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Singapore bans retailers from displaying tobacco products

Singapore bans retailers from displaying tobacco products

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Displaying tobacco products on the shelves of Singaporean stores won't be allowed beginning in 2017, according to the Ministry of Health. The ban comes into effect following changes to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sales) Act. Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, said that the change was intended to discourage non-smokers, especially young people, from picking up the bad habit. By minimizing point of sale displays (POSD), the ministry hopes both to decrease exposure to smoking and to reduce impulse buying. Retailers will have a one-year gra
Hundreds of babies born at home, gov't wants to 'fight' the trend

Hundreds of babies born at home, gov’t wants to ‘fight’ the trend

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Hundreds of babies are born at home every year in Portugal, despite the General Directorate of Health, a government institution, urging for zero births outside of hospitals. Francisco George, Director General of Health, said he wanted to "fight" births at home because no child should be born without help and not in a safe environment. George explained that a dangerous trend has developed, in which children arrive at hospitals in critical condition after complications with childbirth at home. Last year 602 babies were born outside hospitals. The number has been falling since 2008, when th
Greece pressured by EU, U.S. to issue new identity cards for citizens

Greece pressured by EU, U.S. to issue new identity cards for citizens

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The Greek government has been under pressure by the U.S. and the EU to redesign the official ID card for all of its citizens and come up with a version that would be difficult to forge. In the case of the U.S., the visa restrictions to Greek travelers will be put back in place with the upcoming evaluation of the Visa Waiver program if Greece does not comply. In addition to the old fashioned fingerprint, the new cards will carry a microchip containing biometric data such as the “footprint” of the holder’s iris. Officials say that the modernization of the ID cards is a contractual

Online purchasing power of elderly Chinese growing, dance products are most popular

Online purchasing power of elderly Chinese growing, dance products are most popular

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The purchasing power of elderly consumers is growing, according to a recent report released by Taobao, one of China's major online shopping websites. The report on China's Internet consumer trends also identified five major trends among Chinese shoppers: healthiness, youthfulness, customization, intelligence, and traditional products. Dance products have grown highly popular among elderly consumers in recent years. In 2011, the online consumer activity of this group was close to zero. However, in the first three quarters of 2015 alone, this group was purchasing almost 30 percent of al
Sri Lanka is warned to stop paddy cultivation

Sri Lanka is warned to stop paddy cultivation

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Paddy cultivation should be stopped to contain the spread of chronic kidney disease (CKD) prevailing in Sri Lanka, according to Dr. Gammanpila, a Sri Lankan bio-medical scientist working at the Imperial College London. Though CKD is reported only in one district, it may spread all over the country, he says. Farmers often use glyphosphate as fertilizer, which acts as a source of cadmium that contaminates agricultural plots. The harvests reaped from contaminated plots contain dangerous levels of cadmium that causes CKD. “There’s a sense of urgency to stop paddy cultivation at least
Atheists in Turkey demand crematorium to be built in Istanbul

Atheists in Turkey demand crematorium to be built in Istanbul

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Around 5,000 people have signed a petition urging the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to allow a crematorium to be built in the city. The campaign has been initiated by the country’s Atheists' Association. A spokesperson said that people should not be buried if they don’t want to even if cremation is considered “haram” in Islam, Turkey’s official religion. He added that a lot of people would prefer to be cremated as opposed to lay underground but there is no crematorium in the city to fulfill their final wishes. The association also said that there was no legal obstacle for
Mexico opens pedestrian bridge across border with U.S.

Mexico opens pedestrian bridge across border with U.S.

