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  • Batteriser is a $2.50 gadget that extends disposable battery life by 800 percent

    06/03/2015 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    PC World ^ | 06/01/15 | Jon Phillips
    “The Batteriser has boost circuitry that will boost the voltage from 0.6 volts to 1.5 volts and will maintain voltage at 1.5—which is a brand new battery,” Roohparvar says. “There’s actually no IP [intellectual property] in the boost circuitry. Our technology is really a miniaturization technique that allows us to build the sleeve. We have some IP in some of the IC circuits that are in there, but the key is we’ve been able to miniaturize the boost circuit to a point that no one else has been able to achieve. “ To prove that he’s not peddling snake oil,...
  • Sebelius: Pass Immigration Bill to Boost Obamacare Enrollment

    08/23/2013 7:10:22 AM PDT · by JeffAdams_MI · 23 replies
    ( - Asked Thursday if the Affordable Care Act will help "undocumented individuals," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said no -- and that's why immigration reform is so important: "Well, the (Obamacare) bill is crafted in such a way that those who are undocumented will not have access to the tax credits or shopping in the (health insurance) marketplace. That has been limited, which is, frankly, why -- another very keen reason why we need comprehensive immigration reform," Sebelius told a gathering of Latinos in Philadelphia.
  • Romney Gets a Much-needed Boost in Florida and Virginia

    10/06/2012 3:01:10 PM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies ^ | 10/6/200 | Arthur Louis
    No question about it: Mitt Romney struck gold with his commanding performance in Wednesday’s first presidential debate. The Rasmussen polling firm reported Friday the results of new polls in the crucial swing states of Florida and Virginia, and in each of them Romney got a boost. Romney now leads by 49 percent to 47 percent in Florida, while in the previous Florida poll, taken slightly more than three weeks earlier, it was Obama who led by 2 percentage points. In Virginia, Romney leads by one point, 49 to 48, while in the previous poll, also taken a bit more than...
  • First Lady to Give Low-Rated 'Colbert Report' Ratings Boost

    04/05/2012 9:56:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/5/12 | John Nolte
    Tweet from The Colbert Report: Nation! First Lady @MichelleObama will appear on The Colbert Report on Wednesday, April 11. Tune in at 11:30pm / 10:30c. Quite the media blitz the First Lady and the President have been on lately. You would think that if the First Lady wanted to reach a sizable audience, though, she would do a guest spot on a program that gets more viewers like "Pawn Stars" or a cartoon rerun on Nickelodeon or something on cable access. Well, Colbert is a true-blue friend to the Barack Obama re-election campaign and a fellow crusader in the left's...
  • Illegal immigrants get boost in new California laws

    10/11/2011 8:14:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Mercury news ^ | 10/11/11 | Matt O'Brien - Contra Costa Times
    As states such as Alabama and Georgia make waves with a hard-line approach to illegal immigration, California took a leap in the other direction this weekend when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a host of bills that make the nation's biggest state one of the most accepting of immigrants living here illegally. Some saw the flurry of new laws, especially the California Dream Act, as a rejection of the political fervor against illegal immigration in other parts of the country. "Wherever California goes, so does the nation. It may put a halt to some of this," said Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino,...
  • Obama plan to give jobs a fast boost: White House (a "quick and positive impact" on job creation)

    09/06/2011 4:51:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/6/11 | Alister Bull, Laura MacInnis, Matt Spetalnick and David Morgan - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, facing waning confidence among Americans in his economic stewardship, will lay out a plan on Thursday that will have a "quick and positive impact" on job creation, the White House said. Confidence in Obama's management of the economy has been hit by months of bad economic news and several polls on Tuesday showed fresh declines in his job approval ratings. Obama, a Democrat, hopes to start reversing this trend in an address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, in which he will try to convince voters that he has a better economic...
  • Obama announces new partnership to boost American manufacturing

