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Disney Skyliner reopens with modified hours after stranding passengers last week

Disney Skyliner reopens with modified hours after stranding passengers last weekDisney's Skyliner is back in action after the new aerial cable car system stranded passengers for hours the night of Oct. 5.



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Tropical systems may brew in Atlantic, East Pacific basins this week

Tropical systems may brew in Atlantic, East Pacific basins this weekIn the wake of Melissa, zones near Africa and Central America will be the focus of attention for potential tropical development this week.After forming off the Northeast coast this past Friday morning, Tropical Storm Melissa will continue to weaken as it tracks eastward over the North Atlantic into midweek.Melissa will only be of concern to shipping interests over the next few days as it remains well away from land. However, the storm may approach the Azores in a very weak and non-tropical state by Wednesday.AccuWeather meteorologists are now turning their attention to areas farther south for tropical development this week.A tropical wave about to emerge off the west coast of Africa is the first area of interest. This satellite image shows the Atlantic basin on Sunday morning, Oct. 13, 2019. (NOAA/GOES-EAST) "There is a chance this system could attempt to become an organized tropical system this week," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.This system will track to the west-northwest toward the Cabo Verde Islands early this week, bringing an uptick in gusty squalls and rough surf.However, by midweek this system is likely to meet its demise as it encounters strong wind shear to the north of the islands.Meanwhile, over the southwestern Caribbean, an area of low pressure has formed amid a broad counter-clockwise wind pattern, known as a gyre. "This area of low pressure will track into or along the north coast of Central America early this week," Kottlowski said.If the system's circulation remains over the warm waters of the Gulf of Honduras for a time, there will be a better chance for it to become an organized tropical system.Drenching showers and thunderstorms are likely over portions of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula into Tuesday, even if an organized tropical system fails to form.This disturbance is expected to cross the Yucatan Peninsula and emerge in the Bay of Campeche by midweek. Here, there may be another opportunity for it to organize.Regardless, drenching flooding rainfall will be possible in portions of eastern Mexico during the second half of the week. Some of this rain could be drawn northward into the western Gulf Coast.Hurricane season continues until the end of November, and Kottlowski believes there will be another named system or two over the Atlantic Ocean before the season comes to a close.The next names on the list for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season are Nestor and Olga.Forecasters are also keeping an eye on the East Pacific basin this week.The window will soon close for a disorganized cluster of showers and thunderstorms south of the Baja California peninsula to develop into a tropical depression or storm.Of greater concern may be another area of disturbed weather located a couple hundred miles west of the coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This satellite image shows clusters of showers and thunderstorms off the west coast of Central America on Sunday morning, Oct. 13, 2019. (NOAA/GOES-EAST) This feature may become a tropical depression or storm as it parallels the southern coast of Mexico this week."This tropical threat may bring the risks of flooding and damaging winds to parts of southern and western Mexico," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Leister said.The next names on the list for the 2019 East Pacific hurricane season are Octave and Priscilla. Download the free AccuWeather app to see the latest track maps and advisories for tropical systems all across the globe. Keep checking back for updates on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.



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China's Xi and India's Modi to hold summit this week amid strains

China's Xi and India's Modi to hold summit this week amid strainsIndia’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping will hold an informal summit in southern India on Friday, officials said, amid strains in their relationship. India’s foreign ministry has not formally announced the meeting in the Tamil Nadu town of Mamallapuram, known for its historic temples and architecture. Indian media reports said Xi and Modi will visit Mamallapuram’s attractions on the follow up to their first informal summit in Wuhan, China, in April last year.



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Santa Ana Winds to target Southern California late this week

