Government to review rollout of controversial IR35 tax reforms

first_imgThe government said today it will review the rollout of controversial tax plan IR35 which is due to take effect in April 2020. James Booth Under the changes private sector employers will be responsible for assessing whether or not contractors need to pay income tax and national insurance contributions. Financial secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman said: “We recognise that concerns have been raised about the forthcoming reforms to the off-payroll working rules. Government to review rollout of controversial IR35 tax reforms Read more: HMRC collects nearly £10bn via tax probes She said: “This seems to be another meaningless review from a government who seems intent on bulldozing ahead with its plans anyway.  They are expecting the review to be completed by mid-February which is simply not long enough to consider the deeply complex range of issues that the off-payroll legislation is throwing up.   Tuesday 7 January 2020 4:05 pm It said this would include improving access to finance and credit, making the tax system easier to navigate and examining how broadband can boost homeworking. The government said the review would be concluded by mid-February and said it would engage with individuals and businesses on their experiences of the implementations of the reforms. “HMRC has stated that it will be continuing its preparations to roll out the reforms in April come what may. We have also learned today that the review will focus on the implementation of the reforms rather than the reforms themselves which is not what was suggested and is not what is needed.   “The purpose of this consultation is to make sure that the implementation of these changes in April is as smooth as possible.” IR35, which aims to prevent workers from disguising themselves as freelance contractors as a way to pay less tax, is being extended in April. Share whatsapp Today, the Treasury said it was launching a review of the rollout of changes to off-payroll working rules after concerns were raised by affected individuals and businesses. “We’ve already heard big corporations say they’ll pull the plug on contractors if planned changes to IR35 go ahead in April. Julia Kermode, chief executive of the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association called today’s announcement “nothing short of an insult”. The government said it would also launch a separate review to explore how it can better support the self-employed. In November, chancellor Sajid Javid pledged to examine the controversial reforms initiated under his predecessor Philip Hammond. “I fear that today’s pledge is simply the government paying lip-service to empty election promises and nothing short of an insult.” “We have to remember that we’re in a global competition for talent. We need to make the UK a better, not more restrictive, place to do business.” Read more: What is IR35? Everything you need to know about the tax coming to the private sector whatsapp The chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Mike Cherry called for a delay to the rollout of the new rules in the light of the review. Read more: ‘Damaging’ tax changes set to hit self-employed workers “This important review presents an opportunity to reassess our flawed off-payroll legislation. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

UK plots testing regime for foreign travellers in blow for aviation

first_imgTuesday 5 January 2021 11:06 am Decision on UK border restrictions in coming days, says Michael Gove More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: Gove said that he did not wish to preempt the specific proposals that the government would put in place. Cabinet minister Michael Gove today confirmed that the government is preparing new border controls for travellers entering England. James Warrington While ministers are tightening rules around travel, they stopped short of banning travel altogether. The tightening of rule follows criticism of the lack of screening for international arrivals (Getty Images) Also Read: Decision on UK border restrictions in coming days, says Michael Gove “It is already the case that there are significant restrictions on people coming into this country and of course we’re stressing that nobody should be travelling abroad.”  Last night the FT reported that new rules would be unveiled later this week requiring anyone travelling into the country to receive a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours before their journey. The tightening of rule follows criticism of the lack of screening for international arrivals (Getty Images) Also Read: Decision on UK border restrictions in coming days, says Michael Gove by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishQuizscape8 Out Of 10 Men Fails This Car Engine Quiz. Can You Pass It?QuizscapeAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunMoney PopThe Worst College In Every US State, RankedMoney Pop The so-called Test and Release system enables visitors from countries not included on the travel corridor list to take a private test after five days and leave isolation if a negative result is returned. The tightening of rule follows criticism of the lack of screening for international arrivals (Getty Images) Also Read: Decision on UK border restrictions in coming days, says Michael Gove Show Comments ▼ But it will spark fresh troubles for the travel sector, which has been battered by a steep drop in passenger numbers during the pandemic. The tightening of rule follows criticism of the lack of screening for international arrivals (Getty Images) The tightening of rules, which comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged the country into a third national lockdown, follows criticism of the lack of screening of international arrivals. Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday urged the prime minister to close Britain’s borders to prevent new strains of the virus from being imported. “This must include covering operational losses during the current heightened restrictions and extending all existing forms of support until aviation is able to operate free from the barriers that have prevented any meaningful recovery to date,” she said. whatsapp The new rules will come after a system was introduced last month that allows passengers to shorten their self-isolation by taking a coronavirus test. Share whatsapp Speaking to ITV, he said: “We will be making announcements later today and in the days ahead about how we will make sure that our ports and airports are safe. Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, described the fresh lockdown restrictions as a “devastating blow” and urged the government to introduce fresh support measures for the sector. This was compounded last month when the EU introduced a ban on UK nationals travelling to the bloc for non-essential purposes. Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Trial date set in lawsuit challenging Alaska town’s new name

