Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: The Government has announced its intention to ban the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds at the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit.The Prime Minister will also call on all other Commonwealth countries to join in the fight against plastic pollution.Subject to the consultation, which the Environment Secretary will launch later this year, the Government will ban the sale of these items in England under plans to protect our rivers and seas and meet our 25 Year Environment Plan ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste. This forms part of the wider government waste strategy – including the government’s current call for evidence on how we can use the tax system to address single use plastics waste.In order to eliminate these items from use the Government will work with industry to develop alternatives and ensure there is sufficient time to adapt. It will also propose excluding plastic straws for medical reasons.Single-use plastic items such as straws, stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds have a significant impact on our environment, both on land and in our seas and rivers when they are either littered or discarded incorrectly after use – with a recent study showing 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year in the UK.The announcement comes as the Prime Minister has urged all Commonwealth countries to sign-up to the newly-formed Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance and take action, be this by a ban microbeads, a commitment to cutting down on single use plastic bags, or other steps to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.To drive this forward the UK government has committed a £61.4 million package of funding to boost global research and help countries across the Commonwealth stop plastic waste from entering the oceans in the first place.Prime Minister Theresa May said: Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The UK government is a world leader on this issue, and the British public have shown passion and energy embracing our plastic bag charge and microbead ban, and today we have put forward ambitious plans to further reduce plastic waste from straws, stirrers and cotton buds. Alongside our domestic action, this week we are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastics, with £61.4million funding for global research and to improve waste management in developing countries. The Commonwealth is a unique organisation, with a huge diversity of wildlife, environments and coastlines. Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it. There are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans and every year one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.Today’s announcement is the latest move in the government crackdown on plastic, following the plastic microbeads ban hailed as one of the world’s strongest bans, the 5p plastic bag charge – which has led to 9 billion fewer bags distributed, and last month’s pledge to introduce a deposit return scheme, or DRS, for single use drinks containers, including bottles and cans. It sits alongside the 25 Year Environment Plan commitment to eliminate avoidable plastic waste. The Treasury has also launched a call for evidence on how charges and changes to the tax system could be used to reduce single use plastics. Single-use plastics are a scourge on our seas and lethal to our precious environment and wildlife so it is vital we act now. We have already banned harmful microbeads and cut plastic bag use, and now we want to take action on straws, stirrers and cotton buds to help protect our marine life. We’ve already seen a number of retailers, bars and restaurants stepping up to the plate and cutting plastic use, however it’s only through government, businesses and the public working together that we will protect our environment for the next generation – we all have a role to play in turning the tide on plastic.
Loading… “So the three of them upfront can do something.” Chelsea finished the recent Premier League in fourth position, three spots above Arsenal, although the Gunners improved markedly after Arteta replaced Unai Emery midway through the campaign. “I think Chelsea have a better team right now and they did better in the league as well,” Luckassen remarked. read also:Saka, Aubameyang jostle for Arsenal’s Player of the Season award [Olivier] Giroud is in form, but a cup final is only one game, so anything can happen. Arsenal beat Manchester City [in the semi-final] and City are one of the best teams in the Premier League.” Arsenal’s defence came under heavy scrutiny during the league season, particularly considering the inconsistency of Brazil defender David Luiz, who conceded five penalties and received the marching orders on two occasions. There are also other reasons why the centre-back will be in the spotlight on Saturday, particularly considering he joined Arsenal from Chelsea last year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Current form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is enough to fire Arsenal to the FA Cup glory according to Dutch-born Ghanaian, Kevin Luckassen. Luckassen believes the form of Gabon attacker should give Arsenal enough to defeat Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final. The two London-based sides are set to rekindle their rivalry at Wembley Stadium in a heavyweight clash to close out England’s domestic season. Arsenal will be buoyed by the sharpness of Aubameyang, who scored twice against Watford on the final day of the Premier League on Sunday and finished the championship as the league second joint-top scorer with 22 goals, just one striker behind Leicester City hitman Jamie Vardy. Luckassen is expecting big things from Auba as the Gunners look to win the first piece of silverware of Mikel Arteta’s reign. “I think Arsenal have got a good chance because it’s a cup final and in a cup final, anything can happen,” Luckaasen told Goal on Wednesday. “They won the cup two or three years ago, so in the cup final everything is possible. “[I’m expecting] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette to show up, these are the two most dangerous players for Arsenal,” he added. “[Nicolas] Pepe is also a good player. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To Worst6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show read more
