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  • Saudi, US mega deals to create thousands of jobs, experts say

    05/21/2017 9:47:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 21, 2017 | Fareed Rahman, Senior Reporter
    Abu Dhabi: The supersized deals between Saudi Arabia and the US are expected to create thousands of jobs bolstering trade ties between the two countries, experts said on Sunday. Deals worth in excess of $380 billion were signed during US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday including $110 billion arms agreement with the US companies and $50 billion worth deal between Saudi Aramco and different firms from the US. “American investments will increase in Saudi Arabia and will create jobs for Saudis, transfer technology and bring into the fore small and medium sized businesses that will benefit...
  • TX: Legislature lowers License to Carry Fees, Governor Abbot Likely to Sign

    05/21/2017 9:15:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 16 Reforms the fee structure of the license to carry in Texas. Texas has one of the highest shall issue license to carry fees in the United States. The current cost is $140 for the original license and renewal is $70.  The reform law reduces the original license to $40, and the renewal to the same $40.  People who are indigent have the initial fee reduced by half, to $20.  The renewal fee for the indigent will be $5. For people 60 years or older, the same $20 for an original and $5 for renewal, applies. SB 16...
  • Blackstone, Saudi's PIF plan $40 bln infrastructure investment fund (Many US jobs involved)

    05/20/2017 3:04:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2017
    U.S. private equity firm Blackstone and Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund said on Saturday they planned to create a $40 billion vehicle to invest in infrastructure projects, mainly in the United States. Blackstone and the Public Investment Fund (PIF) signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for the project, which will depend on further negotiations. The proposed venture was announced during the visit to Riyadh of President Donald Trump, who has said he wants to rebuild crumbling U.S. infrastructure....
  • Ethane hub gets bipartisan support (100,000 jobs in West Virginia averaging $90,000 a year)

    05/20/2017 2:50:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Herald-Star ^ | May 20, 2017 | Joselyn King
    WHEELING — West Virginia’s congressional delegation is showing a unified front in pushing for an ethane storage hub for central Appalachia, and they hope state leaders in Ohio and Pennsylvania join them. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., were joined Thursday by Rep. David McKinley, R-Wheeling, and American Chemistry Council President Cal Dooley for a news conference to tout the economic benefits of placing the hub near oil and gas reserves in Appalachia rather than near chemical industry operations on the Gulf Coast. Manchin and Moore, along with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, last week introduced the...
  • Barracuda Networks Creating 115 Jobs In Ann Arbor (Michigan)

    05/19/2017 8:20:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Business Facilities ^ | May 19, 2017
    Barracuda Networks, Inc. is expanding in Ann Arbor with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) and Ann Arbor SPARK. The project will generate a total capital investment of $2.3 million and create 115 new jobs. Ann Arbor“Barracuda’s investment means Michigan residents will have good job opportunities that could well have gone to other states,” said Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF. “The company’s decision to expand in Ann Arbor demonstrates that our business climate and our...
  • Plant expansion to create 250 jobs, officials say (Louisiana)

    05/19/2017 8:12:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Daily Comet ^ | May 19, 2017 | Keith Magill, Executive Editor
    A Gramercy chemical manufacturing plant’s $35 million expansion will bring 250 new jobs to the area, officials said Friday. The announcement was made by Gov. John Bel Edwards and Noranda Bauxite & Alumina CEO David D’Addario. Noranda will expand and upgrade its alumina refinery in St. James Parish and will also establish its company headquarters at the site, a 40-minute drive northeast from Thibodaux and another 30 minutes from Houma. The project will create 65 new direct jobs, including 15 corporate headquarters jobs, at an average annual salary of $90,000, plus benefits, officials said. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project...
  • Their Public Housing at the End of Its Life, Residents Ask: What Now? (Cairo, IL)

    05/19/2017 6:34:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 17 May 2017 | Monica Davey
    Cairo, Ill., has a population of fewer than 3,000 people. A plan to demolish two public housing developments would force many residents to leave and cut the school enrollment in half. ___ The authorities announced last month that the cost of fixing the developments was out of reach, and that replacing them altogether would cost almost 10 times as much. For hundreds of residents, the decision may mean not only leaving these crumbling buildings, but also moving from Cairo altogether. “For sure they needed to fix this place up a long time ago,” said Nena Ellis, 38, a mother of...
  • All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years

