Shark attack! Man LOSES leg after being RIPPED APART while swimming
Pablo de Mela’s leg was amputated in a life-saving operation after he suffered brutal injuries in the horror attack while swimming off the Piedade Beach, on the northeast coast of Brazil, on Sunday.
Two brave witnesses, who were swimming in nearby waters, managed to save the 34-year-old’s life by chasing off the killer animal.
A shocking video shows chunks bitten out of the victim’s legs and arms as he lies in a pool of blood on the beach.
Eyewitness Maria Lourenço, a beach snack seller, described the moment the shark attack unfolded.
It was horrible to see. Each time it is very frightening and sad
Eyewitness Maria Lourenço, a beach snack seller
The 57-year-old said: “Someone started shouting shark, shark because they said they had seen a shark fin.
“They tried to alert people in the water and particularly this man, who was near where the shark appeared. But he didn’t have time to get out of the water before he was attacked many times.
“I’ve been working on this beach for 25 years and during this time I have witnessed a number of ferocious attacks. It was horrible to see. Each time it is very frightening and sad.”
Mr de Mela, who was on holiday with his family at the time of the attack, was treated by first aid responders and quickly airlifted to the local Restoration Hospital.
A Pernambuco health department spokesperson said: “Surgeons were unable to save the patient’s right leg due to the severity of the wounds.
"They diverted arteries and veins through revascularisation surgery to the injured areas in his upper and lower arms and restored blood supply.
“He has been transferred to intensive care on life-support and remains in a serious condition.”
Panicked bathers ran out of the sea after a blue shark came close to the shore in a popular Majorcan holiday resort
He said: “Mr Melo was swimming near the surf line, which would have been a least waist deep if he stood up, when he was bitten several times by the shark.
“He was probably bitten first on his legs then when he tried to defend himself, the shark reacted to his frantic movements and latched onto his arms.”
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have been flying off the shelves of Italian specialty shops: a phenomenon that’s described as a “green gold rush.”</p><p>The hemp flowers — with names like K8, Chill Haus, Cannabismile White Pablo and Marley CBD — are sold under the tag “cannabis light” because their level of the psychoactive compound that makes people high is a tiny fraction of that typically found in cultivated marijuana.</p><p>But there’s a catch. The aromatic hemp flowers must not be smoked or eaten. Seeds, should there be any, must not be cultivated. As the jars’ labels sternly specify, the products are for “technical use” only and “not for human consumption.” Instead, they are sold — as countless salesclerks will explain with a nudge-nudge, wink-wink smile — as “collectors’ items.”</p><p>Such is the current, perplexing status of legal cannabis in Italy.</p><p>The law was created for farmers growing industrial hemp, which has commercial uses like food, fabrics, clothing, biofuel, construction material and animal feed, but has minute levels of a psychoactive compound. But it did not regulate the use of cannabis flowers, also known as buds, and an entire economy emerged from the legislative void.</p><p>Farmers’ associations see wide-scale hemp production as one solution to Italy’s agricultural slump.</p><p>In the past century, marijuana and cannabis became associated with the word drug, effectively wiping out generations of tradition, said Gennaro Maulucci, the main organizer of a hemp-based trade fair in Rome. “We want to dismantle that defamatory reputation,” he said.</p><p>The level of tetrahydrocannabinol — or THC, the compound that makes people high — is under 0.2 percent in cannabis light, a small fraction of the 15 percent to 25 percent or more that is typically found in cultivated strains of marijuana, whose street-level quality can be significantly lower in Italy. It has varying levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, which proponents say has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, without the psychoactive effects.</p><p>Some aficionados working for marijuana-promoting magazines have described the effects of cannabis light as a taking-the-edge-off kind of buzz, without actually getting stoned.</p><p>Easyjoint’s website specifies that its products must not be burned or eaten, and that they are not medicinal. But in an interview, Mr. Marola said cannabis light had properties that could be effective in various instances.</p><p>“Fortunately, more people suffer from insomnia and panic attacks” than Lou Gehrig’s disease, for which medical marijuana is often prescribed, he said, adding that medical marijuana should be reserved “for those who really need a product with high THC content.”