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Please enter your name here From organization to homework, here are short and quick expert tips to help you and your children start the new school year right.Feature Image from Stocksy.comAs summer comes to an end and back-to-school season begins, it can be hard to get back into a regular schedule — both for kids and adults.To help you out, we asked Dr. Fran Walfish, a child and family psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent,” and Christina Nichols, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist, to share their thoughts on how parents can get a jump on the school year. In response, they gave us 101 tips that parents can use to ease their kids back into school, while also managing their own stress.The trick here is to plan ahead. Read through this list and identify some strategies that you think could help you and your family stay organized and on top of things. Then, test these different approaches as a family so you can figure out which ones work for you, and which ones don’t.Finally, make sure that you include your entire child care crew in your plans, too. No matter whether you have a babysitter, a nanny, a tutor, or all of the above, they’ll be able to help you keep your kiddo on track for the first day of school. Plus, they’ll be able to take some tasks off of your plate — which means that you can enter the school year with a little more of your sanity intact.Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “School Time” two weeks before the first day.Get your kids involved in programs that they can do after school to keep them active.Visit cultural attractions like museums to shift their brains into “Scholar” mode.Hire an after-school sitter to help care for your kids while you’re at work.Encourage your kids to read at least one book before the school year begins.Reacquaint your kids with the calendar schedule they’ll use to manage their activities.Try apps like iHomework or MyHomeWork to help your kids organize assignments.Let kids choose a planner or scheduling tool that they’re excited to use.Set up weekly meetings to review your kids’ schedules for the week(s) ahead.Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments.Refresh your rules about screen time for the school year. What’s allowed and when?Establish a set “Family Time,” whether it’s during dinner or before bed.Give kids a specific day to when they can choose all the activities you do together.Determine how long it takes them to do assignments to help with time management.Use an egg timer to get your kids used to focusing for specific periods of time.Teach your kids to prioritize their assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines.Give your kids a short break after each assignment they finish, such as a short walk.Set a regular alarm each day that signals the start of homework time.Discuss what your kids can expect on the first day so they feel more prepared.Visit the school with your kids so they can get familiar with their new environments.Arrange playdates with two or three of your kids’ friends to rebuild existing social ties.Ask teachers for class rosters so you can arrange playdates with new classmates too.Get the lists of school supplies, books and technology your kids will need.Inventory last year’s school supplies before going out to buy more.Include your kids in back-to-school shopping by letting them pick out their items.Make a plan for organizing those supplies — and keeping them that way.Create a dedicated space for your kids to store their school supplies and technology.Establish a specific space like the family office as the official “homework area.”Remove distractions like TVs and video game consoles from homework areas.Repurpose and relabel plastic tubs to organize all school supplies.Help your kids develop a filing system for organizing their documents for each class.Set — and enforce — regular weekday and weekend bedtimes.Set — and enforce — regular weekday and weekend wake-up calls.Keep track of existing extracurricular activities to prevent over-scheduling.Have your kids set realistic goals for the new year, such as reading 30 books.Help your kids prioritize their activities by tying them to their year’s goals.Create a list of fun after-school activities and games to keep your kids entertained.Touch base with teachers early on to troubleshoot any issues your kids may be having. Here are 20 questions you can ask.Create an after-school schedule that allows time for snack, relaxation, play and study.Establish regular bedtime routines for elementary school kids and preschoolers.Carve out blocks of fun time for your kids, whether it’s through sports or playdates.Hire a tutor, babysitter or homework helper to help you navigate homework time.Model good behavior by doing your own work/projects while your kids do homework.Encourage your kids to lay out their school clothes the night before.Use this printable checklist to establish a regular