Applications for US unemployment aid rise to highest in 10 weeks though

WASHINGTON – More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low.The Labor Department says that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, the most since late June. Still, the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose just 750 to 304,000. The average is 7.1 per cent lower than it was a year ago.The data covers the week ended Sept. 6, which included the Labor Day holiday. Unemployment benefits data can be more volatile around holidays.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The four-week average fell to a seven-year low of 293,750 last month. Generally, fewer applications indicate employers are holding onto their staffs. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2014 6:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Applications for US unemployment aid rise to highest in 10 weeks, though trend remains low read more

Creative directors behind SickKids VS campaign to speak at OMalley Lecture

The imagery is powerful. Emotional. Unforgettable. All are important attributes of a successful advertising campaign.The SickKids Foundation’s ‘VS’ campaign launched in 2016 was hailed as a massive success. It won awards and helped raise money and awareness for the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.Two men behind the campaign — Peter Ignazi and Carlos Moreno — will deliver the 17th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at Brock University.Ignazi and Moreno, from Cossette Communication, have twice made the Top 10 list of the most awarded copywriters and art directors in the world. In 2013, they were ranked as the No. 1 creative directors in Canada. In 2015, they joined Cossette, where they’ve worked on campaigns for McDonald’s, General Mills, TD Bank, SickKids and many others.The annual Terry O’Malley Lecture, along with the Grant Dobson Case Competition held with students earlier in the day, is hosted by Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film. The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.Created by St. Catharines native and advertising icon Terry O’Malley, the lecture honours O’Malley’s legacy as one of the most legendary creative talents in modern Canadian advertising. For the past 16 years, the lecture series has exposed Brock students to some of North America’s top marketing and business communicators.Complimentary tickets to the event are still available for faculty, staff, students and the Niagara community through the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film website.What: 17th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and AdvertisingWhen: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.Where: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock UniversityWho: Free tickets available to faculty, staff, students and the Niagara community read more

England beat West Indies in 4th ODI

(AFP) England beat West Indies by six runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method to win the rain-affected fourth one-day international at The Oval on Wednesday. Victory saw England take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with just Friday’s finale in Southampton to come.England, set 357 to win after West Indies made 356 for five, were 258 for five when rain stopped play 35.1 overs.Moeen Ali made a blistering 102 in England’s winThat left them just ahead of where they needed to be on D/L to win at that stage.Moeen Ali, who made a blistering 102 in England’s win in the fourth ODI in Bristol on Sunday, helped get England above the required run-rate with a dashing 48 not out.Together with Jos Buttler (43 not out), he put on an unbroken 77 in eight overs after recalled opener Jason Roy made 84 on his Surrey home ground.Defeat was cruel on the West Indies for whom Evin Lewis (176, retired hurt) and Alzarri Joseph (five for 56) produced ODI-best performances.West Indies 356-5, 50 overs (E Lewis 176 ret hurt, J Holder 77; C Woakes 3-71)England 258-5, 35.1 overs (J Roy 84; A Joseph 5-56)Result: England won by six runs (D/L method)Series: England leads the five-match series 3-0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLewis, Joseph denied by England’s late DLS dashSeptember 27, 2017In “Sports”England beat Windies as Bairstow’s hundred sets up stroll to 4-0September 29, 2017In “Sports”England complete big win over West IndiesFebruary 12, 2019In “latest news” read more

