>> at some point, there was a breach in protocol and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection. >> was it a mistake that led to the second casebolt la in dallas? the c.d.c. launching an investigation as health officials try to determine how a nurse became infected with with the virus. >> turkey agree to say allow the u.s. and coalition forces to use its military bases in the fight against isil.
>> scuffles breaking out in hong kong as opponents of the pro democracy movement storm the protest site. police move in to prove barricades. >> a deadly cyclone slams india, killing eight people. now the search for survivors, as officials grapple with the aftermath apartment cleanup effort. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm erica pitzi. this morning, officials from dallas to the white house are on high alert and search forego answers now that an american for the first time contracted ebola on u.s. soil. >> the nurse treated thomas eric duncan who died last week at the hospital in dallas. she is now in isolation. the c.d.c. is planning new training and other measures to help keep workers safe while it tries to figure out how this nurse was infected. we begin our covering from dallas. >> texas health presbyterian said the worker's test results
came in lately saturday night. >> blood tests from the caregiver proved positive for ebola. >> the worker had cared for thomas eric duncan, the man who died of ebola infection wednesday. the hospital says the worker had worn full protective gear. >> this individual was following full c.d.c. precautions, which are barrier and droplet, gown, glove, mask and shield. >> c.d.c. director tom frieden said an investigator interviewed the worker saying she's unaware of how she contracted the virus. others may have it and not know it. >> unfortunately it is possible in the coming days that we will see additional cases of ebola. this is because the health care workers who cared for this individual may have had a breach. >> the c.d.c. is evaluating other workers who treated duncan in addition to the 48 people previously identified as duncan's contacts. so far, those individuals have
not shown symptoms. >> you cannot contract ebola other than from the bodily fluids of a symptomatic ebola victim. you cannot contract ebola by walking by people in the street or by being around contacts who are not symptomatic. there is nothing about this case that changes that basic premise of science. >> haz-mat teams are decontaminating the apartment where the ebola stricken health care worker lived. she had self monitored for symptoms when she discovered a low grade fever at home on friday. >> the caregiver notified the hospital of imminent arrival, and was immediately admitted to the hospital's isolation room. the entire process from the patient's self monitoring to the admission into isolation took
less than mind minutes. >> the worker's car has been cordoned off in the hospital parking lot. ambulances have been instructed to stop bringing patients to the emergency room until further notice. >> heidi joins us now on the phone. good morning. what's being done to prevent more potential cases after this nurse contracted ebola? >> the c.d.c.'s director tom frieden announced five measures that the agency will immediately recommend. first of all, more training for workers in this specific hospital, also as a general rule, keeping the number of workers responding to an ebola case to a minimum and limiting the procedures for ebola patients, the within ounces that are essential. c.d.c.'s also taking another look at the personal protective equipment recommendations it has in place and it wishes to designate on each ebola treatment team one person who is the designated safety expert who's full time job is to make
sure everyone else is following protocol. >> what about the nurse's belongings inside her apartment, what about her pet dog, what are they doing about that? >> yeah. she does have a dog, steph flee, and the county judge of dallas says that this dog is very important, in his words, to this nurse. of course, officials are taking all precautions and trying to handle this animal humanely, as well. we know that the dog was not showing any signs of sickness last night, although canines have been shown to be carriers of ebola without showing symptoms. last night, a worker wearing protective gear did go inside this amount and give this dog some much-needed food and water. >> heidi, thank you. >> let's bring in robert ray live at c.d.c. headquarters in atlanta. robert, we know the c.d.c. has several investigators on the ground in dallas already but now is sending in reinforcements? >>
>> indeed they are. we're here at the c.d.c. in atlanta. they are sending more troops so to speak into dallas to have a look at exactly what the breakdown was with this particular health care worker. they're going to look at how she took off the special equipment that she had on. they're also going to look at whether or not dialysis and some of the breathing mechanisms they put into the patient were done correctly. perhaps the ebola infection was spread that way, so lots of things they're going to look at to try to figure out where the breakdown was. it's very important that they figure that out. >> the c.d.c. said the nurse contracted ebola during a breach in protocol. how are other health care workers reacting to this? >> there is concern. we've heard a lot over the past 24 hours and even into last week about the fact that there are nurses that feel they are not fully equipped, that they haven't had the proper training.
let's listen to one spokesperson for national nurses united. >> we're seeing the caregivers who are not being adequately trained are being blamed and we're hearing that they have not followed proper protocol when we have been asking our hospitals throughout the country to provide us with training that allows us to ask questions. >> she has a great point, because we actually got the chance to look at some of the training last week at an off-site c.d.c. site in alabama and it is amazing the amount of meticulous steps there is into just putting on the protective gear and taking it off. concerns are accurate and warranted at this point. >> certainly taking it off is something that's very important. the c.d.c. announcing it will be starting new training. how is that going to work, when do you think that will start? >> well, we're told that tomorrow the c.d.c. will conduct
a streaming teleconference for 5,000 health care workers around the country. if i can push it back to last week, i was told by one of the c.d.c. doctors on the ground in alabama at that training session that they may expand that in-person training 40, based upon what is going on in the u.s. clearly this weekend, with this new ebola-infected patient, that is likely to happen in the coming months. >> robert ray live for us in atlanta, thanks, robert. >> we're going to turn to mike viqueira now in washington. good morning to you. the white house is also responding to these latest developments. what's the president telling the c.d.c.? >> well, after this news broke on sunday, the president had two briefings, first by lisa monaco and also also by phone with sylvia matthews bur well, the secretary of health and human services. the upshot of those calls, the
president wants to see an investigation, fast and wants the results shared nationwide. he wants an investigation into how those protocols were approached and wants to make sure procedures are in place and the education and outreach is in place to make sure it does not happen again. >> let's switch gears to the on going fight against isil. turkey has given the go ahead now for using its bases. does this signal turkey is finally coming onboard with the u.s. coalition? >> this has ban long time coming and is certainly good news for the president as turkey has agreed to expand its role in the fight against isil and it comes not a moment too soon as isil continues to make gains not only in syria, but iraq, as well. >> despite another round of airstrikes on isil near kobane, no let up by the militants. >> kobane does not define the strategy of the coalition. >> but that strategy is coming into question. isil struck in iraq over the weekend with three separate
bombings. >> we are not degrading and ultimately destroying isis. >> that effort, the white house announced, getting a boost from turkey, which has been criticized for not doing more in the fight against isil. >> they said that their facilities can be used by the coalition force, american and otherwise, to engage in activities inside of iraq and syria. >> those bases will also host the training of moderate syrian rebels, who when ready will join the fight against isil on the ground, wimp the obama administration said again on sunday, it will not include u.s. combat troops. >> the president's top military advisor also said sunday that could change, saying he might advice the president to use ground troops when iraq forces trained and ready to take back