    06/24/2011 9:41:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/24/11 | Michael A. Memoli
    President Obama took his jobs pitch to Pittsburgh Friday, announcing a manufacturing partnership aimed at reviving a key sector of the American economy. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership is designed to team government, industry and higher education together to fund new technologies. Obama's plan calls for an initial $500 million down payment toward that effort. Speaking at Carnegie Mellon University, Obama said the Steel City is a living example of how manufacturing helped build the middle class in America, and said the country must continue investing in new technologies to sustain it. "Here and across America's industrial heartland, millions clocked in...
  • Obama Coal Regulations to Boost Price of Electricity as Much as 60 Percent by 2014

    06/12/2011 11:14:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 6/12/11 | Mark Whittington,
    COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama, while still a candidate, promised he would bankrupt the coal industry. According to the Chicago Tribune, it looks like this will be a rare promise that Obama will actually keep. Unfortunately, it will mean sky-rocketing electricity prices for Americans, as much as 60 percent more by AdChoices 2014. The Obama administration intends to slap environmental regulations on coal fired plants that will make many of them impossible to operate. Even those coal plants that will continue to function will only do so at the expense of billions of dollars of upgrades, which of course will...
  • Obama says he wants oil producers to boost output

    04/26/2011 7:52:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 85 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/26/11 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    As the high cost of gasoline takes a toll on politics and pocket books, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is calling on major oil producers such as Saudi Arabia to increase their oil supplies to help stabilize prices, warning starkly that lack of relief would harm the global economy. "We are in a lot of conversations with the major oil producers like Saudi Arabia to let them know that it's not going to be good for them if our economy is hobbled because of high oil prices," Obama told a Detroit TV station. His remarks signaled a broad new...
  • California renewable energy gets major boost in new law (effectively pushing economy over cliff)

    04/12/2011 3:17:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    La Times ^ | 4/12/11 | Tiffany Hsu
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a mandate that 33% of electricity in California must come from renewable sources by 2020. Executives at solar, wind and other clean energy companies said the new regulations could help California reclaim its green leadership position after losing ground to states such as Texas and Iowa. "This is tremendous," said Mike Hall, chief executive of Borrego Solar. "A legislative solution provides a lot more clarity and firepower for regulators and proponents." Brown, along with U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, signed the bill while helping dedicate a new solar panel manufacturing plant in...
  • Presidential boost

    08/17/2010 8:14:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    Walton Sun ^ | 17 Aug 2010 | Ali Helgoth
    The operators of businesses visited by the first family last weekend are unsure if their visit will have a direct impact on their establishments, but they and local officials are hopeful it will boost visitor traffic and the economy in Panama City Beach. “Having the first family visit Panama City Beach is international news,” said Dan Rowe, executive director of the Bay County Tourist Development Council. There are no hard numbers available about direct economic impacts, Rowe said, but articles printed around the world about the visit will increase the area’s profile as a tourist destination, and he expects far-reaching...
  • Skull electrodes give memory a boost

    08/14/2010 8:43:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    NewScientist ^ | 8/13/10 | Sujata Gupta
    FINDING it difficult to revise for an exam? Help could be on its way in the form of the first non-invasive way of stimulating the brain that can boost visual memory. The technique uses transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), in which weak electrical currents are applied to the scalp using electrodes. The method can temporarily increase or decrease activity in a specific brain region and has already been shown to boost verbal and motor skills in volunteers. Richard Chi, a PhD student at the Centre for the Mind, University of Sydney, and colleagues wanted to follow up on previous research...
  • Stimulus provided $85 billion boost to California

