Kolkata: After a robust performance last year, integated copper major Hindustan Copper Ltd Thursday said it is aspiring to achieve a capex target of Rs 1100-1200 crore in 2019-20, around double the figure of FY’18. The PSU’s total capex in the last fiscal was Rs 592.43 crore. The interest outgo in the March 2019 quarter shot up to Rs 17.10 crore against Rs 6.91 crore registered in Q4 FY’18. “We have a stated commitment of Rs 600 crore for the year but we are setting an optimistic internal target of Rs 1100-1200 crore. This can be achieved if all the proposed projects get rolling,” Hind Copper chairman and managing director Santosh Sharma said on Thursday. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe projects proposed to be implemented during the year included reopening of Rakha mine and starting Chapri- Sidheswar mine at Ghatsila. The company was also targeting to secure new mining leases. “The flagship Malanjkhand underground mine project is progressing as per schedule. Bids for Malanjkhand and Chapri mines had been received and will be finalised shortly,” Sharma said. The company’s copper ore production was expected to rise 25 per cent to 51.5 million tonne in the current fiscal. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefHind Copper said the copper tailing project will be operational in the next 5-6 months. Sharma said the company has set a revenue target of Rs 2,000 crore for FY’20, which is around 9 per cent higher over the 2018-19 revenue. Meanwhile, in Q4 FY’19, the net profit of the company rose 84 per cent to Rs 40.37 crore against Rs 21.92 crore registered in the same period last year. The company’s revenue from operations was Rs 454.77 crore during the quarter as against Rs 381.52 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
Karachi: Pakistan will request the ICC to retain the services of an independent foreign security company monitoring the security situation here as it feels the body was instrumental in bringing back some international cricket to the country in the last two years. The company was given the task to monitor and advise on the security situation in Pakistan to the ICC and its member boards and also the international players association (FICA) and according to details, its contract is expiring soon. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together While the company was specifically tasked in 2017 with working directly with the PCB on security issues, it was paid around 1.4 million dollars per annum by the ICC. “The PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani and Managing Director, Wasim Khan will submit a proposal that the ICC renew the contract of the company for another three years and ICC bear the fees again,” one well-informed source told PTI. The source said that the PCB was satisfied with the results produced by the company which has some leading security experts on its payroll and also works closely with foreign consulates in Pakistan and other countries. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “It was due to the coordination between the security company and the PCB that the ice was broken in 2017 and the ICC sent a World Eleven to Lahore in September, 2017 followed by a visit by the Sri Lankan team to play a lone T20 and then the West Indies team to play a series of three T20 matches in Karachi,” the source said. The company also played a big role in helping the PCB convince around 30 foreign players to come to Lahore and Karachi to play eight matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) including the final this year. The source said the company was instrumental in allowing the return of some international cricket and players to Pakistan in the last two years. “That is why the PCB wants the company to be given an extended contract for three years as it now works to convince the English and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia to play some matches of their series against Pakistan in the next 12 months.” The heads of the two boards are also due to visit Lahore later this month or next month on the invitation of the PCB to discuss future tours to Pakistan. “The PCB is also working on convincing other boards to start sending A teams, under-19 teams and women’s team to Pakistan,” the source said. No test has been played in Pakistan since March 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. Pakistan has been trying to convince the Sri Lankan cricket board to play the two Tests of the ICC World Test Championship due in September-October in Lahore and Karachi. Pakistan will also push for other boards to allow the PCB to host home matches of the ICC Championship at home instead of in the UAE.
Chennai: Rains lashed several parts of the city and its neighbourhood on Sunday with the Met office forecasting more showers during the next two days.The incessant rains was due to the formation of upper air circulation and Alangayam in Vellore district in north Tamil Nadu received the maximum rainfall of 15 cm in the last 24 hours ended at 8.30 am on Sunday, Regional Meteorological Centre Director N Puviarasan said.”During the next 24-48 hours, due to upper air circulation moderate rainfall may occur across several districts in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry”, he told reporters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’During the last 24 hours, Alangayam in Vellore district received highest rainfall at 15 cm, followed by Tirupattur 10 cm, Thirupuvanam and Virudhunagar recording 7 cms each.In a bulletin, the weather office said heavy to very heavy rain was likely to occur at isolated places over Tamilnadu (Vellore, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ariyalur, Perambalur and Thiruvarur districts), Karaikal and Puducherry in the next two days. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHeavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Kerala, South interior Karnataka, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Telangana.For Chennai and its neighbourhood, Puviarasan said, sky condition was likely to be cloudy and light to moderate rainfall may occur during the next 24-48 hours.The rains in north Tamil Nadu comes days after several parts of the state in the Western Ghats such as the Nilgiris districts, were battered by downpour under the influence of the vigorous South West Monsoon.
