#HurricaneMichael Latest: Death Toll Rises to at least 16 as rescuers are finding bodies in and around Mexico Beach that the winds and rain totally obliterated according to official #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: Editor says here’s what we know as #HurricaneMichael makes landfall In Mexico as search-and-rescue teams have begun finding bodies in and around Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town that #HurricaneMichael obliterated, according to an official as the scale of the storm’s fury became ever clearer #AceNewsDesk reports

Key points:

  • Death toll from Hurricane Michael increased to 16 as more bodies discovered
  • Hurricane blew ashore with 249kph winds
  • 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders and stayed behind, state officials said

The US death toll from the hurricane has risen to 16, law enforcement officials said.

Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue unit that went into the flattened town, said: “There are individuals who are deceased. We are working to identify them.”

Mr Zahralban spoke as his team — which included a dog — was winding down its two-day search of Mexico Beach, the town of about 1,000 people that was nearly wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there Wednesday (local time) with devastating winds of almost 245 kilometres per hour.

Rescue workers with a lot of work to do in finding missing people.Photo: Rescue workers with a lot of work to do in finding missing people. (Reuters: Jonathan Bachman)       Blocks and blocks of homes were demolished, reduced to splintered lumber or mere concrete slabs by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental US in nearly 50 years.

As the catastrophic damage across the Florida Panhandle (the region in the north of Florida) came into view 48 hours after the hurricane struck, there was little doubt the death toll would rise.

How high it might go was unclear. But authorities scrapped plans to set up a temporary morgue, suggesting they had yet to see mass casualties.

Video: People in the disaster area are struggling to make contact with people on the outside. (ABC News)State officials said that by one count, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders and stayed behind. Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.

Thousands trying to get in touch with residents

Emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people.

But with mobile-phone service out across vast swaths of the Florida Panhandle, officials said it is possible that some of those unaccounted for are safe and just haven’t been able to contact friends or family.

Across the ravaged region, meanwhile, authorities set up distribution centres to hand out food and water to victims.

Some supplies were brought in by trucks, while others had to be delivered by helicopter because of debris still blocking roads.

About 1,000 people lived in Mexico Beach where Hurricane Michael made landfall.Photo: About 1,000 people lived in Mexico Beach where Hurricane Michael made landfall. (Reuters: Carlo Allegri)Residents began to come to grips with the destruction and face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead.

“I didn’t recognise [anything]. Everything’s gone. I didn’t even know our road was our road,” said 25-year-old Tiffany Plushnik, an evacuee who returned to find her home in Sandy Creek too damaged to live in.

When she went back to the hotel where she took shelter from the storm, she found out she could no longer stay there either because of mould.

“We’ve got to figure something out. We’re starting from scratch, all of us,” Ms Plushnik said.

President Donald Trump announced plans to visit Florida and hard-hit Georgia early next week, but didn’t say what day he would arrive.

“We are with you!” he tweeted.

Authorities have set up distribution centres to hand out water and food to survivors.Photo: Authorities have set up distribution centres to hand out water and food to survivors. (Reuters: Jonathan Bachman)Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds, surging floodwaters and homes cracking apart.

Emergency officials said they had completed an initial “hasty search” of the stricken area, looking for the living or the dead, and were now launching into more careful inspections of ruined buildings.

State officials still ‘do not know enough’ about people’s fate

Governor Rick Scott said state officials still “do not know enough” about the fate of those who stayed behind in the region.

“We are not completely done. We are still getting down there,” the Governor added.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said he expects to see the death toll rise.

Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds.Photo: Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds. (Reuters: Jonathan Bachman)“We still haven’t gotten into the hardest-hit areas,” he said, adding with frustration: “Very few people live to tell what it’s like to experience storm surge, and unfortunately in this country we seem to not learn the lesson.”

Long expressed worry that people have suffered “hurricane amnesia”.

“When state and local officials tell you to get out, dang it, do it. Get out,” he said.