    03/06/2010 10:41:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 682+ views
    California Watch ^ | 3/5/10 | Lance Williams
    California entered 2010 burdened with a dismal unemployment rate (12 percent) and facing a discouragingly large state budget deficit ($19.9 billion). FDR Memorial, Washington DC We’re still in the worst recession to hit the West Coast since the Great Depression. It’s hard to imagine how the economic news could be worse. But the independent California Budget Project, in a report issued yesterday, says matters would be worse indeed but for the estimated $85 billion that the federal government has pumped into California’s economy via the stimulus program. Undoubtedly there has been waste, abuse and what state Inspector General Laura Chick...
  • Upcoming Census Hiring Set to Boost Jobs Reports By Over Half a Million

    02/19/2010 4:08:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies · 397+ views
    abc ^ | 2/19/10 | MATTHEW JAFFE
    Temporary help is on the way for the country's battered job market, thanks to the upcoming U.S. Census. According to a new study released today by the Commerce Department, which includes the Census Bureau the survey will add up to 635,000 temporary jobs by May to the nation's employment reports. The study also predicts that Census Bureau hiring will cause the country's unemployment rate to drop by several-tenths of a percentage point this spring. Census spending, the report also forecasts, will boost the nation's gross domestic product by 1/10 of a percentage point during the first quarter of this year...
  • Obama goes West to boost Democratic candidates

    02/19/2010 9:35:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 442+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/19/10 | Tangi Quemener
    LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AFP) – In office less than 13 months, President Barack Obama has already returned to the campaign trail, flying west to stump for embattled Democrats ahead of November midterm elections. After meeting with the Dalai Lama Thursday, Obama flew to Denver, Colorado to address some 2,000 Democratic activists gathered in a concert hall who greeted him with cheers of "Yes We Can!" -- the slogan he made famous in his 2008 campaign. But the rapturous reception obscured the stark reality that Democrats face anything but a love-fest in November's midterms. That has left Obama to try and...
  • Digital Quantum Battery Could Boost Energy Density Tenfold

    12/23/2009 8:38:17 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 1,055+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 12/22/09 | Lisa Zyga
    This figure shows the energy density and the power density of nano vacuum tubes in comparison to other energy storage devices. Credit: H?bler and Osuagwu. ( -- Physicists theorize that quantum phenomena could provide a major boost to batteries, with the potential to increase energy density up to 10 times that of lithium ion batteries. According to a new proposal, billions of nanoscale capacitors could take advantage of quantum effects to overcome electric arcing, an electrical breakdown phenomenon which limits the amount of charge that conventional capacitors can store. In their study, Alfred Hubler and Onyeama Osuagwu, both of the...
  • Carly Fiorina gets boost from GOP leadership in possible Senate bid (Definitely not yur Gramps' GoP)

    08/06/2009 12:33:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies · 1,884+ views ^ | 8/6/09 | Carla Marinucci
    Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina got a boost today from GOP national leadership regarding her possible 2010 bid against incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer -- a move Fiorina appears ever closer to making. It came this morning when Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, met with reporters for a briefing at the Ronald Reagan Republican Center in D.C., where he appeared eager to pump up the Fiorina candidacy, speaking of it as virtual given. "(Carly) Fiorina...even before she announces her candidacy she is within four points in a Rasmussen poll against Barbara Boxer,'' he...
  • CA: Big job boost for California seen (Obama looking to California as bellwether for job creation)

    02/12/2009 9:34:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 682+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/12/09 | Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the best way to judge his economic stimulus plan in the next two years will be whether it creates or saves 3 million to 4 million jobs. And if the White House predictions are correct, no state will produce more jobs than California, which has been losing jobs faster than any other state. More than 10 percent of the jobs – 421,000 – are forecast to come from the Golden State, which has a 9.3 percent unemployment rate, the fourth-highest in the nation and California's highest in 15 years. The state's loss of 78,200...
  • Secret inspection satellites boost space intelligence ops (major new U.S. military space capability)

