MSMEs for more refund action at statelevel less paperwork

first_imgNew Delhi: The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector has hailed Centre’s move to quicken refunds of GST claims but expect more measures to cut down processing time. They have demanded more action at state-level to clear pending refunds and reduce paper work which continues to be a painful exercise. “Most small firms are under the jurisdiction of state tax officials who process their refunds for both CGST and SGST. Not much action has been so far seen in states. On its part, the Centre has expedited the process but we have not seen the same speed at state level,” said Animesh Saxena, President of Federation of Indian Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs part of measures to boost economy and lift business sentiment, Finanace Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had on August 23 said that all the pending GST refunds that are due to MSMEs till now will be executed within the period of 30 days. Fresh claims of refunds will be settled in 60 days in order to ensure working capital is not blocked. Smaller firms and traders with annual turnover below Rs 1.5 crore are under the administrative control of state tax department and the remaining 10 per cent with the Centre. The large taxpayers with annual turnover above Rs 1.5 crore turnover is divided equally in the ratio of 50 per cent each for the central and the state tax administration. As on July, 2019 there were 1.22 crore businesses registered with Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBharat Garg, Managing Director, JK Metal Industries and also former president of Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that refunds are processed in 30 days even now once the papers are filed online as required by the Tax Department. But the problem lies in collating and matching of all the documents. “The procedure to get refunds from the government is still painful. There is so much harassment. All the documents are now filed online but still we are required to give hard copy. It takes a lot of labour and time to get all the papers together. If I talk about my business, I haven’t got refunds for the last 13 months. If my funds are tied up with government it means crores and crores of rupees. Funds of so many MSMEs are tied up. This is another reason why there is slowdown,” he said. Small businesses which have been severely impacted by the double blow of demonetisation and GST are facing severe liquidity crunch. Any delay in the refunds of their claims worsen their working capital position. They have, therefore, demanded speedy refunds. “Government is talking about digital India and transformation. If it is so then why can’t the refunds be cleared in 10 days,” said Chandrakant Salunkhe, founder and president of SME Chamber of India.last_img read more

Global Lyme Alliance Hosts 2nd Annual New York Gala

first_imgGlobal Lyme Alliance (GLA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to the research and education of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, today announced its second annual “Uniting for a Lyme-Free World” Gala raised nearly $3 million.Yolanda Hadid, Bella Hadid, Mohamed HadidCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThe funding will assist GLA in its mission to conquer Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.The October 13 gala, attended by more than 700 supporters at Cipriani 42nd Street, honored – Bella Hadid, International Supermodel – Heather Glass, Designer and Retail Executive – Arthur J. Mirante II, Principal and Tri-State President of Avison Young – Karen Peetz, President of BNY Mellon – for their active roles in driving awareness of Lyme disease and their commitment to finding a more accurate diagnostic test. Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of FOX 5 Good Day New York, hosted the event.Celebrated event planner Lawrence Scott donated and designed the decor for the event, which featured a mix of elegant silver tablecloths and black patent leather tablecloths, matched with silver lamps acting as table centerpieces, surrounded by fresh flowers. Scott is equally known for producing spectacular one-of-a-kind events as he is for his philanthropic endeavors. With a long standing commitment to the community and decades of support for charity, Scott is viewed just as much as a philanthropist as he is a legendary events planner. He donates events services to over 30 charities annually – the Global Lyme Alliance being one of them.Part of what sets Scott’s style apart is his innate understanding of his guests and making everyone feel included. To him it is all about the mix — the high and the low, the formal and the relaxed — that comes together to make a truly standout celebration. And as they say, timing is everything. All of Lawrence Scott Events’ services are in-house, so clients receive only the best customized décor, food, flowers and entertainment which blends together to make a perfect event.“This year’s gala represents a tremendous step forward for us, and we’re excited to build on this momentum as we continue working to conquer Lyme disease,” said GLA CEO Scott Santarella. “We are truly grateful to have had such tremendous support this year. From our honorees, to our co-chairs, donors, and everyone else who played a role in making this event successful, we are so thankful.”Co-Chairs for the event were Carlos Brito and Sabine Chalmers, Anheuser-Busch InBev; Christopher Corrinet, CBRE; Matthew Glass, Texby Associates, Inc.; Yolanda Hadid, Actress & TV star; Ally Hilfiger, Advocate & Fashion Designer; Dee & Tommy Hilfiger; Mitti Liebersohn and Anthony Lopresti, Avison Young; Brian Ruane, BNY Mellon; Andrew Saunders, Saunders & Associates; Larry Scott, Lawrence Scott Events.The ceremony was followed by special performances from musical guests, including Grammy award winning artist, Rob Thomas, and New York City-based trio, ThirdStory.The Gala was also attended by Mohamed Hadid, Lew Leone, Klaus Kleinfeld, Marisol Thomas, Peter Brant, Jr., Ping Hue, Evander Holyfield, Jr., and many others.Everyone is susceptible to Lyme and is just one tick bite away from contracting the disease. Cases of Lyme have been reported in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, making it a health crisis with worldwide impact. Additionally, current diagnostic tests for Lyme disease are inaccurate in more than fifty percent of Lyme patients, leading to both failed and misdiagnoses.The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982. 329,000 people in the United States alone contract Lyme disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

