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It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our trusted friends. Well it could be since you can no longer trust the world to be stagnant but most time hazy.
By the look of things, the much expected “World Beard and Moustache Championship” in Austin, Texas is off for the foreseeable future.
With floods wrecking havoc in towns and communities in the state, there is scarcely any quality time for the beards show off.
All the bearded folks have been advised to keep the hairy stumps until such time.
Just as I skipped out of Washington D.C.  for vacation, New York, known as the city that never sleeps is slowly becoming one that never smokes.
Mayor Bill Dr Blasio is the link.
He has instituted a package of laws, one of which has increased a pack of cigarettes from $10 to $13 making New York the costliest in America.
He also stepped up the campaign against smoking to get puffer to quit.
When it comes to New Yorkers health, for the mayor, tobacco is public enemy number one.
He swore that he will reduce the city’s 900,000 smokers by 160,000 in the next three years.
New York leads the rest of the nation when it comes to cigarette smuggling at 55% of cigarette smoked in the state in 2014, according to the NOG Tax Foundation.
Lovers of drones are giving the thumb down signs over a directive from the Federal Aviation Administration that any civilian drone that flies within 400 feet near any military facility will be shot down.
The ban covers all of America’s 133 military bases and violators would be fined because of the serious security breach.
Military strategists said that the use of commercial drones and hobbies is on the rise and is likely to triple from 1.1 million to nearly 4.4 million in 2024.
Though drones have played an essential role in flying essential medicines to remote places, amateurs have flagged out the instruments from their back yards to interrupt commercial flights and blocked traffic on highways which if not stopped would lead to calamities including loss of lives.
Commercial drones now is put at about 42,000 and is expected to rise to 442,000, a figure that worry even the most conservative economist.
If you are going to Washington D.C., you have not picked a better time as now where rogue taxi drivers will not cheat you for the drive, using soggy corners and long routes to stretch the fare.
Modernization of DC’s taxi fleet meters have entered its next phase, retiring the hand-winged meters that were invented in Europe more than a century ago.
In its place, taxi cabs now have digital fare payment platforms aimed at streamlining the taxi experience for riders and helping drivers compete with others.
The city’s more than 8,000 drivers dumped their traditional meters and replaced them with a tablet or smart phone that will be equipped with a digital meter.
The tablet is mounted in the car so a passenger can see the progress of the trip and the fare – Just like a meter but will also show a map of the route and the estimated time of arrival.
It will be better for both riders and divers, some people believed.
Wednesday September 13, 2017.

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