News / GST will be a game-changer in India – operators ready to launch 3PL services

first_imgBy Sam Whelan in Singapore 08/02/2017 Third-party logistics is set to gain popularity in India later this year, when the government simplifies national tax rules.According to Navneet Kakkar, director of Quick Silver Freight Systems, the introduction of a general sales tax (GST) will streamline interstate trucking services and allow forwarders to operate more freely nationwide.“In July we will have the GST finally, after waiting several years, and that’s going to be a game-changer,” said Mr Kakkar at the WCA First annual conference in Singapore today.“It will simplify tax collection, but it will also free the logistics industry because India has over two dozen states with a physical border control for the movement of goods.“Currently, trucks have to wait to complete paperwork. So, shippers and consignees have to do a lot of paperwork and they must also have an individual tax ID in every state if they want to operate warehouses.“Effectively, freight forwarders are not able to be third-party logistics companies. But with GST, 3PLs will become more popular.”Mr Kakkar said his company was readying for GST with a new distribution system and warehouses.“We’re also representing the commercial interest of overseas principals who do not want to set up an office in India, but still want to test the waters. We have a 3PL service tailor-made for customers who are looking at infrastructure projects,” he added.Quick Silver Freight specialises in garment and footwear exports to the US and Europe, moving half a million pairs of shoes every month.Like other Indian forwarders, the company has had to deal with the fallout of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sudden and unexpected decision to ban R500 (US$7) and R1,000 banknotes in a bid to counter corruption and money laundering.However, Mr Kakkar said, the country would benefit long-term.“We had a brief disruption in November. Now the money is back and digital payments are getting more easily accepted.“Truckers had a problem for the first two weeks, as they had no money to pay for fuel. But e-wallets have become popular very quickly, so anybody can make small payments, even a few cents, for small purchases,” he said.Meanwhile, Indian forwarders are also dealing with confusion over a new 4.5% ocean freight tax imposed on Indian importers. The tax came into effect on 22 January and is applied to all shipments imported into India which are ‘pre-paid’.“It’s going to become a little challenging for our partners, and we want to make them aware that they have a liability to collect this tax from the shipper only if the consignee doesn’t agree to pay. But it’s generally the liability of the consignee.“We will be able to help WCA members who need more information, as we’re talking with our tax consultants about coming up with the right strategy to comply.“It’s the end-customers who are going to pay, so really it’s only a small inconvenience to us as freight forwarders,” said Mr Kakkar.last_img read more

Premium / Supply chain radar: The absence of disruption – Silicon Valley folk aren’t that stupid

first_img Please Login Reset Your Password Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium << Go back By Alessandro Pasetti 04/09/2019 Password* Please either REGISTER or login below to continue New Premium subscriber REGISTER LOGIN Email* Premium subscriber LOGIN It seems every day we are reminded that Flexport – one of the hottest attention-grabbing headline names – has come to disrupt the logistics industry, although even the most astute insiders – there are a few in San Francisco – often fail to explain what is so unique about its tech-advanced achievements and their disruptive nature in logistics.When strong disagreement on the matter typically ensues, the debate often ends up blaming its sponsor Softbank’s Vision Fund and, more broadly, the ... Forgotten your password? Please click here Email* Resetlast_img read more

