GoFundMe started after Marine veteran with PTSD dies during heat wave

Money is being raised to help the family of a U.S. Marine veteran who collapsed and died from the heat during this summer’s record-breaking heat wave in the Tri-Cities. Money will be used to help pay for the memorial service of Sean Aaberg, 38, of Richland, the immediate expenses of his family and the future expenses of their 3-year-old son. “Anything will help the family in this time of need. Semper Fidelis,” says the GoFundMe account posted by a friend who knew him through his military service. Aaberg was the main income provider for his household after his girlfriend returned to school. “He loved with his whole heart and had so many dreams and aspirations,” posted Amanda Linck-Flores on social media. “Unfortunately his time serving his country resulted in wounds that could not be seen by the naked eye,” she said. He had a 100% disability rating through the Veterans Administration, she said. Other friends said he shared a home with his girlfriend, but they had argued and he had been staying in his car for several days before he died Aug. 1. But Linck-Flores, a friend of Aaberg’s girlfriend, said he had not been taking his PTSD medication and for the safety of the children in his home needed to leave until he was doing better. He collapsed in the late afternoon heat on the 1500 block of Thayer Drive in Richland, a residential neighborhood, and died. It was nine days into the heat wave that baked the Tri-Cities with temperatures as high as 112. Friends said Aaberg had post traumatic stress disorder after serving in the Middle East. He was assigned to a helicopter squadron. Linck-Flores posted to social media that he was in a “fight or flight” mental state when he died. He had gone to a hospital earlier in the day, but panicked and left the hospital against medical advice. As of Wednesday morning, nearly $4,200 had been raised in donations. ___ (c) 2022 Tri-City Herald Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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Expert reveals simple ways to collect rainwater during the hosepipe ban before the next heatwave

How to use today’s downpour to beat the hosepipe ban: Expert reveals how to collect rainwater by using your gutter pipes and a barrelUK has been experiencing record-breaking temperatures this summer Many Britons are in drought-stricken areas and are facing hose pipe bans Carlos Real, a Lawn Care Expert told FEMAIL the ways to collect rainwaterThey claimed the process is easier then you originally might think By Ellen Coughlan For Mailonline Published: 11:57 EDT, 17 August 2022 | Updated: 12:06 EDT, 17 August 2022

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Chinese Factories Ration Electricity As Heatwave Disrupts Hydropower Generation

Update (2130ET): Add Toyota Motor Corp. and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., the world’s largest battery maker, to the growing list of companies shutting down factories in China’s Sichuan province as a drought-induced power crisis worsens, according to Bloomberg. Toyota closed its plant in the provincial capital of Chengdu until Saturday, a company spokesperson said, while Contemporary Amperex halted operations at its lithium battery factory in Yibin. Sichuan is one of China’s most populated provinces, with 80 million inhabitants, and is home to a major manufacturing hub heavily reliant on hydropower. However, a heatwave and drought have caused reservoir levels to drop, resulting in declining power generation and forcing local authorities to ration power for factories. The shutdowns add to a growing number in industries stemming from solar panels to aluminum smelting. Volkswagen AG said on Monday that its factory in Chengdu is affected by power shortages, but that it was only expecting slight delays in deliveries to customers. Foxconn Technology Co. also makes Apple iPads in the province, but said it was seeing only limited impact from the drought so far. -Bloomberg The drought-induced power crisis is another excuse Beijing can use to explain why its economy falters. * * * China’s worst heatwave in decades is curbing hydropower generation in one of the country’s most populous provinces. Local authorities requested some factories in southwestern China to halt production to conserve electricity, adding to the financial pressures of an already rapidly slowing economy. Workers at a factory in Chongqing last month. (AFP/Getty Images)Sichuan province has more than 80 million inhabitants and is home to a major manufacturing hub. The Washington Post said some factories had suspended production on request by the government due to high temperatures and drought, leading to declining water flows through local hydropower reservoirs. Jin Xiandong, a spokesman for the National Development and Reform Commission, said on Tuesday that China has to increase coal-fired power output because of waning hydropower output. China’s inland Sichuan province is a major manufacturing hub that produces consumer goods from electronics, furniture, and food. Also, it’s home to the world’s largest crystalline silicon solar cell producer.China Securities Journal said Foxconn’s plant in Sichuan that produces Apple products, such as iPads and Macs, wouldn’t be significantly impacted by power rationings. The province is highly dependent on hydropower, and high temperatures that could last through the end of this month might indicate more power restrictions for manufacturing plants. Fu Linghui, China’s National Bureau of Statistics spokesman, said the heatwave has sparked “adverse effects on economic operations,” adding that the economic recovery “has slowed down marginally.” On Sunday, we noted that China’s central bank unexpectedly cut its key interest rates in a feeble attempt to prop up the failing economy weighed by Covid lockdowns, property downturn, and a crippling heatwave. The cut comes after July’s economic data was awful, pointing to an economic slowdown gaining momentum. Further power cuts in Sichuan will result in more production suspension and dampen the country’s souring economic outlook.  

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Worst year for trains EVER: Strikes, heatwave and Covid leads to 3.6% of services being cancelled

Worst year for trains EVER: Strikes, heatwave and Covid leads to 3.6% of planned services being cancelled – the highest figure on record, analysis reveals ahead of yet MORE havoc due to industrial action this weekendStrike action in disputes over jobs, pay and conditions has caused cancellationsAvanti West Coast cancelled 16.2 per cent of services in latest four-week periodCrossCountry saw 10.3 per cent cancelled, LNER 7.4 per cent and Merseyrail 5.5By Lizzie May For Mailonline Published: 15:27 EDT, 16 August 2022 | Updated: 15:50 EDT, 16 August 2022

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