Below you see the ultimate public private partnership institution created just after the civil rights/labor rights Constitutional Amendments of the 1960s. It's job was to make sure none of that Federal funding from War on Poverty and none of the Equal Protections and women's/labor/justice rights hit Baltimore. Indeed, if you come to Baltimore today---which should be a thriving, progressive, local economy----you see a third world crumbling societal structure. Students coming to Baltimore are aghast at the Baltimore this Wall Street Baltimore Development and Johns Hopkins created. It all happened because this quasi-governmental 'PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP' moved all the city's money resources to making Johns Hopkins a global corporation and Wall Street rich with fraud. It is the face of Baltimore's corporate fraud and government corruption. It is a model of what this global corporate tribunal will look like.
This was the original public private partnership designed to take control of all Baltimore City Hall public policy and giving it to corporations----today, these corporations are now global corporations.
It was the creation of Baltimore Development Corporation several decades ago that gives us the third world state of the city we have today. This quasi-government corporation is what took voice from the citizens of Baltimore and gave all policy control to this agency which is simply an arm of neo-conservative Johns Hopkins. Today, all of the policies of International Economic Zone and Trans Pacific Trade Pact are being installed by this organization with the Mayor of Baltimore appointing people chosen by Johns Hopkins. With all of the dismantling of Baltimore City agencies of oversight and accountability------all revenue coming into Baltimore as Federal or State grants or social programs and all of the city tax revenue flowing through this organization and not city coffers where it has been for decades allocated anywhere wanted----and not where it is intended to go. Policies like Enterprise Zone, public private partnerships, bond leverage, corporate tax breaks and subsidy come from here and are all known to be the worst of policies----capturing the city with debt for decades on projects all aimed at global corporate takeover of Baltimore's economy.
THE MAYOR OF BALTIMORE APPOINTS THIS BOARD-----IF A MAYOR IS A REAL PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL DEMOCRAT----THIS BOARD IS FULL OF CITIZENS FROM ALL COMMUNITIES----IF IT IS APPOINTED BY JOHNS HOPKINS---IT IS A BOARD OF CORPORATE PLAYERS.
Remember, neo-conservative Johns Hopkins is the major world player in global corporate rule and it has ruled in Baltimore for several decades just as this global corporate tribunal would.
Baltimore Development Corp. gets six new board members as Bill Cole prepares to take reins
Aug 28, 2014, 10:29am EDT Updated Aug 28, 2014, 11:44am EDT
Kevin Litten Reporter Baltimore Business Journal
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Thursday appointed six new members to the Baltimore Development Corp. board, an announcement that comes as Councilman Bill Cole takes over as president of the agency.
The six new members are mostly long-standing vacancies on the 19-member board. One of the appointments fills a seat opened after city Finance Director Harry Black announced last month that he was leaving his job to become city manager in Cincinnati.
Christy Wyskiel, who leads tech transfer efforts at Johns Hopkins, has been named to the… more
Henry Raymond, the mayor's choice to replace Black, is among the six appointees.
One of the new appointments is former Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who was named University of Baltimore president in May. Rawlings-Blake said in a statement that Schmoke, Raymond and the other four new members "represent the diversity of Baltimore's job growth sectors."
The other four board members are:
- MissionTix CEO Greg Cangialosi who is also a co-founder of Betamore.
- Jeffrey Fraley, president of Fraley Corp. Fraley is chairman of the South Baltimore Business Alliance and treasurer of the Baltimore Industrial Group, and is known as an advocate for heavy industry.
- Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore CEO Gary Martin, who took over the credit union in July after Burt Hash Jr. retired.
- Christie Wyskiel, senior advisor to Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels. Wyskiel, who was named to her position in November, focuses on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship at Hopkins.
"We are very fortunate to have these talented business and institutional leaders who will bring their expertise and skills to BDC’s mission of growing the city by attracting and retaining businesses, expanding job opportunities for city residents, and investing in our neighborhoods," Rawlings-Blake said.
Raise your hand if you understand that none of the policies coming from Congress are about building a middle-class! EVERYONE. So, what is this job-training fund of hundreds of billions of dollars?
