The Labor Department data showed 963,000 seasonally adjusted initial claims filed in the week ended August 8, a drop of 228,000 from the previous week. An additional 488,622 filings were received under a program for those not normally eligible, a decrease of more than 167,000 from the week prior.The insured unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 10.6 percent in the week ended August 1, the latest week such data was available.But a huge 28.3 million people were still receiving some form of government aid in the week ended July 25, many times more than the 1.7 million people receiving benefits in the same week of 2019. The latest number for weekly initial claims remains above the worst seen in a single week during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. On Twitter, Joseph Brusuelas, chief economist at RSM US, warned, “Claims will remain elevated compared to historical levels and, given the likelihood of another round of layoffs in the offing among small and midsize firms due to insufficient demand as the economy continues to slow, claims may reverse.”The state of the economy will be a key issue when voters decide whether to give President Donald Trump a second term in November, and White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow welcomed the improvement in the data.”Even with these better unemployment numbers, there’s still a lot of hardship out there. I get that we have much much more work to do, but I will say things seem to be trending in the right direction,” Kudlow said on CNBC.DeadlockedDemocratic lawmakers in Congress on Thursday remained in a stalemate with the Trump administration over whether to pass a follow-up to the US$2.2 trillion CARES Act rescue package enacted as the pandemic hit.Among the sticking points is the issue of how much to give state and local governments in aid as well as the fate of extra payments to the unemployed. The CARES Act gave the jobless an extra $600 per week on top of their state benefits, but that money has expired and lawmakers can’t agree on how much to spend on it going forward.Trump last week signed a series of executive orders that included partially reinstating the extra weekly benefits but research firm Oxford Economics said that won’t be enough to salvage the world’s largest economy.”The lack of funding for small businesses, state and local governments and necessary health measures will minimize chances of a sustained rebound,” they said in a note. “Without a substantial fiscal package, the virus will continue to depress economic activity.”Rubeela Farooqi of High Frequency Economics called the latest data “a move in the right direction” but warned the country is in a weakened state, particularly with the rates of COVID-19 infection still high.”Even as businesses have reopened and jobs have returned, layoffs are continuing to mount, likely reflecting interruptions to activity from virus containment,” she said in an analysis. Topics : The US Labor Department on Thursday reported fewer than one million new weekly claims for unemployment benefits for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck in March.The result was better than expected but analysts warn the United States remains in the midst of an unemployment crisis after business shutdowns to stop the spread of COVID-19 led to tens of millions of layoffs.And Congress’s inability to agree on additional stimulus, they say, may make the situation worse.
LocalNews PSU gives government two weeks to respond to Public Works plight by: – July 20, 2011 Tweet General Secretary of the Public Service Union, Mr. Thomas Letang.The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) said it is not ruling out some form of action if their concerns regarding the plight of the Public Works staff are not addressed in two weeks.Employees of Public Works have raised concerns about late salaries over the last few months.General Secretary of the DPSU Thomas Letang told a press conference this morning that the Union has submitted recommendations to government to address the financial problem at the Public Works Corporation. “We have recommended that they should with immediate effect begin to treat begin to treat the corporation like all other statutory corporation and if they respect that autonomy, it will allow the corporation to renewed financial help,” he said. According to it is time that government make good on its promise to the corporation on getting contracts for works. “Government should allow for the corporation to benefit from as many foreign contracts as possible through the process of sub-contracts,” he said. The PSU General Secretary has also called for a review of the management structure of the public works corporation.“We believe the time is ripe when the authorities should seriously look at hiring a qualified general manager that should take place with immediate effect. We are saying that given the challenges the corporation is facing, expertise in financial management should be taken into consideration,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Share 10 Views no discussions Share
Wednesday, September 9, 2015Racing ScheduleDRIVERS MEETING – 1 pmTRACK PREP 10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP2 – STOCK CAR B’s (8 laps)MODIFIED “A1” (25 laps)MODIFIED “A2” (25 laps)6 – MODIFIED B’s (8 laps) 2 – STOCK CAR B’s (8 laps)STOCK CAR “A1” (25 laps)STOCK CAR “A2” (25 laps)TRACK PREP10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP FIRST RACE – 2 pmSPORTMOD “A” (25 laps)HOBBY STOCK “A” (25 laps)TRACK PREP10 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP10 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP MODIFIED, STOCK CAR HOT LAPS – 1:30 pm
RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike The Chinese football team have been quarantined due to the coronavirus after arriving in Australia for the Olympic qualifiers. The first outbreak of the virus in the state was confirmed on Wednesday. The team arrived in Brisbane for the qualifying matches and have been told to remain in their hotel until February 5. Dr. Jeanette Young has confirmed none of the players has shown any symptoms. Football Federation Australia said: “The safety of all players, officials and fans is of paramount importance to Football Federation Australia and the Asian Football Confederation, and we are confident we will host a successful tournament here in Sydney.” The matches were due to start on February 3, but ticket sales have been halted while the quarantine takes place. China will play Australia, Thailand and Chinese Taipei on their path to Tokyo this summer.Tags: Chinese Football TeamCoronavirusolympics
Conor Murray ran in a hat-trick of tries as Munster hammered the Newport Gwent Dragons 50-27 at Irish Independent Park to book a home Guinness PRO12 play-off. Press Association The Dragons, who had actually led 10-7 thanks to an early Ashton Hewitt score, were much more competitive in the second period when they went try for try with the hosts, as Tyler Morgan, Rhys Buckley and Jack Dixon cancelled out touchdowns from Keith Earls, Murray and Ronan O’Mahony. Munster fell behind to an early Jason Tovey penalty after a loose Keatley pass had put Andrew Smith under pressure, however the latter duo soon combined for the game’s opening try. Keatley attacked in midfield and Smith, appearing on his shoulder on the Dragons’ 10-metre line, breezed through a gap to go over unopposed with Keatley converting. Taulupe Faletau inspired the visitors’ response, collecting a clearance kick and charging into an Earls tackle before releasing late call-up Hewitt for a simple finish in the left corner. Tovey’s conversion made it 10-7, but Munster answered back in equally swift fashion, Earls threatening initially before a penalty set up a lineout maul which saw number eight Stander plunge over in the eighth minute. Keatley converted and also added the extras to Murray’s 16th-minute effort, the maul again doing the damage before the scrum half scored from the base of a ruck. Following Hugh Gustafson’s sin-binning for a maul infringement, Munster bagged the bonus point when Murray spun away from his opposite number Jonathan Evans to dot down and Keatley made it another seven-pointer. The Dragons went unrewarded for a bout of pressure in the 22 before Gustafson’s return, however Munster finished the first half on a high when O’Connell broke off a maul to go over near the right corner. Foley’s side opened the second period with a bang as slick running and hands from Denis Hurley, Smith and Felix Jones supplied Earls with his sixth try in seven PRO12 games. An excellent run and offload from Dorian Jones teed up centre Morgan for a well-worked second Dragons try which Tovey converted, with the Welsh side threatening again after Munster openside Paddy Butler was binned for bringing down an advancing maul. Normal service was resumed when Murray completed his hat-trick by sniping past Richie Rees from close range. Munster did add an eighth and final try thanks to a terrific weaving run from winger O’Mahony, but that was sandwiched by Buckley’s try off a maul and Newport centre Dixon scored in the same left corner in the final seconds. Anthony Foley’s men finished second in the table to set up a semi-final clash with third-placed Ospreys at Thomond Park next Saturday afternoon. Munster took only 24 minutes to register their bonus point, with tries from Andrew Smith, CJ Stander and man-of-the-match Murray (2). Paul O’Connell added a fifth on the stroke of half-time for a 33-10 advantage.
