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  • Crystal Group Inc. Plans $17.5 Million Expansion In Hiawatha, Iowa (45 new jobs)

    04/22/2017 12:56:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Area Devolopment ^ | April 21, 2017 | Staff
    Crystal Group Inc., a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer hardware, announced plans for a $17.5M business expansion development in Hiawatha, Iowa. The current industrial site, located at 855 Metzger Road will be completely developed for a new 111,500 square foot office and manufacturing location to expand production capacity and drive continued growth. The project will create 45 new jobs in manufacturing, engineering and sales. Crystal Group Inc. received regulatory and governmental approval and financial assistance for the project. Crystal Group Inc. is an employee-owned small business providing server, switch, display, storage and embedded computer architectures and related integration services for...
  • Amazon under fire for refusing to bow down to Muslim religious demands

    04/22/2017 10:39:03 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    barenakedislam.com ^ | April 21 2017
    The security firm that patrols the headquarters of tech giant Amazon has been accused of allegedly mistreating its Muslim workers, with critics claiming the contractor does not appropriately accommodate their demands for prayer breaks 5 times a day — and retaliates against those who speak out. Three workers have filed charges claiming the company retaliated against them for complaining. quote: PJ Media The Service Employees International Union and three Muslim guards who work for Security Industry Specialists, the security contractor Amazon uses to guard its facility, accuse SIS, and by implication Amazon, of refusing to allow the guards space to pray five...
  • New GOP health care plan is better, but

    04/22/2017 7:34:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/22/17 | David Hogberg
    Still, there are changes Republicans can make to the federal high-risk pool that would likely get a lot of moderates on board The new Republican health care plan is a big improvement over the disastrous proposed American Health Care Act (a.k.a RINOcare). It doesnt go far enough, of course.
  • Requiring CCW for Employees: A Smart Move

    04/22/2017 7:19:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In a recent defense story from Cleveland, Ohio, a man said that he had a concealed carry permit because his past employer required it. From cleveland.com: He said he has a concealed carry permit because he used to work at a barbershop, and the owner required barbers to get their concealed carry licenses for their protection. I suspect that more businesses are taking this approach. It brings about many benefits. Last year, we had the example of a Georgia business owner who required his employees to be armed. He would give them a Taurus Judge revolver when they showed...
  • Roper hiring 100: GDOL to help Roper recruit in Fort Oglethorpe (Georgia)

    04/21/2017 9:21:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Catoosa County News ^ | April 21, 2017 | Press release
    The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Roper Corporation recruit 100 assemblers to work in LaFayette. The recruitment will be held on Friday, April 28, from 3-5 p.m. at the Fort Oglethorpe City Hall located at 500 City Hall Dr. GDOL staff will be on site to assist applicants. Salaries will begin at $12.65 an hour. All applicants must be at least 18 years old. No experience is required for applicants who have a high school diploma, or a General Education Diploma (GED). However, applicants who do not have a high school diploma, or GED, must have at least...
  • Campbell Soup warehouse will create 160 jobs (Ohio)

    04/21/2017 5:55:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Courier ^ | April 21, 2017 | Lou Wilin
    Campbell Soup Supply Co. will start construction of a 741,000-square-foot warehouse on Findlays north end by June. The warehouse will employ 160 when it opens by summer 2018, south of Hancock County 212 and the McLane Co. distribution center, said Tim Mayle, director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development. It will be shipping Campbell Soup to supermarkets and to individuals ordering food online, Mayle said. Plans for the warehouse were approved Thursday by the Findlay City Planning Commission. Separately, NWO (Northwest Ohio Orthopedics & Sports Medicine) won planning commission approval to build a 13,332-square-foot surgery center at the northeast corner of...
  • Amazon To Create 2,500 Full-time Jobs With Three New Jersey Fulfillment Centers

    04/21/2017 5:28:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | April 21, 2017 | Tonya Garcia
    Amazon.com Inc. said Friday that it will create 2,500 full-time jobs in New Jersey through three new fulfillment centers. The state already has seven facilities. Employees at the new Cranbury Township and Logan Township centers will pick, pack and ship larger items like patio furniture and music equipment. Workers at the Edison fulfillment center will handle smaller items like books and toys. Amazon announced in January that it would create 100,000 jobs over the course of 18 months, many in fulfillment centers. Amazon shares are up 0.2% in premarket trading and up 43% over the past year. The S&P 500...
  • Communist Surges in French Election [semi-satire]

