Hello, world. Meet our baby girl: Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. – YouTube

Hello, world. Meet our baby girl: Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. – YouTube

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Olivia Munn wears sexy white dress for skin-care event | Daily Mail Online

Olivia Munn wears sexy white dress for skin-care event | Daily Mail Online

Friday, September 8, 2017

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The beauty doesn’t look like she’s ever had problems with her perfect complexion.

But actress Olivia Munn is one of the faces of the ProactivMD skin-care range that offers help to people of all ages with pimples.

And she was spotted leaving the Greenwich Hotel for an appearance at the company’s one-day ‘pop-up experience’ at The Hole, in New York’s Bowery district on Friday.

The 36-year-old X-Men: Apocalypse star sizzled in a sexy white dress with a thigh-high slit that she combined with stunningly high-heeled, patterned court shoes boosting her 5ft4ins height by several inches.

She later changed into a blue frock that also featured a thigh-high split, but showed a little too much when it gaped open to reveal her underwear.

Olivia’s brunette shoulder-length locks were parted to one side and styled in soft waves that framed her perfectly made-up face.

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Proactive puffed the event to debut its new product on Facebook, writing: ‘Finally, a place to get out your urge to pop those pimples!

‘From the WORLD’S BIGGEST BUBBLE WRAP ROOM with over one million bubbles to burst, a pull n’ pop balloon installation, SodaStream Pop Rock drinks and custom flavored popcorn, you can finally "pop this and not that" (while getting the Instagram shot of the year).

‘And of course, a DJ will be pumping out the best in pop music all day long.’

The Oklahoma City native was due to be joined by Danielle Monaro from radio station Z100’s Elvis Duran And The Morning Show, with Mexican actress-singer Maite Perron, 34, popping in between 3pm and 4pm and Internet star Cameron Dallas, 22, there from 5pm to 6pm.

Meanwhile, Olivia is presently single after splitting from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in April after three years of dating.

But she appeared to put her heartbreak behind her and looked radiant for the event.

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Meanwhile, Olivia showed off a different part of her body when she changed for a third time for a casual dinner at Nobu Next Door.

She rocked a beige, see-through, long sleeved sweater that clearly showed her bra underneath.

The star teamed the eye-catching garment with a pair of ripped jeans as she strolled along the sidewalk.

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Olivia will next be seen on the big screen in The Lego Ninago Movie, due out September 22, and she has four projects in the works for next year.

The most high profile is Ocean’s Eight, the all-female reboot of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, with a starry cast of A-listers including Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Dakota Fanning, set for June 8.

Olivia is also cast in The Predator, the follow up to 1987’s sci-fi hit Predator, due out August 3; comedy Dick Move and cop drama Madero, both of which have yet to set release dates,

Olivia Munn wears sexy white dress for skin-care event | Daily Mail Online

Olivia Munn wears sexy white dress for skin-care event | Daily Mail Online

Friday, September 8, 2017

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The beauty doesn’t look like she’s ever had problems with her perfect complexion.

But actress Olivia Munn is one of the faces of the ProactivMD skin-care range that offers help to people of all ages with pimples.

And she was spotted leaving the Greenwich Hotel for an appearance at the company’s one-day ‘pop-up experience’ at The Hole, in New York’s Bowery district on Friday.

The 36-year-old X-Men: Apocalypse star sizzled in a sexy white dress with a thigh-high slit that she combined with stunningly high-heeled, patterned court shoes boosting her 5ft4ins height by several inches.

She later changed into a blue frock that also featured a thigh-high split, but showed a little too much when it gaped open to reveal her underwear.

Olivia’s brunette shoulder-length locks were parted to one side and styled in soft waves that framed her perfectly made-up face.

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Proactive puffed the event to debut its new product on Facebook, writing: ‘Finally, a place to get out your urge to pop those pimples!

‘From the WORLD’S BIGGEST BUBBLE WRAP ROOM with over one million bubbles to burst, a pull n’ pop balloon installation, SodaStream Pop Rock drinks and custom flavored popcorn, you can finally "pop this and not that" (while getting the Instagram shot of the year).

‘And of course, a DJ will be pumping out the best in pop music all day long.’

