02Mar/21

Watch Chance the Rapper’s Beautiful New Video For “Same Drugs”

first_imgWith just 10 minutes notice, Chance the Rapper took to Facebook Live to unveil the world premiere of his newest music video. The song of choice was “Same Drugs,” a track featured on his 2016 album Coloring Book.Chance explained that many of the other social media channels, including Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, wouldn’t allow him to share the previously recorded video using their live services. Thus, he went with Facebook for the premiere, which garnered thousands of views in its first showing just moments ago. The video emerged on YouTube shortly thereafter, for fans to enjoy at their leisure.Watch the beautiful new video, posted below.last_img read more

01Mar/21

Fresh paths to success

first_imgCall it the American fantasy. For years, people have believed that a college degree provided the only safe path to achieving middle-class security and a stable career, and the nation’s high schools have been shaped to fit the idea that all young people could and should go to college.The facts tell a different story: Only three in 10 young people earn a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20s, while more than 40 percent never even set foot on a community college or university campus. For the majority of young people who never earn a post-secondary degree, the American dream remains just that.The problem, three Harvard analysts say in a new report called “Pathways to Prosperity,” is that high schools don’t offer alternatives that prepare students to enter the working world, rather than four more years in a classroom. And while the new public education system they’re advocating — one that offers robust vocational and technical training programs alongside traditional college-prep schools — is a long way from broad reality, their vision is inspiring debate.“What we’re trying to do is cast a searchlight on the problem,” said Robert Schwartz, the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration and faculty dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), who spent three years working on the report with Ron Ferguson, senior lecturer in education and public policy at the HGSE and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and Bill Symonds, a former BusinessWeek education reporter who now runs the Pathways to Prosperity Project at HSGE.“We’re trying to jump-start a more serious effort to bring together employers and educators from community colleges and high schools,” Schwartz said. “Employers in growing sectors are highly motivated to figure out how to get the workforce they need,” he said, “but there’s a huge social stigma attached to [vocational training] in America that we have to overcome.”The report is nothing if not timely. The recession hit teenagers and young adults the hardest; the percentage of Americans under 25 who have jobs is at its lowest level since the Great Depression.“The labor market has become a lot more unforgiving,” Symonds explained. “It’s becoming more and more difficult for young people to get meaningful work experience.”As part-time work dries up, the authors reason, students could benefit now more than ever from vocational training as part of the typical school day to learn the job skills they’ll need down the road.According to the report, 30 percent of jobs created over the next decade will require “some college” short of a four-year degree. These positions, in such fields as health care or construction, can offer entry into the middle class for those who are trained to fill them. Just as high schools encourage students to consider college, the authors write, they should also help prepare their graduates to enter apprenticeships, certificate programs, or community colleges that can teach those job skills.There are examples of vocational school success, as Symonds points out. In Massachusetts, students who attend vocational schools are now scoring higher on the MCAS and graduating at a higher rate than their peers in traditional high schools.“These schools work because we didn’t create them as a second-best option,” he said. “Some of these schools have waiting lists.”And of course, Europe has long made vocational training an option for students. American criticisms of the European system — namely, that it “tracks” students at a young age, based on their abilities — obscure the fact that it works, said Schwartz, who has worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on two studies comparing countries’ educational systems. European nations are outscoring America on international standardized tests, and employment rates for young people are higher.In Northern European countries, Schwartz said, 40 to 70 percent of students opt for vocational education over a college-prep curriculum. Even in Finland, a less socially stratified country that outlawed tracking in the 1990s, 43 percent of students choose vocational training.“We’ve relied on one institution, our higher education system, to get kids from high school into the workplace,” Schwartz said. “These other countries have built a parallel system, and I would argue that’s something we should be paying attention to. We have no serious alternative strategy.”Reactions to “Pathways,” which was released Feb. 1, have been mixed but rarely muted. A Washington Post education columnist called it “dreamy nonsense”; NPR’s “On Point” devoted an hour to the report.“The first few emails I got were negative — people accusing us of trying to deny college to disadvantaged students,” Ferguson said. “That was quickly eclipsed by people really thanking us for raising the issue. The college-for-all movement has been so strong that people who think we need more than just college for all have been afraid to speak up.”Symonds has received invitations from 18 states to address local school districts, community college presidents, state legislatures, and other groups, from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.Even the White House has paid attention. President Obama has long made improving community colleges, which provide the bulk of America’s technical training, a pillar of his higher education policy. But the administration is now considering the importance of career and technical education at the high-school level in preparing students for jobs.Arne Duncan, Obama’s secretary of education, called the report “absolutely pressing,” and the newly formed White House Council for Community Solutions has asked for a briefing on “Pathways.” In fact, when President Obama came to Boston last month he made a visit to TechBoston Academy, a high-performing pilot school for at-risk students that offers its students vocational training for careers in technology.But to Ferguson, director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard, promoting alternative educational paths is more than just smart policy. It should be a “social movement,” he said, to help students from all backgrounds succeed in work and life, especially poor minority students — a rapidly growing population that is most frequently left behind in traditional high schools.“We’ve got to persuade people across society that unless we pay more attention to adolescence, we’re headed toward having a fragmented society that is divided by race and social class,” Ferguson said. “We don’t claim to know how to fix everything in the report. But we’re already in trouble, and if we don’t do something, things are only going to get worse.”last_img read more

