Oct 13 the big day – Bolt statue to be unveiled on Heroes’ weekend

first_img However, when asked by The Gleaner to explain the reason for the delay, her response was: “We never said it was going to be unveiled in August. We said it would be completed and ready in August, but we did not announce the date that it will be unveiled.” Grange said that the statue, which was done by Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson, is one of the legacy projects for the 55th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. “We are in the process of establishing a partnership with Usain Bolt’s team to leverage his success and to work with him to ensure that his legacy lives on. So we are working on tangible projects that will be a lasting tribute to Usain Bolt,” she said. Sport Minister Olivia Grange has said that the statue commissioned to honour sprint legend Usain Bolt will be officially unveiled on Heroes’ weekend. Grange said that it will be placed at Statue Park at the National Stadium in Kingston, but there are plans to place a replica of the sculpture at another location. While Grange said this will be in western Jamaica, she declined to give specific details where, but said an announcement on that will be made at a later date. “Traditionally, when we celebrate the athletes’ achievements, we usually, over the last few years, plan the event for Heritage Week,” the minister said. “Of course, in consultation with Usain Bolt’s management, we came to the understanding that he will be available for that weekend, because there’s the run (Jamaica National Foundation 4K and 10K Walk/Run event) on the Sunday (October 15), and we’ll do the unveiling on the Friday.” Grange had previously said at the launch of the Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix on March 17 this year, that the statue would have been mounted to match Bolt’s final IAAF World Championships in London England, which took place earlier this month. “We are on schedule to complete this statue by Independence and to have the mounting coincide with Bolt’s final World Championships in London,” Grange said at the time. DENIED CHANGING DATElast_img read more

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Trump victory similar to Obama’s in 2008

first_imgDear Editor,In one of the most hotly contested elections in one of the most ethnically divisive campaigns in US elections in modern political history, the outcome shocked political pundits as neophyte Republican candidate Donald Trump defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Almost every political pundit, including this writer, felt it was going to be a runaway victory for Clinton. So how did Trump pull off this astonishing victory?Ordinary folks did not see the election as political experts did. The common folks felt this election was Trump’s for the asking because white Americans were getting fed-up with politics as usual in Washington between the two establishment parties and their candidates.Voters wanted something new and different as they did in 2008 when they also rejected the establishment candidates. Some analysts say this election was all about ethnicity and Trump played the ethnic card well, winning red neck voters in key areas to capture middle-America.The minority votes plus the liberal whites were simply not enough to take Clinton over the top. Indeed, it was the most ethnically polarised election in the history of America since the civil war. Trump capitalised on the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Islam, anti-Hispanic, anti-terror, and anti-Obama sentiments that pervade the country eight years after an Obama Presidency and White America went for it.Trump received one of the highest percentages of white votes in recent elections: even close to half white females went for him, abandoning a sister candidate in Hillary.It shows that ethnic sentiments in America have not changed long after Jim Crow and in this the middle of the second decade of a new millennium. But not if this should take away from a Trump victory. He ran a focused campaign, fashioning a campaign theme that resonated with Republican type voters who came out in large numbers to give this non-politician a chance to govern America.Americans were looking for a non-politician.Trump was the anti-establishment candidate while Hillary was the establishment candidate, one who bettors gave the odds to win.The voters’ mood was not that different from 2008. Just as Obama’s message of change resonated among voters in 2008, so Trump’s call for change appeared to carry the day in 2016.He constructed a campaign theme that appealed to voters who felt the source of their financial and security problems were immigrants and Muslims and the perennial fear of Islamic terror.Trump repeatedly reminded voters that America has not been going in the right direction over the last several years and that if changes are not made soon, America will very soon cease to exist as the great country that people have known over the last 200 years.Clearly, people bought into this message.For too long, the voters have been taken for a ride by establishment candidates who pursue self-interests rather than the interests of voters. They view Trump as the man who owed noting to anyone one and who would stand up to big interests. Trump tapped into their anger and resentment of Washington. And the voters were in a mood to send a pointed message to the politicians – they will not tolerate the status quo any more. So they went for him.With regards to a Trump victory, as expected, distraught Clinton supporters felt shock and grief over Trump victory. Some have refused to accept the results. There are protests nationwide. In an election, only one candidate can win. But the voters have spoken and the results must be accepted. It is time for healing and to move on with the rebuilding of the American nation.The loser has to accept the result and Clinton has conceded to Trump gracefully. And Trump himself was gracious toward his opponent, Clinton, and he called for unity.A Trump Presidency may not be as bad as being made out by fear mongers. In fact, it may turn out to be good for the country as he will move to clean up a lot of bad policies and the corruption in Washington.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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S.African former golf pro Westner commits suicide

