EU VAT rule change could hike the cost of ebooks

first_img Show Comments ▼ Jeff Misenti EU VAT rule change could hike the cost of ebooks whatsapp Thursday 1 January 2015 9:35 am Share whatsapp After weeks of deep discounts and mega-sales courtesy of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day, shoppers may be a bit miffed to find out that at the start of the new year they may have to pay more for their ebooks.As a result of a change in EU tax rules, digital products will be charged VAT at the rate of the customer’s home country. The changes which came into force today are the last element of the EU’s 2008 tax harmonisation programme to be implemented. Because there is significant tax competition within the EU suppliers tend to base themselves in member states with relatively low rates of VAT such as Luxembourg rather than the UK, which has a relatively high rate of 20 per cent.The new rules mean companies such as Amazon will be paying more in VAT which is likely to be passed on to the consumer or will eat into the company’s profits. Britain’s small businesses may now have to account for 75 different VAT rates in 28 countries.KPMG conducted a poll of 156 businesses which are set to be affected by the changes, with three-quarters saying they might raise prices this year.Current rules surrounding VAT have led to the anomaly of digital books and newspapers having to pay the tax while their printed counterparts are exempt. 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 WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe 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 Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Silicon Roundabout costs are on the rise: East end property tech bubble pricing out small businesses

first_img Share Wednesday 4 March 2015 9:03 pm Express KCS whatsapp whatsapp Tags: Small business Tech City Silicon Roundabout costs are on the rise: East end property tech bubble pricing out small businesses More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child Show Comments ▼ The property tech bubble in London’s east end is pricing small businesses out of the market.Shoreditch, Clerkenwell, Aldgate and Whitechapel: over the last decade these places have become the breeding ground for media and tech start-ups, as well as larger blue-chip companies looking to grow their digital operations.  However, East London’s success at cementing itself as the UK’s thriving tech hub has come at cost. Small to medium sized businesses warn today that they are being priced out of the market after a near doubling of rents over the last five years.   “We are feeling the pinch” Jeremy Thompson, chief executive of media agency Gorkana told City A.M. His company is seriously considering exiting its three buildings on Old Street because it faces a huge hike in its rent bill under a current rent review.  Shoreditch and its surrounds have attracted firms like Unilever “We have got almost 600 people in three buildings in Old Street and we are increasingly wondering if we need to be in this part of town,” he said.  “It used to be a cost effective area to be in but that is changing and the cost of hiring is also increased. There is also a drain on talent because when you have big players like Google coming in, you can’t compete with them,” Thompson added.  Communications agency Splendid  was also faced with the tough decision earlier this year of whether to stay or leave, after its landlord  wanted to double the rent at its office on Tabernacle Street near the Old Street roundabout. After lengthy negotiations Splendid’s rent jumped to £29 per square feet from £17-18 per square feet in 2010.  The group decided to stay because this was relatively cheap compared with buildings in the area, which can command up to £55 per square feet. Derwent London, one of the major developers in London’s so-called Tech Belt or Tech City, secured a star line-up of tenants including Unilever and Deloitte Digital at its development, the Buckley Building on Clerkenwell Green, securing rents of between £42 and £52.50 per sq ft. The Buckley Building on Clerkenwell Green A recent report by advisory firm JLL said that as supply tightens and more established firms willing to pay higher rents flock to the East End, it is inevitable that some businesses will have to look further afield to cheaper locations such as Hackney Wick, Stratford or Canary Wharf. “Rents have increased substantially around [Old Street] but that always happens when there is a buoyant market and not a huge supply – its just market economics,” JLL’s head of UK research Jon Neale told City A.M.. ­ In short, Old Street and neighbouring districts from King’s Cross to Aldgate will continue to be where companies at the forefront of the digital innovation – from traditional marketing companies to software and app developers – choose to locate in spite of rising rents.  A survey by BNP Paribas Real Estate last month found that two thirds of media and tech firms had expectations of rent that were in line with the market, when provided with a range of rent for their top choice.  But for the remaining third feeling the squeeze, a move could be on the cards.  BNP Paribas’s senior leasing director Dan Bayley said: “There will certainly be, over the rest of this year, a lot of occupiers looking long and hard at their forthcoming rent reviews.” last_img read more

