German businesses remain confident

first_img Wednesday 25 August 2010 8:40 pm whatsapp whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeCrowdy FanShe Didn’t Know Why Everyone Was Staring At Her Hilarious T-ShirtCrowdy Fanautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading Blvd GERMAN businesses have this month shrugged off weak markets and concerns about the health of the United States and are now as confident as they were in June 2007, according to the Ifo institute’s business climate index, which was published yesterday. The headline index rose to 106.7 from 106.2 in July while firms’ assessment of the current situation continued to rise to 108.2, from 106.8. Although the expectations index dipped slightly in August to 105.2 from 105.5, it remains far above its historical average, indicating that the manufacturing-led recovery in Europe’s largest economy is showing little sign of losing momentum.Hans-Werner Sinn, president of the German economic thinktank, said: “Manufacturing firms have reported a better business situation than in July. With regard to the six-month business outlook they are still very confident.”Societe Generale’s Klaus Baader said: “There is no sign whatsoever of a cyclical downturn in this survey which has historically provided a very reliable guide to growth.”Carsten Brzeski, economist at ING agreed: “The Ifo index reflects untarnished confidence and bodes very well for near-term growth prospects. Second quarter growth will remain exceptional. However, even with an inevitable shift into a lower gear in the second half of the year, the Eurozone’s growth engine will continue to run smoothly.” center_img German businesses remain confident KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Prooflast_img read more

Ukrainian lawmakers file rival bills to casino proposal

first_img Six potential bills to regulate gambling, plus two draft amendments to tax and budget laws around gambling and one change to rules about illegal gambling, have been submitted to the Ukranian Parliament.The regulations all act as potential alternatives to the reforms submitted by the Servant of the People Party-led government in Parliament in October and released to the public earlier this month.Each bill presents a similar regulatory framework for gambling in Ukraine, allowing for online gambling, sports betting, lotteries slow machines and casinos. Casinos would only be available at five-star casinos, while slot machines would only be available at casinos with three or more stars.However, the bills differ on licence fees. Most suggest a licence auction with a minimum fee, but two include a set licence fee.One bill, proposed by Taras Tarasenko, includes a minimum licence fee of UAH78.0m (£2.5m/€2.9m/$3.2m) for casinos in Kyiv and UAH 51.7m for both casinos elsewhere and online gambling, which will go towards the country’s state budget.The bill would determine bookmaking licences through a system where each licensee would have the rights to open 10 bookmaking shops. In each of these bills, 32 bookmaking licences would be available in Kyiv, 16 between Ukraine’s other large cities of Odes and Kharkov and a further 32 in the rest of the country. Tasarenko’s bill also proposes a ban on the use of credit or loans to gamble.A second bill, submitted by Roman Mulik, involved different licence fees for five-year of ten-year licences, while all other bills included only five-year licences. Both online gambling and casino licences would total UAH16.3m for five years of UAH32.6m for ten. It did not mention limits on the number of licences of any kind.Hanna Lichman also put forward a proposal, which would include a limit on online gambling licences at 10 and casino licences at 20, as well as the same system for bookmaking licences as Tasarenko. Minimum licence fees for casinos would total UAH78.0mThe bill with the lowest licence fee for online gambling, at UAH 6.7m, came from Oleg Marusyak. Marusyak’s bill also included a minimum licence fee of UAH41.7m for casinos in hotels with 200-250 rooms and a fee of 62.6m for casinos in hotels with 250 or more rooms and a much lower minimum for online gambling. In addition, the bill includes a similar system for bookmaking licences to Tasarenko’s, but would allow for only half as many bookmaking shops.Two bills included set licence fees for online gambling and casino, rather than using an auction. A bill proposed by Oleksandr Dubinsky would offer auctions only for bookaming and gambling machines, but for both casinos and online gambling, licence fees would be set at a fixed cost of UAH333.8m. The bill would also limit slot licences to 160.Dubinsky’s bill was also the only one not to list a mandated minimum winning percentage for slot machines. All other bills set this at 90%.A bill proposed by Dmitriy Natalukha involves the same set fee for online gambling at UAH333.8m, but a lower online licence fee of UAH62.6m. Similarly to Dubinsky, bookmaking and gaming machine licences would be determined by auction.The bills did have similarities in terms of responsible gambling provisions, however. Each bill proposed a register for self-excluded players and the distribution of responsible gambling information to staff.The budget and tax laws would allow for the creation of a state gambling fund, but the tax rates on gambling were not mentioned. 20th November 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Ukraine AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Ukrainian lawmakers file rival bills to casino proposal Email Address Six potential bills to regulate gambling, plus two draft amendments to tax and budget laws around gambling and one change to rules about illegal gambling, have been submitted to the Ukranian Parliament. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports bettinglast_img read more

