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5 off-beat career options to break the monotony of 9 to 5 jobs

first_imgIf Millennials have their way, 9 to 5 jobs will be a concept of the past. The new normal’ today is looking for in-demand career skills and opportunities so that they can break the monotony of 9 am to 5 pm jobs. A desk job one which is tied by working hours and results in slow progress through the hierarchy of a corporate structure is not the career definition that Millennials are aspiring for.There are two important factors which are impacting career choices. Firstly, it is the trend of choosing work and workplace flexibility over salary packages. Secondly, it is the trend of seeking work which has a greater purpose work which can make a positive impact on society.Here we discuss the qualifications required, job responsibilities, topmost courses and institutes, and the average salary packages that one can expect with respect to a few very interesting career options.Read: 6 popular career options which don’t need you to be topperHere are 5 off-beat career options to break the monotony of 9 to 5 jobs!1. Career in the Social Sector Off-beat career in social dectorThe Social Sector has emerged as a professional space providing opportunities to build an off-beat career that can make a difference in the real world. Breaking all myths around it, the Social Sector has evolved beyond just volunteering’ and working with small, local NGOs’.It provides enormous spaces for meaningful, challenging, complex and financially viable careers through working on real issues affecting society today.Passion combined with professionalism (understanding of society, development, visualisation of sustainable change at scale through world-class social purpose organisations) is needed to create an impact in the challenging environment of the Social Sector.advertisementJobs: One can opt for varied job roles that allow you to make a positive impact on society at large. Job profiles such as strategy and planning, behaviour change communication, collaborative partnerships, government advocacy, value-based fundraising, systems thinking based programme design and management, mission first social entrepreneurship, holistic decision making, corporate social responsibility, ethical and pragmatic M&E etc can be opted for.Qualifications: From fresh graduates to people already pursuing a career (in any field) can opt for a post-graduate programme or fellowship to get a head-start in Social Sector.Financial comfort: The average fresher salary ranges from INR 2.5 lakh to 6 lakh. Students from better colleges can also earn packages of INR 12 to 13 lakhs.Learn the discipline: Fellowships and post-graduation programmes are the most important routes one can take, the prominent ones being Gandhi Fellowship, LAMP, Fellowship, SBI Youth for India etc. The Indian School of Development Management (ISDM in Delhi NCR) has specially designed 1-year full-time post graduate programme in Development Management.2. Career as a Political Campaign Manager Off-beat career as political campaign managerPolitical campaign management is an extremely critical, dynamic and interesting field to work in. One needs to exercise the analytical part of the brain for this off-beat career option and adapt to the fast pace of stressful working conditions.Jobs: Working at the core they provide services like political consultation, marketing, fundraising, crisis management, and public relations.Qualifications: A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in political science and campaign management is a requisite. One can also go for PhD. Excellent communication skills are also necessary.Financial comfort: The average fresher salary ranges from INR 3-4 lakh onwards. Growth prospects are good and salary packages can become more and more handsome.Learn the discipline: Jawaharlal Nehru University offers MA and MPhil. Delhi University offers BA (Hons) Political Science, MA in Political Science, MPhil in Political Science and PhD in Political Science. Jamia Millia Islamia offers BA (Hons), MA and PhD.3. Career in Sports Management Off-beat career option as a sports managerYou don’t need to be a sportsperson to have a career in sports. If you have a passion for sports and an aptitude for management then an off-beat career option in sports management might interest you.Jobs: You can explore from professional opportunities like Sports Agents, Sports Information Directors, Sports Marketing Manager, Sports Event Manager etc.Qualifications: Pursue a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sports Management.Financial comfort: Average fresher salary ranges from INR 3-4 lakh onwards. Salary packages become more handsome with experience and growth.Learn the discipline: A BBA in Sports Management at National Academy of Sports (Mumbai); BA in Sports Management at George College (Kolkata); BA in Sports Management at Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology (WB), and BA in Sports Management at International Institute of Sports Management are a few options to get qualified from top institutes. Sports Proficiency is given extra weightage during admissions.advertisementRead: 5 unconventional courses expected to become very popular in 20194. Career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Off-beat career in aircraft maintenanceWhile core engineering jobs are shrinking in number, Aircraft Engineering is a booming segment. Airlines are using an increased number of aircraft and require skilled people to support its operations. The field is for the highly skilled and the perks of the job are excellent, especially if you are bitten by the travel bug.Jobs: The scope of an offbeat-career option in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering is very good in Indian as well as foreign airlines.Qualifications: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) is a four-year license programme regulated by Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India. Out of the four years, there is an academic course of two years and a two-year training program.Financial comfort: Average salary ranges from INR 7 to 8 lakh onwards.Learn the discipline: The Indian Institute of Aircraft Engineering offers an AME programme.5. Career as a Food Taster Off beat career as food tasterYes, being a food taster can be a rather rewarding off-beat career option. Being a foodie might not suffice as the qualification for becoming a professional food taster, along with sensory acuity one needs to have a proper degree and training.Jobs: Global FMCG companies are looking for more and more people for this role as they constantly revamp their existing products or launch new ones.Qualifications: A degree in food sciences/technology and or culinary arts would be required. A degree in nutrition or experience of working in product development at an F&B company can give you an added advantage.Financial comfort: The average salary ranges from INR 2 to 3 lakh onwards.Learn the discipline: The top institutes in India offering Food Technology courses are Central Food Technological Research Institute, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, National Institute of Nutrition etc.Your career will be a major part of your life; so make sure you choose wisely!Read: Bored of conventional jobs? Try these offbeat career optionsRead: 5 offbeat career options that pay welllast_img read more

