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China horror floods: Entire region ravaged by worst rain in 60 years – fears of many dead

Torrential rain has battered major regions in central China with roads submerged, vehicles overturned and properties destroyed. In Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan on the banks of the Yellow River, more than 200mm (7.8 inches) of rain fell in just one hour on Tuesday afternoon.

Experts say it is the largest amount of rainfall since records began more than 60 years ago.

The terrifying weather conditions have forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate the area.

It comes as authorities warn water levels at 16 reservoirs have reached dangerous levels.

Pictures show many people wearing ponchos and carrying umbrellas as they desperately wade through the floods – with water levels up to waist-level for most.

In one shocking video, several cars are dragged by the current into a nearby river.

Free-flowing murky water has also gushed through a nearby underground subway system.

Most transport networks and more than 200 flights have been cancelled across the province due to the adverse weather.

Heavy downpours began in Zhengzhou on Monday and local media are reporting at least three people have died with many more missing – however those figures are expected to increase.

Across the wider Henan province, major river banks burst as storms persisted since the weekend.

From Saturday, 3,535 weather stations across Henan recorded rainfall had exceed 50mm.

Of those, 1,614 registered weather outlets recorded water levels above 100mm and 151 others said water levels had gone above 250mm in some parts.

Flooding is common during the rainy season, but has become more severe in recent years.

Environmental group Greenpeace has attributed the upturn in extreme weather conditions to the growing population in urban areas and rising greenhouse gases.

Liu Junyan, of Greenpeace International, said: “Because of the highly concentrated population, infrastructure and economic activity, the exposure and vulnerability of climate hazards are higher in urban areas.

“Cities are an important sector of global greenhouse gas emissions, which account for about 70 percent of the total emissions.”

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Herzog Law Firm Celebrates 75 Years of Serving New York’s Capital Region and Beyond

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In celebration of this diamond jubilee, Herzog Law Firm has planned activities throughout the anniversary year to engage employees, the community, and clients.

Serving the community has been an honor”

— Debra Verni, Esq. Managing Principal

ALBANY, NEW YORK, USA, July 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — 2021 marks Herzog Law Firm’s 75th year of serving the Capital Region, Hudson Valley and the North Country.

Created by World War II veteran Jacob Herzog in 1946, Herzog Law Firm has evolved through the years as has the community it has served. Notwithstanding these changes, the firm has kept its core value of providing exceptional legal services to its clients in place.

Whether by representing local banks, colleges, and corporate clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, or small businesses in their day to day needs and succession planning, Herzog has served as a steady hand guiding local businesses.

Several decades ago, Herzog Law Firm began to develop their Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Estate Administration practices which, through the years, has proudly called thousands of families and individuals as clients. Since Herzog Law Firm’s inception, the average life expectancy has increased by 15 years. That fact along with changes in tax laws and long term care programs has made estate and long term care planning a more important part of life. Today, Herzog Law Firm’s Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning practice is one of the area’s largest.

On behalf of its founding partner Jake Herzog, current managing partner, Debra A. Verni, Esq., and all the attorneys and staff who continue to help clients with their legal needs, serving the community for 75 years has been an honor.

In celebration of this diamond jubilee anniversary, Herzog Law Firm has planned various activities throughout the anniversary year to engage employees, the community, and clients. The partners and staff are supporting a number of area non-profits, in particular, the Alzheimer’s Association, as the presenting sponsor of several of their Walk to End Alzheimer’s events, local community senior centers and will be hosting a blood drive at its Albany office on August 25th and in Kingston on August 26th. More events are being planned.

Herzog Law Firm currently has four offices located in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park, and Kingston and is owned and operated by Debra A. Verni, Esq., David A. Kubikian, Esq. and Jane-Marie Schaeffer, Esq.

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Kenya’s investors lobby to promote circular economy in coast region

Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has partnered with bilateral donors to promote a circular economy in the coast region amid an escalating plastic waste crisis threatening marine life, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

Martha Cheruto, Deputy CEO, KEPSA said that the growth of the circular economy in the coastal region will boost the health of marine ecosystems and create additional jobs for the youth.

“We have engaged diverse stakeholders to accelerate the growth of the circular economy in the coast region and have supported the youth to come up with innovative waste recycling business models that guarantee sustainable income,” said Cheruto.

She said that the implementation of the second phase of the sustainable waste recycling project in the coastal city of Mombasa is ongoing to stimulate the growth of the circular economy.

According to Cheruto, KEPSA has secured funding in order to provide seed capital, technology and training for coastal youth keen on venturing into plastic waste recycling.

She said that more than 100 households will be trained on the separation of waste at the source while youth from low-income settlements will be provided with innovations required to convert plastic waste into products that have commercial value.

Karin Boomsma, director of KEPSA affiliated Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) said that the circular economy holds the key to ecological health in the coastal region besides alleviating youth unemployment.

Boomsma noted that plastic litter dumped into the Indian Ocean is a threat to the livelihoods of fishing communities along the Kenyan coast adding that the private sector should rally behind innovative programs to manage waste at the source.

