Weekly unemployment claims fall again after Irene-related spike

first_imghttp://www.vermontbiz.com/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/fckeditor/editor/c…); “>http://www.vermontbiz.com/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/fckeditor/editor/c…); “>http://www.vermontbiz.com/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/fckeditor/editor/c…); “>August2011July2011August2010July2011August2010 Total Labor Force359,800359,800360,0000-200   Employment338,800339,300338,400-500400   Unemployment21,10020,50021,600600-500   Rate (%)5.95.76.00.2-0.1Vermont’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling.  The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor. Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) There were 608 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is a decrease of 109 from the week before, as new claims again fell following a two-week spike in claims resulting from tropical storm Irene. The week prior to the storm saw a seasonal low of fewer than 500 claims. Altogether 5,981 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 394 from a week ago and 1,285 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,443 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 1 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 727 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is unchanged from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate increased two-tenths in August to 5.9 percent. See story HERE.          Changes Fromlast_img read more

New Marine Task Force to Use New Platform in Central America

first_imgLt. Col. Soria said the task force, which will send small detachments of Marines to locations throughout Central America, highlights the primary purpose of the JHSV: intra-theater lift. According to current planning, the task force will be active between June and November before redeploying to the United States until the following spring. Its work will augment that of small Marine detachments already in the region, including a civil affairs team in Belize, and security cooperation teams in Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, and Guatemala. It’s good that there is still staff in our country who feel the pain of other people Paxton said the demand for SPMAGTF-South was tied to the successful creation of Marine crisis response task forces for Africa and the Middle East in recent years, joking that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Because of finite resources, he said, the task force would be different and smaller than the other response units, but fine-tuned to the needs of the region. Paxton said the demand for SPMAGTF-South was tied to the successful creation of Marine crisis response task forces for Africa and the Middle East in recent years, joking that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Because of finite resources, he said, the task force would be different and smaller than the other response units, but fine-tuned to the needs of the region. At a Washington, D.C. event in late February, Assistant Commandant Gen. John “Jay” Paxton said the new land-based unit may also make use of new Navy platforms designed to fill gaps in amphibious shipping. Lt. Col. Ignacio Soria, chief plans officer, G-5 for Marine Forces South, confirmed that task force Marines were set to be transported on the JHSV Spearhead, the first in its class. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South (SPMAGTF South), a unit comprising about 250 Marines to be headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, will answer a range of needs ranging from partner nation training to humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. It’s set to become active in June. “We are committed to tailoring some type of task force, and they are training right now, that would be able to do those missions that Gen. Kelly needs, primarily building partnership capacity … and some counter-narcotics, counter drug mission capability,” Paxton said. “We’re committed to provide that to him.” A new Marine task force set to become active in Central America in time for hurricane season will use a new seabasing platform — the joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) — to transport troops around the region. It’s not the first time Marines will make use of the JHSV in theater. The Spearhead provided transportation to Marines from Camp Lejeune’s 8th Engineer Support Battalion from May to October of last year in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, according to a March report from the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned. The vessel, which divides its time between SOUTHCOM, Europe, and Africa, has also been used by other Marine detachments in the region. “We are committed to tailoring some type of task force, and they are training right now, that would be able to do those missions that Gen. Kelly needs, primarily building partnership capacity … and some counter-narcotics, counter drug mission capability,” Paxton said. “We’re committed to provide that to him.” While plans now call for use of just the Spearhead, another vessel — the Burlington — could also be stationed in the 4th Fleet region sometime prior to fiscal year 2017, pending a final decision, Soria said. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South (SPMAGTF South), a unit comprising about 250 Marines to be headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, will answer a range of needs ranging from partner nation training to humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. It’s set to become active in June. According to current planning, the task force will be active between June and November before redeploying to the United States until the following spring. Its work will augment that of small Marine detachments already in the region, including a civil affairs team in Belize, and security cooperation teams in Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, and Guatemala. While plans now call for use of just the Spearhead, another vessel — the Burlington — could also be stationed in the 4th Fleet region sometime prior to fiscal year 2017, pending a final decision, Soria said. By Dialogo March 18, 2015 “It is planned right now,” he said. “The only thing that would derail that is if for some reason there was some emergent need that required Fleet Forces Command or Military Sealift Command to divert the mission.” At a Washington, D.C. event in late February, Assistant Commandant Gen. John “Jay” Paxton said the new land-based unit may also make use of new Navy platforms designed to fill gaps in amphibious shipping. “We’re going to work with the Navy to see if there are single ship steamers that are available. We’ll look at alternate platforms … JHSVs and things like that,” Paxton said. “We’re working through not only the demand signal and the mission sets that [U.S. Southern Command Commander Gen. John Kelly] has but their capability and that of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” “It literally lifts the Marines from port to port in the [area],” he said. Lt. Col. Ignacio Soria, chief plans officer, G-5 for Marine Forces South, confirmed that task force Marines were set to be transported on the JHSV Spearhead, the first in its class. “It literally lifts the Marines from port to port in the [area],” he said. Lt. Col. Soria said the task force, which will send small detachments of Marines to locations throughout Central America, highlights the primary purpose of the JHSV: intra-theater lift. SPMAGTF South will also be equipped with four CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters when activated, said Capt. Armando Daviu, a spokesman for MARFORSOUTH. The Marine units that will send personnel to the task force have not yet been identified, he said, but they are expected to come primarily from II Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in North Carolina. A new Marine task force set to become active in Central America in time for hurricane season will use a new seabasing platform — the joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) — to transport troops around the region. SPMAGTF South will also be equipped with four CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters when activated, said Capt. Armando Daviu, a spokesman for MARFORSOUTH. The Marine units that will send personnel to the task force have not yet been identified, he said, but they are expected to come primarily from II Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in North Carolina. “We’re going to work with the Navy to see if there are single ship steamers that are available. We’ll look at alternate platforms … JHSVs and things like that,” Paxton said. “We’re working through not only the demand signal and the mission sets that [U.S. Southern Command Commander Gen. John Kelly] has but their capability and that of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” It’s not the first time Marines will make use of the JHSV in theater. The Spearhead provided transportation to Marines from Camp Lejeune’s 8th Engineer Support Battalion from May to October of last year in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, according to a March report from the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned. The vessel, which divides its time between SOUTHCOM, Europe, and Africa, has also been used by other Marine detachments in the region. “It is planned right now,” he said. “The only thing that would derail that is if for some reason there was some emergent need that required Fleet Forces Command or Military Sealift Command to divert the mission.” last_img read more

