Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bid to ban gay 'propaganda'

IF a group of lawmakers have their way, TV shows and movies depicting gay people could be banned in Ukraine.

Six legislators, including President Viktor Yanukovych's representative in parliament, submitted a law seeking to prohibit the "propaganda of homosexuality". If passed, the law would impose fines and jail terms for disseminating positive information about gays to minors. Anything from movies, TV series, photographs and even art exhibits viewable by children would become illegal.

Santa gets the weight down

IF Santa looks thinner than usual come Christmas, it may have something to do with Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance fitness craze.

A Zumba exercise class with hula hoops was a novelty at this year's World Santa Congress, which brings St Nicks from around the globe to Copenhagen this week. On the schedule is an obstacle course in which Santas must go down a chimney and climb an ice mountain.

I'll just let it be, says McCartney

Paul McCartney said he has not dared to intervene in Danny Boyle's plans for his part in the London Olympic opening ceremony.

The ex-Beatle said he is leaving it all up to movie director Boyle who is overseeing the celebration, even if he believes he could suggest some improvements. In an interview with the BBC, McCartney said the plan is for him to round off the show.

Glacier fears lead to mining ban

ENVIRONMENTALISTS in Argentina have won a court ruling against gold mining in the Andes based on Google Earth images of glaciers, which they say creates a precedent for injunctions against other projects.

Osisko Mining Corp, a Canadian company, was ordered to halt exploration in La Rioja province after a judge ruled that digital satellite images showed four glaciers in the area. A federal body is doing an inventory of glaciers in the Famatina area.

Genome contest gets first entrant

A GENOME-sequencing contest announced in the US six years ago finally has its first entrant: Life Technologies Corp's LIFE Ion Torrent, which yesterday said it was entering the fray.

The Archon Genomics X Prize will award $10m (€8.2m) to the first team that sequences the complete genomes of 100 people aged 100 or older in 30 days or less, for no more than $1,000 each, and with an error rate of no more than 0.0001pc.

Irish Independent

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