Rich jobs, poor jobs squeezing middle

first_imgIncomes of workers in the highest bracket jumped 18.4 percent between 1979 and 2006 while those in the middle saw their wages grow by only 1.3 percent. The state’s lowest-paid workers actually lost 7.2 percent in earnings when inflation was taken into account, the report said. In 1979, the wealthiest hourly workers in California and the U.S. made 2.4 times as much as their poorest counterparts. By 2006 that gap had increased to 3.1 times in California compared to 2.7times nationally, according to the report. Ross said that “a lot of different factors,” including federal tax policies, a loss of manufacturing jobs and an increase of lower-paying service-sector jobs had contributed to the widening gap. “It’s a very complex picture,” she said. “You can’t go out and say there’s one factor that’s responsible for what’s going on in the economy.” The weak growth in middle-income jobs would make it harder for low-income workers to improve their lots, Ross said. She said automatic increases in the minimum wage to keep up with inflation, an earned income tax credit for low-wage workers and improving the state’s schools and job training programs would help close the gap. “The best way to attract high-wage jobs, good jobs to California is by making sure that the education system turns out well-trained workers,” she said. “In the short term, people follow jobs. But in the long term, jobs tend to follow workers. Employers will go where they find a highly educated work force.” She said education isn’t a sure cure. One of the “troubling trends” found by the study was that earnings of young college graduates did not keep pace with inflation between 2000 and 2006, Ross said. Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation, said the report demonstrates the need for federal tax policies that reward companies that keep jobs in the U.S. He also said corporations should rethink their policies and shift more of their wages to lower- and middle-income workers. “The middle class is disappearing,” he said. “We’re losing out on wages and somebody else is gaining, and that somebody else is primarily the executives and businesses. The good jobs are being sent overseas, and more and more what we’re seeing is service sector jobs, which tend to be lower-wage jobs.” Vince Sollitto, a spokesman for the California Chamber of Commerce, said the report’s findings demonstrate the value of enterprise zone programs that give businesses tax breaks for locating in distressed areas. He said it also “reinforces the danger of imposing unique, California-only mandates on business.” The report did find that the wage gap between men and women in California had narrowed. The typical woman made 87 cents for every dollar made by her male counterpart in 2006, compared with 63 cents for every dollar in 1979.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The report, called A Generation of Widening Inequality, examined changes in California’s economy between 1979 and 2006. It found that most of the state’s job growth during that period took place at the ends of the income scale. Nearly 28 percent of the new jobs went to the lowest fifth of wage earners while another 28 percent went to those in the top wage bracket. In contrast, only 6 percent of new jobs were in the second fifth and 14 percent were in the third highest bracket. The trend has increased in recent years, with more than two out of every three new jobs between 1999 and 2005 created at either the top or bottom of the pay scale. At the same time, the state lost jobs in the second highest wage bracket. “A significant faction of California’s work force is falling behind,” said Jean Ross, executive director of the Sacramento-based nonpartisan group. “The rising tide has left some boats high and dry.” STATE: The income gap has grown since 1979 and few are in the middle brackets. By Steve Lawrence THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – The income gap between the richest and poorest Californians is growing while the growth in middle-income jobs is slowing, according to a report released Wednesday by the California Budget Project. last_img read more

LaLiga: Barcelona 1-0 Granada: Rafinha bicycle kick sends Catalan giants second

first_img Luis Enrique’s side replace Sevilla in second place Barcelona moved into second place in LaLiga after narrowly beating Granada at the Nou Camp on Saturday night.The hosts opened the scoring minutes into the second half when fullback Rafinha eventually finished off a flowing Barca move with an acrobatic effort inside the penalty area.Lionel Messi started the attack before Luis Suarez and Neymar became involved – but it was Rafinha who provided the finishing touch after Neymar hit the post with the goal at his mercy.Luis Enrique’s side replace Sevilla in second place after the Andulician outfit drew away to Sporting Gijon earlier in the day.Watch Rafinha’s impressive strike below… 1last_img

Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 9, 2016

first_imgEmployees as Usability-Test Participants: Thinking of reducing time and money by using employees in your usability tests? Think again, says Angie Li. It may lead to incorrect results that can’t be trusted.From Nick Finck’s keynote at this week’s Generate Sydney 2016 conference:#generateconf “The future is not about finding information, it’s about making sense of it” @nickf pic.twitter.com/1jFOs4CGPi— Jean-Jacques Halans (@halans) September 5, 2016 New Research Aims to Improve Web Content for Those with a Cognitive Disability: A partnership between IBM (using IBM Watson), University of Massachusetts-Boston, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center have started researching whether simplifying text for people with cognitive disabilities improves their comprehension of what they read online. WordPressManageWP Joins GoDaddy: The big news this week in the WordPress community was ManageWP’s announcement that they have been acquired by GoDaddy. Congrats to the ManageWP team! I was glad to see their roadmap through the end of the year remains unchanged. WordPress 4.6.1 Released, Patches Two Security Vulnerabilities: Email notifications filled inboxes early this week when sites were automatically updated to the 4.6.1 maintenance version. In addition to the two security updates, 15 bugs were fixed in 4.6.1.Moving your WordPress blog to HTTPS: Given Google is using HTTPS as one of their ranking factors, many website owners have moved their site to HTTPS. If you haven’t made the change yet, check out this helpful guide from Yoav Kadosh. 12 Tips to Optimize Your WordPress RSS Feed: Have you optimized your WordPress RSS feed for Feedly, one of the most popular feed readers? Or added social buttons to your WordPress feed? Here’s how to do it. CSS and HTML8-Digit Hex Codes?: Chris Coyier explains how eight-digit, and yes, four-digit hex codes work to add alpha transparency into hex colors. Note: only supported in Firefox and Chrome version 52. AtoZ CSS: The CSS Box Model: In the SitePoint series on CSS, Guy Routledge explains the box model and how to apply the properties to give an element its form.From this week’s Accessibility Summit conference, Joe O’Connor shared his opinion on underlining links:A link should have an underline. Period. The end.What’s with all the links, with no underlines?Get out of here. @AccessibleJoe #a11ysummit— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) September 7, 2016 What I Found InterestingTwitter just turned DMs into a chat app: Rolling out in the next few days, the new features in Twitter direct messages include …read receipts, live typing indicators and native URL previews…Chrome: Faster and more battery-friendly: It’s a race! Or at least it seems that way, with Google claiming the latest version of Chrome is 15 percent faster.Catch Up Faster After Vacation by Reading Email Last In, First Out: Does this work for you? What method do you use to tackle your inbox after vacation? If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.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…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: June 24, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how skeleton screens can improve user experience, read about Matt Mullenweg’s interview at this week’s WordCamp Europe 2016, find out how to approach CSS when you need it to scale, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: June 16, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn what Alan Cooper has to say about conversational interfaces, find out how to navigate a website with a keyboard, discover how to use fr in CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links”October 5, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn why every designer should have a foundation in psychology, find out the tentative schedule for WordPress 5.0, discover how to improve color accessibility on your website/apps, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a…In “Web design & development links” In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn what design mistakes to avoid so users don’t waste time, find out about new cognitive disability research (using IBM Watson), discover how to use eight-digit hex codes, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week. Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter. Tweet of the WeekIn celebration of #StarTrek50, our administrator on the real world impact of fictional characters Uhura and Sulu. pic.twitter.com/IFuUN5vrZQ— NASA (@NASA) September 8, 2016User ExperienceReducing Cognitive Overload For A Better User Experience: Long read, worthwhile. Learn what design mistakes to avoid so users don’t waste time trying to understand an interface.Complicated and confusing interfaces force users to find solutions to problems that shouldn’t be there in the first place. When to Use “Your” or “My” on Menu Items: Confused on which one to use? The difference is user perspective. How I designed a website (this one) in 8 days: Article cards, ugly babies, and collaboration through proximity helped Roscoe Tsalacopoulos build the new Envato blog site in eight days. Whoa. 4 Principles To Help Innovate and Improve the Customer Experience: My favorite principle in Jeff Sauro’s article, the first one: get out and observe people trying to solve problems. Watch them at their workplace to better understand their struggles. AccessibilityAnnouncing NVDA 2016.3 Release: The latest version of the free NVDA screen reader has a slew of new features, including:Ability to disable individual add-onsMicrosoft Excel form fields supportImprovements to reporting of colorsFixes and improvements for Microsoft Word support Using Flexbox Today: At this week’s Generate Sydney 2016 conference, Zoe Gillenwater explained that a solid syntax and improved browser support means you can use flexbox in your current projects today. Check out her slides for tips and example code. Accessibility is not only about good coding practices:https://twitter.com/SJSchaidt/status/773615259529646080Hulu Agrees to Caption 100% of English and Spanish Videos: Hurrah! In their agreement with the National Association of the Deaf, streaming television service Hulu agrees to caption all full-length English and Spanish content videos by September 2017. In addition, Hulu agrees to…make content shown in other languages available with captions on request.last_img read more

Sudip Bandopadhyay to be TMC party leader in Lok Sabha

first_imgSudip Bandopadhyay.Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhyay would be the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha, while Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy would be the chairman of TMC Parliamentary party in both the Houses, party supremo Mamata Banerjee announced on Saturday.Bandopadhyay, who was elected for the fourth term from the prestigious Kolkata North seat, was chosen at a meeting of the 34 newly-elected members at the party headquarter in Kolkata.Two-time member Ratna De Nag and first time MP Sugato Bose would be the deputy leaders in the Lower House for the TMC.Another two-time MP Kalyan Banerjee was selected as the chief whip of the TMC.Mukul Roy, the party’s all India secretary general, would be the chairman of TMC Parliamentary Party/Group in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.last_img read more

