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The pace of hiring has also slowed slightly this year, likely because a once-deep pool of available labor has grown thin. In 2015, the U.S. averaged 229,000 new jobs per month, and the unemployment rate fell from 5.7 to 5.0 percent. So far this year, the U.S. is adding roughly 182,000 new jobs per month; the unemployment rate is unchanged from January.
According to God’s Pantry, 10,211 pounds, or 5 tons, of food were received, which is the equivalent of 8,370 meals. The program started Nov. 16 and concluded Dec. 18. In 2014, only parking citations were eligible for the food for fines program. This year the program was expanded to include traffic citations. Last year, LexPark collected 6,200 food items.
“Out there cutting hair, nobody asks what your record is as long as you have a good rapport, good communication skills, and good people skills,” Jones says, his voice nearly drowned out by the whirring of hair dryers and salon chatter. All around him are his fellow inmates, many of whom are defined as “sensitive needs,” which includes convicted murderers, sex offenders, ex-gang members, as well as repeat career criminals like Jones. The individuals here are either studying to become licensed beauticians—a rigorous training process of six hours a day, five days a week—or are there to enjoy the salon’s range of services as the beauty school's practice clients.
In addition to the composting site, Gray also announced new green technology for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). To save fuel and reduce air pollution, the department is testing advanced battery and anti-idling technology on 75 vehicles.
Police vehicles often idle for long periods while in use. Idling consumes fuel and emits gases that are known to harm the atmosphere. The new anti-idling controls will allow necessary functions of the vehicles, such as overhead lights and computer terminals, to operate without the engine running.
The study’s conclusion is pretty interesting: It states that while gardening can definitely have a beneficial environmental effect over store-bought produce (with all the transportation and infrastructure that comes along with retail), it’s the little things that matter. How dense is your garden? What kind of water are you using? How are you monitoring your compost?
While the line seems intended for hikers and campers—haute trail food—the products were selected, Cameron says, because, as dry goods, they’re “shelf-stable,” and because each comes from a subcontractor that met their environmental and labor standards. “The first product was about saving wild salmon species—catching the salmon in the correct way so you can count how many are coming upriver, how many you can safely take,” she says. “So what we want to do in each case is make sure that we’re armed with enough information to make the right decisions, and when we are, that really determines when we bring it out.”
It’s no secret that American farmers are aging and that their children are largely uninterested in taking over. Transfer networks match retiring landowners with young farmers and help them navigate a transition of ownership. After a brief training period, sometimes involving a short-term lease, the novice purchases the operation at a low price and takes over. Yes, you’ll have to submit to some mentoring, but the opportunity to snag land on the cheap and learn directly from someone who has literally been there can prove a boon for beginners. The Center for Rural Affairs maintains a list of such programs.
Foula Island, part of Scotland’s Shetland Islands, is home to a population of only thirty people who primarily earn their living as sheep and pony farmers. The island has been owned by the Holbourn family for the past hundred years. Growing numbers of visitors are making their way to Foula as bird watchers from around the world come to see its puffins, skuas, razorbills, gannets, and more. Getty Images photographer Jeff Mitchell paid a visit to Foula recently, and returned with these images of its people, animals, and landscape.
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