Submitted by: John Roberts-James

Yes, its true! Yawara-jutsu is one of the old Japanese martial arts. One of its facets includes the use of a short, six-inch plain stick to strike death and terror into the opponent.

The experts will claim that it is used to jab kyusho or Dim Mak points resulting in severe shock to the system. This is only partly true. One hits vulnerable areas, it is true, but these are not necessarily surface vital points. They overlie deep nerves or organs which, if hit effectively, result in shock and bodily collapse. The same effect (almost) as when a footballer is accidentally kicked in the groin.

The stick can be held as a hammer, smacking down into a surface bone like the wrist. Or it can be flicked in a back-hand motion into say the teeth or the eye. Short and sharp somewhat like cracking a whip.

Probably its best use perhaps is holding at the middle, stabbing down like a knife into the neck or other target. Conversely it can stab upwards into the under-jaw. If then it is ripped forwards it could hopefully dislocate the jaw.

A more skilled use is in come-along holds and bone or joint breaks. But this is advanced technical studies requiring much (much!) practice and training in a martial arts club. If you expect to be successful.

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There is an American version developed by Frank Matsuyama. This version has metal spikes to hamper someone trying to wrench it away. I quite like it, but while it fits easily into the pocket, it is clearly a martial arts weapon, and as such leaves you wide open to police prosecution if use for self defence. An Internet search will take you directly to it. But the plain stick is safer and true to the Japanese yawara-jutsu origins. The Matsuyama stick is metal, heavier and very effective, but advisedly should not be carried where you feel danger lies. Far better go elsewhere and so avoid killing someone and also avoid going to jail which you assuredly will if you use it.

His manual How To Use The Yawara Stick can be downloaded, but as it is written specifically for police officers who already have martial arts experience and as a substitute for their truncheon, it is not at all suitable for the novice. But if you are Blue Belt or higher, you will enjoy it.

The stick is said to have arisen from the knife fighting techniques of Tanto-jutsu, a segment of the overall Yawara-jutsu wider school. In wet or sweaty conditions a knife could jam in its sheath, and techniques were of course developed to allow the defender to still use it in this inconvenient situation. Furthermore, yawara-jutsu was less dangerous than actually stabbing someone. [Remember that, Young Jimmie, when youre out with the lads! Dont carry a knife a Yawara stick is very effective and keeps you out of a prison life sentence]

There have been several modern refinements on the basic Yawara approach. Notably in Matsuyamas stick, mentioned above, and Tak Kubotas little Kubotan . The Matsuyama stick (lump of metal!) is very good indeed, but too lethal. The Kubotan is all very well, but its too small and light for my needs. I dont see any advantage at all in carrying it. Not when the karatetsu can do all and much more. I have the Kubotan, but it stays in the cabinet.

Both the basic Yawara stick and the Matsuyama and Kubota versions suffer from the same basic fundamental defect: they can be used as stabbing and chopping weapons, but they are not by their very nature suited to direct, thrusting strikes. The hand is physically not intended to jab forwards in a straight, punch-like direction. Not when it is holding a stick in a vertical alignment.

This is where the karatetsu scores supremely. It can deliver all types of Yawara attacks as well as physiologically correct forward, direct punching mugger-dropping blows.

[This in brackets: while researching the subject I came across this interesting site – Nothing to do with me but it might make fun reading. Take a look]

But wait! This article is meant as an introduction to Yawara-jutsu techniques. For interested sportsmen (alright, and women). But all the time giving you an effective self-defence system while keeping you safely within the benevolent smile of the Law.

There are two things you need:

1 A DOG. Or access to a friends dog. Either being walked by you. Or having made prior arrangement with a dog owner that you can at anytime of your choice go along and take Fido (Fido ughh!) out through the park at night for a stroll. Through the park or the woods (or anywhere where you were actually attacked by the mugger or would-be rapist and needed an excuse )

2 A SIX-INCH LONG STIFF DOG CHEW. Buy two, keep one in a drawer, the other in your handbag when going out alone somewhere.

