Norway to ban gas-powered cars

Norway Aims To Ban Sales Of Gas-Powered Vehicles By 2025

Photo of Chris White

 10:56 PM 06/04/2016

Norway has decided to prohibit the selling of all gasoline-powered cars by 2025, according to Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.

The ban, which has received support from political parties on the left and the right, is pegged to be the most aggressive anti-gasoline energy policies of its kind in the world – the irony, of course, is that Norway is one of the largest producers of fossil fuels in the entire world.

Norwegians produced and exported in 2013 more than 1.2 million barrels of oil, placing it 14th overall on a list of exporting countries, just below Qatar and Mexico.

India and Denmark have discussed the possibility of banning gas-powered cars as well, but India’s policy would begin five years after Norway’s, in 2030, and the Dutch parliament is heavily divided on their version of the ban, which would also start in 2025.

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No more cash in Sweden?

Swedes are blazing a trail in Europe, with banks, buses, street vendors and even churches expecting plastic or virtual payment
The Swedish banknotes issued last year: circulation of the krona has fallen sharply as electronic payment takes over.
The Swedish banknotes issued last year: circulation of the krona has fallen sharply as electronic payment takes over. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/EPA

In 1661, Stockholms Banco, the precursor to the Swedish central bank, issued Europe’s first banknotes, on thick watermarked paper bearing the bank’s seal and eight handwritten signatures.

Last year – as Britain did last week – Sweden launched a new series of notes, cheery affairs featuring 20th-century Swedish cultural giants such as Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Greta Garbo and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. But like its Nordic neighbours Norway, Denmark and Finland, Sweden is fast becoming an almost entirely cashless society.

“I don’t use cash any more, for anything,” said Louise Henriksson, 26, a teaching assistant. “You just don’t need it. Shops don’t want it; lots of banks don’t even have it. Even for a candy bar or a paper, you use a card or phone.”

Swedish buses have not taken cash for years, it is impossible to buy a ticket on the Stockholm metro with cash, retailers are legally entitled to refuse coins and notes, and street vendors – and even churches – increasingly prefer card or phone payments.

According to central bank the Riksbank, cash transactions made up barely 2% of the value of all payments made in Sweden last year – a figure some see dropping to 0.5% by 2020. In shops, cash is now used for barely 20% of transactions, half the number five years ago, and way below the global average of 75%.


African fashion can do better

African fashion industry can do better: African Fashion Vibe


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PHOTO: Trust Matsilele/CNBC Africa

African designers are fighting tooth and nail to remain at the top of changing trends; this was clearly demonstrated at the Africa Fashion Experience held in Soweto recently.

The event was a joint collaboration between the Department of Arts and Culture and the African Fashion Vibe. It was the second edition of Africa Month 2016 Celebration in Soweto, Gauteng.

Some of the designers who attended the showcase came from Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Angola and Nigeria. Continue reading

Trial program that allows leashed dogs inside four previously “No animal” county parks likely to stay

Dogs having their days at designated county parks

 Published May 22, 2016 – 12:30am

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Kirsten Wong holds her 13-year-old dog, Mickey, Friday afternoon after a walk at Auhalani Park.

By KIRSTEN JOHNSON Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Hawaii Island dog owners have something to bark about. A trial program that allows leashed dogs inside four previously “No animal” county parks is probably here to stay.

Since 2014, Ainaola Park, Gilbert Carvalho Park, Ahualani Park and Machado Acres Park have allowed county-licensed dogs within certain areas, so long as they’re tethered by a leash less than 6 feet long and owners pick up their waste.

The policy has bucked an overarching no animal rule in place at most county recreational parks and all county beach parks.

Parks and Recreation spokesman Jason Armstrong said Friday the department plans to continue the program and is “expecting to make (it) permanent.” It’s worked out well, he said, and has reduced the number of complaints the department once received resulting from confrontations between pet owners and other park patrons.

“The complaints have tapered off,” he said. Continue reading

Do we need amusement parks?

Hidden costs at amusement parks

Summer is a time for sleeping in and water fights, and as the season approaches, many amusement parks are also gearing up for their busiest time of year.

As exciting as the idea of going to an amusement park may be, however, the overall cost of a day at the park may surprise you. Take an amusement park in Orlando, for example. The overall price tag for a day at either Universal Studios or Walt Disney World is over $600.

Why is it so expensive, you may ask?

For starters, a basic entry ticket to a theme park can run you anywhere between$20 to $105 — and that doesn’t include parking, access to additional parks or miscellaneous purchases you may make while inside.

In other words, there are quite a few hidden costs you need to be aware of before planning your next summer trip.

If you’re unsure of some of the extra charges associated with theme parks, check out the slideshow below to minimize your spending and maximize your fun during your summer vacation.