News story: Fly-tipping: New measures in government fight against waste crime

first_imgHouseholders have a legal ‘duty of care’ to ensure they only give their waste to a licensed carrier. Today (26 November), new financial penalties of up to £400 for householders who fail to properly exercise this responsibility, and whose waste is found fly-tipped, have moved a step closer as legislation is laid in Parliament.Potential fly-tipping by rogue operators, and the risk of a penalty, can be simply avoided by using certified waste carriers, which can be checked easily by visiting the Environment Agency’s website, where you can enter the business name or registration number to immediately confirm their status as an approved company.The government has also issued guidance to ensure councils use these new powers proportionately and make clear fines should not be used as a means of raising revenue. To strike the right balance householders should not be fined for minor breaches, and the guidance also stresses that consideration should be given if the individual is a vulnerable person due to age related ill-health or a mental or physical disability.The new penalties, which are expected to come into force early next year, will make it easier for councils to tackle fly-tipping and provide an alternative to putting cases through the courts which can be a lengthy and costly process.In 2016-17 clearing up fly-tipping incidents cost councils in England £57.7 million, with around two thirds of all fly-tipped waste containing household waste.Latest figures show our tough actions to crack down on fly-tippers are delivering results, with no increase in the number of incidents for the first time in five years.Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: To tackle the potential over-zealous enforcement on households, in 2015 the Government removed criminal penalties for breaches of household bin requirements in favour of a new civil penalty system.Councils were urged to use letters or notices on bins to remind households of appropriate practices, and this measured and balanced approach, set out in further guidance produced earlier this year, continues to allow councils to focus their efforts on the small minority who cause genuine harm to the local environment through irresponsible behaviour.Today’s move comes as the government publishes the response to its consultation on tackling poor performance in the waste sector more widely. New measures include a requirement for all waste facilities to have a written management plan to minimise the risks of pollution to the environment, and making it harder for applicants with relevant past offences to obtain a permit to operate a waste facility.The involvement of serious and organised criminal gangs in the waste sector appears to be increasing, and these gangs are often involved in large-scale dumping. Environment Secretary Michael Gove recently commissioned an independent review into organised crime in the waste sector. Recommendations from the review will be considered as part of the forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy where we will set out our approach to tackling all forms of waste crime.Further information: We support local partners through the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG) which has published a series of fly-tipping prevention guides for householders, businesses and landowners, outlining best practice for the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of fly-tipping. 88% of councils agreed a new fixed penalty notice would help tackle fly-tipping. A waste facility is any site with a permit to handle, treat, or store waste. Examples include recycling centres, tyre processors, and vehicle wreckers. Last year councils issued 69,000 on-the-spot fines for fly-tipping offences. Fly-tipping is an unacceptable blight on our landscapes. Many people do not realise they have a legal duty to look up waste carriers and we want councils to step up and inform their residents. We must all take responsibility and make sure our waste does not end up in the hands of criminals who will wilfully dump it and these new powers will help us to crack down on rogue waste carriers.last_img read more

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Reed, Borrello, Goodell Seek School Policy Clarity

first_imgeflon / Flickr / Piqsels / CC BY 2.0ALBANY — Rep. Tom Reed, State Sen. George Borrello and State Rep. Andrew Goodell are among a group of lawmakers who sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasting the state’s return to school guidelines.Reed and 12 New York State legislators sent a joint letter to Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health calling them out for what they say are confusing and potentially disastrous back-to-school guidance. The newly released New York State rules dramatically expand the criteria children or staff must meet before they can return to school.Previously, the state guidelines required students and staff to meet only one of these criteria: be quarantined for a certain number of days and be symptom-free upon return; receive approval from a primary care provider or school medical director after receiving an alternative diagnosis with similar symptoms such as ear infections, strep throat, seasonal allergies or other related illnesses or receive a negative COVID-19 test.Current guidance now requires staff and students who exhibit symptoms to meet all three criteria, which means these students and staff will require a negative COVID-19 test to return to school. This would place an undue burden on parents and families across the state, as well as cut children’s doctors out of the decision-making process. With this new policy, parents and school staff will often be responsible for the cost of COVID-19 tests. Likewise, these policies will unnecessarily overburden New York’s testing capacity, which in turn will take testing resources away from others.“We care about making sure common-sense guidelines are put into place that allow for a safe, practical return to school for students and staff alike,” said Reed. “These new state rules have introduced a tremendous amount of confusion and concern from parents, students, and staff worried about the burden of unnecessary costs and excessive classroom absences. We are committed to working together to make sure parents, students, and staff can all safely return to school and succeed in the classroom.”The letter calls for “common sense guidance that will provide clear, practical guidelines for a safe return to school that also does not overtax parents, staff, or the testing system.”In the letter, lawmakers argue the new testing levels will “dramatically curtail available testing capacity. COVID-19 has a wide array of symptoms including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms also correspond with several common illnesses children get every year. If parents are required to have their child tested for exhibiting these symptoms, it will needlessly overwhelm our current capacity and take resources away from those that truly need it.”In addition, the writers argue testing results can often be delayed for nearly a week.“A child with a simple cough or runny nose, under these new rules, would be forced to stay at home and miss a week or more of school waiting for a COVID-19 negative test. Unnecessary absences will skyrocket, which in turn will limit children’s capacity to learn.”Also, the letter charges that new requirements will take “a child’s doctor out of the picture. There are illnesses that can be ruled out by family physicians. Under the current language, a child could see their doctor, test positive for Strep throat and still need a COVID-19 test before considering returning to school. This is not only a waste of COVID-19 testing capacity; increasing the number of tests unnecessarily delays the turnaround time for others waiting for a test result.”“Most major insurers are only reimbursing the cost of a COVID-19 test if it is medically necessary. By taking the doctor out of the equation, families will be forced to burden the cost of an unnecessary COVID-19 test. This could result in parents deciding to either not seek medical care for their child for fear of being required to personally cover a COVID-19 test, or parents trying to hide a child’s symptoms.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lady Trojan Spikers Place 2nd At Muncie Central

