How to stay motivated during finals

first_imgAvoid comparing stressStress feeds off of stress, especially around finals. During this time, it can become commonplace for people to talk about how little sleep they’re getting or how many cups of coffee they need to get through the day, among other sacrifices. This type of comparison is often referred to as “stress bragging” and can negatively impact our mental health. In many cases, it sets the expectation that in order to be successful, we must sacrifice our own self-care. Instead of comparing how much additional stress you’ve taken on in the name of finals, work to prioritize self-care as a part of your study plan and encourage others to do the same.  Health PromotionHealth Promotion is offering weekly programs to help you navigate change, plan for the future, practice self-care and finish the semester strong.More Finals Resources Disability ServicesDisability Services is offering a free Preparing for Finals workshop on Friday, Apr. 23. This workshop will cover test-taking strategies and tips for creating an effective study schedule. Take breaksPulling all-nighters and studying for hours on end can do more harm than good. As you plan out your study sessions, be sure to include breaks. Taking a step back can help us relieve stress and better retain information. If you’re not sure where to begin, follow the Pomodoro method:Set a timer for 25 minutes to focus on one task.When the timer goes off, take a 5 minute break to walk around, grab a snack or chat with a friend.Repeat this cycle three more times (25 minutes working, 5 minute breaks).After you’ve completed all four rounds, take a 30-minute break to refresh.This method of studying is a great way to help you focus on one task at a time. It also has built-in breaks, so you can stay hydrated, eat snacks, connect with friends and give your brain a break. Ask for helpAsking for help can be difficult, even when we need it. However, it’s important to remember that your friends, family, peers and professors all want you to succeed. There are a variety of resources on campus for academic help before finals. If you’re not sure about expectations or need clarification on an assignment, contact your professor or TA. They will be able to provide you with more information to help you get started. If you’re struggling to stay motivated or cope with stress and anxiety around finals, consider reaching out to a friend or family member. Let them know what you’re going through and how they can help you get through this. Staying connected with loved ones is an important factor in managing stress and feeling supported. After a long semester of ups and downs, it can be challenging to stay motivated through finals week. Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated to finish strong. Remember this is temporaryIt’s important to remember that your grades are not a reflection of your value or self-worth. How you do on your exams also won’t determine the rest of your life. Things might feel difficult right now, but you will get through it. The stress you feel may be overwhelming, but it is temporary and it will pass. Evaluate your expectationsIt’s important to check in with ourselves periodically to evaluate our expectations. In most cases, if you’re pressuring yourself to be perfect, it may hinder your ability to actually perform well. This is because stress often feeds off of unrealistic expectations and pressure. Talking to a friend can offer some perspective and help you let go of things that may not be worth your mental energy.Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is also here to provide insight and perspective for students who may be struggling. They provide drop-in consultations on Mondays and Thursdays through e-Let’s Talk. RechargeLong days of studying and preparing for finals can leave us feeling drained. One way to overcome this kind of motivational slump is to create a list of things that make you feel energized. Think about what you look forward to most during the day or activities that can help you recharge. If you don’t have anything that you’re looking forward to, be sure to intentionally add something to your schedule each day. It could be anything from connecting with friends or listening to uplifting music to going outside or taking a nap. Making time for the things that give you energy can boost your mood and motivation heading into finals.  Listen to your bodyAs we prepare for finals, it’s important to listen to our bodies and make sure all of our basic needs are being met. You can do this by using the HALT method:H: Are you hungry?A: Are you angry?L: Are you lonely?T: Are you tired?If you answered yes to any of these questions, try to address those needs first. When our basic needs go unmet, it can make studying more difficult. For instance, if you’re feeling “hangry” or tired, it may cause you to lose motivation, focus or lash out at friends or classmates. It’s a good practice to check in with yourself regularly throughout the day, especially in times of high stress when it may be easier to forget the basics.  Health and Wellness resourcesHealth and Wellness Services has a number of resources available to help you finish the semester strong.Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)Counseling and Psychiatric Services offers drop-in services through e-Let’s Talk. You can meet with a provider briefly to discuss worries, anxiety, depression, academic concerns, relationships and more. They also provide weekly workshops that cover a variety of topics, including stress management, healthy habits and meditation.last_img read more

Commissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergency

first_imgRelatedCommissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergency RelatedCommissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergency Commissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergency National SecurityJuly 26, 2010 RelatedCommissioner Promises to Restore Order, Despite Sudden end to Emergencycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is determined to carry on its operations to restore security, peace and order in Jamaica, despite the sudden ending of the State of Emergency in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, says Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington.“The work which we started on May 23 is not over. It could not have been completed in the short space of time between then and now. We were anticipating an extension of those limited powers, so that we could complete the job. We no longer have those powers, but we are determined to carry on our operations. We are determined to restore security, peace and order in this country,” Commissioner Ellington said.He was speaking at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica’s (PSOJ) President’s Forum on Friday (July 23) at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.Mr. Ellington said that the Security Forces would continue to work, collaboratively, to achieve the best results, despite the fact that they no longer had emergency powers.“Since we got news that the special powers were no longer available to us, we have had several meetings. We have crafted new strategies that we hope to roll out,” he said.The Commissioner admitted that there will be challenges and shortcomings, but he assured Jamaicans and, in particular, the business community, that the Security Forces have combined their efforts, “so as to enable us to continue the fight to regain control of our streets and communities and to secure this country”.Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Colonel, Rocky Meade, confirmed the continued support of the Military for the JCF in the fight against crime.“The Jamaica Defence Force stands ready to continue to support the JCF in its efforts in dealing with the significant national security issues that we are faced with,” Colonel Meade said. He called on Jamaicans to support the Security Forces, as they carry out their duties in the effort to restore peace and order in the country.President of the PSOJ, Joseph Matalon, commended the members of the JCF and the JDF for the work that they have been doing across the island, and urged them to continue to do so to the best of their ability.The Forum was held in collaboration with FLOW Jamaica, under the theme, “Addressing National Security Issues”.The State of Emergency, declared on May 23 and limited to Kingston, St. Andrew and, eventually, St. Catherine, ended Thursday after the Government failed to get Opposition support in Parliament to extend it for another month, Advertisementslast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Tempeh outbreak link confirmed, dog food recall expands, healthcare-associated infections

first_imgMay 7, 2012Tests confirm Salmonella outbreak strain in tempehTests conducted at North Carolina’s public health laboratory have confirmed that a Salmonella strain that prompted a recent tempeh recall matches a strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B that has so far sickened 46 people, according a May 4 statement from the Buncombe County Department of Health (BCDH). The BCDH said even though the food source has been identified, it is continuing to receive illness reports due to person-to-person transmission of the outbreak strain. It repeated its advice for the public to wash their hands before preparing food and to properly prepare food. Some of the patients have gotten sick by exposure to food items that were contaminated by uncooked tempeh. Lab tests have also revealed that the Salmonella Paratyphi B strain involved in the outbreak causes nontyphoidal Salmonella infection that can be severe, but not as severe as another strain that testing first indicated. So far seven hospitalizations have been reported, none of them fatal.May 4 BCDH press releaseSalmonella concerns spark recall of 11 more dog food brandsDiamond Pet Foods has recalled several more brands of dry dog food made at its Gaston, S.C., production facility where three other brands were made that have been linked to a multistate Salmonella Infantis outbreak. In a May 5 statement, the company said additional products subject to the recall have tested positive for Salmonella and that products are being pulled from store shelves as a precaution. The nine brands are Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, Taste of the Wild, and Kirkland Signature, according to the recall notice. The brands were manufactured between Dec 9, 2011, and Apr 7, 2012. Diamond Pet Foods has set up a Web site to share information with customers on the recalls, which also lists two additional recalled brands, Canidae and Apex. On May 3 the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 14 people in nine states have been sickened from the outbreak strain, which was first identified in routine product sampling by Michigan officials.May 5 FDA recall noticeStudy: Healthcare-associated infections lead to higher readmission ratesPatients who contract healthcare-associated infections may be at a higher risk of readmission to the hospital, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). University of Maryland researchers analyzed data from 4,737 patients who had positive clinical cultures for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), or Clostridium difficile after more than 48 hours following hospital admission. They found that patients with these infections were 40% more likely than other patients to be readmitted to the hospital within a year (hazard ratio 1.40; 95% confidence interval, 1.33-1.46). The increased risk held after adjustment for variables such as age, sex, length of stay, and illness severity. “The potential to reduce readmissions along with other known benefits—lower patient morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs—may provide additional impetus to reduce healthcare-associated infections,” lead researcher Jon Furuno, PhD, said in a SHEA new release.June Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol studyMay 4 SHEA news releaselast_img read more

