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  • Ottawa’s red-tape cutting law gets Royal Assent

    04/24/2015 5:42:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 4-23-15 | Laura Jones
    With this being budget week, the federal government’s taxing and spending decisions are under the microscope — as they should be in a healthy democracy. But what about government’s hidden tax: regulation? With no equivalent of a federal budget day, regulatory decisions and their implications get precious little scrutiny and we are all worse for it. Thankfully, regulatory transparency got a considerable boost Thursday when the Red Tape Reduction Act (C-21) received Royal Assent and became law. Minister Tony Clement, who has championed the bill, can be proud that Canada is now the first country in the world to require that for...
  • Obama supports reduction in military retirement pay

    03/30/2015 1:08:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama said Monday he supports the recommendations of a military commission that would reduce the size of traditional military retirement pay by about 20 percent and offer a new defined-contribution benefit for troops who leave before 20 years of service. In a letter to congressional leaders, Mr. Obama said the proposals are “an important step forward in protecting the long-term viability of the all-volunteer force, improving quality-of-life for service members and their families, and ensuring the fiscal sustainability of the military compensation and retirement systems.” Mr. Obama said he has directed his advisers to refine some recommendations, and that...

    10/08/2013 6:34:52 PM PDT · by Graewoulf · 55 replies
    Graewoulf | October 8, 2013 | Graewoulf
    The Treaty of Paris, signed on September 3, 1783, ended the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain on one side and the United States of America and its allies on the other. 17.83 Trillion dollars. What a great Patriotic number to make the limit of our Total National Debt that we will agree to pay back, with interest. When we know, with certainty, our limit of Total Debt, we can then chose either the 10 or 15 % Reduction in TOTAL Federal spending on a year to year basis to get our National Debt back to the pre-TARP National Debt...
  • U.S. Firms Keen to Add Foreign Jobs

    11/22/2011 10:36:04 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 22, 2011 | DAVID WESSEL
    U.S.-based multinational corporations added 1.5 million workers to their payrolls in Asia and the Pacific region during the 2000s, and 477,500 workers in Latin America, while cutting payrolls at home by 864,000, the Commerce Department reported. The faster growth abroad was concentrated in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, India and Eastern Europe, according to economists Kevin Barefoot and Raymond Mataloni, of the U.S. Commerce Department. "Judging by the destination of sales by affiliates in those countries," the economists wrote in a recent survey, "the goal of the U.S. multinational corporations' expanded production was to primarily sell to local customers...
  • Day No. 972: President Obama unveils a deficit reduction plan

    09/19/2011 7:18:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/19/11 | Andrew Malcolm
    "We didn’t need a rating agency to tell us that we need a balanced, long-term approach to deficit reduction. That was true last week. That was true last year. That was true the day I took office." --Barack Obama, Aug. 8, 2011. Barack Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009. That was 972 days ago this morning, almost to the hour when he finally offered his newest full-blown deficit reduction plan. (Snip) If it's Monday, the campaigning president must be issuing a new plan for something (before another $35,800 per ticket fundraiser in New York City). Last week it was his...
  • Obama to offer his own deficit reduction package

    09/18/2011 11:57:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/18/11 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Barack Obama prepares his opening bid on long-term deficit reduction, the White House wants to keep the focus on jobs and is determined to avoid getting sucked into another budget fight with lawmakers. Administration officials see the task of attending to deficits as necessary but not necessarily urgent, compared with the need to revive the economy and increase employment. The White House also sees this as the time to draw sharp contrasts with congressional Republicans, whose public approval ratings are lower than Obama's. As a result, when Obama announces at least $2 trillion in...
  • Tom Coburn’s $9 trillion debt plan (Twice the scale of Paul Ryan's plan)

    07/18/2011 8:46:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/18/2011 | Ed Morrisey
    Late last week, it looked like Tom Coburn might rejoin the Gang of Six in the Senate, which restarted their efforts to find a compromise on the budget as the debt-ceiling limit debate rages. Today, however, Coburn will become a Gang of One by releasing his own plan to reduce the deficit by twice the amount of the Paul Ryan plan. Unlike Ryan, Coburn plans on increasing federal revenues, but through reform of the tax code: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Sunday the federal government can save $1 trillion though tax reform, a proposal that will put him at odds...
  • Obama: 'Nothing Can Be Off-Limits' in Deficit-Reduction Debate

