#AceNewsReport – Sept.24: The supermodel, 56, took a tentative step back into the public eye when she blamed her ‘reclusive’ behaviour on a disfiguring procedure. In the social media statement, the Nineties-icon claimed she had been ‘permanently deformed’ due to a rare side effect from the fat-reducing procedure….
#AceDailyNews – CoolSculping Procedure Report: Linda Evangelista says she’s been ‘permanently deformed’ after cosmetic procedure Ciara Farmer this condition, the treated area becomes larger, rather than smaller, in the weeks after the procedure. It can leave a ‘painless, visibly enlarged, firm, well-demarcated mass’ underneath the skin
According to Linda, she had undergone a CoolSculpting procedure to ‘decrease’ her fat cells, but instead the procedure ‘increased’ her fat cells, a peril she insists she was not warned of, so is now seeking legal action.
She has developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia – a rare, previously unreported adverse effect of cryolipolysis, which has been reported in of 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide.
With this condition, the treated area becomes larger, rather than smaller, in the weeks after the procedure. It can leave a ‘painless, visibly enlarged, firm, well-demarcated mass’ underneath the skin.
Dramatic return: Supermodel Linda Evangelista, 56, claimed in an Instagram statement on Wednesday that she had been ‘permanently deformed’ after a CoolSculpting procedure caused a rare side effect (pictured left, in 2017, AFTER having the procedure and before the procedure – right in 2005)
Linda’s statement read: ‘Today I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself for over five years. To my followers who have wondered why I have not been working while my peers’ careers have been thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure.……[It] did the opposite of what it promised. It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries. I have been left, as the media described, ‘unrecognizable.”…………The model claimed she wasn’t properly warned of the potential side effects associated with the CoolSculpting procedure. She went on: ‘I have developed Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia or PAH, a risk of which I was not made aware before I had the procedures.……….PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, profound sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing. In the process, I have become a recluse…
#AceNewsReport – Aug.23: Although Henri had been downgraded from a Category One hurricane, the storm still brought 60mph (95km/h) winds….
#AceWeatherDesk says that Storm #Henri makes landfall at Rhode Island with millions of people across Long Island and southern New England have been told to prepare for coastal surges, flooding and downed trees and power lines.
Meanwhile, further south in Tennessee, flash flooding has caused the deaths of at least 21 people.
Dozens of people remain missing in and around the town of Waverly, about 60 miles (90km) west of Nashville, following what local reporters described as unprecedented rainfall.
Rising waters uprooted huge trees, tore through homes – leaving hundreds uninhabitable – and swept away cars. Roads and bridges were damaged and thousands of people in Humphreys County were left without power.Cars were swept away by the flash floods in Tennessee
A reunification centre was set up at a school and people were asked to donate items to help those displaced, the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.
President Joe Biden expressed his “deepest condolences” for those affected and said disaster officials stood ready to offer assistance where it was needed.
He has also approved disaster relief for the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, which are expected to be hit hard by Storm Henri.
“This storm has the potential for widespread consequences across the region with significant flooding and power outages that could affect hundreds of thousands of people,” he said.
Henri struck land near the Rhode Island town of Westerly at around 12:15 local time (16:15 GMT), with maximum sustained winds just 14mph (22kph) short of hurricane strength, the National Hurricane Center said.
“Heavy rainfall from Henri may result in considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with the potential for widespread minor to isolated moderate river flooding,” the NHC said.
Hundreds of flights from New York airport were cancelled.
A concert, taking place in New York City’s Central Park on Saturday evening, was abruptly stopped “due to approaching severe weather”, police said.
About 60,000 people were thought to be attending the “homecoming” concert – a celebration of the city’s return to hosting large events following the restrictions caused by the pandemic.
The line-up of artists included Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Paul Simon and also Barry Manilow – whose performance was cut short as concert-goers were told to make their way to the nearest exits.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was particularly concerned about the possibility of flooding in the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains areas of the state.”The storm hits Long Island and then slows. A slow storm is a problematic storm because when the storm slows, it continues to drop rain for a an extended period of time,” he said.”We already have saturated ground, so the absorption capacity of the ground is limited. And that’s what makes this level of rainfall especially problematic.”About six million people living near the coast in parts of Long Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts had been issued with hurricane warnings before the storm was downgraded.More than 36 million people in large parts of southern New England, as well as New York and New Jersey, had received tropical storm warnings.Massachusetts has closed its parks and beaches until Monday, the office of Governor Charlie Baker said.
Storm Henri: US East Coast warned of significant damage
Residents on the US East Coast have been urged to prepare for one of the most powerful storms in years.
Tropical Storm Henri, which is expected to hit New York’s Long Island and southern parts of New England on Sunday, has weakened from a hurricane.
But officials say the threats to the region remain high.
A state of emergency has been declared in parts of New York state as winds of up to 75mph (120km/h) and as much as six inches (15cm) of rain are expected.
On Saturday – when the storm was initially upgraded to a hurricane – Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Deanne Criswell told CNN that “even if it doesn’t make landfall as a hurricane, the tropical force winds and the storm surge can cause significant damage”.
“We’re going to see power outages, we’re going to see downed trees, and even after the storm has passed, the threat of falling trees and limbs is still out there,” she added.
On Saturday evening, a concert taking place in New York City’s Central Park was abruptly stopped “due to approaching severe weather”, police said.
About 60,000 people were thought to be attending the “homecoming” concert – a celebration of the city’s return to hosting large events following the restrictions caused by the pandemic.
The line-up of artists included Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Paul Simon and also Barry Manilow – whose performance was cut short as concert-goers were told to make their way to the nearest exits.
