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May 31, 2016

Reus to miss Euro 16 due to injury

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Today, Joachim Löw, manager of the German national football team, dropped Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus from the UEFA Euro 2016 squad. Marco Reus, who turned 27 years old today, is suffering from a groin injury. He also missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup with an ankle injury.

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Löw said their medical staff wasn’t sure Reus could meet the demands of the forthcoming games. He added, “Marco has serious fitness problems; he can only run in a straight line at the moment.”((de))

Löw also did not include other Bundesliga players Karim Bellarabi, Julian Brandt, and Sebastian Rudy from the provisional squad in the final selection. Thanking the four German internationals for their performance in training, he said, “It’s not a decision against those four players, but rather one in favour of the other 23.”((de))

Germany are due to play their final friendly match before the start of Euro 2016 on June 4 against Hungary. On June 12, Germany will open their account in Euro 2016 when they face Ukraine in Lille, France.


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Today, Joachim Löw, manager of the German national football team, dropped Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus from the Euro 2016 squad. Marco Reus, who turned 27 years old today, is suffering from groin injury. He had also missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.

File photo of Marco Reus.
Image: Michael Kranewitter.

Löw said their medical staff wasn’t sure Reus could meet the demands of the forthcoming games. He added, “Marco has serious fitness problems; he can only run in a straight line at the moment.”((de))

Löw also did not include other Bundesliga players Karim Bellarabi, Julian Brandt, and Sebastian Rudy from the provisional squad in the final selection. Thanking the four German internationals for their performance in training, he said, “It’s not a decision against those four players, but rather one in favour of the other 23.”((de))

Germany is to play Ukraine on June 12 in the Euro 2016 and Hungary in a friendly this weekend.


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What Does the UK leaving the EU Mean…

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What Does the UK leaving the EU Mean…

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On the 23rd June the UK will be deciding as to whether or not it will continue to be a part of the EU. With the European Union being our second largest trading partner (after China), and an economy as large as the US, this decision has the potential to vastly impact Australia’s economy.

Those in favor of a ‘Brexit’ (British Exit) argue the referendum is a chance to review Britain’s borders and regain control of their immigration policies. These supporters of the movement have often cited Australia’s immigration policy that relies on a point base system in order to bring in skilled workers. They argue that the huge influx in emigrants puts pressure on housing and schooling.

The referendum will see all British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens who live in the UK and are over the age of 18 able to vote. Skeptics of the Brexit include US president Barack Obama, who criticized the movement as an act that would ultimately destroy the world’s second largest economy (the EU). Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told reporters whilst at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC ‘The European Union is a significant trading partner for us, a strong UK as part of the European Union would be in Australia’s interests.” With no country ever withdrawing from the EU before, many fear that this could create a domino effect. The Financial Times economist, Martin Wolf said, “It would destabilize the European Union. This would, in turn, weaken the extended western world.” In the UK universities fear they will loose out on funding from the EU if a Brexit were to go ahead. Furthermore, EU students studying in the UK would become international students, therefore seeing their studies costing them significantly more. The drop in international students would see more spaces filled by UK citizens, and as the demand for higher education is so high, it is unlikely universities would suffer financially.



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Andrew Wakefield Getting Hollywood Biopic

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Andrew Wakefield Getting Hollywood Biopic

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As of Tuesday May 3, 2016, Terry Rossio, screenwriter most famously known for ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Shrek,’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ and Dr. Jocelyn Stamat, a practicing otolaryngologist, will be developing a screenplay based on Andrew Wakefield’s 2010 book.

In a statement released by Rossio he states that, “Dr. Wakefield is clearly a polarizing figure, reviled by the general public yet also revered by many… The details and drama surrounding his life are even more remarkable than generally known.” From this quote, it is pointing to the film being a positive outlook on Wakefield’s ideas and, therefore, will give his ideas some kind of credibility, even though it has been picked meticulously apart.

Wakefield has also directed and starred in his own film, ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ which caused controversy when Robert De Niro endorsed the film at the Tribeca Film Festival, only to pull it from the line up one day later.

The book, titled, ‘Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines — The Truth Behind a Tragedy’ was published just after his 1998 study about linking measles, mumps, and rubella to autism was retracted by The Lancet. His medical license was also retracted during this time period. In his book he puts the self-image out of him being unfairly targeted by the medical establishment, even though there have been scientific studies which go against his anti-vaccine stance.