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The U.S. - Mexico border has arguably some of the strictest land border security in the world. This week it became even more noteworthy with the inauguration of a pedestrian bridge (over the wall) between two terminals that now link Tijuana International Airport and San Diego Airport. The Cross Border Xpress (CBX) opened Wednesday and tickets are now available for $18. The $120-million private venture aims to serve about 2.4 million travelers who once had to spend hours crossing borders to access the two airports. Mexican tourists will now have more flight options within the U.S. if th
Farmer finds thousands of years old Etruscan tomb while plowing his land

Farmer finds thousands of years old Etruscan tomb while plowing his land

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The Italian archaeological society has recently made public an astonishing finding from last October, when a farmer in Città della Pieve, not far from Perugia, central Italy, found a 12-meter-long Etruscan tomb while plowing his field. Scientists dated the burial site, which was "erased" in ancient times by a landslide, to 3 century B.C. The search, still in progress, has so far uncovered several artifacts, among them several urns, two sarcophagus, and a marble head. Authorities were very surprised as the site can not be found on any maps, and will likely redraw the geography of thi
Marijuana smugglers in Indonesia get death penalty

Marijuana smugglers in Indonesia get death penalty

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Tika Kartika, 41, was sentenced to death after being convicted of selling marijuana. He was arrested after two truck drivers, who were caught in the act when they attempted to deliver 540 kilograms (1,1490 pounds) of dried marijuana in their truck from Aceh to Jakarta, confessed to the crime and gave his name up. They claimed to have received orders from Ramli and Iwan Setiawan, the owner of the marijuana, to deliver it to Kartika. Ramli and Iwan were supposed to pick up the marijuana from him. Even though Kartika didn't have any marijuana when he was arrested, he was charged anyway
New Yoruba king crowned in Nigeria

New Yoruba king crowned in Nigeria

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Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, a 40-year-old accountant, has been crowned the new Ooni of Ife - the revered monarch of Nigeria’s second largest ethnic group, the Yoruba. The coronation ceremony was attended and celebrated by tens of thousands of Yoruba people in the city of Ife in southwest Nigeria, the Yoruba people’s ancestral homeland. One of the youngest ascenders to the crown, Ogunwusi was a prince from one of the ruling houses in the Ife kingdom and was selected by kingmakers from 21 candidates, including his older brother. The previous Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade, died in a Lo
It could have been a paradise: How corruption ruined Hungary's chance in modern history

It could have been a paradise: How corruption ruined Hungary’s chance in modern history

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Arguably Hungary was in a very good position to finally join the developed West a decade ago. The country's very foundation a thousand years ago as a Christian nation was based on leaving the savagery of the steppes behind and joining the "civilized world." Mihaly Andor, a famous sociologist, said that Hungary missed a historic chance which is going to cost it another century of fallbacks. Since it joined the European Union in 2004, double the money that it took to rebuild Austria through the Marshall Plan after World War Two has been poured into Hungary. Hungary's failure lies in
Child sex trafficking ring in Peru run by an American busted

Child sex trafficking ring in Peru run by an American busted

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A joint U.S.-Peruvian military operation has uncovered an alleged child sex trafficking ring in which American citizen Josh David Brown, alias “The Beast,” facilitated online sexual relationships for thousands of dollars. The bust rescued 36 minors-the youngest of which was a 4-year-old girl priced at $7,000. Brown ran an online internet forum that invited pedophiles from other countries to Peru for child sex tourism, according to the head of the Peruvian police unit Oscar Gonzales. Documents seized from the suspect’s home suggest that the business has been operating for at least 12
Former Brazilian president blames Portugal for delay in education development

Former Brazilian president blames Portugal for delay in education development

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"I know this doesn’t please the Portuguese [people]," former Brazilian President Lula da Silva said at a conference in Madrid, Spain, when blaming the Portuguese colonization with the delays in Brazilian education. He added that Brazil was discovered in 1500 by Pedro Álvares Cabral but the first university was only established in 1922. Brazil became independent just a century earlier in 1822. Da Silva, speaking before a crowd of Spaniards, added that Christopher Columbus arrived in what is now the Dominican Republic in 1492 and the region had a university by 1507. According to Da Silva,
Numbers of patients with mental disorders due to economic problems continues to increase

Number of patients with mental disorders due to economic problems continues to rise

