Budget 2021: How does the new tax ‘super-deduction’ work?

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Feds settle with environmentalists over Tongass lawsuit costs

first_imgEconomy | Federal Government | Government | Southeast | TimberFeds settle with environmentalists over Tongass lawsuit costsApril 9, 2021 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:An aerial shot of Prince of Wales Island. (Photo courtesy KRBD)The federal government has agreed to pay $210,000 in legal fees to Alaska environmentalists that last year sued to halt a massive timber sale on the Tongass National Forest.A coalition of eight conservation groups — including the Juneau-based Southeast Alaska Conservation Council — took the U.S. Forest Service to court in 2019 over its controversial plan to clear cut about 23,000 acres of old growth forest on Prince of Wales Island.Industry groups and the federal agency argued that the project was key to keeping Southeast’s last mills running over the next decade.But a federal judge agreed with the plaintiffs who argued that the federal agency didn’t follow the law when it approved the timber sales. That’s because it hadn’t provided site-specific information on areas that could be logged.The court found that the Prince of Wales analysis was flawed and ordered the agency to restart its review before bringing the timber to market.The Department of Justice agreed this week to pay the funds into an account held by Earthjustice’s Alaska office. That’s the environmental law firm that litigated the case. Lead attorney Tom Waldo says the actual costs were about $301,000 in fees and other costs. But the parties settled to avoid bringing the matter back to the judge.Share this story:last_img read more

B&M European Value Retail in talks to buy stores from six retail chains

first_img Kasmira Jefford B&M European Value Retail in talks to buy stores from six retail chains Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoElite HeraldKate Middleton Just Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldUndo whatsapp B&M European Value Retail said yesterday it was in talks to buy stores from at least six retailers which are downsizing their portfolios as the bargain chain continues its UK expansion spree that will see it double in size over the next eight years. The retailer, which opened its 400th store last month, said it was on track to open at least a net 50 stores by the end of the financial year, creating 2,500 UK jobs.It is in talks with at least six retailers on right-sizing their estates, chief executive Simon Arora said, without naming who they were. Several retailers and supermarkets have been shedding stores as leases come up for renewal as consumers spend less time and money in big stores and more time online. Homebase parent company Home Retail Group announced plans last month to close a quarter of its estate while DIY group Kingfisher has also been seeking to partner with retailers on some of its over-spaced stores. Goldman Sachs analysts released a note on Monday, warning that supermarkets need to cut 20 per cent of space in their larger stores to return to growth and stem slowing sales.B&M, which listed on Aim in June, posted a 34 per cent rise in earnings to £73m in the first half to 27 September. Group revenues, including its newly acquired German business Jawoll, jumped by 29 per cent to £739.8m while UK like-for-like sales were up 4.8 per cent. Sharecenter_img More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsapp Tuesday 18 November 2014 8:06 pmlast_img read more

News / World’s biggest shippers don’t grasp supply chain impact on climate change

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 31/01/2017 The world’s largest corporations are failing to work with supply chain partners on climate change, according to a survey of 4,000 suppliers to the world’s leading shippers.The Carbon Disclosure Project polled suppliers to 89 of the world’s largest firms – including Walmart, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola – to assess how the multinationals were responding to and tackling climate change.While the report found that 68% of major shippers recognised the benefit of taking action, only 22% had engaged with suppliers and just 4% had actually actioned supply chain emissions targets.Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said supply chain greenhouse gas emissions were four times greater than those from direct manufacturing operations.The report also said there appeared to be a general lack of understanding of how to address the environmental impact of supply chain operations, compared with mitigating the impact of direct operations.“Even among CDP’s supply chain members, all of which are making efforts to act on supply chain sustainability, only 27% have specific supply chain carbon emissions targets,” it said.“This is an emerging area of opportunity, even for those companies that have traditionally been sustainability leaders.”It said the overall picture that emerged was one in which corporate sustainability commitments and practices were not being replicated downwards through the supply chain.“This suggests that many may not yet fully grasp how they can benefit from efficiency and sustainability opportunities in their supply chain,” said the report. “Or they may lack the strategy, resources or capability to take advantage of them at present, and while companies have a multitude of efforts underway, they are not integrated in strategy.”Despite firms cutting 434 million tons of CO2 – more than France emits annually – from supply chains in 2016 – which equated to $12.4bn in savings – the report said this was insufficient to tackle the current and future impacts of climate change.CDP said: “Indeed, only 34% of suppliers report an overall year-on-year decrease in their operational emissions, with a further 36% having insufficient data to track progress.”Furthermore, it found that 26% of firms failed to identify any climate risks, with many of these based in Brazil, Japan or the US, while Chinese firms were most likely to perceive the risks of climate change. © Rainer Schmittchen | Dreamstime.com – Climate changelast_img read more