mosul. iraq's second large evident city. >> my instinct is that that will require a different type of advising and assisting because of the complexity. isil has come within miles of baghdad, bringing american forces that much closer to isil fighters on the ground and the this from the president's former secretary. >> you have to have people on the ground to identify targets and help us develop the kind of effective airstrikes that are going to be needed if we're going to be able to undermine, destroy this vicious enemy that we're dealing with. >> you saw general martin dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff there. tomorrow in washington, he hosts 20 different military officials from 20 nations around the region to go over war plans for the coalition. >> mike viqueira in washington,
thank you. coming up, a report from baghdad, as isil claims this morning it has taken control of a key city in the anbar province, plus we'll speak a mike you lions about advances towards iraq's capitol. >> several of dead, others injured after a suicide bomber in kabul. a driver detonated a vehicle full of explosives near a nato convoy. none of the troops in the convoy were hurt. >> u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon is on a mission to israel and the palestinian territories. he met with the prime minister after donors promised $5 billion to help rebuild gaza. this is where we are now. what was the secretary general's message today when he appeared with the palestinian prime minister in ramallah? >> good morning, stephanie, well, some very strong language
used, saying the endless, mindless suffering of the people of gaza needs to stop. he went on to say that the situation here can only be resolved by ending the nearly half century occupation. >> why rebuilding is important, we must also tackle the root causes of instability in gaza. this is the only way to avoid yet another tragic conflict in the future. >> he also said that it was very important that both the israels and palestinians not lose hope in the peace pros, the process which has been in place for 20 years now, a clear reference to palestinian president abbas's plan to go to the u.n. security council to put through a resolution which will set a time
table to end israel's occupation of palestinian territories. >> of course today's visit with mr. moon follows the international donor's conference in egypt. how will that $5.4 billion pledged sentenced be used? >> it's a huge sum of money, over a billion dollars more than what the palestinians had hoped they would be able to raise at this conference. we understand that around half will go directly towards the reconstruction of the gaza strip. the other half will be used for humanitarian needs but also used to help fund this new unity government. the gaza strip is now governed by a unity government, which is made up of technocrats or independent professionals. that means both fatah, who's in control of the west bank and hamas, which was controlled here in gaza, both of those sides have taken a sideline, if you will be, a sideline role he for
this new unity government, both at this stage appearing to support that unity government, as weaver seen in the past here. that can dissolve quickly. this inject of cash is very hopeful. >> thank you. >> clashes overnight in hong kong between pro democracy demonstrators and hundreds of masked men. 500 pro china activists rushed the barricades set up by protestors. we ever the latest from hong kong. >> police have tried to take down barriers at the main protest site but have met with resistance from the protestors. there were confrontations, none of it was violence. prosecutor testers are fortifying those barricades. instead, security is now trying to dismantle the barricades in the areas that is a little
further down from the protest side where there are far fewer people in the main central district. it allows the police to mainly squeeze the protest areas just a little bit without coming into direct contact with the protestors. it's worth mentioning that the chief economic of hong kong left the country on sunday, or left the territory on sunday, i should say, across the border into mainland china for talks on trade and development. many here feel that he will be meeting with beijing officials at some point during his trip there and that might set the direction of where these protests are going to go. >> these pro democracy demonstrations are creating friction between china and the u.s., as well. hong kong protestors are said to be manipulated by the u.s. washington denies involvement. >> more fighting in eastern ukraine despite a ceasefire. ukrainian forces and pro-russian
rebels battling for control of the donetsk airport. right now it is in government hands. next week's ukraine's president poroshenko and vladimir putin are set to meet in italy. >> oscar pistorius is back in court this morning and the olympian could soon find out whether or not he's going to jail. >> of course last month, he was convicted of culpable homicide for killing girlfriend reeva steenkamp. are we near the end of this? >> yes and no is the answer. what do you want me to say? this has ban marathon trial. it has lasted now for more than six months and today is only the beginning of the final chapter. pistorius's psychiatrist took the stand, saying he is filled with regret and suffers from ptsd. >> we are left with a broken man who has lost everything. he has lost his love relationship with miss
steenkamp. he's lost his moral and professional reputation. on an emotional level, his self perception, his self worth and identity has been damaged. >> she also said that pistorius needs intensive and on going psychotherapy. the prosecutor argued the athlete will be able to rebuild his life but steenkamp will never have that chance. he faces being behind bars for 15 years or a sentence or fine, opening the door for him to begin training for brass still olympics. he has been spotted training at a track in pretoria. he would be allowed to compete despite his conviction. the sentencing is expected to take about a week. >> this could be just the beginning. thank you so much. >> an important air traffic control center near chicago is set to reopen today weeks after a fire there paralyzed air travel. crews have worked around the
clock to get the facility operating again. it handles flights for five states. police say the fire at that radar center was intentionally set by a contract worker. >> eight people are dead along india's see board in the wake of a powerful storm that slammed into the region on sunday. it dropped heavy rain, helicopters headed out this morning for relief and rescue missions. >> tokyo is bracing for a major storm that's hit southern japan. the typhoon left dozens hurt, others are reported missing. bullet trains into japan are shut down, it has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. nicole mitchell has been keeping on eye on these storms and tropical weather close to the u.s. >> we have a couple of storms in the atlantic as well, so we've gotten very busy very quickly. the tropical storm we are talking about was still a typhoon as it made its pass through okinawa.
as it gets over. >> pan, losing intensity quickly but still a tropical storm. you mentioned tokyo, so this is the previous track, this is where the storm is right now over central japan, could still bring some of the rain to that region. that's that part. this is the storm we are talking about in india. look at this cyclone, what we would consider they are reporting winds in this region 130 miles per hour as it made landfall and you can see that well defined eye. this is the central coast of india. as all this pushed on, it's now final advisory has been written, but still a lot of rain could cause flooding problems. as we get to the atlantic, we have first the storm that passed over bermuda and now another one that is going over the caribbean. this one, a tropical storm now but could take a turn for bermuda after it strengthens
into a walk. >> health officials scrambling for answers as another american is infected with ebola. what went wrong at a dallas hospital that let a nurse contract the virus. >> we look at what hospitals can do to keep workers safe. >> the new jersey town rocked by a high school football hazing scandal comes together to support the victims. here the impassed remarks of the vigil organizer. >> indigenous rights protests in chile ends in violence. >> $184 million is the big number of the day. why this number is creating a big controversy for one state insurance exchange.
