Sunday, March 27, 2011

Japan Earthquake Causing Shortages in Car Parts, Electronics



VOAVideo: Japan Earthquake Causing Shortages in Car Parts, Electronics

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan are causing ripple effects throughout the world. Many factories in Japan that make critical components in electronics and cars have temporarily stopped production, as the nation deals with the disaster and resulting nuclear crisis.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Century After Triangle Fire, Labor Struggles Remain



VOAVideo: A Century After Triangle Fire, Labor Struggles Remain

On March 25, 1911, 146 people died when fire swept through an overcrowded New York City garment factory. The victims were mostly young immigrant women. The so-called Triangle fire fueled public outrage over unsafe and unfair working conditions, which had already been at the center of a bitter struggle between labor and management. A century later, the battle is not over for many workers.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

President Obama: American Jobs Through Exports to Latin America



Weekly Address: American Jobs Through Exports to Latin America

Even as the President maintains his focus on international crises in Japan and Libya, he discusses his trip to Latin America to open up markets for US products

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Farm Products Contaminated Near Japanese Nuclear Plant

VOA special English News: Farm Products Contaminated Near Japanese Nuclear Plant

Chief Cabinet secretary says high levels of radiation have been detected in milk in Fukushima prefecture, spinach from Ibaraki

Saturday, March 19, 2011

In Japanese Port Town, Hope Rises Amid Devastation



VOAVideo: In Japanese Port Town, Hope Rises Amid Devastation

Japan's prime minister has vowed to 'rebuild the nation from scratch' as estimates of the cost of last week's earthquake and tsunami reach upward of 120 billion dollars. The massive wave wiped out a whole swathe of coastline, taking with it factories, farms, roads, railways, houses and thousands of victims. The devastated port of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture has a long history of rising from the ashes of disaster. Henry Ridgwell visited the town, and found hope amid the wreckage and the reconstruction effort underway there.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Japan's Disaster Could Hurt Plans for Nuclear Energy Industry

VOA Learning English: Japan's Disaster Could Hurt Plans for Nuclear Energy Industry

Nuclear plants supply 14 percent of global electricity; opposition to more of them is growing ECONOMICS REPORT (download mp3)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Economic Price Tag Rising for Japan Quake



VOAVideo: Economic Price Tag Rising for Japan Quake

The economic cost of the worst natural disaster in Japan's history continues to rise. Experts are saying the devastating combination of earthquake, tsunami and now - the deepening nuclear crisis, is likely to result in bigger-than-expected financial losses for the world's third largest economy. As Mil Arcega reports, a week after the nation's worst natural disaster, the threat of a nuclear meltdown is emerging as the biggest threat to the country's economic recovery.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Quake, Tsunami May Only Add to Economic Struggles for Japan

VOA Learning English: Quake, Tsunami May Only Add to Economic Struggles for Japan

Oil prices fell Friday on a belief that the damage will hurt Japanese growth and reduce demand for energy IN THE NEWS (download mp3)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quake, Tsunami May Only Add to Economic Struggles for Japan



VOAVideo: Quake, Tsunami May Only Add to Economic Struggles for Japan The worst quake to strike Japan in 140 years sent shock waves through financial markets around the world. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck toward the end of the Asian trading session, sending Japan's Nikkei index sharply lower, which caused a sell-off in global stock markets. Economists are still trying to gauge the financial damage from the massive quake.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Everyone’s a V.I.P. at Work!

Everyone’s a V.I.P. at Work! by Ted Landphair's America, VOANews Blog

Next month, bosses across America will observe “Administrative Professionals Day” by taking their administrative professionals out to lunch. Some will buy their “administrative assistants” flower arrangements for the occasion.

The day’s official theme (I kid you not): “This year, celebrate all office professionals.” (more)

Read Ted Landphair's America blog post and audio file

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan Quake Weighs on Financial Markets



VOAVideo: Japan Quake Weighs on Financial Markets

The worst quake to strike Japan in 140 years sent shock waves through financial markets around the world. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck toward the end of the Asian trading session, sending Japan's Nikkei index sharply lower, which caused a sell-off in global stock markets. Economists are still trying to gauge the financial damage from the massive quake.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Celebrating Working Women: International Women's Day 2011



kronosinc: Celebrating Working Women: International Women's Day 2011

Kronos and Xplane created this video in honor of International Women's Day (March 8, 2011). The purpose of this video is to provide viewers with a look at several interesting facts and statistics about the changes and developments that have impacted women in the workforce.

Monday, March 7, 2011

ESL Literacy for Work - Administrative Assistants



ESL and Civics Lessons ESL Literacy for Work - Administrative Assistants by tinkerbellchime

ESL Literacy - Vocabulary lesson about administrative assistants. Easy words for beginning level students and classrooms. The bold pictures show well on interactive whiteboards. www.elcivics.com (Christina Niven)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

US Unemployment Drops to 8.9 Percent



VOAVideo: US Unemployment Drops to 8.9 PercentUS unemployment dipped below 9 percent last month, as private employers added the most jobs since April. The US Labor Department released its monthly employment report Friday, showing the US economy picked up a net total of 192,000 jobs in February. That brings the US jobless rate to 8.9 percent - the lowest in nearly two years and another sign that the US recovery is picking up steam.