28 inmates killed in Mexico prison riot: officials

Bodies were found strewn around the maximum-security wing, the kitchen, a prison yard and a conjugal visits area after the pre-dawn riot at the Las Cruces federal prison, said the security spokesman for the state of Guerrero, Roberto Alvarez.

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“The incident was triggered by a permanent feud between rival groups within the prison,” he told a press conference.

State police have regained control of the prison, backed by federal police and the army, which set up a security cordon outside, he said.

The governor has ordered an investigation, including of prison staff, he said.

Officials initially gave a death toll of five. Alvarez had earlier said that victims were stabbed and beaten to death.

Guards said some of the victims had their throats slit, according to an internal state police report. It also said gunshots had been fired in the maximum-security wing, apparently by prisoners.

There was a heavy security presence outside the prison, with soldiers and riot police encircling the compound and two helicopters hovering overhead.

Dozens of anxious relatives had gathered, demanding news on their loved ones.

Mexico’s chronically overcrowded prisons are frequently hit by riots and jailbreaks.

This was the deadliest since 49 inmates were killed in February 2016 in a riot at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, in the northeast.

Inmates have de facto control over many of Mexico’s jails. 

Contraband weapons and drugs are rife, and experts say organized crime networks often operate from inside prison walls.

After the Monterrey riot last year, authorities found dozens of knives, cocaine and flat-screen TVs inside, highlighting the control drug cartels had over the prison.

Acapulco, a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, has been hit by grisly violence between warring drug cartels in recent years.

It is just one of the hotspots in Mexico’s war on drugs.

The country has seen a wave of bloodshed in the past decade that has left more than 200,000 people dead or missing as drug cartels wage war on each other and Mexican security forces.

Laura Geitz to return ahead of Comm Games

Diamonds great Laura Geitz will push for Commonwealth Games selection after returning to netball from a break to become a mother.

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The former Australian captain has returned to Queensland after missing the Firebirds’ Super Netball inaugural season to have her first baby in February.

Before their 2018 campaign, however, the 29-year-old Geitz will be considered for Australia’s Commonwealth Games gold medal defence on the Gold Coast.

She captained the Diamonds to their victory at the Glasgow Games in 2014, but acknowledged she would not be selected on reputation.

“I’ve got a lot to prove to be in that (Australian) team,” said Geitz, who is a Gold Coast Games ambassador.

“My last game of netball was more than 12 months ago and there’s a lot of youngsters that have come through the ranks.

“Clearly the team is in a very good position. I just need to get out on court and prove to them I’m deserving of a spot.”

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has previously said she would welcome the dual world champion into the national team set-up to train ahead of next month’s international quad series.

October’s Constellation Cup against New Zealand could also prove crucial for Geitz’s prospects.

Geitz, who was immortalised this year with a bronze statue in Brisbane, has captained Queensland to three championships.

She said missing last season had brought her to tears but hoped her comeback efforts would prove an inspiration for infant son Barney.

“Even though he’s too young to understand, when he gets older it’s important to me for him to know his mother had goals and aspirations of her own and I was driven to have another crack,” she said.

Census 2016: The communities where five languages are common

Regents Park is one of Australia’s language diversity hotspots.

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The mostly residential suburb ten kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD is home to large populations of five different language groups. 

Across Australia, English is the only language spoken at home by 73 per cent of the population. Mandarin (2.5 per cent of people), Arabic (1.4%), Cantonese (1.2%) and Vietnamese (1.2%) are the next most common languages.

But in Regents Park, the proportions are very different.

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One in four people (26 per cent) reported speaking only English at home. The shares of Arabic (13%), Cantonese (10%), Mandarin (9%) and Vietnamese (7%) speakers are much higher than the national level.

Only nine other areas in the country have a similarly diverse language makeup: at least five per cent of residents in each of five different language groups. 

Three other hotspots are also in Sydney: the areas of Narwee-Beverly Hills, Bexley and Kingsgrove (South)-Bardwell Park, which are adjacent to each other in the city’s south.

Five are in Melbourne: Bulleen and its neighbour Templestowe Lower in the north-east, Lalor and adjacent Thomastown in the north, and Springvale in the south-east. One, Runcorn, is in south Brisbane.