Olympic Message Of Peace Is Universal

first_imgAs the world comes together for the Winter Olympics, which kicked off Friday in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on everyone to recognize and promote the Games’ universal message of peace and tolerance.“The Olympic spirit allows people to be together, from all over the world, to respect each other, to assert the values of tolerance, of mutual understanding that are the basic elements for peace to be possible,” Mr. Guterres told journalists in Pyeongchang.Obviously, in the present context, he said, there is a lot of attention for this message of peace in relation to the Korean Peninsula, but the Olympic message of peace is not local.“It is universal. It’s for the world. It is valued in Korea as it is valued everywhere where we struggle to try to address the many complex conflicts that we are facing,” he said.The UN chief also extended his appreciation and pride to be at the Winter Olympics and highlighted the cooperation between UN and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the values for which the IOC and its sister organization, the International Paralympic Committee, stand.The Winter Olympics opened last week with cultural and artistic performances as well as the customary parade of athletes, which was the delegations from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea under one flag, carried together by a sportsperson from each team.last_img read more

SNCLavalin reports 781M Q1 profit revenue up on Atkins deal last year

first_imgMONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $78.1 million as its revenue climbed with the acquisition of British engineering firm WS Atkins last year.The company says the profit amounted to 44 cents per diluted share for the quarter, down from $89.7 million or 60 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue totalled $2.43 billion, up from $1.85 billion.On an adjusted basis, SNC says it earned $136 million or 77 cents per share, up from $105.1 million or 70 cents per share a year ago.SNC’s adjusted profit from its engineering and construction business amounted to 51 cents per share, up from 40 cents per share a year ago.SNC completed its acquisition of WS Atkins last summer for roughly $3.6 billion.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)last_img

Long Weekend Fun

The start to the August long weekend is just about perfect. Residents flocked to the beaches to catch some rays, while others went shopping in search of a bargain.A drop in the Canadian dollar and congestion along the QEW made the first day of the long weekend far from perfect.Port Dalhouise in St. Catharines was packed with beachgoers.Anyone looking to get out of town to enjoy the holiday probably found themselves sitting in traffic rather than on the beach.Shoppers were also hitting the aisles at the outlet malls in Niagara in search of a bargain.While most Canadian shoppers cross the border in search of a good deal. A slumping Canadian dollar is keeping them closer to home.The Canadian dollar dropped below 77 cents earlier this week after news the Canadian economy shrank for the fifth straight month.While the news is bad for Canadians, tourists are reaping the savings.Malls like Outlet Collection at Niagara are offering deals even Canadians can’t pass up.Economists are predicting the dollar to tumble as low as 73 cents, so it will be sometime before Canadian shoppers travel south of the border. read more

Annan Organization of Islamic Conference has key role in fighting terrorism

“The OIC has a central role in devising an effective strategy to combat terrorism, not least because your Member States have themselves suffered from terrorism,” the Secretary-General said in his message to the OIC Extraordinary Foreign Minister Conference.The Secretary-General recalled that the OIC had immediately condemned the recent attacks against the United States while helping to convince the international community that “Islam and terrorism are not the same, never were and never will be.” He also urged Foreign Ministers present at the meeting to continue spreading the message of the inherently peaceful and tolerant nature of Islam.The Secretary-General emphasized that the global response to terrorism must be “truly universal and not divisive.” He pledged that the UN would continue to address the ills of hatred, ignorance, conflict and poverty wherever they are found. “But every nation and every people have a responsibility to contribute to the fight against terrorism by ensuring that differences and disputes are resolved through political means, and not through violence,” he added.Mr. Annan also called attention to the plight of innocent Afghan civilians “who cannot be held responsible for the actions of the Taliban regime.” Pointing out that they were “in desperate need of aid,” he pledged that the UN would step up its humanitarian work in Afghanistan as soon as possible. Underscoring the need for a political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General noted that the UN is actively engaged in promoting the creation of a fully representative, multi-ethnic and broad-based Afghan Government.The message was delivered on Mr. Annan’s behalf by Ibrahim Gambari, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa. read more

