VERMONT’S JOB GROWTH REMAINS SLOW, BUT POSITIVE. UNEMPLOYMENT AT 4.9% IN MAY.Montpelier — The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2008 was 4.9 percent, up five-tenths of a point from the revised April rate of 4.4% and up 1.1 points from a year ago.”Vermont’s continued job growth is insufficient to hold down our growing unemployment rate,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “This is to be expected in a national environment where unemployment is growing rapidly and the national economy continues to shed jobs. In addition, the seasonal transition in Vermont’s labor market from April to May can be quite volatile depending on weather. This can lead to rapidly changing labor statistics. We should have a better picture of the State’s labor market in the June numbers.”Vermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in unemployment levels and unemployment rate are statistically different from April values. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 5.5 percent, up a similar five-tenths of a point from April 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.8 percent in Hartford to 6.4 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.6 percent, down four-tenths of a point from April 2008.Jobs Data (Vermont’s job count estimates are produced from a statewide survey of business establishments conducted under the Current Employment Survey (CES) – a cooperative effort with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.)Seasonally adjusted job levels grew by 1,200 or 0.4% over April, but remain flat over the year. Most of the growth came from the construction sector: +900 jobs or 6.1% but the sector remains down considerably on an annual basis (-600 jobs / -3.5%). We see the monthly gain as due to a slow start in April rather than a strong May. For similar reasons the Accommodations and Food Services sector shows a strong monthly decline (-600 jobs / -2.0%) What was bad weather for construction kept the ski resorts operating longer in April – thus the decline in May looked worse than is typically expected.Before seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs grew seasonally by 4,500 jobs 1.5% from April to May.. Annual unadjusted job growth remains sluggish at +0.1%. Seasonal job gains were seen in construction (+2,400 / 16.4%), but the segment remains in decline showing a 650 job annual loss or -3.7%. Retail Trade jobs grew by 700 in May, but this seasonal boost was not enough to overcome annual job losses of 200 or -0.5%. Professional & Business services grew by 500 over the month and 150 or 0.7% over the year. Arts Entertainment & Recreation grew 700 jobs over the month offsetting a 700 job loss in Accommodations & Food Services. Local Government Education gained jobs in May, but this is almost certainly a school vacation scheduling issue.
On Tuesday, he told reporters about an “entire plane filled up with the looters, the anarchists, the rioters.”The president then teased: “I’ll see if I can get that information for you.”He didn’t.But distinct similarities emerged between Trump’s plot and a conspiracy theory about airborne leftist provocateurs circulating on Facebook earlier this summer, prompting US media to ask if that was his supposedly secret source. Topics : Eight weeks before the US election, President Donald Trump is hurtling down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories filled with black-clad saboteurs, “dark shadows,” the deep state, QAnon, and claims that he is victim of a coup and/or plans to rig the polls.The Republican’s latest story is that a planeload of agitators deployed to disrupt his party convention in Washington last week — or something like that.”We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that,” he told Fox News on Monday. Election rigging The men in black and “shadows” narratives are just two threads in a Trump tapestry depicting his presidency as besieged by an unidentifiable “deep state” seeking to wreck his first term and fixing the election to ensure he doesn’t get a second.He characterizes official probes into his relations with Russia — which US law enforcement has repeatedly accused of working to boost Trump’s 2016 election chances — as a “hoax” and a “coup.” Almost daily, he claims that increased mail-in voting, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is a gambit to “rig” the November election against him.The scale of the claims, made without evidence, is not far off the viral QAnon conspiracy theory that has been bubbling under the surface ever since early in the Trump presidency.QAnon posits that an anonymous, high-level government insider codenamed Q is heroically working to expose an anti-Trump cabal which is somehow also running an international Satanic pedophile child-trafficking ring and controlling the world.Q has ever-growing numbers of supporters both online and in real life, including among members of the public who come out to cheer Trump at rallies or other events. A Republican QAnon believer, Marjorie Taylor Greene, just won selection to run for a congressional safe seat in Georgia.Trump, who heartily congratulated Greene, is doing nothing to tamp down Q fever.”It is gaining in popularity,” Trump said approvingly last month. “They like me very much.”Rich Hanley, a professor at Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications, says Trump reflects — and profits from — a society ever more lost in the smoke and mirrors of the internet.”He may be an outlier among presidents, but not among a growing number of conspiracy theory loving Americans,” Hanley said.And with presidential election results potentially coming out only days after the polls close, due to much greater use of mail-in voting, paranoia and rumor-mongering is likely poised to hit an all-time high.”It will be the Woodstock of conspiracy theories regardless of who wins, because this sort of fiction is so embedded now in the alternate reality of millions of people,” Hanley said. Fact checking has become an industry in the age of Trump. Keeping up, though, is impossible.In the same Fox interview, Trump said that Biden, who leads in many polls ahead of the November 3 vote, is a puppet controlled by “people that you’ve never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows.””Sounds like a conspiracy theory,” the Fox interviewer, Laura Ingraham, said.”They’re people you haven’t heard of,” Trump repeated.
