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Virat Kohli is my favourite batsman, players like him and AB de Villiers give you self-belief: Sandeep Sharma

first_imgWith Kings XI Punjab’s 10-wicket win, seamer Sandeep Sharma hoped the victory over Delhi Daredevils will change the momentum and give them the impetus to make it to the IPL play-off.”We needed to win and I think momentum will shift now and we will gain winning momentum. We still have five games left and we will play better to reach the playoffs of the tournament,” Sharma added after the match.His four wickets helped Kings XI to bundle out DD for 67 and Sharma said he backed his strength to take wickets.”I back my strengths as I know T20 is hard for bowlers, we know batsmen will come hard at you, so the best chance to keep them quiet is taking wickets,” 23-year-old said.”Actually, swinging new ball during power play is my strength. I try to take early wickets and when you have a new batsman at the crease, it increases my percentage to bowl dot balls.”Sharma said that knowing local conditions also proved helpful.”I am local, this is my home ground and I know during day matches, the wicket plays a bit slow. I was trying to pitch the ball up and that benefited,” he said.KXIP achieved the target in just 7.5 overs without losing a wicket. “This game was crucial for us. If we win most of remaining five games, we will reach playoffs,” Sharma said.Sharma said that senior pro in the team Hashim Amla and team director (cricket operations) Virender Sehwag give him valuable tips and this keeps him motivated.advertisementAsked about playing RCB next, Sharma said, “In T20 format, you cannot say any particular team is struggling. Even RCB, whom we play next, is a good team, in batting and bowling. They will not be an easy side to beat.””We are focusing on our strengths and our strategies and skills,” he said.Sharma said RCB skipper Virat Kohli is his favourite batsman and he will like to take his wicket when his team plays them next.”Virat is my favourite batsman, players like him and AB De Villiers give you self belief,” he said.Meanwhile, Daredevils coach Rahul Dravid also praised Sandeep Sharma’s efforts today.”Sandeep Sharma was good today, he figured out what the wicket was like, he bowled the right lengths, he didn’t try to swing the ball to much, normally you see him swing the ball a lot. But he figured that the wicket was on the slower side and he bowled wicket-to-wicket.”I think the key for him was the length, which was very good and forced our batsman to play some shots and they hit the ball in the air a lot, which was not a wise thing to do on this slow wicket,” Dravid said.last_img read more

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2018 was a year of progress but let’s hope 2019 can be even more positive

first_imgI then progressed to Juventus in May last year and Cristiano Ronaldo followed! The transition has been all that I expected and more. There are big differences in terms of fitness days, rest and recovery, nutrition and technical adaptation that have all helped me to develop further as a player, which is what having a new experience is all about – getting better. I have had a few embarrassing moments with the language, including asking for a plate of dog at a team dinner which was met with hysterics, but I aim to be able to give a post-match interview in Italian by the end of the season. So the pressure is on.It was fantastic to end the year scoring a hat-trick and finish with nine goals and six assists in 11 league games. If someone had told me that would be my goal return so soon into my time at Juventus, I would have definitely taken it. I guess when you see Ronaldo hitting the ground running with the 10 plus goals, I can only be inspired to do the same. I hope to continue this form with some silverware to show for it at the end of the season.Unfortunately I cannot say the same in terms of progression for other areas of the game such as racism. We saw specific incidents in 2018 that instead demonstrated regression. Whether it was a banana skin thrown at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, racial abuse hurled at Raheem Sterling or the targeting of Sterling by sections of the media, I think 2018 was a wake-up call for the game. We need to do more and be even firmer to eradicate racism. However, on a positive note, there seems to be much more openness in discussing how to deal with this problem.Racism is a part of life and it is naive to think it is going to be eradicated. Here in Italy the year ended with monkey chants aimed at the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the match against Internazionale on Boxing Day. As Carlo Ancelotti requested, the game should have been stopped and the referee should have taken more control of the situation in the same way he would do if there was a bad tackle. If a player has been affected by racist chanting, then it is up to the officials to stop the game and make sure a message is read out to the supporters asking them to stop. Most clubs say they will not tolerate any forms of discrimination – that cannot be something that is just said. It needs to be acted on.In 2019, if such incidents happen again, I am more concerned about the punishments. I liked the immediate action that will have a direct impact on Inter by closing part of the stadium for two matches. I would also like to see points docked or entire stadiums being closed if it continues. I believe clubs will start doing something only when it really has an effect in terms of points. If they are deducted three points when they are trying to win the title, then they might take it more seriously. Many will say the punishment handed out to Inter was not enough but once upon a time nothing happened at all, so at least there has been progress. Hopefully fans will see that shouting racist abuse has a negative effect on their team and that will stop them doing it. 2019, World Cup fever No 2: England and Scotland go for glory in France Read more The turn of the year left behind 12 months to remember personally on and off the field but also from a wider perspective in football.On the pitch if I could summarise 2018 in one word it would be progress. Progress for the England men’s team who, perhaps unexpectedly, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup. They continued that momentum by qualifying for the Nations League finals beating top nations such as Spain with the exciting, fearless brand of football we have all been craving to see from England. I was fortunate to be at many of England’s games in Russia working for ITV, which again exemplified the progress within the media working as a female pundit at the men’s World Cup. We now see so many female footballers contributing their opinions on men’s football on a weekly basis to the extent it is becoming normal. Long may that continue in 2019. comment Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Sportblog Topics Share on Pinterest England women’s football team Football European club football Share on WhatsApp Juventus England Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content We are only six months away from the Women’s World Cup in France. It is amazing how once the year starts it all seems that much closer. After such a positive World Cup for the men in Russia I hope the same can carry on to the women’s team, although they are in a slightly different position, given the women have reached back-to-back World Cup semi-finals and have bigger expectations. In terms of the world rankings and the previous tournaments I think the expectation will certainly be for England to win it because we have the level of experience to make that happen. Now the draw has been made I think it is important England start the year keen to build momentum in the friendlies leading into the tournament.In the Premier League we see Liverpool in pole position in the title race. I mentioned at the beginning of the season that Liverpool would be the challengers to Manchester City after the former’s fantastic Champions League run last season. Jürgen Klopp has shown how great a manager he is by building such an exciting team with a defensive core in Virgil van Dijk that has been unshakeable. Finishing 2018 unbeaten is no mean feat but we have all seen Liverpool falter in the title race towards the end of the season when it really mattered, such as in 2014. I do not believe the same will happen this season and this could finally be the year to end the long wait for the Premier League trophy at Anfield. Share on Facebook Women’s football Liverpool ‘No idea where money goes’: Fifa urged to help Somalia’s women footballerslast_img read more

