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The growth of the Internet and broadband connectivity has spawned a new business model: online retailing or e-commerce. Using easily available software or templates, anyone with courage and bit of time can build a simple e-commerce web site and begin to earn money online. Growing that business into something truly rewarding will take you into the realm of site security, digital certificates, server farms, website quality assurance, redundant networks, checking for broken links, monitoring for spammers and hackers just to keep the site up and reliable. Along the way software vendors, hosting service providers, payment gateway services, order fulfillment services, security certificate services, e-commerce consultants, SEO marketing advisers and affiliate marketing providers will offer services and products to help optimize and grow that business. You will become familiar with affiliate marketing programs, SEO optimizing, blogs, outsourcing and drop-shipments. E-commerce and online retailing provide the opportunity for making money online, but there is often a steep learning curve. Benefit from the advice from these Hubbers who are doing it, so you can belong to the community of online businesses.

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FreeSamples.com Receives $15 Million Second Round Investment From Leading Media and Venture Firms.

20 Avr 2016 
SAN FRANCISCO, April 18 /PRNewswire/ --

FreeSamples.com (www.freesamples.com), an e-marketing company transforming brand promotion for the Internet age, today announced it has secured $15 million in second round financing. CondeNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of media giant Advance Publications, and Hollinger International, Inc., a leading global newspaper publisher, led the round, which also included GE Investments, TechSpace Xchange, Roccia Ventures, Starwood International and individual investor Bob Lessin, chairman and co-CEO of Wit Capital Group, Inc. Sarah Chubb, director of CondeNet, will also join the company's board of directors.

"This powerhouse group of investors validates what we have already learned from our national brand partners -- FreeSamples.com creates a win-win situation for both marketers and consumers," said Jeff Malkin, founder and CEO of FreeSamples.com. "In the next six months, we plan to work with a number of companies to help them turbocharge both their online and offline marketing and sampling activities to obtain greater customer loyalty and brand recognition."

"FreeSamples.com has developed a unique and powerful approach to market research that is important to any company enhancing a brand marketing campaign," said Sarah Chubb, director of CondeNet, a subsidiary of Advance Publications. "We believe that FreeSamples.com has built the ideal management team to turn this approach into a valuable company."

FreeSamples.com is re-inventing Internet and brand marketing toenable powerful targeted promotional campaigns to consumers via the Web.By outsourcing sampling activities to FreeSamples.com, marketers receivevaluable, actionable data on consumer preferences and segmenteddemographics to help them promote with dynamically targeted accuracy.FreeSamples.com is partnering with brand leaders in a number ofcategories including consumer package goods, health and beauty products,office supplies, pet supplies, entertainment services, pharmaceuticalsand digital content.

Bob Lessin, chairman and co-CEO of Wit Capital Group, Inc., commented, "FreeSamples.com is providing leading national brands with the opportunity to combine tried-and-true promotional activities with the power and real-time nature of one-to-one Web marketing. They are helping marketers focus their marketing dollars on those consumers most likely to become brand-loyal customers."

About FreeSamples.com

FreeSamples.com, Inc. (www.freesamples.com) is a one-to-one online targeted marketing solution, offering a new way to try before you buy(SM). The company enables brand marketers to efficiently and cost-effectively reach new consumers and convert these FreeSamplers into brand loyal customers. Founded in March 1999, FreeSamples.com, based in San Francisco, is a privately held company with funding from CondeNet, TechSpace Xchange, GE Investments, Hollinger International, Inc., Starwood download game android Capital and Bob Lessin, chairman and co-CEO of Wit Capital Group, Inc.

About CondeNet



CondeNet, based in New York, is the leading creator and developer of upscale lifestyle brands online, providing enjoyable, useful services that tie into and build upon the heritage of the world's most prestigious magazines. Today, CondeNet owns the deepest online brands in the vertical categories of food (www.epicurious.com), travel (www.concierge.com), relationships (www.swoon.com), fitness (www.PHYS.com) and fashion (www.vogue.com). CondeNet is owned by Advance Publications, Inc., a privately held media company.

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Food :: Canned Mackerel - a Healthy Food Choice?

20 Avr 2016 
Mackerel can be canned in water, salt water, tomato sauce, olive oil and other vegetable oils. Of course, fresh fish taste much better when compared with canned fish.

As lean fish protein source, many people prefer mackerel canned in salt water, while mackerel canned in various oils or tomato sauce they generally avoid. Mackerel canned in olive oil taste much better than mackerel canned in salt water, but it is also much more caloric - single tablespoon of olive oil has around 15g - 135 kcal. To reduce amounts of fats in such canned mackerel, many people put canned fish in strainer and wash it using plenty of fresh lemon juice. On the other hand, those who are worried about sodium levels should choose mackerel canned in plain water - it can be almost tasteless - just taste of fish, but those cans contain nothing but the fish meat and plain water.

Content of mercury in canned mackerel is relatively low, especially when compared with mercury levels of large predatory species like tuna or marlin. Some mackerel species, like king mackerel can have moderate levels of cadmium, mercury and other heavy metals and pollutants.