At least 254 dead including 43 children as toll from Colombian horror

first_imgAt least 254 dead, including 43 children, as toll from Colombian horror mudslide continues to climb The deadly landslide, which struck late on Friday evening, resulted from days of heavy rains. 4 Comments By AFP We offer our prayers for all of them. We send our condolences and the entire country’s sympathies to their families.More than 200 were injured in the disaster.Survivors and rescuers kept up a bleak search for victims in the muck and debris.Covered in mud, 38-year-old Marta Gomez told of going to search for her missing niece – and making a chilling find instead.“I went to look for her, but I couldn’t find her. I dug and dug and found what turned out to be a baby’s hand. It was horrible,” she said in a shelter set up for the newly homeless.As she stood in line waiting to register for government assistance for those who lost their houses, Gomez told AFP she had given up on finding her niece. Soldiers rescuing landslide victims in Mocoa on Saturday, 1 April Source: SIPA USA/PA Images“The mud took her away. I’ll never see her again,” she said, clinging to the leash of her equally muddy German shepherd.Rescuers worked in stifling heat under a cloudy sky in the remote Amazon town, the capital of the department of Putumayo.Debris left by the mudslides is everywhere: buried cars, uprooted trees, children’s toys and stray shoes sticking up out of the mud.Pope’s prayersThe torrent of mud, boulders and debris struck the town with little warning late on Friday after days of heavy rains that caused three area rivers to flood.It swept away homes, bridges, vehicles and trees, leaving piles of wrecked timber.Most of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the town of 40,000 are poor and populated with people uprooted during Colombia’s five-decade-long civil war.A “profoundly saddened” Pope Francis said he was praying for the victims.Santos declared an emergency to speed up aid operations.Health authorities said they had dispatched sanitation specialists in the hopes of preventing outbreaks of disease.Santos said four emergency water treatment plants would be set up “to avoid an epidemic and an even bigger public health crisis”.An unexpected offer of help also came from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the leftist rebel group engaged in a historic peace process with the government.It said FARC members were prepared to help rebuild the town.‘People screamed, others cried’Marta Ceballos, a 44-year-old street vendor, said she lost everything, but is thankful her family is alive.“Dear God, I don’t want to even remember that,” she said.To see how some people screamed, and others cried, ran, tried to flee in cars, on motorcycles, and how they were trapped in the mud. It’s all too, too difficult.“The only things I fortunately did not lose were my husband, my daughters and my nephews,” she said.Electricity and running water have yet to be restored to Mocoa. Local authorities said repairing the electrical substation would take time.There were reports of people looting stores searching for bottled water.“There are lots of people in the streets, lots of people displaced and many houses have collapsed,” retired Mocoa resident Hernando Rodriguez, 69, said by telephone.“There were no preparations” for such a disaster, he said.Several deadly landslides have struck Colombia in recent months.One example last November killed nine people in the rural southwestern town of El Tambo, officials said.The previous month, 10 people lost their lives in a mudslide in the north of the country.The Pacific rim of South America has been hard hit in recent months by floods and mudslides, with scores killed in Peru and Ecuador.© – AFP, 2017Read: Russian paper says gay men are being arrested and killed in ChechnyaRead: Six Irish children sent to psychiatric units abroad in last two years – but ‘no records exist’ before that Monday 3 Apr 2017, 7:09 AM Apr 3rd 2017, 7:09 AM 8,092 Views center_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos comforts a child affected by Friday’s mudslide in Mocoa Source: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA ImagesDEVASTATING MUDSLIDES IN the Colombian town of Mocoa have killed at least 254 people, including 43 children, President Juan Manuel Santos said as survivors described gruesome scenes amid the ruins.Santos, who traveled to the southern town to personally oversee relief operations, warned the toll could keep climbing.“Unfortunately, these are still preliminary figures,” he wrote on Twitter, after giving an earlier toll of 210. Share132 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Bob did his best Zimbabweans divided as State funeral held for Robert

