OTTAWA — A quick look at December employment (numbers from the previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 5.6 per cent (5.6)Employment rate: 61.7 per cent (61.7)Participation rate: 65.4 per cent (65.4)Number unemployed: 1,125,100 (1,124,800)Number working: 18,808,400 (18,799,100)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 11.1 per cent (10.8)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.9 per cent (5.0)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.6 per cent (4.7)The Canadian Press
New Delhi: North East constituency is one of the seventh Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, dotted by JJ clusters, highest among the national capital. Sadly the constituency also stands in the last rank in terms of human development indicators in the city. Around 300 out of 800 slum clusters are located in the east and north east Delhi areas such as Seelampur, Gokulpur and Karawal Nagar among the most dense populated zones.However, the North East constituency also has urban pocket like Yamuna Vihar, Timarpur, Harsh Vihar and Dilshad Garden. The constituency wiil see a pitched battle between heavy weight politicians like Delhi Pradesh Congress Committe President Sheila Dikshit, Delhi’s BJP President and sitting MP Manoj Tiwari and Aam Aadmi Party’s National Spokesperson Dilip Pandey. N-E parliamentary seat, which is densely populated beacuse of porus border with Uttar Pradesh has around a total of 22.80 lakh voters, in which 12.47 lakhs are male and 10.32 lakhs female. Third gender voters are 99 in number and around 41,693 voters come from the age bar between 18 and 19 years. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesTraffic woes, sanitation and rising crime in the areas falling under North East Delhi has emerged as the crucial poll issues in the upcoming lok Sabha elections. As one travels through the district, different priorities emerge, with residents of slum clusters and unauthorised colonies stressing on the need to improve the basic amanities, while relatively leaders are addressing these issues since long. However, all the major political parties in fray are promising to address these issues by pledging to build elevated corridors, flyovers and improve the dilapidated conditions of roads. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarDr Sumit Goyal, hailing from West Jyoti Nagar, said that “Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, the country is safe. You better tell, who is the successor after him. Whereas, Shahid Mirza, resident in Mustafabad, said that this time, we will vote only for the party which gives us concrete proof that they will do something for the sanitation problem and road connectivity. Few months earlier, the Delhi BJP chief and area MP Manoj Tiwari, who is one of the candidates shortlisted by BJP for the constituency, is trying to gain the score over its recent foundation laying for the national Highway 709-B ( Connecting Akshardam in Delhi to Saharanpur in UP) as his major achievement. The project will provide the seamless connectivity between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and this NH 709 will help unclog these areas, simultaneously, easing the lives of the residents living nearby. The Pusta Road in district is dotted with a large number of unauthorised colonies and slum clusters on either side of the road, which lead to traffic snarls most of the time. Locals informed that crawling traffic has been a major concern for them for years. However, the problem has been aggravated with the opening of the Eastern peripheral expressway last year as the interstate vehicular load has increased multiple times. Moreover, AAP candidate said in the roadshows that AAP is also proposing for a signal-free elevated corridor from Bhajanpua to Bhopura border. “It will play a major role in easing traffic and wiil also a connecting with Uttar Pradesh,” said AAP candidate. Furthermore, he also addressed the gathering while saying that one of the major breakthroughs of our party was the construction of signature bridge, which is a blessing for commuters crossing parts of north-east Delhi. In near future, residents will see more flyovers and corridors in the constituency soon. Many voters from the Jafrabad, Seelampur and Mustafabad believe that the way former CM Sheila Dikshit performed during her three-term tenure as Chief Minister and worked for the development of the areas, there are high chances that she will win the mandate again. Somehow, during her 15-year tenure, Dikshit addressed the problem of traffic, built many flyovers, connecting Pusta Road and developed the conditon of the North East Delhi. This N-E constituency covers some areas of Delhi’s entire North East, Central Delhi District and some areas of Shahdara district. Ten Assembly seats, including Gokalpuri, Ghonda, Seelampur, Rohtas Nagar, Babarpur, Karawal Nagar, Timarpur and Mustafabad, fall under this constituency.
