Anthony Petrello: Hard Work Pays Off

CEO of Nabor Industries, Anthony Petrello, is not necessarily a household name, but he was once named a top paid CEO in the US. Although highly successful, those who know Anthony Petrello personally will tell you how humble and generous he is to others and his community.

Anthony Petrello is not a CEO that just gets handed a nice salary every year. Petrello earns his salary. In his contract, his salary is depend on the success of Nabor Industries. 80 percent of Anthony Petrello’s income is based on the success of the company. If Nabor Industries fails and has a decline in revenue, Anthony Petrello’s salary is also decreased. This doesn’t stop Petrello from putting in the hard work that it takes to lead a successful organization.

Anthony Petrello is no stranger to hard work. He worked his way up to CEO of Nabor Industries. He also worked his way out of the working class area of Newark, New Jersey. He had a great life, but both his mother and father worked long hours to provide for him. At a young age, Anthony Petrello knew what he needed to do to get ahead in life. He spent long hours using all the resources his school offered, and studied for long hours.

These long hours of studying truly paid off, and he was recognized. Anthony Petrello was awarded a full scholarship to Yale University. At the time, he had a passion for mathematics, and worked along side Serge Lang solving math problems that were beyond the understanding of most university students. How Tony Petrello Helped Houston With Hurricane Harvey Relief

Somewhere during that time, his passion for being a great mathematician changed, and Anthony Petrello was accepted into Harvard Law School. Even though his vision for the future changed, his drive to make his life great through hard work didn’t change. He continued to work hard, and finished his educational goals strong. The Real Story Behind Anthony Petrello’s Success as CEO of Nabors Industries

After graduating, Anthony Petrello married his college girlfriend and settled down for the married life. He worked a few jobs before getting a job at Nabor Industries. Once at Nabor Industries, he successfully climbed up the ladder, and has worked there for over 30 years. Tony Petrello Welcomes Tommy Tune Home To Houston

Anthony Petrello never forgets where he came from, which keeps him humble and generous. He and his wife continue to donate millions of dollars to charities every year in an effort to help others that also have dreams of being successful just like Anthony Petrello did as a young boy.

Indiana Communities May Soon End Cigarette Sales to Young Smokers

Even as a growing number of states around the USA pass referendums allowing recreational marijuana use, retailers in communities in the Midwestern State of Indiana may begin turning away young smokers who seek to purchase tobacco cigarettes. Democrat Charlie Brown, a state legislator, has proposed legislation to prohibit cigarette sales to 18-year olds in Indiana; in the future, anyone seeking to light up tobacco in Hoosier communities may need to reach the age of 21 first.

Passing a Committee Review

Yesterday, State Representative Brown received the news his proposed House Bill 1380 had advanced out of a key committee and may reach the floor by Friday. He expressed surprise and pleasure. A similar legislative proposal during 2017 had languished without reaching the full legislative body for a vote. Advocates of the current measure hope raising the minimum age to legally purchase cigarettes will discourage more young people from becoming smokers.

Numerous studies have revealed adverse health consequences from smoking tobacco cigarettes. In addition to becoming psychologically addicted to cigarettes, smokers run a high risk of developing certain disease conditions. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites cigarette smoking as the leading risk factor for lung cancer, in fact.

Regulating Personal Choices?

The legislative committee did remove a “sin tax” penalty from the proposed legislation. That provision would have tripled the state tax on tobacco cigarettes from $1 to $3. Some Indiana legislators disliked the prospect of increasing taxes.

One Republican legislator from Seymour, Indiana said he objects to regulating personal choices through legislative means. Representative Jim Lucas argued Indiana residents old enough to serve in uniform should possess the right to decide for themselves whether or not to purchase cigarettes. He noted the effects of smoking have become common knowledge.

Tina Smith To Replace Al Franken

According to numerous reports, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to fill the U.S. Senate seat that former Senator Al Franken recently resigned. The governor made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

Minnesota will become the fourth state represented by two women, joining California, Washington and New Hampshire. While Franken’s term was to last until 2020, Smith will only hold the office until a special election next year. The state’s other female senator, Amy Klobuchar, is also up for reelection next year, and she has already said that she plans to run again.

Minnesota Democrats are excited by the prospect of having two women on the top of the ballot next year. Ken Martin, who’s the chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic Party said that the state “is going to be the epicenter of politics next year.”

The appointment caps a meteoric rise for Smith. She joined the Dayton administration in 2010 as chief of staff, and in 2015 became the state’s lieutenant governor.

Smith was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1958, and she worked on the Alaskan Pipeline prior to attending Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She further earned an MBA from Dartmouth College.

She moved to Minnesota in the 1980s, and she worked in marketing for General Mills. She then started her own marketing company, and was vice-president of Planned Parenthood for Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Her first foray into politics came as chief of staff to Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak. She further ran his unsuccessful campaign for governor before joining Dayton in Saint Paul.

Smith says she plans to be “a fierce advocate in the United States Senate for economic opportunity and fairness for all Minnesotans.”

