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One of baseball’s most prestigious groups has a new member: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols joined the 3,000-hit club Friday with a single in the 5th inning of L.A.’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Pujols was a future Hall of Famer regardless of his club membership, of course, but the achievement helps bring into focus just how incredible a hitter he has been over his nearly two-decade-long career.Including the brand-new entry, 32 batters have broken the 3,000-hit barrier, from Cap Anson in 1897 (maybe?) to Pujols 121 years later. Of those 32, only the scandal-ridden1e.g., Pete Rose and Rafael Palmeiro. aren’t either honored in Cooperstown already or bound for the Hall when eligible. But even among that group of baseball’s best-ever hitters, Pujols stands out. While many members of the 3,000-hit club (such as the recently quasi-retired Ichiro Suzuki) secured their memberships by rapping out single after single, Pujols did it with power and patience. He’s tied with Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez for the highest isolated slugging percentage (a stat that measures raw power) of any 3,000-hit-club member, and he has the club’s very best career ratio of extra-base hits plus walks to singles:To be sure, others in this club mastered the art of waiting for the right pitch and crushing it. Willie Mays, for example, had almost as many extra-base hits plus walks per single (1.42) as Pujols does (1.45). But it’s still pretty uncommon, and Pujols is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the style among 3,000-hit-club members. It’s hard to get 3,000 hits against major-league pitching at all, much less to do it while also swinging for the fences.Perhaps this partially explains why Pujols hasn’t aged as well as other hitters; heck, one outlet went so far as to call him the worst player in baseball last year. (Oh wait, that was us.) A base-hit maestro like Tony Gwynn or Craig Biggio might naturally fare better as the baseball odometer ticks up. But despite a steep slowdown in production, Pujols still made it into the 3,000-hit club — a milestone other hitters with power and patience never reached (think Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Schmidt or even Babe Ruth). It’s a testament to the 21st century’s most fearsome hitter. read more

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first_img KUSI Newsroom San Diego Harbor Police Rescue Three People Posted: February 16, 2019 February 16, 2019 Updated: 8:25 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO ( KUSI) -The San Diego Harbor police rescued three people after their rental boat capsized.It happened this morning around 10:30am where police found three people wearing life jackets in the area between Coronado North Island and Harbor Island.The boat they were on was a rental from the Marine Corps Base and everyone on board was taken back to that location. None of the victims were injured in the crash. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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first_img Sci-Tech Culture Tags Share your voice The Veritas telescope array, designed to spot evidence of gamma rays, now also will feed data to the Breakthrough Listen project to detect alien chatter. Veritas Breakthrough Listen, an effort to hear signals from distant aliens, has a new set of ears. A quartet of linked telescopes in Arizona called Veritas will check for fleeting flashes of light that could indicate a distant civilization, the two organizations said Wednesday.Veritas, short for Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System, is designed to spot super-short blue-light flashes called Cherenkov radiation that indicate a very high-energy gamma ray has struck Earth’s atmosphere. For scientists, that’s a good way to study high-energy astronomical events like supernovas, pulsars and black holes.But because it can spot light signals lasting only billionths of a second, Veritas also could be good for seeing any pulses of light aliens living light-years away are sending our way, intentionally or not. “When it comes to intelligent life beyond Earth, we don’t know where it exists or how it communicates. So our philosophy is to look in as many places, and in as many ways, as we can,” said Yuri Milner, the wealthy tech investor who founded the Breakthrough Initiatives, in a statement. Breakthrough Listen seeks to survey the million stars nearest our own in the Milky Way and already scans some radio and optical frequencies.A related project, Breakthrough Starshot, seeks to use a massively powerful laser array to blast tiny spacecraft to nearby stars where they can take photos and gather other data to beam back to earth by laser. 