How education took me from a village in Tanzania to Switzerland

As a small child, growing up in a low-income family in Tanzania, my parents implanted in me the belief that education was most important. I’ve never forgotten that lesson, and it has guided me through life. This quest for education has also taken me halfway around the globe, from Tanzania to India, to Japan and now to Switzerland. Just a couple of weeks ago, I started my PhD at the University of Basel. Let me tell you my story. point of view point of view My name is Ashery Mbilinyi,…

Read More

Kitchen gadgets review: Food Sniffer – ‘It smells fishy to me’

What? The Food Sniffer (£105, myfoodsniffer.com): organic chemical sensors housed in a plastic baton. Detects molecular decomposition in meat and fish. Why? What the nose knows isn’t good enough. Well? Oh, what’s that old joke? “My dog’s got no nose.” “How does he smell other dogs’ anuses?” “He obviously can’t, you insensitive arsehole.” (I may have misremembered the details.) It’s not just tragic, hypothetical dogs that will benefit from this device, a portable electronic nose that does your sniffing for you. Pointed at a piece of meat, it sends a…

Read More

PM Modi On Currency Ban: ‘People Voted Me In To Fight Corruption. Shouldn’t I Do It?’

In an emotional speech in Goa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “People voted me to fight corruption. Shouldn’t I do it? The people have chosen a government and they expect so much from it.” “I also feel the pain. These steps taken were not a display of arrogance. I have seen poverty and understand people’s problems,” he added.. The Reserve Bank of India has urged people to not withdraw cash repeatedly and hoard it. “The Reserve Bank urges that public need not be anxious… cash is available when they need…

Read More

Me and my health: MLA Megan Fearon on her lifestyle

Q: Do you take regular exercise – and if so what? SHARE GO TO A: I do weight training three times a week and try to mix in a few hill sprints or interval training at the same time. I’ve being doing weights for about three years now and before that I used to play camogie and football. Recently I took part in the Belfast Telegraph Runher 5km. It was my first race so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved it and now I’m keen to better…

Read More

Me and my health: Carl Johannessen on his lifestyle

Q: Do you take regular exercise – and if so what? SHARE GO TO A: I play football twice a week and go to the gym twice a week too. I work out with a personal trainer as I need someone to push me – I need to exercise a lot because of how much I eat. My job involves a lot of tasting for the menu so I will be snacking all day. Q: What’s been the worst illness you have had? A: I used to ski and snowboard…

Read More

Arnab Goswami, You Don’t Scare Me. But You Should Worry India

It’s been called many things. A media brawl, a spat, a slanging match, a clash of personalities, everything but what it really is – standing up for freedom and rejecting the sinister intimidation tactics of a classic bully and his embarrassing subversion of journalism. This week, I wrote a Facebook post saying I am ashamed to belong to the same profession as Arnab Goswami, a former NDTV colleague and now the hugely successful editor at a competitive network, Times Now. Tens of thousands of people have since read and debated what…

Read More

Kate Moss: ‘My daughter Lila tells me that I look ridiculous’

  Supermodel Kate Moss has just launched a new clothing collection with Equipment. Victoria Moss (no relation) spent an eventful afternoon with her…. “Welcome to my shop,” squeals Kate Moss, stretching out her arms, as she holds court in the central London pop-up store which, for one week, will house her new clothing collection with French-via-LA brand, Equipment. Moss is in full public view (the shop front is completely open, leading to some amusing double takes from passers-by), dancing around with a glass of white wine and a cigarette lit…

Read More