I told the story a few weeks ago of a Baltimore young black man getting in front of a microphone at a progressive meeting. This young man rapped the story of having a dozen job training certificates with no job ever following. Baltimore is a system of fabricated-----getting the citizens to feel busy------while global pols are installing International Economic Zone policies. I described above what was a norm for most Republican states across America after the War on Poverty and civil rights Amendments came on board----they created institutions designed to steal those funds. Well, if you are ending all these social programs and funding for public education where will these corporations steal all this public money? It is the GREENING/ENVIRONMENTAL funds and these JOB TRAINING funds. They are not meant to help people----they are simply appropriated to subsidize corporate profits.
Democratic states did install the 1960s War on Poverty and civil rights laws and funding and record numbers of people rose from poverty and accessed higher education and became middle-class. While Baltimore under neo-conservative Johns Hopkins stole that money to keep the poor poor-----REAL progressive Democrats used the funds as they should-----UNTIL-----CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS TOOK THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. So, in the 1990s Clinton took those Federal funds and civil rights and did what neo-conservatives in Baltimore did----they allowed them to be stolen by corporations and ignored all US Constitutional laws that were progressive.
THIS JOBS TRAINING BILL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MOVING AMERICANS FORWARD----IT SIMPLY MOVES MORE FEDERAL MONEY INTO GLOBAL CORPORATE PROFIT.
Creating NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES????? REALLY????? Look at articles below to see that is a big, fat lie!
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 16, 2014
FACT SHEET - American Job Training Investments: Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class
American Job Training Investments:
Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class
To create new opportunities for all hard-working Americans to get ahead, the President has asked the Vice President to lead an initiative to help individuals get trained with skills businesses need now and then placed in good, middle class jobs. Training America’s workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families feel more secure in their jobs and help American businesses grow our economy. But too many businesses can’t find skilled workers for jobs they want to fill, while too many people looking for a job may be ready to learn new skills but may not be certain that there’s a job waiting for them on the other end. Community colleges are one of the best ways to train workers with the skills they need for a job, and hands-on apprenticeships are one of the clearest paths to a good, secure middle class job. In fact, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is over $50,000.
Today, as part of this effort, the President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. Employers, unions, and foundations are joining these efforts with new commitments to support job-driven training. These steps are part of President Obama’s commitment to make 2014 a year of action, acting with Congress when possible but also using his pen and his phone – calling on businesses, philanthropy, non-profits, states, and local communities to act.
American Job Training Executive Actions
Partnering Local Businesses with Community Colleges to Put Americans Back to Work Through a Nearly $500 Million Job Training Competition. Today, the Department of Labor is releasing the application for partnerships of community colleges, employers and industry to develop training programs that are job-driven – that is – designed to respond to the demands of employers so people get placed in jobs. As part of a nearly $500 million competition, all grantees will be required to identify sectors with open jobs to fill, partner with the public workforce system and employers in that sector to address the skills needed for these open jobs, and create pathways from entry level positions to more advanced positions to ensure room for growth for employees with even the lowest starting skills levels. This program is a part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College and Career Training (TAA-CCCT) competitive grant program that has, over the last three years, supported community colleges preparing dislocated workers and other adults for jobs available in their regional economies. For the first time, this year’s funding will prioritize three key goals by providing larger grants to applicants who propose to address them:
- Scale In-Demand Job Training Across the Country through National Industry Partnerships. Grants will incentivize partnerships to include national entities - such as industry associations - that commit to help design and implement job training programs based on industry-recognized credentials, and replicate these with other education and training institutions across the country where industry also needs to hire workers with those skills.
- Advance Education & Training to Ensure a Seamless Progression from One Stepping Stone to Another. In order to make it easier for individuals to progress through their careers and build one degree on top of another, this competition prioritizes applicants that are increasing state-wide alignment of the training investments made by employers, educators and the workforce system. For example, communities will work to ensure accelerated degree paths and credentials that incorporate prior learning, provide credit based on demonstrated skills rather than seat time, and other innovative strategies that will pave the way for making college more affordable for adult workers and all kinds of students.
- Improve Statewide Employment and Education Data Integration and Use. In order to better assess the effectiveness of education and job training programs over time and continue to improve job placement rates, these grants encourage applications that commit States to further integrate their employment and education data systems.
Expanding Apprenticeships for Good Middle Class Jobs. The Department of Labor is making $100 million in existing H-1B funds available for American Apprenticeship Grants to reward partnerships that help more workers participate in apprenticeships. This competition will help more Americans access this proven path to employment and the middle class: 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is over $50,000.
