“The construction will start about second quarter of 2021. The construction of the Iloilo-Guimaras link will take up to two years, sometime in 2023, while its Phase 2 that will link Guimaras to Negros will be completed by 2024,” Cabral said./PN Construction may start by the secondquarter of 2021, Secretary Mark Villar told the Senate Committee on Financeduring the deliberation of its proposed 2020 budget on Monday. “This is already the fourth year ofthe Duterte administration. It was committed on the first year. We already lost31 lives to a tragedy. I hope we do not wait for another 31 lives to be lostagain before we start the construction of this very important bridge,” Drilonsaid. Villar said they were looking tocomplete the feasibility study for the bridge by next month. “What is important is the feasibilitystudy. Once it is completed we can proceed with the detailed engineering,” hesaid. MANILA – By 2023 the bridge connectingIloilo and Guimaras would have been complete already, according to theDepartment of Public Works and Highway (DPWH). Ilonggo senator Franklin Drilon urgedthe DPWH to speed up the project which was committed by the Duterteadministration in 2016, citing the Iloilo Strait motorboat mishaps in Augustthat killed 31 people. DPWH undersecretary for planning and public-private partnership Maria Catalina Cabral told Drilon they would immediately submit the feasibility study to the National Economic and Development Authority’s Investment Coordinating Council for approval, after which the Department of Finance will consider the funding. Villar assured Drilon the proposedIloilo-Guimaras-Negros Island bridges “remain to be part of the priorityeconomic bridges by the Duterte administration.”
Indianapolis, In. — Recently, the Indiana State Department of Health received a $1 million grant from the federal government to help prevent school violence.This grant will be used to develop school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams as well as train school officials to best support those with mental health issues.It is our responsibility to protect Indiana students and teachers, and this grant will help provide our schools with the tools they need to increase safety.Click here to read more about ways the General Assembly is working to make our schools safer. To access Indiana’s school safety resources, visit in.gov/DHS.
President of Paris Saint-GermainGeneva, Switzerland | AFP | Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.“The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against the former Secretary General of FIFA and against the Chief Executive Officer of the BEIN MEDIA GROUP LLC in connection with the award of World Cup media rights,” said the statement on Thursday from Swiss prosecutors, referring to Valcke and Al-Khelaifi.While Qatari national Al-Khelaifi is the president of the famed French football club PSG, the statement indicates the alleged offences pertain to his role as the head of sports media group BEIN, which operates on five continents.The investigation was opened in March and is separate from a probe Switzerland launched against Valcke in March of 2016 over alleged criminal mismanagement during his tenure as deputy to FIFA’s disgraced former president Sepp Blatter.The new allegations claim that Valcke “accepted undue advantages from a businessman in the sports rights sector in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.”Jerome ValckeThe statement from Switzerland’s top prosecutor also alleges illegal dealings with “Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030”. The 2018 and 2022 World Cup will be played in Russia and Qatar respectively, while the 2026 and 2030 tournaments have not yet been awarded.Valcke, a French national, was in Switzerland on Wednesday arguing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, where he was trying to overturn his 10-year ban from football over graft.Valcke was interviewed by the attorney general’s representatives in Geneva on Thursday “as a suspect”, the statement said.While Valcke was being questioned, authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain searched “properties” as part of the probe, the Swiss prosecutors said.Share on: WhatsApp
