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  • South Florida drivers feel they're spending more money on tolls

    05/25/2016 7:49:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Local 10 News ^ | April 29, 2016 | Amy Viteri
    MIAMI - Drivers throughout South Florida have said no matter where their daily commute takes them, they feel they're spending more money, more often on tolls. Local 10 News spoke to several drivers who said the tolls are another expense and don't necessarily help them reach their destination any faster. "Three hundred to four hundred (dollars) a month," Maribel Masvidal estimated she spends commuting from Homestead to her job in South Miami. "A lot of money that could be used on other things for my family." Masvidal said that commute can take her up to two hours one way on...
  • Higher tolls take effect at Hudson River bridges, tunnels

    12/15/2015 6:07:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies ^ | December 6, 2015 | MARINA VILLENEUVE
    It’s no surprise that the commuters and commercial truck-drivers who regularly slog across the George Washington Bridge are not happy with the news: Starting Sunday, auto motorists using cash will have to pay $15 to cross, a trip that until recently cost half that. They are the drivers from North Jersey and beyond who help make it the world’s busiest motor-vehicle bridge. And they are the same drivers who now must pay one of the most expensive tolls in the country. On Saturday afternoon, motorists were given a chance to vent, and they were more than willing to step up....
  • Explaining the proposed Minnesota health insurance rate increases

    06/05/2015 5:28:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-5-15 | David Montgomerty
    June 05--Minnesotans got a shock Thursday when the state's health insurers proposed "eye-popping" rate increases for people who buy health insurance on the individual market -- premium increases as high as 70 percent. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Gov. Mark Dayton condemned the increases as "outrageous" and suggested they should be scaled back. Republicans saw them as reason to criticize the state-run portion of that market, MNsure. Here's the background about these premium increases, why they're happening and what they mean: What's proposed? Federal law requires health insurers to disclose any premium increases above 10 percent. Those were released Wednesday, and in Minnesota, there...
  • Report: Chance of mega-quake hitting California increases

    03/10/2015 4:22:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/10/15 | Alicia Chang - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) Scientists are virtually certain that California will be rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years. Now they say the risk of a mega-quake is more likely than previously thought. The chance of a magnitude-8 quake striking the state in the next three decades jumped to 7 percent from 4.7 percent, mainly because scientists took into account the possibility that several faults can shake at once, releasing seismic energy that results in greater destruction. While the risk of a mega-quake is higher than past estimates, it's more likely greater than 99 percent chance...
  • Bennett: Bad Iran deal increases need for military action (will Israel strike?)

    11/23/2013 9:03:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 23, 2013, 9:07 pm
    Economics minister and Jewish Home leader says Israel cannot sit idly by while world allows Iran to be 6 weeks from the bomb Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) said Saturday that a bad deal with Iran on curbing its nuclear program would increase the need for Israeli [military] action. If there will be a deal which would allow Iran to have the ability to break out and build a bomb within six weeks, we cannot sit idly by in this situation and we will examine all the options, Bennett told Channel 2 Saturday evening.
  • Insurance premium increases shock Charlotte consumers

    10/06/2013 11:12:29 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 66 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 10-6-13 | Karen Garloch
    Across North Carolina, thousands of people have been shocked in recent weeks to find out their health insurance plans will be canceled at the end of the year and premiums for comparable coverage could increase sharply. One of them is George Schwab of Charlotte, who pays $228 a month for his familys $10,000 deductible plan from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. In a Sept. 23 letter, Blue Cross notified him that his current plan doesnt meet benefit requirements outlined in the Affordable Care Act and suggested a comparable plan for $1,208 a month $980 more...
  • FBI increases surveillance of Syrians in US, report says

    08/31/2013 11:39:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    now ^ | September 1, 2013 | AFP
    The FBI has beefed up its surveillance of Syrians living in the United States ahead of a possible US military attack on Syria, The New York Times reported Sunday. The domestic intelligence agency and the Department of Homeland Security have also alerted federal agencies and private firms that any US strike could trigger cyberattacks, according to the report. Hackers who claim to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and collectively known as the Syrian Electronic Army, have made several disruptions in recent months on American companies, including the Times. The newspaper said FBI agents are set to interview hundreds of Syrians...
  • Crunching the numbers of the 2013 tax increases (It's official - the rich now pay their fair share)

