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Recovery bypasses Silicon Valley non-tech workers

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) Daniel Macias is the face of Silicon Valley seldom seen by those who don't live there. When he was 19, he wasn't starting what would become one of the world's most successful tech companies, like Mark Zuckerberg did at that age when he founded Facebook. Macias spent his 19th birthday behind bars, where he'd been sentenced for assault. Now 20, Macias spent a recent day learning to build houses as part of a construction job training program near Facebook's headquarters. He hopes to join the carpenters union when he finishes the program.women in jordan "If I wasn't going to school, I would have been in the streets," Macias said. Money and jobs abound in Silicon Valley for people with the right high-tech or business skills. For those who don't, the Great Recession has meant the same challenge as anywhere else in the country. Facebook moved into its new offices on the former campus of Sun Microsystems along San Francisco Bay not long before announcing plans for an initial public offering. Inside, employees wrestle with the enviable problem of what to do with their money once the IPO makes them overnight millionaires. A short drive down the road, East Palo Alto saw the number of murders double from four to eight, a significant spike for a city of just 28,000 people. Average income hovers just under $18,000 annually, compared to more than $66,000 for Silicon Valley as a whole. The unemployment rate in December was 17 percent, compared to 8.3 percent jordans shoes Those disparities stem in part from the complicated histories of the small cities that span the Highway 101 corridor threading through the heart of Silicon Valley, and in part from national economic trends that have spared few struggling communities. They also reflect some changes unique to the most recent tech boom, fueled by social media, cloud computing and mobile apps.air jordan 7 retro cardinal As per capita income rises in the region, the median income has fallen, suggesting that as some people are getting richer, more are making less. The percentage of students in Silicon Valley public schools receiving free or reduced-price lunches has increased steadily over the past several years, an indication of hard times for more families.air jordan 11 Data on these economic trends are collected every year in the Silicon Valley Index, compiled by local nonprofit analysts. This year's report highlighted the recovery of the region's high-tech economy as wildly successful companies like Facebook go on hiring kids shoes But that recovery has not had the same ripple effect on the region as a whole compared to previous tech booms, said Russell Hancock, head of Joint Venture, one of the groups behind the index. In the past, companies like Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. brought mid-level jobs to Silicon Valley along with the expected science, engineering and management positions, Hancock said. But globalization has sent the manufacturing jobs overseas. Meanwhile, information technology has made once-plentiful clerical and office positions obsolete.all jordan shoes "The technologies that we invented here have actually eliminated entire classes of jobs," Hancock said. Without those jobs, the prospects for workers without high-end tech skills have become even more challenging:cheap wholesale shoes "If you took away tech, our region would look like any other region, maybe even worse," he said. The contrast between the haves at Facebook and the have-nots in East Palo Alto nearby has stirred some tension. City Councilman Carlos Romero is pushing for the company to do more to address traffic and the resulting air quality issues created by the influx of new workers. He also worries that especially after Facebook's IPO, newly flush employees will start buying up the city's relatively affordable real estate close to their offices and send housing prices spiraling higher than low-income residents can afford.air jordan 6 origanal "This is not about making sure that Facebook doesn't come into the community," Romero said. "This is about making sure East Palo Alto is not left out." Nearly half of Facebook's employees take some form of alternative transportation, and the company is placing a hard cap on the number of vehicles allowed on and off campus to keep traffic down, said Facebook spokesman Tucker Bounds. Facebook has also been working with local developers on efforts to build housing for employees on vacant land near the campus to lessen the impact on the existing housing market, Bounds jordan 5 Facebook has initiated some outreach into the surrounding community, including support for the program where Macias is learning to be a carpenter, known as JobTrain. Kail Lubarsky, director of marketing at JobTrain, said no graduates have gotten jobs with Facebook yet, but she said she's working with the company in hopes of establishing an internship program. JobTrain has culinary arts training that could lead to jobs for students in Facebook's cafeterias. But the real goal is to place students in entry-level jobs that could let them advance to join the ranks of the in-demand coders, designers and executives who thrive most in Silicon Valley. At JobTrain, some students said they were gunning for Facebook jobs. But many said they were simply grateful for the chance to start over, to get a foothold in an economy that has challenged many of them, even in a place where on paper the recovery is in full swing. Macias said he sees parallels between his effort to get ahead and the Facebook employees up the road, whom he sees as average people who worked hard and succeeded. "They took advantage of opportunities," he cheap shoes ___

By onlineshoes - February 29th, 2012, 14:29, Category: General
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1 dead, 4 wounded in Ohio high school shooting

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CHARDON, Ohio (AP) A teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Cleveland high school Monday, killing one student and wounding four others before he was chased from the building by a teacher and captured a short distance away, authorities said.

