Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Four key effects of Houston floods

Record amounts of rain have fallen in Texas since Hurricane Harvey hit on Friday. The immediate impacts may be obvious - people having to leave home, states of emergency, burst dams, streets underwater and at least nine deaths connected to the storm - but further down the line this will continue to reverberate.
Here are four key areas that will be affected by the storm:

Population

In some areas, 48 inches (122cm) of rain has fallen. That compares to an average yearly rainfall of 49.77 inches and explains the flooded streets, homes and businesses.
More than 30,000 people are temporarily homeless and of those who have been able to stay in their homes, tens of thousands were left without electric power.
Tens of thousands of people stayed overnight in shelters at the weekend, 9,000 of them in a convention centre that was opened up for them and hundreds in a private furniture shop.
Where will they go?
Another Gulf Coast disaster might offer a glimpse into Houston's future. Twelve years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced. The city's population never bounced back; it still stands 50,000 below pre-Katrina levels.
Trees blown over in the street by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, 2005Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionHurricane Katrina caused major wind damage
But Gail Delaughter, who is herself from New Orleans, told the BBC there is one major difference between what happened there and what is happening in Houston.
She said: "The dynamic is kind of different because in New Orleans the entire city was devastated.
"Here, you have a situation where some neighbourhoods have suffered devastation and some haven't. Houston is a large and spread-out city. It's just a different situation from place to place.
"There is talk of bringing in some trailers but that's all being worked out at this point - for a lot of the people it just remains up in the air where they're going to go.
"A lot of people are low income and don't have the means to just up and go."
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The New Yorker magazine's Malcolm Gladwell argued that after Katrina, lower-income people who were displaced got new chances at improved lives. Former prisoners who went to new neighbourhoods after being released were significantly less likely to re-offend compared with those who went back to their old neighbourhoods.
And 40,000 people moved to and stayed in Houston, he said, where social mobility was much higher than in New Orleans. A child born in the bottom fifth of US income in Houston had a 9.3% chance of making it to the top fifth by the age of 26, compared to a 5.1% chance in New Orleans, one of the worst in the country.

Environment

Fifteen trillion gallons of water have so far fallen on Houston - more than twice as much as fell on New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
There are signs of ways in which environmental changes may have made the hurricane worse - the warmer air gets, for instance, the more moisture it can hold in it.
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And the storm, in its turn, has had significant consequences for the local environment.
The water was contaminated in places and, as it began to recede, residents noticed rubbish, broken road signs and even sewage lying in it.
At least five people in the back of a pick up truck as it drives through waterImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Some people were concerned on Monday as people in eastern Houston reported an "unbearable" smell coming from petrochemical industry areas, that was causing headaches, sore and itchy throats and itchy eyes in residents who were trapped by flooding. A few hours later, it was reported to have been caused by a chemical spill from a ruptured pipeline.
Great movements of water like this can also cause displacement of animals. Many of the environmental effects will have to be calculated after the human disaster is dealt with, but among those attracting attention now are the owners of an alligator farm who warned on Monday that hundreds of the reptiles would be set free if the water rose by just another foot.
And fire ants, ejected from their underground homes, made floating islands to keep their queens alive until the water receded.
There may be other negative effects that become clear in the future - near New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina damaged swamps that play a vital part in absorbing floodwater, so making future flooding more likely.

People's health

Multiple hospitals and nursing homes have been evacuated due to the floods, and hospitals have had to rely on backup systems for electricity and internet access.
In a disaster situation like this, routine appointments are often disrupted too. The Washington Post interviewed John McMillian, who was in town for five days of leukaemia treatment but was cut off from the hospital and could not make it to the fourth day.
People have been warned to make sure their tetanus vaccinations are up to date before they start clearing up in their homes, because of the risk of stepping on something sharp. And as some stagnant water is left behind it may become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which in Texas can carry West Nile virus, a potentially-fatal fever.

The economy

Houston is at the centre of many industries, chief among them energy. The area is home to almost half of US refining capacity and a fifth of its oil production, meaning it makes a 2.9% contribution to US GDP. But property damage has stopped half the area's oil refineries from working, and the low supply pushed the US financial market price of petrol up 4% to a two-year high.
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One estimate suggests two million barrels a day of refining capacity has been lost - equivalent to about 10% of US national demand for products such as petrol, aviation fuel and heating oil.
Morningstar Commodities Research said on Tuesday that 11 more refineries, with a combined capacity of 1.3 million barrels per day, were at risk of closure.
The economic damage was not confined to the energy industry, however. Outside the city, the deluge wiped out a promising crop of cotton, and there are reports of farmers working 24 hours a day as the storm approached but still not managing to bring the whole harvest to safety.
Water will recede and properties will dry again after the flood, but it will take months or years to clean homes and businesses and make them fit for purpose again. It is estimated the insurance bill will hit more than $10bn.
bales of cottonImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionBales of harvested cotton sat in flood water between Houston and Corpus Christi, near the Texas coast