About six million people living near the coast in parts of Long Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts had been issued with hurricane warnings before the storm was downgraded: More than 36 million people in large parts of southern New England as well as New York and New Jersey had received tropical storm warnings.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for Long Island and New York City as well as other parts of the state, pleading with residents: “Please take this storm seriously.” Massachusetts has closed its parks and beaches until Monday, the office of Governor Charlie Baker said. With about 300,000 people predicted to lose electricity, officials urged “all residents… to begin storm preparations today, and to pay close attention to local weather”.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.22: T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) said on Friday an ongoing investigation into a data breach revealed that hackers accessed personal information of an additional 5.3 million customers, bringing the total number of people affected to more than 53 million….
#AceDailyNews says that T-Mobile probe into breach finds more customers hit than original figure of of more than 40-million but figure is closer to over 53-million read more here ….
The third-largest U.S. wireless carrier said earlier this week that personal data of more than 40 million former and prospective customers was stolen along with data from 7.8 million existing T-Mobile wireless customers.
In its latest update, which comes days after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened an investigation into the breach, T-Mobile revealed it had identified 5.3 million additional current wireless subscribers who were impacted by the breach as well as 667,000 more accounts of former customers.
The data includes addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers of customers, the company said, adding that it had no indication that the accessed data contained financial information such as credit card or other payment data.
The wireless carrier is the latest victim of a series of cyberattacks on large corporations in the United States as hackers exploit weakened user system privacy and security due to work-from-home policies instituted since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Eight of those were gunned down in a single-incident at a housing complex in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood. That came after three people were shot and killed in New York on Saturday…
#AceDailyNews says a weekend of US gun violence sees at least 82 shot in Chicago, Philly and NYC with Chicago being the worst hit, with at least 52 shootings recorded, and five killed – including a 7-year-old girl – from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.
Philadelphia saw 11 shootings, and five killed as a result, while 16 people were shot in New York City during a single, two-hour period.
In Chicago, a seven year-old girl sitting in the back of a parked car was one of those killed during the city’s latest orgy of violence, while her six year-old sister suffered a pieced lung after she was also shot.
The girls’ paternal grandmother, Regina Broughton, identified the sisters at Serenity – who died – and Aubrey Broughton, who is being treated for serious wounds in hospital following the shooting in the Windy City’s Belmont neighborhood.
Both suffered multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said, and Serenity died at the hospital from her injuries, while Aubrey had been moved out of the ICU as of Sunday evening, suffering from a pierced lung, CBS2reported.
Police had responded to the scene at around 2.50pm to reports of rapid gunfire in the area to find the two girls injured in the back of their mother’s parked vehicle.
Serenity had been shot in the chest and torso, while Aubrey suffered gunshot wounds to her chest and right armpit.
Both were rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, where Serenity was pronounced dead.
The two had been heading out from a visit to their maternal grandmother’s house to visit Regina, who after hearing of the shooting rushed to the hospital to find Serenity had died.
‘She was getting in a car coming from her grandma’s house, and her life was ended at that moment. I mean, that’s just senseless,’ She told CBS2. ‘
‘And you know, someone should come forth and say something. Someone should come forth and help the family, and help us – because it didn’t have to happen to her. It shouldn’t have happened to her. She was innocent. She was 7. Her birthday was coming up in November.’
As of Sunday, she said, Aubrey did not know her sister had died.
Both parents were on the scene, Regina said, and her son was on the driver’s side of the car. Their mother had just finished buckling Aubrey into the back seat.
‘The other sister was already in her car seat buttoned up, and my son said he grabbed her – and she was just lifeless,’ the grandmother recounted.
Regina noted that she was due to take a plane trip with the girls to South Carolina on Tuesday for a visit to Myrtle Beach. It would have been Serenity’s first trip on a plane, she said.
‘How do you prepare yourself for something like this?’ she said. ‘She was a beautiful child. Her spirit was beautiful. Everything about her was innocent.’
Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Brian McDermott said the girls were not believed to be the intended target, and that the investigation into their death was ongoing.
‘To say that I am sad and outraged would be an understatement. I can only hope that every resident of the city is as angry, saddened, and outraged as I am at this time,’ he said during a news conference Sunday evening.
‘Too many young people have lost their lives to senseless gun violence in the city of Chicago.’
The weekend carnage in the city began at 5.15pm on Friday, when 18-year-old Nikko Mercado was killed in a drive-by shooting, CBS2 also reported.
Then, at 8.34pm on Friday a 17-year-old boy was killed and two others badly injured in a shooting on the Eisenhower Expressway.
At 12.40pm, Saturday a 59-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed while driving in the West Humboldt Park section of the city.
At 8.15pm Saturday a 26-year-old man was shot in the torso while walking down the sidewalk in the Hyde Park neighborhood of the city. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At 1.59am Sunday, a 33 and 34-year-old man were standing in a group in the Grand Crossing neighborhood in the city when both were shot. The 33 year old was hit in the chest and later pronounced dead.
The gun slayings come as, more than 2,123 people had been recorded shot in Chicago before this weekend, a 12 percent increase from the same period last year, according to ABC News.
In Philadelphia, a string of separate shootings saw five people killed and 11 injured.
The last was reported on Saturday at 9pm, when a a 25-year-old man was shot multiple times in the Toga-Nicetown section of the neighborhood, ABC6 reported.
At 5am Saturday morning police found a man shot lying in the parking lot of a gas station at around 5am in Philadelphia’s Wynnefield neighborhood. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Before that, two men, aged 25 and 30, were shot multiple times at around midnight Saturday in the city’s Tioga-Nicetown neighborhood, leaving the 25 year old in critical condition. The 30 year old died from his injuries.
In the southwest area of the city, a man was shot and killed at around 2am Saturday in a Rite Aid parking lot, and shortly after that a man in his 30s was shot in the head and killed at around 3am in the city’s Kensington neighborhood.
No arrests had been made in any of the shootings, police reported.
As of this weekend, 1,333 had been shot in Philadelphia this year, a 19 percent increase over the same period in 2020.
