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US writer Norman Mailer, who died earlier this month, has been posthumously awarded this year's Bad Sex in Fiction prize.

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Mailer, a giant of the American literary scene, won the more prestigious Pulitzer Prize twice during his lifetime, but award organisers said they felt he would have been pleased with the latest trophy.

“We are sure that he would have taken the prize in good humour,” the judges said.

They paid homage to Mailer, who died of kidney failure at the age of 84, as a great American man of letters and hailed his “innovative journalism, his combative spirit and his love of life”.

However, they could not resist awarding him the prize for a graphic episode in his novel The Castle in the Forest.

'Dreaded' prize

The winning passage, which leaves little to the imagination, begins: “So Klara turned head to foot and put her most unmentionable part down on his hard-breathing nose and mouth and took his old battering ram into her lips.”

The award most dreaded by authors was established in 1993 by the late Auberon Waugh when he was editor-in-chief of The Literary Review.

Previous winners have included US writer Tom Wolfe and British author Sebastian Faulks.

Mailer, renowned for his biting prose, penchant for controversy and larger-than-life personality, provoked and enraged readers with his acerbic views on US politics and the wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

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Pakistani authorities say they know who ambushed the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, killing eight people and wounding players and officials.

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Dramatic footage of the gunmen making a leisurely getaway from the scene of Tuesday\’s deadly assault opened the floodgates to criticism that security forces should have done more to prevent it.

“We have identified the people who did the operation,” provincial governor Salman Taseer announced.

Pakistan is steeped in political violence, and suspicion has fallen mainly on Islamic militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Police have brought in around two dozen people for questioning but no leads have been announced.

“We have a lot of information. We have arrested many people, rounded up some suspects… but the final investigation will be presented to me tomorrow; till then I am not in a position to say more,” said Taseer.

New CCTV footage found

Up to 12 men attacked the convoy of officials, coaches and players, firing automatic weapons, grenades and a rocket launcher as the vehicles approached Lahore\’s cricket ground. The attackers fled without a trace.

The new footage, captured by closed-circuit cameras, shows two suspects wearing rucksacks and ambling down the road, apparently untroubled after the carnage took place. They then jump on motorbikes and speed off.

Police released sketches of four suspects.

No one has claimed responsibility for the assault, which killed eight Pakistanis and wounded 19 people, including seven Sri Lankan players and an assistant coach.

Pakistani politicians have accused the government of a “serious security lapse” and highlighted reports that the authorities were warned of a possible attack.

The top government official for Lahore conceded on Thursday that there were gaps in security provision for the Sri Lankan team.

\’High level\’ security pledge

“A terrorist has to succeed only once, whereas security has to be successful all the time. After every incident one gets wiser. You get to know all the gaps and how you should not repeat those gaps,” said Khusro Pervaiz.

More than 1,600 people have been killed in attacks in Pakistan over the past 22 months, and al-Qaeda and Taliban militants have forged a de facto safe haven in the country\’s lawless northwest along the border with Afghanistan.

For decades, Pakistan\’s ISI military intelligence agency has fostered Islamist militant groups in Kashmir and Afghanistan, and there are suspicions that some ISI elements have links to militants inside the country.

Chris Broad, the match referee for this week\’s Test, angered officials by saying Pakistan security forces had left the convoy vehicles like “sitting ducks”.

“We were promised high level security and in our hour of need, that security vanished,” he said.

Simon Taufel, an Australian umpire caught in the attack, said their bus had been left unprotected once the assault began.

“You tell me why supposedly 20 armed commandos were in our convoy and when the team bus got going again, we were left on our own? I don\’t have any answers to these questions.”

Pakistan tours called off

Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt accused Broad of lying about poor security and said he would make an official complaint to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“It is a big lie that there were no policeman. We will lodge a protest with the ICC,” said Butt.

Pakistan has a long history of unsolved political violence.

Former premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007, and many here have expressed doubts whether her killers can ever be brought to justice.

Tuesday\’s attack was also a serious blow for cricket in Pakistan, where millions follow the game passionately, and has deepened the isolation of a country now shunned by much of the world cricket community.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Thursday that Pakistan\’s cricket tour of Bangladesh, scheduled to start later this week, has been postponed.

New Zealand has indicated a tour of Pakistan set for November will likely be called off, and the ICC has raised doubts about whether Pakistan will still co-host cricket\’s 2011 World Cup.

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Two weeks ago a public school in the town of Gerona in the rich northeastern region of Catalonia said Shaima Saidani, 9, could not attend classes wearing the headscarf, or hijab, as it was against its norms.