This is what its all about. The dog chew is a MOST effective substitute for an actual wooden, plastic or metal Yawara stick. Hard and solid, it can stab, thrust, jab, pierce eyeballs, tear up an unsuspecting groin (a mugger would NOT be unsuspecting!) But with no legal risk to you. You were not carrying a self defence weapon. You were walking, or going to walk, or coming back from walking a dog (liase with your friend) when you were attacked. When you beat up the unsuspecting yob. (Who is now trying to sue you for damages sustained). He did not see any weapon threat, you tucked it out of sight behind your buttock when you first sensed danger. Then- WHACK!

Be sure to give Fido (Fido – Ughh!) a pat when youve recovered from being a hero/ine!

About the Author: John Roberts-James is a Black Belt 4th Dan, Senior Coach and author of Karatetsu-jutsu Empty Iron Techniques, Protect Yourself When Walking Your Dog and other self defence books.


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Monday, August 27, 2012

London, England — As Paralympians ready for the Games which are set to open later this week, they have access to a world class fitness center inside the Paralympic Village which is designed to maximise their pre-Game preparations.

According to volunteers staffing the center, instead of being a single large room, as in Beijing, the building has numerous rooms. It, along with the adjacent Village Services Centre, is designed to be converted into a school after the games conclude. Rooms have been structured as a gym, an auditorium, and science laboratories.

Gym equipment is supplied by Technogym, an Italian firm that has supplied gym equipment for the Olympics since 2000. Equipment has been provided not just for for the Fitness Centre, but for gyms at all the Olympic venues. The newest equipment is oriented toward maximum flexibility, allowing athletes to exercise the particular muscles that they most require for their sport.

In addition to the equipment, the Fitness Centre also provides instructors trained in the use of the equipment, the likes of which athletes from many countries have never seen before. There are also a number of instructors available to provide motivational training.

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June 12, 2010
Traralgon 10-11 (71)
Drouin 8-10 (58)
Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showground, Victoria, Australia

Traralgon reclaimed some pride with a thirteen point victory against Drouin at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showground. As a result, Drouin move to fifth on the Gippsland Football League ladder and Traralgon reduce Maffra’s lead on to to one game.

The Gippsland Football League (officially Gippsland League) is the only major Australian rules football competition in the Gippsland region according to the Victorian Country Football League.

Scores are quoted as goals-behinds (total).

Around the Grounds

Sale 8-13 61 def. by Morwell 12-13 85Wonthaggi Power 13-14 92 def. Warragul 9-9 63Moe 16-8 104 def. Leongatha 10-15 75

A sturggling Drouin defence allowed early goals to Tim Johnston and Dan McKenna. The visitors struggled to get the ball out of their backline as Traralgon kicked and inaccurate three goals and six behinds. Drouin kicked two late goals to keep in the contest.

Drouin kicked five goals in the second quarter to take a fourteen point lead into half time, thanks to dominant midfield porformances of Andy Soumilas and Pat McGrath.

Steve Hazelman swung Nic Quenault onto McGrath with immediate success. McGrath gathered mandy poccessions but was not as effective as he was in the first half.

Traralgon got back into the match leading at the end of the third and went on to win 10-11 (71) to 8-10 (58).

Monday, June 26, 2006

A Francesco Totti penalty deep in added time put Italy through to the next round of the 2006 Fifa World Cup at the expense of Australia, Monday.

The Australian Socceroos had the ball more, but the more experienced Azzuri defenders created an impenetrable defence, limiting the number of Australian scoring opportunities. This was despite the Italian team shrinking to ten men after Marco Materazzi was shown a controversial straight red card in the 50th minute.

Australia looked to have gained an advantage when Marco Bresciano surged through the Italy defence and Materazzi slid in to trip him up. Though there was an Italy defender on Bresciano’s shoulder, Spanish referee Luis Medina Cantalejo deemed that the tackle was deliberately not aimed at the ball, and considered the foul worth more than a single yellow card. It would not be the only disputed decision in the match.

Both sides had a number of good opportunities to score, but the shots were generally too close to the box to beat the goalkeepers. The best save of the game was made by Mark Schwarzer from a Luca Toni effort 20 minutes into the game.

