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There are sprays, roll-ons and sticks.
Now one Bulgarian candy-maker is
offering a new kind of deodorant, in
the form of delicious sweets.
“It ’s an old saying that true beauty
comes from inside .... Why not from
a candy?” Ventsislav Peychev, owner
of Bulgaria’s small Alpi candy factory
He claims his Deo Perfume candy
can neutralise body odour and replace
it with a lingering sweet scent for up
to six hours, depending on a person’s
size and how many sweets they have
The sweets — which look like typical
bonbons and are available in hard,
chewy and even sugar-free versions
— are based on research by Japanese
scientists who found that a major
component of rose oil, geraniol, was not
broken down by the body but excreted
through the skin.
“Geraniol is an antipode of garlic ...
It also comes out through the pores
but instead of leaving a bad smell, it
perfumes the body,” Peychev said.
Awarded a bronze medal at the
Geneva Exhibition of Inventions in
2011, and a technical innovation award
at the SIAL food exhibition in Paris
in October, the deodorant candy sells
for $US5.98 a pack on Amazon.com.
A woman, a 10-year-old boy and a
local al Qaeda leader were among at
least 11 people killed alongside two
western hostages when United States-
led forces fought Islamist militants in a
failed rescue mission in Yemen, residents
US special forces raided the village of
Dafaar in Shabwa province, a militant
stronghold in southern Yemen, shortly
after midnight Saturday local time,
killing several members of al Qaeda in
the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
American journalist Luke Somers,
33, and South African teacher Pierre
Korkie, 56, were shot and killed by their
captors during the raid intended to free
them, US officials said.
AQAP, formed in 2006 by the merger
of the Yemeni and Saudi branches of
the network, has for years been seen by
Washington as one of the movement ’s
most dangerous branches.
Since Islamic State in Syria and Iraq
began distributing films of its militants
beheading western hostages, the focus
on AQAP, which has traditionally used
hostage-taking as a way to raise funds,
had diminished until now.
At least two more hostages are being
held by the group.
The Yemen-based group, loyal to the
wider al Qaeda organisation founded
by the late Osama bin Laden, has
denounced IS, but western and Gulf
sources say there may be operational
connections between the two.
South Africa does not want to assign
blame for Korkie’s death, government
spokesman Nelson Kgwete said on
local television, when asked if Pretoria
blamed the United States.
“ We recognise that this was an attempt
to secure the freedom of Mr Korkie
and the hostages who had been kept in
Apart from the woman and the boy,
reports on social media feeds of known
militants said an AQAP commander
and two members of the group were
killed. Six other members of the same
tribe also died, the reports said, although
they could not be immediately verified.
The commander, identified as Jamal
Mubarak al-Hard al-Daghari al-
Awlaki, appeared to be the same person
as Mubarak al-Harad, named by the
Yemen Defence Ministry yesterday as
the leader of an AQAP group.
As special forces battled al Qaeda
militants in the house, kidnappers in
another building nearby shot the two
hostages, a local man who identified
himself as Jamal said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said
the operation, the second attempt to
free Somers in 10 days, had only been
approved because of information that
the American’s life was in imminent
However, South Africa’s Gift of the
Givers relief group said it had negotiated
for the teacher to be freed and had
expected that to happen today.
The South African government said it
had undertaken “numerous initiatives”
to help free Korkie.
His body was expected in South Africa
tomorrow. — Reuters
6 - Monday, December 8, 2014
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
believes the United States is confronting
“centuries of racism”, after a week of
protests that shook major cities across
America’s largest city has become
the centre point of the demonstrations
demanding justice for black men
who have died at the hands of white
policemen in recent weeks.
“ We have to have an honest
conversation in this country about a
history of racism, we have to have an
honest conversation about the problems
that have caused parents to feel that
their children may be in danger in their
dynamics with police, when in fact
police are there to protect them,” he
“Our police keep us safe, and yet
there’s been not just decades of
problems, a history of centuries of
racism that undergird this reality.”
