Brewers 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.mp300:00RPd
Including 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. 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.
Enlarge 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. Comment 11 spectacular suits of animal battle armor (pictures) Curious critters Share your voice Tags Sci-Tech
There 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 Share 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.
Under 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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
Kolkata: 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.
05Dec 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.