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Harry Kane awarded goal at Stoke by Premier League after Twitter plea

first_imgStoke City Harry Kane (@HKane)Another great away win. Definitely claiming that goal, flicked off my shoulder on the way in. @GaryLineker and @alanshearer will clear that one up on @BBCMOTD 😀 #COYS #THFC #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/jIDF7cLf3dApril 7, 2018 Share on Facebook Alan Shearer (@alanshearer)I wonder if they will give me the other 9 I also scored but were not given!!??🤣🤣 #269 #appeal https://t.co/xi2QW0bOeKApril 11, 2018 Premier League Share on Pinterest Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Share on LinkedIn Topics Gateshead FC (@GatesheadFC)Our second goal at @TranmereRovers last night has now been awarded to Harry Kane. https://t.co/4mAUfiYgPUApril 11, 2018 news Share on Twitter Share via Email The Premier League said in a statement: “The goal had originally been awarded to Christian Eriksen but after taking the player’s testimony into account and reviewing the match footage, a three-person panel agreed the final touch on the ball belonged to Kane.”Kane won the Golden Boot in 2015-16 and 2016-17 with 25 and 29 goals respectively but he still faces a battle for a hat-trick given the fine form of Liverpool’s Salah. The England striker, who has just returned from an ankle injury, has six games to try and haul back Salah, starting with the visit of Manchester City on Saturday.Salah, who has scored 11 goals in his last eight Premier League games, appeared to question the decision on Twitter. Just 15 minutes after the announcement, he posted: “Wooooooow really?” Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Harry Kane has been handed a boost in his bid for a third successive Premier League Golden Boot after being awarded Tottenham’s second goal at Stoke.The goal was given to Christian Eriksen but after Spurs appealed to the Premier League’s goal accreditation appeals panel the decision was overturned and Kane’s tally now stands at 25, four behind the leading scorer Mohamed Salah.The decision also means Kane’s overall total is 36, representing the most prolific season of his career. Kane was adamant he got a touch on Eriksen’s wicked free-kick at Stoke, which turned out to be the decisive moment in a 2-1 win.It was awarded to the Dane but Kane took to Twitter to appeal to Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Danny Murphy and Frank Lampard to push his case on the BBC’s Match of the Day and the Premier League have now made the change. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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ESPN Computer’s Picks For Week 1’s Biggest Games

first_imgThe College GameDay crew on set in New York City.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is officially less than two weeks away.Who’s excited?We certainly are.The 2019 season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 24 when Florida plays Miami in a big “Week 0” game on ESPN. ESPN’s computer has made its pick for that game – and a couple of other major Week 1 games.Saturday, Aug. 24Florida vs. MiamiWinner: Florida, 73.4% Florida head coach Dan Mullen runs onto the field.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators looks on during warm ups prior to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Saturday, Aug. 31Auburn vs. OregonWinner: Auburn, 53.1% Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn smiles on sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers reacts after their 21-16 win over the Washington Huskies at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia at VanderbiltWinner: Georgia, 87.1% Jake From huddled up with his teammates before the National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs huddles with his teammates before the start of the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Clemson vs. Georgia TechWinner: Clemson, 98.8% a closeup of clemson quarterback trevor lawrenceARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks on before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Oklahoma vs. HoustonWinner: Oklahoma, 96.1% A closeup of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley speaking into his headset.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners leads his team against the TCU Horned Frogs in the fourth quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Ohio State vs. FAUWinner: Ohio State, 93.9% Ohio State coach Ryan Day reacting during a football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Acting Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Oregon State 77-31. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Alabama vs. DukeWinner: Alabama, 96.3% A closeup of Alabama quarterback Tua TagovailoaTUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 17: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in action against the Citadel Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)last_img read more

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It is a real honour to be here: Ranveer Singh at Salaam Cricket 2019

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

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World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli reacts to reporter’s question on MS Dhoni retirement speculation

first_img Next World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli reacts to reporter’s question on MS Dhoni retirement speculationIndia captain Virat Kohli said MS Dhoni hasn’t informed him or the team anything about his future. India lost the World Cup 2019 semi-final to New Zealand by 18 runs in Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday.advertisement Akshay Ramesh ManchesterJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 23:40 IST MS Dhoni was run-out for 50 as India lost to New Zealand by 19 runs on Wednesday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was run-out for 50 during India’s 18-run defeat against New ZealandThere were speculations on MS Dhoni’s retirement after the World Cup 2019Virat Kohli said Dhoni has not had any discussions on his retirement plansIndia captain Virat Kohli said he hasn’t been informed anything about MS Dhoni’s future while speaking to the press after India’s World Cup 2019 exit in Manchester on Wednesday.Speculations were rife that MS Dhoni would announce his retirement after India’s campaign in the World Cup. However, India Today sources had confirmed that there were no official word on Dhoni retiring.Dhoni, it is safe to say, played his last 50-over World Cup match on Wednesday. The World Cup-winning wicketkeeper-batsman hit a valiant 50 in India’s unsuccessful chase of 240 against New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester.Dhoni took his time to get going but stitched a crucial stand with Ravindra Jadeja. The duo added 106 runs for the 7th wicket but India fell short of the total by 18 runs after the top-order imploded in the first 10 overs.Here’s what happened in the press conference in Manchester on WednesdayReporter: After this, India are going to the West Indies to play ODIs as well. There are speculations about what MS Dhoni will do next. Has he told anything about his plans to your or the team?Virat Kohli: No, he hasn’t told us anything about his future.There were concerns surrounding MS Dhoni’s strike rate in World Cup 2019 as the former captain faced a lot of heat after a slow knock in India’s close win over Afghanistan.Meanwhile, former India captain Sourav Ganguly defended MS Dhoni’s approach in the semi-final, saying the wicketkeeper-batsman is still one of the greatest finishers of the game.”As a finisher he has tremendous respect all around the world, as Kevin Pietersen said. And it was actually not over, it was tough but he had the ability to finish matches on his own and get the big hits. That’s why he leaves it to the last,” Sourav Ganguly added.advertisementA few weeks ago we were here and all talking about MS Dhoni… I said he will get through this phase… he will bat and he will bat. The day he finishes a game people will say ‘what a finisher’. The day he doesn’t get through, people will say ‘he has taken too many deliveries’. That’s how he plays his game. He actually believes that’s the way to win cricket matches.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand were braver than us and they deserved to win, says Virat KohliAlso Read | India’s World Cup dream over, New Zealand storm into finalAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MS Dhoni retirementFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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Factories Corporation to Develop Over 1.5 Million Square Feet of Space

