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Bismarck State College continues contract with Saudi Arabia

Bismarck State College continues contract with Saudi ArabiaBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck State College will continue its partnership with Saudi Arabia to provide energy sector training despite international condemnation of the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the school's president said.



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Pope Francis compares having an abortion to 'hiring a contract killer'

Pope Francis compares having an abortion to 'hiring a contract killer'Pope Francis has likened abortion to “hiring a contract killer” in some of his strongest remarks yet on the subject. It was not fair to “take out a human life to solve a problem”, he said. “Is it fair to hire a contract killer to solve a problem? It is not fair. We cannot take out a human being, even if it is small."  The remarks, delivered during his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square, were unscripted and diverged from his prepared text. The comments are likely to be welcomed by conservative Catholics, particularly in the United States where a political battle rages over the issue, but will be viewed with dismay by more moderate Catholics who defend a woman’s right to seek an abortion in certain circumstances. Having an abortion meant eliminating “an innocent and helpless life”, the Pope told tens of thousands of people gathered in the piazza in front of St Peter’s Basilica. It is not the first time he has used emotive language to condemn abortion. In June, he compared abortion to the Nazis’ eugenics programme, the only difference being that it was performed with “white gloves”. “Last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” he told an Italian family association. He urged couples to accept children “as God gives them to us.” Pope Francis compared having an abortion to hiring a professional assassin Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP “He has always been passionately against abortion. His position has been robust and consistent,” Austen Ivereigh, a Vatican expert and author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, told The Telegraph. “This is in keeping with what he has always said, but he does love to use these shocking metaphors. He is trying to smash any justification for abortion, saying that it is not a cure but a violent act that takes a life.” For Francis, abortion is part of the “throwaway culture” that he frequently rails against in his homilies and addresses. He has often condemned society for marginalising the poor, the elderly and the unborn. In 2014, he said it was “horrific” to think that some unborn children “will never see the light of day”. In a yearly address to a group of diplomats accredited to the Vatican, he criticised the world’s disposable culture, saying that it was not just food and material goods that were thrown away “but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as unnecessary.” His remarks, while outspoken, are in keeping with the teaching of the Catholic Church, which judges that life begins at the moment of conception and must not be terminated. “Abortion is unacceptable in all circumstances – that remains official Catholic teaching,” said Mr Ivereigh. “Pope Francis was very active in opposing any attempt to legalise it in Argentina earlier this year.”



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Taiwan hotel axes Marriott contract over China naming row

Taiwan hotel axes Marriott contract over China naming rowThe owner of a Starwood-branded hotel in Taiwan said Thursday it will terminate its contract with Marriott International, in protest over the US group caving in to Beijing pressure to list the island as part of China. Marriott was strongly criticised by Chinese authorities in January for listing Taiwan — along with Tibet and Hong Kong — as separate countries, all regions which Beijing claims under its authority.



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Puerto Rico governor urges cancellation of private company contract after massive blackout

Puerto Rico governor urges cancellation of private company contract after massive blackoutCobra Energy holds a $ 945 million contract and the company has been working on the island since October 2017, following Hurricane Maria's rampage.



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Pentagon reportedly favors Amazon for cloud contract, Southwest CEO hasn’t talked to Buffett, Apple poaches Google AI chief

Pentagon reportedly favors Amazon for cloud contract, Southwest CEO hasn’t talked to Buffett, Apple poaches Google AI chiefAmazon, Southwest, Apple, CBS and Viacom are the companies to watch.



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Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end

Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $  750M Fluor contract nears endSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of a $ 750 million federal contract will leave the U.S. territory soon as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria, officials said Wednesday.



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Airbus lands biggest-ever contract for 430 A320s

Airbus lands biggest-ever contract for 430 A320sAirbus announced its biggest-ever order on Wednesday, signing a deal to supply 430 of its medium-range A320 family of aircraft to US investment firm Indigo Partners, at a list price of $ 49.5 billion (42 billion euros). “An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable,” said Airbus chief operating officer, John Leahy. The announcement sent Airbus’s share price soaring, rising by more than 3.0 percent to 86.09 euros in a generally softer market.



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FBI investigating Puerto Rico power contract: WSJ

FBI investigating Puerto Rico power contract: WSJThe contract between Whitefish Energy Holdings and Puerto Rico’s bankrupt power utility was widely criticized after media reports showed it was awarded without a competitive public bidding process. On Sunday, Puerto Rico’s government announced it would cancel the $ 300 million contract. Whitefish had more than 350 workers and 2,500 tons of heavy equipment on the ground for rebuilding electrical lines destroyed in Hurricane Maria, raising concern about Puerto Rico’s management of federal disaster-relief funds to the island, the WSJ reported.



