Obviously extreme heatwaves are not as common here as in Oz. But this past one was very extreme. As footie fans have seen, it was very hot in Russia at the same time, so it is not like the winter "Arctic oscillation" where the western and eastern parts of the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere alternate mild and very cold winters.
The problem here involves seniors (or some in late middle-age) who are socially isolated and probably have no contact with relatives, and few close friends. They were living mostly in small flats in postwar midrises (not in our old triplexes, which tend to have more air circulation due to the high ceilings).
I thought this CBC article about how excessive heat can sicken or kill rather interesting:
In France, there are very precise rules for not continuing to work in certain temperatures. I presume that other countries have the same laws, but of course people who need the job put up with lots of illegal things if the boss is pressuring them.
In the heat wave of 2003 when France had a finger pointed at it due to the large number of deaths, it was later found that Italy actually had more deaths but had under reported them, not fraudulently but because of not really understanding the situation since it is "normal" for it to be hotter in Italy and they just didn't think it was the reason that all of the people were dying. However, per capita, there was another country that had more deaths than any other -- Luxembourg.
Ever since that 2003 heatwave, every year when summer is coming our municipality puts notices out about checking on older people around you, drinking enough, encouraging people to go to air-conditioned malls... It is certainly done all over the country, not just in the south.
Did they even need it until recently? I never thought of Luxembourg as particularly torrid.
When I lived in Italy, there was a very strong cultural dislike of air conditioning. It has made some inroads since, but still, only a minority of Italians have AC at home. Of course the traditional houses with their ceramic or marble (or other stone) floors and very thick walls are much cooler than the outdoors.
I dislike AC as well but am fortunate to have a mature Norway maple tree outside my office window and balcony. I also get quite a breeze. I was only uncomfortably hot during one day of the heatwave.
I should clarify the circumstances of the young men who died. None were from my state but from the states on the East Coast where they are not accustomed to such temperatures as we are. Each was new to the job and had no way of knowing what the temperature was. The bosses assumed the men had gone home, however they were punished for their inaction on the days. I have forgotten most of the details now.
As I type this it is almost mid winter, daily temps 14 C and 3 C at night and we are getting some useful rain.
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So do I. My friends in Italy, who are pretty much all university-educated, except for some who rose through the ranks to leadership positions in labour unions and from there to other things, do to, even my doctor friend in Perugia who bitched (I'm using that word positively, thinking of Darla and other lovely lady dogs) about the "silly girls" who wore spike heeled boots there in the winter, despite the icy stairs and slopes. Italians, male and female, love beautiful shoes, but now those exist in less ridiculous forms.
I was shocked to see the number of businesses in European cities with air conditioning and open doors. Oh, overall North America is doubtless worse with certain ijuts in power and the ridiculous SUVs designed for rural and remote areas in major urban centres, and not just in the US, but it struck me as odd. Supermarkets with high-tech enclosed freezers and refrigerated units, but the bloody open doors spewing refrigerated air onto the street.
In the Ageing process thread, I posted a CBC article on how heat and humidity can sicken and kill, but there are softer alternatives that do not aggravate global warming, which is lethal for such people. We need to combine state-of-the-art science with ancestral wisdom about how to live in extremes of heat and cold.
Questa, I was horribly sad about that - though I have no human children. The bosses knew, though. Young men often think they are invulnerable - they aren't. Here too young men pay a heavy price in terms of industrial accidents and related injuries, sickness and death. It is terribly sad.
And for those who think feminists don't care about men, nyah nyah...
“Both refer to the process of growing old. The British spell the word ageing, while the Americans and the Australians tend to spell it aging. The two words are pronounced the same way. ... Both words ageing and aging are correct.”
In Canada it is usually ageing, but it doesn't really matter. Both forms are correct; the important thing is consistency and if you are a writer (translator, editor, sub-editor/copy editor) following your media's stylebook.
In recent months I've been working towards both UK and US English, which gets rather confusing. As well as Canadian English of course.
Canadian: Canadian Tire Centre UK: Canadian Tyre Centre US: Canadian Tire Center
Seems ageing people pay more attention to wording and spelling.
Would be easier to write in French. But even so, entreprise became enterprise in USA... At least we have the same spelling in Belgium, Switzerland and France, as well as Mali or Zaire or even Canada.
Accents differ though. I once attended mass in Quebec city. The priest was of black origin (don't know where) but was since quite a few years in Canada. The mix between Quebec and African accent was fantastic. I laughed the whole time, and my friend finally kicked me out of the church...
By the way, I discovered that "arm lipo" exists in Toronto. Probably here too... Is this a sign that one has too much money?
LaGatta, I know a petite woman in her sixties who is vibrant, slender, and quite attractive. Her good looks are only undercut by sagging, doughy upper arms that seem to belong to another person. Yes, attention to looks is superficial, but there are some "flaws" that I can understand a person wanting to correct.
Oh, I agree. There are also very serious flaws or injuries etc that are NOT cosmetic surgery but plastic surgery.
Although I've lost a good bit of excess menopausal weight, I still wouldn't call myself "slender" but I'll probably have the same problem as while my legs look fine and my midsection has actually firmed up, but my arms haven't changed much. I wonder if there is any exercise your friend could do to improve her arm tone without surgery?