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Houston TV station forced to evacuate as Harvey waters flood the newsroom

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 10:43am

As Hurricane Harvey continues to dump staggering amounts of rain over Houston, KHOU-TV, 11 News, one of the city's local TV news broadcasting stations, was forced to evacuate as flood waters surged in. SEE ALSO: Historic, catastrophic flooding underway in Houston from Tropical Storm Harvey The staff first evacuated to the second floor after flood water poured in during a live broadcast. Water coming into studio at #KHOU11... We are moving upstairs. pic.twitter.com/MMEljNatw7 — Doug Delony (@DougDelonyKHOU) August 27, 2017 #KHOU11 flooding. Water 4 feet deep in the parking lot. First floor flooded. We've evacuated to 2nd floor. @GaughanSurfing pic.twitter.com/puwpzqgDB8 — Blake Mathews (@KHOUBlake11) August 27, 2017 But soon, even with floodgates set up around the building, water started gushing into the newsroom. At that point, station staff made the decision to evacuate instead. Water pouring in the front door of channel 11 on Sunday morning. #khou11 #Houston pic.twitter.com/X5kDrCpdXN — The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) August 27, 2017 I can only think of Saving Private Ryan. The last man standing blows the bridge before the Nazis take it. The code word is Alamo. #khou — The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) August 27, 2017 Alamo. We are evacuating KHOU. #khou #HouNews — The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) August 27, 2017 This wasn't the station's first brush with a tropical storm, either. KHOU was also forced to evacuate the building during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. That prior storm — which Harvey could end up eclipsing — left 41 dead and caused around $9 billion dollars in property damages by the time it was over.  This latest evacuation went smoothly for KHOU, at least. Everyone got out of the building, and the station is now off the air. The @KHOU building has been evacuated and the station is now off the air. #HurricaneHarvey — Jerome Solomon (@JeromeSolomon) August 27, 2017 Khou pic.twitter.com/pRpB0lgZxP — SN0WBLACK_THE_ORACLE (@sportsmediaLM) August 27, 2017 In case, you still haven't realized the severity of this storm, here's a photo of a traffic camera — usually placed at the same height as a street light — nearly submerged in downtown Houston. This is insane this is a traffic camera at the height of the street lights almost underwater in #Houston. #Flood #Harvey pic.twitter.com/45s3NGUUjF — Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) August 27, 2017 This image and the forecast of what is still to fall.... This is surreal. #HoustonFlood #Harvey pic.twitter.com/zK9WojsMAH — Matthew Sitkowski (@MattSitkowski) August 27, 2017 WATCH: Hurricane Harvey is intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico

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Houston faces catastrophic flooding in wake of Harvey

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 10:41am

ABC News' Rob Marciano reports the latest on Tropical Storm Harvey.

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Houston Mayor Defends Decision to Not Issue Mandatory Evacuation Orders

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 10:40am

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said it was not feasible to put "2.3 million people on the road," saying the controversial 2005 Hurricane Rita evacuation had taught the city a lesson.

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T-Mobile’s plan is working: Customers actually like the network

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 10:38am

T-Mobile has made a big deal these past few years of being the "Un-Carrier." Led by outspoken CEO John Legere, it simplified plans, removed extra taxes and overage fees, and shifted away from the old buy-a-subsidized-device-on-two-year-contract plan.

Underlying all of the efforts was the need to change how customers perceive their carriers. Telecoms companies, including wireless, are generally hated by customers, and T-Mobile figured that if it could change that, a lot of other things would fall into place.

Well, it's working. A new survey conducted for Business Insider says that T-Mobile's customers are way more loyal than subscribers on the other networks. 23% of T-Mobile's customers wouldn't switch networks "for anything," compared to about 15% for AT&T and Verizon. Sprint customers are desperate for a change: Only 7% of them wouldn't change.

