Weekly unemployment claims continue to climb

first_imgWeek Ending February 28, 2009. There were 1,543 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 242 from the week before. Altogether 18,255 new and continuing claims were filed, 822 more than a week ago and 6,891 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,804 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 957 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 898 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program. 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

The dice men

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UK pensions regulator given power to oversee master trusts

first_imgThe announcement comes after repeated calls from the regulator to grant it further powers to scrutinise the master trust market, which has been taking in the vast majority of new pension savers enrolled into an occupational scheme as the UK continues with its auto-enrolment reforms.Andrew Warwick-Thompson, executive director for regulatory policy at TPR, has previously told IPE the growing number of master trusts – estimated to be more than 100, with 73 active – needed to be restricted.“We need to think very hard about how we prevent more master trusts coming into the market, and what we do with those that struggle to reach any kind of sustainable level of business in the next year or so,” he said in January.In April, he then hinted that a licensing regime might be forthcoming. However, Altmann said in an interview with IPE in early May she was opposed to the idea of restricting the number of master trusts.“Let a thousand flowers bloom,” she said. “I am happy for as many master trusts to set up as want to as long as members’ money is protected – and there are proper controls on who can set them up and what they can do.”Tom Barton of law firm Pinsent Masons questioned whether the greater powers granted TPR came too late.“There are already very large numbers of master trusts up and running and taking in contributions,” he said.“This looks like a fairly belated attempt to create a barrier to entry – unless it is to apply to existing schemes, too.”Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon UK, echoed Barton’s call for the stricter entry requirements to be retrospective.“All existing master trusts must demonstrate they meet the new criteria or have plans in place to achieve them within a reasonable timeframe,” she said.“This should give confidence to all pension savers.”IPE’s full interview with Ros Altmann will be published in the upcoming June issue of IPE The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) is to be granted greater powers to regulate the growing master trust market under plans announced by government.The government, unveiling its legislative agenda for the next year as part of the Queen’s Speech, confirmed its earlier pledge to change the way the market is regulated. Although not directly mentioned by the British monarch during her speech to Parliament, the forthcoming Pensions Bill will also cap early-exit fees charged by trust-based pension providers.Pensions minister Ros Altmann said the bill would provide “essential protections” for members of master trusts, with any new master trusts entering the market expected to meet “strict new criteria”, according to the government.last_img read more

The trending design terms you need to know

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Rodgers: No bid for Skrtel

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims the club have not received any approach for defender Martin Skrtel. It has been reported that Napoli, now managed by Skrtel’s former Reds boss Rafael Benitez, have had a £10million offer for the Slovakia international turned down by the Anfield club. Rodgers says that was news to him and he would have been informed had a bid been made. Rodgers said: “I feel for big Seba. He has obviously played in the latter part of that game and picked up a similar injury to what Martin Skrtel had last year. It is probably going to rule him out for most of the season, which is a big problem. “He’s never given me a moment’s problem since I came in here. This was probably a year where he needed to go out and play. This has unfortunately put an end to that.” One move Liverpool have made in the transfer market this week is to sign Valencia’s French left-back Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan. The 25-year-old, who has one France cap and has previously played for Lyon and Porto, brings strength to a position in which Rodgers only had Jose Enrique to call upon. Rodgers said: “I think he provides competition for Enrique. He is a player with experience. A few years back he went for 15million euros (£12.8million). He is a player with qualities. “The idea was to build a squad and to make it competitive. It was important to bring in someone so that if anything happens to Jose he can come straight into the team, and to fight for the position. “Hopefully that will get the best out of both of them.” When asked if there had been an approach, Rodgers said: “No, not at all. I haven’t been told anything about that whatsoever. It was mentioned this morning but it is the first I have heard of it. “Ian Ayre, our managing director, does a terrific job and he always informs me straight away of anything. I haven’t heard anything.” Skrtel, 28, appeared to fall out of favour last season and faces increased competition for his place this term following the summer signing of Kolo Toure. But with fringe player Sebastian Coates suffering a serious knee injury playing for Uruguay last week, Rodgers says he may even need to strengthen in central defence. Rodgers said: “I think it is something we are looking at certainly, a player to come in in that position. One to strengthen the squad and two to allow some of our younger players to develop. “I think to maximise Andre Wisdom’s talent we need to get him some games and the idea is to get him out on loan. We can only do that if I get in someone with more experience to support the group.” Wisdom, 20, showed potential when operating at right-back last season but with Glen Johnson first choice in that position he did play in central defence in pre-season. Coates, 22, has failed to establish himself since his arrival two years ago and had been linked with a move away before his injury. Press Associationlast_img read more

