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Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring
25 Apr 2015 at 11:29am
Police from seven European countries detained 26 people in a crackdown on a horsemeat trafficking ring two years after a tainted meat scandal that rocked the continent, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday. The operation involved officers and the judiciary in France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Britain, the European Union agency said. Eurojust did not say where the 26 suspects were arrested but the Dutch public prosecutor's office said three were arrested in the Netherlands.
Devastating Nepal quake kills over 1,300, some in Everest avalanche
25 Apr 2015 at 11:05am
By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing more than 1,300 people, touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest and toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu. There were reports of devastation in outlying, isolated mountainous areas after the midday quake of magnitude 7.9, Nepal's worst in 81 years, centered 50 miles (80 km) east of the second city, Pokhara. India was first to respond by sending in military aircraft with medical equipment and relief teams. A police spokesman said the death toll in Nepal alone had reached 1,341, about half of them in the Kathmandu Valley.
Close the Immunization Gap! Get Vaccinated
25 Apr 2015 at 8:39am
Immunization Prevents 2 - 3 Million Deaths a Year Until the second half of the 20th century, the only way a child could become immune to infectious diseases like whooping cough or measles was to actually get the disease and survive it. Too often, however, infection led to tragic, premature death.Today, children all over the world are routinely...
Quake triggers Everest avalanche, reports say 18 killed
25 Apr 2015 at 8:37am
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a huge earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the mountain at the start of the main climbing season. Nepal's Tourism Ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said that the death toll could rise, and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp. He said two tents at the camp had been filled with the injured.Ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest when the earthquake struck.April is one of the most popular times to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035 foot) peak, the world's highest, before rain and clouds cloak it the end of May. Almost exactly a year ago, an avalanche killed 16 Nepali guides in what had been the single deadliest day on the mountain.
A Practical Running Plan For Beginners
25 Apr 2015 at 6:18am
Sounds straightforward and easy enough. You're ready to start running and decide to find some good advice on the Web. You plug in your search terms and, uh-oh, information overload. You'll find plans that tell you cross train, plans with speed sessions and hill workouts, plans that emphasize walking, plans for 5k, 10k, and half marathon races....
Women in Business: Nadia Tarazi, Founder, MicroNourish
25 Apr 2015 at 3:34am
Nadia Tarazi is the Founder of MicroNourish®, an advanced nutrient system designed to target brain and gut balance for stable moods, mental clarity and a calmer relationship with food. Nadia curates the online magazine, You Are What You Absorb®, and created the coaching app, ThinkPal® -- which generates coaching questions to help people 'get...
Historic tower collapses in Kathmandu after quake
25 Apr 2015 at 3:05am
A historic tower built in the 19th century collapsed in the Nepali capital Kathmandu following a severe earthquake on Saturday and at least one body was removed as police cordoned off the area, a Reuters witness said. The Dharara Tower, built in 1832, was a historic landmark that had been open to visitors for the last 10 years and had a viewing balcony on its eighth floor.
Kathmandu hospital says 36 bodies counted so far from quake
25 Apr 2015 at 3:05am
(Reuters) - Kathmandu's main civil hospital said 36 bodies had been counted so far after a 7.9 earthquake hit the impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal on Saturday. Nepal's Kantipur TV showed at least 21 bodies lined up on the ground The shallow quake struck west Kathmandu, causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said. (Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Nick Macfie)
Farage dismisses health rumours ahead of election
25 Apr 2015 at 2:11am
Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party, on Saturday dismissed rumours he was seriously unwell but said he had been dogged by chronic back pain that has hampered his ability to campaign for the May 7 election. "There were a lot of rumours at the start of this campaign that I was unwell which I denied," he told the Daily Telegraph, ahead of what is shaping up to be Britain's tightest election in a generation. Often seen as being a one-man band fronted by Farage, UKIP is set to play a key role in the election because it siphons support from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, potentially preventing either from winning an outright majority.
At least two dead after Nepal quake
25 Apr 2015 at 1:53am
At least two people were killed on Saturday when an earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck Nepal and parts of northern India, authorities in both countries said. A 15-year-old girl was killed in northern India after the earthquake brought down the wall of her home in a village near the border with Nepal. Another girl was killed by a falling statue in a town outside Nepal's capital Kathmandu, according to Nepal's state radio.
Washington governor signs medical marijuana overhaul
24 Apr 2015 at 10:44pm
(Reuters) - Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state's medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, voters in Washington state and Colorado approved recreational cannabis use in landmark votes in 2012 that ushered in licensed and taxed retail stores offering a range of products to adults. "Today, after tremendous hard work and compromise by legislators on both sides of the aisle, I signed a bill that will create a medical marijuana system that works for Washington." The bill will remove collective gardens that supply medical dispensaries starting next year, in favor of four-person "cooperatives." Some existing collectives will be allowed to continue operating however, if granted a license on the basis of factors such as the applicant's tax history. It will also establish a voluntary database of medical patients and let authorized patients possess three times the amount of marijuana allowed by the recreational-use law.
Hawaii lawmakers pass bill raising smoking age to 21
24 Apr 2015 at 9:50pm
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hawaii lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would raise the legal smoking age statewide to 21, positioning it to become the first state in the country to do so. The bill, which passed the state Senate by a vote of 19-4 after clearing the house last week, would also ban the sale, purchase or use of electronic cigarettes for those under the age of 21. "The activities we've engaged in over the years to manage smoking, our additional efforts in education, the raising of cigarette taxes, this is a continuation of those policies," Democratic state Senator Rosalyn Baker, one of the bill's sponsors, told Reuters. She said opponents of the measure have argued that it limits choice for people considered adults in other situations, like joining the military, but added: "To me, giving someone the choice to have lung cancer is not a good choice." Governor David Ige will have to approve the measure.
Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21
24 Apr 2015 at 7:49pm
HONOLULU (AP) ? A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.
Amended China law curbs tobacco ads in land of smokers
24 Apr 2015 at 7:46pm
China's parliament has passed legislation that restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke. A revised Advertisement Law approved on Friday by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislative body, bans tobacco ads in the mass media, in public places, on public vehicles and outdoors, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Smoking is a major health crisis for China. Last year, a health official said China was considering raising cigarette prices and taxes.
Japanese man arrested for landing drone on PM's office in nuclear protest
24 Apr 2015 at 7:25pm
A Japanese man has been arrested for landing a drone on the prime minister's office with a minuscule amount of radiation in an apparent protest against the use of nuclear power, four years after the Fukushima disaster. Unemployed Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, who lives in Fukui Prefecture in western Japan, was arrested on Friday and charged with obstruction of official business, police said. Media reported that Yamamoto turned himself in at a police station in Fukui and said he landed the drone as a protest against nuclear power. A drone marked with a radioactive sign was found on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office on Wednesday.