Death toll from Hurricane Maria nearly 3,000 in Puerto Rico: Study

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Researchers determined that an additional 2,975 people died from September 2017 through the end of February 2018 due to the hurricane.The independent study, from George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health, was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government.The official government death toll currently stands at 64, according to the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety.In the aftermath of Maria, deaths did not discriminate by social level or age group, the report found. Yet the risk of death was 45 percent higher for people living in low socioeconomic development towns and for men 65 years or older, the report showed.There were an estimated 1,271 additional deaths in September 2017 and October of 2017, and 2,098 additional deaths from September 2017 to December 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the report. The largest difference in deaths was in the northeastern part of the island, along Maria’s path.The finding comes after nearly a year of questions, uncertainty and political sparring over the human toll of the storm.President Donald Trump visited the island in the days following the storm.“If you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died … 16 people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people,” he said.Hurricane Katrina claimed over 1,800 lives, according to the National Hurricane Center.In February, Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, announced that George Washington University would lead efforts to review the death count associated with the storm. The Milken Institute School of Public Health is heading an independent effort in partnership with institutions on the island.A number of academic studies showed a wide range for the potential death toll on the island.The GWU report also offered a blistering criticism of Rossello and his government, saying there was “inadequate preparedness and personnel training for crisis and emergency risk communication.”These factors “decreased the perceived transparency and credibility of the Government of Puerto Rico,” the report said.“We hope this report and its recommendations will help build the island’s resilience and pave the way toward a plan that will protect all sectors of society in times of natural disasters,” Carlos Santos-Burgoa, one of the principal investigators of the study, said in a statement.The White House and Rossello’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Winter storms

first_imgSevere winter weather struck Georgia last week. The dangerous mix of snow and ice that locked down much of the middle and northern parts of the state brought unusual winter worries to farmers in those regions.GreenhousesIn the nursery industry, “we’ve had several greenhouse structural failures in north Georgia,” said Matthew Chappell, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nursery production specialist.The damage happened to greenhouse growers who didn’t “incorporate sufficient cross bracing and/or put shade cloth on the outside of a layer of plastic instead of the other way around,” he said. “If you put plastic on the outside of the shade cloth, the snow will usually slide off the structure.”Plant deliveries were delayed due to hazardous road conditions, particularly balled-and-burlapped tree deliveries where the trees are dug out of the ground, wrapped in burlap and shipped. Some growers ran low on fuel that is used to heat greenhouses. But, for the most part, Chappell said he’s received fewer calls about long-term power outages, which surprised him.As long as greenhouse plants are kept above freezing (optimally above 50 degrees Fahrenheit), damage and mortality are less likely. But the prolonged cold weather slowed plant growth, meaning it will take longer to mature them to sellable sizes. Overall, the storm last week wasn’t as bad to nursery growers as the snowfall in March 2009, he said.CattleFor cattlemen, the biggest issue was market interruption. “The snow put a lid on cattle sales,” said Josh White, the executive vice president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Many cattlemen had to work to keep cattle watered, said Dennis Hancock, a UGA Cooperative Extension forage specialist. Troughs and ponds quickly froze and would refreeze throughout the week. Without proper water intake, the dry hay the animals eat can become impacted in their intestines.“We’re often breaking the ice at a time of day that’s convenient for us,” he said, “before work or after work, which is also when it’s most likely to refreeze quickest. We need to keep fresh water accessible to the animals at all times.” White said that most of the damage seems to be in the western side of the state. “I think the northern part got more snow than ice, so it comes off the trees easier.”Poultry industryFor the poultry industry, “as far as we know at present, it appears we faired pretty well,” said UGA Extension engineer Mike Czarick, who works closely with poultry producers. “It will take a little more time to see what’s happened.”He’s heard that three poultry houses collapsed in Georgia due to the storm. Eleven were destroyed in Alabama, and several in South Carolina.The biggest issue from the storm was getting feed trucks out to farms due to difficult road conditions, he said.OnionsThe cold is keeping Vidalia onion growers in southeast Georgia hoping for warmer weather.“We’ve had some frost injury,” said Reid Torrance, UGA Extension agent in Tattnall County and onion expert. “And the onions aren’t growing very well because of the weather. If the cold continues, the crop will be later.”A later crop would mean that growers lose an extra week or two of selling time, which starts later in spring.last_img read more

