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US teens low on financial literacy

first_imgby: Christina PontissoEileen Holley of Money Mix, explains that when it comes to knowing and understanding finances, USA teens are far behind compared to international teens.PBS NewsHour conducted a study to see how teens from different countries would score in a financial literacy assessment test. The test featured 29,000 15 year olds from 18 different countries or economies. Unfortunately, teens from Americas scored well below the average while teens from China achieved top honors.So how do we explain that despite living in the most developed country in the world Americans teens have a poor financial understanding? One answer stems from the lack of financial education within the home. Most parents don’t have the time, ability, etc. to educate their children about the money management which is why schools need to play a major role.“The Huffington Post reported on another study on financial literacy—this time with college students. This survey of more than 65,000 first-year college students in the U.S. found that students who had received financial literacy education in high school scored significantly higher than their peers on questions related to financial knowledge. It was also found that they practiced this knowledge and were more financially responsible and cautious with their money.” continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Human Trafficking Still An Issue

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – Just under the surface of Antiguan & Barbudan society lies a seedy underside of human trafficking that includes forced prostitution, according to regional experts on the issues of sex trade and the recent United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Caribbean Human Development Report on Citizen Security.The UNDP Report released early February states that criminal networks in the twin-island state were increasingly becoming involved in human trafficking.It was found that “a majority of prostitutes in the country were immigrant women forced into the sex trade.”The women interviewed, who were mainly from Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia, said they were recruited with the promise of employment opportunities as bartenders, masseuses, hotel workers or dancers. However, upon arrival they were forced into prostitution.Janielle Matthews, writer of the Antigua & Barbuda section of the UNDP report, said, “It is not surprising that places that experience very high influx of people and high immigration also correspondently have high rates of human trafficking.”UNDP investigations found that organised crime groups obtained the co-operation of Antiguan & Barbudan immigration officers and senior officials, who were bribed to allow the women into the country.OBSERVER spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Ivor Walker, chief immigration officer, who admitted that immigration “has its problems,” but he was not aware of the UNDP report.However, Walker agreed to speak to OBSERVER once he reviewed the document.Sheila Roseau, executive director of Gender Affairs Directorate, says that human trafficking is a crime “with many faces” and that its operations are often disguised.Roseau also said the national task force that was formed in accordance with the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Act of 2010 has begun the implementation process.Meetings have been held with key agencies including Gender Affairs and immigration and police officers to provide training.Gender Affair urges those affected by trafficking or know of anyone being trafficked to contact their 24-hour crisis hotline at 463-5555.By Alicia SimonAntigua Observer Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Human Trafficking Still An Issue by: – March 2, 2012 Share 52 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony ruled out of World Cup

