August 24

Every year over 450,000 men suffer the death of spouse or partner. For many reasons these men suffer and grieve in isolation and loneliness. “National Widowers Day” is designed to raise awareness of this situation.

By: National Widowers Organization, Inc.

Final Logo Color Art

Final Logo Color Art

NEW YORKAug. 23, 2023PRLog — Men in our culture are expected to be strong, resilient, and able to cope on their own. Society expects them to accept the death of their spouse or partner and move on. We know that often men are left to grieve alone and suffer in silence. The National Widowers’ Organization and our Men’s Grief Network declared this special day to raise public awareness about a problem which is largely unrecognized and scarcely addressed.

Coping with the death of one’s spouse/partner may be further complicated by those men who are now facing raising their children as a single parent. While there are differences between raising young or adult children, the challenges are abundant and can be overwhelming.

Use this day to think about those men who had a spouse or partner person die and how they coped with that death. Everyone knows someone who experienced the death of a spouse/partner and if you feel they are suffering with their grief in silence reach out and let them know they are not alone.

Join the two free webinars being offered during the day on August 24th by visiting The Men’s Grief Network ( website.

The National Widowers’ Organization, a 501c3 nonprofit, was formed in 2009 to help widowers deal with the death of their spouse or life partner and has expanded to understanding and promoting support for men and their families dealing with all forms of grief.

Our mission is to support the community of men in grief by raising public awareness, providing education, research, and advocacy. Visit the National Widowers’ Organization, website ( or Men’s Greif Network (

Hong Kong – “633” fixed toll scheme to be implemented in three road harbour crossings from 0.00am on August 2 and HKeToll to be implemented at Western Harbour Crossing from 5am on August 6 (with photo)

“633” fixed toll scheme to be implemented in three road harbour crossings from 0.00am on August 2 and HKeToll to be implemented at Western Harbour Crossing from 5am on August 6 (with photo)


     The Transport Department (TD) reminded the public today (July 31) that the “633” fixed toll scheme will be implemented in the three road harbour crossings (RHCs), i.e. Western Harbour Crossing (WHC), Cross-Harbour Tunnel (CHT) and Eastern Harbour Crossing (EHC), at 0.00am on August 2 (Wednesday). Apart from closing briefly the WHC and the EHC for about five minutes to facilitate the renewal of the toll collection facilities, the TD will not implement temporary road closure or route diversion in the vicinity of the tunnels.
     Details of the “633” fixed toll scheme are set out as follows:

     (1) The fixed toll for private cars using the WHC will be lowered to $60, while that for the CHT and the EHC will be adjusted to $30;

     (2) Cross-harbour taxis will be charged an all-day fixed toll of $25 for the three road harbour crossings. Same as the current additional fare arrangement, a taxi passenger will need to pay both the outbound and return toll (i.e. $50 in total) if they do not board from cross harbour taxi stands. There will no longer be a vehicle type of “empty taxi” at the EHC; and

     (3) Prevailing tolls for other vehicle types will remain unchanged.

     Motorists should note that the toll tickets sold by the Western Harbour Tunnel Company Limited (WHTCL) for payment of WHC tolls, as well as the current commercial promotion provided by the WHTCL, including midnight toll promotion, coupons, etc, will be terminated upon the expiry of the WHC franchise.
     In addition, the HKeToll will be implemented in the WHC from 5am on August 6 (Sunday). Motorists can drive through the toll plaza and pay tunnel tolls using the HKeToll without having to stop or queue at toll booths for payments. All manual toll booths and Autotoll lanes will be cancelled.

     To tie in with the implementation of the HKeToll, temporary traffic arrangements will be implemented in phases in the vicinity of the WHC starting from 10pm on August 5. The speed limit on the West Kowloon Highway towards Hong Kong Island will be reduced to 70 kilometres per hour starting from Hoi Ying Estate, and will be reduced to 50 kilometres per hour near Olympian City 1 and beyond. Both directions of the WHC and the slip roads leading to the WHC will be closed from 4am to 5am on August 6. During the closure of the WHC, two overnight franchised bus routes (Route Nos. N962 (Tuen Mun (Lung Mun Oasis) – Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace)) and N969 (Tin Shui Wai Town Centre – Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace)) will be diverted via the CHT. In accordance with the route diversion, the bus stops of the two bus routes (in both directions) at WHC Toll Plaza will be temporarily suspended and at the same time, temporary bus stops will be added at the CHT Toll Plaza and Jordan Road (near Austin Station).

     Following the WHC, the HKeToll will be implemented at the EHC at 5am on August 27. Details of the temporary traffic and transport arrangements and the one-off special refund arrangement for toll tickets will be announced separately.

