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China’s Abortion Vow Sparks Worries About Limits


On social media on Monday, following some condition-backed news shops highlighted the line about abortion in the suggestions, some customers wondered no matter if more restrictions were being on the way. “Contraception can fall short, so not obtaining a spouse is the safest bet,” reported a person preferred remark on the Weibo social media platform.

In general, several females are deeply suspicious of how the govt will attempt to improve the country’s anemic birthrates, reported Lu Pin, a Chinese feminist activist. Previously this calendar year, the authorities imposed a cooling-off period of time for partners in search of divorce, which some observed as a way of forcing ladies to keep in marriages and have children.

“Chinese females are often pressured by the condition and utilized by the point out,” Ms. Lu explained in an interview in June, noting that some gals experienced anxious about potential boundaries on contraception, which is at the moment widely available.

Those people fears do not look to have materialized however. Monday’s report in reality promised to increase women’s accessibility to contraception, as very well as to boost intercourse training.

Ms. Feng, the founder of the Beijing-based mostly corporation, emphasized that the lone mention of reducing abortions came in a lengthy report of much more than 50,000 Chinese figures. She pointed to other areas of the report that she identified as encouraging, this kind of as pledges to battle gender discrimination in the office, improve academic chances for women and endorse sharing housework amongst adult men and girls.

However, she acknowledged the yawning hole concerning official rhetoric and actuality. Point out media shops have not too long ago attacked the perceived “feminization” of Chinese adult males, and social media platforms have censored feminist activists. However the report affirms the authorities’ stance towards sexual harassment, a choose this month ruled in opposition to the plaintiff in the most substantial-profile harassment situation to appear out of China’s Me Also movement.

“Women’s enhancement includes a lot of dependable departments,” Ms. Feng claimed. “And how people liable departments put into action their certain measures calls for a lot more awareness and advertising.”

Pleasure Dong contributed exploration



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Hurricane Ida News: Storm Could Be Among the Strongest to Hit Louisiana since the 1850s, Governor Warns


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Time to Prepare for Ida Is ‘Rapidly Closing,’ Louisiana Governor Warns

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Hurricane Ida would be “one of the strongest hurricanes to hit anywhere in Louisiana since at least the 1850s.” The hurricane is expected to make landfall in the state as a Category 4 storm by late Sunday or early Monday.

We’re still looking at a very strong Category 4 hurricane making landfall, likely in Terrebonne Parish, tomorrow afternoon or evening. Now, the forecast at landfall is for 7 p.m. What I want to make sure people understand is that’s the point at which the leading edge of the eye wall will cross from the Gulf onto land. At that point in time, about half of the storm is already over land. So don’t listen to that and think you have until 7 o’clock tomorrow, tomorrow evening, before the storm itself is going to be over land. That is not so. The wind speed at landfall is projected to be sustained in the neighborhood of 140 miles per hour. This is a very strong storm. Just about the entire state is under some type of warning or watch. And so everybody out there needs to be very careful. I don’t want folks who are further inland to be caught off guard, because there’s a potential for 110-mile-per-hour sustained winds as far north as the Louisiana- Mississippi line. So we can sum it up by saying this will be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit anywhere in Louisiana since at least the 1850s. We can also tell you that your window of time is closing. It is rapidly closing.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards said Hurricane Ida would be “one of the strongest hurricanes to hit anywhere in Louisiana since at least the 1850s.” The hurricane is expected to make landfall in the state as a Category 4 storm by late Sunday or early Monday.CreditCredit…Emily Kask for The New York Times

Hurricane Ida, the rapidly intensifying storm barreling toward Louisiana, could be one of the most powerful to hit the state in more than a century, meteorologists and state officials warned on Saturday.

“We can sum it up by saying this will be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit anywhere in Louisiana since at least the 1850s,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards at a news conference, warning residents that their window to evacuate the area was closing.

Ida, which passed through the Cayman Islands as a tropical storm and made landfall in Cuba on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, is causing mass evacuations in Louisiana as meteorologists expect the Category 2 hurricane to strengthen into a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall on Sunday afternoon or evening.

The hurricane could batter Louisiana with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour on Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“It’s very painful to think about another powerful storm like Hurricane Ida making landfall on that anniversary,” Mr. Edwards said. “But I also want you to know that we’re not the same state that we were 16 years ago.”

The government has invested billions of dollars in improving the region’s storm protection infrastructure. Ida will present a significant test of that system.

On Saturday, a hurricane warning was in effect from Intracoastal City, La., to the mouth of the Pearl River, a region that includes New Orleans. Coastal counties or those near the Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi and Alabama were also warning their residents of likely hurricane damage.

Kevin Gilmore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New Orleans, said the hurricane will have “life-threatening impacts.”

“We’re not saying, ‘possible,’ — we’re saying, ‘will occur’ because we want people to take this extremely seriously,” Mr. Gilmore said. “I cannot stress enough how significant of a situation this is.”

Louisiana was also battered by several storms last year, including Hurricanes Laura and Delta.

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Storm surge warnings were issued as well. The National Hurricane Center said that, depending on the tides, the surge could be as high as 15 feet in Morgan City, La., and reach up to 7 feet in Lake Pontchartrain. A storm surge warning was also issued for the coastal areas in east Alabama and Florida.

Total rainfall accumulation could reach as high as 20 inches in southeast Louisiana, with flash flooding, catastrophic wind damage and life-threatening storm surge also likely, the center said.

“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion today in the warning area along the northern Gulf Coast,” the center said.

By Saturday evening, Ida had maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, making it a Category 2 hurricane, and additional strengthening was expected throughout the day, the National Hurricane Center said.

“The strengthening process is definitely in full swing,” said Dennis Feltgen, communications officer with the National Hurricane Center.

The crucial question, for residents and emergency authorities along the Gulf Coast, is how much stronger it will become before making landfall in the United States.

The hurricane center said the storm could grow much stronger very rapidly, becoming a major hurricane — defined as Category 3 or higher, with maximum sustained winds of at least 111 m.p.h. — in the 24 hours before landfall.

Mr. Edwards declared a state of emergency on Thursday, and Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama issued a state of emergency for the state’s coastal and western counties on Saturday, saying local officials expected “the possibility of flooding and even spinoff tornadoes in portions of Alabama.” In Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves also issued a state of emergency on Saturday, allowing for the use of state resources for response and recovery.

Research over the past decade has found that, on average, such rapid intensification of hurricanes is increasing, in part because the oceans, which provide the energy for hurricanes, are getting warmer as a result of human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases. But Ida will also strengthen quickly because the Gulf, as is usual at the end of the summer, is very warm.

