Photos See ASA in Action at the Farm Progress Show

first_imgASA President Ray Gaesser (left) and Executive Director Bill Schuermann (right) talk with owa Soybean Association CEO Kirk Leeds (center) at the ASA table in the ISA tent at Farm Progress. ASA farmer leaders and staff attended the 2014 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa this week, where they spoke with ag media on the policy issues impacting the nation’s soybean farmers, including the potential effect of EPA’s Waters of the U.S.; the RFS and biodiesel’s continued wait for 2014 volume numbers; GMO labeling and the approvals framework for biotechnology traits here in the U.S., in China and in other foreign markets, trade and other important topics. ASA also had a booth in the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) tent, where they met farmers from across the country.See photos from the event below: ASA President Ray Gaesser chats with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in the ADM booth at the Farm Progress Show. LDS’ Roger Ward interviews ASA Vice President Ron Moore from Atlanta, Ill., in the media pavilion at the Farm Progress Show.center_img ASA President Ray Gaesser discusses Farm Bill implementation with Chris Clayton of DTN in the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) booth at the Farm Progress Show.last_img read more

Safety health at issue at woolen mill in Washougal

first_imgOne of Oregon’s largest and oldest family-owned businesses, known for its Pacific Northwest-inspired wool apparel and Native American blanket designs.? Headquarters: Portland.? Executives: Bill Lawrence, CEO; Broughton (Brot) Bishop, vice chairman; C. M. (Mort) Bishop III, president; Dennis Simmonds, CFO; John Bishop, vice president and chairman of the board; Charles Bishop, vice president; and Peter Bishop, vice president.? Total employees: 830.? Pendleton Washougal mill: The company’s largest wool-weaving mill.? Where: 2 Pendleton Way, Washougal.? Division manager: Charles Bishop.? Employees: 190.The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined Pendleton Woolen Mills $93,300 for 36 “serious” violations of workplace safety and health rules at its textile mill in Washougal. It also tagged the company for five smaller violations that carried no penalties.State officials said Tuesday that their designation of “serious” indicates situations in which a person could be seriously injured or killed. While penalties and fine amounts depend on various factors, said L&I spokeswoman Elaine Fischer, “the thing that really stands out here is the number of serious violations.”In a written statement issued to The Columbian, Charlie Bishop, manager of the Washougal textile mill, said the company “works hard to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all of its employees.” He said he hasn’t seen the official report from L&I, dated June 19 and addressed to Pendleton’s post office box in Portland, where the company is headquartered.Said Bishop: “When we do get the opportunity to review it, we will work with (L&I) to better understand the issues and immediately move forward to correct them.”last_img read more

Winterfest Boat Parade holds award ceremony

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Participants and sponsors of the Winterfest Boat Parade attended the Captain’s Cup, Thursday night, to honor those who helped make the parade possible.The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade hosted the annual awards ceremony at the Broward County Convention Center.The annual parade brings together dozens of boats all decked out in their holiday best, as they set sail along the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale.WSVN is a proud sponsor of the Winterfest Boat Parade.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

