Online tsunami – Play Tsunami http://playtsunami.com/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 12:44:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://playtsunami.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Online tsunami – Play Tsunami http://playtsunami.com/ 32 32 Stalker who met victim on Plenty of Fish hid in his loft for 10 days before police found him https://playtsunami.com/stalker-who-met-victim-on-plenty-of-fish-hid-in-his-loft-for-10-days-before-police-found-him/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 11:08:51 +0000 https://playtsunami.com/stalker-who-met-victim-on-plenty-of-fish-hid-in-his-loft-for-10-days-before-police-found-him/ An obsessive stalker bombarded his former lover with text messages as he hid in his loft for 10 days before officers finally found him. Ben Gould, 29, from Cambourne, Cornwall, terrorized his ex-girlfriend Hayley Smith, 37, for a year after the pair first crossed paths on dating site Plenty of Fish. Although their relationship initially […]]]>

An obsessive stalker bombarded his former lover with text messages as he hid in his loft for 10 days before officers finally found him.

Ben Gould, 29, from Cambourne, Cornwall, terrorized his ex-girlfriend Hayley Smith, 37, for a year after the pair first crossed paths on dating site Plenty of Fish.

Although their relationship initially seemed rosy, Ms Smith broke off the dark romance after discovering dog-loving Gould was still living with another woman when they first met.

Gould then launched his obsessive campaign of harassment, including following Ms Smith when she was staying with friends and families, bombarding her with texts and calls and even breaking into her caravan.

Feeling helpless, she alerted the police, who said they could not locate the elusive Gould and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Officers still couldn’t find him even after he messaged Ms Smith saying he was ‘watching’ her. It wasn’t until 10 days later, when he was finally pulled from his creepy hiding place – the loft of his house – that he was arrested.

Ben Gould, 29, from Cambourne, Cornwall, (left) terrorized his ex-girlfriend Hayley Smith, 37, for a year after the pair first crossed paths on dating site Plenty of Fish

The couple first met on dating site Plenty of Fish, where Ms Smith was impressed that Gould was also a father and dog lover.

They had their first date in a pub in 2018 and immediately hit it off.

Hayley said: “Things moved quickly and soon after I introduced Ben to my kids. He was great with them and they loved him.

After moving in together in June 2019, Gould’s ex sent a message to Ms Smith revealing he was actually living with her when the couple first met online.

Hayley revealed she was heartbroken to hear this and confronted Gould who denied everything, spelling the end of their brief fling.

But Gould wasn’t ready to give up, and over the next week he begged for forgiveness and sent dozens of text messages.

His campaign of harassment escalated when Ms Smith realized he had been watching and throwing rocks at her living room window while she had the television on.

Terrified of what might happen, she gathered her children’s belongings and drove to her mother’s house, but Gould sparked another scare when he sent pictures of his friend’s homes where she had been. stayed.

Hayley revealed she was heartbroken to learn Gould was living with an ex when they first met, so she called it quits on their budding relationship in 2019

Hayley revealed she was heartbroken to learn Gould was living with an ex when they first met, so she called it quits on their budding relationship in 2019

At one point, he even texted her asking where her Rottweiler, Odin, was. Hayley later accused him of stealing the dog, but police never charged him for the alleged offence.

After this latest terrifying incident, Hayley blocked Gould but he continued to call her using unknown or blocked numbers.

Hayley says: “One evening, I gathered some things and went to put them in the trailer.

“But as I opened the door, I saw Ben sitting on the bunk bed.

“Panic, I yelled at him to get out. I grabbed the children and put them in the car, running.

The culmination of Gould’s months of torment came when he sent chilling text messages telling Hayley he was watching her from inside his own home.

The police were called but when they searched the house, Gould was nowhere to be found. A few minutes later, Hayley received a text from her.

She says: ‘Ben texted me saying he was watching me. I was convinced he was in the house.

“But officers couldn’t locate him.”

For the next ten days, Gould continued to message Hayley, with the police returning and eventually finding him over a week later hiding in his loft.

The police returned and searched Hayley’s home again.

Hayley said: “Knowing that he had been so close to me and my children sent shivers down my spine.

“Fortunately, he was arrested on the spot.”

Hayley's torment finally ended in January 2020 when Gould pleaded guilty to harassment at Bodmin Magistrates' Court and received a suspended prison sentence

Hayley’s torment finally ended in January 2020 when Gould pleaded guilty to harassment at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court and received a suspended prison sentence

Hayley’s torment finally ended in January 2020 when Gould pleaded guilty to criminal harassment at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court.

