Another 1 million people file for jobless benefits as lack of new stimulus impoverishes millions

first_imgAlthough the headline unemployment rate fell to 6.9% last month, that’s still nearly twice what it was in February. And that calculation doesn’t capture how bad the situation is because, among other things, it doesn’t include out-of-work people who haven’t looked for a job in the most recent four weeks. Given the lack of job opportunities, that’s extremely common, but the Labor Department categorizes such people as having dropped out of the workforce, which makes the economy seem better than it actually is.Analysts at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities write:The official unemployment rate, which spiked to 14.7 percent in April, has come down to 6.9 percent in October. Although Black and Latino unemployment rates had fallen to historic lows before the crisis — due largely to the longest (128-month) economic expansion in U.S. history — they exceeded the white rate even then. All rates rose sharply in the recession and remained high in October, but the increase since February has been larger for Black and Latino workers (5.0 and 4.4 percentage points, respectively) than for white workers (2.9 percentage points). Black and Latino workers also continued to have a much higher unemployment rate in October than white workers.These patterns have endured in recessions and recoveries alike and are rooted in this nation’s history of structural racism, which curtails job opportunities for Black people through policies and practices such as unequal school funding, mass incarceration, and hiring discrimination. Black workers tend to be “the last hired and first fired.” High unemployment rates for Latino people, which also consistently exceed the white rate, reflect many of the same barriers to opportunity.With relief from the first stimulus mostly dried up, a report from the Department of Health and Human Services forecasts that by year’s end, without additional congressional aid—including an extension of unemployment benefits beyond the current 39 weeks—the Pandemic Recession will have driven an additional 10 million people, including 4 million children, into poverty. That’s a rise from 10.5% in 2019 to an estimated 13.6% in the five-month period from August to December. Which makes for a total of 43.8 million Americans in poverty, 9.8 million more than in 2019. – Advertisement – In most states, out-of-work people who qualify can collect benefits for 26 weeks, plus the 13-week extension approved by Congress in the spring. Anyone who filed when the pandemic first got underway and hasn’t yet gone back to work has just five weeks of benefits left unless a new extension is granted. During the Great Recession, extensions ultimately reached the point where many workers were eligible for 99 weeks. Republicans had to be arm-twisted repeatedly to make that happen.ScreenShot2020-11-11at10.57.26PM.pngWhile the stock market continues to soar, the overall economy is another story. There were at least 10 million more Americans employed in February than now, permanent job losses are headed for 4 million, the number of people looking for work for 27 weeks or more has risen from 1.5 million to 3.6 million in the past three months, both large and small business bankruptcies are on the rise, and the job recovery that returned millions to work in the third quarter has greatly weakened.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sunshine vitamin ‘may help treat tuberculosis’

