Women At Work Announce the Appointment of Janet Pope Givens

first_imgHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff 34 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center column 4 Women At Work Announce the Appointment of Janet Pope Givens She will serve as assistant Director From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | 3:31 pmcenter_img Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Janet Pope Givens. Photo by WOWWomen At Work is happy to announce the appointment of Janet Pope Givens as Assistant Director of the Pasadena-based agency. Women At Work is the only non-governmental, bilingual career and job resource center serving Los Angeles County. Working with Executive Director Robin McCarthy, Givens is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, exploring options for new client programs, increasing awareness through marketing, media relations and online presence.Givens retired in 2011 after a 26-year career with the City of Pasadena where she served as public information officer for the Pasadena Police Department and adjutant to the chief of police. She also managed special assignments in the City Manager’s Office as assistant director of Northwest Programs and special assistant to the city manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.“Janet brings a broad range of experience to Women At Work and is well-known in the greater Pasadena community,” said McCarthy. “In past years she has served on our board of directors and has been a client, bringing to the position a broad background on employment and community work. I am confident that her knowledge and capabilities will help lead Women at Work into the future.”Givens has received honors and recognitions from United Way, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5 Acres Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society, San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts, Alkebu-lan Cultural Center, National Council of Negro Women and several other organizations. She lives in Altadena with her husband Jerry Givens and between them they have six children and eight grandchildren.For more than 30 years Women At Work has provided career counseling, workshops, support groups and other services to women who are unemployed or in career transition. In recent years, with the economic downturn, Women At Work has broadened its mission to provide services to men as well. The new Training at Work program is tailored to the needs of employers and includes instruction in business software, social media, business communications, customer service, leadership and time management.For more information visit www.womenatwork.org or call (626) 796-6870. Follow them on Facebook (womenatworkpasadena) and Twitter (wawpasadena). Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Multimedia/Photojournalism Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgApplication Instructions Special Requirements Work YearN/A Conditions The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. SalaryPlease see LRCCD Salary Schedules Physical Demands Position Summary Posting NumberF00132P Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Department Location Assignment Responsibilities Work Schedule Posting Details Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Job Posting TitleMultimedia/Photojournalism Adjunct Assistant Professor Open ContinuouslyYes Minimum Qualifications Total Hrs per Week/Daycenter_img General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook.The responsibilities included, but not limited to:• Teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the divisiondean.• Being accessible to students by maintaining office hours.• Helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content.• Promoting the Photography and Journalism Program.• Assisting department chairs and division deans with retention andcompletion of student certificates and degrees.• Maintaining thorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regularteaching field including software updates as well as cutting edgepractices in industry.• Connecting with the industry to discover their needs for classes,giving direction to instructional aids or senior informationtechnology technicians assigned to the lab.• Maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethicsappropriate to the professional position.• Fulfilling other duties and responsibilities of a full-timeinstructor as outlined in the college faculty handbook. Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2860 Beginning and/or Ending Dates Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter How and where to apply Posting Date Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College Districtadjunct faculty posting are required to complete fully andsubmit:1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application(required)2. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work * (graduateadvising documents and grade reports will not be accepted asunofficial transcripts). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.(required)3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (recommended)4. Two letters of recommendation (recommended)5. Letter of Interest (recommended)*Note: Applications submitted without transcripts will bedisqualified. Also individuals who have completed college oruniversity course work at an institution in a country other thanthe United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreigntranscripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreigntranscript evaluation is required any time foreign course work isused to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even ifthe foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or universityin the United States.Foreign transcript evaluations ONLY accepted from AICE (Associationof International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (TheNational Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies orevaluators.Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. AboutThe Los Rios Community College District ( LRCCD ) is the secondlargest, two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 4,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office in dozens of different departmentsthat provide welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environments forLos Rios students, employees and community partners. Each and everydistrict and college department strives for the highest quality inall programs, services, and activities, and is focused on improvingeducational outcomes for the students we serve.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associatedegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. Applicationservices are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday, at the Los Rios Community College District HumanResources Office located at 1919 Spanos Court, Sacramento, CA95825-3981. If you need assistance with any phase of theapplication process, please call (916) 568-3112 or come in duringour business hours. After hours inquiries to be emailed [email protected] Submission of applications are by midnight of theposting closing date. The Institution All Positions: Offers of employment are contingent upon thesuccessful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom fromtuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in theUnited States prior to the first day of work. The District mayselect additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacanciesor needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. Wheneducation is a requirement for the position, official academictranscripts from the accredited college/university must besubmitted within 60 days of hire. 1. Have a bachelor’s degree AND two years of occupational and/orprofessional experience directly related to the assignment beingtaught OR have an associate’s degree AND six years of occupationaland/or professional experience directly related to the assignmentbeing taught; OR, hold a California Community College Instructor’sCredential in the discipline area; OR, the equivalent.*2. Have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academicsocioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexualorientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students,including those with physical or learning disabilities as itrelates to differences in learning styles.*Note: Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision mustattach details and explain how their academic preparation is theequivalent of the degrees listed above. Closing Date Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Resume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentUnofficial Transcript 4Unofficial Transcript 5Foreign Transcript Evaluation LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office)last_img read more

