Author Archives: Loknath Das

Why Small Business Owners Must Understand Financial Statements

As a small business coach, many times I will start the initial conversation with a new client by asking the business owner: What are the financial statements? I have gotten such perplexing answers as: A bunch of numbers on a piece of paper? A tax return? A bank statement? Does it have to do with a balance sheet? Are there Read More


A silent revolution in education

I am one to believe that in 2013 the sun did not shine on the education sector. A lot has been done over the decades and over the past 20 years education has seen good progress, especially in support services. In my view, there was a lot of good but also a lot of room for improvement. I think the system Read More


Trump’s “small business” tax plan helps only the rich

One of the central parts of President Trump’s tax plan is to cut taxes on what are called “pass-through” businesses. Proponents pitch that as a big boost for middle-class owners of small businesses. But a new analysis from the Tax Policy Center finds that aside from making Trump personally a lot richer, the pass-through provision would almost entirely benefit the Read More


Why technology is addictive and what to do about it

Do your palms get sweaty palms if your phone is out of reach? Author Adam Alter explains how technology is making and keeping us addicted. (Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters) A buzzing phone, glowing tablet or the sound of a favourite video game can be a powerful temptation many can’t resist. Now new research shows the cravings we have to connect to our devices can in Read More


B.C. home listings fall to 20-year low, real estate association says

The latest numbers from the B.C. Real Estate Association show residential property sales across the province are climbing while the number of homes on the market drops to a 20-year low. The association says the combination means affordability, especially in Metro Vancouver-area markets, will remain challenging because the lack of supply will keep prices high. Just under 10,000 homes in Read More


Moors Murderer Ian Brady dies

Daniel Sandford looks back at the life of Moors murderer Ian Brady Moors Murderer Ian Brady, who tortured and killed five children with Myra Hindley in crimes that shocked the nation, has died. The 79-year-old died at Ashworth Hospital, a secure psychiatric unit in Merseyside where he had been detained since 1985. Brady, who was jailed in 1966, buried four Read More


‘The Kardashian lifestyle is why you can’t buy a house’: millionaire developer

Tim Gurner’s social media account is very Kardashian-esque. Photos: InstagramMr Gurner’s concerns about Australians never owning homes is echoed by much of the nation. A recent ANU survey found that nearly 90 per cent of Australians were concerned future generations would be unable to buy a house. Multi-millionaire luxury apartment developer Tim Gurner, 35, is copping flak for telling millennials their lavish lifestyles and poor Read More


In swing districts, voters vent over health care, fear Trump

MCHENRY, Ill. –  Skeleton in hand, retired biology teacher Jeannie Scown delivered a message to her Republican congressman at his office northwest of Chicago. “Killed by Trumpcare Plague, May 4, 2017,” her poster read. In a nod to House Republicans’ recent vote to gut the health care law, Scown had no intention of sparing four-term Rep. Randy Hultgren with subtlety. Read More


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Education secretary has long history of financing politics

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s education secretary, built her political resume by raising and contributing millions of dollars to support the cause of giving parents choices on where their children go to school. The daughter of one wealthy businessman and the wife of another, DeVos has headed a series of groups that help rich contributors spend large sums on elections, Read More


“War Paint,” the ugly fight over the business of beauty

Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden in the Broadway musical “War Paint.” “WAR PAINT” A new musical ON BROADWAY brings to life a historic rivalry that was anything but pretty. With Richard Schlesinger, we take a look:   “All of my life’s work lost. All because of her: Second-rate imposter. She appropriated half my line. Read More