Hurricane Julia hits Central America

Julia made landfall in Nicaragua early Sunday morning and crossed into the eastern Pacific that night. With more than 25 confirmed death in Venezuela, Julia changed her path and status to a tropical storm from Hurricane 1, with meteorologists continuing to warn of the dangers of the storm.

Late Sunday morning, Julia lost wind intensity, and at 1 pm EDT Sunday, the sustained wind speed was down to 40 mph from 70 mph. The storm was centered roughly 15 miles south of San Salvador, El Salvador. Julia left more than two dozen people dead due to the mudslides from heavy rainfall in Venezuela last weekend.

Most of the central American countries are under siege from the torrential rains with the undeveloped infrastructures collapsing. Until Tuesday, Julia will be lingering at the thin waist of the American continent threatening with more rainfall.

The most far-reaching threats to lives and property are likely to stem from torrential rainfall in Central America. A general 8-12 inches (200-300 mm) is forecast in central and western Nicaragua, as well as part of southern Honduras and perhaps eastern El Salvador where an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 20 inches (500 mm) is anticipated. Rainfall of this magnitude will lead to major flooding of rivers, flash flooding of small streams and urban areas, and the likelihood of mudslides in mountainous terrain.

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100th Anniversary of the National Museum of Asian Art Begins November

The National Museum of Asian Art announced on October 6, the plans for its 100th anniversary. Beginning in November and continuing through 2023, the museum will celebrate its centennial with a year-long series of events and programs that deepen the understanding of Asian arts, and cultures to expand its new audiences.

A Two-week festival, May 1, 2023-May 13, 2023 will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month- the museum’s first large-scale festival in recognition of this heritage month, and a cornerstone of the centennial celebrations. For the past 100 years, the national museum has built one of the world’s most important museums of Asian arts and its history.

According to the National Museum of Asian Art, the museum’s rich holdings bring the arts of Asia into direct dialogue with an important collection of 19th-and early 20th-century American works, providing an essential platform for creative collaboration and cultural exchange between the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. New acquisitions are continually added to the collections, and the museum now showcases the richness of pre-modern Asian arts and evolving visual cultures of Asia in the 20th and 21st centuries.

“The museum’s centennial will serve not only as a milestone for the institution and the Smithsonian but as a catalyst for the century ahead,” said Chase F. Robinson, Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of the Art, the National Museum of Asian Art. “Our vision is to transform the National Museum of Asian Art into a space where a wide range of visitors can come together to celebrate, learn about, and interact with Asian art and cultures, including their intersection with America. In our second century, we’re becoming a space to convene, learn, reflect and forge connections through art.

More plans and programs for the public, from May 1,2023-May 13, 2023, the museum and its surroundings on the National Mall will celebrate Asian arts and cultures with keynote speakers, headline performers, interactive experiences, culinary adventures, and community projects.

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37 Preschoolers Killed from a Daycare Rampage in Thailand

An armed former police officer broke into a daycare center in northeastern Thailand on Thursday. He killed dozens of children and teachers. He fired at random people and escaped the scene. It is the deadliest rampage in the nation’s history. Police identified the suspect as 34 years old former police officer Panya Kamrap. He took his life after he killed his wife and child at home.

Police Major General Paisal Luesomboon told PPTV in an interview that he was fired from the force earlier this year because of drug-related offenses. During the attack, he used multiple weapons, a handgun, a shotgun, and a knife, Paisal added.

Most of the victims are 22 preschoolers, 2 adults, and teachers at the daycare. Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha addresses “This shouldn’t happen,… I feel deep sadness toward the victims and their relatives,”

Police didn’t give a full breakdown of the death toll in the early stage. The motive of the crime and more details are under investigation. Drug-related crimes have been steadily climbing in most Asia countries except gun-controlled countries, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan.

Using data from several different sources, at the end of 2017, there were approximately 857 million civilian-held firearms in the world’s 230 countries and territories. Civilian firearms registration data was available for 133 countries and territories. Survey results were used to help establish total gun civilian holdings in 56 countries. The new figure is 32 percent higher than the previous estimate from 2006 when the Small Arms Survey estimated there were approximately 650 million civilian-held firearms. According to the Gunpolicy.org

After the pandemic, Firearms used extremely increased globally. In the U.S., 5 million people got guns as their first weapon during the pandemic according to USNews.com.

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Mary Peltola Seeks U.S. Congressional seat as First Native Woman in Incumbent Position

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Mary Peltola (D-AK) won the special election to fill in U.S. Congressional seat last August. Now she is seeking the seat in November for a full term. She will be the first Alaskan Native to serve, as a representative for Democrats in the House since 1972.

