The microbes that live in your body outnumber your cells 10 to one. Recent studies suggest these tiny organisms help us digest food and maintain our immune system. Now, researchers have discovered yet another way microbes keep us healthy: They are needed for closing the blood-brain barrier, a molecular fence that shuts out pathogens and molecules that could harm the brain.The findings suggest that a woman’s diet or exposure to antibiotics during pregnancy may influence the development of this barrier. The work could also lead to a better understanding of multiple sclerosis, in which a leaky blood-brain barrier may set the stage for a decline in brain function.The first evidence that bacteria may help fortify the body’s biological barriers came in 2001. Researchers discovered that microbes in the gut activate genes that code for gap junction proteins, which are critical to building the gut wall. 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They tested how leaky the blood-brain barrier was in developing and adult mice. Some of the rodents were brought up in a sterile environment and thus were germ-free, with no detectable microbes in their bodies. Braniste then injected antibodies—which are too big to get through the blood-brain barrier—into embryos developing within either germ-free moms or moms with the typical microbes, or microbiota.The studies showed that the blood-brain barrier typically forms a tight seal a little more than 17 days into development. Antibodies infiltrated the brains of all the embryos younger than 17 days, but they continued to enter the brains of embryos of germ-free mothers well beyond day 17, the team reports online today in Science Translational Medicine. Embryos from germ-free mothers also had fewer intact gap junction proteins, and gap junction protein genes in their brains were less active, which may explain the persistent leakiness. (The researchers didn’t look at the mice’s guts.)Germ-free mice even have leaky blood-brain barriers as adults. But those leaks closed after the researchers gave the animals the microbes from normal mice for 2 weeks, Pettersson says.The microbes have “a striking effect,” says Elaine Hsiao, a neurobiologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena who was not involved in the study. The work suggests “a role for the [microbes] in regulating brain development and function.”But how? In the gut, bacteria may influence the gut wall’s integrity through one of their byproducts, energy-laden molecules called short-chain fatty acids. So Pettersson and his colleagues infected germ-free mice with either bacteria that made these fatty acids or ones that did not. The blood-brain barrier improved only when the bacteria made these fatty acids, Pettersson says. He thinks that these molecules may get into the blood and stimulate gene activity that leads to the closure of the barrier.The study is not perfect. “Germ-free mice are useful tools for studying the microbiota, but the germ-free condition is artificial and involves widespread disruptions” in how the body functions, such as impaired immunity and loss of gut integrity, Hsiao says. So these results in germ-free mice need to be confirmed in humans.But at the very least, the findings point toward a new understanding of human health and disease, says Lora Hooper, an immunologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas who was not involved in the work. With multiple sclerosis, neurobiologists are at a loss to explain why the disease progresses so erratically, so the idea that changes in the body’s microbes may alter the blood-brain barrier to make the brain more vulnerable to damage is appealing, Pettersson notes.Scientists, Hooper adds, should also investigate whether microbes help spur the development of the human fetus’s blood-brain barrier. It could be that taking antibiotics at the wrong time during pregnancy is creating abnormalities in the blood-brain barrier of the child, she says.*Correction, 21 November, 11:22 a.m.: A misspelled name has been corrected and two attributions have been eliminated.
