Nicholas hits Texas and heads to Louisiana for a Double Dip

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After strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane on early Tuesday, Nicholas brough the coastal cities of Texas flooding and electricity outage. Nicholas is still pouring heavy rain, strong wind, roaming around Texas, and is heading towards Louisiana.

Now a category 2 hurricane, Nicholas hit Matagorda bay with wind gusts as high as 95 mph and brought 6 to 8 inches of rainfall leading to flooding in east Texas, especially Houston and Galveston areas from Monday to Wednesday. More than 500,000 residents in Texas are without power. It is now heading to Louisiana and the southern part of Mississippi, including areas that are currently struggling to recover from Ida.

Nicholas is currently headed towards the Carolinas and then will climb up the coastline.

These natural disasters have brought severe weather and brought devastation upon the areas as they’ve become a sort of ground zero for severe weather patterns. That being said, the energy company managing the electricity distribution in the gulf coast plans to restore electricity to the heaviest hit area before the end of September.

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Church Clinic: 처치클리닉 9월 오픈강좌

대영박물관에서 만나는 성경의 역사와 부흥

“한 번만 보고 들어도 성경이 달라진다”

‘교회 함께 가자’ 처치클리닉 (손기성 목사)은 9월 27일(월) 저녁 7:30분 오픈강좌를 진행한다. 9월 강좌의 주제는 “대영박물관에서 만나는 성경의 역사와 부흥”이다. 강사는 황상일 선교사다. 황선교사는 대영박물관 속에 수 많은 역사적인 유물가운데 성경의 이야기를 이해하고 풀어가도록 돕는 것들이 너무 많다는 것을 발견하고 연구하기 시작했다. 무려 50번이상 박물관을 방문하며 수 많은 자료들을 수집하여 연구해 냈다.

손 목사는 강의를 위해 영국을 방문했을 때 황선교사님으로 부터 대영박물관에서 성경의 역사적 사실들을 소개받고, 성경의 역사뿐 아니라 당시 시대의 유물을 보면서 가슴뜨거워지는 은혜를 느꼈다. 그래서 목사님들이 대영박물관에 방문하셔서 직접 역사적인 현장을 보고 설명을 들을 수 있으면 좋겠다는 생각을 했다. 그러나 그렇 수 없는 상황의 목사님들이 많기 때문에 영상으로라도 황선교사님을 모시고 꼭 내가 경험한 대영박물관에서의 감동을 나누었으면 좋겠다싶어서 모셨다.”고 소개했다.

손목사는 “성경을 연구하는 목회자 뿐아니라 일반 성도들도 성경에 관심을 가지고 계시거나, 성경이 역사적 사실임을 확인하길 바라시는 분들 누구나 참여하시면 좋겠다”고 전했다.

참가비는 없으며 온라인 강좌로 진행되기 때문에 사전 접수가 필요하다.

접수는 [email protected]나 카톡아이디 churchclinic으로 하면 된다. 문의 703.334.7602.

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Surfside Condo Victims’ Identities Stolen

After Surfside Condo collapsed on June 24, 2021, the deceased victims’ credit cards have been used at expensive stores by fraudsters; however, the team of thieves behind the fraud was arrested for these crimes. According to News 10, detectives with search warrants found blank checks, birth certificates, photos, and machines to create credit cards, including those with embossed names on them.

“When we executed the search warrant, many things were found,” Surfside police Sgt. Marian Cruz said. “Detectives found large quantities of mail and credit cards, all in the names of the victims. Credit card-making equipment was also located, along with designer shoes and handbags, narcotics and even a firearm.”

Almost 98 people died and many were injured when the condo complex collapsed, one of the suspects, Garcia-Medina said one officer from the Surfside police department when he was arrested, “I am innocent” on the officer’s body camera. However, He was accused of using the one of victim’s credit cards to buy his $130 pair of shoes.

Garcia-Medina’s sister, Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina (30) was arrested along with other two suspects, Kimberly Michelle Johnson (34), Rodney Choute (38) yesterday. The mall surveillance video shows them using stolen credit cards to buy their stuff at the Aventura Mall.

If they are convicted of this crime, they could face 15-30 years in prison, according to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Investigators and law enforcement are chasing more suspects related to these schemes and are asking for the public’s help.

