Local Brewers Raise A Toast To The New Tax Bill

first_imgBrewers are finally getting a break, from an unlikey source.  Trump’s newly signed tax bill cuts the excise tax on small brewers in half. With dozens of small brewers in Alaska and growing, this will make a positive impact on not only producers but also consumers. In 2017, Alaska had the seventh highest alcohol tax in the nation, according data compiled by the Tax Foundation. According to the Alaska Tax Division the current alcohol tax amounts to about 10 cents per drink — defined as 1 ounce of spirits, 12 ounces of beer or 5 ounces of wine. The federal government lives a different universe than the State of Alaska. Just this last session, Governor Bill Walker introduced Senate Bill 131, which would double the wholesale tax rate of beer, wine and liquor  to raise $40 million a year in revenue. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It is a difficult thing to run a brewery in Alaska.  The greatest expense is glass, which has to be barged up from stateside, and back again if venturing into deeper market penetration. Hours are so tightly regulated that there is no way to maximize the return of square foot of your operation by using it for events where alcohol isn’t consumed during the time block the State mandates the doors are closed.  No After Hour Escape Rooms or yoga at the Brewery Tasting Room. No happy hours, slow night drink specials, or discounts – even if the proceeds go to charity. Small brewers, which include all Alaska breweries, already have an exemption that allows them to pay 35 cents per gallon, or about 3 cents per beer. Their rate would also double under the proposed bill. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-local-brewers-raise-a-toast-to-the-new-tax-bill.mp3VmDorene-on-local-brewers-raise-a-toast-to-the-new-tax-bill.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Significant Snowfall Expected Over The Eastern Kenai Peninsula Through Friday

first_imgIncluding the cities of Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, and Moose Pass. …POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OVER THE EASTERN KENAIPENINSULA ROAD SYSTEM THROUGH FRIDAY… Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Persistent snowfall is expected over the eastern Kenai Peninsula today through Friday. Periods of heavy snowfall and blowing snow  will significantly reduce visibility at times this afternoon  through tonight.center_img Depending on the track the low center takes, the road system from Seward to Portage could see snow accumulations anywhere from one  to three feet through Friday evening. Heaviest snowfall is expected to be from Moose Pass southward.last_img read more

Snowball the dancing cockatoo gets serious scrutiny from science

first_imgEnlarge ImageSnowball got down for a Taco Bell ad. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Ha, ha! Check this out! It’s a dancing cockatoo! This is how Snowball, a bird with a passion for dance, made the rounds as a viral video sensation getting down to the Backstreet Boys back in 2007. But Snowball is more than an amusement, he’s also the star of a new scientific study.Researchers are studying Snowball to learn how dancing can transcend the human condition and extend to our avian friends. “Spontaneity and diversity of movement to music are not uniquely human” is the title of a paper published Monday in the journal Current Biology.A previous parrot study (and one with a sea lion) showed some animals can keep a musical beat, but this new Snowball research suggests the bird is inventing moves as he goes.  1 The science team, led by cognitive neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University and Harvard University, filmed Snowball dancing to Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust and Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun. They analyzed the bird’s movements.The researchers counted 14 distinct dance moves and two composite movements. Snowball’s skills included a body roll, head bobs, foot lifts, head banging and a move reminiscent of Madonna’s ’90s Vogue dance craze. Snowball’s dance snippets tended to be performed for several seconds each, and he changed up his routine each time he heard a song again. “What’s most interesting to us is the sheer diversity of his movements to music,” Patel said in a statement on Monday. The study suggests Snowball may be displaying creativity in his dancing. The research team is currently investigating if the cockatoo’s capers are a form of social interaction with his human caregivers. Sea lion may be first nonhuman mammal to keep a beat Cussing rescue parrot forges sweet Amazon Alexa friendship 11 Photos The researchers said a collection of shared traits between humans and parrots might be responsible for Snowball’s dancing prowess: “(1) complex vocal learning, (2) the capacity for nonverbal movement imitation, (3) a tendency to form long-term social bonds, (4) the ability to learn complex sequences of actions, and (5) attentiveness to communicative movements.”Snowball’s talent first came to light after he was taken in by the Bird Lovers Only rescue agency in South Carolina in 2007. Besides his viral fame, he also starred in a Taco Bell commercial.Snowball seems to be showing that cutting a rug and getting creative with it isn’t just for people. Perhaps he’ll earn himself an invite to Dancing with the Stars. Commentcenter_img 11 spectacular suits of animal battle armor (pictures) Curious critters Share your voice Tags Sci-Techlast_img read more