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The girl returned to school Tuesday after Catalonia's regional government ruled that her right to an education was more important than the institution's norms, which it says amounted to discrimination.

‘Just like other girls’

"I don't understand it because I am the same as the other girls and I am not hurting anyone," Shaima told Catalan daily newspaper El Periodico when asked if she understood why she had been prevented from attending school.

Shaima, who says she wants to be a doctor, lived most of her life with her grandmother in Morocco where she received a religious education.

Her parents say it is her decision to wear the headscarf.

The Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero reaffirmed its opposition to a ban on the use of headscarves in public schools, calling Shaima's case "unique."

Regulation on matter

But the main opposition conservative Popular Party and the regional moderate Catalan nationalists CiU both called for a law regulating the use of the hijab.

"All people who live in Spain have the obligation to respect our juridical order, our laws and our values," Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy says.

The communist United Left party went further, urging Spain to adopt a law like the one that come into force in France in 2004 that bans religious symbols in public schools.

Roman Catholic traditions

Fermin Bouza, a sociology professor at the Complutense University in Madrid, says it is unlikely the Spain, where the Roman Catholic faith still plays an important role in society, would follow the example of France, which has a long secular tradition.

"As long as it is just a veil, which is a small symbol, there will be no problem.

“You have to remember that 30 years ago in Spain many women wore shawls," he says.

"I don't think there is a real reason for tension here where Catholics have the habit of wearing religious medals," he adds.

Immigrant influx

The issue of the Muslim veil is a relatively new one for Spain which has seen the number of immigrants living within its borders soar from around half a million in 1996 to 4.48 million at the end of last year, out of a total population of 45.12 million people, according to government figures.

Moroccans make up Spain's largest foreign community with some 576,000 residents.

There are now 531,000 immigrant children attending Spain's schools, including 90,000 from North Africa.

Case will ‘blow over’

The Union of Islamic Communities in Spain, which represents the nation's Muslim community, welcomed the decision to allow Shaima to attend school and predicted the issue would blow over.

"In Spain the constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Shaima's case is unique. I don't think this controversy will go much further," the body's president Riay Tatary Bakry says.

In several other European Union states the use of the hijab in schools has been allowed in the name of civil liberty or schools have been given permission to decide their own policy.

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Suicides increased by 45 per cent during the first four years of Greece’s financial crisis, a mental health aid group says, warning there are indications of a further “very large rise” over the past two years.

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The Athens-based group Klimaka on Tuesday said officially reported suicides rose steadily, accounting for an annual jump in deaths from 328 in 2007 to 477 in 2011, according to data from the Greek Statistical Authority.

The group said, based on its own research, the number of suicides had continued to rise through 2012 and 2013.

Greece still has one of the lowest suicide rates in Europe, but a dramatic rise in poverty and unemployment since the debt-strapped nation began imposing harsh austerity measures has been blamed for the increase in deaths.

Aris Violatzis, head psychiatrist at Klimaka, said the organisation gathered suicide data from families of victims, local churches, funeral homes and other sources, as well as official statistics.

“The official stats are generally lagging. Our data suggests a very large rise. We are talking about specific individuals whose names and circumstances have been recorded,” Violatzis said.

Klimaka, which runs a suicide prevention hotline, said men took their own lives more than four times as frequently as women, with males most commonly in their mid-50s and females in their late 30s. Some 43 per cent of suicide deaths in 2011 involved unemployed people, while 25.7 per cent of hotline callers with suicidal thoughts last year said they were experiencing serious financial difficulties.

The Greek aid group urged the government to adopt plans to create a national strategy against the rise in suicides, with improved data gathering and training for police and health care workers.

“For every suicide death, there are some 30 attempts by others,” Violatzis said.

“So, we are creating a growing bank of people who are potentially suicidal. That is a long-term problem.”

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25), or MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

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South Sydney coach Michael Maguire says Sam Burgess is disappointed at getting involved in some recent dubious incidents that have hurt the Rabbitohs, but has backed him to show the positive side of his game in Friday’s NRL qualifying final against Melbourne.

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The big English lock is one of the key go forward men in the powerful Rabbitohs pack.

However, his behaviour has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks,

He was suspended for two matches for a squirrel grip and was involved in a couple of incidents in last week’s minor premiership decider against the Roosters.

At one point he appeared to go through the motion of gouging Roosters five-eighth James Maloney and in another instance, appeared to knee prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, though he wasn’t cited in either case.

