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Preventing Spreading of Ebola in U.S. and South Korea; Typhoons Hitting Japan; CNN Heroes Improve Life in Their Communities; New Technology to Map Football Players

Aired October 9, 2014 - 04:00:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hi. I`m Carl Azuz with your commercial-free source for news for the classroom. Welcome to all of our viewers worldwide.

Yesterday, the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with the Ebola virus died at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. 42-year old Thomas Eric Duncan had been

admitted with symptoms just over a week beforehand. The pastor of his family`s church says Duncan`s loved ones are grieving and afraid.

Officials believe Duncan caught the hemorrhagic fever in Liberia, the West African nation hardest hit by the disease. It`s not known yet whether

anyone in the U.S. caught it from him. A person from Frisco, Texas, not far from Dallas was transferred to the hospital yesterday with Ebola-like

symptoms. Health officials said it was a low risk event, but they were taking no chances.

Also, yesterday, the U.S. government announced new screening methods for travelers arriving in the U.S. At five major airports, Atlanta, Chicago,

JFK, Newark and Washington, Dallas, passengers from Ebola-stricken nations could have their temperatures taken and be given questionnaires.

Of course, the U.S. is not the only country taking precautions.


PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: South Korea`s first line of defense is prevention. Now, even though there are no direct flights from any of the

infected countries arriving here in South Korea, back in August Korean Air decided to indefinitely cancel all of its flights in and out of Kenya.

There hasn`t been a single confirmed case of Ebola in the East African nation, but it is a major transport hubs the Korean Air didn`t want to take


Now, every single passenger will come through here, even from the United States.

A full body infra-red scanner. It measures passengers` body temperature. Green and yellow is normal, red means there is a hike in temperature.

Anyone with over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees centigrade has to see an onsite doctor. Any flight from Ethiopia, the only African flight still

operating to Seoul has one of this at the gates so passengers can be checked as soon as they step off the plane.

Anyone transferring from or who has visited one of the infected countries, has to see the onsite doctor, whether they have a temperature or not. And

if the doctor`s concerned, the passengers quarantined in a separate medical center right here at the airport. It`s only happened once so far, and it

turned out to be a false alarm. But with an incubation period of up to 21 days, authorities know that this is not a full proof system. So, what they

do is anyone of interest, health officials will call them at every single day after they leave this airport to check that they are not showing any


The strongest storm of the year is brewing in the Pacific Ocean and it hit southern Japan in its sites. As of last night, typhoon Vongfong was over

open water with sustained wind speeds of a 178 miles per hour. That makes it a super typhoon, the equivalent of a category five hurricane in the

Atlantic. And officials expected Vongfong to get even stronger.

If it stays on course to Japan, meteorologists predict it will weaken before making lay in fall, possibly to the equivalent of category three

strength, still capable of devastating damage.

This is especially bad timing for Japan because it was just hit by another typhoon, Pangfung (ph) last week. It forced more than a million people to

evacuate to shelters.

CNN heroes are all studies in character. These are ordinary folks who see a need in their communities, work to meet it and then help change life for

the better.

You get to help decide the CNN hero over the year. Voting is now open at Here are the top ten finalists.


AZUZ: From England, Jon Burns. He made it his mission to mobilize the passion of soccer funs to make a difference. Now, he and volunteers have

helped thousands of poor children and cities, hosting the World Cup in Euro (INAUDIBLE).

From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Wendy Ross is opening new worlds to autistic children and their families. Since 2010 her program has helped

more than 200 families navigate the challenge of public settings.

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AZUZ: From Guatemala, Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes. He turned his family`s home into a refuge for young people in his violent-stricken country

providing education opportunities and support to more than 1,000 children.

From Albany, New York Ned Norton.

(on camera): Are you going to work?


AZUZ: The last 25 years he`s provided strength and conditioning training to hundreds of people living with disabilities.

NORTON: Stretch up! Nice job.

AZUZ: From Hartford, Connecticut, Patricia Kelly. Her farm is an urban oasis for at risk kids and her home town where she uses horses as a hook to

keep youth off the streets and on the right track.