    05/19/2017 6:18:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 117 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 16 May 2017 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    No more petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will be sold anywhere in the world within eight years. The entire market for land transport will switch to electrification, leading to a collapse of oil prices and the demise of the petroleum industry as we have known it for a century. This is the futuristic forecast by Stanford University economist Tony Seba. His report, with the deceptively bland title Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030, has gone viral in green circles and is causing spasms of anxiety in the established industries. Seba’s premise is that people will stop driving altogether. They will switch...
  • The 10 Companies Filling The Most Six-Figure Jobs Right Now

    05/19/2017 2:53:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 11, 2017 | Jeff Kauflin
    If you’re looking for a six-figure job, you might consider becoming an engineer, a role that continues to be in high demand. Paul D’Arcy, senior vice president at job search engine Indeed, explains, “We are seeing many companies turning into digital versions of themselves and hiring more software engineers than ever before.” Indeed analyzed one million job postings to find the companies hiring for the most six-figure jobs as of May 10, 2017. To see the top ten, open the gallery below....
  • Shipt to Hire 750 Grocery Shoppers Across Ohio

    05/19/2017 2:28:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Marketwired ^ | May 16, 2017 | Julie Coop
    CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - May 16, 2017) - Shipt, an app-based grocery delivery service that serves 40 major metropolitan areas across the country, today announced the company will hire 750 additional Shipt Shoppers to serve the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus metros. Shipt provides members in Ohio with home delivery from Meijer and the company is now looking to grow its local workforce by 750 shoppers to meet increased demand. "Over the past several months we have seen tremendous growth across Ohio, thanks in large part to our partnership with Meijer," said Bill Smith, founder and CEO of Shipt. "Meijer is an...
  • AECOM announces plan to hire 3K workers in the next 6 months (Winning!)

    05/19/2017 2:11:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Construction Dive ^ | May 18, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: •International engineering and construction giant AECOM on Wednesday announced a six-month hiring initiative that will aim to add more than 3,000 workers to support its North American infrastructure operations. •The open positions range from skilled labor to architects and engineers, and the new hires will work on the company's transportation, building, environment, water, defense and energy projects. •AECOM said the massive hiring spree is in response to the country's renewed focus on repairing its highways, bridges and other public assets. Dive Insight: This announcement comes on the heels of the company's decision to form a federal contracting division,...
  • James Hardie to invest $220 million, create 200 jobs with new Alabama plant

    05/19/2017 9:30:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Alabama Newscenter ^ | May 18, 2017 | Michael Tomberlin
    James Hardie Building Products will invest nearly $220 million and create more than 200 jobs with a new manufacturing facility in Prattville, officials announced today. “Welcome to what you will soon come to know as sweet home Alabama,” Gov. Kay Ivey told James Hardie officials at the announcement at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill. The new manufacturing facility will be constructed on a 103-acre site in Prattville’s South Industrial Park, an AdvantageSite-certified park located between U.S. Highway 82 and Autauga County Road 4. Joe Blasko, general counsel and chief compliance officer for James Hardie Industries,...
  • A Damning Verdict; We Are a Nation of Wimps

    05/15/2017 7:17:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/15/17 | Dr. Gifford Jones
    he only hope is to arm our children with backbone and teach them about self-discipline, responsibility and holistic medicine I recently wrote that our ancestors endured great hardship when they landed in America. They hacked down forests and tried to survive in the new land. Now, they would roll over in their graves if they knew North Americans had become a nation of wimps. Readers of my column confirmed my damning verdict. J.W. from B.C responded, “Thanks for your refreshing honesty, calling a spade a spade. We do take a pill for every damn ache and pain. I don’t think...
  • At LAX's new private terminal, the rich are pampered while normal people suffer

