Wealthy backgrounds lead to higher graduate earnings

May 3, 2021

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first_imgOn the issue of why those from wealthier backgrounds might do better than their peers in competition for the very highest earning jobs, the study offers suggestions but no firm answer. According to one postgraduate with experience in business and hiring processes however, “it remains an unfortunate reality that wealthy, influential families have connections that can give certain graduates an unfair advantage in hiring processes for highly-paid roles.” Jonathan Black, director of the Oxford Careers Service, highlighted the initiatives run by the university that aim to address any disadvantages brought about by household income or gender. He told Cherwell, “the Careers Service provides connections with alumni (to address any social capital deficits) for students, and training programmes are being introduced (eg, Springboard for women students) to address any confidence issues.“The Moritz-Heyman scholarships programme, which particularly targets students from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds, includes as part of its support for on-course students funded internship opportunities that allow students to pursue valuable work experience while having their costs covered.”­­­ A recent study on graduate income has revealed that students from wealthy backgrounds go on to earn more than those from less well-off families. The findings of the report also indicate a disparity in the earnings of men and women, as well as differences based upon the course studied and institution attended by the graduate.The study was a collaboration between the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Institute of Education, University of Cambridge and Harvard University, with funding from the Nuffield Foundation. The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ (IFS) press release states ‘the average student from a higher-income background earned about 10% more than the average student from other backgrounds.’ Zoe Fannon, currently reading for an MPhil in Economics, told Cherwell, “the question in both cases is why individuals from less-wealthy families and female graduates seem to not end up in the high-paid jobs.” The disparity grew at the very top of the earnings spectrum. ‘The 10% highest-earning male graduates from richer backgrounds earned about 20% more than the 10% highest earners from relatively poorer backgrounds even after taking account of subject and the characteristics of the university attended. The equivalent premium for the 10% highest-earning female graduates from richer backgrounds was 14%.’ She was eager to address the information the study was based on and said “they only have data on the graduates who took out loans from the Student Loan Company.” As a result of how income thresholds are calculated, “the graduates from wealthy families are mostly people whose parents are professionals rather than people whose parents own companies or run hedge funds (because they would likely pay fees straight up rather than taking out a loan).” Oxford was no exception in the study. While ‘more than 10% of male graduates from LSE, Oxford and Cambridge were earning in excess of £100,000 a year ten years after graduation in 2012/13’ only LSE had over 10% of its female graduates earning above the same figure.last_img read more


Fresh & cheap

January 17, 2021

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first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaYou can save money on your food bill and serve your family freshvegetables. You just have to get your hands dirty and plant yourown backyard garden.A University of Georgia horticulturist says planting and tendinga home vegetable garden is easier than you might think.”Most people are a little nervous at the thought of plantingtheir first garden,” said Bob Westerfield, a consumerhorticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “It’s fairly simple. But you have to stayon top of it.”Growing, planting, learningWesterfield plants fall and spring vegetable gardens as part ofhis work duties. But he also gardens at home to provide hisfamily fresh vegetables.”A home vegetable garden is a great way to supplement your dietwith fresh vegetables,” he said. “And you know exactly whichchemicals were used on the plants because you were the grower.”Grocery vegetables can’t compare to freshly picked, he said.”Buy a tomato, grow a tomato and compare the two,” he said.”There’s just no contest. The homegrown one will be farsuperior.”Sweet corn is an even better crop for a homegrown-store-boughtcomparison test, Westerfield said.”Sugar builds up in sweet corn just before it’s harvested in thefield,” he said. “When it’s picked, the sugar turns to starchwithin hours. By the time you buy the corn from the grocerystore, it could have been there for a week or so, and the sugarhas all turned to starch. With sweet corn growing in your homegarden, you can go out and pick it and eat it within an hour.”The sugar-to-starch conversion is one reason the triple sweetcorn variety has become a popular option over the traditionalSilver Queen variety. “Triple sweets are designed to have moresugar content,” he said. “They have genes that help the cornstore the sugar longer.” Inexpensive food sourceWesterfield says home-garden vegetables aren’t just better.They’re cheaper, too.”Seeds are really cheap,” he said. “And you can store yourharvest in cans or in the freezer and enjoy your home gardenvegetables year-round.”At home, Westerfield and his family freeze sweet corn andbroccoli and can green beans and homemade tomato paste. At work,he donates the vegetables from his trial gardens to area foodpantries.”The food pantries really appreciate the fresh vegetables, and sodo the patrons,” he said. “Fresh vegetables are welcome treats tosomeone who’s used to eating primarily canned foods.”Georgia’s climate allows home gardeners the luxury of planting summer and fall gardens. So, it’s never too late to start.last_img read more