</p><p>The scientific community is still out about the medical properties of cannabis light. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, has been increasingly popular in Italy since it was approved in 2006, and demand now greatly dwarfs supply.</p><p>Thousands of Italians use medical cannabis to assuage the symptoms of issues like post-chemotherapy nausea, muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anorexia and anxiety, even if many doctors hesitate to propose the treatment out of concern for potential legal liabilities.</p><p>But as it cannot keep up with demand, the government also imports from Holland and, as of January, from Canada.</p><p>Colonel Medica said he thought demand could further quadruple. “Doctors have begun to see the importance of medical cannabis,” he said.</p><p>In September, pharmacies throughout Italy ran out of medical marijuana, prompting many patients with prescriptions to turn to the black market.</p><p>While anyone can drink hemp tea or eat hemp-based food (when it’s available) at the cafe — whose legal status is also unclear — patients with a prescription can consume their own cannabis in a comfortable therapy room.</p><p>The cafe was created so that people didn’t have to medicate alone at home. “The problem is that the mentality is closed in Italy, and if you speak of cannabis as a cure, you’re seen as a druggie,” said Luigi Mantuano, the other owner of the cafe, which sells its own version of cannabis light. “We didn’t want people to close themselves off.”</p><p>Though medical and light cannabis are legal, several cannabis users shared stories of being detained when found with the flowers.</p><p>“If you’re stopped by the police after buying medical cannabis, you have to be lucky enough that the officers have read the law and don’t confuse it as a drug — otherwise it’s probable that you’ll spend the night in prison,” said Andreana Sirhan, a Rome pharmacist who sells medical marijuana.</p><p>The popularity of cannabis light has given fresh energy to marijuana legalization campaigns that have been simmering since the 1970s. A group of lawmakers from several political parties proposed a bill during the legislative session that ended last month, though it did not make its way through Parliament.</p><p>There is no guarantee that the nebulous legal status of cannabis light will survive the legislative appetite of incoming lawmakers. The two parties most likely to govern Italy for the next five years, perhaps together, have differing views on marijuana use: The Five Star Movement is open to legalization, the far-right League party is against it.</p><p>A spokesman for the association that represents licensed tobacco vendors noted that a ministerial decision was pending on whether cannabis light would be recognized as a tobacco substitute and be subject to taxes. That would mean cannabis light could be sold only through licensed tobacco vendors.</p><p>He said he was concerned that the Italian cannabis light bubble could burst, but he was heartened by the growing number of states that have legalized marijuana in the United States.</p><p>“Legalization there has created jobs, reduced criminality and the contraband of poor-quality marijuana, and it’s a big tax boon for governments,” Mr. Molinari said. “Why remove a substance that creates income for the state?”</p>
announce it is dissolving next month.</p><p> Hundreds of members of ETA are kept in Spanish and French prisons, mostly outside the Basque region.</p><p> The Spanish government has said that ETA's vow to not return to violence was long overdue and would not be rewarded by easing the conditions of its members in prisons.</p>
sion.</p><p>Plush, 16, called 911 twice earlier that day and told dispatch he was in “desperate need of help” after he got in a freak accident, and was pinned by a bench seat in the back of his minivan.</p><p>“This is not a joke,” Plush told 911 operator. “I’m almost dead. Tell my mom I love her if I die.”</p><p>Officials said the cops looked for the teen for 11 minutes, but the footage only shows about 3 minutes of their search. The officers did not check all the school’s parking lot, according to The Enquirer.</p><p>“I don’t see nobody, which I didn’t imagine I would,” one of the officers said in the video.</p><p>As music plays in the background one officer quips: “These kids drive betters cars than you do.”</p><p>The cops were at the school when Plush called 911 a second time, providing more detail, including a better description of the van, a gold Honda Odyssey — but the 911 operator said she never heard it, the outlet reported.</p><p>Plush’s body was found about six hours later. Authorities say he died of asphyxia, from his chest being compressed under the seat.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
