Analyst warns BC gas prices could soon hit a record high

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Drivers in B.C. should brace for record high gasoline prices this summer and the financial pain has the potential to spread across the country, says a petroleum industry analyst.Dan McTeague of the online tech company GasBuddy predicts that beginning in April and continuing to September, gasoline prices across much of B.C.’s south coast will hover around $1.60 a litre.He blames the hike on high demand and chronically short supply, made even worse by Friday’s announcement that the Olympic pipeline that distributes gasoline throughout Washington and Oregon will be taken off-line for four or five days of maintenance. Prices across Vancouver hit about $1.55 over the weekend, while Victoria remained around $1.40, but McTeague warns southern Vancouver Island could see an eight-cent-a-litre leap as the ripple from short supplies and climbing local taxes spreads.The high for a litre of gasoline in Metro Vancouver was set on June 22, 2014, when the price was just under $1.56.McTeague said some analysts fear higher prices will spread east.“People are shaking their heads,” he said. “It’s become quite the story, with some national overtones.”McTeague said other parts of the country are not looking at the same prices for gas, particularly because of B.C.’s taxes on gas.“It’s not quite the same thing, you are not dealing with 50-cent-a-litre taxes and you are not dealing with a shortage in the same way Vancouver is experiencing,” he said. “But it does suggest, I think, the likelihood of breaking the all-time record in Vancouver will likely happen this week.” In other parts of the country on Monday, the average price for gas was just under $1.14 a litre in Edmonton, about $1.25 in Toronto and around $1.12 in Halifax.Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline supplies about 50 per cent of the gasoline for B.C.’s south coast, but McTeague says it is already congested and can’t meet the region’s demand.The expected lengthy maintenance shutdown of the Parkland refinery, which McTeague said carries 25 per cent of the Vancouver-area’s gasoline, has further crimped supply, while the low dollar adds to the expense of topping up from Washington state refineries.“By any stretch or by any measure, the price you are paying in Vancouver is, for most people, prohibitive,” said McTeague.center_img Los Angeles is the other city in North America where gas prices are unusually high, selling at $3.50 a gallon. But McTeague said even when the exchange rate and other factors are calculated, B.C. drivers would pay about $5.00 for a gallon.last_img read more

As conflict intensifies UN chief urges strong support for work of new

More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began nearly 18 months ago. Amidst reports of an escalation in violence in recent weeks in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, UN agencies now estimate that some 2.5 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. “The longer it goes on, the more difficult it will be to contain. The more difficult it will be to find a political solution. The more challenging it will be to rebuild the country and the economy,” Mr. Ban told a meeting of the General Assembly. “This is the context in which Mr. Brahimi takes up his duties,” he stated. “I thank him for taking on this task. It is daunting but not insurmountable. “To succeed, he needs your united and effective support to help the warring parties realize that the solution will not come through arms, but through dialogue that respects the universal rights and freedoms of all Syrians.” An Algerian national who has served the UN in various high-level roles over the past two decades, Mr. Brahimi assumes the peace-facilitation role which had been carried out since February by a former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, with the aim of bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations in Syria, and promoting a peaceful solution to the conflict. Mr. Annan’s mandate ended on 31 August. “Solving this crisis was never going to be easy. But it has become more complex with each passing month,” Mr. Ban noted, while also pointing out that the humanitarian situation is “grave and deteriorating” – both in Syria and in neighbours affected by the crisis.The conflict has taken a “particularly brutal turn,” he added, with Syrian forces continuing their indiscriminate shelling of densely populated areas with heavy weapons, tanks and air assets, and opposition groups having stepped up military activity. Following today’s meeting, the new Joint Special Representative will go to Cairo for further discussions with the Arab League before proceeding as soon as possible to the Syrian capital, Damascus. “I appeal to you today to provide solid and unified support to his difficult and essential mission,” said the Secretary-General. Addressing the meeting, Mr. Brahimi told delegates that he is looking forward to his visit to Damascus in a few days time, and also, when convenient and possible, to all the countries which are in a position to help the Syrian-led political process become a reality. “The future of Syria will be built by its own people and none other. The support of the international community is both indispensable and very urgent. It will only be effective if all pull in the same direction,” he stated. At the same gathering, the President of the Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, noted that the 193-member body has chosen not to stay silent in the face of the ongoing killings, massacres and crisis in Syria. He recalled the resolutions passed by the Assembly in February, June and August, strongly condemning the continued widespread and systematic violations of human rights by the Syrian authorities, as well as its repeated calls on the Syrian Government to end the killings of its own people and for an all-inclusive Syrian-led political process. “Your calls still stand,” said Mr. Al-Nasser. “Today, we need meaning action. Today, the General Assembly needs to do all that it takes under the UN Charter to help the Syrian people overcome the appalling political turmoil and the terrible loss of lives in their nation.” read more

