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    Polish Literacy Skills in Bottom Quintile in EU

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    Policy-makers are hoping a first-ever assessment of education standards across EU states will “scare the dickens” out of politicians as vast differences in standards and quality are revealed between countries.

    The study on literacy, numeracy and IT skills, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a Paris-based economic club, and the European Commission on Tuesday (8 October) contains a “goldmine” of information about 17 EU states and six other countries, said Angel Gurria, secretary general of the OECD.

    It reveals that a secondary education in the Netherlands and Finland will equip you with better literacy skills than a university degree in Ireland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and the UK.

    A direct comparison of reading skills put Finnish adults (16-65 year olds) at the top of EU rankings, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden and Estonia.

    Italy trails when it comes to literacy skills but it is kept company by Spain, France and Poland.

    The UK contains the highest range of literacy skills among EU countries, while your reading level is likely to be the same wherever you live in the more equitable Slovakia and Czech republic.

    Overall, the survey showed that a fifth of adults in Ireland, France, Poland and the UK have low literacy or numeracy skills. This rises to almost a third of adults in Spain and Italy.

    Almost a fifth of adults have no computer experience in Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Poland and Slovakia, while people’s social background is likely to affect their education skills in Poland, Germany Italy and the UK.

    “A good system should delink the background of the family with the performance of the student. A bad system condemns you to be determined in your performance as a student or a worker for life,” said Gurria.

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    Rose Under Fire

    The Los Angeles Times, an American newspaper, recently published a review of a book called “Rose Under Fire” by Elizabeth Wein.

    The book is about an American teenage pilot who is captured by the Germans and sent to a Nazi concentration camp as a French political prisoner.  And this pilot is a woman!

    Amid the squalor and misery, Rose manages to make a few friends — or allies, really, since it’s impossible to imagine true friendship taking root in this hostile soil. One partner in survival is Roza, who belongs to a Polish transport of 74 girls known as “Rabbits” for their survival of Nazi medical experimentation.

    She explains, “They’d slice your calf open and fill the wound with gangrene and then seal it up in plaster for two weeks. Or they’d cut pieces out of your muscles or your nerves. Or they’d cut a chunk of bone out of your leg and try to stick it in someone else’s leg. I am special — I got operated on five times!”

    The review suggests that there is a happy, and uplifting tone to the story despite the obviously bleak subject matter filled with disgusting and horrific imagery.

    These befuddled airmen ship Rose off to Ravensbrück, a Nazi concentration camp in Germany for women, where she is stripped of her hair, her clothes and even her identity; despite her American passport, she is incorrectly registered as French Political Prisoner 51498.

    Rose’s descriptions of what passes for life in the camp are unspeakable (and, we learn from Wein’s author’s note, based on first-hand accounts from survivors): extreme overcrowding, intense starvation, relentless beatings, stomach-turning filth, back-breaking work, flea bites, maggots, dead bodies piled outside every door, dead bodies propped up at roll call to fill spots left by women who had disappeared or were too sick to attend.

    Though a fictional account, I was taken by the notion that human beings are constantly striving to survive and make their lives better despite their terrible circumstances. During this period of time human beings suffered unimaginably difficult lives and they persevered.  Many of our readers may also be suffering in their own way.  External circumstances and issues may be thwarting their efforts to better their lives.  Self-doubt may sap you of your confidence or fear may paralyze you into a state of inaction and indecision.

    You must fight to live.  And to live means to pursue your dreams and passions with fervor and relentlessness.  Tenaciously tackle life and work to better yourself!


    Pomerania Experiencing an Economic Boom

    Pomerania, Poland is an area that is ready for economic expansion and growth fueled by a commitment to education and research.  The region offers many fine educational opportunities for those seeking to learn and prepare themselves for the 21st Century economy.  Pomerania, from which the teacup Pomeranian gets its name, provides a compelling narrative and sales pitch.  It offers the following:

    • Pomerania region – a gateway to the world
    • Young, well educated staff
    • Modern Science and Technology Parks and Business Incubators
    • High class business infrastructure
    • Well prepared investment plots
    • Quality of life
    • Investment incentives

    The region contains more than 1.5 million workers and boast numerous universities and institutions of higher learning with thousands of students graduating every year.

