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Unexplained difference of 13 cents in Vancouver and Seattle gas prices inquiry

first_imgVANCOUVER — An inquiry into British Columbia’s high gas prices has found an “unexplained” difference of 13 cents per litre between Metro Vancouver and Seattle.Prices in southern B.C. are set according to prices in the Pacific Northwest of the United States because it is a nearby region and a similar price is considered justifiable.However, the inquiry by the B.C. Utilities Commission found that even after accounting for transportation costs and higher B.C. fuel standards, Metro Vancouver drivers were still paying 13 cents more than those in Washington.Commission CEO David Morton says there is no evidence to suggest there is collusion among retail operators nor is their evidence of cartel behaviour, but prices can be controlled by five refiner-marketers.He says the wholesale market for gasoline in B.C. is not truly competitive because of high market concentration levels, high barriers to entry and their ability to influence prices.The inquiry concluded that regulation could potentially reduce the wholesale or retail margins to what is justifiable in comparable jurisdictions and reduce price volatility, but further investigation is needed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Deadpool 2 Motorcycle Death Leaves Stunt Community Asking Tough Questions

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Veterans question the decision by producers to give the green light for the motorcycle scene to SJ Harris, a professional racer, rather than a more experienced film pro: “It absolutely could have been prevented.”Hollywood stunt performers are, by and large, united in their desire for film and television sets to be as safe as possible. They earn their keep by testing the limits in dangerous and often uncontrollable settings.But their insistence on this point also may explain why, in the wake of the tragic accident on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2, in which a 40-year-old professional motorcycle rider named Joi “SJ” Harris was killed, they have already started to ask whether Harris should have been driving the Ducati motorcycle in the first place for that film’s scene. “She was a highly qualified motorcyclist racer but not an experienced stunt person,” says Conrad Palmisano, a veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director with 47 years in the entertainment industry, including credits on Sleepless in Seattle, 21 Jump Street and scores of other productions. Palmisano expresses concerns about Harris’ racing background and how it would prepare her for this particular stunt. “It is my understanding that she is reported to be a pro racer,” he says. “But she rode 300cc cycles. The one she crashed on was 900cc motorcycle — much bigger, more powerful.”Harris hailed from New York and was widely lauded for becoming one of the country’s first and most successful black, female motorcycle riders. She was featured in a 2015 profile in Black Girls Ride magazine. Her social media feeds were paeans to the world of motorcycle riding, and her role in bringing that culture to a wider, more diverse audience had been recognized.The Deadpool 2 production was her very first job on a movie set. Several stunt people say her skills on the racetrack notwithstanding, the stunt work on Monday called for a professional stunt worker. Harris, they worry, was given the job less due to her professional riding chops and more because as a body double, her skin tone was a closer match with actress Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino in the film.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Moratti slams Icardis punishment

first_imgFormer Inter President Massimo Moratti has criticised the club’s decision to strip Mauro Icardi of their captaincy suggesting it was a useless thing to do.Inter’s decision came after Icardi’s agent-wife Wanda Nara went public with a series of statements about the striker’s future.However, the former Nerrazuri supremo Moratti defended the Argentine, describing him as ‘a great captain’.“Do I long for Bergomi and Zanetti? I also found a great captain in Icardi,” he told Football Italia via Sports Mediaset.“He’s always played with enthusiasm, sincerity, and professionalism, so I have nothing to say.“It’s my fault, it’s his fault, it’s your fault… everything’s been made public, everything’s been put out in the open and that isn’t a good thing.Moratti went on to question the club’s inability to keep their in house problems within than making it public.“It seems like a useless thing to do midway through the season. I don’t know what advantages it can bring, given they can’t sell him and have objectives to achieve.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s a situation that takes the player away from the club and the club away from the player.Moratti: “It Seems Useless To Strip Icardi Of Inter Captaincy Mid-Season” https://t.co/0grbQMoAHC #FCIM #ForzaInter #InterFans pic.twitter.com/JOWWd4bUd8— SempreInter.com (@SempreIntercom) February 14, 2019“What would I do? I don’t know the conditions so I don’t understand the reasons why the decision was made.“There will be reasons and internal strategies, but I can’t get into them.”Inter are still in the hunt for a Europa League title and Champions League spot in the League, but there are still lots of questions to be answered with the latest twist.last_img read more

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18yearold found dead at home after school denies promotion

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of an 18-year-old girl whose body was found inside her house in Habibpur area of Ranaghat in Nadia.According to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim, Sweta Sahu might have committed suicide by consuming poison. She was declared brought dead after being taken to a private nursing home in the district. She was a student of XI from Brajabala Girls’ High School in Nadia.The victim’s family members alleged that she suffered from mental depression as she was not promoted to class XII Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsafter she failed to appear for Geography practical examination. They also alleged that the school headmistress rebuked her. The school authorities called her on her cell phone on the day of practical examination but she did not answer. According to the school authorities, neither the student nor her family members informed the school about her not appearing for the examination.A few days ago, the girl and her family members went to the school headmistress and urged her to allow Sweta to the next class. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe headmistress did not, however, agree to promote her to the next class. The family members told police that the victim went into depression after the school authorities denied her promotion. She went into her room on Saturday evening and consumed poison. Her family members found her lying still in her bed. She was immediately rushed to a private nursing home at Ranaghat, where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. Following the incident, the girl’s family members lodged a complaint against the school headmistress at Ranaghat police station. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.The school authorities have, however, expressed their grief over her death. They also claimed that they tried to contact the victim and her family members but none responded. She was not promoted to class as she did not appear the examination, school authorities claimed.last_img read more

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CM visits Tarapith takes stock of development work

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Kali temple at Tarapith and offered puja and bhog on Thursday morning. She was accompanied by state Agriculture minister Ashis Banerjee.Later, she took stock of the work being carried out in the temple town. Following her initiative, Tarapith Rampurhat Development Authority (TRDA) was set up in March 2015. The sole purpose behind formation of the authority was to upgrade Tarapith into a world class centre for religious tourism. Thousands of people from across the country and the globe visit Tarapith every year. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, people come to the temple to offer pujas. As there is shortage of accommodation, the state government has set up rooms for the tourists. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state government has set up guest houses at Kankalitala, where pilgrims come to offer puja on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The TRDA consists of 75 moujas from Rampurhat and Morgram police station, including Rampurhat Municipality. A multiplex is being constructed under the Karmakhetra project to accommodate roadside shopkeepers. A clock tower will come up at Rampurhat Panchmati More. A swimming pool is being constructed at Girish Park. An eco park is coming up close to the temple as well. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the work for the same being carried out in full swing. The state government has also upgraded the shashan (crematorium) where tantriks and bhairabis come for religious practices and meditation. The rooms where the tantriks stay have been renovated and beautification surrounding the shashan has been carried out.last_img read more