first_imgVermont Attorney General William Sorrell, 38 other Attorneys General, and the Federal Trade Commission filed settlements today with The Dannon Company, Inc, regarding Dannon’s advertising of Activia and DanActive yogurt products. Under the multistate settlement, Dannon will change its marketing practices and pay $21 million to the Attorneys General to settle allegations that Dannon made unsubstantiated and unlawful marketing claims. The $21 million payment is the largest payment to date in a multistate settlement with a food producer. Vermont’s share of the settlement is $425,000.‘Dannon led consumers to believe that its Activia and DanActive products offered health benefits, but it lacked scientific evidence to support its claims,’ said Attorney General Sorrell. ‘Companies can’t use scientific-sounding names and say certain products are good for us without having supportive scientific studies.’Dannon represented that DanActive provided consumers with ‘immunity’ and cold and flu prevention benefits. The Attorneys General alleged that those claims are unlawful because Dannon lacked adequate evidence to support them. Dannon’s advertising and marketing emphasized that DanActive contains a probiotic bacterial strain (live microorganisms that confer a health benefit on consumers), which Dannon trademarked under the fanciful name, L. casei Immunitas.Dannon represented that Activia helped to regulate one’s digestive system. The representation was based largely on the presence of one ingredient, a bacterial strain with supposed probiotic benefits that Dannon trademarked under the name Bifidus Regularis. The Attorneys General alleged that Dannon represented that Activia improved intestinal transit time by consuming only one serving per day for two weeks. This representation was contrary to the conclusions of the majority of relevant studies. The Attorneys General also alleged that Dannon made other unsubstantiated and unlawful claims about Activia’s benefits.The terms of the settlement filed today limit the advertising claims that Dannon can make in the future. Specifically, Dannon may not represent that its products can prevent, treat, cure or mitigate disease. Additionally, Dannon must possess competent and reliable scientific evidence to support claims about the health benefits, performance, efficacy or safety of its probiotic food products. Source: December 15, 2010. Vermont Attorney General William Sorrelllast_img read more

first_img“It’s everything. That’s why we’re created. I don’t know if you can be a Christian and not have that community that being with one another because Christianity is a shared faith,” he said. While he also appreciated the opportunity to offer services online and noted that it actually expanded the church’s outreach, he said being able to worship in the same place is a basic need for a congregation like his. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that churches can reopen at 25% capacity as part of Phase two. While Bonnie Coddington said she’s looking forward to the return of services indoors, as long as she’s able to worship with her congregation, she says she’s happy. Fellow church member Alberta ‘Bert’ Wilmot says this is especially true for the congregation right now. “We just talked about how we wanted to do it what kind of safety precautions we wanted to have and so myself and the leadership team put it together,” Hardy said. The church is now offering drive-in services, something church member Bonnie Coddington of Endwell says that when it came to the church’s virtual worship services, there was just something missing.center_img ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Church members at Endicott Community Church of the Nazarene are happy to be back worshiping together, even if it’s from the parking lot. “We have several church members who have recently lost loved ones,” Wilmot said. “To be able to go up to them and say, ‘It takes time, don’t expect the grief to go away tomorrow,’ and you can see their hesitation and hopefully you can address them.” Lead Pastor Keith Hardy said as soon as the church got word from the state that drive-in services were allowed, a plan was created. “We’re still in God’s house, so no matter where we are, we’re still in God’s house so it doesn’t matter,” she says. “We’re a family and to be with your family members, and to see them and to be able to wave to them and stand safely away from them and catch up with them has been wonderful,” she said. “It’s good for our hearts and it makes us feel connected again.”last_img read more

