All posts tagged: heavy

Millions at risk of floods in China’s Guangdong province after heavy rain | China

Millions at risk of floods in China’s Guangdong province after heavy rain | China

Major rivers, waterways and reservoirs in China’s Guangdong province are threatening to unleash dangerous floods, forcing the government to enact emergency response plans to protect more than 127 million people. Calling the situation “grim”, local weather officials said sections of rivers and tributaries at the Xijiang and Beijiang river basins are hitting water levels in a rare spike that only has a one-in-50 chance of happening in any given year, the state broadcaster CCTV news said on Sunday. China’s water resource ministry issued an emergency advisory, CCTV reported. Guangdong officials urged departments in all localities and municipalities to begin emergency planning to avert natural disasters and promptly disperse disaster relief funds and materials to ensure affected people have food, clothing, water and a place to live. The province has experienced torrid downpours for several days and strong winds due to severe convective weather, which has affected several parts of China over the past few weeks. A 12-hour stretch of heavy rain, starting from 8pm (1200 GMT) on Saturday, battered the central and northern parts of …

Dubai’s airport diverts scores of flights as heavy rains, flooding lash UAE

Dubai’s airport diverts scores of flights as heavy rains, flooding lash UAE

Dubai’s major international airport diverted scores of incoming flights on Tuesday as heavy rains lashed the United Arab Emirates, causing widespread flooding around the desert country. Issued on: 17/04/2024 – 01:05 2 min The world’s busiest air hub for international passengers confirmed a halt to arrivals at 7:26 pm (1526 GMT) before announcing a “gradual resumption” more than two hours later. Earlier the airport, which had been expecting more than 100 flight arrivals on Tuesday evening, took the equally unusual step of briefly halting its operations in the chaos caused by the storm. Dubai, the Middle East’s financial centre, has been paralysed by the torrential rain that caused floods across the UAE and Bahrain, and left 18 dead in Oman on Sunday and Monday. Dubai airport operations were suspended for 25 minutes in the afternoon before resuming. Unconfirmed images on social media showed planes taxiing across an apron flooded with standing water. Departure flights remained in operation during the evening but were plagued with delays and cancellations. Access roads to the airport were also badly …

Heavy rains, lightning in Pakistan kill at least 50 people | Floods News

Heavy rains, lightning in Pakistan kill at least 50 people | Floods News

At least 50 people have been killed in heavy rains and lightning across Pakistan in the past three days, officials said, as authorities declared a state of emergency in some regions. Farmers harvesting wheat died after being struck by lightning. Rains caused dozens of houses to collapse in the northwest and in eastern Punjab province. Arfan Kathia, a spokesman for the provincial disaster management authority, said 21 people had died in Punjab, where more rains were expected this week. Khursheed Anwar, a spokesman for the disaster management authority in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, said 21 people died there. Torrential rains also lashed the capital, Islamabad, and killed seven people in southwestern Baluchistan province. Streets flooded in the northwestern city of Peshawar and Quetta, the Baluchistan capital. Rafay Alam, a Pakistani environmental expert, said such heavy rainfall in April was unusual. “Two years ago, Pakistan witnessed a heatwave in March and April and now we are witnessing rains and it is all of because of climate change, which had caused heavy flooding in 2022,” …

Floods kill 58 in Tanzania with heavy rains persisting | Climate Crisis News

Floods kill 58 in Tanzania with heavy rains persisting | Climate Crisis News

More than 100,000 people have been affected by the flooding, which has hit Tanzania’s coastal areas especially hard. Floods have killed 58 people in Tanzania over the last two weeks, spurring the East African country to seek an answer in major infrastructure projects. The government announced the death toll late on Sunday as heavy rains continued to lash the country. April marks the peak of Tanzania’s rainy season, and it has been exacerbated this year by the El Nino phenomenon, which has caused droughts and floods across the globe. “From April 1 to April 14, 2024, there were 58 deaths caused by the heavy rains, which led to flooding,” government spokesman Mobhare Matinyi told a press briefing, stressing that the country’s coastal region was one of the worst affected. “Serious flood effects are experienced in the coast region where 11 people have so far died,” he added. Tanzania has plans to construct 14 dams to prevent flooding in future, the spokesman said. Just four months ago, at least 63 people were killed during floods in …

A top trainer reveals how to build full-body strength with a single heavy dumbbell

A top trainer reveals how to build full-body strength with a single heavy dumbbell