Sr. Angela Betsch, age 90 of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the convent. Born December 10, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she is the daughter of Antoinette (Nee: Peters) and Frank Betsch. She entered the convent October 4, 1944 and made her final vows August 12, 1950. A teacher and principal, schools included St. Ann’s in Hamilton, Ohio, St. Mary’s in Middletown, Ohio, St. Bernard’s in Taylor Creek, Ohio; Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe, Missouri, Sacred Heart at Troy, Missouri; Holy Trinity in Indianapolis, Indiana; St. Anthony’s in Streator, Illinois and St. Joseph’s in Tari, Papua New Guinea.Sr. Angela grew up in the Cumminsville area of Cincinnati and move to White Oak later. She had fond memories of the family’s Christmas and Easter celebrations during the Depression, recalling how they were taught to enjoy the simple things. Attending school in White Oak, she had many fond memories of the Sisters and priests who were her teachers, developing an appreciation of poetry, the classics, algebra and music. She would graduate from Colerain High School, recalling how a government representative spoke to her class about opportunities for girls to be typists, stenographers and file clerks. With “World War II looming on the horizon, the boys knew what they would be doing. I thought I’d try working as a typist, although it meant working in the downtown area of Cincinnati, which seemed to me to be miles away from home.”A relative drove Sr. Angela downtown where the eager graduate applied for a typist job and was accepted the same day. She spent 18 months there before thoughts of entering religious life began. Her older sister Mary, had entered the Novitiate program at the convent and she grew more intrigued as Mary shared her experiences. The family visited Mary often and eventually Sr. Angela made the decision to enter the convent. She noted “What a full and fulfilling life followed!”Preparing for her 70th Jubilee, Sr. Angela noted, “I’ve lived a full life with happy memories of my novitiate years, challenging years working in the classroom and serving as principal, time spent as a nurse’s aide at the convent, serving as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministry at the Catholic Charities in Chicago and various positions at the Motherhouse.” I say as so many have, “For all that has been, thanks Lord.”Sr. Angela is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Mary Franke, Ruth Howell, Frances Daulton, Alberta Wissel, Anita Zeinner and brothers Frank, Anthony and Edward Betsch.Visitation is Tuesday, November 29th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent chapel. Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Timothy Babcock. Burial will follow in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (www.oldenburgfranciscans.org). Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
If there were ever any doubts about who would take the final shot for Wisconsin they were put to rest Sunday afternoon.It was Déjà Vu at the Kohl Center as, just like a week ago against Ohio State, Wisconsin would have the final possession with a chance to win, but that was where the similarities ended.This time, Traevon Jackson got a clean look off of a screen, took his patented lefty-jumper from the elbow and lifted Wisconsin (19-5, 6-5 Big Ten) over No. 9 Michigan State (20-4, 9-2) 60-58.Though Jackson didn’t find success in a similar situation last week and he had only made two baskets before Wisconsin’s final possession, head coach Bo Ryan still had confidence in his junior point guard to make something happen.“He’s the guy that earned that spot and he proved it last year with some big plays,” Ryan said. “His decision making has been a little sporadic at times, but in a last second situation if it starts in his hands, I feel very confident we are going to get something.”For Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, there was no doubt as to whom he thought was going to take that shot for Wisconsin.“I’ve watched two years worth of Jackson making game-winning shots, so I put my best defender on him and give the guy credit. He made another one,” Izzo said.The Badgers were forced to take a game-winning shot in their final possession because Michigan State’s Adreian Payne hit a three at the top of the key with just 10 seconds left.With some key players out for the Spartans — Keith Appling and Branden Dawson who both average over 10 points per game — Payne was forced to carry the brunt of the load offensively for Michigan State. In just his second game back after missing seven-straight games due to an injured foot, Payne responded with a game-high 24 points in 32 minutes, but none bigger than his long-range basket in the waning seconds.