A petrol bomb attack took place on a house in Kokkuvil in Jaffna today, Jaffna based media reported.The attackers had arrived on motorcycles and threw petrol bombs towards the house. A van and two motorcycles parked outside the house had been completely destroyed in the attack.The front part of the house was also damaged in the attack. (Colombo Gazette)
“Let’s hope that we all see the international community in the next year finally seizing the nettle and dealing with the Middle East in a serious way and recognizing that these conflicts cannot be allowed to fester, breaking into ever more frequent cycles of violence.” Mr. Malloch-Brown was speaking to an audience of diplomats and students of international affairs at an event organized by Washington University’s Centre of the Global South, held at UN Headquarters in New York, at which he was given an award for his services to development.Mr. Malloch Brown noted that the Middle East crisis epitomized the two often contradictory pillars on which the UN is based. One was the idea that World War II victors would establish a collective international security order with no more war. The second was “a much more visionary one of ideals, of aspirations” for democracy and self-determination and development for people everywhere.“Surely now it’s time to find a solution based on a merger of those two great ideas of the United Nations, a collective security system underpinned by the world’s major powers but combined with an idealism which occasionally comes into sync with the first when people understand that the best security system in the world is self-determination and democratic rights,” he declared.The region’s conflicts are interlinked, “where you cannot find a solution to Iraq without addressing the issues of Iran and Syria, where you cannot find an enduring solution in Lebanon without similarly addressing the issues of the neighbours, where Israel’s security is pinned on one side by the political crisis in Lebanon and on the other by the crisis in the Palestinian territories,” he said.“And yet neither can they be solved by bilateral agreements, they are all linked up and this cone of conflict in the Middle East is the single greatest challenge to our world today.”
“ISIL and associated armed groups have perpetrated widespread and systematic violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law, which in some instances may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Mr. Šimonović said in a statement released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as he wrapped up his visit to the region by meeting the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region Government. Mr. Šimonović said Takfiri groups, or so-called ISIL, are terrorizing the local population, imposing on them brutal measures based on their “extremely radical and wrongful interpretation of Islam,” particularly members of religious and ethnic minorities including Christians, Kaka’ee, Shabaks, Turkmen, Sabaean Mendeans, Yezidis and others.“Among countless victims, I met with a 12-year-old girl who escaped sexual slavery, a father whose four sons were murdered because they refused to convert to Islam, and a boy who survived a mass execution – including of his father and brothers – despite being hit by six bullets,” the envoy recalled of his trip. ISIL leaves Yezidis “no option except to convert or die,” he said, adding that the militant’s actions toward Yezidi peoples may amount to an “attempt to commit genocide.”Well-resourced, armed and trained, and even supported by some local groups, ISIL continues to brutally violate the local population “with the aim of suppressing, expelling or destroying targeted ethnic and religious communities.” And these “brutal tactics” are causing divisions between those communities to deepen, Mr. Šimonović said. “Community leaders, elders, as well as religious authorities, must raise their voices and condemn violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and demand the care and protection of the victims, no matter their ethnic, religious or other affiliations,” he added. While the new Iraqi Government seems well-intentioned, it needs broad local and international support to put an end to the atrocities and overcome attempts to divide society. During his visit, Mr. Šimonović met with Iraq’s Minister for Human Rights, Mr. Mohammed Madhi Ameen Al-Bayati, Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Dr. Salim al-Jabouri, and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani. The Assistant Secretary-General also discussed with Government and civil society representatives ways to address some of the chronic human rights challenges, including corruption, problems with the administration of the criminal justice system, and the rights of women.Meeting with Government officials, Mr. Šimonović, argued for Iraq’s accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the immediate acceptance of its ad-hoc jurisdiction for crimes that have been committed during the ongoing conflict. Legislative changes that make war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide punishable under the criminal laws of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region would send a clear message of the commitment to bring perpetrators of those crimes to justice. Mr. Šimonović and other members of the OHCHR delegation also visited five camps for displaced persons in the Dohuk and Erbil provinces of the Kurdistan region of Iraq. According to OHCHR, two million civilians have been displaced by the current conflict within Iraq, and nearly one million of them are displaced in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. It is absolutely critical for Iraq’s Central Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the international community to effectively coordinate to help all these people prepare for the brutal and approaching winter months. “Winter is not yet here, but I have already seen tents that have collapsed from the rain, despite all night efforts of the families living in them,” Mr. Šimonović said. “If additional measures are not immediately introduced, and especially if there is a new wave of displacement, those belonging to vulnerable groups, such as children, aged people, people with disabilities and those in need of medical assistance will be at risk.”