Manchester United look to build on their good start to the new Premier League season when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea in today’s lunchtime kick-off.The hosts are without injured captain Leon Britton and striker Fernando Llorente for the 12.30pm kick-off.United boss Jose Mourinho is happy with how they’ve started the new campaign. In the 3pm matches,It’s a meeting of two teams that won on the opening day as Burnley clash with West Brom.Bournemouth face Watford, Leicester host Brighton, Southampton play West Ham and Liverpool take on Crystal Palace.The evening game sees Arsenal go to Stoke. Photo © Pixabay
We barely go a week without multiple large investments in the esports space, and whilst it has undoubtedly been quieter in the last seven days there’s still been no shortage of interesting stories from around the world. There was more activity in Las Vegas this week, with both Unikrn and Millennial Esports making moves in Nevada. Lagardère Sports has continued its esports push with a substantial partnership, whilst there’s sombre news out of Korea as an Overwatch player and manager face a legal battle after a match fixing scandal.On Thursday BITKRAFT Esports Ventures revealed some major plans which should get the attention of start ups and those with big ideas but a lack of capital.Unikrn to acquire LEET Esports only bookmaker Unikrn have made their latest move by acquiring Vegas based company LEET.LEET works with casinos primarily in Las Vegas but elsewhere too. The company is focused on helping them to run their own in-house esports tournaments. For example LEET has worked with the Downtown Grand, which became the first casino in Las Vegas to offer esports before the apparent Vegas boom. Unikrn and LEET will continue to work these casinos whilst creating further engaging experiences for the casino industry.It comes after recent news of the MGM Group building a 30,000 square foot multi-tiered arena in its Luxor venue in Las Vegas.Read the full article here.Millennial Esports to acquire Stream HatchetThe owners of Las Vegas’ first dedicated esports space “thE Arena” have continued their expansion with the acquisition of Barcelona based company Stream Hatchet.The deal will see Millennial Esports issue 2,951,973 common shares of Millennial Esports at an issuance price of $0.225 per share as well as paying 125,000 EUR (£106,000) to former security holders of Steam Hatchet.Stream Hatchet is a data analytics company based in Terassa, Spain. It provides analytics and business intelligence for persons and entities involved in game streaming. It provides holistic data to its users and the users are then able to make dcisions based on the data. Current users of Stream Hatchet are streamers, Esports organisations, video game producers and advertising agencies. The company also offers solutions to its users by providing data, insights and intelligence they need. It looks to assist advertisers in entering esports through targeting streamers. Stream Hatchet currently tracks all the broadcast activity on Twitch, Azubu, Hitbox and Beam.Read the full article here.SK Gaming partner with Lagardère SportsLagardère Sports represents the likes of Borussia Dortmund and PSG outside of esports, and inside the space they’ve already partnered with Team ROCCATT and Unicorns of Love. The agency is based in Hamburg, as are ROCCATT, whilst SK are a short trip south in Cologne meaning it’s another native partnership. With SK’s involvement in CS:GO however it’s a first move into the Valve title by the agency, and in Super Evil Megacorp title Vainglory too.Lagardère will look to open up new opportunities for SK Gaming, to help grow the brand and keep its teams competing with the best of the best at tournaments around the world.Alexander T. Müller, Managing Director of SK Gamingcommented: “Lagardère understand the rich history we have in esports and acknowledge the unique position of our teams. We are proud to have such a strong partner on our side and are very much looking forward to push our vision of SK Gaming forward together.”Read the full article here.Match fixing scandal in Korean Overwatch results in legal actionThe player manager and coach of Korean Overwatch squad Luminous Solar have been booked without detention in South Korea after attempting to qualify for the OGN Overwatch APEX Challenger Season 2 by match fixing. The criminal charge specified by the Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency was interference with business. Both the player and coach have already been banned by OGN, following an internal investigation conducted last February. The