The UK government on Monday concluded that caste discrimination among the Indian community does not require separate legislation and said it can be covered as part of emerging case law in the country.The ‘Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law – A Public Consultation’ had been launched in March last year to gather the public’s views on how best to ensure that there is “appropriate legal protection” against caste discrimination in Britain.Read it at NDTV Related Items
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It was quite a night for a New York state college basketball fan who made a half-court shot to win a $500 gift card and received a marriage proposal seconds later.Erin Tobin took part in a Dunkin’ Donuts promotion during Thursday night’s Manhattan-Siena game at the Times Union Center in Albany. As the company’s mascot stood nearby, the 30-year-old Siena graduate and season ticket holder banked in her half-court, one-handed heave.After celebrating, Tobin turned around to see the mascot’s giant coffee cup costume being removed to reveal her boyfriend, 31-year-old Steve Duckett, on his knee and holding an engagement ring. A very surprised Tobin said yes as the crowd cheered.Adding to an already big night, Siena beat Manhattan 94-71.TweetPinShare11 Shares
PARIS (AP) — With voting for the 2018 Ballon d’Or closing this week, Antoine Griezmann boosted his chances of lifting the most prestigious individual trophy in soccer with an inspired display and a goal in his 50th Champions League game on Tuesday.Griezmann helped Atletico Madrid bounce back from a heavy loss to Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 win over the German club, a result that sent last year’s semifinalist Monaco crashing out.Liverpool was handed a 2-0 shock loss at Red Star Belgrade while Barcelona, without Lionel Messi, drew 1-1 at Inter Milan in the evening’s showcase match to become the first team to progress to the knockout stage this season.Red Star’s victory left Group C wide open after Napoli was held to a 1-1 home draw by Paris Saint-Germain, with all four teams still in contention in a very tight pool.PSG’s Neymar, right, and Napoli’s Raul Albiol vie for the ball during a Champions League, group C soccer match between Napoli and Paris Saint Germain, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Griezmann, who has scored 10 goals in his last 10 home matches in the tournament, was set up by midfielder Thomas Partey and concluded the smooth counterattack with a soft touch from inside the area in the 80th minute after Saul Niguez had put the hosts ahead.Dortmund and Atletico are atop Group A. Dortmund routed Atletico 4-0 last month at home in what was the Spanish team’s worst loss under coach Diego Simeone.Earlier, Monaco was handed a humiliating 4-0 defeat by Club Brugge that prematurely ended the club’s Champions League ambitions as Thierry Henry once again failed to secure a first win as coach. It was Club Brugge’s first group win in 13 years.Hans Vanaken scored twice, Brazilian forward Wesley made it 3-0 and captain Ruud Vormer completed the rout. Monaco — which is winless in its last 15 matches — can’t qualify for the knockout phase.BARCELONA THROUGHWithout Messi, Barcelona was still the better team but failed to convert its chances at San Siro stadium.Despite the draw, the Catalan team sealed its spot in the next round.Atletico Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during the Group A Champions League soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)Messi had traveled with the team to Milan but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde opted not to risk the star forward, who hasn’t played since fracturing his arm last month. Substitute Malcom scored with seven minutes remaining but Mauro Icardi leveled in the 87th for the hosts.Barcelona is top of Group B, three points ahead of Inter and six ahead of Tottenham, which beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1. Harry Kane scored two late goals for Tottenham, which looked in danger of exiting the competition after just four games when the hosts went behind after only 61 seconds at Wembley.Instead, Kane’s goals — in the 78th and 89th — gave the English team a glimmer of hope of a top-two finish.RED STAR SHINES AGAINRed Star Belgrade revived memories of its time as one of Europe’s top teams. Milan Pavkov scored in the 22nd and 29th minutes as the Serbian champions earned a first win in their debut appearance in the Champions League group stage. It last played in the European Cup in 1991 as holders, when beating the likes of Liverpool would not have been regarded as such a surprise.Back then, eastern European teams were genuine contenders for club football’s biggest prize — Steaua Bucharest of Romania was European champion in 1986 — and Red Star had some of the world’s best players like Robert Prosinecki and Dejan Savicevic.Red Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan celebrates after the Champions League group C soccer match between Red Star and Liverpool at Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Red Star won 2-0. