By Marni Jameson | PUBLISHED: January 9, 2019 at 10:27 am | UPDATED: January 9, 2019 at 10:36 am Everything I learned about finding a mate I learned from hiring a contractor. So, men and women, listen up. If you’re entering a relationship or looking for one, you won’t find any better advice than this. My recent experience seeking, interviewing and ultimately hiring a contractor to repair a stucco-covered beam brought all the parallels home. The first similarity between finding a contractor and finding a partner is the scarcity factor. According to the National Association of Home Builders, we’re in the midst of a national labor shortage for home remodelers that isn’t going to ease up any time soon. That correlates with the constant complaints I hear from friends seeking relationships: All the good ones are taken. This contractor shortage was on my mind as I began my hunt. Sure enough, just getting three contractors to come out was a feat on par with getting … [Read more...] about The same rules apply when considering a contractor or a partner
THURSDAY-SATURDAYThe Colorado Springs Police Department is holding two public events. Adults who want to tour the Evidence Unit and learn more about it can do so during the Community Education Program at 6 p.m. Thursday. Connecting Kids and Cops for ages 5 to 9 commences at 9 a.m. Saturday with a tour of the Police Operations Center. Both events will be at 705 S. Nevada Ave. Reservations: tinyurl.com/ya5fykdyTHURSDAY-SATURDAYAll hail to Ullr, the Norse God of Snow, during days of icy activities and celebrations along Breckenridge's Main Street for the 55th annual Ullr Fest. gobreck.comTHURSDAY-SUNDAYRobert De Niro is the director of "A Bronx Tale," opening this weekend at the Denver Center and running through Jan. 20. Will a young man become the person his father wants him to be or become the mob boss he longs to be? denvercenter.orgTHURSDAY-SUNDAYAspen toasts the winter with its traditional Winterskol celebration leading to a multiple-month Bauhaus 100 tribute to the chic town's … [Read more...] about Things to do this weekend in or near Colorado Springs: Visit the cops, Oatmeal Fest, model trains, National Western
General tax amnesty: To avail or not to avail?It is now clear that the proposed Tax Amnesty Act (TAA) will be passed soon. The report of the Bicameral Conference Committee which harmonized the provisions of the tax amnesty bills (House Bill Nos. 4814 and 8554 and Senate Bill No. 2059 [SB 2059]) has gotten the nod of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Thus, the bill is in the final stages of enrollment and signature. The question to many taxpayers now is whether or not they should avail of the general tax amnesty (GTA). Prudence dictates that any decision to avail of the GTA should be based on a thorough and well-thought-out cost-benefit analysis. As a guide, we discuss these major costs and benefits of the GTA. Cost Cost of the GTA tax – The proposed and harmonized TAA adopted the general amnesty tax calculation proposed by both the Senate and the Lower House. It thus gives the taxpayers the option of paying a general amnesty tax calculated at 2 percent of total … [Read more...] about General tax amnesty: To avail or not to avail?
Connie Chen, provided by Published 7:32 am CST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Amazfit The Amazfit Bip ($79.99) proves you don't have to spend more than $100 for a good smartwatch. I've worn it daily for more than a month and primarily use it to keep track of my physical activity and sleep and to receive phone notifications. While it lacks the sleek sophistication of its $200 to $350 counterparts, it still impressed us with its month-long battery life and variety of features you'll use every day. Though Apple and Fitbit are probably the first names to come to mind when you think of wearables, Chinese wearables company Huami is quietly giving them a run for their money with its under-$100 Amazfit Bip smartwatch. I've been wearing it for the last five weeks and had multiple friends mistake it for … [Read more...] about This $80 smartwatch has a longer battery life than the Apple Watch or Fitbit and many of the same features — here’s what it’s like
By Khurram Zia Khan Published: January 9, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Murad Ali Shah has proven to be a facilitator in a money laundering case carried out on instructions of the Supreme Court. PHOTO: PPI Globally, it is common for politicians and public officials to step down from office if an allegation is made against them and an investigation is ongoing. After all, being in the public eye entails that one allegation is enough to cause lasting damage to one’s reputation and career. Thus, once a concern is raised, it is in the official’s best interest to step down instead of remaining at a post paid for through the public exchequer. For instance, some leaders across the globe voluntarily stepped down after their names were included in the Panama Papers scandal. Unfortunately in Pakistan, those who were similarly accused – such as former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir … [Read more...] about Corruption or negligence: The (not so) curious case of Murad Ali Shah’s resignation