Archive for July, 2011

Postal Service Reviewing 3700 Locations for Closing

The U.S. Postal Service has just released a state by state list of all the locations it is considering closing. Jersey City could lose two; one of them is the West Side branch. The press release announcing this review is here. Recent relevant reports include: The Cost Structure of the Postal Service: Facts, Trends, and Policy Implications (OIG); U.S. Postal Service: Dire Financial Outlook and Changing Mail Use Require Network Restructuring, and U.S. Postal Service: Modernization and Restructuring Needed to Address Financial Challenges (GAO); U.S. Postal Service Workforce Size and Employment Categories, 1990-2010, and U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: Overview and Issues for Congress(CRS); and The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse (Bloomberg)

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Summary of the New NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Highlights of the agreement are available. A timeline of events for the next several days can also be perused.

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Recent Reports on College Education

The following recent reports are of interest to the higher education sector. Students with Disabilities at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions revealed that over 700,000 self-identified disabled students were in school; that over 90% of the schools provide additional exam time; and that over 70% of all schools provide for class notetakers, assistive technologies, and class materials as provided by the faculty. Six-Year Attainment, Persistence, Transfer, Retention, and Withdrawl Rates of Students Who Began Postsecondary Education in 2003-2004 is replete with charts and statistical information (almost 400 pages worth). And 2008-2009 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study studied the 2007-2008 graduating class one year later and found among other items were that the average debt was $24,700 and that the median income was $36,000.

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Statistics for Africa

The 3rd edition of the African Statistical Yearbook has just been published, generally covering the years from 2002 to 2010. Economic, financial, demographic, and social sectors are examined in numerous charts and statistics. The first part of the volume is devoted to summary tables, while the second contains country profiles. Information has been culled from numerous national and international sources resulting in a one-stop compendium of relevant information. Previous years are accessible here.

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U.S. Students Don’t Know Geography Either

Along with the less than stellar results in American history, students also have a limited understanding of geography and its impact. The summary of major findings of the Nation’s Report Card: Geography 2010 reveal that little significant improvement has been seen over previous tests; fewer than 30% of the students scored at the proficient level. In other words, there is considerable room for additional progress across all grades. News articles worth a look include those from: Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and The Star-Ledger.

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Phone Hacking Transcripts and Videos

The following full text transcripts of Parliamentary committee hearings are available: James and Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks, and Sir Paul Stephenson. C-SPAN videos of James and Rupert Murdoch (Part 1 and Part 2), Rebekah Brooks, and Sir Paul Stephenson can also be viewed.

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Cooling Centers in Bergen/Hudson Counties

With excessive heat alerts and advisories in effect, many Hudson County municipalities have opened cooling centers. The list is here. Bergen County’s cooling centers are listed here.

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