Just the Facts-The BL news-03-04-2019
Just the Facts-The BL News-03-04-2019
The National Weather Service confirmed late Sunday a tornado with at least an F3 rating and a track at least half a mile wide caused deadly destruction in Alabama. The currently reported death toll stands at 23.
Dozens of emergency responders rushed to join search and rescue efforts. Residents are left with massive destruction, and many recounted their experience.
Radar and video evidence showed what looked like a large tornado crossing the area near Beauregard shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, said meteorologist Meredith Wyatt with the Birmingham office of the National Weather Service.
Aerial footage of tornado damage
Rescuers are searching for victims after a tornado ripped through the rural Alabama community of Beauregard and killed at least 23 people.
The tornado struck on Sunday, smashing houses down to their concrete slabs, snapping pine trees and leaving twisted metal dangling from branches.
Traveling straight down a county road, the twister carved a trail of destruction at least half a mile wide and about a mile long, overwhelming the Lee County coroner's office, which was forced to call in help from the state.
The tornado, with winds believed to be around 160 mph or higher, was part of a powerful storm system that slashed its way across the Deep South, spawning numerous tornado warnings in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.
The sheriff says the dead include children, and the toll could rise.
A gas pipeline explosion in Missouri
Officials are investigating the cause of a gas pipeline explosion during the weekend in central Missouri.
The pipeline owned by Dallas-based Panhandle Eastern Pipeline ruptured Sunday morning along Missouri 15 about 1 mile (1.61 kilometers) north of Mexico in Audrain County.
Little Dixie Fire Protection District Fire Chief Steve Gentry said his crews weren't able to battle the blaze when they first arrived because the flames were so intense. No injuries were reported.
Avalanche caught on camera
Drivers on the Interstate 70 in the US state of Colorado had a lucky escape on Sunday when an avalanche almost hit the highway.
Video filmed by Jacob Easton shows how the torrent of snow rolls down the mountainside, not far from Copper Mountain.
Although the avalanche stops short of hitting the Interstate 70, it releases a huge cloud of snow dust which blankets much of the road.
Easton told local media that he and his father escaped unharmed, albeit shaken by witnessing the power of the avalanche.
The BL news-The First Lady Melania Trump kicks off three State “Be Best” childhood initiative
Melania Trump is in Oklahoma to open a three-state tour to highlight all three components of her "Be Best" childhood initiative.
The first lady on Monday is visiting the Dove School of Discovery, a Tulsa elementary school that the White House says incorporates character education in its curriculum. She'll visit a Seattle-area tech company later Monday to learn about programs and apps designed to teach children how to be safe online, and about technology to help children with disabilities.
Mrs. Trump concludes the tour Tuesday in Las Vegas by participating in a town hall on the opioid crisis.
It's her first solo domestic overnight trip in her official capacity.
The first lady launched "Be Best" last May to focus on child well-being, online safety and bullying prevention, and opioid abuse.
The BL news-across Latin America-03-04-2019
-UN pays tribute to confessed mass murderer: "Che" Guevara
- Mexico warns that illegal migrants caravans could become normal
- In Bolivia, the Medical Association denounces says the universal health plan is a "deception"
-Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will visit the U.S., Chile, and Israel
UN pays tribute to confessed mass murderer: "Che" Guevara
The UN provoked worldwide indignation by paying tribute to the confessed mass murderer: Ernesto "Che" Guevara, also called the "Butcher of the Cabin.
The international entity exhibited a giant portrait of the criminal at its headquarters in Geneva.
Among others, the executive director of a non-governmental organization of former U.N. members criticized the fact that the tribute was paid to someone who confessed to shooting political opponents by denying them the right to trial, and who ordered hundreds of executions.
He also indicated that no one should support someone who promoted media censorship and tried to repress freedom of thought.
The media also reported that "Che" Guevara made famous the phrase: "A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hatred."
Mexico warns that illegal migrants caravans could become normal
Mexico's Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, said that caravans of illegal migrants bound to the United States could become a normal occurrence.
On her recent visit to Washington, she warned that the new phenomenon of Central American caravans offers so much protection to illegal immigrants that there could be as many as 700,000 each year.
He stated that caravans are already a huge business and that individuals or organizations promoting these migratory flows should be identified as soon as possible.
He also indicated that they would work with the United States to address the causes of migration and promote development in southern Mexico and the Northern Triangle.
In Bolivia, the Medical Association denounces says the universal health plan is a "deception"
The Bolivian Medical Association denounced that President Evo Morales launched a free Health System, although the country is suffering a crisis of facilities, medicines and medical material.
The Bolivian doctors, who joyfully received the news that assistance will be provided to the needy, described the plan as deception since it will not be activated for another five years, and for now, it will only cover small symptoms such as colds or diarrhea.
Fernando Romero, a doctor and general secretary of the Union of Medical Branches of Public Health, assured that the government of Evo Morales is trying to repress and silence the claims and accusations of the medical community for a long time.
He said that the president has created his Confederation of Doctors and is trying to introduce doctors - who studied in socialist Cuba - into the Bolivian health system.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will visit the U.S., Chile, and Israel
The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, will visit the United States, Chile, and Israel in the coming weeks.
Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo announced that Bolsonaro would meet with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, from March 17 to 19.
This will be the Brazilian president's second official trip, as he attended the Davos International Economic Forum in Switzerland after assuming the presidency on January 1.
He will then visit Chile from March 21 to 23, and then travel to Israel before the Near East country holds the elections.