Vermont unemployment rate (7.1 percent) falls, but so do jobs

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2009 was 7.1 percent, down 0.3 tenths of a point from the revised May rate and up 2.6 points from a year ago.  When seasonally adjusted, June job levels fell by 1,200 or -0.4% from May. Only the Construction sector, (+300 or +2.2%) and Health Care, (+200 or +0.4%) showed any over the month seasonally adjusted growth. Manufacturing, Leisure and Hospitality and Administrative Support & Waste were the largest job losers, shedding 500, 300 and 300 jobs respectively.Unemployment rates for Vermont s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.8 percent in Hartford to 10.1 percent in Rutland.  Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the June unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 7.0 percent, down one-tenth of a point from May 2009 and up 2.5 points from a year ago.  The June unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was not statistically different from the May rate. While the fall in Vermont s unemployment rate is welcome, this could be temporary based on other indicators we are seeing, said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. Jobs dropped a bit in June after several months of holding steady with manufacturing, temporary services and weather dependent activities appearing to be the culprits.  Job GrowthTypically we see strong seasonal growth in June job counts as summer activities start up.  Before seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm (TNF) jobs grew by 1,650 or 0.6% over the month, only sixty-five percent of what we usually see. Annual unadjusted job growth fell by 11,850 or -3.8%.    This rate of annual loss is slower than what we saw in May, but this is due to a very anemic June, 2008 rather than any significant improvement in the job market. Construction, (+1,150 jobs or +8.3%) Leisure & Hospitality, (+2,650 or +9.6%) Health Care & Social Assistance, (+500 or +1.1%) and Retail Trade, (+450 or +1.2%) led over the month seasonal growth, but of these, only Health Care & Social Assistance showed any annual improvement.Employment GrowthVermont s June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by three tenths of a point  to 7.1% percent as a result of  a decline in both the number of employed and unemployed Vermonters. Vermont s observed June seasonally adjusted employment, unemployment levels and unemployment rate were not statistically significant May.  For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 9.5 percent, up one-tenth of a point from the revised May rate of 9.4 percent.   Statistical diagnostics of the June unemployment estimate indicate that observed decline may be temporary.  We believe that the unemployment rate in future months will return to the path of recent trend.The preliminary estimates of nonfarm jobs for June, and the revisions to the estimates for November 2008 through May 2009, incorporate substantive changes made in the Current Employment Survey estimation procedures. These new procedures are designed to bring the aggregate monthly change in jobs for individual states into closer alignment with the change in national job counts reflected in the estimates produced and published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result of these changes, the November 2008 and forward estimates may not be totally comparable to previous months’ data. The impact of these changes in methodology will be better understood when we are able to make comparisons to Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. We expect to make these comparisons beginning in May of 2009.  For details of these changes, please contact Andy Condon at the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4153 or sends e-mail).Source: Vermont Department of Laborlast_img read more

Engie begins construction of two solar projects in Burkina Faso

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Energy has announced the start of construction of two solar power plants with a combined generation capacity of 30 MW.The solar parks, with capacities of 20 MW and 10 MW, are planned for Koudougou, in Boulkiemdé province, and Kaya, in Sanmatenga, respectively.The Burkinabe government will finance the XOF41 billion ($73.5 million) project cost with a World Bank loan under the nation’s Electricity Sector Support Project.French energy company Engie will construct the parks and the transmission lines and substations will be installed by Engie subsidiary Ineo Energy and Systems plus five other companies: India’s Mohan Energy Corporation and Unitech Power Transmission, Chinese entities TBEA and Shandong Taïkai Power Engineering and the IMPSDI consortium formed by China’s Inner Mongolia Electric Power Survey & Design Institute and Kenyan engineer Kesec. “These companies have between 12 and 14 months to complete the work,” said Burkinabe minister of energy Bachir Ismaël Ouédraogo.The solar parks and new infrastructure will inject 48.86 GWh into the electricity network – around 2.5% of the nation’s demand – and help stabilize the grid, according to Sonabel, which opened a tender for four PV plants last month.[Joël Spaes]More: Construction begins on 30 MW of solar in Burkina Faso Engie begins construction of two solar projects in Burkina Fasolast_img read more