morning routine.Have your kids pack their school bags before they go to sleep that night.Have your kids also pack their gym bags the night before and leave them by the door.If your kids bring their own lunch, pack their lunch boxes before going to bed.Establish rules for where they should put lunchboxes, etc. when they come home.Revamp your home organization setup to be more kid-friendly. For example, low hooks make it easy for younger children to hang up coats!Go through your kids’ schoolwork once a month to toss the things you don’t want.File or scan assignments that you want to keep.Create an inbox for kids to leave things that need your attention, like permission slips.Designate a plastic tub as a put-away bin for anything that’s out of its place.Set a time each week to sync up individual calendars with the family calendar.Inventory your kids’ wardrobes and toss/donate things they’ve outgrown.Create a list and budget for back-to-school shopping.Let your child choose their clothes, shoes and other items they’ll need.Go through their wardrobes every 2-3 months to get rid of things that no longer fit.Set up a laundry system that makes it easy to sort and wash everyone’s clothes.Make homework caddies that can be used to carry school supplies through the house.Buy bulk packaged snacks like bags of grapes that can be easily added to lunches.Discuss the different pros and cons of bringing versus buying school lunches.Get copies of school menus in advance to discuss lunch choices.Get your kids involved in creating and preparing their daily lunch menus.Buy reusable sports bottles to increase their water consumption during the day.Keep a small emergency allowance in your kids’ bags, just in case.Organize lunch ingredients in one part of the fridge so you can make fast lunches.Purchase lunch boxes or reusable bags to help save the environment.Make a week’s worth of sandwiches on Sunday, wrap in tinfoil, and freeze. Unthaw them the night before.Use sticky notes to flag important items in kids’ that they should pay attention to.Plan supervised study dates when kids work together on projects or homework.Have a backup transportation mode planned in case your kids miss the bus.Set your clocks forward 10 minutes. This makes it easier to be on time.Schedule blocks of time to check in with each child to see how things are going.Hire a housekeeper to help with cleaning and know things off your to-do lists.Schedule at least one 30-minute block in your calendar each day for “you time.”Create a rewards system for when they meet goals like helping around the house.Shop for school supplies and clothes early. Avoid the rush.Use positive phrasing, such as “You can go outside after your homework is done,” rather than “You’re not going outside until this is finished.”Make sure your kids (and you!) have an effective wake-up alarm that works for them.Set an alarm or notification 30 minutes before bedtime.Remove things like mobile devices from kids’ bedrooms to focus them on sleeping.Use night lights, white sound machines and fans for kids who can’t get to sleep.Keep a single, easy-access file for vaccination records and other important papers.Set up the breakfast table before you go to bed.Map out a bathroom schedule to avoid family fights for bathroom time.Replace old backpacks with ones that are sturdy, ergonomic and kid-friendly.Keep a running list of supplies, clothing and food that need to be bought each week.Use a see-and-store toy rack to make it easier for kids to stay organized.Set up a hanging organizer with five boxes for clothes for each day of the week.Dedicate a rack in the garage, basement or entry way for sports equipment.Create a regular pet care schedule that outlines who does what and when.Schedule study blocks on the weekends before big tests, mid-terms and finals.Use under-the-bed storage for off-season clothes and toys that aren’t regularly used.Give everyone a shower caddy to keep bathroom supplies organized.Have a playdate caddy ready to go, with an extra set of clothes, games and toys.Figure out different ways you can be involved in the classroom this school year.Talk openly with your kids about their feelings about returning to school. Make sure to hit on these 5 Back-to-School Worries.Do something fun to diffuse this stressful time of year for all of you.Take a breath!With all this preparation, your kids will be in great shape. If you’re relaxed and calm, they’ll head off to school feeling excited and ready to get to work. From Liz Alton at Care.com Tips, Tricks and Hacks
