young people – Xing Wu Wed, 13 Apr 2022 05:58:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 young people – Xing Wu 32 32 Essential Skills for Ireland’s Digital Leadership Sun, 13 Feb 2022 09:27:00 +0000 James O’Connorchief executive of Microsoft, describes the company’s initiatives to help Irish people develop vital digital skills

Two years ago, we could not have foreseen the critical role that digital technologies would play in enabling our economy and society to adapt and transform in the midst of the pandemic.

They have helped protect lives and livelihoods, helped people stay connected, enabled much of the workforce to successfully work remotely and students to learn from home, supported continuity activities and, in many cases, enabled organizations to pivot and grow.

I have seen many changes since I joined Microsoft in 1993. However, the rapid evolution in the way we live, work and do business is unprecedented.

Digital steering

I believe now is the time to harness this progress and experience as we work together to position Ireland as Europe’s digital leader by 2025. Accelerating Ireland’s journey to a digital future will strengthen our sustainable recovery while enabling new and better services for citizens, increasing competitiveness, boosting productivity and, significantly, creating the jobs of the future.

A continued focus on cloud services, digital health solutions and cybersecurity presents immediate opportunities for Ireland to cement its digital leadership credentials.

Importance of the skills sought Digital technology alone is not enough to achieve our ambitions. To become a true digital leader, we need to ensure that our people have the skills that are not only in demand in today’s digital world, but will be vital in the Irish economy of 2025 and beyond.

From digital marketing to cloud services, from CX (customer experience) to engineering, the jobs of the future are already here. According to the World Economic Forum, 90% of all jobs in 2030 will require digital skills.

Despite advances in technology adoption, there is a persistent digital skills gap that needs to be addressed. Today, only 54% of our population has basic digital skills. That’s why Microsoft Ireland has a particular focus on helping people gain the digital skills they need to participate fully in society, while creating the next generation of digital leaders.

life paths

Since Microsoft became one of the first multinationals to invest in Ireland 37 years ago, we have sought to encourage and empower people of all backgrounds and levels of experience to acquire the skills necessary to participate in equally to a digital economy.

From our 12-year active involvement in the Springboard skills development initiative to our own programs supported by this initiative, such as Microsoft Ireland’s Pathways For Life, we are committed to providing people who lack basic digital skills with the supports they so badly need to develop these new skills.

We also know that the future of business transformation and innovation lies in having qualified talent capable of unleashing the full potential of cloud and other digital technologies. That’s why we help the industry not only improve the skills of its workforce, but also foster a culture of continuous learning that will allow it to be competitive and innovate.

In December, we partnered with Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board to launch the Microsoft Cloud Traineeship program to equip people with the in-demand skills needed to move into cloud-based roles.

This follows the rollout of the Microsoft Skill Forward webinar program which provides upskilling opportunities in emerging areas such as AI, data and security.

Partnership approach

Given the scale of our ambition, we have forged many valuable partnerships to help us deliver on our initiatives and reach more people.

In direct response to the thousands of people displaced during the pandemic and as part of our Pathways for Life education and training programme, we launched StepIn2Tech last year in collaboration with FIT to train 10,000 people with the necessary digital skills. to move into in-demand roles within the digital economy.

One of them was David whose work had been affected by the pandemic. Finding StepIn2Tech has given her the skills to secure a place in a pre-tech apprenticeship that will provide her with a springboard to a career in technology.

Meanwhile, the Microsoft Dream Space experience, through which we have been able to engage more than 80,000 young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has recently been boosted through our collaboration with RTÉ , which culminated in the recent launch of Ireland’s Future is MINE, an exciting national digital skills competition for primary schools.

We have also partnered with Maynooth University, Ireland’s fastest growing university, to roll out the Digital Wealth and STEM Passport for Inclusion projects, school programs designed to address the digital skills gap in education. and further strengthen the future Irish talent pool.

The reality is that no single entity can equip Ireland’s current and future workforce with the in-demand skills that will shape our economy and society today and tomorrow. As an active industry partner in the Human Capital Initiative which prioritizes skills development, we know that business needs to work with the Irish education sector, NGOs and government.

Stay competitive in the future

Ireland’s attractiveness as a top location for FDI relies and will continue to rely on its focus on the future and ensuring that our workforce has the skills and tools to innovate and be internationally competitive.

With an ever-changing global investment environment and a growing number of international competitors, this focus takes on even more importance.

Although Ireland currently ranks 13th in the IMD Global Competitiveness Rankings, we must strive to do better. By building Ireland’s skills, we can take the lead in an increasingly digital world and strengthen Ireland’s future competitiveness.

The road ahead

Looking to the future, one thing is clear: standing still is no longer an option. The government’s development of a new national digital strategy provides a unique window of opportunity to accelerate the digital transition underway across the public and private sectors so that Ireland can become the true digital leader in Europe.

Achieving this mission requires an inclusive approach, an approach that offers each person the opportunity to develop the skills needed to succeed. The launch of a report on Inclusive Education for Learners with Intellectual Disabilities by Minister Simon Harris in December is a welcome development in this regard.

