Feb 9
U.S. Congress passes CAFTA with 2 vote House margin

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) early morning Thursday, with a narrow vote of 217 in favor, 215 against. Voting was held open for an hour, 45 minutes past the House’s 15-minute voting rule as the President along with other supporters lobbied into the night.

The vote was so close, if one House member changed a “Yea” vote to a “Nay” vote, CAFTA would have failed in a 216-216 tie.

In tallying the votes, 25 Republicans, mostly from Midwest Corn Belt and Rust Belt states and the Southeast United States’s textile industrial belt, broke party line to vote against the measure. Two Republicans were present, but refused to vote.

The Democrats presented a more united front. All but 15 Democrats present voted against the treaty. Independent House members, who usually vote with the Democrats also voted against the measure.

Supporters of the measure include President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Opponents included most House Democrats.

The trade agreement already passed the Senate in June. President Bush has said he will sign it into law.

DR-CAFTA encompasses the following components:

  • Services: all public services are to be open to private investment.
  • Investment: governments promise to grant ironclad guarantees to foreign investment.
  • Government procurement: All government purchases must be open to transnational bids.
  • Market access: governments pledge to reduce and eventually to eliminate tariffs and other measures that protect domestic products.
  • Agriculture: duty-free import and elimination of subsidies on agricultural products.
  • Intellectual property rights: privatization of and monopoly over technological know-how.
  • Antidumping rules, subsidies and countervailing rights: governments commit to phase out protectionist barriers in all sectors.
  • Competition policy: the dismantling of national monopolies.
  • Dispute resolution: the right of transnationals to sue countries in private international courts.
  • Environmental protection: the enforcement of environmental laws and improvement of the environment.
  • Labor standards: the enforcement of the International Labour Organization‘s core labor standards.
  • Transparency: the reduction of government corruption.
  • Test-Data Exclusivity for pharmaceutical corporations
Feb 8
South African cricketer AB de Villiers announces international retirement
South African cricketer AB de Villiers announces international retirement

Saturday, May 26, 2018

On Wednesday, South African cricketer AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket. The 34-year-old batsman uploaded a video message on Twitter saying it was a “tough decision” and he was “tired”.

De Villiers joined the national team, the Proteas, in 2004, featuring in a test match against England. Since then, the South African talisman has featured in 114 test matches for the Proteas, scoring 8765 runs. He has 22 test centuries to his name, the most recent one coming against Australia in March. South Africa went on to win the test series 3–0.

De Villiers’ batting average is above 50 in both test matches and One Day International (ODI) matches. De Villiers has featured in 228 ODI and 78 Twenty20 (T20) matches as well scoring 9577 and 1672 runs in ODIs and T20s respectively.

In a match against the West Indies at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on January 18, 2015, De Villiers scored 149 runs from 44 balls. In that match, De Villiers scored the fastest half-century in ODIs, reaching 50 runs from seventeen balls, as well as the fastest century in ODIs, with 100 runs from 31 balls.

Chris Nenzani, the President of Cricket South Africa, said, “AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world”.

De Villiers announced his retirement four days after he finished his Indian Premier League season with Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the video statement, De Villiers said, “I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket.”

Feb 8
Secrets Of Your Opt In List

By Charles Dunbar

Emails have pretty much replaced regular mail. This has happened not only because it is cheaper, since you do not need to buy a stamp, but because its also faster. Emails can be sent in as fast as five seconds, depending on the server, anywhere in the world.

This is no doubt the reason emails are being used to distribute news letters, promotional mails, and other things. How then would you be able to get names & email addresses to send those marketing pieces to your prospects? The answer is: you must have an opt-in list.

