The price quoted today by the American Automobile Association also works out to 70 cents a litre, and while there are areas in this country which have also recorded dramatic drops, the price fluctuation is the major subject of growing debate.Gasbuddy.com shows provincial averages running from 93.6 cents a litre in Alberta, to 1.16.5 in Quebec, thus resulting in a 23 cent differential.This province at 1.14.2 a litre, rests in third place at the top end of that list, and the average B.C. price is only a tenth of a cent less than that of second place Prince Edward Island.- Advertisement -Province wide the differential is even more mind boggling with the low end price in Prince George down to 99.9 cents litre but the high end price, less than a two hour drive south, to Kersley, is 1.43.9 which is 44 cents higher.In addition, the head shaking stuff doesn’t stop there, because as of mid-morning there was a 20 cent a litre difference between the low end price in Dawson Creek, and the high end price in Fort St. John.The posted price at the 100 Street Esso in Fort St. John was still at 1.28.9, but the low end post at the Legacy Car & Truck Wash in Dawson Creek was 1.18.7.Advertisement “If you’re buying at a market that’s collapsing really quickly, in two or three weeks the price of the product you have in your gas tanks at your station will be a lot higher than what is available in other communities,” he explained. “It gives people the impression that they are being ripped off but these things will take care of themselves as the days go on. I suspect that we might see more decreases or some decreases as early as next week.”For those curious about why the price of diesel is higher than gasoline, the explanation in areas like this one and especially at this time of year is due to to supply and demand.“During the winter diesel is in far greater use,” he stated. “In colder weather diesel goes up. In warmer weather it tends to fall. You won’t see the 15 cent drop or the 10 cent, but you will see the five cent which is really rare for this time of year. I’m expecting that prices for diesel will moderate. If nothing else it will be kept in check. We will certainly not see the incredible prices we saw last year as a result of shortage and also as a result of a colder than usual winter across the North American hemisphere.” And according to gasbuddy.com it still doesn’t stop there because at mid-morning it had the price at the Temp station in Farmington, at 1.41.9, which is 23 cents higher than the low end price in Dawson Creek.Now just to add insult to consumer injury you can go east to the Alberta border and pay only 1.05.9, and a little further east to Hythe, and pay 1.03.5, or you can go all the way to Edmonton where there are Costco outlets in Sherwood Park and St. Albert where you’ll pay only 81.4 cents a litre.Now the question is, is there an explanation for all this, and/or a light at the end of the tunnel?Dan McTeague, who is a former Ontario Liberal MP and now a senior petroleum analyst with gasbuddy.com said that at stations where not as much gas is sold, the price listed is still based on the price in which the gas was initially purchased at.Advertisement
Former Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Langston Walker is selling his Oakland Hills home for $2.25 million, reports the L.A. Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The four-bed, five-bath home spans 4,022 square feet and has easy access to the hopping Broadway Terrace and Rockridge areas. The home features a media room, in-law unit, courtyard, and panoramic views of three bridges, among many other amenities.Walker purchased it in 2007 for $1.85 million, according to public …
Another Greenbuild Expo is in the books, and based on the Twitter traffic (hashtag #greenbuild), people can’t stop talking about it, so I suppose it’s my turn to chime in. According to the USGBC, attendance was up slightly from last year. The show floor was huge, as always, although the arrangement did not feel crowded or even that big to traverse. Once again, I was disappointed with the lack of foam giveaways to add to my collection, although for the press corps there was, once again, a nice collection of jump drives given away, including a fine-looking plastic figure by Bluebeam with a removable head.The exhibit hallI saw few really extraordinary new products, although I heard about Calstar’s new brick that uses 85% less energy to produce and is made with about 40% recycled content. Looks like an interesting product that appears to be in distribution, unlike some products on display in previous years that have yet to make it to market. One of the most important features on the show floor was not a product—rather it was the announcement of an alliance between Pharos and GreenSpec, bringing two of the most respected groups in the industry together into a single information source on green materials for professionals. And, although I didn’t quite get the point, I did like the wood-frame bicycle on display.The education sessionsThere was so much to see and so much networking to do that I was only able to attend two sessions in addition to one that I moderated. Both sessions were disappointing, although for entirely different reasons. The first one on Life Cycle Analysis featured uninspiring speakers with dense, almost illegible