Electric Razors What To Look For When Buying


By Linda Powell

Electric shavers offer the ultimate in convenience while providing a close and comfortable shave. In our fast-paced society where every second counts, purchasing a quality electric shaver with all the essential features will increase the efficiency of the shaving experience.

The first electric shaver was produced in 1937 by Remington and since then there has been significant improvements thanks to the advances in modern technology. Basically, the concept of an electric shaver hasn’t changed; it works on the simple principle of a series of rotating blades. The compact electric motor provides the power allowing the unit to run off standard AC current. They also come with a rechargeable battery that makes the shaver completely portable and able to be used anywhere and anytime.

Electric shavers provide many benefits and are very popular. Since the sole purpose of shaving is to remove excess or unwanted hair, these types of shavers do that with ease. Because of their design and the positioning of the oscillating blades, the shave is very close and of excellent quality.

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Additionally, there is no need for any type of shaving soaps or cream to soften the beard hairs. This essentially saves time and money as those products are no longer needed to provide a clean and comfortable shave. Electric razors are made to cut hair gently and close to the skin’s surface. Built-in safety covers minimize the chances of the skin being cut by the blades.

While electric shavers come with a power cord, the rechargeable battery feature makes them perfect for travel or for a quick trim before an important business meeting or special date.

When purchasing an electric shaver, keep in mind several key features that will improve the unit’s effectiveness. Perhaps the most important feature is being able to use them for wet applications. This means they can be safely used in the shower or with the addition of a shaving conditioner. The unit may even have a dispenser built into the system that releases the conditioner. The wet use capability of an electric razor is definitely a feature that gives more options to the shaving experience.

Since shaving is all about cutting hair, different models may feature specialized cutting actions of the blades. The best type of blades lifts the hairs before cutting, making for a very smooth shave. A shaver that is configured to follow the contours of the face and neck is also an important feature and one that will make for a comfortable experience with less irritation to the skin.

A built in cleaning system is another essential feature. The base of this type of electric razor allows a cleaning solution to easily pass through the heads to remove all hair and dead skin. It’s believed that this feature adds to the life of the razor by cleaning more efficiently than those that need to be cleaned manually. A cleaner razor will always provide a better shaving experience.

Electric shavers are a solid investment. They are easy to use, time-efficient and provide a smooth shave. With the right features, they can greatly enhance the overall shaving experience.

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21-year-old man sexually assaulted in New Zealand


Tuesday, January 2, 2007

A 21-year-old New Zealander, who has not been named, was sexually assaulted by another man early yesterday morning (NZDT) in Wellington, New Zealand. The New Zealand police have described the sexual attack as “prolonged and terrifying”.

The man was first threatened with a weapon at a shopping center located in Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington and was then forced into a dark and isolated carpark where the sexual attack occurred.

Detective Sergeant Zane Smith, said that they have been given a very good description of the attacker and with that description have released an identikit picture. The attacker is a male M?ori aged between mid-20s and early 30s, measures around 1.8 metres and has a solid build. The most identifiable feature is a M?ori tattoo located on his chin. The attacker was also wearing a ‘50 Cent‘ green hooded top, faded black baggy jeans and was wearing sneakers coloured red and white.

The attacker has still not been found and police are asking for anyone who may have been in the Riddiford Street shopping centre between 2:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras are being examined.

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U.S. FDA advisory committee votes to grant Emergency Use Authorization to Moderna coronavirus vaccine


Friday, December 18, 2020

Capping a nearly year-long effort, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), after the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) voted yesterday 20-0, with 1 abstention, that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh its risks.

This comes less than 1 week after the FDA granted emergency use authorization to a similar vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech.

During yesterday’s deliberations, the advisory committee discussed plans to unblind participants in existing clinical studies, and considered whether scientific integrity requires placebo control of continuing studies. One possible solution that was discussed is a blinded crossover design. An additional research question is how to study whether vaccines protect against asymptomatic transmission. The committee member who abstained from the final vote said that expanded access would be better than emergency use authorization. Generally, the FDA adheres to the recommendations of its advisory committees, with only rare exceptions.

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines are the first two of their kind: they contain ribonucleic acid (RNA) encased in lipid nanoparticles. The nanoparticles deliver the RNA to cells in the body of the person receiving the vaccine. Ribosomes, which are parts of all cells, then translate the RNA into spike protein which then produces an immune response.