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Sunshine vitamin ‘may help treat tuberculosis’ by: – September 4, 2012 8 Views   no discussions The body makes vitamin D when it is out in the sunThe body makes vitamin D when it is out in the sun[/caption]Vitamin D could help the body fight infections of deadly tuberculosis, according to doctors in London.Nearly 1.5 million people are killed by the infection every year and there are concerns some cases are becoming untreatable.A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed patients recovered more quickly when given both the vitamin and antibiotics.More tests would be needed before it could be given to patients routinely.The idea of using vitamin D to treat tuberculosis (TB) harks back to some of the earliest treatments for the lung infection. Before antibiotics were discovered, TB patients were prescribed “forced sunbathing”, known as heliotherapy, which increased vitamin D production.However, the treatment disappeared when antibiotics proved successful at treating the disease.Heal fasterThis study on 95 patients, conducted at hospitals across London, combined antibiotics with vitamin D pills.It showed that recovery was almost two weeks faster when vitamin D was added. Patients who stuck to the regimen cleared the infection in 23 days on average, while it took patients 36 days if they were given antibiotics and a dummy sugar pill.Dr Adrian Martineau, from Queen Mary University of London, told the BBC: “This isn’t going to replace antibiotics, but it may be a useful extra weapon.“It looks promising, but we need slightly stronger evidence.”Trials in more patients, as well as studies looking at the best dose and if different forms of vitamin D are better, will be needed before the vitamin could be used by doctors.Vitamin D appears to work by calming inflammation during the infection. An inflammatory response is an important part of the body’s response to infection. During TB infection, it breaks down some of the scaffolding in the lungs letting more infection-fighting white blood cells in. However, this also creates tiny cavities in the lungs in which TB bacteria can camp out.“If we can help these cavities to heal more quickly, then patients should be infectious for a shorter period of time, and they may also suffer less lung damage,” Dr Martineau said.The doctors suggested this might also help in other lung diseases such as pneumonia and sepsis.Prof Peter Davies, the secretary of the charity TB Alert, said the findings were “excellent” and vitamin D could play “an important role in treating tuberculosis”.However, he thought there could be an even greater role in preventing the disease. One in three people have low levels of tuberculosis bacteria in their lungs and have no symptoms, known as latent tuberculosis. However, this would turn to full blown TB in about 10% of people. Prof Davies’s idea is that giving vitamin D supplements, for example in milk, could prevent latent TB developing.“That would be a massive revolution if it was shown to work,” he said.Prof Alison Grant, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Drug-resistant TB is an increasing concern world-wide and so new treatments to reduce the length of TB treatment would be very welcome. “Vitamin D supplements are often given to patients who are short of vitamin D and these low doses are generally very safe. “In this study the researchers were giving higher doses of vitamin D, and I think we would need larger studies to be confident that there were no negative effects of this higher dose.” BBC Newslast_img read more

Courts Dominica hosts ‘Super Mom Challenge’ ahead of Mother’s Day

first_img 23 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Courts Dominica hosts ‘Super Mom Challenge’ ahead of Mother’s Day by: – May 11, 2012 Courts Dominica will host the first ever ‘Super Mom Challenge’ on Friday to show appreciation for mothers ahead of Mother’s Day 2012 celebrations.Every year, the second Sunday in May is set aside as Mother’s Day affording persons an opportunity to honour their mothers.The challenge will be hosted at the organization’s Roseau outlet and is open to anyone who believes that they possess the skills and fortitude to complete the challenges outline bellow in the shortest possible time.Participants will have to compete in eight (8) challenges while holding a baby.They will be judged on adherence to allotted time, skills, confidence and overall presentation.The winner will receive EC$2000.00There will also be in-store specials during the challenge for persons who would want to do last minute shopping for the mothers in their lives.The competition will commence from 3pm.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Attorney General commits to implement amendments to Title by Registration Act

first_img Tweet Share 40 Views   no discussions Attorney General, Levi Peter.Attorney General (AG) Levi Peter has committed to ensure that some reforms which the late Justice Albert Matthew proposed are implemented before he vacates his post, in a bid to honour his work.The High Court of Justice held a special sitting of the Court on Thursday afternoon to pay respect to Justice Matthew who died last week at the age of seventy-eight.The Attorney General described Justice Matthew at that sitting as one who was “quite committed to ensuring that the legal process and the judicial system functioned to its capacity”.Peter lamented the fact that Justice Matthew died before his proposals for reform of the Title by Registration Act could come to fruition.“Something that I know was dear to his heart which was some reforms which he had at various quarters and I think over an extended period of time spoken to various officials, various people in positions perhaps some in the position that I hold now, but a matter that he was keen to see; an amendment in respect to the Title by Registration Act. Though I was in agreement with him, those amendments have not yet been brought into effect and so he was not able to see them”.He therefore committed to working towards the implementation of these reforms as he believes they would “positively impact upon our judicial system”.“If I can manage to do that then I believe that I would have in some small way contributed and made a mark to respect the respect that is due to this man who has served with distinction in this jurisdiction and really deserves to have his views, his imputes, his impact even further embedded in our judicial system”.Justice Albert Matthew. Photo credit: The ChronicleIn related news; High Court Judge Birnie Stephenson-Brooks who expressed fond memories of practicing before and working alongside Justice Matthew highlighted his readiness to assist young attorneys.“He was willing to indulge young counsel, willing to guide young counsel; show you the way. He was also known for his erudite decisions particularly in the area of land law I think it was. He was not a man of very many words from the bench but he always had a ready smile, he was always willing to assist us”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks told one of his children, Michelle Matthew who is an attorney that “your father has left you quite a trail to follow and I hope that trail will lead you to the bench too”.She also urged the rest of the family members to cast their burdens on the Lord for “comfort” as “in troubles and in trials, and in suffering and in sorrow he will turn your sorrows to smiles”. Justice Matthew will be laid to rest this afternoon at the Roseau Methodist Church, the funeral service will commence at 3pm.He will be buried at his home in Fond Canie on Saturday.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img LocalNews Attorney General commits to implement amendments to Title by Registration Act by: – June 1, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

