby Intercontinental and Smackdown Tag Team Championship matches added to Clash of Champions
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes they deserved to win after their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Burnley at Wembley on Saturday.Christian Eriksen came on as a substitute to score a 91st winner for Spurs and hand Pochettino his 100th Premier League win in 169 matches.100 – Mauricio Pochettino has won his 100th Premier League game as Spurs manager in his 169th game – 10 games quicker than it took Arsene Wenger to reach the figure at Arsenal. Centurion. #TOTBUR— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 15, 2018Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We fully deserved the victory. Sometimes you don’t get the reward, but we did everything to win,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“If you work hard, have patience, and try and try, you get the reward. I’m so happy for the three very important points after qualifying in the Champions League. It’s a massive week for us.“Sometimes you accept football is like this, it’s not easy, it was a very difficult afternoon. It was a tough opening and they did everything to try and stop us.“They didn’t have a shot on target. They came here to try and stop us, with a draw they would have been happy.“Football is about 90 plus injury time, and if you believe and keep pushing, you can be rewarded. These type of victories are so important.”
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Davie park will remain closed after a deadly alligator attack.Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park near Stirling Road and Southwest 58th Avenue will remain closed to the public until further notice.On Friday, 46-year-old Shizuka Matsuki was killed by an alligator as she walked her dogs near the lake.-Related: Search teams locate body of woman dragged by gator into Davie lakeTrappers pulled a 12-foot gator from the water and confirmed that it was the animal that attacked her.Residents who live near the park have expressed fear that more gators could be living in the lake.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Share your voice Tags 0 Twitter Government surveillance Twitter said Thursday that requests for user data from the US government declined 6% in the second half of 2018 compared with the previous reporting period.The social media giant received 6,904 requests for information about users on 11,112 accounts, Twitter said in its latest transparency report. Twitter said it supplied information on 56% of the requests.The US made the most requests for user data during the period, accounting for roughly one-third of all queries: 2,092 requests for data on 3,860 accounts. Twitter also said it suspended more than 166,000 accounts for activities related to terrorism, a 19% decline from the previous reporting period. Twitter credited its internal tools with flagging 91 percent of the accounts. “The trend we are observing year-on-year is a steady decrease in terrorist organizations attempting to use our service,” Twitter said in its report. “This is due to zero-tolerance policy enforcement that has allowed us to take swift action on ban evaders and other identified forms of behavior used by terrorist entities and their affiliates. In the majority of cases, we take action at the account setup stage — before the account even Tweets.”The decline is welcome news for social media sites, which have become a popular conduit for terrorist groups to share their ideas and recruit people to their cause. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have strict rules against posting hate speech and will remove such content and accounts when they’re discovered.Nearly 457,000 accounts were suspended during the period for violations related to child sexual exploitation on the platform, a drop of 6%. Of those accounts, 96% were discovered using a combination of PhotoDNA and internal tools, Twitter said.Twitter also said it received about 8% fewer requests to remove content compared with the previous period. Internet Tech Industry Post a comment
Islamabad: Needling India, Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said that his troops are prepared to “go to any extent” to help Kashmiris after the Indian government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The decision to take away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and treat it like any other state in India is aimed at the ending the decades old separatist movement in the Valley. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us Gen Bajwa presided over the Corps Commanders Conference, which is the highest decision-making forum of the army, held at General Headquarters on a single point agenda of Kashmir. “Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end. We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfil our obligations…,” Gen Bajwa told the army commanders. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us In a statement, the Army said that the forum fully supported the Pakistan Government’s “rejection of Indian actions” regarding Kashmir. Pakistan never recognised Article 370 of the Indian Constitution or 35-A which have now been revoked by New Delhi itself, the army said. On Monday, Pakistan condemned and rejected the Indian government revoking Article 370 of the Constitution and vowed to exercise “all possible options” to counter India’s “illegal” and “unilateral” step. Advertise With Us Reacting sharply to the Indian government’s announcement, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed apprehension that Pulwama-like attacks can follow the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, which could trigger a conventional war between Pakistan and India. “This will be a war that no one will win and the implications will be global,” he warned while addressing a rare joint sitting of Parliament that was convened to discuss the Kashmir situation. Khan said that his government would approach the world leaders and apprise them of situation in Kashmir. “We will fight it at every forum including the UN Security Council,” he said, adding that Pakistan also plans to take the matter to the International Court of Justice.
