Rough road to jobs for new graduates

first_img“Those who were already working were sacked or had their paycut by their companies, not talking about us who have zero experience,” another Internet user said.But there were also youngsters who were optimistic about their future and said they would be more aggressive in sending out job applications.At a job recruitment drive in Wuhan city, Hubei province, a mother who was collecting information for her son was recorded on video.“He is studying foreign language in Macau and graduating this year, I hope he can come back here to work.“Before this [the pandemic], I saw a lot of recruitment ads in his field but now there are fewer,” she said in the video clip, which was posted on Weibo.Jiang Juntao, who studied broadcasting and hosting art, knows she cannot be too picky about jobs.Knowing full well that the road ahead will not be easy for a freshman in the working world, she is grabbing whatever opportunity comes her way.She is lucky as she has secured a position as a TV host with an online television network.“Let’s start work first and gain some experience,” said the 24-year-old from Shangdong province, adding that job scope, workplace location and company welfare are among her considerations in her search for a job.“Like many youngsters, we are not worried about employment but rather the inability to find an ideal job. Dreams and reality are contradictory after all,” she added.To boost employment, the Chinese government has opened up more vacancies for civil servants and army personnel and created extra positions in government-linked companies for fresh graduates. The business sector, especially small and medium enterprises, are also being encouraged to expand their recruitment drive.More loans will be offered for those who wish to start businesses.The Education Ministry has also expanded the enrolment of postgraduate and degree top-up programs for school-leavers, and created more jobs in education and research fields, among others.Malaysian students who graduated from Chinese universities are also facing the pressure of getting jobs.For Joey Ng, the pandemic has ruined her plan to remain in China upon completing her broadcasting course.“Based on my field of study, I think I would have better opportunities in China, given the fact that the country has more than 300 television stations.“Now that I cannot stay in China, I will try to find a job in Malaysia. This is not entirely bad news for me because I’m happy that I can stay in Malaysia,” said the graduate from the Communication University of China in Beijing.Like other Malaysian students studying in China, Ng, who returned home for the winter break in early January, has been stranded since the COVID-19 outbreak led to both countries closing their borders.Although the situation in China has improved, the country has yet to welcome the return of foreign students, who are currently doing their courses via distance learning.Ryan Lim, who graduated with a degree in Human Geography and Urban-Rural Planning from Beijing Normal University, has started flipping though newspapers and online recruiting sites.“I’m just doing my own survey on prospective jobs. I cannot send out any applications yet as I have not received my certificate,” he said, adding that the academic credentials would be mailed to him by the university.He is trying his luck in the freight forwarding or media industry.The Selangor-born Lim, who did in-depth research and analysis on the East Coast Rail Link project, a 640km-railway link connecting different parts of the east coast with the west coast region in Malaysia for his thesis, believes he can contribute his knowledge in the field. But he is also interested in working as a reporter and would like to explore more options.“Before this, I planned to work in Beijing or Shenzhen, but things have changed,” said Lim, who prefers to be optimistic about his future. Welcome to the working world and good luck, youngsters! Topics : THE COVID-19 pandemic may have stopped people from travelling and closed businesses for some time, but life still went on for everyone in the world.In China, June and July are graduation months, and a record high of 8.74 million will be graduating from colleges throughout the country this year.Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, they had to complete the rest of their courses via distance learning and will not be having proper graduation ceremonies like their seniors did.center_img But just like their seniors, they will be faced with the pressure of looking for and getting a job. And they will be in for greater challenges and tougher times in view of the global recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Given the fact that some 30% of graduates were unable to find jobs during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) period, the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a more devastating impact, could make the situation even worse.One netizen said she started applying for jobs late last year.“I went for a few interviews, but now they are saying they have stopped recruiting new employees,” she said.last_img read more

Griffin Canning might be unavailable for start of Angels’ season

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Griffin Canning’s season is expected to be delayed, at least at the outset, as the Angels are still trying to determine the exact root of the issue that is causing discomfort in his ailing right elbow.Manager Joe Maddon said Sunday morning that Canning did not throw on the side Saturday, as expected, with the pitcher saying he was not up for it physically. That throwing session was supposed to be a part of a second round of testing following his MRI on Friday.“We don’t have any definitive answers yet,” Maddon said. “I think it’s Wednesday or Thursday that he’s supposed to be tested for something else. It’s like a joint vs. a ligament kind of situation and we don’t really know what it is.”It is unknown where that additional testing will take place, with Maddon calling it “another opinion.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Canning declined to comment in the clubhouse early Sunday.Maddon stressed that he is remaining optimistic that one of his top four starters will be a key member of the rotation this season, but he did acknowledge that starting the season on time might not be possible.“Probably, but I don’t know that,” Maddon said. “Just being pragmatic, but it would be hard to imagine (starting the season on time). I would say best-case scenario, he gets going pretty quickly after that.“I just don’t know enough. I said (Saturday) I’ve never heard stuff before. With this type of injury, the doctors are normally pretty definitive quickly, but this one it’s just not. So I prefer to be optimistic and just wait to make sure.”Canning pitched two scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday before his discomfort emerged. He was 5-6 with a 4.58 ERA in 18 appearances (17 starts) of his rookie season in 2019. He missed the last six weeks with elbow discomfort similar to what he is experiencing now. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Three starters appear set for the rotation: Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran. Maddon once again expressed confidence that the rest of the rotation will be in good hands as he continues to see positives from Jaime Barria, Jose Suarez, Patrick Sandoval, Dillon Peters and Matt Andriese.“We have this swing component of our bullpen and we really didn’t have that in the recent past,” Maddon said. “I don’t know how that will play into the beginning part of our season right now. In two weeks we will know more, where we want to go with all of this and who we want to start this out.”ALSOMaddon was asked if he plans to address coronavirus precautions with his team and while the topic has not been discussed, it sounded as if it would be at some point. “I’ve been reading about it, we’ve all been reading about it,” Maddon said. “So every team has this nice little petri dish in there where if something were to go wrong, so we all have to be aware about it.” …Catcher Max Stassi, who underwent hip surgery in September was a late scratch Sunday from his role as a designated hitter. The late change moved David Fletcher from the split-squad game against the White Sox at Tempe to the split-squad game against the Rockies at Scottsdale. Luis Rengifo was moved into the starting lineup against the White Sox.Related Articleslast_img read more