The Oklahoma City native was due to be joined by Danielle Monaro from radio station Z100’s Elvis Duran And The Morning Show, with Mexican actress-singer Maite Perron, 34, popping in between 3pm and 4pm and Internet star Cameron Dallas, 22, there from 5pm to 6pm.

Meanwhile, Olivia is presently single after splitting from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in April after three years of dating.

But she appeared to put her heartbreak behind her and looked radiant for the event.

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Meanwhile, Olivia showed off a different part of her body when she changed for a third time for a casual dinner at Nobu Next Door.

She rocked a beige, see-through, long sleeved sweater that clearly showed her bra underneath.

The star teamed the eye-catching garment with a pair of ripped jeans as she strolled along the sidewalk.

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Olivia will next be seen on the big screen in The Lego Ninago Movie, due out September 22, and she has four projects in the works for next year.

The most high profile is Ocean’s Eight, the all-female reboot of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, with a starry cast of A-listers including Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Dakota Fanning, set for June 8.

Olivia is also cast in The Predator, the follow up to 1987’s sci-fi hit Predator, due out August 3; comedy Dick Move and cop drama Madero, both of which have yet to set release dates,

Olivia Munn wears sexy white dress for skin-care event | Daily Mail Online

Olivia Munn wears sexy white dress for skin-care event | Daily Mail Online

Friday, September 8, 2017

10:46 PM

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The beauty doesn’t look like she’s ever had problems with her perfect complexion.

But actress Olivia Munn is one of the faces of the ProactivMD skin-care range that offers help to people of all ages with pimples.

And she was spotted leaving the Greenwich Hotel for an appearance at the company’s one-day ‘pop-up experience’ at The Hole, in New York’s Bowery district on Friday.

The 36-year-old X-Men: Apocalypse star sizzled in a sexy white dress with a thigh-high slit that she combined with stunningly high-heeled, patterned court shoes boosting her 5ft4ins height by several inches.

She later changed into a blue frock that also featured a thigh-high split, but showed a little too much when it gaped open to reveal her underwear.

Olivia’s brunette shoulder-length locks were parted to one side and styled in soft waves that framed her perfectly made-up face.

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Proactive puffed the event to debut its new product on Facebook, writing: ‘Finally, a place to get out your urge to pop those pimples!

‘From the WORLD’S BIGGEST BUBBLE WRAP ROOM with over one million bubbles to burst, a pull n’ pop balloon installation, SodaStream Pop Rock drinks and custom flavored popcorn, you can finally "pop this and not that" (while getting the Instagram shot of the year).

‘And of course, a DJ will be pumping out the best in pop music all day long.’

The Oklahoma City native was due to be joined by Danielle Monaro from radio station Z100’s Elvis Duran And The Morning Show, with Mexican actress-singer Maite Perron, 34, popping in between 3pm and 4pm and Internet star Cameron Dallas, 22, there from 5pm to 6pm.

Meanwhile, Olivia is presently single after splitting from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in April after three years of dating.

But she appeared to put her heartbreak behind her and looked radiant for the event.

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Meanwhile, Olivia showed off a different part of her body when she changed for a third time for a casual dinner at Nobu Next Door.

She rocked a beige, see-through, long sleeved sweater that clearly showed her bra underneath.

The star teamed the eye-catching garment with a pair of ripped jeans as she strolled along the sidewalk.

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Olivia will next be seen on the big screen in The Lego Ninago Movie, due out September 22, and she has four projects in the works for next year.

The most high profile is Ocean’s Eight, the all-female reboot of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, with a starry cast of A-listers including Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Dakota Fanning, set for June 8.

Olivia is also cast in The Predator, the follow up to 1987’s sci-fi hit Predator, due out August 3; comedy Dick Move and cop drama Madero, both of which have yet to set release dates,

Congress sends Trump disaster aid, debt limit increase

Congress sends Trump disaster aid, debt limit increase

Friday, September 8, 2017

8:32 PM

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed and sent to President Donald Trump legislation providing $15.25 billion in emergency disaster aid, as well as raising government borrowing authority and funding federal programs through Dec. 8.

The House vote of 316-90 came one day after the Senate passed the measure. Lawmakers were rushing to approve the legislation before government disaster aid was projected to run ran out at week’s end and as the deadly Hurricane Irma was projected to bear down on Florida.

Trump is expected to promptly sign the measure into law.