first_img Mugabe’s coffin arrives for a state funeral for at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Image: Themba Hadebe/PA Images 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,508 Views ‘Bob did his best’: Zimbabweans divided as State funeral held for Robert Mugabe While Mugabe leaves a divided legacy, no expense was spared for his funeral in Harare today. By AFP Short URL Members of the public sing as they gather in the stands. Source: Ben Curtis/PA Images“You can’t talk about Zimbabwe without Bob. Zimbabwe is Bob. It took a man like Bob, his bravery, to get independence,” said Norman Gombera, 57, a school principal in Harare. “Bob did his best under the circumstances. There is no country without a problem.”Bitter legacyA young Mugabe was once jailed in the former British colony Rhodesia for his nationalist ideas. But he swept to power in the 1980 elections after a guerrilla war and sanctions forced the Rhodesian government to the negotiating table.Though still lauded as an African icon, at home many Zimbabweans will remember Mugabe more for the increasingly tyrannical rule and economic mismanagement that forced millions to flee the country during decades of crisis.Many are struggling to survive despite Mnangagwa’s vows of more investment and jobs in the post-Mugabe era.“The fruits of his tenure are the shortages. That is what we remember him for,” said Steven, a consultant shopping near the stadium.“He has made sure there is no opposition and he succeeded. There is no reason to go to his funeral.” Source: Ben CurtisMugabe’s funeral arrangements were caught up in a dispute between Mnangagwa and the family over where and when the former leader should be buried.The two parties yesterday finally agreed he should lie at National Heroes Acre monument. But the final ceremony would take place in about 30 days, once the new mausoleum was built for him there.The “heroes” monument, where more than 130 national figures are buried in black marble tombs, sits on a hilltop overlooking Harare. Mugabe’s first wife, Sally, is also buried there. Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa (centre). Source: Ben Curtis/PA ImagesHis family are still bitter over the role Mnangagwa played in his ouster and had pushed for Mugabe to be buried in his homestead of Zvimba, northwest of Harare.A former guerrilla who fought alongside Mugabe against colonial forces, Mnangagwa was fired as first vice president by Mugabe in 2017. Mugabe had branded him a “traitor”.Soon after, protesters took to the streets and military officers pressured Mugabe to step down in what was widely seen as a struggle between Mnangagwa’s faction and loyalists to Mugabe’s wife Grace inside the ruling ZANU-PF party.- © AFP 2019  Mugabe’s coffin arrives for a state funeral for at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 2:49 PM Image: Themba Hadebe/PA Images ZIMBABWE GAVE FORMER leader Robert Mugabe a state funeral today with African leaders paying tribute to a man they lauded as a liberation hero but whose 37-year rule was defined by repression and economic turmoil.Mugabe, who died in Singapore last week aged 95, left Zimbabwe deeply divided over his legacy with his country still struggling with high inflation and shortages of goods after decades of crisis.He died on an overseas medical trip almost two years after former army loyalists forced him out in 2017, following a power struggle over what was widely perceived as a bid to position his wife Grace as his successor.Former and current African leaders, including South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, arrived to crowds chanting and drumming liberation songs at the less than half-filled 60,000-seat national stadium in Harare.Mugabe’s casket, draped in the green, black, gold and red Zimbabwe flag, was marched slowly into the stadium, accompanied by a military band and an escort of officers. His wife Grace, in a black veil, and family followed behind. Women in the stands at the funeral. Source: Ben Curtis/PA ImagesAfrican leaders and officials from Cuba, Russia and China all praised Mugabe as a pan-African hero for his past as a colonial-era guerrilla leader.“We honour and remember our African icon. He had many allies and followers… Our motherland is in tears,” Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said.South African leader Ramaphosa’s speech was briefly interrupted by jeers and whistles from the crowds until he apologised for recent xenophobic attacks on African migrants, including Zimbabweans, in Johannesburg.Mugabe’s final burial at a national monument will only happen after a new mausoleum is built in about 30 days. That decision was taken after his family ended a dispute with Mnangagwa, a former ally who turned against his rule in 2017. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta delivers a speech. Source: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/PA ImagesMugabe’s body was returned from Singapore on Wednesday to a country he helped found as an anti-colonial rebel who helped end white-minority rule.Later, Mugabe turned to repression and fear to crush dissidents and govern for nearly four decades during which he become an international pariah for his takeover of white-owned farms. Sat 2:49 PM Share4 Tweet Email last_img read more