The ‘Swiss Agent’: Long-forgotten research unearths new mystery about Lyme disease

first_img By Charles Piller Oct. 12, 2016 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: In the lab during this period, Burgdorfer infected US ticks with the Swiss Agent, his lab books show. The records don’t state his experimental goal, but Rocky Mountain Lab scientists often studied which animals and arthropods could be infected with different agents, and thus might be reservoirs or vectors for disease. He also looked for Rickettsia in ticks in Lyme-endemic areas and found dozens of examples, but often neglected to determine the specific rickettsial species.In December 1981, just a few months after discovering the Lyme spirochete, he wrote to a Swiss colleague who was overseeing a young investigator’s defense of his PhD thesis concerning the Swiss Agent. Burgdorfer suggested this question: “Do you feel that ‘Rickettsia suisse’ is the etiologic agent of (Lyme)? If so, how would you go about proving this?”Burgdorfer and his colleagues reported their discovery of the cause of Lyme in the journal Science in 1982. In a handwritten draft found among Burgdorfer’s papers, he described identifying Rickettsia in Lyme patients’ sera and ticks, and his efforts to rule out Rickettsia as the cause of Lyme — without naming the Swiss Agent.But in the final Science article, he made no mention of Rickettsia. Not a word about possibly finding the Swiss Agent in this country has ever been published.Slides of the Swiss Agent from Burgdorfer’s files Ron Lindorf/Burgdorfer ArchivesFinishing the huntBurgdorfer retired in 1986 at age 60, just a few years after the successful Lyme hunt put him at the pinnacle of his field.“I started to realize that the research I used to do and was successful in doing has changed its character,” he explained to a National Institutes of Health biographer in 2001. “Molecular and genetic biology have replaced the technologies I was able to apply,” he said. “Since I had no basic training in these fields … I was unable to speak and understand the completely new language.”Those fluent in the “new language” of molecular biology and genetics will be able to finish Burgdorfer’s work, experts said. If the Swiss Agent is here, they can find it.The CDC’s Mead said his agency is using molecular techniques to look for evidence of bacteria in 30,000 sera samples from people suspected to have contracted tick-borne illnesses. If Rickettsia helvetica is in some of the samples, it probably will be found, he said. That process will taken several more years to complete.Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, who directs the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, is hunting for viruses as well as bacteria living in ticks that spread Lyme, partly to understand why antibiotics sometimes fail in apparent Lyme cases.Lipkin’s group has collected 5,000 ticks from New York and Connecticut. With funding from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, he has so far identified 20 new viruses in these ticks, and is exploring whether they have caused harmful infections in people, using tests that can search for a wide range of tick pathogens in a single sera sample. Eventually, Lipkin said, this process could make the tests affordable on a mass scale.“Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this,” Lipkin said. “All of this is critical to … finding out why some people respond to antibiotics and some people don’t, and whether or not the antibiotics being used are appropriate, and trying to find ways to link different bacteria and different viruses to different syndromes.”Lipkin is seeking funds to expand the work to tick-borne bacteria, including Rickettsia.Asked whether his methods could find evidence of infections with the Swiss Agent, Lipkin replied without hesitation. “The answer is yes,” he said. “If this particular rickettsial species is present, I’m sure we will see it.”Negatives of microscopic images of the Swiss Agent, from Burgdorfer’s archive Kris Newby/National Archives and Records Administration archivesWilly’s last wordsAfter he retired, Burgdorfer sent most of his voluminous personal files to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where they were cataloged for public viewing. Those records contained some Swiss Agent documents. Many more lay untouched for decades in his garage and home office in Hamilton, Mont.Late in life, Burgdorfer developed Parkinson’s disease and became increasingly infirm. A friend listened to his fears that his garage files might be lost to history. She urged Burgdorfer to contact Ron Lindorf, then an entrepreneur and business professor at Brigham Young University, who had been suggested by colleagues.Early one morning in June 2014, an agitated Burgdorfer called Lindorf with an urgent request: “Come to Montana and get all my research, my files. I want to put it on the internet so people can see it,” Lindorf recalled him saying. Ticks often carry more than one pathogen, so patients can also have co-infections along with Lyme, which frequently begin with similar symptoms, such as fever, neck stiffness, and headaches.“You can’t tell them apart clinically” in the first several weeks, Steere said. Co-infections can cause “more severe early disease … a phenomenon of the summer, when the tick bites.” Longer term, the confusion would not last because of Lyme’s distinct symptoms, even if the infection were untreated, he added.Other experts noted that Lyme and Rickettsia helvetica have co-infected patients in Europe. Antibiotics normally cure Rickettsia helvetica infections, but diagnosis can prove difficult because the microbe does not cause a rash. If untreated or inadequately treated, the two infections share overlapping, serious, and sometimes persistent symptoms, according to clinical researchers. These include debilitating fatigue, severe headaches, muscle weakness, meningitis, facial paralysis, and sarcoidosis — a chronic inflammatory disease that can cause lung and skin problems. Numerous studies have linked Rickettsia helvetica to such ailments, although it is not regarded as a major public health peril in Europe.Andrew Main, who conducted Lyme research at Yale University in collaboration with Steere and Burgdorfer, had Lyme early on, before its cause was discovered, and was among patients who showed evidence of co-infection with the Swiss Agent — a result that was included in Burgdorfer’s papers but that Main knew nothing about until informed by STAT. The positive tests for the Swiss Agent among Lyme patients back then, he said, strongly support the idea that it might be a current threat.Robert Lane, a University of California, Berkeley, medical entomologist and Lyme expert who worked closely with Burgdorfer, is respected by both sides in the Lyme wars. He said Rickettsia helvetica could be a significant hidden factor that worsens Lyme infections and makes them harder to cure.