Trinity JCR’s college marriage changes passed second time round

first_imgTrinity College JCR has voted to change the College’s student marriage system to a less heteronormative model, following the defeat of a similar motion earlier this term.The Trinity marriage system originally worked by a ballot system whereby the year group was split into men and women and names were picked at random from each group, meaning that every undergraduate would end up married to a random student of the opposite gender.A JCR motion to change this to a “free marriage system” was initially defeated.However, Trinity undergraduate Celia Stevenson proposed a new motion which read, “This JCR would continue the marriage ballot but no longer include the preference for heterosexual marriages.”Stevenson told Cherwell, “The motion passed this time and not last time because the JCR has an attachment to the ballot system and feels it is the best way to make sure nobody is left out.”Stevenson further added that the motion addressed “concerns raised over the gendered nature of the ballot, which the majority who were at the meeting felt had the potential to alienate and ignore members of the JCR. I did think this motion would pass because it allowed people to keep the ballot system, which the majority were in favour of doing in the previous meeting, while making that system more inclusive.”Trinity College Vice President and Treasurer Tom Carter said that the JCR “had nightmares reaching quorum”, but the motion was eventually legitimately passed with 30 for and nine against.Second year undergraduate Oliver Lunt told Cherwell that the initial motion amending the Trinity college marriage system failed because “there are quite a few people each year who simply don’t engage with the marriage system at all, to the point that they wouldn’t know enough about the system to even opt-out of it.”Lunt added, “I think that this new system is preferable to the original system because it removes the prominence of gender in college marriages, which I thought was entirely irrelevant since the vast majority of support that college parents seem to provide is either about general living arrangements in Oxford, or about academic issues.”last_img read more

Sweden : criminal assaults on children rise following ban on smacking

first_img· Robert E. Larzelere, Taren Swindle, Byron R. Johnson, ‘Swedish Trends in Criminal Assaults against Minors since Banning Spanking, 1981-2010’, International Journal of Criminology and Sociology , 2013, 2, pp129-137. http://www.lifescienceglobal.com  New research has revealed a dramatic rise in cases of criminal assaults on minors in Sweden since smacking was outlawed in 1979. Based on official Swedish figures, the study, published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, shows that, compared with 1981, criminal statistics in 2010 included:22 times as many cases of physical child abuse;24 times as many assaults by minors against minors; and73 times as many rapes of minors under the age of 15.Although the researchers from three American universities, recognise that changes in reporting practices may account for the increase to some extent, the magnitude and consistency of the figures suggest that there has been a real increase in criminal assaults on minors in Sweden over the course of the past three decades.Parental discipline underminedThe study concludes that Sweden’s ban on smacking may have contributed to an increase in criminal assaults rather than achieving its intended outcome of decreasing the incidence of violence. The authors suggest that, despite the best of intentions, the prohibition of all forms of physical correction may inadvertently undermine appropriate parental discipline, with the result that a small, but increasing percentage of boys may grow up with a dangerous combination of disrespect for their mothers and a lack of self-control:‘Without appropriate parental discipline, such boys learn to get whatever they want when they want it regardless of their mothers’ disapproval… For some boys, this disregard for others’ disapproval may generalise to other females, who are then at risk of becoming their rape victims. We are not claiming that this is the only possible explanation of the increase in rapes of minors, but it is a plausible explanation for part of the increase.’ Permissive parentingThe research team, led by Dr Robert Larzelere from Oklahoma State University, comment that the ban on smacking itself could only plausibly influence the increase in criminal assault statistics until the mid-1990s. The continued increase in these assaults since then would have to be explained by more recent changes. They suggest that one possible explanation lies in the growth in support for a form of permissive parenting that not only rejects physical chastisement, but also discourages other sanctions such as grounding and withdrawing pocket money.The researchers suggest that bans on smacking may undermine appropriate parental discipline if physical chastisement is not replaced with alternative disciplinary tactics that are effective for defiant children as well as easily managed children. Yet, at the same time they note that neither supporters nor critics of anti-smacking laws have been able to identify alternative methods of discipline that are as effective in reducing child behaviour problems.last_img read more