first_img “The coaches did meet this morning and discuss a number of different options.” Flanker O’Brien’s citing was confirmed by World Rugby on Monday evening, with a disciplinary hearing set for Tuesday lunchtime in London. Independent judicial officer Terry Willis will hear O’Brien’s case, with Ireland boss Joe Schmidt revealing hopes on Sunday that the combative Leinster flanker could avoid sanction. France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has branded O’Brien’s clash with Pape an “assault”, but Schmidt claimed his back-rower had connected with an “open hand”. Ireland’s chances of beating the ebullient Pumas would be sorely tested should Schmidt’s men be forced to cope without O’Brien, as well as O’Mahony and O’Connell. Ireland are yet to name a replacement for centre Jared Payne, but started their cavalry call by adding 24-year-old Ruddock to their ranks to offset the loss of O’Mahony. Andrew Trimble is in the frame to slot in for Payne, ruled out with a fractured foot, while Dan Tuohy could be lined up to slot in for O’Connell. O’Connell’s Test career appears to be at an end after 108 caps. The 35-year-old was due to retire from the Test arena at the end of the competition, but the severity of his injury will surely accelerate that process. The Toulon-bound second row beat the Millennium Stadium turf in anguish and anger after suffering his injury, before being carried off on a stretcher at half-time during Sunday’s France clash. Full-back Rob Kearney accepted O’Connell’s World Cup was effectively at an end, admitting Ireland will suffer in his absence. “There’s not much I can say here now in the next 30 seconds that can give testament to his contribution to Irish rugby and this World Cup,” Kearney said. “Of course if he is ruled out it’s going to be a monumental loss to us. “The form he’s in is superb. He looks as though he’s really enjoying his rugby too, and you always say when guys look like they’re really enjoying what they’re doing that’s generally when they get the best out of themselves. “If it is the case it would be massively gutting and disappointing, and we’d have lost one of our key players.” Kearney hailed O’Connell for “beaming ear to ear” at Ireland’s victory, despite fearing the worst on a personal front. “I suppose the fact that he’s been around more than any of us at World Cups, it is difficult for him,” Kearney said, accepting O’Connell’s fate. “We felt awful for him, but I think it was great to see the sheer delight on his face after the game in terms of what we’d achieved as opposed to feeling sorry for himself.” Press Association The staggering collateral damage from Sunday’s superlative 24-9 victory over France could see as many as three fresh faces join Ireland’s World Cup squad as injury replacements. O’Mahony flew home to Cork on Monday after suffering knee ligament damage, to be replaced by Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock, while O’Connell was awaiting merely the formalities of confirmation that both his tournament and Test career were over. Ireland captain O’Connell spent Sunday night in hospital with a “significant hamstring injury”, and flanker O’Brien was cited for appearing to punch France lock Pascal Pape. “Paul O’Connell appears to have suffered a significant hamstring injury and was hospitalised overnight. He’s having scans later today to clarify the extent of the injury,” team manager Mick Kearney said on Monday. “Peter O’Mahony has suffered a knee ligament injury and is returning to Dublin today for specialist opinion and will take no further part in the tournament. “Johnny Sexton suffered a groin injury, initial clinical assessment is encouraging and we await scanning later today. “After an incredibly physical encounter a host of players are reporting bumps and soreness and will have to be managed, but nothing more serious than that. “As soon as we have more clarity on the injury front we will be in a position to make decisions on replacement players. “At the moment, definitively, only Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out. Paul was in hospital overnight and he was obviously very sore. “In relation to Jared Payne’s replacement, that’s similar too. I’d be pretty sure that a decision would be made later today. Ireland will lose twin enforcers Peter O’Mahony and Paul O’Connell from their World Cup campaign to serious injury, while Sean O’Brien could miss the quarter-final with Argentina over disciplinary wrangles. last_img read more

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Jamaican ruling party hints at early by-election

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 8, CMC – The ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) has hinted at the possibility of an “early” by-election in the Portland Eastern constituency following the murder of the People National Party’s (PNP) parliamentary representative, Dr. Lynvale George BloomfieldNational Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang, who is also the JLP’s general secretary, told a radio program that the date for the by-election lies with Prime Minister Andrew Holness. “Once you lose an MP, we don’t want constituents to remain without representation for a long time. Our democracy is a very active one. It is vibrant, we will have the election at the Prime Minister’s discretion. It is the Prime Minister’s call and I don’t want to anticipate him” Chang told RJR radio.The Opposition PNP is offering half million Jamaican dollar reward for information regarding the death of its legislator, has already indicated it would be prepared in the event that an early by-election is called.Bloomfield’s body was found last Saturday with multiple stab wounds inside his house in Passley Gardens, Portland, a parish located on the island’s northeast coast. PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson told a news conference that anyone with information should come forward and assist the police.Robinson said in addition to the reward the party would also be having a series of events, including and a prayer vigil at the town center in Port Antonio on Saturday, to honour Bloomfield’s service to his community, constituency and the nation.Prime Minister Holness said he was “shocked” at the death of the medical practitioner.The JLP holds 34 of the 63 member Parliamentary seats.last_img read more

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