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Spending on education in Europe is an investment, not a cost - New Europe

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Spending on education in Europe is an investment, not a cost
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The crisis should not distract us from the urgent need to reform Europe's education systems.
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This article falls under intellectual. It is about the  education in Europe and how the government is not spending enough on education and the people and students of Europe want them to invest more in their education.

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UK economy grows 0.7% in 2Q, annual GDP revised down at 1.3 ...

UK economy grows 0.7% in 2Q, annual GDP revised down at 1.3 ... | North America & Europe | Scoop.it
26/09/2013-United Kingdom`s economy picked up in the three months through June, accelerating the pace of growth seen a quarter before, final data from the Office for National Statistic confirmed on Thursday.

Via Martin Ward
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This goes under the economy section. This is about the uk's gdp going up 0.7% and  how it countinues to go up. 

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European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030

European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030 | North America & Europe | Scoop.it
The European Union has reached a landmark climate deal that is the toughest in the world.

Via Josh Marks
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This artical goes under the political section. This is about the  european union trying to cut down green house gases. 

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Josh Marks's curator insight, January 23, 2014 11:14 AM

My Inhabitat story on the European Union reaching a landmark climate deal that is the toughest in the world.

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Mexico: The Country That Stopped Reading | NYTimes.com

Mexico: The Country That Stopped Reading | NYTimes.com | North America & Europe | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, I spotted, among the job listings in the newspaper Reforma, an ad from a restaurant in Mexico City looking to hire dishwashers. The requirement: a secondary school diploma.

 

Years ago, school was not for everyone. Classrooms were places for discipline, study. Teachers were respected figures. Parents actually gave them permission to punish their children by slapping them or tugging their ears. But at least in those days, schools aimed to offer a more dignified life.

 

Nowadays more children attend school than ever before, but they learn much less. They learn almost nothing. The proportion of the Mexican population that is literate is going up, but in absolute numbers, there are more illiterate people in Mexico now than there were 12 years ago. Even if baseline literacy, the ability to read a street sign or news bulletin, is rising, the practice of reading an actual book is not. Once a reasonably well-educated country, Mexico took the penultimate spot, out of 108 countries, in a Unesco assessment of reading habits a few years ago.

 

One cannot help but ask the Mexican educational system, “How is it possible that I hand over a child for six hours every day, five days a week, and you give me back someone who is basically illiterate?”

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This is for  intellect. 

In Mexico not many people know how to read. Barely any at all. The schools are focusing more on what type of book the read rather than if they can read at all.  There are more people that are illiterate than there were 12 years ago. If Mexico keeps going at this rate than there will be barely any people who can read at all in the county. 

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Kaleigh & Lauren:)'s curator insight, November 28, 2013 8:57 PM

This article relates to  intellectual /arts because it illustrates the  education system of Mexico .  This article gave insight on the low quality of the Mexican education system and how even if there is baseline literacy, several people cannot read and are illiterate . 

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Zach Owen's curator insight, December 11, 2014 9:58 PM

Predict what will happen to Mexico and it's education program.

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Number Of Canadians With 'No Religion' On The Rise

Number Of Canadians With 'No Religion' On The Rise | North America & Europe | Scoop.it

:: A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers. Observers noted that among the survey’s most striking findings is that one in four Canadians, or 7.8 million people, reported they had no religious affiliation at all. That was up sharply from 16.5 percent from the 2001 census, and 12 percent in 1991. The Canadian trend seems to mirror but even exceed levels of non-affiliation in the United States. A 2012 survey from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life pegged the ratio of religiously unaffiliated Americans at just under 20 percent. ::

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This is for religion.

most Canadians are christian but a lot are turning away from an organized religion group.  About 7.8 million people from a study in the 2001 census showed that they were not associated with a religion at all. This shows that in the future many people are not going to be apart of a religion. 