The emergency use authorization of a second vaccine comes as a welcome addition to the first, since no one single company can make enough vaccine for every person in the world (5–8 billion doses will be necessary for herd immunity depending on whether the vaccines prevent asymptomatic transmission or not). Also, the Moderna vaccine must be stored at -20°C (-4°F) which, while very cold, is easier to attain than the -70°C (-94°F) ±10°C required for storage of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which requires vast quantities of dry ice and special, ultra-low-temperature freezers.

In the United States, the first shipment of each vaccine (for example, 3 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) will be reserved for health-care workers and nursing homes. Pfizer expects to manufacture 20 million doses of their vaccine in time to be administered this year, and 100 million by March. After nursing-home residents and health-care workers, the next people in line to receive the vaccines will be those over 65 years of age and those with significant co-morbidities and risk factors, and some essential workers. The general public in the United States can expect to have vaccines available in their doctors’ offices or pharmacies later in the spring of 2021.

The vaccine is designed to be taken twice; the second dose of the Moderna vaccine should be administered 4 weeks after the first. The second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine should be administered 3 weeks after the first, and people should take the same brand twice.

The legal authority for emergency-use authorization is in section 564 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. An EUA is less than a full approval, and represents a determination by the FDA that

  • The disease must be serious or life-threatening.
  • The vaccine may be effective to prevent, diagnose, or treat the disease.
  • The known and potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine.
  • No adequate, fully-approved, alternative product is available to prevent the disease.

The vaccine development process normally takes 5–20 years, but scientists developed the new vaccines in record time by building on their experience with SARS and by performing many of the development, manufacturing, and testing steps in parallel.

COVID-19 is a respiratory and hematologic disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus believed to have originated in bats. The virus typically causes a cold-like or flu-like illness, but illness severity ranges widely from no symptoms at all to death, and it is very contagious. Although many cases are asymptomatic (50% of all transmission is from asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic persons), the disease has killed over 1.5 million people (294,874 of whom are in the United States) in only a year.

Donald Trump had directed the FDA commissioner to issue the EUA for the first (Pfizer/BioNTech) vaccine by the end of the day on Friday, December 11. Researchers continue to test 63 different vaccines against the coronavirus on humans.

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  • Josh Dawsey and Laurie McGinley. “White House orders FDA chief to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Friday or submit his resignation” — The Washington Post, December 11, 2020
  • Fernando P. Polack, M.D., Stephen J. Thomas, M.D., Nicholas Kitchin, M.D., Judith Absalon, M.D., Alejandra Gurtman, M.D., Stephen Lockhart, D.M., John L. Perez, M.D., Gonzalo Pérez Marc, M.D., Edson D. Moreira, M.D., Cristiano Zerbini, M.D., Ruth Bailey, B.Sc., Kena A. Swanson, Ph.D., et al., for the C4591001 Clinical Trial Group. “Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine” — New England Journal of Medicine, December 10, 2020
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  • “COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic (Lecture 8: Vaccines)” — MIT, September 3, 2020
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U.S. Senate debates raising national debt ceiling


Monday, March 13, 2006

The U.S. Senate is debating the 2007 budget this week, dealing with, among many things, controversial issues such as the oil drilling in Alaska, raising the national debt ceiling, and an amendment that would fund $1.5 million dollars to veterans’ health-care. The Senate is also considering budget measures over an amendment that would increase funding for local and state law enforcement to combat methamphetamine.

The national debt ceiling is supposed to prevent the U.S. public debt from growing to excessive amounts. If the national debt grows to reach beyond a previously budgeted ceiling level, branches of government are shut down and provide only limited services. The shut down force a reduction in spending. The measure is meant to prevent excessive amounts of national debt from occurring. Rather than letting the level of national debt approach that ceiling, it is typical practice within the U.S. Congress to raise the national debt ceiling annually.

The $781 billion increase asked for this year is the fourth hike request in the last five years. Bush administration budgets have pushed debt ceiling increase request to a level of 46% higher over five years, a $3 trillion increase.

Senator Judd Gregg, Budget Committee Chairman, argued in favor of increasing the ceiling, citing growths in the economy under the Bush administration. Kent Conrad, ranking Democrat member of the Budget Committee, rebutted that the economy has not been recovering as well as it has been after World War II and six other similar recovery periods, and that the economic period after World War II averaged 3.2% in growth.

