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T-Mobile makes calling and texting to and from Mexico free for Hurricane Patricia…and more

T-Mobile makes calling and texting to and from Mexico free for Hurricane Patricia

When NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Patricia on Oct. 23 at 5:20 a.m. EDT, the VIIRS instrument that flies aboard Suomi NPP looked at the storm in infrared light.

When NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Patricia on Oct. 23 at 5:20 a.m. EDT, the VIIRS instrument that flies aboard Suomi NPP looked at the storm in infrared light.

Hurricane Patricia is hitting Mexico, bringing with it powerful rain and winds. To help ensure that T-Mobile customers can stay connected to any loved ones that they may have in Mexico, T-Mo is making calling and texting to and from Mexico free for all of its customers. T-Mobile’s free calling and texting to Mexico is valid from October 23 through November 7. That means that even though T-Mobile announced this offer today, any customers that placed calls on October 23 will get retroactive credits. Many T-Mo customers already get free calling and texting to Mexico thanks to Mobile Without Borders, Magenta is extending free calling and texting to all Simple Choice customers as well as Pay-in-Advance, MetroPCS, GoSmart Mobile, and Walmart Family Mobile customers. One other detail that’s worth mentioning is that this offer applies to calls and texts sent from both the US and Puerto Rico to Mexico. It’s great to see T-Mo extending its free…

 

Climate change more catastrophic for the global economy than we thought

When it comes to climate change, the dark truth is that most people couldn’t care less about it crippling the environment. So instead, let’s talk about something people tend to think about: dollars. A new study, published in Nature on Wednesday, suggests in pretty strong terms that climate change will do some serious wallet damage on a global scale. On average, the authors predict we’ll see a 23 percent reduction in projected global output by 2100 due to climate change (relative to a world without it). Until now, that kind of catastrophic shock to the economy was considered to be more or less a worst-case scenario — but now, it’s looking like it might be par for the course…

 

Traffic flows on Yeppen floodplain upgrade

ANOTHER Bruce Highway milestone has been marked this week with the $170 million Yeppen Floodplain Upgrade now open to traffic. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the highly anticipated project is a significant boost to motorists and the community. “By duplicating this section of the Bruce Highway we have doubled the capacity of the road south of Rockhampton, reducing travel times for freight operators and other drivers,” Mr Truss said. “The upgrade includes a high-level floodplain crossing on the southern approach to the city, ensuring all traffic continues to move efficiently even during wet weather.” Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the project has been designed and constructed to remain open to traffic even during a 1-in-100-year flood event. “The two new bridges are supported by more than 1,200 reinforced concrete piles which are set as deep as 26 metres into the Yeppen floodplain,” Mr Bailey said. “More than 200 jobs have been supported throughout the project with flow on benefits for the local economy and motorists will also benefit from improved road safety…

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