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Canada's economy beats forecasts with fastest growth in 2 years

Canada's economy beats forecasts with fastest growth in 2 years | North America & Europe | Scoop.it
Consumer spending and a record farm-inventory buildup drove the gains in the third quarter, but exports declined (RT @financialpost: Canada's economy beats forecasts with fastest growth in 2 years http://t.co/94kEJpkTJR)...
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This article shows the infrastructure of Canada's economy changing rapidly with the world. Over the past two years, they have grown immensly and increased their economy growth in 2 years!

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Turkey in the European Union

Turkey in the European Union | North America & Europe | Scoop.it
The About.com expert Guide to Geography analyzes Turkey's possible membership in the European Union.

Via Samantha Davis
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This article is about area/Geography. It is about how the EU is trying to decide if they should include Turkey in the EU. Since Turkey is both in Asia and Europe, it is hard to decide whether they should add Turkey into the EU.

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The Business Strategy Behind One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Roll-Out ... - Billboard

The Business Strategy Behind One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Roll-Out ... - Billboard | North America & Europe | Scoop.it
The Business Strategy Behind One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Roll-Out ...

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This goes under the social section. This is about one direction and how they are doing in the business aspect of their band. 

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Religion in Europe, also in crisis - GlobalPost

Religion in Europe, also in crisis - GlobalPost | North America & Europe | Scoop.it
Religion in Europe, also in crisis GlobalPost "You the religious authorities, help us with your societal and spiritual contributions, to rediscover the enchantment of our European future and to rebuild the strength of our European soul," pleaded...

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This article falls under religion in Europe. It talks about the percentage of people in different countries who believe in God, and who believe in a religion. The EU has also taken a tally throughout the countries on how many citizens have a religion.
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Gabby and Kamri's curator insight, February 7, 2014 12:49 PM

Religion- Europe has been plummeting in religion, as of 2010 on 51% of the Europeans said they believed in god. This is causing many crisis's

Joaquin and Austin's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:08 PM

This article is our religion article for Europe. I found it interesting because it talks about the EU which have currently been studying in class. It talks the EU main headquarters have been filled with large religious people praying and spreading faith. They were doing this because of a religious crisis involving people questioning Europes past and future.

Geography Robert Cynthia's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:20 PM

I choose this article because it explains the religion in Europe and how it's in crisis

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Allowing Social Media in Hospitals.. A review

Allowing Social Media in Hospitals.. A review | North America & Europe | Scoop.it

Did you know that only 41% of health care professionals working in hospitals across the United States are allowed access to social media on work computers connected to the corporate network?


After we found that out, we knew that we had to delve deeper.

We followed up with those health care professionals (HCPs) who are allowed access to social media and asked them a few more questions.

The first question we asked was: “what do you consider to be the greatest benefits of allowing access to social media in your hospital?”

This group, comprised of 269 total HCPs spread across the country, includes: 19 Hospital Administrators, 194 physicians, 37 nurses and 21 nurse practitioners.

They answered:

 

21% None / no benefit13% Staying up to date with information28% Better general communication and connectivity10% Better connection with patients7% Hospital marketing2% Wastes employee time / distracts from work (negative)13% Personal benefit / employee morale / respect for employees5% Unspecified / other professional benefit

These answers make it clear that HCPs view social media as a benefit for communication, connectivity, staying up to date with information and being connected with patients.

When asking this same group of HCPs, “what changes, if any, would you like to see made to your hospital’s social media policy, and why?”

They answered: 

59% None
14% Limit time and access areas
13% Block completely
8% More access
4% Block / allow certain sites
1% More specific rules on what can/cannot be posted

The resounding answer to this question was that the majority of HCPs polled (59%) would not like social media access changed in their hospital, 19% would like more policies in place with time limits and only select sites allowed, while only 13% support blocking Social Media completely, and 8% would like more access to social media.


We went on to ask, “if social media access were to be blocked at your hospital, how would that impact patient care?”

