Monthly Archives: August 2016

Apple In Labour Rights Wrangle

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Apple In Labour Rights Wrangle

As Apple’s profits continue to decline the mega corporationsCEO Tim Cook has requested that the companies that assemble its products in China reduce their operating costs. The Chinese companies have compiled to this request by lowering the working conditions of their employees. This is the report coming from the China Labour Watch. This organisation is a Chinese labour watchdog group. They claim that because of the pressure from Apple headquarters the working conditions in some of the factories have gone below the set Chinese Labour laws. 


Although many of Apples loyal users would welcome the reduction in product cost, this report is bound to create unnecessary bad publicity for the firm. Apple devices are renowned for their security and dependability. Their App store which supports the devices they sell has Apps of the highest quality. The App Store is one of the few stores where users are allowed to download online casino apps and receive casino bonuses when they signed up. This has made the brand very popular among online casino game players. This and the resistance of the devices to malware attacks which can mean substantial losses due to identity theft and unauthorised downloads. 


Technically speaking Apple is not really responsible for the worker’s welfare in the factories that manufacture their products. This is because Apple outsources most of this work to independent companies. Apple has gone on record several times pushing for better-working conditions in the factories they subcontract. They have even gone to the extent of severing connections with factories that exhibited the worst working conditions. However, the case remains that as Apple continues to lower costs by outsourcing they are promoting the exploitation of labourers in the factories. Whether the firms are adhering to the labour laws or not Apple needs to closely monitor them to avoid getting its name dragged through the mud. You can visit for online casino apps.

Hurricane Gaston forms outside the tropics 27 August 2016

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There have been a number of hurricanes this season within the Atlantic Ocean but as usual, they have mainly affected oceanic regions within the tropics or regions adjacent to the tropics. So far this season and notwithstanding recent flooding events across Louisiana and southern United States, the United States has not been affected by such storms to any degree.

A tropical storm at latitude 30 degrees north and longitude 54.6 degrees east within the mid Atlantic Ocean has transitioned into a small hurricane. This is unusual as the development has taken place well north of the Tropic of Cancer. What makes this storm even more unusual is its suggested forecast model for the next two days. The CIMSS forecast model suggests that the storm will remain at hurricane strength even at latitude 35 degrees north.

The storm is expected to reach peak intensity within 2 days with forecast winds to reach 90 knots at the centre (Approximately 167 km/h) as a Category two system on the Saffir Simpson Scale. The storm is well supported by sea surface temperatures of 29C to 30c even this far north. Given the right environment, the storm is capable of being sustained. Waters of 28C are reaching as far north as 37 degrees north of the equator within the region.

This is only a small hurricane but there is clear convection occurring at or near to the core although an eye cannot be seen. The storm is expected to track north west then be steered more to the north east as a weakening hurricane as it approaches 37 degrees north.

The satellite photo of the storm from NASA Worldview shows the storm clearly with convection visible. The storm is expected to remain over open ocean during its life span as a hurricane and thus not affect a population centre.


CIMSS Forecast model of the storm acquired 27/8/2016.
NASA Worldview of the storm with overlays acquired 27/8/2016.

Two rain events Eastern Australia 22 to 25 August 2016

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As per the forecast models, two rain events unfolded across eastern and south eastern Australia during the period. The first event had its greatest impact upon the North East inland of New South Wales around the Tamworth and Narrabri regions.

In this regard, healthy rainfall of 26 to 35 mm fell across the agricultural region. The highest totals to 9 am 23/8/2016 were at:-

Narrabri - 39 mm.
Caroda and Palaroo - 37 mm.
Mulla Crossing (Near Tamworth) - 35 mm.

The second event of Wednesday was much stronger which included the development of a short lived east coast low. Much of coastal New South Wales was wet and moderate to even heavy falls occurred. For the 24 hours to 9 am 24/8/2016, the heaviest falls fell across the Richmond / Tweed region of the state where falls of 50 mm to 99 mm were common. The heaviest falls included:-

Palen Creek Alert - 108 mm.
Loadstone - 103 mm.
Dairy Flat - 90.
Mullumbimby - 78 mm.
Terania - 77 mm.

During Wednesday, substantial falls fell around the Sydney and Illawarra region although the coastal areas had the heavier falls than the inland regions. The heaviest falls fell around the central suburbs near Strathfield and Homebush Bay where 60 mm fell. The heaviest falls to 9 am 25/8/2016 included:-

Sydney Olympic Park - 62 mm.
Campsie - 60 mm.

A large region around Sydney Harbour had 50 to 60 mm and much of Sydney's west had 30 to 50 mm. Interestingly only 13 mm fell at Mona Vale being the lowest figure for the city.

Some flooding impacts occurred and there was one flood rescue in Scholfields (NW Sydney) and it appears a man was swept into Leycester Creek near Kyogle and not seen again during the event.

The satellite photo of eastern Australia for Wednesday (Himawarri) is showing an extensive cloud mass affecting mostly New South Wales and into southern Queensland. Very little affected Victoria. The cloud moved offshore rapidly which lead to rapid clearance of the system overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.


Bureau of Meteorology for rainfall figures and satellite photo.