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  • Venezuela boosts minimum wage by 50 percent

    01/09/2017 3:19:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/8/17 | AFP
    Caracas (AFP) - Embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday raised the minimum wage by 50 percent in Venezuela, a country with astronomical inflation. Maduro said he was raising the minimum wage to 40 bolivars, about 60 dollars at the highest official exchange rate, or $12 on the black market. "To get the year started, I have decided to raise the minimum wage," the president sad on his weekly show on state television. ... Venezuela has been rocked by low prices for its key export, oil. Now in its third year of a deep recession, it is facing severe shortages of...
  • Congress victory boosts Obama's Pacific trade pact

    06/24/2015 3:21:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/15 | Krista Hughes
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers approved legislation key to securing a hallmark Pacific trade deal by a comfortable margin on Wednesday, advancing President Barack Obama's efforts to strengthen U.S. economic ties with Asia. Related Stories House OKs Fast-Track Trade Bill Fox Business 'Fast track' trade bill clears Senate hurdle MarketWatch Obama quest for fast-track trade bill on ice in U.S. House Reuters Clinton says she'd vote against 'fast track' trade bill Associated Press Obama quest for fast-track trade bill on ice in U.S. House Reuters After a six-week congressional battle including two brushes with failure, some fancy legislative footwork and...
  • Scientists find class of drugs that boosts healthy lifespan

    03/09/2015 8:51:50 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    A research team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions has identified a new class of drugs that in animal models dramatically slows the aging process—alleviating symptoms of frailty, improving cardiac function and extending a healthy lifespan. The new research was published March 9 online ahead of print by the journal Aging Cell. The scientists coined the term "senolytics" for the new class of drugs. "We view this study as a big, first step toward developing treatments that can be given safely to patients to extend healthspan or to treat age-related diseases and disorders," said TSRI...
  • IAEA has "serious concerns" as Iran boosts nuclear work

    03/05/2012 10:43:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/5/12 | Fredrik Dahl - Reuters
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has tripled its monthly production of higher-grade enriched uranium and the U.N. nuclear watchdog has "serious concerns" about possible military dimensions to Tehran's atomic activities, the agency's chief said on Monday. As International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano voiced his concerns at an IAEA meeting, U.S. President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Washington "has Israel's back" and would not let Iran get nuclear arms. Amano told a news conference at the IAEA in Vienna there were indications of unspecified "activities" at an Iranian military site which his inspectors want to visit as...
  • Obama administration boosts online federal contests; You might win a handshake with you-know-who

    05/28/2010 9:08:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 155+ views
    l.a. times ^ | 5/28/10 | Mark Milian
    Wanna make some extra cash? Or meet an ex-state senator who still smokes? The U.S. government plans to roll out a new platform in July for what it calls "challenges" -- essentially nationwide contests where citizens can submit entries to a variety of predetermined topics. The ultimate point being to raise awareness of something. You might remember the $2,500 contest from earlier this year that asked entrants to shoot videos explaining and post them to YouTube.
  • Calif. boosts income tax collection by 10 percent

    11/02/2009 5:42:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 952+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/2/09 | Judy Lin - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California wage earners will soon notice a little less money in their paychecks. Starting Monday, employers in the cash-strapped state are required to withhold 10 percent more in state income taxes to help ease the budget problems. It's part of a plan to artificially inflate state revenue by $1.7 billion through next June. Brenda Voet, a spokeswoman for the state Franchise Tax Board, says it's technically not a tax increase since workers will get their money back after April 15.
  • Big belly boosts risk of later dementia

    03/26/2008 9:09:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 496+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/08 | Malcolm Ritter - ap
    NEW YORK - Having a big belly in your 40s can boost your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease or other dementia decades later, a new study suggests. It's not just about your weight. While previous research has found evidence that obesity in middle age raises the chances of developing dementia later, the new work found a separate risk from storing a lot of fat in the abdomen. Even people who weren't overweight were susceptible. That abdominal fat, sometimes described as making people apple-shaped rather than pear-shaped, has already been linked to higher risk of developing diabetes, stroke and heart disease....
  • Scarlett Johansson boosts morale in Kuwait

