Mental health days for students: An increasingly accepted reason to stay home from school

Public school students would be allowed to cite the need for a mental health day as an excuse to miss school, under a bill filed in the Florida Legislature for the 2020 session. The proposal is part of a growing movement in multiple states aimed at improving students’ mental well-being. Rep. Susan Valdes, D-Tampa, says she wants to elevate mental and behavior health issues to the same level as the flu, colds and dental appointments as a legitimate reason for students to call in sick. “It is time for us to take mental…

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‘Teenage Bitcoin Millionaire’ Co-Founds $1 Million Investment Fund for Crypto Startups

The leaders of crypto payment app Metal Pay, Marshall Hayner and Erik Finman, are launching an investment fund. Dubbed Metal VC, the $1 million dollar fund will focus on micro and angel investments, primarily in early-stage companies involved in banking and decentralized finance. The fund will allow the startup to align with partners as it expands globally, according to Metal CEO Hayner. The Metal subsidiary closed its first deal last month, with an undisclosed stake in the Binance-backed startup Yellow Card, which provides a cash-to-crypto on-ramp for emerging markets. A week after…

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Gardening for the Novice: How to enhance your gardening experience by extending the growing season

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” — Cicero, Roman Statesman and Philosopher (106 BC-43BC) This year has been especially hard on Montcalm area gardeners with all the weather variability they experienced trying to maintain their landscape gardens at a beautiful and productive level. At this point, it is understandable that many gardeners are ready to shut down their gardens and wait for next year’s spring gardening season to begin. However, now is the time for gardeners to enjoy the benefits of their hard…

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For good returns, equity investment should be held for these many years

Equity investments should be held for at least seven years for good returns > For a large cap equity find, what should be the ideal holding period if I invest a lumpsum amountnow? – Parikshit Equity investments should be ideally held at least for a horizon of more than seven years. A longer horizon allows a fund manager to stick to stocks wherein he has high degree of conviction, which may need time to play out depending on the stage of the economic cycle. Equity is more volatile and its…

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Himachal signs MoUs for 228 projects with investment of over Rs 27, 515 cr

In Himachal Pradesh, the state government has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for 228 projects during the past few months with investment of over Rs. 27, 515 crores. This is for the first time in the history of Himachal Pradesh that entrepreneurs have come forward in such a big number to invest in the state. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur disclosed this in Shimla today while reviewing the progress of various developmental projects. He also instructed the concerned departments to speed up all the required clearances in a time-bound manner.…

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China moves up date for lifting some restrictions on foreign investment to 2020

BEIJING – China lifted some restrictions on foreign investment in the financial sector Saturday as the world’s second-largest economy fights slowing growth at home and a damaging trade war with the United States. China will remove shareholding limits on foreign ownership of securities, insurance and fund management firms in 2020, one year earlier than originally planned, the Financial Stability and Development Committee said in a statement posted by the central bank. Foreign investors will also be encouraged to set up wealth management firms, currency brokerages and pension management companies, the statement…

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