Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 7:01 AM EDT Jun 6, 2019 Fredrea Lakes still cannot quite believe how a six-week training program turned into a life-changing, $6-an-hour boost to her pay. A year ago, she was living in a homeless shelter in Detroit and working minimum wage jobs. Her last check at her old job was just $40 because she worked so few hours. Now, she's wearing a welder's helmet covered in Star Wars stickers — with a sticker of Jimmy Hendrix on the inside — at her full-time job at The Armored Group factory in Dearborn Heights. "This is one of the best jobs I've ever had income wise," said Lakes, 29, who often worked at retail stores or fast food joints. Lakes took an intensive training program offered through Women Who Weld, a Detroit-based nonprofit, passed her weld test in October 2018 and soon snagged the welding job at the small factory, which makes armored vehicles for law enforcement, personal protection and … [Read more...] about Welding program for women sparks more than a way to pay bills
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Greg Jaffe, The Washington Post Published 5:24 pm PDT, Saturday, April 20, 2019 Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., talks to Bernie Sanders before the senator from Vermont takes the stage. In Sanders, Khanna, whose district includes Silicon Valley, found a candidate who shared his diagnosis of the country's most vexing problems: inequality and the failures of unrestrained capitalism. less Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., talks to Bernie Sanders before the senator from Vermont takes the stage. In Sanders, Khanna, whose district includes Silicon Valley, found a candidate who shared his diagnosis of the ... more Photo: Photo By Nick Otto For The Washington Post Photo: Photo By Nick Otto For The Washington Post Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., talks to Bernie … [Read more...] about Capitalism in crisis: U.S. billionaires worry about the survival of the system that made them rich
Table of Contents1 First Time in Bangkok: What to do?2 First time in Bangkok: Where to Shop?3 First time in Bangkok: Where to Stay?4 First time in Bangkok: What to do when you arrive? 5 First time in Bangkok: Where to eat? What to eat?6 First Time in Bangkok: What to do to be safe?7 First Time in Bangkok: How to avoid scams? Visiting Bangkok for the first time can be overwhelming, and planning a trip to this bustling city is a real challenge. Thailand’s capital is a mix of ancient culture, food paradise and shopping heaven, but to get it right is not that simple. After so many emails from readers asking us to help them planning a Bangkok itinerary, we decided to list the best travel tips for your first time in Bangkok: what to do and where to stay. This is an ultimate travel guide to Bangkok [a long one], with all the top attractions, best places to stay in Bangkok, how to get around, scams to avoid, and local experiences. Bangkok has been our “home” in … [Read more...] about Ultimate Travel Guide For Your First Time in Bangkok: What to Do & Where to Stay
Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 AM EST Jan 20, 2019 This happens a lot. I’m visiting with someone, or having a meeting, and for some reason I need to make a call, and I reach in my pocket and take out my phone … And the person breaks out laughing. “No way,” they chortle. Or, “Oh, please.” This is because I use a flip phone. The same flip phone I have used for years. I cannot tell you when I first got it, that’s how far back it goes. It is small and black with some red trim on the front, and it says “Verizon” near the bottom, but I don’t know anything else about it. Not its model. Not its serial number. Not its memory or its gigabytes. I just know it rings and I answer it. Sue me. I don’t care about phones. To me, they are there for talking and for hanging up. I don’t need to carry the world in my pocket. I don’t need to post my life. I don’t need to play “Clash of … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: I still use a flip phone. Here’s why.
*Last updated: January 12th, 2019 The single most frequently asked question I get about my travels concerns the cost of budgeting for a round the world trip. While understanding how I pay for it all tops the list of questions, the actual cost of traveling the world for a year is the big unknown. I had no idea how much my around the trip would cost when I left—some people reported around $10,000 a year (which seemed absurdly low) while others spent upwards of $40K to travel a bit more luxuriously. Knowing where my own travels would fall in that spectrum was a great unknown, so I thought of it as a grand adventure. How much will it cost, and how long can I keep going with my freelance income? Over that year, I tracked every single dollar I spent while traveling. My full tally is complete. I traveled around the world for for 328 days (11 months) through 15 countries and tracked what I spent, what each and every country cost, and where I could have done better. For a round the world … [Read more...] about A Little RTW Budget… How Much Does it Cost to Travel the World for a Year? (2019)