Maguire said he spoken to Burgess about the incidents in the Roosters clash.

“Everything that goes on in the game, you are always talking to your players about those incidences,” Maguire said on Wednesday.

“Hes’ obviously disappointed, but the easiest way to fix that is make sure he goes out and plays the way he can and I’m sure he will this Friday.”

Maguire was confident Burgess would channel his aggression in more positive ways against Melbourne.

“There’s many different ways he can focus his energies into what he does on the park and you see that every week,” Maguire said.

“He’s had a couple of incidences and its one thing that he knows hurts the team at times.

“If he gets ahead of his game, he’s going to become a better player and he wants to become a better player.”

Maguire wasn’t concerned teams would try to niggle his players, though he has addressed the issue with them.

He conceded Melbourne might look at that tactic, though Storm captain Cameron Smith this week ruled out trying to bait any of the Burgess brothers.

“It’s something that we’re going to make sure we fix,” Maguire said.

“It’s in our hands to fix that and that’s what a we need to go about as a team.”

Halfback Adam Reynolds was sure the Rabbitohs would keep their cool through the finals series.

“I’m sure everyone will be pretty calm, you don’t want to do anything stupid in these big games,” Reynolds said.

“A little incident can cost you.”

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While most people experience sleep difficulties at some time in their lives, scientists suspect refugees may have a much higher incidence of sleep disorders than other Australians.

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And while problems sleeping have been much studied from a medical perspective, cross-cultural attitudes to sleep have received less attention.

The University of Victoria is taking a closer look at the sleeping habits of recently arrived Sudanese refugees to find out how culture, migration and, in many cases, trauma are affecting these Australians’ sleeping habits.

Sleep should be a simple enough process – assume a relaxed or horizontal position, close the eyes and wake around eight hours later hopefully refreshed and ready to take on another day.

But how and when we sleep and with whom varies from culture to culture.

Dorothy Bruck is a Professor of Psychology at Victoria University.

She and other researchers at the university’s Centre for Cultural Diversity & Wellbeing are taking a closer look at the sleeping habits of Australia’s South Sudanese population.

Professor Bruck explains why.

“It’s because they’re a very large group of newly-arrived migrants yet they’ve been settled here for between five and ten years. Basically we don’t know anything about their sleep and we don’t know whether they indeed have as we suspect high levels of sleep disorders, including insomnia, and the extent to which these might be related to the traumas that they’ve experienced back in the Sudan before they were able to flee that country. And also because they come from more traditional societies where sleep is often seen in quite different terms.”

Professor Bruck says the South Sudanese population is of particular interest because they come from a developing country, where different patterns of sleep are observed over the 24-hour period to those commonly seen in the West.

She says in many developing countries sleep isn’t always taken as a single eight-hour block as it commonly is in Western countries.

Sleeping for say a four-hour-block, and then waking up and doing something else for an hour or so, before falling asleep again for another couple of hours, is commonplace.

Napping is also more widespread than it is in Australia.

As for insomnia, Professor Bruck says other studies have shown insomnia is also seen differently in some other parts of the world.

“We did a study that was published this year, immigrants from Zimbabwe and Ghana and what we found when we asked them about their beliefs and attitudes to insomnia is that they see it very much as a physical thing, a bodily thing that you might go to a doctor about, rather than something that might be related to worry or stress, which I think is interesting. I think in Western society we do realise that a lot of how you sleep is related to what you take in your head when you go to bed, whereas what the immigrants from Africa were telling us is that you see it as something that’s got much more to do with the body, which is indeed how they see depression as well, that it’s much more a physical thing rather than a mental thing.”

Research from Virginia Tech in the United States supports Professor Bruck’s view that the eight-hour block of uninterrupted sleep is a fairly recent phenomenon in Western culture.

The biggest change to our sleep patterns occurred when electric light was introduced.

Prior to that segmented sleep was considered normal.

Yasmine Musharbash is a senior lecturer in the Anthropology Department at the University of Sydney.

She spent 18 months living with and researching the sleeping patterns of the Warlpiri people in the Northern Territory.

She says while some things are changing, other aspects of their traditional sleeping behaviour remain, such as co-sleeping with people other than one’s intimate partner and taking sleep in shorter segments.