Santa Ana Winds to target Southern California late this weekWith dry weather set to continue in California, windy conditions will spark concern for high fire danger this week."An elevated fire danger is expected with locally breezy to windy conditions in the mountains and upper deserts," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.The American Fire, a grass fire that started in the hills of American Canyon around 3 p.m., has already caused the American Canyon road to close and possibly burned a structure 50 minutes after starting, according to CBS San Francisco.As of 4 p.m. PDT, the fire had grown to 20-30 acres, fire officials told the news outlet. Bulldozers were sent to the area and Cal Fire air support was called in to attempt to contain the fire.With windy conditions, there is the threat of the spreading of the fire to become wind-driven. As of Sunday, the fire has a moderate rate of spread.This week, a cold front set to unleash more snow in the northern Rockies will bring a windy set up for California for the middle of the week. "Windy conditions and the low humidity, combined, will bring a more enhanced fire threat across not just California, but much of the West, including Nevada, Utah and Arizona," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Leister.The greatest fire threat, however, will be confined to the usual spots in the Sacramento Valley and parts of the L.A. Basin. In Northern California, winds will come from the northeastern corner into the Sacramento Valley.Depending on how strong the high in the Rockies gets, this could lead to a Santa Ana wind event for parts of Southern California, with wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph. Winds of this speed would be capable of producing downed trees and power lines. Sparks from downed lines and transformers could spark a fire as well.Throughout the week, people should exercise extreme caution with potential ignition sources, such as outdoor campfires, power equipment and cigarette butts.A small spark fueled by a strong wind could quickly become an uncontrollable inferno in just a few minutes.Having an emergency bag on hand can save valuable time should a rapidly spreading fire force a quick evacuation of your property.Download the free AccuWeather app to see the forecast for your location. Keep checking back for updates on AccuWeather.com andstay tuned to the AccuWeather Networkon DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.



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GM furloughs 1,225 more workers as strike enters 2nd week

GM furloughs 1,225 more workers as strike enters 2nd weekGeneral Motors temporarily laid off an additional 1,225 workers in Canada and the United States on Monday as a strike entered its second week. The actions affect 525 hourly workers at its DMAX engine plant in Moraine, Ohio, a GM spokesman said. DMAX is a joint venture owned 60 percent by GM and 40 percent by Isuzu.



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Biden, Warren Join GM Workers as UAW’s Strike Enters Second Week

Biden, Warren Join GM Workers as UAW’s Strike Enters Second Week(Bloomberg) — Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren joined striking United Auto Workers members on a picket line on Sunday as they compete for the support of a critical voting bloc in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.Warren was mobbed as soon as she arrived at General Motors Co.’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan, where the strike is entering a second week. Cheers and chants broke out when she joined the picket line while holding a “UAW on strike” sign.She condemned the automaker for making “billions of dollars in profits” even as it closes U.S. plants. “GM is demonstrating that it has no loyalty to the workers of America or to the people of America; their only loyalty is to their own bottom line,” Warren said. “If they can save a nickel by moving a job to Mexico or to Asia or to anywhere else on the planet, they will do it.”A strong turnout by organized labor will be key for Democrats as they seek to defeat President Donald Trump in crucial swing states in the rust belt such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. These states were supposed to ensure Hillary Clinton’s victory in 2016 but all went for Trump, at least in part thanks to support from some union members, who had traditionally been solidly aligned with the Democrats.‘War’ On LaborBiden joined a group in front of a GM facility in Kansas City, Kansas. Wearing a red UAW shirt, he stood on the back of a pickup truck and addressed hundreds of striking workers.“There’s been a war on labor’s house for a long, long time,” Biden said. “Corporations bought back over a trillion dollars in their own stock.”The former vice president, who has a long history of support from labor unions during his political career, received a warm welcome from the workers, many of whom stayed to pose for pictures and get autographs after he finished speaking.“This is simply wrong and I know it’s easy for me to stand up here and say ‘keep at it,’ because I’m not making the sacrifice you’re making,” he said. “I’m not in a position where I am out here and I am losing wages and I only have about 250 bucks to get me by. I’m not in that position. But I tell you, the American people, we owe you. We owe you for this effort.”Salary DemandsAbout 46,000 GM workers walked off the job Sept. 15 after their contact expired. The strikers are asking for concessions from the carmaker including higher salaries, more jobs and a narrower pay gap between new hires and longtime employees.The strike is the first against GM in 12 years and could cost the carmaker about $ 50 million a day in earnings before interest and taxes, according to an estimate by Credit Suisse. S&P Global Ratings last week said GM could lose production of 45,000 vehicles and burn through $ 1 billion of cash in the first week. The automaker may be able to make up some of that output later.Both candidates scheduled trips to the carmaker’s plants nationwide after striking workers criticized Democratic hopefuls for being absent from the picket lines.“This is the time that we find out who people are,” Warren told UAW workers. “We find out who stands with workers,” she added, after hugging and taking pictures with people on the ground.‘She Cares’“She’s here, that’s all that matters and we got her back,” said Joe Ryan, 59, who has been working at the Detroit-Hamtramck plan for 40 years. “That somebody of that caliber would be interested in coming not only to support us but walk in the picket line, that shows us that she cares about working-class people.”Warren has brought union power to the forefront of her presidential campaign, vowing to bring in a union leader as labor secretary and promising that a union representative would be present at trade negotiations. Prior to joining the picket line, she privately met with UAW members.Before Sunday, only two major Democratic candidates — Tim Ryan and Amy Klobuchar — had joined the GM picketers. Senator Bernie Sanders will visit Detroit on Wednesday.Ryan, a congressman whose Ohio district was battered by job losses when GM idled its Lordstown plant, has been tweeting from union halls and factories across Ohio and Michigan since Monday. Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, took coffee and doughnuts to striking workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant on Thursday.Negotiations between GM and the UAW are continuing into the second week. GM has offered $ 7 billion of investment in eight U.S. plants and more than 5,400 additional jobs, most of which would be new hires. But the union said GM’s proposal fell short in key areas including health care, use of temporary workers and the length of time it takes for shorter-tenured members to get to top-scale pay.\–With assistance from David Welch.To contact the reporters on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Detroit at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.net;Tyler Pager in Kansas City at tpager1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, ;Craig Trudell at ctrudell1@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Could Bermuda feel effects from Jerry next week?

