Six suburbs in the Mexican city of Guadalajara were carpeted in a thick layer of ice after a heavy hailstorm. © Image | Google The ice was up to 1.5m (5ft) thick in places, half-burying vehicles. Civil protection machinery was deployed to clear streets in the city of five million located north of the capital, Mexico City. © Image | Google Local officials also reported flooding and fallen trees, but no-one is thought to have been hurt. The storm hit very quickly, between about 01:50 (06:50 GMT) and 02:10 local time, when the air temperature dropped suddenly from 22C to 14C. The city had been basking in temperatures of more than 30C. It has been hit by hail storms before, but seldom this heavy. © Image | Google What causes a hailstorm? Hailstorms form when warm, moist air from the surface rises upwards forming showers and storms. Temperatures higher up, even in summer, can get well below 0C and so ice crystals form along with something called “supercooled water” which then grows into pellets of ice. © Image | Google In severe thunderstorms, air can rise rapidly and is able to hold up these hailstones and allow them to expand in size. Eventually, they get too heavy and fall to the ground. In warmer parts of the year, such as in Guadalajara which has maximum temperatures of around 31-32C in June, more moisture is available, contributing to the formation of hailstorms. © Image | Google Temperatures this month have been higher than normal with Torreon, to the north of Guadalajara, reaching highs of 37C. The authorities say 200 homes have been damaged and dozens of vehicles swept away in the city and surrounding districts. State governor Enrique Alfaro described it as incredible, according to AFP news agency. © Image | Google “Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen natural phenomena,” he said. © Image | Google According to BBC Weather, the hail probably melted on contact due to the high temperatures forming a layer of water upon which more hail could land and float. This combination of water and hail likely moved downslope, with obstacles such as buildings blocking the flow and allowing more ice to accumulate on top. The actual hailstones were relatively small, less than 1cm in diameter, and nothing like the golf-ball sized hail seen at times in severe storms in the US.
On June 28, 2019, hosted by Guangdong Chamber of Commerce of Importers & Exporters, undertaked by HACOS Business Service Company, 2019 Supply and Demand Resource Exchange and Service Product Release Conference was successfully held in Garden hotel. The members of this event have shared 5 wonderful themes on the foreign trade. So, what should we do to achieve the goal of serving “introduce in” and “go global”? Please follow us! 01 The establishment After dozens months of intense preparations, this event marked the official establishment and operation of the Foreign Service Center of Guangdong Chamber of Commerce of Importers & Exporters. The Foreign Service Center, that is, a platform for cooperation between China and abroad. 1 Overseas buyers: A series of business services and support provided by foreign governments. 2 Overseas investors: Mainly to help foreign friends conduct trade, business, investment, etc., specifically in providing investment consulting – industrial and commercial registration – financial and taxation consulting – visa services – intellectual property rights – trade integrated services. 3 Foreign trade enterprises: Provide demand release, resource docking, business consulting services, and foreign trade comprehensive services for domestic import and export enterprises. 02 Export collection model For domestic exporters, how can foreign service centers help you to achieve the goal of serving “introduce in” and “go global”? Harvey explained the common methods and comparisons of foreign exchange collection in detail. 1 HK bank account Whether it is a company, a foreign trade SOHO, or a domestic non-subsidiary company’s trader, the most traditional and common metho is to set up a Hong Kong account or a domestic offshore account in Hong Kong. However, with the introduction of a series of policies by the state and the international community to create a healthier and more standardized foreign trade industry, there are two kinds of tricky phenomena. At one time, traders who already have Hong Kong accounts have been shut down because of poor operation. It is difficult for traders who have no account to open a new account successfully. 2 Market purchasing trade As one of the earliest companies in Guangzhou to carry out market purchasing trade model, HACOS has repeatedly participated in the municipal government agencies and customs as well as bank related policies, with high bank credits and trustworthy qualifications! Harvey shared how to make SMEs master the market purchasing trade 1039 model for export. 03 Pairing activity After the meeting, Chinese and foreign guests discussed and exchanged ideas. Starting from July, the Foreign Service Center of Guangdong Chamber of Commerce of Importers & Exporters will launch a series of global economic and trade docking activities. By introducing high-quality overseas resources, we will adopt flexible and effective landing methods to improve foreign trsde. “Business World”, a new chapter of international trade activity, everything has just begun! Click read more to get more photos. Find HACOS COCO Share to let your friends know!