Houston floods: Night curfew bid to stop robbery and looting

The US city of Houston has declared a night-time curfew as it battles the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
The storm has dumped record rainfall, leaving large parts of the city underwater, homes destroyed and over 20 people reported dead.
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said the curfew was needed to head off looting in America's fourth most populous city.
President Donald Trump visited Texas on Tuesday to survey the damage brought by Harvey, calling the storm "epic".
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The curfew will run from 00:00-05:00 local time (05:00-10:00 GMT) for an indefinite period. Relief volunteers, first responders, and those going to and from work are exempt.
Mr Turner said the curfew would help prevent "property crimes" against evacuated homes, and was in force "only to prevent potential criminal acts".
City officials have reported instances of looting, armed robberies and of people impersonating police officers.
Thousands of people have fled their homes in search of emergency shelter amid severe flooding.
President Trump earlier arrived in Corpus Christi, where Hurricane Harvey first made landfall on Friday, with First Lady Melania Trump.
After landing in Texas, Mr Trump said he wanted the relief effort to stand as an example of how to respond to a storm. "We want to do it better than ever before," he said.
"This storm, it's epic what happened. But you know what, it happened in Texas and Texas can handle anything."
He will not be visiting Houston. The White House said he did not want his visit to disrupt the emergency response.
The rainfall in Texas set a new record for the continental US, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. A rain gauge in Cedar Bayou recorded 51.88 inches (132 cm) of rain since Friday.
More than 13,000 people have now been rescued in the affected areas.
Media captionStorm Harvey: Three factors that came together to bring unprecedented rainfall

In other developments:

  • A Houston police officer died after he became trapped in flood waters whilst trying to get to work, the city police chief said
  • Almost a third of Harris County, home to 4.6 million people, is reportedly underwater - an area 15 times the size of Manhattan
  • Officials in Harris County said 3,000 homes had been flooded by water spilling from the Addicks and Barker dams, according to Reuters
  • Some bridges and roads are said to be buckling under the stress
  • A levee at Columbia Lakes in Brazoria County, south of Houston, was breached, with authorities tweeting: "Get out now!"
  • A 1.5 mile (2.4km) radius around a chemical plant at Crosby was evacuated due to the possibility of a fire or explosion.
Mr Trump has already declared a federal state of emergency in both Texas and nearby Louisiana, where Harvey is expected to make landfall again on Wednesday morning.
The move releases emergency government funding and other assistance.
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Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years when it made landfall on Friday near Corpus Christi, 220 miles (354km) south-west of Houston.
It was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but is expected to continue dumping huge amounts of rain in the coming days over already flood-hit areas.
Residents of the Louisiana city of New Orleans, which marked the 12th anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday, are bracing for heavy rain and flash floods over the next two days.

United Kingdom initiatives to end Myanmar violence: UK

United Kingdom urges UN Security Council to end violence on Rohingyas in Myanmar

Today, the Al-Jazeera Television Online report said on Wednesday that the United States requested the Security Council of a meeting after reports of civilian Rohingyas killed in the Myanmar's military campaign.

The UK requested on Tuesday. On the request, a meeting of the Security Council for the discussion on the issue of civilian casualties in mass protests against the alleged Rohingya fighters.

UK Ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft wrote on Twitter, urging the United Nations Security Council to discuss the situation in Burma (Myanmar).

The United Nations Security Council meeting may be held on Wednesday with the UK request.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Myanmar to allow humanitarian aid to Rakhine on Monday.

The United Nations Secretary-General has expressed deep concern over the news of civilian casualties in Rakhine security forces.

Warner's Century





David Warner became the first player to score a century in international cricket against Bangladesh. Opener Australian opener with 106 runs in 130 balls. Shakib was forced to stay 2 runs away from the Century, but it was a strong appeal to Caught Behind. Shakib-Mushfiqur were unable to review after being disapproved Warner has played 15 fours and a sixer knock. While writing this report, Australia's collection was 148 for two wickets. Australia still 113 runs away from victory
Captain Steve Smith is giving a wonderful team to Warner He scored an unbeaten 33 off 89 balls. Australia added another 43 runs in the first 45 minutes on the fourth day.
Mehedi Hasan Miraj and Shakib Al Hasan took one wicket each for Bangladesh.

Artist Abdul Jabar is no longer

"Salam Salam Thousa Salam ',' Ore Neel Daria ', and many other famous singers, Abdul Jabbar is no more (Inna Lillahi wa Inna Illihi Razifan).

He died on Wednesday at 9:20 am under the intensive care center (ICU) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). Professor Shahidul Islam Selim, Chief Professor of Kidney Disease Department, confirmed the authenticity of the information in the first light.

