DML Morning Briefing ~ Thur. Sept. 29

Putin announces new tactic, Hurricane Ian destruction continues, Strike at major newspaper, more!
By Laurie McClain

Today is September 29. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.

1-Russian President Vladimir Putin to annex 4 Ukrainian regions in Friday ceremony
Fox News Reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday will officially begin annexing four more regions in Ukraine in a signing ceremony following the conclusion of self-run referenda this week that the West and Kyiv have decried as a sham.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday the ceremony would take place in Moscow “on agreements on the accession of new territories into the Russian Federation,” first reported Reuters.

The “agreement” will apparently be signed “with all four territories that held referendums and made corresponding requests to the Russian side,” he added.

Moscow-installed regionals officials from Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaphorizhzhia and Kherson are expected to represent the four regions after claiming to have achieved a monumental show of support for Russia’s illegal seizure of Ukrainian territory.

Polls close Tuesday following five days of voting organized by Russian proxies who have claimed to have garnered 93 percent of civilian support in Zaporizhzhia, 87 percent in Kherson, 98 percent in Luhansk and 99 percent in Donetsk.

MY TAKE – Will Putin ever stop?

2 -States of emergency: Executive disaster efforts enacted in five states over Hurricane Ian

Washington Examiner reports: Five states have declared states of emergency over Hurricane Ian as of Wednesday as the hurricane’s trajectory sends the storm up the East Coast this week.

Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have all declared states of emergency due to the severe weather predicted to hit the states this week. Virginia was the latest to issue such a declaration, although the storm is not expected to hit there until the weekend.

“Hurricane Ian is a large, powerful storm, and current predictions indicate that it may impact parts of Virginia later this week into early next week,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) said in a press release. “We want to ensure that our communities have the resources needed to respond to and recover from any potential effects from the storm. While we recognize that the storm track is still uncertain, I nevertheless encourage all Virginians and visitors to make a plan, have supplies on hand, and follow official sources for the latest forecast information and guidance. Suzanne and I will be praying for those in Florida in the path of the storm.”

MY TAKE – Stay safe out there!

3- Insane Floridians swim, get pummeled by wild waves in ocean during Hurricane Ian
New York Post reports: Insane Floridians were seen swimming in the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Ian winds whipped the ocean waves around them into a frenzy.

Footage of the three foolhardy swimmers went viral Wednesday as the west coast of Florida braces for the devastating impacts of the Category 4 storm.

The swimmers were getting pummeled by waves near a pier in Fort Meyers, which is expected to get an almost-direct hit by the hurricane.

The area where they were jumping the waves is under an evacuation order.

MY TAKE – They must be CRAZY to swim and surf in those waves! Again, stay SAFE out there!
4-Hurricane Ian updates: Florida sheriff says ‘fatalities are in the hundreds’ after monster storm
Washington Examiner Reports: After Hurricane Ian swept through Florida on Thursday, the storm left millions without power and officials are predicting hundreds of fatalities.

“Fatalities are in the hundreds,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told Good Morning America on Thursday.

Ian was moving northeast across Florida at about 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph at 5 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. However, the agency warned that Ian could pick back up and reach hurricane strength as it reaches Florida’s east coast on Saturday, posing risks to Georgia and the Carolinas.

MY TAKE – Pray for Florida and all that are in Ian’s path!

5-New York Times Union Demands Salary Increase Due to Inflation, Considers Striking
Breitbart Reports: New York Times union members are considering going on strike after salary negotiations with management reached a standstill.

The union, also known as the New York Times Guild, is demanding an eight percent annual increase for the next four years, citing the increased cost of living, according to Business Insider.

Management countered the union’s offer with a four percent increase for the first year, a two percent increase the following two years, and an additional one percent based on merit.

Union members complained about management’s counter, saying it would amount to a pay cut given record high inflation levels. The Guild also believes the paper can handle the pay increase, given its acquisition of the Athletic and Wordle, plus its nearly ten million paid subscribers.

MY TAKE – Would anyone miss their reporting?

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