first_img0Shares0000South African police said former pro golfer Wayne Wester shot himself in Pennington, a coastal town south of Durban on January 4, 2017 © AFP/FileJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan 4 – South African former golfer Wayne Westner, who won the South African Open in 1988 and 1991, shot himself dead in front of his wife on Wednesday, police said.Westner, 55, who also won the 1996 World Cup of Golf with compatriot Ernie Els, retired after being injured in 1998. Police said he shot himself in Pennington, a coastal town south of Durban.“The police opened a case of inquest after a 55-year-old man identified as Wayne Westner was found dead with a gun wound to his head today at 8:00 am,” Thulani Zwane, police spokesman for KwaZulu-Natal province, told AFP.“A pistol was found next to his body… it looks like it was a suicide. He shot himself in front of his wife in Pennington at the house of his wife.”No one else was injured in the incident.Westner retired after he tore ligaments while playing in a tournament in Madeira, Portugal, when a wooden sleeper he was standing on collapsed and he fell badly.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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LFC news: Seven player shortlist to replace Steven Gerrard – Khedira, Sissoko and more

first_img 8 7. James Milner (Manchester City) – “He’s on a free transfer. I’m not sure that he’s the answer to be honest but he has been linked with them.” 8 8 8 8 6. Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) – “He’s not playing every week and is a World Cup winner with Germany. He’s powerful, strong and experienced. You wouldn’t think he would take time to settle in. Yes, his wages are going to be high, but you’re not going to have to pay super money to get him out of his contract at Real Madrid. His contract is not that far from being up. I know he’s been linked to Arsenal, but why didn’t they go for him in the summer?” 8 Danny Murphy made 249 appearances in Liverpool’s midfield, winning four major trophies and scoring the winner at Old Trafford on three occasions, to endear himself to Kopites around the world.Now he is a regular on talkSPORT and has given us his verdict on the players Liverpool could sign to help soften the blow of Steven Gerrard’s departure in the summer.“There’s going to be lots of speculation between now, and the end of the season, about who Liverpool are going to bring in to replace Stevie,” said Danny.“The Reds are going to have to bring in two midfielders to replace him, because he can do the attacking role and the defensive role, and here is my realistic list, in terms of finance.”Take a look at the slideshow above to see how Danny rates the candidates.Who would you like to see Liverpool sign now that Steven Gerrard is leaving? Comment below… 1. Koke (Atletico Madrid) – “I don’t think they’d be able to get him out of Atletico Madrid but one of the best young Spanish midfielders around is Koke. He won’t be on big wages either and is only 22-year-old.” 4. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle) – “He looks an absolutely terrific box-to-box midfielder. He’s only 25 and a France international. He signed a six year deal at Newcastle and his wages aren’t going to be an issue. He’s going to be brilliant signing for somebody. Sissoko has been linked with a number of clubs in the window, so it looks like he might be on the move.” Who should replace Steven Gerrard at Liverpool? Ex-Red, lifelong Kopite and a friend of the departing Liverpool captain, Danny Murphy, has his say on the most likely candidates. Click the arrow above, right, to see who they are and what Danny thinks… 3. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) – “Schneiderlin can play with Sissoko, and along with Henderson, because it looks like Lucas is on his last legs. He’s only 25. Yes, he signed a new contract, but you could get him out of Southampton because he’s an ambitious boy. He’s got Premier League experience, so wouldn’t need time to adjust. He’s a really good player.” 8 8 2. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – “The other one, to throw one out there, is Yaya Toure. Maybe his brother could persuade him to join Liverpool?” 5. Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain) – “He’s played in the Premier League before so he’s already got the experience. He’s a good creative midfielder, is only 28 years old and an international. The only problem with Cabaye is his wages. He’s gone to PSG and picked up a decent wage. Also, when he left Newcastle, he spoke about being back home in France.” last_img read more

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Deputies fatally shoot man pointing BB gun