    01/21/2009 11:01:17 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 16 replies · 896+ views
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 1/14/09 | Craig Covault
    In a top secret operation, the U.S. Defense Dept. is conducting the first deep space inspection of a crippled U.S. military spacecraft. To do this, it is using sensors on two covert inspection satellites that have been prowling geosynchronous orbit for nearly three years. The failed satellite being examined is the $400 million U.S. Air Force/Northrop Grumman Defense Support Program DSP 23 missile warning satellite. It died in 2008 after being launched successfully from Cape Canaveral in November 2007 on the first operational Delta 4-Heavy booster. Since the U.S. is now demonstrating the ability to do such up close rendezvous...
  • Couric Has Palin to Thank for Ratings Boost

    12/24/2008 2:43:06 AM PST · by Anita1 · 26 replies · 1,096+ views
    Newsax ^ | December 23, 2008
    After two years of relentlessly bad ratings news, Katie Couric finally has something she can smile about. . . That makes four straight weeks where her audience was bigger than at the same point last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. The improvement could be a result of the positive feedback Couric received for her interview of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the presidential campaign. Palin fumbled on a question about what publications she read regularly, and the interview was a launching point for one of Tina Fey's "Saturday Night Live" spoofs.
  • CA: State must boost water storage

    12/19/2008 8:36:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 600+ views ^ | 12/19/08 | Editorial
    THE TIME MAY be coming, if it is not already here, when decision-makers in Sacramento finally understand that California must store a lot more water in reservoirs or lose much of its agriculture. That message was delivered Monday by federal regulators, who placed severe restrictions on pumping water out of the Delta. The new rules in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit will require more freshwater to be released into the Delta and a lot less water to be pumped out of the estuary. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger ruled that the old pumping permit was highly flawed because...
  • CA: Governor gives volunteerism a boost to cabinet rank (first state cabinet position in country)

    02/27/2008 11:47:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 258+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/27/08 | Amanda Covarrubias
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a cabinet-level office for volunteer service Tuesday that aims to raise the profile of volunteerism and emergency relief in a state beset by wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Schwarzenegger named Karen Baker, executive director of the governor's commission for volunteerism, as secretary of service and volunteering, the first such state cabinet position in the country, he said. Speaking in a crowded hall at Cal State Northridge, he said he hoped the change would inspire other states to establish similar offices around the country. He gave his wife, Maria Shriver, credit for pushing the idea to...
  • America Supports You: Boxes of Support Boost ‘Adopted’ Units

    02/04/2008 3:22:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 61+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2008 – Support by the boxful from a New York home-front group is keeping servicemembers’ spirits high as they serve overseas. “Being so far away from home, we want our daughter, son-in-law, and the 450 soldiers in their unit and other units to know that we love them, and think about them every day,” said Sylvester Henry, president of Adopt A Unit US. “Our objective is to provide the (servicemembers) with an abundance of support and comfort in order to encourage strength and optimism (while) bringing them as close to home as possible.” Helping servicemembers feel...
  • Rainfall season may get big boost

    01/02/2008 12:58:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 160+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/2/08 | Robert Krier
    Halfway through the rainfall season, much of San Diego County is a bit drier than usual, but that could change by early next week. A series of storms expected to bring heavy rain to Northern California and much-needed snow to the Sierra should begin to hit the southern end of the state late tomorrow. By Monday, San Diego could be above its usual rainfall total for early January. That hasn't happened this late in the season since 2005. The storms, which forecasters say could bring 1 to 2 inches of rain to the county beaches and 4 to 5 inches...
  • America Supports You: Deployed Units Get Boost From Donated Computers

    12/10/2007 3:48:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 123+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2007 – Many deployed servicemembers have received a morale boost thanks to computers donated by a Michigan-based organization. “We are a group of volunteers (who) rebuild laptop computers and supply them to deployed units for (morale, welfare and recreation), education and entertainment,” said James R. Payne, a Vietnam veteran who’s president of JDS Computer Donations. The group accepts laptops, which it refurbishes and donates to nonprofit groups, public schools, and most recently, to deployed servicemembers. Nearly 500 of the refurbished machines already have been sent overseas to help servicemembers keep in touch with their loved ones...
  • New Boost For Planned Canal Between Red Sea And Dead Sea