“It’s not just the sleeping with others but it’s also the way in which sleep really isn’t seen as we see it, that it should be this uninterrupted period at night. There’s like lots of little portions of it where people don’t get grumpy for example when they get woken up in the middle of the night. In fact they get very grumpy when they don’t get woken up if something’s happened. The other thing that comes along with that is that I can’t think of a Warlpiri person that when they are woken up and it doesn’t matter if it’s 3am in the morning or an afternoon snooze when they get woken up that they’re ever grumpy. Like I get grumpy. They don’t. There’s a specific way of waking people up that you gently touch their belly first to settle down their spirit. And then you talk to them very quietly, the waking up is a very gentle process.”

Dr Maree Barnes is a sleep physician with the Australian Sleep Health Foundation.

She says technology is one of the biggest threats to human sleep, with the lights and sounds emanating from devices such as computers and phones tricking our bodies into thinking it’s daylight, affecting our ability to fall asleep.

Dr Barnes says co-sleeping is another factor influencing sleep, a practice which is more widespread in western societies than many people think.

And while it’s common in many countries, in industrialised nations it remains a contentious issue.

“The prevalence of co-sleeping in our society is quite high, I think, people just don’t talk about it. And that’s not just co-sleeping with children but also co-sleeping with their animals dogs and cats in particular. The data as I recall is that up to 20 per cent of the population actually co-sleeps with somebody apart from their domestic partner. The number of people in some people’s beds is quite astounding: like it can be up to five people in the bed, by the time you have a couple of children and maybe a cat or a dog. Whether or not co-sleeping is good for you is a bit problematic and quite a sensitive question I think, and certainly culturally co-sleeping with children has been seen to be an essential component of the culture in some communities.”

Along with the impact of migration, Professor Dorothy Brucks’s research into the sleeping habits of recently arrived Sudanese-Australians will also consider the impact of mental health, shift work and stimulant intake on the sleep patterns of this group.

Professor Bruck says there’s a lot to learn from studying the impact of culture on sleep.

“If we look at cultures all around the world, we see that sleep is interpreted in very different ways between different cultures and between the western culture and the more traditional cultures. And that’s going to have implications on how we deal with their sleep problems, how we best help them.”

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Prehistoric crocodiles survived a dinosaur-dominated world by running around like dogs, new research has found.

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Unlike today’s crocodiles that mostly live in freshwater habitats and feed on mammals and fish, their ancient relatives were extremely diverse.

Some behaved like dogs and others adapted to life in the open ocean, imitating the feeding behaviour of today’s killer whales.

The research uncovers the hidden past of crocodiles – showing for the first time how the jaws of the fierce reptiles evolved, enabling them to survive in vastly different environments in a dinosaur-dominated world 235 to 65 million years ago.

The study was conducted by Tom Stubbs and Dr Emily Rayfield from the University of Bristol, together with Dr Stephanie Pierce from The Royal Veterinary College and Dr Phil Anderson from Duke University in the United States.

Mr Stubbs says the ancestors of today’s crocodiles have a fascinating history that is relatively unknown compared to their dinosaur counterparts.

“They were very different creatures to the ones we are familiar with today, much more diverse and, as this research shows, their ability to adapt was quite remarkable,” he said.

“Their evolution and anatomical variation during the Mesozoic Era was exceptional.

“They evolved lifestyles and feeding ecologies unlike anything seen today.”

The research team examined variation in the morphology (shape) and biomechanics (function) of the lower jaws in over 100 ancient crocodiles, using a unique combination of numerical methods.

Dr Pierce said they were curious how extinction events and adaptations to extreme environments during the Mesozoic – a period covering over 170 million years – impacted the feeding systems of ancient crocodiles.

“To do this we focused our efforts on the main food-processing bone, the lower jaw.”

By analysing variation in the lower jaw, the researchers provide novel insights into how the feeding systems of ancient crocodiles evolved as the group recovered from the devastating end-Triassic extinction event and subsequently responded to the distribution of ecological resources, such as habitat and foodstuff.

The research showed that, following the end-Triassic extinction, ancient crocodiles invaded the Jurassic seas and evolved jaws built primarily for hydrodynamic efficiency to capture agile prey, such as fish.

However, only a small range of elongate lower jaw shapes were suitable in Jurassic marine environments.

The study also revealed that variation peaked again in the Cretaceous, where ancient crocodiles evolved a great variety of lower jaw shapes as they adapted to a diverse range of feeding ecologies and terrestrial environments alongside the dinosaurs.

Surprisingly, the lower jaws of Cretaceous crocodiles did not have a great amount of biomechanical variation and, instead, the fossil record points towards novel adaptations in other areas of their anatomy, such as armadillo-like body armour.