British woman 19 drowns on popular Thailand beach resort Ko Chang

first_imgLast week a number of coordinated explosions hit the country, killing at least four people. Eleven foreigners were injured in the seaside resort of Hua Hin in the attacks. The Foreign Office advice is that the majority of the country is safe to visit, other than a region in the south near the Malaysian border.  A 19-year-old British girl has drowned while swimming in Thailand.The teenager, who is thought to be a university student, has not yet been identified.She died while swimming off the coast of Ko Chang, the second largest Thai island after Phuket. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British National who sadly died in Thailand on 14 August.”Her death came one day after a German tourist drowned off the coast of the same island. Christoph Ralf Sigloch, 55, died after getting into difficulties in the sea off Khlong Phrao beach.Local media reported that he had entered the water to help his two sons after his wife became concerned that they had swum too far from shore.Both boys managed to swim back to the beach. Ko Chang, also known as Elephant Island, lies around 300 kilometres east of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand, near the Cambodian border.It is popular with tourists wanting to explore nature thanks to its rainforests, waterfalls and coral reefs.Thailand attracts 25 million travellers each year, including nearly one million Britons. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Man 73 crashes Porsche 911 through wall

first_imgNicole Rose, 44, who lives in nearby Lexden Road, said “I was just going into town with my friend when I said, ‘That looks like the back end of a car’.”It went straight through and was hanging off the end.”The police had cordoned off the area but there was no ambulance or fire service there.”Just a lot of men working out how they were going to move it.” A 73-year-old driver crashed his Porsche through a car park wall and on to a footpath below.Essex Police said nobody was injured in Thursday’s incident in Colchester, and that the man was reported for careless driving.The Porsche 911 Targa 4S was left resting on its bonnet and almost vertical following the crash in Crouch Street.Roads policing Sergeant Colin Shead tweeted photographs of the incident and said the driver will be offered a fitness to drive course and the DVLA notified. The badly-damaged car, estimated to be worth more than £50,000, was hoisted away by a crane. pic.twitter.com/occBPE5ZHv— Colin Shead 📱+ 🚘 = ❌ (@SgtColinShead) April 5, 2018center_img A 73 year old male has been reported for careless driving following this RTC in Crouch Street #Colchester earlier this evening. Thankfully neither the driver or anyone else was injured. The driver will be offered a Fitness to Drive course & the DVLA notified. Photos by PC Turner. pic.twitter.com/B1nZpDWsYW— Colin Shead 📱+ 🚘 = ❌ (@SgtColinShead) April 5, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Over 200 Guyanese to be employed under Natural Gas project –

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChina Harbour faces US$7,000 per day fine for missing deadline for airport expansion projectJanuary 29, 2019In “latest news”Jagdeo raps Patterson on alleged corrupt practicesAugust 26, 2019In “latest news”Norway clears transfer of US$80M towards solar farm project …money initially intended for Amaila projectJune 7, 2019In “latest news” More than 200 Guyanese will be employed during the civil works and construction phase for natural gas and liquid petroleum plants. This was revealed by Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.“It could be more because we have to do work on the site; the foundation for the plant, fencing and GPL (Guyana Power and Light) would be running a new transmission line from the site to GPL to the new substation, so we will need persons for those works. Of course, ExxonMobil would have its own employees onboard as well”, Minister Patterson explained during an interview with DPI.Minister of Public Infrastructure, David PattersonWhen the plant becomes operational, the minister stated, 30 to 40 persons will be permanently employed as maintenance and operational crew.The use of natural gas for GPL to generate electricity was deemed feasible and an East Coast Demerara village (to be named later) has been identified for the laying of a pipeline that will transfer the fuel to shore, DPI said.The site is 475 acres, while the natural gas and liquid petroleum plants will be approximately 20-25 acres. Patterson, who is responsible for the energy sector said the remaining 450 acres have been dedicated for an industrial park aimed at incentifying the manufacturing sector with inexpensive electricity.A US $70,000 desk study is being conducted by consultants, Energy Narrative, on the options, cost, economics, impact and key considerations of transporting and utilising offshore natural gas for electricity generation, according to DPI.US oil giant ExxonMobil has confirmed that there is sufficient natural gas in the reserves to supply a 200-megawatt electricity plant. Natural gas, while not green, is cleaner than fossil fuel which is currently consumed for electricity generation.The usage of the natural gas to generate electricity could result in lower costs for GPL and ultimately cheaper energy for consumers, DPI said. read more

