The town of Bemidji, Minnesota spends about $2,000 a year on replacing stolen street signs from “Stoner Avenue.”
The town’s Director of Public Works says as soon as his people replace the signs, they are gone again. About 15 to 18 signs are stolen each year, at a tune to the city of about $100 per sign.
No one has ever been caught stealing the signs, but in a town of about 12,000 people, there can’t be many involved in stealing these signs. Maybe someone building a collection, although the Director of Public Works says, “We assume that many of these end up in university student’s dorm rooms.”
In any case, the town wants to change the street name for obvious reasons. The leading candidate is “Franklin Avenue.” Hopefully, for the city’s sake, one of the people stealing the “Stoner” signs isn’t named Franklin.
Do you want them to work an average of 600 hours more than the average UK employee until they are sixty eight? And then have barely any pension money to show for it?
Of course you dont, take the day off tomorrow.
Yeah please do this because I plan on becoming a teacher and I don’t want to be subject to shit treatment. Although by then I am hoping the government’s had a total turnover. Yeah it’s only in 3 years, a girl can dream.
I would modestly state that I do my job quite well. In terms of targets, which the government seems to think are the ultimate measure of whether one is a good teacher or not, the number of GCSE students in my department achieving a grade C or above surpassed our set goal by 10%. My sixth-form students succeeded, and two went on to university to further study the subject I taught them. But there were other things that went well, things the government doesn’t measure. I stopped a child from being bullied and got another into counselling, for example. I got a class full of badly behaved boys to settle down and actually try to achieve something; they now want to learn, something they scorned a year ago. I coached colleagues who were going through tough times to help them pull it together and do their best for their students.
No one gave me a bonus for these things, and I didn’t ask for one because I don’t expect or need it. The idea, however, that bankers who did their jobs so spectacularly badly that the whole country is suffering for it went on to receive hundreds of thousands, even millions of pounds in bonuses, is one I find a teensy bit irksome – particularly when the government then proposes cutting my pension to help mop up the mess.
Caroline Ryder, a teacher writing for the Guardian.
This is why you should not do anything you’re supposed to do on November 30th.
Foreign visitors will be banned from the “coffee shops” which sell cannabis in southern Netherlands starting January 1, supposedly to combat “anti-social behavior” among tourists. (So when do the tourists get banned from bars?) The ban won’t hit Amsterdam, however, until a year later, in 2013.
The Dutch Justice Ministry announced the ban was going forward after a consultation period, despite opposition from some MPs who called the move “tourism suicide, reports Travelmail Reporter at the Daily Mail.
Licensed coffee shops will be considered private clubs under the new rules. Their maximum of 2,000 members will be limited to Dutch residents 18 and older who carry a so-called “dope card.”
The idea of a cannabis card was suggested in September 2010 by the center-right government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The cards will be required by Dutch visitors who visit the country’s 670 licensed coffee shops.
“The measure will come into force for the (southern) provinces of Limburg, North-Brabant and Zeeland, the provinces most affected by drug tourism, on January 1,” said Charlotte Menten, spokeswoman for the Justice Ministry.