Hard-to-read handwriting is causing problems in America’s workplaces, according to new research. A new study examining handwriting usage in both professional and personal circumstances has found that one in two people have been told by others that their handwriting is hard to read. The survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Bic USA Inc., also found that the average respondent has experienced two instances in their working life where their handwriting led to a miscommunication or caused a real problem. Even more interestingly, 45 percent of Americans struggle to read their own handwriting — and it’s taking its toll at work. The results of the survey outline the importance of effective handwriting, its usage in a professional environment and its prevalence in communication between employees. As many as seven in 10 people said struggling to read a co-worker’s handwriting is a challenge in which they are often faced. The results identify an … [Read more...] about Bad handwriting causing a big problem in US workplaces
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NEW PORT RICHEY — When a pastor posted a political sign outside his church while it served as a voting precinct on Election Day, it caused a stir. Still, it broke no election rules.Nine days later, as Florida continues trying to determine who won what race, that partisan sign offers a lesson in why churches aren’t supposed to be politicking in the first place.The problem with the sign, experts told the Tampa Bay Times, is a tax problem.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Pastor’s sign outside Florida polling place warns not to vote for Democrats and then praise JesusThe Internal Revenue Services prohibits tax-exempt non-profits, such as churches, from intervening for or against candidates in elections.Violating those rules can lead to warnings, financial penalties or even revocation of the church’s tax exempt status.Now, it’s unlikely the church will ever face such sanctions — but they do exist.“If he’s doing it as the church leader on church property, … [Read more...] about The real problem with Pasco pastor’s partisan sign is a tax problem
Jens Werner has long suspected people in her St. Paul neighborhood didn’t live as long as people elsewhere in Minnesota. Now, she has new data, compiled by a national foundation and detailed all the way down to census tracts, to back up her hunch. A pocket of her Summit-University neighborhood has the lowest life expectancy in the state — just less than 65 years. “People have been saying it for a long time,” said Werner, executive director of the nonprofit neighborhood planning council, who says residents point to several factors and inequities that cut life short. “Sometimes, people don’t trust lived experience. I think this data backs it up, which helps them be heard.” The notion of helping others and giving back may be inspired by the heart, but increasingly, foundations and nonprofits are turning to numbers and data to set priorities, make funding and policy decisions and measure results. It’s also increasingly necessary to lure … [Read more...] about Minnesota philanthropy turns to data to identify and solve problems
Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. But it has also become a sizable open marketplace for advertising illegal drugs. The company has pledged a crackdown in recent weeks, but it is struggling to keep pace with its own algorithms and systems, which serve up an array of personalized drug-related content aimed directly at people who show an interest in buying substances illicitly. Recent searches on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, for hashtags of the names of drugs – such as #oxy, #percocet, #painkillers, #painpills, #oxycontin, #adderall and #painrelief – revealed thousands of posts by a mash-up of people grappling with addiction, bragging about their partygoing lifestyle and enticements from drug dealers. Following the dealer accounts, or even liking one of the dealer posts, prompted Instagram’s algorithms to work as designed – in this case, by filling up a person’s feed with posts for drugs, suggesting other … [Read more...] about Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has followed a circuitous path to the largest stages of American politics. Raised in Oklahoma by a family of modest means, she won a college scholarship but dropped out to get married at 19. Later she got her degree, then a law degree, and ultimately became a Harvard Law School professor and a leading authority on the economic struggles of American families. Along the way, she came up with the idea that eventually became the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created as part of a new regulatory bill enacted after the 2008 Wall Street crisis. Republican senators announced they would block President Barack Obama from placing her atop the bureau, so in 2012 she won a Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat for herself. Heavily favored to win a second term this fall, Warren has moved to the front ranks of Democratic presidential prospects to take on President Donald Trump in 2020. The 69-year-old Warren sat down with CNBC editor at large John Harwood at a cafe in … [Read more...] about Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren: ‘I Am a Capitalist’ – But Markets Need to Work for More Than Just the Rich