Connect with us

us news

Hurricane Laura intensifying in Gulf of Mexico, threatens major hurricane strike in Texas and Louisiana

Published

on

Forecasters predicted that Laura, which reached hurricane strength on Tuesday, would become a Category 3 storm before making landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border.

Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana doubled down in his warning to residents on Tuesday of the danger posed by Hurricane Laura as it barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

He described a storm that would pound the region with powerful winds and heavy rains and threatens as much as 13 feet of storm surges on some parts of the coast.

“This is a major hurricane,” Mr. Edwards, a Democrat, said during a briefing on Tuesday. “It’s going to be a large, powerful storm.”

He said it was expected to make landfall early Thursday, and officials have told more than 500,000 people in Louisiana and Texas to evacuate.

The governor drew comparisons to Hurricane Rita, which caused an estimated $25.2 billion in damage when it hit Louisiana and Texas in 2005. He said Laura resembled Rita in its intensity and expected path.

“That point of reference sometimes helps people understand the seriousness of the situation,” Mr. Edwards said.

The region had been bracing for Tropical Storm Marco, but it significantly weakened before making landfall on Monday evening. Now the focus is on Laura, which has unleashed heavy rainfall across Cuba and Jamaica. Hurricane conditions are possible from San Luis Pass, Texas, which is south of Houston, to Intracoastal City, La., according to the National Hurricane Center’s Tuesday afternoon update.

Officials said the wind was likely going to be considerably stronger than they had originally expected, with the storm forecast to intensify into a Category 3 storm before making landfall. Benjamin Schott, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said there was “little to impede its development” as it approaches the coast.

Officials urged residents to get out of harm’s way and to do so soon, as the winds and rainfall could arrive as early as Wednesday afternoon. “Anyone attempting to travel during the storm is putting their life at risk,” Mr. Schott said.

City and county officials in Texas and Louisiana have issued evacuation orders affecting hundreds of thousands of residents, particularly those living in low-lying areas. These orders, some of them voluntary, include parts of Orange, Jefferson and Chambers Counties, as well as Galveston, Texas, and the Texas A&M University campus in the city.

Port Arthur, Texas, which has the nation’s largest oil refinery, and Cameron Parish, La., just across the state line, issued mandatory evacuation orders. Oil and gas companies have withdrawn workers from offshore production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Portions of Jefferson, Lafourche and Plaquemines Parishes in Louisiana have also told residents to evacuate.

On Tuesday, Lina Hidalgo, the top elected official of Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, issued a voluntary evacuation order for residents in coastal portions of the county on Galveston Bay, including Baytown, Seabrook, Nassau Bay, Friendswood, and parts of Pasadena and Clear Lake. South Houston was not included in the order, although Ms. Hidalgo had initially mentioned it.

“Let me make this as clear as possible: All of us need to be prepared for the very real potential of a direct hit from this storm,” said Ms. Hidalgo, whose title is county judge. “This is truly when we have to say, prepare for the worst.”

us news

Two Christian Sanitation Workers Killed in Pakistan

Published

on

Pakistan – According to The Alabama Baptist, two Christian sanitation workers in Pakistan died in early October as they saved another Christian overcome by toxic fumes in a sewer.

On October 3, Faisal Masih and Nadeem Masih were ordered into a sewer to rescue Michael Masih by their Muslim supervisor Muhammad Farooq in Sargodha, Pakistan. The pair were given no personal protective equipment according to a report by Barnabas Fund.

After rescuing Michael Masih from the sewer, Faisal Maish and Nadeem Masih were swept away by a strong current. An emergency team was called to rescue the Christians, but this assistance was refused because the emergency team believed touching a Christian would make them ritually unclean.

Later, a fourth Christian was sent into sewer to recover the bodies.

Michael Masih was taken to the hospital where he likely faces long-term health problems due to his exposure to the toxic fumes. Sargodha Metropolitan Corp, the company that oversees sanitation work, claims all precautionary measures were followed.

In Pakistan, Christians make up between 80% to 90% of the sanitation workforce, including the country’s street sweepers, janitors, and sewer workers. This percentage is an extreme overrepresentation as Pakistani Christians represent less than 2% of the country’s overall population.

