Weekly unemployment claims fall again, continuing trend

first_imgJune2009May2009June2008 New initial claims for unemployment fell again, meaning July could mark the lowest number for a month since late last summer when final numbers are released. For the Week of 07/25/2009, there were 830 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 77 from the week before. Altogether 13,076 new and continuing claims were filed, 478 fewer than a week ago and 5,881 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 3,799 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 123 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 741 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 17 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 Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted Total Labor Force358,800360,900354,400  Employment333,300334,400338,500  Unemployment25,40026,50015,900  Rate7.1%7.4%4.5%last_img read more

U.S. and Jamaican Military Hone their Skills in Joint Training

first_imgBy Dialogo October 04, 2012 Located in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is surrounded by beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Its strategic location also makes it a potential transit point for traffickers to move illegal drugs across the region and into the United States. During the month of September, U.S. Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen assigned to Special Boat Team – 22, and members of the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School traveled to the island to participate in a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) with members of the Jamaican Defence Force. The primary focus of this month-long event, organized by the Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), was to build a strong partnership with members of the Jamaican Defence Force, hone the military tactics and skills of both forces in unfamiliar settings, as well as improve bilateral relations and interoperability with other militaries. During the joint training, more than 20 Jamaican service members, mostly from the Army and Coast Guard, had the opportunity to enhance their maritime operations and boat maintenance skills. “It is hard for the [Jamaican] Coast Guard to be tasked to do everything and we can do some of these operations and take the load off of them,” said a Jamaican Army officer, who serves as a troop commander. “We see ourselves in the future being able to do more operations and interdictions in the water.” As part of SOCSOUTH’s Theater Security Cooperation program, these exercises enable partner nations to increase their capacity to conduct security operations. SOCSOUTH, based in Homestead, Florida, is responsible for all U.S. Special Operations activities in the Caribbean, Central and South America; it serves as a component for U.S. Southern Command. For U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Piccin, SOCSOUTH country officer for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, the exchange was vital to further the training of U.S. Naval forces working in the region. “This program allows our [U.S.] forces to get excellent training in the region and it serves as a great benefit for our partner nations to increase their military capacity in a very unique platform where exchanging tactics and procedures benefits everyone involved,” Lt. Col. Piccin said.last_img read more

ABA asks summary judgment against NCUA, FOM rule

first_img continue reading » The American Bankers Association on Friday filed a request with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for summary judgment against the NCUA and the agency’s revised field-of-membership rule, which took effect this February.The ABA argues that the rule is an overreach of the NCUA’s authority under the Federal Credit Union Act and Administrative Procedures Act, calling the rule arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of the agency’s discretion.NCUA filed its own motion this March asking the court to dismiss the suit. The agency now has until late June to file its opposition to the bankers’ claims, and the ABA will have a month to submit its reply. A second round of filings could follow before the court begins to review the arguments fully. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Here’s what to consider in strategy development

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Most companies set aside time for strategic planning each year. This can have different meanings and approaches, but ultimately it helps leadership articulate the long-term vision and ensure continued success. Often, it coincides with budgeting, which is what my organization is in the early stages of.However, simply holding a strategy development meeting isn’t enough on its own. There are many things to consider during this process that require intention and focus. You can’t “just wing it.”I came across this Columbia Business School article from leadership expert Willie Pietersen that details the components of an effective strategy. These are sure to help you give strategic development the attention it deserves:Concept: Thinking must come before acting. I’m sure many of you, like me, have big plans for the growth and development of your organizations. But the reality is, only so much can be accomplished at certain times. From internal factors – like budgetary constraints – to external pressures, we must be smart about our strategy. Strategy is a balancing act, where we must be willing to allocate resources accordingly.last_img read more

