Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was the costliest tropical cyclone on record, tied with Hurricane Harvey in 2017, causing $125 billion in damage in the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, over 1,200 deaths. The storm was the third major hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record to make landfall in the contiguous United States, behind only the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, Hurricane Camille in 1969, Hurricane Michael in 2018. Katrina originated on August 23, 2005 as a tropical depression from the merger of a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten. Early the following day, the depression intensified into a tropical storm as it headed westward toward Florida, strengthening into a hurricane two hours before making landfall at Hallandale Beach on August 25. After weakening to tropical storm strength over southern Florida, Katrina emerged into the Gulf of Mexico on August 26 and began to intensify; the storm strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before weakening to Category 3 strength at its second landfall on August 29 over southeast Louisiana and Mississippi.

Over fifty breaches in surge protection levees surrounding the city of New Orleans, Louisiana caused of the majority of the death and destruction during Katrina. 80% of the city, as well as large tracts of neighboring parishes, were inundated for weeks. The flooding destroyed most of New Orleans' transportation and communication facilities, leaving tens of thousands of people who had not evacuated the city prior to landfall stranded with little access to food, shelter or basic necessities; the scale of the disaster in New Orleans provoked massive national and international response efforts. Multiple investigations in the aftermath of the storm concluded that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, which had designed and built the region's levees decades earlier, was responsible for the failure of the flood-control systems, though federal courts ruled that the Corps could not be held financially liable because of sovereign immunity in the Flood Control Act of 1928; the emergency response from federal and local governments was criticized, resulting in the resignations of Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown and New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Eddie Compass.

Many other government officials were criticized for their responses New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, President George W. Bush, while several agencies, including the United States Coast Guard, National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, were commended for their actions; the NHC lauded for providing accurate forecasts well in advance. Hurricane Katrina formed as Tropical Depression Twelve over the southeastern Bahamas on August 23, 2005, as the result of the merger of a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten four days earlier; the storm strengthened into Tropical Storm Katrina on the morning of August 24. The tropical storm moved towards Florida and became a hurricane only two hours before making landfall between Hallandale Beach and Aventura on the morning of August 25; the storm weakened over land, but it regained hurricane status about one hour after entering the Gulf of Mexico, it continued strengthening over open waters. On August 27, the storm reached Category 3 intensity on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, becoming the third major hurricane of the season.

An eyewall replacement cycle disrupted the intensification but caused the storm to nearly double in size. Thereafter, Katrina intensified over the "unusually warm" waters of the Loop Current from a Category 3 hurricane to a Category 5 hurricane in just nine hours. After attaining Category 5 status on the morning of August 28, Katrina reached its peak strength at 1800 UTC, with maximum sustained winds of 175 mph and a minimum central pressure of 902 mbar; the pressure measurement made Katrina the fifth most intense Atlantic hurricane on record at the time, only to be surpassed by Hurricanes Rita and Wilma in the season. The hurricane subsequently weakened due to another eyewall replacement cycle, Katrina made its second landfall at 1110 UTC on August 29, as a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph, near Buras-Triumph, Louisiana. At landfall, hurricane-force winds extended outward 120 miles from the center and the storm's central pressure was 920 mbar. After moving over southeastern Louisiana and Breton Sound, it made its third and final landfall near the Louisiana–Mississippi border with 120 mph sustained winds, still at Category 3 intensity.

Katrina maintained strength well into Mississippi losing hurricane strength more than 150 miles inland near Meridian, Mississippi. It was downgraded to a tropical depression near Tennessee; the resulting extratropical storm moved to the northeast and affected eastern Canada. The United States Coast Guard began pre-positioning resources in a ring around the expected impact zone and activated more than 400 reservists. On August 27, it moved its personnel out of the New Orleans region prior to the mandatory evacuation. Aircrews from the Aviation Training Center, in Mobile, staged rescue aircraft from Texas to Florida. All aircraft were returning towards the Gulf of

Destiny of an Emperor

Destiny of an Emperor is a strategy role-playing game by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in Japan in 1989, with an English language localization released for the North American market in 1990. Destiny of an Emperor is based on Hiroshi Motomiya's manga, Tenchi wo Kurau, which follows the story of Chinese historical figure Liu Bei and his sworn brothers, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu; this story is loosely based upon the events in the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which itself was based on historical events and battles which occurred before and during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. A sequel to Destiny of an Emperor, Tenchi wo Kurau II, was released for the Japanese Family Computer. Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, Guan Yu form a small militia to defend their village from Yellow Turban rebels, followers of the sorcerer Zhang Jiao. Liu Bei gathers peasants and farmers from nearby villages and camps defeating Zhang Jiao and his people. Tao Qian, the governor of Xu Province, falls requests that Liu Bei assume his position.