She said implementation of the six months waste recycling project in Mombasa will reduce pollution along the beaches and mangrove forests that are key breeding grounds for marine species like fish, oysters and crabs.

Boomsma said that harnessing capital, technology and innovations from industry is key to advance the circular economy in Kenya and deliver the constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment for all citizens.

Major road construction projects kick off next week in San Antonio region

SAN ANTONIO – The July 4 holiday weekend means a break for many road crews and drivers when it comes to construction, but major projects either kick off or resume work next week.

Work will begin on Tuesday on the next phase of the $ 100 million I-10 Kendall Extension Project. Crews are replacing the State Highway 46 bridge at I-10. That will mean some road closures in the area on SH 46 from Home Depot to the I-10 eastbound frontage road.

Here is the list, according to the Texas Department of Transportation:

• Closure of the right-turn lane in front of Whataburger on approach to the eastbound frontage road;

• Traffic shift onto the temporary pavement; and,

• Closure of the Whataburger driveway.

Drivers will still be able to approach and cross the bridge during the first six weeks of this phase of the project.

“The work that we’re starting next week is in preparation for drivers to be able to use those new lanes,” said Jennifer Serold, a TxDOT spokeswoman. “Once drivers are on the new lanes of the bridge, we will be able to demolish the old bridge and start constructing the rest of the new lanes for the bridge.”

The new bridge is expected to be completed by Spring 2022.

TxDOT is hoping to demolish the Main Street Bridge later this summer after snags caused by weather as well as the nestling of a flock of migratory birds.

Replacement of both bridges are part of the overall Kendall County project, which aims to increase traffic flow as Kendall County continues to grow. TxDOT estimates that 50,000 passengers pass through the corridor daily, with that number expected to increase to more than 80,000 in the next 20 years.

Loop 410 at I-10 East

TxDOT is set to begin work Monday on a major project to redesign the Loop 410 and I-10 interchange on San Antonio’s East Side. Crews will construct two new flyover ramps, eventually replacing the existing cloverleaf design.

“It will help to increase mobility and enhance safety for all the drivers in that area, over 83,000, as well the freight travelers,” Serold said. “That is a heavy freight corridor and a critical one for our region.”

Major closures aren’t expected just yet, as crews continue prep work. The work will also include frontage road, drainage, and lighting improvements. The project’s budget is $ 100 million, and it is expected to be completed in 2024. It is part of the Texas Clear Lanes initiative, aimed at easing congestion in the state’s major metropolitan areas.

A complete list of next week’s closures can be found on the TxDOT San Antonio district’s blog.

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Greece holidays: Aegean islands to welcome tourists in April as Covid-free region

“We have so many smaller isles,” said Marios Themistocleous, the health ministry official overseeing the programme.

“Precisely because they’re so difficult to get supplies to, we decided to vaccinate entire populations in one go with the aim that when they begin receiving tourists, permanent residents are fully vaccinated and protected.”

The Greek army has been called in to aid the scheme, alongside police and coastguards who have been helping with transporting thousands of vaccines to the many tiny islands.

Islands with fewer than a thousand inhabitants where the vaccination program has been completed include Kastellorizo, Meganisi, Kastos, Thimena, Psara, Kalamos, Fourni and Inousses.

Other islands partaking in the scheme include Erikoussa, Agathonisi, Nisyros, Gavdos, Halki, Mathraki, Lipsi, Othoni, Tilos and Arki.

China set to dominate refined oil exports in Asia-Pacific region

A rapid increase in China’s crude oil refinery capacity will see it dominate exports in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), particularly to Australia where concerns are growing of a vulnerability in the supply chain, experts say.

China customs data shows that the country’s exports of refined oil products to Australia rose from a few thousand tons before 2011 to nearly 300,000 tons at the end of last year. And Australia’s reliance on imports is expected to continue given the announced closure of two of its last four refineries.

“The reason we see China as the main potential import source is the country’s rapid increase in refinery capacity combined with a slower growth in domestic oil products demand in the long term,” oil markets analyst at Rystad Energy Julie Torgersrud was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post. “New, high-complexity refinery capacity starting up in China puts increased pressure on competing refiners in the APAC region, who are suffering from lower margins and usually have older, less efficient operations.”
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Rystad Energy expects a net decrease in refinery capacity of around 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in the region in the next two years, “compared to a net increase in China of 1.5 million bpd in the same period.”

Politicians and experts in Australia have been voicing concerns about the increasing reliance on China. Torgersrud also says that India could become another nation to export to Australia, which would allow supply diversification. However, Beijing’s push to lift export quotas in refined products and its refining capacity of 600,000 barrels per day this year is a sign of its dominance, she added.

The closure of Australia’s refineries means crude refining this year will drop by 50% year-on-year, but with demand increasing, imports will rise by 18%. Australia, which imported about 65% of its refined oil products, was turning its decommissioned refineries into import terminals to combat weakened supply chains. The Australian government confirmed in 2019 that new refineries would be a thing of the past.
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“When it comes to energy security, increased dependence on imports puts pressure on reliability of shipping and supply chains, but this is the reasoning behind old refineries converting to continue operating as import terminals, as these facilities will become increasingly important,” Torgersrud said.

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