's Douma on Saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by Western powers on the Syrian government's chemical facilities.</p><p> The site visit, confirmed by the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, would allow the agency to proceed with an independent investigation to determine what chemicals, if any, were used in the April 7 attack that medical workers said killed more than 40 people.</p><p> Douma was the final target of the government's sweeping campaign to seize back control of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus from rebels after seven years of revolt. Militants gave up the town days after the alleged attack.</p><p> The Syrian government and its ally Russia denied responsibility for the attack.</p><p> OPCW inspectors arrived in Damascus just hours before the April 15 strikes but were delayed from visiting the site until Saturday, leading Western officials and Syrian activists to accuse Russia and the Syrian government of staging a cover-up.</p><p> The OPCW said in a statement that it visited "one of the sites" in Douma to collect samples for analysis at agency-designated laboratories, adding it would "consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma."</p><p> It said the mission will draft a report based on the findings, "as well other information and materials collected by the team."</p><p> The OPCW mission is not mandated to apportion to blame for the attack.</p><p> A U.N. security team had scouted Douma on Tuesday to see if it was safe for weapons inspectors to visit. The team came under small arms and explosives fire, leading the agency to delay its mission.</p><p> Journalists visiting Douma the previous day, escorted by government minders, experienced no security issues.</p><p> Russian ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the delays to the OPCW team were "unacceptable," in a statement Saturday.</p><p> Douma is just minutes away from Damascus, where the OPCW team is based.</p><p> Images emerging from Douma in the hours after the attack showed lifeless bodies collapsed in crowded rooms, some with foam around their noses and mouths.</p><p> Abou Salah entered one of the buildings affected by the alleged gas attack the following day and took footage of a yellow cylinder with a gas valve on the top floor. He said it had crashed through the roof and showed a gash in the ceiling where it purportedly came through.</p><p> Raed Saleh, the head of the Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group, also known as the White Helmets, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his organization had shared the coordinates of the graves of April 7 victims with the OPCW, so that inspectors could take biological samples.</p><p> Civil Defense workers evacuated Douma after the attack, fearing persecution by the security services of the government. The government says the group is a terrorist organization. The group, which operates in opposition areas only, maintains a strong position against Assad.</p><p> Thousands of people — rebels and civilians — left Douma on buses to north Syria in the days after the attack, believing they could not live under government authority after it retook the town. North Syria is divided between opposition, Turkish, and al-Qaida control.</p><p> The evacuations were the latest in a string of population transfers around the Syrian capital that have displaced more than 60,000 people as the government reconsolidates control after seven years of civil war.</p><p> U.N. officials and human rights groups say the evacuations amount to a forced population displacement that may be a war crime.</p><p> On Saturday, rebels began evacuating three towns in the eastern Qalamoun region in the Damascus countryside, state TV reported.</p><p> State-run Al-Ikhbariya TV said 35 buses left the towns of Ruhaiba, Jayroud, and al-Nasriya carrying hundreds of rebels and their families to opposition territory in north Syria.</p><p> The station said there could be 3,200 rebels leaving three towns on Saturday. It said the evacuations would continue for three days.</p><p> Syrian government forces will take over the towns once the departures are complete.</p><p> Associated Press writers Michael Corder in The Hague and James Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.</p>
used him to miss a week, but since then, he said, it has been in remission.</p><p>He said he is feeling stronger each week and was anticipating his best team in his third season as head coach. But he felt he could no longer coach and be a teacher.</p><p>“They wanted somebody on campus,” Moro said. “It’s not the way I wished to end my career. I feel bad for the kids. I don’t feel bad for me.”</p><p>Moro said he won’t seek another head coaching job but didn’t rule out being a consultant for a program.</p><p>“Four months of the season, I put in 70 to 80 hours a week,” Moro said about combining teaching with coaching. “That’s too much. I need not to be a full-time teacher. It’s not fair to my family.”</p><p>Some schools in the state begin spring football workouts on Monday.