As has been documented by International Christian Concern (ICC), this overrepresentation is due to discriminatory hiring practices. In many cases, job advertisements for sanitation positions, considered the lowest and filthiest, are reserved for non-Muslim applicants only.

Discrimination against Christian sanitation workers is widespread in Pakistan. They are often forced to work in dangerous conditions with little to no safety equipment provide by the companies overseeing their labor.
Sources:persecution

http://theendtimeradio.com

Continue Reading

us news

Taliban release decree saying women must consent to marriage

Published

on

The Taliban has issued a decree barring forced marriage in Afghanistan, saying women should not be considered “property” and must consent to marriage, but questions remain about whether the group that returned to power in mid-August would extend women’s rights around work and education.

The decree was announced on Friday by the reclusive Taliban chief, Hibatullah Akhunzada – who is believed to be in the southern city of Kandahar. “Both (women and men) should be equal,” said the decree, adding that “no one can force women to marry by coercion or pressure”.

The decree did not mention a minimum age for marriage, which previously was set at 16 years old.

The group also said a widow will now be allowed to re-marry 17 weeks after her husband’s death, choosing her new husband freely.

Widows
Longstanding tribal traditions have held it customary for a widow to marry one of her husband’s brothers or relatives in the event of his death.

The Taliban leadership says it has ordered Afghan courts to treat women fairly, especially widows seeking inheritance as next of kin. The group, which came to power in August, also said it had asked government ministers to spread awareness about women’s rights across the population.

The development was hailed as a significant step forward by two leading Afghan women, but questions remained about whether the group would extend women’s rights around work and education.

“This is big, this is huge … if it is done as it is supposed to be, this is the first time they have come up with a decree like this,” said Mahbouba Seraj, executive director of the Afghan Women’s Skills Development Center speaking from Kabul on a Reuters Next conference panel on Friday.

The international community, which has frozen billions of dollars in funds for Afghanistan, has made women’s and human rights a key element of any future engagement with Afghanistan.

Seraj said that even before the Taliban took over the country on August 15, Afghan politicians had struggled to form such a clear policy on women’s rights around marriage.

“Now what we have to do as the women of this country is we should make sure this actually takes place and gets implemented,” said Seraj.

Roya Rahmani, the former ambassador for Afghanistan to the United States, echoed her optimism and added that it was likely partly an attempt to smooth over international fears regarding the group’s track record on women’s rights as the Taliban administration seeks to get funding released.

“An amazing thing if it does get implemented,” Rahmani told the Reuters Next panel, adding details such as who would ensure that girls’ consent was not coerced by family members would be key.

“It’s a very smart move on the part of Taliban at this point because one of the (pieces of) news that is attracting the West’s attention is the fact little girls are being sold as property to others in order to feed the rest of the family,” she said.

During its previous rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban banned women from leaving the house without a male relative and full face and head covering and girls from receiving education, coerced men to grow beards and barred the playing of music.

The Taliban says they have changed but many women, advocates and officials remain sceptical.

The group promised freedom of expression, women’s rights and amnesty to officials who worked under the previous government of President Ashraf Ghani. But journalists have faced restrictions and reports have emerged of Taliban fighters involved in revenge killings of former officials. A large number of secondary schools for girls are still not operational, though Taliban has said it is working to open them.

The US has frozen nearly $10bn in Afghan central bank reserves and international financial institutions have suspended development funding for the country, plunging the heavily aid-dependent economy into crisis and leaving economists and aid groups warning of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Seraj said the Taliban now needed to go further, calling for the group to release more rules to clarify women’s rights to access public spaces.

“What I am really waiting to hear next from the same group, from the same person is for him to send the decree regarding the education and right of work for the women of Afghanistan, that would be absolutely phenomenal,” she said.
http://theendtimeradio.com

Continue Reading

us news

Indonesia volcano: Residents flee in panic after Mount Semeru erupts

Published

on

At least one person has been killed and dozens suffered severe burns after the Mount Semeru volcano in Indonesia’s East Java province erupted on Saturday, forcing thousands to flee.

Videos shared on Saturday by the country’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) showed residents running in panic as towering smoke and ash blanketed some nearby villages in Lumajang district.

Two other people were reported missing and eight were trapped in debris, authorities said.