Opening hours for the exhibition are: Sunday 29 April 09:30-18:00 Monday 30 April-Wednesday 2 May 10:00-18:00 The European Automotive Trade Show runs alongside InterTyre at the NEC, Birmingham, from 29 April-2 May 2001. Visitors will be able to move freely between the shows which are held in adjoining halls. The European Automotive Trade Show 2001 is to provide a re-launch platform for First Line. Following its recent management buy out, one of the Oxfordshire-based company’s first acts was to book a 100 square metre stand at the aftermarket’s premier exhibition.First Line’s dramatic growth prior to its acquisition by Finelist marked it out as one of the UK’s leading replacement parts suppliers. Now that it is, once again, independent from Finelist, its new management team (including original founders Peter Joyner and John Madden) is looking forward to re-establishing the company and has chosen the European Automotive Trade Show to publicise its independence. The core values of quality, service and professionalism that originally made the company one of the leaders in its field will be demonstrated on First Line’s stand.‘The show is a good opportunity to re-state the values of the company and to re-establish ourselves with the true independent aftermarket,’ says First Line marketing director, Bob Knight.The company will again be using the eye catching and spacious stand construction first seen at last year’s Automechanika exhibition in Frankfurt.The European Automotive Trade Show 2001 is the leading exhibition in the automotive aftermarket and is organised by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.-Ends- Notes to Editors: Visitors will enjoy free entry to the Show with a complimentary Show guide, and they will be able to pre-register entry on the official Show website – www.euroats.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive:As MPs prepare to vote on the government’s Brexit deal, we urge them to remember they hold the future of the British automotive industry – and the hundreds and thousands of jobs it supports – in their hands.Brexit is already causing us damage – in output, costs and jobs, but this does not compare with the catastrophic consequences of being cut adrift from our biggest trading partner overnight.The Just-in-Time nature of automotive means the impact of ‘no deal’ will be felt, not in months or weeks, but hours.A managed ‘no deal’ is a fantasy – we would face immediate delivery shortages, disruption, additional costs and uncertainty. Both government and parliament have a responsibility to take ‘no deal’ off the table or risk destroying this vital UK industry.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
What do you young people do with digital networks?On the surface it’s a form of communicating with one another; text, images and video often usurping spoken word. On the surface, it’s as simple as that.But if you dig a little deeper, as Chelsey Hauge, postdoctoral fellow to the Centre for Research and Multiliteracies and the Social Justice Research Institute, has done you see the simplicity of youth social networking is much more complex.Jennifer Rowsell, centre director and Canada Research Chair in Mulitliteracies, is working with Hauge on a research study on photography and multimodality as well as various writing projects.“I feel so fortunate to work with Chelsey Hauge as the Social Justice Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2016/2017 academic year,” said Rowsell. “Chelsey won a prestigious SSHRC Vanier Scholarship when she completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia. She has taught at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and she currently works as a researcher at Google.”Hauge’s main post-doctoral project is about how global girl narratives circulate on networked media sites like Twitter, and how they are used in the classroom.“Think about Anne Frank — that’s a starting place for me, in terms of a girl-produced narrative used as an educational tool to facilitate something like “cosmopolitan understanding,” says Hague. “Fast forward to the present, and we have tons of girls producing narratives on social media about global inequities — think Malala Yousafzai, but also less famous girls, like seven-year-old Bana Alabed tweeting about her life in Syria, who has just amassed 70,000-plus followers on Twitter in one month.”Hauge’s work is multifaceted in its approach, first looking at how social media is being leveraged to build a girl-led social justice movement and secondly, how these social media channels are being taken up as educational tools in contemporary learning spaces.As Hauge says, it’s “both an ethnographic study and looking at big data generated from social media about how young people interact with global issues in digital spaces, and what we can learn from how teens engage with each other at the international level, online.”Her path to this work stems from her own experiences growing up, in California and Latin America.“I think what most inspired me to pursue research on these topics as a career was my earlier engagements with youth programming as a young person myself,” says Hague. “I had some extraordinary opportunities to do youth-to-youth community development work, both in my own community in California — where I grew up — and also in Latin America. The relationships and projects I got to participate in during that time really made me think about what is possible for young people interested in social activism.”Hague says that her work with global youth in civic engagement, community development and later, media literacy in New York City, Oakland, and Latin America all enriched her belief in the power of young people to connect with each, support each other’s dream, and have the power together over their own lives, communities, and even the world.Working alongside Rowsell has also helped Hague frame her thinking on her own work.“Working with Dr. Rowsell has been a really positive experience,” says Hague. “Her work in multiliteracies has been really formative for me, and she is helping me think through, concretely, how young people move through different meaning-making processes both on and offline. We’re also working on a photography and literacies project, and I’m learning an enormous amount from the way she thinks about how people make images, and why those images matter. I still can’t quite believe I get to work with someone who’s work has been so formative for me, but also for the literacy field.”Hauge is at Brock until August 2017.
