May 28, 2020

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Teaching in Florida vs. around the world

A decade ago, FLORIDA TREND interviewed high school students in foreign countries, looking for a sense of how their school lives compared with those of Florida students. This year — as pay and working conditions for teachers nationwide draw increasing attention — TREND set out to do the same with teachers in foreign countries. We asked them about their training. Class sizes. Pay. Working conditions.

See the first installments of the series, Teaching -- A World View:
» Finnish Line: Teaching in Finland
» Five Stories: Teaching in Brazil

Commentary: Florida is supposed to be retirement heaven, but for many senior citizens it’s a private hell

Life’s no beach for many senior citizens in Florida, according to the latest America’s Health Rankings senior report. Instead of enjoying golf courses, senior villages and sunshine, too many of our older Floridians are suffering from social isolation and depression. Out of 50 states, Florida came in at No. 29 for America’s most physically and mentally healthy seniors. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

'Airbnb for cars’ is here, and renting will never be the same

Under the radar, peer-to-peer car-sharing services have emerged around Florida as alternatives to traditional car rentals and even to ride-share apps such as Uber and Lyft. Customers can download smartphone apps and rent privately owned cars, usually parked a short walk away in urban areas or residential neighborhoods. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Florida Democratic Party says it has a plan to beat Trump in 2020. Florida Democrats aren’t so sure.

Florida Democrats from across the state huddled in Orlando this weekend to regroup after the 2018′s devastating losses and to plan for 2020. There is an anxiety hanging over the three-day summit, with Democrats fearful the country’s most important swing state will help President Donald Trump win another four years in office. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

NASA is opening the International Space Station to businesses and private citizens

The International Space Station is open for business. Picture it: A few years down the road, the station may no longer be completely under NASA’s purview, but instead run by a myriad of Earth-based businesses that test their technologies and manufacture things in space, all while sending their private astronauts — regular citizens like you and me, but with deep pockets — for stays on the orbiting laboratory. See the announcement and read more from the Orlando Sentinel.


› Unemployment drops, but job creation slows in Sarasota-Manatee
Job creation has slowed recently in Southwest Florida, tracking the latest U.S. employment report. While the unemployment rate in the Sarasota-Manatee region fell to a six-month low of 2.8% in April, the region added 4,500 net jobs over the year, a 1.5% growth rate that failed to match the 2.4% percent statewide increase. In March, the region posted a modest 0.8% increase in non-agricultural payrolls in Sarasota-Manatee — a total of 2,600 jobs over the year — which also was well short of the Florida growth rate.

› Florida farm company faces proposed $95,000 OSHA fine for ammonia release incident
OSHA cited Belle Glade company Duda Farm Fresh Foods for, among other things, not having an ammonia release employee alarm that would let employees escape; inadequate safety and health training for employees working with the ammonia refrigeration system; and not properly medically evaluating employees who have to use full face respirators.

› New bylaws could split UF, IFAS citrus research group
When the Citrus Research and Development Foundation was created in 2009, the aim was to channel resources and money to the University of Florida to help beat the devastating citrus greening virus. But about 10 years later, the group’s decision to funnel some of its money to research at entities other than UF has the university ready to pull the plug.

› Florida business's products will be in MTV awards swag bags
Coffee is a fairly common item to find in gift baskets. But when that coffee comes in the form of a skin-care product and shows up in the gift baskets for attending celebrity nominees, presenters and performers at the MTV Movie and TV Awards to be held June 17, it becomes a much bigger deal. That is the case for Melbourne-based Star Body Espresso Yourself, whose Espresso Bronzing Body Oil will show up in those gift baskets.

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