    One of the main assets of the region is its favourable geographical situation, which provides excellent transport links. The Pomeranian region is situated in the northern part of Poland, on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea. Two pan-European transportation routes of key importance for transit traffic cross the region:

    • IA Corridor (Helsinki – Tallinn – Riga – Kaliningrad – Gdansk), which is a branch of the I Corridor (Helsinki – Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warsaw),
    • VI Corridor  (Gdansk – Katowice – Zilina) which connects Scandinavia with Central-Eastern Europe and the countries of the Mediterranean basin.

    Developers holding sizeable building lots anticipate further office investments in the coming years: Olivia Business Centre is planned to cover a target area of over 120 000 sqm, while Alchemia will have nearly 80 000 sqm, the office space of the Garrison will have approx. 100 000 sqm, and the Baltic Business Centre will have 45 000 sqm (office space only).

    Also, foreign developers are keen to launch new office space projects, e.g.: Hines planning the development of the Neptun Office Centre (15 300 sqm), Afik International is planning the Granary Island Business Centre (5 200 sqm),  and Capital Park is developing Piano House (4 200 sqm). Thus, the Tri-City office space market is expected to grow twice in size over the next few years.

    Until very recently the demand for office space was generated first and foremost by company relocations. However, this trend is changing due to factors including growing interest in the region from companies operating in the BPO and SSC sectors as well as companies working closely with Scandinavian countries.

    The shift towards certification of emerging office facilities erected by local developers is also an important change in approach. They are increasingly seeking to obtain LEED or BREEAM certificates to confirm compliance with sustainable construction and environmental standards, including energy efficiency requirements.

    For more information about Pomerania, please check out the wiki page.


    Introduction to Zopzzit


    Zopzzit is striving to be an online resource for those looking for information about health and wellness related subject matter in addition to providing a thoughtful examination of career development subject material for those seeking careers in the health and education fields.

    Ripped from the headlines comes this news article:

    Health care careers continue to lead the Colorado’s economic recovery, but animals, not humans, are driving the demand for new specialists.

    The Colorado Department of Employment and Labor expects the demand for veterinarians and vet techs to jump between 3.8 and 5 percent over the next year.

    As the number of people take on exotic pets and see them as family members, caring for their health is becoming a higher priority.


    The article continues:

    While the trend in veterinary medicine may be a surprise, other areas of growth in the health care careers continue to follow expected trends. Registered nurses and nurse practitioners continue to be in high demand as they increasingly are being asked to take on a more hands-on role in treating patients.Much of the pressure on health care recruiters comes from the influx of retirees who seek a better life but also make high demands on the medical facilities in the Fort Collins/Loveland area.

    Another reads:

    Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of an ever changing community. Students who want to enter Practical Nursing, Nursing Mobility or Medical Laboratory Technician programs should be aware that these programs utilize a secondary acceptance system. Students who complete their prerequisite checklist by July 15, could start this fall, no waiting. It is important to note that students must apply and be accepted to the college before they can apply to their program of choice.

    Southeast Technical is responding to the region’s nursing shortage with new degree options. The nursing program is more hands on than ever before. Clinical and lab experiences provide simulated scenarios and direct patient care encounters for students and multiple clinical sites allow students to explore different fields within nursing before graduation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting that job outlook for nurses will increase between 22 and 26 percent before 2020.

    Also in high demand are medical assistants and support staff.  Surgeons and specialists like podiatrists, need highly trained and competent staffers to aide them when they are performing procedures like ingrown toenail surgery, oral surgery and so forth.

    Clearly, the job prospects in the healthcare industry are continuing to grow and Zoppzit is your place to learn more about exciting and engaging career paths. There are so many fantastic and challenging professions to choose from if you open your mind to the possibilities.  Take the law and justice field. You can become a police officer or a judge, but one requires you to put your life on the line and the other requires years of schooling and years of job experience.  Learn how to become a paralegal and work within the legal system without putting your life on the line or waiting years to do so?  You can get your paralegal certification online and do not need to go to college!  Ditch College is an excellent resource.