US employers added a stellar 312000 jobs in December

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government.The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 per cent, but that reflected a surge in jobseekers— a positive for growth.Average hourly pay improved 3.2 per cent from a year ago.The health care, food services, construction, and manufacturing sectors were the primary contributors to last month’s hiring.The strong job gains suggest that the tumbling stock market has yet to depress expectations that the economy will expand for a 10th straight year. Still, growth is likely to slow as the stimulus from last year’s tax cuts wane.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Become friends in Fort St John with a day at Peace Island

first_imgOrganizer Seleena Ney shares’, if anyone requires a ride to the event to contact her through the FB group and a convoy spot can also be set up too.There is an option to spend the night by tent or camper for $20 per unit with no limit to occupants in a unit.‘Become Friends – Fort St. John’ FB Page creator Seleena Ney shared the creation of the Page came when she had gotten out of a relationship. She tried an app that advertised a way to make new girlfriends yet the majority of the girls lived in Grande Prairie.Ney said, ” As an adult in FSJ, it’s really hard to meet new people unless you work somewhere with others with similar interests and around your age.”Ney goes on to share another reason she was inspired to create the group was after thinking about a coworker that recently moved to FSJ with her family and working in a small office, Ney considered there might not be a lot of resources to meet new people in town.” I’m really enjoying so far how considerate and involved people have been with this page,” said Ney and she hopes everyone who has wanted to has been able to make a new friend or two. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A recent FB Group called ‘Become Friends – Fort St. John’ has been actively facilitating ways for people to network and make friends.A day at Peace Island Park is the second group gathering which is a family-friendly potluck style event this Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 at the Peace Island Park in Taylor. Anyone can join the group to play games, meet new people and socialize.Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, and any other food items to compliment the potluck and poop bags if you bring your pet along. Ney runs the page with Kirby Johnnie, who reached out to Ney right after she started the page. Recently moving to the area, Ney shares Johnnie is a great partner to work with.To keep to speed on the conversation and events of the day, follow the links posted below.To view the FB Event Page, CLICK HERETo view the FB Group, CLICK HERElast_img read more

Mens soccer splits weekend matches in Tulsa Okla

Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior midfielder Ryan Ivancic races his opponent to the ball during a game against IPFW Aug. 20, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated the Southern Methodist University Mustangs, 1-0, Sunday in the second day of the Holiday Inn City Center Golden Hurricane Classic in Tulsa, Okla.Both teams were coming off a Friday loss, and were trying to end the weekend with some momentum. OSU was outshot by the Mustangs 10-2 Sunday, but Buckeye senior forward Denio Leone scored the game’s only goal late in the second half to secure the 1-0 victory for his team.Coach John Bluem said his team escaped from the match after facing heavy pressure from the Mustangs.“We were under a lot of pressure, especially in the second half,” Bluem said in a phone interview after the game. “We had a really nice goal from a senior and got away with a win.”SMU outshot the Buckeyes in the first half 2-1, but neither team found a way to put the ball in the net. Buckeye junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last week, kept the Buckeyes alive throughout the first half by saving both shots SMU took.OSU’s only shot of the first half came when senior forward Alex Harrison took a header towards the goal but hit it high.SMU opened up the second half playing aggressive on offense, taking four shots and three corners within the first 10 minutes. Ivanov saved two more shots, and he finished the match with six saves on the way to securing his second career shutout.Bluem praised the play of the younger players on the team, and their ability to comeback from a tough start to the weekend.“We are a young team and we talked about bouncing back like we did last weekend,” Bluem said. “The guys answered well.”Although OSU was outshot 8-1, that one shot proved to be all that it needed. Leone received a cross from the right side of the field from freshman defender Tyler Kidwell, one-touching it into the goal from about eight yards to tally his first career goal.OSU fell to No. 22 ranked Tulsa, 4-1, Friday in its first game of the Classic. The team’s lone goal came from freshman midfielder Christian Soldat, and it was the first in his career. Tulsa coach Tom McIntosh earned his 200th career win in the process.Bluem was not pleased with his teams performance, but said that Tulsa deserved to win.“It was a hard weekend — it was almost 100 degrees,” Bluem said. “The Friday game against Tulsa was not a good game. They are a really good team.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to continue regular season play when they take on Bowling Green next Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Bowling Green, Ohio. read more

