Kansas City police, a local charity and other city departments on Friday cleared out and filled in a complex of elaborate tunnels and holes at a homeless camp near the East Bottoms.
“One of the tunnels probably went 20 to 25 feet underground towards the back and veered off in another direction about six feet or so, and there was some bedding and some candles,” said Officer Jason Cooley, community interaction officer for the East Patrol. “It was kind of in a little hill and probably four feet beneath the surface.”
What especially concerned Cooley was a pile of recently soiled diapers, indicating the presence of children.
Thousands of Americans are sent to jail not for committing a crime, but because they can't afford to pay for traffic tickets, medical bills and court fees.
If that sounds like a debtors' prison, a legal relic which was abolished in this country in the 1830s, that's because it is. And courts and judges in states across the land are violating the Constitution by incarcerating people for being unable to pay such debts.
The high rates of unemployment and government fiscal shortfalls that followed the housing crash have increased the use of debtors' prisons, as states look for ways to replenish their coffers. Said Chettiar, "It's like drawing blood from a stone. States are trying to increase their revenue on the backs of the poor."
Ένα στρατόπεδο εντός του νομού Αττικής για να μετατραπεί σε χώρο κράτησης ατόμων που έχουν καταδικαστεί ή προφυλακιστεί για οικονομικά εγκλήματα αναζητεί η κυβέρνηση σύμφωνα με δηλώσεις του υπουργού Δικαιοσύνης.
Σύμφωνα με την εφημερίδα Τα Νέα, ο Αντώνης Ρουπακιώτης δήλωσε πως στον ίδιο χώρο θα κρατούνται και άτομα που έχουν καταδικαστεί για ήσσονος σημασίας αδικήματα με ποινές φυλάκισης που δεν ξεπερνούν τα δύο χρόνια.
A national survey found 301,874 "zombie" properties dotting the U.S. landscape in which homeowners in foreclosure have moved out, leaving vacant property susceptible to vandalism and degradation.
Banks wrote off $3 billion of student loan debt in the first two months of 2013, up more than 36 percent from the year-ago period, as many graduates remain jobless, underemployed or cash-strapped in a slow U.S. economic recovery, an Equifax study showed.
The credit reporting agency also said Monday that student lending has grown from last year because more people are going back to school and the cost of higher education has risen.
Chicago to close 54 schools to address $1B deficit
Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the closures are necessary because too many Chicago Public School buildings are half-empty, with 403,000 students in a system that has seats for more than 500,000. But opponents say the closures will further erode troubled neighborhoods and endanger students who may have to cross gang boundaries to attend school. The schools slated for closure are all elementary schools and are overwhelmingly black and in low-income neighborhoods.
Stockton Becomes Biggest US City To Declare Bankruptcy
A mere nine months after we first discussed the inevitability of Stockton, CA.'s bankruptcy, a judge has ordered today that the city will now become the most populous in the US to be declared bankrupt.
Westminster Coroner's Court heard Dr Elliott - who was also a qualified engineer and was described as a 'high academic achiever' - had suffered a number of career knock-backs in the weeks leading to his death.
The economy is supposed to be in recovery mode, but you wouldn't know it by the grunts and groans coming from the next cubicle.
A whopping 83 percent of American workers said they are stressed out by at least one thing at work, up sharply from 73 percent in 2012, according to a survey by Harris Interactive for Everest College.
Millions of Americans have gone missing from the workforce.Every month that those would-be workers are gone raises the odds that they might never come back, dimming the prospects for future economic growth. The vanishing trend is more than a decade old, but it accelerated during the Great Recession.
Perplexingly, the driving force behind the decline does not appear to be baby boomers beginning to retire, an event economists have long predicted would shrink the size of the workforce. It’s people in the prime of their working years, ages 25 to 54, who began tumbling out of the job market in the early 2000s and have continued to disappear during the recovery.
That’s obviously bad for those people, who aren’t earning money in any way that would legally require them to pay taxes. It’s also bad for the economy for a simple reason: The fewer workers, the less growth produced.
A smaller workforce reduces what economists call potential gross domestic product, or how much the economy can be expected to expand over the long term.
It's the job of the future! And it's terrible! It's low-wage, low-tech, long hours, in most cases it's not covered by minimum wage or overtime protections, and it's projected to grow by 70 percent between 2010 and 2020. That's right: It's home health care work.
