A worldwide campaign to increase the number of volunteers who regularly donate safe blood will be launched next month in Johannesburg, South Africa, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.”Any shortage of blood has a particular impact on children with severe life-threatening anaemia caused by malaria and malnutrition, trauma victims and women with complications of pregnancy. Unsafe blood can transmit HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, Chagas disease and malaria,” WHO said.South Africa’s national blood service has achieved 100 per cent voluntary blood donation, with a very low rate of HIV infection among its donors, WHO noted. On a day of entertainment there and around the world, South Africans will salute young regular blood donors called Club 25.World Blood Day events on 14 June are being planned by local organizations, with the collaboration of WHO, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion. read more

by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Oct 26, 2014 10:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spirits move ‘Ouija’ to No. 1 at the box office, Keanu Reeves’ ‘John Wick’ opens in second NEW YORK, N.Y. – The spirits moved “Ouija” to No. 1 at the box office, with the board-game adaption leading the weekend with a $20 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.The horror movie release, timed to Halloween, attracted more moviegoers at the box office than the violent Keanu Reeves thriller “John Wick.” The R-rated hit-man revenge tale opened with $14.2 million in second place.Last week’s top film, the Brad Pitt World War II action film “Fury” slid to third with $13 million in its second week.Board-game adaptions like “Ouija” have had a checkered history at the box office, with the big-budget “Battleship” famously flopping. But “Oujia,” released by Universal Pictures, was made for just $5 million, and scared up moviegoers with a micro-budget summoning of brand-name occult. read more