Rovio seeks Angry Birds 2 Asia growth by going local

first_imgFinnish mobile gaming company Rovio Entertainment, best known for its high-flying Angry Birds, is hoping to rebound from a tough 2014 and to expand in Asia by tailoring its games to draw local consumers.After reporting a 73 per cent drop in its 2014 earnings due to a decline in the licensing of the Angry Birds brand, and cutting about 110 jobs, Rovio is focusing on going local, the company’s chief commercial officer Alex Lambeek told Reuters this week.”(We have the) building capability to scale into parts of the world where we haven’t been strong in the past and a big part of that is actually working with partners, not trying to do everything ourselves,” said Lambeek, who joined the company from Fox International Channels in April.Angry Birds, which was released in 2009 as a mobile game and fast became a hit, allowed players to fling an array of birds at pigs using a virtual slingshot.Angry Birds 2, released last month, adds more characters, high-definition scenes, options to pick which bird to fling and the ability to compete with friends.China accounts for a third of the nearly 40 million downloads of Angry Birds 2 since July 30, making it the top market. That is in line with the first Angry Birds, which Rovio said has seen nearly one billion Chinese downloads, out of what the company says is a total of 3 billion game downloads since 2009.For Birds 2, Rovio partnered with Chinese mobile gaming company Kunlun Inc to make changes within the prompts and language used to target the way Chinese players are used to gaming, Lambeek said.advertisementChinese customers “want to be spoken to and listened to in their own language with their own specific humour,” he said.One example was recruiting Chinese actor-singer Li Yifeng, 28, to market the game and offer fans who have a Kunlun login the opportunity to play against him. In Taiwan, players can log into the game using Facebook and Yahoo accounts.Last week, Rovio appointed a new director to oversee the company’s expansion into India, where around 500,000 users have downloaded “Angry Birds 2.”Lambeek said Rovio will be working with India’s mobile phone operators to draw consumers who may have lower disposable income, by making in-game purchases more affordable.Rovio hopes the new game renews interest in the brand ahead of May 2016’s “The Angry Birds Movie.”last_img read more

Audio – Interview with Sheila Abed, Executive Director, IDEA (Paraguay)

first_imgThe Access InitiativeHow has being a member of the TAI network helped IDEA be more effective? The persistent problem of corruption. A partnership with the Ministry of the Environment to stop illegal logging. Access Initiative (TAI) partner Instituto de Derecho y Economía Ambiental (Environmental Law and Economics Institute, IDEA) is working to build government capacity to make sure that Paraguay’s growing soybean trade is good for the environment and for workers.Ms. Abed stopped by WRI recently to talk about IDEA’s work on environmental governance issues in Paraguay and elsewhere.Introduction Partnering with other NGOs and civil society. Advocacy TacticsHow easy do you find it to work together with members of the government to make reform? Sheila Abed of IDEA Current WorkHow did IDEA come to work on soybeans as an issue? How is it representative of environmental governance issues in Paraguay more generally? IDEA’s current work on the Corpus Dam on the Argentina border. The benefits of working on local issues with the government ombudsman. Access Rights in ParaguayHave there been successful examples of public participation in policy setting in Paraguay so far? Do you find it most effective to work on environmental issues at the national levels? Where The Access Initiative network should move in the future.last_img read more

‘We had 17 players in the back of a truck’

