Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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A British Columbia mother says her 12-year-old son suffered burns after using a Banana Boat sunscreen product.

Patrizia Fitch, of Victoria, says her son Daniel was left with severe blisters after wearing a Banana Boat sunscreen on a school trip to a beach in the city.

She says he applied the sunscreen four times and the blisters kept getting worse.

Fitch says she's reported her son's injuries to Health Canada.

A Health Canada spokeswoman says the number of complaints about the company's products has shot up to 139 in the past two months, and the government is now conducting its own testing of the sunscreens.

Banana Boat Canada has previously said that its products are safe and have been approved by Health Canada. (The Canadian Press)



A joint U-S-Cuban expedition to explore the island's coral reefs uncovered a surprisingly healthy ecosystem and large schools of mackerel with significant commercial value.

The study also found alarmingly high numbers of invasive lionfish, which is not native to the Western Hemisphere and has become a growing marine menace in recent years.

Scientists say the mission was made possible by the restoration of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington two years ago under former U-S President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro.

Scientists predict such co-operative ventures will continue despite current President Donald Trump's new policy toward Cuba, which would prohibit most new American transactions with Cuban military-linked businesses and restrict some U-S travel to the island. (The Associated Press)



The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is investigating a massive honeybee kill that has almost entirely wiped out a hive of 80-thousand bees.

A representative from the department was in the community of Rehoboth over the weekend to take samples to determine the cause of the bees' deaths. …

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