For example, FDA's (Food and Drug Administration) reports from 1990-2010, state that levels of mercury in swordfish:

- 0.995 PPM (parts per million) on average

- 3.220 PPM maximum

This is statistics for 636 samples.

Statistics for mercury in King mackerel:

- 0.730 PPM on average

- 1.670 PPM maximum

This is statistics for 213 samples.

Levels of mercury in Atlantic mackerel:

- 0.050 PPM on average

- 0.160 PPM maximum

This is statistics for 80 samples.

According to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and FDA, children, pregnant woman and those women trying to get pregnant should eat no more than:

- King mackerel - generally this kind of mackerel should be avoided,

- Mackerel (Spanish, Gulf) - consume no more than three 180g (6 oz.) servings per month,

- Mackerel (North Atlantic) - consume no more than two 180g (6 oz.) servings per week.

Other people can safely follow these recommendations - after all, what is safe for children and pregnant women, it is also safe for others. Mackerel from much cleaner seas (some parts of Mediterranean, for example) can be eaten more often - it is very important to read the labels and follow the recommendation guidelines regarding mercury levels in the fish.

Various canned mackerel recipes enable every person to enjoy this type of food avoiding boredom. Generally, when planning such meals, one should try to consume some healthy fiber source (leafy or green vegetables, salads, whole grain bread etc.) with canned mackerel - such foods are very voluminous when compared to usable calories that body can digest. Also, they are very low on simple carbs and rich in complex carbs and digestive fibers - they are digested slowly and such meals supply the body with more or less constant flow of macronutrients avoiding strong rise of blood sugar and insulin spikes.



If you are hard gainer and you want to gain weight, preferably muscles, then add some source of simpler carbs like potato salad, sweet potato, brown rice etc. to increase daily amount of calories - according to your dieting plan. Such meals provide more calories and are easier and faster to digest.

Although exact nutritional values depend on mackerel specie, fishing grounds, seasons etc., canned mackerel is great source of fish protein, fat soluble vitamins (like vitamin D), minerals and healthy fats and it should be part of healthy diet of anybody wanting to become and stay fit. Just be careful about what mackerel specie you are consuming ...



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FOXNews.com - How Meth Took Hold on Indian Reservation - Local News | News Articles | National News

20 Avr 2016 
FOXNews.com - How Meth Took Hold on Indian Reservation - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

Sunday, April 29, 2007

By ANGIE WAGNER, AP National Writer

WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION, Wyo.

Just off the deserted highways, the silver pickup truck eases down quiet streets, its driver offering a numbing tour of a remote reservation framed by the beauty of snowcapped mountains.

There, Leon Tillman says, over there _ the house on the right, a white, two-story building set off by itself. It used to be a big drug house. Now it's shuttered, its owners in prison.

A man dressed in an army green shirt and pants appears on the side of the road, his thumb up, looking for a ride. "That's a meth head," Tillman says. "He's bumming right now."

A few more drug houses and Tillman's tour of the despair of methamphetamine ends.

Not long ago, most people here had never even heard of meth. But today, most know someone on meth or in prison because of it. Tillman, 39, knows too many to count.

"It's everywhere," he said.

Indeed, American Indians have been especially hard hit by meth. Drug cartels have targeted Indian Country because the people are vulnerable, and law enforcement struggles to keep up.

But the story of how meth came to this remote reservation is really quite remarkable.

Like a cancer, a Mexican drug gang permeated the reservation and its families. It left behind a landscape strewn with broken lives.

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Some 12,000 Indians _ members of the Northern Arapaho and the Eastern Shoshone tribes _ live on 2.2 million acres, an area so vast many homes are separated by miles of barren land.

Poverty and unemployment are high, alcoholism is rampant and the police department is so understaffed _ patrolling such a large area _ that the average response time is 15 to 20 minutes.

Jesus Martin Sagaste-Cruz knew that. And he knew the reservation's isolation would be perfect for his business.

Authorities learned of the Sagaste-Cruz drug ring back in 1997. Sagaste-Cruz and his Mexican gang had already been selling around Indian reservations in South Dakota and Nebraska.

But it was an article in The Denver Post that changed the way they did business. The story talked about how a Nebraska liquor store near the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota did millions of dollars in business. Sales were especially high immediately after Indians received their per capita checks _ their share of their tribe's income.

Sagaste-Cruz figured if there were already so many Indians addicted to alcohol, it would be easy enough to addict them to methamphetamine.

So around 2000, the Mexicans moved in and near Wind River Reservation.



"They came to a place where people don't have anything," said Frances Monroe, who works in the Northern Arapaho Child Protection Services office.

They started with free meth samples. The men pursued Indian women, providing them with meth even as they romanced them and fathered their children. Eventually, the women needed to support their habit, so they became dealers, too _ and they used free samples to recruit new customers.

It was all part of the plan.

For the next four years, the gang sold pounds and pounds of meth, much of it 98 percent pure. The drugs came from Mexico, then on to Los Angeles; Ogden, Utah (where Sagaste-Cruz lived); and finally Wyoming, where gang members had a handful of local distributors, each with their own customer base.