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Local Government | North SlopeTrial date set in lawsuit challenging Alaska town’s new nameApril 12, 2017 by Associated Press Share:Utqiagvik, the city formally know as Barrow, in 2014. ( Creative Commons photo)ANCHORAGE — Critics of the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation’s northernmost town are taking their opposition to trial, despite losing a key legal fight last month.Alaska Superior Court Judge Paul Roetman on Wednesday set a Jan. 22 trial date in Utqiagvik, the city formerly known as Barrow.The new name is being challenged by a local Alaska Native corporation that argues the city broke its own laws by failing to publish a public notice before the renaming question was put before local voters last October.In March, Roetman denied the plaintiff’s request to halt implementation of the new name until the lawsuit is resolved.Roetman said opponents failed to show that continuing the transition process would harm them or that they would probably succeed in making their case.Share this story:last_img read more

On warming North Slope, one flood response last year cost pipeline operator $10M

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Climate Change | Energy & Mining | North SlopeOn warming North Slope, one flood response last year cost pipeline operator $10MFebruary 4, 2020 by Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:This photo shows damage along the trans-Alaska pipeline corridor during a spring 2019 flood of the Sagavanirktok River on the North Slope. (Photo courtesy Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.)As winter turned toward spring last year, a potential problem popped up about 25 miles into the trans-Alaska pipeline’s 800-mile route, where it sits alongside the Sagavanirktok River on the North Slope.The company that runs the pipeline, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., notified the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.“They saw the ice was building up and it looked like it was going to go over the top of their flood control structures,” said Tony Strupulis, DNR’s state pipeline coordinator.The ensuing flood cost more than $10 million to fix; the damage is still being repaired. And as the North Slope has become wetter and warmer, its rivers have been running at record high levels.Scientists say they expect those types of trends to continue as Alaska’s climate changes. But they also say there’s still some uncertainty around some of the data on snow and rainfall, and they add that the degree to which climate change will affect the pipeline is still not clear.“I don’t know the near-term future or long-term future. But the effort to maintain the pipeline will have to improve — they’ll have to spend money to protect it,” said Horacio Toniolo, a civil engineering professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks who’s studied the Sagavanirktok River.The pipeline system is a robust piece of infrastructure. Adjusting for inflation, it cost $35 billion to build, and the damaged stretch was mostly buried underground. But there’s an unavoidable threat that runs alongside it on the broad, flat area of the North Slope south of Prudhoe Bay: the Sagavanirktok, or Sag River.Last spring, the river’s normal channel filled up with something called aufeis — basically sheets of layered ice that divert its normal flow. The aufeis, plus an unusually warm spring and quick melt, sent the Sag River toward the pipeline, eroding away Alyeska’s protective barriers.“It was a pretty broad swath, a new channel that came in and actually scoured away enough material so that there was a section of pipe that was uncovered,” Betsy Haines, Alyeska’s senior vice president for operations and maintenance, said in a phone interview.The erosion exposed about 90 feet of pipe to the river’s flow — a serious problem that increases the risk of a puncture or spill, though that didn’t happen in this case. Repairing the damage and building taller barriers will cost Alyeska between $10 million and $15 million, Haines said.The event comes as the North Slope is undergoing some major changes connected to global warming. The region has seen a temperature increase in the past half-century of more than 6 F — by far the largest of anywhere in Alaska. (Graphic courtesy of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy)Precipitation rose by 10 percent over the same period, and scientists expect those trends to continue. But Haines said Alyeska hasn’t observed effects on the pipeline that will force big-picture changes in the way the company handles the risk posed by the Sag River. And she added that the pipeline’s design for resisting floods was solid.“Might we change it in the future? (We) might,” she said. “But it would go back to collecting the data, working it across the different industries and educational institutions, and really trying to draw through that analysis things that can be a little bit more substantiated or predictable.”She added: “We don’t call it climate change or global warming. What we’re dealing with are hard facts, and from an engineering perspective, trying to understand those.”Alyeska doesn’t deny that climate change is happening, and Haines said the company — owned by BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and UnoCal — has, over the past few years, put more effort into understanding what’s happening with the permafrost under areas of the pipeline. But she said it’s still too early to draw any conclusions.The average flow in the Sag River, meanwhile, has been increasing. And the past two years were its highest on record.(Graphic courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)But because there have long been large year-to-year swings in rain and snow on the North Slope, scientists say the recent increases aren’t enough to establish a “statistically significant” trend. The change could still be just random variation, said Rick Thoman, a climatologist at the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy.“For temperatures, by any measure, those have increased beyond all doubt,” Thoman said. For precipitation, he added, “the noise, if you will, is large — much larger than with temperature. So, it takes a much stronger trend or over a much longer period of time.”Flooding from the Sag River has caused damage in other spots along the pipeline corridor in recent years — most notably in 2015, when it forced the closure of the Dalton Highway used to haul supplies to the North Slope’s oil fields. The damage, according to reports at the time, stemmed from heavy rains the previous summer, a deep winter freeze and rapid spring thaw with record temperatures.Research led by a scientist at the American Association for the Advancement of Science predicts climate change could cause more than $5 billion in damage to Alaska infrastructure.Alyeska, which ships the fossil fuels that scientists say are the main driver of global warming, does not have a position on policy measures that could reduce carbon emissions, like the Paris climate agreement, Haines said.Share this story:last_img read more

