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China donates 30,000 bags of rice to Kenya, Twitter users outraged

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Kenya has received a donation of rice from China to help with government efforts to combat drought in parts of the country.

Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs, Eugene Wamalwa, disclosed on Wednesday that China had donated 30,000 bags of rice.

“Just received a donation of 30,000 bags Of rice from The People’s Republic of China to compliment Government of Kenya, GOK, relief food distribution,” he said in a tweet.

A number of governors and political leadership from the affected counties were present at the flagging off ceremony. Wamalwa stressed that necessary safety clearance had been undertaken by relevant state authorities.

Eugene L. Wamalwa@EugeneLWamalwa

Impressed by the efficiency and Professionalism shown by our KPA,KEBS,KRA staff in expeditious handling of food urgently required to bring relief to drought affected Kenyans.

Half of Kenya’s 47 counties are currently battling with drought which has led to rising food insecurity and the need for government intervention.

The Cabinet Secretary noted that 23 counties were affected by the drought. A number of Kenyans are, however, not enthused by the news of donation.

Most of them slammed the government for failing citizens so badly that Kenyans have to depend on food donations. Some are concerned about the quality of the donation whiles others wanted to be sure of the quality and safety of the rice.

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Turmeric may contain high lead content

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The demand for turmeric has given rise to a worrisome trend. Reports say that companies in Bangladesh are adding lead chromate to turmeric to make it appear more yellow.

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Researchers have found high levels of toxic lead in the popular spice turmeric.

What is lead chromate, and why do people use it to color turmeric?

Lead chromate, a chemical compound comprising lead and chromium, is a yellow pigment that can enhance the brightness of a substance. It is also poisonous, acting as a neurotoxin when humans ingest or inhale it.

Experts consider lead unsafe in any quantity as it leads to cognitive defects. Usually, manufacturers use lead chromate to give yellow and orange oils and paints their color.

However, previous research has identified turmeric as a source of lead exposure across many turmeric-producing districts in Bangladesh.

Turmeric is an essential spice that many people consume daily in South Asia. It also has some medicinal uses. It may potentially treat inflammation and have healing effects across many conditions, including cancer.

Adulteration of spices is not unusual, and the addition of toxic agents to spices is common. However, the addition of lead chromate to turmeric threatens public health in Bangladesh. The researchers behind the present study wanted to assess the effect of this practice and its regulation.

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Drowning man saved by Olympic swimmer

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A drowning man was saved by an Olympic swimmer “Filipo Magnini”.

A drowning man was rescued by an Olympic swimmer after he got into trouble off a beach in Sardinia.

Italian former world champion Filippo Magnini leapt into the water when he heard cries for help, local media reported.

Andrea Benedetto was floating on an inflatable off the shore of Cala Sinzias when he fell into the water on Sunday.

His husband shouted for help, and nearby lifeguards set off towards them.

But Mr Magini was closer and managed to keep Mr Sinzias’s head above the water until the lifeguards arrived.

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