Trippier praises support for England

first_imgEngland full-back Kieran Trippier has hailed the support the English international team are receiving from their supporters at the World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s men have accomplished something quite unexpected – they reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990, where they will be facing Croatia. If they were to win, they would be heading to the finals for the first time since 1966.Support for the team has been crazy, as ‘It’s coming home’ has become one of the trending hashtags the English have been using in the past few days.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It feels amazing. Growing up and watching England, to be a part of it with the lads…it is an amazing achievement form everyone here and we can’t wait to get going against Croatia,” Trippier said, according to SportsMole.“It gives you goosebumps just to see how happy they are with how we are doing. We just want to keep on improving, stick together as a team and give more moments like that, they are special moments.”last_img read more

Marcos Llorente Im thrilled to score my first Real Madrid goal

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente was named the Man of the Match following his stunning goal in the Club World Cup final on SaturdayLos Blancos stormed to a 4-1 win in Abu Dhabi over local team Al Ain with goals from Luka Modric, Llorente, Sergio Ramos and an own goal from Yahya Nader.But Llorente’s stunning 25-yard half-volley was what drew praise from pundits in the end – in what was also his first professional goal.The 23-year-old academy graduate was then named the Man of the Match for his performance as Real secured a record fourth Club World Cup title.“I am thrilled to have scored my first Real Madrid goal, it’s great that it came at this level in a final,” Llorente told the club website.“We were hoping for this result. We worked all week, were tough in defense and showed ferocity in attack, that’s what fans want.“There were chances and we could have had more goals. We are leaving here champions with the trophy in our hands”.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.He added: “In football and in life things change in the blink of an eye. That is why you have to work hard, never give up and take your chances when they come up”.“When things like that come off, you have to be very happy. You don’t always win finals nor do you always score goals, at least in my case.“Scoring a goal to help the team is the best feeling and I’m very happy. The goal came from a corner and I said this is mine.“It’s dedicated to my family, my friends and my girlfriend. I’m now going to celebrate with them”.Gareth Bale was named the Golden Ball winner of the tournament.last_img read more

