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Boston hit with more snow

Boston and other areas of the Northeast, already buried under about a yard (91 cm) of snow, braced for up to two more feet (60 cm) the the next couple of days, while more rain and high winds were in store for parts of the Pacific coast, forecasters said on Sunday (February 8). The National Weather Service predicted a “long duration snow event” in Boston and surrounding areas of New England and issued a winter […]

PHL to host Madrid Fusion

The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas urged local chefs and food aficionados in the region to take part in Madrid Fusion, one of the biggest gastronomic events in the world. The Philippines, hosting the first Madrid Fusion in Asia on April 24-26, is one of the highlights of Visit Philippines Year 2015. In a media release, DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas said that Madrid Fusion aims to highlight the country as a culinary […]

New Ebola lab in Liberia speeds up diagnosis

The United Nations unveiled a new mobile laboratory in Liberia on Saturday (January 30) which it said will drastically cut down on waiting time when diagnosing whether or not patients have the Ebola virus – which will in turn speed up the treatment and containment of the deadly virus. The ordinary looking shipping container is in fact a high technology mobile laboratory, especially equipped to perform the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, the most accurate […]

Mali, Ebola free

The Health Minister of Mali declared his country Ebola-free after 42 days of no new Ebola cases being recorded. The Ebola virus caused six deaths in said country.

Climate change, extinctions signal Earth in danger zone: study

(Reuters) – – Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind’s impact on nature said on Thursday. An international team of 18 experts, expanding on a 2009 report about “planetary boundaries” for safe human use, also sounded the alarm about clearance of forests and pollution from nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilisers. “I don’t think we’ve broken […]

New Ebola cases slump in all three worst-hit countries – WHO

(Reuters) – All three countries hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic have recorded their lowest weekly number of new cases for months, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, as the global death toll reached 8,429 out of 21,296 cases reported so far. Sierra Leone and Guinea both saw the lowest weekly total of confirmed Ebola cases since August 2014. Liberia, which reported two days with zero new cases last week, had its lowest weekly […]

UN envoy describes ‘sense of self-confidence’ among those battling Ebola outbreak

The United Nations Special Envoy on Ebola today described a growing feeling of confidence among those responding to the outbreak in West Africa, but he warned that there is an absolute need to maintain focus, vigilance and discipline to ensure that the disease is wiped out. “In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a big shift, a sense of self-confidence a sense that it can be beaten,” David Nabarro said in an interview with the […]

2014 was Earth’s hottest year, could lead to storm surges, flooding -NASA scientist

Last year was Earth’s warmest on record, bolstering the argument that people are altering the planet’s climate by relentlessly burning fuels that belch greenhouse gases into the air, two major U.S. government agencies said on Friday (January 16). Separate studies by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that the 10 warmest years on record have taken place since 1997. “What was found for 2014 was that 2014 was […]