FEATURE no Plan B for climate action as there is no Planet

Speaking to journalists after walking with an estimated 300,000 demonstrators on the People’s Climate March through New York City on Sunday he said the world needs to “galvanize our action” and harness the people’s “power to change.” As the clock ticks down to the Secretary-General’s much-anticipated Climate Summit at UN Headquarters two days from now, politicians, celebrities, activists and the general public marched though the city to highlight global concerns about a lack of international action to stop the deliterious effects of climate change. The People’s Climate March is part of a worldwide campaign to persuade global leaders to act decisively on the issue. Marchers created a noisy carnival atmosphere as they filed through Manhattan’s West Sida. Many were dressed in costumes associated with indigenous groups others wore protest T-shirts. One banner in the shape of a road sign warned “Climate Crisis Ahead”. Many chanted slogans, others played music. Twelve-year old Marija Borozan from New York City was on her first ever protest march. “The world matters” she said, “I want to save the environment,” she told a reporter from UN Radio. Similar climate events were reported in 2,000 locations around the world. Ricken Patel, the Executive Director of the march organizers Avaaz, said it was crucial for people to get out onto the streets. “It’s important because there’s a huge gap between the action our survival requires…and the action our Government are willing to take,” on climate change, he said. “The street is where we close that gap.” The People’s Climate March is campaigning, amongst other issues for curbs on harmful carbon emissions which contribute to global warming.“We are rushing headlong into catastrophic tipping points in our climate system,” said Mr Patel. “We need action fast to transition to a 100 per cent clean energy economy.” The UN chief joined the march with the New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio as well as the French sustainable development minister, Ségolène Royal. Mr. Ban’s Climate Summit on Tuesday, 23 September, is expected to draw more than 120 heads of State and Government to galvanize action on climate change. He said he hoped what people were saying at the march will be “truly reflected to the leaders” when they meet two days from now. “Climate change is a defining issue of our time,” he added. “There is no time to lose. If we do not take action now we will have to pay much more.” It is expected that Governments will come to the Summit with concrete initiatives and that it will provide significant momentum for a global agreement on tackling climate change. It is hoped a deal will be reached in Paris, France next year. read more

End cycle of violence in Gaza UN deputy chief tells forum on

Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, speaking at the UN Forum on the Question of Palestine on behalf of Secretary-General António Guterres, urged both Israeli forces – as well as organizers from Hamas, and other leaders of demonstrations against Israel’s decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip – to prevent all violent actions.“Today is an occasion to reflect on the costs and consequences of the 1948 War – which resulted in the mass displacement and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes,” said Ms. Mohammad, referring to what Palestinians call “Al Naqba”, or catastrophe.She said that apart from addressing the history of the decades-long conflict, it also provided an opportunity to look ahead at what must be done to cement a lasting peace.“This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The principles and standards enshrined in the Universal Declaration should guide the search for a durable solution to the question of Palestine”, said Ms. Mohammed, adding that a solution had to be found “that must be based on international law, the legitimate aspirations of Palestinians and Israelis, as well as dialogue for reconciliation and for accountability.”In her remarks, Ms. Mohammad also cautioned against the establishment and expansion of more Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, noting that it displaced more Palestinians and was a major impediment to talks towards a two-state solution.“We must strive for a future where Israel and Palestine thrive as states in which all are equally respected, and where civil society is able to play its constructive role,” she said.“The UN will continue to support Israelis and Palestinians on the road to peace, by helping them to take the historic steps to achieve a solution of two states living side by side in peace and within secure and recognized borders with Jerusalem as the capital of both. Over the course of the next two days, I urge you all to reflect on how we can turn this vision into a reality,” she said.The two-day Forum marks the anniversary of the 1948 War and mass displacement of Palestinians, convened by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.It brings together Palestinian, Israeli and international experts, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community and civil society, to discuss how a lasting settlement can be brought about. read more