AK Puppet Town

first_img(Photo by John S. Hagen)Haines seems like a quintessential Southeast Alaska town. There are eagles, bears, salmon, big mountains and rough water. It’s a picture-book no stoplight, no movie theater, low crime type of community. But there’s a seedier and eclectic side of Haines that emerged late this winter: the underground puppet scene.Download AudioWe aren’t talking about Muppets. Those fuzzy, funny and googly-eyed characters are not the same as puppets. Not in Haines, Alaska.Here, there are at least three puppet troupes, dozens of self-taught puppeteers and puppet makers and one artist who has traveled to Europe to explore the history of puppetry, Byrne Power.(Photo by John S. Hagen)“What I saw was a puppet troupe who was doing a show – it looked like stuff from their backyards, stuff you’d find at the Salvation Army, rusting metal, old toys – and I said ‘We could do that,’” Power said, at the Sheldon Museum in Haines where he helped curate the puppet exhibit Strung Up and Reconfigured.Power is sort of the father of puppetry in Haines. Almost 10 years ago he gathered a group of artists and formed a puppet troupe. Here’s artist Debi Knight-Kennedy explaining how she fell into the puppet scene.“Byrne came up to me one day before I knew him very well and he said ‘So, you’re a doll maker.’ And I said, ‘No, I make figurative sculpture.’ And he said ‘Yeah, yeah, whatever. So you can make your dolls talk. I’m starting a puppet troupe.’ And that was it. It was all over for me,” Knight-Kennedy said.After a few years, Power stayed with traditional puppetry, while some in the group wandered in a different direction. Now the group is called Geppetto’s Junkyard and consists of more than a dozen people including a plumber, a yogi, a boat builder, retired teacher, jujitsu instructor and others.This winter, they created a show called “Space Lust.” It was described on posters as a cross between steam punk, space cowboy and puppet space opera. It was wild scene of live music, special effects, acting and of course, puppets.The puppets are all hand-made and usually assembled from found objects, like bicycle parts, kitchen gadgets, vacuum hoses and carved wood.Knight-Kennedy’s husband, Gene Kennedy is also in the troupe. He’s a handyman and plumber, but is drawn to creating puppets, like the carved wooden horse he made, with multiple moving parts.(Photo by John S. Hagen)“It’s all wooden cut out plywood,” Kennedy said. “Basically there are four parts to the body and two levers that work in tandem. And the head swings on its own and it’s counterweighted with lead weights so it always comes back to the same place.”Geppetto’s Junkyard has their fans. They pack in the sporadic shows. But no one – especially the puppeteers and actors, pretend they are traditionalists. Power is more so. Back at the museum he says he doesn’t think anyone in Haines is true to traditional puppetry.“There are some puppet styles for instance that take real skill to manipulate. It’s not as simple as you stick your hand up and wiggle it around,” Power said. “You learn very definite things about how to move your hand and it takes months and months of training, years, to be good.”Of the more than 100 puppets in the exhibit, about two-thirds were made locally. There was even one that might be local from several generations ago. It’s a bone, shell and sinew Tlingit puppet on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Puppets, Power said, cross all cultures.In Haines this winter, puppets were everywhere. Besides the museum exhibit and Geppetto’s Junkyard show, Power also put on a show. Students at the Haines School created their own puppets. There was even a visit from Carlton Smith of Juneau who performs Tlinigt ventriloquism with his puppet, Charlie.Power says he’s drawn to puppets because they still surprise people. He says when he goes on the road with a show, he’s not pigeon-holed because puppets are still edgy and intriguing enough to cross all ages and interests.“Because if you have a music group, you say to someone, ‘Oh what kind of music do you have?’ and they say whatever style of music it is and you say ‘Oh, then you play here.’ But if you have a puppet troupe, the first question is ‘Is it for children?’ and I say, ‘Well, not really.’ And they look kind of blank and say ‘OK’ and you can play for anybody.”And maybe that’s why puppets and Haines go together. For puppeteers like Melina Shields with Geppetos Junkyard, it makes perfect sense.“I think that there’s just something inherently creative that happens by taking these found objects and letting the puppets be born into whoever they are,” Shields said. “And it’s just magic.”last_img read more

District library general body meeting held in Kothagudem

first_imgKothagudem: The district library general body meeting was held at District Library Bhavan in Kothagudem on Monday. The chairman of the district library committee, D Rajendra, and its members discussed 2019-20 financial budget besides several issues pertaining to running the libraries in the district. Speaking on the occasion, the chairman said due to low budget running the libraries was becoming very difficult. Issues related to purchase of new books and development of libraries were also discussed. Members of the committee Arjun, M Bhasker, Srinivas Rao, Dhan Raj, Jayalalitha and Madhavi Latha attended the meeting.last_img read more

Open sewage emits foul smell residents restive

first_imgGachibowli: The open sewage that flows adjacent to buildings at Street No. 1 in Gachibowli presents an ugly eyesore. Residents of the area are vexed over the rising stink and foul smell due to uncovered sewage. Repeated pleas were raised by residents several times and complained to concerned authorities, but nothing is done so far.Locals demand that officials make some alternative arrangement by either covering the `open sewage’ with slabs or at least provide huge pipelines to make the flow smoother and faster. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us According to a resident, Mohan, “Earlier, effluents used to be released in the nala, but now it has come down. But still people keep throwing heaps of garbage and the stench that emanates from the dirty water has made our lives horrible. The best thing the authorities can do is have those huge pipes through which the dirty water can pass.” A housewife, Purna, suggests that a slab can be laid on the nala and that can be used for parking purpose. “We have been staying here for the last five years and each day is nightmarish,” she said.last_img

