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Climate change: England flood planners ‘must prepare for worst’

Climate change: England flood planners ‘must prepare for worst’

Science
England’s flood planners must prepare for the worst on climate change, the Environment Agency has warned.Its chairwoman, Emma Howard Boyd, said on current trends, global temperature could rise between 2C and 4C by 2100 and £1bn a year would need to be spent on flood management.She said some communities may even need to move because of the risk of floods.The government said it would be seeking evidence for its own flood policy in the autumn.Ms Howard Boyd, launching the consultation on the agency’s flood strategy, said government policy should ensure that all publicly-funded infrastructure is resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050. “We can’t win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high fl
Unhappy with your tax return? How to prepare for 2019

Unhappy with your tax return? How to prepare for 2019

Finance
Tax season has come and gone — at least for the more than 103 million filers who submitted their returns before April 15. This spring marked the first time taxpayers and their accountants submitted tax returns under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The overhaul of the tax code, which went into effect in 2018, increased the standard deduction to $ 12,000 for singles ($ 24,000 for married couples filing jointly), eliminated personal exemptions and curbed a number of itemized deductions. The Treasury Department and the IRS also updated the withholding tables l
Firms told to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Firms told to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Business
Businesses that trade with the EU need to take steps now to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, a government minister has warned.Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride told the BBC's Today programme "there is a call to action now".HMRC has published an update to its advice on how firms should prepare for a no-deal scenario.However, Mr Stride called the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal an "unlikely event".Speaking to the BBC, Mr Stride said: "The time is now, there is a call to action now. "Those who are importing or exporting into and out of the EU 27, in the unlikely event that there is a no-deal at the end of March, will need to take certain steps. They need to do that now."Mr Stride said businesses needed to "get a ...
Bengals, Steelers prepare for pivotal game in AFC North

Bengals, Steelers prepare for pivotal game in AFC North

Sports
The Pittsburgh Steelers are usually the team that sits atop the AFC North while others try to chase them down, but through five games this season, the Cincinnati Bengals are the team that's sitting pretty in first place. When the Bengals (4-1) play host to the Steelers (2-2-1) on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, they could take early command of the division. But if the Steelers win, they'll be just a half game out of first place and right back in the thick of the race. "I think both teams realize this division is a lot tighter than it has been in years," Steelers guard Ramon Foster said. "The teams that execute and don't hurt themselves will be the No. 1 seed." The Bengals are winning in different ways -- capitalizing on turnovers, piling up offense, pulling off late dramatics and grindin...
Prepare for cash crunch if no Brexit deal – defence body

Prepare for cash crunch if no Brexit deal – defence body

Business
The Treasury should prepare emergency measures to ease a cashflow crisis that could hit companies in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit, the leading body representing Britain's aerospace and defence industry has told Philip Hammond. Sky News has seen a letter from ADS, the trade association which counts Airbus and Rolls-Royce among its members, in which its chief executive urges the chancellor to ensure that there is sufficient liquidity to prevent companies being punished for "dipping into their overdraft or for breaching loan covenants".The call from Paul Everitt for the Treasury to begin contingency planning with banks and other lenders in order to avert a cashflow squeeze reflects growing anxiety across manufacturing industries about the ramifications of no deal being agre...