November 17, 2012 |
JUAZEIRO, Brazil - As 6-year-old Ana Jamil skips up to the school gates, she has a simple question for the principal: "Is there class today?" Children here are in the habit of asking, because their teachers often don't show up, as hers didn't the day before. When Jose Pereira da Silva Municipal School does hold class, students spend just a little more than three hours a day with teachers who are woefully unprepared. "Around here, there are teachers who can't even read and write," principal Maria Olivia Andrade says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1998
A group of prominent political, religious and business leaders will hold a press conference today ) at a Crenshaw district bank to encourage Los Angeles residents to deposit money in black-owned banks. The Third Annual Change Bank Month will be kicked off at 10 a.m. at the Founders National Bank. Similar campaigns are planned for New York City, Washington and Atlanta, according to organizers.
September 10, 1992 |
Business Confidence Dwindling: After rising through the first half of the year, business confidence fell sharply over the summer, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said, as fears mounted that a recovery was withering rapidly. The chamber's latest business confidence index, measuring the attitudes of 5,515 businessmen and women, shows they turned markedly pessimistic by August after six months of buoyant hope.
February 5, 1995
A seminar titled "Starting and Operating Your Own Business" will be held Feb. 14, one of two small-business workshops being sponsored this month by the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Each month, retired businessmen and women from the corps, known by its acronym SCORE, offer entrepreneurial advice regarding all aspects of running a small business. Seminars are held at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and at SCORE headquarters in Glendale.
November 29, 1993 |
South Africa, U.S. Set to Sign Economic Accord: U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown said he expects an agreement to be signed Tuesday that will encourage American companies to invest in South Africa. The deal will allow South Africa to get assistance from the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC), which provides loan guarantees or insurance to U.S. companies investing in developing and emerging markets.