Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Carefully Watch People in Your Group — Learn How to Help Someone Else
Many people have died while trying to rescue others caught in rip currents. Don’t become a victim yourself. The most effective defense against drowning is closely watching people in your party.

  • Throw anything that floats to the person in trouble, like a life ring or cooler.
  • Seek help from park staff, friends or others.
  • Wear a life jacket if you must go in the water — it can save you and the person in trouble.
  • Ask others to stay away from piers and breakwalls
  • Pay attention to warning flags.

Beach Safety
Many public beach areas use color warning flags to alert swimmers of dangerous conditions.

  • Green = Go. But stay aware of changing conditions.
  • Yellow = Caution. Watch for rip currents.
  • Red = Stop. Stay on the beach and out of the water. A red flag means that swimmers are in danger of drowning due to rip currents or other hazards. Dangerous currents are often present near structures, regardless of weather conditions.

Tips for Swimmers
Rip currents are difficult for even Olympic swimmers. If caught in a rip current:

  • Stay calm: Fear, panic and exhaustion can be a deadly combination. Focus on breathing and keeping your head above water.
  • Swim to the side, then back to shore. If tired, switch between swimming and floating until you reach shore.
  • If in danger: Face the shore and call for help.

Water Safety Tips

  • Take swimming lessons to become a stronger swimmer.
  • Protect children from dangerous currents and breaking waves by having them wear life jackets.
  • Swim in designated beach areas and stay 150 feet away from piers and breakwalls.
  • Check the beach forecast before heading out and pay attention to warning flags throughout the day.
  • Recognize the signs of drowning (see below) and learn CPR.

Signs of Drowning
When drowning is portrayed in fictitious situations like movies, it often involves the drowning person splashing and making noise, calling out for help. However, in most real situations, drowning can be a quiet affair with people nearby not recognizing that a person is in trouble.

The signs of drowning may not be as dramatic as you've been led to believe.
The signs of drowning may not be as dramatic as you’ve been led to believe (courtesy of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project).

July 26, 2017 (International)
Hamas Ruled A Terrorist Organization By European Court Of Justice
Radical Islamist movement Hamas has been officially declared a terrorist organization by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) after judges in the European Union’s most senior court ruled the group should remain on an EU-wide terror blacklist. The EU originally imposed travel bans and asset freezes on the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist group, after the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda terror attacks on New York and Washington. Hamas opposed the sanctions from the start, arguing that it is a legally elected government and therefore has the right to conduct military operations against Israel. It refuses to recognize that some of Judaism’s holiest sites are located in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem; the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron; and Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. The EU maintains an active sanctions policy, targeting individuals, groups and states, including several other Palestinian entities, and Hamas will now be added to the list of terrorist organizations after Wednesday’s decision. This ruling ends a long-running court battle to challenge the group’s terror designation, following a previous ruling in 2014 when a lower court annulled the 2001 designation and recommended sanctions on Hamas be lifted. It comes just 24-hours after a Palestinian asylum seeker was found guilty in Austria of inciting others to kill Jews in Israel. As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, the 27-year old man was also was found guilty by the same six-member jury of belonging to Hamas. The Independent reports the U.S. is among the countries globally that classify Hamas as a terrorist group, although in the UK it is not banned in its entirety. The Home Office’s list of proscribed organisation includes its military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassem Brigades, for their “aims to end Israeli occupation in Palestine and establish an Islamic State”.

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