News / KLM and Martinair set to suspend cargo flights under new Covid rules

first_img“It is a Dutch rule, so yes it applies to all incoming flights, but I haven’t seen any concerns of other airlines. Cargo might deviate to Liege, Brussels or Frankfurt, but I haven’t gotten any messages on that yet,” said one Dutch source.But shippers and forwarders are concerned.“We have to wait for definitive approval by parliament of all the Covid-19 measures, including the rapid testing for crew,” said Rogier Spoel, policy manager of Dutch shippers’ organisation evofenedex.Together with Air Cargo Netherlands, haulier group TLN and forwarder group Fenex, evofenedex issued a statement: “evofenedex is very concerned about the consequences for entrepreneurs who ship goods by air freight every day and is in close contact with parties to find a solution. It is still unclear what this measure means for the operations of other airlines in the Netherlands.“According to KLM, the quick test obligation (PCR test and quick test) for crew is not feasible for crew members. On departure, crew members should undergo rapid tests and not be able to fly with a positive test. From a good employer perspective, KLM is of the opinion that they do not leave staff abroad and that this obligation is therefore not feasible. The rapid test requirement also applies to cargo aircraft crews.“Discussions are currently taking place between the parties about how cargo flights can be carried out, while at the same time complying with the additional measures.“According to evofenedex, it is important that aviation also contributes to the further containment of the spread of the virus, but that the shipment of air cargo continues to take place in view of the economic and humanitarian importance.”The industry is also concerned about the potential impact the restrictions will have on vaccine distribution through Schiphol.KLM also announced this morning that it would have to cut a further 800 to 1,000 jobs, making the total reduction since Covid struck some 6,000 jobs.“The reality is that the recovery is taking considerably longer than expected, especially at the long-haul destinations, partly due to ongoing and new international restrictions and travel restrictions. This means that KLM will have to cut another 800 to 1000 jobs. This concerns approximately 500 FTEs at the Cabine domain, 100 at Cockpit and 200 to 400 at Grond,” said the carrier.Meanwhile, KLM appears to have one 777-300ER stuck in Beijing since new year, when it hit engine trouble. Covid restrictions have meant the carrier has not been able to fit a new engine.Sources have also reported that a new outbreak of Covid-19 has led to the partial closure to freight at Zhengzhou Airport, with Chinese-origin cargo unable to enter the airport facility, but The Loadstar has as yet been unable to confirm this. One airline source said the carrier had not been informed of any closure, but that freight was “backing up” at the airport. KLM and Martinair could suspend all long flights – including cargo and freighters – from tomorrow, following new Dutch government measures to combat Covid-19.The issue is under debate at the Dutch parliament, which has issued a new rule that everyone entering the country – crew and passengers – must undergo a rapid Covid test before flying, in addition to a PCR test.KLM fears it would mean crew would be stuck abroad if they test positive, and has said it will cut all flights where crew would need an overnight stay, adding it was unable to confirm the details yet, but would “have more clarity by the end of the day”.Other airlines will also be affected. © Colicaranica |center_img By Alex Lennane 21/01/2021last_img read more

After years of feuds, Vertex and the U.K. government reach a deal over cystic fibrosis medicines

first_img What is it? GET STARTED About the Author Reprints U.K. officials and Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) have finally put to rest a years-long battle over access to cystic fibrosis treatments, which came to symbolize the growing clash between cash-strapped governments and the pharmaceutical industry over the cost of medicines.The four-year deal calls for government reimbursement for a new triple-combination therapy, which has the potential to treat 90% of cystic fibrosis patients. In turn, the drug maker has agreed to provide evidence for the medication, along with two older treatments, to a cost-effectiveness watchdog agency. The pricing and timetable for Vertex to submit the data were not disclosed. By Ed Silverman June 30, 2020 Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More Bill Sikes/AP @Pharmalot Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.center_img Ed Silverman STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pharmalot After years of feuds, Vertex and the U.K. government reach a deal over cystic fibrosis medicines Tags Bostondrug pricingSTAT+ [email protected] What’s included? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDlast_img read more

In Pictures: Four Laois men among 182 new gardai

first_img Previous articleLaois manager Sugrue calls for reform of Laois structure and hits out at ‘mumbo jumbo’ namesNext articleWell-known Laois duo set for battle at Fianna Fail Local Election Convention for Borris-Mountmellick Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. In Pictures: Four Laois men among 182 new gardai Check out some pictures of the new recruits below and the very best of luck to them all!Jack BrownPadraig MarumJack BrownRichie OxleyRichie Oxley Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter Twitter Home News In Pictures: Four Laois men among 182 new gardai News TAGSGardaiTemplemore RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Laois woman’s beautiful new song rides high in the iTunes Chart Facebook GAA Pinterest Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 4th December 2018 WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp Four Laois men were among the 182 Gardai who passed out at Templemore College on Friday.The Portlaoise trio of Jack Brown, Padraig Marum and Mark Ryan were joined by Timahoe’s Richie Oxley as they all graduated with their peers from Garda college recently.Oxley, Marum and Ryan will all be stationed in Naas while Portlaoise footballer Brown will be deployed to Crumlin.And there was more good news for Laois as it was revealed that three new gardai would be stationed in Portlaoise.Limerick natives Rachel Kerins and Dylan Sheehan will be joined by Cork man Jamie Shine.They all passed out at a ceremony in Templemore last week and are the latest recruits to do so.Back in September, Three Laois men and one woman were among the 185 Gardai who passed out.Meanwhile, four new gardai also came to Portlaoise in that wave which further boosts the manpower available to Chief Inspector.last_img read more

