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BP Pays $102 Million Settlement For Overcharging California

February 21, 2018 ·  · Topic: BP Settlement  · Relevance: not sure

BP Energy Co. is paying California $102 million to settle claims that it overcharged the state for natural gas between 2003 and 2012, officials announced Thursday.

The company regularly violated contracts to provide gas for numerous state agencies and other governments by exceeding the agreed-upon price cap, then concealed the overcharges by providing false and misleading information, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

"At one point, BP employees described the transactions with the state of California, when they were overcharging us, as undertakings with the state that, ‘Was allowing them to squeeze gold out of that goose,’" Becerra said. "Well, California […]

China income inequality

February 21, 2018 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Widening inequality has been called “one of the key challenges of our time” by the World Economic Forum. S. China has one of the greatest Why states may get away with creative income tax Annie Bryant Economic Inequality in China Economic Inequality Facts •According to a 2004 survey, urban households have an average income 3. 38 to 0. 2. edu/~ganli/Report-English-Dec-2013. Income Inequality and Intergenerational Social Mobility in China Xiang Zhou Harvard University Inequality in India and China: declines in poverty rates for India and China in recent decades can be explained by the for income inequality has now A […]

Cultural heritage is a child’s right, so let’s celebrate International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2018 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

As much as these divisive times concern advocates of multiculturalism and human rights, so too do they concern linguists and educators.

With the rise of populist nationalism, the threat of walls between sovereign neighbours, religious profiling, and suspicion of regional integration, we worry what the resulting political milieu means for migrant and Indigenous languages. Language is, after all, a salient index of culture.

An assault on cultural diversity is synonymous with an assault on linguistic diversity.The question is whether minority communities, whose language and culture differ from the mainstream but who are rightfully accepted as new migrants and citizens, should be […]

Read the text of Mayor Steve Adler’s State of the City address

February 20, 2018 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Below is the prepared text for Mayor Steve Adler’s State of the City address. This text was provided before the mayor’s speech began Tuesday evening at City Hall, and his spoken remarks may deviate from this format.

Mayor Pro Tem and my colleagues on the Council, Manager Cronk, distinguished guests, and fellow Austinites:

Before I begin, I want to thank Consul General Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez of Mexico for introducing me this evening.People don’t realize that how closely we are working together these days. It hasn’t always been so. Used to be we saw each other only at happy occasions, like […]

EDC launches economic inclusion initiative

February 20, 2018 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Today, EDC launched a data-driven initiative to drive economic growth and inclusion in the region. Catalyzed by San Diego’s participation in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program learning lab in 2017, EDC released research that highlights the region’s economic pain points and necessity for an employer-led approach to tackling inclusivity issues.

“ Despite record-low unemployment and a renowned innovation ecosystem, San Diego has an inclusion problem that cannot be ignored ,” said Mark Cafferty, president and CEO, San Diego Regional EDC. “ Small businesses cannot compete with larger corporations, while one million people cannot afford to live here. This initiative […]

The Millennial’s New World Order

February 20, 2018 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

This past weekend I was once again lucky enough to attend the 31 st Annual Camden Conference , a nonpartisan citizens’ forum that puts our state at the epicenter of global debates. This year’s focus, “New World Disorder and America’s Future” allowed the general public, high school, and college students to reflect on the current dynamics of the international system and its impact on the United States. Influenced by the current nationalism and protectionism marketed by the current administration, the expert’s “glocal” approach constructed a present and a future reality that oscillated between darkness and dim light. In between […]

Economic Mobility For All

February 19, 2018 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


I’m retired from more than 40 years in the field of education now volunteering as a youth counselor in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area. Most of my work these days is online although I do occasionally have the opportunity to visit with basketball teams, school groups, and parent/youth church groups to lead small group discussions on Nextstep2911 topics: character, choices, and careers. I avoid the topics we will never solve like world hunger, and confront only those things we can change.

Social media generates several thousand hits per month, and I do respond to all questions and […]

Facebook’s next project: American inequality

February 19, 2018 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is quietly cracking open his company’s vast trove of user data for a study on economic inequality in the U.S. — the latest sign of his efforts to reckon with divisions in American society that the social network is accused of making worse.

The study, which hasn’t previously been reported, is mining the social connections among Facebook’s American users to shed light on the growing income disparity in the U.S., where the top 1 percent of households is said to control 40 percent of the country’s wealth. Facebook is an incomparably rich source of information for […]

WLOX Editorial: BP settlement money belongs in South Mississippi

February 18, 2018 ·  · Topic: BP Settlement  · Relevance: not sure


Here’s the latest on the money coming to the state of Mississippi from BP because of the oil disaster. It’s the same as before. People who don’t live anywhere near the coast want a chunk of the money.

The coast counties took the hit from the BP Oil disaster of 2010 and $750 million is headed to the state from BP over the next 15 years. One of the plans at the state legislative level is to create 11 districts around the state to share the money. No plan yet on how much that sharing will be.Coast […]