Judges gave him a 20-week suspended sentence and a three-year restraining order. He was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £122.

Hayley says: “It wasn’t enough for what he put me and the kids through.

“Psychologically, I will never recover from the ordeal. Much more needs to be done to protect women from monsters like him.

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UpRising Bakery allowed to resume hosting events after reaching agreement with village officials – NBC Chicago https://playtsunami.com/uprising-bakery-allowed-to-resume-hosting-events-after-reaching-agreement-with-village-officials-nbc-chicago/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 20:06:36 +0000 https://playtsunami.com/uprising-bakery-allowed-to-resume-hosting-events-after-reaching-agreement-with-village-officials-nbc-chicago/ A suburban bakery that has been the victim of vandalism and harassment will be allowed to hold scheduled events, including a brunch with drag performers, after reaching an agreement with officials on Thursday. According to a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union, UpRising Bakery and Café in the Lake in the Hills suburb […]]]>

A suburban bakery that has been the victim of vandalism and harassment will be allowed to hold scheduled events, including a brunch with drag performers, after reaching an agreement with officials on Thursday.

According to a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union, UpRising Bakery and Café in the Lake in the Hills suburb will be allowed to hold events after questions arose regarding zoning restrictions on the property.

“We are delighted to have reached a mutual agreement with the Village of Lake in the Hills,” Corrina Bendel Sac said in a statement provided by the ACLU. “UpRising Bakery and Café opened its doors less than a year ago, with the goal of providing a safe and welcoming ‘home’ for all beings.”

In July, the bakery was at the center of controversy when it announced it would be hosting a “Starry Night Brunch Drag”, which was advertised as a family show with drag performances.

A tsunami of negative comments and complaints soon followed, with business owners also receiving threats in person and online.

The day before the show, a vandal damaged the business, smashing windows and defacing the building with spray paint. Eventually, the bakery canceled the show.

According to the village police, Joseph Collins was arrested and charged with a hate crime, as well as criminal damage to property.

Following the cancellation, Lake in the Hills officials said they had questions about whether the property was zoned for events and what security would be needed for the events to take place, according to Eater Chicago. These movements have been criticized for attacks on free speech by business owners and by the ACLU.

Lake in the Hills defended the policy changes in the Chicago Tribuneclaiming that UpRising “fundamentally changed” its business by scheduling more events, which the bakery owner denied.

After the ACLU said it would consider legal action against the village, a deal was reached to allow UpRising to hold scheduled events, which will include the rescheduled brunch drag show, according to the owner of the bakery.

“We thank the community, ACLU, legal KRV, municipalities and our families for helping us achieve this goal,” the bakery said in a Facebook post. “We can’t wait to get back to baking and organizing community events! »

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F1 champ Lewis Hamilton joins Denver Broncos ownership group https://playtsunami.com/f1-champ-lewis-hamilton-joins-denver-broncos-ownership-group/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 21:23:02 +0000 https://playtsunami.com/f1-champ-lewis-hamilton-joins-denver-broncos-ownership-group/ On Tuesday, Lewis Hamilton announced he had joined the Denver Broncos ownership group. The legendary F1 driver narrowly missed out on a first place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix this week. But Hamilton won’t miss the hottest investment trend, professional sports teams. The second of the Hungarian GP. Lewis Hamilton, sprays winner Max Verstappen […]]]>

On Tuesday, Lewis Hamilton announced he had joined the Denver Broncos ownership group. The legendary F1 driver narrowly missed out on a first place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix this week. But Hamilton won’t miss the hottest investment trend, professional sports teams.

The second of the Hungarian GP. Lewis Hamilton, sprays winner Max Verstappen with champagne on Sunday. Two days later, Hamilton announced his participation in the Denver Broncos. (Image: Reuters)

Sports franchise ownership is more popular and competitive than ever. Once a playground for the families of billionaire businessmen, sports teams attract a tsunami of celebrities, actors and athletes.

Broncos owned by Walmart heirs, Rice and Hamilton

This is Hamilton’s first financial investment in a professional sports team. But it’s not for lack of trying. In April, he and Serena Williams were part of a group that failed to acquire Chelsea FC. Chelsea ended up selling for over $5 billion to a group led by LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly.