10 awarded. $4.2 million went to the tori group, connected to the person overseeing the exchange program. the agency defends the contract, saying it needed skilled people quickly and there was no time for proper bidding. >> this morning, health officials are trying to figure out how a dallas nurse became infected with ebola. she's the first 14 contract the disease on u.s. soil. the nurse was involved in the treatment of thomas eric duncan who died last week from ebola. hospital officials say the nurse was always dressed in protective gear treating duncan. her apartment is sanitized to remove the risk of others becoming infected. we are joined now from a doctor to discuss this situation. what might have gone wrong? >> we don't know what went wrong
yet and there will be a investigation to figure out the root cause of how this new patient was exposed. i suspect that possibly when taking off the equipment, she may have inadvertently contaminated herself, similar to what happened in spain. at the end of a shift, you are tired, our guard down and you may inadvertently touch your face like the spanish nursing assistant did or something happened taking off the garb. it's just as important to take it off properly as to put it on properly. we need people to watch them take it off and make sure they are doing it appropriately. >> they are talking about the buddy system. do you think that part of the system failed in this case? >> we don't know exactly what system the hospital had in place, but that is definitely something doctors without border have used without fail in outbreaks they have managed over past decades and they have had their rate of health care worker
infections kept very low. this outbreak is the only time they have had workers infected and they swear by this buddy system. >> the hospital is monitoring 48 people within the pool, but this worker was not in that initial pool. how did that happen when we know she had extensive contact with thomas eric duncan. >> that 3508 of 48 has today with who was exposed to him prior to him being isolated. we have direct contact and possible direct contacts. then the patient was admitted the second time and put into isolation. those people weren't considered to be at high risk, because he was in isolation. however, this nurse's infection is going to have people revisiting how the protocol was breached and if there are others of the health care worker that is took care of him that may also have had similar exposures. >> so the c.d.c. worker said yesterday execution of protocol
needs to be perfect in order to avoid transmission. what else can hospitals do to make sure workers are protected caring for patients with ebola? >> we need to make sure the hospitals have protocols to identify them, isolate them, do the proper testing and notify authorities. we need to make sure it is easily accessible, understandable to the health care community and something they are trained on, that they know how to deal with the protective quilt. we isolate all kinds of diseases in hospitals, but this disease is very unfor giving if there is a breach. we can't do this virus any favors, the virus hasn't changed. it transmits by contact with blood and body fluid. there is no room for error. >> thank you for joining us. >> health workers in lie bear i can't are threatening to go on strike today, saying they are not being today enough for their
dangerous work treating ebola patients. the average worker gets less than $500 a month and hazard pay and they want closer to $700 opinion officials have asked the workers to stay on the job. in our next hour, we'll have live updates from dallas, washington on the outbreak and the response. we'll speak with a doctor about the real risk to health workers. >> a french economist has been awarded this year's economics nobel prize, being honored for his research. his work focused on how to tame powerful officials. >> tornado watches are in effect in texas and arkansas. meteorologist nicole mitchell has more. >> a moderate risk today. a lot of times we see a slight, but this is an elevated risk. here's that storm system into the midsection of the country, as you see it move along, the
little pings we're seeing, wind and hail reports. look at this impressive equal line. i expect more wind reports coming out of this and this, arkansas into texas is exactly in the area that we now have even tornado watches up right now. ahead of that, we've had the rain move through, so flood watches coming up and through the rest of the day, some areas of heavy rain. this spreads into the day tomorrow, as well. i'll have more on that coming up. >> nicole, thank you. >> islamic militants making claims on key areas in iraq this morning. >> a live report from baghdad. >> protestors marched through the city of ferguson to rally against the police shooting of michael brown. what happened overnight and what tactics are planned for today. >> a 2-year-old is in critical condition after playing in a bouncy house that blue 50 feet away. what went wrong. >> some people are calling it
>> you're looking live near kobane where a fierce fight is underway between kurdish forces and isil. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. ahead this half hour, a vigil at a high school, the fate of its football program hangs in the balance after a hazing scandal. >> columbus day, some want the name of the holiday change said. >> trying to sway the ruling on a vote for catalonia's independence. >> first a look at hour headlines this morning. the c.d.c. is sending investigators to dallas and plans more training for health workers this after a nurse contracted ebola at a hospital where thomas duncan died. >> scuffles on the streets of hong kong, protestors and those
who oppose the pro democracy movement clashing along the barricades, the opposition demonstrators trying to take barricades down. police stepped in to keep the two groups apart. >> turkey he has given the go ahead for its use of bases in the fight against isil, allowing syrian opposition forces to be trained on its bases. turkey had been reluctant to join the u.s. led coalition. >> isil is said now to be in control of yet another town in anbar province, a key win for the group. what is the significance of this town coming under isil control? >> the town faced fierce clashes between iraqi army and isil fighters for weeks now. overnight, isil tactically did
move in after the army with drew. this is a big blow for the iraqi army. they weren't able to get enough ground troops to go into the city and defeat isil fighters. this is a story being repeated across anbar province. part of the larger cities are under control of isil fighters. they are spread ought into anbar province if the town falls, which is on the border of anbar province and a key supply line between baghdad and the south. if that false, isil will take control of most of anbar province, giving them a safe haven. lots of iraqi politicians, particularly sunnis are saying we need ground troops here in anbar province to defeat isil, the airstrikes aren't working. >> we're hearing reports of fighting between isil fighters and iraqi forces in the town of abu ghraib.
how secure is the capitol city from isil right now? >> >> there have been clashes around abu ghraib, not in the suburb of baghdad, another town. we are hearing that isil fighters in small business have been able to infiltrate into abu ghraib. they have base there is. some are said to have had rocket propelled launchers readying for an assault upon baghdad. security forces prepared around the baghdad belt. they've increased the military presence and also put in heavy artillery and they do know about the threat from isil fighters. this is all linked to what's going on in anbar province, this links into abu ghraib and baghdad. you do need to be able to defeat significantly, like president obama said, downgrade and defeat isil forces there before you can
really, truly protect baghdad. it is of concern that isil fighters are to close to the city itself. >> live in baghdad, thank you. >> mike lyons is a retired army major and senior fellow with the truman national security project, thanks for being with us this morning. isil fighters not only killed an bar's police chief over the weekend but have captured cities leading into baghdad. they're battling for abu ghraib. just looking at this map, they've taken heat. they have ar are rimadi. >> we have to be concerned, we are on the defense, but there are 100,000 iraqi security forces in baghdad, also shia militia that fighters. isil would be up against a very large force if they tried to
take baghdad in any large way. >> what does it mean if they capture all of the towns around baghdad. >> it's a good strategy, surrounding them, controlling those areas, controlling the trade on both the tigress and euphrates by doing that. the defense around baghdad itself is probably secure. >> our reporter in baghdad has said that iraqi forces believe they need more ground troops and close air support. that's referring i imagine to the apatch chi helicopters. how con does the u.s. need to be about mission creep? >> you bring in apaches, you need ground troops to support them. close air support gives the commanders a better approach for what's happening on the ground. as isil comes a lot closer
there, the strategic weapons aren't there enough in time and they can't engage them. >> that sounds almost like how you've described kobane on the syrian side and that fight continues. what do isil's advances in syria and iraq say about the success of the u.s. airstrikes and whether containment is achievable? >> containment maybe in syria but doesn't look like it will take place in iraq. they underestimate the amount of troops inside rack and the amount of force three been playing and the amount of ground they've taken. we've stepped back and watched them continue to take ground in the face of these airstrikes. there's going to be a change at some point in the strategy. >> major mike lyons, thank you so much for your in sights this morning. >> coming up, we'll speak about the isil fight a the former director or iraq at the national security council. >> north korea says its removing the remains of thousands of american soldiers killed during the korean war.
