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Cost Engineer Job at Ogre Oil & Gas Company (Singapore)

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 16, 2014 0 Comments

Job Description: 

  • Responsible for executing project cost control tasks in one or more assigned projects, and able to assist in preparation of tenders as required
  • Provide support in the area of corporate cost control activities as directed by the Manager Cost Control

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Suit & Tie: Video About Defying Stereotypes

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 14, 2014 0 Comments


This is an inspiring story of a few teens who got tired of constantly seeing the negative stereotypes that the media has a habit of attributing to young, black males so they decided to do something about it! Check it out below…


Coolio: "Dangerous Minds" Soundtrack

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

U.S. Government Target Taxpayers for Their Parents’ Debts

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 12, 2014 0 Comments

by Marc Fisher

Washington Post

A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government — a very old debt.

When Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.

Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family — it’s not sure who — in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s ...

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"Assault on Wall Street" (movie trailer)

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 10, 2014 0 Comments

Wake Up!

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 10, 2014 0 Comments

BBC News: "Heartbleed Bug" May Force You to Reset ALL Passwords

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 9, 2014 0 Comments

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by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 9, 2014 0 Comments

Instead Of Going Broke Like Many Retired NBA Players, Junior Bridgeman Built A $400 Million Empire

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 9, 2014 0 Comments

by Amy Lamare

Celebrity Networth


Pop quiz #1: In 1975, which newly drafted player did the Lakers trade away to acquire superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? If you guessed Junior Bridgeman, you are correct. 

Pop quiz #2: As of April 2014, who is the second largest owner of Wendy's franchises in America? Once again, the correct answer is… Junior Bridgeman.

As an NBA player, Junior Bridgeman had a moderately successful 12-year career playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. To be completely honest, his NBA career was kind of unremarkable.

So why are we writing about him on Celebrity Net Worth? Well, as you may know, retirement can be a very painful experience for many NBA players. According to a study conducted by Sports Illustrated, a staggering 60% of NBA players are completely broke within five years of retiring. Junior Bridgeman did not go down this route. Instead, Junior ...

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Bloomberg: CEO Of Liechtenstein Bank Frick Murdered In Broad Daylight

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 8, 2014 0 Comments


A Liechtenstein banker was shot dead after a feud involving an investment fund, and police said they believe the alleged killer later committed suicide.

The 48-year-old man was shot in the underground garage of a financial institution in Balzers at 7:30 a.m. local time, the Liechtenstein police said on their website today. Neither the victim nor the institution was identified in the statement. The deceased was Juergen Frick, CEO of Bank Frick & Co. AG, according to Switzerland’s Radio 1, which cited employees of his bank.

The suspect, Juergen Hermann, fled the scene in a Smart car with Liechtenstein license plates, according to police. The authorities later said Hermann appears to have committed suicide after they found the vehicle in Ruggell, 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Balzers, with his passport and a confession.

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17 Mathematical Equations that Changed the World!

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 7, 2014 0 Comments

In my really geeky days, I used to wear a t-shirt with Maxwell's equations on the front side. LOL!

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Monsanto GMO: Russia No & Whole Foods Yes

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 6, 2014 0 Comments

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BBVA Research: China is World's Most Powerful Nation

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 6, 2014 0 Comments

... and the Asian Tiger continues to roar!

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China shows the highest value not only among emerging economies but also when considering all the sample, inverting with the US the rank order given by the exports’ share in nominal terms.


China holds the largest share among emerging markets in the sample for 9 out of 18 industries, including all manufacturing groups except food (surpassed by Brazil). The largest industry share corresponds to textiles and leather (above 30%).


Russia and especially Saudi Arabia are well ahead in the ranking due to their key role in the oil market for which they show a high degree of product concentration.


India and Mexico have a similar share of world exports, although the market power index is significantly higher for the former on dominant positions in ‘other manufactures’ and business services.

Bloomberg: Former Dutch Bank CEO & Family Found Dead

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 6, 2014 0 Comments

Former ABN Amro Group NV Netherlands Chief Executive Officer Jan Peter Schmittmann, his wife and a daughter were found dead at their home yesterday after a possible “family tragedy,” Dutch police said.

“The bodies of a father and mother and their daughter were found at the property” in the town of Laren, 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, Dutch police said in a statement on theirwebsite. Leonie Bosselaar, a police spokeswoman, said in a telephone call with Bloomberg News that the deceased were Schmittmann, 57, and two family members.

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Shell Oil: Finance Management Information Analyst

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 4, 2014 0 Comments

A Day in the life of a Shell Canada Finance Management Information Analyst:
* Provide meaningful financial information for operational staff through BW and Spotfire reporting tools. Meet with clients to understand what data gaps exist and provide meaningful fit-for-purpose reporting. Provide clients with Management Information best practices in report standardization, automation and distribution. Manage and prioritize outstanding reporting requirements with other Management Information resources.
* Provide centralized support for SAP hierarchy and cost center updates, while ensuring Heavy Oil SAP master reference data (Master Reference Data) policies and best practices are being followed. Work with support groups to deliver accurate and timely setups while influencing Upstream Americas Master Reference Data controls to optimize the Master Reference Data process for Oil Sands. Understand and communicate Master Reference Data impacts to stakeholders (Joint Venture, Royalty, Budget/planning, Activity Based Costing system).
* Identify, target, and deliver optimization initiatives through linkage to Finance Optimization Team ...

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Billions of Dollars Vanish Into Thin Air at U.S. State Department

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 4, 2014 0 Comments


The U.S. State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.

In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.

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United Nations Report: U.S. Criminalizes Homelessness

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 1, 2014 0 Comments


The U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva on Thursday condemned the United States for criminalizing homelessness, calling it "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" that violates international human rights treaty obligations. It also called upon the U.S. government to take corrective action, following a two-day review of U.S. government compliance with a human rights treaty ratified in 1992.

"I'm just simply baffled by the idea that people can be without shelter in a country, and then be treated as criminals for being without shelter," said Sir Nigel Rodley, chairman of the committee in closing statements on the U.S. review. "The idea of criminalizing people who don't have shelter is something that I think many of my colleagues might find as difficult as I do to even begin to comprehend."

The Committee called on the U.S. to abolish criminalization of homelessness laws and policies at ...

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Shell: Gas Trading Jobs in San Diego, California

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on April 1, 2014 0 Comments


  • Physical Cash Gas Trading in the western United States from dailies to prompt year
  • Produce profitable trading results meeting or exceeding the annual goal for the team
  • Increase trading results through coordination with gas and power operations, origination, transportation, transmission and term and gas power
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How To Hide Your House From Google Maps

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on March 31, 2014 0 Comments

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Trombonist Christopher Bill: Pharrell's "Happy"

by Iris Mack, PhD, EMBA on March 30, 2014 0 Comments

Christopher Bill, a classically trained trombone player currently studying at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York City, plays a trombone loop version of Pharrell Williams' "Happy".