Janmashtami celebrated with fanfare

first_imgA youth dressed as the Hindu god Krishna takes part in a procession during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival in Dhaka on 14 August, 2017. Photo: AFPThe Hindu community of the country observed Janmashtami, marking the birth of lord Krishna, on Monday with due religious fervour, says UNB.According to Hindu religion, lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bangla calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.Hindu community members brought out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and held other programmes on the occasion.Different socio-cultural and religious organisations also observed Janmashtami with various programmes.President Abdul Hamid hosted a reception at Bangabhaban marking the day.last_img read more

Oikya Front to form human chain on 30 March

first_imgJatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob speaks at the programme of Jatiya Oikya Front on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloJatiya Oikya Front will form a human chain in the city on 30 March next to push for its various demands, including the annulment of gas-tariff hike proposal, reports UNB.Leaders and activists of the alliance will form the human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club at 11:00am.Besides, Oikya Front will hold rallies and public herrings in different divisions and districts in April demanding reelection, cancellation of 11th parliamentary polls.Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna announced the programmes at a press conference after a joint meeting of steering committee of the alliance at its Old Paltan office.Manna said they will form the human chain also to register their protest against the government’s failure to ensure road safety, mismanagement in upazila polls, snatching students’ votes in DUCSU polls, destroying election system and limitless financial inequality and plundering by the government.“We’ll also hold rallies or public hearings in all divisions and different districts in April to spread our movement across the country,” he said.The Oikya Front leader said people did not go to cast their votes in the recent upazila polls as they lost their confidence in the election system after ‘vote robbery’ on 29 December in the national election.Under the circumstances, he said their alliance has decided to continue its movement to realise their demand for a fresh national election. “We’ll wage a movement based on that demand, and will continue it until we get the victory.”Manna said their meeting also chalked out a two-day programme to mark the Independence Day.As part of the programmes, he said leaders and activists of Oikya Front will place wreaths at the National Mausoleum in Savar at 9:00am on 26 March. The alliance will also will hold a discussion on 31 March at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob, BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, Gono Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury and general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu were, among others, present.last_img read more

Light instead of electrodes could control deformable mirrors

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The field of adaptive optics is advancing in interest as technology makes it possible to use deformable mirrors for a number of applications in optoelectronics. Deformable mirrors usually make use of rigid sections that can be actuated independently, or reflective membranes that make use of segmented electrodes. These methods, though reasonably effective, have limitations. They require complex circuitry in order to manipulate individual sections of the mirror, making deformable mirrors impractical for every day use. Explore further Novel zoom objective with deformable mirrors More information: U. Bortolozzo, S. Bonora, J.P. Huignard, and S. Residori, “Continuous photocontrolled deformable membrane mirror,” Applied Physics Letters (2010). Available online: link.aip.org/link/APPLAB/v96/i25/p251108/s1 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Citation: Light, instead of electrodes, could control deformable mirrors (2010, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-electrodes-deformable-mirrors.html In order to advance adaptive optics so that deformable mirrors can be used in more every day applications, a group of scientists has demonstrated a new kind of deformable membrane mirror. “In our device, we do deformation with light, so we don’t need the electrodes to control the mirror,” Stefania Residori tells PhysOrg.com. Residori is a scientist at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in Valbonne, France. Along with Umberto Bortolozzo at the same University, Stefano Bonora from the Luxor Laboratory in Padova, Italy, and Jean-Pierre Huignard of Jphopto in Paris, France, Residori has presented the results of a demonstration of this new deformable mirror in Applied Physics Letters: “Continuous photocontrolled deformable membrane mirror.”“A deformable mirror includes a reflecting membrane and a photo-sensitive substrate,” Residori explains. “In traditional deformable mirrors, electrodes are applied to get a desired effect. However, this can be complex for electronics when we want to obtain high resolution. Our design allows us to accomplish deformation with light, rather than electrodes.”Instead of using electrodes to apply voltage, Residori and her colleagues activate the membrane by shining light in different photosensitive areas. “This simplifies matter greatly in adaptive optics,” she insists. “We need only one voltage line, rather than all of the circuitry required when using electrodes. All you have to do is change the illumination condition. With the current technology of video projectors this can now be realized easily by sending any image, so that we can very well control the deformation of the photosensitive mirror. ”Residori sees applications for this type of deformable membrane mirror in astronomy and astrophysics. “You can use this for corrections of wavefront. When you collect radiation you can use this mirror, since it uses distortion to correct an incoming wave,” she points out. Residori also says that this deformable membrane mirror is scalable, so that it is possible to make large mirrors for use in penetrating some of the mysteries of space.Medical imaging and diagnostics is another area where Residori sees potential. “In medical diagnostics, there is an issue with light propagation – especially if you want to look inside the eye. Our mirror can be scaled down small to be used in different medical applications as well.”Because the design is fairly simple, consisting of a photosensitive membrane that is flexible, and does not require electrodes to deform the mirror, Residori says that it is fairly inexpensive technology. “Relatively speaking, this is not very expensive. The photosensitive substrate can be a little expensive due to the requirement for cutting crystals, but overall this is fairly simple and inexpensive.”“Our deformable mirror can be made reasonably cheap if there is an interest,” Residori continues. “It can be used for standard commercial optics, and as more are produced, the price could fall.”The next step, though, is to make the device with other types of photoconductive substrates. “We want to develop something more sensitive in other wavelengths. This would make this deformable mirror more useful in medical and biological imaging. We also want to experiment other types of membranes, allowing even larger deformations.”For now, though, this demonstration represents an advance in adaptive optics, and a promising step forward in optoelectronics. “This has the potential to be very useful in a wide variety of applications,” Residori says. This document is subject to copyright. 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Roadworks on the M6 A500 and A50 this week

