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Obama Begs CEOs To Hire Unemployed Americans

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US President Barack Obama is asking major corporations for their help in putting the long-term unemployed back to work.

CEOs from companies like Apple, Walmart, Visa and Boeing are heading to the White House on Friday to deliver commitments to do their part.

Over 300 companies have signed on so far, the White House said.

Although the unemployment rate has declined to 6.7 per cent, long-term joblessness in the US remains a major problem.

The concern is that the longer someone is out of a job, the harder it gets to find a new one.

Companies are less likely to hire people who haven’t used their skills in months or wonder why another employer hasn’t already snatched them up.

With that concern in mind, the Obama administration has been working for months to exact commitments from companies to ensure their hiring practices don’t discriminate against long-term job-seekers.

That includes doing away with candidate-screening methods that disqualify applicants based on their current employment status.

It also means ensuring that jobs ads don’t discourage unemployed workers from applying.

The White House couldn’t say how many unemployed Americans might benefit from the initiative but expected the effects to snowball.

“We consider this not the destination, but the launch,” said Gene Sperling, who heads the White House’s National Economic Council.

“Our hope is that as people see the meeting with the president, the pledge, that more will come work with us.”

Among the companies taking part: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and 21st Century Fox.

Sperling said he emailed the conservative business mogul about the initiative, and Murdoch personally wrote back to say he supported it.

Obama also plans to sign a presidential memo on Friday directing the federal government to apply the same standards to its own hiring practices.

The Obama administration will also direct $US150 million in grants toward partnership programs that retrain, mentor and place unemployed workers.

The initiative marks the latest attempt by Obama to use what executive authority he has to improve economic conditions for Americans despite a political climate that makes enacting his legislative agenda nearly impossible.

In the past, Obama has supported legislation in Congress that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on one’s employment status or history.

“In terms of legislation. Let’s face it: That’s not going to happen,” Sperling said.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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