(CNN)Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes in the Philippines as a rare December typhoon edges closer to some of the country's most densely populated areas, including the capital of Manila. Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Tisoy, is expected to strengthen to the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane by Tuesday morning Philippine time and make landfall in southeastern Luzon, the country's largest and most populous island. Authorities in the Albay province began evacuating 100,000 people in anticipation of the storm, according to the government-run Philippines News Agency (PNA). "We have to evacuate them and for those (residents) who are stubborn, I have directed the police to forcibly bring them to the nearest evacuation camps," Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara said, PNA reported. The storm is currently packing winds of 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour), but those are expected to speed up to 185 kph (115 mph). Southern Luzon is forecast to receive 20 to 30 … [Read more...] about Thousands evacuated as rare December typhoon expected to bring heavy rains to Philippines
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So much of Game of Thrones’ seventh season finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” felt like a checklist of inevitabilities finally realized onscreen: the fall of the Wall under dragon fire; Jon and Daenerys consummating their love; Bran at last confirming, for all to hear, Jon Snow’s true parentage—and his real name, Aegon Targaryen, to boot. The Hound confronts his undead brother; Cersei alienates her last confidante and other half. These events progress naturally from a season or more of set-up. They make sense. But not every step forward rings true here. There are “twists” the episode doesn’t quite justify, chief among them the deadly culmination to Arya and Sansa’s clunky arcs this season. Other hints at new story directions come bewilderingly out of left field. (Could Tyrion be in love with Daenerys? That curiously morose shot of him outside Dany’s door seems to want us to consider it.) The episode also glides over certain … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’: Is Tyrion Going to Break Jon Snow and Daenerys Apart?
BALTIMORE - Kyle Shanahan’s game management was a popular topic after it was a factor in the 49ers dropping their second game of the season. Four of the first six questions Shanahan fielded in his news conference Sunday following a 20-17 loss to the Ravens were about decisions he made just before halftime and late in the fourth quarter. First, his most crucial call: On 4th-and-1 at Baltimore’s 35-yard line with 6:33 left, Jimmy Garoppolo’s short pass intended for well-covered tight end George Kittle was batted down by defensive lineman Chris Wormley. The obvious question, particularly, of course, since the play wasn’t successful: Why didn’t Shanahan call for a run since the 49ers had 174 rushing yards and averaged 6.0 yards a carry while playing in a steady rain? “They’ve got too many people in there that you can’t block,” Shanahan said. “I didn’t mind the decision at all of not running, but I wished I had called a … [Read more...] about 49ers’ Shanahan defends game-management decisions; Sherman hurting
(CNN)A powerful typhoon that struck the Philippines late Monday has prompted authorities to close the country's largest airport due to powerful winds and heavy rains. The storm, Typhoon Kammuri, made landfall on the southeastern part of Luzon, the Philippines' most populous island. It hit as the equivalent of a Category 4 Atlantic Hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of nearly 215 kilometers per hour (130 miles per hour). Thousands had evacuated ahead of time. More than 100 flights were canceled after authorities in Manila decided to close the capital's Ninoy Aquino International Airport for 12 hours on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time in anticipation of severe weather brought by Typhoon Tisoy, as it is known locally, according to CNN Philippines. Policemen remove branches from a damaged tree following the passage of Typhoon Kammuri south of Manila. Kammuri has maintained its structure after making landfall -- when storms often weaken -- meaning it is likely to … [Read more...] about Typhoon Kammuri forces Manila airport closure as heavy rains hit the Philippines
VALLECITOS DE ZARAGOZA, Mexico—There is only one hotel still open in this cartel-besieged town, and I am the only guest in it. The former owner of the Sierra Inn here in western Mexico’s Guerrero state is a local businessman and political candidate who was run off the road and shot to death by sicarios [hitmen] two years back. He’d envisioned turning Vallecitos into a hot-spot for eco-tourism—the town is nestled in an idyllic, wooded valley in the Sierra Madre del Sur—and at the time he was killed he had several other development projects in the works. Now only this lonely hotel remains. It’s early fall and the rainy season is underway in these mountains. When the storms are too bad to go out, I wander the deserted halls, the silent dining room. I look at the empty pool, study paintings of the slain owner’s horses on the walls. All kept immaculate by the gerente, the caretaker, and his wife. The gerente went to school with the murdered owner … [Read more...] about Mexico’s Murderous Super-Cartel CJNG Is Winning the ‘Narco Game of Thrones’