The hurricane center defines rapid intensification as at least a 35-m.p.h. increase in sustained winds over 24 hours. In the extremely active 2020 season, Hurricane Laura intensified by 45 m.p.h. in the 24 hours before making landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm in late August.

The National Hurricane Center said Ida was likely to produce heavy rainfall late Sunday into Monday from southeast Louisiana to coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Tropical storm force winds will arrive along the coast as early as Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service, before the storm makes landfall on Sunday afternoon or evening. After moving inland, the storm could contribute to flooding in Tennessee, where flash flooding killed 20 people last weekend.

“Based upon current track and strength of Ida, this storm will test our hurricane protection systems in a way they haven’t been tested before,” Chip Kline, executive assistant to the governor of Louisiana for coastal activities, said on Twitter. “It’s times like these that remind us of the importance of continuing to protect south Louisiana.”

Correction: 

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misidentified the location of Tropical Storm Ida. It was in the Caribbean Sea early Friday, not the Gulf of Mexico.

Bella Witherspoon, left, and Sara Marriott prepare their boat ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Ida in Ocean Springs, on the Mississippi coast.
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Hurricane Ida will produce “life-threatening” weather conditions in Louisiana and batter parts of Mississippi, the National Weather Service said, urging people to evacuate inland.

Here is a breakdown of how various parts of the region could be affected when the hurricane makes landfall on Sunday afternoon or evening , according to the Weather Service.

Baton Rouge, La.

River Parishes and Northshore in Louisiana

New Orleans

  • Residents in the metro area can expect winds of 110 m.p.h. and, potentially, more than 20 inches of rain.

Coastal Louisiana

Southwest Mississippi

Coastal Mississippi

  • Inundation could reach as high as 11 feet. Residents can also expect winds of 74 m.p.h. and up to 12 inches of rain.

    Tornadoes are possible in all of these areas, the Weather Service said.

Jawan Williams shoveled sand for a sandbag held by his son Jayden Williams, before landfall of Hurricane Ida at the Frederick Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette, La., on Saturday.
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Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall Sunday, threatening to bring dangerous wind, storm surge and rain to the Gulf Coast exactly 16 years after the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most costly natural disasters in American history, which left more than 1,800 dead and produced more than $100 billion in damages.

The overall impact of storm surge from Ida is predicted to be less severe than during Katrina. Because that storm began as a Category 5 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico before weakening as it approached landfall, it generated enormous storm surge, which brought over 20 feet of water to parts of the Mississippi coast. Current projections put the storm surge of Ida at 10 to 15 feet.

“Fifteen-foot sure can do a lot of damage,” said Barry Keim, a professor at Louisiana State University and Louisiana State Climatologist. “But it’s going to be nothing in comparison with Katrina’s surge.”

Improvements to the levee system following Katrina have better prepared the New Orleans metro area for the storm surge.

However, the areas likely to receive the most severe surge from Ida may be less equipped to handle it than the area hit by Katrina, said Dr. Keim.

Ida is expected to make landfall to the west of where Katrina struck, bringing the most severe storm surge impacts to the Louisiana coast west of the Mississippi River rather than east of the river along coastal Mississippi, as Katrina did.

“We are testing a different part of the flood protection in and around southeast Louisiana than we did in Katrina,” said Dr. Keim. “Some of the weak links in this area maybe haven’t been quite as exposed.”

While the impacts of Ida’s storm surge are expected to be less severe than Katrina’s, Ida’s winds and rain are predicted to exceed those that pummeled the Gulf Coast in 2005.

Ida is expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm with peak winds of 130 mph, while Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 with peak winds of 125 mph.

“It could be quite devastating — especially some of those high rise buildings are just not rated to sustain that wind load,” said Jamie Rhome, acting deputy director of the National Hurricane Center.

The severe damage from Hurricane Laura, which struck southwest Louisiana last year as a Category 4 storm, was caused primarily by high winds peaking at 150 mph. The storm caused 42 deaths and damage costing more than $19 billion.

Ida’s rainfall also threatens to exceed Katrina’s highs.

The National Hurricane Center estimates that Ida will drench the Gulf Coast with 8 to 16 inches of rain and perhaps as much as 20 inches in some places. Katrina brought 5-10 inches of rain with more than 12 inches in the most impacted areas.

“That is a lot of rainfall,” said Mr. Rhome. “Absolutely the flash flood potential in this case is high, very high.” Especially combined with storm surge, he said, such intense levels of rainfall could have a “huge and devastating impact to those local communities.”

A wedding party marches by boarded-up buildings in the French Quarter in New Orleans on Saturday.
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NEW ORLEANS — When a hurricane comes roaring toward New Orleans out of the Gulf of Mexico, there is a discernible mood shift on Bourbon Street, the city’s famed strip of iniquity and conspicuous alcohol consumption.

It goes from tawdry to tawdry with a hint of apocalypse. On Friday afternoon, the street was half alive. Daiquiri bars were open and daiquiri bars were boarded up. The doors to Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club were locked. Nearby, a man lay on his back on the sidewalk, a plastic bag at his side, yelling the name “Laura.” Or maybe “Lord.”

Six happy women from New York ambled toward Canal Street in matching black T-shirts that said, “Birthday, beignets and booze.” The birthday girl declined to give her name. They went past the club called The Famous Door, where a listless bar band played “Fat Bottomed Girls.”

The riffs poured out into the street. A member of the birthday team raised a glass of something alcoholic and sugary and shouted out the chorus.

Another of the New York women, Jessika Edouard of Long Island, said that most of her group had been trying to get out of town before the storm’s arrival, to no avail. It was all cancellations and unresponsive airline customer service. “The flights are terrible,” she said.

What choice did they have but to keep the party going? Ms Edouard thought she and some of the others might be able to leave on Monday, after Ida hit.

In the meantime, she said, they had bought a ton of booze in the French Quarter. In the morning they had beignets. They had just met a crew from the Weather Channel. They seemed more excited than scared.

Ms. Edouard even had words for the storm, which she delivered like a threat from one pro wrestler to another.

“If Hurricane Ida thinks she is going to ruin my friend’s 30th birthday, then Ida has another thing coming,” she said.

New Orleans residents prepared to leave after the mayor asked for voluntary evacuations in anticipation of Hurricane Ida.
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NEW ORLEANS — With Hurricane Ida likely to bring powerful winds and heavy rain to their city, residents of New Orleans faced a familiar choice: flee or hunker down for the duration.

The storm was expected to make landfall by Sunday afternoon or evening and officials urged people who intended to evacuate to do so by Saturday. Residents came to a variety of decisions on the matter.

