World News - part 7
WORLD August 3, 2011 | 11:31 AM
- CDN$26 million spent on Canada’s military mission in Libya to June 2011
- Budget predicted to hit CDN$60 million if mission extends to September 2011
- Allied countries moving to transfer funds to Libya’s Transitional National Council
In June, Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay revealed that Canada had spent CDN$26 million on its military mission in Libya, and that this amount could balloon to $60 million by September.
According to the CBC, these funds paid for: two CP-140 Aurora patrol planes, six CF–8 fighter jets, the HMCS Vancouver (a multi-purpose warship including a CH-124 Sea King helicopter meant to patrol for danger), over 400 laser-guided bombs from March-June 2 and 650 Canadian Forces personnel.Read more »
WORLD August 3, 2011 | 9:44 AM
- Mubarak pleads not guilty to corruption and death orders
- Judge orders Mubarak be held at military hospital
- Court proceedings to reconvene on August 15
Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak is on trial facing charges of corruption and ordering protesters be put to death during the uprising that began on January 25.
The trial is being held at Cairo’s police academy to maintain security where 3,000 government security officials were posted to keep the peace on the opening day of the trial. Emotions are high as the proceedings began and unrest was rife outside the police academy where clashes broke out between those supporting and opposing Mubarak, with more than 53 wounded reports news network Al Jazeera.Read more »
WORLD August 2, 2011 | 11:21 AM
- New study shows sunscreen users experience 23% more sunburns
- Recent studies show users do not apply enough sunscreen to properly protect skin
- FDA issues new sunscreen regulations and labels
A new study published by the journal Cancer Causes & Control suggests that those who apply a generous amount of sunscreen onto exposed areas of the body are more likely to experience painful, damaging sunburns.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey analyzed how 3,000 people in the US protect themselves from UV rays. Sunscreen was the most common form of protection, with over 30% of users choosing this form of sun protection. The second-place slot goes to shade seekers, who made up 25% of the testers. Finally hat wearers (16%) and those wearing long-sleeve shirts (6%) made up the distant third and fourth places.Read more »
WORLD July 29, 2011 | 10:11 AM
- Study shows physicians more successful at detecting early-stage melanoma than individuals
- Melanoma predicted to be 5th most-common cancer in men, 7th in women for 2011
- Cancer diagnosis device Aura scans for 21 biomarkers in one second
A report published by the Archives of Dermatology shows that physicians can detect early-stage melanoma more easily than individuals who complete a self-analysis.
Conducted at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City with the oversight of academic dermatologists specialized in skin pigment lesions, the study compared the characteristics and detection patterns in 394 new and current patients over a ten-year span.Read more »
WORLD July 22, 2011 | 2:52 PM
- US-NRC releases recommendations to tighten nuclear safety
- Germany and Switzerland closing nuclear plants; France cutting back
- China and India picking up nuclear slack to overtake leading nations
- Japan’s nuclear future still unclear
In light of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant around 200 miles northeast of Tokyo, there is increasing pressure to step up safety measures worldwide to avoid a similar crisis. With harbingers of nuclear hardship predicting a hundred-year wait before fuel rods at the plant are declared safe, other countries are being spurred into preventative action by taking regulatory measures to maximize nuclear reactor safety.
Stricter Safety Strategy in the US
On July 12, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)’s task force dedicated to reviewing the Fukushima Daiichi accident released a report with recommendations on how to reinforce nuclear safety and mitigate the risk of a similar incident on American territory.Read more »
WORLD July 2, 2011 | 2:40 PM
- 1 in 5 Canadians and over 45% of 18 to 34-year-olds own a smartphone in Canada
- Ontario-based RIM’s Blackberry is the brand leader, followed by Apple’s iPhone
- 80% of Canadian smartphone users pay for a data plan compared to 15% of cellphone users
One in every five Canadians, or nearly 7 million total, own a smartphone, according to a recent research survey by firm Comscore Canada.
Talking in percentage terms that means over 19% of the Canadian population, or 30% of wireless device users over 13 years old, own a smartphone. Overall, these numbers rank Canada just above the United States, France and Germany.Read more »
WORLD July 1, 2011 | 11:02 AM
- Rumors suggest Apple is set to release new iPhone in September or even August
- New device will probably be called iPhone 5, and is said to feature a powerful processor and an 8-megapixel camera
- iPhone remains Apple's best-selling product but faces challenges from Google's Android and Microsoft/Nokia partnership
Rumors are heating up that Apple may be set to release a new iPhone in the fall, with September and even August being mentioned as possible shipping dates.
The Guardian and other sources report that component manufacturers in Asia are getting ready to build the latest version of the smartphone. The new device will probably be called the iPhone 5, although some have suggested the iPhone 4G or 4S as possible alternative names.Read more »
WORLD June 29, 2011 | 6:15 PM
- TSA considering traveler option to pay for background checks
- 70% of survey respondents would pay for a background check to minimize security issues
- Despite concerns, airlines and travelers seem happy to try out new proposal
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now seeking alternatives to stringent security methods in response to many complaints and a decline in flight travel.
After 9/11, the US government sought new ways to ensure the safety of travelers. As safety measures have become more tedious and personal, passenger frustration has risen. Now with the introduction of body scanners and aggressive pat-downs, both the airline industry and customers are saying enough is enough. Foreign travelers are avoiding flights to the US, which hurts airlines and injures an already damaged economy. Customers feel that they are considered guilty until proven innocent. Many others perceive the strict safety measures as an invasion of privacy.Read more »
WORLD June 29, 2011 | 6:12 PM
- By 2050 demand for food to increase by 70%
- Growth rate in agriculture to be reduced to less than 1% in next 10 years
- By 2030 prices for food to grow by about 120% to 180%
In the next 20 years food prices for staple foods will be more than double the current price, Oxfam reports.
The poor, who spend about 80% of their income on food, will be greatly impacted by the high cost of food. The world is predicted to enter a food crisis, which could cause political unrest and necessitate reformation of the global food system.Read more »
WORLD June 22, 2011 | 3:05 PM
- Latest trends make MBA programs more accessible
- Multi-location campuses allow schools establish global presence
- First Canadian campus to open in India
For business schools, educational innovation is proving key in attracting MBA candidates. A greater range of MBAs along with more flexible ways of studying shows schools have understood that when the going gets tough, it’s time for the tough to diversify.
Moving away from a restrictive old-school structure that often saw students obliged to give up work and dedicate themselves wholly to one or two years of full-time study, today’s learning establishments offer a plethora of alternative study options.Read more »