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Hurricane Dorian Heads to Florida After Brushing Caribean Islands – Declared State of Emergency for the Entire State

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Hurricane Dorian is now expected to hit southeastern Florida early Monday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane winds of at least 209 kilometers per hour (130 mph) — proving to be the strongest direct hit to Florida’s east coast since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The storm is also expected to linger over central Florida on Tuesday but tropical storm-force winds from Dorian could begin in parts of Florida as early as Saturday evening, The National Hurricane Center has warned.

The Hurricane Center describes Category 4 storms as capable of causing “catastrophic damage” including severe damage to well-built homes. It said in such storms, “Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed.

Dorian was upgraded to a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon and was impacting Puerto Rico with outer bands and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and wind. The core of the storm’s worst weather passed just east of Puerto Rico with no serious damage..

The storm rolled over the Virgin Islands later on Wednesday, hitting St. Thomas with wind gusts of up to 100 mph and is now heading away from Puerto Rico, which dodged the worst of the storm.

On Thursday night, the National Weather Service in Florida warned that Dorian could bring a “triple-threat of dangers” to Florida — including “life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane-force winds and heavy rains.” They urged Floridians to “prepare NOW.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Floida on Thursday evening. Initially, the state of emergency was declared for 26 counties on the east coast but extended it on Thursday to the whole of Florida. The governor tweeted saying he has activated more than 2,500 Florida National Guard troops as the state braces for Hurricane Dorian.”I encourage all Floridians to continue to monitor and heed all warnings.” he added.

“All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts,” the governor said in a statement. “As it increases strength, this storm has the potential to severely damage homes, businesses and buildings, which is why all Floridians should remain vigilant. Do not wait until it is too late to make a plan.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has also canceled a planned trip to Poland to “ensure that all resources of the federal government are focused on the arriving storm … it’s something very important for me to be here,” he said on Thursday evening.

Florida Power and Light also activated its emergency response team on Thursday, securing nearly 13,000 workers to help restore power. The state’s largest power company also urged customers to prepare for possible power outages. Reported CBS News.

“We’re actively working with other utilities from across the United States to secure additional crews and equipment and pre-positioning resources in advance of the storm’s landfall, so we are ready to respond as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power and Light.

Florida residents on Thursday evening rushed to supermarkets across the states collecting food and supplies.

According to a report by CBS News, the reason the storm has shifted is because its circulation has been rather disorganized and big convective bursts (clusters of thunderstorms) on the east side of the circulation are making the system lopsided, pulling and tugging the center further east.

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iPhone 11 to Be Launched on the September 10 Event

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Apple on Thursday sent out media invites for its annual iPhone-centric event that will be held on Tuesday September 10th at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.

The event which is “By invite only” will kick off at 10AM PT / 1PM EST / 6PM BST (8PM on September 10th in Kenya)

Speculations has it that this event is likely to be the launch of the next iPhone which includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11R.

Historically, the company usually announces new phones in mid-September, and media reports in the recent past have long predicted that the big day would fall on the 10th this year. There were hints, too: iHelpBR (via MacRumors) dug into the iOS 13 beta code and found a screenshot of the iPhone calendar showing that particular date, echoing a similar image found ahead of last year’s launch date.

In 2018, Apple unveiled three phones on Thursday, Sept. 13 and released the first two, the iPhone XS and XS Max, on Friday, Sept. 21, with the iPhone XR shipping more than a month later, on Oct. 26

According to MacRumors, Apple is expected to continue to offer three iPhones, two OLED models in 5.8 and 6.5 inches and one LCD model that’s 6.1 inches, but all three will see camera improvements.

The two OLED models are said to have triple-lens camera setups arranged within in a square bump, with the setup including a telephoto lens, a wide-angle lens, and a new super-wide angle lens.

The new devices will enable users to zoom out further to capture a wider field of view, and the new setup will also bring improvements to low-light images. As for the 6.1-inch iPhone, it’s getting a dual-camera setup for the first time.

Rumoured specifications of Apple’s iPhone XI include a 5.8-inch display with 1125 x 2346 pixels resolution. The phone will also have a Super Retina HD display.

