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  • Welcome to Wednesday's edition of CNN Student News. My name is Carl Azuz, we're grateful to

  • have you watching. First up, every city that's hosted the Olympic Games in recent years has faced

  • considerable challenges. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is no exception. The cost of hosting the games which

  • is in the billions, keeping residents and visitors safe. Just making sure they can all get around from

  • place to place, and building many of the venues where athletes will compete. These are common

  • obstacles, but there are a number of unique challenges to Rio and Brazil as a whole that officials

  • worldwide are concerned about. Olympic organizers and city officials say, these games which are

  • the first ever to be held in South America will be a big success. So why do some critics have doubts?

  • Well this is been a particularly rough run up to the Olympic Games, which are scheduled to

  • start here in Rio in just over two months. A whole set of challenges facing not only Rio the

  • host city, but Brazil as a whole.

  • It's hard not to be seduced by Rio De Janeiro. The spectacular cities soon to be the host of the

  • 2016 Summer Olympics. Two months before the start of the game construction crews are

  • putting in the final touches at the Olympic venues.

  • Everything is gonna be ready on time. We are gonna deliver the park fully commissioned on the 24th of July.

  • But despite Rio's beauty the city in Brazil it as a whole are facing some pretty daunting challenges.

  • A whole series of unexpected set backs leading some to wonder, are Rio's Olympics somehow cursed?

  • Just days ago a warning for more than 100 international doctors, calling for the games to be postponed

  • or move, because the mosquito born Zika virus could threaten an expected half a million foreign visitors.

  • That view rejected by the World Health Organization which does advise pregnant women to avoid

  • the Olympics entirely, because of the risk of severe deformities to unborn children.

  • And then there's the political and economic crisis.

  • Turmoil, after congress suspended Brazil's elected president in an impeachment process last month

  • and high level corruption scandals. During the worst economic recession in generations, which has

  • left more than 10 million Brazilians unemployed. The economic hardship is aggravating Rio's endemic

  • problems with violent crime. Daily gun battles between police and drug gangs in the cities impoverished

  • favelas as well as a surge in robberies.

  • This month, members of the Spanish Olympic sailing team mugged at gunpoint.

  • And we just turned around to see what was happening and we saw the pistols.

  • Olympic sailors also worried about Rio's notoriously polluted bay,

  • a dumping ground for much of the city's raw sewage.

  • We don't wanna swim in it.

  • Rio's mayor warns, this isn't a first world city.

  • Don't come here expecting that everything will be perfect. We live in a country that has economic crisis,

  • a country with lots of inequality. With all the problems that we've seen concerning corruption, bribes,

  • but the city will be much better than it was when we got the games.

  • But even one of the mayor's new infrastructure projects is now a deadly failure. This brand new

  • spectacular cliff side bike path was supposed to be a showcase project for the Olympics. Instead,

  • it became a tragic setback when the waves took out part of the trail, killing two people last month.

  • In the turbulent run up to the Olympics, a virtual storm of bad news that leaves you wondering

  • what could possibly happen next.

  • Across the Pacific Ocean, South East China is where we're starting today's call of the roll in

  • the City of Pashan. Thank you for watching from Nanhai Senior High School. To the US state of

  • West Virginia, we've got some Vikings there. Petersburg High School is in the City of Petersburg,

  • and watch out for the Hornets, they're making a buzz in Charlotte North Carolina, where

  • you'll find Albemarle Road Middle School. The term 500 year flood event basically means there's

  • a rare 1 in 500 chance that a particular flood would hit in a given year.

  • Southeast Texas has seen two of these 500 year flood events in two months, what a CNN meteorologist

  • described as very bad luck. Last week, there were record setting rains in the region at one point the city

  • of Brennan got 19 inches of rain in 48 hours. It stopped following last Friday night, but not before swelling

  • flood waters that killed six people, some of whom were trapped in cars and high water.

  • The National Weather Service has given several warnings telling people not to drive through flooded

  • areas and to be careful near river banks. Hundreds of homes have been flooded or swept away,

  • another storm is in the forecast for later this week. Today is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season,

  • it runs from June 1st to November 30th.

  • The forecaster say that these storms can form at any time this is just when their more likely.

  • Predicting how many storms will form in a given season is not an exact science and predictions are

  • often inaccurate. But they give coastal residents, emergency workers and insurance companies

  • an idea of what to look out for.

  • NOAA has just released their numbers for the upcoming hurricane season. Their predictions on

  • active this season will be, and they've actually predicted a very normal season. 10 to 16 rain storms,

  • 4 to 8 hurricanes, and 1 to 4 major storms. It's pretty much all in line with what the other agencies are saying,

  • 12 to 14 named storms. Now a normal year, you may say so what? But it's actually been a while

  • since we've had a normal year. You have to go back to 2012, ever since then we have had below

  • normal seasons. So forecasting a normal season this year will actually mean more storms possibly.

  • One reason we have had some pretty slow years is because of El Ni o. The jet stream shifts to the South

  • during an El Ni o year increasing the wind shear which will rip those storms apart. But we are

  • forecasted to go into La Ni a which means that jet stream will shift back up to the North.

  • We'll have decrease in wind shear, and it could be just that perfect environment to get some

  • of the storms going in the Atlantic.

  • CNN has used a lot of hurricane footage that people captured on their phones. Digital photography

  • is something we just tend to use without thinking about. But 41 years ago, when the first digital camera

  • was made it weighed about 8 pounds. It took 23 seconds to record it's first picture and it's resolution

  • was 101 megapixel. So maybe all that's why Kodak wasn't in a hurry to invest in the technology.

  • The great irony of Frankenstein, is that the doctor's greatest discovery creating a living, breathing

  • human from dead matter led to his demise. Kodak can relate.

  • One of their engineers, Steven Sasson invented the first digital camera in 1975.

  • For the invention of the digital camera revolutionized.

  • They called the technology filmless photography, but they were never able to capitalize on it. In fact,

  • their competitors trounced them in the digital photography space. And in 2012, a 131 years after

  • its founding, the company file for bankruptcy protection. By then, an estimated 2. 5 billion people

  • owned digital cameras and that's changed business too, especially this business, journalism.

  • Video and images captured on digital cameras could be instantly reviewed and transmitted all across

  • the world. The first journalist to use a digital camera for the Associated Press did so at the first

  • Bush inauguration in 1989. And cellphone cameras have made every citizen a potential reporter.

  • Time and time again, footage captured by amateurs on digital cameras has been vital first hand sources

  • of information, even medicine has benefited. Doctors can see inside your body thanks to tiny

  • digital cameras. And then they can store and share those images quickly and easily with colleagues

  • across the globe. The list goes on and on, but if you could excuse me, I have to go FaceTime with my mom.

  • On the golf course, you might encounter a bunker or a lake hazards you generally want to avoid.

  • Here is another kind. This massive, scaled, reptilian, beast of a hazard was seen in the greens at

  • a Florida golf course recently. The alligator is estimated to be 15 feet long. The man who shot this

  • video said the thing was so big it looked like two guys in an alligator suit. Didn't cause any problems

  • besides maybe abject terror. Good thing no one tried to club it, its teeth could leave a hole in one attacker.

  • It doesn't need to take a shot to take a slice and it's simple presence is off putting. Know what

  • a golfer yells when an alligator's on the course? Carni-fore! I'm Carl Azuz, and we'll you gator.

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