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Puerto Rico Power Authority Moves to Cancel Whitefish Energy Contract

Puerto Rico Power Authority Moves to Cancel Whitefish Energy ContractThe head of Puerto Rico’s power authority moved on Sunday to cancel a controversial contract with Whitefish Energy, the small Montana company under scrutiny for the deal worth hundreds of millions to help restore power to the hurricane-ravaged island.



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Whitefish Energy's scandalous power contract with Puerto Rico is cancelled

Whitefish Energy's scandalous power contract with Puerto Rico is cancelledUPDATE: With that, the contract has been cancelled. Hours after Governor Ricardo Rosselló issued a statement calling for PREPA to cancel its contract with Whitefish Energy, the Puerto Rico power utility confirmed it will do just that,
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CBS News correspondent David Begnaud both confirm. BREAKING: PREPA (@AEEONLINE) CEO Ricardo Ramos says @WhitefishEnergy contract will be canceled after ongoing work ends in Puerto Rico — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 29, 2017 To bring Puerto Rico's ailing power grid back online, Rosselló has expressed his support for crews from Florida and New York to help with the process. The governors of both states have already visited the U.S. territory and offered assistance, and energy concerns in both states have plenty of experience dealing with widespread, weather-related power outages.
Original story follows: As Puerto Rico still reels in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and questions swirl around a suspicious contract aimed at restoring the U.S. territory's power grid, Governor Ricardo Rosselló has decided enough is enough. The office of the governor issued a lengthy statement on Sunday, though the first sentence really tells the big story here: "Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, requested the governing board of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to proceed immediately with invoking the contract cancellation clause with Whitefish Energy." SEE ALSO: The scope of Puerto Rico's devastation is captured in newly-shared video This new development was first reported by
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CBS correspondent David Begnaud later sharing the full text of the governor's statement in a tweet. Hot off the press Here’s the release from the office of @ricardorossello calling for the cancellation of the @WhitefishEnergy contract pic.twitter.com/FMgrHZ6vHR — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 29, 2017 Whitefish is the small, Montana-based energy concern that won a $ 300 million contract to turn the lights back on in Puerto Rico. The no-bid contract raises many questions, due to both the size of the company — up until late last month, there were only two employees — and its connection to Donald Trump's Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke (Whitefish is based in his hometown). The questions only grew louder last week when, late Thursday, a copy of the signed contract surfaced on the internet, via an apparent leak. Note that the authenticity of the leaked document was never verified, but the details contained therein match up with other news reports. It's also worth noting that multiple investigations into the contract are already underway, in Congress and Puerto Rico both. As
Mashable's Andrew Freedman wrote on Friday: "[The leaked contract] shows that what at first appeared to be a shady deal is actually an unbelievably shady deal." One of the most alarming provisions states that basically no one with governing power is allowed "to audit or review the cost and profit elements of the labor rates specified herein." In other words, Whitefish is free to charge whatever it wants for the work it's doing, with no oversight to ensure the rates are fair and just. And hey, about those rates: According to the leaked contract, site supervisors are earning $ 330 per hour while project accountants are earning $ 440 per hour. The lowest-paid workers identified in the contract are still making $ 140.26 per hour — if that were an annual salary, it would fall just short of $ 300,000. Another provision clarifies the federal government's involvement in the agreement: It's not involved. As the contract reads: "The Federal Government is not a party to this Contract and is not subject to any obligations or liabilities to PREPA, Contractor, or any other party pertaining to any matter resulting from the Contract." This is where things get dicey for Congressional investigations and even Rosselló's call for the contract to be cancelled. Legally, this is a hands-off deal as far as the government goes.  As Begnaud noted on Twitter, the PREPA board is appointed by Rosselló. His government can't directly force the contract's cancellation, but he seems to wield some influence here. What's not yet clear is if PREPA's board is willing to comply with the request, or if Rosselló is able to summarily dismiss them if they're not cooperating. The governor's primary interest at this point is getting his constituents back to a livable situation in the aftermath of a hurricane that decimated the island territory's infrastructure. While most of Puerto Rico once again has access to running water — 80 percent, according to the latest report — less than 30 percent has power at this point.
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Oct. 29 4:24 p.m. ET with the news of PREPA's plans to cancel the Whitefish Energy contract. WATCH: Puerto Rico is recovering cell service… with balloons



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