Masquerade event for the Epilepsy Foundation

first_imgIn support of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria, Black Velvet Masquerade Evening will be hosted at Lincoln of Toorak, headlined by DJ Grant Smillie and supported by Nick Foley and Woohah DJs. Dress code is cocktail. Champagne will be served on arrival, canapes through the night. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased via website www.lincolnoftoorak.com.au/masquerade When: Friday 1 November 7.30 pm to 2.00 am Where: Lincoln of Toorak, Trak Centre, Level 2, 445 Toorak Road, Toorak For more information, contact (03) 9826 3399 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Maradona explains feud with FIFA

first_imgThe Argentinean legendary footballer says that FIFA hasn’t changed a bit under president Gianni Infantino and they treat players “like dogs.”As one of football’s historical players, Diego Armando Maradona used to captain the FIFA Legend’s programme.But former Argentina national team footballer and FIFA World Cup champion has said that the football’s governing body mistreats players.“I sent a letter to [FIFA president, Gianni] Infantino in which I resigned from (the post of) being captain of (FIFA) legends,” he told Sky Sports.“Since [former FIFA president, Sepp] Blatter and [former Argentina Football Association president, Julio] Grondona left, FIFA hasn’t changed a bit. No change,” he said.”“They put us [in a hotel room] with [former Dutch player, Marco] van Basten and another player. And they treated us as if we were little dogs that only needed to be fed and that’s it. A total lack of respect.”“That’s why I resigned. And now, I will start revealing what I know about this new FIFA,” he explained.The now Dorados de Sinaloa manager in the Mexican second division also took a jab against FIFA’s deputy general secretary Zvonimir Boban who he challenged to a boxing fight.Lautaro has a better start than Argentina’s greatest legends Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After his impressive exhibition vs Mexico last Tuesday, Lautaro Martinez officially surpassed the start of Argentina’s greatest legends.We truly can’t stress enough incredible Lautaro…“Also, I would like to say to Boban that if he wants to look good, let’s go to a [boxing] ring. He shouldn’t have come to the hotel and got angry,” Maradona said.“The worst part is that Boban was sent by someone. And this someone is Infantino. I am not a 20-year-old kid, I am 58. It hurts me because I believed in these people. Now I don’t believe them anymore.”Under Maradona, Dorados made it to the final last year, only to lose against Atletico San Luis. Right now his team is dead last in the Mexican Ascenso MX standings with only two matches played, both lost, and zero points.Regresó Diego Armando Maradona a #LaPecera ‼Galería completa aquí ➡ https://t.co/PpnZfezqlO#ConElPezHastaElFinal pic.twitter.com/Q3tHnmLi6A— #ConElPezHastaElFinal (@Dorados) February 1, 2019last_img read more

Soldotna Mayor Responds To Kenai River Water Listing

first_imgIn the letter from Mayor Anderson he states that the Soldotna City Council was not given their designated time in order to submit comments to the ADEC prior to the KRSMA Board submitting their letter on January 22. According to the ADEC, the Kenai River was listed as not meeting all water quality criteria due to increased turbidity. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Soldotna-responds-to-ADEC-letter.mp3VmJennifer-on-Soldotna-responds-to-ADEC-letter.mp300:00RPd Mayor Anderson in the letter to Ted Wellman, Chairman KRSMA Board: “It is unreasonable to ask our representative to take a position or express an opinion for the City Council without providing opportunity for our elected body to evaluate and provide feedback. In this case, there was time given that the comments were not due until January 29. As chairman, you chose not to allow comment on a letter you drafted and submitted on January 22, 2018, a full week prior to the due date.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson has drafted a letter to the Kenai River Special Management Advisory Board (KRSMAB) in response to a letter submitted by the board to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the Kenai River being listed as an impaired water body. According to Ostrander the City of Kenai was also not given the opportunity to review the letter submitted by the KRSMA Board prior to it being submitted to the ADEC, and the comments made in the letter do not reflect those of the city. Ostrander was granted permission at the Kenai City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 21 to submit his letter. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander will also be presenting a letter addressed to the ADEC in response to the Kenai River Special Management Advisory Boards comment letter that was submitted to the ADEC on January 22.last_img read more

