Friday, August 22, 2014

Global News

Sports

Athletic groups must address concussions

TORONTO—A coalition of health and sporting groups across the country is calling for Canada’s athletic organizations to get more proactive about protecting participants from head injuries.
The Canadian Concussion Collaborative, consisting of nine national sports advocacy groups, has laid out two specific recommendations in the September issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Business

Greenpeace says defamation lawsuit an attempt to muzzle criticism

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — An environmental group has filed court documents saying a lawsuit against it is an attempt to silence its criticism of a forestry company’s harvesting practices.

National

Quebec soon to be Canada’s only district with distinct domain name: .quebec

MONTREAL — Quebec will soon enjoy distinct status in Canada and across the World Wide Web, thanks to recognition by the global Internet body.
This fall, the domain name .quebec will be available to serve as a URL suffix for websites, making the province the only Canadian jurisdiction with its own signature as an alternative to old standards, like .com and .ca.

Technology

‘Hitchbot’ nearing journey’s end

KELOWNA, B.C.—The chatty, social-media-savvy robot that’s been thumbing rides with Canadians over the past three weeks is nearing the end of its Halifax-to-Victoria hitchhiking adventure.
Its creators say the last time it checked in early yesterday morning, “Hitchbot” was passing through Kelowna, B.C. on its way to the Open Space art centre on Vancouver Island.

Health & Wellness

Best polio vaccine? Oral and injectable, used in tandem, new study says

TORONTO — For decades scientists have debated whether injectable or oral polio vaccine is the best option for trying to finish the job of eradicating polio. Now a new study offers an answer: both.

International

Foley case shines light on wrenching debate over whether gov’ts should pay ransom for hostages

WASHINGTON — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens.

Science

National Park Service considers moving grizzly bears into Washington’s North Cascades

SEATTLE — The National Park Service said Thursday it will consider moving grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state to aid their recovery.
The agency is launching a three-year process to study a variety of options for helping their population. Director Jonathan B. Jarvis stressed that the process is required under federal law but no decision had been made.

People

Ice bucket challenge charity stunt goes wrong when 4 firefighters shocked by power line

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an “ice bucket challenge.”

Life

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumours in desperate struggle to save patients

LONDON — Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren’t the only problem: Health workers struggle to convince patients they’re trying to help them, not hurt them.