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Herbicide detected in several leading beer and wine brands including Coors Light, Budweiser and Beringer

Traces of a controversial herbicide glyphosate, an ingredient in Roundup weed killer, have been detected in a number of leading beer and wine brands, a new report claims (file photo)

Traces of a controversial weed killer have been detected in a number of the world’s leading beer and wine brands, a new report claims.

In a study by public-interest advocacy group US PIRG that tested five wines and 15 beers, including organic ones, the chemical glyphosate was found in all but one of the beverages sampled.

Glyphosate – the most common herbicide in the world and an ingredient in the weed killer Roundup – is a probable human carcinogen, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization.

The report acknowledged that the levels detected were below limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency, but PIRG the results warrant some degree of public concern.

‘The levels of glyphosate we found are not necessarily dangerous, but are still concerning given the potential health risks,’ PIRG told USA TODAY following the release of the study, which looked at popular brands including Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Corona, Heineken and Samuel Adams.

The highest concentration of glyphosate was found in the 2018 Sutter Home merlot, which came in at 51.4 parts per billion, or ppb.

For beer, Tsingtao from Hong Kong had the most with 49.7ppb, and Coors Light had the most for American beers with 31.1ppb.

The study author, US PIRG Edication Fund’s Kara Cook-Schultz, said of the study: ‘No matter the efforts of brewers and vintners, we found that it is incredibly difficult to avoid the troubling reality that consumers will likely drink glyphosate at every happy hour and backyard barbecue around the country.’

A spokesperson for the Beer Institute, a national trade organization, responded to the report by telling USA: ‘Our members work with farmers who go to great lengths to raise their crops sustainably and safely….and the results of the most recent federal testing showed farmers’ use of glyphosate falls well below federal limits.’

Another spokesperson for the Wine Institute said: ‘An adult would have to drink more than 140 glasses of wine a day containing the highest glyphosate level measured just to reach the level that California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has identified as “No Significant Risk Level.”‘

Public-interest advocacy group US PIRG conducted a study in which it tested five wines and 15 beers, including organic ones, for glyphosate, and the herbicide was detected in all but one of the beverages sampled. The results for each of the 15 beers sampled are seen above

When contacted about the study by USA, many of the companies whose products were tested questioned the results while others claimed that trace amounts of herbicides are beyond their control.

One in particular, organic winery Frey Vineyards, said that while it doesn’t use herbicides, trace amounts of glyphosate can be detected in its products because the chemical is now found in rainwater.

William Reeves, a toxicologist for Bayer, which now owns Roundup manufacturer Monsanto, accused PIRG of blowing the results out of proportion.

‘Assuming the greatest value reported, 51.4ppb, is correct, a 125-pound adult would have to consume 308 gallons of wine per day, every day for life to reach the US Environmental Protection Agency’s glyphosate exposure limit for human,’ Reeves told USA.

‘To put 308 gallons into context, that would be more than a bottle of wine every minute, for life, without sleeping.’

Bayer is currently facing some 9,300 lawsuits alleging that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer.

The first federal trial against the company began Monday in California, six months after Bayer’s share price was rocked by a $289million verdict in California state court.

‘With a federal court looking at the connection between Roundup and cancer today, we believe this is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on glyphosate,’ Cook-Schultz said.

‘This chemical could prove a true risk to so many Americans’ health, and they should know that it is everywhere – including in many of their favorite drinks.’

Bayer has denied all allegations that Roundup or glyphosate cause cancer, citing decades of independent studies that have shown the world’s most widely used weed killer to be safe for human use and noting that regulators around the world have approved the product.

HERBICIDE LEVELS FOUND IN 20 POPULAR BEER AND WINE BRANDS

The ranking below is based on the results of a US PIRG study published in February 2019. The products are ranked by concentration of glyphosate, measured in parts per billion (ppb).