    04/21/2017 4:53:31 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Apr 2017 | John Semmens
    Jean-Luc Mlenchon, the joint candidate of the French Communist Party and the Unbowed France political movement, is surging in the polls following his pledge to "raise taxes on the rich to 100% and gut the goose that lays the golden eggs for the benefit of the working class." "The idea that anyone has the right to withhold anything from the people and their representative, the state, is a pernicious doctrine we must exterminate," Mlenchon said. "For too long progressives have held back from this obvious truth and solution to society's problems. When everything is thrown into the common pot and...
  • Bannon 'Comeback' Involves Steel, Canada, Dairy 'Disgrace'

    04/21/2017 10:34:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | April 21, 2017 | Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
    (Newser) President Trump has been pushing hard to bring his "Buy American, Hire American" mantra to fruition, including with an executive order meant to prevent "foreign cheaters" from taking US jobs and infringing on our steel production, a senior administration official said Monday, per Politico. The New York Times reports that on Thursday, Trump also laid into Canada, saying our northern neighbor exploits US workers, specifically in the dairy industry, and that "what they've done ... is a disgrace." The Wall Street Journal notes that to make his point on steel (and on other products "important to defense," a...
  • Top Trump adviser calls for reviving controversial natural gas project on Oregons coast

    04/21/2017 10:21:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Columbian ^ | April 21, 2017 | Chris Mooney and Damian Paletta, The Washington Post
    A top adviser to President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to throw the administrations support behind a proposed controversial liquefied national gas terminal in Oregon that had been rejected by regulators during the Obama administration. The first thing were going to do is were going to permit an LNG export facility in the Northwest, said Gary Cohn, chair of the White House National Economic Council. Just think of the transport time from the Northwest to Japan versus anywhere else. Then weve got to put facilities on the East Coast to get from the East Coast to Germany. The one place...
  • Market Analyst Who Called Trump Victory Sees Le Pen Winning in France

    04/21/2017 10:06:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 21, 2017
    A financial analyst who correctly forecasted the election of President Donald Trump now believes far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will emerge victorious in France. "Le Pen's momentum is a slow-moving reaction against the men of Davos -- as we have seen with Brexit and Trump -- but markets dont want to believe it," Charles Gave told Bloomberg News. Gave, founder of Hong-Kong based GaveKal Research, cautioned investors that the financial markets are underestimating the likelihood of Le Pen winning. France will hold its first round of elections on Sunday, followed by a runoff between the top two vote-getters on May...
  • Abstrakt Marketing Group looks to add 100 jobs and help revive Laclede's Landing (Missouri)

    04/20/2017 10:18:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | April 20, 2017 | Jacob Barker
    Metro transits former headquarters in Lacledes Landing is slated to be converted into 26 new apartments and offices for hundreds of new workers that a marketing agency next door plans to add. St. Louis Development Corp. approved on Thursday using $5 million in New Markets Tax Credits for the $11 million project led by Brian and Mike Minges of Advantes Development, according to an SLDC report. Advantes plans to put 26 apartments into the rehabbed, century-old warehouse that from 1982 until 2015 housed the offices of the regions mass transit operator, Metro. Metro is now based in the Metropolitan Square...
  • Sarah Palin on Trump's First 100 Days

    04/20/2017 7:12:29 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 26 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | April 20th, 2017 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Sarah Palin joined CNNs Jake Tapper for an interview one day after her visit and dinner with President Trump at the White House. Palin related how the invitation came about, with Trump phoning her to "get to DC" and asked if she would "invite a couple of friends". "I invited my buddies Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, bold, courageous, all-American dudes who I knew would have good conversation with the President and get to express a lot of good, middle-class, work ethic type issues and policy proposals that they could all relate to, and thats what happened at the...
  • Olympia, WA: Train Tracks Sabotage To Stop Fracking Equipment [ANTIFA = Domestic Terrorists]