Van Dijk battles Ronaldo, Messi for FIFA Best Player award

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Virgil Van Dijk threatens to eclipse fellow European stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to lift FIFA’s The Best Player award on Monday, to set himself up as favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or.Van Dijk, Ronaldo and Messi are the three men’s finalists for The Best Player award, with the winner to be announced on Monday in a star-studded ceremony in Milan’s famous opera house La Scala.The towering Dutch defender helped Liverpool to the Champions League trophy last season and is well-positioned having already won the UEFA player of the year award.Since The Best award was created in 2016, the winner has gone on to also lift the coveted Ballon d’Or, which will be unveiled on December 2.Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won both awards last year to end Ronaldo and Messi’s ten-year domination.In the past three years the podiums for both awards have been almost identical apart from Egyptian Mohamed Salah’s third place in The Best in 2018, a spot occupied by France’s Antoine Griezmann in the Ballon d’Or.Based on Liverpool’s success last season it could be Van Dijk’s turn to become the first defender since Italy’s former World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.The 28-year-old proved himself among the best defenders in the world for Liverpool and the Dutch national side who reached the Nations League final.Liverpool also missed out on the Premier League title by just one point behind Manchester City.Both Messi and Ronaldo have won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each.Former Real Madrid star Ronaldo’s six-year reign as the Champions League top scorer ended last season.The 34-year-old scored six goals in Juventus’s European campaign, including an incredible treble against Atletico Madrid, before they were eliminated in the quarter-finals.Ronaldo also won the Nations League with Portugal and his first Serie A title with Juventus.Messi was top scorer in the Champions League last season with 12 goals before Barcelona were eliminated by Liverpool in the semi-finals.The Argentine was also the top European scorer with 36 goals and won La Liga title with Barcelona. Tags: Cristiano RonalldoLa Scalalast_img read more

Jonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the Greats

first_imgHere’s a look at the insights Mid90s director Jonah Hill has learned from filmmaking greats like Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze, and Seth Rogen.Fresh off the Mid90s world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, Jonah Hill brought his debut feature to Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas so genre-film fans could check out his cinematic ode to 1990s skateboarding culture. Mid90s, which is being released by A24 in October, completes a surprising career transition for Hill, who has transformed from the snarky funny man in Superbad and Grandma’s Boy to serious actor and filmmaker with recent films like Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street, and the new Netflix series Maniac.While his career trajectory has been unique, he’s quick to point out that his experiences have been the best film school any aspiring filmmaker could want. Speaking to Fantastic Fest audiences after the film’s screening in Austin, Hill shared some of the insights he’s gleaned from filmmaking greats like Scorsese and others.Don’t Be Afraid of the WideMid90s begins with an unassuming static wide shot looking down a long hallway in an uninspiring family home. You hear the sounds of commotion offscreen before two characters smash into the frame and up against a wall. We’re introduced to Stevie, the film’s star (played by Sunny Suljic) and his abusive older brother Ian (played by Lucas Hedges) — the latter in full pursuit of the former for sneaking into his room.This opening, Hill explained during the Q&A after the film, was a direct suggestion from Martin Scorsese. Hill, who starred in Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, sought out advice from the filmmaking legend and was surprised to get a personal workshop session that lasted more than four hours. Scorsese pushed Hill to not be afraid, and to embrace the wide, in his debut project. The opening shot was his personal recommendation for introducing the audience to the lead characters and some of the innate violence in the film.The Plot GameWhen you’ve worked as studiously as Hill has over the years (he’s averaged roughly a staggering four movies a year since 2006), you get great opportunities to meet and collaborate with some of the best. In one piece of filmmaking advice, which every aspiring writer should implement, Hill shared some insights from writer and director Spike Jonze, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Her in 2013.Hill described a game that he and Jonze would play together when they were working on a script for an unfinished project. It’s an exercise in plot, wherein he and Jonze would take turns describing the plots of some of their favorite films. It sounds like a simple task, but as Hill explains, it helped teach him how to see and communicate direction and vision. You can’t film what you can’t visualize. It was an exercise Hill would repeat often to help himself finalize his vision for Mid90s, which is a difficult task for a first-time director.Find Your Own VoiceLike Hill, several actors and comedians in the past year have made the transition from in front of the camera to behind it. Bo Burnham, with his critical darling Eighth Grade, and Paul Dano, with Wildlife, both come to mind, as they — like Hill — have leveraged their years of experience to create their own unique voices.Mid90s doesn’t feel like a Scorsese film, or a Jonze film, or a Seth Rogen comedy. (If anything, it feels closer to Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s Kids, which Hill cites as a major influence — Mid90s even features a cameo by Korine.) Instead, it feels like an authentic, slice-of-life look at a specific experience in a particular time and place. This is something Hill worked hard to capture, and he disconnected himself from his personal cinema upbringing to do so.For aspiring filmmakers, writers, and directors, film’s like Mid90s are great case-studies for how to bring about a first-time feature — and how to establish a new voice. While Hill may not have gone to a proper film school, he used the resources at his disposal and his own experiences to challenge his own filmmaking growth. We may not all have Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze, and Seth Rogen as mentors, but we do all have resources within reach we can use for projects of our own. It just takes the drive, which Hill mentions again and again, to keep creating.All images by Jack Plunkett (via Fantastic Fest).To explore some filmmaking resources of your own, check out some of these interviews and articles.Making a Short Film With Little to No Crew: The AftermathInterview: Daniel Levin, DP of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin StoryA Look at The Masterclass Sound Editing of “A Quiet Place”Interview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big WorldInsights into the State of the Music Video Production Industrylast_img read more