Mero, a skilled shipyard worker, is a single father. His son Lorenzo, born from a relationship with an Albanian girl, is his only reason for living. The father dreams that the boy will become a champion boxer, to make up for his own anonymous career as an amateur in the ring.This is why he puts him through a tough training program, teaching him day after day to throw punches and protect himself from life’s low blows. The balance of this relationship is disturbed by the return of Lorenzo’s mother Denisa and by the son’s meeting with young Ana. Mero’s trials are not over and he must face up to pain, his prejudices and the remoteness of Italy’s north east.Catch all this action at the screening of Alza La Testa, directed by Alessandro Angelini. Starring Duccio Camerini, Gabriele Campanelli and Sergio Castellitto, catch this 2009 movie that will be screened in the Capital tomorrow.DETAILAt: Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, 50- E Chandragupta Marg Chanakyapuriwhen: 9 January Timings: 6.30pm Phone: 26871901
“Until the FDA has more authority to know what’s on the market,” he says, “there’s no way they are ever going to get control of it.”Though the FDA is charged with regulating the supplement market, existing laws empower it to act only after supplements have hit store shelves. Unlike with prescription medications, dietary supplement makers are not required to apply for FDA approval or even register with the FDA before they sell their products. Experts say usually the FDA only investigates supplements after a consumer or physician alerts them to some kind of negative reaction the supplement has caused. “They have been set up with an impossible task of post-market surveillance of thousands upon thousands of products,” says Amy Eichner, Special Advisor on Drug Reference & Supplements at the US Anti-Doping Agency, where she works to warn athletes and military personal of the risks of dietary supplements. Eichner was not involved in the study.Pieter Cohen, an internist at Cambridge Health Alliance and a leading expert in supplements, disagrees. He published a commentary along with today’s report calling the FDA out for dereliction of duty. “The agency’s failure to aggressively use all available tools to remove pharmaceutically adulterated supplements from commerce leaves consumers’ health at risk,” he writes. Those available tools include issuing a warning, asking for a voluntary recall, or requiring a mandatory recall. That gets at the heart of why this study matters so much, and where it fits into a growing body of work into the risks of supplements on store shelves today: The way the FDA regulates supplements doesn’t work.“The FDA does not have control of this market,” says former principal deputy commissioner for the FDA Josh Sharfstein, who was not involved in the study. Sharfstein, who is now the vice dean for public health at Johns Hopkins, calls the study a good one, but cautions against blaming the FDA for its failures to sufficiently rein in the industry. The agency became empowered to issue mandatory recalls in 2011, but Tucker and her colleagues found that the FDA didn’t issue a single mandatory recall between then and 2016. (In fact, the agency has only ever issued one mandatory recall of a dietary supplement, in April of this year against an herbal supplement contaminated with salmonella.) That’s surprising, given the seriousness of some of the substances the agency has found in supplements. For example, Tucker and her co-authors report that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been found in sexual enhancement drugs, which is incredibly dangerous, as SSRIs can cause suicidal ideation in teenagers and young adults and interact with common painkillers.The same is true for generic viagra, which belongs to a class of drugs called PDE5 inhibitors and can interact with the nitrates in common high-blood pressure medicine. The study notes that men who take these medications may avoid Viagra and turn to herbal supplements as a safer option, not realizing the over-the-counter supplement contains the pharmaceutical as well.So why hasn’t the FDA issued mandatory recalls? It’s a matter of resource allocation and bureaucratic difficulty, says Cohen. “It is not trivial, but that’s their job. Yes, it might take a few weeks to do the paperwork, but hello, you’re a public health agency, and that’s your job,” Cohen says. “You can’t say, ‘Oh no, we don’t regulate supplements.’ The FDA is responsible for ensuring that supplements in the United States are safe.”Right now, every time the agency looks into a certain supplement, “it’s a chemistry project,” Sharfstein says. FDA scientists test the supplements and send their reports to others in the FDA to take action on what they find. Today’s report found that of the 776 supplements these chemists found to be tainted with pharmaceuticals, the agency issued public warnings about 342 of them, news releases about 58, consumer updates about eight, warning letters directly to the firm about seven, and one Justice Department referral for investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing. An additional 360 of these supplements were given a voluntary recall from their manufacturer at the FDA’s request. However, it’s unclear how many voluntary recalls the FDA actually requested, and whether some manufacturers then declined to follow through. In a statement, the FDA highlighted another hitch: Once it identifies that a supplement contains a pharmaceutical, it gets treated as a drug, which the FDA does not have the authority to recall mandatorily. “It’s crucial for consumers to realize how little the FDA can actually do to remove tainted products from the market or to prevent unethical companies from selling their products. Consumers have to be wary!” says Eichner.The next time you see those supplements with nice-looking labels at the checkout line of your local market or gas station, think twice. Who knows what’s really in them.Updated 10-12-18, 5:11 pm EDT: The story was changed to include comment from the FDA.More Great WIRED StoriesSelf-improvement in the internet age and how we learnGoogle’s human-sounding phone bot comes to the PixelHow Jump designed a global electric bikeHackers can stealthily avoid traps set to defend the cloudChannel your inner Flintstones in this pedal-powered carLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories You know those sexual enhancement dietary supplements for sale at gas stations and markets across the country? Beware, they might actually be viagra. Or steroids. Or an antidepressant. Many supposed dietary supplements for weight loss, erectile dysfunction, and muscle building may contain actual pharmaceuticals—but you likely have no way of knowing what’s in them.Between 2007 and 2016, the FDA issued warnings about unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients in 776 dietary supplements, according to a new report in JAMA Network Open. Of those, less than half received voluntary recalls. The authors compiled their data from the FDA’s own warning website. Known as the Tainted Products Marketed as Supplements List, it catalogs any time the FDA reports finding unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients in supplements. The hundreds of offending supplements the FDA found during that nine-year period traced back to 146 companies. These represent only a small fraction of the potentially hazardous supplements on the market.The paper paints a damning picture of the growing supplement market, and should alarm anyone considering taking them, especially those for weight loss, muscle gain, or erectile dysfunction. And that’s a lot of people. More than half of US adults report taking dietary supplements, accounting for a $35 billion industry. A dietary supplement is defined by the FDA as any vitamin, enzyme, botanical, amino acid, or mineral that is not intended to cure or prevent a disease. A 2015 study found that supplement use sends 23,000 people to the ER each year in the US.The paper published today is an analysis of what, if any, action the FDA has taken when it finds illegal substances in supplements. “The drug ingredients in these dietary supplements have the potential to cause serious adverse health effects owing to accidental misuse, overuse, or interaction with other medications, underlying health conditions, or other pharmaceuticals within the supplement,” write the authors, which include Jenna Tucker of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Madhur Kumar of the Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health, and others. More than half of the supplements the FDA identified as dangerous are still for sale. Lack of information is the key theme when it comes to dietary supplements, their regulation, and their dangerous ingredients. The public doesn’t know which supplements are above-board about their contents, and the FDA doesn’t know which supplements are even being sold until after they’re on the shelves.Cohen advocates for updating the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, which lays out how the FDA can monitor the industry. He and Sharfstein agree that one simple step would be to require firms to register supplements before they are sold. That way, the FDA would both know what was for sale, and be able to take supplements off of shelves if their makers failed to register them—removing the requirement for costly testing in at least some cases. Sharfstein notes there is some industry support for such a move, too. The authors report that the most common adulterants the FDA found in supplements were sildenafil (generic Viagra), sibutramine (generic Meridia for weight loss, which has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular events and has been removed from the market in many countries), and synthetic steroids or steroid-like ingredients. They found that 20 percent of the products on the FDA’s Tainted list between 2007 and 2016 contained more than one unapproved ingredient. Even after receiving an FDA warning, some products continue to be sold. “This is alarming, especially considering that the FDA is only able to test a portion of products available on the market,” the report reads.
