Category Archives: International

$1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap

Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.

Every payment toward their student loans is $900 Dr. Nida Degesys and her husband aren’t putting in their retirement savings account.

They believe they’ll eventually climb from debt and begin using their earnings to build assets rather than fill holes. But, like the roughly 37 million others in the U.S. saddled with $1 trillion in student debt, they may never catch up with wealthy peers who began life after college free from the burden.

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World stocks continue drop on emerging market woes

Global stocks continued to drop on Monday, extending a sell-off from last week that was triggered by concern over an economic slowdown in China and tremors among emerging-market currencies.

Markets first became unsettled on Thursday, when a survey indicated a drop in Chinese manufacturing activity, the latest sign that a painful slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy is likely to continue.

When investors worry about global growth, they first pull back from riskier trades in emerging markets. That combined with concerns about specific countries — economic stability in Argentina and a political scandal in Turkey — to convince investors to sell off even more sharply.

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Swedish school opens gender-neutral changing room

Changeroom sign.

 

Officials in a liberal Stockholm suburb that discourages gender stereotypes have decided to open a gender-neutral changing room in a local high school to avoid students being classified as male or female.

Patrik Biverstedt, headmaster of the Soedra Latins upper secondary school, says they decided on the cubicle where one person can change at a time after students proposed it last year. It will be ready by May 6.

Students’ union member Camille Trombetti says the changing room is not only “for transsexual” students but any student who wants privacy when changing for school activities.

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San Diego-Based Marines And Sailors Visit Special Needs Kids In Hong Kong

15th MEU Marines and Sailors visit Lok Hing Child Care Centre.

Members of the Camp Pendleton-based 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit spent time last week with special needs children at the Lok Hing Child Care Centre in Hong Kong.

Jacinta Chan Yin Ching, a teacher at Lok Hing Child Care Centre, told 15th MEU Public Affairs that the centre provides therapy and education for children, as well as support for parents:

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Some Flight Delays Expected In San Diego As Sequestration Cuts Take Effect

 American Airlines passengers wait in line at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois.

Air traffic controllers began taking mandatory furloughs this week, which could cause flight delays of a few minutes to a few hours at major airports, including San Diego Lindbergh Field.

The furloughs officially began on Sunday, but most delays were minor because air traffic was light and weather conditions were good, according to the FAA.

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From Sacbee.com : Mexican president faces teachers’ revolt

Easter vacation was over, but there wasn’t a teacher in sight at the boarding school for indigenous children on the edge of this sunbaked southern Mexico hill town.

A 37-year-old cook who hadn’t finished high school sat between two little girls on a cement stoop outside the kitchen, peering at their dog-eared notebooks as they struggled with the alphabet and basic multiplication.

“I’ve got the children here. If there aren’t any classes while they’re here, I have to teach them,” said the cook, who shared only her first name, Gudelia, for fear of retaliation from striking teachers.

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From Sacbee.com : 10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. OBAMA’S BUDGET PLAN WOULD RAISE TAXES, TRIM MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY

The president sends Congress a $3.77 trillion proposal today to tame deficits that have soared above $1 trillion for the past four years.

2. NO PANIC IN NORTH KOREA DESPITE FEARS OF ‘LIKELY’ MISSILE LAUNCH

South Korea braced for a test-fire of a ballistic missile, while in Pyongyang, the AP’s Jean H. Lee reports, it was business as usual.

3. STUDENT CHARGED IN CAMPUS ATTACK THAT WOUNDED 14

Texas authorities say 20-year-old Dylan Quick said he’d fantasized for years about stabbing people to death.

4. PARENTS BOOKED AFTER BOYS SENT HOME FROM CUBA

Havana denied refuge to a man and his wife charged with kidnapping their two sons from Florida in a case that recalled the Elian Gonzalez saga.

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Los Diablos: Mexican Firefighters In The US

A member Los Diablos wildfire fighting team crosses Rio Grande legally into United States. (Photo by Lorne Matalon)

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas — Even in a post- Sept. 11 world, there is one group of people with permission from the United States government to freely — and legally — cross into the country from Mexico and back without passing through a formal border crossing.It’s a crew of firefighters from Mexico that U.S. authorities say are among the best in the world in fighting wildfires, as they’ve proven time and again across the country.

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From Sacbee.com : Jerry Brown heads to China to get ‘billions’ in investment

In 1977, during a visit to Japan when he was governor before, Gov. Jerry Brown suggested a side trip to China and hastily made arrangements before abandoning the idea.

“I think it’s too jet-setty,” Brown told Orville Schell, who was traveling with the governor and included the exchange in the 1978 book “Brown.” “I think such a fast trip to China would be too flaky, and I’ve got to watch that.”

Thirty-six years later, Brown has found more time, and China is eager to accommodate him.

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