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A snowstorm is blasting across Alberta and the capital region will not be spared.
Spectacular super bloom transforms South African desert – BBC News
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Each spring, for a few short weeks, kaleidoscopic carpets of wild flowers transform vast swathes of arid land along South Africa’s western seaboard into a vivid explosion of colour. These “super blooms” occur in deserts and arid landscapes around the world, but few are as consistent or diverse as South Africa’s flower season.
Typically lasting for just a few weeks between late July and late September, the flowers are annuals and will die with the first hot winds of the year, their seeds then lying dormant through the baking heat of summer until next year’s rains.
Photographer Tommy Trenchard captured this natural phenomenon.
“It’s was a pretty surreal sight” said Trenchard, who stumbled across the flowers by chance on an anniversary getaway with his wife in South Africa’s Biedouw Valley.
“And the short-lived, ephemeral nature of this natural display just makes it all the more special. People tend to think of South Africa as a destination to view wild animals, but its wild flower blooms rival anything you might see on a typical safari.” Image copyright Tommy Trenchard
Cliff collapse on Greece’s ‘shipwreck beach’ injures tourists – BBC News
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Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in Philippines braced for storm – BBC News
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright EPA Image caption Soldiers and emergency workers have been holding drills in readiness for the storm Thousands of people have begun evacuating coastal areas of the Philippines as a super typhoon heads towards the country.
Typhoon Mangkhut, packing winds of 255km/h (160mph), is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by the weekend.
Schools and offices are being closed and farmers are racing to save crops.
Ten million people are in the path of the storm, along with millions more in coastal areas of southern China.
The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms a year. Forecasters say Mangkhut is the strongest so far in 2018 – 900km in diameter, with sustained winds of 205 km/h. Image copyright AFP Image caption Typhoon Mangkhut is about 900km wide
Authorities in the Philippines say they expect storm surges of up to 7m (23 feet) and are warning that heavy rains could trigger landslides and flash floods.
The country’s deadliest storm on record is super typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 5,000 people and affected millions in 2013.
In Hong Kong preparations are already under way for the storm, although it is not expected to hit until Sunday. Ask a question Share this chatbot.
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PM to discuss no-deal Brexit plans – BBC News
May says £39bn bill linked to Brexit deal
Last month the government published 24 no-deal documents covering industries including medicine, finance and farming. There were warnings of extra paperwork at borders and extra credit card charges for Britons visiting the EU.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph , Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said Thursday’s 28 documents “range from protecting consumers from mobile phone roaming charges to upholding environmental standards”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Roaming charges in EU countries were scrapped in 2017
Extra charges for people using their phones in another EU country were scrapped in June 2017. But the EU regulation banning them will not automatically be part of UK law after Brexit.
Mrs May has said the UK will no longer be part of the EU’s ” digital single market ” after Brexit.
In theory this means UK mobile operators, if they want to, could reintroduce the charges that could make it expensive to use a mobile phone in another EU country.
However, last month major operators told the BBC they had no plans to raise charges. ‘Nonsense’ and ‘scaremongering’
Mr Raab said the no-deal plans were “not something we want to have to implement”.
“No one should pretend that no deal would be straightforward,” he said.
“There would be risks and some short-term disruption. Extra checks at the EU border would bring delays for businesses.”
And trading with the EU on World Trade Organization terms – an outcome backed by a group of Brexiteers in a report this week – would be “inferior” to the current arrangements, he said.
But Mr Raab also criticised those he said were “scaremongering for political ends” about no deal being reached.
“It’s nonsense to claim that UK supermarkets would run out of food,” he said, adding that people should not be scared by the government’s request to pharmaceutical companies to stockpile extra medicine supplies.
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