Tensions surge as US accuses Iran of attacking tankers

first_imgStill image taken from a US military handout video purports to show Iran`s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) removing an unexploded limpet mine from the side of the Kokuka Courageous Tanker on 13 June. Photo: AFPThe United States accused Iran of carrying out attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, escalating tensions across the region and sending world oil prices soaring.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that Washington will defend its forces and allies in the region, and the United States pressed its case as the UN Security Council met to address the incident — the second in a month in the strategic sea lane.With tensions spiraling between Iran and the United States, the European Union called for “maximum restraint” as UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf.Iran labelled the apparent attacks as “suspicious,” as its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rebuffed overtures by visiting Japanese leader Shinzo Abe to open talks with US president Donald Trump.But Pompeo said there was strong evidence of Iran’s culpability, after the US Navy said it had spotted an unexploded magnetic limpet mine stuck to the hull of one of the vessels.The US top diplomat said that in region only Iran had the ability to undertake such an operation.”It is the assessment of the United States that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks,” Pompeo announced.”This is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” he said.Explosions off Iran coastThe two vessels were struck by explosions in the early daylight hours Thursday after leaving the Strait of Hormuz and traveling around 25 nautical miles off Iran’s southern coast headed toward Asia.The Norwegian-owned Front Altair ethanol tanker was hit by three explosions, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority, and continued to burn late Thursday.Explosions also struck the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, which was loaded down with methanol, but the fire on board was soon extinguished.There was no claim of responsibility for the blasts, which struck both tankers at the waterline.Iran said its navy rescued several dozen crew members of the two vessels, while the US Navy said it had picked up 21 from the Kokuka Courageous.Washington has dispatched the destroyer USS Mason to the scene “to provide assistance,” the US Central Command said in a statement.Series of attacksPompeo called Thursday’s tanker explosions “the latest in a series of attacks” he alleged were undertaken by Iran or its “proxies,” including, he said, a missile attack against a southern Saudi Arabia airport by the Iran-aligned Huthis in Yemen on Wednesday.”Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation and an unacceptable campaign of escalating tension by Iran,” he said.The United States has accused the Islamic republic over 12 May attacks on four tankers anchored off the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah, just at the entrance of the Hormuz Strait.Pompeo said Iran was lashing out because of the impact of US and international sanctions, but said it had no right “to attack innocent civilians and engage in nuclear blackmail.””The United States will defend its forces, interests and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability,” he warned.The US also called Thursday for the UN Security Council to confront the “clear threat” posed by Iran, as the council met behind closed doors to hear a briefing on Washington’s assessment that Tehran was responsible.Oil prices jumped at the threat of open conflict at the Hormuz chokepoint, through which transit some 15 million barrels of crude oil every day, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of imports for the Gulf countries.In London, the Brent benchmark jumped 2.2 per cent to $61.31 a barrel, while in New York, the US crude standard West Texas Intermediate, also rose 2.2 per cent, to $52.28.”We are in a dangerous moment in the region with this emerging pattern of attacks,” said Elizabeth Dickinson, senior analyst with International Crisis Group.”Any miscalculation or misunderstanding risks a spiral toward more direct confrontation,” she told AFP.Abe in TehranThe latest incident came as Abe was on an unprecedented visit to Tehran, seeking to defuse tensions.”It is essential that Iran plays a constructive role in building solid peace and stability in the Middle East,” Abe told a joint news conference with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.”Today, tension is rising in the Middle East. Some experts point out that the conflict might be triggered accidentally,” he said.Supreme Leader Khamenei rejected Abe’s overture, saying: “We have no doubt in your goodwill and seriousness, but regarding what you said the US president told you, I don’t consider Trump as a person worthy of exchanging messages with.”In Washington, Pompeo said the United States aimed to bring Iran back into negotiations — “at the right time” — over its nuclear program and regional activities.But Trump dismissed the idea of early talks.”I personally feel that it is too soon to even think about making a deal. They are not ready, and neither are we!” he tweeted.last_img

Anger over Harvey May Not Carry Through to Midterms

first_imgThere are still voters around Houston who were directly affected by Harvey and who haven’t yet recovered. Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said they’re likely to have a bad taste in their mouth toward all incumbents. But he said that, at this point, most voters are more fatalistic than angry, seeing little that any one politician can do against flooding.“So if Democrats such as Lizzie Fletcher and Lina Hidalgo were thinking that they’d be able to capitalize on Harvey to win votes in the Houston metro region,” Jones said, “they’re likely to find themselves being very disappointed.”Fletcher has made Harvey one of the central issues in her campaign against Republican incumbent Congressman John Culberson. Hidalgo is running against Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Jones said that Emmett won high marks for his handling of the storm and that, if anything, Harvey is likely to work in his favor. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharecenter_img 00:00 /00:53 Texas Military DepartmentTexas National Guard troops help rescue people from flooded homes in Houston during Hurricane Harvey.Numerous Houston-area Democrats running for office this year are blaming incumbent Republicans for the slow pace of action on Harvey relief and flood mitigation. It looked like a winning strategy in the months after the storm. Now, it’s beginning to look like a miscalculation. last_img read more