COVID-19: #IndonesiaTerserah trends as frustration mounts over physical distancing violations, govt policies

first_imgRead also: Govt plans to loosen PSBB regulations, starting with transportationAnother health worker with the Twitter handle @helwatshlhh posted a picture of herself holding up a similar sign, expressing her frustration over the country’s response to the pandemic.#indonesiaterserah aku wes pasrah ama kamu indonesia. nyeri kali ati ku pas lg berjuang dikhianatin gt aja 🙃 pic.twitter.com/Qq8d53xv9W— Helwa (@helwatshlhh) May 15, 2020“#IndonesiaTerserah I’ve given up on you, Indonesia. It hurts my heart that my hard work has been betrayed,” she tweeted on Saturday.Members of the general public have since tweeted #IndonesiaTerserah in solidarity with medical practitioners who have continued risking their lives to treat COVID-19 patients on the front lines.Twitter user @zaymenthrixkenn parodied PSBB following a series of violations of the policy in recent weeks, along with the hashtag #IndonesiaTerserah.“PSBB: Restrictions that are mere lip-service,” he tweeted, alongside cartoon images of health workers, one of which features a sign that reads “Stupid [trumps] COVID”.PSBB : Peraturan selalu Basa-BasiPSBB : Peraturan Sering Banget BerubahPSBB : Pembatasan Sosial Bercanda Banget#indonesiaterserah pic.twitter.com/F1pCrL0oe2— ᴢᴀʏɴ ᴍᴇɴᴛʜʀɪx ᴋᴇɴɴᴇᴅʏ™ (@zaymenthrixkenn) May 15, 2020User @icegurlcc re-posted a TikTok video of a health worker holding up a sign featuring the same phrase in an attempt to raise public awareness about the struggles of those working on the front lines.Kesabaran ada batasnya. Konteksnya adalah orang yg berjuang mempertaruhkan nyawa melihat yg diperjuangkan tidak peduli padanya. #indonesiaterserah pic.twitter.com/iaVuZmspfw— bel (@icegurlcc) May 15, 2020“There’s a limit to patience. The context here is that people who have risked their lives [for the public] realized that [the public] didn’t [respect] them,” the user wrote in the caption.Read also: ‘I lost him too fast’: Families mourn loss of nurses from COVID-19According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), at least 90,000 health workers have been infected by the coronavirus disease worldwide and more than 260 nurses have died.Nationally, Amnesty International Indonesia (AII) revealed that 59 health workers, including 38 doctors and 21 nurses, had succumbed to COVID-19 as of last week.As of Sunday, Indonesia had confirmed 17,520 COVID-19 cases and 1,148 deaths as a result of the disease.Topics : The image depicts a medical worker, who appears to be Tirta himself, in protective gear holding up a sign that reads “Indonesia? Whatever! Do whatever you like”.“In light of what happened in Sarinah [a few days ago] and at [Soekarno Hatta International Airport],” Tirta wrote in the caption.He was referring to two separate incidents. In the first, hundreds of people gathered in front of a McDonald’s restaurant in Sarinah, Central Jakarta, on its closing day. In the second, crowds packed into Soekarno Hatta Terminal 2, in an apparent violation of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19.The incidents came a few days after the Transportation Ministry opened air, land and sea transportation services, a move that drew strong criticism from experts. Social media users are deploying the hashtag #IndonesiaTerserah (#WhateverIndonesia) to express their frustration over the public’s apparent disregard for physical distancing measures and the government’s inconsistent COVID-19 policies.The hashtag gained momentum as several photos and videos of health workers clad in protective gear holding signs containing the phrase went viral on Twitter and Instagram.Prominent social media influencer Tirta Mandira Hudhi, a frontline COVID-19 doctor, popularized the hashtag by posting one such photo on his Instagram account @dr.tirta.last_img read more

