Weekly unemployment claims fall to nearly 300

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont fell to their lowest level in memory last week. There were 309 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont, a decrease of 37 from the previous week’s total and 89 fewer than they were a year ago. Generally, claims have been running below last year’s totals. Total claims were down in most regions of the state. By industry, claims fell in manufacturing but otherwise held steady with very low total. As has been the trend, Services led all categories with 48 percent of all claims.Altogether 3,212 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 267 from a week ago, and 336 fewer than a year ago. The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08). The total for all programs was 3,212 claims, 267 fewer than last week, and 339 fewer than the same time last year.For the week by industry, Services claims were up slightly in number and as a percentage from the prior week and still represent the preponderance of claims for any one sector, at 53 percent of all claims. Manufacturing claims were down after a spike the previous from the prior week. By region, Total Claims in every region of the state was down for the week and mostly down from last year. 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)Vermont’s unemployment rate held at 3.6 percent in August, as total employment fell and unemployment was up, but the total labor market was also down. SEE STORY.NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.last_img read more

Bruno Maier promoted to Bikes Belong VP

first_img Related US biking pressure group Bikes Belong has promoted one of its senior staff to recognise his commitment to furthering the cause of cycling across the country.Bruno Maier, who joined the Bikes Belong staff in June 2009 as Membership and Development Director, has been promoted to Vice President. Maier will continue to direct Bikes Belong Coalition and Bikes Belong Foundation membership and fundraising programmes, provide marketing guidance, and help lead the organisation’s growing staff.”Bruno’s been doing great all-around work,” said Bikes Belong CEO Tim Blumenthal. “He’s improved communication with all our members and enlisted many new supporters. He’s taken a leadership role in working with our entire staff. More than anything, he’s applying his 15 years of bike business experience to make Bikes Belong more effective and focused.”Maier joined Bikes Belong after many years as a top executive at Pacific Cycle and Cycling Sports Group, where he provided senior management expertise for the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, and Mongoose brands. He was most recently Executive Vice President of Marketing at CSG.Maier began his work in the bike industry at his family’s bike shop in Ohio. He later worked for the Huffy Corporation and Brunswick Bicycles before joining Pacific/CSG in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2001.www.bikesbelong.orglast_img read more

Tri Expo in Manchester aims to be bigger and better in…

first_imgTri Expo, which runs alongside Swim Expo, Bike Expo and Run Expo, on 18-20 March 2016 at EventCity in Manchester, is being positioned as a festival of triathlon. The consumer expo features… ‘the latest gear and equipment on the market, live coaching demos and seminars, indoor racing, celebrity guest appearances, exclusive show offers and giveaways, and much more.’The show organiser, Hamerville Media Group, hopes to deliver a show to cater for all abilities. In 2016, the expo will once again feature a busy schedule of interactive coaching seminars, enabling visitors to learn from some of the best coaches in the business. At the 2016 event, Clif Bar will be presenting a seminar on sports nutrition, which ‘promises to be a great source of information for triathletes of all abilities.’The main stage at 2016’s event will again be hosted by Mark Foster, former World Champion swimmer turned TV commentator. Mark will be sharing his wealth of knowledge and introducing special guests, including IRONMAN athlete Joe Skipper, World Duathlon Bronze Medallist Mark Buckingham and 2012 Olympian, Lucy Hall.The organizers add that, ‘Perhaps the most exciting addition to the 2016 expo is an indoor 800m racing track, which will play host to a series of cycling and running races throughout the three-day event.’The programme of bike racing includes an elite race, men’s cat 1-3, corporate challenges, and a junior race; while the running event, in association with Events of the North (a company run by Steve Cram), will see ‘thousands of runners take on the iconic one mile distance on the track which snakes around the Expo halls.’A release from Hamerville notes that the 2016 show looks set to be ‘bigger and better than ever before, with a larger audience than last year expected, as well as an increase in the number of local club athletes.’ Hamerville adds that the addition of the indoor track and racing events will ‘ensure an even larger captive audience of discerning triathletes, cyclists and runners.’www.triexpo.co.uk Relatedlast_img read more