News / New cargo services at Brussels Airport as carriers gear up for vaccine flights

first_img“We proudly welcome EAT Leipzig to MIA, and the significant capacity it brings to our network of European cargo services,” said Lester Sola, Miami Airport CEO.“Air cargo has never been more essential to the wellbeing of our community and our country than during this global crisis. As the busiest international freight airport in the US, MIA is uniquely positioned to quickly receive and transport life-saving pharma products, vaccines and medical supplies to markets around the world.”Pharmaceutical-focused air cargo companies are now gearing up to be in pole position for vaccine transport as the world awaits respite from Covid-19.AirBridgeCargo noted yesterday it had operated a dedicated pharma charter from Leipzig to Guangzhou, delivering 19 ULDs containing some 500,000 vials of human albumin with partner Kuehne + Nagel.‘With most of the anti-Covid-19 shipments switching to slow logistics, we could use this period to test our capabilities for vaccine transport,” said Nikolay Glushnev, ABC’s general director.“Although we didn’t use special containers for this particular charter flight, it is still essential to guarantee that all the stakeholders are ready for a considerable batch of pharma shipments. Furthermore, it is important to keep the regular flow of medicines previously rescheduled or postponed with priorities given to Covid-19 cargo.”Meanwhile, yesterday, All Nippon Airways announced it was resuming flights between Tokyo Narita and Brussels with a cargo-only flight on a passenger 787. It will operate the route three times a week. © Karolis Kavolelis | Brussels Airport is welcoming new cargo flights: a DHL subsidiary and All Nippon Airlines Cargo adding new routes.DHL’s European Air Transport Leipzig (EAT) has launched five weekly flights on an A330-200F between Brussels and Miami (MIA) for medicines and vaccines.The move follows services launched in March and April by DHL Express and Amerijet on the same route, bringing the number of weekly flights to 13.Brussels and Miami have worked together to develop the pharmaceutical tradelane, and last year, Miami Airport says it handled $3.7bn-worth of pharmaceuticals, while Brussels saw imports worth $12.7m.center_img By Alex Lennane 06/10/2020last_img read more

Premium / Supply chain radar: Mind the (credit rating) gap

first_img Premium subscriber LOGIN Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Earlier this week, credit rating agency Moody’s, by far the most prominent and influential agency in the field, assigned “a first-time A3 long-term issuer rating” to DSV Panalpina (DSV PAN).How cool was that? Surely another little step towards building their Viking Empire via transformational M&A. Yet inevitably it also raises some pertinent considerations for the supply chain and the pricing of risk for the major actors.All good Firstly, arguing in favour of a “stable outlook” – which is often the case with … Email* New Premium subscriber REGISTER Please Login By Alessandro Pasetti 04/02/2021 Password* LOGIN Forgotten your password? Please click here Please either REGISTER or login below to continue << Go back Reset Your Password Email* Resetlast_img read more

Grade One Inventory to be Done in October

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Grade One Inventory, which provides a profile of a child’s learning style and abilities on entering first grade, will now be conducted in October.Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry Wilson, in her contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 12), explained that the decision to move the assessment from September to October is because “when children enter grade one, they are coming from a small school and are often what you call discombobulated; they are not settled down as yet, so what you get as the profile is not necessarily really that child’s performance”.“What we want to do is to do that profile of the child in October, and to use it as a way of making sure that the teachers are able to plan for the children as they enter grade one,” she pointed out.Specific key indicators to be assessed will include social and emotional development of the child as well as the teacher/school readiness. Children with disabilities will be included in the process with the necessary adaptations made to facilitate them.According to the Education Minister, the inventory is important “as it is recognised that different children learn in different ways and that each child’s pace of development differs.” The profile, she said, “should assist the class teacher to plan her lessons and structure her classroom delivery to optimise the learning of each child.”The revamping of the Grade One Inventory is one of the recommendations of the Education Task Force. RelatedGrade One Inventory to be Done in October RelatedGrade One Inventory to be Done in Octobercenter_img Grade One Inventory to be Done in October UncategorizedJune 13, 2007 RelatedGrade One Inventory to be Done in Octoberlast_img read more