On the Panhandle, Tyndall Air Force Base “took a beating,” so much so that Colonel Brian Laidlaw told the 3,600 men and women stationed on the base not to come back.

Many of the 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated ahead of the storm.

Video: Hurricane Michael winds slam into Florida as storm reaches category 4  (ABC News)The hurricane’s eyewall passed directly overhead, severely damaging nearly every building and leaving many a complete loss.

The elementary school, the flight line, the marina and the runways were devastated.

“I will not recall you and your families until we can guarantee your safety. At this time I can’t tell you how long that will take, but I’m on it,” Colonel Laidlaw wrote.

“We need to restore basic utilities, clear our roads of trees and power lines, and assess the structural integrity of our buildings.”

Sources: Reuters.Com/ – AP.Org/ – ABC.Net/

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(Nigeria) #BokoHaram Release 833 children some as young as 11-years of age according to UNICEF says #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: A militia fighting against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria has released 833 children from its own ranks, some as young as 11, the UN children’s agency UNICEF says #AceNewsDesk reports

Members of Civilian Joint Task Force on patrol in Maiduguri.Photo: About 40 per cent of the released militants were 15 years old or younger.

(Reuters: Joe Penney, file photo)

Key points:

  • Civilian Joint Task Force was formed in 2013 to fight Boko Haram
  • The children released were part of 1,175 boys and 294 girls who were associated with CJTF in the city of Maiduguri
  • CJTF included children who were “pursuing military objectives” but also many in support roles, said UNICEF

UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) was formed in 2013 by vigilante groups in Borno state to fight Boko Haram, which itself gained international notoriety for kidnapping schoolgirls in the town of Chibok.

The CJTF signed an action plan in September 2017 to end child recruitment, and the release of the children, 40 per cent of whom were 15 or younger, was its first formal release.

“This is a significant milestone in ending the recruitment and use of children, but many more children remain in the ranks of other armed groups in either combat or support roles,” UNICEF Nigeria deputy representative Pernille Ironside said in a statement.

About 40 per cent of the released militants were 15 years old or younger.Photo: Civilian Joint Task Force is fighting the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. (Reuters: Kolawole Adewale)

The released children were among 1,175 boys and 294 girls who had been identified as being associated with the CJTF in the city of Maiduguri, UNICEF said, although the total has yet to be verified and could include another 2,200 or more children.

It said that it had supported the social and economic reintegration of more than 8,700 children released from armed groups since 2017, helping trace their families, returning them to their communities and offering them psycho-social support, education, vocational training and informal apprenticeships.

What is Boko Haram?

  • Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful”, is loosely modelled on the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.
  • The group considers all who do not follow its strict ideology as infidels, whether they are Christian or Muslim. 
  • It demands the adoption of Sharia law in all of Nigeria.

Mr Boulierac said the CJTF included children who were “pursuing military objectives” but also many in support roles, so their reintegration into society might be easier than those released from an armed group like Boko Haram.

That Islamist group has kidnapped thousands since it began an insurgency in 2009 aimed at creating an Islamic state in the north-east.

“As far as the Nigerian Government is concerned, the CJTF is a local intelligence gathering group. The defence ministry does not have any evidence of armed soldiers who are under age,” presidency spokesman Garba Shehu said.

Nigeria’s Government said, since December 2015, that Boko Haram has been “technically defeated”, 20 months after the kidnap of the 270 Chibok girls.

Yet attacks continue in the north-east, while Islamic State West Africa, which splintered off from Boko Haram in 2016, holds territory around Lake Chad.

Source: Reuters.Com/ ABC.Net/ UNICEF.Org/ Published: October:2018:

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(COLUMBIA, S.C.) WLTX reports that a suspect has been arrested for the weekend shooting in Columbia’ s Five Points. Rodriguez Kenatvious Marshall, 19, has been charged with attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: At approximately 2 a.m. on October 6, several men tried to enter the Thirsty Parrot when they were confronted by some of the bar’s employees: One employee got into a fight with one of the men, and Marshall shot a victim in the arm #AceNewsDesk reports

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*Photo credit Columbia Police Department

Marshall turned himself in to police Monday, and the victim has been treated and released from the hospital: Police are continuing to review security camera footage of the incident to determine if any other witnesses may have important information regarding the fight and shooting.