first_img Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who made the announcement, said 30 per cent of the space will be dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises. Story Highlights “At Garmex Free Zone, the largest commercial complex in the island, prospective investors demanded 241,000 square feet of production space. This high demand for space is also reflected in the increase in occupancy from 86 per cent to 93 per cent over the last 12 months, in FCJ facilities,” he indicated. The Government has mandated the Factories of Jamaica (FCJ) to implement three projects to develop more than 1.5 million square feet of space over the next three to five years, which will be dedicated to commercial and industrial enterprises The Government has mandated the Factories of Jamaica (FCJ) to implement three projects to develop more than 1.5 million square feet of space over the next three to five years, which will be dedicated to commercial and industrial enterprisesAmong the engagements expected to be facilitated are agro-processing, business process outsourcing (BPO), manufacturing, distribution and warehousing.Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who made the announcement, said 30 per cent of the space will be dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises.He was speaking during his 2018/19 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 20), under the theme ‘Prosperity in Action’.There is increased demand for commercial/production space, which Mr. Holness said totalled 470,000 square feet in 2017.“At Garmex Free Zone, the largest commercial complex in the island, prospective investors demanded 241,000 square feet of production space. This high demand for space is also reflected in the increase in occupancy from 86 per cent to 93 per cent over the last 12 months, in FCJ facilities,” he indicated.Mr. Holness pointed out that Garmex Free Zone in Kingston sits on 52.7 acres of land, 8.7 acres of which is unused green field “which is ripe for development”.He informed that the design of the existing buildings is “flat” construction, and will be redesigned to create multilevel structures of higher capacity.Mr. Holness said phase one of the project will entail the construction of 360,000 square feet across 14 buildings of varying sizes.He indicated that the FCJ has completed the design and received the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation’s (KSAMC) approval to construct three new structures in this phase with a total of 60,000 square feet.Mr. Holness said the FCJ has also received full approval from the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC), adding that “the procurement process has already started and these buildings are expected to be delivered by the second quarter of 2019”.In relation to Morant Bay’s revitalisation incorporating the establishment of a new urban centre at the former Goodyear tyre factory, the Prime Minister advised that the FCJ has also received PIMSEC’s conditional approval for this project and is waiting Cabinet’s go-ahead for the joint-venture agreement.last_img read more

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Spotted: Wallmann Adds Muscle

first_imgGerman terminal operator Wallmann & Co has put its second LHM 600 Liebherr mobile harbour crane into operation at its terminal in the Port of Hamburg.With the two LHM 600 Liebherr cranes in place, the terminal is now able to load cargo weighing up to 406 tons in one go.The terminal also has two LHM 500 Liebherr mobile harbour cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 240 tons, as well as two Peiner portal cranes with the lifting capacity of up to 45 tons.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Hafen Hamburglast_img read more

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Korea to Open up Job Opportunities for Indian Seafarers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Danny Cornelissen/Nautilus International India has signed an agreement with the Republic of Korea to open up employment opportunities for Indian seafarers on Korean ships.Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the countries said they would mutually recognize the certificates of maritime education and training, competency, endorsements and medical fitness of seafarers issued by each other.The agreement was signed by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and his Korean counterpart Kim Young-choon in Busan on April 10.India and Korea are currently looking to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in shipping, ports, inland waterways, and other.last_img read more

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Mise à jour sur la grippe porcine chez lêtre humain le 29

first_imgNOTE À L’INTENTION DES JOURNALISTES : Une ligne médias a été établie et sera vérifiée quotidiennement, y compris les fins de semaine, de 8 h à 20 h. Nous pourrons ainsi mieux gérer les appels et répondre plus rapidement aux médias. Le numéro est 902-424-0499. À compter d’aujourd’hui 29 avril, aucun nouveau cas confirmé de grippe porcine chez l’être humain n’a été signalé. Jusqu’à présent, quatre cas ont été confirmés à Windsor, dans le comté de Hants. Il est important de ne pas oublier que les activités quotidiennes doivent se poursuivre. Il est sécuritaire de se rendre à l’école et au travail et de faire des sorties sociales, si vous ne présentez aucun symptôme. Les cas signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse sont bénins et nous ne voyons pas de cas graves comme ceux qui sont présents au Mexique. Nous nous attendons à voir d’autres cas. Comme dans le cas de la grippe régulière, lorsque le nombre de cas augmente, il est normal de voir des cas plus graves et même des décès. Le ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé poursuit ses efforts de surveillance à l’échelle de la province selon les pratiques et protocoles établis en matière de santé publique. Tout cas supplémentaire identifié sera aussi examiné en profondeur. Il est important de savoir que l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada a émis une mise en garde aux voyageurs. Les Canadiens sont avisés de remettre à plus tard leurs visites non essentielles au Mexique jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Les personnes qui doivent s’y rendre et qui n’ont pas reçu de vaccin anti-grippal sont avisées de se faire vacciner. Si vous avez récemment visité une région touchée par la grippe porcine chez l’être humain, par exemple le Mexique, et que vous présentez des symptômes de la grippe, évitez de vous rendre au travail ou à l’école, et évitez les endroits publics et les environnements sociaux. Comme dans le cas de toute maladie, si vos symptômes s’aggravent, rendez-vous chez votre médecin ou à une clinique sans rendez-vous. Évitez tout contact direct avec les autres pendant sept jours après l’apparition des symptômes; il s’agit de la période pendant laquelle la maladie peut être transmise. -30-last_img read more

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Smallwares Supplier Named

first_imgThe Halifax Convention Centre Corp., today, Feb. 28, announced that Big Erics Inc. will be its official smallwares supplier for items such as glassware, flatware, tableware, serving dishes and culinary preparation equipment. The announcement marks another significant partnership and operational milestone in preparation for opening the new centre. “A modernization of smallwares is required to reflect the volume of business and evolving guest experience for our new facility,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO, Halifax Convention Centre Corp. “We’re thrilled to strengthen our partnership with Big Erics Inc. to ensure we deliver a culinary experience that meets the highest standards.” Big Erics Inc., Halifax, was selected following a competitive procurement process. Submissions were evaluated using a series of criteria, including product offerings, supplier experience and pricing. “We want to be our customers’ trusted partner,” said Norm Mensour, CEO of Big Erics Inc. “We listened to the convention centre team and applied our 50 plus years of experience to offer the right solutions. “We’re excited for the opportunity to provide quality smallwares from the world’s top manufacturers to help meet their evolving business needs.” An evaluation team of Halifax Convention Centre staff in the areas of food and beverage, event operations, technical services and finance made the selection. With an extensive list of close to 350 smallwares required, Big Erics Inc. demonstrated it is a seasoned partner with long-term ties in the industry to competitively secure and deliver on all preferred items. The value of the contract is about $2.25 million for all items required, which will be purchased throughout the next year. A portion of the new smallwares will be put in service at the current World Trade and Convention Centre as part of testing and training. Big Erics Inc. has also committed to repurchase existing smallwares being replaced, costing up to $30,000. The remaining surplus items will be returned to the province. The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development including a hotel, financial tower and retail space. It is the largest integrated development project in the province’s history. The funding of the convention centre is shared between three levels of government, totalling $169.2 million.last_img read more