Fakhrul wants AL govt resign

first_imgmirza fakhrul islam alamgirThe opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said the Awami League government has failed to address the ongoing students’ demonstration.He asked the government to step down, given the failure to deal with the student protests. following deaths of two students and alleged mis-governance in the transport sector.The BNP leader made the demand while speaking at a press conference at the party’s central Naya Paltan office.”This illegal regime has failed to contain many incidents including road crashes. We are asking the people to join us in the anti-government protest. We demand the government resign,” he said.Mirza Fakhrul told a qustioner that the opposition party has extended its moral support to the students’ demonstration with a “logical cause”.The BNP leader pointed out that the Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader cannot deny his responsibility as well.“Who has given the licence and responsibility to the drivers? Why is there no management? There are no rules in Dhaka’s traffic system and this is because the government has no accountability,” he said.Fakhrul alleged that after failing to control the students’ ‘logical movement’, prime minister Sheikh Hasina is resorting to lies about Ziaur Rahman, late president and founder of the BNP.“We too can come up with allegation — Ziaur Rahman was killed only 17 days after Sheikh Hasina returned home,” he said, in an oblique reference to prime minister’s Sheikh Hasina’s latest allegation that Ziaur Rahman had complicity with the coup that killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mijibur Rahman and his family members on 15 August 1975.Fakhrul insisted that Ziaur Rahman, who was killed on 30 May 1981 in another coup, was not involved in any killing.BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, and Goyeshor Chandra Ray, and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were present at the press briefing.last_img read more

Explosive materials seized

first_imgMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovered six kilogramme explosive making materials worth Tk 328,000 from Yusufpur Padmarchar in Charghat, Rajshahi on Wednesday, reports UNB.Tipped off, a team of BGB-1 conducted a drive in the area and recovered the explosive substance kept in a packet in an abandoned condition, said BGB-1 commanding officer Mohammad Tajul Islam.However, none was arrested in this connection as the smugglers managed to flee the scene.last_img

Analysis 10 Ways We Can Prevent School Shootings Right Now

first_img Share Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawllins/ReutersA woman holds a placard during a candlelight vigil for victims of yesterday’s shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida.After a shooter killed 17 people at a Florida high school, many have expressed frustration at the political hand-wringing over gun control and calls for prayer.As a parent, I understand the desire for practical responses to school shootings. I also absolutely believe the government should do more to prevent such incidents. But the gun control debate has proven so divisive and ineffective that I am weary of waiting for politicians to act.I study the kind of aggressive childhood behavior that often predates school shootings. That research suggests what communities and families can start doing today to better protect children.Here are 10 actions we can all take while the federal government drags its heels.What schools can doBecause educators observe students’ emotional and behavioral development daily, they are best positioned to detect troubled behaviors and intervene. In Los Angeles, for example, schools have successfully used outreach and training to identify potentially violent students before problems occur.1. Teach social and emotional skillsChildren learn social skills from everyday interactions with each other. Playtime teaches young people how to control their emotions, recognize others’ feelings and to negotiate. Neighborhood “kick the can” games, for example, require cooperation to have fun – all without adult supervision.Today, frequent social media use and a decrease in free play time has reduced children’s opportunities to learn these basic social skills.But social and emotional skills can – and should – be taught in school as a way to prevent student violence. Students with more fluent social skills connect better with others and may be more able to recognize troubled peers who need help.2. Hire more counselors and school resource officersDue to budget cuts, many schools have few or no trained school psychologists, social workers or adjustment counselors on staff. These mental health professionals are society’s first line of defense against troubled students – especially with the current increase in adolescent depression and anxiety.In my opinion, school resource officers – trained police officers who work with children – are also helpful for students. While untrained officers may pose a threat to