Day One’s Skillz Summer School – A Success

first_imgCommunity News Day One’s Skillz Summer School – A Success From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 5:06 pm Make a comment SKILLZ Summer School is a unique summer learning experience for teens most at risk of dropping out of school or failing to graduate. It takes place between the months of June and July, a time when there are very few scheduled programs for older youth. SKILLZ focuses incoming 9th and 10th grade students who have multiple F grades and provides them with a supportive environment, high expectations and the opportunity to recover elective and academic credits. By completing a mix of life skills workshops and academic classes, students can earn up to ten school credits each. In addition to improving school success, SKILLZ helps increase the students’ confidence, motivation and social skills.How successful is SKILLZ? Here are a few positive findings from the SKILLZ class of 2014:• SKILLZ participants reported increased refusal skills; differences were found from the pre- to the post-survey among the following items:– Say “no” when someone offers you beer, wine, or liquor?– Say “no” when someone offers you marijuana or hashish.– Say “no” when someone offers you glue, paint, gas, or other things youinhale to get high?• Participants reported increased assertiveness and coping skills at the time ofthe post-survey• At the time of the post-survey, participants continued to report positive coping mechanisms when experiencing problems; with fewer participants reporting negative coping mechanisms (i.e., physical/verbal violence and sadness)• When respondents were asked to indicate which action(s) they take when life gets them down:– A significantly higher percentage of respondents indicated they would “talk to a trusted adult”– Fewer students reported they would likely engage in drugs/alcohol use.– Participants showed increases in knowledge of personal management; significantly more students indicated that paying attention to their health even at their age is important.Day One, 175 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 229-9750 or visit More Cool Stuff Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community Newscenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Herbeauty12 Signs He’s Ready To Spend The Rest Of His Life With YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Attract 18% GST; No Exemption For ‘Essential Commodities’ : AAR Goa [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesAlcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Attract 18% GST; No Exemption For ‘Essential Commodities’ : AAR Goa [Read Order] Viswajith Anand15 July 2020 12:29 AMShare This – xOn an application for advance ruling by the Springfields (India) Distilleries, the Goa Bench of the Goods and Service Tax Authority for Advance Ruling (AAR) has ruled that the alcohol based hand sanitizers will attract 18% of GST.The applicant Springfields (India) Distilleries, a registered partnership firm under the business of manufacturing Hand Sanitizers, approached the authority for…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginOn an application for advance ruling by the Springfields (India) Distilleries, the Goa Bench of the Goods and Service Tax Authority for Advance Ruling (AAR) has ruled that the alcohol based hand sanitizers will attract 18% of GST.The applicant Springfields (India) Distilleries, a registered partnership firm under the business of manufacturing Hand Sanitizers, approached the authority for an advance ruling regarding the GST of the hand sanitizers.A bench comprising J.K.Meena and Sarita S.Gadgil, Additional Commissioners of Central Tax observed that, the hand sanitizers manufactured by the appellant will be covered under a tax rate of 18%.Ruling under Section 98 of CGST/GGST Act,2017.The bench has ruled the hand sanitizers manufactured by the appellant company will be covered under HSN 3808 and the appropriate tax rate as per the schedule entry is 18% “The ruling so sought by the Applicant is according answered as under :- Alcohol based hand sanitisers manufactured by the applicant are covered by HSN 3808 and are accordingly taxable at appropriate rate as per schedule entry notified vide notification No.1 Central Tax (Rate ) dated 28/06/2017”, asserted by the bench. Why 18 % GST ?The bench observed that hand sanitizers which are produced by the applicant are alcohol based and  are classifiable under heading 3808 of the Harmonised System of Nomenclature (HSN). The HSN is a system developed by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) under the aspiration of classifying all the goods in the world in a structural fashion. In India after the establishment of GST system, the HSN is also heavily relied upon for the determination of tax. HSN 3808:The descriptions that comes under the respective head are Insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides, anti- sprouting products and plant -growth regulators, disinfectants and similar products. The tax rate for HSN 3808 is fixed as 18% The bench has observed that, instead of HSN 30049087 (“HSN Code & rate : 30049087 – Antihypertensive drugs : Antibacterial formulations not elsewhere specified or included HS Code and Indian Harmonized System Code for which GST Rate is 12%”), as claimed by the applicant, the hand sanitizers which are alcoholic based comes under HSN 3808.”On going through the submissions made by the applicant and through the provisions of the GST Act this authority is of the opinion that Hand Sanitisers manufactured by the applicant are of the category of Alcobased hand sanitisers and are classified under heading 3808 of HSN to which rate of GST applicable is 18%.”, as observed by the bench.Essential Commodity.The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution vide notification CG-DL- E13032020-218645 had earlier classified Hand Sanitisers as an essential commodity under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955On the aspect of essential commodity the bench has observed that, ” as far as exempting Hand sanitisers as essential commodity, since it is classified as such by Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, this authority is of the view that exempted goods are covered by notification no.2/2017/- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28/06/2017. Merely classifying any goods as essential commodity will not be the criteria for excepting such goods from GST” Click here to download the order Next Storylast_img read more

