>> good morning, this is al jazeera. i'm richelle carey. this is some of the stories we're following. a huge typhoon is barreling through south asia. it's already brought massive flooding and now it's headed towards the world's largest cities. house republicans know the bill they passed will be dead alive in the senate. syria is coming clean on some of its chemical weapons program, declaration of its arsenal. good news about the shrinking polar icecap but
scientists still point to climate change. supertyphoon usagi is entering the south china sea with its sights set on hong kong. the eye of the storm is passing between the philippines and taiwan. the most powerful cyclone of 2013 has the potential to do great damage in hong kong. preparations for this hit are underway. craig leeson joins us live from hong kong. craig tell us more about the preparations. >> well, it was a beautiful day here in hong kong. you wouldn't have expected that a super-noon was on its -- supertyphoon was on its way. the flag was hoisted about today but people went about their business as though nothing was
happening. but that wasn't the case in the philippines and taiwan where the super-typhoon they were the first land masses for it to hit. the might of the u.s. navy's pacific fleet, the u.s.s. bonhomme richard, pulled out 24 hours before the typhoon usagi's arrival. it formed in the pacific early in the week and has tracked northeast through the luzon strait that separates the philippines and taiwan. in the philippines 100 families were evacuated from islands as torrential rain caused floodings in four regions. waves as big as buildings began smashing seaside and evacuation of thousands of people. china's southern coast is being
prepared for the. worst. 24,000 fishing boats returned to port. so as we can see there, that -- and let me put this into some kind of context for you. this is coming at a time during the mid autumn festival which is a holiday-long weekend here. that is like a category 4 hurricane hitting new york city during thanksgiving. and this storm is expected to slow down a degree as it reaches planned mass here, losing some of those categories becoming a category 2. but it's still a powerful storm. many people are still away overseas meeting family and friends in china, taiwan and other places and that's going to create a major disruption in
transportation, some air companies are going to cancel flights, until further notice. we're expecting major disruptions to transportation at the very least here. >> craig leeson thank you so much. we'll continue to touch base with you. chuck watson director of research at the connecticut analysis corporation, he joins me from savannah, georgia. thank you so much for your time. the supertyphoon is intensified to a category 4 hurricane essentially. can do lots of damage. what kind of damage can people expect to see? >> what we are looking at for taiwan is about $1 billion in damage. it is causing roughly category 2 conditions across the south section, southern part of taiwan. the strongest winds are fortunately staying offshore. for the philippines it is a weak
tropical storm to strong tropical storm conditions across the philippines. we're talking about tens of millions of dollars of damage. you have to look at the overall conditions of the country so $80 million of damage in the philippines would be the equivalent of 800 million in the u.s. or more developed country. you have to be careful about that. now the forecast is for it to directly cross hong kong. and it is expected to weaken to a category 2 rushing basically. but that still is 95 miles per hour, 150 kilometers per hour winds. the forecast we're looking at right now is as much as $23 billion of damage to china. >> how can we expect the infrastructure to hold up? things like airplanes, ports -- airports, ports and thing like that? >> there is a lot of infrastructure. what tends to happen you'll get
a lot for a category 2 hurricane in a very dense area, you'll have a lot of things like windows blown out of skyscrapers. rain infiltration, rain damage from compromised roofs. that tend of damage. you tend not ohave major structures fail. -- not to have major structures fail. 55 million people in the hurricane force wind swath so not all the structures are all that well built so in those cases particularly in the rural areas in the mountainous areas where you run the risk of flash floods, landslides, in addition to the wind damage, it racks up a lot of wind damage. >> let's talk about the nuclear reactors as well. >> there are a surprising number of nuclear reactors. in taiwan the two react oars att
the southern tip of taiwan, should be able to handle that without any trouble because they're probably not receiving a -- not being flooded. flooding is the main thing you worry about such as the fukushima reactors. >> exactly. >> on the chinese coast there are half odozen online reactors that are right in the core of the predicted damage swath. lingau 1 and 2 reactors should be okay, should be experiencing high winds and from what i've seen chinese authorities are taking step to make sure they are secure for storm coming. >> jack watson, appreciate it. >> you're welcome. >> georgiialeela ahmed is here.
