July Budget 2015: Are you an entrepreneur, an apprentice or a single parent? What does George Osborne’s statement mean for you?

first_imgWednesday 8 July 2015 10:34 pm July Budget 2015: Are you an entrepreneur, an apprentice or a single parent? What does George Osborne’s statement mean for you? THE SINGLE PARENTCatherine Gannon, 51Managing partner at law firm Gannons  Gannons Commercial Law continues to do well, with profits and earnings up on last year. Catherine is commercially savvy and has restructured the business from an LLP to a limited company, illustrating that she is a smart operator in a segmented legal market. Catherine lives with two children, aged 12 and 14, in a home with a mortgage and holds several investment properties. DELOITTE’S BUDGET TEAM SAYS Catherine’s business will benefit from the reduction in corporation tax rates to 19 per cent from 2017 then 18 per cent from 2020. As Catherine has a number of investment properties, she is likely to be impacted by the restriction of interest relief against her rental income to the basic rate, assuming those properties are mortgaged. Catherine is likely to see her tax liability increase as a result. In addition, if Catherine’s properties are rented out on a furnished basis she may have a larger administration burden as she will no longer be entitled to claim a wear and tear allowance but instead will need to maintain records of actual expenses incurred. The budget also restricted tax relief for pension contributions for those with earnings in excess of £150,000, which may limit the relief Catherine can save in her pension. She is likely to benefit in due course from the Inheritance tax main residence nil rate band of £125,000. THE APPRENTICEAlistair Franke, 21Higher Apprentice in Forensic Services, PwC  Alistair is living at home with parents to whom he pays a small amount of rent, and commutes to central London by train on a daily basis. On a salary of £24,000 a year, he is saving with the view to acquiring a buy-to-let property. He has a car which he uses mainly at the weekends, and has a fairly sociable lifestyle; going out to eat/drink on average twice a week. DELOITTE’S BUDGET TEAM SAYSAs a basic rate taxpayer, Alistair will benefit from the increase in the personal allowance from £10,600 in 2015/16 to £11,000 in 2016/17 giving him more disposable income to fund his sociable lifestyle. Alistair is looking to purchase a buy-to-let property. While he remains a basic rate taxpayer Alistair will not be affected by the restriction of finance relief to basic rate, however, he could be affected if his salary increases. In addition, Alistair’s parents may benefit from the increased annual rent-a-room relief from £4,250 to £7,500 in respect of the annual rent received from Alistair.  THE ENTREPRENEURKristo Kaarmann, 35Co-founder of TransferWise, a peer-to-peer international money transfer business  Kristo’s firm is just over four years old and has attracted $91m of investment from venture capital and private investors. Kristo employs over 65 people in the UK and a further 285 across offices in New York, Tampa, Tallinn and Cherkassy. He travels overseas twice a month to visit international offices and the firm’s US investors. Kristo owns property in Tallinn, Estonia, but rents in London. He cycles to work, and doesn’t have a pension. DELOITTE’S BUDGET TEAM SAYSIf Kristo is a non-UK domiciled individual claiming the remittance basis of taxation he should be aware that if he has been in the UK for more than 15 of the previous 20 tax years at 6 April 2017 he will be liable to pay UK tax on all his worldwide income and gains. From April 2017 he will not be able to benefit from the remittance basis of taxation. In addition, his worldwide assets (including his property in Tallinn, Estonia) would fall within his UK inheritance tax net. THE STARTUP FOUNDEROliver Pugh, 27Founder of snack box service EarlyBird  Oliver’s business is over twelve months old and has attracted £300,000 worth of investment. The business is currently growing at 100 per cent month-on-month and predicts year one revenues of £544,000. It currently employs eight people across two sites and will look to grow this over the next 12 months. Oliver lives with his girlfriend in a rented flat in London. He drinks socially, but does not smoke. His savings have all been invested in EarlyBird, and he takes a salary of £24,000 with no pension. DELOITTE’S BUDGET TEAM SAYSOliver currently draws a small salary from his business which is subject to income tax and national insurance and will therefore benefit from the increase in the personal allowance. Oliver may also be able to benefit from the introduction of the £5,000 dividend tax-free allowance. In addition, Oliver’s business will benefit from the increased Employment Allowance, from £2,000 to £3,000, the reduction in corporation tax rates, and the increase in the Annual Investment Allowance, which gives full tax relief on the first £200,000 of qualifying expenditure. THE MID-LEVEL ASSOCIATEIona Wright, 27Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright  Iona has been working at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP for more than 4.5 years in total and has been a qualified lawyer for 2.5 years. She is a mid-level Associate, recently promoted. She trained at the firm, but has also been on secondment to a client as a qualified lawyer. She is 27 and rents an apartment in Angel by herself. DELOITTE’S BUDGET TEAM SAYS The budget should not have too much effect on Iona. As a higher rate taxpayer, she will benefit due to the increase in the personal allowance and the higher rate threshold, which are offset by changes to the national insurance upper earnings limit. These changes together should give her an increase in her disposable income of around £150 per year. If she is saving for a house she will benefit from the proposed personal savings allowance, to be introduced from April 2016, which will save her up to £200 income tax on her bank interest. Iona may also benefit from the help-to-buy ISA if she is considering purchasing her first property. Under this scheme, the Government will pay a bonus of 25 per cent of the amount saved, so a £10,000 ISA will benefit from an additional £2,500 provided the monies are used towards a property.   whatsapp whatsappcenter_img Express KCS Show Comments ▼ Tags: George Osborne July Budget 2015 People Sharelast_img read more