A “PAYGO” amendment by Conrad Burns would have required offsetts for any new spending beyond the original resolution. It failed, needing 51 votes, but receiving 50. Lincoln Chafee’s amendment would increase funding by $2 billion for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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India set to install panic buttons on buses to combat sexual assault


Friday, May 27, 2016

The Indian Government announced on Wednesday they will issue a notification to ensure all buses are fitted with panic buttons to prevent sex-related violence occurring on buses in India. The motion was introduced by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. Installation of the buttons is set to become mandatory on June 2.

Tests are under way on 20 buses running from Rajasthan to New Delhi. Buses are to have panic buttons, a GPS-enabled vehicle tracking device, and CCTV cameras. The new buttons are located at the front doors and when pressed, a police control room has the ability to view live footage recorded inside the bus.

Last month, the government announced that as of 2017, mobile phones can’t be sold in India without a panic button. With the press of a single key, the panic button alerts emergency services that assistance is required.

Since a fatal sexual assault three and a half years ago on a bus in New Delhi, accompanied by increased rates of sexual assault, the government has been pressured to help women avoid the dangers of sexual assault. The bus sexual assault three and a half years ago resulted in India-wide protests, and laws regarding sexual assault were overhauled.

According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2014 New Delhi reported 1,813 rapes, more than any other Indian city. In more than 80% of rapes across India, the victim knew the rapist. In data from 2013, the rapists in 539 cases were parents, in 2,315 cases other relatives.

In 2012 the NCRB said the country had 24,923 reported rapes. However, this number grew over the following year, with 2013 seeing 33,707 reported.

In 2013, NCRB said New Delhi saw 1,636 rapes reported, with an Indian average of 92 women per day. The New Delhi cases alone account for more than four per day.

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Looking For Outdoor Living Options? Consider Fire Pits In Salt Lake City, Ut


byAlma Abell

One of the current design trends is expanding a home’s living area by making better use of outdoor spaces. Decks and patios are becoming increasingly important as property owners look for ways to enjoy the outdoors and entertain guests. One of the components now routinely seen in outdoor living spaces is Fire Pits in Salt Lake City UT.

Choosing the Best Options

Fire pits come in a variety of sizes and styles designed to fit virtually any exterior living space. Of course, there are also many materials used to create fire pits, suggesting it should never be difficult to locate a fire pit or fire table to meet a home’s unique needs. The fuel source selected will also be important, as fire pits and tables using wood, natural gas, or LP gas are all readily available. Design experts will generally work closely with property owners to ensure the best fuel option is selected.

Eat, Entertain, and Stay Warm

Fire Pits in Salt Lake City UT can be used as gathering spots for family and friends during most of the year. Even cooler nights will be comfortable when everyone is sitting around a fire pit enjoying each other’s company. Many designs include sitting areas that double as dining spaces. That means everyone can be together as they eat a wonderful dinner. Contractors and design professionals help clients define their needs and select the best fire pits to meet those needs.

Enjoy Flexibility

It’s rather easy to locate a fire pit just about wherever a homeowner feels appropriate. While routing natural gas lines poses some degree of difficulty during installations, opting for wood or LP fire pits makes it possible to install a fire pit just about anywhere. That level of flexibility is ideal for property owners who want to periodically change their deck or patio configuration.

If you’re currently considering a fire pit or table, now is the perfect time to contact a professional for advice. The experts are always available to help homeowners decide which fire pit or fire table would best fulfill their design objectives. If you’ve got questions or would like to explore your outdoor living options, contact Stone Mountain Castings & Design today. Like us on Facebook.

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Wikinews interviews Duncan Campbell, co-founder of wheelchair rugby


Friday, September 7, 2012

London, England — On Wednesday, Wikinews interviewed Duncan Campbell, one of the creators of wheelchair rugby.

((Laura Hale)) You’re Duncan Campbell, and you’re the founder of…

Duncan Campbell: One of the founders of wheelchair rugby.

((Laura Hale)) And you’re from Canada, eh?

Duncan Campbell: Yes, I’m from Canada, eh! (laughter)

((Laura Hale)) Winnipeg?

Duncan Campbell: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

((Laura Hale)) You cheer for — what’s that NHL team?

Duncan Campbell: I cheer for the Jets!

((Laura Hale)) What sort of Canadian are you?

Duncan Campbell: A Winnipeg Jets fan! (laughter)

((Laura Hale)) I don’t know anything about ice hockey. I’m a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

((Hawkeye7)) Twenty five years ago…

Duncan Campbell: Thirty five years ago!