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Rabat- Reacting to reports in British media, Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, said that Liverpool has not sent him any offers to coach the team.After the ‘Reds’ owners sacked Irish manager, Brendan Rodgers, on Sunday due to a series of poor performances, the press announced a few coach names as possible replacements.Former Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was mentioned as one of the favorites. However, the Italian manager said he has not received any offer from the club to train the ‘Reds’. “I have not had any offers from Liverpool,” said Ancelotti.The 3-time European Cup winner announced in a previous statement that he wished to have some time off.Carletto is reportedly planning to take a year off after coaching Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain since 2011 without a break.Ancelotti’s decision might disappoint some of his supporters such as former ‘Reds’ defender Graeme Souness who said the Italian man would be a good match for Liverpool.The ‘Reds’ will have to make a choice of who can lead the team to achieve good performances, following a poor start to the season.During his time with the ‘Reds’, Rodgers was unable to reach any higher than a 52% victory rate.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RALEIGH, N.C. – Internal emails between staff at North Carolina’s environmental agency suggest state regulators were co-ordinating with Duke Energy before intervening in efforts by citizens groups trying to sue the company over pollution leeching from its coal ash dumps.The emails were provided Thursday to The Associated Press by the Southern Environmental Law Center, which had filed notice in January 2013 of its intent to sue Duke under the Clean Water Act.The emails show a Duke lobbyist contacted the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to set up a meeting within days of that notice. The emails suggest the company and regulators were in frequent contact.The agency used its authority to intervene in the lawsuit, quickly negotiating a proposed settlement where the $50 billion company would pay a $99,100 fine but be under no requirement to stop its pollution. Emails show co-ordination between Duke Energy and NC regulators on coal ash lawsuits by Michael Biesecker And Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 1:41 pm MDT
A national security guard will killed in the 29 May attack, while two ICRC staff members were injured. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack. In a statement released today from Kabul, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) extended its condolences to the family of the guard and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.UNAMA noted that the ICRC plays a “critical and impartial humanitarian role in Afghanistan.” It stressed that attacks on humanitarian and medical personnel are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law, and emphasized that all medical and humanitarian personnel in the country must be respected and protected at all times. The attack came less than a week after the office of the International Organization for Migration in Kabul was attacked injuring four aid workers and reportedly killing three civilians passing on the street at the time of the attack.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior UN officials condemned the attack and urged that those responsible be brought to justice.
“I cannot put into words how anguished, angered and ashamed I am by recurrent reports over the years of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN forces,” said Mr. Ban addressing reporters at a press stakeout in New York, where he deplored the disturbing number of abuse allegations and affirmed that the “systemic challenge” of sexual abuse demanded “a systemic response” by the UN. “When the United Nations deploys peacekeepers, we do so to protect the world’s most vulnerable people in the world’s most desperate places,” Mr. Ban declared. “I will not tolerate any action that causes people to replace trust with fear.”Deployed in early 2014, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR, known by the French acronym MINUSCA, is currently aiming to defuse sectarian tensions across the country. More than two years of civil war and violence have displaced thousands of people amid ongoing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. In addition, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to operate in the south-eastern part of the country.The situation of deep instability is further exacerbated by a growing humanitarian crisis. The UN estimates that some 450,000 people remain displaced inside the country while thousands of others have sought asylum across the borders. Meanwhile, overall some 2.7 million people in the CAR remain in direct need of urgent humanitarian assistance.However, the latest allegations – revealed yesterday by the human rights group Amnesty International and concerning actions by UN ‘blue helmets’ serving with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) – come on the heels of another series of sexual abuse claims from earlier this year surrounding a deployment of foreign military forces in the CAR.The Secretary-General urged victims to come forward and report any and all abuses to the UN as the Organization moves forward in doing “all we can to respond to these outrageous crimes.” As part of the UN’s increased scrutiny into the “global scourge” of sexual abuse in field missions, Mr. Ban stated that he has requested a special session of the Security Council, to take place tomorrow, and will convene a video conference with his Special Representatives, Force Commanders and Police Commissioners in all peacekeeping operations to be held tomorrow. In addition, he announced the immediate resignation of his Special Representative, Babacar Gaye, as head of MINUSCA.“[Mr. Gaye] has tendered his resignation at my request yesterday,” Mr. Ban explained in response to a question from reporters. He added that while this may appear to be “very strong action” for a Special representative who has been working so honourably during many years in the UN system, “I really wanted to show a strong example and message to all the international community.”“I will reiterate that leaders must report allegations immediately, investigate thoroughly and act decisively. Failure to do so will have clear consequences,” he stressed in his opening remarks. “I want victims to know that we will strive to uphold our institutional responsibility to safeguard their security and dignity.”