The new American Apprenticeship Grants competition – which will be launched in the fall – will focus on partnerships between employers, labor organizations, training providers, community colleges, local and state governments, the workforce system, non-profits and faith-based organizations that:
- Launch apprenticeship models in new, high-growth fields: Many fast-growing occupations and industries with open positions, such as in information technology, high-tech services, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing, have an opportunity to adopt and adapt apprenticeship programs, to meet their skilled workforce needs.
- Align apprenticeships to pathways for further learning and career advancement: Apprenticeships that embed industry-recognized skills certifications or reward workplace learning with college credit provide an affordable educational pathway for those who need to earn while they learn, and apprenticeships linked to pre-apprenticeship programs can help more Americans access this training and get on an early pathway to a good career.
- Scale apprenticeship models that work: Across the country, there are pockets of excellence in apprenticeship, but all too often these successful models are unknown in other regions or to other employers. These grants will build from strength and invest in innovations and strategies to scale apprenticeships – including to market the value of apprenticeships, make them more attractive to women and other Americans who have been underrepresented, increase the return on investment for workers and, or build national and regional partnerships to expand apprenticeships.
- Streamlining GI Bill benefits for apprentices. Through a new partnership between the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor, employers now have a fast-track for their veteran employees to access their GI Bill benefits for registered apprenticeships, helping more than 9,000 veteran apprentices receive the benefits they have earned.
- Connecting apprentices with college credit. The Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC), a partnership among community colleges, national accreditors, employers, and major apprenticeship sponsors, will make it possible for apprenticeship graduates to earn credits that will transfer to any community college in the consortium they attend. Founding members include large state systems like Ohio and Wisconsin. Since it was launched last week by the Vice President, 33 more colleges and systems have started the process, including the state system of North Carolina, to join the consortium.
Business, Union, and Non-Profit Efforts to Expand Apprenticeships: Today, the President and Vice President will recognize efforts by employers, unions, and training institutions to expand apprenticeships, helping more Americans access this proven path to employment and middle class earnings.
- The President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) is developing scalable apprenticeship models in high need advanced manufacturing. Spearheaded by AMP members Dow, Alcoa, and Siemens, a coalition of employers is partnering with community colleges in Northern California and in Southern Texas on apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing occupations – like welders who can fabricate equipment using high-performance alloys and technicians to maintain the complex equipment found in today’s factories. Led by South Central College in southern Minnesota, a coalition of 24 community colleges and employers is pioneering a statewide apprenticeship model in mechatronics. And Harper College, in suburban Chicago, is establishing an apprenticeship program linked to college credit for veterans in advanced manufacturing specialties, including logistics and supply chain management. To scale these models and meet the demand for a projected 40,000 employees with advanced skills in machining, welding, and industrial maintenance over the next decade, coalition members will release a “How To” manual documenting concrete steps other employers, community colleges, training organizations and states can follow to replicate the model.
- The United Auto Workers, in partnership with employers such as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, John Deere and many others, plans to add nearly 2,000 apprentices. The apprentices, who will be added in the next year, represent the largest expansion in the apprenticeship program in more than a decade and an example of employers and workers joining together to strengthen our workforce. Together, the Big Three domestic automakers, John Deere, and suppliers such as American Axle, International Automotive Components, Gerdau Special Steel, and Tower Automotive, among others will employ apprentices with starting annual wages between $40,000 and $60,000, presenting a solid path to the middle class.
- UPS will add 2,000 new apprentices, including drivers and apprentices in new programs like IT, operations, and automotive repair. Over the next five years, UPS is committed to expanding their existing apprenticeship program for drivers and to expand their apprenticeship programs to include apprentices in other growing fields such as information technology, operations, and automotive repair. This expansion builds on UPS’ longstanding commitment to apprenticeships and its historic partnership with the Teamsters.
- The SEIU Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership (Training Partnership), in partnership with its employers ResCare, Addus, Chesterfield, the State of Washington, and others, is expanding its novel apprenticeship program for home care aides to train 3,000 apprentices a year. The Training Partnership’s innovative online pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship program for home care aides in Washington state currently trains 300 apprentices a year for jobs as home care aides. The Training Partnership is pleased to announce that it and its employer and labor partners are expanding the program nationwide with a goal of reaching 3,000 apprentices a year within five years for fast-growing jobs in healthcare and, through new online technologies, scaling its other healthcare training programs to reach more than 10x more workers over five years.