WINE

  1. Sutter Home Merlot – 51.4ppb
  2. Beringer Founders Estates Moscato – 42.6ppb
  3. Barefoot Cabernet Sauvingnon –  36.3ppb
  4. Inkarri Malbec: Certified Organic – 5.3ppb
  5. Frey Organic Natural White – 4.8ppb

BEER

  1. Tsingtao Beer – 49.7ppb
  2. Coors Light – 31.1ppb
  3. Miller Lite – 29.8ppb
  4. Budweiser – 27.0ppb
  5. Corona Extra – 25.1ppb
  6. Heineken – 20.9ppb
  7. Guinness Draught – 20.3ppb
  8. Stella Artois – 18.7ppb
  9. Ace Perry Hard Cider – 14.5ppb
  10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – 11.8ppb
  11. New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale – 11.2ppb
  12. Sam Adams New England IPA – 11.0ppb
  13. Stella Artois Cidre – 9.1ppb
  14. Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager – 5.7ppb
  15. Peak Beer Organic IPA – none detected

News Credit; MailOnline

Father in Court for Raping three of his daughters.

One Mr. Ogba is charged with sexually molesting his daughters aged 25, 20 and 13 at their home in Oke-Ogbe town, Atura bus stop, Badagry, Lagos.

His Wife Mrs. Tope Ogba, yesterday told an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offence Court that her husband, Gabriel raped their two adult daughters.

Led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mrs. K. A. Momoh-Ayokambi, the witness alleged that he also defiled their underage daughter and torched her when she reported him to the police.

Mrs Ogba said she was unaware of the sexual molestation, which had been on for years, until it was revealed by the youngest daughter.

She said: “I did not know what was going on; it was when he assaulted my third daughter that I got to know what was going on. I later heard about the assault of my older daughters from neighbours.

“When I asked my older daughters about the rumours, they initially denied it. I got to know about the assault of my third daughter from her teacher.

“I confronted my husband, he said it was a conspiracy against him by our daughters. I told him that a young child cannot come up with such allegation against him.

“Ever since I confronted him, I have had no peace at home. He beats me up and threatens me.”

The trader said a month after she reported the case, he became aggressive towards her.

Wider Cross-examination by Ogba’s counsel, Mr E. Obelu, Mrs Ogba said she did not know when the sexual molestation began.

“I do not know when he started molesting our daughters. I have been the breadwinner of the family.”

The 13-year-old girl’s, testimony which came after her mother was taken in camera.

Justice Sururat Soladoye ordered the court cleared because the witness is a minor.

Qualcomm launches new chip to power 5G smart phones

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday introduced its second-generation of so-called modem chips to connect phones to 5G networks, speeding up the race around faster wireless data connections expected to begin rolling out later this year.

Qualcomm, the world’s largest mobile chip supplier, is hoping the device will fuel the spread of 5G phones later this year and next year. While Chinese phone makers such as Xiaomi Corp last year used Qualcomm’s first-generation chip for small batches of 5G phones, the second-generation chip announced Tuesday is aimed at mass production.

The move comes a day before Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world’s largest smart phone maker, is set to announce its new flagship Galaxy series phones. Samsung and Qualcomm in December publicly committed to working together to release a 5G phone this year, and analysts believe Samsung will unveil a 5G version of its flagship models this week.

Qualcomm’s chips are entering a crowded field. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s third-largest smart phone maker, last month announced that it has built a 5G chip that it will use in its own phones. Samsung, too, has a 5G modem called the Exynos 5100 that will power many Samsung devices sold outside the United States. Taiwan-based MediaTek Inc also has 5G chip, with Intel Corp targeting the second half of this year for a release.

Carriers in Korea and China, meantime, are set to start turning on the networks this spring, with carriers in the United States planning rollouts for later this year.

For Qualcomm’s part, the company is also introducing several chips surrounding the modem. Some elements of 5G phones, such as the design of antennas and chips for handling analog radio waves, are more complicated than previous generations of phones. Qualcomm aims to speed up adoption of 5G by also selling those technologies to phone makers.

“This year, virtually every major Android [phone maker] will be launching a phone with 5G,” said Ignacio Contreras, head of 5G marketing for Qualcomm.

Apple Inc has not said when the iPhone will have 5G capabilities.

In its iPhones released last year, Apple dropped Qualcomm’s chips in favor of those from Intel. Apple disclosed in a court hearing last month that it had held talks with MediaTek and Samsung about supplying modems for 2019 iPhones, but Bloomberg earlier reported that 5G iPhones will not appear until 2020.