>> south of taiwan but in taiwan all the way down into northern luzon. you the outer bands strong thunderstorms. strong strong area of plsh is going to continue to push north northwest. so we're talking about winds in excess of 120, 130 miles per hour. and as it barreled into these islands, it did weaken just a bit. it will push north northwest. what's important to note when the national weather service in the united states issues a strong thunderstorm warning we're talking about damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. that is enough to blow off roofs and move a significant amount of debris. towards a heavily populated area. right now the winds are 140 miles per hour.
we expect those winds to stay right around 100 miles per hour as it moves into hong kong. that's a significant force of wind. when hurricane sandy hit the east coast it was not labeled a hurricane but we are talking about billions of dollars of damage and loss of life. as it makes its way towards hong kong we do expect it to continue bringing those strong storms into the northern philippines and certainly straight into hong kong as we head into tomorrow night. richelle back to you. >> thank you jaleela. country's twin hurricanes villagers and soldiers have been using axes to chip away a ton of debris. and the damage from hurricane manuel and ingrid have spread far and wide.
david mercer is here. >> we're on the sun highway between mexico city and acapulco, a major transit route. for nearly this past week this critical link has been shut down because of a tunnel collapse caused by torrential rains. they've just opened this road and we've just seen the first cars coming north escaping from acapulco disaster zone heading back towards mexico city or other destinations. what we've also seen in the past few hours is empty buses traveling south towards acapulco where they're going to be picking up people who have been stranded there for days and days and bringing them back north. now up until now the government has been trying to move people using both commercial and military flights. but they've been quite restricted on how many people they have been able to move and there is still a mass of people
who need to make it out. and it's causing a lot of tension in acapulco just a few days ago we were there and we saw a very high tensions, we saw thousands of people waiting in line trying to get onto those military flights and those civilian flights. it's really hot, people have been waiting there with children, elderly, and all sorts of people, and people are starting to get frustrated and fed up with the government with not being able to move them fast enough. so this is going to provide a critical link for the government to move those people out and a big relief valve for the government. >> the mexican government now faces questions about why warning systems and emergency response were not in place ahead of those storms. a u.n. backed watchdog group has started an assessment of syria's chemical weapons. yesterday the syrian regime turned over a short list of
chemical weapons, they are encouraged by the move by syria but so far the move hasn't done anything to stop the civil war. kristin saloomi reports. the one thing all sides seem to agree on is the need for diplomacy. one of syria's deputy prime ministers said stopping the controversy should be the first concern. >> the scwerns should be like this. -- the sequence should be like this. launching the political process. >> french president francois hollande hopes there can be brokered a deal. but diplomacy moves slowly.
syria has now handed over an incomplete list of its chemical weapons sites. to the opec. the united states is cautious. >> we had a document we didn't have yesterday. >> the disclosure was dictated by the agreement between knowledge kerry and lavrov. >> they need the opcw to agree to the plan in principle before they can put it to a vote. >> the opcw cancelled a meeting expected. kristin saloomi, ldges, united ,
united nations. >> rebels fighting against him there's also a chance iran's leader will meet with president obama next week at the u.n. al jazeera's john terrett takes a closer look. in an op ed of the washington post, iran's new president hassan rouhani calls on nations to look at more than their own interests. engaging with one's counterparts on the basis of mutual respect. rouhani appealing for a less centered response. we must work together to fuel the finals to drive us apart. international sanctions are the
main reason for rouhani's softer line. >> the iranian leaders have come to this conclusion that iran's economy is in a dire situation and they cannot survive many years with the current sanctions. with the crippling sanctions. so if they want to compromise on iran's nuclear program this is the sign. >> however he warns teheran fails to realize that making nice to the u.s. alone is not enough. it has to reach out to israel too. >> israel is one of the main components of problems between iran and the u.s. iran cannot solve its problems with the u.s. unless it comes up with a solution in the relationship with israel. and so far, iran has not shown any sign in that regard. >> animosity between the u.s. and iran has been building for years stretching back to the 1950s when the cia withdrew mohamed mosadek to the rise of
the ayatollah houmeni, and antiwar comments. as rouhani heads to new york to the u.n. general assembly, he ends with: i urge hi counterparts to make most of the mandate that my people have given me. hassan rouhani is clearing cleag a play for the star of the u.n. general assembly. there is a follow up to the deal between israel and pakistan over kashmir. it means that the u.n. general assembly could be an interesting if not news worthy event. john terrett, new york.