And he admitted that he “feels unwelcome” in London because of mass protests organised to disrupt his visit. Mr Trump was interviewed by… Boris Johnson would make “a great prime minister” because “he’s got what it takes”, Donald Trump has said just days after the former foreign secretary quit Theresa May’s Cabinet. The US President said he was “very saddened” to see Mr Johnson leave the Government because he is “a very talented guy” for whom “I have a lot of respect”. However Mr Johnson’s successor as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was doing “a terrible job” and was failing the capital over terrorism and crime, he said. He also controversially said immigration had “changed the fabric of Europe”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––
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Even though the ends of 2017 saw Greece show the biggest decline in general population unemployment in the European Union dropping from from 23.3 per cent to 20.7, it still remains the highest.According to the latest Eurostat data released on Wednesday in Brussels, Greek unemployment still sits at the top of the EU executive’s statistics agency list. Meanwhile, youth unemployment went up to 40.8 per cent in Greece in October from a 40.3 per cent in September, totalling 990,000 registered unemployed people below the age of 35.At 20.8 per cent in September 2017 Greece has almost triple the amount of unemployment compared to the general 8.7 per cent recorded within the Eurozone in December 2017 and the 7.3 percent in the EU. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Notre civilisation est-elle vouée à disparaitre dans quelques décennies ?Une nouvelle étude menée en partenariat avec le Centre de vols spatiaux Goddard de la NASA prévoit la fin de notre civilisation industrielle d’ici quelques décennies. A cause d’une mauvaise gestion des ressources et de trop grandes disparités économiques notre civilisation industrielle occidentale est vouée à l’effondrement. La fin de notre ère civilisationnelle, telle que nous la connaissons, devrait advenir au cours des prochaines décennies. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme une nouvelle étude réalisée par des scientifiques en partenariat avec le Centre de vols spatiaux Goddard de la NASA.Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, les chercheurs se sont basés sur un modèle mathématique appelé “HANDY”, pour Human and And Natural DYnamical. Celui-ci a été mis au point à partir d’un croisement de données récupérées auprès de documents historiques relatant le fonctionnement des grandes civilisations, comme celle des Mayas ou encore l’empire romain. L’outil répertorie un certain nombre de facteurs qui en ont provoqué l’anéantissement à savoir : la population, le climat, l’eau, l’agriculture, et l’énergie.Des phénomènes sociaux clés Les résultats de ce modèle, publiés récemment dans l’Elsevier Journal Ecological Economics et relayés par le Guardian, mettent en évidence les mécanismes sous-jacents à la chute d’une civilisation. “Ces facteurs peuvent conduire à l’effondrement lorsqu’ils convergent pour générer deux fonctions sociales cruciales” explique le Guardian. En d’autres termes, ce sont l’exploitation à outrance des ressources et l’organisation des sociétés selon des stratifications économiques riches et pauvres qui conduit les civilisations à leur perte. Un modèle qui se répèterait inlassablement depuis 5000 ans. Ces phénomènes sociaux “ont toujours joué un rôle central dans le processus d’effondrement. Du moins au cours des cinq mille dernières années”, indique l’étude.Deux scénarios possibles Concrètement, en ce qui concerne la fin de notre civilisation, l’étude révèle deux scénarios possibles. Dans un premier cas, les plus riches pourraient avoir tellement accaparé les ressources que les populations plus pauvres, constituées principalement de travailleurs, seraient anéanties par la famine. Cette strate ne pouvant plus assurer les fonctions nécessaires au maintien des sociétés, elle entrainerait dans sa chute le système tout entier. Dans un deuxième cas, la surconsommation des ressources entrainerait le déclin des populations, toutes catégories confondues. Les populations pauvres seraient les premières à décliner avant d’être suivies de près par les populations riches. Et contrairement à ce que certains estiment, les nouvelles technologies ne seraient pas en mesure d’empêcher cette chute, au contraire. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Le changement technologique peut augmenter l’efficacité de l’utilisation des ressources, mais cela tend aussi à augmenter à la fois la consommation des ressources et l’échelle d’exploitation de ces ressources”, or, “l’augmentation de la consommation compense souvent l’augmentation de l’efficacité de l’utilisation des ressources”, affirment les chercheurs dans leur étude. Rééquilibrer le partage des ressources Pour éviter un point de non-retour, les scientifiques préconisent un rééquilibre du partage des ressources et un enrayement de la surconsommation. “Les deux solutions-clés sont de réduire les inégalités économiques afin d’assurer une distribution plus juste des ressources, et de réduire considérablement la consommation de ressources en s’appuyant sur des ressources renouvelables moins intensives et sur une croissance moindre de la population”.Le 20 mars 2014 à 18:56 • Emmanuel Perrin
During last night’s Smackdown Live, Mustafa Ali revealed in a video message (above) that he has not been medically cleared for Elimination Chamber this Sunday by WWE.As reported earlier, Ali was believed to have suffered a concussion recently, along with suffering a swollen eye during a match with Randy Orton last week.Kofi Kingston will now be replacing Ali this Sunday at Elimination Chamber in the WWE Championship match featuring Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Samoe Joe. Kingston took part in a Gauntlet match last night on Smackdown Live and was revealed as Ali’s replacement, as noted in Roy Nemer’s live Smackdown recap. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury
In picture: The fingerprints of an individual are being recorded for Aadhaar enrolment. [Representational image]Wikimedia CommonsTo enable seamless linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked all banks to set up Aadhaar enrolment and update centres by September 30.In a circular to the banks, UIDAI said banks would be required to have one centre per 10 branches they operate. It further said a penalty of Rs 20,000 every month would be imposed on banks who fail to open Aadhaar centres before the deadline, the Economic Times reported.However, banks which are in the process of sourcing biometric devices, and need more time to set up centres as and identifying authorised agencies.Issuing the new circular, the government is trying to step up Aadhaar service centres as every account holder is required to submit the Aadhaar number to banks by December 31.The central government made it mandatory to verify Aadhaar with know-your-customer (KYC). The banks and financial institutions were directed to make sure their customers are KYC compliant. According to the new rules, one must submit Aadhaar and PAN details to the bank to be KYC-compliant. The deadline for verifying Aadhaar with the KYC is December 31, 2017.In case the user fails to submit the details in KYC forms before the deadline, the bank account will be barred from all banking activities.A senior banking sector official told ET that the banks are making preparations to comply with the UIDAI directive.Bengaluru-headquartered state-owned lender Canara Bank said it is opening 1,040 Aadhaar centres across India and Bangalore itself will have 18 centres. The bank will open its first centre at the Jayanagar shopping complex branch on September 25.”We will provide the infrastructure and the centres will be run by authorised agencies,” the business daily quoted Canara Bank General Manager M M Chiniwar as saying. “We are ready with the infrastructure. The Aadhaar agencies have to set up theirs,” he added.
Share Elise Amendola/APA sign advertising job openings hangs outside a restaurant in Middleton, Mass., last month. At 4.3 percent unemployment, the jobs rate is near the point that most economists deem full employmenThe U.S. economy created an estimated 209,000 jobs in July, representing a modest slowdown from the previous month but coming in better than many economists had expected. The unemployment rate ticked down to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent.The Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its monthly report that, statistically, July showed little change from previous months, as the number of unemployed persons remained around 7 million.At 4.3 percent, the jobs rate is near the point that most economists deem full employment. About 200,000 new jobs a month is considered a sign of a robust economy.The figures for June were revised upward, with the BLS saying that 231,000 jobs were created in the month instead of the originally reported 222,000.However, the number for May was revised downward to 145,000 from 152,000.It was the 82nd consecutive month of jobs growth. Job gains have averaged 184,000 per month so far this year, slightly lower than last year’s pace, according to David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Mutual.Reacting to the news, President Trump in a tweet called the numbers “excellent.”“I have only just begun,” he wrote.NPR’s Chris Arnold says that “this latest report suggests that the U.S. economy is in pretty good shape.”Food services, drinking places, professional and business services, and health care all saw gains.The average workweek was unchanged at 34.5 hours. Average hourly wages rose by 9 cents, to $26.36.“Wage growth remains sluggish,” Chris says. “Average hourly earnings were up 2.5 percent from a year ago. And most economists would like to see wages rising more quickly.”The national unemployment rate has been falling more or less steadily since a peak of 10 percent in 2009, in the midst of the Great Recession.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Share Ben Smith for The Hechinger Report/Via The Texas TribuneThe proportion of high school graduates going on to college has been rising, but the proportion who stay once they get there is flat or down, new federal data show.New buildings are shooting up around the sun-baked grounds of the Texas A&M University System’s northernmost outpost here.There’s a $32 million glass-fronted complex near completion that will house the nursing program and administrative offices and a new $11 million recreation center that will also have a lab to study kinesiology or human movement.Texas A&M-Texarkana may be the smallest of the system’s 11 campuses, but it’s been growing steadily. Enrollment at the beginning of the academic year that just ended was up 13 percent from 2014, to 2,038.While the number of students has been rising, however, so has the proportion who begin as full-time freshmen but fail to come back for the second year. Fifty-five percent who started in 2015 were gone by the following year, the most recent period for which the figures are available, according to U.S. Department of Education data analyzed by The Hechinger Report. That’s up from 44 percent two years before.“There are some people who have situations, who get pregnant or financial things change,” said Caleb Sparks, a double major in biology and electrical engineering hanging out between classes in the air-conditioned student center.