- North America’s Building Trades Unions pledge to add 25,000 new apprentices over the next five years. In addition to the more than $1 billion the Building Trades Unions invest annually in registered apprenticeship training for their members and employers, over the next five years, through new and emerging industry partnerships, North America’s Building Trades Unions will build on the strengths of their existing programs by adding 25,000 apprentices over the next five years.
- Philanthropic Support for Potential Applicants and Grantees. Six national foundations will join together to assist grantees to succeed. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, ACT Foundation, Joyce Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation will each make investments to develop strong partnerships among community colleges, employers, and industry associations that lead to the creation and adoption of industry-recognized credentials. The goal of technical assistance will focus on training and supporting awardees and their partners to develop strategies to scale their efforts, improve collection and sharing of data, and share proven practices and early successes to strengthen competency-based training and credentialing. Some of the foundations will also support convenings and other outreach to inform potential applicants about the program.
- Best Practices Website for Community Colleges and Employers to Develop Job-Driven Training Partnerships. Skills for America's Future (SAF) will launch a new website with strategies for community college applicants to develop strong partnerships needed to apply for and implement successful grants. SAF will work to source information from employers and community colleges who have been involved in previous rounds of TAA-CCCT as well as national resource organizations so that the site will stay updated with relevant information going forward.
Expanding Apprenticeships and Investing in Community Colleges. Over 4 years, this fund would create competitive grants to partnerships of community colleges, industry and employers, to reform job training curricula and launch new programs to deliver skills for in-demand jobs and careers. This fund will help to spur the development and adoption of common, industry-recognized credentials and skill assessments to allow employers to more easily identify and hire qualified candidates. $2 billion will be set aside for an Apprenticeship Training Fund that would provide grants for comprehensive expansion strategies that can combine small incentives and guidance to employers with a statewide marketing effort to drive apprenticeship adoption as well as innovative regional consortia to create new apprenticeships and increase participation in existing apprenticeship programs. With support for comprehensive state strategies and regional innovations from Congress, we could double the number of U.S. Registered Apprenticeships within five years.
In a developed nation with a US Constitution that provides for equal opportunity education and Equal Protection laws regarding use of Federal funds-----this is what job training is looking like----A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN A GLOBAL CORPORATIONS THAT PAYS NO TAXES 'DONATING' FOR TAX SUBSIDIES WHAT IS THEIR OWN JOB TRAINING.
US public schools always had a funded vocational high school track with shop teachers and shop classes with equipment for students to gain basic knowledge of a trade. After graduating----that student joined a union apprenticeship or a corporation hired and gave on-the-job training. Today, or public schools are being used for that corporate job training minus a paid shop teacher----minus a funded shop class----and minus these students getting paid for what they are doing.
I went to a Baltimore vocational high school on a Saturday to find two college-age people working for a corporate non-profit directing a robotics assembly class. No doubt these were either college students 'volunteering' for community service or VISTAs being paid very little money both of which is temporary work. These two had recruited a few adults from the community who were going to do the training of students recruited from this high school ----all on a Saturday. I don't know if these adults were getting paid but I do know that these positions are always temporary----may be volunteer----but do not provide a living wage. The students coming in on Saturday for this training are no doubt told that to do so would help them get a job. Unemployment in Baltimore is 35-50% for youth and adults with an economic crash around the corner----with huge unemployment to follow....SO THERE WILL BE NO JOBS. Just as that young man rapping about having a dozen job training certificates----so too this will go nowhere.
THINK WHERE ROBOTICS TAKES AMERICA----IT TAKES AWAY JOBS ---ESPECIALLY IN AUTO INDUSTRIES.
No one is backing all these job training and apprenticeship policy more than our labor unions. Yet, as all data shows these funds are not doing anything to promote hiring other than short temporary hiring. What we are seeing are people being used as free labor in these apprenticeship programs that are not being hired. Meanwhile, unions are getting part of these Federal funds for being PARTNERS.
FOLKS---THIS IS WHERE NATIONAL US LABOR UNION LEADERS ARE SELLING OUT AMERICAN WORKERS AND THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE!
Chrysler awards grants to local schools' robotics programs
Members of the Rochester Adams High School Adambots team prepare to load Frisbees into their robot during last year’s FIRST Robotics Appreciation Day at the Chrysler Group LLC’s headquarters in Auburn Hills. Chrsyler announced this week it will award $229,000 in grants to support school robotics programs that will compete in 2014.
