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Business Briefs: 4/18/14

Drilling equipment company coming to Leetsdale National Oilwell Varco. a Houston-based company that designs, manufactures and sells equipment used in oil and gas drilling and production, has signed a 10-year lease to occupy a new service and support facility being built in Leetsdale Industrial Park.The 27,000-square-foot facility, being developed by Chapman Properties, will allow to expand service and support capabilities to meet the needs of customers involved in Utica and Marcellus Shale drilling activity.NOV currently operates a facility on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in the city

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Ukraine Powerless To Act As East Slips Under Russian Control

World Ukraine A man, who introduced himself as a lieutenant colonel of the Russian army, speaks to policemen as he introduces his appointed new head of the regional police, after the regional police building storm was stormed and its chief detained, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Gorlovka, near Donetsk, on April 14, 2014. Alexey KravtsovAFP/Getty Images

On Monday afternoon, a line of defecting officers from the Ukrainian police lined up outside their ransacked headquarters in the town of Gorlovka, in eastern Ukraine, to receive orders from their puckish new commander. Their station had been seized hours earlier by a mob of pro-Russian demonstrators, and instead of resisting many of its officers capitulated or, as they put it, went over to the side of the people. Greeting them outside the building with a military salute, the apparent leader of the siege, a man in fatigues who identified himself as Alexander Shulzhenko, stated his rank as lieutenant colonel. Of what? one of the Ukrainian policemen asked him. Of the Russian army, Shulzhenko said.

That brief exchange, which was captured on video and posted to YouTube within hours, was among the clearest pieces of evidence that Russian troops have already begun their takeover of the region of Donetsk, much as they did last month in Ukraines Crimean peninsula. But instead of sending tanks across the border, Russia seems to have chosen a more subtle form of invasion coordinating the mobs of local men who have been seizing government buildings in a handful of cities and towns and declaring independence from Kiev.

The strategy has left the central government with no good options. It can either stand by as pro-Russian gunmen seize more and more ground in the region of Donetsk and other parts of eastern Ukraine, or it can try to evict them by force, giving Russia an excuse to launch a full-scale invasion on the pretext of protecting the locals. Either way, the loss of Donetsk to de facto Russian control already looks to be imminent.

So far, Kiev seems to be approaching this dilemma with caution. The parliament has stopped short of declaring a state of emergency, as that would force Ukraine to delay the presidential elections scheduled for May 25. And on Monday morning, the governments deadline for launching a counter-terrorism operation against the pro-Russian forces ticked by without any assault. According to local media reports, the presence of Ukrainian forces in and around Donetsk has been minimal, and local police and security officials have been defecting en masse to the pro-Russian side.

All of that signals that Ukraine sees little hope of beating back the separatists by force, at least not without serious help from NATO powers. At the border, Russia has gathered a force of at least 40,000 troops poised to attack Ukraine, according to NATO estimates, and U.S. Air Force General Philipp Breedlove, the alliances commander in Europe, has said it would take the Russian forces between three and five days to rout the Ukrainian army if given the order to invade.

Those odds urged Kiev to appeal on Monday for immediate help from the West. Yulia Tymoshenko, the presidential candidate whose close allies hold both the interim presidency and premiership of Ukraine, declared that the epoch of appeasing the aggressor is over. In a written plea distributed to the press, she said, I ask the leaders of the world to provide direct military assistance to the Ukrainian people.

But so far, Western assistance has been limited to the delivery of 300,000 army rations from the U.S., known as meals ready to eat, while President Obama has said clearly that the U.S. will not go to war with Russia over Ukraine. Nor will any other NATO power, and without foreign help, Ukraine has become desperate enough to consider more radical means of defense. In her appeal on Monday, Tymoshenko said that, the time has come to organize a nationwide resistance to the Russian aggressor using all available means, including a total mobilization.