Kinect Russian Roulette is cringeinducing slightly morbid

first_imgIf you’ve been following Microsoft’s Kinect, then you know that all sorts of development has taken place around it. The motion sensor has had a significant impact on the Xbox 360, but the development that is taking place on the computer side is much more clever. Of course, independent developers aren’t bound by commercial viability, or even tastefulness, so we’ve seen a lot of fun stuff happening with the Kinect that Microsoft surely never imagined. The latest Kinect hack that will blow you away? Kinect Russian Roulette.Russian Roulette, as anyone who has seen The Deer Hunter will know, is a lethal game which has a very high chance of an unfortunate outcome. By using the Kinect to play you get all the anticipation and none of the unfortunate after effects of losing.The setup looks pretty simple: the Kinect recognizes your face and then your hand in the shape of a firearm. When you mimic the action of the gun’s hammer moving forward, the Kinect understands that and fires a round. The computer does the math and you have a 1/6 or 1/8 chance of, erm, losing. If the math is in your favor you can keep going, or presumably pass the gun to the next player. And if you lose… well you’ve probably already seen the video or the screenshot below. Kinect Russian Roulette was an art project, by Theo Watson, for the Art Hack Day. He made it in just three hours using openFrameworks 007 and ofxKinect, the latter of which is an openFrameworks wrapper for the Kinect, which Watson coded.As a game KRR might get old fast, but it could still be useful. Maybe it’ll end up being a high-tech, adult-only replacement for rock, paper, scissors?via Theo Watsonlast_img read more

Thessalonikis White Tower wrapped with giant koulouri

first_imgGreek bakers in the northern city of Thessaloniki have made a giant ‘koulouri’ a ring bread similar to a bagel, around the city’s most visible monument, the medieval White Tower.The bread, 165 meters (540 feet) in diameter, weighed 1.35 tons before baking.A ‘koulouri’ is a staple snack, sold mostly by street vendors. Of Turkish provenance, it can be found throughout the Balkans under different names.Elsa Koukoumeria, president of the Thessaloniki Bakers Association, said they would try to list Sunday’s feat with the Guinness Book of Records, adding that they would soon bake a much bigger one to encircle the burial mound of Amphipolis, northeast of Thessaloniki.The bread itself is already gone, distributed to bystanders.Source: AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

For Obama a last stab at improving ties with Hill

first_imgWASHINGTON — In late December, President Barack Obama’s new legislative affairs team sent him more than a dozen recommendations for ways to improve his strained relations with Capitol Hill.The president responded with a few ideas of his own, including a request for more social events with lawmakers at the White House.It was a surprising suggestion from a president who has done little socializing with lawmakers of either party and has dismissed the notion that sharing a cocktail or a meal with members of Congress is a prescription for easing Washington gridlock.But within weeks there Obama was, mingling over martinis and appetizers with Democratic lawmakers at two White House receptions. For some members of the president’s own party, it was one of the first times they had interacted with him without the weight of a crisis or a crucial vote hanging over them, said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.“It was a very a good use of the president’s time,” Welch added. “The call that you make at the moment the vote has to be cast is much more effective if a relationship has been established before the vote is needed.”White House officials say Obama’s cocktail gatherings are part of a broader overhaul of his congressional outreach operation following the dismal start to his second term.last_img read more

