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September 30

National Hot Mulled
 Cider Day,

Ask A Stupid Question Day,


& International Translation Day.

September 29

International Coffee Day, VFW Day & World Maritime Day

Enjoy!

Honeywell Union Workers Demonstrate in Washington D.C.

Metropolis Honeywell union members demonstrated in front of Honeywell corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. and attempted to meet with several lobbying firms Thursday. United Steelworkers Local 7-669, joined by D.C. AFL-CIO members delivered letters to Akin Gump, OB C Group, McBee Strategic, and Duberstein Group, who they claim Honeywell has hired along with their own in-house lobby team.

United Steel Workers Local 7-669 Representative John Paul Smith says Honeywell has ramped up political spending over the last several years allocating nearly 6 million dollars on the current election cycle alone.

Honeywell representative Peter Dalpe says Honeywell recognizes the union’s right to demonstrate but believes a settlement can only be reached at the bargaining table and is focused on negotiations.

The actions come as the lockout at the Metropolis uranium conversion facility nears the end of its second month. Negotiations between Honeywell and union members resume October 2 & 3.

http://wkms.org/post/honeywell-union-workers-demonstrate-washington-dc

September 28

Strawberry Cream Pie Day,

Drink Beer Day and National Good Neighbor Day

Enjoy!

Battle of Fort Davidson

The Battle of Fort Davidson, also known as the Battle of Pilot Knob, was the opening engagement of Price's Missouri Raid during the American Civil War. This engagement occurred on September 27, 1864, just outside of Pilot Knob in Iron County, Missouri. Although outnumbered by more than ten-to-one, the Union defenders managed to repulse repeated Confederate assaults on their works, and were able to slip away during the night by exploiting a gap in the Southern siege lines. The attacking Rebels took possession of the fort the next day, but Price's profligate expenditure of men and ammunition ended his goal of seizing St. Louis for the Confederacy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Davidson

http://www.mostateparks.com/park/battle-pilot-knob-state-historic-site

http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~caulleyfamilyinfo/HISTORY.HTML

I was able to visit Fort Davidson a couple of years ago and found it to be an interesting site with a nice museum.

Islamic State 'targeted by strikes on Syria border'

Source: BBC

Islamic State fighters besieging the Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border have been targeted by air strikes, the BBC's Paul Wood reports from the area.

Warplanes circled the area through Friday night and explosions were heard.

Kurdish fighters have been defending the town from an advance by Islamic State militants.

There has been no word from the US-led coalition on whether it carried out air strikes in the area.


Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29390781

Pine Lawn Mayor Faces Federal Extortion Charges

The mayor of a small North County municipality has been arrested on federal extortion charges.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation took Sylvester Caldwell into custody on Thursday. He'll be arraigned on a single count of interference with commerce by extortion on Monday.

As mayor, Caldwell was in charge of selecting the company that would handle towing for the Pine Lawn police department. According to the indictment, Caldwell demanded at least $1,600 over four months from an unnamed towing company in exchange for directing most of the towing business to that company. The payments allegedly took place at gas stations and restaurants in the St. Louis area.

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pine-lawn-mayor-faces-federal-extortion-charges

Picking Up Steam: The Expansion of Chinese Railways in Africa

If everything happens as planned, the construction of the new East Africa railway signed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Kenyan president Kenyatta earlier this year will formally commence in October. The railway will link the Kenyan port city of Mombasa with Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan and is hoped to rejuvenate the existing but outdated East Africa railway system. According to a report by Bloomberg, China Exim Bank will provide 90 percent of the $3.8 billion cost of the project and Kenya will finance the remainder. One of China’s largest overseas construction contractors, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) will be the lead contractor of the project. The project has been cheered in Africa as a historical event for East Africa’s regional connectivity and integration, as well as in China for another success by Chinese companies in the railway construction business and the expansion of Chinese railway standards in the continent.

In the past few years, Chinese railway construction companies have achieved great business successes in Africa. At the top of a long list, in August 2014, China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation (CR20) completed the $1.83 billion reconstruction of the Benguela railway that connects Angola, Zambia and southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has been building the $4 billion, 740-km electric railway that connects Addis Ababa and Djibouti, as well as the $5.6 billion Chad railway network since 2012. CCECC also secured the $13 billion coastal railway project with the Nigerian Ministry of Transportation in May 2014. CRBC’s success in nailing down the East Africa railway is the latest, but likely not the last success of the Chinese railway construction contractors’ African expedition.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/africa-in-focus/posts/2014/09/26-chinese-railways-in-africa-sun

Paid Maternity Leave Push Underway At U.S. Labor Department

The Obama administration wants to remind Americans that the United States is the only developed country without laws providing paid maternity leave.

A new video from the U.S. Labor Department compares two pregnant women who work full time and share the same due date. One will get 14 weeks of paid leave, because she lives in Germany. The other will get none because she lives here.

"The United States is the only developed nation without paid maternity leave," text in the video states. "In fact, it's one of the only countries without any paid leave."

The video accompanied a Wednesday announcement that the Labor Department is awarding half a million dollars to help three states and the District of Columbia conduct feasibility studies on new paid leave policies.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/24/paid-maternity-leave_n_5876136.html

Governor orders criminal probe, workplace safety investigation of Stericycle

NORTH SALT LAKE — Stericycle critics say a three-pronged probe of the medical waste incineration facility announced by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's office Thursday is a positive development and an indication that the state is taking the allegations surrounding the company seriously.

"The caveat is that this needs to be moved along as quickly as possible because every day that this operation continues to function, it is really putting at risk the many people who live in North Salt Lake around the facility," said Tim Wagner, executive director of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.

"We urge the governor and the state to push this investigation through as quickly as they can."

Herbert's office ordered a multi-agency review of the North Salt Lake plant, including a review by investigators under Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes who will look for evidence of any criminal activity.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865611741/Governor-orders-criminal-probe-workplace-safety-investigation-of-Stericycle.html
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