Largely banned industrial chemicals could wipe out killer whales, study warns

first_imgNew research shows that despite countries phasing out polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) more than 40 years ago, the chemicals remain a major threat to killer whales around the world, and could wipe out most populations in just 30 to 50 years.Killer whale populations that occur in least PCB-polluted parts of the ocean, such as those around the poles, Norway and Iceland, still have a large number of individuals and are at low risk.However, populations occurring in waters that have had historically high concentrations of PCBs, such as those around Japan, Brazil, the northeast Pacific, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the U.K., are all tending toward complete collapse in the next few decades, according to the study’s modeled scenarios. A few decades ago, most countries phased out the manufacture and use of a highly toxic group of industrial chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. But the dangers of these largely banned pollutants still linger on. New research shows that PCBs remain a major threat to killer whales around the world, and could wipe out most populations in just 30 to 50 years.From the 1930s to 1993, the world produced an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of PCBs. The chemicals were used in a wide range of applications, including paints, electronic cables and components, plastics, flame retardants, sealants, and adhesives. At the same time, there was increasing evidence showing that PCBs were extremely toxic: studies found that they could cause cancer, impair the immune system and reproduction, disrupt hormone signals and have a range of other effects on health. PCBs were, in fact, believed to be so dangerous that several countries, including the United States, banned the chemicals through the 1970s and 1980s, and many others followed suit after the 2001 Stockholm Convention. These hardy chemicals, however, have continued to persist in the environment: PCBs have been found deep in the Mariana Trench and even in the Arctic snow.In PCB-contaminated parts of the ocean, killer whales or orcas (Orcinus orca) are struggling to survive, researchers report in the new study published in Science.The problem is that PCBs degrade very slowly in the environment. They also tend to accumulate in fatty tissues of animals, their concentration increasing up the food chain — the higher up an animal is, the higher the amount of PCBs in its fatty tissues. Killer whales are top predators, occupying the final link in a long food chain, and have been recorded to have up to 1,300 milligrams per kilogram of PCBs in their fatty tissue, or blubber. This is over 25 times the levels that have been shown to affect fertility and immunity. Moreover, since PCB is fat-soluble, female orcas can pass on PCBs to their offspring through their fat-rich milk.To see how PCBs affect killer whales, researchers of the recent study compiled available data on blubber PCB concentrations in 351 killer whales from populations around the world, and modeled the effects of the PCBs on the orcas’ rates of survival and reproduction and growth of populations.“We know that PCBs deform the reproductive organs of animals such as polar bears,” study co-author Rune Dietz, a professor of bioscience at Aarhus University in Denmark, said in a statement. “It was therefore only natural to examine the impact of PCBs on the scarce populations of killer whales around the world.”Dietz and colleagues found that in 10 out of the 19 killer whale populations they investigated, the number of whales was rapidly declining. Killer whale populations that occur in parts of the ocean least polluted by PCBs, such as those around the poles, Norway and Iceland, still have a large number of individuals and are at low risk. However, populations occurring in waters that have had historically high concentrations of PCBs, such as those around Japan, Brazil, the northeast Pacific, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the U.K., are all tending toward complete collapse in the next few decades, according to the study’s modeled scenarios.“As the effects have been recognized for more than 50 years, it is frightening to see that the models predict a high risk of population collapse in these areas within a period of 30-40 years,” said lead author Jean-Pierre Desforges, a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University.In fact, newborn killer whales have rarely been observed in these areas, added co-author Ailsa Hall, director of the Scottish Oceans Institute’s Sea Mammal Research Unit.New research finds that 10 out of 19 populations of killer whales are affected by high levels of PCBs in their bodies. Image courtesy of Aarhus University.The killer whales’ diet matters too: whales that tend to eat large-sized prey like seals, tuna and sharks have high concentrations of PCBs in their bodies and are at the highest risk of population collapse. Those that eat mostly small fish such as herring and mackerel have lower amounts of PCBs and are at lower risk. Some killer whale populations, like those around northeast Scotland and Greenland, have been observed to have altered their diet, switching from low- to high-PCB-contaminated prey sources (such as from fish to seals), which the researchers say is likely to alter their exposure to PCBs and affect their health.PCBs are just one among several pollutants that could be affecting killer whales. However, exposure to PCBs alone can cause killer whale populations to collapse, the researchers say. Moreover, despite countries committing to phase out PCBs more than 40 years ago, more than 80 percent of global PCB stocks are yet to be destroyed, with killer whales continuing to accumulate high levels of the chemicals in their bodies.“This suggests that the efforts have not been effective enough to avoid the accumulation of PCBs in high trophic level species that live as long as the killer whale does,” said co-author Paul D. Jepson, an expert on orcas at the Zoological Society of London’s Institute of Zoology. “There is therefore an urgent need for further initiatives than those under the Stockholm Convention.”Crispin Halsall, an environmental chemist at Lancaster University in the U.K., who was not involved in the study, said “the legacy of PCBs will continue to haunt us for some while to come.”“Scientists estimate that the final resting place or ‘sink’ for PCBs is likely to be organic rich soils across the Northern Hemisphere or even ocean sediments,” Halsall wrote in the Conversation. “However, in the meantime, PCBs continue to cycle around the environment and are still present in mother’s milk. Maternal transfer from adult female to calf is the key exposure route for most marine mammals and this chemical stress (supplemented by an array of chemical pollutants other than PCBs), alongside climate change induced stress, is a major concern.”Over half of the world’s killer whale populations are declining. Image by Audun Rikardsen.Citation:Desforges J., et al (2018). Predicting global killer whale population collapse from PCB pollution. Science, 2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aat1953 Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Green, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, Oceans, Pollution, Research, Water Pollution, Whales, Wildlife center_img Article published by Shreya Dasguptalast_img read more