Ottawa should consider infrastructure spending if economy falters: report

Ramping up government spending on infrastructure, rather than trimming interest rates, may be Canada’s best path should economic growth falter in the next year, notes a new report from CIBC world Markets Inc. “Canada’s Plan B can’t depend on monetary policy, given how low rates already are,” says Avery Shenfeld, chief economist, in the report. “If the global picture materially sours, borrowing more, particularly at the federal level, and spending more on infrastructure projects” could serve to “reduce future deficits and improve growth in the process.” Infrastructure investment could be a boon for society, investors The math supporting this approach is illustrated in 30-year government bond rates, which are now below Canada’s long-term economic growth rate. That means the cost of financing longer-term debt will steadily shrink over time as a share of GDP. “Infrastructure spending that adds to the economy’s productive capacity will raise tax revenues that will offset the added financing costs,” says Shenfeld. In other cases, the arithmetic is even simpler, he says. “Some projects — toll roads, power projects — generate a direct revenue stream for governments that can more than cover the risk-adjusted financing costs,” Shenfeld says. There are other reasons why targeted infrastructure borrowing and spending would be more advantageous than rate trimming in the event of economic shock, the report notes. “Trying to squeeze more growth out of housing and debt-financed consumer spending” by cutting rates increases longer term risks from excesses on both those fronts, says Shenfeld. There’s also “notable elbow room” for Canadian governments, particularly at the federal level, to borrow and spend more if needed to spur growth, the report notes. “Governments across Canada are improving their fiscal position by rolling mature debt into new lower coupon bonds,” say Shenfeld and government strategist Warren Lovely. The drop in interest rates since 2007 has resulted in $25 billion in savings on debt servicing costs in the current year. Shenfeld cautions that the benefits of increased borrowing to fund more infrastructure projects would only be realized if Canada faces a longer period of economic slack. Otherwise the additional building activity might only accelerate the timetable for Bank of Canada rate hikes and crowd out private construction projects. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Infrastructure CPPIB, Teachers’ to invest $1.35 billion in toll road near Mexico City Related news Infrastructure projects face Covid-19 challenges: Fitch IE Staff read more

Designs And Tender Released For Eighth Vertical School

first_imgDesigns And Tender Released For Eighth Vertical School VIC PremierVictoria will soon have another new vertical government school to address population growth across the inner city – thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Northern Metropolitan Sheena Watt today unveiled the innovative designs by ARM Architecture for the vertical North Melbourne Hill Primary School (interim name) at Molesworth Street, with the project now also out to tender.The designs showcase a range of world-class facilities spanning multiple levels, and will include general purpose classrooms, breakout spaces, gymnasium, kitchen garden and library. The plans include a large flexible outdoor space with universal access, play equipment, seating and a tiered amphitheatre for events and performances.A tree-lined laneway will be built to the south of the school as part of a broader redevelopment of North Melbourne. This laneway will have separate access to the kindergarten, school and the sports courts, while the local community will be able to access the outdoor play space after school hours.A kindergarten for three- and four-year-old children will be built on level five of the vertical school with plans for two children’s rooms and outdoor learning, complete with sandpit and cubby.The delivery of the kindergarten is part of the Labor Government’s promise to build a kindergarten on-site or next door to every new Victorian primary school, reducing the burden of the dreaded ‘double-drop off’ for parents and making the transition to school easier for students.Construction works will start mid-year on the school and it will open to students in 2023.The project has been funded by the Labor Government with more than $36 million invested in the Victorian Budget 2020-21, a further $5 million delivered from the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund and $2.15 million for planning in the Victorian Budget 2018/19.In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in excess of 1,600 school upgrades – creating 10,000-plus construction jobs – and is ahead on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026.Designs for the new school can be viewed at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/schools/Pages/NorthMelbourneHillAs stated by Minister for Education James Merlino“We’re rolling out eight vertical government schools to make sure there are enough school places for young Victorians across the inner city.”As stated by Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt“The new state-of-the-art kinder will boost capacity as we roll out our landmark Three-Year-Old kinder reforms and make the transition to school even easier for local students.”As stated by Member for Northern Metropolitan Sheena Watt“We are delivering new schools right across the inner city so that every child can access a great local school.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Amphitheatre, Andrews, architecture, AusPol, Australia, childhood, children, community, education, Government, infrastructure, Melbourne, Minister, Molesworth, planning, project, students, Victorialast_img read more