In effect, that would mean arming volunteers with little or no military training and sending them to fight a hastily arranged guerilla campaign in the east. Indeed, the day before Tymoshenko suggested this idea, Ukraines acting interior minister Arsen Avakov had already set a similar plan into motion. On his Facebook page, he called for all patriots of Ukraine to join paramilitary forces under his command, pledging that his ministry was prepared to provide guns and uniforms to as many as 12,000 of these volunteers around the country. The creation of these special units will be carried out as quickly as possible, without any foot-dragging or formalities.

Implicit in this strategy was an acknowledgement of just how little faith Ukraines leaders have in their own armed forces, both military and police. In light of this weekends runaway defections in the east, that hardly seems surprising. Police forces across the region of Donetsk have tended to either abandon their posts or go over to the pro-Russian forces without a shot being fired. That is what happened on Monday in Gorlovka, one of at least six cities and towns in eastern Ukraine where police buildings have been overrun.

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Local: Young Liberals seek conscience vote on marriage

Mon 14th Apr, 2014 in Local News

Its time for Canberra to catch up, say the Caulfield Young Liberals, who put up a motion at Victorias Liberal State Council on Saturday calling for a conscience vote on marriage equality.

The Liberal Party has historically been the shining light for individualism and personal choice in Australian society, they point out. If we are to stay true to these values, when there are divergent views on issues of morality and complex ethical questions, issues that can only be determined by personal conscience, we must grant a conscience vote.

Unfortunately the issue was not debated at Saturdays meeting due to time constraints, say the group.

However we stand firm in our conviction that all MPs should have been the ability to express their individual view on this complex social and ethnical question, they say on their Facebook page.

A conscience vote was not on the table for the Liberals in 2012 when legislation on same-sex marriage was last debated in Federal Parliament.

But a growing number of Liberal politicians have signalled their support for changing the discriminatory Marriage Act, including Rachel Sanderson in South Australia, and Tasmanias newest Premier Will Hodgman.

Meanwhile, NSW Premier Barry OFarrell, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine, WA Premier Colin Barnett and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman have all said community attitudes are changing and are urging the federal Liberal Party to allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.

Find out where your MP stands on marriage equality here on the Vote4Love website.

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Working Groups | Occupy Boston

Occupy Boston Facebook Page Like us! Occupy Boston Voices. Stand up! Speak out! Occupy Boston Flickr Page The main Occupy Boston Flickr account (new!) Photos of Occupy Boston on Flickr Open Media Boston’s #OccupyBoston photo pool Occupy Boston YouTube Page The main Occupy Boston YouTube account Occupy Boston Livestream A live broadcast of Occupy Boston General Assemblies and other events, along with an archive of previous broadcasts Occupy Boston Radio Occupy Boston’s Internet radio station @Occupy_Boston The main Occupy Boston Twitter feed #OccupyBoston The main Occupy Boston Twitter hashtag @DeweyGA The Occupy Boston General Assembly (GA) Twitter feed

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Occupy L.A.: LAPD too violent, some protesters allege …

This post has been corrected. See the notes at the bottom for details. Los Angeles police are being praised for their planning, outreach and judicious use of force in ousting the Occupy L.A.

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Looking for something to do? Community Calendar of local events

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Liberal Ladies Who Lunch has come to the Lake Houston Area. According to the group description on their Facebook page, the Liberal Ladies Who Lunch is a social organization dedicated to helping liberal women find one another in areas of the country where their liberal views are not respected. Our intention is to educate, support and have fun. When several local liberal women discovered this group, they agreed it seemed tailor made for the Lake Houston area and began plans to start a local chapter. The monthly lunch has been enthusiastically embraced by an ever-growing number of local women seeking liberal-minded friends and conversation. This concept of empowering women to speak up about and act out their liberal values is gaining popularity with chapters now all across Texas.

The LLWL of Lake Houston meet the second Wednesday of each month at the Union Kitchen, 23918 Hwy 59 N. To learn more about this new group in our area or to find another chapter of Liberal Ladies Who Lunch go to meetup.com and Facebook. All liberal ladies are welcome to join in the fun!

Kingwood Branch Library is offering two workshops in April in conjunction with its second annual Altered Books Contest.

Wednesday, April 9, 4-6 p.m.: Found Poetry. Registration required. Learn to make found or blackout poetry using pages of an old book and other materials.

