5 Things to Know for September 20: Storms, Immigration, UN, Interest Rates, Mexico Earthquake




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Three powerful storms are wreaking havoc around the world, prompting officials to issue urgent warnings and evacuation orders. In the Dominican Republic, more than a million people are without water today after Hurricane Fiona swept through the country. That was when the storm wreaked havoc across Puerto Rico, leaving the island in a blackout. Damage assessments are still being done, but some residents say flooding and mudslides in the region are reminiscent of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017, which caused tens of billions of dollars in damage. In Alaska, extreme winds and a storm surge from the remnants of a typhoon were strong enough to uproot buildings. And in southern Japan, typhoon Nanmadol has killed at least two people and injured more than 120 others.

US Customs and Border Protection encounters at the US-Mexico border have already topped 2 million this year, according to newly released agency data, as migration from countries such as Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba has surged. Republican governors critical of the Biden administration’s immigration policies have taken credit for busing or flying north from the southern border to liberal US enclaves. Now, amid mounting criticism from Democratic lawmakers and humanitarian organizations, a Texas sheriff said Monday his agency will open an investigation into the transport of 48 Venezuelan migrants from the state to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. New York City officials have also said they are considering legal options to respond to the waves of asylum seekers that continue to arrive in the city.

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The United Nations General Assembly returned to New York this week after three years of leaders speaking via video due to the global pandemic. A total of 193 UN countries will use this time to discuss the world’s challenges in person. As predicted, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is casting a shadow over the entire gathering. “The General Assembly meets at a time of great danger,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a press conference last week. “The geostrategic alliances are the biggest they’ve been since at least the Cold War,” he added. The General Assembly comes as the majority of UN members strongly oppose Russia’s war in Ukraine, and Western countries are likely to use their official speeches to bash Moscow. On the other hand, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be the only world leader to speak via video, as he is occupied by the war in his country.

Financial markets are on edge as the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting begins today. The big announcement is expected on Wednesday, when the Fed will raise rates by nearly three-quarters of a point for the third time in a row, or an unprecedented full percentage point. But what happens after that is anyone’s guess. Wall Street is divided on whether the Fed will continue to raise rates aggressively in November or whether inflationary pressures will cool enough for the central bank to slow down a bit. This is because inflation is undoubtedly a big problem and amid concerns that the stock market, which has already had a disastrous 2022, could suffer longer.

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A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwest coast of Mexico on Monday, killing at least one person, with tremors as far away as Mexico City. The epicenter of the earthquake occurred in a sparsely populated region of the state of Michoacan, according to data from the US Geological Survey. A tsunami warning was initially issued immediately after the earthquake, but has since been revised. Waves of up to 9.8 meters were predicted to hit Mexico and the Pacific coasts of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. The news came on the fifth anniversary of the 2017 earthquake that killed 216 people in Mexico City.

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hat is how many hours of flight experience are required for new airline pilots. Regional airline Republic Airways asked the FAA to ease commercial pilot hiring standards to address a global pilot shortage, but the request — which drew strong union opposition — was denied Monday after the agency ruled that existing safety rules should remain in place.

“These types of actions go against everything the university stands for, and it goes against the spirit of competition. We can and will do better as a campus community that has no place for hate, bias or bigotry.”

– University of Oregon, apologizing after some students shouted a loud boo during a recent football game against Brigham Young University in Utah. Videos of the incident by a BYU fan have Oregon fans chanting “F**k the Mormons” over and over. Several state authorities in Utah and Oregon have condemned hate speech. University officials are investigating the incident.

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Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the view. This paraglider cross-paraglider flies above amazing places around the world “with a change of bed sheets and strings”. (Click here to view)