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7 Cos. Warned Against Selling Unapproved Products Claiming To Treat Hangovers

Gildan Activewear Slips To Loss In Q2

Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL,GIL.TO) reported that its second-quarter net loss was $249.7 million or $1.26 per share compared to net income of $99.7 million or $0.49 per share in the previous year.

Adjusted net loss for the latest-quarter was $196.6 million, or $0.99 per share.

Sales for the second quarter ended June 28, 2020 were $229.7 million down 71.3% from last year, primarily driven by sales volume declines as a result of the meaningful demand downturn in the quarter, the impact of significant distributor inventory destocking in imprintables, unfavourable product-mix, and higher promotional discounting in imprintables

Sudan: Growing protests against insecurity in central Darfur

Villagers in Darfur are demanding Sudan’s government does more to protect them from militia attacks.

Thousands of protesters in Sudan have been staging a sit-in outside the administrative headquarters in the town of Nertiti, central Darfur, for more than a week.

They accuse the government of failing to protect them from militia attacks. Sudan’s police chief and his deputy were sacked on the weekend.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan reports from Khartoum, Sudan.

NASA's Perseverance Rover lifts off to Mars

Rover will search for evidence of life and help bring NASA one step closer to landing humans on Mars.

NASA has launched its Perseverance Rover from Cape Canaveral in Florida to seek out life on Mars.

When it reaches the Red Planet, the rover will look for biosignatures, take rock samples, and fly an experimental helicopter over the planet’s surface.

The launch comes on the heels of similar missions from China and the United Arab Emirates.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports from Florida, US.

China's Li Auto soars 35% in Nasdaq debut

July 30 (Reuters) – Li Auto Inc’s stock popped 35% on its Nasdaq debut on Thursday after the Chinese electric vehicle maker sold shares to investors in its $1.1 billion initial public offering (IPO) for a higher-than-expected price.

The stock opened at $15.5 and extended gains in early trading to $16.75. (Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)

India floods take devastating toll on wild animals

About 60 percent of the Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam is underwater and dozens of animals have been killed.

Devastating floods in northeast India have killed dozens of wild animals, including rare one-horned rhinos. About 60 percent of the Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam is underwater. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinos, 16 of which have died in floods. Park authorities say climate change and the building of dams have worsened their effects.

Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports.

Australia's second-largest city Melbourne reimposes lockdown

Starting on Wednesday, millions of Melbourne residents are going back into lockdown due to a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

Millions of people in Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, are going back into lockdown after a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

The government said the tough measures are the only way to keep the outbreak from spiralling out of control.

In Victoria, 191 people tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.

Al Jazeera’s Nicola Gage reports from the capital Canberra.

Brazil: Coronavirus restrictions lifted in Rio, Sao Paulo

Bars and restaurants in Brazil’s biggest city Sao Paulo have reopened after more than three months of restrictions.

Brazil is the worst affected country by the coronavirus pandemic in Latin America.

But despite this, the largest city Sao Paulo is bowing to pressure from the business sector to lift restrictions.

The permission to reopen gyms, bars, restaurants and shopping centres in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil’s two biggest cities, comes just as the country surpasses 1.6 million infections and more than 65,000 deaths from COVID-19.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports.

Saint-Gobain Posts H1 Loss

French building materials company Saint-Gobain SA (CODGF.PK), Thursday reported first-half 2020 loss of 434 million euros or 0.81 euro per share, compared to net income of $689 million euros or 1.27 euro per share last year.

Recurring profit for the first-half dropped to 272 million euros from 944 million euros. Recurring earnings per share were 0.51 euro compared to 1.74 euro last year.

First-half sales dropped 18.1% to 17.76 billion euros from 21.68 billion euros last year. On a like-for-like basis, first-half sales dropped 12.3% from a year earlier.

Ferrovial H1 Loss Widens

Infrastructure operator Ferrovial, Thursday reported first-half 2020 net loss of 379 million euros, compared to 6 million euros last year.

EBITDA for the period was 128 million euros, compared to a EBITDA loss of 118 million euros.

Revenues for the period rose 12.2 percent to 2.914 billion euros from 2.603 billion euros last year.

'Time running out': Japan keeps searching for flooding survivors

At least 50 deaths confirmed but officials expect the toll to rise as new heavy rain warnings are issued.

Japan’s government says it is doubling rescue operations as floods and landslides continue to ravage its southwest island of Kyushu.

At least 50 people have died, and more than a dozen are missing since heavy rain began on Saturday.

About half a million people have been advised to evacuate their homes.

Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports.

7 Cos. Warned Against Selling Unapproved Products Claiming To Treat Hangovers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to seven companies for illegally selling unapproved products labeled as dietary supplements that claim to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent hangovers.

This illegal labeling is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

The warning letters were issued to: Double Wood LLC; Ebnsol Inc.; Vita Heaven LLC (doing business as Hangover Heaven); Happy Hour Vitamins; LES Labs; Mind, Body & Coal LLC; and Purple Biosciences LLC.

“Dietary supplements that claim to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent hangovers could potentially harm consumers, especially young adults,” said Steven Tave, director of the FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplement Programs. “Consumers may get the false impression that using these products can prevent or mitigate health problems caused by excessive drinking. Dietary supplements are not a substitute for responsibly limiting one’s alcohol consumption.”

Under the FD&C Act, products intended to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease are drugs and are subject to the requirements that apply to drugs. Unlike drugs approved by the FDA, there has been no FDA evaluation of whether these unapproved products are effective for their intended use, what the proper dosage might be, how they could interact with FDA-approved drugs, or whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns.