Vienna’s ballet academy ‘encouraged children to smoke to stay slim’

Austrian commission investigating abuse claims says State Opera is endangering wellbeing of young Vienna’s prestigious ballet academy is endangering children’s wellbeing including by encouraging them to smoke to stay slim, an Austrian commission investigating abuse claims has concluded. The scandal broke in April when a media report accused the academy at Vienna’s renowned State Opera…

Why are there so few prisoners in the Netherlands?

The Dutch justice system is cutting jail populations by offering specialist rehabilitation to people with mental illnesses When Stefan Koning, who has a history of psychosis, was found guilty of threatening a stranger with a knife, a long custodial sentence might have felt like the only answer. In fact, after a short spell in jail,…

Avocados with edible coating to go on sale in Europe for first time

US technology allows fruits to stay ripe for twice as long and reduces plastic packaging re Avocados that stay ripe for twice as long as usual thanks to an edible coating on their skin made from plant materials will go on sale in Europe for the first time this week. Large supermarket chains in Germany and…

German parliament approves compulsory measles vaccinations

Bundestag backs law that will fine parents up to €2,500 if children are not inoculated Germany’s parliament has voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children, in response to a global rise in cases of the disease. DOES THE END REALLY JUSTIFY THE MEANS IN ALL CASES Parents who refuse to get their children inoculated…

Thousands of rare ‘ice eggs’ found on beach in Finland

Couple stumble upon unusual occurrence that is result of very particular weather conditions MEET ANTHONY NWEKE A VETERAN AUTHOR A rare collection of “ice eggs” has been spotted in Finland, a phenomenon experts say only occurs in highly particular conditions. Risto Mattila, who photographed the eggs, said he and his wife were walking along Marjaniemi…