The phone is expected to come with Apple A11 hex core processor with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone will come with dual 12MP+12MP rear cameras and an 8MP front camera. Camera features include Quad-LED True Tone Flash, 4K Video recording, dual OIS, Continuous shooting, Portrait mode, and more. It will be equipped with a Li-ion non-removable battery. Connectivity options included in the iPhone XI include GPRS, EDGE, WIFI, Bluetooth, USB, and 4G. It will come with an array of sensors including Face ID, Fingerprint sensor, and will come with Quick charging support, and wireless charging. The smartphone will have a dust and water-resistant body.

As with past events, Apple will stream the event live on its website and on the Apple TV when it kicks off at 8PM on September 10th in Kenya.

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UN Appoints Uganda’s Winnie Byanyima as UNAids Executive Director

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The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has appointed Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima as the UNAIDS Executive Director and United Nations Under-Secretary-General. Her appoinmtment follows a comprehensive selection process that involved a search committee constituted by members of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. The UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations made the final recommendation on the appointment to the Secretary-General.

Ms Byanyima has been the Oxfam executive director for six years since her appointment in January 2013. She takes over the UNAids roles from Malian Michel Sidibé who stepped down in May, following accusations of serious mismanagement. Mr Sidibé was also accused of creating “a patriarchal culture tolerating harassment and abuse of authority.”

In her acceptance, Ms Byanyima, 60, said she was “honoured” to be joining UNAids “at such a critical time in the response to HIV.”

“I am honoured to be joining UNAIDS as the Executive Director at such a critical time in the response to HIV,” said Ms Byanyima. “The end of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is a goal that is within the world’s reach, but I do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead. Working with all its partners, UNAIDS must continue to speak up for the people left behind and champion human rights as the only way to end the epidemic.”

Ms Byanyima began her career as a champion of marginalized communities and women 30 years ago as a member of parliament in the National Assembly of Uganda. In 2004, she became the Director of Women and Development at the African Union Commission, working on the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, an international human rights instrument that became an important tool for reducing the disproportionate effect of HIV on the lives of women in Africa.

She holds an advanced degree in mechanical engineering (in energy conservation and the environment) from the Cranfield Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Manchester.

Source: UNAIDS

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Walgreens is Closing 200 Stores Across United States, Here’s Why

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United States’ 2nd largest drug stores brand, Walgreen, is closing about 3% of its more than 10,000 stores across the U.S. The company announced on Monday.

The company has not yet announced which locations it will be shuttering.

“Given that we have multiple locations in many markets, we anticipate minimal disruption to customers and patients,” Jim Cohn, senior director for corporate media relations, told the local media, TODAY. “We also anticipate being able to retain the majority of the impacted store team members in other nearby locations.” he added.

The closure is the latest move by the brand which recently an announced shutdown of 200 stores in the U.K. According to CNBC, Walgreens closed another 20 stores in 2015. Additionally in 2018, the chain’s parent company, the Walgreens Boots Alliance, bought 1,932 Rite Aid locations. Since then, 631 of those locations have been closed and another 119 are expected to be shut down.

By closing the stores, the brand is hoping to save $1.5 billion in annual expenses by fiscal 2022 in what it’s calling the “transformational cost management program.” Walgreens expects to record a $1.9 billion to $2.4 billion earnings hit related to real estate, severance and other costs, it said in a regulatory filing.

“As previously announced, we are undertaking a transformational cost management program to accelerate the ongoing transformation of our business, enable investments in key areas and to become a more efficient enterprise,” the company said in a statement.

Disruption among customers and patients where they are shopping more online and less in stores have resulted to pharmacies in the U.S to close thousands of stores.

Reports by local media indicate that 8,139 stores were closed in 2017 while more than 7,000 stores have already closed in 2019.

TODAY reports that major retailers have announced closings including Topshop, which will close all of its U.S. locations, Party City, which will close 45 locations, and Gap, which will shutter more than 230 stores over the next two years. Shopping staples like Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, and Abercrombie & Fitch are also downsizing. Popular retailers like Payless and Dressbarn have filed for bankruptcy and will be closing all of their stores.

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