Long Island Fairs & Festivals – 2013 Calendar

first_imgPort Jeff Green Fest @ Port Jeff Village June 15Caribbean Festival Night @ Eisenhower Park, East Meadow June 15Pirate Festival @ Long Island Maritime Museum June 15 & 16Father’s Day Farm Fest @ Harbes Farm & Vineyard June 15 & 16Family Festival @ Saints Philip & James Parish June 20-23Rockville Centre Chamber of Commerce Car Show & Street Fair @ Village Avenue, Rockville Centre June 23Italian-American Night @ Eisenhower Park June 24Lobsterpalooza @ LI Maritime Museum June 25Family Festival @ Trinity Regional School, East Northport June 26-30Pet Fest @ Bridgehampton Historical Society Museum Grounds June 29Celebrate America Fireworks & Show @ Eisenhower Park June 29 Street Fair @ Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook June 30African-American Night @ Eisenhower Park June 30LI Sound & Art Festival @ Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium June 30Family Festival @ St. William the Abbot, Seaford July 10-14Mattituck Chamber of Commerce Street Fair @ Mattituck July 13Plattduetsche Volksfest @ Plattduetsche Park Restaurant July 13 & 14Sweet Corn Festival @ Harbes Farm & Vineyard July 13 & 14Latino-American Night @ Eisenhower Park July 14Fireman’s Fair @ Stimson School, Huntington Station July 16-20Family Festival @ St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa July 18-27Great South Bay Music Festival @ Shorefront Park, Patchogue July 19-21Deepwells Farm Festival @ Deepwells Farm County Park, St. James July 20 & 21Southampton Kiwanis Club Carnival @ Sayre Park, Bridgehampton July 24-28Children’s Day of Fun & Music @ Eisenhower Park July 28 Sayville Summerfest @ Main Street, Sayville August 2-4Street Fair @ Park Boulevard and Front Street, Massapequa Park August 3 & 4Summer Fair @ Briarcliffe College, Bethpage August 8-10North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival @ Martha Clara Vineyards August 10Watermelon Festival @ Harbes Farm & Vineyard August 10 & 11Eisenhower Park Summer Festival @ Eisenhower Park, East Meadow August 10 & 11Parish Festival @ Holy Family Church, Hicksville August 14-17Holbrook Carnival @ Seneca Middle School, Holbrook August 15-18Long Island Bluegrass Festival @ Tanner Park August 17Polish Town Street Fair & Polka Festival @ Pulaski Street, Riverhead August 17 & 18Greek Festival @ Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, Port Jefferson August 22-25LI Scottish Festival & Highland Games @ Old Westbury Gardens August 24Seafood Festival @ Long Island Maritime Museum August 24 & 25Riverhead Railroad Festival @ Railroad Museum of LI August 24 & 25Blue Claw Crab Festival @ Mastic Beach Marina August 25Shinnecock Powwow @ Shinnecock Reservation August 30–Sept. 2Street Fair @ Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma September 1 East Northport Festival @ John Walsh Park, East Northport September 6-8Nesconset Day Street Fair @ Nesconset Plaza, Nesconset September 8American Music Festival @ Port Jeff Village September 13-15Long Island Family Festival @ Tanner Park, Copiague September 13-15Bayville Waterside Festival @ Charles E. Ransom Beach, Bayville September 14 & 15Italian Experience Festival @ Hofstra University, Hempstead September 15Family Street Festival @ Bellmore LIRR September 19-22Harvest & Seafood Festival @ Captree State Park, West Islip September 21 & 22Street Fair @ Nassau Boulevard, Garden City South September 22Long Island Fair @ Old Bethpage Village Restoration September 20-29Kite Festival @ Long Island Maritime Museum September 21Long Island Garlic Festival @ Garden of Eve September 21 & 22Family Festival by the Sea @ Lido Beach September 28 & 29Street Fair @ Merrick Avenue, Merrick September 28 & 29 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Seafood Festival @ Sunken Meadow Boardwalk, Every Wednesday evening. Through AugustSt. Gertrude’s Parish Feast @ Center Island Beach, Bayville June 5-9Garden City Belmont Festival @ Seventh Street, Garden City June 7Mineola Portuguese Center Annual Feast @ Wilson Park June 7 & 8Greek Village Festival @ Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection, Brookville June 7-9Americana Fair @ Islip Grange, Sayville June 8Heritage Fair @ Amityville Historical Society, Amityville June 8Country Fair @ Caroline Church, Setauket June 8Huckleberry Frolic @ Woods & Atlantic Avenues, East Rockaway June 8Street Fair @ Main Street, East Rockaway June 9LI Kosher BBQ Competition & Food Festival @ Temple Beth Torah, Westbury June 9Arts Festival by the Bay @ Bay Shore June 9Floral Park Belmont Festival @ Floral Park Village June 9Russian-American Night @ Eisenhower Park June 13Eisenhower Park Family Festival @ Eisenhower Park June 13-16Kings Park Day Street Fair @ Main Street, Kings Park June 15LONG ISLAND STRAWBERRY FESTIVALS 2013Strawberry Festival @ Trinity Lutheran Church, Rocky Point June 8 Strawberry Festival @ Our Lady of Consolation, West Islip June 8 Strawberry Fair Weekend @ Benner’s Farm, East Setauket June 8 & 9 Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival @ Strawberry Fields, Mattituck June 13-16 Strawberry Festival @ Historical Society of the Massapequas, Massapequa June 15 Strawberry Festival @ Yaphank Presbyterian Church, Yaphank June 15 Strawberry Festival & Yard Sale @ St. Thomas of Canterbury, Smithtown June 15last_img read more

