Finland wants EU to give up daylight saving time

The parliamentary transport and communications committee gave its recommendation to the government after more than 70,000 Finns signed a citizens petition asking the state to give up the practice.Under daylight saving time clocks move forward by one hour during summer months so that daylight lasts longer into evening. Most of North America and Europe follows the custom, while the majority

Raccoon-sized dinosaur amazes scientists

A raccoon-sized, feather-clad dinosaur that roamed China 130 million years ago shared a distinctive trait with the furry modern mammal that topples trash cans in North America: a stripe across their eyes resembling a bandit mask.Scientists said on Thursday an analysis of fossilized feathers on the dinosaur called Sinosauropteryx revealed a camouflage pattern that included the bandit mask, a light-colored

Red panda babies make debut at Philadelphia Zoo

One of two young red panda cubs born at the Philadelphia Zoo makes its debut, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Red pandas are considered endangered in the wild and are native to the mountains of central China, Nepal and northern Myanmar. Photo: AP/Matt RourkeAn adorable duo of baby red pandas has made its debut at the Philadelphia Zoo.Yeren and

Britain's Merlin to open $350 million Legoland in New York state

A third North American Legoland theme park celebrating the distinctive multi-colored toy bricks is to be built in New York state in a $350 million investment by Britain’s Merlin Entertainments, the company said on Thursday.The park dedicated to the children’s toy favorite will be built in Goshen, Orange County, 60 miles northwest of New York City and serving a catchment

Life after death for the 'Love Bug' in Ethiopia

At Kinfe Abera’s garage in Addis Ababa, cranky, 50-year-old Volkswagen Beetles enjoy a kind of life after death; their parts are never discarded but re-used to keep the city’s remaining Beetles on the road.The Beetle was born in the 1930s out of dictator Adolf Hitler’s desire to produce a cheap “people’s car” for the German family. After World War Two

【The Great Confucius】2017 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Japan Kicks off in Osaka

On October 22nd, the Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Japan organized by the Confucius Institute at Kansai Gaidai University was held in Kansai Gaidai university. 67 participants, including Hu Zhiping, Minister-Counselor of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Japan, Eiko Tanimoto, Chairperson of the Board of Kansai Gaidai University, Wu Jingsong, Head of the Education Office of

【Tasty China】Fight the frost with these spicy winter dishes

The inevitable has finally arrived, and the bitterly cold winter is here. While it may be a tall order to even leave your house these days, eat you must. Luckily, China’s array of spicy cuisine offers just the kicker to defrost your icy veins.The chilli umbrella hosts quite the variety of heat, which can broadly be found in three provinces:mala(numbing

Gender pay gap in Britain narrows

File Photo:VCG The gender pay gap in Britain has reached its lowest level since 1997, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Thursday. But on average men still earned almost 10 percent more than women, the latest figures show. In April 2017, weekly earnings for full-time employees in Britain were 550 pounds (727 U.S. dollars), up 2.2 percent

Documentary "Africans in Yiwu" premiere in London and Guangzhou

Johannesburg -The China-Africa co-production “Africans in Yiwu” premiered October 26at the London School of Economics and at Guangdong University of ForeignStudies.Co-directed by Zhang Yong and Hodan Osman Abdi, theproject marks the first time China has worked with an African film company.Thesix-episode documentary was produced by Yiwu Afrowood Films Co. Ltd. and TheCenter for African Film and TV Studies at Zhejiang

British novel to be adapted into Chinese TV drama

A crime-thriller novel by British writer Jeffrey Archer will be developed into a drama series for Chinese television audience for the first time, a UK-based film and TV producer announced Wednesday.The novel, False Impression, is an engrossing tale which spans across the globe as a famous work of art, Vincent Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, goes missing to provide

Taking the home-buying plunge young in US

Buying a home can be daunting, especially if you’re young.Twenty-somethings (many of them new to saving and some carrying student-loan debt) can be intimidated by the sheer amount of money and paperwork involved in home-buying. And there’s a vast amount of conflicting information online.“I think a lot of young buyers get a lot of bad information,” says Chicago-based Realtor

Artist duo to wed 24 times to highlight gay marriage

Artists and real-life couple Julian P. Boom (L) and Fleur Pierets (R) are planning on getting married at least 24 times in ceremonies around the world. Photo: AFPTwo women artists, who are a real-life couple, are planning to say "I do" at least 24 times as they marry around the world in a performance artwork to celebrate gay marriage.After first

Across China: Volunteers 'read' movies for the blind

File photoAt 0:51, he stopped his bicycle and took off his black leather gloves. At 1:06, a thin man in a black coat, who looks like a thief, took off his helmet. At 2:53, early next morning, Mr. Six was walking his birds.This all describes special footage, of Chinese movie Mr. Six, designed for blind people.The footage was created by

Note with Einstein's theory on life auctioned for $1.3 million

Strapped for cash in a Tokyo hotel, Albert Einstein wrote his take on life on a note and handed it to the bellboy instead of a tip. The physicist’s formula for happy living fetched $1.3 million on Tuesday, a Jerusalem auction house said.In 1922, Einstein was en route to Japan when the announcement came he would be awarded the 1921

Papers believed to be lost in Holocaust go on display in US

Photo: APThe American public is getting a chance to view newly discovered Jewish documents that had been presumed destroyed during the Holocaust.Ten documents brought over from Lithuania went on display Tuesday at New York’s YIVOInstitute for Jewish Research, which is working with the Lithuanian government to archive the 170,000-page collection.The documents were hidden to protect them from the Nazis during

Trump's Empire State Building doodle fetches $16,000

George W. Bush famously turned to portrait painting as a hobby when he left office. Could President Donald Trump one day follow in his footsteps, encouraged by the recent sale of his drawing of New York City’s Empire State Building for $16,000?It is not the first time a Trump doodle sold for a serious sum: A 2005 sketch of the

Laos aims to attract 5.2 mln foreign tourists in 2018

File Photo of Lao The Lao government has set a plan to attract more than 5.2 million foreign arrivals to the country and increase the annual income generated by the foreign visitors to 900 million U.S. dollars in 2018. "In order to make a rebound in tourism growth, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism plans to launch Visit

UK to build cancer treatment centers in Iran

Photo: Iran's Ministry of Health signed an investment and cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UK's International Hospitals Group (IHG), Financial Tribune daily reported on Tuesday. Based on the deal, IHG will invest 1.8 billion euros (2.12 billion U.S. dollars) in the construction of a network of modern cancer treatment centers in the capital Tehran and other Iranian

Sierra Leone to auction multi-million dollar diamond to benefit poor

It will be the government’s second attempt to sell the 709-carat gem, known as the “Peace Diamond”, after it rejected the highest bid of $7.8 million at an initial auction in New York in May.Over half of the proceeds from the sale will be used to fund clean water, electricity, education and health projects in Sierra Leone, and particularly in

A beer buoyed by dead sea salt Is taking the craft world by storm

When you’re trying to open a brewery in a predominantly Muslim country, you do a lot of things yourself. At least that’s what Yazan Karadsheh, the founder of the first craft brewery in Jordan, learned.When he startedthe venture, in2010,there was no government application for a brewery license, much less a vocabulary for such terms as “craft brewery,”“hoppiness,” or “malt.”After two

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