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)Nearly three decades on, Red Star doesn’t have a household name in its squad and needed to qualify for the group stage through the playoffs. It was thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield when the gulf between the sides was huge.In a competitive Group C, last season’s runner-up Liverpool and Napoli have six points each after the Italian side and Paris Saint-Germain drew 1-1. Making his Champions League debut for PSG, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon could not stop Lorenzo Insigne’s equalizer from the penalty spot after Juan Bernat’s opener just before halftime.VINTAGE PORTOPorto moved even closer to a spot in the knockout stage after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 4-1 to end the Russian champion’s qualifying hopes.After scoring at Lokomotiv last month, Hector Herrera and Moussa Marega both netted again to help put Porto on 10 points at the top of Group D. With Schalke beating Galatasaray 2-0 in Tuesday’s other game, Porto needs one point from its last two games to be sure of qualifying. Lokomotiv has lost all four games.—By SAMUEL PETREQUIN , AP Sports WriterMoscow forward forward Eder, left, and Porto forward Jesus Corona eye the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between FC Porto and Lokomotiv Moscow at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Araujo)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Roads criss-cross our planet, which is handy, especially if your zen thing is to roll up the miles on your motorcycle. But there are also wild places in our world as yet unspoiled by pavement, and in those areas, dual-sport motorcycles can usually get you where you want to go, since all you need is some single track or a cow trail or foot path or any byway about 4 inches wide. Just ask this guy.But there are still places that lack even that kind of access; think of Siberia, the Atacama Desert, the vast expanses of the Sahara. Perhaps one of the most famous – and smallest – is the Darien Gap, a 90ish-mile stretch of jungle and swampland that adjoins Panama and Columbia on the land bridge that is Central America. Now, a group of guys on bikes is going to give crossing it a go in 2017. Let’s wish them luck – they’re going to need it. Lots of it. But they may have an advantage.The Darien Gap, or just “the Gap” in motorcycle parlance, is the only break in the continues ribbon of roadway known as the Pan-American Highway, a 19,000-mile series of interconnecting highways that begins at Prudhoe Bay well above the Arctic Circle in Alaska and ends near the South Pole in Ushuaia, at the tip of Argentina. Yeah, road trip!! But there’s just one little problem: the Gap.Most people just go around the Gap by boat or over it in aircraft. But for adventurous motorcycle types, The Gap is the Mount Everest of dual-sport riding. Those that have crossed it usually use a combination of boats, barges, and overland routes led by local guides. Pure “overland” crossings are the most difficult option. It’s basically Pandora on Earth: many of the zillions of critters (snakes, insects, bigger animals) are out to bite you, poison you, eat you.Topography runs from impassable swamps to 6,000 foot high mountains. What humans are there range from tough indigenous tribes (your source for guides) to well-armed FARC Marxist rebels with a history of leaving no witness as to the locations of their hideouts. Oops, we thought you were a spy. Bang. There are no cities, towns, gas stations, Qwik-E-Marts or Red Boxes.The Gap has actually been crossed before by motorcycle (an early BMW R80 G/S) and a few 4-wheel rigs, but to give you some perspective on the scope of the overland challenge, a couple in a Jeep CJ-5 crossed it in the 1980s, and it only took them 741 days. To go 125 miles. 741 days.This latest group to take on the Gap are looking to complete a true first: a full top-to-bottom traverse of the Pan-American Highway, including an overland crossing of the Darien Gap. If they succeed, they will be the first to “complete” the entire trip solely on bikes going overland. Those that crossed before simply crossed the Gap, not the whole of the highway.Their “advantage”? So far, all of the current participants are members of the U.S. military, so this isn’t their first foray into treacherous survival situations. Seasoned photographer/videographer and U.S. Army Corporal Jake Hamby will document the effort for a feature called Where The Road Ends (preview trailer below). Reached through Facebook, Hamby said the final rider roster has not been set and planning is still in the early stages.In order to hit The Gap at the best time to cross, the men will ride out of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska – in December. Thank goodness for heated riding wear as they expect temperatures to be well below zero for much of that leg. Temps will naturally climb as they approach the tropics. I’d love to see the packing list.An Oregon BMW dealership is lending support, but whether that means the guys will be astride BMW G/S Adventure battle wagons or the more svelte (and lighter) G/S 800 machines remains to be seen. Or perhaps other bikes will be involved. Winch company Warn is also in on the support list, a true test if there ever was one. Numerous other companies are also in on the adventure.I’m hoping to get a chance to talk with the team as they pass through Oregon next year, so stay tuned for updates. And wish them luck.All images by Jake Hamby Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Editors’ Recommendations The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List Why Are All These Celebrities Shotgunning Beers?
New Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has issued a show cause notice to Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta and asked him to take action against police officers who reportedly refused to register a complaint of a rape survivor. Citing a media report, NCW member Soso Shaiza said the commission is seriously concerned about the “reported police apathy in the matter and negligence shown by the police despite the provision of zero FIR in the law”. The media report said the SHO bickered with the victim over jurisdiction of where the complaint must be registered. “Considering the gravity of the matter, it is requested that strict action be taken against erring officials and a detailed action taken report be sent to the Commission at an early date,” Shaiza said.
Once again stressing the “indispensable” need for Security Council unity in order to maintain peace, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the world body would use the role granted it by a new resolution on interim arrangements in Iraq to ensure that the Iraqi people regain full national sovereignty as soon as possible.”Whatever differences there have been in the recent past, we now have a new basis on which to work. And we must all work very hard, keeping the interests of Iraqis at the forefront of all our efforts,” Mr. Annan told the Council after it had adopted a resolution granting wide interim governing powers to the United States and its coalition partners and included a role for a UN Special Representative to work with this interim authority.Noting that the mandate given the UN involved complex and difficult tasks, Mr. Annan declared: “Our most important task will be to ensure that the people of Iraq – men and women alike – are able, as soon as possible, through a transparent and impartially managed political process, to form a free and representative government of their own choice, so that they can regain their national sovereignty and build a stable and prosperous Iraq, at peace with its neighbours.”Saying he would name “without delay” the Special Representative, for whom he requested full Council support, Mr. Annan told the 15-member body: “The United Nations will play its full part in this international effort.”Asked by reporters afterward about the resolution, the Secretary-General said it gave a role to the UN, in which it would work with the occupying power and the Iraqi people. “The resolution gives the international community a legal basis for its activities in Iraq,” he added. Calling the resolution “the product of a compromise” that the UN would work with, Mr. Annan said all sides were now looking forward to find ways to support the Iraqi people.He said he was not in a position to name a Special Representative now, but added that the Representative would go to Iraq as soon as practicable.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKitty businessman charged with fraudMarch 2, 2017In “Court”President of local Lumber Company charged with FraudDecember 17, 2014In “Crime”Salesman granted $100,000 bail on Fraud chargeJune 10, 2014In “Crime” A poultry farmer who used money entrusted to him for his own benefit, was earlier today (Wednesday) brought before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Mohammed Khan, 22 of Independence Boulevard, Georgetown was made to answer to the charge at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.That charge alleges that he on June 26 2017 in Georgetown, while being solely entrusted with $500,000; property of Steve Rogers to deposit same into a Republic Bank Limited account, converted the money to his own use and benefits.Khan denied the allegation brought against him, pleading not guilty to the charge.However, the Prosecution revealed that the defendant has no prior convictions and no pending matters.He was granted bail in the sum of $100,000 and is scheduled to make his next Court appearance on August 22 2017.
