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Wearing a burka or niqab in public has been banned in the Swiss region of Ticino, with offenders facing a fine of up to £6,500.
It is now a criminal offence for women in the Italian-speaking canton in southern Switzerland to cover their faces with the garments in all public places, including shops, restaurants, public buildings and behind the wheel of a car, the Local reports.
No exceptions will be made for tourists, but other forms of face coverings such as masks, balaclavas or crash helmets will still be permitted.
Almost two-thirds of the region’s voters supported the ban in a referendum in September 2013 before it was approved by Parliament.
The vote was launched under Switzerland’s direct democracy, which allows proposals to be put to the public if enough signatures are collected.
“Those who want to integrate are welcome irrespective of their religion,” he said. “But those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome,” he added.
Amnesty International said the vote was a “black day for human rights in Ticino.”
Ticino’s latest law echoes a similar law in France, which was the first European country to ban the burka, and all other forms of face-covering, in 2010, going into effect the following year.
The law was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights in July 2014. Similar laws have since been passed in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Saeed Jaffrey, veteran star of Bollywood and British cinema, has died at the age of 86.
News of the actor’s death was shared by his niece Shaheen Aggarwal on her Facebook page on Sunday.
In a career that spanned more than half a century, Jaffrey made almost 200 screen appearances, working with directors including John Huston, James Ivory, David Lean, Richard Attenborough and Stephen Frears.
Jaffrey appeared regularly on the British small screen, his credits including Gangsters, The Jewel in the Crown, Common as Muck, and in 1999, shop-keeper Ravi Desai on Coronation Street.
Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, was among the first to pay his condolences, praising Jaffrey’s “flair and versatility” as an actor.
Born in Maler Kotla, Punjab in 1929, Jaffrey studied history to post-graduate level before embarking on a life in the theatre that took him from Delhi, where he founded his own English language company, Unity theatre, to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
After visiting the US on a Fulbright scholarship in the late 1950s, he returned with Unity to tour Shakespeare – the first Indian actor-director and company to do so. Jaffrey was also the first Indian performer to receive an OBE for his services to drama in the UK.
“All the great films I saw in India,” he told the Guardian in 2000. “My brother and I would put the clock in the dining room forward by an hour, and when it was eight o’clock but the clock said nine o’clock, we would say: ‘We’re so hungry, can’t we eat now?’ Then we would yawn and go to our bedroom, put the pillows underneath the quilts, and bugger off to see all the wonderful films the cinemas were showing … 90 films in six months, and that would be my education in film and acting.”
Co-stars including Kathy Burke also took to Twitter to pay tribute on Monday.
Jaffrey was twice married, first to cookery and travel writer Madhur Jaffrey, with whom he had three daughters, and later to his second wife Jennifer.
“Today, a generation of Jaffreys has passed away,” wrote his niece on Facebook, before sharing a recent animation narrated by Jaffrey to showcase her uncle’s melifluous voice. “Now this is how English should be spoken. Go on! Give your children a listen,” she wrote.
“The entire Jaffrey Family bids you, ‘adieu’, you beautiful, beautiful man.”
A seven-year-old boy has donated his entire piggy-bank savings to a mosque in Texas that was vandalised in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
A member of the Islamic Center of Pflugerville (ICP), in Travis County, arrived on Monday morning to find that faeces had been left in front of the building.
Pages torn from the Koran were also left at the scene.
But after discussing the incident with his mother, schoolboy Jack Swanson decided he would empty his piggy bank and make a donation of $20 to the mosque, news site Kxan.com reported.
His mother, Laura, said the pair had spoken about how the act of vandalism was a “really awful thing to do”.
“We had a good conversation [about] what churches are for and how everybody’s churches are important.”
Faisal Naeem, a board member at the mosque, said the donation gave him hope.
“It’s 20 bucks, but coming from Jack collecting his pennies it’s worth 20 million bucks to me and to our community. This gives me hope because this means it’s not one versus the other.”
Jack’s act of kindness has been praised on social media.
Is there any worse feeling than waking up late?
Whether it’s your mom screaming for you to wake up or your iPhone buzzing with messages from work, there’s no worse way to experience the light of day than with a swelling pit at the bottom of your stomach that drops at the moment of consciousness.