Questions for GuySuCo

first_imgDear Editor,Below are some questions for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).1. What is the last year of audited accounts and has this been made a public record?2. Has GuySuCo’s procurement procedures being complied with?3. Has GuySuCo disposed of any of its assets and have these been based on public tenders and valuations. How much has been raised and how does this compare with the valuation. Is this information a public record?4. Is GuySuCo up to date with its remittance of PAYE and NIS deductions and obligations5. Are all severance payments up to date?6. Will Government make whole the GuySuCo pension plan deficit and will those workers be guaranteed their full pension benefits?7. Is there a business plan that is being followed and is this a public record?8. How many acres of land does GuySuCo own? How much is leased?9. What percentage of the land owned or leased to GuySuCo is been utilised.10. What is the total funds provided to GuySuCo since the People’s Progressive Party left office?11. Who has responsibility for accounting for the proper use of the monies lent to GuySuCo?12. Will the G$30 billion be repaid by GuySuCo or Government?13. Is there a business plan that shows that these funds will be repaid? Has this been laid in Parliament and made a public record?14. Is Government giving a guarantee to the lenders of the G$30 billion and who will be responsible for ensuring that the funds are properly accounted for.15. Would it be cheaper for Government to borrow the money directly and lend GuySuCo, thus ensuring lower borrowing costs and full transparency and accountability?Sincerely,Name withheldlast_img read more

