Putin rubs hands with glee as EU pulls sanctions U-turn amid dual crisis fears

The EU has been forced to weaken sanctions slapped down on Russia for its brutal invasion of Ukraine amid concerns of an energy and food crisis. The bloc is planning to ease restrictions on the trading and financing of Russian coal, as well as animal feed and some chemicals used in fertilisers, allowing the goods to be shipped to and financed by EU operators and third countries.

It comes amid concerns that the sanctions initially slapped down on Russia with the aim of crippling its economy and scuppering Vladimir Putin’s tight grip on the European energy market could backfire as a food crisis looms for “third world countries”, while energy prices may soar further.

The bloc slapped a coal embargo down on Russia several months ago in a sanctions package, but this move pushed prices £389 per tonne, close to an all-time high. The EU has now warned that these sanctions originally imposed pose a huge threat to the energy security of less developed nations and has called for some of the restrictions around the trading of the energy source to be lifted.

The European Commission wrote in guidance shared with EU members on Monday: “The Union is committed to avoiding that its sanctions impact food and energy security of third countries around the globe, in particular of the least developed ones.

“In light of this commitment…the transfer to third countries of certain goods…should be allowed ‘to combat food and energy insecurity around the world’ and ‘in order to avoid any potential negative consequences therefore’ in third countries.

“This applies to the transfer to third countries, as well as financing or financial assistance related to such transfer, carried out by EU operators or via the EU territory.”

It comes after the Russian President’s gas cuts to Europe sent the price of energy soaring across the world due to the integrated nature of the gas market. Meanwhile, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has warned slashing Russian oil imports could see the use of grains in the production of biofuels ramp up, which could hike up the risk of food shortages.

It said: “Persistently high oil prices may add upward pressure to the price of grains and oilseeds by boosting their use in the production of biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. Shifts in the price of these crops, which are key livestock feedstuffs, could quickly propagate into other food prices.”

This could deal a huge blow to the bloc, which is scrambling to completely free itself from Putin’s energy clutches by slapping down harsh sanctions. But a number of EU nations such as Poland and the Baltic nations have unleashed fury at the Commission for weakening its tough stance on Moscow.

Latvia’s Foreign Ministry has even claimed that the Commission’s guidance was pushed through quietly and was not coordinated with other members of the bloc. The ministry also confirmed that a number of countries made note of the issue during a meeting of foreign ministers demanding a reconsideration of the guidelines.

Riga’s Government also warned that if no agreement is reached with the Commission, it will push for a legally sound regional solution in areas under the responsibility of member states.

However, Brussels has warned that the impacts of certain sanctions could be more catastrophic for third-world countries bracing for a food crisis. European Commission Spokesman Daniel Ferrier said: “The EU is fully committed to avoiding that its sanctions unduly impact trade in critical items to third countries around the globe.

“The financing, or provision of financial assistance — such as insurance or reinsurance — by EU operators for the transport to third countries of the products mentioned in our guidance note is also allowed.”

This also comes after the bloc agreed on an embargo on Russian oil, including some exemptions for countries like Hungary, which will be introduced on December 5 and is set to cut vast sums of revenue from the Kremlin.

But Fernando Avalos and Wenqian Huang, lead authors of the BIS report warned: “We argue that a substitution of Russian oil exports would be difficult, implying that restrictions on these exports may result in large and persistent price increases for oil-related products.”

Mr Ferrier said: “None of the sanctions adopted by the EU in view of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine target the trade in agricultural and food products, including wheat and fertilizer, between third countries and Russia.”

But while there are no EU sanctions directly slapped down on agricultural goods, the BIS report warned that the embargo on Russia’s energy exports fuels would keep food prices high. The authors wrote: “Understanding the complex interlinkages across commodity sectors is essential for policymakers if they are to ward off debilitating effects on energy and agricultural output.”

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    ‘Bionic pancreas’ simplifies blood sugar management for type 1 diabetics

    A new system dubbed the “iLet Bionic Pancreas” could help simplify and improve blood glucose control for type 1 diabetics, a clinical trial has revealed. The device is presently under review by the United States Food and Drug Administration. If approved, the system would become the most automated method available for blood sugar management — tracking glucose levels and administering insulin with little patient input.

