Youth can register for unique Duluth experience: Lake Superior Youth Symposium


The Swenson College of Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth is hosting an interdisciplinary and immersive experience for youth in middle school and high school from May 16-19.

The 13th Lake Superior Youth Symposium rotates to a different community in the Lake Superior watershed in the U.S. and Canada every two years.

The symposium will feature hands-on workshops, a wide variety of field trips, and presentations from researchers, student activists, social media influencers and a keynote from 2013 CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke. Pregracke founded Living Lands & Waters, devoted to cleaning waterways when he was 17 years old. The organization now has more than 100,000 volunteers and has led river clean up efforts in 20 states.

Registration is open online at until May 1. The cost to participate is $200 and includes lodging, food and transportation to symposium activities. Chaperones are needed to accompany youth so parents and teachers can also sign up to attend or request a chaperone be assigned.

Space is limited and workshop and field trip choices are first come, first served, so organizers are encouraging people to sign up now.

For more information about LSYS, visit the website at or contact Kireta at or 218-726-7409.

Symposium organizers are providing all of this programming in partnership with more than 25 organizations. Their goal is to ensure that LSYS participants have a high impact experience.

“We’re encouraging participants to explore their relationship with the Great Lakes through multiple perspectives,” said organizer Amy Kireta, an outreach specialist at UMD. “So, we’ve incorporated a wide variety of opportunities to explore things like art, science, culture and history to learn how they relate to freshwater resources.”

“UMD has never hosted this event so we wanted to make a big splash and take advantage of all that the community has to offer,” said Kireta. “All of the organizers are so excited and we think it will be an unforgettable and potentially life-changing experience for participants.”

“UMD has never hosted this event so we wanted to make a big splash and take advantage of all that the community has to offer,” said Kireta. “All of the organizers are so excited and we think it will be an unforgettable and potentially life-changing experience for participants.”

UMD’s Swenson College of Science & Engineering is hosting this event and has 3,440 undergraduates and more than 300 graduate students. It is also home to ten academic departments, as well as the Large Lakes Observatory, the UMD Air Force ROTC program, and the Iron Range Engineering program. The college connects its students with hands-on research opportunities through its collaboration with multiple research institutions and area businesses. To learn more, visit:

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Obama hails youth climate protests

Former US president Barack Obama, visiting Berlin on Saturday, hailed weekly protests by youths against climate change, saying “the sooner you start, the better.”

The Friday protests involve schoolchildren and teens and have been inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg.

“Many of these people can’t vote, they are too young to vote yet, but they know what’s going on,” Obama said during a meeting with youths in Berlin.

“You wouldn’t let your grandparents decide what music you listen to, or what clothes you wear. Why let them decide what world you will live in,” he said.

“Things change when we strongly mobilise,” he said. “Our planet on which we live is in danger. We can’t succeed by sitting back and waiting for someone else to do it”.

Obama, who left the White House in 2017 after two terms, was in Germany to promote his foundation.

He signed the Paris climate accord in 2015 which calls for capping global warming at “well below” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) but the planet is currently on track to heat up by double that figure.

His successor Donald Trump decided in June last year to exit the accord.

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Report: U.S.-based Nigerians to attract $3bn investment to Nigeria

Nigerian American Business Forum (NABF)

A Nigerian professional forum in the U.S. have put measures in place to attract an estimated $3 billion investment into the Nigerian economy in the next three years.

The Nigerian American Business Forum (NABF) stated at its 2019 Investment Conference with the theme: ‘Entrepreneurship in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities’ at Tampa, Florida.

The President of the forum, Mr Kenneth Shobola, said the forum aimed to impact the wealth of experience of accomplished Nigerian Diasporas for the rapid development of their homeland.

Shobola said: “We are attracting a $3 billion investment over a three-year period. We have already identified some areas where there’s deficiencies such as healthcare.

“We know there are opportunities to stem this scourge of medical tourism by looking at dilapidated hospitals or healthcare establishments that need restructuring and administrative services in addition to bringing experts in to run such facilities the way we do that here in the U.S..

“We are looking at establishing and integrating the most current diagnostics techniques and treatments options based on the expertise we have here in the United States.

“Some experts such as cardiologists, neurologists, ophthalmologist, surgical interventions in the areas of cancer, diabetes and a lot of the common diseases that tend to plague our people.

“So I’m very excited about what we can do in the energy space as well and those types of areas where there are numerous opportunities for intervention as the diasporas.

“Overall, our goal is to get to 100 per cent of youth employment; we have massive youth unemployment at this stage, our goal is to continue to do what we are doing to attain 100 per cent youth employment.

“It’s a tall order but we believe that the diasporas intervening along complementing the efforts of government and the private sector in Nigeria, I believe we can get there”.

Dr David Ikudayisi, a geriatric medicine doctor at Glory Medical Clinic, said Nigeria could soon become the medical tourism capital through the regenerative medicine and hormone replacement therapy specialisations.

Ikudayisi said: “Why should Nigerians travel to India to seek medical attention? Can you imagine Nigeria being the cancer treatment capital of Africa?

“Regenerative medicine can help address health challenges in Nigeria. The wealth of a nation can be measured by the health of the citizens. Nigeria has poor health indices.

“One of the reasons is that most Nigerians do not embrace preventive medicine. Regenerative medicine can help reduce our mortality rate in Nigeria, thereby enhancing our health indices”.