((Laura Hale)) They said twenty five in the stadium…

Duncan Campbell: I know better.

((Hawkeye7)) So it was 1977.

((Laura Hale)) You look very young.

Duncan Campbell: Thank you. We won’t get into how old I am.

((Hawkeye7)) So how did you invent the sport?

Duncan Campbell: I’ve told this story so many times. It was a bit of a fluke in a way, but there were five of us. We were all quadriplegic, that were involved in sport, and at that time we had the Canadian games for the physically disabled. So we were all involved in sports like table tennis or racing or swimming. All individual sports. And the only team sport that was available at that time was basketball, wheelchair basketball. But as quadriplegics, with hand dysfunction, a bit of arm dysfunction, if we played, we rode the bench. We’d never get into the big games or anything like that. So we were actually going to lift weights one night, and the volunteer who helped us couldn’t make it. So we went down to the gym and we started throwing things around, and we tried a few things, and we had a volleyball. We kind of thought: “Oh! This is not bad. This is a lot of fun.” And we came up with the idea in a night. Within one night.

((Hawkeye7)) So all wheelchair rugby players are quadriplegics?

Duncan Campbell: Yes. All wheelchair rugby players have to have a disability of some kind in all four limbs.

((Laura Hale)) When did the classification system for wheelchair rugby kick in?

Duncan Campbell: It kicked in right away because there was already a classification system in place for wheelchair basketball. We knew basketball had a classification system, and we very consciously wanted to make that all people with disabilities who were quadriplegics got to play. So if you make a classification system where the people with the most disability are worth more on the floor, and you create a system where there are only so many points on the floor, then the people with more disability have to play. And what that does is create strategy. It creates a role.

((Hawkeye7)) Was that copied off wheelchair basketball?

Duncan Campbell: To some degree, yes.

((Laura Hale)) I assume you’re barracking for Canada. Have they had any classification issues? That made you

Duncan Campbell: You know, I’m not going to… I can’t get into that in a major way in that there’s always classification issues. And if you ask someone from basketball, there’s classification issues. If you ask someone from swimming… There’s always classification issues. The classifiers have the worst job in the world, because nobody’s ever satisfied with what they do. But they do the best they can. They’re smart. They know what they’re doing. If the system needs to change, the athletes will, in some way, encourage it to change.

((Laura Hale)) Do you think the countries that have better classifiers… as someone with an Australian perspective they’re really good at classification, and don’t get theirs overturned, whereas the Americans by comparison have had a number of classification challenges coming in to these games that they’ve lost. Do you think that having better classifiers makes a team better able to compete at an international level?

Duncan Campbell: What it does is ensures that you practice the right way. Because you know the exact classifications of your players then you’re going to lineups out there that are appropriate and fit the classification. If your classifications are wrong then you may train for six months with a lineup that becomes invalid when that classification. So you want to have good classifiers, and you want to have good classes.

((Laura Hale)) When you started in 1977, I’ve seen pictures of the early wheelchairs. I assume that you were playing in your day chair?

Duncan Campbell: Yes, all the time. And we had no modifications. And day chairs at that time were folding chairs. They were Earjays or Stainless. That’s all the brands there were. The biggest change in the game has been wheelchairs.

((Laura Hale)) When did you retire?

Duncan Campbell: I never retired. Still play. I play locally. I play in the club level all the time.

((Laura Hale)) When did you get your first rugby wheelchair?

Duncan Campbell: Jesus, that’s hard for me to even think about. A long time ago. I would say maybe twenty years ago.

((Laura Hale)) Were you involved in creating a special chair, as Canadians were pushing the boundaries and creating the sport?

Duncan Campbell: To a degree. I think everybody was. Because you wanted the chair that fit you. Because they are all super designed to an individual. Because it allows you to push better, allows you to turn better. Allows you to use your chair in better ways on the court. Like you’ve noticed that the defensive chairs are lower and longer. That’s because the people that are usually in a defensive chair have a higher disability, which means they have less balance. So they sit lower, which means they can use their arms better, and longer so they can put screens out and set ticks for those high point players who are carrying the ball. It’s very much strategic.

((Hawkeye7)) I’d noticed that in wheelchair basketball the low point player actually gets more court time…

Duncan Campbell: …because that allows the high point player to play. And its the same in this game. Although in this game there’s two ways to go. You can go a high-low lineup, which is potentially two high point players and two very low point players, which is what Australia does right now with Ryley Batt and the new kid Chris Bond. They have two high point players, and two 0.5 point players. It makes a very interesting scenario for, say, the US, who use four mid-point players. In that situation, all four players can carry the ball; in the Australian situation, usually only two of them can carry the ball.