In New York, the city saw three gun homicides in a four hour span on Saturday, and a shooting spree on Sunday that injured 16 in the span of about 90 minutes.
The killing started at 12.20am Saturday, when a man was found lying next to a motorcycle with a bullet wound to the head in the Bronx. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Then, at around 1am, a 38-year-old man was shot in Queens, and was rushed to a hospital where he too was pronounced dead.
Finally at 4 am a 27-year-old man was shot and killed while standing on the street in the Bronx. Alongside him was a 23-year-old man who was wounded.
On Sunday, a quick series of shootings began at around 11pm, Pix 11 reported, when three men in their 20s were shot on a street corner in Queens.
Then, a half hour later, a 32-year-old man in Brooklyn was shot in the leg.
In another shooting at 12.25am Monday, eight people were shot and injured at a large party in Brooklyn. The victims ranged in aged from 18 to 27, and one was reportedly struck in the face and left in critical condition.
Just five minutes later, another man was shot in the head in Queens and was also left in critical condition.
Finally, at 12.35am three teenagers were shot and wounded while sitting in an SUV in Brooklyn. The driver, 18, was shot in the head and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
No arrests have so far been made in the shootings, an they came as 1,109 people have been shot in the city in 2021, a 10.9 percent increase over the same period last year.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.14: The US has also grown more urban over the past 10 years, according to the release from the US Census Bureau: The number of people who identify as multiracial increased by 276 per cent, from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020.
#AceDailyNews says that ‘The Latest Data Census Report: As the country is diversifying, but the population is growing at its slowest rate since the Great Depression as the non-Hispanic white population, which remains the largest race or ethnic group, shrank by 8.6 per cent over the decade and now accounts for 57.8 per cent of the US population — the lowest share on record.
The Hispanic population grew by almost a quarter over the decade. By comparison, the non-Hispanic growth rate was 4.3 per cent: The number of respondents identifying as Asian jumped more than a third, rising to 24 million people in 2020.
People who identify as a race other than white, black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander — either alone or in combination with one of those races — jumped to 49.9 million people, surpassing the black population of 46.9 million people as the nation’s second-largest racial group, according to the Census Bureau.
“The US population is much more multiracial and much more racially and ethnically diverse than what we have measured in the past,” said Nicholas Jones, a Census Bureau official.
Cities growing but population growth slowing
The figures also offered new details on the country’s slowing rate of population growth, which was the lowest for any 10-year period save the Great Depression in the 1930s.
The nation’s 7.4 per cent growth rate over the decade was largely propelled by boom in the Hispanic population.
More than half of all US counties lost population from 2010 to 2020, census officials said, and almost all growth occurred in metropolitan areas.
As in recent decades, the south and west had more growth than the midwest and north-east.
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix are the five largest US cities.
Phoenix, which grew faster than any other city in the top 10, pushed Philadelphia down to number six.
Adults made up more than three-quarters of the population in 2020, or 258.3 million people, an increase of more than 10 per cent from 2010.
However, the population of children under the age of 18 dropped 1.4 per cent, from 74.2 million in 2010 to 73.1 million in 2020.
Census critical to funding and representation
The data, which offers demographic and racial details of every community, arrived months later than originally expected after the census took longer to complete due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The release of the census data also marks the start of what will be a fierce partisan battle over redistricting, as states use the local data to begin drawing congressional and state legislative districts for the next 10 years.
In April, the bureau published state-level totals, showing that six states will gain congressional seats next year based on increased populations, as well as additional Electoral College votes starting with the 2024 presidential election.
Another seven states will lose seats next year.
Electoral analysts have said Republicans, who control more state houses than Democrats, could potentially erase the Democrats’ thin advantage in the House through redistricting alone: US Electoral College system explained
Some experts have questioned whether the census data may have undercounted certain populations, given the pandemic and the Trump administration’s unsuccessful effort to add a citizenship question to the survey: Trump drops census citizenship question
Civil rights groups said the failed attempt could nevertheless have dissuaded some immigrants from filling out census forms.
“While no data is perfect, we are confident that today’s redistricting results meet our high data quality standards,” Ron Jarmin, the bureau’s acting director, said.
Census results are also essential to determining the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding, especially for schools and hospitals.
The Biden administration will allow the nationwide eviction moratorium to expire on Saturday following a June Supreme Court decision that limited its ability to keep the ban in place. The moratorium is ending despite the fact that the vast majority of federal rental aid still hasn’t been spent.
In December, Congress appropriated $25 billion of emergency funding to get money to tenants at risk of eviction after falling behind on rent payments. But more than half a year later, just 12 percent of that money has been used, the Washington Post reports. In March, Congress set aside another $21.5 billion to help those renters. Even less of that funding has been distributed.
Unlike the stimulus checks quickly sent out by the federal government, state and local governments were put in charge of distributing the money Congress allocated for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Part of the problem, according to the Post, is that state and local governments were quickly overwhelmed by the number of applications for rent payment assistance they received from renters in distress. More than 6.4 million American households were behind on rent by the end of March, according to government data. Earlier in July, some 3.6 million Americans said they were at risk of being evicted within the next two months.
Still, many states have been shockingly inept at getting money to people in need. New York, for example, has $2.7 billion set aside for helping renters. But the state is only now sending out the first batch of aid. It’s starting by distributing $117,000 to test its payment system—just 0.004 percent of the total. The failure to quickly distribute the nearly $50 billion Congress provided for tenants at risk of eviction will make people in New York and other states more likely to lose their housing once the eviction moratorium expires on Saturday.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is potentially trying to set up a vote on a bill introduced by Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to keep the moratorium in place until December, Bloomberg reports. “The fact is children and families are going to be on the street,” Waters said about what would happen if the ban expires.
The Biden administration is also pushing Congress to keep an eviction moratorium in place. The initial version of the moratorium was instituted through executive action. In June, Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a 5-4 decision that extending the eviction ban past July would require Congressional action.