Zeamarine plays the Trumpy card

first_imgHugo Trumpy has more than 70 local port offices and will handle all operational and commercial activities for Zeamarine in the country.Zeamarine was established in 2018 through the combination of the tramp and liner operations of Zeaborn Chartering, Intermarine and Rickmers-Line. This includes the round the world (RTW) liner service, which will continue to be represented by Gruppo Scerni until May 31, 2019.Effective June 1, 2019, Hugo Trumpy will represent Zeamarine for all liner services to and from Italy.www.zeamarine.comwww.hugotrumpy.itlast_img read more

Sheriff: ‘Disgruntled student’ allegedly overheard threatening to shoot at school

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(WHITTIER, Calif.) — Two AR-15s and 90 high-capacity magazines were found at the home of a “disgruntled” teenager who was allegedly overheard threatening a school shooting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said.On Feb. 16, two days after the Florida high school massacre, the 17-year-old boy allegedly said “he was going to shoot up the school some time in the next three weeks,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said at a news conference Wednesday.The alleged threat was overheard by a school security officer at El Camino High School, located in Whittier, California.Authorities found two AR-15s, two handguns and 90 high-capacity magazines at the teen’s home, but the boy’s older brother, an Army veteran, claimed the guns belonged to him, according to McDonnell.One AR-15 was registered to the older brother and the other was not registered, officials said.The teenager was arrested for making criminal threats while the older brother was arrested on charges including possession of an assault weapon and failure to register a handgun, McDonnell said.The school security officer who allegedly overheard the teen told reporters Wednesday, “I’m not a hero. I’m just doing my job.”The teen had an extensive disciplinary history at the school, McDonnell added.McDonnell said that was the second serious threat at El Camino High School that week. On Feb. 15, a student who had been suspended told his mother he wanted a school administrator dead, the sheriff said. The mother reported her son, saying she did not know what he was capable of, the sheriff said.On Feb. 14, 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school, allegedly by a former student.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

African wood industry: 10,000 micro-businesses need support for sustainable trade