People who leave the workforce and go on disability qualify for Medicare, the government health care program that also covers the elderly. They also get disability payments from the government of about $13,000 a year. This isn't great. But if your alternative is a minimum wage job that will pay you at most $15,000 a year, and probably does not include health insurance, disability may be a better option.
When you are an adult applying for disability you have to prove you cannot function in a "work-like setting." When you are a kid, a disability can be anything that prevents you from progressing in school.Αυτή η κατάσταση όμως ΔΕΝ είναι βιώσιμη, ειδικά για ένα κράτος τόσο βαθιά χρεωκοπημένο όσο η Αμερική (ή η Ελλάδα βέβαια):
Jahleel's mom wants him to do well in school. But her livelihood depends on Jahleel struggling in school. This tension only increases as kids get older. One mother told me her teenage son wanted to work, but she didn't want him to get a job because if he did, the family would lose its disability check.
Disability Fund to Be Depleted by 2016
Even as more people in the U.S. rely on disability benefits, the program that pays them is running into a problem: there isn’t enough money coming in to cover the amount that’s going out.
The disability insurance trust fund has been running at a deficit since 2009. So far, it has been able to make payments drawing down on surpluses built during the 1990s and early 2000s. But unless revenue increases or payouts drop that extra cash will eventually run out.
Qatar 2022 World Cup organizers accused of using ‘slave labor’ for less than $1 per hour
The foreign workers (mostly from Nepal and the Philippines) get a pittance of less than one euro per hour (78 cents), live in tiny rooms, some at 50 degrees [120 degrees Fahrenheit] without a working air conditioner. Often they cannot leave Qatar because their employers have taken their passports from them.
Many of the 1.2 million migrant workers, who form 88% of the country's population, suffer the kafala sponsorship system, which ties them to a single employer. That means they cannot change jobs without the consent of that employer, other than in exceptional cases, and to leave Qatar they need the sponsoring employer to grant an exit visa, which can be refused. Employers "routinely" confiscate workers' passports, [Human Rights Watch] says.
The Netherlands, Berlin's most important ally in pushing for greater budgetary discipline in Europe, has fallen into an economic crisis itself. The once exemplary economy is suffering from huge debts and a burst real estate bubble, which has stalled growth and endangered jobs.
Τσουνάμι απολύσεων στην Ιταλία
Κατά 13,8% αυξήθηκαν οι απολύσεις στην Ιταλία το 2012, σύμφωνα με επίσημα στοιχεία που μετέδωσε σήμερα η δημόσια τηλεόραση RAI.Συνολικά το περασμένο έτος έχασαν την θέση εργασίας τους, παραιτήθηκαν ή συνταξιοδοτήθηκαν 1 εκατομμύριο άνθρωποι. Η ένωση εμπορικών επιμελητηρίων Ιταλίας αναφέρει επίσης ότι από την 1η Ιανουαρίου μέχρι την 31η Δεκεμβρίου του 2012 "κατέβαζαν ρολά" χίλιες επιχειρήσεις την ημέρα.
A record number of Spanish companies went bust in the first quarter of 2013 as companies remained under intense pressure from tight credit conditions and meager demand, a study showed on Monday.Number of Britons on 'zero hours' contracts hits record high
French Unemployment Hits 16-Year High
Record numbers of British workers are being employed on "zero hours" contracts which keep staff on standby and deny them regular hours, official figures disclose.
French unemployment nudged a record level in February as the jobless total rose for the 22nd month in succession to a 16-year high, adding to the acute political pressure on President François Hollande as he battles a stalled economy.
As Wages Rise, Employers Consider Replacing Workers With Technology; Burger-Flipping Robot May Be on Horizon
Carla Hesseltine is considering buying a few tablet devices for her bakery so customers can place orders for her signature M&M cupcakes on their own, straight from the counter.
The reason: She fears the $7.25 an hour that she currently pays her 10 customer-service employees, mostly college students, could rise, perhaps to $9 an hour under a pledge by President Barack Obama earlier this month.
In order for her Just Cupcakes LLC to remain profitable in the face of higher expected labor costs, Ms. Hesseltine believes the customer-ordering process "would have to be more automated" at the Virginia Beach, Va., chain, which has two strip-mall locations as well as a food van. Thus, she could eliminate the 10 workers who currently ask customers what they would like to eat.