English Program for McDonald’s Employees

McDonald’s has helped create a loyal and fluent team of workers. A year ago, the company enrolled employees in an intense program to teach English to its potential managers. The company pays for the classes and also pays for their employees to take classes during work hours. This is rare among companies with a large number of entry-level workers, but it has its benefits. The program develops loyalty among aspiring managers and improves the customers’ experience.

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Massive Earthquake Strikes Japan

One of the largest earthquakes in recorded history shook Japan today. It registered 8.9 on the Richter Scale. The earthquake caused aftershocks and tsunamis, one of which destroyed a northeastern coastal town. Many lives have been lost and many people have no way home, as train service has stopped. Narita Airport has closed. There will be a lot of help needed to repair all of the damage from this natural disaster.

Please help the people in Japan through your prayers, emotional support, and by volunteering to help if you are able. The Japan-America Society of Indiana is setting up an earthquake relief fund that will be available to accept donations next week. Donations can be made through the Japan-America Society of Indiana website at http://www.japanindiana.org. All donations will be transferred to appropriate relief organizations in the affected regions.

Happy International Women’s Day

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology.” In 1910, over 100 female delegates met in Copenhagen from 17 countries. They voted unanimously that in every year, in every country, this day would be used to call attention to their needs. The first International Day was launched in 1911, nearly a decade before women in the United States had the right to vote.

Daylight Savings Time–Time to Spring Forward

Daylight Savings Time is the day when we adjust our clocks to move an extra hour of daylight to the evening. It begins the second Sunday of March. Many people turn the clock ahead one hour before they go to sleep on Saturday night because 2 a.m. will become 3 a.m. early in the morning of March 11.

Arizona, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico stay on standard time all year. Also, countries near the equator stay on standard time. European countries have Daylight Savings Time, but their starting and ending dates are different.

So you might want to go to bed earlier than usual this week to prepare yourself. Many people will lose an hour of sleep and be tired on Monday morning. If your clock says 9:00 when you go to bed, people who live in a Daylight Savings Time zone will move it ahead to 10:00.