There's certain defeatism when filling up at the pump. In Montreal prices edged past a dollar fifty a liter, a record. with fewer people driving due to the pandemic in 2020, gas prices dipped dramatically, but everybody knew that was temporary and they've since climbed to a record average of a dollar 1.46 a liter the why is a bit more complicated?
Although it starts with crude prices, demand was so low. In April 2020, oil was somehow selling for below zero dollars. Today, demand has seen a crude surge to seven-year high oil production is also down significantly in part because of the shift to green energy, and that wouldn't be a factor, but only 4.6 percent of vehicle sales in Canada are zero-emission, so fuel remains an essential need overseas. The situation is actually worse.Gas stations in the UK are running out Of fuel and Europe's energy costs continue to rise as the temperature dips because Norway and Russia aren't exporting as much natural gas. What this really means is that we're in for a long period of, an energy superbubble, if you will something we haven't seen since 2008, where price continues to rise, no matter what the economic circumstances are so get ready for a cold expensive winter.
Google to invest $1 billion in Africa over five years| Subsea cable to enable faster internet speeds
Google has pledged to invest one billion dollars in Africa over the next five years to support the continent's digital transformation. The internet, giant's investment will be aimed at providing access to fast and cheaper internet and will also back startups and provide 10 million dollars in low-interest loans to help small businesses and entrepreneurs in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.Google is to invest big in Africa. It's Pledged a billion dollars over the next five years and wants to ensure access to faster and cheaper internet, as well as backing startups fueling the continent's digital transformation. The unit of U.S tech company alphabet made the announcement at a virtual event this week, where it launched an Africa investment fund. It plans to invest 50 million dollars in startups, providing them with access to google employees, networks, and technologies. Google, Africa, director nitin gautria Said:- We are specifically looking at fintech logistics, e-commerce, local language content, but again we're not limiting ourselves. These verticals we're really looking at this across a number of verticals we're looking at areas that might have some strategic overlap with google and where google could potentially add value in partnering. With some of these Startups. Small businesses in Africa often struggle to get capital because they lack the collateral required by banks in case they default in collaboration with a not-for-profit organization. Kiva. Google will also provide 10 million dollars in low-interest loans to help smaller outfits and entrepreneurs, with a focus on those in ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Google said a program pioneered last year in Kenya, With Safaricom, would be expanded across the continent. It allows customers to pay for 4g, enabled phones in installments gadria, added that an undersea cable being built by Google to link Africa and Europe should come into service in the second half of next year.
Fairly good news for international travelers, Britain has decided to scrap its tough covid 19 quarantine requirements for 47 countries, including India. People who are vaccinated with the WHO-approved covishield in India will now be able to travel to the UK from the 11th of October and will not need to quarantine for 10 days anymore.This specific point has been a bitter bone of contention between the two countries, with India also retaliating, by imposing the same measures for UK travelers. Those fully vaccinated will now no longer be required to take a pre-departure test nor the eight-day test after their arrival. But just a test on day two of arrival for those who are partially vaccinated or have received a vaccine not approved by the WHO the earlier rules remain now. This includes compulsory pre-departure tests, further 19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of arrival, and self-isolation. For 10 days, the British high commissioner to India Alex Ellis tweeted the new rules and thanked the Indian government for their cooperation. From Monday, the 11th of October, a traveler from India to the UK, double jabbed with covishield or another vaccine recognized by the UK regulator Does not have to quarantine it'll be easier and cheaper to enter the UK.
Amnesty International has condemned the takeover due to the human rights record in Saudi Arabia. They've called on the premier league to change the owners and directors test and accuse them of paving the way for so-called sports washing the premier league has said they've received legally binding assurances that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not be in control of Newcastle United.
This joy is matched by Real tears from people who are facing enormous injustices in Saudi Arabia and look at this deal and see that right from the off this deal has been more about sports, washing the reputation of Saudi Arabia, which has terrible a terrible human rights record more about that than it has been about sports, so I totally understand that Newcastle brands that have their hopes and dreams in the club, but in a way for me, that's What really poses the question. Clubs are precious things.You know they are, they have a monopoly of their fan, support it's a precious thing. It's not like any other business. It's actually a very uh. It's an amazing privilege for someone to own a football club and I think for that privilege to be in the hands of something where it's being used to just wash the reputation of a place that has such penis terrible human rights abuses. That, for me, is just a really really sad Day:
Now issuing a pretty stark warning: the head of the catholic church and also the sovereign of the Vatican city-state has said that the earth will become uninhabitable if there is no concrete action that is taken on climate change. He further asserted the complexity of the ecological crisis.Listening to what pope Francis has had to say, frontier Repeatedly, the harm we are doing to the planet is no longer limited to damages to the climate, water, and soil, but now it threatens life itself on earth. In the face of this, it is not enough to repeat statements of principle that make us feel good because, among other things, we are also interested in the environment. The complexity of the ecological crisis, in fact, demands responsibility, concreteness, and competence. It struck me So much that one of the scientists in the meeting we had with them and with religious leaders. This scientist, the president of the pontifical academy of sciences, said my granddaughter who was born last month, will have to live in an uninhabitable world. If we don't change things. now speaking at the inauguration of new cycle studies, the pontifical Latin university, the pope underlined the Importance of urgency of the ongoing ecological crisis. The pope also spoke extensively about climate change, pollution, and sustainable development. He further recalled the faith and science event which took place in the Vatican earlier in the week where he was struck by the words of one of the scientists who said that his granddaughter who was born last month will have to live in an uninhabitable world. If things are not changed pretty quickly, the pope's comments have come ahead of the cop 26 conference, which is due to take place from the 31st of October till the 12th of November.
Officials and researchers in Indonesia are working to preserve a small pocket of forest on the java island as the habitat of the jarvan gibbon, also known as the silvery gibbon, the primate unique to central and western java is now endangered by climate change and human encroachment. The estimates say there are only around 4 000 jarvan gibbons left.Take a look. Indonesia is racing to preserve its Last frontier for a vanishing primate. The jarvan gibbon is only found on java, which is Indonesia's most populous island. The gibbons play a vital role, dispersing seeds and regenerating the forest, but researchers worry that their already endangered numbers are dwindling. Their habitat could also be further impacted by a changing climate and human activities from hunting to agriculture. Conservationists say there are roughly Four thousand jarvan gibbons left on the island. Arosetawan has spent more than a decade monitoring the animals with the conservation group swara aura. He says the 400 strong population of gibbons in a reserve. Their monitor is stable, but now he worries for the habitat itself. The real threat now is the integrity of the forest itself because of the increasing number of human activities. Many people are encroaching upon it. Clearing the forest, which was originally the habitat of the gibbons swara owa, also works with the government. They hold monthly outreach programs with the local community and set up signs to try and ward off illegal hunting and logging in the forest. Conservationist antoro tree kanarawan says changes in the climate are a more complex challenge. It's still raining when it's supposed to be the dry season and that will Eventually impact the vegetation instead of fruiting season leaves grow, so the flower that is supposed to become fruit could decline and eventually impact the animals. Meanwhile, Suarez has worked to provide locals with alternative ways to make money, so they don't take a toll on the gibbons home they've set up local accommodation with tours focused on sustainability and work with local village chiefs on farming. Shade-grown coffee. It's a delicate balance to strike and the clock is ticking. Another group, the silver gibbon project, warns that there's a 50 50 chance. The animals could disappear in the next decade