Police Arrest Man Accused of Killing Dog, Smashing Girlfriend’s Car with Sledgehammer

first_imgA Lauderhill man who is accused of using a sledgehammer to smash his girlfriend’s car and then kill a dog is now behind bars in Broward County.Police arrested 33-year-old Darrien Gyrone Green late last week. Court records show that he is facing charges of animal cruelty causing death, robbery with a weapon, aggravated assault, and probation violations for prior stalking charges.The arrest affidavit states that Lauderhill police responded to the 700 block of Northwest 34th Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. on February 1.That is when Nikia Gethers-Ponder told them that Green, the father of her child, had shattered the windows of her BMW, but she did not want to discuss it with them any further.According to the affidavit, two other women were walking their dogs in the area at the time of the incident and heard the sound of banging. They saw a man, who was later identified as Green, smashing a car and then running past them while holding the sledgehammer.As one of the women took a photograph of Green with her phone, he approached her and shouted, “You taking pictures of me?” That is when Green reportedly raised the hammer above his head in a threatening manner and took away her phone.The other woman’s two-year-old female Yorkie/Poodle mix started barking, and Green struck the dog with the sledgehammer before running away, the affidavit states.The dog was gasping for air and bleeding from its mouth. Police say the pet was dead by the time it arrived at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.Although officers set up a perimeter around the area, they were unable to find Green at the time. He was arrested last Friday at a house in the 2300 block of Northwest 15th Street in Fort Lauderdale.Green was ordered held without bond in the Broward County Jail during his first court appearance.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final scenarios: Pakistan stay alive, tense times for England