(Reporting By Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan)

Storm Churning Through Caribbean, Hits Turimks and Caicos – The New York Times

Storm Churning Through Caribbean, Hits Turks and Caicos – The New York Times

Friday, September 8, 2017

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Hurricane Irma Pummels Caribbean and Churns Toward Florida

The Atlantic’s strongest storm has left destruction across the Caribbean. Witnesses warn others to brace themselves as Irma moves toward Florida.

By CAMILLA SCHICK, ROBIN LINDSAY and CHRIS CIRILLO on Publish Date September 6, 2017. Photo by Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

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This is Thursday’s storm coverage. Read the latest with Friday’s live updates on Hurricane Irma »

Hurricane Irma, an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with sustained winds of up to 155 miles an hour, continued to tear through the Caribbean on Friday, moving through the Bahamas and along the northern coast of Cuba, the National Hurricane Center said.

The death toll from the storm was at least seven as of Thursday afternoon, but the authorities warned that the number could rise as emergency crews reached flooded areas and as communications improved. The hurricane is expected to hit the Florida Keys and South Florida starting Saturday evening, said Kevin Scharfenberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A second storm, Jose, strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean and could hit Antigua and Barbuda, which have suffered extensive flooding and wind damage from Irma, according to the National Hurricane Center.

In Florida and Georgia, officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for coastal and some inland areas, leading to gas shortages and heavy traffic on local highways. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for South Florida, the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay and a storm surge warning for South Florida and the Florida Keys.

• Half of the 100,000 residents of Antigua and Barbuda have had their homes destroyed or heavily damaged, the prime minister said.

• The governor of Puerto Rico said at a news conference that electrical service had been restored to 144,000 households — which still leaves nearly a million in the dark.

• Officials in Florida have issued evacuation orders, including mandatory ones for all of Monroe County and for parts of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Pinellas and other counties.

• Irma’s 185-m.p.h. winds persisted for more than 24 hours, the longest period ever recorded. The French weather service described it as the most enduring superstorm on record.

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Conditions are deteriorating in Turks and Caicos.

Hurricane Irma slammed into Grand Turk on Thursday evening, ripping off dozens of residential roofs, flooding streets, snapping utility poles and causing an island-wide blackout. It also damaged the roof of the hospital in Cockburn Town, the capital of Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.

Providenciales, the most populous of the Turks and Caicos’s 40 islands, was experiencing howling winds, rough seas and steady rain. Hurricane shelters across the island were full. A government spokesman, Zhavago Jolly, said he had not received any reports of fatalities or injuries.

Earlier in the day, Virginia Clerveaux, the director of the Disaster Management Department, warned that emergency workers would “not be able to provide relief services during this time until further notice.”

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A child fills a bucket with water in Nagua, the Dominican Republic, on Thursday, as Hurricane Irma moved off the northern coast. Credit Ricardo Rojas/Reuters

HAYDEN BOYCE

Haiti shuts down, but avoids the worst.

Moderate winds and rain were reported in northern Haiti, but the impact was not nearly as severe as officials had feared.

Although two people were reported injured near Cap-Haïtien after a tree fell on their house, “to this moment, we have had no major devastation,” Interior Minister Max Rudolph Saint-Albin said at a news conference Thursday evening. He cautioned that rain would continue and that flooding might still occur.

Despite public warnings broadcast across the country over the past two days, fewer than 160 people went to temporary shelters in the north, according to preliminary government figures. Many feared that their unattended houses would be looted, or did not believe the government’s dire predictions, said Tania Escamilla, Oxfam’s regional communications coordinator.

This time, luck seemed to be on their side.

Officials had been worried not just about possible drownings and injuries from the storm, but also that a surge of cholera could follow, as happened last year after Hurricane Matthew devastated the country’s southwest.

— CATHERINE PORTER

In Puerto Rico, ‘our prayers were answered.’

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Residents picked up debris in Fajardo, P.R., on Wednesday. Nearly a million people in Puerto Rico were without power. Credit Alvin Baez/Reuters

In Puerto Rico, nearly 70 percent of households were without power immediately after the storm, but the island was otherwise largely unscathed, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said on Thursday. By the evening, power had been restored to about 144,000 households, though nearly a million were still in the dark.