0 Aliens and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence 6:23 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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first_img Share your voice Computers Roadshow Tags Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV 8:35 It’s a major effort to design a processor chip. The magnitude of the work is reflected in the gargantuan number of transistors — 6 billion — that make up the processing circuitry on each of Tesla’s chips. But Tesla’s in-house expertise, spanning everything from processors and software to battery manufacturing and charging stations, gives it a major advantage over conventional automakers.”Other car manufacturers can’t compete,” said New Street analyst Pierre Ferragu in an August report on Tesla. “Their business model doesn’t allow them to fit all cars with this expensive hardware, and they run vastly behind on technology, depending too much on their suppliers and unable to tightly integrate hardware, software, and operations. As a result, Tesla is setting the standard for mass-market autopilot.”Two brains for self-driving safetyEach Tesla computer has two AI chips, a redundant design for better safety, Venkataramanan said. There’s redundancy in the chips’ power supplies and data input feeds, too. Even the car’s cameras are on two separate power supplies to guard against failures.”There are a lot of redundancy features, which makes sure … nothing untoward happens to the system” if a sensor, component, camera or power supply fails, Venkataramanan said.Each chip makes its own assessment of what the car should do next. The computer compares the two assessments, and if the chips agree, the car takes the action. If the chips disagree, the car just throws away that frame of video data and tries again, Venkataramanan said. That’s one of the reasons Tesla wanted powerful AI chips that could handle such a high frame rate for video.Highly optimizedEach Tesla AI chip runs at 2GHz and performs 36 trillion operations per second. That performance is possible because Tesla optimized the chips for self-driving cars and dropped anything more general purpose, said Debjit Das Sarma, another Tesla chip designer and former AMD engineer.For example, the chip handles data recorded as 8-bit integers instead of the 16-bit floating-point numbers more common in AI tasks but that require more power to process. For another, it’s got an extremely limited set of instructions it can process. And it’s got a gargantuan 32 megabytes of high-speed SRAM memory on the chip, which means it doesn’t have to wait around while fetching data from much slower conventional DRAM memory.”Rather than spending all the power on these profligate things, we wanted to spend most of the energy on what really matters for us,” Das Sarma said. Although Tesla designed the core AI elements of the processor, it relied on off-the-shelf elements for things like graphics processing.The AI chip took 14 months to design, and now Samsung is manufacturing the processor. It’s shipping in newer Tesla cars now, and older models can be upgraded. 9 Photos Comments Now playing: Watch this: 38 Two big, square AI processors power Tesla’s third-generation full self-driving car computer. Tesla showed the computer at the Hot Chips conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET Designing your own chips is hard. But Tesla, one of the most aggressive developers of autonomous vehicle technology, thinks it’s worth it. The company shared details Tuesday about how it fine-tuned the design of its AI chips so two of them are smart enough to power its cars’ upcoming “full self-driving” abilities.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk and his colleagues revealed the company’s third-generation computing hardware in April. But at the Hot Chips conference Tuesday, chip designers showed how heavy optimizations in Tesla’s custom AI chips dramatically boosted performance — a factor of 21 compared to the earlier Nvidia chips. As a bonus, they’re only 80% the cost, too.The company needed better hardware to achieve its 2019 full self-driving goal, in which cars navigate not only freeways as today but also local streets with stop signs and traffic lights. “It was clear to us, in order to meet our performance levels at the power constraints and the form factor constraints we had, we had to design something of our own,” said Ganesh Venkataramanan, one of the chip designers and a former AMD processor engineer. Processors Elon Musk Samsung Teslalast_img read more

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first_imgRU, SUST logoAt least eight students were injured in alleged attacks by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists on Pragatisheel Chhatra Jote leaders and activists on the campuses of Rajshahi University (RU) and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) on Monday.BCL is the student wing of Ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL).In Rajshahi University, some BCL activists from outside of the campus along with police, administration and a group of university staff from Awami League panel foiled a procession of Pragatisheel Chhatra Jote.The leaders and activists of the university gathered in front of administration building around 8:00am.On information, proctor Lutfar Rahman rushed to the spot.The police and the staff of the university attacked the students and foiled their gathering.At least three activists of the Jote were injured in the attack.Protesting at the attack, the activists and leaders of left leaning organisations also staged a demonstration on the campus at noon.In Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, a faction of BCL attacked on the leaders and activists of Pragatisheel Chhatra Jote at the main gate of the university around 11:00am when they brought out a rally.At least, five activists of the Jote were injured in the attack.On information, proctor Jahir Uddin rushed to the spot.In Jahangirnagar University, the left leaning students’ organisations observed a half day strike.Under the banner of Pragatisheel Chhatra Jote some 50 students gathered in front of the buildings of social sciences and arts and humanities faculties around 9:00am.They