Peltola is a member of the Yup’ik tribe and she has worked in salmon fishing as a career. The Yup’ik tribe is very well known on the western coast of Alaska with the highest population in the U.S. She started her politics at the early age of 26 as Alaska State House Representative. Peltola introduced herself as “adamantly Pro-Jobs, Pro-Fish, Pro-Family, and Pro-Choice.

She advanced to the general election in first place, receiving 36.8% of the votes in the primary. Peltola is a tribal member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council. She is on the committee of Education, Labor, and Natural Resouces.

Peltola has continued to express the fishing industry’s strong ecological concerns. She advocated for regulation processes to include tribes and traditional knowledge in federal fishery management decisions.

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Micron Spends up to $100 billion for a new semiconductor factory in New York

New York Governor Kathy Hochul twittered on her account Tuesday that New York will be home to one of the largest economic development in American history. Gov. Hochul stressed that it will be built near Syracuse and that at least 50,000 jobs will be created. it will take at least the next 20 years of being built this factory.

The announcement comes after the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, a federal law that allocates $52 billion to encourage more domestic semiconductor production. According to CNBC. This tremendous effort is being made from the semiconductors shortage under the pandemic, and because the computer chip industry had relied heavily on foreign countries. Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra credited this passage of the law for making the investment possible, according to the New York Times.

When the CHIPS Act became law, semiconductor conductor companies began investing more in the U.S. based including Micron. Micron pledged $40 billion through 2030 for U.S. chip manufacturing and it would create 40,000 domestic jobs. Qualcomm committed to buying an additional $4.2 billion worth of chips from the GlobalFoundries plant in New York. Intel also invests up to $100 billion in chip manufacturing in Ohio.

This big footstep in putting the semiconductor factories in New York State is a win for Chuck Schumer (D-NY). He has led the chips investment push and advocated for his state to host new facilities.

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North Korea fires intermediate-range Ballistic Missile Over Japan

North Korea tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. According to NPR, The Japanese prime minister’s office stated that at least 4,000 kilometers ranged missile was fired from North Korea over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean. Japanese PM Fumio Kishida expressed his anger toward North Korea to condemn the reckless act, and he will convene the National Security Council to discuss the situation.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said there has been no immediate damage after the missile landed in the waters outside of the exclusive economic zone. This test would be the response to the bilateral military drills between South Korea and the United States and its allies, especially Japan’s evolving on this drill last week.

North Korea has tested 40 different missiles in the 20 different launch events in 2022 and Kim Jung Un has expressed to expand his nuclear arsenal and refuses against the United State’s nuclear diplomacy. South Korean president Yoon said he called a National Security Council meeting to discuss this issue.

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Two Million Out of Power and 11 Confirmed Dead in Florida post-Ian

High tide and heavy rainfall, flooding in the southwest of Florida, and the death toll of 11 and rising are all due to the destructive storm currently heading North. Two million residents are out of power, and bridges and roads have been ruined by Ian as of Thursday afternoon. Florida governor DeSantis has asked the people for help, specifically in money. Gov. DeSantis and Mrs. DeSantis have raised about $1.6 million within 24 hours.

Ian hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane but soon unleashed all of its power on Florida and shrunk back to a tropical storm. It will now ascend the Atlantic Coast as a Category 1 hurricane, with South Carolina next on the place to be hit.

Many with relatives in Florida are worried due to the devastation being observed in Florida. Some have driven as far north as Virginia. Ft. Myers was completely flooded due to the storm surge, and it will probably take more than $1.6 million to fix the whole city. Whether a conservative state like Florida will accept federal aid is an interesting political question. In the meantime, folks in Florida are cleaning up the aftermath of Ian, one broken siding at a time.

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Category 4 Hurricane Ian Hits Florida Leaving at least One Million Residents Without Power

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Ian is a hurricane 4 category as of Today in Florida, and it has hit US Mainland and heading North. Ian left Cuba leaving the whole nation completely blacked out before landing in Florida today afternoon. The National weather services and local authorities have advised residents to stay in safe shelters and follow its directions.

Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday in southwest Florida, Fort Myers area as the most powerful storm ever recorded in U.S. history. Big trees are being uprooted and street signs are lifted by the gust. “The storm’s eyewall center moved ashore at 3:05 p.m. and is expected to cause life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, and flooding in the Florida peninsula.” according to WYFF4.com. The Lee county jail didn’t follow the evacuation order. And a meteorologist predicted that the jail location will be hit directly by this storm. Some residents who were affected are hunkering down at their homes in the dark tonight.

A quick loss of its intensity is predicted Wednesday night to Thursday morning as Ian slows down and moves further inland over Florida. Although Ian lost its power, rainfall and flooding are expected along the trail until next Tuesday.

“No matter how quickly Ian loses wind intensity after moving inland, tropical rainfall is forecast to impact more than half a dozen states into Saturday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Courtney Travis said.

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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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