Lacy Duhe, 39, and Jeremy Housely, 42, opted to hunker down in their second-story apartment on Deslonde Street in New Orlean’s Lower Ninth Ward. If they evacuated and ended up in a shelter, they said, they worried about the risk of their unvaccinated children contracting Covid-19. They also had just paid their monthly bills and could not afford to go anywhere.

“It feels serious,” said the couple’s 11-year-old daughter, Ja-nyi. “I wasn’t born during Katrina time. But I know it knocked down a lot of places.”

Mary Picot, 71, walked out the door on Saturday afternoon carrying bags of snacks and medicine. She wasn’t worried about flooding and believed the levees would hold. It was the threat of power outages that convinced her to leave.

“My husband is diabetic,” she said. “We have to keep his medicine cold.”

Donald Lyons, 38, was packing up a silver Nissan sedan Saturday afternoon under a cloud-filled sky in Hollygrove, one of the traditionally Black working class neighborhoods that flooded badly when Katrina hit. The car, carrying his wife, three children and mother-in-law, was full of bags and bedding. They were heading to Sugar Land, Texas, 27 miles southwest of Houston, where they had family that had left after Katrina, 16 years ago, and never come back.

“I’m just trying to get somewhere safe,” Mr. Lyons said.

Down the block, Barbara Butler, 65, a housekeeper, said she thought the city was safer now with all of the new flood protection. She intended to ride out the storm at home.

“It gave us some relief,” she said. “It’s better than no relief.”

She was sitting on the porch with her husband, Curtis Duck, 63, and her brother, Ray Thomas, in a house that Ms. Butler said was flooded with eight feet of water after Katrina.

Mr. Duck said he was sick of evacuating time and again.

“We listen to the news,” he said. “People telling us to go, go, go.”

Victor Pizarro, a health advocate, and his husband decided to ride out the storm in their home in the Gentilly Terrace neighborhood, although they said they would leave town if they lost power for an extended period.

“It’s definitely triggering to even have to think about this and make these decisions,” Mr. Pizarro said in a telephone interview while he drove across town in search of a spare part for his generator. “It’s exhausting to be a New Orleanian and a Louisianian at this point.”

Andy Horowitz and his family decided to vacate their home in the Algiers Point neighborhood, which sits directly across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. Mr. Horowitz is the author of “Katrina: A History, 1915-2015,” and he is among those scholars and Louisiana residents who fear that the city’s new flood protection system, as massive as it is, may prove to be inadequate for a sinking city in the likely path of more frequent and powerful storms in the age of climate change.

“Every summer, New Orleans plays a game of Russian roulette, and every summer we pull the trigger,” Mr. Horowitz said.

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New Orleans Mayor Urges Evacuations Ahead of Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, which is also the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Mayor LaToya Cantrell warned residents to either evacuate immediately or bunker down in a safe place ahead of the hurricane.

What we know is today, right now, everyone has to make a decision to leave voluntarily, which I’m recommending, do that, prepare yourselves. If you’re going to leave, you need to do that now. We need to make sure that you are in a safe place, everyone, whether you’re going to leave voluntarily or stay onsite, hunkered down. Wherever that is, hopefully that’s your home, in our city, but in a safe space. Prepare for damaging wind, power outages, heavy rain, tornadoes. What I am told is that this storm in no way will be weakening. There will be and there are no signs, again, that this storm will weaken, and there’s always an opportunity for the storm to strengthen. This continues to remain a very fluid situation. And we know, again, that time is not on our side. It’s just, it’s rapidly, it’s growing, it’s intensifying.

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Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, which is also the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Mayor LaToya Cantrell warned residents to either evacuate immediately or bunker down in a safe place ahead of the hurricane.CreditCredit…Matthew Hinton, via Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — With tracking maps for Hurricane Ida consistently showing an expected pathway toward southeast Louisiana, Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans issued a stern warning on Saturday that city residents who intend to leave should do so immediately.

“In no way will this storm be weakening, and there’s always an opportunity for the storm to strengthen,” Ms. Cantrell said at a news briefing. “Time is not on our side. It’s rapidly growing, it’s intensifying.”

City officials are asking that residents who plan to stay in the city prepare for extended power outages, limited emergency services and several days of high temperatures after the storm passes.

“The first 72 is on you,” said Collin Arnold, director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. “The first three days of this will be difficult for responders to get to you.”

Forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Ida will be a Category 4 storm upon landfall on Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which left more than 1,800 dead.

“What we learned during Hurricane Katrina is we are all first-responders,” Ms. Cantrell said. “It’s about taking care of one another.”

Delery Street in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans was flooded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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NEW ORLEANS — On Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Willie L. Calhoun Jr., a 71-year-old resident of the Lower Ninth Ward, was in his Lincoln Continental on the brink of getting out of town. He was not quite sure where. Somewhere in Alabama, he figured.

Rev. Calhoun remembers his father smashing a hole in the roof of his family’s home in the Lower Ninth in 1965, when Hurricane Betsy put 10 feet of water in his house. When Katrina came, he and his family made sure to get out of the neighborhood before the storm destroyed their homes — unlike many of his neighbors, some of whom perished when the levees failed.

The pain from Katrina was now an indelible fact of life in the neighborhood. He had hoped to take part in a 16th anniversary commemoration on Sunday, with a high school marching band and a theme, he said, of “healing, unifying and strengthening our communities.”

“The trauma, and the hurt that’s there,” he said. “I have one friend who lost his mother and his granddaughter in Katrina. For that trauma to be revisited every year is a tough thing.”

But his perspective on the neighborhood 16 years on was somewhat nuanced. He felt confident that the improvements to the city’s storm protection system — with its mammoth flood walls and new gates and levees — would keep the Ninth Ward safe. His worry, he said, was the damage from the wind that comes with a Category 4 hurricane.

And yet it was difficult not to be disappointed. The jobs for Black men seemed to have dried up in the city. A revamped post-Katrina educational system, heavily reliant on charter schools, did not seem, in Rev. Calhoun’s opinion, to have done much good. The neighborhood was in need of economic stimulus. Still full of empty lots, and ghostly foundations of homes, many of them owned by Black families, long washed away.

After $20 billion in infrastructure improvements, it felt, at best, like partial progress, and like survival with an asterisk.

Hurricane Ida News: Storm Could Be Among the Strongest to Hit Louisiana since the 1850s, Governor Warns
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LAKE CHARLES, La. — Not again. That was the widespread sentiment among residents of Lake Charles, a city of about 76,000 residents some 200 miles from New Orleans, on Saturday.

A year after Hurricane Laura left many here without power — and some without homes — for long periods of time, residents were preparing for perhaps yet another weather catastrophe.