“Our results show that the ability to exploit a variety of different food resources and habitats, by evolving many different jaw shapes, was crucial to recovering from the end-Triassic extinction and most likely contributed to the success of Mesozoic crocodiles living in the shadow of the dinosaurs,” Dr Pierce said.

This exceptional variation has never before been explored numerically, with no studies ever having incorporated such a wide range of crocodiles over such a long time period.

The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The research was partially funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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Peru fell out of the running as both teams, who met in the 2011 Copa America third-place playoff won by the Peruvians, needed a victory to stay in the hunt for a place in Brazil next year.

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Venezuela are in sixth place in the nine-nation South American group with 19 points and one match remaining, three points behind fourth-placed Ecuador and Uruguay, in fifth. Both have two matches left.

The top four at the end of the campaign next month qualify with the fifth-placed team meeting Asia’s Jordan in a two-legged playoff for one more berth at the finals.

The visitors took the lead with their first chance in the 20th minute, Paolo Hurtado skipping over Fernando Amorebieta’s challenge on the right and beating goalkeeper Daniel Hernandez with a low shot.

Venezuela equalised in the 37th minute when striker Salomon Rondon took a square pass from midfielder Cesar Gonzalez inside the box and shot low inside the near post.

Gonzalez put the home team in front in with a 62nd-minute penalty after Peru defender Carlos Zambrano handled the ball.

Venezuela captain Juan Arango hit the bar with a fine dipping free kick in the 72nd minute and five minutes later they went 3-1 up with substitute Romulo Otero’s goal inside the base of the post from Yohandry Orozco’s pass from the right.

Zambrano pulled a goal back for Peru with a header one minute from time.

Peru, who have not been to the finals since 1982, have not won a qualifier away in 22 matches spanning nine years since a 3-1 victory against Uruguay in Montevideo in 2004.

(Reporting by Diego Ore; Writing by Rex Gowar in Buenos Aires, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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President Barack Obama said Tuesday it was too early to say if a Russian plan to secure Syria’s chemical weapons could forestall US air strikes, but vowed to give long-shot diplomacy a chance.

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In a somber national address, Obama laid out his most precise, response yet to a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria last month, after days of confused diplomacy and contradictory messages from his administration.

   

He warned Americans tired of bloody engagements abroad, that for reasons of national security and moral decency, they could not simply look away after innocent children were gassed to death in an attack he blames on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

   

“The images from this massacre are sickening: Men, women, children lying in rows, killed by poison gas,” Obama said in the 16-minute speech.

   

“Others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath. A father clutching his dead children, imploring them to get up and walk.”

   

Obama vowed to keep the US Navy on station off the Syrian coast to keep up the pressure on Assad’s regime while the diplomatic track evolves.

   

That warning, delivered in stern tones, may also have been meant as a sign to Russia that he would not stand for delaying tactics or endless diplomacy, which critics say is the inevitable result of Moscow’s initiative.

   

Obama spoke on national television in the East Room of the White House after hurriedly reworking his address to respond to the suddenly emerging Russian plan to put Syria’s chemical arms under international supervision.

   

“It’s too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, and any agreement must verify that the Assad regime keeps its commitments,” Obama said, from the same spot where he announced the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.

   

“But this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force, particularly because Russia is one of Assad’s strongest allies,” Obama said.

   

The president said he would dispatch Secretary of State John Kerry to Geneva to meet his Russian counterpart for talks on the crisis on Thursday.

   

And he pledged to also work personally with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom he has a frosty relationship as US-Russia ties plumb their worst depths since the Cold War.

   

The president, hammered for “weakness” by critics as he has tried to keep out of the Syrian civil war, said that it was only his threat of wielding force that had unleashed a sudden diplomatic opening.

   

The Russian plan, if it works, offers the president the chance to escape a perilous political spot, as he was at risk of ordering military action without support from Congress, the American public, or key allies like Britain or the United Nations.

   

He said that it was simply not an option for America not to respond to the August 21 chemical weapons attack, which Washington says killed 1,400 people.

   

“When dictators commit atrocities, they depend on the world to look the other way until those horrifying pictures fade from memory,” Obama said.

   

“But these things happened.

   

“The facts cannot be denied. The question now is what the United States of America and the international community is prepared to do about it.

   

“Because what happened to those people, to those children, is not only a violation of international law, it’s also a danger to our security.”

   

Obama said he understood after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that Americans were weary of costly conflicts abroad — and said he was more interested in ending wars than beginning new ones.

   

But he said that if America did not act, chemical weapons would be used again in flagrant violations of international law.