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“He actually started cursing at the deputies,” Rosenberg said. “This went on for several minutes and, at one point, Garcia removed the gun from his waist and pointed it at deputies, who had … to protect themselves.” Rosenberg said five deputies were involved in the shooting. They recovered a replica of a .45-caliber handgun, later determined to be a BB gun. “The gun is an exact replica of a Smith and Wesson pistol,” Rosenberg said. “Is this `suicide by cop’? It’s hard to tell, but it’s certainly possible. … Unfortunately, he initiated this sequence of events that led to his dying.” The shooting will be investigated by several departments, he added. “Our Homicide Bureau looks at it from the criminal standpoint. (The) Internal Affairs (Bureau) responds and looks at it administratively. Training deputies will examine the incident for any training lessons they can take away. The District Attorney’s Office will conduct an independent investigation, … and another investigation will be done by the Office of Independent Review that oversees all Sheriff’s Department activity. NEWHALL – Sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of a domestic dispute Monday night fatally shot a man who threatened them with what turned out to be a BB gun, a sheriff’s official said Tuesday. Canyon Country resident Andres Garcia, 58, died at the scene among run-down trailers in abandoned oil fields off Sierra Highway near Golden Valley Road. Sheriff’s officials said Garcia had a history of criminal assaults. Shortly after 9 p.m., Garcia had stopped by a trailer where his former girlfriend and her husband live, said Lt. Dan Rosenberg of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. “It appeared that he had been drinking, and they saw he had what appeared to be a large-caliber handgun in his waistband,” he said. “At some point, Garcia either pointed the gun at the husband or brandished it, and they fled the area.” The couple called sheriff’s deputies and met them at the bottom of the hill on Sierra Highway. Deputies found Garcia sitting outside the couple’s trailer and attempted to detain him. When he stood up, Rosenberg said, deputies saw the gun at his waist and ordered him to put it down. “We’re going to be spending many hours reviewing all aspects of the shooting,” Rosenberg said. “Deputies had just seconds to make their decisions. There’s more than just a few victims here.” carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Boy saves nephew from blaze

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ Osmar suffered minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene. Officials said the house was completely engulfed in flames and was a total loss but said everyone escaped without injuries. The fire is still under investigation but Grote said it began in the laundry room where a dryer was in use. PICO RIVERA – A 12-year-old boy helped rescue his 1-year-old nephew today after their house caught fire, sheriff s officials said. The fire broke out at 3:30 a.m. at a home located at 9230 Olympic Boulevard. Sheriff s Sgt. Dinah Grote said eight people were inside the home at the time of the fire. The mother woke up and realized the house was on fire so she woke up her son to help her notify the rest of the family, Grote said. The boy, Osmar Cortez, ran back into the burning house when he realized his baby nephew was still asleep inside.last_img read more

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea live on talkSPORT 2: Commentary, stream and line-ups

first_img Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is aiming for Europa League glory Chelsea will be looking to get one foot in the Europa League final when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt tonight.The Blues are in Germany for the first-leg of their semi-final tie this evening and face a Frankfurt side currently fourth in the Bundesliga. Getty Maurizio Sarri’s side were pushed close by Slavia Prague in the last round and they have been poor in the Premier League recently.Can they bounce back tonight? Find out live on talkSPORT 2. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman on target 2center_img Eden Hazard and Chelsea take on Eintracht Frankfurt tonight 2 Barcelona vs Liverpool: How to listenFull coverage from the Commerzbank-Arena will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our programme getting underway from 6pm.For all the build-up and commentary from Germany click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea: Kick-off timeThe Europa League clash will get underway at 8pm on Thursday, May 2.This will be the first meeting between the two side. The second leg will be held at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, May 9 with kick-off at 8pm. LATEST EUROPA LEAGUE NEWS Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea: Line-upsEintracht Frankfurt: Trapp, Da Costa, Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger, Falette, Rode, Fernandes, Gacinovic, Jovic, Kostic.Subs: Ronnow, Ndicka, de Guzman, Willems, Torro, Chandler, Paciencia.Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Giroud, Willian.Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Barkley, Higuain, Hazard, Kovacic, Zappacosta.Referee: Carlos Del Cerrolast_img read more

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Double success for Letterkenny businesses based at LYIT’s Colab!

