To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families – NYTimes.com – NYTimes.com

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To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families – NYTimes.com – NYTimes.com.

“…Inequality among families isn’t just about financial means, however. It’s also about the care parents can provide, the food they can prepare, and the amount and the nature of the time they can spend with their children. But today, the ability of parents to make the most basic time investments in their children — taking time for parent-teacher conferences or setting a schedule that permits a parent to sometimes be home in the after-school hours — is sharply divided by income level.

The lack of availability of parental time has serious detrimental effects on children’s behavior, ability to learn and emotional development — all of which affect performance in school and, eventually, the workplace…”

The Undeserving Rich – NYTimes.com

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The Undeserving Rich – NYTimes.com.

An Extract from an article worth reading!

“The reality of rising American inequality is stark. Since the late 1970s real wages for the bottom half of the work force have stagnated or fallen, while the incomes of the top 1 percent have nearly quadrupled (and the incomes of the top 0.1 percent have risen even more). While we can and should have a serious debate about what to do about this situation, the simple fact — American capitalism as currently constituted is undermining the foundations of middle-class society — shouldn’t be up for argument.

But it is, of course. Partly this reflects Upton Sinclair’s famous dictum: It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it…”

Secrets of Their Success – Finance & Development, June 2013

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Secrets of Their Success – Finance & Development, June 2013.

Five women leaders share the stories of how they got ahead

Across the globe, few women make it to top executive positions. Even as universities in many parts of the world are turning out more female than male graduates, there is still a troubling gender gap among those in positions of power. According to a 2009 study by the Harvard Business Review, only 1.5 percent of the chief executive officers of the world’s top performing companies that year were women.­

It’s all the more interesting, then, to take a closer look at the few who have managed to beat the odds. F&D spoke with five women leaders to see what they consider the crucial ingredients of their success…

World economy’s uncharted territory | The Japan Times Online

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World economy’s uncharted territory | The Japan Times Online.


27 credit unions ‘seriously undercapitalised’ | BreakingNews.ie

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27 credit unions ‘seriously undercapitalised’ | BreakingNews.ie.

Twenty-seven credit unions around the country are in serious financial difficulties and that number will soar in the coming months, it has been warned.

Dithering spirit hangs over a Europe in dire need of unanimity

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Dithering spirit hangs over a Europe in dire need of unanimity.

EUROPEAN DIARY: The euro zone’s way forward has to be agreed by 17 states. It is paved with danger, writes ARTHUR BEESLEY 

SHOULD WE concentrate on the hapless Greek in the bunker, driving the ball deeper and deeper into the sand? Or the prim German on the 12th green as the ball comes close to the hole but rolls right past it? Or the proud Slovak whose hope for a perfect round is ruined when the ball splashes into the lake?

Maeve Dineen: Five reasons to hope economy has started to grow – Analysis, Opinion – Independent.ie

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Maeve Dineen: Five reasons to hope economy has started to grow – Analysis, Opinion – Independent.ie.

THE eurozone is in crisis but something strange is happening closer to home — we aren’t doing too badly anymore. The evidence of the economy bottoming out is all around us: in the stabilisation of the unemployment rate; in the exchequer figures which keep coming in on target; and in the number of new ’11 reg’ cars.

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