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Seatrade Reefer Chartering Slams ITFs Allegations

first_imgAntwerp-based shipping company Seatrade Reefer Chartering has denied the allegations that it was withholding wages of the crew aboard the reefer vessel Pacific Breeze and planning to repatriate the seafarers upon the vessel’s arrival in the port of Oran, Algeria, as reported by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) earlier.Seatrade Reefer Chartering said that it “has been wrongly accused of withholding wages of the valued crew of the reefer vessel Pacific Breeze.” The company added that it “would like to reiterate that as the commercial managers of the Pacific Breeze it has no involvement at all in any direct funding of the vessel’s crew. Payment of wages is a joint responsibility of the owners and technical managers of the vessel.”“As an international shipping company Seatrade Reeder Chartering would like to express its deep concern that parties have fallen short of their financial obligations to the crew of Pacific Breeze,” the company said, adding that the seafarers “have eventually received their lawful payments.”Having fulfilled its legal and financial obligations, Seatrade Reefer Chartering informed that it has meanwhile terminated the commercial management of the 1990-built reefer Pacific Breeze.According to a statement released by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on April 19, which has since been taken down from the ITF website, the federation said that the intervention of the ITF and Algerian port state control “won the full back pay owed to 22 crew members of the Pacific Breeze, owned by BSBS Ltd Moscow, before they were repatriated.”ITF further informed that the Russian crew had requested its assistance on April 3, claiming that the ship’s operator Seatrade Reefer Chartering had not paid their wages totaling USD 139,810 for February or March and was planning to repatriate them when the vessel arrived in Oran port in Algeria.When contacted by World Maritime News on the matter, ITF spokesman Sam Dawson said that “Seatrade approached the ITF objecting to the article. As a courtesy we suspended the article while we look into their complaint.”“Once that is done we will respond to the company and decide whether to repost the article,” Dawson added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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150 Young Artists Join AllStar Broadway Cast In Arts For Autism Benefit

first_imgEducational Travel Adventures (ETA) and Believe NYC, organizations that enrich the lives of young people through travel and performance opportunities, announce the return of Arts for Autism, hosted by Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara.The concert will take place at the iconic Gershwin Theatre on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., and will benefit Autism Speaks. More than 150 young artists will join the Broadway cast on stage for an evening that will inspire feelings of understanding, acceptance, kindness and compassion.For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.Broadway lineup: • Christopher Jackson, Tony Award nominee (Hamilton) • Stephanie J. Block, Tony Award nominee (Falsettos) • Adrienne Warren, Tony Award nominee (Shuffle Along) • Jennifer Laura Thompson (Dear Evan Hansen) • Teal Wicks (Finding Neverland) • Abby Mueller (Beautiful) • John Michael Dias (Beautiful) • Betsy Struxness (Hamilton) • Kelvin Moon Loh (The King and I) • and more!This year’s show will introduce Mina Cuesta, an incredible lyric soprano on the spectrum. She was non-verbal in early childhood, but her parents’ introduction to music became her pathway to communication. “Mina’s love of theatre and singing is infectious and endearing. When she sings it’s obvious she has found the thing that makes her feel most alive,” Says Jacque Carnahan, Artistic Director and Producer. Mina and Kelli O’Hara will sing a surprise onstage duet with a message to match the inspiration of the evening.Andrew Duff, diagnosed with autism at age two and Autism Speaks’ Multimedia Producer, explains his connection with theater. He says, “It’s a place of expression. It’s practicing social cues. There’s not really a right or a wrong. In some ways, it has helped me more socially than any other therapy I’ve had.” Andrew is scheduled to speak at the show.“It’s inspiring to watch young performing arts students and Broadway actors share a message of acceptance as they are joined on stage by performers on the spectrum. It’s a chance for the young people involved to perform on Broadway, a dream for many, and a chance to support an important cause. It’s an incredible show,” says Michael Holzer, Producer and General Manager of ETA.Arts for Autism is produced by Educational Travel Adventures (www.etadventures.com) and Believe NYC (Believe-NYC.com) with 100% of proceeds from ticket sales donated to Autism Speaks. Last year’s inaugural event raised close to $40,000.last_img read more

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TSX drops more than 100 points as NAFTA negotiations fail to meet

first_imgToronto’s main stock index plummeted more than 100 points before the long weekend as Canada and the U.S. failed to reach a trade agreement by President Donald Trump’s self-imposed deadline Friday.The two countries met this week for a new round of NAFTA negotiations, hoping to strike a deal by the end of the week, but now it appears talks will continue after the Labour Day long weekend.“With the events that we’re having with NAFTA, certainly having some pressure on the market,” said Sid Mokhtari, with CIBC Capital Markets.The S&P/TSX composite index shed 108.67 points to 16,262.88.“It’s certainly has a lot to do with the politics, and I don’t think it’s primarily anything fundamental at this point,” he said, referencing off-the-record comments made by Trump to Bloomberg News that were leaked to the Toronto Star newspaper and published Friday morning.Trump, who has since confirmed the comments in a tweet, said that any deal with Canada would be “totally on our terms.”Investors may assume the pending deal will not be a good one for Canada or not quite what the country is looking for, said Mokhtari.Both countries have remained stubborn on certain issues and negotiations are expected to continue next week, starting Wednesday. Trump notified Congress that his administration intends to sign a trade agreement in 90 days with Mexico and Canada, should it be willing to do so.The health care and information technology sectors were the only two on the TSX to close in the green and offset some of the losses on the index. Cannabis companies Aphria Inc. and Canopy Growth Corp. led the health care sector where shares gained 6.06 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively.The rhetoric also pushed down the Canadian dollar. The loonie closed lower at 76.60 cents US compared with an average of 77.04 cents US on Thursday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 22.10 points to 25,964.82. The S&P 500 index gained 0.39 points to 2,901.52, while the Nasdaq composite advanced 21.17 points to 8,109.54.The October crude contract retreated 45 cents to US$69.80 per barrel and the October natural gas contract gained four cents to roughly US$2.92 per mmBTU.The December gold contract rose US$1.70 to US$1,206.70 an ounce and the December copper contract declined about five cents to US$2.68 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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Indigenous groups still want to buy stake in Trans Mountain after court