Hamilton was not part of the initial bidding group for the Broncos. In June, the winning bid actually went to the family of a billionaire businessman. Robert Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune, spearheaded the winning $4.65 billion bid. Walton’s daughter and her husband were also part of the business. But the ownership group has since grown.

Earlier this month, Condoleezza Rice came on board as a minority owner. And now Hamilton, the seven-time F1 world champion, has taken a stake.

Maybe Condoleezza Rice isn’t the first person you think of when you think of the NFL. But the former US Secretary of State has been linked to some of the NFL’s hottest rumours. For years, she described the NFL commissioner as her dream job. Meanwhile, in 2018, Condi was apparently on the shortlist for Cleveland Browns coach.

Denver: improved ratings and good value for money

Hamilton and Rice could have fun watching the Broncos this season. While most people assume the Kansas City Chiefs are a lock for the AFL West, the Denver Broncos could be a contender. After the Broncos picked up QB Russell Wilson earlier this year, the team’s odds have improved dramatically. In fact, it looks like the Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers are in a tight division race.

Meanwhile, the NFL is a hot commodity. If the teams’ valuations continue to grow as they have, Hamilton and Rice could make a sizable profit on their investment in the Broncos. Sportico estimates that the value of the average NLF team increased by 17.9% between 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile, MLB franchises increased by 4.9% while NBA teams increased by 8.9% during of the same period.

The average value of an NFL team is $4.14 billion, according to Sportico. The most valued NFL franchise is the Dallas Cowboys, estimated at $7.64 billion. By comparison, the Broncos are valued at $4.65 billion, the purchase price of the team in 2022. This valuation put the Broncos in 10th place, giving them room to grow.

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Sunak team should stop playing the racing card https://playtsunami.com/sunak-team-should-stop-playing-the-racing-card/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 11:00:24 +0000 https://playtsunami.com/sunak-team-should-stop-playing-the-racing-card/ With Foreign Secretary Liz Truss now favorite to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister, the campaign of fellow leadership candidate and former Chancellor Rishi Sunak is in panic mode. He recently announced plans to protect the greenbelt, trying to flatter older NIMBYist owners. And he also made a sort of […]]]>

With Foreign Secretary Liz Truss now favorite to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister, the campaign of fellow leadership candidate and former Chancellor Rishi Sunak is in panic mode.

He recently announced plans to protect the greenbelt, trying to flatter older NIMBYist owners. And he also made a sort of U-turn on the tax cuts. Sunak – who usually tries to project an image of calm and firmness – looks rather restless and uneasy.

Now some of Sunak’s supporters are peddling racial identity politics in a desperate attempt to give his flagging campaign a much-needed boost.

Lord Ranger, one of the main Tory donors, has said that Britain would be seen as ‘racist’ if Sunak lost the Tory leadership election to Truss. Speaking to India’s Bharat Tak news network, Ranger “warned” that if the conservative base “rejected” Sunak, “it would be a bad name for the party and the country as it would be perceived as racist”. In a video posted on Twitter Ranger last week urged Tory members to secure a “watershed moment” in British politics by making Sunak the UK’s first Asian-born prime minister.

This is nonsense for several reasons. Despite all the flaws of the Conservative Party, ethnic minority politicians have risen to positions of great power and influence within it. Besides Sunak, other MPs of Indian descent have risen through the ranks, including current Home Secretary Priti Patel, Attorney General Suella Braverman and Cabinet Minister Alok Sharma (who chaired the COP26 conference on change climate). Of Pakistani origin, Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, previously served as Chancellor, Home Secretary and, more recently, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Iraqi-born Nadhim Zahawi, currently chancellor, previously served as education secretary.

The reality is that the Conservatives are now one of the most inclusive center-right political parties in the Western world. The party generally accepts the demographic diversity of Britain and supports the progress made by non-white politicians within its ranks.

Lord Ranger’s efforts to guilt Tory members into voting for Sunak also ignore the fact that the impressive Kemi Badenoch, born in London to Nigerian parents, has established herself through this leadership race as quite the grassroots favorite. Indeed, you could say that the no-nonsense, anti-revival pioneer is the new darling of the British political right. YouGov poll suggests that if Tory MPs had placed Badenoch in the bottom two, she would not only have defeated Sunak among the Tory members, but would also have defeated Truss or Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt (both of whom are white women). There is plenty of evidence to suggest Conservative Party members would be perfectly comfortable catapulting Badenoch – who has never held a cabinet post – to the top job in British politics.

