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Is the internet becoming a disease?

By: Hannah Jane Parkinson Source: The Guardian Madness, so the saying goes, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get different results. Which is the same as refreshing Twitter in the hope of more likes and retweets when your tweet isn’t going to get any better. The internet plays havoc with our minds. This we know, because the Netflix countdown to the next episode is a microcosm Stockholm syndrome. But can the internet make us physically ill? Is the internet bad for us in the way that going outside with wet hair is bad for us? According to a study (four words that are ruining journalism) — it is. This is the news that isn’t news, because the “Mail” just decided to...

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Thailand’s first halal hotel a hit with Omani visitors

By: Mobin Mathew Blesson Source: Times of Oman Thailand’s first halal hotel welcomed more than 100 Omani tourists during its first six months of operation, according to the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Al Meroz Hotel. “We have catered to more than 100 visitors from Oman and most of them are happy with the facilities available in our hotel,” CEO Rausak Mulsap said. The Al Meroz Hotel was opened at the beginning of 2016. “Omani tourists, who visited here, share their living experience in our hotel with their friends back in Oman, who are planning to visit Thailand and many have booked their rooms because of this word of mouth publicity,” he added. They are expecting...

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Producer apologizes for page of Quran in cartoon

  By: Press Association Source: The Guardian An episode of Fireman Sam in which a character appeared to tread on a page from the Qur’an has been removed from Channel 5’s streaming site, the TV network said. In episode seven, series nine of the popular children’s animation, a character carrying a tray of hot drinks slips after tripping on some paper on the floor of the fire station. Several sheets fly into the air, one of which looks to be covered with Arabic script. HIT Entertainment, which produced the show, apologised “unreservedly” to viewers. The company, which produces brands including Bob the Builder, Pingu and Thomas the Tank Engine, added that it had cut ties with the...

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