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Saving, sharing and spending

first_imgHow many of you remember getting “big money” during the holidays from a favorite aunt or uncle or maybe a Godparent?I remember one particular Christmas when I had been sick with a very sore throat. My uncle was visiting and the family was sitting in the kitchen. I walked into the kitchen all wrapped up in my blanket. My uncle picked me up and did what he always did: He pulled a shiny silver dollar out of my ear. That was big money back then. I remember putting it in my bank, which was a wooden box with a little lock. The rule was that I couldn’t open the box and spend my money until the box was filled. To me the box looked huge and it seemed to take forever to fill, but when I did fill it, I could buy U.S. Savings Stamps; later on I put the savings in the bank. The rest of the money I could spend on toys and such.When my children were little and their grandparents gave them money as a gift, we always encouraged them to save some, share some and spend some. Today when your child is given a monetary gift, why not help them create a 3-S bank – saving, sharing and spending. All you need are three jars with lids, tape, recycled paper that is blank on one side and crayons. I find pickle jars work well, though a friend suggested using small gift boxes with lids, so you can cut a slot in the top. If you use jars, wash both the jars and lids. Cut the paper into three strips wide enough to cover the jar. Make designs on the paper with the crayons and print the words – Save, Share, Spend – one word on each strip of paper. Then wrap the jar with the decorated paper and secure the paper with tape. In the past I used a sharp knife to cut a slit in the jar lid, but now I suggest you just unscrew the jar lid to put in the money. Use your own guidelines for dividing the money. I like the third rule, a third in each jar. Then talk with your child about making a plan for the money. Other suggestions to build your child’s generosity: Encourage your child to donate an old toy for every new toy he receives.Ask friends to make a donation in the name of your child.Work with your child to sort through clothes she has outgrown. Then clean, mend and box up the clothing, and take it to your local thrift store. Or have a garage sale and donate the money to your child’s favorite charity.Have your children gather up books they no longer read and donate them to the library or to a homeless shelter that houses children. Most libraries will not take used books, but they often have book sales with donated books. Work with your child to do a canned food drive for the local food bank. Collect food in your neighborhood or at family gatherings, and then donate the food to the food pantry in your town.Remember that we all learn how to be caring human beings through observation, imitation and internalization. So teach through example; demonstrate your generous spirit today.last_img read more

Three test positive for COVID-19 at FC Cologne

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules German top-flight football club FC Cologne said on Friday that group training was continuing in spite of three people at the club testing positive for COVID-19.The Bundesliga side said in a statement that the entire squad and coaching staff had been tested on Thursday. “Three people tested positive, all are symptom-free,” the club statement said. “After an assessment of the cases by the responsible health authorities, the three people who tested positive will go into a 14-day quarantine at home.”FC Cologne said they would not confirm any names out of respect for the privacy of the individuals involved.While Bundesliga clubs have returned to training, they must wait another week to find out about a possible restart to the season.This was after the German government on Thursday delayed any decision over a league resumption amid the coronavirus pandemic.The cash-strapped clubs and league had been hoping for the government to give the green light and end a two-month suspension. But Chancellor Angela Merkel has said any decision on if and when sports could resume would be taken on May 6.Germany has suffered over 6,500 deaths from coronavirus, with more than 162,00 people infected.Reuters/NAN.Tags: BundesligaCoronavirusCOVID-19FC CologneGermanylast_img read more

Digicel Schools Football Championship kicks off today

first_img– Essequibo Islands Secondary and Parika /Salem Secondary to collide in openerTHE 7th Edition of the Digicel Schools Football Championship will kick off today with a solitary game at the Leonora Track & Field Centre, West Coast Demerara.In the opening fixture of this year’s event, Essequibo Islands Secondary will travel to take on Parika/ Salem Secondary in what is expected to be a keen and exciting matchup commencing from 14:30hrs.Play in the championship resumes tomorrow with another match at the same venue featuring Leonora Technical versus Professional Learning Institute from 15:30hrs.On June 14, Mahaicony Secondary tackles Belladrum Secondary at the Belladrum ground in West Berbice from 15:30hrs, while Vreed-en-Hoop and Patentia square off at L’Aventure ground from 15:30hrs.Over at Burnham Park in New Amsterdam, Berbice, Berbice High School collides with Berbice Educational Institute at 15:30hrs.Play continues throughout the week at various venues.One hundred and fifty schools, drawn from the ten administrative regions of Guyana, will once again vie for what is considered as the country’s ‘Holy Grail’ of schools football.One million dollars will go to the winning school for a project of their choice, while second, third and fourth placed teams will pocket $700 000, $400 000 and $350 000 respectively.However, the tournament which will see Georgetown being divided into north and south, will see the winners of each zone being awarded $100 000,to go towards a school project.Chase’s Academic Foundation are the defending champions in the tournament, while the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School, popularly known as ‘Multi’ is the most decorated team.The Linden-based team have played in every final since the inception of the tournament; winning four consecutive titles, only losing in the inaugural year to the Georgetown Technical Institute and in last year’s final.last_img read more

State Launches Web Form to Clarify ‘Essential’ Businesses Under COVID-19 Stay…

first_imgFacebook34Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of CommerceWashington state today launched an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The proclamation went into effect at midnight last night, closing non-essential businesses for the next two weeks.State officials continue to emphasize that the state COVID-19 web portal is the central location for the most current information and resources for businesses and individuals: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers.Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation defines essential and non-essential businesses and workers related to the COVID-19 emergency response. People are encouraged to review the proclamation language carefully on what is open and what is closed for the next two weeks.“This is a difficult time for all of us, and we recognize the hardship on many businesses and families,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “As Governor Inslee said Monday night, we want to get back to normal as soon as possible, and to do that, we have to hit this hard. We are taking steps to relieve and mitigate the economic impacts of this action to the greatest extent possible.”Brown underscored that this is for now a two-week closure, and state officials will be evaluating the situation as we move through the expected increase in numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19.Inquiries from businesses about their essential/non-essential status are being reviewed as quickly as possible. For fastest response, businesses are urged to use the portal.In response to widely-circulated rumors, state officials also want to be clear that no one needs to be registered on any list, and no one needs a letter or pass of any kind to continue moving about, conducting essential business and activities. Visit the portal’s Spread the facts page.The COVID-19 portal at www.coronavirus.wa.gov will have the most current and accurate information.last_img read more