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‘Major’ hurricanes: Pacific Ocean Hurricanes

‘Major’ hurricanes: Pacific Ocean Hurricanes, Pali became the earliest hurricane on record in the central Pacific Ocean on Jan. 11, 2016, later dissipating as a tropical system on Jan. 14. In addition to being a rare January hurricane, Pali also took a peculiar track close to the equator. close to the equator for a tropical cyclone.

This was on the heels of a historically active 2015 tropical season in the Pacific Ocean, including a Tropical Depression Nine-C, which formed near the end of the year and dissipated on Jan. 1, 2016.

Pali defied odds, strengthening to a Category 2 hurricane for a time, all while moving in an unusual southward direction across the low latitudes. Around the time of Pali’s peak intensity on Jan. 12, the hurricane even displayed a fairly well-defined eye on satellite imagery.

The previous record for the earliest hurricane in the central Pacific was Hurricane Ekeka which reached hurricane status on January 30, 1992.

Dating to 1949, only two tropical storms had formed in the central Pacific in the month of January prior to Pali. Tropical Storm Winona was the first on Jan. 13, 1989, and the second was Ekeka on Jan. 28, 1992. Ekeka reached Category 3 hurricane intensity amidst the moderate El Niño of 1991-92.

According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Pali’s track south of 5 degrees North latitude was “something rarely seen in the central Pacific.”

In general, most tropical cyclones do not form within 5 degrees latitude of the equator, due to the weakness of the Coriolis force needed to help generate the low-level spin needed.

Here are the “closest to equator” tropical cyclones of hurricane strength (74 mph or higher), according to hurricane specialist Michael Lowry.:

1) Typhoon Vamei: 1.5 degrees North latitude in the western North Pacific basin (Dec. 27, 2001)
2) Cyclone Agni: 2.7 degrees North latitude in the north Indian Ocean basin (Nov. 29, 2004)
3) Hurricane Pali: 3.4 degrees North latitude in the central North Pacific basin (Jan. 13, 2016)

Pali traveled even further south, while weakening, finally dissipating as a tropical cyclone around 1.7 degrees North latitude.

El Niño played a role in the formation of this unusual tropical cyclone. According to the discussion issued Thursday Jan. 7 by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, “This low-latitude out-of-season system has tapped into significant directional shear of the low-level winds, with an El Niño related westerly wind burst south of the system, and prevailing easterly trade winds to the north providing the large scale conditions conducive for development.”

Dead girl found in mom’s freezer: Janiya Thomas Missing Girl

Dead girl found in mom’s freezer: Janiya Thomas Missing Girl, — Keishanna Thomas, the mother of the 11-year-old girl who has gone missing and is presumed dead, has been charged with aggravated child abuse for an incident last month involving her 12-year-old son, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

As part of the investigation into that case, deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office’s Child Protective Investigations unit went Friday to the family’s apartment at the Village at Cortez, 4880 51st St. W., to remove Thomas’ five children.

Only four were found, and Thomas was arrested when she refused to talk about her daughter Janiya’s whereabouts.

It was the 10th time since 2003 that child protection officials have had contact with Thomas and her family, said sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow.

“Following the incident in September, we were asking the mom for three weeks where her other children were, and she said the 2-year-old and 11-year-old were with relatives,” Bristow said. “She had the 2-year-old the next day, but then said the 11-year-old was with relatives in New Jersey and was out of state. She kept leading us on, so that’s why we took her in.”

Two days later, on Sunday, a girl’s body was found in a freezer at the home of Thomas’ grandmother and great-aunt, but authorities have not confirmed the body’s identity.

Judge Diana Moreland ordered a $75,000 bond on Keishanna Thomas for the child abuse charge, and she is still being held without bond on a contempt of court charge for refusing to reveal the location of her missing daughter.

The arrest report for Thomas says her son was caught shoplifting Sept. 23 from the Walmart Supercenter at 5315 Cortez Road W. where she works. Loss Prevention turned him over to Thomas, who took him home and said she was going to “whoop him,” the report states.

Thomas said she was holding him by the shirt and “lost her grip,” which caused him to run into the dresser and shatter the attached mirror.

Thomas’ live-in boyfriend told her to settle down, and the boy was taken to his room, where he climbed out the window and went to the apartment complex’s clubhouse, where he told someone his mother had punched and slapped him during the entire car ride home from Walmart, according to the report.

The responding officer indicated on the original report that the boy had no marks or bruising on him, but he was removed by Child Protective Services due to history of the family. A physician later deemed that the boy’s injuries were consistent with child abuse. Thomas told police on Oct. 9 she had only hit him once across the head with an open hand, according to the report.

Patrick Kane, assistant public defender, made references to a probable cause affidavit during Thomas’ first appearance hearing in court that talked about her locking a child in a bathroom and hitting her.