An opt-in list is your private directory of names & email address that have subscribed to your specific offering (ie: newsletter, ezine, etc..). Let me point out that I am not endorsing going out and buying names & email addresses of “business opportunity seekers” if you have a business opportunity to promote. Those names typically have been sold to 20 or more people offering business opportunies to the public. It is a waste of money and time. After all, you wouldn’t want to promote your business opportunity to people who were looking for for those 5 years ago, would you? The only “perfect” opt-in lists are the ones that are built from the ground up and only includes individuals that are interested in your offer.

Here are tips on how to create a comprehensive opt-in list for target market.

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Your website:

If you need to build a website, it’s very simple nowadays. A lot of programs are milling about assisting regular computer users in making and maintaining websites in a very simple way. Some website creator are so easy that you only need to cut and paste or use one of the website creators’ many templates. There are many web hosting sites are available too. If you have a site of your own, visitors can sign up for you newsletter or ezine via a lead capture page.

Set up a promotion or a freebie:

As we all know, not all the best things in life are free, but you can definitely try to give something out for sure. You see this done all over the web. Free screensavers, free games, free download of programs, free e-book, free secrets of your opt-in lists, etc. And what do they need from you? They just ask for your name and email address. Then you can place a check box on the registration form for sending of email. For sure, you can think of something to give out as well.

Write, write and write some more:

There are many ezines and free article hubs where in writers can submit their articles on various topics. If you had a chance to do so, add a link to your article providing information about what you are trying to promote. Some readers of your article may enjoy your work so much theyd sign up for more information, so dont forget your lead capture page.

Allow them to easily opt-out (if they want):

People who join your opt-in list may, at some time, want to opt-out. People who are wary of joining may not join at all if they see that it would be near impossible to remove their email address from the listing. Show them that it is as easy to opt-out as it is opting in. Ofcourse, all emails sent from your autoresponder system should include an opt-out link so that people can opt-out instantly.

Creating an opt-in list entails a lot of work and/or funds. You should outline how much you are willing spend monthly in creating your opt-in list. Keep in mind that people who opt-in to your list/s are sales prospects. They are interested in a certain product that you may be selling or “free” important information you’re offering. Obtaining an optimal opt-in list will undoubtedly boost your sales.

Do it today and don’t procrastinate. It works!

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Feb 7
US unemployment rate reaches 9.8%
US unemployment rate reaches 9.8%

Friday, October 2, 2009

Companies in the United States are shedding more jobs, pushing the country’s unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 9.8%.

The US Labor Department said on Friday that employers cut 263,000 jobs in September, with companies in the service industries — including banks, restaurants and retailers — hit especially hard. This is the 21st consecutive month of job losses in the country.

The United States has now lost 7.2 million jobs since the recession officially began in December 2007. The new data has sparked fears that unemployment could threaten an economic recovery. Top US officials have warned that any recovery would be slow and uneven, and some have predicted the unemployment rate will top 10% before the situation improves.

“Continued household deleveraging and rising unemployment may weigh more on consumption than forecast, and accelerating corporate and commercial property defaults could slow the improvement in financial conditions,” read a report by the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, predicting that unemployment will average 10.1% by next year and not go back down to five percent until 2014.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com, said that “it’s a very fragile and tentative recovery. Policy makers need to do more.”

“The number came in weaker than expected. We saw a lot of artificial involvement by the government to prop up the markets, and now that that is starting to end, the private sector isn’t yet showing signs of life,” said Kevin Caron, a market strategist for Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

Also on Thursday, the US Commerce Department said factory orders fell for the first time in five months, dropping eight-tenths of a percent in August. Orders for durable goods — items intended to last several years (including everything from appliances to airliners) — fell 2.6%, the largest drop since January of this year.

The US government has been spending billions of dollars — part of a $787 billion stimulus package — to help spark economic growth. There have been some signs the economy is improving.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday that spending on home construction jumped in August for its biggest increase in 16 years. A real estate trade group, the National Association of Realtors, said pending sales of previously owned homes rose more than 12 percent in August, compared to August 2008.