A woman working at a mountainous beauty spot in southwest China has started delivering hot meals to her colleagues by bungee jumping 300 meters every lunchtime. Wan Tiandi works at Dream Ordovician Park in Chongqing, where her duties include delivering lunches to more than 200 employees who are not allowed to leave their posts during their lunch hour, The Beijing News reported. Because of the park’s geography, it would take over half an hour to drive down the mountain to their work station. To save time, she has now started bungee-jumping down the cliff to deliver the lunchboxes to her colleagues. “Our park is huge. It will take me more than half an hour’s drive to send lunches to them, while this bungee jump takes only two minutes,” Wan was quoted as saying. She said that in the past when her colleagues received the lunches, they were already cold. She said she and her colleagues had discussed the problem and developed their unorthodox food delivery method. “My colleagues need us to send them food but transport on the mountain is not easy. Some of them work at places where there are no roads except narrow mountainous paths,” Wan said. After she jumps from the cliff, Wan’s colleagues collect their lunchboxes that she carries in bags strapped to her waist. Wan added that she enjoyed the thrill of bungee jumping and the sports enthusiast then jogged back to her office at the top of the mountain. Her colleagues praised her for working hard to deliver hot food. “It is not easy. Her delivery is fast, steady and always on time,” one of her colleagues was quoted as saying. Share to let your friends know!
In 2016, the National Security Agency gathered 151 million call records even though Congress made rules to reduce the federal government’s sweeping surveillance of Americans’ phone records. © Image | Google A new report shows the NSA might have collected additional call data it wasn’t authorized to obtain again last year. The American Civil Liberties Union released documents on Wednesday that it says show the NSA’s “unlawful” collection of call detail records, or CDRs, of Americans in October 2018. This comes months after the NSA purged millions of call records. © Image | ACLU “These documents further confirm that this surveillance program is beyond redemption and a privacy and civil liberties disaster,” Patrick Toomey, staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project, said in a letter Wednesday. “The NSA’s collection of Americans’ call records is too sweeping, the compliance problems too many, and evidence of the program’s value all but nonexistent. There is no justification for leaving this surveillance power in the NSA’s hands.“ © Image | Google The organization received the documents after it filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for those records in April. In an emailed statement Wednesday, the NSA said it identified additional “data integrity and compliance concerns” since last summer. “Those data integrity and compliance concerns have also been addressed and reported to NSA’s overseers, including the congressional oversight committees and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court,” said the NSA. “We are not able to comment further on these concerns because they involve operational details of the program that remain classified.” © Image | Google In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked details of NSA surveillance programs including the collection of CDRs, or data created when phone calls are made. Congress passed the USA Freedom Act of 2015, which revised the Patriot Act of 2001 and curtailed the phone surveillance program. In March, Luke Murray, the national security adviser for House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, said the agency hadn’t used the system to collect CDRs for the previous six months. © Image | Google How to tell if your cell phone is being spied on? © Image | Google There are several tell-tale signs that suggest your phone is being tracked, tapped or monitored in some way. The signs can be quite subtle but when you know what to look out for, they can also be glaring:(only for reference) 01.Unusual sounds during calls If there are clicking sounds, static or distant voices coming through your phone during conversations it could be a sign that you’re being snooped on. © Image | Google This is not normal for today’s phones on digital networks. It’s a thing of the past and associated with old-style analog networks. If you are hearing fragmentary voices, they may not be in your head; it’s a possibility that your phone has been tapped. 02.Decreased battery capacity Another indication of a bugged cell phone is reduced battery performance. If a mobile phone is tapped it is recording your activities and transmitting them to a third party. This leaves a footprint in the form of increased battery usage and as a result, the battery loses life faster. © Image | Google A tapped cell phone can also be constantly recording conversations in the room, even when the phone appears to be idle. And of course, as a result, it will chew through battery life. You can test this by using your battery in another phone of the same model and compare the results. Is your phone using more battery power than a phone of the same model and software? If so, it could be that your phone is bugged, or it’s defective in some way. 03.Phone shows activity when not in use Is your phone making noises or lighting up its screen when you’re not using it? Call and message alerts to one side your phone should be as silent as a sleeping baby when not in use. Does it also reboot for no reason at all? If so it’s possible that someone has remote access to your device. 04.The phone takes a long time to shut down Before a smartphone shuts down it must complete any tasks that are processing. If your phone is transmitting data to someone it will have to complete the process before it shuts down. As a result, if a phone takes longer than usual to turn off especially after a call, text, email or web browsing it could be sending information to a third party. 05.Receiving unusual texts Are you receiving strange text messages containing random numbers, symbols or characters? © Image | Google The remote control feature of spy software works by sending secret coded text messages to your phone and in some cases, these can be seen if the software is not working correctly. If this happens regularly you could have a spy app on your phone. Share to let your friends know!