slides, and a hot room. I believe that the information they were presenting was good; however, it was difficult to follow it, let alone stay awake. The other session covered LED lighting, and one of the speakers appeared to have excellent information, but due to time constraints, he was forced to rush through his slides so fast that it was almost impossible to digest the information.These sessions exhibit what I think is the biggest flaw in the Greenbuild model, as well as many other conferences. First, most speakers are volunteers, so the quality of the presentations varies widely. Not only are they speaking for free, but they must cover their own travel expenses, and they even have to pay to attend the event! Second, too many speakers are put together in sessions—the result being that none of them have enough time to adequately address the subject. Finally, there is little cohesion in the programs. Having served on the residential selection committee for this year, I have firsthand experience trying to create a solid program out of a random collection of submissions, many of which were eliminated before we even got to see them. I lobbied hard to determine curriculum goals first, then seek out the best speakers—rather than the current method—but this suggestion was pretty much dismissed throughout the process.Interestingly, a USGBC staffer told me that the NAHB did a better job with the education at their green building conference, and I have to agree. Industry professionals deserve to be compensated for their time presenting, and attendees deserve to hear consistently high-quality presenters. It’s time for Greenbuild to raise the bar on presenters and the overall curriculum. One side note: I am considering a new career as the PowerPoint Police. Armed with a paintball gun, I will shoot at either the screen or the presenter if the slides are illegible or otherwise useless.The tent revivalThe closing plenary had the feel of a tent revival, and I may have even heard the occasional “Amen!” shouted in agreement. The music, huge HDTV screens showing us every pore of the speakers, and Oscar-worthy mini-documentaries about the leadership award winners made me wonder how much money was being spent on the event. Mayor Daley gave a good, down-to-earth talk about making Chicago more sustainable. Shawn Donovan, the U.S. housing secretary, gave a predictably political speech, including a shout-out to LEED ND, which will be used as a criterion for future housing grants. I guess a little pandering for a good cause is acceptable once in a while.The session wrapped up with the Ray Anderson/Paul Hawken mutual admiration society. If they weren’t both such nice, sincere people, it wouldn’t have come off well. Hawken is a quirky, friendly guy who referred to Greenbuild as “lots of great ideas having sex,” only the first of several references he made to the act of reproduction throughout his talk. My favorite line of his was “There are no inconsequential acts, only consequential inaction.”Probably my favorite quote of the entire conference was from Ron Jones, who recently founded the GreenBuilder Coalition. After many years intimately involved with both USGBC and NAHB, he appears to have settled into the role of annoyer-in-chief of both groups. At a party he hosted, he said, “NAHB will throw you under the bus and let your bones bleach in the sun on the side of the road.” Guess he doesn’t like them as much as he used to.The overall winning moment for me was attending the Hanley Award dinner and seeing Alex Wilson being honored for his decades of dedication to green building. I can’t think of anyone more deserving. Overall, the conference was a success and, thankfully, it provided me with a few things to complain about. I look forward to next year in Toronto.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 kicked off on Thursday with a grand opening ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.Indian music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have composed the official song for the World Cup, and playback singer Sonu Nigam are slated to enthrall the audience with their performances. Singer Runa Laila of Dama Dam Mast Kalandar fame and pop singer Mila will add a local touch to the extravaganza.But the highlight of the show will be a performance by legendary Canadian singer Bryan Adams.The organisers have also promised a spectacular fireworks and laser show at the end of the programme.
zoom Pakistan’s Gadani yards could start receiving tankers, with more stringent requirements, from next month, GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling cited market rumors.So far, Pakistan has only been able to focus on dry units, including containers, whilst the embargo on wet units remains in place following accidents on uncleaned FSU and LPG earlier this year.This might change, as tankers may soon be permitted to enter the yards with greater “hot works” requirements prior entry into Gadani, as mandated in both India and Bangladesh where rules for cutting a wet ship are far more stringent than many of the international gas free standards.GMS earlier informed that “gas free for hot works standards means that all cargo / cargo residues, slops and sludges would have to be completely cleaned from all cargo and slop tanks, right down to the ladders, handrails and cargo pipelines.”