Lincoln Memorial Pool To Be Drained After 80 Ducklings Die

June 11, 2017

… can remember. The aquatic environment is a perfect habitat for them, National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst told the local DCist. But why now as opposed to any other time? Were probably really never going to know why now or what the cause of this was. The parasites pose little to no risk to humans. If they manage to burrow under the skin they can cause an allergic rash swimmers itch or cercarial dermatitis but only if someone wades or swims in the water for a sustained period. Neither …


Income tax: Conservatives have ‘no plans’ to raise tax – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… absolutely no plans to raise income tax. Our plans are to cut taxes. Labour’s plans are to put them up.” A Conservative Party spokesman said it was neither a pledge nor a promise Highest rate taxpayers at record level Leaders get rough ride from TV audience Britain’s most average place At the 2015 general election, David Cameron promised that income tax, National Insurance, and VAT – the so-called “triple lock” – would not go up under a Conservative …


Insurance premiums ‘rise due to tax change’ – BBC News

June 1, 2017

Calculations suggest that the tax rise will add 8 to the average motor policy. It may add 20 to the bill for a 19-year-old whose motor insurance premium was already much higher than the average, owing to the greater risk posed by younger drivers. A percentage tax bears heaviest on those who have the most expensive policies, such as young drivers or people living in less well-off areas or flood zones. A spokesman for the Treasury said: “Insurance Premium Tax is a tax on insurers, not …


Deadly Explosion Rocks Kabul’s Diplomatic Quarter

May 31, 2017

Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for Kabul police, said several people were killed and wounded in the blast near the fortified entrance to the German embassy. A wounded man is helped after a massive blast rocked Kabul’s diplomatic quarter on Wednesday. A public health spokesman said at least 67 wounded people had been taken to hospitals around Kabul. Since most international troops withdrew at the end of 2014, the Taliban have gained ground and now control or contest about 40 percent …


The Most Futile Fight In Washington: Authorizing Wars

… bombings can take place. It would also repeal old AUMFs still in effect. The senators and it went nowhere. Theres no clear indication that this latest incarnation will have success, either. a motley crew of rank-and-file lawmakers McConnell spokesman Don Stewart didnt say how McConnell feels generally about the need for an AUMF debate. But he noted the administration is in the middle of reviewing its strategy for fighting ISIS, and once thats done, President Donald Trump may need …

May 27, 2017

General election 2017: Len McCluskey ‘can’t see Labour winning’ – BBC News

… Conservatives criticised “the premise that nationalising the water market and energy grid don’t add to borrowing”, saying the result would inevitably be higher taxes or rising bills. “Jeremy Corbyn can’t deliver any of this,” a Tory spokesman said. “These are made up numbers, based on a shambolic manifesto with a 58bn black hole at its heart. While his figures are a fantasy, it is ordinary working families who will pay.” Labour, which has said it …

May 17, 2017