    01/13/2013 1:42:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    WTOP ^ | 1/02/13
    WASHINGTON - The prospect of the American economy careening off a cliff overshadowed a tax increase that takes effect immediately, rich or not. Even with the deal on Capitol Hill, the so-called payroll tax is scheduled to bounce back up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent in 2011 and 2012. In practical terms, this amounts to a $1,000 tax increase for someone earning $50,000 a year and a $2,200 tax increase for someone earning $150,000. Even workers taking home less than $20,000 annually will be impacted, paying roughly $100 more. "I think it will have a negative effect," says Neil...
  • Black Unemployment Increases From 13.6% to 14.4%

    The long, sad faces youre seeing from our corrupt media have nothing to do with the bad news the unemployed received this morning (my wife among them). Nope, the media is sad for Barack Obama because job creation in June was way below expectations and the overall trend is downward. Thanks to Obama's failed policies, this great big beautiful country of ours created only 80,000 jobs last month, way below estimates that ranged in the 100,000 mark, some as high as over 150,000. Hit hardest were the unemployed in the black community, where the unemployment rate increased from 13.6% in...
  • Comprehensive List of Obama Tax Increases

    06/29/2012 1:22:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    American for Tax Reform ^ | 1/20/12 | John Kartch and Ryan Ellis
    Since taking office three years ago, President Barack Obama has signed into law twenty-one new or higher taxes on the American people: 1. A 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco: On February 4, 2009, just sixteen days into his Administration, Obama signed into law a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco, a hike of 61 cents per pack. The median income of smokers is just over $36,000 per year. 2. Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (takes effect in Jan 2014): Starting in 2014, anyone not buying qualifying health insurance must pay an...
  • Media Matters Digs In Its Heels As Criticism Over Antisemitism Increases

    02/06/2012 6:40:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 2/6/12 | Jeff Dunitz
    Not all George Soros-funded groups are alike. Both Center For American Progress (CAP) and the media watchdog it helped to create, Media Matters for America (MMFA), have been roundly criticized for their use of anti-Semitic memes. Most recently the focus has been on the use of the term Israel-firster a term meant to portray Jewish Americans as somehow less loyal to the United States than other religious groups. While CAP seems to have taken the charges to heart, and is seeking to change its ways, the Obama/Soros-firsters at MMFA are digging in their heels. This dual-loyalty charge, like most anti-Semitic...
  • The Wolf The Republicans Just let In The Room

    08/01/2011 10:19:19 AM PDT · by verklaring · 29 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | 8-1-2011 | Karl Denninger
    I hope you like higher taxes. Much higher taxes. Last night I couldn't figure out at first blush how Boehner/Reid managed to get their "numbers" to work. Well, when I looked at it again this morning, it snapped into focus, along with a backhanded comment and, yes, math. Ok, ok, not really math. It was just a calendar. See, the Bush Tax Cuts and the FICA holiday expire at or before the end of 2012. And guess who's going to be President then - either having just been re-elected or much worse, as a lame duck?
  • Obama Refers to Tax Increases as Cutting Spending in the Tax Code (Video)

    07/10/2011 9:15:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/10/11 | ap
    Obama's recent Nixonian speech on the budget
  • Getting There: Myths abound when officials talk toll increases

    06/28/2011 8:28:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 27, 2011 | Michael Dresser
    When Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. won election as governor in 2002, he was faced with a tricky problem. He had campaigned on a pledge to build the long-delayed Intercounty Connector in suburban Washington. The highway project would cost a fortune, far more than the state could afford out of its Transportation Trust Fund, and the Republican Ehrlich had taken a hard line against new taxes. He had to come up with some way to pay the $2.6 billion it would eventually cost. The answer? He would make it a toll road. And to give his policies a semblance of geographical...
  • Residents blast toll increase

    06/22/2011 12:40:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Annapolis Capital ^ | June 21, 2011 | Shantee Woodards
    For whom do the tolls toll? They toll for area motorists, who are threatening to avoid the toll plazas as the state continues to propose substantial fee hikes at its bridges and tunnels. Maryland Transportation Authority officials came to Severn River Middle School yesterday to hear how Anne Arundel County residents felt about a plan to raise $77 million by increasing the tolls at the Bay Bridge and other crossings. Passenger cars at the Bay Bridge would pay $5 by October and $8 by 2013. Vehicles with three or more axles would be paying $24 to $60 at the crossings...
  • Steep Toll Increases Proposed for Maryland Tunnels, Bridges

