Shoppers will be charged 5p for every plastic carrier bag they use in supermarkets from October 2015, under plans to bring England into line with Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.The government believes the move will cut plastic bag use by 76%, and help to reduce litter.Supermarkets will be expected to give the proceeds to charity under a voluntary code. Smaller businesses will be exempt.Wales implemented a 5p charge which was imposed on all retailers, regardless of size, in 2011. The number of bags used there fell dramatically too – from 130 per person each year to just 22. Northern Ireland has also introduced a 5p levy and Scotland will do the same next year. In 2011, Prime Minister David Cameron gave big stores an ultimatum, telling them to drastically reduce the number of plastic bags, or be forced to by law.
Daily Trojan file photoUSC will not accept Harvey Weinstein’s $5 million pledge to the School of Cinematic Arts, according to a statement issued by the University on Tuesday.“In light of the admitted behavior by Mr. Weinstein and the subsequent reports there is no way the school would move forward,” SCA spokeswoman Kristin Borella told NBC4 on Tuesday. “This was a pledge and no funding had begun.”Last Thursday, The New York Times published a report revealing decades of sexual harassment allegations against the film executive, detailing various monetary negotiations with his alleged victims.Weinstein was consequently fired from The Weinstein Company on Sunday, after board members cited his violations of the company’s code of conduct, The Times reported.Following the report, Weinstein published a public statement expressing regret for his actions and announced a $5 million pledge for a foundation to support female filmmakers at SCA. USC later confirmed that the University had been in talks with Weinstein about his foundation for a year.The University did not immediately decline Weinstein’s pledge following the statements.Weinstein also previously had ties with USC. In February 2015, Weinstein visited the School of Cinematic Arts as a speaker to discuss his career in the film industry.