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American Military Contractor Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Steal Government Equipment from U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan

An American military contractor pleaded guilty on October 13 to her role in a theft ring on a military installation in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Varita V. Quincy, 35, of Snellville, Georgia pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of making false official statements. Sentencing is set for February 23, 2021 before Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.

Quincy admitted that, between April 2015 and July 2015, she, Larry J. Green of Chesapeake, Virginia, and others conspired to steal, and did steal, equipment and property of value to the United States while working for a government contractor operating on Kandahar Airfield, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Kandahar Airfield was used by U.S. military forces to support U.S. military missions throughout Afghanistan. 

Quincy was a supervisor in the office that issued security badges required for the movement of personnel and property on

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American duo win Nobel prize in economics for improvements to auction theory

Winners of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Paul R Milgrom, left, and Robert B Wilson

Two American economists have won the Nobel Prize for improving the theory of how auctions work and inventing new and better formats that are now woven into the economy.

The discoveries of Paul R Milgrom and Robert B Wilson “have benefitted sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world”, the Nobel Committee said, noting that the auction formats developed by the winners have been used to sell radio frequencies, fishing quotas and airport landing slots.

The two winners, who are economists based at Stanford University in California, were

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‘The work we have been doing is transferred to Poland’: American Google’s contractors

Contractors employed by an external company to work at Google signal that they are no longer getting orders and their work is taken over by the company’s branch in Kraków. They claim that jobs have started to be moved to Poland because they wanted to create a trade union,as the American portal Vice informs. 

In September 2019, most of the 80 Pittsburgh contractors employed by HCL America voted to join another union – steelworkers. They were to work together under the name of the Pittsburgh Association of Tech Professionals. Now they claim that the duties they performed for Google are transferred to the company’s branch in Poland, specifically in Kraków, while the team in Pittsburgh is shrinking.

They were not hired to work for the technology giant, but by the aforementioned HCL America, for which – according to Vice – the union plans of contractors were a problem.

On Thursday,

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Apple Carnegie Library wins American Architecture Award in restoration and renovation category

Architecture studio Foster + Partners has received an American Architecture Award for its renovation and revitalization of the Carnegie Library of Washington D.C., which now hosts Apple Carnegie Library.

Opened in 1903, the building served as Washington D.C.’s first public library and its first desegregated public building. The building, initially designed by Ackerman & Ross, is well known for its Beaux-Arts style that draws heavily from French neoclassicism, gothic, and Renaissance elements.

The building had fallen into disuse between the turn of the twenty-first century and 2017 when Apple began renovating the library into the city’s second Apple Store location, Apple Carnegie Library.

The renovation was undertaken by Foster + Partners, a British international architecture design headquartered in London. The renovation took approximately two years, with the location reopening in May 2019.

The interior has been renovated using materials fitting the historical surroundings and inspired by the distinctive twentieth-century

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Immigrant restaurant owners risk everything for the American dream. Now COVID-19 could end it.

All their friends told immigrants Max and Lara Lucchetti that living in America would be easy, despite the price tag. So they sold their handyman service, uprooted their lives in Milan and invested their life savings – all $100,000 of it – on a familiar gamble: opening a restaurant in South Florida.

Now, facing an obstacle they didn’t anticipate in COVID-19, the Lucchettis may be forced to close their Pompano Beach restaurant, La Forketta, within two months, and give up their American dream.

A National Restaurant Association survey in mid-September estimates that 100,000 restaurants have already permanently shut nationwide, and 40 percent of operators don’t expect to survive another six months without federal relief.

But the Lucchettis carry an added burden that other struggling restaurants don’t share. They belong to a class of immigrant entrepreneurs whose future in America is staked to their business’s survival.

If La Forketta fails, their

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American Homes 4 Rent Has Nothing To Offer (NYSE:AMH)

Source: Investor presentation

Towards the end of June, I penned a piece on residential rental REIT American Homes 4 Rent (AMH) stating I thought the stock was a sell. Shares are up marginally since then, so my bearishness seems to have been overdone given the way the stock has performed. However, that is a long way from making the stock a buy, and below, I’ll detail why I still think AMH is a waste of your time and investing dollars.

Shares have been resilient since June, as I said, and as you can see above. We aren’t talking about blockbuster gains here – a dollar or two per share – but to its credit, AMH is holding up. What’s interesting is that its peer group has performed absolutely horrendously this year, underperforming the S&P 500 by about 30% since the March bottom. AMH has vastly outperformed its peer group, however,

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American Homes 4 Rent Opens Bella Vista Community in Marysville, Washington

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH) is pleased to introduce Bella Vista in Marysville, Wash., which joins its rapidly growing family of newly built single-family rental home communities. Bella Vista is American Homes 4 Rent’s (“AH4R”) 58th new rental home community and its fourth in the Seattle market, building upon the success of its Autumn Crest, Liberty Meadows and Royal Firs communities.

“American Homes 4 Rent is meeting the demand for new rental housing in the Greater Seattle market with our new Bella Vista community,” said Zack Johnson, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Development for AH4R. “We continue to deliver well-located communities through our one-of-a kind AMH Development homebuilding arm that is America’s leading builder of communities for rent.”

Bella Vista adds 24 homes built and operated by AH4R to its existing portfolio of more than 800

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How Covid has impacted Asian American multigenerational homes

Chelsey Gao’s grandmother is 84, has myriad health issues, speaks no English and has not left home at all since the pandemic revved up.



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Mother and daughter, then, are the designated emissaries to the outside world. Gao, 23, headed to Ohio in January for a new job as a data analyst, and had big plans to travel internationally with friends on her “new adult income.” But after the coronavirus tightened its grip on the U.S., she moved back home to live with her mother and octogenarian grandmother in the Atlanta suburbs.

“I just figured it would be a lot easier to be able to be back home with a support system,” Gao said. “Being isolated was not an ideal situation.”

Her 53-year-old mother, who was born and raised in China, received unemployment after being furloughed in March. That cushioned the blow, but she still worried:

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New ‘Buy American’ Rules Bear Risks For Prime Contractors


By Amy Conant Hoang and Erica Bakies

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Law360 (September 24, 2020, 6:11 PM EDT) —

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On Sept. 14, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published a long-delayed proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13881, “Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials.”[1] The proposed rule will affect all contractors subject to the Buy American Act, or BAA, with the most significant impact to contractors supplying iron or steel end products.

Here are the major takeaways:

  • The proposed rule increases domestic content requirements from 51% to 55% for all supplies
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American Homes 4 Rent to Open Kings Crossings Community in North Las Vegas, Nevada

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH) is pleased to introduce Kings Crossings in North Las Vegas, Nev., which joins its rapidly growing family of newly built single-family rental home communities. Kings Crossings is AH4R’s 57th new rental home community and its fourth in the Las Vegas market, building upon the success of its Big Buffalo, Cactus Cliff and Desert Wind Ranch communities.

“American Homes 4 Rent is proud to open our new Kings Crossings community that provides Las Vegas home shoppers a superior new choice in American housing,” said Zack Johnson, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Development for AH4R. “Our newly constructed Kings Crossings community offers all the benefits of single-family living with the financial flexibility and low-maintenance lifestyle of leasing.”

Kings Crossings adds 81 homes built, owned and operated by AH4R to its existing portfolio of more

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