first_imgA survey of 10,000 east and west African wood processing micro-businesses found that sourcing legal materials and legal compliance to be key difficulties in maintaining environmentally-ethical and legal business practices.The micro-businesses, connected and represented by a network of 21 wood industry associations, found a widespread need for more support and access to resources.The two reports from the survey results were released on Oct. 22 by the Global Timber Forum, a Washington, DC non-profit that works to build the capacity of forest and wood-based industry associations.The findings were released just ahead of Forest Legality Week, an annual gathering that draws together global forestry leaders and experts in Washington, D.C. Wood processing micro-businesses in several east, central and west African countries say they have a widespread need for more support and access to resources. Their rallying call for help is reflected in the results of a survey run by the  Global Timber Forum (GTF), a London-based non-profit that works to build the capacity of forest and wood-based industry associations for responsible trade. Information gathered through 21 wood-industry associations with a total membership of nearly 10,000 micro-businesses in several African countries led to two reports.  The reports focus on the relationship between micro-businesses and business associations in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Liberia and Mozambique. The findings come just ahead of the second annual Forest Legality Week  in Washington, D.C., where experts from around the world will discuss a variety of forestry-related sustainability issues. Results were formed from a series of anonymized surveys conducted with multiple associations from each country.GTF’s director of policy and external affairs, Andrew Escott, said in an interview that the undertaking revealed ways to interact with micro-businesses at scale. The research illustrates the barriers and challenges to establishing sustainable timber harvests with these small operations. According to Escott, the nature of these operations can vary wildly. Both surveys used parameters of 10 or fewer employees to define a typical micro-business, which Escott further defined as often being a family business typically run by father-son teams. They can include small logging companies, sawmills, charcoal, and small skilled production companies — joinery and furniture — which usually serve the local market. Escott said that many of the companies at this small size lack any legal standing — they are often unregistered and unlicensed, and many operate by cash. That doesn’t diminish their importance, though.“It is these guys [whom] anyone with an interest in preserving forests needs to reach,” Escott said. “Their existing links with associations, identified in this research, makes this a great place to start.” However, one of the problems with looking to associations for consistent sustainability practices is that they do not have a place at the table with governments and NGOs to discuss problems and offer solutions. In addition to access, Escott said that a lack of resources and training contributes to poor practices. One common example is a lack of access to technical advice for association members. The first GTF survey noted that associations have an average number of 1.9 full time senior management and administrative staff members — with the smallest association having just one and the largest having 3.5. The second survey showed a higher average of 4 staff members, but also accounted for more positions including technical specialists, accountants, drivers and janitorial staff. Only three associations from the first survey said they have staff dedicated to taking technical questions. None were identified in the second survey.A necklace made from mpingo and another local hardwood. Photo by Sophie Tremblay for Mongabay.The reports also noted a list of constraints and key challenges for associations. They include a lack of resources and technical skills to support development of membership and active membership, and tools to support membership facing forest legality system changes. In addition, members need to understand the export market requirements and have access to market data. Without that, their ability to lobby domestically and internationally is limited. Not enough funding to support and grow membership is also an issue.Limited access to legal wood supplies and resources, and a wider global market that’s increasingly demanding sustainable practices, are also problematic for the micro-businesses. Survey respondents said there isn’t enough funding to gain access to more profitable markets, among other related issues.Some of those include lackluster performance in expertise, designs, and product development. Association members said they feel that their organizations don’t provide enough training opportunities in equipment maintenance, skills in marketing and production of basic products, research capabilities, and a focus on conservation. The report noted that, “Historically, associations have paid little attention to the importance of viable business systems, regular training and capacity building of their human resource capital.” The challenges for these associations is to implement more sustainable best practices and technologies that support harvesting a variety of wood species. None of the associations could not be reached by time of publication.“When [associations] talked about their challenges they all said they want to be able to provide a better frame for legality,” GTF’s Escott said. “What were seeing is a low representation from those advocating for the smallest operators. We don’t want these changes to put these people out completely.”Escott added that government-led sustainable harvesting practices often push micro- and small business operators into illegal timbering, and onto shaky legal ground. “Many of the changes going on in these countries are requiring increased levels of documentation and the use of technology— all good things,” Escott said. “But they need to be adapted so micro-businesses can comply, the smallest usually being the least equipped to make changes.”A lack of funding for nearly every service association is a key issue and what is most needed is a source of third party funds, Escott said. He added that the more businesses are in need of the association, the less there is to give. So additional funds will likely kickstart a cyclical process of seeking help that provides more resources, training and long-term capital which, in turn, provides associations with more resources as well.“For [businesses] an association can be the gateway to accessing funding, building their capacity and to having a voice in the larger governmental processes that are going on around them. The association is a path to legitimacy and sustainability and a potential window on the wider world that impacts on what they do today and in the future.”Forest Legality Week runs on the week of 23 Oct. – 25 Oct. and will feature a range of speakers from the World Resources Institute, Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestiere (OGF), and Forestry Commission Ghana among many universities and other NGOs.Banner image: A woodcarver makes a carving of a rhinoceros on the outskirts of Lunga Lunga, a town on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Photo by Nathan Siegel for Mongabay. Forests, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Tropical hardwoods Article published by Genevieve Belmakercenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle United: Blues stars rated and slated

