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AUCKLAND – An award-winning filmmaker was killed in a shark attack on Wednesday at a popular surfing beach west of New Zealand’s largest city.

Muriwai beach on Auckland's west coast has been closed after a fatal shark attack: ow.ly/i52Gv

— nzherald (@nzherald) February 27, 2013

Adam Strange, 46, whose short film won the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, was swimming alone 200 meters offshore from Muriwai Beach, near Auckland, when he was attacked by a four-meter-long shark – believed to be a great white – according to Stuff news website.

Fisherman Pio Moses told Stuff: "All of a sudden... we saw the shark fin and next minute, boom, attack him then blood every where on the water.” Moses called emergency services while his friend ran for help. "I yelled at him to swim to the rocks. There was blood everywhere. The water was red. It's pretty scary," said Moses.

Around 200 people were on the beach, and people quickly ran, said Auckland Now. "Everybody was evacuated from the water. Word of mouth, "shark", and everybody left the water,” said student Stef McCallum.

An Eagle helicopter was quickly dispatched to the area, with police officers shooting at the shark, said the New Zealand Herald. A police officer was also able to fire around 20 shots from a lifeguard boat. The shark was hit, but managed to swim away.

TV3 reported that as many as four sharks may have been involved in the attacks, and that neighboring beaches had been closed. Helicopters will patrol the area and lifeguards will have a strong presence, said Auckland Now.

The police have asked us to close Muriwai Regional Park. We expect it to be closed for the next few days.

— Auckland Council (@aklcouncil) February 27, 2013

Shark attacks are very rare – there have been only 14 recorded fatal shark attacks in New Zealand since 1837. There are around two non-deadly attacks a year.

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Single Parents In Portugal Turn "It Takes A Village" Into A Practical Reality

The death of a young child left alone at home while his single mother was out shocked a community. Now, single parents have banded together to offer support to each other. And they're succeeding in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Single Parents In Portugal Turn "It Takes A Village" Into A Practical Reality

Women from the association Jangada D'Emoções, which started Colo100Horas

Maíra Streit

SINTRA — The large and curious eyes of Gurnaaz Kaur reveal her desire to understand the world.

This four-year-old Indian girl doesn’t speak Portuguese yet. A few months have passed since she left her country on the family adventure across the European continent. She uses a few gestures to try to express herself and greets people with a “bom dia” (good morning), one of the few expressions he has learned.

Nahary Conniott, 8, is also looking for ways to interact. From Angola and on the autism spectrum disorder, she has already experienced difficult situations and was asked to leave the private school she attended. In the other schools in which the mother enrolled her, the refusal was always justified by the lack of vacancies.

Children with such different paths found the support they deserved in the Colo100Horas project. Started in 2021, it is a self-organized network of women who came together to help immigrants with their immense daily challenges in Sintra, in western Portugal.

The long list of problems meant they banded together to look for a solution: the strenuous routine of caring for children (still imposed in most homes as the responsibility of women), low salaries, the overcrowding of daycare centers, excessive work and the difficulty with shift schedules, which is common in jobs in the catering and cleaning industries.

A tragic case that occurred recently in the neighborhood that drew attention to the need for greater support for families: a six-year-old boy died after falling from the ninth floor of the building where he lived. He was at home with only his two little brothers, while his mother had left to go to the market, a few meters away.

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