    06/27/2007 2:36:05 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 651+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 6-27-2007 | Ian Black
    New boost for planned canal between Red Sea and Dead Sea · Firms commissioned to study feasibility of link· 25-year project would ease region's water shortage Ian Black, Middle East editor Wednesday June 27, 2007 The Guardian (UK) Hopes of building a canal linking the Red Sea to the Dead Sea have been given a fresh boost with 11 firms commissioned to produce feasibility studies. Their work will be submitted to an Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian committee looking at ways to implement the huge engineering scheme, which could take as long as 25 years to complete. As well as reviving the rapidly shrinking...
  • America Supports You: Group’s Letters From Home Boost Troop Morale

    06/11/2007 4:20:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2007 – Until every servicemember comes home, one dedicated group of volunteers will make sure they know they’re remembered. Students, teachers and their mascot show their support for America Supports You home-front group, Letters From Home. Letters From Home sends cards to servicemembers. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Our main effort is collecting cards of support for the troops,” Christine Jovenitti, founder of “Letters From Home,” said. “As they tell us, it’s like holding the hand of the person that wrote it.” To date, Letters From Home and its volunteers have “held the...
  • REAL STIFF DRINK; MAN SUES SHAKE MAKER FOR 3-DAY ORDEAL(public service announcement)

    06/06/2007 6:25:14 AM PDT · by Liz · 30 replies · 635+ views
    <p>A Harlem man has filed suit against the makers of the nutritional drink Boost, charging that the protein shake gave him the wrong kind of lift. Christopher Woods said that drinking cans of Boost Plus Nutritional Energy Drink left him with an erection that wouldn't go away. He said he had to undergo two medical procedures and as a result, he's now partially impotent. The case dates to June 2004, which is when he said his mother bought him a case of the protein drink in hopes he would bulk up. "It was supposed to be a health supplement," he said....... - and soon had a very visible side effect..."It was awful. It was painful. I would always wear jeans, but it was hard to go out, so I had to buy some sweatpants"</p>
  • (US Senate) Panel votes to boost to fuel economy (to average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020)

    05/08/2007 10:06:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 610+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/07 | Ken Thomas - ap
    WASHINGTON - A plan to increase fuel efficiency standards to an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020 won approval from a Senate panel Tuesday in a vote closely watched by automakers and environmental groups. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the measure, which would raise the nationwide fleet fuel economy average by about 40 percent from current levels of 25 mpg for cars and trucks. The bill, approved on a voice vote, would also increase standards by 4 percent a year from 2020 through 2030. "This is not a perfect bill, but I think we have...
  • CA: Supervisors' pay tied to boost in judges' salary (San Diego)

    05/07/2007 8:37:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 399+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/7/07 | Craig Gustafson
    For most politicians, the hardest thing to do is to vote to give yourself a raise. Even suggesting the idea can be dangerous politically. Just ask county Supervisor Bill Horn. Horn proposed a nearly $29,000 increase to the supervisors' annual salaries in 2005 and infamously said, “Nobody who got elected took a vow of poverty. We're not Franciscans.” The proposal was quickly scuttled after much public outcry. Since then, supervisors quietly have amassed $22,248 in increases to their annual salary – boosting it to $137,318 – with no public outrage and scant media scrutiny. And they didn't have to say...
  • Border Patrol boost raises concerns

    04/21/2007 7:02:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 535+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/21/07 | Jacques Billeaud - ap
    ARTESIA, N.M. - The U.S. Border Patrol's push to expand the number of agents on the lookout for illegal crossings has some current and former agents worried that the pressure will lead to corner cutting and will jeopardize public safety. Raising the Border Patrol's numbers from about 12,000 to 18,000 by the end of 2008 is a key element of President Bush's plan to improve security along the border, crossed by tens of thousands of illegal immigrants each year. The sprawling Border Patrol Academy here in southeastern New Mexico recently started launching two 50-student classes each week, compared to one...
  • Obama campaign gets funding boost (from Aljazeera)

