Vermont construction employment gains back some jobs after big losses

first_imgVermont gained the second most construction-related jobs in November, but still ranks only 45th in the nation over the last year. Construction employment expanded in 20 states between October and November, while the list of states with year-over-year construction job gains grew to 13 states plus the District of Columbia, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The new figures continue a year-long pattern of mixed results in construction employment as overall demand remains weak, association officials noted.‘It is encouraging that the number of states adding jobs year-over-year was higher in November than at any time since February 2008,’ said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. ‘However, the data also make clear that these gains are as spotty as they are tenuous.’Simonson noted, for example, that California had the largest monthly increase in construction employment’adding 7,800 jobs’but also the largest 12-month drop’36,900 jobs, or 6.4 percent. New Jersey and New York had the next-highest number of construction job gains in November with 4,500. New Jersey also led the nation in monthly percentage gains (3.7 percent), followed by Vermont (3.4 percent, 400 jobs) and Maine (2.5 percent, 600 jobs).The largest year-over-year percentage gains occurred in Oklahoma (9.2 percent, 6,100 jobs), New Hampshire (6.7 percent, 1,500 jobs) and Kansas (4.7 percent, 2,700 jobs). Texas had the largest increase in the number of construction employees (13,400 jobs, 2.4 percent).Washington had the largest number of monthly job losses (4,200 jobs), followed by Utah (2,400 jobs) and North Carolina (2,300). In November, employment shrank in 29 states and held steady in D.C. and Alaska.On a year-over-year basis, the largest losses were in California (36,900 jobs, -6.4 percent), Nevada (16,600 jobs, -22.0 percent’the steepest percentage decline) and Florida (12,900 jobs, -3.6 percent). Other large year-over-year percentage declines occurred in Idaho (-15.5 percent, 5,100 jobs) and Montana (-11.2 percent, 2,700 jobs). In all, 36 states lost construction jobs over the past 12 months, while construction employment was unchanged in Massachusetts.Association officials cautioned that construction employment figures were likely to fluctuate and possibly drop over the coming months as many stimulus-funded projects begin to wind down and private-sector demand remains weak. They added that newly passed legislation that prevented steep tax increases, including for many small construction firms, will help boost overall economic activity and could drive new demand for construction later next year.‘The tax bill is a step in the right direction because it will revitalize the economy and help boost private-sector construction demand,’ said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. ‘But Congress still needs to act on long-delayed infrastructure bills and provide businesses with relief from an increasingly costly regulatory burden.View construction employment figures by state and by rank.last_img read more

Third alleged victim steps forward, accuses Fine of molestation

first_img Published on November 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Debbie: | @debbietruong Comments A third person has stepped forward and accused Bernie Fine, associate head coach of men’s basketball, of sexual molestation. The accusations prompted the hours-long search of Fine’s home Friday.  Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, told Syracuse police he was molested by Fine in a hotel the night before SU played an away game against Pittsburgh in 2002, according to an article published in The Post-Standard on Sunday. Tomaselli, who was 13 years old at the time and lived 78 miles north of Syracuse, said nobody witnessed the alleged abuse and he has no physical evidence of the abuse happening. Tomaselli — who faces sexual assault charges against a 14-year-old boy in Maine – told The Post-Standard he was interviewed by Syracuse police detectives Raul Santana and Clark Farry for more than four hours Wednesday afternoon in Albany. Tomaselli described Fine’s home, in detail, in his affidavit to police, alleging that Fine invited him to his residence in DeWitt, following a second SU game in 2003. Rose Ryan, Tomaselli’s friend, said she accompanied Tomaselli to the Marriott hotel room in Albany, where the pair met with police, according to the article. Ryan signed a statement over to Syracuse police, stating Tomaselli told her of the alleged sexual abuse in 2002. There was no answer when The Daily Orange called a phone number listed for Ryan.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Tomaselli’s statement was used as proof of possible crimes when federal prosecutors applied for a search warrant to Fine’s home, according to the article. In the article, Tomaselli said he spoke with Bobby Davis, Fine’s first accuser, several times in brief phone interviews after ESPN broke the story, citing that Mike Lang, a second alleged sexual abuse victim, as corroborating Davis’ claims. In April, Zach Tomaselli was arrested by Lewiston police on charges of gross sexual assault, tampering with a victim, two counts of unlawful sexual contact, five counts of visual sexual aggression against a child and unlawful sexual touching, according to the article. Tomaselli was accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old male camp attendee, where he acted as a counselor. Tomaselli pleaded not guilty. Fred Tomaselli said in a phone interview Sunday that he never met Fine or allowed his son to attend the Pittsburgh game in 2002. Fred Tomaselli said his son was a victim of abuse by a neighbor when he was growing up in Texas, but the Tomasellis didn’t find out about the abuse until after they moved to Maine. Instead of seeking help, Fred Tomaselli said his son became a predator, and ‘master liar and manipulator.’ ‘He has nothing to lose,’ Fred Tomaselli said of his son. ‘He’s still bitter.’ Aside from a 30-minute conversation last year, Fred Tomaselli said he and Zach have not spoken in years, as Zach tends to get ‘abusive’ during conversations. In The Post-Standard article, Zach Tomaselli said he first crossed paths with Fine toward the end of 2001, when he attended an autograph session on campus. Fine invited Tomaselli to the Pittsburgh game on Jan. 22, 2002, where, following a team dinner, Fine took Tomaselli to the hotel room, where Fine watched a pornographic movie and ‘fondled Tomaselli’s penis in bed,’ Zach Tomaselli said in the article. On Feb. 1, 2003, Fine arranged for Zach Tomaselli and his father to attend a Syracuse-Pittsburgh game in the Carrier Dome. Following the game, the father and son bumped into Fine, who then invited the two to a party at Fine’s home, Zach Tomaselli said. Zach Tomaselli said his father was not able to attend, but allowed Zach Tomaselli, who was 14 years old at the time, to stay over. Zach Tomaselli said he never spoke to Fine after the associate head coach dropped him off the next morning at Hancock Air Base, where Fred Tomaselli worked. dbtruong@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Castle Royle trio fly the English flag

