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Dawn: A powerful Hurricane named Irma – which reached Category 5 – has started to subside after creating devastation to the Caribbean islands and the southern part of the U.S. including Florida Damage is estimated to be $62 billion USD or higher, and over 90% of buildings on some Caribbean islands were wiped out. The damage is so extreme that it will take many years for the affected areas to recover -Governments in Britain, France and the Netherlands, which oversee their territories within the affected areas in the Caribbean, are being criticized for being slow to respond to the disaster These countries, along with the US and Cuba, are sending troops, aid workers, and supplies. The hurricane has passed, but a lot of work remains to restore order Dawn: Pope Francis has criticized people who deny climate change as “stupid” after powerful hurricanes wreaked havoc in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean Climate changes are effects on weather patterns due to human activity. The pope said those who deny climate change should go to the scientists and ask them. Among world leaders, US President

Donald Trump was known to be skeptical of climate change. Last June, Trump withdrew the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement – a plan signed by nearly 200 countries to reduce global warming -The pope’s criticism is not new as he has talked about this topic for a long time. He warned that history would judge world leaders who do not act on climate change. There have been four major Atlantic hurricanes in less than three weeks. Could increase in hurricanes have to do with climate change? Dawn: China plans to ban new vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel engines in favor of electric cars. If this ban is implemented, it would be a big step up for China who is among the world’s worst air polluted countries, and it would help China become an environmental-friendly country The Chinese government will set a deadline for carmakers to halt manufacturing gasoline and diesel cars -Earlier this year Britain and France

also vowed to implement similar bans by 2040. Several other European countries and India has announced their versions as well. These pressures are due in part to the Paris Agreement they signed to reduce greenhouse gases. China currently is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and China president Xi Jinping is one of the biggest supporters of the Paris Agreement Dawn: During a hurricane evacuation briefing held by government officials held in the USA state of Florida, a signer was seen next to each official and used inappropriate signs. The briefing, which was filmed and distributed to the media, raised complaints from Deaf viewers who said the man was incorrectly interpreting what was being said -The man, who wore bright yellow shirt, shorts and flip flops during the briefing, is a lifeguard for the country and he had volunteered to interpret An interpreting company, VisCom, that serves southwest and central Florida, told ABC News that officers did not request official interpreter ahead of the Friday briefing. The briefing was also captioned Dawn: Luka Farquhar and two other young

deaf people worked together to produce a six minute film which was shown at New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival (NZDSFF). The film, “Falling on Deaf Ears” was submitted in the youth category which had to meet three requirements: significant deaf involvement in its production, about deaf life or deaf issues, and showcase deaf talent -The film was about everyday communication difficulties faced by deaf people. Parents say the film project was a great opportunity for deaf youth who go to different schools to work together. “The kids made it completely themselves; they wrote the script themselves, filmed it all on an iPhone”, one of the mothers said. She started an online fundraising campaign which raised funds to bring the team to Wellington, the capitol of New Zealand Dawn: In a South Korean news report, the Egypt’s defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country had cut military ties with North Korea Egypt had maintained close ties with North Korea for decades, selling each

other weapons and upgraded missiles Egypt had come under mounting pressure in recent months to sever ties due to the controversy over North Korea’s nuclear weapons -Last month, U.S. cut or delayed nearly $300 million USD in aid to Egypt over its human rights record, and ties with North Korea. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the cut in aid was a clear message to Egypt that it had to choose between the U.S. or North Korea. The Egyptian government has not responded to the South Korean news report Dawn: Recent and worsening violence in Myanmar has driven at least 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh. Myanmar’s government has drawn condemnation from the U.N. and other countries worldwide Before the recent violence, Bangladesh had already been housing roughly 500,000 Rohingya refugees from crises dating back to 2012 -The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the world’s largest Muslim body, urged Myanmar to let U.N. monitors

in so they can investigate the alleged systematic brutality of the Rohingya The ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority had struggled with decades of discrimination persecution in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship despite having deep roots to the country Dawn: China has had a crackdown on internet access which many Chinese internet users bypassed by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) where they can register internet addresses in countries outside China to bypass blocking for full access and keep them anonymous. More recently, however, China has clamped down on use of VPNs, making it difficult for users including businesses, students, and academic scholars to do online activities including Dropbox, Facebook, YouTube and other social media -China enforces the most sophisticated online censorship of any country in the world, known as the “Great Firewall” Last year, China upgraded the Great Firewall and began targeting VPN users It is part of their campaign to tighten political control which activists say is their most severe action since 1989 -Thank you for watching WorldSign Week, visit H3WORLD.TV for more shows, all in International Sign See you next week

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