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum Takes Part In Monarch Joint Venture

There is an arboretum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This arboretum has joined up with seventy other organizations in an initiative to help the plight of monarch butterflies. This initiative is called Monarch Joint Venture.

The mission of Monarch Joint Venture is to educate the public about monarch butterflies, as well as to protect the environments of monarchs. It consists of a variety of academic institutions, nongovernmental institutions, state agencies and federal agencies.

A leading player in the Monarch Joint Venture is Karen Oberhauser. Oberhauser is one of the researchers who cofounded the Monarch Joint Venture. She is the co-chair of its steering committee. She has had much experience with monarch research and conservation, as well as the establishment of programs to educate the public.

Monarch butterflies are very distinctive with their mostly orange and black coloration. Protecting them is a very real issue, since they have a critical role in the environment as pollinators, as well as creatures in the food chain.

During recent years, the numbers of monarchs counted have gone down. In February of 2017, an annual report about the number of butterflies counted was released. In 2016, the number of butterflies fell by about one third. By 2017, the number of butterflies was down by about 27 percent from the year before. When comparing the amount of monarch butterflies in 2017 to the amount of butterflies in the mid-1990s, scientists found out that the monarch population had decreased by eighty percent.

In the wintertime, millions of monarch butterflies migrate down to Mexico. It is quite a sight to see when tens of thousands of butterflies land on a single tree along the way of migration.

There are many threats that monarch butterflies face. One challenge that they face is climate change. Monarch butterflies can survive temperatures that are below freezing, but they cannot survive below freezing temperatures if they are wet. A sudden cold snap can be very devastating for monarch populations, which tend to reside in a very small range of areas.

Another challenge is habitat loss. They rely on milkweed to survive in their larval state. There is a very big problem in Mexico with illegal logging that affects the habitats of monarchs.

Oklahoma Economy Booming

There are many people who are interested in starting a business for a variety of reasons. Not only does a new business open up income opportunities for a person, but it also helps people manage their time. Oklahoma is not known as a state that has a lot of small business owners.

However, Oklahoma is now leading the nation in terms of economic growth. This is a great time to live in the area for various reasons. The overall cost of living is much lower than surrounding areas, and it is growing rapidly.

Financing Options

Starting a business is not easy. Not only do you have to develop a business plan and market your products, but business owners must develop a financial plan for the future.

In some cases, business owners will take out a loan in order to grow their company. Borrowing money to start a business is not always a bad thing. However, you need to make sure you have a plan to pay the debt back over time. Some people end up borrowing too much money and later regret it. Oklahoma has numerous business loan options for people who are starting their own business. In addition, Oklahoma has one of the lowest tax rates in the country.

Future Growth

Over the past year, Oklahoma has received an influx of people moving from all over the country. This is great news for the future of the economy. Not only are property values increasing, but new jobs are being created every day.

Now is a great time to join other people and start a company. With the strong economy, many customers have extra spending money for products and services in their life. This is positive news for small business owners who are trying to build their business.

Could An Innovative Housing Project in Kansas City Offer a Model For Ending Homelessness Elsewhere?

Homelessness has become a scourge in many cities. Rising home prices in some urban areas have effectively shut low income workers out of housing markets. As real estate prices increase, landlords raise rents in order to keep pace with changing property values. Low and middle income people who do not own their own real estate must either expend more each month for housing, relocate to less expensive locales, or endure homelessness.

Housing Homeless Veterans

Now an innovative solution from the Midwest has begun assisting homeless veterans in Missouri. Could this type of project help veterans (and perhaps other homeless people) in other places? The nonprofit Veterans Community Project has supplied the means for 13 veterans in Kansas City, Missouri to stop living on the streets. The nonprofit will help them move into a community of tiny homes. They will obtain the assistance they require to eventually locate their own dwelling places.

The organization recently complete the first phase of a Tiny Homes Community project designed to build an enclave of 37 tiny houses. The dwellings will cluster around a 5,000-square foot community center supplying social services and occupational assistance to residents. The organization expects to pay $15,000 per year per veteran.

Tiny Houses

Ultimately, the nonprofit hopes to help residents of its tiny homes community transition back into the commercial housing marketplace as independent homeowners. While they reside in the tiny houses, veterans will have an opportunity to locate work. They will save money towards down payments on their own dwellings.

Tiny houses offer all the same amenities as larger homes, yet within a compact space. These diminutive houses have gained popularity during recent years. Some home buyers and marketers have searched for ways to reduce rising housing costs by employing innovatively designed houses.

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade Welcomes Nearly 600 High School Musicians

While many people tune in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while they’re waiting for the turkey to cook, some people keep their eye on more local happenings. This year’s Thanksgiving Day parade in Chicago is one example.

The parade moves through downtown Chicago every year, but this year was the first in almost a decade where the parade included students from the five high schools that make up the U46 Unified Marching Band. 566 students joined the parade, an impressive feat to say the least. The last time this happened was in 2008 when 400 students from multiple bands joined together to create beautiful music.

