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Unemployed in Europe Hobbled by Lack of Technology Skills | CNBC.com

Unemployed in Europe Hobbled by Lack of Technology Skills | CNBC.com | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it

Week after week, newspapers issue a stream of hopeful headlines: Microsoft, PayPal, Fujitsu and scores of other companies are expanding their investments in Ireland, creating thousands of jobs as unemployment hovers near record highs.

 

There is just one hitch: Not enough people are qualified to fill all the jobs. In some cases, the companies have had to look outside Ireland to recruit candidates with the right skills.

 

After a five-year economic crisis, the mismatch represents one of the thorniest problems facing Ireland and many other European countries. Hundreds of thousands of people who lost work, and many young people entering the work force, are finding that their skills are ill suited to a huge crop of innovation-based jobs springing up across the Continent.

 

"In all countries, there is an expectation that many of the new jobs created will be in the knowledge-intensive economy," said Glenda Quintini, a senior labor economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. "But we are seeing a worrisome skills mismatch that means a large number of unemployed people are not well prepared for the pool of jobs opening up."

 

Employers have long complained that graduates do not have the skills they need. But in a recent report, the International Labor Organization warned that "skills mismatches and occupational shifts have worsened" in Europe in the wake of the crisis. People laid off in hard-hit sectors, from construction to finance, face lengthy retraining, while too few graduates entering the job market have chosen engineering, science or technology degrees for the growing innovation-based jobs market.

 

The gap in Europe has important consequences for the recovery as the euro zone grapples with unemployment rates stuck stubbornly above 12 percent: It may hold back a return to meaningful growth and generate "significant economic and social costs," according to the European Commission, the policy-making arm of the European Union.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Monica S Mcfeeters, Jocelyn Stoller
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Will we be able to catch up with the demand for skilled workers in countries where these skilled workers do not exist? It has become necessary to import (or outsource?) the work. This has a disastrous affect on the economy of the country that needs skilled citizen workers but has unskilled citizens. Will we be in time to correct this imbalance for future economic stability and prosperity?

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 4, 11:39 PM

This may all be true for sure. But still I have only heard a tiny few...and I do mean "few" address the real unemployment problem.

There are not going to be enough STEM jobs or other jobs to employ anywhere near the working age population of the planet. We need to redefine what we give added value to in our world and redo our concept of what people do to earn a living. That may sound impossible and overwhelming but that is where we find ourselves in history. It is an amazing opportunity and challenge for our young. I would like to think we elders do not need to die off to get out of their way and let them soar to a new world design on this planet.

 

 

If they trained everyone to do the jobs listed here they would still just have millions out of work. Technology does in fact reduce the numbers by large sums that are required to perform task that were once labor intensive. That will continue to be the case and will lower employee numbers even more. Not everyone wants to move away from his or her connections in life to find an income. Locating jobs were people live and are connected is critical. Losing life-building connections is not healthy for individuals, families or communities in the long run. 

 

Training people to think and design technology and many other things is great…. but it is not the silver bullet answer to such massive unemployment either.

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Global Evolution: Will we be in time?
What is happening to our planet and its ability to provide for and shelter us? Can it continue to sustain us? Or will it destroy us due to natural evolution or our interference with Mother Nature? Can we establish economic stability? Balance climate change? Eliminate toxic chemicals? Actually achieve world peace? How will we evolve and will we be in time to save ourselves or will we be destroyed by our changing planet?
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Time Magazine: We Were Wrong About Saturated Fats | Health Impact News

Time Magazine: We Were Wrong About Saturated Fats | Health Impact News | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it

"Reversing years of negative press on saturated fats, Time Magazine has finally admitted defeat on this issue, reversing course and admitting that the war on fat was wrong. They even expose the junk science that supports this dietary philosophy".


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Will we be in time to know the right approach to cardiovascular health and stop using the wrong treatment(s) for 'high cholesterol'. Will we be in time to prove definitively what correlation cholesterol and saturated fat have? This latest news by Time Magazine is a complete reversal of past beliefs.

 

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, August 23, 8:26 AM

Thank goodness. This latest research on how to eat is such a relief. 

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, August 23, 9:52 AM

Time Magazine may have admitted defeat in the issue of saturated fat and cholesterol, but Big Pharma is in no hurry. Statins, a drug used to lower cholesterol, may not be needed. That would be an economic bust to drug companies.

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Designer of ‘I [heart] NY’ creates logo for climate change

Designer of ‘I [heart] NY’ creates logo for climate change | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it

Milton Glaser, the designer behind the iconic 'I ♥ NY' logo, has turned his attention to global warming, creating a logo for an awareness campaign titled 'It's not warming, it's dying'.    "There is no more significant issue on Earth than its survival," Glaser told design publication Dezeen. "The questions is, 'how can anyone not be involved?'" Speaking of the design – a disk with a black-green gradient running from North to South – Glaser said, "I can never answer the question of how ideas originate, and apparently, neither can anyone else. But, symbolically, the disappearance of light seemed to be an appropriate way to begin."