Going the distance: new Zoot Makai race shoe for 2016

first_img Related For the 2016 race season, Zoot Sports is presenting a new racing shoe for runners and triathletes alike: the Makai, a neutral trainer positioned as being suitable for all distances.Zoot notes that the unique sole construction makes the Makai attractive for a broad range of runners, and weighing only 265g (US size 9) it is lightweight. With convenience in mind, the Zoot Makai comes with both the Quicklace lacing system and traditional laces.The new Zoot Makai shoes will commence shipping in February 2016. In the UK, the recommended retail price (RRP) is £115, with an RRP of US$135 in the US.Zoot was ‘born in Kona, Hawaii, but has grown up at the beautiful beaches of California.’ The design and the name of the Makai pay homage to the journey of the brand: ‘Makai’ means ‘towards the sea’, symbolizing the move of the Zoot headquarters to Carlsbad in California.The shoe design is ‘bold and wild’. The Makai sports a midsole with an 8 mm offset and comes with two different degrees of cushioning. As a result, Zoot points out that the trainer is suitable for multiple weight categories and adapts to individual running style and performance level.Z-Bound inserts at the heel area absorb shock while ‘keeping the dynamics and versatility of the Makai.’ In addition, fore- and midfoot runners benefit from ZVA, Zoot’s trademark EVA, and a ‘phenomenal rebound’.While the upper is constructed of breathable mesh, the three-dimensional heel cup keeps the heel securely in its place.A release from Zoot adds, ‘Due to its great success in the world of triathlon, we have integrated the BareFit technology that provides you with ultimate comfort and a seamless internal fit even without socks.’Particularly handy for triathletes, Zoot delivers the Makai both with traditional lacing and the Quicklace system (including Z-Lock, an elastic strap making sure no loose laces disturb the running stride). Quicklace facilitates quick shoe application and removal and can be used for transition from bike to run, or for other types of stand-alone run races.The Makai outsole provides stability and aims to create a smooth transition through the entire run stride ‘with just the right amount of guidance.’ Zoot has also added high traction carbon rubber at the heel area in order to make the Makai as resilient and durable as possible.Zoot Sports was founded as ‘the world’s first triathlon brand’ on Hawaii in 1983. The brand focuses on providing athletes with performance footwear, apparel, wetsuits, and accessories. In the mid-90s, Zoot moved to Carlsbad, California. Inspired by the Californian way of life, a second, independent product line was born. Zoot Running footwear and apparel combines the brand’s technological expertise with relaxed surfer styling. Zoot is part of the K2 Sports Group.www.zootsports.comlast_img read more

Alliance Residential Named No. 9 Apartment Management Co. in US

first_imgAlliance Residential was recently named to the National Multi Housing Council’s (NMHC) 2014 NMHC 50 list of the nation’s largest apartment owners and managers.Moving up a spot from last year’s NMHC 50 ranking, Alliance is the 9th largest apartment management company in the nation with more than 71,000 units. Now in its 25th year, the NMHC 50 is a key resource for industry observers.“We are thrilled to be among the largest multifamily organizations in the country ranking on these important industry lists. We are equally proud of the best-in-class amenities, sustainable initiatives and innovative technologies we are incorporating in our extensive and growing portfolio,” said Brad Cribbins, Alliance’s COO/Executive Vice President.Alliance continues to grow, and is actively seeking management, development and acquisition opportunities. Headquartered in Phoenix, the company has 22 regional offices divided among six regions throughout the U.S. with a presence in 19 states (including Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington). Over the past 14 years, Alliance has become one of the largest private apartment owners and management companies in the nation, boasting a $9.0+ billion portfolio and 71,000 units in 27 metropolitan markets.last_img read more