Rugby World Awards 2011

first_imgNORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Chris Ashton looks on during the Northampton Saints training session held at Franklin’s Gardens on May 18, 2011 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) These are the only awards that span the entire globe, taking in the season from September to May. We reveal our winners…[imagebrowser id=9]PLAYER OF THE YEARChris AshtonHe may have come up just short of a Grand Slam in his first full season as a Test player, but Chris Ashton still enjoyed a stellar campaign. His England season started with an unforgettable 80-metre try against Australia and he then touched down twice against Wales and scored an incredible four times against Italy as England won the Six Nations. And then there’s his ten tries in 11 Aviva Premiership matches. The lad has been on fire in 2010-11.RUNNERS-UP: Sean O’Brien, Tom Palmer and Sonny Bill WilliamsTEAM OF THE YEARCobham U18THE Surrey side graduated from their club’s youth section with a remarkable record – eight straight seasons in which they didn’t lose a game on English soil. Most of the squad started together as minis.RUNNERS-UP: Bideford, HeathfieldCOACH OF THE YEARRob BaxterWE ALL thought we knew what would happen this season – Exeter would be relegated. Well, Chiefs coach Rob Baxter had other ideas, pulling together a side of unsung heroes and driving them to ten wins and eighth place.RUNNERS-UP: Joe Schmidt, Graham Henry and Jim Mallinder YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEARSam Warburton THE toughest decision of all, the flanker edging out Richie Gray after being named Wales captain for the Baa-Baas game.RUNNERS-UP: Gray, Courtney LawesOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEARCanterbury CrusadersMANY stories touched our hearts, but none more so than the Crusaders’ response to the Christchurch earthquake. They showed remarkable resilience in the face of adversity.RUNNERS-UP: Italy for beating FranceThis article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Urgent calls for more COVID-19 test centres in Donegal

first_img By News Highland – March 26, 2020 The Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen MD is calling for COVID-19 test centres to be more localised. Changes announced last night means a person now needs to present with at least two symptoms of the virus including a fever, before being considered for testing.You also need to be either at risk, a healthcare worker or having been in close contact with a confirmed case.Cllr Martin McDermott says people living in north Inishowen who may be suitable for testing will clearly be very unwell and will have to travel over an hour to get to a centre in Letterkenny.Cllr McDermott says more centres need to be established across the county as a matter of urgency:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/mahdfghdfgdfgdrtinvirus.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleStephen Kenny praises Finn Harps managementNext articleThousands may have virus in North – chief medical officer News Highland Facebook Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Urgent calls for more COVID-19 test centres in Donegal Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Continued Foul Weather: Live Blog!

