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About James
James Ross is a Photojournalist based in Melbourne, Australia. 

Currently, I am working with Australia Associated Press, Australia's national news wire providing daily news coverage and commissioned work.

My portfolio can be viewed at www.jamesrossphoto.com

I am available for domestic and international assignments.

I possess CFA accreditation for bushfire related assignments throughout Victoria, Australia. 

Additionally, I hold a National Visits Media pass which is recognised Australia wide allowing access to official events associated with foreign dignitaries.
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Pediatric bladder augmentation – Panacea or Pandora’s box?

06 May 2024  |  cuaj.ca
A retrospective review of pediatric bladder augmentation at a tertiary Canadian center from 1986 to 2014 revealed 56 procedures on 54 patients with a mean age of 10 years and mean follow-up of eight years. The ileum was the most common bowel segment used, with a 50% rate of catheterizable channels. Complications included urinary tract infections, worsening hydronephrosis, bladder stone formation, and hematuria. A 35.2% reoperation rate was noted, and complications with catheterizable channels occurred in 46.4% of cases. Postoperative cystograms showed a 7.5% rate of extravasation, and no malignancies were reported. The number of augmentations significantly decreased after 2008.

Exploring Coastal Scotland one step at a time

09 Feb 2024  |  winnipegsun
The article describes a leisurely hiking adventure along the Fife Coastal Path in Scotland, highlighting the scenic beauty, historical sites, and wildlife encountered along the way. The author and his wife enjoy a well-organized trip facilitated by Macs Adventure, which includes accommodations, luggage transport, and trail maps. The journey emphasizes the benefits of slow travel, allowing for meaningful connections and authentic experiences.

LLCs and UK tax - a trap for the unwary

25 Dec 2023  |  Lexology
The US limited liability company (LLC) presents unique challenges when interacting with the UK tax system. While LLCs offer flexibility and limited liability in the US, they are treated as opaque entities by HMRC, leading to potential double taxation for UK residents. The Supreme Court's 2015 decision allowed for some relief, but recent HMRC guidance has made it harder to claim tax credits for US taxes paid. The UK government's plan to abolish the remittance basis of taxation further complicates matters for new UK residents. Proper tax planning is essential for US individuals considering a move to the UK.

How The Circular Economy Can Help Tackle Climate Change

19 Dec 2023  |  mondaq.com
Despite achieving emission reduction targets, global temperatures are still projected to exceed the 1.5-degree limit, causing irreversible damage. Unsustainable waste management, particularly in plastic production, contributes significantly to emissions. The circular economy can play a crucial role in reducing emissions by minimizing those from material extraction and use across various sectors. South Africa has implemented policies, programs, and legislation to develop a circular economy, including the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations. These regulations have shown early signs of success, such as removing plastic waste and supporting informal waste reclaimers. However, challenges remain, including the need for a just transition and financial resources. Informal waste reclaimers are vital in achieving sustainability goals and need formal recognition and support. South Africa must continue to implement policy initiatives and draw on international best practices to promote a sustainable and inclusive circular economy.

A holiday winter warmer in Banff National Park for the romantic in you

09 Dec 2023  |  edmontonjournal.com
James Ross recounts a romantic winter getaway to Banff National Park, highlighting the enchanting scenery of Johnson Canyon and the various accommodations and activities that cater to couples. The article describes the magical winter landscape, the thrill of skiing at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, and the romantic experiences available, such as snowshoeing, ice skating, and stargazing. The piece also mentions the Nightrise event at Sulphur Mountain, created by Moment Factory in partnership with the Stoney Nakoda Nation, as a highlight of the nighttime adventure.

A holiday winter warmer in Banff National Park for the romantic in you

09 Dec 2023  |  calgarysun.com
Banff National Park is presented as a winter wonderland ideal for romantic getaways, with its frozen canyons, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, and ski resorts. The author recounts a personal journey with his wife, highlighting various accommodations like Baker Creek Mountain Resort, Buffalo Mountain Lodge, and Sunshine Mountain Lodge. They engage in activities such as ice hiking in Johnson Canyon, skiing at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, snowshoeing, and ice skating on Lake Louise. The Nightrise experience at Sulphur Mountain offers an immersive, interactive nighttime adventure. Banff's festive atmosphere during the holiday season adds to the romantic experience.

Fury as traveller family win fight to turn farm into gypsy camp

04 Oct 2023  |  Mail Online
A traveller family has won the right to convert a disused farm into a gypsy camp in Beckingham, Nottinghamshire, despite 200 objections from local residents. The decision by Bassetlaw District Council has been labeled 'anti-democratic' by Debbie Morris of Beckingham Parish Council. Romany Gypsy Barry Rodgers, who owns the land, insists the development is for his family and will not cause disruption. The village is divided, with some residents fearing increased crime and others seeing no issue with the development. The council's decision has sparked a debate on local governance and community impact.