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BJP forms new parl executive committee

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP Wednesday announced its parliamentary party executive committee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its leader in Lok Sabha and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as the deputy leader.In Rajya Sabha, Union minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot has been appointed as leader of the house and his cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal as the deputy leader. Union Home Minister Amit Shah to continue as the party chief, the official statement further added. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceGehlot replaced senior BJP leader and former Union minister Arun Jaitley as leader of the house in Rajya Sabha. Jaitley had requested the leadership to relieve him from key positions in view of his health. Union minister Smriti Irani’s induction in the BJP’s parliamentary party executive committee shows her enhanced stature within the party after she humbled Congress president Rahul Gandhi from the Amethi parliamentary constituency. The party has appointed Sanjay Jaiswal as its chief whip. It also the first time appointed three women MPs as its whips, specifically for women parliamentarians. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeBesides these three women whips, 15 other whips for Lok Sabha have also been appointed for parliamentarians from different states, where its strength has increased to 303. Other special invitees from Lok Sabha to the BJP’s parliamentary party executive are Nitin Gadkari, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arjun Munda, Narendra Singh Tomar and Jual Oram. In Rajya Sabha, special invitees are J P Nadda, Om Prakash Mathur, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dharmedndra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar. BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has been reappointed as in-charge of the party’s parliamentary office and Balasubrahmanyam Kumarsu as secretary. The revamped BJP parliamentary party executive committee marks a generational shift in the party as perhaps for the first time veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are not part of it, as both are not MPs. Besides them, Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj are also not its members. The first meeting of the executive will be held on June 16 at 3:30 pm, a day before the commencement of the session.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral deplores murder of 5 African Union peacekeepers in Darfur

2 April 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today led United Nations condemnation of the murder of five African Union (AU) peacekeepers in Darfur, saying it illustrates the need to send a hybrid UN-AU force to the war-torn Sudanese region and announcing plans to dispatch a team of experts to Addis Ababa as part of preparations for the planned operation. “I would like to strongly deplore such killings,” Mr. Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York today, one day after the peacekeepers with the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) were shot dead by unidentified men in an unprovoked attack in Um Baru, about 220 kilometres from the North Darfur provincial capital of El Fasher.On Saturday armed men also fired at an AMIS helicopter as it was carrying staff from Zalingei in West Darfur to El Fasher.In a statement, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) voiced deep concern at the attacks and called on all parties to the conflict in Darfur to respect the neutrality and impartiality of AMIS.“Any attack against the African Union personnel deployed in Darfur is a serious violation of international law and relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council,” the mission said, calling on authorities to identify the culprits and hold them to account as soon as possible.AMIS peacekeepers and humanitarian workers with UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly targeted in Darfur, where rebel groups have been fighting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias since 2003.More than 200,000 people are estimated to have been killed, and at least 2 million others forced from their homes because of the fighting, and the conflict is threatening to spill into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), which have been beset by their own civil conflicts.Last week at a mini-summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ban, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, AU Chairman Alpha Oumar Konaré and League of Arab States Secretary-General Amr Moussa reached an agreement to re-double their efforts to resolve the Darfur conflict and to press ahead quickly with the plans for a hybrid peacekeeping force.As part of the agreement a technical consultative briefing is to be held as soon as possible to finalize preparations for the force, which could be almost 20,000-strong.Mr. Ban said today that he will send technical experts from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for that briefing on the force, also known as the “heavy support package,” hopefully by early next week.On Thursday the Secretary-General plans to make an informal briefing to the Council in the latest developments concerning Darfur and will also convene a high-level consultation with Mr. Konaré when he visits New York later this month.But Mr. Ban stressed the need for continuing progress on other fronts, especially promoting political dialogue and enhancing humanitarian access to the remote and impoverished region.Last week the UN and Sudan signed a joint communiqué in which the Government pledged to support, protect and facilitate all humanitarian operations in Darfur, where an estimated 4 million people now depend on outside aid.The UN Human Rights Council also agreed to establish a group of independent rights experts to work with Sudan and the AU to monitor the situation on the ground. read more

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Shocked by catastrophic looting Annan calls on coalition to protect Iraqs heritage

He noted that “Iraq’s cultural treasures bear witness to an invaluable legacy for all humanity, and their loss is a wound inflicted on all humankind,” a statement issued by a UN spokesman said.”The Secretary-General deplores the catastrophic losses to Iraq’s cultural heritage that have occurred in recent days and weeks,” the statement declared. “He urges the Iraqi people to do what they can to restore that invaluable heritage by returning any looted items, and calls on the coalition authorities to act immediately to prevent further losses by protecting Iraq’s archaeological and religious sites, museums and other cultural institutions.”Referring to appeals already made by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), he joined in “calling on the authorities of countries bordering Iraq, international police, customs organizations and leading actors in the art market to join forces with UNESCO in the work to prevent trade in stolen Iraqi objects.” read more

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Dont let adults off the hook keep raising your voices Kids take

