CNN 10 – August 19, 2019

CNN 10 – August 19, 2019

August 27, 2019 8 By Stanley Isaacs


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: This is CNN 10.
A 10 minute down the middle explanation of international news and features. I`m Carl
Azuz, welcome to everyone watching around the world. We`re
starting off the week in the largest city of New Jersey. A place where 14,000 households
are now being offered bottled water because what`s coming
out of their taps might have been contaminated with lead. This is a heavy metal. Exposure
over time has been linked to heart and kidney problems,
high blood pressure, and irreversible brain damage to children which makes it particularly
dangerous for them and pregnant mothers. Doctors say lead is unsafe in drinking water
at any level though the U.S. government allows small amounts of it before requiring action
to be taken. Earlier this year in the tap water of part
of Newark, New Jersey, lead levels were found to be more than five times the government`s
limit. An environmental advocacy group said the lead
levels here are among the highest in the United States. City and state officials say they`re
taking steps to address the problem but residents
of Newark say for years, their leaders have denied there was one. The city has two water
treatment plants. It says the water that leaves those
plants is lead free and that the pipes that transport it are too. But Newark says lead can get into the water
when it goes through the service pipes that connect water mains to homes. The city says
those are owned by individual property owners and the
long term solution is to replace the service pipes. That would come at a cost of about
$1,000 or less per homeowner. In the short term, the
city`s been giving tens of thousands of lead safe water filters to those who are affected
but some tests have shown that the water still has
higher lead levels than the government allows. Legal action has been taken against Newark
and while all this plays out in New Jersey, the effects
are still rippling from a water crisis in Flint, Michigan years after it was acknowledged. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Every morning when I get
ready to take my shower, still today and it`s been five years. When I cut this water on,
it comes out brown at the beginning. Did you see that?
Overnight it would be much more but it`s still a little brown and this is what I have to
take a shower in every day. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today is our normal Thursday.
Hey sugar, what time did you get here this morning? Four o`clock in the morning? UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yep. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What? When we tell people
we still need, they`re like oh I thought everything was fine. No, everything is not fine. If it was fine these people would not be lined up
for two miles just to get four cases of water. Come on, so we can get you in and get you
out. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Two. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Come on, let`s be straight
up. No one wants to believe that a city could still be in crisis in the United States of America. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We test their water on
a regular basis. We`re working with the local city as well as the state. We`re still providing
bottled drinking water to people if – – if they need
it but at this point the water quality in Flint, Michigan is safe to drink. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How could it be fine
to drink if you`re still telling me I need to run my water for five minutes every morning? UNIDENTIFIED MALE: See, when I take showers
I have to – – once I get out of the shower I have to rub down in alcohol before I can
do anything because you`re still itching UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, really? UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That water`s got us itching
so bad over there it`s a shame. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: On my left, they have
already picked up their water and their food with the line on my right is we`re servicing.
There`s so many. We have a school that`s come in volunteering. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It has affected me. I can`t
bring my family here and my grandchildren. We have to spend extra money to do the things
that we want to do like a simple bath, you know, for
the babies. And that`s the thing you – – when you get used to something it`s – – it`s kind
of like well I`m immune to it now and so it doesn`t
bother people on a physical level but mentally this is what we go through. (END VIDEO CLIP) AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Which of these landmarks
is also known as Chomolungma? Mount Everest, The Great Wall of China, Ayers Rock, or Lake Nakuru. Chomolungma which translates to “Goddess
Mother of the World” is the Tibetan name for Mount Everest. Hundreds of climbers have died trying to reach
the summit or getting back down from the world`s highest peak. And the 2019 climbing season
which wrapped up in May was the deadliest one in
four years. There were 11 deaths on the mountain this spring. In addition to difficult weather, inexperienced climbers, inexperienced companies
that brought them in and overcrowding on the mountain were all widely blamed for the deaths.
In fact, some climbers criticized Nepal for allowing
anyone who paid $11,000 to get a climbing permit although the cost swells to tens of
thousands more once you factor in guides and equipment. Nepal is among the poorest county`s in the
world and tourism, including those who travel there to attempt Everest is a major industry.
After this year though, a panel was assembled to discuss
the deaths on the mountain. It was made up of government officials, expert climbers and
climbing agencies and it just recently gave its list
of recommendations. Among them are requiring the climbers themselves to have training and
experience at high altitudes. They wouldn`t be able to get
an Everest permit before that. They`d also have to send in a certificate
that says they`re in good health and good shape and they`d have to bring a trained Nepali
guide with them. The panel also suggests raising the fee to
climb Chomolungma to $35,000. There`d be additional rules concerning the tour companies that offer
trips to the summit and a Nepalese tourism official
who was interviewed by the Reuters News Agency says the government will make the new rules
the law of the land. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ADRIAN BALLINGER: We got inexperienced climbers
with inexperienced leaders. BIANCA NOBILO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Adrian Ballinger
has summated Mount Everest eight times and spent 12 years on the mountain. He says the
number of people there has steadily increased over
time. Particularly as tour companies have few requirements for climbers. BALLINGER: There used to be somewhere in the
vicinity of about 10 to 12 companies guiding the mountain and most had years and years
of experience. And today I would guess in Nepal, there`s
40 to 50 companies guiding on the mountain and many of them have come out of nowhere
with no experienced leader but seeing the opportunity of financial
gain. There`s no barriers to entry to start up companies. NOBILO: The proposed changes suggest requiring
minimum qualifications to get a climbing permit, including basic and high altitude training, experienced climbing at least one other Nepali
peak over 21,000 feet or 6,500 meters high. And tour companies would need at least three
years experience organizing high altitude expeditions.
For expert climbers like Ballinger, who himself owns a tour company that takes climbers to
the summit, the proposals may not go nearly far
enough but he says they`re a step in the right direction. That is if they can be executed. BALLINGER: I want to believe it`s possible
and I want to find ways to support Nepal and the Ministry of Tourism and the (inaudible)
in these roles but I think it is going to be very,
very difficult. And the companies are the ones who are going to have to actually make
these changes and thus far we haven`t seen the companies that interested
in making the mountain safer. NOBILO: Ultimately, Ballinger says the onus
may still fall to climbers to ensure their own safety, a risky proposition on one of
the most dangerous assents in the world. Bianca Nobilo, CNN. (END VIDEO CLIP) AZUZ: At age 103, Kathryn “Kitty” Hodges said
she was not nervous to jump out of a plane. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) KATHRYN HODGES: I`m all set. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. HODGES: Wee. (END VIDEO CLIP) AZUZ: Yes she was. Three generation of her
family were there to take the dive with her and it looks like Kitty Hodges has set a new
World Record for Oldest Tandem Skydiver. Part of her reason
for doing this, she told KING TV (ph) quote, “It`s fun. So why not have some fun. Hallelujah.” Evidence of the jump has been submitted to
Guinness Book of World Records so they can verify that this is the record. Don`t see how anyone could be “contrarian”
to the centenarian. Some maybe weighed down by the “gravity” of the idea but Kitty seemed
pretty “well grounded” and after 103 years we`ve all seen
“ups and downs”, why not take another to new “heights”. The very idea strikes a “ripcord”
with a lot of people who wouldn`t “bale” on “baling” out
to “air out” their “soaring” desire to fly. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN 10.