Thursday 23 November 2017

Militants 'ban' emotion

The governor of China's restive far western region of Xinjiang wrote yesterday that Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals, as he appealed to people to stamp out the "tumor" of extremism.

Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, has been beset by violence for years, blamed by the government on Islamist militants and separatists.

FRAUDSTER FLEES – AGAIN

A Czech fraudster on the run from prison was hired as a chief economist at a museum, where he stole 10 million Czech Koruna (€360,000), media reported.

Last Thursday, police came to arrest Vladimir Prokop at his office at the National Agriculture Museum, close to the Interior Ministry, when he fled through the exhibition halls of the museum, an emergency exit staircase and then hailed a cab.

STONE AGE SLOBS

Couch potatoes have a history that stretches back 7,000 years to the Stone Age, when humans first picked up the plough, a study said.

Scientists examined European skeletons dated from around 5,300 BC to 850 AD, a time span of 6,150 years. They show that after the emergence of agriculture, the leg bones of people living along the fertile Danube river valley became progressively less strong.

BEANS MEANS HEALTH

Just one daily serving of pulses such as haricot beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas can significantly lower levels of harmful cholesterol, a study has shown.

Scientists analysed data on 1,037 people who took part in 26 diet and health studies that looked at the effect of pulses on cholesterol.

MICROSCOPIC CHANGE

A new microscope which enables a "dramatically improved" view of biological cells has been developed by scientists, according to a university.

Researchers at the University of St Andrews said they hoped the development would lead to improved understanding of biological development, cancer and diseases such as Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's.

BLANC'S POSH GARDEN

chef Raymond Blanc has revealed he will plant fruit and vegetables among the blooms of Kew Gardens, London, for a BBC2 show.

Speaking about 'Kew On A Plate', the Michelin-starred chef said: "I am sure viewers will share my inspiration and passion for British heritage, the garden and the glorious food that I will cook from it."

Irish Independent

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