Beef producer adds testing for non-O157 E coli strains

first_img Beef Products, Inc. (BPI), based in Dakota Dunes, S.D., said in a press release that now that test methods have been developed for the six strains, it will include them in its test-and-hold program. It said the beef products will be sold or used for raw ground beef only if tests show no contamination for E coli O157:H7 and the additional E coli strains. Meat producers are bracing for future federal monitoring of the strains, according to an earlier report. “While this additional testing will add significantly to the cost of BPI’s current hold and test program, our decision to voluntarily start this testing is consistent with our overall commitment to food safety and quality,” he said. Currently E coliO157:H7 is the only strain classified by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an adulterant in ground beef, but other strains, known as “the big six,” have emerged as food safety threats in recent years. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists sixnon-O157 Shiga-toxin producing E coli (STEC) strains that are pathogenic for humans: O26, O111, O103, O121, O45, and O145. The agency says O26, O11, and O103 are the non-O157 strains that most commonly cause illness in the United States. Jul 15, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – A South Dakota beef company yesterday announced that it would become the first processor to incorporate testing for six lesser-known pathogenic Escherichia coli strains into its food safety program. Nov 2, 2010, CIDRAP News Scan Jul 14 Marler Blog post US Rep Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who has often worked on food safety legislation, yesterday commended BPI for its decision to test for the six additional E coli strains. “Beef Products, Inc. is the world’s largest producer of lean beef products and has taken a leading step in protecting American consumers from Shiga toxin-producing E coli,” she said in a press release. “We know that these types of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E coli are dangerous, causing over 100,000 illnesses every year in the United States.” Food safety advocates have repeatedly pushed the USDA to classify pathogenic non-O157 strains as adulterants and test for them. The USDA is considering whether to regulate the six strains in beef products and has made progress on validating new tests to detect them. A rule to regulate the strains is under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).center_img Bill Marler, a foodborne illness attorney based in Seattle, said in his blog yesterday that the Obama administration, the USDA, and the OMB have run out of excuses for not declaring the six E coli strains as adulterants. “It is good to see that someone (BPI and others) in the meat industry have risen to the challenge,” he wrote. In October 2009 Marler filed a petition asking the federal government to classify the six additional E coli strains as adulterants. Jul 14 Beef Products, Inc. press release BPI said in its press release that new tests can detect the strain and that a sufficient supply of testing kits is now available. See also: Craig Letch, director of quality assurance for BPI, said in the statement, “The recent situation in Europe convinced us that it was time to add tests for these other potentially harmful pathogens now. “Europe’s outbreak, centered in Germany with a cluster in France, is linked to fenugreek sprout seeds thought to be contaminated with the rare E coli O104:H4 strain. CDC information on E coli O157 and other STEC strainslast_img read more

New development director for Heron as prelet secured at The Peak

first_imgEvans joins from residential developer First Base where he was a development director. He has also previously worked at Australian developer Lend Lease and has carried out a range of property developments across Asia. Peak performanceHe will be responsible for Heron’s developments including Stone House, part of the Heron Plaza development in the City of London, and The Peak in Victoria. Gerald Ronson, chief executive at Heron International, said: ‘Steven brings a wealth of experience and will play a key role in the development of Stone House, a major component in the overall Heron Plaza project, and The Peak, in a prime central London location.’Heron and joint venture development partner Co-operative Insurance Society also announced today they had secured a prelet to Halifax, part of HBOS at its118,000 sq ft The Peak scheme in Victoria. Halifax has taken the ground floor and the basement, totalling 18,840 sq ft, immediately opposite Victoria Station and Cardinal Place. Halifax has agreed a 15-year lease at the scheme which is being jointly marketed by CB Richard Ellis and DTZ. It is due to complete next spring.last_img read more