The worst part is, you can’t justify your actions. You want to tell your mom why you’re so tired — because you stayed up till 2 am reading the most fascinating book before teaching yourself how to illustrate using Adobe.
But you know she’ll stop you at 2 am. That’s all she’ll hear. She’ll scold you for staying up late, threaten to take away your computer and tell you to start going to bed earlier.
The same will happen with your boss. You can’t explain that you were late for the third time this month because you were researching the life of an earthworm. People don’t want to hear your “excuses.” They want you to get your sh*t together.
And that’s pretty much how life’s been so far. Yet you keep staying up and keep sleeping in. No matter how bad you feel during the day or how many jobs you’ll lose, you’ll continue to bask under the moonlight. It’s not in your nature to turn off the light.
To you, there’s nothing to wake up for but so much to stay awake through. That’s when your ideas happen, your bursts of energy explode and your moments of peace come over you: when there are no distractions, no plans and no obstacles in your way but the expanding horizon of light.
That’s also why you’re smarter. According to research published in The Huffington Post, those who deviate from the normal sleep schedule are considered more intelligent. This finding is supported by research suggesting that those who create new evolutionary patterns (compared to those who stick with the normal patterns developed by our ancestors) are the most progressive.
It makes sense. After all, those who are the first to change (to seek out novelty) are always the most progressive and intelligent in a society. And according to researchers at the University of Madrid, after analyzing the sleeping patterns of 1,000 students, they found that those who went to bed later (and consequently woke up later) scored higher on inductive reasoning tests, a test normally associated with general intelligence.
They don’t deny the moments when they’re having a creative breakthrough.
ABC Science reported on a study conducted by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan in which researchers asked 120 men and women of varying ages to fill out a questionnaire asking if they were of night or morning disposition.
Then, researchers asked participants to do a series of three tests designed to measure creative thinking. Researchers scored the completed activities on originality, elaboration, fluidity and flexibility factors. According to their findings, “evening types aced each test based on these criteria, while morning and intermediate type people struggled to get scores over 50.”
Lead author of the study, Marina Giampietro, believes that this creativity is bred from the “development of a non-conventional spirit and of the ability to find alternative and original solutions.”
It’s all about what you’re doing with the time you have. Yes, early birds might be more productive, but late risers are more creative.
Early risers take advantage of those morning hours to do mundane activities like go to the gym, make coffee and get to work early, but it’s the late sleepers who really take advantage of the night — the special time to create and invent something new.
They experience the parts of the day during which they’re awake for the better.
When you’re getting up at 6 am, you’re usually passing out by nine, which means you’re already tired by five. You may start your day with a burst of energy, but by mid-afternoon you’re already checked out.
Early risers are, in fact, screwing themselves over for the second part of the day.
Researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium examined 15 “extreme early risers” and 15 “extreme night owls.” They measured the participants’ brain activity after they first woke up and then once again 10.5 hours later.
Both the night owls and the early birds had the same level of productivity when they first woke up. Ten hours later, however, early birds had “lower activity in brain regions linked to attention and the circadian master clock, compared to night owls.”
They’re actually ahead of everyone else…and less stressed.
It all depends on how you look at cycles. It may look like the late risers are missing out on the morning hours, but the early risers are actually missing out on an entire night.
The late risers are ahead of the cycle and experiencing chunks of time that early risers sleep through. But late risers are in better moods throughout the day.
According to the BBC, a team of researchers in Westminster analyzed the saliva of 42 volunteers with different sleep schedules eight times throughout the day for two days. After analyzing all the samples, they found that the people who woke up earlier had higher levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone, than those who like to sleep in.
Consequently, the early risers reported muscle aches, cold symptoms and headaches. Researchers also found they were in worse moods.
Clow believes “early awakening was associated with greater powers of concentration, being busier and experiencing more hassles throughout the day as well as reporting more anger and less energy at the end of the day. On the other hand late wakers were more leisurely and less busy.”
Life is all about how you look at it, but it should really be about how (and when) we wake up with it. For all the flack and abuse late risers have been getting throughout the years, stick to your schedule, and don’t feel bad about another missed alarm.
At the end of the day (literally), you’re better off because of it.
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