Guus Hiddink delayed making attacking substitutions against ten-men Italy likely because he expected the game to go to extra time, and so wished to keep a fitness advantage later on in the game. Hiddink’s only substitution, John Aloisi, came on at the 80th minute, while the Italian coach Marcello Lippi had made three, including the crucial one of Totti five minutes earlier.

In the attack Totti was a straight swap for Alessandro Del Piero, a fresh pair of legs which ensured Italy were a threat on the break right until the end of the regular period of play. It was a tactic that paid dividends in the end.

The second disputed referee decision was a penalty kick was awarded to Fabio Grosso three minutes into added time (and the last minute of game time). Grosso was running towards goal from out wide having avoided Marco Bresciano before being obstructed by Lucas Neill. The central defender had fallen to the ground early and Grosso, though not tripped, was impeded and dived straight over him. Medina awarded a penalty shot as this occurred within the penalty area.

Totti, dropped from the game in favour of Del Piero, grinned slightly as he placed the ball on the spot. The ball was struck close to the upper-right corner of Schwarzer’s box, the goalie could do nothing to stop the ball. It was the last kick of the game and the Italians celebrated.

The Budweiser Man of the Match was Gianluigi Buffon of Italy.

The prize was a quarter-final match against the lowest ranked FIFA team in their half of the knock-out tree, Ukraine.


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By Laura Stephens

Air conditioner is one of the greatest inventions ever made. It gives utmost comfort to everyone especially in tropical countries where heat can be very unbearable during the summer. Air conditioners work by absorbing hot air that passes through metal coils filled with Freon to help lower the temperature and blow out the air as dry and cool.

What Air Conditioners Provide

It provides protection from heatstroke in places with extreme temperatures. Heatstroke occurs during humid weather when the body loses the capacity to excrete heat. People who have heart disorders or diabetics are at greater risk from heatstroke.

AC units are beneficial for people who have allergies since the air conditioner filter pollen, dust, and other allergens that can trigger allergic reactions.

The Health Hazards

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If the filters are not well maintained, they can pose harmful threats to what they can originally prevent. A dirty filter can be a ground for bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that can be blown to the room and cause occupants to have allergy attacks, eye irritations, and nose and throat irritations. In worst cases, it can even cause flu sicknesses.

In big places like building who greatly utilise air conditioners, the water reservoirs can harbor harmful bacteria like legionella pneutnophila. This bacteria grows inside the unit and can cause the air sacs of lungs to inflate and have difficulty in breathing.

Aside from bacteria, air conditioners can also be a breeding ground for fungi and mold spores.

Studies have shown that people who work for prolonged hours in air-conditioned places are more prone to having colds and flu.

People with arthritis and neuritis may also find their ailment worsen when in air-conditioned places.

Some people put a stress on their bodies when they are unable to adjust well from being in a hot place and transferring to a cooler area.

People who are well adjusted to cool places are more prone to heatstroke. Their bodies are unable to cope during summer.

Another health hazard is when a person keeps going in and out of an air-conditioned room and the body becomes confused with extreme temperatures the body is undergoing.

A study has been administered wherein cars are found to have eight different types of mould inside the vents.

Air conditioner is an essential element in any household to give comfort to its occupants however, if not well maintained can bring about harmful effects to people. This machine helps ease any person’s stress due to high temperatures and probably work-related stress. Aside from avoiding allergies, it also helps in eradicating heat rash especially for infants. However, AC units also pose a threat to the environment due to high-energy consumption and the CFC it releases into the air. At the end of the day, it still best to weigh the pro’s and con’s of the situation and use air conditioners sparingly.

Be aware of all the effects that air conditioning can give you. Read on to find out more about these and how to avoid.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Citing violations of its policy regarding “Marine mammal items”, eBay terminated an online listing on Monday by the town of Cape St. George, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, for a 40 ft (12 m) sperm whale carcass reportedly beached upon its shores about a week prior.

With an initial asking price of 99 cents, bidding for the carcass reportedly rose to C$238.03 within 15 bids. Reports variously state the final price of the whale, prior to the removal of the listing from the auction site on Monday at about 2:30pm, was C$2,025 or C$2,075. Listed in eBay’s “really weird” category, the carcass was considered by eBay to be an example of “items made from marine mammals regardless of when the product was made”, which are prohibited as per site rules.

