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Australian shark summit calls for immediate action

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Australian shark summit calls for immediate action

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Experts from around the world met in Sydney, Australia yesterday for the nation’s first shark summit.

Scientists gathered to compare notes on technologies that can best protect beach goers.There have been 13 shark attacks in NSW so far this year, up from three in 2014, and one death.

Australia has the highest rate of shark attacks in the world, and the Mark Baird government says it is dedicated to finding measures to protect swimmers and surfers from sharks.

Ahead of the summit, the Government released the options, identified by the review, that would be discussed and potentially trialled, including:

Clever buoys: An acoustic method designed to detect sharks at beaches where an array of buoys are deployed. Clever buoys use multi-beam sonar to identify underwater objects.

Smart drumlines: A drumline attached to an electronic GPS buoy. The buoy detects when a shark has been captured on the drumline and sends a message back to shore. Shark contractors can then immediately reposition and release the shark.

Electronic fencing/cables: Deterrent barriers provide an electric field that can provide protection for a whole beach. Sharks have highly sensitive receptors and electric barriers seek to exploit their sensory biology.

Shark shields: A personal deterrent that creates an electrical field in the water around a person that sharks can detect. Designed to be attached to surfboards but can also be fitted to ankles.

Shark repellents: A chemical deterrent in an aerosol can that contains the scent of decomposing shark tissue to repel other sharks.

However, the review found that only one deterrent — a shark spotting program — was suitable for immediate trial.The state government has shortlisted two technologies – clever buoys and smart drumlines – for trial implementation.



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New York mother accused of tossing newborn out seventh story window

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Jennifer Berry, 33, from Yonkers, New York has been arrested by police in connection with the death of her daughter. Berry made her initial appearance in a Bronx courtroom on Tuesday, and is being charged with manslaughter. According to police, Berry is accused of throwing her newborn baby out of the seven story window of her boyfriend’s apartment, the judge has denied her bond on the charge.

According to investigators, Berry initially told them that she was not pregnant, then later admitted she had given birth in her boyfriend’s shower. Berry told investigators that she believed the baby was not breathing when she threw her, and the placenta, out the seven story window. Prosecutors however disagree with this assertion, they claim Berry knew very well the child was still alive when she threw her out the window, noting that the umbilical cord was still attached, and citing the medical examiner’s report that said the child died of blunt force trauma in the fall; meaning the child was born alive.

According to the Daily News of New York, Assistant District Attorney Georgia Barker said the baby weighed 8 pounds, and noted that “There was air in the lungs. This was a healthy baby girl”.

Berry’s boyfriend claimed to know very little about the whole incident, even though it took place at his residence, he told investigators he was unaware the child had even been born, or that Berry had thrown the child out the window.

Investigators also learned that Berry had previously worked for New York’s Administration For Child Services in 2007 and 2008, where she was employed for approximately six months, three of those months included classroom style training, while the rest of time she was classified as a trainee, and under the supervision of another employee.



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Jennifer Berry, 33, from Yonkers, New York has been arrested by police in connection with the death of her daughter. Berry made her initial appearance in a Bronx courtroom on Tuesday, and is being charged with manslaughter. According to police, Berry is accused of throwing her newborn baby out of the seven story window of her boyfriend’s apartment, the judge has denied her bond on the charge.

According to investigators, Berry initially told them that she was not pregnant, then later admitted she had given birth in her boyfriend’s shower. Berry told investigators that she believed the baby was not breathing when she threw her, and the placenta, out the seven story window. Prosecutors however disagree with this assertion, they claim Berry knew very well the child was still alive when she threw her out the window, noting that the umbilical cord was still attached, and citing the medical examiner’s report that said the child died of blunt force trauma in the fall; meaning the child was born alive.

According to the Daily News of New York, Assistant District Attorney Georgia Barker said the baby weighed 8 pounds, and noted that “There was air in the lungs. This was a healthy baby girl”.

Berry’s boyfriend claimed to know very little about the whole incident, even though it took place at his residence, he told investigators he was unaware the child had even been born, or that Berry had thrown the child out the window.

Investigators also learned that Berry had previously worked for New York’s Administration For Child Services in 2007 and 2008, where she was employed for approximately six months, three of those months included classroom style training, while the rest of time she was classified as a trainee, and under the supervision of another employee.