</p><p>AZCentral Sports sent messages to Marcos de Niza Principal Sean McDonald and Athletic Director Carlos Alvarado, seeking comment.</p><p>“Coach Moro resigned from his teaching position at Marcos and while we are very sad to see him go, it is a practice in our district that head football coaches have teaching responsibilities on campus, while leading the football programs,” said Jennifer Liewer, executive director of community relations for the Tempe district, in an email. “Coach Moro has been offered the opportunity to continue to have a role with the team in a role other than head coach. He is a wonderful community treasure and we appreciate everything he has done for our students.”</p><p>Moro won 13 state championships during his storybook tenure at Lakeside Blue Ridge, before making the move to the Valley to lead Poston Butte’s program. That lasted two seasons before he resigned.</p><p>He coached Marcos de Niza the past two seasons, leading to the Padres to a 5-5 mark and the 4A playoffs in 2017, where they lost 34-7 to Cave Creek Cactus Shadows in the first round.</p><p>“It’s usually not until Year 3 when things start to fall into place,” Moro said. “I feel this will be the best team. There are a lot of good players.”</p>
ys lacrosse season after a video emerged last week of team members assaulting another student.</p><p>Per the Gazette, School Superintendent Andrea Kane announced Friday that the school will forfeit the remainder of the season. Officials said that while not all the JV lacrosse players were involved in the incident, a significant number were actively or passively engaged in the behavior.</p><p>Kane wrote in her statement that the cancellation was as a result of the video shared on social media.</p><p>According to Baltimore’s WMAR, the video showed a group of male students putting their genitals in the face of another male student.</p><p>Since they are juveniles, the students involved in the incident have not been identified.</p><p>“This type of behavior will not be tolerated for any athletic team or student group within Queen Anne’s County Public Schools,” Kane wrote, per the Gazette. “The behavior on the video, which was witnessed by thousands of people via social media and the news media, is not condoned and will not be ignored.”</p><p>According to the Gazette, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann released a statement Friday, explaining his office would forward the results to the county’s State’s Attorney’s Office.</p>
high school players who have the NBA in their plan A slot on the typical career path question.</p><p>To expedite the realization of that dream, Maxey learned that with the English class he’s currently enrolled in he would be eligible to reclassify from 2019 to 2018.</p><p>The NBA age rule says a player must be one year removed from high school to enter the NBA Draft.</p><p>“It’s a tough decision now that I know it’s more real,” said Maxey, who scored 14 points and dished out five assists in Drive Nation’s 80-64 loss to Pro Skills at the Nike EYBL on Saturday morning. “I’ve been thinking hard on it.”</p><p>Maxey’s latest in-home visit was with Kentucky head coach John Calipari.</p><p>Texas, Michigan State and Michigan have all been in recently as well.</p><p>“The in-home with Coach Cal was great,” Maxey said. “You can’t not be impressed with him. He just talked about where I’d fit in with whichever class I came in if I chose them. He just wants me to come; if that’s this year great, if it’s next year he’s OK with that too.”</p><p>Maxey said he got the same message from the Spartans, the Longhorns and the Wolverines and shot down the popular rumor that if he did in fact decide to reclassify to the 2018 class it would be to suit up for the Wildcats.</p><p>“No, I wouldn’t say that,” Maxey said. “All of the schools are presenting great options for me. If I go now, I can have a chance to get to my dream quicker, but if I stay I can have that last year with my friends and family. It’s a lot to weigh out.”</p><p>Maxey said he fully plans to finish the summer with Drive Nation and is laser focused on winning the Nike Peach Jam in mid-July.</p><p>“I won’t even decide on anything with reclassifying until after that I don’t think,” Maxey said.</p><p>This past season, Maxey led South Garland (Irving, Texas) to the state semifinals, averaging 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game.</p><p>“I didn’t’ get that championship so I need this one,” Maxey said. “As far as the reclassification, that’s something I’m always talking to my parents about. I have no idea what I’m gonna do.”</p><p>When asked if he could put a percentage on the option of joining the 2018 class, Maxey paused, laughed and said, “Wow, I really can’t. I really don’t know. I know it’s a question that I’ll keep getting, but I’m gonna take my time and think about it. I know, in the end, I’ll make the right decision.”</p>