THE ISRAELI MILITARY has declared a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire in parts of Gaza beginning at 3pm, but Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said it lacked any “value” because it excluded border areas from where Hamas wanted to evacuate the wounded. Gaza residents must not return to areas from which they have been asked to evacuate. IDF will respond to any attempt to attack Israel.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) July 30, 2014 Source: IDF/Twitter The Israeli military said forces were still working to demolish tunnels in certain areas of the Strip. It said at least two rockets were fired at Israel following its declaration to partially hold fire.The latest violence further dimmed hopes of a sustainable truce in the fighting, now in its fourth week. Today’s strike at the UN school in the Jebaliya refugee camp came on the heels of Israel’s heaviest air and artillery assault so far in the conflict.Israel escalated its campaign yesterday, with airstrikes destroying key symbols of Hamas power, including the home of the top Hamas leader. Gaza’s only power plant was shut down after shells set its fuel tank on fire.In pics: Israeli plane drops leaflets warning Gaza civilians >Today, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire.In Jebaliya, tank shells hit the UN school before dawn, said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency. The agency is sheltering more than 200,000 people displaced by the fighting at dozens of UN schools across the coastal strip.Assad Sabah said he and his five children were huddling under desks in one of the classrooms because of the constant sound of tank fire throughout the night. ”We were scared to death,” he said. “After 4:30 a.m., tanks started firing more. Three explosions shook the school.”“One classroom collapsed over the head of the people who were inside,” he said. A boy looks through the wall of a building damaged by an Israeli strike at the Abu Hussein UN school in the Jebaliya refugee camp. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn one classroom, the front wall was blown out, leaving debris and bloodied clothing. Another strike tore a large round hole in the ceiling of a second-floor classroom. The wall of the lavatories was also damaged.The Israeli military said it fired back after its soldiers were targeted by mortar rounds launched from the vicinity of the school.The mortars were fired from a distance of some 200 meters (yards) from the school, said an Israeli military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.About two hours after the strike, hundreds of people still crowded the school courtyard, some dazed, others wailing. A Palestinian man grieves the death of his relative following an Israeli strike at a UN school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza today. Source: AP/Press Association Images‘Our voice was not heard’Chris Gunness, another spokesman for the UN Palestinian refugee agency, said the international community must step in.“We appealed incessantly to the political echelons with power to reduce and end the violence. We warned. Our voice was not heard. It is time for others to honor their international law responsibilities to deal with consequences on civilians of their military decisions,” he said.Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official, said at least 15 people were killed and about 90 wounded in the school strike. In all, 55 Palestinians were killed by airstrikes and tank shelling in different areas of Gaza on Wednesday, al-Kidra said.In the southern town of Khan Younis, 10 members of one family died when an airstrike hit a relative’s home where they had sought refuge, al-Kidra said. After the strike, relatives climbed over piles of debris, surveying shattered windows and demolished walls.In the Gaza City neighborhood of Tufah, shelling killed at last seven members of another family, including four children, said Ayman Sahabani, the head of the emergency room at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital.The total number of Palestinians killed since the start of fighting July 8 rose to 1,284, al-Kidra said. More than 7,100 Palestinians have been wounded.Israel has lost 53 soldiers and three civilians.Israel says its Gaza operation is meant to stop Hamas rocket and mortar fire that has reached increasingly deeper into its territory and to destroy a sophisticated network of tunnels used for attacks inside Israel. File photo dated 13 October, 2013 showing an Israeli soldier standing at the exit of a tunnel discovered near the Israel Gaza border. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesGaza militants have fired more than 2,600 rockets toward Israel over the past three weeks, according to the Israeli army. The Israeli military has said it is hitting targets linked to militants, such as rocket launching sites, weapon depots and Hamas tunnels.Over the past 23 days, Israeli forces have hit 4,100 targets in Gaza, about one-third connected to the militants’ ability to launch rockets at Isreal, a statement said.The military has not provided details on strikes in which multiple members of one family were killed. There have been several dozen such strikes, according to the Palestinian human rights group Al-Mezan.The military says Hamas militants often launch rockets from crowded residential areas, thus endangering civilians. The army says it has also warned civilians by phone and leaflet to leave dangerous areas.Israeli leaders have said that troops will not leave until all the Hamas tunnels have been demolished. The army said 32 tunnels have so far been located but did not say how many remain. Since yesterday morning, troops have demolished three more tunnels, a statement said.Read: “You must listen”: Gaza teen tweets sound of bombs exploding >Read: Is this what the inside of a Hamas tunnel looks like? >