“We executed that last 3-pointer as well as we’ve executed any play in 10 years,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said. “Give Payne credit. He hit a big shot being dead tired.”Before things tightened up in the final minutes, Wisconsin was able to build an eight point lead (30-22) heading into halftime after Michigan State failed to score in the final 6:49 of the first half and allowing Wisconsin to go on an 11-0 run.The Spartans’ offensive drought gave the Badgers a cushion that proved to be the difference at the end.“I think the game was more or less lost in the end of the first half,” Izzo said. “We didn’t score in six minutes and they went on an 11-0 run. We just had so many guys on the bench in foul trouble and some guys in there that couldn’t guard this table. That’s disappointing.”Other than Payne, the Spartans struggled to find any rhythm offensively as Travis Trice was the only other Spartan to hit double figures while sophomore guard Gary Harris, who leads the Big Ten in scoring with 18.2 points per game, went 3-for-20 from the field and 0-for-7 from beyond the arc in a 6-point effort.Harris entered the second half having not made a shot and was 0-for -10 from the floor before he made back-to-back transition dunks in less than 30 seconds with just over 17 minutes left in the game. But, that would be the highlight of Harris’ day as he struggled to score for the rest of the game.It was a different story for Wisconsin who has two players trending up in terms of recent offensive performance.Sam Dekker, who struggled with his shot before netting 16 in his last outing against Illinois, hit the first shot of the game with a shot from outside the arc. From there Dekker went on to put up 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range.But it was freshman forward Nigel Hayes that was the epitome of consistency on the offensive end for the Badgers, hitting mid-range jumper after mid-range jumper and drawing fouls around the rim, prompting coach Ryan to proclaim “Nigel is pretty special.”Wisconsin’s win over Michigan State snapped a five-game losing streak to the Spartans and a three-game losing streak at home.Dekker knows the win over the Spartans will give a little bit of “mojo” back to his team that has been reeling for the last couple of weeks.“It was a pretty sour taste,” Dekker said of Wisconsin’s three-game home losing streak. “You take a lot of pride in playing in from of [the fans], and you want to go out and perform as well as you can for them, and we weren’t doing that. So this is big to get back to our winning ways and get that little mojo back in the Kohl Center.
Doha, Qatar | AFP | Former World Cup winner Xavi Hernandez was named as a global ambassador for the 2022 World Cup local organising committee in Qatar on Sunday.The 38-year-old, who is currently playing for Qatari side Al Sadd, will be an ambassador for the organisation “responsible for delivering the infrastructure” for the World Cup.“I have seen first-hand what football can achieve in communities in Qatar and across the region,” the former Barcelona midfielder said in a statement. “Football has the power to unite people, dispel stereotypes and break down social barriers.”Xavi played for Barca for 17 years from 1998, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, while claiming the World Cup with Spain in 2010.Share on: WhatsApp
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsNelson is going to the B.C. Hockey Tier III Bantam Rep Championship tournament next month in Smithers.Which is really no surprise considering how the Leafs owned the Castlegar Rebels during the regular season.However, this playoff series was far from a walk in the park for the Leafs as the Rebels played Nelson tough in all three games losing the first-team-to-four-points series 5-1.“It feels great to be going (to Smithers),” said Nelson defenceman Tyler Podgorenko from outside the winner’s dressing room. “We’ve come a long way since the start of the season and worked through that entire game so this feels really good.”The Leafs clinched the West Kootenay title by rallying from a 3-0 deficit to steal a 5-4 victory Sunday before a boisterous crowd at the NDCC Arena.Sawyer Hunt scored the winning goal at 37 seconds of the third period, and Brayden Pompu made some key saves in the final minutes to power the home side to the series clinching victory.“I let in a few bad goals I shouldn’t have let in but then after that I got some help from our goalie coach (Ian Perreault) . . . he’s an amazing goalie coach who’s helped me all year and he helped me get a lot of confidence at the end,” a beaming Pompu, who had a key kick save in the final minutes of the third period to preserve the win, told The Nelson Daily.Chase Butula got the scoring started for Castlegar before Edward Lindsey and Craig Pilla gave the visitors the three-goal advantage at the first intermission.But Nelson rebounded in the second, scoring two goals in two minutes. Sam Weber got the Leafs going before Brandon Sookro cut the margin to 3-2. Nolan Percival tied the game at the midway point of the period.