Entertainment Weekly Will Go Monthly

first_imgUnder the new plan, EW will produce more digital-only feature reporting and in-depth guides for tentpole events – as well as digital-only covers featuring A-list stars of a major movie franchise. The first is slated for release in the first week of July. The company also plans to produce podcasts and a new schedule of video offerings along with more exclusive screenings, panels, curated events and festival partnerships.The last issue of Entertainment Weekly in its current print form will be the July 5 issue, which goes on sale June 25. Entertainment Weekly is going monthly – at least in print.Publisher Meredith Corp. said it intends to boost the outlet’s social video, events and digital platforms while scaling back its magazine publication schedule to once a month. The first monthly issue, slated to debut in August, will focus on Comic-Con. The magazine will continue to produce special interest magazines to coincide with big entertainment industry moments, the company said.JD Heyman (above, pictured), who has been deputy editor at People, will become the new editor in chief of Entertainment Weekly, while the current editorial chief, Henry Goldblatt, will step down after 17 years with the publication.The moves show Meredith still working to weave the magazines it acquired from Time Inc. for $2.8 billion in January of last year into its operations. The Des Moines, Iowa, company has sold publications Time and Fortune to entrepreneurs and recently struck a deal with Authentic Brands for $110 million to take on the business of developing Sports Illustrated while Meredith continues to publish it for the next two years. The company has kept People, once the crown business jewel of Time Inc., and the publication to which EW was most closely affiliated. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Workshop brings importance of waste segregation into focus

first_imgKolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) organised a meeting-cum-workshop on solid waste management audit in Salt Lake Sector V on Thursday.Apart from senior officials of the industrial township authority, including its chairman Debashis Sen, representatives of various IT companies attended the meeting. The industrial township authority has proposed to segregate waste at source in Salt Lake Sector V. Wet waste include food waste, vegetable, fruit and fish scale, bones from meat and chicken, egg shells and flowers while dry waste include paper and cardboard waste, plastic waste, rubber and wood, glass, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lamp, LED lights and CD, foil, thermocol and used medicine Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosestrips. The firms will have to keep two waste bins and urge people to dispose of the waste in respective bins. Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority will collect wet waste from the offices in Sector V regularly while the dry waste will be collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Dry waste will be stored in AQ block. It was decided that solid waste management audit in big establishments would be held in June to find out whether these organisations follow solid waste management rules. The establishments will be ranked and the zero waste achievers will be awarded with certificates. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state Urban Development department has taken a decision to implement segregation of garbage at source throughout the state. In some municipalities the new method of collecting garbage has started. The civic bodies are giving two bins to each household where the residents are supposed to put the garbage in the proper bin. The wet waste is cleaned every day while the dry waste is cleared thrice a week. The representatives from WIPRO claimed that they had zero waste in their office. The representatives of another firm said they had zero waste in their Bangalore office and they would implement the same in Sector V soon. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon start segregation of garbage at source as a part of the clean city drive. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority has introduced segregation of garbage at source in New Town to make it a green and clean city. The development authority had recently held a workshop for local residents to create awareness about the scheme.last_img read more

Rep Bizons disabled veteran bill approved by House Committee

first_img05Dec Rep. Bizon’s disabled veteran bill approved by House Committee Categories: Bizon News The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. John Bizon, of Battle Creek.Bizon’s measure would allow honorably discharged veterans to have a state park passport fee waived if proof of their 100-percent disabled status is provided to the Secretary of State.“This legislation acts as another way for disabled veterans to access our state’s parks at no cost,” Bizon said. “Veterans who would rather not advertise their disability status with a license plate can provide documentation of their disable status provided by the federal government to get the state park passport sticker.”Current law allows 100-percent disabled veterans to access state parks for free with a disabled veteran (DV) license plate. However, many veterans who have disabilities not visibly apparent may not be comfortable having a DV license plate.“It’s the least we can do for our military heroes who have made many sacrifices,” Bizon said. “I look forward to working with colleagues and giving every disabled veteran the benefit of accessing state parks for free.”House Bill 4380 moves to the full House for consideration.last_img read more