Internet Explorer has been seeing some pressure in the form of incremental gains in market share from competing browsers such as Firefox, Safari and Chrome for some time. In September, Internet Explorer’s global market share had degraded below 50% with particular losses being experienced in the European market as demonstrated by a 6% drop compared to the same period in 2009. In December, it looks like Firefox was able to take advantage of IE’s vulnerability to supplant the browser in the European market for the first time.StatCounter, the free website analytics company, reported that Firefox took the number one spot with 38.11% of the European market compared to IE’s 37.52%. Internet Explorer experienced nearly a 3% drop from September which allowed Firefox to edge up ahead of the previously dominant browser. Interestingly enough, Firefox can thank Google’s Chrome according to Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter’s CEO, who says:AdChoices广告This appears to be happening because Google’s Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share.When you look at the gains of Chrome in Europe the numbers speak for themselves. As of December, Chrome had 14.58% market share in Europe compared to its previous market share during the same time last year of only 5.06%. Don’t expect Microsoft to put up a white flag anytime soon, though. When you look at North America it is clear that Internet Explorer maintains a dominant lead over other browsers with 48.92% market share compared to Firefox (26.7%) and Chrome (12.82%). If IE’s market share continues to erode in North America, Microsoft’s browser may soon find itself fighting a bloodier browser war on the home front as well.Read more at StatCounterBrian’s OpinionMicrosoft can thank its market share losses on a previously ill conceived decision many years ago to tie releases of Internet Explorer to new versions of Windows. The company was smart enough to reverse that decision, but not before browsers like Firefox were able to take advantage of the demand by users for a new updated browser. Now with the incredible gains of Google’s Chrome browser, Microsoft is facing increasing pressure to offer timely updates to its browser which are expected to be packed full of performance improvements and new features.While Firefox can be proud of its new title as the number one browser in Europe, they would do well not to sit idle or they too may soon find themselves passed by Google’s Chrome browser. Microsoft for a time thought it could rest on its dominance and now as a result its Internet Explorer is #2 in Europe. You can bet some Microsoft executive is getting an earful over that one.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian government has announced encouraging new statistics, that it claims show an increase in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community students in the areas of skilled work.Using National Skills Week as its platform, Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling earlier this week declared that statistics indicate a growth in employment, and a greater number of Victorians training in skill shortage areas than ever before.Now in its fourth year, National Skills Week is a nation-wide initiative, highlighting career opportunities through vocational education and training. The initiative includes 500 Victorian training institutions, including TAFEs.The figures are much to the delight of the Victorian government, which unveiled actions it had undertaken to increase state-wide skills shortages, including massive cash injections to fund training.As a result, as many as 72 per cent of Victorian students are training in areas of need, according to government statistics. The statistics show that since 2010, the number of CALD students has increased by up to 109 per cent.“This report confirms the Victorian Coalition government’s record $1.2 billion annual investment is directed to funding training in areas of demand by industry and employers,” Mr Wakeling said.“Our number one priority is to ensure Victorian training students have the best chance of getting a meaningful and long term job.”Complementing the increase in culturally and linguistically students was a 43 per cent increase in indigenous student numbers and a 58 per cent increase in students with a disability.“Under the Coalition government, funding for Victorian training is 50 per cent more than Labor’s last year in office, while TAFEs receive $600 million, a significant 23 per cent increase since 2010,” Mr Wakeling added.The minister pledged a further $5 billion toward skill developments over the next four years, should the Coalition win the state election in November.