 

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Milton Glaser's project @itsnotwarming is getting world attention. As well it should. Have you ordered your buttons yet? www.itsnotwarming.com

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'I ♥ NY' Designer Milton Glaser Tries to Create an Iconic Logo for Climate Change

'I ♥ NY' Designer Milton Glaser Tries to Create an Iconic Logo for Climate Change | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Is it hot in here, or is it Milton Glaser?
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Is this the end or is it the beginning? Is it the birth of something new or the death of something old? Not even Milton Glaser, its creator is sure. But just to make sure that everyone is paying attention, he coined the phrase, "It's not warming, it's dying", to get everyone's attention. Good work from one of the world's greatest graphic designers.

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Tuvalu family cites global warming on accepted refugee application

Tuvalu family cites global warming on accepted refugee application | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
On a refugee application recently accepted by New Zealand, a Tuvalu family claimed they'd be forced out by global warming if they returned home.
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We will not be in time to stop the effects of global warming. But we can find ways to receive refugees and provide them with a new homeland.

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This organic food company is refusing to pay for employees' birth control

This organic food company is refusing to pay for employees' birth control | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Just like Hobby Lobby, Eden Foods has sued the Obama administration, claiming its owner's religious rights should trump employees' rights to access contraception.
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Has this country gone mad? Are we regressing to a place we fought so hard to get beyond. What is this reactionary craziness

? We have the constitution right to keep church and state separate. What does SCOTUS plan to do? Return us to a 'church state'? This is the real issue and it really concerns those of us who are conscious that this is the direction things seem to be going in and will go in if  people do not wake up in time.

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The power of Hollywood to drive climate action: Chat live to show producer Joel Bach

The power of Hollywood to drive climate action: Chat live to show producer Joel Bach | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Chat live with one of the creators and producers of new climate documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, starring Matt Damon, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other influential celebrities, journalists and political leaders, to find out how Hollywood is driving global climate action.
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Will we be in time for enough people to believe in climate change so that action is taken to slow it down if not end it?

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The five ways to stop climate change. Oh, wait, make that one way

The five ways to stop climate change. Oh, wait, make that one way | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
A new study ranks the actions we could take against climate change.
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Will we be in time to keep the planet inhabitable for number of people on it now?

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Eight Pseudoscientific Climate Claims Debunked by Real Scientists | Connecting the Dots | BillMoyers.com

Eight Pseudoscientific Climate Claims Debunked by Real Scientists | Connecting the Dots | BillMoyers.com | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
The more sophisticated climate change deniers go further than just dismissing the science as a hoax.
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Will we be in time for enough people to realize that climate change is real? We must take action immediately to minimize the damage by ignorant human actions.

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Open your heart for flooded Serbia - Otvorite srce za poplavljenu Srbiju - YouTube

This is time for humanity. Serbia need help from all over the world. Please subscribe and share this video, so people can see, and help. Thank you.
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I hope we are not too late to at least save lives and repair the damage that has been done.

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What Barbie Would Look Like If She Resembled an Actual Woman (PHOTOS)

What Barbie Would Look Like If She Resembled an Actual Woman (PHOTOS) | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Artist Nickolay Lamm re-creates an American icon using real-world measurements.
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There were no Barbie Dolls when I was a girl. But now young girls are bombarded by unrealistic images of how they should look, especially like Barbie. Will we be in time to stop this insanity? Will we be able to restore the well being and even save the lives of girls who believe they are supposed to look like Barbie and go to any length to attempt to do so? 

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THE FIRST OF FOURTH: NEW FACES FOR FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION

THE FIRST OF FOURTH: NEW FACES FOR FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
For the first time in twenty years,
the race for the Fourth Congressional District will not feature an incumbent’s
running.  What might November
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I think it is important to note that this article was written by a very conservative Republican, a decent person, but someone who himself has never been able to gain a place in public office. 

 

None the less, Frank McQuade has done the public a service by presenting a bio for each of the four running in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. Although I admit to not being a Carolyn McCarthy insider, I have heard her speak several times. She was thrown into the political arena on a one issue tragedy. She was a nurse, not a politician. 

I take some offense to McQuades' comment about her. "For eighteen years, Carolyn McCarthy has been a nearly invisible, ineffective representative.  She has been a one-issue harpy on gun control, and has not even been effective in promoting legislation to address that issue.  With limited professional credentials and as a rubber-stamp for her Party’s agenda, she was never meant to be in the same league as national politics." If she was so ineffective, why was she re-elected eight times?


Anyway, as I mentioned, the writer is a Republican, as I believe McCarthy was too before switching to run for the 4th CD seat. Either way, it will be interesting to see what happens on June 24th and then in November. I think both Rice and Blakeman will be shoe-ins for the primary. The election is not so easy to predict.