Exploring Coastal Scotland one step at a time

01 Oct 2023  |  calgaryherald.com
The article describes a scenic hiking adventure along the Fife Coastal Path in Scotland, highlighting the beauty of the landscape, historical sites, and wildlife. The author and his wife enjoy a leisurely, well-organized trip facilitated by Macs Adventure, which handles logistics like accommodations and luggage transport. The journey emphasizes the benefits of slow travel, allowing for meaningful connections and authentic experiences.

Exploring Coastal Scotland one step at a time

01 Oct 2023  |  nationalpost
The article describes a hiking adventure along the Fife Coastal Path in Scotland, highlighting the scenic beauty, historical landmarks, and wildlife encountered along the way. The author emphasizes the benefits of slow travel and the convenience provided by Macs Adventure, which organized the itinerary, accommodations, and luggage transport. Key locations mentioned include Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy, Leven, Elie, St Monans, and Crail, with detailed descriptions of the landscapes, historical sites, and local experiences.

A holiday winter warmer in Banff National Park for the romantic in you

01 Oct 2023  |  leaderpost.com
Johnson Canyon in Banff National Park transforms into a magical winter wonderland with frozen waterfalls and ice formations, offering a romantic escape. The author and his wife explore various accommodations and activities, including Baker Creek Mountain Resort, Buffalo Mountain Lodge, and Sundance Lodge. They enjoy skiing at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort, and experience the immersive Nightrise event at Sulphur Mountain. The article highlights the scenic beauty and romantic potential of Banff National Park, making it an ideal destination for couples.

Huw Powell extends winning streak with yet another victory

30 Sep 2023  |  BVM Sports
Day 2 of the Noble Marine Allen RS100 Nationals featured variable wind conditions and challenging races at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Huw Powell continued his winning streak by claiming victory in Race 4. James Ross won Race 5, while Matt Johnson secured the win in Race 6. The day was marked by multiple lead changes and competitive racing among the participants.

Cruising through an ancient world: Encountering myth, movies and magical moments on the Emerald Azzurra

12 Sep 2023  |  edmontonjournal
The article recounts a personal travel experience aboard the Emerald Azzurra, a modern and intimate cruise ship, through historical and culturally rich locations in the Ionian Sea, including Greek islands, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Pompeii, and Rome. The journey is described as an odyssey through the world of Homer's Odyssey and Greek and Roman mythology. The author shares vivid descriptions of the ports of call, such as Gythio, Cephalonia, Savoca, Taormina, and Naples, highlighting historical events, natural wonders, and local cuisine. The ship's amenities, dining experiences, and the friendliness of the crew are praised, making the cruise a memorable adventure.

Web3 Was Meant To Be Integral To The Metaverse—It Isn’t Yet

05 Jan 2023  |  Forbes
Despite the hype surrounding Web3 and the metaverse, their integration is not as seamless as expected. Data reveals that Web3 metaverse platforms like Decentraland and The Sandbox have significantly fewer daily active users compared to Web 2.0 competitors such as Roblox. Moreover, a small percentage of these users engage with the platforms' Web3 functions. While Decentraland and The Sandbox aim to create an open, interoperable metaverse with Web3, they face challenges like slow performance and poor user experience. The future of Web3's role in the metaverse is still uncertain, but it holds the potential to prevent monopolistic practices and enhance user freedom if its issues can be resolved.

Time travel – Banff then and now

30 Jul 2022  |  calgaryherald.com
James Ross, an award-winning travel writer and former Banff cowboy and guide, revisits Banff, Canada, to explore the changes and relive memories from his youth. He describes his experiences with Banff Trail Riders, the luxury of Sundance Lodge, and the town's evolution, including traffic-free downtown blocks and improved transit. Ross and his daughter enjoy tourist attractions and take advantage of the vehicle-free Bow Valley Parkway for a wildlife-friendly bike ride. He notes new dining options and the convenience of exploring Banff car-free, facilitated by ROAM Transit. The article serves as both a personal reflection and a travel guide, highlighting Banff's enduring magic and allure.

A Moment in Time

04 Apr 2022  |  The Forge Literary Magazine
Brian reflects on significant moments shared with his friend Will, from their school days to Will's wedding and eventual funeral. The narrative explores themes of time, memory, and the deep emotional connections that define their friendship. Brian's recollections are filled with admiration for Will and a sense of loss for the moments that have passed.

How long do covid vaccines take to start working?

02 Jun 2021  |  themercury
The article discusses the efficacy and timeline for COVID-19 vaccines, specifically Pfizer and AstraZeneca, to start working. It highlights that optimal protection is achieved about two weeks after the second dose, with the first dose providing some level of protection. The article also notes the importance of the second dose for stronger and longer-lasting immunity, especially in the context of new virus variants and the decreased immune response in older individuals. The need for full vaccination of frontline workers and vulnerable populations is emphasized.

