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Hurricane Isaac Zeroes In On New Orleans Seven Years After Katrina

USA TODAY, CNN, NEW YORK TIMES (USA)

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NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac made a second landfall in Louisiana early Wednesday with strong winds and torrential rains, providing the first real test of flood control systems and emergency services in New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The storm first hit Port Fouchon at 3:15 a.m. EST, around 60 miles southwest of New Orleans, unleashing damaging 80 mile-per-hour winds and drenching coastal cities in Louisiana and Mississippi, reports USA Today.

Moving at an estimated speed of 8-miles-per-hour, Isaac could dump up to 20 inches of rain in some areas and cause major flooding, adds CNN. According to the hurricane centre, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana could see peak surges of 12 feet.

Yet all eyes are on the New Orleans levee system, which was rebuilt and reinforced at a cost of $14 billion after it failed when Katrina struck in 2005.

Isaac will also be a test for the preparedness of the city's officials, exactly seven years after one of the costliest natural disasters in the U.S. history, in which some 1,800 died.

“We are officially in the fight, and #nola is on the front lines”, tweeted New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Isaac was upgraded from tropical storm to Category 1 hurricane earlier Tuesday.

Isaac killed 29 people when it hit Haiti and the Dominican Republic but left little damage in Key West, Florida, reports The New York Times.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.


Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?


The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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