first_img The three-man team from Castle Royle flew the flag for England with fourth place in the European Men’s Club Trophy.David Langley, Tim Shin and Nick Scrutton took their place in the international event after the BB&O venue won the English Champion Club tournament.They made a quick impact and led for the first two rounds at Golf du Medoc in France.Langley, an England international, put them on track with his bogey-free opening round of six-under 65, which gave the team a one-shot lead over the defending champions, Racing Club de France La Boulie.After the second round, which was delayed by fog, the team held a two shot lead, thanks to the 68 of Langley and 69 from Shin.But in the final round the defending champions – searching for their third title in four years – caught fire on the back-nine, collectively making eight birdies and an eagle through holes 10-14. It propelled them to the top of the leaderboard and to their seventh victory overall.Meanwhile, Castle Royle suffered contrasting fortunes on the back nine and slipped back to fourth place. The runners-up were Gytteggard golfclub of Denmark, whose members included the twins, Nicolai, – the European Amateur Champion – and Rasmus, who helped Denmark become world champions in September. Third place went to the Spanish club, RGC El PratClick here for full scores 7 Nov 2018 Castle Royle trio fly the English flag Tags: BB&O, Castle Royle, competitions, English Champion Club, European Golf Associationlast_img read more

Little Creek Casino Resort’s Golf and Spa Facilities Voted Best of…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Little Creek Casino ResortSalish Cliffs Golf Club and Seven Inlets Spa – both of Little Creek Casino Resort – have earned Readers’ Poll accolades in ShowCase Magazine’s “Best of 2018” edition.Salish Cliffs – recognized for the third consecutive year – took top prize as Readers’ Poll Winner in the Golf Course category, besting Chambers Bay, High Cedars and Indian Summer, while the resort’s latest offering, Seven Inlets Spa, was recognized as Readers’ Poll Winner in the Spa Services category.“It is always an honor to be named as the top Golf Course and Spa in the region, especially when the recognition is voted by our loyal fans and ShowCase Magazine readers,” says PGA Professional David Kass. “We pride ourselves on our commitment to customer service and are delighted that these efforts have been recognized.”ShowCase Magazine publishes the annual “Best of” edition based upon reader submissions and voting in categories including best shopping, cuisine, health care services and more. The print and online magazine highlights the lifestyle and culture of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region.Salish Cliffs has been recognized in the Best Golf Course category for three consecutive years; however, 2018 marks its first Readers’ Poll win. The 18-hole, par-72 layout offers world-class golf, a full-service restaurant and beautiful 360-degree views of the Kamilche Valley. Tee times can be booked directly at or as part of a stay-and-play package through Little Creek Casino Resort.Seven Inlets Spa made the “Best of” list for the first time and immediately took the top spot with its collection of massage therapies, organic facials and body treatments that incorporate regional Native American influences. Now featuring Eminence skin care products, Seven Inlets Spa invites guests to enjoy timely specials in addition to the resort’s stay-and-play packages. More information and booking can be found online or by calling 1-800-667-7711.For more information on ShowCase Magazine’s “Best of 2018”: Little Creek Casino ResortOwned and operated by Squaxin Island Tribe, Little Creek Casino Resort is 15 minutes from Olympia and one hour from Seattle / Tacoma. Home to the nationally acclaimed Salish Cliffs Golf Club, beautiful Seven Inlets Spa and Skookum Creek Event Center, Little Creek offers the latest in electronic and table gaming with one of the largest and newest smoke-free casinos in the region. The 190-room resort boasts a freshly renovated hotel tower with well-appointed amenities, live entertainment, concerts, and variety of dining options.last_img read more