CNN Student News October 14, 2014

CNN Student News October 14, 2014


From Asia to America to space, CNN STUDENT
NEWS is taking you all over the map this Tuesday. I`m Carl Azuz. First up, the Japanese mainland has been lashed
by Vongfong. At one point, this was a super typhoon. A monster storm, the biggest of 2014.
Vongfong weekend, before it hit the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, it`s still blasted
the area with powerful winds and heavy rainfall, things made worse by the fact that the storm
is large and it moved slowly. By the time it reached mainland Japan about 400 miles
to the North East, Vongfong`s wings had died down considerably. Still, it`s expected to
bring more than 15 inches of rain to the country. The government ordered 100,000 people to evacuate
ahead of Vongfong`s arrival. As of last night, at least 44,000 had no power. This is just
one of several powerful storms to hit Japan this year. More than 1,000 miles southwest to a special
administrative region of China. Hong Kong has seen weeks of protests. Thousands of people,
mostly students, have occupied parts of the city`s business district. The issue – China
allows only candidates it approves of to run in Hong Kong`s elections. The protesters want
total choice over their candidates. But not everyone in Hong Kong supports the
student protesters. Demonstrators have embarked on another furious
round of barricade building using bamboo. And using even plastic wrap. And this after
police launched a peaceful incursion earlier in the morning on Monday, ripping down some
barriers, and then after – anti-occupy groups came in and had more violent, more angry confrontations
with some of the demonstrators, and then some of those – not only were people (INAUDIBLE)
expletives and insults back and forth, but some fists were flying and the police actually
had to intervene to protect these barricades and these pro-democracy demonstrators from
their critics who included a taxi drivers union that tried to plow through some of the
barricades, angry taxi drivers saying that their earnings, their revenues are down as
a result of the fact that some of the main highways running through Hong Kong have been
occupied and shut down now for two straight weeks. The demonstrators saying these are
the sacrifices that Hong Kong`s residents have to make if they are to win concessions
and more Democratic elections in 2017. The Hong Kong government standing firm saying
that this is all illegal, these actions, and that they are not going to get the demands
that they are asking for. One of them notably, a demand for the top man in Hong Kong, C.Y.
Leung to step down. He said, no way, so the test of wills continues, and if you can draw
any conclusion from the tensions that we`ve seen on Monday, it`s that when forces used
against these young demonstrators, it tends to attract more supporters to their encampment. Ivan Watson, CNN, Hong Kong. Now, to North Korea, a communist country run
by Dictator Kim Jong- un, also a very secretive country. There`s no freedom of the press in
North Korea. The government controls the media, radios and TVs are preset to government stations,
and it`s illegal to listen to foreign stations if the government hasn`t jammed them. So,
if something`s wrong in that government or with its leader, and if officials don`t want
the people to know about it, they simply won`t tell them. That`s why it`s so hard to get information
about Kim Jong-un when he`s missing from the public eye. It`s Kim Jong-un`s longest absence from public
view since he took over the country when his father, Kim Jong-il died in December of 2011.
Kim Jong-un`s public persona has been a highly crafted piece of propaganda ever since. The 31-year old military strongman is a near
constant theme. Kim riding a horse complete with galloping sound effects mixed in. Kim
seemingly operating a tank. Saluting columns of North Koreans soldiers at a parade, overseeing
military exercises, all in an effort to project both the strength of North Korea`s military
and the military`s own devotion to their supreme leader. Their public appearance is not just to reflect
strength, but also benevolence. Here, Kim bends down to meet a bowing toddler, taking
her hands in his, more daunting uncle than ruthless dictator. And then, there`s a turn to the surreal, the
baby-face leader giggling on a ride of the opening of an amusement park in Pyongyang.
And of course, the controversial visit by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. But it`s this video of Kim clearly limping
on stage in July that`s getting a lot of attention and has fueled reports that he is ill. The
North Korean state media released this other video two weeks ago, also it`s unclear when
it was shot, acknowledging Kim is suffering from “discomfort.” Theories range from a case
of gout to ankle problems because of ballooning weight. Since his last public appearance, some believe
his little sister Kim Yo Jong could be running the country or even that he`s been deposed
in a coup, but nothing has been confirmed. To North Korea watchers, Kim`s absence from
two high profile events and the silence about his whereabouts is deafening. To skip an event which honors your father
and your grandfather is a serious breach of protocol. Unless there are some really good
reason. I think right now that Kim Jong-un is suffering under not only a physical disability,
but a political one as well. Anderson Cooper, CNN. It seems everybody`s got a duffel bag. But
why duffel? How to get that name? Well, check it. Duffel is a town in Belgium. It produced
the cloth that came to be used in the bags, hits duffel bags. Now, that`s random. There`s nothing random about where we find
request for our “Roll Call.” It`s the transcript page at cnnstudentnews.com. We are flying
with the Eagles today in Lyndon, Utah, hello to everyone watching it, Alpine Transition
and Education Center. We are growling with the bulldogs in Bald
Knob, Arkansas. Great to see you all at Bald Knob High School and we are sparring with
the Spartans, Indian trail North Carolina is on our roll with Sun Valley Middle School. The U.S. government sets aside about $17.5
billion a year for NASA. The National Aeronautic and Space Administration. The money goes for missions, measurements,
satellites and test flights. One unmanned vehicle, a drone, called more fears. It`s
about the size of a Chevy Suburban. It had a nasty crush on its first flight, but it`s
taking off since then. Getting to space is pricey. Astronomically
so. Since NASA as established in 1958, the U.S. has spent hundreds of billions of dollars
on space-related activities. On top of that, it`s dangerous. More than
20 people have died in space- related missions. Enter Project Morpheus. One of NASA`s latest
projects. Project Morpheus is an autonomous vehicle designed to go into space. Carrying
gear capable of conducting experiments. Project leader say the cost is just a fraction of
what the space agency spent on previous shuttle missions. Since it began in 2010, the project has cost
just roughly $14 million. But the engineers behind this huge fee, a group of Purdue University
engineering students. The work began as a senior design project in 2010, and a propulsion
course. Topped by Professor William Anderson, a (INAUDIBLE) school of aeronautics and astronautics.
The chief innovation- Morpheus is capable of a vertical takeoff and landing. And it`s
powered by a lightweight engine that uses liquid methane and oxygen, gases that the
team could be manufactured at space, allowing the vehicle to refuel itself and move deeper
into the unknown. Morpheus also has a new navigation system
that allows it to take off and land more easily, and avoid obstacles. The project is in testing
right now, on Earth. But with dozens of successful test flights under its bell, Project Morpheus
may soon be ready to blast a ride off into space. Not coming back down to earth just yet. NASA
has released a view of the Sun. It looks – well, kind of like a Jack-o-Lantern, just in time
for October. NASA says the bright strickish areas you are seeing where some of the more
active regions of our nearest star when these pictures were taken earlier this month. You
couldn`t see it with the naked eye. Wouldn`t recommend you try, NASA used a view of the
sun in two separate wavelinks to capture this effect. Some might call it startling, some might call
it sensational, some might be son-impressed. But it brings new meaning to the word star-gazing,
and they probably didn`t even plan it. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS. Come on
back Wednesday.

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