May 20, 2014
REGARDING our present economic situation, I believe that we, the people, can change it for the better. We, the people, have more power than we realize as voters and as consumers. The only legitimate reason for not voting is being unconscious on Election Day. As consumers we can put the pressure on Congress and the CEOs to tell them that we want to work. When we shop, we should always look for the "Made in America" label. We should be in the habit of always asking, "Where is it made?"
April 11, 2014 |
EVER been stuck in a "permanent" temp job with no benefits, no job security? Ever been asked to move far afield when your company decided to pick up and leave town? Or fearful that downsizing and outsourcing might soon be your fate? If so, join the crowd. And commune with Ethan Lipton's "No Place to Go," a wincefully funny and tuneful stage show about life on dead-end street, playing the SEI Innovation Theater at the Kimmel Center tonight and tomorrow. Fashioned as a versatile (blues, jazz, protest-folky)
March 27, 2014 |
OF THE four general managers of Philadelphia professional sports teams, Ruben Amaro Jr. is perhaps best qualified to speak of the job's perks and perils. Celebrated for trades that made baseball in these parts extremely fun over his first three seasons as Pat Gillick's successor, he may be at an all-time ebb in popularity after a winter of free-agent signings that made his team older and even more suspect. As he did last spring, Amaro yesterday graciously agreed to sit down and discuss this and other topics in a wide-ranging interview.
February 5, 2014
DO YOU FEAR losing your job? If so, you are like a lot of people these days - and you'll be interested in The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life , by Kimberly Palmer (AMACOM, $21.95). It is the Color of Money Book Club selection for February. Palmer, senior money editor and consumer blogger at U.S. News & World Report , argues that in a world of zero job security, you need to create a stream of income in addition to your regular 9-to-5 job. "Relying solely on a single employer is a surefire way to end up struggling, as so many Americans do," Palmer writes.
October 29, 2013 |
Perhaps the toughest job in professional sports is being an NBA head coach. There are a only a few coaches who have job security. Others are fired in the blink of an eye. Of the 30 NBA coaches who began last season, 13 lost their jobs. The list of departed coaches included 2012-13 coach of the year George Karl, Lionel Hollins, and Byron Scott. This is a high-pressure job - and it can be argued that the 76ers' rookie coach, Brett Brown, has the toughest of them all. He'll lead a team that is expected to finish with the league's worst record.
October 21, 2013 |
About a month ago, the big boss, Ed Snider, was the picture of optimism. The Flyers chairman said that last season was an aberration, that the players had a much better rapport this year, that the three newcomers - Vinny Lecavalier, Mark Streit, and Ray Emery - would contribute mightily to a turnaround. Snider also insisted that, even if the Flyers got off to a shaky start, coach Peter Laviolette and general manager Paul Holmgren had job security. The Flyers began the season 0-3. Laviolette was fired.
October 18, 2013 |
CHARLOTTE - Before his team's morning preseason game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena, 76ers coach Brett Brown passionately talked about the opportunity that was presenting itself to so many of his players. The coach decided not to play starters Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes so that he could give more opportunity to those competing for playing time and roster spots. Had some of the fringe players exhibited the same fire as their coach, they probably would have some job security.
August 31, 2013 |
Gov. Corbett's approval rating tumbled to its lowest point yet in a closely watched independent poll Thursday, leaving the Republican in a historic hole as he gears up for his 2014 reelection campaign. Only one in five registered voters believes Corbett has done a good enough job to earn a second term, the Franklin and Marshall College Poll found. Sixteen percent rated his performance in office "excellent" or "good," compared with 76 percent who said he was doing an "only fair" or "poor" job. "That is the lowest job-performance number for any governor in modern history," said G. Terry Madonna, director of the survey.
June 16, 2013 |
MORE Philadelphia school employees were told yesterday that they were losing their jobs as the latest wave of layoffs hit the district's headquarters, including workers who were guaranteed job security in their contract. About 76 employees who work at Broad Street near Spring Garden were told that June 30 would be their last day, the district said in a statement. Another 61 vacant positions will be eliminated. The layoffs, which the district says will save $23 million, come on top of last week's whopping announcement of 3,783 layoffs, moves aimed at helping close a $304 million shortfall, district officials said.
March 5, 2013 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was the kind of day that is known to occur once or twice this time of year. The flags in centerfield were pointing out of the ballpark and the temperature was struggling to stay in the 50s and the guys on the mound were no longer pitching like they were ahead of the hitters. Up and down the Gulf Coast of Florida, long fly balls screamed out of stadiums like tracers on an overcast sky. Back in Clearwater, Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard both launched pitches into the heart of the jet stream, the latter's home run looking for an instant like it might drop a surprise on the hood of one of the unwitting blue hairs who were matriculating their vehicles up the highway that runs behind the rightfield wall.