A former bodyguard, who worked for Mr Berezovsky, said he knew Mr Glushkov was extremely… An opponent of Vladimir Putin, who was found dead in his south London home earlier this week, was in such fear for his life that he had prepared a hideaway, a former bodyguard has claimed. Counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation into his death, amid reports that he may have been strangled. Nikolai Glushkov, 68, who was a close associate of the late Russian oligarch, Boris Berezovsky, was found dead on Monday in unexplained circumstances. Last night police appeared to be preparing to dig up the the garden of his home in New Malden, after officers were seen carrying spades into the property.
SHIFT WORK COULD increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 9%, new research shows.And this figure increases to 37% for men.The observational findings, published today in BMJ’s Occupational & Environmental Medicine, analysed 12 international studies involving more than 226,500 participants.It found people working in a rotating shift pattern, in which people work different shifts over the course of 24 hour cycle, were at the most risk – they were 42% more likely to have diabetes.The researchers have suggested that this could be linked to its effect on sleeping patterns.The increased risk in men could be down to a reputed disruption of the internal body clock, which controls daytime levels of testosterone.“Other research has linked shift work to weight gain and increased appetite, both of which are risk factors for diabetes, and shift work may also disturb cholesterol levels and blood pressure,” the researchers added.Type 2 diabetes is where the body still producers insulin, but it develops ‘insulin resistance’. While it is the most common form of the disease, the causes are not well understood.Read: Portable insulin pumps prove better than insulin injections for type 2 diabetes >More: Does ‘type 2 diabetes’ really exist? >
Les transports en commun : d’importantes sources de stress Paris – Dans une enquête menée par le cabinet Technologia, il est démontré que plus de 1,5 million de voyageurs souffrent de stress suite aux nuisances rencontrées sur le réseau de transports en commun parisien.Les lignes saturées, les nombreux retards, les grèves, la foule qui s’accumule et qui s’entasse, les odeurs suffocantes, les lumières artificielles aveuglantes : toute une ambiance à laquelle personne ne peut ni ne veut s’habituer, et que le sociologue Gérard Rimbaud qualifie de “parcours du combattant”.À lire aussiCrise d’angoisse : symptômes, que faire et comment calmer une crise d’angoisse ?Le train, le métro, le bus… Certaines personnes sont obligées d’emprunter ces différentes catégories de transports en commun plusieurs heures chaque jour afin d’accéder à leur lieu de travail. C’est ainsi que la fatigue et le stress apparaissent dans la vie de nombreux voyageurs. Pour Le Parisien, qui a rendu publique l’étude, il est important que les entreprises réagissent et interviennent afin de redonner espoir à leurs salariés. La plupart subit en effet aussi bien la pression de leur employeur que celle de leur famille. Car, quelle qu’en soit la raison, il ne faut pas arriver en retard. “C’est une fatalité à laquelle ils sont confrontés”, explique le cabinet Technologia. A quelques semaines des élections régionales, l’heure est aux discussions entre patronat et syndicats, politiques et électorats, afin de savoir comment remédier à ce problème de société. Xavier Darcos, ministre du Travail, incite notamment les entreprises à se pencher sur la question.Le 9 février 2010 à 09:56 • Emmanuel Perrin
Xynthia : un an plus tard, une proposition de loi Plus d’un an après le passage de la tempête Xynthia, les sénateurs ont adopté cette semaine une proposition de loi destinée à mieux prendre en compte le risque de submersion marine.C’est en février 2010 que la tempête Xynthia, associée à de fortes marées et à des vents violents, avait entrainé un raz-de-marée qui avait touché la Vendée et la Charente-Maritime, faisant une cinquantaine de morts. Le rapporteur du texte qui a été voté à l’Assemblé Nationale mardi, le sénateur de la Vendée Bruno Retailleau, a indiqué que “la France était très mal préparée, faute d’une culture du risque”. Il précise : “On doit prendre nos responsabilités en adoptant les dispositions excluant la répétition d’un tel drame”. À lire aussiCes effrayantes images démontrent l’impressionnant pouvoir de la natureLa loi propose de mieux prendre en compte les risques d’inondation spécifiques au littoral en fonction des schémas directeurs de prévisions des crues, des plans de gestion des risques d’inondations et des plans de prévention des risques. Elle prévoit également de “faire coïncider la carte du risque et la carte