Accessory Apartments On The Table

first_imgSouthampton Town leaders have been talking about the need to provide more affordable housing for years. On Thursday, June 7, as the town board took its first look at legislation that would ease restrictions on affordable accessory apartments, especially in areas with higher real estate values, board members learned it could be a little more difficult than they at first thought.“The thing we all agree on is we have a crisis,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who made increasing the number of affordable accessory apartments a priority shortly after taking office in 2016. “There is this clock ticking, and as that clock ticks, more people are leaving our community.”A law currently on the books allows property owners who have at least three-quarters of an acre to apply for an accessory apartment through a permitting process. In the 18 years that law has been in effect, only 352 accessory apartments have been created — and those apartments are not subject to any price controls, town Planning and Land Use Administrator Kyle Collins told the board.Under a new proposal that was presented by Assistant Town Attorney Kara Bak and Housing and Community Development Director Diana Weir, the town would allow properties as small as 15,000 square feet to be eligible for an accessory apartment with the caveat that landlords would have to enroll them in the town’s affordable housing program and cap rents based on federal guidelines.The restrictions would only be eased in hamlets where the median home price was higher than the townwide median price.That element of the law immediately drew the objection of Councilwoman Christine Scalera, the sole Republican on the board, who questioned whether limiting affordable rentals to only those areas with higher property values would violate federal fair housing standards.Although Bak said the legislation was aiming to promote affordable housing in the eastern half of town, where it is needed the most, Scalera asked, “Can you do that in a constitutional way?”Scalera said she was also concerned that easing the lot-size restriction for accessory apartments could open the door to a flood of applications because, she said, it could make up to 9000 lots in town eligible. “It’s a truly significant increase in density, a downzoning,” she said.She also questioned how the town, which she said already has problems enforcing the code, would be able to keep up with the new demand on its resources.When Scalera suggested that Hampton Bays is “already overrun” by illegal apartments, Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni accused her of exaggerating. “Watch your rhetoric,” he said.Although Schiavoni said he had some concerns with the impact of accessory apartments on neighbors, and suggested the town might want to create a review board to oversee the permitting practice, he said there was a clear need for more affordable housing. “Let’s not let perfect get in the way of good,” he said.The supervisor also disagreed with Scalera’s take, arguing that her figures were “grossly inflated,” although she stood by her numbers. He also disputed her contention that the law would violate fair housing standards, arguing that it is intended to target an imbalance that currently has most of the town’s affordable housing concentrated west of the Shinnecock Canal.The proposed law could be amended, Schneiderman added, to limit the number of permits that could be given in any year to 25 or 50. If the town board didn’t like the way the program was working, it could simply refuse to issue more permits,” he said.Councilwoman Julie Lofstad said even though the current law would not include Hampton Bays there may be people living in that hamlet who might want to take advantage of a such a program to be able to stay in their homes. The town has to be ready to hire more code enforcement officers to conduct inspections, she added.Councilman John Bouvier supported the measure, but said the town needs to also to look at the need to provide housing for seasonal workers.He added that if board members are concerned about code enforcement, they could require that inspections be conducted with each two-year lease and possibly catch problems before they grow too serious.The board asked Bak and Weir to continue working on the law and agreed to discuss it again at a future work [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Space-Based RF Geoanalytics Company Launching its Second Cluster of Satellites

first_imgHawkEye 360 Inc, a company that used formation flying satellites to create new class of RF data and data analytics, has announced it has successfully completed environmental testing of its second cluster of three satellites. This significant milestone for HawkEye Cluster 2 clears the way to prepare for launch, which is scheduled for late 2020.HawkEye Cluster 2 will join the company’s first cluster of satellites that were launched in December 2018, doubling the size of HawkEye 360’s constellation. This is the first cluster in a series of next generation satellites that will improve revisit rates and bring increasingly robust RF data insights to US and international customers to inform their decision-making processes.HawkEye 360 has five more clusters of satellites fully financed and under development for launch in 2021 and early 2022. This growing constellation identifies and precisely geolocates a broad set of RF signals from emitters such as VHF marine radios, UHF push-to-talk radios, maritime radar systems, AIS beacons, L-band satellite devices, emergency beacons and more. HawkEye 360 processes and analyzes this data using proprietary algorithms and machine-learning tools to deliver actionable insights to customers.HawkEye Cluster 2 Features Significant Advancements Including:Improved Capability: The satellites contain a new and improved software-defined radio (SDR) that can tune to a wide range of frequencies and gather higher-resolution signal data to deliver quality results to customers.Greater Accuracy: With powerful updated on-board computing, the satellites can process data at a faster rate, leading to increased geolocations with an even greater degree of accuracy, so customers receive the best possible RF geospatial intelligence.Simultaneous Collection: The satellites can simultaneously collect multiple signals over a single region for enhanced analytics that help customers make more informed decisions.According to HawkEye 360’s Chief Executive, Officer John Serafini, HawkEye 360’s investment to advance the field of space-based RF geoanalytics isn’t just about defense and intelligence missions, but it’s also about protecting global commons by identifying and tracking illicit activities such as illegal fishing, human trafficking, and animal poaching. In just 18 months, the company’s first cluster has tracked 20 million geolocations and signals of interest to feed growing demand from civil service and defense clients around the world.HawkEye 360 built the RF payloads, which UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) integrated into the satellite bus. SFL conducted the environmental testing efforts, which included vibration, thermal vacuum, and electromagnetic interference testing. These tests simulate the environment the satellites will encounter in space. The next step is to prepare the satellites for launch integration.Each new cluster increases HawkEye 360’s capacity to collect more data that can be processed, analyzed and delivered as relevant and robust data insights, says HawkEye 360’s Chief Operating Officer, Rob Rainhart. According to him, the highly advanced HawkEye Cluster 2  satellites can capture multiple signal layers at once to create a more accurate and detailed visual of activity and then bring that data down in a shorter period of time for customers’ benefit.last_img read more