They replied:

 

56% None3% Loss of important colleague communication8% Improved care2% Loss of hospital promotion8% Negative impact (unspecified)3% Negative impact on staff morale7% Limits access to information3% Improved care (less wasted time)1% Limits hospital marketability4% Patients annoyance / dissatisfaction4% Other

 

Although 56% of HCPs believe that blocking social media access would not impact patient care, a combined 32% believe that blocking access would negatively impact patient care and only 11% believe that blocking access would improve patient care.

These responses made us wonder what HCPs in hospitals that block social media access think, so naturally we followed up with them and asked similar questions. Stay tuned as we share their answers next week on the blog.


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This is for social. 

Many hospitals in the united states are allowing people to use social media in hospitals.  Some people say that it's a problem. Others say it doesn't affect anything at all. Some people say that when they aren't allowed to  use social media they miss things. A lot of people have mixed feelings about it. 

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Scores of tornadoes kill 6, injure at least 37 in Midwest

Scores of tornadoes kill 6, injure at least 37 in Midwest | North America & Europe | Scoop.it
A powerful storm system rampaged through the Midwest on Sunday, spawning dozens of tornadoes that killed at least six people, injured many others and left devastating damage in parts of Illinois.Brookport, Ill., in Massac County near the Kentucky...

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Obviously, the MidWest has always been known for its horrible tornado seasons, but non have been seen quite like this. The recent outbreak mentioned in this article falls under the area/geography section, showing the locations of the outbreaks, and how it effected the humans and their environment.

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Shifting sands: Changing Geography of the Mexican Drug War

Shifting sands: Changing Geography of the Mexican Drug War | North America & Europe | Scoop.it

FIVE years ago next week, Felipe Calderón took office as Mexico’s president and launched a crackdown against organised crime.

 

While the rates of murders are plateauing at 12,000 per year, internally where are these murders taking place?  Which places are becoming more critical to control?  Murders are shifting east (From Sinaloa and Chihuahua to Nuevo Leon and Veracruz).  Why is this shift occurring?  What does this shift indicate politically and economically for Mexico?


Via Seth Dixon
Julia & Eva's insight:

This artilce falls under the category of political. It shows that Mexico's continuing drug war has effected the people that live there with lots of violence. By getting a new president, their murder rates have gone down, which has had a significant benefit on their country.

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Joshua Choiniere's comment, September 26, 2012 11:28 AM
What this map as well as article show me is that there is corruption in every aspect of the Mexican Goverment and at some point or another the goverment is taking sides with or assisstance from some of the major cartels. In order to crack down other groups to get rid of them. So in order to fully curb and elminate the cartels the Goverment will have to become stronger, independnt, and not assossciate with one group over another. They should try and perharps raise a larger enough force like the military and just systemmatically* force these cartels out one by one.
Brett Sinica's curator insight, September 29, 2013 1:27 PM

These numbers are astonishing especially when based simply on drugs, money, and power.  Compared to the article where it described Tijuana as still being one of the major cities for murder, the numbers and color scheme seem to show the region as one of the areas with less murders.  Heading south into the country, is Mexico City.  The city which is surrounded by such a large metropolitan area with a vast gap between poor and rich tends to have low murder rates.  This is very interesting considering popular belief tends to focus on such violence being conducted in large cities where there is better chance of cartels using the neighborhoods and people within them to strengthen their empire.  This makes me wonder if the authorities are too strong for cartels to infiltrate and become powerful, or on a limb, do the cartels have a mutual agreement not to do business in the country's economical and cultural hub?

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 3, 2014 1:20 PM

In Mexico there is a long standing tradition of the cartels working with officials to make sure their drug operation remain intact. With opportunities at a minimum in these rural areas where drug lords exist, the drug business provides youths with an opportunity they would otherwise not have. In Mexico the informal economy keeps many of these states in business. This shift is only evidence of where police are cracking down and where disputed territories exist. Cartels that have a stronghold over a territory with police cooperation don't need to increase their causality rate to maintain order.