“President Biden would have strongly supported a decision by the CDC to further extend this eviction moratorium to protect renters at this moment of heightened vulnerability,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said. “Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has made clear that this option is no longer available.”
#AceWeatherReport – July.27: The Great Plains and Midwest — along with parts of the East — . And in places where residents must also cope with high humidity, those temperatures could feel like they have reached triple digits….
#AceDailyNews says Both Sides of the Pond: As floods, heat, then floods again: England is battered by wild weather as much of the USA suffers heat dome as #GlobalWarming creates more instances of #ClimateChange following the recent California Wildfires last week …..and it spreads worldwide as #COP26 prepares with all leaders making promises but will they keep them before its too late or is it too late already ?
Updated: July 26, 2021, 7:40 a.m. ET13 minutes ago
Extreme Weather and Climate Updates
Residents used buckets, brooms and wooden boards to create makeshift flood defences for their homes as storm drains were overloaded in parts of the city.
“Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it,” said south London resident Eddie Elliott. “It stands out as the worst I’ve experienced personally … totally shut down the whole road with buses stood broken down in the water.”
The rain followed a spell of hot, sunny weather that sent Britons to lakes and the sea in search of relief.
Earlier this month a wave of storms caused huge flooding damage and left more than 200 people dead in Germany and Belgium.
US States are suffering more wildfires with a heat dome expected this week …..
An excessive heat warning was in place for parts of Idaho, Montana and Oregon through Tuesday, . Billings, Mont., could see temperatures , and nearby locations could reach 110. Boise, Idaho, is on Monday, but cool down slightly as the week progresses. A heat advisory was also in effect for Monday and Tuesday for parts of Louisiana and Texas and up through South Dakota.
The nation’s largest wildfire, the Bootleg Fire in southwest Oregon, grew over the weekend and has now burned about 408,000 acres. “The progress that we have made is due to the continuous, vigilant work by our crews,” Joe Hessel, an incident commander for the Oregon Department of Forestry, . “Severe fire weather conditions and extremely dry fuels continue to challenge us on this fire.”
Dozens of are actively burning across the Western United States, charring large swaths of land in recent days, according to a New York Times analysis of government and satellite data. Some are threatening thousands of people who live and work just a few miles away.
As the fire season gets underway, The Times built an interactive map to track the latest wildfires as they spread across Western states. Check back regularly for updates.
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At least seven people were killed and several others were injured when in southwestern Utah on Sunday afternoon, state officials said.
The Utah Highway Patrol said it appeared that in the crash “after high winds caused a sand or dust storm and impaired visibility on the roadway.”
“No one could see, so people started stopping, and then you just get a chain reaction,” Trooper Andrew Battenfield, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said late Sunday night. “Nobody could see, and then all of a sudden, you’re slamming into a car,” he said. “It’s just a horrific situation.”
Several people were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, officials said.
The crash, which happened around 5 p.m. local time, prompted the closure of parts of Interstate 15 in Millard County, between Salt Lake City and St. George. The Highway Patrol said the road would be closed in the area for a “significant time.”
China’s breakneck growth over the last four decades erected soaring cities where there had been hamlets and farmland. The cities lured factories, and the factories lured workers. The boom lifted hundreds of millions of people out of the poverty and rural hardship they once faced.
Now those cities face the daunting new challenge of adapting , a possibility that few gave much thought to when the country began its extraordinary economic transformation. China’s pell-mell, brisk urbanization has in some ways made the challenge harder to face.
No one weather event can be directly linked to climate change, but that flooded Zhengzhou and other cities in central China last week, killing at least 69 as of Monday, reflects a that has seen deadly flooding recently in Germany and Belgium, and extreme heat and wildfires in Siberia. The flooding in China also highlights the environmental vulnerabilities that accompanied the country’s economic boom and could yet undermine it.
China has already taken some steps to begin to address climate change. Xi Jinping is the country’s first leader to make the issue a national priority.
As early as 2013, Mr. Xi promised to build an “ecological civilization” in China. “We must maintain harmony between man and nature and pursue sustainable development,” he said in a in Geneva in 2013.
LONDON: Londoners were cleaning up on Monday (Jul 26) after torrential rain left homes, roads and several subway stations flooded, the second unseasonal inundation in as many weeks.
The Met Office weather agency said 41.6cm of rain fell in central London on Sunday afternoon. Monday was drier, but the Environment Agency said four flood warnings remained in place for southeast England.
Two London hospitals asked patients not to come to the emergency department because of disruption from the floods.
Transport for London said eight stations were closed because of flooding, including Pudding Mill Lane, an above-ground station where video footage showed water surging through a concourse and up stairs.
For the second time in a matter of two weeks, heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc across London, flooding train stations, stranding motorists and forcing at least two hospitals to redirect patients from their emergency rooms.
The downpour, which dumped about a month’s worth of rain in some areas on Sunday, came at the tail end of a heat wave that had led Public Health England to issue an alert for the first time ever warning people to stay cool indoors, close curtains in rooms that face the sun, drink plenty of water and avoid excess alcohol.
The heat broke as thunderstorms swept across southern England this weekend, bringing torrential downpours that dumped a month’s worth of rain in some areas in just a few hours.
The London Fire Brigade wrote on Twitter that it had responded to more than 1,000 calls as people needed to be rescue from cars suddenly submerged or escape homes as the waters rose. Heavy rainfall flooded emergency departments of Newham Hospital and led to “operational issues” at Whipps Cross Hospital. And service on the London Underground was disrupted as water poured into several stations.
Thames Water, a company responsible for Greater London’s sewage and water services, said on Monday that the rainfall had led to surface flooding and that crews had been working through the night to make repairs.
By Monday morning, the floodwaters had largely subsided, though Britain’s weather service said that warnings remained in effect in parts of the country.
