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British Airways staff have been
criticised for stopping an 87-year-old
woman from using the toilet on a flight,
leaving her sitting in soaking clothes.
Kocharik Tsamouzian was bound for
London from Los Angeles but realised
she needed to use the bathroom shortly
after boarding the plane.
As the flight was delayed on the runway
she was repeatedly told she was not
allowed to the use the bathroom, with
a cabin crew member even reportedly
blocking her access in the aisle at one
The flight, on December 22 last year,
ended up waiting on the runway for 90
minutes, resulting in Mrs Tsamouzian
She then spent the rest of the 13-hour
flight distressed and in tears as she did
not have a change of clothes with her in
Her daughter Aida Behroozi, who lives
in west London, said: “I went to pick my
mother up from Heathrow Airport and
she arrived in tears.
“ I was shaking with anger. She asked
the air hostess over and over again if she
could go to the loo but they kept telling
her no because of health and safety
“ My mother was saying, ‘I’m an old lady
you have to let me go’, but the air hostess
stood in front of her seat blocking her
from getting up. ”
Tsamouzian said she will never travel
with the national carrier again. “ British
Airways are seen as the pinnacle of good
ser vice but this proves all that wrong,”
The incident comes after BA made
cuts to its ser vice, such as limiting perks
such as “free” food and drinks, and was
criticised for running out of food and
loo paper, as planes were not stocked
When asked about Tsamouzian, BA
said it had only been adhering to Civil
Aviation Authority rules. — PA
Saturated fat found in butter, meat
or cream is unlikely to kill you, but
margarine just might, new research
Although traditionally dietitians
have advised people to cut down on
animal fats, the biggest ever study has
shown that it does not increase the
risk of stroke, heart disease or diabetes.
However trans-fats, found in
processed foods like margarine raises
the risk of death by 34%.
“For years everyone has been
advised to cut out fats,” study lead
author Dr Russell de Souza, an
assistant professor in the Department
of Clinical Epidemiology and
Biostatistics, at McMaster University
in Canada, said.
“ Trans fats have no health benefits
and pose a significant risk for heart
disease, but the case for saturated fat
is less clear.
“That said, we aren’t advocating an
increase of the allowance for saturated
fats in dietary guidelines, as we don’t
see evidence that higher limits would
be specifically beneficial to health.”
Saturated fats come mainly from
animal products, such as butter, cows’
milk, meat, salmon and egg yolks, and
some plant products such as chocolate
and palm oils.
In contrast trans unsaturated fats
or trans fats are mainly produced
industrially from plant oils for use in
margarine, snack foods and packaged
Guidelines currently recommend
that saturated fats are limited to less
than 10%, and trans fats to less than
1% of energy, to reduce risk of heart
disease and stroke.
Last year leading heart scientist
Dr James DiNicolantonio of Ithica
College, New York, called for health
guidelines on saturated fats to be
changed in an article in the British
The “ vilification” of saturated fats
dates back to the 1950s when research
suggested a link between high dietary
saturated fat intake and deaths from
But the study author drew his
conclusions on data from six countries,
choosing to ignore the data from a
further 16, which did not fit with his
hypothesis, and which subsequent
analysis of all 22 countries’ data.
Nevertheless the research stuck and
since the 1970s most public health
organisations have advised people to
cut down on fat.
However the new research found
no clear association between higher
intake of saturated fats and death for
any reason, coronary heart disease,
stroke or type 2 diabetes.
In contrast, consumption of
industrial trans fats was associated
with a 34% increase in death, a 28%
increased risk of death from coronary
heart disease, and a 21% increase in
the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Butter or margarine? One of them may boost risk of death
Pope Francis met Britain’s Prince
Charles overnight at the Vatican,
telling him to be a man of peace.
The Prince of Wales and his wife
the D uchess of Cornwall spoke in
private for about 30 minutes with
the Pope in one of his studies near
the Vatican’s large audience hall.