Max Kilman handball: Nuno Espirito Santo calls for VAR ‘consistency’; Brendan Rodgers hails ‘incredible’ start | Football News

first_imgNuno Santo urged the Premier League to ‘get VAR right’ after his side’s contentious defeat to Leicester, whose boss Brendan Rodgers hailed their ‘incredible’ start.Santo’s side fell foul to a harsh handball decision against Max Kilman which allowed Jamie Vardy to open the scoring from the spot for the only goal of the game at the King Power Stadium. 3:35 Nuno Espirito Santo wants VAR to be more consistent with decisions – Advertisement – 2:32 – Advertisement – That penalty was only awarded after VAR official Stuart Atwell directed on-field referee Anthony Taylor to assess the incident on the pitchside review monitor.On the back of a number of controversial handball decisions this season, Santo feels the frustration towards the implementation of the video referee since its introduction last season is still far from being resolved.“What we expect from VAR is good, consistent decisions and this is not happening,” Santo told his post-match press conference. “Week in, week out we see different things. Until they get it right, we’ll be talking about it over and over again, something we don’t want.“We have enough problems in football to be suspicious about anything, I don’t want to think about that. I haven’t seen the images, so it’s unfair for me to tell [on this decision]. But in our days we can see decisions are not being consistent enough for us to stop talking about them, so let’s hope for a better situation in the future.“Credit to Leicester in the way they pressed and moved the ball. Their midfielders were very comfortable, and we should have done better with that. We created more situations in the second half, not as many as we wish.”Guidance around the handball rule has been amended in the Premier League in response to the backlash against a string of earlier incidents this season. Sky Sports’ Micah Richards labelled the decision that Kilman’s arm was in an unnatural position to handle Dennis Praet’s cross “harsh”.Santo added his own frustration to Sky Sports after full-time, saying: “The game goes beyond these situations but I think we reacted well. This is what the law says. There’s no way to coach a player to defend without the natural movements of the arm but it is what it is. What we want is consistency.”Rodgers: ‘Incredible start’ as Leicester go topcenter_img preview image – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Brendan Rodgers says he’s very proud of his team after their 1-0 win over Wolves Rodgers was in unsurprisingly chipper mood as his side moved top of the Premier League with a deserved sixth win from their opening eight games, and a third in six days over tough opposition in the shape of Leeds, Braga and now Wolves.“I think it’s the best win of the three,” he said. “With so many players out and such a tough schedule, it was an incredible performance. We had to show a different side to the team today, I thought first half we were very good in our football, some of the quality of combinations, how we got through Wolves and into dangerous areas was very good, and we should have been maybe more than 1-0 up.“It’s been an incredible start, I’m so happy for the players. It’s important in any season your first steps are positives, and with all players available it would’ve been really good, but for the players we’ve had out for the guys to show that quality and resilience, it’s what you want as a manager.