Conservative MPs are not froth-mouthing fanatics. The idea that they will reject Sunak because of his race is all the more ridiculous when you consider how popular he has been with the party in the recent past.

There are a variety of plausible reasons why Sunak’s popularity with the base has waned over time. His tax hikes have become increasingly unpopular given the crisis in the cost of living. This added to the perception that he is out of touch. As did the controversies surrounding his wife, Akshata Murthy, fiscal arrangements.

There is also a perception among Tory members, who are overwhelmingly pro-Leave, that Sunak betrayed outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson. His resignation as chancellor helped trigger a tsunami of resignations. Truss, meanwhile, never quit at all. It’s also fair to say that Sunak’s ideas for the UK’s post-Brexit foreign policy are somewhat underdeveloped. This puts him at a great disadvantage, as he competes with a politician from Truss who, through her roles as Secretary of International Trade and Secretary of Foreign Affairs, has presented herself as one of the champions of ” Global Britain” post-Brexit.

So there are plenty of reasons why Liz Truss is being tipped to become the next Conservative leader. And none of them have anything to do with Rishi Sunak’s skin color. Elements of the pro-Sunak Brigade would do well to refrain from peddling their desperate racial identity politics.

If Sunak loses the Tory leadership race and fails to become the UK’s next prime minister, it will be for reasons rooted in politics and character – not his race.

Rakib Ehsan is the author of the forthcoming book, Beyond grievancewhich is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Crops ‘stored everywhere’: Ukraine’s crops are piling up https://playtsunami.com/crops-stored-everywhere-ukraines-crops-are-piling-up/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 04:43:51 +0000 https://playtsunami.com/crops-stored-everywhere-ukraines-crops-are-piling-up/ There may be political will from Ukraine’s allies: the White House has welcomed the deal, as have the United Nations and global aid organizations, which have warned of potential famine and further political unrest. long the grain of Ukraine will be blocked. The release of grain for freight should alleviate a growing famine crisis caused […]]]>

There may be political will from Ukraine’s allies: the White House has welcomed the deal, as have the United Nations and global aid organizations, which have warned of potential famine and further political unrest. long the grain of Ukraine will be blocked.

The release of grain for freight should alleviate a growing famine crisis caused by Russian aggression – little, as Ukrainian grain could also be shipped to international destinations determined earlier, but thanks to additional supplies, this could help reduce costs. , which climbed after the battle, but fell not so long ago. “It’s quite optimistic,” said Nikolay Gorbachov, head of the Ukrainian Grain Association. “It is possible to search for the best way.”

But even once reopened, Black Sea ports are expected to operate at almost half their pre-war capacity, experts say, covering only part of the more than 20 million tonnes of grain on hold. The ships will pass through a path cleared of Ukrainian mines used to prevent Russian vessels from entering and undergo inspections in Turkey to ensure they are no longer carrying weapons into Ukraine.

And it is not sure that a sufficient number of ships will take over the business. Transport companies which, when operating in the Black Sea, took different freight routes. Insurers are cautious when it comes to layering ships in a combat zone, and without insurance coverage no one will board.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian farmers are grappling with huge amounts of trapped grain from last year’s harvest. Before the battle, new crops flowed in and out of the grain elevators – from harvest to export – like clockwork. However, Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea created a huge pileup.

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New CGI Sense360 data analytics platform improves situational awareness for disaster relief teams https://playtsunami.com/new-cgi-sense360-data-analytics-platform-improves-situational-awareness-for-disaster-relief-teams/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://playtsunami.com/new-cgi-sense360-data-analytics-platform-improves-situational-awareness-for-disaster-relief-teams/ Stock symbolsGIB (NYSE)GIB.A (TSX) www.cgi.com/newsroom HAMBURGBOCHUM and DARMSTADT, Germany, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) announces CGI Sense360, its cloud-based intelligent analytics platform that gives emergency responders comprehensive and accurate disaster situational awareness . Using comprehensive data sources and augmented reality, the platform creates a visual overview of the situation that […]]]>

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HAMBURGBOCHUM and DARMSTADT, Germany, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) announces CGI Sense360, its cloud-based intelligent analytics platform that gives emergency responders comprehensive and accurate disaster situational awareness . Using comprehensive data sources and augmented reality, the platform creates a visual overview of the situation that helps organizations organize and expedite rescue operations more efficiently.