Posted: 01/03/14, 6:03 PM EST | Updated: on 01/03/2014
0 CommentsSix Macomb County schools and another in Madison Heights are among 41 in the nation that will share $229,000 in grants from Chrysler to support robotics programs.
The Chrysler Foundation made the announcement this week to coincide with the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics design and build season, which begins officially Saturday. The Chrysler Foundation is the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC.
“The FIRST program provides students with invaluable real-world engineering experience,” said Mark Chernoby, senior vice president, engineering for Chrysler Group LLC. “We hope that be engaging students at an early age, we can provide the spark that inspires them to be future innovators and problem-solvers.”
Schools that will receive $5,000 grants for their robotics programs include: Center Line High School; the Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences in Armada; Romeo Community Schools’ Washington school; Ford, Stevenson and Utica high schools in Utica Community Schools; Warren Consolidated Schools; and Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights.
The early stage of the FIRST competition provides students the opportunity to meet at local kickoff events to compare notes with their peers, find mentors, learn the design challenge and pick up necessary official parts kits in preparation for the competition season. Last year, FIRST teams were asked to build robots capable of playing a high-tech version of disc golf.
Teams sponsored by The Chrysler Foundation that qualify for the FIRST Championship in St. Louis in April will receive additional support from a $15,000 booster fund. The foundation also awarded a $7,500 grant to FIRST in Michigan to support district and statewide robotics competition.
Robotics programs are offered in many schools as a means to enhance student learning in and foster interest in careers in science, energy and technology, said Jody Trapasso, senior vice president of external affairs for Chrysler Group LLC.
“We are equally proud of our employees who generously mentor students and serve as competition coordinators,” Trapasso said.
I looked at the robots this Saturday session was using to train and it looked just like the robots Amazon.com will use to do all of its warehouse work. Baltimore has a global Amazon.com facility with Amazon owning global robotics corporations. It is clear-----this training was for this corporate campus and all of that Federal, state, and local job training funding was being sent with only a small amount sent to the communities for these totally unsuccessful operations and largely end up with a corporation partnering. I am sure Amazon.com is getting the bulk of that job training funding using it to subsidize its global corporate campus expansion. Amazon.com is known as a sweat shop global corporation and its robotics is designed to eliminate most of its workforce. SO----NOTHING IS GOOD ABOUT THESE ROBOTICS FUNDING. Students should learn about robotics----but it is not a job-creator----it is a job killer.
Below you see how intertwined the most important of US infrastructure is today----it is all global ----it is all tied to our military and security apparatus----and all Federal funding is being sent in this direction. The small amounts making it to communities look like the operation at this Baltimore high school having no goal other than to keep people busy.
Think about where all this job training funding is going----and think----DOES THIS REALLY CREATE JOBS? The answer is NO.
Robotics in military----PLEASE GET RID OF GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS----WE CAN REVERSE THIS CRAZINESS.
Google Rejects Military Funding in Robotics
by Mike Hoffman on March 25, 2014
Google doesn’t want the U.S. military’s money.
Even though the Internet search giant owns two companies that have contracts with the Pentagon, Google is choosing to forego military funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in at least one robotic competition.
Google bought the robotics firm Schaft that had developed a bipedal robot that won DARPA’s Robotics Challenge. The competition asked companies to develop a robot that could perform disaster response tasks to include navigating debris, climbing ladders and turning off a valve.
Schaft earned the highest score in DARPA’s competition. Google and Schaft are not bailing from the program all together, but the company is moving to the “self-funded Track D of the program,” DARPA officials announced last week.
Google earned $37 billion in 2013 and it appears the company would prefer to distance itself from the military in its initiative to develop next generation robots. Enough questions are already being asked about Google and other companies’ cooperation with NSA and U.S. intelligence agencies.
Along with Schaft, Google also bought Boston Dynamics, a company that DARPA has come to depend on to develop multiple pieces of equipment.
Boston Dynamics has developed such projects as the Big Dog, which is a four-legged drone being built to carry supplies for combat troops over rough terrain. The research lab has also developed the Sand Flea, an 11-pound robot that can leap onto roofs and over walls while carrying sensors.
Robotics already play a crucial role for the military. If Google keeps cherry picking the military’s top research arms, it’s a wonder if that could help or hurt the level of technology to reach the military.
On one hand, Google is a company obviously more qualified to lead innovative development versus the military. However, if Google isn’t willing to work with the military, it’s a wonder if those technological leaps will benefit troops.
