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As vanilla becomes worth more than silver, crime takes over the Madagascan trade


It’s not the backbreaking work that makes growing vanilla near impossible, it’s the security problem. As it grows in value, ‘vanilla murders’ are becoming more common, but despite the hike in price, thousands of farmers still remain poor

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/vanilla-farming-crime-madagascar-trade-a8520396.html

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Original Big Bird Caroll Spinney speaks about leaving ‘Sesame Street’ after 50 years


Caroll Spinney – the puppeteer and voice behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – is to retire from the programme aged 84, but he says he’ll still be an ambassador for The Muppets when he’s 100

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/big-bird-leave-sesame-street-the-muppets-caroll-spinney-oscar-grouch-childrens-tv-a8590496.html

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Now is not the time for men to speak about how MeToo is hard for them. Now is the time for men to listen


Around the world, men are terrified for their rights. They can no longer sexually harass freely, grope spontaneously and become aggressive when women reject their unwanted advances

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/metoo-men-reaction-sexual-assault-rape-womens-rights-richard-cooke-a8593366.html