FIFPRO wants specific measures to protect players from overload

first_imgThe global footballers’ union FIFPRO wants concrete safeguards to protect players from fixture overload and the consequent risk of injury.This demand has come as the sport catches up with a backlog of matches following the novel coronavirus stoppage. FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann told Reuters that the union was talking to European clubs and leagues to find ways of protecting players.The sport is already facing an overcrowded calendar for the next three years.“There is the big question of how we manage the load in a very condensed period,” he said.“We can’t just leave it to the mercy of individual decisions because we know how big the pressure is on the players and nobody is going to benefit from additional injuries.”The new coronavirus halted football for three to four months around Europe and longer in some other parts of the world. Bu, rather than shorten competition formats and eliminate fixtures, most federations and leagues are simply cramming them into a shorter period of time, producing a concertina effect.The only major exception is UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League where UEFA has replaced two leg ties with single leg ties for the end of this season and the start of next.“From now to three years ahead, the calendar is completely overloaded,” said Baer-Hoffman.“The only solution is to put a framework in place to manage the load and guarantee recovery periods,” he added, citing two mandatory rest periods per year as an example of a rule that could be implemented.“We need sensible rules based on medically-approved safety standards.” FIFPRO had expressed concern about player overload even before the coronavirus stoppage.A report last year said players needed five days’ rest between matches – compared to two to thee days at present in England and Italy.One example FIFPRO gave in that report was FC Barcelona’s Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic who it said had played 68 games between May 2018 and June 2019.One idea proposed would be a so-called match cap to limit the number of games for players in a season, but not clubs.RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Baer-Hoffmann said that with the first round of South American World Cup qualifiers pencilled in for October, the restart of internationals had led to some concern.The concern is that players may travel to countries where coronavirus cases are still surging.“We need to ensure that players are not put under pressure to travel to countries where the pandemic may still be a threat. Otherwise, it’s not going to be sustainable,” he said.Similarly, FIFPRO is worried about leagues starting in countries where infection rates are still high.“In certain countries, health standards are not what we will want.“Commercial pressures are overriding health and safety precautions and players are vulnerable to pressure, because they need to play to put food on the table,” he said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusFIFProFixture overloadlast_img read more

