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Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus
5 Jul 2015 at 11:18pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday.
Burt's Bees cofounder Burt Shavitz dead at 80
5 Jul 2015 at 7:40pm
Shavitz, a "a wild-bearded and free-spirited Maine man" and beekeeper, co-founded the company with artist Roxanne Quimby in 1984, the company said in a statement. "It is with broken hearts that we must convey the saddest news: Burt Shavitz, our co-founder and namesake, has left for greener fields and wilder woods," the company said in a statement on Facebook. A company spokeswoman told USA Today that Shavitz died of respiratory issues on Sunday surrounded by family and friends in Bangor, Maine.
Chipotle shares could plunge unless growth revives: Barron's
5 Jul 2015 at 1:01pm
Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc have lost some of their luster recently and unless growth revives at the company, the stock could see a 15 percent to 20 percent plunge, the July 6 edition of Barron's said. Chipotle's stock could drop below $500 a share after the burrito chain reported revenue slightly below expectations in April and said the removal of pork from one-third of its restaurants would hurt sales this year, Barron's said. Rising food costs, along with rising healthcare and other costs, are crimping Chipotle, it said.
Suspected Congo Ebola victims test negative for the virus
5 Jul 2015 at 1:45am
Six hunters in the Democratic Republic of Congo who fell sick and were suspected to have Ebola have tested negative for the virus, the health minister said on Saturday. The government and World Health Organization investigated a possible outbreak about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital when the hunters developed Ebola-like symptoms after eating an antelope that appeared to be sick when they killed it. "All of the samples are negative ... There is not an Ebola epidemic," Health Minister Felix Kabange said in an interview on state-run television.
Boom starts Tour despite low cortisol levels
4 Jul 2015 at 10:01am
By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - Dutchman Lars Boom started the Tour de France on Saturday despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race. Boom had an outside chance of victory in Saturday's 13.8-km time trial but eventually finished 23rd, 44 seconds behind winner Rohan Dennis of Australia. "I did not have the best preparation," Astana rider Boom told reporters.
Cycling-Boom starts Tour despite low cortisol levels
4 Jul 2015 at 9:58am
(Writes through) By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 4 (Reuters) - Dutchman Lars Boom started the Tour de France on Saturday despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race. Boom had an outside chance of victory in Saturday's 13.8-km time trial but eventually finished 23rd, 44 seconds behind winner Rohan Dennis of Australia. "I did not have the best preparation," Astana rider Boom told reporters.
Kenya's main port sacks 27 strike leaders as losses hit $2 mln
4 Jul 2015 at 5:42am
By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - East Africa's biggest port in the Kenyan city of Mombasa said on Saturday it had dismissed 27 workers it believed were behind a strike this week that paralysed operations for two days and cost the port at least $2 million. Over 2,000 workers went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday in protest against higher deductions for the government's national health insurance scheme, prompting port management to threaten to fire them, having advertised their positions. The work stoppage has disrupted business at the biggest port in the region, which handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.
Boom to start Tour despite low cortisol levels
4 Jul 2015 at 5:16am
By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - Dutchman Lars Boom will start Saturday's first stage of the Tour de France despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race, his Astana team manager said. "Boom will take the start," Alexander Vinokourov told reporters. Astana, the team of defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali, are members of the MPCC (Movement for Credible Cycling) that applies stricter rules than the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup
4 Jul 2015 at 5:12am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ? Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.
Pedal power rules the roads in Utrecht
4 Jul 2015 at 3:29am
By Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - Rush hour has a distinctive soundtrack in Utrecht. Two wheels rather than four rule the roads in this pleasant Dutch city that claims to have 900,000 bicycles -- that's about three for every one of its inhabitants. No wonder organizers of the Tour de France felt they were in safe hands when they selected Utrecht for Saturday's Grand Depart of the 102nd edition of the famous race.
Cycling-Pedal power rules the roads in Utrecht
4 Jul 2015 at 3:21am
By Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 4 (Reuters) - Rush hour has a distinctive soundtrack in Utrecht. Two wheels rather than four rule the roads in this pleasant Dutch city that claims to have 900,000 bicycles -- that's about three for every one of its inhabitants. No wonder organisers of the Tour de France felt they were in safe hands when they selected Utrecht for Saturday's Grand Depart of the 102nd edition of the famous race.
Malnutrition brings a terrible disease to children in Niger
3 Jul 2015 at 10:21pm
Mourdja's nose has been eaten away, like one lip and part of her upper gum, leaving the 13-year-old girl atrociously disfigured by noma, a disease that thrives on malnutrition. "It was better before," the teenager says shyly and simply in the arid heartland of Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, clearly ill at ease and fiddling with her bracelets. "The problem is that this is a very fast-acting disease," says nurse Fati Badamasi, who works for the Swiss NGO Sentinelles, active in Niger since 1992.
A Birthday Gift for the Dalai Lama -- Global Compassion Education
3 Jul 2015 at 10:03pm
The Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday Wish Is That We All Live #WithCompassion.While I love his wish, I say let's take it a step further: Let's give His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the gift of global compassion education by mainstreaming compassion training in schools, communities and businesses around the world. From my experience, we are much closer...
MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital
3 Jul 2015 at 7:48pm
Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday. The 25-year-old female doctor at Samsung Medical Centre has become the 185th person infected with the virus in South Korea. The gigantic hospital operated by the powerful Samsung business group now accounts for 90 out of 185 confirmed cases.
Oregon marijuana fans look to cash in on new law
3 Jul 2015 at 7:39pm
More than a thousand marijuana enthusiasts and entrepreneurs met in Oregon on Friday to swap samples, contacts and business tips in hopes of profiting from the state's new law allowing the recreational use of pot. Licensed growers handed out free tastes, gardening experts displayed organic plant food and artists sold marijuana pipes to participants at the "Weed the People" event. ?Cannabis is a great opportunity for us," said D.J. King, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers who wants to unionize workers at marijuana grow operations, distributors and retailers.