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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.



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.


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.


“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.


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.”



Qualifying play-off

Huddersfield v Wigan

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


Elimination play-off

Hull FC v Catalan Dragons

Winners into preliminary semi-final, losers out


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.


” 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.


The game is afoot Watson! Minifig


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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By Stewart Williams, University of Tasmania

Australia is a harsh and volatile environment, subject to extremes of fire and flood.


We’ve just seen a particularly early start to the bushfire season, with over 60 fires burning and at least two homes destroyed in Sydney. These fires match predictions of increasingly long fire seasons, and trends towards higher temperatures and decreased rainfall.

Every natural disaster raises the issue of home insurance – who pays, and who doesn’t have it. But this discussion misses what’s really going on.

Extreme weather is on the rise thanks to climate change. It’s one of the factors behind rises in insurance premiums, a cause for public concern. But instead of worrying about price hikes we should be reading the signs.

The latest natural disasters continue to affect home insurance premiums, which are again set to rise. Suncorp, which owns GIO and AAMI and is the biggest home insurer across the nation, has recently identified key factors for its ongoing price hikes. They include the unexpected high costs of rebuilding what are very large Australian homes, as well as a spate of extreme events including the catastrophic 2011 Queensland floods.

More frequent and more intense weather events are expected with climate change. Internationally the insurance industry’s big re-insurers anticipate having to recoup higher pay-outs by raising premiums.

Insurance is about risk reduction as well as risk sharing. Insurance with its various levels of premium identifies and prices that risk. It can provide an incentive or disincentive for home-owners to change their behaviour, and live more safely in an Australian environment that is sometimes very dangerous.

So, rather than just wanting to resist and reject rising premiums we would do well to pay attention and read them carefully.

Research funded through the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility has examined how planning, building and insuring might figure in our adaptation to more extreme weather events in the future.

Of those people living in very big houses with lots of material belongings and located in high risk areas such as fire-prone bushland or waterside settings, some will accept the higher premiums to retain a particular lifestyle. For most Australians insurance allows a home to be replaced after a disaster – often on a “like-for-like” basis – and is what allows life to carry on as usual.

Alternatively, we could decide as individuals and as communities to try and change how we live. Insurance could guide improvements in where housing is built, its size and design, and the use of better materials. New dwellings could be small and compact, built to suit the environment, situated away from floodplains and north-facing slopes in flammable bushland, and using more resistant or cheap and easily-replaced materials.

The availability and cost of insurance should become one of the accepted signals to prospective home-buyers indicating whether or not existing housing stock meets the requirements for this more resilient future. Where insurers fear to tread, so too local governments, planners, developers and builders as well as home-buyers should be wary of entering. Communities in high-risk and insurable areas might in turn be encouraged to retreat to wholly new locations.

But what about people who can’t afford insurance or to move to safer ground? Research funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute shows that people in social housing are some of society’s most marginalised and therefore especially vulnerable to natural disasters. Tenants of public housing affected by cyclones, bushfires and floods rarely hold insurance.

Poor housing in disaster-prone areas will remain home to the least well-off members of society. Perhaps the notion of “climate change ghettoes” will be added to the litany of forms that currently identify places of disadvantage in Australia.

The government continues to play a key role as the insurer of last resort, particularly for vulnerable and marginalised households. But proponents of insurance revile such interventions. Insurance proponents say these measures distort the market mechanism that prices disasters, contributing to “moral hazard”, or poor choices given the possible turn to a government handout.

It is hard to deny people in crisis access to assistance from governments and communities. However the use of scarce resources to reinstate households and townships unthinkingly back in the line of fire squanders any opportunity to learn from these events.

The solution may be critical relationships that bring together the different players involved in insurance, housing provision, climate adaptation and disaster management.

They will be required to work together with various stakeholders in bravely and innovatively deciding how and where we redesign and build more resilient Australian communities. The plan to relocate homes in the ravaged township of Grantham in the Lockyer Valley is an Australian first and exemplary of how such initiatives might work through land-swaps.

There will be an uncomfortable period of transition; communities in urban areas have an inertia to them that means change is slow. Even as new safe havens pop up, they will not be available to everyone immediately. Weathering our climate change future will require a response that involves all Australians.

Stewart Williams receives funding from the Australian Government, NCCARF and AHURI. He is affiliated with the University of Tasmania.

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By Jim Gillespie

The Coalition revealed little of the new government’s health agenda during the election campaign, but Tony Abbott was minister for health and ageing in the Howard government from October 2003 until the 2007 election.


So what can Abbott’s time in one of the most difficult portfolios reveal?

Abbott the political fixer

Former prime-minister John Howard moved Abbott to the health portfolio to solve a major political problem for his government. Bulk-billing rates – allowing patients to access general practitioner services without direct charge – had been falling steadily under the Howard government in preceding years.

Many saw this as a deliberate attempt to undermine universal access to Medicare. That perception was strengthened when Howard repeatedly referred to Medicare as a “safety net”.

