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  1. No matter what store you are purchasing items from - grocery store, restaurant, department store, apparel store, etc. - you should always check both your bag( s) and your receipt before leaving the store. Bags sometime get left behind, items sometime are not put in the bag, items of the customer next in line get charged, regular prices instead of sale prices are used, etc. You should also watch the register as items are being registered in it. Clerks are only human and are usually very busy and over-worked. It only takes a minute to check and possibly checking in advance saves you from having to return to the store later.
  2. Is your electric car as eco-friendly as you thought? Victoria Waldersee and Ally Levine Wed, November 10, 2021, 1:15 AM By Victoria Waldersee and Ally Levine BERLIN (Reuters) -Electric vehicles (EVs) are a powerful weapon https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/six-major-carmakers-agree-phase-out-fossil-fuel-vehicles-by-2040-uk-says-2021-11-10 in the world's battle to beat global warming https://www.reuters.com/business/cop, yet their impact varies hugely from nation-to-nation and in some places they pollute more than gasoline models, data analysis shows. In Europe, where sales are rising the fastest in the world, EVs in Poland and Kosovo actually generate more carbon emissions because grids are so coal-reliant, according to the data compiled by research consultancy Radiant Energy Group (REG). Elsewhere around Europe, however, the picture is better, though the relative carbon savings https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/when-do-electric-vehicles-become-cleaner-than-gasoline-cars-2021-06-29 depend on what supplies grids and the time of day vehicles are charged. Best performers are nuclear and hydroelectric-powered Switzerland at 100% carbon savings vis-a-vis gasoline vehicles, Norway 98%, France 96%, Sweden 95% and Austria 93%, according to the study shared with Reuters. Laggards are Cyprus at 4%, Serbia 15%, Estonia 35% and the Netherlands 37%. An EV driver in Europe's biggest car manufacturer Germany, which relies on a mix of renewables and coal, makes a 55% greenhouse gas saving, the data also showed. In countries like Germany or Spain with big investment in solar and wind, lack of renewable energy storage means the amount of carbon saved by driving an EV depends heavily on the time of day you recharge. Charging in the afternoon - when sun and wind are more prevalent - saves 16-18% more carbon than at night when grids are more likely to be fuelled by gas or coal. The analysis was based on public data from Europe's transmission system operator transparency platform ENTSO-E and the European Environment Agency (EEA). It came just ahead of Wednesday's talks on transport at the United Nations' COP 26 summit where a group of countries, companies and cities committed to phase out fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040. The study showed how the auto industry's ability to reduce emissions depends on finding better ways to decarbonise electricity grids and store renewable energy - challenges many European countries have not yet overcome. Lithium-ion batteries are only able to store energy at full capacity for up to around four hours, meaning even countries sourcing significant amounts of solar and wind power during the day struggle to keep it on tap for nighttime charging. FOOTPRINT DISPARITIES Until consistent, low-carbon energy is available across the region, EV drivers keen to reduce their footprint and engineers designing charging infrastructure need to take these disparities into account, the German- and U.S.-based REG researchers said. "Electricity has the capability of decarbonising transportation in a way that internal-combustion engines never will," said researcher Sid Bagga. "But the carbon impact of electrification varies dramatically depending on a country's energy mix ... Countries must adopt credible and achievable electricity decarbonisation strategies if the EV transition is to be a success." The gulf in emissions between electric and gasoline-powered vehicles has fallen in recent years as automakers cognisant that they would need to meet EU carbon reduction targets while still selling majority internal combustion engine cars made their engines more fuel-efficient. As a result, the carbon intensity of newly-registered gasoline-powered cars in Europe fell an average of 25% between 2006 and 2016, according to EEA data. EV sales in Europe are propelled by government subsidies and regulations against new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars from 2035. One in five vehicles sold in Europe last quarter were electrified, and consultancy Ernst & Young expects sales of zero-emission models to outpace ICEs in absolute terms by 2028. Automakers including General Motors, Stellantis, and Volkswagen have set targets to sell mostly or exclusively electric vehicles in Europe in coming years, with GM committed to an electric European lineup by 2022 and Volkswagen aiming for 70% all-electric sales by 2030. REG's study was based on data from Jan. 1 to Oct. 15, 2021. It compared emissions from charging an electric vehicle matching a Tesla Model 3 efficiency to drive 100 km with emissions generated by fuelling the average gasoline-powered vehicle the same distance. Countries where charging an electric vehicle is over 85% cleaner than driving a gasoline-powered car tend to be those with a consistent low-carbon energy supply source, namely hydroelectric or nuclear. Even then, there are no hard-and-fast rules on which energy source at what time leads to lowest carbon supply across the EU: for example, in Sweden wind blows more at night. Charging an EV in Ireland, which sources 46% of its energy from renewables, saves roughly the same proportion of carbon as in Moldova, which sources 94% of energy from gas, the study found, because Ireland's backup fossil fuels are more carbon-intensive. "Ireland produces a higher amount of zero-carbon electricity than Moldova - but it also gets about 13% of its electricity from oil (1.8x dirtier than gas), 9% from coal (2.3x dirtier than gas), and 3% from peat (2.6x dirtier than gas)," Bagga said.
  3. The guy must have been practicing for a role in the next Dumb, Dumber, & Dumbest movie
  4. Cohen v California answers this: Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15, was a landmark decision of the US Supreme Court holding that the First Amendment prevented the conviction of Paul Robert Cohen for the crime of disturbing the peace by wearing a jacket displaying "**** the Draft" in the public corridors of a California courthouse
  5. The building sure has a history to it - which has probably come to an end now. From the Red & Gold, to the Sports Spot, to Busters II, to the East Side Tavern, to now gone forever?!