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Vietnamese president urges lifting arms embargo

Vietnamese president urges lifting arms embargo

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Vietnamese president Truong Tan Sang has called for an end to the US arms embargo against his country, as a final step in the restoration of ties between the two countries. The embargo has been in force since the end of the Vietnam War in April 1975. Lifting it would “send a signal to the whole world that the Vietnam-U.S relations have been fully normalized” he said, speaking to Associated Press at the start of the United Nations General Assembly.

He also said that President Obama’s visit to Vietnam this autumn is expected to consolidate a comprehensive partnership formalized when Sang visited Washington in 2013.

When asked about his attitude towards China’s acts, he said the concerns of Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries are “obvious and easy to understand because the acts by China seriously affect the maritime safety and security in the sea. He emphasized “the importance of a peaceful environment to realize new goals for sustainable development just agreed at the UN”.

Also, in another interview with VOA, he called on the claimants to pursue peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute.

“Vietnam would like to resolve the issue through international laws, and that is the only way to go forward. Regarding bilateral issue between Vietnam and China, we will negotiate with other bilaterally,” Sang said. “Other multilateral ones such as the Spratly issue, which is related to six parties, then all sides should deal with China.”



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New York mom accused of tossing her newborn out a seven story window

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Jennifer Berry, 33, from Yonkers, New York has been arrested by police in connection with the death of her daughter. Berry made her initial appearance in a Bronx courtroom on Tuesday, and is being charged with manslaughter. According to police, Berry is accused of throwing her newborn baby out of the seven story window of her boyfriend’s apartment, the judge has denied her bond on the charge.

According to investigators, Berry initially told them that she was not pregnant, then later admitted she had given birth in her boyfriend’s shower. Berry told investigators that she believed the baby was not breathing when she threw her, and the placenta, out the seven story window. Prosecutors however disagree with this assertion, they claim Berry knew very well the child was still alive when she threw her out the window, noting that the umbilical cord was still attached, and citing the medical examiner’s report that said the child died of blunt force trauma in the fall; meaning the child was born alive.

According to the Daily News of New York, Assistant District Attorney Georgia Barker said the baby weighed 8 pounds, and noted that “There was air in the lungs. This was a healthy baby girl”.

Berry’s boyfriend claimed to know very little about the whole incident, even though it took place at his residence, he told investigators he was unaware the child had even been born, or that Berry had thrown the child out the window.

Investigators also learned that Berry had previously worked for New York’s Administration For Child Services in 2007 and 2008, where she was employed for approximately six months, three of those months included classroom style training, while the rest of time she was classified as a trainee, and under the supervision of another employee.



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Naked man arrested after attacking motorists near high school

Naked man arrested after attacking motorists near high school

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As some parents in Victorville, California were taking their children to school on Monday, they were confronted with a naked man who appeared to be trying to gain entry into passing vehicles around the intersection of El Evado and Seneca roads.

The man, later identified as Daniel Anglin, 19, of San Bernardino was said to have been wandering through traffic, screaming incoherently, and mumbling in tongues.

“You couldn’t even make out what he was actually saying,” said Lydia Lopez, a witness. “He was just screaming, ‘Ahhh!’ And just constantly screaming.” Lopez, decided to call 911, and shoot cellphone video of the incident until police arrived, about ten minutes later.

“It really did look like more of a like zombie,” Lopez said. “He was in a zombie state of mind in a way ’cause looking at his face, you can just tell. He just wasn’t there. It didn’t even look like he knew what he was doing.”

When police arrived, they were able to subdue Anglin after shooting him with a police issued taser gun. According to police, before being shot with the taser, Anglin tried to take control of a deputy’s SUV. Anglin was charged with suspicion of carjacking, burglary, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Lopez also praised the job of the police officer that subdued Anglin, saying “He did his job, and I think he did it well,”.

Anglin’s mother, identified only as Denise, later told police and news reporters, that her son suffers from a bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and admitted that he was also under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the incident. Denise went on to say that this is her son’s first run-in with the law, and she hopes that the courts will show mercy on him.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, both usage and availability, for illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, has gone down among school aged children in the last two decades. NIDA statistics show usage down to 27.2 percent in 2014, from it’s peak of 34.1 percent in 1997.



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Children are most affected by Syrian bombings

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Children are most affected by Syrian bombings

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Women and children are the most common fatalities in Syrian airstrikes and bombings according to a new study by the British Medical Journal.

