“Remaining employed at a company for longer than 2 years at a time can hurt your lifetime earnings by 50 percent.” This news caught my eye as I was doing my daily browsing a week ago. As someone who had itchy feet and switched employers 3 times in 3 years after I left college, I felt vindicated. I remember my parents advising me I should not leave so soon, employers telling me I was giving up too quickly, colleagues saying I will be hurting my career. But when you have to go, you have to go, and I felt during those times that even just one day more will be one day too late. Back to the news I read, it was about a recent study conducted among employees in the United States. Carried out by The Harris Poll with 1,010 full-time private sector employees, 32 percent of the respondents said they plan to find a new job this year. The survey was commissioned by employment website CareerBuilder. What’s more, 29 percent admitted they regularly search for new jobs while … [Read more...] about Jumping jobs can be good for you
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Their numbers are small, but their completion of some of the military’s most arduous physical and mental courses has raised an intriguing scientific question: Who are these “hyperfit” women and what makes them so competitive? “We’re really interested in those elite women that are the first to make it through physically demanding training,” said Holly McClung, a nutritional physiologist at the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Massachusetts. “The real point of the study is to characterise this unique cohort of women that has made it through these traditionally male trainings.” During early debate on the move to open all combat jobs to women, military leaders raised questions about whether women were up to the jobs or if putting them on the front lines would make units less capable. The Marine Corps sought an exemption to keep some combat jobs closed for precisely that reason, but they were overruled by then-Defense … [Read more...] about US studies ‘hyperfit’ women who pass gruelling courses
MUMBAI: A government agency report has cast fresh doubts on India’s economic growth figures, in a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he seeks re-election in ongoing polls. Data compiled by India’s National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) found that there were significant gaps in how the growth figures of Asia’s third-largest economy are calculated. Modi regularly trumpets his economic credentials but the opposition Congress party says his government spins statistics to make their record on the economy look better than previous administrations. The NSSO study found that more than one-third of companies included in a database used to calculate India’s economic growth were “closed, out of coverage, or non-traceable”. “India’s GDP figures and data have been under scrutiny for sometime now internationally,“ Ashutosh Datar, a Mumbai-based economist, told AFP. “These new reports raise more questions about their credibility and … [Read more...] about Report casts fresh doubt on India’s growth figures
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Some of India's richest families, Bollywood stars and others voted early on Monday (Apr 29) in Mumbai and elsewhere in the country as the fourth phase of a massive, staggered general election got underway.More than 127 million people are eligible to vote in this round of the seven-phase election held across 71 seats in nine states. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's coalition won more than 75 per cent of the seats in the previous election in 2014.Many of the constituencies are in Uttar Pradesh state in the north and western India's Maharashtra, where the financial capital Mumbai is located. Uttar Pradesh elects the most MPs, with Maharashtra next, and both states are ruled by Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).However, political analysts say the BJP may struggle to repeat its strong showing this time due mainly to a jobs shortage and weak farm prices, issues upon which the main opposition Congress party has seized."Jobs should be the priority for … [Read more...] about Bollywood stars, rich Indians vote in fourth phase of giant election