first_imgThe CoLab at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) is home to national award winners this week, with two separate companies, based at the CoLab, scooping prestigious national awards.CloudRanger, a software company based at the CoLab, delivers cloud server management software for businesses. The company competed in the Tech Excellence Awards 2017, an awards ceremony that recognises excellence in the design, implementation and support of technology solutions and services in Ireland.Cloudranger scooped the ‘Start-Up Award 2017’ at the event, an award that recognises the most promising new technology business in Ireland. Continuing with the winning theme, CoLab based company Accountant Online, picked up the ‘Best Small Practice Award’ at the Irish Accountancy Awards 2017 in Ballsbridge, Dublin.As Ireland’s first online accountancy and bookkeeping website service, the company has surpassed their own projected growth figures, and have gone from strength-to-strength in 2017.Patsy Donaghy CoLab Centre Manager commented, “The CoLab at LYIT is proud to be the base for CloudRanger and Accountant Online. The central focus for the CoLab is to create a stimulating and supportive environment, that encourages entrepreneurs to succeed. We, at CoLab, congratulate CloudRanger and Accountant Online, and we are sure that their successes will act as an inspiration for others.”Larissa Feeney of Accountant Online said “We are thrilled to receive the award for Best Small Practice 2017. Winning an award like this makes me very proud of our small but growing team.” “It also makes me feel very grateful to our growing client base, who are mostly small businesses like us, enjoying the great benefits of web technology to drive our business. Our clients are comfortable establishing virtual relationships, and conducting their business via cloud technologies, and don’t always feel the need to meet in person.”CEO at CloudRanger, Dave Gildea said, “To receive the Startup Company of the Year award, just ahead of the new software launch was fantastic. It’s been a very successful year for CloudRanger.”“It’s thanks to our team for all the hard work in getting us here, but this is only the start. It’s been a huge effort from everyone. I’d especially like to thank my wife Marie and my children, Dylan and Lauren, they have been a great support to me.“As a new startup, we have had great support from the CoLab and LYIT, we have managed to grow the business and employ more staff which is great for the area. I love the challenge of starting and growing a company in Donegal, it’s an exciting time for the Irish tech industry, and long may it continue.”For more information on securing space at the CoLab, contact Patsy Donaghey, CoLab Manager, on patrick.donaghy@lyit.ie or Phone: 0749186703. It’s never too late to chase your dream, contact the CoLab today.Double success for Letterkenny businesses based at LYIT’s Colab! was last modified: June 6th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cloud RangerCoLabDonegal Accountant Onlinelast_img read more

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Make Your Coding Easier, Use DuckDuckGo Cheat Sheets

first_imgFor several years, I’ve used DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track you.I love that you can search privately and don’t have to worry about your online search history being tracked.Also, given Tim Bray’s post about Google memory loss, I have more confidence in using DuckDuckGo to search for specific content I know exists.However, little did I know that DuckDuckGo has additional features that can make my work life easier: built-in cheat sheets to help web designers and developers. DuckDuckGo Cheat SheetsThanks to Kezz Bracey’s TutsPlus post, I discovered how easy it is to use DuckDuckGo to remind me of the syntax or code snippet I want to use in my code.What a great feature!In the DuckDuckGo search box, you type in the language/tool/topic you want followed by “cheat sheet” and voila, you’ll get a cheat sheet for it.Kezz listed 20 different cheat sheets, including:MarkdownCSSHTMLFlexboxjQueryFoundationSublime Textand a whole bunch more.In addition to direct links for the cheat sheets, Bracey’s post includes links to helpful TutsPlus resources (free guides/tutorials, paid courses) for each of the 20 topics.Cheat sheets can show more or less details with a toggle at the bottom.Depending on what you’re searching for, each cheat sheet also provides direct links to resources like MDN Web Docs, Github, jQuery API documentation, etc.Go and check out Bracey’s post for DuckDuckGo cheat sheets!SummaryWhen you’re struggling to remember syntax for code, or you’re working with a language you don’t use often, the DuckDuckGo cheat sheets are a quick way to get help.And as I discovered, DuckDuckGo cheat sheets aren’t limited to coding.After entering “Spanish” and “cheat sheet” in the DuckDuckGo search box, the search engine results showed basic Spanish words for hello, please, and thank you as well as common questions. This is cool!Have you used DuckDuckGo cheat sheets? Let me know what you think of them in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWhere Does That Shortened Link Go? Here Are 3 Ways to Find Out.Originally published August 22, 2018 When I read the tweet earlier this week announcing a free webinar on small business cyber safety, I wanted to learn more about it. I’ve attended several of the organization’s webinars in the past, so I knew I would walk away with actionable security tips.…In “Internet”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: January 19, 2018In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how the false Hawaiian missile alert was caused by poor design, find out whether WordPress Gutenberg will replace page builders, discover a free online CSS Grid course, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links”Recap: Mozilla’s Online Privacy ChatAs part of International Data Privacy Day last Wednesday, I joined hundreds of other online users for #PrivacyChat, a Twitter chat organized by Mozilla. It was a pretty amazing chat and one of the best hours of my week. Where else can you ask questions and get immediate answers from…In “Internet”last_img read more