also locked all the main entrances of the faculties.Later, they also brought out a protest procession on the JU campus around 11:30am.Pragatisheel Chhatra Jote, a combine of progressive students, is observing a nationwide strike in academic institutions protesting at BCL attack in Dhaka University on 23 January.In Dhaka University, the activists of the Jote gathered in front of Arts Building and locked the main entry gate.Meanwhile, a section of students under the banner of ‘students against repression’ held a press conference at Madhur Canteen.They demanded immediate action against the students responsible for the attacks on 15 January and 23 January and also the removal of DU proctor professor Golam Rabbani on charge of negligence of duty.On 23 January, a group of students and some activists of left-leaning student organisations besieged the vice chancellor’s office of Dhaka University with their four-point demand including punishment to BCL men for harassing some female students a few days ago.During that programme, at least 10 DU students got hurt when some leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) attacked the protesting at students in the pretext of ‘freeing’ the VC.BCL men reportedly assaulted the agitating students who besieged the DU VC for four hours at his office demanding the withdrawal of a case the university administration filed recently against some ‘unnamed’ students, removal of proctor Golam Rabbani, solving the crisis over affiliated colleges and punishing BCL men, allegedly responsible for harassing some female students.On 15 January, some BCL activists foiled a demonstration of the students who were staging a sit-in in front of the VC’s office and assaulted some female students.last_img read more

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first_imgUnprecedented waves of migration are affecting the world today with record numbers of people escaping war-torn regions, poverty, persecution and natural disasters.One of the latest migrant crises is from Myanmar, where nearly 520,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled an army crackdown in Rakhine state since late August and entered Bangladesh.That influx of people is just a fraction of the record 65.6 million people who were either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced around the world by the end of 2016, according to the UN refugee agency.The growth was driven mainly by the war in Syria along with other conflicts in the region, as well as in sub-Saharan Africa including Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and South Sudan.Here are some of the other mass migrations since World War II.1947: India and Pakistan -The end of British rule in the India sub-continent in 1947 results in the creation of two independent states: mainly Hindu India and Muslim-majority Pakistan.The partition is painful and violent, leading to one of the biggest mass migrations of all time as Muslims flee India for Pakistan and Hindus quit Pakistan for India.Nearly 15 million people cross borders and at least one million die along the way.1948: Palestinian exodus of Israel -The nation of Israel is created within Palestine in May 1948. More than 760,000 Palestinians are expelled from their homes or flee.Including their descendants, the number of displaced Palestinians is estimated to have reached five million, most of them in countries in the region.1962: Algerian settlers -After the seven-year French-Algerian war ends in March 1962, around one million settlers of French origin move to France as do about 60,000 Muslim Algerians who served in the French forces.1971: Bangladesh independence -Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, is created after nine months of war in which India sides with independence fighters against Pakistan. Around 10 million people flee to India.1975: Southeast Asia’s ‘boat people’ -The 1975 victory of communist regimes in the former French colonies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam leads more than three million people to quit their countries over the next two decades.Many are forced to flee on often overcrowded boats to reach neighbouring countries and beyond.1979: Afghan exodus -Afghanistan, which has suffered decades of war, accounts for around 2.5 million of the world’s refugees today, the second largest group behind those from Syria, according to the UN refugee agency.During the 10 years of the Soviet occupation from 1979, about six million Afghans flee, most of them across the border to Pakistan and Iran. A repatriation programme between 2001 and 2012 sees about 5.7 million return.1992: Bosnian conflict -The war between Bosnia’s Croat, Muslim and Serb population claims around 100,000 lives. By the time it ends in 1995, at least 2.5 million people have fled.1994: Rwanda genocide -Around 800,000 people, most of them from the Tutsi minority, are massacred between April and July 1994. About 1.7 million ethnic Hutus flee for fear of reprisals.From 2011: Syrian crisis -The Syrian conflict has killed more than 320,000 people and also forced more than half of the population to leave their homes.While about 6.3 million are internally displaced, around 5.5 million are refugees in nearby countries. They account for the world’s largest group of refugees, according to the UNHCR. Nearly one million Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe.South Sudan, war from 2013 -The civil war in South Sudan has already left tens of thousands of people dead and more than 3.7 million displaced, many of them women and children.More than two million are refugees and asylum seekers, according to the UNHCR, with around a million in Uganda and more than 430,000 in Sudan.last_img read more