Leila Hazzah lives most of the year in the Amboseli region of Kenya where she`s helping to preserve the lion population. Her group has transformed

dozens of Africa`s so called lion killers into lion protectors.

ARTHUR BLOOM, MUSICIAN: So let`s take it right before the melody comes in.

AZUZ: From Washington D.C., Arthur Bloom. Professional musicians helps injured troops at Walter Reed Medical Center. His program, hundreds of

wounded warriors have tapped into the healing power of music.

From England, Pen Farthing. This former British officer rescued a street dog while serving in Afghanistan. His group has now reunited almost 700

other soldiers with the stray animals they befriended there.

PEN FARTHING: I can`t believe that they are here.

AZUZ: From Baltimore, Maryland, Annette March-Grier grew up in her family`s funeral home. Now she helps families in her native city cope with


ANNETTE MARCH-GRIER: His brother died. So he`s feeling very sad.

AZUZ: Since 2008, she`s provided a safe place for nearly 1,000 children to (INAUDIBLE)

And from Southfield, Michigan, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg lost his daughter to leukemia. Now, he`s helping kids use martial arts to help with the pain

and fear of their cancer treatments.


AZUZ: You`ve heard the term "jaywalker", someone who crosses the street while ignoring laws of traffic. But why jaywalker? Well, jay is an old

school term for a foolish person. So, jaywalker - foolish walker. Now, that`s random.

The National Football League has a new way of tracking players` movements and a lot more. It has this rule that says the NFL may require players to

wear sensors that collect information about their performance and safety. Many teams can and do use GPS to do this, but because there are so many

players on the field at once, it`s trying out something even more accurate.


RACHEL CRANE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The biggest change in the NFL this season, next generation statistics. Unveiling multiple layers of data for

each player as the game unfolds, allowing coaches to understand their players better and monitor their performance.

How fast is that player running? Is he fatigue? How hard was that vicious hit? Radio frequency identification or RFID chips embedded in players

shoulder pads will answer all of that and more this NFL season. Builds as next generation technology, the core engineering is actually decades old.

RFIDs were actually created by engineer Mario Cardulo, a precursor to the invention of the EasyPass. But the NFL is taking Cardulo`s idea to the

next level.

Companies like Motorola, Alien Technology and Apple are among a host of companies in the RFID business. But the NFL has partnered with Zebra

Motion Works who created a sports platform that can locate each RFID chip within six inches, a network of senses planted around the stadium, then

gathers the data from the uniform embedded chips in real time.

Software crunches the data and will point back on players` direction, speed profiles, accumulated distances, fitness grasp and hit maps. All of which

is fed to the game`s live broadcast.

With more data comes more insight into player impact and safety, more data (ph) to feed a stats of suspendees (ph) and more precision on whether that

player just made a first down. Or came up just a few inches short.

The transcript page at It`s the one place where we select schools for our "Roll Call." From yesterday`s transcript, we found

the warriors of Hydaburg, Alaska. They are watching at Hydaburg City School on Prince of Wales Island. Indian Springs Middle School is next.

We`ve got the Eagle Stars from Columbia City, Indiana. Good to see you. And in Pawleys Island South Carolina the Warriors of Waccamaw High School

say they are like butter, because they are on a roll.

Let`s say you are great at soccer, and you want to learn golf, but you don`t have the time or money for clubs or lessons. What`s an athlete to

do? Well, check it.

Footgolf, as in foot golf. Same rules as golf, but with your feet and a bigger 21 inch diameter cup. Because you can`t kick a soccer ball as far

as you can hit a golf ball, the average footgolf hole is less than half the distance away as a traditional golf hole. It`s cheaper to play, too, so

whether you achieve the feet of victory or feel the agony of defeat, it`s not hard to foot the bill, and you are guaranteed to get a kick out of it

without ever joining a club. We are going to go find some more stories and puns to tee up for you tomorrow. Thanks for watching.