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They need to be gone.” In Highland Falls, N.Y., near the campus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, resident Peter James Clark predicted lean times ahead because of the shutdown. Many of the town’s 3,900 residents work at the academy. “It’s going to kill this town’s economy,” said Clark, 55, a supervisor for West Point’s Department of Public Works. “It’s going to kill everybody. This is mom-and-pop businesses all around here.” In Denver, Gov. John Hickenlooper approved use of state funds to pay 120 National Guard engineers who he says are crucial to rebuilding a highway washed out during recent flooding. Joey Moppert works in the oil and gas industry in Denver. For him, the shutdown’s impact involves work and play. He said he was supposed to drive to Cheyenne, Wyo., this week to work with the Bureau of Land Management office. “Now it is shut down, so I cannot do my job,” Moppert said. “I also was planning on going up to Yellowstone National Park next week for vacation, but that is shut down as well.

Mike Tyson accused of poaching fighters by USA Boxing

“If you have money and would like to assist these young athletes and the sport, you should donate for athlete stipends to support the training of these boxers and help your country regain its prominence on the medal stand. Please do not take them from us. If they win a medal for their country, you can always sign them to professional contracts at that time.” Tyson did not immediately return a phone call, and publicist Joann Mignano said he would not be commenting. Mignano confirmed, though, that Iron Mike Promotions signed Florida fighter Erickson Lubin on Tuesday, his 18th birthday. Lubin is a two-time Junior Olympic national champion and won the 152-pound division at the National Golden Gloves this year. In his USA Boxing bio he said his goals were to win a gold medal at the Olympics, turn pro and win every title possible. “We want to be competitive and we want to increase our overall performance in the Olympic games,” said USA Boxing executive director Anthony Bartkowski. “This is a new strategy of trying to make sure our Olympic-aged athletes are not poached by promoters. In the past, USA Boxing was passive and just accepted it.” Tyson isn’t the only promoter trying to lure amateurs to the pros. Last month, DiBella Entertainment said it signed highly touted 17-year-old Junior “Sugar Boy” Younan from New York to a contract and said he would make his pro debut in late October or early November, after he turned 18. Boxing promoters have long trolled the amateur ranks looking for talent, especially in recent years as the lure of Olympics gold has faded for many fighters. Winning the Olympics was once a guaranteed way to make money in a subsequent pro career, but as the U.S. Olympic boxing teams have faded so have the prospects for Olympic fighters. The last American man to win an Olympic gold in boxing was Andre Ward in 2004, and last year’s team in London didn’t win a medal of any colour.

USA Graphite to Commence Exploration at Nevada Graphite Properties

( OTCQB : USGT ) (“USA Graphite”), a publicly traded U.S. exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of graphite properties in North America, is pleased to announce that it will immediately launch an initial exploration program for its current portfolio of graphite properties in Nevada. The program is expected to include detailed surface mapping, historic data compilation, and planning prior to a comprehensive exploration and drill program on one or more initial targets. “USA Graphite has assembled an excellent portfolio of graphite exploration properties right here in the United States where, if successfully developed, they could help build a more reliable supply of this essential commodity for our own domestic market,” stated Wayne Yamamoto, President and CEO of USA Graphite. “I look forward to building corporate momentum as we ramp up exploration activities at our Nevada properties and also hope to add new critical personnel on the ground and in the office to help lead our strategic planning and exploration teams in the near future.” Global demand for large flake graphite has been rising for use in many new technology applications, such as lithium-ion and vanadium batteries, fuel cells, semiconductors, transistors, graphene, touch screens, photovoltaic (PV) cells, spintronics, superconductivity, sensors, DNA sequencing, nuclear power generation, and wind power. Lithium-ion batteries, widely used in electronics like cell phones, power tools and notebook computers contain almost twenty times (20x) more graphite than lithium. According to a 2012 research report from investment banker Canaccord Genuity, “Annual flake graphite production will have to increase by a factor of six by 2020 to meet incremental lithium carbonate requirements for batteries.” China and India account for the majority of the world’s graphite supply with China accounting for 70-80%. Most of China’s current graphite production is considered lower grade small flake. China is a net importer of large flake graphite and has imposed strict export restrictions and quotas to retain its own graphite resources. Natural graphite is not currently mined in the United States in commercial quantities. About USA Graphite: USA Graphite is a publicly traded U.S. exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of graphite properties in North America.

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