A student who saw the attack up close said it appeared that the gunman targeted a group of students sitting together and that the one who was killed was gunned down while trying to duck under the cafeteria table.Air Jordan 13 For Sale

A lawyer for the suspect's family has identified him to a Cleveland television station as T.J. Lane and said Lane's family is mourning "this terrible loss for their community."

FBI officials would not comment on a motive. And Police Chief Tim McKenna said authorities "have a lot of homework to do yet" in their investigation of the shooting, which sent students screaming through the halls at the start of the school day at 1,100-student Chardon High.Jordan 2011

An education official said the suspected shooter is a Lake Academy student, not a student at Chardon High. Brian Bontempo declined to answer any questions about the student. Bontempo is the superintendent of the Lake County Educational Service Center, which operates the academy.

The alternative school in Willoughby serves 7th through 12th grades. Students may have been referred to the school because of academic or behavioral problems.

The FBI said the suspect was arrested near his car a half-mile from Chardon. He was not immediately charged.Womens Nike Air Shoes

Teachers locked down their classrooms as they had been trained to do during drills, and students took cover as they waited for the all-clear in this town of 5,100 people, 30 miles from Cleveland. One teacher was said to have dragged a wounded student into his classroom to protect him. Another chased the gunman out of the building, police said.

Fifteen-year-old Danny Komertz, who witnessed the shooting, said Lane was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied. But others disputed that.

"Even though he was quiet, he still had friends," said Tyler Lillash, 16. "He was not bullied."Jordan 11 Fusion

Robert Farinacci, a lawyer who is representing Lane and his family, told WKYC-TV that Lane "pretty much sticks to himself but does have some friends and has never been in trouble over anything that we know about."

Long before official word came of the attack, parents learned of the bloodshed from students via text message and cellphone and thronged the streets around the school, anxiously awaiting word on their children.Air Max Jordan 2 Fusion

Two of the wounded were listed in critical condition, and another was in serious condition.

"I looked up and this kid was pointing a gun about 10 feet away from me to a group of four kids sitting at a table," Komertz said. He said the gunman fired two shots quickly, and students scrambled for safety. One of them was "trying to get underneath the table, trying to hide, protecting his face."Jordan 3 Fusion

The slain student, Daniel Parmertor, was an aspiring computer repairman who was waiting in the cafeteria for the bus for his daily 15-minute ride to a vocational school. His teacher at the Auburn Career School had no idea why Parmertor, "a very good young man, very quiet," had been targeted, said Auburn superintendent Maggie Lynch.

Officers investigating the shooting blocked off a road in a heavily wooded area several miles from the school. Federal agents patrolled the muddy driveway leading to several spacious homes and ponds, while other officers walked a snowy hillside. A police dog was brought in. It wasn't clear what they were looking for.Kids Air Jordan 4

Teacher Joe Ricci had just begun class when he heard shots and slammed the door to his classroom, yelling, "Lockdown!" to students, according to Karli Sensibello, a student whose sister was in Ricci's classroom.

A few minutes later, Ricci heard a student moaning outside, opened the door and pulled in student Nick Walczak who had been shot several times, Sensibello said in an email. Ricci comforted Walczak and let him use his cellphone to call his girlfriend and parents, Sensibello said. She said her sister was too upset to talk.

Heather Ziska, 17, said she was in the cafeteria when she saw a boy she recognized as a fellow student come into the cafeteria and start shooting. She said she and several others immediately ran outside, while other friends ran into a middle school and others locked themselves in a teachers' lounge.

"Everybody just started running," said 17-year-old Megan Hennessy, who was in class when she heard loud noises. "Everyone was running and screaming down the hallway."Air Jordan Retro 13 Kids' Basketball Shoe

Farinacci said Lane's family was "devastated" by the shootings and that they offered "their most heartfelt and sincere condolences" to Parmertor's family and the families of the wounded students.

"This is something that could never have been predicted," Farinacci told WKYC-TV.

Rebecca Moser, 17, had just settled into her chemistry class when the school went into lockdown. The class of about 25 students ducked behind the lab tables at the back of the classroom, uncertain whether it was a drill.

Text messages started flying inside and outside the school, spreading information about what was happening and what friends and family were hearing outside the building.

"We all have cellphones, so people were constantly giving people updates about what was going on, who the victims were, how they were doing," Moser said.

The school had no metal detectors, but current and past students said it had frequent security drills in case of a shooting.

Anxious parents of high school students were told to go to an elementary school to pick up their children.