    04/05/2007 7:04:47 AM PDT · by bedolido · 8 replies · 643+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | staff writer
    Barack Obama has raised $25 million in funding for his 2008 US presidential campaign, almost matching that of Hillary Clinton, his high profile opponent for the Democratic nomination.
  • Schwarzenegger promotes dams as way to boost water reserves

    03/26/2007 6:28:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 385+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday promoted a $6 billion plan for increased water storage and protecting fresh water supplies, calling for two new dams and better management of the delta. "Our state's population is increasing rapidly. We also have earthquakes and major storms that could really destroy our levee system," the governor said, speaking against the backdrop of Friant Dam at Millerton Lake, in the Sierra foothills east of Fresno. Two-thirds of Californians depend on the Sierra Nevada snowmelt for drinking water while Central Valley growers use it to irrigate their fields. Schwarzenegger said the state's expected growth - to...
  • America Supports You: Gifts Boost Wounded Troops’ Morale

    03/21/2007 5:35:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 274+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Carmen L. Gleason
    WASHINGTON, March 21, 2007 – When soldiers are wounded in combat, they are evacuated from the battlefield to medical centers with literally only the clothes on their backs -- and often those are cut during emergency treatment. When injured servicemembers get to a field hospital or are evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, they have no clothing or personal items. They have absolutely nothing. The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project reaches out to these wounded warriors by providing comfort and relief items to the medical center in Germany and to field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq. Fleece blankets...
  • Illegal immigrants $18 bln boost to Texas: report

    12/08/2006 12:56:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 807+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/06 | Ed Stoddard
    DALLAS (Reuters) - The Texan economy would have been almost $18 billion poorer in the last fiscal year without illegal immigrants who added to state coffers but were a drain on local government, says a report by the state comptroller. The report -- billed as the first detailed look by a state at the impact of undocumented immigrants on its budget -- is likely to stir further debate on the emotional issue of illegal immigration in the United States. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that the United States had 11.1 million undocumented immigrants in 2005. Of these it said Texas...
  • U.S. Military to Boost Trainers for Iraqi Army, Police, General Says

    12/01/2006 4:49:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 200+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2006 -- The U.S. military is increasing the number of embedded trainers assisting Iraqi army and police units to become more proficient and independent, the senior U.S. military officer overseeing operations in northern Iraq said today. “We intend to enlarge the size of our mobile (Iraqi army) training teams and also our police training teams, and also the teams that we have working with the border security forces along the Syria and Iranian border,” Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon said during a briefing via satellite with Pentagon reporters. He said the Iraqi forces are allies....
  • AWOL soldiers return, boost Iraqi forces

    10/18/2006 7:11:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 403+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Ben Eberle
    CAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq (Oct. 17, 2006) -- More than 1,500 Iraqi soldiers who were absent without leave returned to duty by reporting here between Sept. 20 and Oct. 1. Top Iraqi military officials approved the full reinstatement of the soldiers due to troop shortages throughout the Iraqi Army, said Col. Juan Ayala, senior advisor to the 1st Iraqi Army Division. “The fact that they came back on their own volition shows that they want to serve,” said Ayala. “It’s going to give this division a much needed influx of soldiers.” The Iraqi Army is a voluntary force but unlike American...
  • Umm Qasr base boost to stability

    10/05/2006 4:45:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 243+ views
    Iraqi Coast Guard Commordore Tariq Jabbar Hammodi and COL Gary Johnston cut the ribbon to officially open the Umm Qasr Iraqi Coast Guard Forward operating Base. PORT OF UMM QASR -- The Iraqi people recently received a new $3.26 million Forward Operating Base at the port of Umm Qasr, courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The base will aid Iraqis in securing waterways and creating stability.“Stability is something that Iraq is trying very hard to accomplish,” said Colonel Gary Johnston, Commander, USACE, Gulf Region South. “They won’t be able to do that unless they have all the elements...
  • Breast Milk 'Does Not Boost IQ'