Stuber film review Kumail Nanjiani shines on a senseless joyride

first_img Culture TV and Movies 77 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 0 Share your voice Post a comment Stuber cast relives its craziest Uber experiences This involves chaperoning Vic to various shady locations as he attempts to avenge the death of his young-and-promising partner, Sarah Morris (Karen Gillan). Gillan’s chance to shoot a gun outside Guardians of the Galaxy lasts minutes before Morris is quickly taken out in a disorientating shoot ’em up. Line of Duty attempted handheld shakiness better. Morris’ murderer, Oka Tedjo (Iko Uwais), is an all but generic drug dealer, except for his surprising skill at some form of martial arts.Why does an Uber driver risk his life for a rampaging, irrational cop? For the mildly amusing reason that Vic threatens to give Stu a bad Uber star rating, which could see Stu lose his side-job. While the events that lead up to Vic needing an Uber driver in the first place are ludicrous — he decides to drive his own car immediately after eye surgery and unsurprisingly crashes — their unlikely partnership somewhat successfully provides an emotional backbone. This is amid the colorful insults.StuberStu and Vic having fun on their adventure. Hopper Stone/SMPSP The other relationships are far less interesting. The friendzoned Stu has a chance to swoop in on a recently broken up Becca (Glow’s Betty Gilpin), who’s home drunk on the sofa, waiting for him to hurry up and join her. Vic is also on a deadline, his daughter Nicole (Natalie Morales) hoping he’ll finally see her art at an exhibition on the same night all the action takes place.Nanjiani brings a handful of laughs, mainly during a knowing if not very subtle montage that traverses the ails of Uber drivers. Felix (Steve Howey), a male stripper who gifts Stu questionably promiscuous dating wisdom, provides another highlight. While so often a comedic standout with co-star Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bautista doesn’t fare well as Vic continues his alarmingly stupid decisions. Even when they make sense, like smashing a store window to alert the cops, you still find Vic tiresome.Underneath the bond our two heroes predictably form, there’s a sly hint that Uber, the scandal-scarred company itself, may have approved of Stuber’s well-meaning themes about male friendship and emotional expression. Still, the unorthodox protagonists aren’t to be shirked, Stu a hero you don’t often see onscreen even after Crazy Rich Asians’ success.Despite Stuber’s cars, sex, guns and buddy cop-fueled engine, its one-star stupidity brings its occasionally-amusing Uber ride to a screeching halt.Stuber arrives in theatres July 12. Movie reviews Uber 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Dave Bautista’s Vic and Kumail Nanjiani’s Stu protect that dog at all costs. Walt Disney Studios It’s been a little while since Kumail Nanjiani’s standout turn in 2017’s The Big Sick, the comedian’s compelling semi-autobiographical comedy about an interethnic couple. Two years later, Nanjiani stars as an awkward Uber driver in Stuber, an action comedy with a vaguely similar odd-couple conceit. It has its smooth turns, especially when referencing the good and bad aspects of Uber, but the frantic gun fights and overall predictability don’t do Nanjiani’s brilliance justice.At least Nanjiani is on screen for most of the time. The Uber aspect is also an inviting update to this buddy cop jaunt from director Michael Dowse, best known for rom-com What If. Nanjiani’s Stu, a bullied sporting goods store worker who drives his electric Nissan between shifts — “Stuber,” his cruel and unfunny manager calls him — is steamrolled into helping Vic Manning, Dave Bautista’s temporarily blind take-no-prisoners LAPD detective, on a city-wide mission. 1:51last_img read more

Coral Reefs In The Gulf Dodged Harveys Bullet – For Now

first_img Share Courtesy Adrienne CorreaA diver studies coral reefs at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.Scientists think the Tax Day Floods in 2016 had a negative impact on the Flower Garden Banks, a diverse ecosystem of coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. So, Hurricane Harvey must have been even worse on them, right? Not necessarily.Researchers from NOAA and several Texas universities have studied the coral reefs in the Gulf, and, so far, they haven’t seen the same kind of damage from all the freshwater runoff after Harvey that they saw in the months following the 2016 floods.Several months after the Tax Day Floods, there was a mass mortality event on the reef, according to Adrienne Correa, an assistant professor of ecology and evolution at Rice University. But researchers like her are still trying to learn exactly what caused it. The cause could’ve been all the fresh water from the floods disturbing the salty conditions the coral need to thrive – or something else.So, in October, when Correa and other researchers took water samples and dove down to the Flower Garden Banks, they thought maybe they’d see a similar result. But that was not the case.But why not? Correa says further study is still needed. She and other scientists are busy analyzing their samples from the site. But, she says wind and ocean circulation patterns could’ve kept all that fresh water from getting to the banks this time.She said scientists have much better data leading up to and after Harvey compared to the Tax Day Floods. So, they can compare the two events and better determine if certain microbial signatures match up and learn exactly what caused the 2016 mortality event.Courtesy Adrienne CorreaA researcher prepares to dispatch machinery to take water samples from the Flower Garden Banks coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.Regardless of the cause, it’s important to keep tabs on the health of the Flower Garden Banks because they’re some of the highest coral-cover reefs left in the Atlantic and Gulf. They harbor some of the most diverse marine life species in the ocean, and they’re important to many industries – such commercial fishing and diving. And she says problems could still surface in the coming months. If all that fresh water from Harvey had come down on the Flower Garden Banks, the outcome could’ve been dire.Correa and Dr. Michelle Johnson from the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary talk with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about the health of the site after Harvey.last_img read more