Twelve SoCal-Centric Art Shows That Spotlighted L.A. in 2014

first_imgArtTwelve SoCal-Centric Art Shows That Spotlighted L.A. in 2014From Sriracha bottles to neon-enhanced tableaux and WPA murals, these exhibitions allowed Los Angeles to display itselfBy Lyle Zimskind – December 11, 2014574ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIn a catalog essay for the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA biennial exhibition this summer, curator Connie Butler suggested that the Los Angeles art community is perpetually “coming to terms with its status as a megalopolis with a regional art scene.” At the end of a rich year for museum- and gallery-going here in Los Angeles, here’s a look back at a dozen shows that magnified the character of our region on a scale worthy of global attention.Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California at the Pasadena Museum of California ArtMartínez found an artistic home in early 20th century Los Angeles, applying a strong modernist sensibility to depictions of his fellow immigrants’ struggles. In several pieces he ironically used pages of the then-nativist Los Angeles Times as a support medium.Visual Cacophony at La Luz de JesusLucha libre wrestling masks in surreal surroundings of color and light were the thematic centerpiece of eight paintings and two floor lamps created by former south L.A. graffiti artist Germs (a.k.a. Jaime Zacarias).Innocents: Photos by Moby at Project GalleryInspired by the “cracks and un-cohesion” along with the “grandeur and nature” of his adopted hometown, Moby “invented the world’s first post-apocalyptic cult.” He shot these photos in and around the Hollywood Hills, which he calls “ground zero for cults.”L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments at the Chinese American MuseumThis group exhibition of works in various media celebrated two culturally distinctive made-in-L.A. hot sauces, Sriracha and Tapatío.Mike Kelley at the MOCA Geffen ContemporaryThe massive retrospective of works and installations by Mike Kelley, just two years after his suicide, offered a fitting tribute to the career of the seminal and subversive L.A. artist.Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible at LACMAThis astonishing sculptural installation and optical illusion from an artist long associated with the southern California Light and Space movement evoked the “harsh, shimmering, white light that glints off cars and other metal surfaces” in and around Los Angeles.Mary Weatherford: Los Angeles at the David Kordansky GalleryThe final show in Kordansky’s old Culver City space was devoted to Weatherford’s Los Angeles series of seven abstract paint and neon tableaux, each representing a location or atmospheric condition in greater L.A.Distant Parallels a Museum of Latin American Art exhibition at the Long Beach Collaborative spaceThis group show featuring the work of five young Los Angeles artists with personal and family origins in Mexico and Colombia offered multiple perspectives on the experience of standing with one foot on each side of the cultural border.Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice at LACMABiberman’s WPA-era mural depicting Abbott Kinney (the man) and the development of Venice used to be on public view in the old Venice post office. This year it was the centerpiece of a one-room exhibition devoted to the history of one of L.A.’s most popular neighborhoods.Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer MuseumThis second biennial exhibition showcased work by 35 mostly under-recognized or up-and-coming Los Angeles artists. Without any unifying theme or sensibility, the show presented a hodgepodge of styles and approaches to art-making, reflecting the diversity of the city’s creative scene and what curator Connie Butler described as the “tension between its intense localism and its international ambitions.”Clare Graham & MorYork: The Answer is Yes at the Craft & Folk Art MuseumCAFAM recreates something of the atmosphere of Highland Park’s MorYork cultural and community center in an exhibition of pieces by proprietor Clare Graham, who makes extraordinary works of art and furniture out of basic recycled materials such as bottlecaps, soda can pop tops, dominoes, toy googly eyes, badminton shuttlecocks and lots of other stuff.Cameron: Songs of the Witch Woman at MOCA Pacific Design CenterOne of the most fascinating and idiosyncratic artists of mid-20th century Los Angeles finally gets her due in an exhibition devoted to her life and work. More than a dabbler in the occult, Cameron infused her work with mystical imagery while communing with almost everyone who was anyone in the Los Angeles avant garde. TAGSExhibitionEdward BibermanDistant ParallelsCondimentsClare GrahamCameronBiennialBest of 2014Alfredo Ramos MartinezFramedGermsTapatioSrirachaGalleryMuralMike KelleyMary WeatherfordMade in L.A.Jaime ZacariasHelen PashgianPrevious articleGet Buzzed While Getting Rid of Your JunkNext articleScene It Before: Ira’s Roadside Diner from Million Dollar BabyLyle Zimskind RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Ask Chris Guide to a Weird and Wonderful WeekendMorYork Gallery is a Modern Day Cabinet of CuriositiesLast Call: Don’t Miss Cameron: Songs for the Witch Womanlast_img read more