Measuring satisfaction with a mobile network is notoriously difficult, but the simple question about what it would take to get you to switch is telling. It's possibly the thing that wireless companies care about most: postpaid "churn," or the percentage of customers switching every quarter, is a metric that analysts rely on heavily to predict future earnings. T-Mobile posted a record-low churn in Q1 this year, so the numbers add up with BI's survey.

The customer loyalty is even more important for T-Mobile in the current marketplace. Thanks largely to T-Mobile's own push to simplify plans and offer unlimited data, the wireless industry right now is more competitive than it's ever been. All four wireless carriers offer relatively cheap unlimited data plans with no contract, which makes it easy to jump ship from one provider to the other.

T-Mobile's financial success is good for the network long-term, as well. With enough subscribers onboard, T-Mobile has the money and motivation to bring its network up to scratch compared to Verizon and AT&T. That's exactly what it's doing: it paid $8 billion for valuable new spectrum earlier this year, and is moving crazy fast to build out a 600MHz LTE network that should offer coverage comparable to Verizon. It's also investing in LTE-Advanced technologies and building thousands of small cell sites to help with capacity on the network.

It can do all this because of the faith that there's going to be customers at the end who'll want to pay for the network. Sprint, by comparison, has oodles of spectrum sitting around, but no money, which is why its network sucks. It's essentially a circle of poverty: the network is bad, so no-one signs up, which means Sprint can't reinvest anything in making its network better.

Now, everything is rosy at the moment, but we can't put up a "job well done" sign and move on to fixing broadband quite yet. The Uncarrier, for all its customer-friendly moves, still pulls old tricks like adding unnecessary fees for new lines, uses questionable sales tactics to sell customers things they don't need, and pushes two-year phone "Equipment Installment Plans" as a replacement for the old two-year contracts.

There's also the problem of Sprint. Right now, Sprint plays a vital role in the marketplace of keeping downwards pricing pressure on the other carriers, thanks to its dirt-cheap unlimited plan. But Sprint's owner wants to sell or merge the company, and there's a danger that it could merge with T-Mobile, or be absorbed by an ISP like Charter or Comcast. If that happens, Sprint's price pressure will be gone, and there'll be nothing stopping the remaining three carriers from slowly raising prices to over $100 per line.

In short: competition is doing exactly what it should be doing to make T-Mobile better, and customers are rewarding it with some serious loyalty. But don't be fooled into thinking T-Mobile is doing this out of some sense of corporate benevolence. It's just good business practice, and that won't last forever.

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Startling Image of Flooded Texas Nursing Home Prompts Rescue

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 10:37am

An image of elderly women in a Texas nursing home surrounded by waist-deep flood waters went viral on social media on Sunday, prompting an emergency evacuation of the facility.

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Rex Tillerson Says Trump Speaks Only For Himself On American Values

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 10:34am

WASHINGTON ― In an awkward interview, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that the president of the United States doesn’t necessarily speak for the nation in expressing American values.

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Historic Floods Hit Houston as Hundreds Rescued from Water

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 10:32am

Officials reported answering thousands of calls from people trapped in Houston on Sunday as torrential rain from deadly Hurricane Harvey caused “catastrophic flooding” in the city and across southeast Texas.

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Sebastian Gorka, Bannon protégé, leaves White House post

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 10:14am

Sebastian Gorka, the British-born deputy assistant to President Trump whose unsmiling, dark-bearded visage and plummy English accent made frequent appearances on political talk shows, left his post late Friday.

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Indian guru faces up to life in prison in rape case

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 10:10am

Thousands of supporters of an Indian quasi-religious sect leader left his headquarters in northern India on Sunday as authorities relaxed a curfew a day ahead of his sentencing for rape.

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Deadly clashes in Yemen rebel ranks spark fears of 'strife'

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:55am

A Yemeni colonel loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two Huthi rebels have been killed in Sanaa, in an unprecedented escalation of violence between the allies with Saleh's party warning it could push the capital into all-out war. An anti-government alliance between Saleh and rebel leader Abdul Malik al-Huthi has crumbled over the past week, with the two accusing each other of treason and back-stabbing. Witnesses in Sanaa, which Saleh and Huthi jointly control, said the ex-president's forces had spread in southern parts of the capital near the presidential offices, which Saleh still holds despite resigning in 2012.

