New weekly unemployment claims jump to 900, highest in three months

first_imgFor the Week of 10/10/2009. There were 900 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 97 from the week before. Altogether 9,332 new and continuing claims were filed, the same as a week ago and 3,276 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,661 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 46 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,017 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 52 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)last_img read more

Kukulkán Again Patrols the Pacific Ocean

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo January 18, 2017 The Pacific Ocean is the strategic center of gravity for multiple global concerns, such as security. It is against this backdrop that the naval academies of several countries train their future officers to meet new defense challenges at sea. In late November 2016, the Guatemalan Naval Academy fired up the engines of the warship Kukulkán with 41 crew members aboard, including officers, petty officers, cadets, and technical staff from the Guatemalan Navy. One of the main academic goals of the exercise was to expand the students’ knowledge by sharing experiences with their counterparts from other navies in the region. In December, the training ship moored at La Unión Naval Base, to the east of the city of San Salvador, as part of its final exercise for 2016. Frigate Captain Maynor Joel Perdomo, commander of the Kukulkán training ship, highlighted the importance of that type of training. “Training our future navy sailors on how to maintain security along our shores, and knowing how other nations such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, or Panama do that, is a priority because we have the joint regional task of combating threats, and all of us need to be prepared and know how to work as a team.” The security of the Pacific coasts is the first order of business for the service members of this Central American isthmus, as organized transnational criminal organizations use its waters as a corridor to move shipments of drugs from South America to the United States. “The development of these cruises benefits both countries [Guatemala and El Salvador], because it allows us to refine all of the logistics that we set in motion in cases where teamwork comes into play. Our naval forces in this region are in coordination to fight problems as serious as illicit trafficking,” Captain Exón Ascencio Albeño, commanding officer of La Unión Naval Base, explained to Diálogo. “It was very meaningful for us to learn the procedures for bringing a cruiser into port and attending to the technicalities of its arrival, putting our logistics into action,” said Navy Cadet Eduardo López, a representative of the Naval Academy of El Salvador. “We also heard about certain lessons that our colleagues have had on the high seas, and that gives us a frame of reference for launching our own cruise.” For his part, Capt. Albeño added that “the good relations between both countries and our technical cooperation in fighting against these emerging threats keep the Salvadoran cadets motivated. Our cadets are always interested in learning how our neighboring countries’ navies meet security challenges on the high seas.” Lighthouses in the Pacific The experience of welcoming their foreign peers fuels the students’ confidence in the skills learned in the classroom. “It is important to practice all kinds of navigation — dead reckoning, coastal, electronic, and astronomical navigation — because we use different equipment for each one, and they are all key to getting from one point to another,” said Cadet Carlos Castillo, a representative of the Guatemalan Naval Academy. Members of the crew aboard the 105-foot-long Kukulkán explained to Diálogo how they put their sky navigation into practice, as well as the skills of electronic navigation, equipment operation, diesel mechanics, gunnery, alarm control, and the laws as they apply to the onboard search and rescue vessels and in maritime interdiction and boarding. “We have spoken with our Salvadoran colleagues about the importance of practicing all kinds of navigation, depending on your specialty, because you might be called on to use it at any time,” said Navy Cadet Manuel Guerra, from the Guatemalan Naval Academy. “Teamwork is essential, especially because different naval specialties come together aboard ship, and each person carries out a special function.” The instructors allowed them to be in control of the machinery so they could better assess the cadets. “It is a huge challenge for all of us to be here facing these conditions at sea, which can change from one moment to the next and where you can show what was learned in the classroom,” said Navy Cadet Cecilia Castillo, from the Guatemalan Naval Academy. For the students, each deployment represents a new learning experience about the various naval technologies at their disposal. “This visit is hugely important because we can learn other nations’ academic curriculum of the high seas. And we take in those new bits of learning, which can reinforce our own experience,” Capt. Albeño noted. The excellent relationship between both military institutions allows for these kinds of activities to be developed. The Naval Training and Education Center of the Salvadoran Navy is already planning cruises for 2017 that will no doubt offer a new opportunity to show their mettle against the ocean and meet the responsibility of ensuring security in their waters.last_img read more