    10/03/2006 8:44:58 PM PDT · by blam · 76 replies · 1,509+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-3-2006
    Breast milk 'does not boost IQ' Breastfed babies tend to be brighter Breastfed babies are smarter because their mothers are clever in the first place, not because of any advantage of breastfeeding itself, a study suggests. Researchers found breastfeeding mothers tend to be more intelligent, more highly educated, and likely to provide a more stimulating home environment.However, they stressed that there were still many advantages to breastfeeding. The British Medical Journal study was carried out by the Medical Research Council and University of Edinburgh. Lead researcher Geoff Der said: "This question has been debated ever since a link between the...
  • Nutritional "Boost" Making Westerners Taller, Healthier, Expert Says

    10/03/2006 3:09:36 PM PDT · by blam · 48 replies · 1,345+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 10-2-2006 | Erica Lloyd
    Nutritional "Boost" Making Westerners Taller, Healthier, Expert Says Erica Lloyd for National Geographic News October 2, 2006 It's no secret that in the past few centuries people in Western nations have been getting taller and living longer. But now experts say that today's Westerners are the product of an accelerated spate of growth that is unique in human history. People in the developed world are taller and more robust than their great, great, great grandparents probably ever imagined. Robert Fogel, director of the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago, notes that Westerners are about 50 percent larger...
  • Ameriyah police get boost from Marines

    09/29/2006 5:30:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 193+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva
    AMERIYAH — Iraqi police here recently gave their station a bit of a makeover. New office furniture, including desks, chairs, wall lockers and filing cabinets arrived courtesy of Marines from Regimental Combat Team 5 to help upgrade the Iraqi police station here Sept. 22. The supplies also included incubators and a medical waste incinerator going to a hospital in nearby Ferris. “We’ve been fighting to get them furniture here for a long time,” said Army 2nd Lt. Jill M. Glassenapp, a 23-year-old police transition team leader from Mauston, Wisconsin. “They’ve done such a good job on their own.” Glassenapp said...
  • America Supports You: USA Cares Gets $2.5 Million Boost

    09/27/2006 10:52:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 203+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2006 -- USA Cares recently received a $2.5 million grant to further its mission of assisting servicemembers and their families, organization officials said. “I can’t explain how happy we are about it. We’re just beyond thrilled,” Barbara Yaw, USA Cares’ director of communications, said. “We’re very blessed.” The grant came from the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund administered by the California Community Foundation. The foundation is a leading charitable organization in Los Angeles County, managing over $1 billion in assets. The California Community Foundation surprised the Radcliff, Ky., organization last year as well, Yaw said. “It...
  • Feel blue, say "I do" as weddings boost mood: study

    08/13/2006 3:37:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 290+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/06 | Helen Chernikoff
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lonely? Feeling low? Try taking a walk -- down the aisle. Getting married enhances mental health, especially if you're depressed, according to a new U.S. study. The benefits of marriage for the depressed are particularly dramatic, a finding that surprised the professor-student team behind the study. "We actually found the opposite of what we expected," said Adrianne Frech, a PhD sociology student at Ohio State University who conducted the study with Kristi Williams, an assistant professor of sociology. They expected to find that one spouse's depression weighed too much on the marriage, but "just mattering to...
  • CA: Panel split over wage boost (considering recommendation to raise it to $9.78 an hour)