Doctors Without Borders Kunduz: 19 Dead at Hospital In Airstrike

Doctors Without Borders Kunduz: 19 Dead at Hospital In Airstrike, An aerial attack carried out by U.S. forces appears to have badly damaged a Médecins Sans Frontières trauma center in the Afghan city of Kunduz in the early hours on Saturday, killing 19 people – 12 staff working for the international aid organization and seven patients, including three children.

Thirty-seven were injured in the attack, according to MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders.

“All indications currently point to the bombing being carried out by international Coalition forces,” MSF said.

On bombing of @MSF hospital in Kunduz: “We cannot accept that this horrific loss of life will simply be dismissed as ‘collateral damage.'”

— MSF International (@MSF) October 3, 2015
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged a full and transparent investigation, calling the attack “tragic, inexcusable and possibly even criminal.”

The Pentagon has acknowledged that around the same time as the attack, U.S. warplanes were carrying out “sustained bombing” in the region that could have hit the hospital.

“On behalf of the American people, I extend my deepest condolences to the medical professionals and other civilians killed and injured in the tragic incident at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz,” President Obama said, in a statement released Saturday evening. “The Department of Defense has launched a full investigation, and we will await the results of that inquiry before making a definitive judgment as to the circumstances of this tragedy.”

U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, released a statement:

“U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Kunduz city at 2:15 a.m. (local), 3 October, against individuals threatening the force. The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility. This incident is under investigation.”

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has said that the U.S. is still trying to determine what happened in the airstrike.

In a statement, Carter said:

“Overnight I learned of a tragic incident involving a Doctors without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that came under fire. The area has been the scene of intense fighting the last few days. U.S. forces in support of Afghan Security Forces were operating nearby, as were Taliban fighters.

“While we are still trying to determine exactly what happened, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected. A full investigation into the tragic incident is underway in coordination with the Afghan government.

“At this difficult moment, we will continue to work with our Afghan partners to try and end the ongoing violence in and around Kunduz.”

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul also issued a statement, saying that its staff

“mourns for the individuals and families affected by the tragic incident at the Doctors without Borders hospital, and for all those suffering from the violence in Kunduz. Doctors without Borders performs heroic work throughout the world, including in Afghanistan, and our thoughts and prayers are with their team at this difficult moment. We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Kunduz and the difficult humanitarian situation faced by its residents.”

The attack comes six days after Taliban militants recaptured the city, marking their biggest military gain in 14 years. MSF says that they have treated 394 wounded patients since fighting broke out on Monday, and that at the time of this morning’s attack, 105 patients and their caretakers were in the hospital, along with more than 80 staff present.

George Zimmerman: Zimmerman Posts Pic Of Trayvon’s Body?

George Zimmerman: Zimmerman Posts Pic Of Trayvon’s Body?, Over the weekend, George Zimmerman retweeted an image of Trayvon Martin’s dead body. The image was first tweeted to him by a fan who wrote, “Z-Man is a one man army.”

After the tweet was deleted, apparently by Twitter, Zimmerman posted a tweet directing media inquiries to the phone number of a car audio shop. When I called it, a disgruntled man said it was not affiliated with Zimmerman. I asked what he meant, and he said, “It’s pretty cut and dry, dude. Do you understand English?” Then he hung up. The number, it turns out, belongs to a man Zimmerman has been waging a social media campaign against.

Twitter would not comment on why they took down the photo, but the company directed me to its policy, which states that users “may not publish or post threats of violence against others or promote violence against others.”

Previously, Zimmerman’s tweets have referred to black people as primates and “slime.”

Good day to you, Ape. Dat mean u blocked cuz.

— George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) September 4, 2015
Cops lives matter, black slime doesnt.

— George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) September 3, 2015
In August, Zimmerman teamed up with the owner of a gun store with a no-Muslims-allowed policy to sell prints of his Confederate flag art, which he says “represents the hypocrisy of political correctness that is plaguing this nation.”

They thought, I wouldn’t. They said, I couldn’t. They told me I shouldn’t. So, I did.

— George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) August 19, 2015
My confederate flag painting also represents the hypocrisy of political correctness that is plaguing this nation…

— George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) August 18, 2015

Alabama town may ban short shorts: Dadeville Alabama Pants Shorts

Alabama town may ban short shorts: Dadeville Alabama Pants Shorts, Kim Kardashian West’s sexy maternity style might soon be illegal in an Alabama city that is trying to ban its residents from wearing short shorts and mini dresses.

The city of Dadeville has already proposed a ban on saggy pants, and now the community is considering widening the ban so it applies to females as well.