The corporate parent of Vancouver’s Northwest Natural Products, a fast-growing maker of gummy vitamins for children and adults, has been purchased for $650 million in cash, the purchasing company Church & Dwight Co. of Princeton, N.J. reported MondayNorthwest Natural Products makes Vitafusion vitamins, for adults, and L’il Critters vitamins, for children. It is operated by Avid Health Inc. of Vancouver, the company being purchased by Church & Dwight Co. For the year ending June 30, Avid’s sales were about $230 million, Church & Dwight said.Princeton, N.J.-based Church & Dwight makes personal-care, household and specialty products under the Arm & Hammer brand name. The deal, announced Monday, is expected to close this fall.“The acquisition of Avid’s gummy vitamins business represents a great addition to our existing portfolio and brings to our company a new growth platform in one of the fastest-growing segments of the attractive vitamin/mineral/supplement category. It is also consistent with our strategy of strengthening our business by adding No. 1 or No. 2 brands in areas of high growth potential,” said James R. Craigie, chairman and chief executive officer of Church & Dwight, in a news release.Northwest Natural representatives directed questions to Church & Dwight. The New Jersey company did not respond to questions submitted Tuesday.Formed in 1985, Northwest Natural Products produces over 142 vitamin products sold at major retail stores, according to its website.Company officials would not comment on the sale or respond to questions, but a 2010 article in The Columbian reported that Northwest Natural Products employed nearly 500 people, from production workers to certified food technologists.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman is taking in a chihuahua and her four puppies after they were victims of animal cruelty at a bar.A foster parent took a mother chihuahua and her four puppies into her care Monday until they are old enough to be adopted.According to officials, Teresa Gardner walked into the Briny Irish Pub in Pompano Beach last Sunday swinging and tossing a backpack with the dogs inside.They said she was trying to sell them.Gardner has since been charged with animal cruelty and resisting arrest.The 27-year-old remains behind bars.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:38Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:36?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close WATCH: ISIS chief Baghdadi is back, hails Sri Lanka attack in 1st video in 5 years A week after the most notorious of all terror outfits – the ISIS – claimed responsibility for the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the Islamic State released a propaganda video featuring ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for the first time in five years. Baghdadi was last seen in 2014 in the Grand Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq.Sitting cross-legged, Baghdadi speaks for about 40 seconds with an assault rifle leaning against the wall behind him. Baghdadi addressed a wide range of topics. Translating what the IS chief said, experts said that that Baghdadi praised the Sri Lankan bombings. He spoke about the long battle of Islam and its people. “The battle of Baghouz is over. But it did show the savagery, brutality and ill intentions of the Christians towards the Muslim community,” Baghdadi says. The terror outfit had carried out 92 operations in around eight countries in revenge for their losses, claimed Baghdadi.Watch the nerve-racking video here:As suspected, reporting about Baghdadi that he was slim & ailing (recurrent in captured commanders’ testimonies, who claimed to have met him) were inaccurate pic.twitter.com/jSRa4LqNxl— Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) April 29, 2019In the video, the IS chief paid tribute to fighters who died in the Baghouz area, saying they included nationals from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, France, Australia, Chechnya and Egypt. Self-proclaimed ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in a fresh video after 5 years. TwitterThe chief of the now-defunct IS caliphate seems to have survived the US-led air strike of 2015 and have fully recovered from his injuries. Baghdadi is seen addressing a few people whose faces have been blurred. The video, released by Islamic State media wing al-Furqan on Monday (April 29), offers no indication of where and when it was being shot.With a $25 million US bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the world’s most wanted man. Despite a number of claims about his death in the past few years, Baghdadi’s latest video demonstrates the fact that he is still alive but his whereabouts remain a mystery.NOTE: International Business Times could not verify the authenticity of the video.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday vowed to launch a massive anti-corruption campaign as she delivered her first nationwide address, assuming office for the third consecutive term, also seeking a greater national unity on core issues. “Now we need national unity. We have to go proceed together sinking all differences. The unity will be based on the spirit of the War of Liberation, secularism, democratic values, equality, justice, development and progress,” she said in her 25-minute televised address.Sheikh Hasina said being the winning party Awami League constituted the government but “every citizen irrespective of their views and party affiliations is equal to the government”.