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Subway Bread Is Not Bread, Ruled the Irish Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court of Ireland has ruled that the bread served at Subway is not bread because it is too sweet. If the court ruled the opposite, Subway’s bread would be VAT-exempt and save the company a lot of money.

The ruling made by the five-judge court on September 29 said that Subway bread’s sugar content is too high to meet the legal definition of bread under the Value-Added Tax Act of 1972. The case was brought by Bookfinders Ltd., a franchisee of Subway, which wanted the court to rule Subway bread is legally bread so that it would qualify as “staple food” and be VAT-exempt.

The argument depends on the acceptance of the prior contention that the Subway heated sandwich contains ‘bread’ as defined, and therefore can be said to be food for the purposes of the Second Schedule rather than confectionary. Since that argument has been rejected, this subsidiary argument must fail,” the court wrote in its official ruling.

The VAT Act of 1972 says that for a bread product to be legally defined as “staple food,” the sugar content should be at most two percent of the dough’s total weight. According to Justice Donald O’Donnell of the Supreme Court, the distinction was made to differentiate bread and other baked goods.

All of Subway’s bread options have a sugar content level of about 10%. Still, the company insists their bread should be legally considered bread.

Subway’s bread is, of course, bread,” said Subway in a statement provided to ABC News. “We have been baking fresh bread in our stores for more than three decades, and our guests return each day for sandwiches made on bread that smells as good as it tastes.”

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Parents Of Toddler Found in Cage With a Giant Boa Constrictor Defend Themselves

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As reported in DailyMail, T.J.Brown, 46, Scarborough, 42, and 82-year-old Charles were arrested in late June in Henry County, Tenessee, on multiple accounts of aggravated child abuse and animal cruelty.

The adults were accused of keeping Scarborough’s 18-months-old son in a metal cage near a 10 foot Giant Boa snake. The cage was crawling with cockroaches, and there were rats and mice next o the cage. The court officials heard details about the vile conditions of the home where the young toddler was found living in a cage near a giant boa constrictor snake.

The three adults appeared in Tenessee court last week, where they claimed that the cage was the ‘safest’ place for the kid in their animal-overridden and filthy home.

Monte Belew, Henry County Sheriff, said there were eight snakes total living inside the room with the boy as well as dozens of dogs running around the property.

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Hiker In Utah Encounters A Cougar In The Wild And Lives To Tell The Story

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A cougar stalked a hiker in Utah for 6 minutes. The hiker recorded the whole terrifying encounter and uploaded it on YouTube.

Kyle Burgess was on a hike at the Slate Canyon Trail, near Provo, Utah, last weekend when he encountered the big wild cat. The video he recorded shows that he first came across cougar cubs along the trail. The cubs were not as terrifying, so he continued with his run.

However, a few meters ahead, he came face-to-face with the mother. That was when his survival instincts kicked in. He started backpedaling. The mountain lion started following him. In an effort not to encourage him to pounce, Burgess walked backward slowly. But that did not stop the big cat from rushing at him several times.

Burgess tried several tactics to scare away the predator. He made himself bigger, tried making scary sounds, shouted foul words, even tried negotiating with the animal by calling her ‘dude.’

Eventually, what worked was a well-aimed stone. The animal ran away fast the moment the stone dropped near it.

Maybe Burgess got lucky. Regardless, there are lessons to take away from his encounter. If you encounter cubs, the mother is probably not far away. Additionally, do not run from a predator and try making yourself big to discourage it from pouncing.

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More Than 6.8 Tons Of Weed Concealed In Toilets Seized At The Mexican Border

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The Office of Field Operations officers of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the World Trade Bridge near Laredo, Texas, seized a shipment of toilets that contained about 6.8 tons of marijuana, according to a report on Breaking 911.

As our frontline CBP officers at World Trade Bridge seek to facilitate lawful commerce in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they maintain a robust enforcement posture and that vigilance and attention to detail resulted in the seizure of more than six and a half tons of marijuana hidden within the commodity,” said Andrew Douglas, the Acting Port Director at the Laredo Port of Entry.

The CBP officers at the cargo facility seized the shipment at the World Trade Bridge on October 2. The toilet shipment containing the weed was in a 2015 Freightliner Tractor coming from Mexico. The drugs were discovered by a sniffer dog and non-intrusive imaging system inspection.

The inspection led to the unearthing of 1,017 packages concealed in commercial toilets, which contained about 13,744 pounds (6.8 tons) of marijuana. The seized marijuana has a street value of approximately $2.7 million.

CBP forwarded the case for further investigation to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HIS) special agents.

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War Brewing Between Mexico’s Most Powerful Cartels

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El Chapo’s cartel has declared war on the most powerful gang in Mexico, dispatching its troops for a bloody showdown. IsmaelEl Mayo’ Zambada has since taken charge of the gang after former leader El Chapo was extradited to the US and imprisoned last year.

Earlier on this month, Sinaloa Cartel soldiers had declared their presence in the western Mexican state of Nayarit, whose drug trafficking routes are controlled mainly by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

In a disturbing video declaring war shared, you can see two members of the Sinaloan Cartel troop holding up pictures of Nayarit state officials Rodrigo Benitez Perez and the state’s governor’s brother-in-law Daniel Saucedo. The gunmen then warned their “heads will roll.” The soldiers then announce the beginning of ‘Operartion MZ’ and vowed justice. The letters MZ refer to Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada

Asked if the message amounts to a declaration of war, Robert Almonte, a cartel expert, and former US federal marshal, told the Daily Star: “Yes, I believe it does, not only in this state, but in general.” When asked if El Mayo’s troops could eventually dominate trafficking routes in the state, the cartel expert said: “That is always a possibility, but the CJNG has been in that area for some time. This is important, because this means they have more established relationships with corrupt officials.

The CJNG has expanded rapidly across Mexico and is one of the country’s most aggressive gangs, operating mainly in the west.

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Catholic Priest Arrested For Having a Threesome On Church Altar

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A Louisiana priest was arrested and put behind bars last week after allegedly being caught having a threesome on the church altar. The Archdiocese of New Orleans announced the priest’s arrest on October 1. As reported on nola.com, the lights inside Saint Peter and Paul Roman Catholic church in Pearl River were on later than usual attracting an onlooker to take a closer look.

According to the court documents, the onlooker peered inside and saw the parish’s pastor half-naked having sex with two women on the altar. The women were dressed in corsets and high-heeled boots. There were sex toys and stage lighting. There was a mobile phone as well as a separate camera were mounted on tripods, recording it all.

The eyewitness took a video and called the Pearl River police, who arrived at the church and viewed that recording. Officers then arrested the Rev. Travis Clark, pastor of Saints Peter and Paul since 2019, on obscenity charges.

Dixon and Melissa Cheng, 23, were booked on the same count as Clark, 37. Police said the charge stems from “obscene acts [that] occurred on the altar, which is clearly visible from the street.”

The archdiocese announced it had suspended Clark from ministry the day after he was arrested.

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