“I don’t know what happened,” said Nelson captain Colton Dachwitz. “(Castlegar) just came out on fire and we just didn’t come out as hard as they did.”“(But) we never gave up,” Dachwitz, making his fourth trip to a provincial tournament. “We got re-focused in the dressing room and that helped us get back in the game in the second.”Castlegar regained the lead when Nick Evdokimoff beat Pompu but Dachwitz tied the game before the period ended.In the third Hunt pounced on a loose puck to score the game-winning goal.“We just wanted to get it deep and buy time,” Dachwitz said when asked about the strategy in the third period. “We knew their goalie was letting out a lot of rebounds so we just wanted to capitalize on them.”Nelson had a chance to increase the lead but Percival missed a penalty shot and Hunt saw the puck roll of his stick while staring at a wide-open net.Nelson opened the series with a 9-3 victory Friday in game one. Trailing 3-2 after one period, the Leafs out scored the Rebels 7-1.Sam Weber led the Leafs with two goals while Brandon Sookro had a goal and two assists.Saturday, Castlegar forced a third game after rallying from a 6-3 deficit to grab a 7-7 tie.Michael Viala scored three times and Grayson Reitmeyer added a pair to lead the Nelson offence. Dylan Whiffen and Hunt added singles.The comeback point proved to Castlegar coach Grant Pilla the drive his team displayed in the playoffs.“Coming in we were the underdogs as Nelson has a pretty strong team but my guys peaked at the right time,” Pilla explained. “They decided they didn’t want to finish the season without leaving it all on the ice . . .. “And I’m proud of them . . . I’ve very proud of them for the way the played.”ICE CHIPS: Nelson played without key forward Michael Viala, who was suspended for Sunday’s game after receiving a misconduct in the final 10 minutes of the third period of Saturday’s 7-7 tie. . . . Nelson defenceman Carson Arcuri injured his leg in the series. . . .During Friday’s game there was more action off the ice than on the ice as parents from both teams exchanged words. Some parents needed to be removed from the email@example.com
The series now shifts to the Central BC Interior for Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday in 100 Mile House.Despite being outshot 30-22 in the game, it was the host squad that struck for two first period goals by Richter to open a 2-0 lead.The teams exchanged second period goals — Justin Bond cutting the lead to 2-1 with a power play goals 55 seconds into the frame before Richter scored this third of the game three minutes later.In the third 100 Mile House pushed to get back into the game, out shooting the Dynamiters 12-4 in the period.However, Allstar netminder Tyson Brouwer was solid between the pipes, stopping all 12 shots before Tanner Witt scored Kimberley’s fourth goal into an empty net.Witt and Korbyn each finished the game with two points for Kimberley.The win was the 13th of the playoff run for Brouwer against three losses.Kimberley needs to win at least one game in 100 Mile House to guarantee the series returns to the Bavarian City for Game six (Saturday) and, if necessary, seven (Sunday). Not so fast 100 Mile House Wranglers.The defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs are not willing to let their title go without a fight.Jason Richter scored a natural hat trick to power the Nitros to a 4-1 decision over the 100 Mile House Wranglers Sunday in KIJHL Finals action in Kimberley.The victory evens the best-of-seven series a 1-1.100 Mile House struck first in the series, edging Kimberley 2-1 Saturday.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Norway-based cement company JT Cement AS has ordered a pneumatic cement carrier from Dutch Ferus Smit shipyard, Erik Thun said.As informed, the newbuild will be a sister vessel of M/V Greenland and is scheduled for delivery in July 2019.“The vessel will be an improved version of Greenland but with a somewhat larger cargo carrying capacity at 8.000 dwt. In addition, we will increase the LNG tank capacity to 200 m3, improving the steaming time on LNG,” according to Erik Thun.The project will be handled by MF Shipping Group with support from KGJS project department and KGJC cargo handling team.JT Cement AS, which owns a fleet of seven smaller specialized pneumatic cement carriers, recently got another owner. NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers acquired a 25% ownership interest in the company, joining KGJ Cement Holdings and Erik Thun AB.