A separate Commerce Department report said that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of US economic activity, rose at its fastest pace in nearly eight years, jumping 1.3 percent in August.

Other reports have provided cause for concern. A banking industry trade group said Thursday the number of US consumers making late payments, or failing to make payments, on loans and credit cards is on the rise. A survey by a business group, the Institute for Supply Management, Thursday showed US manufacturing grew in September, but at a slower pace than in August when manufacturing increased for the first time in a year and a half.

Stock markets reacted negatively to the reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 41 points in early trading, reaching a level of 9467. This follows a drop of 203 points on Thursday, its largest loss in a single day since July. The London FTSE index fell 55 points, or 1.1%, to reach 4993 points by 15.00 local time.

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Feb 7
How To Research Cna Schools In New York

byAlma Abell

One of the fastest growing employment industries in the US is the medical field. If you are tired of dead end jobs and are ready to take control of your future and get an education that can help you find a rewarding career, make sure you consider attending one of the many CNA Schools in New York. They will provide you with the training needed to qualify to take state exams and pass them successfully. Don’t think you can’t increase your ability to find a quality job, when you can get an education that will propel you towards a successful future in as little as 6 months. Make sure you research the following three items before you choose a school for you to attend to get your education.

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Passing Ratio:- Ask the school how many students who enroll in their classes successfully complete the program. If a large number of students drop out toward the beginning of their studies, it could be an indicator that they do not give their students the skills to feel comfortable about the material they are learning. Don’t trust a school with a low passing ratio.

Exam Preparation:- You will be required to take a state exam in order to get your license. Make sure the school you attend gives you the knowledge you need to master the state test and pass it successfully the first time. They should provide reviews during your studies, and the ability to take mach tests to help you better prepare for what lies ahead.

Job Placement Assistance:- There is nothing more frustrating than getting an education and not being able to find a job afterwards. The CNA Schools in New York that you consider should offer their graduates job placement assistance, so you know you will be able to take your education and get a quality job right away. Schools that don’t offer this may not be committed to your long term success.

If you are looking for a school to help you, consider New Age Training. New Age Training is the CNA School in New York that will best help you prepare for the state exam and the work that lies ahead of you. Contact them today so you can take the first step in getting a good job that you can feel good about. You have nothing to lose, and only a brighter and more lucrative future to gain.

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Feb 7
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Feb 6
Stabbing at Massachusetts high school leaves one dead
Stabbing at Massachusetts high school leaves one dead

Friday, January 19, 2007

In the United States, a stabbing at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, Massachusetts has left a 15-year old student dead.

The stabbing happened around 7:20 am EST, before classes had started. A fight broke out in a boys’ bathroom between the 15-year old victim, James Alenson and 16-year-old suspect John Odgren, the fight spilled out in the hallway, where the stabbing occurred.

The school was sent into a “lockdown” and students were ushered into the gym, cafeteria and various classrooms. Alenson was rushed to Emerson Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:15 am EST. Odgren admitted to the stabbing and was in the principal’s office saying “I did it, I did it,” to police. However, Odgren also reportedly said “Is he OK? I don’t want him to die,” according to a police report.All students were released at 10:20 am EST.

Odgren was diagnosed with severe Asperger’s syndrome, an autistic spectrum disorder has been on medication for years, was a special education student at the school and had no history of violence according to his lawyer, Jonathan Shapiro. He is being charged with “murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and carrying a knife onto school property” and was arraigned in Framingham District Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Shapiro also asked if his client could go to secure facility at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Judge Paul Healy denied the request saying he did not have “enough assurance that Children’s Hospital would be secure.” Instead, he will be held at Middlesex Jail in Cambridge outside of the general population.

According to the school’s website, there will be a community meeting tonight in the school’s auditorium at 7pm EST.

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Feb 6
Wikinews Shorts: September 25, 2007
Wikinews Shorts: September 25, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, September 25, 2007.