While individual weather events are hard to directly attribute to climate change, there is now broad scientific agreement that the extreme weather the world is experiencing this summer is being fueled by those changes.
#AceHealthReport – July.22: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is concerned passengers who were on board two flights the man made may have been exposed to the disease.
#AceHealthDesk says Monkeypox is being tracked with over 200 contacts in US for rare disease they fear people may have come in to contact with a Texas man who brought the disease in from Nigeria earlier this month, and the man – believed to be the first monkeypox case in the US since 2003 – was taken to hospital but is in a stable condition even last month, three cases were identified in the UK and just the other day we published a report of MonkeyBVirus
So far, no new cases have been found.
He flew into Atlanta, Georgia from Lagos, Nigeria on 9 July, before taking a flight to Dallas, where he was hospitalised, the CDC said.
It said it was working with the airlines to assess “potential risks to those who may have had close contact with the traveller”.
But the chances of the disease spreading on the plane were low because passengers had to wear face masks, it added.
A CDC spokesperson told the BBC it was “working with state and local health departments to follow up with individuals who may have been exposed to monkeypox”.
“The risk to the general public is thought to be low,” the spokesperson said, adding that none of the 200 people they were monitoring were thought to be “high risk”.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease from the same family as smallpox, but is much less severe.
It occurs mostly in remote parts of central and west African countries, near tropical rainforests:
Initially fever, headaches, swellings, back pain, aching muscles and a general listlessness.
Once the fever breaks, a rash can develop, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body, most commonly the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
The rash, which can be extremely itchy, changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off. The lesions can cause scarring.
Most cases of the virus are mild, sometimes resembling chickenpox, and clear up on their own within a few weeks.
Monkeypox can sometimes be more severe, however, with one in 100 cases being deadly, according to the CDC.
Though rare, the disease has been discovered in the US before. A 2003 outbreak caused 47 confirmed or probable cases, and was linked to rats flown into the country.
#AceSecurityReport – July.06: But because Kaseya provides software to managed service providers, firms which themselves provide outsourced IT services to other companies, the number of victims may be much greater.
For hundreds, perhaps thousands, of IT teams around the world this ransomware attack is a horrendous headache that is still growing.But the way the cyber-security world has pulled together to reduce the impact of the attack has been incredible. Cyber-defenders, both private and public sector, have been issuing alerts while experts work out how best to untangle the web of victims.
There could have been far more victims if it wasn’t for a busy and stressful weekend of work: However, we now know that the secret digital doorway in the Kaseya system that let in the REvil hackers was known about before the attack.Researchers from the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure found the problem and were helping Kaseya plug the hole long before the hackers found it.It was a case of the good hackers racing to stop the bad hackers from getting in and, as Victor Gevers from the institute puts it: “Unfortunately, we were beaten by REvil in the final sprint.”This case shows how skilled, persistent and determined these criminals are, and that in spite of all the efforts of the cyber-security world, we are losing the race against ransomware. “
#AceSecurityDesk reported that ……..DarkSide ransomware group, responsible for shutting down the Colonial Oil Pipeline.“Following the money remains one of the most basic, yet powerful tools we have”, said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco.Tom Robinson, founder and chief scientist of the firm Elliptic, which analyses bitcoin payments, told the BBC it had observed REvil continuing to negotiate with individual customers for smaller ransoms of about $200,000, despite the $70m request to unlock everything. He said REvil preferred to use Monero, but it would be difficult to purchase $70m of the currency for practical and regulatory reasons.But he said: “More and more ransomware operators are asking for Monero.”
The scale and sophistication of this global crime is rare, if not unprecedented,” Prof Ciaran Martin, founder of the National Cyber Security Centre, told Radio 4’s Today programme.Most of REvil’s members are believed to be based in Russia or countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.Prof Martin criticised Russia for providing a safe environment for ransomware hackers, but said that the West was making it too easy for these gangs to be paid and “unsurprisingly they are coming back for more”.Getty ImagesTraceable BitcoinExperts have expressed surprise at the group’s demand that the ransom should be paid in Bitcoin, as opposed to harder-to-trace cryptocurrencies such as Monero.
On Twitter, Prof Martin called REvil’s decision to demand payment in Bitcoin, “weird”.Earlier this month the US Justice Department announced it had traced and seized millions of dollars worth of bitcoin paid to the
#AceNewsReport – June.24: Editor says decisions are being made by leaders daily and l follow many and agree that some are control of the publics ‘ Freedom of Rights ‘ but as with everything laws exist to control and must not become all controlling as protesting should not become an alienable right for violence for not getting their own way …..as peaceful agreement works and any impasse for self fails at every turn …NEWS & VIEWS welcome in comments thanks for reading and thanks for your understanding
#AceDailyNews – EFF.Org/ says ……Now is the Time To Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition: And many U.S. cities have done so, including San Francisco and Boston. Now is our chance to end the federal government’s use of this spying technology but in the end will their have to be a trade-off for protecting citizens security
Tell your Senators and Representatives they must pass Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act, HR 3907/S.2052. It was recently introduced by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and by Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).
This important bill would be a critical step to ensuring that mass surveillance systems don’t use your face to track, identify, or harm you. The bill would ban the use of face surveillance by the federal government, as well as withhold certain federal funds for local and state governments that use the technology:
Humid air in front of the boundary will lead to showers and thunderstorms into late Tuesday night: There is a slight risk of heavy rain that could produce localized flooding and flash flooding in urban areas and on roads: Cooler air will then move in behind that frontal boundary, bringing not only lower temperatures but a decrease in humidity values.
Daytime highs from the Midwest to the Northeast will fall back into the 60s and 70s over the next several days: However, Western states will continue to battle high temperatures.