Reminder: Bar fees now due

first_imgReminder: Bar fees now due July 1, 2001 Regular News Reminder: Bar fees now due Florida Bar members should now have received their annual membership fee statement, containing the first fee increase since the 1990-91 fiscal year. The annual fees $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members are payable July 1 and become late after August 15. Members will receive one of two statements, depending on whether they are active or inactive members. Bar finance director Allen Martin said the statements have changed little from last year. This year, members will also have the option to complete their annual fee statement and pay their fees online via the Bar’s website at www.FLABAR.org. Members have an option to make a voluntary contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Challenge for Children campaign and the Supreme Court Historical Society. They can use the fee statement to join one of the Bar’s many sections or the Out-of-State Practitioners Division. “Members should be aware that the fee statements are two-sided and must be completed both front and back and be mailed along with their payment to cover their fees and sections joined,” Martin said. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a $50 late fee (up from $25 a year ago). Members who do not pay by September 30 will be deemed delinquent. The delinquency may be cleared by petitioning the Bar, paying the fees, the late fee, and a $150 reinstatement fee. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, members delinquent for five years will lose their Bar membership on October 1. To be reinstated, those members must meet all the requirements of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Expanded Programs The Supreme Court approved the higher annual fees after hearing oral arguments, during which Bar officials reported on some of the changes and new programs that have occurred since the previous dues increase. Among those changes: • The Bar greatly expanded its unlicensed practice of law operations, including adding a UPL counsel to each of the Bar’s branch offices. • The Bar’s Center for Professionalism was created, along with the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, to offer courses and materials and conduct other activities to promote the highest standard of conduct by lawyers. • The Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Division, while continuing to be a national leader in grievance issues, implemented new programs, including grievance mediation and the recent Attorney-Client Assistance Program, designed to resolve minor disputes before they become full-fledged discipline cases. • The Bar has worked in several ways to keep up with technological changes and help Bar members adapt. Perhaps the most visible is the Bar’s website, FLABAR online (www.FLABAR.org), which opened in 1996. Aside from public and member information about the Bar, it now allows members to go online and change their membership information and, for the first time with the 2001-02 budget year, to pay annual membership fees electronically. Members can also sign up for CLE courses via the Bar’s website, and some courses can even be taken online. Reflecting the electronic revolution, the Bar Journal directory issue now allows members to list e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers, as well as regular telephone numbers. The past decade has also seen an explosive growth in Bar membership. In June 1990, the Bar had 45,825 active members and 976 inactive members, or a total of 46,801. June 2001, membership had grown to 62,579 active members and 6,433 inactive members, or a total of 69,012. That’s a 47.5-percent increase.last_img read more

Brookhaven Town Hall Bomb Scare Sparks Evacuation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Brookhaven Town Hall was evacuated for a bomb scare that was mailed in to a local TV news station on Tuesday morning, authorities said.A Suffolk County police spokeswoman said officers responded to search town hall in Farmingville after receiving the tip from Nassau County police.A Nassau County police spokeswoman said Emergency Services Unit officers responded to a report of a suspicious envelope at News 12 Long Island in Woodbury, opened it and read the threat.“It was for a different date, not today’s date,” the Nassau police spokeswoman said.Brookhaven town spokesman Jack Krieger said the building was evacuated at about 1:30 p.m. and workers were allowed back inside an hour later.The incident comes after Suffolk County police found “Bomb Town Hall” written in graffiti on Jan. 13 at Martha Avenue Recreational Park in Brookhaven hamlet, about seven miles from town hall.It also comes about a week after Brookhaven drew harsh criticism for its extremely slow response in plowing many local streets following a blizzard that dumped a record nearly three feet of snow while Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine was on vacation.Romaine has since apologized. Acting Superintendent of Highways Michael Murphy who was also away during the storm resigned last week. John Capella replaced him until a March 5 special election to pick a new highway chief.Town Councilwoman Kathy Walsh, an independent, is running on the Democratic Party line for the highway post against New York State Assemb. Daniel Losquadro (R-Shoreham).Such threats are nothing new on LI, although they’re usually outnumbered by shooting and bomb threats at local schools, which have been increasingly sensitive to similar scares after the Newtown school massacre in December.Ronald Kellman of Central Islip pleaded guilty in October to phoning in four bomb threats to Islip Town Hall over nine months. He was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation, court records show.last_img read more

