The Daily Populous

Tuesday October 12nd, 2021 day edition

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France will ban plastic packaging for nearly all fruit and vegetables from January 2022 in a bid to reduce plastic waste, the environment ministry said on Monday.

Implementing a February 2020 law, the government published a list of about 30 fruits and vegetables that will have to be sold without plastic packaging from Jan. 1.

The list includes leeks, aubergines and round tomatoes as well as apples, bananas and oranges.

It estimated that 37% of fruit and vegetables are sold with packaging and expects that the measure will prevent more than one billion useless plastic packaging items per year.

French fruit sellers federation president Francois Roch said switching to cardboard will be difficult in such a short time.

The packaging ban is part of a multi-year government programme to phase out plastic.

Cut fruits and a limited number of delicate fruits and vegetables can still be sold with plastic packaging for now but that will be phased out by end June 2026. »

Texas governor bans all COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including by private businesses

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday to prohibit any entity — including private businesses — from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers, and he called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law.

Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate.

Abbott previously barred vaccine mandates by state and local government agencies but until now had let private companies make their own rules for their workers. »

Not a Joke: Trump Was Going to Appoint Ivanka President of the World Bank Until Steven Mnuchin Intervened

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Ivanka “would’ve been great,” just “incredible” at the job, Trump explained to reporter Elaina Plott.

But according to a new report, Trump was actually dead serious about naming Ivanka, of the Ivanka Trump clothing line, the president of the World Bank—and had to be stopped from doing so.

Spokespeople for Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump did not respond to The Intercept’s requests for comment; neither did the World Bank or the Trump Organization. »

New treatment destroys head and neck cancer tumours in trial

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A new cancer treatment can wipe out tumours in terminally ill head and neck cancer patients, scientists have discovered.

Scientists found the combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab medications led to a reduction in the size of tumours in terminally ill head and neck cancer patients.

Results from other trials of the drug combination have previously suggested similar benefits for terminally ill kidney, skin and bowel cancer patients. »