A thunderstorm and days of rain, which had eroded and finally collapsed the lava dome atop the 3,676-meter (12,060-foot) Semeru, triggered an eruption, said Eko Budi Lelono, who heads the geological survey center.

He said flows of searing gas and lava traveled up to 800 meters (2,624 feet) to a nearby river at least twice on Saturday. People were advised to stay 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the crater’s mouth, the agency said.

More than 300 families with children took shelter in badly hit Curah Kerobokan village in Lumajang after their houses were destroyed by volcanic ash and lava.

The deputy chief of Lumajang district, Indah Masdar, told a news conference one person had died and 41 people had suffered burn injuries.

“We brought the injured to health centres and for those whose burns are very serious were rushed to hospitals,” Masdar said.

Thick debris and knee-level cold lava floods made it difficult for rescuers to search for the two missing locals and to evacuate eight people trapped in a building covered by mud.

Masdar asked for helicopters to rescue people trapped inside buildings. “We’re in big distress. It’s harrowing, their families are all crying.”

Thoriqul Haq, district head of Lumajang, said a number of sand miners were trapped near mines.

Haq told Reuters news agency that the road and bridge connecting Lumajang and the nearby city of Malang were severed.

“This has been a very pressing, rapid condition since it erupted,” he said. Haq added that evacuations were under way.

He later told news channel MetroTV that the severed bridge meant one nearby district had no access to medical help.

“Thick columns of ash have turned several villages to darkness,” Haq told TV One, adding that several hundred people were moved to temporary shelters or left for other safe areas.

Authorities were setting up evacuation tents, but evacuations have been hampered by thick smoke, BNPB chief Suharyanto said.

The national mitigation agency said it has dispatched a team to help people at shelters but thick debris from volcanic ash had prevented them from reaching the destination.

The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said its satellite images show volcanic ash has entered the Indian Ocean in the southern part of Java island.

Television reports showed people running in panic under a huge ash cloud, their faces wet from rain mixed with volcanic dust.

AirNav Indonesia, which controls Indonesian airspace, said in a statement the eruption did not “cause significant impact” on flights.

The Semeru, the highest on the country’s most densely populated island, is among Indonesia’s nearly 130 active volcanoes. It erupted in January, causing no casualties.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines. Indonesia has some 128 active volcanoes.


http://theendtimeradio.com

Continue Reading

Latest News

Media5 hours ago

Pastor in Nepal sentenced to 2 years in prison for saying prayer can heal COVID-19

A court in Nepal has sentenced a pastor to two years in prison under the country’s harsh anti-conversion law for...

us news6 hours ago

Two Christian Sanitation Workers Killed in Pakistan

Pakistan – According to The Alabama Baptist, two Christian sanitation workers in Pakistan died in early October as they saved...

us news6 hours ago

Taliban release decree saying women must consent to marriage

The Taliban has issued a decree barring forced marriage in Afghanistan, saying women should not be considered “property” and must...

Disease6 hours ago

Kerala now second in Covid death toll, trails Maharashtra

New Delhi: India reported 2,796 Covid-related deaths today, the highest single-day rise since July 2020, as Bihar carried out a...

Media7 hours ago

ഈ മാസം 13 മു​ത​ൽ സ്കൂ​ളു​ക​ളി​ൽ യൂ​ണി​ഫോം നി​ർ​ബ​ന്ധം

തി​​രു​​വ​​ന​​ന്ത​​പു​​രം: 13 മു​​ത​​ൽ സ്കൂ​​ളു​​ക​​ളി​​ൽ യൂ​​ണി​​ഫോം നി​​ർ​​ബ​​ന്ധ​​മാ​​ക്കി​​യ​​താ​​യി വി​​ദ്യാ​​ഭ്യാ​​സ മ​​ന്ത്രി വി. ​​ശി​​വ​​ൻ​​കു​​ട്ടി. വി​​ദ്യാ​​ർ​​ഥി​​ക​​ളു​​ടെ ബ​​സ് ക​​ണ്‍​സ​​ഷ​​ൻ അ​​ട​​ക്ക​​മു​​ള്ള കാ​​ര്യ​​ങ്ങ​​ളി​​ലെ ആ​​ശ​​യ​​ക്കു​​ഴ​​പ്പം പ​​രി​​ഹ​​രി​​ക്കു​​ന്ന​​തി​​ന്‍റെ ഭാ​​ഗ​​മാ​​യാ​​ണ് യൂ​​ണി​​ഫോം നി​​ർ​​ബ​​ന്ധ​​മാ​​ക്കി​​യ​​ത്....