Home Indiana Agriculture News Land Value Drop No Cause for Panic SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 20, 2016 Land Value Drop No Cause for PanicIndiana farmland prices have continued to decline. That, however, is not a cause for concern according to Dennis Badger with Farm Credit Mid-America. “While farmland typical represents one of the largest expenses for a farming operation it also represents one of the biggest asset values on their balance sheet,” he stated. “While land values may be dipping because of the current economic climate, it should not be viewed as anything extraordinary.”Badger says purchasing more land is something a producer should still consider, if the investment looks to have long term value and your financial situation is right, “Provided the land itself fits into their overall operation and their balance sheet and financial situation would support such a move, then by all means I would think that is a wise decision.”As for the future, Badger sees a rather quiet land market going into 2017. He predicts that the 4 state region served by Farm Credit Mid-America is expected to show a 0.9% decline in land values from 2016 to 2017, “This decline should still be seen as part of a normal market correction.”Farm Credit Mid-America has a variety of resources and financial tips. Visit e-farmcredit.com. Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Land Value Drop No Cause for Panic Previous articleElanco Supports Ag Leadership Through FFA CommitmentsNext articleFFA Exec says Convention Does Transform Students Gary Truitt
RSF_en Organisation |N°|Country|Score||1|Denmark|0,50||-|Finland|0,50||-|Iceland|0,50||-|Ireland|0,50||-|Netherlands|0,50||-|Norway|0,50||-|Switzerland|0,50||8|Slovakia|0,75||9|Czech Republic|1,00||-|Slovenia|1,00||11|Estonia|1,50||12|Hungary|2,00||-|New Zealand|2,00||-|Sweden|2,00||-|Trinidad and Tobago|2,00||16|Austria|2,50||-|Latvia|2,50||18|Belgium|4,00||-|Germany|4,00||-|Greece|4,00||21|Canada|4,50||-|Lithuania|4,50||23|Portugal|4,83||24|United Kingdom|5,17||25|Benin|5,50||-|Cyprus|5,50||-|Namibia|5,50||28|El Salvador|5,75||29|Cape Verde|6,00||30|France|6,25||31|Australia|6,50||-|South Africa|6,50||33|Bosnia and Herzegovina|7,00||34|Jamaica|7,50||-|Mauritius|7,50||-|South Korea|7,50||37|Japan|8,00||-|Mali|8,00||39|Hong-Kong|8,25||40|Spain|8,33||41|Costa Rica|8,50||42|Italy|8,67||43|Macedonia|8,75||44|United States of America (American territory)|9,50||45|Bolivia|9,67||46|Uruguay|9,75||47|Israel|10,00||48|Bulgaria|10,25||49|Mozambique|10,50||50|Chile|11,75||51|Dominican Republic|12,25||-|Taiwan|12,25||53|Cyprus (North)|12,50||-|Mongolia|12,50||-|Poland|12,50||56|Croatia|12,83||57|Niger|13,00||58|Timor-Leste|13,50||59|Argentina|13,67||60|Botswana|14,00||-|Fiji|14,00||62|Albania|14,17||63|Brazil|14,50||-|Tonga|14,50||65|Serbia and Montenegro|14,83||66|Ghana|15,00||-|Panama|15,00||68|Nicaragua|15,25||69|Paraguay|15,50||70|Romania|16,17||71|Congo|17,00||-|Guinea-Bissau|17,00||-|Seychelles|17,00||74|Moldova|17,50||-|Tanzania|17,50||76|Angola|18,00||-|Honduras|18,00||78|Burkina Faso|19,00||-|Senegal|19,00||80|Uganda|19,25||81|Lesotho|19,50||82|Central African Republic|19,75||83|Cameroon|20,50||-|Liberia|20,50||85|Kuwait|21,25||86|Guatemala|21,50||87|Ecuador|21,75||88|Comoros|22,00||89|Malawi|22,75||90|Burundi|23,00||-|Cambodia|23,00||-|Qatar|23,00||-|Venezuela|23,00||-|Zambia|23,00||95|Togo|23,75||96|Jordan|24,00||97|Madagascar|24,50||98|Turkey|25,00||99|Georgia|25,17||100|Kosovo|25,75||-|United Arab Emirates|25,75||102|Armenia|26,00||-|Gabon|26,00||-|Guinea|26,00||-|Indonesia|26,00||106|India|27,00||107|Thailand|28,00||108|Lebanon|28,25||109|Chad|30,00||-|Kenya|30,00||111|Kyrgyzstan|32,00||112|Ukraine|32,50||113|Malaysia|33,00||-|Tajikistan|33,00||115|Sri Lanka|33,25||116|Peru|33,33||117|Haiti|33,50||118|Swaziland|35,00||119|Kazakhstan|36,17||-|Morocco|36,17||121|Djibouti|37,00||122|Rwanda|38,00||123|Bahrein|38,75||-|Nigeria|38,75||125|Afghanistan|39,17||126|Sierra Leone|39,50||127|Mauritania|40,00||128|Colombia|40,17||129|Algeria|40,33||130|Gambia|41,00||131|Ethiopia|42,00||132|Palestinian Authority|42,50||133|Equatorial Guinea|44,00||-|Sudan|44,00||135|Mexico|45,50||136|Yemen|46,25||137|United States of America (in Iraq)|48,50||138|Russia|48,67||139|Philippines|50,00||140|Singapore|50,67||141|Azerbaijan|51,00||142|Bhutan|51,50||143|Egypt|52,00||144|Côte d’Ivoire|52,25||145|Syria|55,00||146|Democratic Republic of Congo|57,33||147|Tunisia|57,50||148|Maldives|58,50||149|Somalia|59,00||150|Pakistan|60,75||151|Bangladesh|61,25||152|Belarus|61,33||153|Zimbabwe|64,25||154|Saudi Arabia|66,00||155|Laos|66,50||-|Uzbekistan|66,50||157|Iraq|67,00||158|Vietnam|73,25||159|China|83,00||160|Nepal|86,75||161|Cuba|87,00||162|Libya|88,75||163|Burma|88,83||164|Iran|89,17||165|Turkmenistan|93,50||166|Eritrea|99,75||167|North Korea|109,00| Help by sharing this information News October 18, 2005 – Updated on January 25, 2016 The ranking