    Paediatric endocrinologist Dr Jennifer Sherr of the Yale School of Medicine said: “This technology takes more of the burden away from patients.”

    While Dr Sherr specialises in treating children with type 1 diabetes, she said the new device could help patients of any age by making their disease less of a burden to manage.

    The rarer of the main two varieties of the condition, type 1 diabetes is caused when the body’s immune system accidentally destroys the cells in the pancreas that create insulin, the hormone that allows cells to take in glucose-based sugar from the bloodstream.

    To compensate, people with type 1 diabetes need to routinely inject synthetic insulin — and walk the fine line between keeping their blood sugar levels from getting too high and too low, as to lower the risk of complications like kidney failure, nerve damage and heart disease.

    Blood sugar management has usually involved the use of fingerprinting and glucose testing strips — which is then used to guide insulin injections. However, some wearable devices have been developed to make this process easier.

    A “pump”, for example, delivers insulin throughout the day via a small tube that runs under the skin. Glucose monitors, meanwhile, provide constant blood sugar monitoring without the need for daily finger-pricking.

    Recently, these two concepts have been combined into so-called “hybrid closed-loop” or “artificial pancreas” systems, which use computer algorithms to automatically adjust insulin doses based on data collected via continuous glucose monitoring.

    Past studies have shown that such systems are able to control the blood sugar levels of type 1 diabetes patients more effectively than conventional treatments.

    Endocrinologist Dr Steven Russell of Harvard Medical School said: “Technology really has moved forward in recent years.” However, he added, artificial pancreas systems still require a not-insignificant amount of patient input — calculating carbs to be eaten and tweaking insulin doses accordingly.

    The team’s bionic pancreas, as Dr Russell puts it, improves glucose management by “eliminating the math”.

    As with artificial pancreas systems, the new device combines glucose monitoring with an insulin pump.

    However, improved software replaces direct carb counting with the selection of meal classification (i.e. breakfast) and a relative measure of how much is being consumed.

    Dr Russell said: “The system determines every drop of insulin that’s given.”

    To demonstrate the potential of the new device, the team recruited 326 people with type 1 diabetes aged between 6–79 and gave 219 of them a bionic pancreas to try for 13 weeks.

    The other 107 participants stuck with their standard monitoring tool — either a hybrid closed-loop system, a conventional insulin pump, or injections.

    The team found that patients who used the bionic pancreas saw a decline in their so-called “HbA1c levels”, which is a measure of average blood sugars levels over three months, from an average of 7.9 down to 7.3 percent, far closer to the goal of 7.

    In comparison, the subjects in the comparison group showed no change.

    Patients using the bionic pancreas also spent more time — around 2.5 hours on average — with their blood sugar levels in the target range.

    Should the device be approved for widespread use, the team hopes that the bionic pancreas will make automated insulin therapy more available.

    However, they noted, some patients may prefer to stick with their current routine — which they may feel gives them more hands-on control over their insulin dosing.

    Dr Russell concluded: “I think it’s good to have options.”

    Dr Sherr has described the bionic pancreas in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • 4 часа, 8 минут назад 05.10.2022Science
    Stunning James Webb Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory images reveal cosmic secrets

    NASA combined X-ray data from its Chandra X-Ray Observatory with infrared data from the James Webb Space Telescope to create gorgeous new composite images that it released today – showcasing the capabilities of both instruments.

    The space agency’s James Webb, which released its first images to worldwide acclaim in July, was always meant to work in partnership with NASA’s other telescopes and observatories – whether on the ground or in space.

    The newly released images depict Webb’s earliest observations, including Stephens Quintet, the Cartwheel Galaxy, SMACS 0723..3-7327 and the Cosmic Cliffs of the Carina Nebula.

    NASA’s Chandra was specially designed to capture X-ray emissions from extremely hot areas of the universe. With the combined data from Chandra, higher-energy process can be seen that aren’t visible in the James Webb’s infrared view.

    The James Webb’s primary mirror intercepts red and infrared light traveling through space and reflects it onto a smaller secondary mirror. The secondary mirror then directs the light into the scientific instruments where it is recorded.

    Stephan’s Quintet

    The four galaxies within Stephan’s Quintet are undergoing an intricate dance choreographed by gravity.

