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Macron’s popularity dips as French fuel tax revolt simmers

“Environment Minister Francois de Rugy said the government, which last week sought to placate motorists with subsidies for the worst off, would not back down on its fuel tax plans” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. His government introduced fuel tax hikes to encourage drivers to embrace less-polluting cars, touching a nerve with voters in rural areas in particular as the extra cost began to bite in October when global oil prices surged.PARIS (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron’s popularity took a further hit in recent weeks, according to a poll on…

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French Fuel Protests Turn Deadly Amid Fierce Backlash Against Tax Rise

“ASSOCIATED PRESS Protesters block the Champs Elysees avenue to protest fuel taxes in Paris, France, on Saturday” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. The rise in fuel taxes, notably for diesel fuel, spoke to citizens who feel the president has asked ordinary citizens to make the largest efforts in his bid to transform France.A protester has died and 47 others injured during roadblocks set up around France to demonstrate against rising fuel taxes, in a new challenge to the country’s embattled president, Emmanuel Macron. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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1 dead, scores injured in fuel tax protests around France

“Macron wants to close the gap between the price of diesel fuel and gasoline as part of his strategy to wean France off fossil fuels” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Those French who have a hard time making ends meet often rely on cheaper diesel fuel.The planned increase in fuel taxes, notably for diesel fuel, spoke to those French who feel the president has asked ordinary citizens to make the largest efforts in his bid to transform France.Taxes on diesel fuel have risen 7 euro cents (nearly 8 U.S. cents) and are to…

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‘Yellow vest’ protests against Macron snarl traffic across France…

“Thousands of drivers blocked roads across France on Saturday in a “yellow vest” movement against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under President Emmanuel Macron” reports france24.com. The movement enjoys much broader support than other protests since Macron swept to power last year, with 73 percent of respondents backing the protests in an Elabe poll this week. Source: france24.com Share This:

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Emirates Airline profits are down by 86% and things may not get better soon

“Emirates Airline profits over the first six months of its fiscal year are down a whopping 86% over the same period in 2017” writes Benjamin Zhang for businessinsider.com. The airline’s parent company, Emirates Group, saw profits fall 53% to $296 million on $14.8 billion in revenue.Even though revenue grew by 10%, the airline’s profits were severely impacted by a 42% increase in fuel costs. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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10 ways to fuel your days more effectively

“Here are 10 ways you can help your body run better every day: Choose quality fuel” writes Carrie Dennett for seattletimes.com. What nutrient-rich foods do is help your body run optimally and make the most of that food energy.Pick slow-digesting carbohydrates (“slow carbs”) like whole grains, whole fruits, vegetables or beans for a steadier supply of energy. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Singapore Airlines finds premium economy a tougher sell on new non-stop U.S. flights

“For premium economy, however, he said some markets were not “entirely familiar” with the product, which offers more leg room and other amenities than economy class” reports businessinsider.com. Mak declined to comment on whether Singapore Airlines could consider changing the configuration of the plane to include more business class seats.Singapore Airlines is offering premium economy fares as low as S$1,698 ($1,230.17) return from Singapore to New York for weekday travel over part of the peak Christmas travel period, according to its website.Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial Mak Swee Wah…

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Egypt’s annual inflation increases to 17.5% in October: CAPMAS

“Abdo noted that he cannot predict the inflation rate in 2019, explaining that it depends on how far the government will decrease the energy subsidies” writes Nihal Samir for dailynewsegypt.com. Egypt’s annual inflation declined to 17.5% year-over-year (y-o-y) in October, down from 31.8% in October 2017, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced on Saturday.The first was in mid-February and the second in late March, bringing interest rates to 16.75% for deposits and 17.75% for lending.Abdo said the country may face some difficulties in 2019 as the…

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California Energy Commission green-lights grant for hydrogen fuel cell station

“The California Energy Commission has voted to approve an $8 million grant for the development of a high-capacity hydrogen fueling station” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. A fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses is currently in operation in the Scottish city of Aberdeen.In September, European railway manufacturer Alstom launched what it says is the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, which can travel up to 140 kilometers per hour.In a statement Wednesday the Commission said the fueling station, at the Port of Long Beach, would be used to service and…

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