Next steps in return to office roadmap crucial as office market transitions

first_imgNext steps in return to office roadmap crucial as office market transitions Melbourne’s office vacancy rate has increased to 8.2 per cent over the last six months, according to the Property Council of Australia’s bi-annual Office Market Report, reflecting a significant increase of new office supply and COVID-related subleasing trends.The significant increase in new office supply provides great opportunities for businesses embarking on a return to the office in 2021. It also reflects a trend towards prime grade office space as vacancy levels in older offices pave the way for strong take-up of new office supply.More than 350,000 sqm of office space was added to the Melbourne CBD market in 2020, with another nearly 390,000 sqm to enter the market over the next three years. This new supply is the result of a strong record of planning approvals and development activity in recent years in Melbourne’s CBD.However, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and Victoria’s extended lockdown – which included work from home orders – can be seen in an overall reduction in demand for office space, which is entirely concentrated in secondary grade office space.The net absorption decline recorded over the last six months can be primarily attributed to withdrawals and decreased demand for B grade office stock, while demand for premium and A grade stock remain strong.As expected, the sublease vacancy rate has also risen in the last six months, more than doubling since July 2020. This rate of increase is significant although it remains well behind that of the Sydney CBD. Melbourne’s subleasing activity partly reflects reduced medium-term business confidence and also the take up of new A-Grade office space.Office vacancies are calculated on whether a lease is in place for office space, not whether the tenant’s employees are occupying the space or working from home.The Property Council of Australia is actively tracking office occupancy data through our periodical Office Occupancy Survey. The next edition of this survey is due to be released in the coming days.A summary of the national Office Market Report data can be found at https://research.propertycouncil.com.au/office-market-report.Quotes attributable to Property Council Victoria Executive Director, Danni Hunter“As employees return to the office in line with the State Government’s health advice, employers will be in a more informed position over the coming months about their future workspace needs. Our Office Market Report shows there will be plenty of quality options throughout the CBD and central city with the safety and flexibility the modern workplace requires.“Despite the cautious predictions for the Melbourne office market, the Property Council’s Office Market Report shows there’s still significant strength in the commercial office sector in Melbourne.“We welcome the Victorian Government’s announcement earlier this week of the next steps on the return to office roadmap, allowing the private and public sector to start plan a more complete return with greater certainty and confidence. This is crucial to Melbourne’s CBD recovery, and Victoria’s broader economic recovery.” /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, business, coronavirus, council, director, Employees, Government, Impact, lockdown, Melbourne, pandemic, property, Property Council of Australia, quality, real estate, Sydney, Victorialast_img read more

Professor Emeritus Wally Lowry Expands Legacy to Future Wine Spectator Learning…

first_imgTwitter ReddIt AdvertisementLegendary Founder of Wine Business Education Designates Leadership Suite in 15,000-Square-Foot Advanced Technology FacilityRohnert Park, California – The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Professor Emeritus Wally Lowry contributed $300,000 to student scholarships and the future Wine Spectator Learning Center, an education and industry hub designed around advanced technology classrooms, a student commons and gardens, and a collaborative space for faculty and business leaders. Between 1969 and 2001, Professor Emeritus Lowry taught all areas of accounting, auditing, and taxation in the School of Business and Economics at SSU. In 1996, as program director he helped launch the first Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Wine Business Strategies. During this time, in addition to operating an independent accounting firm, he participated as a board member for numerous community benefit organizations, many of which he continues to serve today, including the Santa Rosa Rotary Club, Sonoma County Alliance, Sonoma State University Academic Foundation, and as president of the Empire Breakfast Club.“Since the beginning, wine business education at SSU has been a partnership between industry and education built on a love of wine. We started the program because the industry had a need and we had solutions. In the early days, we grew the curriculum from the ground up and helped wineries learn techniques to reduce tax liability through new inventory procedures and capitalizing leases of high-cost equipment, among other strategies,” Wally Lowry, Professor Emeritus of Business at Sonoma State University said. “Today, those techniques are the international standard and the Wine Business Institute is a global leader in research and education. I’m proud to give alongside the great names in the wine industry. Through it all, we’ve developed important friendships among winery owners, workers, and families, such as Gary Heck at Korbel, Henry Trione, Walt Klenz at Beringer, the Sterling family, Gallo family, and others. Their wonderful support combined with the School’s enhanced reputation is at the heart of our shared success.” Professor Emeritus Lowry is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and holds a degree in economics from Stanford University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He began his career in public accounting in 1959. In addition to his substantial gift to the Wine Spectator Learning Center, he supports students through annual scholarships for Business Majors in Accounting and Finance through the SSU “Wally & Ellie Lowry Accounting & Finance Scholarship Fund.”“This is a special gift since it’s from one of our own. When I’m in the community speaking with alumni, many of them mention Wally as one of the faculty who had a major impact on their career and lives. Among his greatest contributions to the School of Business and Economics are the first wine business classes ever taught, and the creation of the Wine Business Institute. On behalf of the entire University community, I thank him for his selfless dedication to the next generation of business leaders, and for his strong legacy of public service,” William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics said.   Construction of the Wine Spectator Learning Center is expected to begin in 2016 with completion in 2017. The new facility will provide an educational experience befitting the unique location, curriculum, and depth of network and expertise available to students of wine business. Additional partners and contributors to date include the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation; Robin and Michelle Baggett of Alpha Omega Winery and Tolosa Vineyards & Winery; Gerret and Tatiana Copeland of Bouchaine Vineyards; Gary Heck of Korbel; Terry Lindley of American AgCredit; Charles Merinoff of Charmer Sunbelt; The Michael Family of Peter Michael Winery; Fred Pierce of Pierce Education Properties; Ron Rubin of The Rubin Family of Wines; and Chris Underwood of Young’s Market Company.For more information about the Learning Center project, or for information about wine business education seminars, certificates, and degree programs of the Wine Business Institute, please call 707-664-3235 or visit www.sonoma.edu/winebiz.Advertisement Previous articleGuarachi Wine Partners Introduces Matias Riccitelli WinesNext articleNorth Coast Wine Industry Expo Experiences Successful 4th Year Press Release Facebook Email Linkedin Share TAGSfeaturedSonoma State UniversityWally Lowry Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Professor Emeritus Wally Lowry Expands Legacy to Future Wine Spectator Learning CenterIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessProfessor Emeritus Wally Lowry Expands Legacy to Future Wine Spectator Learning CenterBy Press Release – December 7, 2015 11 0 last_img read more

