Higher risk of brain clot from Covid compared with vaccine:

LONDON: There is a much higher risk of brain blood clots from Covid-19 infection than there is from vaccines against the disease, British researchers said on Thursday, after the rollout of inoculations was disrupted by reports of rare clots. AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have both seen very rare reports of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) linked to their vaccines. A study of 500,000 Covid patients found CVST had occurred at a rate of 39 people out of a million following infection, researchers said. That compares with European Medicines Agency figures showing that 5 in a million people reported CVST after getting AstraZeneca’readmore

Growers fret as Mexico moves to legalize marijuana

BADIRAGUATO: For the first time that Maria can remember, half of her marijuana harvest is still in storage on her ranch in Mexico's Sinaloa state months after it should have been sold. Sitting in her wooden house tucked into the same mountains that produced some of the world's most notorious drug traffickers, including Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the 44-year-old mother of four thinks she knows why: expectations Mexico will soon legalize marijuana. "It has never happened to us where we harvest and have it (stored) in sacks," said Maria, who asked that her full readmore

Global warming's extreme rains threaten Hawaii's coral reefs

HONOLULU: As muddy rainwater surged from Hawaii's steep seaside mountains and inundated residential communities last month, the damage caused by flooding was obvious - houses were destroyed and businesses swamped, landslides covered highways and raging rivers and streams were clogged with debris. But extreme rain events predicted to become more common with human-caused global warming not only wreak havoc on land - the runoff from these increasingly severe storms also threatens Hawaii's coral reefs. "These big events are the ones that have the greatest damage because they are the ones that put the most sediment and nutrients readmore

Norway postpones decision on AstraZeneca vaccine

OSLO: Norway will take more time to assess whether to resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 or stop it altogether, health minister Bent Hoeie said on Thursday. Norway's Institute of Public Health (FHI) recommended ending the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, in line with a Danish decision announced on Wednesday, but the government needs more information before making a final call, the minister said. Norway on March 11 suspended the rollout of the vaccine after a small number of younger inoculated people were hospitalised for a combination of blood clots, bleeding and a low count of platelets, readmore

Clashes break out at student protest in northern Greek city

THESSALONIKI: Small groups of demonstrators clashed with police Friday in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki at the end of a march to protest a new law allowing the policing of university campuses. About 7,000 people participated in the march, which had been peaceful initially. A group of around 100 protesters threw gasoline bombs and other objects at riot police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades. One protester was arrested on suspicion of throwing a gasoline bomb, authorities said. He was taken to hospital after being injured during his arrest, apparently by a gasoline bomb landing nearby, which caught both readmore

Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference

OTTAWA: A Canadian Parliament member was caught stark naked in a virtual meeting of the House of Commons. William Amos, who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens of his fellow lawmakers completely naked Wednesday. The pandemic has meant many Canadian lawmakers participate in sessions via video conference instead of in person. A screenshot obtained by The Canadian Press shows Amos standing behind a desk between the Quebec and Canadian flags, his private parts hidden by what appears to be a mobile phone in one hand. "This was an unfortunate error,″ Amos said in readmore

Derek Chauvin won't testify at murder trial in George Floyd's

MINNEAPOLIS: The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd wrapped up its case Thursday without putting Chauvin on the stand, presenting two days of testimony to the prosecution's two weeks. Chauvin informed the court that he would not testify, saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to take the stand. "Is this your decision not to testify?," Judge Peter Cahill asked. "It is, your honor," Chauvin said. Some prosecution rebuttal testimony was expected to follow Thursday. Closing arguments are set for Monday, after which readmore