a spokesman said the remains have to be moved to make room for building projects. the u.s. stopped trying to recover the remains in 2012. about 8,000 u.s. service members are considered missing from the korean war. >> a sit-in is underway in st. louis as protests continue over the shooting death of michael brown. police stood back as protestors marched through the city, taking a different tactic from the night before. demonstrators say they will not stop until justice has been served. joining us live from st. louis university is jennifer london. how did the pro sets unfold overnight? >> >> prosecutor testers gathered where a black man was shot by a police officer last wednesday. they marched to two different locations, taking to the streets. they eventually met up together,
passing by peacefully without incident. police in riot gear before arriving here on the campus of st. louis university, which is a private school located in the heart of the city. we started in the shaw neighborhood and we set out with one of the groups of protestors. they marched for many miles, for many hours an the streets. i spoke with a number of them. they told me they had no idea where they were marching to, as the protest leaders tried to keep the final location secret. >> upon arriving at campus, the protest leaders announced they were planning a staged sit-in, saying they are here to end systematic racism and white supremacy. the officer who shot and killed michael brown in ferguson in august is said to be needing to
be held accountable. >> this is getting pathetic. they have to ever a fair trial and have to have some justice. >> you said you came here to get arrested? >> that's right, we're getting arrested tomorrow morning. >> at this hour, which is about five hours since the protests began with more than 500 people initially here on campus, there are 20, maybe 25 people left. those that remain have set up some tents to take shelter from the rain that began earlier this morning. >> so tell us more about the protests planned for today. >> there are a number of planned events later today. this would be the fourth day of what's called the weekend of resistance. we are being told that in addition to some protests, there are calls for acts of no one violence civil disobedience, the prosecutor testers ready, planning to be arrested. you heard cornell saying he did not come to give speeches, he
came to be arrested. we heard that some members of the clergy are planning a sit-in, more act of civil disobedience, non-violent at the ferguson police station later today. >> we'll be watching that. all right, live for us in st. louis, thank you. >> the manhunt for an accused police shooter is costing the state of pennsylvania more than a million dollars a week. 300 officers have been looking for eric frein, on the run since september 12. investigators believe he has been hiding out in the poke co mountains. >> same sex calls in alaska may be able to get marriage licenses today. a federal judge threw out the state's same-sex marriage ban. clerks are ready to issue licenses as soon as they get the ok. the governor is pledging to appeal. the case would go to the same court that last week found similar bans in idaho and nevada unconstitutional. >> the bolivian president show
morales took 60% of the vote. medina concreted defeat. morales was the clear favorite heading into the presidential election. bolivia has seen stronger economic growth since he took office in 2006. >> the feeling of everyone that this country is for everyone, not just for a few people, that everyone he has the same opportunities in the country. >> morales said his victory is a triumph for anti imperialists and colonists. his administration is accused of corruption. >> in ecuador is a battle brewing over oil, one of the most valuable commodities on the planet. >> some of the communities in the amazon say don't drill here. they are fighting to keep control of their natural resources. >> it was a journey of 3,000 miles from her village deep in the amazon rain forest, she traveled to new york city.
she is asking world leaders for one not so simple thing, so leave much of ecuador's estimated 8 billion-barrels of oil reserves in the ground. >> our people believe petroleum is the blood of our ancestors and the earth is the mother. you are taking the mother and creating imbalance. >> it is home to 1,200 people. for a decade long battle in international courts has successfully stopped ecuador's government from opening it up to big oil companies. now they want to make sheer vailing model for other communities with oil around the world. >> we have a proposal that's based on scientists reports that say that 50% of the known petroleum reserves need to stay underground to avoid raising the earth's temperatures even more.
what are we waiting for? begin with us. we've been resisting for years. we don't want petroleum exploration and contamination of hour lands. >> the oil industry advisory group recommends that no more than one third of fossil fuel reserves be burned before 2050 if the world hopes to keep the earth's temperature from rising more than two degrees celsius. >> she shared her story with a gathering of indigenous leaders in new york. each community shared stories of fighting for the earth, from opposing the construction of big pipelines to demanding polluted rivers like the hudson be cleaned up. they are demanding real action on climate change. it's a message they have spent generations trying to get across and change they believe must begin with them. >> because we have time-tested
experience and a relationship with mother earth, it's just hoping that the other world will catch on to that. >> catching on before it's too late to combat climate change. aljazeera, new york. >> last year, a broken pipeline spilled nearly 400,000 gallons of water into the coke da river that flows into the amazon. even today, the water is not considered safe to drink. >> the hazing scandal that ended a high school football season divided the town of sayerville, new jersey. members of the team face sex assault charges. >> the town came together to help the victims. >> the team and town face a scandal that's brought unwanted national attention, hundreds gathered as a commitment to
build character from this scandal. >> i know we all have opinions and are passionate about them. let's not forget why we are here tonight. >> hundred was sayersville new jersey town folk, many clad in the blue made popular by the team turned out sunday evening in response to the scandal that's rocked their community. several members of the football team face charges following reports of sexual misconduct against younger teammates in a hazing ritual, charges so serious to the school superintendent has canceled the rest of the season after just three games. while there will be focus in the coming weeks on the fates of those players accused with brutalizing younger teammates, the organizer of sunday's vigil wanted the focus to be on the four young men who spoke out after being victimized. >> i do want the young man to know this is their community. we care. we support you, we stand with
you. praise the young men who did speak up. it takes a lot of guts and courage. >> anti bullying sentiment was everywhere in the park, across from the now notorious high school as the town attempts to grow from this painful episode. >> all our children need us to get them through this. look around. these are our neighbors, our friends, our relatives and most importantly, our children. let's focus on them. let's help them. let's start the healing tonight. >> police have charged the seven unidentified accused aggressors at juveniles. however, the new york times reports that prosecutors are exploring the possibility of charging them as adults. >> a 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after the bouncy house he was playing in was blown away by a strong wind.
it happened in nashua new hampshire. the boys were inside when the house went up 30 feet in the air. the man awho owns the bouncy house said it was being set up for a fundraising event and the boys should not have been inside. >> the 2-year-old is still in critical condition. let's look at other stories caught in our global net. parents in south wails under arms when a bulletin said students sick should be sent to school. students are expected to attend classes, this is because they have a problem with truancy in south wales. >> there are things that are contagious. >> parents are up in arms there. you can understand that.
>> a french retailer has a problem, the new york post saying customers are receiving recent orders of their chronic bag complaining they smell of marijuana. >> apparently, they said they had a bad tanning problem in this batch, so when it gets hot, like if you have your bag in a hot car, it releases an interesting smell. >> that smells like pot? that's a $20,000 a bag problem. >> it's not a bird or plane, but if you believe the photo, crab still la could be an infestatio. it looks like a crab. it could be a hoax. that's what most journalists
suspect. that is scary, would not want to be anywhere near that. >> many americans from work or school are off in honor of columbus day. not us. there is a push to end the celebration altogether. the controversy over the day's meaning and what changing it would do. >> caught on tape, the battle for air supremacy. >> uncovering lost art buried in a too many. that's one of today's discoveries.