Reuters

BRUTALIZATION OF BALLOT BOX SNATCHERS BY SECURITY OPERATIVES IS ILLEGAL

By David Ajaba; a lawyer in Abuja.

Yesterday at the national caucus meeting of the APC in Abuja, the President of Nigeria somewhat directed the brutalisation and perhaps killing of ballot paper snatcher. His words,

“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or leads thugs to disturb the process, maybe that will be the last unlawful action you will take.
We have directed the military and other security agents to be ruthless…….

Anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch ballot boxes or disturbs the voting system will do so at the expense of his own life”

While this may appease the feeling of some like those clapping during the speech, it does not accord with law. First it has to be stated that besides the possibility of anarchy, the electoral process in Nigeria is not at the whims and caprices of the President. This is adequately captured in the INEC’s twitter video post of February 11, 2019 wherein the INEC clearly listed 15 electoral offences and stated emphatically thus:

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, the Electoral Act 2010, as amended & the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Rules and Regulations constitute the legal framework which regulates our electoral process.”

Sections 33 and 34 of the Constitution provides for the rights to life and dignity of the human person and their derogations. I dare say none of those derogations include the preparation to take inflict injury or take life as directed by Mr President.

Again of the electoral offences provided in the various sections of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) none carries a sentence of death. Moreover punishment (of imprisonment or fine) is upon “conviction” by a court of competent jurisdiction or not presidential directive.

While we most passionately advocate a free and fair election, we cannot undermine the priority of life and the importance of fair hearing. The security operatives must concentrate on and possibly confine themselves to protecting the citizens and not brutalising “offenders” which has no place in our law.

Mr President must also not vent his frustration on the Nigerian people who gave him the powers he exercise. He must prepare himself adequately for the result of the presidential election, so that should he lose he will not increase the heat we already are in or indirectly ignite a second civil war.

This definitely is neither patriotic nor sportsmanly.

UK plans to make plastic packaging producers pay for waste disposal

Britain is to set out plans to overhaul its recycling system on Monday, including making plastic packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste and introducing a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles.

The plans, which also aim to make household rubbish collections more consistent around the country, will be introduced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove and go out for consultation for three months.

“We will introduce a world-leading tax to boost recycled content in plastic packaging, make producers foot the bill for handling their packaging waste, and end the confusion over household recycling,” Gove said in a statement.

The tax will be payable by producers who fail to use enough recycled material.

At present, producers pay only around 10 percent of the cost of dealing with plastic packaging waste, the environment ministry said.

Under an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system, the industry will pay higher fees if its packaging is harder to reuse or recycle.

EPR for packaging will raise between 800 million and one billion pounds ($1 billion-1.3 billion) a year for recycling and disposal, the ministry said.

Government will seek views on two options for how a deposit return scheme might work for cans and glass or plastic bottles, it added.

The first would target a large amount of drinks on the market, irrespective of container size. The second, known as the “on-the-go” model, would concern smaller container sizes – those most often sold for consumption outside the home.

“This could drive up the recycling of an estimated three billion plastic bottles which are currently incinerated, sent to landfill or left to pollute streets, countryside and the marine environment,” the ministry said.

Household waste recycling rates in England have risen from around 11 percent in 2000/1 to about 45 percent, but since 2013 rates have plateaued, according to ministry figures.

Heart of Gold: Cee-c trending for good on Valentine

Cynthia Nwadiora, a.k.a. Cee-C, one of Big Brother Naija 2018 Housemates who studied Law at Madonna University.

Cee-C Started a valentine movement tagged VALENTINE DAY CHARITY OUTREACH ACROSS AFRICA in 10 countries , and 13 cities with hundreds of Spartans, spreading love and a trending hashtag #SpreadLoveWithCeec

She is indeed spreading love with lot of proves across african countries including, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania etc.

https://twitter.com/ivy_mhiz/status/1095994389082656768

https://twitter.com/ivy_mhiz/status/1096006919771295744

https://twitter.com/ivy_mhiz/status/1095993423604183040

https://twitter.com/Vero30364292/status/1095988899145543681

She is kind hearted and conscious of the society. We recalled that she was asked What she would do with the prize money if won: she answered: ”Giving back to the society and I’ll start a campaign to make the ministry of education incorporate ‘self-development’ into the educational system.”

