Offbeat | Discarded Christmas trees a vitamin-filled treat for goats

Christmas trees can be enjoyed long after they are discarded by a family. They’re a great source of vitamin C — for goats. A farm in the northeastern state of Maine

Football | Barcelona in meltdown after transfer ban opens club crisis

  The once almighty Barcelona is heading toward meltdown. One week after the Spanish team's appeal against a FIFA-imposed transfer ban was rejected and two days after its sports director was fired,

Football Down Under | Asian Cup kicks off with Australia-Kuwait match today

The Asian Cup kicks off today deep in Australia's sporting heartland, where the Socceroos will attempt to win the continental championship for the first time. It would have been inconceivable a

Bizcuits: Living dangerously

The lecturer must have said something but she couldn’t put her finger on it. Perhaps it had been flippant, perhaps in jest, perhaps that particular student - from another place,

Friday, December 9, 2015 – edition no. 2225

* Crossing measures boost house-buying confidence * Fanatics ‘suffer from religionitis’: Rodrigo   DOWNLOAD

The hidden history of Portuguese of Burma

* Movies: American Sniper * Books: River of No Return by David Riley Bertsch * Wine: The Shades of Green II * Food: Sophisticated Thai * Technology: Smart and pretty! Fashion designers spruce up *

Tech & Style Smart and pretty! Fashion designers spruce up smartwatches

Smartwatches don’t have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and

Tea Leaks by Talkers | Not exaggerating: Mark Twain plaque stolen from gravesite

Police are investigating the theft of a bronze plaque from a monument at Mark Twain’s gravesite in upstate New York, the Associated Press reported this week. The plaque showing Twain’s image

SCREEN PEOPLE | CELEBS: Madonna defends altered photos of MLK, Mandela

Madonna’s cover for the album “Rebel Heart” is a closeup of her face with black string on it. Her social media posts show the faces of King and Mandela doctored

Times Square by Rodrigo

Jack Black

Local expert, Ben Lee, reckons on a couple of ways forward: either the holding about 60 percent of the VIP market will absorb the smaller fish or will be

New book reveals hidden history of Portuguese of Burma

Many of us here were born in Portugal or at least Goa. We have spent many years here in Burma. We always feel like we are prisoners or guests or

TRAVELOG | Desert storm Heavy snowfall, strong winter storm hits Middle East

Snow fell in parts of the Middle East this week as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing two Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands who have

Fishing guide plunges into evildoings in thriller

Vivid scenery and a likable protagonist mark the second book in a series by David Riley Bertsch. In “River of No Return,” Wyoming fishing guide Jake Trent, a former Department of

The Shades of Green II

The term “Vinho Verde” not only refers to the particular style of refreshing and often slightly petillant whites produced in northwestern Portugal, but it also indicates the wine region, indeed

‘American Sniper’ is quintessential Eastwood

A mere six months after releasing the Four Seasons drama “Jersey Boys,” Clint Eastwood has again lapped his younger directing colleagues with his second film of 2014 and his best

FOOD: SOPHISTICATED THAI

Traditional cooking methods reminiscent of the techniques passed down from generation to generation are steep in Saffron’s culinary presentation. Saffron sets itself above the rest as a premium restaurant offering

SPA | CHILL LIKE CLEOPLATRA

I personally find the weather during winter to be unbearable. First of all, humidity is low and the skin can loose its moisture quickly. Fortunately, the Banyan Tree Spa at

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