National Guard and reserve troops too often come home to find that their employers have given away their jobs. Among the worst offenders: government agencies. The jobs of the nation's citizen soldiers are supposed to be safe while they are serving their country: Federal law does not allow employers to penalize service members because of their military duties. Yet every year, thousands of National Guard and reserve troops coming home from Afghanistan and elsewhere find they have been replaced, demoted, denied benefits or seniority. Government agencies are among the most frequent offenders, accounting for about a third of the more than 15,000 complaints filed with federal authorities since the end of September 2001, records show. Others named in the cases include some of the biggest names in American business, such as Wal-Mart and United Parcel Service. With good jobs still scarce in many states, the illegal actions have contributed to historically high joblessness among returning National Guard and reserve members — as high as 50% in some California units — and created a potential obstacle to serving. "The whole point of the National Guard and reserves, how they save the country money, is they get paid only when they are serving," said Sam Wright, director of the Service Members Law Center at the Reserve Officers Assn. "I...
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Posted May 06, 2013 in Hendren Global Group
Community, Communication Design
Hendren global group top story - The International Monetary Fund urged leading powers Saturday to step up growth and reforms to generate jobs, warning that confidence in the global economy was in short supply. They also warned emerging and smaller economies to shore up their financial defenses in anticipation of turbulence as leading economies charge up growth with extraordinary monetary stimulus and low interest rates. "The world economy still faces a crisis of confidence, as Europe still struggles with recession and its peripheral crises, and the US and Japan still lack credible plans to bring down their huge debt and deficit burdens," said Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who chairs the IMF's steering committee. "The commodity that is in shorter supply now is confidence... Confidence needs to be strengthened by stronger predictability in medium-term fiscal policy." IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, in a fresh IMF policy agenda, urged Europe, the United States and Japan to act more resolutely to build up confidence in a future of sustainable growth. "The global economy has avoided the worst, but it is by no means out of the woods, and prospects may be diverging," she said. In a "report card" on progress over the past year, she said major calamities had been averted, like the fracture of the eurozone. But Lagarde still gave the developed economies poor grades. "US public finances remain unsustainable and a comprehensive and backload...
Posted April 24, 2013 in Hendren Global Group
Well-being, Communication Design
It is a fact that fossil fuels from diesel cars and coal-powered fire stations cause dangerous tiny particulate pollution. Sooty air pollution in towns and cities increases the chances of women giving birth to small babies, new research has shown.
A study involving millions of births around the world found that higher pollution levels raised the risk of low birth-weight. Although small, the effect is said to be statistically significant. At national population scales it could have an important impact on child health, said the researchers. Babies are underweight at birth if they tip the scales at less than 2.5kgs, or 5lbs 8oz. They face an increased risk of dying in infancy, as well as chronic poor health and impaired mental development.
The new study, the largest of its kind ever conducted, focused on tiny sooty carbon particles called PM10s and even smaller PM2.5s which are known to be linked to heart and lung problems and early death. They originate from a number of sources, including diesel exhausts and the chimneys of coal-fired power stations and factories.
Professor Tanja Pless-Mulloli, who led the UK arm of the study at the Newcastle University, said: “As air pollution increases we can see that more babies are smaller at birth, which in turn puts them at risk of poor health later in life.
“These microscopic particles, five times smaller than the width of a human hair, are part of the air we br...
Posted March 21, 2013 in Hendren Global Group
Well-being, Environmental Design
http://hendrengroup.biz/blog/category/top-facts/money/ The results are in! Over the past month, hundreds of thousands of Monopoly fans worldwide voted for which new token should replace one of the iconic ones being retired after countless journeys past Go. After a hard-fought campaign, representatives revealed the top facts game piece Wednesday morning on TODAY. The cat! To rally players to show their support for their favorite tokens, Hasbro launched a Facebook app. While the results among the 250,000 votes on TODAY.com’s live poll were close, the feline edged out its competition: the robot, diamond ring, helicopter and guitar. Its sad news for some, as the sly cat will replace one of the game’s venerable pieces, which has also been chosen by voters. The boot, iron and wheelbarrow were tied for last place until Tuesday night when the wheelbarrow and shoe hung on and the iron got the boot. Hendren Global Group: Top Facts reviewed, cat is better than the robot (symbolizing humanity’s end at their hands), the helicopter (symbolizing government conspiracies), or the ring (symbolizing nothing). We all knew the iron had it coming. Who was going to vote out the Scottie dog, or the sweet race car, or the thing that always thought was some kind of chariot but was in fact a wheelbarrow? The iron was always the least fun and the last to be picked— or else assigned to the problem child. Hundreds of thousands of Monopoly fans flooded the game’s Facebook page to vote for the new token, wh...
Posted March 12, 2013 in Hendren Global Group