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Japan is hit by a ballistic missile fired from North Korea

The South Korean government said that on Tuesday, North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan for the first time in five years. This set off alarms all over Japan.

North Korea’s launch on Tuesday made it possible for U.S. military bases in Guam to be hit. The White House said that the U.S. government was against the launch and that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called his counterparts in Japan and South Korea to talk about how to respond.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff say that the ballistic missile (IRBM) was fired from North Korea’s northern Jagang province at about 7:23 a.m. local time. TV alerts told people in Tokyo and the northern Japanese prefectures of Hokkaido and Aomori to take cover.

North Korea says it is a country with nuclear weapons.
North Korea says it is a country with nuclear weapons.
The joint chiefs of the South said that the missile went about 2,796 miles to the east, got as high as 603 miles, and went as fast as Mach 17 before landing in the Pacific Ocean. When something moves at Mach 1, it moves at the speed of sound. The speed of sound is half of Mach 2.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the launch on Tuesday was “outrageous,” and he said that Japan strongly opposed the move. South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol said that his country would respond in a strong way. Both leaders said they would talk about the situation with the National Security Council.

North Korea fired its fifth missile in just over a week on Tuesday. It was the first time since 2017 that a North Korean missile flew over Japan. When North Korea last tested an IRBM in January, state media said that it was fired at a high angle “out of concern for the security of neighbouring countries.” This means that the missile was not sent over Japan.

North Korea’s launch of a missile on Tuesday was the latest in a string of recent events that have made things worse between Pyongyang and the U.S. and its East Asian allies. Last week, South Korea, the U.S., and Japan held their first joint drills against submarines in five years. The drills took place off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. It happened after South Korean and American warships had been practising together in the area for four days. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was used in both military drills this week.

Because of these tensions, then-President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met for the first time in 2018 and 2019 to talk about the North’s plans to make nuclear weapons. Since then, talks between the United States and North Korea have stopped, and Pyongyang now says it won’t give up its nuclear weapons.

Since it took office in May, South Korea’s new conservative government has put more emphasis on deterrence than on diplomatic engagement. This has raised concerns about possible cycles of escalation and counter-escalation, such as more missile tests from North Korea.

Observers say that Kim could use North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests to get the U.S. and other countries to lift the international sanctions against his country.

Launch of McDonald’s Happy Meals for Adults with Toys

With new “boxed meals” for grownups that resemble Happy Meals and even come with toys, McDonald’s is feeding up nostalgia.

The story is being driven by the limited-edition combination meals, which are going on sale today as part of the fast-food chain’s partnership with well-known streetwear brand Cactus Plant Flea Market. They are only available while supplies last.

Why it matters: In order to rekindle “a new generation’s affection for our food and the brand,” McDonald’s claimed it is reinventing the “feeling of pure delight when you ordered a Happy Meal as a youngster” with the Cactus Plant Flea Market Box for adults.

Details: According to McDonald’s, the two separate meals are a Big Mac and 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, both of which include the toy in addition to an order of medium fries and a medium drink.

The box will be offered at dining establishments, in drive-through lanes, via delivery, and on the chain’s app.
Adult Happy Meal toys from McDonald’s
Present situation: The meal comes with one of four toys as “a surprise”: Along with a new “Cactus Buddy!” figurine, Grimace, the Hamburglar, and Birdie are three well-known McDonald’s characters.

Yes, but as shown in the images of the toys released by McDonald’s, the iconic figures have undergone a little bit of a makeover and now have four eyes like Cactus Buddy, the happy-go-lucky mascot of Cactus Plant Flea Market.

Prices for adult Happy Meals vary.
The price of the meals will fluctuate, though, since each location will set its own rates, according to McDonald’s.

Backstory: In the past, McDonald’s has collaborated with stars like Travis Scott, BTS, and Mariah Carey to boost restaurant sales and generate publicity for the brand.

In September 2020, McDonald’s debuted The Travis Scott Meal, the company’s first celebrity meal since 1992. This caused ingredient shortages across the country.
Products from the Cactus Plant Flea Market and McDonald’s
A range of items for the collaboration, including tees and a Grimace chair, will be on sale online on Monday at 11 a.m. ET.

Noteworthy: If you order the special meals using the McDonald’s app and have chosen to participate in MyMcDonald’s Rewards, you will automatically be entered to win weekly drawings for “Cactus Plant Flea Market x McDonald’s” merchandise.

No purchase is essential to enter, according to McDonald’s, and entries may also be made at a specific Appstakes website.

NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw is asking $22.5 million for a 750-acre ranch

Terry Bradshaw, a legendary NFL player, commentator, and reality TV personality, has relisted his Oklahoma ranch after a deal fell through. The ranch was put up for sale by Bradshaw and his wife Tammy for $10.8 million in 2014. Following failing to sell in 2016, it was removed off the market. Later, after improvements, it was relisted for $22.5 million. Over several decades, Bradshaw expanded the ranch, acquiring about 750 pastoral acres across the winding Red River, just across the border between Texas and Oklahoma.

The long, winding driveway that passes through enclosed meadows ends at the rustic main home, which is 8,600 square feet in size. The home’s eight bedrooms, six baths, and a few powder rooms all have stone walls, wood beam ceilings, and four exquisitely constructed stone fireplaces. The property also includes a four-bedroom bunkhouse and a 2,600 square foot manager’s home. A two-story stone doghouse with a pool is also there.

The ranch has several barns and breeding facilities, among other significant equestrian facilities.

Additionally, you will discover a pig show barn, a six-bay store, and an office with a full kitchen. Winding routes for strolling, cycling, and four-wheeling are also present on the lovely terrain.

Outside of the 445-person city of Thackerville, Oklahoma, is where Bradshaw’s ranch is located. The ranch of the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback may be well known to viewers of reality television, since it has frequently been shown on EThe !’s Bradshaw Bunch.

Putin gives US leaker Edward Snowden citizenship in Russia

Edward Snowden, a US leaker, now has Russian citizenship after Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday.

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, 39, has been residing in Russia since 2013 in order to avoid punishment in his own country after leaking classified documents to the Guardian that exposed extensive domestic and global monitoring programmes run by the US National Security Agency.

Snowden said in 2020 that he and his pregnant wife had applied for Russian citizenship so that they wouldn’t have to be separated from their unborn child in a time of pandemics and closed borders. The same year, Russia gave him rights to permanent residence, opening the door for him to apply for Russian citizenship.

Snowden, whose name was on a list of 72 foreign-born people to whom Putin was granted citizenship, said on Monday: “After years of isolation from our parents, my wife and I have no wish to be separated from our boys.” “A little stability will make a difference for my family after two years of waiting and almost 10 years of exile. I ask for their and our collective privacy.

On social media, jokes about Snowden being drafted into the Russian army to fight in Ukraine as part of the nation’s mass mobilisation effort rapidly followed Putin’s edict granting him citizenship.

Will Snowden be called to action? The head editor of the state-run media outlet RT, Margarita Simonyan, posted on her Telegram channel.

Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s Russian attorney, informed the official news outlet Ria Novosti that his client was ineligible for the draught since he had never before served in the Russian military. Lindsay Mills, Snowden’s wife, was also submitting an application for Russian citizenship, the attorney said.

While residing in Russia, the whistleblower mostly maintains a low profile, occasionally uploading pictures of his family in Moscow. He stated in 2019 that he would be open to returning to the US provided a fair trial was ensured.

Snowden, who has previously criticised the Kremlin’s record on human rights, has not made any public remarks on the nation’s invasion of Ukraine. He frequently expressed scepticism about Russia starting a war before to the conflict and accused the media of “pushing” it.

Three days after Russia sent soldiers to Ukraine, on February 27, Snowden posted on Twitter, “I’ve just lost whatever trust I had that sharing my opinion on this specific issue continues to be valuable since I called it incorrect.”

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What will become of it all? Ukraine’s issue seems to be even further from being resolved than before. Mass graves, nuclear threats, and the impression that both sides are “all in”

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Emergency Update: Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on State Preparedness for Hurricane Ian

On Monday, Hurricane Ian grew to be a Category Two storm with winds of more than 100 mph as it headed into western Cuba. Florida is where the hurricane is predicted to make landfall on Wednesday, although heavy rain and strong winds could cause problems there as early as Tuesday.

Ian may have an influence on several states, depending on the storm’s route.

In addition to the twelve pre-positioned medical assistance caches that are now staged in Florida, Direct Relief also has hurricane preparedness packs available to be accessible by nearby medical facilities stationed in Georgia, South Carolina, and along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The caches include necessary pharmaceuticals like as antibiotics, wound care supplies, insulin and diabetic management supplies, high blood pressure meds, asthma treatments, and more. Additionally, emergency supplies have been prepared and are waiting to be used in Havana, Cuba.

Over the weekend, Direct Relief and the Florida Primary Care Association had regular conversations regarding anticipated needs. In response to the association’s offer of medical aid from Direct Relief, a small number of the association’s member health organisations asked for help over the weekend in order to prepare for the storm’s effects. The group has also communicated with Florida VOAD, or Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, as well as the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

As required, Direct Relief is also prepared to provide a range of backup power solutions in addition to additional medications and supplies.