De Blasio, who is white and married
to a black woman with whom he
has mixed-race children, added:
“ We have to retrain police forces
in how to work with communities
differently, we have to work on things
like body cameras that will provide
a different level of transparency and
“This is something systemic and we
bluntly have to talk about the historical
racial dynamics underlying (it).”
Speaking from personal experience,
de Blasio said he feared for his son’s
safety in dealing with the police.
“ What parents have done for decades
with children of colour, especially young
men of colour, is train them to be very
careful, when they have a connection
with a police officer, when they have
an encounter with a police officer,” he
“It’s different for a white child, it’s just
a reality in this country.
“And with Dante, very early on, my
son, we used to say, look, if a police
officer stops you, do everything he tells
you to do, don’t move suddenly, don’t
reach for your cellphone, because we
knew, sadly, there is a greater chance
it might be misinterpreted if it was a
young man of colour.” — AFP
NY mayor: Centuries of racism in US
Syria has accused Israel of
carrying out air strikes against
two government-held areas in
Damascus province, one of them
near the capital’s international
“The Israeli enemy attacked
Syria by targeting two safe areas
in Damascus province, namely
the Dimas area and the area of
Damascus International Airport,”
the state television reported
overnight, adding that no casualties
There was no immediate reaction
to the report from the Israeli
The Israeli military has launched
several strikes against Syrian
military positions since the
outbreak of the country’s armed
uprising in 2011.
The Britain-based Syrian
Obser vatory for Human Rights,
which monitors the conflict, said
one of the sites targeted, Dimas,
was a military position.
Operations at the international
airport are both civilian and
Before yesterday, the most recent
air raid was in March and targeted
military positions in the Quneitra
region that borders the Israeli-
occupied Golan Heights.
Syria and Israel are officially in
a state of war, and Israel has since
1967 occupied the Golan Heights.
The occupation is not recognised by
the international community.
Syria accuses Israel of air strikes
Typhoon Hagupit has torn apart
homes and dumped fierce rains
across the eastern Philippines,
killing at least two people while
creating more misery for millions
after a barrage of deadly disasters.
The typhoon roared in from the
Pacific Ocean and into remote
fishing communities on Samar
island yesterday with wind gusts
of 210kph, local weather agency
The wind strength at landfall
made Hagupit the most powerful
storm to hit the Philippines this
year, exceeding a typhoon in July
that killed more than 100 people.
“Many houses, especially in the
coastal areas, were blown away by
strong winds,” Stephanie Uy-Tan,
the mayor of Catbalogan, a major
city on Samar, said.
“ Trees and power lines were
toppled, tin roofs were blown off
and there is flooding.”
Fearful of a repeat of last year
when Super Typhoon Haiyan
claimed more than 7350 lives,
the government undertook a
massive evacuation effort ahead
of Hagupit, forcing millions of
people to seek shelter.
Authorities said the efforts,
described by the United Nations
as one of the biggest peacetime
evacuations ever, had undoubtedly
saved many lives.
Hagupit’s maximum wind
gusts also dropped sharply on
Sunday morning to 170kph, with
sustained winds of 140kph.
This made Hagupit far weaker
than Haiyan, which was the
strongest storm ever recorded on
land with winds of 315kph.
Hagupit still claimed the lives
of two people, a baby girl and
an elderly man who died of
hypothermia, according to the
national disaster agency. — AFP
Typhoon forces millions out of homes
A family crams into a Philippines classroom after Typhoon Hagupit tore homes to shreds over the
Woman, boy among dead
in hostage rescue attempt
Dead al Qaeda hostage Luke Somers as he appeared in a video last week before
An American probe that will
explore Pluto has woken from its
slumber, after a nine-year journey to
take a close look at the distant body
for the first time.
“New Horizons is healthy and
cruising quietly through deep
space, nearly three billion miles
from home, but its rest is nearly
over,” Alice Bowman, the craft’s
Hopkins University Applied Physics
The probe came out of hibernation
yesterday and transmitted a message
New Horizons was launched in
January 2006 and was in hibernation
for about two thirds of its journey,
to preserve its electric power and
minimise resources needed to
During its trip, Nasa engineers woke
the craft every few months to check if
its systems were still functioning.
