Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bakery Cooks Up a Sweet Future



VOAVideo: Bakery Cooks Up a Sweet Future

A full-production bakery near Washington, DC has a special training program that helps people with various learning disabilities find jobs in the baking industry. But the young trainees are learning more than just how to make a cookie or frost a cake.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Vietnamese-American Nail Industry Hangs in the Balance

VOANews: Vietnamese-American Nail Industry Hangs in the Balance

Fashion nails have provided a tried and true path to the middle class for thousands of immigrants in the United States, but today the industry is at a crossroads. Low prices, which allowed Vietnamese-Americans to dominate the $6 billion industry, are proving unsustainable and forcing salon owners to innovate new ways of doing business.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Closer Look at High-Frequency Trading



VOA Learning English: A Closer Look at High-Frequency Trading

Once, stocks were traded through the open outcry system. Today fast, interconnected computers have mostly replaced the traders shouting prices on the floors of stock exchanges. Joe Saluzzi is a head of equity trading at Themis Trading in New Jersey. "The equity market has changed. It's no longer what you see on TV, it's no longer guys with colored jackets running around the floor anymore. .... The equity market is a bunch of co-located computers strung together by a bunch of wires, everyone trying to race to zero. The speed of light is the goal."Computers can process stock trades in thousandths of a second.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

VOA60 Extra- Detroit Entrepreneurs



A full production bakery near Washington, DC has a special training program that helps people with various learning disabilities find jobs in the baking industry. But as VOA's Julie Taboh discovered, the young trainees are learning more than just how to make a cookie or frost a cake.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What It Takes to Become a Druggist


VOA Learning English: What It Takes to Become a Druggist
Becoming a pharmacist in the U.S. usually requires at least six years of study after high school SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (download mp3)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Moving

I am moving to a new home. I have limited access to the internet, so my posts will be infrequent. I hope to resume a regular daily posting schedule soon. Thanks--Teacher Jennifer