MBB : SU zone holds Walker to season-low point total

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HARTFORD, Conn. — Dion Waiters laughed because it was so obvious. To describe Syracuse’s defensive game plan required only one word.‘Kemba,’ Waiters said.Kemba. That simple. Stopping Connecticut’s National Player of the Year candidate in Kemba Walker was SU’s key to victory on the defensive end.And stop him Waiters and the No. 17 Orange did Tuesday. Stopped the nation’s second-leading scorer, holding him to eight points, 16 fewer than his season average. Stopped him after four games of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone being exposed by players less talented than Walker. Stopped him en route to a 66-58 victory over the Huskies on the road.‘We know what he’s capable of doing,’ Waiters said. ‘He can take over a game. So our whole focus is just stopping him.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut stopping him was anything but simple. It required precise attention devoted to Walker, making other players beat the SU zone. It required all five Orange defenders. And it required a complete turnaround from Syracuse’s defensive performances during its four-game losing streak.And things didn’t look good to start. Orchestrating the offense, Walker picked apart the zone with crisp passes. Left and right. Finally, to the middle, where he found Alex Oriakhi for the game’s first basket. On Connecticut’s next possession, Roscoe Smith found Walker beyond the arc.Swish. And in a 5-0 Husky run to start the game, Walker was involved in both scores.‘Obviously,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, ‘we got off to a very bad start.’It had to bring up signs of the Orange’s defensive struggles in its past four games. But from there, SU stifled UConn’s offense. And most importantly, it stifled Walker.Syracuse did so by keeping a watchful eye on him at all times. When Walker got the ball at the top of the key, SU’s rotating guard trio of Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche and Waiters didn’t let him get into the lane. When he got the ball beyond the 3-point line on either side, Kris Joseph or Rick Jackson shaded out of their spots. When he got into the lane, Baye Moussa Keita altered his shots.And it all added up to Walker’s worst statistical offensive performance of the season. The only time he has been held to single digits in the scoring column. Just 3-of-14 shooting from the field, including 1-of-6 from 3-point range.‘I think, as a team, we did it,’ Triche said of stopping Walker. ‘Me and Scoop, we more so focused on keeping him in front. If he got screened, I was going to be there to keep (Walker) out of the lane. Make sure I slam my feet and not give up easy shots.’Walker, for his part, was more frustrated than he has been all season. Later in the game, orchestrating the offense, he couldn’t find the openings like he did in those first two possessions.He made poor decisions, trying on one possession to fit through the slimmest of holes in the zone to drive to the lane. Meanwhile, fellow Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb carried the weight with 22 points on the night.Lamb was the only player whose performance UConn head coach Jim Calhoun would discuss after the game. Everyone else, including Walker, didn’t play well. Walker wasn’t there to lead a Husky comeback with Lamb.‘They just had two guys on me,’ Walker said. ‘They tried to make somebody else beat them besides me.’But that somebody else — Lamb — couldn’t do it alone. And in the game’s final seconds, it was Walker who tried to take over.Running down the court with 31 seconds to play and his team down by six, Walker went to the right side of the Syracuse zone. This time, Joseph stepped up. He stole the ball as Walker fell to the ground.‘It felt good,’ Joseph said of SU’s defensive performance. ‘We hadn’t won in about two weeks.’And that two-week losing streak ended thanks to execution. Delicate execution of the simple premise Waiters and the Orange keyed on all along.‘We know how dangerous Kemba is,’ Waiters said. ‘We had to make him continue to take tough shots. And make the other guys, the other guards — the freshmen — make them do something.’ Published on February 2, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

USC Viterbi open house showcases student projects

first_imgNearly 2,200 students, teachers and parents from across 28 schools attended the USC Viterbi Robotics Open House, an annual event sponsored by the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems. Robotics researchers from the Viterbi School of Engineering made a comprehensive exhibition of all the research activities that are in progress at Viterbi.The principle organizers of the event were Maja Mataric, vice dean of research, and Katie Mills, outreach administrator for Viterbi.The event is part of the ongoing outreach efforts of Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher program, which aims to motivate the next generation of engineers with the creativity and possibilities of science, technology, engineering, math and machines.“USC has a relationship with a number of schools that are part of what is called as the ‘USC Family of Schools,’” said Michelle Flowers Taylor, director of the Institute of Engineering Community and Cultural Competence. “We have this ongoing relationship with schools in the area, and we engage the students and their teachers in various on-campus activities in our schools to help really provide an exposure to the students to engineering and computer science.”Graduate and postdoctoral students talked about what robotics is and how they first became interested in engineering, in addition to showing them application specific robots that they have developed. One example is Scribbler, a bot designed and programmed by Colin Quinsey, a biomedical engineer, that autonomously finds its way through a maze drawn in black ink on paper. Quinsey, talked about assembling sensors and actuators in a sized chassis which act as the eyes, ears and limbs of the robot.“A lot of our projects are open ended,” Quinsey said. “We don’t have instruction based projects, rather this is a task that you have to do and you have to solve it in whatever manner you can”.The USC VexU Robotics team, a multidisciplinary mechatronics design team and a finalist in the 2016 Vex World Competition for the design, fabrication and programming of its custom built robots, also put up a display.Students were also shown the possibilities of controlling robots through brainwaves. Ali Marjaninejad, a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering and Chris Lynn, a postdoctoral  student in brain body dynamics, talked about their “Modellers” research which has been ongoing in collaboration with the Caltech David Andersen Lab. The research goes a long way to help patients with disabilities mimic the abilities of a normal person with mechanical prosthetic. Marjaninejad and Lynn explained how electrodes arranged on the brain surface of a subject carried signals to the robot controller which acted to the accord of the user.“I’m studying the physiology of movement and muscle control, particularly manual dexterity,” Lynn said. “We are doing this to learn not only how dexterity is possible, but also using small hand manipulation tasks in order to quantify and characterize disease states.”Zhi Su, a biomedical engineer, put up a display of robotic arm which could drive a screw into a machine.“The way my project works is actually very intuitive,” Su said. “Robots have a memory of their previous experience with one form of objects and then use the experience to do other forms of different objects.”last_img read more