UK Paintball to pay summer intern £100 a week to test childfriendly

first_imgSomething for the weekend: UK Paintball is advertising for a summer intern aged between eight and 12 to test out child-friendly paintballing guns across its 75 locations, boosting pocket money for the chosen applicant with wages of £100 a week.The junior employee, who will need to be available for work on selected dates between July and September 2019, will be vital in helping UK Paintball launch its new low impact paintball guns; lighter than traditional paintballing weapons and firing at a slower pace, the guns have been specifically designed for visiting children, so they can test out video game skills with friends on the paintball field.As well as being the first to sample the new paintballing guns, the lucky intern will receive benefits such as free entry to UK Paintball sites for themselves and two friends for the duration of the summer months, a £100 weekly salary and the opportunity to claim back any travel expenses.To apply for the newly developed role, candidates must live in the UK, be aged between eight and 12 and be available to visit various UK Paintball sites on chosen dates. The summer intern will be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over for every site visit.The application form requires youngsters to state in 100 words or less why they should be chosen for this unique opportunity.Andrew Naylor, head of operations at UKPaintball.co.uk, said: “The recent rise in popularity of [videogame] Fortnite means that we are seeing larger numbers of young visitors to our sites, with a lot of them huge fans of the game and keen to experience outdoor activities with friends that are similar in nature. We are hopefully going to inject a huge amount of fun into the summer for one young fan and their friends, but the role also comes with an important task.“As well as reporting back to us on how well the new range of low impact guns work for them, we also expect whoever is offered the role to document their experiences through a range of videos, blogs and photos on our social media accounts.”Here at Employee Benefits, we think this internship will certainly fire up expectations around traditional work experience opportunities, especially in terms of pay targets. It definitely wins compared to our stints at refining our tea-making skills…last_img read more

Upcoming Leadership Event Delivers Useful Training Builds Lasting Networking Relationships

first_imgWhen it comes to grooming new leadership in defense communities, first-hand training and insights from others who have been in the trenches can often make a big difference between local leadership success or potential community confusion.The Defense Community Leadership Academy (DCLA) scheduled Sept. 23-25 in Washington, D.C., and co-hosted by ADC and Blue Star Families, is an immersive two-day learning and networking event to develop leaders and equip them with the latest tools and strategies for growing capacity to support military families at the local level.Instructed by leading service member and military family support experts, DCLA trains emerging defense community leaders to expand their leadership toolbox to nurture and improve the quality of life and community support systems our service members and their families depend on.Past attendees have praised DCLA for its impact on their networking and community leadership abilities. Brittany Boccher, the 2017 AFI Military Spouse of the Year, shares first-hand appreciation of DCLA’s training and networking value.“I have had the unique opportunity to attend numerous summits, conferences and academies and the Defense Community Leadership Academy was by far the most impactful,” Boccher says. “I’ve valued DCLA for providing networking opportunities with community partners around the nation, and for its useful resources to add to my toolbox as I assist in better serving my local and national military spouse community.”Boccher adds that DCLA lives up to its leadership development and defense community relationship-building reputation.“Most important, this academy was the first event I attended that was full of useful and legitimate information to truly make me a more successful leader,” Boccher says. “It was the best use of my time and it is important for the connections I made and relationships I’ve built through DCLA.  It really needs to be mirrored throughout the military space. It focuses on the type of content that is useful, and that we can take back and put to work in our communities and outside of our communities,” she adds. ADC AUTHOR More information on how to apply for the upcoming event is available on DCLA website at: https://www.defensecommunities.org/dcla/.last_img read more

MISSING CAT Have You Seen Welker

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Welker has been missing from the Fernbanks Road/Mill Road area since Thursday, July 26. If seen, call 617-895-7787.Welker(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Animal Control Officer’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CAT: Have You Seen Loki?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Mic?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Lakshmi?In “Missing Pets”last_img read more