investigation related to the wildcard qualifier quarter finals between Luminous Solar and UnLimited which the former won. The evidence suggests that Jin Seok-hoon and Baek Min-jeh offered sponsorship for UnLimited should they agree to forfeit the match. It was also discovered that they produced a fraudulent doctor’s certificate in order to field a last minute substitute in the match. The player from UnLimited, Choi Yoon-soo was also banned from participating for the next season of OGN Overwatch APEX Challenger.Read the full article here.BITKRAFT Esports Ventures launches and reveals plans for start up fundingThe company left it till late in the week to announce some big news. BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, in a group of three founders led by esports and ESL veteran Jens Hilgers, have launched the first dedicated esports venture funding group. In its first closing BITKRAFT raised €18m (£15.1m) and with a target final close of €30m (£25.3m), it will invest between €100,000 to €400,000 (£84,000 to £337,000) in each startup.Hilgers said: “This fund is the culmination of building and scaling esports and creating outstanding services and products that increase enjoyment for both players and fans. This fund is also about living my passion and creating a platform to support those who share this dream and have the drive to create intrinsic value in esports.”Read more here.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWhat could have been a major disaster was put out quick thanks to the fast response of the Alpena Township Fire Department. A garage fire caused a major scare Thursday morning.The Alpena Township Fire Department was dispatched to a single story structure fire around 10:40 am at 3431 Gilbert Circle. When the fire department arrived on scene a wooden construction garage was on fire.According to Alpena Township Fire Chief, David Robbins the fire was put out fast.“They pulled lines and extinguish the fire pretty quickly. What it appeared to was a wooden stove on the inside and it looked like they appeared to be burning some garbage or something in there and it was improper installation,” Robbins said.The owner was present at the time of the fire but luckily no injuries occurred. The Presque Isle Fire Department, Maple Ridge Fire Department, and responding officers for tanker support and water supply assisted the Alpena Township Fire Department.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 34-Year-Old Woman Dies From Rollover Vehicle AccidentNext Volunteers Create Quilts for Local Vietnam War Veterans
With a five-point cushion at the top the First Capital Plus Premier League table, Ash Gold will attempt to extend their lead when they welcome Heart of Lions to the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium on Wednesday.Coming from a 1-0 win over Hearts of Oak over the weekend, Lions will be determined to cause a major upset in Obuasi and improve their own chances of leaping to second on the League table.Hasaacas who are lying just a point below Lions, will also travel to Wa to take on 14th placed Wa Allstars in the midweek fixtures. Allstars will however hope to rely on their home advantage to secure a result that can help them push up the League log.At the Tema Stadium, Inter Allies will seek to bounce back from the weekend setback in Essipong when they welcome B.A. United, who are rooted at the foot of the table.After holding Champions Asante Kotoko in Kumasi over the weekend, WAFA will take on New Edubiase at the Sogakope Park.The Match-day-9 round of games will also see last season’s League winners, Asante Kotoko go away to Berekum as guests of Chelsea. The Porcupine warriors who have not won a League match since January 30, will hope to return to winnings after the recent string of negative results.Chelsea, on the other hand will count on their home support and their prolific attackers to fight for all three points in the match which will be played on Wednesday.Elsewhere, Hearts of Oak, who have found themselves mired in the relegation zone will have a chance of rising up the table if they manage to beat second-placed Aduana Stars at the Accra Stadium.Lying ten-points away from the top of the table, Medeama will welcome Liberty Professionals to the Tarkwa T & A Park where they determined to win and get themselves closer to the top.And to wrap up Wednesday’s matches, Great Olympics who won their last home match against BA United, will travel to face another Brong Ahafo team, Bechem United. The weekend win took Olympics from bottom of the table to 13th whiles Bechem United moved to 10th after victory over Medeama on Sunday.