When Laura, a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled through Lake Charles last August, it shattered the windows of the home that Juan Jose Galdames, 55, a construction worker, shared with his five children. On Saturday, he was at Home Depot, buying plywood to protect the windows and other vulnerable parts of his house ahead of the storm.

“Yes, I am a little afraid,” Mr. Galdames said. “I don’t want a repeat of that day. It was scary. I want my children to feel safe. I’m trying to get everything ready before nightfall.”

Water and bread were in short supply at an area Target store, and traffic stretched for miles as residents sought safety elsewhere.

Tracy Guillory, 57, a carpenter, tried to prepare by stocking up on supplies and staying on top of weather reports. She said she and her family were weary after a long year of weather crises that included Hurricane Delta and a winter storm that caused pipes to burst and knocked out water systems throughout the region.

Ms. Guillory said her neighborhood was still recovering from flooding in May, which left her SUV beyond repair. She plans to hunker down with her 83-year-old father and 21-year-old daughter.

Josue Espinal, 34, who also works in construction, was trying to reassure his 4-year-old son, Anderson, that everything would be all right. The boy sat on top of a generator box as his father loaded a cart with bottles of water at a Home Depot. Truth was, Mr. Espinal admitted, he too was worried. He and his family live in a mobile home near a lake, and he was looking for a better option to spend the next two nights.

A medical worker monitored a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Louisiana earlier this month.
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In Louisiana, where daily deaths from Covid reached their highest levels this week, stretched hospitals are having to modify the intense preparations they would normally make ahead of an expected strike from Hurricane Ida.

Louisiana’s medical director, Dr. Joseph Kanter, asked residents on Friday to avoid unnecessary emergency room visits to preserve the state’s hospital capacity, which has been vastly diminished by its most severe Covid surge of the pandemic.

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Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The seven-day average is the average of a day and the previous six days of data. Currently hospitalized is the most recent number of patients with Covid-19 reported by hospitals in the state for the four days prior. Dips and spikes could be due to inconsistent reporting by hospitals. Hospitalization numbers early in the pandemic are undercounts due to incomplete reporting by hospitals to the federal government.

And while plans exist to transfer patients away from coastal areas to inland hospitals ahead of a hurricane, this time “evacuations are just not possible,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a news conference.

“The hospitals don’t have room,” he said. “We don’t have any place to bring those patients — not in state, not out of state.”

The governor said officials had asked hospitals to check generators and stockpile more water, oxygen and personal protective supplies than usual for a storm. The implications of a strike from a Category 4 hurricane while hospitals were full were “beyond what our normal plans are,” he added.

Mr. Edwards said he had told President Biden and Deanne Criswell, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to expect Covid-related emergency requests, including oxygen.

The state’s recent wave of Covid hospitalizations has exceeded its previous three peaks, and staffing shortages have necessitated support from federal and military medical teams. On Friday, 2,684 Covid patients were hospitalized in the state. This week Louisiana reported its highest ever single-day death toll from Covid — 139 people.

Oschner Health, one of the largest local medical systems, informed the state that it had limited capacity to accept storm-related transfers, especially from nursing homes, the group’s chief executive, Warner L. Thomas, said. Many of Oschner’s hospitals, which were caring for 836 Covid patients on Friday, had invested in backup power and water systems to reduce the need to evacuate, he said.

The pandemic also complicated efforts to discharge more patients than usual before the storm hits. For many Covid patients who require oxygen, “going home isn’t really an option,” said Stephanie Manson, chief operating officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, which had 190 Covid inpatients on Friday, 79 of them in intensive care units.

The governor said he feared that the movement of tens or hundreds of thousands of evacuees in the state could cause it to lose gains made in recent days as the number of new coronavirus cases began to drop. Dr. Kanter urged residents who were on the move to wear masks and observe social distancing. Many of the state’s testing and vaccination sites were slated to close temporarily.

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier was constructed after Hurricane Katrina to prevent tidal surges from hurricanes from reaching New Orleans.
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NEW ORLEANS — As Hurricane Ida heads toward a possible Sunday landfall on Louisiana’s coastline, the National Weather Service’s storm surge forecast has local officials warning about the potential for water to overtop some of the levees that protect parts of New Orleans.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans noted at a news briefing on Friday evening that water overtopping the levees “is as it was structured to do.” That reflects the updates to the local system of earthen and reinforced levees that protects much of southeast Louisiana in the years after Hurricane Katrina stretched it to a breaking point.

The system, officials said, was rebuilt to defend against a so-called “100-year-storm,” or a storm that has a 1 percent chance in happening every year, but to remain reinforced up to a 500-year-event. It includes armoring, splash pads — concrete areas designed to keep the ground behind an overtopped wall from being washed away — and pumps with backup generators, officials said.

Heath Jones, an emergency operation manager with the Army Corps of Engineers, said that some levees protecting New Orleans on the western side of the Mississippi River were at risk of overtopping in line with the Weather Service’s forecast calling for between 10 and 15 feet of storm surge. A federal levee database shows sections of levee there as low as 10 feet.

Levees in this part of the state have rarely been challenged since they were shored up in the years after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“The previous big tests were (hurricanes) Isaac and Gustav,” said Matt Roe, a public affairs specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers, which occurred in 2012 and 2008, “but it’s important to note that each storm is different.”

Ida’s strength, according to Chip Cline, chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, “will test our hurricane protection system in a way they haven’t been tested before.”

Homes in Lake Charles, La., were covered with blue tarps after being hit by Hurricane Laura. Then Hurricane Delta swept through, knocking down trees and scattering debris from the previous storm.
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Hurricane Ida threatens to be the first major storm to strike the Gulf Coast during the 2021 season, hitting a region in many ways still grappling with the physical and emotional toll of a punishing run of hurricanes last year.

The Atlantic hurricane season of 2020 was the busiest on record, with 30 named storms, 13 of which reached hurricane strength. There were so many storms that forecasters ran through the alphabet and had to take the rare step of calling storms by Greek letters.

Louisiana was dealt the harshest blow, barraged repeatedly by storms, including Hurricane Laura, which was one of the most powerful to hit the state, trailed six weeks later by Delta, which was weaker than Laura but followed a nearly identical path, inflicting considerable pain on communities still gripped by the devastation from the earlier storm.

The state is still struggling to claw its way back. Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said the state had $3 billion in unmet recovery needs. In Lake Charles, which was ravaged by direct hits from both hurricanes followed by a deadly winter storm and flooding in May, local officials recently renewed a plea for federal aid as the city has failed to regain its footing; much of it has yet to recover and many residents, unable to find adequate or affordable housing, have fled.

The looming impact of Ida underscores the persisting danger imperiling coastal communities as a changing climate stands to intensify the destructive force of the storms that have always been a seasonal part of life.