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The number of people with mental disorders in Aceh, a semi-autonomous Indonesian province on the northwest tip of Sumatra Island, continues to increase by between 500 and 700 every year. There is a connection between the rise and the worsening economic state in the region, Head of Aceh Trauma Counseling Division Sarifah Yessi Hediyati says. Approximately 68 percent of Acehnese have jobs as seasonal workers with a low salary. The unemployment rate in the province is about 9 percent, higher than the average unemployment in the country of 5.9 percent. According to psychologist Nurjana
Study: South Africa needs better gamble campaigns

Study: South Africa needs better gambling campaigns

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According to research by South Africa's welfare agency, Sassa, in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development, better campaigns on responsible gambling are becoming a necessity. A total of 76.1 percent of people living in Eastern Cape use their state pensions to gamble and 57 percent of them borrow more money to test their luck. Pumeza George, research and communications specialist at the Eastern Cape Gambling Board (ECGB), said that there is great concern about vulnerable people who visit gambling establishments several times a month and as soon as they received t
From 'Homeland' to Lesbos: Famous actor travels to Greece to help refugees

From ‘Homeland’ to Lesbos: Famous actor travels to Greece to help refugees

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Mandy Patinkin, or Saul for those familiar with the hit TV show “Homeland,” traveled to Lesbos, Greece with the help of the International Rescue Committee to help the refugees landing there from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. During the first two days of his stay on the island, no boats reached the shores due to bad weather, but on the morning of the third day, rescuers were alerted to a boat approaching. Mandy rushed to the seaside. It was the eighth dinghy to approach the island since dawn. “A father handed me his daughter and turned back to help his boy. The little girl was sick.
People in Lisbon work 11 days to get an iPhone, twice as much as Londoners

People in Lisbon work 11 days to get an iPhone, twice as much as Londoners

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People living in the Portuguese capital have to work 11 days to be able to buy an iPhone 6, while Londoners need five days. Locals in Zurich, Switzerland, need two days and one morning, according to a study by the Swiss bank UBS, which examined whether residents in 71 cities can have the standard of living they want based on wages and average prices there. UBS concluded that Lisbon residents have to work 22 minutes to buy a Big Mac, 16 minutes for a kilogram of bread, and eight minutes for a kilogram of rice. The global average was 27 minutes of work to buy a Big Mac, 19 for bread, 18 for r
Former Pinochet-era officer admits human rights abuses on radio, gets arrested

Former Pinochet-era officer admits human rights abuses on radio, gets arrested

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Guillermo Reyes Rammsey, a Chilean Pinochet-era conscript, was charged with murder this weekend after a stunning radio confession in which he admitted to murdering 28 opponents of General Augusto Pinochet after originally phoning in to discuss a frustrating romance. “The first time [I murdered someone] I wept but the lieutenant said ‘Good soldier, brave soldier.’ Then I killed again and I liked it,” he admitted. He also described blowing up the dead bodies with dynamite so as not to “even leave a shadow.” Reyes never offered his name, but authorities were able to track him do
Young prostitutes, gay people, transsexuals to test anti-AIDS pill

Young prostitutes, gay people, transsexuals to test anti-AIDS pill

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Brazil will test a prophylactic pill to prevent AIDS in youth considered at risk. 1,800 sexually active 16 to 19-year-old prostitutes, gay or transgender people, will take a Truvada pill daily in the cities of São Paulo, Salvador, and Belo Horizonte. The study will begin in the beginning of 2016 and will last for five years. The same type of study is already being done in Brazil but it only includes adult participants. It is being extended to young people for the first time because people in the age group between 15 and 24 are the most vulnerable to AIDS. Over the past 10 years the over
40% of Ukrainians donated money to volunteers helping army

40% of Ukrainians donated money to volunteers helping army

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Forty percent of Ukrainians have donated money to the volunteers who helped the army against the separatists in the eastern part of the country, according to a study conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation. The money was donated by people either to support the army or to help internally displaced persons who were forced to leave their homes due to the war in Donbass. Residents of western regions and Donbass have donated more money to the volunteers than other Ukrainians. In the eastern territories controlled by the government, 19 percent were somehow engaged in volunteer work.

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