first_imgThe goal for Callihoo’s First Nation is to become a self-sufficient community that does not rely on government subsidies for the next seven generations, he said, and a stake in the pipeline project would go a long way to achieving that objective.The McMurray Metis are flourishing thanks to the economic opportunities provided by the oilsands, said chief executive officer Bill Loutitt, pointing to higher-than-average numbers of Aboriginal graduates in the region. The group will continue to push for a stake in Trans Mountain, he said.Loutitt said Trudeau’s government should pass legislation to urgently resume construction on the project in Alberta, while also fulfilling their obligations to consult and review tanker traffic impacts. It should consider including Alberta Indigenous groups in talks with B.C. First Nations, he added.“The one common thing that we’re concerned about is the environment,” he said. “But the way to take care of the environment is to be involved on the inside. That’s where you’re able to make the changes.” The McMurray Metis have opposed projects in the past and learned development usually happens regardless, he said, so the only difference is whether the community benefits from the project and has control over it.“I really see an opportunity for the coastal First Nations to be a big part in piloting these tankers and actually taking control of what’s going on in their backyard,” he said.But Rueben George, a representative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, said he couldn’t imagine his community ever supporting the project or purchasing a stake.The Tsleil-Waututh commissioned its own 1,200-page environmental assessment and concluded the project was a threat not only to its traditional territories but to the global fight against climate change, he said.“This isn’t good for Canada. This isn’t good for the world,” he said.The community could have negotiated a mutual-benefits agreement worth millions but it chose to protect the land and water instead, he added.But George said he understands why dozens of First Nations signed agreements and why some want to go further and invest in the project. Indigenous Peoples are statistically not doing well in Canada and communities have to make hard choices to keep members fed and housed, he said.“In some communities in our country, we have 90 percent, 95 percent unemployment. I understand they have to make moves forward,” George said. “They have to look out for their people.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “There are no shortcuts when it comes to consultation,” said Brad Callihoo, the chief executive officer of the Fort McMurray #468 First Nation. “(The ruling) identifies an issue that needs to be addressed. The system is broken when it comes to consultation and we need to fix it.”Canada has purchased the existing Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion and pledged to complete the expansion project, which would triple the line’s capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil a day and increase the number of tankers in Metro Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet seven-fold.Several First Nations in coastal and central B.C. filed lawsuits against the project, citing inadequate consultation. As they celebrated their win on the banks of Burrard Inlet on Aug. 30, dozens of construction workers from Callihoo’s First Nation were sent home from their jobs.Indigenous communities on either side of the pipeline fight say they respect each other’s stance and feel no sense of division between them. First Nations aren’t always going to agree, but all deserve meaningful consultation, said Callihoo.“Do I think there could be common ground for all the First Nations? Absolutely. But we have to be able to come to the table and meet the demands of the B.C. First Nations, just as (was done with) the Alberta First Nations.”Not all Aboriginal groups in B.C. oppose the project. Thirty-three First Nations signed mutual-benefits agreements with Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. before the expansion was taken over by the federal government, and Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey has expressed interest in buying a stake.center_img VANCOUVER, B.C. – Some First Nations and Metis communities are determined to purchase an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite a court ruling that halted construction and potentially set the project back for years.The Federal Court of Appeal ruling quashed the government’s approval of the project, requiring it to examine the impacts of increased tanker traffic and consult more deeply with Aboriginal groups along the pipeline route.Indigenous groups in Fort McMurray, Alta., say they still want to invest in the project and believe the ruling creates an opportunity for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to get consultation right.last_img read more

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SC notice to advocate alleging conspiracy against CJI

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to advocate Utsav Bains who has alleged that there is a conspiracy to frame Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in a sexual harassment case.The bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, while directing the presence of Bains on Wednesday in the court, asked him to produce evidence in support of paras 17 and 20 of his affidavit filed in the apex court on Monday. The court has taken suo motu cognisance of his affidavit.last_img

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Rahul Gandhi tenders unconditional apology for attributing ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remarks to SC

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday tendered an unconditional apology in the Supreme Court for wrongfully attributing to the apex court the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark in the Rafale verdict. He also sought closure of the criminal contempt proceedings against him on a petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. In a fresh three-page affidavit, Gandhi said he holds the apex court in the “highest esteem and respect” and that he has never sought to do anything which interferes with the process of administration of justice. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “The deponent (Rahul Gandhi) unconditionally apologises for the wrongful attributions to this court. The deponent further states that any such attributions were entirely unintentional, non-wilful and inadvertent,” Gandhi said in his affidavit. “The deponent most respectfully prays that this court may be graciously pleased to accept the instant affidavit and close the present contempt proceedings,” the affidavit stated. Gandhi also said the affidavit is made “bonafide and in the interest of justice, and nothing material has been concealed therefrom” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “At the outset the deponent herein most respectfully submits that he holds this court in the highest esteem, and respect. The deponent has never sought or intended to, directly or indirectly, commit any act that it interferes with the process of administration of justice,” the Congress chief said in his affidavit. BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who filed the contempt petition against Gandhi, had alleged that he has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice.last_img read more

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Further progress made towards eliminating blinding eye disease – UN reports