    01/21/2008 5:14:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 43 replies · 2,699+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Scott M. Biscuiti, USMC
    Scarlett Johansson smiles after being pinned with gunnery sergeant rank during a meet and greet Jan. 20 in the United Service Organizations building at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The 23-year-old bombshell met with nearly 600 service members at Camp Buehring, Kuwait Jan. 20 during her five-day United Service Organizations (USO) tour to the Gulf region Scarlett Johansson poses for a photo with Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Jan. 20 in the United Service Organizations building at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The 23-year-old bombshell met with nearly 600 service members at Camp Buehring, Kuwait Jan. 20 during her five-day United...
  • Army Air Power Boosts Surge Effectiveness in Central Iraq

    12/07/2007 3:39:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 53+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Moore, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2007 – As ground forces in the U.S. troop surge in Iraq make more progress against insurgents, Army aviation assets back them up with crucial mobility, medical and combat support, an officer in charge of a deployed aviation brigade said today. The combat aviation brigade of 3rd Infantry Division has been deployed since May in support of Multinational Division Center. The brigade’s 128 helicopters have flown more than 65,000 hours in support of many different missions, Army Col. Daniel Ball, the brigade commander, told military analysts in a conference call from Iraq. The aviation brigade has conducted...
  • America Supports You: West Virginia Group Boosts Troop Morale

    10/17/2007 4:52:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 91+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Toni Maltagliati
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2007 – From stocking hats to shower shoes, a West Virginia-based group is actively filling requests from U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, sending them about 50 boxfuls of care packages each week. The West Virginia National Guard's 150th Aviation Regiment is working with American Supports You supporter Boatsie's Boxes so the group can have a large space to fill, pack and ship holiday care packages as part of Operation Christmas Stocking. Courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “‘Boatsie’s Boxes’ began when my son, Patrick, a master sergeant in the United...
  • Experts: Al-Qaida boosts video offensive

    06/01/2007 12:14:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 505+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/07 | Jim Krane - ap
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Al-Qaida's latest offensive appears to be taking place on computer and television screens, and uses techniques associated more with Madison Avenue than Fallujah. Although viewership is difficult to measure, analysts say the group's videos seem to be reaching a wider audience than ever, piggybacking on the popularity of blogs and video-sharing programs like YouTube. Key to the operation are two broadcast anchors, Libyan firebrand Abu Laith al-Libi and an American fugitive, Adam Yehiye Gadahn. "You're losing on all fronts, and losing big time," Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, told President Bush in an Internet...
  • Analysis: Calif. boosts political clout

    04/29/2007 5:21:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 337+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/29/07 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    SAN DIEGO - It isn't every day on the campaign trail that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson proclaims himself a Californian, or that Hillary Rodham Clinton pledges to be a president who respects gay relationships. But with trendsetting California set to move its primary to next Feb. 5, candidates are scrambling to adjust to a new reality in which the state's votes, and not just its money, may have a decisive impact on the nominating process. California's enhanced role in the political calendar was on full display this weekend, with nearly all the major Democratic contenders flying in to address...
  • Study: Men's perspiration boosts sexual arousal in women(I'm sweating as I post this,,Wink Wink! 8-)

    02/10/2007 3:29:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 80 replies · 1,891+ views
    A chemical in male sweat can boost mood, brain activity and sexual arousal in heterosexual women, according to a new study released just in time for Valentine's Day. The study offers the first direct evidence that humans secrete a scent that can affect the physiology of the opposite sex, said researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Their findings were published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience. "This is the first time anyone has demonstrated that a change in women's hormonal levels is induced by sniffing an identified compound of male sweat," said study leader Claire Wyart, a postdoctoral...
  • MCCAIN BOOSTS 'ILLEGALS' (in lockstep with Bloomberg)

