Today is official Earth Day which also marks its 50th anniversary. It is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. To be honest I am not entirely sure what is being achieved. I wonder if that means we are going to be bombarded with staements from little Greta? I hope not, confinement alone is depressing enough.
Black gold prices have been devaluing since the beginning of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Monday night, the oil market had a crazy day. For the first time in its tumultuous history, the price of a barrel of oil in the United States plummeted to zero and even ended up at the common-sense negative price of -37.6 dollars! So in theory you should get paid to fill up. I doubt this will happen though.
As far as the weather is concerned, night-time precipitation caused the rivers to swell but did not generate overflows. A tendency for the water to recede seems to be emerging this Wednesday, April 22, but vigilance is ongoing until noon. Below is the water level at the “Pont Vieux” measuring station. A peak of 2 metres is forecasted at lunch time / noon.
Regarding statistics, I have to make the point again that it is extremely difficult to compare countries since not everyone is reporting the same way. England for instance does not report deaths in hospitals, Germany does not report deaths if there was a pre-condition first although the patient contracted the virus which deteriorated the conditions.
There is something else bothering me a little. First I must say that I am extremely pro European (although I would like to see a few changes in the EU parliament) and I am also extremely anti USA at the moment due mainly to their chief moron and his supporters.
Nevertheless we need to try and do fairer comparisons between the USA 🇺🇸 and Europe rather than individual countries and the results show than in the top 5 EU countries which have in total a more or less equivalent population versus the USA we have double the amount of deaths reported. Maybe the US does not report everything either but I think it is an interesting figure.
It annoys me that we appear to be doing so badly
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Information & News
▶︎ Shooting stars
As we enter our sixth week of confinement, this April’s celestial spectacle should allow us to escape a little…
Forget the television, Tik Tok or Netflix. From your window, your balcony or even your garden for the lucky ones, all you have to do is look up at the sky to observe the Lyrides, a shower of shooting stars that occurs every year in April. Tonight, about 20 shooting stars should cross the sky per hour. Let us hope for no cloud cover (unlikely of course).
The first two episodes of The Last Dance, which aired on Netflix on Monday, April 20, attracted an average of 6.1 million U.S. viewers, a record for a sports network documentary. The Last Dance retraces the Chicago Bulls and of course Michael Jordan during the 1997-1998 season.
▶︎ Waste disposal
Further to the discussions and my email yesterday here is the official announcement from Covaldem11 regarding the opening of some dumps . Remember, it is only a test for 2 days and it is only for garden waste.
Food & Drinks
We have a recipe from Leigh for Chicken or Salmon Tikka Masala
I could do with some of everyting on these 2 pics
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No Oktoberfest this year instead we have the sound of beer
Sally sends us a link of a fun video (in French) about confinement and police checks.
The dreaded Statistics
1. International Statistics: Top 10 countries according to the deaths count
Tuesday April 21st 2020
Monday April 20th 2020
2. International Statistics: Percentage increase of deaths from one day to the other:
Tuesday April 21st 2020
3. International Statistics: Cases by country v population (1.000 cases or more only)
4. National Statistics: France
See also Dashboard at the top of the post
5. Regional Statistics: Occitanie & Aude