Whether a disaster is caused by natural or human hazards, up-to-date information is essential for safe and successful rescue efforts. CGI Sense360 creates a holistic picture of a disaster using data from various sources across the ecosystem, such as satellites, drones and maps; infrastructure, geospatial, meteorological and environmental data; and online databases, blogs and social media. The platform’s integrated and secure communication system combines augmented reality, situational images and other data to create a visual overview that is shared with emergency responders in a contextual way to enable disaster recovery operations. faster and safer rescues.

International aid organization ISAR (International Search and Rescue) Germany is a project partner in the design and development of CGI Sense360. ISAR is certified by the United Nations for international rescue operations.

“We provide international assistance in humanitarian missions, for example, after natural disasters and accidents or in war zones,” says Dr. Steven Bayerproject coordinator at ISAR “The immediate availability of detailed situational images and current data is crucial for effective and fast rescue measures. And it is precisely this information that the new data analysis platform based on Sense360 CGI cloud can provide.”

The development of the platform is also supported by the European Space Agency (ESA). CGI space experts have worked closely with ESA for about 40 years, including in Bochum and Darmstadt, Germany. CGI’s current projects include the development of a centralized “pooling and sharing” system for secure satellite communications services.

“In rescue operations, analog processes still dominate in many cases,” notes Stefan WichertCGI’s senior vice president of operations North Germany. “However, an accurate picture of the situation and an unrestricted flow of information are essential in the event of a crisis or disaster. In addition, the time factor is important. With CGI Sense360, we offer a powerful, intelligent and secure platform that meets these criteria. It provides all the information necessary for urgent coordination and relief operations in near real time. We see very great market potential for our new platform, which takes a decisive step forward in the advantages of the scanning.

CGI Sense360 is initially designed to support disaster relief teams, for example in war zones or in the event of terrorist attacks, accidents, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and fires of forest. The solution leverages CGI’s extensive experience supporting clients globally with natural disaster planning and recovery programs. This includes developing forest fire mapping services using artificial intelligence and space data for ESA, providing england Future Flood Forecasting System, and work with US states and territories to deploy data management systems to administer natural disaster recovery programs. CGI continues to develop the CGI Sense360 solution for additional situational awareness scenarios, such as for military, police and fire departments, and organizations with critical infrastructure such as utilities, airports and terminals to containers.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI is one of the largest independent IT and business consulting firms in the world. With 88,500 consultants and professionals worldwide, CGI offers a portfolio of end-to-end capabilities, ranging from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services. business and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. CGI’s reported revenue for fiscal year 2021 is $12.13 billion and CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.

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Tourists with bad behavior push a restaurant in Charlevoix to close early https://playtsunami.com/tourists-with-bad-behavior-push-a-restaurant-in-charlevoix-to-close-early/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 18:32:00 +0000 https://playtsunami.com/tourists-with-bad-behavior-push-a-restaurant-in-charlevoix-to-close-early/ CHARLEVOIX, MI — What should have been a blockbuster weekend for local bar and restaurant workers ended in tears as impatient tourists pushed a Charlevoix restaurant to the brink. Larah Moore, general manager of East Park Tavern on Bridge Street, made the decision on Saturday night to close the kitchen an hour early to spare […]]]>

CHARLEVOIX, MI — What should have been a blockbuster weekend for local bar and restaurant workers ended in tears as impatient tourists pushed a Charlevoix restaurant to the brink.

Larah Moore, general manager of East Park Tavern on Bridge Street, made the decision on Saturday night to close the kitchen an hour early to spare her staff after “taking a beating all week”.

“It’s hard to watch your friends crumble around you,” she said. “Someone has to step in and take care of them. And that’s my job as a manager.

This weekend, the city wrapped up its annual Charlevoix Venetian Festival. An estimated 100,000 people pass through the city during the eight-day celebration.

Understaffed restaurants have begun to buckle under the tsunami of “fudgies,” what locals affectionately refer to as tourists. The online conversation between local business owners turned to rude and impatient guests.

A Facebook post by Moore describing “arrogant individuals” and “arrogant morons” took off with more than 2,600 shares in a single day.

East Park Tavern, a neighborhood haunt across from a popular fireworks viewing spot, operated with a small staff. Five employees managed three floors, Moore said. To handle the festival crowd, she brought in two guest bartenders for the upper bar, but the restaurant was still flooded.

