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INSIDE: Another Interesting Week On The International Front; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Go To-U And The Ukraine EV Ascension; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
ANOTHER INTERESTING WEEK ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea: Well, it’s been another interesting week on the international front. Donald Trump lived up to our expectations and Croatia made world soccer history. We are back to giving the American chief executive his own heading on our news page. It’s an interesting perspective. To save you the trouble of switching back and forth, here’s what it looks like, this week, in all its glory.
Closer to home, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkin named interim Seattle Police Chief Carmen best to the permanent post, a decision of which we totally approve. Interestingly enough, Carmen didn’t make the first cut but when one of those who did dropped out, Jenny added her and decided on someone with actual experience on the job, rather than a chief from another community in another part of the country. Carmen’s a good cop and she’ll do the shield and the Department proud.
We noted with an almost palpable sense of the unreal, this headline, which seems an outrageously and lethally stupid decision. Hell’s got its own hotel for these folks. 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints Given Go-Ahead By US Government
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
GO TO-U AND THE UKRAINE EV ASCENSION
From Lviv this time. And there is good news for Lvivians as the startup originally from this city called Go To-U just won in Grand Final VWFS Startup Battlefield.
VWFS Startup Battlefield – one-off platform for startups in the automotive, mobility and finance space to pitch their business to a panel of judges, including Volkswagen Financial Services and UK top executives.
Go To-U created a free user friendly mobile application for their Electric Vehicle charging network. Fast and easily accessible, the application also enables booking a charging station in advance.
The team is developing the network of free charging points for EV in Ukraine and beyond and it’s already motivated quite a few people to switch their vehicle from diesel to electric as they see that infrastructure for electric is growing.
So their idea is to become partners with hotels, malls, cafes and restaurants, cinemas etc. They provide free charging points and businesses receive more customers. It is a brilliant yet simple concept where everyone wins. It is also a great way to make the world a better place with less toxic pollutions from car fumes.
Such enthusiasts as Go To-U are doing a good job for all of us. In appreciation and recognition, Ukraine earlier this year lifted excise tax and value added tax on electric vehicles. Hopefully more zero-emissions automobiles will appear on the roads.
Last year Ukraine ranked fourth among other nations in the number of registered electric vehicles as opposed to conventional cars. Surely the number will be more this year. According to Go To-U representatives it’s about 1000 electric cars in Lviv and every month the numbers are growing.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Take care, my cousin. Wavin’ from a moving train.
orthstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
This is fascinating, Ancient Bones of Elephant-Like Creatures Discovered in Crimean Cave
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THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
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YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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