Roughly 55 percent of hospitals were functioning, Mr. Rosselló said.

“We would like to start out thanking the Almighty,” he said of the relatively small impact, with fallen trees and electrical poles making up the bulk of the damage on the main island. “Our prayers were answered.”

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Fallen trees in San Juan, P.R., on Thursday. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

Many residents, though grateful the damage was not worse, were furious about the vast power failures. How is it possible, Puerto Ricans wondered aloud, that a hurricane that passed at a distance and hardly claimed a shingle could leave more than a million households in the dark?

“This is an abuse, a lack of respect,” said Isla Rosado, a 58-year-old secretary. “Irma had not even arrived yet when we were already without power.”

— FRANCES ROBLES and IVELISSE RIVERA

A devastated Barbuda braces for yet another hit.

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Families took shelter in a church in Las Terrenas, the Dominican Republic, on Wednesday as the country braced for Hurricane Irma. Credit Tatiana Fernandez/Associated Press

Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda said that half of Barbuda had been left homeless by the storm, which blew through on Wednesday. Officials declared a state of emergency. And with another storm, Hurricane Jose, expected soon, many of Barbuda’s 1,600 residents are trying to evacuate to their sister island, Antigua.

Michael Semple, a resident of Codrington, said his roof had been blown away and his kitchen destroyed. “The only thing I have left is my wife and my family,” he said.

Teline Charles, 33, a New Yorker who was visiting family in Barbuda when the hurricane hit, said she had “never experienced anything like that.”

“The roof came off during the storm,” she recalled, “and we actually had to leave the house and run into the car until the eye came, and then ran for better shelter.”

With a hurricane watch in effect as Jose approaches, the government is hoping to transport all of Barbuda’s residents to Antigua by the end of Friday, either by sea or by air.

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Boarding up windows on Wednesday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Credit Ezequiel Abiu Lopez/Associated Press

In the Dominican Republic, officials evacuated some areas near the beachfront town of Cabarete on the north coast, though some residents chose to stay boarded up in their homes and ride it out.

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A satellite image of Hurricane Irma made Thursday afternoon, as the eye approaches the Turks and Caicos Islands, on a track that could lead to a strike on Florida. Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

President Danilo Medina canceled work for public and private companies, and schools were closed until Monday as emergency workers spread out to manage the expected fallout. But residents in Cabarete said that so far, the effects of the storm had been relatively mild.

“It’s really not that bad,” said Lindsay Sauvage, who lives with her family in Cabarete and said the electricity had shut off around 3 a.m. “We expected much worse.”

— CARL JOSEPH and AZAM AHMED

‘It’s just unbelievable. It’s indescribable.’

Four people have been confirmed dead on the island of St. Martin, Mr. Philippe, the French prime minister, said on Thursday, lowering a previous toll of eight deaths given by local rescue officials.

Around 50 people were injured, including two seriously, he said, and 65 percent of homes on the island are uninhabitable. Rescue workers are still assessing the damage on St. Martin and St. Barthélemy.

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Eden Hazard available for Chelsea’s trip to Leicester | Daily Mail Online

Eden Hazard available for Chelsea’s trip to Leicester | Daily Mail Online

Friday, September 8, 2017

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Antonio Conte has confirmed that Eden Hazard is in the Chelsea squad to face Leicester this weekend after recovering from an ankle fracture.

The attacking midfielder has not featured for the Blues since last season after picking up an injury while on international duty with Belgium.

After coming on as a substitute for his country this week, though, Conte has confirmed he is fit and ready to return for Chelsea.

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‘Eden is available, and he is in the list for the game tomorrow,’ the Chelsea boss told reporters. ‘I think he is improving a lot, and he worked very strong to be ready.

‘I think now I can count on him, but I have to decide the right moment and the right minutes. For sure, he is available now.

‘It’s normal [to be careful] when there is a surgery. It’s normal to pay attention to his recovery. Don’t forget, Eden is an important player for us. It’s important to play soon.’