Customers facing long wait times grew impatient and began to sit at dirty tables, move furniture closer together, and become hostile. Moore said she had to physically escort a couple. Both men had been asked to leave the bar on several occasions after slapping their hands on the bar and shouting their drink orders at it.

After a waiter was brought to tears by rude customers, Moore and his staff decided to call him and closed the kitchen early. At the hostess stand, she hung a sign that read, “Due to mistreatment of our servers, our kitchen is closed.”

Unfriendly customers were an alarming trend in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, but the service industry is tired of making excuses for misbehaving adults, Moore said.

“It’s only getting worse,” she said. “[People said]: ‘It’s COVID. People have forgotten how to act in public,” but I don’t think that’s it. It’s just that Charlevoix law is getting a bit out of control.

Moore connects an impatient clientele with its shrinking workforce. His current team is made up of recruited friends. In the long term, she worries that fewer young people are choosing bars and restaurants as their first job or career path.

“I think maybe my kids don’t know what a sit-down restaurant is, honestly, the way this trend is going,” she said. “Nobody wants to be a waiter. No one wants to be scolded all day, every day for maybe a tip.

In the end, Moore said what was supposed to be a lucrative week was not tipping generously. The servers didn’t even hit their usual 20% benchmark.

His Facebook post received a mix of criticism as it was shared with both local neighborhood groups and industry insider groups. Moore admits the sign may have been dramatic, but she was looking to make a statement.

“I think people should feel responsible for their own actions,” she said. “You caused it. You shouldn’t know? How can you correct your actions if you are not aware that it is a problem? »

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Japan approves Fukushima plant water discharge preparation stage https://playtsunami.com/japan-approves-fukushima-plant-water-discharge-preparation-stage/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 17:37:30 +0000 https://playtsunami.com/japan-approves-fukushima-plant-water-discharge-preparation-stage/ TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s nuclear regulator yesterday approved details of a planned discharge of treated radioactive wastewater from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea next year. Approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority will allow Tokyo Electric Power Co to begin building the necessary facilities before the release. It came two months after […]]]>

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s nuclear regulator yesterday approved details of a planned discharge of treated radioactive wastewater from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea next year.

Approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority will allow Tokyo Electric Power Co to begin building the necessary facilities before the release. It came two months after a preliminary green light and subsequent public review process.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) submitted the plan in December based on a government decision last year to discharge sewage as a necessary step for the ongoing dismantling of the plant.

A massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 destroyed the cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, causing a triple meltdown and releasing large amounts of radiation.

The water that was used to cool the three damaged reactor cores, which remain highly radioactive, has since seeped into the basements of the reactor buildings but has been collected and stored in tanks.

Local fishing communities and neighboring countries have raised concerns about potential health risks from radioactive wastewater, which TEPCO and government officials say will be treated at levels well below discharge standards. They argue that the environmental and health impacts will be negligible.

Tanks storing water that has been treated but is still radioactive after being used to cool spent fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma city, Fukushima prefecture, northeast Japan. PHOTO: AP

Japan’s nuclear authority chairman Toyoshi Fuketa told reporters yesterday that the release plan presented no major technical or safety issues. He said regulators will ensure approved procedures are strictly followed with transparency.

The government and TEPCO have said that of more than 60 isotopes selected for processing, all but one, tritium, will be reduced to meet safety standards.

The scientists said the impacts of long-term, low-dose exposure to tritium on the environment and humans are still unknown. Tritium affects humans more when consumed in fish, they said.

The contaminated water is stored in approximately 1,000 tanks at the damaged plant. Officials say they must be removed so that facilities can be built for its dismantling. The tanks are expected to reach their capacity of 1.37 million tonnes next year.

TEPCO said it plans to transport the treated, releasable water through a pipeline from the reservoirs to an onshore facility, where it will be diluted with seawater and then sent through an underwater tunnel with an outlet. about a kilometer away to minimize the impact on local fishing and the environment.

The government and TEPCO have yet to obtain local consent for the construction of the tunnel and other related facilities. They plan to start gradually releasing the treated water in the spring of 2023.

Japan has requested assistance from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure that the release of water meets international safety standards and reassure local fishermen and other neighboring communities and countries who are opposed to the plan.

IAEA experts visited the plant earlier this year and said Japan was taking appropriate action for the expected release.