Riot police chase Hong Kong Mother’s Day protesters

first_imgRiot police chased protesters through Hong Kong shopping malls on Sunday as democracy activists launched Mother’s Day flash mob rallies calling for independence and the city’s unpopular leader to resign.The semi-autonomous Chinese city was convulsed by seven straight months of often-violent pro-democracy protests last year with millions hitting the streets. Mass arrests and the coronavirus pandemic ushered in a period of enforced calm. Topics : But with the finance hub successfully tackling its outbreak small protests have bubbled up once more in the last fortnight.Small flashmob demonstrations broke out in at least eight malls throughout Sunday afternoon prompting riot police to rush in and disperse heckling crowds of activists and shoppers.At least three arrests were made while groups of officers conducted multiple stop and searches.Live broadcasts also showed police issuing $2,000 ($260) on the spot fines to those allegedly breaching emergency anti-virus measures banning more than eight people gathering in public.center_img Hong Kong celebrates the American Mother’s Day and protester chat groups had pushed the occasion to focus on chief executive Carrie Lam, a Beijing loyalist appointee.At the start of last year’s protests, Lam likened herself to an exasperated mother — and protesting Hong Kongers to demanding children — in comments that only poured oil on the fire of public anger at the time.Authorities banned an application for a Mother’s Day march so small groups of masked protesters instead played cat and mouse with police in different shopping centers, a tactic used frequently last year.”This is just a warm-up, our protest movement needs to start again,” a university student who gave his name as “B” told AFP. “It’s a sign that the movement is coming back to life, we all need to wake up now.”Lam, who has been staunchly backed by Beijing, has record low approval ratings. She has resisted calls for universal suffrage or an independent inquiry into the police’s handling of the protests.In the New Year she vowed to heal the divisions coursing through Hong Kong but her administration has offered little in the way of reconciliation or a political solution.Arrests and prosecutions have continued apace while Beijing’s offices in the city sparked a constitutional row last month by announcing a greater say in how Hong Kong is run.Plans to pass a law banning insulting China’s national anthem sparked scuffles in the city’s legislature on Friday. Top Beijing officials have suggested opposition lawmakers who blocked the bill with filibustering could be prosecuted and have also called for a new anti-sedition law to be passed.last_img read more

Trump adviser says China making ‘big mistake’ on Hong Kong

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s economic adviser said on Tuesday China was making “a big mistake” with planned national security legislation on Hong Kong and pledged Washington would pay expenses of US firms that wanted to shift operations from the territory or China.At the White House, spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told a briefing Trump was displeased with Beijing over the security law and finds it hard to see “how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes over.”Trump economic Larry Kudlow, speaking to Fox News Channel, called Beijing’s actions toward Hong Kong “very disturbing.” Topics : Trump has warned of a strong reaction and national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the legislation could lead to US sanctions and threaten Hong Kong’s status as a financial hub.Kudlow also said that while Trump’s “Phase 1” trade deal with China reached in January was intact for now, the president was so “miffed” with Beijing over the novel coronavirus and other matters it was not as important to him as it once was.The US Chamber of Commerce lobbying group urged Beijing to de-escalate the situation, saying it would be “a serious mistake” to jeopardize Hong Kong’s special status.center_img “China is making a big mistake, frankly,” he told Fox Business Network separately.Kudlow said the United States would welcome back any American companies in Hong Kong or on China’s mainland. “We will do what we can for full expensing and pay the cost of moving if they return their supply chains and their production to the United States,” he said.Beijing’s proposed security law would reduce the territory’s separate legal status. China’s parliament is expected to approve it by Thursday.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is due to release a congressionally mandated assessment on whether Hong Kong enjoys sufficient autonomy to justify continued US special economic treatment, said last week the legislation would be the “death knell” for its autonomy.last_img read more