first_imgRead also: No EV? Park outside new capital city and take public transportationThe government has placed the total cost of the capital’s development at Rp 466 trillion (US$33.7 billion). Around 54.4 percent will come from public-private partnerships, 26.4 percent from the private sector and just 19.2 percent from the state budget.Of the 30 investors, Luhut went on to say, five represented companies from the transportation sector, one from the telecommunications sector, six from the industrial sector, four that operated in retail and one in the housing sector.There are also four companies that are interested in drinking water development, three in providing electricity, one in providing waste management and one company in offering health-related services. Some are hoping to participate in the new capital’s pooling fund, including three international institutions offering their services for sovereign wealth funds, one for bilateral funds, five companies for securities and one company for insurance products. Luhut said the development of the new capital city would encourage partnerships between the public sector, private sector, universities and state-owned enterprises, in which each would have different roles. “Government buildings will be developed using the state budget. We will give entertainment, education and health to the private sector to develop.”Read also: New capital city development requires 300,000 construction workersIndonesia’s new capital will be developed as a smart, compact forest city that will follow the principles of sustainability.The government’s focus for 2020 is preparing a master plan and technical plan and procuring land. The construction of government buildings and other major facilities will take place from 2022 to 2024.The government is set to conduct a soft groundbreaking in July to start building road access to the city. The relocation will start in 2024. More than 30 local and foreign investors have expressed an interest in developing Indonesia’s new capital city in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara in East Kalimantan, according to a top government official.“We want all of them to be high-quality partners because I don’t want non-green [investment] in the new capital city,” Coordinating Maritime and Investment Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said during a seminar about the new capital’s development in Jakarta on Wednesday.  He added that the investors were from Singapore, Japan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates, among other countries. center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris Morris, Fortune MagazineThere are a lot of benefits of choosing not to smoke. You live longer. You live healthier. And, if you happen to work for the Japanese marketing firm Piala Inc, you get a lot more vacation time.The company has introduced a paid leave allowance to non-smokers, giving them an extra six days off per year. And though many companies offer some sort of incentive to kick the butts for health and insurance reasons, at Piala, it’s all about fairness.It’s estimated cigarette breaks take at least 15 minutes, so non-smokers have complained to the company that they were working harder than people who ran out for a nicotine fix several times a day. The company, after investigating, agreed—and CEO Takao Asuka set the new policy.Many Japanese firms are encouraging their workers to quit smoking, especially as the 2020 Summer Olympics draw near. Tokyo’s governor is hoping to enact a ban on smoking in public places before the Games arrive, though will likely have trouble pushing that through.Globally, smoking carries costs of more than $1 trillion per year, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. That’s far more than global revenues from tobacco taxes, which total an estimated $269 billion.last_img read more

first_imgSome pointers for collecting:– Always call first to see if the seeds you plan to collect are still needed.– Collect only seeds and fruit – no leaves, sticks, or trash.– Keep species separate – if you’re not certain that two (or more) trees are the same species, keep them in separate containers.– If you are not certain if you have the proper species, email a photo of the seed/fruit, leaves, bark, and twigs to the address below for identification.– Most of the listed species are ripe and ready to collect when they fall off the tree.– Healthy acorns (with the exception of bur oak) will fall free of the cap.– Keep the seeds/fruit cool until you can deliver it to us – an air-conditioned basement is good for a short period of time. Vallonia, In. — Indiana’s state tree nurseries in Vallonia and Medaryville may pay you to collect certain tree seed throughout the state.Each year, the nurseries, part of the DNR Division of Forestry, plant millions of seeds to produce tree and shrub seedlings for conservation planting within the state. Each year much of the seed the nurseries use is supplied by collectors from all over the state. DNR Forestry pays seed collectors on the basis of “pure live seed.” That term means the seeds must be from the required tree species, and cannot be infected with disease or infested with insects.DNR Forestry’s goal is to produce 2-3 million seedlings each year for conservation plantings. Because of natural factors, achieving that goal requires planting about 8.5 million seeds. DNR Forestry, which operates the nurseries, orchestrates statewide seed collection with the goal of diversifying the seed source. Such diversification allows the nursery to grow seedlings that will be well adapted to grow into mature trees throughout the state.Some of the seeds being sought, and the price per seed offered, include black oak, black walnut, pin oak, red oak, shumard oak, and white oak (2 cents per each qualifying seed); and bur oak, chinkapin oak, swamp chestnut oak and swamp white oak (3 cents per each qualifying seed). A complete list of species needed, prices and dates needed is at read more