Adama Kamara, a capacity building coordinator at Cumberland Council who works with people in and around Regents Park, said language diversity enriched life in the suburb.

“It’s all about having a diverse group of people in your neighbourhood, not just everyone who looks like you, talks like you, has the same experience as you – that adds to your experience of life.”

Many Regents Park residents frequent the programs and services offered at the newly opened Berala Community Centre.Cumberland Council

But she said there were both challenges and benefits for the council – and residents – in a linguistically diverse community. For example, costs of multilingual staff and translation are higher in Cumberland Council than in others, and greater awareness of language difference is needed by all staff.

“For us when we’re trying to engage or provide a service we’ve got to think about what’s the best way to do that,” she said.

“Do our staff know how to use an interpreter service, do we have multilingual staff, are we available at different times, are we being culturally sensitive when we’re communicating with them – those are the considerations we need to make.”

Out of 2163 small areas in Australia, 1739 – four out of five – no single language apart from English is spoken at home by more than five per cent of residents.

More than 94 per cent of residents of Yackandandah in north-east Victoria, West Wallsend-Barnsley-Killingworth near Newcastle, and Turners Beach-Forth and Cambridge in Tasmania reported they spoke only English at home.

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Hani Ibrahim, owner of the Smart Cookies Early Learning Centre in Sefton, adjacent to Regents Park, said the kids in the area have benefited from growing up in a diverse environment.

“We talk about traditional food, traditional costumes, traditions, and they use words form different backgrounds,” he said.

“The mix of the children in one room together, and the normal conversations between them, adds value to the sharing of traditions, sharing of information, sharing of language between them.”

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Mr Ibrahim regularly welcomes children with little or no English skill, and he relies on his multilingual staff and, where needed, additional state government-funded language educators.

“What I’m mindful of is the communication barrier – whether the child is able to communicate with their educator with certain needs and wants,” he said.

“If we find the child is not settled, for example they always cry, that’s when we make that call for additional language support.”

The proportion of people across Australia who spoke only English at home declined to 73 per cent in 2016, down from 77 per cent in 2011.

Households where a non-English language is spoken rose almost two percentage points in the same period, to 22 per cent.

The statistical areas used in this story are SA2s, small areas used by the ABS to represent communities that interact socially and economically. Areas with fewer than 1000 residents have been omitted. Only the top 13 languages – English, Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Hindi, Spanish, Punjabi, Tagalog, Korean, German – have been analysed.

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Bomber mids to decide fate against Pies

By the numbers, Essendon stalwart Jobe Watson enters the Bombers’ season-shaping clash against Collingwood in fine fettle.

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But assistant coach Guy McKenna doesn’t care for the numbers. He’s more interested in Watson’s feet.

“Jobe started the season on his heels a little bit,” McKenna told AAP.

“He is now starting to roll up onto the balls of his feet and he’s starting to get onto his toes now, which is good.

“We know he’s not Carl Lewis or Usain Bolt. But he is certainly starting to run across the ground better which can only help grow his game outside the stoppages.”

Watson is averaging 25.2 disposals a game on return after being banned for last season as a result of his club’s 2012 supplements scandal.

In five of his past six games, the veteran has collected 27 or more disposals – and McKenna said such output would be vital against the Magpies.

Saturday’s MCG fixture between the arch rivals could define the season of both clubs.

Essendon (11th spot, six wins, eight losses) have lost four of their past five matches, albeit by an average margin of just 10 points.

Another loss would likely put them three wins outside the top eight with just seven games remaining.

Collingwood (five wins, nine losses) languish in 15th place after three consecutive losses, with defeat surely bringing to an end their remote finals prospects.

The Magpies have recalled swingman Ben Reid, a week after his shock omission, while defender Travis Varcoe is back from a hamstring injury and Josh Smith is also included.

But Darcy Moore (hamstring) and Tom Phillips (illness) are significant outs and Jackson Ramsay was dropped.

The Bombers brought back David Myers and axed Kyle Langford.

“Like it generally is, it’s going to be won or lost in the midfield,” McKenna said.

“When you’re consistently winning the ball in the midfield, the contested ball, the clearances, you tend to win the inside 50 count.

“You have got win that battle. And if you do, it gives you a better chance of winning.”

Checkup Medical column for July 7

A weekly round-up of news affecting your health.