>> another arrest in connection with the boston marathon bombing. officers arrested usher maramaod, a friend of a florida man arrested last may while being questioned by the fbi about his suspected connection to tamerlan tsarnaev. 23 injured across the country. >> put down the gun. >> the wounded included a
three-year-old and two teens. they were among the 13 people shot, in an apparent gang related attack on the city's south side. chicago's mayor rahm emanuel was at the vigil. he called for the protestors to end the violence. a process called disenrollment in which tribal officials decide who belongs and who doesn't. >> adelina feels like a refugee, their relatives are being told by the tribal council they don't belong. >> it makes me feel really sad. that there is such a strong division in our tribe. and that it cuts worse than a sword. >> she and more than 300 others
all descendants of this woman, annie george have called themselves nooksacks for decades and have been official part of the tribe for the last 30 years. but there's a problem. for some reason the name annie george doesn't appear on one of the key documents used to industry who is in the tribe and who isn't. >> never showed up on the 1932 census. >> disregistering from the tribe, her house is at least safe but that's not case for other family members who do live in tribal housing. there isn't that much to the nooksack reservation, this is it, but the tribe does count about 2,000 members. those involved say the
disenrollment goes back many years. this is they claim a blood feud. >> certain group of people they don't like the filipinos, back in '96 they tried odisenroll us once. they try to do it again. >> good, everybody claim they're taking sides against this family here. i don't like it. >> not a nooksack problem. this is a problem that many tribes have. >> professor robert anderson runs the native american law center. he says disenrollment litigation has exploded in the past several years with cases in at least 50 different tribes. those cases are often connectedd to casinos and a scramble for bigger portion of the gambling pie, the nooksacks two casinos
are descrulg an struggling. >> the tribes are accused of being vindictive. on the other hand, the tribes sea we have a continuing obligation to review our membership and that's what we're doing as responsible governmental officials. >> for adelina parker this is a fight for identity and the future. >> what are the grandchildren and the children going to say to us elders, did we not fight hard enough for it? did they not pa mean enough for us to fight for them? >> the tribal council is definitely still fighting. fighting to eliminate nearly one sixth of the ncaasack nation. demming, washington. disputed members will have ten minutes to plead their case on the phone. we reached out to the nooksack
tribal council for this report. they declined a request for an interview but in the past they have denied that race plays any role in these cases. german voters head to the polls on sunday. german prime minister angela merkel's right party is set to win another election. calling for a boycott, rubber stamp for the country's monarch. some 400,000 of the 2 million registered voters are poised to vote. the king's net worth is said to
be around $2 million. inside the booth she votes in swaziland's election. she hopes voting will represent change. >> take our case to parliament and the king. they'll hear what we need, like roads water and better schools for our children. >> pro-democracy forces, political parties were banned 40 years ago. recently arrested and is now out on bail. he's been accused of organizing a protest against wh -- the king who has just taken his 40th wife. >> particular basic needs and
basic services. very much disappointed that the king will continue, by the people of swaziland. over 1 million citizens the u.n. says more than 60% of people here live below the poverty line. one in four swazis are living with hiv and aids. they respect the royal family with traditions that go back 100 generations. there are 65 seats in parliament, ten of which the king allocates himself. they feel nothing will change here because ultimately the king africa's last absolute monarch still has absolute control. al jazeera, africa.
>> election officials say they would announce the results today. regardless of politician, open elementary for the affordable care act is said to begin next month. we'll take a closer look how you winl able to shop for insurance plans. scientists said the arctic icecap did not melt as much this year. division crowns are starting to be claimed in baseball. ahead in sports.