first_imgConIFA World Football Cup ‘We had 17 players in the back of a truck’ – Meet the man carrying the hopes of Matabeleland Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:34 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Matabeleland pickup Justin Walley ConIFA World Football Cup Justin Walley has the huge responsibility of directing their dreams as he returns home carrying the hopes of a nation searching for their own Justin Walley was a long way from home.The 47-year-old coach from the small market town of Hinkley in Leicestershire was used to seeing his staff placing cones and talking through the afternoon’s drills ahead of training sessions.But his staff were nowhere to be seen. They were somewhere across town, at differing stages of a six-hour wait to withdraw some money from the bank. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “There was a chance that you may not succeed in getting your money at the end of it,” Walley says.Matabeleland training 2Matabeleland trainingWith the Zimbabwean government on the rocks, the country’s financial services fell into chaos, and drastic restrictions were imposed on day-to-day banking. The banks had set a $14-per-day limit on withdrawalsThe CONIFA World Football Cup was less than a year away and the Matabeleland coach could barely even begin their preparations. The size of the task facing an Englishman in Zimbabwe was as clear as ever.Walley’s journey to Matabeleland began following a chance encounter with CONIFA board member and football shirt collector Jens Jockel, who contacted Latvian club Riga United in search of a jersey. Jockel was a CONIFA board member and Walley was secretary and a founding member of Riga, a club founded in 2007 for both locals and immigrants.Matabeleland Justin Walley“That was 13 months ago,” says Walley. “And I was very impressed with how transparent and open everything was – if you wanted to talk to the General Secretary, you just went and did it.“I was looking for a fresh coaching opportunity, and I had the idea of working with a poor or developing football federation, either as an assistant manager or as part of a management team. I started looking at options, and thought about CONIFA, where a lot of the roles are voluntary.”Walley discovered that Matabeleland were in the market for a manager, and threw his name in the hat. He believes the confederacy wanted outside expertise in the knowledge they would soon be pitted against European sides, and was delighted to be offered the job as head coach.Matabeleland match“Then there was the military coup, with the army on the streets and the police removed for a number of weeks. We lost training for a whole week because of that,” reveals Walley.And the facilities posed a challenge, too.“The pitches, on the whole, are shocking. They’re dirt pitches, and often have broken glass, bottle-tops and rocks all over them; it’s impossible to completely clean them up. “There aren’t even markings on many of them. As for equipment, at many training sessions we sometimes had two balls between 27 players…“Going to away games, having limited finances, we had 17 guys in the back of a Toyota pickup. If the thing was to turn over, they’d all be dead. But those are the circumstances.”Justin Walley Barbourfields Stadium.And they have been infinitely worse for the Ndebele people. Marginalised, persecuted and massacred in their thousands under the brutal Robert Mugabe regime, a few bottle-tops hardly posed much of an obstacle to the enduring spirit of Matabeleland.And this year they’re set to show their incredible resolve and unwavering pride to the world when, at 15:00 on May 31, the Matabeleland Football Confederacy (MFC) kick-off their opening match in the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup against Padania in London.And Walley now has the huge responsibility of directing their dreams in London this year, as he returns home carrying the hopes of a nation searching for their own.Teams, fixtures and everything you need to know about the CONIFA 2018 World Football Cuplast_img read more

9 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde: Coutinho must do better

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde: Coutinho must do betterby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is demanding better from Philippe Coutinho.Coutinho scored Barcelona’s only goal in the 2-1 Copa del Rey defeat away to Levante but delivered an overall poor performance.Valverde has called for the Brazilian to work as hard as he can to get himself back in the starting XI and to put pressure on those who are playing more often.”When I wasn’t playing Dembele everyone asked about him,” Valverde said after the game.”Now he plays and Coutinho doesn’t and it is the other way around.”The players have to work to turn things around.”He is not happy, he has to fight, but one or the other almost always plays and Coutinho gives us a lot and will give us a lot.” last_img read more

4 days agoZidane has no doubts about commitment of Real Madrid players

first_imgZidane has no doubts about commitment of Real Madrid playersby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has no doubts about the commitment of his players.More doubts have emerged about Zidane after defeat to Real Mallorca.”Players always want to win,” Zidane said. “They know what happens in each game.”They want to change the situation. They are the first ones who want to turn things around.”We are a team and there is no need to single anyone out. We are in the same boat and I am responsible. I trust the team and we want to show that things can be changed.”I am not surprised by anything that happens. I have been living like this for 25 years and we have to move forward.”You don’t always win but you have to show character.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

McDonalds pulls radio ad encouraging fast food over museum visits

first_imgMcDonald’s Restaurants of Canada has apologized and pulled a national radio ad that encouraged people to buy its fast food offerings rather than visit a museum after Canadian museums pushed back.Company spokesman Adam Grachnik said the 15-second ad, which played-down how interesting a dinosaur museum could be, was meant as a humorous promotion and in no way meant to offend.“We appreciate that museums are trusted, respected and informative places about Canadian culture and apologize for any offence,” he said in an email.Tracy Calogheros, CEO of Exploration Place in Prince George, B.C. raised concerns about the ad after hearing it on a local radio station.She said she was taken aback at a company suggesting people not support important institutions like museums, and that people forget most museums are charities.Calogheros said McDonald’s contacted her personally to apologize for what she said was a poorly thought-out ad.“I just think they had blinders on with their ad campaign and just didn’t really see the impacts of the message they were sending.”She said museums build community and foster interesting discussions that leave visitors with positive lasting effects.“The lasting effects coming out of a museum are something that more people are in pursuit of than the same lasting effects you may get out of a fast-food visit.”The Canadian Museums Association said in a release that it had also asked that McDonald’s remove the ad and has requested that the company consider beneficial ways to work with the museum sector.The association said McDonald’s also contacted its executive director John McAvity to apologize for the ad.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly identified McDonald’s spokesman as Grachnik Adam.last_img read more