Deltares and CEMADEN are teaming up to improve predictions of natural disasters such as floods and landslides.There were severe floods in Brazil in early 2013, causing enormous flows of mud and debris in the cities. In recent years, flash floods like this have claimed hundreds of casualties.The collaboration agreement that has just been signed will initially be for a period of four years.Joint efforts will focus initially on sharing knowledge about software models, and data management for early flood and landslide warnings.CEMADEN and Deltares will also be sharing their experience in the fields of flood risk management, governance, and participation and communications issues.CEMADEN is the national centre in Brazil for warnings and monitoring natural disasters, and it answers to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.As the Dutch research institute for water, subsurface and infrastructure, Deltares has now acquired extensive experience in more than 30 countries with flood modelling and prevention using Flood Early Warning systems (FEWS).Other parties may joinThe partners will making each other stronger by defining and implementing joint projects. Other parties may also join, both in Brazil and the Netherlands.Second alliance with Brazilian meteorological officeDeltares has also signed a Letter of Intent in Brazil with INPE/CPTEC – Weather Forecast and Climate Studies Center, which answers to the same Ministry as CEMADEN.The agreement is that the parties will share knowledge by working together on the production of numerical models for waves along the coast, sediment transport, coastal erosion and water quality.Signing during visit by Minister PloumenThe agreements were signed in Brazil during the visit of the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Mrs Lilianne Ploumen.[mappress]Press Release, October 30, 2013
US swimmer Ryan Lochte apologizes for Rio incident SHARE Published: August 19, 2016 10:46 AM EDT Updated: August 19, 2016 11:32 AM EDT U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology Friday morning about an incident that occurred early Sunday at the Rio Olympics. Lochte initially said he and three teammates had been robbed at gunpoint, but Rio police discounted that on Thursday and instead said the swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom and then paid some guards before leaving. Following is the full text of Lochte’s statement, posted to his Instagram account.___I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend – for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics. I waited to share these thoughts until it was confirmed that the legal situation was addressed and it was clear that my teammates would be arriving home safely.It’s traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country – with a language barrier – and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave, but regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors, and the hosts of this great event. I am very proud to represent my country in Olympic competition and this was a situation that could and should have been avoided. I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.I am grateful for my USA Swimming teammates and the USOC, and appreciate all of the efforts of the IOC, the Rio ’16 Host Committee, and the people of Brazil who welcomed us to Rio and worked so hard to make sure that these Olympic Games provided a lifetime of great new memories. There has already been too much said and too many valuable resources dedicated to what happened last weekend, so I hope we spend our time celebrating the great stories and performances of these Games and look ahead to celebrating future successes. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.