I am extremely optimistic about the digital future of the country. With its remarkable group of technology companies and cutting-edge research, there has never been a better time for Ireland to set its benchmarks for digital leadership on the European and global stage.

That’s why I’m calling on business leaders, educators, community champions and policy makers to come together to make skills and lifelong learning a priority.

By working together, I believe we can build a digital economy and society that empowers every person and organization to achieve more.

10 money mistakes and how to fix them Fri, 11 Feb 2022 14:46:31 +0000

Lyle Solomon is senior counsel for Oak View Law Group in Auburn.

People of all ages can get into deep debt, but young people can be particularly vulnerable due to a lack of financial education and experience. They may continue to shop with their credit cards for the things they want, then be devastated when they find their bills are out of control. Yes, an expensive lifestyle can put you in serious financial trouble, and no one can force you to learn how to properly manage your funds unless you actively learn from your mistakes.

Money mistakes may not seem serious at first, but if ignored, they could have a huge impact. It is advisable to correct money mistakes to live a financially secure existence. Here are some risky financial mistakes and the steps you can take to avoid them.

1. Not budgeting

You need to create an appropriate budget for yourself. Budgeting is, after all, the foundation of personal finance. You need to keep track of all your expenses, even the smallest ones. You may need to cut back on extra expenses, such as entertainment and dining out, at first. However, if you have regained your financial balance, you can also include these additional expenses in your budget. All of these expenses should be categorized appropriately.

You must set aside a certain amount of money for each category and not exceed this number. By creating a budget, you can better understand how much money you have, what you spend it on, and where you spend it. You’ll be more motivated to save money.

2. Signing up for useless subscriptions or offers

Don’t choose a credit card, gym, or club membership just because of promotional offers and enticing perks. You should carefully study all terms and conditions before deciding whether or not to consider offers. Some specific tacit terms and costs exceed your budget.

3. Having too many credit cards

Carrying too many credit cards is a common mistake among young adults. Keep in mind that having too many credit cards is not good. It encourages people to spend money they don’t have. As a result, they are more likely to fall into the credit card debt trap.

4. Ignore existing debts

Instead of wasting money, you should pay off student loan debt or other financial responsibilities. To live a financially stable life, you need to focus on paying the bills. If you already have debt, pay more than the minimum amount due on those bills. If you only pay the bare minimum, it will take you a long time to pay off your obligations and you will have to pay a lot of interest.

It’s a good idea to pay more than the minimum on a bond, usually with the highest interest rate. The money you save on (long-term) interest will make it easier to pay your bills.

5. Ignore the credit card statement

Ignoring monthly bank statements is risky. Check your bank statements to see if all of your charges are listed correctly and determine whether or not you are in arrears.

Double-checking your statement can also help you spot potential signs of identity theft. Reviewing your bills allows you to notice any outstanding issues and dispute erroneous charges.

6. Not setting aside money in an emergency fund

Emergencies are unpredictable; you need to plan for the possibility of unexpected life events. Build an emergency fund for financial crises if you have no debt. When you have a sufficient savings account, you won’t need to go into debt or borrow money from others in a financial emergency. As a result, you will be able to secure a stable financial future.

7. Not contributing to a retirement account

Make an effort to set aside some of your income for retirement. If you want to be financially happy and live a financially independent life, you need to plan for your retirement years. You need to recognize that your income will cease after you retire, but your costs will not. Preparation for retirement should begin as early as possible. Each month, contribute a portion of your income to your retirement savings, such as a 401(k) or IRA.

8. Regular default of monthly payments

Late and missed payments add to your financial hardship. Missed payments show up on your credit report, indicating a lack of financial responsibility. Additionally, creditors and lenders can revoke discounts and impose fines, late fees, and other expenses, or they can raise rates, further worsening your financial situation. Therefore, make every effort to make all your monthly payments on time.

9. Use credit cards to pay medical bills

Medical bills can be expensive, but paying them with plastic would be a mistake. If you are having financial difficulty, you will need to establish a payment plan for your medical expenses. It is not recommended to pay medical expenses with a credit card.

10. Not paying bills on time

You may accrue further debt or be penalized for late payments once you have made late payments. This will hurt your credit report as well as your credit score. Everything becomes more difficult when you have a bad credit rating. The creditor or the insurer can refuse your loan application. A good company may even be hesitant to offer you a job if your neglectful habits show up on your credit report (although employers won’t see your credit score when they do a background check).

How to Work Diligently to Correct Money Mistakes

  • Subtract your total expenses from your total income; you can allocate the remaining amount to another objective (savings, repayment of debts, etc.).
  • Budgeting does not imply deprivation or limitations. You can still enjoy life while saving money if you follow good financial tactics.
  • You need to understand that credit card companies target young adults by advertising unnecessary hot deals and offers. But you should check the interest rate before buying a credit card, and it is advisable to apply for a low interest rate card. If you’re taking a high interest card just to get rewards points, you’re doing it wrong.
  • To eliminate payment headaches, set a reminder or automate your invoices.
  • Be sure to prepare a list of the things you buy. Track expenses and make payments on things you’ve bought recently so you don’t rack up debt.
  • If you have several debts and you cannot repay them, consider debt consolidation. You should understand how to consolidate payday loans first. You can take out a consolidation loan to pay off existing debts. You can also enroll in a debt consolidation program for help with debt relief.
  • You can calculate the total amount you owe credit card companies. If you find that you cannot make payments to creditors, negotiate with the company to reduce the outstanding balance.