Shead girls, Machias boys among basketball teams in state championship games

first_imgELLSWORTH — The George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island boys brought regional titles back to Hancock County on Saturday, but the Eagles and Trojans weren’t the only teams from Downeast Maine to cut down the nets over the weekend.Washington County’s Shead Tigerettes and Machias Bulldogs both beat Southern Aroostook on Saturday to win the girls’ and boys’ Class D North titles, respectively. Shead (19-2) will face Vinalhaven (17-4) for the state championship at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Cross Insurance Center, and Machias (20-1) will face Greenville (20-1) at 2:50.Elsewhere around the state, the four No. 1 seeds in Maine’s largest class size will compete for Class AA titles at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday. Oxford Hills (19-1) faces Gorham (20-0) for the girls’ title at 6:05, and Portland (18-2) will battle South Portland (17-3) for the boys’ crown at 9:05.Both Messalonskee teams won Class A North titles Friday. The No. 1 girls’ team (21-0) will face Brunswick (18-3) at 1 on Saturday in Augusta, and the boys’ team (16-5) will face Greely (21-0) there following the conclusion of the girls’ game. The Messalonskee boys’ win over Oceanside marked the team’s first regional championship in school history.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn Class B, Kolleen Bouchard and the Houlton girls (20-1) will go for their third consecutive state title against the Gray-New Gloucester Patriots (20-1) on Friday, March 3, in Augusta. The Dexter girls (16-6), who upset both Stearns and GSA in the Class C North tournament, will face Monmouth (18-3) at the Cross Center at 7:05 on Saturday.last_img read more