students, well-trained school resource officers can connect with kids who have few other relationships, acting as a support system. They are also on hand to respond quickly if crime or violence erupts.Putting trained school resource officers and counselors in every school will cost money, but I believe it will save lives.3. Use technology to identify troubled studentsTechnology may challenge kids’ social development, but it can also be harnessed for good. Anonymous reporting systems – perhaps text-message based – can make it easier for parents and students to alert law enforcement and school counselors to kids who seem disconnected or disturbed. That enables early intervention.In Steamboat Springs, Colorado, one such tip appeared to prevent extreme violence in May 2017. Police took a young man who’d threatened to harm his peers into protective custody before he could act on his words.What communities can doCommunities also help raise children. With many eyes and ears, they can detect often smaller problems before young people grow into violence.4. Doctors should conduct standard mental health screeningsExtreme violence is almost always preceded by certain behavioral problems. These typically include a propensity toward aggression, a marked lack of social connectedness, indications of serious mental illness and a fascination with violence and guns.Doctors could detect these problems early on with a standardized screening at health checkups. If concerns arise, referrals to counseling or other mental health professionals might follow.5. Enlist social media companies in the effort to detect threatsMost young people today use social media to express their feelings and aspirations. In the case of school shooters, these posts are often violent. A single violent post is hardly a guarantee of homicidal acts, of course. But evidence strongly indicates that repeated expressions of this nature can be a sign of trouble.I would like to see companies like Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat create algorithms that identify repeated online threats and automatically alert local law enforcement.What parents can doParents and guardians are often the first to detect their child’s emotional struggles. Here are some tips for monitoring and promoting healthy emotional development at home.6. Think critically about your child’s social media useFrom virtual war games to cruel trolls, the internet is full of violence. The relationship between violent content and aggression hasn’t been consistent in research: Some studies see no relationship at all, while others find some correlation between violent video games and violent behavior.This mixed evidence suggests that online content affects children differently, so parents must assess how well their child handles it. If your daughter likes “Assassin’s Creed” but is gentle, socially successful and happy, the onscreen violence may not be strongly impacting her.But if your child is drawn to violent games and tends to be aggressive or troubled, discuss the situation with your pediatrician or school counselor.7. Consider what your child is missing out onIs your child sleeping properly? Do your kids socialize with other young people? These two behaviors are linked to mental health in children, and excessive screen time can reduce or diminish the quality of both.Make sure digital devices aren’t disrupting your kids’ sleep, and schedule play dates if your kids don’t make plans on their own.8. Assess your child’s relationshipsLike adults, children need confidants to feel invested in and connected with their community. The trusted person can be parent, a family member or a friend – just make sure someone’s playing that role.For children who struggle to make friends and build relationships, there are programsthat can help them learn how.9. Fret productively about screen timeResearch shows that excessive screen time can damage kids’ brains. That’s alarming in part because parents can’t realistically keep kids entirely off devices.So rather than just fret over screen time, focus instead on how children can benefit from a variety of activities. Evidence shows that children who experience different pursuits over the course of their day – from sports and music to an after-school job – are happier and healthier for it.10. Talk with your childThis is both the easiest and hardest way to make sure your kids are doing OK. Children, especially teenagers, don’t always want to talk about how life is going. Ask anyway.My research shows that simply asking children about their friends, their technology use and their day is an important way to show you care. Even if they don’t respond, your interest demonstrates that you’re there for them.Try this one now. Ask your children what they’re thinking about the shooting in Florida and how they like their friends and school. Then listen.Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology, and the Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), Bridgewater State UniversityThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

