When Hurricane Sandy doused the lights along coastal New Jersey nine months ago, it laid the groundwork for a summertime baby boom that has hospitals jumping. “It was a crazy time,” said Steven Morgan, who practices obstetrics and gynecology at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. “A lot of people were home, a lot of people didn’t have TV, and obviously a lot of reproduction was happening.” Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch is on track to deliver about 500 babies this month, up from 371 delivered at the same time last year, said Dr Robert Graebe, who heads the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department. Jersey Shore University Medical Center expects about 200 births this month, up from 160 in July last year. Both hospitals said they were bringing in extra staff to cope with the baby boom.
Girl killed in shark attack
A young tourist died after being attacked by a shark as she swam off a beach in the northeast of the country, a hospital official said on Tuesday. Bruna Gobbi, an 18-year-old resident of Sao Paulo, was rushed to the Restauracao hospital in Recife after Monday’s attack. “She lost a lot of blood” and died of her injuries after her leg was amputated, said a hospital official who asked not to be named. “We knew there were risks of a shark attack but I thought this would occur in a deeper sector [of water],” the victim’s cousin, Daniele Souza, told Globo television.
Parliament blockade broken
Police have broken up a blockade of Parliament by anti-government protesters to escort out more than 100 lawmakers and government ministers who had been trapped inside the besieged building for more than eight hours. Police in riot gear pushed away the protesters early yesterday and formed a corridor to allow those trapped out of the building. Anti-government protests in the capital have been going on for 40 days, and escalated on Tuesday evening as several hundred demonstrators trapped the officials inside Parliament in a bid to oust the left-leaning government. Police had tried to escort the officials out by a bus on Tuesday, but protesters blocked the vehicle hurling stones at it. Seven protesters and two police officers were treated in hospital for head wounds.
Rhino horn gang busted
The authorities said on Tuesday they had cracked an international gang smuggling horns from rare white rhinoceroses from South Africa to Asia, where they are prized in traditional medicine. The gang sent registered Czech game hunters to South Africa to trophy hunt and legally repatriate horns. From there, the horns were to be sent on to unspecified Asian countries. “Sixteen people have been charged, of whom 15 were taken into police custody. They face up to eight years behind bars,” according to a joint statement on Tuesday by police, customs service and environmental authorities. Customs officers seized 24 rhino horns, worth an estimated 3.85 million euros (US$5.1 million). According to the same statement “each hunter was allowed to kill one rhinoceros at a local game farm” in South Africa. They brought the trophy horns into the EU using falsified export licenses, it said. Limited trophy hunting is permitted under the international Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).