Could Bermuda feel effects from Jerry next week?While the worst of Jerry spared the northern Caribbean, forecasters believe the tropical storm will directly impact Bermuda next week.Jerry weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm early Saturday morning while passing a few hundred miles to the north of the northern Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Jerry is seen swirling north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Saturday afternoon. (GOES-EAST/NOAA) Although Jerry has been moving towards the west-northwest over the past few days, a cold front set to sweep off the East Coast of the United States on Monday will pull the tropical system northward early next week.While this northward turn will spare the United States from direct impacts, Jerry will still enhance the rough surf battering Florida's east coast through the weekend.Jerry's expected northward turn may put the storm on a collision course with Bermuda. "Jerry will pass close to or perhaps over Bermuda Tuesday or Tuesday night," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.Jerry is expected to regain Category 1 hurricane status by this time. A Category 1 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 74-95 mph with higher gusts. "Bermuda can experience potentially dangerous winds, flooding rain, storm surge and rough surf as a result of Jerry," AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert said."These impacts will be amplified if Jerry does ultimately pass right over the islands," she added.Just this past week, former Major Hurricane Humberto unleashed fierce winds as it passed just to the north of Bermuda.Bermuda's building codes require dwellings to withstand sustained wind speeds of 110 mph (177 km/h), which is the equivalent of a high-end Category 2 hurricane. A majority of properties are made of stone and mortar.As a result, structural damage is likely to be minimal with Jerry, even with its projected path very close to or over Bermuda.However, strong winds can toss around loose items like toys and cause them to become potentially deadly projectiles. Power outages and tree damage may also occur.Residents should make sure to secure or safely house any outdoor furniture, planters or decorative items ahead of Jerry's arrival.Waterspouts can occur within Jerry's rain bands.The rain and wind could hinder any continued recovery efforts from Humberto, according to Gilbert.Conditions will dramatically improve across Bermuda later Wednesday as Jerry gets swept northeastward.AccuWeather meteorologists will be closely monitoring any potential impacts Jerry may have on Atlantic Canada late next week.In the wake of Jerry, several other tropical disturbances are being closely monitored across the Atlantic basin.



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Taiwan Loses Second Ally This Week to China