Financial liabilities will always be incurred by those who do not correct their money mistakes, but correcting those mistakes is not impossible. Although circumstances sometimes require significant lifestyle changes, these changes will lead to a financially peaceful life.

Lyle Solomon has considerable litigation experience and substantial practical knowledge and expertise in legal analysis and writing. In 1998, he graduated from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, and he is now the senior attorney for the Oak View Legal Group in Auburn. He has contributed to publications such as Entrepreneur, All Business, US Chamber, Finance Magnates, Next Avenue and many more.

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ExplainSpeaking: How poll-linked states compare to youth, educated and female unemployment Mon, 07 Feb 2022 08:55:48 +0000 ExplainSpeaking-Economy is a weekly newsletter from Udit Misra, delivered to your inbox every Monday morning. Click here to subscribe

Dear readers,

Five-state Assembly elections begin this week. Voters will consider a range of factors before casting their ballot. At ExplainSpeaking, we analyze various economic trends.

We watched how per capita income rose in all five states on the ballot.

Then we looked overall employment levels and found that in four of the five states for which data was available – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand – the total number of people employed at the end of December 2021 was lower than five years ago.

Next, we looked at another key election issue – inflation – and a related issue – the wage rate. We have seen that in the run-up to these elections, all states have witnessed inflation rates above the national averagein particular food price inflation.

Today we will delve deeper into the question of employment or lack thereof. We will examine the employment levels of young people (those aged 15 to 29), highly educated people (graduates and above) and women. [But we will not be able to consider Manipur since data is not available].

Why look at these categories in particular?

There are several reasons.

In India, the overall unemployment rate is quite unevenly distributed. In other words, unemployment

– is highest in young people,

– increases with the level of education,

– and is higher in women.

Here are three graphs (from the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy) that support these claims.

Figure 1 (CMIE, December 2021) highlights the challenge of youth unemployment. The blue line shows the labor force participation rate (LFPR). The LFPR is the percentage of the working-age population (that is, people over the age of 15) who are actively seeking employment. As such, it includes both the total number of employed people and those who are unemployed. The red line is the unemployment rate, which is expressed as a percentage of the labor force.

Source: Indian Economy Watch Center

Chart 1 shows us that the unemployment rate (TUE) is highest among young people (15 to 29 years old) even when the LFPR in this age group is relatively lower than the other age groups. In other words, even when a relatively smaller percentage of people in the young age group (15-29) are looking for (or “demanding”) work, the economy is unable to create (or to “provide”) enough jobs.

Chart 1 illustrates one of the main reasons why so many young people are on the streets, angrily demanding answers from the government.

Chart 2 (CMIE, December 2021) captures the other big reason for youth unrest. In India, the unemployment rate increases with education. The CMIE calls it the “Skills Challenge” because, obviously, the skills acquired by young people during their studies do not correspond at all to those they need in the labor market. In December 2021, one in five Indian graduates seeking employment were unemployed. This does not mean that graduates who have a job could do what they like or be paid as they wish. This number also does not include the millions of people who drop out of the workforce when they are disappointed (and stop looking for a job).

Source: Indian Economy Watch Center

Chart 3 and Chart 4 (both from December 2021) highlight the gender aspect of unemployment in India.

Source: Indian Economy Watch Center

Chart 3 shows that whichever way you slice the data, female unemployment is significantly higher than male unemployment. Chart 4 highlights an even more frightening aspect of female unemployment. Female unemployment (e.g. urban women in this case) is higher even though a very small percentage (only 7.2%) of women are looking for (or demanding) employment.

Source: Indian Economy Watch Center

In the recently released Global Risks Report, the World Economic Forum, famous for the annual Davos meeting, highlighted “widespread youth disillusionment” as one of the main risks for India.

By “widespread youth disillusionment”, the WEF refers to “youth disengagement, lack of trust and/or loss of faith in existing economic, political and social structures globally, negatively impacting social stability, individual well-being and economic productivity”.

Loud scenes of young people clamoring for jobs in UP, India’s most populous state, are a strong indicator that unemployment may well be a deal breaker for voters, especially the young, educated and women .

So where do the poll-linked states rank on each of these metrics?

ExplainSpeaking analyzed publicly available CMIE data to arrive at the following results. The tables below present the total population belonging to the category concerned and the total number among those who have a job. The ratio is calculated as the employment rate (i.e. the total number of employees expressed as a percentage of the total population in that category) to help us compare the state to each other as well as to the national average.

The data is compiled for three periods:

> Sept-Dec 2016 (as he gives the picture just before the start of the Assembly’s term)

> Sept-Dec 2019 (because it provides a comparable picture before the Covid pandemic)

> Sept-December 2021 (as this is the latest available data and provides a clear 5-year trend)

Uttar Pradesh (See FIGURE 5)

Source: Indian Economy Watch Center

On all three counts – youth, educated and female employment – ​​not only is Uttar Pradesh far behind the national average, but it has also seen a steep decline over the past five years.