a powerful typhoon is hitting ty taiwan. the outer bands, some areas have gotten nearly 40 inches of rain. the typhoon is set to hit hong kong late saturday or early sunday. meetings were supposed to happen between north and south korea. the north blames south for the change saying they had poison dialogue between the countries. some of the families have been separated since the korean war. a major battle in congress over the budget. the 42nd time republicans have held a vote to defund affordable care act, there was to beto have been a shut down next month. mike viqueira has more on the fight for federal funding. here in washington party
purity, ideal compromise is the sign of weakness. congressional gridlock threatens to shut down the entire government. about after a week of infighting, a show of unite for house republicans. >> we had a victory for american people and frankly a victory for common sense. >> a vote to cut off funding for health care law, something the gop has voted for more than 3 dozen times p before. >> it's time to free americans from the shackles of obamacare. >> tying a bill to fund entire government to the elimination of the president's forecast affordable care act. ultimately they gave in. >> let's defund this law now and protect the american people from the economic calamity that we know obamacare will create. >> the bill passed the house even as democrats scoffed. >> this place is a mess.
let's get our house in order. we are legislators. >> i invite my colleagues on the other side to wake up from this radical ideologically we ideolo. >> health care law is off the table. >> i'm happy to have that debate with them but you don't have to threaten to blow the whole thing up just because you don't get your way, right? end of october when the
government will exceed its debt limit. republicans say they are not going to do that unless they can cut obamacare. the president called speaker boehner once he returned from that rally in kansas city. told the speaker there's no way he is going to negotiate over the full faith and credit of the united states treasury. >> what happens if the government shuts down? medicare and medicaid reimbursements slows social security would not be affected however 800,000 federal employees may be furloughed. passport and visa applications pay go unaddressed, military vets may see delays in processing benefits and national parks and museums may close. next month marks an important milestone, october 1st is the beginning of open enrollment period for health care exchanges. january 1st the coverage and
new mandates take effect. the requirement that everyone afford it get health care insurance or be subject to a fine. on march 31st the open enrollment for the exchanges closes. david arieola has more. >> americans can buy coverage online. policies will come in four varieties. bronze, silver, gold and platinum. the better the metal the more expensive the premium and the broader the coverage. each will cover the basics, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital care and maternity care. if you want generous benefits and don't mind higher monthly premiums, you might want gold and platinum. if affordable is more important, you might want the lower plans.
$53,000 a year household income the average bronze plan will run a little over $200 a month. if you get treatment the bronze plan will cover only 60% of your medical cost. the silver plan is a little priceyer per month but covers 70% of those medical cost. gold covers 80% and platinum 90. that additional coverage may be important if you expect to head to the doctor often or just want more peace of mind. >> that was david ariola from al jazeera's real money. some residents already struggling to make ends meet. downtown los angeles people line up to get food from a local church outreach program. crystal harris is among them, harris is on food stamps.
>> my food stamps go by fast. especially if you are somewhere you don't have a big refrigerator or a big stove to cook on. you eat fast food a lot. >> at 26 she has one child and one on the way. she's upset that politician he are trying to reduce or cut her benefit. >> i would tell them, think about it if you were in our shoes would you do the same? would you still do that? >> a potential loss in benefits would affect the nearly 1 million people in los angeles who rely on $1 billion worth of food stamp benefits. it will also affect duty to help the less fortunate and no matter what happens in washington, they'll continue to be there to lend a hand. >> well the measure is expected to be voted down in the senate
and president obama has issued a statement sake he will veto the bill if it makes it to his desk. that was stephanie stanton thanks for report. the blackberry company announced that it is slashing thousands of jobs and is expected $1 billion in loss he. >> newer products have failed to attract customers. it expects to have units of 10% of apple and 2% of samsung sales. its new z-10 phone got favorable reviews but is selling poorly. the company says it will cut its product line from six to four items.
the hope is that drastic move will cut its operating losses in half by early 2015. but it also means 40% of its global workforce will have to go. particularly hard hit will be blackberry's headquarters, in the center of canada's tech capital. our thoughts are with those who have lost their jobs, it is always a cause of concern for our government. the company's board says it's examining what it calls strategic alternatives. that's a phrase that bolsters industry expectations the company is looking for a buyer. according to the wall street journal the company could be put up for auction with the aim to sell parts or all of it by november. the message engineer part of the company into a separate business. after its announcement
blackberry shares on u.s. and canadian exchanges lost one quarter of their value. tom ackerman, al jazeera. >> blackberry says, cutting its global head count to 7,000 total employees is necessary. the company let 5,000 people go last year. some severe weather, jalilla lumet. >> are thank you richelle. as much as ten inches of rain fell all because of a cold front that continues to progress to the east. take a look to the map behind me. cold front, bringing weather in portions of new york and far western pennsylvania. this front is on the move, continuing to push towards the east as we track in the next 24 to 48 hours. again like yesterday the heaviest portions of the rain will be in the gulf coast.