Canadian workers with the Canadian Auto Workers Union have gone on strike due to 70,000 American employees of United Auto Workers Union (UAW) forced to strike against General Motors (GM), just one day ago.

GM Canada’s Windsor, Ontario plant, which employs 1,400 people shut down on Monday. On Tuesday Car Plant 1 in Oshawa, Ontario, which employs 3,000, closed at 3:00am ET. Car Plant 2, also in Oshawa, which employs 2,500 workers, could make a speedy close today or tomorrow. Other GM car plants in Ontario are also feared to close during the strike.

If the strike in the U.S. stays, up to 100,000 Canadian UAW workers could be laid off, according to Buzz Hargrove, president of the Canadian Auto Workers Union. Eighty-thousand Canadians work for the auto-parts industry in Canada, and 40,000 could be laid off, Hargrove also says.

According to the BBC, analysts say the strike will only last for two weeks. The UAW last called a national strike on GM 30 years ago.

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Findings on a new “sleep survey” seem to be mixed as a sleep analysis of 10,308 government workers over seventeen years was recently made public. The study was conducted by the University of Warwick and the University College London in the United Kingdom.

The participants were aged 35-55. Researchers examined the participants’ sleeping habits between the years of 1995 to 1998, and 1992 to 1993, and mortality rates until 2004. It also compared the social lives of the participants to sleeping habits.

The study shows that, if a person cuts their sleep from seven hours to five hours they ultimately risk an increase of death and death from cardiovascular problems. But sleeping more than eight hours doubles the risk of death, and death would be triggered from non-cardiovascular diseases. Sleeping less than five hours per night increases a risk of weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and other diseases, which could end up in leading to death.

“A third of the population of the UK and over 40 percent in the U.S. regularly sleep less than five hours a night, so it is not a trivial problem,” said Francesco Cappuccio, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Warwick. “The current pressures in society to cut out sleep, in order to squeeze in more, may not be a good idea — particularly if you go below five hours.”

“This change, largely the result of sleep curtailment to create more time for leisure and shift-work, has meant that reports of fatigue, tiredness and excessive daytime sleepiness are more common than a few decades ago. Sleep represents the daily process of physiological restitution and recovery, and lack of sleep has far-reaching effects,” he said on the university’s website.

“In terms of prevention, our findings indicate that consistently sleeping around seven hours per night is optimal for health,” Cappuccio added.

The new findings have been published on medical journal SLEEPs website. It will officially be published in the magazines next issue.


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Feb 6
The Very Best Dover Ford Dealers

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byAlma Abell

Purchasing a new or used vehicle can be very exciting and partly stressful because you want to make sure that you are making the right choice. This is why it is imperative that you work with the very best Dover Ford Dealers. You will want to choose a dealership who can offer the best variety of new and used vehicles. They can help you to find something that is perfect for you and your family. It is also very helpful if they have their own finance department because this allows you to make a swift transaction. Their staff should be knowledgeable and caring. Their job is to help you find something that is right for your needs.

A Ford Focus is a great choice because they are well made and very roomy. They are perfect for families and they are available at an affordable price. The safety features are also very impressive. This is a solid choice and it is a good idea to take one for a test drive in order to get a better feel for how it handles on the roads. These cars are made well and are definitely built to last. They are also economical when it comes to gas mileage.

It is also a good idea to work with a dealership that offers later hours. This will allow you enough time after working, to come in and to take your time when making a choice. They should also offer a service department in the event that you need repair work completed. They should essentially be able to take care of all of your needs. It is also important that they offer low prices. Many dealerships offer specials on their websites that are designed to save you money on your purchase.

Purchasing a new or used Ford doesn’t have to be stressful. If you are working with the best and most experienced Dover Ford Dealers, you can expect a great experience. It is their goal to make their customers happy and satisfied by taking care of all of their needs. They want you to have a pleasant experience when you work with them. For more information visit Maplecrestford.com.

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