Weekly unemployment claims increase again

first_imgWeekly unemployment claims increased more dramatically last week following several up and down months. For the week of April 10, 2010, there were 1,240 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 266 from the week before. Altogether 14,472 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 60 from a week ago and 4,020 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,218 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 210 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 3,117 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 64 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

Peruvian Armed Forces Report Operations Against Organized Crime

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo November 16, 2020 In operations carried out September 8-21, the Peruvian Armed Forces dealt several blows to narcotrafficking and illegal mining.On September 21, thanks to intelligence gathered by an elite group of the Peruvian National Police, service members found 433 kilograms of cocaine buried in Huanta province, Ayacucho department, as reported by the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio.During a mega operation against illegal mining on September 8, Peruvian authorities seized and destroyed 30 engines like the one pictured, in La Pampa, Madre de Dios, Peru. (Photo: Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command)The Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA, in Spanish) told the press that on September 17, the Amazon Operational Command detained four Colombian nationals who were carrying 11 kg of cocaine, military rifles, pistols, grenades, and ammunition. The operation took place in Loreto department, near the Colombian border, where the detainees were identified as members of the criminal group E-48, dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish).In another operation on September 13, the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, in Spanish) Special Command found a lab, where “law enforcement forces seized 200 kg of cocaine hydrochloride and 150 kg of liquid drugs,” according to a  press release. “In addition, about 3 tons of chemical precursors to manufacture drugs were found,” the CCFFAA said online. The operation took place in Huanta province, Ayacucho department.On September 9, police seized 231 kg of cocaine coming from the VRAEM that “were going to be shipped to Brazil and Bolivia by air, from a clandestine airstrip,” El Comercio reported. During the operation, eight adults and one minor were detained and three trucks that were used to move the drug were seized, the newspaper reported.Narcotrafficking seems to be growing in the region, according to a July 31, 2020 report from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy indicating that, “Coca (the plant used to make cocaine) cultivation in Peru significantly increased to 72,000 hectares in 2019, with potential pure cocaine production of 705 metric tons.” In 2018, the number of cultivated hectares was 52,100, with a potential production of 505 tons, the report added.Regarding the Peruvian security forces’ operations against illegal mining, authorities found and destroyed 22 illegal mining campsites in just one day.On September 8, patrols comprising members of the Peruvian Armed Forces, the National Police, and the Office of the Attorney General specializing in the Environment conducted a mega operation in the Vuelta Grande and Laberinto sectors, in La Pampa, Madre de Dios region, the CCFFAA indicated.On site, authorities found 30 engines, 26 rafts, and 11,916 liters of fuel, among other equipment. All the material and equipment were destroyed, the CCFFAA added.La Pampa has become a large mining enclave as a result of the construction of the Brazil-Peru Interoceanic Highway, which opened in December 2010, according to the report Conversion of Forest Landscapes to Amazonian Wetlands by Gold Mining, published in February 2020 by the Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation, a Peruvian NGO dedicated to environmental and social research in the Amazon. “Between 2016 and 2019, 5,377 water wells were polluted by minerals as a result of gold mining; about 28 percent of the area has been degraded by illegal mining,” the report says.last_img read more

Don’t mention the war

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Martinez proud of new Everton role

first_img The Spaniard has signed a four-year contract to take over from Manchester United-bound David Moyes, and while he sees similarities with his other jobs in football, he knows this one is different. “I know what it means to play for this club in terms of the amount of families (involved) and passion which comes across, so I understand how honoured I am to have this position,” said the 39-year-old, who left Wigan after four years. Press Association “I can’t describe it but when we (Wigan) played here in the quarter-final of the FA Cup (winning 3-0), there was a feeling that you can develop and know you belong and, funnily enough, now I can start exploring it and finding out what the fans want. “It is very important in modern football not to lose the real values in the modern game and it is important to understand the fans, and Everton have really strong football values with an incredible passion. “When I arrived at Goodison, I got that feeling right away. I know I can fit in quickly and feel part of it straight away.” Martinez is confident he can retain the club’s in-demand stars, like midfielder Marouane Fellaini and England left-back Leighton Baines, and fulfil a Champions League dream. “In the game when you are successful – and Everton were clearly successful last season – you will always get good performers who attract interest from other clubs,” he said. “That not only happens here, it happens at every football club in the land and abroad, so we’re not worried about that.” Kenwright has already promised to back his new manager as best he can financially this summer “I’ll give him a few quid to spend. The others are not for sale. We don’t want them to go, they have worked massively hard for this club,” he said. “Roberto doesn’t want them to go, he has all their numbers and he will be on the phone asking them not to go. Not one person has even half-indicated they want to go.” center_img New manager Roberto Martinez already feels at home at Everton and believes he is privileged to have the opportunity to take charge of the club.last_img read more