fueling those storms as they continue to push towards the east. they'll continue to push into the southeast as we head into tonight and tomorrow. heaviest rain now certainly coming down portion of alabama and mississippi. that rain will spread along the i-10 corridor and across the carolinas and portions of florida. as we make our way in the plains high pressure in control. a great deal of sunshine through the course of the day. fargo, a 12° difference, and in kansas city about a 10° different. mostly cloudy, overcast skies new york state into being virginia. the rain will spread into western pa and western new york as we head into today, later on today and tomorrow. that rain will make its way into
the i-95 corridor. afternoon shower or thunderstorm as we track the next 24 to 48 hours. usagi taiwan and the philippines making its way to hong kong. this is going to be a powerful hurricane as it makes its way to landfall. keep in mind that whenever superstorm sandy hit knowledge in we did have tropical storm force winds but not labeled a hurricane. still had billions of dollars of damage. we'll have to deal with flooding downpours, and we'll have to deal with gusty winds across much of the area as we head into the next several days. so we'll certainly be monitoring this system as we head into tomorrow when it's expected to make landfall around 9:00 in the morning sunday local time. richelle back to you. >> thanks jalilla.
summer ice has been are shrinking. al jazeeraing jerald tan investigates. >> for all the talk of global warming and melting ice caps it seems for once a glimmer of good news. sea ice in the arctic has most likely hit its lowest point in the year and that level is considerably higher than it was in 2012. sea ice is frozen ocean water that melts in the summer and then re-freezes ever winter. scientists measure the seasonal variation as a telltale sign of climate change. last year a dramatic melt. 3.41 million square kilometers. this year's extent is decidedly
higher. 5.1 million square kilometers and has begun its seasonal growth but the overall trend is still down. compare these levels to the 30 year average as indicated by the orange line. this animation shows the daily shrinking are arctic ice, the white areas slowly diminish as temperatures rise. the extent of ice actually dropped to the sixth lowest level on record but it's still being described as a welcome recovery. on the other end of the world, sea ice in the antarctic has maintained an upward trend. its winter maximum extent matched the record high in 2012. climate scientists point to cooler air around the globe that's given rise to increased ice cover in both poles this year. yet, the overall message remains one of caution: we're still not out of the danger zone and the time of ice-free summers in the
arctic could be just decades away. jerald tan, al jazeera. >> scientists say much of the ice remains thin and is nothing compared to the thick arctic packed ice in the past. that ice can melt quickly. they say long term recovery is unlikely. the american league east crowned a new champion. jean louis smith is here. >> hi, the sox had a chance to clinch the american league title. david ortiz gets all butter fingery with the ball. mike carp goes fishing, that places daniel nava and big
poppy. final five outs for its final save. now here's hoping rays general manager joe madden didn't have dinner reservations. when he tide the game with the -- tied the game with an rbi single, pitcher tommy hunter made a better door than window. 18th inning, folks, david de jesus finally ends this marathon can with an rbi single. the rays take sole position of the wild card spot in the al. arian foster said he was git getting money up front.
accepted money after becoming so broke in his senior year in tennessee, that he had to choose between eating and paying the rent. he wants to draw attention to what he believes are unfair ncaa rules for amateur athletes. while those ncaa rules prevents players from getting paid foster says he doesn't think he did anything wrong. coaches already on the hot seat three weeks into the season. our michael eaves and grant watson kicked around the idea of which coach is most likely to get kicked out first. >> i think bo polini, ma mack brown, bo polini is going to be interesting this week, to see how the crowd reacts after his
rant. saying he had fair weather fans. i don't know what the memorial fans are going to do, are they going to boo him or say nothing? in terms of ones and losses, bo polini is in a better position right now. >> the pac 12 as a conference is off the a 23 and four start and on pace to set a new conference mark for nonconference wins. is this strength for the pac 12 the biggest surprise of the qulej season? >> oh, absolutely. i think everyone expected oregon and stanford to be among the top teams in the country now. but to see afs, arizona state, utah, utah state, a lot of these teams coming up and playing well in the early part of the season is very imrive. and ucla the way they played against nebraska last week, i
don't think anybody would have expected that. so i think in the past the pac 12 has kind of been maybe three or four. but i think now this is a conference that people need to look out for for the national title. >> our thanks to graham watson of yahoo sports. henrik recognition is going into the lead in the last weekend round of golf. daredevils who refuse to stay inside the plane. gym that is ticgymnastics displa thousand feet above the ground.
