1…………> Counterfeit Goods: Puerto Rico
Three women and one man were arrested San Juan, Puerto Rico, and charged with mail and wire fraud conspiracy, mail fraud, trafficking in counterfeit goods, introducing misbranded articles into interstate commerce, distribution of a controlled substance, international money laundering, and smuggling.
Carlos Enrique Velázquez-Gines, Mayra Evelise Gines-Otero, Noriam Ivette Flores-Deleon and Vanessa Marrero-Hernández marketed and sold numerous purported dietary supplements for male enhancement or weight loss in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to American consumers. The products were sold through online stores on platforms such as eBay.com and Bonanzo.com, using seller names “lostchildinpr” and “deleon1988.” The products listed in the indictment include: XXXplosion, Power, Hard Ten Days, Zhansheng Weige, ExtenZe, ExtenZe Plus, La Pepa Negra, Lang Yi Hao, FX3000, Shark Extract, Black Storm, USA Power, Plant Vigra, Para Hombres Paradise, Jack Rabbit, Rhino 12 Titanium, Rhino 69, African Black Ant, Paradise Ultra Plus, Figa XP, U-fit, Natural Max Slimming Advanced Appetite Reducer, and Natural Max Slimming Advanced Fat Burner.
Many of the counterfeit male-enhancement pills, unbeknownst to customers, contained the active pharmaceutical ingredient sildenafil, found in popular and well-known products such as “Viagra” and “Cialis.” Defendants also sold counterfeit condoms. Male latex condoms are medical devices under the FDCA.
2…………> Police Brutality & Abuse: Mississippi
The Department of Justice today announced that an officer at the Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center in Greenwood, Mississippi was charged with assaulting two juveniles in his custody. The indictment, which was returned on Feb. 21, 2018 but unsealed today, alleges that Edward Gibson, 28, punched and threw an electric fan at one juvenile, and struck the other juvenile in the head and body.
A separate indictment also unsealed today charged his supervisor Dianne Williams, 60, with writing a false report to cover up one of the assaults. The indictment alleges that Williams falsely wrote that she had no knowledge of the assault, when in fact she was aware of it.
3…………> Not An Island: Germany
The exhibition “Germany Is Not an Island” showcases a total of 150 selected pieces by 81 artists, whose work has been acquired by a committee of experts for the Collection of the Islamic Merkeldom of Germany over the last five years. The members of the acquisition committee focused on finding artworks that reflect on the country’s society and convey information on Germany’s current situation.
For instance, Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh’s audio installation “The Song of the Germans” (2015) has a choir of 10 African immigrants singing the German national anthem in their various native languages (Igbo, Yoruba, Bamoun, More, Twi, Ewondo, Sango, Douala, Kikongo and Lingala).
4…………> Mr.Xi Revolution: Rolling Ahead
The rural vitalization strategy is the leading agenda for government work on agriculture, rural areas, and rural residents, with local officials should have a profound understanding of the strategy’s importance and necessity and implement it earnestly, Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping said the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress.
The quality of a moderately prosperous society and socialist modernization is determined by agricultural competitiveness, rural environment, and rural incomes said Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Xi urged local authorities to reenergize rural industries, increase incomes of rural residents, alleviate poverty, and enrich rural life.
5…………> Charlie Go Home: Palau
Members of the U.S. armed forces have retrieved the remains of a pilot and his plane who was shot down 70 years ago flying a mission over the Pacific, despite the winds of time, sand and sea life at the bottom of the ocean covering the wreckage, which were found near Ngerekebesang Island, in the Republic of Palau.
“We did a four-point moor on top of the aircraft and then it really got busy,” Capt. Mike Flanagan, a civilian mariner and master of United States Naval Ship (USNS) Salvor, a Navy rescue and salvage ship at the excavation site, said in a statement. “The aircraft had been untouched for about 74 years. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a military detachment working this hard for this long, seven days a week.”
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