it is made of thousands of tiny colorful pebbles. a section in the center is missing. archeologistists hope to rebuild it. >> it pictures a man driving a chariot. this dates back to the late fourth century b.c. >> police an protestors clashed in key he lay. they were condemning columbus day. two police officers were hurt. >> nobody discovered seattle, washington. seattle city council has voted unanimously to royce indigenous people's day as many other
cities observe columbus day. minneapolis made the decision back in april. in berkeley, california, they've been doing it since 1992. christopher columbus has been described as discovering the new world. they say that's impossible, people were already living there. others call him a pirate. >> it issue turn lies genocide in our children and makes them ashamed of who they are. it's time to change it so they can be proud of themselves and not honor a man that murdered their families. >> columbus arrived on the island that today is split between haiti and the dominican republic. his own journal describes the enslaving and extermination of the local population. italian americans argue that today is the recognition of columbus as an explorer and
changing it is an insult to their culture and heritage. >> italian americans everywhere are intensely offended. >> the city of seattle is named for an american leader, but an effort there to celebrate both days as different holidays was shot down. an italian american group in the city plans to form a political action committee to work against the reelection of officials. >> it's still a federal holiday, meaning mail isn't delivered and banks closed. south dakota renamed it native americans day. in hawaii, the holiday is known as discoverer's day. >> there are more than 30 u.s. cities and townships named columbus across the country. >> cooler weather on this columbus day, or indigenous people's day lead to go snow in
some parts of the country. nicole mitchell is here. >> i lived in south dakota where it was native american day. i thought that was much more appropriate. south dakota got the earliest snow on record and another heavy snow happened over the weekend. parts of i-70 were closed he down. everything is reopened at least on the interstate, but you can see he that early on in the frame of pinks as that moved through. the bigger part of this, a storm system moving through the midsection through the south, but colder air behind, so a lot of 50's and 60's where we've had all that moisture move through. >> nicole mitchell, how long. >> this is a battle for the sky in massachusetts, birth versus machine. take a look at this hawk, swooping in to attack a drone. the red tail hawk circled the unmanned aerial vehicle several times before i d times before it dove in with the talons out. the hawk may have thought the
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help in the fight. >> another shoe drops, the new penalty for high school football players already facing criminal charges for a hazing scandal. >> you may have deleted them but they live forever in cyberspace. hackers got their hands on more than 100,000 personal photos from snapshot. >> welcome to aljazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm erica pitzi. president obama is instructing federal authorities to make sure u.s. hospitals and holt care workers prepared to deal with ebola. >> an american contracted ebola on u.s. soil for the first time, the nurse in dallas helped treat thomas eric duncan who died last week at dallas presbyterian hospital. she is now in isolation. we are live in atlanta. how is the c.d.c. responding? >> the c.d.c. said that they
know how to stop ebola, but the big question is do they know how to improve the training. >> a nurse who was treating thomas eric duncan for ebola at texas presbyterian hospital has tested positive for the disease, own though she was wearing protective gear. >> this individual was following full c.d.c. precautions, which are bar yell and droplet, so gown, glove, mask and shield. >> at some point, there was a preach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection. >> doctor frieden said the nurse had extensive contact with duncan on multiple occasions. now, the c.d.c. is investigating how the nurse in dallas contracted the deadly disease. >> we are evaluating other potential health care worker exposures, because if this individual was exposed, which they were, it is possible that other individuals were exposed. >> this news is striking fear in
some health care workers, who are now wondering if they are ready to handle an ebola threat. on sunday, the national nurses united sounded the alarm. >> we're seeing that caregivers who are not being adequately trained are are being blamed, and we're hearing that they have not followed proper protocol, when we have been asking our hospitals throughout the country to provide us with training that allows us to ask questions. >> the c.d.c. is listening and will conduct a nationwide training conference call for 5,000 health care professionals on tuesday. it will be streamed live to hospitals across the country. >> we can never do enough to ensure that everyone feels completely prepared. we in the next several weeks are redoubling our efforts. >> this could mean more drills like this one on long island in new york. >> the first line of defense as the c.d.c. has recommended is screening the callers that call
into 911 so people know what they're getting into before they ever get to the scene. >> guys, clearly a lot of work to be done here in the training of health care workers in the united states, and also west africa. the c.d.c. says they're on top of it. they've sent another team to dallas to investigate exactly what happened, what the breakdown was and why this new patient has ebola. >> i understand that the c.d.c. is reevaluating it's recommendations on protective gear. what is the current recommendation and why do they need to change that? >> let me particular down what people put on. they have a gown, they have two sets of gloves, a facemask and eye shield. the big problem is that when someone takes off that facemask and eye shield, any drop offed aboutly fluid from somebody who has the virus, if that touches
the person who is taking care and gets into their bloodstream somehow, that's how easy it is. when they take off the protective eye shield and head dress, it's very important that there's a buddy with them, someone that is helping them, to make sure that they get this off correctly, and they wash their hands and decontaminate they're entire body. it's so easy to get this ebola infection when you're treating someone with ebola. they're going to look at exactly all the equipment and the protection to see if actually there needs to be that much on. a lot of work to be done. the c.d.c. is going to keep pushing forward and update us again later this afternoon. >> we'll look for that. live for us in atlanta, thank you. >> heidi joins us from dallas. what is the mood now that a second person, a nurse, has contracted ebola. >> i think people who may not have caught the news over the weekend are waking up this
monday morning to the new reality, why is their city dallas the host of not only the first person to be diagnosed with ebola in the country, alleges the first person to have died from it and now the first case where it has been transmitted to another individual. the public here is feeling a lot of sympathy expressing that for this nurse who was involved and expressing their fear and mistrust in what authorities have been saying. health authorities were animate and they spread their message that this case of ebola would not spread past the index patient, thomas duncan. now that the seemingly impossible has happened, heating authorities and leaders in dallas are redoubling efforts to calm this fear and to maintain trust. >> you cannot contract ebola by walking by people in the street or being by contacts who are not symptomatic. there is nothing about this case that changes that basic premise of science. >> that was dallas county judge
who has also been very visible in the community late whether i. along with the dallas mayor, they have been holding impromptu press conferences in the hospital where the neighbor lives, not only to communicate, but also show the public that these leaders do not have fear of going about normally interacting in the community and that in dallas, despite this ebola case, life goes on. >> what is happening at the presbyterian hospital now where the nurse contracted the virus? >> it's still on what they call e.m.s. divert. ambulances are being told to take patients elsewhere. the hospital announced this when they confirmed the diagnosis of ebola with the nurse. they said this is because there was a lack of resources now in the e.r. now that more staff has mobilized to this response. ever since thomas duncan was diagnosed, this emergency room,
when i walked through it, it is nothing like any emergency room you would imagine. it is quiet. there is hardly one patient there. >> live in dallas, thank you, heidi. >> lets go to mike viqueira now joining us from washington. president obama is asking the c.d.c. to speed up the investigation into that dallas case. what specifically are they looking into? >> as news of that second infection in dallas broke yesterday, the president was on the phone with his h.h.s. secretary, sylvia matthews burwell. the president wants to the look into this breach of protocol that led to this second infection. he wants an investigation. he wants it fast. he wants it shared with the public. he wants more steps to educate health care workers and the public as we've seen a continued outreach over dangers and things that are not a danger in terms of spread of ebola, so the white
house eager to show that president obama is in touch with officials on top of the situation. stephanie. >> let's turn for a moment to the night against isil. mike, yet another fight called heat fell under isil control just a short time ago. our reporter said the group is advancing on towns like baghdad. how is washington responding to these developments? >> it's a continuing concern. all washington can do now is say they are relying on the kurdish fighting forces as well as the iraqi army to take the fight against isil on the ground while they have over the course of the last month or so hit isil with airstrikes, more than 600, almost 1700 at this point within iraq and obviously into syria, as well. it's not a good situation. the iraqi army cannot be depending on many of its units, half of them cannot be relied upon and now there are growing cries here in washington to if not put boots on the ground,
american combat boots on the ground, at least forward deploy american advisors to call in airstrikes with more accuracy. >> secretary kerry is making clear what areas of priorities for the u.s. in the fight against isil. what did he have to say? >> what we're seeing terribly from american officials is they are preparing the american public and really the world public for the fall of kobane and other towns like it. they are trying to have an iraq first strategy in that in syria their focus is to hit the command add control structure that feeds the lines that spread into iraq, the battle lines and supply lines of isil and hit the forward forces of isil within iraq. that strategy is not working well. secretary kerry spoke to this just recentry. >> kobane does not define the strategy of the coalition with respect to dash. kobane is one community and it's a tragedy of what is happening there.
