Borough Market in London

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London’s Borough Market is to introduce free drinking water fountains as part of a new pledge to phase out sales of all single-use plastic bottles over the next six months. The renowned foodie haven the only fully independent market in the capital. It is aiming to become the UK’s biggest food shopping destination that is entirely plastic-free.

The market aims to make all other packaging used by its 114 traders over the 51,272 sq ft site near London Bridge biodegradable and compostable. This market helping it to achieve zero waste to landfill. Its overall mission is to put every leftover piece of food or packaging to the best possible use.

The market will also announce it is phasing out the sale of water in single-use plastic bottles for sale at the market as well as in cafes and chains on its fringes and offering free drinking water from newly installed fountains instead.

According to the survey that 38.5m plastic bottles are bought in the UK every day, of which just over half are recycled. At the same time, 16m are put into landfill, burned or otherwise leak into the environment and oceans each day. Plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to break down once they reach the sea.

Managing director of Borough Market said that “It’s great that people are increasingly aware of the health benefits of keeping hydrated, but we’ve been troubled to see increasing numbers of plastic bottles used every day, which damage the environment.

“By using the new Borough fountains our visitors will be able to refill and refresh without having to buy a plastic bottle each time. We are proud to take this significant step forward as part of our ongoing commitment to making Borough Market Britain’s greenest place to shop and hope that others will follow suit.”

The fountains placed around the market will mean that visitors are never more than a short walk away from free drinking water. Each has two streams of water to drink from and one to refill reusable water bottles. Plans are currently in place to produce Borough Market refillable bottles made from recycled plastic that can be purchased from stalls around the market.

Borough Market is the hub of London’s world class food scene although its history goes back centuries. Thousands of tourists flow through the market every day, sampling gourmet food from the UK and around the globe at more than 100 shops, stalls and restaurants, alongside a handful of traditional market traders still selling fruit and veg.

According to a recent report from the London assembly environment committee the amount of waste from single use plastic bottles in London has risen out of control. It is calling on the mayor to consider introducing a deposit return scheme and provide free tap water as an alternative.

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When Israel was not in existence

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In the violence between Israelis and Philistineans, the corpses often fall. Right now, dozens of people were injured in the Israeli bombing on Hamas targets in the Gaza Patti. Security sources said Israeli airplane attacked two Hamas military bases in northern Gaza Patti last night, due to which they suffered a lot. However, this is not the first incident of the Israeli-Philistine dispute. Since Israel came into existence, bloody conflicts have often happened between them.

Israel was founded in 1948. Earlier Israel had no existence. Originally philistineans lived here. In 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted to distribute Philistine with an autonomous Jerusalem to the Jewish State and the Arab State, after which it was established.

A series of atrocities against Jews was started almost all over Europe including Germany. This led the Jews to reach Philistine.

According to the Jews, the beginning of Judaism was evident from Philistine. Since the First World War, the population of Jews in Palestine was nearly 5 percent. After this the number of Jews increased. Britain was occupied by Palestine at this time. At the same time, the Palestinians opened a front against the British troops in Palestine. Because of this, in 1936, the British army resorted to the help of Jewish fighters to fight with the Palestinians.

According to the Jews, the beginning of Judaism was evident from Philistine. Since the First World War, the population of Jews in Philistine was nearly 5 percent. After this the number of Jews increased. Britain was occupied by Philistine at this time. At the same time, the Philistineans opened a front against the British troops in Philistine. Because of this, in 1936, the British army resorted to the help of Jewish fighters to fight with the Philistineans.

Along with this, there was a continuation of bringing the Jews to Philistine. Because of this, in 1939, before the start of the Second World War, the population of Jews in Philistine had reached 30 percent. During the Second World War (1939-1945) the massacre of Jews was started throughout Europe including Germany. After the end of World War, the security of the Jews began to rise, and in 1947 the UN decided that the Jews had to give them seperate country.

In 1947 a new proposal was presented in the UN whether Jews should get their own country, which supported Israel. After this Israel was divided into two parts, one part was the Jewish state and one was the Arab state. However, the biggest problem was that of Jerusalem, because here half of the population was of the Jews and half of the population belonged to the Muslims. Therefore, the UN decides that Jerusalem will be run by the international government. However, at the same time, Gulf countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Jordan and Egypt) attacked Israel.