For example, in December 2016, 15.39 million young people were employed. Five years later, even though the total youth population had increased by 9 million (or 90 lakh), the total number of employees had decreased by more than 3 million (or 30 lakh).

This should put into perspective the claims of job creation by the government in power. It also shows that the youth of UP suffered the worst fate because the state failed to create new jobs.

The employment rate for graduates (and above) increased slightly between 2016 and 2019, but since then it has fallen sharply.

When it comes to women, UP has always been a terrible laggard. Over the past five years, this situation has worsened further. While the population of working-age women has increased by 12 million, the number of employed women has halved from the already paltry number of December 2016. Less than 2% of all women in the working-age population working age (15 years and over) have a job.

Punjab (See TABLE 6)

Source: Indian Economy Watch Center

Youth employment rates in Punjab are much better than the national average, but the fact remains that they have declined over the past five years. While the total youth population increased by 10 million, the number of jobs decreased by 5 million.

Similarly, employment rates for both graduates (and above) and women have fallen sharply.

Goa (See TABLE 7)

Source: Indian Economy Watch Center

Earlier analysis of RBI data showed that Goa is a state where per capita incomes have contracted (rather than grown) over the past year. It is therefore hardly surprising to see a fairly sharp drop in the youth employment rate.

As of December 2016, the youth population was 4.05 lakh. Among them, 1.71 lakh had a job. But over the past few years, even though the youth population has shrunk by one lakh, the number of young people with jobs has completely dropped. According to the CMIE, only about 30,000 people belonging to this age group are employed today.

The situation is much better if we consider graduates and (better) educated people. But this employment rate has also declined over the past five years and is now below the national average.

The percentage of working-age women with jobs has also dropped in Goa.

Uttarakhand (See TABLE 8)

Source: Indian Economy Watch Center

This is yet another state where youth employment has been hit hard. The youth employment rate, which was already quite low, has fallen by a quarter over the past five years.

However, the employment rate of highly skilled people has increased and in this respect Uttarakhand is an exception.

But female employment is again following the general downward trend.

That’s about unemployment.

But before we close this issue, there are a few more tips.

The Union’s budget for 2022-23 was presented last week. If you were a regular reader of ExplainSpeaking, you would have been ahead of the curve in understanding the budget. For example, a week before the budget, ExplainSpeaking explained how a fiscal strategy based on investment-led growth can unfold in the future.

If you register today, here is most of the budget.

The central idea of ​​the last budget is not that the government will spend more to stimulate the economy. Far from there.

The main thrust of the Budget lies in the passage of expenditure from “revenue” to “capital”. In other words, the government will spend a lower percentage of its total expenditure on daily consumption needs and a higher percentage on capital construction. In 2019-20, capital spending was only 11% of total government spending, but increased in FY21 and 22, and is expected to reach 18% in FY23.

What is the salience of this change in spending? Simply put, this type of spending shift was the central objective of the Fiscal Responsibility and Fiscal Management Act 2003 (FRBM Act). Such a change is seen as an improvement in the quality of public spending (see chart 9).

For a more detailed understanding, please watch this episode of the recently launched video series — called The Economist Express – where Professor NR Bhanumurthy (VC, Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics in Bangalore) explains (in very simple language) the difference between income and capital expenditure and their different impact on the economy.

Another issue that was conspicuously absent from the EU budget was any reference to the plight of farmers. Here’s another episode of The Express Economist in which JNU’s Professor Himanshu explains the origins of Indian farmers’ woes and why farmers won’t be doubling their incomes (which was supposed to happen in 2022) any time soon.

Finally, the Reserve Bank of India will release its latest monetary policy review this week. In all likelihood, the RBI will increase the reverse repo rate. Here is a piece that explains what is a reverse repo and how increasing it will impact the economy.

Stay safe and stay masked.


UNC history professor William Sturkey aims to empower students to talk about race Fri, 04 Feb 2022 03:53:00 +0000

Readings from William Sturkey’s America in the Sixties course include much of what one would expect from any other history course – speeches by John F. Kennedy, articles on the Vietnam War and lectures on the civil rights movement.

But the associate history professor also includes compulsory listening in his program: some of the best songs of the 1960s, from Bob Dylan and The Temptations to Aretha Franklin and his current favorite, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.

“Music is also a primary source,” Sturkey said. “As we analyze, say, how young people might think about relationships between men and women, we listen to some of the songs about dating, some of the big pop hits. We have a full day on Motown and the Beatles.

Sturkey said the class’s goal was to connect all the different movements of the ’60s — from music to foreign policy to civil rights — to get a broader understanding of the decade.

His research focuses on the history of race in the South, writing about the experiences of non-white people who have fundamentally shaped American history but have been largely excluded from the narrative around it, he said.

His most recent book, “Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White,” centers on a black community in Mississippi during the Jim Crow era leading up to the civil rights movement.

