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6 Things you should never flush down the Toilet

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Fun fact: The typical dental floss pack is labelled as flushable even though this is just a marketing gimmick. Again, “biodegradable” wet wipes don’t disintegrate as soon as they’re flushed down the drain. Even if you haven’t watched Cecil Kramer’s Flushed Away, it’s pretty obvious that you shouldn’t flush certain things. How many of us are guilty of flushing used condoms? If you really want to keep the plumber away, don’t flush these things.

Baby Wipes

Used baby wipes go into the trash can. Even though they’re marketed as drainage safe, they’re the biggest culprits behind clogged lavatories. Use a wastebasket instead. In fact, even “flushable” wipes take up to 3 days before fully disintegrating. Unlike toilet paper, they’re made of stringer fabrics that trigger blockages in most cases.

Butt Wipers

From a blog post published by Comfort Fox, these wiping aids are designed to be reusable. They have a release button ensuring that you do not touch soiled toilet paper (even with gloves). The last place they should be is next to the toilet hole

Diapers

Honestly speaking, it’s obvious that they expand when immersed in water. In fact, the common used diapers are too large to be flushed away and will require decent effort before they clog your drainage. If a new mom accidentally flushes one, then it will expand into the drainages causing plumbing problems. Get diaper pails instead and use them accordingly!

Pills

Medications and pills should not be disposed by flushing them. They may contain chemicals that are toxic to the environment. The same goes for cigarette butts. They’re loaded with nicotine and it may be harmful to the beneficial bacteria in your septic. You might think that they’re too small to cause clogs but don’t you agree that you’re better off throwing them into the trash can? Don’t you believe that flushing cigarette butts is a waste of water?

Dead Fish

For heaven’s sake your former pet deserves a proper send off. Sadly, most pet owners don’t know how to take care of their pets. In fact, deceased fish are usually disposed off carelessly into waterways (or worse) down the drain. From burying them in your yard to carefully disposing them, there are better ways of bidding them goodbye. You may not believe it but a few mindless pet owners even flush their pets alive. These unfortunate gold fish find themselves in waterways where they’re at a risk of destroying the eco system. Consider donating them to a shelter home or giving them to friends if you’re tired of your healthy fish. They deserve dignity too!

Tampons

These hygiene product manufacturers wish they could create bio-degradable tampons. Ask around whether tampons are flushable and a fierce debate will evolve. Honestly speaking, flushing them is the easiest way of disposing used tampons but it will do more harm than good to your drainage system. Don’t believe me? Look around in public bathrooms and you’ll see that they install bins for disposing these feminine hygiene products safely.

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Surgisphere: governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company

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The World Health Organization and a number of national governments have changed their Covid-19 policies and treatments on the basis of flawed data from a little-known US healthcare analytics company, also calling into question the integrity of key studies published in some of the world’s most prestigious medical journals.

A Guardian investigation can reveal the US-based company Surgisphere, whose handful of employees appear to include a science fiction writer and an adult-content model, has provided data for multiple studies on Covid-19 co-authored by its chief executive, but has so far failed to adequately explain its data or methodology.

Data it claims to have legitimately obtained from more than a thousand hospitals worldwide formed the basis of scientific articles that have led to changes in Covid-19 treatment policies in Latin American countries. It was also behind a decision by the WHO and research institutes around the world to halt trials of the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine. On Wednesday, the WHO announced those trials would now resume.

Two of the world’s leading medical journals – the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine – published studies based on Surgisphere data. The studies were co-authored by the firm’s chief executive, Sapan Desai.

Late on Tuesday, after being approached by the Guardian, the Lancet released an “expression of concern” about its published study. The New England Journal of Medicine has also issued a similar notice.

An independent audit of the provenance and validity of the data has now been commissioned by the authors not affiliated with Surgisphere because of “concerns that have been raised about the reliability of the database”.

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Man City respond to rumours that Man Utd ‘will go for’ Sterling

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Man City are confident that Raheem Sterling will remain at the Etihad Stadium despite interest from Man Utd, according to reports.

The England international left Liverpool in 2015 for a fee potentially rising to £49m after failing to win a trophy in three years at Anfield.

Since moving to City, Sterling has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups, while he has scored 89 goals in 230 appearances.

The 25-year-old still has three years remaining on his current deal at City but a report in The Independent on Tuesday claimed that Sterling is ‘suddenly high up in priority’ as Man Utd ponder whether the winger might be tempted to do a reverse-Tevez.

If he becomes available, United will go for him,’ says the report, which all seems highly unlikely, regardless of City’s European ban.

And now The Metro have brought us Man City’s response to the rumours, they claim that ‘City are completely unconcerned by United’s interest in Sterling and have no intention of allowing the winger to leave the club’.

In fact, The Metro reckons that the Citizens are ‘more confident than ever of keeping’ Sterling at the club with the two parties in talks over a possible new deal.

The report adds: ‘The club remain intent on keeping him and are more confident than ever that he will stay for his peak years given a ‘window of opportunity’ has been eradicated thanks to the pandemic’.

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Scots race protests ‘must follow lockdown rules’

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A number of protests are reportedly planned in Scotland amid escalating anger over the death of George Floyd in police custody in the United States.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said he was “shocked and distressed” by events in the US, adding that “racism in all its forms is disgraceful”.

But he encouraged anyone protesting to follow guidance on outdoor gatherings.

The government’s recommendations say groups meeting outside should include no more than two households, and total a maximum of eight people.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she felt “total solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement” and said people had the right to make their voices heard in peaceful protests.

But she said this should only be done in a way that was “safe and not putting people at risk”, appealing to those organising events to discuss them with local authorities.

Unrest has been growing in the US since the death of Mr Floyd while he was being arrested by police in Minneapolis on 25 May.

A video shows a white police officer kneeling on the neck of the 46-year-old for several minutes, while Mr Floyd repeatedly says he is unable to breathe.

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