The craft’s computer has also
been sending a weekly message
to Earth that takes four hours to
New Horizons begins its exploration
of Pluto in January at a distance of
about 260 million kilometres.
It will pass closest to Pluto, which
travels on an elliptical orbit, in July,
just before it ends its research.
During its mission, the probe will
collect data on Pluto’s topography
and its largest moon Charon, giving
astronomers an up-close look at the
dim surfaces that are difficult to see
The craft carries seven instruments,
including infrared and ultraviolet
spectrometers, a multicolour camera,
a high-resolution telescopic camera
and a space dust detector.
The instruments draw power
from a radioisotope thermoelectric
generator, which provides less power
than a pair of 100-watt light bulbs,
After its six-month investigation of
Pluto, it will pass near other objects
in the Kuiper Belt, a vast ring of
debris. — AFP
Pluto probe awakens after nine year deep-space journey
Two men from Papua New Guinea
have told rescuers they sur vived almost
five months adrift in a tiny open boat
in the Pacific by eating raw fish and
Michael Bolong, 54, and Ambros
Wavut, 28, were eventually picked up by
a fishing vessel after trying for months
to catch the attention of passing ships.
The two men were taken to Pohnpei in
Micronesia’s Caroline Islands. They were
said to be suffering from severe sunburn
but were other wise well and have been
discharged from hospital.
They said a third person who had been
in the boat, named as Francis Dimansol,
48, died from severe health problems
during their ordeal.
It is unclear what became of his body.
The islanders are thought to have
drifted at least 1500km after setting
off in July from Lihir island, east of
the Papua New Guinea mainland, in a
The men said they had weathered a
number of severe storms. “ We were
convinced that everyone had given up
looking for us,” Bolong told the crew
of the Yap Seagull fishing boat, which
picked them up.
“ We know from other instances of
boats being lost that after a while
searchers give up, convinced that no one
can sur vive after many weeks in an open
boat. There is no doubt that after weeks,
which turned into months, we were
forgotten, except by our families.”
The rescue was reported by the
Micronesian government information
ser vice on the island of Yap, but details
remain scarce. Describing their sur vival
as miraculous, the report said the men
were swept out to sea after they were
caught in a storm and ran out of fuel
while making a short trip from Lihir to
a nearby island.
The men, believed to be construction
workers rather than fishermen, were
picked up on November 23. — AP
Two former Vatican bank managers
and a lawyer have had their accounts
seized as part of an investigation into
allegations of embezzlement, the
The bank, officially known as the
Institute for Religious Works (IOR),
said it had pressed charges against
the trio some months ago and “the
accounts held by the concerned
individuals at the IOR have recently
been seized ”.
While the IOR would not provide
details on the case “given the
ongoing judicial inquiry ”, Vatican
spokesman Federico Lombardi
told Italian media yesterday the
trio was suspected of embezzling
Reports said they had siphoned off
cash while managing the sale by the
bank of 29 buildings.
In a statement the bank said
the former managers and lawyer
were under investigation based on
“circumstances recorded between
2001 and 2008 that have emerged in
the internal review process initiated
in early 2013.”
The IOR has been trying to rid
itself of a reputation for shady
dealings, following a series of
money-laundering scandals in the
It was the main shareholder of the
Banco Ambrosiano, which collapsed
in 1982 amid accusations of ties
to the Mafia, while its chairman
Roberto Calvi — dubbed “God’s
Banker” — was found hanging from
Blackfriars Bridge in London in a
suspected murder by mobsters.
Pope Francis was elected last
year with a mandate to clean up
the Vatican and has focused on
improving transparency in the
centuries-old institution. — AFP
Ex-Vatican bank managers face embezzlement probe
Far from experiencing peace and
goodwill at Christmas, nearly half
of men admit to feeling sad or
depressed over the festive season,
a study by the Samaritans has
An on-line sur vey carried out by
the charity discovered 48% of men
say they are sad or depressed at
Of the 140 inter viewed, about
45% say they feel more worried
over the festive season than at any
time of year, 37% admit to feeling
lonely and 30% are stressed and
For many men, their sadness is
increased by the expectation that
everyone should have a good time,
with 45% complaining they feel
pressure from others to be happy
when they are not.