City Hall expands LAX, then punishes travelers for the congestion

first_imgLOS Angeles City Hall’s long-standing failure to come up with a plan for regionalizing air traffic is causing ever-mounting congestion around LAX and increased safety risks. Someone has to pay for this mess, and, City Council members reason as usual, that it might as well be you. Westside Councilman Bill Rosendahl and East Valley Councilwoman Wendy Greuel have come up with a novel idea: Imposing tolls on vehicles entering Los Angeles International Airport’s central terminal area. Proceeds would go to mass-transit projects. Coming on the heels of various city measures to expand LAX – and, thus, its attendant traffic – the timing of this study proposal couldn’t be more outrageous. No one denies that the traffic around LAX is atrocious. And by all means, City Hall must do something to mitigate it. But there are reasonable and unreasonable ways to address the problem. Last week, L.A. airport commissioners voted to broaden a $2 million, six-month study about safety on LAX’s north runway to include what the airport would need to do to accommodate new jumbo aircraft. Rosendahl, who talks a good game about the need for regionalization, rightly characterized this shift as a betrayal of the idea. “They changed the focus of the new study from safety to enhancement and capacity,” he complained. And the week before last, City Hall took up plans to build 10 new airline gates adjacent to Tom Bradley International Terminal – with room for future growth. City leaders insist this is just about accommodating new, larger jets, but adding new gates also lays the groundwork for adding flights and passengers – as well as more car trips on the 405. But then, maybe that’s just how city leaders want it. Expanding LAX is all about raising money for city coffers, the local unions and well-connected contractors. What better way to increase the take than to force more travelers to use LAX – then charge them for it? In the insiders’ world of City Hall, such strategies are standard operating practice.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chief among the unreasonable ones is penalizing travelers, who have no choice but to go to LAX because City Hall has never been serious about providing regional air-travel alternatives. Rather than taxing travelers, then using the money to construct transit projects that would takes years, if not decades, to complete, the council could reduce traffic around LAX much more quickly and inexpensively by routing more flights elsewhere. Such a regional approach to air travel only makes sense. The travelers who use LAX come from all over the Southland. Many would jump at the opportunity to fly out of airports closer to home, such as Palmdale, Ontario or Orange County. And if they were able to do so, traffic woes on the 405 Freeway would be greatly diminished. But city leaders have never been serious about regionalization. At the same time City Hall looks into taxing LAX-bound travelers, it’s also working on ways to expand the number of flights coming in and out of the airport. last_img read more

TRANSFER COUP! Manchester United on verge of landing Dutch teen sensation

first_imgManchester United are close to landing Feyenoord teen sensation Tahith Chong, according to reports in Holland.Chong, 16, has been scouted by all the big names in the Premier League this season but it is United who are now in advanced talks with the player.The winger turned down a professional contract offer from Feyenoord earlier this year, much to manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s dismay, once he got wind of interest from Premier League clubs.United manager Louis van Gaal has a strong scouting network in Holland and has been impressed by what he has seen of the teenager.According to Voetbal International, United’s academy coaches have visited Chong in Holland to try and persuade him to come to Old Trafford and contract negotiations are now close to completion. 1 Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium last_img read more

Super challenge

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFor the sake of their own jobs – and the 700,000 kids entrusted in their care – they better choose wisely. What to do? At any other time, they might be tempted to name Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, to the job. But the board members must realize that this course of action now would be suicidal. Goldberg is a polarizing figure whose policies contributed to the LAUSD’s decline. Or the board could pick someone like Romer with a strong national political pedigree, but lacking in the broad support needed to lead the district. It has other options, too. But all of them lead to a costly and destructive power struggle that the school board is likely to lose. Members of the Los Angeles school board must be getting nervous. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants to strip them of their power, and two state legislators push proposals to break up the district itself – which is clearly the best alternative, although a long shot. While the board plots to fend off those attacks, it faces yet another challenge: Superintendent Roy Romer wants to retire, with his reputation as the master builder of schools intact. That leaves the board with the politically perilous task of finding his successor. It’s no secret that despite test-score gains achieved under Romer’s leadership, the district still needs major reforms. There’s too much bureaucracy and too many bureaucrats. Unions have too much power and teachers too little. Parents are almost totally excluded. The bottom line is that the public does not have confidence in the LAUSD. That’s why calls to break up the district or bring accountability to it took over the mayor’s race last year. The choices now facing the education establishment are to continue down the path to war no matter who gets hurt, or reverse course and cooperate with Villaraigosa in picking a new superintendent. Then empower the new schools chief to do the job of cleaning out the deadwood and pushing authority down to the schools. There are many questions left unanswered about what is the mayor’s vision for the schools and all parties – the board of education, the unions, teachers, parents and taxpayers – have a right to have an open debate on the details. A protracted fight that delays reforms does not serve the interests of the students. School board members need to know going forward that if they are unwilling to work with Villaraigosa now, they’re more likely to end up working under him later.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Adrian Durham explains why fans detest Liverpool and want Reds to lose title race