((Laura Hale)) Because we know you are going soon, the all-important question: can Canada beat the Australians tonight?

Duncan Campbell: Of course they are. (laughter)

((Laura Hale)) Because Australians love to gamble, what’s your line on Canada?

Duncan Campbell: It’s not a big line! I’m not putting a big line on it! (laughter) I’d say it’s probably 6–5.

((Hawkeye7)) Is your colour commentary for the Canadian broadcast?

Duncan Campbell: That was for the IPC. I did the GB–US game this morning. I do the Sweden–Australia game tomorrow at two. And then I’m doing the US–France game on the last day.

((Laura Hale)) Are you happy with the level of coverage the Canadians are providing your sport?

Duncan Campbell: No.

((Laura Hale)) Thank you for an honest answer.

Duncan Campbell: Paralympic Sports TV is their own entity. They webcast, but they’re not a Canadian entity. Our Canadian television is doing… can I swear?

((Laura Hale)) Yeah! Go ahead!

Duncan Campbell: No! (laughter) They’re only putting on an hour a day. A highlight package, which to me is…

((Hawkeye7)) It’s better than the US.

Duncan Campbell: Yes, I’ve heard it’s better than the US. At the same time, it’s crap. You have here [in Great Britain], they’ve got it on 18 hours a day, and it’s got good viewership. When are we going to learn in North America that viewership is out there for it? How many times do we have to demonstrate it? We had the Paralympics in Vancouver two years ago, the Winter Paralympics, and we had crappy coverage there. There was an actual outburst demand to put the opening ceremonies on TV because they weren’t going to do it. And they had to do it, because everybody complained. So they did it, but they only did it in BC, in our home province, where they were holding it. The closing ceremonies they broadcast nationally because the demand was so high. But they still haven’t changed their attitudes.

((Laura Hale)) I have one last question: what did it mean for you when they had a Canadian flag bearer who was a wheelchair rugby player?

Duncan Campbell: I recruited that guy. It was fantastic. I recruited him. Found him playing hockey. And that guy has put in so much time and effort into the game. He absolutely deserves it. No better player.

((Laura Hale)) Thank you!

((Hawkeye7)) Thank you! Much appreciated.

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Concert Stage: 5 Most Amazing And Expensive Stages Assembled


