Thursday, August 21, 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

Fitch affirms Canada’s AAA credit rating, but points to economic headwinds

NEW YORK — Fitch Ratings has affirmed Canada’s triple-A credit rating and says the outlook is stable.
The New York-based global ratings agency, in a report issued Tuesday, said its assessment was based, among other factors, on Canada’s political stability and track record of prudent fiscal management.

National

Elephant killings spike

NAIROBI, Kenya—Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published this week found.

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

End-of-life care must be priority

OTTAWA—Doctors tackled the delicate question of medically assisted death on Tuesday at a session devoted to end-of-life care at the annual conference of the Canadian Medical Association.
Long lines of physicians queued up to share their opinions on how end-of-life conditions for ailing Canadians must change as the population ages.

International

No good option for US to protect hostage as it confronts Islamic State after revenge killing

WASHINGTON — Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley in an act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say.

Science

Another Ebola problem: How to prevent new outbreaks without knowing the virus’s natural source

A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks.
Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since it first emerged in 1976. It is coming from somewhere — probably bats — but experts agree they need to pinpoint its origins in nature.

People

Strangers, friends make wedding happen for Saskatchewan woman with Stage 4 cancer

EDMONTON — A 28-year-old Saskatchewan woman who is battling terminal stomach cancer has tied the knot with the man of her dreams, thanks to the generosity of strangers.
Surrounded by a small group of family, close friends and their five children, Megan Wolfe and Josh Melnyk got married Wednesday afternoon at the posh Union Bank Inn in Edmonton.

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.