Pengemudi Uber Diamankan Polisi Setelah Tembak Mati Penumpang

first_imgMichael Andre Hancock, pengemudi Uber yang diamankan pihak kepolisian Denver, diduga menembak mati penumpang (news.sky.com) Seorang pengemudi Uber diamankan pihak kepolisian kota Denver pada Jumat (1/6/2018) karena dicurigai melakukan pembunuhan tingkat pertama dengan menembak mati korbannya. Diketahui korban bernama Hyun Kim berusia 45 tahun yang juga merupakan penumpang layanan ride sharing tersebut.Baca juga: Dianggap Ilegal, Pengemudi Uber di Hong Kong Harus Bayar Denda Rp5,3 JutaKabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman nypost.com (2/6/2018), pada Jumat pagi sebelum pukul 03.00 pagi waktu setempat, seorang saksi menelepon pihak kepolisian dari Interstate 25 di kota Colorado. Saksi tersebut melaporkan ada seorang pengemudi Uber yang mengatakan saat dalam perjalanan mengantarkan penumpangnya, si pengemudi diserang dan kemudian menembaknya. Sayangnya saat sampai di tempat kejadian, polisi tak sempat menyelamatkan nyawa korban yang tergeletak di lantai kursi penumpang depan mobil sedan tersebut. Dalam dokumen yang dibuat anggota kepolisian, mobil diketahui berhenti dan terparkir lurus searah jalan raya tersebut.Kemudian, polisi menangkap pengemudi bernama Michael Andre Hancock di tempat kejadian tanpa kejelasan yang pasti tentang statusnya. Namun, saat diamankan, Hancock sempat mengalami sesak napas dan dilarikan ke rumah sakit untuk mendapatkan perawatan.Tak hanya mengamankan Hancock, pihak kepolisian juga menemukan 10 selongsong peluru kaliber 40 di bahu jalan dan beberapa tanda peluru di sekitar tempat ditemukannya korban.“Kami sangat terganggu oleh peristiwa di Denver hari ini. Dia adalah pengemudi kontrak yang sudah bekerja sama dengan kami selama tiga tahun. Pikiran kami adalah dengan keluarga mereka yang terlibat, akses mengemudi ke aplikasi pun telah dihapus. Kami juga akan terus bekerja sama dengan polisi,” ujar seorang juru bicara Uber.Baca juga: Uber Hadirkan Fitur Keamanan Untuk Penumpang dan PengemudiSelain insiden ini, pada Desember 2017, polisi Lebanon mengamankan seorang pengemudi Uber karena membunuh pekerja kedutaan Inggris Rebecca Dykes setelah percobaan perkosaan selama perjalanan. Dua tahun lalu, polisi negara bagian Michigan Amerika Serikat, menuduh seorang pengemudi Uber dengan enam tuduhan pembunuhan setelah dia diduga melakukan pembunuhan massal secara acak saat melewati kota Kalamazoo.Sedangkan pada November 2017 lalu, Komisi Utilitas Publik Colorado sempat mendenda Uber US$8,9 juta atau setara dengan Rp123 miliar karena memberikan izin pada 57 pengemudi yang tidak memiliki lisensi mengemudi yang valid setelah melakukan pelanggaran dan harusnya mendiskualifikasi mereka.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedUber Eats, Serasa Tak Percaya Diri Masuk ke Pasar Indonesia27/02/2018In “Basis Aplikasi”Banyak Pengemudi Ilegal, TfL Tolak Perpanjangan Izin Uber di London, Bagaimana di Indonesia?28/11/2019In “Basis Aplikasi”Banyak Kasus Pelecehan, Inikah Momen Taksi Online Perketat Penerimaan Pengemudi?14/06/2017In “Basis Aplikasi”last_img read more