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CANCER AND PREGNANCY

Girls and women who survive cancer are more than a third less likely to fall pregnant, British researchers have found.

A study of girls and women aged under 39 and who were diagnosed with cancer in Scotland between 1981 and 2012 were found to be 38 per cent less likely to conceive than women in the general population.

“The major impact on pregnancy after some common cancers highlights the need for enhanced strategies to preserve fertility in girls and young women,” Professor Richard Anderson from the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh said.

The study looked at 23,201 female cancer survivors and found 6627 pregnancies among them.

The researchers said nearly 11,000 pregnancies would have been expected in a comparable matched control group from the general population.

Cancer treatments are known to affect fertility for several reasons, with some chemotherapy causing damage to the ovary, while radiotherapy can affect the ovary, uterus and potentially parts of the brain controlling reproduction.

Prof Anderson presented the results of the study, which have not been published, at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Geneva this week.

HIVES MYSTERY

The long-running medical mystery about why some people develop recurring itchy hives for no apparent reason could soon be solved.

Researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Royal Melbourne Hospital have discovered how the condition, known as chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), develops and begun working on a treatment.

Using samples from CSU patients they found in most developed itchy hives when a certain type of white blood cells known as T cells reacted to a specific protein found in skin cells.

The researchers have begun work on new studies to investigate whether the T cells that trigger CSU can be “switched off” using new targeted treatments.

“People with CSU develop recurring hives for periods of at least six weeks – and often for many years – but with no apparent trigger,” said Dr Priscilla Auyeung, a clinical immunologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

“Our patients often think that they’re allergic to their washing powder, soap or shampoo, and sometimes even wonder if it is all in their mind.”

UNUSED MEDICINES

A new campaign has been launched to encourage parents to get rid of millions of out-of-date medicines sitting in their homes because of the risk they pose to children.

The federal government-funded Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) project tells parents how they can safely dispose of expired and unwanted medicines in order to prevent their children getting poisoned.

More than 5000 children end up in hospital due to medicine poisonings each year.

“Last year alone, over 700 tonnes of medicines were collected and safely disposed of by the RUM project, preventing it from ending up in waterways or landfill,” RUM project manager Toni Riley said.

“If that’s only medicines collected from around 20 per cent of the population, imagine how many more are hiding in bathroom cabinets and kitchen drawers across the country.”

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SLEEPY TIME

Employers are being urged to swap older fluorescent lights for more efficient LED bulbs to help their workers become more alert.

The Sleep Health Foundation and Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity say Australia has a worrying rate of sleep disorders and improving lighting in workplaces could help.

Alertness CRC sleep specialist Professor Steven Lockley said using blue-enriched white light bulbs can help increase alertness and performance in the workplace.

“Many companies are considering changing their lights to save energy and we would like businesses to understand that if they choose the right light, they can add additional benefits to their bottom line with improved productivity and safety,” he said.

NPR defends Declaration of Independence tweets after confused Trump supporters brand as ‘propaganda’

When NPR tweeted out the Declaration of Independence on July 4, many Trump supporters thought the media organisation was provoking violence and even revolution against the President.

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For nearly three decades NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ has broadcast a reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4.

It’s a national holiday in the United States where many Americans eat hotdogs, drink beer and wear their flag with pride.

The US Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence in 1776.

For the first time, NPR tweeted out the lines from the Declaration of Independence. But due to Twitter’s 140 character limit, some of the declaration had to be broken down.

In total 113 consecutive tweets were sent out to complete the reading.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

— NPR (@NPR) July 4, 2017

During the section which outlined all the ways Britian’s George III had wronged the then- colonies, many Trump supporters believed the media organisation was tweeting about their President.

Trump supporters thought NPR was tweeting “propaganda” on 4th of July Turned out it was the Declaration of Independence.😂🤣😂 pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/bqXO9W6GVr

— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) July 5, 2017

Many Trump supporters have since deleted their tweets, but not before some US writers were able to screenshoot them and post it for all to see. 

there’s nothing more american than getting pissed because you think the declaration of independence is shitting on the president pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/gkWSTR8SIY

— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) July 4, 2017*heavy sigh* pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/Pb35SNdKqe

— Melissa Martin (@DoubleEmMartin) July 4, 2017this whole thread is an indictment of American reading comprehension 😛

— Boo Radley 🇺🇸 (@wibrr) July 5, 2017Trump supporters who thought that @NPR tweeting the Declaration of Independence was dig @ The Don, not understanding they read it EVERY YEAR pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/QWfrxbSPkJ

— Joke Man Movie Man (@SupermanParadis) July 5, 2017

One journalist got fed up with the notifications. 