PCB lawsuit heads to trial

first_imgHomeNewsEducationPCB lawsuit heads to trial May. 16, 2016 at 6:25 amEducationPCB lawsuit heads to trialJeff Goodman5 years agoactivistscaliforniacity of santa monicaEPAlawsuitLos AngelesMalibumalibu high schoolmalibu schoolsNewspcbpcb lawsuitPCBssandra lyonSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica newssmmusd The Santa Monica-Malibu school district and environmental activists are going to trial, opening a new chapter in a protracted and bitter dispute over chemical testing and cleanup at Malibu schools.A lawsuit filed against the district by two advocacy groups last year is expected on Tuesday to reach the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Downtown Los Angeles.Malibu-based America Unites for Kids and Washington, D.C.-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility are seeking the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls, which were discovered in the caulking at Malibu campuses more than two and a half years ago. The plaintiffs have repeatedly criticized the district for spending millions of dollars on consultants and legal fees instead of replacing the contaminated building materials.“We are committed to … exposing the truth about PCBs in Malibu schools and putting officials across the country on notice that parents will not stand for their kids being poisoned in their classrooms,” said America Unites leader Jennifer deNicola, a Malibu parent. “Public health should be their top priority.”The district, meanwhile, contends that it continues to comply with remediation guidelines set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The district maintains that the EPA’s guidance is consistent with the views of scientists and health experts.“The District is confident that once the full extent of its compliance with EPA’s policy and requirements, as well as the pending modernization schedule for Malibu High School and Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, are before the Court, a proper decision will be reached,” SMMUSD spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said in a statement.The trial arrives more than a year into a fierce legal battle that has fueled ongoing efforts by some Malibu parent groups to create a separate school district.In March 2015, America Unites and PEER filed a lawsuit against Superintendent Sandra Lyon, chief financial officer Jan Maez and all seven Board of Education members over the district’s handling of chemical testing and cleanup at Malibu schools. About two months later, a request by SMMUSD officials to dismiss the suit was denied.By October, the district was seeking criminal vandalism charges against deNicola after she collected independent caulk samples and provided the district with additional PCB testing results. The alleged crimes were reported to the county Sheriff’s Department, but the county District Attorney’s Office declined to file criminal charges.SMMUSD then pursued court-ordered sanctions that were imposed on the plaintiffs in December. The activists will not be allowed to use the samples they obtained as evidence in the lawsuit, and they were instructed to pay for repairs related to damage from deNicola’s unauthorized testing.In March, the court paved the way for a trial when it denied the district’s motion for summary judgment. The court concluded that “evidence suggesting that the District has failed to implement and consistently employ [best management practices] as contemplated by the EPA’s approvals calls into question the amount of deference the Court should give to the District’s purported compliance with the EPA’s guidelines and approvals.”The trial is expected to begin three days before a May 20 gala for American Unites hosted by model Cindy Crawford, who pulled her children out of Malibu public schools amid concerns over PCB-related health [email protected] :activistscaliforniacity of santa monicaEPAlawsuitLos AngelesMalibumalibu high schoolmalibu schoolsNewspcbpcb lawsuitPCBssandra lyonSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica newssmmusdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentWill Expo Line extension drive up ridership?Council tweaks anti-corruption rules You Might Also LikeBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoColumnsNewsOpinionYour Column HereYour column hereGuest Author2 days agolast_img read more