Joel Harrison wrote a journal article which successfully debunks Wakefield’s claims. According to STAT News Harrison said, “The book is just terrible… If he handed it in as a term paper as an undergraduate, I wouldn’t pass him.”

The film has yet to be given a release date but with all the controversy surrounding this issue it would seem like an early to mid 2017 release would make the most sense.



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Australia\’s Only Eating Disorder Support Service Facing Defunding

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Australia’s Only Eating Disorder Support Service Facing Defunding

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2017 Could see the end to Australia’s only dedicated eating disorder service with further funding cuts to the health sector. The Butterfly Foundation helps over 1,000 people per months, says chief executive, Christine Morgan. “We’ve been told we only have another 12 months of certain funding for it,” she said. “To be honest, it fills me with horror because at the moment, this is the only national dedicated service for people with eating disorders.”

The Federal Government is in the process of developing a ‘centralized online gateway’ as a part of their changes to mental health services. Critics argue that their proposal will see the decline in specialized services.

A letter from the Federal Department of Health, obtained by the ABC, says: “It will bring together and streamline access to existing evidence-based information, advice and digital mental health treatment and connect people to services through a centralised telephone and web portal.”’

Eating disorders in Australia are on the rise, with approximately 1 million Australians living with a mental illness of this nature. Research conducted on behalf of the NEDC (National Eating Disorder Collaboration) saw that over 80% of respondents knew of someone (or several people) who may have an eating disorder, with over 60% saying they knew up to five people living with an eating disorder. The Butterfly Foundation released a statement on their website calling for Federal Health Minister and the Shadow Health Minister to accept responsibility to the Australian people who suffer from these mental illnesses. According to the site there are only 37 hospital beds across Australia for sufferers of eating disorders, none of which are in regional areas.

One in 10 people who suffer from an eating disorder die within 10 years, with one in five individuals suffering from Anorexia Nervosa who died prematurely dying from suicide. Many argue that the ‘centralised online gateway’ will see the end to accessible specialised services and assistance, and will ultimately lead to further disadvantages in mental health care to those who cannot afford other means.

Headspace Adelaide has seen cuts to their service the Youth Early Psychosis Program which has helped around 40 people since the beginning of the year. In a comment to SBS, Headspace spokesperson Michael Bennett said,“The headspace National Office received formal notification on April 19 that the federal government had decided to discontinue the implementation of the early psychosis model, based on the National Mental Health Commission’s review of mental health services. In order to implement this decision, we understand funding will cease for the headspace Adelaide site to take on new clients for this program on June 30.”



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May 30, 2016

Thailand takes measure to combat coral bleaching

Thailand takes measure to combat coral bleaching

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Thailand Officials have announced they will increase their enforcement of environment-protection laws in order to protect their coral reefs from bleaching. Chinese and Russian tourists are at the forefront of these crack-downs as it was outlined that Phuket tours involving the Chinese and Russians have been a big contributor to their coral bleaching crisis.

Class Act Media report that this warning was put forward by The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources in a meeting which included more than 70 people from Phuket tour operators, tour guides and government agencies. They order the feeding of fish or sea animals in the coral reef areas and stepping on the coral reefs as strictly prohibited. “Persons who fail to follow the above will be punished by law, which is a maximum of one year in prison, a fine of B100,000 or both,” Suchart Rattanareangsri, Director of the DMCR’s Conservation Division, warned.

This forms part of Thailand’s bid to combat coral bleaching and protect the environment.

This warning comes after more than ten popular diving sites in national marine parks in Thailand were closed indefinitely due to coral bleaching and popular beach and diving location, Koh Tachai, in the Andaman Sea was shut down. Thai Officials also announced all tourist activities would be banned at Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nai, all islands off the coast of Phuket.

CNN report that this is due to coral bleaching being at its worst in over six years. A survey performed by the Marine National Park Division has shown that the bleaching has spread widely between 40% and 80% of the reefs along both the east and west coast of Thailand. Koh Chumpon and Koh Ma Prao are among the worst-hit areas with 80% of their coral bleached.

According to National Ocean Service, bleaching occurs when the coral comes under environmental stress such as runoff of fertilisers from the land, temperature of the water and sunlight. It causes coral to expel the algae in their tissue that is responsible for their bright colours and so they turn completely white.