first_imgQuentin Hillsman didn’t know what his team was doing, but he didn’t want to stop it.With Syracuse trailing by three at halftime, the SU defense shifted to a run-and-jump press. It was something the head coach hadn’t asked his team to do in his nine years of coaching the Orange. But with North Carolina State’s sloppy ball-handling and Syracuse needing a change of pace, Hillsman let the press go and it worked to the tune of a 23-0 SU run.“I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing that, and I’ll be good,’” Hillsman said. “I had no idea what they were doing on the front of their press. I can’t take credit for that 23-0 run. That’s all them.”Syracuse doubled up the Wolfpack in the second half and turned a halftime deficit into an inevitable blowout win in a matter of nine minutes. The No. 23 Orange (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) held on for its fifth straight win, defeating N.C. State (12-8, 3-4) 66-49 on Sunday in the Carrier Dome in front of 1,300.Alexis Peterson — who finished with 27 points, five rebounds and four assists — keyed the run with seven points and three assists. But it was the defense that forced four turnovers during the stretch that put the stamp on another game-defining run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think we just picked up our energy, our intensity,” Peterson said. “We started getting stops and we started making some baskets. It kind of turned us over and got us excited.”Peterson said the team started matching defensively in the press, which helped speed it up.With 11 minutes to go in the game, Cornelia Fondren stole a pass from Miah Spencer, tossed to Peterson from her knees, who in turn whipped it to a wide-open Taylor Ford for an easy layup.After N.C. State inbounded the ball, the press defense hurriedly forced a 10-second violation in the backcourt. The Orange players clapped at half court, with Peterson high-fiving every one of her teammates before shouting, “Let’s go.”Syracuse was up 17, and had just bookended its longest scoring run of the season.“I think in the first half, we didn’t play with our energy,” Hillsman said. “In the second half, I think that we came out and we rectified that early. Anything tough we were going to get it. Anything physical, we were going to take care of.”Hillsman said that he didn’t think his team got to the loose balls, and as a result, it was struggling to score in its transition offense.But in the second half, everything changed. A 24.1-percent shooting half turned into 52 percent after the break. Defensively, the Orange held N.C. State to 20.7 percent shooting in a 20-point second half.Ford, who scored five of her six points and collected all four of her rebounds in the second half, said it’s the little things that generate the big runs.“It’s just an instinct,” Ford said. “If I’m not scoring, I’m always trying to do other things.”Last season, a nine-point SU lead with nine minutes to play at N.C. State turned into a six-point loss in its ACC opener. When the two had a rematch in the conference tournament, a 25-1 Wolfpack run in the second half eliminated the Orange.When SU was presented with a similar precarious lead on Sunday, it ran with it instead of wilting. The team was reminded of those losses by Hillsman during a huddle in the second half. This time the defense stood pat, and with it, the offense followed.“We did take pride in putting our feet on the ground and holding it,” Hillsman said. “It felt good for us to finally buckle down and not let them make a run and come back and beat us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2015 at 7:01 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

first_imgThe Dept. of Public Safety released an update for the mobile safety application LiveSafe. The update, which took effect last Tuesday, allows students to call Campus Cruiser through the interface.The SafeWalk feature that allows students to input their destination so that friends can track each other on a map has also been updated. Now friends can request a SafeWalk for someone else. The update should occur automatically on both Apple and Android devices.The app still allows people to report emergencies and send tips about safety hazards using text messages, photos and video but now when people open the app the icon that used to be labeled SafeWalk is called StaySafe.If students launch the StaySafe feature they can call campus cruiser or start a SafeWalk.The app, customized for USC, was made available to all students, faculty and staff in November and there have been 4,700 downloads since, according to Jill Frater, business continuity specialist at USC Fire Safety and Emergency Planning. The SafeWalk feature has been used 903 times.“In speaking with the vendor of LiveSafe they’ve said we’ve done probably a better job than other universities in terms of the number of users downloading it after launch,” Frater said.But DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said outreach is very much an ongoing process, and the department has a long way to go toward reaching its goal of every student, faculty member and staff member downloading the app.