First lady announces one-stop job site for vets
To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.
First lady Michelle Obama announced the new Veterans Employment Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a special veterans’ jobs summit, which comes as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. Unemployment among veterans who have served since September 2001 stood at 9 percent in 2013, about 1.6 percentage points higher than the overall civilian population.
The website, ebenefits.va.gov, will help veterans and military spouses build resumes, translate military skills into private-sector skills and provide career and training data with the click of a mouse.
”It is our obligation to you,” Obama told hundreds of soldiers in a hangar on the sprawling military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. ”Your job is to take full advantage of these opportunities.”
The Army plans to reduce its fighting force from a high of about 570,000 at the peak of the Iraq war to 490,000 — a reflection of budget cuts and of the country’s current military needs as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end.
Col. David ”Buck” Dellinger, the garrison commander of Fort Campbell, said about 5,000 of the 30,157 soldiers stationed at the post were in the midst of transitioning out of the Army and another 5,000 were within a year of being discharged.
”It’s not going to be a career for everybody,” Dellinger said.
The Obama administration’s most high-profile online tool, the HealthCare.gov site designed to enroll Americans in health plans, had a disastrous rollout last fall. But administration officials said Tuesday that they have tested the veterans site to ensure it can handle the expected traffic and the various tasks.
Maj. Sue Whetsell, a 24-year Army veteran from Omaha, Neb., is hoping to become one of the soldiers to take advantage of the new website. Whetsell wants to leverage her experience as a budget officer into a similar job in the private sector. But, after a long Army career, Whetsell acknowledges she needs help in preparing for civilian life.
”It’s just figuring out what is step one, step two and step three,” Whetsell said. ”That’s the biggest challenge right now.”
The announcement is part of a monthlong series of events marking the third anniversary of Joining Forces, the nationwide initiative that Mrs. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, created in 2011 to improve employment, education and health care for active-duty service members, military families and veterans. Mrs. Obama announced to the 1,200 soldiers assembled that Joining Forces had resulted in 540,000 jobs for veterans and their spouses — far exceeding the goal of 100,000 jobs initially sought in the first two years.
Biden, who appeared at Fort Campbell with Mrs. Obama, announced that the military spouses’ employment program has enlisted 228 employers, up from the 60 companies that had made a commitment when the program launched in June 2011.
Shipping giant UPS is among the corporations that have pledged to hire more veterans, recruiting 13,000 veterans in the past 12 months, said Lytana Kids, UPS vice president for workforce planning. That’s about 8 percent of the parcel delivery company’s overall hires, compared with 5 percent before. An integrated website would make that task even easier, she said.
Worth Sparkman, a spokesman for Tyson Foods, said the website and job fairs help the company generate ”quite a bit” of interest among veterans. Tyson has committed to hiring 2,500 veterans by the end of 2014 and has already brought more than 3,000 on board.
”A lot of them are not aware they have transferrable skills,” Sparkman said. ”Their work in logistics, planning and leadership are all good qualities to have in our business.”
The summit was organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor.
By BRETT BARROUQUERE and JIM KUHNHENN
Mariah Carey fans having it out with producer Jermaine Dupri over Mimi’s album delays
Mariah Carey fans, or lambs as she likes to call them, have become frustrated with Jermaine Dupri as they patiently await the release of Mimi’s newest album, The Art Of Letting Go. It’s reported the highly anticipated album was pulled from Island Records release schedule and Mimi’s lambs are pissed!
So what do they do? Take to Twitter to get some answers from the ATLien on WHY her album is still not being released. And they’re pissed that it’s been three years since the release of her last album.
Read the heated exchange of tweets below:
Dam. I can understand the fans are upset but they got to understand that not everything goes according to plan & If Mariah Carey decided to post pone it I’m sure she has her reason’s. Keep ya head up @JD you already know your Global14 supports you bro. #salute #respect
@JD why even entertain their intellect? They think an album is made in a day, but keep that grind and all will fall into place. Saw you working on them 1s & 2s, dope work.
i posted this because i want everyone to see it,i think this is a not knowing very genius move of her fans,to get blogs and bloggers in 2014 talking about a artist that came out in 92 and the conversation is all about music
I feel you! The buzz is real and so will be the sales, but some of these fans are troopers. They be on some venomous shit for their artist!
IM PATIENTLY WAITING..NOT MADE THO..:,D
If your an artist you are going to one day WISH, I repeat WISH you had a fanbase like this, talking about their intellect and how these people don’t know what their talking about is irrelevant on so many levels. First of all they are engaged on exactly what @JD and Mariah are doing, even if they don’t know the very internal nuances they are still ENGAGED which is huge. I’m sure @JD loves that aspect of it because when they drop that hit record whose going to run out and buy it, all those dumb fans ya’ll keep talking about. I think it’s smart that @JD tries to set them straight, why ignore the loyalist, educate them instead.
