South Korea: 544 schools cancel classes over MERS

Picture/IBT times The Korea Herald More than 500 schools have canceled classes to prevent the spread of a deadly virus that has killed two South Koreans, the Ministry of Education said Wednesday. As of 5 p.m., students and teachers have been told not to show up at 544 schools, about 3 percent of some 20,000Continue reading “South Korea: 544 schools cancel classes over MERS”

Can cancer teach us about being human?

BY ERIN ELLIS, VANCOUVER SUN   When Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer he couldn’t know he was launching a small cultural industry. His 2011 history of the disease is the genesis for a six-hour PBS documentary miniseries backed by the master of thatContinue reading “Can cancer teach us about being human?”

Australia: She is an absolute hero

   Legal loopholes exposed … Pattaramon Chanbua kisses baby boy Gammy at a hospital in Chonburi province By: AP AND NETWORK WRITERS/ NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA THE Abbott government is considering intervening in the case of baby Gammy — the Down syndrome child born to a Thai surrogate — saying the little boy could be eligible for AustralianContinue reading “Australia: She is an absolute hero”

Britian: Cosmetic surgery and teenagers – a disaster waiting to happen

Young women feeling insecure, media pressure to get the ‘perfect body’ and an unregulated industry exploiting a growing market all add up to a looming crisis. So why won’t the government step in? A 2013 report by the NHS medical director calling for tougher control of the industry was ignored by the government. Photograph: GettyContinue reading “Britian: Cosmetic surgery and teenagers – a disaster waiting to happen”

Couple win $27000.00 payout for bad sex

A court in Italy has awarded €20,000 (27,586.89 US) to a couple whose sex life has been damaged following a car accident Two years after being run over on a pedestrian crossing, the woman still suffers from back pain and is unable to enjoy the sex life she once had with her husband. As a result,Continue reading “Couple win $27000.00 payout for bad sex”

Edith and me

I met Edith 35 years ago in  her home in  Lodi California.  She and my future father in law lived in an upstairs apartment in a building where she worked, a few blocks from downtown.  Her first indirect words to me, was “does IT have an off switch?  A victim of my non stop chatter. OurContinue reading “Edith and me”

Norway world’s best place to be a woman

Women protesting in Oslo on Women’s Day on Saturday. Photo: Terje Bendiksby/NTB Scanpix Norway has overtaken New Zealand to become the best place in the world to be a working woman, according to The Economist Magazine’s ‘Glass Ceiling Index’, published for International Women’s Day  From: The Local According to the magazine, Norwegian women enjoy moreContinue reading “Norway world’s best place to be a woman”


Doctors are reporting a growing number of thyroid cancer cases among Fukushima children, three years after the nuclear accident at the Japanese crippled power plant. However, it is not clear yet if the growing number of thyroid cancer cases was caused by the high radiation level in the area or just by the fact thatContinue reading “THREE YEARS AFTER EARTHQUAKE MORE THYROID CANCER CASES AMONG FUKUSHIMA CHILDREN”

“Granny Flats” A Private Place for mom inside your home

By: Emily Welker/INFORUM West Fargo,North Dakota– Visitors to her mom’s suite in Nancy Kelly’s new home in the Shadow Wood development here have one of two extreme reactions. They either love it or question whether it’s such a great idea to have your mother living under the same roof. They either love it or question whetherContinue reading ““Granny Flats” A Private Place for mom inside your home”

Puffing outdoors in Sacramento

Remember the days when there were smoking sections in Restaurants?  Smoke so intelligent, it knew to stay it its section. Today, there are fewer and fewer places where a smoker can smoke.  In California, there are cities where you cant smoke outdoors. In California and a number of states it is against the law toContinue reading “Puffing outdoors in Sacramento”