    06/03/2011 7:28:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Essex-MiddleRiverPatch ^ | June 3, 2011 | Ron Snyder
    (UPDATE 2:06 p.m.) The Maryland Transportation Authority took one step closer toward making it dramatically more expensive to utilize state tunnels and bridges after its board formally recommended Thursday the largest toll increase in state history. Under the proposal, tolls for passenger cars on the Bay Bridge would, beginning Oct. 1, increase from $2.50 to $5 and eventually would increase to $8 on July 1, 2013. In addition, the cost for a one-way toll on the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Harbor Tunnel and the Key Bridge would jump from $2 to $3 on Oct. 1 and then $4 on July...
  • (Washington DC) Metro Fare Increases a Factor in Decreased Ridership

    11/29/2010 12:23:12 PM PST · by ReleaseTheHounds · 13 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A Metro report says fare increases have been a factor in decreased ridership. Over the summer Metro increased fares for bus and rail riders in an effort to fill a projected $189 million budget deficit. The hikes were expected to generate more than $100 million, but through October the agency is more than $11 million below where it projected it would be according to a new financial report...
  • Krakataus Crater Expands; Eruption Frequency Increases (aka Krakatoa)

    11/10/2010 5:44:11 AM PST · by tlb · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Jakarta Globe ^ | November 09, 2010 | staff
    Cinangka, Banten. The crater of Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait has expanded to a diameter of 25-26 meters, an Indonesian volcanologist says. The news comes as the frequency of eruptions of the volcano, once misidentified as Krakatoa, increases: On Friday there were 615 eruptions, on Saturday 623 eruptions, and on Sunday 668. Anton S Pambudi, a official from Banten province monitoring the eruptions, said the eruptions over the past two weeks had changed the shape of the crater. He said the team would continue to monitor the volcano. Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah said she believed that Anak Krakatau...
  • L.A. County workers see major pay increases

    11/01/2010 5:08:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Whittier Daily News ^ | 11/1/10 | Troy Anderson
    Amid the worst recession in modern history, the salaries of top Los Angeles County officials have shot up 12 to 45 percent in three years and some public servants are now making more than $400,000 annually in total compensation, according to county records. The analysis of a county salary database obtained through the California Public Records Act found 17,686 of the county's more than 100,000 employees make more than $100,000 annually in total pay. This includes a Coroner's Office executive secretary making $113,825 and a firefighter who collected a whopping $271,498 last year.
  • Millions face tax increases under Dems budget plan

    04/21/2010 5:04:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 430+ views
    yahoo ^ | 4/21/10 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate promise to cut the deficit by almost two-thirds over the next five years, but their budget plan could threaten about 30 million people with tax increases averaging $3,700 in 2012 and after because of the alternative minimum tax. The alternative is tax increases elsewhere in the revenue code averaging up to $100 billion a year after 2011 to continue alternative minimum tax relief and also curb taxes on people inheriting large estates.
  • Number of NHS bureaucrats increases SIX TIMES as fast as number of nurses

    03/25/2010 7:53:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 290+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/25/10 | Daniel Martin
    The workforce of bureaucrats in the NHS is growing six times as quickly as the number of nurses, according to official figures. While the number of health service managers went up 12 per cent in one year, the number of nurses increased by less than 2 per cent - and the number of health visitors plummeted. Since Labour came to power, the number of managers has almost doubled, partly as a result of the need to monitor stringent Whitehall targets on waiting times.
  • California unemployment increases to 12.5 percent

    03/05/2010 6:51:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 762+ views
    AP on ^ | 3/5/10 | Cathy Bussewitz - ap
    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- California's unemployment rate grew slightly to 12.5 percent in January, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. But the state also revised its December job numbers to show that about 300,000 additional jobs were lost that month. The state's unemployment rate in December was 12.3 percent. Officials had previously reported December's unemployment rate at 12.4 percent, but revised that figure Friday. Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent. ... Despite the increase in unemployment in January, the state added 32,500 jobs. The construction industry saw the largest increase with an additional 16,200 jobs.
  • More Families Are Becoming Homeless ["Hope and Change," Say Again]