Movie7 hours ago

റെക്കോർഡുകൾ തകർത്ത് “ദി ചോസൺ’:, വിറ്റുതീർന്നത് ആറരലക്ഷം ടിക്കറ്റുകൾ

ബൈബിൾ ടി.വി പരമ്പരയായ ‘ദ ചോസൺ’ ടീം, ക്രിസ്മസിനോട് അനുബന്ധിച്ച് തീയറ്ററുകളിൽ റിലീസ് ചെയ്ത സ്‌പെഷഷൽ സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ഗംഭീര പ്രതികരണം. ‘ക്രിസ്മസ് വിത്ത് ചോസൺ: ദ മെസഞ്ചേഴ്‌സ്’...

us news1 day ago

Indonesia volcano: Residents flee in panic after Mount Semeru erupts

At least one person has been killed and dozens suffered severe burns after the Mount Semeru volcano in Indonesia’s East...

Mobile1 day ago

Twitter changes privacy policy

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stepped down Monday, and no sooner was he out the door than Twitter announced an...

Business1 day ago

പുതുവർഷ ഇരുട്ടടി: രാജ്യത്ത് ബാങ്കിംഗ് ചാർജുകൾ ഉയരുന്നു

ദില്ലി : പുതുവർഷത്തിൽ രാജ്യത്ത് ബാങ്കിംഗ് ചാർജുകൾ ഉയരും. ഇതോടെ, ഡെബിറ്റ്, ക്രെഡിറ്റ് കാർഡുകളുടെ ഓൺലൈൻ ട്രാൻസ്ഫർ ലിമിറ്റ്, നിശ്ചിത തവണയ്ക്ക് ശേഷമുള്ള ഉപയോഗത്തിന് ഫീസ് ഈടാക്കുന്നത്...

Media1 day ago

ലോകത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും മികച്ച ടൂറിസം വില്ലേജായി സൗദി അറേബ്യയിലെ റിജാല്‍ അല്‍മാ

റിയാദ്: രാജ്യത്തെ വിനോദ സഞ്ചാര വികസനത്തിന് കുതിപ്പേകുന്ന പുതിയ നേട്ടവുമായി സൗദി. ലോകത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും മികച്ച ടൂറിസം വില്ലേജുകളിലൊന്നായി സൗദി അറേബ്യയിലെ റിജാല്‍ അല്‍മാ വിനോദ സഞ്ചാര...

Health1 day ago

സം​സ്ഥാ​ന​ത്ത് ഗു​ണ​നി​ല​വാ​ര​മി​ല്ലാ​ത്ത 11 മ​രു​ന്നു​ക​ൾ നി​രോ​ധി​ച്ചു

തി​രു​വ​ന​ന്ത​പു​രം: സം​സ്ഥാ​ന ഡ്ര​ഗ്‌​സ് ക​ൺ​ട്രോ​ൾ വ​കു​പ്പി​ലെ മ​രു​ന്ന് പ​രി​ശോ​ധ​നാ ല​ബോ​റ​ട്ട​റി​ക​ളി​ൽ ന​ട​ത്തി​യ ഗു​ണ​നി​ല​വാ​ര പ​രി​ശോ​ധ​ന​യി​ൽ ന​വം​ബ​ർ ര​ണ്ടാം പാ​ദ​ത്തി​ൽ ഗു​ണ​നി​ല​വാ​ര​മി​ല്ലാ​ത്ത​താ​യി ക​ണ്ടെ​ത്തി​യ താ​ഴെ പ​റ​യു​ന്ന മ​രു​ന്നു ബാ​ച്ചു​ക​ളു​ടെ...

Media1 day ago

Livelihood Project in India Becomes “Double Blessing” for Rural Pastor

India– “It was a turning point in my ministry,” Pastor Daniel recently told International Christian Concern (ICC). A beneficiary of...

Trending