“You would want to look at it both ways. Could that organism, if present in some of the Lyme-disease endemic areas, infect people and cause clinical illness on its own, or react in concert with (the microbe that causes Lyme) or some of the other agents,” Lane said. “If you are looking for one or a few agents in a tick, you may be overlooking others that contribute to the disease burden.” Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy And scientists who worked with Burgdorfer, and reviewed key portions of the documents at STAT’s request, said the bacteria might still be sickening an unknown number of Americans today.While the evidence is hardly conclusive, patients and doctors might be mistaking under-the-radar Swiss Agent infections for Lyme, the infectious disease specialists said. Or the bacteria could be co-infecting some Lyme patients, exacerbating symptoms and complicating their treatment — and even stoking a bitter debate about whether Lyme often becomes a persistent and serious illness.Swiss Agent, now called Rickettsia helvetica, is likely not a major health risk in the United States, in part because such bacteria typically respond to antibiotics. Still, several of Burgdorfer’s former colleagues called for infectious disease researchers to mount a search for the bacterium.advertisement A disease detective hunts pathogens with a photographic memory — and a genius mind Please enter a valid email address. The tick hunter was hopeful he had found the cause of the disabling illness, recently named Lyme disease, that was spreading anxiety through leafy communities east of New York City. At a government lab in Montana, Willy Burgdorfer typed a letter to a colleague, reporting that blood from Lyme patients showed “very strong reactions” on a test for an obscure, tick-borne bacterium. He called it the “Swiss Agent.”But further studies raised doubts about whether he had the right culprit, and 18 months later, in 1981, Burgdorfer instead pinned Lyme on another microbe. The Swiss Agent test results were forgotten.Now STAT has obtained those documents, including some discovered in boxes of Burgdorfer’s personal papers found in his garage after his death in 2014. The papers — including letters to collaborators, lab records, and blood test results — indicate that the Swiss Agent was infecting people in Connecticut and Long Island in the late 1970s.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: He rose to lead the work on Rickettsia, rod-shaped bacteria spread by ticks that cause ailments such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever — which is sometimes deadly for patients in New England as well as the West. Burgdorfer built a global reputation for his knowledge of Rickettsia and Borrelia — corkscrew-shaped “spirochete” bacteria of the same group as the species known for causing syphilis.On a trip back to Switzerland in 1978, Burgdorfer and a few colleagues discovered in local ticks the previously unknown Swiss Agent — later named Rickettsia helvetica (from Switzerland’s ancient Latin name, Helvetia). He found the microbe infectious for meadow voles — a small rodent common in Europe and the United States — and deadly to chicken embryos. No one knew then that it also caused illnesses in people.Burgdorfer returned with samples of infected ticks and Swiss Agent antigen, molecules from the bacterium that can provoke an immune response, for further study. When mixed with blood sera — a part of the blood that doesn’t contain blood cells — the antigen can show whether a person has been infected.By then, Steere, a young Yale professor, had for several years been aggressively investigating why some of his patients in Lyme, Conn., were reporting serious and strange symptoms of an apparently new illness. He had found “that many patients suffered not only of arthritis, but also of disorders affecting the skin, muscular, cardiac, and nervous systems,” Burgdorfer told his official biographer from the National Institutes of Health in 2001.Steere asked Burgdorfer to join the hunt for a tick-borne microbe believed to be at the heart of Lyme. He sent samples of his patients’ blood sera to Rocky Mountain Laboratories for analysis.Blood sera from Lyme patients showed infection with the Swiss Agent. Results of 64 or greater were considered firm evidence, as this test showed for 6 of 11 patients. The test showed no infections with other Rickettsia. Alex Hogan/STATSera tests showed that at least a dozen Lyme patients had been infected with Swiss Agent, and that at least six others might have been infected. The records did not make clear how many Lyme patients had been tested overall. Burgdorfer told Steere and other colleagues that the results pointed to a potential cause of Lyme.Steere sensed a breakthrough. “I am excited to pursue further the possibility of a rickettsial etiology of Lyme disease,” he wrote to another researcher.Burgdorfer was encouraged, in part, because of the test’s specificity: A positive result strongly suggested that the person had been infected with the Swiss Agent and not a different Rickettsia such as the one that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.But when a second test method showed inconsistencies, doubts crept in about whether Swiss Agent was linked to Lyme. About 18 months later, Burgdorfer broke through, providing a rare undisputed fact in what would become the most disputatious of diseases: A spirochete causes Lyme. Years later, the microbe was named in his honor, Borrelia burgdorferi.But he hadn’t given up on Swiss Agent completely. Related: Persistent Lyme disease symptoms aren’t helped by long-term antibiotics STAT was approached with Burgdorfer’s archives by Kris Newby, who is writing a biography of Burgdorfer and produced an award-winning documentary that sympathetically depicts Lyme patients and doctors who challenged the medical establishment over its approach to Lyme diagnosis and treatment.The documents offer a tantalizing glimpse into how disease detectives tracked down Lyme’s cause — and how potentially significant loose ends can sometimes be dropped by researchers pressed for time and funding or diverted by more promising leads.Note written by Burgdorfer Burgdorfer ArchivesThey show that Burgdorfer intended to look more deeply into the Swiss Agent, which he had discovered in 1978 in Switzerland, but never did. His former colleagues speculate that he set aside this research to focus on identifying the cause of Lyme. When the Swiss Agent turned out to be an unlikely candidate after all, he redeployed his limited time and resources to other prospects.But the papers suggest that he might have gone to his grave harboring regret that he didn’t follow up on the Swiss Agent findings, as reasonable as the decision was, Benach said.On the top of a stack of documents in his garage was a mysterious note, penned boldly in red ink in the scientist’s unmistakable handwriting. “I wondered why somebody didn’t do something,” it said. “Then I realized that I am somebody.”The Lyme warsLyme has now become one of the most common infectious diseases in the United States — it’s been found in every state except Hawaii, and is rampant in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest. The