    ‘The Webb image (red, orange, yellow, green, blue) of this object features never-seen-before details of the results of these interactions, including sweeping tails of gas and bursts of star formation,’ NASA explains.

    ‘The Chandra data (light blue) of this system has uncovered a shock wave that heats gas to tens of millions of degrees, as one of the galaxies passes through the others at speeds of around 2 million miles per hour.’

    This new composite also includes infrared data from NASA’s now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope.

    Cartwheel Galaxy

    The Cartwheel galaxy gets its shape from a collision with another smaller galaxy about 100 million years ago.

    ‘When this smaller galaxy punched through the Cartwheel, it triggered star formation that appears around an outer ring and elsewhere throughout the galaxy,’ NASA states in a blog post.

    According to the U.S. space agency, X-rays seen by Chandra (blue and purple) come from superheated gas, individual exploded stars, and neutron stars and black holes pulling material from companion stars.

    Webb’s infrared view (red, orange, yellow, green, blue) shows the Cartwheel galaxy plus two smaller companion galaxies — which are not part of the collision — against a backdrop of many more distant galactic cousins.

    SMACS 0723.3–7327

    Webb data shows the galaxy cluster SMACS J0723, which is located about 4.2 billion light-years away, containing hundreds of individual galaxies.

    ‘Galaxy clusters, however, contain far more than their galaxies alone. As some of the largest structures in the universe, they are filled with vast reservoirs of superheated gas that is seen only in X-ray light,’ NASA notes.

    ‘In this image, the Chandra data (blue) reveals gas with temperatures of tens of millions of degrees, possessing a total mass of about 100 trillion times that of the Sun, several times higher than the mass of all the galaxies in the cluster. Invisible dark matter makes up an even larger fraction of the total mass in the cluster,’ the space agency explains.

    NGC 3324, The Cosmic Cliffs of the Carina Nebula

    Chandra’s data of the ‘Cosmic Cliffs’ (pink) reveals over a dozen individual X-ray sources.

    These are mostly stars located in the outer region of a star cluster in the Carina Nebula with ages between 1 and 2 million years old, which is very young in stellar terms.

    Young stars are much brighter in X-rays than old stars, making X-ray studies an ideal way to distinguish stars in the Carina Nebula from the many stars of different ages from our Milky Way galaxy along our line of sight to the nebula.

    The diffuse X-ray emission in the top half of the image likely comes from hot gas from the three hottest, most massive stars in the star cluster. They are all outside the field of view of the Webb image. The Webb image uses the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, and blue.

    The Chandra orbits above Earth at an altitude of 86,500 miles (139,000 km) and the Smithsonian’s Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts hosts the center that operates the satellite, processes the data and distributes it to scientists worldwide for analysis.

    NASA’s James Webb began transmitting its first image this summer and is expected to provide scientists with many years of discoveries regarding the earliest moments of our universe – just after the Big Bang.

  • 4 часа, 8 минут назад 05.10.2022Science
    Earth’s next supercontinent Amasia will form around the North Pole in 300 million years

    A new model predicts the Pacific Ocean will disappear 300 million years from now, bringing the continents together to form a new supercontinent called Amasia located around the North Pole.

    The simulation was conducted by a team of researchers led by Australia’s Curtin University, which highlights the fact that the Pacific Ocean is the oldest and began shrinking back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth – it is currently losing a few centimeters per year.

    The model shows Asia moving east toward the Americas, which are pulled to the west until the three continents meet like a perfect puzzle piece. Antarctica eventually finds its way to South America, Africa attaches to Asia on one side and Europe on the other to complete Amasia.

    The analysis could be on point, as evidence shows a new supercontinent has formed every 600 million years and the last one was Pangaea that formed 300 million years ago.

    The first supercontinent, believed to be Vaalbara, formed 3.3 billion years ago and was followed by Ur 300 million years after.

    Ur, however, is widely accepted as the first supercontinent due to stronger evidence showing its existence – not much is known about Vaalbara.

    Kenorland was next when it formed 2.7 billion years ago and is said to have been made up of smaller cratons, which are large stable blocks of the earth’s crust forming the nucleus of a continent.