PreviousThe Dodgers’ Chris Taylor is congratulated by Manny Machado after catching a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor (3) catch the fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor (3) catch the fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 20: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a diving catch hit by Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor (3) reacts after catching the fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor is congratulated by Chris Taylor after catching a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Dodgers’ Kike’ Hernandez celebrates after left fielder Chris Taylor made a diving catch on a fly ball hit by the Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the NLCS on Saturday night in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) celebrates with Manny Machado (8) after catching the fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor is congratulated by Manny Machado after catching a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor (3) catch the fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor (3) catch the fly ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ExpandMILWAUKEE — Miller Park was empty as the Milwaukee Brewers players ran fade routes Saturday afternoon. One by one, they each handed a Nerf football to a staff member, pretended right field was the Lambeau Field gridiron, and leisurely chased down a foam prolate spheroid as it spiraled toward the foul line.The Green Bay Packers have a bye this week, so the best route anyone will run in Wisconsin this weekend indeed took place in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. It happened in the fifth inning, in left-center field, and it came courtesy of a man who began the game as the Dodgers’ second baseman.Christian Yelich’s bat cracked. Chris Taylor’s first step was in the correct direction: back and to his left, an acute angle toward the warning track. By the time gravity had taken hold of Yelich’s low-arcing fly ball, Taylor realized he needed to correct course. He turned slightly toward the outfield wall, slowing imperceptibly if at all. Taylor’s glove reached up, protracting every inch of his 6-foot-1 frame as the baseball descended to earth.The stakes were high for Taylor. Catch the ball, and the fifth inning ends. Miss it and Yelich reaches second base, Lorenzo Cain scores a run to tie the score 2-2, and Ryan Braun steps to the plate with a chance for his team-leading fifth RBI of the NLCS. All the route efficiency and exit velocity in the world couldn’t describe the magnitude of the moment. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Taylor’s feet left the ground on the outfield grass and didn’t return until his momentum had carried him halfway up the warning track. There was the ball, secure in the leather webbing; there was center fielder Cody Bellinger, Lambeau leaping to avoid his tumbling teammate. The collective exhale from the Dodgers’ dugout was enough to cool down Taylor as he came to rest more than 360 feet from home plate.“That was the catch of the year,” said Bellinger. “I don’t know what would happen if he doesn’t make that catch.”“I thought the game was tied,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “CT gets a great break on the ball and really (made) a game-saving play.”The ball was in the air for roughly four seconds, but the catch itself was years in the making.An infielder at the University of Virginia, Taylor played second base, third base or shortstop at every level of the Seattle Mariners’ organization as he climbed the minor league ranks. The Dodgers acquired him for pitcher Zach Lee in June 2016 and did not move him to the outfield – center field, specifically – until the following year. Taylor debuted in left field on June 13, 2017, an interleague game against the Cleveland Indians. Saturday was his 70th start at the position. “The aptitude he has to learn stuff is unbelievable,” said George Lombard, who coaches the Dodgers’ outfielders. “He’s very accountable. Like when he’s not in there, he’s going to go out there and work on shagging. He’ll take balls in center field, left field, jump over to right field, take balls at second, take balls at short. Just being so athletic, if he does get a bad jump he’s quick enough to make up for it.”Prior to each game, Lombard gives each of the Dodgers’ outfielders a laminated card showing where they should position each opposing hitter. There’s another variable: for the outfielder to be in the right position, the pitcher must execute his pitches. Of course, the pitchers don’t always execute, and the hitters don’t always follow their tendency, so it’s impossible for the casual viewer to know when the outfielders are out of position.The coaches know. Generally speaking, Lombard said, Taylor and Kiké Hernandez follow the cheat cards better than any of the team’s outfielders.“You almost play Yelich like a right-handed hitter,” Lombard said. “You don’t see guys that have that kind of power the other way. He can really drive the ball, and we read opposite field on him. (Taylor) was in the correct position when he got there.”Taylor was the Dodgers’ starting second baseman on Saturday. After two innings, the Brewers replaced right-handed starter Jhoulys Chacin with left-handed reliever Josh Hader. Taylor moved from second base to left field. Hernandez entered the game at second.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season That Taylor made the defensive play of the game was the ultimate expression of the Dodgers’ Jenga-like defense – moving each piece while maintaining tremendous balance – and of Taylor’s own versatility. He played four positions in Game 5 alone.“The fact that you can plug him in anywhere on the field – he can make a move on the field defensively during the game, then make a game-saving play,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said of Taylor. “That was a real testament to his value and what he brings to this team on a day-in, day-out basis.”Rarely demonstrative, Taylor pumped both his fists as he found his feet. Pitcher Julio Urías pounded his glove. Walker Buehler, who had been relieved one batter earlier, raised both his arms in the Dodgers’ dugout as if to signal a field goal.“I thought it was going to be further in the gap,” Taylor said. “I thought it was going to be Belli’s ball. My original route – I had that kind of banana (route) back toward the wall. I’m just glad I was able to make the adjustment, make the play.”Yasiel Puig’s three-run home run in the next inning proved to be the finishing touch on a 5-1 victory. Between one hit, and one catch, the Dodgers were not ready for baseball season to end. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error