Taiwan Loses Second Ally This Week to China(Bloomberg) — For Taiwan, the Pacific Islands had been relatively stable as China siphoned off diplomatic partners elsewhere after independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen took power in 2016. That all changed this week.On Monday, the Solomon Islands — one of the biggest economies in the region — recognized China and ended formal relations with Taiwan that began in 1983. Kiribati followed suit in news that broke on Friday. Before the defections, Taiwan hadn’t lost a friend in the region since 2004.Taiwan now has just 15 diplomatic partners worldwide, including four in the Pacific. At least two of those relationships are also looking shaky, as China’s spending spree of $ 1.6 billion in aid and loans to the region since 2011 — more than four times the amount Taiwan has been able to contribute — has outmatched the democratically-run island.“The defections show that Taiwan has hit the ceiling on how much it’s willing to pay to keep its allies in the Pacific,” said Jonathan Pryke, who researches the Pacific Islands at Sydney-based think tank the Lowy Institute. “Ultimately for these countries, it’s an economic decision, not a foreign policy one. But for China the main game here is the marginalization of Taiwan, and it also solidifies its presence in the region.”China Claims Diplomatic Coup Over Taiwan With Solomon SwitchThat footprint is a growing concern for the U.S. and its close ally Australia. Diplomats in Washington and Canberra fear that China’s end-game in the Pacific Islands may be to establish a naval base that would greatly enhance its military reach toward the Americas.China said it “highly” appreciated and supported Kiribati’s decision, and that the move would bring “unprecedented opportunities” to the country. “In the past few days the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, both Pacific island countries, have decided to recognize the ‘one-China’ principle, sever ties with Taiwan and resume or establish relations with China. It is further testament that the ‘one-China’ principle is the overriding trend recognized by all,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing. “Relations between China and Pacific island countries are enjoying rapid development,” he said. Luring AlliesWhile Beijing and U.S.-backed Taipei have competed for diplomatic recognition since 1949, the battle has intensified in recent years. Since Tsai was elected in January 2016, China has lured away a third of her 22 allies.“China’s main goal is to squeeze Taiwan’s space in the international arena,” Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu told a briefing on Friday. “The ultimate goal is to wipe out Taiwan’s sovereignty all together.”El Salvador cut ties with Taipei last August, months after Burkina Faso and the Dominican Republic switched recognition to Beijing. This week’s defection of the Solomon Islands is perhaps the most important flip, as it means China has reduced Taiwan’s formal diplomatic footprint by almost half in terms of population and economic output since Tsai came to power.China has gained an advantage in the region by funding and building much-desired transport and utility infrastructure, compared with the focus by U.S. and Australia on bolstering governance, health and education services. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to discuss Beijing’s growing sway in the South Pacific during face-to-face talks with President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday.China’s Pacific Ambitions Loom Over Trump Talks With Aussie PMThe U.S. recently established a Directorate of Pacific Affairs within the White House National Security Council, which provides a hub for coordinating U.S. policy in the region with other like-minded countries, including Australia. Australia unveiled a A$ 2 billion ($ 1.4 billion) infrastructure fund for the region last last year, while the U.S. joined a group that includes Japan, the European Union and the Asian Development Bank to fund projects.“These changes are designed to focus inter-agency and international policy on the challenges posed by China’s growing strategic footprint and influence in the South Pacific,” said Ashley Townshend, director of the foreign policy and defense program at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre. “Australia and the U.S. have, until recently, been asleep at the wheel when it comes to what’s been happening in the region.”Too Late?Whether such tactics come too little, too late to halt China’s rising power in the region remains to be seen. Of the four remaining Pacific Islands nations that recognize Taipei, two remain particularly vulnerable to Beijing’s overtures, according to Pryke from the Lowy Institute.“Nauru and Tuvalu are very small and have had recent leadership changes, so China could sense they are vulnerable to pressure and could be the next to flip from Taiwan,” he said. “Palau and Marshall Islands have deep, significant relationships with the U.S., and it’s hard to see them swapping even if they wanted to.”Australia Boosts Pacific Spending as China Widens FootholdThe leaders of Palau and Marshall Islands held security talks with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo last month when he visited Micronesia, a display designed to show that the U.S. hasn’t taken its eye off the region that it forged ties with in the heat of World War II.Taiwan said Friday it had no problem with the four other Pacific allies. But it routinely has said the same thing about other nations just before they end up recognizing China, like Solomon Islands and Kiribati this week.“Losing two diplomatic relationships in one week is a major blow for Taiwan,” said Bates Gill, professor of Asia-Pacific security studies at Australia’s Macquarie University. “And it’s a bit of coup for Beijing, which has been working pretty hard in the last five years to cultivate the remaining countries that continue to have relationships with Taiwan. It’s a big win for Beijing and a tough loss for Taipei.”(Adds China foreign ministry comment from sixth paragraph.)\–With assistance from Iain Marlow, Samson Ellis and April Ma.To contact the reporter on this story: Jason Scott in Canberra at jscott14@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.net, Daniel Ten Kate, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Divided Fed set to cut interest rates this week, but then what?

Divided Fed set to cut interest rates this week, but then what?Deep disagreements within the Federal Reserve over the economic outlook and how the U.S. central bank should respond will not stop policymakers from cutting interest rates at a two-day meeting that began on Tuesday. An oil price spike after attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend added to the list of risks facing an economy already slowed by ongoing trade tensions and global weakness. At one end of the Fed’s large boardroom table sit St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, who are expected to argue for a steep reduction in borrowing costs to counter low inflation and an inverted Treasury yield curve.



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2020 Democrats Will Face Off on One Stage for the First Time This Week. Here's Everything to Know About the September Debate

2020 Democrats Will Face Off on One Stage for the First Time This Week. Here's Everything to Know About the September DebateOnly 10 candidates will face off in the third 2020 Democratic Debate, all on the same night



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