Spain, July 6 (AP/UNB) — The blast of a traditional firework on Saturday opened nine days of uninterrupted partying in Pamplona's famed running of the bulls festival.
A member of the northern city's official brass band was chosen for this year's launch of the rocket, known as the "Chupinazo," to mark 100 years since the local ensemble's foundation.
Jesús Garísoain addressed an ecstatic crowd from the city hall's balcony, declaring "Long live San Fermin," the saint honored by the festival. The blast was met by an eruption of joy from revelers, who sprayed each other with wine, staining in pink the traditional attire of white clothes and a red scarf.
Early 20th-century American author Ernest Hemingway immortalized the fiesta in his "The Sun Also Rises" novel.
During the festival, Pamplona's population swells from nearly 200,000 residents to around a million visitors, who are attracted by the adrenaline boost of bull runs along an 850-meter (930-yard) street course to the city's bullring and seamless nights of partying.
The city is also trying to leave behind the scandal that stemmed from a gang rape of an 18-year-old woman during the 2016 festival. The initial prison sentences for sexual abuse to the five defendants was seen as too lenient and led to widespread public outcry, galvanizing the country's feminist movement.
Last month, Spain's Supreme Court overruled the lower courts and sentenced the men to 15 years in prison for rape. In the full-length ruling, published on Friday, judges say the attackers were fully aware of the crime they were committing and bragged about it in a WhatsApp group that they called "The Animal Pack."
The case has led to authorities in Pamplona to step up police surveillance and set up information booths, cellphone apps and 24-hour hotlines allowing instant reporting of abuse cases.
The protests of pro-animal rights groups have also become a fixture in recent years. On the eve of the festival, dozens of semi-naked activists staged a performance simulating speared bulls lying dead on Pamplona's cobbled streets to draw attention at what they see as animal cruelty for the sake of human entertainment.
Bullfights are protected under the Spanish Constitution as part of the country's cultural heritage.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Strenuous exercising can sometimes lead to muscle soreness. But if it gets worse, it becomes a matter of concern as it can lead to extreme pain in the gluteus maximus. When even the simple act of picking up a bag starts feeling like a task, you are possibly suffering from DOMS — or delayed onset muscle soreness, which is usually caused after workouts, reports The Indian Express.
Hence paying attention to post-workout recovery is of prime importance and many people emphasise on taking long ice baths, expensive massages and even medications. “However, an important thing to note is that the most effective way to release muscle tightness is actually through the kind of food you consume. A few nutritious food items, when included in your post-workout diet, can aid in combatting inflammation and delayed onset muscle,” says Dr Siddhant Bhargava, co-founder, Fitness & Nutritional Scientist.
To help you keep fit, following are a few food items that will help fight muscle pain and soreness:
Protein is the most important building block of muscles, and adding a few sources of protein like eggs to your diet may help reduce the danger of developing DOMS. Moreover, the protein one can get from an egg is completely suited to fighting soreness and encourage healthy muscle growth.
A single egg contains about 6 grams of protein. One can also get important vitamins and minerals, precisely vitamins A, E and K along with vitamin B through regular consumption of egg. Eggs are also an amazing source of leucine, which is associated with muscle recuperation.
Salmon is rich in protein as well as healthy fat, both of which play an important role in rebuilding muscles. Each salmon serving is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and is known to help fight inflammation, increase blood flow to muscles, reduce muscle soreness and combat swelling.
Turmeric helps in healing wounds and injuries. It is also effective in reducing discomfort linked with DOMS, decreasing the impact of injury, and also improving muscle performance. One must add a considerable amount of curcumin-loaded turmeric to eggs, smoothies, and milk to get the best result.
Easy to digest, bananas are a good source of carbohydrates. They help spike just the right level of insulin to the body and help dive protein into the muscles to improve its renovation and growth. An excellent source of potassium, eating bananas also helps in easing muscle soreness post gymming.
Tart cherries are known for being rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. An important compound in cherries, known as anthocyanins, plays a vital role in decreasing muscle discomfort and paleness, redness, and even cellular injury which usually occurs after performing a tough exercise.
Whey and casein are the two types of protein cottage cheese is rich in. This healthy food item also comes packed with live cultures (good bacteria) that contribute to breaking down the nutrients that can help improve muscle tissues and make it strong.