“People like my family members haven’t been included in the story of who Americans are and what America is,” Sturkey said. “And a big part of my job is to center their lives around that story.”

Sturkey said he was initially drawn to studying history and racial history because of his personal experiences with racism growing up in northwestern Pennsylvania. In college, he took history classes that gave him a better understanding of the nature of race in the United States.

And now that he’s the one teaching, he wants to do the same for his students.

“I love empowering students to talk about race in America,” Sturkey said. “Even though I cared and appreciated the subject of race in the 1960s, when all these dramatic changes happened, the most important thing, I think, is to give young people a space to dialogue on important subjects in our society.”

Senior Riley Green has been enrolled in Sturkey’s American History class since 1865, when she was a freshman. Green first took the class for general education credit, but she said it ended up being one of her favorite classes she took at UNC because of the amount of information that Sturkey gathered in his engaging lectures.

“He was super knowledgeable, always ready to answer questions and explain things thoroughly,” Green said. “And you can really tell he was passionate about what he was teaching.”

In fall 2019, Sturkey taught a one-credit course called “Race & Memory at UNC”, which explored the history of race on campus, from the founding of the University to more contemporary issues.

He said the course was offered at a time when students were craving information about UNC’s racial history that was not provided by the University to educate them.

Erik Gellman, an associate professor in the history department, said the class did a lot to expose the white supremacist structures the university was built on and UNC’s failure to address its past.

“I think he’s done this university a great service to bring these things to light,” Gellman said. “And for the University to have been forced, in many ways, to consider some of those legacies, including, of course, Silent Sam and that statue being permanently removed, the renaming of buildings on campus and the story behind the names of these buildings.

On Feb. 18, Sturkey will speak at an event also titled “Race and Memory at UNC,” alongside civil rights activist and historian Danita Mason-Hogans.

He said the discussion, which will explore basic elements of UNC’s racial history, was originally designed to help new faculty understand the university’s past.

“It won’t just be some kind of story hour,” Sturkey said. “Critical to this is also why we struggle so much with this story in our present time and what keeps UNC-Chapel Hill from being a leading institution when it comes to telling its own story.”

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The MP tours the A63 Castle Street improvements to see how the National Motorways are building back better Mon, 24 Jan 2022 13:22:20 +0000

Emma Hardy, MP for Hull West and Hessle, visited the site of the National Highways A63 Castle Street Improvement on January 21 to see the progress being made and the difference the project is making to the local community.

Over the past few months, work has focused on removing various underground pipes in the path of the new infrastructure, continuing construction of the main underpass, and preparing for the installation of the Porter Street Bridge.

Frances Oliver, National Roads Project Manager, said:

Work is progressing extremely well and we are on track to install the new Porter Street pedestrian and bicycle bridge in a few months.

This significant upgrade is a great example of how building back better will support economic growth through infrastructure investments. The A63 Castle Street scheme will bring many benefits, not just to the people of Hull, but to the economy as a whole. This will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and create better connections.

Ms Hardy also heard how National Highways and its delivery partner Balfour Beatty are creating a lasting legacy of ‘local first’, helping charities, businesses, suppliers, schools and colleges throughout the life of the program. .

The project engages with young people in employment and skills activities, promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as a career.

Staff engaged with over 1,700 people and provided STEM-based activities to over 200 local students from schools, colleges and the University of Hull, including a full day of activities for 45 students from a local school with special educational needs and disabilities.

The project team also participated in a pilot project on women in manufacturing and engineering to encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM and recruit female apprentices from the region.

They have also raised money for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Anthony Nolan and DKMS, a blood cancer charity. In connection with this, they generated 65 new donor registrations in the stem cell registry. They also donated items to a local food bank and women’s shelter, as well as equipment and staff time for an episode of BBC’s DIY SOS.

Speaking after her visit, Ms Hardy said:

I was pleased to see the good progress being made on the site and to hear that the project is proceeding according to its original schedule. The improvements will make a huge difference to the area and National Highways’ continued commitment to expanding education opportunities and supporting local community groups is highly commendable.

The A63 Castle Street improvement began construction in 2020 and is due for completion in 2025. A new junction will be created by lowering the grade of the A63 at the Mytongate junction. Ferensway and Commercial Road will cross the A63, creating a two-tier junction. Between Princes Dock Street and Market Place, the eastbound carriageway will be widened to three lanes. A new bridge will be constructed over the A63 at Porter Street.

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Illinois faces growing teacher shortage, study finds – NBC Chicago Thu, 20 Jan 2022 01:42:08 +0000

Teachers continue to be in high demand in Illinois, with nearly 90% of schools reporting they are experiencing staffing shortages, according to new research released by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools.

The study shows that 88% of school districts surveyed in Illinois said they believed they had a shortage of teachers and 96% said they had a shortage of substitute teachers.

“It’s not something we’re going to cure tomorrow and for me the most desperate concern is to provide the best education for our children,” said IARSS President Dr Mark Klaisner.

The IARSS study indicates that possible solutions include encouraging more young people to enter the teaching field and better supporting those who are starting out but may be tempted to leave. The study also recommends expanding programs that recruit and support minorities and those that teach high-need subjects.