Prévoir la météo sur un an avec un algorithme

first_imgPrévoir la météo sur un an avec un algorithme ?Une hypothèse intéressante est en train de faire son chemin : il serait envisageable grâce à un algorithme, d’obtenir des prévisions météo jusqu’à 12 mois en avance.Quel temps fera t-il dans un an ? Avec les technologies actuelles, il est impossible de le prévoir mais des scientifiques ont développé une idée surprenante. En s’aidant d’un algorithme, il serait possible de prédire la météo jusqu’à 12 mois à l’avance. Improbable ? Pas tant que cela… Pour démontrer les grandes capacités de ces suites d’opérations, évoque notamment l’exemple du site de musique Pandora. Celui-ci est capable de prévoir le style de chansons que ses utilisateurs veulent écouter en passant au crible les composantes des chansons qu’ils aiment pour les retrouver dans d’autres morceaux. Il n’est donc pas si étonnant que le blog Freakonomics se soit interrogé au sujet des algorithmes et de leur usage possible dans des prévisions météo sur le long terme. Celui-ci révèle ainsi l’existence d’une petite entreprise nommée Weather Trends International qui a justement réussi ce tour de force en projetant des tendances de températures, de précipitations et de chutes de neige pouvant aller jusqu’à un an à l’avance partout dans le monde, et avec plus de 80% d’exactitude.Pour cela, ils ont eu besoin de se procurer autant de données et de renseignements historiques sur la météo que possible. Puis, ils ont rentrés ces éléments dans un algorithme afin d’en sortir leurs prévisions. Une technique qui s’avère différente de celle qu’emploient la majorité des météorologues avec leurs modélisations.Des prévisions utiles à l’industrieÀ lire aussiProduits bio, maquillage et la foudre : les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 6 juinConnaitre un an à l’avance les coins de vacances ensoleillées facilite grandement l’organisation de ses futurs congés. Mais outre cela, dans un tout autre objectif, disposer de prévisions météorologiques sur un an peut se révéler fort utile dans certaines industries. En effet, Weather Trends International a entre autres, vendu ses services à une entreprise qui produit de la bière, arguant que celle-ci vend 1% de bière en plus pour 1°C de température en plus. Puisque la bière peut être faite et embouteillée des mois en avance, plus tôt cette entreprise saura quel genre de printemps se prépare, plus tôt elle pourra adapter sa production, d’où l’intérêt d’une telle technique. Mais apparemment, les prédictions à 12 mois ne s’arrêtent pas en si bon chemin. A l’issue d’une étude menée par le département des sciences atmosphériques et océaniques de l’Université de Californie à Los Angeles, des scientifiques affirment être en mesure de prédire la météo pour les 16 mois à venir. Ils précisent toutefois que ces prévisions sont bien plus générales que celles à court terme. Mais celles-ci sont susceptibles d’avoir un impact sur l’agriculture ou d’autres industries, et donc sur l’économie. Pour vous faire vous-même votre idée, Weather Trends International a mis un site à disposition du grand public où il est possible d’obtenir les prévisions de nombreuses villes. Le 2 octobre 2011 à 15:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Camas woman hopes to stem progression of MS with treatment in Mexico

first_imgDebra Weidner dreams of a day when she can go skiing with her husband, Paul, and 10-year-old daughter, Zoë. She longs to go on weekend hikes or have family nights at the bowling alley.Those are her dreams. She’d settle for just being able to walk from her kitchen to her laundry room without difficulty.Over the past decade, multiple sclerosis has robbed Debra of many of the things she dreams of doing. Fatigue makes it difficult to do more than one thing per day, whether it’s laundry or making dinner. She sleeps 10 to 12 hours each night and takes a two- to three-hour nap every day, yet she never feels rested. The right side of her body has slowly gotten weaker, and foot-drop has left her reliant on a cane. Falls have become a common occurrence.“I find it difficult to imagine where I’ll be five, 10, 20-plus years from now,” Debra said. “Truthfully, I don’t want to watch my life slowly deteriorate.”So in March, Debra, 51, will pack her bags and head to Puebla, Mexico, to undergo a treatment for MS that is considered experimental in the U.S. The Camas woman will spend 28 days in Puebla, receiving treatment at Clinica Ruiz with her mother-in-law, Karen Fitzsimons, serving as her caregiver.last_img read more

Legislature looks to draw funds from Power Cost Equalization fund

first_imgThe state House and Senate are trying to work out their differences over a bill that would draw money from the Power Cost Equalization Endowment Fund.Download AudioSenator Lyman Hoffman. Hoffman drafted the bill that would limit the ways that money from the PCE is drawn from.(Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)The $900 million fund subsidizes the high cost of electricity in rural areas. Because the state government has a $4 billion deficit, some lawmakers have suggested drawing money from the fund to pay for other state costs.Bethel Democratic Senator Lyman Hoffman crafted a bill that would limit the draw from the PCE fund to years when the fund earnings are more than what’s needed for the power cost equalization program. This program costs about 40 million per year.The Senate unanimously passed the measure, Senate Bill 196.But the House made changes to the bill. These changes made it less likely that excess fund earnings would be redirected back into the fund.Those changes concern Hoffman. When it was time for the Senate to decide Wednesday whether it would agree with the House’s changes, Hoffman spoke up.“They changed the formula on how the excessive earnings will be distributed and I believe that that formula will potentially put the fund in jeopardy and want to go back and revisit the differences between what the Senate has done, which is a more sound approach to the fund,” Hoffman said.As a result, there will be a conference committee to rewrite the bill so that both houses can agree to it.Hoffman will be the Senate chairman of the committee, which will also have Eagle River Republican Senator Anna MacKinnon and Fairbanks Republican Senator Click Bishop. The House members will be chairman Dillingham Democrat Bryce Edgmon, Eagle River Republican Dan Saddler and Fairbanks Democrat Scott Kawasaki.The Legislature formed the conference committee on what was an otherwise quiet day in the Capitol.last_img read more