Canada continues unprecedented investments for economic recovery in Atlantic Canada

first_imgCanada continues unprecedented investments for economic recovery in Atlantic Canada From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities AgencyAtlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to continue delivering financial support to businesses impacted by COVID-19.May 4, 2021 · Moncton, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)When COVID first hit, it pushed the country into its deepest recession since the Great Depression. From the very beginning of the pandemic, an essential part of the Government of Canada’s response has been unprecedented federal support for Canadians and Canadian businesses.ACOA a lifeline for Atlantic Canadian businessesLeveraging their unique connection to communities and local businesses, Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs), like ACOA in Atlantic Canada, continue to play a vital role in ensuring that businesses and communities are equipped to weather the storm, prepare for the reopening of the economy and plan for future growth.Since April 2020, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has invested over $275 million in relief funding. Fast and efficient support was provided to Atlantic Canadian businesses that needed it the most through the following initiatives:The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund invested over $230 million to provide liquidity to 2,462 businesses and organizations, helping bridge them to the recovery and preserving more than 16,000 jobs. Current funds are fully committed.The Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund supported 97 businesses and organizations by investing over $45 million to help fish and seafood processors in Atlantic Canada get through the crisis, maintain more than 10,000 jobs and prepare for the economic recovery, so that their communities can continue to thrive. This funding is fully committed.The Regional Air Transportation Initiative is set to enable the air transportation ecosystems to remain operational through these difficult times and continue to support the economic growth of our region. Applications submitted by April 30, 2021 will be prioritized.ACOA to continue providing historic level of supportToday, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, highlighted the positive impact Budget 2021 will have on Atlantic Canada’s economy. Budget 2021 is a plan to position local economies for long-term growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery, and creating jobs in every corner of the country.ACOA is set to deliver the Atlantic region’s share of the national allocations for the following key measures:$80 million more through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to match Canada Emergency Business Account-like investments;an additional $51.7 million over four years under the Black Entrepreneurship Program to address systemic barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs and owners of small and medium-sized businesses in Canada;$250 million over three years for an Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative to improve productivity, strengthen commercialization, and green operations and products;$500 million over two years for a new Canada Community Revitalization Fund to stimulate local economies, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.;$500 million to establish a new Tourism Relief Fund that will help local tourism businesses in adapting their products and services to public health measures, support their recovery and position them for growth; and$700 million over three years through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation Program to support business financing, positioning local economies for long-term growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery and enhancing competitiveness.By increasing the role of the regional development agencies in the recovery and relaunch, the Government of Canada is taking a new approach to economic development: building on regional strengths, fostering job creation, growing local economies, and improving Canada’s collective competitiveness.Quotes“This past year has taught us the importance of investing in our local and regional economies as a way to build resilience and maintain vibrancy in our communities. The impact of ACOA’s support in Atlantic Canada through the pandemic proves they are the right tool to create jobs, stimulate growth and help us come back stronger than ever, which is why we are proud to invest in their future through Budget 2021”– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA“Small businesses are of critical importance to Atlantic Canada’s economic recovery from COVID-19. By throwing our full weight behind small businesses and other impacted sectors, we are helping to set Canada up for long-term, sustainable and inclusive growth.”– Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)Quick factsThe regional development agencies (RDAs) help businesses and innovators grow and succeed. They also ensure that Canada’s regions are heard in Ottawa and provide support to advance and diversify regional economies – so communities can thrive.More details on the planned measures and specific allocations to each RDA proposed in Budget 2021 will be made available as soon as possible. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aerospace, Air transport, Canada, depression, Economic Development, Emergency, entrepreneurs, Government, innovation, Ottawa, public health, recession, regional development, resilience, Small Business, sustainablelast_img read more