CDC estimates that 329,000 people are infected annually.Lyme has also provoked what’s often described as a “war” over diagnosis and treatment. If Rickettsia helvetica is in the United States, some experts consulted by STAT said, unrecognized infections might be one of several factors contributing to the controversy, by creating confusion over the cause of some patients’ illnesses.The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the CDC, and many doctors view Lyme as generally easy to diagnose with its characteristic “bulls-eye” rash and pinpoint lab tests, and easy to cure with two-to-four weeks of antibiotics. If the disease is not diagnosed and treated early — in up to 30 percent of cases, there is no rash — patients can develop longer-lasting and more serious symptoms. But most infectious disease doctors say a short course of antibiotics will cure those patients.But an insurgency of renegade doctors and patients disagrees. They argue that the diagnosis is frequently missed because of poor lab tests and other factors, and that Lyme becomes a chronic condition when untreated or inadequately treated. The patients describe symptoms that include incapacitating “brain fog” and weakness, intense anxiety, severe muscle pain, and paralyzing headaches. Many say that they required treatment with antibiotics lasting months or longer to be cured after years of misery.Although the few small clinical trials that have examined long-term antibiotic therapy up to 90 days have shown few if any clear benefits, this camp has gained a passionate following, including a cadre of researchers who publish papers supporting this alternative view, and a medical group — the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.The medical establishment mostly views “chronic Lyme” as the product of quack doctors exploiting desperate patients by offering unproven therapies. The patients sometimes need psychiatric care, these experts say, but in any case, chronic physical complaints are not caused by an active Lyme infection. Some state medical boards have gone so far as to revoke licenses of doctors who prescribe long-term antibiotics.Dr. Allen Steere, then a professor at Yale who first identified Lyme disease in patients, was excited about initial lab tests that strongly suggested that the Swiss Agent was Lyme’s cause. Alex Hogan/STATBurgdorfer in his lab. Burgdorfer ArchivesIt’s hard to overstate the animosity that characterizes this clash. A few angry patients have compared establishment Lyme experts — including Dr. Allen Steere, who collaborated with Burgdorfer and has received death threats — to the Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele.How might the Swiss Agent add fuel to this conflict? Steere, a Massachusetts General Hospital researcher and among the world’s leading Lyme experts, said some patients who believe they have Lyme, but who test negative for the infection, might be suffering from an illness caused by one of several other microbes. Rickettsia helvetica could be among them, he said. Lindorf was not a professional archivist, but agreed: His children had suffered from serious bouts of Lyme disease, he was eager to help the scientist who discovered Lyme’s cause, and he had the ability to take on the complex job. The next month Lindorf arrived in Hamilton, departing two days later with his SUV packed full of old files. That November, Burgdorfer died.To better understand the Burgdorfer archive, Lindorf began collaborating with Newby, producer of “Under Our Skin,” the Lyme documentary. She shared the documents with STAT, hoping that an independent report would illuminate a possibly hidden risk for Lyme patients and others.Lindorf returned to Montana last year to visit Burgdorfer’s second wife. She pointed across the garage to some additional boxes. Inside a cardboard portfolio covered in flowery fabric and closed by a metal clasp, he found more of the Swiss Agent archives, topped by Burgdorfer’s “I wondered why somebody didn’t do something” note.“It made the hairs on the back of my neck stick up,” Lindorf said. “It felt like Willy talking from the grave.” Privacy Policy Related: Special ReportThe ‘Swiss Agent’: Long-forgotten research unearths new mystery about Lyme disease Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Climate change is speeding the spread of Lyme disease Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. After initial tests, Burgdorfer suspected the Swiss Agent caused Lyme. He shared the strong evidence with a close colleague in Switzerland to see whether he could verify the findings in patients there. Alex Hogan/STAT“It should be done,” said Jorge Benach, a professor emeritus at Stony Brook University and a coauthor of Burgdorfer’s seminal 1982 paper describing the detection of the Lyme microbe. Public health concerns warrant a new study, Benach said, and with today’s more advanced “weaponry for pathogen discovery, it would make perfect sense.”Dr. Paul Mead, chief of epidemiology and surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Lyme disease program, said that he wasn’t familiar with Rickettsia helvetica, but that “new tick-borne pathogens could certainly be out there.” He cited several found in the years since Lyme’s cause was discovered. Any serious, common co-infection would usually, but not always, be noticed by physicians as a distinct problem in Lyme endemic areas, he said.In Europe and Asia, Rickettsia helvetica has been recognized as a relatively rare but sometimes serious health threat if untreated. It’s been linked to a handful of sudden deaths from heart disease, as well as facial palsy, deafness, meningitis, chronic muscle weakness, and temporary paralysis. But US laboratories don’t test for the Swiss Agent. Tags infectious diseaseLyme disease A page from Willy Burgdorfer’s archive shows elements of the research process he used to find infectious agents and study their properties. (English translation of the German: “Different Working Branches of Rocky Mountain Laboratories” ) Kris Newby/Burgdorfer Archives Ticks from Burgdorfer’s archives Ron Lindorf/Burgdorfer Archives Finding the Swiss AgentThe man who found Lyme’s cause devoted his career to studying creatures sometimes described as tiny living cesspools, for the infectious stew of microbes ticks carry and transmit while sucking blood from animals or people.While training for his PhD in his native Basel, Switzerland, Burgdorfer became a preeminent “tick surgeon,” as he called himself — dissecting thousands with eye scalpels and Swiss watchmaker forceps. In 1951 he became a research fellow at the federal Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a remote outpost in Montana’s breathtaking Bitterroot Valley that specializes in infectious agents.Burgdorfer fell in love with the Bitterroot and with Gertrude Dale See — a secretary and technician at the lab. She won the multilingual scientist’s heart with her ability to speak French. They married and had two sons, and Burgdorfer became a US citizen and permanent lab employee. Related:last_img read more