According to local paper The Alexander City Outlook, the saggy pants ban was proposed last month by a city council member who believed that the look – which he termed “slacking” – was “disrespectful.”

“I think it gives our younger generation the wrong impression of what is cool,” said Dadeville City Council member Frank Goodman, according to the report. “I know that God would not go around with pants down.”

Now a second council member wants to expand the ban to include leg-baring clothes for women.

“My concern is it should be for everybody,” Dadeville City Council member Stephanie Kelley reportedly said. “I think for the girls, with these shorts up so high looking like under garments and dresses so short, I don’t want us to be showing favoritism.”

Town attorney Robin Reynolds said he hopes to have the ordinance banning saggy pants, short shorts and mini dresses ready to be put to a vote by the next council meeting.

The city of Dadeville did not return requests for comment.

Dadeville Alabama Pants Shorts

Screaming woman removed from plane: American Airlines Screaming Woman

Screaming woman removed from plane: American Airlines Screaming Woman, A screaming woman was removed Monday afternoon from an American Airlines flight from Miami to Chicago, her presence prompting an emergency landing in Indianapolis before the flight continued to its destination, a passenger told USA TODAY.

American Airlines Flight 1284 departed Miami just a few minutes past its scheduled 3:20 p.m. departure, according to American Airlines online data, but about an hour from the flight’s Chicago destination, the pilot got on the loudspeaker, passenger Jim Saviano of Los Angeles and Las Vegas told USA TODAY via e-mail and Twitter.

The pilot “announced a cabin lockdown and (that he) needed everyone in their seats immediately and needed large male volunteers to restrain a passenger,” said Saviano, a disc jockey who also goes by the name Savi.

A few minutes later, the plane “started descending faster than normal and then the captain announced we would be making a landing in Indianapolis,” Saviano said.

The woman hit a passenger and kissed a flight attendant, he said.

After the woman was removed, the flight continued on to Chicago, according to American Airlines online flight data.

“It was scary because no one knew what was going on, but thankfully everyone is safe,” Saviano said.

American did not respond to an emailed request for details.

TSA Officer Accused: Molested By TSA Officer?

TSA Officer Accused: Molested By TSA Officer?, A TSA screener is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at LaGuardia Airport in New York City after telling her she needed to be searched in the bathroom.

The suspect did not post $3,000 bail and was moved to jail late Friday night.

Defense attorneys argued two witnesses said they saw another man, but prosecutors say the victim picked Maxie Oquendo out in a lineup.

The TSA screener is accused of using his job to lure a passenger into a bathroom at LaGuardia Airport under the guise that he needed to search her for weapons.

Maxie Oquendo allegedly sexually assaulted a 21-year-old student from South Korea after her Salt Lake City flight landed Tuesday afternoon.

Court documents show the suspect allegedly said, “Hey, ma’am, I need to scan your body and your luggage.”

She responded by saying, “You can’t scan me, but you can have a woman scan me, because I am a girl.”

The victim asked the 40-year-old TSA screener if he checked all passengers, and Oquendo allegedly said yes.

He then allegedly lifted up her shirt, unzipped her pants and fondled her.

Saying afterwards, “She’s clear. She doesn’t have any weapons or knives.”

The 40-year-old suspect’s mom says she knows her son and this just can’t be true.

“I don’t believe it. He doesn’t deal with passengers,” she said. “I just cry. What I can do? I just cry.”

The TSA has terminated Oquendo. He’d been on the job for 13 years.

The TSA issued this statement Friday afternoon:
“TSA has terminated this individual. TSA holds its employees to the highest standards. As such, we expect our employees to conduct themselves with integrity, professionalism, and with respect for the public we serve. When our employees fail to meet these fundamental ethical standards, we will hold our personnel appropriately accountable. The vast majority of the TSA workforce serves with honor and integrity, and treats every passenger with dignity and respect. TSA is working in close partnership with the Port Authority Police Department in support of this investigation.”

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Friday announced Oquendo’s arrest on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, official misconduct, third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree harassment.

“The defendant is accused of an egregious abuse of his position as a government screener at LaGuardia Airport to sexually victimize a young woman,” Brown said. “Such alleged conduct cannot, under any circumstances, go unpunished.”

If convicted, Oquendo faces up to one year in jail.

The suspect has two daughters and lives in Manhattan and does not have a criminal record.

Hurricane Danny: Hurricane Danny Forms In The Atlantic

Hurricane Danny: Hurricane Danny Forms In The Atlantic, Danny’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning have increased to near 75 mph (120 kph) and additional strengthening is forecast during the next two days.

The hurricane is centered about 1,090 miles (1,755 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Danny is a small storm with hurricane-force winds only extending outward up to 10 miles (20 kilometers) from the center.

The storm does not currently pose a threat to any land.