Florida Releases Details of COVID-19 Deaths at Elder Care Centers

first_imgFlorida’s health administrators over the weekend released detailed information about new coronavirus deaths at elder care facilities around the state, after more than a month of refusing to address the issue.Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration released the information after several news organizations filed suit under the state’s public records law to force the release of the data.The document reveals that one in three coronavirus deaths in Florida have occurred at 152 of the state’s long-term care facilities.As of Friday, the state counted 1,314 deaths. Of those, 423 were in senior-care facilities, which includes both staff and resident deaths.Additionally, nearly half of the deaths in elder care facilities were right here in South Florida.However, the nursing homes that have suffered the greatest losses in the state are Braden River Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton, Suwannee Health and Rehabilitation Center in Live Oak, and Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Services in Seminole.All three of those centers have reported 13 resident deaths and one staff member death, according to Friday’s release.The facility with the highest number of reported deaths in South Florida is Miami Jewish Health Systems, a 438-bed elder care facility. According to the state, eight residents have died there.last_img read more

Hamilton suffers Bahrain blow with five-place grid penalty

first_imgSakhir, Bahrain | AFP | Lewis Hamilton will take a five-place grid penalty in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix following a gearbox change on his Mercedes late Friday in another early season setback for the world champion.The British star had wound up fourth fastest earlier in Friday’s second free practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit.“@LewisHamilton will take a five-place grid penalty for the #BahrainGP after having to change his gearbox,” tweeted Mercedes.Kimi Raikkonen was fastest as he and Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel dominated the session ahead of the two Mercedes, headed by Valtteri Bottas.Hamilton’s setback in his bid to overhaul Vettel’s early-season lead in the title race –- following his victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix –- was confirmed by the International Motoring Federation (FIA), the sport’s ruling body.Bottas also had a new gearbox fitted on Friday evening, but escaped a grid penalty because he had already been penalised in Australia.Four-time world champion Hamilton, who created a minor controversy when he showed his approval on social media earlier in the day of the retention of grid girls at the Monaco Grand Prix, said before his penalty had been announced that it had been “a normal Friday”.“It’s very close and we have some work to do. The tyres feel the best they have here in years, very stable with less degradation.”Mercedes technical director James Allison said after Friday practice that the team were not as competitive in relation to Ferrari as they had been in Melbourne. “The base for us is ok, but we don’t have the edge we had in Melbourne.”Raikkonen had escaped a grid penalty of his own as he clocked a best lap time of one minute and 29.817 seconds to outpace four-time champion Vettel by 0.011 seconds.Raikkonen, however, faced a post-race investigation into a possible unsafe release of his car, by Ferrari, following a routine pit-stop late in the session.He pulled away, but then saw his pit crew waving their arms and pulled up at the side of the track.It was feared he would be punished for an unsafe release -– because his front right wheel was not attached properly –- and given a grid penalty, but instead Ferrari were fined 5,000 euros.The race stewards said they felt Ferrari had done all they could to minimise the risk of the wheel coming off the car.Bottas was happy to bounce back after his confidence-sapping crash in qualifying in Australia two weeks ago.He said: “There is always pressure and I am treating this like a normal weekend. Here the track improves all the time, with more grip every lap.“The car felt ok, but we need to find some more pace especially on a single lap.”Dutchman Max Verstappen, who missed the first session due to a power failure, was fifth for Red Bull ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.Verstappen said: “We had a small issue this morning — these things happen so it doesn’t concern me too much.“I lost a lot of track time, but come race day it will depend a lot on strategy.”Nico Hulkenberg was seventh for Renault ahead of the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly and the two McLarens of two-time champion Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.Share on: WhatsApp “It wasn’t our best day,” he said. “We’ve got more to do overnight and in the practice tomorrow (Saturday) to five us a car that can fight in qualifying and on Sunday.last_img read more