Tottenham defender Federico Fazio returns to Sevilla on loan

first_img Press Association The central defender, who has three caps for Argentina, joined Spurs in 2014 but has struggled to establish himself at White Hart Lane. Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been manager Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred pairing this season, backed up by Kevin Wimmer. And the club announced on their website: “Federico Fazio has joined Spanish side Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season. “The defender returns to the team he joined us from in the summer of 2014 having made 32 appearances in our colours to date.” Another player leaving Spurs is Serbia Under-21 midfielder Milos Veljkovic, who has joined Werder Bremen on a permanent deal. Veljkovic has signed a contract until 2019 and Werder chief executive Thomas Eichin told his club’s website: “We have been monitoring Milos for a long time now. This transfer is an investment in the future.” center_img Tottenham’s Federico Fazio has rejoined his former club Sevilla on loan, the Premier League club have confirmed.last_img read more

Suspicious death in MacKenzie

first_imgBC Ambulance Services were contacted and transported the injured man to the local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  Police have arrested a 42 year old female subject in relation to the murder of the man.  There is no known association between the victim and the suspect before this incident.  In the early morning hours of July 3rd, Mackenzie RCMP Members were called for an assault in the small community of McLeod Lake, 30 minutes south of Mackenzie.  Upon attending, members met a female subject who alleged she had been assaulted by a local man.  Members attended the residence of the 56 yr old man and located him on his front porch.  It appeared as though the man had been severely beaten and was suffering from serious injuries.  Investigators also located what they believe is a weapon associated to the assault. The Mackenzie RCMP Detachment is investigating the incident with the assistance of the “E” Division Serious Crimes Unit and the North District Major Crime Unit.  Names of the victim and the suspect are not being released at this time.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Day-labor hiring sites considered

first_imgThe council’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee asked that big-box stores – those over 100,000 square feet – have negotiations on creating special day labor centers at their sites. Damian Jones of Home Depot said the firm wants to work with the city to deal with the issue. “We would like to work with the city on a positive approach,” Jones said. “We believe we’re a good corporation and want to be a good corporate citizen.” Jones said Home Depot is willing to rent part of its land to the city for such centers at $1 a year and would build a facility for the workers. However, attorneys for the company said they are concerned about the ongoing costs and suggested the city measure include provisions to divert sales tax revenue from the stores to pay for such gathering places. However, council members said they wanted to leave funding options open. Councilman Tony C rdenas said he is concerned about the day laborers who gather at other sites around the city. “I could drive to a home improvement store and see a day-labor center, but across the street is a hardware store where a group of workers are gathered and down the street is a paint store where other would-be painters are standing around,” C rdenas said. “Would this apply to those facilities as well?” C rdenas was told the city wants to deal with the larger stores that attract the most workers, hoping such centers would attract workers from smaller sites. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Designated waiting areas for day laborers looking for work would be required at all large home improvement stores in the city, under a proposal making its way through the Los Angeles City Council. The measure aims to end a long-standing dispute between the city and businesses over problems caused by day laborers loitering near home improvement stores, liquor stores and other businesses. Last month, the City Council delayed the opening of a Home Depot store in Sunland-Tujunga in part to deal with the day laborer question. “I think all of us get the most calls about liquor stores, bars and home improvement stores,” council President Eric Garcetti said. “None are inherently bad entities, but they can have a bad spillover effect.” last_img read more