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first_imgClose-up map of Annapolis in Maryland, where a gunman killed at least five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper. AFPA man firing a shotgun and armed smoke grenades killed four journalists and a staffer at Maryland’s capital newspaper, then was swiftly taken into custody by police who rushed into the building.Thursday’s attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the “fake news media” from politicians and others from President Donald Trump on down. It prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation’s media capital.Police said the suspect in custody is a white man in his late 30s.Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County called it a targeted attack in which the gunman “looked for his victims.””This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people,” Krampf said.Journalists crawled under desks and sought other hiding places in what they described as minutes of terror as they heard the gunman’s footsteps and the repeated blasts of the shotgun as he moved about the newsroom.Those killed included Rob Hiaasen, 59, the paper’s assistant managing editor and brother of novelist Carl Hiaasen. Carl Hiaasen said he was “devastated and heartsick” at losing his brother, “one of the most gentle and funny people I’ve ever known.” Also slain were Gerald Fischman, editorial page editor; features reporter Wendi Winters; reporter John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith. The newspaper said two other employees had non-life threatening injuries and were later released from a hospital.Krampf said the gunman was a Maryland resident, but didn’t name him.Separately, a law enforcement official said the suspect was identified as Jarrod W. Ramos. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.Phil Davis, a courts and crime reporter for the paper, tweeted that the gunman shot out the glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people scrambling under desks.”There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” he wrote in a tweet. In a later interview appearing on the paper’s online site, Davis likened the newspaper office to a “war zone.””I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time,” he said. “But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.”Reporter Selene San Felice told CNN she was at her desk but ran after hearing shots, only to find a back door locked. She then watched as a colleague was shot, adding she didn’t glimpse the gunman.”I heard footsteps a couple of times,” she said. “I was breathing really loud and was trying not to, but I couldn’t be quiet.”The reporter recalled a June 2016 mass shooting attack on Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse and how terrified people crouching inside had texted loved ones as dozens were killed. Said San Felice, “And there I was sitting under a desk, texting my parents and telling them I loved them.”Survivors said the shooting — though it seemed agonizingly long — lasted mere minutes. And police said their response was swift.Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said officers arrived within about 60 seconds and took the gunman into custody without an exchange of gunfire. About 170 people were then evacuated from the building, which houses other offices, many leaving with their hands up as police and other emergency vehicles arrived.At the White House, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said: “There is no room for violence, and we stick by that. Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against.”Hours later, investigators remained on the cordoned-off site early Friday as they sought clues to the gunman’s motives.”The shooter has not been very forthcoming, so we don’t have any information yet on motive,” Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said.In 2012, Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper, alleging he was harmed by an article about his conviction in a criminal harassment case a year earlier. The suit was dismissed by a judge who wrote Ramos hadn’t shown “anything that was published about you is, in fact, false.” An appeals court later upheld the dismissal.Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the community was grieving the attack on its paper.”These are the guys that come to city council meetings, have to listen to boring politicians and sit there,” Buckley said. “They don’t make a lot of money. It’s just immoral that their lives should be in danger.”The newspaper is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com. It is owned by The Baltimore Sun.The Associated Press Media Editors promised to help Capital Gazette journalists as they recover. An APME statement called on newspapers nationwide to help the paper continue its community coverage and fight for freedom of the press.last_img read more