first_img18.52: My favourite tweet of the crisis (and I am using that term in the loosest possible sense) so far is this beauty from Thames Valley Police.Chief Constable Sara Thornton and officers working hard with military to help communities affected by flooding #flood pic.twitter.com/bnzCAAo0Qo— TVP Oxford (@TVP_Oxford) February 12, 2014 14.23: In case you’ve forgotten the recent history of our community, Oxford was ‘rocked’ by a ‘Great Storm’ last term. The reason for the inverted commas is because the ‘Great Storm’ turned out to be little more than hot air. My hot air, mainly.But with the Isis at bursting point, morale at rock bottom, and Instagram in a frenzy of photos of Christ Church meadows, #cherwellmiserablefeb has all the makings of a storm for all seasons.13.58: People at Catz, Hilda’s and Anne’s can rejoice at the sight of devastation to Christ Church and Magdalen. That’ll teach people to attend attractive colleges.Some great pictures of the Oxford flooding from the air, look at Magdalen and ChCh Meadows http://t.co/qR0pwECd2u pic.twitter.com/X5jHLSzGc5— AnnaBroadley (@annabroadley) February 12, 2014 Flood warning for our house. Feeling mildly less scared than last time, given the closest we came to flooding was Hannah leaving a tap on.— Tom Rutland (@tomrutland) February 8, 2014 We interviewed Pickles last term and he went down like a pork pie in a synagogue.14.25: Talking of Instagram, here’s a photo I took the other day of the botanical gardens. Ansel Adams eat your heart out. 15.15: Here are a selection of Oxford-based tweets that I have found by scouring the internet because no one is using my hashtag yet. Yet. Who in the Thames Valley Police PR department thought this was an opportune moment for a photo op? And are they looking at an Ordnance Survey map? Do they even still make them?! The Thames Valley Police offices look like an extraordinarily gloomy place, where the blinds are rolled down entirely even though there is clearly daylight outside. But perhaps that makes it easier for them to all lean in and squint at the OS map, rather than, say, using their iPhones.18.46: If continued speculation that we are witnessing the end of days is getting you down, you might want to look away now.Virgin Trains have released an extraordinarily defeatist tweet. The use of the word ‘abandon’ evokes images of Dante’s Inferno. Does Richard Branson know something we don’t?NEW: ALL CUSTOMERS TO ABANDON TRAVEL #UKSTORM— Virgin Trains (@VirginTrains) February 12, 2014 13.43: Before we get things going, please send us lots of tweets to @Cherwell_Online or use the hashtag #cherwellmiserablefeb and we’ll publish your thoughts here. Prizes for the best pictures and/or most provocative opinions.***‘I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.’So said Louisa May Alcott hundreds of years ago. Really feels like an asshole thing to say right now.THE STORM LIVE BLOG 2! just a thought but would the floods have attracted as much coverage if it had hit somewhere other than Home Counties? pic.twitter.com/D38CrlPAag— Tom Beardsworth (@TBeardsworth) February 10, 2014If you’d like a more diverse range of tweets and tweeters, the start using the hashtag #CherwellMiserableFeb15.01: According to the ever reliable 106 Jack FM, Eric Pickles was in Oxford yesterday, inspecting the flood water. Feel free to insert a cheap gag about water level rises here.Communities secretary Eric Pickles is meeting residents in flood hit #Oxford pic.twitter.com/pMjBd7Ewjy— JACK fm Oxfordshire (@106jackfm) February 11, 2014 As Tories ridiculously accuse Labour of ‘dividing the nation’ over their floods reaction, let’s remember their response to the London Riots.— Jane Cahill (@JanaCahill) February 12, 2014last_img read more