Rushville, IN— Rushville’s Riverside Park Amphitheater Board has announced they are canceling the 2020 scheduled shows for this year, with the possible exception of the September 19th concert featuring Electric Avenue, an 80’s MTV Experience, that is to be in conjunction with RushFest / Willkie Days.The decision was unanimous by the board and was made for the following reasons: to assist local and regional efforts in controlling the spread of Covid19, the safety of the public and our entertainers, a shortage of volunteers due to the pandemic environment, and lastly, concern by volunteers at putting themselves or a close family member in jeopardy due to high-risk conditions that exist among the group.The Board will continue to monitor the situation to make a final decision on the September 19 event. read more
“I wouldn’t necessarily say things got to that point,” Russell said. “But if it does, you’ve got to deal with the consequences.”Russell has dealt with plenty of consequences after secretly recording a video that showed Young admitting he saw another woman besides his fiancee, Iggy Azalea. Russell apologized to teammates before Wednesday’s win over Miami at Staples Center. Young did not attend the speech.“If the person that it hurt the most gets over it, then I feel it’s done,” Russell said. “Until he really lets it simmer down, then I think it will still be an issue.” How much time is needed? The Lakers (16-59) enter Sunday’s game against the Boston Celtics (43-32) at Staples Center with only seven games left. While the Lakers are intrigued with the 20-year-old Russell’s long-term potential, the 30-year-old Young has not played in the last 11 games because of overlapping healthy scratches and an apparent stomach bug.But what if the Lakers cannot trade Young this offseason? “Will they ever be buddy-buddy again? I don’t know,” Scott said. “They do have to coexist as long as they’re both here. I think they can.”Scott stressed he will not mediate, saying “both guys are grown men.” Their teammates have operated the same way.“It’s none of my business,” Lakers forward Julius Randle said. “That’s a situation between those two. I’m not going to treat anybody differently.”Randle called the situation “a little awkward,” while Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson described the incident as “an elephant in the room.” “He’ll gain his trust back from the guys,” Clarkson said. “I’m definitely trying to support both of them.”Scott said that Russell’s “demeanor hasn’t changed” before praising him for apologizing to his teammates amid a public backdrop. Meanwhile, Scott revealed that Young has become “a whole lot quieter” before adding he feels “terrible for him it has affected him personally.”Young declined to speak with reporters on Friday. “It’s kind of at this point where you need your space, and you can’t force peace if it’s not there,” Russell said. “You’ve got to let the time heal it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The competitive juices usually spill out in a Lakers practice during a closely contested scrimmage. The Lakers’ practice on Friday became what Lakers coach Byron Scott called a “nice spirited” session for different reasons. Tension has brewed this week between D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young over a secretly recorded and accidentally published video that made private tales of infidelities suddenly public. Those hostile feelings spilled out on the court.“They were on opposite teams, so everybody was going after each other,” Scott said. “We want that in practice.”The Lakers said Russell and Young have not fought, at least not yet. Should Young address Russell with a fist or a shove, however, the Lakers’ rookie point guard contended he would “get physical back.” read more
The trio of Emily Taylor, Brogan Townend and Charlotte Wild will represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews from June 2-3. Emily Taylor, 17 (Royal Lytham & St Annes) has already tasted Nations Cup success this year – at the French Lady Junior Championship when she helped England win the Vilmorin Cup. Emily was fifth in last week’s English women’s amateur championship and is a past winner of the Scottish U16 open stroke play title. Brogan Townend, 18, (Pleasington) is the reigning Faldo Series girls’ champion and has previously won the U16 title. She is a past winner of the prestigious scratch events, The Leveret and the Pleasington Putter. She and Emily were both members of England’s successful team at last year’s girls’ Home Internationals. Charlotte Wild, 22, (Mere) is the team captain (image © Leaderboard Photography). She was the 2009 English stroke play champion and was runner-up in the event last year. She’s twice won the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy and tied eighth when the English amateur was held on the Lancashire links last week. She has represented England in the women’s Home internationals. 22 May 2012 Trio selected for St Rule Nations Cup team read more