Meier Skis Unveils Limited-Edition Widespread Panic Ski & Snowboard Collection

first_imgMeier Skis Widespread Panic Collection Today, Colorado-based ski manufacturer Meier Skis has announced a new line of limited-edition Widespread Panic-themed equipment for the coming winter season. The company is offering up 6 different ski designs and 5 different snowboard designs based on various pieces of well-known imagery from throughout the band’s career. Each design is named after a Panic song, album, or tour.Notes the announcement,This collection’s set list includes the Light Fuse, Action Man, Sit n Ski, Ain’t Life Grand, Surprise Valley and Noteater graphics available on ALL MODELS of our handmade skis and snowboards. You’ll be rocking the slopes harder than Widespread Panic does at Red Rocks with these collab skis! They’re so rad that you will want some to ride and a set to admire on your wall.The announcement warns interested skiers to “act before Nov 1st and you can save $100 off your very own limited edition Widespread Panic skis or snowboard.” To access the early-bird discount, place your order here before the end of this month using the promo code “WP100”.Sit-N-Ski, Stand-N-Ski, Mount-On-Your-Wall-And-Admire-N-Ski…however you approach your winter sports, if you’re a fan of WSMFP, these skis (and snowboards) are for you.You can check out images of each of the items in Meier Skis’ Widespread Panic Collection in the gallery below. For more information, head here. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Technology brings challenge and opportunity

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: Details The universal use of technology has upended business ecosystems, increasing competition for the member’s attention, time and money, and causing structural changes in consumer behavior. Market power is shifting from organizations to members. What motivates someone to act is growing increasingly complicated due to multiple causes including ready access to information, increasing numbers of choices, and demographic changes in the types and timing of personal decisions. This means credit union leaders have more challenges and opportunities. The chance of navigating successfully increases when you have an organizational culture that is committed to understanding the new member and incorporates new business models and strategies that benefit from technology. Technology allows us to be more interconnected and many daily human interactions are digital. Actions and choices are more transparent than ever before as people generate data about themselves that can help formulate predictions and trends about the individual. Data analytics is a powerful tool to help organizations understand their members better. Organizations can effectively consider this abundant information to get to the heart of what makes a member act. It allows the credit union to know its members better and it puts better tools at the organization’s disposal to serve them more effectively.Knowledge of your member is a competitive advantage, particularly when technology brings credit unions additional challenges. For example, fintech start-ups attempt to cherry-pick profitable business lines from credit unions. Sufficient capital, another challenge, may not be available to take advantage of what could be an expensive investment in technology, especially at smaller credit unions. Credit union size is less significant when a third-party vendor allows a small credit union or a start-up to access the same technology as a large one. Moreover, well-capitalized credit unions may discover that their investment in technology has been superseded by the next great app that simplifies the member experience, giving them what they want when they want it. Regardless of size, using available tools to enhance your in-depth knowledge of your member to serve them better, communicate with them more effectively and strengthen the relationship.  Establishing an organizational culture of respect and caring helps to generates the loyalty that will keep members close.Relationships are important with your employees as well. Technology can bridge the gaps between senior leaders and staff that size can bring. It can serve to let employees feel the presence of leadership — what they believe in and what the strategies are and why. This is especially important when organizations reach a scale where “managing by walking around” is impossible. One of our clients has effectively used podcasts for its president to regularly communicate with employees in multiple locations. These sessions allow the employees to get a good sense of the leader as a person. Smartphone apps allow for spot surveys and real time questions that can shrink large meetings, making them feel more intimate and interactive, engaging employees, and valuing their time spent.Strategic thinking should evolve to meet the challenge that this complexity brings. The art and science of maximizing the benefit of technology’s tools, expands leadership’s capacity in new and creative ways to strengthen your culture and improve your relationships with both your internal and external customers – both your members and your employees.  last_img read more