March 10, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Bulgaria News News December 2, 2020 Find out more News July 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to Bulgaria’s legislators about threat to media coverage of banks RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Receive email alerts Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom News to go further BulgariaEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Paris, 23 July 2014Dear Parliamentarians,The National Assembly adopted an amendment to Bulgaria’s penal code on first reading on 16 July that is very disturbing because it envisages sentences of two to five years in prison for circulating “false or misleading information” about banks that could “cause panic.”The amendment follows a series of rumours in the news media and on social networks that has undermined the Bulgarian public’s confidence in the country’s banks and threatened economic stability.By adopting this amendment, you hope to protect the banking sector, which is experiencing a major crisis. But in practice, you would be turning it into a walled-off fortress that would have to render accounts to no one.Banks and financial institutions are no more immune to abuses and excesses than any other sector of Bulgarian society, and it is the media’s job to make the public aware of these problems. It is also the media’s job to explain how this complex sector operates, because the public’s understanding is essential to the country’s prosperity.What journalists would dare to fulfil this role, even when sure of their facts, if the threat of a jail sentence were hanging over them? How could they prove to a judge that their stories were not “false or misleading” especially as, in the overwhelming majority of defamation cases, it is the journalist’s good faith that is demonstrated, not the story’s accuracy? And finally, how could journalists be sure that judges, at their discretion, would not decide that the public’s reaction constituted a “panic”?The balance of power between the banking sector and journalism was already skewed, inasmuch as the banks can afford much better legal advice. If you adopt this amendment, this imbalance will be enshrined in the law.Many civil society representatives have come out against this amendment. Some say the very vague reference to “other information” should be made more precise. Some want “false or misleading information” changed to “deliberately false or misleading information.” Others point to the fact that “causing a panic” is not defined. Reporters Without Borders shares these criticisms.But Reporters Without Borders asks you to go further. This amendment should be abandoned altogether. It has no place in the penal code because it is draconian, it contradicts all of the international accords that protect fundamental rights, and it contradicts the Bulgarian constitution, which enshrines the right to receive and disseminate information freely.Our organization understands your concern to protect the banking sector against collapse. You are responsible for the country’s stability, which depends on the solidity of its banking institutions. But history shows that if you trample on civil liberties and forget the rights that are fundamental to democracies, one crisis leads to another and a dangerous spiral of democratic decline sets in.The Bulgarian media have their problems. Some of them report the rumours that are undermining the banks and threatening your country’s stability. There are solutions. Demand more transparency from the media companies about their owners. Reinforce the self-regulatory mechanisms that already exist for the media. Above all, improve the justice system so that it is able to enforce the constitution, which guarantees freedoms and sets out responsibilities.Freedom of information is in poor shape in Bulgaria, which is ranked 100th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, the lowest position of any European Union member. You have a duty to improve your ranking, not make it worse. You can use the crisis to achieve this, or you can weaken your position even further at the expense of the democratic values you nonetheless share.Sincerely, Organisation Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest February 11, 2021 Find out more Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general
TOP STORY Fire at City Power Plant; Power Conservation Urged From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 4:08 pm 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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 faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Subscribe HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News A fire broke out at about 10:18 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, inside a turbine containment unit at Pasadenaâ€™s Glenarm Power Plant. Cause of the fire remains under investigation, but initial indications are that a turbine blade in the â€œGT-2â€ power turbine broke loose, causing equipment damage and the fire. No injuries were reported and no interruption of service occurred to customers of the Pasadena Water and Power Department (PWP).Approximately 27 firefighters from the Pasadena, South Pasadena and Alhambra fire departments responded. Two operators were in the GT-2 Control Room adjacent to the turbine room when the equipment failure and fire occurred. A fire suppression system activated automatically and plant operators immediately powered down the unit. Firefighters were on scene for about two hours.With GT-2 now out of service and GT-1 and GT-3 both offline for repairs, Pasadenaâ€™s local power plant is currently operating with just one power generating unit, GT-4, a natural gas-fired system than can produce at peak about 45 megawatts of power. PWP is urging all Pasadena residents and businesses to be extra vigilant in their energy conservation during this weekâ€™s hot weather, especially between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The power plant does have a fifth unit, B-3, which uses steam technology and cannot be brought online in time to help augment power needs due to the heat wave.