“I know of people who have left because they didn’t want to be in college,” added Amber Spence, who earned her undergraduate degree here and is now a graduate student. “Their parents made them go.” And even on a small campus where students greet each other by name, she said, “There are still individuals who feel lonely and isolated.”These and other challenges mean that, at a time when growing proportions of high school students have been successfully encouraged to go on to college, more than one in five full-time freshmen nationwide fail to return for a second year, according to the data.That, in turn, contributes to the fact that more than a third of students who start college still haven’t earned degrees after six years, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports, often piling up loan debt with no payoff. Those who disappear for good cost colleges and universities — including taxpayer-supported public ones like Texas A&M-Texarkana — billions of dollars in lost tuition revenue.Students who are the first in their families to go to college are the most affected. Three years after enrolling, one-third had quit, compared to about a quarter of students whose parents have a university degree, the Education Department reports.Yet even as attention has begun to be focused on this problem and its massive cost, the numbers are barely improving, The Hechinger Report found. At some types of institutions, they’re flat or getting worse, according to the data.“It’s not just about getting them in the door. It’s about making sure they come back from one year to the next,” said Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, a professor of higher education policy, organization and leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Education. “That’s the conundrum we still haven’t gotten figured out yet.”In a trend that has been widely lauded, the proportion of high school graduates who go straight to college has increased from 63 percent in 2000 to 70 percent now, the U.S. Department of Education says.But the proportion of full-time, first-time students who return for the second year, either full or part-time — a measure called retention — has improved only slightly at public four-year universities, where it is up by 2.6 percentage points since 2011, the federal data show. At private nonprofit colleges, it’s up by just 1.3 percentage points. And at private for-profit colleges and universities, more than 44 percent of students leave before finishing, a figure that is eight-tenths of a percentage point worse than it was in 2011.In all, more than a million students a year quit college, according to the consulting firm ReUp Education, which helps universities with the time-consuming and expensive process of trying to find and re-enroll them. Some may transfer and finish somewhere else; the federal figures don’t track that. But many are assumed to have dropped out.That’s partly because schools have historically focused more on recruiting students than on keeping them, said Alan Seidman, founder, and director of the Center for the Study of College Student Retention, who once worked as an admissions director.“It was my job to get students enrolled, and if you didn’t enroll them, your job could be on the line,” he said. There was no such incentive for retention, he said. “So philosophy follows finance, rather than the other way around.”New realities are conspiring to make higher education institutions try to finally fix this.One is that legislatures and governors in many states are tying university budgets to such things as retention. At least 32 states now make funding contingent on success rates, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, including the number of degrees awarded and student progress toward degrees.Another: Employers are impatient for qualified graduates to hire. “People are talking about shortages in the workforce,” said Zoë Corwin, a researcher at the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. “I’m optimistic that there’s been a national shift in awareness in how we think of this, so that’s promising.”But the biggest reason for the new focus on preventing students from leaving is that colleges are starting to run out of them.While a larger percentage of high school graduates are going on to higher educations, their actual numbers have declined dramatically, and the number of older-than-traditional-age adults on campus is also down as more are drawn back into the thriving labor market.These trends together mean that there are nearly 2.9 million fewer college students than there were at the most recent peak, in 2011, the National Student Clearinghouse reports. That makes institutions “a little more sensitive to retention,” Zamani-Gallaher said.After all, the plummeting number of prospects makes it much harder to replace dropouts than it was when there was a seemingly bottomless supply of freshmen.“There’s a growing notion that we need to change the business model, and the reason it needs to change is there’s not a never-ending flow of high school graduates,” said Bruce Vandal, senior vice president at Complete College America.Students who leave are also costing colleges significant amounts of money in forgone tuition — $16.5 billion a year collectively, according to a review of 1,669 institutions by the Educational Policy Institute, or $13.3 million for the average public and nearly $10 million for the typical private college or university. Those are big hits for campuses already struggling to close budget shortfalls.Yet colleges remain focused on recruitment, “which they already know how to do,” said Andrew Nichols, senior director of higher education research at The Education Trust. “It’s harder work to retain students.”They may no longer be able to avoid it.While state higher education funding in Texas doesn’t consider institutions’ retention rates, the Texas A&M System makes them glaringly public in an online dashboard.