Concert Stage: 5 Most Amazing and Expensive Stages Assembled by Phillipa JamesWe all like listening to music. You hear music everywhere – from the supermarket to your car radio. We may all have different reasons for listening to music, but one thing’s for sure, music gives all of us a common ground. It is no wonder then that we all have this desire to go to concerts. After all, music is taken to a whole new level when it is being played live and you are there to witness all the wonders – from the energetic artists to the flawless concert stage.If you’ve ever been to a live music event you know that some concerts are just a cut above the rest. The artists and performances are not the only mind-blowing experience. You will also be amazed at the extravagance of the stage sets and designs. Some artists hire stage builders and designers to go on tour with them so they can build the same concert stage on all of their tour stops. Below are some of the most amazing and extravagant concert stage designs ever built:U2 – 360 TourPerhaps the most expensive concert stage setup is that of U2 during the 360 Tour. It was considered as technologically innovative, having the loudest sound system ever and cost between $23-31 Million per set-up. The design included a 200-ton, gigantic arachnid-like structure called The Claw. The structure features a central pylon that’s 151 feet in height.Photo Credit: Daily MailU2 featured this stage during their tour between 2009 and 2012 with stops throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. There was also a huge video wall on the stage set that is said to cost around $1 million to build. These expenses were well worth it as U2 sold out all of their concert venues and the 360 Tour became the highest grossing tour in history – with $730 million total sales.Roger Waters – The Wall TourInspired by Pink Floyd’s The Wall album and tours, Roger Waters went on to have one of the most notable concert tours in history. It was more than just a mere concert, more like a complex display of stage theatrics, symbolism and amazing set design. Held between 2010 and 2013, the concert tour cost about $10 million per setup and spent an estimated $60 million on just props.Photo Credit: TelegraphRoger Waters toured the North and South America, Europe and Oceania – with a total of 219 venues. Each venue featured a stage with the biggest video screens (running at more than 500 feet in length and 80 feet high) displaying various anti-war messages and pictures of people who died during the war. Madonna – Sticky and Sweet TourWell known for her lavish shows, Madonna never fails to amaze and wow her fans in every one of her concerts. She’s the Queen of Pop, after all. For the Sticky and Sweet Tour, Madonna performed 85 shows with a total of $261 million expenses for the stage sets. As glamorous as the queen is herself, the stage was designed with two large M’s which were encrusted with diamonds – each M costing over $1 million.Photo Credit: WikiCommonsAside from the grandiose of the stage, Madonna’s entrance was also of grandeur. She rolled out on a white Rolls Royce and played on a T-shaped catwalk. Various guests included Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Britney Spears, and Kanye West – all projected on a giant LED screen. The tour gathered more than 3.5 million fans and grossed $408.6 million – the highest-grossing tour by a solo female artist. The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang TourLaunching their newest album A Bigger Bang, at that time, The Rolling Stones went on a world tour between 2005 and 2007. The tour went on to become the second grossing tour in history, with total sales of $558 million for 147 shows.Photo Credit: N-JinnyThe stage for the famous rock band featured an 85 feet tall and 200 feet wide structure with firework shows and digital graphics. Fans were also able to have fun at balconies for an extra fee. The tour’s stage was as big as two basketball courts and weighed 80,000 pounds. It was estimated to cost around $1.6 million per set.Lady Gaga – Born This Way TourFor the Born This Way Tour, infamous American singer Lady Gaga used a stage design with sketches that she made herself. It was a five-storey tall stage with three dimensions and revolved around a huge Gothic castle. The castle alone weighed 30 tons and was considered a ground-breaking innovation in stage design and technology. The castle also featured 400 sq feet of built-in LED lighting. The set cost around $1 million to build.Photo Credit: GagaDailyBetween 2012 and 2013, Lady Gaga performed a total of 98 concerts and grossed $181 million in sales. The shows were divided into five acts, each with different props. Her show entrances included a huge zipped vagina, dancing with knights, riding a human horse, and dangling from a meat rack. With such controversial entrances, the tour became the fifth highest grossing tour by a solo female artist. Mind-blowing stages and superb performances really. If you are looking to build awesome stages for your next event or concert, UK Festival Stage Hire is here to help. Check out the products and services that we offer. Go to our Contact Us section and we’ll gladly assist with your needs!We have over 30 years experience in every aspect of production planning that your event may require. 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UK energy companies announce that prices for bills could increase


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Six energy companies in the United Kingdom have announced that it is likely that the prices for energy bills could increase over the course of 2010.

The companies, which are nicknamed the “big six” in the United Kingdom, did not pass on information that there would be price cuts in energy bills despite increasing profits. However, the companies have in fact sent a message in response saying that the prices of bills may even increase over the course of the next year. Energy company watchdog the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) have estimated that energy companies will make gross margins of £170 ($276) per dual fual customer over the course of the next twelve months, due to the recent fall in wholesale energy costs.

Ofgem have said: “Our analysis shows that based on an 18-month hedging strategy and assuming that retail prices remain unchanged, projected gross margin is set to increase by around £80 for dual fuel customers over the next six months.”

The “big six” energy companies in the United Kingdom are British Gas, E-on, Npower, Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Power, and EDF Energy. British Gas stated: “Prices [are] likely to remain at historically high levels, and in fact likely to increase as non-commodity costs rise ever upwards.”

EDF Energy said: “[We] would of course be prepared to reduce tariffs if market conditions allowed.” Scottish Power stated: “There are no immediate signals that would indicate a fall in retail prices for this winter, and risks of an increase next year.” Scottish & Southern Energy commented: “With forward annual wholesale prices significantly higher, and with upward pressures in terms of distribution, environmental and social costs, seeking to avoid an increase between now and the end of 2010 is an important goal.”

Meanwhile, a study by Consumer Focus in early September 2009 suggested that “energy companies were overcharging customers by £100 ($162) every year. A spokesperson for Ofgem said that there was no evidence of any cartel in operation, or evidence of profiteering. The spokesperson commented: “It is up to the companies themselves to decide whether to cut their bills. Consumer Focus data suggests that Scottish Power has increased dual fuel prices by the most since 2003 – up 148% – while decreasing prices by 0.6% so far this year. RWE’s Npower has increased tariffs by 132% since 2003, but has reduced bills by 2.7% in 2009.”

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