Liu Bei hesitantly agrees, thus beginning the events depicted in the novel, albeit with significant alterations. Upon completing the game, the player unites China under the Shu Han banner. Although the game loosely follows the events portrayed in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, in many cases, the outcome is altered in Liu Bei's favour against the various other warlords of the period. Most of the deviations occur in the game involving the invasions of the other ruling powers, the Kingdom of Sun Wu and the Kingdom of Cao Wei; the branching storyline allows the player the option of choosing alternate paths, which do not affect the plot in any significant manner. Unlike every other RPG released at the time or since, the non-boss battles of Destiny of an Emperor do not consist of encounters with generic units. While generic enemy units do appear in the game, most random battles are fought against one or more generals randomly selected from those roaming the lands the player's party is traveling through at the time.

Additionally, most of these unique units can be recruited. After being defeated in battle, there is a random chance that the general will offer to join the party under the condition that the player character pays him a bribe of either money or horses. Once recruited, the general will no longer be encountered in random battles; because of this system, the game has an exceptionally large number of playable characters, 150 in all. However, many of these characters do not increase in power when they accumulate experience points, making them useful only for a limited time; the player may only have up to 70 characters in his party. After reaching this limit, the player can only recruit new characters if he ejects characters from his party to free up the slots. After being removed from the party, generals are again the player's enemies and can once more be encountered in random battles; the player's active party consists of up to seven members, five of which can participate in combat at any single time, one who serves as a replacement for characters killed in combat, one to serve as both a reinforcement member and party tactician.

The tactician provides magic-like effects. In addition to standard attack and tactics options available in most games of the type, there is an option called "All-Out"; when chosen, the computer AI takes control of the battle, which proceeds at an fast rate. This is a way of speeding up the easier battles and has no tactical advantage, as the player is unable to coordinate attacks or employ tactics, while the AI-controlled enemy can. Destiny of an Emperor at GameFAQs

HernĂ¡n Padilla

Hernán Padilla Ramirez in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, is a retired physician and former two-term Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. After training as a nephrologist, he entered private practice and in military with the Puerto Rico National Guard and the U. S. Army Reserve in Fort Meade Maryland, he was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 1967, he became politically active, participating in the pro-statehood campaign leading to the July 27 political status plebiscite, as a leader of Estadistas Unidos, a non-partisan group founded by long-time Statehood Republican Party gubernatorial candidate Luis A. Ferré. On August 20, 1967, at the assembly in Carolina, Puerto Rico at which the organization was dissolved and other party leaders proposed the creation of a new political party that would be known as the New Progressive Party or Partido Nuevo Progresista in Spanish. In January, 1969, after the NPP's electoral triumph and his own election as a state representative, in spite of being a freshman, he was selected as House Majority Leader for the 1969-1973 term.

After the NPP's defeat in 1972 and his own reelection, he served as Minority Whip until 1977. In 1976, he won the NPP nomination for mayor of San Juan after a three-way competition with attorney Baltasar Corrada del Río and Senator Sila Nazario, was elected to the post in November of that year, succeeding newly elected Governor Carlos Romero Barceló and Carlos S. Quirós who served a days-long stint as mayor following Romero's swearing-in as governor and the official beginning of the 1977-1981 term, his term as mayor was marked by a major expansion of sports and community facilities and the first attempt to wrestle with San Juan's looming solid waste crisis. He served as President of the U. S. Conference of Mayors, been the first Hispanic in that position. Hernan Padilla built the San Juan's Municipal Tower in Hato Rey, the San Juan's Central Park, the Pedrin Zorilla Coliseum, Paseo de Diego, others installations, he created San Juan's Municipal police department. Reelected as mayor in 1980, Padilla became dissatisfied with Romero and the incumbent governor's capacity to lead the party to another victory in 1984 after winning reelection by a less than one-half of one percent margin in 1980.

The tensions between both leaders led to Padilla splitting from the NPP and creating the Puerto Rican Renewal Party, aspiring for governor under the PRP banner. Pro-statehood votes in 1984 were split between the PRP and the NPP, which renominated Romero, the Popular Democratic Party was returned to power through the election to an unprecedented non-consecutive second term of Rafael Hernández Colón as governor. After 1984, he returned to medical practice as a nephrologist, serving at the National Capital Area for Kaiser Permanente. In 1991 he was the subject of one television advertisement by Kaiser, aired across the United States. Padilla channelled his post-1984 political energies through national initiatives, serving as chairman for the US Council for Puerto Rico Statehood, he has rejoined the NPP and was the surprise keynote speaker at the party's August 2010 convention in Río Grande, Puerto Rico, at the invitation of party president, Gov. Luis Fortuño, who considers Padilla one of his mentors.

Padilla now lives in Florida. He is a member of Fraternidad Fi Sigma Alfa. In 2009, he was appointed to represent the Puerto Rico House of Representatives on the five-member board of directors of the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority that regulates public-private partnerships in Puerto Rico. Dr. Padilla writes a weekly column in the largest circulation newspaper in Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Dia, about current political, ideological and administrative issues in Puerto Rico, he writes a column for El Sentinel, a Spanish weekly publication of the Sun Sentinel in South Florida. His columns can be accessed at his blog: