Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Halifax chef Andrew Farrell wins mac and cheese contest using N.S. product

TORONTO — It was Nova Scotia all the way in a macaroni and cheese showdown, with the recipe creator and the cheese he used hailing from the Atlantic province.
Chef Andrew Farrell from 2 Doors Down in Halifax won for his Crispy Greens Mac & Cheese in the Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-Off Wednesday.

Pooches in a pot? Pet-mad young Koreans say no to elders’ taste for dog, prefer to raise pups

SEOUL, South Korea — For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.

Sweepers at Yangon’s revered Shwedagon pagoda toil away in quest for spiritual credit

YANGON, Myanmar — Every evening, more than a dozen men and women walk in a tight row in front of Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist pagoda, sweeping the vast marble terrace in unison in hopes of keeping it clean for barefoot pilgrims.
To these volunteers, this is not a chore but a noble act — one they carry out eagerly in an effort to gain merit, or spiritual credit.

Rare copy of first comic book featuring Superman fetches $3.2M; NY dealers buy in eBay auction

NEW YORK — A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman’s comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million.

Parents and millennials have vastly different ideas on the cost of schooling

Post-secondary students grossly underestimate the cost of school, not to mention how much support they’ll need from their parents, a new survey shows.

Do bamboo caterpillars and grasshoppers have a future on dining room tables?

THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand — Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. Then they discovered bugs.

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumours in desperate struggle to save patients

LONDON — Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren’t the only problem: Health workers struggle to convince patients they’re trying to help them, not hurt them.

Students expect big debts but also think they’ll pay it off quickly: polls

TORONTO — Getting a post-secondary degree can be an expensive endeavour, but a recent survey suggests that most students believe they’ll be on track to pay off their student loans within five years of graduating.
The poll from CIBC (TSX:CM) found that about half, or 51 per cent, of post-secondary students said they would need to borrow money to pay for tuition, living expenses and books.

Scrabble players rejoice: 5,000 new words large and small are on the way in dictionary update

NEW YORK — To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages.
The word “te” as a variant of “ti,” the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” out Aug. 11 from Merriam-Webster.

A haunting premonition: ‘What will happen if the airplane crashes?’ asks boy boarding MH17

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?”

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