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A week after Ida, Another Storm Heading to the East Coast

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According to Accuweather.com, another storm will pass through the Northeast coast and bring heavy rain causing flash floods in the region which is currently struggling to recover from Ida. Ida brought the death toll of more than 50, and the rescue mission, recovery, and clean works are still ongoing in Louisiana, New York, and New Jersey.

A major highway in Philadelphia was filled with water and homes collapsed in New Jersey due to heavy rainfall. Subway stations overflowed in New York. Apartment complexes collapsed in Maryland and stranded residents.

This storm will stop by Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., then all the way to Montreal, and Quebec, Canada. On its way, this storm will visit Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey. Maybe the entirety of Vermont could encounter severe weather. More than 65 million are likely to experience this severe weather by the end of Wednesday night. This storm already brought multiple strong thunderstorms and tornadoes on Tuesday in the Great Lakes region.

The Accuweather forecast says there is not only a risk of flash flooding but also hail with damaging winds from this storm up to 75 mph. At this point, there has been more than the average rainfall in regions near New York (300%), Boston, and Washington, D.C. (200%) area from Ida and other storms already.

A severe weather warning has been issued in Northern Virginia, and the storm will pass around 11 PM and for safety, the residents who are affected should hunker down at home and watch for the weather conditions. After this storm is gone, we may have the autumn temperatures and conditions.

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Influenza season is here, don’t delay getting vaccinated

Last year, the flu season was not an impactful event. That’s because Americans wore masks, schools were closed, many workplaces allowed or recommended working from home, and maintained a 6-foot social distance to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

However, this year is different, as many children are hospitalized due to coronavirus spread from exposure in public spaces and schools. As the Delta strain is shaking the United States once again, it would be good to get vaccinated against the flu in advance and build up immunity.

Especially those who are high risk and vulnerable to flu: such as folks over 65 years old, those with chronic health conditions like asthma, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and chronic kidney diseases. These folks need to get the flu shot or sprays as soon as possible as recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to lower the risk of the impact of flu.

For 2021-2022, CDC recommends the use of any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine as an option for vaccination this season.

These include:

  • Flu shots that are made with inactivated viruses.
  • One flu shot that is made without influenza viruses.
  • A live attenuated influenza vaccine, which is given by nasal spray.

Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as hospitalizations and deaths.

Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people.

There are flu shots approved for use in children as young as 6 months old and flu shots approved for use in adults 65 years and older. Flu shots also are recommended for pregnant people and people with certain chronic health conditions.

The nasal spray flu vaccine is approved for use in non-pregnant people who are 2 years through 49 years of age. People who are pregnant and people with certain medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine.

There are many vaccine options to choose from. The most important thing is for all people 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year; although most folks are eligible and should receive the vaccine, there are those who actually cannot take the vaccine, and they will need herd immunity to protect them.

Flu vaccines are covered by most insurances and if you go to the local pharmacy, you should be able to receive one based on availability.

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Hurricane Ida leaves Louisiana in Ruins; moves up to Mississippi as a Tropical Storm

When Hurricane Ida made landfall in New Orleans on Sunday, September 29, it was officially a Category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds up to 150 mph. With it came reported downed power lines, levee failures and flooding, along with collapsed buildings and residents being trapped on rooftops. Currently, more than 1 million households are without power. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm by Monday evening, and Ida is now in Mississippi; however, flooding from storm surges will continue to through Monday in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi; furthermore, flooding might be possible in portions of Tennessee and Ohio valleys and mid-Atlantic through Wednesday.

In the meantime, New Orleans is reeling from the damage of Ida, which arrived on the anniversary date of Katrina, which devastated the city in 2005. The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards stated that death toll resulting from Ida is expected to rise as search-and-rescue efforts begin. The Louisiana State Police also warned that it was not yet sure of the full extent of the damage quite yet.

In fact, the governor has reached out and told the Louisiana residents to take precautions in their return; in fact, the governor has suggested against returning, saying, “stay where you are.”

Many folks living near New Orleans have also seen devastation. Houma, LA experienced the devastation of being in the hurricane’s eye, with many household impacted by the devastation of the storm.