They are asking anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

Sources: WLXT.Com/ – Columbia Police Dept – Published: October.10:2018:

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(SCHOHARIE, N.Y.) Latest: Nauman Hussain, the limo company’s operator, has been caught and arrested on Oct.10: and has been charged with criminally negligent homicide for killing over 20 victims last weekend #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: Editor says heres our latest update on this case: Following this exclusive by the Daily Mail: https://acenewsservices.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/schoharie-ny-daily-mail-exclusive-shahed-hussain-owner-of-prestige-limo-that-unoffi-cially-had-a-vehicle-modified-that-killed-20-people-on-saturday-is-owned-by-a-muslim-that-w/ Last weekend, a horrific motor vehicle accident in Schoharie, New York, killed over 20 victims. The incident began when a modified stretch limousine flew off of the roadway and collided into a parking lot. Two pedestrians were fatally struck by the limo, and all 18 passengers inside were killed as a result. The National Transportation Safety Board has labeled this incident the deadliest transportation-related accident in the country over the last 10 years #AceNewsDesk reports

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Authorities immediately launched an investigation into what caused this tragedy. Almost right away, several red flags began surfacing about the company that was operating the limousine service: The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, confirmed to media outlets that the limousine driver involved in the accident did not even have the appropriate licensing to drive the limo. In addition, the vehicle recently failed a safety inspection issued by the state. According to detailed records, the limo was actually a modified 2001 Ford Excursion that was not safe for the passengers. Four of the five company vehicles that have recently been inspected by the state were ordered ‘out of service’ due to the numerous safety violations.

Scott Lisinicchia, the deceased driver of the limo, allegedly filed numerous complaints about the limo in question before the recent crash occurred. His widow told media reporters that she overheard her husband complaining, “I’m not going to drive this…you need to give me another car.”

Published: October.12:2018:

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(LONDON) JUST IN: MET REPORT: Murder investigation underway after police were called on Fri.Oct.12: at 22:20hrs over reports of two men stabbed in Manford Way, Hainault: One man was pronounced dead at the scene: Heres what we know so far #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: Editor says here’s what we know so far: A murder investigation is underway after a stabbing in Hainault: Police were called at approximately 22:20hrs on Friday, 12 October to reports of two men stabbed in Manford Way, Hainault: Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene: One man, believed aged 23, was pronounced dead at the scene: Work continues to inform all next of kin: A post mortem examination will be scheduled in due course #AceNewsDesk reports

The second man, believed aged 22, was taken to an east London hospital for treatment; his condition was initially thought to be critical but has since been described as not life-threatening:

A crime scene remains in place.

Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigate.

No arrests; enquiries continue.

At this early stage, anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 8451/12Oct. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Source: MET Police Report: October.13: 2018:

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(NEWARK, N.J.) Press Release: Study Reveals Corrosion in Pipes in Newark Water System as Officials Go Door to Door Distributing Free Lead Filters To Protect At-Risk Residents: Newark residents are urged to take the following three steps below #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: Newark officials are handing out free water filters to reduce potential lead in the water: Officials are going door to door to properties with known or suspected lead service lines to hand out the filters #AceNewsDesk reports 

The move comes after the city received results of a lead and copper study last week that found the corrosion control in part of the water system is not effective
“We have one of the oldest cities in the nation that still has lead salve soldering pipes and still has lead service lines. As a result of that, lead gets into the water supply when it leaves the source and goes into people’s homes,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said. “The corrosion control presently being used has not been effective in various parts of the north ward, parts of the south ward, the west ward and the central ward. The east ward has been unaffected by this at all. We are taking this mess seriously and we have an aggressive plan of action to address this issue as soon as possible.”The city says they will work to implement new measures and help property owners replace lead service lines: Residents who do not have those lines do not have to be concerned about lead in their water.