WhitsundaysWhitsundays to feature in marketing campaign with Expedia and WotifThe Whitsundays will feature in a massive online marketing campaign as part of an ongoing partnership with Expedia and Wotif.The region’s marketing and visitor attraction agency, Tourism Whitsundays, is partnering with Expedia Media Solutions on a 12-month campaign occurring across Wotif.com and Expedia.com.au to drive awareness and sales to the Whitsundays.The Expedia group will promote the Whitsundays through a branded landing page on its website, as well as social media, blogs, e-newsletters and display adverts.Tourism Whitsundays will do the same and Whitsunday tourism operators are being encouraged to provide attractive deals and offers as part of the campaign.Tourism Whitsundays’ sales and marketing manager Tash Wheeler said the organisation was excited to be launching an ongoing 12-month campaign in partnership with Expedia Media Solutions to keep the Whitsundays top-of-mind for consumers.“This campaign will provide the Whitsundays with one ‘hero’ campaign for the entire financial year, aimed at increasing visitation to, and spend in, the region,” she said.“It will give the Whitsunday tourism industry the opportunity to increase demand and therefore revenue, and it will keep the Whitsundays competitive against other holiday destinations.“It is also aimed at converting holidaymakers from thinking about a holiday in the Whitsundays to actually booking one.”Expedia Media Solutions’ Director Gianluca Armando said, “beautiful imagery can capture the attention of potential travellers, and help them picture themselves immersed in the destination, and ultimately inspire them to book a trip. We are showcasing all that the Whitsundays has to offer, with the goal of driving interest and creating a larger demand for the destination.”The first wave of activity, which is aimed at raising awareness, kicked off in June Australia-wide, with the sale period set to run in September and again in January 2018.Source = Tourism Whitsundays
By Harsh AgarwalThe European flight comparison site, idealo, has landed in India. It has announced the launch of its 15th site, flights.idealo.in. First launched in Germany in 2000, the meta-search company already operates 14 airfare comparison websites around the world, designed to offer customers the best prices on flights.Through the new site, Indian travellers will be able to compare thousands of flights, including low-cost and full-service carriers, from hundreds of online travel agencies and airline websites.“idealo’s focus on transparency and quality of service means users can enjoy reliable, honest and stress-free flight finding,” the company stated.
in Headlines, News, Technology October 26, 2016 544 Views Seroka, a Certified Brand Development, strategic communications, and digital marketing firm specializing in the mortgage industry with offices in Milwaukee and Los Angeles, has launched a new division, Seroka Digital.Seroka Digital was launched with the goal of servicing the industry’s need for true digital communications leadership. The new division expands upon Seroka’s current core digital services and will complement the company’s well-established certified brand development and strategic communications divisions.The new division will assist clients with utilizing demanded marketing materials as they increasingly target millennials and seek to engage them more.“The buyer path to choosing a company to work with is much more complex than it used to be. And, millennials have raised the bar in terms of expecting more from brands than ever before,” said John Seroka, a Principal and Brand Strategist at Seroka. “Many companies may recognize this, but they are not properly leveraging digital and social channels beyond posting content and generating some likes—which does little to drive real brand awareness, interaction and conversions. Seroka Digital has the strategic ability to integrate a robust, next-level digital presence that works alongside all other communications activities on and off line.”Through Seroka Digital, the company offers:Social media strategy, daily implementation and content creationContests and promotion development, creation and implementationSEM and paid social media strategySEOWebsite developmentMobile marketingReportingThe company has named Dave Perry to lead Seroka digital. Perry has more than 10 years of experience with strategic social media, including leading digital efforts for CITGO, Dell, Harley Davidson, HP, and Firestone. Additionally, he has built digital divisions for several global advertising agencies.“While we have been offering social media services for several years, we felt it was a natural evolution to develop a division that specifically specializes on the next gen of digital and social media marketing for the mortgage industry,” said Amy Hansen, Director of Client Service and PR at Seroka. “We’ve retained Dave Perry to lead this division. He brings strong credentials to provide these services to our clients.” Digital and Social Media Marketing Seroka 2016-10-26 Seth Welborn Seroka Launches Digital Division Share
appointmentsDriveAway Holidays Managing Director of DriveAway holidays, Chris Hamill, has announced the appointment of Natasha Wahab to the role of Trade Marketing Executive.“Natasha is a great woman who does some great work for our business,” Hamill said.”Her effort is second to none and she is one of those great team members that really cares about her work and her responsibilities. She thoroughly deserves this opportunity.”Natasha joined the reservations department of DriveAway in 2012 and worked her way up to a team leadership role and then into sales and marketing. Most recently she has been working in a co-ordinating role in the company’s Sydney-based sales and marketing team.