18Nov/20

On the eve of the tourist season, the cleaning lady is most lacking

first_img“Here is another Croatian paradox. A country with more than 150 unemployed on the stock market has a shortage of 15 cleaners”, RTL presenter Tomislav Jelinčić announced the show”Potraga“In which the topic was the departure of cleaners abroad in search of better conditions. The fact is that a large number of cleaners leave Croatia and are employed in other Western European countries where they work for twice the salary. This activity is currently the most sought after in Croatia. According to some estimates, there will be a shortage of over 15 of them on the Adriatic this season, and in Zagreb they will be missing throughout the year. “Tu se pojavljuje iproblem što smo mi računali da ćemo tu radnu snagu naći u zemljama bivšeJugoslavije, prvenstveno Bosni i Hercegovini, pa onda Makedoniji, dijelomSrbiji, međutim i ti ljudi su shvatili da im je bolje otići u Austriju,Njemačku, Irsku… Kad već odlaze od kuće bolje im je tako nego doći uHrvatsku. Tako da evo sve to je dovelo do toga da mi stvarno u ovoj sezoniimamo veliki problem”, Concludes Andrić. If something does not change in the Croatian legislation, this situation could happen next year, if not worse. Although cleaners Marta Budimir, Ines Jurić and Fahreta Nuhanović agree that working in Croatia has its advantages, they point out that working abroad means far higher salaries. “Dobro, u dijeluprijašnjih godina bili su krivi poslodavci. Mi smo imali situaciju kad sesmanjio PDV pa poslodavci, suprotno očekivanom, nisu digli plaće zaposlenima. Međutim,sad su oni dovedeni u poziciju da moraju dignuti plaće.  To im je jedino rješenje i sad su krivi i onii država koja ne shvaća da im mora otvoriti prostor da bi mogli dignuti plaće”, Andrić emphasized. Josip Željko Đurinek, vlasnik servisa za čišćenje, naglasio je: “The service currently has 28 employees and is still missing. There is definitely a job on the market and a dozen more employees could certainly be hired.” “In Zagreb, I worked in some places for 35 kuna per hour, in some 40, and here there is still a big difference. Here I get 15 euros per hour”, Said Goja Šantek, a cleaner who currently works in Munich, Germany. “Most of these poor women work for three thousand kunas. And in the end they were exploited for no pay. And the fact is that both those individuals and private individuals who employ them, employ them on contracts for a month, thus blackmailing them, anything that objections the second month will not get paid”, Andrić points out. Eduard Andrić believes that an increase in salaries and job security would greatly improve the whole situation. “The problem is that our tax policy in relation to this activity, tourism and catering, cannot be competitive with those countries we mentioned in the region, and our politicians do not understand that the only way out of this situation is the exodus of our young people. those of middle age from Croatia, in increasing wages and job security”, He points out. “The fact is that the countries in our area from Austria onwards, Austria is perhaps the closest in this regard, offer far higher wages. In Austria, maids can earn, say, 900 euros. Plus accommodation, plus food”, Said Eduard Andrić, President of the Trade Union of Tourism and Services. He adds that this has never been the case. The shortage of labor, primarily maids and cleaners, has led to an increase in Croatia’s import quota. However, Andrić says that even that will not save the season. On the websites where jobs are advertised, but also on the pages of the Labor Exchange, most ads are for cleaners. Employers who advertise for seasonal jobs often do not offer food, and some even apply. If they offer an application, then it is assumed that they will lower the salary. Working hours are mostly slippery, as are days off. The situation is somewhat different in hotels, camps and larger companies. Often at least one meal and one day off a week is offered, as well as paid accommodation, but that is why salaries are lower and there is more work. On the other hand, cleaner Fahreta Nuhanović stated that she does not intend to go to the season. She says her salary is less than what seasonal workers get, but at least she’s safe. Although many owners of cleaning agencies and services claim to offer starting salaries of at least four thousand kuna, but that they can not find workers. “Well basically I think people generally don’t want to work, there’s definitely work to be done here in the market, but I think it’s generally made some rumor that there’s something better out there”, Explained the owner of the agency Josip Željko Đurinek. And what does this lack of seasonal staff mean for full-time workers? “And what that means is that those who are permanently employed and who have experience will take, as in these past years, the burden of doing the season on their backs and simply these people will be exploited to the end at the end of the season.”, Concluded Andrić. Source / photo: RTLlast_img read more