I’m trying to tell you dumb azz….. died
lmaoooooo….I like that part too
Yeah I was laughing when I saw that. LOL, took it back to the old school and just called him A Dumb Ass. LOL
He should of tried a lil tenderness with them lambs….they to soft for harsh words like that… I mean all the men lambs seem like the type that like to twirl…..
NO MATTER WAT..UR NOT GONNA SATISFY EVERY1..THEY NEED TO CHILL OUT!
Yo, people are ridiculous man. Don’t pay that shit no mind.
Well its been 4 years since her last album I dont count her christmas album. I am a super fan…But the delays have turned my excitement down to a minimum. But what ever shes doing SHE BETTER BE MAKING MUSIC SHE CAN SING LIVE.
Fact of the matter @JD I am not going to hate on your managment skills as you are good friends with her but….I do belive U have done a poor job. She needs to have people around her who are not friends with her But wanna see her do her best without petting her ego. Im sure U are quite good at telling mariah what she should and shoudnt do, But us super fans….WE WANNA SEE HER BACK AT THE TOP….We love when Mariah is succedding becuase it makes us happy.
I know @JD that you are doing behind the scenes work But I am wondering about ur skills in managment. But good luck
Let me ask you a question, do you think prince manger tells him what to do ?
You gotta understand these people think music managers are like every other manager at jobs n shyt. Ive done told u my take on your situation but any real fan supports u no matter what. Just keep making music. The fans will be there when the music drops.
you know what now i get it! they think music mangers are like the manger at McDonalds,damn I’m slow lol
Thats what im here for sir LMAO
oh gosh @JD NO ONE THINKS THAT………Benny medina WAS DOIN THE DAM THING AND IT SHOWED…………………..Weve seen better THATS ALL WE TINK @JD But youve shown MAriah wants U to do the dirty work..of phone calls and blah blah blah…WHICH IS THE OPPISTIE OF MCDONALDS……..As the managers let the peeons do the dirty work….I dont know as a fans of mariah who have quie alot of knoledge how each era was ran…Then I think we have some wise advice
Damn how did the Mcdonalds Manager get dissed…. yall going in on people who not even apart of this conversation….. Well dam I think Walmart managers be on that shit with there shirts be tucked in… pull that shit out
Im not a fan of prince so if I was his manager I WOULD DEF TELL HIM WHAT TO DO……..These are people they are not gods……And now that U showed us mariah fans how she is and how people in her circle I can see why SONGS LIKE YOUR MINE AND THE ART OF LETTING GO WERE RELEASED……I guess It comes down to how a person sees these huge stars…They want to hear everything THEY WANNA HEAR even if its a lie beccuase it makes there decsions make sense.
But anways…..Im not 100 percent sure what a managers job is…But in my view of it…Its like a boss trying to do the best for there client. If mariah wants to make all the decsions, and just wants you to chime in every once in a while…then I think its a joke. SHe needs people around her WHO DONT LIKE HER MUSIC…and ARE NOT OBSESSED WITH HER…to help her make the right descions
Your Mine was bumpin! TF is wrong with u?
The vocals on ur mine are crap and monotone………………
But as you said MAriah is the boss…Why does she hire people when she really just wants what she wants
Look at it like this. You have a CEO and he hires managers to run his business. Mariah is the CEO of her business and JD manages it. Why is that so hard for yall to understand?
BECUASE MARIAH IS DOING A SHITTY JOB!!!!
No. Her fans are doing a shitty job! She’s released 3 tracks. One of which was a #1 hit. What else do yall want?
Oh wait! So Mariah is doing the shitty job now? But I thought JD was doing the shitty job? Yall Lambs are fucking nuts man! Just wait on the dayum album like everyone else.
Are u stupid?……After jd asks does princes manager tell him what to do…Then I understood…Jermain should be doing a better job…But he dosnt wanna tell her what to do…but keep getting her checks @JD…. Mariah wants to make all the decsions, but wants JD to do the boring work…..While she gets ALL THE ACCLAIM AND STATS AND NUMBERONES….And can constalty brag about her achievments…while at the same time AINT DONE SHIT FOR 4 YEARS….I
You sir should be ashamed to call yourself a fan. Im the biggest So So Def supporter in the world. Ive old JD who to sign and what projects to do but I dayum sure dont get mad when he doesnt do them and calling him out of his name. You are a fan. You have a lane. Stay in it.