“We will work for every citizen, taking initiative to establish accountability and good governance in public service sector and uphold the rule of law at all levels of the national life,” she said.The premier warned of launching a stringent anti-graft drive in her new term in office acknowledging the peoples sentiment against the persisting corrupt practices in different sectors.“I know there is unhappiness about corruption at all level of society . . . the government will go tough in execution the law to uproot corruption,” she said.The premier said information technology facilities would be used to detect sector-wise corruption but insisted that participation of mass people in the anti-graft drive was very crucial to stamp out corruption.She said also urged media to extend support the government in spearheading the anti-graft campaign.Sheikh Hasina said the drive against drug and militancy would continue simultaneously to build a peaceful society, where there would have no envy and hatred among the people of any faith.The premier urged the opposition members elected to Jatiya Sangsad in the 30 December elections to join the parliament session assuring them of giving proper value to all their proposals and criticism whatever their strength in the house.“The number of opposition members is very low in the 11th Parliament. But we will not consider them on the basis of their strength rather value them on the basis of the rationality of their argument,” she said.Sheikh Hasina added: “Jatiya Sangsad will be the focal point of all development.”She said a section of Bangladeshi youths became involved with terrorism and militancy as they were misguided at the instigation of some local and alien groups and sounded a strong note of warning against these elements.“There is no room for terrorism in Islam as the religion always preached for peace,” Sheikh Hasina said.The premier said her government initiated a campaign for education sector reforms particularly for modernization of the madrasa education for expansion of religious education.“Madrasa education is being modernized to make it productive. Dawra-e-Hadith of Quami Madrasa has been recognized equivalent to ‘master degree’ while 560 mosque cum Islamic Cultural Centres are being established across the country,” she said.The prime minister made a fervent call to the youth folks to be imbued with the ideals of language movement, mass upsurge of 1969, War of Liberation also recalling the sacrifices of Asad-Matiur and Noor Hossain to materialize the dream of independence.“Youths are our future leaders. I have full confidence in the creativeness, courage and strength of the youths. They can nourish the spirit of the Golden Bangladesh,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said responding to Bangabandhu’s call people of Bangladesh had given vote for Awami League in 1970 polls.In 2018, they gave Awami League another chance to serve them by casting their vote for Awami League, she said.The prime minister said she has nothing to gain personally from politics. She is doing politics with the prime objective of materializing the dream of Bangabandhu and welfare of the people. She has devoted her present for the future of posterity, she said.“My prime objective is to build a nation where the next generation will get a better life . . . we are following the footprint of Bangabandhu who has set an example of sacrifice in politics,” the premier said.Sheikh Hasina said her government would use the power, merit and creativity of youths for nation building activities so that they could take forward the country towards development and prosperity.About the formation of the new cabinet comprising freshers and elders the prime minister said, “We are determined to reach our goal though combined efforts of new and old leaders and will try heart and soul to reciprocate to the gesture of voters”.Sheikh Hasina said the victory of Awami League on 30 December election was very much anticipated.Many local and foreign surveys including the London based Economic Intelligence Unit and Research and Development Center ahead of the polls had predicted it.She attributed her party’s victory to country’s overall socioeconomic development over the last ten years.Sheikh Hasina said expansion of electricity coverage, allowances for poor, elderly persons and widows, education facilities of the children of poor families, hike of the wages of day labourers, salary of civil servants, agricultural incentives and implementation of many mega projects including Padma Bridge and Dhaka Metro Rail were some of the key areas that contributed to the election victory.Sheikh Hasina identified BNP’s election strategy for their colossal defeat in the polls.“BNP nominated more than one candidate in most of the constituencies to make brisk business with the nomination. Finally, they fielded weak candidate in most of the areas,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said people were not certain who would be BNP’s prime minister if the party was voted to power.