Joe Bergant, Chardon school superintendent, said school was canceled Tuesday and grief counselors would be available to students and families.

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By onlineshoes - February 27th, 2012, 19:50, Category: General
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Three killed in Canadian train derailment

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By onlineshoes - February 27th, 2012, 14:43, Category: General
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Ohio man given choice of Facebook apology or jail

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By onlineshoes - February 24th, 2012, 19:58, Category: General
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Capitalizing On Precision Manufacturing Courses Offered in Pioneer Valley Region

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Agawam, MA (PRWEB) February 22, 2012

The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc (REB) sponsored industry specific skill enhancement courses and college credit courses for employees that currently work in precision manufacturing within the Pioneer Valley Region. The courses were offered at no cost to the employees or companies who took advantage of this offering. Course offerings were customized to enhance work skills and assist with responsibilities within the workplace.Women Jordan 11 Air Max Fusion

Litron Inc., laser service specialists located in Agawam MA, had several employees attend the course offerings over an eight week period of time. Upon completion Litron employees received a Technical Certificate of Completion.Cheap Jordan 3 Fusion Course offerings ranged from blueprint reading and interpretation to CNC Swiss operations and even manufacturing planning and control to name a few. "It was a great opportunity to expand my education within the workplace." says Bob Kobak, Litron"s Process Engineer and Production Coordinator. "I was able to take away practical skills from the manufacturing planning and control course which directly applied to my current position."Jordan 13 Embroidery

About The Regional Employment Board

Since 1980, the Regional Employment Board (REB) of Hampden County, Inc. has been the region"s primary planner and convener to address workforce development issues. Established by Federal and State legislation, the REB is a business-led, non-profit corporation that engages its members from business, education, labor and community-based agencies to set public policies that will build a better workforce.Cheap Jordan 11 Fusion

"This program is able to benefit a wide range of employees, whether they are interested in a degree or short courses," explains David Cruise, Director of Business and Employer Services.Jordan Kids "The courses are designed to improve technical competencies that are currently being utilized on the shop floor and provide information for practices that are not currently being applied but could be beneficial." Cheap Jordan 13+23 Fusion

Looking ahead, Litron is looking forward to sending additional employees to various course offerings that REB will make available throughout the coming years. REB"s initiative to assist local small and medium sized companies and help them to develop collaborative business developments has allowed Litron to build our resources and strengthen our business.Jordan 1

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Founded in 1997, Litron, Inc. is a worldwide provider of custom laser systems and a leading supplier to the aerospace, defense, and medical industries for contract manufacturing services in laser welding, hermetic sealing, and hermetic package fabrication.New Jordan Shoes

By onlineshoes - February 21st, 2012, 20:38, Category: General
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SourceCorp/Rust Consulting Expands R&D Tax Credit Team

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SourceCorp/Rust Consulting announces four new additions to its R&D team. All come from Black Line Group, PwC, or BDO USA.

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SourceCorp/Rust Consulting is pleased to announce several recent additions to its research and development team. Air Jordan 12 Fusion Sale

Most recent to join the firm is Amanda Foley. Foley joins SourceCorp March 1 as an R&D Project Manager. Prior to joining SourceCorp, she was a senior tax analyst with PwC and a senior business analyst with Steelcase, Inc. Foley earned both her bachelor"s and master"s degrees from Grand Valley State University. Air Jordan 10

Joining SourceCorp/Rust in 2011 were Liz Deimel, Jaclyn Fazio, and Chris Vetvick. Deimel joined SourceCorp as a Director of R&D Tax Credit Consulting. She has more than 10 years" experience in R&D, including former roles as a Director at Black Line Group and as a Manager on PwC"s national R&D team. Deimel holds a BS in Accounting from Grand Valley State University and an MBA from Aquinas College. Nike Air Jordan 2

Fazio joined SourceCorp/Rust as a R&D Project Manager. She was formerly an R&D Senior Associate at Black Line Group and a Tax Associate at BDO USA. Fazio holds a BBA from Grand Valley State University and is currently pursuing her MBA.Kids Air Jordan 13

Vetvick also joined SourceCorp/Rust as an R&D Project Manager. He is an experienced tax attorney and holds a master"s degree in accounting. In addition to practicing law, Vetvick was formerly in the tax consulting department at BDO USA. Chris holds a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and an MSA from Grand Valley State University.Kids Air Jordan 16.5

The team is led by Deborah Crumley who joined SourceCorp/Rust as the Managing Director of R&D tax credits in 2009. Formerly with PwC and Black Line Group, Crumley has overseen more than 500 R&D tax credit studies in the 17 years that she has focused solely on R&D tax credits. Crumley holds a BBA and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Michigan School of Business. She is a founding member of the National R&E Roundtable.Womens Nike Air Shoes