THIS IS TO WHAT THAT JOB TRAINING IN ROBOTICS IN A HIGH SCHOOL IN BALTIMORE WOULD LEAD AND YOU CAN BET----SWEAT SHOP LABOR WILL BUILD THESE ROBOTICS.
Nestle's is one of the largest global corporations and Japan has been the center of robotics research and development for decades. Not surprisingly, Japanese are unemployed in record numbers and Japan is the biggest user of this robot replacing human policy. All of this is policy controlled by global corporations only designed to maximize corporate profit and Nestle's is one of the members of this global corporate tribunal writing all the International Economic Zone and Trans Pacific Trade Pact policy.
THIS IS WHAT MARYLAND ASSEMBLY POLS SEE AS A SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC POLICY-----MOVING THESE CONDITIONS INTO BALTIMORE UNDER INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY----and it is all bad for all Americans.
This is called a PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. The global corporations partner with global financial investment firms that then secure Federal funding and have state and local government pass global market laws to allow all this structure to be installed.
THIS IS WHAT MARYLAND POLS ARE DOING AS THEY PASS LAWS AND SEND FUNDING TO THESE ECONOMIC ZONE AND JOB TRAINING POLICIES.
All of this is not inevitable. It is sociopathy as it seeks to drive billions of people into the worst of poverty and builds an autocratic system to repress them. GET RID OF GLOBAL POLS BY BEING THE CANDIDATE RUNNING AGAINST CLINTON/OBAMA NEO-LIBERALS IN PRIMARIES!
Someone asked if I was 'scared'-----no, I'm mad that our nation has been captured by rogue leaders posing as politicians.
Humanoid Robot Lands Job as Japan Nestle's Latest Salesman
Published on Dec 1, 2014
Nestle's Nescafe unveils its latest shop salesman -- a humanoid robot called "Pepper".
Swiss food giant Nestle on Monday unveiled a humanoid robot that will help sell its Nescafe coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan.
It's the first corporate customer for the robot called "Pepper", sold by tech conglomerate SoftBank Corp.
"I'm Pepper with Nestle. I'm looking forward to working with you," Pepper said at an electronic store in Tokyo.
The waist-high robot, developed by a French company and manufactured in Taiwan, was touted by Japan's SoftBank as capable of learning and expressing human emotions, and of serving as a companion or guide in a country that faces chronic labour shortages.
One of the developers said Pepper will ultimately offer people far more than just shopping assistance.
"We're developing Pepper to offer him as a new family member, not just as a housekeeping or labour assistance robot. We hope you expect a great deal from Pepper when he goes on sale in February next year," Vice President of SoftBank Robotics Kenichi Yoshida said.
A demonstrator at the media event, 20-year-old Yuko Tamashima, said talking to Pepper was a fun experience.
"He explained to me with a great sense of humour. I enjoyed talking to him," Tamashima said.
Nestle did not say how much it was paying for the robots. SoftBank has said each of them would retail for 198,000 yen ($1,830).
Nestle initially commissioned 20 robots to Nescafe coffee maker's section at Japan's electronic store chain, to interact with customers.
It has said it plans to increase the robot clerks to 1,000 by the end of next year to promote sales of its coffee makers and KitKat chocolate bars.
Nestle has maintained healthy growth in Japan while many of its big markets are slowing, crediting a tradition of trying out off-beat marketing tactics in what is a small but profitable territory for the world's biggest food group.
SURPRISE!!!!!!! MOST JOB TRAINING FUNDS ARE SUBSIDIZING THE INTERNAL TRAINING OF CORPORATE EMPLOYEES MOVING UP.
As we see below-----while Obama and Clinton neo-liberals tout all this job training funding as getting people to work and into the middle-class------the money is simply replacing what corporations used to pay to train their own employees-----people already hired. This large sector of unemployed Americans are expected to remain unemployed----and the currently employed ----who by the way are losing their jobs right and left from all that global employment competition-----are what they call the middle-class. Remember, the high-skilled immigrant worker bill has immigrants taking much of these higher paid jobs today-----and as Trans Pacific Trade Pact and International Economic Zone policy is installed----those high-skilled immigrant workers will see their wages fall to what third world nations pay.
This is what I mean by sending hundreds of billions of dollars out in job training----and only a few million are thrown to this community job training programs that have no intention of getting people to work.