first_imgAdrian Durham believes fans do not like Liverpool because their fans are arrogant.The Drive host was talking to Darren Gough in light of Dean Saunders’ comments about the Reds and their lack of general popularity.On the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Saunders claimed rival supporters were perhaps jealous of their immense success over the years. 2 “Why would you not like Liverpool!?””I understand why people wouldn’t want Man City to win it.””Maybe people are a bit jealous of Liverpool’s history.”Dean Saunders can’t understand why neutral fans want to see #LFC miss out on the title 😡What do you make of this? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/jRdFv7TzkU— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 16, 2019And with a potential double in Europe and domestically, the hype surrounding Jurgen Klopp’s side is on the brink of overdrive.Should the Reds at least lift their first ever Premier League trophy, Durham believes supporters from the red half of Merseyside are about to become a lot more insufferable.“People don’t like them [Liverpool] because they keep going on about ‘this is our year’.,” he said.“They keep going on about ‘oh this is our year, this is our year, this is our year’ and it’s not your year. Liverpool supporters know success is within their grasp “You’ve got to earn that – you can’t say it’s going to be your year; you’ve got to earn that.“So people don’t like the fact they bang on about that.“But we also know, all of us know, that Liverpool fans will never, ever stop talking about it if they win the League.“Like they refuse to top talking about Istanbul!”center_img Jurgen Klopp has shown flashes of petulance during his Anfield tenure 2 “People don’t like them because they keep saying it is their year.” 🏆“You’ve got to earn that.”“Liverpool fans will never stop talking about it if they win the league.” 🔴@talkSPORTDrive on Dean Saunders saying fans don’t want #LFC to win the title. pic.twitter.com/2CQzgQrfTH— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 16, 2019last_img read more

Pogba not in Man United squad at all as Longstaff brothers start for Newcastle

first_img Getty Images – Getty Paul Pogba is not fit enough to be even in the squad Meanwhile Steve Bruce has handed Matty Longstaff a start in midfield alongside brother Sean for the clash at St James’ Park.The 19-year-old will make his Premier League debut in place of the suspended Isaac Hayden, with Bruce ringing the changes after the 5-0 hammering at Leicester City.Check out the confirmed teams below.Newcastle United XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems; Matty Longstaff, Sean Longstaff; Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, AlmironManchester United XI: De Gea; Dalot, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Young; Fred, McTominay, Andreas; Mata, James, Rashford Paul Pogba was left out of the Manchester United squad after failing to recover fro an ankle injury in time to face Newcastle United on Sunday.The France international picked up the injury against Southampton and missed the midweek Europa League clash against AZ Alkmaar. 1last_img read more

The Disney Vacation Account Has Been Discontinued

first_imgShare This!©DisneyOnce upon a time, Disney created the Disney Vacation Account, which allowed people to be able to create a vacation savings plan to help you save up funds for your next Disney vacation. People could put their funds away on their own schedule, as they saw fit, to help squirrel away their money so that it was for sure going towards their vacation.Today, that is no longer an option as the Disney Vacation Account closed for good. But wait…what if you had a Disney Vacation Account where you were saving your money? What is going to happen to it and the money you’ve saved?Disney is offering four different options to choose from:Option 1 – Use the total amount in your account to purchase a Disney Gift Card. (Or multiple gift cards, depending on how much is in your account.) This must be done by September 27, and Disney will add an extra 5% on your Disney Gift Card. The gift card will be emailed to your inbox.Option 2 – Redeem your Disney Vacation Account toward the Disney vacation of your choice.Option 3 – Do nothing. Starting after September 27, Disney will close Disney Vacation Accounts and will process refunds. If you have funds in a Disney Vacation Account after September 27, then some time after you will receive a full refund of your balance to your original form of payment or by check to your mailing addressThose who choose this option will receive a bonus of 2% of your closing balance or $5.00 (whichever is greater) will be placed on a Disney Gift Card and emailed to you. The bonus Disney Gift Card will be delivered separately from your refund.Option 4 – Request a refund before the refund process described in Option 3 is completed, and you will be issued the full unused balance that will be refunded to your original form of payment or by check to your mailing address. With this option, you will not be eligible to receive the bonus Disney Gift Card. If you have a Disney Vacation Account and you still have questions, make sure that you check out their FAQ.last_img read more