    07/03/2011 5:39:44 AM PDT · by Son House · 59 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | July 02, 2011 | AP
    He also renewed his call for Congress to eliminate some tax breaks for the well-off as part of any agreement. Republicans want deep spending cuts without any tax increases while Obama and Democrats call for what they term a "balanced" approach. That means one that also includes new revenue in the form of higher taxes for some, though Democrats steer clear of using phrases like "tax increases" or "higher taxes." "Now, it would be nice if we could keep every tax break, but we can't afford them," Obama said. "Because if we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires...
  • An outhouse by any other name...

    04/22/2011 10:58:37 AM PDT · by MintyHippo1980 · 2 replies
    The Joyful Nonconformist Blog ^ | 04/22/11 | The Joyful Nonconformist
    h, boy! Do I have a story to tell you!! But first...two disclaimers: I totally have Krystal's permission to share this story with you. This post will likely anger you. Either you will be enraged by my point of view (sorry 'bout that!) or you will join me in my own outrage. Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues! :-) If we've been together for a while, you already know all about my journey through the desert of infertility. You know what? No one really takes you very seriously when you look back on that struggle while, at the...
  • Geithner Says U.S. Economy No Longer World Leader

    06/25/2010 4:58:35 PM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 44 replies · 2+ views
    ECR ^ | 25 Jun 10 | EC
    I guess we really shouldn't be surprised. After all, this is what Obama and his team of globalists wanted, wasn't it? It's pretty much what he promised his hate-America base. If anyone was listening, they would have heard it. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has told the BBC that the world "cannot depend as much on the US as it did in the past". He said that other major economies would have to grow more for the global economy to prosper. He also played down any differences in policy between the US and Europe regarding deficit reduction. Mr Geithner was...
  • Down on debt: White House panel looks at deficit reduction (even Commiecare™?)

    05/02/2010 1:08:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 379+ views
    SCPR ^ | 4/27/10
    Down on debt: White House panel looks at deficit reductionApril 27, 2010 Today President Obama convenes a bipartisan commission to address the growing federal deficit. Leading the 18-member panel are Alan K. Simpson, a former Republican Senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, a Democrat and former White House chief of staff. The president has said that everything will be on the negotiating table when considering changes to federal spending and taxes. What are the possible ways to balance the budget?
  • Saskatchewan government cuts 82 agencies, boards and commissions

    12/10/2009 12:20:12 AM PST · by UAConservative · 6 replies · 397+ views
    Regina Leader-Post ^ | December 9, 2009 | Angela Hall
    REGINA — The provincial government is axing 82 agencies, boards and commissions, saying some had already completed their work and others hadn't met in years. And while some of the boards had still been operating and incurring costs, their work had become redundant, said Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz. The discontinuations will result in savings of about $500,000, said Krawetz. "It's a half a million dollars of committees that we no longer need because their functions have either been completed or their tasks are now a responsibility of someone else," he said. The announcement Wednesday isn't necessarily a symbolic gesture of...
  • Gates Urges Orderly Reduction in NATO’s Kosovo Force

    06/11/2009 4:52:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 583+ views
    BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 11, 2009 – With NATO defense ministers having agreed to reduce the alliance’s military presence in Kosovo from 14,000 to 10,000 troops by the year’s end, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged that the reduction take place as an organized process. On the first day of an alliance defense ministers conference here, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer announced the force reduction today, noting that Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, has proposed moving toward a deterrent presence in Kosovo that will require fewer troops in the country. Gates said...
  • Russia and America pledge to slash nuclear stockpiles

    04/01/2009 10:47:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 1,652+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 04/02/09 | Tom Baldwin and Philip Webster
    Russia and America pledge to slash nuclear stockpiles Tom Baldwin and Philip Webster Russia and America have pledged to slash their nuclear stockpiles in a groundbreaking agreement in London on the eve of the G20 summit. President Obama and President Medvedev issued a statement that promised a “fresh start” in relations that could include a legally binding arms reduction treaty by the end of the year. White House officials indicated that the number of nuclear warheads was likely to be reduced to no more than 1,500 each. It was the first time that the two leaders had met. Mr Obama...
  • Military Officials in Iraq Announce Force Reduction