   

And he asked Americans to view the horrific videos of the attack outside Damascus.

   

Amid confusion about the extent of any US military strike, he warned that Assad would pay a heavy price if military action was used.

   

“The US military doesn’t do pinpricks. Even a limited strike will send a message to Assad that no other nation can deliver,” Obama said.

   

Obama also made clear he had also asked Congress not to vote on his request to authorize military action for now, as he wanted to give diplomacy a chance.

   

Senate majority leader Harry Reid had already postponed a test vote on an authorization of military force in Syria that had been expected to take place on Wednesday.

   

And given fast-sliding support for military action among lawmakers, and the American public at large, it is now uncertain when legislative action might take place.

   

Signs that there will be no US air strikes in the short term were also bolstered when Obama gave an assurance that there would be no military force used until United Nations inspectors have delivered their report into what happened on August 21.

   

The immediate political reaction to Obama’s speech broke on expected lines — and it was unclear if he had changed the minds of many lawmakers.

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Cronulla captain Paul Gallen’s unpopularity hasn’t abated in Townsville with North Queensland determined to fight fire with fire in Saturday’s NRL knockout final.

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Still seething over a Gallen crusher tackle on Scott Bolton when they faced the Sharks two weeks ago, the Cowboys are on red alert for the NSW and Sharks captain’s niggle.

Opposite number Joel Riethmuller says the Test and Blues lock can expect a fiery elimination finals outing at Allianz Stadium.

“Not too many people like him I don’t think,” Riethmuller told reporters on Wednesday. “A few boys here probably don’t like him either.”

Gallen left Queensland fans fuming with his high tackle and punch on Nate Myles in this year’s State of Origin opener, and his illegal tackle on Bolton did nothing to improve his reputation up north.

He served a week’s suspension and now returns against a team that’s fully aware they must take up the fight to Gallen, who doesn’t want an open game that would play to the Cowboys’ attacking strengths.

“You have to be careful but you have to go out there and get into him and hopefully frustrate him and put him off his game,” Riethmuller said in Townsville.

“It’s going to be a big task for us to stay out of their niggle and hopefully get a bit back on them.

“We have to stay calm-headed and not let them get at us in that way.

“They do have players who do play hard footy and it can get frustrating at times but it’s all part of it.”

The Cowboys do take the confidence of their 31-18 victory at Shark Park two weeks ago into the sudden-death encounter but Cronulla are set to be boosted by the return of playmaker Todd Carney.

“They’re a great team and they got into us two weeks ago,” second-rower Gavin Cooper told AAP.

“They were without Todd Carney then so we expect them to be a completely different side with him playing.”

Seasoned trio Riethmuller, Gavin Cooper and Glenn Hall stand as one of the most under-rated back-rows in the competition but they have stood tall since Riethmuller replaced lock Dallas Johnson (knee) after round 17.

They’ve played a major role as North Queensland have turned around a sorry 6-12 record with a six-match streak to make the top eight.

“Five or six weeks ago we were written off and we’ve come from (13th) to make eighth spot,” Riethmuller said.

“We’ve been playing sudden-death footy for the last five weeks, we just have to treat (Saturday) the same.”

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Floyd Mayweather is happy to admit his undefeated record has been partly built on handpicking opponents who didn’t always provide the toughest fights but did help him become the world’s best paid athlete.

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“Sometimes they say, ‘Well, Floyd Mayweather’s opponents was handpicked.’ That’s a good thing,” Mayweather said in a conference call to promote Saturday’s eagerly-awaited world title fight against Mexico’s WBC and WBA super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

“I commend my team … when I sit back and I think about my career, I say ‘you know what? I had a cool career. I didn’t take any punishment’.

“If they say these guys were handpicked, they was handpicked to make $40 and $50 and $60 million, then you know what? Keep handpicking them. If they’re going to keep paying, keep handpicking them.”

Mayweather, who Forbes magazine lists as the world’s highest paid athlete, has been criticised for dodging a potential mega fight with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.

The two have tried several times over the past few years to get the deal done for what would likely be the biggest and most lucrative fight in boxing history.

But each time negotiations broke down when they couldn’t come to terms on a variety of issues, including drug testing and share of the revenue and purses.

The fight with Alvarez is the second in Mayweather’s six-bout, 30-month contract with American cable network Showtime that could pay him more than $US200 million. After Mayweather beat Robert Guerrero in May, he said he wanted to fight again in September – marking the first time since 2007 he will be in the ring twice in a calendar year.