Following a council meeting on Sunday in the town of 950 residents, Cape St. George’s mayor, Peter Fenwick, put the whale up on the auction site in a bid to have it removed from the town’s premises, citing a lack of cooperation from provincial and federal government officials on the matter. “It’s your problem, you solve it”, Fenwick recounted to The Globe and Mail (TGaM) as the response he received from them. Apart from eBay, Kijiji was also suggested as another avenue by which to sell the carcass.

Fenwick told CTV News, several years prior another sperm whale measuring 15 ft was beached in the area, but disappeared without incident, an act Fenwick attributed to be the work of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. “This time”, he remarked, “the authorities have told us that it’s our whale, it’s our responsibility to get rid of it.”

On putting the carcass for sale, Fenwick remarked, “We knew we had to do something with it and this seemed to be the least expensive way of disposing of it.” In a news release, Fenwick highlighted a possible use for the carcass, particularly its bones. “The 40 foot sperm whale will make a spectacular exhibit once the fat and muscle is removed, and the town is asking museums and other organizations that could use a whale skeleton to contact the town for further details.”

On retaining the whale himself, Fenwick stated, “As a town we would dearly love to keep the whale and put it on exhibit in the town but the cost of such a venture would be hard to justify.” Fenwick told TGaM the whale was “in half decent shape”. “This one looks like it died very recently and hasn’t decomposed much”, which Fenwick suggested elsewhere was due to the whale’s present location, partially submerged in near-freezing water. However, Fenwick noted its close proximity to a residential area, saying homeowners who lived there were “very interested in seeing the whale gone.”

eBay was not the only organization who barred the sale from taking place. “We also got threatened by the federal department of the environment, and told to pull the ad off or they would prosecute us”, said Fenwick on the opposition he said he received from Environment Canada, which viewed the sale as contravening a federal act designed to protect endangered species. “I received a call from the federal department of the environment saying that you’re not allowed to sell any parts of sperm whales, even if they’re dead.” he added. “So I said, ‘Oh that’s very good, I’m glad to hear that, now can you send somebody over here to get rid of it for us?'” Fenwick’s request was met with a negative response from Environment Canada.

“They’ve got to sort it out somehow. The uncertainty means it just sort of sits there and rots.” Once decomposition sets in, Fenwick remarked the carcass would become a “real nuisance”. “I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a whale that’s been rotting on the beach for a couple of months — actually sometimes you can’t see it for the clouds of flies around it — but you can smell it for about a mile”, he added.

On finding alternate means to dispose of the carcass, Wayne Ledwell, a member of Newfoundland’s Whale Release and Strandings, suggested the whale be towed out to a remote area. “They need to do that right away, when they come in and they’re fresh,” said Ledwell. “No one wants to go touch them … everything becomes gooey and slippery and you can’t stand up on the whale and it gets on your boots and you can’t get the smell off and then you go home and the dog rolls in it and you get it in your kitchen and you curse the whales, and you curse the government and … it becomes a mess.” Fenwick said they’d considered the idea, enlisting a local fisherman who, however, judged his engine too small for the job.

Previously, blue whale carcasses washed ashore in the towns of Trout River and Rocky Harbour, located about 150 km further north, and were taken by Royal Ontario Museum for preservation of the skeletons. Fenwick suggested the sperm whale carcass in his town might also meet a similar fate, as the sperm whale’s status as the largest toothed whale might prove to be a drawing attraction for such a facility.

Regarding what he plans to do next with the carcass, Fenwick said “If we’re not allowed to sell it, we’re willing to drop our 99 cent price down to a zero.” He said he hoped some eBay bidder stays interested in the whale. “We’ll be glad to talk to them about giving them the whale. We’re hoping that’s not illegal.” He also said he hoped the publicity from the town’s predicament, which garnered national attention, and its unusual means of finding a solution, would draw in someone interested in taking the whale off his hands at their own expense.

Should the whale fall under new ownership, Fenwick advised it be moved away from the town to a beach devoid of people, and the blubber left as food for seagulls, insects, and other predators. He estimated “It’ll probably take a year or so to get down to the skeleton.” As monetary gain was reportedly not what the town cared about, Fenwick was willing to offer the carcass for free, though one report noted money raised from the listing could have gone towards the building of a skate park.