first_imgPakistan has won three consecutive games in 2019 World Cup.England face a must-win situation against India and New Zealand.India and New Zealand will qualify for semi-final if England lose on Sunday. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 saw two contrasting games on Saturday. Pakistan secured a sensational three-wicket win against Afghanistan and kept their hopes of reaching the semi-final alive. On the other hand, New Zealand’s hopes of reaching the semi-final was delayed after suffering a heavy loss to Australia in Lord’s. With the wins for Pakistan and Australia, the race for the play-offs has intensified. Australia are now assured of a top two finish while for Pakistan, their fate will now boil down to the final league game and they will be hoping for some other results going their way. Here is what the remaining teams need to do in order to seal the spot in the semis. India P – 6, W – 5, L – 0, N/R – 1, Points – 11 Position in table: 2nd Games remaining: vs England (June 30), vs Bangladesh (July 2), vs Sri Lanka (July 6) What they must do: A win in one of their three games will secure them a place in the semi-final. If they win all three, they are assured of a top spot. If they win only two out of three, they have to hope Australia lose to South Africa in order to seal the first position.New Zealand P – 8, W – 5, L – 2, N/R – 1, Points – 11 Position in table: 3rdGame remaining: vs England (July 3) What they must do:A loss in two consecutive games has put their semi-final hopes in a bit of jeopardy. The big loss to Australia has also impacted their net run-rate. Their last game against England could become a virtual shoot-out if England wins against India and Pakistan beat Bangladesh by a massive margin. However, if India beat England and Sri Lanka win only one game, then they will be assured of a semi-final spot.Pakistan P – 8, W – 4, L – 3, N/R – 1, Points – 9 Position in table: 4th Game remaining: vs Bangladesh (July 5)What they must do:Their thrilling win against Afghanistan has kept them in the hunt for a spot in the semi-final. However, their net run-rate still remains the worst among the teams in contention. Pakistan will be hoping that England lose one game and that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh lose against India in order to have a clear path. The clash against Bangladesh will be a virtual shoot-out. If they lose to Bangladesh, then they will be eliminated as their net run-rate is poor.England P – 7, W – 4, L – 3, N/R – 0, Points – 8 Position in table: 5th Games remaining: vs India (June 30), vs New Zealand (July 3)What they must do:For England, the situation is incredibly dire. If they lose to India, their game against New Zealand is a must-win. They will have to hope that Bangladesh lose to India but beat Pakistan. If they lose both games, they will be eliminated from the tournament. They will also be hoping that Sri Lanka wins only one game.Bangladesh P – 7, W – 3, L – 3, N/R – 1, Points – 7 Position in table: 6th Games remaining: vs India (July 2), vs Pakistan (July 5)What they must do:With Pakistan’s win, their situation has also become a must-win. If they lose to India, they will have to beat Pakistan. In order to reach the semi-final, not only must they beat Pakistan, they must hope England lose one game and that Sri Lanka also wins only one game. If Bangladesh win both games and England win only one, then they can qualify for the semi-finals on net run-rate. Sri Lanka Position in table: 7th Games remaining: vs West Indies (July 1), vs India (July 6) What they must do: Sri Lanka must win both games and ensure England lose both. If Pakistan lose to Bangladesh, then Sri Lanka will qualify. A loss in any game will see them getting eliminated.last_img read more

ARC purchases Towcester fixtures as racecourse confirms closure

first_img ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Submit Share ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 StumbleUpon ARC temporarily suspends ‘uneconomical’ Belle Vue meetings  June 10, 2020 Related Articles Share Historic UK racecourse and greyhound track Towcester is due to close down after its owners have confirmed they will be selling its remaining fixtures to Arena Racing Company (ARC).The racecourse, which entered into administration in August of last year, was sold to Fermor Land LLP after a period of ‘trading difficulties.’The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has since confirmed that it has been cooperating with representatives from Fermor Land LLP to assess the options for the racecourse’s future.Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer of the BHA, said: “We are saddened to see the closure of Towcester, a popular racecourse which will undoubtedly have created fond memories for many racing fans and participants.“We had hoped, following the course going into administration in August 2018, that the new owners might find a solution which allowed for racing to resume at Towcester, and it is disappointing that has not proved possible. The BHA will now work with ARC to find the most suitable venues for the ten fixtures involved, which will all remain over Jumps.“From championship racing to grassroots, Jump racing is a huge asset to British sport, with a growing base of loyal and knowledgeable supporters. The general outlook is a positive one and we will continue to work with parties across the industry to ensure that Jump racing in Britain goes from strength to strength in the future.”Two fixtures are due to be staged at the racecourse in 2019, with the venues set to be confirmed in the coming weeks. The location and dates of the ARC-purchased fixtures are also due to be confirmed in due course, with the BHA due to oversee the redistribution of the race meetings.In a statement, Harry Westropp of Fermor Land, said: “The partners of Fermor Land LLP would like to thank the BHA, Arc and the RCA [Racecourse Association] for their co-operation with the sale of ten Towcester legacy fixtures.“I have no doubt that the fixtures will prove a great addition to Arc venues to sustain the sport moving forward.“Fermor Land looks to the future with enthusiasm and hopes in due course to make further announcements regarding the resumption of greyhound racing as well as possible point-to-point fixtures.”last_img read more