    03/08/2009 12:34:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 390+ views
    BAGHDAD, March 8, 2009 – Two Army brigades leaving Iraq in the next six months won’t be replaced, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced today. Associated enabling forces -- such as logistics, engineers and intelligence soldiers -- will leave along with the brigades, and an Air Force F-16 squadron that recently returned to its home station also will not be replaced, officials said. The drawdown will reduce the total number of U.S. brigade combat teams in Iraq from 14 to 12. A British combat brigade also will return home without replacement. Officials said the increased level of security and stability that...
  • US calls for treaty on mercury reduction

    02/16/2009 12:30:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 440+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/09 | Tom Maliti - ap
    NAIROBI, Kenya – The new U.S. government abruptly reversed years of Bush administration policy Monday by calling for a legally binding international treaty to reduce mercury pollution, which a senior American diplomat called the most important chemical problem in the world today. Some 6,000 tons of mercury enter the environment each year, about a third generated by power stations and coal fires. Much settles into the oceans where it enters the food chain and is concentrated in predatory fish like tuna. Children and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to poisoning by the toxic metal, which can cause birth defects, brain damage...
  • Barack Obama May Throw Bone to Pro-Lifers With Abortion "Reduction" Plank

    06/25/2008 4:41:55 PM PDT · by julieee · 19 replies · 136+ views ^ | June 25, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- In an idea that is more symbolism over substance, a leading Democratic Party activist says he's going to talk to Obama about adding language to the Democratic Party platform calling for the "reduction" of abortions. Yet the proposal wouldn't call for any actual bills or efforts to limit abortions. The proposed language includes no mention of the kinds of initiatives Obama has opposed -- limiting taxpayer funding of abortions, allowing parental involvement, or banning late-term abortions.
  • Romney to Downsize Post-Super Tuesday?

    02/06/2008 6:37:26 AM PST · by Cluster · 104 replies · 489+ views
    Romney to Downsize Post-Super Tuesday? ABC News' Matt Stuart Reports: Mitt Romney suggested Saturday that he might reduce his staff after Super Tuesday, saying he has "a much larger staff" than may be required "as you go on to these subsequent primaries." (...)
  • Petraeus: Upcoming Troop Reduction Plans ‘On Track’

    01/27/2008 1:39:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 361+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2008 – Plans to withdraw four Army brigade combat teams and two Marine battalions by July are “on track” as the military seeks to draw down the number of troops in Iraq as quickly as ground conditions allow, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said today. Appearing today on CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer,” Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said the scheduled withdrawal will reduce the number of troops at the height of the surge by one quarter, or roughly 42,500. Further reductions after July will be based on the state of Iraq’s security, he added....
  • U.S., Iraqi Efforts Reduce Violence in Eastern Baghdad

    11/15/2007 3:34:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 48+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2007 – Surge-supplied U.S. and Iraqi security forces have contributed to a marked decrease of insurgent-committed violence in eastern Baghdad, a senior U.S. military officer said here today. “We have been effective, and we have seen violence significantly reduced as Iraqi security forces have taken a larger role in all aspects of operations,” Army Col. Jeffrey Bannister, commander of 2nd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, told Pentagon reporters from Camp Liberty in Baghdad during a satellite-carried news conference. In addition, Bannister said, he has observed increasing harmony among Sunni and Shiite residents in his sector. During...
  • Replacing Michigan’s New Taxes With Budget Reductions

    10/19/2007 10:17:08 PM PDT · by Westlander · 6 replies · 166+ views
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | Oct. 18, 2007 | Lawrence W. Reed
    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has regularly recommended specific state spending reductions to balance the state’s budget and improve Michigan’s public policy. The following list shows how the state could reduce spending immediately to help balance the state budget if policymakers chose to forgo the projected $1.358 billion in fiscal 2008 revenue from the recent state income tax hike and the new sales tax on certain services.
  • CA: Unions, builders join to sink diesel reduction bill