Gold Coast house values record the biggest growth in Queensland

first_imgThe Gold Coast has recorded the strongest growth in house prices in Queensland over the past 12 months.GOLD Coast house prices are leading the way in Queensland, up six per cent in the past 12 months to an average $620,000.The latest figures by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland show homes on the Glitter Strip are $35,000 more on the same time last year.Unit prices are up 1.9 per cent to $428,000. REIQ data reveals houses on the Glitter Strip are worth $35,000 on the same time last year.REIQ’s Queensland Market Monitor for March said the strong population growth came on the back of infrastructure projects such as the $550 million Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct and M1 upgrades.“The property market has been one of the big winners from the sporting event as the $1.5 billion infrastructure investment has boosted confidence and demand for housing in the region,” the report stated. WHY VENDOR CHOSE TO GO TO AUCTION TV FAMOUS HAMPTONS HOME CHANGES HANDS “We expect house prices will show an upward path in 2018. However, this growth will most likely be more moderate.”A quiet real estate period leading up to, and during, the Commonwealth Games likely contributed to a slight drop (-0.3 per cent) in the March quarterly median sales price, the report reveals. The Gold Coast property market is expected to remain strong.“We have some of the best health facilities in the country and our universities are world recognised.“Those two things alone complement the tourism industry and the lifestyle aspects that the Coast offers.”The report found the fastest-selling suburbs on the Coast included Worongary, Merrimac, Highland Park, Mudgeeraba and Carrara.It also revealed the rental vacancy held tight throughout the first quarter of the year at 1.1 per cent. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoAndrew Henderson says a growing population and employment opportunities were contributing to a strong property market. Picture: Jerad WilliamsREIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said he expected interstate migration to continue to benefit the city.“I expect the market to remain strong,” he said. “There is a heavy amount of interstate buyers moving here.“I was at an auction recently where the winning bidder was from Sydney and the underbidder was from Melbourne.”Mr Henderson said growing employment opportunities were also attracting homebuyers to the city. Andrew Bell says the Coast had evolved from a tourist town into a vibrant city with an expanding economy. Picture Mike BatterhamRay White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the Games heralded the next chapter for the Coast, as it evolved from a tourist town into a vibrant city with an expanding economy.“The city’s property market is riding the irreversible momentum that has now come to the Gold Coast in terms of economic diversity and with more employment options we will need more housing options for people,” Mr Bell said.“We are no longer going to be subject to tourism upsides and downsides as we were in the past because our economy has well and truly diversified beyond just tourism.”last_img read more

Construction worker found dead in Lapuz

first_imgInitial police report said Secapure hada cardiac arrest. It was not immediately clear if foul play was ruled out inhis death./PN ILOILO City – A construction worker wasfound dead in Barangay Libertad, Lapuz district. The victim sustained no injuries, makingthe police dismiss the possibility of murder. Secapure’s co-workers discovered him in theirbarracks around 9:20 a.m., a police report showed. Police identified him as 47-year-oldJoey Secapure of Barangay Mapili Grande, Badiangan, Iloilo. last_img read more

NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors move one win away from record

first_imgGolden State Warriors took a 3-0 lead over defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers with a 118-113 victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.Kevin Durant scored 31 points for the Warriors, who have the opportunity on Friday to become the first team to go unbeaten en route to a title.Cleveland led by six points with three minutes to play but Durant led an impressive 11-0 run to secure the win.No team has come from 3-0 down to win an NBA play-off series in 126 attempts.Only eight teams have swept their opponents 4-0 in the NBA Finals – the last was San Antonio Spurs against Cleveland in the 2006-07 season.Last season, Golden State eclipsed Michael Jordan’s 1996 Chicago Bulls to set a new NBA record with 73 wins in a regular season. This term they have become the first team from the United States’ four major professional sports leagues – the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL – to win 15 successive post-season games.’A plus, plus’Last year the Cavaliers became the first team to win a title after trailing the Finals 3-1 when they beat the Warriors 93-89 in the deciding game.But Cleveland’s LeBron James admitted his side would have to play a perfect game on Friday to avoid being on the wrong side of a new landmark.”Even when you’re playing well, you got to play like A plus plus, because they’re going to make runs and they’re going to make shots and they have guys that are going to make plays,” he said. “We made enough plays tonight to win the ball game, but they made a couple more.”Durant’s pull-up three-pointer over LeBron James with 45 seconds remaining gave the Warriors their first lead since late in the third quarter and silenced what had been a raucous crowd.James, who collapsed to the floor after running head-first into the shoulder of team-mate Tristan Thompson in the first quarter, led the way for Cleveland with 39 points while the impressive Kyrie Irving added 38.last_img read more

