Airlines Flight Attendants Raise Their voices on Workplace Problems

Flight attendants of Southwest Airlines came out at the BWI airport on Tuesday to strike against their work milieu. However, it is not only one airline company but other major commercial airline workers as well. These flight attendants have raised their voices to seek better treatment from their employers.

Airlines industries have many issues due to understaffing. Therefore, many companies are looking for employees, but it has not been easy to find willing employees given the low hourly wage and exceedingly hard work compared to other fields like grocery store cashier jobs or even courier service drivers. This is not a Southwest Airlines problem but rather an industry-wide problem.

The airline industry business rebounded to before-pandemic level flights but the number of workers has not rebounded in the same way. Compared to 2020, more than 54,000 airline workers are needed. 15,000 Southwest Airlines flight attendants went on strike on Tuesday all over the country and in London, England, raising their voices for fair working conditions and improved health benefits.

Due to a shortage of staff, airlines have difficulty providing adequate services, including maintenance, baggage, food services, and even flight attendant services, which has led to increased cancellations and delays. Although the airline industry had been provided one of the largest subsidies in the initial period of the pandemic, many workers were furloughed without pay or laid off, which led to many leaving the industry entirely, feeling burned out and betrayed by their employers. The U.S. airlines are absolutely experiencing the consequences of their selfish behavior, it seems.

President Biden said at the White House yesterday that the government is seeking to lower fees associated with airline tickets, especially those seen as excessive. He has also suggested the possibility of making the airlines responsible for their customers for flight cancellations within reason. Whether the airlines will do the same for their employees, is not yet known, but the problem needs to be solved there first.

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Hurricane Ian to be Category 4

After a long weekend of gloomy sky in Northeast US, Ian continues to gather power to rule over the east coast very soon. According to Accuweather.com, “forecasters caution that… the storm’s strength and ability to stay organized had been hindered by persistent wind shear, which frequently limits the [strengthening] of tropical systems. However, that has recently changed, with intense thunderstorms now developing around the storm’s center, a sign of intensification.”

It has left traces from the Caymen Islands to Cuba, and it has gained more power for an uptick in heading North, and forecasters predict that Ian will land on the Florida panhandle on Tuesday. In anticipation of the rainfall and landfall impacts, Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach announced a mandatory campus closure and evacuation for Monday. In Tempa, Hillsborough County Public School, and Government offices will be closed for this week.

Coastal flooding and high water surge are expected to be 6-10 feet in the Tempa Bay area, according to AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski. “By Tuesday, Ian may be a dangerous major hurricane,” meteorologist Douty cautioned.

Florida Governor DeSantis instituted a state of emergency, and mandatory evacuation orders were issued. Hundreds of Thousands of Floridians are currently evacuating from their homes an into safety shelters. Ian’s current category as a category 2 hurricane will likely upgrade to a category 3 as soon as it lands in the panhandle. It will be a category 4 hurricane by Wednesday at 8 a.m. The hurricane is expected to bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding, thunderstorms, and tornadoes from Florida to Georgia, Carolinas, and Virginia.

Hurricane Ian climbs up to the North with 100 mph wind as of September 26. Ian will wreak havoc from Sep 24 to Oct 3 upon the Caribbean Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the US east coast. It has already left a devastating impact on the few million islanders in the Caribbean.

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Suspect of the Two Abandoned Children in NZ arrested in S.Korea

A New Zealand citizen bought a storage unit that included a suitcase. A resident found two dead children in the suitcase. The two bodies were that of 5-year-old and 10-year-old children. According to the New Zealand Authorities, a suspect in this incident was a Korean-born woman who left for South Korea in 2018. New Zealand law enforcement, Interpol, and South Korean authorities made an effort to solve this incident.

Korean authorities have since arrested the 42 years old woman suspect and are waiting to complete the extradition process to New Zealand. The unidentified woman covered her face with her hooded coat, and she was escorted to the local Ulsan police station.

New Zealand authorities must submit the formal request for her extradition to the South Korean Justice Ministry within 45 days. New Zealand authorities said the South Korean warrant was in connection with two murder charges. South Korean authorities will keep the woman in jail until she is extradited.

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A Cup of Poem – 거울/ 김호천

거울

김호천

거울 앞에 서면

호기심 어린 내가 있습니다.