first_imgFull list South Cheshire Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter Staffordshire Moorlands M6, A500 and A50 M6 (from Junction 19 to Junction 12, listings north to south): The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J19: Two lanes closed. From 22:00 on 25 November 2018 to 06:00 on 26 November 2018 The M6 northbound between junctions J18 and J19: Three lanes closed. From 22:00 on 25 November 2018 to 06:00 on 26 November 2018 The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J18: Three lanes closed. From 22:00 on 24 November 2018 to 08:00 on 25 November 2018. From 22:00 on 30 November 2018 to 06:00 on 1 December 2018. From 22:00 on 1 December 2018 to 08:00 on 2 December 2018 A500 (from junction with J16 of the M6 to junction 15 of the M6, listings north to south): The A500 northbound exit slip to the A527 North: Two lanes closed. Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 28 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 The A500 northbound entry slip from the A527 South: Two lanes closed. Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 28 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 A50 (from Sideway Roundabout/A500 to junction with the A38 (Toyota Island) in Derbyshire, listings west to east): The A50 eastbound between the A521 Blythe Bridge East and the junction with the A518: Two lanes closed. Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 November 2018 to 26 November 2018 The A50 eastbound exit slip to the A522: One lane closed. Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 26 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 The A50 eastbound entry slip from the A522: One lane closed. Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 26 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 The A50 westbound entry slip from the A522: One lane closed. Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 November 2018 to 26 November 2018 The A50 westbound between the A518 and the junction with the A521 Blythe Bridge East: Two lanes closed. Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 November 2018 to 26 November 2018 Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThere are roadworks taking place on the M6, A500 and A50 in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire in the coming week (between Monday November 26 and Sunday December 2). Motorists hitting the Highways England operated roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on these three key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in South Cheshire in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from November 26 until December 2 Newcastle Borough Stoke-on-Trentlast_img read more

Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez steps down at Solís request