>> on the gulf coast, shrimping boats and crab baskets are a common sight. inside the bustling fish markets these tasty creatures are in high demand. in louisiana alone the crab and shrimp industry has a $1.5 billion a year economic impact. >> we have regular customers that come almost every day and now they're coming twice a week, three times a week. >> and that's because there is a shrimp and crab shortage this season. the worst in 25 years, say some industry veterans and hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. >> all this marsh along here, was like trees. >> pete says his business and the environment had been caught in a perfect storm. >> we had marsh busted up by hurricanes and then the oil.
>> many fishingermen are still seeing remnants of oil, especially after the storm pushes through the fragile ecosystem of the grassy marshes. >> if something turns up it's going to bubble up you know. >> according to the national oceanannic, among other environmental factors, that is hurting the system. >> and one of the reasons for these empty crab traps scientists say is the dead zone in the gulf of mexico. that is an area of low to zero oxygen caused from fertilizer coming down the mississippi river, farms up north, flowing into the waters. >> no matter what the reason is, it's about supply and demand. the pricing will go up.
>> those are $5.99 each. they used to be $3.99 each. below the historical 52 year average. fishermen markets and restaurants are bracing and hoping that a major hurricane does not occur. that would make the already fragile system even worse. robert ray, al jazeera, slidell, louisiana. it's not for feint of heart. are while the pilot twisted and turned above the crowd, in china. 20 countries including france, britain and the u.s. kind of fancy. counter wrestling is on the rise, hungry animals that are easier to wrangle. one text county putting a dent in cattle theft.
rancher bob alfordfords got. >> this brown cow she's actually got two brands. >> alford has never had one stolen but he knows plenty of people around here have. >> we've seen double what we've experienced in the past. >> alford would know. he's not just a rancher, he is the sheriff. >> we kind of all work together. >> alford has aan ally, george davis, who wins the johnson county cattle auction. >> there will be an address that's not right, there may not be a license on their trailer. >> high cattle prices is a big reason why theft is on the rise. davis says cattle prices are up about 25% from two years ago
ago. >> a good calf is worth about $1.25 a pound. >> 12 cases last year to 16 so far this year. stealing cattle is not that hard. all thieves need is a property where no one lives a $10 bag of feed and less than an hour to get the cattle on the trailer and they're out of here. >> i've done a lot more investigating. >> he's not just a detective, he's a victim. >> i dairied for 19 years and i had three baby calves stole in that time. >> shaw says many thieves stay away from branded cattle. the cows are likely to be traced back to the owner. >> somebody drives in your place and steals half your calf crop, that's pretty good.
>> that's only my brand, that's a major deterrent. if we can get them branded it is a whole lot easier to get them spotted in the sell ring. >> lead investigator a cattleman and an aggressive proactive auction barn owner, thieves around here often end up in jail. rob schneider, are al jazeera, texas. crime punishable the up to a decade in prison and $1,000 of fines. a massive typhoon is bearing down on china. landslides in southeast asia. the syrian regime has handed over a partial list of its chemical weapons stock piles.
obama administration is applauding that. the house has passed a resolution taking apart the foorktd. affordable care act. >> track technical latest with typhoon usagi. i'll have the latest in the top of the hour. >> i'm richelle carey, thanks for your time. stephanie sy is up next. on inside story, we bring together unexpected voices closest to the story, invite hard-hitting debate and desenting views and always explore issues relevant to you.
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>> good morning, i'm stephanie sy, it is sat, september 21st. these are some of the top stories we're following. superstorm usagi is barreling towards hong kong with winds 150 miles per hour. more than 20,000 gallons of spilled oil mixed in with the floodwaters in mexico. residents in chicago are demanding an end to the violence. wasted food, millions of dollars every year.