Top Web Apps in Sweden

first_imgHitta.se is a search service that lets users findphone numbers, addresses and other public information about Swedish citizens. It iscomplete with an Ajax generated map service which shows the address you searched for. Thereally cool, but also a little creepy, feature is that they can display a photo of almostany front door on every building in Sweden! Susning.nu is a wikipedia clone and quitesuccessful. The wiki was temporary closed for editing in 2004, due to spam, but is nowopen to selected users. Tags:#international#web Podradio.nu is a community for people who listento podcasts. The various podcasts are tagged and graded by the users and are presented inlists by tag, popularity and date. The users are also encouraged to create their ownpodcasts and are free to upload these to their podradio account. richard macmanus Lunarstorm.se is the largest community forteens in Sweden. It has been active since 1999 and is still the most popular place tohang out for youths between 13 and 18. An account offers about the same number offeatures as MySpace. A cool feature is the page header banner with a live stream ofmessages. The messages are text messages, submitted from users’ mobile phones. Users alsoget points for writing in each others guestbooks, or sending internal email – whichencourages use of the service. The points are worth nothing but online status. kloudberry.se is a site that lets users createinvitations for parties and events. The service includes graphical invitation cards and adiscussion forum for the invited to chat before the event. SummaryThank you Bjorn Fant for writing this post! Ifyou are from Sweden or are familiar with the market, please add any other Swedish webapps or information to the comments.This post is part of Read/WriteWeb’s continuing coverage of international Web markets.Other countries profiled so far have been Germany, Holland, Poland, Korea, United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, China, Turkey, Italy, Brazil, France, Japan, India and Austria. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… buzz.bazooka.se is not a new service, butqualifies for this post under the “user-created content” category. Buzz is amoderated news and link aggregator. Users submit links to the site. Selected links areposted on the front page, where they are graded by users. Due to the small amount oflinks that are posted on the frontpage, users are keen on submitting quality links andcompete for the attention. A link posted on Buzz can get around 5000 page views the dayit is posted. Bubblare.se is a YouTube clone, but with many fewer features. The amount of copyrighted material is about the same. The video clips areplayed in bubblare’s own flash player – and like You tube, movie clips are supplied withan HTML string that lets any viewer paste the clip onto their own webpage. Written by Bjorn Fant and edited by RichardMacManus Sweden isa nation determined to be an international competitor in the IT arena. IT budgets in theprivate and public sector add up to 5% of Sweden’s total National Growth Product; IT andentrepreneurship are a huge part of the cultural agenda; and Swedish success stories likeSkype and ThePirate Bay get a lot of attention in international media and on blogs. Despite all ofthis, there are relatively few Swedish Web 2.0 apps that stand out from the crowd.A point of interest for all of non-swedes is that Swedish web apps generally use twodomain extensions. The .se extension is the most common and used by serious enterprises.The .nu means “now” in Swedish and is used in various concept sites and hipcompanies. The extension was purchased from the small island kingdom of Nieu in thePacific ocean.Top Web 2.0 projectsDigga.se is a dig clone with less features. Userssubmit links and they are graded by other users. The posts can be graded(“diggade”) by users and tagged, which generates top lists and a very Web 2.0cloud (“Taggmoln” in swedish). Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Knuff.se is one of Sweden’s most popular blog farms.Blog authors ping the site nyligen.se and are addedto the Knuff register. The manager of Knuff also manages other popular blog services likebloggkartan.se, intressant.se and bloggtips.se. Related Posts googlecloud.com is not a stand alone web app, buta mashup between a new service and google. It contains a search field that uses googlesearch, but the search also includes googlecloud statistics. The service displays themost common searches in a nice cloud. Biblioteket.se is a national project toconnect government libraries in Sweden (first Stockholm) and open an online service thatlet users browse library archives, download books, and leave user reviews on books andpapers. The site is not yet operational but there is a clickable version atbibliotek.se. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Missouri special legislative session starts Monday