A trip to the gym means more exercise options at your disposal. But most people can make plenty of progress with minimal equipment and home workouts.  Don’t believe me? Then take a look at this routine from fitness coach Tanya Poppett, which uses just one dumbbell to work muscles across your upper and lower body while also developing power, athleticism, and functional strength.  It’s a breath of fresh air too. Rather than following the usual “three sets of 8-12 repetitions” formula or working for a set amount of time, she challenges you to build on a foundational move to create a complex of exercises.  Watch Poppett’s video below for a full demonstration of the workout, then give it a go for yourself.  How to do Tanya Poppett’s one-dumbbell strength flow workout The sequence starts with a staggered stance Romanian deadlift. You’ll then do a second staggered stance Romanian deadlift immediately followed by a bent-over-row.  Poppett continues to add new elements into the movement, so by the end you’ll have completed four staggered stance Romanian deadlifts, …

Best alarm clock for heavy sleepers: Sunrise, smart and soundless options

Best alarm clock for heavy sleepers: Sunrise, smart and soundless options

The OCUBE Alarm Clock sports a bed shaker with three different levels and a ringer with three different sounds, including a traditional ringing sound, bird noises, or music. The ringer’s sound will increase over time to ensure you get up in the morning, with the maximum loudness being 110dB, making it a useful feature for people with some level of hearing ability. You can get the clock to wake you up with the bed shaker, ringer, or both, and there’s also a dedicated button for snoozing the alarm for 9 minutes.  On the front of the clock is a decently sized display that shows the time, and you can adjust its brightness using the large dials at the top. These will also allow you to change the time and minutes of the clock. You can purchase this clock in either black or white, with the former sporting a blue rim and the latter sporting a turquoise rim. Source link

Who Is Doing The Heavy Lifting To Get Change Through Parliament?

Who Is Doing The Heavy Lifting To Get Change Through Parliament?

Peers in the House of Lords in 2020 (Alamy) 6 min read13 April It takes two houses to turn government policy into solid laws, and the political chaos of the last decade – not least with the upheaval of Covid and Brexit – means how the Commons and the Lords interact has found itself in the spotlight. Before any law receives royal assent, it is voted through the House of Commons by MPs, followed by duplicated stages in the House of Lords where peers offer a second layer of scrutiny. Any changes in the Lords are put back before the Commons to approve and vice versa until both houses are satisfied the legislation is up to scratch.  But with a volatile government and so much contentious legislation in recent years, there has been some speculation that MPs are swiftly pushing through bills that suit their own political aims before leaving it to the Lords to do the tedious work of ensuring what makes it to the statute books is fit for purpose.  Dr Hannah White, …

Storm Kathleen: Scotland hit by high winds, heavy rain and travel disruption | UK weather

Storm Kathleen: Scotland hit by high winds, heavy rain and travel disruption | UK weather

High winds and heavy rain from Storm Kathleen persisted through Sunday, battering parts of Scotland and Ireland and disrupting travel. The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) had 18 regional flood alerts and 37 flood warnings in place in Scotland. They have been in force since Saturday. The Met Office has also issued a yellow wind warning from 9am on Sunday covering parts of the west and northern Highlands, the Isle of Skye and the Hebrides. It will remain in force until 11:59pm. Winds as high as 73mph were recorded in Drumalbin, South Lanarkshire. A previous warning stretched from the Scottish Borders to just south of Stirling. It spanned the west coast, throughout much of central Scotland, and ended just short of the east coast. Janine Hensman, Sepa’s flood duty manager, said: “Across Sunday, we’ll continue to see high tides, storm surges and large waves across coastal areas. This combination is particularly dangerous – especially around high tides. There is real danger to life from wave overtopping, particularly around causeways, coastal roads and paths. “While the …

Sorry, April Streaming Is Kinda Heavy. You Should Keep All These Services

Sorry, April Streaming Is Kinda Heavy. You Should Keep All These Services

Welcome to April, where shows like Ripley, Fallout, Kaiju No. 8 and Under the Bridge will debut on four different streaming platforms. NCAA games and the NBA playoffs will also be available to stream on Max, along with a new episode of Quiet on Set. If you have Disney Plus and Hulu, you’re now able to watch Hulu content on the Disney Plus app, making it more convenient to catch new installments of American Horror Story, Shōgun, X-Men ’97 and Bluey all in one place. So many choices. We know it’ll be hard to keep up. Depending on your tastes, you may need to decide each month if you want to cancel a service because of costs and the content that’s currently available. With that in mind, I’d like to offer one tactic: Churn like ice cream. In other words: rotate.  Make it work by subscribing, canceling, watching other services and then resubscribing, ensuring the services you want are on rotation. Rotating streaming services can mix things up and save you cash when Netflix, Disney Plus, Max and others don’t …