â€œSince the generation output from our local power plant is limited at this time, PWP will have to rely more heavily on electricity from external supplies that come through our cross-town transmission lines,â€ PWP General Manager Phyllis Currie said. â€œIf there is too much demand for electricity during this heat wave, our cityâ€™s electric system could overload.â€Currie cautioned that any additional local generation or transmission equipment failures could force PWP to initiate local rolling blackouts with no advance warning. These would likely have the greatest impact on the west side of the City, she said.PWP advises all customers to run air conditioners at no less than 78 degrees, close curtains and blinds to keep out direct heat from the Sun and unplug all unnecessary electronics and appliances.The GT-2 power generating unit, in operation since 1975, uses a Pratt & Whitney jet engine-powered turbine to turn a generator, producing up to 22 megawatts of electricity. For safety and noise mitigation, the entire GT-2 system is housed within a metal containment unit. The fire occurred inside the metal containment unit. After its twin generating unitâ€”GT-1â€”was damaged on May 4, 2010, a safety assessment of GT-2 was performed by a power turbine consulting firm. GT-1 is currently under repair, at a cost of approximately $15 million that is being covered by insurance.Installation of a new, state-of-the-art generating unit, GT-5, is included in the Pasadena Power Plant Repowering project. The new unit would replace the B-3 unit, which dates from the 1960s. PWP anticipates publishing the Draft Environmental Impact Report on that project in late November.PWP customers with any power emergencies should call (626) 744-4673. For water-related emergencies, call (626) 744-4138. For more information about PWP, go online to www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower. For more information about Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
vmargineanu/iStock(SAN ANTONIO) — A San Antonio man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and carving his name on her forehead with a knife.Jackub Hildreth, 19, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after his girlfriend, 22-year-old Catalina Mireles, accused him of attacking her, according to police.Mireles said the pair met on Facebook about four weeks ahead of the horrific attack, which left her with a broken jaw, a black eye and extreme swelling and bruising on her face.She said the attack started on Thursday morning and lasted until the afternoon. The altercation started over an argument about their relationship.The young woman said she thought Hildreth was going to kill her.“He was going to put me in the closet until he figured out what he was going to do with my body,” Mireles told ABC affiliate KSAT-TV in an on-camera interview on Saturday. “Don’t trust everybody you think you might know.”Hildreth previously was wanted for burglary assault, court records show.He was being held on $75,000 bond as of Sunday evening and is scheduled to appear in court next month. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Train operators and commuters across the country face more turmoil over thecoming weeks after further rail strikes were announced. South West Trains services, which have already been hit by four days ofstrikes by the RMT, face further disruption and the union is also planning fourdays of industrial action by its members at Arriva Trains Northern. North of the border, only three-quarters of trains are running at ScotRailafter union members imposed a rest day working ban in protest at a 3 per centpay rise in response to their demand for a 22 per cent increase. More than 2,000 RMT members are poised for a 48-hour strike on 24 and 25January after the union opposed a 7.6 per cent pay offer by SWT. Arriva Trains industrial action over pay, is planned for 24 and 25 Januaryand 5 and 6 February. Andrew Haines, managing director of SWT, said the firm’s pay offer is a stepforward. “Our pay award is more than fair. We hope staff will recognise this andbring this damaging dispute to an end,” he said. However, the RMT claimed it was worse than the previous offer. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Commuter chaos lies ahead as rail strikes plannedOn 15 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.