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WHILE one group of vendors has been literally chased off the street, some of the ban enforcers patrolling the streets are smiling to the public with red-stained lips and teeth.
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IT was World Food Day yesterday and as well as being the 36th observance of World Food Day.
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AND last Saturday the world observed the 7th annual Global Hand Washing Day. The simple act of washing hands with soap is one of the most effective ways to save children’s lives. Washing hands before eating and after going to the toilet drastically reduces the spread of diarrhoeal diseases and has far reaching effects on the health and welfare of children and communities.
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THOUGH taiko simply means “drum” in Japanese, the word is often used outside of Japan to refer to the relatively recent phenomenon of ensemble taiko drumming, and to the drums it employs, which are among the world’s largest. In fact, some of these drums are so large that they remain in a single location and are never moved. Although modern taiko was established in 1951, its first recorded use was on the battlefields of ancient Japan.
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THE daughter of Austrian Archduchess Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, Marie Antoinette was the queen of France and wife of King Louis XVI. Her devotion to Austria, reputation for extravagance, and connection to scandals made her unpopular and helped to provoke the French Revolution. After the storming of the Tuileries palace, she and Louis were accused of treason. The king was executed, and Marie was tried, found guilty, and guillotined.
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DOUGLAS, a US Supreme Court justice and author, practiced and taught law early in his career, before becoming a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1936. As SEC chairman, he engineered the reorganisation of US stock exchanges, instituted measures aimed at protecting small investors, and began government regulation of the sale of securities. In 1939, the president appointed him to the Supreme Court.
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COMMONLY known in the West as the Chinese phoenix, the fenghuang is a mythical Chinese bird fabled to reign over all other birds. Though there was initially a distinction between the male feng and female huang, today the two are often combined into a single feminine entity that pairs with the masculine Chinese dragon to symbolise the yin-yang principle with respect to marital harmony.
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QUOTE of the day: Folklore, legends, myths, and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous, and manifestly unreal. – L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
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