Virtual Reality Gaming Isnt so Great if Youre Disabled

first_img Being a person who uses a wheelchair to get around, video games have always provided me with a place I can turn to where I can be on par with everyone else. Since most games only require a person to have working hands, the limitations I face in daily life aren’t an issue in a game. When I play — especially online with friends — I’m on equal footing (pardon the pun). This is something I have always appreciated about video games.Outside of some specialized arcade cabinets I physically couldn’t use, being in a wheelchair has never adversely affected my gaming until I started playing games in virtual reality. I’ve played VR titles at several press events over the past two years and always had issues. I’m not talking about what our senior editor Jordan Minor experienced when it came to VR headsets ruining his (awesome) hair; I’m talking about problems that arose because I wasn’t standing. My suspicions that sitting in a wheelchair negatively impacted playing games in VR were confirmed this past weekend when I got to spend extensive time with Sony’s PlayStation VR.Playing the PSVR isn’t a simple matter of plugging in the headset, strapping it to your head, and playing. There is a good bit of work that has to go into it, especially when it comes to calibrating one’s PlayStation camera. The PSVR tracks the way you move your head with the camera and if you’re not in the correct position, things won’t work as they should. It was very challenging to get my head positioned to where the camera suggested because I was sitting down.It would be easy to believe that an able-bodied person sitting next to a person in a wheelchair would be the same height. But this isn’t actually true. The average person who is sitting down will almost always be taller than someone who sits in a wheelchair. This may not be true for someone who recently became bound to a wheelchair since their bodies haven’t been shaped by years of sitting, but for someone like me, this is reality. Because I’m shorter than the average person even while sitting, I would always be six inches lower than where the PlayStation camera wanted me to be.Despite not being able to properly calibrate the system due to my height, I began playing some PSVR games. For the most part, I didn’t have any problems with the main PSVR demo that comes with the headset. Though it was obvious my camera angle was lower than it was supposed to be, I was still able to play games like RIGS, EVE: Valkyrie, and DriveClub with little to no problem. In fact, my VR gaming experience was going great until I fired up Batman: Arkham VR.When Arkham VR starts, it tells you that standing is the optimal way to play. Since I can’t stand, I had no choice but to go with the sitting option. I was able to position my body where the game wanted, but just like when I was calibrating the PS camera, I was unable to get my head where it needed to be because I’m a short dude in a wheelchair. Again, if I was an able-bodied individual that was sitting down I could have easily positioned my head where it should be. I skipped this part of the calibration and continued.Unlike the games I played in the PSVR demo, Arkham requires players to physically move back, forth, and to the sides in order to complete certain objectives. This was a tricky proposition since I had to move my wheelchair while holding PS Move controllers in each hand. Making things worse was that I would almost always run over the piece that connected the PSVR headset to the PlayStation 4. There were even certain parts where I had to lean down to pick up objects. If I wasn’t careful doing this, I could have easily fallen off my chair. It was clear that Arkham VR wasn’t created with handicapped people in mind.Now, I don’t know if it was because I was sitting in a wheelchair or if the game, in general, is just wonky, but the more I played Arkham VR, the more de-calibrated it became. It got to a point where my Bat-belt was no longer directly under me like it was supposed to be. Attempts to re-center myself caused me to bump into things in my room and get the PSVR wires tangled on my wheels. The more I tried to get my virtual belt and hands into the correct position, the worse things got. Frustrated, I just gave up playing the game altogether.My Batman Arkham VR experience wasn’t an isolated one. A few weeks ago when I attended a PSVR event hosted by Oasis Games, I had something similar — though not nearly as annoying — happen. While playing Dying Reborn, there was a point where I had to find a key that was on top of a box that was above a door. Because of my height, I was unable to see it. The developer who was showing me the demo had to put on the VR headset himself to get it for me. I have to let people get things in high places for me all the time, so having the same thing happen in a game made me feel downright embarrassed.I’ve learned to accept that there are some things in life that I can’t physically do because of my disability. Perhaps gaming in VR is one of them. This doesn’t seem like a great personal loss since I’m not entirely sold on VR gaming in general (I’ll get to that in a future article), but I do feel bad for handicapped folks who were invested in the idea of VR gaming who won’t be able to fully enjoy every game because of their disability.Some VR games work well enough for the disabled, but others simply don’t. This is a shame considering how VR can virtually let people who are unable to walk actually experience normal mobility. Virtual reality has the potential to deliver the most immersive gaming experience possible, but from what I’ve seen so far, it appears that only able-bodied people can fully enjoy it.I’m not one to tell developers what to do with their games, and I don’t feel it is my right or anyone else’s to do so. However, I will say that it would be nice if, going forward, some consideration is made for those of us who are limited in our mobility and who would like to use VR as a means to go beyond what we’re physically capable of. Despite my skepticism about the technology as a gaming platform, I will remain optimistic that as time progresses, developers can figure out how to make VR gaming accessible to everyone.Featured image comes from USC Institute for Creative Technologies Sony Patents New PSVR Motion ControllerHands-On: Firewall: Zero Hour is the Best VR Game I’ve Ever Played Stay on targetlast_img read more