first_img Is The Greatest Showman good?Nope.So… kind of a misleading title?Oh yeah. Which, I guess, is appropriate given that it’s a movie about P.T. Barnum.The circus guy?That’d be him, yes.Wasn’t he kind of a jerk?More like a shameless con-artist and probable sociopath who made a fortune exploiting animals, the marginalized and the people with birth defects for the amusement of gullible rubes through hollow populist demagoguery.So it’s a movie where the bad guy is the star?No, he’s supposed to be the hero of the story.How does that work?Because if you rub enough fairy dust on it people will always want to believe anyone who started out poor but became rich is the good guy – because they’d like to do so as well.Ah, right. But what’s the angle here?Well, in real life Barnum was a charismatic huckster who made a fortune by putting (mostly) fake “exotic” exhibits, circus animals and people born with visually-interesting physical conditions (conjoined twins, little people, bearded ladies, albinos, etc.) on display for paying customers and calling a “museum.” In this version, Hugh Jackman plays him as a starry-eyed dreamer who’s enlightened ahead of his time about “different people” ranging from his Human Oddities to interracial couples, and posits that his exploitation of them as attractions was a good thing because he helped them learn to love themselves by becoming famous.…you’re shitting me.No, I’m afraid that’s the movie.Isn’t the last most recent thing that happened related to this person that they shut down the modern version of his Circus because everyone knows the animals are abused now?Yeah, I’m not sure how you read the room badly enough to think “Woke P.T. Barnum” is a great idea for your big holiday musical – it’s like doing a version where chickens keep singing about how awesome Colonel Sanders is.Is there at least more to it than that?Sort of, but not very successfully so even then. Barnum’s “arc” is about learning to accept himself the same way his “attractions” eventually do, but because he was born poor he’s got that whole working-class-hero persecution complex happening where he’s always trying to get approval from the wealthy upper-class and snobby critics even when he’s gotten rich himself. He starts neglecting his family and Museum to chase legitimacy as the manager an opera singer, which ends in disaster but teaches him what’s really important and so on and so forth. Zac Efron plays his business partner in a “mirror” B-story where he risks his status as an Old Money rich kid by romancing a Black trapeze artist played by Zendaya.This all just sounds… awful.It is.Who even asked for this?It feels pretty obvious that they’re angling to get enough people into the songbook for it to be worth spinning off into an actual Broadway production that can print money for a decade or so. Also, Jackman needs to remind everyone that he’s got this whole other skill-set that’s now even more available than before now that he’s done with Wolverine.Is the music at least good?It’s… inoffensive, mostly. The main number is, admittedly, catchy and danceable to an almost obnoxious degree, but the rest of them are either forgettable or strong “hooks” surrounded by generic-sounding filler. But that aforementioned main number is a big showstopper about putting on a show, so unless this is a complete bomb you’ll probably be hearing it at talent shows and The Tonys for a long time even if the show never takes off.Is Jackman good?He’s always good. Make no mistake, this is Jackman’s show – and that it falls on its face can’t really take away from how apparent his chops still are. Buried amid the forgettable plot and obscene sense of historical perspective are individual moments that might make you think this could’ve been a good movie under some other circumstance, and that’s all about him. Amusingly, all three of his big numbers with Efron involve him tossing the younger actor various props symbolic of him being the “new” super-in-shape-handsome-guy-who-can-also-sing-and-dance guy.How about the rest of the cast?Everyone else sort of fades into the background, save for the few sideshow folks who get songs of their own (most notably Keala Settle as The Bearded Lady, who kind of feels like she could’ve been the main character in a good version of this story. Michelle Williams has nothing to work with as Barnum’s wife while Rebecca Ferguson turns up as Jenny Lind (the opera singer but leaves little impression. The most thankless part goes to Paul Sparks as a snooty elitist theater critic who shows up to do the Walter Peck thing and voice all of the perfectly valid criticism of Barnum’s operation in the language of downward-punching classism. We’ll get the point that the guy charging people to gawk at birth-defects is actually a champion of the working class.So it’s bad because it’s offensive?Nah, that’s not really the problem. Like Roger Ebert used to say: “Movies aren’t about what they’re about but HOW they’re about what they’re about.” Sure, the actual P.T. Barnum probably wouldn’t have tried to sell this version of himself with a straight face; but the problem is that it can’t be bothered to do it well. There’s nothing fresh, original or dynamic about anything in this movie – it’s the most generic treatment of the subject possible even amid the audacity of its historical revisionism, so there’s nothing to distract from the cognitive dissonance of seeing this obvious story of scheming and exploitation presented as a jolly life-affirming endeavor.And you would not recommend it?Not one bit. I was hoping to run out 2017 without any further disasters, but The Greatest Showman is one last dump of garbage for the fire. 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Shaping young minds