An excellent post-workout fruit, watermelon’s vital amino acids and l-citrulline has an ability to soothe painful, tender muscles. The natural sugars present in the fruit help in driving protein content into the muscles and refill low glycogen stores, while its water content helps in preventing muscle cramping and dehydration.
Tunis, Jul 6 (AP/UNB) — Tunisia has banned face-covering veils in state-run buildings for security reasons, ending a policy of official tolerance with the garment.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed signed an order on Friday demanding that ministers, governors and heads of public establishments "take the necessary dispositions to stop all people whose faces are covered from entering public buildings."
The measure said the ban was needed "to preserve public security" and assure the smooth running of establishments.
The "niqab" that hides the face was banned in state-run spaces under leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, toppled in 2011. However, it has made a gradual comeback — amid heightened concern over attacks, including two last week.
A female suicide bomber, her face covered, wounded nine people, mainly police officers, in an October attack in downtown Tunis.
Dhaka, Jul 5 (UNB) - A floating mass of seaweed stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico is now the biggest seaweed bloom in the world, according to satellite observations, reports BBC.
The algal explosion in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea could signify a new normal, say US scientists.
Deforestation and fertiliser use are among the factors thought to be driving the growth.
The seaweed has inundated beaches, causing an environmental nuisance.
As of June 2018, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, as scientists call it, extended 8,850km (5,500 miles) and was made up of over 20 million tonnes of biomass.
"The ocean's chemistry must have changed in order for the blooms to get so out of hand," said Dr Chuanmin Hu of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, who led the study, published in Science.
The researchers used a 19-year record of satellite data to study the Sargassum, which has bloomed every year from 2011 to 2018, with the exception of 2013.
2011 appeared to be a tipping point, when the algae arrived en mass on shorelines.
"This is all ultimately related to climate change because it affects precipitation and ocean circulation and even human activities, but what we've shown is that these blooms do not occur because of increased water temperature," said Dr Hu.
"They are probably here to stay."
Some species of Sargassum - a group of seaweed - live on the ocean's surface, where they attract fish, birds and turtles.
"In the open ocean, Sargassum provides great ecological values, serving as a habitat and refuge for various marine animals," said co-researcher Dr Mengqiu Wang.
However, too much of the seaweed can smother corals and seagrasses, and end up on beaches, releasing gas that smells like rotten eggs.
Some 1,000km (621 miles) of Mexican beaches have been impacted this year. Removal is time-consuming, expensive, and not always effective.
Phnom Penh, Jul 5 (AP/UNB) — Millennium-old Cambodian artifacts displayed in a Japanese collector's home for two decades have been returned to the Southeast Asian country's National Museum.
The 85 artifacts are mostly small bronze items and include statues of Buddha and the Hindu god Shiva, plus jars, ceramics and jewelry. Cambodia's Culture Ministry says some items were older than the Angkor era, which began about 800 A.D. Others date from the Angkor era or just after it ended in the late 14th century.
Cambodia has made intense efforts to recover artifacts looted during its civil war in the 1970s.
At an official reception for the artifacts Friday, Prak Sonnara, secretary of state for the Culture and Fine Art Ministry, praised the Japanese collector for voluntarily returning the artifacts. He said her actions set a good sample for other countries and collectors to follow.
The collector, Fumiko Takakuwa, told reporters after the handover ceremony that she and her husband had bought the items in Japan and liked to collect and display them in their home. But she knew they were originally from Cambodia and that is why she returned them.
"My husband has said before he passed away that those artifacts have to be returned back to Cambodia, and today I am happy that I did," Takakuwa said.
Prak Sonnara said the 85 items were believed to have been stolen from Cambodia's temples during the war, when intense looting occurred and valuables were smuggled through neighboring Thailand.
A 1993 Cambodian law prohibited the removal of cultural artifacts without government permission. The law strongly compels owners of items taken abroad after that date to return them. But there is also general agreement in the art world that pieces were acquired illegitimately if they were exported without clear and valid documentation after 1970 — the year of a United Nations cultural agreement targeting trafficking in antiquities.
In 2014, three 1,000-year-old statues depicting Hindu mythology were welcomed home to Cambodia after being looted from a temple and put in Western art collections.
Also in 2013, two 10th century Cambodian stone statues displayed for nearly two decades at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art were returned to their homeland in a high-profile case of allegedly looted artifacts.