• Jobs

    Fossil fuel workers should get new jobs ‘where they live’

    President Biden on Friday said people who lose jobs in the fossil fuel industry as a result of environmental reforms must be provided new job opportunities “in the places where they live.” Biden claimed in a speech at the White House that phasing out coal, gas and oil doesn’t require economic devastation in current energy-producing regions. “As we transition to a clean energy future, we must ensure that workers who have thrived in yesterday’s and today’s industries have as bright a tomorrow in the new industries as well as in the places where they live and the communities they have built,” Biden told a summit of world leaders. “When we…

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  • Science

    A clock’s accuracy may be tied to the entropy it creates

    Today’s most advanced clocks keep time with an incredibly precise rhythm. But a new experiment suggests that clocks’ precision comes at a price: entropy. Entropy, or disorder, is created each time a clock ticks. Now, scientists have measured the entropy generated by a clock that can be run at varying levels of accuracy. The more accurate the clock’s ticks, the more entropy it emitted, physicists report in a paper accepted to Physical Review X. “If you want a better clock, you have to pay for it,” says physicist Natalia Ares of the University of Oxford. Time and entropy are closely intertwined concepts. Entropy is known as the “arrow of time,”…

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  • Home Schooling

    Roshan the camel brings books to homeschooling children in rural Pakistan

    Plodding his way through the desert in remote southwest Pakistan, Roshan the camel carries priceless cargo: books for children who can no longer go to school because of coronavirus lockdowns. The school children, who live in remote villages where the streets are too narrow for vehicles, put on their best clothes and rush out to meet Roshan. They crowd around the animal shouting “the camel is here!” Pakistan’s schools first closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, and have only opened sporadically since then, with around 50 million school-age children and university students told to continue their education from home. It’s been especially difficult in places like…

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  • Exchange Student

    New Milford High once again hosting foreign exchange students

    NEW MILFORD — New Milford High School has hosted foreign exchange students for as long as Principal Greg Shugrue can remember. “We’ve hosted students from all over the world here,” said Shugrue, adding there has been an average of one to three foreign exchange students every year at the school, with the exception of 2020-2021, due to the pandemic. This fall, FLAG (Foreign Links around the Globe), a 32-year-old nonprofit organization, is sending two foreign exchange students to New Milford High School. FLAG, based in Michigan, works with 400 to 500 high school students each year from across the world, including Europe, Asia and South America. The path to becoming…

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  • Online School

    Several St. Louis-Area School Districts Will Keep Online Learning After Pandemic Ends

    Thousands of Missouri students likely will continue to learn online from their homes next school year — and after — by choice, as virtual school becomes a permanent option after the pandemic subsides. Several school districts in the St. Louis region are making their online programs permanent for children as early as kindergarten in an effort to offer more flexibility and choice. But some critics worry the isolation could have negative social and emotional effects on kids. With no COVID-19 vaccine yet approved for children under age 16, school administrators say it’s highly likely some amount of virtual learning will be necessary next school year. But they also say their…

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  • Education

    Higher education leaders react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

    The conclusion of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty on murder and manslaughter charges for the killing of George Floyd, produced a sense of hope and relief among students, faculty members and college leaders across the country. After a year of anger and outrage, accusations and recrimination, bridge building and bridge burning, calls for accountability and promises of change — played out mostly remotely and on social media as Americans hunkered down while in the throes of the pandemic — the verdict Tuesday was largely viewed as a welcome development and a symbol of possibilities for positive change for the country — and perhaps on…

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  • Jobs

    OPINION: The Minimum Wage Hike Is Already Costing Missouri Jobs, And $15 Will Make It Even Worse | Business

    In the news in recent months, President Biden pledged to enact a nationwide $15 an hour minimum wage. As of January, the minimum wage in Missouri, automatically increased from $9.45/hour to $10.30/hour. This was the result of a measure Missouri voters passed in 2018 titled Proposition B. Proposition B, also known as the “$12 Minimum Wage Initiative” mandated an increase in the minimum wage from $7.85 to $8.60 on January 1, 2019 followed by incremental increases of $0.85 annually until it reaches $12/hour in 2023. This is more than a 50{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase in the cost of labor. As with Biden’s pledge, the same concepts apply at the federal level which…

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