Statement of Issues released for Taranaki By-Products’ application to increase its shareholdings

first_imgStatement of Issues released for Taranaki By-Products’ application to increase its shareholdings The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Issues relating to the clearance application from Taranaki By-Products Limited for it, or a related company, to increase its shareholdings in three joint ventures with the Lowe Corporation (Tuakau Proteins Limited, Hawkes Bay Protein Limited and Jackson Transport Limited).The statement outlines the Commission’s potential competition issues with the acquisition following its initial investigation. A Statement of Issues is not a final decision and does not mean that the Commission intends to decline or clear the merger.The Commission is seeking submissions from Taranaki By-Products and Lowe, and other interested parties on the issues raised in the Statement of Issues.The Statement of Issues can be found on the case register.Submissions can be sent by email to [email protected] with the reference ‘Taranaki By-Products/Lowe’ in the subject line.Submissions are due no later than close of business 2 June 2021, with cross-submissions due no later than close of business 9 June 2021.The Commission is currently scheduled to make a decision on the application by 24 June 2021. However, this date may be extended.BackgroundWe will give clearance to a proposed merger if we are satisfied that the merger is unlikely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in a market. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:acquisition, business, commerce, Commerce Commission, Commission, Effect, email, Government, investigation, Jackson, market, protein, Transportlast_img read more

Student life: Five tips for roommate happiness

first_imgCategories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: Sept. 10, 2015 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img One of the most memorable years at CU-Boulder is your first year. You are in a new environment with fresh faces and a clean slate. The possibilities are endless and you are open to sharing new experiences with new people. One experience you’ll probably not forget is having a roommate.Getting along with your roommate is just one factor that will impact your success and happiness throughout your first year in college and beyond. Although it might seem like having the “perfect” roommate is the luck of the draw, there are definitely ways to make your relationship with your roommate enjoyable and potentially meaningful.Five tips for roommate happiness: Set boundaries. First thing’s first, make rules and set boundaries with one another. That starts with your Roommate Agreement (you know, that important thing your RA told you to fill out when you moved in, but you had so much information being thrown at you, plus there was the weekend, and now you don’t remember. Consider what your sleeping schedule is like, how you study and when you prefer to hang out in your room or have friends over. Communicate your expectations to your roommate and respect their needs, too. Be considerate! Make an effort to genuinely get-to-know your roommate. Okay, so you checked out your roommate’s Facebook profile and have already made snap judgments about whether or not you think the two of you will get along. But don’t forget about all those embarrassing pictures your mom and friends tagged you in when you were in middle school. Your social media does not define you and it does not define your roommate either. Go to dinner with your roommate and have an actual conversation with them to learn about who they are as a real person and what they are interested in. You don’t have to be best friends. All right, who are we kidding? You aren’t going to be BFF’s with everybody you meet and that includes your roommate. However, you should still be civil and courteous with them, even if the two of you have nothing in common. Acknowledge your roommate when you see them outside of your room. You’re living in a small and confined space together, after all, so why not make your room a comfortable place you can both enjoy? There is no sense in being hostile toward one another. Bonus – you never know when you’ll lock yourself out! Confront your issues. Conflict will arise whether you like your roommate or not. “Who ate all my food and where are my clothes?” are two questions you could find yourself asking. It’s best to address the problem when it happens instead of letting each disagreement build on top of each other. Don’t wait and become passive aggressive allowing your frustrations to grow until a huge fight erupts. Talk to your RA if all else fails and consider changing rooms if the situation really can’t be solved. Respect your roommate. The most important tip is to respect your roommate and their privacy. Never raid through their belongings without asking and be conscious of how your actions and lifestyle might impact your roommate. Understand that they have a test tomorrow that they need to go to bed early for. Be rational when their partner is in town for the weekend and they want to spend alone time with them.You will look back on your first year at CU and remember your roommate years from now. You will remember the quirks that made you laugh and the ones that irritated you the most. You only have to live with your roommate for nine months so be mindful about how you want to look back on your experience. CU-Boulder provides a wide range of resources to ensure your health and wellness while you’re a student here. Click here to learn more about campus health and wellness resources, support and services.By Hayley Sanchez, sophomore, Englishlast_img read more