Packaging makes up about 1/3 of the average household’s garbage and accounts for approximately 13 percent of the price you pay for food. There are some easy steps you can take to save money and reduce the amount of garbage and recycling produced from packaging. Try bringing your own container to the store and buying your goods in bulk.Packaging Facts from Portland State University:20,000,000 pounds of foil packaging could be avoided if all Americans bought coffee from the bulk bin.One half pound of waste per family could be kept out of the landfill if the average American family of four bought peanut butter in bulk.6,000,000 pounds of waste could be prevented if Americans purchased all their almonds in bulk for one month.Oatmeal purchased from the bulk bin can save five times the waste of its packaged equivalent.If all Americans chose to buy bulk options when possible, we would save more than 26 million pounds of packaging waste in just one month according to Earth911. Try it on and see if you can do it.Reasons to buy bulk:Items cost less than those of the same amount that are packaged.There is less transportation needed to ship.Bringing your own container that you reuse is better for natural resources.There is more flexibility in how much you buy.You get to see what you are buying.Bulk items take less space to store and less store labor to manage.Look for bulk shopping options at stores in our area. Listing a business below does not mean that Thurston County endorses any of these companies. Personal or home care products:Euphorium, OlympiaThe Olympia Food Coop, OlympiaRadiance Herbs and Massage, OlympiaPremier Salon and Spa, OlympiaFood: Bayview Thriftway, OlympiaBuck’s Fifth Avenue/Culinary Exotica, OlympiaFredMeyer, Lacey, TumwaterTea Lady, OlympiaThe Olympia Food Coop, OlympiaTop Food and Drug, OlympiaWinCo Foods, LaceyYelm Food Co-op, YelmComing soon, the Zero Waste Home has also recently released a bulk shopping app available in iTunes and the Android Market. It is still in version 1.0 so they are working out the bugs. As soon as someone populates our region with the local options, it will be a terrific resource (hint, hint, wink, wink).You might already be recycling much of packaging you bring home and that is great but not enough. Earth’s inhabitants consume the amount of natural resources one year that it takes the Earth to generate in over 1.5 years according the Global Footprints Network. When you bring your own container to the store, reusing it many times over, you are saving the resources that would go toward something new. So when you go to buy bulk, don’t forget your containers. The Olympia Food Coop has limited supplies of donated and washed containers for you if you ask.Earth 911 has some good suggestions to get you started including choosing containers, how to read bulk price tags, and shopping.For more tips on how to reduce your consumption, go to www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org and click on “Recycling & Reuse”. Facebook25Tweet0Pin0
Facebook149Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Coffee Roasting CoOlympia Coffee Roasting Co announced today they will expanding to the Proctor District of Tacoma. The brand is partnering with Lapis Tacoma, a business owned and operated by the team behind Compass Rose and Capitan Little on the 1400 square foot concept cafe, located at 2601 N Proctor St in the vibrant and historic Proctor District of Tacoma. The location is on the corner of Proctor St and 26th in the former Radio Shack. Olympia Coffee will occupy the Proctor frontage and Lapis will split the 3000 square foot building on the 26th St entrance.Oliver Stormshak (left) is the co-owner Olympia Coffee Roasting. He is pictured with Jim Johnson, Johnson Berry Farm. These two local businesses owners took home top honors from the Good Food Awards. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Psaltis.The Proctor location is the first Tacoma cafe for the Olympia based business; the company operates three cafes in Olympia and a soon-to-be open cafe in Seattle. “Opening a cafe in the Proctor neighborhood is a lifelong dream” for company owner and Tacoma native Oliver Stormshak. “I’m excited to be coming home and investing in my roots” says Stormshak.The company claims the Proctor location will be a “flagship” location, and plans to roast onsite alongside a full cafe menu concept, including Olympia’s award-winning espresso drinks, pour over coffees, espresso milkshakes, affogatos, and “Nitro Coffee Float” alongside its well known French pastry selections.The space will be designed by The Artisians Group, the multi-disciplinary design and passive house company behind Olympia Coffee’s previous projects.Olympia Coffee Roasting is differentiated from competitors by the high quality of their coffee as well as their unrivaled focus on customer experience, which will continue to be driving factors across the new locations. Olympia Coffee’s Mission Statement is to Improve quality of life for farmers, staff, and customers. Every action the company takes follows this ideal. The company sources 100% of coffees directly from farmers in the Americas and East Africa. Olympia as a company has won numerous honors over the last decade, including Micro Roaster of The Year, America’s Best Espresso, Northwest Barista Competition, and Northwest Brewer’s Cup Competition. The brand is also a three-time winner at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco, making Olympia Coffee among the most award-winning independent coffee companies in the state of Washington.For more information, visit the Olympia Coffee Roasting Co website.
