Flesh-eating zombies terrorize a small town in Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die, a comedy horror in which polar fracking sets off strange reactions and raises the dead. Reuters spoke with Bill Murray and Chloe Sevigny, who portray police, and Tilda Swinton, who plays a mysterious funeral parlor worker, about the film's albeit lighthearted environmentalism. Below are edited excerpts. TILDA SWINTON Q: Why is environmentalism such a key theme here? A: "It's the landscape of the film, it very often is in zombie films ... (they) are a very useful kind of Trojan Horse to talk about society's relationship with itself and the environment. But I would say it's whatever anybody sees in it and this is a landscape that really concerns Jim and all of us." Q: What do you do personally to be environmentally friendly? A: "I would like to fly a great deal less. I think we should all fly less anyway for about a million different reasons and not only to do with the effect of it on our planet but also on … [Read more...] about A minute with-‘The Dead Don’t Die’ stars on the environment
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GEORGE TOWN: The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has called on the Ministry of Health to conduct an immediate check on the premises of all producers of bottled drinking water to verify where they were being sourced from. The response was in line with the Singapore authorities which recalled Malaysia’s ‘Starfresh’ bottled drinking water on June 12 due to the contamination of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium commonly found in faeces, soil, water and sewage. According to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), the bacteria can cause a range of infections but rarely causes serious illness in healthy individuals. In a press statement, CAP acting president Mohideen Abdul Kader said that a similar recall should also be done in Malaysia if the product is being sold here to prevent any health risk. “We would like to know what will become of the recalled bottles of the Starfresh water, will the water be sterilised before disposal,” he said. He also said … [Read more...] about CAP urges MOH to inspect bottled water for contamination
Some drink their tea with milk, while others add sugar. A study, however, revealed that we actually do not have to sweeten tea to enjoy it, the Independent reports. A research team from University College London and the University of Leeds analyzed the tea-drinking behavior of 64 men who usually added sugar to their tea. They were divided into three groups. One of the groups had to stop sweetening the hot beverage overnight, another one to reduce the sugar gradually and the last one continued to add sugar. After four weeks, the findings showed that participants of the first and second group still enjoyed their tea, even with less or no sugar. Thirty-six percent of the group that stopped adding sugar claimed they would maintain the practice. Meanwhile, in the group that gradually reduced sugar, 42 percent no longer felt the need to add sugar. The author of the study concluded that excessive sugar intake had raised public health concerns and that sweetened beverages have … [Read more...] about Tea tastes good even without sugar: Study
Last April, NASA's Mars Insight Lander sent a photo from Mars, and it featured the sunset on the Red Planet in a very overcast condition. Clouds can be seen hovering in the skies of Mars, but interestingly, no rains were observed. Why does it happen? Why there are no rains on Mars despite thick clouds in the skies? In earth, clouds are made of water vapor, and it eventually rains as water to the planet's surface. However, in Mars, things are entirely different. Even though there is more water vapor in Mars compared to earth, Martian clouds are made up of water ice, like the thin ice fog and haze that result in very cold days without any precipitation. The Red Planet's very thin atmosphere and bitter cold temperatures keep these frozen clouds away from ever falling to the surface as rain or snow, and this is the major reason behind the absence of rain on Mars. However, NASA reveals that there is a different kind of precipitation on the Red Planet and that is in the form of frost. "This … [Read more...] about Why there are no rains on Mars despite thick cloudy skies?
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?