    07/11/2009 7:19:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 1,703+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 1ith 2009
    More Families Are Becoming Homeless Largest Increases in 2008 Came in Rural and Suburban Areas, Study Finds Alexi Mostrous Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, July 12, 2009 Louis Gill doesn't like to turn anyone away. The director of the Bakersfield Homeless Center in California has taken to laying out cots and mattresses between the shelter's 174 registered beds to cope with the rush of homeless families brought to his doors by the financial crisis. "Last year, we saw a 34 percent increase in homeless families and a 24 percent increase in homeless children," he said. "Why do we go beyond...
  • Study: Lots of red meat increases mortality risk

    03/23/2009 2:51:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 91 replies · 1,852+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/23/09 | Carla K. Johnson - ap
    CHICAGO The largest study of its kind finds that older Americans who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer. The federal study of more than half a million men and women bolsters prior evidence of the health risks of diets laden with red meat like hamburger and processed meats like hot dogs, bacon and cold cuts. Calling the increased risk modest, lead author Rashmi Sinha of the National Cancer Institute said the findings support the advice of several health groups to limit red and processed meat...
  • Treasury secretary says tax increases necessary

    03/04/2009 12:46:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1,014+ views
    msnbc ^ | 3/4/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's Treasury secretary is defending proposed tax increases on the wealthy, saying they are necessary to limit future budget deficits. Timothy Geithner responded on Wednesday to Republican criticism that the administration wants to increase taxes during a recession. Geithner noted that tax increases on couples making more than $250,000 per year would not take effect until 2011.
  • Your Common Sense Guide as to Why Tax Increases Mean Less Tax Revenue

    03/03/2009 8:17:16 AM PST · by usflagwaver · 4 replies · 307+ views ^ | 3/3/09 | Tom Del Beccaro
    Politicians and governments seem to want more tax revenue almost at every turn. In response to rising deficits, the Media and the Democrats reflexively demand tax increases. In practice, politicians increase tax rates, i.e. income rates, sales tax rates and the like in pursuit of more tax revenue. Tax rate increases, however, yield less revenue over time than tax rate cuts. For instance, when the economy was bad in the early 1990s, California raised tax rates and over a 3 year period, revenues actually dropped. By 1999, Bill Clintons tax rate increase resulted in the highest tax burden in our...
  • freep this Phone: SacBee Call Sen. Cox and urge him to be a hero (Barf alert)

    02/15/2009 3:02:02 PM PST · by fifedom · 15 replies · 610+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb. 15, 2009 | SacBee editors
    "a single vote by state Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, could determine if the Legislature saves California from going over a financial cliff." ... we urge you to call Cox' senate office (916-651-4001) immediately. Urge him to seek a reasonable resolution of the budget crisis, and not shy away from making the tough, but necessary, choices.
  • The Obamanation of Desolation! - Taxes

    11/03/2008 8:26:28 AM PST · by Candybar · 254+ views
    Just for openers, here are the tax cuts that Obama will let expire or will not extend. The net effect: An Obama tax increase. *** Bonus Depreciation - To encourage business investment; expired on 1-1-2005 *** Alternative Minimum Tax - Exemptions decreased by $6,500 per filer on 1-1-2006 *** Small Business Expensing - on 1-1-2008, the maximum business deduction decreased from $100,000 to $25,000 (not inflation indexed). Also the cap on qualifying property decreased from $400,000 to $200,000. *** Capital Gains - rates will rise 10 to 20 percent depending on income, on 1-1-2009. *** Child Credit - will decrease...
  • NKorea increases military manoeuvres: report (fuel oil being diverted for military purposes?)

    02/09/2008 11:06:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 97+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/9/08 | AFP
    SEOUL (AFP) - Energy-starved North Korea has recently increased military manoeuvres, arousing suspicions it may have diverted fuel oil provided under a multinational aid-for-disarmament deal, a report said Sunday. "It is noteworthy that the North's armoured units have sharply increased exercises in the ongoing winter manoeuvring," an unnamed military source told South Korea's Yonhap news agency, adding Seoul and Washington were analysing the moves. The new drills involved fighter jets and armoured vehicles in contrast to previous years which had focused on artillery rather than such oil-consuming exercises, the source added. "We understand North Korea has been enhancing the number...
  • CA: Motorist fee increases signed by governor (It's not a TAX, it's a FEE increase. Thx Gubinator!)