Khyata Chauhan speaks at World’s Children’s Day at the UN in New York. UN News/ Elizabeth Scaffidi Twelve-year-old actor Dafne Keen took the podium where she translated from French, what Central African Graciela-Elsie Ouakabo said, explaining that after Graciela’s mother died while Graciela was a baby, and her father killed by Seleka rebels, she was captured by anti-Balaka while fleeing her town. The two warring militias have sparked a dire humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR). “They kept me for over two years. I was a cook. And they also trained me to fight, which I hated,” Graciela said emotionally. Now, she lives with her grandfather in Bangui, the capital of CAR, back at school and helping other children who have been abused “because I know what it’s like to be alone. To be hurt. And to lose my childhood.” Mr. Lake spoke with special guest Zari, the muppet who stars in Baghch-e-Simsim, or ‘Sesame Garden,’ the Afghanistan version of Sesame Street.In a country where only about one-third of girls attend school, they discussed how she is setting an example and inspiring girls to dream big and imagine a future they may not have thought possible. “I love going to school and learning!” she exclaimed. As children emcees Jaden Michael and Isabela Moner took over the podium, they introduced two youth from Syria, with many high-fives in the mix. After fleeing Syria, 12-year-old Basel’s family sheltered in Jordan where his father worked two jobs from 6:00 am until midnight every day. Eleven-year-old Nance was four when she walked from Damascus to Jordan. Now in Canada, Basel has made friends at school and “even learned to love the snow!” Nance lives in the United States where she hopes to become an optometrist, saying “If I become an eye doctor, I can travel back to Syria and other places to help people around the world.” It’s official, kids have taken over… at least for today – World Children’s Day – celebrated annually on 20 November, which this year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and also saw young people take over roles in government, media, and even at the United Nations, to raise awareness about issues important to them. “It’s my job to meet with some of the most powerful and important people in the world,” Secretary-General António Guterres said at a dedicated event at UN Headquarters in New York in a room packed to the rafters with children, teachers, government delegates and a host of others, including the Director-General of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake. “Presidents and Prime Ministers… scientists… military leaders… scholars and academics… captains of industry and business. But none of these people are as important – or as inspiring – as the the children I meet,” Mr. Guterres said.He painted a picture of millions of girls and boys in danger, fleeing deadly conflicts, and going hungry, elaborating on how they are separated from their parents or making long, dangerous journeys to find safety. “As a global community, we cannot continue failing these children,” he asserted. “So here is my commitment to you: I will spare no effort to make sure that the United Nations is working every day, every hour, every minute, for your best interests.” “In a world that can so often seem to be a hopeless place, we need children’s hope, more than ever,” Mr. Guterres affirmed. Keeping adults ‘on the hook’ Special Event to mark World Children’s Day 2017 with Zari (Afghanistan 6 y/o … character from Sesame Street) and Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, to the left. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Special Event to mark World Children’s Day 2017. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ › In addition to the main event, children throughout the day, jumping in to adults’ jobs, including as the spokesperson for the Secretary-General and action reporters. At the same time, UN child rights experts called on all Governments to safeguard children on the move. “For children on the move, especially when unaccompanied or separated from their families, violence infuses daily life and is often part of a continuum,” said the experts in their massage for the Day. They said that even when they are forced to flee or be uprooted in search of safety, these children are entitled to grow up in a nurturing family environment, advocating for expeditious family reunification, as called for by the convention on the Rights of the Child. “Children on the move need to be treated first and foremost as children!” the statement stressed. “Let us respond to the imperative of the Convention to genuinely protect the rights of all children, including those on the move and place their best interests above any other concern,” concluded the experts. Secretary-General António Guterres (right) is interviewed by Charlotte Fay of Scholastic Kids. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Emmanuel Elisha Ford (Guyana – 15 y/o) addresses the audience to mark World Children’s Day 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Emmanuel Elisha Ford took a special seat in the front, drawing attention to the challenges faced by 93 million children globally, noting how they vary from person, to place, to circumstance, to disability. “In addition to being born blind, I face some mobilities challenges,” he began, saying that despite sometimes needing a wheelchair, he dreams of becoming a meteorologist, calling for “action to change this uneven playing field.” Dafne Keen (Spain – 12 y/o) and Graciela Eisie Ouakabo (CAR 16 y/o) address the audience to mark World Children’s Day 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias. Lathitha Beyile (at podium), who lives in a disadvantaged community in Johannesburg, South Africa, “takes over” the press briefing room to mark World Children’s Day 2017. UN Photo/Mark Garten As the event wound down, eight-year-old Cooper Megown stood next to the emcees and signed the event, including the introduction of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey, who opened for ‘Queen Bey’ – megastar Beyoncé – in leading all the children in song that culminated in choruses of For every child in English, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Russian, Spanish and French.In closing, Emcee Jaden said to all the children: “Don’t let the adults off the hook… continue raising your voices.” A standing ovation at the UN is not an everyday occurrence… but today’s was a most auspicious one. Children in the spotlight Cooper Megown is flanked emcees Jaden Michael and Isabela Moner as sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey stand in the back right. UN News/ Elizabeth Scaffidi Participants hold signs calling for peace during a special event held to mark World Children’s Day 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias David Ohana – 1 in 12 children ‘worse off’ than a generation ago Emmanuel Ford – ‘Nothing is impossible’ for differently abled children When Khyata Chauhan stepped up to the microphone, she elaborated how males in India have a higher value than females. “A child is praised for being a boy, but suppressed for being a girl. Our religious beliefs make girls goddesses – yet we fail to recognize her as a human being…girls are considered a liability,” she asserted, sharing her wish that every child has an education. read more

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Grad student studying fandom in youth

Emily Thomas completely understands the euphoria that the Toronto Blue Jays are creating with baseball fans.As a hockey fan, she’s come off a winning NHL season with her beloved Chicago Blackhawks crowned 2015 Stanley Cup champions.More than that, she’s a Brock MBA student who has a research interest in the how being a fan contributes to childhood development.The 26-year-old St. Catharines resident was recently awarded a prestigious Ontario Graduate Scholarship to support her study titled, “The development of a fan: Examining the value of sports engagement in diverse contexts.”Thomas, who graduated from Brock with an honours bachelor degree in Psychology, is looking at how children, as young as four years old, start showing signs of affiliation with a team, and what that fan loyalty means as they get older. She’ll be conducting her study with assistance from Psychology Professor Linda Rose-Krasnor.Thomas says there are studies that tell us a lot about the positive affect that participating in sports has on children. There’s also research that focuses on the adult fan experience, particularly from a marketing angle.But there’s not a lot of research, if any she says, about children and youth from the sideline perspective of being a fan and how it may lead to better mental health, a feeling of belonging and community, and the development of better social skills.Looking at the existing research on the participation of youth in sports, Thomas believes there are a number of connections that can be made to studying young fans.“There are several reasons to believe that youth who engage in sports as fans may experience many of the same positive developmental outcomes as youth who engage in sports as athletes,” says Thomas.“When you look at studies about benefits from youth participating in sports, not all of those benefits are directly related to the physical nature of the activity. For example, sports involvement has been demonstrated to decrease risk-taking behaviours which is a benefit associated with sports engagement that is not exclusive to athletes.“Also, studies that analyze the contextual features of sports settings have shown that young athletes may gain developmental benefits due to contact with positive social environments that help build resiliency, as well as general positive mental and emotional health outcomes.”Thomas says research on adult sports fans suggests that being a spectator, regardless of age, presents opportunities to be engaged in positive social interaction that bring about feelings of community and acceptance.Thomas will be collecting additional research data by conducting online surveys with youth who will be identified based on the level of their fan engagement as high, moderate or being a non-fan.She hopes those involved in youth development work will recognize the potential implications the research has in their field.“I hope the research can demonstrate how the activity of being a sports fan can provide youth with ways to adopt socialization techniques as well as contribute to well-being in terms of positive emotions and personal self-esteem,” she says. read more