18Nov/20

Darija Reić, CNTB representative in Great Britain: The British will look for smaller tourist locations or “hidden gems”

first_imgDarija Reić, CNTB office in Great Britain: It was on the topic of a possible air bridge as well as interest in Croatia from the UK market that I spoke with the director of the CNTB Representation in the UK. Darija Reić. Also, most importantly, there is a great demand, and travel agencies from the UK, are overwhelmed by the demand for travel to Europe, as well as to Croatia. Which is always crucial, if there is a high demand, there is also the interest of travel agencies and airlines. As Patel points out, the plan of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to enable the British to go on vacation to the safest destinations without quarantine for 14 days, and it is expected to come into force on July 6. When asked about the interest in Croatia on the British market, Reić pointed out that Croatia is highly ranked as a safe destination, since the beginning of the pandemic, and even today. Photo: HTZ Raić points out that the British are extremely careful about the value of money, and logically, as well as their reduced travel budget, in accordance with the whole situation. “The British traditionally like to get more for their money, and in light of the pandemic and weakened economic power, it is to be expected that price will be a strong motivator in choosing a destination” “Split and Dalmatia and Dubrovnik and the Neretva Valley are traditionally the favorite regions of the British. What many certainly want to experience is, for example, a visit to Dubrovnik without the usual crowds. In light of the pandemic and social distancing, tourists will look for smaller “tourist locations” and the so-called. “Hidden gems”, which are very common on the coast and islands, and they should be given special attention to communication activities. Well-known specialized travel magazines have authority and weight, and national newspapers mostly have sections dedicated to travel that serve as inspiration to readers, with a huge reach, especially online. Nowadays, when we really spend a lot of time on mobile phones and laptops, online communication is crucial, and interactive content such as video ads attract special attention.” For a few days now, the media has been talking about negotiations between Great Britain and certain European destinations on the so-called “air bridge”, including Croatia, and yesterday the whole story received additional media focus, but also concrete official outlines. center_img Namely, Priti Patel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Dailymail she said that negotiations were under way with certain countries, regarding the establishment of an air bridge without quarantine, and that the ministry was working “overnight” to make them happen. In order to better position itself on the UK market, Raić points out that the CNTB campaign is underway on the UK market, and that currently the British will be looking for smaller tourist locations or “hidden gems”Which are very common on the Adriatic coast and islands. Certainly important and more than useful information for everyone who will target the British market with promotional activities. “In the last two days since the news of the announcement of the categorization of destinations to which you can travel from the UK without the need for quarantine on return, there has been increased interest in Croatia, which ranks high as a safe destination since the pandemic. Airlines operate their programs in accordance with the decisions and recommendations of the Government, and we already have flight announcements from the beginning of July to Pula and Rijeka, and from mid-July to Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. The UK office is also showing high interest and increased public inquiries, especially over the past weekend.”Reic points out. Considering the whole health situation, but also the economic crisis, the question is how much it has left a mark on the financial power of British tourists who are known as guests with high consumption. According to the research Thomas Summer 2017 tourists from Great Britain are right behind tourists from the USA in terms of the highest daily consumption per person – 139 euros. And in the past few years, consumption has certainly grown even more, thanks to the large number of young British tourists who have visited festivals on the Adriatic. As for the negotiations on the air bridge, they are conducted at the state level, and the CNTB office in London, as Reić points out, continuously communicates that we are open to British tourists and that Croatia is a safe destination, ready to receive guests. What is currently important is concrete negotiations at the state level, not just media speculation, and there is great interest in Croatia from the UK market, and more official positive news can be expected in the coming days around the air bridge between the UK and Croatia. .last_img read more