“Last week I spoke to a large group of incoming grad students both at the University Park Campus and the Health Science Campus.” Carlisle said.He added that community outreach officers have also gone to the private housing developments including the Lorenzo and University Gateway Apartments and spoken about including LiveSafe information in leasing information packets.Some students including second-year global communications graduate student  Shijia Ouyang said as an international student from China, safety is a big concern, especially since the murders of Chinese nationals Ming Qu and Ying Wu in 2012 and Xinran Ji over the summer.“I went to a lecture for international students where they told me they would develop an app in the future,” Ouyang said.  “I received the email [about the app] so I downloaded it but actually I don’t know how to use it. I wish I could find some instruction.”Becky Teper, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said she’d heard of the app but hadn’t downloaded it because she didn’t know enough about it to feel comfortable using it.“I would consider getting it but I would have to see what the features were first,” Teper said. “I definitely think it will be effective in targeting students.  Most students have smartphones so it’s a good way for them to communicate with DPS.”DPS Communications Supervisor Sandra Young said a large amount of activity that occurred in the month following the launch was students testing the app to see how the features worked, something the department encouraged.“We haven’t received any type of priority one, which is emergency-type calls,” Young said.  “Last month it was more geared toward maintenance or service issues like people being locked out or people reporting anything they think is suspicious.”DPS received 93 communications through the app in December, Young said.Frater said there has been a great deal of feedback and helpful suggestions so far.“We want to reach out whenever and wherever we can,” she said. “We want to continue to make it better and we want to continue to get that feedback.”last_img read more

first_imgNo. 22 North Carolina State (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) visits Syracuse (5-2, 2-2) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night.The Orange is coming off a double-overtime squeaker against North Carolina, and the Wolfpack got thumped by No. 2 Clemson, 41-7, last weekend. Led by NFL prospect quarterback Ryan Finley, NC State is the first obstacle in the way of a five-win SU team trying to reach bowl eligibility for the first time since 2013.Here’s what to know before Saturday’s matchup.All-time series: North Carolina State leads, 10-1.Last time they played: Syracuse visited Raleigh, North Carolina, a season ago and got clipped 33-25. NCSU built a 26-7 lead early in the third quarter, and despite Eric Dungey’s best efforts —  30 of 47 passes for 385 yards, 44 rushing yards and three total touchdowns — SU didn’t have the momentum to come back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRunning backs Nyheim Hines and Jaylen Samuels dominated against the Orange — the two combined for 28 carries, 189 yards and two touchdowns. Finley was efficient, completing 20 of 33 passes for 186 yards and a score. Defensive lineman Bradley Chubb finished with 3.5 tackles for loss, two of them sacks.The North Carolina State report: The offense this season — sans Hines — revolves around Finley, the quarterback. In featuring Finley this season, the Wolfpack has allowed only three sacks in six games, the second-best sacks per game number (0.5) out of 129 FBS teams. The NCSU offensive line has earned Pro Football Focus’ top grade for an ACC offensive line so far this season. Published on October 25, 2018 at 12:31 am Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+center_img With consistently clean pockets, Finley has completed 68.3 percent of his passes for nearly 300 yards a game — 15th nationally. He has 10 touchdowns to five interceptions and has accounted for 66.8 percent of the Wolfpack’s total yardage. His top target is Kelvin Harmon, who is second on the Wolfpack with 35 receptions and averages 15.6 yards per catch, top on the team among players with 10 or more receptions.Last season, the defense, led by Chubb, the eventual No. 5-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, featured a fearsome pass rush. NCSU tallied nine tackles for loss in 2017’s matchup with SU, including three sacks. That passing rush unit has 15 sacks through six games this year.How Syracuse beats North Carolina State: Get after Finley and build a lead.The key to stopping NC State’s offense is stopping Finley. With two starting cornerbacks — Chris Fredrick and Scoop Bradshaw — questionable heading into Saturday, Syracuse might have to lean on its pass rush to disrupt the precise passer. To date, Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson have combined for 13 sacks, but production’s been slow in recent weeks. If Finley is under constant stress, the Wolfpack offense will struggle.Syracuse is at its best when it scores early and often. Against Western Michigan, Syracuse pummeled the Broncos in the first quarter thanks to a blistering start. By getting out and taking a lead, SU can get the Wolfpack off its game plan and create advantageous situations for the defense to get after Finley.Player to watch: Ryan Finley, quarterback, No. 15Finley makes this whole team work. Projected to