Nigel, a volunteer in one of the
Samaritan’s 201 branches, says the
charity is already starting to take
calls from people feeling under
pressure in the run up to Christmas.
“Christmas can be a poignant
time, bringing issues people face all
year round to the surface, and can
leave those normally strong enough
to cope, struggling to do so,” he
“ I listen to people telling me that
they ’re alone, or that they ’ve recently
lost their partner, or that they ’re
in huge amounts of debt. And it’s
even harder to deal with because
it ’s Christmas and the expectation
(is) that everyone is having a good
time. It ’s so important that we’re
able to help these people through
the festive season.”
Men in the UK are three times
more likely than women to take
their own lives, according to figures
from the Office for National
Men are also much less likely
than women to feel positively about
counselling or therapy, and are more
likely to turn to it as a last resort.
Last year, Samaritans received
around 244,000 calls during the
Christmas period from people
suffering distress in the UK and
This year the charity is
encouraging men feeling anxious
or suicidal to speak to one of their
volunteers over the festive period.
Men depressed at Christmas, study finds
The widow of British aid worker
David Haines, who was taken
hostage and beheaded by Islamic
State militants, has branded his
killers inhuman monsters.
In her first television interview,
Dragana Haines said she felt marked
for life by the grief of losing her
husband, while she was struggling
to tell their four-year-old daughter
Athea that he would not be coming
“It ’s a cowardly act to behead
someone who has his hands tied
behind his back, who is kneeling,”
she told Britain’s Sky News
television, speaking from their home
in Croatia, overnight.
“ You are not a human being. You
must be a monster to do something
Haines, 44, was helping refugees
in a camp in Syria near the Turkish
border in March 2013 when he was
kidnapped. His murder was revealed
in a video in September by IS.
Dragana Haines spoke of the
agony waiting for news of her
“Every day was a challenge.
Waking up in the morning and
thinking should I be hopeful, would
it be a day when they will call me,
or he will call me and say, ‘Okay, I’m
free, I’m coming back’?
“Or would it be a day when they
will call me and say something bad
When she was called by David’s
brother, who told her that her
husband ’s captors could not hurt
him any more, “that actually marked
me for the rest of my life”.
Since August, five western hostages
have been murdered by IS militants.
US journalists James Foley and
Steven Sotloff, American aid worker
Peter Kassig and British aid workers
Alan Henning and Haines were all
beheaded. — AFP
Beheaded hostage’s widow speaks out
Lava from an erupting volcano on the
African island nation of Cape Verde has
reached a second town.
One guesthouse and
apartment buildings in the town of
Bangaeira were damaged as a result of
the eruption by Pico de Fogo.
Neighbouring Portela had two
churches destroyed, on top of previous
heavy damage to dozens of homes, a
hotel and a school.
Both communities were evacuated two
weeks ago when the volcano went active.
No deaths have been reported so far,
though multiple people have been
treated for inhaling ash or poisonous
The whole region has been sealed off
due to security concerns.
The eruption, Pico de Fogo’s first
in 19 years, has also destroyed much
About 22,000 of the country’s
population of 500,000 live on the island
of Fogo where the volcano is located.
Lava reaches second African town
A chlorine gas leak at a suburban
Chicago hotel hosting an annual mid-
west furry convention sent 19 people to
hospital because of nausea and dizziness
and forced the evacuation of thousands
of guests, including many in cartoonish
Investigators believe the leak at the
Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont
was caused intentionally and are treating
it as a criminal matter.
The Rosemont Public Safety
Department says authorities responded
to the hotel about midnight local time.
It was evacuated because of high levels
of chlorine gas in the air. The source
appeared to be powdered chlorine found
in a ninth floor stairwell. People were
later allowed to return.
The hotel is hosting the 2014 Mid-
West Fur Fest convention, where
attendees dress as animals to celebrate
art, literature and performance. — AP
‘Furries’ evacuated due to gas leak
A bowl of Deo Perfume candies, which are claimed to act as a deodorant.
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