얼굴이 갸름한

내가 고개를 오른쪽으로 돌리면,

그는 고개를 왼쪽으로 돌립니다.

거부의 몸짓에 바위가 뒤틀립니다.

그가 오른쪽으로 돌리면,

나는 어느새 왼쪽을 보고 있습니다.

그가 눈을 흘기며 얼굴을 붉힙니다.

내가 고개를 숙이면,

그때야 그도 나를 따라 고개를 끄덕입니다.

부드러운 눈빛으로.

내가 머리를 들어 하늘을 우러르면,

그도 이젠 나를 다라 흉내를 냅니다.

거룩한 기도의 몸짓으로.

드디어 내가 의미 잇는 웃음을 던지자

그가 환한 꽃송이로 다가와

가슴에 불을 밝힙니다.

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The Second Suspect of Canada’s Stabbing Killer Spree is in Custody

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced on Wednesday that the second suspect of the mass stabbing killing massacre in the James Smith Cree Reservation, Saskatchewan province is in custody. Myles Sanderson (32) was located in the vicinity of the town of Rosthern in Saskatchewan at about 3:30 p.m. local time. According to BBC, he drove a stolen Chevy Suburban. The fugitive brothers were wanted by law enforcement since the incident occurred. One of the suspects, Damien Sanderson (30) was found dead on Monday near the stabbing sites. 10 people were killed and 18 people were injured in this stabbing massacre.

Sanderson was finally arrested after 3 days of manhunt. Authorities explained that the victims might all be related. The Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service said 9 of the victims were from the James Smith Cree Nations and ages ranged from 23 to 78 years old.

The suspect, Myles Sanderson (32) has a long history of the crime and was recently released on parole in February. By May, he was wanted by law enforcement. Canadian law grants prisoners statutory release after they serve two-thirds of their sentences. Thus it is unclear whether Sanderson gets life in prison or is released at some other time.

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K-Pop Group Seventeen Successfully Performs to a Full Venue in DC; Continues to Atlanta

13-Member K-Pop hit group Seventeen is currently on tour in the United States and recently performed to a full arena of fans waiving the “Carat Bong” at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D. C.

The Group’s tour is titled, “Be the Sun,” a derivative based on their newest 4th album titled “Face the Sun.”

The world tour was “hinted” by the group’s leader S. Coups (Seung-Chul Choi) during the 2022 Caratland fan meeting, which was met with ecstatic enthusiasm by its fans, “Carats” all over the world.

Seventeen first held a two-day concert in its home country of South Korea on June 25-26. Seventeen’s first location in the U.S. was in Vancouver and has performed in multiple cities across the nation, including Seattle, Fort Worth, and Chicago.

On August 28, 2022, Seventeen performed in Washington, D.C., opening with “HOT,” their title song in the “Face the Sun.”

The group performed some of their mega hits including “Rock with you,” which was awarded the Push Performance Award by the 2022 VMA awards during the Washington, D.C. concert, Very Nice, Mansae, and their first English single, “Dar+Ling.” Unfortunately, Hoshi and Joshua were confirmed positive for covid-19 and could not perform during this event.

The group is headed to Atlanta, Georgia, where their next concert will be held on August 30, 2022. Seventeen will perform in New York and Toronto afterward, before ending its US tour in Newark, New Jersey, on September 6, 2022.

Seventeen will then continue their tour in Southeast Asia.

Seventeen is a multinational group (Korean, American, and Chinese) and is comprised of 13 members in three teams: S. Coups (leader of the Hip-Hop team and the Seventeen), Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi (leader of the Performance team), Wonwoo, Woozi (leader of the Vocal team and producer of many of Seventeen’s hit songs), Dokyeom or DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Vernon, and Dino.

They debuted on May 26, 2015, with the song, “Adore U,” and the EP “17 Carat” which is where the Fanclub name “Carat” originates from. Their official colors are rose quartz and serenity blue.

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Unearthed Messages from the Past Warns of Famine

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A recent drought and wildfires spread west of Europe, and one of the boulders emerged as the water level continued to drop in one of the European rivers. It reveals horrendous warning messages from at least 600 years ago.