However, Israel did not only defeat these countries in the war, but also occupied large terrain of Philistine. Because of this, the number of thousands of Philistineans became homeless and Israeli occupation of the Gaza Patti. Since then, violent wars have started between Israel and Philistine, which continues till now.

Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel’s, it is the important place of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It is the biggest holiest place of Jews in the world, after Mecca and Medina it is the third most sacred place for Islam . This is also a holy place for Christianity, because Jesus Christ was crucified here. There are mostly Muslim populations in eastern Jerusalem, while in the western part there is a Jewish population, whereas this holy place exists in the middle of it.

Including Pakistan, 16 Muslim countries of the world have kept the Israeli people banned when they come to their country. These are the countries. Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Oak tree fell into a crowd at a religious festival of Madeira

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At least 12 people have been killed after a 200-year-old oak tree fell into a crowd at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira. A government official said 52 others were injured when the tree fell outside a church in the hills above the capital of Funchal on Tuesday.

The accident happened during a Roman Catholic festival marking the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. The festival is called the Celebration of Our Lady of the Mount, the Atlantic island’s biggest annual religious festival, which draws large crowds.

“It was terrible, it was so sudden,” a witness told SIC television. TV reports showed fire and rescue services working to help victims and cutting away the fallen tree.

The regional health chief, said seven people were seriously injured, and that of the 12 fatalities, 10 died at the scene. A child died en route to a local hospital, where another woman also died. Miguel Albuquerque, the head of the regional government of Madeira, declared three days of mourning for the victims.

Portugal’s prime minister, Antonio Costa, tweeted: “I express my condolences for the victims of the accident in Madeira.” He said his thoughts were with the families and friends of the victims.

Africa could face an unemployment crisis by 2040

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New research has found, that parts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040, with “catastrophic” consequences for the global economy.

The report predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs, which should serve as a “wake up call” for governments across much of the continent, as well as international donors and agencies. According to the analysis by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, based on world bank data, the labour force in sub-saharan Africa will be 823 million by 2040, up from 395 million in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773 million, it said, leaving 50 million people in Africa unemployed.

The report looks at why some African countries, including Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, with great economic potential, have struggled to transform and generate growth that is inclusive for all their citizens.

International donors pursuing “piecemeal, uncoordinated interventions” are aggravating matters, it said. Jim Murphy, former cabinet minister, now of the institute, said: “Unless action is taken, Africa is facing a shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040. This should serve as a serious wake up call for all.  “International donors need to take a more coordinated approach, taking into account each countries individual needs, helping them to grow their economies and create jobs. Likewise, donor agencies are failing to adequately address the challenges facing the continent in order to prioritise economic growth.

The institute is backing calls for African governments and their international development partners to develop a strategy for inclusive economic growth, to create jobs.

The institute argues for “market-based sector development”. Governments, supported by their development partners, should focus on developing sectors that have strong economic potential for competitiveness and create jobs, it said.

This approach, it said, had much in common with the successful growth strategies employed by many East Asian countries, as well as Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius and currently, Ethiopia.

The report highlighted the progress of Botswana, Ethiopia and Mauritius, which it said had made significant progress in recent decades, due to a political leaders working alongside stakeholders and development partners.

Developing sectors so that they transform an entire economy requires focus over many years, it said. Mauritius spent 10 years focussing on textiles and a subsequent 10 years in tourism, while Ethiopia and Botswana focussed on agriculture and services, respectively for 20 years. The report laid out four elements and a “roadmap” for governments and development partners to follow, which focuses on a modernised version of industrial policy.

Puglia’s a beautiful region

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In Monopoli, a sleepy fishing village in Puglia founded by the ancient tribes of southern Italy. The strong rumour is that Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Donald Trump, is coming to town.

“All we need now is to hear that her dad is coming too,” joked the town’s mayor, Emilio Romani. And if the chattering in the Italian press is to be believed, that prospect may be likelier than he imagines.