For many days, the treatment of Abdul Jabbar, who was ill in BSMMU's ICU, was undergoing treatment. Shahidul Islam, chief of the hospital's kidney disease department, said in the first light, 'None of his kidneys were working. Kidney transplantation was advised. The artist's condition deteriorated due to the delay of the family decision. In this situation, we formed the board and decided to treat him in the intensive care center. Finally, today he took care of.

Abdul Jabbar was born on November 7, 1938 in Kushtia district. Since 1958, the then Pakistan Radio started singing for him. He first composed for the film in 1962. He has been known as BTV's regular singer since 1964. In 1964, the first color film of 'East Bengal' directed by Zaheer Raihan gave the voice of 'Sangam'.

In 1968, he got the popularity of the song 'Yaatuku Asha' in the film Saha Saha. In the film 'Pich Dhala Path' in 1968, 'Love the Pitch Dhaat', with the voice of Robin Ghosh, and 'After wave' waves, in the film 'Raja Hussain Khan', 'Suucharita Jaho Nako and live for some time' gave the voice. In 1978, 'Sare Bao', the song 'Ore Neel Dariya' became popular with Alam Khan.

After the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, he gave voice to many songs including 'Salam Salam Thousand Salam', 'Joy Bangla Bangla Joy', from the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, to provide the spirit and motivation of the freedom fighters of Bangladesh. Many people took part in the liberation war inspired by his songs.

Besides, during the war, he worked with renowned Indian singer Hemant Mukhopadhyay to create public opinion in favor of Bangladesh's independence war at different places in Mumbai. Then the massacre of Harmonium played in the Calcutta-based Bangladesh to give inspiration to the freedom fighters camp. At that time he donated 12 lakh rupees for the song song of the independent Bangladesh government to the relief fund.

Abdul Jabbar received Ekushey Padak in 1980 and Independence Award in 1996 for his outstanding contributions to music.

Top Stories New drug 'cuts heart attack risk'

  • Controversial leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, which claims to have 60 million followers around the world
  • Took over the sect - which describes itself as "a non-profit social welfare and spiritual organisation" - when he was 23
  • Performs at rock concerts, acts in films and even has his own line of food products
  • Known as "rockstar baba" and "guru of bling" because of his shiny, colourful clothes
  • Has been accused of mocking Sikh and Hindu figures
  • Has been investigated for murder and rape, charges he denies
  • Has been accused of forcing followers to undergo castration to "get closer to god"

As Ram Rahim Singh was "a very influential figure", the judge said "he must be sentenced appropriately to send a deterring message for potential offenders".
"Awarding lesser than maximum punishment would shock the collective conscience of the nation," he added.
Ram Rahim Singh's lawyers had argued in the court that he should be let off with a milder sentence because he was "suffering from hypertension, acute diabetes and severe backache" and that he was "a law abiding citizen" who was "engaged in social works of varied nature" and ran hospitals and other welfare works for the benefit of the people.
The judge, in the end, rejected his appeal, saying "when the convict did not even spare his own pious disciples and acted like a wild beast, he did not deserve any mercy".
A heart attack is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked.
Experts have previously spoken about its possible link with inflammation of certain blood vessels. However, authors say such a link has never been proven before in humans.
The study's lead author Dr Paul Ridker, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, part of Harvard Medical School, said the study represented "a milestone in a long journey".
"For the first time, we've been able to definitively show that lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk," he said.
"This has far-reaching implications."
Dr Ridker continued: "In my lifetime, I've gotten to see three broad eras of preventative cardiology.
"In the first, we recognised the importance of diet, exercise and smoking cessation. In the second, we saw the tremendous value of lipid-lowering drugs such as statins. Now, we're cracking the door open on the third era. This is very exciting."
Dr Ridker said the findings also indicated "the possibility of slowing the progression of certain cancers", but further research was required.

'Safety trade-offs'

Dr Robert Harrington, chair of the Stanford University School of Medicine, sounded a note of caution in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine.
He said the effects of anti-inflammatories could be "modest", and the absolute clinical benefit of canakinumab "cannot justify" its routine use "until we understand more about the efficacy and safety trade-offs, and unless a price restructuring and formal cost-effectiveness evaluation supports it."
Others, though, say the treatment could help those at risk of repeat heart attacks for whom statins are not enough.
Prof Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the BHF, said: "The findings suggest that existing anti-inflammatory drugs, such as canakinumab, could be given along with cholesterol-lowering drugs to treat survivors and further reduce their risk of another heart attack."
Gary Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, said the findings provided "compelling evidence".

He called for further research into the findings.