we don't diminish that, but we have said from day one, it is going to take a period of time to bring the coalition thoroughly to the table. >> there was some good news for the administration, as isil continues to advance. turkey is becoming more involved, allowing the use of the air base near the syrian border for coalition war planes. they'll be involved in training on turkish soil, the so-called vetted mod debt in turkey. >> why has the u.s. been so insistent on turkey's participation in the coalition. >> they are right there on the border. part of the problem as the administration sees it is that kobane lies within eye shot, really and camera view of the mass of refugees and media just across the border in turkey, indicative of a microcosm of what turkey face here's. turkey has a big stake in this, it is a secular islamic government in turkey, a strong
tradition of that. they want to see the assad regime go. the turkish government wouldn't mind using a military force to get rid of assad. that is at the base of the agreement between these two governments now. >> mike viqueira reporting to us from washington, thank you. >> this morning, reports of intense fighting again in kobane, syria, after a day of fighting on the street. >> kurdish fighters took aim at isil members. so far, isil has only taken part of the city. stephanie decker is on the syrian-turkish border with refugees. they fear kobane may fall. >> leaving kobane five days ago, he now watches his home from a foreign land. >> my cousin just called from kobane and said isil killed an
entire family, seven children, between three and seven years old, four women and two old men. they chopped off their heads. this is genocide. all the world is watching us and there is no compassion. >> he is one of so many who are now refugees just across the border. here what was once routine now feels foreign, and so many young children are forced to grow up without their toys and with an uncertain future. >> mostly, i'm concerned for my children. they haven't gone to school in three years. my son is now nine years old and he doesn't know how to read or write. my children are now forced to live in their home. >> a war has killed and displaced so many. >> isil's push on kobane resulted in a staggering refugee exodus over a short space of time. almost 200,000 people have been forced across the border into turkey.
>> there are so many stories here, muhammed left with his family and just the clothes they were wearing when isil started shelling their neighborhood. >> what can we do here? inning. this is not our land. we have nothing. we only have this tent. we're foreigners here. we're just waiting and hoping to go back home. >> that's what he wants, too. two of his sons fighting to protect the town. >> we are with humanity. please save this generation. where is the u.n., france, germany he? there's a massacre happening. our women are being raped. >> he believes that regardless of coalition airstrikes, isil's threat remains, which means he is no closer to going back home. he bears an unimaginable pain and a feeling that no one is listening.
aljazeera on the story i can't-turkey border. >> you are looking live at kobane from the turkey side of the border. if kobane falls to isil, the remaining 12,000 people there will most likely be massacred. coming up, we'll speak about the isil fight, including the group's advance on baghdad. >> i had could be the final chapter in the oscar pistorius trial. you're looking live at the inside of the courtroom right now. >> the defense trying to make a case, don't send this guy jail. >> we will probably wait until thursday or friday. today, his team is fight to go keep the double amputee out of prison. they painted a picture of a broken man suffering from ptsd,
saying the constant media attention has robbed miss torous of the chance to mourn his girlfriend's death properly and said the athlete is filled with regret. >> the wake that the loss of miss steenkamp by his own actions has had on mr. pistorius is not to be quantityified. >> doctors argue that pistorius will be able to rebuild his life someday, but steenkamp will never have that chance. he was cleared of murder but convicted of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter here. he could end up behind bars for 15 years or get a suspended sentence or even a fine. that would open the door for him to begin training again for the brazil olympics coming up in
2016. the sentencing is expected to take about a week. i say we are looking to thursday or friday. >> thank you. we're going to keep talking about this with legal analyst jami floyd. >> serious storms are bearing down on india and japan this morning. let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell with more. >> a couple of big landfalls over the course of the weekend. i just want to reference if i say typhoon or cyclone, same thing as a hurricane, just called different things in different parents of the word. this was a cyclone that hid india over the weekend. initial instruments from the government, local news sources saying it could be a billion dollars worth of damage, very populated area and what we would consider a category three storm, winds 130 miles per hour recorded from some of these sites over land. that was that eye wall as it hit landfall over the course of the weekend.
now, moisture could cause flooding. a second system, a typhoon that passed over okinawa. this is a tropical storm, but causing a lot of damage as it continues over that mountainous terrain. this could cause more problems with areas of flash flooding, as well. a lot to watch. i'll have more on the areas of the atlantic later. >> just when needed most, they are threatening to walk off the job. >> health care workers battling ebola in liberia planning to go on strike today. we'll talk to a doctor about the new ebola case in dallas. >> new protests overnight in st. louis, following a so-called weekend of resistance. the rallies that brought thousands of protestors into the streets in a show of solidarity against police. we have a live report from st. louis.
>> cat clean's regional government is expected to announce this week whether it will ignore a court ruling. >> pounding waivers and wind hitting india, a typhoon dumping 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. at least eight people have been killed. >> a once in a lifetime sight on tape, storm chasers capturing a rare water spout off the coast of france. it's considered to be on the larger side, but luckily was moving slowly and eventually dissipated. >> liberian health officials are begging medical workers not to
go on strike. the workers say they are not paid enough for the risks they take while treating patients. the average worker receivers less than $500 a month in hazard pay. they are asking for closer to $700. the world health organization said about 95 liberian health care workers have died after contracting ebola. >> an infectious disease specialist joins us this morning. i want to talk about this nurse, the first american to be infected with ebola here in the u.s. it seems every day, we are hearing of another infection because of a breach in protocol, but keep hearing that the virus is not easily transmissible. what is the discorrect there? >> the nurse most likely was infected as she was taking off her protective gear. there is a very specific protocol that's been developed by doctors without borders for the order in which you're supposed to put on your gloves, gowns, et cetera and then more importantly, there's a buddy
system they use where somebody literally watches you as you're taking off the protective gear. if your gloves or your gown are contaminated with body fluids, as you take it off, you can get it on your skin and the thought is that that's how this nurse became in effected. >> do you think this nurse would have been in contact with other patients, possibly causing cross contamination? >> highly unlikely. it sounds like they had a dedicated team of health care workers attending to duncan. it's highly unlikely that she would have transmitted ebola to other patients in the hospital. >> putting this in perspective, we are talking about two cases have ebola diagnosed in the u.s. what additional government measures do you think should be put in place at this point? >> i think nurses have every reason to be angry and concerned about safety in the hospital. the c.d.c. has disseminated guidelines, recommendations to
hospital, but it's up to them to adopt those to their local situation. the c.d.c. is general and they need to make it specific. unfortunately, that's not happening, in this some cases, nurses being given a website and told to read up on it on your own. >> do you think the c.d.c. should essentially put new parameters in place because of this? >> i don't think the c.d.c. recommendations are where the problem is. i think the issue is that people haven't been appropriately trained and this is something that needs to be done in sort of drills in hospitals. the c.d.c. is training staff who are going over to liberia at a training camp essentially in alabama, and individual hospitals need to take a similar approach. >> all right, doctor, thank you so much. >> a handful of protestors remain on the campus of st. louis university after a marsh that ended at the school
overnight as part of a four day event organizers are calling weekend of resistance. protestors demand justice in the police shooting death of michael brown. a series of police shootings are prompting several people to question why so many young black men are being killed. >> shall we just call it us, for having settled into a racist status quo for so long that we became accepting of how its hatred has infected everything. >> one of the goals of the weekend's organizers is to build a broad coalition against police violence. the members of this congregation are onboard. >> they are using tanks and tear gas, things that don't make us feel safer or feel that they're there to protect us. >> the fact is we just pretend everything's fine. it's not, but now we're getting