Elderly, minority trial recruits vital to COVID-19 vaccine success: Expert

first_imgTopics : By the end of this week, David Diemert, an infectious diseases doctor and professor of medicine at George Washington University, will start enrolling 500 people.The process will take two months. Washington is one of 90 test sites nationwide for the mRNA vaccine developed by the National Institutes of Health and biotech Moderna. It will involve 30,000 people and take at least two years to fully complete, though its developers have said they hope to have preliminary results that could win an emergency use authorization within months.”I’d say our main challenges are going to be enrolling that many people in a very short period of time, it’s much quicker than you’re normally used to,” said Diemert, who has overseen past vaccine trials into HIV and hookworm among other diseases. “We are aiming for individuals who are at greater risk of developing symptomatic COVID infection, so older people, and also people from communities of color.”Past medical research in the United States has been plagued by focusing on homogeneous populations, skewing results, despite federal guidelines to include diverse groups, he said.A study found that of 167 new medicines approved by the US between 2008 and 2013, about a fifth showed differences in response levels across ethnic groups.Another example: for many years clinicians relied on a diagnostic called Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, which was only validated among white women and drastically underestimated risk for black women who are more susceptible at younger ages.Diemert added that, as a city with a 45 percent black population, Washington was an important site for investigation.George Washington University teams therefore are going on recruitment drives — to testing centers, churches, and market places.Part of their job is to try to win over trust in a community still leery toward drug research given the legacy of the Tuskegee experiments. In those, doctors intentionally did not treat black men with syphilis so they could study its progression in the 1932-1972 program.One thing Diemert wants people to know: according to earlier trial stages, the vaccine causes less severe side-effects in the elderly compared to young people, possibly as a result of less robust immune systems among the old.The actual shot is two injections in the shoulder “just like you would get your regular flu shot,” spaced a month apart.Leading the trial in the US capital is “both exciting and daunting,” added Diemert, given the world’s hopes for a swift return to normal.”This is a good opportunity for people to contribute to their community in trying to put an end to this disease, and to participate in an altruistic way.”center_img A physician overseeing a clinical trial in Washington for Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine has warned it will be impossible to tell how well it works without recruiting enough elderly and ethnic minority volunteers.This is particularly crucial when it comes to COVID-19 — a disease that kills black people and Latinos twice as often as whites, according to US federal data. Eight out of ten deaths are among those over 65.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $1 Million It’s On Us Grant Availability to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces $1 Million It’s On Us Grant Availability to Combat Campus Sexual Assault SHARE Email Facebook Twitter It’s On Us PA,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Continuing his commitment to combatting campus sexual assault, Governor Tom Wolf announced that $1 million in It’s On Us PA grants are available to colleges, universities and other post-secondary schools. The governor is a steadfast supporter of campus safety and nearly four years ago established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign.“Our college and university campuses must be safe for all students,” said Governor Wolf. “All of us have a responsibility to take a stand against sexual assault and promote healthy relationships. My administration created the annual It’s On Us grants four years ago to provide schools and students with the tools and training to change campus culture.“Students across the state have embraced It’s On Us and are leading the way to create safer environments and end sexual violence and harassment. These grants will help them to continue their tremendous work.”The Pennsylvania Department of Education will accept applications for grants of up to $30,000 through November 25. Since 2016, the Wolf Administration has awarded 113 It’s On Us PA grants totaling nearly $3 million to more than 70 postsecondary institutions, including public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities.The institutions use grant funds to implement strategies on their campuses to address goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA campaign, which include:1. Improving awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.2. Removing/reducing barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender-based violence.3. Demonstrating significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.Programs or activities considered for funding include campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students’ rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous reporting; and efforts to improve capacity to collect federal- or state-required data.Grant applications are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.The It’s On Us campaign is a national initiative started by the Obama Administration to raise awareness about sexual assault; teaching participants that assault includes non-consensual sex, advising them on how to identify dangerous situations, empowering them to intervene, and urging them to create an environment of support for victims and survivors.Governor Wolf signed legislation in June creating the first new state laws in recent memory to address campus sexual violence. One of the laws requires post-secondary institutions to offer online, anonymous options for students to report sexual assaults. The other law protects students reporting sexual assault from being disciplined for violating school drug, alcohol, or other policies.The governor launched It’s On Us PA in 2016, the nation’s first statewide campaign. Pennsylvanians are invited to visit the It’s On Us page on the governor’s website and take the pledge to “recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given, and create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.”Users may also quickly and easily tweet pre-written messages of support to spread the word to their social networks about the pledge.center_img November 01, 2019last_img read more

