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Women Rely on Net for Work/Life Balance

By Robyn Greenspan

The influence of the Internet on women has been illustrated in reports that reveal females over 40 years old devoting the most time per week playing online games, spending more money over the holidays, and surfing more. Now, a collaborative report from Yahoo! Inc. and Starcom MediaVest Group reveals that the Internet . . . → Read More: Women Rely on Net for Work/Life Balance

Harry Potter Church Service

Children’s fantasy hero Harry Potter will come face to face with Jesus in a Warwick church on Sunday.

Young worshippers are being encouraged to dress up as their favourite Harry Potter character for the family service in St Mary’s church.

Rev Vaughan Roberts believes there are several parallels between the life of the young wizard . . . → Read More: Harry Potter Church Service

Maoists, Sikh outfits in US terrorist list

Washington, Two Maoist groups and two Sikh extremist outfits are in a list of 37 foreign terrorist organisations worldwide included in the US State Department’s report “Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003” released here Thursday.

The Indian terrorist groups are the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI), the People’s War Group, Babbar Khalsa International and . . . → Read More: Maoists, Sikh outfits in US terrorist list

Review: A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

By Kim Newman

All the fun of the fairies

For a while, the estimable Terry Pratchett divided his time between writing the Discworld series of comic fantasies for notional adults, and unrelated novels “for younger readers”. Of late, perhaps mindful that his readers young and old tend not to make the same distinctions, he has . . . → Read More: Review: A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

Beltane, the Animals, and Us

By Kathleen Jenks

Spring has arrived across the Northern Hemisphere with the usual celebrations of renewal and thanksgiving for help in dark times. All of these rituals””Easter, Passover, Earth Day, and Beltane–respect the life-giving forces of nature, which are in turn aligned with the mysterious Divine. But in recent decades, spring has also come . . . → Read More: Beltane, the Animals, and Us

Child slayings and black magic spread terror in Pakistani town

By Asif Shahzad

MURIDKE, Pakistan — When the 5-year-old boy ran home bleeding and weeping, his family first thought he had injured himself in a fall.

At the doctor, they discovered Zainul Abideen had been stabbed, with wounds to the chest and abdomen requiring 20 stitches. Now they believe the boy was attacked by . . . → Read More: Child slayings and black magic spread terror in Pakistani town

Festival of fantasy

By Joli Harrington

Debi and Mike Bull of New Freedom will find out firsthand as they take on the roles of Queen and King at this weekend’s May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock.

The two-day event offers music, puppet shows, craft activities, food and 80 vendors selling everything from clothing, books . . . → Read More: Festival of fantasy

Pagans beat ban on Booze

A booze ban at a pagan festival has been lifted amid claims it breached revellers’ human rights. The annual Beltane Festival in Edinburgh attracts more than 12,000 people to the city’s Calton Hill.

It was cancelled last year after organisers fell out with the city council over restrictions. This year’s festival, due to go ahead . . . → Read More: Pagans beat ban on Booze

Striking B.C. health workers told to defy government

The 43,000 striking British Columbia health workers were told by their leading union on Thursday to defy back-to-work legislation passed earlier.

Chris Allnut of the Hospital Employees Union told workers at a rally in front of Vancouver General Hospital to continue the strike until the union decided on a new stance.

He said, . . . → Read More: Striking B.C. health workers told to defy government

Girl ‘murdered for lottery spell’

A Pakistani witch has been arrested after an eight-year-old girl was murdered for a spell to predict the winning number in a government bond lottery, police said on Friday.

The witch, a Christian known as Hanif, told 18-year-old Ramizul Hassan that he needed a large quantity of child’s blood to predict the winning number.

Hassan . . . → Read More: Girl ‘murdered for lottery spell’