first_img 14 14 14 Andreas Christensen – 8 – A rock at the heart of Chelsea’s defence, Christensen was also unfortunate not to score having gone close with a couple of efforts. 14 Eden Hazard – 9 – Hazard is playing some of his best ever football at the moment. He is mesmerising whenever he has the ball, and is finally scoring goals on a consistent basis. 14 Victor Moses – 8 – Back in the Chelsea team and back making an impact. He impressed on the right flank, and sent in the cross from which Morata scored Chelsea’s second goal. Substitute: Gary Cahill – NA 14 14 Cesc Fabregas – 8 – With Drinkwater and Kante providing the energy in midfield, Fabregas was afforded the time and space to dictate play. He played some truly glorious passes and was central to all the Blues’ attacking moves Cesar Azpilicueta – 8 – Another impressive performance from the ever-reliable defender. Also made an impact in the final third with his excellent cross leading to Chelsea’s first goal. 14 14 14 14 Thibaut Courtois – 6 – click the right arrow to see the remaining Chelsea player ratings – Could do little about Newcastle’s opening goal, though he maybe should have held on to the ball in the build-up rather than letting it run free in the area. Was rarely troubled in the later stages, but played the ball out of defence well. Antonio Rudiger – 7 – Made a shaky start to the game, but composed himself after Newcastle opened the scoring. Assured enough at the back from that moment onwards. Danny Drinkwater – 8 – Drinkwater was superb in Chelsea’s midfield, getting himself all over the pitch to win the ball back and get attacks going. He also displayed a level of technical excellence many doubted he possessed. Substitute: Willian – 6 – Made some lovely contributions to Chelsea’s attack when introduced, though none of them amounted to anything. N’Golo Kante – 7 – Typically solid in the middle of the park, consistently breaking up play whenever Newcastle managed to hold possession for an extended period of time. Alvaro Morata – 8 – Made sure Newcastle’s defenders could never rest by putting in a lively performance in the final third. He scored a well-earned headed goal, and was unfortunate not to add to his tally. 14 14 The Premier League weekend got underway on Saturday afternoon, with Chelsea beating Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.The Blues made light work of their Tyneside opponents, and the 3-1 scoreline did not do justice to just how impressive Antonio Conte’s side were.Still, they started slowly, and it was Newcastle who opened the scoring through Dwight Gayle.But Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata struck for the hosts to put them ahead before the break, and Hazard added Chelsea’s third from the penalty spot after the restart.So, how did Conte’s men perform in west London? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Chelsea player ratings… 14 Marcos Alonso – 6 – Was unfortunate that his clearance fell to Gayle in the run-up to Newcastle’s opening goal, but defended well enough aside from that error. He also combined well with Drinkwater and Hazard in the final third. Substitute: Timeoue Bakayoko – 6 – Added some extra steel and energy to Chelsea’s midfield, though by the time he was brought on Newcastle were well beaten. last_img read more