Neighborhoods influence health, for better and for worse

first_img Had Ray been born 10 blocks south of East Harlem, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, his life and death would have been very different. There’s a 10-year difference in life expectancy between residents of the Upper East Side and East Harlem. In other neighborhoods across the country, the gap is even larger. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation a boy born in Bolivar, Miss., can expect to live 67 years. Born the same day in Fairfax, Va., he would expect to live 15 years longer. Such disparities reflect differences in the resources and infrastructures available in different communities. To address these inequities, health care systems must be understood as just one part of the complex, integrated community systems needed to support health.advertisement About the Author Reprints During this chaotic period of health care reform in America, doctors like me are waking up to a reality we have long ignored: To save lives, it simply isn’t enough to provide the best clinical care we can. As we transition from fee-for-service care to population health management, we must do more than “bend the cost curve” and provide health care more efficiently. We must look beyond the walls of our health centers and hospitals and into the communities where people live their daily lives.Rather than focusing on clinical diagnoses and treatments, we need to collaborate with community leaders and organizations providing social services, making ourselves part of the neighborhoods we serve.Many hospitals and clinics are already experimenting with innovative approaches that link the clinic to the neighborhood. Nationally, the 100 Million Healthier Lives network brings together community-based organizations providing everything from mental health supports to transportation assistance to learn from each other about how to successfully collaborate with hospitals to build health in their communities. In Dallas, Parkland Health and Hospital System is developing an electronic data system that lets doctors and social service organizations coordinate care for the people they both serve. Instead of telling a patient to eat more vegetables, a physician can send a note to the food bank across the street, informing the staff of the patient’s dietary needs. In New York, City Health Works matches low-income patients with complex chronic conditions with health coaches who help them find motivation and support systems to navigate daily life. Related: Can a digital health startup prevent diabetes in Medicaid patients? If Ray had been able to work with a health coach, he would have had someone to visit him at home, use behavioral psychology to help him meet his challenges head-on, and use mobile communications technologies to share information with me and other members of his care team about why he struggled to control his diabetes.These programs represent a new generation of collaborative efforts to push back against the premise that the circumstances of a person’s daily life are not the concern of health care providers. As health systems take on financial responsibility for population health, using advances in analytics and mobile technologies to implement adaptable care models will be essential for building healthier communities.That work isn’t easy. But if we truly believe that the neighborhood in which you are born shouldn’t limit your prospects for good health, it is the work we must pursue. If health care providers, community-based professionals and leaders, and policy makers embrace this new spirit of collaborative innovation, it is still possible for Ray’s grandchildren in East Harlem to represent the healthiest generation of Americans we have ever known.Prabhjot Singh, MD, is the director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at Mount Sinai Health System, and author of “Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). “Promise me he won’t die here,” my patient’s daughter begged me. In her eyes was a fear born of familiarity: She’d seen too many of her family and neighbors die in a hospital. Just last year, her mother was admitted to the intensive care unit and never left. Now her 70-year-old father, whom I’ll call Ray, was in the same place, lying in a bed with his eyes unfocused and his speech confused. Ray would die here, and I could do nothing to stop that from happening. His life was never mine to save. It had been lost much earlier to the destructive grind of the impoverished, embattled neighborhood where he lived.Ray lived in East Harlem, N.Y., for a half-century. During that time he saw his neighborhood deteriorate under pressure of failed public policies. Super block public housing isolated poor neighbors — almost all of them black and Latino — from the richer, whiter city around them. The political clout of wealthier neighborhoods unwilling to host drug treatment facilities turned East Harlem into New York City’s methadone capital. Violent crime increased. For decades, Ray couldn’t find work — or safety. Over time, he grew isolated, eating meals of cheap takeout on his couch while watching TV. The salty food and inactivity left him with diabetes, swollen limbs, and ultimately heart failure.His neighborhood helped create the conditions that killed him, and they continue to take their toll on the children and grandchildren Ray left behind.advertisement First OpinionNeighborhoods influence health, for better and for worse The East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Imagescenter_img By Prabhjot Singh Sept. 21, 2016 Reprints Tags collaborationcommunity healthhealth care To get more kids health care, train their neighbors to navigate insurance maze But it doesn’t have to be that way in East Harlem or any other neighborhood in America. There are ways to make neighborhoods places where healthy lives are built, not ground down. Prabhjot Singh Related: @prabhjotsinghNY last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Friday, September 27, 2019