She’s indeed worth celebrating!

Breaking: Hoodlums set Anambra police station on fire.

A police station in Ajali, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State has been set on fire allegedly by hoodlums.

The hoodlums also set free some prisoners after beating up some police officers, reports have claimed.

However, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed said, “It’s a case of fire incident for now until the contrary is proved through discreet investigation.”

He said “the Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura is presently at the scene for on the spot assessment.”

He ordered the DC Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to conduct a thorough investigation in order to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Meanwhile in was reported that  members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently protesting at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers State.

The protest is premised on the recent ruling by the Supreme Court over the stay of execution issued to INEC on fielding candidates for elective positions in Rivers State.

However, policemen and soldiers have fired teargas to disperse the crowd.

There is heavy presence of security operatives in the area, as the protesters are insisting that elections will not hold in Rivers if the APC candidates do not contest in the elections.

Details soon…

Chelsea submit £39m bid to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic

Chelsea have submitted a €45 million (£39m) bid to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic, according to reports in Germany.

The 21-year-old is considered one of the top young prospects in Europe and has enjoyed a standout season so far with 19 goals in 27 games. Jovic, who is currently on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica, is being monitored by several clubs including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Earlier this week, reports in Spain claimed that Barcelona had agreed personal terms with Jovic and were preparing to hold negotiations with Frankfurt over a transfer fee.

Even though the striker is on loan, the Bundesliga club have already said they will exercise their right-to-buy clause as part of their deal with Benfica. But according to Bild, Chelsea have made Jovic their priority target for the summer window and are ready to table a £39m offer.

Having signed Gonzalo Higuain in January, Chelsea are also in the market for another striker this summer with Olivier Giroud’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, although a one-year extension is a possibility. Jovic’s representative, Fali Ramadani, is currently in talks with Frankfurt to discuss potential options once the season has finished.

44-year-old Man, defiles 6-year-old girl.

Rafiu Moruf, 44-year-old, was arrested on February 11 by detectives attached to Ogun State Police Command, for allegedly defiling a six-year-old girl.

The suspect, who lives behind SS Secondary School Aferiku in Idiroko, was arrested following a complaint by the mother of the victim who reported that she noticed an unusual behavior from her daughter which prompted her to closely examine the girl.

The mother of the child further stated that on close examination, she noticed semen in her private part and on questioning the girl, she revealed to her how the suspect took her into his room and had carnal knowledge of her.

The arrest was confirmed by Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi,  He said upon the report, the DPO Idiroko, CSP Amodu Aloko, led detectives to the suspect’s house where he was arrested.

He said on interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime and the state’s Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for proper investigation and prosecution.

“The victim has been taken to hospital for medical treatment and report,” he added.

A MUST READ! Son wants to sue his parents because they gave birth to Him.

Raphael Samuel is reportedly planning on taking legal action against his parents in Mumbai, India

A 27-year-old man plans to sue his parents because they did not ask for his consent to bring him into the world, it is reported.

Raphael Samuel, from Mumbai, India, is reportedly part of a so-called ‘child-free’ advocate who believes children shouldn’t be made to suffer life.

He has been described as an ‘anti-natalist’ who thinks parents don’t have the right to give birth if a child has not agreed to being born.

And he is planning on taking legal action against his own parents for giving birth to him without his permission

Remarkably, he claims he has a “great relationship” with the pair.

“I want to tell all Indian kids that they don’t owe their parents anything,” he said.

“I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure.

“My life has been amazing, but I don’t see why I should put another life through the rigamarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn’t ask to exist.”

Raphael said that people must know it is an option to not have children and to ask your parents for an explanation as to why they have birth to you.

In a video posted on YouTube, he talks about a ‘myth’ of respecting elders in India, but says what we should be respecting is people’s actions.

He asks: “Has that person treated you well? Is that person giving you freedom? Is that person encouraging your growth?”

“Your parents are two people at the age of 20-25 who just wanted a good night together and then they had you,” he adds.

He thinks parents owe children for bringing them joy, rather than the other way round.

“You must love them if you feel like loving them,” he says.

Raphael talks about respecting a person for who they are instead of merely because of their position.