Lead can seep into the water when it dissolves out of lead service lines connecting the water supply to homes: The city’s water mains do not contain lead, and homes particularly at risk for having a possible lead service line and solder joints are ones built before 1986, when lead lines were banned.

“Replacing the lead service lines is going to take the city anywhere between 5-8 years to do,” Baraka said. “It is a long process and if we don’t have corrosion control measures that effectively reduce the amount of lead that’s going into people’s water before we change their lead service lines, we need to act. And so that’s what we’re doing today, we’re acting, by making sure that those folks that are affected in those areas of the city will be getting a filter.”

Baraka called it an “all hands on deck effort.”

Newark residents are urged to take the following three steps:

  1. Call 973-733-6303 to find out if you have a lead service line. Not all residences in Newark are affected. The Newark Water Department is available to provide this information.
  2. If you have a lead service line, begin using filtered or bottled water immediately. “Flushing” – running the water from the tap for a few minutes – will not work in this case. Newark is distributing water filters to affected residents.
  3. Get children’s blood tested for lead levels. Talk to your health care provider or the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness at 973-733-5323.

“I fully support Mayor Baraka’s efforts to urgently respond to this situation,”said Governor Phil Murphy. “Our first priority is assuring the health of our residents, and so we urge everyone to follow the guidance from state and local officials. My administration stands ready to provide any assistance necessary.”

“We urge all city residents in exposed homes to provide either filtered or bottled water to children under age 6 at home, especially when mothers are using powdered baby formula or other powdered drinks to feed their children,” said Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “Formula-fed infants are especially at risk. Lead can have long-term effects on the developing brains of children.”

Source: Published: October:2018: For more information about the lead service program, click here.

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(WASHINGTON) GAO REPORT: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found “mission-critical” cyber-vulnerabilities in nearly all weapons systems tested between 2012 and 2017: That includes the newest F-35 jet as well as missile systems using only basic tools they can be hacked but Pentagon denies it #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.12: Some of the most cutting-edge weapons in the US’s military arsenal can be “easily hacked” using “basic tools”, a government report has concluded: In the report, Pentagon officials said they “believed their systems were secure” NPR reported: The committee’s members expressed concerns about how protected weapon systems were against cyber-attacks #AceNewsDesk reports

Today’s weapon systems are heavily computerized, which opens more attack opportunities for adversaries (represented below in a fictitious weapon system for classification reasons).Federal information security—another term for cybersecurity—has been on our list of High Risk issues since 1997.

Drawing of a fictitious weapon system showing multiple computerized systems, which make it more vulnerable to attacks.

The report’s main findings were:

  • the Pentagon did not change the default passwords on multiple weapons systems – and one changed password was guessed in nine seconds
  • a team appointed by the GAO was able to easily gain control of one weapons system and watch in real time as the operators responded to the hackers
  • it took another two-person team only one hour to gain initial access to a weapons system and one day to gain full control
  • many of the test teams were able to copy, change or delete system data with one team downloading 100 gigabytes of information

The GAO added that the Pentagon “does not know the full scale of its weapons system vulnerabilities

BBC reported that The Pentagon has not issued a detailed response to the 50-page report but the document quoted officials as saying that some of the security test results “were unrealistic“……………Ken Munro, an expert at security firm Pen Test Partners, said he was “not at all surprised” by the findings……………..”It takes a long time to develop a weapons system, often based on iterations of much older systems. As a result, the components and software can be based on very old, vulnerable code…………..”Developers often overlook ‘hardening’ the security of systems after they’ve got them operating, with the philosophy, ‘it’s working, so don’t mess with it’………………”However, that’s no excuse. This report shows some very basic security flaws that could easily have been addressed by changing passwords and keeping software up-to-date.”

Sources: GAO Press Release: Additional Info: BBC.Com/ Published: October.09:2018:

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