“The world of higher education has really changed about this,” said Emily Fourmy Cutrer, president of A&M-Texarkana, where student persistence is the lowest of the system’s 10 campuses. “We are under more pressure for retention and graduation.”Reminders have popped up all around the campus about a website called Degree Works, which tells students which requirements they’ve satisfied and what’s still left to do. “Not sure you’re on the right track for graduation?” it calls out to passersby from among notices on bulletin boards advertising class rings and intramural ultimate Frisbee.There are also tutoring centers and a program called Personal Achievement Through Help, or PATH, to keep black male students on track. While college enrollment for black men is up, according to the U.S. Department of Education, black students in general graduate at lower rates than others, the College Board reports; at a third of colleges and universities studied by The Education Trust, graduation rates for black students have been flat or falling, and men of all races graduate at lower rates than women except at for-profit universities.“They have all these safety nets — tutoring, advising,” said Camryn Davis, an A&M-Texarkana sophomore majoring in biotechnology. “We actually do get flags when the adviser forces you to come and see them.” Those kinds of reminders happen “pretty much all semester,” said Hailee Witten, a senior education major. “There’s posters, there’s emails. They hag you.” Witten stopped to reflect on whether she just made up that word, but then described it as a combination of “hassle” and “nag.”This aggressive response has helped lower the dropout rate at the Texarkana campus back to 44 percent, according to still-unreleased figures, the university says. Between the fall and spring, it said, only 11 percent of students left, a record low.“We have interventional advising, and that’s not a bad thing,” Cutrer said. She said supporting students has become a top priority. “Woe to the faculty member who says, ‘My class is a weed-out class.’ That is not a thing anymore.”But making further headway is stymied by the nature of the problem. Colleges don’t always know someone is in danger of leaving until he or she stops showing up. It’s also difficult, under a federal ban on tracking individual students, to know if they enrolled or finished somewhere else.Nor are academic problems necessarily the major reason students quit. More than 40 percent who leave have grade-point averages of at least 3.0, or a solid B, according to the education consulting company Civitas Learning. A separate report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce estimates that 500,000 top-scoring high school graduates spanning all races and income levels never earn degrees, most of them because they start but then give up on college.“It would be great to do an exit interview,” Zamani-Gallaher said. “But we don’t have the benefit of knowing in advance that a student is leaving. We have this lag time in realizing they’re not here.”Or, as one undergraduate who quit put it, “Leaving was weird. Nobody noticed.”That comment came in response to a rare endeavor by a higher-education institution: a survey emailed to 10,555 students in 2014 by the University of Washington to learn why some left before graduating.Many of those who answered — fewer than one in five who received the survey, in spite of a chance at a $200 gift card — said they ran into financial problems or worried about falling too deeply into debt. Forty-one percent said they felt isolated or alone, and 39 percent that they didn’t think they were getting their money’s worth. Racial and ethnic minority students were particularly likely to report that their scholarship money ran out or was not renewed, that their families needed them or that the university wouldn’t let them continue because they fell behind in their payments.Many students balance college and jobs. Cutrer, who teaches a freshman seminar, said six students in her class of 20 told her they worked 40 hours a week, eight worked 30 or more hours and the rest worked at least part-time.“If it’s between earning money and going to class, I’m going to earn money because I have to support people,” Seidman said. Students “don’t understand the cost-benefit of going to college” — the typically higher wages earned by degree-holders — “and we do a bad job of explaining that.”Another problem is poor preparation that requires remedial education, usually in math or English. At least half a million students a year are placed into such courses, The Hechinger Report has found, and many of them give up in frustration, according to the advocacy organization Complete College America. This, too, hits nonwhite and low-income students hardest; 44 percent of black, 37 percent of low-income and 35 percent of Hispanic students are diverted into remedial classes at four-year universities and colleges and significantly larger percentages at two-year ones.Black and Hispanic students also disproportionately enroll at community colleges and regional public universities that can’t afford to provide the level of support that better-funded private colleges and public flagships can, a new report by the Center for American Progress shows.“Access without success is not really solving the problems we need to solve, especially for the most disadvantaged,” said Vandal.Additional reporting by Dana Amihere. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.Disclosure: The Texas A&M University System has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations, and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here
