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Maine Governor Takes Heroic Stand for Welfare Reform
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Apr 22, 2015, 03:57 AM

$ 1AAabbbccbagestamp.jpgDemocrats in the Maine state legislature are fighting tooth and nail against Governor Paul LePage's proposal to forbid welfare recipients from purchasing tattoos with food stamps.

Fox News reports that, "Maine Gov. Paul LePage's tough proposals, unveiled earlier this month, would prohibit using welfare benefits to buy alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and tattoos. LePage also wants to require applicants to apply for three jobs before being eligible, and ban the use of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards to withdraw cash outside of Maine."

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KABOOM: Tesco Endures Losses $8.5bn Last Year
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Apr 22, 2015, 03:34 AM

$ 1AAabbbccbascodroid.jpgTesco, a British supermarket chain, scored major losses in revenues for the 2014/15 fiscal year.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Tesco, one of the world's largest retailers, posted a full-year net loss of 5.7 billion pounds ($8.5 billion) as it wrote down the value of properties to reflect deteriorating market conditions."

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BMW Goes Big-Time at Port of Galveston
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Apr 22, 2015, 01:53 AM

$ 1AAabbbccbmwgal.jpgBMW Group plans to build a massive distribution center at the Port of Galveston to import its vehicles into the USA. 

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The BMW Group is building a vehicle distribution center at the Port of Galveston to serve 45 dealerships in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, the company announced Tuesday.  A news release said the facility, owned and operated by WWL Vehicle Services Americas under BMW Group on-site management, will receive its first shipment of cars early next year:"

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Top 10 Daily Business China News Alerts 04/22/2015
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 21, 2015, 08:01 PM

Stay Updated on Real China Business News at Real Time

1.       An app pushes factories in China to cut pollution


When environmentalist Ma Jun set out to tackle pollution from Chinese industries, it seemed a near-impossible task.  Taking polluting factories to court was difficult. Factory owners were powerful, and the incentives were stronger to cut environmental corners than comply with regulations.



2.       Yum CEO says China business mending, sees strong year-end finish


Yum Brands Inc, owner of KFC and Pizza Hut chains, on Tuesday said business in its biggest market China is recovering from a meat scare at one of its minor suppliers and the division would finish the year strong.  Yum's comments on China, its No. 1 market for revenue and profit, sent company shares up 4.5 percent to $84.52 in extended trading. 

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VA Puts Suicide Callers on Hold
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 21, 2015, 03:44 AM

$ 1AAabbbcckiller.jpgThe Veteran Affairs administration had placed a suicide caller on hold three times before he could speak with a human being on the other line.

According to NewsMax, "An Air Force veteran who called the Department of Veterans Affairs' suicide hotline says he was put on hold three times before he was actually able to talk to someone.  "Like too many veterans, I didn't know the hotline number, so I called my local VA, James Haley down in Tampa, Florida, and got to the typical menu that most people would get," Ted Koran told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Monday."

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Jeb Bush 'Concerned' about Climate Change
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 21, 2015, 03:23 AM

$ 1AAabbbccbashclimate.jpgWhen Jeb Bush is not touting the virtues of his 'Common Core' education plan, he's hobnobbing with 'Limousine Liberals' to express his concerns over Climate Change.

The Daily Caller reports that, "Jeb Bush told a crowd in New Hampshire Friday that the “climate is changing and I am concerned about that.” Jeb added that the U.S. must “[b]e cognizant of the fact that we have this climate change issue and we need to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions.”

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John Podesta Calls Clinton Foundation Critics, 'Cherry-pickers'
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 21, 2015, 02:57 AM

$ 1AAabbbccpickers.jpgJohn Podesta, a Clinton Foundation consultant, says that those who criticize Hillary Clinton are the same as the cherry picker labor force. Could this be a derogatory attack against the dignity of cherry pickers? 

According to the Concord Monitor, "Hillary Clinton dismissed swirling questions about her family foundation yesterday as little more than political attacks from Republicans eager to gain an early advantage in the 2016 presidential contest.  Clinton, campaigning for the Democratic nomination in the liberal bastion of Keene, pushed back against accusations that foreign governments that made donations to the Clintons’ charity received preferential treatment from the State Department while she served in the Obama administration."

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Japan Maglev Train Hits 375/MPH
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 21, 2015, 02:29 AM

$ 1AAabbbccbaglev.jpgJapan's Magelev bullet train is the fastest train on record.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.  Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 mph (581 kph) set in 2003. The train traveled for just over a mile (1.8 kilometers) at a speed exceeding 600 kph (373 mph)."

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Top 10 Daily Business China News Alerts 04/21/2015
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Apr 20, 2015, 08:32 PM

Stay Updated on Real China Business News at Real Time 

1.        ‘Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China’ Trophies Reveal Game Details; Playthrough Of the First For The Trilogy Coming


This week, “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China” is set to be released in North America on April 21, and in Australia and the rest of Europe on April 22. But ahead of the release dates, a list of trophies have been furnished over at PlayStation Trophies.  There is a total of 18 trophies listed for “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.” Most notably, there’s one person who’s been identified on the player’s assassination list which is Gao Feng. Some of the moves and kills have also been revealed, such as using the Helix Kill to eliminate 100 enemies, Slide assassinating 25 enemies and even doing Shadow Golds on patrols.



2.       China’s new silk road: What’s in it for Pakistan?


During his visit to Pakistan, China’s president will discuss a raft of energy and infrastructure deals as part of wider ambitions to open new trade and transport routes across Asia.  Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan had already generated a sense of nervous anticipation. Originally expected to come in September last year, Xi’s visit was postponed in the wake of prolonged anti-government protests in Islamabad, with the government not want anything untoward happening this time round. 

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Australia to Share Jihad Intelligence with Iran
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Apr 19, 2015, 11:11 PM

$ 1AAabbbccbabbottran.jpgIn a shocking move by Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia, he agreed to share sensitive intelligence information with the government of Iran in regards to terrorist activities in the Middle East.

According to the BBC News, "Australia and Iran have agreed to share intelligence about Australians fighting with militant groups in Iraq.  Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said the deal will help both countries in their efforts to tackle Islamic State (IS)."

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