Customers became dealers and recruiters, and their customers did the same.

Before, meth was barely mentioned on the reservation. Police reported only sporadic arrests.

But now the reservation was saturated with it. Crime soared. From 2003 to 2006, cases of child neglect increased 131 percent. Drug possession was up 163 percent; spousal abuse rose 218 percent.

The Wind River reservation is not alone. The Bureau of Indian Affairs found that methamphetamine was listed as the greatest threat to Indian communities by police departments.

Mexican drug cartels take advantage of the often complicated law enforcement jurisdictions in Indian Country. Isolated communities are hit the hardest, and sometimes even tribal leaders are not immune, said Heather Dawn Thompson, director of government affairs for the National Congress of American Indians.

Here on the Wind River, a tribal judge, Lynda Munnell-Noah, was arrested in a 2005 drug ring bust and accused of trying to assault and murder a Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement officer.

Resources are few, and most reservations don't have treatment centers. Between 2000 and 2005, the number of methamphetamine contacts in Indian Health Services facilities increased by almost 250 percent.

"Even if we arrest people for use or sale, there's almost nothing to do with them in order to help them recover," Thompson said. "Where do you go and how do you pay for it?"

In his 2008 budget, President Bush proposed a $16 million increase in law enforcement funding in Indian Country to help combat methamphetamine, a godsend to police departments like Wind River's, which has only 10 police officers.

"The heartbreaking part of it is, it's had this absolutely devastating effect on our community," Thompson said. "I have tribal leaders coming to my office all the time just crying. I mean, how do you fight this? How do you function as a government when 30 percent of your tribal employees are now using meth?"

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Inside a tribal office, a bulletin board displays meth's effects: In a series of mug shots, a woman deteriorates _ her teeth rotting, her skin collecting scabs. A nearby poster warns that making, selling or using meth around a child will mean prison time.

This is a place where people mostly keep to themselves. They know meth is a huge problem, but they don't want to talk much about it. They fear retaliation.

A jury found that the Sagaste-Cruz ring had distributed more than 99 pounds of meth _ an amount that had a street value of between $4.5 to $6.8 million, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The gang also sold meth on the Rosebud, Pine Ridge and Yankton reservations in South Dakota and Santee Sioux reservation in Nebraska, authorities found.

Sagaste-Cruz and 22 other people were given prison time _ a life sentence, in Sagaste-Cruz' case. His brother, Julio Caesar Sagaste-Cruz, remains a fugitive.

Ask people on the reservation about the Sagaste-Cruz case and most don't know much about it. They seem surprised to learn how sophisticated the operation was.

But mention the Goodman case, and everyone knows. The Goodmans were an entire family, grandparents down to grandchildren, who were dealing meth and prescription drugs here.

Nineteen people, including the tribal judge, were arrested in 2005.

The two cases weren't directly related, but with many Indians already hooked on meth compliments of the Sagaste-Cruz gang, the Goodmans didn't have any trouble finding customers. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Rankin said the Goodmans often had 20 to 50 customers a day come to their house.

Darrell LoneBear Sr., whose sister, Donna Goodman, and her husband, John Goodman, were the ring's leaders, said his relatives fell victim to easy money on a reservation where jobs are hard to find.

He rattles off his family's prison sentences: "John Goodman, 21 years. My sister Donna, 24 years. My nephew James got 19 years. My nephew Darrell got 8.

"It was all of my family," he said.

Thirteen children were sent to live with other relatives. One sister took in six children, another took in three.

"It is a tremendous, added responsibility emotionally and financially," said LoneBear, crime prevention and safety supervisor for the Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing. "All of us have been traumatized by this matter. We all still stay here."

Police Chief Doug Noseep has a police force that can't possibly keep up with every call. He is grateful for the help from outside law enforcement agencies in the raids over the past few years, and believes it has reduced the amount of meth here.

Noseep knows who is trying to get help, who is still using. Once, his officers encountered a 12-year-old girl who was addicted.

"It's sad as hell," he said. "It's here and it's not going to go anywhere. It's never going to go away."

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Seven years after the Sagaste-Cruz gang arrived, meth rolls on: Last summer, another bust at Wind River resulted in 43 arrests, the largest drug bust in the history of Wyoming.

On a recent night, Partners Against Meth met at a local school. The group struggles to attract volunteers and to keep committees on track. But here families that have been struck hard by the meth epidemic, and those that want to learn more about it, can come together to talk.

Leon Tillman brought his wife, son and daughter. He told the group he has six relatives in prison for meth or alcohol charges. "That's one of my worst fears, is to have one of my kids on drugs. I want to at least say I tried," he said.

A few years ago, John Washakie noticed his daughter, now 27, was losing weight and locking herself in her bedroom at her house. Then, one night, she dropped off her three young children at his house and disappeared into the darkness.

He cared for the kids for three years. It wasn't easy. "They lose all their energy about life. You spend a lot of time dealing with their emotions," he said.

Today, his daughter is clean, and cares for her children, now numbering five, herself.

"I think there are a lot of people that are scared to tell you the truth," the grandfather said. "You don't walk away from this."

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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