by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2018 10:34 am PDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer win hailed as ‘big for music’ FILE – In this July 7, 2017, file photo, Kendrick Lamar performs during the Festival d’ete de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada.On Monday, April 16, 2018, Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album “Damn.” (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – The decision to award rapper Kendrick Lamar the Pulitzer Prize for music represents a historic moment for hip-hop and American music, according to two of the music jurors who picked the album “DAMN.” as a finalist.“It’s big for hip-hop. I think it’s big for our country. It’s big for music. But it’s big for the Pulitzers, too. Institutions are not stuck in time, either. Institutions can change,” said Farah Jasmine Griffin, a Columbia professor.Lamar’s win on Monday made history as the first non-classical or non-jazz artist to win the prestigious prize since the Pulitzers included music in 1943. Just having a rapper nominated for the prize is considered a stunning development for awards that usually honour musicians of European classical background.“I knew that there would be some anger and some resentment and some people who wouldn’t like the idea, but surprisingly enough, I haven’t heard a lot of that,” Griffin said.Another jury member was Grammy-nominated violinist Regina Carter, who linked the award to the recent waves of people speaking up, pushing boundaries and refusing to be told what and what is not worthy. “Great art has to be acknowledged,” she said. “If a work is great enough, you can’t deny it.”The decision was hailed as a turning point in music history by Jetro Da Silva, a professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music who teaches a class on hip-hop writing and production.“We are at a time in history here perhaps there is a new way to analyze what is considered a contribution to music. Critical thinkers are asking what it really means to be a composer and what is a composition,” he said. “The sky’s the limit.”In addition to Griffin and Carter, the music jury this year included music critic David Hajdu, Paul Cremo from the Metropolitan Opera and the composer David Lang.The five-member music jury listened to about 180 pieces of music and after deliberating for a few days then submitted to the final board three works — Lamar’s album along with Michael Gilbertson’s “Quartet” and Ted Hearne’s “Sound from the Bench.” Adding “DAMN.” was a unanimous decision by all five.“Everyone expects that there would have been some form of resistance. There was none,” said Griffin. “It was just welcomed by everyone as an opportunity to have a serious conversation about the art, about Mr. Lamar’s work, but also about what constitutes what kind of music that should be eligible for this.”The final decision was made by the Pulitzer board, which hailed Lamar’s CD as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”Carter admits she quietly thought to herself that the board was unlikely to give the award to Lamar. “Although we all strongly agreed that this would be such an important step — if this were to really happen — I just didn’t think it would, really.” She said she was happily shocked by the final decision.The Pulitzers have been accused of past mistakes when it comes to African-American contributions to music. In 1965, jurors recommended awarding a special citation to Duke Ellington, but were rejected. And it was not until 1997 that the Pulitzer for music even went to a jazz work.“All of us sitting at that table were fully aware of Duke Ellington in 1965 being passed over for the Pulitzer and a jazz artist not winning for some time,” said Griffin. “We all brought a history to the table and thought, ‘Why not?’ and ‘Why not now?’”The Pulitzers have lately expanded their inclusion of popular music, including honouring Bob Dylan’s lyrics with the prize for literature and giving Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-inspired score for “Hamilton” the Pulitzer for drama.The Lamar news stunned many and was cheered by the rappers’ fans, including celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Anthony Bourdain, who wrote: “The album was brilliant and deserves every accolade.” Leon W. Russell, chairman of the NAACP, wrote on Twitter that the win conferred a literary legitimacy but that Lamar had already gotten “street credibility and artistic authority.”TV personality Charlamagne Tha God noted that Lamar joined African-American luminaries such as playwright August Wilson, writers Alex Haley and Toni Morrison, and musician John Coltrane as Pulitzer winners. “Congrats to that brother! I’m inspired!” he wrote.Carter, who was awarded a so-called “genius” grant by the MacArthur Fellows Program, said Lamar heartily deserved the award. “I think he’s a genius,” he said. “It’s part of our tapestry. We have to stop dividing the music and the art.”Griffin, a professor of English and African-American studies who has written about Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, was a rookie on the Pulitzer jury this year.“I will cherish that experience, of going through that process,” she said. “On so many levels, I felt like this was major — both the music that we put forward but also what happened in those deliberations.”___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits
A 36-year-old man was arrested on Friday night after his arrival at Larnaca airport from Lebanon after it emerged he is wanted in the US for money laundering among other things.He is to remain in custody until April 10 pending his extradition.The man had arrived in Cyprus on Friday evening and during passport control, it was discovered that he is wanted in the US in connection with money laundering, unauthorised transfer of money and misuse of media. The offence allegedly took place between May and September 2014 in the US.He was taken to the Larnaca district court on Saturday for his extradition hearing.The man objected to his extradition. The court ordered that he remain in custody at the central prisons until April 10 to give time for the necessary documents for his extradition to arrive from the US. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola