Polish officials seize millions of contraband cigarettes from China: report

Police and customs officers have seized 18 million contraband cigarettes which arrived in Poland aboard two ships from China, according to reports.

Officers swooped after the ships docked at the northern Polish port of Gdańsk. They had sailed from two different Chinese ports, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

The cigarettes had a black market value of PLN 12 million (EUR 2.8 m, USD 3.3m), IAR reported, adding that they were found by customs officers using modern scanning equipment.


Source: IAR


Fayetteville woman charged with sexually assaulting male cable worker

A cable television technician working inside a Fayetteville woman’s home last month was forced to engage in sexual activity with her, an arrest warrant said.

Mildred Newsome, 47, of the 1100 block of Marlborough Road, was charged Saturday with two counts of second-degree forced sex offense and one count of misdemeanor sexual battery.

The incident is alleged to have happened April 20 at Newsome’s home.

[ARRESTED: Cumberland County felony arrests]

The Fayetteville Observer does not identify victims of sexual assaults.

The man was waiting on a piece of equipment and sitting in a chair when Newsome took his hand and put it on her breast, the warrant said. She then forced the man to engage in two sex acts, the warrant said.

The man left the residence and immediately notified his employer.


Newsome told the man that if he reported the alleged assaults to law enforcement, she would deny his account and tell authorities he was the aggressor, said Sgt. Shawn Strepay, a Fayetteville police spokesman.

“A lot of people are of the mind that a man cannot be sexually assaulted or could have done something to stop it,” he said. “That’s not true.”

Bail information was not available.

Staff writer Nancy McCleary can be reached at nmccleary@fayobserver.com or 486-3568.



Canadian Politician Praises Anti-Semitic Hate Cleric…

B.C. Premier John Horgan is under fire for a letter he wrote praising Vancouver Imam Tarek Ramadan, who has been accused of spouting violent and anti-Semitic rhetoric.

According to a video provided and translated by B’nai Brith Canada, at a rally in support of Palestinians in July 2017, Ramadan led a group prayer for Allah to “grant victory to the Muslims in Palestine” and “rescue the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the malevolent Jews and the criminal Zionists.”

The Muslim Association of Canada described his remarks as “inappropriate” and stated that Ramadan would be suspended from delivering sermons while it investigated the incident.

On April 20, Ramadan shared a letter on Facebook that was sent from Horgan’s office. The letter praises Ramadan’s “work as a community activist” who’s striving to “ensure our province is a place of acceptance and vibrancy,” and extends the premier’s “best wishes for (his) continued success.”


Farmers protest in Warsaw

Several hundred farmers staged a protest in Warsaw on Wednesday, demanding the dismissal of Poland’s agriculture minister, the PAP news agency reported.

The demonstrators also called for compensation for farmers in eastern Poland whose pigs have been slaughtered amid attempts to contain African swine fever, according to PAP.

The protest started at Defilad Square in central Warsaw and made its way to the Prime Minister’s Office.

The farmers handed out Polish products such as cabbage and tomatoes to passers-by.


Source: PAP



Achtung, it’s official: Beer is not beneficial, German court rules

Beer cannot be marketed as beneficial, a German top court ruled on Thursday after a consumer rights group sued a brewery on the basis that its advertisement falsely suggested the beer had health benefits.

The standoff with the Haerle brewery in the southern German town of Leutkirch began when a Berlin consumer protection group protested at use of the German word “bekoemmlich”, carries connotations of health as well as of tastiness.


The German Federal Court of Justice upheld a lower court finding that the word could not be used in advertisement for beverages containing more than 1.2 per cent alcohol.

The German court said bekoemmlich, which does not have a direct English translation but would be something akin to “wholesome”, described more than the taste of the beer.

“The term ‘bekoemmlich’ is understood by the relevant public to mean ‘healthy’, ‘beneficial’ and ‘digestible’,” the court said.

When used to describe food, it means that the product is easily absorbed and tolerated by the digestive system even alongside long-term consumption, the court said, adding that beer sometimes did cause health problems.

Once the world’s largest beer consumer and famed for its annual Oktoberfest beer festival, Germany’s consumption has dropped 17 per cent since 1993, but brewers hope the soccer World Cup which starts next month could drive a return to growth.

The European Union’s highest court ruled in 2012 that the same word could not be used to market wine.