Friday, December 30, 2011

Ecology Bulletin:Gray Wolf Detected in California

In what some see as a hopeful sign of a recovering environment,and others see as an alarming incident,scientists have detected the first gray wolf known to be present in California since 1924,when the last one was shot.The wolf was tracked with a GPS collar as it drifted a few miles south of the border from neighboring Oregon.
This may have happened before with a wolf that wasn't collared.If history be any guide,it may well happen again.
The biologists declined to give the wolf's exact location.It is known to have wandered 300 miles on this latest trek,but as it is an endangered species in California,its security is paramount.Ranchers throughout the West view the gray wolf with hostility as a threat to their livestock.
Wolves reintroduced themselves into Oregon in 1999.The wolves may have originated in Yellowstone National Park and Idaho,where they were reintroduced by biologists in 1995.These wolves had been trapped for that purpose in Alberta,Canada.

LA Mom, 22, Missing After Trip To Neighborhood Drug Store « CBS Los Angeles

LA Mom, 22, Missing After Trip To Neighborhood Drug Store « CBS Los Angeles

Monday, December 26, 2011

Jay Jordan Named To "Masters of the Market"

John W. "Jay" Jordan II has been named to CNBC's "Masters of the Market" list on the channel's "Squawk Box" program.Mr.Jordan is Chairman and Managing Principal of The Jordan Company,a private equity firm that buys and builds businesses in the mid-cap range of 200 million-2 billion dollars.
Mr.Jordan said of the Euro debt crisis and the Chinese banking crisis that these things could turn around on a dime.We're very,very cautious about the future.We have historically focused on great businesses with great managers.
It is frightening.We could be the next Greece down the road.We try to have a global perspective,being invested in 68 operations in 30 countries.We are primarily U.S.-based.
The European Central Bank's got to print some euros and save the Euro-zone.We have got to control spending.At some point,the one-percenters have got to contribute more to the pie.
Mr.Jordan is also the Chairman of the Notre Dame University Investment Committee.We at Notre Dame are long term thinkers,looking out 15-20 years.We move into the asset classes we feel are most robust about 10 years out:energy,water,food and agriculture,Mr.Jordan revealed.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Asian Markets Open For Business

For workaholics worldwide,several Asian markets opened for business Monday morning with mixed results.The Japanese Nikkei rose 1.06;Shanghai was down 0.28;Korea's KOSPI dropped 0.53;and the Thailand SET edged 0.17 higher.Australia,Singapore and Hong Kong remained closed for Boxing Day,the day after Christmas.
Gold and silver were flat in early Asian trading.
In FX trading,the Korean won rose on optimism about the global economic recovery.
Rubber was at a two week high on the U.S. demand outlook.Shanghai copper dropped for the first time in a week and Chinese rubber is expected to grow more slowly on the Chinese demand outlook.Japan's Hitachi Construction Machinery predicted Chinese first half 2012 sales would be disappointing.
Chinese President Hu Jintao met Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Beijing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Slightly High WBC Count:Why You Shouldn't Worry

If someone's white blood cell count is a little high,it often causes considerable fear,according to the anecdotal literature.Your doctor may not seem too worried,however.Why such an aggravating response?What if it's leukemia?
It could be a form of leukemia at a very early stage,of course,but it almost certainly isn't.Leukemia is a rare disorder.About 43,000 Americans were estimated to be diagnosed with it in 2010,for example.Even if it is leukemia,it likely isn't a highly dangerous type or acute phase.If it were,you would be so sick,the symptoms would be more prominent.You would need to be hospitalized.Your blood markers would be quite abnormal,not just a little.
What you probably have is a little cold virus or other infection passing through your system.The doctor has likely seen this many times.That's why,in the absence of other indications,there is little urgency.In that typical family practice,there have probably been few leukemia diagnoses in a given year.That's how rare the dread disease is.So don't worry.Follow your doctor's lead.Get a follow up blood test as recommended.You are almost certainly going to be O.K.
According to the most recent calculation,the five year survival rate for leukemia across the board was about 55% as of 2006.It's definitely a major problem for those relatively few who are ultimately diagnosed with it.They need all the treatment and other support they can get.
About 20% of people with leukemia are walking around undiagnosed,the American Cancer Society estimates.It's because they have few if any symptoms yet or the similarity of their symptoms to those of other diseases.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hyundai Heavy Busy In Africa