The listing on eBay, as put up by Fenwick, read:

This 40 foot sperm whale rolled up on the beach last week. The actual seller is the town of Cape St. George which is responsible for disposing of it before it starts to decay. Once the fat and flesh is removed you have a spectacular 40 foot skeleton of the largest toothed whale in the world, great for museums and other attractions. To prevent it rotting in the town it can be towed to isolated beaches on the Port au Port Peninsula to allow the seagulls and other birds to remove the flesh. Call 709-644-2290 or 709-649-7070 for more details.

Please note the successful bidder will have to remove the whale within 30 days

Sunday, January 6, 2008

On the morning of January 4, 2008, while at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, 19-year-old goalie Steve Mason received a phone call from Canada informing him that he was traded by the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights to the Kitchener Rangers.

In a press release Friday, Kitchener Rangers Head coach and General Manager Peter DeBoer announced the trade to the Knights. In return for obtaining Mason, the Rangers have sent the Knights, Centre Phil Varone, Defenceman Steve Tarasuk along with 2nd, 3rd and 4th round draft picks in 2011 and a 2nd round pick in 2012.

Mason said that he had an enjoyable time playing for the London Knights, but nonetheless, he believes that he has a bright future playing for the Kitchener Rangers. He also notes that he doesn’t want the trade to distract him from playing in the Gold Medal Game, against Team Sweden.

Team Canada won the game in overtime 3-2.

By Trevor Richards

Wedding jewellery varies depending on what kind of ceremony it will be. Traditions and customs diverge depending on different countries, societies, and religions. No matter how different the wedding might be, the bride will always be wearing a special garment and unique jewellery that has meaning.

The style of the jewellery worn may also depend on the type of wedding that will be performed. There are many styles such as in a civil ceremony where it is held by a local judge or justice of the peace. The wedding might be an elopement instead where the couple impulsively decides that their love just cannot wait for all that formality. In this case, they may just go on their own to get married or just have the ceremony with a few chosen friends or even strangers.

There is even the military wedding. This is a more sober affair held at a military chapel. Whichever partner is in the military, will wear a military dress uniform. If it is the bride, the wedding jewellery will be more discrete than in a more traditional setting.

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The wedding that we always think of when we learn that someone is getting married is the time honored white wedding. This type of wedding dates back to Queen Victoria. She made it popular by wearing a white dress when she wed Prince Albert. Since that time, the white color has had a special meaning. It was meant to convey that the bride was pure which meant this would be her first lover. Those times are gone, and anyone that wants to have a traditional wedding will wear white if they wish.

Jewellery worn in an elopement might be less traditional than in a conventional white wedding, or even in a military wedding. A traditional white wedding might call for more elaborate pieces, depending on the gown worn. The good thing to consider is that the jewellery worn will have a special meaning to the bride and she can wear it again long after her wedding.

Wedding jewellery runs the gamut and can include earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Diamonds are usually the first thing that persons think of for this type of jewellery but pearls and sapphires have been worn. When we think of wedding jewellery, it can be a pearl necklace. Pearls have been traditionally thought of as having a symbol of chastity. The length can be worn according to taste. Although it can be very short or long it is usually best to have it somewhere in between to enhance the gown.

Earrings will stand out so it is important to choose wisely. It should not compete with the rest of your outfit. Studs or button earrings are usually the best way to go, for they will be discrete and still highlight the face and hairline. When wearing bracelets, you do not want to be making rattling noise as you walk by. Restraint is very important. No matter how beautiful the bracelet your aunt gave you, it must be tasteful and not compete with the rest of your outfit.

The old tradition to wear something blue dates back to England in the Victorian era. It was believed that if she wore something blue it would bring good luck to the bride. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to represent love and faithfulness. Princess Diana wore blue sapphires in her wedding.

About the Author: Trevor Richards writes on behalf of Queens & Bowl, a UK stockist of

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Saturday, April 1, 2006

American multi-billionaire Donald Trump has announced plans to build a massive golf complex on an 800-acre site just north of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Speaking last night from the Trump Tower in New York, Trump said that the development will be akin to a “homecoming” for him. The ginger-haired property tycoon’s mother is from the Western Isles of Scotland.

