Simson said that the arguments that earlier supported the use of daylight saving time are now obsolete.Conserving energy and road safety are two earlier arguments that are no longer appropriate, Simson argued. "Today's energy-efficient solutions have reduced the energy savings that came with changing the time." She added that recent international studies haven't produced sufficient evidence to back it.Ministries and interest groups either don't have a preference, or then are in favour of putting an end to daylight saving time rather than maintaining it. Its stance in the matter notwithstanding, the Estonian government shares its opinion with the European Commission that a common solution for the arrangement of time zones is still needed for Europe.There is a divide in the EU between countries that would prefer sticking with daylight saving time permanently, and others that think that winter time should be observed instead. "What's clear is that the member states will have to decide … [Read more...] about Government supports abolishing daylight saving time in Europe
Winter time is pie time, so it's time to talk pastry. Celebrity chef Peter Gordon joined Duncan Garner to discuss pies. Watch the video. Peter Gordon's creamy chicken, mushroom and parsnip pie recipe This open-top pie is rather like a quiche. The 'mushroom custard' on top hides the juicy chicken filling beneath. You could serve it hot, but I prefer it at room temperature, and it's just as good served the next day. Serve with either a green salad or steamed veggies. For 6 - 8 main courses Ingredients 250g short crust pastry (see below) 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 50g butter (or 2 tbsp olive oil) 2 parsnips, peeled, cores removed if woody, then roughly cut into 1cm dice 500g chicken mince 200ml water flaky salt and freshly ground black pepper 400 g open-capped mushrooms (portobello mushrooms look best) 3 eggs 200 ml cream 2 tbsp snipped chives Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Roll pastry out roughly to a 32cm disc, 5mm thick. Line a 24cm … [Read more...] about Peter Gordon’s perfect winter pies
PUBLISHED: 10:34 02 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 02 April 2018 Is Easter the time to sell your home? Pic: www.gettyimages.co.uk Easter was early this year and in the lead up to the first major holiday period of the year we had our fair share of inclement weather, writes Nick Eley, from Watsons. Nick Eley, a partner at Watsons. Pic: www.watsons-property.co.uk Conventional wisdom is to wait for freedom from the bad weather and the optimism and daffodils of spring, to put your house on the market.Finding a buyer in April or May also opens the prospect of physically moving over the summer, which appeals to many. In my experience, the market is not as seasonal as it used to be. Online property searches, and there will many over the Easter period, more reliable cars and better road networks (the soon to be totally completed northern distributor road) will contribute to ease of access to property and we now live in a 365 day-a-year economy in which buyers purchase what they want, when … [Read more...] about Is Easter the best time to put your house on the market?
Their rich scents and flavours and their vivid colours are a delight for the senses, but spices and herbs have other hidden powers. As suggested by a growing body of scientific literature on the subject, these natural ingredients are generating a lot of interest due to the health benefits they seem to offer. The recognition that spices and herbs can do good for human health is not a groundbreaking discovery: they have had a long history of use in traditional healing. However, it’s only recently that scientists have started to look more closely at their properties. This has led to the use of spices and herbs for therapeutic purposes becoming gradually more evidence-based. In parallel, this interest for the natural compounds has found a renewed echo in the news and all over social media. “Spices and herbs have been used as medicine for thousands of years. We are just becoming more aware of what we are doing. Since we feel we are losing control of what’s going on in the … [Read more...] about A naturopath’s winter health guide to spices and herbs
Moving the clocks twice a year isn't popular among the Swedish public. Photo: Erik Johansen/TT This Sunday the clocks will move forward by one hour in Sweden, but it seems the practice has little support in the present day as a new polls shows that two thirds of Swedes are in favour of scrapping the shift to and from daylight saving time. The matter has started to gather force as of late after the Swedish government in February said it is not against ending the practice if there is broad support in the country or the Riksdag. There is growing debate over whether moving clocks forward in the spring and back in the autumn is really beneficial, and the neighbouring Finnish government is now pushing the issue at EU level, lobbying the union to abolish the time change. READ ALSO: Sweden agrees to consider ditching daylight saving time Along with showing majority support among the Swedish population for ditching the time switch, the new poll by Ipsos for newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) … [Read more...] about Two thirds of Swedes want to ditch seasonal time changes: poll