“This is very encouraging progress,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook told the 10th meeting of the agency’s Alliance for the Global Elimination of Blinding Trachoma (GET 2020) in Geneva. “If countries continue at this rate, the global goal to eliminate blinding trachoma as a public health problem by 2020 can be achieved.”At the meeting Iran, Mexico, Morocco and Oman reported successfully implementing their national strategies of interventions necessary for eliminating trachoma, based on the WHO-recommended SAFE strategy. The strategy emphasizes comprehensive public health action and stands for lid surgery (S), antibiotics to treat the infection (A), facial cleanliness (F); and environmental changes (E). If implemented comprehensively, the strategy could prevent virtually all cases of blindness. Trachoma, which affects the poorest and most remote rural areas of 56 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Australia and the Middle East, originates from an eye infection that is spread from person to person, frequently from child to child and from child to mother within the family, especially in conditions of water shortages, flies, and crowded households.Through discharge from an infected person’s eyes, it is passed on by hands, on clothing, or by flies that land on the person’s face. Infections often begin during infancy or childhood and become chronic. If left untreated, these infections eventually cause the eyelid to turn inward which in turn causes the eye lashes to rub on the eyeball, resulting in intense pain and scarring of the front of the eye.This ultimately leads to irreversible blindness, typically beginning between ages 30-40 and often resulting in deepening poverty for individuals and their families. Women are blinded two to three times more often than men, probably due to their close contact with affected children. Launched under WHO leadership in 1997 to support country implementation of the SAFE strategy, GET2020 is open to members from all sectors – public, non-governmental and commercial, willing to work with governments. Members include national governments, research institutions, foundations, and the pharmaceutical industry. read more

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Security Council sharpens sanctions on DPR Korea in wake of ballistic missile

Among those named as targets of the travel ban and asset freeze of the sanctions regime are officials of the country’s missile launch facility and the satellite control centre, as well as a banking official involved in the construction of the missile, as listed in annexes to resolution 2087 (2013), adopted unanimously today by the 15-member body. Companies and committees involved in the launch are also named as subjects to the asset freeze.Through the text, the Council also called on Member States to exercise “enhanced vigilance” in preventing the transfer of funds related to the DPRK’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programmes. It directed the UN sanctions committee dealing with DPRK to issue notices when vessel operators refuse to undergo inspection for cargo being imported into the country for those activities, and specified how States may dispose of embargoed items when they are confiscated, among other clarifications.In the 12 December missile launch, a long-range Unha-3 rocket was reportedly launched from a site on the DPRK’s west coast. According to media reports, it soared over Okinawa, Japan, dropping debris into the sea off the Korean Peninsula, the East China Sea and waters near the Philippines.In a condemnation issued immediately afterward, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the test was all the more regrettable because it defied a unified and strong call from the international community, beside being a clear violation of Council resolution 1874 (2009), in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology. That resolution imposed additional sanctions on DPRK after previous demands that the country not conduct any further nuclear or missile tests went unheeded. Through today’s text, the Council deplored violations of the sanctions, which were first imposed by resolution 1718 in 2006, and directed the committee to take appropriate action on reported evasions.At the same time, it reaffirmed its desire for a peaceful, diplomatic solution to the situation and called for the resumption of the so-called Six Party Talks on the matter.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the adoption of the resolution in a statement issued by his spokesperson which stated: “Speaking with one voice, the Security Council reiterated its firm stance that the DPRK’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, including means of delivery, is unacceptable.” Mr. Ban called on the DPRK to refrain from taking any measures that could exacerbate tensions on the Korean peninsula, including any further launches that use ballistic missile technology or a nuclear test. The statement underlined the Secretary-General’s belief that dialogue is the only means to resolve the issue, including through the Six-Party Talks. “The Secretary-General renews his call on the DPRK authorities to work towards building confidence with neighbouring countries and improving the life of its people,” he said. read more

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Girl 14 who died of cancer cryogenically frozen after telling judge she