President Biden cited the growing danger in May when he announced a significant increase in funding to build and bolster infrastructure in communities most likely to face the wrath of extreme weather.

A fallen tree and electricity pole were cleared as Hurricane Nora approaches Manzanillo, Mexico, on Sunday.
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Hurricane Nora formed in the eastern Pacific on Saturday morning, threatening much of Mexico’s western coastline as the storm strengthens and barrels its way toward Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, forecasters said.

As of 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nora was about 425 miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour as it moved north, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane warning was in effect for parts of western Mexico.

Forecasters said the storm was expected to cause flooding, mudslides and perilous surf along much of Mexico’s central and northern Pacific Coast.

The remnants of the storm are expected to produce heavy rainfall in parts of the southwestern U.S. and central Rockies toward the middle of next week, forecasters said.

A forecast track from the National Hurricane Center showed Nora skirting close to Mexico’s coastline by Sunday morning before moving toward the Gulf of California a day later.

“Some additional strengthening is forecast through tonight if Nora’s center does not make landfall,” the National Hurricane Center said in an update. “Some gradual weakening is expected to begin by Sunday night or Monday, but Nora is forecast to remain as a hurricane through Tuesday.”

Nora is expected to produce rainfall totals of up to 12 inches this weekend along Mexico’s western coast.

It has been a dizzying few weeks for meteorologists who are monitoring Hurricane Ida this weekend after having monitored three named storms that formed in quick succession in the Atlantic, bringing stormy weather, flooding and damaging winds to different parts of the United States and the Caribbean.

The links between hurricanes and climate change are becoming more apparent. A warming planet can expect to see stronger hurricanes over time, and a higher incidence of the most powerful storms — though the overall number of storms could drop because factors like stronger wind shear could keep weaker storms from forming.

Hurricanes are also becoming wetter because of more water vapor in the warmer atmosphere; scientists have suggested that storms like Hurricane Harvey in 2017 produced far more rain than they would have without the human effects on climate. Also, rising sea levels are contributing to higher storm surges — the most destructive element of tropical cyclones.





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Don’t Let the Pandemic Tear Australia Apart

Don’t Let the Pandemic Tear Australia Apart


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As a Melbourne transplant from Sydney, I never used to care a lot about point out-based identities outside of from time to time reveling in the chaos of the potato cake versus potato scallop debate. It is only given that the pandemic that I began to definitely come to feel like a Melburnian.

It would seem that we’ve all started to outline ourselves according to what point out we live in over the very last 18 months. It is not really hard to see why, with so a great deal of our pandemic response acquiring been alongside state lines.

We wake up each and every morning and examine our state’s infection quantities, then evaluate them against the other states’. We’ve designed cults of persona close to our respective point out premiers, the most visible faces of the pandemic reaction. We look at them argue about vaccine allocation like it’s a zero-sum activity, like offering far more to a different condition battling a major outbreak will suggest we are a lot less safeguarded irrespective of the situation numbers in our local community.

In Melbourne, a good deal of it has also been owing to the shared knowledge of our long lockdown final yr — the prevailing feeling that it was Victoria versus the rest of Australia, and the feeling that people in other states did not truly get what we’d been as a result of.

I’ve observed this point out-primarily based parochialism flare up yet again a short while ago, as quite a few in Melbourne seem to be to be watching the lockdown in Sydney with horror, but also with some diploma of schadenfreude.

Reviews, mainly on line but also from close friends and men and women on the streets, run together the lines of: “So a great deal for Sydney exceptionalism.” “If this was Melbourne, we’d have been in lockdown weeks back.” And even yesterday early morning, with the announcement that people in 8 Sydney LGAs are now minimal to a five- kilometer radius and demanded to dress in masks outside: “Wait, you weren’t undertaking that presently? We’ve been carrying out that on and off for a yr.”

I’m not immune to it possibly. On the telephone with a Sydney close friend past 7 days, I couldn’t support thinking, uncharitably: You men are not even in a actual lockdown.

Sydneysiders, in switch, have designed it apparent that this form of commentary from other states is unhelpful, in particular when it typically feels like it is aimed at everyday individuals who have no handle over generating restrictions and are just hoping to endure an all-about awful problem.

In accordance to the Melbourne-based psychologist Chris Cheers, the escalating animosity between folks in different states is a purely natural final result of wanting to truly feel safe in an inherently unsafe, uncertain problem.

“Right now, in Victoria, you’re going to really feel safer if you sense linked to Victoria,” he mentioned. “You’re not heading to come to feel as harmless if you come to feel connected to Australia.” Australia, immediately after all, also features Sydney and its increasing virus outbreak.

But he — and a lot of others — stress about the escalating division amongst states, and how significantly get the job done may possibly be necessary for us to go back again to sensation like Australians once again.

To check out to counter some of that animosity, Cheers manufactured social media posts supplying Sydneysiders guidance for surviving lockdown from somebody who’d accomplished it prior to.

His strategies involved “Know that whichever you are sensation is a ordinary response to an abnormal scenario,” “Bubble baths are wonderful, but self-treatment also indicates environment boundaries, expressing no and asking for what you will need,” and “Sometimes, the only issue you can do is anchor oneself and hold out for the storm to pass. As all storms do.”

The posts went viral, with numerous viewing them as a welcome antidote to the vitriol widespread in on the web spaces. Other Melburnians jumped on board, featuring their possess strategies and information.

Everyone’s emotions are heightened all through occasions of tension and uncertainty, and individuals can lash out in anger or defensiveness as a end result. It is regular for Melburnians, specially, to have complex emotions about what’s going on in Sydney.

But the Sydney outbreak is a threat to the complete of Australia, not just Sydney. Emotional parochialism may well come to feel enjoyable, but remembering the interconnectedness of the nation and our sense of group might in the long run be much more helpful.

“I think the a lot more we can get in touch it that,” Cheers explained, “the more we can say, ‘Well, how can we all arrive together and assist every single other through this?’”

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As Rollout Falters, Scientists Debate New Vaccination Tactics

As Rollout Falters, Scientists Debate New Vaccination Tactics


As governments about the planet rush to vaccinate their citizens against the surging coronavirus, researchers are locked in a heated discussion around a stunning problem: Is it wisest to keep back again the second doses anyone will have to have, or to give as numerous folks as probable an inoculation now — and push again the second doses until later on?

Because even the 1st shot seems to provide some safety towards Covid-19, some industry experts feel that the shortest route to that contains the virus is to disseminate the original injections as commonly as possible now.

Officials in Britain have by now elected to delay second doses of vaccines produced by the pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Pfizer as a way of more widely distributing the partial security afforded by a one shot.

