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Incredible moment reporter helps rescue man caught in Harvey floods, live on TV

Pharma news - August 28, 2017 - 9:24am

The saying "not all superheroes wear capes" feels trite at the best of times. But in this case, it's rather appropriate.  SEE ALSO: Apple is accepting donations through iTunes to aid Harvey storm relief A local TV reporter covering the flooding in Houston, Texas (as a result of Hurricane Harvey) came to the aid of a truck driver who was stranded in 10 feet of water.  Reporter Brandi Smith and camera operator Mario Sandoval of KHOU 11 — a CBS-affiliated television station — were literally keeping the station's coverage going as their studios had been evacuated earlier.  As the @KHOU studios are evacuated, reporter @BrandiKHOU and her photog, on the side of a road, providing 100% of the station's coverage. — Janet Shamlian (@JanetShamlian) August 27, 2017 Smith was on air when she spotted a truck surrounded by water. The driver, whose name was  reported as Robert, was stranded inside as water seeped into his vehicle.  What happened next was human survival mode in action, live on TV:  Incredible, watch as @BrandiKHOU flags down a rescue boat on-air, saving this truck driver's life https://t.co/EVvNbdt13k pic.twitter.com/3mYi9McniB — Hayley Jones (@meetmissjoness) August 27, 2017 Smith noticed a rescue team driving by, flagged them down and brought them to the stranded driver, all the while reporting on events as they transpired. At one point she stopped to clean the lens of her photographer's camera. As the rescue team took their boat towards the trapped driver and hauled him to safety, Smith became emotional.  “Incredible kudos to these two sheriff’s deputies who are risking their lives in this deep water. I’m sure he’s very wet, very cold, very frightened." she said.  “I finally feel like I can breathe," she continued.   He's out! Our signal died, but @HCSOTexas crews got to that semi driver to safety. Full video here: https://t.co/uacB9hk9sU #KHOU11 — Brandi Smith (@BrandiKHOU) August 27, 2017 “I just thank God that you guys were right here to get me and put me back on land safely,” Robert said in a short interview, minutes after the rescue. The interview ended with Smith embracing the man. “This is going to sound weird but can I hug you? I so glad you're ok,” she said.  @BrandiKHOU & I are fine i don't even know how long we were live I used a 96min card + half of my 2nd card. #Harvey #Team #khou11 pic.twitter.com/nnrDSXwS8M — Mario Sandoval (@KHOU_MSandoval) August 27, 2017 So there you have it. Proof that not all heroes wear capes, they also wear rain jackets and carry cameras and microphones.   WATCH: This innovative wind turbine can withstand hurricane-force winds

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Hurricane Harvey much less damaging than Katrina, Sandy: Hannover Re

Pharma news - August 28, 2017 - 9:11am

Damages from Harvey, the hurricane and tropical storm ravaging Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, are estimated to be well below those from major storms that have hit New Orleans and New York, according to Hannover Re on Monday. Hannover Re, one of the world's largest reinsurers, said that insured losses for Katrina in 2005 were around $80 billion, while losses from Sandy in 2012 were $36 billion. "We are far from Katrina and Sandy in magnitude in the case of Hurricane Harvey," a spokeswoman for the company said.

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Trump Orders Military To Give Cops Free Grenade Launchers, Bayonets, And Tanks

Pharma news - August 28, 2017 - 9:10am

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump will repeal restrictions that former President Barack Obama placed on police access to excess military gear, allowing the federal government to immediately resume handing out free bayonets, grenade launchers, tracked armored vehicles such as tanks and other equipment to law enforcement departments around the country. Trump will sign an executive order on Monday that repeals the limits Obama placed on the access to some military surplus items in 2015. Obama’s move followed the “provocative” response to the August 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Mo., where St. Louis County Police officers atop armored vehicles pointed sniper rifles at peaceful demonstrators in broad daylight.

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Four Uber drivers fined in Denmark, others charged

Pharma news - August 28, 2017 - 9:10am

Four Uber drivers were fined by a Danish court on Monday for operating taxis illegally while working for the ride hailing service before it withdrew from the market in April. The four men, one of whom was fined 486,500 Danish crowns ($78,060), were charged in March for failing to have permits and for violating a law introduced in February that imposed extra rules on taxis operating in Denmark, police said. Another 1,500 Uber drivers also faced charges of illegally operating taxis, Vibeke Thorkil-Jensen, head of public prosecution for Copenhagen police, told Reuters.

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AstraZeneca taps AI for drug discovery in deal with Berg

Reuters Health News - August 28, 2017 - 9:08am
LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has forged a research collaboration with Boston-based Berg, a specialist in artificial intelligence for drug hunting, in the latest sign of big pharma's interest in using supercomputers for drug discovery.
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Hundreds Plucked From Catastrophic Floods As Texas Officials Plea For Aid: 'People Are In Need'

Pharma news - August 28, 2017 - 8:54am

Trillions of gallons of water have paralyzed the nation's fourth-largest city.

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India and China agree to end border standoff

Pharma news - August 28, 2017 - 7:53am

By Sanjeev Miglani and Ben Blanchard NEW DELHI/BEIJING (Reuters) - India and China have agreed to an "expeditious disengagement" of troops in a disputed border area where their soldiers have been locked in a stand-off for more than two months, India's foreign ministry said on Monday. The decision comes ahead of a summit of the BRICS nations - a grouping that also includes Brazil, Russia and South Africa - in China beginning on Sunday, which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend. Indian and Chinese troops have been confronting each other at the Doklam plateau near the borders of India, its ally Bhutan, and China, in the most serious and prolonged standoff in decades along their disputed Himalayan border.

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