first_imgJS, who lived with her mother in London, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last year and by August this year she had been told her illness was terminal and active treatment came to an end.She began researching cryonic preservation online – a controversial and costly process that involves the freezing of a dead body in the hope that resuscitation and a cure may one day be possible – and decided she wanted to be frozen after her death.Because she was too young to make a legally recognised will, she had to have the permission of both of her parents to sign up for the process.When she contacted her father, whom she has not seen since 2008 and who himself has cancer, he said he was opposed to the idea, so JS began legal proceedings through a solicitor to ensure her wishes were followed. Shortly before her death in a London hospital on October 17, in what is believed to be a unique case, the judge granted JS her wish. Her body was frozen and taken to a storage facility in the US. She is one of only 10 Britons to have been frozen, and the only British child.She told a relative: “I’m dying, but I’m going to come back again in 200 years.”But after a decision that raises profound moral and ethical questions, the judge and the girl’s doctors expressed serious misgivings about the process, which did not go entirely according to plan. Her mother spent the last hours of her daughter’s life fretting about details of the freezing process, which was “disorganised” and caused “real concern” to hospital staff. Bodies are cooled with ice before being frozen using dry iceCredit:Cryonics UK The judge suggested that “proper regulation” of cryonic preservation – which is currently legal but unregulated  should now be considered.Cryogenic preservation of bodies does not fall under the remit of the Human Tissue Authority, which regulates the safe and ethical use of human tissue and organs, because it was “not contemplated” when the Human Tissue Act 2004 was passed. Her father, however, saw cryonics as a lose-lose proposition. The most likely outcome was that it would not work, in which case his daughter’s family would have been put through unnecessary distress and expense.The alternative, however, was potentially worse, as he set out in a statement to a judge who was to decide his daughter’s posthumous fate.“Even if the treatment is successful and she is brought back to life in, let’s say, 200 years,” he said, “she may not find any relative and she might not remember things.”She may be left in a desperate situation – given that she is still only 14 years old – and will be in the United States of America [where her body was to be stored].” cryonics Volunteers from Cryonics UK train for the process of freezing a bodyCredit:Cryonics UK The disagreement between mother and father forced JS, who as a minor needed the consent of both parents for the process to be carried out, to seek a court order determining her fate.The court case which followed not only represented a human and family tragedy, but also shone a light on a little-known and highly controversial industry that describes itself as “an ambulance to the future”.Teetering between science fiction and science fact, cryonics is a leap of faith, relying entirely on future medical advances that may or may not happen.Its proponents frame it as a choice between “definitely” dying and “maybe” living on. But he had one condition: that he could see his daughter’s body after she died, to say goodbye to the child he had not seen for eight years.JS and her mother said no, forcing the judge to settle what he described as “a tragic combination of childhood illness and family conflict”.Mr Justice Jackson said “I fully understand the father’s misgivings” and pointed out that the girl’s doctors felt “deep unease” about cryonics, making the case “an example of the new questions that science poses to the law”.He granted JS’s wishes, having noted that “the prospect of her wishes being followed will reduce her agitation and distress about her impending death”.Cryonics UK, otherwise known as the Human Organ Preservation Research Trust charity, was put on standby and as JS’s condition worsened, a team of four volunteers assembled at the hospital.Meanwhile Mr Justice Jackson visited JS in hospital, at her request, and said he was “moved by the valiant way in which she was facing her predicament”.On October 17, ten days after the judge’s visit, JS “died peacefully in the knowledge that her body would be preserved in the way she wished”.However, the judge was sent a note by the hospital which made “unhappy reading”, he said.On the day JS died, “her mother is said to have been pre-occupied with the post-mortem arrangements at the expense of being fully available to JS,” said the judge.“The voluntary organisation is said to have been under-equipped and disorganised, resulting in pressure being placed on the hospital to allow procedures that had not been agreed.”The process involves replacing the blood with an anti-freeze fluid, slowly cooling the body to -70C, and then packing it in dry ice to be transported to a storage facility. Although the preparation of JS’s body for cryogenic preservation was completed, “the way in which the process was handled caused real concern to the medical and mortuary staff”, the judge said. A 14-year-old girl who died of cancer has been cryogenically frozen in the hope that she can be “woken up” and cured in the future after winning a landmark court case in her final days.The girl’s divorced parents had disagreed over whether her wish to be frozen should be followed, so the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, asked a High Court judge to intervene.In a heartbreaking letter to the court, she said: “I don’t want to die but I know I am going to…I want to live longer…I want to have this chance.”The girl, known as JS, asked Mr Justice Peter Jackson to rule that her mother, who supported her desire to be cryogenically preserved, should be the only person allowed to make decisions about the disposal of her body. Frances Judd Show more JS, described by her teachers as caring, happy and friendly, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in August 2015, and despite in-patient treatment at a London hospital, she was told her illness was terminal and in August this year her active treatment was stopped.By then she had already spent months researching cryonics and, according to court papers, “pursued her investigations with determination, even though a number of people have tried to dissuade her”.She chose “the most basic arrangement” offered by an American company, the Cryonics Institute, one of only three companies in the world that stores frozen bodies. In order to get her body to Michigan, where the company is based, she also contacted Cryonics UK, a non-profit volunteer organisation that offers the country’s only cryonic preparation service.Her parents were far from wealthy, but her maternal grandparents managed to raise the £37,000 that was needed.There was, however, a problem. JS’s father, who had not seen his daughter since 2008, (having applied unsuccessfully through the courts for contact visits) had to be told of her plans and asked to sign parental consent forms. He was reluctant to agree.He was concerned about the moral and ethical implications of the process, and whether he could be pursued for payments at some point in the future despite living on benefits.His daughter, with her mother’s help, hired a solicitor who applied for the disagreement to be settled by the Family Division of the High Court.When the case came before Mr Justice Jackson last month, JS’s father changed his mind, saying: “I respect the decisions she is making. This is the last and only thing she has asked from me.” JS’s parents could not afford to pay for the cryonic process, which costs from £37,000, but her maternal grandparents raised the money needed for her body to be frozen and taken to a storage facility in America – one of only two countries, along with Russia, that has facilities for storing frozen bodies.Expressing sympathy with the girl’s father, Mr Justice Jackson said: “No other parent has ever been put in his position.”It is no surprise that this application is the only one of its kind to have come before the courts in this country – and probably anywhere else.”He added: “It may be thought that the events in this case suggest the need for proper regulation of cryonic preservation in this country if it is to happen in the future.”How a family tragedy turned into a landmark court caseAs 14-year-old JS lay in hospital, waiting for her terminal cancer to claim her life, she found comfort, and hope, in the idea that science might help her to cheat death.After spending months online researching the theory of cryonics, the freezing of bodies in the hope that they could one day be brought back to life, JS made up her mind.“I’m dying, but I’m going to come back again in 200 years,” she told one relative.Her mother agreed that being cryogenically frozen represented a chance to resume her life once science had found a cure for her cancer. I was moved by the valiant way in which she was facing her predicamentMr Justice Peter Jackson About a week after her death, JS’s body was packed into a metal crate with around 40kg of dry ice and loaded onto an aeroplane bound for Michigan, where it will be stored in a vat of liquid nitrogen by the Cryonics Institute at its facility in Clinton Township.The company, which also stores dead pets, makes no excuse for the fact that it can only offer the “hope that future medical technology may be able to someday revive and restore them to full health”.To date, around 350 people have been frozen since the process was invented in the 1960s. Around 20 bodies thawed out and had to be buried after a pioneer company went bust, but the Cryonics Institute and its rival, Arizona-based Alcor, have been storing bodies since the 1970s.There is no proof that the process of cryo-preservation could ever be reversed.CORRECTION: As first published, this article wrongly stated that the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) regulates the freezing of sperm and embryos. This is in fact the responsibility of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. The article has been amended to clarify the HTA’s remit.  cryonic training She was too ill to attend court, but wrote: “I think being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years’ time. I don’t want to be buried underground.“I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they might find a cure for my cancer and wake me up.”On October 6, the judge ordered that JS’s mother should have the sole right to decide what happened to her daughter’s body, while stressing that he was not making any ruling about the proposed cryonic preservation.He also granted an injunction preventing the father from attempting to make any arrangements for the disposal of his daughter’s body. He said he had been convinced JS was a “bright, intelligent young person” with the capacity to bring the application. JS was represented in court by Frances Judd QCCredit:Jacqueline Cross Cryonics UK, the non-profit organisation that prepared the girl’s body for transport to the US, agreed with the judge.A spokesman for the firm said: “We expect that future regulation will help hospitals to know where they stand legally and procedurally. The opportunity to utilise professional medical assistance may increase as we become a recognised and regulated field.”The case can only now be reported because Mr Justice Jackson ruled that nothing could be published until one month after JS’s death. He also ruled that her parents’ names and other specific details should remain secret. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Flowrox Expulse designed to assist during pump and dampener maintenance