Job Training Funds Go to Workers Who Need It Least
Liz Suman, PayScale
Feb 21, 2015
A recent Georgetown University report on employee training trends and spending claims that the least experienced American workers are often the ones who ironically receive the least postsecondary job training from employers and educational institutions. "Employer training trends to be for the most experienced and most educated employees," summarizes lead author Anthony Carnevale of the study's revelations.
Of the $1.1 trillion spent on postsecondary education and training in the United States in 2013, for example, employers allocated a whopping 86 percent percentage of training budgets to what the report's authors refer to as "prime-age" employees, which describes workers between ages 25 and 54. In addition, 58 percent of funding went to college educated-employees with bachelor’s degrees.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, recent college grads and other young employees up to the age of 24 received only 3 percent of the trillion-dollar training pie, in spite of their status as the least experienced workers arguably most in need of training. Older (and presumably more experienced) employees over the age of 55 fared only slightly better than their youngster counterparts, at 11 percent. A mere 17 percent was designated for those with a high school graduate level of education or below.
In spite of what seems to be a relatively non-prudent misapplication of employee funding and resources, there are ways to counter the repercussions if you use a little imagination. Do you fall into one of the categories of workers who don't receive significant postsecondary training opportunities from your employer? If so, be proactive! Consider taking your postsecondary education and training into your own hands by seeking out resources outside of work on your own.
To give you a head start, here's a roundup up of some less obvious resources that could provide an opportunity to stay competitive in your career -- whatever it might be. Most of the following programs and resources are fee-based, but a couple of them, such as Codeacademy, are completely free.
DIY Employee Training Ideas
Codeacademy: free weekly interactive programming lessons (former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a graduate).
The International Stunt School: a 22 year-old program that prepares graduates to perform stunts for film, television, video games, and live theme parks both domestically and abroad.
MediaBistro: courses and seminars on publishing and marketing/advertising-related topics ranging from from novel writing to Pinterest-based marketing (most classes are fee-based). Classes are available both online and and on a brick-and-mortar basis in a variety of cities.
Ancient Pathways: While it has no direct correlation to corporate survival, this respected Arizona-based survival school has been around since 1989 and is so hard core, there's no doubt it will give you a leg up at the office. (Military officers are known to be frequent students.) Class offerings include a "Knife Only Survival Course" and bushcraft training, which entails four-14 days of "walking into the wilderness with a minimum of gear and relying on your skills while foraging and depending on nature's resources."
The Actor's Studio: a recurring, no-cost group workshop for actors and directors to hone their crafts. The legendary institution was founded by Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford, and Robert Lewis in 1947 and has locations in both NYC and Los Angeles.
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Remember, there has only been job loss since the 2008 crash -----the unemployment stats only show how many people are getting unemployment benefits. This stat used to work when US had a thriving domestic economy since if someone lost a job they found another in weeks. Since Clinton neo-liberals pushed global market economics and moved all US corporations overseas----the 1990 and 2000s---that stat does not work----but they pretend it does.
Unemployment has been for most of Obama's terms 35-50% and it is deliberate-----neo-cons and neo-liberals want Americans largely unemployed and losing wealth as they seek to bring in this International Economic Zone global corporate rule policy. This coming economic crash from the bond market collapse and fraud will be deep and long with high unemployment. During that time----they will super-size these GLOBAL PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS----THAT IS THE PLAN. With global corporations bringing their own nation's workers to the US----immigrant labor will take most new jobs in these economic zones---LIKE BALTIMORE.
REAL PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS WOULD NEVER HAVE ALLOWED ANY OF THIS TO HAPPEN. REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS WHO THOUGHT GIVING CORPORATIONS THIS MUCH CONTROL ARE BEING HURT NOW AS MUCH AS ANY GROUP. SO, STOP ALLOWING THESE GLOBAL POLS ---NEO-CON OR NEO-LIBERAL TO WIN PRIMARY ELECTIONS.
38% of American Workforce Still Jobless
UMass Amherst's Richard Wolff discusses why labor force participation is the lowest since 1977 and what's really needed to stimulate the economy - October 2, 2015
Full EpisodeBioRichard D. Wolff is a Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. He is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure or Capitalism, and Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA.
TranscriptJESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
The Department of Labor released its jobs report for September, and it's way behind expectations. The U.S. economy created about 140,000 jobs when economists expected a bit more than 200,000 new jobs. The share of the population in the workforce, which includes people who have jobs or who are looking for one fell to about 62 percent, the lowest level since 1977. Now joining us to give us the story behind the numbers is our guest Richard Wolff. Rick is a Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and he's currently a visiting professor at the New School University in New York.
Thanks for joining us, Rick.
RICHARD WOLFF: My pleasure, Jessica. Thank you for inviting me.
DESVARIEUX: So Rick, this is the second month that we've seen job numbers be behind expectations. Why did we see job numbers go down and what does China have to do with all of this?
WOLFF: Well, we're seeing the numbers go down because the inevitable effect of severe economic troubles in Europe coupled with a slowdown of economic growth in China, it was only a matter of time before these two tsunamis hit the American economy. We've been celebrating that we're not as bad off as them, but it's a little bit childish. The crisis started here and hit them later. And now that they're in trouble it's reverberating back on us. And therefore, our numbers across the board are looking grimmer and grimmer in terms of the economic prospects for our people. And you're quite right that the labor force participation is the real important number here, together with real wages. And both of those are in very bad shape.
DESVARIEUX: All right. And is this bad news for everyone, these job numbers? Are there sections of the economy still doing quite well? And are people pretty much feeling the pain, or are people feeling the pain throughout the global economy?
WOLFF: I think people are feeling the pain throughout the global economy because this is a global effect. Europe and China and the United States are in many ways the three poles of the world economy. Everybody else caught up in the relations among them. So everybody's hurting. But in a capitalist economic system of the sort we have, when there is hurt those at the top are the ones best positioned, and have the resources to push the pain away from themselves and push it on to those just below them. And so it, if you like, trickles down. And the folks at the bottom, the temporary workers, the part-timers, the unskilled, those in the least capacity to protect themselves are the ones upon whom the ax eventually falls. And they don't have anybody else to pass it down to. So everybody's hurting, but those who should hurt the least hurt the most, and those who should hurt the most hurt the least. It's the way our system works.
DESVARIEUX: Yeah, Rick. And a lot of people are also looking at how these job numbers are going to affect what the federal reserve does in terms of interest rates. That affects everything from how much you pay for a mortgage or a car. Do you see these numbers making a clear case for the Fed not to end its near-zero interest rate policy at its scheduled meeting later this month?
WOLFF: I think so. I think that the very thing that prevented them from raising interest rates last month when they were scheduled and had said likely they would do so was their concern, that of Janet Yellen and all the others, that the American economy, especially looking at what's going on in the world, is in way too scary a poor shape to give it the hurt, if you like, of a higher interest rate. Which as you point out makes it more expensive to buy a car, to take out a mortgage for your home, to pay for your child's education, which is now a matter of borrowing money in this country. And so it is highly likely that these kinds of numbers are going to make them very worried that if they take the American economy off the life support of low interest rates and endless increases in the money supply, that there will be a downturn that will be severe again, and they don't want to take that chance and they don't want that responsibility.
DESVARIEUX: All right, Rick. Let's turn the corner and talk about solutions. Give us some clear policies or initiatives that you think would actually stimulate the economy.
WOLFF: Well, we've kind of run out of the usual ones when it comes to monetary policy. Normally increasing the money supply and lowering interest rates is a way to get people to spend more money. We've been doing that pretty much nonstop since 2008, and yet here we are with these awful numbers. There's not much more you can do in that area. Well, what else is there. The government could stimulate more by running bigger deficits. That's not going to happen, because the Republicans and the conservative Democrats have basically bought into the idea that the federal government ought to have a balanced budget no matter what the economic damage is of having the government not be the spender of last resort, which we now need because no one else is able to buy anything that would keep this economy going.
So my fear is we have so long believed that we could make little adjustments, monetary policy here, tax increase or government spending there, that we are unable as a nation to look at the bigger picture. To be honest enough to say, the little policy adjustments that we've been talking about no longer cut the mustard. They no longer are adequate to the level of problem we have, so that the honest and realistic thing is to say, look, we need much more fundamental change. And no matter how uncomfortable that makes people who are committed to the status quo, if you don't do that you are fiddling around with policies that are no longer adequate to the level of economic problem we have.
DESVARIEUX: All right. Rick Wolff, joining us from Massachusetts. Thank you so much for being with us.
WOLFF: My pleasure, and thank you for inviting me.
DESVARIEUX: And thank you for joining us on the Real News Network.