"R&D tax credits continue to help companies that invent or improve products or processes. The cash generated from these credits allows them to reinvest in their businesses and spurs job growth. The SourceCorp/Rust team continues to grow in pace with our business. We currently have 13 full-time technical R&D team members and 10 R&D business development directors located throughout the U.S.," says Crumley.Air Max Jordan Griffey

For more information on SourceCorp"s R&D tax credit practice, contact Deb Crumley at deb(dot)crumley(at)sourcecorptax(dot)com. To view the entire R&D technical team click the link below.Jordan 2 Air max Fusion

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By onlineshoes - February 21st, 2012, 20:38, Category: General
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China firm preparing for Apple iPad talks: lawyer

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By onlineshoes - February 21st, 2012, 18:04, Category: General
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Terror suspect arrested near Capitol in FBI sting

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WASHINGTON (AP) A 29-year-old Moroccan man who believed he was working with al-Qaida was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol as he was planning to detonate what he thought was a suicide vest that undercover operatives gave him, officials said.

Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria, Virginia, was taken into custody with a gun that didn't work and inert explosives, according to a counterterrorism official. He arrived near the Capitol in a van with the two undercover operatives, and walked toward the building, according to court papers. He was arrested before he left the parking garage.

El Khalifi made a brief appearance on Friday afternoon in federal court in Alexandria, where a judge set a bail hearing for Wednesday. After his arrest, FBI agents raided a red brick home in Arlington, Virginia. A police car blocked the entrance.

A criminal complaint charges him with knowingly and unlawfully attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against property that is owned and used by the United States. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

El Khalifi, who was under constant surveillance, expressed interest in killing at least 30 people and considered targeting a building in Alexandria and a restaurant, synagogue and a place where military personnel gather in Washington before he settled on the Capitol after canvassing that area a couple of times, the counterterrorism official said. During the investigation, El Khalifi went with undercover operatives in January to a quarry in West Virginia to practice detonating explosives, according to court documents.

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El Khalifi came to the U.S. when he was 16 years old and is unemployed and not believed to be associated with al-Qaida. He had been under investigation for about a year and had overstayed his visitor visa, which expired in 1999, making him in the country illegally, according to court documents.

He told acquaintances in January 2011 that he agreed the "war on terrorism" was a "war on Muslims" and that they needed to be ready for war, the affidavit said.

Before settling on a plot to conduct a suicide bombing in the Capitol, El Khalifi considered blowing up an office building in Alexandria, where military officials worked and a restaurant in Washington to target military officials who gathered there. He even purchased supplies that included nails for the operation, according to the affidavit.

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El Khalifi met with an undercover law enforcement officer, who gave him an automatic weapon that didn't work. El Khalifi carried the firearm around the room, practiced pulling the trigger and looking at himself in the mirror.

A former landlord in Arlington said he believed El Khalifi was suspicious and called police a year and a half ago.

Frank Dynda said when he told El Khalifi to leave, the suspect said he had a right to stay and threatened to beat up Dynda. The former landlord said he thought El Khalifi was making bombs, but police told him to leave the man alone. Dynda had El Khalifi evicted in 2010.

El Khalifi had at least one man staying with him and claimed he was running a luggage business from the apartment, Dynda said, doubting that was true because he never saw any bags.

"I reported to police I think he's making bombs," Dynda said. "I was ready to get my shotgun and run him out of the building, but that would have been a lot of trouble."cheap jordans for sale

Two people briefed on the matter told The Associated Press the FBI has had him under surveillance around the clock for several weeks. They spoke on a condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center imam Johari Abdul-Malik, who along with other Muslim leaders meets regularly with the FBI, said he was contacted by an agency official after El Khalifi's arrest and told the suspect was not someone he needed to worry about.

He said the official told him that Khalifi was "not a regular at your mosque or any mosque in the area."

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Police are close to arresting one of El Khalifi's associates on charges unrelated to the terror conspiracy, the counterterrorism official said. The associate was said to also be a Moroccan, living here illegally. Police are investigating others El Khalifi associated with, but not because they believe the associates were part of a terror conspiracy, the official said.


Tucker reported from Arlington, Virginia. Associated Press writers Eileen Sullivan, Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Laurie Kellman, Jessica Gresko, Eric Tucker, Sarah Brumfield and Brett Zongker contributed to this air jordan shoes

By onlineshoes - February 17th, 2012, 20:48, Category: General
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