Hot dogs ‘must be re-named’ demands Malaysian religious governing body

Hot dogs ‘must be re-named’ demands Malaysian religious governing body

Food outlets selling hot dogs in Malaysia have been asked to rename their products or risk being refused halal certification. The Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, said it adopted the ruling after complaints from Muslim tourists. Director Sirajuddin Suhaimee said the name might cause “confusion”. “In Islam,...

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Indonesian President plans to ‘wipe out paedophilia’ using chemical castration

Indonesian President plans to ‘wipe out paedophilia’ using chemical castration

President Joko Widodo stands by the legislation passed last week that allows chemical castration, a 10 year-minimum sentence, electronic tagging, and execution of paedophiles. The laws were first proposed in May following a series of child sex attacks which enraged the public. One such attack included the gang rape and...

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Proposals seek to reduce overcrowded housing

Proposals seek to reduce overcrowded housing

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell has announced that minimum room sizes will be applied to close a loophole that allowed landlords to charge tenants to live in unsafe or overcrowded conditions. The proposed measures will enable councils to take action against landlords who are renting unfit homes of less than the...

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Wildlife photographer of the year winner announced

Wildlife photographer of the year winner announced

The prestigious annual title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been awarded to American National Geographic photographer, Tim Laman for his image “Entwined lives.” The image depicts an endangered Bornean orangutan grasping hold 30-metres up a strangler fig tree in Gunung Palung national park. The image was planned down to...

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Intelligence Squared

Intelligence Squared

The cornerstone of British civilisation has been entrenched in the art of debate. We may now be living with issues like Brexit, immigration, and terrorism, but Alfred the Great had his “Viking problem” and Chamberlain couldn’t quite make up his mind whether to appease his “Hitler issue” or not. From...

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Dance Around the World Festival returns

Dance Around the World Festival returns

London’s unique, international festival returns to celebrate dance culture from around the globe this weekend from 22-23 October at Cecil Sharp House. The 16th annual festival started in 2000 as part of a personal management exercise by Vineet Vijh. Since then, the baton has been passed on to Technical Director, Caspar Cronk...

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Special Footwear: The fine art of stylish orthotics

Special Footwear: The fine art of stylish orthotics

According to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, 75-80% of adults have some kind of foot problem. Whilst some of these may be temporary ailments, others need long-term treatment and even surgery. But how do you alleviate pain and correct the problem without resorting to cumbersome ‘sensible’ shoes? Special Footwear...

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‘Looking from Space at the Human Impact on Earth’, at the Gresham Lectures

‘Looking from Space at the Human Impact on Earth’, at the Gresham Lectures

The Gresham Lectures are free, open to the public and available online as recordings. They range from history to science, economics and philosophy. KCW Today went along to “Scratching the Surface? Looking from Space at Human Impact on Earth” by Carolyn Roberts, last October 13. “Who in here hasn’t seen...

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