Changing Stories at Saturn and Titan

first_img(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 News from the ringed planet and its largest moon shows scientists can’t keep their stories straight when trying to keep Saturn billions of years old.Saturn NewsAge of the rings:  First they were old, then they were young, now they are old again.  Mike Wall at Live Science claims that the “age of Saturn’s rings” has been “revealed.”  The revelation was not inspired, though: “Saturn’s iconic rings likely formed about 4.4 billion years ago, shortly after the planet itself took shape, a new study suggests.”  How, then, do they remain so pristine?  How do they keep from grinding down to dust?  How do they escape the constant bombardment of micrometeorites and atomic nuclei?  Sascha Kempf (U of Colorado) bases his judgment on the low particle count coming from the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) for which he is a prime investigator.  The extremely low hit rate (10-19 g/cm2-s-1) at 2 to 50 Saturn radii is “consistent with an old ring system,” he says – at least for the main rings.  The article did not address how the more ephemeral D, F, G, and E rings are maintained, or how the rings survive other destructive processes like sputtering, collisional spreading, gas drag, and sunlight pressure.  CDA only detects dust, not ions.  For a primer on Saturn’s rings, see a feature on Space.com.Tiny blip to moon factory:  A barely-visible lump at the outer edge of the A ring is causing some to imagine Saturn as a modern moon maker.  “A rebellious moon might have just popped out of Saturn’s rings,” Lisa Grossman wrote for New Scientist.  Cassini scientists saw a disturbance that has quieted down.  What does it mean?  If a tiny “weird object” popped out, it’s too small to see – less than a kilometer wide.  But they gave it the name “Peggy” anyway.  This object (if it exists) might grow into a moon, they say, but then again, it might have been destroyed in a collision.  They didn’t explain how a moon-growing process could go on for billions of years.  If material is being lost from the rings continually, why is there a finite number of small moons, and where does new material come from to replenish what is lost?Plasma in, plasma out:  Remarkably, most of the plasma in Saturn’s magnetosphere comes from the little geysering moon Enceladus, when its water gets dissociated and swept into the magnetic field.  That puts plasma in; what takes it out?  The plasma content appears to be nearly in a steady state.  An article on PhysOrg suggests that Saturn’s fast rotation sets up currents that sweep excess ions down the magnetotail.  The article did not address the question of how long the tiny Arizona-sized moon Enceladus could feed the giant.A hex on Saturn:  A beautiful color movie of Saturn’s north polar hexagon made the news on Dec. 4 (see JPL press release).  This atmospheric feature – unique in the solar system – is thought to form by standing waves in a jet stream, but there are mysteries.  The nearest analogy mentioned is the ozone hole at Earth’s south pole, but most such features are “notoriously turbulent and unstable,” atmospheric scientist Andrew Ingersoll said.  “A hurricane on Earth typically lasts a week, but this has been here for decades – and who knows – maybe centuries.”  The images are clear enough to see “small vortices rotating in the opposite direction of the hexagon,” some as large as Earth hurricanes.  A massive storm rotates at the center of the 220,000-mile-across feature.  The south pole has a similar vortex, but no hexagon.Titan NewsTitan swamped:  Titan is Saturn’s largest moon.  Keeping Titan old for billions of years requires erasing all the craters that should be there.  Only 11 have been found for certain; another 50 are “potential” craters.  Science Magazine tried various crater erasing theories.  Sediments from mountain lakes?  No; some craters are out in the plains.  Wind-blown sand from the dunes?  No; there’s no sand in the crater-free polar regions.  Cryovolcanoes?  Doesn’t explain why craters are in some regions and not others.  Methane rain?  Not fast enough to erase a large crater.  The latest theory is that Titan has a methane-soaked, swampy surface hundreds of meters deep.  Impactors would sink into the quicksand-like material, leaving no trace.  There are exceptions, like well-preserved craters in the Xanadu lowlands (Titan’s oldest terrain), that require some ad hoc reasoning to explain.  Maybe those craters were formed when the surface was dry, before the atmosphere formed.  It’s convenient that none of those theory-rescuing factors are observable, otherwise someone might think Titan is young.Glorifying Titan’s methane lakes:  Titan’s north polar lakes made news on two fronts.  For one, the radar mapper has a big enough composite picture to amaze viewers.  Simon Redfern at The Conversation gave a nice write-up and picture, with video clip, of the latest buzz.  See also coverage by the BBC News, New Scientist, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.   The other news comes from Cassini radar’s chance to ping the depth of one of the large northern seas named Ligeia Mare.  Bounces from the bottom of the lake indicate it is 170 meters deep (like Lake Michigan) at most.  Surprisingly, its radar transparency suggests it is filled primarily with methane (CH4), not ethane (C2H6) as expected.  Though not nearly the global ocean once predicted, the lake is still a big container; nearby Kraken Mare is four or more times as large.  “The total volume of the hydrocarbon Titanic seas corresponds to around 300 times that of Earth’s oil reserves, in a celestial body smaller than Earth,” Redfern said.  (Titan’s diameter would just about cover the United States.) Space.com states the volume is estimated to be 2,000 cubic miles.Still, that much fluid falls far short of the global ocean predicted:Jeffrey Kargel, from the University of Arizona Tucson, pointed out that the presence of extensive methane seas and lakes at Titan’s north pole makes worse a long acknowledged deficiency of heavier hydrocarbons expected from models of Titan’s chemistry.  Among them are ethane, ethylene, propylene, acetylene and benzene – heavy hydrocarbons generated as sunlight causes chemical reactions in Titan’s soup of natural gas.(We’ve reported on the ethane deficit problem since before Cassini arrived at Saturn; search on Titan for entries.)  Another puzzle, though, is how smooth the liquid surface is.  Radar measurements show that there are no ripples higher than 1 millimeter.  That’s as smooth as the paint on your car.  This is surprising for a moon windy enough to form a belt of large sand dunes around the equator.Titan get-together:  The uncharacteristic size of Titan compared to all the other Saturn moons makes planetary scientists wonder how it got there.  Science Now addressed the puzzles that Douglas Hamilton [U of Maryland] is trying to answer:Titan is dominatingly big, having almost twice the mass of Earth’s moon and comprising 90% of the mass in orbit about Saturn. Titan is alone, orbiting in a million-kilometer gap bounded by tiny moons. And Titan’s orbit is odd: It is slightly elliptical rather than nearly circular and is tilted with respect to Saturn’s equator. With all those oddities, Hamilton said, “the biggest mystery is how it came to be in the first place.“Hamilton’s latest proposal is that several small moons got together to form the giant.  This would explain why there’s a gap.  Assuming tidal interactions affected the collisions, it would also explain the strange orbit.  To make it work, Hamilton has to assume the collisions were gentle, so the bodies would merge instead of splatter.  It’s also ad hoc; “even Hamilton acknowledges he’s not sure how he would ‘prove’ that he is right.”  How all that nitrogen and methane got into its atmosphere is for others to figure out.Futures:  Cassini has about 3 and a half more years to go before the end of its second extended mission.  Planned observations include more Titan mapping, an Enceladus plume fly-through in August 2014, shots of Enceladus’s north pole, high-altitude studies of the rings, and as much science as the limited fuel will allow before the orbiter’s death plunge into Saturn in 2017.  Having observed Titan since before its equinox, scientists are excited to watch for changes in the lakes and dunes as the Saturn system approaches northern solstice.  Will the lakes migrate from the north pole to the south?  Only time will tell.In my 14 years’ experience on the Cassini team, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with many of the scientists, and hear them lecture, including Sascha Kempf and Andy Ingersoll.  There is no question all the JPL scientists are extremely smart and talented at what they do.  They got a bus-sized spacecraft to Saturn after all.  They cannot see their bias, though, when it comes to dating things.  The Age of the Solar System (A.S.S.) is a Law of the Misdeeds and Perversions, which cannot be altered (from Daniel 6:8).  It’s not that these scientists are incapable of conceiving a younger age than 4.5 billion years, it’s that their brains have marinated in millions-and-billions language throughout their education and career, it never enters their minds to follow the evidence for youth honestly; the old age is a great Truth that they all Know.  I’ve heard one of them say that he was trying to make Saturn’s rings last for billions of years for “philosophical reasons,” implying that the idea of young rings was repugnant to him.Another factor is the “herd mentality” among scientists (see 12/09/13).  These scientists all know each other.  They meet at international conferences several times a year.  They give presentations to one another.  While there is some limited latitude for unique ideas that don’t stray from the A.S.S., there is no question that wanting to be liked and accepted by their peers is a factor in their behavior.  None of them wants to hear his esteemed colleagues call out “boo” or indicate disgust with an idea too far outside the paradigm.  This is how a consensus can form and persist despite powerful evidence against it.  No ad-hoc scenario is too bizarre to prevent a kick in the A.S.S.  And when you consider that youth of planets is often associated with the despised “young earth creationists,” none of them would ever dare to give aid and comfort to such “anti-science” outcasts.  Evidence be damned; long live the consensus!It appears hopeless to penetrate the dogma in this community, even if an individual here or there might be open to consider out-of-the-box ideas.  Probably it will take a younger community doing a better job of explaining things outside the paradigm, over time as the old graybeards fade away.  Meanwhile, we’ll keep reporting the news here, praising the good, pointing out the bad, and asking questions the paradigm never considers.Research projects: (1) Calculate the volume of Titan’s lakes and see if the production rate of ethane can account for it in 4.5 billion years.  Is there an upper limit?  (2) Calculate the output of plasma by Enceladus and infer the water emission rate.  What percentage of the moon’s mass would have to be ejected over 4.5 billion years?  (3) Considering the rate of dust measured by the CDA instrument, what would be the maximum age of the rings?last_img read more