‘This storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state’ – The Washington Post

‘This storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state’ – The Washington Post

Friday, September 8, 2017

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You’ll receive free e-mail news updates each time a new story is published. Miami Beach residents brace for Hurricane Irma as the powerful category 5 storm barrels towards southern Florida. (Zoeann Murphy, Dalton Bennett/The Washington Post)

Miami Beach residents brace for Hurricane Irma as the powerful category 5 storm barrels towards southern Florida. (Zoeann Murphy,Dalton Bennett/The Washington Post)

MIAMI — Florida officials urged residents in flood-prone coastal communities to get out while they can, ordering evacuations in the face of oncoming Hurricane Irma, which could make landfall Sunday and inflict massive destruction not seen in the state since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Hurricanes have lashed South Florida many times, but officials here at the National Hurricane Center said this is shaping up as a once-in-a-generation storm. Forecasters adjusted their advisory late Thursday, projecting Irma to hit the tip of the peninsula, slamming the population centers of South Florida before grinding northward. Hurricane warnings were issued Thursday night for South Florida, with the hurricane center warning that “severe hurricane conditions are expected over portions of the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys beginning late Saturday.”

“This storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state,” Gov. Rick Scott (R) said in a late-day news briefing. Earlier, he implored people to evacuate. “If you live in any evacuation zones and you’re still at home, leave.”

[Category 5 Irma stays on perilous path toward Florida]

The state’s highways were jammed, gas was scarce, airports were packed and mandatory evacuations began to roll out as the first official hurricane watches were issued for the region. Irma, which has been ravaging the Caribbean islands as it sweeps across the Atlantic, is expected to hit the Florida peninsula with massive storm surges and crippling winds that could affect nearly every metropolitan area in South Florida.

The hurricane center said Thursday afternoon that should Irma’s eye move through the center of the state, extreme winds and heavy rains could strafe an area that has millions of residents, from Miami in the east to Naples on the Gulf Coast. Because the eastern side of the storm is the most powerful, numerous cities along the east coast could face extreme conditions.

Miami-Dade County ordered some mandatory evacuations, including for Key Biscayne and Miami Beach, as well as for areas in the southern half of the county that are not protected by barrier islands.

“EVACUATE Miami Beach!” Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine tweeted, later noting in a news release that once winds top 40 mph, first responders will no longer be dispatched on rescue missions here.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said evacuations in coastal areas were slated for Thursday. Lee County, on the Gulf Coast, announced Thursday afternoon that all the barrier islands — Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island, Bonita Beach and Fort Myers Beach — will be under mandatory evacuation orders Friday.

Scott on Thursday night ordered that all state offices, public schools, state colleges and state universities be shut down from Friday through Monday “to ensure we have every space available for sheltering and staging.”

Scott has declared a statewide emergency and warned that in addition to potentially forcing large-scale evacuations, Irma could batter areas that last year were flooded by Hurricane Matthew. States of emergency also were declared in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. On Thursday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) expanded his declaration from six coastal counties to 30 total counties, issuing a mandatory evacuation for some areas.

Residents in Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., began to barricade their homes and flee the coast Thursday. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) warned South Carolinians that a mandatory evacuation of the state’s coastline will probably come Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Such an evacuation would come with a reversal of all eastbound lanes of four major roadways, including Interstate 26, which would be converted for a westbound escape from Charleston to Columbia.

Irma on Thursday remained a Category 5 storm, with 175 mph sustained maximum winds, and it is a big storm, with hurricane-force winds extending 60 miles from its center. If the eye does not make landfall, many of the people who haven’t evacuated from South Florida could find themselves in hurricane conditions anyway, forecasters say.

A line of vehicles waits to dump trimmed trees and other refuse in a West Miami-Dade County disposal area near Miami on Thursday. Weak tree limbs, patio furniture and other large objects likely to be driven by the wind are being removed as Hurricane Irma is predicted to arrive Sunday. (Andrew Innerarity/For The Washington Post)

Residents are closely watching “the spaghetti” — the dozens of computer models showing possible storm tracks, which vary widely. Computer models say that by Sunday, Irma will make a hard right turn, heading due north into Florida.

The timing of that turn will make all the difference.

If sooner, the storm’s center could stay offshore, between Miami and the Bahamas. If later, it could blow through the Florida Keys and come up the southwest side of Florida. Or it could find a middle path straight up through the Everglades and the central spine of the peninsula.