    And then came Columbia, which was formed by colossal collision events 1.8 billion years ago.

    This supercontinent consisted of the proto-cratons that had previously made up Laurentia, Baltica, the Ukranian and Amazonian Shields, Australia and even Siberia, North China and Kalaharia.

    As Columbia started to break apart over the course of a few hundred million years, they then reunited about a billion years ago to form Rodinia and it dominated the world for the next 350 million years.

    Pannotia came next, forming about 600 million years ago, and lasted for about 550 million years before splitting up into Laurentia, Siberia and Baltica with the main landmass of Gondwana to the south.

    Then the famous Pangea appeared 300 million years ago.

    This large mass began to break apart about 200 million years ago, during the Early Jurassic, eventually forming the modern continents and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

    And the next supercontinent will be Amasia.

    Lead author Dr Chuan Huang said in a statement: ‘The resulting new supercontinent has already been named Amasia because some believe that the Pacific Ocean will close (as opposed to the Atlantic and Indian oceans) when America collides with Asia.

    ‘Australia is also expected to play a role in this important Earth event, first colliding with Asia and then connecting America and Asia once the Pacific Ocean closes.’

    The Pacific Ocean formed about 700 million years ago when Rodinia began to break up, making it the oldest ocean out of the bunch.

    However, it is also shrinking 0.19 square miles per year due to plate tectonics shifting under the seafloor.

    Co-author John Curtin Distinguished Professor Zheng-Xiang Li, also from Curtin’s School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, said that having the whole world dominated by a single continental mass would dramatically alter Earth’s ecosystem and environment.

    ‘Earth as we know it will be drastically different when Amasia forms. The sea level is expected to be lower, and the vast interior of the supercontinent will be very arid with high daily temperature ranges,’ Li said.

    ‘Currently, Earth consists of seven continents with widely different ecosystems and human cultures, so it would be fascinating to think what the world might look like in 200 to 300 million years’ time.’

  • 5 часов, 57 минут назад 04.10.2022Science
    Nobel Prize in Physics: 2022 award given to trio for work on Einstein’s ‘spooky action’

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in quantum mechanics. The honour was bestowed in recognition of their “experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science.” The trio has been awarded a prize fund of 10 million Swedish kronor (£804,000), which will be shared between them. They were previously awarded the Israeli non-profit Wolf Foundation’s Prize in Physics back in 2010, also for their works on entangled states.

    Entanglement is a strange phenomenon predicted by quantum mechanics, the science of how matter and light behave on the atomic and subatomic scale.

    In fact, entanglement is one of the key differences between quantum mechanics and classical mechanics, which better describes the motion of objects on a larger scale.

    According to quantum mechanics, it is possible for a particle to exist in two mutually exclusive conditions at the same time — having, for example, a polarisation that is both horizontal and vertical — at least until such is measured, or “observation”.

    At this point, the “superposition” of the different states collapses and the particle is found to be in either one state or the other. Before the measurement, all the possible outcomes can be described as a probability distribution known as a “quantum state”.

    When two particles become entangled, they behave not individually but as if they were part of a larger whole, even when separated by vast distances, such that it is impossible to describe the quantum state of one particle independently of the other.

    This means that measurements of physical properties of entangled particles — such as their polarisation or spin — can be correlated.

    In a simple example, if one has a pair of entangled particles with a total spin of zero, if one particle is found to have a clockwise spin on a given axis, then the spin of the other particle on the same axis will be anticlockwise.

    The really confusing part lies in the fact that the collapsed state of the first particle is only set when the measurement is taken — but it will still correlate instantly with measurements of the other particle in the entanglement.

    Despite being partly responsible for the theory of quantum entanglement, Professor Albert Einstein was not keen on the idea — dismissing it as “spooky action at a distance” — as it appeared that it could facilitate the transfer of information faster than the speed of light.

    Instead, Prof. Einstein proposed that both particles must have so-called “hidden variables” which accounted for their correlation without needing to break the universe’s speed limit.

    In the 1960s, the Northern Irish physicist Dr John Stewart Bell argued that quantum mechanics would allow for stronger statistical correlations between certain measurements of entangled, distant particles than possible under “local” theories, like the use of hidden variables.