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Friday, September 27, 2019 Deaths Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Kathleen Wall (née Lalor)Boley, Abbeyleix, LaoisPeacefully, at the Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Wife of the late Donal. Deeply regretted by her loving daughters Pauline and Anna, sons-in-law Mick and James, grandchildren Conor, Kate, Brian, Finn, Mia and Jack, brothers Tom and Donal, sisters Brigid, Annie, Mary, Alice and Teresa, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at her home from 4pm on Wednesday with Rosary at 9pm. Removal on Thursday at 11.30 am to St. Brigid’s Church, Shanahoe, for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Shanahoe.House private on Thursday, by request.Michael CurtisLate of Rockfield and Bennettsbridge, Athy, Kildare / Birr, Offaly / LaoisLate of Rockfield and Bennettsbridge, Athy and Derrybeg, Clareen, Birr, Co. Offaly. Surrounded by his loving family at his daughter’s residence, Clareen, Birr, Co. Offaly. Predeceased by his loving wife and best friend Ita (Curtis née Hyland), his parents Michael and Catherine, brothers Lar and Jimmy and godchild Bernie. Deeply regretted by his loving daughter Marie, son-in-law Niall, adored grandchildren Neil-Joseph and Sean-Michael, brothers Johnny, Paddy and Brendan, sisters Betty, Peg and Pat, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Rest in PeaceReposing at his daughter Marie and Niall Mahers’s residence (R42 YE94), Derrybeg, Clareen, Birr from 3pm on Wednesday afternoon until the conclusion of prayers, which begin at 9pm. Removal by Rigney’s Funeral Directors on Thursday morning, to arrive at Seir Kieran’s Church, Clareen for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Seir Kieran’s Cemetery. House private Thursday morning please.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Thursday, September 26, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Deaths in Laois – Friday, September 27, 2019 Previous articleOpen Evening in Dunamase College on Monday, October 7Next articleNew Director arrives in Laois as Michael Rainey departs LaoisToday Reporter GAA Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 27th September 2019 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSDeaths in Laois GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results last_img read more

SEC awards foreign tipster US$4.1 million for bringing securities violation to light

first_imgU.S. whistleblower awarded US$2.5 million lightwise/123RF Prospect of whistleblower riches causes friction Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Tuesday that it’s awarding more than US$4.1 million to a company insider outside the U.S. who blew the whistle on “a widespread, multi-year securities law violation” at his company and provided ongoing assistance to the SEC during the regulator’s investigation. Related news SEC’s whistleblower payouts top US$900 million James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Although the SEC doesn’t release details of whistleblower cases in order to protect the identity of tipsters, the SEC noted that in this case, in particular, the tip came from outside the U.S. It doesn’t identify the tipster’s country of origin. “Company insiders often have valuable information that can help the SEC halt an ongoing securities law violation and better protect investors,” says Jane Norberg, chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, in a statement. “The breadth of the SEC’s whistleblower program is demonstrated by this case, where the whistleblower, a foreign national working outside of the United States, affirmatively stepped forward to shine a light on the wrongdoing.” With this latestwhistleblower award, the SEC’s program that pays for information resulting in significant enforcement action has now awarded more than US$179 million to 50 whistleblowers. Photo copyright: lightwise/123RF Keywords WhistleblowersCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Zoom seminar debacle attracts OSC warninglast_img read more