Sovereign Islands property could take three auctions to sell

first_img MORE NEWS: What are the Gold Coast’s fastest-selling properties? There’s even a fish tank. Mr Mian said the house had peaked the interest of locals looking to upsize and a buyer from Brisbane. “It’s a whole lifestyle, it’s your own private oasis, a resort,” he said. “The house has a lot of charm, is really light filled and the colours are very fresh.”The property is one of the most viewed on realestate.com.au heading under the hammer in Queensland this weekend. How’s this for a home theatre! Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 The block next door is also for sale. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt can be bought as a packaged deal or separately. The five-bedroom home is a luxury listing. Amir Mian Prestige Properties principal Amir Mian said ideally the house and land would be sold as one, with most buyers showing interest in that option.“We are going to do the house and land (auction), if we are not satisfied with the result we will just auction the house,” Mr Mian said. “Then if we sell the house we will auction the land.“The ideal would be for someone to buy together, then it’s like an estate rather than just a house.”center_img It will head under the hammer on Saturday. Another property Queensland househunters have their eye on is a stylish Mermaid Water’s house, which also featured on the most viewed list on realestate.com.au. The renovated five-bedroom house at 18 Launch Rd is walking distance to the beach and features an outdoor entertainment area, a pool and trendy wet bar. Harcourts Coastal agent Christine Tucker will oversee the auction at 11.30am Saturday. The kitchen is also luxe. It will head under the hammer on Sunday. The 733sq m block next door is also for sale and will head under the hammer as a packaged deal with the house at 1pm on Sunday. If the house and land don’t sell as one, the house will go to auction as a separate offering. The third and final auction will take place for the land if the house sells. MORE NEWS: International dream homes for buyers with deep pockets The futuristic-like wine cellar. 12-14 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands is one of the most viewed properties on realestate.com.au heading under the hammer in Queensland this weekend. It’s as spectacular inside as it is from the front and has opulent offerings only found in the most elaborate properties. From a double-sided fish tank to a three-tiered home cinema, edgy wine cellar, infinity pool and an entertainment wing with a rooftop, the five-storey Sovereign Islands house has it all. So why might it take three auctions to sell the property at 12-14 Knightsbridge Pde West? A stylishly-renovated house at 18 Launch Rd, Mermaid Waters, will also go to auction this weekend. last_img read more

South African Kite Festival draws thousands from around the continent

first_imgThe 21st International Kite Festival took place in Cape Town on Saturday, in support of mental healthcare in the country.The annual charity event attracted 20,000 visitors this year, giving kite lovers the best show on the continent.last_img

Belize to consider decriminalisation of marijuana

first_img Share 79 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Belize to consider decriminalisation of marijuana by: – July 17, 2012 Photo credit: en-wikipedia.orgBELMOPAN, Belize — A committee has been appointed by the Minister of National Security in Belize to evaluate and, if appropriate, make proposals for the decriminalisation of the possession of small portions of Cannabis Sativa (commonly known as marijuana and weed).For the purpose of this exercise, the word decriminalisation means that the treatment of the infraction will be adjusted so that most of the detriments are removed or reduced. The offence will then be subject to regulation, which will allow for the implementation of probationary measures. It is also proposed that no criminal record be kept in the first instance and portions of the penalty be reserved for drug education.The current legislation treats the possession of under 60 grams of marijuana as a criminal offence and is punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 and/or up to three years imprisonment. This proposal is to decriminalise the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana, which will then be subject to fines, mandatory drug education and no imprisonment. This initiative is driven by increasing evidence that the current legislation clutters the courts and the prison with primarily a marginalised segment of the population. The added impact of a permanent criminal record further disadvantages this already marginalised group as it establishes a barrier against meaningful employment. The committee emphasised that the proposal is not to legalize the offence thereby purging it of all its penalties; it is merely to reduce and regulate. This is further supported by international trends towards decriminalisation. The committee recognized that the instant proposal for the decriminalisation of small quantities of marijuana is a sensitive issue.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Motorist killed in road mishap

first_imgAccording to police investigators, Burlan– who was believed to be inebriated – lost control of his motorcycle and felloff the road around 11:15 on Wednesday. Nero Sanico Burlan of Barangay Zone 1, CadizCity died of head and body injuries, police said. Burlan was rushed to the Cadiz CityEmergency Clinic where the attending physician declared him “dead on arrival.”/PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – A 36-year-old man figuredin a road accident in Barangay Daga, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental. last_img read more