Tuesday 21 November 2017

World in brief: Shifting sands for New Jersey monks

Tibetan monks creating a Sand Mandala as part of a Tantric Buddhist ritual in Glasgow in 2011
Tibetan monks creating a Sand Mandala as part of a Tantric Buddhist ritual in Glasgow in 2011

A small child has made his inadvertent mark on an intricate sand display created by Buddhist monks. The monks have been building a sand mandala in Jersey City, New Jersey's municipal building since Monday.

The young boy climbed over a rope barrier and got on to the 4 sq ft display. The sides and middle were smudged as a result.


Peter Jackson is tweaking the ending of Bilbo Baggins's journey.

The director said the original title of 'The Hobbit' finale, 'There And Back Again', felt misplaced since Baggins arrived at his destination in the second film. So the final film based on the JRR Tolkien fantasy adventure is being renamed 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', due for release in December.


China will jail people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment.

China lists 420 species as rare or endangered, including the panda, golden monkeys, Asian black bears and pangolins.


Uruguayans will be able buy up to 10 grams of pot a week, enough to roll 20 joints, under new rules governing the recently legalised marijuana trade in the country, a government source has said.

The source said the government will auction up to six licences to produce cannabis legally.


US comedian Joan Rivers has refused to apologise for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the harrowing ordeal of three women kidnapped in Cleveland, Ohio.

The controversy came when Rivers and her daughter discussed their reality show on NBC's 'Today' show, and she complained about her living arrangements, saying: "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space." Rivers said it was a joke she made as a comedian.


Paintings, antiques and a 'Spitting Image' puppet belonging to film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner will be sold at auction later this month.

A collection of more than 100 items from the collection of Mr Winner, who died last year aged (77), will be sold by Sothebys.

Irish Independent

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