College of the Canyons and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services will present “the Heart Gallery, Los Angeles” beginning April 17. The exhibition features photographs of children in the Los Angeles County foster care system who are in need of permanent adoptive families. The exhibition’s purpose is to help raise awareness of the need to find permanent, loving homes for more than 700 children in Los Angeles County. The exhibition will run from April 17 through May 1. A reception is planned in the gallery from 6-8 p.m. on April 17. The public is welcome to view the photographic portraits of the children and enjoy refreshments. Social workers from the Department of Children and Family Services will be available to answer questions about adoptions. Most of the children are school age, of African-American or Latino heritage, may have special needs, and may be part of a sibling group. The Heart Gallery Los Angeles is one of more than 40 Heart Galleries that have been developed throughout the United States to help find permanent adoptive families for waiting children. Admission to the College of the Canyons art gallery is free. A $1 parking permit can be obtained from the South Lot or Lot 6. This permit allows attendees to park in any regular space in the student lots. Art gallery and store hours are: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery is closed Fridays, Sundays and all college holidays. Additional information regarding this and future exhibitions can be obtained by calling (661) 362-3612. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Revenue is writing to 130,000 PAYE taxpayers who have paid tax but have not claimed any additional tax credits or reliefs in the last five years.It is reminding them that there is a four-year time limit for claiming a refund of tax.Revenue has issued letters over the last few years to assist taxpayers in claiming their due entitlements and ensuring they only pay the correct amount of tax. Analysis of a previous campaign suggests that the letters have a significant positive effect on taxpayer engagement with Revenue.Pat Murphy, National PAYE Manager in Revenue’s Personal Division, has timely advice for taxpayers.“You can claim a refund of tax paid if there are entitlements you are due but have yet to claim,” he said.“However, there is a four-year time limit for claiming tax refunds and the deadline for 2015 claims is December 31, 2019, so now is a good time to check that you have claimed all of your entitlements.” For taxpayers who want to make a claim, the quickest, easiest and most convenient way to do so is online using PAYE Services, which is available in Revenue’s myAccount portal.The services in myAccount are accessible on all mobile devices.Mr Murphy said: “Even if you did not get a letter from Revenue, you can review and update your tax record online at any time, using PAYE Services in myAccount.“When you submit a claim, it is processed and verified by Revenue and most online refund claims are paid within five working days.“So, there is still plenty of time to submit your claim and have your refund paid into your bank account before Christmas.” More than 130,000 people to be paid tax refund before Christmas was last modified: November 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmasRefundrefundsRepaymenttax
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is cute when he gets all sanctimonious. And he’s never been cuter than after the league owners winter meetings this week.Faced with two recent high-profile incidents in which NFL players were accused of mistreating women, Goodell did what he does best — stick his head in an alternate reality.Reuben Foster was a 49ers linebacker until he was arrested on domestic violence charges Nov. 24 at the team hotel in Tampa. It was the second time in less than a year that …
The bombardier beetle, a favorite illustration used by many creationists to argue against the ability of natural selection to build irreducibly complex systems (see Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution, for instance), is being seriously studied by the aircraft industry, reports EurekAlert. A three-year project at Leeds University will study the bug for ideas on how aircraft designers can reignite an engine at high altitude at cold temperatures. Professor of thermodynamics Andy McIntosh explains: “The bombardier beetle’s defence mechanism represents a very effective natural form of combustion. Copying such natural mechanisms is part of the growing field of biomimetics where scientists learn much from intricate design features already in nature. Understanding this beetle better could lead to significant advances in combustion research” (emphasis added).At least this article doesn’t attribute the “intricate design” to evolution. Silence is golden. That’s a form of progress.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0