“The wild card here is the turn. Anytime a hurricane makes a turn, it introduces uncertainty,” Mark DeMaria, acting deputy director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, told The Washington Post in the center’s headquarters in west Miami-Dade County. DeMaria noted that the computer models have fluctuated modestly, with adjustments in the consensus track of 50 miles or so every day. “But 50 miles onshore versus right of the coast makes a huge difference in impact,” he said.

The combination of Florida’s geography, the pattern of urban settlement in narrow bands along the coasts and the projected northerly path of the hurricane presents a particularly ominous picture.

“This is a large storm coming from the south,” said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the hurricane center. “That’s the worst-case scenario, because it takes in the entire Gold Coast population, and you have the greatest impact from storm surge from that direction.”

Irma’s sustained winds were the strongest recorded for an Atlantic hurricane making landfall, tied with the 1935 Florida Keys hurricane.

“Look at the size of this storm,” Scott said. “It’s powerful and deadly.”

Many Floridians were heeding warnings to escape but found themselves sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in an effort to reach points north.

A little after 10 a.m. at the National Hotel on Miami Beach, a manager announced in four languages — English, Spanish, Portuguese and French — that guests needed to evacuate because of a city order. At the front desk, guests were given a sheet listing the locations of emergency shelters, none of which were likely to be as nice as the beachfront Art Deco hotel, which was restored a few years ago.

“This morning as I walked to work, I could see the things that could become projectiles,” said Natalya Garus, 35, lead concierge at the National. “Street signs. Coconuts. All the trash cans. Smoking stations. All the decorations.”

As she spoke, workers used a ladder to dismantle a decorative light fixture hanging over the hotel entrance.

Ruben Vandebosch, 28, and Wim Marten, 26, both of Belgium, and Jim Van Es, 24, of the Netherlands, said their plan is to drive to Atlanta.

“Atlanta has a nice ring to it,” Vandebosch said. “It sounds cool.”

Among those evacuating: Forty dogs from the Miami-Dade County animal shelter. They’re being flown to New York on a private plane owned by a dog lover named Georgina Bloomberg, according to Lauree Simmons, president and founder of the Big Dog Rescue shelter in Loxahatchee, Fla.

Big Dog staff went to Houston after Hurricane Harvey, rescuing 60 dogs from the floodwaters. Those dogs are awaiting adoption at the no-kill shelter. Simmons’s 33-acre rescue center has 457 dogs and puppies living in air-conditioned bunkhouses. Staff members were working frenetically Thursday packing up the contents of offices trailers. The dog bunkhouses, meanwhile, are fitted with hurricane impact glass built to withstand 200-mile-an-hour winds, Simmons said.

“The dogs will be very comfortable,” she said. “We’ll stay here with them through the storm and just keep hoping for the best.”

Lauren Jackowiec, adoptions manager for the Jacksonville, Fla., Humane Society, loads crates of cats into the Humane Society’s van for an evacuation trip to Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday. (Bob Self/Florida Times Union via AP)

Popular shopping and dining areas of Fort Lauderdale, north of Miami, were nearly completely empty, the businesses buttoned up with metal curtains and new plywood protecting their front windows.

At the Coral Ridge Yacht Club on the Intracoastal Waterway, General Manager Jay Wallace and Greg Bennett, the club’s president, were walking up and down its docks making sure all the vessels, including some 90- and 100-footers valued at $2 million or more, were securely tied down. The club decided Tuesday to cease regular operations — meetings, lunch, dinner and a popular Wednesday happy hour — so that many employees would have time to evacuate.

“Just making sure everything is okay,” Wallace said. “We’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. You have to.”

Less than a mile away, Fort Lauderdale’s mostly spotless sandy beaches were virtually deserted, despite the green flags attached to all its lifeguard stands indicating “low hazard” for anyone wanting to take a dip in the ocean. The water was dead calm, not a wave in sight, and the shimmering sand was desolate on a postcard 90-degree day.

In Orlando, four Stetson University students prepared to fly out of town on cheap tickets bought Monday, before prices skyrocketed and seats vanished. One of the students, Draven Shean, is a freshman who has been at school for three weeks and is heading home to Houston, where his family had evacuated in advance of Hurricane Harvey.

“I keep making this joke that God keeps sending hurricanes after me,” said Shean, who was wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt with black block letters that said “EVAC.” He picked it up two days ago at a thrift store. “I thought it was appropriate.”