Lake Okeechobee water releases to increase Saturday

first_imgCLEWISTON, Fla. — Water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the West and South will increase starting Saturday, Feb. 13, officials said.The increase in releases is part of a plan to reduce the need for Lake O water releases during the rainy season when harmful algal blooms are most likely to develop, according to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Starting tomorrow, releases from the lake to the Caloosahatchee Estuary will increase to 2,000 cubic feet per second from the current rate of 1,500 cfs. Earlier this week, the USACE began water releases to the south at about 200 cfs. Blue-green algae bloom found at Franklin Locks on Caloosahatchee River June 6, 2021 DeSantis briefed on blue-green algae treatment used on Caloosahatchee June 7, 2021 June 11 fishing report from Byron Stout June 13, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement“We have seen some recession in the lake, but our analysis indicates we are potentially looking at starting the Hurricane Season this year with a lake around 14 feet, which increases that chance that we will  need to make releases next summer when algal blooms are more likely to be present on the lake,” said Col. Andrew Kelly, Jacksonville District Commander. “Conditions in the Caloosahatchee have recovered over the past few weeks, and we believe after discussing with partners and stakeholders that this is a good time to bring flows up as long as we remain within the optimum range of flows for the Caloosahatchee.”Today, Feb. 12, Lake Okeechobee was reported to be at 15.39 feet. That’s 2.45 feet higher than it was at this time last year.center_img 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 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 Army Corps works to finalize Lake O plan that could affect Florida waters June 11, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: Caloosahatchee RiverLake OkeechobeeUS army corps of engineerslast_img read more