Hong Kong – A cloudy August with localised heavy rain

A cloudy August with localised heavy rain


     August 2021 was cloudier than usual with localised heavy rain over some parts of the New Territories. The mean amount of cloud in the month was 77 per cent, seven per cent above the normal figure of 70 per cent. As for the monthly rainfall, while over 600 millimetres of rainfall were recorded in some parts of North District in the New Territories, the monthly rainfall recorded at the Hong Kong Observatory was 350.5 mm, about 23 per cent below the normal figure of 453.2 mm (or about 19 per cent below the 1981-2010 normal of 432.2 mm). The accumulated rainfall recorded in the first eight months of the year was 1 521.1 mm, about 21 per cent below the normal figure of 1 921.5 mm (or about 20 per cent below the 1981-2010 normal of 1 905.5 mm) for the same period. The monthly mean temperature of 28.8 degrees was close to the normal figure of 28.7 degrees (or 0.2 degrees above the 1981-2010 normal). Mainly attributing to the exceptionally hot weather in July 2021, the summer from June to August this year was much hotter than usual, with the mean temperature of which reaching 29.1 degrees, the sixth highest on record for the same period.
     Under the influence of a southwesterly airstream, the weather of Hong Kong was a mixture of sunny periods, showers and thunderstorms on the first two days of the month. The showers were particularly heavy in some areas on August 1 with more than 70 mm of rainfall recorded over Lamma Island. Meanwhile, an area of low pressure over the northern part of the South China Sea intensified into a tropical depression on the night of August 2. It moved generally eastwards slowly across the northern part of the South China Sea in the next two days. The tropical depression developed into a tropical storm and was named Lupit on the morning of August 4. Lupit then moved northeastwards and skirted past the coastal areas of Fujian from August 5 to 6. It continued to track northeastwards towards Japan in the next two days and evolved into an extratropical cyclone over the seas north of Honshu of Japan on August 9.
     Affected by the rainbands associated with Lupit, there were occasional heavy showers and squally thunderstorms in Hong Kong from August 3 to 5. On these three days, more than 100 mm of rainfall were recorded over most parts of the territory, and the rainfall even exceeded 140 mm over the central part of Hong Kong Island, the northern part of the New Territories and Lantau Island. With the departure of Lupit, a southwesterly airstream continued to bring unstable weather to the coastal areas of Guangdong from August 6 to 10. Locally, it was mainly cloudy with occasional showers and thunderstorms on these few days. The showers were particularly heavy in some areas of the New Territories on August 6, 7 and 9, with the daily rainfall exceeding 100 mm. The weather became less showery with sunny periods from August 11 to 13.
     Under the influence of an upper-air disturbance, there were some showers and thunderstorms in Hong Kong from August 14 to 15. The showers were heavy in North District in the New Territories on August 14 with more than 70 mm of rainfall recorded. Affected by a southwesterly airstream, local weather was a mixture of sunshine and showers on August 16. Dominated by an anticyclone aloft, apart from isolated morning showers, the weather became generally fine and was very hot on the afternoon of August 17.
     Against the background of a southerly flow over the South China coast, it was hot with sunny periods in Hong Kong from August 18 to 19. Under light wind conditions, the day heating triggered localised heavy showers and thunderstorms on these two days. More than 90 mm of rainfall were recorded over San Tin and Ngau Tam Mei on August 19. Dominated by an anticyclone aloft, apart from a few showers, it was mainly fine and very hot most of the time in the following week. With plenty of sunshine, the temperature recorded at the Hong Kong Observatory soared to 34.4 degrees on August 25, the highest of the month. Under the influence of an upper-air disturbance, there were occasional showers and thunderstorms from August 27 to 29. During the thunderstorms on the morning of August 27, the temperature recorded at the Hong Kong Observatory dropped to a minimum of 23.4 degrees, the lowest of the month. While there were sunny periods on August 30, the upper-air disturbance brought some showers and a few thunderstorms to Hong Kong again on the last day of the month.
     Four tropical cyclones occurred over the South China Sea and the western North Pacific in August 2021.
     Details of issuance and cancellation of various warnings/signals in August are summarised in Table 1. Monthly meteorological figures and departures from normal for August are tabulated in Table 2.

BSA/AML Mile High Summit Set for August 3: Annual Anti-Money Laundering Seminar Will be Held In-Person and Virtually

 The Independent Bankers of Colorado (IBC) and Otteson Shapiro will host the Bank Secrecy Act / Anti-Money Laundering Mile High Summit on Tuesday August 3, 2021 from 8:25 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants have the option of attending the summit virtually via GoToWebinar or in-person at Otteson Shapiro’s offices at the Denver Tech Center, 7979 East Tufts Avenue, first floor Conference Room.

Presenters at the Summit will cover a range of topics related to BSA/AML. Topics and panels include:

• AML Reform 2021 – Studies, Strategies and New Requirements

• Regulatory panel featuring representatives from each of the federal regulatory agencies and the Colorado Division of Banking

• Interactive Cybersecurity Panel discussion with Law Enforcement

• OFAC and Sanctions Compliance in 2021

• Managing BSA/AML Risk with Financial Technology Partners

• 2021 Mid-Year BSA/AML Hot Topics

The Summit is designed for those responsible for management and/or functional-level responsibilities for BSA/AML compliance and/or operations. Individuals with retail banking, risk management, compliance, audit, operational, corporate banking, bank presidents and directors, and training responsibilities will benefit from this program.

Presenters include a diverse slate of expert speakers and panelists from government and industry, including:

• Anne Benigsen, SVP-Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, Bankers’ Bank of the West and President, CivITas Bank Solutions, A Bankers’ Bank of the West Bancorp Inc. Subsidiary

• John J. Byrne, Esq., CAMS, Vice Chairman and Board Member, AML RightSource

• Angela Kernell, Manager, Financial Services, Crowe LLP

• Corey Minard, Manager, Financial Services Financial Crime and Digital Security, Crowe LLP

• James Siegel, Manager, Plante Moran

• F. John Podvin, Jr., Partner, Otteson Shapiro LLP

• Timothy R. White, Special Advisor and Sanctions Specialist, Financial Crimes Advisory, AML RightSource

• Panelists from the federal regulatory agencies and the Colorado Division of Banking

IBC has applied for both ABA Professional Certification and ACAMS Accreditation professional education credits. Last year the Summit was approved for 7.5 CRCM and 7.5 CAFP credits and 6 CAMS credits.

For a complete agenda, pricing, presenter information and to register, please go to and click on “BSA?AML Mile High Summit” under “Calendar of Events.”

For further information please contact IBC’s Maelynn Lewis at 720.607.7937 or at

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