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Japan store to replace staff ‘period badges’ after uproar

WT24 Desk A Japanese department store has scrapped a “period badge” for employees that let colleagues know they were menstruating, after the policy sparked an internet storm, a spokeswoman said Friday, AFP reports. One of Daimaru’s upscale department stores in the western city of Osaka began the programme last month, adopting an idea proposed by female employees. The voluntary badges ...

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Tourists swim among penguins at Antarctica

WT24 Desk It’s like getting stabbed,” a tourist exclaims, as he plunges into the three-degree Celsius (37-Fahrenheit) water, all under the intrigued gaze of a group of penguins. All around Half Moon Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula, blocks of ice of all sizes float by on a calm sea, their varying forms resembling weightless origami shapes. To reach the Antarctic ...

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Tourism new attraction for Falklands sheep farmers

WT24 Desk Late in life, Tony Heathman has sought out pastures new: the 70-year-old former sheep shearer now spends his days driving tourists around the Falklands Islands.If that sounds like an odd career switch, his story is typical on the remote British archipelago, where tourism is an increasingly popular side hustle for workers in the grueling livestock industry.Heathman works for ...

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Art, treasure and jewel heists in Europe in recent times, listed

Here’s a look at some other spectacular thefts in Europe in recent years. WT24 Desk A brazen burglary Monday at a German museum holding priceless treasures is another in a long history of daring European heists over the years, AP reports. German police said it was too early to estimate the value of the items stolen from Dresden’s Green Vault, one of ...

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Yoga reduces lower back pain

WT24 Desk Yoga and physical therapy(PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, a new study suggests, IANS reports. Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the research from Boston University in US, showed significant improvements in sleep quality lasting 52 weeks after 12 weeks of yoga classes or ...

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Who wore it better? Ranveer Singh and Rani Mukerji wear the same floral Sabyasachi kurta

Rani Mukerji was spotted in the same Sabyasachi kurta that Ranveer Singh wore for his first year anniversary when he visited the Golden Temple with wife Deepika Padukone. WT24 Desk Celebrities are often spotted wearing the same set of designers, and Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna and Sabyasachi Mukherjee are usually the designers that Bollywood celebrities flock to, The Hindustan Times reports. Given ...

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Togo turns ex-colonial palace into flagship art centre

WT24 Desk Togo on Friday opened a flagship art centre in the former seat of colonial power after a multi-million dollar refurbishment aimed at making it a major cultural draw in West Africa, AFP reports. Built over a century ago, the Palais de Lome was home to both French and German colonial rulers until becoming the residence of the Togolese ...

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French language watchdogs discourage use of ‘Franglais’

WT24 Desk A centuries-old institution regarded as the guardian of the French language has warned state officials against encouraging the spread of “franglais”, saying it could have dire consequences for the future of the language, AFP reports. L’Academie francaise, established in 1635 to defend the purity of the French language, said in an official statement that it had never been hostile ...

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Music has a universal pattern across societies worldwide

Researchers suggest a commonality in the way human minds create music according to a study on different cultures. WT24 Desk From love songs to dance tunes to lullabies, music made in disparate cultures worldwide displays certain universal patterns, according to a study by researchers who suggest a commonality in the way human minds create music, Reuters reports. The study, published on ...

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Indonesian kids given pets to wean them off smartphones

WT24 Desk Officials in one Indonesian city have hatched a plan to wean children off smartphones — by giving them their own fluffy chicks to raise, AFP reports. Around 2,000 four-day-old chicks will be handed out to pupils at elementary and junior high schools in Bandung in the coming weeks in an attempt to distract the kids from their gadgets. ...

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