A local German reporter, Olaf Koens shares the photo of the boulders on Twitter known as “Hungersteine” in translated English for “Hunger Stones” which have revealed their features in many European rivers recently.

It warns that when the water level went down as marked or scripted on the rock, famine will have arrived.

Another journalist from Politico, Aitor Hernández-Morales shared photos of the hunger stones on his Twitter showing on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. It says “Wenn du mich seehst, dann weine.” Translated, “If you see me, weep.” the stone is located at the lower levels of water in the Elbe River which starts in the Czech Republic and goes through Germany to the North Sea.

According to a report from NPR, these stones were used as a “hydrological landmark” across Europe to mark desperately low river levels. These stones were visible when the drought occurred in 2018 in Europe.

According to the German media outlet, Deutsche Welle (DW), extreme heat has extended, with a lack of rainfall and prolonged drought, leading to many rivers drying up. These major rivers’ water levels are continuing to lower from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea through the Rhine River impacting the supply chains problem in Europe already.

The supply shipment was reduced to 30% load to pass through the obstructions of the low water levels in the Rhine River.

Henri Patriot, an oil analyst at UBS, told CNN Business that the low water levels in the Rhine are “challenging shipments of energy products, which is aggravating the commodity supply situation in Europe.”

Also when rivers dry up, some unwanted truths emerge on the surface too.

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Human remains found in the suitcase bought from Auction in New Zealand

A family who resides in South Auckland bought a suitcase. As soon as they were brought from the auction, they unpacked their new purchase and found human remains inside the suitcase.

Authorities have launched a homicide investigation and are trying to identify the remains. The family is believed not to have been involved in the incident.

It is understood that the family had gone to the storage unit and purchased a trailer-load of goods – which included the suitcases – from a local storage company last Thursday. Local news outlets reported that they were being sold as part of an attempt to clear abandoned goods out of a locker. Bidders at similar auctions typically do not get to inspect the abandoned items closely before purchasing them – with many bids placed in the hope of a surprise valuable haul.

The discovery of remains was only made after the residents brought the property back to their home, detective inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua said.

Several neighbors of the family reported a “wicked smell” coming from the property before police arrived, and one neighbor who worked at a crematorium said the smell was immediately recognizable.

Police officials have said their priority is to “confirm the identification of the deceased so that we can establish the full circumstances behind the discovery”.

They added given the “nature of the discovery”, it would take time for the next of kin to be informed.

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Enjoy Brief Cooler Temperatures; Expect heat belt to expand in 30 years

About 70 percent of Americans are experiencing cooler temperatures only possible during autumn. While it’s forecasted to be cooler than average in much of the eastern two-thirds of the country over the coming days, parts of the Northwest and California will bake, with temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above normal.

The cooler weather is coming from the Arctic. According to the Washington Post, using NOAA’s HYSPLIT model, which simulates the movement and origins of air parcels all around the world, we can deduce that this air mass actually began over the Arctic back on Aug. 3. It was north of Greenland, then traced a loop before sauntering south over Hudson Bay and settling over the interior Northeast and Mid-Atlantic over the weekend. Now it’s spread across much of the eastern United States.

In a study from the nonprofit First Street Foundation, the heat risk prevails in the United States over the next 30 years. It uses heat index, which measures how hot it feels outside by including temperature and humidity. At least 46 percent of Americans will be in the heat belt line of 100 – plus and over the 30 years, increasing to 63 percent of the population.

The triple-digit heat days will be increased to 20 extra days per year and will be in most of the southern states. Texas and Florida could see over 70 consecutive days with the heat index over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Days like these won’t last, so enjoy them as much as you can.

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Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in Car Crash in Her Home State

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-ID) was killed in a car accident in her home state of Indiana on Wednesday. “She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” her office informed. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed her death through his Twitter account.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (58) was an American politician and U.S. representative for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 until her death in 2022. She served as a ranking member of the House Ethics Committee from 2021-2022.

Her office said “Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time,” in a statement.

Rep. Walorski and two other staff in the vehicle were killed in this accident, and the other car driver was killed. The other vehicle was traveling northbound and Rep. Walorski and their staff headed southbound. The other vehicle crossed over the driving line and hit Walorski’s SUV. according to the sheriff’s office.

The House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi ordered half staff for the loss.

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