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Five deaths in mariachi plaza shootout pose test for Mexico's new government

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 20:29

At Plaza Garibaldi in the capital's historic downtown on Friday night, gunmen said by witnesses to be dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire with pistols and rifles, injuring eight and sending onlookers running and screaming. Homicides have surged since 2014 in Mexico City, an arts, food and culture hotspot for tourists from around the globe that has been spared much of the drug violence plaguing cartel strongholds, which has even hit resort towns Cancun, Los Cabos and Acapulco. The capital is on track to register a record number of homicides this year, and reversing that trend is part of incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's enormous challenge to stem crime and violence nationwide.

Vice-Chancellors told to 'prioritise' mental health of students

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 19:01

Vice-Chancellors have been told they must “prioritise” the mental health and well-being of new students, as the universities minister says that this requires “leadership from the top”. In a letter sent to all vice-Chancellors in the country ahead of students’ return to university this week for the start of a new term, Sam Gyimah warned that there is “no negotiation” when it comes to mental health. “With the new academic year upon us, I’m sure you would agree that good mental health and wellbeing underpins successful participation and attainment,”  he said.   “Collectively, we must prioritise the wellbeing and mental health of our students – there is no negotiation on this. To make this happen, leadership from the top is essential.”   Mr Gyimah has previously called for a greater focus on mental health issues, saying that universities’ main purpose is no longer learning. Last year, a vice-Chancellor warned that universities are turning a blind eye to freshers’ week “excesses”  He has said that only “traditional” vice-Chancellors see “the prime purpose of their university as training of the mind”, adding that: “This is no longer the case.” This week, universities will begin their Freshers’ Week itineraries, with around 400,000 students due to start university as first years. Last year, a vice-Chancellor warned that universities are turning a blind eye to freshers’ week “excesses”, and urged institutions to end their “permissive” culture. Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University, said that first-year students should be offered alternative activities to parties and social events where heavy drinking and drug-taking are prevalent. “The norm for many fresher students involves heavy drinking sessions in bars, which is inappropriate for many students,” Sir Anthony said in a new report. “Many universities turn a blind eye to excessive drinking, believing that what students choose to do with alcohol, and indeed drugs, is none of their business.”   Sir Anthony's report, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), outlines how to create "positive universities" also suggests first-year students take psychology courses that teach them about the importance of wellbeing and good mental health.

Trump 'likely' to announce new China tariffs as early as Monday

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 18:37

The tariff level will probably be about 10 percent, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 18:13

There's no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional.

Shark kills man boogie boarding off Cape Cod beach as sightings increase

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 18:05

A body surfer has died after being bitten by a shark in the waters off Cape Cod in the first fatal attack seen in the US state of Massachusetts for more than 80 years. Arthur Medici, a 26-year-old Brazilian who was studying in America, had been seen by beach-goers moments earlier performing tricks 25 metres out in the waves at Newcomb Hollow Beach in the town of Wellfleet. Mr Medici 's girlfriend's brother desperately dragged him to shore where off-duty lifeguards performed CPR and made tourniquets to try and stem the bleeding. He was pronounced dead later in hospital having suffered multiple bite wounds to the legs. Joe Booth, a local fisherman who witnessed the incident, told the Cape Cod Times that he first spotted a giant eruption of water, fifteen feet wide.  "I saw a tail and a lot of thrashing. You could tell by the body language of the guys in the water something wasn't right," he added. A dead great white shark on the Truro shoreline in Massachusetts, where researchers believe smaller, younger specimens are swimming closer to land increasing the risk of human encounters Credit: Ken Johnson /Atlantic White Shark Conservancy via AP "I was that guy on the beach screaming, ‘Shark, shark!’ It was like right out of that movie Jaws. This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here.” On Sunday, the beach remained closed as experts speculated on the type of shark responsible. About | Shark attacks "Based on the information I know, the highest probability is that it was a  (great) white shark. I can’t think of any other species that would do this,” said Gregory Skomal, state Division of Marine Fisheries shark researcher. "Unfortunately he was in an area where the shark was hunting. When they strike with a ferocity of this nature, they believe what they are eating is an aggressive seal that can fight back. " William Lytton suffered puncture wounds to his leg and torso when he was attacked by a shark in August while swimming off a beach in Truro Credit: Steven Senne/AP The last fatal shark attack in Massachusetts was in 1936 when a 16-year-old boy was killed. But this summer there have been multiple reported sightings of Great Whites along the picturesque coastline, famous for its lighthouses and windswept beaches. William Lytton, a 61-year-old neurologist, was bitten on the leg in August and is still recovering. In an interview just last week with the Boston Globe he said he may be a little hesitant to go back in the water. "But you know, you fall off the horse, you got to get back on," he added.

The BMW Vision iNext Is Autonomous and Frighteningly Intelligent

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 18:00

BMW's future ideas include touch-sensitive seats and a Siri-style voice-activated assistant.

Florence death toll up at 11, including 3 killed by flooding

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 17:48

The death toll attributed to Florence includes 10 in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.

Syria: Israel launched missile attack on Damascus airport

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 17:31

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israel attacked Damascus International Airport with missiles Saturday night, Syrian state media said, adding that air defenses shot down some of them. A war monitoring group said the attack targeted an arms depot for Iranian forces or Lebanon's Hezbollah group.

Before-And-After Photos Show How Florence Flooding Has Left Areas Unrecognizable

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 16:49

Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, swept through the

Border Patrol Agent Accused Of Killing 4 Women, Kidnapping Another

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 16:44

A U.S. Border Patrol agent is in custody in connection with the killings of

Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 15:33

More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal. Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries "covered up sexual abuse, allowing the perpetrators to cause many more victims", the daily NRC reported. "Four abused children and 16 others allowed the transfer of paedophile priests who could have caused new victims in other parishes," the Dutch newspaper added.

GOP Donor Les Wexner Announces Departure From Republican Party After Obama Visit

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 15:13

Ohio billionaire and longtime Republican donor Les Wexner says he is

Texas Board of Education Votes to Remove Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from the State's Curriculum

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 14:07

The changes were made as a part of an effort to "streamline" Texas public schools' curriculum

This Is How the U.S. Military Wants to Shoot Down Russian or Chinese Hypersonic Missiles

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 14:00

Kill a bullet with a bullet—hypersonic style. 

Ken Starr Says If President Trump Fires Robert Mueller 'There Would Be Hell To Pay'

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 12:19

Former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr, who became a regular character in

American professor detained by Israel in West Bank scuffle

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:47

JERUSALEM (AP) — An American law professor was detained by Israeli police for allegedly trying to block Israeli troops in a West Bank village slated for demolition, his Israeli lawyer said Saturday.

Deluged by Hurricane Matthew, rural town waits for Florence

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:44

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more.

These Photos Show The Devastation Caused By Hurricane Florence

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:20

The destruction caused by Hurricane Florence on the Carolinas is laid bare in

Why Counting The Number Of Dead After A Hurricane — Or Any Disaster — Matters

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:00

President Donald Trump's Thursday tweet denying the new official death toll