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Lebanon finds remains believed to be soldiers kidnapped by IS

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:47am

A top Lebanese security official said Sunday that authorities had located human remains believed to belong to troops kidnapped by the Islamic State group three years ago. The announcement came hours after the Lebanese army declared a ceasefire deal with IS along the border with Syria in exchange for information on the missing soldiers. The head of the General Security agency, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, said IS fighters who had surrendered led his agency and the Lebanese army to the remains.

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Trump Still Insists Mexico Will Pay For The Wall -- Eventually

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:35am

President Donald Trump on Sunday returned to rallying his base by continuing to insist that Mexico will pay for his proposed border wall, after last week threatening a government shutdown if funding for the barrier isn’t provided in the U.S. budget.

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Second man arrested after Buckingham Palace sword attack

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:32am

British police investigating Friday's sword attack outside Buckingham Palace in London arrested a second man on Sunday, as the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival kicked off under increased security measures. "The man was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism at 10:15hrs (0915 GMT) today and he has been taken into custody," a police statement said. It came hours after Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for Friday's knife attack on patrolling soldiers in Brussels, and as authorities in Spain revealed that the death toll from last week's twin attacks in Barcelona had risen to 16.

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Tal Afar residents who fled are back to battle IS

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:26am

Iraqi Turkmen fighter Abbas Yussef is all smiles, clutching his Kalashnikov near the front lines in Tel Afar after his unit retook his home neighbourhood from Islamic State group jihadists. "I can't describe my joy when I saw my house again," Yussef says. Three years ago, IS seized nearly one third of Iraq, including Tal Afar, in a sweeping offensive that forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

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Turkey opposition chief vows to defy Erdogan 'threats'

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:24am

Çanakkale (Turkey) (AFP) - Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu vowed to press on with an intensifying campaign for justice in defiance of "threats" by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of ruling as a dictator. Kilicdaroglu, head of the secular Republican People's Party (CHP), told Agence France-Presse in an interview he believed that Erdogan feared his movement and consequently was attacking him in nearly every public speech. The CHP leader, who analysts until now rarely saw as posing a major challenge to Erdogan, threw down a new gauntlet to the president this summer with a nearly month-long march complaining of injustice in Turkey in the wake of the July 15, 2016 failed coup bid.

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Harvey flood waters badly damage Houston home

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:05am

A producer with ABC station KTRK in Houston shows several feet of water flooding the first floor of his home.

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Jim Mattis tells US troops America has 'problems', urges them to 'hold the line'

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:01am

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has told US troops stationed abroad their duty is to “hold the line” amid partisan division at home. In comments contained in a video posted to a Facebook page called “US Army WTF Moments” that appeared to have been taken shot on a smartphone during a visit to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine this week, most likely in Jordan, Mattis said: “Our country right now, it’s got problems we don’t have in the military. Mattis spoke before Trump on Friday followed up on his promise of a ban on transgender troops by directing the Pentagon to stop allowing transgender people to enlist and to stop paying for gender reassignment surgery except in cases that are already in progress to “protect the health of an individual”.

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Trump's meandering Sunday morning tweetstorm never once mentioned Houston