Are some governments taking peak oil seriously

first_img More information: Terry Macalister and Lionel Badal, “Peak oil alarm revealed by secret official talks,” The Observer (August 22, 2010).Stefan Schultz, “‘Peak Oil’ and the German Government,” SPIEGEL ONLINE (September 1, 2010). World crude oil production may peak a decade earlier than some predict Those who contend that peak oil is a very real problem that we need to concerned about push for the development of alternative energy solutions that are renewable, and not in danger of eventual decline. Opponents of the idea of peak oil insist that we are nowhere near any point of decline, and that there is nothing to worry about. Some even call those bring attention to peak oil “alarmists.”However, it appears that some governments are starting to seriously consider the merits of peak oil. Publicly, officials in Britain’s Department of Energy and Climate Change downplay worries about Peak Oil. However, an adviser to the department has requested information about peak oil, and the Guardian reports that there was a peak oil workshop in the not-to-distant past that involved the DECC, Ministry of Defense and the Bank of England. Indications are that some officials in Britain really are considering the possible impacts of peak oil — and thinking about contingency plans should peak oil turn out to be disruptive on an economic and military scale.Britain isn’t the only government interested, either. In Germany, a military study addresses the possible impacts that peak oil could have. A leaked draft of the report by the Bundeswehr Transformation Center was seen by SPIEGEL ONLINE:It warns of shifts in the global balance of power, of the formation of new relationships based on interdependency, of a decline in importance of the western industrial nations, of the “total collapse of the markets” and of serious political and economic crises. While the leaked document was confirmed in its existence, German officials insist that it hadn’t been edited, and that it wasn’t meant to published. Even so, the existence of the report indicates that another government is concerned about the implications that peak oil, if we really are approaching such a point, could have on a worldwide scale.Whether or not you believe that peak oil is a pressing problem, it is interesting to note that some governments are starting to take the issue seriously — and even look for ways to avoid disaster that could come. Image source: Trevor MacInnis via Wikimedia Commons Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — One of the arguments that some bring up in defense of alternative energy is that of “peak oil.” The idea behind peak oil is that, as a fossil fuel in limited supply, eventually we will reach a point where oil production hits its maximum capability — and then begins to decline. Because there aren’t endless supplies of oil, and because it is a finite resource, the idea is that we will reach a tipping point at which it becomes impossible to continue increasing oil production. Some even contend that we’re already there. Citation: Are some governments taking ‘peak oil’ seriously? (2010, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-peak-oil.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Notes from the desert in the city

first_imgFifty artistes, 12 bands, four continents and a mix of modern and ancient sounds right in the heart of Delhi. Throw in the right ambience and you just might have a winner on your hands. We are talking about the second Amarrass Desert Music Festival that will be held in Delhi. Held at Siri Fort last year, the music festival is literally headed to greener pastures this year as the number of artistes are doubled, more collaborations are on board and hopefully bigger crowds this time around.  The festival this year has quite an interesting line-up featuring the likes of Bombino, often called the Hendrix of Niger, BaBa ZuLa (creators of Istanbul Psychedelia) and Sakar Khan, Padmashri Awardee in one of his rare public performances, and the Barmer Boys. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Spread over two days, the festival will also play host to a large number of young, upcoming talents from across the country which include names like Dischordian, Tritha Electric, Harpreet Singh, The Blue Infinity and Alan Rego. There will also be a special Indo-Welsh collaboration I Adra with Tauseef Akhtar (ghazal singer) and Gwyneth Glyn (singer/songwriter) along with Georgia Ruth Williams on the harp.  ‘We are looking forward to more collaborations this year,’ says Ankur Malhotra, co-founder and director of Amarrass. After the success of the festival last year, the record company decided make things bigger this year, thus the change of venue and the doubled list of performers, explained Malhotra. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe best part of the festival, besides the chance to listen to some electic sounds from across deserts, are the ancient instruments that will be a part of the performers repertoire. The audience will not only have a chance to hear them on stage but also can touch, feel and learn of the instruments up close in an exhibition and they can interact with performers over the two days. While the organisers promise a refreshing change, we say head over and check it out for yourself this weekend.DETAILAt: Zorba, 166 Mehrauli Gurgaon Road When: 1, 2 December Timings:  2 pm and 10 pm For Passes: http://www.amarrass.com/events/desert-music-festivallast_img read more