Health officials in the United States have been adamantly opposed to the plan. “I would not be in favor of that,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s best infectious condition specialist, explained to CNN on Friday. “We’re going to preserve executing what we’re doing.”

But on Sunday, Moncef Slaoui, scientific adviser of Operation Warp Speed, the federal work to speed up vaccine enhancement and distribution, presented up an intriguing alternative: giving some Individuals two 50 percent-doses of the Moderna vaccine, a way to possibly milk extra immunity from the nation’s restricted vaccine offer.

The climbing discussion reflects nationwide irritation that so couple People in america have gotten the very first doses — significantly below the range the administration had hoped would be inoculated by the close of 2020. But the controversy itself carries challenges in a state where by health and fitness steps have been politicized and several keep on being hesitant to get the vaccine.

“Even the visual appearance of tinkering has negatives, in terms of men and women acquiring trust in the process,” mentioned Natalie Dean, a biostatistician at the College of Florida.

The public rollout remained bumpy over the weekend. Seniors lined up early for vaccinations in one Tennessee town, but the doses were being long gone by 10 a.m. In Houston, the Overall health Department cell phone procedure crashed on Saturday, the initial working day officials opened a free vaccination clinic to the general public.

Nursing home personnel in Ohio have been opting out of the vaccination in excellent figures, in accordance to Gov. Mike DeWine, although Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, now a center of the pandemic, warned that vaccine distribution was relocating significantly much too slowly but surely. Hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients through the past month have a lot more than doubled in California.

The vaccines licensed so considerably in the United States are produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Britain has greenlit the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.

All of them are meant to be delivered in numerous doses on a strict program, relying on a tiered safety tactic. The initial injection teaches the immune procedure to acknowledge a new pathogen by exhibiting it a harmless version of some of the virus’s most salient capabilities.

Just after the body has had time to research up on this materials, as it have been, a next shot offers these options once more, serving to immune cells commit the lesson to memory. These subsequent doses are meant to increase the potency and durability of immunity.

Medical trials operate by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna confirmed the vaccines were hugely powerful at blocking instances of Covid-19 when shipped in two doses separated by 3 or four months.

Some safety seems to kick in just after the first shot of vaccine, whilst it is unclear how swiftly it might wane. Continue to, some authorities now argue that spreading vaccines a lot more thinly across a populace by concentrating on very first doses could help save much more life than producing confident fifty percent as many individuals get the two doses on routine.

That would be a exceptional departure from the unique system. Due to the fact the vaccine rollout began very last month in the United States, 2nd shots of the vaccines have been held back to promise that they will be available on program for individuals who have presently gotten their initially injections.

But in Britain, medical professionals have been advised to postpone appointments for second doses that experienced been scheduled for January, so that those people doses can be specified in its place as to start with photographs to other people. Officials are now pushing the second doses of the two the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines as much back again as 12 weeks immediately after the first a single.

In a regulatory doc, British well being officers reported that AstraZeneca’s vaccine was 73 per cent efficient in scientific demo participants three weeks just after the first dose was presented and prior to the next dose was administered. (In situations in which members in no way gained a next dose, the interval finished 12 weeks following the very first dose was supplied.)

But some scientists panic the delayed-dose solution could prove disastrous, significantly in the United States, exactly where vaccine rollouts are already stymied by logistical hurdles and a patchwork technique to prioritizing who gets the 1st jabs.

“We have an concern with distribution, not the selection of doses,” reported Saad Omer, a vaccine specialist at Yale College. “Doubling the amount of doses doesn’t double your potential to give doses.”

Federal well being officers reported last week that some 14 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines had been transported out across the place. But as of Saturday early morning, just 4.2 million folks in the United States experienced gotten their very first shots.

That range is most most likely an undervalue because of lags in reporting. Nevertheless, the determine falls far short of the aim that federal wellness officials established as recently as previous thirty day period to give 20 million men and women their to start with pictures by the stop of 2020.

Numerous of these rollout woes are brought about by logistical troubles — against the backdrop of a strained wellbeing care procedure and skepticism all around vaccines. Liberating up extra doses for very first injections will not solve issues like people, some scientists argue.

Shweta Bansal, a mathematical biologist at Georgetown College, and other people also lifted concerns about the social and psychological impacts of delaying second doses.

“The longer the duration amongst doses, the extra possible people today are to neglect to occur again,” she explained. “Or men and women may not don’t forget which vaccine that they bought, and we never know what a mix and match may well do.”

In an emailed assertion, Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Centre for Biologics Analysis and Investigate at the Foods and Drug Administration, endorsed only the strictly scheduled two-dose regimens that have been analyzed in medical trials of the vaccines.

The “depth or duration of defense immediately after a one dose of vaccine,” he mentioned, just cannot be decided from the investigation posted so significantly. “Though it is rather a reasonable query to review a one-dose program in long run medical trials, we simply do not now have these data.”

Dr. Slaoui of Procedure Warp Velocity stated in an emailed assertion on Sunday that “the tactic some international locations are using of delaying the booster shot could backfire and could lessen confidence in the vaccines.”

The vaccine makers on their own have taken divergent positions.

In a demo of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, volunteers in Britain were being initially supposed to acquire two doses presented four weeks aside. But some vaccinated contributors finished up acquiring their doses various months aside, and continue to acquired some safety against Covid-19.

An extended gap among doses “gives you a great deal of flexibility for how you administer your vaccines, dependent on the source that you have,” mentioned Menelas Pangalos, government vice president of biopharmaceuticals investigation and development at AstraZeneca.

Delayed dosing could assist get nations “in extremely fantastic condition for immunizing huge swaths of their populations to shield them rapidly.”

Steven Danehy, a spokesman for Pfizer, struck a considerably additional conservative tone. “Although partial defense from the vaccine seems to start off as early as 12 times soon after the 1st dose, two doses of the vaccine are required to supply the utmost safety in opposition to the disease, a vaccine efficacy of 95 %,” he stated.

“There are no information to show that protection immediately after the to start with dose is sustained after 21 times,” he included.

Ray Jordan, a spokesman for Moderna, reported the enterprise could not comment on altering dosing designs at this time.

There is no dispute that next doses ought to be administered someday near the first dose. “They essential is to expose the immune program at a time when it even now recognizes” the immunity-stimulating substances in the vaccine, reported Angela Rasmussen, a virologist affiliated with Georgetown University.

In the course of a community overall health unexpected emergency, “companies will are inclined to select the shortest period of time they can that gives them that entire, protective reaction,” said Dr. Dean of the College of Florida.

