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April 8, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
The first to go was the English teacher. Six months later, the commerce teacher followed. The next year, 2005, the trickle turned into an exodus. By 2007, the departures from Mufakose 3 High School were like bricks in a collapsing building: math, science, accounting and many other teachers, all leaving their careers behind to work as cleaners, shop assistants, laborers in other countries. Zimbabwe's education system, once the best in Africa, is being demolished teacher by teacher.
December 17, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The union that represents workers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has begun sending voters copies of a DVD that portrays the agency as a system "in crisis." International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 18, which represents 8,000 DWP employees, mailed the eight-minute video along with a letter urging ratepayers to contact Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and their City Council member about the state of the nation's largest municipal utility.
October 23, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
A looming "tsunami" of baby boomer retirements could decimate the management ranks and hobble productivity at many corporations unless companies intensify efforts to develop younger talent, according to a new study. Many executives are aware of the coming "gray drain," the study, by the accounting firm Ernst & Young, said. But not enough of them have taken steps to head off skill shortages and turnover that could hurt the bottom line.
September 30, 2007 | Jeannette Rivera-Lyles, Orlando Sentinel
jayuya, puerto rico -- For 100 years, the Atienzas have grown coffee on an intensely green mountainside among the island's highest peaks. Their 340-acre plantation is one of the last strongholds in an industry that a century ago earned Puerto Rico a reputation, from Paris to Vatican City, for growing some of the best coffee in the world.
September 29, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Sri Lankan nurses could help stem the Southland's nursing shortage by working in county health facilities, Dr. Bruce Chernof, head of the county Department of Health Services, suggested to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during an official visit Friday. Rajapaksa also met with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to discuss education, trade and homeland security.
September 20, 2007 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whose aging electrical system left thousands of residents in the dark during last month's heat wave, is bracing for yet another looming crisis: an exodus of older skilled workers. Half of the DWP's 8,100 employees will be eligible to retire within a decade, many of them veteran employees in critical frontline jobs that require years of training.
September 3, 2007 | Jonathan Peterson, Times Staff Writer
A potential brain drain as baby boomers leave the workforce has led at least one company to carve out a role linking aging scientists and engineers with companies in need of their talents. "When they retire they find themselves wanting to remain engaged," said Brad Lawson, chief executive of Indianapolis-based YourEncore. "We provide them with an outlet." As it turns out, a lot of employers wish to engage their services, typically for short-term projects.
July 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Northwest Airlines Corp. said it canceled 8% of its flights Monday as disruptions linked to a pilot shortage extended into a fourth day. Northwest wouldn't disclose how many flights were affected, spokesman Roman Blahoski said. Airline data tracker FlightStats, which includes cargo service in its totals, said Northwest scrubbed 119 flights, or more than 8% of its schedule.
June 11, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Nicole Oswell was a straight-A student passionately interested since first grade in following in her mother's footsteps as a registered nurse. But she had to wait two years to get into Los Angeles Trade Tech's nursing program, she said, her frustration mounting as national nursing shortages worsened. Lizbeth Gutierrez got lucky. Her wait was only six months.
May 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Secret Service expects to borrow more than 2,000 immigration officers and federal airport screeners next year to help guard an ever-expanding field of presidential candidates. It also expects to shift 250 of its own agents from investigations to security details. The agency has a $110-million budget for campaign protection. It spent a record $65 million for the 2004 election.
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