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first_imgNorway has laid emphasis on working together to make sure that things are improving on Myanmar side and expediting the global efforts to ensure the “voluntary and safe” return of Rohingyas to Rakhine state in Myanmar.“We’ll have to work together to make sure that things are improving on Myanmar side. I’m working very closely with the Norwegian embassy in Yangon,” Norwegian ambassador to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken told UNB in an interview.Ambassador Bleken, now in Oslo to attend the annual meeting of ambassadors on Monday, said she will have talks with the envoys of the neighbouring countries and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to find ways how they can do together in the region.She said the role Norway can play is to be part of the international community’s dialogue with Myanmar authorities, support the UN efforts and have dialogue with a number of other countries in the region that may have greater influence in the region.Bangladesh and Myanmar are trying to go for the second attempt to begin the repatriation of Rohingyas this month with a tentative date, 22 August.The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on 15 November last year but it was halted amid unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a friendly environment in Rakhine.Earlier, Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen hoped that the repatriation of Rohingyas will begin this month on a small scale. “I’m very positive…I’m expecting that we can start this month.”Asked whether the repatriation will begin on Thursday, a senior official involved in repatriation process said nothing was confirmed yet regarding the date.Talking about the likelihood of resuming repatriation, ambassador Bleken echoed what the United Nations and many other countries have said before that repatriation must be “voluntary and safe.”The envoy said she would love to see the repatriation takes place but reminded that there are three parties — Myanmar, Bangladesh and Rohingyas themselves.“Based on what I’ve seen and heard, they (Rohingya) really want to go back, but they don’t want to go back before they’re feeling safe,” she added.On 29 July, Bangladesh handed a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas from around 6,000 families to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to Rakhine state.With the latest list, Bangladesh has so far handed the names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities and around 8,000 of them have been verified.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since 25 August 2017. Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on 23 November 2017.On 16 January 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar inked a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.The “Physical Arrangement” stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start.ICOE Team to Visit CampThe delegation of Myanmar’s Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) that arrived Bangladesh on Saturday, is likely to visit Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps on Monday (19 August), said an official.The delegation will also have meetings with government officials and the officials of UN agencies in Cox’s Bazar.Former Japanese ambassador Kenzo Oshima is leading the delegation.last_img read more

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first_img X Davis Land/Houston Public MediaDr. Peter Hotez speaks alongside health officials and advocates at Pin Oak Middle School on February 13, 2019.Following an announcement by La Porte ISD that an elementary student is suspected of having contracted measles, local health advocates stopped by a Houston ISD school Wednesday to urge Texas lawmakers to revisit the state’s vaccination laws.Among them were representatives with Houston ISD, Harris County Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, and advocacy groups Children at Risk and Immunization Partnership. The group spoke one at a time, asking parents to vaccinate their children and for lawmakers to reconsider the state’s non-medical exemption program for parents who don’t want to vaccinate. The student suspected of having measles at La Porte joins three others in Harris County and four more statewide who have caught measles in 2019. Texas saw only a single case of measles in 2015 and 2016 each, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said the number of measles cases so far this year may indicate more vaccine-preventable illnesses to come.“We know once vaccine coverage starts to decline the first breakthrough infection you always see is measles,” Hotez said. “Measles is like a biomarker of declines in vaccine coverage. It’s a biomarker that we’re not doing our job in getting our kids vaccinated.”The resurgence of measles, considered to have been eradicated in the United States in 2000, has stoked concerns about vaccination rates. Along with recent measles cases, advocates point to school closures due to flu outbreaks as a signal fewer parents are chasing to vaccinate. At least a dozen schools across Texas have closed for multiple days this year because of too many sick students and teachers, Texas Standard reports.The leading cause behind parents not vaccinating their children is a movement based on misinformation, largely stemming from a debunked and fraudulent study linking the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism, according to advocates.Hotez attributes the spreading of false information to not knowing the truth and a natural concern for their kids — and the fact you can also make some money writing a book about it. Changing the lawsIn Texas, health advocates largely blame outbreaks on the state’s non-medical exemption rule, which lets a parent opt-out of school-required vaccines for reasons of personal belief. A recent report by the Immunization Partnership puts the rate of non-medical exemptions 25 times higher for the 2017-2018 school year than when the law went into effect in 2003.Gwen Johnson, the Director of Health Services for Houston ISD, said parents need more accurate data about vaccines as misinformation spreads.