    05/14/2017 6:41:37 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 14 May 2017 | Rory Carroll
    The guiltiest pleasure at Los Angeles international airport’s (LAX) new private terminal for the mega-rich is not the plush, hushed privacy, or the beds with comforters, or the massages, or the coriander-scented soap, or the Willy Wonka-style array of chocolates and jelly beans, or the Napa Valley cabernet. It is the iPad that sits on a counter at the entrance, with a typed little note: “Here is a glimpse of what you’re missing over at the main terminal right now.” The screen shows travellers hauling bags through packed terminals, queuing in long lines, looking harassed and being swallowed into pushing,...
  • The Japanese have shown the ultra-modern luxury train. Photo

    05/14/2017 5:01:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mice Times Asia ^ | May 14, 2017
    The East Japan Railway company sent to the first journey of the ultramodern train Train Suite Shiki-shima, for which tickets are booked until March next year. Train Train Suite Shiki-shima called “boutique on wheels”. It is designed for only 34 passengers and consists of ten cars, which placed 17 of the compartment, restaurant and lounge. According to The Japan Times, the creation is invested 5 billion yen, equivalent to $44.5 million Train Suite Shiki-shima should be three tourist routes, beginning in Tokyo and passing through the various prefectures of the country. The interiors of the trains was developed by the...
  • Who Could Lead in Syrian Settlement?

    05/14/2017 8:22:05 AM PDT · by RArtfulogerDodger · 2 replies
    Right Wing Conservative News Blog ^ | May 14, 2017 | Jeffrey A. Friedberg
    "The Syrian crisis can only be resolved by means of interaction between Moscow and Washington, Peter Kuznick, Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University in Washington, told Sputnik…. "…In an interview with Sputnik, Peter Kuznick, Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University in Washington, said that even though the resolution of the Syrian crisis stipulates involvement of many political players, the problem cannot be resolved without cooperation between Russia and the United States." Having lived through the Cold War, I tend to look at all politics, through filters...
  • How a Capitalist Pig-Hating Marxist Became a Capitalist Pig Himself

    05/14/2017 6:37:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/14/17 | Judi McLeod
    Obama wanted to be Trump: Surely nothing in recent times matches the glaring hypocrisy of Barack Hussein Obama aspiring to be Donald J. Trump and coveting the riches that mark Trump’s lifestyle. “More than two decades before he railed against Donald Trump’s “temperament” and “core values,” a young Barack Obama dreamed of becoming the billionaire businessman.” (Fox News, May 3, 2017) And he almost did. Obama, with millions of dollars, left the U.S. presidency as a very rich man. The difference between millionaire and billionaire is only a matter of where the zeroes are put.
  • Border agency says it has picked finalists to design wall

    05/13/2017 8:13:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KHOU-TV ^ | May 12, 2017 | The Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO (AP) - The federal government says it has settled on finalists to design President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, but it won't identify them. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it will notify finalists over the next several days. It won't say how many there are, but it has said previously that it would pick up to 20....
  • Think you lack the skills needed to work at Volvo? Think again (2,000 jobs in S Carolina)

    05/13/2017 3:16:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WCIV-TV ^ | May 13, 2017 | Staff
    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Berkeley County leaders want everyone who wants to work at the upcoming Volvo plant to have their best chance. They're launching a program with Trident Technical College to provide training to county residents that will teach them everything they need to know to snag a manufacturing job. While the training doesn't guarantee a job at Volvo, it does give participants a leg up over someone who is just coming in off the street. "This pilot program shows that Berkeley County leaders are keeping our promises and connecting Berkeley County citizens with jobs," said Berkeley County...
  • Trump's Liberty commencement speech gets high marks from those in attendance

    05/13/2017 2:21:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WSLS-TV ^ | May 13, 2017 | Colter Anstaett - Southside Bureau Reporter
    LYNCHBURG - For students and non-students alike, President Donald Trump's commencement speech at Liberty University Saturday was important and impactful. "I loved it. I love Trump. I think he spoke very well and clear; very strong message," said Liberty University student Luke Martin. Agape Adams and her mother came to the commencement from Richmond just to hear President Trump speak. "I loved it. I thought it was genuine," said Agape Adams. "I thought it was very caring for us American citizens and thoughtful. Very thoughtful." Adams' mother really enjoyed Trump's encouragement of entrepreneurship. "It gives hope. If you're down here...