India rapist guru: Judge calls Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh 'wild beast'

A judge who sentenced a controversial Indian guru convicted of rape to 20 years in prison called him a "wild beast" who deserved no leniency.
Judge Jagdeep Singh said in his order that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's assault of his disciples was "custodial rape" and he "deserved maximum punishment".
The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers from 1999 to 2002.
Prosecutors had called for a life sentence.
A lawyer for the victims said "40-50 women" had come forward with allegations of rape and they would be seeking further investigation in the case.
Apart from the rape charges against him, Ram Rahim Singh denies charges of murder in two cases due to be heard next month.
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Ram Rahim Singh's followers turned violent and 38 people were killed after his conviction on Friday. To deliver his judgement on Monday, the judge was flown to the prison where the self-styled holy man was lodged.
In a strongly-worded order, Judge Singh said the convict deserved the "maximum punishment" because he had "projected himself as a Godman and taken undue advantage of his position and authority", the BBC's Geeta Pandey reports from Delhi.
"The victims put the convict on the pedestal of 'god' and revered him. However, the convict committed breach of the gravest nature by sexually assaulting such gullible and blind followers," the order read.
  • Controversial leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, which claims to have 60 million followers around the world
  • Took over the sect - which describes itself as "a non-profit social welfare and spiritual organisation" - when he was 23
  • Performs at rock concerts, acts in films and even has his own line of food products
  • Known as "rockstar baba" and "guru of bling" because of his shiny, colourful clothes
  • Has been accused of mocking Sikh and Hindu figures
  • Has been investigated for murder and rape, charges he denies
  • Has been accused of forcing followers to undergo castration to "get closer to god"

As Ram Rahim Singh was "a very influential figure", the judge said "he must be sentenced appropriately to send a deterring message for potential offenders".
"Awarding lesser than maximum punishment would shock the collective conscience of the nation," he added.
Ram Rahim Singh's lawyers had argued in the court that he should be let off with a milder sentence because he was "suffering from hypertension, acute diabetes and severe backache" and that he was "a law abiding citizen" who was "engaged in social works of varied nature" and ran hospitals and other welfare works for the benefit of the people.
The judge, in the end, rejected his appeal, saying "when the convict did not even spare his own pious disciples and acted like a wild beast, he did not deserve any mercy".

VMAs 2017: Get the Details on Hailey Baldwin’s See-Through Jumpsuits


Dare to bare! “Being in the spotlight, I think it’s important to look put together and maintain a nice persona. My look is something that I definitely think about,” Hailey Baldwin has said. “Sure, there are times when I’m out in sweats, but I never want to look sloppy. My inspiration comes from models like Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington Burns; they always look amazing. I want to be like that in my career.” If by “nice persona” she means super-sexy vixen, the 20-year-old model didn’t disappoint at the 2017 MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 27 — she wore not one, but two revealing jumpsuits that left little to the imagination.
First up: Zuhair Murad’s sparkling silver ensemble from the Fall 2017 runway paired with silver hoop earrings and a diamond choker necklace by APM Monaco. Says Baldwin: “I think if I was going to be someone for a day I would want to be a performer, someone big, like Rihanna. I’d want to feel the energy of being on stage. I’ve always found that interesting.”
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A few minutes later, the evening’s presenter switched into a lacy black Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture getup — complete with knee-high velvet boots, matching high-rise briefs and APM Monaco rings. But Baldwin, who never shies away from revealing skin on and off the red carpet, says she knows when to draw the line. “There’s definitely a time when (shorts) are too short,” she has said. “Right at the bottom of your butt cheeks is where you can cut if off, because I think it’s cute when you can see a little bit, especially when you’re wearing them to the beach.”

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lala Anthony hits the high seas in a sexy string bikini



Lala Anthony is living her best life in an eye-popping bikini.
The 38-year-old television personality spent this past week with 34 family members aboard the Celebrity Equinox, a 1,041ft, 2,850-passenger ship that left Miami, Florida and sailed to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico. But she kept contact with her nearly 2 million Facebook fans with a slew of sexy photos.
In the latest image posted Friday captioned, “Ladies…Fall in love with YOURSELF FIRST,” Lala leans against a glass railing on the ship wearing a red-white-and-blue string bikini and red baseball hat, her head thrown back in laughter. She also had a bright yellow manicure and pedicure
Facebook fans immediately noted that the photo was #revenge goals, a nod to Lala’s estrangement from NBA player Carmello Anthony, her husband of seven years, due to infidelity rumors.
However, it seems as though Lala hasn’t pulled the plug on her marriage. In June, when asked by Wendy Williams whether she planned to divorce Carmello, she answered, “Not right now, I’m not. You know marriages are tough, and you know that. We all know that. It’s filled with ups and downs. We are just going through a time right now.”
Lala also stressed her commitment to the 10-year-old son she shares with Anthony. ″[Carmelo] and I are the best of friends and our number one commitment is to our son, Kiyan,” she said, adding that Carmelo was an “amazing” dad.

Lala also dropped another sexy swimsuit pic on Monday, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse, wearing a peach-colored bikini.
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