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Researchers document early, permananet human settlement in Andes

June 28, 2017 ·  · Topic: BP Settlement  · Relevance: not sure

Researchers document early, permananet human settlement in Andes

Intrepid hunter-gatherer families permanently occupied high-elevation environments of the Andes Mountains at least 7,000 years ago, according to new research led by University of Wyoming scientists. Credit: Lauren A. Hayes Examining human remains and other archaeological evidence from a site at nearly 12,500 feet above sea level in Peru, the scientists show that intrepid hunter-gatherers—men, women and children—managed to survive at high elevation before the advent of agriculture, in spite of lack of oxygen, frigid temperatures and exposure to elements.

"This gives us a very strong baseline to help understand the rates of cultural and genetic change in the Andean […]

A top auto analyst says GM could jump to $50 a share — but there’s a catch

June 28, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

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GM CEO Mary Barra. Bill Pugliano/Getty GM General Motors

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Disclaimer Get real-time GM charts here »Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas has lately been more bullish on General Motors, even as traditional car companies have seen their stock prices hammered while investors rush into upstarts such as Tesla, whose shares have surged almost 80% this year.Morgan Stanley was involved with GM’s recent proxy battle with Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn, so Jonas wasn’t commenting on the carmaker.But in a note published Wednesday, he resumed coverage with an "overweight" rating and a $40 price target (GM […]

GM wants the era of self-driving cars to be led by women

June 28, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Only 18% of computer science majors are women. Mike Appleton/General Motors

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34.63 0.44 (+1.30 %) Disclaimer Get real-time GM charts here »GM wants more women to help build the cars of the future and it’s making big moves to ensure that it happens.The automaker announced Wednesday that it is partnering with four new non-profits to create programs aimed at increasing the number of women and other minorities in STEM education.GM’s CEO Mary Barra said that the partnerships will not only help diversify the workforce, but it will also help bring more coding talent to […]

New report slams UK efforts to reduce inequality

June 28, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) is seen at the Houses of Parliament in London | Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images Government policies to improve social mobility in the United Kingdom have come up short, according to a new report published Wednesday.

The study by the Social Mobility Commission, an independent body that monitors progress on social mobility, found that polices under both Labour and Tory governments over the past 20 years failed to significantly reduce the gap between the “haves and have nots” in Britain.

“Without deep-seated reform, social and economic divisions in British society are set to widen with consequences for […]

Social Mobility and University Careers Services

June 28, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


The UPP Foundation is a registered charity that offers grants

to universities, charities and other higher education bodies.In recent years, as higher education has expanded, theburden of paying for a degree has shifted towards theindividual. This naturally presents difficulties in terms ofmaintaining the ‘University for the Public Good’, as wellas ensuring there is greater equity in terms of going to,succeeding at and benefiting from the university experience.We believe the UPP Foundation can make a small butsignificant contribution in helping universities and thewider higher education sector overcome these challenges.The UPP Foundation was created in 2016 by UniversityPartnerships Programme (UPP), the leading […]

Social Mobility Commission says there is ‘hunger for change’ on economic divide

June 28, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

A new report has called for “deep seated reform” to boost social mobility after finding two decades of government efforts have struggled to reduce the gap between rich and poor. The Social Mobility Commission said there was an “us-and-them society”, and that the divide was set to widen in the future.

Former Cabinet minister Alan Milburn, the chair of the Commission, said there was “hunger for change” in Britain.

The Commission has published a landmark report analysing government efforts to increase social mobility over the last 20 years.It found child poverty has risen since the global financial crash, and that there […]

The Case for Community College

June 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Riley Anderson was a C student in high school, bored by the work and driven partly by a desire to stay on the football team. In 2015, he graduated 25th in his class–of 31 students.

Without a particular career in mind, Anderson enrolled at Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in Watertown, S.D., a relatively inexpensive two-year college 30 minutes from his home. There, his classrooms were hangar-size spaces filled with wind turbines, solar panels, ethanol distillers and miniature hydroelectric dams. It seemed more like his dad’s garage, where Anderson would spend hours tinkering with his 1971 Chevrolet pickup truck, than […]

Can a basic income help Thunder Bay residents struggling with a changing economy?

June 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

a woman and others eating food in a shelter for homeless people

Thunder Bay will be a testing ground for whether Ontario should undertake a dramatic social assistance reform. (Paul Chiasson/CP) Thunder Bay residents are eagerly awaiting this week’s announcement of how the provincial government will roll out the Basic Income Pilot Project in their community.

On April 24, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that 4,000 people — in the Hamilton area (which includes Brantford and Brant County), Lindsay, and Thunder Bay — will participate in the first basic income study undertaken by a Canadian government since the Dauphin, Manitoba, experiment finished in 1979.

Under the terms of the pilot, people with low incomes […]

Teach For America Los Angeles Awarded $15,000 Grant from Bank of America

June 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Teach For America Los Angeles announced today that it has received a $15,000 economic mobility grant from Bank of America. The grant will support the nonprofit’s ability to recruit and train the nation’s most promising future leaders and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. Teach For America Los Angeles is among 70 nonprofits receiving funding from Bank of America to help underserved people in Los Angeles chart a path toward greater economic mobility.

“We thank Bank of America for supporting us year after year and allowing us to recruit and train passionate, diverse and talented new teachers who […]

Boosting Economic Mobility in Asia: SMEs as Drivers of Inclusive Growth

June 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

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Over the last four decades, Asia has experienced unprecedented economic growth that has shifted the global economic center of gravity to the region. Asia enters 2015 as the world’s fastest-growing region, with the International Monetary Fund predicting that GDP will increase by 5.5 percent this year. But although Asia has become wealthier faster than any other region of the world, striking disparities in growth between and within countries are creating new social tensions and economic vulnerabilities. Indeed, Asia embodies a number of very twenty-first-century paradoxes with extremes of poverty and prosperity mixing strikingly. Among the key challenges facing Asia […]