Highs in many Texas cities will climb into the 90s on Tuesday: Additionally, large portions of the West will see highs in the upper 80s and 90s:
#AceNewsReport – June.14: The Pulitzer Board at Columbia University recognized the FinCEN Files reporting team on Friday for pulling off a “massive reporting project” that produced “sweeping revelations” about the “role of some of the world’s biggest banks in facilitating international money laundering and the trafficking of goods and people, corruption that continues to frustrate regulators across the world.”
FinCEN Files Investigation: Named Pulitzer Prize finalist has been honored for the 2021 in International Reporting, bringing more acclaim to the groundbreaking project by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, BuzzFeed News and more than 100 other media partners around the world.
“This latest honor is a tribute to the dogged work of ICIJ staffers and partner journalists around the world,” ICIJ director Gerard Ryle said. “It’s also a tribute to the power of collaborative journalism that is at the heart of ICIJ’s model. We’re pleased to share the honor with BuzzFeed, which made this partnership possible by sharing an explosive trove of secret U.S. government documents with ICIJ and other partners.”
BuzzFeed News won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for its innovative series of stories about China’s mass detention of Muslims. Along with the FinCEN Files collaboration, other finalists in the International Reporting category were the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
ICIJ and its partners won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2017 for another investigation of financial corruption, the Panama Papers.
Earlier this year, three Norwegian lawmakers nominated ICIJ for a Nobel Peace Prize for nearly a decade of investigations — including the Panama Papers and the FinCEN Files — that have exposed how politicians, the mega-wealthy and criminal groups have used the “offshore” financial system to dodge taxes and launder dirty money.
The FinCEN Files investigation revealed that five global banks — JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York Mellon — continued to profit from suspect transactions even after they paid fines to U.S. authorities for previous misconduct and in some cases signed deferred prosecution deals.
In hundreds of news stories that began publishing in September 2020, ICIJ, BuzzFeed News and other partners detailed how laws intended to stop financial crime have instead allowed it to flourish — and how banks that move dirty money can protect themselves by filing “suspicious activity reports” that authorities are unlikely to read, let alone act on.
The investigation began when a whistleblower provided BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold with a remarkable collection of highly confidential documents on file with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, known in shorthand as FinCEN. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, the U.S. Treasury official who disclosed the financial intelligence documents to BuzzFeed News, was sentenced last week to six months in prison.
In an opinion piece published Thursday, BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Mark Schoofs called the conviction and sentencing of Edward “unjust and unfair. Our criminal justice system must recognize that much of what we know about financial corruption, government surveillance and corporate crime comes not from reporters working in isolation but from journalists working with people who risk their liberty and livelihood to ensure that the truth comes out.”
The documents included more than 2,100 suspicious activity reports, which banks and other financial institutions are required to submit to FinCEN when they see the hallmarks of illegal activity.
Turning these dense reports into groundbreaking journalism required a massive feat of data sifting and analysis — and a coordinated global reporting effort. Journalists fanned out across the world, contacting thousands of sources: presidential advisers, bankers, cops, even gangsters and arms dealers. Along the way, ICIJ and its partners obtained more than 17,600 additional documents, including audit reports and other records, from dozens of countries.Journalists gathered in Hamburg for a FinCEN Files meeting. Image: Scilla Alecci/ICIJ
“It took a global team effort to uncover the flows and destructive evil of dirty money around the world,” Ryle, ICIJ’s director, said. “Our efforts prompted widespread criticism of the weakness of international defenses against a kind of criminal activity that can drive inequality and destabilize nations.”
The FinCEN Files investigation has been credited with sparking new efforts by governments around the world to fight money laundering.
After ICIJ, BuzzFeed News and other partners approached the Treasury Department with the investigation’s findings, the department announceda plan to “address the evolving threats of illicit finance.” New York’s top banking regulator, who plays a big role in policing global banks, acknowledged dirty money had metastasized “within the guts of financial institutions.”
The U.K.’s powerful Treasury Committee said it would pursue an investigation of the effectiveness of the country’s anti-money laundering regime. Authorities in Liberia, Seychelles and Thailand launched inquiries and lawmakers in the European Parliament demanded a more aggressive approach to fighting money laundering.
“The FinCEN Files took financial reporting to new heights,” BuzzFeed News’ top editor, Schoofs, said Friday in response to the Pulitzer Board’s announcement. The confidential documents that Edwards provided, he said, led to a “monumental reporting effort” that “exposed how major banks profited from dirty money coursing through their accounts, while the U.S. government watched but rarely took action.”
#AceWeatherReport – May.11: While hurricane season officially starts June 1, the National Hurricane Center issued its first special tropical weather outlook Sunday for Tropical Depression One-E giving it a 70% chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next two days.
NHC REPORT: Tropical Depression One forms ahead of start of hurricane season: “ Environmental conditions are conducive for further development,” the agency said. “By Monday, environmental conditions are expected to become less favorable as the system moves west-northwestward to northwestward away from Mexico.”
By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
705 PM PDT Special Tropical Weather Outlook: The area of disturbed weather southwest of Mexico has become better organized since this morning and now has a 70% chance of becoming a short-lived tropical depression or tropical storm over the next few days.https://t.co/PGa1xgfkFvpic.twitter.com/VoDVSz6t3I— NHC Eastern Pacific (@NHC_Pacific) May 8, 2021
A system is considered a tropical storm when maximum sustained winds reach 39 mph. A storm is classified as a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph.
The formation falls during hurricane preparedness week. For those who might be impacted by the severe storms, it is a time to go over evacuation routes, make a plan in case of a hurricane and ensure supplies are up to date.