first_imgFlowrox, a global leader in heavy-duty industrial valve manufacturing and services, has announced the launch of the Flowrox Expulse™ product, designed to assist during pump and dampener maintenance by reducing noise and vibration associated with traditional methods; which can lead to pipe damage that can cause breakage and a loss of revenue. Already known as a leader in the manufacture of industrial valves and pumps, Flowrox says it is “an authority in the industry when it comes to pipe dynamics and its extensive knowledge and experience are applied into every new product design.”The Flowrox Expulse was designed for use by companies in the mining and other industries where pipes and valves are used to move materials or fluids using pressure; and Flowrox’s reputation in these industries covers multiple product lines and solutions. Traditional pulsating pump dampeners are known to produce unbalanced shaking that can result in failure or operational drawbacks, which in turn require additional add-ons and devices to counter its challenges. “Engineering innovation and ingenuity have helped Flowrox design a complete solution for this effective pulsation dampener system, which quiets noise while settling pressure peaks and ensuring a continuous fluid flow.”One of the most noticeable features on the Flowrox Expulse is the product’s ability to reduce energy consumption in your operation by up to 10%, largely as a result of its absorption of up to 90% of pulsations. In addition, the device’s reduction in the hammering of the pipeline and pump can lead to extended operational lifetime for the pump bearing and gearbox – two critical components in pipeline operations that face wear and tear in high-performance environments.“A shutdown due to a threat to pipe integrity can not only be costly, but hamper the ability to generate revenue for clients who depend on this type of equipment,” said Todd Loudin, President of Flowrox. “Our company has designed the Flowrox Expulse to help reduce the chance of pipe damage and breakage in a cost-effective manner.” The robust solution offered by the Flowrox Expulse flexible pulsation dampener prevents the collection of sediment, particles or residue thanks to its built-in self-cleaning operation – further adding to the benefits of ease of installation and care-free maintenance. “Standing behind its product’s quality performance, Flowrox includes a one-year guarantee and will replace the hose set in the event of a breakage while using the Flowrox Expulse system.”last_img read more

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The HTC One ushers in a bolder more aggressive HTC

first_imgToday HTC took to the stage in New York City, in front of hundreds of journalists, analysts, and tech dignitaries, and announced that from now on their smartphones will look and feel different. The flagship for this new design, the HTC One, was heralded by the company as “the best phone ever”. Obviously that’s HTC’s opinion, but the phone still needs to actually deliver the experience that HTC has promised — or at least something close to it.Hardware and designOne of the fascinating things about HTC’s approach to the launch of the One is the complete and total lack of actual specs. During the presentation, the hardware that drove this new experience was only ever mentioned in ways that applied to what HTC was now able to deliver. We’ve long since heard that specs don’t matter, but HTC is the first company in recent memory to actually stick to that in their unveiling of a new piece of hardware.This aversion to specs might even lead you to think that the One offered meager hardware, but the truth is far from that. HTC has packed a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with 2GB of RAM and a 4.7-inch, 1080p Super LCD 3 at 468 PPI. The 2300mh battery is the only questionable spec, but only a thorough review will show whether or not that’s an acceptable battery size. On paper along, the HTC One cleanly trounces the competition on the market today.When it’s in your hand, the HTC One feels the way a premium phone should. HTC basically took everything there is to love about the design of the Droid DNA and made it smaller all around while replacing the soft touch rubbery material with an all-aluminum surface. The One offers a smooth-yet-textured coating that feels just textured enough to grip your hand, but smooth enough that it doesn’t grip the lining of your pocket.The front of the phone offers the same all Gorilla Glass coating as the Droid DNA, with soft edges that make you feel like the screen ends somewhere on the side of the phone. The phone is just big enough to make you stretch your fingers a bit to reach the whole screen, but fits comfortable enough in the hand that you’re not concerned about dropping it when you do so.HTC has included an IR blaster with the One, and they managed to conceal it in a truly clever way. The power button for the phone is the IR blaster, the glossy black plastic acts as the transmission point for commands sent from the phone. This doesn’t interfere with the power button in any way, in fact both the power and volume buttons on the One are very comfortable to use while managing to be almost perfectly flush with the phone.You can comfortably reach these buttons no matter how you hold the phone, and you never interfere with things like audio playback while trying to wake the phone since the speakers are on the front. The design one the One manages to continue the evolutionary feel to the HTC line, ans well as comfortable, sturdy, and clearly well thought out.SoftwareWhile Motorola seems to be focusing on delivering a “near Stock” Android experience, HTC is definitely pulling further away from Android as it is envisioned by Google. The One is rocking Android 4.1.2, but you wouldn’t know it by looking t it. The OS still relies on touch buttons on the glass instead of software keys, and you’ll notice a severe lack of Google+ integration or an obvious way to reach Google Now.The launcher has returned to HTC’s glory days, placing all the apps in a vertical slider that you can now control by choosing how many columns are in the display. The desktop view now places focus on HTC’s “Blink Feed” first, and offers separate pages for apps or widgets. HTC has decided to focus on what they can deliver the user, and it’s clear they have no intention of allowing Google to get in the way of that.The animations for the whole OS are plenty smooth, though the inertial scrolling for the launcher and the Blink Feed make sure to stop you after about a page of scrolling, which makes the phone feel choppy if you flick fast enough. Blink Feed wants to replace your social surfing, your RSS feed, and your photo scrolling widget all in one go. It’s not a bad idea, and HTC seems dedicated to making it easy for any content provider to offer themselves up into this feed system. It’s a big RSS widget, or at least that’s how most people will use it.HTC’s camera software has made sure to be just as improved as the rest of the phone, offering all new recording and sharing tools to go with that four ultrapixel camera. While it was impossible to thoroughly test the camera in a dark and crowded room, HTC wanted to make sure we all knew that they had this whole low light thing handled. Taking photos with HTC phones is always a treat, and the One looks like it will offer more of the same.The HTC Zoe feature, which was toted as a bold new way to take living photographs, will feel absolutely new and unique to anyone who hasn’t used Vine. What sets Zoe apart from Vine is the idea that all of the work is being done for you in Zoe. You can take a look at our test of HTC Zoe right here.HTC gets agressiveBy any measure, the HTC One is an impressive phone. I’m not ready to call it the best phone in the whole world, but HTC sure is. In fact, that’s my biggest take away from the HTC event — this company has come out swinging, with every intent to either knock their competitors down a peg or go down in a blaze of glory.Right up to the launch of the phone, HTC employees weren’t just eager to show off the phone, they were proud that the phone had come to exist right now. As I left the even contemplation just how full of yourself you have to be to call your phone the best ever, I spotted the van parked outside with HTC’s new advertising platform plastered on it. HTC is intentionally targeting fanboys, giving them the ability to point at their phone and say “your phone can’t do this” and be right. It’s vaguely reminiscent of the way Samsung released ads for the Galaxy S3 bragging about how much better they were than the iPhone, only here HTC is offering that ability openly to their own users.last_img read more