ci ci Soft Feel Velvet Look 2 : Suitable for adults too!!

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A possible record white-tail deer taken in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We all have that buddy that says they saw the biggest buck ever. For all we know all that guy probably saw in the woods on a crisp, fall early morning was the backs of his eyelids.But for Junction City, Ohio hunter Dan Coffman, this picture is all the proof he needs!According to FieldAndStream.com, Coffman reportedly harvested one of the largest whitetail deer ever taken by a hunter, which has inadvertently launched a social-media firestorm that has people questioning the deer’s authenticity.It’s believed that Coffman was hunting in Fairfield County the evening he shot the deer, on October 27th. Rumors about the size and legitimacy of the buck are already scattered across the Internet.Is the “Coffman Buck” large enough to best Pope & Young’s current world-record non-typical “Beatty Buck” (2000) of 294 inches?Find out more about it here and good luck topping this one this year. Chances are he’ll walk by while you’re napping.last_img read more

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trackables on the Move!

first_imgShare with your Friends:More What adventures will the Heffleys get into on the road? Find out when Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author-illustrator Jeff Kinney’s latest installment in the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul arrives in stores on November 4, 2014, and is available for preorder. Want to make sure you’re the first to know about Wimpy Kid news, games, events, sweepstakes, and more? Sign up for the Wimpy Kid newsletter. They’re on the move! The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trackables are making their way into the hands of geocachers across North America. As the colorful Heffley Family themed tags move from geocache to geocache, you can keep an eye out for them and help the Heffleys find their lost luggage!Greg, Rodrick, Manny, Mom, and Dad have hit the road, but they’ve lost a few things along the way. Can you help them find what they’re missing?The Heffleys need your help finding 6,000 Wimpy Kid trackables hidden across North America. Each trackable features an item the Heffleys have lost. When you find a Wimpy Kid trackable, use the code to log it and then keep it moving by putting it in another geocache. Make sure you log it to see how far your trackable goes! When you place it in a geocache, others will have a chance to help the Heffleys, too!When you find and move (or discover) a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trackable, you’ll get a cool trackable icon to add to your list of trackables: SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postFive reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News””Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Author Talks GeocachingJune 1, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

Play Ping Pong With The Jonas Brothers For Charity

first_imgYou and a guest can enjoy the ultimate Jonas Brothers experience on August 16 in Los Angeles with this fantastic celebrity charity auction.

Spend time with each of the boys when you take a tour of the stage with Nick, play a game of ping pong with Joe and sit down for coffee or tea with Kevin!

This package also includes: • Two tickets to the show • Access to the soundcheck party • Meet and greet passesDon’t miss your chance to hang with the Jonas Brothers as they close out their 2013 summer tour! Proceeds from the auction will benefit Change For The Children, the charity set up by the Jonas Brothers to support programs that motivate and inspire children to face adversity with confidence, determination and a will to succeed.To access the auction, which ends August 14, click here.last_img read more