PUBLISHED: 08:11 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:37 13 August 2018 Andrew Hirst Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey, pictured last year beside a whale made of single-use plastics, has tweeted about Round Up weed killer. Piicture: GREGG BROWN A Suffolk MP and environment minister has mystified Twitter followers with an unusual comment advocating a controversial weed killer, which has recently been the subject of a high profile cancer court case. Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey tweeted a picture of the weed killer, saying “Getting ready to deploy the amazing Round Up.”The tweet left many of Dr Coffey’s followers confused, while others went so far as to say they were “angered” by her support for a product, which has been criticised for its health risks.In the US last week, a San Francisco jury has awarded 289 million dollars to a former school groundsman who claimed Round Up contributed to his terminal cancer. Dewayne Johnson was … [Read more...] about Twitter backlash after Suffolk MP’s ‘weird’ tweet advocating controversial weed killer
A giant floating unicorn with rainbow-colored wings was not able to fly free of the weeds Saturday, leaving its four passengers stranded offshore in a Chisago County lake. Fortunately, the Chisago County sheriff’s office had a squad car in the area. The deputies spotted the horn and the dilemma. “Driving by a local lake we observed a bunch of women in a (rainbow unicorn) stuck in the weeds,” the sheriff’s office reported in a Saturday evening tweet, using emojis for the rainbow and the unicorn. The tweet included a video of the not particularly dramatic rescue. Deputy Scotty Finnegan tosses a rope and the women, barely able to contain their laughter (really not able), hold on as he pulls them to a dock. “And the cops save us!” one of the women commented. Driving by a local lake we observed a bunch of women in a 🌈🦄 stuck in the weeds…Yes a rainbow unicorn… With a handful of laughs and some mad rescue roping skills they … [Read more...] about Four women on a unicorn get stuck in the weeds. Deputy ropes them in.
As observers predicted thousands more future claims against the company in the wake of Monsanto's defeat, Bayer -- which recently acquired the US giant -- said the California ruling went against scientific evidence. "On the basis of scientific conclusions, the views of worldwide regulatory authorities and the decades-long practical experience with glyphosate use Bayer is convinced that glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer," the company said in a statement. It said other future court proceedings with other juries could "arrive at different conclusions" than the California jury which on Friday ordered chemical giant Monsanto to pay out in the lawsuit, the first to accuse glyphosate of causing cancer. Jurors unanimously found that Monsanto -- which vowed to appeal -- acted with "malice" and that its weed killers Roundup and the professional grade version RangerPro contributed "substantially" to Dewayne Johnson's terminal illness. Following eight weeks of trial proceedings, … [Read more...] about Monsanto’s German owners call weed killer ‘non-cancerous’ after jury orders big payout
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... AlertMe SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco jury on Friday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company’s popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease. Dewayne Johnson’s lawsuit was the first of hundreds of cases filed in state and federal courts alleging that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which Monsanto denies. ADVERTISEMENT Jurors in state Superior Court agreed the product contributed to Johnson’s cancer and the company should have provided a label warning of the potential health hazard. Johnson’s attorneys sought and won $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million of the $373 million they wanted in punitive damages. “This jury found … [Read more...] about Jury backs man who claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer
INCOMING Ombudsman Samuel Martires vows to speed up the disposition of about 9,000 pending cases before his new office and to weed out corruption in government when he takes over from Conchita Carpio Morales, who will retire this week. In his final flag raising ceremony as associate justice of the Supreme Court on Monday, Martires thanked all court personnel and officials for their support. In ambush interview, Martires said weeding out corruption would be his top priority as Ombudsman.“Yes, that is one of my priorities and when I assume office I would make the necessary announcement on what has to be done. I cannot say now because it would be unfair to the officers and employees of the Ombudsman if through the media they just learned na ito yung aking gusto [that this is what I want]. I will have a meeting with them on Wednesday when I officially assume office, and tell them what I like,” said Martires, who will officiallly begin his seven-year term on Wednesday. … [Read more...] about Ombudsman Martires vows speedy disposition of cases, weed out corruption