    10/15/2007 9:20:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 84 replies · 215+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/15/07 | Patrick McGreevy
    SACRAMENTO Acting on the last batch of bills from what experts called a disappointing regular legislative year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday signed into law a controversial increase in motorists' fees that is intended to raise millions to develop alternative fuel and clean-air technology. Consumer advocates condemned the bill for putting the costs on the backs of motorists rather than oil companies. Schwarzenegger also signed what became known as the "toxic toys" bill, which makes California the first state to prohibit the use of chemical compounds called phthalates in products designed for children under 3 years old. Making his...
  • Tax wallop: State, county, city seeking hikes

    10/10/2007 4:27:55 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 4 replies · 351+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 10, 2007 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Tax wallop: State, county, city seeking hikes 'IT'S GOING TO BE PAINFUL' | From property tax to phone service, your pocketbook will take a hit October 10, 2007 BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter If Mayor Daley and his political cohorts keep this up, they could change Chicago from the "city of big shoulders" to the "city of empty pockets." "There's going to be a consumer and business revolt. This is a Boston Tea Party waiting to happen," said Jerry Roper, president of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. RELATED STORIES Daley to unveil taxing budget "It's after the election....
  • CA: UC regents OK sharp increases in professional school fees

    09/20/2007 6:45:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 168+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/20/07 | Michelle Locke - ap
    University of California leaders raised prices for professional schools Thursday, rejecting arguments that the increases close the door on poor students. The increases, under which some campuses will be charging more than lesser-known branches, were a departure from the tradition of having more-or-less uniform fees by discipline across the 10-campus system. Voting 13-5, the board approved fee hikes for the upcoming school year and endorsed increases for the following two years, although those hikes will require formal approval on a yearly basis. Several professional schools asked for increases of 7 percent, which is in line with previous years, but some...
  • Nothing but the best -- on taxpayers' tab

    05/22/2007 11:28:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies · 2,052+ views
    Sun-Times Springfield ^ | May 20, 2007 | DAVE MCKINNEY
    $28 million rehab of Illinois Statehouse includes $950 urinals, $405 doorknobs. A $38,000 clock... Redecorated bathrooms for state legislators and staff more than $444,000. Those are among the hidden costs of a multimillion-dollar makeover of the Illinois House and Senate with opulent showpieces re-creating the look of the chambers in the late 1800s. With work finished, a Chicago Sun-Times review of construction documents unearthed expenditures one GOP lawmaker said would appall her constituents. Certainly, the chamber has to be nice and to befit a state of our stature. Its not like were Mississippi. Were a rich state, said Rep....
  • CA: Analyst says Schwarzenegger's budget increases deficit

    05/15/2007 7:30:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 501+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/15/07 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    California's fiscal watchdog on Tuesday said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's revised spending plan for the coming year overstates California's reserves by 75 percent. Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill also warned that the governor's reliance on one-time money from selling state assets and raiding public transit and tobacco funds will leave California facing multibillion-dollar deficits for the remainder of the decade. "We do see overly optimistic assumptions in the budget," Hill said about the $103.8 billion general fund budget revision Schwarzenegger released on Monday. Schwarzenegger called the reserve "critical insurance" because the state's budget operates on a "razor's edge". The nonpartisan analyst said...
  • 31 States Record Increases in Adult Obesity

    08/29/2006 10:59:24 PM PDT · by familyop · 64 replies · 1,010+ views
    HealthDay News by way of Forbes ^ | 29AUG06 | HealthDay News
    TUESDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Adult obesity rates increased in 31 states during the past year, leaving an estimated two-thirds of Americans vulnerable to fatal diseases such as diabetes, stroke and cancer.This, despite federal and state government efforts to curb the overweight epidemic, according to a new report from the Trust for America's Health.The report, titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing America, 2006, was released Tuesday and is the third in a series of annual reports by the trust detailing state obesity rates as well as the effectiveness of government policies to fight the problem.According...
  • Pioneer scouts way ahead, increases safety for followers

    05/09/2006 6:27:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke
    AL TAQADDUM, Iraq (May 8, 2006) -- Another day on the sand-bitten streets of a small town in Iraq lapsed for the passersby, who carelessly walked to and from their normal routine tasks. A few insurgents entered the town, choosing it as their safe haven while preparing their next strike against the U.S. service members. Cruising just below its ceiling at approximately 15,000 feet, a small unmanned aerial vehicle hovered over the dusty community just beyond earshot, as it tracked the insurgents to their current location with real-time video and relayed the information to the people who could do something...
  • Al-Basrah Oil Terminal Increases Export Loading Capacity