Council Coronavirus Update Sunday 3 January – Wollongong

first_imgCouncil Coronavirus Update Sunday 3 January – Wollongong In light of the recent updates to the Public Health Order, we will be making a series of changes to the way our community interacts with our services, facilities and staff.From Monday 4 January we will be following the NSW Health Guidelines by asking all customers over the age of 12 to wear a mask when using an indoor Council facility.This step is part of our transition towards supporting and encouraging all community members to wear a mask and stay safe when out in the community.From Monday, the following services will require the wearing of masks:Council’s Customer Service Centre.Wollongong Art Gallery.Our libraries.Entryways, change rooms, waiting areas and customer service areas in our indoor pool, gyms, spa and sauna and hall at Beaton Park and Lakeside Leisure Centres. Advice will be provided at each Centre on the requirement to wear a mask for specific activities.All community facility buildings.Volunteering Illawarra.Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM thanked community members for their continued support and understanding as Council made changes to normal business operations.“Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still a risk within our community, and we need to continue to work together to support each other and take appropriate steps to protect one another from the virus.“Our goal is to protect the vulnerable members of our community and look after the wellbeing and safety of our staff and volunteers, their families and broader community. Wearing masks and maintaining 1.5 meters distance from others are effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus.”“Council will continue to follow the latest updates to the Public Health Order that makes wearing masks in indoor settings compulsory. We will encourage all our customers using Council’s indoor facilities and services to follow these guidelines.”These changes come into effect from tomorrow, Monday 4 January 2021, and are in line with our community-oriented, risk-based approach to the delivery of our services during this challenging time.At present we will not close any of our services but will continue to monitor the NSW Health Guidelines for any changes to current restrictions.“From Monday, we will be asking community members over the age of 12 to wear a mask when using Council services and facilities. These changes will take a little while to get right, and we will be supporting our community members as we get used to this new way of working,” said Cr Bradbery.“We know that not everyone can wear a mask due to health conditions. Please be respectful of others who may not be able to wear a mask as it may not be obvious.”“We understand that some of these changes may cause minor disruptions to the daily life of our residents. Thank you to all of our community members for your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to changing COVID restrictions.”We will continue to review the latest advice from NSW Health and the Australian Government and will post updates on our City of Wollongong Facebook page, and on our website.For the latest updates about COVID-19 cases, health advice, restrictions and testing locations, please see the NSW Health website. /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:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, business, community, coronavirus, council, covid-19, Facebook, Government, Illawarra, local council, NSW, public health, testing, website, Wollongong, Wollongong City Councillast_img read more

Clark College removes application fee

first_imgDecision goes into effect with spring term registration, expanding access to higher educationVANCOUVER – Clark College has taken a new step to expand access to higher education. Beginning with registration for the 2021 spring term, the college is removing its admission application fee, making it free for almost all prospective students to apply. The one exception is International Students, who use a separate admissions process to apply to the college that requires special handling of their F-1 visa status. Beginning with registration for the 2021 spring term, Clark College is removing its admission application fee, making it free for almost all prospective students to apply. File photoBeginning with registration for the 2021 spring term, Clark College is removing its admission application fee, making it free for almost all prospective students to apply. File photoPreviously the college charged a $25 application fee to most prospective students. While this is significantly less than the application fees for most universities and private colleges, it still could prove to be a barrier for some of the college’s students. Approximately 40 percent of Clark College students qualify as low-income. “This has been a complex project that was months in the making, especially given the college’s current budget challenges, but I am so proud of our staff for staying focused on serving our students by removing barriers that discourage students from taking the next step,” said Dr. Michele Cruse, interim vice president of Student Affairs. “Clark College is committed to being an open-enrollment institution, and this one more big step toward being truly open to everyone in our community.” “We don’t want students to have to choose between gas money and the admissions fee,” said Josiah Joner, Associated Students of Clark College president. “Money’s tight. We need to make it easier for students to get started.” The change goes into effect for students applying for spring term, registration for which begins on February 9 for most students. Information provided by Clark College Communications.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:2021 spring termadmission application feeapplicationClark CollegeClark CountyClark County TodayClark County Washingtonhigher educationlocal newsprospective studentsVancouverVancouver Washingtonshare 0 Previous : Investigation reveals details about Feb. 4 officer-involved shooting Next : Battle Ground School Board seeks director to fill District 1 vacancyAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Clark College removes application feePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, February 10, 2021in: Community Newsshare 0 last_img read more

