SolarWorld will lay off as many as 37 workers from its Hillsboro plant, company officials confirmed Wednesday. The factory, which makes solar cells and panels, is suffering from a market downturn that SolarWorld blames primarily on unfair competition from China. A coalition led by the company persuaded the U.S. government to levy tariffs on Chinese imports, but loopholes remain, prices are depressed and the duties have yet to help much, a company spokesman said.
Life is approaching a new normal for many in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeast two weeks ago. Lingering destruction, however, means it may take months to rebuild. Con Edison reported in a statement on Monday that “the largest customer restoration effort in Con Edison’s history is wrapping up.” Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent nor’easter knocked out power for more than one million customers, according to the utility company. The last customers in Westchester were having electricity restored as of Monday morning.
Republican Mitt Romney attributes his election loss to President Obama´s ´gifts´ that he bestowed on minorities and young people during his first term. In a conference call with his national finance committee on Wednesday, Romney said Obama´s win was buoyed in large part by loyal Democratic constituencies including the poor that he had promised ´free health care,´ the immigrants that he had protected from deportation and the college-aged women that he had offered free contraceptives. ´You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health
President Obama´s election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centrepiece of his first term in power--but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring. Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny´s and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers´ bills and will reduce his employees´ hours. With Obamacare due to be fully implemented in January 2014, Metz has justified his move by claiming it is ´the only alternative. I´ve got to pass on the
The Yorkshire moorland that inspired Wuthering Heights is about to be blighted by nine 377ft wind turbines, each one the height of Salisbury Cathedral. Do you need to be a rabid, bat-crazy, monomaniacal, classical liberal loon to find this upsetting? I hope not, I really do. The vandalisation of Ovenden Moor, near Haworth, in the heart of Brontë country should concern us all, regardless of which way we vote or what newspaper we read. Caring greenies ought to be dismayed by the widespread environmental havoc it will wreak: the kestrels it will slice and dice, the protected bats it will
An awful lot of America’s top military brass have been taking hits lately. Is it just a coincidence that several four-star generals and a two-star admiral get the axe or resign in disgrace within the space of less than a month? Do any of these have anything to do with the administration´s Benghazigate scandal? Or are they, as some military observers suspect, only the first installment of the Obama agenda to decimate the military services? (Snip) • General Carter Ham — On October 18, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that Gen. Ham was being replaced as the commander of
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the "gifts" he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters and because of the president´s effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant. "The president´s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift," Romney said in a call to donors on Wednesday. "He made a big effort on small things." Romney said his campaign, in contrast, had been about "big issues for the whole country."
While tens of thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to struggle without power or heat, many of them homeless or living in damaged houses, some fortunate relief workers have been staying at a luxury Manhattan hotel since arriving in town to help with the aftermath of the storm. Representatives from American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) said that the two agencies booked a total of 48 rooms in the upscale SoHo Grand to house some of the relief workers at a discounted nightly rate of $310 a room.
Janeane Garofalo could face a heavy tax bill after discovering that she has unknowingly been married for the past 20 years. The 48-year-old stand-up comedienne, actress, liberal political activist and writer told the New York Post that she and her then boyfriend of one year, Rob Cohen, had wed in Vegas ´as a joke´ in 1991 - but didn´t imagine it would be formally recognized. Now, however, legal experts warn there could be a serious financial fallout. Top divorce attorney Raoul Felder told Page Six today: ´It could be a train wreck and not so casual. The highest tax rate
Washington - As Lyndon Johnson said, the two things that make leaders stupid are envy and sex. Macbeth kills a king out of envy. Egged on by an envious Iago, Othello smothers his wife out of a crazed fear of her having sex with his lieutenant. Now another charismatic general has shattered his life and career over sex. When you’ve got a name like a Greek hero, and a nickname like a luscious fruit, isn’t hubris ripe to follow? It’s been a steep fall for Peaches Petraeus, once the darling of Congress and journalists, Republicans and Democrats, Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley. Washington is suffused
An angry President Obama on Wednesday demanded his congressional critics “go after me” rather than snipe at his top aides, after two top Republican senators said U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s inaccurate account of the cause of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi makes her unfit to be promoted. In his first formal news conference in eight months Mr. Obama defended his handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya’s second-largest city, and also said he would not allow to go unchallenged any attacks by Republicans looking to place blame
The Obama administration’s public versions of events in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya have been riddled with discrepancies, starting soon after the American dead and survivors left behind a charred diplomatic compound and bullet-scarred CIA building in Benghazi. The administration’s inconsistencies go beyond its false assertion for days afterward that a made-in-America anti-Muslim video spurred “spontaneous” Sept. 11 assaults in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, his information officer and two former Navy SEALs were killed.