South Korean industrial titan Hyundai Heavy Industries has won an approximately 900 million dollar contract to build two offshore gas platforms in Nigeria.The deal is with a U.S. integrated oil company such as Exxon Mobil or Chevron,a person familiar with the matter disclosed.
Hyundai Heavy will carry out the entire project,from engineering,procurement,construction and installation to commissioning of the offshore platforms.
Hyundai Heavy was founded in 1972.It leads the world in shipbuilding tonnage,and is also active in the engineering and building of industrial plants;engines and machinery;construction equipment;electrical systems;and green energy.
The Hyundai Spirit is defined as Creative Wisdom;Positive Thinking;and Unwavering Drive.
iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund(EWY)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Safeway Hiring In Maryland

Safeway needs workers for a new store in Montgomery County,Maryland.All positions are open at the store in Olney.Link your future to the Safeway Team.Apply online at
You may also apply at the Employment Kiosk in your local Safeway.Please reference Store 2797.
Safeway workers in Maryland are represented by the United Food&Commercial Workers International Union.Their current contract with Safeway expires at the end of March,2012.UFCW is calling for early negotiations,but Safeway has so far declined the request.
Safeway:Your Future Starts Now.
Safeway Inc.(SWY)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Madison Avenue Shocker:Nation Horrified By Sensational Accident

Americans have been digesting the horrible mishap that claimed the life of 41-year old advertising executive Suzanne Hart on Wednesday.Ms.Hart,who worked for noted Madison Avenue's Young&Rubicam,Inc.-also called Y&R-was crushed to death when the elevator she was entering shot upward for no apparent reason.
It is common to fantasize about being stuck in an elevator;being crushed by one,however,isn't a possibility one normally contemplates.Eyewitnesses were taken to the hospital for psychological screening after they saw and heard the horrific event.Frankly,just hearing about it is enough to give many the creeps in a big way.
The elevator in question has a long history of violations.
Y&R,a marketing and communications company,employs 6500 people at 186 offices in 90 countries.It is owned by British advert titan WPP PLC.

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Officials Say Maintenance Work Was Done Hours B - Flash Player Installation

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wells Fargo Retail Banking Jobs

Wells Fargo has a need for tellers.There are openings for this basic retail banking position at multiple locations.For example,tellers are now being hired in Greater Central Maryland and Western Baltimore;Charles County;and Greater Prince Georges County,Maryland.Many banking careers have begun at the teller level.
The San Francisco-based company provides a full range of financial services,from banking and insurance to investments and commercial finance.It has 1.3 trillion dollars in assets and more than 270,000 team members across more than 80 lines of business.Noted investor Warren Buffett owns a substantial part of the company.
For more information or to apply,visit and select Careers.
Wells Fargo&Co.(WFC)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chinese Trade Suffers From Euro Crisis-and how this could affect you

Chinese exports are slowing down and its trade surplus is shrinking,newly released figures show.China's export growth fell to 13.8% in November-the least growth since December 2009.Its trade surplus dropped to 14.5 billion dollars,down from 17 billion in October and below the estimate. This is a result of slowing demand from China's European trading partners because of the current debt crisis,as well as a hesitant U.S. consumer from the weak employment picture.
China is observing its 10th anniversary of joining the World Trade Organisation.President Hu Jintao said China will not deliberately pursue a trade surplus.China has fulfilled its promises to the World Trade Organisation.We will work hard for a balance of payments.China has some unbalanced and unsustainable elements that have to be improved,Mr.Hu admitted,responding to European and U.S. criticism.
As for the slowdown in export growth,Chinese officials said China may continue cutting bank reserve requirements in order to stimulate growth by encouraging lending.China must keep growing at a robust pace to provide jobs for its rapidly urbanising population.
A slowdown in China could have negative implications for the many large U.S. multinational corporations,such as Ford Motor,General Motors,General Electric and Wal-Mart,who rely on China for a portion of their own growth now.A deterioration in business conditions in China may hinder the U.S. economy in consequence of globalism.
iShares Trust FTSE/Xinhua China 25 index(FXI)