This is spam I get alerts for NPR tweets because they are important My device is alarming nonstop. unfollowing.

— Brandon Travan (@btravan_IT) July 4, 2017

But one Trump supporter admitted he was wrong. 

So, NPR is calling for revolution.

Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound “patriotic”.

Your implications are clear.

— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 4, 2017I Tweeted a VERY dumb comment. But ask yourselves; if read to the average American, would they know that you were reading the DOI? I do now.

— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017I can’t reply to you all. But stay tuned.

To those that want to mock me…go for it. I deserve it.

To those that forgive my “sin”, thank you

— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017

One online user criticised the tweets as “trash”.

Seriously, this is the dumbest idea I have ever seen on twitter. Literally no one is going to read 5000 tweets about this trash.

— Darren Mills 🇺🇸 (@darren_mills) July 4, 2017

A spokeswoman for NPR, Allyssa Pollard, said the tweets were shared by thousands of people and generated “a lively conversation.”

In a statement published by The Washington Post, the organisation said the purpose of the tweets was to extend their 29 year broadcast tradition to social media.

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Witnesses claim Venezuelan police chase protesters into mall, then tear gas them

The violent round of cat-and-mouse came a day after one of the most stunning episodes in three months of unrest: a pro-government, stick-wielding mob overrunning Congress.

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The malaise has cost the lives of 91 people as opposition activists who blame President Nicolas Maduro for the country’s descent into food shortages and other economic chaos press on with nearly daily street protests.

On Thursday they tried to march on the Supreme Court, which the opposition says is stacked with pro-Maduro lackies. But police firing tear gas pushed them back and even chased some fleeing demonstrators into a huge shopping mall and shot the stinging gas in there, too.

A total of 45 people in the mall, including 17 children, received emergency medical treatment, said Ramon Muchacho, mayor of the Caracas district Chacao, which is an opposition stronghold.

“We came here to get an ice cream and see a movie, and look at this disaster,” said adolescent Alejandra Vargas, her eyes red from the tear gas. Nearby, a woman carrying a baby was escorted out by firefighters.  

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Protester Rosa Rivas, 43, taking part in the rally with her 15-year-old daughter, said when the police forced the crowd to disperse, some went into the mall, either through the main entrance or a parking garage.

“But they chased us. People were running for their lives,” Rivas told AFP. The entire mall — 531 stores — was later evacuated as a precaution.

The unrest came a day after some 100 government supporters armed with sticks and pipes stormed the opposition-dominated National Assembly. They beat lawmakers, injuring seven, as police stood by and watched. 

The pro-Maduro people then stood guard outside the assembly for nine hours, screaming insults at lawmakers and preventing them from leaving until police finally intervened and set up a security cordon to let them out.

Maduro condemned the assault and promised an investigation but did not publicly acknowledge the intruders were his supporters. The attack drew condemnation from the United States, France, the European Union and the Organization of American States.

Maduro, a former bus driver handpicked by the late socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez as his successor, is wildly unpopular among everyday people but still retains the key support of the military.

However, Maduro now faces criticism even within his own camp, namely from Attorney General Luisa Ortega. The Supreme Court could soon fire her.

Emissions cheating: Audi engineer charged

US authorities have accused a former executive of Volkswagen’s Audi luxury brand of giving orders to program diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests.

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Giovanni Pamio, 60, an Italian citizen, is accused of being a leader in a conspiracy that was part of an embarrassing scandal that has cost VW more than $US20 billion ($A26 billion) in criminal penalties and lawsuit settlements. He’s the seventh ex-VW employee charged in the case that is being investigated by the FBI and the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal unit.

One of the employees is scheduled for sentencing later this month, another is in custody in the US and four others are German citizens.