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 8:06am

Donald Trump woke up early on Sunday morning to grim news out of Texas: a flash flood emergency had been declared in and around Houston after 2 feet of rain fell in 24 hours, with more to come. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Harvey slams storm chasers: 'One of the worst hurricanes I've ever been in' In response, he picked up his phone and — using his preferred method of communication with the public — fired off a pair of tweets:  Great coordination between agencies at all levels of government. Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. Thousands rescued. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Hurricane Harvey dumped 1 to 2 feet inches of rain on the Houston area between Saturday and Sunday morning, a catastrophic development that's left the people of Houston facing historic flooding. In all, the damage is likely to dramatically exceed that of Tropical Storm Allison, the 2001 weather event that claimed 41 lives and wrought $9 billion worth of destruction. It's gotten so bad, in fact, that the National Weather Service issued a warning to Houston residents at 7:16 a.m. ET: if the highest floors in your home become uninhabitable, take refuge on the roof rather than your attic. Trump's tweet came several hours later, though it wasn't the first tweet of the day from a president who woke up to a devastating natural disaster. Roughly 20 minutes before Trump's Harvey-related tweet — which, you should note, makes no mention of the situation in Houston at all — he tweeted this... A great book by a great guy, highly recommended! https://t.co/3jbDDN8YmJ — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Clarke is a controversial figure in the law enforcement community, often getting a mention in the same breath as the former sheriff, Joe Arpaio, whom Trump recently — and controversially — pardoned. As with the pardon, the weather disaster provides Trump with cover as he boosts divisive personalities. Not much cover, mind you. Ever-attentive Twitter users spotted Trump's pro-Clarke tweet and called out the highly questionable timing. They're telling people to climb onto their rooftops in Houston and this jackass is tweeting about a book. #houstonflood https://t.co/lDuS0RgTgM — Justin Yandell (@ShotgunZen) August 27, 2017  @realDonaldTrump MSM coverage you diverted with damn pardon crap could have been focused on #houstonflood evac. & prep. This cost lives — ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) August 27, 2017 I seriously can't believe Trump is tweeting a book review when #houstonflood is happening and people are drowning. #SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/PsJlgawjme — Barbara Ann  (@TweetingYarnie) August 27, 2017 Daylight reveals the extent of flooding in Houston #hurricane #harvey #Houston buffalobayoupark #flood #flooding #… https://t.co/YCyGkAJg6M pic.twitter.com/wAYU7zZz7G — DoubleHorn Photo (@DoubleHornPhoto) August 27, 2017 Trump also sought to portray the storm response as seamless, even as thousands are being rescued from rapidly flooding homes in Houston.  Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Take note, folks: you're now seeing what Trump looks like in action during a crisis that he himself didn't create. It's not pretty. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 9:17 a.m. ET: Trump sent out two more tweets after the earlier three, for a total of five Sunday morning tweets. Out of those five, not a single one mentions the terrible situation in Houston. I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 I will also be going to a wonderful state, Missouri, that I won by a lot in '16. Dem C.M. is opposed to big tax cuts. Republican will win S! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Trump does at least say that he's going to visit Texas, but in the very next tweet he drops the subject of Harvey completely and resorts again to one of his favorite forms of address: self-praise. History is watching, Mr. Trump. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 9:47 a.m. ET: There's now a sixth Trump tweet. Still no mention of Houston, but worse than that: he's embraced a weirdly celebratory tone. Wow - Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 You can almost visualize him shouting "Our storms are the best. The BEST." from the podium of one of his stump speeches. It's a remarkably ignorant response to a situation that has already claimed multiple levels, and threatens to claim more with each passing hour. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 10:17 a.m. ET: Two more tweets.... With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very difficult,may have to terminate? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 That's eight Sunday morning tweets and no mention whatsoever of the situation in Houston. Someone needs to impress upon this president the importance of comforting the nation when tragedy strikes, because he's clearly incapable of grasping that on his own. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 10:35 a.m. ET:  Ninth tweet. Still no mention of Houston. Going to a Cabinet Meeting (tele-conference) at 11:00 A.M. on #Harvey. Even experts have said they've never seen one like this! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Also worth noting: The unprecedented nature of this storm had been forecasted in the days and hours before Harvey made landfall. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 10:59 a.m. ET: A 10th tweet again referenced the storm, but still not a single mention of Houston, where an historic catastrophe continues to unfold. Major rescue operations underway! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 WATCH: Hurricane Harvey is intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico

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New wonder drug hailed as biggest breakthrough in fight against heart attacks and cancer

