One woman from Belgium died from sipping wine containing a party drug MDMA, a lethal dose.
CNN reported that a 41-year-old woman died from Puurs decided to throw away the bottle after sipping it and found out it didn’t taste good. Turns out, it was laced with MDMA.
Still, shortly after, she fell unconscious after she tried the 2016 Black and Bianco, a Dutch brand, merlot-cabernet sauvignon.
The company also urges everyone to be mindful about tampered bottles and its original cork replaced with the beige one. They wouldn’t place MDMA or any other drugs in their drink.
The sister of the victim told the Flemish newspaper that her sister didn’t do drugs and was against it 100% and had drunk only a sip.
Antwerp local authorities believe that drug traffickers may have pumped the bottle with too much amount of the said illegal drug. The woman was brought to the hospital.
Black and Bianco stated the tragedy. Part of mentioned about the label and bottle (translated into English).
“Earlier this week, the Black & Bianco team was confronted with the fact that a Belgian woman died after drinking “wine” from a bottle of our brand. That happened mid-December last year. First of all, we sympathize with the relatives of this woman.
Last week the Belgian police approached us in the context of a criminal investigation; at that time, we did not know, and we were not told that this was a situation where someone had died.
During the contact with the Belgian police, it quickly became apparent that this was a single bottle of RED Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (lot code L8 198 with EAN 8718657781082) that had been manipulated.
The bottle cork was not an original Black & Bianco cork; it is black and with our logo. All our wine bottles also have the distinctive black capsule with a logo on the neck.
See photos of the correct packaging/closure and the beige cork found.
In Belgium, the Black & Bianco RED Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is not sold through stores, but only through one online partner.
In the Netherlands, the bottles are available at better restaurants, specialist retailers and online.
You can also have received or given this bottle as a promotional gift.
Although there is no reason to do so, all the bottles of the RED Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 in our stock have been checked as a precautionary measure based on the facts, and none of the containers has been found to contain a deviation in the packaging.
You can quickly check your stock or bottle (s). If in the unlikely event you find a different cork (not black), or a capsule without our logo on top, please contact the authorities.
Quality is always our top priority. Our carrier (bottle) has now, unfortunately, been used.
Always be vigilant about the packaging of your food. When in doubt, always return the product to the store.
We help the Belgian police wherever we can.
If there are new developments in this case that we can inform you, we will keep you informed through this channel. If you have any questions, you can of course always contact us via 040-34 000 31 or firstname.lastname@example.org”
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Non-face-to-face concert injuries…Full-scale preoccupation of SM and Big Hit online platforms
K-pop big-name K-pop agencies have jumped into the preoccupation of “online platforms.”
It has already been used as an important channel for K-pop to frequently meet fans from afar as it has been in full swing. However, due to the spread of COVID 19, ‘Uncontact (non-face-to-face) communication’ has become important, and the use of online platforms is in full swing.
SM Entertainment is a leading agency. SM recently signed an MOU with Naver to push for joint global projects to strengthen its global entertainment competitiveness.
By combining SM’s expertise in discovering and producing global artists and Naver’s based technology, the company will join forces in expanding the global market for its “Fanship” platform, a global membership community.
FANSHIP is a paid-in fan club community launched by Naver last year. Stars can manage their fan clubs themselves. It is also possible to disclose exclusive content for fans, and to check what activities fans have done and how much they have used the content.
Many singers as well as actors are already using FANSHIP. Naver is showing its willingness to further expand its overseas fan market by cooperating with globally popular SM singers.
Big Hit Entertainment, which owns the global group BTS, is already actively operating its own fan community platform, Weverse. It has been receiving positive responses for its convenience in easily checking singers’ schedules and communicating in real time.
There is also a special content that will be released only through Weverse. In November last year, BTS unveiled its own travel program “Bon Voyage” season 4 through Weverse. Previously, the series had been released on Naver’s V app channel.
Another feature of Weverse is that it works offline. BTS’ concert in Seoul in October last year was packed with tickets sold out, but it was possible not to line up thanks to its preorder of MDs through commerce platform Weverse Shop. He also sent messages to BTS members, checking the waiting time of the food zone through Weverse.
Earlier, Yoon Seok-joon, co-CEO of Big Hit, said about Weverse and Weverse Shop that it was one of Big Hit’s plans to build a “one-stop service with the music industry.”
Weverse was created by BeNX, a subsidiary of Big Hit. BTS, the team’s junior group “TXT,” and Source Music’s group “G-FRIEND,” which was incorporated as a big hit label last year, are communicating with fans through the platform.
Especially noticeable is that other teams from other agencies besides Big Hit have also entered Weverse. It is a group called “Seventeen” belonging to Pledis Entertainment. This is the moment when the influence of Big Hit and Weverse is gradually expanding.
The Fast Company, a U.S. economic media outlet, recently placed Big Hit on the list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2020” after Snap, Microsoft and Tesla, drawing attention to “Weverse” and “Weverse Shop.”
As seen in BTS’ fandom “ARMY,” loyal fans can help make the team a singer who can influence the world. An independent platform that can only be shared by stars and fans is important to make them a “hot community.”
Mandy Moore Almost Walked Away from Hollywood
Amid a divorce and challenges finding work, Mandy Moore asked herself whether it was worth it to continue acting in 2015.
“I just felt like I was at a point in my life where I was the most comfortable making myself the least priority, and I made myself as small as possible to make someone else comfortable.”
After filing for divorce in 2015, she just wanted to give up acting entirely.
“I had done four failed TV pilots. So, I was kind of at the point where I was like, ‘Maybe this acting this is done for me.’ Like, ‘Maybe I need to hang it up and go back to Florida, go to school, go try my hand at something else.’”
However, the 35-year-old actress never had to make that tough decision to go back home because she landed “This Is Us” in 2016.
Fans of the singer-actress know that she has been a celebrity for twenty years, starting at the age of 15.
A couple of years later, she was able to release five albums and had gotten to marry music producer Ryan Adams.
When she got married, Moore thought it would inspire her to be more creative, but it was reportedly such a toxic environment.
Moore and Ryan Adams were married from 2009 until 2016.
In 2019, Moore spoke against her ex-husband in an exposé published by the New York Times.
“Music was a point of control for him. He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,” Moore continued, “They would write songs together and promised to record but didn’t follow through.”
Adams would even book them time in the studio, but later would just be replaced with other women.
According to the “Candy” singer, because of his controlling behaviour, it was difficult for her to make new connections in the industry, especially at a pivotal and potentially lucrative time. She was at her 20s by that time.
Mandy Moore says that her ex-husband yelling at her and making her feel inadequate and not good enough is psychologically abusive.
But her ex-husband commented on the interview saying that Moore’s “revelation” of their marriage is all lies.