Wages Stagnated 2016 To 2017

February is Black History Month: Profiles of Two Young NIOSH Researchers
The CDS recently posted a report concerning two NIOSH researchers NIOSH stands for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The report spotlights the efforts of two naval public health officers who are improving the health of all Americans. Read about the efforts of Lieutenant Commander Deborah V.L. Hirst, Ph.D, PE who works as a civil and environmental health engineer at the Division of Applied Research and Technology (DART). Then learn about the activities of Lieutenant Melissa Seaton, MS who works in the Education and Information Division. To find out more about these two women, click on https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2017/02/22/black-history-month-2017/. This story indicates the success of minority women in STEM fields.

According to BLS, U.S. Wages Stagnated from January 2016 to 2017.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data that highlight wage stagnation for U.S. workers from January 2016 to January 2017. According to the BLS, wages for all employees remained flat but included a 0.6 percent drop in workweek reduction which led to a 0.6 percent wage reduction for the report period. Wages for production and non-supervisory employees fell 0.1 percent which when added to the 0.3 decrease in the workweek led to nearly a one-half percent decrease in wages for the period. To access the report to view the corroborating charts, visit https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/realer.pdf. You may have to go to the site and find report USDL -17-0217. This may prove troublesome, but the data are well worth the effort.

Federal Regulation Cuts Hurt Benefits As Well As Reducing Costs
During the first round of Executive Orders that mandate government agencies reduce regulations, President Trump undid 30 years of bipartisan regulatory policy. By requiring agencies to scrap two current policies for each new policy put in place as a way of combating regulatory costs, Trump fails to see that some regulations provide benefits to the public such as clean air and clean water. To learn more about this issue, click on http://www.govexec.com/management/2017/02/what-trump-misses-about-regulations-they-produce-benefits-well-costs/135568/. Does this mean that Flint, Michigan residents will now have to drink polluted water again? According to Trump’s philosophy, large social benefits derived from regulations are irrelevant. Only costs to business count.

Website Wallethub Ranks Worst State Capitals To Live In
The website www.routefifty.com provided a link to www.wallethub.com which ranked state capitals for Livability. Quality of life, Quality of Education and Health and Affordability. These are some of the criteria used to rank state capitals. As expected, Jackson, Mississippi ranks last. Hartford, Connecticut and Trenton, New Jersey make up the bottom three. Albany, New York ranked 30th. To read the entire list, surf over to https://wallethub.com/edu/best-state-capitals/19030/. I’ll bet you can’t name the top three.

Report Argues That Parent Drug Use By Kids Cause Many ODs. A report that appears on the Medline Plus website says that kids who overdose on opiods , do so more than twice as often when medicine cabinet drugs are left in the open at home. Fatal overdoses occur at a more than double rate when parents bring home painkilling drugs such as morphine, oxycodone or codeine. To find out more about how you can prevent kids from overdosing, click on https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_163673.html. The report focused on kids aged 10 and under since teenagers might have deliberately used a parent’s prescription drug to get high.

Astronomers Find 7 Exo Planets Orbiting Near Star
NASA just released a report that indicates astronomers have found 7 exo planets orbiting a planet 40 light years away from Earth. Scientists believe that 3 of the new planets contain conditions that could support life. To learn more, click on http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/22/world/new-exoplanets-discovery-nasa/. And so it goes.

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