first_imgRelated posts:President Luis Guillermo Solís appoints new Presidency Minister Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber to evaluate appointment of Lutheran bishop as presidency minister Cabinet appointment of Lutheran bishop is unconstitutional, says Government Attorney’s Office Costa Rica Supreme Court strikes down ban on clergy holding public office – except Catholics Heads continue to roll in the administration of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís. On Thursday morning, Presidency Minister — and Solís’ former presidential campaign manager — Melvin Jiménez Marín submitted his resignation effective immediately.The resignation, which Solís said was submitted at his request, came after a series of clashes between the now ex minister and opposition parties and economic groups. Jiménez has been blamed for much of the recent negative publicity directed at the already battle-weary government.“His time in this government has ended,” President Solís said. “He was worn out.”Jiménez has been the target of severe criticism from various political, business and even religious sectors, who repeatedly questioned his skills as government spokesman and highlighted his unsuccesful attempts to negotiate with these groups.Solís justified Jiménez’s ouster on “the many things that Don Melvin has had to endure, which he has faced with great stoicism.”He said that the change at the Presidency Ministry does not alter the road map of his administration in any way. And he thanked Jiménez for his efforts “to achieve social stability and economic progress in the country.”Jiménez’s most recent controversy came last week when a draft bill to amend the country’s “Radio and Television Law” was released publicly. The bill called for harsh sanctions against TV and radio stations for broadcasting “lies” or offending public morality.The scandal had already cost Science and Technology Minister Gisela Kopper Arguedas and Vice Minister Allan Ruiz Madrigal their posts. They oversaw the group of experts who drafted the bill.The situation worsened last Friday when Ruiz said claimed that Jiménez had offered him an ambassador post in exchange for his resignation.In addition, Kopper blamed Jiménez for leaking the draft of the controversial bill, which Jiménez denies.Following the resignation announcement, Juan Jiménez Succar, a legislator with the National Liberation Party, the main opposition party, said he wasn’t surprised by the announcement.“I told the president, in the presence of Minister Jiménez, that we opposed his role as the liaison between the Executive and the Legislative branches,” the legislator said.Libertarian Movement legislator, and former presidential candidate, Otto Guevara Guth, said “Solís’ decision was overdue.”Social Christian Unity Party leader Luis Vásquez Castro said Jiménez repeatedly showed lack of leadership in his job.Jiménez becomes the fourth minister of Solís’ administration to step down and the 15th official to leave during Solís’ 11 months in office.The new Presidency Minister will be announced Friday at a press conference, Casa Presidencial reported. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

AA assures content will remain on Sabre

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J American Airlines (AA) is doing “everything within its control” to keep its full content on Sabre as its contract with Sabre reaches its expiration date on 31 August.A statement from AA assured agents that Sabre has agreed in court to not take any action against AA before 6 September and the US based carrier expects to reach an agreement to keep its content available on the site past the agreed date.“American is in discussions with Sabre regarding a potential successor to the existing full content amendment to our underlying participation agreement,” global sales vice president Derek DeCross said.“Should American’s full content amendment expire without a successor, American believes it has a contractual right to continue participating in Sabre, and American would commit to provide you with uninterrupted access to the same full content you receive today without imposing surcharges, while we continue to work toward a revised agreement with Sabre.”Mr DeCross added that the airline is working to prevent Sabre from removing its content that would cause “harm… [to] its subscribers”.“In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support of American during this time of uncertainty,” he concluded.  “We look forward to an end to the uncertainty, whether by agreement with Sabre, or the ultimate decision in the courts.  “Until then, we assure you that American will continue to do everything within its control to ensure your continuous access to our full content.”last_img read more

Bangkok Airways and Qatar Airways announce partnership

first_imgBangkok Airways and Qatar Airways announce partnershipBangkok Airways and Qatar Airways announce partnershipBangkok Airways Public Company Limited is pleased to announce the launch of its frequent flyer programme partnership with codeshare partner, Qatar Airways, starting 1 November 2017. Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus members can earn and redeem FlyerBonus points on eligible Qatar Airways flights.From 1 November 2017 onwards, Bangkok Airways’s Flyer Bonus members will be able to earn points when travelling on Qatar Airways flights. Similarly Qmiles members can also earn and redeem their miles when travelling on Bangkok Airways flights to the world’s favorite destinations such as Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Luang Prabang, Danang, Phu Quoc via Bangkok and opportunity to redeem Qmiles across Bangkok Airways’ network.Mr. Jirapon Hirunrat, Vice president – Fleet and Network Management of Bangkok Airways “We are pleased to add Qatar Airways as another partner for our FlyerBonus members to earn and redeem miles. Enhancing reciprocal reward benefits for our FlyerBonus members will enables us to deliver a seamless experience when flying domestically and internationally across the combined networks of Bangkok Airways and Qatar Airways. We believe that this partnership will bring significant benefits to passengers of both Airlines.”Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin said: “This reciprocal relationship between Privilege Club and FlyerBonus is a natural extension of the highly productive relationship that we have enjoyed with Bangkok Airways since our codeshare partnership began in May 2013. We are delighted to be able to extend the range of benefits available to our Privilege Club members, through our relationship with this trusted partner.”The frequent flyer partnership is the second major cooperation between Bangkok Airways and Qatar Airways. The code-share agreement between the two airlines in May 2013 laid the foundation for the continued success of this long-term partnership.FlyerBonus is the frequent flyer programme of Bangkok Airways, offering exclusive privileges and benefits to its members including premium lounge services and generous baggage allowance.Source = Bangkok Airwayslast_img read more

