PODCAST: Rescue Teams Trying to Save Family Trapped Under Rubble After Earthquake in Albania (UCNN 11.28.19)

According to Al Jazeera, Italian rescue teams were trying on Wednesday to save six family members, including twin toddlers, trapped under rubble when their house collapsed after Albania’s worst earthquake in decades. The death toll from Tuesday’s quake rose to 30 as rescue workers dug through the remains of the four-storey house in the Adriatic port city of Durres. Nine members of the Lala family were initially trapped but a boy of 17 was pulled out alive on Tuesday and the bodies of a 79-year-old woman and an eight-year-old girl have been recovered. The rescue workers, watched by relatives and the twins’ father, believe two girls aged 18 months, two boys of six and seven, a 16-year-old girl and a disabled man of 52 are still under the rubble. Teams of soldiers, police and emergency workers sifted through the debris of shredded apartment blocks and hotels in towns near Albania‘s northwest Adriatic coast, close to the epicentre of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that rattled the country. Most of those found dead were pulled from rubble in the coastal city of Durres and Thumane, a town north of the capital, Tirana.

According to Christian Headlines, Five workers at abortion clinics quit their jobs and more than 700 unborn babies were saved as a result of this fall’s 40 Days for Life, the annual campaign that involves prayer, fasting and peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics. “It was the largest year in the history of 40 Days for Life,” Shawn Carney, president and CEO of 40 Days for Life, said during a webcast held on Nov. 18. The campaign ran from Sept. 25 to Nov. 3 and had volunteers participating in 855 cities and 61 countries. Five workers “walked away from the abortion industry,” according to a report from 40 Days for Life, and 738 unborn lives were saved. “Even if it was just one [baby saved], it was all worth it,” said Sue Thayer, a former manager at a Planned Parenthood and the current director of outreach for 40 Days for Life.

According to The Christian Post, For just over a year, newlywed assistant pastor at RIM City Church in Connecticut, LaRhonda Jones and her husband Eric, an elder, had been telling the world how grateful they were for each other on social media. Those who knew the 48 year old pastor however are now reeling in shock after she was found shot dead in bed along with her 54-year-old husband Thursday. “The church is devastated, devastated,” Denarian Gordon, Sr., the senior pastor RIM City Church in New Haven, who performed the couple’s marriage ceremony a year ago, told WTNH. “We’re all in a state of shock, disbelief.” A statement from the Waterbury Police Department said the pastor and her elder husband, who is also a retired police officer, were found Thursday after LaRhonda didn’t show up for work. LaShonda’s employer as well as her sister called police to do a welfare check and she was found with her husband in the bedroom of their condo in Waterbury dead from apparent gunshot wounds. “The police located a deceased adult male and a deceased adult female lying on a bed in a bedroom,” the statement said. A handgun was also found in the room. Waterbury police confirmed that the case was still being investigated but have not yet provided any additional details concerning the death of the couple.

According to Daily Mail, Large swaths of the U.S. braced for one of the coldest Thanksgivings in decades as a pair of powerful winter storms threaten travel chaos for millions of Americans. Over 100 million people are under weather warnings in 26 states from California to New York, including major transport hubs such as Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, and Chicago as the busiest travel week of the year ramps up. A strong storm expected to drop up to two feet of snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming prompted airlines to issue travel alerts on Tuesday as the National Weather Service warned of possible blizzards and wintry conditions from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Lakes. That storm is already underway as snow is falling at a rate of three inches per hour over Denver and the surrounding area, with up to 14 inches total expected through Wednesday. About a quarter of Denver International Airport’s 1,500 flights were canceled and airport officials said more cancellations are likely. Another major storm is expected to descend on the West Coast over Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing ‘bomb cyclone’ conditions with over two feet of snow to the mountains in the Northwest and possible flash flooding in Southern California. The National Weather Service described the second storm as ‘historic’ and said it could rival the strength of a Category 1 hurricane with winds up to 74mph in southwest Oregon and northwest California.

According to LA Magazine, A former Deutsche Bank executive who reportedly signed off on some of the institution’s unorthodox loans to Donald Trump killed himself in his Malibu home on November 19. Thomas Bowers, the onetime head of Deutsche Bank’s American wealth-management division, where he oversaw Trump’s private banker, committed suicide by hanging, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office. Bowers was 55. Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank—which lent him around $2 billion after most other institutions had forsaken him for his history of defaults and bankruptcies—has come under investigation by two Congressional committees and the New York Attorney General, who are hoping the bank can shed light on Trump’s elusive finances, according to the New York Times. At one point, Bowers had a close connection to those finances. Rosemary T. Vrablic, a managing director at Deutsche Bank who became Trump’s private banker in 2010 after being introduced by her client, Jared Kushner, reported directly to Bowers. Vrablic reportedly helped Trump secure loans from her bank, which Bowers approved—including more than $100 million to buy his Doral resort in Miami—even after Trump and Deutsche had to settle messy litigation over a Chicago loan that went bad.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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