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mayorWith a surprise announcement, New York's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Thursday that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign, he announced that he was now endorsing President Obama. 

An independent, Mr. Bloomberg who is in this third term leading New York City, has been sharply critical of both Mr. Obama, a Democrat, and Mitt Romney, the president’s Republican rival, saying that both men have failed to candidly confront the problems afflicting the nation. He said that over the past few days he had decided  that Mr. Obama is the best candidate to tackle the global climate change that the mayor believes contributed to the violent storm, which took the lives of at least 37 New Yorkers and caused billions of dollars in damage.

Another Tropical Storm has formed in the Caribbean. Tropical Storm Sandy is moving toward the Caribbean Island of Jamaica

Wind shear is forecast to be in the low to moderate range, 5 - 20 knots, through Wednesday afternoon. This should allow continued development of Sandy, and rapid development is possible.

The latest SHIPS model forecast is calling for a 52% chance that Sandy's winds will increase by 30 mph over a 24-hour period. ... The 5 pm EDT NHC Wind Probability Forecast gave a 25% chance that Sandy will be a hurricane by 2 pm EDT Wednesday, when the center should be close to Jamaica.

United States officials say they have made the first approvals a month after they started a program to suspend deportations of young illegal Caribbean and other immigrants.

Officials said last month that, to date, more than 72,000 immigrants have applied for the temporary reprieve since the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began receiving the documents on Aug. 15.

Simpson_Miller_-_UNJamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller spoke up for middle-income states before last month’s United Nations General Assembly here, calling on the international community not to forget them in aid for development and the fight against disease.

“We urge that middle income countries not be pushed to the margins of the development agenda, nor be put on the fringe of the development assistance provided by the international community,” she told world leaders on the third day of the assembly’s annual general debate.