The study examined civilian deaths in Syria in relation to demographic group and weapons. It found that of the 78,000 civilians killed in Syria, women and children accounted for one quarter of all victims.

Children are more likely to be killed by explosions than any other group of civilians, while men are more likely to be killed by shootings.

In areas held by any NSAG children are 1.47 times more likely to become victims of air bombing than women.



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China negates militarization of South China Sea

China negates militarization of South China Sea

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—Xi Jinping.

China’s President Xi Jinping had his first state visit to the US as a president. During the trip, the two nations’ leaders had discussion on several matters including the escalation of tensions in the South China Sea.

In the summit, US President Barack Obama mentioned a “candid” discussion on Asia-Pacific disputes, focusing on the South China Sea, according to Reuters. “I conveyed to President Xi our significant concerns over land reclamation, construction and the militarization of disputed areas, which makes it harder for countries in the region to resolve disagreements peacefully.”

In response to Obama’s concern, Xi stressed that there is no militarization on artificial islands, despite all the recent satellite images of China’s building airstrips on Fiery Cross reef. “Relevant construction activity that China is undertaking in the Nansha Islands does not target or impact any country and there is no intention to militarize,” said Mr. Xi, using the Chinese name for the disputed Spratly Islands.

“Islands in the South China Sea since ancient times are Chinese territory,” Xi said. “We have the right to uphold our own territorial sovereignty and lawful and legitimate maritime rights and interests.” Xi also repeatedly said that China is committed to freedom of navigation and pursue peaceful conflict resolution.



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VIETNAM’S PRESIDENT URGES WASHINGTON TO LIFT ARMS EMBARGO TOWARDS VIETNAM

Vietnam’s president urges Washington to lift arms embargo towards Vietnam

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Speaking on Monday’s interview with the AP as world leaders gathered at the UN, Vietnam’s president Truong Tan Sang urged Washington to fully lift a ban in lethal weapons sales to Vietnam. He believes that act will demonstrate Vietnam-US relations have been fully normalized after 40 years since the end of Vietnam War.

“The moment the United States fully lifts the ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam will send a signal to the whole world that the Vietnam-U.S relations have been fully normalized” and there’s no mistrust between the two nations, Sang said.

He also said that President Obama’s visit to Vietnam this autumn is expected to consolidate a comprehensive partnership formalized when Sang visited Washington in 2013.

When asked about his attitude towards China’s acts, he said the concerns of Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries are “obvious and easy to understand because the acts by China seriously affect the maritime safety and security in the sea. He emphasized “the importance of a peaceful environment to realize new goals for sustainable development just agreed at the UN”.

Also, in another interview with VOA, he called on the claimants to pursue peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute.

“Vietnam would like to resolve the issue through international laws, and that is the only way to go forward. Regarding bilateral issue between Vietnam and China, we will negotiate with other bilaterally,” Sang said. “Other multilateral ones such as the Spratly issue, which is related to six parties, then all sides should deal with China.”



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CHINA NEGATES MALITARIATION ON SOUTH CHINA SEA

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CHINA NEGATES MALITARIATION ON SOUTH CHINA SEA

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Lately, China’s President Xi Jinxing had his first state visit to the US as a president. During the trip, the two nations’ leaders had discussion on several matters including the escalation of tensions on South China Sea

In the summit, Obama mentioned a “candid” discussion on Asia-Pacific disputes, focusing on growing tensions on South China Sea, according to the Reuters.

“I conveyed to President Xi our significant concerns over land reclamation, construction and the militarization of disputed areas, which makes it harder for countries in the region to resolve disagreements peacefully.”

In response to Obama’s concern, Xi stressed that there is no militarization on artificial islands, despite all the recent satellite images of China’s building airstrips on Fiery Cross reef. Satellite Imagery Shows China’s Buildup on Fiery Cross Reef

“Relevant construction activity that China is undertaking in the Nansha Islands does not target or impact any country and there is no intention to militarize,” said Mr. Xi, using the Chinese name for the disputed Spratly island.

“Islands in the South China Sea since ancient times are Chinese territory,” Xi said. “We have the right to uphold our own territorial sovereignty and lawful legitimate maritime rights and interests.”

Xi also repeatedly said that China is committed to freedom of navigation and pursue peaceful conflict resolution.

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