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Australia 108 megatower faces the chop

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Plans for Australia 108, the Melbourne skyscraper that was destined to be the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, will now be redrawn, following the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s ruling that the tower’s original height must be reduced. The ruling, due to flight path restrictions over Melbourne, ends the lofty ambitions of Australia 108 being 388 metres tall, with some reports suggesting up to 76 metres may have to be lopped off. In an email this week to potential buyers, the project’s developer Benni Aroni confirmed that because of PANS-OPS flight path restrictions limiting the tower’s height “it became clear that a redesign would be required”. Rules for airport approach and departure procedures known as PANS-OPS allow aircraft to fly safely in and out of airports and are set by international agreement. Since Australia 108’s planning approval was issued, its developers have been addressing numerous conditions imposed on the original plan, most of which were thought to be minimal. As reported in Neos Kosmos in April, Nonda Katsalidis said at the time that despite Australia 108 being within the southerly flight path of Essendon airport, only 13 metres would need to come off the height and that the issue was not a deal-breaker. Air Services Australia told Fairfax Media this week that there was “no flexibility” to approve a building that breached height restrictions. The problem has reportedly prompted the state government to seek changes to emergency flight regulations for Essendon airport. The re-design puts the schedule for selling apartments in the building back to the first quarter of 2014, a shift that has prompted the developer to offer buyers who have already spent $1000 to gain priority access to apartments their money back. Mr Aroni said in his email to buyers that Australia 108’s developers were “not prepared to sacrifice their essential vision which was to ensure Australia 108 was equivalent or superior in its offering to Eureka Tower, along with the addition of a premium brand hotel”. With the hotel already attracting international commercial interest, Mr Aroni said he was optimistic that a “suitably credentialed hotel operator” would be announced for the building in due course. Existing plans for the hotel indicate it will take up the highest levels of the tower. Despite the design review that Mr Aroni said had “greatly advanced previously unresolved costing, construction and design issues”, the developer added that the conditions imposed on the planning approval – which were raised by Melbourne City Council and accepted by state Planning Minister Matthew Guy – would result in a “far superior building both functionally and aesthetically”. Fender Katsalidis Architects declined to comment on the situation when approached by Neos Kosmos yesterday. A second massive tower for Melbourne’s CBD proposed by property magnate Harry Stamoulis is also now unlikely to get off the ground. The Stamoulis Property Group’s 404-metre office tower proposal for 555 Collins Street has not yet been submitted to the Planning Minister but has attracted criticism because of its potential to overshadow the Yarra River. This week Mr Guy said: “I don’t think there was ever a likelihood of a building on a footprint that small being built to 400 metres. The issue at 555 Collins is, and always is, going to be overshadowing the Yarra.”last_img read more

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Norwegian Cruise Line cancels 10day Caribbean trip following mechanical issues

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Passengers of the Norwegian Jade cruise ship are being flown back to Florida from Puerto Rico after a 10-day Caribbean cruise was canceled.The company said the ship was experiencing mechanical issues, resulting in the cancellation of the cruise trip.The ship originally left from Miami Friday and is currently docked in Puerto Rico.All passengers disembarked the ship, Tuesday.The passengers will receive a full refund and 100 percent credit for a future cruise.The company released a statement that read, “We are very sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this unexpected situation has caused, especially during this special holiday cruise, and we thank our loyal guests for their patience and understanding.”The Norwegian Jade will sail back to Miami and undergo several days of repairs. last_img read more

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Legislature still hasnt officially sent budget to governor

first_imgWhen the legislature passed the budget last week, state workers thought they were in the clear. No need for pink slips. If they hadn’t passed a budget, the state would have been required to send layoff notices to all of its employees–just like they did last year.Download AudioState workers remain in limbo until Gov. Bill Walker signs the budget. (Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau)There’s only one problem – the legislature hasn’t officially sent the budget to Gov. Bill Walker. And until that happens, state workers are still in limbo.As executive director of the largest state workers union in Alaska — American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 52 — Jim Duncan is concerned that the legislature hasn’t sent the budget bill to Walker. And until that happens, Walker can’t sign it and workers can’t be 100% sure they’ll have jobs come July 1.“I surely hope they’re not holding it to play a game with the governor, to put pressure on him,” Duncan said.Duncan said the longer the legislature waits, the less time Walker will have to decide whether to sign the measure.“The delay in transmitting the budget does cause some concern,” Duncan said. “And it could be part of the administrative process – it’s just taking time on the legislative branch. Or it could be a strategy on the part of the legislature to wait until the final moment – the final days of June.”It’s a little-known quirk of state law that bills don’t automatically go to the governor to be signed.  Either the Senate president or the speaker of the House decides when it will land on the governor’s desk.In the case of the budget, it’s up to House Speaker and Nikiski Republican Mike Chenault. He said there’s no particular reason why the bill hasn’t been transmitted. But he said state workers shouldn’t be worried.“We haven’t got around to it yet,” Chenault said. “There’s no foul play expected. There’s nothing sinister going on. It’s just part of the legislative process. It just hasn’t been a big priority. We’ve been working on oil tax legislation and other things. And, you know, the employees won’t get laid off tomorrow if the budget doesn’t get sent to the governor tomorrow, so there’s no concerns there.”A spokesperson for Walker reiterated that the legislature passed a fully funded budget and pink slips won’t go out to state workers, but didn’t directly address the delay.last_img read more

