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PMI WARNS OF EXPANDING ILLICIT ONLINE SALES PLATFORMS

Philip Morris International (PMI) has warned that cigarette smugglers and counterfeiters are expanding the platforms they use to generate illicit sales during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson said: “Covid-19 has accelerated the trend of illicit markets moving toward e-commerce and cyberspace, while also expanding the range of goods being sold online and on the dark web. This may redefine the route of illicit goods to market.”

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Streets of Lagos, Photo By Samuel Okocha

International News Services’ Nigeria correspondent explores Lagos city life in vivid photographic book

LAGOS is Nigeria and Africa’s most populous city - a fast-moving and changing metropolis that plays home to both the country’s super-rich and the super-poor. It’s Nigeria’s commercial capital. It is the hub of its dynamic music industry, growing arts scene and tech startups.

International News Services’ Nigeria correspondent, Samuel Okocha, has produced a photographic book showing a candid glimpse of the city. “It’s also a product of my strong interests in street photography which has been therapeutic for me,” Samuel said. “Street photography helps me slow down in a crazy fast moving city like Lagos.…

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International News Services is southern England ‘Media Company of the Year’

International News Services has won a prestigious business award for southern England – being named Media Company of the Year by the UK’s Southern Enterprise Awards for dynamic small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The agency was one of 5,000 businesses assessed by organiser SME News, Britain’s national publication for groundbreaking and innovative businesses.

SME News has the story about our agency – see Global News Agency Offers Specialist Media Outlets a Window on the World

Also see https://www.sme-news.co.uk/awards/uk-southern-business-awards/

The award panel said:

“20 years established, International News Services clearly owes its longevity and client reach within the industry to its highly experienced multilingual international team of reporters and editors, alongside its honest, upfront and trustworthy approach to its clients across the globe.

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NORDIC BEAUTY MARKET HIT BY COVID-19, BUT FUNDAMENTAL STRENGTHS REMAIN

THE NORDIC region’s beauty market has, like every other country, been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the stability of societies in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland has meant that their retail sectors have avoided some of the chaos linked to the health emergency that that has harmed other markets.

All five countries are also developed economies, whose consumers have money to keep their personal care product traders afloat.

According to Finland-based Global Research & Data Services, sales of personal care products in Norway’s 5.3 million people market last year (2019) were worth USD700 million, based on UN data.…

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EUROPEAN DAIRY SECTOR ENCOURAGED BY RUSSIA LOOSENING IMPORT BAN TO COPE WITH COVID-19

THE EUROPEAN dairy sector has welcomed the opening of an infant formula import quota by the Russian government as it shores up essential supplies to cope with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Moscow’s action on 90% demineralized whey powder followed up an announcement made in March 19 by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin that from March 20 “for one month, all restrictions on the supply of essential goods, including customs, are cancelled”. This was followed up by a government plan allowing for the easing of sanctions-related restrictions – see http://static.government.ru/media/files/vBHd4YRxpULCaUNNTFLVpPSZbMCIA2Zq.pdf…

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GROWING DESIRE FOR WELLNESS EXPANDS SALE OF NICHE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR EXERCISE AND ATHLETICS

The intersection between beauty products, fashion and sport has never been so mainstream. This was evident last year when popular yoga and athletic-apparel brand, Vancouver, Canada-based Lululemon Athletica Inc launched in June (2019) its own athleisure gender-neutral beauty and personal care line (BPC), called ‘lululemon selfcare’.

Comprised of a dry shampoo, deodorant, face moisturiser, lip balm, and more recently, body lotion, the line is sold only in North America and available in gym or travel sizes.  “For over 20 years, lululemon has been focused on solving athletes’ needs.…

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INDIA: BANKNOTES FOR VOTES CORRUPTS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

INDIAN authorities have seized more than US$120 million worth of unaccounted cash during the six-week long general election that concluded in May. Law enforcers have warned that this could be for vote buying, making a future government susceptible to corruption, promoting graft in business. Raghavendra Verma reports from New Delhi.

AS the afternoon heat ebbs in the middle of this Indian summer, a police team block a major highway outside the city of Nashik, in the western state of Maharashtra, rolling in wheeled yellow-coloured barricades. Soon a traffic jam builds up and policemen move from one car to another in search for cash, often hidden in door cavities or spare wheels.With…

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COMMISSION SETS STRICTER CMR LIMITS FOR TEXTILES

THE EUROPEAN Commission has adopted a regulation* tightening use restrictions for 33 carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) substances in clothing and textiles.

The rules amend existing restrictions in the REACH chemicals regulation 1907/2006. They set maximum concentration limits for chemicals “particularly harmful in case of frequent contact with human skin”, the Commission said in an October 10 press note.

Permitted levels range from 1mg/kg for cadmium, chromium, arsenic, and lead to 3,000mg/kg for N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF).…

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WORLD’S SMALLEST COMMERCIAL RUNWAY REBUILT – IN SABA, DUTCH CARIBBEAN

THE WORLD’S shortest commercially-operated runway has been rebuilt, with a new concrete surface replacing the previous degraded asphalt at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, on Saba, a Dutch Caribbean island.

The runway spans just 400 metres overlooking steep cliffs serving an island which is a dormant volcano with few stretches of flat land. The operator, Saba’s island government, has said that with Saba (population around 2,000) having no asphalt plant, longer-lasting concrete was a better financial choice.…

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PLANNED EU RULING MAY REGULATE TATTOO INKS FOR THE FIRST TIME TO AVOID HEALTH RISKS

Body artists in Europe may have to reconsider the pigments that they use in future, with the European Union (EU) drafting new rules that could regulate what chemicals can be used in tattoo inks.

While today 12 out of every 100 Europeans are tattooed or have some sort of permanent cosmetic treatment, experts are increasingly concerned that these skin colouring agents may contain hazardous substances, known or suspected to have adverse health effects causing cancer, allergies or mutations.…

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