So fans should only pett there stars ego…constalty tell them only what they do is right….Never giving critizm……Read the bible…You hate your children becuase u do not discilpin them….Thus you let people do what they want cuz you want there money you could careless about what they ACCUALLY DO. The fact of the matter is….No ones gunna care what I say…Im a nobody right…If I ever Meet Mariah im not sure what I would say to her…
You say she’s been gone for 4 years. Did you forget she had twin babies. Is she not allowed to take a break and be a mother. Sheeshhh. Also, did you forget she dislocated her shoulder? That took her a year for her to recover. Her fans need to understand that, build a bridge and get over it. If she needs more time she needs more time. That’s nobody’s fault. Maybe she shouldn’t have released a date so soon. That was a mistake if she wasn’t sure, but music takes time to create. You can’t rush the creative process when it comes to music. All I know is her album is going to be AMAZING when it’s done. It will be worth the wait. People just need to chill and be patient.
this hilarious lol
It really isnt…Mariah is becoming a joke…..I dont kno whwat kinda surgery shes getting on her face but shes begging to look wierd now…WTF is happening to her…..She seems to just be fake now…..YES I AM A FAN YES I WANNA HEAR THE NEW ALBUM BUT NOOOO……….I will not worship the ground she walks on
you sound like a fan with a broken heart..its going to be ok…
My hearts not broken…..
lmaoooooo fan with a broken wing… yall killing me I cant laugh no harder
didn’t nobody say broken wing…gone somewhere roach
ohhhh you want some I’m hit you with a a @TearJay song since you wanna act all basic
Thanks honey…..I need a beer now or another shot
go change yo diaper shitty boo boo…smelling like ripped ass
Ripped ass………….. I died
yo ass smell like death
nooooooo not like old dusty bones
not bones…decomposed ass
ewwww sounds like it would smell like corn chips
U ok honey
nooooooo not today we have a war you better stitch up ya dam wing and fly one inch off the ground…. We gots to ride out soldier
LMAOOOOOO…ALmost dosnt coutn bebe
I LIVE FOR THIS ALBUM……I wanted this kinda sound from MAriah and Rodney JERkins…..im quite sad now
I love this song….. party time ….. G14 throw ya drinks in the air
Fucck Mariah n Nicolas
U have no say in this convo…….
Did you just dismiss CoCo from the Convo….. yall got to stoppp this madness I got real tears…. shit about to get real up in here….. and I have no tissue to capture these tears
i guess I did
This mayne really called a lamb a dumb azz!!!! LMAO!!!!!
Im def not dumb…..And I AM NOT A LAMB….THE WORD LAMB was SAVED FOR JESUS CHRIST……………..SO no im not mariahs lambs….
I am a fan tho
God likes spiritual fruits. Not religious nuts. Jesus called people lambs cause people are stupid and will follow anyone. A lamb doesnt think on its own. They just follow. That is why Jesus called us lambs.
Oh gosh….Jesus is a lamb theres a reason why the term lamb is in the bible..They are simple creaters who want for nothing, they enjoy being helped by a shepard. Lambs are like babies…so simple. Thats why we are Jesus’s lamb….IIt has acual meaning. Lambs CAN think for them selves…theres just so simple that they look stupid.
No Im not a religgous nut…and if you wanna battle on the scriptures I would def enjoy it.
ohhhh snap …. how did Jesus get on this post …. Yall taking everybody down….. God the Jesus the Mcdonalds Manager….. no one is safe lol
What is it they want from you @JD?
I WANT A MCDOUBLE!!!!!!!!
You done start all this trouble……
Now you want a Mcdouble…….
Nice lyrics @spotlyte LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I made a quick little song…
Get it TearJay…. I love you …. yooooooo you really just made this right now…. You the best
lol..Love it!!! The things that set G14 apart!!!
lol!!!!!!!!!!! Lamas are cute to there like teddy bears and lamb mix
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ME AND FAB HAS THIS SHIT ROCKIN!!!!
Life is too short to be wasting it trying to hold on to or fix things that obviously don’t vibrate with you on your current level! The pen that writes your story is in your hands so at any moment you can start over! Many times our unwillingness to let go of the familiar is the [...]
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IM GUESSING CORY WAS SCARED TO POST THESE LOL
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“You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can’t have it.”
-Dr. Robert Anthony
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Maison Kitsuné and Paris-based lingerie designer Yasmine Eslami teamed up yet another time. For their Valentine’s Day capsule collection lookbook, albeit after the fact, they enlisted the eye and skills of photographer Henrik Purienne, who lensed blonde stunner Shané van der Westhuizen in a number of sensual shots.
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