    04/20/2006 6:21:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 430+ views
    (GRD Photos) Base Camp Adder (Ali Base) Iraq – Al-Basrah’s offshore oil terminal in Umm Qasr has increased its loading capacity due to the recent completion of repairs to six damaged loading arms on Platform B, Berths 3 and 4. Extensive repairs included total refurbishment of the hydraulic systems, vacuums and power lines. The loading arm repairs provide safer, more efficient equipment and contribute greatly to restoring the terminal to full capacity. The repairs will also accommodate a larger number of vessels which means more oil and other goods can be exported from the terminal. This tasking was one of...
  • Security and safety for the people of Maysan Province increases with completed border forts

    02/28/2006 3:42:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 195+ views
    Two newly trained Iraqi border police pose with their British trainer in front of their newly constructed border fort. (USACE Photo) Base Camp Adder (Ali Base) Iraq Protecting the border between rivaling countries of Iraq and Iran in rural Maysan Province is a daunting mission assignment. The US Army Corps of Engineers soon realized that endeavoring to build border forts to shelter and safe guard border police patrolling these remote borders presented extraordinary construction challenges as well.The challenge was met in Maysan Province. Maysan is now more fortified than ever before, thanks to 22 new border forts constructed...
  • Violence and Threats against Sri Lankan Christians increases

    02/22/2006 10:13:45 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 14 replies · 591+ views ^ | 2 22 06 | William Dove
    Sri Lanka has recently witnessed an increase in attacks and threats against the Christian community there. The increase has led to fears that a new wave of anti-Christian violence is about to begin, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). According to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) "there is a visible increase in the number of attacks on Christian places of worship and acts of intimidation during the past two months." A report from NCEASL claimed that the pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church in Galle was subject to a host of virulent threats on 6th February. He...
  • Federal program to reduce oil consumption instead increases it

    01/06/2006 1:21:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 278+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/6/06 | Tim Molloy - ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal push for cars that run on an alternative fuel straight from the heartland isn't winning many converts among American drivers - but is a hit with automakers who use it to skirt mileage standards. Five million cars across the country are equipped to run on the fuel, but almost no one uses it outside the corn belt. Fortunately for carmakers, a 1988 law designed to decrease oil use gives them credits for building vehicles that run on the alternative fuel whether anyone uses it or not. Those credits allow automakers to relax gasoline efficiency...
  • Highlights of final N.C. House budget (Salary increases, teapot museum, oyster rehabilitation)

    08/10/2005 4:28:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 687+ views
    News 14 ^ | 8/10/05
    Highlights of final N.C. House budget 8/10/2005 8:43 AM By: Associated Press & News 14 Carolina Web Staff The figures reflect reductions or increases to base budget expenses, some of them based on projected rises in recurring spending. Salaries and benefits: Salary increase of two percent or $850, whichever is greater, and one week extra vacation for most state workers; average 2.24 percent raise for public school teachers. Community college faculty and professional staff also would receive an additional 2 percent raise: $237.3 million. Ensure all employees under State Personnel Act receive a minimum salary of $20,112: $750,000....
  • The Veterans Affairs affair Is all Bushs fault - (according to Sen.Patty Murray & J. Kerry!)

    07/14/2005 2:30:23 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 393+ views
    Well, well, wellthe Department of Veterans Affairs has a fiscal 2005 budget deficit due to exploding health care costs. Imagine that. A U.S. government agency spent more money than Congress and the president budgeted for it. Oh the humanity! And whom would you suppose the left is blaming for this dastardly miscalculation? Senator Murray certainly found a culprit: This shortfall results from either deliberate misdirection or gross incompetence by this administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs, said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington. Dont you just love it when a member of Congress who almost never has voted against an...
  • CA: Assembly GOP: Plan for schools increases funds

    02/08/2005 9:06:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 148+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 2/8/05 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO As if to acknowledge that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may be losing the public relations battle, Assembly Republicans held a news conference yesterday to declare that the governor is proposing increased funding for schools, not a cut. The California Teachers Association has been running radio ads in all major state markets for three weeks that criticize Schwarzenegger for proposing a state budget that will cut billions of dollars from underfunded public schools. A Public Policy Institute of California poll released two weeks ago showed that 34 percent of Californians approve of how Schwarzenegger is handling schools, while 51 percent...
  • CA: Reality check - Governor's budget allows reasonable increases