confidences from those people and reactions from those people who have experienced suffering. it's breaking open some things that have been under the surface. crew could say town. the resistance is getting underway and the message expressed is the same. one of the organizers of the weekend of resistance said the diversity of those outraged by michael brown's killing is often ignored. >> american mainstream media likes to paint the narrative that it's a bunch of young angry black kids, but when you touchdown on the ground, you quickly learn it's different. >> what's been happening here this weekend is about thousands of people from around the country and has gained international attention. it all began as people began to gather outside ferguson police
station after michael brown was killed. >> we all stepped out into the middle of the street and a lot of people looked at us like that was a radical thing to do, but at that time, we were like look, this isn't going to be one of the situations like where it was in the past where we come and we sing and we pray and go home like we're going to resist. >> there is still anger here at the killing of michael brown and the investigation that followed, but the events this weekend in st. louis are not just about short-term justice, but long-term change. >> let's go live to st. louis university this morning. jennifer, you've followed the protests over the weekend. he spent the night following a group marching through the city. how much have the protests changed from night tonight? >> the mood and the tenor during last night's protest was markedly different than the
protest we followed saturday night. last night, the organizers took on a different strategy. they had the group all come together in the shaw neighborhood of st. louis, the neighborhood where 18-year-old myers was shot by an off duty white police officer wednesday. the group gathered there. then the protest leaders split them into two different groups, sending the marshes in two different directions. like i said, the mood was very different. the group that we followed marched to an area of st. louis called the grove. it was a group of maybe 200-250 people. they took over an intersection, blocking the intersection, and they started playing games. they had a very festive feel about it. they were playing hopscotch. they were playing soccer, and they were jumping rope. >> i think it's a pretty brilliant idea. the leaders say people think it's a game and it's a joke and
it's newt funny at all. i think it's pretty indicative of like clearly nothing bad is happening, people are literally kicking around a cocker ball, you know. >> the two grooms did eventually meet up together, arriving here at the campus of st. louis university where they staged a sit-in overnight and into the early morning hours. what was different last night was the police response, although the police were out, somewhat in force last night, they didn't interact, engage with the protestors compared to saturday night when 17 arrests were made. there are more protests planned today including some acts of non-violent civil disobedience. >> jennifer, thank you. >> kurdish fighters making a last-dump effort to fend offer isil. >> many mortally wounded in the fight to keep kobane from falling. a look at their lives after the fight. we are also in baghdad in
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in los angeles and turned up four years later three he thousand miles away. >> the c.d.c. stepping up efforts to train health care workers about ebola after a nurse contracted the virus in dallas. that's the hospital where thomas eric duncan died. health officials blame a breach in protocol for the infection. >> tokyo this morning bracing for the remnants of what is now a tropical storm that slammed into southern japan as a typhoon that left dozens hurt and others missling. bullet trains into southern japan are now shut down. >> coalition forces have gotten the green light to use turkey bases. turkey has been reluctant to join the coalition, but the u.s. said they will allow opposition forces to be trained on turkish soil. >> kurdish fighterrers are putting up resistance against isil. this video is from kobane where kurds are fighting isil.
the young resistance fighters say despite not being well armed, they were not ready to give up. >> on a hospital bed lace this young kurdish fighter wounded from battle, yet all he can think about is returning to defend his hometown of kobane. he is 23 years old, he and his sister are fighters for a syrian based rebel group linked to the p.k.k. thief been at the forefront of saving kobane from fouling to isil. >> we were manning our posts when four isil attackers attacked us. we managed to kill three of them, but i got injured during the fight. >> he shows me his injury. he considers himself lucky to still be alive. at notorious as isil has become, there are conflicting about their numbers, weaponry and where the fighters come from. he described to me who and what his com address were up against. >> isil has so many fighters from different countries, mostly
from north africa, nigeria and morocco. one we captured was maroc cohen. they have weapons like tanks and artillery. >> fighters are being treated. they refuse to tell us who was paying for their treatment. local sources tell us it was most likely the p.k.k. barely old enough to graduate high school, this 7-year-old is another injured in the battle for kobane. >> isil fighters were 10 meters away from us. suddenly, i got shot at that molt. i was alone with be my friends were not near me. i promised not to let them capture me. if they got close to me, i was ready to blow myself up. >> i asked him if he was scared. >> yes, to be honest, i was scared when i was shot, but my belief in the resistance and the solidarity shown by my friends made me stronger. i want to protect my homeland from the fighters and take
revenge, because many of our people have been killed. >> a young occurred from northern iraq headed to kobane because he said it is his duty to defend the kurdish nation. >> isil is abusing and highjacking is slam for its actions. they captured our friends and beheaded them, but our faith remains strong. they don't want the turkish army to intervene. what they lack in weaponry, they make up in conviction. aljazeera. >> let's turn now live to baghdad. good morning as the fighting continues in kobane, we are hearing reports of a strategic town fouling a fighters. what can you tell us.
>> effectively handing over control of the surrounding region to isil fighters, the iraq army are calling this a tactical withdraw. there have been fierce clashes and fighting outside of that town for a number of weeks now. it looks like the iraq army have simply given up and left leaving once again another town to come into the control of isil fighters. isil now control several towns and parts oary maddy and fallujah.
many iraq key politicians are saying we need u.s. troops on the ground. we need international troops on the ground to be able for us to deal with the isil threat. >> this isn't the first time we have heard of iraq security forces withdrawing from their bases. should the u.s. be concerned? >> the u.s. is concerned. we've heard from military in the u.s. that there needs to be ground troops. they need to be either iraqi or they need to be in syria the moderate syrian rebels, but increasingly, the iraqis are looking to the ground forces that they have and saying we're simply not prepared enough, we don't have the kind of equipment we need, the training that with he need. the army has been degraded over recent years, because it hasn't been supported enough by the international community. we have the british foreign secretary phillip hammond here at the moment. he has spoken about this subject, as well.
there is concern about the international community. >> live for us in baghdad, thank you. >> we are joined by a senior national security fellow with the new america foundation. tell us how helpful is it that turkey is now allowing coalition forces to use its bases? >> well, it certainly helps. turkey's in the neighborhood and obviously moving syrian moderates from syria to neighboring turkey is far easier than taking them someplace else. it's very helpful and it's a very important sign that turkey intends to really get onboard with the coalition. >> secretary of state john kerry said while kobane is a tragedy, it's not the focus of coalition strategy now. does that mean the u.s. is setting the stage for abandoning the fight there? >> i hope not. it's certainly not. he's correct to say it's not the heart of the strategy. kobane is a strategic sense just
looking at it militarily doesn't matter and it's not part of the strategy, but in a humanitarian sense and propaganda sense for isil to have yet another in a long string of victories is not what the united states and larger coalition or iraq or syria needs right now. >> let's talk about baghdad. general martin dempsey said isil fighters are within eight miles of the baghdad airport. what would it mean if the airport falls to isil and is this new proximity spurring more action? >> i don't think the airport is going to fall to isil, but they are close enough to interdict the airport with mortars or artillery at it to keep flights from coming in or out. that is a serious problem, it is key strategy for the evacuation of the embassy. this could spur more u.s. action on the ground. >> we keep hearing in order to
defeat isil, there must be ground troops, the obama administration saying that is not going to happen. if other countries in the coalition are not willing to do it either, what is the next step? >> i think we will hunker down until iraq offers these troops. if we have to bring more troops from the south, we need to do that. the iraqis are going to have to figure out how to bring this fight to the enemy. if they don't have the equipment, they need to start buying it right now. >> fierce fighting in eastern ukraine this weekend. that's despite a ceasefire. ukrainian forces and pro-russian rebels are still battling for control of the donetsk airport. right now, it is in government hands.