According to the predicted error cone for Hurricane Ian released by the NOAA National Hurricane Center on Tuesday, there are now 25 Federally Qualified Health Center administrative sites in its path. Together, such facilities treat 974,851 patients yearly, 48.6% of whom fall inside the federal poverty line.

Also disproportionately affected by disasters like hurricanes are the weaker members of society, such as children, the elderly, those without access to transportation, those with impairments, and those for whom English is a second language.

People who need to take drugs to manage their health are also at danger if they lose access to them. When there is a large frequency of acute injuries, conditions including asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure might cause trips to the emergency room.

According to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, 4.1 percent of patients at health centres within the storm’s forecast error cone had a diagnosis of asthma (39,780 patients), 8.6 percent had a diagnosis of diabetes (84,036 patients), and 18.5 percent were being treated for hypertension (180,531 patients).

Throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast, Direct Relief has a long history of reacting to storms, notably in Florida in 2018 with Hurricane Michael, a Category Four hurricane that wreaked havoc on multiple communities in the state’s panhandle.

Direct Relief has sent 3,620 pounds of medical supplies to 60 beneficiaries in Florida since September 1st, including community health centres and free clinics that offer medical services. The company will keep responding as the circumstance changes.

Current Watches and Warnings in Effect:

  • A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Englewood to the Anclote River, including Tampa Bay.
  • A Hurricane Watch has been issued from the Anclote River to the Suwannee River.
  • Tropical Storm Watches have been issued from the Suwannee River to Indian Pass, and from Jupiter Inlet to Altamaha Sound.
  • Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for the Lower Keys (from the 7 Mile Bridge westward to Key West), and from Englewood southward to Flamingo.
  • A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from the Anclote River southward to Flamingo, including Tampa Bay.
  • Storm Surge Watches are in effect for the Florida Keys and mainland Monroe County, as well as far southern Miami-Dade, Collier, the Tampa Bay area, eastern Clay and Putnam counties, and the coastal areas of Charlotte, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties.
    • Anclote River to Longboat Key including Tampa Bay… 5-10 ft
    • Suwanee River to Anclote River… 5-8 ft
    • Longboat Key to Englewood… 5-8 ft
    • Englewood to Bonita Beach, FL… 4-7 ft
    • Bonita Beach to East Cape Sable, FL… 3-5 ft
    • Flagler/Volusia County Line to Altamaha Sound, including the St. Johns River… 2-4 ft
    • East Cape Sable to Card Sound Bridge, including Florida Bay…2-4 ft
    • Aucilla River to Suwannee River… 2-4 ft
    • Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas… 2-4 ft
    • Indian Pass to Aucilla River… 1-3 ft

State preparation and response efforts include:

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)

  • FDEM has activated the State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) to provide an additional resource for Floridians to receive up-to-date information regarding Hurricane Ian. Residents and visitors can call this toll-free hotline at 1-800-342-3557.
  • FDEM is deploying several hundred shelter support staff to address staffing needs in counties that have opened their Special Needs hurricane shelters.
  • FDEM is leading the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) for the Hurricane Ian response.
  • The Division has received more than 500 resource requests for Hurricane Ian and fulfilled 466. Requests are currently being processed and are either en route or being mobilized. This includes the coordination of resources such as: trucks of food and water, generators and water pumps.
  • Five Florida Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams are activated, and will be prepared to deploy to impacted areas. An additional three federal USAR Teams are standing by to assist.
  • Over 27,000 power restoration personnel are on standby to assist impacted areas after the storm.
  • FDEM has begun setting up a Logistical Staging Area in Polk County and is identifying potential additional staging areas and points of distribution to ensure food and water are readily available if counties request it.
  • FDEM has loaded 360 trailers with over 2 million meals and over one million gallons of water in preparation for distribution to impacted areas.
  • FDEM is in constant communication with all 67 county emergency management offices and state agencies to coordinate protective actions and needed resources ahead of potential storm impacts.
  • FDEM is coordinating with utilities to ensure crews are prepared to respond and restore power. Utility providers have more than 25,000 linemen staged and prepared for power restoration efforts.

Florida National Guard

  • Following Governor DeSantis’ authorization, a total of 5,000 Florida Guardsmen are being activated to State Active Duty and pre-positioned at armories across the state for Tropical Storm Ian response operations. 2,000 Guardsmen from Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina are also being activated to assist.
  • The Florida National Guard is currently supporting missions including staffing and supporting the State Logistics Response Center (SLRC) in Orlando.
  • In addition, the Florida Guard has mobilized and is on standby with five Route Clearance Teams and Aviation assets.
  • The Florida National Guard is well-equipped, with assets including high-wheeled vehicles, helicopters, boats, generators and more.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)

  • FDLE’s mutual aid team is coordinating evacuation missions in Cedar Key and security for ambulance response teams who are staging prior to Hurricane Ian.

