UPS offering short-term jobs with benefits in Houston area

The United Parcel Service (UPS) is hiring more than 3,000 seasonal employees in the Houston area to support the anticipated increase in packages for the holiday season.

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Irish digital firm confirms 100 new jobs as it reaps the benefits of remote working

AN IRISH digital firm confirmed 100 new jobs as it reaped the benefits of the boom in remote working because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Taoiseach Michael Martin announced the jobs as he toured the Workvivo facility in Douglas, Cork.

The high end jobs come after a dramatic increase in user numbers for the digital platform firm.

Workvivo has experienced 200pc growth in user numbers with their customers now spanning 47 countries.

Some 40pc of its customer base has joined the platform since March.

Workvivo currently employs 35 staff but predicts its workforce will grow to 135 within the next three years as businesses adapt to a new future of communication and engagement with their employees.

The firm’s platform helps businesses to connect with staff across multiple sites and enables those businesses to engage these employees.

Workvivo’s customers in Ireland include Woodies, Trigon Hotels, Bus Éireann, Irish Rail and UCC.

Globally,

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Namibia: Young Artisan Benefits From Development Bank’s Skills-Based Facility

Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has unveiled Mekemo Trading, a mechanical and automotive services provider, as a recipient of skills-based finance for young artisans.

The Bank’s skills-based facility for young artisans and professionals is designed to enable aspirant entrepreneurs with professional or artisan qualifications, but with limited or no collateral, to embark on the course of entrepreneurship. It also enables young entrepreneurs with emerging businesses to expand.

The Bank defines young entrepreneurs as aged 36 and younger, but will, in exceptional circumstances, accept applicants aged up to 40.

Acting Head of SME Finance Hellen Amupolo said Mekemo is an excellent example of what DBN set out to achieve with skills-based finance for young entrepreneurs.

Operated by Rens Mekemo Shilongo, aged 33, Mekemo Trading provides automotive services including mechanical services, spray painting and panel beating for cars, trucks, buses, farm implements and mining and construction equipment. Located in Katutura, the company

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Young artisan benefits from Development Bank’s skills-based facility

Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has unveiled Mekemo Trading, a mechanical and automotive services provider, as a recipient of skills-based finance for young artisans.

The Bank’s skills-based facility for young artisans and professionals is designed to enable aspirant entrepreneurs with professional or artisan qualifications, but with limited or no collateral, to embark on the course of entrepreneurship. It also enables young entrepreneurs with emerging businesses to expand.

The Bank defines young entrepreneurs as aged 36 and younger, but will, in exceptional circumstances, accept applicants aged up to 40.

Acting Head of SME Finance Hellen Amupolo said Mekemo is an excellent example of what DBN set out to achieve with skills-based finance for young entrepreneurs.

Operated by Rens Mekemo Shilongo, aged 33, Mekemo Trading provides automotive services including mechanical services, spray painting and panel beating for cars, trucks, buses, farm implements and mining and construction equipment. Located in Katutura, the company

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The Accidental Education Benefits of COVID-19

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—Aynklo for Education Week

How we can end testing and grading for good, not just during the pandemic

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Alfie Kohn

You know you really should walk or bike more often, but the car is just so darned convenient. Then one day it breaks down, and the replacement part won’t be available for quite a while. The fates have conspired to get you some much-needed exercise while also reducing your carbon footprint. But what happens when the repair can finally be made? Will this serendipitous car-free interlude become a permanent change, or will you once again be driving everywhere?

Here’s the analogous choice that educators will soon face: Amid all the awfulness, the pandemic has yielded a few accidental benefits, including the suspension of state exams, college-admissions tests, and conventional grading. But will we cement these changes into place for the long haul?

That outcome is far from certain

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The downside of a strong jobs report? Less urgency for stimulus checks and enhanced unemployment benefits

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When the Senate passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus package by a 96-0 vote on March 25, the economy was in free fall. The S&P 500 stood at 2,475 points, and a record 6.9 million jobless claims were filed that week. Economists were talking about Great Depression 2.0.

But this time around, stimulus negations are happening with the backdrop of an improving economy. And that is reducing the political pressure for Republican and Democratic leaders to comprise.

On Friday we learned the unemployment rate dropped from 10.2% in July to 8.4% in August. That soundly beat Goldman Sachs’ estimate of 9.8%. And the U.S. added—or we should say regained—1.4 million jobs in August.

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Edmonds School District bus drivers rally demanding benefits after layoffs

Edmonds School District bus drivers were laid off in August, and now they are left without medical benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDMONDS, Wash. — School bus drivers for the Edmonds School District rallied for health benefits after layoffs this summer.

Bill Whalen is an Army veteran turned Edmonds School District bus driver.

He’s been driving kids to school for 13 years.

“I am getting older, but I feel 20, 30 years younger because I am around kids and that to me is important,” he said.

The layoffs were announced in mid-August.

The news that Edmonds School District was laying off 175 bus drivers was a blow to Whalen and his co-workers, and not just because they’re out of a job.

“Our benefits have been cut off, our medical benefits, and a lot of people rely on those benefits,” he said.

The loss of benefits hit fellow bus driver John

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School funding plan ‘benefits wealthier pupils most’

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Better-off pupils in England will see larger school funding increases than poorer pupils under the government’s latest plan, a study suggests.

The government’s drive to “level up” funding will disproportionately benefit schools in better-off areas, argues the Education Policy Institute (EPI).

The schools’ budget will rise by £7.1bn by 2022-23 under government plans.

The government said schools with higher numbers of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds remained a priority.

School leaders in England have been complaining of a worsening budget squeeze.

The government has responded by announcing a National Funding Formula for schools, designed to ensure pupils with the same characteristics get the same level of funding, regardless of where in the country they go to school.

The Department for Education says the plan will give “every school more money for every child”.

  • Multi-billion pound cash boost for schools
  • School funding top priority for Williamson

But new

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