    09/14/2007 8:04:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 289+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/14/07 | Evan Halper
    SACRAMENTO -- The skids seemed greased for one of environmentalists' top priorities this year: legislation forcing the construction industry to reduce pollution, which enjoyed strong support among environment-friendly Democrats. But the measure died suddenly last week when another frequent ally -- labor unions -- weighed in against it. The bill would have required construction firms bidding for certain public contracts to retrofit pollution-spewing diesel equipment. Unions, which spend millions on Democratic campaigns ... said they feared the regulations would make construction work too costly and result in lost jobs. The Democrats, who dominate the Legislature, need labor's help on an...
  • Blair Announces British Reduction of Forces in Iraq

    02/21/2007 3:26:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 309+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2007 – British forces will begin to withdraw from Iraq, particularly in the southern city of Basra, where Iraqi security forces have taken primary responsibility for operations, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced today. In an address to the House of Commons, Blair said that 1,600 British troops will come out of Iraq “in the coming months,” as Iraqi security forces take on more responsibility. The United Kingdom’s combat capability in Iraq will not be diminished, he said, and the remaining British forces will focus on training Iraqi forces and securing the Iranian border and supply...
  • Conditions in Southeastern Iraq Could Lead to British Force Reduction

    01/19/2007 3:29:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 139+ views
    BASRA, Iraq, Jan. 19, 2007 – Positive developments in southeastern Iraq may enable British leaders to reduce their troop strength in that region, a spokesman for Multinational Division Southeast said here today. “Our political leaders are saying that if the conditions here continue to improve, we will have a reduction in force in the spring,” said British army Maj. Chris Ormond-King. British officials were among the coalition military leaders who briefed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates here today. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, met the secretary at the airport here, and British army...
  • Force Reduction in Iceland Reflects Focus on New Global Threats

    03/17/2006 2:42:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 50 replies · 668+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Mar 16, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, March 16, 2006 – The U.S. government has announced plans to remove its forces from Naval Air Station Keflavik, in Iceland, this fall, but reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to the island nation's security. U.S. Ambassador Carol van Voorst and U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns notified Icelandic Prime Minister Halldor Asgrimsson and Foreign Minister Geir H. Haarde of the decision yesterday, Terry Davidson, a State Department spokesman, confirmed. The State Department officials assured the Icelandic leaders the United States will continue to honor its agreement to provide Iceland's defense under the auspices of NATO and will work with the...
  • Rumsfeld Is Cautious on Iraq Force Reduction Predictions

    02/03/2006 3:16:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 117+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 2, 2006 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2006 – Some Beltway pundits have opined that U.S. force levels in Iraq could fall to 100,000 by the end of this year, but the Defense Department's top official said he won't play the speculation game. The Iraqi security forces, now at about 227,000 soldiers and police, are "doing a good job," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told attendees at the National Press Club here today. "They're increasingly experienced. They're increasingly well-equipped," Rumsfeld said, noting U.S. military members are embedded in Iraqi units to provide mentoring, if needed. "We have near instantaneous visibility into what their weaknesses...
  • Threat Reduction Agency Opens New Headquarters

    01/28/2006 11:11:28 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 257+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | Maj. Susan Idziak, USAF
    FORT BELVOIR, Va., Jan. 26, 2006 – The agency charged with reducing threats against American forces celebrated the opening of its new headquarters building, the Defense Threat Reduction Center, here today. The new center consolidates five separate locations and more than 1,400 people assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the Washington metropolitan area into a single, secure facility. James A. Tegnelia, agency director and host of the ceremony, introduced Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, chief of U.S. Strategic Command, as "part-owner" of the facility in his position as the operational commander responsible for combating weapons of mass destruction....
  • Khalilzad, Casey Release Joint Statement on Troop Reduction

    12/23/2005 11:51:47 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 315+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2005 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq and the commander of coalition forces there issued a joint statement in the wake of today's announcement of a reduction in U.S. forces in Iraq. Zalmay Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. issued the following statement: In a move we regard as a demonstration of the real progress in Iraq, the Iraqi Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of the Interior, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today announced a reduction of U.S. forces by two brigades. That will bring down the total level from...
  • Casey Explains Troop Reduction Rationale