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Fujitsu develops application for tsunami forecasting system https://playtsunami.com/fujitsu-develops-application-for-tsunami-forecasting-system/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 12:57:58 +0000 https://playtsunami.com/fujitsu-develops-application-for-tsunami-forecasting-system/ For the past year, Fujitsu has been developing a tsunami forecasting system using supercomputers and AI to try to identify areas at risk of flooding. Fujitsu is pushing its developments further and is now developing an app that will warn users in dangerous areas to seek safety. What challenges do tsunamis present, what has Fujitsu […]]]>

For the past year, Fujitsu has been developing a tsunami forecasting system using supercomputers and AI to try to identify areas at risk of flooding. Fujitsu is pushing its developments further and is now developing an app that will warn users in dangerous areas to seek safety. What challenges do tsunamis present, what has Fujitsu been working on, and what other natural disaster warnings could be broadcast to user devices?

What challenges do tsunamis present?

Any coastal area near a fault line (where two tectonic plates meet) is at risk of damage from a tsunami, an undersea earthquake causing a swell of water that rushes inland lands. Unlike tidal waves (caused by tides and wind), a tsunami is a large mass of displaced water that moves inland with incredible force and can penetrate inland for many kilometers.

A convenient analogy of the difference between the two is that a tidal wave is akin to splashing in a bathtub, while a tsunami is a sudden change in water level after entering a bath. Splashing is annoying and absorbs whatever it hits, but suddenly stepping into the tub sees huge amounts of water splash out and travel extremely far away.

Thus, tsunamis are problematic as they can easily overwhelm coastal defense, have the strength to tear down buildings and trees and travel far inland, causing widespread flooding and infrastructure damage. Worse still, there are very few warnings of an incoming tsunami, because even though submarine earthquakes can be detected, it is not so easy to detect significant changes in wave height far; it is only when a tsunami approaches a shore that the severity of the wave can be observed.

Once a tsunami hits, it can be extremely difficult to alert those in the path of the tsunami and even more difficult to determine the areas most at risk. As such, the general advice where tsunamis strike is to seek high ground wherever you are, turn off all utilities, and if the wave is about to strike, grab hold of anything that is solid (like a post, tree, or concrete). pillar).

Fujitsu Announces Development of Tsunami Early Warning App

Last year, Fujitsu announced that it used a supercomputer and AI to develop a flood prediction system in hopes of providing early warning capabilities to those in vulnerable areas. Simply put, the AI ​​is trained with historical earthquake and tsunami data to predict incoming tsunami wave heights, then combines that data with realistic geological models to identify how the tsunami wave will move at inland and determine which areas are at risk of flooding.

Today, after a year of development, Fujitsu has announced that it is working on an application which it says will notify users of flooding in their area and when an impending tsunami is expected to strike. Last March, Fujitsu announced that it was able to test its flood forecasting application during a tsunami evacuation drill in Kawasaki. Selected members of the public were invited to install the app on their devices, and they were able to see the number of minutes until the tsunami hit specific areas (shaded by blue squares).

But not only does the app tell users the estimated arrival time of the tsunami, it can also alert local authorities and organizations if people have been left behind in dangerous areas. For example, a hospital for the elderly in a dangerous area may have patients who were unable to call for help, and the app would allow authorities to locate them.

Although initial trials of the app show promising results, it still faces many challenges. One is that forecasting tsunamis requires government permission to be shared with the public due to potential loss of life. As such, the app cannot be released to the public, even in beta, which means it is difficult to test the app on a large scale.

What other natural disasters could early warning apps detect?

Tsunamis are devastating but not only natural disaster that could benefit from applications and predictive modeling. An excellent use of these applications would be the prediction of the spread of forest fires; they are difficult to control and predict as they spread to any combustible material within easy reach. But they are also highly dependent on prevailing winds and will often follow the direction of the wind. As such, it may be possible to provide early warning systems that identify key wildfire prone areas and, if a wildfire is detected, determine the extent of damage that can be expected. It could then alert those in the path of the fire when it could reach them and suggest escape routes depending on the wind.

Another example of a natural disaster warning app would be tornado prediction. Although news alerts exist for tornadoes, it would be more beneficial to alert people via an app on a smartphone if they are in a predicted danger zone. Because tornadoes can strike unpredictably, giving people precious moments to prepare, whether fortifying a home or evacuating, could be vital.

Overall, natural disasters are virtually unstoppableand when they do happen, even a few moments of warning can mean the difference between life and death.

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