29Sep/20

UK roundup: Regulator under fire again over Carillion negotiations

first_imgSource: UK ParliamentFrank Field MPTPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb told the inquiry the regulator had “robustly supported the trustees during negotiations about scheme funding” and made clear to the trustees and employer that it would use enforcement powers if agreement was not reached. The regulator did not take any formal enforcement action until after Carillion collapsed, but in a statement today it argued that the threat of action had persuaded the company to agree to higher contributions.But Field criticised the regulator, saying it “started its arduous process of chasing money down from Carillion a few days after it was formally announced there was no money left”.Under UK pensions rules, trustees and employers have a maximum of 15 months to agree a funding arrangement following the date of a formal actuarial valuation. These are typically carried out every three years.Following a valuation of Carillion schemes as of 31 December 2008, the company and trustees failed to agree on employer contributions. The trustees argued for annual deficit reduction contributions of £35m “as a minimum”, following an independent covenant assessment, but the company refused to pay more than £23m.The trustees wrote to TPR in March 2010 requesting assistance to settle the dispute. They said there was a “difference of opinion” about what Carillion could pay, given “bullish” results and a 12% increase in shareholder dividends.The situation flared up again in 2012, prompting the trustees to request regulatory assistance again in 2013. This time the company offered payments of £33.4m a year for 15 years from 2014, compared to the trustees’ demand for £65m a year from 2013. The trustees also warned that the pension schemes were “falling behind relative to other Carillion stakeholders” and “taking a disproportionate amount of risk”. Politicians looking into the collapse of Carillion have hit out at the bankrupt company’s management and the UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) for their roles in the demise of several pension schemes connected to the firm.Carillion was forced into liquidation on 15 January with a number of pension schemes it sponsored entering the assessment period for entry into the Pension Protection Fund. The combined pension deficit was £804m (€911.6m) according to the company’s last annual report.The UK parliament’s Work and Pensions Select Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee launched a joint inquiry into the collapse soon afterwards and have requested dozens of documents and correspondence records dating back more than a decade. Letters from the Carillion pension trustees to TPR were published this morning by the joint inquiry and demonstrated the strained relationship between the trustees and the employer.Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, said: “These letters suggest the Carillion directors were contemptuous of their pensions obligations. “Over two successive 15-month negotiations they refused to give an inch to the pension schemes. Their private pleading that the company could not afford more was in stark contrast to the rosy picture – and bumper dividends – being presented to the outside world.”center_img Sir Philip Green urged to get regulatory sign-off on any sale of ArcadiaFrank Field has separately written to British businessman Sir Philip Green urging him to seek regulatory approval for any sale of his UK high street retailers.Sir Philip is the former owner of BHS, a department store chain that collapsed into administration a year after he sold it for the nominal fee of £1. He later agreed to pay £363m into BHS’ pension scheme, following an intervention from TPR.Recent UK press reports have speculated that Sir Philip was considering selling his Arcadia business – which includes fashion chains such as Burton and Topshop – to a Chinese company. He has denied the rumours.In his letter, dated 19 February, Field said: “Members should continue to expect that pensions promises made to them during your tenure wil be honoured in full by any future owner. The sale of the company should not be materially detrimental to the ability of the schemes to meet those promises.”He asked Sir Philip to commit to seeking clearance from TPR and to publish any such application to the regulator “in the interests of transparency”.Under UK rules, employers can seek approval from TPR ahead of corporate activity to ensure that pension fund issues are being adequately addressed. The Work and Pensions Select Committee has argued for this to become mandatory ahead of any merger or acquisition event involving UK companies.last_img read more

28Sep/20

MOL Launches Large-Scale Ferry Sunflower Kirishima

first_imgThe newly built large-scale ferry Sunflower Kirishima, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ subsidiary Ferry Sunflower, was launched on September 15.Following the launching ceremony, the vessel, which has room for 20% more truck compared to its old namesake, departed the Nanko Sunflower Terminal in Osaka Prefecture for the Port of Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture.With a length of 192 meters and a breadth of 27 meters, the new ferry features a gross tonnage of 13,659 tons. It has a capacity to carry over 700 passengers and 121 large trucks.Together with its sister ferry, the Sunflower Satsuma, which was launched on May 15, the units will enhance their role in promoting a strong modal shift from long-distance transport by trucks to ocean transport by ferries driven by the need to reduce environmental impact.last_img read more

24Sep/20

Ind. Senator Coats Named “Hero of Main Street”

first_imgCoats (center) receives the award from Grant Monahan of Indiana Retail Council and Steve Thomas, Senior Vice President for Kohl’s Department Stores.WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) has been named a 2014 Hero of Main Street by the National Retail Federation for advocating federal policies that support the growth of local retailers.“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Indiana’s economy, and we need to encourage them through the right federal policies,” said Coats. “Creating a climate where Main Street can grow and expand will benefit all Hoosiers.”The award is based on voting record, bill sponsorship and efforts to reform the Affordable Care Act and U.S. Tax Code.last_img read more

24Sep/20

Baby Emmitt Conrad Ash

first_imgBaby Emmitt Conrad Ash passed away July 18, 2018 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.  Emmitt was the son of Travis and Lacee (Alloway) Ash of Milan.Emmitt Conrad is survived by his parents, sister: Lucy Jade Ash and brother: Clayton Michael Ash, Maternal Grandparents: Mike and Diane Alloway and Paternal Grandparents: Herbert Ash and Victoria Pflueger. Maternal Great-Grandparents: Lucille Alloway and Edward and Thelma Laws of Milan, many aunts, uncles and several cousins.Funeral service will be private at the convenience of the family.  You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street, Box 243, (812)654-2141.last_img read more

21Sep/20

Morning handed Punchestown mission

first_img Pat Fahy’s stable star was a Grade One winner over hurdles at the meeting last year and has twice been placed at the highest level over fences this term. He lost little in defeat when third in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last week and Fahy is hoping the ground will be a little slower at Punchestown. “It was maybe just a touch too quick for him,” said Fahy. “Maybe if they’d gone quicker early in the race, he might have been like Lord Windermere in the Gold Cup, a bit outpaced, but then they would have come back to him at the end. “Time will tell, if the ground was slower they might not have got away from him at the finish. His jumping was spot on, though. “We’ll stick to the novice route this year, he won’t go for the Irish National. “He got light coming home so I need to build him back up now and get him ready for Punchestown.” Press Associationcenter_img Morning Assembly will return to the scene of his finest hour for the Growise Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival.last_img read more

21Sep/20

Scarlets hold on for Connacht win

first_img Replacement centre Gareth Maule claimed the bonus-point try a minute from time, squeezing under the posts. But that was after Scarlets saw a 25-11 lead shrink to 25-23 in the space of two minutes following tries by wing Fionn Carr and full-back Robbie Henshaw. Two minutes later Richard Kelly, who had replaced Ball at half-time, went over but the referee said the player was held up. After scoring the opening try Jonathan Davies was involved in the second as scrum-half Gareth Davies went over under the posts for his ninth try of the campaign. Priestland converted to take his side in to a 20-6 advantage. Scarlets followed that with an incredible try started with Liam Williams in his own 22. Priestland and Kristian Phillips continued the counter attack finished off by Josh Turnbull. Scrum-half Kieran Marmion grabbed a try back for Connacht from a quick tapped penalty as the Irishmen reduced the deficit to 14 points at 25-11. Connacht finished strongly and grabbed two tries in the space of three minutes. First Carr latched on to a chip from replacement outside-half Miah Nikora, who also converted to cut the deficit to seven points, and he was followed over by Henshaw. But Nikora could not convert which would have drawn the scores level. In a dramatic finish Maule stretched over for the fourth try, but McKeon scored Connacht’s fourth. And after Maule’s score, Connacht managed to have the final say with a fourth try for Ewen McKeon to secure two bonus points. Scarlets welcomed back Rhys Priestland for the first time since the RBS 6 Nations Championship and also included their other Wales stars Davies, Liam Williams, Ken Owens, Rhodri Jones and Jake Ball. The Scarlets went cruised into a 7-0 lead inside two minutes through Wales centre Jonathan Davies. The move began after a quick tapped penalty in their own half by Priestland. Impressive wing Jordan Williams went on a 40-metre run before putting Davies over. If the home fans thought it was going to be a try-fest in the warm spring sunshine they had to rethink as Connacht replied with two penalties on six and 21 minutes. But Scarlets gave themselves some breathing space three minutes later when Priestland struck a 40-metre penalty from in front of the posts. Priestland struck the post with a second penalty eight minutes from half-time as Scarlets took a 13-6 lead in to the break. Four minutes into the second half Priestland had a chance to further improve his side’s lead only to find the post again with his 35-metre attempt. Scarlets had to endure a Connacht comeback late in the second half before claiming a 32-30 bonus-point victory in a dramatic RaboDirect Pro12 contest at a sun-drenched Parc y Scarlets. Press Associationlast_img read more