be taken at some point in the 2019 NFL Draft, he’s the key to stopping the Wolfpack. The graduate student is currently having one of the best statistical seasons of his career, posting high in completion percentage, yards per attempt and passer rating. If the offensive line keeps up the high-level play and Finley has time to work, it’ll be an uphill battle for the Orange. Player to watch: Kelvin Harmon, wide receiver, No. 3Harmon is currently NC State’s leading wide receiver, continuing his role from a season ago. At 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds with some of the best hands in college football, Harmon is currently CBS’ No. 20-ranked NFL prospect in the nation. He has tremendous size and the athleticism to beat nearly any cornerback in a foot race or over the top. Harmon didn’t start playing organized football until he was 13, but quickly became one of the top wide receivers in the country. In his first two years at NC State, he’s put forth two of the top freshman and sophomore seasons in school history. Last year as a sophomore, he posted the first 1,000-yard season at NC State since 2003. His best asset is his hands — Harmon works on the jug machines every day, he said, working different angles and different hand positioning to try to account for anything he may see on the field. The biggest key for NC State to succeed, Harmon said, is double coverage against a wideout.“Sometimes times teams try to bracket one player and that allows us to go deep across the board,” Harmon said. “Someone’s gonna be open.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgCollins received that opportunity when he entered the game at 10:28 of the second quarter. Most of the crowd greeted Collins with warm reception, but the response hardly matched the volume reached after a Kobe Bryant game-winner. That’s likely what Collins wanted. He downplayed his role as a “crusader” for the gay and lesbian community. “Hopefully I’ll be in the right place and my mind will be in the right place,” Collins said. “Let’s see if my body will be in the right place. I know I can execute the game plan.”Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam recently announced he was gay mere weeks before the NFL combine and NFL draft. Forward Robbie Rogers of Major League Soccer’s Galaxy also announced last year he was gay. Rogers, a friend of Collins, also became among the many who texted and called Collins for support on Sunday. Collins, a 13-year veteran who carved himself a niche as a physical interior defender, recalled hearing a groundswell of support through former coaches and teammates. He also talked with Rogers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He was offering advice just like all friends do,” Collins said. “He has experience going down this path. Just like any good friend, we talked about life.”The NBA, Lakers and gay-advocacy groups all offered support. “Jason Collins and the Nets making history like this literally helps save lives,” Akil Patterson of Athlete Ally youth programs said in a statement. “For generations, countless LGBT youth have lacked important openly gay role models in professional men’s sports,”center_img On an ordinary night at Staples Center without any playoff implications riding on the result, history still happened. And if you weren’t aware of it, the standing room only press conference and an additional exit entrance to accommodate the fire code gave it away.After 10 months announcing his sexual orientation in a Sports Illustrated article, former Harvard-Westlake standout Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete to be on an NBA roster by signing a 10-day contract Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity,” Collins said before the Lakers hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday at Staples Center. “That’s why I work so hard and I train and do what I do.”last_img read more

first_imgŠiroki Brijeg Team is qualified for the third qualifying round of European League after last night‘s victory at “Pecara”, where they won against Kazakhstan Irtysh with the result 2:0.Ješe at the19th minute and Ivanković at the 76 minute scored the goals from the representatives of BiH.In the third qualifying round Široki Brijeg will play against Italian club Udinese.Football players of Sarajevo and Zrinjski( Mostar) also played last night return matches of the  second qualifying round of the European league, but both teams were eliminated.After the first match in Mostar, where they played against Bulgaria‘s Botev and resulted with a draw, players of Zrinjski last night were defeated with the result of 2-0. The Plovdiv Team celebrated goals of the Ognyan (80 minute) and Nedelev (89 minute).At the stadium” Asim Ferhatović Hase” Sarajevo football players failed to break through the walls of the Albanian team Kukesi. The first match ended with a result of 3-0 in favor for Kukesi and the return match of Sarajevo ended with the result 0-0.Sarajevo had initiative throughout the match but failed to take advantage of numerous chances. At the 68 minute Alen Mevlunović failed to take advantage of a penalty that goal man defender of Kukesi successfully caught.Kukesi will play in the third qualifying round against the Ukrainian Metalurg from Donjeck.(Source: Fena)last_img read more