Exciting Men’s Shed showcase to take place at Castlefin CPI

first_imgMen’s Sheds from all over Donegal will be showcasing their wares in the CPI in Castlefin on Wednesday as part of National Reuse Month.“Men’s Sheds have been to the fore over the last number of years in reusing materials and upcycling products,” says Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council.She continued: “And we are delighted to be joining forces with the Men’s Sheds again this year to help raise awareness during Reuse Month on how everyone can do a bit more for the environment by reusing products and materials”. “The showcase will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about how you can reuse products and what we can all do at home, at work and at play to manage our waste better.“It’s all about valuing the things we already own,” says Bogan. “By using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new stuff, and avoids waste thereby cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.“Donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of reuse and offer people a chance to save or make money, get creative, learn a new skill and be environmentally conscious.“For instance, getting shoes resoled rather than replacing them, or borrowing books from the library all go a long way in cutting down waste and greenhouse gas emissions and we are asking everyone to go further in October and beyond by prioritising repair, buying second hand and upcycled, borrowing, swapping and refilling,” explains Suzanne. “The Donegal Men’s Shed Showcase promises to be a great event and it’s an opportunity for anyone who might be interested in finding out more about Men’s Sheds, what they do and how to get more involved,” says Kathleen Bonner, Donegal Men’s Shed Co-ordinator. The event is being supported by the Irish Men’s Shed Association and Barry Sheridan CEO of the Irish Men’s Shed Association will be in attendance.This is one of a number of initiatives taking place during Reuse Month and other initiatives include the School Bikes Africa Campaign where old or unused bicycles can be dropped off at any of the six Donegal County Council/Bryson Recycling Centres in Dungloe, Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Milford, Stranorlar and Laghey or at any Men’s Shed in Donegal.There is also a chance to take part in the national #UpcycleChallenge19 were the challenge is to be imaginative and create something new out of something old and to breathe new life into an old or unwanted item or material.The event will run from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Wednesday 23 October, everyone is welcome and admission is free. To enter the competition, apply online at and the closing date for entries is 25 October.For more tips on how you can reuse more at home, work and play visit mywaste.ieExciting Men’s Shed showcase to take place at Castlefin CPI was last modified: October 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors roundtable: Who could stop them? Will injury invade? Three-peat slamdunk?

first_imgAs Warriors fan bloggers, Viggy, Chris and Robert have gotten to feel the full emotional spectrum of this practically preordained Three-peat run.So we figured there could be no better pre-playoffs focus group for gauging the levels of confidence and angst.Here’s what we threw at them…What’s your biggest worry as the playoffs begin?Chris: As always, health. Secondarily, that the W’s really stay glued together — with no conspicuous side-agendas. ***Dieter Kurtenbach tells you …last_img read more

R3m boost for South African football school

first_imgSafa’s Football School of Excellence setfor a R3-million renovation. (Image: Safa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandla Mazibuko Safa Football School of Excellence +27 11 974 1999 RELATED ARTICLES • Millions to boost SA’s 2010 legacy • FNB pours R40-million into local football • Grassroots football alive and kicking • Boost for school footballNosimilo RamelaFifa has donated R3-million (US$437 655) towards reviving South Africa’s Football School of Excellence, which was once a breeding ground for top-quality players who went on to join the country’s national squad, Bafana Bafana.The school was set up in 1994 in Elandsfontein, east of Johannesburg, and is run by the South African Football Association (Safa).Fifa’s donation will come from its Goal Project Funding initiative, which helps national football associations around the world establish centres, natural and artificial pitches, and schools that develop players of the Beautiful Game.Over the years Safa’s school has produced some of the country’s best football players – one of which is Steven Pienaar, who now plays for English Premier League club Everton and South Africa’s national team.Safa said it hopes the proceeds from Fifa will help the school improve its finances and leadership so it’s once more able to produce top-quality football stars.“In the past few years we had a problem where the school was no longer attracting quality youngsters, players who would do well for our junior national teams,” said Safa’s deputy president Mandla Mazibuko.But, he said, there have been some recent improvements. “Everything is back on track at the school. We had trials all over the country in 2010. We are now going for quality again.”“If you look at a number of players who went through the school of excellence, they have done very well. They were well developed and that is what we want to concentrate on,” said Safa chief Leslie Sedibe.Expansion plansThe school – which offers grades eight to 12 – currently has 112 pupils, seven teachers and four coaches. Safa is hoping to increase the number of instructors to seven to bring the coach-player ratio to more favourable levels.Safa says it will need a total of R80-million ($11.6-million) to fully transform the academy. “We will apply for Fifa’s R3-million grant every year until the school becomes a state-of-the-art facility,” Mazibuko said.Fifa’s 2011 contribution will be used to upgrade the school’s gym, kitchen, dormitories, administration and coaches’ block, and fields. Extra computers with internet connectivity will be set up in the library to enhance the school’s academic support system.Safa plans to invite overseas football experts to hold workshops at the school to groom the budding stars and prepare them for representing South Africa in future Fifa World Cups.The county’s Department of Sport and Recreation will donate table tennis and pool tables to keep the pupils entertained off the pitch. The departments’ 2010 legacy division has also committed to establishing a medical centre at the school, which will give pupils access to a psychologist.last_img read more