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Daily Archives: January 13, 2014

McKinsey – Education to employment: Getting Europe’s youth into work

Youth unemployment across the European Union remains unacceptably high, to the detriment of current and future generations. Addressing it requires understanding its causes and then relentlessly pursuing solutions. January 2014.

“The problem of youth unemployment in the European Union is not new. Youth unemployment has been double or even triple the rate of general unemployment in Europe for the last 20 years. The events of the past few years have dramatically exacerbated it, however: 5.6 million young people are unemployed across Europe, and a total of 7.5 million are neither being educated nor are they working. Moreover, while young people are eager to work, more than half of those without jobs say they simply can’t find one—all while businesses across Europe insist they struggle to find young people with the skills they need.”

Technology Transfers for Climate Change

Technology Transfers for Climate Change. May Elsayyad - Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich – Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE); Florian Morath - Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, December 30, 2013, CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4521. “This paper considers investments in cost-reducing technology in the context of contributions to climateContinue Reading

DefenseTech – British Fighter Flies with 3D Printed Parts

Mike Hoffman: “The United Kingdom’s Tornado became the first fighter jet to fly with 3D printed parts in December. Done by BAE Systems, the Tornado was fitted with metal components constructed by a 3D printer. The plane then completed test flights at the end of December at BAE System’s airfield in Warton, Lancashire. The 3D printer constructed a protectiveContinue Reading

Justice Department Recovers $3.8 Billion from False Claims Act Cases in Fiscal Year 2013

Second Largest Annual Recovery in History Whistleblower Lawsuits Soar to 752 “The Justice Department secured $3. 8 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud against the government in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Stuart F. Delery announced today.  This dollar amount, which isContinue Reading

New York Fed Survey Provides Insight into Americans’ Views on Economic Issues

“The Federal Reserve Bank of New York today launched its monthly Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE), which contains insight into Americans’ views on inflation, prices, the labor market and household finances.  The just released survey for December 2013 shows that consumer expectations for overall inflation and home prices remained stable in recent months.  Median earnings and householdContinue Reading

Prisoners In 2012: Trends In Admissions And Releases, 1991-2012

“The total U.S. correctional population (on probation, parole, in prison or jail) decreased for the fourth consecutive year during 2012 (down 51,000 offenders or 0.7 percent), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced [December 19, 2013]. This was the smallest decrease in the population since 2009. Nearly the entire drop in the total correctional population during 2012Continue Reading

HuffPo: James Risen Takes His Press Freedom Fight To The Supreme Court

Jack Mirkinson: “New York Times reporter James Risen said Monday that he has formally taken his legal battle to prevent him from having to reveal confidential sources all the way to the Supreme Court.  Risen was ordered last year to testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA agent charged with leaking classified informationContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Clean Water Act, Cruise Vessels, Space Acquisitions, VA Surgical Implants

CLEAN WATER ACT - Changes Needed If Key EPA Program Is to Help Fulfill the Nation’s Water Quality Goals, GAO-14-80, Dec 5, 2013 CRUISE VESSELS – Most Required Security and Safety Measures Have Been Implemented, but Concerns Remain About Crime Reporting, GAO-14-43, Dec 20, 2013 SPACE ACQUISITIONS - Assessment of Overhead Persistent Infrared Technology Report, GAO-14-287R, Jan 13, 2014 VAContinue Reading

GAO Report – IT DASHBOARD: Agencies Are Managing Investment Risk

Agencies Are Managing Investment Risk, but Related Ratings Need to Be More Accurate and Available, GAO-14-64, Dec 12, 2013 “As of August 2013, the Chief Information Officers (CIO) at the eight selected agencies rated 198 of their 244 major information technology (IT) investments listed on the Federal IT Dashboard (Dashboard) as low risk or moderately lowContinue Reading

Ancient human ancestor ‘Nutcracker Man’ lived on tiger nuts

“An Oxford University study has concluded that our ancient ancestors who lived in East Africa between 2.4 million and 1.4 million years ago survived mainly on a diet of tiger nuts. Tiger nuts are edible grass bulbs still eaten in parts of the world today. The study, published in the journal PLOS One, also suggests that these earlyContinue Reading

Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-47, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4805. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013. “In 2012, an estimated 43.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had any mentalContinue Reading