Others were preparing to ride out the storm. Some were fully prepared, others seemed to have only a vague plan, or none at all.

Shelves that once held bottled water are empty as the city prepares for approaching Hurricane Irma. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

At a Costco in Naples, in southwest Florida, almost every morning shopper left the store with a flat or two of bottled water. At Costco’s gas station, vehicles jammed the six lanes for fuel. Several customers said the 24 cars waiting at 11 a.m. were nothing compared with the lines during the past two days. Some customers were on their third or fourth gas station seeking to fill up.

“As soon as they said you should consider evacuating, things got way worse,” said Michelle Anderson, who was waiting for gas in her Volvo. “I’m from Southern California, where earthquakes get you at random, so the fact that you have the ability to prepare for this is pretty awesome.”

Vicki Sargent, a Florida resident since 2003, lives in an RV park in Venice and had driven miles in search of gas Thursday. She said she has to ride out the storm because she takes care of about 70 units owned by people gone for the summer. She won’t stay in her own trailer, though.

“Only a fool would do that,” she said, saying she’ll stay with a friend. “I’m more worried about flooding than the hurricane. We have had rain and were about at saturation point.”

Tatiana Wood, 33, a waitress at a restaurant in Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road Mall, said she has a friend of a friend who lives in Oklahoma, but she was unclear of the distance or whether she would try to get there.

“If you try to escape, you may lose money,” Wood said. “If you stay, you might lose your life.”

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NCI’s Douglas R. Lowy and John T. Schiller to receive 2017 Lasker Award | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NCI’s Douglas R. Lowy and John T. Schiller to receive 2017 Lasker Award | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Two scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will receive the 2017 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for their significant research leading to the development of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. The award is the country’s most prestigious biomedical research prize, and will be presented to John T. Schiller, Ph.D., of NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR), and Douglas R. Lowy, M.D., also in CCR and acting director of NCI. NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Lowy’s and Dr. Schiller’s collaborative work to understand and prevent HPV infection has led to the approval of three preventive HPV vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“I’m incredibly proud of this much-deserved honor bestowed upon John and Doug for their foundational discoveries that led to the creation of HPV vaccines,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “Thanks to their extraordinary efforts, we have the potential to eliminate cervical cancer and greatly reduce other HPV-associated cancers. This award reinforces the critical importance of basic research in the development of medical breakthroughs like the HPV vaccine.”

Efforts to develop these vaccines were spurred by an urgent public health need. Infection with certain types of HPV causes almost all cases of cervical cancer, the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. More than 500,000 women around the world are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, many of them at relatively young ages. More than 275,000 women die from the disease annually, and most of these deaths occur in developing regions of the world. Without successful interventions, the worldwide incidence and mortality from cervical cancer is projected to increase indefinitely. HPV infection also causes anal, vulvar, vaginal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers.

While working to address the need to prevent HPV-caused cancers in the 1990s, a team led by Drs. Schiller and Lowy discovered that the proteins that form the outer shell of HPV could form virus-like particles (VLPs) that closely resemble the original virus but are not infectious. They found that these VLPs could trigger the immune system to produce high levels of protective antibodies that can neutralize the virus in a subsequent infection. The VLPs ultimately became the basis of the three current HPV vaccines: Gardasil, Gardasil 9, and Cervarix.

Drs. Lowy and Schiller say this breakthrough was possible because of earlier discoveries, and that it demonstrates the importance of long-term, publicly supported basic research.

“People have known since the 19th century that cervical cancer behaved as a sexually transmitted disease, but it wasn’t until the discoveries of Harald zur Hausen and his colleagues that HPV was found to be the cause. Development of the vaccines built upon decades of publicly supported research,” said Dr. Lowy. “We’re honored to be included with the other luminaries who have received this prestigious award.”

It is estimated that widespread uptake of current HPV vaccines could reduce the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer by more than two-thirds. Researchers are currently working to find ways to encourage uptake of the vaccines by lowering costs and simplifying the logistics of vaccination, especially in the developing world where most cervical cancers occur.