    08/05/2006 3:13:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 773+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/5/06 | Judy Lin
    A state wage board deadlocked Friday on a recommendation to raise California's minimum wage to $9.78 per hour. The Wage Board, a 13-member body charged with determining an adequate wage to meet the high cost of living in California, also deadlocked on whether to bind wage increases to inflation. "As a member, I feel we have failed in our charge," said Angie Wei, legislative director for the California Labor Federation who proposed the $9.78 hourly rate -- a $3.03 increase from the current state minimum wage of $6.75 an hour. The Wage Board was set up by the state's Industrial...
  • New Vocational School and Textile Mill Boost Economy

    07/18/2006 5:21:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 158+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Waine D. Haley
    New Vocational School and Textile Mill Boost Economy School offers training in masonry, carpentry and auto repair. By U.S. Army Sgt. Waine D. Haley 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, July 18, 2006 -- The seeds of trade and industry are taking root and springing to life as Coalition Forces and Iraqi leaders dig in and try to bring new life to Iraq’s economy. Capt. Daniel Cederman, projects officer for the 402nd Civil Affairs Detachment, and Kadhin Nori Abid, Ph.D., expert in vocational education representing the government of Salah Ah Din province, are working together to build a...
  • New al Qaeda Leader Likely to Boost Mobile Bomb Usage

    07/05/2006 5:44:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 347+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 5, 2006 – The new al Qaeda in Iraq leader is an explosives expert who could opt to increase insurgent attacks using car and truck bombs, a senior U.S. military officer said in Baghdad today. Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, told reporters that it would be prudent to expect a rise in attacks with such devices in light of Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri's reputation. Masri's predecessor as the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed June 7 during a U.S. aerial bombing raid. Caldwell said security is...
  • America Supports You: Operation First Response Gets Boost

    06/28/2006 11:48:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 234+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 28, 2006 – Operation First Response, an organization dedicated to supporting the nation's wounded servicemembers and their families, got a little support of its own recently. The nonprofit group found itself on the receiving end of a $50,000 grant from the Military Order of the Purple Service Foundation in late May. Both organizations share a similar goal of helping veterans and wounded servicemembers, Dick Gallant, executive director of the foundation, said. "That's our only reason for being," he said. "If anybody doesn't have that reason, they shouldn't be in this field." The grant means a lot to...
  • Drive to register Hispanic voters aims to boost political clout - "Democracy Summer"

    06/28/2006 3:41:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 549+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 6/28/06 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    Immigrant rights groups have a message for unsympathetic politicians around the country: Change your stand or risk getting voted out of office. A coalition of unions, Hispanic activists and religious groups is trying to convert the massive street protests of recent months into long-term political power by launching nationwide citizenship and voter registration drives Saturday in at least 19 states. The effort known as "Democracy Summer" aims to register a million new voters and convince many of the 8 million legal residents in this country to apply for citizenship. Such applications are already up nearly 20 percent over past year...
  • CA: Vote on state budget set for tonight - 10% boost for schools OK'd by negotiators

    06/27/2006 9:14:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 227+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/27/06 | Ed Mendel
    <p>SACRAMENTO – The Legislature is scheduled to vote tonight on a $131 billion state budget that contains a 10 percent boost in school funding after legislative leaders and the governor agreed on the sweeping plan yesterday.</p> <p>Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger not only gets much of what he wanted in the spending proposal, but as he runs for re-election he also might get a rare on-time budget, one that is in place before the new fiscal year begins Saturday.</p>
  • Vice president stumps in California to boost three GOP campaigns

    05/22/2006 7:21:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 418+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 5/22/06 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    STOCKTON - Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday campaigned for two veteran California GOP congressman who find themselves facing unexpected primary challenges as Republicans are seeking to hold onto their majorities in Congress. Cheney spoke at a private luncheon in Sacramento for Rep. John Doolittle of Roseville and during a fundraising dinner in Stockton for Rep. Richard Pombo of Tracy. Pombo, an eight-term congressman, faces the more serious challenge in the June 6 primary election. Pete McCloskey, a 78-year-old war hero and former congressman, has challenged Pombo on his environmental record and by tapping into voter unrest. A moderate, he...