FDA labels kratom an opioid. What is it?

United States (JR) – It seems that every few months a new drug makes headlines. First bath salts, a synthetic stimulant which can produce paranoia and hallucinations, then K2, a man-made substance that contains compounds resembling the active chemicals in marijuana, and now kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a botanical substance often sold as an herbal supplement. The plant was labeled an opioid by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2018. It made this determination based on a 3-D modeling study of its compounds. In an earlier public health advisory on the substance, issued in November 2017, the FDA cautioned…

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5 Social Media Sites to Visit Rather Than Facebook, or Twitter

US (PT) – Late last year, I was scrolling through twitter and realized that I was not seeing anything from The Pontiac Tribune Twitter feed. I navigated to the page and was met with a screen that simply told me that the account had been suspended. It’s still that way, but rather than fight Twitter. There are some sites out there that are up-and-coming that I’d like to highlight further. Maybe join me, and the Pontiac Tribune there? What timeline? The account is suspended. Intro For the record, I don’t want to…

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Saudi Arabian Women Granted Permission to Work as Investigators

Saudi Arabia (Sputnik) – The Saudi public prosecutor’s office has announced that it is hiring Saudi women as investigation officers. The application process will start on Sunday, February 11, and will continue until March 3, the al-Madina Arabic newspaper reported. Women will be hired as investigators for the first time, as the kingdom seeks to encourage female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era. “Vacancies are available in women’s positions on the staff of the public prosecution for the rank of lieutenant investigator,” the Saudi public prosecutor’s office announced in a statement relayed by the information ministry. The announcement is in line with Crown…

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Teacher misconduct: Research on educators committing crime

US (JR) — A junior high school teacher in Illinois was charged with battery, accused of throwing an electronic device at a student’s face during an argument. In Florida, a first-grade teacher lost her job after campus officials said they found her drunk in class. A Michigan high school automotive teacher was charged with criminal sexual conduct after allegedly having sex with a teenager on school grounds. Journalists regularly cover stories about teachers behaving badly. To help, we’ve pulled together a sampling of academic research that looks at teacher misconduct broadly as well as sexual misconduct specifically. We…

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Emmanuel Macron Was Supposed to Be the Anti-Trump. He’s Not.

France (FPIF) – The French darling of American liberals is slashing taxes for the rich and cracking down on immigrants. Coming just months after the election of Donald Trump in the United States, and as illiberal authoritarianism seemed to be creeping all over Europe, the election of French president Emmanuel Macron brought a sigh of relief to many across Western democracies. It was May 2017 when Macron, a pro-European centrist, decisively defeated the far-right, Euroskeptic Marine le Pen. Enthusiastic and patriotic messages such as “Vive la France” or “Vive l’Europe” poured…

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How the media convinced you the shooter was the wrong person and a ‘communist’

(TFC) – Yesterday, millions of people across the globe stared in horror at the image of the Broward County school shooter. They were able to infer from the image the shooter was a leftist, and probably a “communist”. Nikolas Cruz was the killer leftist the right wing always dreamed about and word spread like wildfire on social media. The problem is the photo isn’t Nikolas Cruz, it’s Marcel Fontaine. Marcel lives on the other side of the country and had nothing to do with the shooting. The Fifth Column reached…

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US Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Deportation of DACA Recipients

United States (Sputnik) – A US federal judge has ruled that US President Donald Trump’s administration cannot move forward with plans to deport thousands of young immigrants starting March 5, the date by which 800,000 DACA recipients have to exit the country following an executive order signed by Trump last fall. US District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis stated in a court order Tuesday in New York that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) could not be cancelled “pending a decision on the merits of these cases.” “Defendants thus must continue processing both initial…

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4 Compliance Areas You Don’t Want to Skip Over

When you are operating your business, there are always things that need doing. Some of these things are incredibly important, and some of them just don’t matter. The trick is to figure out where things fall on that scale. When it comes to being compliant with legal requirements and standards, these tasks tend to fall on the incredibly important side. Here are a few things you shouldn’t skip over, no matter what. Liability Insurance Every business is required by law to have insurance in case of emergencies. Liability insurance covers…

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5 Ways Your Business Can Give Back to the Community

It has been noted on more than one occasion that the millennial generation is highly motivated by community-minded initiatives. Some believe the younger generation won’t participate in commerce unless they feel their purchases are going towards a worthwhile cause. For this reason, many entrepreneurs are not only finding ways to make their existing businesses socially conscious, and some are even starting businesses with “giving back” as their primary foundation. Since it might lead to new opportunities, even from customers in other age demographics, some business owners are looking for ways…

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Golden Dawn Girls documentary gives new voice to women in Greece’s far-right elite

Greece (OpenDemocracy) – Why would women connected to leaders of the extreme nationalist party invite documentary cameras into their homes, around their dinner tables, and inside party headquarters? When I first heard about the documentary Golden Dawn Girls, I was more than a little sceptical. Why would three women of the Greek far-right party’s elite invite cameras into their homes, around their dinner tables and inside the party headquarters, for a feature-length film? What was their agenda? Norwegian documentary maker, Håvard Bustnes, presents the film as a quest to discover “what happened…

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