Dodgers’ offense runs short in 5-4 loss to Giants

first_img“I just think (it was) a little too much aggressiveness and a couple of them were just kind of just mental mistakes.”The Dodgers had 40 baserunners while scoring 17 runs in the first two games of the season. They kept putting them on base Saturday afternoon as well. But Justin Turner drove in their first run of the afternoon with an RBI double in the first inning.That made Giants starter Logan Webb the ninth of 10 different Giants pitchers to be charged with at least one run in this series against the Dodgers. They left the bases loaded in the second when Mookie Betts flew out to end the inning, but it still felt like just a matter of time before the Dodgers’ offense woke up. But the bats weren’t the problem.Turner dropped another double into right field with one out in the third. But he was left helpless when Corey Seager’s knuckling line drive was caught by Giants second baseman Wilmer Flores, who had shifted into shallow right field against Seager. Turner was easily doubled off.In the fourth, things looked promising for the Dodgers when Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson led off with singles. But Taylor made a dash for third base when the throw from right field on Pederson’s single momentarily got loose with no one covering third. Webb got there in time to tag Taylor out. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The fourth ended on another misadventure when Pederson was doubled off first on Kiké Hernandez’s flyout to center.In the fifth, it was Austin Barnes’ turn. He led off with a single but was doubled off to end the inning on a Betts’ line drive to shortstop Mauricio Dubon.By then, the Dodgers were down 5-1, thanks to a wayward start by Alex Wood in his re-debut with the team. Wood gave up a run in each of his three innings, grinding away to keep the damage down in a 31-pitch second inning.“I kind of got away from my general plan of how aggressive I am,” said Wood, who made only seven starts last season for the Cincinnati Reds due to a back injury. “We threw a little bit too much soft stuff early. I think they had some good at-bats and ended up drawing three walks in those first two or three innings.“It was just overall getting away from what I do best, in terms of pounding the zone and attacking early. I thought that was the difference. I felt much better in third inning. I kind of got back to doing what I typically like to do and it felt better in the third inning. But those first two innings, it just wasn’t me in terms of plan of attack.”Dennis Santana followed him and gave up two runs in the fourth, putting the Dodgers down even further. The Dodgers almost overcame their shortcomings – by taking advantage of some of the Giants’ many flaws.An eighth-inning rally against lefty reliever Tony Watson was sparked by a hit batter – Max Muncy for the second time in the game – and a two-base error by Donovan Solano at third base. It was the Giants’ seventh error in the first three games.Related Articles Corey Seager drove in two unearned runs with a two-out single. After a slow ground ball by Taylor crawled into right field against a defense shifted to the left, Giants reliever Tyler Rogers hit Joc Pederson with a pitch to load the bases and put the go-ahead runs on. But Hernandez grounded out to end the threat.The late life continued when Will Smith led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run, clipping a cardboard cutout beyond the wall in left-center and making it a one-run game. That was as close as they got, the squandered opportunities growing in importance as the game wound down. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — Maybe three weeks of Summer Camp wasn’t enough to fine-tune everything.The Dodgers had four runners thrown out on the bases – three were doubled off – in a three-inning, mid-game stretch, stymying their offense better than the Giants’ pitching staff had been able to do before a 5-4 Dodgers loss Saturday afternoon.Toss in four hit batters, a couple errors and a run-scoring wild pitch from the expanded pitching staffs, and the game would have fit comfortably at Camelback Ranch in mid-March.“We don’t enjoy any losses,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But whether you win or lose, it’s sort of how you play the game. I think how we got there today, I’m not pleased with. You leave four outs on the field. That’s something that, for us, we pride ourselves on – intelligence and running the bases, knowing the scoreboard. But, when you get doubled off four times and give away outs, that’s just not helpful. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander first teammates with 300 Ks since 2002

first_imgDid you need any more proof Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole were one of the best pitching duos of all time?OK. Here’s a look at how their numbers stack up to each other:StarterWinsERAKsWHIPERA+Curt Schilling233.233160.968140Randy Johnson242.323341.031195Justin Verlander202.533000.806183Gerrit Cole192.523160.887184On top of this, Verlander joined the 3,000-strikeout club Saturday as well making this a special season for both he and Cole.Now the Astros will try to do something Schilling and Johnson were unable to do in 2002 — win a second World Series. Justin Verlander becomes 18th pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts Cole and Verlander join Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, who both reached the mark in 2002, as the only pair to accomplish the feat. That year Johnson and Schilling finished No. 1 and No. 4 in the National League Cy Young voting, and Cole and Verlander could likely one-up that. With Verlander’s 12th strikeout in Houston’s matchup with the Angels on Saturday, he recorded 300 Ks for the first time in his career. But that’s not the most impressive part. Cole also struck out over 300 batters this season which gives the 2019 Astros two pitchers who have crossed that threshold.And that is exceedingly rare. This is only the second time this has ever happened in MLB history. Related Newslast_img read more

Thursday August 22nd KGLO Morning News

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