Deputy Head of Mission at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC, Amb. Hassan Hassan, challenged NABF to proffer practicable solutions to Nigeria’s challenges considering their wealth of experience in the U.S.

Hassan said: “You are the diasporas, the real ambassadors of Nigeria. I commend your efforts because you did not break your relationships and connections to your home country.

“Nigerians are hard working people, business-oriented and dogged entrepreneurs. We are not bad people, even though we have a few bad eggs”.

The Keynote Speaker at the conference and Chairman of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, said there were diverse opportunities for investment in Nigeria adding, entrepreneurship was key to Africa’s development.

“The media is a catalyst for the entrepreneur through the provision of knowledge,” he said and enjoin the Nigeria diasporas to come home and partner

“I enjoin you all to come home and partner with us to set the ‘giant of Africa’ on her feet,” Momoh said adding, ‘let us arise and build Nigeria together, let us plant a seed”.

Mr Abimbola Ogunbanjo, President of the National Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, said Nigeria was the number one most preferred destination for private equity investment in the next three year.

Abimbola said Nigeria had the potential of attracting seven per cent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth with a $1.6 billion GDP by 2030.

According to him, Nigeria also has the potential to move 70 million people out of poverty by and a top 20 economy by 2050.

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Job Creation Is The Real Key To Helping Working Families

By Carrie Lukas

President Obama dreams of an American economy in which all workers have ample paid leave benefits, maximum flexibility, and, of course, receive more than a living wage. Yet in making his case for this vision, in this oped that appeared in the Huffington Post in conjunction with the White House “Summit on Working Families,” the President—perhaps unsurprisingly, given his Administration’s economic record—seems unfamiliar with the costs associated with greater benefits, the tradeoffs that workers and employers must consider when creating compensation packages, and the sad reality that the biggest problem facing many Americans today isn’t that their jobs pay too little or offer too few benefits, but that they cannot find enough work at all.

Indeed, lack of employment, not low wages, is the biggest factor creating poverty today. According to the U.S. Census, in 2012 (the most recent data available), just under one-in-ten working age adults living in poverty had full-time, year-round work, while two-thirds had no work at all. Proposals to raise the minimum wage or increase mandatory benefits will do nothing to help these Americans who lack employment, even worse would make it even less likely that they find work.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the President’s proposed minimum-wage hike to $10.10 per hour would result in 500,000 fewer jobs nationwide. The President should at least acknowledge that there are tradeoffs that come from increasing employment costs and the availability of positions, particularly for those with the fewest skills and experience. Already American teenagers who are seeking those vital first jobs, which provide value and experience far greater than just their paychecks, are suffering from unemployment rates well in to the double digits. That problem is particularly pronounced for minority youths: Nationwide, the unemployment rate in March 2014 for African-American teenagers was almost double the rate for whites, a jaw-dropping 38 percent. A higher-minimum wage will make this problem worse.

The President doesn’t just want to require companies to pay higher wages; he also wants more generous benefit packages. He laments that too many workers lack the ability to receive time off for a school play, can’t work from home when a child is sick, or take leave for a new baby or to care for a sick loved one. He writes, “the United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave.”

First, this is a gross mischaracterization of the American economy and work world. The United States lacks a law that requires employers to provide paid maternity leave, but that does not mean that paid maternity leave and other leave benefits are non-existent in America. In fact, most full-time workers have paid leave benefits and make use of those benefits following the birth of a child. The Census Bureau reports on the leave practices employed by working women after giving birth: 56 percent of full-time working women used paid leave following the birth, 42 percent used unpaid leave, 10 percent used disability leave, 19 percent quit their job, and nearly 5 percent reported being let go (this adds up to more than 100 percent because some women used more than one category of leave). Part-time workers were more likely to quit (37 percent reported quitting their jobs) and had less access to benefits: 20 percent used paid leave, 46 percent used unpaid leave, and just 2 percent had disability leave.

Certainly this data doesn’t live up to the vision of all workers enjoying generous leave packages, but it does indicate that most businesses recognize the need for time off and believe it makes good business sense to provide such benefits, even absent a legal requirement. The President himself provides examples of companies that are models of family-friendly workplaces, but he misses that this is evidence that the market can encourage advancement in that direction and that one-size-fits-all government programs may actually discourage such innovation and flexibility.

The President should keep in mind that not all workers have the same preferences for benefits over take-home pay, and different jobs lend themselves to different kinds of flexible work arrangements. Government mandates, however well intentioned, prevent employers and employees from finding mutually beneficial arrangements. And while the President suggests that women would be the greatest beneficiaries of more aggressive government mandates, women also end up paying a high price in terms of lost economic opportunity. Supporters of family leave mandates often point to Western Europe as a model, but American women are far more likely than their European peers to be breaking glass ceilings. Undoubtedly, one reason why is that European business leaders know that women in their childbearing years are likely to disappear for months, even years, at a time, and therefore don’t consider them for leadership positions. That’s hardly a culture encouraging women to “lean in.”

The best way to ensure that people have the benefits and resources they need is to create an environment in which there are plentiful jobs. That way employers must compete for workers, and workers can select compensation packages that make sense for them. Sadly, that’s not the situation that we have in America today, and the President’s prescription for more government mandates and higher employment costs would take us farther in the wrong direction.

Carrie Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum and author of a chapter on work-family policies for YG Network’s Room to Grow.

This article was first published at Forbes