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‘Cancer-causing’ weed killer exposed by activists

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Roundup contains ‘probable carcinogenic’: Aberystwyth activists protest the sale of the product

Roundup contains ‘probable carcinogenic’: Aberystwyth activists
protest the sale of the product

THE UK’S most popular weed killer has had its labels replaced with ones created by activists and is currently being sold in an Aber­ystwyth store.

Supermarkets, garden centres and DIY shops are currently selling Roundup, containing the chemical glyphosate, which the World Health Organisation in 2015 stated contains a ‘probable carcinogenic.’

In a bid to raise awareness of the issue, the activists, who are support­ing the Global Justice Now cam­paign, have been protesting against the sale of Roundup, resulting in the group creating their own versions of the bottle’s label, which has been added to the stock in Aberystwyth’s Morrison’s.

The weed killer’s label has been edited to display in large lettering that the it has been classed as ‘prob­ably causing cancer.’

The edited label, which has been designed to blend in with the corpo­rate branding of Monsanto’s Round­up weed killer, also states that the product ‘degrades farmers’ power so corporations grow.’

Fake leaflets which have been supplied alongside the labels say: “When applied across the world, we guarantee that Monsanto will make farmers dependent on our costly products, gain more control over farming, expand the markets for our GM seeds and dominate more of the world’s food system.”

A local supporter of Global Jus­tice Now, said: “We attached labels to bottles of Roundup in Morri­son’s supermarket in Aberystwyth because gardeners have the right to know that the weed killer they are being sold poses a very serious potential threat to their health and well-being.

“It’s disgraceful that a product that has such big question marks over its safety is on our shelves in the first place.

“We need to ensure that UK politicians are looking out for the health and well-being of UK con­sumers and food producers rather than just pandering to the profit margins of big agribusiness compa­nies like Monsanto, who make mil­lions through the sales of their weed killer, Roundup.”

According to a poll which was conducted by YouGov, it was re­vealed that over two thirds of Euro­peans think that the EU should ban the use of glyphosate in products.

Currently, in France, over-the-counter sales of weed killers which contain the chemical are prohibited.

The EU was supposed to renew the licence for glyphosate but, fol­lowing a public outcry and opposi­tion to re-licensing from a number of MPs, the vote has been postponed until later in May.

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New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms

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NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.

They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.

“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.

“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”

Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”

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Schools succeed in A-Level results

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A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.

“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”

Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.

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Grade A* – A 26.8% 26.3%
Grade A* – B 56.7% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.1% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.8% 97.4%

Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.

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Man assaulted nurses while being restrained

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A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.

Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.

“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.

“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.

“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.

“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”

Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.

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