“We’ll get some recovery into the players, and after the international break hopefully we’ll get another few back and then have another busy but exciting run into the Christmas period.”With Leicester given two penalties before half-time – the second missed by Vardy – the Foxes made Premier League history as the first club to be awarded eight spot-kicks in the opening eight games of the season.In 2019/20, the first team to reach eight league penalties were Manchester United, 16 games into the campaign.Rodgers said: “I haven’t seen the penalties back, I don’t want to dedicate too much time to it. There’s so much time to it, whether it’s natural or unnatural. We got two penalties, we should’ve been further in front, but overall we played very well.”Timeline of Leicester’s eight PL penalties this seasonSunday 13 September – West Brom 0-3 LeicesterLeicester were awarded two penalties in their first game of the season against West Brom. Jamie Vardy was held back in the box by Kyle Bartley for the first before Dara O’Shea clumsily took down James Justin in the box. Vardy converted both penalties.Sunday 27 September – Man City 2-5 LeicesterThree of Leicester’s penalties this season came in an incredible game against Man City. Kyle Walker tripped Vardy and the England striker duly converted the first penalty. He did so again in the 58th minute to complete his hat-trick after he was fouled by Eric Garcia.The final one was taken by Youri Tielemans late on, slotting home after Benjamin Mendy had fouled James Maddison to round off a famous victory.Monday 2 November – Leeds 1-4 LeicesterTielemans added another penalty to his tally late in the day against Leeds last week. This one was awarded by VAR after it spotted Mateusz Klich’s foul on Maddison just inside the area. The Belgian converted in the 91st minute to add a gloss to the 4-1 victory.Sunday 8 November – Leicester 1-0 WolvesAnother penalty double – but with differing results. Max Kilman was penalised for handball, given after Anthony Taylor’s consulted the pitchside monitor. Vardy converted again for the first, but was unable to add a second. Rayan Ait-Nouri fouled Justin and the Leicester striker stepped up, but Rui Patricio saved his effort.last_img read more

Strange days

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Wharf leasing agents make staff changes

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Voting in PA: Find Your Polling Place for Tuesday

first_imgVisit to learn more about voting and elections in Pennsylvania.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook:   SHARE  TWEET By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Voting in PA: Find Your Polling Place for Tuesday November 04, 2016 The Blog,  Voting & Elections Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day. You probably know that by now. But we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to make voting easy and convenient.Before Election Day, you need to make sure you know where you can vote.First, you can check your voter registration status here. After you confirm your information, you will be provided your polling place and a form for directions to get there.The Department of State also provides this tool for finding your polling place.Beyond that, you can find comprehensive voting information at the Department of State’s website,, Pennsylvanians can also:Find contact information for each county election office.View a demonstration video of the voting system used in each county.File a complaint if they encounter any difficulty or questionable situation at the polling place.Additionally, includes a direct link to the Department’s voter education toolkit to the site will find a 2016 Voter Guide (PDF) and The Top 5 Things Every Pennsylvanian Should Know About 2016 Elections (PDF). Both publications are available to download and print.For complete information about voting in Pennsylvania, visit or call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).Now, go vote! SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Big week of property sales on the Gold Coast

