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London testing cyclist detection systems for traffic lights

Transport for London is to install special cyclist detection systems at traffic lights throughout the city in an effort to make cycling safer. Traffic lights will know how many cyclists are waiting and adjust timings so they have longer to get away in.

Nova Scotia offers free fishing this weekend Special

Halifax - Nova Scotians and fishing enthusiasts are invited to participate in the province's annual Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend on Saturday,June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

Huge security flaw found in Lenovo laptops and computers

Just months after Lenovo was found to be installing adware on its computers, it has now been revealed that the company has left "massive security risks" in its own software supplied with its machines leaving users vulnerable to attack and exploit.

Keeping medicines safe from contamination Special

Birmingham - This week in Birmingham, U.K. at the Making Pharmaceuticals exhibition a series of presentations focused on the themes of risk assessment and keeping the environment in which medicines are made clean and in control.

Changes to drug labeling and packaging announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted an update of important alterations made to medicinal products over the past month. This includes the latest safety alerts and medical warnings.

Nearly all consumers don't feel safe with new domains

A new survey of 10,000 people has found that the vast majority are not comfortable with the new top-level domain names now available to use online. Many have concerns about how safe the new domains are and what content they are used for.

Low-cost airline Germanwings had clean safety record

Frankfurt - Germanwings, the low-cost airline owned by German flag carrier Lufthansa, said that none of its aircraft has ever been involved in a crash prior to Tuesday's loss of an Airbus A320 in the French Alps.

Ebola-proof Android tablet helps aid workers in West Africa

Google has developed an Ebola-proof tablet for use by health workers in Sierra Leone. It can resist the storms and high humidity of West Africa and can be dipped into antibacterial chlorine after use.

Family home destroyed by fire started by jar of Nutella

A warning has been issued after a family's home was devastated by a raging fire started by a Nutella jar that had been left by a window. It magnified the sun's rays and started the huge fire.

Workers threaten to strike Sunday at huge Texas refinery

Port Arthur - Workers at the largest oil refinery in the United States joined a growing nationwide strike Saturday when they left their jobs at the Motiva Enterprises LLC facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

Man caught driving using laptop, phone and earphones

In one of the most outrageous driving offences reported for a while, a man has been filmed driving while using his laptop and phone while listening to music through earphones in Aberdeen, Scotland.

New York rail safety in spotlight after deadly crash

New York - Safety on one of America's busiest commuter rail services was called into question Wednesday after a packed passenger train slammed into a jeep, killing six people north of Manhattan.

AirAsia crash highlights perils of region's crowded skies

Jakarta - Caught in stormy weather, the pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 requested to climb to a higher altitude but was not immediately granted permission due to heavy traffic. Soon afterwards, the jet disappeared off the radar.

Qantas named safest airline in the world

Australia’s national carrier Qantas has been named the world’s safest airline, following a year in aviation when fatal incidents jumped beyond the 10-year average figures.

Keeping safe over the holidays Special

Toronto - The excitement and activities of holiday season creates a timely opportunity to review safety strategies, like the buddy system, with parents and children. Two Canadian organizations have combined efforts to offer some timely advice.

Op-Ed: Thanksgiving Dinner — Tips for safety in the kitchen

The holidays are a time of family get-togethers and sharing food and fun with loved ones. Basic safety practices can ensure that your holiday festivities will be accident free and safe for everyone involved.

FDA publishes new medicinal safety warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new update of changes made to medicinal products. This includes the latest safety warnings.

French pharmacists meet to discuss medicinal safety Special

Marseille - This week over 500 pharmacists from across France, and a few from the U.K., Switzerland and Germany, have been meeting to discuss the safety of medicines and improvements in administration of healthcare products.

FDA publishes list of drugs with new safety warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a list of medicines for which there are new safety warnings or errors with the package inserts.

Injured teen cyclist allowed home after year in hospital Special

In July 2013, 15-year-old Ryan Smith sustained a serious brain injury after colliding with a van whilst cycling. After spending over a year in hospital, he was allowed to return home earlier this week.

Op-Ed: Lack of responsibility leads to death of shooting instructor

A 9-year-old girl in Arizona killed her shooting instructor Monday when she accidentally shot him with the Uzi submachine gun she was learning to fire.

Op-Ed: We need more bike lanes to prevent accidents

Richmond - Wearing a bicycle helmet is required in many cities across the United States and Canada, but that might not be enough to prevent bicycle safety.

China holds six from OSI unit in food scandal: company

Shanghai - Chinese police investigating an expired meat scandal have detained another official from a local unit of US food supplier OSI Group, bringing the total to six, the company said.

No burgers at some China McDonald's over food scare

Shanghai - McDonald's outlets in Beijing and Shanghai have yanked their flagship burgers off the menu after a key US supplier recalled products made by its Shanghai factory, which is alleged to have used expired meat.

U.S. CDC halts hazardous material transfers

Atlanta - Following recent high-profile safety lapses in government labs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has placed a moratorium on movement of all hazardous biological materials.

Improving the safety of food spices

River Falls - In the U.S. it has been estimated that around 60 percent of food spices are imported, and that around 12 percent contain potentially harmful contaminants. A new report calls for actions to be taken to protect consumers.

New report highlights construction safety

Construction is a high-hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. A new CDC report highlights the importance of having the right equipment to protect workers and the public.

U.S. bill to increase safety resources for short line rail

Washington - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Patty Murray (D-Washington), have introduced a bill that would authorize a new Short Line Rail Safety Institute to enhance the safety practices and culture of short line railroads.

All-natural mixture is a promising fire retardant

A dash of clay, a dab of fiber from crab shells, and a dollop of DNA is not a magic potion but the ingredients of promising green fire retardant.

FDA updates drug safety warnings

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its list of drug safety warnings and errors to labels and information leaflets.
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