But it’s unclear when that critical window genuinely begins to near in the system. Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale University who supports delaying next doses, mentioned she imagined the body’s memory of the to start with injection could very last at least a couple of months.

Doses of other regimen vaccines, she famous, are scheduled numerous months aside or even extended, to great achievements. “Let’s vaccinate as lots of people today as possible now, and give them the booster dose when they grow to be readily available,” she claimed.

Dr. Robert Wachter, an infectious disease physician at the College of California, San Francisco, mentioned he was originally skeptical of the plan of delaying second doses.

But the disappointingly gradual vaccine rollout in the United States, coupled with concerns about a new and fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus, have transformed his mind, and he now believes this is a technique really worth checking out.

“The earlier pair months have been sobering,” he reported.

Other scientists are much less keen to choose the gamble. Delaying doses with no robust supporting knowledge “is like heading into the Wild West,” claimed Dr. Phyllis Tien, an infectious disorder physician at the University of California, San Francisco. “I assume we need to have to stick to what the proof says: two photographs 21 days apart for Pfizer, or 28 times aside for Moderna.”

Some professionals also concern that delaying an immunity-boosting second dose may possibly give the coronavirus additional opportunity to multiply and mutate in partly protected individuals.

There is some evidence to aid the different method of halving the dose of each individual shot, prompt on Sunday by Mr. Slauoi of Operation Warp Pace.

In an interview on the CBS system “Face the Country,” Dr. Slaoui pointed to knowledge from scientific trials run by Moderna, whose vaccine is generally provided in two doses, four weeks apart, each individual containing 100 micrograms of active component.

In the trials, persons in between the ages of 18 and 55 who been given two half-doses created an “identical immune reaction to the 100 microgram dose,” Dr. Slaoui said. The F.D.A. and Moderna are now thinking of applying this routine on a additional common scale, he added.

While there’s minimal or no details to assist the soundness of delayed dose delays, Dr. Slaoui stated, “injecting half the volume” may well represent “a much more accountable technique that will be based mostly on facts and information to immunize much more people.”

But Dr. Dean and John Moore, a vaccine pro at Cornell University, both of those pointed out that this program would even now characterize a departure from the types rigorously analyzed in medical trials.

A 50 percent-dose that elicits an immune reaction that appears equivalent to that induced by a entire dose could not in the finish supply the expected protection against the coronavirus, Dr. Moore noted. Halving doses “is not a little something I would want to see finished unless it were absolutely necessary,” he stated.

“Everyone is wanting for answers ideal now, simply because there is an urgent need to have for far more doses,” Dr. Dean explained. “But the dust has not settled on the ideal way to reach this.”



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In Reversal, Pentagon Announces Aircraft Carrier Nimitz to Remain in Middle East

In Reversal, Pentagon Announces Aircraft Carrier Nimitz to Remain in Middle East


WASHINGTON — The Pentagon explained on Sunday that it had ordered the aircraft provider Nimitz to continue being in the Center East since of Iranian threats against President Trump and other American officials, just 3 days immediately after sending the warship residence as a signal to de-escalate climbing tensions with Tehran.

The performing secretary of the defense, Christopher C. Miller, abruptly reversed his previous order to redeploy the Nimitz, which he had accomplished around the objections of his major army advisers. The military experienced for weeks been engaged in a muscle-flexing approach aimed at deterring Iran from attacking American personnel in the Persian Gulf.

“Due to the current threats issued by Iranian leaders in opposition to President Trump and other U.S. government officers, I have requested the U.S.S. Nimitz to halt its routine redeployment,” Mr. Miller mentioned in a statement on Sunday night time.

United States intelligence agencies have assessed for months that Iran is trying to find to concentrate on senior American military officers and civilian leaders to avenge the death of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Power of the Islamic Innovative Guards Corps, in an American drone strike one particular calendar year in the past.

But it was unclear what new urgency about these threats, if any, prompted Mr. Miller to terminate his previously get to send the Nimitz residence. In the past number of times, Iranian officials have enhanced their fiery messaging from the United States. The head of Iran’s judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, stated all of people who experienced a position in General Suleimani’s killing would not be capable to “escape law and justice,” even if they were being an American president.

It was unclear final week regardless of whether Mr. Trump was informed of Mr. Miller’s purchase to ship the Nimitz to its household port in Bremerton, Wash., after a extended-than-usual 10-thirty day period deployment.

Some Trump administration officers proposed on Sunday that with a contentious political 7 days coming up — Tuesday’s Senate runoff election in Ga and Wednesday’s meeting of the Household and Senate to certify President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory — the optics of the plane provider steaming absent from the Center East did not accommodate the White Property.

Whichever the motive, the mixed messaging bordering the carrier’s actions raised new questions about the coordination and communications in between an inexperienced Pentagon leadership and the White Household in the waning times of the Trump administration.

Some current and former Pentagon officials have criticized the decision-creating at the Pentagon since Mr. Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and various of his leading aides in November, and changed them with Mr. Miller, a previous White Dwelling counterterrorism aide, and numerous Trump loyalists.

Officers said on Friday that Mr. Miller ordered the redeployment of the Nimitz in element as a “de-escalatory” signal to Tehran to stay clear of stumbling into a crisis at the conclude of Mr. Trump’s administration that would land in Mr. Biden’s lap as he took place of work.

In modern weeks, Mr. Trump has continuously threatened Iran on Twitter, and in November, top rated national safety aides talked the president out of a pre-emptive strike towards an Iranian nuclear web-site.

The Pentagon’s Central Command experienced for months publicized many displays of pressure to warn Tehran of the repercussions of any assault from American troops or diplomats.

The Nimitz and other warships arrived to present air deal with for American troops withdrawing from Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. The Air Force 3 instances dispatched B-52 bombers to fly inside of 60 miles of the Iranian coast. And the Navy introduced for the initial time in approximately a 10 years that it experienced ordered a submarine, carrying cruise missiles, into the Persian Gulf.

American intelligence reports indicated that Iran and its proxies may possibly have been getting ready a strike as early as this earlier weekend to avenge the deaths of General Suleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq, who was killed in the exact same United States drone strike in Baghdad very last January.

American intelligence analysts in latest days say they have detected Iranian air defenses, maritime forces and other safety units on significant alert. They have also determined that Iran has moved a lot more small-array missiles and drones into Iraq.

But senior Defense Office officials accept they can’t tell if Iran or its Shiite proxies in Iraq are readying to strike American troops or are making ready defensive steps in circumstance Mr. Trump orders a pre-emptive attack in opposition to them.





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Britain, Trump, Covid-19: Your Monday Briefing

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Fantastic morning.

We’re covering a virus warning in Britain, a imprecise election menace from President Trump and Joe Biden’s Russia dilemma.