Australia retain Ashes after Old Trafford triumph

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Australia retained the Ashes after beating England by 185 runs at Old Trafford on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the series with just one Test remaining.England, who resumed on 18-2, were bowled out for 197 on the final day with Australia seamer Pat Cummins taking four for 43.Australia’s victory, with 81 balls remaining, was a convincing one but England’s spirit cannot be criticised as they fought until the final hour in their attempt to save the test and keep the series alive.The tourists lead 2-1 going into this week’s final test at The Oval where they hope to become the first Australian team to win an Ashes series in England since 2001.Steve Smith, whose magnificent double century and then second innings 82 were the key factors in this win and whose batting throughout the series has ensured the Ashes remain in Australian hands, was delighted.“It feels amazing to know the urn is coming home. I’ve been here a few times when things haven’t gone our way. This was always one to tick off my bucket list. It’s extremely satisfying,” he said.The main early resistance from England came from Joe Denly who made 53 from 123 balls and Jos Buttler, who lasted 111 balls for his 34.England’s hopes of an unlikely escape-act rose when Jack Leach and Craig Overton batted for over an hour giving the crowd belief over a second ‘miracle’ after the comeback win at Headingley.But part-time leg spinner Marnus Labuschagne finally removed Leach, with a ball that turned sharply in the rough and was gloved to Matthew Wade at short leg.Overton batted with sense, stoicism and a strong technique, but he was trapped lbw by Josh Hazlewood to set off the Australian celebrations.“I didn’t think it would be this emotional,” said Australia captain Tim Paine.“The amount of work that’s gone in to retain the Ashes has been enormous and I’m really proud of this group and how we bounced back from Headingley,” he added.England captain Joe Root told the BBC: “I’m bitterly disappointed. I thought the way we fought today, the character we showed, every single one of them can be proud of that today.“To come so close to taking it to The Oval is hard to take. We’ve still got to look forward and make sure we level the series.”TURNING POINT England will look back on the second day of this Test as the turning point when they simply could find no way to remove Smith and Australia’s 497-8 declared gave them an advantage that they were unable to seriously challenge.The final day was never going to be a run-chase of Headingley vintage, given the target of 383, with England’s task simply to survive until the close.That challenge was made all the more difficult after they lost Jason Roy and Ben Stokes before lunch.Roy was well set before the impressive Cummins bowled him for 31 with a beautiful delivery that cut back off the seam to leave England at 66-3.The crowd rose to welcome Stokes, the hero of England’s last day triumph at Headingley, but there was to be no repeat performance from the all-rounder.Another fine delivery from Cummins clipped the inside edge of Stokes’s bat and was well taken by wicketkeeper Paine, the England batsman not waiting for the umpire’s verdict as he walked off.Denly had been the pick of England’s batsmen before he was outdone by sharp turn and bounce from spinner Nathan Lyon, the ball striking his glove and being snaffled up by Labuschagne at short leg.Jonny Bairstow (25) was lbw to Mitchell Starc before Overton came in to join Buttler, in what was probably England’s last realistic chance of a big partnership.But Buttler misjudged a delivery from Hazlewood which he left only to see it cut back sharply and clatter into his off-stump.Australia keep the Ashes, which they won on home turf last year and it is the first time they have retained the urn since the end of their long period of domination in 2002.There is though plenty left to play for when the teams meet again at The Oval on Thursday — England could level the series while Australia will be desperate to ensure they go home as winners.AUSTRALIA  1st innings 497 for 8 declaredEngland  1st innings Rory Burns      c Steven Smith b Josh Hazlewood           81 Joe Denly       c Matthew Wade b Pat Cummins               4 Craig Overton   c Steven Smith b Josh Hazlewood            5 Joe Root        lbw Josh Hazlewood                        71 Jason Roy       b Josh Hazlewood                          22 Ben Stokes      c Steven Smith b Mitchell Starc           26 Jonny Bairstow  b Mitchell Starc                          17 Jos Buttler     b Pat Cummins                             41 Jofra Archer    c Tim Paine b Pat Cummins                  1 Stuart Broad    b Mitchell Starc                           5 Jack Leach      Not Out                                    4 Extras          4b 11lb 4nb 0pen 5w                       24 Total           (107.0 overs)                    301 all outFall of Wickets : 1-10 Denly, 2-25 Overton, 3-166 Burns, 4-175 Root, 5-196 Roy, 6-228 Bairstow, 7-243 Stokes, 8-256 Archer, 9-283 Broad, 10-301 Buttler Bowling:    M. Starc  22  – 7 – 80 –  3, J. Hazlewood  25 –  6 – 57 –  4  (1nb), Cummins 24 – 6 – 60 –  3  (1w 3nb), N.Lyon     36 –  4 – 89 –  0 .  ……………………………………………………. AUSTRALIA  2nd innings David Warner        lbw Stuart Broad                        0 Marcus Harris       lbw Stuart Broad                        6 Marnus Labuschagne  lbw Jofra Archer                       11 Steven Smith        c Ben Stokes b Jack Leach              82 Travis Head         b Jofra Archer                         12 Matthew Wade        c Jonny Bairstow b Jofra Archer        34 Tim Paine           Not Out                                23 Mitchell Starc      Not Out                                 3 Extras              5b 2lb 1nb 0pen 7w                     15 Total               (42.5 overs)                     186 declFall of Wickets : 1-0 Warner, 2-16 Harris, 3-24 Labuschagne, 4-44 Head, 5-149 Smith, 6-158 WadeDid Not Bat : Cummins, Hazlewood, Lyon Bowling :   S. Broad    14 –  4 – 54 –  2  (1w),J. Archer    14 –  2 – 45 –  3  (1nb), Overton 5.5 –  1 – 22 –  0 ( 2w) J.Leach     9 –  0 – 58 –  1.ENGLAND  2nd innings Rory Burns      c Travis Head b Pat Cummins                    0 Joe Denly       c Marnus Labuschagne b Nathan Lyon            53 Joe Root        b Pat Cummins                                  0 Jason Roy       b Pat Cummins                                 31 Ben Stokes      c Tim Paine b Pat Cummins                      1 Jonny Bairstow  lbw Mitchell Starc                            25 Jos Buttler     b Josh Hazlewood                              34 Craig Overton   lbw Josh Hazlewood                            21 Jofra Archer    lbw Nathan Lyon                                1 Jack Leach      c Matthew Wade b Marnus Labuschagne           12 Stuart Broad    Not Out                                        0 Extras          9b 8lb 2nb 0pen 0w                            19 Total           (91.3 overs)                         197 all outFall of Wickets : 1-0 Burns, 2-0 Root, 3-66 Roy, 4-74 Stokes, 5-93 Denly, 6-138 Bairstow, 7-172 Buttler, 8-173 Archer, 9-196 Leach, 10-197 Overton Bowling: P. Cummins    24 –  9 – 43   4  (2nb), J. Hazlewood      17.3 –  5 – 31 –  2, Lyon 29 – 12 – 51 –  2,  M. Starc   16 –  2 – 46   1, Marnus Labuschagne     4 –  1 –  9 –  1,last_img read more

Plateau Rocks, Customs, Army Win Opening Games

first_imgZENITH WOMEN B’BALL LEAGUEThe 2019 Zenith Women Basketball League that started at the weekend across four centres, has produced interesting results with top teams maintaining their pedigree in the game.Savannah Zone which has Abuja and Zaria as centres have been very lively since Friday as Plateau Rocks, Customs and Nigerian Army winning three games in first three matches. In Abuja, Plateau Rocks whipped Black Gold 57- 44, defeated Benue Princess 44 -33 and also walloped FCT Wings 49-22.Also in Abuja, Nigerian Customs defeated Nasarawa Amazons 64-28, beat Air Warriors Babes 63-55 and also defeated Kanem Queens of Borno 57-20 in their first three games.The National Stadium Package B and the Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment are the venues for the Abuja centre.Still in the Savannah Zone games, Nigerian Army have been fantastic with 100 per cent record recorded so far in three matches decided in Zaria.The women army team was ruthless with a 76-22 victory margin recorded against Equity Angels. The second game against GT 2000 was won 64-45 while the third game ended 57-38 against Exousia Angels.The Ibadan Centre on Monday observed a rest day after the weekend hostilities.A total of 27 teams are competing in this year’s competition which is witnessing a new format under the leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Musa Kida.It is expected that 144 matches will be decided in the four centres at the end of proceedings on August 1.“We anticipate a more competitive event with more participation this year and we also expect that this will help in the discovery of more talents and better development of the game across the country,” Kida said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rowers make annual trip to Michigan

