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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.
Cycling-Boom to start Tour despite low cortisol levels
4 Jul 2015 at 4:24am
* Tour starts with time trial in Utrecht * Boom rides for defending Tour champion Nibali's Astana team (Adds Astana statement, background) By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 4 (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).
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.
Colorado crash of medical transport helicopter kills pilot
3 Jul 2015 at 6:46pm
No patients were on board, and the helicopter was not on a medical mission at the time, he said. The pilot was killed, and a flight paramedic and flight nurse were seriously injured, according to Air Methods Corp , an Englewood, Colorado-based company that operated the helicopter. ?We are deeply saddened by the news that our pilot was fatally injured, and our hearts go out to the pilot?s family," the company said in a statement.
Minnesota burn survivor leaves hospital after 264 days
3 Jul 2015 at 6:38pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ? A Minnesota man who survived being badly burned in a lawnmower explosion was discharged Friday after 264 days in the hospital, but not before his caregivers gathered to say farewell to one of their favorite patients.
Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003
3 Jul 2015 at 2:07pm
SEATTLE (AP) ? A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.
Weight-loss surgery edges out lifestyle changes for type 2 diabetes
3 Jul 2015 at 1:33pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People with type 2 diabetes who have weight loss surgery are more likely to have significant improvements in their diabetes three years compared to diabetics who try lifestyle changes, a small new study suggests. "One of the most important things to take away is that there is durability of remission over time," said Dr. Anita Courcoulas of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who led the research. Past studies have found that weight loss surgeries sometimes result in improvement for people with type 2 diabetes, but it remains to be seen if the surgeries are better at treating the condition than lifestyle interventions, the researchers write in JAMA Surgery.
Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts
3 Jul 2015 at 12:07pm
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.