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Chemical found in cola causes cancer, watchdog warns: What does FDA say?

Chemical found in cola causes cancer, watchdog warns: What does FDA say? | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Controversial study released by The Center for Science in the Public Interest says some colas have high levels of cancer-causing particles. The consumer watchdog found Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc's Dr. Pepper and Whole Foods' 365 Cola contained unsafe levels of the coloring Ingredient, 4-methylimidazole or 4-MI. The group estimates the amount of 4-MI in the Coke and Pepsi products tested is causing about 15,000 cancers among the U.S. population.

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Indonesia govt to limit foreign ownership in mines

Indonesia govt to limit foreign ownership in mines | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Indonesia's government is requiring foreign firms to sell down stakes in mines to take domestic ownership to at least 51 percent by the 10th year of production, according to a regulation posted on the energy and mining ministry website.

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Vedanta’s PR campaign backfires as Bollywood celebs pull out

Vedanta’s PR campaign backfires as Bollywood celebs pull out | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

A bid by British mining giant Vedanta Resources to repair its tarnished international reputation has backfired after two major Bollywood celebrities withdrew from a film competition supposed to show the ‘happiness’ the company creates.

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Possibility of Indian boycott of Olympic opening ceremony grows

Possibility of Indian boycott of Olympic opening ceremony grows | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Indian government officials are discussing a boycott of the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Games in protest at the sponsorship of the stadium wrap by Dow Chemical. The government has written to the International Olympic Committee asking for the sponsorship to be dropped and, according to reports in India on Wednesday, was on the verge of boycotting not only the opening and closing ceremonies but other official events related to the Games.

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Union Aid Abroad APHEDA: News: Asbestos in Asia: Breaking Through the Silence in Lao PDR

Union Aid Abroad APHEDA: News: Asbestos in Asia: Breaking Through the Silence in Lao PDR | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Lao PDR has no regulations around asbestos at all, not even the blue or brown asbestos which are universally acknowledged as the worst forms. The country still imports around 5,000 tonnes of white asbestos, mostly from Russia and Kazakhstan.

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Mines labour rift

Mines labour rift | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Behind a violent strike at the world's largest platinum mine a battle is taking shape: union ties forged in the fight against apartheid are fraying, and a breed of labour leader is emerging who could destabilise industrial relations across South Africa. In the nearly six-week strike by more than 17 000 workers, the AMCU has been testing the waters against the dominant National Union of Mineworkers (Num)

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Millions of Indian workers strike for rights

Millions of Indian workers strike for rights | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Millions of workers in India have begun a 24-hour strike to demand improved rights for employees and to protest over rising prices.

 

Tuesday’s strike, one of the biggest in recent times, is being backed by all 11 major trade unions in the country, including the left affiliated All India Trade Union Congress [AITUC] and Indian National Trade Union Congress [INTUC] linked to ruling Congress party

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Why Other Electronics Companies Aren't Following Apple's Lead on Factory Audits

Why Other Electronics Companies Aren't Following Apple's Lead on Factory Audits | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Apple's labor solution isn't perfect, but other tech companies are doing even less. The companies do not want to give any even quasi-independent authority access to their supply chains. Until the companies are willing to sacrifice a tiny bit of profit margin for better working conditions, nothing is going to happen.

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When big business and human rights collide

When big business and human rights collide | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

One of my proudest moments was telling Jane Doe that the U.S. courts would hear her case; that a poor woman from Burma would have a fair shot against a powerful American oil company. She and I knew that our lawsuit against Unocal would not bring her baby back. But we also knew that enforcing the law against corporations would mean such abuses might be prevented in the future. Never again, we thought, would a company think it could get away with murder. The hardest thing I'll ever have to do is tell her we were wrong.

Ka Hsaw Wa is the cofounder and executive director of EarthRights International, which works for justice for victims of human rights and environmental abuses around the world.

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Australian mining plant in Malaysia faces resistance

Australian mining plant in Malaysia faces resistance | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

An Australian mining firm is facing growing resistance to its plan to operate a rare-earth refinery in an eastern Malaysian state, amid environmental health concerns.

The woes of Lynas Corp Ltd worsened Sunday as thousands of people protested in several cities nation-wide against the plant in Kuantan town in the state of Pahang, 195 kilometres east of Kuala Lumpur.

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Apple shareholders greeted with human rights protest

Apple shareholders greeted with human rights protest | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Protesters gather outside Apple headquarters before its annual shareholders meeting to decry the workplace conditions of the company's outsourcing factories 

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McGill under fire for corporate-funded asbestos research - The Manitoban

McGill under fire for corporate-funded asbestos research - The Manitoban | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Kathleen Ruff, senior human rights adviser for the Ottawa-based Rideau Institute, told The Daily that McGill’s review was coming at a “critical moment” for the Quebec and Canadian asbestos industry. “The global asbestos industry has used McDonald’s research constantly, and still today uses it to deny the harm caused by chrysotile asbestos,” said Ruff. “This is not an issue from the past.”

