The restaurateur who puts hospitality above food

Like other great success stories, Sheldon Fireman’s started with a sense of ambition, an understanding of the local culture, and nothing to do on a Friday night. Hanging out in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of New York in the 1960s, Mr Fireman – Shelly to his friends – got the idea to open an all-night cafe specialising in serving breakfast food. It would be called the Hip Bagel. “I fell in love with my idea,” says Mr Fireman, who wanted to create a place that was fun to hang out…

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Marginalised child: Will Nirmal, the daughter of a woman who irons clothes, get a chance to study in Delhi University?

It is 1:30 am as I sit down to type this. It took me 15 minutes to fill out the Delhi University Admission Form, which is an achievement considering that it took other people almost an hour. There’s a simple reason for this: most people prefer to fill the form in the morning or the evening with their parents peering over their shoulders telling them to “apply ECA Indian Music” for a prize they won in Class 4. Not me, though. I started working on the DU Admission Form at…

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Who Wins and Who Loses in the Latest G.O.P. Health Care Bill

A group protesting outside the St. Joseph, Mich., office of Representative Fred Upton on Wednesday. Mr. Upton has emerged as a crucial supporter of the latest effort to revive the G.O.P.’s health care bill.CreditDon Campbell/The Herald-Palladium, via Associated Press The American Health Care Act, which narrowly won passage in the House on Thursday, could transform the nation’s health insurance system and create a new slate of winners and losers. While the Senate will probably demand changes, this bill, if it becomes law in its current form, will repeal and replace…

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Unhealthy lifestyle may cause 17.6 million cancer-related deaths globally in 30 years – WHO

] The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that the world may record more than 17 million cancer-related deaths in the next 20 to 30 years if unhealthy lifestyle choices should continue. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday that African countries would be the most affected by the disease. “Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, with approximately 8.8 million cancer-related deaths in 2015. “Within the next 20-30 years, the global death rate due to cancer is expected to…

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Putin: Those who leaked Trump dossier ‘worse than prostitutes’

In a speech that one-upped even some of the president-elect’s colorful Twitter commentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called Donald Trump’s political enemies “worse than prostitutes” for disseminating a dubiously-sourced dossier last week alleging a relationship between Trump and the Kremlin. Speaking during a news conference, Putin said last week’s leak of the 35-page report — written by a private investigator as a series of memos and eventually passed on to the intelligence community — was a last-ditch attempt on the part of President Obama’s outgoing administration to “undermine…

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Five Cabinet Nominees Who Could Affect Education

Control of school-related issues is spread across a number governmental agencies, and President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. education secretary, Betsy DeVos, won’t be the only member of his cabinet to have a say in student-facing policy. The Michigan philanthropist and billionaire will face her Senate confirmation hearing next Tuesday, and many of her fellow nominees already have education records of their own. We examined five of the potential cabinet members who could influence America’s schools and what their past actions might mean for students around the country. Jeff Sessions…

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Who Got Left Behind When “Body Positivity” Went Mainstream?

My first introduction to body positivity was online through a LiveJournal community called “Fatshionista.” There, we talked about fashion DIY, shared pictures of our favorite outfits, and gave the scoop on the actually trendy pieces popping up in plus-size departments (because lord knows they were hard to find). Beyond that, I was also introduced to radical body politics and intersectional feminism, and found solidarity with other fashion-minded people who existed beyond the “straight-size” world. As a college student who grew up in image-conscious Los Angeles, this was completely revolutionary for…

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First WHO toolkit to strengthen Europe’s health response to migration

Over one million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by sea in 2015. 2016 has become the deadliest year ever for these travellers, with over 4700 people found dead or missing at sea so far. Sudden and large influxes of refugees and migrants can disrupt entire health systems in countries of transit and destination, if these are not adequately prepared. While the health problems of refugees and migrants are similar to those of the rest of the population, many suffer from physical and psychological illnesses associated with exposure to conflicts…

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Food for thought: The man who makes cooking videos go viral

If someone had told Jamie Bolding three years ago that he’d be earning a lot of money from making viral videos, he’d probably have quit his “proper job” a lot earlier. Jamie, who is behind a host of videos that appear on people’s Facebook newsfeeds, only lasted three weeks in an entry-level job at a drinks company, but he still thinks it was too long. “I thought I could hack a real job, but I hated that I had no say in the decision making,” says the 25-year-old founder and…

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Adopt heart-healthy lifestyle: WHO

Kathmandu, September 28 Maintaining a healthy heart is the best way to avoid life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke, which are among the most lethal killers in the South-East Asia region, which also includes Nepal. These and other cardiovascular diseases account for a sizeable proportion of the 8.5 million people in the region dying of non-communicable diseases every year, many of them prematurely, warned Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh World Health Organisation Regional Director for South-East Asia on the eve of World Heart Day (September 29). On World Heart…

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