it includes a process that this country is for everyone, not just a few people, everyone has opportunities in the country. >> critics say morales' policies are bad for the environment, but he calls his victory a triumph for those to defeat imperialism. >> why is alaska critical this year? >> a lot of eyes all over the country on the state they call the last frontier up there. that's because it's one of a handful of states that could flip and change the balance of power in the u.s. senate. the incumbent democratic appears vulnerable in campaigns and outside supporters have dumped more than $43 million into this race already. dan sullivan is the republican
challenger. it could be votes from remote alaska that could decide the race. the current senator has lots of support and a considerable campaign network in alaska's smaller villages. this is a race that depending what happens on he election night could be very important for the battle of control of the u.s. senate. we spoke with michael carey, long time political reporter and observer there. >> because of the way the elections work up here, i think 20-25% of the votes will not be counted on election night for various reasons, them not be counted until later. people say we're going to know election night. we're not, unless it's a very one-sided election. >> we might not know right away. it could be very important and we just might not know, as with louisiana and a couple of other states, we might not get a
clearance that night. in fact, in alaska, we probably won't. >> they're pretty far west. what role is health care playing? >> a big role now especially in the senate race. both men are using it as a club to bash the other. sullivan linking his opponent to obamacare as much as he can and hammering sullivan on women's health issues. we spent time at anchorage's oldest steakhouse. the affordable care act is one of the reasons the price of health care in alaska is going up, 12 percent hikes in costs over the past years, this is hurts hug bottom line. >> we're a small family owned business that doesn't have deep pockets. i feel like you can only sell a piece of meat for so much money. >> he pays $16,000 to $18,000 a
month, more than $200,000 a year for his 25 employees. he he said he wants to keep that up, keep supporting them, keep providing them with health care. he knows the prices are going to go up. easy hanging on any way he can. we'll take a broader look at health care in the race tonight. >> stay with aljazeera for special covering of the senate race in alaska starting tonight on america votes, fed up in alaska. >> a town in new jersey is reeling this morning, seven members of its high school football team now charged with assault. >> the town came together to support the victims and each other. >> sayerville new jersey is shaken from a fallout of a scandal where football team members have been arrested for
assaulting other teammates as part of a hazing ritual. many citizens turned out for a vigil sunday evening. while there will be focus in the coming weeks on the fates of players accused with brutalizing younger teammates, the organizers of sunday vigil wanted the focus this night to be on the young men who spoke out after being victimized. >> i do want the young men to know this is their community. we care, we support you, we stand with you. praise the young men who did speak up. it takes a lot of guts and courage. >> the school superintendent canceled the football season after just three games upon learning about the hazing allegations. police charged the seven unidentified aggressors as juveniles, the new york sometimes reporting that prosecutors are exploring the possibility of charging them as
adults. >> a remarkable story from maine, an elderly woman missing for years was found alive thousands of miles from home. sarah cheeker disappeared from los angeles in 2008. she was found in a dingy cabin north of portland, maine. that's her with jim, who helped track her down. three people are accused of taking all her money and leaving her in that cabin with no foot, light or heat. >> there are reports of a massive photo leak of snap chat photo. the pictures you thought disappeared after a few seconds may now be reappearing on line. hackers stole hundreds of thousands of snap chat photos with a 30 party app. it is offered that snap chat offers a false sense of privacy, because the photos can be saved without the user knowing. >> a series of powerful storms are slipping into the mississippi valley. >> meteorologist nick mitch is here with more on that. >> it's been a rough night for
arkansas and texas with a couple rounds. there was the initial round and now the bigger system, you can see that spiraling kind of centered around oklahoma with the low pressure, but a very defined line of squalls, high winds associated with this. those are tornado watches that stop potential, even though we don't have it yet and continuing to see that threat through the course of today. today could be a bigger severe weather day for us. back to you guys. >> back to court for the olympian known as the blade runner. >> sentencing phase of oscar pistorius underway this morning. we'll talk to our aljazeera legal analyst about what he's likely to face. >> it's time for our big quote. "the sad thing about this game is that almost every week, somebody's season is over." who had that to say, after the break.
>> who said: "the sad thing about this game is that almost every week, somebody's season is over." >> it comes from a linebacker. he was talking about victor cruz tearing his patella tendon, now done for the season. not good for them. >> oscar pistorius is called a broken man by his own defense. the sprinter was back in court today for the start of sentencing in the death of his girlfriend. his psychologist said the double amputee has ptsd, hasn't been able to mourn reef stein's death and will need ongoing therapy. >> we are left with a broken man who has lost everything. he has lost his love relationship with miss steenkamp. he has lost his moral and
professional reputation. on an emotional level, his self perception, his self worth and identity have been damaged. >> the prosecutor argued the athlete would be able to rebuild his life, but steenkamp will never have that chance. the sentencing of culpable homicide is expected to take about a week. jami floyd is a legal contributor joining us to talk about the issues. you heard the therapist. is this a tactic on the defense, going for a bid for mercy? >> yes, of course. it's really a wide range that the judge has. she has a lot of discretion. he could spent 15 years behind bars, likely to go to prison there, which is not going to be an easy transition for him, or he could do no time at all.
it was very interesting, the defense here actually suggesting today that he do house arrest, that he be sentenced to three years house arrest, so they actually suggested an alternative that would not be a full walk for him, giving her an option that seems somewhat reasonable for the defense, but of course the prosecution stood up and said that would be outrageous. he needs to spend sometime behind bars. >> reef stein's family said justice has not been done. will the judge consider the families suffering? >> they do. this goes on for a few days as she takes into account the family's feelings, the fact that he has no record on the other side of it, his disability may weigh into her consideration, but also whether or not his remorse is sincere. it's a very difficult decision for the judge. it will be interesting to see what she decides and my sources over there, my colleagues in south africa think she'll rule by wednesday or thursday of this
week. >> let's turn to the controversy in new jersey, seven high school students, football players now potentially facing as "the new york times" is saying charges as duties. >> yeah, potentially. that is because increasingly in this country, we see prosecutors deciding in cases involving teenagers and sometimes even younger kids to try them at duties. in new jersey, they use the phrase waive them into the adult system. they do that when the victim has been injured enough to do that. the sentences go from months to years behind bars, potentially 20 years in this case for some or perhaps all of these young men. >> what roam does the school have in potential legal liability? >> they could be facing obviously civil suits for negligence, but if they knew and were involved in any way, it
could be criminal culpability. we will of course hear all there b. that as the facts unfold in this case. >> thank you so much. >> thanks, jami. >> let's get another check of the forecast. there is severe weather in the south. >> lets bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell now. >> i'll have that in a second. i wanted to mention the two tropical entities on the other side of the world, a tropical storm moving through the virgin islands right now is something we'll have to monitor with a risk to bermuda during the week. right now, arkansas into texas, arkansas through the course of the day, chances for that including a tornado risk, wind the highest risk. into tomorrow, we keep that risk for severe weather as the system movers along. >> thank you. >> the national championship series with walk off drama.
>> the cardinals helping st. louis win it with a walk off home run, the rookie's second baseman said he almost missed touching second and third base as he rounded the bases. cardinals win it 5-4. >> tomorrow morning, more on the scramble to find ass in that second ebola case in dallas, as nurses in the u.s. complain about a lack of training. we're going to be talking to medical experts about what they need to know tomorrow starting at 7:00 a.m. on aljazeera america. that's it for us here in new york. i'm stephanie sy. >> coming up from doha, the latest on the fight against isil in iraq, the group's new claims it has taken another city in anbar provinces. >> our images of the day, scuffles in hong kong between pro and anti democracy protestors as police start to tear down barricades around government offices.