How long do covid vaccines take to start working?

01 Jun 2021  |  dailytelegraph
The article discusses the effectiveness and timeline of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly Pfizer and AstraZeneca, in light of a recent outbreak in Victoria, Australia. It emphasizes the importance of receiving both doses for maximum protection, noting that partial vaccination can be risky, especially with the emergence of new variants. The article highlights that while a single dose offers some protection, the second dose significantly boosts immunity. It also underscores the need for timely full vaccination, particularly for frontline workers and older individuals.

UK Repeals DAC6 Reporting Triggers

31 Dec 2020  |  natlawreview.com
The UK Government has repealed all but one of the reporting triggers under the UK regulations implementing EU Council Directive 2018/822 (DAC6) on cross-border tax arrangements. This decision, effective from 31 December 2020, retains only hallmark Category D, aligning with OECD's Model Mandatory Disclosure Rules. The repeal is seen as a move to follow international standards post-Brexit. UK-based intermediaries now have limited reporting obligations under DAC6, while EU-based intermediaries must still comply with the full scope of DAC6. The UK plans to replace DAC6 with the MDRs and will consult on new legislation.

fastPAYE highlights anxiety fears due to financial stress before payday

19 Feb 2020  |  casinobeats.com
A survey by fastPAYE found that 78% of UK workers in the gaming sector live payday to payday, with financial concerns peaking before monthly wage distribution. Workers often resort to credit cards, overdrafts, and payday loans, primarily for groceries, bills, leisure, and house repairs. Ian Hogg, chairman of fastPAYE, suggests that the stress caused by the traditional monthly wage system could be alleviated with new technology, such as their wage management application, which allows early access to earned wages, potentially leading to a happier workforce.

Alexandria Symphony: Where Unexpectedness Reigns

16 Jan 2020  |  The Zebra--Good News in Alexandria
James Ross, Music Director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, outlines his innovative approach to classical music, aiming to make concerts impactful and relevant. He emphasizes playfulness, personal connections, community engagement, and diversity in programming, including works by female, African American, Latino, and immigrant composers. The ASO's Sympatico program, inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, has expanded and will feature a collaborative performance with a piece commissioned by Classical Movements. Ross invites audiences to experience the unexpected at ASO concerts.

UK Tax Changes Shift Worker Classification Burden to Clients

26 Nov 2019  |  www.lexblog.com
The UK Government will extend IR35 tax rules to the private sector from April 2020, shifting the responsibility for determining the tax status of individuals working through personal service companies (PSCs) to the end user client. This change aims to target tax avoidance by contractors and is expected to generate over £1.1 billion annually. Only small businesses will be exempt from these new rules. Organizations are advised to start planning for these changes, including assessing compliance, auditing contracting arrangements, and determining the employment status of contractors.

Online Marketplaces & UK VAT: What You Need To Know

09 Aug 2019  |  natlawreview.com
Online marketplace operators in the UK must comply with VAT rules to avoid being jointly and severally liable for VAT on sales by foreign traders. Recent enforcement by HMRC has highlighted the need for marketplaces to review compliance, especially since there is no minimum VAT turnover threshold for overseas traders. Legislation has incentivized operators to ensure vendors comply, with rules effective from September 2016 and March 2018. Operators are advised to conduct due diligence, including verifying VAT registration numbers and monitoring vendor activity. The government is also considering a split payment mechanism for online purchases to streamline VAT collection.

UK Tax Changes Shift Worker Classification Burden to Clients

11 Jul 2019  |  Lexology
The UK Government will extend IR35 tax rules to the private sector from April 2020, shifting the responsibility for determining the tax status of contractors from personal service companies (PSCs) to the end user clients. This change aims to curb tax avoidance by contractors using PSCs to pay lower taxes through dividends. The new rules will require clients to assess the true employment status of contractors and handle tax deductions accordingly. Small businesses are exempt from these changes. The UK Treasury expects to generate over £1.1 billion annually from this measure. Organizations are advised to start planning for these changes, including auditing contracting arrangements and determining the status of PSC relationships.

Tiger by the Tail

21 May 2009  |  www.nytimes.com
Neelan Tiruchelvam, a Sri Lankan Tamil politician, was killed by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber in 1999. The Sri Lankan government recently defeated the Tamil Tigers, who used civilians as human shields and were led by Velupillai Prabhakaran. The Tigers, known for suicide bombings and assassinations, aimed to create a Tamil state but faced opposition from Tamils due to their oppressive tactics. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government has been criticized for its own human rights abuses against Tamils. The article calls for an impartial investigation into abuses, revocation of discriminatory laws, and consultations with minorities for Sri Lanka's political future.

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