Hillsborough County has declared Zone A subject to a mandatory evacuation.

According to county officials, Hillsborough County’s Zone A has been ordered to evacuate.

The declaration was made by Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise at a press conference held at the Hillsborough Public Safety Operations Complex on Monday at 10 a.m. At 2:00 PM, the order will become effective.

A voluntary evacuation was advised for Zone B, according to Wise.

The storm poses a major threat, therefore we must take all necessary precautions to safeguard our folks, Wise said. “We did not come to this decision lightly.

The administrator claimed that the packed, unpleasant evacuation shelters should only be used as a last option. She advised locals to seek refuge with someone who resides at least 20 miles inland.

General population shelters can be found in the following places:

  • Burnett Middle, 1010 N Kingsway Rd., Seffner
  • Durant High School, 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City
  • Lockhart Elementary, 3719 N 17TH St., Tampa
  • Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd St., Tampa
  • Newsome High School, 16550 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia
  • Pizzo Elementary, 11701 Bull Run, Tampa
  • Reddick Elementary, 325 West Lake Dr., Wimauma
  • Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa
  • Steinbrenner High School, 5575 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz
  • Valrico Elementary, 609 S Miller Rd., Valrico
  • Benito Middle, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa
  • Boyette Springs Elementary, 10141 Sedgebrook Dr., Riverview
  • Sessums Elementary, 11525 Ramble Creek Dr., Tampa
  • Cypress Creek Elementary, 4040 19th Ave. NE, Ruskin
  • Hammond Elementary, 8008 N. Mobley Rd., Odessa
  • Jennings Middle, 9325 Govenors Rd., Seffner
  • Marshall Middle, 18 S. Maryland Ave., Plant City
  • Mulrennan Middle, 4215 Durant Rd., Tampa
  • Nelson Elementary, 5413 Durant Rd., Tampa
  • Shields Middle, 15732 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin
  • Turner Elementary, 9020 Imperial Oaks Blvd., Tampa
  • Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa
  • Bartels Middle, 9190 Imperial Oaks Blvd., Tampa
  • Barrington Middle, 5925 Village Center Dr., Lithia
  • Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria St., Brandon
  • Cimino Elementary, 4329 Culbreath Rd., Valrico
  • Knights Elementary, 4815 N. Keene Rd., Plant City
  • Martinez Middle, 5601 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz
  • McKitrick Elementary, 5503 Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz
  • Pride Elementary, 10310 Lions Den Dr., Tampa
  • Smith, Sgt. Paul Middle, 14303 Citrus Pointe Dr., Tampa
  • Summerfield Elementary, 11990 Big Bend Rd., Riverview
  • Tomlin Middle, 501 N. Woodrow Wilson, Plant City
  • Turkey Creek Middle, 5005 Turkey Creek Rd., Plant City
  • Dorothy York Innovation Academy , 5995 Covington Garden Drive, Apollo Beach
  • Bevis Elementary, 5720 Osprey Ridge Dr., Lithia
  • Bowers-Whitley Career Center, 13609 N. 22nd St., Tampa
  • Wilson Elementary, 702 English St., Plant City
  • Cannella Elementary, 10707 Nixon Rd., Tampa

The following will be special needs and pet-friendly shelters:

  • Erwin Tech, 2010 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa
  • Sumner High School, 10650 County Road 672, Riverview
  • Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Rd., Dover
  • Riverview High School School, 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview

Only individuals with medical conditions that require electrical assistance or those with mental conditions that cannot be treated in a general population shelter are eligible for the special needs shelters.

Tose with pets are required to carry a leash, a robust carrier that lets the animal to stand up and walk around, and enough pet supplies to last a week.

Sheriff Chad Chronister stated that more police officers will be there to assist with protecting people’s residences and possessions. People were encouraged to take the evacuation seriously by the sheriff.

He declared, “We can put everything in life, but we can’t replace a life.

In order to better safeguard inhabitants throughout the disaster, Chronister also said that evictions have been delayed for the next week.

The county closed all county facilities as part of its efforts to lessen Ian’s effects thus far and help emergency operations.

Sandbags may now be picked up by residents from the following places on Monday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Plant City, Florida 33567, 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Edward Medard Conservation Park
  • Ruskin, Florida 33570, 2401 19th Avenue NW, E.G. Simmons Conservation Park
  • Tampa, Florida 33626, 14720 Ed Radice Dr., Ed Radice Sports Complex

Ten bags per family will be allowed for residents to take. To obtain the bags, you must present ID or a current electricity bill.