  6. Bon This is what I get when I use the Reply To This Topic - but it does not quote the post that I am replying to. So I will use the 2 step Quote and Submit Reply to do so.
  7. That's what I thought too - but no Reply Option - just Quote Option - at least in my account. I guess instead of using a Reply Option that I use the Quote Option and then Submit Reply. It's been some time since I have posted here and I just don't remember having to reply this way.
  8. It’s located in the Local Accidents & Warnings category. Thx - I did find it there. But back to my last post, and this applies to all sections, does each post not have a "Reply" option? - since I am not finding it and am instead having to Copy and Paste in order to Reply to a post.
  9. There is another post on here Partial Building Collapse. The East Side/Old Red and Gold Bar. I'll check it out. Thx. On a different note, I could not find the reply option in your post and had to copy and paste in order to reply to it.
  10. There is another post on here Partial Building Collapse. The East Side/Old Red and Gold Bar. I'll check it out. Thx. On a different note, I could not find the reply option in your post and had to copy and paste in order to reply to it.
  11. In the same location but not related to this wreck - someone told me last night that the East Side Sports Bar had just caved in and was all over the street?
  12. DuBoiser


    If there is a restaurant with a PA liquor license at TL, ie, the Lakeview Lodge, then the gate has to let you in. They may question you at the gate as to where you are going - and then warn you that you are not permitted to go anywhere other than to the Lakeview Lodge and if you do so you will be trespassing. I have not been to TL for a while, but I used to get in with just a wave and a smile.
  13. That would be the "Baby Bronco" - order scheduling for the full size Bronco is just starting now. Won't be seeing those until later in the year. The ones at the Bronco events are all pre-production Broncos.
  14. What no pictures? Pictures on the way
  15. I attended the Ford event in Pgh on Wednesday and got to check out and sit in the Cactus Grey First Edition (10-speed auto) and Area 51 Badlands (7-speed manual) Broncos. SWEET!
  16. A daily vitamin D intake of 1000–4000 IU (25–100 micrograms) should be enough to ensure optimal blood levels for most people. Too much vitamin D can cause abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood. This can affect bones, tissues, and other organs. It can lead to high blood pressure, bone loss, and kidney damage if not treated.
  17. Allegheny Patient at Jefferson Hospital 1st fatal covid-19 case in Allegheny County Jacob Tierney And Megan Guza | Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:15 a.m. Email Newsletters TribLIVE's Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox. Allegheny County recorded its first coronavirus death on Saturday, the second death in the state since Pennsylvania saw its first case two weeks ago. The person was in their late 60s and being treated at Jefferson Hospital, officials said. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said the family of the deceased asked that officials provide no further information. The death came as the number of positive cases statewide jumped nearly 40% from 268 to 371 in one day. In Allegheny County, health officials reported three new cases, bringing the county total to 31, four of which are hospitalized. “Does that mean we’re heading in the right direction? I don’t know that we can even say that,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s only one day, and it’s a very small sample that we have. We may see some higher results in the days to come.” Dr. Debra Bogen, incoming county health director, said residents shouldn’t feel that social distancing efforts aren’t working because of the increase in positive cases, as there is a lag of five to 10 days. “This number will certainly increase in the coming days, in part because we’re now increasing testing but also because we have community spread in our region,” she said. Bogen and Fitzgerald both urged UPMC to begin to “wind down” elective surgeries and hospital admissions “as much as possible.” Both state and county officials have asked hospitals to halt elective procedures as another avenue to staunch the spread of covid-19. UPMC officials have said that while there is community spread, there is not widespread community transmission, which Dr. John Williams, chief of pediatric infectious diseases, defined as “many people (being) infected with the virus in a community, often in different areas. Matt Brown, chief of county emergency services, said medical facilities, ambulance crews and others involved in mitigating the impact of the virus are in constant communication. “This crisis is very challenging, but we are operating within our lanes as we do for every disaster,” Brown said. He said preparations for the virus began weeks ago, and that included coordinating on the needs of EMS and other medical facilities, “confirming that they were all in good shape and had no … unmet needs.” That includes personal protective equipment like N95 breathing masks. He said the county is still able to procure those materials, and they are able to go to the state or federal government if need be. “That is really what we monitor day to day, hour to hour,” Brown said. Fitzgerald said the county has set up an email address for companies, organizations or individuals who can donate personal protective equipment. “(This) is strictly to try to help make sure that our first responders, our medical professionals and others who are on the front line have some of the protective equipment they need,” he said. Elsewhere in the region, positive cases continued to grow. Butler County had its first reported case Saturday. Westmoreland County’s count remained unchanged at four, while Washington County had two new cases, bringing the total to five. The state’s first coronavirus death was reported Wednesday. The victim, Carmine Fusco, was a resident of Bath, Northampton County. He was one of four members of a New Jersey family who died from covid-19, The New York Times reported. Others who died included his 73-year-old mother and two siblings. Seven family members in total have been sickened by the coronavirus, the paper reported. Staff writer Tony LaRussa contributed to this report. Jacob Tierney and Megan Guza are Tribune-Review staff writers. Categories: Coronavirus | Local | Allegheny
  18. World Health Organization confirmed dogs can’t get Corona. Therefore all the quarantined dogs may be released. W.H.O. Let the dogs out.
  19. Nine years ago I was in the process of scheduling a tour of Egypt - it had to be cancelled because of the Revolution. So I waited until things were back to normal and one year ago I scheduled a tour of Egypt departing this Friday - it was cancelled yesterday afternoon because of the Coronavirus. Wondering now if I will ever be able to Walk Like An Egyptian.
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