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Farmers seek crop loan waiver at one go

first_imgMahbubnagar: The farmers of Mahbubnagar district have demanded that the State government implement its promise of waiving farm loans immediately and at one go so that farmers reap the benefits or else they would be burdened with the accruing interest on the loans’Speaking at a programme in Mahbubnagar on Tuesday, Jakkula Venkataiah, Raitanga Samithi State secretary leader, alleged that the State government which had promised to resolve all the problems of the farmers before coming to power has forgotten its promise after it assumed power and has been ignoring the farming community. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us “The TRS government has miserably failed in keeping its promises. Even though 10 months have passed since the TRS came to power for the second time in the State, it has not waived farm loans. Even the Rythu Bandhu scheme is not being implemented properly with only a few farmers receiving the benefits and others still running from pillar to post for receiving the benefits,” said Venkataiah. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us He also demanded the State government to ensure that the farming community are not duped by fake seed sellers and pesticide sellers, who are taking advantage of farmers illiteracy and ignorance and selling them spurious seeds and substandard pesticides. He said that a few companies were selling fertilisers in the name of natural manure at exorbitant rates to the poor farmers and fleecing them. He demanded the government to take action against all such fake traders and spurious sellers in the district.last_img read more

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Temporary relief for Jet Airways Airline gets 300 million as lease incentives

first_imgIn July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersIn a temporary relief to the debt-laden Jet airways, domestic banks have disbursed a liquidity support of $ 300 million in the form of advance lease incentives and borrowings. The airline which had reported a loss in successive quarters also affirmed that both the airline and auditors are on the same lines on the finances.Jet Airways deputy chief executive and chief financial officer Amit Agarwal informed that the company got a liquidity support of $ 300 million towards lease incentives and bank borrowings. He, however, did not reveal the breakup.Recently, Jet Airways had announced a net loss of whopping Rs. 1,323 crore for the quarter ended in June due to higher crude oil price, depreciating rupee and competitive fares. However, the income marginally increased from Rs. 5,953 crore to Rs. 6,066 crore during the same period last year.Notably, Jet Airways had registered a loss of Rs. 1,036 crore in the last quarter of the financial year 2017-18. The losses in two consecutive quarters forced the airline to chart out a revival plan to improve pricing, better inventory management, monetising its JetPrivilege programme and wet leasing some of its smaller aircraft.The airlines’ had scheduled its June quarter results on August 9 but post its annual general body meeting, it informed that board could not consider the accounts as the company’s audit committee was headless.Eventually, Vinay Dube, Chief executive officer clarified that there was no difference of opinion with the auditors and they continued to audit the company’s accounts. He also clarified that Q1 2018 i.e June-quarter results were delayed to materialize the cost-reduction programme.It is to be noted that the airline companies in India are facing tough times due to stiff pricing and rise in crude oil prices in the international market. The national carrier Air India is also facing the same cash-crunch problem due to the same issue.last_img read more

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Can Houston Learn From Another Gulf Coast City Drowned By A Catastrophic

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Share Click arrows to view images in the slideshowIt was that day in April when the rain seemed like it just wouldn’t stop. Officials said flooding was inevitable.“I don’t care where you are or what kind of flood program you have, you start getting that much rainfall in a short period of time less than  24 hours, you’re going to have massive flooding, that’s what we’re seeing here today,” said John Dosh, a county emergency official.Scientists said the storm seemed to be part of a new pattern.“You are getting storm events that were exceedingly rare and you’re getting them more often,” said David Tomasko, an environmental scientist.But Tomasko and Dosh weren’t talking about what happened in April in Houston, Texas. They were talking with public radio station WUWF in Pensacola, Florida about a big storm there that hit that city in April, April of 2014.Just like in Houston in April 2016, a foot-and-a-half of rain flooded several thousand homes and did tens of millions of dollars of damage to roads and bridges in Pensacola and the surrounding Escambia County.The Escambia County Public Works Director, Joy Blackmon, told us what should sound familiar to people in Houston: some places flooded like never before.“The rainfall affected many large areas that had retention ponds that had never flooded before and those ponds were over-topped and caused damage,” said Blackmon.In the days after the storm, just like in Houston, people in Pensacola said something’s not right. They began looking for solutions.“A commission was developed called a Storm Water Advisory Team that conducted public meetings and tracked progress, both the city and the county,” said Derrik Owens, Pensacola’s Public Works director.  That joint, county and city Storm Water Advisory Team commissioned studies of how and why the water flowed the way it did in some of the worst hit areas. What did it find?“The sins of the past have come back to haunt us,” said Blackmon, the county official.Those sins of the past were where development was allowed in flood prone areas in the 1980s, development that had it occurred a decade later, would had to have met new, stricter flood codes.Blackmon said those new rules now mean developers have to build detention ponds to hold rainwater and then release it slowly.“Where we have been able to make improvements the flood did not nearly affect them like it would have,” said Blackmon.But even in some areas where the stricter standards were enforced, Pensacola found those standards weren’t enough, since they meant for more common but less severe rain events, called 25 year floods. So now, updated standards will mean lots developed in the future will have to be built to handle more severe 100 year rain storms.But Blackmon said the April 2014 storm was ranked as a 200 year event.“We can’t design everything to those standards but at least we want to design any new development to the 100 year standard,” said Blackmon.Other problems uncovered by the Storm Water Advisory Team and other efforts included the discovery of old streams that had been covered over by new development which then flooded. Pensacola’s now considering re-creating those old streams.It’s also looking to expand the size of retention ponds that had once worked, but which now are no longer big enough, because of so much new development.And the city and county are looking to create more acreage to absorb water, meaning that in some areas, pavement and other “impervious” cover might be ripped and replaced with more absorbent surfaces.Derrick Owens, the city official, said Pensacola, like Houston, has a long history of flooding and of making improvements aimed at reducing damage.“It’s a moving target. I don’t think you can ever say you’re halfway there. Because there’s always room for improvement,” said Owens.  None of this might be news to Houston or any other growing city that has faced repeated flooding. But Pensacola is one place gaining a national reputation for how it’s coordinating many different approaches to achieve one goal: keeping more property and people out of harm’s way the next time the rain seems like it just won’t stop. 00:00 /03:44last_img read more

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