Oil, Gas & Energy Job Fairs (CA, CO, TX, WV)

 

Details about these job fairs may be found here and here.

Texas teacher, students create incredible "Uptown Funk" viral video

A Texas teacher got his students up and on their feet with a unique project that has now gone viral!

Theater director Scot Pankey is the hip-shaking teacher dancing to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” with his students.

Mr. Pankey reminds me of my high school band teacher - so cool!

Chaos in oil markets driving up my book sales - in France!

 

A former colleague at French Banque BNP Paribas emailed to tell me that they seem to love my book over there.

 

Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon:
 
2.431 en Livres anglais et étrangers (Voir les 100 premiers en Livres anglais et étrangers)
 n°1 dans Livres anglais et étrangers > Science > Physics > Energy
n°12 dans Livres anglais et étrangers > Business & Investing >Investing

Well, to my French brothers and sisters, I say merci beaucoup! LOL!

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Is Dead

 

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died and will be succeeded by his half-brother, Crown Prince Salman, at the helm of the world’s biggest oil exporter.

King Abdullah died at 1 a.m. in Riyadh, the royal court said in a statement. He became Saudi Arabia’s sixth king in August 2005 and de facto ruler in 1996 after King Fahd was incapacitated by a stroke. Prince Muqrin, another half-brother, has been named Crown Prince, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The succession comes as the Arab world’s biggest economy confronts unprecedented political instability in the Middle East and a slump in oil prices.

Please read more at Bloomberg News.

Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated.

This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply.

Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.

Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.

Please read more here.

Martin Luther King Day in the U.S.

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. This is a relatively new federal holiday and there are few long standing traditions. 

It is also known as Martin Luther King’s birthday and Martin Luther King Jr Day, is combined with other days in different states. For example, it is combined with Civil Rights Day in Arizona and New Hampshire, while it is observed together with Human Rights Day in Idaho. It is also a day that is combined with Robert E. Lee’s birthday in some states. The day is known as Wyoming Equality Day in the state of Wyoming.

Please read more here.

Mardi Gras Countdown

 

I had family and friends over to my place for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  They had so much fun they assumed mine was the place to be for New Year's eve too.  I'm like enough already. This is not party central. LOL!

Seriously though, folks in New Orleans are unable to "recover" from holiday festivities like most people do in other places.  They are now getting ready for the mother of all holidays - MARDI GRAS

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Fortune: World's Winners & Losers From Cheap Oil (chart)

Investor Jeff Gundlach: "If Oil Drops To $40 The Geopolitical Consequences Could Be Terrifying"

 

In a recent interview, DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach explained his concerns about the oil market not being "unequivocally good" for everyone.

“Oil is incredibly important right now,” Gundlach said in a recent interview with FuW. “If oil falls to around $40 a barrel then I think the yield on ten year treasury note is going to 1%. I hope it does not go to $40 because then something is very, very wrong with the world, not just the economy. The geopolitical consequences could be – to put it bluntly – terrifying.”

Please read more here and here.

Tiny Boy Rocks to Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up"