d’occupation des sols”. Il s’agit “d’affirmer que le droit à la vie l’emporte sur le droit de l’urbanisme”, a expliqué Alain Anziani, le député socialiste de la Gironde, coauteur de la proposition de loi. Les maires disposeront d’un an pour mettre leur commune aux normes, en conformité avec les plans de prévention des risques naturels prévisibles. En s’inspirant directement de la loi hollandaise, une partie du texte est consacrée aux digues. Un rapport d’évaluation obligatoire de celles-ci doit être effectué, des financements doivent voir le jour et leurs propriétaires doivent être clairement identifiés. Dernier point, la proposition de loi demande à ce que la population soit sensibilisée aux risques avec l’obligation de mettre en place des plans communaux de sauvegarde qui comportent des exercices de simulation et d’évacuation. Alain Anziani rappelle que “la France a subi six cent soixante-dix catastrophes naturelles en dix ans soit soixante-sept par an, incluant la canicule, mais aussi les avalanches, les tempêtes et les inondations. Le coût en vie humaines est considérable, avec quinze mille morts”. Comme le rapporte Le Monde, il a ajouté que sa “mission a dénoncé les insuffisances du système d’alerte, des prévisions météorologiques, de la prévention, des plans d’occupation des sols et de l’entretien des digues”.Le 5 mai 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
The current Rossoneri manager Gattuso is now preparing his squad for next season after another disappointing year for the club last term.Gattuso was speaking at AC Milan’s first press conference ahead of the new Serie A season in August and he addressed a number of issues surrounding his underachieving side. ? Gattuso & Mirabelli LIVE! ? Follow our first press conference of the season from Milanello ?? https://t.co/quwGy0A1Ut Segui su Facebook la prima conferenza stampa della stagione 2018/19 ?? https://t.co/cl3QZUqahv#TheDevilsareBack ? pic.twitter.com/OZyhNVaYsT— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 9, 2018“We’ve talked about football and prepared training in that time. That’s how anxieties pass.” the former Rangers midfielder said, as reported by Football Italia.“We must look to the future, we’ve not changed much, but I’m sure some more players will come in.”“We must start again with great enthusiasm and belief in everything we do. We’ll put excuses and problems to one side.”“I feel the pressure but I like it, it doesn’t scare me: I’m the first Milan fan, as well as being the Coach, but I know that alone I can do very little.”Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.AC Milan finished 6th in the league last year and suffered a quarter-final exit in the Europa League at the hands of Premier League giants Arsenal.Gattuso went on to talk about what is needed tactically and in the transfer market to strengthen the team over the summer.“Right now, we have to honour this club and give everything to make it work better.” he continued.“We need a winger, a mezz’ala with the same characteristics as Kessie and a centre-forward. To date, no-one has asked to leave.”“Halilovic the winger we were looking for? I can also see him in the middle. We’re working on it…”“We’re preparing with Europe in our minds: until July 19, when CAS makes a decision, we must think about playing the Europa League.”“New tactical solutions? We’ll start again with 4-3-3. The three in midfield will be certain, but I’m working on something new, maybe during a game: [you can] expect to see a back three.”
Soy growers continue to urge support for enhancing U.S. international market development efforts.The American Soybean Association (ASA), as part of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports, sent a letter last week to House Committee on Agriculture Chariman Mike Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson.In the letter, the groups call for increasing vital funding in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) export programs like the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) in the new farm bill.“Therefore, we strongly urge that MAP funding be increased to $400 million annually and FMD funding to $69 million annually, with the increases phased in over the life of the new Farm Bill,” the groups state in the letter. “MAP has been funded at its current annual level of $200 million since 2006 and FMD at its annual level of $34.5 million since 2002. Despite a tremendous growth in export opportunity for farmers and small businesses since the 2002 Farm Bill was enacted, the real, effective federal funding that reaches the agricultural cooperators carrying out market development work has steadily eroded, while our international competitors continue to greatly outspend us.”Click here to read the entire letter.