first_imgA workshop on painting, wood-crafting and printmaking was organised at the ongoing Summer Art Carnival hosted by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). The painting workshop, from May 25 — June 3, was conducted by likes of Abhimanue V Govindam, Sushanta Guha, Soumen Bhowmick, Shovin Bhattacharya, Asim Pal and Rajesh Ram. While the woodcutting and print making workshop was conducted by Anandmoy Banerjee, Sushanta Guha, Sukhwinder Singh and Jayant Gajera.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The carnival that commenced on May 25 aims at enabling children to look at contemporary art with greater  understanding.“Through our outreach initiatives, we wish to engage more children in our programmes. The main objective of the NGMA is to enable young minds to appreciate works of contemporary art with a better understanding and sensitivity,” a statement said.The interactive workshops would comprise elementary and specialised lectures on art appreciation, art moments and artists. Besides, the workshops would also focus on helping children learn the art of puppetry, painting, art-based performances and make their own art books reflecting the artistic oeuvre of various eminent artists. Special workshop for painting, pottery, and music are also being organised for differently-abled children. Special film screenings on international art trends and art education will also form core of the workshops. The workshop will conclude on July 1.last_img read more

Home Prices in Some ZIP Codes Average Seven Figures

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Using data from Zillow, GoBankingRates.com narrowed down which ZIP codes in all 50 states were the most expensive. The median home price in each ZIP determines each area’s ranking on the list.Notoriously expensive New York state ranks high on the list, but surprisingly, New York’s most expensive ZIP code is not in Manhattan. Manhattan’s cost of living may be double the national average, but ZIP code 11976 in Water Mill, New York is the most expensive ZIP code in the state. The median home price in this area is $3,798,500.Another surprising find is in California. The famous 90210 ZIP code is not the most expensive ZIP code in the state, that title belongs to 94027 in Atherton, California. Not only the most expensive ZIP in California, Atherton is the most expensive ZIP in the U.S. According to a study by Forbes and Altos Research from 2016, New York and California held some of the top positions in the country in terms of high home prices. MReport had previously reported on the pricing-out of some people in these areas. Most major cities in California are too expensive for the average single person, and unaffordability is the norm. In Manhattan monthly payments on a one-bedroom home can exceed 30 percent of the average income. Florida is another notoriously expensive state. The Forbes report from last year ranked ZIP code 33462 in Manalaplan, Florida as the No. 1 most expensive ZIP code in the country. The recent report from GoBankingRates.com notes the current most expensive ZIP in Florida, 33921 in Boca Grande, has a median home price of $1,313,600. Median home prices are in the millions in Hawaii, as well. Home prices in ZIP code 96821 in Honolulu have a median value of $1,295,400.The least expensive ZIP code on the list is in the town of Oxford, Maine. Oxford’s 04270 ZIP code is the most expensive ZIP in the state, but the median home price for this ZIP is only $127,400. An important note, however, is that the report from GoBankingRates.com only covered two zip codes in the state. According to Zillow, this zip code didn’t bottom out until 2014, unlike the rest of the country which bottomed out in 2012. Home Prices in Some ZIP Codes Average Seven Figures Home Prices National rates Zillow 2017-03-13 Staff Writercenter_img March 13, 2017 668 Views Sharelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona could be the beneficiary of the potential turnover in New England when it comes to the next coach.After interviewing with the team last Saturday, there was little information on Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores regarding the meeting, but a recent report may indicate the coach is still very much in the running for the job. Top Stories New England Patriots safeties coach Brian Flores, right, walks on the sideline during practice Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) 15 Comments   Share   center_img According to reports, Flores was the fifth coach the Cardinals met with following the departure of Bruce Arians. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Good chance the Patriots lose both coordinators to HC jobs, but LB coach Brian Flores is very much in play in Arizona, per league sources, meaning New England could potentially lose three assistants to HC jobs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2018Flores has been with the Patriots since 2004, working all the way up from a scouting assistant at the age of 23 to the safeties coach in 2012. He spent four seasons with the safeties before turning his focus to the linebackers. The Cardinals are reportedly the only team that requested an interview with the Patriots linebackers coach the past two seasons.last_img read more

Local lawmakers announce new road projects in St Clair County

first_img Categories: Lauwers News 02Jul Local lawmakers announce new road projects in St. Clair County State Reps. Dan Lauwers and Andrea LaFontaine this afternoon announced two new road projects in St. Clair County to improve the safety and efficiency of the area’s infrastructure for local motorists.Yale Road from Brown Road to the city of Yale limits will benefit from $715,000 in special grant funding to resurface asphalt, replace culverts and widen shoulders.  An additional $400,000 grant will improve Gratiot Road between Pound Road and Kronner.“Lawmakers have an obligation to make Michigan’s roadways safe for our hard-working families and visitors,” said LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township. “The Gratiot Road project was identified as a priority by the St. Clair County Road Commission and will bring welcome repairs to our St. Clair community to promote safe travels.”The Legislature allocated a total of $230 million in existing funds for fiscal year 2014 to road improvements throughout Michigan.  Funding grants for half of that allocation were unveiled last December.“This is another positive step taken by the Legislature to help ensure safe and efficient roads in Michigan,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township.  “Our roads were neglected for far too long, and these small steps to bring our infrastructure back from the brink will benefit all Michigan motorists.  People are telling me they don’t want to pay higher taxes at the pump, and I don’t blame them given today’s gas prices, so these incremental improvements are a great way to improve our roads.”This special funding is in addition to $258 million the Legislature approved for roads and bridges in June.Although the state has allocated almost $870 million to improve roads and bridges since fiscal year 2012, the state government spent zero general fund dollars on roads during fiscal years 2003-11.The lawmakers will continue to work on road funding solutions this summer and the fall.last_img read more

Rep Lucido votes for funds to build local leg of Iron Belle

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 15Jun Rep. Lucido votes for funds to build local leg of Iron Belle Trail State Rep. Peter Lucido today joined his House colleagues in approving Natural Resource Trust Fund money, which includes funding to construct a portion of a statewide trail through Shelby Township.Lucido, of Shelby Township, said development of the trail will cost $663,600 in a combination of Trust Fund and local money, and will take hikers and nature lovers to the Clinton River.“This trail will be part of the Iron Belle Trail connection that will stretch from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula,” Lucido said. “Our part of the trail will be in the 429-acre River Bends Park and will give visitors a chance to take in the beauty of the Clinton River and surrounding area.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76.last_img read more