News story: Innovate UK-supported entrepreneurs make Maserati 100 list

first_imgThe 2019 Maserati 100, produced in partnership with the Sunday Times, celebrates 100 of the UK’s most innovative entrepreneurs, whose ideas have positively impacted the economy and society as a whole.The focus for the 2019 list was on innovation beyond creativity, recognising organisations that have successfully converted their big ideas into successful businesses.The list includes 11 companies that have received support through Innovate UK programmes. Moortec has developed temperature-sensitive microchips for use in televisions and mobile phones Interactive Scientific developed Nano Sandbox, a software platform that can create visual scientific simulations for the classroom and laboratory Adaptimmune was awarded £2.1 million through the Biomedical Catalyst Fund, managed by Innovate UK and the Medical Research Council, to aid the development of the company’s T-cell therapy to combat triple-negative breast cancer Thang Vo-Ta, co-founder of Callaly, told Innovate UK: Saturn Bioponics received support from Innovate UK to develop a prototype and commercial model of its Saturn Grower, a vertical crop growing hydroponic system See more success stories of companies supported by Innovate UK. Find out more about the development of CellCentric’s drug CCS1477. Recycling Lives is working with the University of Central Lancashire to convert the residue from waste vehicles into electrical energy The Tampliner is intended to help break the taboo around menstruation. CellCentric was awarded £2.2 million to support the development of a prostate cancer treatment. The drug has the potential to combat the resistance cancer cells develop from treatment over time The businessesThe innovations profiled in the 2019 Maserati 100 range from robotic toys to a hydrogen energy product and cannabinoid-based cancer treatment. Game Changer: Bethany Koby, Tech Will Save Uscenter_img Case Study: Reach Robotics Callaly developed the Tampliner design, which combines a tampon and pantyliner to prevent period leaks. Callaly received a £1 million loan from Innovate UK to scale up production, and the Tampliner won the Inda Hygienix conference award It’s a real privilege to be recognised in the Sunday Times’ annual Maserati 100 list. I’m humbled to be included with so many other great names, all leading their teams to disrupt industries with new innovations. For us, the recognition is extra meaningful because it helps bring attention to an industry that has suffered from a lack of worthwhile innovation for decades, in part because of the taboo around menstruation. Our Tampliner gives people with periods a new, better choice that solves some of the problems of traditional products. It’s been 80 years since the first tampon was invented so it’s long overdue a redesign! Recycling Technologies won a grant from Innovate UK to develop the Warwick FBR, a system that recycles mixed plastics waste via pyrolysis – decomposing the waste with extremely high temperatures – into PlaxOil, a valuable, high-energy hydrogen product Find out more about Callaly’s Tampliner. GW Pharmaceuticals – in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, the firm aims to create novel combination therapies for cancer that have fewer side effects by exploring non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids Reach Robotics created the world’s first robotic gaming system for the consumer market. The MekaMon combines robotics, augmented reality and immersive play in its design Tech Will Save Us created a range of kits to help children develop technology skills Read Saturn Bioponics’ blog: Changing how the world eats. Find out more about applying for innovation funding. Dr Rebecca Sage (front row, sixth), Managing Director of Interactive Scientific, pictured at the 2016 Women in Innovation awards.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Twiddle Talks “PLUMP: Chapter 2” Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

first_imgTomorrow (Friday, April 28th, 2017), Twiddle will release PLUMP: Chapter 2, their follow-up to 2015’s PLUMP: Chapter 1. Since Chapter 1‘s release, the Vermont jammers have toured extensively, headlining clubs across the country and earning slots at some of the jam scene’s most prestigious festivals. Following the release of their new LP, the quartet looks forward to a summer of festival appearances, including Summer Camp, Bonnaroo, and Camp Bisco as well as their own homegrown Vermont events Frendly Gathering (June 29-July 1) and  Tumble Down in Vermont (July 28-29).Watch Twiddle Welcome Keller Williams For “Best Feeling” Cover At LOCKN’ [Pro-Shot]As the band (drummer Brook Jordan, bassist Zdenek Gubb, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey, and guitarist Mihali Savoulidis) embarks on this new “chapter,” we caught up with them to bend their ears about their summer PLUMPtivites:Live For Live Music: The new record (PLUMP Chapter 2) is about to be released; I know that must be exciting! Given how much Twiddle is known as a live band, are there challenges to capturing that live energy and spirit in the studio?Twiddle: It depends on what you’re going for. Some bands try and recreate their live sound in the studio and some bands don’t. With PLUMP, we were trying to lay somewhere between where we knew it would translate in a live environment and also have a recognizable studio quality during the listening experience. Having the ability to bring in horn, string, and lap steel players for the studio was something we can’t do live every show so having that added energy captured for the record is a real treat for us and our fans.L4LM: Several songs on the new album (such as “Juggernaut”) seem to have a different musical style that what we usually hear from you. What sorts of influences did you and the band have? Do you have a favorite track?Zdenek Gubb: I think the band prides themselves in crossing from one genre to the next, whether throughout a show, or even within a singular song. “Juggernaut” is probably one of our favorites. All four of us have our own separate influences, and that probably lends to the band’s multi-genre component.L4LM: Now that you’ve played the songs off of PLUMP Chapter 1 for a while, how have they changed?Mihali Savoulidis: All of our songs evolve and develop in the live sphere. Some more than others of course. If you dig deep enough, you can probably pinpoint some jams that ultimately became permanent parts of a song. Many Chapter 1 songs have become jam vehicles, too, so who knows how these songs could continue to ebb and flow in different directions.L4LM: Your fan base seems to be growing very quickly and Twiddle are now touring more than ever. What do you think were the best strides you made together last year?Brook Jordan: Tumble Down was incredible. Throwing our own two-day event in such a beautiful place like Waterfront Park in Burlington was super cool. Aside from that, PLUMP was the most important thing we did, in terms of making strides. Taken as a whole, there is a lot of music we are really proud of.L4LM: I’m sure you’re excited about the many festival bills you’re on for this summer including your own Tumble Down Festival (July 28-29). Which festivals are you most looking forward to as a fan of music?Brook Jordan: Frendly Gathering is always one of our favorites. This year we’re hosting Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Charles Bradley, Madaila, and a lot more. We’ve been playing Frendly since year one, and there is nothing better than getting to enjoy and experience an entire festival. It’s so rare to actually spend time with friends or family at a cool festival, because the band is usually on a tight schedule. Also, like Tumble Down, Frendly allows us to invite the Twiddle family up to our home state of Vermont.[photo by Daniel Ojeda]last_img read more