Volkswagen has admitted that VW, Porsche and Audi vehicles with two-litre and three-litre diesel engines were programmed to turn pollution controls on during government treadmill tests and turn them off while on the road. The scheme went on for years before being discovered in tests conducted by West Virginia University.

According to a criminal complaint filed on Thursday in Detroit, Pamio is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and violating the Clean Air Act. Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office in Detroit, said she could not comment on whether he is in custody.

The complaint says Pamio was head of Thermodynamics in Audi’s Diesel Development Department in Neckarsulm, Germany, leading a team of engineers who designed emissions controls from 2006 through November of 2015.

He and other unidentified conspirators determined it was impossible to calibrate a three-litre diesel engine to meet US nitrogen oxide emissions standards within design constraints imposed by other VW departments. So Pamio “directed Audi employees to design and implement software functions to cheat the standard US emissions tests,” the US Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Pamio and others then failed to disclose the software and knowingly misrepresented that the engines complied with US pollution standards, according to the complaint.

VW already has pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay a $US2.8 billion ($A3.7 billion) penalty.

Hawks backing Vickery after police drama

Hawthorn are confident ruck-forward Ty Vickery can remain focused on football despite being subject to an ongoing police investigation.

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Vickery and former Richmond AFL teammate Jake King were arrested on Wednesday as part of an extortion investigation.

King, whose AFL career ended three years ago, was charged with six offences and released on bail.

Hawks recruit Vickery was released without charge, pending further police investigation, and will play for VFL affiliates Box Hill on Sunday.

Coach Alastair Clarkson says Vickery is co-operating fully with police and has the full support of the club.

“He’s okay. It’s been a big week for him,” Clarkson said at Melbourne Airport on Friday.

“He’ll get through this police investigation but we can’t really comment too much on it. It’s a little bit like the umpires – you’re not meant to speak about that sort of stuff.

“He’s got the support of his teammates and his footy club, and his family and friends, and that’s all that’s important at this point in time.”

Box Hill named Vickery at full forward for Sunday’s home game against Williamstown.

Vickery most recently played at senior level in round 11, but kicked three goals last weekend in the VFL.

He has played just six AFL matches this season after joining the Hawks from Richmond.

“Outside of it being quite a serious matter involving the police, he’s tried to live his life as normally as possibly as he can and just co-operate with police in terms of what their requirements are,” Clarkson said.

“He’s done that outstandingly well over the last two days and everything else we’ve just got to compartmentalise – footy here, deal with the stuff that he’s got to deal with outside of that.

Fairfax Media has reported Vickery is set to take legal action against a former business partner over an alleged six-figure debt.

That debt is said to be at the heart of the extortion claims.

Barrett denies Manly salary cap problems

Manly coach Trent Barrett insists the Sea Eagles will be cleared of an NRL investigation into the club’s salary cap.

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Barrett has sought out assurances from Sea Eagles chairman Scott Penn, amid reports that landed the club at the front and centre of alleged breaches across multiple clubs.

“I’ve spoken to Scott Penn who has assured us that everything is fine,” Barrett said.

“We were audited a couple of weeks ago so if there was anything there it would have been brought up.”

Manly have shot from pre-season wooden-spoon contenders to premiership chances, on the back of a five-game winning streak taking them to third on the ladder.

Severe salary cap breaches in previous years have results in points penalties to clubs – which has not yet been threatened by the NRL

However when asked whether he was concerned, Barrett was defiant.

“I know how we operate here and we’ve got nothing to worry about,” he said.

The Fairfax Media allegations on Wednesday suggested a former Sea Eagles player was connected to a cash handover in a car park.

They also pointed to top-up payments by multiple unnamed clubs, as well as the skirting of NRL salary cap laws by undisclosed cash payments from third-party sponsors to players.

Barrett has only been at the Sea Eagles since the beginning of last year, and was unwilling to comment on matters before his arrival at the club.

But he pointed to the club’s financial position and roster of toilers as further proof his team had no right to be concerned.

“We’re not a club that has a lot of money,” he said.

“We get by on a shoestring and that’s why it’s pretty laughable in our playing group because we have to kick and scratch for everything.

“We’re a privately owned club, we don’t have a leagues club. We do it tough at times.

“Seriously, if you look through our roster, we’ve got a lot of younger players in there who are really doing their best at the moment.”