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At least 15 protesters arrested at Iowa pipeline work site

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(AP) At least 15 people were arrested Saturday during a protest intended to block the construction of a major oil pipeline through southeast Iowa.

More than 150 protesters gathered at the work site entrance of the $ 3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline in Sandusky, a Mississippi River town across the river from Illinois and five miles north of Missouri.

Protesters were arrested after walking through a line of private security and Lee County sheriff’s deputies who were standing in front of the driveway to the work site, according to the Burlington Hawk Eye newspaper.

Last month, 30 protesters were arrested at different pipeline construction site in Iowa on trespassing charges. All but one of them took responsibility for the action and were ordered to pay just over $ 270 in fines and fees. One pleaded not guilty and faces a trial.

The pipeline would stretch 1,172 miles over four states once complete, transporting oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formations to Illinois. It also would cross 18 Iowa counties and 1,300 parcels of land.

Saturday’s peaceful protest was organized by a 35-year-old Des Moines woman, Jessica Reznicek, who has been camped just outside the work site after getting arrested twice for blocking its entrance last month.

“We have a great influx of folks who come in on the weekends and support us when they can,” Reznicek said.

Protester Carolyn Scherf of Dubuque said she’s concerned the finished pipe could leak or break and contaminate rivers. Scherf says protesters successfully stopped work on the pipeline on Saturday.

“There’s precedent for oil pipelines leaking or breaking,” Scherf told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. “If that were to occur under the Mississippi River, we would be in trouble.”

Brenda Knox of Donnellson said she fears the pipeline would harm Iowa’s soil if it leaked.

Two phone messages left Saturday with the Lee County sheriff’s office weren’t immediately returned.

On Friday, a federal appeals court ordered a halt to construction of another section of the pipeline in North Dakota.

The pipeline, a project of the Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, has drawn widespread protests and several lawsuits. Thousands of protesters have built an encampment in North Dakota in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which opposes the project. The company has said it would generate an estimated $ 33.1 million in sales tax revenue during construction and $ 27.4 million in local property tax revenue during its first year of service. It also will require an estimated 4,000 local construction workers to complete the project.

Bay News 9 – business

September 17, 2016 |

Don’t work too hard — Take our Labor Day quiz

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It’s Labor Day weekend. 

That late summer break symbolizing back to school, the start of football season and unofficially, the start of Fall.

Actually, the holiday holds a far more important role in the history of the country labor movement and social and economic achievements of American workers.

Labor Day is a yearly tribute to the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well being of America.

Whether you are working or taking the day off, happy Labor Day and take our quiz to see how much you know about the holiday.

1. When does Labor Day fall every year?

A. First Monday in September
B. Second Monday in September
C. Third Monday in September
D. Fourth Monday in September

2. According to the most recent numbers from the Department of Labor, how many Americans are employed in the United States?

A. 161 million
B. 146 million
C. 148 million
D. 155 million

3. When did the idea to create a holiday for working Americans come about?

A. 1850s
B. 1880s
C. 1900s
D. 1920s

4. Which U.S. city held the first Labor Day parade?

A. Boston
B. Philadelphia
C. Baltimore
D. New York

5. What was the original federal minimum wage?

A. 25 cents/hr
B. 75 cents/hr
C. $ 1.25/hr
D. $ 2.50/hr

6. A major event that helped spur the creation of a Labor Day was:

A. The 1894 Pullman Factory Strike
B. The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
C. The U.S. entered World War I
D. The movie Norma Rae came out

7. Does the rest of the world celebrate Labor Day in September?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Both yes and no

8. What was the largest worker’s strike in U.S. history?

A. The 1894 Pullman Factory Strike
B. The 1959 Steel Strike
C. The 1970 Postal Strike
D. The 1994 Major League Baseball Strike

9. The Labor Day bill was passed under this U.S. President:

A. Grover Cleveland
B. Teddy Roosevelt
C. Franklin D. Roosevelt
D. Ronald Reagan

10. The American work force is among the world’s most educated. This translates into higher incomes. Of these nations, which one has the highest share in its country of college educated adults?

A) Britain
B) Canada
C) Germany
D) Japan
E) United States

Bay News 9 – news

September 5, 2016 |

Work Space Design Tour

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Work Space Geared For Battle

 By Ronda M. Parag   

state-of-the-art office for Michael Martin’s branding, sales and marketing company

 

 

Driving along Cypress Street in West Tampa, there has been ongoing construction behind the metal fence that was once Hector-Elisa’s Health Club. For the past eight months, Michael Hettrich of Octillion design + build, inc., has been transforming the space into a state-of-the-art office for Michael Martin’s branding, sales and marketing company. Michael Hettrich, and his team at Octillion design + build, is comprised of skilled carpenters, welders, furniture makers, and two full time buyers, that search the world over for treasures to be used in their one of a kind space transformations. Martin emphasized that he is interested in “function over design” and working with Hettrich has been “awesome.” As a WWII buff, Martin was interested in incorporating military objects and design into the space. His goal was to use colors, contents and fonts to create a comfortable, engaging space, nothing stuffy or uptight.

 
“We gutted everything except the exterior wall,” Martin says. “The building was like a time capsule from the 70s.” Hettrich designed the entire space around four red steel beams in the interior, to create the circular conference room, while the spokes of the wheel offer other offices and meeting spaces. The entrance is wrapped in dark walnut, with inset photos from the Indy 500. The photos from the 50s and 60s are sliced to show only parts of the race cars. There are no light switches on the walls, each room has occupancy sensors that will adjust the light when someone enters. Along the interior wall are pathway lights that can cycle through a myriad of colors. Inspiration can be found on the front word wall that pops with its bright orange color. Located just outside Martin’s office is a built-in bed decorated with Balinese art, handwoven fabrics with a Moroccan feel and pillows with fabrics from Uzbekistan. A wood barn-like door can be closed to offer privacy.

 

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Martin’s office was created with a guns & money theme. He is also a huge fan of Iron Man and an authentic helmet is on display. Hettrich had a movie prop company create Octillion-design__2127the money and gold bars that are inside a coffee table. To honor Martin’s Jamaican and British heritage, there are numerous accessories, including a painted Thomasville chest with the Union Jack and the Jamaican drum that rests in the corner. Above a set of file cabinets that have been painted with “Game On” there is an Elk, whose antlers have been painted a metallic red. Desk lights have been created with painted AK47’s and softened with leopard lamp shades.
Octillion-design_2128Continuing around the round hall is a glass window that was installed for a perfect view of the one-acre playing field. With health and fitness as Martin’s passion, he had a synthetic grass field installed as an outdoor workout space. In addition, there is a full fitness studio with a trainer. All employees are encouraged to workout and be healthy. The full kitchen space allows for easy meal preparation. Jokingly, Martin did say that he asks potential employees how many push-ups they can do.

 
Many of the accessories found around the office have been gathered at government and police auctions. Hettrich admitted to being a compulsive shopper and recovering shopaholic. Recent finds include a Piggly Wiggly sign, a Mobil Gas sign and vintage industrial factory carts that have been re-purposed into tables.

 
Octillion-design_0178The heart of the operation is what is referred to as the War Room. The room has a 14 x 16, custom-designed table with a map of the world underneath. Sitting on top of the table are authentic metal tanks and army men. In this room, they are ready for battle. Other details include an entire White Board wall used to facilitate ideas. Work stations around the room have been fashioned out of bowling alley floors. Martin is a big fan of Winston Churchill and his quotes can be found throughout the office. The War Room wall quote by Churchill says “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going.”    M

 

 

 

 

 

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