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Workplace wellness programs barely move the needle, study finds

April 19, 2019 |

Most large employers offer some type of workplace wellness program — efforts to get workers to lose weight, eat better, stress less and sleep more — with growth fueled by incentives in the federal Affordable Care Act.

But no one has been sure that the $ 8-billion industry improves employee health…


L.A. Times – Business

Aussie School’s Cryptocurrency Programs Attract International Attention

April 5, 2019 |

Aussie School's Cryptocurrency Programs Attract International Attention

In August 2017, news.Bitcoin.com covered a number of cryptocurrency programs that were being offered to the students of Wooranna primary school in Victoria, Australia. Nearly two years later, the school’s cryptocurrency programs continue to thrive, with the students having recently interviewed Andreas Antonopolous, and attracted visitors from Europe, North America, and Asia.

Also Read: Australian Primary School Students Explore Bitcoin

Students of Wooranna Primary School Are Not Deterred by Bear Trend

The cryptocurrency programs offered to students of Wooranna primary school have continued to expand despite 2018’s bear trend. Even though the school is situated in a “low socioeconomic area” as described by Keiran Nolan, a former network engineer turned educational technologist who runs Wooranna’s blockchain programs, 2019 has already seen Wooranna’s students afforded unique opportunities within the cryptocurrency sector.

In January, the students were invited to help create the narrative for the educational edition of the video game Crypto Crisis, which was developed by Armoured Beans. The game allows players to operate a virtual mining rig, learning about heat management, energy consumption, and upgrading hardware in the process. The education edition was made available on Steam on Feb. 19 and was distributed to Wooranna’s companion schools in Sydney and New Zealand.

Aussie School’s Cryptocurrency Programs Attract International Attention

On Feb. 20, 11-year-old Wooranna students Sierra and Kynan interviewed Andreas Antonopolous, during which they discussed nodes, hardware wallets, the 21 million supply cap on BTC, and Minecraft.

Wooranna Cryptocurrency Programs Find International Attention

Recently, the students have been working with hardware wallets using Minecraft as a catalyst. Nolan states that the kids split into teams and set about sending some dogecoin to hardware wallets, “then in Minecraft, the teams find created ways to hide the 24 phrase, and both teams have to ‘hack’ the other account to retrieve the Dogecoin to their own wallets.”

The cryptocurrency programs have been to the benefit of many of the parents, in addition to the students, with Nolan recounting that “some parents on school council did really well on investments as a result” of being exposed to the technology, adding that “one of the kids learned how to mine ETH and did it at home with his dad, which was pretty awesome.”

Aussie School’s Cryptocurrency Programs Attract International Attention

Nolan recently presented at the world’s largest educational technology conference, Betts, in which he shared many of the successes of the programs, including the story of a Singaporean family who had relocated to Melbourne in order to facilitate their child’s attendance in the program.

Nolan is also currently working on Rocketshoes, a blockchain and IPFS educational platform that allows students to “keep track of their own learning materials, including assignments, notes, and digital assets.” In addition to Wooranna, more than 300 Australian schools and universities have expressed interest in adopting the platform.

Do you think that programs covering Bitcoin and distributed ledger technology should be incorporated into school curriculums? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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Retraining Programs Fall Short for Some Workers

December 30, 2018 |

The goal of retraining programs was to help displaced workers gain skills in new industries. But multiple studies have shown that many workers leave the program earning less than they did at their old jobs.
WSJ.com: US Business

United Airlines raises requirements for loyalty reward program’s most elite premium status

October 10, 2018 |

Starting next year, United Airlines will make it more difficult to reach the MileagePlus plans’ most elite status level — Premier 1K — but the carrier is offering a new perk for such top-tier fliers.

Starting Jan. 1, members of the loyalty reward program must spend a minimum of $ 15,000 and accumulate…


L.A. Times – Business

Report: Fire at World Food Program’s warehouse in Yemen

March 31, 2018 |

Yemen’s official news agency says a fire has broken out at storage facilities belonging to the World Food Program in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.
FOX News

5 free programs you may not have heard of until now

March 10, 2018 |

As the saying goes, the best things in life are free: love, friends, and great software that works almost as well as a paid product. If you’re like me, you have probably shopped around for certain apps or programs, and then you balked at the price tag. “Is this really worth $ 200?” you ask yourself.
FOX News

Workplace wellness programs aren’t working, new research finds

February 4, 2018 |

Workplace wellness programs have two main goals: improve employees’ health and lower their employers’ healthcare costs. They’re not very good at either, new research finds.

For the study, 3,300 employees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were given a year of access to iThrive, a…


L.A. Times – Business

Some of California’s major utilities are trying to block the growth of government-owned electricity programs

September 10, 2017 |

Some of California’s big shareholder-owned utilities are working to thwart the expansion of government-owned electricity programs, including Los Angeles County’s proposed end run on traditional power providers.

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. are seeking amendments to…


L.A. Times – Business

Public energy programs save customers money — at least in the beginning

April 30, 2017 |

Southern California Edison customers looking to cure their power-bill pain might find some relief in Los Angeles County’s new government-run energy program — but the track records of similar public energy efforts show that the initial cost advantage doesn’t last.

From California to Massachusetts,…


L.A. Times – Business

Trump Team Wants Info on Gender-Equality Programs

December 23, 2016 |

Donald Trump’s transition team has requested information from the State Department regarding “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding,” the Washington Post reports. Both the Post and the New York Times got their hands on a copy of the memo. The request specifies programs that “promote gender equality, such as ending gender-based…
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