By late 2003, bulk billing had fallen to 66%, from its peak of 80% under Paul Keating’s Labor government (1991 to 1996). These rising out-of-pocket costs for visiting a GP fuelled discontent with the government.

Abbott was given instructions and the funds to reverse this problem. Increasing rebates to GPs quickly reversed the tide. By 2004, bulk billing rates were back over 70% and Abbott declared the government was now “Medicare’s greatest friend”.

Out-of-pocket costs were also hitting consumers who used specialist services – again through charges well above the rebate offered by Medicare. The Medicare Safety Net – which gave an additional subsidy if costs of specialist in-hospital services passed a threshold – was intended to fix this problem.

With no control over specialists’ fee-setting, this proved a recipe for further fee inflation and much of the benefit went to those who were better off.

Abbott the reformer

The early Howard years were marked by some significant reforms in health – not just the cut backs which grabbed the headlines. Then health minister Michael Wooldridge pushed through some important improvements in vaccination policy, effectively ending the very low levels of childhood immunisation.

With more controversy, Howard’s private health insurance changes reversed the abandonment of the private system. Membership of private health funds fell to just over 30% in December 1998. With a mixture of financial carrots and sticks, private insurance peaked at 46% in December 2000 – and has remained at around this level ever since. This also generated a largely new for-profit private hospital industry.

The Abbott years were less noted for new reform directions. Abbott himself was unsympathetic to the new public health push from the World Health Organization, aimed at the social determinants of health.

He saw health as a matter of individual choice, and ill-health in medical terms around the prevention and cure of particular diseases.

In 2006, Abbott rejected a half-hearted push from Labor state health ministers for restrictions on junk food advertising to children as a move to the “nanny state”.


The Coalition revealed little of the new government’s health agenda during the election campaign. AAP Image/Lukas Coch


True to his highly political approach to the portfolio, the reforms Abbott can claim were driven by election timing. Colorectal (bowel) cancer screening had a substantial amount of research and successful pilot schemes behind it.

It was added to the Coalition’s 2004 election promises, partly to meet the attractions of Labor’s Medicare Gold – which promised to end waiting lists for over-75s.

At the same time, the government subsidy to cover private health insurance premiums was increased for members over 65 and even higher for those over 70.

Much has been made of Abbott’s conservative Catholic faith and opposition to abortion. He has always argued that private beliefs could be expressed, but not imposed on a reluctant majority.

The only exception was the controversy over the availability of the abortion pill, RU486.

Abbott fought to keep ministerial discretion over the availability of such drugs – making the much-quoted observation he would have to be convinced that doctors were not presenting abortion as an “easy option” before prescribing a “backyard miscarriage”.

His veto powers were removed after a major revolt led by women parliamentarians from all parties.

Abbott the centralist

Abbott ended his term of minister as he began – focused on politics rather than substantive policy. As Labor’s demands for a more national approach to hospital policy mounted, Abbott responded by upping the ante , declaring that:

the only big reform worth considering is giving one level of government – inevitably the federal government – responsibility for the entire health system.

He was quickly silenced on this by Howard, who had no intention of entering the mire of federal state relations and the management of hospital systems.

The last echo of this centralist instinct came during the 2007 election campaign. Responding to very local community complaints about the reduction of scope of services at the Mersey Hospital in Devonport, Tasmania, Abbott moved to take direct federal control of the hospital. The state Labor government jumped at the chance to off-load an expensive white elephant.

Health has always been a difficult area for the Coalition parties. Their hostility towards Medicare played a major part in electoral failures from 1984 to 1993. Abbott’s period as health minister showed him as a pragmatist, primarily (and successfully) focusing on removing health from the front pages.

Jim Gillespie’s latest book Making Medicare: The Politics of Universal Health Care in Australia, co-authored with Anne-Marie Boxall, was published this month by UNSW Press.

Jim Gillespie receives funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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North and South Korea have agreed to reopen their Kaesong joint industrial park next week, five months after it was shut during soaring military tensions.


Following a marathon negotiation session, the two sides set a date of September 16 for restarting the shuttered complex, the South’s Unification Ministry said on Wednesday.

South Korean firms in Kaesong, which lies 10km over the border in North Korea, will be allowed to resume operations after a trial run on Monday, the ministry said.

The agreement came at a second round of talks between the two Koreas in a newly created Kaesong joint committee that began on Tuesday morning and stretched through the night.

Born out of the “sunshine” reconciliation policy initiated in the late 1990s by then-South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung, Kaesong was established in 2004 as a rare symbol of inter-Korean co-operation.

It has provided an important hard currency source for the impoverished North through taxes, other revenues, and its cut of workers’ wages.

It had appeared immune to previous downward spirals in North-South relations, but finally fell victim to two months of intense military tensions that followed the North’s nuclear test in February.

Both sides blamed the other for its closure, with the North insisting that its hand was forced by hostile South Korean actions – in particular, a series of joint military exercises with the United States.

As military tensions eased, the two Koreas agreed last month to work together to resume operations at the zone.