Ida continues its move up north towards the mid-Atlantic. Its current path is towards Washington D.C.

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Covid and Different Fortunes: Prison or Millionaire

A Pennsylvanian woman was sentenced to jail due to her coughing and spitting on foods at a local supermarket while claiming to have the coronavirus. Margaret Ann Cirko (37) had pleaded guilty in June to a felony count of making bomb threats.

She regretted and apologized for her actions in court on Tuesday but has been sentenced to one to two years in jail with eight years of probation. She also has to pay $30,000 in restitution. A Luzerne County judge called Cirko’s conduct “totally outrageous” after sentencing. According to NPR, she entered a Gerrity’s supermarket located in Hanover Township on March 25, 2020, then began to cough on fresh produce and spit on other merchandise. She claimed she had the virus and told everyone they would get sick.

The co-owner of the supermarket, Joe Fasula said that had thrown out of merchandise due to her hearsay that called it a “twisted prank.” Cirko tested negative for COVID-19, according to her attorney, and she was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

In contrast, another woman won $2 million from Michigan state’s coronavirus vaccination sweepstakes. Christine Duval had worked to boost the coronavirus vaccination rate and had participated in the financial incentive sweepstakes for more people to get vaccinated.

She has the “I got vaccinated” sticker but also $2 million to show for it.

Twisted fate of two different women now leading completely different lives due to the coronavirus; their actions show how their own responses have led to such disparity in results; one is now serving a jail sentence and $30,000 in debt, while another is a millionaire.

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US leaving Afghanistan, China staying

As the Taliban closed in on Kabul, China has contacted the Taliban to seek the guarantee of safety for its citizens still in Afghanistan; for example, the Chinese embassy in Kabul has reported that it intends to remain in Kabul and had contacted the Taliban, stating that it was trusting Taliban’s declaration that it would transition the country under an “open, inclusive Islamic nation,” and ensure the safety of Afghan citizens and foreign missions be carried out.

This is in stark contrast to the behaviors of the western powers’ sudden and immediate departure from the country as the Taliban closed in on Kabul. However, one cannot help but wonder how China’s relationship with the Taliban might actually play out, given China’s own behavior towards its Islamic minority in Xinjiang region. According to a 2002 paper by Wang Yaning, lecturer at the Chinese Armed Police Force Academy, more than 400 “separatists” were known to be trained in light and heavy weapons and explosive devices in Taliban training camps.

While the opportunity exists for China to play a bigger role in Afghanistan, a land filled with precious metals that are becoming ever more important. Of course, some argue that continued U.S. presence would have been much easier on Beijing to deal with than the Taliban; nonetheless, China is attempting to build a relationship with Afghanistan while they shuffle in their minority Muslim population into “work camps” reminiscent of concentration camps in various regions in Xinjiang.

China also might have to deal with the influx of Afghani refugees, as some choose to leave their homes to avoid persecution from Taliban rule. There is also the issue of detention camps in Xinjiang and radicalization of Uyghur population with growing anti-Chinese sentiment. However, even that number’s validity is unclear as some argue that Chinese government inflated the numbers to justify its actions.

Depending on what position the Taliban takes as it takes over Afghanistan, China might actually deal have much to deal with on its plate, very far from the only positive outcome, which would be access to rare earth metals while maintaining its control over Xinjiang. It might be that China could be stuck between a rock and hard place, as it loses the safety on the borders over Central Asia, loses out on possible access to precious metals, with extremist radical population seeking independence as it deals with the dissonance’s breaking point in its political system and the economic policies. At the moment, only time will tell.

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Britney Spears Gains Freedom From Her Father’s Grip

Jamie Spears, Britney Spears’ father filed documents in Los Angeles Supreme Court agreeing to step down from his position as the conservator of his daughter, reported Britney Spears’ estate on Thursday.

The entire country has called for him to step down from his position as conservator of Britney Spears (39), as the superstar had yet to have her own financial freedom from her father for a long time. The public backlash was on him for few months, until he finally agreed to leave his conservatorship of Britney Spears. This move came after Britney filed a petition asking her father to be removed from his position. In court hearings over the last two months, Britney has accused her father of engaging in abusive “control” of her for a long time.