Perpetual fraud

first_imgThat’s why it is so important that each and every one of us makes sure our friends, family and co-workers knows that it’s up to them to stop the council’s abuse of its power. Vote against political cynicism. Vote no on Measure R on Nov. 7.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEASURE R – members of the Los Angeles City Council’s deceitful ploy to give themselves four more years on the public dole – will go before voters Nov. 7, even though it’s likely to be ruled unconstitutional. For this you can thank the 2nd District Court of Appeal, the City Council and yourself – because it’s your tax dollars that keep this cynical scheme alive. Since its inception, it’s been obvious that Measure R violates the California Constitution’s requirement that ballot measures be limited to a single issue. But the council’s members knew voters would reject giving them three four-year terms instead of two, so they combined their term-limits plan with a package of so-called “ethics reforms” that in fact do nothing to clean up City Hall. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The council is now raising huge bundles of cash from developers, contractors, unions and other insiders who live handsomely on the favorable treatment they get at City Hall. The council’s members believe they found a clever political strategy to trick the public. And they’ve hired high-priced private lawyers at taxpayer expense to try to get around the state constitution’s single-issue requirement for ballot measures. The first judge to hear the case ruled not only that the measure was unconstitutional, but also deceitfully worded. So the council took its case to the appellate court, which left in the dishonest wording and left the measure on the ballot – without actually ruling on the constitutional issues. The court’s action is an insult to voters. There’s nothing urgent about this measure; there’s not even an honest argument that can be made in its favor. With all its ill-gotten campaign funds, the council will try to blow smoke over voters’ eyes, but how can anyone mount an effective opposition when the measure itself is already the subject of a legal fight? last_img read more

Marshfield volleyball dominates Wisconsin Rapids

first_imgTigers improve to 5-3 in ValleyBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — With matches looming against the top two teams in the Wisconsin Valley Conference on Saturday, the Marshfield volleyball team wanted to make sure it took care of the business at hand Thursday.The Tigers started all three games strong and went on to beat Wisconsin Rapids 25-14, 25-11, 25-10 in a WVC match Oct. 6 at Marshfield High School.Marshfield is now 5-3 heading into the second conference tournament on Saturday at D.C. Everest. The Tigers will play first-place Everest and second-place Merrill as they look to make a push up the standings with only one week remaining in the regular season.Marshfield senior Stephanie Rhodes had eight kills in the victory, pushing her career total to 1,001, a milestone that coach Dawn Sadowska said was well-earned.“She’s been on varsity since she was a freshman, and year after year she’s been getting better,” Sadowska said. “We’ve asked more and more of her. She’s such a versatile hitter, and this year her blocking has been better than it ever has been for us.”Anna Ripp, who passed the 2,000-assist mark in her career last week, started the first game by serving six points in a row — three were aces — to push Marshfield out to a quick 7-1 lead.The Tigers finished just as strong, scoring the final eight points of the set, the final point coming on a Jamila Ougayour kill.Ripp had two aces to help Marshfield build a 5-0 lead to start Game 2 and served eight-straight points to begin the third set as the Tigers ran out to a 9-0 advantage. Marshfield was never challenged in either game.Ripp finished with 28 assists and six service aces, Alexa Aumann had a team-high 11 kills, and Maureen Cassidy had 15 digs to top Marshfield. The Tigers finished with 11 service aces overall.“Our plan was to serve aggressive, and we’ve been working on trying to run things faster,” Sadowska said. “I said every free ball, ‘We have to go quick because that’s our plan for this weekend,’ and they did a really good job of that.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

