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Environmental watchdog Greenpeace Indonesia has applauded the government for planning to impose a levy on plastic products, describing it as an important measure to reduce the plastic waste that is damaging the environment.“Taxes are one way to constrain uncontrolled plastic consumption, as single-use and non-recyclable plastic has damaged the environment and threatens human and animal life,” Greenpeace spokesperson Muharram Atha Rasyadi said in a statement on Thursday.He added that the levy should be imposed on various kinds of plastic packages for food and beverages and other fast moving consumer goods. The government has set an ambitious target of 70 percent marine debris reduction by 2024; therefore, “real and quick efforts are necessary,” he went on to say.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrayati has told House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs that the government is planning to impose an excise on plastics, among other commodities.The plan would reduce plastic consumption by up to 50 percent, she said, adding that the government would receive revenue of Rp 1.6 trillion (US$116.6 million) each year. It would also force plastic producers to transform themselves into producers of environmentally friendly goods.The government has been planning to impose an excise on plastics since 2017 but has yet to receive approval from lawmakers.Indonesia has been listed as the world’s second-largest marine polluter as 15 percent of 1.3 million tons – 195,000 tons — of plastic waste ends up in rivers and oceans each year. (gis)Topics : “An excise on single-use plastic products, such as plastic bags and straws, should be prioritized,” Muharram went on to say.Such a plan would be an encouragement for industry to apply circular-economy mechanisms, which prioritize reusage and refilling activities, Greenpeace added. The circular economy is a sustainability concept that seeks to minimize waste by deploying resources optimally through reuse, recycling and remanufacturing.Read also: Indonesia revives excise plan on plastics, dirty vehicles and sweet drinks“We are at the peak of a plastic crisis, because our landfills can’t hold those kinds of waste anymore. Our rivers and seas have become trash bins for these plastic products,” said Muharram.
The project has been attractive to southern buyers.Lanikai project manager Dean Muldoon said the location and high level of apartment finishes were attractive to buyers.“The developer Dankav has gone the extra mile in terms of the facilities and finishes and so far the buyers have been unable to find any comparable product elsewhere on the Coast,” he said.“They always come back and comment on how much better this is and the building speaks for itself on the comparison scale.”Lanikai is due for settlement in the next few weeks and a display has now been completed. The developers expect the last five apartments to sell quickly. Buyers have shown strong support for Lanikai apartments, Southport.BUYERS are rushing a completed Southport project, keen to secure an apartment before the $20,000 boosted Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant ends on June 30.Ray White Projects Gold Coast director Julian Sutherland said the limited remaining stock in the Lanikai project represented some of the area’s few finished apartments available for less than $500,000.Mr Sutherland said prime locations in this price bracket were becoming more difficult to find, as limited land availability in the centre of the Gold Coast was pushing up prices.“Currently we are inundated with buyer enquiry for completed stock, and with apartments in Lanikai starting at a low $465,000, there would only be a handful of completed product (like this) available on the Gold Coast,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Buyers from Sydney and Melbourne have been on a buying rampage in the last few months as the disparity between pricing in these locations and affordability have made it increasingly more attractive to buyers from the southern states.”
Submitted by Gateway RotaryGateway Rotary Club President Tom Carroll recognized North Thurston Public Schools Superintendent Raj Manhas as an Honorary Member of Gateway Rotary Club. Carroll praised the Superintendent on the performance of the school district since he assumed the leadership position with the school district. Carroll said the Gateway Rotary Club was committed to supporting the school district and the children being served. Honorary memberships are conveyed to individuals who have distinguished themselves by community service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals.The Gateway Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. at the Hawks Prairie Restaurant.For additional information please contact:Jerry WilkinsGateway Rotary Club360-791-6255JerryWilkins@comcast.net Facebook3Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Pacific Mountain Workforce Development CouncilIt is with tremendous excitement that we announce Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn) has been awarded a National Emergency Grant (NEG) in the amount of $5,586,385. The grant will fund assistance for approximately 900 transitioning service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). It will provide these transitioning service members with case management, supportive services and training to help them apply the sought after skills they acquired through military service in the civilian workforce.Over the next year, as the military down sizes, the Department of Defense will be transitioning over 8,000 service members from JBLM. Nearly 40% of those heroes are expected to stay in the region. It is also expected that another 12,000 that called Washington home before joining the service will be transitioning out of other bases from around the U.S.“This region is privileged to have Joint Base Lewis-McChord in our community. Those who have served our country deserve to be welcomed with yellow ribbons, banners and opportunities for jobs that use their sizeable skills to make our communities better,” said Cheryl Fambles, CEO of PacMtn. “The Workforce Development Councils of this state, along with all our local partners are excellent at making those connections for them to do so. The resources of this grant will help us do it even better.”This NEG will take important next steps in the implementation of the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act”, which was written by U.S. Senator Patty Murray, and signed into law by President Obama in 2011. The primary goal of this effort is to not only lower the unemployment rate for our national heroes who are transitioning from military service, but also to connect this talented highly skilled labor force to the jobs of our region.“Today’s news serves as a shining example of what happens when we establish strong partnerships between the public and private sector in order to support our nation’s heroes,” said Senator Murray. “For too long we’ve been patting our veterans on the back to thank them for their service and sending them out into the job market alone without the basic help they need. I’m grateful for the work being done by JBLM and the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to implement the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and provide our men and women in uniform with the tools and resources necessary to not only make it in the workforce, but to succeed.”