Opporturnity’s Knocks (jdargis)
“A NEW CAREER and a NEW YOU in just 75 classroom hours,” a brochure for the nursing aide class had promised, and it was transformation she was after.
She grabbed her textbook and walked toward the career center, a concrete building set amidst the rolling farmland of Marietta. It was the oldest city in the state, 15,000 people pressed against the Ohio River, and its survival had always depended on reinvention: from agriculture to coal, from manufacturing to service industries. Now, two-thirds of the region’s available jobs related to health care, and Tereza walked into a classroom cluttered with wheelchairs, portable toilets and hospital beds. There were seven other people in the room – all starting over in the tenuous, low-wage recovery of 2014, in which job retraining was no longer a qualification but a prerequisite, and careers were chosen based not on preference but on prescriptions of economic need.
A cat burglar in the house (jdargis)
In 2012, a Tarrant County jury sentenced David Cooper to three months in jail, 10 years probation and a $10,000 fine for theft and burglary after he occupied a vacant Arlington house and claimed it under adverse possession. Earlier in 2012, Kenneth Robinson invoked adverse possession to seize a $340,000 bank-foreclosed house in Flower Mound. A judge rejected his claim and ordered him to leave.
Unless Fonteno’s clients were well-schooled in the verbose, complicated legal terms in his organization’s sales contracts, it’s unlikely they knew they were agreeing to pay mortgages on houses that belonged to someone else.
Plenty, in the minds of many business leaders and economists, who are concerned that an independent Scotland will not have the financial strength to prosper alone. The economy would lean heavily on revenue from North Sea oil, which has been falling, and its per capita government spending outpaces the rest of Britain.
Obama had initially sought to deal with climate change through Congress. But after that effort collapse, and with Republicans in Congress uniformly opposed to cutting carbon emissions – or even denying climate change was occuring – Obama decided last year to use his executive authority to cut carbon pollution.
The White House and the EPA would not comment on the report.
Under the rule, states will be given a wide menu of policy options to achieve the pollution cuts. Rather than immediately shutting down coal plants, states would be allowed to reduce emissions by making changes across their electricity systems — by installing new wind and solar generation or energy-efficiency technology, and by starting or joining state and regional “cap and trade” programs, in which states agree to cap carbon pollution and buy and sell permits to pollute.
Japan test-broadcasts super HD television technology (Arthur Robey)
“Various countries are accelerating trials and the launch of new services using (4K and 8K) technologies,” said Katsuaki Watanabe, a former Toyota president and chairman emeritus of NexTV-F, which is leading the consortium behind the test.
“Japanese industry has to survive in this severe environment,” he added.
What Happens When CSAs Go Belly Up? (jdargis)
Robert Casey, the attorney for Varisco, has stayed vague about the financial nitty-gritty, telling the Harvard Common only that “the costs were high, and the economic model didn’t work.” Court filings indicate Varisco owes $207,000 to the Farm Service Agency; his creditors also include at least 300 CSA members who are currently out more than $165,000. But members are unlikely to see any financial recourse through the court proceedings.
Researchers said last week that the drought has meant a loss of $1.7 billion. The toll becomes clearer each day, as water vanishes, and long-submerged highways are revealed; as farmland sits fallow and thousands of jobs are erased; as salmon eggs are left exposed to the air and the harsh sun, killing them; as sheep ranchers cull their herds early because they can’t make hay to feed them.
But for one small, proud, iconoclastic community — gold prospectors — the drought has been a boon.
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