As part of the deal, the North accepted the South’s demand that Kaesong be opened to foreign investors – a move seen by Seoul as a guarantee against the North shutting the complex down again in the future.

Wednesday’s agreement included plans to host a road show for foreign investors at Kaesong in October.

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An Indian court will Wednesday consider the sentence for four men found guilty of the brutal gang rape and murder of an Indian student on a bus, as the victim’s family leads calls for them to be hanged.



A day after he handed down his verdicts over a crime that sickened India, Judge Yogesh Khanna will consider arguments from prosecution and defence counsels over the severity of the punishment.


The 23-year-old victim’s parents have insisted the four must be executed for what the judge branded the “cold-blooded murder” of their daughter last December.


Khanna is also under political pressure to order the death sentence in a country where capital punishment is applied in “the rarest of rare” cases.


However, defence lawyers, who have already announced plans to appeal Tuesday’s verdict, are set to argue that the death sentence is not warranted.


A lawyer for one of the men, Mukesh Singh, said the defence team was “well prepared” to counter the prosecution’s calls for the death sentence.


“In a case where there is a call for the death penalty, then we will argue for an easing of the punishment,” V.K. Anand told AFP.


Lawyers for the three other men — Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma – will also put forward their arguments before the judge at the same courtroom in south Delhi where they were found guilty on Tuesday.


Vivek Sharma, who is representing Gupta, said the judge should decide in a matter of days, possibly as early as Wednesday.


“If all arguments wrap up tomorrow, then the judge may announce the sentence. If not, it could easily come the day after,” he told AFP.


The judge convicted the men on charges including gang rape, murder and theft, in a case that brought simmering public anger over sexual violence to the boil.


The parents of the victim, who were in court to hear the verdict, have yet to react since the announcement.


But speaking to AFP from their home in Delhi last week, her father reiterated his calls that they should hang.  


“We will not accept anything below the death penalty,” said the father, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his late daughter.


“Anything other than the gallows for these men will not be right. It would send out the wrong message, people will lose trust in our judicial system.”


Protesters gathered outside the court on Tuesday to demand the four be hanged, some wearing makeshift nooses.


The government, stung by the mass protests that followed the attack, has introduced tough new anti-rape laws which include provisions for some sex attackers to be executed even if a victim survives.


One of the leaders of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the execution of the four would send out a clear signal of India’s determination to tackle violence against women.


“If they are awarded the death sentence, it would become a model for the country and effectively curb incidents of rapes,” she was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency.


There was outrage last month when a juvenile who was also convicted of taking part in the attack was sentenced to three years to a remedial home — the maximum punishment allowed by law.


A fifth adult defendant, bus driver Ram Singh, was found hanging in his prison cell in March while awaiting trial.


The seven-month trial featured DNA evidence linking the four to the crime scene, statements from a male companion who was beaten up during the attack, as well as the victim’s dying testimony.


The victim and her male friend had spent the evening at the movies when they were picked up by a bus.


But rather than take them home, the group subjected the pair to a horrifying 45-minute ordeal before throwing them out of the bus, virtually unconscious and naked.

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Diana Nyad has defended her 177-kilometre swim from Cuba to Florida to skeptics who questioned whether she got into or held onto a boat during part of the journey.


Nyad said she swam without holding onto any of the boats or people accompanying her.

“I swam. We made it, our team, in squeaky-clean, ethical fashion,” Nyad said.

Her critics are suspicious about long stretches of the 53-hour swim were Nyad appeared to have either picked up incredible speed or to have gone without food or drink.

Since Nyad finished her swim on September 2 in Key West, long-distance swimmers have been debating it on social media and in online forums.

Nyad’s speed, at some points more than doubling, has drawn particular scrutiny. Her team has attributed her speed to the fast-moving Gulf Stream flowing in her favor.

The 64-year-old endurance athlete and her team held a conference call with some of the skeptics who questioned her navigator’s credentials and observations of the currents.

“Many of us are pursuing this as a technical matter,” said kayaker and attorney Richard Clifford. “Having the information out there helps us analyze it, measure it, test it, smell it, you know, decide if it looks right and is right, and you guys keep saying it is. So, let us look at it.”

Nyad’s navigator, John Bartlett, said her fastest speed averaged 6.39 kph over a 5.5-hour period over about 30.58 kilometres, crossing the strongest parts of the Gulf Stream, which was flowing at a favorable angle.

“What you’re seeing is the combination of the speed of Diana propelling herself in the water and the speed of the current carrying us across the bottom,” he said.

Evan Morrison, co-founder of the online Marathon Swimmers Forum, says it will be interesting to compare observations made by Nyad’s navigator with publically available data about the currents Nyad swam.

Nyad attempted the swim from Cuba to Florida four times before finally completing the journey on her fifth attempt, making her the first to make it without the aid of a shark cage.

She did follow a streamer dangled in the water by her team and used a specialized mask and bodysuit to protect herself from venomous jellyfish, which are considered a more serious threat than sharks in those waters. There are some members of the marathon swimming communities who say these methods violated the traditions of her sport.

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