    12/23/2005 11:46:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 313+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 23, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 23, 2005 – Two U.S. brigades will not deploy to Iraq as originally planned, the commander of coalition forces in Iraq said here today. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, said President Bush has accepted his recommendation that the number of American forces in Iraq drop over the coming months. Progress with the Iraqi security forces means the number of American brigades in Iraq can drop from 17 to 15. The 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, will remain at Fort Riley, Kan., and the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, will deploy to Kuwait...
  • Rumsfeld Announces Troop Reduction

    12/23/2005 11:23:11 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 296+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 23, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Dec. 23, 2005 – The United States will have two fewer brigades in Iraq in 2006, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today. Rumsfeld announced before a cheering group of Marines that the United States will drop from 17 to 15 brigades in the coming year. The change will drop the number of Americans in the country under the 138,000-level baseline, officials said. The decision reflects the proper balance between coalition and Iraqi forces, the secretary said. The coalition footprint must be large enough to help maintain security and allow the Iraq forces to train up,...
  • Secretary Hints at Troop Reduction During Flight to Iraq

    12/22/2005 3:19:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 252+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 22, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Dec. 22, 2005 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld hinted at an announcement on troops levels in Iraq during a flight here today. The secretary said there has not been an official U.S. government announcement, but said one will be forthcoming soon. "It's possibly the worst-kept secret in Baghdad," said a senior defense official. News reports have said that there will be a two-brigade cut in the number of troops needed in Iraq. Senior defense officials said the increasing size and capabilities of Iraqi forces are primarily responsible for the possible cut. Iraqi soldiers and police handled...
  • Rumsfeld Expects Immediate Troop Reduction After Iraq Election

    12/09/2005 5:02:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 24 replies · 436+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2005 – The United States expects to reduce its troop numbers in Iraq by more than 17,000 following the Dec. 15 national elections, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Dec. 8. Rumsfeld, speaking on PBS' "News Hour With Jim Lehrer," said he expects to reduce the force, which surged to about 155,000 to ensure adequate security for the elections, to the previous baseline of 137,000 or 138,000. "I'm sure of that," he said, noting that violence is expected to drop following the upcoming election, as it did following the Oct. 15 referendum on the constitution and the...
  • Young Marines begin second cycle (BULLDOG Program is what it used to be called)

    03/04/2005 3:47:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies · 832+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | 03/04/05 | Lance Cpl. Darhonda V. Hall
    MCRD/ ERR PARRIS ISLAND, SC (March 4, 2005) -- As the children were dropped off at the All-Weather Training Facility to begin their training endeavors as Young Marine recruits, volunteer "drill instructors" stood waiting to train them. "That initial shock from the drill instructors is what is going to make them believe they are actually going through recruit training," said Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Curran, the Parris Island Young Marines Program volunteer coordinator. Similar to Marine recruit training, the children will be referred to as recruits until the day they graduate and complete the training. The young recruits met Saturday from...
  • The Future of Judaism

    01/25/2005 11:35:24 AM PST · by stevejackson · 30 replies · 2,433+ views
    netWMD - The War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | January 25, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    Until the 18th century, there was basically only one kind of Judaism, that which is now called Orthodox. It meant living by the religion's 613 laws, and doing so suffused Jews' lives with their faith. Then, starting with the thinker Baruch Spinoza (1632-77) and moving briskly during the Haskala, or "enlightenment," from the late 18th century, Jews developed a wide variety of alternate interpretations of their religion, most of which diminished the role of faith in their lives and led to a concomitant reduction in Jewish affiliation.These alternatives and other developments, in particular the Holocaust, caused the ranks of the...
  • The Facts About Military Readiness (Sept. 2000 -- how Clinton slashed the military)

    07/03/2004 5:56:21 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 1,146+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | September 15, 2000 | Jack Spencer
    Readiness measures the ability of a military accomplish its assigned missions. Logistics, available spare parts, training, equipment, and morale all contribute to readiness. The Facts About Readiness. In the early 1990s, the Bush Administration began to reduce the size of the U.S. military so that it would be consistent with post-Cold War threats. Under the Clinton Administration, however, these reductions in forces escalated rapidly, with too little defense spending, while U.S. forces were deployed more often. Because the security of the United States is at stake, it is imperative to present the facts about military readiness: T #1. The...
  • Catholic Parishes May Merge (From 135 to 35 in Portland, Maine Diocese!)