“ Wherever you go, may you be a
man of peace,” Pope Francis told
Prince Charles during the public
part of the audience, in which the
three had their pictures taken and
exchanged gifts. Pope Francis gave
him a small bronze figure of an
“I ’ll do my best,” said the heir to
the British throne, who is on a tour
of Romania, Italy and Austria with
his wife, Camilla.
Prince Charles gave the Pope a
basket of home-made foods from
his Highgrove country estate and
indicated the Pope would likely
donate it to others, as he usually
“Someone else might like it,”
Prince Charles said.
Both are strong defenders of the
environment. Pope Francis gave
Prince Charles a copy of his 2015
encyclical letter Laudato Si (Praised
Be), which called for urgent action
to deal with climate change.
The two are also strong backers of
the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb
world temperatures, which United
States President Donald Trump has
threatened to abandon. — Reuters
Be a man of peace, Pope urges Prince Charles
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as they arrive for a private audience at the
A model poses with a 59.60-carat mixed cut diamond known as the “Pink
Star” ahead of it being auctioned.
A 59.60-carat pink diamond sold for
a record $US71.2 million ($102.05
million) in Hong Kong overnight to
local jewellers Chow Tai Fook after
a five-minute bidding war between
three phone bidders.
The “Pink Star”, the largest
internally flawless fancy vivid pink
diamond so far graded by the
Gemological Institute of America
according to Sotheby’s, set “a new
record for any diamond or jewel at
auction”, the auction house tweeted.
The diamond failed to sell in
November 2013. It fetched a record
$83m but the buyer could not pay.
However, Patti Wong, chairman of
Sotheby’s Asia, said the three bidders
overnight had been vetted for this sale.
“All three bidders . . . have a
longstanding relationship with the
company and we were very, very
confident that all three bidders had
the financial capability and of course
the buyer definitely had the financial
capability,” she said.
“ We’re not worried at all. ” —Reuters
Pink Star diamond sells for $102m
Divers search for Caligula’s royal barge
Italian divers are to search
for the long-lost remains of
a ceremonial barge built for
Emperor Caligula 2000 years ago.
Caligula, notorious as one
of Rome’s most eccentric and
sadistic rulers, had enormous
vessels built for his pleasure
cruises on Lake Nemi, 30km
outside the capital.
The remains of two similar
barges were found between 1928
and 1932 when the lake was
partially drained on the orders of
An ancient underground
tunnel that connected the lake to
surrounding farmland was opened
to reveal the outlines of the boats
and a treasure trove of artefacts.
It was believed a third craft
existed but its exact whereabouts
have remained a mystery.
Divers from the Civil Protection
Agency, which normally responds
to earthquakes, floods and
avalanches, and police were to start
exploring the 30m-deep lake today.
They will use sonar and other
high-tech equipment in the hope
of finding the remains of the
fabled third ship, believed to be
about 75m long.
They are working on
information from fishermen who
say that in one part of the lake
their nets often get snagged and
they haul up Roman artefacts.
“ We know from documents
from the 15th century that one
of the boats went down in an
area different to where the other
two were found,” said Alberto
Bertucci, the local mayor.
It is not known how the huge
craft ended up at the bottom of
the lake. It may have been that
they simply deteriorated over
time and became waterlogged, or
that Emperor Claudius had them
sunk in condemnation of the
excesses of his predecessor’s reign.
They were essentially floating
palaces, decorated with gold,
marble and mosaic floors and
boasting luxurious facilities such
as heating and plumbing.
It was said they were equipped
with sails of purple silk and had
richly decorated prows.
The on-board entertainment
may even have extended to orgies.
The two boats recovered in the
1930s were kept in a museum
that was almost completely
destroyed in May 1944 in fighting
between the Allies and German
forces. A few charred timbers and
some bronze figures were all that
Caligula reigned from 37AD to
41AD and is generally depicted
by historians as a depraved
megalomaniac. — AP
PICTURES: Getty Images
An 18th-century print of a royal barge as used by Caligula.
A suspected Syrian government
chemical attack killed scores of people,
including children, in the north-western
province of Idlib overnight, a monitoring
group, medics and rescue workers in the
rebel-held area said.