Labour shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna calls for inquiry into collapse of City Link

first_imgFriday 9 January 2015 6:07 am Jessica Morris Tags: Chuka Umunna People Labour’s shadow business secretary has urged the government to initiate an inquiry into the controversial collapse of delivery giant City Link.Chuka Umunna piled pressure on the government, asking for a “full and proper inquiry” and adding “those who have lost their jobs and contractors who are owed money deserve nothing less”. Business secretary Vince Cable said an inquiry could take place, but this hinges on the outcome of an auditor’s report due in six months’ time.”Depending on what that says, we may want to initiate an investigation, but let us wait and see the findings of that,” he said.City Link announced it was making 2,300 workers redundant on New Year’s Eve after running into difficulties. Workers initially learnt their jobs were at risk through media reports on Christmas Eve.The company was initially bought by its biggest shareholder, Better Capital, for just £1 back in 2013. Nonetheless, according to auditors, their subsequent £40m investment wasn’t enough to turn it around. whatsapp Share whatsapp Labour shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna calls for inquiry into collapse of City Link Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Show Comments ▼last_img read more

News / 2M cancels another Asia-North Europe sailing as demand gets even softer

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 18/02/2019 Maersk Line and MSC have been obliged to blank a further Asia-North Europe 2M loop at the beginning of next month due to weaker-than-expected demand prospects.The 14,500 teu Estelle Maersk (pictured above), deployed on the 2M’s AE2/Swan service, was scheduled to begin its westbound loading programme at Qingdao, China, on 2 March, but will now be held at anchor.And after announcing their Chinese New Year blanking programme, the 2M partners took an eleventh-hour decision to withdraw the sailing of the 19,437 teu MSC Eloane last week, suggesting that the recovery of bookings after the CNY was proving especially challenging.Maersk said today it had “endeavoured to balance our network to match reduced demand”.“This is an additional blank sailing,” said the carrier, “we aim to minimise the impact to our customers by securing alternative routings wherever possible.”The Ocean and THE alliances are expected to announce similar radical action, voiding more sailings to support spot rates which fell by almost 6% to North Europe in the first week after the CNY holiday shutdown.One carrier told The Loadstar last week its forward bookings from Asia to North Europe were “particularly disappointing”, and that he “feared a bloodbath” on rates.Indeed, according to January’s edition of the Global Port Tracker, the prospect of a recession in parts of North Europe will have a negative impact on headhaul carryings in the coming months, as consumers decide to defer non-essential purchases and retailers respond with lower inventories.The Tracker said that, although it was “not predicting a full-blown recession” in North Europe, it did expect to see stagnation, “leading to a mild downturn”.But even a “mild downturn” in demand could be a disaster for carriers on the route, given that they are collectively planning to inject 28,000 teu of extra capacity a week from April, to hit a combined offering from the three alliances of around 300,000 teu.The capacity growth comes mainly from Ocean Alliance members who will launch an additional seventh Asia-North Europe string from April, prompted by the delivery of 12 newbuild ULCVs to Cosco.The Ocean is also upsizing another of its loops with larger vessels, while THE Alliance is planning to upsize its FE5 string next month from 10,000 teu to 14,000 teu ships.On a much smaller scale, HMM is planning to replace the current fleet of 12 panamax 4,700-5,100 teu vessels on its standalone Asia-North Europe service with vessels in the 6,300-6,800 teu range from May. The South Korean carrier, which last week announced a loss of $720m for 2018, also plans to introduce 12 23,000 teu newbuild ships on the tradelane from the second quarter of next year.Maersk subsidiary Hamburg Süd, which also had containers booked on the 2M blanked sailings, has been “advised” of the latest sailing cancellation, but slot charter HMM has apparently yet to be officially told.last_img read more