“This year’s Lasker Medical Research Awards illustrate the power of biomedical investigation to advance human health, whether scientists probe basic questions that reveal unforeseen truths or pursue goal-directed projects,” said Joseph L. Goldstein, M.D., chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and chair of the Lasker Medical Research Awards Jury. “Douglas Lowy and John Schiller discovered that a single protein from the capsule of papillomaviruses can self-assemble into virus-like particles, paving the way for HPV vaccines that prevent cervical and other cancers.”

Drs. Schiller and Lowy have co-authored more than 150 papers over the last 30 years, and have been recognized frequently for their work. They received the Federal Employee of the Year Service to America Medal from the Partnership for Public Service in 2007, and the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award from the Sabin Vaccine Institute in 2011. In November 2014, President Barack Obama presented them with the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Both researchers have noted how important it has been to their work to be part of the NCI intramural program, where scientists can do long-term, high-risk research that has the potential to have a major impact on human health. The program also encourages collaboration with specialists in many different scientific areas.

“When we started this research, we didn’t have a background in immunology or vaccinology, or clinical trials, so we greatly benefited from having access to scientific specialists who freely shared their expertise in these areas,” Dr. Schiller said. “These advances would not have happened without the many outstanding people we have worked with throughout the years.”

Since 1945, the Lasker Awards have recognized outstanding contributions to basic and clinical medical research and public service. Eighty-seven Lasker Award recipients have won the Nobel Prize, and more than 40 have done so in the last three decades. This year’s awards will be presented on September 15 in New York City.

About the National Cancer Institute (NCI): NCI leads the National Cancer Program and NIH’s efforts to dramatically reduce the prevalence of cancer and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families, through research into prevention and cancer biology, the development of new interventions, and the training and mentoring of new researchers. For more information about cancer, please visit the NCI website at cancer.gov or call NCI’s Contact Center (formerly known as the Cancer Information Service) at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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Trump says military action against North Korea not ‘inevitable’ | World news | The Guardian

Trump says military action against North Korea not ‘inevitable’ | World news | The Guardian

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During a press conference the US president said he would prefer not to go the military route with the rogue regime

Donald Trump said military action against North Korea was not “inevitable” in a foreign policy focused press conference with the Emir of Kuwait.

Trump also told reporters “we have very little to do in Syria but kill Isis” and expressed caution about success in the push for the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

Just a few days after North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb, Trump made clear again that “military action would certainly be an option” to deal with the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. However, he said “nothing’s inevitable” and stated: “I would prefer not going the route of military.”

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The difference lies in the heart of the bomb. Atomic bombs rely on nuclear fission to produce a blast: atoms of weapons-grade uranium or plutonium are split by neutrons, releasing energy as well as more neutrons – triggering a chain reaction.

Hydrogen bombs incorporate nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. As in an atomic bomb, fission generates neutrons and energy. This energy is used to kick off the fusion of "heavy” types of hydrogen in another part of the bomb. The fusion reaction also releases energy and neutrons, which then trigger further fission reactions. The upshot is a far more powerful blast.

A boosted atomic bomb is a sort of hybrid of the two approaches, using a small quantity of fusion material together with an atomic bomb core. It is not as powerful as a hydrogen bomb.

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Trump did make clear that if military force was used “it will be a very sad day for North Korea”.

The comments came as Trump has continued diplomatic efforts to encourage China, North Korea’s number one trade partner, to pressure the rogue regime to end its development of intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as its nuclear program.

However, when asked if he was willing to tolerate a nuclear but contained North Korea, Trump said he would not negotiate with reporters .

Trump also expressed caution about prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Although he boasted about the “tremendous talent working on that particular transaction”, he once again called it the world’s most complex and difficult deal.

In Trump’s opinion there was some hope for a deal. “I think the Palestinians would like it happen and the Israelis would like to see it happen and when you have two groups that would like to see things happen, good things happen.”

However, he then added: “I think there is a chance there could be peace but then again, I say that a little bit reluctantly.”

The president also weighed in on several other Middle Eastern conflicts during the East Room press conference. Of the ongoing Syrian civil war, Trump said “we have very little to do with Syria other than killing Isis”. He went to brag that his administration had been more successful in the conflict against Isis in eight months than Barack Obama had in years.

Trump also proclaimed his willingness to personally mediate the ongoing crisis between gulf countries and Qatar. “I will be a mediator here in the White House,” Trump said of the ongoing conflict, which has led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with Qatar.