Employers Add 175K Jobs in February Unemployment at 67

first_img Capital Economics Conference Board Jobs Labor Department Unemployment 2014-03-07 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News Employers Add 175K Jobs in February; Unemployment at 6.7% According to the Labor Department, the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, beating expectations after two weak months but still failing to impress. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg anticipated a consensus forecast of 150,000 new jobs.The unemployment rate edged up to 6.7 percent from January’s five-year low of 6.6 percent.While more promising than December and January—which showed upwardly revised payroll growth of 84,000 and 129,000, respectively—February’s numbers still fell well short of 2013’s average monthly growth of 194,000.Also putting a damper on February’s payroll gain was the number Americans unemployed for 27 weeks or more, which was up by 203,000 to 3.8 million, accounting for 37 percent of the unemployed population.With its acknowledgement that severe weather may have impacted data for last month, the Labor Department added more fuel to the ongoing debate as to whether the country is in an actual slump or just feeling the effects of a harsh winter.Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist for macroeconomic research firm Capital Economics, said the latest stats indicate a brighter spring to come.“Overall, if the economy managed to generate 175,000 new jobs in a month when the weather was so severe, once the weather returns to seasonal norms payrolls employment growth is likely to accelerate further,” he said.Dales also said that the pickup in hiring “pretty much guarantees that the Fed will taper its asset purchases further at the mid-March meeting”—a topic that’s attracted much speculation since the recent slowdown started.Kathy Bostjancic, director of macroeconomic analysis for the Conference Board, agreed that despite lukewarm reports to start the year, “many of the underlying fundamentals of the economy have continued to improve.”“Catch up from weather-delayed plans could push job gains over 200,000 per month. And more jobs mean more paychecks, lifting consumer confidence and sending consumers out shopping once the weather improves,” she said. “In sum, we look for a spring thaw to warm up the economic readings, including most notably employment and housing indicators.”center_img Share March 7, 2014 440 Views last_img read more

Panama – Reported by Elite Traveler the private j

first_imgPanama – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWHAT: The unveiling of Latin America’s largest building is fast approaching with Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama welcoming its first hotel guests on July 6, 2011.An epic, record-breaking structure, Trump Ocean Club’s interiors and guest services will match the grandeur of the building itself. Travelers and Panamanians will find TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION ™’s first international venture a magnificent representation of the brand’s core tenets. It is the vision of Donald Trump and his three grown children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – and will reflect the modern day sensibilities of the next generation of luxury travel.WHEN: Trump Ocean Club is now accepting hotel reservations for July 6, 2011 onward.WHERE: Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panamawww.trumppanamahotel.comlast_img read more

Man dies four days after being shot in Napa

first_imgFour days after being shot in the head, 47-year-old Kyriacos Hadjisavvas died on Wednesday at Nicosia general hospital’s intensive care unit where he was being treated.After declared clinically dead, his family decided to donate his organs.Hadjisavvas was shot in the parking lot of the apartment building where he stayed in Ayia Napa at around 3:45am on Sunday while he was exiting his car.Police were notified at around 5am. He was taken to Famagusta general hospital but was transferred to Nicosia due to the severity of his condition.The case, which was initially being treated as attempted murder, is now being investigated as a murder.Famagusta deputy police chief George Economou told the Cyprus News Agency that “CCTV surveillance footage from the wider Ayia Napa area is being evaluated to find anything that could trace the perpetrators but so far, there is nothing positive.”The post-mortem examination is expected to shed more information to light as Hadjisavvas was found to have metal fragments in his head where he was shot.“The post-mortem may indicate the kind of gun used,” Economou said.The 47-year-old was reportedly unemployed but used to be the owner of an Ayia Napa cabaret.Investigators are focusing on older cases in which Hadjisavvas was involved, relating to the nightlife of Ayia Napa. There was speculation someone might have wanted to silence him.There was another attempt against Hadjisavvas’ life in 2008, when he was shot by a man on a motorcycle while he was sitting outside a restaurant on Nissi Avenue in Ayia Napa. Following that attempt, Hadjisavvas spent several months in the hospital. After that incident he reportedly moved to Paphos but returned to Ayia Napa recently.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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