It is fairly typical for outlooks to be issued before the official start of hurricane season. Last year, the agency issued 36 tropical weather outlooks before June 1, WTSP reported. This year, the agency decided to start issuing its routine tropical weather outlooks starting May 15.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.22: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a daylong round of talks with Gulf Arab leaders and representatives from the Taliban on Saturday, conversations that come as the United States moves to pull its troops out of war-torn Afghanistan: Pompeo met with the Taliban’s senior leadership as part of ongoing negotiations hosted by the Qatari government in Doha: Washington Beacon reports
Pompeo also talked to leaders in Doha and the United Arab Emirates about the ongoing threat posed by Iran and Trump administration efforts in its final months to further tighten the economic noose on Tehran: Gulf Arab leaders are already nervous about a Biden administration due to its vow to reenter the landmark nuclear deal Iran and provide it with a new wave of cash assets. While the Trump administration has leaned into its ties with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar, it is expected the Biden administration will pursue a policy centered on making Iran a more prominent regional player:
#AceNewsReport – UKRAINE:June.19: The Azov Battalion, Nazis, Kolomoyski, Burisma Holdings, the Bidens & Neocons in Ukraine Tensions mount as 5 regiments close in on Kiev after their Patron Nalyvaychenko resigned yesterday from his post as head of the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine). With discussion exhausted and the Regiments defying to lay down arms this is beginning to […]
@AceBreakingNews – USA: Bill and Hillary Clinton didn’t mind hurting their enemies – and used the power of the state to do it. They were only too willing to let their friends and supporters pay for their crimes.
“For decades,” says WND Editor Joseph Farah in “AMERICA’S FIRST CRIME FAMILY” …
They used the Internal Revenue Service to go after their enemies, critics and even ex-lovers who posed a threat. They bullied, harassed and intimidated, and, though no one likes to talk about it in polite company, there is indeed an impressive trail of inexplicable death that has followed in their wake.
The famous “Clinton Body Count” even persuaded Monica Lewinsky not to make unnecessary trouble for the “family.”
The long-awaited publication of the so-called “CIA torture report” is expected to finally occur early next week, but would-be readers, be warned: according to leaks, the executive summary will be absent any and all use of the word “torture.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the chair of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee, now says that the public will be able to read the executive summary of her panel’s years-long investigation into the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques next week, with journalist Jason Leopold reporting that the release of the document will come as early as Monday.
Quote from DOJ atty to my atty on Sen/CIA rpt: “The plan is to release it on Monday. But it’s not within our control.”
After a lengthy back-and-forth between the Senate committee and the CIA, however, the 600 page summary that will soon be made public — less than one-tenth of the actual report — will be ripe with enough redactions and wordplay to still leave much of the agency’s post-9/11 practices a mystery.
“The summary is expected to reignite the debate over whether the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques in the first years of the war on terror amounted to torture,” Josh Rogin and Eli Lake wrote for Bloomberg View on Wednesday this week. “Although the summary report is said to not use the word ‘torture,’ officials said it would describe practices that any layman would understand as torture.”
In the midst of the months of delays brought on by bickering between the Senate and CIA over what to include in the public version of the report, it was reported in July by the Associated Press that people who read the report said the practices described within “amounted to torture by a common definition.”
“This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” reads part of a State Department document about the Senate panel’s findings that was sent to the White House over the summer and subsequently received by journalists at AP. Indeed, Reuters reported this week that the report concludes that harsh CIA interrogation tactics, including the simulated drowning technique known as “water-boarding,” as well as sleep deprivation and other acts tantamount to torture, provided the US with no intelligence breakthroughs that could have been achieved by other non-coercive means.
The leaked copy of White House talking points obtained by the AP over the summer in anticipation of the eventual release of the report acknowledged that the government will likely be asked, “Isn’t it clear that the CIA engaged in torture as defined in the Torture Convention?” The next day, US President Barack Obama made headlines after offering arguably the most blatant official recognition yet from the executive branch concerning the practices authorized by his predecessor in the wake of September 11 terrorist attacks.
“In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did things that were contrary to our values,”Pres. Obama said.
Nevertheless, indications from this week suggest that the Senate agreed to omit use of the t-word; according to Bloomberg, both Feinstein’s panel and the CIA agreed to certain concessions through negotiations brokered by the White House through Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough: Rogin and Lake wrote that staffers in the Senate Intelligence Committed “objected vigorously to hundreds of redactions the CIA had proposed in the executive summary,” but ultimately both sides had to make sacrifices.
“Among the most significant of Feinstein’s victories, the report will retain information on countries that aided the CIA program by hosting black sites or otherwise participating in the secret rendition of suspected terrorists,” reads part of Wednesday’s Bloomberg report. Per the CIA’s request, however, those host nations won’t actually be named, but rather will reportedly by given code names, like “Country A.”
Elsewhere, Bloomberg reported that Feinstein “reluctantly agreed” to another request from the CIA: according to this week’s article, the pseudonymous fake names used by undercover agents have been redacted from the executive summary as well. Previously, the New York Times reported that the White House supported the CIA’s stance regarding the matter.
“Hopefully they won’t redact too much and hopefully the White House won’t let them get away with redacting too much,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin told The Daily Beast in July. “Until you see what they are going to redact, it’s hard to know what material you have to work with.”
In late August, Sen. Feinstein told “Meet the Press” that her committee was engaged with the Obama administration to ensure that redactions to the executive summary do not “destroy the report.”
“If you redact the evidence — heavily — then we cannot sustain our findings. We will not put out a report that does not enable us to sustain our findings. And I believe that that is understood,” Feinstein said then, adding that she expected the summary to be public by late September. Two months later, though, the New York Times reported that Democrats in charge of the Senate were accusing the White House of “trying to censor significant details” of the report, and that negotiations between the Senate and CIA managed by the White House were responsible for the delays.
On her part, Feinstein acknowledged previously that the report “uncovers startling details about the CIA detention and interrogation program and raises critical questions about intelligence operations and oversight.” Her committee’s $40 million, three-years-in-the-making investigation has been stymied in recent months after a stand-off erupted between the Senate panel and the CIA concerning allegations of spying concerning both parties. In late July, the CIA conceded that its officers had penetrated a Senate computer network used by staffers working on the report.