    01/12/2005 8:47:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 349+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 1/12/05 | Op/ED
    If you are like most Americans, your household income will grow by about 3 percent this year. You would like more, of course, but you will get by just fine. Why, then, can't the California Legislature scrape by on a much larger increase of 4.2 percent in general fund revenues? Why are Democratic majorities in the Senate and Assembly, joined by a chorus of special interests, demanding a variety of tax increases to avert the hardship they foresee in a budget that will grow by only 4.2 percent? Gov. Arnold Schwarz-enegger's proposed 2005-06 budget provides a reality check for lawmakers...
  • Funding for Veterans up 27%, But Democrats Call It A Cut

    07/30/2004 5:36:55 PM PDT · by xzins · 10 replies · 533+ views ^ |
    Summary In the Feb. 15 Democratic debate, Kerry suggested that Bush was being unpatriotic: “He’s cut the VA (Veterans Administration) budget and not kept faith with veterans across this country. And one of the first definitions of patriotism is keeping faith with those who wore the uniform of our country.” It is true that Bush is not seeking as big an increase for next year as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs wanted.Itis also true that the administration has tried to slow the growth of spending forveterans by not giving new benefits to some middle-income vets. Yet even so, funding...
  • What's the harm in higher taxes? [originally "Tax Evasion"]

    01/26/2004 7:20:53 AM PST · by artemiss · 49 replies · 316+ views
    The New Republic ^ | January 26, 2004 | Jonathan Cohn
    Everybody knew Howard Dean's proposal to repeal the Bush tax cuts would prove controversial in the general election. But during the Democratic nomination fight, too? Over the last few weeks, rivals have attacked Dean for saying that, as president, he would rescind even those parts of the Bush tax cut that are not directed at the very rich. "Some in my party want to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class," John Kerry declared recently, in a typical broadside. "Too many middle-class people are getting pummeled everywhere they turn." Several polls suggest that most Democrats agree: The...
  • Tax Increases for a Recovering Economy

    11/05/2003 7:48:24 AM PST · by AndyObermann · 25 replies · 174+ views
    Andy Obermann
    Tax Increases for a Recovering Economy By: Andy Obermann 5 November 2003 In case you havent heard, the post 9/11 recession, that has plagued the Bush Administration for much of its first term, is over. With third quarter GDP growth at 7.2%, the highest single quarter growth since 1984 (under President Ronald Reagans tax cut plan, by the way), Democrats have lost a major weapon in campaign 2004. According to the Howard Dean crew, however, we are in the midst of our darkest economic days since the Great Depression. The recovery has been touted as jobless by our esteemed would...
  • Pataki`s Popularity Looms Over the 2004 GOP Convention

    06/20/2003 9:33:01 PM PDT · by Hugenot · 10 replies · 315+ views
    SeaMax ^ | June 21, 2003 | John Rossiello
    By John Rossiello. Posted 6/21/2003 12:18:00 AM The gubernatorial empire which Governor George Pataki has made himself famous for is crumbling before him. "The man once known for his fiscal conservatism is presiding over a fiscal wreck," says Christopher Grimes of The Financial Times. The State legislature's plan to increase taxes is not only killing the New York economy, but also threatens the 2004 Republican convention. Governor Pataki labeled these "job killing hikes," since they have noticeably damaged the economy. And while Pataki has less than seventeen months to make something happen, increasing taxes is unlikely to stimulate the economy....
  • Big fee increases hit CSU and UC (Note: thanx to Davis)

    12/17/2002 3:16:57 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 10 replies · 257+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/17/02 | Terri Hardy
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The impact of the state's staggering budget deficit hit many California college students Monday when the University of California and California State University approved substantial fee hikes at meetings here and in Long Beach. Beginning next term, UC students will pay an additional $405 a year in fees -- an increase of more than 11 percent. At CSU, undergraduate fees will climb by $144 a year for undergraduates, a 10 percent jump. Graduate students will pay an extra $228 a year, a 15 percent rise. Faced with large and unusual midyear cuts proposed by the governor, university...