So which one is greedy?

May 23, 2015 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

The dark side of meditation and mindfulness: Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis: “Meditation and mindfulness is promoted by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Brand, who boast of its power to help people put stress out of their minds and live for the moment. But the treatment can itself trigger mania, depression, hallucinations and psychosis, psychological studies in the UK and US have found. The practice is part of a growing movement based on ancient Eastern traditions of meditation. However, 60 per cent of people who had been on a meditation retreat had suffered at least one negative side effect, including panic, depression and confusion, a study in the US found. And one in 14 of them suffered ‘profoundly adverse effects’, according to Miguel Farias, head of the brain, belief and behaviour research group at Coventry University and Catherine Wikholm, a researcher in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey. The shortage of rigorous statistical studies into the negative effects of meditation was a ‘scandal’, Dr Farias told The Times.”

Fat in all the right places: “Anastasia Volochkova was prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet in the Russian capital Moscow until the year 2003 when she was fired for being too fat. But after a high-profile court case the ballet was forced to take her back but although she remained on their books, she has not been offered any dancing roles since 2004. But it did not stop her continuing to develop her career not only with solo performances but also as an actress and a model, starring in films and TV series as well as modelling for Chopard jewellery. Two years ago, Volochkova caused controversy when she said the world-famous ballet was being used a a ‘brothel for oligarchs’. She said: ‘Ten years ago when I was dancing at the theatre, I repeatedly received propositions to share the beds of oligarchs. ‘The girls were forced to go along to grand dinners and given advance warning that afterwards they would be expected to have sex. ‘When the girls asked: “What happens if we refuse?”, they were told that they would not go on tour or even perform at the Bolshoi theatre. Can you imagine?'”

Love rooms where prisoners get to spend two hours every three months with a loved one while locked up in Romanian jails: “Photographer Cosmin Bumbut has spent the past four years visiting 35 penitentiaries across Romania, including juvenile detention centres and prison hospitals, photographing the rooms built for conjugal visits. He started taking pictures of people before and after the visits but wanted to focus on the lack of intimacy in the rooms, rather than the prisoners themselves and came up with The Intimate Room collection. Once Romania joined the European Union, in 2007, the prison system went through major revamp and the biggest reform was to introduce the right to private visits. A prisoner who is married or in a relationship has the right to receive a two-hour private visit, every three months, which takes place in a separate room inside the prison compound. If someone gets married whilst in jail, they have the right to use the room for 48-hours as a honeymoon of sorts, then two hours every month for a year.

Reward for a good deed: “A former rubbish picker has begun a career as a model after handing back more than £50,000 which had been accidentally thrown away in a hospital’s rubbish. Ana dos Santos Cruz, 23, would work for ten hours a day sifting through dumps in Barretos, near Sao Paulo in southeast Brazil. The single mother, who struggled to raise her three-year-old son, had been doing the work for four months when she came across an envelope inside a plastic bag. Inside she found £52,000 in blank cheques, which she discovered were donations to the town’s Barretos Cancer Hospital. The next day Ms dos Santos Cruz went to the hospital to personally deliver the cheques to its director. Her selfless act prompted a shopping mall to invite Ms dos Santos Cruz to star in a publicity campaign on TV and billboards in the town, which launched this week. Ms dos Santos Cruz, who has also started evening school to complete her studies, told Brazils G1 website she has already been offered other modelling jobs after being taken on by a local agency.”

A clean window devotee: “A fearless Ukranian woman has been filmed balancing precariously from her ninth storey apartment and cleaning the outside of her windows. Shocked witnesses watched as Mary Bodrova, 45, clambered onto the window ledge and started scrubbing the outside of her home. The jaw-dropping footage, shot in the city of Lviv in Western Ukraine, has gone viral. Ms Bodrova was seen hanging from the window frame with her left hand and cleaning the glass with her right, without a safety rope. Witness Ivanna Rudenko,23, said: ‘I think the housewife was so exited about the washing process that she doesn’t realise the danger. ‘If I only imagine myself outside the window, I feel sick.’ Yuriy Popenko, 45, added: ‘What a woman. She must work in the Cirque du Soleil.’

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