Finland police arrest 5 after stabbing spree

first_imgRescue personnel have cordoned off the area at the Turku Market Square in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed. Photo: AFPFinnish police arrested five people in a Turku apartment overnight in their investigation into a stabbing rampage that left two people dead, they said Saturday.Police shot and wounded a knife-wielding suspect on Friday, arresting him minutes after an afternoon stabbing spree at a Turku market square. Police on Saturday raised the number of injured in the attack from six to eight.“There was a raid and we have now six suspects in custody, the main suspect and five others,” detective superintendent Markus Laine of the National Bureau of investigation told AFP.“We are investigating the role of these five other people but we are not sure yet if they had anything to do with (the attack)… We will interrogate them, after that we can tell you more. But they had been in contact with the main suspect,” Laine said.Police have not confirmed the identity of the suspect, but Laine said investigators were “pretty sure” they knew who he was.Police have so far only described him as “a young man of foreign origin”, providing no other details except to say they were collaborating with the Finnish Immigration Service.The suspect is being treated in hospital in intensive care for a gunshot wound to the thigh.The motive for the attack was not yet known, and police have refused to confirm if it was terror-related.“We haven’t yet interrogated the main suspect because of his medical condition,” Laine said.Media reports in Finland said police believed the suspect had picked his victims at random, but Laine could not confirm that.Police have said it was likely the suspect acted alone, but added they were looking for “other possible perpetrators.”Central Turku was swiftly cordoned off after the attack, which occurred just after 4:00 pm (1300 GMT), although the area was reopened several hours later.Finland also raised its emergency readiness across the country after the stabbing, increasing security at airports and train stations and putting more officers on the streets.In June, Finland’s intelligence and security agency Supo raised the country’s terror threat level by a notch, from “low” to “elevated”, the second notch on a four-tier scale.It said at the time it saw an increased risk of an attack committed by the the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.last_img read more

Alien Descent LocationBased VR Experience Coming to Southern California Mall

first_img Popular on Variety “VR attractions bring together immersive entertainment with social experiences that can’t be replicated in the living room,” said FoxNext president Salil Mehta in a statement. “The rich storytelling opportunities in the Alien universe makes it a perfect fit for cutting-edge destination entertainment. Plus, who doesn’t want to battle Xenomorphs and save the world?”“Alien:Descent” lasts about 15 minutes, and tickets are $22 per participant. Consumers can order tickers for the experience at the The Outlets at Orange online now. FoxNext plans to announce additional locations for “Alien:Descent”  in the near future.Fox isn’t the first studio to embrace this kind of location-based VR. Sony Pictures previously cooperated with The Void for a Ghost Busters-themed VR experience that plays in the Void’s Times Square location. The startup has also worked with Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab on “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire,” a VR experience that’s been playing in multiple locations across Southern California and Florida and that is set to come to Las Vegas later this month. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Fox is bringing an Alien-themed virtual reality (VR) experience to a mall in Southern California: “Alien: Descent,” a VR experience that can be experienced by a group of up to 4 players, opens its doors at The Outlets at Orange in Orange County, Calif. on April 26.“Alien: Descent” has been produced by Pure Imagination Studios and FoxNext Destinations, the location-based entertainment arm of 20th Century Fox’s and Fox Networks’ next-generation media unit FoxNext.It’s a free-roaming experience, meaning that players get outfitted with special wireless VR headsets that do away with the need for  any additional cables. This allows players to freely walk around on a stage that incorporates physical cues for better immersion.In the experience, players get to  join an elite squad of Colonial Marines tasked with investigating a distress signal sent from a mining outpost. Of course, there are also plenty of aliens to be fought, which is why every player gets their own VR weapon. Movements of players are tracked with special motion sensors attached to players’ arms and legs.last_img read more