Mayweather’s guaranteed purse for the Alvarez fight is reported to be a record $US41 million which would surpass the previous record of $US32 million he received for fighting Guerrero.

Organisers are also hoping that this fight will eclipse the 2.44 million record pay-per-view sales and sales of more than $US130 million racked up by the Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya fight in 2007. Mayweather will also get a cut of the pay-per-view money on top of his guaranteed purse.

Mayweather, who is undefeated in 44 fights, says he will take nothing for granted when he faces Alvarez in a 12-round showdown of unbeaten fighters at the MGM Grand Hotel.

“I am not overlooking this guy,” said Mayweather. “In Mexico he is a young rock star and everybody that they put in front of him he was able to go out there and do his job.

“I am pushing myself to the limit right now.”

The last time Mayweather stopped an opponent inside the distance was two years ago and that came when Victor Ortiz lowered both his hands and was looking at the referee for a ruling. Mayweather seized the moment and hit Ortiz with a combination of punches that floored Ortiz.

Since then, Mayweather has won 12-round decisions over Miguel Cotto in May 2012 and Guerrero.

Saturday’s fight will be contested at 152 pounds with Alvarez’s super welterweight titles on the line. Alvarez (42-0-1) is a 154-pound champion and Mayweather usually fights at 147 pounds.

The 23-year-old Alvarez says he believes he has the perfect fight plan to register one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

“I am going to follow my game plan and I am going to fight my fight,” he said. “I am not going to allow him to fight his fight. I have a game plan.”

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Hull Kingston Rovers travel to St Helens for their Super League elimination play-off final having beaten them every time they’ve met so far this season — and captain Michael Dobson is adamant they can repeat the trick on Saturday.

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Dobson featured in all three victories, two in the Super League and the other in the Challenge Cup fourth round, with the Robins drawn against the Saints after finishing eighth overall in the regular season to their opponents’ fifth place in the table.

Rovers, however, enter the winner-takes-all clash — defeat will mean the end of the losers’ title hopes — having won just one of their last six Super League matches while St Helens are resurgent with six wins out of seven.

But for Dobson, who will return to the NRL and Newcastle Knights next season, Rovers’ record over the Saints this season outweighs their recent form.

“We’ll be confident. We know if we play our best we will be in with a shout,” said the former Canberra Raider.

“We’re under no illusion how tough it is going to be at their place,” Dobson added. “They have plenty of experience in the play-offs.”

Hull FC face Catalan Dragons in the other elimination play-off on Friday, with the winners gaining a preliminary semi-final place.

Meanwhile League Leaders’ Shield winners Huddersfield welcome Wigan in their qualifying play-off, a match where the victors go straight through to the semi-finals proper and the losers the preliminary semi-final as a reward for their position in the regular season standings.

Huddersfield have major doubts over back-row forward Ukuma Ta’ai, who suffered a badly split lip early in the second half of their 58-6 defeat by Bradford on the final day of the regular season.

The 26-year-old has been included in Huddersfield’s 19-man squad for Thursday’s clash but coach Paul Anderson said he was still undecided about whether to play the former New Zealand Warrior.

“Ukuma’s got a fair split to his lip and there’s no question he could be a doubt for Thursday. It just depends on how things go at hospital with the plastic surgery.”

Meanwhile Warrington coach Tony Smith said his side had been buoyed ahead of their qualifying play-off with Leeds by their 14-12 win over Catalan Dragons at the weekend.

“I thought our defence was outstanding,” said Smith. “I like that and I especially like that heading into the play-offs and we need to back that up.”

Fixtures

Thursday

Qualifying play-off

Huddersfield v Wigan

Winners into semi-final, losers into preliminary semi-final

Friday

Elimination play-off

Hull FC v Catalan Dragons

Winners into preliminary semi-final, losers out

Saturday

Qualifying play-off

Warrington v Leeds

Winners into semi-final, losers into preliminary semi-final

Elimination playoff

St Helens v Hull K R

Winners into preliminary semi-final, losers out

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By Brian Drummond, University of Arizona

Walking into each room to greet my next patient often reminds me of Forrest Gump: “You never know what you’re going to get.

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” It’s challenging to have only one chance to get it right but I love being an Emergency Room doctor.

Today, an older lady has slipped at home and she’s taped to a hard backboard with a rigid neck collar in place. It’s routine for all patients involved in car accidents or falls or anything that could cause a spinal cord injury. When I see her, her head is bandaged with gauze stained with blood. While medical staff attach her to a cardiac monitor and blood pressure machine, the paramedic relays her medical history to anyone who will listen.