    06/04/2004 2:23:47 PM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 2 replies · 324+ views ^ | June 4, 2004 | Jennifer Osborn
    ELLSWORTH — The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has a proposal to address the shortage of priests that could bring about the reduction of Maine’s 135 parishes to 35. Around the state, the change could mean longer commutes for priests and parishioners to attend Mass. How the proposal would affect the parishes and satellite worship sites in Hancock County is unknown. “They’re talking about merging smaller parishes together into larger canonical parishes,” said Diocese Communications Director Sue Bernard. “We’re looking at how the church can best do its mission over five to 10 years,” Bernard said. “What...
  • Pollution Indicated as Most Likely Cause of Most Coral Reef Die-Off

    02/13/2004 8:52:11 AM PST · by cogitator · 18 replies · 679+ views
    Space Daily ^ | February 12, 2004 | Harbor Branch Laboratory
    Scientists agree that coral reefs are in an alarming global state of decline. However, determining the main cause or causes of this decline has proven a much more contentious issue. In the current edition of the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (JEMBE), Harbor Branch marine scientist Dr.Brian Lapointe and colleagues present new evidence they hope will help settle one major debate: whether pollution or overfishing is the main cause of the coral-smothering spread of seaweed on many reefs. The research suggests that pollution from such sources as sewage and agricultural runoff is the main culprit, a conclusion that...
  • Kodak slashing up to 23 percent of work force

    01/22/2004 6:01:14 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 42 replies · 261+ views
    indystar ^ | January 22, 2004 | ap
    <p>ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastman Kodak Co., struggling to find its footing in new digital photography markets as its signature film business fades, said today it will cut 12,000 to 15,000 jobs, or up to 23 percent of its global work force, over the next three years.</p>
  • Breathe easier: Regulations Cut U.S. Carbon Monoxide Emissions

    04/28/2003 2:28:32 PM PDT · by cogitator · 20 replies · 651+ views
    Regulations Cut U.S. Carbon Monoxide Emissions WASHINGTON, DC, April 25, 2003 (ENS) - The U.S. regulation of carbon monoxide is "one of the great success stories in air pollution control," an independent panel of scientists reported this week. According to the National Academy of Sciences committee, tighter vehicle emissions standards and federal air quality standards have combined to dramatically lower levels of the colorless, odorless but potentially deadly gas across much of the United States. The panel found that there are a few areas in the Western United States still susceptible to accumulating high levels of the pollutant, but...
  • Rethinking South Korea's defense

    02/08/2003 2:22:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 157+ views
    caption in black: U.S. News, "DoD confirmed". reduction of Army, defense with precision weapon using Navy/Air Force. caption in blue: American troop withdrawal, reduction seriously considered Rethinking South Korea's defense: The Bush administration may reduce the number of U.S. troops in South Korea BY MARK MAZZETTI Even as it is locked in an uneasy standoff over nuclear weapons with North Korea, the Bush administration is weighing whether to make a fundamental shift in both the U.S. military's peacetime presence in South Korea and its plans for war should North Korea attack across the 38th parallel, U.S. News has learned. The...
  • Virginia Governor Speech on Budget Reductions

    10/15/2002 4:55:39 PM PDT · by GummyIII · 18 replies · 369+ views
    VA Governor's Website ^ | 10/15/2002 | Mark Warner
    Press and Policy > Events and Speeches Address to the Commonwealth on Additional Budget Reductions (Oct. 15, 2002) View Summary Report on Budget Reductions (pdf, 208 Kb) View archived Webcast of this speech Speech sections: IntroductionBudget IntroductionEarly Budget CutsMore Reductions NeededDecisions on Spending Cuts Start at the TopImprove EfficiencyPreserving Services to PeopleEffect on Vital ServicesMore Targeted ReductionsConclusion Introduction    back to top Good Evening.Before I begin my remarks about our budget, I must address a more immediate reality. For the past thirteen days, the series of random sniper attacks in and around Virginia has made us all concerned about...