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s crew team closes out its fall season by traveling to Michigan Sunday to compete in the 2005 Heritage River Fall Classic Regatta.The Badgers are coming off a stellar weekend in Iowa where the rowers won all six races they competed in at the Head of the Iowa.”I thought it was a pretty successful trip,” senior captain Ryan Larson said. “We’re proving that we are one of the top teams in the Midwest.”Head coach Chris Clark is happy to see this year’s team succeeding after the struggles of past years.”This is the first time in three years that I felt we are moving in that other direction,” Clark said.The annual trip to Michigan has typically been an opportunity for the freshmen to get a chance to race and this year is no different. A few varsity members will make the trip, but the majority of the team will be first-year rowers.”It’s perfect for first-year guys (and) a great opportunity to gain some experience,” Clark said.A number of schools from the Midwest are scheduled to compete Sunday with the main competition coming from Grand Valley State and Northern Michigan. The University of Chicago, the Ann Arbor Rowing Club, and boat clubs from Detroit and Wyandotte are also scheduled for the same races as Wisconsin.The Badgers will race in the novice men’s four and eight and also in the open men’s four and eight.Even though it will be mostly freshmen racing Sunday, a drop-off in success is not expected.”They are definitely a strong class,” Larson said. “I think they will do just fine.”Clark is even more confident than his captain.”I’m excited by this freshmen class,” Clark said. “I expect them to win every race they enter Sunday.”Clark also thinks most of their competition should come from their own boats.One freshman to keep an eye on this weekend is Peter Helfer. Clark compares him to former Badger football great Jim Leonhard in that Helfer is a lot smaller than your typical rower.”He’s just a killer,” Clark said. “He makes the whole team better because the other guys don’t want to get out-rowed by the little guy.”After this weekend the Badgers go into a five-month period with no competition. Clark wants to see the team close out the season with a strong performance.”It’s important, psychology’s so important to these men,” Clark said. “The more you win, the more you get used to it.”last_img read more

Syracuse blows out Maine to stay unbeaten

first_img Published on November 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu For the second time in five days, Syracuse beat its opponent by more than 50 points. The Orange defeated Maine (3-2) in convincing fashion, 97-42, on Sunday in front of 368 in the Carrier Dome. In a true team effort, 11 players scored for SU (5-0) and 11 players played more than 10 minutes. “Today we did a really good job getting out in transition and getting easy baskets up and down the floor,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said during his postgame press conference. “I’m really happy with the way we played overall. We had nine turnovers, 27 offensive rebounds, and did a very, very good job getting 35 points off turnovers, 42 points in the paint and forcing 27 turnovers.”Freshman center Briana Day had the best showing of her young career with 13 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs. Sophomore guards Brittney Sykes and Brianna Butler combined for 34 points to lead the Orange to another blowout victory. “I’ve been struggling over the past four games with just taking my time and slowing down, but I definitely did that tonight,” Day said during the postgame press conference. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse began the game on a 12-0 run, sandwiched by 3-pointers from Butler and Isabella Slim. Rachel Coffey had three assists during the stretch and finished with a game-high five. After Maine guard Sophie Weckstrom hit a jump shot just under four minutes in to end the shutout, SU went on another substantial run. The Orange scored the next 15 points to extend its lead to 27-2. Butler had two more 3s, along with a 3-pointer from La’Shay Taft. “We were just getting open shots and knocking them down,” Butler said during the postgame press conference. “(La’Shay) and I were just on fire today.”Maine guard Courtney Anderson hit a 3 to end the streak, but SU went on a 24-8 run to end the half. Taft drained a 3-pointer with eight seconds to go to give the Orange a 51-13 halftime lead. The second half was more of the same. Syracuse totaled 29 points from non-starters while both Day and Sykes scored nine points. SU will now travel to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to play in the Paradise Jam. The Orange will play Texas on Thursday, Memphis on Friday and Texas A&M on Saturday. All games will be at 8:15 p.m. “That was our goal,” Hillsman said. “To get to the Virgin Islands undefeated. So, so far so good.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more