UNC looks for home win vs No. 7 Duke

first_imgUNC looks for home win vs No. 7 Duke February 7, 2020 YOUTH MOVEMENT: Duke has benefited heavily from its freshmen. Vernon Carey Jr., Cassius Stanley, Matthew Hurt and Wendell Moore Jr. have collectively accounted for 55 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 64 percent of all Blue Devils points over the team’s last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Tre Jones has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Duke field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 26 field goals and 31 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: North Carolina is 0-7 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 10-5 when it scores at least 66.THREAT FROM DEEP: Duke’s Hurt has attempted 85 3-pointers and connected on 40 percent of them, and is 9 for 23 over the last five games.DID YOU KNOW: Duke is ranked third among Division I teams with an average of 82.5 points per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 7 Duke (19-3, 9-2) vs. North Carolina (10-12, 3-8)Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: North Carolina looks for its fourth straight win over No. 7 Duke at Dean E. Smith Center. The last victory for the Blue Devils at North Carolina was a 74-73 win on Feb. 17, 2016.center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press last_img read more

FH : Syracuse uses strong second half to advance to second round of NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Ange Bradley said her Syracuse team showed early jitters in its first-round game against Richmond in the NCAA tournament.The SU head coach watched the Orange try to find its comfort zone as the Spiders fired six shots and challenged SU goalkeeper Leann  Stiver in a scoreless first half.‘In the first half we looked apprehensive and held back,’ Bradley said in a phone interview. ‘It took us a while to figure out their pressing patterns that they did and then once we did that we got our confidence and we did well.’No. 3 Syracuse (19-3, 5-1 Big East) found its confidence and used two goals from Heather Susek in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory over the Spiders Saturday in front of 529 in College Park, Md. The Orange made defensive adjustments at halftime to counter Richmond’s effective pressing approach to advance to the second round of the tournament Sunday, where it will face No. 4 Maryland at 2 p.m.SU held off Richmond in the first half despite the Spiders holding a 6-3 shot advantage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRU senior forward Katelin Peterson launched four first-half shots, two of which tested SU junior goalkeeper Leann Stiver. Stiver made both saves to keep the Spider off the board.And at halftime, the Orange calmed down and made the necessary adjustments. Bradley said the backs reshaped different in the second half and the forwards — most notably Susek — made a concerted effort to link players in all three sections of the field.With those adjustments made, Syracuse created more scoring opportunities, and outshot Richmond 9-3 in the second half.Susek broke the scoreless tie in the 50th minute, off a pass from senior midfielder Martina Loncarica. And just five minutes later she struck again, this time with an assist from freshman forward Jordan Page.‘She just was one of those forwards that popped back into the hole and served to be a connector between the backs and the forwards,’ Bradley said. ‘So she really was the impetus for change in our second half.’Susek’s performance coupled with the stifling effort in net from Stiver led SU into the second round.Bradley said the Orange will use the time before Sunday’s game to rest up and prepare for the next step toward the team’s ultimate goal of winning a national championship.‘We’re taking care of our bodies right now, and getting ready,’ Bradley said. ‘We want to be national champions so we’ve got to win. That’s what our mindset is.’sebail01@syr.edu Published on November 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Commentslast_img read more