Gain leadership experience with CU GOLD

first_imgBy participating in the Core Leadership Program, you will:Make connections with other student leaders and staff on campus.Gain a greater self-awareness of your individual abilities and values as they relate to leadership.Challenge your assumptions of what it means to be a “good leader” in the traditional sense.Understand the responsibilities of being a leader, both the rewarding and the difficult aspects.Understand how diversity, multiculturalism and social justice relate to your role as a leader.Develop a leadership vision that inspires action.Learn more and register for the spring 2019 Core Leadership Program.Applied Leadership ProgramThis program is the second step in your leadership journey, and consists of a day at the CU Challenge Ropes Course and weekly discussion-based sessions. At the end of the semester, participants will develop an in-depth leadership portfolio.By participating in the Applied Leadership Program, you will:Gain a greater understanding of process, including group roles, group dynamics and group decision-making.Experience leadership through interaction, dialogue and observation.Explore theories of change and develop a personal leadership portfolio.Make lasting connections with other student leaders, staff and faculty on campus.Learn more and register for the spring 2019 Applied Leadership Program (participants must have already completed the Core Leadership Program in order to register).Workshops in a BoxNeed help growing your student organization? This program provides free facilitated, interactive sessions specifically for student organizations to grow in the areas of time management, running effective meetings, leadership skills development and more. These sessions are designed to help your student organization get organized, plan cohesive events and retain membership.Learn more and sign up for Workshops in a Box sessions.CatalystIntroducing CU GOLD’s newest event: Catalyst!  In partnership with the national organization Leadershape, Catalyst is a one-day experience designed to challenge students to think about authentic leadership and what it means to be a change-maker on-campus.More information on Catalyst will be available early February on the CU GOLD website.Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Community Published: Jan. 25, 2019 Are you looking for leadership experience to add to your résumé? Or a new way to get involved on campus? Register for CU GOLD.CU GOLD (Gaining Opportunities through Leadership Development) provides free leadership development programs to all CU Boulder students. In addition to gaining valuable leadership experience, you have many opportunities to engage and collaborate with peers. Here are some upcoming opportunities this semester.Core Leadership ProgramThis introductory program consists of a leadership retreat in Estes Park and a community service project. You will attend weekly seminars devoted to a variety of leadership topics like personal values, diversity and different leadership styles. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img The Core Leadership Program has impacted my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. We push ourselves in ways that may be uncomfortable, but the group takes the challenge head on, and we have made massive leaps in our personal journeys.” –Grace G., CU Boulder studentlast_img read more

Severe Penalties for Human Trafficking

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, July 9, passed legislation to provide harsher penalties for the crime of human trafficking and to expand the list of offences under the law.Under the amendments to the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) Act, convicted persons can be imprisoned for up to 20 years, with provision for the court to impose an additional 10 years if the offender commits any other offence while trafficking persons, such as debt bondage.The legislation also increases from 10 to 20 years, the period of imprisonment for persons, who knowingly receive financial or other benefits from trafficking in persons.There is also provision for a new offence of conspiracy, which is punishable by imprisonment of up to 20 years and/or fine.The law also makes stipulation for the granting of restitution for victims, while the definition of “exploitation” has been expanded to include debt bondage.In piloting the Bill, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, explained that it is the intention of the Government to make the penalty for the offence of trafficking in persons more robust.“We recognise that trafficking in persons is indeed, modern day slavery, and a sophisticated and highly lucrative form of organised crime. We intend, therefore, to reflect the grievous nature of the crime with an appropriately severe penalty,” Mr. Bunting said.The National Security Minister stated that the amended Act, which is intended to bring Jamaica in line with international obligations, will allow the country to improve its standing in the United States (US) State Department’s Trafficking in Persons.“This, as the new provisions take into account that trafficking often involves other offences such as assault, carnal abuse, rape, child pornography, forced labour and forced begging,” Mr. Bunting said.Jamaica was recently upgraded from the US State Department’s Tier 2 watch list to Tier 2.Leader of Opposition Business in the Lower House, Delroy Chuck, in expressing his support, noted that the Bill is important within the context of the country’s international relations.Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving victims, who are typically forced, defrauded or coerced into various forms of exploitation.The Government has been tackling the problem through a number of initiatives, including legislative amendment, public education and prosecution of persons found involved in the crime of human trafficking.Contact: Latonya Linton RelatedGov’t Making Use of ICT in Fighting Crime RelatedAmended Trafficking in Persons Act to be Passed Soon Severe Penalties for Human Trafficking National SecurityJuly 10, 2013Written by: Latonya Lintoncenter_img RelatedFire Brigade gets Equipment Valued at $1 Million From US Advertisementslast_img read more

