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Brazil regulator to apply additional fines against Samarco
27 Nov 2015 at 12:22pm
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's environmental regulator is planning additional fines against iron ore miner Samarco on top of the 20 billion reais in damages and clean-up charges the government is seeking, the country's attorney general, Luis Adams, said on Friday. The regulator, known as Ibama, has already fined Samarco 250 million reais in the aftermath of a rupture of a tailings dam that ravaged communities and contaminated a major river. Samarco is a joint venture between the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd, and the biggest iron ore miner, Vale SA. ...
Brazil to sue BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for dam burst
27 Nov 2015 at 12:22pm
Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais ($5.24 billion)in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday. Samarco is a joint venture between the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd, and the biggest iron ore miner, Vale SA. The dam burst earlier this month unleashed 60 million cubic meters of mud and mine waste that devastated a village, killed at least 13 people and polluted a major river valley. Teixeira said the suit will be filed on Monday.
Oklahoma hospital will not charge homecoming crash victims for ER treatment
27 Nov 2015 at 12:06pm
The Oklahoma hospital that treated about 40 people after a woman driving a vehicle plowed into a crowd at a university homecoming parade last month will not bill the patients for their initial treatment, hospital officials said on Friday. Stillwater Medical Center will cover some costs through automobile insurance claims and probably take a loss on other billing from the aftermath of the Oct. 24 crash that killed four people at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade. ?We know this has been a very difficult time for our patients and our community,? CEO Jerry Moeller said in a statement.
Preschoolers in daycare need more outdoor time
27 Nov 2015 at 12:05pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many preschoolers in daycare may need more outdoor time to help increase their odds of getting enough physical activity, a small U.S. study suggests. Pediatricians recommend that young children get at least an hour a day of physical activity to help build motor skills, coordination and strong muscles and bones, as well as to reduce the potential for obesity later in life. ?But when children are in child care for eight to 10 hours, all of the daylight hours may be in child care settings, so this is not always possible." Researchers studied 380 children ranging in age from three to six years old at 30 childcare centers from 2009 through 2011.
Exclusive: Lazard works with Sanofi on $12.7 billion animal health unit deal ...
27 Nov 2015 at 10:51am
By Pamela Barbaglia, Olivia Oran and Arno Schuetze LONDON/NEW YORK/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Investment bank Lazard is working with Sanofi's management to prepare a sale or listing of its Merial animal health unit, aiming to land the leading advisory job for the deal, which could value the business at up 12 billion euros ($12.7 billion), sources familiar with the matter said. Lazard is expected to win the role for the so-called dual-track process having helped Sanofi's management in the ongoing review, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Sanofi and Lazard declined to comment.
Passengers on BA jet that caught fire in Las Vegas sue Boeing, GE
27 Nov 2015 at 8:25am
Passengers on a British Airways plane that caught fire taking off from Las Vegas in September are suing the makers of the plane and its engines in Chicago, their lawyers said on Friday. The engine of the Boeing 777 burst into flames, forcing all 170 passengers and crew to escape via emergency slides, after a part of a spool in the high-pressure compressor failed, according to findings from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Now 65 passengers from the United States, Britain, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Germany are seeking damages from Boeing and engine maker GE for pain, suffering, emotional stress as well as financial losses, law firm Stewarts Law said in a statement.
Screen time, in moderation, not linked to youngsters' depression
27 Nov 2015 at 8:00am
There was, however, little difference in depression risk between children who didn?t have any screen time and those who got about two hours a day. Screen time didn't appear connected to depression in older teens. Overall, in smaller doses, screen time appeared to be a good thing. ?The finding of the lower depression risk with a relatively low quantity of screen time may suggest that exposure to screen/media, when in moderation, can have potentially positive impacts on adolescents? mental health,? said senior study author Dr. Yao Shuqiao of the Medical Psychological Institute, Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in Hunan, China.
UNICEF: AIDS leading cause of death for African teenagers
27 Nov 2015 at 7:59am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? While the global push to eradicate HIV may have saved over a million babies, AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African teenagers and the second most common killer for adolescents across the globe, the United Nations' agency for children said on Friday.
U.N. Syria envoy says downing of Russian jet 'did not help' peace process
27 Nov 2015 at 7:41am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Turkey's downing of a Russian jet near the Syrian border earlier this week risks harming the Syrian peace process, the United Nation's top Syria diplomat said on Friday, speaking in Stockholm. "It certainly did not help... there is a likelihood of it complicating this," U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said about political negotiations over peace or a cease fire. NATO member Turkey and Russia have been in a war of words after Turkey's air force shot down a Russian warplane. (Reporting by Alistair Scrutton, Writing by Daniel Dickson; Editing by Simon Johnson)
Broad smiles and enduring spirit at Holocaust survivors' beauty contest
27 Nov 2015 at 7:39am
By Amir Cohen HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) - To the strains of Madonna's "Vogue", the 13 women with a combined age of about 1,050 strutted down the runway cautiously, hindered only slightly by walking sticks and the odd dodgy hip. The third annual Holocaust survivors' beauty pageant, honoring women who lived through the concentration camps and death marches of Nazi Germany, was held in the city of Haifa this week with hundreds of relatives turning out in support. "Many of them were children, teenagers or young adults during the Holocaust," said Jurgen Buhler, the German director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, a sponsor.
Misleading HPV vaccine websites are easy to find
27 Nov 2015 at 7:25am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Parents who go online to find out about the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer, may have a hard time finding accurate information, a recent U.S. study suggests. In the U.S., the HPV vaccine is recommended for children at age 11 or 12 years, with the goal of protecting them against the virus before they become sexually active, and also for teens and young adults who may not have previously been vaccinated. The Internet, where the vast majority of Americans go for answers to a wide variety of medical questions, may be particularly misleading when it comes to facts about HPV, researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
8 Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist
27 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
More than 4 billion prescriptions were filled at retail pharmacies in 2014, according to data from theHenry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Of those prescriptions, roughly half to three-quarters were used incorrectly, says pharmacist Linda Bernstein, a volunteer clinical professor at University of California-San Francisco School of Pharmacy and a...
5 Things Psychologists Wish Their Patients Would Do
27 Nov 2015 at 6:00am
Does your therapist have a secret wish list of things you should do to optimize your therapy?If you?re one of the millions of people in the United States who sees a therapist, you may have had this exact thought. To answer that question, we asked five psychologists -- Melanie Greenberg, PhD, Laura Kauffman, PhD, Craig Malkin, PhD, Simon...
The 'Angelina effect' has doubled preventative mastectomy numbers in the UK
27 Nov 2015 at 3:31am
Two years after the actress Angelina Jolie went public about having a gene mutation linked to breast cancer and her preventative double mastectomy, a new UK study has shown that the number of preventative operations of this kind has risen. Angelina Jolie's announcement in May 2013 that she had had a double mastectomy caused a media storm. The American actress carries a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, as did her mother, who died of breast cancer.
Study shows that low-sugar diet makes food taste sweeter
27 Nov 2015 at 3:08am
A new study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that adults who stuck to a low-sugar diet found that food tasted sweeter. Results showed that for those who had reduced their sugar intake, food tasted much sweeter than for those who stuck to their original sugar intake.