Genting Malaysia has withdrawn a Judicial Review into a 2017 decision by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to amend the terms of tax incentives granted to the casino operator.The company, currently in the midst of a multi-billion dollar redevelopment of its Malaysian IR, Resorts World Genting, known as the Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP), was granted tax incentives by the MOF for its GITP in December 2014. Under the agreement, Genting Malaysia would qualify for income tax exemptions equal to 100% of its qualifying CAPEX for a period of 10 years. Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting Empire Resorts to delist from NASDAQ as Genting-linked firms given green light for takeover Vietnam ponders easing casino investment requirements in Special Economic Zones Load More RelatedPosts However, in December 2017 the MOF amended the agreement to significantly prolong the utilization period of those tax allowances.Having had an initial appeal over that amendment turned down by the MOF in September 2018, Genting Malaysia filed an application for Judicial Review of the MOF Decision with the Kuala Lumpur High Court in January of this year, which was subsequently granted.However, the company announced on Thursday that the board has now decided to withdraw the Judicial Review. No reasons for the reversal were provided.Genting Malaysia has also been stung by an increase in fees and taxes this year, with the MOF revealing in December that the annual casino license fee would rise from MYR120 million (US$28.8 million) to MYR150 million (US$36 million) and the tax on gross gaming income from 25% to 35%.Earlier this week, Chairman Lim Kok Thay offered to take a 20% pay cut to help offset some of those increased expenses.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The injured passenger of a Florida International University student killed in the bridge collapse near campus has filed a lawsuit, Thursday.Richard Humble is now suing the bridge designers, construction company and others who are connected to the pedestrian bridge which collapsed near FIU, killing six people.Humble was injured in the collapse, but his friend, FIU student Alexa Duran is one of the six who died when their car was crushed by debris.The bridge collapsed onto Southwest Eighth Street, March 15, just days after it was installed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MELBOURNE, FL — Arthur L. Pierce, Jr., 77, of Palm Bay, Florida and formerly of North Reading, died Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida.Born in Lawrence, MA on August 25, 1941. He was the son of the late Arthur L., Sr. and Ruth Viola (Shaw) Pierce. He attended school in Lawrence and North Reading. Arthur has been a resident of North Reading for over 60 years.He worked for C & W Transportation in Lexington and BJ Bus Service in North Reading. He was the owner of Main Street Garage in North Reading and later worked for Benevento Sand and Gravel in Wilmington.Arthur would help anyone, anytime no matter what. He loved being with his wife and kids, family and friends.Family members include his beloved wife of 57 years, Marsha E. (Woods) Pierce; loving sons, John, Donald and Brian Pierce; brothers, Michael and Charlie Pierce and the late Richard Pierce; sisters, Dorothy Smith, Alice South and the late Luoane Parshley; three grandchildren, Haley, Lanna and Vivian Pierce. Also survived by many brother and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.His funeral will be held on Saturday, February 9 at 10:00 AM at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 8 from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.Arthur L. Pierce, Jr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Crosswell Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William A. Woods, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Francis J. Zizis, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Kathleen (Murphy) Pierce, 77In “Obituaries”
Democratic hopefuls talk prayer and politics at black church forum By: Kit Doyle Catholicism Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doyle Share This! Kit Doyle,Load Comments,At 89, Bread for the World founder Art Simon ‘not giving up’ on goal of ending hun … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes Eid al-Adha, the Assumption of the Virgin, and more.A Muslim pilgrim casts stones at a pillar in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, on the third day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 13, 2019. The pilgrimage to Mecca is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)Catholic clergymen and pilgrims take part in an emotional procession with a statue of the Virgin Mary past the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral as they celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin in Paris on Aug. 15, 2019. The statue was rescued from the April blaze. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Nepalese Hindu priests perform rituals during the annual Janai Purnima festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Aug. 15, 2019. Janai Purnima, or Sacred Thread Festival, marks the day when devout Hindu males change the white cotton thread they wear across their torsos and take a ritual bath in a river or a pond. The sacred thread, when first tied, indicates formal entry into adulthood and a promise to follow their Hindu faith. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, displaying the world’s largest clock face, rises above Muslim pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the hajj in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 12, 2019. The pilgrimage to Mecca is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)An Indian boy scavenges for reusable items amid idols of Hindu goddess Dashama lying in the river Sabarmati after the end of Dashama festival in Ahmadabad, India, on Aug. 11, 2019. The ten-day festival celebrated in the Shravan month of the Hindu calendar culminates with the immersion of the idols of the deity who is worshipped for good health and prosperity in this western state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)A boy jumps into the Mediterranean sea from the ancient sea wall during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in the old port city of Acre, Israel, on Aug. 13, 2019. Eid al-Adha marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts four days, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor and eat the rest. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Members of the Hindu Brahmin community perform rituals in the River Ganges in Prayagraj, India, on Aug. 15, 2019. Brahmins, member of Hindu upper castes, believe that performing rituals on this day will wash away their sins. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)LGBT activists and their supporters gather for the first-ever Pride parade in the central city of Plock, Poland, on Aug. 10, 2019. The parade comes as the country finds itself bitterly divided over the growing visibility of the LGBT community and as the government and the powerful Catholic church denounce gay rights as a threat to society. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)A knife used in the ritual sacrifice on Eid al-Adha in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 11, 2019. Muslims traditionally celebrate Eid al Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels and cows whose meat is later be distributed to the poor. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle News Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Share David J. Phillip/APDowntown Houston flooded by rain from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017. The buildings in the region exacerbated rainfall from the storm, according to a new study.Hurricanes are dropping more rain and causing more flooding than in the past, and humans are to blame on multiple fronts.Climate scientists have warned for decades that global warming will cause extreme weather to get more frequent and severe. A pair of studies published today in the journal Nature find that hurricanes are already causing more rain than they used to, and that cities themselves may be making the rainfall from those storms even worse.The second finding is particularly novel. Scientists looked at data from the city of Houston during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and compared the rain that fell to a model of how much rain would have fallen if the city and its surrounding area had never been built.“What we found was that the city enhanced the overall rainfall footprint [compared] to what we would have expected if we replaced the urban areas with cropland,” explains study co-author Gabriele Villarini of the University of Iowa. Significantly more rain fell on the Houston area than would have fallen on the coastal grasslands that used to be there.One way to imagine the role of the city’s buildings in generating that rain is to first imagine Hurricane Harvey as a moist, hot wind blowing from the Gulf of Mexico inland across Texas.“The buildings stop the air from being able to move forward, away from the ocean,” explains study co-author Gabriel Vecchi of Princeton. “They sort of stop the air in that general area, and the air has nowhere to go but around the buildings, or up.”When the moist, hot air goes up into the colder atmosphere, the moisture tends to condense into droplets, the way water condenses on a cool glass. Those droplets fall as rain.“The more air that you raise up, in general, the more rain you will have, and that is one of the impacts of these buildings,” Vecchi says.The study didn’t look at which types of buildings — the homes, factories, skyscrapers and businesses that make up Houston — contribute the most to rainfall. But Vecchi and his team did analyze how the sprawling development and paving in and around Houston exacerbated flooding. Because paved areas are impervious to water, the rain that fell during Harvey had nowhere to soak in and quickly flooded the area.Together, the paving and buildings made catastrophic flooding much more likely to happen during Hurricane Harvey.And while this study didn’t examine whether similar dynamics would play out in other coastal cities during hurricanes, previous work by other scientists has found that cities do generally affect rainfall.“Clearly we need to study the mechanisms more, but it is good to see this being validated,” says Purdue climate scientist Dev Niyogi, who has spent years studying the complex relationships between cities, storms and rainfall.He says local governments in hurricane-prone areas can start to examine how development decisions affect disasters. “Can we design cities that can affect help future hurricane impacts?” Niyogi says.“As we think of a future where we are going to have growing rates of urbanization, we may want to understand which structures — and which ways of arranging our structures — lend themselves more to creating this enhanced rain, and which ones are perhaps less conducive to extreme rain,” Vecchi says.“I think one of the values of their study is that this can provide information as urban development continues, and give an idea of things to consider to alleviate the impacts from [hurricanes],” says Christina Patricola, an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who was not involved in the Houston study.Patricola is one of the authors of another study, also published today in Nature, confirming that climate change is already causing hurricanes to dump more rain — hurricanes such as Katrina, Maria and Irma. “We’re finding that the total storm rainfall has increased by about 5 to 10 percent” compared with the rain that would have fallen without climate change, she says.A study published earlier this year found that Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall was driven in part by warm water in the Gulf of Mexico.Patricola and her colleague Michael Wehner also looked into the future. They studied 15 hurricanes from around the globe and modeled their rainfall and wind speeds under pre-industrial conditions, current climate conditions and multiple future warming scenarios.They found that if humans continue to generate greenhouse gases and the Earth continues to warm, hurricanes will only get more severe. “In general, as the ocean warms, we can expect that the wind speeds of tropical storms may increase,” Patricola says.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.