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Australia launches vending machine that dispenses Zooper Doopers

Australia has launched its first vending machine that dispenses Zooper Dooper ice blocks – turning every childhood dream into a reality. Fans of the iconic brand can now enjoy a refreshing ice block with just the touch of a button at Castle Hill metro train station, north-west of Sydney. Many commuters have rushed to get their hands […]

NYPD detains 2 women selling churros in subway stations

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City police detained two women for selling churros without a license at subway stations, sparking backlash from social media users and at least one city official. Officers can be seen in cell phone footage captured Friday surrounding a woman who was selling the fried-dough pastries from a cart in […]

Gaming firm Razer to roll out mask vending machines in Singapore

SINGAPORE, May 13 (Reuters) – Gaming hardware maker Razer Inc plans to dispense its locally produced masks in Singapore through a network of vending machines across the city-state, where it has become compulsory to wear them in public. The company said it will initially deploy 20 machines at Frasers Property’s malls and JustCo co-working centres […]

MIDAS UPDATE: Student digs tip Watkin Jones has really made the grade 

Student digs used to be associated with grotty rooms, rising damp and unreliable heating. Today’s purpose-built accommodation can be very different, with ensuite bathrooms, attractive fixtures and fittings and wi-fi throughout. is one of the leading providers of this new brand of digs, building and managing sites across the UK, with a focus on the […]

Luckin Coffee seeks more of China market with new vending machine…

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Luckin Coffee Inc said it is expanding into vending machines that sell freshly brewed hot beverages and snacks, seeking even more of the China market after overtaking Starbucks Corp as the country’s biggest coffee chain by number of stores. Luckin founder and CEO Qian Zhiya said the new strategy allowed […]

Delhi hawkers to be free from threat of eviction after five-year delay

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Oct 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Delhi is set to become the first Indian city to fully implement a law that protects street vendors against the threat of eviction, authorities in the capital said on Thursday, five years after the landmark legislation was first introduced. Delhi government officials have set up […]

Mom makes elaborate Halloween costumes out of leftover cardboard boxes

A crafty and creative mom is proving that all you need for an impressive Halloween costume is cardboard, paint, some glue and your imagination.  Danielle Bevens, a stay-at-home mom-of-two, manages to create affordable children’s costumes inspired by everything from household objects to cartoons using leftover packaging and some art supplies.  The Alberta, Canada-based 24-year-old delights […]

"Freed from prison": Portuguese enjoy easing lockdown

By Victoria Waldersee LISBON, May 3 (Reuters) – Portugal downgraded its state of emergency to a category of “calamity” on Sunday, as spring sunshine drew people outdoors and the rate of new coronavirus cases reached its lowest since the beginning of the outbreak. “It’s like being freed from prison,” enthused Rodrigo Garcia, 40, on a […]