The £300m project at Menie in Aberdeenshire will include both a links course and an inland course, and a 400-bedroom hotel as well as a golfing academy and holiday homes. The facilities are being built with the intention of attracting the Open Championship to the site, officially dubbed Trump International Golf Links, Scotland.

Fields and sand-dunes make up the landscape of the coastal site. Trump said of the location, “As soon as I saw it there was no question about it. I looked at 211 fantastic sites all over Europe, but here it is – the dune size and the ocean front. There is no piece of land that I have ever seen that is comparable to this.” The billionaire claims that the complex, set to be his only development outside the United States, will be the “best course in the world.”

Local and national political figures, including Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell, have welcomed the announcement with open arms, as the project is expected to bring in an additional £157m to the region’s economy within the first ten years. Scottish tourism company VisitScotland is also optimistic, expecting an influx of international visitors to play on (or simply visit) the site. Plans to expand the A90 road running past the site in the near future will enable more road traffic to and around the area. An £60m expansion of Aberdeen Airport will also allow for vastly increased international air links, akin to those operated using Boeing 767 aircraft.

Work on the golf complex itself is set to begin in September this year, with the Trump Organisation hopeful for a Spring 2008 opening date.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The United States is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. The hurricane, which is expected to hit late Sunday into Monday, could affect up to sixty million people. The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced that all subway, bus and train services in New York City would be suspended from 19:00 EST on Sunday evening.

The hurricane has already caused damage and fatalities in several Caribbean countries this week. Meteorologists are concerned that it will turn into a “Frankenstorm” as it amalgamates with a winter storm in the run up to Halloween. It has now been downgraded to a post-tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center. It has sustained winds of 85 mph. Authorities warned that a full moon could trigger high tides with storm surges of up to 3 metres which would cause sea water to surge through Lower Manhattan.

Country Damage caused
Haiti At least 44 people killed and homes flooded
Cuba Eleven people killed and second city left without power
Dominican Republic Two people killed and 8,755 people evacuated
Jamaica One person killed and schools, airports closed
Bahamas Power cuts and flooding

It is also expected to cause serious flooding in several areas on the Mid-Atlantic coast, including Long Island Sound and New York Harbour.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg urged people to take action now to keep themselves safe. “I don’t want anybody to go to bed tonight thinking that they can spend the day worrying about the night after,” Mr Bloomberg said. “If you don’t evacuate, you are not only endangering your life, you are also endangering the lives of the first responders who are going in to rescue you,” he said.

It is expected that the hurricane will affect flights. Air France announced that it will cancel all flights to New York and Washington today. British Airways has cancelled all flights to and from the east coast of the U.S. today.

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has announced that several bridges are to close from 19:00 EDT — George Washington, Verrazano-Narrows, Throgs Neck, Whitestone, Henry Hudson, Cross Bay Veterans, and from 16:00 EDT the Tappan Zee. He also said the worst of the storm has not yet reached the city.

The New York Stock Exchange trading floor is closed today and is to remain closed tomorrow but electronic transactions are still able to take place. Spokesman Rich Adamonis told Reuters “We continue to monitor the situation and to communicate with government officials, regulators, and markets participants,”. The United Nations headquarters in New York have also been shut down. Several states have announced states of emergency- Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC and also a coastal county in North Carolina.

Public schools are to remain closed tomorrow in New York, Washington and Philadelphia. The Washington metro is also to be closed tomorrow because of the hurricane.

The state of Delaware has announced a mandatory evacuation order for 50,000 people from coastal areas and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urged people not to take risks. “We have to be prepared for the worst here. I can be as cynical as any of you but when the storm comes, if it’s as bad as they’re predicting it will be, you’re gonna wish you weren’t as cynical as you might otherwise have been.” he said.

CNN have reported that about 1.5 million people are now being affected by power cuts.

The hurricane has also affected the election campaigning plans of the two main presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Romney announced that he had cancelled a planned campaign rally yesterday evening in Virginia Beach and Vice-President Joe Biden cancelled a visit there on Saturday.