"Trusting your child with someone else is one of the hardest things that a parent has to do — and in the United States, it’s harder still, because American day care is a mess.
About 8.2 million kids—about 40 percent of children under five — spend at least part of their week in the care of somebody other than a parent. Most of them are in centers, although a sizable minority attend home day cares.... In other countries, such services are subsidized and well-regulated. In the United States, despite the fact that work and family life has changed profoundly in recent decades, we lack anything resembling an actual child care system. Excellent day cares are available, of course, if you have the money to pay for them and the luck to secure a spot. But the overall quality is wildly uneven and barely monitored, and at the lower end, it’s Dickensian."
posted by zarq
on Apr 15, 2013 -
The African King With A Multi-Billion Dollar Empire RBH functions as a communitybased investment company whose primary investment aim is to generate the income required for the funding of sustainable projects. Income generated from RBH’s commercial interests is invested in infrastructural development, as well as in the members of the Nation itself. Over the past decade, more than R4 billion ($475 million) has been spent on roads, utilities, schools, clinics and other public amenities. This has benefited not only the Bafokeng, but other people living in the North West Province of South Africa, the area which the RBN calls home.
posted by infini
on Dec 1, 2012 -
: a man-made archipelago of 300 islands
constructed to approximate the land masses of Earth, located 4 kilometers off the coast of Dubai. Claim part of The World for your own, or as an investment. Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt bought Ethiopia
, Tommy Lee bought Greece for ex-wife Pamela Anderson
, David Beckham and Rod Stewart
were each rumored to have bought an island, joining other celebrities
who had purchased part of The World. The environmental impact of World-creation was raised
, and Sir Richard Branson warned that the islands would be submerged in 50 years
if global governments did not address climate change. The warning in 2007 did not dissuade the developers, and the final rock was placed in the breakwater
in January 2008. The end of The World has not been brought about by rising tides, but financial woes have put the development on long-term hold
, potentially ending the project. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 2, 2009 -