‘Confidence-building’ Budget welcomed

first_img23 February 2012Business has welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2012 Budget, saying it rightly emphasized the need for a collaborative effort from all South Africans in working towards a growing, inclusive, job-rich economy against the backdrop of a weak global economic outlook.Business Unity South Africa (Busa) described the Budget as credible, broadly balanced and confidence-building, saying it was pleased with the central priority the Budget placed on the expanded infrastructure programme.“This initiative should not only aid in building modern infrastructure, but will also reduce poverty, create decent work and expand employment opportunities,” Busa said in a statement on Thursday.Need to be globally competitiveBusa was further pleased with the emphasis on the need for South Africa to be globally competitive, further tax relief for small business and micro-enterprises, and a simplified tax regime for SMMEs.It said the small and emerging business sector had the greatest potential for job creation.“We welcome as business additional allocations of R55.9-billion over the next three years and an additional R9.5-billion for an economic support package.“We also welcome the 43 major infrastructure projects and further detail on how they will be funded. In this vein, we look forward to the infrastructure summit which the President is planning to convene soon,” said Busa.Sars commended for raising R739-billionThe Banking Association of South Africa commended the South African Revenue Service for raising R739-billion under difficult economic conditions. “The national Budget has, for the first time, passed R1-trillion, highlighting the significant expenditure by government,” it said.The association said Gordhan had demonstrated visionary, honest and practical leadership.In his speech, Gordhan commented on the high banking costs in South Africa. The association said that, while increasing competition in the sector was leading to a more efficient sector with lower costs, had to be noted that South Africa had high broadband costs, costs of protecting cash and significant compliance costs.It said it was working with National Treasury in this regard.Dividends tax rate increase ‘a shock’Des Kruger, Director: Tax at Webber Wentzel law firm said that the increase in the dividends tax rate had come as a shock, given that all previous announcements and the law as it stands at present indicated a 10% rate.“The proposed 50% increase in the dividends tax rate to 15% so late in the day will no doubt cause considerable administration burdens on those companies and regulated intermediaries that have to account for the tax,” said Kruger.He added that foreigners owning property in South Africa would be adversely affected by the increase in inclusion capital gains tax (CGT) rates, because non-residents are required to pay CGT on the disposal of any immovable property owned by them in South Africa.However, Kruger did welcome the proposal to allow a deduction for interest incurred on the acquisition of shares to be deductible in certain circumstances.PKF chartered accountants and business advisers was surprised by the unexpected increase in the rate at which the new Dividends Tax was being levied at 15% – when 10% had been anticipated – and the increase in the rate of capital gains tax (CGT) from 10% to 13.3% for individuals, from 14% to 18.6% for companies and from 20% to 26.7% for trusts.‘High-income earners targeted’Eugene du Plessis, director of tax at the company said the Budget had hit the high net worth individual (HNWI) sector.“They are targeting the HNWI with measures that can only affect the wealthy, and by removing legitimate means of reducing their tax burden,” Du Plessis said.“While this is being viewed as ‘a more equitable means of spreading the load’, targeting the high proportion of their income that HNWIs earn from passive investments, in reality it is making South Africa such a high-tax country for the wealthy that there is little incentive for them to live here as opposed to more developed countries.”The coalition of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and the South African Non-Governmental Organisation Coalition (Sangoco) said it welcomed that government spending would be increased to 32% of GDP in 2012/13.State ‘must learn to spend its allocations better’However, the coalition said, it was concerned at the capacity in national departments, provincial governments and local municipalities to spend the allocated amounts in a manner that will boost the industrial capacity of the economy and create decent jobs.The coalition, referred to as the People’s Budget Campaign (PBC), said it was concerned that the Budget deficit would decrease to 3% of GDP by 2014.“The unpredictability of the current economic crisis in Europe will continue to impact our economy negatively,” the PBC said. “It is therefore important for government to avoid decreasing the budget deficit over the MTEF and thus prevent our economy from deteriorating into a second-round recession.“Cutting deficit spending is simply not a sound economic measure given the global economic crisis and the triple crisis we continue to face at home.”While the coalition welcomed the allocation of infrastructure spend to the tune of R3.2-trillion over the three-year period, it said it must be complimented by the need to increase the capacity of the state to appropriately spend the allocated amounts.“We welcome the proposed establishment of the municipal infrastructure support agency that will enhance infrastructure development capacity of the rural municipalities.”The coalition said it rejected the proposed adjustments in tariffs by the minister regarding e-tolling in Gauteng to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.“The PBC rejects the continued reliance on user pay principle in the development of road infrastructure. We do not support e-tolling and call for a reliable, safe, affordable and integrated transport system,” it said, noting the acknowledgement made by Gordhan that the e-tolling system will have a negative impact on the road users in the province and workers in particular.The coalition said it was appalled that some learners were still being taught in mud houses, and demanded the elimination of them in the financial year. The Budget also failed to reduce teacher-learner ratios in the rural and township schools, it said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more