Posts Tagged ‘facility

01
Aug
13

News Of The Day

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Kate Sheppard: Obama Issues Order To Prevent The Next West, Texas-Style Explosion

On Thursday, President Obama issued an executive order on chemical facility safety, three and a half months after the deadly ammonium nitrate explosion in a West, Texas fertilizer plant. The order outlines a number of new initiatives intended to modernize oversight of plants and strengthen the coordination of the various agencies responsible for safety at these facilities.

To take up those mandates, the order establishes a new Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group, which will include the top officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Homeland Security. It also directs federal, state, local, and tribal groups to figure out how to work together better on this issue.

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 Clare Kim: Meet The Academy of Motion Picture’s First African-American President

Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, becoming the first African-American and third woman to lead the organization that awards the Oscars every year.

Boone Isaacs, a marketing executive who currently heads CBI Enterprises, was voted in by the board of governors Tuesday night. She has consulted on films like The ArtistThe King’s Speech and Precious. She has also served as executive vice president of worldwide publicity at Paramount Pictures and as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema. Earlier this year, she produced the 4th annual Governors Awards for the Academy.

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President Obama’s America

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Michael O’Brien: Obama Nominates Permanent IRS Commissioner

President Barack Obama named a new, full-time commissioner of the IRS on Thursday, giving the besieged agency a permanent leader.

Obama nominated John Koskinen, a veteran of government service who helped oversee the restructuring of mortgage giant Freddie Mac in the aftermath of the 2008-09 recession, to lead the IRS.

“John is an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform,” Obama said in a statement. “With decades of experience, in both the private and public sectors, John knows how to lead in difficult times, whether that means ensuring new management or implementing new checks and balances.”

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Joseph Diebold: Texas Republicans Want Wendy Davis To Pay For Special Session

After spending their first special session watching State Sen Wendy Davis’ (D) marathon filibuster and their second passing the abortion restrictions Davis was fighting against, the Texas legislature is back for a third session. Now, they need to handle the transportation measure that was the motivation for the original special session, before they got sidetracked with anti-abortion legislation.

Unfortunately for the state’s taxpayers, the extra time will cost them an additional $2.4 million. But one lawmaker has an idea for who should foot part of that bill: Davis herself. State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he thinks Davis should be on the hook for the cost of the extra lawmaking sessions.

Davis shrugged off the criticism, noting that Republican Gov. Rick Perry is the one who decides to add special sessions. “It’s unfortunate that the leadership in power squandered taxpayer dollars pursuing partisan politics before Texas priorities and forced an unnecessary special session,” she said.

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10
Aug
12

Rise and Shine

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President Obama puts his shoes back on after meeting wrestlers on the mat at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs, August 9

….President Obama, visiting the Olympic training center here, had slipped his shoes off to greet athletes on a wrestling mat.

When he went to retrieve them, he plunked right down to put them on, with a gaggle of cameras rolling and reporters standing in front of him.

One reporter, CBS’s Peter Maer, remarked, “Very presidential, sir,” according to a pool report.

“Thanks. No holes in my socks,” the president joked. “My grandmother would be proud.”

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Cagle

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The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, August 9

Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa, Aug. 9

Montgomery County, Pa, August 9

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Grand Junction, Colorado, August 8 (Flickr)

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Morning everyone ;-)

21
Mar
12

nevada to new mexico

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…. greeted by Clark County Commission, Nev. Chair Susan Brager

President Obama walks across the tarmac to greet well-wishers upon arrival at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas

A Secret Service agent is seen at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility before a speech by President Obama

…. with Jeffrey Martin, CEO, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

…. speaking at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility in Boulder City, Nevada

…. greeting audience members after speaking at the Copper Mountain Solar Project

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…. arriving with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at Roswell International Airport

…. greeted by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez

…. on his way to deliver remarks on energy independence at Maljamar Cooperative Association Unit in New Mexico

30
Jun
11

visiting vermont

First Lady Michelle Obama poses for a picture with Senior Airman Takara Matthews and her daughter Nami Cook, 6, both of Georgia, Vt., after speaking to military families at the Vermont Army National Guard’s Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington




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