Jamie Spears’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen stated on the file, “no actual grounds for suspending or removing” him from the conservatorship,” and that “It is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests.” according to NPR, Thoreen continued, “Nevertheless”, and “even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests.” Thoreen added, “Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and includes a resolution of matters pending before the court.”

Since 2008, Jamie Spears has abused his daughter’s estate and controlled her. According to Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart says that the elder Spears appears to have “profited handsomely” from being his daughter’s conservator. He added that “serious questions abound concerning Mr. Spears’s potential misconduct, including conflicts of interest, conservatorship abuse and the evident dissipation of Ms. Spear’s fortune.

The ACLU, 25 civil and disability rights activists filed an amicus brief with the Las Angeles court to support the singer’s quest to choose her own attorney and it was granted. The elder Spears spent more money than his daughter who has earned the money.

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Hazardous Asteroid Bennu Will Approach Earth before 2300

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A Hazardous asteroid named Bennu will approach Earth between now and the year 2300. According to NASA, in a study titled “Ephemeris and hazard assessment for near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu based on OSIRIS-REx data,” it stated that “NASA researchers used precision-tracking data from the agency’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer(OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to better understand movements of the potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu through the year 2300, significantly reducing uncertainties related to its future orbit, and improving scientists’ ability to determine the total impact probability and predict orbits of other asteroids.”

This study was published in a journal named “Icarus,” and Kelly Fast, the program manager for the Near-Earth Object Observations Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC said, “NASA’s Planetary Defense mission is to find and monitor asteroids and comets that can come near Earth and may pose a hazard to our planet,” and “We carry out this endeavor through continuing astronomical surveys that collect data to discover previously unknown objects and refine our orbital models for them. The OSIRIS-REx mission has provided an extraordinary opportunity to refine and test these models, helping us better predict where Bennu will be when it makes its close approach to Earth more than a century from now.”

In 2135, asteroid Bennu will make a close approach to Earth but it probably will not be too dangerous to our planet at that time, because during the encountering, Earth’s gravity will be altered.

The total impact of the Bennu asteroid through the year 2300 is about 1 in 1,750 (or 0.057%), and the researchers were able to identify Sept. 24, 2182, as the most significant single date in terms of a potential impact probability of 1 in 2,700 (or about 0.037%). Bennu is one of the two most hazardous asteroids in the solar system with 1950 DA. The Bennu’s chance of hitting Earth is very low respectively.

The OSIRIS Rex spacecraft spent more than two years near the Bennu and it has gathered sources and materials from the Bennu such as its size, shape, mass, the sample of rock, the dust from the asteroid’s surface. The spacecraft composed it while monitoring its spin and orbital trajectory. This spacecraft will deliver to Earth all this information and materials on Sept. 24, 2023, for further investigation.

The Bennu asteroid will give us a tremendous opportunity of seeing how the asteroid’s orbits will evolve and the role of “gravitational keyhole” during its 2135 close approach. This keyhole will be located in space if the Bennu would locate on a path toward a future impact on Earth. if the asteroid were to pass through them at certain times, Earth’s gravitational force will be in effect on the asteroid.

Scientist, Farnocchia and his team will calculate the location of Bennu while it approaches and look to whether it might pass through a gravitational keyhole and evaluated various types of small forces that may affect the asteroid as it orbits the Sun.

When the asteroid spins, the Sun heats the Bennu on the dayside and cools down on the nightside as well. As it cools, the surface releases infrared energy that generates a small amount of thrust on the asteroid. This phenomenon is called the Yarkovsky effect. Over the short timeframe, this thrust is small but over the long period of time, the effect on the asteroid’s position builds up and can play a significant role in the asteroid’s path changing.

“The Yarkovsky effect will act on all asteroids of all sizes, and while it has been measured for a small fraction of the asteroid population from afar, OSIRIS-REx gave us the first opportunity to measure it in detail as Bennu traveled around the Sun,” said Steve Chesley, a senior research scientist at JPL and study co-investigator. “The effect on Bennu is equivalent to the weight of three grapes constantly acting on the asteroid – tiny, yes, but significant when determining Bennu’s future impact changes over the decades and centuries to come.” According to NASA.

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