TO celebrate the 60th anniversary of Lalit Kala Akademi, a musical concert is being organised in the Capital where santoor maestro and composer Abhay Rustum Sopori will inaugurate the function with his performance. The evening will be graced by Shripad Yesso Naik, Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Govt of India.Sopori’s music will take on a journey of India through the musical notes of Santoor in unison with the classical, Sufi, traditional and ethnic sounds and drums of India presenting a cultural ethos of India enchanting the listeners and taking them into a state of ecstacy – the Irfaan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The concert will feature around 30 musicians on santoor, tabla, pakhawaj, mridangam, gattam, khol, nakara, nagada, tumbaknari, drums, percussions, sarangi, vocals, cello and double base guitars. Sopori is the youngest santoor maestro and classical musician to compose and conduct orchestras, folk and sufi ensembles. He has been the youngest recipient of all the awards he has received including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi’s first Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, J&K State Award (the highest Civilian Award of the State of Jammu & Kashmir), Sangeet Mani Award, Glory of India Award, Best Citizens of India Award, Bharat Shiromani Award, Sangeet Bhushan Award and many more. His name also features in various Biographical-note volumes.When: 5 August Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus MargTiming: 6:00 pm
This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Listen Now Should you change your web-hosting company? Before rushing into anything, give your service a thorough assessment. “Ask yourself, quite simply, whether you’ve received the service you expected,” says Sebastian Moser, U.S. director of technical development at 1&1 Internet Inc., a web-hosting provider in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania. So what should you expect from a web host?”First and foremost, it should provide speedy and reliable service, and give you all the tools you need to have a sophisticated and productive website at a reasonable price,” says Moser. Before you switch, Moser suggests you ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any of them, it might be time to change.Am I experiencing regular outages? The most important question is whether your site’s availability is satisfactory, says Moser. While you will seldom achieve 100 percent availability, he says, “if you have experienced regular outages lasting longer than a couple of hours, it is time to switch.”Does my hosting company meet my needs? “It’s surprising how often we find people operating multimillion-dollar businesses on one dedicated server, with no backup or redundant hard drives,” says Moser. “Talk to your hosting company to learn more about how to best match your needs with the right technology.”Am I getting the best value for the price? At least once a year, do some comparison shopping–new hosting companies may have emerged, or existing companies may be offering better deals.According to Moser, “Some of the bigger and more reputable web hosts will provide you with very feature-rich packages, with all the tools and resources you need at prices that are lower than ever, so it pays to do a little homework.” Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 2 min read January 1, 2006 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.
Mahahual, Q.R. — The Navy of Mexico from the Port of Mahahual have seized at least one boat they say was involved in the illegal poaching of pink snails.The seizure came after they received information from the Captaincy of Puerto de Mahahual that a small vessel was thought to be moving a load of pink snail from the Chinchorro Bank Biosphere Reserve to the coast.The Mexican Navy deployed two interceptor-type patrols and personnel while the Harbor Master’s office conducted stationary surveillance to locate and eventually detain the illegal fishermen. However, once the men noticed the Marine boats coming their way, they dumped the snails and headed for shore.The crew on the boat Esbeydi Daniel fled toward Costa Maya while being pursued by one of the patrols for the barrier reef. Approximately 15 kilometers from Mahahual, those on board the Esbeydi Daniel dumped the snails, abandoned their boat and fled on foot.When navy personnel located the abandoned boat, they found a total of 200 liters of stored gasoline on four other nearby vessels.The Navy of Mexico routinely performs monitoring to protect the endangered species in the protected natural areas of the Mexican marine zones.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
GENEVA (AP) – Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG on Tuesday reported a 7 percent increase in sales of its pharmaceutical products for the first nine months of 2012, powered by demand for its cancer drugs.The Basel, Switzerland-based company, helped by sales of established and new cancer drugs and recent cost-cutting drives, said its pharmaceutical division’s sales over the three quarters rose to 26.2 billion Swiss francs ($28.08 billion), up from 24.4 billion francs in the same time period last year. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean The world’s biggest producer of cancer-fighting drugs had solid growth in its top three cancer drugs MabThera/Rituxan, Herceptin and Avastin, which accounted for 52 percent of all its pharmaceutical division’s sales. Roche also benefits from having strong sellers whose patents will not expire soon.It posted the figures before the opening of the Zurich exchange. Its shares closed Monday at 183.90 francs ($197.13), up nearly 15 percent since the start of the year.Roche said in a statement that its strong growth in the third quarter was helped by the launch of its new breast cancer medicine Perjeta in the United States and Europe.CEO Severin Schwan said that its drug development pipeline “has continued to deliver” and the company is on target to meet its goals this year.The company confirmed its outlook for sales growth would be in the low to middle single-digit range at constant exchange rates this year.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The vital role family plays in society Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day