    04/20/2017 6:52:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    It's Going Down ^ | 4/20/17 | Puget Sound Anarchists
    Early in the morning of April 20th we poured concrete on the train tracks that lead out of the Port of Olympia to block any trains from using the tracks. We took precautions to notify BNSF (the train company) we called them and we used wires to send a signal that the tracks were blocked. We did this not to avoid damaging a train, nothing would bring bigger grins to our faces, but to avoid the risk of injuring railway workers.This action was done to disrupt the movement of trains carrying proppants used in natural gas fracturing. These train...
  • Chinese pet food company to bring 70 jobs to Arkansas

    04/20/2017 6:06:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    KTHV-TV ^ | April 18, 2017 | Staff and The Associated Press
    DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Chinese company that makes food for pets has announced plans to open in Arkansas and bring 70 jobs to the state. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced Monday that Pet Won Pet Products will locate in Danville in a plant formerly occupied by Petit Jean Poultry....
  • Drones creating thousands of new jobs in Florida

    04/20/2017 5:48:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WFTS-TV ^ | April 20, 2017 | Sarah Hollenbeck
    CLEARWATER, Fla. - Thousands of new jobs are coming to every industry in Florida and it's all because of drones. “I can have fun and I can get paid wooh!” Shawn Morse typically gets that reaction when he sells drones to customers from his TB Drones and Hobby Store on Ulmerton Road. St. Petersburg College professors typically get that reaction too when they introduce students to careers with drones. Nearly every industry from emergency workers to realtors are turning to the high flying contraptions. “The industry is just going to blow up,” explained Program Coordinator Fred Tucker, who coordinates the...
  • With eleven days to go, FAA's BasicMED may not occur but 2016 Congressional law will happen

    04/20/2017 2:24:18 PM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    S.2658 114th Congress (2015-2016): cancels the requirement for a pilot to hold at least a 3rd class medical certificate to exercise the privileges of private pilot in most cases. "The FAA may not take enforcement action against a pilot for not holding a valid third-class medical certificate unless the FAA has published final medical certification regulations in the Federal Register". The FAA was given one year to publish regulations governing this. The DOT/FAA responded with a set of rules for this, to take effect no later than 1 May 2017. That is eleven days away and the rules, paperwork,...
  • This $30,000 robot will make you a salad

    04/20/2017 1:29:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    WBBH-TV ^ | April 20, 2017 | Heather Kelly, CNN Money
    SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) -- Sally doesn't clean, chop or toss vegetables. The new salad robot making its debut in San Francisco this month is more like a salad vending machine: Press a few buttons on a touchscreen and it drops neat portions of refrigerated ingredients into a bowl. But Sally the Salad Robot could be the latest step in automating some of the more repetitive parts of food preparation. Its creators hope food robots can help with one of Silicon Valley's biggest restaurant problems: a shortage of kitchen workers. Sally is the first product from Chowbotics, a Redwood City startup...
  • A Topsy-Turvy Tax System That Will Never Be Reformed

    04/20/2017 1:24:41 PM PDT · by davikkm · 11 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    As we turn the page on yet another inspiring tax day, lets look into who is really bearing the burden of the individual taxes in the United States. In 2014s tax year, the federal government took in a then-record $1.377 trillion in income taxes from individuals, according to a report published by the Internal Revenue Service. And of the 148,606,578 individual tax returns filed that year, 52,062,499 of them (35 percent) filed nontaxable returns, which means they paid no net individual income taxes. The rest of us, the 65 percent who did pay income taxes, paid an average of $14,271,...
  • Neglected and Shamed, Filipino Poor Seize and Redistribute Homes, Demand Jobs

    04/20/2017 1:01:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    teleSUR ^ | April 19, 2017
    Jobs and free mass housing ... These are fundamental rights and the situation of extreme poverty demands it, a Kadamay representative told teleSUR. Representatives of homeless families who occupied thousands of vacant government-built homes for over a month delivered a firm wake-up call to the Philippine Senate Tuesday, telling officials that the wretched social conditions and government neglect forced them to act. Now, the group is demanding jobs and free mass housing or they'll have no choice but to continue their campaign of redistributing idle homes to the needy. They said those who occupied the Bulacan houses were lazy,...