Artificial light linked to weight gain

first_imgSleeping with a television or light on in the room may lead to weight gain or obesity in women, a study has found. A recently published research is the first to find an association between any exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping and weight gain in women. The results suggest that cutting off lights at bedtime could reduce women’s chances of becoming obese. The researchers from the US National Institutes of Health used questionnaire data from 43,722 women in the Sister Study, which examines risk factors for breast cancer and other diseases. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe participants, aged 35-74 years, had no history of cancer or cardiovascular disease and were not shift workers, daytime sleepers, or pregnant when the study began. The study questionnaire asked whether the women slept with no light, a small nightlight, light outside of the room, or a light or television on in the room. The scientists used weight, height, waist and hip circumference, and body mass index measurements taken at baseline, as well as self-reported information on weight at baseline and follow-up five years later. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUsing this information, the scientists were able to study obesity and weight gain in women exposed to artificial light at night with women who reported sleeping in dark rooms. The results varied with the level of artificial light at night exposure. For example, using a small nightlight was not associated with weight gain, whereas women who slept with a light or television on were 17 per cent more likely to have gained five kilogrammes, approximately 11 pounds, or more over the follow-up period. The association with having light coming from outside the room was more modest. Also, the scientists wondered if not getting enough rest factored into the findings. “Although poor sleep by itself was associated with obesity and weight gain, it did not explain the associations between exposure to artificial light while sleeping and weight,” said researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH. Researchers of NIEHS noted that for many who live in urban environments, light at night is more common and should be considered. Streetlights, store front neon signs, and other light sources can suppress the sleep hormone melatonin and the natural 24-hour light-dark cycle of circadian rhythms. “Humans are genetically adapted to a natural environment consisting of sunlight during the day and darkness at night,” they said. “Exposure to artificial light at night may alter hormones and other biological processes in ways that raise the risk of health conditions like obesity,” researchers said. The researchers acknowledge that other confounding factors could explain the associations between artificial light at night and weight gain. However, their findings did not change when analyses controlled for characteristics that may be associated with exposure to light at night. These factors included age, having an older spouse or children in the home, race, socioeconomic status, calories consumed, and physical activity.last_img read more

Kylie Minogue strips down for 50th birthday and new music video

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Minogue in her new music video | Photo: YouTube/Kylie Minogue Kylie’s best: The definitive list of her most iconic momentsKylie Minogue rumored for legends slot at Glastonbury 2019Kylie Minogue scores her first UK number 1 album in 8 yearsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kylie-minogue-birthday-music-video/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Iconic artist Kylie Minogue turns 50 today in the US. Though it’s customary for gifts to be given to those celebrating their birthdays, Minogue decided to treat her fans instead. First, she acknowledged her big day with a tweet — and a photo posting naked with a guitar.And so a new decade begins. How thankful I am for the opportunities life has afforded me. 50….. Let’s go! pic.twitter.com/piZy3FMtHu— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) May 27, 2018‘And so a new decade begins,’ she wrote yesterday (when it was the 28th in her native Australia).‘How thankful I am for the opportunities life has afforded me. 50….. Let’s go!’Minogue has always been popular within the LGBTI community, and especially her gay male fans.She released her first album, the self-titled Kylie, in 1988. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . It took her some time to be considered a serious recording artist. However, her career continued for longer than many critics initially anticipated and it solidified her as a star. She’s often compared to Madonna, earning the nickname the Princess of Pop to Madonna’s Queen.The golden girlShe also dropped a brand new music video for her birthday.Golden is the lead single on the album of the same name — and her fourteenth studio album. In this latest venture, Minogue experiments with combining country and her signature pop style. It left some critics divided, but there’s no doubt the video is an absolute treat.[embedded content]It features Minogue in a sparkly dress on the beach and there’s no better way of celebrating the Princess.Kylie’s best: The definitive list of her most iconic momentslast_img read more

