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Tom Ward reports that universal basic income (UBI) is a hot topic in the world today. So far, however, very few experiments have been conducted to ascertain precisely how best to implement such a system. For that reason, a small-scale UBI experiment in Finland has drawn much attention as one of the few real-world examples we have of how UBI could work.

The trial began earlier this year and is being managed by Kela, the National Social-Insurance Institute. Kela selected 2,000 Finns between the ages of 25 and 58, each of whom was receiving some form of unemployment benefits, to receiv... More →
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Hal Miller, President od SCA, opines that oil and gas companies have long relied on their most experienced and successful technical experts to conduct peer reviews and ensure functional excellence. In some larger companies, function heads lead corporate departments staffed with technical advisors who serve on quality assurance teams.

Working across organizational boundaries, these teams provide independent, global perspective, test the quality of interpretative work, review estimated resources and reserves, and cross-fertilize best practices.

During the recent downturn, ... More →
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Karla Lant reports that Dutch historian Rutger Bregman gave a TED talk on universal basic income (UBI) in which he explored this loaded question ... Why do the poor make such poor decisions? His answer was simple ... people in poverty save less money, eat less healthful foods, and do drugs more often because their basic needs are not met.

UBI is the simplest, fastest way to meet those needs for everyone, without danger of unfairness, Bregman argued. It is his position that the need and the means to establish UBI already exist, and only action and the will to implement it remain unfi... More →
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Dom Galeon reports that Premier Wynne of Canada announced the details of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, a universal basic income (UBI) program that will begin this spring and run for a period of three years. A total of 4,000 people from three areas, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay, will be receiving income.

Ideally, under a UBI program, every citizen of legal age, regardless of social status and employment situation, is eligible to receive a fixed amount of income with no strings attached. This basic income can be given either on a regular basis or in lump sum. In the case of th... More →
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Alaina Love opines on a 39-year-old senior accountant in a leadership position for a mid-sized firm, Josh enjoys a loyal client base and a lucrative income. He is lucky to like his co-workers and get along well with the company CEO. Just last year, he built a new house in a great neighborhood, and is proud to be able to take his family on an annual vacation to a white-sand Caribbean beach. By all outward appearances, Josh has made it.

He knows that he should feel grateful that he have been able to parlay my college degrees into a fruitful career, but more and more, he just feels lo... More →
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Eric Tangumonkem opines what is the true cost of a barrel of crude oil? This is a simple question, but I suspect that the answer is complicated. When I started working for an operator in the oil and gas industry, an older gentleman who was mentoring me told me to start getting ready for layoffs by saving part of my salary. He said that when the times are good, they are good, and when they are bad, they are very bad. He reminded me that he had been through a couple of circles of booms and bursts. This has taught him that the oil industry is highly unpredictable and cyclical.

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Scott Santens asks that if you were guaranteed $1,000 per month for the rest of your life, what would you do? That is around what the amount would most likely be here in the U.S., at least at first. So think about that amount for a moment, and do not think about what others might do with it, think about what you would do with it. So what is that?

You have compared this idea to communism, so let us focus on that first. In doing so, let us also talk about what was actually done in the former Soviet Union and not what was intended. What they actually did there, simply put, was transfer... More →
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Kathleen Riley blogs that as technology advances, we are finding newer and cheaper ways to manufacture goods and offer services. This has come in the form of job automation and artificial intelligence (AI), where the value of human labor decreases resulting in massive losses of jobs. Approximately 47% of the entire U.S. work force is predicted to phase out with the progression of automation and AI.

Before Obama left the White House, he left a strong message for Americans stating that strong measures need to be taken in order to prevent millions of job losses. So far, there have been... More →
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Susan Nash (AAPG) opines that the Great Crew Change has happened (and have been fired), so where did all these geologists go? As you may recall, the first Great Crew Change was the transition that was going to occur when the retirement-age oil industry technical professionals (mostly geoscientists) departed, with no one at hand to replace them, thanks to a skipped generation of people entering the oil industry, due to the generation-long Oil and Gas price downturn in the 80s and 90s.

So yes, the retirements occurred (and massive firing have also occurred). But, were they replaced? ... More →
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Mike Figliuolo opines that while you may have a seat at the decision making table, your recommendations may get lost in the technical translation management. Many times this occurs because the recommendation is created and delivered in a manner that, while it makes sense to you, it lacks a compelling story from management (or the decision makers perspective).

Learn to apply critical communication skills used by persuasive leaders. Discover a new thought process that helps you cut through the mental clutter and deliver clear and compelling recommendations.

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Dom Galeon reports that Elon Musk had the chance to share his thoughts on universal basic income (UBI) at the World Government Summit in Dubai. At the Summit, Musk had the opportunity to talk about the future, and the challenges the world will face in the next hundred years, including artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and the job displacement expected to come with it.

When asked about the challenges civilization is set to face in the near future, Musk discusses deep artificial intelligence, or artificial general intelligence, where you can have artificial intelligence that i... More →
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Philipp Gerbert, et al., report that until recently, artificial intelligence (AI) was similar to nuclear fusion in unfulfilled promise. It had been around a long time but had not reached the spectacular heights foreseen in its infancy. Now, however, AI is realizing its potential in achieving human-like capabilities, so it is time to ask ... How can business leaders harness AI to take advantage of the specific strengths of man and machine?

