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Fourth of July gas prices to be the lowest since 2004

first_img Twitter (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) On the Fourth of July this year, gas prices in Indiana and across the country will be the lowest they have been since 2004.Patrick DeHaan, the head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, says you can thank the coronavirus for that.“That’s not too unfamiliar. Memorial Day also saw the lowest Memorial Day prices since 2004, so essentially we’re just continuing a trend here,” says DeHaan. “It does compare to 2008 (the recession). We actually saw prices fall even more substantially back then. Of course, back then it did kind of feel like the world was collapsing.”GasBuddy says the Fourth of July national gas price average is $2.17 this year. In 2019, it was $2.76. In 2004, it was $1.87. In Indiana, the current average is $2.16. It’s also $2.16 it’s $2.14 in Indianapolis, $2.10 in Evansville, and $2.15 in Fort Wayne.If you are traveling during the holiday weekend, there are ways to find the cheapest prices possible near you whether you are in Indiana or not.“When you get low on gas, just look around you and compare prices. Almost every time, you can save at least 15 or 20 cents per gallon between the highest and lowest stations. You can see a lot of volatility just by crossing the state line,” says DeHaan.DeHaan recommends using a gas price comparison app, like GasBuddy to find the cheapest prices wherever you are.DeHaan says he’s closely monitoring the coronavirus situation with some states in the south like Texas and Florida. Those states have seen a rise in coronavirus infections over the last couple of weeks.“We are seeing a drop in demand in some of the states. That could be part of a larger trend that could eventually mean a downturn in gas prices, but it’s very early to get useful information. We have to see demand consistently dropping. We don’t have enough demand data to say that undeniably demand is going down right now. If demand does continue to drop in those places, that could impact prices countrywide. That’s because California, Texas, and Florida, where cases are surging, are the top three gasoline-consuming states,” says DeHaan.Trilby Lundberg, oil and gas analyst with the Lundberg Survey, agrees with DeHaan.“This is a crawl back up, but it is not a surge. Only a very strong recovery in gasoline demand on top of strong oil prices could do that,” says Lundberg. WhatsApp Google+ By Network Indiana – June 30, 2020 1 218 Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Fourth of July gas prices to be the lowest since 2004 IndianaLocalMichiganNews Previous articleTCU discovers a card skimmer on a Mishawaka ATMNext articleRegulators: Utilities can’t charge customers for losses from pandemic Network Indianalast_img read more

Looking Forward: 2016 trends and threats

first_imgThe New Year is bound to bring a fresh wave of challenges to the baking industry, with the effects of the sugar tax drama yet to be felt and the National Living Wage coming into force. But there are opportunities too, with sourdough and free-from products still proving popular and sprouted grains offering a new direction for healthy bakery. Here, British Baker looks at some of the trends and threats that might be heading the industry’s way in 2016:Trend – Gluten-freeGluten-free products were a key trend of 2015, not only for coeliacs but also those pursuing a healthier lifestyle due to the perceived benefits of quitting the protein. The trend shows no sign of abating, with many producers finding they can produce certain gluten-free products which are indiscernible from the regular version. Michael Carr, sales and marketing director at ingredients producer Edme, told British Baker, the trend is set to continue. “Gluten-free will expand significantly in the coming year, with increased visibility in supermarket aisles driving awareness and initiating trial. The quality of gluten-free products will continue to improve as bakers gain more experience in this field.”Trend – SourdoughSourdough is set to be another key trend for 2016. The popularity of artisan bakeries and the efforts of the Real Bread Campaign continue unabated and the public is lapping up sourdough’s complex taste and earthy sentiment. Mike Holling, executive director at the Craft Bakers Association (CBA), said: “I think sourdough’s going to be very interesting, I’m sure that’s going to be another part of the growth market.”Trend – Sprouted GrainsWith the health debate increasingly as much about what to eat rather than what to avoid, sprouted grains seem poised to light up the healthy bakery market. Allowed to germinate before use, sprouted grains are lower in starch and higher in proteins, vitamins and minerals compared to regular grain. Carr said: “The market for sprouted grain has grown considerably in the US during the past year, and interest is now mounting rapidly in the UK and rest of Europe. We will be launching new products in this category early this year: watch this space! Additionally we would expect our malted products (malting involves the process of sprouting) to benefit from demand for sprouted grain ingredients.”Threat – National Living Wage and Apprenticeship LevyThe National Living Wage is coming into effect next April, with pay for the over-25s rising to a minimum of £7.20 an hour and then climbing to a final figure of £9 per hour by 2020. Meanwhile, employers with paybills of £3m and over will be force to pay a levy to fund the government’s ambitious apprenticeship programme. Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, said: “The combined costs of these policies for each bakery business are significant and are placing jobs, particularly in rural areas, at risk and it is essential that bakers pass these costs on, where possible, to their customers. Therefore bakery prices will have to rise and if they don’t then there is potential for business failure and more rationalisation, mergers and acquisitions within the sector.”Threat – SugarSugar came under attack in 2015, with a report by Public Health England linking it to obesity. Calls for a sugar tax to reduce consumption have come in from all angles, including from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. While no government action has yet been taken, a tax is still a real threat for 2016 and the public will be looking to see lower sugar in their products regardless of legislation. Holling said: “Whatever the government is proposing hopefully they will engage with us because we have worked together in the past, as we did with the reduction of salt levels. I’m sure if we all take a positive approach to it we can come to some positive outcome.”He added: “They could implement a tax but that is not going to stop people buying sugary products. They need to have more of a policy of education and also of personal responsibility.”Threat – SkillsEnsuring there are enough individuals with the right skills is always a challenge in any industry, especially in terms of attracting the next generation, and 2016 looks to be no exception. Clarke said: “Recruiting skilled employees across the business is still a challenge and government policy being to reduce the amount of funding provided for training should be thought of as a challenge by the sector. Not being afraid of paying for quality training and demanding high standards needs to be the norm or there is a real danger that high quality craft skills will be lost, as the older generation retires.”last_img read more

We Celebrate An Act of God’s Return to Broadway

first_img Related Shows An Act of God The Second Coming! An Act of God officially returns to Broadway on June 6. This time the show stars Sean Hayes as the Almighty; the comedy was written by God (stay with us) and has been transcribed by David Javerbaum, who also collaborated with the Holy Father on The Last Testament: A Memoir. Joe Mantello directs.To celebrate this most sacred of events at the Booth Theatre, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson” penned this sketch of the Great White Way’s holy trinity. Front and center is the Almighty Himself (as portrayed by Hayes), as well as David Josefsberg and James Gleason as Archangels Michael and Gabriel, respectively.Happy opening to the cast of An Act of God! Sending you all the Praise Hands emoji. © Justin “Squigs” Robertson About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016last_img read more