Last year Bartlett High School band director Eric Hollaway submitted an application to the city’s festival association for his band to participate in the parade. However, he soon realized that none of the other local band directors had participated in a unified march. None of them were around during the last one.

It’s an impressive feat to direct one band, but five? Even more so. The 500+ student band only practiced together in full twice in preparation for the Thanksgiving parade: once in October and another just the week before the parade. There were so many students that it was impossible to take a photo that captured all of them!

The numbers could have been a problem, but the school district chipped in with 22 buses to transport the students from their respective schools to downtown Chicago. Hundreds of family members and staff members also journeyed to watch the parade.

The unified marching band lucked out, as did every other participant in the parade: the weather was good. The reception was also warm. Band directors have already been fielding questions about when a unified march will happen in the future!

Local Hospitals Preparing for Disease Outbreak During Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday will be upon us on February 4th. While most Americans will be gathered around television sets to watch the big game, health officials in Minnesota and surrounding states will be on the lookout for any outbreaks of disease among the thousands gathered in Minneapolis for the game itself.

The Minneapolis and Saint Paul area is expected to see as many as one million visitors during the upcoming Super Bowl weekend. With this many people coming into an area at a given time, the possibility exists for outbreaks of disease.

With that in mind, health officials in Minnesota, Minneapolis and surrounding communities issued a healthcare alert to doctors, hospitals and clinics in the area. This alert runs through February 7. Healthcare officials are calling on the area’s healthcare community to be on the lookout for any disease outbreaks that are unusual for this time of the year.

Officials aren’t that concerned about the influenza virus. They don’t feel as if the risk of catching the flu is any greater than if people at the Super Bowl were just going about the events of their daily lives. What they are concerned about is outbreaks of disease such as norovirus that can cause severe gastric upset and diarrhea. They will also be looking to see if there is an uptick in the reports of food poisoning among those at the game or in the areas where people might stay during the Super Bowl Weekend.

Healthcare professionals will also look for signs of sexual trafficking and assault that may increase with so many people in the area. Doctors and hospitals are also asked to report suspicions of any bio-hazard threats due to possible terrorist attacks.

Healthcare officials want to emphasize that these actions are no different than what is normal for a large event. They issue alerts when large conventions or other large sporting events are in the area.

New Tax Credit Plan for Rural Jobs Being Considered In Ohio

In the midwestern state of Ohio, a tax credit plan that was previously voted down by the governor may be voted into place by the legislature in the coming weeks. This tax credit plan aims to create rural jobs. Around six months ago, Governor John Kasich vetoed the $60 million plan. However, a similar plan of 45 million dollars is being considered by the legislature.

Some of the concerns that caused Governor John Kasich to veto that plan have been taken into account. Steps will be taken to ensure the money does indeed go to rural businesses. Critics say, however, that certain issues still remain. One of these issues is a lack of accountability and the possibility that private firms will take advantage of this plan.

Bob Peterson, a Republican representative from Ohio, said that this plan is not ideal in an ideal economy, but the rural economy in Ohio has been suffering, and there is a need for tax credits.

In the new plan, steps have been taken to ensure that the money does indeed go to rural businesses. Rural communities will be defined as having 200,000 residents or less. In addition, there is no longer a requirement for the money to go to high growth opportunities. John Kasich was concerned that the money would end up going to businesses that did not fit the description of being rural, which is why he vetoed the previous plan. However, he has been in talks with the legislature in creating this new plan, although there is no certainty yet that he will approve it.

Critics of the plan say that the money can be used for better purposes. In addition, they are concerned about possible fraud. They think that the current plan is no different than the previous one.

Orange City: Home of the Dutch in the USA

Orange City is a square mile town with a population of less than six thousand. Fields surround the city in all directions. It’s also isolated from the outside world. It takes an hour to the interstate, two hours to Omaha airport, and an estimated four hours to Des Moines. While Hawarden (20 miles from Orange city) was discovered in the 1870s, it had a constant flow of strangers. As a result, the town grew with hotels and gambling places. However, Orange City lacked infrastructure like the railroad, or, until recently a four-lane highway. As a result, the town culture is still pure and preserved.

Immigrants in 1870 founded the town. Most of them were in search of farming land. Until recently, almost all the people living in the city were Dutch. The names of the stores still bear Dutch names. In the early twentieth century, the First Reformed Church broke off and bore American Reformed Church. The aim was to have a church that conducted services in English. Years later, the Dutch speakers began to die off. As a result, the town took measures aimed at preserving their culture. The shops on the main stretch took the Dutch designs and colors. To date, they still hold the Tulip Festival. Bulbs get imported from Netherlands and planted in rows, and for three days, the people in the city dress in Dutch costumes with the designs of the nineteenth-century.

After the Tulip festival, another ritual is enacted. Hundreds of children graduate from high school after which they choose to leave or stay in the city. The decision sets a course of their lives. The choice is not driven by necessity but the way of life. Those that remain have defined the current economic state of the town. However, since the 2016 election, staying or leaving has taken a political dimension. The decision to stay or go is a significant political predictor. As such, many choose to stay.