Laois winners announced in National Lottery Good Causes Awards

first_img Twitter Laois winners announced in National Lottery Good Causes Awards Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community TAGSNational LotteryNational Lottery good causes Facebook By Siun Lennon – 10th August 2018 WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Home News Community Laois winners announced in National Lottery Good Causes Awards NewsCommunity Twitter Pinterest Rugby Community Four Laois organisations have been named as winners in the first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards.Kolbe Special School, St Fintan’s GAA Club Mountrath, Mountmellick Development Association and the Dunamaise Arts Centre are among the national award winners.Sport: St Fintan’s GAA Club, MountrathSt. Fintan’s GAA club is a community based volunteer organization with a large membership promoting Gaelic games in the locality. With the help of Good Causes funding the club was able to develop its playing areas and is proud that its main pitch is the same size as Croke Park.Health & Wellbeing: Kolbe Special SchoolKolbe Special School caters for pupils from all over County Laois who have learning disabilities and autism. Good Causes funding allowed it buy equipment, including a trampoline that helps pupils with concerning behavior to burn off energy.Heritage: Mountmellick Development AssociationThe Mountmellick Development Association promotes the town from an economic, social and cultural point of view. Good Causes funding helped it put items from the Mountmellick Embroidery Museum on exhibition. The museum is a reflection of the town’s rich quaker industrial past.Arts & Culture: Dunamaise Arts CentreDunamaise Arts Centre offers professional visual and performing arts facilities for cultural and community organisations based in the Midlands. Good Causes funding has helped it bring the very best touring work to its audiences in the gallery, on stage and on screen.These winners will represent Laois in the Midlands Regional finals, competing for a place in the National Finals in Dublin on November 3.Each category winner will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000.Broadcaster and entrepreneur and Chair of the judging panel, Bobby Kerr, said: “The competition is fierce in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The standard of entries is really impressive. I congratulate all of the County Winners and look forward to seeing Laois competing in the Regional Finals next month.”Announcing the Laois winners, National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin, said: “We were bowled over by the calibre of entries and the impact that these organisations are having in their local communities. We know that these groups are doing extraordinary things and the Good Causes awards recognize and celebrate their achievements.”Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games – or over €619,000 per day – goes back to causes in areas of Sports, Arts, Culture, Heritage, Community, Health, Youth and the Irish Language.Last year alone more than €226 million was raised by players of National Lottery games for such Good Causes.SEE ALSO – Updated club hurling rankings as the knockout stages come into focus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleUpdated club hurling rankings as the knockout stages come into focusNext articleLIVE BLOG: All of updates from today’s SFC and JFC clashes Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. WhatsApplast_img read more

New Zealander Building Mountain Bridges

first_img News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]The shared history of North and South Korea reflected in the mountains of the peninsula went on display on Friday in a new exhibition of photography by New Zealander Roger Shepherd.The exhibition, hosted at Gyeongbokgung Station on Seoul Subway Line 3, is being sponsored by the Korea Forest Service.Talking to Daily NK about his work following a well-attended opening ceremony on Friday afternoon, Shepherd said that it was hiking and writing about the South Korean end of the Baekdu Daegan, the mountain line that traverses the entire Korean Peninsula from Mt. Baekdu in the north to Mt. Jiri in the south, which led him to appreciate the importance of mountains to Korea and the Korean people.“Mountains are great places to be, and Korean ones are beautiful ones steeped in wonderful folk history,” he commented. “So, recently I decided to make another book, a photo essay book on the Baekdu Daegan of Korea. I needed to go to North Korea to take photos of the Baekdu Daegan there.”[imText2]Shepherd believes that the degree of trust he and the New Zealand-Korea Friendship Society were able to build up with the North Korean authorities was important in making the trip possible. Pleasingly, he says he was not hindered in any way during his time travelling in the North; indeed, he was very well received.“My mission was purely cultural. I flew to North Korea, where we jumped into our 4WD hire vehicle and drove to our mountains. In the end we covered 2,300km of mountain roads,” he said. “There was always a very relaxed feeling between (Shepherd, the driver and two members of the Friendship Society) because we were all driven by our cause to get to the mountains and take the best possible photos I could for a project that they believed was good for Korea.”“When the locals met me they were always happy to know that I was in North Korea to research their mountains of the Baekdu Daegan, which they found awesome,” he added.Shepherd acknowledges that he was careful, of course. “Personally, I was always careful that I didn’t act suspiciously around sensitive places like checkpoints and villages, as I didn’t want to get us into any trouble. I owed it to the guys that I travelled with to do what I said I was going to do and only take photos of the mountains,” he said.[imText3]Shpeherd says the exhibition, which runs at Gyeongbokgung Station until Wednesday 22nd February before moving to the Pataka Museum of Art and Culture in Wellington, New Zealand and then returning to Gwanghwamun in May, has been very well received so far by the people of Seoul.Thinking back on the opening of the exhibition on Friday, Shepherd said he feels both satisfaction and hope, explaining, “I was pleased to see so many Korean people taking an interest in an area they are all aware of, but maybe don’t spend too much time to think about. It would be nice to think that I might be giving South Koreans a peaceful insight in North Korea through mountains.” SHARE Facebook Twitter AvatarChris Green Newscenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News By Chris Green – 2012.02.20 10:45am New Zealander Building Mountain Bridges Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Park Cautions North after Reunion Threats