The United States government believes
the chemical agent sarin was used in the
attack, a US government source said,
adding it was “almost certainly” carried
out by forces loyal to Syrian President
responsibility and said it would never use
If confirmed, the incident reported
in the town of Khan Sheikhoun would
be the deadliest chemical attack in
Syria since sarin gas killed hundreds of
civilians in Ghouta near Damascus in
August 2013. Western states said the
Syrian government was responsible for
that attack. Damascus blamed rebels.
The head of the health authority
in rebel-held Idlib said more than
50 people had been killed and 300
wounded in the latest incident. The
Union of Medical Care Organisations,
a coalition of international aid agencies
that funds hospitals in Syria, said at least
100 people had died.
The British-based Syrian Obser vatory
for Human Rights said the attack killed
at least 58 people and was believed
to have been carried out by Syrian
government aircraft. It caused many
people to choke and some to foam at the
Director Rami Abdulrahman said the
assessment Syrian government aircraft
were to blame was based on several factors
such as the type of aircraft, including
Sukhoi 22s, which carried out the raid.
“ We deny completely the use of any
chemical or toxic material in Khan
Sheikhoun town today and the army has
not used nor will use in any place or time
neither in past or in future,” the Syrian
army command said in a statement.
Damascus has repeatedly denied
using such weapons during the six-year
civil war, which has killed hundreds of
thousands and created the world’s worst
The Russian Defence Ministry said its
aircraft had not carried out the attack.
The United Nations Security Council
was expected to meet tonight to discuss
Photographs showed people breathing
through oxygen masks and wearing
protection suits, while others carried
the bodies of dead children. Corpses
wrapped in blankets were lined up on
Activists in northern Syria circulated
pictures on social media showing a man
with foam around his mouth, and rescue
workers hosing down almost-naked
children squirming on the floor.
A senior US State Department official
said it appeared that the attack blamed
on Assad amounted to a war crime.
Mounzer Khalil, head of Idlib’s health
authority, said hospitals in the province
were overflowing with victims.
“At 6.30am, warplanes targeted Khan
Sheikhoun with gases, believed to be
sarin and chlorine,” he said.
Aircraft later struck near a medical
point where victims of the attack were
receiving treatment, the obser vatory and
civil defence workers said.
The civil defence, also known as the
White Helmets — a rescue ser vice that
operates in opposition areas — said
aircraft hit one of its centres in the area
and the nearby medical point.
The White House called the attack
an “intolerable act ” and said President
Donald Trump was alarmed.
French President Francois Hollande
directly blamed Syrian government
forces and said Assad’s allies were
emboldening him to act with impunity.
Assad has enjoyed staunch military
backing from Iran and Russia in the war.
Britain said he would be guilty of a
war crime if it were proved that his
government was responsible. British
Prime Minister Theresa May called for
an investigation into the attack.
The UN envoy for Syria said the
“ horrific” chemical attack had come
from the air.
In February, Russia, backed by China,
cast its seventh veto to protect Assad’s
government from Security Council
action, blocking a bid by western powers
to impose sanctions over accusations of
chemical weapons attacks during the
Investigations by the UN and the
Organisation for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons (OPCW ) found
that various parties in the Syrian war
had used chlorine, sulphur mustard gas
and sarin. A joint UN-OPCW report
published in October said government
forces used chlorine in a toxic gas attack
in Qmenas in Idlib province in March
2015. An earlier report by the same team
blamed Syrian government troops for
chlorine attacks in Talmenes in March
2014 and Sarmin in March 2015. It
also said Islamic State had used sulphur
mustard gas. — Reuters
uSyria denies using chemical weapons
Papal plot role admitted
A New Jersey teen has pleaded
guilty to participating in a plot
to try to kill Pope Francis in
2015 during a public Mass in
Philadelphia, according to a
statement by federal prosecutors.