“The long-term solutions will be to strengthen the profession and help young people see how rewarding it can be,” Klaisner said.

Education experts have said that in addition to a shortage of teachers in traditional subjects, there is a need for special education and bilingual teachers.

Vince OBrill, a senior at DePaul University, is studying to become a teacher and said students need teachers now more than ever.

“They need a school where they can go see friends, have fun with each other, and be creative,” OBrill said.

Anitria Wilson said she was working on a master’s degree with special education endorsement from National Louis University.

“I think I can make a difference because I’m an aspiring teacher who wants to teach for the long haul,” Wilson said. “I would like this to be my last career.”

Meanwhile, the University of Illinois at Chicago said it is seeing increased enrollment in its teacher license programs.

“Even though there is a shortage nationally and in many districts in Illinois, there seem to be teachers, young people who want to get into teaching to help fill the gaps,” said said Dr. Daniel Maggin of UIC’s Department of Special Education.

DPA agent accused of sex crime Sat, 08 Jan 2022 19:13:54 +0000

LEXINGTON – The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved a $ 3 million donation to the College of Engineering from a former student and longtime supporter of James F. Hardymon University at the meeting of the December 14.

The donation will support the renovations and, where applicable, the expansion of a laboratory space dedicated to biomedical engineering; laboratories and classrooms for the college’s new engineering technology department; and lab space for the college’s upcoming aerospace engineering undergraduate program.

“The University of Kentucky was established to advance the Commonwealth, through discovery, economic advancement and workforce development,” said British President Eli Capilouto. “This generous donation helps fuel this mission. It further incorporates ingenuity and innovation into the distinctive experience we deliver, in our labs, in our classrooms, and in cutting-edge programs supporting fields of the future, such as aerospace engineering. We are deeply grateful for this investment which will help us build a better future for Kentucky. “

“This donation will create more than 8,200 square feet of state-of-the-art learning spaces and promote the professional development of more than 500 engineering students each year,” said Rudy Buchheit, Dr. Rebecca Burchett Liebert Dean of College of Engineering. . “The impact will be significant and immediate and will accelerate the growth of these new programs at a critical time for college and university.

Hardymon, born in Maysville on Veterans Day 1934, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1956 and 1958, respectively. He began his career with the Browning Manufacturing Company in Maysville in 1961, after two periods of service in the United States Army. He then held various executive positions at Emerson Electric before becoming CEO of Textron Inc., a $ 10 billion multi-industry global company with cutting-edge operations in aerospace, automotive, industry and finance. He retired in 1999.

“The UK College of Engineering is doing a remarkable job of educating young people to make our world a better place,” said Hardymon. “I am pleased to make this donation which directly supports student success in the college’s exciting new undergraduate programs.

The College of Engineering has launched four new undergraduate specializations over the past two years: Biomedical Engineering, Lean Systems Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, and Aerospace Engineering.

The UK has offered biomedical engineering studies since the 1950s; however, the program provided only graduate degrees and a BME minor until the fall semester of 2020. While the administrative offices of Br Joseph Halcomb III, MD Department of Biomedical Engineering occupy the fifth floor of the building of robotics and manufacturing, additional space is needed to support the rapidly growing program. So far, 180 students have declared their intention to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.

F. Joseph Halcomb III, MD Chair in Biomedical Engineering Guigen Zhang says Hardymon’s donation will create new labs in the Grehan Building, which itself has undergone extensive renovations and reopened to support engineering training in 2020.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr. Hardymon for his generous and timely donation. These labs will provide BME students with hands-on and experiential opportunities to stimulate their interest in DIY and hone their practical skills at the interfaces of engineering and medicine. This generous donation will have a lasting impact and allow us to provide a unique and quality education to future biomedical engineers in an integrated engineering-medicine environment at the University of Kentucky, ”said Zhang.

The Engineering Technology Department, which offers bachelor’s degrees in lean systems engineering technology and computer engineering technology through a partnership with Bluegrass Community and Technical College, began its programs earlier this fall. The college’s ninth department was made possible in large part by a $ 2.25 million donation from Toyota.

Hardymon’s investment will create 4,900 square feet of classrooms and teaching laboratories and an administrative headquarters for the new department.

“This donation enables the Department of Engineering Technology to implement its vision of hands-on engineering experiences and design projects for students,” said department chair Nelson Akafuah. “This will enable students to design and create with a limitless mindset through an education focused on hands-on, project-based learning. “

Starting in the fall 2022 semester, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will begin offering courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. The new undergraduate aerospace program will be the first in Kentucky.

Hardymon’s donation will enable the development of a hands-on lab course for all undergraduate aerospace engineering students and provide state-of-the-art facilities for students to develop experiments relevant to air and space systems. The laboratories will include a large wind tunnel to test the design and control of the cell; installations for the development of aerodynamic profiles for wind power; and equipment for testing the resilience of spacecraft hardware to vibration and vacuum environments.

“These hands-on experiences are essential in preparing our graduates for modern careers in aerospace engineering,” said Michael Renfro, department director and professor at the Tennessee Valley Authority.