It has been suggested that the US president could accompany his 35-year-old daughter to the wedding of a New York couple, which is believed to be taking place at Santo Stefano castle, perched on the edge of the town’s beach, towards the end of the month.

Puglia, and the region of Salento in particular, has been a coveted tourist destination for several years. This summer, however, the celebrity quotient has reached new levels. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, and his wife Brigitte are expected to spend their summer break in a region which was once overlooked by the rich and famous in favour of swankier Capri, or Porto Cervo in Sardinia.

Ivanka is already a fan of Puglia, having visited Alberobello – a town famed for its cone-shaped trullo houses – with her husband, Jared Kushner, and their children in 2015. She has reportedly booked to stay in a masseria, or fortified farmhouse, in the countryside.

But amid the flurry of anticipation, Romani is taking the possible arrival of the Trump entourage in his stride, despite the security obligations he may have to fulfil. Monopoli is used to hosting VIP guests, he said, citing the June nuptials in the town’s cathedral of Manuel Neuer, a goalkeeper for Bayern Munich and Germany’s national team, and his bride, Nina Weiss. The British pop group Duran Duran also performed at a concert at the castle a few years ago. “Whether it’s only Trump’s daughter or both of them, it would be a brilliant thing,” Romani said. “Everyone has their different opinions about politics, but local people see the value of such a visit; it gives Monopoli some limelight,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ostuni, a medieval town located further south, is expected to welcome the actor Tom Hanks, while Madonna is also due to return to the Salento region after holidaying there last summer.

“It was very satisfying to have Madonna here last year, but what’s even more satisfying is that she’s coming back,” said Francesco Caizzi, president of the Bari division of Federalberghi, the Italian hotel association.

“When people come to Puglia, they fall in love with it,” he added. “It’s a beautiful region, where the people are very welcoming. When these big personalities visit, they are looking to experience simple traditions, whether it’s seeing old people chatting in a square or pasta being made by hand.”

One person who fell for Puglia’s charms is the Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren, who years ago bought a masseria in the south of Salento, where she grows pomegranates. She fondly describes herself as the contadina salentina, or the “Salento peasant woman”, and has even got behind a local campaign to save some of the region’s centuries-old olive trees, infected by the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium, from destruction.

People are particularly drawn to fortified farmhouses, Caizzi said. Many of them have been turned into hotels. “They find silence, something far removed from what they are used to.” Celebrities aside, Puglia is also popular among ordinary Italians from the north of the country for its good weather, uncrowded beaches, pristine waters, rich history and mouthwatering food. “It’s a little difficult to reach, but lots of people want to see it,” Caizzi said. “We haven’t had mass tourism like in other places. They come here for beaches, people, food and tranquillity … We do have places where there is nightlife, but we are not Ibiza or Formentera.”

Another big draw is the region’s low prices, especially compared with the Amalfi coast – where Ivanka’s younger half-sister, Tiffany, recently spent a yachting holiday – and parts of Sardinia, which has some of the world’s best beaches and has long been a celebrity haven.

Puglia may be steadily attracting some big names, but it has no desire to become overly associated with celebrity culture. “Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda is very identifiable as a place for VIPs,” said Caizzi. “But we want to be a destination for everyone. People here are not so interested in VIPs; nor do they care to know what is happening in their lives.”

Fires in southern France under control

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Emergency chief says ‘We are winning the fight’, but firefighters say new fires could start in hot, windy conditions. Huge fires that forced mass evacuations of areas of southern France have been under control, firefighters have said, although they warned new blazes were still starting.

In the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, located near beaches popular with tourists on the Cote d’Azur, “the fire is not completely under control but we are winning the fight”, said Lt Col Michael Bernier, the civil security officer leading the emergency effort there.

He said “Things are going in the right direction but new fires are starting caused by gusts of wind”. In the neighbouring Bouches-du-Rhone region, three fires that had burned thousands of square kilometres were tamed or being dampened down on Thursday, firefighters said.

But authorities were on high alert, fearing that new blazes could start in the hot, dry conditions, fanned by the strong Mistral wind. “In such dry conditions, we really fear that fires could start again,” one firefighter said.