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 7:58am

A new class of drugs which could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths from cancer has been hailed as the biggest breakthrough since statins. Scientists last night said the discovery ushered in “a new era of therapeutics” which work in an entirely different way to conventional treatment. As well as cutting the risk of a heart attack by one quarter, the drugs halved the chances of dying from cancer and protected against gout and arthritis. Heart attack: Symptoms and treatment Cholesterol-busting statins are given to millions of adults deemed to be at risk of heart disease. But half of heart attacks occur in people who do not have high cholesterol at all. Now scientists have found that reducing inflammation in the body can protect against a host of conditions - with a “really dramatic effect” on cancer deaths. The drug canakinumab, given by injection every three months - cut repeat heart attacks by one quarter. Statins cut the risk by around 15 per cent. Experts said the findings have “far-reaching” implications for the 200,000 people a year in Britain who suffer a heart attack. Statins are given to millions of adults deemed to be at risk of heart disease And they called for urgent trials to further examine the impact of the medication on cancer. Professor Paul Ridker of Harvard Medical School, presenting his findings at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona yesterday, said it opens up a “third front” in the war on heart disease. The landmark study tracked 10,000 heart attack victims who were given canakinumab, a drug which targets inflammation. Typically, around a quarter of survivors will go on to have another event within five years, despite taking statins. Novartis headquarters The four-year study found those given the new treatment saw a 24 per cent reduction in heart attacks and 17 per cent fall in angina, while those on the highest dose saw cancer deaths fall by 51 per cent. Speaking at the world’s biggest gathering of heart experts, Harvard scientists said the approach promises to “usher in a new era” of treatment. statins Dr Ridker, from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said: “These findings represent the end game of more than two decades of research, stemming from a critical observation: Half of heart attacks occur in people who do not have high cholesterol.”   “For the first time, we’ve been able to definitively show that lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk," he said. He said the findings had “far-reaching implications,” opening up a new generation of treatment. “In my lifetime, I’ve gotten to see three broad eras of preventative cardiology,” the heart expert said. “In the first, we recognized the importance of diet, exercise and smoking cessation. In the second, we saw the tremendous value of lipid-lowering drugs such as statins. Now, we’re cracking the door open on the third era.” The findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Inflammation is one of the body's natural responses to infection or injury. But it also plays a major role in causing heart attacks and strokes. The findings are said to have “far-reaching implications” Credit: Alamy Experts said high levels of inflammation were associated with a variety of conditions linked to ageing, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout - all of which reduced among patients put on the treatment. The new treatment - which works by blocking part of the immune system called interleukin-1 - currently costs around £40,000 annually to treat a patient with the drug, compared to just £20 for statins. But experts say the price would come down if widely adopted. And they said the cost would be offset by the millions of pounds saved from not having to perform heart bypasses and other major forms of surgery. Leading British medics last night hailed the findings as “exciting" and incredibly important”. Dr Derek Connolly, consultant interventional cardiologist at Birmingham City Hospital, said:  “The drug is likely to be given to patients alongside statins - in a 'twin attack' against cholesterol and inflammation. “You need lots of bricks to build a wall - this is another brick in the wall.” Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Nearly 200,000 people are hospitalised due to heart attacks every year in the UK.  “Cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins are given to these people to reduce their risk of another heart attack and this undoubtedly saves lives. But we know that lowering cholesterol alone is not always enough. “These exciting and long-awaited trial results finally confirm that ongoing inflammation contributes to risk of heart disease, and could help save lives.   “The findings suggest that existing anti-inflammatory drugs, such as canakinumab, could be given along with cholesterol-lowering drugs to treat survivors and further reduce their risk of another heart attack.” Novartis, the company which produces the drug, said they now intend to apply for a licence for the treatment for heart attack victims, and to embark on a new phase III trial about the use of the drugs to protect against cancer.

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Indian guru faces up to life in prison in rape case

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 7:10am

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of supporters of an Indian quasi-religious sect leader left his headquarters in northern India on Sunday as authorities relaxed a curfew a day ahead of his sentencing for rape.

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