A long-awaited call leads to a real connection Fri, 07 Jan 2022 05:00:05 +0000

One Saturday in June 2018, Vaibhavi Kamat, then a senior in the state of North Carolina, took a seat at a busy table at Darbar Indian Cuisine, a Manhattan restaurant. Soon she was talking to Jaideep Rao, then a rising senior at the University of Mississippi.

Ms. Kamat and Mr. Rao had each traveled to New York on their own to attend a Konkani youth convention. The event brings together young people whose ancestry dates back to the town of Mangalore, in southern India, with the sole purpose of making them known.

It seemed to work immediately for Ms. Kamat, now 25, and Mr. Rao, now 26, who quickly realized they had a lot in common, including growing up in the south. and share a favorite fast food chain, Cook Out. .

“She was beautiful and had less southern accent than I thought,” Mr. Rao said. “She was also very easy to talk to, which is probably due to the fact that we are part of the same South Indian subculture. “

Ms. Kamat said: “He seemed very genuine and kind. Our conversation was very natural and it didn’t seem like either of us was trying too hard.

They exchanged numbers that day, and Mr. Rao began to have visions of a distant romance with Ms. Kamat.

But then came Sunday.

“We left without seeing each other on Sunday,” Ms. Kamat said.

Mr. Rao was almost certain that Ms. Kamat would call as soon as she got home. But she didn’t, and when another week passed and she still hadn’t called him, her confidence started to fade.

When asked if he thought at the time that Ms. Kamat would never call, Mr. Rao laughed nervously and said in a voice just above a whisper, “a little”.

“I knew we had good chemistry,” he added.

The next week, however, Ms. Kamat finally called, and Mr. Rao sighed in relief.

“We spent the rest of the summer communicating primarily online as I was on a study trip abroad,” she said.

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In September 2018, Ms. Kamat boarded a plane to Mississippi and spent a weekend with Mr. Rao at her university campus in Oxford. She was curious to meet the friends he had spoken of often, which made Mr. Rao “very, very nervous,” he said.

But once she arrived and heard her friends say how great a guy he was, Mr. Rao’s nerves relaxed. And the fact that she even made the trip, he said, was an auspicious sign.

“Once she got on the plane from North Carolina to come see me, I knew she was hired,” Rao said.

By 2020, Mr. Rao and Ms. Kamat had graduated and had moved to Texas; him in Dallas, and her in Ridgewood Park. Mr. Rao, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, is an associate civil engineer for TRC, a construction consulting, engineering and management company in Arlington, Texas. Ms. Kamat graduated with a BS in Nutrition and is a first grade teacher at WA Martin Elementary School in Crandall, TX.

On April 17, 2021, Mr. Rao offered Fount a Dallas cafe. On September 11, 2021, the couple and their families participated in a formal engagement ceremony, which incorporated Hindu rituals and traditions, at the home of Ms. Kamat’s parents in Apex, North Carolina.

The couple married three months later, on December 11, 2021, at the DFW Hindu Temple in Irving, Texas. Umanath Bhat, a Hindu priest, led the ceremony in front of 20 vaccinated guests. The day after their wedding, the bride and groom had brunch with their families at Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine in Southlake, Texas.

“Our families have become extremely close since we started dating,” the groom said. “It’s as if each of us now belongs to two families.

The newlyweds officially moved in together, at the groom’s apartment in Highland Park, Texas.

What is “time blocking”? Learn All About This Effective TikTok Trend – NBC Los Angeles Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:56:58 +0000

Are you looking for a more efficient way to be productive? Then you might want to try “time blocking”.

This latest TikTok trend is ideal for those who want to get more out of their day and stick to a productive schedule. If you do it right, you can stop procrastinating on important projects and let things fall through the cracks. ‘Time blocking’ is the perfect way to start 2022 if you want to stick to your goals.

What is “time blocking”?

TODAY correspondent Morgan Radford explains that “time blocking” is “a way to break your day into chunks, devoting specific and limited time to each task.” By focusing deeply and exclusively on progressing these tasks. And the key? You develop this plan the day before. “

Does “time blocking” really work?

Georgetown Associate Professor Cal Newport said the “blocking of time” can be “almost miraculous” for anyone who wants to be more productive in their day.

“Young people are realizing: ‘I have a lot to do. We don’t know how to do it. “” he told Radford. “What I hear over and over from people who switch to ‘time block’ planning is that they are doing twice as much in the same working time.”

Small business owner Dana Walton, who is also a single mother to her 3-year-old son, said TODAY that the “time block” has helped her “eliminate all the distractions” in her life. everyday.

Additionally, Britney Brown, a mother of five, told Radford that establishing a “time block” schedule has helped her a lot with her ADHD.

ADHD is the abbreviation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which according to The John Hopkins School of Medicine website, is “a behavioral disorder, usually first diagnosed in childhood, characterized by inattention, impulsivity and, in some cases, hyperactivity”.

“It takes away that amount of panic that happens when you’re not exactly sure what you’re supposed to be doing,” Brown said of his “time blocking” schedule. “It helps a lot that.”

How should you make your “time block” schedule?