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These Irish artists prove that age is never a barrier to creating

first_imgSTEP INSIDE THE Wandering Methods HQ at Dublin Castle over the past few months and this is what you would see: people from their 50s to 70s beavering away, creating intriguing craft projects.On one wall hung the fabric and paper items they handmade during a ‘pass the parcel’ game on their first day.On another were sheets of hand-printed material, next to tables stacked with colourful papers.A handmade paper lampshade prototype (influenced by the hallways in the castle) sat on one table. Jars of glue and empty soup tubs-turned paint containers were nearby, ready to use.Walk into any room armed with a camera and microphone and you’ll usually attract attention. But in this room, all attention was on the crafts, and not on the wandering journalist.Wandering Methods is part of the Bealtaine project, and involves a group of people working with professional textile artist Liz Nilsson to draw inspiration from the castle, its contents and archives. Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThe ability of the different members varied – there were former art teachers cutting out shapes while sitting next to complete newcomers to crafts.One of the most interesting aspects was how they were not just looking at traditional crafts, but at modern ways of making art – like milling and laser cutting.They were also working in parallel with CraftSpace and a group exploring Soho House Museum in Birmingham, and two members got to visit a digital fabrication lab in Falmouth University.One of the big collaborative items they made was this huge piece of hand-printed material, which will hang from the main staircase in the castle: Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThey had wooden stencils, onto which they would layer on coloured paint. Here’s how they printed them onto the material:The woman project managing the whole thing is Lian Bell. “The idea was really about getting people who are local to a heritage site to get in and get a little more information about it, but to also create a relationship with it themselves”, she explained.“And to do that, they spend a lot of time in the castle, hearing about stories about the history and architectural details. And then they work with craft artists and use the things they’ve seen and the stories they’ve heard to create things themselves.”“It’s so important not to be isolated”One participant was Jacinta Dowling, whose husband worked on the chandeliers in the castle while he was an apprentice electrician in the 1960s.“I think Charles de Gaulle was coming, and that was the reason they were fussing about with the castle,” she recalled. “He always told me he’d bring me in to show me the State apartments.”She retired on 22 March from the HSE, and started with Wandering Methods on 28 March. “I’ve always been interested in art,” she said, while gluing together paper bags made from leaflets about the castle. “I never had time, really, to learn something new.”She had a stall in Dublin’s Dandelion market “many years ago” where she sold handbags and children’s clothes.Her son told her about the course, and she booked a place straight away.It’s a lot more creative than what I ever thought it was going to be – I thought it was going to be very, very simple. I’ve learned so much – I knew nothing about laser cutting. It’s a real eye-opener.She’s off to the Chelsea Flower Show next week. “Retirement is great! I’m very, very happy at this moment in time. I didn’t realise there was so much to do for retired people in Dublin. It’s all a matter of getting out there and looking.”As people get older, it’s so important not to be isolated.Items made on the course will go on display in the State Apartments next week.Read: Older people with tattoos? INK to make you think…>Read: Column: Lessons I learned from working with older people>last_img read more

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80 believe a wideranging benefits offering is important

first_imgMore than three-quarters (80%) of employer respondents feel that it is important to offer employees a wide range of benefits choices, according to research by Grass Roots Employee Solutions.Its survey of 63 HR and benefits managers in both public and private sector UK organisations also found that around a third (32%) of respondents view the growth of their employee benefits offering as critically important to the organisation.The research also found:Just 5% of respondents do not consider the growth of their employee benefits programme as a priority.75% of respondents believe that providing a varied array of benefits helps to attract and retain top talent.11% do not agree that providing a varied employee benefits offering aids talent attraction and retention.Stephen Holt, commercial director at Grass Roots, said: “No two members of staff are the same and where one is motivated by maximum salary another will be attracted by health benefits and the next by technology.“As our research has shown, understanding [an organisation’s] employee base and the preferences of those [it] wishes to attract in order to offer the right benefits choices is an essential part of minimising any talent shortages.”last_img read more

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2 men hospitalized after shooting in Liberty City

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took two men to the hospital after they were shot in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the shooting in the area of Northwest 15th Avenue and 70th Street, just before 6:30 p.m., Sunday.Responding officers found the victims suffering from gunshot wounds.Paramedics took both of them to Jackson Memorial Hospital. One of the men was in critical condition and the other is listed in stable condition.The cause of the shooting remains under investigation.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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People on the Move

first_img Nikki Ogunnaike, previously the senior digital style editor at Glamour since 2012, will join ELLE.com as senior fashion editor. In her new role, Ogunnaike will have oversight of all fashion content—runway, market, news, red carpet and accessories. George LeVines will join Defense One as digital editor. As primary production editor for DefenseOne.com LeVines brings an extensive reporting background, with bylines in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today’s Reviewed.com. He has served as an assignment editor at Muckrock and as a staff writer at Salem News. Additionally, Reuters has named three new political reporters: Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: GQ associate editor Mark Anthony Green has been appointed GQ Style Guy. The popular “Style Guy” fashion-advice column will be refashioned for the social-media age. ELLE.com has announced several new contributors who will expand the site’s coverage of women’s issues, race and diversity, politics and technology: actress and singer Priyanka Chopra; writer and speaker Ashley Ford; writer Jessica Grose; actress Jaime King; actress and NYT best-selling author Jenny Mollen; writer and co-founder of TheList Glynnis MacNicol; and actress Nikki Reed.  Will Friedman has been appointed president of Cozi. Friedman has been with the company since 2006, in a variety of executive, engineering and product management roles, most recently serving as Cozi’s chief product officer. Pacific Standard has promoted Nicholas Jackson to editor-in-chief. He had served as interim editor-in-chief since June. Madeleine Thomas was named staff writer, with a focus on issues of environmental justice. She was previously with Grist. The brand also named Jennifer Sahn executive editor. She joins the title from Orion, where she was editor since 2002.center_img Grant Smith, who had been data reporter at The Commercial Appeal.  Additionally, Chloe Schama has been named executive editor of ELLE.com, a newly created position in which she will oversee features editing, recruit new voices and manage daily content. Schama had been with The New Republic since 2010, as managing editor from 2010-2012 and story editor from 2012-2015. Dana Burke has been named associate social media manager at Allure. She had been assistant editor at StyleBistro. Yahoo Food named Stephanie Smith senior editor. She joins the team from the New York Post’s Page Six column, where she covered breaking business, fashion and entertainment news. She is also the author of the popular food blog 300Sandwiches.com and memoir “300 Sandwiches: A Multilayered Love Story…with Recipes.” Ginger Gibson, who was senior political writer at the International Business Times. Erin McPike, who was previously a correspondent at CNN.last_img read more

