In 2007, Mayor Bloomberg decided to plant trees in the streets of New York. To make the city greener, one million trees would be planted in a decade. The initiative cost the city $400 million… and is now near its goal. As Adélie Pontay reports, the neighborhoods that needed the most trees were also some of the poorest areas in the city. She went for a walk around the leafy streets of East New York in Brooklyn to see how the neighborhood has changed.
Technology companies in the US hire hundreds of thousands of highly-skilled foreign workers every year to work on what is called an H1B visa. They bring their spouses here too, who can’t work at all. Highly skilled workers usually have highly skilled sources.
From Jerusalem to New York to New Delhi, Adélie Pontay reflects on her professional and spiritual journey over the last couple of years. She remembers her last afternoon in Jerusalem.
On Monday, the European Central Bank starts a program that will inject more than a trillion euros into its economy by the middle of next year. The policy – known as quantitative easing – is the latest mvoe in an effort to bring the Eurozone out of its fiscal crisis. Adélie Pontay spoke with economist Schmitt-Grohe, who says it’s a big change for the European Central Bank.
The debate over funding the agency reflects a greater fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration policies. A federal judge in Texas halted the launch of a program last week that would have prevented 4 million people from being deported. Adélie Pontay reports that without the program, advocates and immigrant communities are scrambling on what to do next.