Walton makes sure she plans her day from when she wakes up at 6 a.m. until she falls asleep around 11:30 p.m.

“It’s literally: waking up, having breakfast, brushing your teeth, making breakfast for your child, dropping off, picking up, all the meetings I have for work, all the non-negotiable items of the day and the times I need that – it’s literally all blocked, ”she said.

Remember to allow as much time as necessary to complete a task. Newport says it’s the # 1 mistake people make when they start “blocking time.” He also suggests grouping all your small tasks like scheduling appointments or calling your doctor’s office so you can get them done quickly and give yourself more time throughout the day.

What about your breaks?

While “time blocking” is great for sticking to your schedule, you should also make sure you allow time for breaks. Newport says this practice is “crucial” for your mental health.

When you first start “blocking out time,” Newport said you shouldn’t expect to feel like you’re off to a good start. People usually tell him that ‘it’s exhausting at first’, but once they get into the habit of doing it, they ‘can’t believe the amount of work’ they do.

How is “time blocking” different from a to-do list?

“A to-do list is at the heart of what I call the reactive method,” Newport explained. “You react to what lies ahead and say, ‘What do I want to do next? “Time blocking” can be much more proactive. You say, “OK, I’m actually going to watch the day ahead. What is the best allocation of what I could do in relation to the time available? And then once you have that plan, you can just put your head down and execute. “


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Christian brother and alumnus who served La Salle for nearly 50 years dies Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:10:52 +0000

La Salle University Archives

Arthur J. Bangs, FSC, Ph.D., ’53, MA ’54, a brother of the Christian schools and two-time alumnus of La Salle whose university service spanned nearly half a century, is died on December 11. was 89 years old.

Bangs’ main ministry at La Salle supported his students at the University’s Student Guidance Center, where he served as a clinical psychologist and licensed counselor. (He received his doctorate in counseling from the Catholic University of America.) Bangs also taught in the education department at La Salle on several multi-year assignments, beginning in 1969. His career as a teacher and counselor at 20th and Olney ended in 2018 on his retirement after 49 years of service. Along the way, he has contributed to several functions relating to student well-being and the student experience. Notably, from 1979 to 1982, Bangs served as local director in Friborg, Switzerland, as part of the University’s study abroad program.

His greatest satisfaction came from “working with young people in any capacity,” Bangs said in 1999 in an interview with La Salle Magazine. “Teaching and counseling seems more rewarding than ever to me. ”

Portrait of Brother Arthur Bangs from the 90s
La Salle University Archives

Born in Philadelphia, Bangs graduated from what is today known as West Catholic Preparatory High School. Moving from one Lasallian institution to another, he continued his studies at La Salle and obtained an undergraduate degree in Latin in 1953 and an MA in 1954. He then obtained a MA in Classics at the University of Pittsburgh, and Masters and Doctorates in Counseling from Catholic University.

Described by his peers as “a good and kind man” and “a calm and faithful person,” Bangs was a regular at campus functions and masses. He was quick, said Bob Kinzler, FSC, assistant vice president of academic ministry, service and support, a Christian brother who had a prayer ready anytime or event.

Bangs made student mental health and well-being a priority, making appointments with students who needed to talk to someone about their stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and Other problems. His counseling expertise extended to the classroom, where he led an educational psychology course for undergraduate students at La Salle.

“I love seeing my role as a classroom teacher as a mentor, as someone that students can turn to for help for any reason, and as a good listener,” he said. he declared in 2006. in a university newsletter. “I like to find all possible means to help them in their life. … All the pleasure of my life has been working with young people. It’s invigorating. Working with young people tends to keep you young.

To Jim Black, ’84, Ph.D., Bangs was simply “Uncle Art” or “AB,” the initials he used to sign letters or cards to family and friends. Bangs’ influence on Black led him to La Salle – where he met his wife Kathy, in 1985, and studied psychology – and to a career in Lasallian ministry.

Portrait of Arthur Bangs from the 90s
La Salle University Archives

“My uncle knew the importance of listening to those with whom he spoke and maintaining a positive attitude with everyone he met,” said Black, director of the youth services division of the Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. “He was an old school educator who used an overhead projector until his last days in class. Whether AV (audiovisual) or computer (information technology), I’m not sure, but I remember him telling us that he was told it was the last bulb in the overhead projector. de La Salle because, by that time, most teachers had moved to PowerPoint or other styles of presentation. It’s just who he was: the old school.

Bangs possessed an affinity for travel and a knack for music, his colleagues said, recalling his ability to play several instruments, including the piano. Within the Brothers’ Residence, Bangs regularly participated in nightly Scrabble games with two former university presidents Daniel Burke, FSC, Ph.D., and Patrick Ellis, FSC, and Provost Emeritus Emery C. Mollenhauer, FSC , Ph.D., among others.

“Watching him play, you could tell it was as if Art had memorized the dictionary,” said Michael J. McGinniss, FSC, Ph.D., La Salle Honors Program Director and President Emeritus.

“Over lunch he would tell stories about his students,” Elder Mike continued. “That’s what I remember about Brother Art: his dedication to his teaching and his students.

—Christophe A. Vito