first_imgNews North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2014.02.07 3:30pm Park Cautions North after Reunion Threats SHARE South Korean President Park Geun Hye has responded to North Korea’s declaration that separated family reunions may be compromised by ROK-U.S. joint military drills, noting this morning that, “North Korea should not leave a scar in the hearts of separated families once again.”Speaking with defense officials at the Blue House, Park expressed her hope that the impending reunions could open the door to inter-Korean cooperation and a new era of peace and development.However, she went on to warn, “North Korea is adhering to the Byungjin Line of simultaneous economic and nuclear development, while instability continues following the execution of Jang Song Taek. Although it may look as if (the North) has initiated a peace offensive, we will not let down our guard.”The South will not stand down from its defensive position until North Korea abandons its nuclear weapons and becomes a responsible member of the international community, Park added. “We will maintain a firm and unfaltering defensive posture.  In the case of a North Korean provocation we must firmly respond.” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img News News Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more

Serbia UK and Serbia sign Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement

first_imgSerbia UK and Serbia sign Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement The UK and Serbia have signed a Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement to ensure £682m trade can continue and grow between the two countries.The Agreement secures continued preferential trade access between the UK and Serbia with significant savings for business to support jobs and the wider economy. It also sets out how the two countries will strengthen political, economic, security and cultural ties, and reaffirms the UK’s support for governance reform in Serbia that will safeguard its competitive business environment and open, democratic society.The preferential trading terms secured by the Agreement will enable British business to trade as they did before 1 January 2021.British businesses such as Unilever, AstraZeneca, JCB and Jaguar Land Rover are flourishing in Serbia, and companies such as Rio Tinto have invested significant amounts into large scale initiatives that will drive forwards production of electric vehicles and help to cut carbon emissions around the world.It was signed by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Serbia Sian MacLeod and Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Tatjana Matić in Belgrade.FCDO Minister for the European Neighbourhood Wendy Morton said:This is the latest agreement signed by the UK securing hundreds of millions of pounds in trade between our two countries supporting jobs and the wider economies.It demonstrates the UK’s commitment to civil society across Serbia with the promotion of governance and rule of law reforms, while tackling the threat posed by climate change by building a greener and more resilient future together.Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP, said:This is great news for businesses in the UK and Serbia, providing certainty and strengthening ties between both countries to drive growth and support economic recovery from covid-19.This agreement will support jobs up and down the country, drive further investment and open up opportunities for our exporters.Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Serbia, Sian MacLeod OBE, said:With the personal support of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Aleksandar Vucic, the UK and Serbia have been working together to build a stronger forward looking relationship. Increasing trade and investment is an important part of that ambition. This Agreement is both an important demonstration of our shared commitment to the relationship and a practical means to facilitate smooth trade in the interests of business and consumers in both our countries. I look forward to seeing more UK companies thriving in Serbia and British expertise providing a boost to Serbia’s economic development.UK Export Finance is now establishing its presence in the region with over £3.5 billion available to finance projects in Serbia, bringing greater value for money from UK supply chains and making large infrastructure projects more competitive than ever before.BackgroundThis Agreement replicates the effects of the existing EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Agreement as far as possible, providing certainty for businesses and consumers in the UK and Serbia. Top UK exports to Serbia include scientific instruments, medicine and pharmaceutics, machinery and clothing.This Agreement will now be subject to domestic parliamentary procedures in both the UK and Serbia.We have agreed trade deals with 67 countries plus the EU, that account for £891bn of UK bilateral trade in 2019.Source: ONS UK Trade: All countries, non-seasonally adjusted July to September 2020 /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:Belgrade, Boris Johnson, British, carbon emissions, climate change, Economic Development, electric vehicle, EU, Europe, european, Government, infrastructure, Rio Tinto, Serbia, telecommunications, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Ready-to-go replica cars pass their final hurdle to go on sale