Toronto stock index plunges on tumbling energy prices loonie loses ground

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s largest stock index nose-dived Tuesday while U.S. stocks slumped as the price of oil saw its biggest single-day drop since October.The S&P/TSX composite index retreated 113.13 points to 15,913.13, with the energy sector leading the broad-based decline as the December crude contract fell US$1.06 to US$55.70 per barrel.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 30.23 points to 23,409.47. The S&P 500 index edged back 5.97 points to 2,578.87 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 19.73 points to 6,737.87.“We’re seeing continuing weakness in global markets. We’ve seen that all the major markets have kind of retreated from the highs that were set earlier in the month,” said Todd Mattina, chief economist and strategist at Mackenzie Investments.“The decline in oil prices is really weighing on energy sectors in global markets, which of course is very important for the Canadian market.”Mattina said a dovish report on Tuesday from the International Energy Agency has played a role in softening energy prices. The report said that growth in U.S. oil outputs is supposed to be very strong, with very rapid growth expected between now and 2025.“We’ve seen a very impressive rally in oil prices recently which has been driven by hopes of continued OPEC production cuts as well as the uncertainty around the political drama in Saudi Arabia,” Mattina said.“But today we’re seeing a step back from that as there’s been a forecast of warmer than normal weather as well as very robust production in the U.S. over the coming years.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.54 cents US, down 0.31 of a U.S. cent from last Friday.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract was up US$4.00 to US$1,282.90 an ounce. The December natural gas contract gave back seven cents to US$3.10 per mmBTU and the December copper contract declined five cents to US$3.07 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Morneau still committed to deficit reduction despite slower economy

first_imgLONDON, Ont. – Canada’s red-hot economy is indeed likely to slow down this year, making federal investments in boosting economic growth and job creation all the more important, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Friday.As the federal Liberal cabinet prepared for a second day of meetings at its retreat in London, Ont., Morneau stopped to sing the praises of his government’s economic agenda, which he credits for the economy’s super-charged performance over the last year.“The economy has performed exceptionally well in 2017,” he said. “The kinds of things we’ve done to help Canadian families has a had a real difference on our economy.”Among other things, unemployment fell to 5.7 per cent in December, the lowest figure since comparable data became available in January 1976.In his fall fiscal update in October, the minister predicted the economy would grow 3.1 per cent for 2017 as a whole.That strong growth rate won’t be matched this year, however, Morneau conceded.In its own latest forecast, Scotiabank is predicting growth of just 2.3 per cent this year, while TD Bank’s most recent prediction says Canada’s on pace for 2018 growth of around 2.4 per cent. Both also agree the rate will slow down even further in 2019.Morneau said the government recognizes the importance of being fiscally responsible and remains committed to reducing annual deficits over the long term.In his fall update, Morneau projected a deficit of $19.9 billion in the 2017-18 fiscal year — almost $9 billion less than predicted in his budget last spring.He also projected that the deficit would drop over the next five years, to $12.5 billion in 2022-23.This year’s deficit projection includes $1.5 billion for “risk adjustment” — a figure that might be increased going forward to account for additional risks to the economy, such as the potential demise of the North American Free Trade Agreement.“We’re continuing to work on our budget 2018 and one of the things we will consider is the appropriate consideration of risk, as we’ve done in previous times,” Morneau said Friday.However, he acknowledged economic growth will be “more modest” this year.“We’re always facing challenges. We face long-term demographic challenges, we face global risks that might impact global growth. So we need to be focused on how we can continue to encourage growth in our economy.”last_img read more