first_imgECVB traveled to Muncie Central on Saturday. This was our first time participating in this tournament, so we went in knowing the competition would be strong and that we would have to play at a higher level in order to compete.  ECVB defeated Muncie Central to open the day with the scores of 29-17 & 25-17.   It took us a little bit to find our rhythm in this match, but they never quit. We were down 22-24 at the end of the match and didn’t quit. They fought hard to force extended play and eventually came out on top. Our match last week against Lawrenceburg probably helped in this match because it showed them that they could do it and that they didn’t need to panic. We controlled the second set a lot better and took them out of their comfort zone.    ECVB vs Muncie Central 9-28-19We defeated Richmond in the second round of pool play 25-21 & 25-7.  We gave up some leads in set one, but Richmond is very scrappy and that can become frustrating, especially for our offense. But they pushed from the service line and then never let up in that area the rest of the match. Molly Gregg opened set 2 with 12-0 serving run with multiple aces in that run. We pulled Richmond out of sync by being aggressive on our side of the court.  ECVB vs Richmond 9-28-19We lost to Wapahani in the championship 25-22 & 25-14.  We definitely gave them a run for their money in the first set. We dug too big of a whole that it was tough to come out of it, but they never quit and played hard the entire set. The second set was a different story. We let a couple of errors get to us and from that point forward we were pulled out of the game. Wapahani is a very disciplined and fast team and we just didn’t keep up with that in the second set. When you’re facing a team that makes a run for the state title every year, you have to stay in control of everything you can, and we didn’t do that.   ECVB vs Wapahani 9-28-19Varsity is now 16-7 on the season. Next up: at Springboro on Thursday.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img read more

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Mourinho, Pogba filmed in tense training ground exchange

first_img0Shares0000Paul Pogba (left) and Jose Mourinho are at loggerheads at Manchester United © AFP/File / Alain GROSCLAUDELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 26 – Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba were involved in a tense-looking exchange at Manchester United’s training ground on Wednesday, a day after the manager confirmed the World Cup star had been stripped of the role of vice-captain.Pogba was rested by Mourinho for the shock League Cup third-round exit against Championship side Derby on Tuesday and watched from the stands as United lost on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. After the match, Mourinho confirmed that Pogba was no longer a United vice-captain, although he denied falling out with the France midfielder.Sky Sports showed footage of Pogba joining training with his teammates on Wednesday morning, including a seemingly terse exchange between the pair.The 25-year-old shook hands with coach Michael Carrick and another United employee before looking taken aback by something Mourinho said.Pogba was then seen having an apparently exasperated discussion with the manager.Mourinho was asked after the match on Tuesday whether he had told Pogba he would not captain the club again.“The only truth is I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” said Mourinho.“I am the manager, I make these decisions, no fallout at all, no problem at all. The same person who takes the decision to make him second captain makes this decision now.”The France international captained the side in the Premier League openers against Leicester and Brighton in the absence of Antonio Valencia, just as he did in last week’s Champions League win at Young Boys.Pogba scored two and set up the other in the 3-0 victory in Switzerland but he gave a mixed performance in Saturday’s return to league action against Wolverhampton, which ended in a 1-1 draw.The 25-year-old was dispossessed in the move that led to Joao Moutinho’s equaliser.After the match he said United should attack more.Those comments are said to have got under Mourinho’s skin, but it is reported that Pogba’s reported desire to leave Old Trafford for Barcelona was behind the decision to strip him of the vice-captaincy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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