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WE agree with the city police boss for everyone to be responsible with posting on social media about crimes in the city. People freak out when post about a crime circulates on social media. He says robbery cases that had happened recently were under control as police were fully aware and were investigating.
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THIS is true. Modern life’s sleep troubles – the chronic bleary-eyed state that many of us live in – have long been blamed on our industrial society. The city lights, long work hours, commutes, caffeine, the Internet. When talking about the miserable state of our ability to get enough rest, sleep researchers have had a tendency to hark back to a simpler time when humans were able to fully recharge by sleeping and waking to the rhythms of the sun.
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IT turns out that may not be quite right. In fact, it now appears that our ancestors may not have been getting the doctor-recommended eight hours of sleep, either. In an intriguing study published in Current Biology this week, researchers travelled to remote corners of the planet to scrutinise the sleep patterns of some of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherers – the Hadza of Tanzania, the San of Namibia, and the Tsimane of Bolivia.
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THE son of Assyrian king Sargon II, Sennacherib spent much of his reign fighting to maintain the empire established by his father. Though he undertook many military campaigns, he was de-voted to building projects and oversaw the construction of numerous canals as well as one of the world’s first aqueducts. Around 700 BCE, he built a magnificent palace, complete with a park and artificial irrigation, at Nineveh, which became the empire’s major metropolis during his reign.
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IN 1867, Russia sold Alaska to the United States for US$7, 200, 000 (K22,821,173.07). The purchase was accomplished solely through the determined efforts of US Secretary of State William H. Seward, and for many years afterward the land was derisively called “Seward’s Folly” or “Seward’s Icebox” because of its supposed uselessness. It was not until after the discovery of gold in the Juneau region in 1880 that Alaska was given a governor and a local administration.
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THOMAS Peacock was an English writer whose comic and satirical novels – which contain some of his best poems – parody the intellectual pretenses of his age. His best-known work, Nightmare Abbey, satirizes the English Romantic Movement and contains characters based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, and his close friend Percy Bysshe Shelley. After Shelley’s death, Pea-cock became his literary executor.
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QUOTE of the day: Where words fail, music speaks. – Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)
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