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: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)last_img read more

Police say time to change drinking culture

first_imgAlcohol breeds violence, study findsOneNews 8 August 2013 Violent crime is more likely to happen in areas where there are more bars, clubs, supermarkets and grocery stores, new research shows. But the density of alcohol outlets does not directly translate into greater social harms, according to a report commissioned by the Health Promotion Agency. Instead, the relationship varies depending on the town or city in the North Island. In Wellington City, for every additional licensed club – such as sports and cosmopolitan clubs – there were four additional violent offences per year. For every additional licensed club in the Hutt Valley and Porirua City, there were an extra 1.6 car crashes each year.Waikato University economics lecturer Dr Michael Cameron said the effect of off-licences stood out in Porirua, as did the impact of bars and clubs in South Auckland. In most of Porirua City and parts of Upper Hutt, an additional off-licence outlet was associated with more than 10.5 additional violent offences per year, the report showed. “It’s not surprising given the amount of unrest there’s been in the area and community action against off-licence outlets,” Dr Cameron said. “This really shows that the community action is really warranted.”The agency’s report was based on data collected between 2006 and 2011 to help North Island councils develop local alcohol policies. These can restrict or extend trading hours of licensed premises, limit location and density of licences, and impose one-way door policies and conditions on bars. read more

No more media reports but group still holed up in Cuban church two months later

first_imgNewsRegional No more media reports but group still holed up in Cuban church two months later by: – October 24, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Flag of Cuba. Imagevia: flags.netHAVANA, Cuba (South Journal) — Two months ago, various international media agencies flocked to a small Cuban church and spread different versions about a religious retreat taking place in the building. But after several days the curious development started by a group of 63 persons stopped being at the centre of interest of reporters. However, the retreat still continues at the Infanta and Santa Marta street Pentecostal Church in Havana.Crónicas de Cuba blog spoke on several occasions with William Herrera, spokesperson of the group and son of Pastor Braulio Herrera Tito, leader of the congregation that decided, on August 21, to share their faith and wait for “an event that made Cubans look at God.” Their intention is to keep on their retreat “until God wishes.”Cronicas de Cuba exchanged text messages with Herrera about the event thus far: “We are now happier than when we started the retreat. We have now witnessed that God´s words have turned into reality and that God has been speaking to us…God told us some days ago ‘I have arrived!’ And we believe it…!”William Herrera said that “all here are in good health as they learn how to be affectionate with one another as God’s children do.”Meanwhile, outside the church, some relatives come to speak with their loved ones through the window, and life stays its normal course at the corner of Infanta and Santa Marta streets.The people inside the church also sent a message to all Cubans: “Our wish is that all Cubans and the world may experience God, that they know what living for the others mean and that they love God with all their spirit, mind, soul and heart. So that God be glorified through our life.”Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share 14 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Taylor: Emirates draw showed fight

first_img Press Association “It is about digging in and making sure we stay in this league because we are in and amongst it (the survival battle) now and we have to make sure we do the job.” Head coach Monk is confident his men – now five points above the drop zone – can steer away from trouble if they continue to believe in their game plan. “I know I will be judged on results, but we have been performing, yet without getting what we deserved,” he said. “A few times we have been sat in the changing room deflated, having not come away with anything, so the draw at Arsenal was vital and it is about momentum now. “We started to build things again against Everton after being very disappointing against West Brom. The performance was a lot better and this against Arsenal has cemented it. “Hopefully we can take it into Norwich and hopefully put on another performance like that.” Garry Monk’s men may not have won since beating Cardiff 3-0 on February 8, but there were plenty of positives to take from Tuesday night’s efforts at the Emirates Stadium. Swansea led through a first-half header from Wilfried Bony, and then refused to give up all hope after Arsenal turned the match around with two goals inside a minute in the second half. Defender Neil Taylor is confident Swansea’s battling 2-2 draw at Arsenal can give them just the lift needed to go on and secure their Barclays Premier League status. The visitors’ endeavour was rewarded when, with just seconds of normal time remaining, Leon Britton pushed into the Arsenal penalty area and stabbed the ball goalwards, which was partially blocked by Per Mertesacker, only to ricochet off goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and back onto Mathieu Flamini before rolling into the net. Taylor believes the result – which could have been even better had referee Lee Probert not elected to blow up at the end of four minutes of stoppage time when Jonathan de Guzman looked to be breaking clear on goal – will stand the Swans in good stead for the challenges ahead, which continues with the visit of fellow survival battlers Norwich on Saturday. “It just shows us we have got a bit of character and a bit of fight, and now we have got an extra point on the board which is encouraging,” said Taylor, whose deep left-wing cross was powered past Szczesny by Bony. “We are playing in the Premier League, so every game is pressure. “There are so many clubs that are picking up points here and there and it is not over by a long shot. “I think both ends of the table will go right to the end of the end.” Taylor added: “This league is like that. Weeks can go past and you think ‘God, we have missed two or three games there where we haven’t picked up anything’, which is annoying. “However, this does not change anything for us about Saturday now because it is still a must-win game. last_img read more