Fantasy Football: Trade Targets

first_imgDoug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay BuccaneersDoug Martin, or the muscle hamster, has been plagued by injuries since his rookie year. A knee injury has kept him limited this year and he is looking to week four to have his breakout game this year. The muscle hamster has all the potential in the world to return to brilliance and put up similar numbers to his rookie year where he rushed for 1,454 yards and eleven touchdowns. He is relatively cheap to acquire because of his injury history and if his current owner has any doubts in him, I would try and make a deal for him before he has a big game. If your team is struggling as of late, you might want to shake things up. It is getting to the point in the season where if your team is 0-4 or 1-3, things need to change. In most cases, this is going to take a drastic change and as a team owner, you cannot rely on just the waiver wire to drag your team out from the gutter.Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin is one player that has the potential to turn your fantasy football season around. — Adam Bettcher / Getty ImagesPerhaps your chance at changing the course of your season is with a massive trade that gets the rest of your league to take a step back and really appreciate its magnitude. While obviously it is ideal to trade for a stud like Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, amongst many other big time names… this may NOT be your best strategy.Take a risk and target a guy that as of right now isn’t having the best season, but who has the ability to break out. He’s cheaper than a stud and could give you ultimate bragging rights by making you look like a fantasy genius. Most fantasy champions already have one or two of the major breakout stars on their team, so if you want the hardware at the end of the season, make a move. Here are some guys that could either turn your fantasy team around or keep you on track for your big celebration as league champion. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England PatriotsThis target may seem rather obvious because lets face it its GRONK, but owners may forget how good he could be. When healthy Gronkowski was on the same level, if not better, than the best tight end in the game Jimmy Graham. If you can acquire Gronkowski cheap enough definitely take that chance because he has the potential to return to form and make a serious impact in every single game for the rest of the season.center_img Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego ChargersKeenan Allen came into this year with such high expectations after a stellar rookie season. He was highly drafted and thus far has let his owners down. However, do not let this deter you from acquiring him. Allen has been struggling with a groin injury and with Phillip Rivers as quarterback look for a good rest of the season from Allen. Hopefully whoever owns Keenan Allen is frustrated enough with his production to let you snag him away.last_img read more

Football: How changed stretching habits revitalized Jazz Peavy’s career

first_imgJazz Peavy did not want to be that guy anymore, the type of player who is always hurt, whom the talent-recruiting analysts will look back at and say, “If only he had stayed healthy.”For Peavy’s first two seasons with the University of Wisconsin football team, it appeared the redshirt junior wide receiver would pan out that way. But Peavy refused to let this be the case. When he went home to Kenosha, Wisconsin this summer he made sure to implement the same strength and conditioning program he used a summer ago. That way, he could perform at an optimal level upon his return and minimize the risk of the bruises, sprains and strains that plagued him during his first two seasons.“The last thing I wanted was to come back and be that guy that wasn’t doing his part,” Peavy said.Peavy, the ninth-ranked recruit in the state when he joined the team, began to do his part and more. Following a redshirt season in 2013 where he played in just two games, Peavy crept onto the scene last season behind receivers Alex Erickson, who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals, and Robert Wheelwright, the fifth-year senior wideout.Peavy said the biggest factor in maintaining his health is constantly improving his flexibility, with an emphasis on his hamstrings.“It was just one of those things you just have to make sure you stay on top of all the time,” Peavy said. “You take a week, two weeks off, it’s hard to just jump back out there and go full speed. That’s how I kept getting injured, doing things like that. Now, I’m always stretching.”For the first time since coming to UW, Peavy was finally at full health last season. He played in all 13 games and started three last season, finding an expanded role when Wheelwright missed the final four games of the regular season. As the Badgers’ third receiver and usually fourth or fifth option in the passing game, Peavy caught 20 passes for 280 yards.That stretching has paid off this season, too. He caught a career-high seven passes for 100 yards along with his first two touchdowns as a Badger against Akron. Wheelwright also hauled in 99 yards, and for the first time in several seasons, the Badgers have a real chance of developing a one-two punch at wide receiver (see Toon, Nick and Abbrederis, Jared).This year, however, Peavy feels the receiving corps is deeper than it has ever been during his time at Wisconsin.“I feel like we have more options,” Peavy said. “I feel like we got more guys in more spots being involved in the offense.”Peavy said the strongest part of his game is route-running. He became aware of that early on, and worked to make it his biggest strength. But he also said there is still plenty to work on. Right now, he said making catches in traffic is something in need of the most improvement.“Making sure I’m focusing the ball all the way in,” Peavy said, “Not having any drops on contested catches.”UW wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore has watched Peavy’s development from a front-row seat, and agreed that Peavy’s strong suit is running routes. Gilmore said it is obviously important to get open and Peavy understands angles and pushes routes to do so.“Part of him getting open is him getting better at looking at the defense,” Gilmore said. “He’s gotten better at looking at the coverages and understanding where he needs to be, where the voids are.”Gilmore added Peavy frequenting the weight room has helped keep him on the field and an increased muscle mass has allowed him to fight through aches and pains, as well as to absorb the blows he takes during games from opposing defenders.Through the first four games of 2016, Peavy leads the Badgers in receptions (16) receiving yards (274) and receiving touchdowns (two), and it appears he is well on his way to having the best season of his career.“I feel like my confidence is way up right now,” Peavy said. “It’s been growing every day. Working on that all the time, Coach Gilmore let me know [I’m] doing a good job. I’m here. I’ve been doing my thing. I just got to keep growing.”And keep stretching.last_img read more