AI is swiftly becoming the foundational technology in areas as diverse as self-driving cars and financial trading. Self-learning algorithms are no... More →
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Andrew Sharp opines that it may be a while before robots blend in at dinner parties, win an election, or discuss the nature of selfhood with their human handlers as envisioned in Isaac Asimov science fiction. But though they are yet to take over the world, robots are quietly taking over our jobs.

They do not look much like Asimov robots, but they aree working in manufacturing, warehouses, software. One example is the driverless trucks that could soon put millions of truckers out of work. There are even driverless tractors, as if we needed to get rid of more agriculture workers.
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Dr. Conca opines that it is highly unlikely that the issues surrounding energy will make any difference in who we choose for our next President. Other concerns, and a few character traits, drown out energy as an important issue in this election. That said, there are distinct differences among the four presidential nominees with regard to energy.

Democratic Party Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton supports an all-of-the-above energy strategy with a tilt towards non-fossil fuels, including nuclear, to address climate change. Some particulars can be summarized as:

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A generalized reference to most subjects Nuclear Power. It contains good resources and graphics generated from Google but it lacks focus of treatment but is of historical interest. Most are pre-2012 references at last visit.

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The purpose the Linkpedia management is to give the 1.2 Billion mobile youths a chance to connect socially through their shared passions and interests thus creating a global network with access to all perspectives, as opposed to the often p... More →
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Richard Moy is sure you have lost count of the number of times you have heard that you should reach out to your network when you are looking for a job. The people you know might be able to introduce you to a hiring manager, or they might have some knowledge about your field that would help you become a better candidate, or they might be hiring themselves. However, there are a few ways your requests could actually be annoying people. Here are some common mistakes people make before they even sit down for that seemingly innocent cup of coffee.

1. YOU ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH RESEARCH
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Fred Nilson opines that technology is in constant motion so it is not always easy to keep up with. It seems like new tools are always surfacing to help us save time and improve productivity. With the speed of change in technology, it is understandable that not all users are at the same comfort level when it comes to using it all. If your company decides to invest in applications or devices to improve productivity and communication, you will want to ensure a successful transition for all team members from the old way to the new way.

Here are three ways to help your employees embrace ... More →
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In order to address shortfalls in the skilled workforce, NGWA and several other organizations are joining an effort to encourage reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act, which would provide reforms to career and technical education programs.

H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, was introduced in the House and passed the Education and Workforce Committee in July.

The bill would ... (1) align career-technical education programs to the needs of the regional, state, and local labor markets, (2) support effective and meaningf... More →
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This graphic shows the 2015 median annual salaries for geoscience-related occupations in the United States as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The colors represent divergent occupation categories. The columns in the lighter colors show the annual median salary for the broad occupational grouping. The darker colors are specific geoscience occupations within that broad occupational groups. The average median salary for geoscience-related occupations in 2015 was $83,737.

Since 2013, all but three (petroleum engineers, geoscientists, and geographers) of the geoscience ... More →
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is very transparent in their labor counts by industry and occupation, which allows for AGI to prepare a realistic estimation of the size of the geoscience workforce in the U.S. Most other countries either do not provide the detail or transparency comparable to the U.S., leading to both data availability and definitional problems.

Most countries provide data in a highly aggregated form by industry, and only three industries where geoscientists work were in common across most countries, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, and professional science an... More →
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Attorney Massmann reports that on 27 November 2015, the National Assembly of Vietnam adopted a new Criminal Code No. 100 2015 QH13, which takes effective from 01 July 2016. This new Criminal Code will replace the old Criminal Code in 1999 and its amending or guiding documents. Notably, the new Criminal Code provides new sanctions for violations in employment sector. Details of these sanctions involve ...

1. Illegal Dismissal of Employees

2. Employment of Employees Under Age 16

3. Evading Payment of Social Insurance, Health Insurance, Unemployment Insurance
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Employment prospects for Australian professional geoscientists deteriorated even further in the opening quarter of 2016, driven down by mining negativity and dashing hopes for an improvement in the geoscientist employment situation. Around half of the unemployed has now been jobless in the sector for 12 months, and around two thirds of jobless have no expectation of returning to their chosen profession anytime soon.

The picture emerged in results of the latest quarterly survey by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) in which respondents provided information about their em... More →
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Alex Beutler, a recruiter, reports that not every new recruit works out or performs satisfactorily for the company. Have you ever considered the true cost of a bad hire? The costs run deep... not for the recruiter but for the company doing the hiring.

A recruiter view of hiring including geoscience professionals.
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Andrew Waltho reports in an article beginning on page 15 that employment prospects for Australian professional geoscientists declined further in the last quarter of 2015 according to the results of the latest, quarterly survey by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG). At 31 December 2015, the unemployment rate among Australian geoscientists was 18.7% and the underemployment rate was 23.4%. The combined unemployment and under-employment rate of 42.1% was the highest recorded since the AIG surveys commenced in mid-2009.

Less than 50% of self-employed geoscientists were able ... More →
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Eliene Augenbraun, in a editorial in Scientific American, opines that scientists know how important their work is to America, and a science advocacy group thinks politicians should know it too.

Because researchers work on solving problems that every politician should care about, including climate risks, clean energy, new materials, emerging diseases and a wide range of technologies that can fuel economic growth, the Science Coalition, a group of universities that lobbies for federal investments in research, is sponsoring an event called Super Science Tuesday. It is a video compilati... More →
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