“I think people do take for granted that we’ve been doing vaccines for years and we’re just going to keep doing what our parents did et cetera,” Johnson said. “They may need some more updated knowledge around that that they can share in their own communities.”Advocates worry increasing exemption rates threaten children who are too young to be vaccinated, children in between their first and second MMR shots, or people who have certain medical conditions. Having enough people vaccinated keeps preventable diseases from spreading when they are introduced, an effect called herd immunity.To make vaccine rates more transparent, Democratic State Representative Gene Wu of Houston is drafting legislation that would require childcare facilities to report their vaccination rates and “to let parents know what percentage of their students at the facility are actually vaccinated,” he told Houston Matters. “This will help parents make a decision about where they want to send their kids.”Officials at Harris County Public Health said if you think your child may have measles or another highly-contagious disease contact your health care provider before arriving as a sick child can infect others even just in a waiting room.Listen to the full Houston Matters interview with State Representative Gene Wu in the audio below:  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /11:47 Listen Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Explore further Rising seas swamp Marshall Islands More information: Ma. Laurice Jamero et al. Small-island communities in the Philippines prefer local measures to relocation in response to sea-level rise, Nature Climate Change (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3344AbstractMost adaptation studies suggest that sea-level rise will lead to relocation as flooding worsens. Here we identified and evaluated potential adaptation strategies for adapting to sea-level rise, based on the experiences of four low-lying island communities in central Philippines that have experienced flooding during normal high tides since a 2013 earthquake that induced land subsidence. Coastal surveys, interviews and household questionnaires showed that island residents generally prefer in situ adaptation strategies rather than relocation to the mainland. These results are unexpected, particularly because a relocation programme has been developed by authorities on the mainland. Direct measurements during a flooding event indicate stilted housing as the most effective type of adaptation strategy. Many households have also raised their floors using coral stones, although this might inadvertently increase their vulnerability to typhoons and storm surges in the long-term. © 2017 Phys.org Many scientists around the world have been warning of the expected dire consequences of rising ocean levels due to global warming. Millions of people, they say, will have to migrate when their island homes become submerged. This mass migration, they note, will likely cause enormous problems unless governments plan ahead. But some of those estimates might be premature, the researchers conclude. Many islanders may instead opt to stay, choosing to adapt rather than move from their homes.To learn more about possible migration caused by rising ocean levels, the researchers ventured to the islands of Tubigon, Bohol, in the Philippines. An earthquake back in 2013 caused four of the islands in the community to sink to the point that they are now very nearly covered with water every high tide. The Philippine government offered the islanders housing on the mainland, but many chose to stay regardless of the hardship. To find out how and why this was possible, the researchers conducted door-to-door surveys, led focus groups and interviewed community leaders. They report that the main reasons the islanders gave for choosing to stay was fear of losing their livelihood and questions about safety in a new place. Many of those who chose to stay built up their homes using coral, or resorted to congregating in safe areas during high tides. Also, groups organized rainwater harvesting events to preserve potable water.The attitudes and actions of the island people in the Philippines suggests, the researchers claim, that many of those considered future refugees due to climate change may not be after all. Citation: Study results suggest migration estimates due to global warming may be wrong (2017, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-results-migration-due-global-wrong.htmlcenter_img Journal information: Nature Climate Change (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam has found real-world evidence of people refusing to leave their island homes even after an earthquake has caused severe flooding to occur every high tide. In their paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the group describes their study of the people on the islands of Tubigon, Bohol, Philippines, and what their findings suggest about other island people responding to rising ocean levels due to global warming. Dominic Kniveton with the University of Sussex offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. A small Fijian island. Credit: Remember/Wikipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more