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.
4:05 A Samsung beta test website is providing our first look at the Galaxy Home Mini. Samsung Samsung appears to have a Galaxy Home Mini after all. While we saw the product make its way through the FCC months ago, Samsung has been quiet about its smart speaker plans in recent months. Now it appears that at least one of its devices is starting to be rolled out to consumers, with the company starting up a beta in South Korea to let interested users in its home country try out the new smart speaker. The beta test, first spotted by SamMobile, also gives us our first real look at the Home Mini, which looks a lot like the larger Galaxy Home that Samsung announced last year but still hasn’t shipped. Samsung’s SmartThings will be present on the Galaxy Home Mini. Samsung We don’t know much else about the presumed Bixby-powered smart speaker, though from the beta page it’s clear that the Home Mini will work with Samsung’s SmartThings platform for controlling smart devices in your home, with infrared for controlling your TV. Interested applicants in South Korea can apply until Sunday to try to take part in the program. It remains to be seen when Samsung might release its two smart speakers and how much they’ll cost. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Samsung Galaxy Home Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed Preview • A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show 0 Now playing: Watch this: Smart Speakers & Displays Mobile 12 Photos Share your voice Post a comment Tags News • Samsung Galaxy Home reportedly delayed to later this year Mini Samsung
In this photograph taken on 29 July 2018 supporters of former Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif shout slogans as Sharif arrives to the cardiac centre at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad. Former Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif, jailed earlier this month over graft charges, has fallen sick inside prison and is being moved to hospital, a minister said on 29 July. — AFPPakistan’s World Cup cricket hero Imran Khan is set to become prime minister of the nuclear-armed nation of 207 million, with an economy inching toward crisis and perennial conflict on its borders.Running the country will take considerable statecraft from Khan’s relatively inexperienced party. He brings charisma, international name recognition and a sizeable election victory, though not enough to form a majority government.But critics say his star is diminished by sympathy towards extremists, and the unsportsmanlike nature of his win, which is widely alleged to have been fixed for him by Pakistan’s generals.His first challenge is cobbling together a coalition.Here is a rundown of the issues Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party will face once at the political crease.- Demagogue or democrat? -Khan has spent much of his political career as a populist agitator promising change rather than actually passing laws.”Imran Khan has been his own man. He doesn’t even go to parliament,” said political commentator Fasi Zaka. “He’s been practised in protest for five years.”PTI, meanwhile, has only ever governed in a provincial setting. The learning curve at the national level will be steep.His success could depend on the coalition his party manages to form, and whether the outgoing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and once-powerful Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) end up joining hands in opposition.Analysts have said it should be straightforward for Khan to form a coalition with independents and small Islamist parties, as they know he is favoured by the powerful military.But he has already created unease by pandering to Islamists during the campaign, and such a coalition could fuel fears his government will cater to the religious right.- Relations with military -To Khan’s rivals, he is the military’s “blue-eyed boy”.However he will not be the first premier to take office on good terms with the armed forces. The fate of the last elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif, once favoured by the generals only to be ousted and jailed, should prove a cautionary tale.There have long been questions over the extent to which the military, which has ruled Pakistan for roughly half its history, wanted to work with the mercurial Khan — and how much it simply wanted to install a pliant government that — unlike Sharif’s — would not challenge its power and policies.”When he wants to wield power, does it converge with the military or clash?” asked retired general and analyst Talat Masood. “I think it’s a big question mark.”- Economy -All indicators suggest Khan’s government will immediately have to approach the IMF for what would be the country’s 13th bailout from the fund.”Exports are down, debt is up, the macro indicators are pretty poor,” said Sehar Tariq with the US Institute of Peace.But an IMF bailout would likely hamper his aim of creating an Islamic welfare system, at least in the short-term.The other option may be further borrowing from China.But there are already concerns about Pakistan’s ability to hold up its end of an opaque deal that is seeing Beijing pour billions in investment into the country.- Corruption -When Khan first entered politics in the mid-90s, his goals were straightforward — rein in endemic corruption and weed out the venal political elite.But before the election he stirred controversy by bringing in so-called “electables” — politicians with huge vote banks but without clean records on corruption.Catering to theses electables and newly-minted coalition partners while trying to excise corruption may prove difficult.PTI has also vowed to force Pakistanis to pay their taxes — but there is a long way to go, with only around one percent of the population complying.”People don’t pay taxes because they see how our ruling elite spends that money,” said Khan during a victory speech last week.”I will protect the people’s tax money.”- International relations -Pakistan is surrounded by enemies, has fallen out with its tenuous ally the US and has become overly dependent on its relationship with Beijing, some analysts say.Khan has already vowed to rebalance Islamabad’s relationship with the US, months after US president Donald Trump suspended security aid over Islamabad’s alleged failure to target militancy along its borders.But, said Tariq, “the road to better relations with Pakistan and the US is not a direct road… it goes through Afghanistan.”And Afghanistan may prove a sore spot.Khan has criticised the role of the US there in the past, which is not likely to endear him to Washington now.He has also called for open borders — a stark contrast to his military’s highly-publicised efforts to build a costly fence to seal the frontier.Khan has also vowed to improve trade with arch-rival India and discuss disputed regions such as Kashmir, while reaching out to Beijing by invoking China as an example in his victory speech.
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.