News / Ambitious SpiceXpress set to expand operations with additional freighter

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 30/09/2019 Indian air cargo operator SpiceXpress could be being lined up for initial public offering (IPO) as it adds another freighter to its fleet.According to an interview with Ajay Singh, chairman and MD of SpiceXpress parent SpiceJet, with Bloomberg last week, the cargo operation could be spun-off within a year as the carrier seeks to take advantage of India’s fast-growing adoption of e-commerce retail.E-commerce sales in India may more than double, to $72bn, by 2022 from $32.7bn last year, according to research firm eMarketer.SpiceXpress has nine scheduled departures, six days a week, to Hong Kong from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati, and one domestic rotation connecting Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. It has also operated a number of charter services to international destinations, such as Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Teheran, Somalia and Somaliland, as well as helped transport relief material to Bhubaneshwar during Cyclone Fani.It services are likely to further expand after last week’s conclusion of a lease agreement for a B737-800 converted freighter from NGF Alpha, a division of Spectre Cargo Solutions.“We are expanding the markets we currently serve, particularly in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Bangladesh, and the 737-800BCF’s reliability and versatility is helping enable our strategic direction,” Mr Singh explained.The The 737-800BCF offers lower operating costs per payload tonne than older standard-body freighters and carries up to 24 tonnes of payload, opening new markets with its long-range capability.Boeing senior vice president Ihssane Mounir said: “We are excited that SpiceJet has chosen to expand its SpiceXpress operation. This converted freighter gives operators just the right size, operating economics and capabilities to succeed in busy domestic and regional routes.”Boeing said the 737-800BCF orderbook had grown to 120 orders and commitments, and added that it had ramped up production, with output set to more than double to 17 units this year to meet customer demand.last_img read more

FWC officials share tips to stay safe during snakebite season

first_imgAdvertisementA Pygmy rattlesnake was hanging off of his arm. “It got me right here in the right forearm here. As you can see I still have some dry stuff but it hurts so bad that to be able to clean it off it hurts. It hurts really bad,” Varela said. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said being bitten by a venomous snake is rare. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: Rattlesnake AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Rattlesnake seen slithering around Babcock Ranch neighborhood December 14, 2020 Advertisement “So number one is try to remain calm, and call for help immediately. You don’t want to accelerate your heart rate, that will just draw the blood to spread that venom further into your bloodstream,” advised FWC spoke-person Adam Brown, in case you are bit. Pygmies and other venomous snakes can be found all over Florida. Brown said they usually make their homes in wooded areas. It’s best to avoid them if possible. “Most of the time that snake is going to go ahead and move away from you, move on. It does not want confrontation with people, that’s the natural behavior,” Brown said. The pigmy rattlesnake is one of six venomous snakes in Florida. FWC advises if you are bitten, you should get medical attention immediately. Big snake spotted slithering across Corkscrew road November 14, 2020 While you might be on the lookout for snakes outside, you never expect to see one in your own car. Sammie Varela was digging through for a tool when he felt a sting. “Well initially you don’t feel it right away. It takes about a minute or so then you feel like a burn, a real hot burn,” he said. “Then all of the sudden blood started coming out of my arm and what not. I just couldn’t believe it.  RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Public consultation on Climate Change Act Review

first_imgPublic consultation on Climate Change Act Review Peter Gutwein,Premier and Minister for Climate ChangeTasmania has achieved our target of net zero emissions by 2050 four years in a row, confirming our status as a leader in climate action.Public consultation has now started on a review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008, with community workshops to be held in the first week of March, followed by an opportunity for written submissions from mid-March to mid-April.The review is being undertaken by consulting firm Jacobs, who will also be collecting feedback during the consultation to inform the development of Tasmania’s next Climate Change Action Plan.The Action Plan will be finalised later this year following further development and consultation, and will guide Tasmania’s approach to climate action over the next five years.The Review of the Act will also consider Tasmania’s net zero emissions target to examine the opportunities and challenges for industry and jobs of a more ambitious target and to ensure it is evidence-based and informed by both science and economics.I encourage all interested parties to take part in the consultation and have their say, and I look forward to the outcomes of the independent Review.Online community workshops will be held during the week commencing 1 March 2021. Registrations to attend can be made at workshop times are:Tuesday 2 March 2021: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pmWednesday 3 March 2021: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pmThursday 4 March 2021: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, climate, climate change, community, Government, industry, Internet, jobs, Minister, online, outcomes, Premier, public consultation, science, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, zero-emissionlast_img read more