Minimum liquor price law outlook grim 4 July 2012 Despite ongoing work on a minimum alcohol price, a proposal to introduce a pricing regime looks set to fail.Justice Ministry officials are running two meetings this week with industry leaders on a plan that would drive up the cost of some liquor.Prime Minister John Key appeared opposed to the proposal, saying some people would switch to the lowest quality alcohol rather than drink any less volume.“I am not convinced minimum pricing will do that much,” he said.Labour’s justice spokesman Charles Chauvel said that, like tobacco, the price of alcohol had a big influence on how often and how much people drink.“It’s time to get serious about the pricing issue if we’re going to make any significant impact on our binge drinking culture.”Labour has drafted an amendment to the alcohol legislation which would introduce a minimum pricing regime. read more

Whitewater Memorial to close for deer reduction

first_imgLIBERTY, Ind. – Whitewater Memorial State Park will close temporarily to allow controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks. The dates for the closings are Monday, Nov. 17-18 and Monday, Dec. 1-2.The reduction program includes seventeen other state parks and participation is limited to hunters that were drawn last September.Whitewater Memorial will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.Information on 2015 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at The application deadline is usually at the end of August.last_img read more

Italian Serie A Review: 2-1 Home Win Dominates Saturday Matches

first_img2-1 home victory was a familiar pattern for Saturday games in the Italian Serie A with wins for title contenders Napoli and AS Roma.Napoli defeated struggling AC Milan 2-1 at home courtesy goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski either side of halftime before the late consolation for Milan from a Romagnoli volley.The win was enough to move Maurizio Sarri’s side four points clear of nearest challengers and Italian champions Juventus in the race for the Scudetto though the Old Lady can cut that lead to one point if they win at sixth-placed Sampdoria.In the other game played earlier, AS Roma edged rivals Lazio 2-1 in the Rome Derby with goals from Diego Perrotti (penalty) and Radja Naingollan in four second half minutes. Ciro Immobile pulled one back from the spot for the visitors but their opponents held on for a very good win.AS Roma (30 points)leapfrog both Lazio and Inter Milan to move into the top 3 with Simone Inzaghi’s men dropping one place to 5th spot on the log after 28 points from 12 games. Matchday 13 Results:AS Roma 2-1 NapoliNapoli 2-1 AC Milan Standings (Top 5):1. Napoli 35 points2. Juventus 31 points3. AS Roma 33 points4. Inter Milan 30 points5. Lazio 28 pointscenter_img Relatedlast_img read more

GRA cancels VAT on airfares for interior locations

first_imgThe Government of Guyana has inked an agreement with the Air Services Limited which will reverse its 2017 decision to impose taxes on flights to interior locations.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) in a public notice said it, “wishes to advise air service operators that no VAT shall be charged on airfares to transport passengers or goods to/from airstrips listed below”.A few of the 54 listed locations are located in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). They include Achiwib, Aishalton, Annai, Baramita, Chenpau, Dadanawa, Iwokrama, Kamarang, Kato, Monkey Mountain, Orinduik, Paramakatoi and Waramadong.Although the notice did not inform when the new decision takes effect and when it was made, it pointed out that, “Pursuant to the Agreement, VAT is also exempt from airfares to transport passengers or goods to any other rural airstrip, provided that satisfactory evidence is submitted to the company that the passenger is living in the rural area”.Effective from February 1, 2017, the Government had implemented a 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on local airfares.This move was highly criticised by locals from all walks of life.On Saturday, this publication contacted Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Roraima Airways Inc Captain Gouveia, who also serves as Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on the matter.Gouveia said he was unaware that the taxes had been removed but lauded the change. He said, “As far as I know the Government introduced taxes on interior flights and that is still functioning today. I don’t know of any agreement to waive it [but] I think it will be a good thing”.The PSC Chair further explained, “I think interior development is very very crucial and the Government got to be able to contribute to make air transportation affordable and accessible to all of the people in the hinterland and so putting taxes on interior flights is actually a big deterrent to Hinterland development”.He said he is happy to learn that the Government finally decided to review their decision in this regard given that prior to their decision there was never VAT on Interior flights.“Since they introduced VAT and start charging VAT on hinterland flights and Kaieteur flights for example when you take people to Kaieteur Falls now there is 14 per cent on Kaieteur flights which is crazy but it is what the Government decided to do,” he posited.Nevertheless, Gouveia pointed out that he welcomes this move regardless of if it is implemented at present or in the months to come.last_img read more