    If quantum mechanics is a viable explanation for how the universe works, then the results of certain experiments should violate the mathematical constraint predicted on the maximum correlation possible using hidden variables — the so-called “Bell inequality”.

    Dr Clauser, who is based in California, developed Dr Bell’s ideas into a practical experiment that tested the viability of quantum mechanics vs hidden variables.

    The test involved calcium ions that emitted entangled photos when illuminated with a special light. The polarisation of photons sent off in different directions was measured using a filter.

    His measurements showed a clear violation of a Bell inequality, supporting quantum theory and showing that it cannot be replaced by one that employs hidden variables.

    There remained, however, some loopholes in the experimental approach used by Dr Clauser.

    The method was refined by Prof. Aspect of France’s Université Paris-Saclay and École Polytechnique, such that entangled photons were emitted both at a higher rate, but also in a way that the system could be switched between various settings.

    In this way, the system could not be argued to contain any advanced information that might affect the outcomes.

    Finally, the third prize winner — Prof. Zeilinger of the University of Vienna — showed how entangled quantum states might be used across systems with more than two particles, and for practical applications.

    For example, his research group has shown how quantum states can be moved from one particle to another far away in a process known as “quantum teleportation”.

    Such quantum tricks have the potential to be harnessed to produce uncrackable encryption schemes — with entangled particles used to produce the “key” to deciphering encrypted data in a way that cannot be measured by a third party without alerting the sender.

    Nobel Committee for Physics Chair Anders Irbäck: “It has become increasingly clear that a new kind of quantum technology is emerging.

    “We can see that the laureates’ work with entangled states is of great importance, even beyond the fundamental questions about the interpretation of quantum mechanics.”

    American Physical Society president Frances Hellman added: “This prize reflects the importance of the awardees’ experiments to our fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics as well as to emerging technologies such as quantum computers and quantum communication.

    “The work is a great example of the best of physics — exploring the truth and beauty of the universe while also laying the foundation for technologies that improve life on Earth.”

  • 6 часов, 8 минут назад 04.10.2022Science
    Archaeologists unearth well-preserved 2,000-year-old status of Roman god Hercules in Greece

    Archaeologists unearthed a well-preserved statue of the Roman god Hercules during excavations at a site in Greece’s ancient city of Philippi.

    A team from Aristotle University found the statue, which was in a few pieces but still in good condition, in an area that was once part of the Roman and Byzantine empires.

    Hercules is the Roman equivalent of the Greek divine hero Heracles, son of Jupiter and the mortal Alcmene – who was herself the granddaughter of the hero Perseus.

    In classical mythology, Hercules was famous for having super-human strength and was seen as the champion of the weak and a great protector.

    Hercules is often depicted with a lion skin cloak over his arm and holding a club.

    The group of professors and students found each of these elements, which helped them identify the ancient artifact as Hercules.

    The statue was found on the eastern side of one of the main streets of the city.

    Researchers believe that the statue once adorned a building that dates to the late Byzantine period in the 8th or 9th century AD.

    Philippi was a major Greek city northwest of the nearby island, Thasos. Its original name was Crenides after its establishment by Thasian colonists in 360/359 BC.

    The city was renamed by Philip II of Macedon in 356 BC and abandoned in the 14th century after the Ottoman conquest

    The Ministry of Culture in Greece also noted that in Constantinople, statues from the classical and Roman period would often adorn buildings and public spaces until the late Byzantine period.

    Modern day Greece – and its ancient sites sprinkled elsewhere – have been the location of many archaeological discoveries over the years.

    In 2021, researchers determined that a 14th-century Byzantine warrior had survived a broken jaw by having it wired shut with gold threading years after unearthing the man’s skull.

    The unknown warrior’s skull and lower jaw were unearthed 30 years ago at the site of fort Polystylon, a Byzantine stronghold built on the remains of the ancient Greek city of Abdera near the Aegean, in what is now Western Thrace.

    Last year, archaeologists discovered at trove of copper coins dating to the sixth century in Phanagoria, an ancient-Greek city in what is now southwestern Russia.

    According to a translated statement from the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 80 copper staters were found in the remains of a 6th century fire.