Parts of England might deal with harsher limitations in the coming months, Key Minister Boris Johnson claimed, as Britain confronts a surge in coronavirus circumstances and hospitalizations joined to a new, much more transmissible virus variant.

But with classes established to restart in many key faculties in England these days, Mr. Johnson included that moms and dads ought to “absolutely” mail their young children to schools if doable. “Schools are protected,” he said in a BBC interview.

Britain has the greatest selection of Covid-19 fatalities in Europe.

In other virus developments:

  • Pope Francis criticized individuals who traveled abroad in the course of the pandemic, declaring they ended up ignoring those who ended up suffering. “Didn’t they believe of individuals who stayed at household, to the financial problems of many persons who have been knocked down by the pandemic, to those people who are ill?” Francis stated in a concept streamed from the Vatican.

  • American airports experienced their busiest working day of the pandemic on Saturday, with 1,192,881 travellers passing via protection checkpoints, the govt explained. General public well being officers say a write-up-Christmas spike could not emerge obviously right until the second week of January.

  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway introduced new rules amid a escalating wave of infections, Reuters documented, which include a ban on serving alcoholic beverages in dining establishments and bars and on inviting in excess of readers.

  • The New Zealand Ministry of Well being mentioned that setting up on Jan. 15, tourists arriving from Britain and the U.S. will be demanded to show that they examined detrimental for the coronavirus prior to they departed.


In an hourlong phone get in touch with on Saturday, President Trump pressed Georgia’s best election formal to “find” him adequate votes to overturn the presidential election and vaguely threatened him with “a criminal offense,” according to an audio recording of the dialogue.

He advised the state’s Republican secretary of state that he should really recalculate the vote rely so Mr. Trump, not Joe Biden, would conclude up profitable the state’s 16 electoral votes.

President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming countrywide security adviser, Jake Sullivan, stated the new administration would transfer immediately to renew the previous remaining major nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

But renewing the New Commence will be produced a lot more complex since of Mr. Biden’s vow to also guarantee that Moscow pays for what seems to be the greatest-at any time hacking of U.S. authorities networks.

In an interview on CNN, Mr. Sullivan also stated that as before long as Iran re-entered compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal — which he aided negotiate under President Barack Obama — there would be a “follow-on negotiation” more than its missile abilities.

China relations: The the latest financial investment agreement amongst China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and the European Union may also complicate Mr. Biden’s attempts to forge a united front with allies versus China’s authoritarian insurance policies and trade procedures.

In a nation wherever literature stays sacred, Olivier Nora, earlier mentioned, the head of a leading French publisher for the previous 20 yrs, sees himself as a guarantor of what he explained as a “social superior.”

His publication very last January of a book by the target of a pedophile writer set off a national reckoning above sexism, age and consent. It also served expose what critics of the French publishing sector say is an insulated, out-of-touch literary elite long made use of to operating above everyday regulations.

Niger massacre: 1 hundred civilians had been claimed useless in two villages in a region below siege by militants. Gunmen were described as obtaining singled out males and boys in what was claimed to be a revenge attack, just a 7 days after Niger’s presidential election.

Pakistan assault: Armed adult men abducted and killed at minimum 11 coal miners in the southwestern aspect of the nation, officials reported. All of the victims had been ethnic Hazaras, a minority Shiite team that has normally been the concentrate on of Sunni extremists.

Assange case: A decide in London programs to rule currently on whether Britain must extradite Julian Assange to the U.S., where by the WikiLeaks founder faces prices of conspiring to hack govt desktops and violating the Espionage Act in 2010 and 2011.

Italy mourns: The killing of 42-calendar year-old Agitu Ideo Gudeta, an Ethiopian-born immigrant who elevated goats and designed cheese in a distant component of Italy, has resonated across the state. The Italian news media praised her as a model of integration.

Snapshot: Higher than, Kai Jones leaping off a cliff in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The 14-year-old ski daredevil is already a professional, soaring off mammoth ledges and doing double again flips. He concedes, “I always say to myself, ‘How considerably can I thrust it and not make my mother terrified?’”

In memoriam: Brian Urquhart, a British diplomat who joined the United Nations at its beginning in 1945 and was a chief aide to 5 of its secretaries standard even though directing peacekeeping operations all-around the world, died on Saturday at his house in Massachusetts. He was 101.

The ultimate frontier: Our Science desk delivers a calendar and a manual to 2021’s astronomical functions.

What we’re studying: MIT Know-how Review’s write-up on the worst know-how flops of 2020. It is a straightforward reminder that more does not necessarily necessarily mean improved.

Cook dinner: This flaming baba au rhum is an afternoon job with delicious, advanced effects. In the movie accompanying the recipe, Melissa Clark requires you by way of every single move of building and baking the abundant, airy yeast dough, and then environment it on fireplace.

Check out: The BBC television movie “Elizabeth Is Missing” capabilities Glenda Jackson’s initially monitor performance given that 1992. The renowned actress stars as a female fending off dementia although she searches for a lost mate.

Do: For lots of men and women, 2020 was not a 12 months for conserving funds. Here’s how to get a take care of on your finances in the new 12 months, with a number of tips to assistance retain your paying out down.

We’ll attempt to help you make these New Year’s intentions stick with our At Dwelling assortment of concepts on what to examine, prepare dinner, view and do whilst keeping risk-free at home.

The rollout of vaccines all over the entire world indicators the begin of a hopeful chapter just after virtually a 12 months of lockdowns, limits and social distancing. Now that imagining an “after time” looks probable, we asked visitors to share the very first points they strategy to do when the environment returns to typical. In this article are some of their answers.

Give a massive hug

“Hug my grandmother genuine restricted. I visited her as soon as, but I just waved at her outdoors her place and then she responded by inquiring who I was. I reduced my mask to show her my experience, and she questioned me to arrive nearer. I said I couldn’t.”

Mika Amador, Manila

See loved ones …

“I want to go to my house state, Peru, to see my mother and my dad’s ashes. He died in November, and I couldn’t give him a hug goodbye for worry of touring there throughout the pandemic.”

Karina Bekemeier, San Francisco

… and get absent from them

“I’m choosing a babysitter and going out dancing.”

Amanda Vaught, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Travel the globe

“I am 85 decades aged. When the pandemic commenced, I was 84, and when it finishes I will likely be 86. Two many years at the stop of one’s life are instead valuable. What I’d like to do is fly to Boston and stroll the Freedom Path drive to Maine and come across a lobster shack and check out Egypt to sail down the Nile.”

Jo Procter, Chevy Chase, Md.


Which is it for this briefing. See you upcoming time.

— Victoria


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