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What 4 Voters Want To Hear From President Trump In His Address

first_imgBrian and Jennifer BarfieldWhat they want to hear Tuesday night:Brian Barfield: “I want him to come out and say, ‘Here’s what I’ve done. That was the start folks. And here’s what I am going to do. I’m going to put Hillary behind bars. I’m gonna build up our military. I’m going to make sure that wall gets built and Mexico will pay.’ … Everything he said in his campaign, just keep going right with it.”Jennifer Barfield: “I want to hear him say he’s crumpling up other trade agreements and changing that ASAP. That’s what I really want to hear. Even though I know he’s got a lot of big fish to fry on his plate, that’s the one that I want the most.”Tamara Keith/NPRBrian and Jennifer Barfield met while searching for work. They voted for President Trump, though don’t entirely agree on how well his first month in office has gone.The Barfields met in what was at the time a booming support group for unemployed people in St. Louis. They didn’t immediately find jobs, but they did find love.Brian Barfield, 59, has long considered himself a conservative, a Reagan Republican, and he jokes that his wife is “liberal.” Jennifer Barfield, 53, did vote for President Obama in 2012, a choice she made after he approved the raid that killed Osama bin Ladin, but she bristles at her husband’s description.Both feel strongly that politicians, at the national and local levels, have failed them. When we spoke in late 2011, Brian Barfield said there was “no such thing as a politician that knows how to bring jobs back.” Elected officials were so worried about winning partisan squabble, he said, that “America’s losing.”It’s no wonder he took one look at candidate Trump and was sold on the brash businessman who didn’t always tow the Republican Party line. Jennifer Barfield wasn’t far behind. Trump sold her with his tough talk on ISIS and bashing of trade deals like NAFTA.For the Barfields, Trump’s focus on the “forgotten” man and woman and getting American factories humming again hit home.For Brian Barfield, it’s almost as if candidate Trump was channeling his very thoughts.“It’s about time someone stand up for us,” he said.He was particularly fond of Trump’s promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico. “You’ve got new ideas, you’re willing to protect American workers. You’re willing to help us out, you’ve got my vote,” Brian Barfield said.Brian traces his employment problems back to 2007, when the Chrysler plant where he worked closed up. He’s worked off and on since then but never really recovered from it.“Never have, and I never will,” he said quietly.His shoulders and knees are busted from years of physically demanding work. And unable to find a job after years of searching, he finally gave up and got approved for federal disability payments. “So I am officially retired,” he said.Brian Barfield has felt forgotten for years:“I have been unemployed so long they just said, ‘Well, you don’t count.’ You don’t receive benefits, you don’t file anymore, so you’re one of the … 9 percent that just don’t count anymore.”The unemployment rate would rise to about 9.4 percent if those who are marginally attached to the workforce or working part time for economic reasons are added to those still looking for work.Jennifer Barfield is currently among the 4.8 percent officially counted as unemployed.“Unemployed and looking and available,” she said with an eager lilt in her voice.She works in IT and just scored an interview with the company that is her top target.The irony is Jennifer Barfield spent most of the last five years gainfully employed. But at the end of November, a temporary assignment ended, putting her back in the all-too-familiar position of searching for work.When she lost her job, she also lost her insurance. So, on the last day in January, Jennifer Barfield signed up for health insurance — through Obamacare.She and Brian go back and forth about whether her Obamacare plan is any good. Because she is unemployed, there are enough subsidies to make her plan affordable (though Brian adds they wouldn’t be able to pay for it without his disability money). But if she gets a good-paying job, she’ll have to pay the government back. Brian is skeptical and calls it the “unaffordable care act.” Jennifer said she’s thankful to former President Obama for making this option available, even if it is imperfect.President Trump is pledging to repeal and replace the program with the help of Congress. Jennifer Barfield doesn’t know how she feels about that. It all depends on what Obamacare is replaced with.On this, and other matters, she’s willing to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt.“Let’s give him a chance,” she said. “Let’s see what he does. He’ll work it out.”A month into Trump’s presidency, Brian Barfield is elated.“He’s doing everything I sent him to Washington to do, everything,” Barfield said, his face lighting up. “When the press gets upset with him, I know he’s had a good day.”Barfield watches the NBC Nightly News and it usually starts with a story about Trump. “The more bad things they say about him, the better I enjoy my day because that means Trump did something right,” Barfield said. “When [host] Lester Holt’s upset with Trump, Trump — I could just go hug him.”Jennifer Barfield says she loves Trump, too, but maybe not absolutely everything about him.“He went in high gear and it was so fast for me,” Barfield said, referring to the president’s flurry of executive actions in the early days of his presidency. “I was saying in my head, ‘Slow down, slow down … let some dust settle here from that last thing you signed before you sign another big thing.’ “Asked whether they think Trump will be able to do something to improve their lives directly, the Barfields give very different answers. Brian said it’s too late for him. At this point it’s about his children and grandchildren. But Jennifer does have hope “that I will see changes that will affect me directly before I am retired, and I don’t want to retire anytime soon.” Share At 61 years old, Ray Meyer has worked in banking for some 40 years, except for the three-year gap where he struggled to find any work at all. In January 2009, the bank where he had worked for five years laid off more than a third of its staff.“I was terminated and I set home and watched [Obama’s] inauguration,” Meyer said. At one point he even sent his resume to then-President Obama, asking what the president could do for him. He didn’t get a response.Meyer has been working at his current job for almost two years, not making what he did before, but it’s enough. Meyer’s marriage, however, did not survive. The extended unemployment, the financial stress, they all took a toll. But he insists he’s happy now.“Life goes on,” he said.For Meyer, the feelings about Trump are mixed. He is thrilled about the way the stocks in his retirement account are performing. He figures the economy will continue improving under Trump. But he is worried about race relations. A Jewish cemetery in St. Louis had been recently vandalized, and he was puzzled why anyone would want to do that.Meyer said when he voted for Trump, he was voting to have someone run the country like a business. The status quo hadn’t been working for him, and he thought Hillary Clinton would just be more of the same.He’s been happy with some of the president’s choices, including some of his Cabinet picks and the nomination of Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. “I really like that guy,” Meyer said. But others like, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, make him shake his head.And then there’s Trump’s tweeting, the constant talking about his Electoral College win, the claims of widespread election fraud with no proof.Meyer figured once he took office, Trump would be more presidential than he had been.