Syracuse falls to UNLV, beats Yale in first two games of Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational

first_imgSyracuse split its doubleheader on Friday against UNLV and Yale in the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational in Houston, Texas. For the third time this season, SU lost its first game of the day and won its second.In its first game, the Orange (6-4) fell to UNLV (9-3), 3-0, despite matching the Rebels in hits, 3-3. Starting in the circle for SU was Alexa Romero, who was named ACC co-pitcher of the week three days ago after pitching a perfect game and six scoreless innings against Sacramento State and Cal Poly, respectively.The sophomore held the Rebels hitless for the first three innings before Janine Petmecky, UNLV’s starting pitcher, doubled down the right field line to drive in Jadelyn Yadao-Valdez. After tallying a hit in each of the first two innings, Syracuse managed just one baserunner over the next three innings. In the top of the sixth, two hit by pitches and a walk allowed the Orange to load the bases, but freshman Miranda Hearn flew out to center, ending the inning.In the bottom of the sixth, two walks and a single filled the bases for UNLV with one out. Mia Trejo doubled to center, driving in two runs and extending her team’s lead to three. SU mustered a two-out walk in the seventh, but Petmecky remained steady and forced Toni Martin to pop out to second base, ending the game.In a complete game performance, Petmecky struck out seven and allowed three hits, while Romero struck out five in four and two-thirds innings. In relief, Hearn pitched one and one-third inning, allowing two runs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse bounced back in its second game of the day by defeating Yale (0-1), 8-2, behind a two-hit, four-RBI performance from Bryce Holmgren. A dominant performance from SU’s offense saw eight different players register a hit, and five different players drive in at least one run. The Orange took care of business with runners on base, leaving just five on base compared to the Bulldogs’ six.Syracuse jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Andrea Bombace reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Neli Casares-Maher. The Bulldogs evened the score in the third off an RBI-double by Annie Tarte. In the bottom of the inning, Holmgren recorded her first hit and RBI of the game, driving in Sammy Fernandez.AnnaMarie Gatti started in the circle for SU, lasting five innings, striking out two and allowing one run on two hits. In relief, Baylee Douglass pitched two innings, giving up two hits and a run.The Orange’s bats got busy in the fifth, starting with a leadoff solo home run from Martin. Three batters later, Holmgren belted a double to left-center, driving in two more runs. RBI from Gabby Teran and Hannah Dossett rounded out a five-run inning for Syracuse. Both teams tacked on a run in the sixth inning to make the score 8-2.SU will resume play in the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational tomorrow afternoon with games against The University of Texas at San Antonio and Houston at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Comments Published on February 23, 2018 at 4:38 pm Contact David: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

New football panel members grasp opportunities

first_imgLiam Kearns believes Colm O’Shaughnessy, Niall Donovan and Alan Maloney could be added to that list. The unavailability of many regular panel members has led to the promotion of some members of the U21 side that performed so well during Tipp’s run to the All-Ireland final in that grade last year.The Premier County drew with Limerick in their opening National League fixture last weekend and continue their Division 3 campaign against Clare in Tipperary Town on Sunday.Some analysts thought the likes of Josh Keane and Jimmy Feehan performed very well in Kilmallock.last_img read more