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The Economic Lessons Of Portuguese Sardines

In Portugal, crisis or no, value is measured one can at a time.

Sardines at the Loule market in Portugal
Sardines at the Loule market in Portugal
Claire Gatinois

MATOSINHOS — If Antonio Pinhal’s life was to be summed up in one word it would be consistency. In a moving and restless world, this quiet man has managed to keep his father’s sardine cannery as it was. Just about.

Pinhais, the family company that was established in 1920 in the small Portugese fishing town of Matosinhos, has remained in its original condition for almost a century now. The same beige marble tables are used to prepare the fish that the boats from the Algarve region bring in every morning. Only the machines that lubricate the fish and can them have been upgraded. “I don’t like change,” Antonio says.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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