U-23 AFCON: “We have our eye on Tokyo 2020 Olympics”- Cameroon head coach Rigobert Song

first_imgHead coach of the Cameroon U-23 team, Rigobert Song, has revealed that his team’s overarching aim of playing in this year’s U-23 AFCON is to grab a place in the 2020 Olympic football tournament.They open their campaign in Egypt against Ghana on November 8 and they will hope to make it to the very end if a trip to Japan will materialise.The Indomitable Lions are the continent’s most recent winners of the Olympic tournament after winning gold in 2000 in Sydney, Australia and according to Song, they are very determined to get back to the tournament.“In every competition, the most important thing is to get positive results and to go as far as possible and so, I know that it will be a huge challenge.However, I think that all the 8 nations that have made it to the tournament deserve to be here.Now, there is the responsibility on us in terms of winning this competition.It is one that Cameroon has not won in a long time but at the same time, our priority is to finish among the top three countries and make it to the 2020 Olympics.I believe that these objectives pump us up because the overall aim is to qualify for the Olympic Games.”Song is expected to have the full compliment of his team by November 5 but he, like most of the other coaches in the competition, will not have some players as the U-23 AFCON is not on the FIFA calendar and so, clubs are not obliged to release players for the competition.last_img read more

LA Lakers fall at Phoenix as Kobe Bryant sits out game

first_img“(D’Angelo) didn’t come out with the type of energy you need,” Scott said. “(Randle) got in early foul trouble and that messed him up.”Lakers second-year point guard Jordan Clarkson may have offered a team-leading 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 33 minutes. but that did little to offset Phoenix guard Brandon Knight, who recorded his first career triple-double with 30 points on 11-of-23 shooting, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Suns guard Eric Bledsoe also added 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. So much for Scott saying beforehand he expected Clarkson and Russell “to accept the challenge” in defending the Suns’ backcourt. How does the Russell-Clarkson tandem mirror the Suns?“Trusting each other and being able to play off of each other,” Russell said. “It’s something we’re trying to figure out.”The Lakers (2-9) did not face a double-digit deficit until the Suns (5-4) scored seven unanswered points in one minute to open the fourth quarter. They took advantage of an unproven L.A. lineup featuring European import Marcelo Huertas, Lou Williams, Nick Young, rookie forward Larry Nance Jr and undersized center Brandon Bass. PHOENIX >> This could have marked another farewell road reception for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers star receiving applause from an opposing crowd that mostly spent his 20-year NBA career booing him. But with Bryant resting in Los Angeles after carrying a heavy workload the night before in a rare win, the Lakers hoped they could absorb his absence by expediting the young players’ development.Instead, the Lakers experienced every worst-case scenario in their 120-101 loss to the Suns on Tuesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena in what marked L.A.’s ninth consecutive loss here. “The whole game they played harder than we did,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “They were much more aggressive.” Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell and second-year forward Julius Randle remained mostly quiet. Russell posted only 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, (eight of which came in garbage time), two rebounds and two assists. Randle had six points on 2-of-6 shooting, five rebounds and four fouls. Neither player made a field goal until midway through the third quarter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Still, Scott zeroed in on the Lakers’ 17 turnovers and the Suns’ 18 offensive rebounds. He called it a “bunch of crap” that those miscues stemmed from fatigue in playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Instead, Scott said he will institute high school-style box-out drills.“We’re definitely having them this week,” Scott said. “I guarantee you.”Lakers center Roy Hibbert argued he “has to do a better job of boxing out,” after grabbing seven rebounds while wearing a mask to protect his injured nose. Both Hibbert and Randle supported Scott’s strategy.“It puts it into our conscience,” Randle said. “We can’t physically be getting beat on the offensive boards.”last_img read more