 

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Anti-asbestos motion blocked in Quebec National Assembly

Breathing in the fibrous mineral can cause various cancers, including mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung linings. A slow-developing cancer, mesothelioma can strike 20 years or longer after exposure to asbestos.

“Stop exporting sickness and death,” Lapointe said. “Those are harsh words, I know, but that’s the reality.”

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Anti+asbestos+motion+blocked+Quebec+National+Assembly/6199084/story.html#ixzz1nGmITRFN

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Gillam asbestos fears a 'Facebook frenzy,' says mayor

Gillam asbestos fears a 'Facebook frenzy,' says mayor | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
The mayor of Gillam, Man., is dismissing fears some residents have raised about asbestos and contaminated soil being disposed of in the local dump.
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Activists take Apple workers'-rights campaign to Facebook

Activists take Apple workers'-rights campaign to Facebook | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Apple customers and self-described fanboys and fangirls, aren't celebrating. Instead, they're calling on the company to shore up human rights concerns by manufacturing an "ethical iPad 3."

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Where next for Samsung, Apple patent dispute?

Where next for Samsung, Apple patent dispute? | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

“It’s unfortunate that the court has reached such a decision. We will lodge an appeal soon to make clear that Apple has infringed our patent,” Samsung officials said in response to the ruling. “It is also not over yet considering that we raised two other infringement cases against the U.S. firm over patents in December last year.”

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Asbestos sector challenges WHO death-toll estimate

Asbestos sector challenges WHO death-toll estimate | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

[Response from the Canadian Asbestos lobby, just ANOTHER ploy to continue making money exporting death] - The Canadian asbestos sector wants Ottawa's help to challenge a death-toll estimate from the World Health Organization that says asbestos-related diseases kill more than 100,000 people every year. The figure is a major irritant for the industry, one often cited by critics who want to block future asbestos development over health concerns.


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At $500 billion, Apple is worth more than Poland

At $500 billion, Apple is worth more than Poland | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Apple's stock market value topped the $500 billion mark in early trading Wednesday, another record high for what was already the world's most valuable company.
The half-trillion dollar valuation puts Apple in some extremely exclusive territory, making it one of the five most-valuable companies at any point in history. Only Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Cisco (CSCO, Fortune 500) and General Electric (GE, Fortune 500) have ever surpassed that mark.

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Asbestos registry needed, says cancer patient - Canada - CBC News

Asbestos registry needed, says cancer patient - Canada - CBC News | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

A Saskatchewan man with a rare form of cancer linked to asbestos is demanding the federal government establish a national registry of buildings that contain the hazardous fibre.

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Proview seeks to regain global rights to iPad name

Proview seeks to regain global rights to iPad name | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Proview Electronics says it is now seeking to regain worldwide rights to the iPad name and is suing Apple Inc. for alleged fraud and unfair competition

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Bribes hold back Chinese in Australia mining

Bribes hold back Chinese in Australia mining | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Chinese mining interests in Australia are being held back because they believe they must pay bribes to get what they want, according to a former senator quoted in emails released by WikiLeaks.

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Samsung to spin off LCD division

Samsung to spin off LCD division | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Samsung Electronics Co, the world's largest maker of flat panels, said it will spin off its unprofitable liquid-crystal display division as the company focuses on making thinner, brighter TVs. The new company, provisionally named Samsung Display Co, will be set up on April 1 with paid-in capital of 750 billion won ($668 million)

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In mining, most of Canada more corrupt than Botswana, Chile

In mining, most of Canada more corrupt than Botswana, Chile | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Most of Canada is more corrupt than Botswana and Chile when it comes to mining, according to a survey of mining companies worldwide.

The Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta – which represent almost three-fourths of Canada’s land area – were judged to have greater corruption than the African and South American countries, the survey by the Fraser Institute showed. Saskatchewan was seen as Canada’s least corrupt region.

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Cambridge University payout in asbestos cancer case

Cambridge University payout in asbestos cancer case | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Cambridge University has paid compensation to one of its carpenters who contracted an asbestos-related cancer.

Bob Murphy, who has terminal mesothelioma (a cancer of the lung lining caused by inhaling asbestos dust), takes a cocktail of 30 drugs a day to controls his pain. He worked in the estates department between 1989 and 2006 and claims he was given insufficient protection. The university has denied liability and said the payout is not an admission of negligence.

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Philippines: Irresponsible Mining Behind Palawan River Contamination — Environmental Activist Groups - Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

Philippines: Irresponsible Mining Behind Palawan River Contamination — Environmental Activist Groups - Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Nickel mining operations in Palawan Island have already contaminated a nearby river system with unsafe levels of carcinogenic or cancer- causing chemicals, Filipino and Japanese environmental groups today revealed. The study, which started in 2009, analyzed water samples and revealed that present levels of hexavalent chromium (Cr-VI), a toxic and carcinogenic chemical, had already exceeded safe levels in the Togupon River.

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