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Postby chitianshi520 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:32 am
Home heating oil prices are pushing record highs; this does not bode well for the northeast where oil heating is the most heavily concentrated.

Whereas home heating oil prices are skyrocketing , the price of natural gas is headed downward. It used to be that natural gas and home heating oil prices moved in sync with one another, if oil went down, so did gas. This is no longer the case, the two fuels have uncoupled from one another because of the huge finds of domestic natural gas that hitherto had been locked in shale formations. With a combination of new techniques and age old technology , it is now possible to tap this gas which is more than a mile deep.

As the price of home heating oil, which is just diesel fuel which is untaxed, continues to rise, the economies of switching the heating system to natural gas become noticeable. The drop in gas prices is having a serious effect on the heating oil business. In the northeast , where winters are hard and long, home heating oil prices have more than doubled over the last 10 years and are now hovering at almost double the price of natural gas. The US Energy Dept set that at $27 for 1 million Btu’s using oil vs. $13 for 1 million Btu's using gas.

Although fuel prices are driving the switch from oil to gas, the prices are not the only thing. There have been vicious storms and hurricanes along the northeast coast of the Atlantic, these storms flooded many homes , destroying the furnaces and heating systems. Consumers are taking the opportunity to change fuels and have the conversion done by the insurance payout.

Not cheap:

It's not just a matter of switching; there are a lot of components that have to be changed. The average price for the conversion is anywhere between $2,000 and $5,000 depending on whether the bulky tank must be removed and disposed of. If there is no gas in the area, it usually becomes a neighborhood switch as there are costs associated with getting the lines laid; this is also true getting the line from the street to the house.

On average , the payback is anywhere from five to 10 years, however, for those who are making the conversion on insurance proceeds, they are not concerned with payback.

The companies who deliver home heating oil are not taking this frontal attack sitting down. Although there is little that the distributor can do about the prices , they do warn that making the switch to natural gas may prove to be an expensive gamble. Just as gas prices dropped due to new finds, the oil companies warn that new oil finds can have a similar effect on the home heating oil prices, driving them down. "


UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that poverty is both a cause and consequence of social exclusion, while calling for addressing social inequalities to lift people out of extreme poverty.


In his message on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Ban said humiliation and exclusion are powerful drivers of social unrest and, in extreme cases, the violent extremism that is troubling so many parts of the world.


He further noted that poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income; it is also manifested in restricted access to health, education and other essential services.


UN statistics show some 1 billion people live in extreme poverty and more than 800 million endure hunger and malnutrition in today's world.


""We must break down the walls of poverty and exclusion that plague so many people in every region of the world,"" said Ban. ""We must build inclusive societies that promote participation by all.""


The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed annually on Oct. 17 to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty in all countries.


This year, the theme for the day is ""Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms.""

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SYDNEY, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- First-time mothers are increasingly hesitant to vaccinate their children , according to a study released Friday.


The study said that nearly half of all first-time mothers had concerns over vaccinating their children.


The study conducted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute found that only 73 percent of mothers they surveyed had decided to vaccinate their children by the time they ready to give birth, while just under 90 percent of mothers who already had children were sure about vaccinating their children.


Lead author on the study Margie Danchin told Xinhua on Friday that the results of the study were "concerning", especially considering the vast difference between first-time mothers and those who were more experienced.


"It really highlights the fact that first-time mums are often facing this question about vaccines for the first time for their kids, and that they are really perplexed by it , and have concerns," Danchin said.


A particular worry is the rise of the anti-vaccination movement, or "anti-vaxxers", who spread misinformation about vaccines , with a doctor in Melbourne, John Piesse, recently being forced to stop practicing medicine in August after speaking at a forum and bragging about helping mothers avoid getting vaccinations for their newborn children.


Danchin believed that these anti-vax groups can be "very vocal", causing parents to question the conclusive scientific evidence showing that vaccinations are necessary to protect children at the developmental stages of their lives.


"(Those groups) make parents doubt the science , and certainly get parents to question what information is reputable and what they should trust. So I think it's truly the job of us as strong vaccine advocates to provide parents with suitable clear information," Danchin said.


"We really want to target the healthcare providers in .
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