    07/25/2006 7:21:19 AM PDT · by Liz · 70 replies · 1,059+ views
    NY POST ^ | July 25, 2006 | DAVID SEIFMAN
    Taking Mayor Bloomberg's view one step further, Sen. John McCain warned that the American economy would collapse if 11 million illegal aliens are sent packing. "What are we going to do with 11 million people?" McCain asked at a dinner at the New York Yacht Club......... "You going to send 'em all back? Mayor Bloomberg testified at a hearing last week that the economy of New York City would collapse [without illegal immigrants]. I would argue the economy of America would collapse." The Arizona Republican is co-sponsor of a bill....that would provide for a guest-worker program and a path to...
  • Store's grand opening provides goods, boosts morale for service members in Iraq

    07/03/2006 2:36:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 476+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Enrique S. Diaz
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (July 3, 2006) -- People go to convenience stores to buy pampers and baby formula or stock up on chips and dip for the next day's big game. But in Iraq, military stores known as post exchanges, play a far more important role. At this sprawling logistics base centered between the restive cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, service members now have a brand new post exchange - PX for short - where they can stock up on goods ranging from basic hygiene items to 'high-tech' equipment like laptop computers and DVD players. Built in a former mess...
  • 2nd Bn., 6th Inf. Regt., boosts security in Operation Scales of Justice

    04/07/2006 7:04:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 251+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Pfc. Jason Dangel
    BAGHDAD (Army News Service, April 7, 2006) – A battalion-sized task force of approximately 700 Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, is providing additional security and support in southern Baghdad. Task Force 2-6 is currently working with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to mitigate terrorist activity as the Iraqi parliament begins selecting the new government. “We were called to Iraq to assist Multi-National Division – Baghdad, to provide support to Operation Scales of Justice here in southern Baghdad,” said Maj. Jeff Grable, executive officer, 2nd Bn., 6th Inf., 2nd BCT, 1st Ar....
  • New Analysis Says Global Warming Boosts Hurricanes

    03/16/2006 3:16:37 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 542+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-16-2006 | Fred Pearce
    New analysis says global warming boosts hurricanes 19:00 16 March 2006 news service Fred Pearce Renewed claims that global warming is driving the increased number of high-intensity hurricanes across the world were published on Thursday. The new study comes from researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, US. In September 2005 – days after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans – Peter Webster and Judy Curry claimed that the number of intense hurricanes across the world had almost doubled over the past 35 years, and that this was due to rising sea temperatures. The study was attacked for...
  • ‘Hope and Freedom Tour’ boosts morale at Bagram Airfield

    12/23/2005 10:42:26 AM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 752+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 22, 2005 | Spc. Tiffany Evans
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – (Army News Service, Dec. 22, 2005) – Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston brought his Sergeant Major of the Army’s Hope and Freedom Tour 2005 to Bagram Airfield Dec. 17. Joining him on this tour was Sergeant Major of the Army Reserves Michele Jones, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps John Estrada, Keni Thomas, Mark Wills, Craig Morgan, Al Franken, Traylor Howard, SoulJahz, two Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and members of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”. “I just want the service members to know that they aren’t forgotten, and that someone cares about them and...
  • San Jose approves boosts in police pay and pensions

    12/14/2005 1:50:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 551+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/14/05 | Phil Yost
    After almost two years without a contract for police officers, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday voted 10-1 to approve an agreement that would pay experienced officers more than $100,000 in 2007. The contract also enables officers to retire after 30 years at 90 percent of their final salary, matching most public safety agencies in the state. Until now, maximum pensions for officers were 85 percent of final pay. While the contract is not final until officers approve it, Don DeMers, president of the Police Officers Association, which represents 1,344 sworn officers, said his union board unanimously backs it....
  • Directive Boosts Priority of Stability Operations

    12/13/2005 8:15:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 167+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 13, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2005 – Stability operations are now a major priority for the Defense Department, on par with combat operations, and will receive more planning and funding, two DoD officials said here today. The officials were explaining DoD Directive 3000.05, which was signed Nov. 28. The directive provides guidance on stability operations and assigns responsibility for planning, training and preparing to conduct and support stability operations. The origins of the directive come from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Jeffrey Nadaner, deputy assistant secretary of defense for stability operations. Before Sept. 11, many people within DoD thought of...