The move puts the environment in front of tourism profit for the country. In Thailand, tourism accounts for 10% of its economy and around 70% of this income is generated by marine tourist activities. Officials were hoping to attract over 32 million tourists in 2016.



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UK loses biometric data of 100 or more terror suspects

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DNA and fingerprint records of over 100 high-threat level terrorism suspects have been destroyed, said Britain’s biometrics watchdog on Friday.

Between October and March 2013, the records of approximately 810 people had expired before national security determinations (NSDs) could be made, according to biometrics commissioner Alastair MacGregor.

UK law requires biometric data of people arrested but not convicted of crimes are required to be removed from the national database within six months, except for suspects of serious offenses, including terrorism.

Some of the data reportedly belongs to suspects travelling to join Islamic State terrorists in Syria. The issue had become apparent in December 2015, when MacGregor was investigating data while preparing his 2015 report.

“It is now my understanding that applications for NSDs would undoubtedly have been made in at least 108 of the cases,” said Macgregor. He provided several reasons for the errors, including the processing of cases, sample transferring delays and intelligence provision from security services.

These figures revise the original number in MacGregor’s annual report in March, which estimated that the number of wrongly removed profiles had been closer to 450.

Biometric data is used in terrorist investigations to determine the movement of suspects, as well as allowing police to link individuals with weapons, vehicles and locations.

Macgregor stressed the importance for steps to determine “whether-and, if so, how – replacement material should be obtained from those individuals and/or other action should be taken to minimise any risk which they pose to national security.”



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Chadian dictator Hissène Habré found guilty of crimes against humanity

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Chadian dictator Hissène Habré found guilty of crimes against humanity

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Today, a Senegalese special tribunal, the Extraordinary African Chambers found former dictator Hissène Habré guilty of rape, sexual slavery, and ordering the killing of 40,000 people during his tenure as Chadian president and sentenced him to life in prison. The verdict marks the first time an African Union-backed court has convicted a former ruler for human-rights abuses and the first time that the courts of one country have prosecuted the former ruler of another country for crimes against humanity.

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Cincinnati Zoo shoots gorilla to save child

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Cincinnati Zoo shoots gorilla to save child

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Seventeen year old Gorilla Harambe was shot and killed on May 30, 2016 when a four year old boy fell into a Gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. A video of the incident shows the unnamed child being dragged by Harambe. Due to safety concerns the animal was shot and killed in lieu of a tranquilizer dart. The tradgedy has sparked controversy if the lethal force was needed to protect the child.

Zoo director Thayne Maynard stated, “They made a tough choice and they made the right choice, because they saved that little boy’s life. It could have been very bad.” However questions had been raised upon why they did not use a tranquilizer dart in which followed to have been a worse fate as it would not work instantly. The employees back this up by saying it was a “life-threatening situation.” Various protests groups have lined up on social media network that have signed a petition holding 2000 signatures on Change.org criticizing the impact of both the Police, the zoos as well as the parents of the child.

While speculation is made that the Gorilla did not harm the child instead it was protecting it further information has been revealed about the parents of the child. Witnesses have told authorities that they heard the child tell the parents that he wanted to go into the water and due to the lack of concentration the mother continued to ignore him and just say, ‘no.’ A further statement has been claimed that the young boy had spent more time in the enclosure before Harambe had noticed him to intake the ten minute struggle.



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Australian Opposition Leader pledges to save Great Barrier Reef

Australian Opposition Leader pledges to save Great Barrier Reef

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Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten, speaking in Cairns yesterday has pledged an A$500 million fund towards research and programs to help protect Australia’s environmental icon The Great Barrier Reef.

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Image: Jorge Láscar.

Recent surveys indicated coral bleaching has killed more than a third of coral in the Great Barrier Reef’s north and central regions. “All of this is at risk if serious action is not taken to protect it. The Great Barrier Reef is an environmental treasure Australia holds on trust for the world,” said Mr. Shorten.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies performed the surveys. Bleaching is associated with higher-than-average water temperatures resulting from El Niño events, affected by climate change.

ARC said bleaching had affected all but seven percent of the reef. This bleaching event is the third of its kind with notable occurrences in 1998 and 2002. This event in particular has had the biggest impact on the reef so far.

Two weeks ago, James Cook University scientists said the government would have to commit A$10 billion over the next decade or the reef would be incurable in half that time.

$500 million has been promised towards the investment in research and protection of the reef by Mr Shorten over four years.



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