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Interview with Elizabeth Fideler, of the Sloan Center, on Aging and Work

first_imgThe share of workers aged 55 and older in the U.S. labor force will jump to 25.6 percent in 2022, up from just 11.8 percent in 1992, according to federal data. Some people stay on the job because they are living longer, healthier lives than their predecessors, but many are also unprepared financially to retire and need to keep working. What is the greatest benefit to this trend, and are there any drawbacks?Employers benefit by retaining workers with valuable skills and experience who can be counted on for consistent performance, low absenteeism, thoroughness and maturity. Older workers set an example for younger colleagues and can serve as mentors or coaches to those early in their careers. Often they possess what’s known as ‘institutional memory’ if they have been with the same company for many years. As to employees’ benefits, provided that older workers choose to stay on the job (as my subjects in Women Still at Work and Men Still at Work are able to do), intangible rewards come from doing something they love. While the well-educated, accomplished professionals I surveyed do want the income from work of course, job satisfaction is number one. This can mean they are using their abilities, skills, and training; they are enjoying their clients, patients, students, or customers; they are helping others and making a difference. In addition, they continue to contribute part of their earnings to taxes and Social Security and can accrue savings for eventual retirement.Insofar as the economy has not rebounded fully from the Great Recession, full-time jobs that pay well are hard to find and part-time or temp work with no benefits accounts for much of the recent improvement in the unemployment rate. Thus, drawbacks are really economic conditions that discourage employers from hiring at former levels and put pressure on the growing numbers of older men and women who need work but cannot find it.What do HR professionals and their organizations need to do in order to accommodate this growing segment of the work force?For starters, HR professionals should help their organizations confront and discount the negative stereotypes about older workers, e.g., that they are less productive and more expensive; their skills and knowledge are not cutting edge; they lack computer know-how and there’s no point in spending time and money training them because their health will break down or they will leave for some other reason. HR professionals should stress the superlatives (mentioned above), viewing older workers as some of the organization’s best resources. Accommodations might include offering gradual transition to retirement (phased retirement) for those who want it and flexible scheduling (which employees of all ages desire these days). Also, with more and more retirees deciding to “work in retirement” for financial reasons or simply to stave off boredom, HR professionals should be willing to offer employment to these “encore careerists.”Are there any particular industries that have a higher concentration of older workers, or are perhaps uniquely suited to employ this demographic, and why?On the whole, an older worker can thrive in most any setting provided that the job does not require heavy physical labor. Jobs in business management, education, medicine, science, law, engineering, government, the arts, social services, journalism, and architecture are but a few examples. (Those are the top career fields in which the professionals I surveyed are engaged.) And increasingly, self-employment, consulting, and business ownership are later life career choices, often but not necessarily in the initial career field. The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA 1967, 1978) favors older workers remaining on the job; the government abolished most mandatory retirement in 1986. Exceptions include early termination due to physical requirements in job performance (constituting a bona fide occupational qualification, or BFOQ, usually involving safety), such as police work, firefighting, and commercial airline piloting. Another exception applies to top (highly compensated) executives who are at least 65 and entitled to a company retirement plan or plans. Law firms and some other sectors of the corporate world have made it a practice to mandate retirement when an executive reaches a designated age. In the process, they are putting out to pasture highly educated and experienced professionals.What are some of the biggest challenges facing older workers who lost their jobs during the Great Recession and are trying to re-enter the labor force?The aforementioned negative stereotypes about older workers constitute one challenge. Age discrimination in hiring, which exists despite the ADEA, is another. HR professionals should heed this advice from Cory Treffiletti’s MediaPost.com blog entitled “Are You Hiring, Or Not Hiring, Based on Age?”: “Hire based on one thing: smarts.  I can also guarantee this will help your business in the long run.”While older workers were not as hard hit (numerically) by lay-offs during the recession as younger segments of the labor force were, once terminated older workers have remained unemployed the longest. After months and months of job seeking, they (and anyone else in the same situation) are considered “marginally attached” by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When the long-term unemployed give up looking, the BLS designates them as “discouraged.” Since landing a new position offering salary and responsibilities comparable to the job one previously held is highly unlikely in today’s economy, accepting part-time work and/or a much lower salary may be the only recourse—and that may be the unkindest cut of all for the older worker.To read the original post on shrm.org, please click here.last_img read more

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