According to Reuters, the forthcoming executive summary includes 20 findings from the Senate about the results of the CIA program, as well as 200 pages of history on the topic, a rebuttal from the CIA and a dissent from congressional Republicans.
#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 18 – Debate surrounding the question of whether Scotland should become an independent country has seen impassioned interventions on both sides of the argument.
Supporters for the Yes campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum hold flags that symbolize Catalonia’s independence, during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP
Within Britain and abroad, politicians and statesman have clambered to urge Scottish voters, depending on ideology, to vote in favour of independence or to retain the United Kingdom.
As millions of Scots prepare to go to the polls on Thursday, the Telegraph looks back at how the world has responded to the potential dissolution of the UK’s 300-year-old union UK Telegraph reported in flash-back.
NO: THE ANTI-INDEPENDENCE CAMP Spain
“For Scotland, secession would be a catastrophe. It would end up in a Balkanisation process that nobody in Europe wants right now” – García-Margallo, foreign minister
“I have spoken to the representatives of the 28 states and enthusiasm for processes of this type is nil, because I understand they are bad for the region in question, for the state and the EU as a whole” – Mariano Rajoy, prime minister.
“The UK is one of the pillars of the single market, of big international trade agreements and is so important in Europe that the consequence will be maybe the start of the true decline of the European Union. The sequence, the consequences of tomorrow’s referendum, could be very, very dangerous” – Enrico Letta, prime minister
“Having Scotland outside the EU means the English-Scottish border becomes a customs frontier, with controls and tariffs. EU regional funding would end. Fishing rights would have to be re-negotiated from outside. And that is just the start of a very long list of disadvantages” – Ginna Pittella, leader of Socialist bloc of European Parliament
“I would say that the United Kingdom has been an extraordinary partner to us. From the outside, at least, it looks like things have worked pretty well. And we obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies that we will ever have remains strong, robust, united, and an effective partner. But ultimately these are decisions that are to be made by the folks there”– Barack Obama, president
“You will not find anyone involved in American foreign policy – from the President on down – who does not think that this division will weaken the alliance that we have” –Brad Sherman, congressman(D)
“I am a firm friend of the United Kingdom and I want it to remain the United Kingdom, not the disunited Kingdom. It is a matter for Scotland, obviously, but as a friend of the United Kingdom that is my view” – Tony Abbott, prime minister
“We think, from a Canadian perspective, that a strong, united United Kingdom is an overwhelmingly positive force in the world”– Stephen Harper, prime minister
“A German foreign minister is well advised not to interfere in British domestic politics. But I would openly admit that I would rather see Great Britain remain together” – Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister
“A ‘Yes’ vote for Scottish independence on Thursday would go down in history as a political and economic mistake as large as Winston Churchill’s decision in 1925 to return the pound to the Gold Standard or the failure of the Federal Reserve to provide sufficient liquidity to the US banking system, which we now know brought on the Great Depression in the US” –David Folkerts-Landau, Deutsche Bank Chief Economist
“The opt-outs they’re pushing for would make it very difficult for Scotland to get membership… I would be extremely surprised if there was an automatic accession to the EU” – Jo Leinen, senior Socialist MEP
“Scottish independence remains an adventure – poltically, economically and from a currency standpoint” – Die Weit
“The concept of unity is the reason why the United Kingdom exists. If Scotland splits, it will hurt Britain’s self esteem and also reduce the impact of the country on the international stage. The world will suffer too. Britain cannot ignore this because Scotland means a lot to the UK” – China News Wire
YES: THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE CAMP
“I would obviously vote for Scottish independence because I’m too keen on history not to know that Scotland is the traditional ally of the French ever since the Ancien Régime” – Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a maverick politician who ran for president in 2012 as the candidate of the Front de Gauche
“This is not about destroying the UK, it’s not about being against Britain, it’s about creating something new, an independent free Scotland. You can leave the negativity to the No campaign. Do I hope that Scottish independence could serve as an inspiration for us? Yes I do, I certainly do” – Daniel Turp, veteran of Quebec’s pro-independence campaign
“We wish our Scottish friends victory in the referendum with all our hearts. For us in Bavaria it would be a real boost and it would no longer be so easy for our media to negate or ridicule this topic. The larger the political unit, the less chance individuals have of being heard” – Florian Weber, eader of the pro-independence Bavaria Party
“If the yes wins then all of the European governments will have to accept the result, including Madrid. And I am convinced that the negotiations between Brussels, London and Edinburgh will start very quickly with the goal to keep Scotland in the European Union. The consequences for us are important. It raises the question that if the Scottish people have the right to decide then why not the Catalan people” – Artur Mas, president of the semi-autonomous Spanish region
“I think that independence would be a very positive thing for Scotland. I believe that every person has the right to be a member of an independent nation, to have sovereignty, to live in peace and to enjoy equality. And I believe that a majority of Scots feel the same and will vote for independence” – Choe Kwan-il, managing editor of Pyongyang-supported Choson Sinbo
“As a bagpipe player, and knowing the history of bagpipes, I like to call it an instrument of war, The Scots used to have bagpipes on the battlefield, so for me, it’s part of resistance. But as Palestinians, like everyone else, we want our own state. The Scottish want their independence, their state, so they can live in a country that’s theirs and theirs alone” – Majeed Qonqar, Palestinian bagpipe player
“In four days, we will know whether this perfect storm was just a passing breeze, or if Great Britain should prepare itself to take its place in the coffers of history alongside the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and so many other old broken states” – Martin Rodriguez Yebra, La Nacion newspaper.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON, June 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Over 100 marines of the USA and Philippines took part in joint manoeuvres Cooperation Afloat Readiness, CARAT on the north-western coast on the Philippines, Associated Press reported Monday.
As reported by the representative of the Philippine Naval Forces, the manoeuvres were held with the aim of field combat training upgrading.
The exercises are not connected to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, he added.