My head makes a subconscious examination of the patient and the room. It feels a bit like being in BBC series Sherlock, where small icons pop up on the screen detailing the detective’s thoughts, observations, and deductions; white female, age 60ish (higher risk of intracranial bleeding, probably needing CT scan of head) moving fingers and toes (doubt spinal cord injury), talking to nurse (higher cognitive function intact), open eyes looking around the room (unlikely lens dislocation, oculomotor centre functioning normally). Within seconds, I know the chance of a devastating bleed in the brain or spinal cord injury is extremely low.

 

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Training my mind to process the subtleties of the human body didn’t happen after four years of medical school, but with years of repetition and thousands of patients. Some puzzles are more routine and easier to meld observations, questions and decisions into a diagnosis while others cases are confusing and unexpected – and much more demanding.

As I’m talking I realise that I spend a lot of time conversing with patients in unusual positions: upside down, talking to their backs, or during an invasive pelvic or rectal exam. But it’s all very matter-of-fact – like an art appraiser or a farmer inspecting sheep. We’re more hands on than other doctors – we often don’t have the luxury of knowing the patents beforehand or have information of previous examinations.

I feel the right side of my patient’s face and note the significant swelling. When I remove the bloody bandage to inspect it, blood spurts onto the floor, just missing my nurse. She’s not too pleased. All the while I ask her questions about how she fell, where she lost consciousness, and whether she walked around afterwards.

Interestingly, there are studies into how long different medical specialities wait before interrupting their patients. On average it’s between 18-23 seconds; for emergency doctors it can be less than ten. I don’t want to be rude so I’ll often let patients talk for a while before cutting them off – but the reality is I just want the facts.

An increasing number of visits to hospitals in the US each year overwhelms staff in most ERs on a weekly basis. Pair this with demands for improved documentation and an ever-present force pushing us to go faster and the patient-doctor dynamic changes. Instead of having a conversation with patients, I rapidly spew questions for terse answers in the least amount of time possible to get the vital information I need. Much as I love hearing stories, the information patients often want to share isn’t always what I need.

But amid these short interactions, where I’m held to the standard of not missing a life-threatening condition, I also have two other important goals: show empathy and make a personal connection.

My patient tells me she tripped and fell and hit her head against a dresser before phoning a friend for help. But she let the dog out first. As we laugh over her priorities, I suture her squirting wound. Connecting with patients is necessary. Despite all advances in medical practice, every patient has a mortality of 100%. I can’t prevent death. Delay it maybe, heal an acute injury, hopefully, but I can always alleviate suffering. And relating to patients as human beings, not just diagnoses, helps to do this.

Personal connections also help us empathise. We’re privy to the pain, struggles, challenges, heartaches, joys and relief our patients’ experience. But while emotional investment can be positive fuel, negative and disturbing stories drain internal emotional reserves; drug abuse, homelessness, mental health disorders, and the rapidly failing bodies of elderly patients comprise more than half of my patients. I relate to patients while in the room but as soon as I walk away I shed this bond.

It’s a survival mechanism, nothing more: keeping their burden on my shoulders would weigh me down and interfere with my ability to care for future patients.

I see my own mortality in each patient encounter. Luckily, today it’s good news and the accident could have been worse. Her head, neck, arm and leg aren’t broken and her forehead will heal. It’s nice to meet her and she thanks me for making her feel comfortable. But it’s time to shed another relationship.

I’ve got 20 patients to care for at the same time. By the time I return to my desk, everyone wants my attention: nurses with medication dosing questions, technicians with ECGs to review, medical students waiting to present their patients … all while my phone is ringing – a clinic wants to transfer a patient to me.

 

May the force be with you. J D Hancock

 

A pace this rapid may drive some physicians to early retirement, yet for me the challenge is becoming a multitasking Jedi. It forces me to be mindful of the happenings of the entire 60-bed department. Sometimes I’m in total control, other days I realise I haven’t eaten or used the bathroom for over eight hours.

Pressure in chaos keeps me on my game especially in such a humbling environment. Just when you think you have the patient relationship, the medicine, the patient flow down, something brings you back down to earth. A bad outcome or an inexplicable tongue-lashing from a patient alters your day and future practice for an unknown period of time.

But it makes me love my job even more. The diagnostic puzzles and ability to give care to people in times of need is a special combination that outside of my family gives my life a higher purpose. To practice medicine in an environment that expects 100% accuracy can be tough but it’s my calling.

Brian Drummond does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

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