Gov. Wolf: $2 Million Awarded in 2019-20 Senior Community Center Grants

October 16, 2020

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first_imgGov. Wolf: $2 Million Awarded in 2019-20 Senior Community Center Grants The Rutherford House Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsDauphin$34,235 Meyersdale Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsSomerset$66,300 Central City Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsSomerset$25,871 Johnstown Senior Activities CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsCambria$10,000 Windy Hill Senior Center, Inc.Programs & ServicesYork$22,026 West Newton Senior CenterPrograms & ServicesWestmoreland$18,650 Vintage, Inc.Capital Improvement & RenovationsAllegheny$85,000 Marconi Center-South PhiladelphiaCapital Improvement & RenovationsPhiladelphia$41,455 Senior Adult Activity Center of Phoenixville AreaCapital Improvement & RenovationsChester$32,975 Senior Center NameProject TypeCountyAmount Berwick Senior CenterPrograms & ServicesColumbia$17,725 Center at the MallCapital Improvement & RenovationsBeaver$35,858 Williamsburg Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsBlair$47,722 Southern Blair Senior CenterTechnologyBlair$11,200 Marysville/Rye Senior Citizens’ CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsPerry$13,943 Whitehall Active Community CenterPrograms & ServicesLehigh$10,038 Canton Active Living CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsBradford$19,402 Middletown Senior Community CenterPrograms & ServicesBucks$30,372 Latrobe Center for Active AdultsCapital Improvement & RenovationsWestmoreland$38,800 Active Aging of Cambridge SpringsTechnologyCrawford$5,000 Schoolhouse Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsDelaware$30,123 Luis Munoz Marin Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsLancaster$42,106 Central Blair Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsBlair$21,780 Hamlin Senior CenterTechnologyWayne$15,000 South Central York County Senior CenterNutrition ServicesYork$7,220 LifeSpan Chartiers Senior Resource CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsAllegheny$64,346 Lewistown Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsMifflin$26,950 West Chester Area Senior CenterrCapital Improvement & RenovationsChester$35,000 Bullskin Township Senior Citizens, Inc.Capital Improvement & RenovationsFayette$36,726 Weatherly Senior CenterPrograms & ServicesCarbon$5,100 Carmichaels Activity CenterNutrition ServicesGreene$10,014 Elizabeth Seton Center, BrooklinePrograms & ServicesAllegheny$32,000 Carlisle Senior Action CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsCumberland$6,248center_img Millerstown Senior Citizens CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsPerry$7,670 Mechanicsburg Place: A Senior Center and MoreCapital Improvement & RenovationsCumberland$54,861 Crispus Attucks Active Living CenterPrograms & ServicesYork$20,390 June 24, 2020 Ver esta página en español. Rose Tucker Active Adult CenterTechnologyLuzerne$14,191 West Shore Senior CenterPrograms & ServicesCumberland$10,570 The Center at Spring Street, a program of Boyertown Area Multi-ServiceCapital Improvement & RenovationsBerks$76,846 Sheraden Healthy Active Living CenterPrograms & ServicesAllegheny$45,000 Mountain Citizens Action Group, Inc.Capital Improvement & RenovationsFayette$9,600 Center in the ParkMarketing & OutreachPhiladelphia$30,442 Main Line Senior Services DBA Wayne Senior CenterPrograms & ServicesDelaware$23,194 Center for Life-WindberCapital Improvement & RenovationsSomerset$25,800 New Kensington Center for Active AdultsCapital Improvement & RenovationsWestmoreland$33,450 South Side Market HouseCapital Improvement & RenovationsAllegheny$51,000 Confluence Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsSomerset$43,470 Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Governor Tom Wolf announced that 60 senior community centers throughout the commonwealth will be the recipients of Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center grants – totaling $2 million in funding appropriated by the General Assembly from the Pennsylvania Lottery.“Senior community centers play an immense role for older Pennsylvanians by assisting them with aging in place,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “The grants will empower these centers to make their desired changes to further benefit regular attendees while attracting a new generation of participants.”The grants will help senior centers fund projects based on their applications, such as updating and modernizing facilities, providing new health and entertainment programs, upgrading technology, and enhancing marketing opportunities.“These projects will make a positive impact for the senior community centers receiving the grants and the older adults they serve. As we return to some sense of normalcy, older Pennsylvanians may be eager to return to their local senior community center for the activities they enjoyed prior to the stay-at-home orders plus experience some new opportunities that may come once these projects are completed,” said Aging Secretary Robert Torres.There are more than 500 senior community centers throughout Pennsylvania that provide a variety of offerings, such as nutritious meals, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling and exercise programs. Proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery help to fund these programs every year.“We’re very proud that the Pennsylvania Lottery has been able to provide more than $30 billion in funding for property tax and rent rebates, prescription assistance, home-delivered meals and other critical services that seniors depend on,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “We’re also proud to be able to say that we remain the nation’s only lottery to dedicate all proceeds to programs that benefit older adults.”For more information on senior community centers and other services and programs offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, visit aging.pa.gov.Below is the list of the Senior Community Center awardees and grant amounts: Coatesville Area Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsChester$76,270 Millersville Senior CenterPrograms & ServicesLancaster$46,000 Hazelwood Healthy Active Living CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsAllegheny$65,000 Washington Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsWashington$50,220 Red Land Senior CenterPrograms & ServicesYork$8,090 Earl J. Simons CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsWayne$143,505 Littlestown Area Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsAdams$25,500 Coal Region Adult Community CenterPrograms & ServicesNorthumberland$10,500 Pottstown Area Seniors CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsMontgomery$9,050 Chambersburg Senior Activity CenterPrograms & ServicesFranklin$40,448 Somerset Senior CenterCapital Improvement & RenovationsSomerset$60,000 Active Aging Center of MeadvillePrograms & ServicesCrawford$7,260 The Open Link (The Center at The Open Link)Capital Improvement & RenovationsMontgomery$58,488 Riverview Community Action CorporationCapital Improvement & RenovationsAllegheny$54,000 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more