“I just wish that he would kinda get a little bit thicker skin and get on with what he’s got to do,” said Meyer. “He’s got a job to do, you know? He’s got all of us looking up to him with hopeful eyes thinking that he’s going to be not our savior, but that he’s going to get where we need to be and on the right track again.”Comedians have been mocking presidents forever, Meyer said, wondering why this president feels compelled to respond.“No, you don’t do that. You’re a step above all of us as far as I’m concerned,” Meyer said. “Who cares? He’s the president of the United States. He needs to act like it.”Meyer accidentally slips into the past tense when talking about his hopes for the Trump administration, before correcting himself. Meyer still hopes President Trump can get the country moving in the right direction. But he just wishes the president would stop tweeting.“Every time he tweets something, I just shake my head and say, ‘Oh God, please don’t tweet anymore.’ Maybe they should take and dismantle his tweet account,” Meyer said.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Annica TrotterWhat Trotter wants to hear: “I would like to hear some kind of humbling statement that addresses the elephant in the Oval Office. I want to hear something that says, you know, ‘I do understand the power of my position. I do understand the needs of the American people and that I am working hard to remain connected and do what I can to serve.’ You know, to actually serve the people and not run the people … or dictate the people. But that’s a pipe dream. I’m not going to hear that from him.”Tamara Keith/NPRAnnica Trotter, 31, works overnights as a registered nurse. She found President Trump’s flurry of executive orders to be unnerving and would like him to demonstrate humility in his address to Congress. Annica Trotter, 31, was the youngest person we met in 2011. And she doesn’t just have a job six years later, she has a career. She is working overnights as a registered nurse, making a difference in people’s lives one shift at a time.“Part of being a new nurse also is teaching myself that it’s OK to prioritize and ask for help and delegate and do the best you can in 12 hours,” Trotter said.But getting to this point wasn’t even remotely easy. She went to nursing school while still working to support her two kids. In December Trotter earned her degree and started working right away, which is a pretty remarkable shift for someone who at one point was convinced she would never even go to college.“That was the bar that I had set for myself, but then I realized I can move that bar,” Trotter said. “It’s not fixed in place.”Of the four people NPR visited in St. Louis last week, Trotter is the only one who didn’t vote for Trump in November.“He’s not my president,” she said.Trump’s first month in office “seems like a clown show to me,” Trotter said, though one with very serious implications.Trotter finds the flurry of executive orders coming from the Trump White House unnerving.“You don’t play with people’s lives,” Trotter said, referring to the potential impact of Trump’s orders on immigration and federal hiring. “I think that before anyone makes decisions so concrete, much more thought needs to be put into it.”Her daughter is named Malia and was born shortly after President Obama won in 2008, though Trotter and her boyfriend picked the name before they knew one of Obama’s daughters was also named Malia.“It felt kind of magical,” Trotter said, “that I was witnessing history and also that my daughter would have a connection to that history by having the name of one of the first daughters.”Until January, Trotter’s daughter Malia had grown up with a president who looked like her in the White House.Trotter is concerned about the rhetoric coming out of the administration, the message that Trump’s travel ban sends. “Not all Muslims are terrorists, and I really think that he finds those two terms synonymous,” said Trotter.She is worried about what that type of thinking could lead to. “It’s really sickening because when you have people in power that have those kinds of ideas it can be very dangerous for some and then eventually all,” she said.She doesn’t want her daughter to experience another side of history “that we don’t ever want to revisit.”What she hopes, though doesn’t expect to hear from President Trump on Tuesday, is some humility and an effort to make her feel like she is part of his America.“I feel that if I came across President Trump, he would disregard me,” Trotter said. “Who am I to him? I’m a poor person, even though in my world I’ve done what I need to do to elevate my income and financial status.”Although Trump speaks frequently about the forgotten men and women of this country, Trotter doesn’t think he’s talking about her.“From my short experience with him in government, he’s not that kind of leader,” Trotter concluded. Ray MeyerWhat he wants to hear: “I would like to see him remain calm, and not go off on a tangent, and focus — focus on the problems at hand and what he’s done so far and what he hopes to accomplish. I want him to get up there and act presidential and look presidential and don’t pass buck and don’t start slamming anybody and just tell it like it is. … I want to hear what he thinks he’s accomplished. And I don’t need him to necessarily be optimistic, to sugar-coat it, but tell me what you really are doing. Tell me what progress he’s seen, real progress he’s seen. I would like to see some hard mechanics.”Tamara Keith/NPRRay Meyer, 61, has been working at a bank for the last two years, though hasn’t come close to the income he made before the recession. He finds Trump’s tweeting unpresidential. Aurora LosadaWhen 2011 began, the worst recession in two generations was technically over, but Annica Trotter, Ray Meyer, and Jennifer and Brian Barfield were unemployed and searching for work. Six years later, their experience demonstrates life doesn’t just snap back to normal after a job loss. Their economic recovery remains incomplete and in some ways their story is America’s story.NPR first profiled Trotter, Meyer, the Barfields and two others in the St. Louis area in 2011 as part of a long-term project called The Road Back to Work. For a year, they kept audio diaries documenting their quest for employment. There were successes and failures, health scares and relationship troubles, jobs secured and lost.In the past we’ve mostly talked about the economy generally, and their personal economies, but this time, we asked about politics, too: their view of President Trump, his first month in office and what they hope to hear him say in his address to Congress on Tuesday night.The Barfields, both Trump supporters, want to hear more of what he’s already promised. Annica Trotter didn’t vote for Trump; she wants to hear humility from the president. Ray Meyer, who has mixed feelings about Trump, is looking for a measured address with hard evidence.These are their stories.last_img read more

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