first_img106 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach was the highest sale on the Gold Coast according to CoreLogic. Picture: biggest sale on the Gold Coast this week was a renovated Mermaid Beach house.CoreLogic data revealed the property at 106 Seagull Ave sold for $1.9 million.106 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach sold for $1.9 million. Picture:“Experience the ultimate in beachside living with this sophisticated residence by renowned architect Paul Uhlmann,” the listing states.“A large family home with a transformation to reflect the new family’s living needs, personalities and lifestyle.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoInside 106 Seagull Ave. Picture: five-bedroom home is on a 430sq m block and features an east-facing terrace overlooking a pool.Ron London from London Estate Agents handled the sale.Neighbouring Miami continued its hot sales run with a luxury villa property making the top three sales.This tri-level villa at 1/6 Marine Pde, Miami sold for $1.76 million. Picture: “Mediterranean-inspired” home at 1/6 Marine Pde sold over the weekend for $1.76 million.The residence offers plenty of room for entertaining and captures ocean views.What a view! The balcony from 1/6 Marine Pde, Miami. Picture: stunning riverfront mansion in Carrara rounded out the top three after it changed hands for $1.6 million.The five-bedroom house in the River Park Estate underwent a $500,000 renovation before it was put on the market.40 Fitzwilliam St, Carrara rounded out the top three sales on the Gold Coast after it sold for $1.6 million. Picture:“(The) high quality renovation 40 Fitzwilliam St has made relaxing main river living easy,” the listing states.last_img read more

OECD report cites ‘serious barriers’ to long-term investment

first_imgSerious barriers to long-term investment do seem to exist, and governments around the world need to do something to remove them, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has warned.Data in the latest OECD report on pension funds’ long-term investments clearly show evidence the pension fund managers have a strong interest in long-term investment, the organisation said.But the level of such investment is still low and on average stable, it said.The report surveyed 86 large pension funds and public pension reserve funds in more than 35 countries, managing nearly $10trn (€7.3trn) in all – more than one-third of total assets held by this type of investor worldwide. The average allocation to alternatives increased between 2010 and 2012 to 15.6% of total portfolios from 14.4%, while exposure to fixed income and cash rose to 56.1% from 53.4%. Equities allocations fell on average to 28.3% from 32.2%, according to the report.As a proportion of total assets under management for the complete survey, infrastructure investment in the form of unlisted equity and debt was just 0.9% or $72.1bn in 2012, the OECD said.The report said: “This year’s survey yet again reveals a low level of investment in infrastructure on average among the surveyed funds, despite evidence of a growing interest by pension fund managers.“This seems to confirm the importance of barriers and disincentives that limit such investments and the relevance and need for policymakers to address them.”One barrier to long-term investment is the lack of clear definitions, it said.Although pension funds do have data on their long-term investment – and infrastructure investment in particular – methodologies and definitions used to classify such investments differ, making comparisons difficult, the OECD said.“There is clearly a need to standardise definitions and classifications to facilitate international monitoring of long-term investment,” it said in its report.These definitions are vital not only for investors but also for regulators and other policymakers to develop appropriate regulation, it said.The absence of objective, high-quality data on infrastructure investments makes it hard for investors to assess investment risks and understand correlations with the returns of other assets, it said.The OECD also underlined the need for pooled infrastructure investment vehicles for smaller institutional investors.It said its set of high-level principles for long-term investment, which G20 leaders endorsed at last month’s St Petersburg summit, give several directions on facilitating such investment.Further work will identify effective approaches to take, it said.Governments have already taken some steps to tackle some of the problems, the report noted.The UK government has a policy to attract £20bn (€24bn) of institutional investment into infrastructure and has been talking to investors, while at the EU level, the ‘Project Bonds Initiative’ approved in May 2012 aims to finance infrastructure projects in Europe using the capital markets.And recent G20 meetings have recognised the urgent need to deepen and broaden capital markets so developing countries can use their own financial resources and attract capital from abroad, the OECD said.last_img read more