first_imgTrending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | According to SEMA, the limits are because the program “recognizes the unique challenges faced by companies that produce a small number of custom cars,” which primarily involves emissions and safety. The ownerships will carry the year the replica was built, not the model-year it represents.The vehicles will have to meet the emissions standards for the year it is built, so don’t expect your ’32 Ford roadster to come with a Buick ‘Nailhead’ powerplant — that requirement will pretty much mean all these replicas will have brand-new engines.They will have to meet certain safety standards, but overall, will adhere to the original vehicle’s requirements, so if airbags or anti-lock brakes were still in the future, the replica won’t need to include them either. However, just as with the major automakers, the low-volume manufacturers will have to issue recalls for any safety-related defects. advertisement See More Videos 5 Fake replica supercars that’ll make you look twice If you’ve been waiting to buy a brand-new drive-it-home DeLorean, Cobra, or other “repli-car,” get your money ready. A long-delayed law is finally going into effect in the U.S., allowing low-volume replica vehicles to go on sale.That’s the news from SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, which had long fought for implementation. SEMA led the creation of a bill that passed Congress in 2015, and which just needed implementation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).But the NHTSA’s director resigned under Donald Trump’s presidency and was not immediately replaced, which created the delay. You can buy these movie car replicas seized in a -million fraud caseEnthusiasts could always buy kits and assemble such vehicles themselves, but the manufacturers couldn’t sell a turn-key version with the powertrain installed and ready to drive. Under the new regulation, it’s full steam – or at least full internal-combustion engine – ahead.The law covers replica of vehicles manufactured at least 25 years ago, and both the vehicles and their manufacturer must be low-volume. That means no more than 325 copies of each model per year, and the company can only make up to a total of 5,000 vehicles overall annually. That rules out, say, Chevrolet making a batch of new Corvair look-alikes.A DeLorean restorer plans to reproduce brand-new ones “Regulatory barriers have previously prevented small automakers from producing heritage cars for eager customers,” said Christopher Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “The roadblocks have been eliminated. Companies will be able to hire workers, start making necessary parts and components, and produce and sell cars.” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img RELATED We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSFlexVintage / ClassicClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew VehiclesVintage & Collectibleantique carsCobraFlexMuscle CarsNHTSAreplica DMC COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

How One Vineyard Is Helping Warriors All Year Long, Especially During…

first_imgFacebook Previous articleWinemaker Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery to Keynote the Tuesday Luncheon at the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape SymposiumNext article2017 International Sherry Week a Great Success Press Release TAGSConsumerEOD Warrior FoundationTackitt Family Vineyards Home Industry News Releases How One Vineyard Is Helping Warriors All Year Long, Especially During the…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessHow One Vineyard Is Helping Warriors All Year Long, Especially During the HolidaysBy Press Release – November 20, 2017 54 0 ReddIt Share Email Pinterest AdvertisementEOD Cellars wine collection helps provide financial support to warriors and their familiesNICEVILLE, Florida – (November 20, 2017) – This holiday season there will be millions of bottles of wine sold. According to the Wine Institute, there are 11,496 wineries in the country, and each year there are around 949 million gallons of wine consumed. Many people like to give wine as holiday gifts, take a bottle to holiday dinner parties, or keep some on hand for when company stops by to celebrate the season. Of those wineries, there is one, Tackitt Family Vineyards, that has made the commitment to help warriors with every bottle sold.“This holiday, people can easily help our warriors by opting for EOD Cellars wines when selecting a wine to drink or give,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “We are honored to have the support of Tackitt Family Vineyards, who give back so much. They truly appreciate all that these warriors have done for our country and make it easy for people to give back simply by purchasing their wines.”Leon and Cindy Tackitt, owners of Tackitt Family Vineyards, offer a line of wines called EOD Cellars, and a portion of every bottle sold goes to the EOD Warrior Foundation. That money is put to good use helping warriors and their families who are in need. The foundation provides financial support to warriors who need financial assistance with everything from college scholarships for their family members to picking up the tab for therapeutic treatment to help with such conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder.The EOD Warrior Foundation is an organization that helps the families of the 7,000 people in our military who are Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, and perform bomb disposal duties. Engaging in the most dangerous job in the military, EOD technicians often sustain serious injuries, lose limbs, or are killed in action.EOD Cellars wine collection includes four varieties of red wines and two types of white wines, and they are available in boxed gift sets and 6-packs. The wines are available for purchase online, as well as in select stores. The wines range in price from $21 per bottle to $32 per bottle. They have all been specially bottled to support the EOD Warrior Foundation. Tackitt Family Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery that is located in Paso Robles, California. They specialize in premium wines and offer several varietals for the EOD Cellars Wine. Specific wines in the collection include The Keeper, Basic Blaster Red, Senior Blaster Red, Master Blaster Red, Willie Pete White, and Det Cord White.“We appreciate everything these warriors have done, and are pleased to be able to help give back,” added Leon Tackitt, winemaker and owner of Tackitt Family Vineyards. “This holiday season, every time they opt for an EOD Cellars wine, they will not only be getting a great tasting wine, but they can feel good knowing that they are also helping warriors. It’s an easy way to help others with every wine purchase.To view the EOD Cellars wine collection, visit the Tackitt Family Vineyard site online: EOD Warrior Foundation helps this elite group by providing financial relief, therapeutic healing retreats, a scholarship program, care of the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin AFB, Fla. and more. Their work is supported by private donations and the generosity of those who support the organization.  To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their fundraising events calendar, visit their site at: EOD Warrior FoundationThe EOD Warrior Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help EOD warriors and their family members with a priority on wounded EOD warriors and the families of fallen EOD warriors. Specific programs include financial relief, college scholarships, hope and wellness programs that include therapeutic healing retreats, and care for the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin AFB, Fla. To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their events calendar, visit their site at: Advertisement Linkedin Twitterlast_img read more