Bazm e –Khas An evening of classical music

first_imgMusic washes away from our soul, the dust of everyday life. There is no denial to the fact that what makes any human society is its culture and to celebrate eternal Indian culture, Bazm- E – Khas an initiative of V P Gupta organised an evening of sublime poetry, traditional music and ghazals titled ‘Sur Adhar Music Festival 2019’.The festival featured well-known artists like Hariharan, Nizam Bhai Premi, Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain accompanied by Akhlat Warsi, Mithilesh Jha, Murad Ali, Peromita Mukherji, Shadab Bhartiya, Atul Raninga, Sushant Sharma, Yusuf Khan Azhar Shakeel, and Zia Khan. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThese eclectic musicians took us through the journey of Indian heritage steeped in love through their classical music at the mesmerising courtyard of Qutub Minar, New Delhi. Hariharan needs no introduction for those familiar with Ghazal style of singing. His mesmerising voice stirs emotions in the listener’s soul. The extravaganza evening began with Ganesh Vandana staged by Nizam Bhai Premi which was followed by Raag Bageshwari and kedar by Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain symbolising the convergence of cultures and spirituality. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe highlight of the evening was Hariharan, who enthralled the audience with his authentic style, performed various ghazals and thumris along with his few Bollywood superhits. Talking about his performance, Legendary singer Hariharan said, “I was really excited to perform at Qutub Minar. I remember the last time I performed here was for Qutub Minar Festival a long time ago. Definitely, it was an overwhelming experience. For me, Bazm-e-Khas is doing a great job towards promoting our Indian classical music which is really very appreciable and I am glad to be a part of this.” Fareed Hassan and Mehboob Hussain said, “Fortunately we shared the stage with legendary singer Hariharan Ji at the prestigious venue of Qutub Minar. It was an honour for us to be a part of this show. We are really thankful to Bazm-e-Khas for giving us this grand opportunity.” In the light of the event VP Gupta, Founder of Bazm-e-Khas said, “Bazm-e-Khas is a very special platform that promotes young and not so young artists to meet and exchange ideas along with entertaining good listeners. Our aim to organise this evening is to make people aware of the richness of Indian culture.”last_img read more

Biz can use IGST credit to settle tax dues CBIC

first_imgNew Delhi: Businesses that have accumulated Integrated GST (IGST) credit in their books can settle it against central and state tax dues in any proportion, the revenue department has said. Importers typically pay IGST on goods they bring into the country. Also IGST is paid on inter-state movement of goods. This tax is supposed to be set-off against the actual GST paid, or may be claimed as refund in certain cases. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in March had allowed utilisation of input tax credit (ITC) of IGST towards the payment of Central GST and State GST, in any order subject to the condition that the entire IGST liability has been first discharged using the accumulated credit. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, there were confusion among taxpayers regarding the quantum of utilisation of IGST credit in paying CGST and SGST dues. The CBIC has now clarified that the IGST credit can be used in payment of CGST or SGST in any order or proportion. Under Goods and Services Tax (GST), the tax levied on consumption of goods or rendering of service is split 50:50 between the centre (CGST) and the state (SGST). On inter-state movement of goods as well as imports, an IGST is levied, which accrues to the centre. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIdeally, there should be ‘nil’ balance in the IGST pool at the end of a fiscal since the amount should be used for payment of CGST and SGST. As some businesses are ineligible to claim the benefits of input tax credit (ITC), the balance gets accumulated in the IGST pool. AMRG and Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said, “This clarification from government would help businesses and taxpayers to swim out of the gap created between legal framework and GST network, now taxpayers can continue to work according to the functionality of GSTN without worrying for any legal consequences.” EY Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said, “This was a much needed clarification as this should help bring to rest the varied interpretation apprehended by industry on the utilisation of IGST credit”.last_img read more