of the Big Ten’s most prominent programs appears, for the moment, to be squashed.</p><p>“St. Xavier High School enthusiastically invites all colleges and universities to recruit our students for their academic, athletic and co-curricular programs,” the statement sent to Land of 10 reads. “We apologize to any school that has ever felt anything less than welcome on our campus or by our staff.”</p><p>“It’s not going to ever happen again, and we do apologize that it happened,” St. Xavier director of communications and marketing Becky Schulte told Land of 10. “I don’t know that there’s a way to prevent that except to say that it won’t ever happen.”</p><p>A prep power across many sports, St. Xavier has won three state football championships since Specht took over the program in 2004. Wolf was a key member of the 2016 state champions. As a senior, he passed for 2,532 yards with 27 touchdowns, earning first-team All-Ohio honors and being named the Greater Catholic League South player of the year and the Southwest District offensive player of the year.</p><p>“He’s fiery,” Steve Wolf told Land of 10 of Specht. “The reason why he’s such a good coach is because he’s got passion. I don’t agree with a lot of things that happened. But he was really respectful of my kid. If this would have hurt Chase’s recruiting, it would have been a different thing.</p><p>“I didn’t agree with him when it happened, but we worked around it. Less drama. We figured out the way we were going to do it and handle it. We signed our letter of commitment off campus. It worked out great. It’s over as far as I’m concerned. It was over with Chase in the beginning of recruiting.”</p><p>Wolf is a Badger, and given that Wisconsin coaches are no allowed on campus, more St. Xavier athletes could possibly follow.</p>
cy for the monitoring of chemical weapons set off to the site of a suspected April 7 gas attack in Syria on Saturday, Russia’s foreign ministry said.</p><p>Inspectors from the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were delayed for one week in Damascus before they could visit the town, just minutes’ away from the capital, where the alleged attack occurred.</p><p>The town of Douma was at the time under rebel control and facing a ferocious government air and ground assault. Militants gave up the town days after the alleged attack.</p><p>The U.S., France, and Britain blamed the Syrian government for the attack, and struck suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities one week later.</p><p>The Syrian government and its ally Russia denied responsibility for the attack.</p><p>Russian ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the delays to the OPCW team were “unacceptable,” in a statement Saturday.</p><p>A U.N. security team touring Douma on Tuesday came under small arms and explosives fire, leading the OPCW to postpone its visit.</p><p>The U.S. and Britain accused the Syrian government and Russia of delaying the investigation to stage a cover up.</p><p>Images that emerged from Douma in the hours after the attack showed lifeless bodies collapsed in crowded rooms, some with foam around their noses and mouths.</p><p>Medical workers and activists in Douma at the time said at least 40 people were killed.</p><p>Thousands of people – rebels and civilians – left Douma on buses to north Syria in the days after the attack, believing they could not reconcile with the government after it took over the town. North Syria is divided between opposition, Turkish, and al-Qaida control.</p><p>The evacuations were the latest in a string of population transfers around the Syrian capital that have displaced more than 60,000 people as the government reconsolidates control after seven years of civil war.</p><p>U.N. officials and human rights groups say the evacuations amount to a forced population displacement that may be a war crime.</p><p>On Saturday, rebels began evacuating three towns in the eastern Qalamoun region in the Damascus countryside, state TV reported.</p><p>State-run Al-Ikhbariya TV said several buses left the towns of Ruhaiba, Jayroud, and al-Nasriya carrying hundreds of rebels and their families to opposition territory in north Syria.</p><p>The station said there could be 3,200 rebels leaving three towns on Saturday. It said the evacuations will continue for three days.</p><p>Syrian government forces will take over the towns once the departures are complete.</p>
that far-right organizations held in the city last week and to alert Poland's right-wing government to the growing threat of fascism.</p><p> Holocaust survivor Magdalena Wyszynska told the crowd that a lack of reaction to the activities of such groups could suggest that leaders in Poland's right-wing government are "more concerned for the widening of their electorate than for our security."</p><p> She said authorities are giving "silent consent" to the existence of groups like All-Poland Youth or the National Radical Camp.</p>