Redfin Sales Prices Strong in January Inventory Anemic

first_img February 18, 2013 417 Views Home sales kicked off 2013 with their strongest start in years, according to data tracked by broker “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/#home.[IMAGE]Redfin’s Real-Time Price Tracker, which tracks prices, sales, and inventory across 19 U.S. markets, shows home sales were up in January 12 percent year-over-year. While sales were down 20 percent from December, Redfin says this January was the strongest in “”at least four years.””Fifteen of the 19 tracked markets saw sales increase from a year ago. No markets reported a month-over-month gain in sales.Prices also dipped a bit from December, falling 2.5 percent–a common occurrence this time of year, Redfin says. Year-over-year, January experienced a 10.1 percent increase in prices, marking the 10th consecutive month that national prices have increased on a yearly basis. [COLUMN_BREAK]Eight of the 19 metro areas tracked for Redfin’s report saw month-over-month increases in January, up from seven metros in December.According to the report, Phoenix and Las Vegas lead the pack in annual price gains, improving 31 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, Long Island and Philadelphia both lost ground, dropping 1.9 percent and 0.3 percent.While sales and prices showed strength in January, inventory remained anemic. According to the report, the number of homes for sale declined 33.4 percent from January 2012 to January 2013 (slightly worse than the 33.0 percent year-over-year drop in December). Month-over-month, listings were down 0.9 percent.According to Redfin, as of January, inventory has dropped on a yearly basis for 23 months in a row.While low inventory remains a concern, it did contribute to a spike in the percentage of listings that sold within two weeks of their debut. The percent of listings under contract within 14 days of debuting shot up to 30.3 percent in January, the highest point recorded since Redfin started tracking that statistic in January 2010. According to “”Redfin blogger””:http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2013/02/2013_starts_off_strong_for_sellers_home_prices_sales_both_way_up.html Tim Ellis, the apparent spike in buyer activity indicates an intense spring selling season ahead.””Despite the fact that selection is still slim and has not yet shown any sign of making gains this year, buyers are already out in force,”” Ellis wrote. “”With January data this strong, it looks like we’re going to be in for a spring homebuying season even more hectic than last year.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-02-18 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Redfin: Sales, Prices Strong in January, Inventory ‘Anemic’ Sharelast_img read more

Prized Possessions The Most Expensive ZIP Codes

first_imgPrized Possessions: The Most Expensive ZIP Codes February 25, 2019 1,507 Views Which is the priciest neighborhood in each state? With median listing prices ranging from more than $6 million to as low as $346,000, a study by realtor.com looked at the most expensive neighborhoods in each and every state as well as the District of Columbia.To track down each state’s priciest area, the realtor.com team calculated the median listing price in 2018 for every ZIP code in the U.S. that had an average of more than 30 listings per month.The most expensive neighborhood in the country was not a huge surprise. With a median home list price of $6.06 million, the iconic 90210 ZIP code in Beverly Hills, California was hands down the costliest neighborhood in the country. However, the list also included some upcoming areas that have seen a price boom in recent years.One example was Birmingham, Alabama’s 35223 ZIP Code where new jobs are leading to a real estate boom. Buyers in this ZIP code can buy Beverly Hills-style homes for a fraction of that price. The median list price for a home in this area is $611,612, according to the study.While cities like New York and San Diego continue to be favored by international investors–the priciest neighborhood in New York state was the Tribeca area’s ZIP code 10013, with a median home list price of $4.7 million–Anchorage, Alaska has also been seeing increasing interest from “deep-pocketed international buyers,” the study revealed. With home prices averaging $537,129, Anchorage’s 99516 ZIP code is the priciest housing market pocket in Alaska.From the arctic hills to a ski village, homes in 81654 in Snowmass, Colorado are the costliest in the state. With the median home list price at more than $3.3 million the location of this ski town consists of enormous mansions, the study indicated.Looking at the South, Miami remained among the most expensive cities, with homes in 33109, Fisher Island costing more than $3.5 million. The study revealed that the area had become popular for second homes for some of the world’s wealthiest people. In Hawaii, Kilauea’s 96754 ZIP code was the priciest with home prices costing a little over $2.2 million.Click here to read the full list of the most expensive ZIP codes in each state. Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Alaska california Colorado Home Prices homes HOUSING Miami New York Realtor.com 2019-02-25 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

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