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The Space Race is Over

The Space Race is Over | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Paul Kingsnorth examines the collective fear of the future and the progressive concept of space colonization. He urges us to deflect the delusions created by our techno-industrial society.
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We have deluded ourselves into believing that there is a real possibility that we can escape the devastation of this planet by going to inhabit another.

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Milton Glaser doesn't love global warming | Design | Agenda | Phaidon

Milton Glaser doesn't love global warming | Design | Agenda | Phaidon | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Graphic design guru who gave us the "I heart NY’ logo in the 1970s turns his attention to a less benign topic
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If the amount of press this campaign is receiving is any indication of its importance, then we can confer that this is as important as many of us believe it is.

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Milton Glaser designs campaign to tackle climate change

Milton Glaser designs campaign to tackle climate change | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Milton Glaser, the graphic designer behind the ubiquitous I heart NY logo, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of climate change.
Alison D. Gilbert's insight:

Not every socio-geographic-political campaign can be as clever and universally loved as "I ♥ NY". But Milton Glaser, the world famous graphic designer who is responsible for the NY love phrase has come up with another doozie. This time it is in relationship to climate change which he considers more appropriately, "It's not warming, it's dying." His slogan and icon are causing quite a stir which is just what this issue needs.

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No, climate change won't kill the planet. But it'll kill plenty of people.

No, climate change won't kill the planet. But it'll kill plenty of people. | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
This new slogan -- "It's not warming, it's dying" -- is bad in so many ways.
Alison D. Gilbert's insight:
Milton Glaser's latest geography campaign is not like the uplifting, “I ♥ NY”. It is quite the opposite. "it's not warming, it's dying" is his response to what is happening to our planet. This article also pin points the insights of some other very wise and funny people.
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The world's first official climate refugees land in New Zealand

The world's first official climate refugees land in New Zealand | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
New Zealand accepts a refugee family from Tuvalu hoping to escape their sinking island nation.
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We won't be in time to stop global warming. But there is always time to stop adding to its affect and help those already impacted by it.

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LIPolitics.com Predicts Abrahams Wins Primary | LIpolitics.com : Long Island's Political Network

LIPolitics.com Predicts Abrahams Wins Primary | LIpolitics.com : Long Island's Political Network | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
This race in CD NY-4 going to be close. But if voter turnout is high, LIPolitics.com predicts that ABRAHAMS WINS.
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If voter turnout is high, Kevan Abrahams is predicted to win. Will the campaign workers, supporters, volunteers and Kevan himself have enough time to make enough 'face time' to gain the turnout needed?

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Why Cantor's defeat is terrible for the climate -- and the country

Why Cantor's defeat is terrible for the climate -- and the country | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
The House majority leader lost the GOP primary to a Tea Party challenger. That's a terrible omen for any sort of policy progress or competent governance.
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If candidates who oppose collaboration and sane solutions to the many serious problems facing us keep winning, I am afraid the bell might go off before we solve things.

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Pitbull mauls little boy; neighbors say it's not the dog's fault

Pitbull mauls little boy; neighbors say it's not the dog's fault | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
He reportedly went to his neighbors' house to get his little brother and it almost cost him his life.
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This is my comment in response to the article, "I am hearing about so many attacks on people and even other animals by pit bulls. I know of a situation recently where a pit bull was allowed off its leash and attacked a service dog. I do not know yet if the service dog will survive. THIS IS INSANE. I agree with the comment below, "You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be." Pit bulls are killing machines. It is their nature. They should be eliminated as pets or in any situation other than to do what they instinctively do, attack and kill."

Will we be in time to stop this insanity before anyone else is maimed or killed beside this breed of dog? 

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Introducing our bees on International Permaculture Day 2013 - YouTube

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We must protect the bees. The pesticides are killing them off. Bees are crucial to food production. Will we be in time to stop hurting them.

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The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered: John Michael Greer: 9780865716735: Amazon.com: Books

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Finally a book that explains what is going on in terms that a non-economist can understand. In my opinion, brilliant, right-on and totally insightful from a grounded and spiritual perspective.

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Born In 2010: How Much Is Left For Me? | Visual.ly

Born In 2010: How Much Is Left For Me? | Visual.ly | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it

My oldest daughter is born in 2010. This is how much is left for her to consume...

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View this Infographic to answer the question, how much is left (for me)?

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Infrastructure Spending Creates Thousands Of Jobs, Billions In Growth And Reduces The Deficit

Infrastructure Spending Creates Thousands Of Jobs, Billions In Growth And Reduces The Deficit | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
That's just the immediate effects -- more jobs and growth will be created in the long term.
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So what is stopping us from improving things? We need improvements to our roads, bridges, waterways, electrical grids and other infrastructures. Will we be in time to make improvements before we completely bankrupt our country?

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What is Low Carbon Farming? | Visual.ly

What is Low Carbon Farming? | Visual.ly | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Become a low carbon farmer. Have a look at the 12 low carbon 'best practices' that farmers are adopting to reduce their carbon footprint and increase
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Will we be in time to reduce our carbon footprint while increasing farming profits?

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