Around 10,000 holidaymakers and residents were forced to flee to the safety of public shelters overnight on Tuesday as flames swept towards campsites. Some holidaymakers took refuge on beaches. The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, visited an accommodation centre for evacuees in Bormes-les-Mimosas on Wednesday evening.

More than 6,000 firefighters, troops and civil security officials are involved in efforts to put out the flames, backed by 19 planes that drop containers of water on the flaming trees and bushes. More than 7,000 hectares of vegetation have been burned.

Forest fires also raged early on Thursday in Portugal, cutting off roads in the centre of the country and forcing thousands of people to flee just a month after deadly blazes left more than 60 people dead.

The biggest fire was in Serta, in the Castelo Branco region, where more than a quarter of the country’s firefighters were attempting to halt the flames.

Gallery in east London

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A new photography gallery is to open in the East End of London. The first overseas branch of Sweden’s Fotografiska, founded in Stockholm in 2010.

Fotografiska will take the entire ground-floor area of a new building in Whitechapel, close to the acclaimed Whitechapel Gallery, according to an announcement from the property investment company Derwent.

Apart from a brief statement from the centre’s Swedish co-founder and chairman, Tommy Rönngren, confirming the deal, no details have been released of the new gallery. The White Chapel Building, designed by Fletcher Priest architects, is due for completion in 2018.

The original Fotografiska was created in a restored 1906 customs building on the Stockholm waterfront, and has become an important centre for exhibitions of photography, with changing shows in four large galleries. Exhibitions have featured the work of Annie Leibowitz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Guy Bourdin. It also houses an award-winning restaurant.

The statement from Rönngren said: “Fotografiska has for a long time been searching for suitable facilities in London, one of the world’s most dynamic cities when it comes to photography. Whitechapel, which is one of London’s most dynamic areas, will be a perfect location.” The centre is also said to be scouting for a site in New York.

Manhood is treated by this lizard

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Recently, Armed Border Force (SSB) 17th Battalion has confiscated 5 Taka Gecko (a special species of Lizard) in a search operation in West Bengal. Explain that this lizard is used to make masculine-enhancing medicine. Diabetes, impotence, AIDS and cancer medicines are made from its meats.

Toc Geico is a rare and extinct species of lizards, there is a huge demand in its international market. Taking hold of it is illegal trafficking in Southeast Asian countries from north-eastern Indian states. It is very demanding in Southeast Asian countries. The people here believe that Gecko meat can be cured of many diseases. The price of this lizard found in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Northeast India, Philippines and Nepal is reported to be worth one crore rupees.

Wild life experts say that a year ago, the number of smugglers of lizards in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Assam of North Eastern India is increasing rapidly. Merchants living in Myanmar sell these lizards to China, Indonesia, Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries.

People are superstitious because of the high demand of lizards, which is the reason people catch lizards. According to media reports, the price of one kg of meat made from toked meat can be up to 10 thousand euros in the international market.

Flood victims are waiting for hours to eat

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Flood wrecks continue in Bihar, India. The number of people killed in this disaster has now crossed 215. Old Gangak, in Muzaffarpur, Bagmati is the worst condition in Samastipur Darbhanga. People are living their life on the road to save their lives. The condition in Eastern Champaran (Motihari) is so bad that people are waiting for the food on the road. They are hungry and thirsty and sit on the road. Population of 1.21 lakhs of 18 districts are affected.

Flood water is still entering new areas every day. This has brought people’s lives on the road. The flood water has entered some areas of Muzaffarpur city, while the entry of large vehicles has stopped at the city’s lifeline, Akharmghat bridge. The pressure of Bagmati on the Haighat rail bridge has stopped the operation of trains on the Samastipur-Darbhanga railway section. The Army is in charge of Gopalganj.

Dozens of villages of Chhapra and Siwan districts have been hit by the flood. Water has penetrated in Mehsi block on Saturday in Eastern Champaran. Lakhandai river in Sitamarhi is like a devastation due to the uprising of the river. Twenty-five panchayats of Madhubani’s Benipatti have lost contact. On Saturday, the number of people drowning in the floods reached 17. By Saturday the population of 20 lakhs was affected.