A storyteller partial to sand

first_imgDasha Bough spent some of her earliest childhood in Russia before her family returned to her native Montana when she was 5 years old. A budding appreciation for fine art would send her back to St. Petersburg over several summers to take classes in oil painting and drawing at the Repin Academy of Arts.“I love portraiture. Once I learned to draw a face, I never stopped. I butcher landscapes, but faces I love because I can pair them with narrative,” said the freshman, who lives in Weld Hall.But then came a 2009 episode of “Ukraine’s Got Talent” featuring artist Kseniya Simonova, and Bough found herself inspired to try sand art.“I am trying to push the techniques of an art form that’s still not widely explored,” said Bough, who works with a lightbox her grandfather built for her. “I love the idea of playing with negative space, and in sand art there are so many opportunities for storytelling. It’s hard to find an artistic medium that is at once distilled and sequential. In a sense, it combines drawing and fine art with narrative and animation in a way that quite literally reveals the artist’s hand as a character.” “I’m usually a perfectionist, but the sand forces me to loosen up. You can’t get attached to an image that is about to be wiped clean.” — Dasha Bough, pictured below in her studio,Like Simonova, who has created imagery about the toll of World War II, Bough found inspiration in history for one of her biggest works. “Boiling Point” tells the story of two important women in her life — her grandmother and Baba Sima, an elderly Russian friend. Bough used her iPhone’s time-lapse feature to record her work over two weeks, producing a nine-minute film whose soundtrack begins with a boiling kettle and ends with gramophone recording of the Russian song “Burnt by the Sun.”“They both have a Cold War mentality,” said Bough. “My Grandma June lives on a farm on the Montana prairie that is bordered by Minuteman missile launch sites aimed at Russia. Baba Sima has lived with censorship and propaganda. I wanted to stay true to their parallel stories: the Russian Baba going about her daily life illustrating her humanity, and another lady doing the same in rural America. Reminders of the world they lived in are constantly resurfacing, but despite this, they absolutely love each other.”Though Bough considered going to a dedicated art school, she chose to merge academic endeavors (advanced Russian, history of imperial Russia) found in small classes with projects that feed her creative spirit.“I feel so fortunate — I don’t have a class with more than 12 students, and many have been with upperclassmen or graduate students,” she said. “I was concerned at first that Harvard might not have an art scene, but it does and it’s vibrant and unrestrained and so much more encompassing than I ever imagined it would be. I thought I’d be the lone artist and it’s the opposite. My friends are all intimidatingly creative.”Bough wasn’t sure how she would continue to create sand art at Harvard, but lucked out with a roommate unperturbed by her lightbox and bags of fine-grain sand (slightly thicker than cocoa powder). She finds most of her material at hardware stores, but also experiments with coarser river sediment her sister scooped up near her family ranch in White Sulfur Springs.“I’m usually a perfectionist, but the sand forces me to loosen up. You can’t get attached to an image that is about to be wiped clean,” she said.,Visual and Environmental Studies Professor Ruth Lingford was impressed by the “brave” young artist she met in her animation class in the fall.“The interesting thing about Dasha is how Russian she is, though she’s not Russian,” Lingford said. “She seems to have absorbed the culture in some way that’s gone very deep. Russian art school has given her rigor of approach, and it’s beautiful to see her using that rigor to be much more experimental.”Bough’s final project — a stop-motion story of her grandfather’s farm tools voiced by her elderly Montana neighbor — was a study in both creativity and tenacity, Lingford said.“It wasn’t easy, but she persevered and when she got it, it just flew. It’s not just native talent. It’s a quality of very sharp intelligence and perseverance.”Bough has immersed herself in arts and humanities studies in her first year at Harvard. She secured space in the Carpenter Center and has performed at TEDxHarvardCollege, using her creativity as a gateway into political discourse.“Sometimes what I’m doing requires a decent amount of explaining,” said Bough, laughing. “My artistic expression these days is derived from quite literally playing in the dirt. I grew up with an appreciation for my family’s farming and ranching background and have an affinity for the earth and all of its unrefined qualities. Sand art allows me to stay close to dirt in an obscure but socially acceptable way.”last_img read more

