Over the past few days, people in Washington DC and its environs have been asking with passion, “where’s winter.”
Gone are the roller coaster figures as warmth has taken place with temperatures hovering in the upper 60s and even 70s which in past years were those of summer.
So is winter on vacation? For Washington the National capital, it is running the fifth warmest spot in 149 years.
Women outnumber men as the majority of the American paid workforce due to fast job growth in health care and education over the past year as well as the ongoing tight labour market.
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According to current statistics, women worked 50.04 percent of payroll jobs last December, up from 49.99 percent the previous month.
Of the 145,000 jobs picked up in December throughout the economy, women won most of them – 139,000 – according to the US Department of Labour.
Women have been joining the workforce at a faster pace than men since 2018.
Economists say this narrowing in the gender gap comes as women have been getting college degrees in larger numbers than men which has radiated out to the job market as they reach higher ranks in the office.
Industries that have long attracted larger number of women, such as education and health care, are growing at a much faster pace than male-dominated industries such as manufacturing and construction.
Health care was one sector that added more jobs in 2019 than 2018. Jobs in education and health services outnumber jobs in male-dominated sectors in mining, construction, transportation and warehousing.
A big difference between now and 10 years ago is that women today are getting a boost from technology that has opened the door to jobs that used to be for men only.
Never doubt the passion for animals by many Americans. You’ve heard of people giving blood to save humans but what about pets?
It’s a little known, life-saving tool that emergency animal hospitals depend on when treating dogs and cats in crisis.
Animals can get critically ill or have bleeding disorders and require a blood transfusion to save their lives just like humans.
Said a vet doctor, “unless you really think about it, a lot of people don’t know about the need for pets to be donors.”
The pet donor process is similar to when people give blood.
All animal donors are first screened for infectious diseases and vets must also determine the animal’s blood type.
There are of course some requirements and certain criteria pets must meet in order to be able to donate blood to their kinds.
For instance, dogs must be at least 50 pounds and cats must weigh at least 8 pounds.
Legislators in Vermont, one of the 50 states in the US wants to take cellphones away from anyone below 21 years.
A senator has introduced a bill which will make possession of a cellphone under the age of 21 illegal.
Senator John Rodgers says, “in the light of the dangerous and life-threatening consequences of cellphone use by young people, it is clear that persons under 21 years are not developmentally mature enough to safely possess them, just as the General Assembly has concluded that persons under 21 years of age are not mature enough to possess firearms, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol”, the bill reads.
The use of cellphones while driving is one of the leading killers of teenagers in America.
Cellphones are involved in 1.6 million automobile crashes each year, causing half a million injuries and 6,000 deaths.
If the bill passes, it would take effect from September with a maximum punishment of one year in prison, fine of $1,000 or both.
Life in these United States – An American father advised his daughter who was learning to drive, “ always weave a little when you are on the road and all the other cars will stay away from you.”
Thought for the week – Where you come from isn’t as important as where you are now.
By Rod Mac-Johnson
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