first_imgMissouri Governor Mike Parson signs legislation on July 10, 2019 (file photo courtesy of Governor Parson’s office)While it’s not officially on the special session agenda, Democrats in both the House and Senate will have an opportunity to speak on the respective floors about the issue of gun violence, which is a top priority for the Legislative Black Caucus.Governor Mike Parson (R) announced in August that he’s calling the special session over the Supreme Court’s “Kehlenbrink vs. Department of Revenue” case.“After reviewing the court’s decision, we’ve decided to call a special session because it’s simply the right thing to do for the people of our state,” Parson announced in August. “The enforcement of this decision would create a financial burden on Missouri taxpayers and unnecessary government red tape that we can proactively prevent.”The Supreme Court’s summer ruling involves using the sale proceeds of a vehicle as a credit against the purchase price of a new vehicle when calculating sales tax. Essentially, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that state law unambiguously permits the sale proceeds of only one vehicle as a credit against the purchase price of a new car, for the purposes of calculating sales tax.“And really, the simple version of it (the Supreme Court’s ruling) is when you trade cars in, for example if you trade two cars in, you get a credit back on those two cars or for that model if you’re buying another one. There was a ruling by the Supreme Court that says you can only do one,” Parson told Missourinet on August 15 at the State Fair in Sedalia. That was the first time the governor had spoken publicly about the issue.Parson says the ruling impacts about 2,000 to 3,000 Missourians, adding this is money out of their pocket.GOP leaders in both chambers indicate the special session should end by Friday.House Majority Leader Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, has released a schedule indicating the House will have a technical session on Monday, with floor debate and discussion expected Wednesday morning and afternoon. The House is expected to give final approval to the vehicle tax bill on Wednesday.Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, tells Missourinet he expects the Senate to take possession of the bill on Thursday. A Senate hearing would take place Thursday, and Schatz expects the Senate to approve the bill on Friday.Under the state Constitution, both chambers will also hold the annual veto session Wednesday at noon, which means they will stop the special session and then reconvene it after veto session ends.Governor Parson vetoed six bills this year. State Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, tells Missourinet he doesn’t expect any override attempts in the House or the Senate.As for the Legislative Black Caucus, they support legislation allowing cities with high gun violence, like St. Louis and Kansas City, to approve their own gun control legislation. They wanted Governor Parson to include the issue in this week’s special session.The governor opposes that, saying there are “many different opinions on how to find a solution.” Governor Parson met with State Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove, D-Kansas City, and other Black Caucus leaders behind closed doors last week at the Capitol. Representative Manlove says the governor is pushing for improved job opportunities in St. Louis and Kansas City.The governor told Missourinet’s Jill Enders in St. Charles last week that he plans to send Missouri state troopers to St. Louis within the next 30 days. Parson also supports working with churches, to help prevent violence.Manlove and other Black Caucus members will have an opportunity to discuss the issue on the floors of the House and Senate. Manlove tells Missourinet children are still dying, noting there have been more than 100 Kansas City homicides in 2019.She says gun violence is “ravaging our streets,” and notes Kansas City and St. Louis have consistently ranked in the top ten deadliest cities for at least a decade. (Missourinet) Missouri lawmakers will return to the State Capitol in Jefferson City on Monday for a special session involving a complicated State Supreme Court ruling about vehicle sales.last_img read more