Global Demand For Crude Oil Projected To Reach Lowest Point Since 1995

first_imgCropped Photo: FutureAtlas.com / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – AAA says the price of gas and the demand for it are still dropping.Believe it or not, the global crude oil demand is starting to look like it did in 1995.As of Monday, the national average price of gas is $1.81. and New York’s is $2.22. One year ago, those prices were $2.84 and $2.88, respectively.Buffalo and Batavia, where prices went down four cents since last week, both average at $2.27. Rochester is currently just five cents lower, on average. The coronavirus pandemic is prompting people to stay home. With refiners producing more gasoline than what’s needed, prices will continue to sink.AAA, citing a report by the International Energy Agency, says “global oil demand is projected to hit a 25-year low and fall by a record 9.3 million barrels per day this year.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Year-round cleaning

first_imgControl moisture to fight moldAnd don’t forget to fight mold, too.”Mold is ubiquitous in the environment, and it is extremelydifficult to remove all molds from an indoor environment,”Atiles said. “But you can control moisture to aid in the eliminationof mold growth.”To fight mold, eliminate moisture sources such as drippingfaucets, puddles of water and wet bathmats. Use a squeegee afterbathing to remove water from shower walls and bathtubs. Make sure there is adequate ventilation while cooking andbathing to reduce moisture build-up. Remove mold and mildew fromsurfacesusing cleaners designed specifically for the job. Once surfaces covered with mold and mildew have been cleaned,Atiles recommends cleaning them once or twice per week. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpringtime has become synonymous with cleaning time, but ifyou’re an allergy sufferer, you shouldn’t wait until spring tothoroughly clean your home.”Cleaning on a regular basis in a thorough manner may reducethe numbers of allergens in the home,” said Jorge Atiles, a housingspecialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative ExtensionService. “You can keep allergens in your home to a minimum bymaintaining cleanliness year-round.”Set a weekly cleaning scheduleAtiles suggests creating a weekly cleaning plan and sticking toit. For example, on Mondays, clean the bedroom thoroughly and onTuesdays, wash all bedding, and on Wednesdays wet mop the floors.”For your allergies’ sakes, take time everyday to maintain aclean home,” Atiles said. “Even if just have five minutes tospare.”You can reduce allergens in your home by removing dust, dustmites and mold. To remove accumulated dust and dust mites, cutdown on clutter in your home and reduce relative humidity(moisture levels)indoors to under 50 percent. “Allergens can accumulate in clutter as well as on yourupholstery and carpeting,” he said.Vacuum all upholstery and carpeting with a HEPA filter vacuumweekly and consider having them professionally cleaned once ortwice a year, as well. “If your allergies are severe, you may want to consider replacingyour carpeting with wood, vinyl or linoleum flooring,” Atilessaid. Also clean window treatments, dust blinds, and remove and washcurtains, if possible. Regularly clean fan blades, lightfixtures, ceilings, walls and vents to remove dust. last_img read more