Santos Colon, 17, admitted
yesterday in a federal court in
Camden, New Jersey, that he
attempted to conspire with a
sniper to shoot the Pope during
his visit in Philadelphia and
set off explosive devices in
Colon engaged with someone
he thought would be the sniper
from June 30 to August 14,
2015, but the person was actually
an undercover Federal Bureau
according to prosecutors. FBI
agents arrested Colon in 2015.
A US citizen from Lindenwold,
New Jersey, Colon was charged
as an adult with one count of
attempting to provide material
support to terrorists. A conviction
could result in up to 15 years in
prison. He also faces a fine of
$250,000. No date has been set
for sentencing. — Reuters
Erdogan to keep
up Nazi insults
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is
vowing to continue calling European
countries “Nazi remnants and fascists”
if they maintain their “current attitude
against Turkey ”,
condemnation from European capitals.
“They don’t let my ministers make
speeches in Europe . . . Once the
referendum on April 16 is over, we will
consider, everything has a price,” Erdogan
told a referendum rally overnight in the
western city of Zonguldak.
Erdogan has repeatedly lashed out at
European countries including Germany
in campaigning for the referendum,
accusing them of “Nazi-like” tactics for
banning his ministers from speaking to
rallies of Turkish voters abroad.
products on thousands
of psychiatric patients
Switzerland’s pharmaceutical industry
profited from testing unlicensed
products on far more than 1000
psychiatric patients until the 1970s,
The researchers examined research
projects at the Psychiatric Clinic of the
University of Basel, the city known as
a hub for Switzerland’s pharmaceutical
Between the 1950s and the 1970s, at
least 60 medical substances were tested
on patients, the study found.
“The relationship between the clinic
and the industry can be seen as a
symbiotic barter trade,” the historians
from Bern University wrote.
While the clinic received free medicines
that broadened its options for treating
patients, it supplied test results that
allowed the pharmaceutical industry to
license and market its products.
Some of the medicines that were tested
were never introduced to the market
because of their negative side effects.
Although some patients or their
families were aware that they were
taking part in tests, others likely did
not know this or were even forced to
test medications against their will, the
In the post-war decades, the clinic did
not document these tests according to
modern standards, and doctors were still
seen as powerful figures, while patients
had little say.
“It seems that until the 1970s, the
understanding among psychiatrists
was that the hospitalisation in a clinic
provided legal cover for administering
medicines” to that patient, the study said.
The historians sampled 330 patient
files, but were not able to access the
archives of pharmaceutical companies.
Or well’s 1984
back in theatres
Nearly 200 independent movie
theatres across the United States
today will screen the film of George
Orwell’s 1984 novel about a dystopian
future in what organisers say is a stand
against US President Donald Trump’s
The 1949 book, which returned to the
US best-seller list in January, features
a “Big Brother” government that
spies on its citizens and forces them
into “doublethink,” or simultaneously
accepting contradictory versions of the
Organisers the United State of Cinema
said the screenings were arranged to
“take a stand for our most basic values:
freedom of speech, respect for our fellow
human beings, and the simple truth that
there are no such things as ‘alternative
The British novel was reprinted in
January, decades after it was written,
following the Trump administration’s
defence of “alternative facts,” a term
White House official Kellyanne Conway
used during a dispute over the size of the
crowd at Trump’s inauguration.
Adam Birnbaum, director of Film
Programming for the Avon Theatre Film
Centre in Stamford, Connecticut, and
co-organiser of the event, said Orwell’s
themes were just as relevant today as
they were nearly 70 years ago.
“O ur concern is the idea that the
only answer is the one coming from
the mouthpiece running the (Trump)
administration and that there’s this
effort to sort of snuff out anything but
that,” Birnbaum said.
The movie, made in 1984 and starring
John Hurt and Richard Burton, will
be screened in 44 States. It will also be
shown at five locations in Canada, one
in England, one in Sweden and one in
Birnbaum, who will screen the film at
the Avon Theatre Film Centre today, said
a number of the theatres have scheduled
post-film audience discussions.
“If nothing else, we hope that people
will continue to be voices of opposition
to some of the practices that are currently
being employed by government,” he said.
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