    ‘Treasures [like this] are not often found,’ said Vladimir Kuznetsov, head of the Phanagoria archaeological expedition of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in the statement.

    Experts believe the fire may have destroyed a ‘significant part of the city’ and may have stemmed from the attacks that were orchestrated by the Huns or the Turks.

  • 6 часов, 8 минут назад 04.10.2022Science
    Verizon provides Hurricane Ian responders with cellular connectivity by way of drones

    Verizon is using a fleet of drones over southwest Florida to provide cellular connectivity to first responders who working around the clock in search and rescue missions to find survivors who may be trapped inside one of the more than 400 buildings destroyed by Hurricane Ian.

    Tethered drones that can fly for up to 1,000 hours are beaming down 4G and 5G coverage for an approximate radius of five to seven miles.

    Cory Davis, National Director for Verizon Frontline’s Response Team and Public Safety Operations, told DailyMail.com that the cellular company has supported more than 50 first responder agencies with its resources that include over 100 assets.

    He explained that along with the drones, Verizon is using satellites that beam down internet from low Earth orbit, generators hitched to trailers and recently sent a portable cell site on a barge to Sanibel Island, which has been completely cut off by the hurricane.

    Ian hit Lee County, home to Fort Myers, the hardest and Verizon, which is calling the county ‘ground zero,’ is using the most assets to provide communications for first responders who have rescued hundreds of people since the monster storm made landfall last week.

    ‘Assets, when broadcasted, pick up Verizon frontline phones, but they also broadcast WiFi so it doesn’t matter what network you are on.’

    Hurricane Ian clocked in as a Category 4 when it made landfall in Fort Myers last Wednesday, which saw waters surge up to 14 feet in some parts of the area – and now about 90 percent of the beach is gone.

    Kevin Guthrie, director of the state’s Division of Emergency Management, said on Friday morning that some 10,000 people were unaccounted for, Guthrie said, but many of them were likely in shelters or without electricity.

    And about 2.7 million people are without power across the state of Florida.

    Verizon is helping where it can, noting it has been working around the clock to ensure search and rescue teams have the ability to communicate with one another.

    ‘The 5G Ultra Wideband being deployed is using C-band spectrum,’ Verizon shared in a statement.

    ‘Verizon acquired an average of approximately in markets across the country, providing a huge superhighway for wireless data to travel on.

    Lee County, where Fort Myers is located, is one of the top places on the company’s list when it comes to deploying assets.

    ‘This community is broken and it is going to take decades to recover,’ said Davis.

    ‘Lee and Charlotte counties were most impacted. They are considered ground zero because that is where the eye of the storm landed.’

    ‘We are putting a high intense focus on those counties, they need more resources than anyone else.’

    On Sanibel Island, which was separated from the mainland when the bridge collapsed during Hurricane Ian, Verizon has launched a tethered drone outfitted with a cellular node (a flying cell site) that is providing cellular coverage from the air to support search and rescue teams and first responders on the ground.

    The team also sent a portable cell site on a barge to the island to provide more coverage to first responders.

    This technology allows for fast and easy installation of a cell site in a restricted space and in this case, a disaster site.

    Verizon releases the different devices based on the area’s needs. If a bridge is down, the company will release drones to beam down connectivity or if roads are drivable, an asset on a trailer will be deployed.

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said over the weekend that SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk agreed to provide the company’s satellite internet service, Starlink, for help in response to Hurricane Ian in areas of Southwest Florida still without connectivity.

    ‘We are working with Elon Musk and Starlink satellite. They are positioning those Starlink satellites to provide good coverage in Southwest Florida and other affected areas,’ DeSantis, a Republican, told reporters on Saturday.

    ‘We are expecting 120 additional large Starlink units to deploy to Southwest Florida.’

    The death toll is at least 103 as of Tuesday and first responders are working around the clock to help those who may be stranded or injured.

    The fatalities reported in Florida were mostly from drowning, but others suffered different fates from the storm’s tragic aftereffects.

    ‘Our main focus is specifically first responders and have supported over 50 agencies in the area to date,’ Davis said.

    ‘[The agencies are] federal, state and local and they bring hundreds into an area at a time’

    ‘It looks like a nuclear bomb went off and a lot of people did not leave. We will be here as long as it takes.’

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