Pipeline Nation: America’s Broken Industry (Trailer)

A pipeline network more than 2.5 million miles long transports oil and natural gas throughout the United States — but a top official in the federal government’s pipeline safety oversight agency admits that the regulatory process is overstretched and “kind of dying.” A recent spike in the number of spills illustrates the problem: the Department of Transportation recorded 73 pipeline-related accidents in 2014, an 87 percent increase over 2009. Despite calls for stricter regulations over the last few years, the rules governing the infrastructure have largely remained the same. Critics say that this is because of the oil industry’s cozy relationship with regulators, and argue that violations for penalties are too low to compel compliance. VICE News traveled to Glendive, Montana, to visit the site of a pipeline spill that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, to find out why the industry has such weak regulatory oversight. Watch “Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation” – http://bit.ly/1Gpy0cS Read “Cleaner Air in China Might Mean More Carbon Dioxide Pollution” – http://bit.ly/1AGcwo7 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation

There’s a resource curse on the Navajo Nation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation straddling parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has an extremely high abundance of many energy resources — particularly coal. That coal is what’s burned to provide much of the Southwest with electricity, and it creates jobs for the Navajo. But the mining and burning have also caused environmental degradation, serious health issues, and displacement. VICE News travels to the Navajo Nation to find out how its abundance of coal is affecting the future of the Navajo people. Watch “Toxic: Coal Ash” – http://bit.ly/1zDaW66 Watch “Petcoke: Toxic Waste in the Windy City” – http://bit.ly/1E2YejO Read “Line 61, the Oil Pipeline That Will Dwarf Keystone XL” – http://bit.ly/18iOKad Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Trapped and Forgotten: Libya’s Migrant Jails (Part 2)

Watch Part 1, “Drowning for Freedom” – http://bit.ly/1HZMQHS Watch Part 3, “Escaping Hell” – http://bit.ly/1xCZ5nP As Libya descends further into civil war and lawlessness, migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to journey to the country’s coast in search of smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe. Search and rescue operations by Libya’s coast guard are restricted due to diminishing resources, and have to contend with dangerous gangs of armed traffickers. Those rescued at sea by the coast guard are brought to detention centers, where they face deplorable conditions and are forced to remain for long periods of time. In some instances, migrants are detained by militias in unofficial prisons outside of government control. In part two of our three-part series, VICE News secures access to a detention center in Zawiyah, Libya, and witnesses the appalling living conditions, hearing migrants’ testimonies of torture, beatings, and serious human rights violations. Watch “Italy’s Mediterranean Mass Grave: Europe or Die” – http://bit.ly/1EbVKhG Watch “Trapped In Bulgaria: Europe Or Die” – http://bit.ly/1Fgsiwl Read “Italy Backs Controversial Plan to Build Migrant Reception Centers in North Africa” – http://bit.ly/1CdUluB Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Volunteer Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 102)

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues, thousands of foreign soldiers are joining the fight alongside the pro-Russia separatists of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). While the majority of these soldiers are from Russia, a growing number of volunteers from western Europe, and even as far as Brazil, are joining the ranks of the separatist forces. VICE News traveled to eastern Ukraine to meet volunteer fighters from Spain, Brazil, Serbia, and France, to find out what inspired them to take up arms and risk their lives on front lines with the DNR. Watch “Russian Roulette (Dispatch 101)” – http://bit.ly/1H1WkVp Watch “Russia’s Ghost Army in Ukraine” – http://bit.ly/1AOAZGI Read “Crimeans Celebrate Annexation With Patriotic Flash Mob And Soviet Nostalgia” – http://bit.ly/1bfkZIZ Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Small Business Loans Keep Breaking Records in February

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Small businesses continue getting loans approved by big banks, and in record numbers.

Hitting its highest point since the end of the Great Recession, the loan approval rate for small businesses at big banks reached 21.5 percent in February.

That’s according to the February 2015 Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index. The index is based on a monthly analysis of 1,000 loan applications on Biz2Credit.com. The platform seeks to connect small businesses with potential lenders.

The approval rate at big banks for small business loans jumped two-tenths of a percent from January to February. January’s rate of 21.3 percent had been the previous post-recession high.

A higher loan approval rate for small businesses at big banks has become a trend. In the last year, 11 of the 12 months saw this loan approval rate increase. Compared to small business loan approval rates in February 2014, this represents a 12.5 percent increase.

In a prepared statement accompanying the official release, Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora says big banks owe their success to a variety of factors. He explains:

“Big banks are starting to grant more conventional loans. This allows them to keep fixed loan expenses down compared to SBA-backed loans, which are not primarily being done at smaller banks. The investment in digitization at big banks has helped expedite the small business loan approval process.”

More small businesses are seeking out loans from so-called institutional lenders, too, the Biz2Credit data continues to find. In February, these institutional lenders approved 60.7 percent of the loan applications they received from small businesses. That’s up from 60.5 percent in January.

And since the beginning of 2014, when Biz2Credit created a special category for institutional lenders, this rate has continued to climb.

Arora says the ability of institutional lenders to identify potential problems early plays a role in their overall success:

“The high approval rate in this category of lenders is a reflection of their strong investment in technology advancements, which enables them to quickly assess the risk of default. Thus, they are incredibly efficient; only a miniscule 0.77 percent of loans made by institutional lenders on our platform have defaulted.”

But also apparent from Biz2Credit’s data over time, small businesses are not finding similar fortunes at small banks.

Once again, small banks were declining more than half the loan applications they received from small businesses in February. That is the fourth consecutive month that this rate has dropped below 50 percent.

Last month, smaller banks approved 49.6 percent of the loan applications they received. That’s level with January’s figure but Biz2Credit notes that this rate has been in decline since May 2014.

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How to Use Doodle to Market Yourself for a Dream Job at Google

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Did you know that more than 2 million people apply for jobs at Google each year? So how in the world are you going to stand out?

Lisa Vertudaches, an illustrator and animator in Adelaide, Australia, came up with a pretty brilliant answer. She used Google Doodle to create a 50-second animated video to supplement her resume. The doodles, which reflect parts of Vertudaches’ personal life and professional skills, show her fun and creative side.

Working for an impressive company like Google would be extraordinarily exciting. How would you stand out against the millions of other applicants?

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