Wednesday, April 23, 4-6 p.m.: DIY Journal. Registration required. Convert an old book into a journal for scrapbooking and writing.

Both programs are free and open to all ages. Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Supplies are provided courtesy of FOLK. To register or for more information, please call 281-360-6804 or visit 4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood TX 77339.

Newcomers of all skill levels are welcome at the American Needlepoint Guild Lake Houston Chapter meeting on April 10 at 6:45 p.m. at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. conference room, 1826 Kingwood Drive at Ladbrook. For more information, call 281-359-4341 or visit www.lakehoustonang.com or www.needlepoint.org.

Roman Forest Special Events Committee is hosting a Spring Craft Show from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Roman Forest City Park. For booth rental information and application, contact Christie Hantelman at 281-744-7237 or email chantelman3619@yahoo.com. All booth rental fees benefit the 2014 July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza held in Roman Forest. This year the committee is also seeking corporate sponsorship and has several levels to select from. If interested, please contact Chari Ricks at 281-306-1065.

On April 14, at 7 p.m. Lake Houston Gardeners will welcome Gudrun Opperman who will present Know Your Weeds. Opperman will change attendees attitudes toward weeds as they learn the names and habits to better understand what to do about them. The meeting will be held at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, located at 2929 Woodland Hills in Kingwood. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Each meeting ends with a plant exchange.

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Occupy London – The Huffington Post – Breaking News and …

It’s easy now for Theresa May to mock the skinny-jeaned hipsters buying their Starbucks lattes when they’re not loitering outside St Paul’s, but it may not be so for much longer. Whilst the Occupy movement and it’s offshoots might seem at times a little try-hard, with its smartphone-clutching legions marshalled forth by Twitter and Facebook, anybody who wants change needs them to keep shouting.


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Home Builders in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 23, 2014

Homeownership is the cornerstone of the American dream, with housing typically accounting for the largest percentage of individual wealth in the United States. Housing investment is also crucial for the US economy because it influences the pace of general economic growth and provides an important fiscal and monetary policy connection between governments and households, according to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Jeremy Edwards. Consequently, revenue for the Home Builders industry traditionally fluctuates with economic cycles.

In the five years to 2014, the industry has begun to emerge from the deep recessionary lows caused by the collapse of the property market. Industry revenue fell a dramatic 29.0% in 2009 and continued falling to a low of $59.8 billion in 2011. Falling consumer incomes, rising unemployment and restricted access to credit caused consumers and property developers to stop building homes, especially as the market was oversaturated due to excessive construction throughout the 2000s, says Edwards. Even as the recession ended, consumers remained wary and new homes were not built as existing vacant buildings were sold. However, the industry began to recover in 2012 with a 32.9% increase in housing starts. Overall, the industry has grown at an average annual rate of 6.8% over the five years to 2014, though this increase only represents the recovery from recessionary lows. In 2014, the industry is expected to grow 11.2% to $85.7 billion, but will still be below pre-recession levels.

Over the next five years, home builders are expected to see more consistent growth as the property market recovers. The next two years are expected to be especially strong for the industry as low interest rates, rising consumer confidence and higher corporate profit result in strong investment from consumers and property developers alike. However, industry revenue growth is anticipated to moderate as interest rates and higher mortgage rates stabilize lending to home builders.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Industry operators primarily construct single-family homes, where units are separated by ground-to-roof walls and have no units above or below. The Home Builders industry also includes remodeling of houses and other residential buildings. Industry operators are general contractors, design-build companies and single-family construction management firms acting as general contractors and builders. The industry does not include speculative builders or contractors that build on their own account for sale.

Industry Performance Executive Summary Key External Drivers Current Performance Industry Outlook Industry Life Cycle Products & Markets Supply Chain Products & Services Major Markets Globalization & Trade Business Locations Competitive Landscape Market Share Concentration Key Success Factors Cost Structure Benchmarks Barriers to Entry Major Companies Operating Conditions Capital Intensity Key Statistics Industry Data Annual Change Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc. Recognized as the nations most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

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