Egypt Monthly Prices Fall Most in 18 Months on Food Costs

Total Acquires Fonroche Biogaz – Quick Facts

Total (TTA.L,TOT) announced the acquisition of Fonroche Biogaz, a company that designs, builds and operates anaerobic digestion units in France. Fonroche Biogaz has close to 500 gigawatt-hours of installed capacity, which doubled between 2019 and 2020. Total said, with the acquisition, it becomes a major player in renewable gas in France and Europe.

“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy and our climate ambition to get to Net Zero by 2050,” said Philippe Sauquet, President Gas, Renewables & Power at Total.

Bernie Sanders’ Inauguration Mood Is the Perfect Meme for Winter 2021

I am once again asking you to apply an extremely versatile photo of Bernie Sanders to a multitude of situations in your life—because, yet again, the Vermont senator has gone viral for merely being his 79-year-old self. Sanders’ latest meme-able event arrived almost exactly a year after his last, the still-applicable “I am once again asking you” moment from a late 2019 fundraising video. Upon his arrival at the Jan. 20 inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the nation’s new president and vice president, Sanders plopped down in a chair far away from the rest of the audience (social distancing king!), burrowed into his coat and cozy-looking knit mittens, and waited for the festivities to begin. And thus, a meme was born.

As with previous widely circulated photos of Sanders, the most relatable thing about this snapshot is the septuagenarian’s constant air of no-nonsense grumpiness and a general vibe of being immediately over whatever is happening if it doesn’t directly pertain to his legislative goals—in the same way that, say, you might be incredibly over a party if you’re just not in a partying mood. That vibe, plus Sanders’ admirable dedication to COVID protocols, just might qualify this incredible photo as not only the first truly great meme of 2021, but also a perfect encapsulation of this particular moment in history.

In an added bonus, Twitter users have noticed that Sanders appears to be wearing the exact same coat in his 2021 meme as he was in the fundraising video that soon became his 2020 “I am once again asking you” meme. You’ve got to admire his consistency and practicality!

Govt extends cap on domestic airfares till March 31

However, airlines will need to sell 20 per cent seats below midpoint of the fare band on each flight instead of 40 per cent as mandated earlier.

India has extended the cap on domestic airfares till March 31.

However, government has made a little tweak to the rules. Airlines will need to sell 20 per cent seats below midpoint of the fare band on each flight instead of 40 per cent as mandated earlier.

Many airlines have opposed the system of government regulating air fare, saying that it impacts their flexibility of offering ticket prices in order to increase passenger occupancy when already air travel is under pressure.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the aviation ministry implemented a cap on domestic airfare till 24 November. India started operating domestic flights after a gap of two months in the last week of May. The domestic flights in India have a cap on fares with both an upper and lower limit.

Flights between cities that are under 40 minutes have been classified under section one, while those under 40-60 minutes are under section two. Section three consists of destinations 60-90 minutes apart by flight, section four comprises cities 90-120 minutes apart, section five consists of cities 120-150 minutes apart. Destinations between 150-180 minutes and 180-210 minutes have been classified under sections 6 and 7, respectively.

River of Rain Threatens to Unleash Pacific Northwest Mudslides

Flooding rains will leave as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain throughout the Pacific Northwest, sending mud and debris down hillsides burned by wildfires last summer.

The storm, called an “atmospheric river,” will be one of the strongest “in recent memory,” said Rich Otto, a forecaster at the U.S.Weather Prediction Center. Rain could fall at a rate of 0.5 inches to 0.75 inches in Oregon and Washington through Wednesday. Landslides are possible in areas where the deluge meets burns scars, he said.

Atmospheric rivers can flow thousands of miles, carrying enough water to rival the average flow at the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Flood warnings and advisories are posted from the coast of Washington and Oregon to parts of northern Idaho, according to the National Weather Service. While atmospheric rivers often bring heavy snows, Otto said this will be mainly a rain event.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study last year found that such events caused 84% of flood damage across 11 western states over a 40-year period. They cost $1.1 billion in damages annually.

Egypt Monthly Prices Fall Most in 18 Months on Food Costs

Monthly consumer prices in urban parts of Egypt fell to their lowest level in about 18 months in December as food costs declined, according to the state-run statistics agency CAPMAS.

The CPI contracted 0.4% on a monthly basis compared to a 0.8% expansion in November. Meanwhile, the annual rate slowed to 5.4% from 5.7% in November, CAPMAS said.

On a monthly basis, food and beverage prices, which comprise the largest single component of the inflation basket, fell 1.2%.

The North African nation’s central bank held rates Dec. 24, saying that average inflation in the fourth quarter of 2020 was likely to come under its target floor of 6%. Its next rate meeting is set for Feb. 4.