Guidelines Prepared for Removal of Sargassum

first_imgRelated55 Environmental Wardens Trained and Certified RelatedJamaica Invasive Species Database Launched FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Guidelines Prepared for Removal of Sargassum EnvironmentOctober 21, 2015Written by: O. Rodger Hutchinson The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has prepared guidelines for the sustainable removal and disposal of the sargassum (a brown seaweed with bony-like air bladders) currently affecting beaches and coastlines around Jamaica and the Caribbean.This was disclosed by Director of Environmental Management at NEPA, Anthony McKenzie, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on October 20.“The sargassum seaweed has to be removed with care.  We have prepared general guidelines for the removal of sargassum from the beaches. This information is available on our website and we want to ensure that care is taken, recognising that our beaches are sensitive areas,” he said.Some of the guidelines suggested by NEPA include raking-up the material; disposing the seaweed in a hole and properly covering it; or creating a compost heap in a special isolated site, as under normal sunny conditions the odour dissipates in a little over a week.Manager of the Ecosystems Management branch of NEPA, Andrea Donaldson, who also spoke at the ‘Think Tank’, explained that using heavy equipment or machines to remove the seaweed could lead to severe damage to the beach.“We ask that it be raked.  Heavy duty vehicles can cause more impact on the beach. A number of beaches may be sea turtle nesting sites, nesting beaches for birds or crocodiles and these machines will compact or aid in destroying the beach,” she noted.She further advised that the heavy duty machines will take away not only the sargassum , but also the very sand being protected.  She said using the rake allows for removal of the seaweed without the sand.The sargassum has become a worrisome problem for beachfront properties and tourism interests, as the  seaweed produces an offensive odour and is a turn-off to guests and beachgoers.  Persons living  close to  coastlines and beachfronts,  as well as fisherfolk, are also affected.Clumps of the brownish seaweed have long washed up on Caribbean coastlines, but researchers say the algae blooms have exploded in extent and frequency in recent years.  The 2015 seaweed invasion has  severely impacted some tourism dependent islands, where visitors have cancelled vacations.Mr. McKenzie pointed out that the sargassum ‘invasion’ has so impacted the island of Tobago, that the Government has termed it a “natural disaster.”  Other countries, such as Barbados, have also been severely impacted.For more information on the proper removal and disposal of the sargassum, persons can visit the office of NEPA, 10 & 11 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5; call them toll free at 1-888-991-5005,  fax: 754-7596 or visit their website at www.nepa.gov.jm.  You may also visit their social media pages, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nepajm; Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nepajamaica and Instagram at nepaja.center_img Story HighlightsThe National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has prepared guidelines for the sustainable removal and disposal of the sargassum (a brown seaweed with bony-like air bladders) currently affecting beaches and coastlines around Jamaica and the Caribbean.This was disclosed by Director of Environmental Management at NEPA, Anthony McKenzie, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on October 20.Some of the guidelines suggested by NEPA include raking-up the material; disposing the seaweed in a hole and properly covering it; or creating a compost heap in a special isolated site, as under normal sunny conditions the odour dissipates in a little over a week. RelatedSoapberry Operator Looking At Providing Treated Water For Irrigation Advertisementslast_img read more

‘Not a coincidence’ Rory 4-0 with 54-hole lead since ’11 Masters

first_imgPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rory McIlroy is proving to be a fierce closer. Losing that 54-hole lead at the Masters three years ago created a resolve within him with a Sunday lead. McIlroy has slammed the door every time he has built a 54-hole lead since that Masters’ collapse in 2011. He’s 4-0 with a lead going into Sunday since then. He was asked if there’s any coincidence in that. “Definitely not a coincidence,” McIlroy said. “I learned a lot that day. I learned exactly how not to protect a 54‑hole lead.  I went out there being very protective, very cautious, and it’s not the way . . . I should have just stuck to the game plan, stuck to my process, not looked at the leaderboard, not looked at what other people are doing. “So it was a huge learning day in my career and that’s the reason that every 54‑hole lead that I’ve had since I’ve been able to close the deal.  Hopefully I can keep that run going tomorrow.” Here’s McIlroy’s record as a pro with a 54-hole lead: 2012 DP World Tour Championship – WIN 2012 PGA Championship – WIN 2012 Honda Classic – WIN 2012 U.S. Open – WIN 2011 Masters – T-15 2011 Omega Dubai Desert Classic – T-10 2009 Dubai Desert Classic – WIN 2008 Omega European Masters – 2ndlast_img read more