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Successful Partnership:GlaxoSmithKline and Human Genome Sciences

British pharma titan GlaxoSmithKline is building on research carried out by Rockville,Maryland biotech firm Human Genome Sciences.Two of GSK's pipeline projects are based on HGS technology.
Darapladib is an inhibitor of the Lp-PLA2 enzyme,which is believed to be a risk factor for coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke.It is a potentially important new treatment for prevention of cardiovascular events.The candidate drug discovered by GSK using an HGS technology is in a Phase 3 trial for efficacy and safety of treatment.
Albiglutide is a biological product created by HGS and licensed by GSK IN 2004.It is designed to act throughout the body to help maintain blood glucose levels and control appetite.This potential long term treatment for type 2 diabetes is also in a Phase 3 trial.
HGS has a substantial financial interest in both of these GSK products which its research has had a formative influence on.
GlaxoSmithKline and Human Genome Sciences are also co-owners and developers of Benlysta,the first new lupus treatment approved in the U.S. in 50 years.
GlaxoSmithKline(GSK),Human Genome Sciences(HGSI)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Experts: Inside the Tough Job Search-plus who is hiring now

The Labor Department posted a November jobs gain of 120,000-below the 125,000 estimate.At this point in our recovery,it's a disappointing number,said John Allison,Professor at Wake Forest School of Business and former CEO of BB&T.It's not a bad number,but at this point in the cycle we ought to be creating more jobs.
Businesses are concerned about Europe,rising taxes and regulations.Businesses create jobs through innovation,which is hindered by regulation,Mr.Allison pointed out.
It's very expensive to hire and fire,adds Jeanne Branthover of Boyden Global Executive Search.It's also very expensive to hire and wait for new workers to add value.That's why it's those who are already working who are being hired.
If things are better,they are ready to expand hiring.Plans are already in place so they are ready to immediately pull the trigger if things keep looking up,Ms.Branthover revealed.
Among large companies who are hiring now in spite of these factors are Wells Fargo(10,000+ jobs);Sears Holdings(1,000+);and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney(1,000+).
Branch Banking and Trust(BBT)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

BHP Shares Rise On Gillard Policy Win

Shares of natural resource firm BHP Billiton rose Monday morning on news that the Australian Labour Party is lifting its ban on the export of uranium to India.Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the move will help the Australian economy by tapping into India's demand for energy.Her critics pointed out that India hasn't yet signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
Japanese shares also rose on optimism that the Euro debt crisis is being seriously addressed.Jesper Koll,Head of Japanese Equity Research at JP Morgan Japan,described Japan as the forgotten angel.It is showing good job creation,wage growth and policy decisions.Goldman Sachs agreed,saying Japanese profits could rise significantly in 2012.
Mr.Koll is a longtime resident of Japan and has many years of experience analysing its economy.
BHP Billiton Ltd.(BHP),iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund(EWJ),JP Morgan Chase(JPM),Goldman Sachs(GS)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Novartis Honored By Fortune Magazine

Swiss health care firm Novartis was honored by Fortune magazine as its Most Admired pharmaceutical company for 2011.It recieved an overall score of 7.02,folowed by Merck at 6.80 and Johnson&Johnson at 6.72.Last year,Novartis came in third.
The rank was decided by a survey of pharmaceutical executives,directors and analysts.They used nine criteria such as investment value and social responsibility.
Novartis is the world's third-largest pharmaceutical firm by sales.
One of its leading products is Gleevec(imatinib),a pill for patients with certain forms of chronic myeloid leukemia(CML) and gastrointestinal stromal tumors(GIST).Gleevec is also approved in the U.S.,EU and Japan for a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia(ALL) and other blood disorders.It has helped many patients stay in remission for several years.
Novartis also owns the OTC brands Theraflu and Comtrex.The company has an assistance program for uninsured or underinsured patients.
Novartis AG(NVS)