The shale gas revolution is firing up an old-fashioned American industrial revival, breathing life into businesses such as petrochemicals and glass, steel and toys. Consider the rising fortunes of Ascension Parish, La. Methanex Corp., which closed its last U.S. chemical plant in 1999, is spending more than half a billion dollars to dismantle a methanol plant in Chile and move it to the parish. Nearby, a petrochemical company, Williams, is spending $400 million to expand an ethylene plant. And on Nov. 1, CF Industries unveiled a $2.1 billion expansion of its nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing
The FBI’s handling of the investigation that forced CIA Director David H. Petraeus to resign came under new scrutiny Wednesday as FBI Director Robert S. Mueller faced questions on Capitol Hill and President Obama alluded to lingering questions about the course of the inquiry. In his first public comments on the controversy, Obama said he has seen no evidence that the scandal exposed classified information that might harm national security. But he stopped short of approving the FBI’s handling of the inquiries into the personal e-mail communications of Petraeus and
President Obama said in his victory speech last week that “elections matter.” On Wednesday, he made clear how much the election matters to him — and to the way he intends to govern in his second term. Appearing in his first post-victory news conference, the customarily cautious Obama spoke like a politician with nothing to lose after winning the last race of his life. Over the course of an hour, he struck an unabashedly populist tone in characterizing his second-term “mandate” to help the poor and the middle class, and he warned his partisan rivals
In response to months of sustained Hamas rocket attacks, the IDF kicked off its Gaza military operation this morning by dropping a missile onto Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari’s car. From the Israel Defense Forces Twitter feed, a fair warning to any of the late Jabari’s comrades who may have been thinking about taking a drive later today: We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead. — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012 One thing that sets this military campaign apart from similar ones
New York - Chipmaker Texas Instruments said Wednesday that it will lay off 1,700 workers in an effort to shift focus away from its struggling mobile business. The job cuts represent about 5% of TI´s staff, and they are part of a previously announced restructuring initiative aimed at cutting costs and increasing its presence in the burgeoning embedded device market. Shares of Texas Instruments (TXN, Fortune 500) rose about 1% in afterhours trading. The Dallas-based company had made some headway in the smartphone market a few years ago. But recently the biggest mobile
Petraeus Scandal: Four Americans have been killed under still-unexplained circumstances, yet the obsession is with a general´s mistress and not with the truth of why these men were left to die in Libya. How ironic that the FBI agents who descended on the home of Paula Broadwell to gather information on the mistress of now-former CIA Director David Petraeus probably did a better job than the FBI agents who gave a cursory look at our burned-out consulate in Benghazi, leaving behind classified documents strewn on the floor and even our ambassador´s diary
An advocacy group for young immigrants expressed concern Wednesday after President Barack Obama, at his first press conference in months, said he would support "a pathway for legal status" for those living in the country illegally. That Obama used the phrase "legal status" instead of "citizenship" raised alarm bells for some deep in the weeds of immigration advocacy, since some more conservative immigration reformers think the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally should be given legal status but not the opportunity to become citizens. "He looked like he sidestepped around
House Budget Committee chair Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has rejected President Barack Obama´s demand to raise taxes as part of Obama´s proposal to achieve $1.6 trillion in additional tax revenues to avoid the "fiscal cliff." Instead, Ryan backed Speaker John Boehner´s position, which is that any new tax revenues must be achieved without passing higher tax rates. In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News, Ryan specified that new revenues should come through economic growth and tax reform, not tax hikes: Speaker Boehner has outlined a bipartisan way forward to avoid the "fiscal cliff"
Former Seattle Seahawks player Jerramy Stevens was arrested Monday on suspicion of assaulting his fiancée, U.S. women´s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo, according to police and court records. He was released Tuesday when a judge reportedly said there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault. Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray said the case is still under investigation and that charges could be brought later if prosecutors and police find other evidence. Stevens, 33, and the 31-year-old Solo applied for a marriage license Thursday, according to King County records.
Is this the machine on which Broadwell carried on her affair with General Petraeus? Help me out here, Mac experts. The computer being hauled out of Paula Broadwell´s home (with her permission) by FBI agents as part of their investigation of the Petraeus affair looks to me like an Apple (AAPL) iMac circa 2009. Can you confirm or deny? Below: An annotated photo of the back of a 2009 iMac from Apple´s spec sheet.
Sex, trysts and indiscretions. Nothing more effectively diverts the public’s attention away from emerging critical truths better than the time-tested template of salacious headlines. It hijacks people’s attention away from far more critical matters that threaten the positions and agendas of the most powerful people engaged in even more immoral acts. It must be recognized for what it is: a tactic of diversion. The alleged trysts of powerbrokers are a component to the story of Benghazi, but they are not the story. They provide convenient cover for emerging revelations. Like arrows in a quiver of those in positions of power, they exist as leverage to be used to neutralize existing or potential
That’s the Politico headline about today’s presidential news conference. (Snip) When the press conference is over, we still won’t know why additional security wasn’t provided to the consulate in Benghazi despite multiple requests, why Ty Woods was told to stand down, who gave the order to stand down, why multiple appeals for support went unanswered, where the president was on the evening of September 11, why the president stuck to the video-as-cause falsehood for several weeks, who told Susan Rice to perpetuate that falsehood, what Secretary of State Clinton was doing before, during, and
In the wake of a brutal election loss, some of us are disappointed and want to lodge a protest -- I´m not unsympathetic to that, I get it, I really do. I got it in 2000 and in 2004 when my favorite sport was mocking left-wing movie stars who threatened to flee the country after Bush won. But therein lies the point: If conservatives are going to mock the disappointed who want to flee the country after an election loss, shouldn´t we be doing the same thing now? While it´s not fair, sometimes we really do have to take responsibility for our own and even those who claim to be our allies.