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65% of secondary schoolgirls smoke

The number of smokers among Saudi secondary schoolgirls reached 65 percent, while the rate among intermediate schoolgirls stands at 45 percent, a recently-published survey said. The survey, conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at the Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz University, said the phenomenon poses a real threat to the health of Saudi women in the long term. In a similar study ... Read More »

Automated passport control kiosks at Abu Dhabi airport

ABU DHABI —  Passengers traveling to the United States can now pre-clear US Customs and Immigration at Abu Dhabi International Airport using new automated passport control (APC) kiosks from air transport and government IT specialist, SITA.    Introduced in December 2014, the self-service kiosks use advanced biometric technology to streamline border control procedures and process passengers securely in less than 60 ... Read More »

Chicago man smashes eating record

PHILADELPHIA: A man from Chicago devoured 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, shattering the record of 363 wings set last year.  Patrick Bertoletti narrowly beat prior record-holder Molly Schuyler, who gobbled 440 wings in front of some 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center, where the Philadelphia 76ers plays.    Patrick Bertoletti, ... Read More »

The Halal Guys food cart takes New York by storm

Nabila Pathan   WHAT started in the 1990s as the original “The Halal Guys” food cart has become a word-of-mouth success story on the streets of New York and looks set to create a Middle Eastern street food phenomenon in national and international markets within the next five years.   Scenes of block long queues stretching out from the food ... Read More »

Facebook, Instagram suffer global outage

PARIS: Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumors of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope. “This was not the result of a third party attack,” Facebook said in a statement after its services were restored.   Instagram is being ... Read More »

Islamophobia harming nation’s image: Berlin

BERLIN: Hours before a new rally in Dresden by the Islamophobic movement PEGIDA on Sunday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the group’s anti-Muslim sentiments were harming the nation’s image abroad. “At home we under-estimate the damage that PEGIDA’s xenophobic and racist slogans and placards have already had,” Steinmeier said in an interview with daily newspaper Bild, published shortly before ... Read More »

Google chief: Internet will ‘disappear’ soon

DAVOS: Google boss Eric Schmidt predicted on Thursday that the Internet will soon be so pervasive in every facet of our lives that it will effectively “disappear” into the background. Speaking to the business and political elite at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Schmidt said: “There will be so many sensors, so many devices, that you won’t even sense ... Read More »

Don’t worry – 20 minutes exercise a week is enough, say experts

NHS guidelines which advise 150 minutes of exercise a week should be revised to take into account that even small amounts of activity have huge benefits, health experts have said. Recent studies have shown that just 20 minutes of vigorous exercise a week is enough to significantly reduce the risk of dying prematurely and is far more achievable than current ... Read More »

Recipe: Roast chicken, beans & mashed potatoes

Though roast chicken is very much a British pub lunch, Neel adds an Italian touch to the dish. If the other-worldly smell of roast chicken hits you while crossing Beniapukur on a sultry Puja afternoon, chances are it's coming from the Dutt residence. Puja might be a celebration of all things traditional, but this is one family that loves to go ... Read More »

Home remedies for bright white teeth

Pearly whites gone pale! One of the most common problems that every dentist comes across. Though we all wish to have pearly white smile, going for crazy expensive treatments definitely burns a hole in our pockets, thank goodness there are some home remedies which are not only easy but very reasonable. Banana peels: Bananas are considered to be a wholesome fruit ... Read More »

7 Things you shouldn’t tell your husband

Here's what you should never utter about that ex of yours to your partner if you want a smooth relationship. Confessions are good, but not always. To stay in a happy relationship we suggest some things left untold to your present. Trust us, what they don't know, won't hurt them. At least you'll be spared of your current popping up ... Read More »

Argan oil: The Moroccan ‘liquid gold’ for hair and skin

Argan oil is known as ‘liquid gold’ and is made especially in Morocco. It is used in beauty rituals and in cooking. Lately, this oil has captured the attention of many for its proven nutritional and cosmetic health benefits. The oil is sold around the world as a luxury item and can be difficult to find outside its production areas.  ... Read More »

Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice “responsible parenting.” Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births. But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose ... Read More »

Facebook tests voice-to-text feature on Messenger 

Social networking giant Facebook will soon let you read the voice messages your friends send you through Facebook Messenger, Times of India reports. The company has started rolling out a voice transcription feature to select Facebook Messenger accounts. The selected users will be able to read the text of voice messages they send and receive. David Marcus, VP, messaging products ... Read More »

Reflexologist highlights benefits of ablution

P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR: Ablution or wudu, the mandatory washing ritual for Muslims before the five-time prayers help to rejuvenate the body as a result of washing vital reflex points such as the hands, face, ears and feet, says a famous Indian reflexologist Dr. C.A. Ansar. An alternative medicine specialist, Ansar has been successful in treating various diseases such as diabetes, high ... Read More »

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